FAMILY LITERACY DAY
Family Literacy Day is a nationwide awareness campaign that is held on 27th January every year. It aims to cultivate the practice of reading with family members while simultaneously promoting familial bonding. On this occasion Vidya Mandir Estancia with an aim to take this mission forward, encouraged the students from classes 1 to 12 to pick a book of their choice and read it with their family members. It was encouraging to observe that not only the students, but also the parents participated in this activity with enthusiasm.
AZADI KA AMRUT
As part of the on-going celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communication, along with the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, conducted a ‘75 Lakh Postcard Campaign’ through a CBSE WEB-PORTAL.4-12. Students were encouraged to participate in large numbers. Interested students were given the post cards. Students wrote on the following topics:
“Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle”
“My vision for India 2047”
67 entries were obtained, out of which 10 were selected, scanned and uploaded in the portal given in the circular. All the postcards were handed over to the Guduvancherry post office.
NATIONAL MATHEMATICS DAY
The National Mathematics Day was celebrated on 22nd December 2021.The idea was to help the students create interest towards Math. Students participated in the above program with great zeal and enthusiasm. Students also showed their interest through various activities such as Making 3 D shapes, creating cubes using origami, role play, mandala art, magic squares, riddles, puzzles and PowerPoint presentations on ancient maths, Sri Ramanujan inventions and astronomy.
NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY
‘Science of today is the technology of tomorrow’
National science day was celebrated on 28th February 2022 commemorates the invention of the ‘Raman effect’ by the great physicist, Sir C.V.Raman. Students of Class 5 and 12 delivered an enlightened speech which created awareness about the importance of Science used in the daily life of the people.
FASTEST READING CONTEST
“Fastest Reading Contest” was conducted on 31st January 2022 for the students of classes 3, 4 and 5. This challenge was conducted to offer insight into the reading habits of students. It was an attainable yet optimistic goal, and it cleared milestones for students to measure their progress.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION
Class 4 students expressed their views on how education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. The activity made them understand education is one of the key components for an individual’s success.
November 26 is celebrated as Samvidan Diwas (The Constitution Day) to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. As a part of the CBSE activity to instill the sense of patriotism among the young and energetic citizens of future India, a speech on the Preamble of the Indian Constitution was delivered by Vibha of class 8 C to reaffirm our commitment to uphold its ideology. The CBSE portal has also allowed the students, teachers and other citizens to participate in a quiz and read the Preamble.
CBSE EXPRESSION SERIES 2
As part of the celebration of CBSE’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the second expression series was based on the theme ‘People who gave us the 75th year of India’s Independence’. Students from classes 6 to 12 participated actively through essays and paintings,focusing on the freedom fighters from different states and union territories.
The students not only highlighted the achievements and sacrifices done by our National leaders but also threw light on the contributors to the national struggle from their own towns and districts like Dheeran Chinnamalai.
VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK (VAW) 2021
The Vigilance Awareness Week is celebrated annually, aiming at the eradication of corruption and promoting ways to combat it at all levels. This year the Vigilance Awareness week was observed between 26th October, 2021 and 1st November, 2021 on the theme ‘Independent India @ 75: Self Reliance with Integrity.’ In order to inculcate awareness on vigilance in public life, the schools were requested to encourage the teaching and non-teaching staff members and the students of Classes X - XII to take the ‘e - Integrity Pledge’. We at VME, organized this event for the senior students on 1st Nov 2021, during the school assembly. The students and teachers were urged to take the e-pledge on the official portal of the Central Vigilance Commission website. Each participant had received a certificate of participation for the same. Each participant had received a certificate of participation for the same.
WORLD FOOD DAY
The World Food Day was observed on 25.10.21 with great zeal. The idea was to help the students understand the importance of food. The students of classes 4, 6, 7 and 8 were involved in kitchenette activities wherein they made global cuisines.
As a part of the CBSE activity, Gandhi Jayanthi Utsav was celebrated. The Students of classes 3 to 7 took part in the activity with immense enthusiasm. Classes 3 to 5 watched a documentary on the Life history of Mahatma Gandhi which was uploaded in the Zoho class feed. The students of classes 6 and 7 participated with zeal and enthusiasm. The Life history of Mahatma Gandhi was narrated through both English and Tamil videos and blogs. The documentary and blogs were inspirational resources for the students.
AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV
In continuation to our 75th Anniversary of the Indian Independence Day celebrations by the Government of India, the CBSE had proposed to conduct a series of events under the theme "AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV".
