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Newsletter for the month August, 2013

Dear Parents,

After the initial two months of frenzied activity, if one supposed August would be a tad tranquil, one would indeed be wrong as it too buzzed with incessant action and achievement.

The two events that were eagerly awaited and looked forward to were Zenith 2013 and Independence Day.

NPS has always believed in inculcating the patriotic spirit in its students and hence, Independence Day gains huge prominence in the school calendar. The school quadrangle looked gay, festooned with the colours of the flag. The bulletin boards had stories, articles, messages, pictures, write ups and drawings about the nation. The special assembly which was based on Independence Day included patriotic songs, a tableau, famous personalities, and leaders, freedom fighters from the pages of history as well as motivating speeches on India and the freedom struggle by the students. Teachers rendered the melodious song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhaara” in a multitude of languages to highlight the rich linguistic heritage of our country.

Zenith, 2013, a triennial inter-school fest, hosted by NPS, KRM is a much awaited event by the students of grades 11 and 12 .This year we had 12 participating schools from across the city. It was a fest of the students, by the students and for the students. The Grade 11 and 12 students displayed immense proficiency, skill and dedication in conducting the entire event. Competitions were held ranging from theatre, music, dance, photography, literature to computer gaming. The theme this year was “Yin and Yang” -a philosophical concept expressing the dualism of existence... It gave our students a valuable hands-on experience in hosting and managing a mega event involving multiple intelligences. We are happy to say that NPS, INR walked away with the Overall Champion’s trophy.

The Primary grades toured further from North to East India in their Travelogue. The assemblies - appealing and ethnic in their presentation- showcased the culturally rich states of West Bengal and Odisha. The Primary grades have shown complete involvement in the displays and take pride in belonging to such a remarkable country as ours! The Senior School assembly was based on Discipline and Time Management. The theme was lucidly depicted through a skit, songs and speeches which carried powerful messages.

In order to engage students of grade 9 creatively and to hone their life skills further, a hands-on activity was scheduled for them on Saturdays, in the month of August. In rotation, they were given the opportunity to attend three workshops, namely cookery, theatre and first aid. Professionals from each of the fields were invited to the school and they conducted activities for the students in small groups to ensure maximum involvement. A demonstration along with a multi-media presentation showed the students how to react in emergencies and provide valuable assistance according to the demands of the situation. In the course of the theatre workshop, the students were given specialized tips on the importance of diction, expression and public speaking. It was an enthralling and an engaging session for all. Acceding to popular request, a cookery workshop was held for students to refine their culinary skills. Girls and boys alike relished kneading, mixing, baking and eating all the goodies they had so painstakingly prepared!

As part of our outbound learning, Grade 4 had a memorable overnight stay at TISB, Bangalore. The students were excited, to say the least, to play games, watch a movie, sing, dance and partake of the delicious feast at TISB. It was their first overnight trip and the students learnt the valuable life-skills of caring, sharing, co-operation and team spirit. The Early Learning and Kindergarten classes surpassed themselves in the display of “A Blooming Garden”. Students made multi-hued flowers such as roses, lotuses, tulips etc in order to create the semblance of a park scene. They also dressed up gigantic cut-outs of themselves in bright colours, which were displayed in the school grounds for their parents to come and view. It was a fun-filled, colourful and impressive activity.

Career counselling plays a vital role in helping senior students make the right choices when they leave the portals of the school. On August 24th, an interactive session with Mr Sasidhar Sista, Project Manager, Ashoka University, was arranged. He enlightened the students about the feasibility of pursuing an inter-disciplinary liberal arts programme at the university which is in New Delhi. He gave them a bird’s-eye view of the university’s Undergraduate Programme and an insight into their curriculum structure. He also focussed on the importance of developing entrepreneur skills in today’s youth.

On August 29th, we had Dr Ganapati Ramnath, Professor of Material Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic University, New York, talk to the students about the importance of having a vision and goal in life. A renowned name in nano-tech research globally, Dr. Ramnath was able to convince the students of grade XI that they could have an exceptionally bright future, provided it is constructed on the foundation of single minded focus and the determination to succeed.

The International Knowledge Centre is a world-wide education company that serves as an official representative office for a consortium of US Universities in India. Under their aegis, representatives of seven universities interacted with students of Grade11 to provide answers to student queries regarding advanced studies in the US.

At the Inter-house level, Grades 6-8 organised a “Cubic Hunt” competition where their Rubix Cube solving skills were tested. It was a challenging and stimulating event. The inter-house competition for grades 9-12 was ‘Creative Writing’. All students were given two brief extracts from a story and they were required to build the story further, using any one of the given extracts. The creativity, imagination and flow of thought shown by the students in their writing were the key points of this competition.

