Growing up Years workshop

The Growing up Years workshop The Growing up years programme was conducted on 3rd August , 2019 by Dr. Vasantha R. Patri ,a psychologist and professional counsellor. She is currently the chairperson of Indian Institute of Counselling, New Delhi. She was on the faculty of Psychology in the Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi University for 30 years. She has to her credit eight books, booklets, and one travel manual. She has numerous research publications and popular articles in newspapers and magazines The duration of the session was about 2 hours .

The session was centered around positive parenting, raising responsible and confident children, letting the child learn from failures, ways to foster creativity in children, building up child’s self esteem and faulty parent-child relationship. A video was also shown on preventing child abuse which highlighted the different ways in which one could talk about good and bad touch to the children ,making them aware and guiding them on staying protected in such a situation. The sessions throughout was highly interactive and brought a lot of questions to the forefront which were answered by Dr. Patri giving the parents some excellent parenting advices.

The Growing up years programme was conducted in the first week of August by a leading psychologist Mrs. Jyotsna Bharadwaj and her team from classes VI to XII. She specializes in delivering workshops to adolescents and teenagers on the crucial growing up years where children generally grapple with all kinds of new changes. Separate sessions were conducted for boys and girls of different year groups and were tailored according to the problems experienced by them. The duration of the session was over an hour each.

The session were centered around providing comfort and clarification from confusion that comes along with all the changes that take place in the minds of children from the mental, physical and emotional view point. The sessions throughout were interactive and brought a few questions to the forefront which the students were hesitant to articulate previously. There was also a follow-up session done by the school counsellor to clarify any concerns and questions along with taking feedback

Making Informed Choices

Making Informed Choice (MIC) “The best way to predict the future, is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln The children of this generation are often faced with a plethora of situations and problems that require them to make informed and intelligent choices. Career choice is often a source of concern for the students, parents and the teachers.

NiBS believes in preparing children for the future and keeping in line with this thought the school had organized a series of workshops for the students on ‘Making Informed Choices’. Students from classes IX to XII attended the 4 day workshop which was held in school from October 9th till October 12th 2019. The aim of conducting the ‘MIC’ workshop was to make students aware of different career options and enable them to plan their academic as well as non-academic goals accordingly.

The speakers who conducted the workshop were from different professions. Apart from sharing the skills required and the scope of different careers, they also discussed how the students need to prepare for these careers. The 4 day workshop had 8 experienced professionals who shared their experiences and guided the students towards making informed choices.

Day 1: 9th October – Talk by Ankita Kochhar The series began with a talk by Ms. Ankita Kochhar, a designer by profession and currently active for providing counselling in the field of designing. Day 2: 10th October – Talk by Gaurav Sharma and Vishal Singhal Next up, was with Mr. Gaurav Sharma, a cultural and heritage walk host who talked about lots of career options available for the students beginning from archaeology to anthropology.

This talk was followed by Mr. Vishal Singhal, an Artificial Intelligence Evangelist who talked about the variety of career options available for the coming generation in the industries of future which are, Cyber Security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and so on. Day 3: 11th October – Talk by Dhananjay V. Gadra, Gaurav Kwatra and Astik Oberoi Students got an excellent opportunity to interact with Mr. Dhananjay V. Gadre, a part of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Division in NSIT and Mr. Gaurav Kwatra, a counsellor, helping the students into the areas of Management, Design, Hospitality and Engineering. Accompanying them was Mr. Astik Oberoi, a pastry chef, who spoke about the art of pastry making.

Day 4: 12th October – Talk by Jitin Chawla and Manpreet Singh The last day of the workshop was concluded by renowned career counselor, Mr. Jitin Chawla from the Center for Career Development and Mr. Manpreet Singh, a Gold Medalist in Mechanical Engineering and now an aeronautical engineer. Mr. Jitin Chawla briefed students about various higher studies options in India and abroad. This session was befitting conclusion to the 4 day heartening workshop. MIC workshop was a successful in reaching out to the students and expanding their horizon.

The guest speakers were from diverse professional backgrounds and actively communicated to the students. Overall it was an enriching learning experience for the students who gained different perspectives about different fields like design, food, science and history, etc.