A poster making activity and a paragraph writing activity were conducted on the theme "freedom fighters" for the month of September 2021. Students of classes 3, 4 and 5 exhilarated patriotisms through their paragraph writings by depicting the struggle faced by our freedom fighters. Students from classes 8 and 9 too had participated enthusiastically. Judging every piece of activity written by the students showcased the patriotism the students had on the struggles our freedom fighters went through to get us freedom.
FIRST AID TRAINING
Take some time to learn first Aid and CPR. It saves lives, and it works.”- Bobby Sherman
The purpose of first aid is to minimize injury, future disability and to keep the victim alive. A First aid training was organized in our school for teaching faculty, non-teaching faculty and all the support staff, on 25.09.21, which is definitely one of the most significant events for a school. The training was conducted by Mr.Karalmarks and Mr.Surrender from ALERT, a non-profit organization, serving for over a decade, working to ensure ‘Right to Life’,
The main aim of the session was to train the members to give proper first aid during the Golden Hour, which is considered to be the lifesaving moment. The teachers also had a few practical sessions-hands on training, to act as a first responder. Some of the topics covered during this basic life support training were – Good Samaritan Law, Chain of survival, Vitals, Recovery position, CPR, Bleeding, Fracture and Choking.
“Save the layer that roof the earth”
“World Ozone layer protection Day” was celebrated on the 16th of September 2021. Diverse activities like collage making, quiz, talk show and seminar were conducted. The aim of the celebration was to create an awareness on climate change and Ozone Depletion. The entire endeavour inculcates the value and need to protect this fragile shield of gas. It was an enriching and memorable experience for all the students which enlightened their role as responsible citizens.
The International Charity Day was celebrated on the 4th of September with great enthusiasm. The theme focused on the importance of helping others. Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crisis, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations. The students enthusiastically participated in these activities, by creating a short film and distributing food packets.
READ INDIA CELEBRATION
The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) conducted various events for young minds. The event was celebrated based on the theme ‘Read India’. Students of all age groups were encouraged to exhibit their talents by either submitting an essay from the topics given by CBSE or chanting a slogan.
Swachhta Pakhwada was observed from September 1st to 15th, 2021. Variety is the spice of life. A medley of various activities were organized with interest as per the specifications and norms of CBSE. The objective of these activities was to enhance awareness on Swachhta especially during the pandemic.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
The International Literacy Day was commemorated on the 8th of September with great fervor and ardor. The theme focused on the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies. It also highlighted the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. Students of classes 3-12 enthusiastically participated in various activities, such as story narration, vocabingle, speech, essay writing, poetry writing and debate with zeal in order to mark the importance of literacy and to remind that literacy is a right.
மாணவர்கள் தங்கள் படைப்பாற்றல் மற்றும் பேசுதல் திறனை முறையே கட்டுரை, கடிதம் மற்றும் விவாதமேடை மூலமாக வெளிப்படுத்தினர். மிகுந்த ஆர்வத்துடன் பங்கு கொண்டது பாராட்டுதற்குரியது.
AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV
The 75th anniversary of India’s Independence was celebrated with a series of events under the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Class 4 & 5 displayed their artistic skills through an array of thought provoking posters on freedom fighters and their sacrifices to earn our freedom. V.S.Harshavardhan of Class XII made a presentation on the 5 pillars of the theme - Freedom, Achievements, Ideas, Actions and Resolve. Jasmitha of class X, addressed the students on the freedom struggle by our valiant leaders and the pride in celebrating Independence Day.
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THE JAIPUR DEBATE
The Jaipur debate started off with a welcoming ceremony on the 12th of August 17, 2021 at 3:15 pm. The debaters were welcomed by the organizers and briefed on how the program would progress. The organizers also went through the rules of the Turncoat Round which would occur later in the day, as well as answered the attendees' doubts on the same. The attendees were also treated to a very innovative and inspiring speech. After a break succeeding the opening ceremony, the Senior Debaters of VME attended their Turncoat round during their allotted times. In the Turncoat round, debaters were given a topic and were periodically asked to “turn the coat” or switch their stance on the topic. Each participant was given ten minutes to prepare, during which internet access was banned. This round encouraged spontaneity and creative thinking, as well as the ability of the debaters to quickly change their stance. Unfortunately, neither of the VME teams were able to clear this round. However, the debaters learnt what to expect from such an event in the future, as well as improved their debating and creative thinking skills. The VME debaters who attended this program will be better equipped to tackle and win similar programs in the future.
The Jaipur debate served as a wonderful experience. There were three preliminary rounds and in each round we had different themes such as health care, pop culture and education. We won the first round which was on the topic ‘Whether children should be given participation certificates or not.’Yazhini from class 8-A was mentioned as the Best Speaker in round 1. We thank Neerja Modi School for the wonderful, fun-filled, educational experience..We look forward to future debates..We would also like to thank VME for giving us this wonderful opportunity to express ourselves.
