Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teacher’s Day 2011 - Samarpan

The dawn of 5th September brought with it an auspicious breeze. It was the day when the students came to pay their dakshina to their Gurus, the day to remember how they have reached to this position that they are standing now, the day to pay a tribute to their beloved teachers. Yes friends that grand day was Teacher’s day. I have experienced in A.V.M. that ‘Teacher’s do not teach they inspire’. It simply means that Teacher’s don’t teach us to go through life but grow through life.

In today’s world, people are becoming more inclined towards e-learning. Electronic technology is trying to take the place of teachers but not at Atmiya Vidya Mandir because it is a different school. Here we believe in the tradition of Guru and shishya and so this day is celebrated here with grandeur. This year it was entitled ‘Samarpan’ which means surrendering to the wisdom of the teachers. The most amazing thing about today’s celebration was that the whole event was organized by the team of 11th standard students. It was so grand that it is difficult to express in words. The event began when the teachers were escorted by the students to their seats on a floral carpet and greeted with hand-made cards. A melodious tune on flute played by Bhoolku Ghanshyam then warmed up the atmosphere. The poojan was offered to Thakorji and the auspicious lamp was lit by respected Principal Sir, Dr. Vijay Patel.

The function was anchored by Bhoolku Sahishnu and Bhoolku Aniruddh. The humour was nicely incorporated in their anchoring and that made the event lively. A presentation was shown about the importance of the day that is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishanan, a great teacher of India. Later on some teachers were interviewed. I still remember the answer given by Kshitij Sir. The question asked was “What makes you a passionate teacher?” And the answer given was “My students make me a passionate teacher.”

Following the interview, a presentation was also shown about our spiritual master and eternal teacher, P.P. Hariprasad Swamiji. Then, a student, Bhoolku Deval expressed his respect to the teachers through a heartfelt song. Later an inspiring skit was performed on how a teacher can bring transformation in student’s life which was directed and enacted by the students. It was followed by an emotional tribute by Vishlesh Gondalia and Atmiya K. Patel through short speeches, to all the teachers who have helped the students in their life’s journey at AVM. Next, there was a breath taking dance choreographed and performed by the students of Std. 9 and 10. In the end a slide show was shown on sweet memories of teachers with students, which was cheered by all the students.

The most memorable moment of the event was a concluding prayer offered by the students to express their gratitude, love and respect for the teachers. The prayer was so touching that all the teachers were in tears. Through prayer the students confessed with utmost humility that they were nothing without teachers.

We the students of A.V.M., are really thankful to all the teachers….

क्योंकि अगर आप न होते तो हम न होते, अगर आप न होते, तो ये खुशियाँ न होती, अगर आप न होते, तो हमारे गम न मिटते, अगर आप न होते, तो ये ज़िन्दगी रोशन न होती, अगर आप न होते तो ये जग सुना-सुना-सा होता।

आपने हमें जीना सिखाया,

आपने जो दिया...वो ना ही लौटाया जा सकता है, ना ही व्यक्त किया जा सकता है। आपने तो बस हमारे ही ख्वाब बुने। हमने जो सपने देखे, उसे आपने सच बनाएँ, आप है, तो ज़िन्दा है हम।

आपके के पास जो है, वह तोला नहीं जा सकता, लेकिन फिर भी आपने हमें चुना।

आपसे ज्ञान लेकर आगे बढ़ने का सोचा; लेकिन हमारी तो ख़्वाईश यही है कि हम जितने भी दूर जाएँ.....वापस आपके पास ही आए और आपको चिल्ला-चिल्लाकर कहें—“THANK YOU TEACHERS”, क्योंकि गर आप है, तो ज़िंदा है हम।

A.V.M. teachers do not teach us history, but inspire to create history.

Written by: Harshit Mehta (Std.VII B)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

संवेदना छोटे से जीव की - 2

Std 9B: Gillu - by Aditya Killa, Raj Panpaliya

Std 9B: Gillu - by Harsh, Harshil, Tanmay, Vishesh

Std 9B: Gillu - by Roshan, Sachin

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

संवेदना छोटे से जीव की - 1

Std 9B: Gillu - by Mayank Watwani, Samay Jain
Std 9B: Gillu - by Love Patel, Parth Amipara
Std 9B: Gillu - by Fenil Patodiya

Saturday, September 10, 2011

‘The Life of Lord Krishna’ by Suhradam House

Suhradam House had the privilege and pleasure of celebrating Janmashtami – Lord Krishna’s birthday and depicts some important aspects of the most illustrious and enlightened man of the era- the Lord Krishna. The whole week was celebrated on the value “The life of Lord Krishna”.

The first two days of Suhradam House assembly was dedicated to the childhood of Lord Krishna. The childhood of Lord Krishna was spent in Gokul, Vrundavan. The foster parents Nand-Yashoda nurtured him with great zeal, love and care. As a child he killed many evils and demons and saved the people of Gokul from the clutches of Kans.

A video was also shown on the incidences in Sandeepanee Ashram where his quality of obedience was well depicted as he was the most obedient disciple of his Guru.

Then, the next day was dedicated on the rare quality of true friendship. Sudama was from a poor family and Lord Krishna belonged to the royal family, but this difference in social status did not come in the way of his friendship. As they lost contact over the years, Krishna became the King of Dwarika while Sudama lived as a humble impoverished villager. Sometimes later, Sudama remembered their friendship and thought of seeking help from Lord Krishna. Though initially reluctant to go to his friend for help, Sudama finally goes with some beaten rice as a token of love and also that he had nothing else to offer him. Lord Krishna was greatly pleased to see his old friend. He treats him royally with much love. Overwhelmed by all this, Sudama forgets to ask him for help. But Lord Krishna realizes his friend’s need and grants him with everything he desires. A video was shown in the Jr. as well as the Sr. assembly on it.

