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|Joyous December |
Health & Hygiene Workshop by Smile Foundation for High School Girls
Better India Interaction with our students
Preparations for restarting Anjana Science Club Activities
Visit by Dr. K. R. Raveendra & Team
Closure of Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman Project
14 December : Interaction of CAL students with Better India
24 December : Christmas Celebrations
Anjana Science Club
Visit : Prof. Dr. K. R Raveendra, Bangalore Medical College & Team
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF ANJANA VIDYA KENDRA HIGH SCHOOL
|Important Activities and Events of the Month|
Negotiation Skills for Girls: Training Session
Our School and Students Feature in COP26 Climate Summit
Smile Foundation – Invited Talks by our Teachers
Chess Training Week & Children’s Day
SALESFORCE CLIMATE ACTION LAB
Climate Action Lab, a programme developed by Salesforce.org to nurture and support a generation of future leaders and environmental campaign groups. Through a range of projects that combine science and technology, students develop a wealth of skills useful all their lives. The project initially developed in Davos was extended to three locations around the world. We are extremely happy that Salesforce found Anjana School an ideal location for CAL (India). The project focused on three important environmental issues – monitoring air quality, studying wildlife by imaging and soundscape recording and analysing microplastics in waterways. In spite of students staying away from school due to frequent covid-induced lockdowns, our students were able to contribute meaningfully to the project, guided by a young team of teachers and volunteers. Apart from gaining precious knowledge through these activities, the experience they acquired through regular interactions with their peers at the other three CAL labs was more precious and this would positively impact their lifestyle choices and their career progression.
The unique learning platform trained students to develop ownership and responsibility for their Climate Action Lab, experiencing full processes from the setting-up and deployment of equipment as well as monitoring and analysing the data they acquired and drawing meaningful conclusions. They regularly shared their findings and discoveries with both local and global communities. With the real data at their hand students were able to plan their actions to invoke changes through building awareness and also contribute to the existing global collaborative environmental science research platforms.
November 01 : Karnataka Rajyotsava Celebrations
Anjana celebrated Karnataka Rajyotsava in the backdrop of demise of popular Kannnada cine actor Sri. Puneeth Rajkumar and also the covid restrictions imposed by the department of public Instruction. Children got a chance to engage in cultural activities after a long wait of nearly 18 months. The program commenced by observing a minute of silence as a mark of respect to Sri. Puneeth Rajkumar followed by hoisting of Karnataka flag by our Patron Sri. Srinivasa Palepu. Children and teachers sang Kuvempu’s Nadageethe and other popular Rajyotsava songs. Senior students highlighted the importance of the day by recollecting the events that led to the formation of Karnataka state. Children eagerly waited to witness several dance events by their friends dressed in typical karnataka colours. As always, the stage materials, prepration, costumes and makeup were taken care by the teachers with the help of support staff. It was a simple-yet- a-GRAND event.
Negotiation Skills /Art of Communication
Leadership training involves children learning to communicate effectively. The art of negotiation becomes necessary in solving disputes amicably. A trainer from Smile Foundation conducted a three-hour session for our girl students on the art of communication and Negotiation for an effective and harmonious way of solving disputes
Orientation of Staff : Smile Foundation Initiative
Our Teachers Sreenidhi and Arun provided training to teachers of Smile Foundation-supported schools on teaching science using a hands-on approach or Activity-based learning and using appropriate technology in classroom teaching. Both Sreenidhi and Arun have a wealth of experience in these emerging areas having used these techniques extensively in their classrooms. The highlight of their talks was that all the presentation material they prepared and shared with their audience was based on their own learning and experience
Children’s Day 2021
14 November: Children’s Day: A week-long training session culminated in a Chess Competition for all grades on Children’s Day. Medals and Trophies were distributed as prizes to the grade-level winners and the champions at the school level (primary and High School). Kruthika of 9th Grade was the school champion.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF ANJANA VIDYA KENDRA HIGH SCHOOL
Important Activities and Events of the Month
- Gandhi-Shastri Jayanti Celebrations
- Navaratri Celebrations –Gombe Pradarshana
- Mask and Sanitiser Distribution by Lam Research
- Premanjali Gratitude Day Celebrations
- Primary School Reopens after Covid
- Salesforce Volunteering
- Smile Foundation – Scholarship Program Meet
- Nandini cow and her calf donated by Sri. Sridhar
SCHOOLS OPEN AFTER COVID FOR REGULAR CLASSES
Schools opened for Grades 9 to 12 on August 23 and students of Grades 6, 7 and 8 were allowed to attend physical classes on September 6. Finally, Primary School Children entered the school after a gap of 18 months on 25 October. The school is operating all its grades adhering to all the Covid regulations imposed by the Board of Education. It is heartening to note that attendance in all the grades is more than 90%.