Reading Project : English : Cl. II

With an objective to foster a love for reading in students, our week long reading project “Get Booked” commenced on 29th April. The theme of the reading project for class II was “Fairy-tales”.A range of books was presented to the students to choose from. Each student picked a book that caught their attention.

Each day, the students spent 30 minutes on silent reading in the classroom, following which they analyzed and answered questions related to the story that they were reading.To culminate their reading project, the students dressed up as their favourite character and spoke a few lines about why they chose that character and what they liked in that character.

Reading Project : English : Cl. I

The reading project, ‘Get Booked’, commenced on 29th April to 3rd May. The author ‘Dr. Seuss’ and his style of writing, primarily the use of rhyming words was introduced with an activity in which the students picked random letters  and pasted the rhyming ones on a hat.

We further discussed the various elements found in a book – author, cover, title, characters to name a few, with the help of anchor charts. Each student picked a book that caught his/her attention from the range of books presented.

Each day a sample reading was done in class followed by silent reading for 15-20 minutes by the children, following which we either filled a response sheet or analyzed and answered questions related to the book that we were reading.

To get hooked and enjoy doing the project the children viewed videos.To culminate the reading project, the students were divided into groups and each group chose their favourite story and presented it.

Neevanjali

On the 26th of April, 2019 Nirmal Bhartia School celebrated its 13th Founder’s Day. This ceremonious day began with the lighting of the lamp and taking the blessings of the Almighty, which was accompanied by a prayer to the Almighty asking Him to lead us from darkness to light. Tanisha Rao of grade XI presented the good read.

Keeping in line with the theme for this year, Heroes and Sheroes, Tannisha read an excerpt from a speech delivered by a real hero of the 21st century, the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple computers. This was followed by a slew of performances comprising classical dances like Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam, and songs that ranged from choral singing to duets.

This day also holds great importance because the Student Council was officially authorized to carry out their roles and responsibilities. Pooja ma’am and Charu ma’am invested the new student council with their respective badges for the academic session 2019-20.

This year, the chief guest was Mr. J.N. Bhanu Prakash, a world record holder, demonstrator and teacher. Someone whose brain processes 12 numbers per second. He shared the story of his journey to success with the students and left them awestruck and inspired. Every year we celebrate this day as Neevanjali not merely to reaffirm our commitment to those ideals but also to celebrate this wonderful place that we all love immensely.

Masti Ke Ghol – 2019

Masti Ke Ghol 2019 – our unique community concoction of fun, learning and bonding of parents, teachers and students took place on Saturday, 4th May, 2019. Parents and teachers came together to plan several fun-filled experiences for the NiBS community which were then executed on the 4th of May.

The performance scripted by our parents and enacted by NiBS teachers and parents was based on the super heroes and sheroes we encounter in our daily life- the ones that protect and care for us. This was followed by beautiful and melodious numbers sung by our NiBS community choir group. Both the shows were oversubscribed for and were a great success.

There was a galore of art activities- design your shield, superpowers of our NiBS community, make finger puppets and a k’no’w your plastic art activity. A spectrum of games based on the ‘heroes and sheroes’ theme delighted our visitors and the venue remained fully packed with parents and children.

Parents, grandparents, and children flocked to the cheerful Reading Corner where teachers read stories of heroes and sheroes. They also made Superheroes and Supersheroes themed finger puppets which we are sure, will be used for many imaginative story-telling sessions.

Officials and volunteers from WWF conducted a ‘Buzz me’ activity, Give Up sign –up and encouraged parents and children to play a K’no’w your Plastic floor board game.There were many freebies too.

The student volunteers were courteous and diligently performed their duties. Lemonade and spicy pickles made by our students as part of their Work Experience were also put up on sale as a part of fund raising for SEWA. It was truly a day when the NiBS community came together !!

Udaan – 2018

UDAAN, the Annual farewell ceremony for the graduating batch of 2019 was held on Friday, 1 February, 2019, as the 21 stars of the evening were ready to embark on a new journey leaving the nest which has nurtured and nourished them, and carry the responsibility of representing their alma mater.

