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Newsletter for the month November, 2013

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to be back after a long hiatus and how!! If our achievements of the First Semester weren’t enough to make us proud, we had a platter full of accolades greeting us as soon as we re-opened for the Second Semester. Our students have once again out-done themselves and brought glory to the school.

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.Winning isn't everything--but wanting to win is.”                                                                         - Vince Lombardi

The team comprising Pratik Ramesh, Shivam Gupta and Vijetha Mohan represented India at the International Schools Software Competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 27th October 2013 and we are proud to inform you that they came third in this international event. Nikhil Amarnath, IlhamAshraaf, AvantikaShenoy, AnjaniBarhanpure, Sanjay Pillai and Pratik Ramesh represented India in Debating Matters InternationalFinal in The Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican, London. They missed winning the title by a very narrow margin, nevertheless achieving a meritorious second position, thereby doing the school and their parents proud.

The students of grades 9-11 won almost all events at the Science Fest “Aarohan”, organised by Amrita VidyaPeetham on 29th and 30th October. We did not look beyond the first and second position in all the events ranging from Sudoku, Treasure Hunt, Quiz andMocktail, to Olympiads and Aashubhashaṇ. Besides securing the Overall Championship trophy, the 23 victorious students, among themselves,won cash awards to the tune of Rs 73,000/-

“Xavage”, a Social Science fest held on October 23rd at TISB saw many of our Grade 10 and Grade 11 students winning prizes in events like The Interview, The Monopolist and El Jinete De Toro. “Phenomenon”,a Cultural Fest organised by St. Josephs on October 25th too had our students of Grades 10 and 11winning in events like Wall Street, Battle of Bands, Quiz, Pot Pourri and more. Aneesh Naik and Krish Bharadwaj were awarded the Best Guitarist award. The winning streak continued at “Synchronize”, a Science fest conducted by Bishop Cotton School on October 25th and 26th. Here, students of Grade 12 bagged the first place in all events.

Our students (grades XI & XII) won first and second positions in various events at VIVUM, the Annual Fest of TISB held from 13 to 15November .DOTA, Reverse, Master Chef, Caught in the Act, Programming and several other events saw our students walk away with certificates and prizes.

At the Bangalore MUN, held at VidyaNiketan School from 7th-9th November, Sahil Mishra and Shreya Jain were adjudged Honourable Delegates, while Rohan Jaitley and Nikhil Idiculla walked away with the Commendable Delegate award. Priya Radhakrishnan and Gitika Lahiri got a special mention for excellent representation. The entire team received the “Best Small Delegation” honour.

At the Bangalore MUN, SJBHS from 28-30th November Rohan Jaitley, Nikhil Idiculla and Gitika Lahiri received the Honourable Delegate award, while Nitin Raj, Sai Shravani Bheema, Sahil Mathew, Navya Sharad and Keerti Prada Balaji bagged the Commendable Delegate award. While Narthana Shankar won the “Best Position Paper”, Kaarin Khandelwal and Rahul Dominic were given a Special Mention. All students were also given Fast Track gift coupons.

With several reputed institutions continuing to acknowledge our students’ achievements, the honours coming their way delight and gratify us. The Government of India has declared 2010-2020 as the “Decade of Innovation”. As part of this, the Visvesvaraya Museum, Bangalore has developed an Innovation Lab for students to work on several path breaking projects. They have awarded a one year complimentary membership to the winners of various contests held at the museum. It is a matter of pride that Darshan Hegde & Ameya Daigvane of Grade 10 and Shrigyan B & Jayanth T. of Grade 9 has been given the opportunity to attend training sessions on weekends at the museum. It will enable them to perform experiments, innovate, investigate, meet experts and take back their projects to school for others to learn.

Deepika Children’s League conducted their Annual Inter-School Fest, The Bangalore Cultural Event in which Seemran P of Grade 9 bagged the first prize in Dance and the third prize in Music whereas Shreya S also of Grade 9 won the first place in Artista.

Pratik Mohapatra of Grade10 was selected to be a part of the National App Review Board (NARB) by Microsoft. As a member of this exclusive group of app enthusiasts, he gets to review new Windows apps and provide his feedback to improve their quality which may ultimately have a huge impact on the next version of the app. Pratik Mohapatra and Kaarin Khandelwal participated in the preliminary round of Tech Grand Masters Season 3, held in Noida.

Rahul Dominic of Grade 10 came first in the travel segment of the TECH CRUNCH Hackathon conducted on November 14 and 15 at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore. His suggestion of seating people while travelling based on passenger interests won him the title. He defeated over 200 contestants, competing with them for over 18 hours to win the first position.

Rahul Dominic, Ankit S and Kaarin Khandelwal of Grade 10 have formed a company which aims to provide education start-up to improve teacher-student communication. This project has been widely approved by Microsoft Acceleration at the Start-up Weekend Event in which over 100 professionals participated.

