Out Bound Learning
OBL Trip to Hyderabad - Girls of Class VIII & IX
After the initial buzz of anticipation, when we got to know that we were going to Hyderabad for our OBL, we were overjoyed.
Mesmerized by the intricate architecture of Charminar, learning the rich and varied culture from the Golconda fort, which fascinated us with its amazing science and technology of those times, to the beautifully lit up Hussain Sagar lake, Hyderabad was truly a delight.
Ramoji film city too had scary yet thrilling rides for all of us to enjoy. The place also gave us an experience of movie making.
The Sudha Car museum had vintage, strange and peculiar cars. The Salar Jung museum also gave us a glimpse into the rich and royal culture of Hyderabad.
The take away for us from this trip was "Dream Big" in life.
OBL TRIP TO HAMPI
On the morning of the 14th of August, at 5.00 am, 27 students and 3 staff members left the blue hills for the imperial remains of the Vijaynagara Empire. After 18 hours on a bus, they finally reached their destination, Hospet. Everybody got the much needed rest they deserved in the very comfortable Hotel Malligi.
The real excitement began on the 15th of August when half an hour’s journey took them to the capital city of Hampi. Suffice to say that Hampi was truly a marvel hidden within the rocks and the stories they told. The trip consisted of visits to the Vitthala Temple with the famous musical pillars, the exquisite Lotus Temple, the unique Elephant Stables, the Queen’s Bath and many more incredible sights.
On the 16th of August, the day went by with visits to various temples- the Virupaksha being the most magnificent. Each temple though similar in architectural style was diverse in its own legacy.
The OBL to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was truly a revelation to a land often forgotten.
Out Bound Learning Trip to a Spinning Mill at Tirupur
We, the class VI students (124) along with staff (7) of our School, set out for an Out bound trip to visit a Cotton Factory in Tirupur.
During the visit, we were divided into groups to learn about different processes involved in manufacturing garments. The ‘Journey of Cotton Fibre to Fabric ‘was explained to us by experts. The process of cleaning that includes removal of dirt and unwanted substances from the cotton was the first step. This was very important as if it was ignored it would leave gaps and holes in the final products. The machines were moving at high speed and we were warned not to get too close to them or touch them. Many tried their hand at cutting, stitching, ironing and designing. We observed and understood the manufacturing processes like Spinning, Weaving, Finishing, Quality check and Packing. It was amazing to see the transformation of cotton, tightly packed in huge bales into strong yarns. We were told that around 12-15 lac pieces were made in a month, and the machinery would consume around 30,000 units of electricity per day. In the event of power failure or shutdown the factory owner incurred a huge loss. The spinning mill we went around provided employment to 300 workers. It was a very rewarding trip for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We are extremely thankful to our teachers and management for the wonderful experience provided to us. It was an enjoyable experiential learning!!! We had visited Kiwi’s Spinning mill and DSP knitting factory. Parents of Athmika and Pragalya of Class 6 had made all arrangement for our visit. Each one of us were greeted with a small bouquet and a welcome drink. We were also treated to a well-organized and delicious lunch. Our heartfelt thanks to the parents. We would also like to place on record our gratitude to Mr. S. Krishna Kumar, Managing Director of the mill for permitting us to explore the facility. Last but not the least, we would like to express our thanks to our science teacher Ms. Sashikala Radhakrishnan for the initative and enthusiasm. It was a fruitful and unforgettable trip.
AnuSajeev and Rithish G.P
SOUTH KOREA TRIP
NOV 24TH – 30TH 2016
A journey to South Korea,the land of culture and traditions. The air in Korea welcomed us with a freezing cold breeze. First we went to the Caribbean Bay an indoor water park located in Yongin, South Korea. The park includes a wave pool, the world's Longest Lazy River Ride, a Sandy Pool, a Wading Pool for young children, Various Water Slides, and a Salt Sauna. Next, we went to the massive mountains of Seoul where snow came down like a dancing angel. Korea has a significant number of Christians and Buddhists with churches dotting the towns and temples and monasteries on hills. It was Christmas season and wherever we went, carols filled our hearts with joy. We visited the Everland Theme park filled with fun rides where we witnessed a variety of extinct animals. We had a wonderful time in the theme park.
As a part of the visit, we witnessed the Jump! Comic Martial Arts Performance. It was awe-inspiring. The homestay too was unique experience. We were very fortunate to witness the concert by the famous violinist Ms Grace Baek. The South Koreans are very humble and sweet people to interact. Our interactive session in the Elementary School in Gongju was very fruitful. What we noticed was that the students had a passion for learning their own language, history, culture and traditional instruments. The biggest thing about this trip was being together, having fun and learning more about South Korea. What we admired the most was that the Koreans use technology at its best. Though it was freezing cold outside, the homes were heated up with a mechanism of hot pipes running beneath the floor. We were also marvelled at the cleanliness of the whole country. Our Taekwondo teacher, Mr. Choi organised the trip very well and Mrs. Anita Prabhu accompanied us on our trip. We thank the school for providing us this opportunity.