The poignant and solemn occasion was attended by the parents of Std XII students, the Chairperson, Pooja Ma’am, Principal Charu Ma’am, Heads of School, Amita Ma’am and Vibha Ma’am, and teachers.

Pooja Ma’am instilled a sense of confidence and courage into the young hearts by stressing on the fact that each one of them was a winner as they held the greatest trophy of all – the trophy of life!

Charu Ma’am had everyone sitting in attention with bated breath as she read out a self-composed poem unveiling the salient traits of each of the 21 graduating students.

In her message, Amita Ma’am advised the students to chase their dreams, try new things and continue to hone their skills and good things will come their way. A short film took the students down memory lane and all possible reactions could be seen and heard.

The Latin term “alma mater” means nourishing mother and as the young brigade was ready to soar, they are also expected to carry the NiBS legacy forward. Each student was bestowed with the NiBS angvastra and Udaan magazine signifying the ethos and values of the institution.

Lot of cheer and bonhomie marked the rest of the evening as the students enjoyed scrumptious snacks and clicked photographs with their teachers and friends. As they leave the portals of the school, each one of them will be taking a bit of this institution with him or her and at the same time will be leaving a little part of them here.

 

Annual Day : Cl. Ankur & Pallav

On 2nd February 2019 students of classes Ankur and Pallav showcased a myriad of their talent in the Annual Day. The Annual function was based on the Annual theme How’dini…..The Magic of ‘HOW’ Things Work! A drama was staged which had few children enjoying the vacation who desired to invent a ‘magical vehicle’ and also wanted to explore the How’s and Why’s behind various natural phenomena such as how the water flows and the wind blows.

They captivated the audience with their insightful queries. For their each query they had their peers dancing to provide an insight to their quest. With the Ankur Malhaar dancing to the tune of ‘Bum-bum bole’ the mood to find answers to the Hows and Whys of these little dramatists was set ablaze.

As the drama progressed the stage was set on fire by the Ankur Basant children who marched as little ants. Pallavs’ Elocution about the water cycle enthralled the parents and the grandparents.

With the water cycle being talked about the audience witnessed a thunderous performance by the little ‘droplets’ of both Ankur and Pallav. When the drama further unfolded we had another set of dancers from these classes dancing to showcase the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

Not only the natural phenomena were discussed in the drama, the ‘How’s and Why’s related to vehicles were also enquired by our little dramatists. Thus came the Ankur Bahaar children with a peppy ‘train dance’. The grand finale of the show was a dance on the song ‘There’s magic in the air’.

 

Annual Day : Cl. I & II

The cold and frosty weather of 2nd February was forgotten as Classes I and II presented their Annual Day. The annual theme for the students was the six simple machines and groovy gadgets. So the entire annual day was woven around this.

The journey began with the students welcoming their parents with a song ’Aao Haath Milayein’, setting the tone for the day. The students looked resplendent as they sang enthusiastically about the benefit of working together showcasing that if we work together we can achieve new heights.

With the belief that we should start anything with the name of God, our students presented the ‘Pushpanjali Dance’ a tribute to God seeking His blessings. The dazzling performance by the students showed the amount of practice they had done as each student danced in sync with one another.

Next, came the play ‘The Toy Story’, which was based on our annual theme showing the use of various simple machines. It showed the story of a doll which enters a household on the day of Christmas. In the beginning she feels quite superior to other toys as she is new and shiny but one day while playing her arm gets broken.

The other toys call ‘Handy Manny’ for repair and also give up one part each. It thus depicted how we should help each other in times of need. Since the play was based around Christmas time, we had a ‘Jingle Bell dance’ with the students grooving to lively Christmas music.

Looking at the astounding performance it was hard to believe that the kids were only 6 or 7 years old. They also sang an Italian song ’Un Poco Loco’. As the doll was feeling sad over her broken arm, someone came to cheer her up.

There was happiness and joy all around as clowns came visiting and performed an energetic dance for the parents. Their colourful clothes and cheery smiles lit up the day as everyone was soon moving to the lively music. As Handy Manny was able to fix her arm everyone was happy.

To mark the end of the play we had a ‘Finale Dance’. Students danced to the music of Hakuna Matata, All of us together and I like to move it. The stunning performance by the students left the parents spellbound and impressed