Nishant Panicker of 10B recently participated in a classical music competition, Naad Bhed, conducted by SPICMACAY- the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth along with Doordarshan. He was selected from over 250 participants nationwide and cleared three rounds to reach the finals.

Navya Sharad of Grade 10 was adjudged the “Star Correspondent-2012-13” at the Times NIE News Makers’ Meet this year.

Abhiram Nitin, Aditi Koul, Krishna Aditya and Nikhil Ladi, participated in The Deccan Herald Quiz held at Bal Bhavan. The junior team comprising Abhiram and Aditi won the second place.

Jigisha Kamal won the first place in Category C GIRLS in the Inter-school golf tournament conducted by Head Start Friendship Games Golf championship 2013 held in KGA. Our students have proved their talent in various art competitions. The Hobitute Art Foundation conducted ‘Art in Me 2013’ based on the theme “Environment and Me” in which Parth Vaitha and Kavitha Premkumar bagged the Runners-up position out of a whopping 33,000 participants. Vinayaka M of Grade 5 and Palak Pariawala of Grade 7, won a cash prize of Rs 500/- each in the 26th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest held at Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. The theme for this year was “Our world, our future”. A painting competition held by the CBSE at Central Power Research Institute on Energy Conservation had Vinayaka M and Parth Vaitha winning cash prizes worth Rs 2000/- and Rs 1000/- respectively. Their drawings have been submitted for competing at the state level. The SHOOBH Arts Competition selected “Save Water, Secure the Future” as the theme for 2013. Our school sent in over 200 entries under various age groups and it was heartening to note that many of our students got ranked within the top ten positions.

It gives us immense pleasure and pride when our younger students achieve recognition. Ruhaan Alva of Grade 2 has won the rare distinction of becoming the first Indian child to be selected by an international team to participate as a member of the junior team of Fusion Motorsports and drive the Little Greenman Championship, next year. He is already undergoing training and coaching for the same. We wish him good luck.

The Bangalore Spell Bee held on October 20 had winners from Grade 2. Mir Ali Asghar, Disha Kannan and Sashwat Ravishankarwon the Gold, the Silver and the Bronze medals respectively and a certificate each in the junior category.

Having established ourselves academically, we are now a name to reckon with, even in the sports arena. Vagdevi Vilas School conducted a Sports Meet on 21st&22nd November. We won the first &the third place in athletics, the first place in table tennis & chess and the runners-up trophy in basketball. Anushka Gopalan (9A) won the first place in Shot-put in the Inter-school Athletic Meet conducted by the Deccan Athletic Club. Our students fared extremely well in the VIBGYOR Inter-school skating competition held at Kavacha Sports Academy, Bangalore. Aditi Rajesh (6 C), Preetha S (5A) and Maithree Kale (8D) stood first, Vinayaka M (5 C) came second and Rithika Iyer (8A) finished third in various categories.

It is imperative that we develop a healthy respect for citizenship and social responsibility. Keeping this in mind, we conducted “Vigilance Week” for grades 7 & 8 from 28th October to 2nd November. Mr Abdul Ahad, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Circle visited our school for an interactive session with the students. He succinctly spoke about how corruption is a menace to society and the role of students in eradicating it. He also encouraged students to develop zero tolerance towards this evil. In this context it is heartening to note that Mr. Ahad was the recipient of the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for controlling the Naxal menace in Chikmagalur in 2010. Grades 7 &8 also celebrated “Communal Harmony Week” from November 19 to 25. Students participated in Poster Making and Essay Writing Competitions. Various field trips were organisedfor the lower classes to different houses of worship. Students were exposed to the secular concord of our country and taught to respect all religions.

The Primary Grades look forward to their Co-curricular Competitions every year with immense enthusiasm and anticipation. It gives them the opportunity to exhibit their talents as well as compete with each other in the right spirit- a necessary life skill in today’s world. Various literary, cultural and creative competitions were conducted for grades 4and 5. The selection process was carried out in October and the finals of each event began in November.

The Primary grades travelled further West in their travelogue. Class assemblies covered the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Various cuisines, costumes, dances and handicrafts were a visual treat. Some of the children even got ‘Mehndi’ applied on their hands in intricate patterns while visiting the state of Rajasthaṇ. In Maharashtra, they learnt about Warli paintings and toured the famous cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nasik. Gujarat came alive with the Kite Festival and the Dandi March.

The four sections of Grade 8 chose diverse topics like French Day, World kindness Day, World Television Day and Communal Harmony for their respective class assemblies. World Kindness Day emphasised the virtues of kindness and how it always pays to be compassionate to others. World Television Day eulogized the progression of the era of black and white TV to television as we know it today. French Day portrayed the French festival of “Mardi Gras”, generating a lot of excitement through colour, dance & music. They presented a parade of famous French personalities and cartoon characters frolicking to the music of “Mardi Gras”. All religions are equal; they are but different paths leading to the same goal.. “VasudhaivKutumbakam” (The World is Our Family) was the message of the class assembly on Communal Harmony.