The Hobitute Art Foundation conducted “Art in Me, 2013”, an annual interschool talent identification programme. We are proud to announce that students of grades 3-5 bagged many prizes in various categories from amongst a staggering 33, 000 children who participated. Vinayaka M. of grade 5 won the first prize in category 2. The winners were awarded trophies, certificates and art kits at a function held at Rangamandira, Bangalore.

It was absolute Quiz mania at NPS, KRM in August. We participated in innumerable quizzes held across the city by several institutions. We won some and lost some. Students from grade 6 upwards took part in these quizzes and it proved a valuable exposure to them, which we consider is as critical as victory. The TCS IT WIZ Quiz, Karnataka Quiz Association, Derek O’Brien Quiz, Presidency Challenge, Reserve Bank of India Quiz are some of the prominent contests attended by us.

Success is a journey, not a destination. Keeping this in mind our High school and Senior school students participated in a number of fests across the city this month .These include the Bhatia Shield Debate conducted by the Rashtriya Military School, MUN at Bishop Cotton Boys High School, Turn-Table, a Physics fest; “Limit Infinity” at Infosys E-City and the annual Inter-School fest “Napsonic” at NPS, Rajajinagar.

In sports, we swept the field by winning first position in the 4x100m Mixed Relay for both Primary and Senior School at the inter-school relay event held at NAFL, Bangalore. Our school basketball teams (comprising boys and girls from grades 9 & 10) also represented the school in the Basketball tournament held at Rotary Club, Indiranagar from 12th-14th August. We also took part in the Senior Boys and the Senior Girls Basketball Tournament and the Junior boys Football tournament conducted by Mallya Aditi International School. 1500 students from across the city took part in the Spelling Bee contest “Spellstar”. Abhinav Menon (grade 6) and Aditi Kaul ( grade 7) won the third prize, in categories I and 2 respectively. 7 of our students reached the finals round. The Overall trophy was bagged by NPS-Krm.

I-Cube, an interschool fest organised by the Deeksha Centre for Learning at all its various campuses brought us many accolades. Students of grades 9 and 10 literally made a clean sweep of the prizes, in almost every event they participated. Events such as robotic car, pulley systems, caption capture, pix press, creative writing, mad ads, pot pourri, air crash, cine matinee, art from waste and many more saw our students give a tough competition to other schools. We are proud to announce that we won the Overall Champions trophy in three out of the four venues that we visited.

Students from grade 3 upwards were exposed to The International Assessments, IAIS, conducted by the University of New South Wales, Australia in English, Science, Mathematics and Computer Skills. These global tests assist in unravelling the latent potential of students and identifying growth areas.

On Saturday, 31st August, students of Grades 8, 9 and 10 wrote the Green Olympiad, 2013- India’s first environment examination for school children since 1999 -conducted annually by TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute) and supported by The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, CBSE, UNESCO, DESD and a host of other leading educational groups of India. The theme of this year’s Green Olympiad was ‘Environment & Sustainable Development-Issues Concerning our Life”.

The CBSE Science Exhibition was held from 22nd to 24th August at JSS Public School, Banashankari. Schools from all over Karnataka and Kerala took part in the event. 15 projects were finally selected for the National Level. Pratik Mohapatra and H.S. Srihari of grade 10 sent in their project under the theme”Communication during Disasters”. The two had made an app in C++ using Visual Studio 2012. This app takes the help of downloaded map data and GPS during a disaster and even works offline. Their project was very well presented and received appreciation from the judges.

The Computer Society of India hosted the ‘Young Talent Search in Programming’ competition. Students from 19 regions of the country participated in the event, with around 30 entries from each region. The top 12 schools, including the team from NPS- Krm, qualified for the National Level round held in Chennai. Our school team comprising Narendran Srinivasan, Pratik Ramesh and Shivam Gupta of grade 12 won the second place and will now be heading to Colombo, Sri Lanka to represent India in the SEARCC International Schools Software Competition, 2013 on the 25th of October.

Hearty Congratulations to all our students who have made us proud!

Even with all this and more, the NPS policy of excellence in academics is never compromised upon. Our teachers continue to ensure that all students under their care strike the right balance between co-scholastic activities and regular scholastic work. Academic routines were adhered to; revision and review continued with clock-work precision and the completion of Semester deadlines were given with their due significance.

We take this opportunity to wish each and every student of our school, all the best and good luck for their forthcoming Semester Exams.

Mrs Sudha Balan
Principal .

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