Friday, February 19, 2010

Sports Day

On February 15, NIRMAN held its Sports Day. Students from Pre-Nursery to Grade 8 all competed in events that required them to work as a team. From bucket races to balancing a potato on a spoon, the students had a lot of fun in one of the first hot days of the new year.
Pre-Nursery Event.

Passing the blocks, supposedly one at a time, from one end of the field to the other.

Putting on, and then removing and passing along as fast as possible, the t-shirt.

Blowing the ball from one plate to another with a straw. It's harder than it looks!

Pouring the water - without spilling - from the first container, into the second, and finally into the third.

Racing with a potato, on a spoon, which is held in the mouth.
By far the wettest event! Racing with buckets filled with water.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Performance Competition

On February 11, Vidyashram's four houses (Oz, Narnia, Neverland and Wonderland) in the Nagwa campus engaged in a Performance Competition. Each house developed a set of characters with costumes and acting, linked by a theme. The performances were dramatically different. Some looked at the environment, while others were more whimsical and used music to capture the mood of childhood dreams. The students had fun performing their plays and the audience enjoyed watching them.
Students taking a bow.

Audience enjoying the performances.

Dr. Som Majumdar's Birthday

On February 8, NIRMAN commemorated the birthday of Dr. Som Majumdar, the first director. A classical sitar player himself, he wanted to build a school that would foster in children an appreciation of music and the arts. In his memory, the school invited two young musicians, Anjali Sharma (sitar) and Sandeep Kewle (tabla) for a performance. After the concert, the children asked questions about the musicians and the instruments. It was a fitting way to honour Dr. Majumdar, by celebrating his passion for music and creativity.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Parent Meetings

On February 6, the parents of students attending the Vidyashram Southpoint School came to the campus. The parents had the opportunity to discuss their child's latest work with his/her respective teachers, and meet other parents.

After the individualized meetings. there was a parents' workshop. After some announcements, the teachers led the parents in a few group activities that the children do at school. The pre-school teachers coached the parents in joining paper strips of different colours in patters to create a paper garland. The primary school teachers played a word game, to show how even a practice exercise can be interesting. The middle school teachers had parents listen to an article about rising costs, and pictorially depict how the story affects their lives. The aim was for parents to see how concrete and useful visualizing information is.

Parents discuss their child's progress with teachers. 

Parents engaged in group activities (1/2).

Parents engaged in group activities (2/2).

The parents' activities reflected the educational objective of NIRMAN, which is to encourage learning, and make the experience interactive and fun.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Republic Day

This Republic Day was a bittersweet occasion. While the school had scheduled to hold a field day to celebrate the holiday, some news from Betawar changed the plan. A child from the village campus passed away unexpectedly from the cold weather. Accordingly, the field day was postponed, and students, faculty, staff and parents commemorated the holiday and the student's memory. The children raised the flag, sang the national anthem, and shared their thoughts about the significance of the constitution. After the speeches and the anthem, those who knew the student best paid their respect to him and his family. The holiday took a new meaning, highlighting the need to live up to the potential of the constitution, and the imperative to work to solve problems that cause pain in the form of preventable tragedies.

Nagwa children assemble for Republic Day.

Irfana Majumdar talks with Nagwa students.

Republic Day at the Betawar campus.