Report on the Prep School Inter House English Story Telling Competition:
The Inter House English Story Telling Competition for the Class V students was held on 18th November, 2019 at 3 pm. To inculcate more participation, three students from each House narrated the story while the others enacted the story. Not only the participants but also the audience and the Judges Ms Ruchi Dutta, the Student Judges- Ananya Mital and Ananya Murarka thoroughly enjoyed the programme. The Headmaster in his speech thanked the students for helping him to recollect his childhood days of narrating and listening to stories and also narrated the story “The Ant and the Cricket’ to the audience.
From a Judges’ perspective:
On behalf of Anjali, Ananya Murarka and I, we thank the MIC- Prep School for the wonderful opportunity given to us- to be the student judges for the Story Telling competition. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and look forward to witnessing many more such competitions in the future.
About the competition itself, it was a superb one with many talented storytellers from class 5 coming to the fore. It is not easy to organize such a competition during exam time and harder to convince students to invest so much time to prepare a skit for every story. The costumes and stuffed animals only added to the charm and the morals were wise words- it didn't hurt to listen to once again.
Overall it was a great effort by the students as well as the Staff of the Prep school and I hope that the enthusiasm and energy is displayed in all competitions to come as well.
Report on the Taekwondo Belt Exam
“Awareness and Integrity are the basic elements of honour” -Korean Army General – Choi Hong Hi
Founder of Taekwondo
On 10th November 2019 Taekwondo Belt Exam was held in our school. 33 Students had participated. Master BalakrishnanVI DAN from Chennai presided the belt exam. Mr B.Suresh, Dean of Activities and Ms Anita Prabhu, MIC – Prep School witnessed the programme. Students were able to demonstrate proficiency at basic techniques before earning this rank. Basic stances, punches, blocks, kicks, self-defense techniques and poonse was included on a Yellow belt test.
Grading is an important aspect of any martial arts training. They indicate the students’ proficiency in that art and allow further learning to take place. They are the tool used to determine Taekwondo belt advancement - from Yellow belt to Green belt.
“The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength”. As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles. The Green belt represents growth. The students learn the principles of the energy of water, the flow and control of that element.
After the rapid growth of White and Yellow belt, Green belt will seem almost overwhelming - Green Belt – remember – Work Smart and Hard.
Taekwondo increases energy, better health and fitness, greater co–ordination and higher self-esteem. These qualities are vital to lead a happier, longer life. It can help you to develop discipline and leadership with physically and mentally fit. Students gained this wonderful opportunity and were qualified for the next level.
Report on the Prep School Inter House Western Music Competition:
“Music gives Soul to the Universe, Wings to the Mind, Flight to Imagination and Life to everything”
Opportunity does not knock twice. The girls of class 6, 7, 8 got a rare chance to showcase their musical talent in the Prep school. The audience thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the Inter house western Music competition held on the 8th November 2019. The various challenges included a Solo song, an Instrumental piece and a Group song by each house. The contestants were judged by Mr. Thomas George and Student Judges- Aryan Singh Rathod and Chamundeshwari V from Class XII. The results are as follows:
SUMERU – 377 POINTS – I POSITION
VINDHYA – 372 POINTS – II POSITION
ARAVALLI – 362.5 POINTS– III POSITION
The Deputy Headmaster and the Dean of Activities and all present thoroughly enjoyed the programme. We would never forget this enriching and fun evening filled with glitz, glamour and amazing melodies. We would like to thank MIC PS, and Our Housemistress/ Housemaster of Prep School for giving us this opportunity to display our talent. The participants owe their gratitude to Mr. Edwin Manoharan for coaching the Preppers and for enlightening us with a mind blowing piece at the end.
* Aafreen A.S , Bhoomika Channaraj and Veeksha K Kumaran
Photographs – Nakshathra N
Bus Stop painting - Make Ooty Beautiful
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
The Fine Arts students of class 11, were full of excitement on a Sunday morning - as they set out to clean up and paint the Lovedale bus stand. It was done 5 years ago by the students along with MOB - Make Ooty Beautiful group.
The Lawrence School Lovedale – A Brief History:
The School was primarily instituted on 6th September, 1858 in the memory of Major General Sir Henry Lawrence.
The School was under British administration until May, 1949, after which the school was handed over to the Government of India. The administration of The Lawrence School, Lovedale is vested in an autonomous body known as the Board of Governors appointed by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource development. The School is neither exclusive nor elitist and it maintains a Secular and cosmopolitan culture. In fact, the School is a miniature India, for children from many communities from all parts of the country and overseas, study here. They are brought up in an atmosphere that fosters a spirit of co-existence and respect for the feelings and beliefs of others.
Fine Arts @ Lovedale:
Art has been an important part of the school curriculum in The Lawrence School Lovedale. Ms. Anjolie Ela Menon, one of India’s leading contemporary artists is an alumnus of the school. Fine Arts is offered as a subject in class 11 and 12 under CBSE Curriculum. The department is headed by Purnna Behra who is also an accomplished artist.
