“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”
Under the inspiring guidance and leadership of Dr Lilly George, the Founder-Managing Director, the students of Shalom Hills International School Students got a golden opportunity to showcase their Maths wizardry and mastery in Science though a TALENT HUNT QUIZ conducted by these two departments. Mr. Atul Bhatt, the school principal and Ms. Priya Chauhan, the Head-Mistress were present to encourage the contestants. The students enthusiastically participated in this quiz which was conducted by Ms. Koushalya, Ms Anjali Drolia and Ms. Apurva. Each round gave the participants ample opportunity to challenge their logical, analytical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Rounds for Mathematic quiz were named “The Flash” and “Math Combat X” while the Science rounds were “Visual Flash”, “Questions and Answer”, “Reasoning” and “Physics round”. The invigorating rounds tested the contestants’ subject knowledge to the fullest and all the teams put up a valiant fight to make it to the top-notch position.
Name of the winners are - Srishti Narang and Akshi Goyal (Grade VI), Ishita Aggarwal and Kushgra Mishra (Grade 7) and Neha Pattanaik (Grade VIII)
Students of Class X, namely Arvind, Tanav and Yash presented a health talk on dietary precautions that need to be taken by the Karate, foot ball, basket ball and chess the players to boost up their energy before and during matches.The students had collected the information by searching the net and garnered informed from their Sports coaches whom they are getting the practices of their respective games. The students focussed on the diet taken by the players of the countries - India, Germany, Sri Lanka and China. They focused the importance of healthy diet, the precautions to be taken by the players during the plat and after playing matches and tournaments.
On 9th February’16, an interesting activity on the topic ‘Creation of Artificial Market Scene’ was conducted in the premises of Shalom Hills International School for Grades VII and VIII.The main purpose of conducting the activity was to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the students related to the currency system in India. It enabled them to know about the money variations in the market. Learning outcome of the activity was that the students got aware of the basic difference between the Plastic money (used in malls) and cash (used in grocery shops). A lot of brainstorming and spadework ensued in the weeks preceding the activity. The students shared what are the staple fix of a local market and how it differs from a mall. Discussions also took place on conversion of foreign currency.
The area was set with several stalls like musical instruments’ stall, book store, electronic items shop, florist stall and departmental store etc. Newspaper vendor and sabzimandi stalls were the main attraction of the activity.
“In the present era of technology, developing a rational way of thinking among students is essential to lay down the foundation of logical development and scientific temperament.”
Amity International School, Sector 46 invited schools of NCR Delhi to participate in Amity Olympiad 2016 which was conducted for students of Classes VI-VIII. Anvisha Chopra, Adarsh V Nair, Anmol Mehta, Srishti Sharma, Khushi Narang, Muskaan Mahajan, Raisa Chugh from Grade VI; Kushagra Misra, Bhaavya Vashisht, Anmol Atrey, Anshul Sangrame, Ishita Aggarwal, Lokakshi Rampal of Grade VII and Kushagra Kapoor, Keneth Lobo, Lishika Sahni, Neha Pattanaik, Ishita Shrama, Tazeen Ahmed all from Grade VIII of Shalom Hills International School, accompanied by their Mathematics teacher, Ms. Kousalya Seshadri took part in an Inter-School Mathematics and Science Olympaids (INSTILLING SCIENTIFIC TEMPERAMENT) in Amity International School on 2nd February ’16.
Blue Bells, Manav Rachna International School, Sun City, Raman Munjal and various other schools of NCR Delhi were participated in this Olympiad.
The students of Class II were engaged in an activity on “Good Manners “in which they were asked to write a “Quotation”. The students with the help of flash cards explained their quotations on good manners to one another. This activity helped them to express and enhance their linguistic and kinaesthetic abilities more effectively. At the same time, it also improved their creative thinking and made them more confident.
An M.I Lab activity for English was conducted on 22nd January 2016 for all sections of Class IV. The children were taken to the M.I Lab where they did an activity on Adverbs. Adverbs were explained to them along with the different types of adverb – of Manner (how), of Time (when), of Place (where) and of Frequency (how often). Then the children were asked to make sentences on different types of Adverbs. They were able to differentiate the different types of adverbs. The activity helped the students to get a better understanding of Adverb and its different types. They also learnt how to enhance their writing styles by adding adverbs in their sentences.
Maths Open House sought to demonstrate the practical application of Mathematics in our day to day lives. The students of Classes VI-VIII showcased mathematical fantasies like Maths puzzles, Probability games, logical mind teasers, Tangrams etc before their parents.
Parents also got an opportunity to view various charts and models based on various Mathematical concepts. Under the guidance of the Maths department, the students had prepared activities like number dance, plays on the theme of commercial maths and geometry.Young students also enacted the roles of Srinivas Ramanujan and his wife and explained their contribution to the field of Mathematics.
Additionally, the students donned the self-made characters of ADDU SINGH, SABBU SINGH and GEO LAL and asked questions to the parents to brush up their childhood memories and helping them to recall mathematical concepts. Parents also took part in games like SUDOKO and NUMBOLA.
Last but not the least, students got a chance to show cast their talent by presenting beautiful jewellery pieces made in mathematical shapes and selling them to the parents. All the parents appreciated the performance of their kids and the efforts put in by the department and the school management.
Showers of blessings, youngsters in gorgeous draperies and tuxedo suits, nostalgic moments, mini beauty pageant and sumptuous lunch – were the special features of the Farewell party for the outgoing batch of Grade XII. The presence of Dr Lilly George, the school’s Founder-Managing Director to bless the Grade XII students was the high point of the valedictory function. Karan Rakesh Nigam, the Head Boy and Tara Yadav, the Head-Girl conveyed heartfelt thanks on the behalf of their batch to Dr Lilly George for making their school life exceptional due to her personal mentoring and inspirational guidance. Dr Lilly George spoke about her special association with this batch and wished them many more milestones in their future lives.
Grade XII students were then given special titles, souvenirs and sashays by the faculty members. Surya Iyer and Ms Tanisha Lahiri were chosen as Mr Shalom and Ms. Shalom respectively.
The incumbent Grade XI put up a delightful cultural programme spiced with lively dances, band and violin playing performance and lively anchoring by Jaanish Khan and Abhinav Dey. Mr Atul Bhatt, the principal called the students fortunate to receive good schooling in Shalom Hills which lays emphasis on character building. The atmosphere was emotionally surcharged when the loving ‘adieu’ messages of the entire faculty wishing the students well in their Board exams and lives were shown through a sensitive presentation.
In the Dynasty Meet held for Grade III-V students on 29th December, 2015, the topic of “The Joy of Giving and Sharing” was given to the students to speak upon. The students were encouraged to articulate their views on the given topic. The children explained the significance of sharing and helping poor and needy in this festive month of the season to one another.
Each one of them emphasized the need to show humanity and kindness towards the poor and needy people. The joy of sharing and giving out things to others, who genuinely require it, can only be felt, experienced and not put down in any kind of wonderful words.
The festival of Christmas was celebrated with jauntiness, zest and togetherness in SHIS. The school wore a festive look with red-white balloons fluttering in the grounds. The whole school echoed with the sound of the lilting carols sung by the junior choir. The students and staff attired in Christmas colors added special piquancy to the festivities. The senior graders Devishi Trehan and Devishi Sahai of Grade XI welcomed Dr Lilly George, Founder-Managing Director and thanked her for teaching the students and staff that ‘by sharing, giving and spreading good-will, we can celebrate each day as Christmas.’ Aryan Gupta of Grade IX highlighted the significance of Christmas and its message of thanksgiving and joy of giving.
The students of Oak and Maple dynasties performed on a delightful montage of folk-dances showing the different dance forms of France, India, Sweden and Switzerland. Savoury delights specially arranged in the grounds were relished with gusto by the junior and senior graders alike. The children then danced away to glory to the popular beats of numbers. Aarshi Ray of Grade X, in her vote of thanks, expressed thanks to the Founder-Managing Director for the lovely Christmas celebrations.
An interesting activity titled ‘Money Jingle’ was conducted for the students of Grade VII. The students came prepared with their self-composed jingles on the topic ‘value of money’.The main purpose of conducting the activity was to make students understand the importance of money in today’s consumer world. The students expressed their thoughts on this topic through their jingles such as importance of money, habit of saving, and optimum utilisation of resources. Some catchy jargons were also used by students such as “powerful money”, “earn before you spend”, “money talks everything else walks” etc.
During the activity, Mr. Pankaj Kumar and Ms. Vineeta Bhatt discussed the issues raised by the students in an engaging manner so that the students develop an awareness of the many right ways to save and spend money. The judges namely Ms. Vineeta Bhatt, Ms. Shruti Vashisht, Ms. Vineeta Loomba, Ms. Richa Jaini and Ms. Anika Seth judged the jingles on the basis of their level of understanding of the topic, content, presentation style and relevance to the topic.
The students found the activity as an amazing alternative experience for learning.
The Maths Department of Shalom Hills International School celebrated the ‘Ganit Week’ on account of 128th birth anniversary of Dr. Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan on 22nd December, 2015 by conducting various activities such as:
A Power Point Presentation was shown to Grade VI-X students to make them realize the importance of Maths in their daily life. They were explained the short-cut methods of multiplication and addition through Vedic Maths, the Fibonacci Series and Pascal’s Triangle which helped them to understand the concept of Probability, Number Theory and Algebra.
The students were given crossword and word search puzzles to solve which helped to increase their logical and thinking skills.
The students were divided into groups of 6. The first student had to solve the given problem and pass it to the next team-mate. Similarly all the students in one team had to follow the same steps and complete the relay. Their logical, thinking and computational skills were enhanced and the children learnt time management.
The students made beautiful posters on Mathematical themes.
Maths Quiz is the best way to encourage mathematical reasoning. Much of mathematics teaching revolves around giving the students practice in newly acquired skills and reinforcing and revisiting already introduced skills.In the Quiz, the children were given problems based on already known concepts. Children were supposed to tell the right answers from the multiple choice questions (MCQs). The most important reason for introducing quiz into the mathematics classroom is the enthusiasm, excitement and total involvement and enjoyment that children experience and they gain more confidence. It was a fun-filled activity and it promotes positive attitude towards Maths.
The students of Class-II participated in a Maths Quiz to celebrate the “Ganit Week” in the school to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. S. A. Ramanujan. The quiz had three levels, ranging from easy, average to difficult. The students were individually asked questions related to the syllabus studied in the class. The students were very excited and participated in the activity with full enthusiasm. Furthermore, the quiz was intriguing, challenging and tested their numerical aptitude in an enjoyable manner.
A Maths activity on the chapter “Money” was conducted on 17th December’15 in Class III. The children were provided dummy money (artificial notes and coins) and then they did shopping with those notes and coins. Some children became shopkeepers and some customers. They did give and take of money by adding or subtracting the cost of the items they purchased.
The children enjoyed the activity and had a real experience in dealing and handling the money.Their understanding on the concept of “Money” was greatly enhanced through this activity.
Shalom Hills International School has been organizing Social Service Camps from its very inception. The purpose of these camps has been to reach out to the less privileged mass of the society; expose the students to the harsh realities of life and to provide them with an opportunity to engage in active Community Service. The students of Grades VI and VIII went to MERA PARIVAR, located in Rajiv Nagar on the outskirts of the city along with their teachers, Ms. Rita Dey and Ms. Anjali Drolia.
This donation drive provided a platform to the students to ponder on the hardships faced by the poor and at the same time to be grateful to the Almighty for the blessings they enjoy. The students had contributed generously for the noble cause and distributed the edible items, clothes, toiletries, stationary, toys and books they had collected for them.
In the end, the residents of Mera Parivar gifted the Shalom students a handmade card made by the students of the NGO and expressed gratitude to the management, principal, the students and their families for the overwhelming contribution from the school.
A Computer Activity was conducted on 16th December’15 in all the sections of Class II, under the topic “Handling a Mouse”.The children were asked to build a house online on www.abcya.com by using different functions of mouse like clicking, dragging etc.The students were very excited and happy to build a house by changing its sidings, adding roof, windows, doors, chimneys, trees, fences, and other things. Then the children showed immense creativity and also were quick to differentiate between left click, right click and double click.This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing knowledge, creativity, confidence and getting friendly with mouse and its functions.
Annual Sports Day 2015 was held on 16th Dec’15 for the young atheletes of Grade I. It was a day of undiluted fun as the junior graders got ample opportunity to have a ‘break’ from their academically tight routine schedule. They spent more than two hours in the ground taking part and excelling in fun filled games activities like balloon bursting, obstacle race, musical race etc.
It was a day when they ran, played and competed to their’s content. Their speed, agility and atheletic prowess were in full display on the field. It was a memorable day as the children enjoyed the sunshine, fun games and one another’s company in abundance.
Author sessions are conducted regularly in Shalom Hills International School to give the students plenty of opportunities to improve their reading fluency. These Author Meets also serve as an excellent platform for the students to learn to compare and contrast book themes, study illustrations, and make connections between an author’s life and his/her work and between the author’s work and the reader’s own life and work.Mr Vikas Singh, senior journalist and author of the cricket thriller, ‘The Big Fix’ and ‘Bhima’ paid a special visit to the school. The student editorial board members, namely Animesh Gupta, Alyona Ranhotra, Aarshi Ray, Devishi Sahai, Devishi Trehan and Jas Keith Kaur impressed the author with the well-researched and ‘out-of-the-box’ questions they asked him in the interview session. The English faculty too was delighted to enjoy a personal ‘Know the author better’ session.The students of Grades IX-XI listened raptly as Mr Vikas revealed interesting and lesser known facts about the epic, The Mahabharta. He shared interesting facts and facets to the unsung hero of the epic, Bhima and how he has retold the epic from Bhima’s perspective.
We admire the beauty of many objects around us such as flowers, leaves, butterfly etc, because they display a balance. This balance is called symmetry. Symmetry means dividing an image in half to form two mirror images. To make the children experience the intricacies and nuances of this, an activity was conducted.As part of Ganit Week Celebrations mandated by CBSE, the students were asked to fold paper to form a crease and after putting the ink blot on the crease, they were asked to press the paper so that the ink spread in all directions. The students found an interesting shape which was symmetrical on unfolded paper.
The children with the help of paper folding using ink blot identified the symmetry of shapes. It was altogether an experiential learning where the children learned the topic with fun and enthusiasm.
An interesting activity on the “Awareness of Financial Market of India” was conducted for the students of Grade VIII. The students were given a lecture on the topic “Share Market of India” by Mr. Pankaj Kumar and Ms. Vineeta Bhatt in the form of Power Point Presentation. The emphasis was on the issues such as Share Market, Stock of Shares, Profit and Loss, Revenue, Dividends, Break-Even Point, and Bombay Stock Exchange-National Stock Exchange. Four types of banks were discussed with the students such as Public Banks, Private Banks, International Banks and Regional Rural Banks.
The students listened keenly and actively participated in the activity. Informative slides were shown to the students revealing the value of Dollar, Euro, Kuwaiti Dinar, Saudi Riyal, Kuru, Yuan and Yen etc. Students were also taught how to convert internal curries to Indian Standard Rupee (INR).After the completion of the lecture, the worksheets were given to the students consisting of 10 questions related to the topic. The students participated with enthusiasm and found the topic interesting.
An interesting activity titled ‘Numismatics’ was organized by the students of Grades XI on 10th Dec’15. The primary motive of the activity was to provide knowledge about money and currencies of different nations. The activity was conceptualized and successfully executed by Mr. Pankaj Kumar, ably aided and facilitated by Ms. Vineeta Bhatt. Currencies of different regions and nations were displayed on separate tables and volunteers of Class 11 B and C explained about them to the other students. The students learnt about the value of the currency and conversion to other currency. Currencies of 20 different nations like Canada, Turkey, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, China, South Korea, United States of America, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Srilanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Macau, Hong Kong, Kazakistan and France were put on display. The coins displayed were rare and ancient with great value in the contemporary time. Indian coins which were in use before and at the time of British rule captured the interest of many teachers and students. Mr Atul Bhatt, the Principal discussed about the difference between hard and soft currencies and imparted gave extra knowledge to the students.
You could feel it, taste and actually experience it – the pulsating excitement and anticipation crackling in the Middle Wing Auditorium when the students of Grades VI-X gathered there to be part of Live Band performances by LifeJam. The troupe led by Daniel (Acoustic Guitarist and vocalist) was introduced to the students amidst loud cheering. In the effervescent session, the LifeJam belted out popular Christmas numbers like ‘Wish you a Merry Xmas’, ‘Hark!How the angels sing’ and ‘Joy to the world’ to name a few. They asked the students to come to the stage and join them for the songs.
After that the Life Jam group engaged them in a lively ‘Coin game’ in which the students had to slide a coin from the forehead to the cheek without it sliding off. The winners were handed over some special gifts. In an ice-breaking session, Daniel shared a few interesting insights from his own childhood and life. The children loved hearing the Christmas carols and welcomed this musical odyssey as a prelude to ushering in of the Christmas spirit and season.
Shalom Hills International School, under the innovative leadership of Dr Lilly George, the Founder-Managing Director believes in trying out newer and more ingenious practices which either engage the students more fruitfully or enrich the teaching-learning process. One such innovation has been Peer Review or Peer Teaching. The English Faculty took the lead in initializing a guest lecture in Grade IX B by the bright duo of Aryan Gupta and Aarushi Hans. The two students had carefully drawn up a lesson plan on the topic of ‘Reported Speech’. The two students took up a quick run-down of the main rules pertaining to Conversion of Direct Speech into Indirect Speech. The other students took keen interest in their explanation and contributed sentences of their own. After ensuring that their class-mates are fully engaged in the topic, they went on to conduct a succinct ‘Try It out’ exercise and class test.
The students enjoyed learning from their peers. Even the 2 ‘Peer’ lecturers of the day enjoyed sharing their learning of the topic with their class-mates. They further sharpened their skills in practising on their lecture delivery, ensuring it is comprehensible and enjoyable o all their class-mates. The class ended with the students wondering who would be the next ‘star lecturers’ for the upcoming week.
An activity was held in the M.I lab. The little ones of Grade I had picked up the different cut outs like house-houses, pencil-pencils, flower-flowers and placed them under ‘Has’ and ‘Have’ columns. With the help of this activity, the children learnt that singular words use the verb ‘has’ and plural words are preceded with a ‘have’ and also to use I and You with ‘have’. This activity helped in enhancing their linguistic skills and also served to greatly reinforce the concept of ‘has’ and ‘have’ appropriately.
A day long picnic was organized for children of Class III on 4th December 2015 at Camp Tikkling near Gurgaon. Camp Tikkling was an ideal day excursion which provided the right picnic opportunity together with benefits of adventure training. The camp kept the students on their toes throughout the day with fun-filled activities like Sports Climbing, Alpha Cross, Burma Bridge, Tent Pitching, Hamster Wheel, Zip Line and many others.
The children also enjoyed a camel ride as well as the tractor ride. They enjoyed sitting in the tents which had been put up for them to relax. The children enjoyed a well laid out nutritious breakfast and lunch. This gave them the energy to march around the camp grounds in their respective groups with the team leaders that had been assigned to them.
Apart from the games and sports activities the children also enjoyed dancing to the tunes of popular latest Bollywood numbers on the dance floor. The picnic concluded with a delicious spread of evening snacks for the students. The children enjoyed the day long fun-fil led trip.
Google had organized a two days session on India GEG Level 1 Workshop Featuring Google Apps for Education (GAfE). Mr. Jay Atwood conducted it and specially handpicked teachers (by Google) from Delhi and NCR schools attended the session. Ms. Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav were among the privileged few to be a part of the illumining session. The event began with the introduction of each participant followed by talk on Google Apps for Education tools. The focus was primarily on the usage of GAfE and certification on Google Educators Level 1.
Google Apps for Education are built for schools only and focuses on tools and technology that the teachers can use in their everyday lives to improve their task management and increase student engagement. These tools offer real time editing, powerful sharing controls and seamless compatibility. The session was divided into before and post lunch session on both the days. Practice session was held at the end of the each day to recollect the learning objectives. SHIS is using GAfE. Shortly the entire faculty will be trained into using it optimally and effectively.
In this activity, the student of Class X performed some research on the various aspects of organic food. They went through the food stock available in their kitchens and saw if there were any food items which have been labelled as organic in their house. They also found out if this food is locally sourced or not.Then the students searched internet, books, magazines, especially newspapers for the latest topics surrounding organic food. The student’s focused on the following topics:
a. Types and examples of organic food.
b. The environmental benefits of farming organic food.
c. The health benefits of consuming organic food.
d. How the organic food market works and how to identify organic food?
The senior graders entered into the kitchen and cooked one meal with organic food with their family and interviewed their family after the meal. The report is recorded in scrap book.
The students were involved in another Maths activity on Division in the MI- Lab. The students were explained the concept of division by the method of repeated subtraction. The students were individually summoned at the board where they were given different numbers as stick-ons. They had to repeatedly subtract and reach to the final answer of division. The logical and analytical skills were brushed up by this activity and their concept of division became even more clear and strong.
The students of Class II went on an excursion to Camp Tikling on 30th, November’15. On arrival, the students and the teachers were served a delectable breakfast of porridge, puri-aalo, halwa, etc. Soon thereafter, the students were involved in a host of adventure activities like Rock Climbing, Tractor Ride, Maze, Tarzan Jump, Commando Net, etc. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thereafter, everyone had a scrumptious lunch in the camp. Hence it was a great and memorable outdoor experience in the wilderness of Camp Tikling beautifully set amidst the Aravalis.
The children were given cut outs of words like plants, planting, speaks speaking, jumps, jumping, cooks, cooking etc. After that, they were asked to put the given words in the respective columns having added -s & ing . The activity was done in groups. This activity helped them in building their intrapersonal skills apart from sharpening their vocabulary skills. They were excited take part in the activity; collaborate with their friends and to improve their knowledge at the same time.