GANDHIJI-SASTRIJI JAYANTHI CELEBRATIONS 2 OCTOBER
The month started with celebrating the Birthdays of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahaddur Shastry. Headmaster Sujay led a team of teachers and students to sing favourite songs of Gandhiji. Headmaster in his talk highlighted the qualities of two great leaders relevant to all ages.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYZHaLlNzIQ&feature=youtu.be
ERECTION OF A NEW STRUCTURE “ WISDOM GATE” COMPLETED ON 2 OCTOBER
NAVARATRI CELEBRATIONS COMMENCED ON 6TH OF OCTOBER with arranging of traditional dolls, called Golu or “Gombe Pradarshana”. Mr Anantraman lead the team of teachers and students for chanting and a set of traditional Bhajans
PREMANJALI GRATITUDE DAY 22 OCTOBER
Brahmi School observes the Birthday of Philanthropist Sri. Late K.T Narayan’s Birthday as Gratitude Day. It has been a practice to honor a Retired Teacher on this occasion and perform Gopuja. Dr Channa Raju highlighted the contributions of Premanjali Trust towards our educational programs and Food Program initiated by Sri. KTN.
Sri. S.N Vijayasarathi (SNV), Retired Headmaster, Sri Ranganatha High School, Kalkunte in Rural Bangalore was our guest of honour for the occasion this year. Our children and teachers were beneficiaries of his words of wisdom.
SALESFORCE VOLUNTEERING 29 OCTOBER
Mr. Sebastian and Team of Volunteers from Salesforce visited the school for a day of volunteering and engaged children of 6th and 7th grade in Fun Games, Life skills Training and Chess & Carom Training Sessions. The team also held a drawing/painting competition for the children and donated a set of indoor and shuttle badminton sports items to the school
SMILE FOUNDATION WORKSHOP ON 30 OCTOBER
Smile Foundation organized a workshop on Cyber Security for our High School students and Teachers
It is heartening to see children of all grades back in school from 25th October
Nandini and her baby boy are the new members in our Goshala. This Gir family was gifted to our Goshala by Sri. Sridhar and facilitated by Sri. Satish Paladi
With gratitude we thank
Parent Council , Team of Teachers and Support Staff
OUR PARTNERS, PATRONS & DONORS
Anjana Vidya Kendra School, Desapandeguttahalli, Kalkunte Post, Bangalore – 560067, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph:9448584569 WWW.BRAHMI.ORG
I , a happy teacher at Anjana, like to share my views about ‘WHY ANJANA IS DIFFERENT?’
- Most of the schools prevail in a concrete jungle. Even my schooling was done in one of such a ‘jungle’. When I entered here, I was wonder-struck! I couldn’t believe my eyes. A school in the cradle of Mother Nature. Fascinating flora flavored the whole environment. If a person visits a place like this once, he / she would feel rejuvenated at least for a couple of months. And such a place is going to be my workplace! The very thought of it delighted me. This delectation is continuing forever to all the people present here. If I have to express this in a few words, I would just say that ‘Anjana is a paradise on earth!
- I do still remember that my schoolmates and I just merely existed as students in our school life. But here, I found that each and every child is living its life as a happy student. The students are not just having the education but experiencing it! For instance, a lesson about germination is not taught using the blackboard and a chalk in the class room but with seeds and soil in the garden. And that is Anjana!
- Our school constantly takes efforts in building a healthy society by caring the health of each and every student. Not just mid-day meals are given here but 100% balanced diet has been provided to all the students. Valuable greens are cooked often to compensate for the nutritional needs of the children.
- The values of our rich tradition and culture are transitioned to our children through celebration of festivals and events. All children participate actively and by that they understand the core reason as well as value in celebrating the festivals of our soil. We celebrate all festivals in our school. Kids feel happy to do Aarthi to Jesus on Christmas day.
I had just mentioned four reasons as answers to the question, ‘Why Anjana is different?’ but there are plenty of other reasons as well. When other institutions pat their own shoulders and declare their students as ‘Best students’, I would definitely say that our students are ‘Blessed students’!
Wish you all happy and colorful deepavali 2020 from AVK Team. Thanks to our teacher, Ms. Sukanya, please find the yearly updates from AVK campus and will be posting newsletter on quarterly basis going forward…..
NEWSLETTER OF ANJANA VIDYA KENDRA – November 2020
Namaste, welcome to our latest newsletter! This edition is about sharing news regarding the school and the students in the year 2020 and also about sharing the spirit of giving a holistic education. We value our relationship with you and looking forward to your involvement with us in the years to come to make it as a role-model school for the rural children.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20
Thirty three SSLC students (17 girls & 16 boys) of our school had written the board exam amidst Corona challenge. We achieved 100% results again in the board examination with 8 distinctions. We are determined to continue this achievement in the forthcoming years too.
