Teachers’ day, as everyone knows, is celebrated on the 5th of September. This year, our
school celebrated this notable day through exceptional songs, dances and performances
by the students themselves. The students of grade 7B put together a performance that
would display our appreciation for our prodigious teachers. The assembly started off with
a skit that displayed the difference between what teachers expect and what really happens. This was just a way to show the teachers how we can never live up to their expectations but we love them even though we can be a bit of a handful sometimes. The next item on the show was the reciting of a shloka and a doha. This recital laid out how teachers have been celebrated for centuries and how their role in society is worshipped.
The last performance was a dance. This dance was choreographed by students of grade 7B. They danced to the favourite songs of their teachers. The dance was accompanied by a powerpoint presentation with a little message to each of the teachers. Through our ‘Teachers’ Day extravaganza’, three charming and witty anchors played around charming the audience. They were really able to make everyone laugh and make everyone feel special. Once again, Happy Teachers’ Day to all of our extraordinary teachers!
MEHER BHUNIA & LARA NAMBISAN (G7-B)
A day at Nandi Hills
Students of Grade 4 inquired into the unit on biodiversity to explore the flora and fauna and interdependence between living things in an ecosystem. Learning goes beyond the
classroom and knowledge is gained through experiences and exploring the outside world.It started with an exciting drive to Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurga, at 6.00 a.m from
school on the 6th of September 2019. The hills are rich in bird life with an evergreen forest patch on top of the hill. The lush greenery of Nandi hills is home to a lot of birds, many of them indigenous. The Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, the Tawny Bellied Babbler, the Puff Throated Babbler and Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher are a few of the many birds found there. Students learned that the animals, birds and plants are interdependent in an ecosystem and their survival depends on the sustainability of the ecosystem. They also learned that instead of relocating species elsewhere, we must preserve their habitats where they will thrive.
Students identified the interdependence between the biotic and abiotic factors and also observed many symbiotic relationships in the environment. They learned about how
humans have positively and negatively impacted the ecosystem in Nandi hills. Students also noted how the lush green trees planted on such a height leads to clouds settling
on them and resulting in dew dripping down trees due to condensation. This also helped them understand how weather changes with altitude. The experts had a discussion
on appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies as being an integral part of preserving biodiversity.The concept of interdependence, sustainability and balance in the ecosystem came out clearly through the discussions.
Ideas @ Neev – With Srinath Raghavan
On August 30, as part of the new initiative “Ideas@Neev,” grades 9-12 met with Srinath Raghavan, an accomplished economist, historian, author, and soldier. As an attendee I found it truly educational.
At the age of 15, Mr.Raghavan faced a dilemma we all face -what am I going to do with my life? At the time, he was not too sure but he was pushed into studying the sciences, leading to him earning an undergraduate degree in physics. However, he was not too interested in
this field, so he looked for other career options. Seeing that many of his friends were enlisting in the army, he decided to follow suit. To his surprise, he fit in the army
perfectly and graduated at the top of his class. After his term in the army, he had cultivated an interest in history, particularly war studies, and decided to join King’s College to pursue this interest. He would study South Asian war studies, and would write multiple books on
the topic, such as “India’s War: World War II and the Making of Modern South Asia” and “War and Peace in Modern India.” He hoped to educate the masses, feeling that history helps us understand ourselves and that it should not be used as a “weapon” in debates and
So, what did we learn? In addition to the importance of history in our lives, we realised the importance of gaining a broad perspective of the world before forming our own perspectives. We saw the importance of being open-minded. Wherever he ventured he always kept an open mind and that has made him so successful today.
SUDHANVA BHARADWAJ (G11)