An Inter-Dynasty T-Shirt Painting Activity held on 28th Nov’15 allowed the children of Grades VI-VIII to use their T-Shirts as a canvas and paint some sports logo or sports quotation on the T-Shirts. The Dynasty Incharges, Ms Ambika Yadav and Ms Suman Bhanwala had previously instructed the students to bring T-shirts, paints, water-colours and brushes from home.
On the day of the activity, all the students sat according to the four dynasties and under the supervision of their wardens and tutors, they painted the shirts using their dynasty colours – Ebony (Red), Oak (Yellow), Maple (green) and Cedar (Blue). The activity was a part of the ISA project and sought to enable the students to learn more about the various sports and also discover facts about Sports legends in India, Germany and China.
Creativity, troll, wit and imagination came together as the children on the theme of ‘Play for your country’. The four dynasties came up with chic tees showcasing their zeal towards sports. It is also a precursor to the next round of Inter-Dynasty Sports Tournaments when the students will wear these T-shirts and play or cheer for their dynasty teams.
Our school seeks to Implement a learning model, use teaching systems and methods that initiate learning activities, encourage the students to focus on the thought and feelings that are being experienced, to derive new learning from the activity and in the process, become more knowledgeable, more confident and committed individuals capable of making informed choices.
Aligned these objectives in mind, a Sun Dial activity was conducted from Grade III to V. A Sun Dial device was created in the open area and the movement of its shadow was observed during the day.The concept of time related to rotation of the earth was reinforced by this experiment. Indeed it was one of the most joyful learning experiences.
Our lives are a non-stop barrage of impromptu speaking moments be it speaking to colleagues or class-mates, taking permission from principal or teachers or bosses, answering or asking questions and informal table talk. Practicing topics is the best avenue for polishing all of those social skills, meeting new people, developing interviewing techniques, and handling Q&A sessions. Thus, the English Faculty decided to polish the ‘public speaking’ or to use a popular jargon the ‘table talk’ skills of the students through an ‘Impulse Speaking’ Competition.
Students of Grades VI-VIII were shown visual images on the projector and then each pair had to craft an impromptu story around the visual shown to them. Both had to take turns to speak impulsively yet coherently and connectedly on the picture captured in the snapshot. Their English teachers were delighted as they listened to the imaginative narratives by the students. Some students went an extra inch and embellished their stories with good expressions and ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas. The students and the teachers both enjoyed the activity which allowed the children to think ingeniously, speak confidently and of course weave their own stories as dictated by their own impulses.
The students of class-II were engaged in an English activity in the MI- Lab. The students were narrated a story and explained its moral. The students enacted the story after discussing the main characters of the story. Then the students were asked to speak few lines on the main characters of the story. Hence this activity enhanced the linguistic skills and expression in the students.
As all know that Mathematics is a subject all about doing practically, so care is taken at SHIS to clear the concepts through fun and interactive activities. Keeping this in mind, this activity has been conducted wherein the students have measured the length of the boundary of the given circle which is known as the circumference of the circle. Students were asked to paste the cut out of circle in their note book itself and to take a round of that circle with the help of thread (they have brought from home).Then they were asked to cut the extra thread and measure the length of thread used for measuring the boundary of the given circle with the help of scale. The students pasted that piece of thread on the boundary of the circle and wrote that measurement as the circumference of the circle.
Under the creative aegis of its Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George, a platform has been provided for all the students to showcase their talent in the field of Information Technology as well. The Computer Science faculty engaged the students in a series of fun and digitally interactive activities.Class VIII took part in ‘Animations in Flash’ activity which was conducted in computer lab. Students created beautiful animations using Flash and enhanced their creative and presentation skills. All the students actively participated in this lab activity
A truly multi-sensory and multi-dimensional show was presented by the children of Grade 1 based on Multiple Intelligences. The young students from all sections were divided, according to their intelligences i.e. Linguistic ( English & Hindi ) , Logical , Spatial, Naturalistic, Bodily Kinaesthetic ( Skating , Karate, Placard Activity), Musical, Art & Craft , Dance & Life Skill . Their multiple intelligences, stage daring and confidence were in full display in front of the audience which included their parents. Their high spirits and high-octane energy levels were seen in their performances like role play, dancing , singing and other activities like building blocks, explaining Power Point Presentation etc. The parents moved from one skill club to another skill club enjoying each performance. The parents were fascinated to watch young learners putting up such a wonderful show.
Shalom Hills International School, under the guidance and aegis of its Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George, organized an ‘Extempore’ for Class VII students and ‘Quiz’ for class VIII and IX students as a part of the Computer Science Department’s “IT Fest: Techelligence”. The Quiz was an Inter-Dynasty Competition with two participants representing each dynasty. The top two winners were Ebony and Cedar respectively. The Extempore too was an Inter-Dynasty Competition with one participant selected from each dynasty. The students were given an on-the-spot topic with 2 minutes to reflect over before speaking. The English teachers, Ms. Rinki Maini and Ms. Meetu Mukherjee, were the judges for the competition. They declared Vanshika (Ebony) first, Sehar (Cedar) second and Rushikesh (Maple) third to the winners.The event was witnessed by Mr Atul Bhatt, the Principal and Ms. Priyaa Chauhan, the Head-Mistress who appreciated the work of students and teachers. Ms. Megha Gupta, the Senior Grades Computer Science teacher had organized and successfully conducted the event with the full involvement of Grade XI students.
An activity on weather report was conducted on 20th November’15 in all the sections of class 4. The different concept related to the topic – fog, humidity etc. well were explained thoroughly and the meaning of weather and the condition of air around the place in a day were described in the class.The children were asked to bring the cut outs of the weather report from the newspaper.The objective of this activity was to make children understand the different parameters in which the weather can be analyzed and predicted. The children were also told the sunrise and sunset timings, maximum and minimum temperature of the day. Overall the activity was enjoyed by the children.
An activity based on Multiple Intelligence and on the topic of of ‘Decimal’ was conducted in all sections of class IV on 20th Nov’15. The term ‘decimal’ has come from a Latin word ‘decem’ which means ten. The form of writing fraction without a numerator and denominator is referred to as writing them as decimals. The students of Grade IV did this activity with the help of decimal kit. They were asked to display the given decimal number on the white board with the help of THE kit. The concept of conversion become easier and clearer to all students after doing this activity.Overall, the activity helped children to understand the lesson in a fun and stimulating manner.
The students of Class II did an activity on the “Means of transport”. First the students were told about the various modes of transport like land, water and air transport. The students differentiated between the various modes and listed their benefits and disadvantages. They spoke on their favourite means of transport with the help of their props. The students participated in this activity with great zeal and vigour.
Under the creative aegis of its Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George, every possible avenue is explored and all opportunities are provided to find out how multi-faceted the Shalom students are. Every year, all departments plan and host a series of in-house departmental Talent Search activities to discover, develop and polish the multi-talents of the students.
In order to test and challenge the cognitive and collaborative skills of its children as well as sharpen their razor sharp reflexes, an English Literati Quiz was conducted in all sections of Grade IX. The Quiz proved to be an effective way to identify the gaps in knowledge and to retain the concepts through regular practice by the English Faculty. The class was divided into groups of 5 students each. An interactive, engaging and invigorating Quiz PPT was shown to the students by Ms. Jyotin Prinja and Dr Anjali Sharma.
All the students actively participated in the quiz. All teams put up a valiant fight and the winning team trumped it only a whisker’s margin.
Fundamental to the ‘Newspaper in Education’ concept are the activities which teachers can use in the classroom to teach various skills and ideas. In fact, at shalom Hills International School, Newspaper activities are reckoned as one of the exciting aspects of Newspaper reading. These activities breed additional ideas/other activities and they, then, attune the young minds more finely to the joys of learning and discovering. Reading is one of the most important aspects of English Teaching.
To inculcate the habit of reading, skimming and deducing the correct meaning, newspaper activity was conducted in all sections of Grade VII. The class students were asked to read any page or article carefully and identify the tenses of a few sentences. They then had to rewrite the sentences in past tense into present tense.All the students actively participated in the activity. Not only did it enhance their knowledge but also helped in enhancing different language skills.
A Computer Activity was conducted on 19th November’15 in all the sections of Class III, under the topic “Drawing a beautiful scenery” in MS Paint. The children were asked to draw beautiful scenery whether it is related to any festival, any landscape or any place etc.The students were very excited to draw different sceneries using different Paint tools and shapes. The children had shown immense creativity and came out with some very nice drawings with the use of shapes, brushes, cut, copy, paste, resize, rotate/flip tools etc.This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing knowledge, creativity, confidence and getting friendly with MS Paint software.
A Computer Activity was conducted on 16th Nov ‘15 in all the sections of Class I, based on the topic “Using Calculator”.The activity was conducted with the objective of imparting skills regarding the use of calculator in computer. The students were asked to do arithmetic operations given to them on white board and also from the computer book lab activity given on page 56 with the help of Calculator in computer. The students were inquisitive and enthusiastic to learn new things in Calculator.
It was an educative fun filled computer activity in which children learnt to use most of the buttons of calculator to perform the arithmetic task given to them efficiently. This activity served to teach the students how to have better hold and control of the mouse, use of calculator to do various arithmetic operations, eye-hand coordination, awareness about using calculator and confidence.
Diwali celebrations in Middle Wing were compounded of ethnicity and traditions on one hand and modernity on the other hand. The students looked dazzling in their traditional ensemble. Soon after they reached their classrooms and greeted their teachers, they were engaged in a lantern making activity. Soon, the classrooms wore a festive air as the students bedecked them with the vibrantly coloured paper lanterns.
No festivities are complete with dance, music, food and of course moments of togetherness. The students gathered in the outdoor space where a miniature food court was set up. After dancing and boogie-boogieing to their hearts’ content, the children partook of the savoury snacks and delicacies.
After that, the students went back to their respective classes and watched the animated movie ‘Ramayana’. After watching the movie, the students were asked to draw moral conclusion of the story. The children beautifully conveyed the eternal message of the victory of good over evil through their drawings.
“Pollution free Diwali brings everywhere khush-hali” is the slogan for Shalom Hills students.
Shalom Hills International School took an initiative to promote a safe and pollution free Diwali and encourage others in their community to ‘Say No to Crackers’ this festival season. The students of Grades IX-XI undertook a rally carrying placards with messages advocating repudiation of crackers this Diwali.All the dynasty students walked till DLF Block E to spread this message. During the rally, they raised slogans such as say no to crackers and say a big no to pollution.The students were accompanied by their dynasty wardens, sports teachers and class teachers.
This year before you light a cracker, just remember that crackers will raise Delhi’s air pollution levels up to 9 times above the permissible limit.
Shalom Hills International School under the inspired leadership of its Founder- Managing Director, Dr Lilly Geroge, always strives to achieve excellence by challenging its students competencies and pushing their limits. With this aim in mind, an Intra School Debate and The Ultimate Math Skill Quiz Competition were organized for Grade IV and V students.The Quiz comprised of three rounds- Visual, Buzzer and Rapid Fire. After the end of the Quiz, the SHIS team of Grade IV and SPS of Grade V won the competition. Ms. Meeta Calvin initialized the Debate Competition and introduced the participants. The judges were Ms. Jyotin Prinja- H.O.D – English Department, Ms. Swastika Acharya- Senior Coordinator SHIS and Ms. Meetu- English teacher. The topics of debate were ‘Are Humans Responsible for Animal’s Extinction?’ and ‘Should Children watch Cartoon?’ Ishita Sethi(SHIS), Jyantika Ranjan (SPS) of Grade V, Prerit Jajoo (SHIS), Nitya Dogra (SPS) were declared the best speakers. Rivea Bansal and Urshita Dhir from SHIS were declared as the Best Interjector. The Director of SPS, Mr. Dhar and Middle Wing Head Mistress Ms. Rima Gaekwad shared their experiences with the youthful students.
T'Rangoli' signifies creative expression of art by means of colours and is also considered a symbol of good-luck. The talented students of the four dynasties – Cedar, E bony, Oak and Maple celebrated Diwali in a traditional manner by way of an Inter-Dynasty Rangoli Making Competition held on 9th November’15.
Guided by their dynasty wardens and tutors, the students had brought an amazing array of fresh and dry decorative materials to the complete exclusion of lentils and pulses. The Dynasty Overall Incharges, Ms Ambika Yadav and Ms Suman Bhanwala had allotted different areas in the school premises across the Pre-Primary, Primary and Senior wings to the four dynasties for drawing and exhibiting their rangoli motifs.
Spices, glitter, flower petals, dry colours, crushed leaves, glass pieces and even pebbles! These were just some of the materials used by participants to make, adorn and embellish the rangoli design. It was a delightful experience and visually breath-taking spectacle to watch the artistic creativity of the students. Prizes were awarded to the best rangoli based on choice of material, pattern and intricacy of design.
Maple – 1st
Oak – 2nd
Ebony – 3rd
Cedar – 4th
To celebrate the spirit of Diwali, an Intra -Class Card Making Competition was held for Grades VI to VIII. The students showcased their creative bent with fervour, gusto and vivaciousness. The Fine Arts Department provided all the classes with a complete kit for the competition.The students gave expression and shape to their imagination by choosing any one of the themes provided. The vividness of their expression found its way in the form of special ‘Diwali Wishes’, ‘Brotherhood along with Diwali Wishes’ or ‘Say No to Crackers along with Diwali Wishes’ .The Cards were later posted to the address specified on the envelope.
‘The smallest flicker of light travels farther than all the darkness in the world.’
A Diya Making activity was carried out in Grades 6-8 to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali is one such festival which is popularly known and celebrated as the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is synonymous with many traditions like the lighting of diyas and desiging of rangoli motifs. The Class activity of Diya Making was used by the students to display their vivid imagination and aesthetic sense in decorating the diyas and showcase their creativity which they possess in abundance. It was not only the colours but all kinds of decorative materials which were used to decorate the diyas by the students that stood out. The students had brought diyas and decorative materials from their homes. They painted the diyas, some drew traditional motifs on them while many others used sparklers and glitter materials to make the diyas ‘glow’ even without being lit.By the end of the activity, each class could boast of an amazing stock of vibrantly coloured and artistically designed diyas.
The students of Classes X- were instructed to make a decorative book cover and a book review of the same by their English teachers as an FA 3 English tool. The students made preparations, thought of inventive designs and illustrations with which to beautify the front cover and enthusiastically performed the activity in their activity period. They came up with beautiful and thought provoking presentations by way of book covers and designs. The students were divided into seven groups and each group prepared and presented their assignment collaboratively. The activity proved to be very informative as students gained useful information about books, authors and storylines which added to their self-knowledge library.
As an FA 3 activity, a Viva Quiz was held in English class in Grade VI by Ms. Rinky Maini and Ms. Meetu Mukherjee. The students were explained the key elements of this Quiz which was based on Grammar topics: Subject Verb Agreement, Tenses, Pronouns and Conjunctions and they were asked to prepare well on all these topics for the much awaited Viva Quiz.
All the students displayed clarity of concept, proper understanding of the topics covered and were prompt enough to answer the questions in all the rounds of the Quiz. The activity gave them a better understanding of how such an interactive drill on Grammar topics can churn their mind inside out and make them think harder. The English teachers of Grade VI made a special effort to start such an ingeniously planned practical cum theory session in order to give their students a platform to acquire a better grasp over the Grammar concepts and topics.
Creative Writing is one of the most important aspects of Language skills and a precursor to developing a distinct flair for writing. Keeping this aspect in mind, the English Faculty decided to take up writing tasks as a much-needed FA tool. In order to improve the writing competencies of the students and make them more practical and purposeful, the students of Grade VI were engaged in a Draft a Message activity. The students were explained the key elements, the format of a message and the content relevant to the subject by their English teachers, Ms. Rinky Maini and Ms. Meetu Mukherjee.
The students worked in groups of five and drafted a Message. Much to their teachers’ delight, they took great pains to write not only cohesively, concisely and coherently but also made sure of writing in the explained format and layout.
The students studied the various phyla in Kingdom Animalia with the help of an interesting activity wherein different preserved specimen were arranged randomly. Thereafter, the students were asked to find the specimen belonging to Phylum Porifera, Phylum Coelentrata, Phylum Platyhelminthes, Phylum Nematoda, Phylum Annelida, Phylum Arthropoda, Phylum Mollusca and Phylum Echinodermata respectively. They enjoyed the activity and learned in detail about the general characteristics of each phylum through this activity.
It is never easy when someone disagrees with you or you have to disagree with someone. For this reason, debating is considered a ‘bloodless battle of wits’ and is one of the most necessary oratory skills to acquire. In order to develop the skill and art of fine debating in its students, the English Faculty of Shalom Hills International School regularly conducts Debate Competitions. One such FA3 activity was a Debate held in Grade IX. The students were explained the key elements of a good debate speech by Ms. Jyotin Prinja and Dr Anjali Sharma and were asked to write on one of the topics:
‘Does reading make a man perfect’
‘Internet is man’s greatest achievement till now’
Science Open House was held in the Senior Wing for the students and parents of Grades VI-VIII. Various exhibits prepared by the students were arranged acceding to the themes - Environment, Physics Principles, Human System, Brain ‘o’ Brain and Chemistry is fun. The students gave a succinct and clear rundown of the working models, live experiments and Science projects put up for display before the visiting parents.
Projects and exhibits on Waste Management, Solar Power Utilisation, Terracotta Room Heater, Food Adulteration, Fudo- Japanese art, Liquid detergents were the highlights of the day.The students of Grades VIII presented a play on E-waste to sensitize their parents about the need and importance of E-Waste Disposal and Management. Class VII students presented a ‘chemical’ song backed by proper choreography.
The Science Faculty had organized two seminars for the parents, the first one was to spread awareness about Lung Cancer and the resource person was Dr. Maitreyi Rajala, School of Biotechnology, JNU. The second workshop was on Brain and Memory by Ms. Anintitha and Ms. Sarah Khan, National Brain Research Center, Manaser.
At Shalom Hills International School, we believe in individual engagement with and connecting to each student with the tailored set of intervention, prevention, and enrichment services which form the basis and bedrock of our school. To accomplish this, it is just as important to nurture a student’s strengths as much as it is to address his or her needs/challenges. On 31st October’15, Olympiad classes to clear and further substantiate key concepts and topics in different subjects – English, Mathematics, and Science etc were conducted.
Few extra academic classes were also conducted apart from coaching classes for external exams preparation. The purpose of these classes was to broaden the students’ horizons, develop new skills and contribute to their holistic development.The most important assessment is done by the students themselves by analyzing their strengths and challenges and how to overcome these with the help of knowledge shared from these enrichment sessions. Overall, it was a very good learning experience for the students wherein they benefited from the recapitulation of the topics and reinforcement of the concepts done in these classes.
A Computer activity in “Tux Paint” was conducted in the month of October for Classes I-V. In this activity, the students were asked to design a wall in Tux Paint. The children made use of the various brushes and magic tools like Smudge, Grass, Wave, Vine Effects to give colour to their creativity in their favourite software TUX Paint. The children were very enthusiastic and came up with some colourful and challenging drawings.
It was an educative and fun filled computer activity in which the children used multiple techniques and showed a competitive spirit to make wonderful images and they thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
In continuation of the school’s vigorous and on-going endeavors to create awareness among the students about Disaster Management, a Mock Drill was conducted on 29th October, 2015 at 10:45 am in the senior building for students of Grades V-XII. As soon as the alarm hooter rang out loud and clear, the students were immediately escorted by their subject teachers to the basketball ground. Once all had evacuated the building and had assembled on the ground, the students were advised not to panic in case of any disaster. They were instructed to be with teachers at the time of disaster and follow the instructions given by them. Keeping all the safety measures in mind and carrying them out methodically, the entire building was successfully cleared within a span of 3 minutes.
Shalom Hills International School under the creative leadership of its Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George encourages its students to challenge their competencies rather than just simulating international affairs. They are encouraged to acquire diplomatic skills and debating acumen. The Shalom school team comprising of seven students of senior grades IX-XI accompanied by MUN coordinator Ms. Lopamudra Mishra participated in the Inter-school “Aravali Model United Nations (AMUN)” conference held in The Shri Ram School, Aravali, Gurgaon. The event witnessed the participation of 240 students as delegates from schools of Delhi NCR like Modern School Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Sanskriti School, Amity International School, DPS New Delhi, The Shri Ram Aravali, The Shri Ram Millenium Noida, to name a few.
The event commenced with the opening ceremony followed by declaration of conduct of business of different committees in MUN. The students of Shalom challenged other delegates by raising Point of Order and point of inquiry on topics such as conditions of refugees and their rehabilitation issues (UNHCR) and so on. Award: “Verbal Mention for PSU” – Animesh P. Gupta (XI C)
A Maths activity on ‘Tangrams’ was conducted in all sections of Class 3 on20th Oct’15. Tangram is a classic Chinese game of shapes and its pieces are called ‘tans’. It comprises of five or seven pieces which can multiply into hundreds of innovative designs. The children were given tans provided in the Math Kit at the back of their textbook. Using the ‘tans’ the children made various shapes using their own imagination and creativity.The children enjoyed the activity and it helped them in their understanding of geometrical shapes.It enhanced their creative skills also.
The students of class II took part in Garba Celebrations specially organised in the Middle Wing to celebrate and mark the festival of Dussehra on 20thOctober. Garba is a dance which people perform on all nine nights, after the Durga Puja; it is a traditional group dance which is performed in accompaniment to live orchestra or devotional songs.The students of Class II, dressed in colourful lehenga–choli and kurta-pyjama made a pretty picture as they came to the school, in all readiness in join in the festivities. The school ground was vibrantly decorated and there was a special effigy of Ravana as well. The children performed the Garba dance in the school premises. The celebration was marked with great vigour and gaiety.
Author sessions are conducted regularly in SHIS to give the students plenty of opportunities to improve their reading fluency. These Author Meets also serve as a platform for the students to compare and contrast book themes, make connections between an author's life and his/her work and improve their writing styles. The students of Grades VI-VII were keenly enthusiastic as they interacted with Mr Ranjit Lal who has authored more than 30 books for both adults and children. He has been a winner of the Crossword Best Children’s Book Award for his novel, Faces in the Water.