School operations were shut-down in mid-march as per instructions from education department. All other classes (1-9) were auto-promoted without any examination this year due to pandemic restrictions.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21
CORONA – The hardest challenge to the world. But we encountered it bravely focusing on TEACHERS’ EMPOWERMENT. Our teachers were back to school in the second half of May, 2020 (by following all the terms and conditions as specified by the government rules) Our teachers were empowered by the latest techniques of teachings. Some of them were as follows:
TUTOR ON ONLINE CLASSES FOR TEACHERS
All the teachers were introduced to the next level of teaching – The Online Classes! Through webinar from EducationKnot, experts tutored our teachers to handle the online classes.
POWER – POINT PRESENTATION
All the teachers were taught to do the power-point presentation. Weekly once, the teachers exhibited their presentations among themselves.
PHONEMIC AWARENESS CLASSES
The primary teachers were trained to teach the method of reading for the primary children using phonemics. This method gave a different dimension of teaching ‘How to read in English?’
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION CLASSES
Our School founder, Mr.Channaraju had started this class for all the teachers to improve their English and communication skills. Along with the communication skills, the interpersonal skills were also focused in the class.
We reached our students, who were left isolated in their homes, by whatsapp classes. These whatsapp classes were found to be very effective for all the students.
ONLINE CLASSES FOR STUDENTS
We had started online classes for the students of 9th and 10th grade. We’re able to reach our students through advanced level of teaching. These online classes proved the beautiful saying- ‘One should never be limited by challenges’.
EMPLOYEES’ CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
The staff children were given special coachings by our teachers. Not only in the areas of curricular activities but also in the areas of extra-curricular activities. For instance, songs of various languages were taught to the primary level children. Crafts were taught to these children for their skill development. They are provided with milk in the mornings and lunch.
EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS OF THE YEAR 2020
We continued to celebrate major festivals in school both in pre and during corona period by following social distancing.
Hope this letter helps you to be aware of happenings in Anjana. Going forward, will share these information on quarterly basis.
We would like to thank all the volunteers, the well wishers and the donors who had given generously of their time and energy towards helping the school to progress even in the challenging period of Covid – 19 – The pandemic. We are looking forward to your involvement and suggestions for improving all the areas which lead to our students’ development.
Happy Deepavali and advance wishes for a bright 2021 ahead!
Salesforce QTC are the usual suspects at our campus and this time we have thrown a new challenge to them, which is to build a hut for nursery plants. This assignment involves both mental and physical work. It requires to tickle the grey cells to come up with optimal dimensions for the hut. Though the location was chosen by the expert committee at the campus, the planning and execution was a combined effort of Salesforce QTC and Anjana.
- Identify the right baboo
- Trim the projects
- Transport to the location through human chain
- Dig pits to drop the cement poles.
- Place the supporting poles at appropriate location/distance and
- Tie the bamboo to the poles
- Prepare the structure.
Salesforce steam had to pause for stage 2 and post lunch they induled in the usual tasks of spending time with the motherless calf and attended to mundane tasks related to cow farm and spending time with the veggies.
Stay Tuned for Stage 2.
No it is not Fake news. Salesforce believes in work hard and hāʻawing hard.
hāʻawi: giving in hawaiian language.
Yes Salesforce was hāʻawiing on a bright Tuesday morning at one of their favorite volunteering spot. Mentoring, engaging kids through sports, framing, cryptography all happening @ one place.
Bitcoin, cryptocurrency etc. are the buzzwords and salesforce gave a glimpse of the same to our students.
Composite move: Salesforce do get their hands dirty in coding, this time they got dirt on their hands with organic farming. Maneuvering manure on a 4-wheel Push-Kart was the highlight. Digging their way through the pile of composite, transporting to the kart though human chain and getting to the the bed for the veggies, all happening in synchronously. Curious, take a look at the pictures.
Sowing time: Getting the farming bed ready for sowing. This Salesforce is doing it for the 3rd time and now they have got the idea on how it works.
Another milestone by Salesforce QTC team and this time on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Last time when they were here it was Diwali with plants and this time Guru Nanak Jayanti with Guru’s and Children. On this auspicious day, Salesforce QTC Volunteering team spend time with 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade kids in giving them “Gyan” on real life experiences and how one has to deal with challenges that are not taught in class room but faced by them in real life.
Engaging with Kids: There is nothing noble than donating time for the education of a child and I am very grateful for Salesforce team engaging kids and giving them a different perspective of real world scenarios.
Learning by doing: The new New science Lab was inaugurated with the support of Global spirit and TCS. On the day of inauguration, Gurus and Children demonstrated one chemical reaction and coule of physics demonstrations.
Organic Farming: After a day long with budding flowers, the children of Anjana, Salesforce QTC team shifted gears to budding seedlings. They wanted to get their hands dirty and they have got what they have asked for. This time they planted cabbage and chilli seedlings/saplings.
Diwali Organic Farming Status: Efforts put in by Salesforce QTC during their last volunteering has started bearing fruits or veggies. Below images show the growth on the organic beds worked upon by the Salesforce QTC team.
Another milestone for Anjana Kendra and Salesforce together and many more to come.