Lovedale Splash – Art Exhibition by Fine Arts students of The Lawrence School Lovedale:
In order to encourage the budding talent, school is organizing an art exhibition in association with Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery and Museum, Coimbatore. The exhibition will be held on 11, 12 and 13 October 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery and Museum, Avinashi Road (Opposite to PSG Arts College), Coimbatore. Ms. Jitha Karthikeyan will inaugurate the event at 11 am on 11th October 2019.
Jitha Karthikeyan is a contemporary artist and curator based in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. She has held several solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally as an artist and has also curated art shows in galleries and public spaces. Jitha firmly believes that art can be a catalyst for change and as an artist, she seeks to bring about change through her art by undertaking art projects involving social reform, especially in rural areas. She is the recipient of several awards like the Woman of Impact Award, Woman of Substance - Change Maker Award, Southern Region Art Award etc.
Lovedale Splash aims to promote art education among students and parents, the need for nurturing creativity. Paintings done during the learning process of 18 Fine Arts students is being exhibited. Design as a field of study and profession is becoming very popular in India in recent times and Fine Arts is the foundation for a good design program. The school invites all art lovers from Coimbatore to visit the exhibition and encourage our students.
Session by Mr. Kunal Mehra, Director - Outreach and Marketing, South and Central Asia, The College Board.
Kunal addressed students of class 9 to 12 on the advantages of taking tests like the PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Test and Advanced Placement Tests. Since more than 30 universities in India are now considering SAT test scores for admission this session helped students understand how to prepare and benefit by taking these tests. Kunal also explained about the various scholarship options that are available to students based on their SAT scores. The session was well received by students.
The Inter School Hindi Debate
The Thirty-ninth Lawrence Memorial Inter-school Hindi Debate Contest was organized on 14th September, 2019 on the occasion of Rashtriya Hindi Diwas.
The objective of this debate was to create a wider awareness and deeper appreciation of our National language among the younger generation. The topic of the debate competition was:" Poore desh mein ek hi shiksha board ka hona avashyak hai" "One Nation; One education board"
Pragyaa of The Lawrence School, Lovedale Ooty (Class XI) was declared the overall individual winner among 38 participants from nineteen different schools. Ayana Goswami (Class IX) also spoke well and was one among the best speakers. Both of them brought laurels to the school and gave a commendable performance. The Lawrence School, Lovedale was the overall winner of the Lawrence Memorial inter-school Hindi debate, 2019.
The Deputy Headmaster of our School, Mr. Rajan N., announced the winner and the prizes were awarded by the Chief Guest Mr. K. K. Kaushal. The “Lawrence Memorial Shield” 2019 was awarded to The Lawrence School. Lovedale. But as the host school does not retain the shield it was handed over to the First runner up. This time there were three schools who obtained the same points (227.5) i.e. the second position namely;
Photography skills exhibited by students of Prep School
One of the most rewarding parts of being in a school is recognizing the talent in a child. Creativity is a natural part of a child and the school can play an important role in exploring it. The Lawrence School, Lovedale, is one such place - the school where children are encouraged, guided and given opportunities to discover their own abilities. With their motto “Never Give in “, the Lawrencians have proved that they are outstanding not just in academics, but also in various other extra-curricular activities, especially photography- the one on which I would love to elaborate in this report.
One afternoon, I had gone to the Prep School for evening tea, and I had taken my DSLR along. The students were so excited when they saw the camera, and they wanted to take pictures with it. It was a bright afternoon, just perfect for some nice photos and I had requested some of the students of the photography club to take pictures of me with the students of standard 5. There were so many children who showed interest in clicking pictures and especially it was 2 girls, who had come along promising to take pictures of us. They made me pose with the 5th standard kids for the photos and we spent almost an hour near the kitchen area taking photos. I was left astounded by their talent in photography. The children of 5 were equally innovative and started posing for photos immediately. The young photographers had perfectly captured every moment, with their proficient skills. What surprised me very much was the level of co-operation and camaraderie that they had exhibited during the photo session. Some students, who had not used a camera before, also came forward to take photos (being inspired by these girls) and being tech-savvy kids, they learnt everything about its operation in an instant. I would like to share a few photos that were taken on that day.
Enrichment, Education and Entertainment at Ooty Literary Festival
There was a Literary Festival at the Nilgiri Library, Ooty on 13th and 14th of September, 2019. Sixteen students of our school along with three teachers participated in the festival on 13-9-19 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. There was a series of talk sessions by authors and discussions on various topics, and was moderated by an eminent personality in each session on these two days.
Our students attended the festival and interacted very well with authors and other participants. Jerry Pinto, Author, the Sahitya Akademi Awardee, and Advisor of Ooty Literary Festival had long conversation with our students and exhorted them to read beyond textbooks to be successful personalities in life. He also said that everyone is unique and he or she has to decide their future or the purpose of life themselves.
While interacting with the author Indu Mallah, who is a writer, poet, critic and social activist living in Ooty, our students were encouraged to read poems. She pointed out that she enjoys every day morning coffee with some or other pomes and gets inspiration instead of morning newspapers. Aroon Raman, Priya Sarukkai Chabria were a few other authors with whom our students interacted.
We also visited a Book stall in the festival and procured some books for our library.
This visit was informative and motivational in many ways than one. Our students were highly benefitted by this visit.