The student editorial members, namely Oindrilla, Devishi Trehan, Aryan Gupta, Devishi Sahai, Jas Keith, Devishi Sahai and Aarushi Hans then engaged Mr Ranjit lal in an interview session in the principal’s room. The author enjoyed answering their questions and shared his self-learning experiences of authoring the book, ‘My Nana was a Nutcase’. Mr Ranjit Lal also met Dr Lilly George, the Founder-Managing Director who wished Mr Ranjit Lal all the best in his future writing endeavours and evinced keen interest in the storyline of the latest book.
Electronic-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. To sensitize the children about this issue and topic, a movie and PPT on E-Waste and its management was shown in Grade IV. The young children learnt about E-waste management and its hazards, and the importance of reuse and re-cycle was re-enforced. The students were inquisitive about the topic and asked various questions related to it. Over all, the session was exciting and informative for the students. They expanded their knowledge about E-Waste.
Students of Grades IX performed a Radio Show in front of their English teachers, Ms. Jyotin Prinja and Ms. Anjali Sharma in order to display their talent through different means of verbal communication – imitation, talk show, phone interview, light hearted banter and advertisement.They worked in groups of 5-6 to present a complete Radio Show comprising music, advertisements, prank calls, raising social issues etc. Their English teachers had taken pains in the preceding weeks to work on their voice intonation, pitch and articulation. All the groups showing good fluency, presence of mind and coherence while speaking, It was a wonderful way to sharpen one’s communication and public speaking skills.
ISA is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools about their academic standards teaching practices by adding an International Dimension in its curriculum and making Innovations in the classroom interaction and transactions. The ISA will open vistas for our young minds to gravitate towards an experiential learning which remains “value oriented”. It will give our students a global edge and perspective on team building, innovation, project management. Keeping this in the mind, an interactive PowerPoint Presentation was shown to students of class IV on ‘Saluting The Legends’ on 16 October’15. The quiz related to the legends of Australia, India, United Kingdom and France who have contributed immensely to the field of Films, Sports, Literature, Science and Art etc.
The format and rules were explained by the teacher. The meaning of Legend was reinforced. Armed with all this information, the students were eager for the commencement of the quiz. Pictures of legends of various fields were shown to the students followed by a clue to guide them towards the correct answer.
The students of Class II organised and took keen part in an assembly to celebrate the occasion of Dussehra on 16th October’15. The programme included speech, a song, a skit and a dance drama. The dance drama conveyed the powerful and eternal message of Dussehra highlighting the victory of good over Evil. The meaningful programme and the lovely performances by the young students made it a truly memorable experience for the students.The children of Class I and II and teachers alike thoroughly enjoyed the programme.
On the occasion of the 84th birth anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Shalom Hills International School paid tribute to its most beloved late President by celebrating the day as ‘Reading Day’.All the classes from I to V actively participated in the Reading Day activity. Several books were issued from the library, as per the appropriate age of the students. All the students read non-academic story and knowledge books. It was a pleasant change for the students to read such books during school hours. Students thoroughly enjoyed the activity.It was the perfect occasion to introduce this initiative for inculcating the habit of reading for our students.
The students of Class VIII took the opportunity provided by their English teacher in polishing their writing styles and improving their language competencies. Dr Anjali Sharma, their English teacher explained the essential ingredients of a good blurp and encouraged the students to write on the chapter they had recently read, The Strategist by H.H Munro. The students read and re-read the chapter and wrote interesting blurp, highlighting the key points of the story and the main character. Adding extra dimensions to the blurp, some students even illustrated the blurp. Some even pasted pictures of the author Saki and a few other pasted pictures connected to the basic plot. The purpose of this activity was fully accomplished as the children learnt what a blurp is, what is entailed in blurp writing and how to write an interesting and attractively worded blurp. The outcome of the class activity was a number of well-worded and concisely written first attempts of the students at Blurp Writing.
The students of Grades I-II participated in an activity involving Book Reading to mark the birthday of our late 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. His birthday has been recognised as the World Student’s day by United Nations. The students were given books of their choice to read on this day. This activity was done to inculcate the habit of reading books in children and also to acquaint them with the outstanding contributions and personality of our great national leader, Dr Kalam.
To promote the reading habit among the students, they were encouraged to read aloud from any book of their choice in the class on 15th Oct 2015. The objective behind celebrating this day as the Reading Day was not only to instill awareness about Dr. Kalam’s role and contributions among the students but also to inspire them to read bearing in mind his legendary words, ‘Reading is the key to Knowledge’.
The students went to School’s Library and freely chose books of their choice. Each student selected one passage from the book and read it out loud in the class with proper pronunciation, intonation and voice modulation. Some students read poetry, passage, short stories with morals and some even read biographies on APJ Abdul Kalam. This activity gave each and every student of the class an opportunity to read in front of the class. This, in turn boosted their confidence and stimulated their interest in reading fiction books as well. The students were asked to write a report on this activity which would further enhance their creative writing skills.
A movie and PPT on E-Waste and its management was shown to Class V students to sensitize them to the issues and topic of E-waste and its hazards. They learn about E-waste management, and also about reuse and re-cycle.The students asked keen questions and showed an interest in the topic. They watched the movie and PPT intently and found it very useful and informative.
Shalom Hills International School organized a IT Competition interestingly named ‘Speedotype’ for Class VI students as a part of the Computer Science Department’s “IT Fest: Techelligence”. The students were asked to type a document in 5 minutes without using any option in the keyboard for correcting the errors. The English HOD Ms. Jyotin Prinja along with Ms. Meenakshi Madan, Senior Grades teacher were the judges for the competition. They declared the overall top three winners, namely Srishti Sharma who secured the first position while Aadisha Chandel who secured the second position and Aditi Sahoo who stood third.
All the Computer Science teachers, Ms. Megha Gupta, Ms. Sarika Aneja and Ms. Ambika Yadav had organized and successfully conducted the event. This endeavour was made special by the involvement and coordination of Grade XI students. The faculty conveyed their keen appreciation to Raj Abbas Tulluri who had helped in coordinating the event, Atharva Tilwankar and Abhishek Kalaria for making the logo and banner, Ria Sharma; Snehlata Mishra; Shambhavi Kashyap and Animesh Gupta for decoration and making invitation cards.
The students of Class VII were engaged in a meaningful activity in their English class. In this activity, they were encouraged to learn about the greatest dramatist of all times, William Shakespeare. The students were asked to read, surf on internet and find out through other sources facts about Shakespeare. They had to prepare a list of his most famous works especially his masterpieces.To acquaint the young scholars with some of his most famous quotes and immortal sayings, all the students were asked to neatly write down as many famous quotes as they could from Shakespearean dramas, stories and poems. These were shared with the teacher and in the class.This way, all the students learnt more about William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon and about his famous written work and quotations.
The students of Grade IX and X along with their Class teachers visited The National Science Centre, a Science museum in Delhi, It stands close to Gate no 1, of Pragati Maidan overlooking the Purana Qila.The museum houses a working Science Exhibition as well as exhibits the history of architecture. It has various sections such as Heritage & Dinosaur gallery, Human Biology gallery, Fun Science Library etc. There are also a number of hands-on displays explaining the laws of physics.The first gallery on the third floor depicts how, in course of time, side by side with art and literature, there grew up on Indian soil, a very rich scientific and technological culture. Concepts of matter, atomism and cosmic evolution were recorded. The present day numerals, Powers of ten, the golden rule of three, square root and cube root were also explained well.
Next is a gallery on Human Biology - the miracle of Human Life. The gallery aims to portray the human body in all its aspects: anatomical, physiological, biochemical, structural, functional and systemic. The model of human heart, brain lungs were star attractions for the students.Followed by gallery on pre-historic life, featuring several life sized and scaled animated robotic models of dinosaurs and other long extinct creatures in their natural ambience. The supporting panel exhibition provides ample information about the origin of Earth, geological changes that occurred on earth through ages, evolution of atmosphere, origin of life in water, spread of life on land, early life forms, early mass extinctions and so on.
The next Gallery is Fun Science. This gallery is full of hands-on exhibits explaining the fundamentals of science. At the end, the students witnessed a 10 min 3D show showing the evolution of dinosaurs and the factors which led to their extinction.The trip was very exciting, informative and tested the scientific temperament of students. They got the opportunity to have hands-on experience with most of the working models.
The Eco Club students prepared posters and placards to spread awareness about E-Waste. The main motto of this activity was to make the children aware that if there are any old electronic items at home, then they should be disposed off through formal channels of recycling. The students took a solemn pledge with their family members to buy electronic items which can be recycled. They also resolved to go out and talk to as many people as possible about E-Waste.
To spread awareness about E-Waste, the students were shown a short documentary video on E-Waste. This video enabled the students to understand the burning issue of E-Waste, its harmful effect if not disposed off properly and need for its proper management. The video screening served to guide the students about how to recycle their E-Waste in a responsible way. It taught the students to practice use of alternative pedagogies and technology for development of 21st century skills.
To spread awareness about E-Waste and sensitize the students about its proper disposal and management, the students were given a handout on 8th Oct 2015. The students participated in the collection drive with great enthusiasm. They brought electronic gadgets ranging from mobile phones, tablets, iron, CD’s, chargers etc from their homes with their parents’ consent.
The objective of this activity was to make the students and teachers aware about how we should use our equipment. This activity and particularly the E-Waste Awareness drive served to guide all to buy devices which are longer lasting and give superior performance. It also served to teach us to reflect when we dispose off our earlier devices, we should spend 5 minutes to think if this item can be of use to someone else; it may be of some use to maid or may be your drive. Your old computer could be of use to an NGO or to your driver’s son. If there is no option left but to recycle, figure out the closest authorized e-waste collection point and drop it there for recycling.
A short video of 2minutes was shown to the students of Grades VII-VIII along with a Power Point Presentation to make them understand the problems created by E-Waste. Then the students collectively took a pledge to minimise E-Waste and work as messengers to spread awareness about this burning problem which is the root cause and contribution of pollution.The students were also explained possible ways to dispose off E-waste and how we can reduce the carbon footprint by it.
The students were asked to prepare a scrap book on E-Waste. Prior to the activity, the students were explained, taught and guided by their Science teachers about what is E-Waste, its components, its adverse fall-out and proper methods of its collection and disposal. The students gathered data and showcased their knowledge and awareness by collating the facts artistically in scrap books. The scrap books prepared by the students included useful snippets about E-Waste, definition of e-waste, types of e-waste, steps to dispose e-waste and so –on.
Howard Gardner, an American Developmental Psychologist, had suggested that intelligence has more to do with the capacity for solving problems and fashioning products in a context-rich and naturalistic setting. Keeping his theory in mind, a practical activity Demonstrating stomata on a leaf peel was conducted and the children were shown a leaf under a microscope. The topic was well explicated with its relevance in a leaf to the Grade IV students. The young scientists were full of exuberance while conducting the stomata experiment.
The children were inquisitive and full of pertinent questions pertaining to stomata shapes, sizes and its colour. Through this experiential learning activity, Kinaesthetic Intelligence, Existential Intelligence and Interpersonal Intelligence were also judged. It helped the children to understand the concept presence of stomata in a leaf better. All the students enjoyed doing this activity thoroughly and participated in it with full fervour.
The students of Classes I-V undertook a Cleanliness Drive on 1st October 2015 to celebrate and commemorate Gandhi Jayanti as well as to contribute to the nation-wide Swachh Bharat Cleanliness Campaign launched by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 2nd October 2014.
The Junior Wing students were engaged in a wide range of events like Inter-Class “No Dustin Day Competition”, Cleanliness March, Oath Ceremony and a Special Assembly by Class-V students which included skit, songs and speeches etc. The activities were not only directed towards inculcating the habit of cleanliness among students but also to generate a sense of ownership, humility and citizenship in them.
The day began with an animated video on the life and ideologies of Gandhiji being played in all the classes. After drawing inspiration from the film, the students prepared and wrote a Cleanliness Pledge on coloured sheets. They took a pledge to keep their school, homes, public places & surroundings clean. Students were also given handy tips how to keep their surroundings and school clean. In keeping with the teachings of Gandhiji, the students of classes I- V went out in the area around the school and cleaned the garbage strewn around. Armed with gloves, dusters, brooms, garbage bags etc, the students cleared all the bits of plastic and paper, dead leaves, which they found lying on the ground. They did so enthusiastically and took brooms and garbage bags to clean up every nook and corner of the class rooms, corridors, school grounds, Science Park and nearby areas.
The Head boy of the Junior Wing, Devyansh Somvanshi and Head Girl, Ananya along with rest of the Student Council members led an Awareness March to spread the loud and clear ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’. A written pledge signed by all the junior council members was given to the Principal Mr. Atul Bhatt, in which the youthful Shalom brigade promised to be the ambassadors of Cleanliness. This was followed by a Special Assembly organised by Grade-V students with same vision to spread the importance of Cleanliness. The assembly began with Lord’s Prayer, daily news update, thought of the day and the word of the week. After this the students presented a very interesting skit titled ‘Clean India’ which was highly informative and inspiring. It explained the need to keep our surroundings clean. The play highlighted the importance of hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness.
The students also presented melodious songs, invigorating speeches on Gandhiji and importance of Cleanliness. The role play on Gandhiji enacted by Akhand of VC was cherry on the cake.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. But it is commonly observed that we do not always practise what these eternal proverbs or values preach; things are often different when it comes to converting them into a ground reality. A progressive step has been undertaken by the government through a Swachh Bharat Mission, a massive mass movement that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhis heart and a clean India is the best tribute that we as a nation can pay to Bapuji. Mahatma Gandhi devoted his life so that India attains Swarajya. Now the time has come to devote ourselves towards Swachchhata (cleanliness) of our motherland.
Clean surroundings and Green Earth are causes that are extremely dear to the heart of the Founder-Managing Director of our school, Dr Lilly George. Under the managements guidance, many pioneering initiatives towards a Green and Clean school have been initialized and implemented. The awareness and commitment in the school to Green cause is of transcending genre it involves the management to faculty to students. On 1st October15, the Senior members of the Student Council, namely the Head-Boy, Head-Girl, Vice Head-Boy, Vice Head Girl, Discipline Secretary and Sentinels of Environment briefed the lady guards of the school about the importance and intent of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. They interacted freely with the guards and told them how they can contribute to the cause and keep the school premises and surroundings clean, green and beautiful.
Similarly the Student Council office-bearers went up to the bus drivers and conductors and similarly informed them about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The young school leaders impressed upon them that with their contribution, Shalom Hills International School will emerge as the best example of a Swachh Shalom School and surroundings.
Whenever a worthy cause has to be taken up or lent support to Shalom Hills International School is a sure forerunner!
An ISA Curriculum activity was done in all the sections of class I. The children learnt addition and subtraction in a playful method. The teacher narrated the story of “The Mango Pyramid” in the class which captured students’ interest. After the story session, the children were asked questions by the teacher in which the children had to solve some tricky addition and subtraction sums. This proved to be a wonderful methodology to teach the students word problems based on the concept of addition and subtraction. This way, they not only learnt the difficult portion of their syllabus readily but also found it easier to connect to the concepts in a more practical way. They enjoyed doing the activity and understood the concept thoroughly.
With the objective of making the students identify the differences between the states lying in desert area, mountainous area and southern plateau, an activity was carried out in Social Studies period in Grade IV.This activity enabled the students was to have an awareness about the countrys landforms and identify the states lying in Southern Plateau and how they are different from the other landforms which they have studied before and showed their understanding by marking them on the map.
The students of class II took part in an activity on Helpers. The students were told about the different types of helpers in the community like the doctors, postman, police, fire fighters, etc. The students played out and enacted the role of a helper of their choice and highlighted their importance in the society. This way the students understood the role of each and every helper in the society more evidently.
Food is an essential requirement for living. Growing children need to have food rich in all the nutrients. With the objective of creating an awareness about healthy eating habits and of making the children understand the importance and benefits of a balanced diet, an interesting activity titled The Right Plate was conducted in Class IV wherein the children presented a plate as a part of their diet which contained all the nutrients. The children brought food items from home and they all creatively presented the same in the plate. They were able to name the nutrients forming a part of their diet/platter. The children were also seen sharing their food and helping others.
Overall it was an experiential and fun learning for the children. The teachers appreciate the whole-hearted cooperation and support of the parents which contributed to the success of the activity.
The students of class II were engaged in an activity on Verbs. They wrote the recipe of milkshake using the past form of verbs given to them previously by their English teacher. Before the activity they were explained about it by being given the recipe of making a cake using past tense. The students wrote the recipe by using past form of verbs. At the end they pasted a cut out of milkshake glass and also decorated it with colours. The children enjoyed the activity and performed enthusiastically. It was a great learning experience for everyone.
A Teachers purpose is not to create students in her own image but to develop students who can create their own image
When the teachers look relaxed, invigorated and beautiful, their smiles rival the sun and their spirits resemble the larks, one can guess it is Teachers Day. But when the students look more effervescent and radiant than their teachers and plan day-long revelries for their beloved mentors, the day points to Teachers Day Special Celebrations in Shalom Hills International School. The preparations by the Students Council members in the days leading up to the Teachers Day were a clear barometer of the love and thoroughness with which the students of senior grades intended to pay a tribute to their teachers. The roller-coaster fun odyssey put up by Gen-Next of the school bespoke the warm and special rapport with the management and faculty.
Students of Grade XI A had prepared a loving and creative presentation on Teachers Day and in fond remembrance of Dr Servapalli Radhakrishnan. The students of Grade VII B presented a spoof titled Comedy Nights with VII-B. Grade VIII students too regaled the teachers and the audience with a delightful skit on parents interaction with teachers on PTMs. Fun games had been organized especially for the teachers. The school band came up with foot-tapping and electrifying vocal and instrumental performances. Mr. Atul Bhatt, the school principal addressed the gathering on this felicitous occasion. Extolling the role of teachers, he stressed that each student should devote at least two years to being a teacher regardless of the career or profession they ultimately they wish to pursue.
The day was one of Unlimited and Unstoppable Fun as even the school had organized a Chat-Chaat party for the teachers. The Dance and Sports Departments along with other activity teachers regaled the audience with their unbeatable performances on a medley of chartbusters. Mr Atul Kumar too enthralled all the teachers with a mellifluous rendition of the popular song, Kal ho na ho. Guess the song and other games were organized for the teachers and were thoroughly enjoyed by all the faculty members.
In his address to the gathering of the staff, Mr. Atul Bhatt conveyed the Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly Georges blessings and greetings to the teachers. The faculty received gifts from the principal as a token of regard and appreciation of this occasion. The teachers savoured appetising snacks and partook of lunch in an atmosphere of gaiety and bonhomie.
To make children understand the action words (verbs), an activity was planned and carried wherein the children were taken out to the play ground by their English teacher on 1st September15. There they were given commands like run, dance, cough, hug etc. Initially the teacher performed the actions with the children but very soon, the children started responding to the commands given. In this way, the children learnt newer action words in a playful way and enriched their vocabulary.
In keeping with the tradition of celebrating festivals likeRaksha Bandhanand Onam, Shalom Hills International School organised an Eco Friendly Rakhi Making Competition and a Rangoli Making Competition on 28th August, 2015 for Classes III- V. The students made creative rakhis individually. The students showed their creativity by decorating hand crafted rakhi with eco friendly material, paper, cotton, clay, natural things colourful beads, mirrors, etc. Furthermore, the students drew intricate patterns, embellished the different designs and exhibited their talent through the Rangoli Making activity. By organising such competitions, the students were introduced to culture and traditions associated with these festivals. At the same time, the skills of creativity and art innovation were also developed amidst the students through these competitions. Best three rakhis were selected from each section and certificates were awarded to the students. Furthermore, the best section of each class from I-V was also appreciated and awarded by Middle Wing Head Mistress Ms Rima Gaekwad.
Creative writing plays an important role in a childs literary development. In order to enhance this skill, an English story writing activity, Once upon a time in India on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan was conducted on 28th August 2015 in all sections of classes IV and V. It also formed a part of the Raksha Bandhan celebrations held in the school.
The junior graders were asked to write their own framed stories which should start with, Once upon a time in India on Raksha Bandhan......... All the students were all very excited to write the stories; the pre-discussion on the topic stimulated their creativity, imagination and fostered artistic expressions in their writing.
The purpose behind this activity was to appreciate the writing skills of the students and to build up confidence in the students to come out and convey their feelings and flights of imagination through their writing skills. Many students wrote fabulous stories which were original and showed their natural flair in writing stories. The students covered variety of subjects such as history, religion, fiction, moral based and many more. Some students were also given the feedback on how to make their stories more interesting, creative and attractive to the reader.
The activity helped the children to discover the joy of writing. They enjoyed the activity and participated in it with great enthusiasm.
White and golden hues, soothing music and intricate floral carpet spread out in the school reception area brought alive the serene aura and the pulsating atmosphere that is synonymous with Onam festival. On 28th September15, Onam festival was celebrated in the Senior Wing of the school. Onam is one of the most ancient Hindu festivals which is why the rich traditions and customs associated with it were carried out the school in full glory and splendour. A beautiful floral carpet called Pookalam was designed and laid out in the reception area replete with traditional greetings and messages. Reverence was paid to King Mahabali, a legendary king, who ruled Kerala in ancient times. A young student dressed up as King Mahabali greeted the visitors and Vice Chairman, Mr D. George with the chaste traditional Onam greetings. The aesthetic and traditional decorations bespoke of the grace, beauty, family ties, value for our heritage that are a natural part of the festival. Teachers dressed in the traditional golden and white coloured sarees welcomed and greeted the Vice Chairman. Adding vibrancy and colour to the celebrations were the little girls of Grades I-II who wore beautiful traditional saris and danced the special dance associated with this festival.
A Model Making activity in Social Studies class was conducted In Grade V wherein the young graders worked in groups and made innovative models on the topic of Frigid Zone. The purpose of this activity was to make the students understand what the frigid zones are. The students brought some best out of waste materials from home like coconut shell, cottons, plastic bowls etc. They worked enthusiastically to demonstrate their subject knowledge through their creativity. Overall it was a fun filled activity and the students thoroughly enjoyed the same.
