For friends with paws

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
We, the seventh graders had a chance to interact with a dog behaviourist, Mr Karthik Ramasubramaniam who owns a company called “The Urban Pet” where he helps
animals. He sells pet accessories and offers different services and health-related items. He provides services like grooming, pet baths and dog training. From what we saw, we were astonished to see the way he interacted with dogs. It seems like he understands them like we aren’t able to. During the conversation, Mr. Karthik showed us what signs to be aware of, how to tell what the dogs want, and how to watch out for signs of aggression
or anxious behaviour. He made us aware of some of the suffering that many dogs face. Most dogs are abandoned on the streets, inexperienced families realize that they
aren’t capable of taking on such a big responsibility are dumped in overcrowded animal shelters. I know that the sight of a puppy with its cute eyes and soft fur is too much for us to say no to, but think before you get this puppy. If you work for long hours, do you have
someone who will give the puppy the love it deserves? If not, think again, there’s no point in taking the puppy home but then later bringing it back. Owning a pet is a
privilege that comes with responsibilities. A pet needs to be housed, fed and cared for properly, to ensure an acceptable level of well-being.I think that animal welfare is
a very serious topic and it is important to raise awareness in our communities so that people may be more empowered to offer help! The more people know about it,
the more people want to help. Students of grade 7A, as part of the SAA initiative, will raise
awareness in our school & apartments educating people about animal rights – responsible pet ownership, ethical breeders v/s not ethical breeders, pet adoption, volunteering at shelters, to name a few.


Including one amongst all

Is inclusiveness just the act of making friends, of not bullying someone or protecting someone from bullies? Through our talk with Miss Sheetal we learnt that inclusiveness is much more. Miss Sheetal showed us that inclusiveness is not just the absence of bullying but the basic quality of including many different types of people and treating them with respect and equality. As our session began, Miss Sheetal first divided us into groups and gave us several situations that we had to classify under bullying, not bullying and maybe. This activity gave us an insight into what kinds of bullying take place in schools and how that may negatively affect a child. After this understanding, she told us about the four different types of bullying – physical, verbal, social and cyber. Learning about these types, we were able to identify and learn the negative effects that bullying may have on
someone and we were able to relate with it as all of us have been in similar situations at some point. To conclude, through this session, we have acknowledged that bullying is bullying and all types of bullying are bad. No matter how intense, bullying is always bad. After this session, we were able to connect bullying to inclusiveness more efficiently and have understood that as students of such a school, we are lucky to be here and must learn to treat our seniors, juniors, classmates and teachers with respect and utmost equality.

The healing touch of compassion

On 17th August students of DP 1 and DP 2 went for a visit to an old age daycare centre – Nightingale Sandhya Kirana located at Shantinagar, Bangalore. Three days before the visit students of DP came up with a plan to raise money to serve them food and run a newspaper drive for that. We collected almost 20K through this and tonnes of newspaper.
On the day of the visit, we reached the centre and were first introduced to the elder’s exercise routine, which is meant to strengthen their joints. The most interesting thing about the routine was the modified version of the Surya Namaskar, which suited the elders.
This organization works with elders in many ways – providing them daycare, providing them training in first aid and by treating elders with Dementia and Alzheimers. They also engage with the issue of elder abuse. Along with working with elders, they work
with their families and encourage families to take care of their elders living with them.
I realised how important it is to interact with elders and how happy children can make them. One big learning I will take forward is the importance of interacting with and including elders. I will make sure I talk to my grandparents and other elders in my family
more often. I will also treat all the elders I meet with respect, humility and compassion.


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