The topic for the soft board chosen by Suhradam House was very informative. It was the seven natural wonders and seven industrial wonders. The students decorated the board very artistically. Each picture was hand-painted by the artists of the house.

Another important aspect was that of a saviour of the Universe. Throughout his life, Lord Krishna kept on awakening and evoking everyone against injustice. Lord Krishna had taken birth to abolish the filth of injustice from the Earth.

The week ended with a melodious and heart-warming dance drama performed by the enthusiastic group of Suhradam House. The dance included all the phases of the dynamic personality-from childhood to the charioteer of Arjun in the Mahabharata. The entire Suhradam house students’ had put in a lot of efforts to make the event successful.

Historically, Lord Krishna occupies an extremely important and significant position in the Great War Mahabharata.

All through the week, children learnt numerous qualities of Lord Krishna like friendship, opposing injustice, being obedient to the Gurus, guide and much more. The thoughts and speeches were shared by students of various grades in both the assembly.

Submitted by: Suhradam House

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Great Explorations!

“Science is nothing else but perception” - Plato.

Atmiya Vidya Mandir School believes the only way in which we can equip a new generation to cope with a rapidly changing environment is, to teach them How and Why behind natural and non made phenomenon.

On August 27, 2011, the Science Department of AVM presented an exciting event of Inter House Science Competition.

Opportunities for learning exist everywhere! This Science Competition was an attempt of showing some ways, in which these opportunities can be made use of.

Science Competition highlighted the following events:

· Visual Quiz for Standard I and II

· Live video demonstration Quiz for standard III and IV

· Poster making and presentation for standard V and VI

· Team challenge for standard VII and VIII

· Group presentation for standard IX and X

From Junior group, each participant was engaged in joyful exploration of the scientific world around and harmonizing with it.

During the team challenge activity, the team participants were asked to design a bridge from the given sheets of paper and resource material. Surprisingly the paper bridges were found sturdy enough after the verification of their strength!

Participants of standard IX and X were allotted the topics a week earlier and they were allowed to proceed with their scientific views, keeping presentation outline in mind.

The topics chosen by Science team was

· Satyam House: Sound and its applications/ dispersion and scattering of light

· Shivam House: Chemical Reactions

· Sundaram House: Nervous System (Control and coordination)

· Suhradam House: Exploring Universe

This event was the combination of several scientific skills. The teacher’s role in all activities was not of transforming information but rather one of being a facilitator, a leader and a resource person in a learning process.

The activities were designed to encourage students to observe and explore their environment; to understand relationship in nature and between human and nature; and to learn better how humans are an integral part of the intricate web of life.

Learning Science can be more fun, both for the student and teachers, when it’s based on real experience. We hope that these activities will lead to Joy of understanding, a process in which both students and adults enjoy exploring their environment together.

The entire events were meticulously judged by Honorable Principal Dr. Vijay Patel along with Dr. Rupashree Madam. Vijay Sir announced Satyam House as the overall winner and enlightened the students to promote the analytical ability to develop scientific approach towards the life.

Written by: Archana Madam and Kshitij Sir

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Janmashtmi Celebration

The rhythmic drum beat was melting into the jade surroundings of the school….., the hullabaloo was on its peak……., children preparing and planning in groups, the fun unbolted and chaos organized……it was the occasion of Janmashtami and ‘matki phod' event celebrating birthday of the legend Lord Krishna, as during His childhood, He used to form human pyramids to break the pot of butter that was hung far above to keep it out of His reach.

No less than that of Lord Krishna’s childhood, the Gopalas of Atmiya Vidya Mandir were all set to break an earthen pot (handi or matki) suspended with a rope at a height by making human pyramid. Adding more to this excitement, the team of sports teachers planned this as a challenge among the students of different classes. The idea was to create a mound comprising of the team members in an endeavor to crack the pot and grab the contents. The quickest wins the contest.

The hanging pot was filled with chocolates and sweets wrapped in colorful paper. "When the pot is broken, the chocolate and sweets fall out, sending the kids into a frenzy of delight," In an attempt to reach the pot, kids huddled together to form a human pyramid making it to a convenient height. The event witnessed a lot of fun filled moments, the students of class IX made several attempts with the pyramid but falling as one of them reached the top. But each fall infused more and more enthusiasm and they got into the huddle again and again with double the energy and determination.

The festival indirectly taught them the learning of team work and gave them many fun filled moments that they will cherish for life. The most exciting scene of the event was when students of class X strategized and formed a strong human pyramid to reach the dahi matki suspended at great height. Onlookers were throwing water on the students in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. This event proved to be a perfect amalgamation of sport and fun and providing students an opportunity to be adventurous and to show team spirit and unity... The event ended with the kids playing and engaging into a fun filled water dance.

The teachings of Lord Krishna’s life were all inclusive in the celebration as students were also explained about Lord Krishna as an ideal personality. The preacher of Gita, Lord Krishna's life is an example, which reflected the power of character. On this very auspicious day, in the morning assembly of Suhradam House, Students were told that Lord Krishna was a true disciple, a friend in need and a compassionate companion. Students were also explained how one can succeed in professional and personal life by learning and trying to emulate Lord Krishna as personification of love and affection and emotionally intelligent.
Thus AVM celebrates Janmashtami, the birth of one of our most loved Gods: Krishna. The festival which reminds us that no matter how hard evil tries, it cannot win over good.