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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Extended Family

The learners of PP2 Oakridge International School, Einstein campus, Hyderabad, visited DRS International School for making friends in connection with the unit of inquiry ‘Family and Friends’ on 28th July, 2011. This Student Exchange Programme was aimed at developing social and communication skills as well as applying their learning of making friends. The learners were thus facilitated to be risk takers and interact with an unknown group and make friends being open minded. Thus, promoting internationalism was the key driving force for the program. The little learners of DRSIS welcomed all the OIS learners with great enthusiasm. They prepared interesting stories with colorful display and narrated them well.

Then the children of both the schools talked freely to know each other and made friends. They recited rhymes, played with toys and listened to stories together. They also exchanged gifts. DRSIS kids tied lovely friendship bands on their new friends’ wrists. Tiny tots of OIS gave them friendship cards which they prepared with different art work like collage, sand painting, vegetable painting, finger printing etc. They also presented ‘Friendship Saplings’ to the DRSIS kids so that they can take care of the saplings and have sweet remembrance of their friendship forever. The day ended with yummy cupcakes and sweet lime juice. Over all, the student exchange program was a great success and led to lot of learning and skills enhancement.

Dhanvanty Gargav Team Leader (Pre-Primary) Class Teacher, PP2

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Treasure Fest

The Oakridge campus was bursting with competition spice and it was the time of the year for the TREASURE FEST!

Basketball match between Chinmaya Vidyalaya and Oakridge Einsteins was played sportively even though it was a defeat of 11-6. Players include Maitrayi, Sanhita, Mona, Meghana, Raga, Ananya, Mounika (Sports Vice Captain), Geeta, hanisha, Soujanya, Aarati and Chitra.

On August 26, every artist put on their creative caps on and draw wonders. We won first place in creative collage which included Shwetha and myself and second place in flower arrangement in which Chloe and Veena participated. A spot painting competition was also conducted and Dhyan participated in it.

We also won second place (junior group) and third place (senior group) in dance. Participants in Senior group were Loukya (Vice Cultural Captain), Vrishti, Hiranya, Vasavi, Manasa, Gaurav, Abhiram, Vedant and Sai Vasanth and in junior group, Sahas, Sai Sanketh, Ali, Vedant, Spurthi, Kavya, Srija, Aanvi, Akansha, Moukthika, Mourya, Sai Mohith and Anumita.

Some of the mini competitions were Mad Ads, Elocution, Storytelling, Poetry and Spelling Bee, which were creative and funny. All students came as nervous and judgmental students but left as cheerful friends and created new bonds.

Bhavana Nerella (VIII A)

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Modern Foods

We are learning the topic - Healthy and Junk food and we thought that organizing a field trip to a super market will emphasize the learning, where they will experience healthy / junk etc in a real life setting. Plus it will be a nice way to perk up their natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. (Besides, we were curious to put the children to test and see how they fare!)

So, on the early hours of 26th Aug, off went PP1 and PP2 to Miyapur Heritage Fresh to gain a great experience. And did I mention this was their first field trip! So you can imagine the excitement and charge that filled the bus as it rolled towards its destination. The children were ready to take on the world!

Inside Heritage Fresh, we gave them a guided tour to all sections: fruits, vegetables (healthy food) and cold drinks, chips, chocolate (junk food). The children not only identified the items, they were also able to categorize them as healthy/junk. Wow! And not only was their behavior prim and proper they were also careful not to touch or damage anything. They even controlled their temptation when we passed by the chocolate corner. Made me proud!

Learning: Children were able to differentiate between healthy and junk food. They were able to identify different fruits and vegetables. The experience stayed with them for long – for the next few days they were able to recall in great details from the trip and were able to frame sentences, share their experience with their peers. They also learnt to conduct themselves properly in a group activity, while having fun.

Sangita Saha, Class Teacher, PP1

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The Language of Dance

The National Dance Day was celebrated with pomp and grandeur at OIS, Einstien campus. Students showcased glimpses of different dance forms of India. A dance museum displaying pictures of different dance forms,costumes and the props used in various national dances of India caught everyone's eyes. Mrs Yashoda Thakore, a renowned kuchipudi dancer, graced the occasion and appreciated the initiative by the school. Her guest lecture on the evolution of dance and its purpose in daily life was accentuated with her dance performances. The students were awestruck by her lecture demonstration. The event culminated with a standing ovation by the audience.

The National Dance Day was a success, as there were many participants who participated in the celebration. There was a guest lecture by Yeshada Thakore. She taught us many things and she told stories using her experienced dance skills.
Gaurav Dey, IX

The National Dance Day we celebrated at Oakridge International School, Einstein Campus on Monday, August 2 2011 was spectacular. I, being a participant, enjoyed practicing and performing in front of my fellow students. The guest speaker, Ms. Yeshada Thakore, was very inspiring and a big hit with the student body. Huge thanks to Krishna Ma’am and Sylaja Ma’am for organizing such a wonderful event. Krishna Ma’am was brilliant with creating such a beautiful dance.
Mounika Yepuri, IX

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Future Leaders

An on-line competition was held for school students which was to discover future leaders of the country. All students from class VI- X registered for this competition.