Singing of Rashtragaan (National Anthem)
HMUN India - 2021
The HMUN India was held over a course of four days and started on 12th of August and ended on 15th of August 2021. Five students from our school participated in the MUN. The MUN was held through the zoom platform virtually and was engaging and a great experience. Our school won the award for the best small delegation.
THE AMANORA MUN
The Amanora MUN conducted on the 31st of July was fabulous. Our students participated in various committees and had an enriching and learning experience. Students of our school bagged 8 awards and did mighty proud of their efforts. The MUN had lot of discussions and debates within delegates and taught more about how the UN functions.The committee sessions lasted from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The delegates put in a lot of hard work and time into preparation and it was evident with the number of awards being bagged. The MUN had a lasting impression on everyone. Despite the pandemic we were able to attend and experience important events virtually and gain something useful from them. With guiding efforts the first time Munners were delighted to witness and take part in an MUN and reported being very much enthralled and pleased to have attended it.
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In commemoration of the 75th year of India’s Independence, the CBSE organized an Expression Series based on the theme India@75. The first Expression Series for the session was based on the sub-theme ‘Charting India’s It was held from 30th June to 20th July 2021. Students of VME from classes 6-12 took part in various competitions like Essay writing, Painting, and Poem based on the theme given to each category.
YUVA-MENTORING YOUNG AUTHORS
Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors- YUVA(Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) is a part of India@75 Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) to bring to the facade the perspectives of the young generation of writers .The students were asked to pen down their work using their creativity on the topics related to great unsung leaders, Freedom Fighters and their role in National Movement. In this program, 9 students from VME across classes 9-12 took part expressing their strong desire in becoming authors.
‘Reading Month’ was observed between 19/06/2021 and 18/07/2021 under the theme “READ AND GROW”. The students displayed their interest in reading by taking part in various activities conducted by the school and the P N Panicker Foundation. The P N Panicker Foundation issued participation certificates to encourage them to read more. Our bibliophiles have shown their keenness in creating bookmarks, reading corners, and researching an author.
World Population Day
WORLD POPULATION DAY was observed on the 12th of July with great zeal. The theme focuses on increasing awareness among people on population issues. Our students passionately participated in various activities such as slogan writing, display of a skit, e-posters, jam boards, sharing videos and presentations with graphical representation with fervor in order to contribute to the awareness on family planning, issues on overpopulation etc. of July with great zeal. The theme focuses on increasing awareness among people on population issues. Our students passionately participated in various activities such as slogan writing, display of a skit, e-posters, jam boards, sharing videos and presentations with graphical representation with fervor in order to contribute to the awareness on family planning, issues on overpopulation etc.
The Enterprise Day was celebrated on 28th June 2021. The grade XII students of the Entrepreneurs department, shared power point presentations with their classmates to brief the role of an entrepreneur in the society and the obstacles faced by him/her. They explained the importance of ‘the business plan’ for the success of an enterprise. The non enterprise students shared their opinions on their understanding of 'Entrepreneurship' through Google forms and the response was overwhelming. They also narrated the success story of two entrepreneurs namely Sridhar Vembu and Steve Jobs, who cared more than earning a profit. The purpose of ‘The Enterprise Day’ was to create an awareness on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2021
The International yoga day was celebrated on June 21, 2021. The teachers and students participated with zest and ardor. Tadasana, Utkatasana and Eka padasana were taught for the kindergarten through live sessions. Surya namaskar and various other asanas were performed by the physical educators and sent to the students through zoho classes. The high school students took up a quiz conducted by the CBSE on yoga and were presented with certificates. The teachers were taught various asanas like the pranayama by Mrs. Kalavathi Sridharan .
The ‘DEAR’ program was organized by Vidya Mandir @ Estancia, Vallanchery on June 19, 2021. It was observed for 30 minutes from 5.00 p.m - 5.30 p.m. The theme for the activity was ‘Read and Grow”. The students from classes 1 to 12 displayed great enthusiasm. The main objective behind organizing this program was to inculcate the habit of reading among students . This year , adapting ourselves to the new normal ,the students were encouraged to leave aside all distractions and read a book (magazine, newspaper, journal or an eBook) of their choice for 30 minutes. They were instructed to start reading at 5.00 p.m and continue it for a minimum of 30 minutes. Instructions were given through the class official whatsapp groups to carry out the activity in an orderly manner. Google forms were sent through the class whatsapp groups for the children to furnish details like the title of the book, author, description of the content with the photo evidence of their reading.