The students of Class II were involved in an activity on Houses. The students were told about the different types of houses like houseboats, tents, igloos, multi-storeyed and bungalows. The students identified the various types of house displayed in the class. The students described about the different kinds of houses and also classified them into kuchha and pucca house. The students keenly participated in this activity.
A Computer activity was conducted on 17th August15 in all the sections of Class I, under the topic Uses of a Computer in WordPad. The children were asked to write the names of places where computer is used. The students were very enthusiastic about gaining knowledge about the various tools and elements of WordPad like numbering, font size etc with the information of different places where computer is used and how it is used there.
An intellectual activity related to the Mental Maths was conducted in Class IV in which they were asked to give answers mentally. All questions related to Numbers, Roman numbers, Estimation, Fractions, Time etc. The students were asked to make 4 groups - team A, B, C and D. All the students gave correct and prompt response during the activity. The winning team got STARS on performance chart.
Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers Steven Spielberg
In order to expose the students to the fascinating world of different genre of books, inculcate in them a love for reading and also to enhance their writing competencies, Shalom Hills International School regularly organizes interviews and interactions with popular authors and personalities. Under the creative leadership of its Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George, Shalom Hills International School was the first school to conceptualize and introduce one-of-its-kind Linguistics Training Programme in the school. Considering Language to be a precursor to literacy development and English to be a global medium of communication and subject, the students of SHIS are involved in many inventive activities which aim to improve their language skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Author meets, interviews and sessions also form a staple part of the activity planner.
During a Meet the author session scheduled for 21st August15, many reading enthusiasts had bought the book The Case Files of P.I. Pojo and were all agog to interact with the young writer of the book, Ms. Meghna Singhee. The children were full of questions about the book, its main characters, the catchy title and the writers inspiration for writing and experiences. The children listened raptly when she read aloud a chapter from her book. After enjoying the Read Aloud session, the faculty and students got their books personally autographed by her. The author had even planned a crime scene and played finger lifting game with the students.
The student editorial members, namely Abdus Samad Hashmy, Suyash, Oindrila Dasgupta, Pearl, Aryan Gupta and Animesh then engaged Ms Meghna in an interview session Coffee at Shalom over a round of refreshments served in the principals room. The senior graders raised pertinent and intelligent questions. Ms. Meghna enjoyed answering their questions and sharing her experiences of authoring her book and imbibing the values of self-discipline that she picked while writing the book. Ms. Priya Chauhan, the Head Mistress Senior Wing felicitated Ms. Meghna with a token of appreciation of the behalf of the school management.
An inventive activity relating to Multiplication was conducted in Class IV in which the students were asked to make boxes according to the number of digits given to them. The children explored this different and interesting ways of doing multiplication by making a Lattice. It is an easy method of multiplication as it breaks the process into smaller steps. The students enjoyed the lattice making activity a lot and they found it to be the easiest and most interesting way of doing multiplication.
The students of classes XI B, XI C, XII B and XII C went for an educational trip to Agra and Fatehpur Sikri on 20th August, 2015.The trip was a part of a well-planned ISA Heritage Walk and Educational Visit. Nearly 50 senior graders accompanied by their teachers namely Mrs. Lalita Yadav, Mr. Pankaj, Mr. Qadri and Ms. Vineeta Bhatt were a part of this highly enjoyable and educational excursion. The students and teachers set off for Agra in the wee hours of the morning at about 4:30 am. The journey was awesome and covered in high spirits and lively banter. The students were first taken to Fatehpur Sikri where they were taken to different exciting places by a guide, Mohd. Akram. He offered the students and teachers many insights into the monument, its history and construction. One of the best experiences was provided when they paid a visit to the shrine of Salim Chisti. After wishing for three boons in the form of knots on a thread and tying it inside the shrine, they all walked out to explore the huge stone complex. Around 3 pm, the Shalom team left for their next destination i.e Taj Mahal. It was a wonderful and awe-inspiring experience for all of them to see one of the 7 wonders of the world. The entire Taj complex is preserved beautifully with magnificent gardens around the monument. The students enjoyed their sight and tour of this priceless marvel in white marble and took many photographs both in Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal. Based on their experience, the Fine Arts students were directed by the Fine Arts Head, Mr M.Quadri how to capture the grandeur of these monuments in their paintings and sketches etc. After a day packed with action and steeped in history, the students headed back towards Gurgaon in the buses. Although tired after an eventful day, their minds and hearts were full of lovely mental images and sights which they had seen the whole day.
A Map activity in Social Studies subject was conducted in Grade V where the young graders individually identified the different grasslands of the world on a physical map of the world. The purpose of this activity was to help the children to identify the exact location of different grasslands. The students demonstrated good observation skills. Overall it was a fun filled activity and the students thoroughly enjoyed the same.
Under the British Council ISA Curricular activity, a Fancy Dress Competition was organised for students of Classes III-V. The judges for the Competition were Ms. Rima Gaekwad, Middle Wing Head Mistress and Ms. Suniti Bhai.The Programme began with a Lords Prayer read aloud by Ms. Meeta Calvin and followed by Gayatri Mantra by Ms. Rekha Pant. The ISA Activity entailed the students donning the costume and character of International and National Leaders who have created a transformational impact on our lives.
The purpose of this activity was to make the students aware about famous personalities and leaders who have played an active and important role in changing lives of millions. The students, in their authentic and attractive costumes drew everyones attention. Young enthusiastic children, some feeling shy in their fancy dress, some beaming with joy looking were the main attraction in the school that daySome children of class- III were dressed up like Margaret Thatcher, William Shakespeare Mangal Pandey, Jhansi ki Jhansi, Martyr Bhagat Singh, Annie Besant and many more. The Grade V masqueraded as various unforgettable freedom fighters like the father of our nation - Gandhiji, the Nightingale of India -Sarojini Naidu, the Lady with the Lamp - Florence Nightingale, the ambassador of peace and education- Malala Yousuf and many more.
This competition enhanced the Gen Juniors knowledge related to international history. It also instilled in them, through their impeccable performances, feelings of patriotism, liberalism, freedom, secularism and democracy, and their importance among the students. This activity also brought to surface the latent talent of many students by giving them stage exposure. The judges judged the contestants on their costume, presentation and dialogue delivery and appreciated all the participants.
Shalom Hills International School believes in and at the same time, strives for the holistic development of its students. It rightfully acknowledges the pivotal and collaborative role the parents and school play in accomplishing this. No avenue is left unexplored by the school, to keep the parents in the loop about the latest innovations in the school’s academic mechanism, changes in the CBSE guidelines, add-ons to CCE pattern as well as the current reforms in the education system. One such Orientation Programme was organized exclusively for the parents of Senior Grade students (Classes IX-X) to acquaint them with the evaluation pattern, FA diagnostic tools, PSA and OTBA that forms a key part of CCE that is, Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Approach.
The Orientation Programme commenced with the Lord’s Prayer and welcome address. Ms. Jyotin Prinja mentioned that CCE has always existed in the school since its inception. Under the vision and headship of the Founder-Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George, the school is always engaged in Continuous and Constant Endeavour to secure the complete engagement of all the stakeholders in the educational process. The school management seeks to bring the parents on the same page and hence such workshops, sessions and orientation programmes are organized periodically for the benefit of the parents. After stressing upon the objectives of CCE and how the holistic development of each and every shalom student is taken care of in the school under M.D ma’am’s leadership, involvement and mentoring, Ms. Meenu Chopra , the Head-Mistress of the Senior Wing presented a Power Point presentation.
Through a PPT, general information was given to the parents regarding the school timings, transport facility, walker routine, Almanac particulars, PTMs, Leave, Home-Work Schedule, Working Saturdays etc by Ms. Meenu Chopra. Thereafter the Head Mistress elucidated upon the CCE policy and its grading pattern. All aspects of the CCE policy namely the Scholastic and Co-Scholastic domains, Formative Assessment/Summative Assessment pattern, grading point, values, attitudes and physical education. Ms. Maya Vinod and Ms. Geetanjali Sethi then presented the paper pattern and marks weightage in Maths and English. Ms. Geetanjali also duly explained Problem Solving Assessment and Open Text Based Assessment that are a part of English Evaluation process particularly from grades IX and XI. The importance and marks allotment for ASL - Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills in Grades IX-XI was also expounded upon.
All the parents were given a feedback form which they filled and handed back to the teachers. The Orientation programme came to a close with the vote of thanks, a round of refreshments and the announcement that the other subject heads would give requisite information pertaining to their subjects under CCE in the coming PTMs.
Reading is fun and is also one of the best ways of learning a new language.
To inculcate the habit of reading and foster a love for books, Shalom Hills International School took the initiative to set off the Inter Class Reading Competition for young graders of Class- III-V where in the students from all the sections were selected and provided an opportunity to read literature from around the world in simplified English. The final participants of all the sections read the specified paragraphs from their course book in the Middle Wing Auditorium. The participants were adjudged on the basis of pronunciation, fluency, intonation and proper voice modulation. In the end, the HM of the Middle Wing, Mrs Rima Gaekwad encouraged the young and enthusiastic readers of Grade –V by appreciating them and sharing with them a few certain guidelines for making reading enjoyable.
Results: Inter Class Reading Competition:–
1st Position- Reethi R. Prabhu 3 F, Shaivi Shetty 3 C
2nd- Tanushka Sablok 3 E , Dhanvi Bora 3 F
3rd-Saumya Verma 3 G, Anagha Gupta 3 B
1st Position -Ashmaam Rizvi-IV A
2nd -K.A.Abhishek-IV A: Urshita Dhir-IV C
3rd -Shivangi Monga- IV D :Mahir Dhamija-IV F
1st Position- Hiya Saxena- VB
2nd- Medhaabi Roy- VA Devyansh Somvanshi-VB
3rd- Dipannita Ray Ch. –VF and Shreya Malviya - VA
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An activity was carried to fulfil the following purpose:
A Cyber Quiz was conducted on 28th April 2015. Participants were selected from all the sections of class 3 representing different houses of Cedar, Maple, Oak and Ebony. There were 6 students in each team. The children were excited to take part in the competition and had come well prepared for the same. The teams were introduced to the audience and they proudly represented thier dynasty. The quiz had five differently structured rounds with one question being asked from each team in every round. In case a particular team could not answer a question it was passed on to the next team who got a bonus point if they answered the question correctly.
The questions asked mostly comprised of the names of inventors, application based questions, working of computer and computer facts. It featured quizzical questions with True/ Fase, Who Am I, Visual Clues, Identify and Multiple choice options. It was a fun-filled Visual activity utilizing the Big Screen in the Auditorium. It proved to be an educative experience for the children where their knowledge on computers was enhanced and updated.The children in the audience also enjoyed the quiz and were very happy when their respective houses scored and a nail biting finish made it all the more exciting. Cedar Dynasty won the competition with Maple coming a close second.
Almost 289 schools across the country and abroad competed in the CBSE National Science Exhibition under 6 different themes. The categories are as follows
Abhinav Dey & Sachin Yadav in front of the project.
World Earth Day is an annual event in which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
The students of Grade IV of Shalom Hills International School celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April with a great deal of zeal and assertion. The main aim of the event was to motivate and spread awareness among the students on ways to save MOTHER EARTH. The children engaged in a series of activities such as designing T-shirts on Save Earth, talk on reducing energy consumption, made a visit to a market and presented strong views on diminishing plastic use, reusing and recycling of waste material & a Power Point Presentation were also shown on soil conservation. The central idea behind this was to enable the students to creatively express their ideas and concerns on topics such as preservation of the planet and how to halt its destruction.
The Earth Day event has galvanized the students than any other event amply demonstrating that more than ever students are very concerned about global healing and environmental issues.
It is our Earth. It’s our responsibility to keep it clean.
Knowledge and learning have no boundaries. This was proved once again when the students of Shalom Hills International School had an interactive Skype session with the students of Queenswood School, London. The session started at 2pm IST. The venue for the Skype session was the school’s Computer Lab. This time the session was attended by all Eco Club students from Classes VII-VIII. Since 22nd of April is celebrated as Earth Day, the students were excited to learn about the various environmental awareness programmes conducted by their counterparts in Queenswood School. There was great enthusiasm among the students of both the countries as they wanted to know about each other’s culture, traditions, respective school, schedule of activities, green school activities, Skill clubs and so on.
The Shalom students imparted important details about various green initiatives and activities that our school has undertaken. The young students explained why our school has decided to initialize such a programme, they also mentioned ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ - an initiative taken up by our Prime Minister to make India clean. The students of Queenswood School discussed their cleanliness drive and various other activities like recycling of paper conducted in their school to mark the Earth Day. Shalomites also showed them the recycled paper (hand made) prepared by them . They were very excited and were eager to know the steps involved in recycling of paper.Students of Queenswood School were apprised about various Skill Club activities. They also discussed in details about e-waste and its solutions. Later on, the discussion also shifted to lighter topics of knowing about each others food, culture, subjects, time table, Sports, school timings, uniform etc.
As both the schools have French as common language, the students also interacted and conversed in French with one another. Shalomites introduced themselves with them in French as well.Ms. Anjali Drolia , Incharge of Eco Club also interacted with the parents of Shalom students at the end of the session and shared the experience with them. The parents expressed their deepest gratitude towards the school for giving exposure to children.
A Computer activity of Cyber Quiz was conducted on 21th April 2015 in all the sections of Class II. The activity was based on imparting and increasing general awareness and knowledge of the basics of computer. The students were divided into four teams and asked various basic and brain storming questions related to computer. If one team could not answer the question, the same was passed on to the other teams. The team with the highest score was declared the winner.It was an educative, fun filled computer activity in which the basic awareness and knowledge of computer in children was increased efficiently.
Shalom Hills International School celebrated Earth Day through myriad educational and fun activities conducted in Grades I-V in the Primary Wing. A Special Assembly was conducted by Grade V students in which the youthful environmental custodians expressed their views through inspiring speeches and presented a small skit on conservation of resources and agreed to prioritize Earth Protection. The assembly commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by news headlines and thought of the week. The special song was presented by class V students. Subscribing to the famous words immortalized by Aristotle, ‘to bring any change we must train young minds’, the young scholars of Shalom Hills International School are sensitized and made aware of their responsibility towards Mother Earth and their environment from an early age. The students gave an evocative message through the small skit on ‘Save Mother Earth’. The students really enjoyed the assembly and were educated about the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle. Ms. Rima Gaekwad, the Middle wing Head Mistress also shared her views about the same and educated the students about the importance of Earth Day and its increasing relevance in our day to day life.
The students were explained about the Grammar topic of Common nouns and Proper nouns. The student were given sheets of paper and were told to find as many common nouns and proper nouns they could find in the first chapter of the English book and quickly jot them down on the paper. The students were able to differentiate between the common and proper nouns more efficiently after this activity. Thus, the concept of nouns as a whole was more thoroughly re-enforced in the minds of the young students.
An English activity on Homophones called ‘Same Pinch ‘ was carried out on 17th April in all sections of Class 4. Prior to this activity, the children were explained the concept of Homophones - words with same sounds but different spellings and meanings.The children were very excited to take part in the activity. They prepared their list of homophone words. Each child wrote a paragraph using various pairs of homophones. They also drew interesting pictures to further illustrate any one of the sentences they had framed.This activity ‘Same Pinch’ helped the children to discover different words with the same sounds as well as to frame interesting sentences and build up a story using these words. They enjoyed the activity and participated in it with a lot of enthusiasm.
Homophones or homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelt differently and have different meanings. In this activity, each child was called individually to pick up the card with homophones written (both the side) on it. They framed sentences using the given homophones with the help of their teacher and friends. The children were, thus able to distinguish the difference in the two meanings of the homophones and had to choose the correct spelling of the word
An English activity named ‘Same Pinch’ was conducted on 17th April’15 in Grade V. Our young scholars challenged their Grammar proficiencies and demonstrated their grip over the topic –‘Homophones’. The English teachers of Grades V gave specific instructions and guidelines which facilitated the students to prepare for the activity. The students translated their thoughts by writing different paragraphs using maximum numbers of homophones and also gave better expression to their ideas by making funny cartoons for the same. The rationale behind the activity was to enable the students to comprehend the difference between pairs of commonly used English words that sound alike but have different spellings or meanings.
This activity not only helped the students to enhance their grammatical skills but also helped them to improve their vocabulary and to correctly apply their knowledge of homophones in writing.
Firstly, the entire class was divided into two groups. Each group was given a chit, with certain homophones written on them. Each member from the first group read his/her chit one by one. At the same time, the member from the second group having the same homophone written on the chit shouted out ‘Same Pinch’. Both the students framed a sentence with their respective words; this is how the meanings of the words became clear to them. Through this activity, the students were able to understand the concept of homophones better and faster.
An English activity on Homophones interestingly titled ‘Same pinch‘was conducted on 17th April in all sections of Class III. Prior to this activity, the children were explained the concept of Homophones i.e they are words with same sounds but different spellings and meanings.The children were very excited to take part in the activity. They were soon ready with their list of words. Each child wrote four pair of homophones along with sentences using them. They also made interesting drawings of each homophone word they had used in the notebooks. This activity served a very useful purpose since it helped the children to discover different words with the same sounds. They enjoyed the activity and participated in it with great enthusiasm.
The key to a healthy balanced diet is eating the right amount of food. Eating well plays an important part in maintaining good health. Keeping this in our mind, Grade IV children enjoyed making “Food Pyramid” from the chapter “Food – Our Basic Need” . They were informed about facts relating to the topic “What they eat today will affect their health tomorrow?”.
To reinforce the concept of healthy eating, young artists of Grade IV were asked to draw a colourful food pyramid. The activity required the children to gain necessary knowledge about the correct amount of nutrients – protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed to keep one healthy & fit. Overall, the activity helped the children to understand key points relating to healthy eating and to make the right choices in terms of their diet and wellbeing in a fun and stimulating manner.
The students were explained about various mode of nutrition in plants with special emphasis on Heterotrophic mode with respect to insectivorous plants. With the help of a model, some examples of insectivorous plants like Venus Fly trap, Pitcher Plant, Droseraetc were shown to the students by their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia. It was explained to the students how a leaf and its parts are modified to form pitcher and its lid. Further the students were also shown the internal structure of leaf showing the details of chloroplast. They also studied the structure of stomata under a compound microscope. They studied the root of leguminous plant showing the presence of Rhizobium bacteria. The students enjoyed the activity while they learnt amazing facts about modes of nutrition in plants.
The students of Class 4 were engaged in a creative activity which was based on a chapter ‘Reading Maps’ in their Social Studies book. In this activity, the children had to imagine and draw a map, showing 5 different places they see daily while commuting from their homes to the school. They had to signify these different places by using a particular symbol which would represent the same on a map. The students also had to make a key or legend for their customised and personalized map representing the symbols they had used to indicate a particular place. The students excitedly drew and coloured their maps.
The students of Class I-V of Shalom Hills International School celebrated Easter with high spirits and festive fervour on 1st April’15. Easter is a holy festival celebrated to mark and commemorate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. The young graders of class-V commenced the day’s Special Assembly with Lord ’s Prayer followed by News Headlines and Thought of the Week. The little performers of Classes III and IV presented a few special songs on Easter. The music teachers Mr. John and Ms. Olivia also mesmerised the audience with their melodious voices.
The junior artists of class V presented a skit on Easter highlighting the importance of Easter egg and enlightening the students about its relevance to new life. Last but not the least Larissa and Hiya of Grade V articulated their views about the festival and acquainted their friends with the historic and symbolic importance of this festival. At the end of the special assembly, the toddlers of class-I and II proclaimed the good news of our Lord’s resurrection and spread Lord Christ’s message of love, peace and forgiveness through the Easter March. The fun filled Easter Procession started from the Middle Wing wherein the delightful cherubs dressed up in different ensemble of bunnies, fairies, eggs etc, wished everyone ‘Happy Easter’ and danced and sang along with all. They were a treat for the sore eyes as they lit up the corridors, classrooms and staff rooms even of the Senior Wing with their radiant smiles, joyous greetings and enchanting Easter special attire. It was a pleasurable and delightful sight for the Senior Grades teachers and students to be a part of the Easter March undertaken by the junior brigade wearing hoods, bonnets and robes. Over all it was a fun filled day and cherished by all the students and teachers.
With the multiple objectives of bringing the young students closer to nature, letting them interact with various bio-diversity elements and helping them to understand the importance of bio-diversity for human life, Grade VII students went on a Field Trip to Gurgaon Bio-Diversity Park accompanied by their class teachers and Ms. Anjali Drolia. All students were divided into different groups and given an introduction about the location and instructions to follow while at the park. Then all the groups were given the task of observing the flora and fauna in the park and recording their observation in the form of
Shalom Hills truly believes that the school shares a common treasure with the parents – the child. It is constantly engaged in working collaboratively with all the stakeholders for achieving the holistic development, academic enhancement and empowerment of its students. In pursuance of academic excellence and in its endeavor of seeking the parental partnership in accomplishing the same, an Orientation Programme for parents of Grades VI-VIII was held in Shalom Hills International School on 24th March’15.
The Orientation session was presided over by Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal and conducted by Ms. Meenu Chopra, the Head-Mistress of Senior Wing. The programme started with a prayer thanking God Almighty for entrusting the students in the loving and caring fold of the school. In the welcome address, Ms. Chopra thanked the parents for reposing faith in the school and entrusting their children in the school’s care and custody. The headmistress shared that the school management seeks and looks forward to a close-knit equation and collaborative functioning with the parents. Through a Power Point Presentation, the parents were shown glimpses of how every brick and building block of the school has risen out of its Managing Director, Dr. Lilly George’s commitment to the cause of education and deep concern for the welfare and well-being of each Shalom child. Ms. Meenu Chopra shared how M.D ma’am recognizes the unique individuality of each student and seeks to cherish and develop it through the educational process imparted in the school.
