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Newsletter for the month December 2013

Dear Parents,

December, a month of festive cheer, spirit of sharing and fun, Nothing better for a child to enjoy a day under the bright sun December is here before it's too soon. Goodness! How the time has flown, Healthy, happy and wise our students have steadily grown!

Our Annual Sports Meet was held in TISB grounds on Monday, 16th December. It was conducted with utmost precision and diligence, making it flawless. Over 1000 students travelled from NPS, KRM to the venue, keeping in mind all safety and security measures. The weather also held out and co-operated beautifully. It started with the Guard of Honour and the House Inspection, to be followed by the March Past and Band Display. Simultaneous races being held for primary and senior school on two parallel tracks kept the exuberance and cheering alive. The students had an enjoyable treat at the Tuck shop which was well stocked and well appreciated by all students. The Tug-Of-War saw all spectators animatedly involved and it was a befitting finale to a dynamic day. The coveted overall championship trophy was lifted by the Voyagers house amidst loud cheering and applause. The Sports Day culminated in a magnificent and graceful dance by the girls of Grade 9 and 11 and peppy numbers played by the school band. Students returned to the school tired but delighted at having had a memorable Sports Day.

It was a month of outbound learning and field trips galore, with every class trying to make the most of the pleasant and agreeable weather.

Grade 4 went on a day long infotainment trip to Channapatna toy unit, Janapadaloka at Bidadi and an Organic Farm at Ramnagar. This trip not only supported cottage industry but also helped the students to handle money well, as they bought gifts for their dear and near ones. Students also got an opportunity to learn all about organic farming and cottage industries. They had their share of fun at Country Club resort located on Mysore Road where they stopped over for wholesome meals and games. Grade 7 went to Guhantara Resort, off Kanakpura road, where they enjoyed a day of socialising and entertainment, providing a break from the routines. They watched the musical show “Shrek” staged by Bethany High school on 12th December, in Jyoti Nivas Auditorium. They came back extremely appreciative of the show and the performances. Grade 8 visited the Royal Orchid Resorts. They enjoyed a day of well organised games, music and movies. They had a delicious meal plan and enjoyed the beauty of their surroundings.

Grade 10 visited Shravanbelagola as part of an enrichment programme. They explored the two-millennium old connection with one of the world's oldest religion-Jainism. They gazed with wonder at the largest monolithic statue of Bahubali and took pride in belonging to such a culturally rich India. They also engaged themselves in fun-filled and challenging games and returned with fond memories of this wonderful trip.

Grade 11 too went on their yearly overnight trip to Hassan and Chikamagalur to visit the World Heritage sites of Belur, Halebid and Shravanbelagola. It was a great combination of learning and fun. Students developed a healthy respect for their culture and legacy.

In continuation of last month's series, Grade 11 students attended a talk by Colonel Anil Ahuja, esteemed personnel of the Indian Air Force. With 24 years of experience in the aviation field, he enlightened the students about the various rank structures of the Defence. He spoke at length about the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and inspired the younger generation to be hard-working, sincere and loyal to their profession.

Grades 6-8 had their Inter-house photography competition. Students were given three poems titled as "Nature, Books and Student Life" Participants had to click pictures/photographs based on the given themes in various locations. The three best photographs were then uploaded and chosen as the winning entries. The France Tour for grades 8-9 which is scheduled for summer vacation was launched with all preliminary planning. An orientation session for the parents ran smoothly with all queries being answered satisfactorily. It was met with great enthusiasm and support from all quarters.

As part of the Travelogue, the primary students explored the state of Andhra Pradesh. It was a vibrant and culturally rich assembly with a lively class display, showcasing many crafts and culture of the state.

Reaching towards the cessation of an academic year, we had few contests to attend to and participate in.

Alliance Francais organised a Science Competition called Prize of the Apprentice Scientist on December 4th at IISC, Bangalore. Two teams comprising students of Grade 8 participated in the event and won the third prize. They will now be heading to Pondicherry to compete in the next level in the month of January. Pratik Mohapatra won the one of Top Ten Windows 8 Apps Prototypes at the Microsoft Dev Camp held in Bangalore.

Grade 9 students competed in the Young World Quiz held by The Hindu at IISC on December 5th. They missed the winning title by a slight margin, however did exceedingly well for themselves.

The Pre-Board Practical Examinations for Grade 12 students was conducted with the same planning and precision as always.

19th of December saw many of the students of grades 3 to 12 attempting the International Mathematics Olympiad Examination with focus and concentration.

December spreads Christmas cheer all around and our students too eagerly welcomed it. It started with much fanfare around the Christmas tree being decorated and adorned The Early learning students and Kindergarten got busy festooning and ornamenting their class bulletin boards with a number of colourful and eye catching Christmas Crafts. The School Staff also joined in by dressing up in Christmas colours of red and green for the entire week.

Friday 20th December, the primary and the senior school students witnessed the Christmas celebration in the school auditorium. Students came dressed in Santa caps and there was merry carol singing. Students of grade 11 volunteered to dress up as Santa to distribute sweets, entertain and regale the young students with jokes and amusing anecdotes. The students had an enjoyable and fun-filled afternoon on the last day of school.

Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Let us celebrate joy, peace, hope and love.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

Ms Sudha Balan



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