The stage-1 of the discovery programme was held from 15th April to 15th of August, 2011. There are more two more stages. The third and final stage will be held amongst 100 most promising future leaders of the country in the premises of Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi. They will be participating in a variety of programmes throughout the day. The programme will be held in October / November, 2011.

Two students Anumita Jain from 6th Grade and Aarti from 9th grade from Oakridge International School, Einstein Campus have been selected for the stage-2 of the Online Future Leader Discovery Contest.

M.V.Prasanti - Class Teacher VI A and ICT teacher
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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Junk Monster

The children of PP1 are always excited to learn new things and participate in learning activities.

The ongoing topic of the fortnight is “Healthy food and Junk food”. Having learnt about the basics of what consists “Junk” (through a presentation), the children were ready to have a hands-on feel of the proverbial “monstrous” effect of Junk food. And what better than actually creating a “monster” out of chips packets!

The activity: The children had brought empty chips packets from home (junk food is sooo common!). They loved creating monster-faces out of circular cutouts (big teeth, fiery eyes, etc) and stuck them on the “monster-body” (read – chips packet). And behold, the children had created the “junk-monster”!!

The learning: The idea of the exercise was to emphasize that junk food is bad. But I wondered if I had really managed to communicate the message to the young minds? And to put to rest all my doubts, one of the parents informed that her child had refused to touch pizza on their last weekend outing!! I think the activity has hit the nail on the head.

Sangita Saha, Class Teacher, PP1

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Janmashtmi Celebrations

“Nand ghar anand bhayo, jai Kanhaiya Lal ki…
Hathi, ghoda, palkhi, jai Kanhaiya Lal ki…"

Students attired themselves like Radha and Krishna, with a beautiful smile on their faces entered the school premises, spreading the message of ancient Puranas and our traditions. This brought awareness amongst the students about traditional customs while enjoying the pranks of Lord Krishna.

Students from Nursery to Grade 5 celebrated Janmashtami with gaiety. The programme commenced with the welcome address by Hindi teacher, Mrs. Rama Sharma who also explained the importance of celebrating Janmashtmi to little children. Students donned the roles of Lord Sri Krishna, Kansa and gopikas amongst many other characters related to Gokulashtami.

They won the hearts by enacting various roles of Sri Krishna from childhood as Nathkhat Bansi, Makhan Chor and performing a skit written by Mrs. Kajal Sharma, Hindi teacher. Children also made colorful foot prints depicting Lord’s footsteps, butter pots, colorful crowns and rangoli designs. Event Incharges Ms. Leeza & Ms. Aparna delivered the vote of thanks.

Fun and frolic marked the presentation. Tiny tots captivated the audience which comprised of Ms. Shalini Samuel, Ms. Rama and the Headmistress of Newton Campus, Ms. Hema Sanjay.

- Kanchan Lele

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Read and Rhyme

It is a well-known fact that when there were no televisions or computers, reading was a primary leisure activity. People would spend hours reading books and travel to lands far away-in their minds. The only tragedy is that, with time, people are losing their skill and passion to read. There are many other exciting and thrilling options available, like watching TV, going to the mall, tinkering with their mobile phones or playing video games. And that is of course necessary to some extent. But we should not forget reading offers a productive approach to improve our vocabulary and word power.

Keeping this in mind, The students of Grade IIIA had their first stage show ‘Read and Rhyme’ on 20th August 2011.Their reading material included articles related to stories, poems, newspapers and also interesting facts. The students read with confidence as the parents were also involved in assessing every child using the rubric that was given to them. The parents were then engaged in the group activity which was charismatic.

This show not only inculcated the reading habit but also made us understand the importance of reading. It is advisable to indulge in at least half an hour of reading a day to keep abreast of the various styles of writing and new vocabulary. It helps us to stay in-touch with contemporary writers and makes us sensitive to global issues.

Mrs. Lalitha Shobana.R - Class Teacher (III A)

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Germination of a new life

The first unit for grade I was on plants as a life sustaining resource for all living things. To develop the skill of observation and data collection, I planned to show the students the germination of seeds. All the students together sowed few gram seeds in small cups in the class. The task was they had to observe the change in the seed and record the data in a work sheet. The students were very enthusiastic and excited to do the activity.

Every morning as I would enter the class, I would see the students gathering near the window, discussing the changes in the seed sown by them. Then they would come running to me to share their views. Govind one day came and told me –“Mam, today the plant crossed the measurement of my finger. Divyesh immediately came and said-“Mam the plant had three leaves yesterday and today another new leave came out.

I was filled with satisfaction when the students were able to answer my questions and record their observations in the worksheet. My aim of planning the activity was fulfilled.

Rashmi Banerjee - Home Room teacher Grade-I A

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