In anticipation of usual parental queries, the parents were thoroughly acquainted with the routine of the first working day, the school timings, fee structure, books, and uniform and transport routes through the PPT. Furthermore, the Scholastic and Co-Scholastic areas under CCE were taken up for discussion by the H.M. To throw light on the working of the CCE especially for the benefit of the parents whose wards have entered Grade VI in the new academic session, Ms. Chopra elaborated upon the Grading scheme, Examination pattern ( 4 FAs and 2 SAs), marking scheme that CBSE has made mandatory under Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation for Grades VI-VIII. Ms. Meenu pithily summed up the key aspects of Formative and Summative Assessments, the tools of assessments and how the school uses both to ensure that children acquire both knowledge and skills.
Through the PPT, she further outlined the broad categories which constitute the Co-Scholastic Areas namely Values and Attitude, Life Skills, Sports, Health and Wellness and Work Education. Ms. Meenu further revealed how these areas have been woven and integrated into the curriculum and how they are implemented to build up the students’ skills and attitude in co-curricular areas. Ms. Chopra expounded upon the school’s dynasty system and the empowering Skills Clubs. She showcased the activities that are conducted in the dynasty meetings and Skills Clubs Meets throughout the year. The parents were extremely appreciative of the pro-activeness shown by the school in anticipating and thoughtfully pre-empting their worries, doubts and misapprehensions about CCE. They thanked the principal and head-mistress for the comprehensive overview of the school mechanism and the CBSE guidelines for implementing CCE in Grades VI-VIII. Parents like Mr. Lobo, the father of Larissa and Kenneth Lobo was eloquent in his praise of the measures and initiatives undertaken by the school.
The parents were also full of praise for the role played by the school counselor. They also were keen to understand the procedure of approaching the counselor – whether the students were to have direct access or the counselor on her own would be reaching out to the children.Ms. Ritu Mehta, the school principal emphasized the role that the parents play in Shalom Hills International School and the importance attached by the management to parental involvement, feedback and suggestions. Ms. Mehta reiterated the importance of effective and transparent communication between the school and the parents.There was a short and succinct presentation by School Cinema at the end of the Orientation session.
Shalom Hills International School came up with its most creative and glorious event Spring Fest 2015. An amusing and stimulating 'Fun Morning' was organized for Class I parents and students on 21th March 2015 in the school premises. It was a great platform for all the parents and teachers to know one another, further strengthen their bond and create fresh moments of togetherness. This event not only helped the parents to feel welcome and personally involved in the school but also served as an ideal opportunity to give the parents glimpses into the creative, differentiated and innovative learning practises that are amalgamated in the inventive educational processes that the school offers to meet the student's unique needs through experiential learning.
Many games like Musical Chairs, Beads Separation activity, Blowing and Bursting of balloons, Making Hairstyle with straws, Croquet, Mehndi and Tattoo art, Dance, Tambola, Candle Lighting etc were planned for all parents in which they participated with becoming enthusiasm. This not only helped them to gain more knowledge about child development, but also helped to fortify the special bond shared between parents and children. Parents also got to spend some quality time with their children which was abundantly clear as they could be seen relaxing, sauntering around the stalls and enjoying recreational activities along with their children One of the greatest attractions of the programme was Kite Flying organized specially for the fathers. Attendees competed as pairs as well as a family, pitting their kites against each other to see who could fly the highest. Tattoo and Mehndi making was also organized. Mothers could be seen waiting excitedly for their turn to get mehndi applied in their hands. The best part of the event was the Hairstyle competition organized for the talented mothers. The nimble-fingered mothers made 'drollworthy' hairstyles using the straws, beads and other accessories. Paper Dance was also organized for the couples which revived the spirit of love and romance among them.
Laughter, cheerful banter and high spirits rent the air and lent a special piquancy and charm to the revelries. Shalom Hills International School subscribed faithfully to the popular ditty, 'Spring is nature's' way of saying 'Let's Party' as it brought together the teachers, students and their parents. The day came to an end by a few words from -Middle Wing HM-who brought out the significance and importance of such 'fests' which give a healthy platform for the development of the creativity and skills of the students.
The young scientists of Grade IV enthusiastically participated in a Science activity involving the making of the model of a Solar system conducted on 27th February’15. This activity was related to the topic “The Solar System”. The students were explained about the different planets in our solar system, their features, formation, no. of satellites etc.
They patiently waited for their turn and enjoyed the task of locating the planets in the elliptical path. They showed great interest in the activity and were curious to know more about planets. This activity provided a lot of information to all the students on our solar system. The linguistic, logical, Spatial, Kinaesthetic and Interpersonal skills were enhanced with this activity. All the students enjoyed this learning yet fun activity.
An Inter-Class Spell Bee Competition was organized for the young graders of Classes-I- IV on 25th Feb’15. The students of these grades participated with great enthusiasm and they duelled their way through some of the tough words given to them by their teachers. This competition was a wonderful learning platform and experience for all the students. This competition helped in enriching the vocabulary bank of the students and sharpened their spelling proficiencies.
An Inter Dynasty Cyber Quiz was organized on 19th February’2015 for Class- III. A very engaging, interesting and visually appealing interaction would describe this motivating quiz. The selected children from all sections of class 3 had been told in advance to be well prepared for the quiz. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the children for participating in this competition.
There were five children selected from each dynasty. The children were seated dynasty wise. The quiz started with a introduction of the rules to be followed. Children were shown interesting and informative pictures on the PPT and they were asked questions related to them. Some of the questions were also related to the computer concepts taught in the class. The participants confidently answered almost all the questions that were asked.
Four highly different rounds were set up to the quiz. Four separate questions apart from normal rounds were put up for the Bonus round. The quiz had a Bonus Round which made it more exciting for the students and the audience both. The children in the audience were delighted whenever their dynasty scored points over the other teams. There were some audience questions also .The children in the audience were all eager to answer the questions put forward to them.
The students of Ebony and Maple Dynasty were the fervent participants at the competition. Each team put up a whole-hearted effort but Maple Dynasty WON the first rank. In all it was a fun-filled and educative experience for all the students, who really enjoyed the quiz
A Computer activity was conducted on 18th Feb’15 in all the sections of Class II, on the topic “Fun with Paint”. The children were asked to draw a festival scene in which they had drawn scenes of various festivals like Diwali, Holi, Lohri, Raksha Bandhan, Dussehra etc. The students enjoyed a lot while gaining knowledge about the various tools and elements of Ms Paint. The children had put in their best efforts to draw very beautiful festival scenes. They were very creative and excited and had shown some great inputs.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing knowledge, creativity, decision making ability, confidence and getting friendly with Paint and mouse.
The students of Grade III participated in a Science activity on constellations conducted in the MI Lab on 12th February. This activity was related to the topic “The Earth and The Night Sky”. The students were explained what a constellation is, and few details about few constellations like Orion, Ursa major, Ursa minor etc. The students were then given the task of locating Ursa major and Ursa minor on the device called ‘Galaxy Star Finder’ in batches. They patiently waited for their turn and enjoyed the task of locating the constellations greatly. They showed great interest in the activity and were curious to know more about stars and constellations. This MI Lab activity provided a lot of information to all the students on constellations. All the students enjoyed this learning with fun activity.
A Computer activity was conducted on 11th February 2015 in all the sections of Class I, under the topic “Fun with Paint”. The activity was based on imparting and increasing the skills regarding the use of basic drawing and colouring tools of paint. The students were asked to draw and colour clown (as in Computer Shalom Vidhi , page-56) in paint using different tools of paint like shapes, fill tool, brush ,text tool etc.
It was an educative, fun filled computer activity in which the children learnt to use most of the tools of paint to draw and colour clown creatively and efficiently. The students were inquisitive and enthusiastic to learn new things in Paint.
A Hindi activity was conducted on 11th February 2015, in all the sections of Class I.Children learnt to make a word chain of different words in the shape of a plant. They learned making new words from the last letter of the last word like after making the word लड़का the next word in the chain they made was कान.They also coloured the plant with a lot of enthusiasm.
It was an educative and fun filled activity in which the children learnt to make and use new words in a chain and also colour it. The children were very excited and enthusiastic and loved doing this activity.
The students were asked to make a PowerPoint Presentation on “Internet” covering History of Internet, Uses of Internet, services available on Internet, Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet. All the students completed the activity with animation and transition effects. They also used rehearse time option to switch between slides automatically.
The aim of this activity was to use the slide space effectively to represent different topics and to organize the data.
A fraction represents a part of a whole or any number of equal parts. In Latin fractus means”broken”. The students of Grade II were told or rather demonstrated how to equally divide any whole figure or size into equal portions. A fraction describes how many parts of a certain size are there. They were explained about various types of fractions starting from half, one-third then moving onto one-fourth, three-fourth, etc. They learnt to shade the given portion or fraction by various cut-outs given to them. Thus this simple activity helped them to understand the concept of fractions more clearly and evidently.
Chennai has always been known as the land of Coconuts and Rice. Its famous food items include idli, vada, dosa, uthappam, pongal etc. The children of Grade III were asked to bring any well-known food item of Tamil Nadu for their lunch and also to prepare and speak a few lines about the delicacy . They also prepared a Word-document sheet giving interesting information about the state of Chennai as a part of their activity.
The children enthusiastically delivered lines on Chennai’s food items. It was a fun-filled activity and an educative experience for the children wherein their knowledge of the chapter was assessed. Meanwhile they also recollected all that they had previously learnt in class with respect to the lesson.
Quizzes and competitions motivate students. It also helps the students to challenge their knowledge and make them more confident about what they know and what they need to know. Keeping same thing in mind, “Cyber Quiz” is conducted for class V students. This was an inter-dynasty competition bases on computer knowledge. There were 5 Rounds in the Quiz. 1st round was visual round, based on famous World’s IT personalities. Students gave very good response and also share the achievements of those famous personalities. Some number-based questions were introduced in Round 2, where students gave a quick response. To check the basic knowledge of students, some basic terms related questions were asked in Round 3. Students enjoyed the most “Cyber Smart” last 2 rounds of the quiz, where some very interesting internet based questions were introduced. All teams performed well and each team gave tough competition to the other teams. And finally “Oak Dynasty” became the 1st position holder by giving the answer of tie-break question. “Maple” stood 2nd and 3rd position was taken by “Cedar”
Junior Student Council of Shalom Hills International School was taken to visit an orphanage on 5th February 2015.The gifts and old clothes received in the month of December, were given away with great joy by the Middle Wing Ambassadors.The children enjoyed a quiet day at the Orphanage House of Peace, House no – 93, Sector – 10, Gurgaon. The inmates met the children warmly and a few hours of interactive interlude ensued. Our children also sang a song for them. It was a day of learning, imbibing and practising fine vales that form an integral part of the Shalom ethos and curriculum.
The students of Class 5 conducted a poem enactment based on a particular poem. The students were divided into groups of five each and they enacted out their specific poems through actions, expressions, movements, songs and voice modulation. The poem was presented in the most creative way by incorporating a particular rhythm to the poem.
The activity was enjoyable, fruitful and productive as the students acquired creative, dramatic, linguistic and kinaesthetic skills.
MI lab enables the children to think and consists of kits and equipment that builds up students’ abilities to learn from experience. Today in M.I class, the children did an activity related to Money. Money is important everywhere in this world.
In the M.I activity, the children were given artificial currency notes and were given a market situation in which they had to tell the balance amount that was supposed to be returned to the shopkeeper. By using those currency notes, they were able to understand the use and importance of money in their day to day life. The children understood the concept well and enjoyed the activity.
Area is the measure of the amount of surface covered by something. Area formulas for different shapes are sometimes different, but for the most part Perimeter simply measures the distance around an area. People used to measure the things with their hand span and foot length. To make this concept clear, an activity related to Perimeter and Area was conducted in Class IV (MI Lab). It was group activity in which the students were asked to measure the perimeter of a given shapes (like square, triangle, circle etc) with the help of a metric wheel by using some calculations. It was very interesting activity and all students assimilated the concept fully and thoroughly enjoying using the metric wheel and using calculations.
The students were asked to make a poster in MS Word reflecting different Internet service and their advantages as well as disadvantages. They formatted the document by using page colour and page border. Some of the students also used water mark option. They all enjoyed the practical.
The aim of this activity was to recall MS Word formatting option and the role of Internet in our life.
A Computer activity was conducted on 30th January’15 or Class IV in which the students were asked to draw a staircase and hut using LOGO commands. They used appropriate commands to draws the desired output. (FD, BK, RT, LT, PENUP & PENDOWN)
The students were able to use all the commands as per functionality. The challenge was to draw the India Flag and colour it using Logo Commands. The aim of this activity was to develop logic and thinking skills in students and an eye for accuracy.
A Computer activity was conducted on 30th January 2015 in all the sections of Class I, based on the topic “Fun with Paint”. The activity was based on imparting skills regarding the use of basic drawing and colouring tools of paint. The students were asked to draw and colour scenery in paint using different tools of paint like shapes, fill tool, brush etc. It was an educative, fun filled computer activity in which children learnt to use most of the tools of paint to draw and colour scenery with their own creativity and imagination efficiently.
The students’ were inquisitive and enthusiastic to learn new things in Paint.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing the hold and control of the mouse, use of various drawing and colouring tools of paint, eye-hand coordination, the fine motor skills and confidence.
The Annual Sports Week for Grade VI-XI was organized from 27/01/15 to 31/01/15 in the sprawling grounds of the school. The athletic events were planned by the Sports Department with the laudable objective of ensuring mass participation of all the students. High spirits, team-coordination, athletic prowess and healthy competitiveness were in full display on all these days as the four dynasties competed with one another to win maximum prizes and accolades for their dynasty.
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The students of Grade III participated in a Maths activity on the topic of Metric Measurements of Length, Weight and Capacity conducted in the M.I Lab on 29th January. The teacher first explained about common metric measures used in day to day life. The students were made aware of the various measurements like length measured in Kilometres, metres, centimetres and millimetres. Weight is commonly measured in kilograms and grams and capacity is commonly measured in litres and millilitres. Then the students were given various objects to distinguish based on the metric measurement that were to be applied. Students took their turn to measure the length of scarf, table and paper. Some students measured the weights of various solid shapes and objects given to them. Many students measured the capacity of different quantities of water. They also noted down the measurements in their notebooks with the appropriate units. This MI Lab activity gave a deeper insight to students about metric measurements as they could practically measure various objects by themselves. Students were also posed questions like why we cannot weigh length or capacity in order to test and improvise their thinking ability. The linguistic, logical, Spatial, kinaesthetic and interpersonal skills were enhanced with this activity. All the students enjoyed this learning with fun activity.
A Hindi activity was conducted on 28th January 2015 in all the sections of Class III .
The activity was based on the lesson “Dekh kar chalo bhai”. The children enacted out scenes/parts from the story of lesson. They enjoyed the activity and learnt about true friendship.
There are frequent Power Point Presentation Competitions and presentation activities conducted in Shalom Hills International School with a view to enhance the soft skills amongst students, to develop the essential skill of public speaking, to encourage self-learning, and to stimulate their thinking process. One such activity was organized by Ms. Jyotin Prinja, the English teacher of Grade VIII C with the dual objective of not only improving the communicative competencies of the students but also to sensitize them towards some highly inspirational stories which have a profound message for the children. As a prelude, Ms. Jyotin regaled the class with the story of the tiny frogs and three trees bearing the message how self-belief and determination fuel one’s success story. The exercise was connected to the Unit on the ‘Power of Determination’ that was being covered in the English class that week.
Thereafter, the entire class grouped themselves and prepared lovely PPTs on some astonishing stories like the ‘The fern and the bamboo shoot’, ‘The Life-Story of Malala Yousafazi’ and other themes. What came out loud and clear from the presentation activity was the sensitivity with which each group had researched the stories, the thoroughness with which they had prepared the PPTs, and the confidence with which they read out the stories and the underlying message behind them before the class. Other than sharpening their soft skills and communicative acumen, the students also re-discovered the eternal importance of values like Faith in God, inner strength, courage to face and surmount difficulties and ‘never say die’ attitude while taking part in the class activity and they promised to practice all these values in these school and personal lives.
QBasic is an IDE and interpreter for a variant of the BASIC programming language which is based on QuickBASIC. It can run under nearly all versions of DOS and Windows, or through DOSBox/DOSEMU, on Linux and FreeBSD. Powtoon is an animation software in which students have made the presentatios and movies on QBasic. Students of Grade VI enjoyed their holiday homework and learnt a new software. The students have gained the knowledge on Powtoon and QBasic. They enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making the projects.
A Computer activity was conducted on 21st Jan’15 in all the sections of Class II, based on the topic “Fun with Paint”. The children were asked to draw scenery in which they had drawn village scenes, landscapes etc. It was an educative fun-filled computer activity in which children learnt the use of various Paint tools and elements.
The children had a great learning experience and they thoroughly enjoyed the activity. This activity was conducted with the aim of getting friendly with Paint, increasing decision making ability, creativity and confidence.
A Computer activity was conducted on 21st January’15, in all the sections of Class III, on the topic “Creating figures using various primitives or commands in MSW LOGO”. The children were told to draw different figures like square, hut, circle etc. using various primitives in MSW Logo. They had put their efforts to draw some shapes by trying different commands. They were highly revved up, excited and showed great creative inputs. It was an educative and fun filled computer activity in which children learnt to use the various commands of MSW Logo.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing creativity, accuracy skills, imagination and confidence.
Powtoon is an animation software by using which the students have made the presentations and movies on QBasic. QBasic is an IDE and interpreter for a variant of the BASIC programming language which is based on QuickBASIC. It can run under nearly all versions of DOS and Windows, or through DOSBox/DOSEMU, on Linux and FreeBSD. Students of classes VII A – C made the presentations and movies on QBasic as their Holiday homework. They made very nice projects by collecting lots of information on QBasic and Powtoon.
HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the standard mark up language used to create web pages. It is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of tags enclosed in angle brackets (like ). Powtoon is an animation tool in which students have made presentations and movies. The students of classes VIII A – C made presentations and movies on HTML in Powtoon. They enjoyed a lot while making movies as this is the new application introduced in Class VIII.
CBSE has initiated a drive to spread awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco consumption and also to sensitize the students about its far-reaching repercussions. Through Collage Making and Slogan Writing activities, the purpose was to educate the target audience i.e pre-teens and adolescents, who are susceptible to smoking uptake. The students of Grades VI-VIII were involved in class discussions regarding the lethal impact of tobacco on one’s health, life, personal relations, financial position and social status. After that, the children were given the choice to express and represent their thoughts and ideas in English or Hindi by way of preparing collages, drawing posters or penning down catchy slogans in order to spread Anti-Tobacco Awareness.
It was conducted as a group activity in Grade VIII C by their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja. As a precursor activity, there was a brainstorming session held in the class on how children can be the best catalyst of change if they learn to distinguish between harmful practices and good habits. During the discussion, the students articulated views on how often certain things appear fashionable or ‘in’, thus tempting the teenagers to adopt them but in reality they pave the way to life-long ill-health and problems. Each group though of a new approach to disseminate anti-tobacco messages to their peers, school-mates and community be it by putting together a collage or writing an article on all the actual and possible hazards of tobacco consumption or writing slogans or illustrating a story showing how family life suffers on account of a member’s addiction to tobacco. Each group of students showed their consciousness of the gravity of the issue behind the topic and gave out ‘Anti-Tobacco’ messages most maturely and expressively.
As mandated by CBSE, Shalom Hills International School conducted a range of activities for popularization of Thirukkural's Messages and Expression Series on ‘Thiruvalluvar Today’ from 15th to 20th January 2015. The school students from Grades VIII-X joined in with great will and enthusiasm and also drew inspiration from his messages.
As a precursor, on 14th January 2015, the students were introduced to Thirukkural and his messages. The teacher discussed the life of Thriukkural and his various messages given to the society with the students. An animated and interactive discussion ensued in the class regarding the relevance and importance of his work and the need to implement messages in today's scenario. Thereafter, the students were taken to the Computer Lab where they were given 45 minutes to explore about him. An Extempore was conducted on the related themes and the students from Classes VIII- IX participated in the competition on the next day in the Social Science Lab. Each student was given a time limit of 4 minutes to speak his/ her views on the topic.
Students of III-C have taken many resolutions for the year 2015. Many students have promised to improve their studies and assured their parents and teachers they will work hard towards improving their grades. Some students have promised to improve their handwriting. Many have decided to reduce their TV watching time. Some students have decided to help their parents with day-to-day activities. Anushree has decided to take part in class activities more actively. Lineysha has decided to work on reducing spelling mistakes. Riya has decided to sleep for 2 hours every evening. Guneet has decided to stop her nail – biting habit. Erin has decided to play out-door games every day. Utsav has decided to divide his timings and work. Shreyank has promised not to hit or trouble anyone at school. Vidhi wants to keep her country clean.
In general, all students have taken a resolution to obey their parents and teachers, not to tell lies to parents and teachers and also improve in their studies.
An English activity ‘Adverbs and its kind’ was carried out on 20th January in Grade – IV which was based on the Grammar topic ‘Adverbs’. The students were asked to draw a flow chart using different shapes of their own choice displaying the adverbs and its kinds along with the examples. The students jotted down their own examples for different kinds of adverbs and also coloured the flowchart. All the children displayed great interest in the class and really enjoyed the activity.
The chapter ‘Our Earth’ was taken up in Grade IV. The chapter was introduced through a pre- activity, wherein the children were asked to speak few lines they knew about our planet earth.
Enthusiastic children stood confidently before their class-mates and shared their previous knowledge and collaboratively listed out the interesting facts about the planet.
This activity helped in setting the environment for collaborative learning wherein the children contributed their inputs which in turn paved the way for better understanding of the chapter together by all the children. This activity not only helped them in understanding the concept but also helped in enhancing their listening and speaking skills.
Moreover, it was observed that the children took pride in presenting themselves and also motivated others by appreciating their efforts by clapping and cheering for them loudly.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia performed some interesting activities to study the composition of air. Two activities were carried out with the following objectives:
The students of Grade V expressed their views on “Internet”. They discussed various search engines used to search information on Internet. Then, the students also shared their views on how one can use various Internet services like Email, E-reservation, E- Banking, Chatting etc.
The aim of this activity was to brief the students about the ethical use of Internet.