Field Trips always support the classroom learning efficaciously and help take learning beyond the classroom walls. Grade 1 students enjoyed watching animals and birds at the Animal Farm in Dharmavaram College. Grade 2 students visited the “Traffic Park” to learn more about safety rules and traffic symbols. Grade 3 visited the ASC Centre where they got to interact with army personnel who gave them a basic understanding of the artillery used during warfare. They were also allowed to pet and feed horses, earning themselves a short horse ride within the campus. Grade 5 students went to the Visveswariah Museum to gain first-handknowledge of various scientific concepts.Grade 6 went for a social outing to the Ramee GuestlineResorts. It was a refreshing and rejuvenating break for them before immersing themselves in academics alongside their Entrepreneurship Programme. The Biology students of Grade 12 visited Cubbon Park on November 19th to conduct an experiment based on distribution of plant population.

In spite of busy schedules and packed calendars, our senior students had put up a great show for their teachers on Teacher’s Day, so how could their teachers not reciprocate? Balancing tight work schedules and academic deadlines, teachers managed to practice and rehearse for a grand Children’s Day performance. Students were treated to an extensive variety of songs, dances, fashion show and presentations by teachers of all grades. Students couldn’t stop cheering and encouraging their teachers on stage. The day whizzed by in a series of games and activities organised for the students to ensure that they cherish this day for years to come.

‘It’s not always about you’ is what NPS-Krm tries to instil in all its students. A few students accompanied by two teachers visited their nearest Anganvadi on the occasion of Children’s Day to bring some joy into their lives. They distributed chocolates, warm clothes for the approaching winter and multi-purpose jute pouches made by our very own Grade 11 students. The students also sang songs and entertained the children of the Anganvadi, leaving them with pleasant memories of this special day.

Mr Ajay Pathania, Director , Asia Pacific Centre of Management Education ( APCME) spoke to the students of Grades 9 & 11 regarding the Singapore International Science Camp to be conducted by them at the National University of Singapore from Dec 16 – Dec 20. He invited them to attend the camp program which aims to introduce the latest applications in Science and Technology to students from across Asia. Mr.ZimZhi Wei & Mr. OonJia Hong, resource persons from the College of Admissions, National University of Singapore (NUS) had a highly productive and interactive session with the students of Grades 11 & 12 on November 12 regarding, admission criteria, application procedure, scholarships & financial aid provided for admission into undergraduate courses at the university. Mrs Jayanthi Swaminathan flew in from Chennai on November 16 to hold a Chemistry Review Session with the students of Grade 12. With 28 years of teaching experience behind her and an in-depth knowledge of the subject, she shared valuable learning techniques with the students, clarified their doubts and answered queries on attempting difficult concepts. On the same day, Grade 10 students undertook in large numbers, the SGAI (Student Global Aptitude Index), a voluntary test to understand and identify their aptitude, strengths and skills.

The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) conducted the National Standard Examination in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy and Junior Science for grades 8, 9, 11 & 12 on November 24th. Results are awaited.

The National Science Olympiad was successfully conducted on November 14. Our students once again made us proud when the results of the 13th SOF-National Cyber Olympiad held in September were declared online. A large percentage of our students have emerged with flying colours while a select few have scored admirably at the school, city and the state levels, securing themselves medals and an entry into the next level.

The Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) was conducted for grades 9 and 10 on 21st& 28th November, respectively.

NPS, KRM was privileged to host the first ever All India Inter School Crossword Championship conducted by Sudha Dairyand EXTRA-C under the aegis of the CBSE Board on November 23rd. Students from several schools attempted a one hour cryptic crossword in the Bangalore City round. The winning team will proceed for the National Finale Round to be held in Delhi in December.

Grades 1-4 attended a story telling session conducted by Scholastic Books India in the school auditorium on November 27th .Students listened in rapture to the wonderful stories narrated by the story tellers with appropriate voice modulation and attractive props.

Grade 4 was fortunate to engage in an inter-active session with Dr Shraddha Bahirwani. She took them through dental care and hygiene with the aid of multimedia presentation and lectures. She enlightened students about tooth decay, cavities and the importance of oral hygiene.

Grade 6 students havewhole heartedly started preparing for their “Entrepreneurship Day” in January. They have been divided into groups and they are completely involved in the manufacture and retailing of several products. Team work, flow of creative juices, sharp minds and implicit self-confidence can be seen in abundance in these young entrepreneurs. A presentation was held on November 16th 2013 for parents who are the venture capitalists behind the whole idea.

Amidst all this and more, we had also the Montessori Observations. Believing in the adage, “Through observations we will understand the child and learn to respect him along with his needs”, parents of Montessori children were allowed to spend some time in their child’s environment at school, after which they also had a feedback session with the teachers and an understanding of various Montessori apparatus.

Hearty Congratulations to all our school children who made us proud!

We take this opportunity to wish our Grade 12 students, all the best and good luck for their Semester II Exams.

Ms Sudha Balan



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