Stuti N Ingle
ASCENT OF PALISADE (Chandrashila)
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” An unforgettable Himalayan adventure, the Chandrashila trek was an enthralling and challenging experience for 38 students of Class XI from 6th to 12th December, 2017. It comprised a week of activities- from trekking, camping, hiking to river rafting.
The girls hiked up to Deoriatal in the first leg of the trek which is surrounded by dense thickets all around. The sight of the lake reflecting the mighty Chaukhamba Peak, located nearby, was a vision worth marveling at.We camped by the lakeside for the night, under the star studded sky.
The next bit of the trail was the hike up to Chopta which is popularly known as the Mini Switzerland of India. Upon arriving at Chopta, we camped in a lovely open meadow which provided us with a breath taking view of snow capped mountains. The next day, we trekked up to the Tungnath temple which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. The climb from Chopta to Tungnath was surrounded with thickets of rhododendron on all sides and clear views of the Kedarnath range all the way. From Tungnath, 27 girls trekked up a further 1 km to the summit of Chandrashila peak at about 4000m. Atop, we enjoyed a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedarnath and Chaukhamba. Ascending the heights and being a part of the Himalayan landscape was an experience beyond comparison.
After savouring the moment of accomplishment, we moved on to our next adventure activity-river rafting. River rafting on the Ganges was an experience of a lifetime. We experienced moments of pure thrill, a feeling of togetherness with the group and a deep connection with nature while rafting through untamed water. The fitting end to the rafting experience was cliff jumping. Most of the girls did it in a spirit of bravado but few were nervous and jittery.
Facing the challenges of survival in the outdoors fostered self-reliance and bonding and nurtured a respect, even awe for nature. Even though the activities were physically tiring, the solitude of Himalayas brought peace, relaxation and rejuvenation. It is rightly said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
OBL - KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE
An international exhibition of contemporary art provides immense opportunities for budding talents. The students of Fine Arts found their calling in the on going Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The students visited the different venues of the exhibition to observe the art and its transforming ideas . Here are the glimpses of their visit.
OBL -Turning Point, Coimbatore.
On the morning of 2nd Oct 2016 we, the students of class 9, were all up and eager to go for our scheduled OBL trip to Turning Point, Coimbatore. By 9 am we were off to our destination, ready for an exciting adventure ahead.
‘Turning Point’ is a very beautiful adventure camp on the outskirts of Coimbatore. The camp is surrounded by many beautiful farms, villages, plantations and hills which left us in awe.
There were many activities that could be done in the camp like high rope courses, low rope courses, puzzles and much more. All these activities were thrilling, interesting and fun. We also went for a trek through the villages. We trekked to a peak from where we could see the panoramic view. It was breathtaking and the fun we had scaling the peak was great. We also went to see the Siruvani water treatment plant, had a great walk through the forest (though we could see only a slender peafowl!!!) and went to Kovai Kutralam water fall and had lots of fun.
On the whole the camp was marvelous. It was unlike any other camp we had ever been to. The camp was catered to our age as they let us watch movies late night on a projector, had an artificial rain dance with sprinklers fitted on a pole, played foot ball, volley ball, camp fire and many more…
We can confidently say that this was the best camp we ever had been to….
Finally we would like to thank our escorts NDK sir, Sisodiya sir, Bhagyanathan sir and Hazrat sir and all the people who made this possible for us.
Class 9 students
OBL Cochin, Kerala
We started our journey to Cochin at 6am on 2nd Oct 2016. Everybody was very excited because SA-1 had just got over and we were waiting for a well deserved break. We got up early in the morning for the first time because we couldn’t sleep the previous night due to our over excitement of thinking about what was in store for us in the coming few days. We all checked if we had packed everything and hadn’t left anything behind.
We all lined up at the hexagon and went inside the bus one by one and finally we started our journey. Around 3:30 pm we reached the hotel- Diwan Court where we stayed for the next three days. We all had our lunch there and went to the allotted rooms and unpacked everything. At 5pm we went to Marine Drive and experienced the beautiful sunset.
On 3rd October after our breakfast we visited the St.Francis Church, which is the oldest church in India and the Mattanchery palace. Then we went to a place where we saw live fish, crabs and prawns and also Chinese fishing nets. After that we went to Alleppey for a back water cruise. We spent around 2 hrs enjoying the aquatic beauty.
The next day was the best day in the entire trip. It was an exciting day for everyone as we were going to wonder la, the famous water theme park in Kerala. We enjoyed almost all the rides like space gun, flying boat, thunder fall etc.
The very idea of coming back to school after all the enjoyment left a quiver in our spines and finally on 5th Oct we started our return journey and reached the school by 7 pm.
We would like to thank our teachers Mrs.BDK ma’am, LT ma’am, GK sir and Abha ma’am for making this trip a wonderful experience for us and all other people who worked hard to make this trip a memorable event.