The Solar System is made up of all the planets that orbit around Sun. In addition to planets, the Solar System also consists of moons, comets, asteroids, minor planets, dust and gas. As a way to re-enforce the facts learnt in the lesson Solar System, the children were asked to make power point presentation on different planets and their facts. In addition to this, a quiz on various celestial bodies was also conducted on 19th January in Grade IV. The young sciencocrats made PPT to acquire knowledge and benefit from collaborative learning and explore new findings on the topic.
Taking part in a Quiz not only engaged them in learning Science but also enabled the young scientists to explore the existing concepts and compare them in context of new ideas.
Money is a wonderful invention of man. In the primitive-society human needs were simple and limited. In course of time ‘Barter system’ prevailed and commodity to commodity exchange came into existence. Money, profit and loss is a system of our society now. To make this concept clear, an activity related to Money, profit and loss was conducted in Class IV (MI Lab). It was an individual activity in which students were asked to prepare a bill after choosing different items which were placed on the table with their price tags. In this activity, students were asked to use different operation to calculate total amount. It was very interesting activity and all students were enjoying and learning with accuracy.
In this session, the students learn about the asteroid-hunting software, Astrometrica. Astrometrica is an interactive software tool for astrometric data reduction of CCD images. It can be installed on windows operating system.
During the course of the workshop, the students first understood about the software followed by practical class of astrometrica, a set of practice set CCD images were given to kids where they look for asteroids. Next, they were guided how to use another online software SIMBAD for identifying other stars in the field.
After the students confirm the sighting of another object, the position of the object is sent to Minor Planet Center, Usually within a day an e-mail reply acknowledges the observations if the object is indeed now, it is then given a designation.
Role Play is effectively used in Shalom Hills International School to illuminate themes and substantiate concepts across the curriculum. Role Play in English Literature is used to great effect, challenging children to develop a more sensitive understanding of a variety of viewpoints, enter into the skin of different characters, and sharpen their language and movement skills. A Role Play activity based on the drama, “The Bishop’s Candlesticks’ which is a part of the Literature section for Grade IX was carried out. Ms. Jyotin Prinja, their English teacher divided the class into five groups and allowed each group the autonomy to chose any scene from the play and enact it before the class. Hey Presto! each group gave wings to their dramatic flair and imaginative power by exhibiting good acting skills and creating imaginative settings of scenes. Some students stepped into the different characters roles so naturally that they on their own made their roles appear more authentic by carrying a couple of candlesticks, setting up the supper table, a make-shift knife and stale props. The young students spoke their lines convincingly and in the bargain identified more closely with the main protagonists of the play.
As a link-up and follow up activity, the 5 groups were thereafter asked to chose a character from the same play and craft a web-chart and then write pen-portrait about it. The children discussed the characters and their distinct attributes from every possible angle and used good expressions to do justice to each character. It was an enjoyable and fruitful activity.
Lohri was celebrated in the Primary Wing in Shalom Hills International School in all its warmth and brightness on 13th January 2015. A PPT was shown in all the respective classes highlighting the customs attached with the festival and its importance, that is Lohri is the cultural celebration of the winter solstice and is meant to be celebrated on the shortest day of the year. A key feature of Lohri is the bonfire. Treats of 'rewari', 'gajak' and popcorn were enjoyed by the children and teachers alike. The celebration embodied a spirit of brotherhood, unity and gratitude, with friends and merrymaking, generating a lot of happiness, goodwill and cheer. Over all it was a fun filled day and a message of unity in diversity was spread through this celebration
An interesting competition going on around the world with the name, "Hour of Code" was conducted in Grades VI-VIII. Students from various Schools across the world do programming with visual blocks. Our School students also participated and got the certificate. They enjoyed a lot and gained lots of information from the competition. Two students of class VI and one student of class VII have completed the course and got the certificate.
An activity on Division was done in the M.I Lab today. The students were divided into groups. Each group was given things like bells, balls and boxes. Division is splitting a bigger number into equal parts or groups. It is the result of fair sharing. Each group was given one type of thing and asked to share in equal amounts. This is called division by the method of grouping. The students were also explained terms like the dividend, quotient and divisor. Distributing the objects several times leads to equal portions. This is known as division by repeated subtraction. Thus the concept was clearly explained to them by this pre-activity.
Students of Class V were asked solve sums using flow chart. They used Input Box to accept 2 numbers, Process Box for processing i.e. calculating sum of 2 numbers and Output Box to display sum as result. They understood the concept of IPO cycle and implementing same in a flow chart.
The aim of this activity was to solve a big problem with the help of flow-chart and develop problem solving and decision making skills.
Visual Basic 2008 is the version of Visual Basic launched by Microsoft in 2008. Visual Basic is engineered for productively building type-safe and object-oriented applications. Visual Basic enables developers to target Windows, Web, and mobile devices. As with all languages targeting the Microsoft .NET Framework, programs written in Visual Basic benefit from security and language interoperability. Students of classes VIII made different forms with coding. They enjoyed a lot while doing coding as this was the new thing for class VIII. They made many forms.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia performed various activities to study the various properties of a magnet like each and every magnet has two poles; Like poles repel and unlike poles attract - with the help of two bar magnets. The students observed that the magnetic force is maximum at the poles and a freely suspended magnet always points to N-S direction. Along with this students were shown magnetic keepers and explained its role .
They also learnt how an iron nail behaves as a temporary magnet in presence of a bar magnet (magnetic induction)
Adobe Flash is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining. Lab Activity was conducted, students made very nice animations while learning Flash. The students of Class VI gained the knowledge on Flash CS3 and made very nice animations. All the students enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making the animations in lab.
Adobe Flash is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. We can create layers in Flash for making animations. It is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining. Students of Class VII made the charts on “Journey of Flash”. They have made very nice charts with lots of information on Flash. Students have enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making the charts
A Post lesson activity was conducted on the chapter on ‘Water’ wherein the children concluded the lesson by making a water purification device with the help of a cut PET bottle, cotton, sand and gravel. This concept was taken as to make them understand the process of purification of water. The children successfully filtered the dirty water and understood the filtration mechanism of water in nature.
It was an experiential learning for children as they learnt by doing.
A Computer activity was conducted on 22nd Dec.’14 in all the sections of Class II based on the topic “Address Book”.
The children were asked to write the contact details like names, phone numbers, home address, work address, e-mail address, birthday etc. of their friends and relatives. It was an educative and informative computer activity in which children learnt the use of address book for future reference.
A Computer activity was conducted on 22nd December 2014, in all the sections of Class III, on the topic of “My Precious Time”.
Children were told to write few lines on the importance of time in their life using various tools in Ms Word. They wrote good lines using tools like font size, style, colour, alignment, bold, italicize, underline, bullets and numbering etc. It was an educative and fun filled computer activity in which children learnt to use the various tools of Ms Word. Children were very excited and enthusiastic and composed very good and impressive lines on importance of time. This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing creativity, imagination, writing skills and confidence.
The students were asked to prepare a short skit using various means of Communication that they use in their daily lives and convey how thoughts, messages, or information, by speech, signals, writing or gestures take place through communication. This research work gave them knowledge about the extensive means of communications in use all over the world.
The students enhanced the creative intelligence, interpersonal skills, speaking skills and kinaesthetic intelligence.
The students of Class 6, under the guidance of Science teacher Ms. Anjali Drolia visited the Science Park in the school campus to study solar energy operated radio. It works with a solar photovoltaic cell panel instead of direct current and converts solar energy into electrical energy and thus operates the FM receiver.
Man has lived in communities ever since the evolution of civilization. Such communities have helped him to evolve as a better human being. The activity was done in order to introduce the lesson ‘Preparing For Civic Life’. It was conducted in Class V under the guidance of their Social Science teachers, Ms. Seema Sharma and Ms. Twinkle to create an awareness among the students about the various public properties which form an integral part of the civic life. The students pasted the pictures of the different public properties enthusiastically. It was a fun-filled educative activity for the children wherein their knowledge about public property and our community was enhanced.
OBJECTIVE :The students were able to understand the importance of civic life and how to take care of public property.
The students of Grade VIII have learnt amazing facts about JRD Tata and his immense contribution to nation building through a lesson ‘Jeh – The Jewel of India’ in the English course book. The children were highly impressed and influenced by his dynamic personality as they read and discussed the lesson and its contents. Building up quickly on their interest in the chapter and the main protagonist, their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja quickly engaged the students in uncovering and finding out lesser known facts about JRD Tata. The students were divided into five groups and each group had to gather some questions, facts and information relating to his childhood, education, public persona, contribution to the aviation industry and other areas of public enterprise.
At Shalom Hills International School, we believe that maximum learning takes place through experiential and self-learning activities and modules. The students of Grade VIII C allotted responsibilities to each member of the group and ensured that each class-mate gathered facts about JRD, framed questions, prepared Quiz or became the Quizmaster. The children were so keenly involved in preparing the quiz that they learnt in-depth knowledge about JRD Tata and also gained self-assurance and confidence as they put questions to their class-mates and in general stage-managed the class Quiz. It was a good learning experience as even their teacher learnt some hitherto unknown facts about the topic.
The students of grade III participated in a maths activity on solid shapes conducted in the MI Lab on 12th December. The teacher explained about common solid shapes like sphere, cylinder, cube, cuboids and cone using models. The students were taught to count the number of faces, edges and corners of these models. They were made aware that solid shapes are also called as 3-D shapes that have length, height and a third dimension called depth which gives volume to it. The students took their turn to count the faces and corners of the 3-D models. The students were also given clay to shape out sphere, cube and cuboids on their own. This MI Lab activity gave a deeper insight to students about solid shapes as they could see and feel the objects by themselves as the teacher was explaining about each shape. Students were also posed questions like why might a pyramid –shaped roof on a house be better than a flat roof to test and improvise their thinking ability. The logical, Spatial, Kinesthetic and interpersonal skills were enhanced with this activity. All the students enjoyed this learning with fun activity.
Shalom Hills International School students interviewed the staff and parents on the PTM day held on 13th December ’14. ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ (Campaign Clean India) is a national level campaign by the Government of India covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. Students asked different type questions from parents and teachers to which they replied readily and cheerfully. All the youthful interviewers were equipped with tastefully prepared microphones and had prepared a wide range of pertinent questions. They looked confident and at ease as they politely requested the visiting parents to answer their questions. Also, the students came to know of many new things regarding this topic. Parents as well as students enjoyed this activity and took keen part in it.
An MI lab activity was conducted for the students of class 3. This was based on their lesson “Unity in Diversity”. The children had learnt about the dresses, food and culture of different states in this lesson. In the M.I lab pictures of people belonging to different states and dressed in their traditional clothes were kept. There were also pictures of foods belonging to different states. The children had to identify the state as well as match the people with the food of their state. Apart from this, the children got to see the flags and currencies of different countries.
The aim of this activity was to help the children understand the lesson better. The linguistic and interpersonal skills of the children were enhanced during this activity. All the students of Grade III got a better understanding of the food and culture of the different states of India.
School excursions are well-planned curriculum-related activities that aim to maximise students’ learning experiences. They enhance students’ learning by providing the opportunities for students to participate in curriculum-related activities outside the normal school routine. It is that time of the year when the warm rays of the sun beckon us to be outdoors and enjoy the most. An educational and adventurous trip to Camp Wild in Dhauj, Faridabad was organised for the students of Grade V on 11th December, 2014.
Situated amidst the Aravalis, the camp provided a picturesque location for adventure sport. On arrival, the students and the teachers were served a nutritious and delectable breakfast. After which the students were involved in various physical activities like Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Tarzan Jump, Commando Net, etc with specialised instructors. The students thoroughly enjoyed the fun filled morning. Thereafter, a scrumptious lunch was laid out for the students in the camp. The day ended with music and dance which truly made it a great and memorable outdoor experience in the wilderness of Dhauj and made this school excursion a success.
“Water is precious for all living things”. To re-enforce the concepts and values relating to the chapter on Environment a Pre - Activity based on the Chapter ‘Water’ was conducted in Grade IV on 12th Dec’14. The children were shown a Power Point Presentation which created a picture in their mind about its different forms, properties, sources and its uses.
It was also explained why we need to optimize the utility of water and the different ways to conserve it. It was a highly interactive and an extended communication with the young minds with scientific temperament.
When we are having fun, we are more open to learning. Whether a student does well or struggles with maths, mathematics games teach new concepts and provide lots of opportunity to practice. Keeping all these things in mind, an activity related to decimal was conducted for Class IV. In this activity, the students were given decimal kit to place the bars according to their place values on the white board. The concept of decimals was cleared with the help of decimal kit. Addition and subtraction of decimals were also explained to them with the help of bars. All students were enjoying and learning with a play way method.
SKILLS INCULCATED: logical thinking, mental ability, reasoning skills
The students were asked to generate a table in PowerPoint reflecting the marks of 3 students in 3 subjects. They were also asked to format the Table. Header & Footer option is also covered to insert slide no in a presentation. All the students generated a chart and changed its labels too. This helped to make students understand how they can analyze the data with the help of Chart & Table option present in PowerPoint.
The aim of this activity was to store and analyze the data and do comparisons using Table & Charts and to insert slide numbers and date in a presentation.
Shalom Hills International School organised an exhilarating and enlivening outdoor camp for the young graders of Class IV on 10th December 2014 at Camp Wild in Dhauj. The adventure activities had never looked so easy and exciting as they did while the children tried them out in the Wild Camp. The activities were designed to engage the sprightly youngsters for a span of 4 to 5 hours in which they had fun and learnt from direct ‘hands on’ experiences. The students enjoyed a new found independence away from home and beyond books.
They had the ultimate camp experience of unlimited fun in the lap of nature, savoury food, and thrilling activities. With the active support from the team of trained instructors, students experienced fast paced power-packed adventure activities like rock climbing, rope climbing, monkey crawl, commando net, fox flying, hopping ball etc within the camp area. Over all, it was a fun filled day for both teachers and students.
A Hindi activity was conducted on 6th December 2014 in all the sections of class 1 based on the topic “ऐ मात्रा का क्रियाकलाप”
The activity was based on revising and reinforcing the ऐ मात्रा in the class. In the first stage the four line rhymes “मैया री मैया,भागी मेरी गैया ,गैया के पीछे भागा मेरा भैया “were read aloud, recited and written by the children in the class. After which they identified the ऐ मात्रा words in the rhyme and circled them. At last they wrote all ऐ मात्रा words that they had earlier encircled in the notebook.
It was an educative fun filled Hindi activity in which the children learnt the use and pronunciation of ऐ मात्रा in words.
The children enjoyed making a Vishenshan tree in their Hindi class, under the able guidance of their teachers. The purpose of the activity was to link each noun with a suitable vishenshan(adjective). They made lovely pictures for this activity. The children enjoyed colouring and giving beautiful shape to the written content.
The aim of this activity was to learn describing words and to improve the mental ability and creativity of the students.
The children saw the picture of birthday event and wrote few lines about their birthday celebrations. They discussed their memorable moments and also shared their feelings with their class-mates. They were very much excited and happy during this activity. They enjoyed a lot.
SKILLS INCULCATED- Interpersonal, Share memory & feeling with each other, writing skill, Thinking skill.
A Poster Making activity was conducted in all the sections of Class V on 6th Dec, 2014. The students were divided into groups of five and they collected beautiful pictures depicting people helping each other and their friends. With their boundless imagination and creativity they transformed these pictures into meaningful posters with educative slogans. Each poster gave out a profound message that helping others ought to be an integral part of life and friendship is a thing to be valued at all times.
When we are having fun, we are more open and receptive to learning which then happens naturally. Whether a student does well or struggles with Maths, mathematics games are a tool to teach new concepts and provide lots of opportunity to practise solving mathematical problems. Keeping all these things in mind, an activity on decimals was conducted in Class IV. In this activity, the students were given a decimal kit to place the bars according to their place values on the white board. The concept of decimals was cleared after doing this activity. Addition and subtraction of decimals were also explained to the students with the help of bars. All the students enjoyed and learnt through this play way method.
The students of Class V learnt the definition and use of Viram Chinha and the concept was explained by Props / Flash Card. All the children participated in the activity and enacted the different types of Viram Chinha.
There was full participation of all the students in all the sections and students enjoyed the activity.
The students of Class II went on an excursion to Camp Wild in Dhauj, Faridabad on 6th December. It was about an hour’s drive from the school to the Camp Wild, which is beautifully located in the midst of the Aravalis. On arrival there, the students and the teachers were served a nutritious and delectable breakfast of porridge, banana, boiled eggs, sandwiches, etc. Then the students were involved in a host of adventure activities like Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Tarzan Jump, Commando Net, etc. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thereafter, they partook of a scrumptious lunch in the camp and connected some more with nature through fun and exciting activities. Hence it was a great and memorable outdoor experience in the wilderness of Dhauj with a unique combination of rural farm life.
An activity of ‘Our Nation’ was conducted in all the sections of Class II. The students were given small paper cuttings in which they made the Indian National Flag. They also coloured it in traditional saffron, white and green and also made a blue Ashok Chakra in the centre. They were very excited while doing this activity and felt extremely patriotic towards our nation. Through this activity, the students also learnt the importance of the three colours in the Indian flag.
An ingenious activity to gauge children’s imaginative and free thinking skills was carried out in Grade I in the English class. The topic given to them was ‘If I would be a magician’ and they were asked to speak a few lines on that. The children brought to the fore their ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and original take on the topic as they spoke “I would be a magician, I would have the entire world into the chocolate world’. The children learnt to speak confidently, listen to others and also developed their communicative, imaginative and listening skills through this activity.
The students of Class 6, under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia performed an interesting experiment to study the various components of an electric circuit. The materials used were wooden board, electric wires, a battery and a bulb. The students brought the materials from home and made a circuit on their own. They participated enthusiastically in this activity. This activity helped them to understand the concept of open and closed circuit.
Mahatma Gandhi played a pivotal role in the freedom struggle of India. His non-violent and peaceful methods of achieving independence were the foundation for gaining independence from the British. To teach the young scholars more about Mahatma Gandhi's role in the Indian freedom movement and to acquaint them with the Gandhian principles, an S.ST activity was conducted in Grade V on 6th December, 2014 under the guidance of their teachers, Ms. Seema and Ms. Twinkle.
The activity was carried out to reinforce the topic of Freedom movements in the minds of the children. Previously, they had already learnt about the life of freedom fighters and their contributions towards the freedom struggle. It was an educative activity for the children where their knowledge about our freedom fighters and freedom movements was enhanced and enriched.
At the initial stage, the students started the activity by studying pictures. They picked up the picture word and kept on passing the new word to continue the word chain. They all enjoyed the activity.
The aim of this activity was to learn new words and to improve the mental ability and creativity of the students.
A Computer activity was conducted on 2nd and 4th December 2014 in all the sections of Class IV, using many of the formatting concepts of “MS Word”.
The activity was carried out with the purpose of imparting skills that can be incorporated in an MS Word document. The students were asked to write about their own Favourite Sports and Sportsperson using both paragraph and listing options .This topic was in accordance with the Sports theme of the month and made the students explore the various formatting and editing of MS Word software and use the insert Wordart and Clipart techniques learnt so far.
The students were asked to draw a flow chart to display the sum of 2 numbers A and B.
Students used appropriate flow chart symbols to solve this problem. They used Input Box to take A and B as input. Then they used Process Box for processing Sum = A+B. And finally they displayed result in Output Box.
The aim of this activity was to learn how to analyze problems logically and to remove the errors in different phases of the program.
An English activity ‘My Conjunction Story Chain ‘was carried out on 4th December’14 in Grade – IV based on the topic ‘Conjunctions’. The students were facilitated and guided how to form a story chain using different conjunctions. The students framed interesting sentences and presented the same in the form of a story chain using maximum number of conjunctions. Overall it was a fun filled activity which the students enjoyed thoroughly.
Multiple Intelligences Lab enables the children to think, observe and acquire abilities based on experience. In the class conducted in M.I Lab on 3rd Dec’14, the children of Grade I learnt about different types of animals (pet, wild, sea, and farm) around us. They did an activity in which they were given placards of different animals. Then they had to categorize them accordingly. The children were able to differentiate among the types of animals that live around us. They enjoyed the activity thoroughly.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia undertook an interesting activity – Making of Pinhole camera in their Science class. The materials used were shoe-box, tracing paper & black paint. The students were briefed about the principle, construction and working of pinhole camera. The students understood how the size of image is dependent on the distance of object from pinhole. They enthusiastically participated in this activity.
With an intention to create the right atmosphere for absorbing and assimilating the contents of the next new chapter titled “Pollution”, a pre-activity was conducted in the classrooms of Grade III on 2nd December, 2014. Students enthusiastically drew a house and the kinds of surroundings in which they wanted to live in. They also expressed their views on Pollution and its kinds of pollution around us.
The aim of this activity was to create awareness among the students about the growing hazards of Pollution. The linguistic, logical, interpersonal and spatial skills were enhanced during this activity. All the students of Grade III enjoyed the activity and it was a great success.
An activity on ‘Money’ was done in the M.I. Lab. Firstly, the students were asked about the usage and importance of money. Later dummy currency was shown to the students and the fake and real images in the notes were explained to them. Conversion of rupee into paisa was also explained. Later on a PTP (Pretend to play) activity was performed in the lab, which contains a shop from where the students can exchange the currency with the objects.
This activity helped the students to calculate the amount. A reinforcement of Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication with repeated addition was done with the same concept.
Thus the children were able to understand the concept of calculation. This activity catered to more than three types of multiple intelligences namely visually -smart, bodily-kinaesthetic, inter-personal and logical reasoning skills of the children.
A computer activity was conducted on 25th November 2014 in all the sections of Class II, under the topic “WordPad”.
The activity was based on imparting skills regarding the formatting of text in WordPad. The students were asked to type their views on Importance of Games in our life and were told to do the formatting of it using font style, font color, font size, Bullets and Numberings, Alignments etc.
It was an educative fun filled computer activity in which children learnt to use the various tools of WordPad efficiently.
The students’ response was good and were enthusiastic to learn new things in WordPad.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing creativity, writing skills, fast typing, eye-hand coordination, awareness about festivals and confidence.