The google form responses were collected and categorized. It was promising to see the photos/videos sent by the students and their responses to the questions asked via google form. We were thrilled with the overwhelming responses of the students. Reading helps to improve concentration by enhancing critical and analytical skills with great contribution to vocabulary. We are pretty sure that we have taken steps at a smaller scale to achieve the same.
Earth day celebration
We celebrated Earth Day in our school on 22nd April to render our gratitude towards ‘Mother Nature.’ Earth Day was celebrated through educational and action-oriented activities that were fun. Teachers addressed the students during their live sessions, emphasizing the importance of afforestation, planting of trees and the need for everyone to put together their efforts and get into action, in protecting our environment.
Grade 2 children, were involved in activities like watering plants and planting saplings. Parents were requested to take snapshots of the activities which were made into beautiful collage . The day was marked not only by awareness but also by enthusiasm as they visualised a beautiful green planet for them.
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NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY CELEBRATION
In 1986, NCSTC had asked the Government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist Sir C. V. Raman. The event is now celebrated all over India. Vidya Mandir Estancia also celebrated it by conducting a quiz competition for class 7 & 8. Unlike the competition held at school, this year it had to be done virtually. Nevertheless, thanks to modern science and technology that has ensured uninterrupted learning through virtual mode. The event started with an introductory note on Science day. Our Principal gave us insight on the Raman Effect and was followed by a synopsis by two of our dear friends. Fascinating slides were put and it encouraged the participants to answer a plethora of questions. As the scores were being calculated, we were enlightened with a vibrant talk by a scientist, Dr Anirudha Sengupta, who is a cancer biologist and a group leader in Preclinical Development. Towards the end the scores were announced, the winners were congratulated and the program ended with a Vote of Thanks.
STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS- 2021-2022
A REPORTA REPORT
A very prestigious event everyone in the school looks forward to is the Student Council Election. The objective and purpose of the Student Council shall be to represent the students of Vidya Mandir Estancia, voice the concerns of the students’ and unify the student body through social activities and community service opportunities.
The candidates were chosen from class 11. The students were selected by the teachers keeping in mind various parameters that make them eligible for elections set up by the Principal and Vice Principal. The voting was done by all students from class 8 upwards for the position of SPL. To make the children aware of the election procedure the election incharge teachers gave the candidates time to prepare a speech and a symbol and then they were given a date to address the classes 8-12 virtually on the 7th & 8th of January.th & 8th of January.
The elections were held online on the 11th of January through Google forms. The students were told to keep their vote as a secret. To keep it fair the votes were counted by the incharge teachers under the supervision of the Vice principal & Principal. On the 12th of January the incharge teachers formally invited the previous year’s council members and the newly elected council members on a virtual platform and the results were announced to them by the Principal after which it was informed to the entire school.th of January through Google forms. The students were told to keep their vote as a secret. To keep it fair the votes were counted by the incharge teachers under the supervision of the Vice principal & Principal. On the 12th of January the incharge teachers formally invited the previous year’s council members and the newly elected council members on a virtual platform and the results were announced to them by the Principal after which it was informed to the entire school.
The proud Student Council Members of 2021-22 are:
1. Harshavardhan V.S - School Pupil Leader Harshavardhan V.S - School Pupil Leader
2. Oviya. E - Sports Captain Oviya. E - Sports Captain
3. Shanmathi. G - Cultural Secretary Shanmathi. G - Cultural Secretary
4. Nadiyah Thajudeen - Editor ‘Vidya Pratidhwani’ Nadiyah Thajudeen - Editor ‘Vidya Pratidhwani’
5. Anbuchezhian. T - Kailash House Captain Anbuchezhian. T - Kailash House Captain
6. Swetha. M - Kanchenjunga House Captain Swetha. M - Kanchenjunga House Captain
7. Avanthika. A - Nilkant House Captain Avanthika. A - Nilkant House Captain
8. Kavinaya. J - Nangaparbhat House Captain Kavinaya. J - Nangaparbhat House Captain
The Investiture Ceremony will be held in the month of March.
Mr. Deva Prathap. SMrs. R. Subhalakshmi.
FIT INDIA SCHOOL WEEK CELEBRATION -2020
Interview with psychiatrist Dr. Arul Saravanan
On September 19, the Interact Club of VME organised an interview on Adolescent Mental Health. The Interactors interviewed psychiatrist Dr. Arul Saravanan and the students of classes 11 and 12 gained insights from the interview where Dr. Arul Saravanan answered the queries that many students had.
World Ozone Day Celebration
On September 16, Ozone day was celebrated by the Interact Club of VME. Rtn. Mr. Balaji Chinni presided the function. The event was organised to spread awareness about our ozone layer and the need to protect it. The interactors contributed by planting saplings, making posters and by writing poems.