A Computer activity was conducted on 21st November 2014 in all the sections of Class I, under the topic “WordPad”.
The activity was based on imparting skills regarding the formatting of text in WordPad. The students were asked to type the names of Festivals of India and were told to do the formatting of it using font color, font size, Bullets and Numberings, Alignments etc.
It was an educative as well as fun filled computer activity in which the children learnt to use the various tools of WordPad efficiently and correctly.
The students were enthusiastic to learn new things in WordPad.
The students made a PowerPoint presentation on “Importance of Time”. The activity was based on imparting skills that can be incorporated in a simple MS Power Point presentation. They made different slides using Word Art & Smart Art feature present in Power Point. The students also applied animation and transition effects on the objects and slides and made various innovations to make their Presentation interesting.
The aim of this activity was to create awareness about “Importance of Time” and make use of Power Point as a tool to improvise their ideas of a topic.
The students generated a table in MS Excel reflecting their “Diwali Expenditure”. They entered the different items they had purchased & their expenditure on those items in an Excel sheet. Finally they calculated total Diwali Expenditure by using different in-built functions
The aim of this activity was to store and analyze the data using built-in functions.
The students of Grade VI had the most stimulating time when their Hindi teachers, Ms. Lalita Yadav (H.O.D), Ms. Mukesh Dabas and Mr. Arjun Singh conducted a brain-challenging yet fun Quiz on Hindi topics. The entire class was divided into teams and each team participated in the rounds, thereby ensuring there was full participation of all the class students in the Quiz.
A Computer activity was conducted on 27th November 2014 in all the sections of Class III, using the concepts of “MS Paint”.
The activity was based on imparting skills that can be incorporated in an MS Paint drawing. The students were asked to create their own Sports Train with various coaches representing various Sports and games. This topic was in accordance with the Sports theme of the month and made the student explore MS Paint software and use the new techniques they had learnt and acquired so far.
It was an educative fun filled computer activity in which the children learnt how to use the various tools of MS Paint efficiently.
In Class VII, an activity of Laghu Vartawas was conducted in the most interesting way. Under the guidance of their Hindi teacher, Ms. Mukesh Dabas, the students prepared small presentation in groups. The class was divided in five groups .Every group presented their creative talk. They enjoyed this activity very much. The students took the pledge to keep their class and school surroundings clean.
The students of Class 6, under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia performed an interesting activity on rectilinear propagation of light. The objective of this activity was to enforce the property of light i.e., light travels in straight line.
The materials used for this activity were a plastic tube about 2 ft long, a small candle and a match box. Based on the above activity, formation of day & night, formation of shadows which are everyday phenomena which suggests that light travels in a straight line was explained to the students.
A Sravnam Quiz was conducted in all the sections of Grade III by the Hindi teachers. The children were tested on their knowledge of ‘sarvnam’ and were able to confidently answer the questions put to them. The little scholars enjoyed enjoyed the activity and were curious to give answers.
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. These tools typically fall under the categories of drawing; painting; measuring and navigation; selection; typing; and retouching.
Poster Making on ‘Advertisement on Leather Bags’ by using Photoshop CS3 was done in classes VIII A – C. The students enjoyed a lot while making the posters. Some students have made online and some students have made it on charts. Students enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making images and charts.
Microsoft Excel has the basic features of all spreadsheets, using a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data manipulations like arithmetic operations. A Group Discussion was conducted by Ms. Ambika Yadav on the types of modes of Excel. All the children participated in the discussion very enthusiasticly. They have gained the information from the internet and shared the knowledge on Excel. All the classes of VI A – E participated. This activity has proved very beneficial and increased their knowledge about MS Excel.
Adobe Flash is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining.
A Lab Activity was conducted in which the students made very nice animations while learning Flash. The students of classes VII A – C gained the knowledge on Flash CS3 and made very nice animations. All the students enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making the animations in lab.
An EVS activity on ‘Talk about Homes of Different Animals’ took place in all sections of Class II through a PPT. In this activity, children were shown a PPT on the topic in which all animal homes were shown. The children took a lot of interest in the activity. They were told to talk about various homes of animals. The favourite food of animals was also discussed in the class.
It was an activity full of enthusiasm, as they themselves have animals at home or in their native villages.
Fun and merriment ensued in the English class when the students of Grade VIII C veritably donned the caps of chefs and shared interesting recipes with their class-mates. Their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja had linked this activity to the Grammar topic of Active and Passive Voice. The students had to prepare and write down a set of instructions in Active Voice as recipes for cooking savoury dishes. Previously the teacher had explained the rules governing Active and Passive Voice.
Each student stood in front of the class as a Master Chef aspirant and gave succinct instructions on how to cook noodles, prepare a cup of tea, rustle up a quick bowl of pasta, popcorns, how to make and serve omelette. The students took immense care to give crisp and clear-cut instructions in Active Voice since the class as a collective jury would have disqualified them for stating any direction in Passive Voice. Interestingly, a cup of tea, hot soup, sandwich, lemonade, Maggi noodles, cold coffee and pasta proved most popular among the chefs in the making.
Shalom Hills International School celebrated ‘National Integration Day’ as a tribute to our great leader ‘Indira Gandhi ‘and acknowledged her love for the country on 19th November with great fervour. This day is celebrated as the birthday anniversary of the first woman Prime Minister of the India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and also to promote communal harmony and unity among people all across the India. On this special day our school also sensitized the students with the feeling of common identity amongst the people of country despite hailing from different races, cultures, religions or regions in order to build a strong and developed nation.
A PPT based on the same was shown to all the students from Grades I-V to promote the unity in diversity and feeling of oneness amongst Gen-Junior. Last but not the least all the teachers motivated the students to imbibe and practise the universal values of unity, peace, love and brotherhood among themselves. Over all it was a memorable day for the young graders as they understood the need to develop better understanding among youth about diverse perceptions, faiths and life styles to strengthen the unity of people in society.
Fun and merriment ensued in the English class when the students of Grade IX A veritably donned the caps of chefs and shared interesting recipes with their class-mates. Their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja had linked this activity to the Grammar topic of Active and Passive Voice. The students had to prepare and write down a set of instructions in Active Voice as recipes for cooking savoury dishes. Previously the teacher had explained the rules governing Active and Passive Voice.
Each student stood in front of the class as a Master Chef aspirant and gave succinct instructions on how to cook noodles, prepare a cup of tea, rustle up a quick bowl of pasta, popcorns, how to make and serve omelette. The students took immense care to give crisp and clear-cut instructions in Active Voice since the class as a collective jury would have disqualified them for stating any direction in Passive Voice. Interestingly, a cup of tea, cold coffee and pasta proved most popular among the chefs in the making.
In the second leg of the activity, best 5 dishes verbally prepared by the students were assigned to groupwise to the class for writing them in the notebook in Passive Voice.
In Class VIII, a lively and stimulating activity of Vigyapan Making was conducted under the able guidance of Ms. Lalita Yadav (H.O.D) and Ms. Mukesh Dabas. The class had been divided into 5 groups. Each group devised their own advertisement, jingle etc and presented it before the class and their teacher. Through this activity, the children showed their quick-thinking, presentation skills and also knowledge of marketing skills necessary for advertising and selling products.
Under the able guidance of Ms. Lalita Yadav (H.O.D), Ms. Mukesh Dabas and Mr. Arjun Sashtri, a creative activity was carried out in all sections of Grade VI. In the activity aptly titled ‘Meri Rachana’, the aspiring poets recited Savrachit Kavita i.e self-written compositions on the topic ‘Maa’. The students had prepared wonderful poems, articles, songs & slogans etc.They enjoyed this activity thoroughly and there was hundred percent participation of students in it.
In Grades VII & VIII, a debate competition was organized by the French teachers Mr. Lalit Gupta and Ms. Aditi. The topic was 'Should French be part of the curriculum or not?'.
The young students participated in the same whole heartedly and were in strong favor for having French as a part of our curriculum. During the debating session, they were also briefed about the below mentioned points.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia went for OEL visit around the school campus. The objective of the activity was to explain the students how measurement plays an important role in our lives. The students were taught how measuring tape and metre rod are used. They measured the dimension of vermipit area using the metre rod
As part of the Industrial Chemistry Programme, the students of class XI learnt to make soap cake in the laboratory. The aim of such projects is to inculcate awareness among students about the importance of Chemistry in daily life and how Chemistry is related to real life. Also an attempt is made to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical Chemistry.
Basic ingredients like lye, water, glycerine, essential oil, colour and perfume were mixed in definite proportion and the process of mixing and manufacturing was carried out. But as Science is all about trial and error, it was observed that soap which was made was not of a high foaming capacity. This again gave an opportunity to the students think and research as how the foaming capacity could be increased to produce better quality soap.
Through this incident, it was stressed upon the students’ minds that scientific thinking not only helps to understand the world around us but it also opens doors and avenues to inventive and revolutionary thinking.
As part of Industrial Chemistry Programme, the students of class XI learnt to make talcum powder in the laboratory. The purpose and aim of such projects is to make the students aware about the importance of Chemistry in their daily life and demonstrate before them how chemistry is related to real life, thereby bridging the gap between theoretical and practical Chemistry.
Corn starch, baking soda and Arroroot powder were mixed in a definite proportion and sieved properly to avoid lumping. Then the mixture was put in a container and later on, white rose essential oil was added to it.
The students checked the texture and quality by applying the powder on their skin and also took feedback from their teachers regarding the product.
An activity on the Grammar topic of Pronouns was conducted in all sections of Class 3 on 10th November, 2014. The aim of the activity was to reinforce the concept of Pronouns.
The children had to paste any four pictures of their choice in their notebooks. They were encouraged to write one sentence describing the picture using nouns and one sentence describing the same picture using pronouns. The children could clearly see the difference in the use of nouns and pronouns through this activity. Overall, the activity helped the children get a better understanding of the use of pronouns in sentences.
During their visit, the children saw different kind of plants, trees and herbs. They studied the different types of leaves. They learnt why leaves are usually green in color. They also saw few leaves those are of red or yellow in color. The young ones enjoyed seeing mango, orange, banana, papaya, pomegranate and many other trees.
An English activity ‘My Prepositional Sports Chart’ was executed on 10th November’14 in Grade – IV based on the topic- Prepositions. The students were facilitated and guided how to draw or paste the pictures of different sports persons and write a few lines on them using suitable prepositions. The students shared their views about different sports personalities and framed interesting sentences using maximum number of prepositions. Overall, it was a fun filled activity which the students enjoyed to the fullest.
India has produced a plethora of great leaders. Some of them have played a vital part in Indian Freedom Struggle while others have taken India to great heights in the Post Independence Era. The simplicity, courage, perseverance, and fortitude of these leaders continue to be a source of inspiration for the masses and play an iconic role for the youth.
A ‘Role Play’ activity on the topic of ‘Our National Leaders’ was conducted in Grade V on 10th November, 2014. This activity was conducted in order to throw more light on the sterling role of these national leaders of India. They were already given an overview of the lesson while it was being covered in the Social Science lesson in the class. The students have learnt the history of the East India Company from its beginning to the Battle of Plassey.
It was an educative activity for the children wherein their knowledge about the national leaders of independent India has been enhanced.
We must have seen a cricket match. The bowler uses force to throw the bowl. The batsman uses Force to hit the ball. The fielder uses force to stop it. To explain and create a live picture among the children a science activity on ‘Visit to the playground’ was conducted in Grade IV from the lesson ‘Work, Force & Friction’. Some children were asked to play cricket while others played football .They enjoyed in the ground and unintentionally learnt many concepts related the lesson. They covered various topics which include force, work types of force etc. The children also observed others using force to do work. Through this ‘hands on’ outdoor activity, the basic concept of the lesson planted in the mind.
M.I. Lab enables the children to think, reflect and make observations. It provides them with ample opportunities to explore, investigate and think ‘out-of-the-box’. It sharpens the children’s ability to learn from actual experiences and what they see in their daily lives. On 5th Nov’14, the children of Grade I were taken outside for a nature walk as part of their M.I. activity.
They were shown the parts of a plant like root, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits, bud and vegetables. They also saw different types of plants like brinjal, chilli, tomato, pomegranate etc. Through this activity, they were able to differentiate between different types of plants; their leaves, size etc and could point the differences between trees and plants. They enjoyed the nature walk and gained lots of interesting facts about plant kingdom through it.
A ‘hands on’ and fun activity to teach the concept of Time was carried out in all the sections of Class I. The young children made a clock on thermocol plate and learned how to see and tell the time. The teachers called the children individually and assisted them in making two hands of the clock – the long one and short hand. All the students quickly grasped the concept of reading time and telling it accurately.
In an activity based on the chapter ‘The Browning Version’, the students discussed with their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja which attributes of their teachers have left a lasting impression on their minds and hearts.
In this activity, the senior graders bared their hearts and expressed their innermost feelings about the teachers of our school who have taught them in previous years or are currently teaching them. A common thread underlying their sharing was the deep affection and respect that they all bear for their teachers. Abdus, Suyash and Vibhuti mentioned specific instances and recalled incidents when they were deeply impressed by their teachers. Anamika admitted to considering her father as her greatest teacher. Deepika, Pearl and Simran too regaled the class with their personal reasons for admiring their favourite teachers. The other students too revealed a lot about themselves as well as their teachers when they spoke about their sterling qualities and how they have impacted their student lives.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia participated in a Science Quiz. The entire class was divided into 5 groups. Five rounds of questions were carried out – the first round was of one word question, second round consisted of multiple choice questions, the third round involved identification of clippings, fourth round comprised of picking odd one out and finally fifth round was arranging the jumbled words. The children enjoyed taking part in the quiz and showed their thorough knowledge of Science facts and phenomenon.
A web page was created on the topic and bearing the title of ‘7 wonders of the world 2014’ in the Computer Lab by the students of class X using HTML, under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Sarika Aneja.
The students applied many formatting features to design this web page. They gave background colour, headings, alignments, inserted the image of Taj Mahal with the list/pictures/images of other wonders of the world.
Most students came out with a creative presentation and participated enthusiastically which helped in understanding the topic in better way.
The students of Grade IX created a presentation using PowerPoint comprising of the various elements of multimedia. All the students were given this as the homework assignment followed by discussion in the class regarding the elements of multimedia. They used Google Search engine to download images, text, captions to make their presentation beautiful and meaningful. The senior graders came out with creative presentation and participated enthusiastically which helped in understanding the topic in better way
An activity of germination was conducted in all the sections of Class II. Germination is the process by which a plant sprouts from a seedling to a plant. The students brought disposable cups, cotton and few kidney beans for the activity. They were explained the concept of germination before they performed the activity on their own.
Since water, air and sunlight are the requirements for a seed to develop, the students moistened the cotton in the cup with some water. Then they carefully placed the seeds of the kidney beans in the cup and put them on the window sill for sufficient supply of sunlight. Thus the students learnt the importance of sunlight, air and water in the process of sprouting. This activity develops their inter-personnel skills, visual-skills and makes them nature-smart.
Topic : ‘E-Procurement is an effective way to promote transparency’
Keeping in line with the activities conducted during the Vigilance Week, a symposium was conducted for Classes IX-X on the topic- “E-Procurement - an effective way for promoting transparency.’
The activity was conducted individually. The students prepared a presentation on the topic and presented it before the teachers and class-mates. The research done by the students was reflected in the well-prepared presentations made by them and their spadework enabled them to understand the topic well.
The students were judged for the prbresentation, relevance of the topic and the integration of technology and content. The activity also provided a platform to the students to develop speaking skills and creativity among them.
Grade I students of all sections (A-I) went for a Day Adventure Camp on 31st Oct’14 to Ballivas village at Farmstead, Gurgaon Faridabad road. This camp was manned by the trained professionals of “Rocksport Pvt Ltd and all activities were carried out under the watchful supervision of the school teachers. The children enjoyed various activities like Artificial Wall Climbing, Cammando Net, Zip line, Ring Wing, Burma Bridge, Hop Sctoch, Tug of War, Gorilla Cave, Laser Beam, Three-Tier hurdle etc. The children made diyas and earthen pots in the pottery making activity and also had fun dancing on DJ music. Kids enjoyed various food delicacies served to them at regular intervals. The youthful sprites enjoyed each and every activity in which they participated most enthusiastically.
In this activity, the students were shown a working model of human lungs. After making them understand about lungs, they were asked to name a lung disease which is very common now a days i.e. Asthma. Then this was correlated with how increasing air pollution makes us inhale pollutants with the air which acts as allergens. As prevention is better than cure, the young ones were made aware of the need to start working towards a better green tomorrow.
‘Calm, open debate and logical thought take strength to its maximum effectiveness.’ Every activity is carried out in Shalom Hills International School with a purpose of making learning take place in a fun-filled and creative manner. With this aim in mind, CBSE had given a platform to the schools to celebrate Vigilance Week wherein a debate was conducted in the form of an English activity in Grades VI- VIII. The English teachers, Ms. Rinky Maini, Ms. Aditi Malhotra and Ms. Monidipa Mukherjee had explained the pros and cons of the topic in the class and guided the children on how to write and speak a debate speech. The youthful speakers of Class VI were given an opportunity to engage in a power-packed and energetic argument on whether or not E-Ticketing has been effective in reducing corruption from booking system.
Both the teams spoke their mind displaying a critical approach to the topic and expanding their vision to greater horizons so much so that even though they rested their case when the time-slot was up but not their convictions. They exhibited great poise and also good oratory skills. Their reflection and knowledge on the given topic gave an insight into the preparation which led them to give such a convincing performance. .
The best speakers of Grade VI were further invited to articulate their views in front of the school in the Special Assembly conducted on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. Kushagra Mishra, Sehar Bhatt and Irin Chatterjee spoke in support of the motion followed by Divit Bhatt, Trisha Carville and Jai Gupta who represented the opposition team. These students showed keen interest and displayed their oratory skills with zeal and vigour. It was a pleasure to see them well informed and highly motivated to work on their respective stands, henceforth displaying their high order thinking!.
Topic- ‘E –governance- a way to smooth governance’
The students of Grades XI-XII enthusiastically participated in the debate on the aforementioned topic which was conducted as an Inter-Class activity by their English teacher, Ms. Geetanjali Sethi. The public speakers of tomorrow and fine speakers of today emphatically vocalized their opinions in support of or opposing the topic. They spoke confidently and convincingly and their speeches reflected their maturity and open attitude towards change. The students were judged for their diction, confidence, and fluency.
An M.I Lab activity was conducted for Grade II students to introduce the concept of fractions. The children were divided into groups. Each group was given a complete fraction kit. Each group formed different fractions like 3/5, 3/8, half quarter etc and named the fractions formed using the fraction card. The children could understand the concept of fractions better with the use of the fraction kit. They could touch and see the fractions actually formed. In all it was a great learning activity for the children.
M.I Lab enables the children to think and consists of the abilities to learn from experience. In the lab, the children learnt about the concept of “time”. They were taught the concept through white board on which two hands (hours and minutes) were introduced and then were given a dummy clock on which they showed time given by the teachers. Through this activity, they were able to see and tell the time through clock. They understood the concept well.
The activity on ‘Scooping up Pronouns’ was carried out in Class II on 28th Oct’14. Firstly, the students recapitulated and brushed up their knowledge of nouns. They listed out several nouns and wrote them on three different scoops of the cones made by them in their notebooks. Then they were asked to tell the suitable pronouns to be used instead of those nouns they had spelt out in the scoops.
Thus the children were able to understand the concept of pronouns better. Hence this activity caters to three types of multiple intelligences namely visually -smart, bodily-kinaesthetic and inter-personal skills of the children.
Chinese Whispers as we commonly know the game derives from the party game in which one person whispers a message to the person next to them and the story is then passed progressively to several others, with inaccuracies accumulating as the game goes on.
Chinese Whispers was played with a twist in Grade XI A by their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja. It was based on the Grammar topic of ‘Reported Speech’ and was conducted in order to root out inaccuracies and common mistakes that occur when students convert sentences from Direct into Indirect Speech.
The children seated themselves in a semi-circle and whispered statements/questions/commands or exclamatory sentences in the ears of the class-mate seated next. The neighbour had to then translate the whispered statement into Indirect Speech and repeat it in front of the class. The activity provided light-hearted relief to the youngsters as they laughingly made all kind of observations. It proved beneficial since the teacher was able to make corrections and give immediate feedback to the students when they made a mistake in conversion from Direct into Indirect speech.
TOPIC: Microsoft Excel 2007
ACTIVITY: Quiz on MS Excel
CLASS: VI A - E
DATE: 28th October’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
REPORT: Microsoft Excel has the basic features of all spreadsheets, using a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data manipulations like arithmetic operations. A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Students have done the quiz on MS Excel in classes VI A – E. Students have gathered the knowledge on MS Excel and perfomed very well. This has increased their knowledge about MS Excel. Students overjoyed while playing quiz in class.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Learning Agility, Presentation Skills
As part of the British Council Connect Classroom Programme, Shalom Hills International School along with their project partner Queenwood School are engaged in collaborative working on the Green School Programme.
Queenwood School has successfully implemented the activities as planned by Shalom Hills. One such activity that was conducted was carrying out the electricity audit in the school and designing measures to reduce the consumption.
TOPIC: Adobe Photoshop CS3
ACTIVITY: Lab Activity – Using Colour replacement tool change any monument in black and white
CLASS: VIII A - C
DATE: 27th October’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
REPORT: Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. These tools typically fall under the categories of drawing; painting; measuring and navigation; selection; typing; and retouching. Lab activity was conducted on colour replacement tool on the topic ‘Monuments’ in classes VIII A – C. Students have gathered the knowledge on Photoshop CS3 and performed very well. Students have uplodaed different monuments and change their colour to black and white. Students have enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making images.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Critical Thinking, Presentation Skills
TOPIC: Microsoft Excel 2007
ACTIVITY: Lab Activity - Project on MS Excel
CLASS: VI A - E
DATE: 27th October’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
REPORT: Microsoft Excel has the basic features of all spreadsheets, using a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data manipulations like arithmetic operations. It has a battery of supplied functions to answer statistical, engineering and financial needs. Students have done the lab activity on MS Excel by making woksheet on ‘School items’ of classes VI A – E. Students have gathered the knowledge on MS Excel and made the informative worksheet. This has increased their knowledge about MS Excel. Students have enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making worksheets.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Critical Thinking, Learning Agility
TOPIC: Advance Features of Excel
ACTIVITY: Group Discussion on MS Excel
CLASS: VII A - C
DATE: 27th October’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
REPORT: Microsoft Excel can represent numbers in a chart. We have variety of chart types, including column, line, pie, bar, area, and scatter. Group discussion has been conducted on the topic ‘Data Consolidation vs Grouping Worksheets’ in classes VII A – C. Students have gathered the knowledge on charts in MS Excel and performed very well. This has increased their knowledge about MS Excel. Students have enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and while discussing the same in the class.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Critical Thinking, Learning Agility
Implementation of Shalom Green School Curriculum at Queenwood School, London through British Council Connect Classroom Programme begins on 27th Oct14
As part of the British Council Connect Classroom Programme, Shalom Hills International School along with its project partner Queenwood School have initialized work on the Green School Programme.
Queenwood School has successfully implemented the activities as planned and also conceptualized by Shalom Hills International School. One such activity that was conducted was utilizing waste effectively by collecting shells and using them to design and decorate beautiful photo frames.
A Computer activity was conducted on 17th October 2014 in all the sections of Class II, on the topic “Writing few lines on Diwali” in WordPad.
The students were told to write few lines on Diwali using bullets and numbering. They were guided by their Computer teacher how to change the font style, size and text alignments. They made the text more presentable by using the options of bold, italics and underline tools.
It was an educative and fun filled computer activity in which the children learnt how to use the various tools of WordPad. The children were very excited and enthusiastic and by the end of the activity, had written good and impressive lines.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing creativity, imagination, writing skills and confidence in the students.
The children of Class III identified and understood the different parts of Internal and External body of a human being in the M.I. Lab.
An Inter Class activity based on identifying and understanding the various organ systems of human body was conducted on 17th October, 2014 for the students of Grade III in the Multiple Intelligence Lab. The activity related to the topic “The Human Body”. The students carefully observed the various organ systems namely Respiratory system, Circulatory system, Digestive system and Excretory system on the specimen of a human torso in the M.I Lab. The students were very excited to handle the various parts of organ systems on their own. The students observed and understood about these organ systems through the coloured diagrams on the smart board in the MI Lab. All the students took their turn to complete the activity. They were also made aware of the functions of these organ system in the human body in detail.
A Computer activity was conducted on 17th October 2014, in all the sections of Class III, based on the topic “Making Rangoli (Using Colours of Nature) in Ms Paint”.
The children were told to draw Rangoli for Diwali using various shapes and colours in Ms Paint. They drew beautiful Rangoli patterns using cut, copy, paste, skew and rotate tools. It was an educative and fun filled Computer activity in which the children learnt how to use the various tools of Ms Paint. All the children were very excited and enthusiastic and drew impressive rangoli designs.
This activity was conducted with the aim of increasing creativity, imagination and confidence.
The children of Class V learnt about communicable diseases through live observations made under a microscope in Biology Lab on 17th Oct’14.
Micro-organisms are very minute organism which can be seen only through microscope. They can be useful as well as harmful. Previously, the students were made familiar with different kinds of disease causing micro-organism like protozoans, bacteria, virus etc. After these key points were explained in class, the students were taken to the Biology Lab to see different slides of micro-organisms to enhance their understanding of these microscopic organisms. The students benefited immensely from the activity since this was the first time they had an exposure to slides and microscope.
Shalom Hills International School organised a fascinating ‘Rangoli Making Competition’ on 17th October’14 for Grades III- V on the occasion of Diwali in order to enhance creativity and unleash the hidden potential in the students. The students formed different groups and participated enthusiastically in the competition. The students drew and embellished the floral and abstract motifs with a wide spectrum of materials, thereby exhibiting a profusion of their talent and skills. By organising such a competition, the students were introduced to the tradition and customs associated with our festivals. At the same time, the skills of creativity and art innovation were also developed amidst the students through this competition. The students decorated their respective classes also.
A Role Play on the lesson “A tale of two rivers” was conducted in all sections of Class 3 on 17th October 2014.The aim of the activity was to reinforce understanding of the plot, characters and central idea of the lesson taught in the English class.
The characters for the story were selected and the children practised their lines before presenting the play in front of the class. The whole class cheered them enthusiastically and also corrected their lines wherever they made a mistake. The children were able to recall the story of this lesson easily. All the children enjoyed and had a lot of fun as well as learning through this activity.
A Math’s activity was conducted in all the sections of Class I on 14.10.14. The children were asked to bring snakes and ladder from their home. In a play way method they learnt the concept and topic of subtraction and addition. Using snakes and ladder as magic square to teach subtraction was an innovative way for the children. They enjoyed the fun activity thoroughly and learnt how to subtract quickly.
Diwali means the ‘Festival of Lights’ and conjures up images of rows of lighted lamps. Keeping this a view, a Lantern Making activity was conducted. The children were taught how to make lantern with a chart paper and decorative items to decorate their classroom as well as their homes. The little children enjoyed themselves thoroughly while doing this activity.
The aim of this activity was to enhance their creativity and to increase their involvement and ownership of their classroom.
Class VII- C enthusiastically participated in the activity conducted on 14th Oct’14 in the Composite Lab. They were told about the measurement of time with the help of clock. It was explained to them that the working principle of most of these clocks and watches is based on periodic motion and the motion of a simple pendulum is a periodic motion. They then measured the time period of a simple pendulum with the help of a bob, thread and stopwatch.
The students of Class VIII B went to the Composite Lab to see the working and function of a microscope and observe the permanent slides of animal and plant cell. The children were explained by their Science teacher, Ms. Suman Bhanwala that microscope is an instrument to view small objects by magnifying them. This helped them to understand how it enables us to see the different types of living cells and the structures they contain. The students then enthusiastically discussed the difference between animal and plant cell.
Shalom Hills International School held Cleanliness Drive on 14th October’14. ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Campaign Clean India) is a national level campaign by the Government of India covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country. This campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat New Delhi, where Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi himself wielded a broom and cleaned a road. To promote and involve the students in the same, the students of Grade –IV- V of our school also took the initiative to make our surroundings clean and to create awareness among the society for cleanliness.
The students of Grades IV-V participated in this Cleanliness Drive with great enthusiasm and cleaned the school surroundings and the nearby areas. This activity built in them a sense of social responsibility towards making a clean and green environment. The youngsters enthusiastically participated and put in their efforts to create awareness towards the hygiene and sanitation habits. Over all it was an exciting day and helped the students to contribute their part for the Cleanliness Campaign.
An activity based on the ‘Part of the whole’ concept of fractions was conducted in Class IV. In this activity, the students were given some stripes of different fractions and one whole fraction. They tried to place the fractions on the whole part so that they could observe the number of bars overlapping the whole bar. Total bars on the whole part were the fraction. In this activity, the students observed like how many 1/8 make a whole, how many 1/4 make a half, how many 1/12 make a half. The concept of Addition and subtraction of like fraction was also explained to them with the help of bars.
SKILLS INCULCATED : logical thinking , creativity ,mental ability, reasoning skills.
The children took keen part in an activity based on the Grammar topic of verb – ‘has/ have’. The children were called individually to pick up a picture card and to frame a sentence based on those pictures by using either has or have e.g. I have a heavy bag; she has a Barbie doll etc. Through this activity, the children learnt how to use ‘has or have’ effectively and frame suitable sentences using them.
As part of on-going work for the approaching Industrial Exhibition to be held on 18th October 2014, the students of Grade XI A completed the final packaging of various materials to be exhibited and sold. Various products like petroleum jelly, pain relieving balm, liquid dish wash, cards, show piece, flower pot, sculptor products, and decorative material were given final shape. The students enthusiastically prepared a special hamper of all the products for their beloved M.D ma’am who has encouraged them to build their entrepreneurial skills through such projects.
To ensure that the children understand value and practise the concept of Cleanliness on a daily basis, the children of I – D pledged not to make our surroundings dirty and recycle the waste.
The first step to cleanliness is personal hygiene. Once they start maintaining personal hygiene they will automatically develop the habit of wanting the surroundings also keeping clean.
After zero dustbin day observed on day 1, the very next day the children brought cleaning cloth and cleaned their class with great enthusiasm and understood the importance of keeping our belongings and surroundings clean. The children tried to put everything back in its place and maintain cleanliness.
Class I D children will take up the responsibility of following the cleanliness practices.
Cleanliness is very important to keep yourself well organized, methodical and energetic. It is very necessary to help children imbibe habit of cleanliness at early age. The habit of cleanliness is a must for every individual and nothing can be as good as making your child learn cleanliness at an early age.
The students of Class- I C spread the message about ‘Cleanliness and how we can prevent littering’.
On Day 1, the children started with “zero dustbin day” and made sure that they did not throw anything in the dustbin and maintained cleanliness the entire day. They ate and drank carefully, taking care that spillage and wastage of food was reduced to the minimum.
On Day 2, the children were asked to get a small dusting cloth to clean the dust in the classroom and clean their table after having lunch without making the floor dirty, which will help the children to grow up into a responsible person.
On Day 3, the children were taken to playing ground and asked to collect the dry leaves around the ground and then dig them in soil.
The children of Grade I C were full of energy and by providing them necessary knowledge about how important cleanliness is for each of us by keeping clean our body, house and surroundings to have good health.
Cleanliness is important to help us grow healthy and strong, it is important to keep our home, school and surroundings clean. The students as a part of this nation gave a message of cleanliness by being a part of different activities.
On day 1, the children discussed and explained the importance of cleanliness in the class with one another and their teacher. To further highlight the concept and value of Cleanliness, the children were also shown a small video on cleanliness & its value.
On day 2, no dustbin day was practised. That day no dustbin was kept in the class and all the children maintained hygiene and cleanliness in the class. The reason behind the different colours of dustbin was explained to them and also what kind of waste to be disposed in which colour dustbin.
On day 3, children came forward and took a step to clean their classroom. Children were asked to bring dusters or rough cloth for this activity. They cleaned different areas of the class which included the furniture, shelves, window sill, books and the boxes.
The aim of this project was creating awareness among the children towards cleanliness and to join forces to Swatch Bharat Swatch Vidyalaya. The children were very excited, energetic and full of enthusiasm during these activities.
On Day 1, no dustbin day was practised. On this day, there was no dustbin in the class and all the children maintained hygiene and cleanliness in the class. The reason behind the different colours of dustbin was explained to them and also what kind of waste is to be disposed in which colour dustbin.
On day 2, the children came forward and took a step to clean their classroom. The children were asked to bring dusters or rough cloth for this activity. They cleaned different areas of the class which included the furniture, shelves, window sill, books and the boxes.
The aim of this project was creating awareness among the children towards cleanliness and to join forces to Swatch Bharat Swatch Vidyalaya. The children of Grade I E were very excited and enthused during these activities.
Most of the illnesses that affect people are caused by dirt. Cleanliness is very important if the people are to stay healthy. Awareness of cleanliness in school going children is very important because they should know that most communicable diseases are caused by unhygienic environment.
The Prime Minister has given an enthusiastic and passionate call for ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of cleanliness. Following the call of the Prime Minister for Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya mission, lot of cleanliness activities were initiated in our school.
On the first day, the children were made aware about the importance of cleanliness and that they should imbibe healthy habits. This was followed by a pledge taken by the children to maintain hygienic conditions in school and at home.
Next day,”SAY NO TO DUSTBIN” was implemented. By this the children learnt to keep their classroom clean and maintain hygiene in the classroom without the dustbin.
To support the mission the children were asked to get cleaning cloth and dusters from their home. An activity was done wherein the children cleaned different areas of the class which included the furniture, shelves, window sill, books and the boxes.
Hence, all the above activities created awareness among the children towards cleanliness. Children were very excited, energetic and full of enthusiasm during these activities.
Cleanliness means that there is no dirt, no dust, no stains, no bad smells. The purposes of cleanliness is health, beauty, and to avoid the spreading of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others.
The students of Class- I F spread awareness about the ‘Cleanliness and how we can prevent littering’. One day, the children were asked to keep their waste along with them as it was ‘no dustbin day’ which helped them to understand the importance to clean their surroundings.
On the next day, the children were engaged in cleaning their classroom including their chairs, tables, windows, walls etc.
While engaged in these activities and by providing them necessary knowledge about the cleanliness, the children of Class I F understood that they need to care not only for their own health and clean environment, but also about their society.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness and is regarded as contributing to other ideals such as health and beauty.
The students of Class- IV A spread awareness about the ‘Cleanliness and how we can prevent littering’. Due prominence was given to the importance of 3R’S- Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, taking pledge, awareness and consciousness about it.
On Day 1, the children drafted their own pledge which helped them to comprehend the importance of self-hygiene, need for maintaining hygienic conditions in school and home & various other measures/conditions that can prevent water borne & sanitation related diseases.
On Day 2, the students were also shown a small video on cleanliness & its value.
On Day 3, the children were asked to segregate their waste in terms of biodegradable & non degradable. They were explained about its significance. And then they separated the wastes accordingly.
The children were full of energy and by providing them necessary knowledge to change their attitude towards cleanliness, they will be better prepared to care not only for their own health and clean environment, but also the health of their entire community.
Class IV A children will take up the responsibility of following the cleanliness practices even in their homes.
Swachh Bharat or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Campaign Clean India) is a national level campaign by the Government of India covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.
This campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself wielded broom and cleaned a road. The campaign is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India participated in this event.
What is cleanliness? It has different meaning for different people. Cleanliness means there is no dirt, no dust, no stain, and no bad smells. Hygiene is very important so that we can all have a healthy life in a germ-free environment. It is very important for the citizens of a nation to be healthy then only a nation can progress and prosper.
A Poster Making activity on the topic of keeping our country clean and beautiful was conducted in Class 3 D on 13th October 2014.
The children were full of creative ideas on how they wanted to put their thoughts into drawing. Many of the students focused on ‘The use of Dustbin’ and also wrote slogans to express their desire of seeing India as a clean and beautiful country. The activity encouraged and motivated the children to think about the different ways in which we can keep our country clean.
The children of Class 3 E conducted another activity on 13th October 2014 to keep their classroom clean. They promised not to dirty their classroom and they picked up any piece of paper which they saw lying on the floor.
The children from the first period till the last ensured that their classrooms were spic and span. They were always on the lookout to see that no one was dropping paper or any kind of wrappers on the floor. In the end, they were happy to see the result of their efforts. Their class looked spotlessly and ‘squeaky clean’. The children understood the importance of living, working and contributing in clean surroundings.
Shalom Hills International School firmly believes that we need to inculcate the spirit of hygiene, cleanliness and aversion to unhygienic conditions in all our children from the very initial years of their schooling itself, so that every child in the school and country appreciates the value of good, clean and hygienic living.
The little children of class II took active participation in our collective quest to make a Swachh Bharat. They were told to bring a cleaning cloth or duster and given choice of what they wanted to clean. They did thorough cleaning of their classroom. They cleaned the doors and windows, soft boards, tables and chairs, computer cupboard and arranged the shelves properly. Thus through this meaningful activity they understood the importance of keeping their class and school clean.
A ‘Pre Topic’ English Activity was conducted on 13th October ‘2014 in Grade -IV on the topic of Adjectives. The students were encouraged to draw any four of their favourite pictures and to describe the same using maximum numbers of adjectives. The students expressed their thoughts and visualizations about their favourite things by drawing them beautifully in their notebooks. They composed imaginative and creative sentences and supported the same with suitable adjectives. The activity helped the children in recapitulating adjectives which they have learnt in class- III.
A purposeful and highly beneficial Student Enhancement Programme was conducted in Shalom Hills International School on 11th October’2014 for Grade-I- V where in, the children of all the sections of Classes I-V were called on Saturday for the practice of forthcoming Olympiad Tests. The respective subject teachers had prepared several worksheets along with the question bank and executed a written drill which helped the students in maximising their subject knowledge. It was an educative and enriching session for the students as it helped in the expansion of their knowledge of the related subject. The main objective behind the implementation of such a programme was to enhance the learning power and writing skills along with the inculcation of scholarly information in them.
Children of class II were told about the value of cleanliness and its importance in our day to day life.
The teacher guided the students about how this cleanliness drive is taken up by our current Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in the month of October, as Mahatma Gandhi, our father of the nation was born on 2nd of this month. He spread a lot of awareness about cleanliness among the people.
The children were told that cleanliness, hygiene and good health are interconnected. If they keep cleanliness, it will build good hygiene, and then they will be able to maintain good health.
Children became enthusiastic about cleanliness drive to be started off from their classroom itself. Very happily they took up dusters from the teacher and started the dusting and cleaning of class furniture, shelves and boards.
The children cleaned up their class tables with duster brought by them from their home. After dusting, they cleaned up all ten tables with water and soap. The children enjoyed this activity and completed their task enthusiastically.
The atmosphere in the Middle Wing Auditorium was pulsating with excitement and anticipation when the students of Grades VI-XII gathered there to be part of a Live Band performance by LiveJam. The troupe led by Jeremy Aaron was introduced to the students amidst loud cheering. In the initial ice-breaking session, the LiveJam asked the students to come to the stage and join them for the songs. After that the Live Jam group regaled and enthralled all with their solo and group performances.
In a brief interlude, Jeremy shared an interesting anecdote from his own childhood and life. He encouraged the children to have self-belief and no matter what others think or say about them to always believe in themselves and realize their own worth.
The group presented a memento to the principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta. The winners of the various events in Horlicks Wizkids 2014 held in Siri Fort, New Delhi were acknowledged and called to the stage for a group photograph with the principal. Thunderous applause greeted the announcement that Shalom Hills International School had been felicitated as the Best Disciplined School in Horlicks Wizkids.
The students of Class VIII participated in a brainstorming activity conducted in their class. They expressed their views about how to stop bullying in the school and other educational institutions. They also commented on the retarding factors of this practice and how it affects the mental growth of a person and can even lead to extreme situations like suicides.
The session was informative and knowledgeable and all the children raised their voice against bullying and bullies.
Also the children were sensitized by their English teacher on the strict anti-bullying policies and measures followed in the school and how each child should neither bully nor tolerate being bullied.
Recycling is a process to change (waste) materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials and promote the employment of the re-invented products. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function and new life reuse where it is used for a new function. In contrast, reuse is the breaking down of used item into raw materials which are used to make items. Class IV F took some initiatives and joined hands to make some new and innovative things from the waste and unwanted materials in order to reduce the amount of waste.
A skit was conducted in Class 3 F on cleanliness. The aim of the skit was to help the children understand the importance of keeping their classroom clean. The children were divided into two groups. The first group threw bits of papers around the classroom. The second group then explained to the first group that they should throw waste into the dustbin and not wherever they feel like. They explained the importance of keeping our surroundings clean to the first group. The children took a keen interest in enacting this play. They became more aware of the pracical aspecs of cleanliness by acting this play. All the students enjoyed the activity and had a good time.
The children of class IV engaged themselves in an activity in which they learnt about the different types of separation methods used with different substances
The activity on Soluble & Insoluble substances was followed by experiments on ‘Ways of separation of substances’. The children were demonstrated the different ways of separation of mixtures through a series of experiments. With the help of these experiments, the children were made to understand the terms: sedimentation, decantation, filtration, evaporation, immiscible substances and their significance in separation of substances from a mixture e.g. separation of sand from sand and water mixture, separation of oil from oil water mixture, separation of iron fillings from sand etc. The children explored the different methods of separation and were excited to observe and learn throughout the session.
These activities help them in their concept building and kept them enthralled throughout the teaching session.
A Slogan Writing activity on the topic of keeping our country clean and beautiful was conducted in Class 3 E on 9th October 2014. The children were full of creative ideas on how they wanted to write their thoughts in the form of a slogan. Many of them wrote more than one or two lines and expressed their desire of seeing India as a clean and beautiful country. This activity encouraged and motivated the children to think about the different ways that we can keep our country clean.
The students of Class IX took part in a Poster Making activity on "A Safe Diwali" The students were divided in groups and enthusiastically participated in the activity carried out in their English class by their teachers, Ms. Monidipa and Ms. Deepika Yadav. They came up with creative ideas, catchy slogans and colourful poster designs. Each poster carried an important message for the youngsters spreading awareness as to how to reduce pollution and enjoy the festival of lights without crackers.
The students of Class 6 under the guidance of their Science teacher, Ms. Anjali Drolia performed an interesting activity on various types of joints in human body. To explain the difference between immovable, slightly movable and freely movable joints, the children themselves tried bodily movement of arms, legs neck and head to understand the same. Finally the activity concluded with the identification of various joints from the model specimen of ball and socket joint, pivot joint, hinge joint& gliding joint. They enjoyed the activity.
The students of Class 6A participated in a group activity of chart making on the focal theme of “Movement” which was the topic for Science Integrated Project. The children focused on the movement of vertebrates and invertebrates while showing them on the chart. To explain the differences they selected earthworm as an example of invertebrates and fish & human being for movement in vertebrates.
As part of the Industrial Chemistry project, the students of Class XI prepared the first batch of a pain relieving balm.
The process started with the melting of beeswax and coconut oil together in a pan. The mixture was allowed to cool for a few minutes and after that a measurable quantity of camphor oil, menthol oil and eucalyptus oil was added. When the mixture cooled completely, it was more solid rather than liquid…but the minute it hit one’s warm skin…it liquefied again. That’s what coconut oil does; - it is perfect for massaging onto sore muscles and joints.
The mixture was allowed to set for few minutes and the product was then filled in small containers. The cost of each container was fixed at Rs 10.
Mahatma Gandhi Said "Sanitation is more important than independence". He made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living. His dream was total sanitation for all. The concept of Swachh Bharat is to provide access to every person to sanitation facilities including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness and safe and adequate drinking water supply. To contribute to the most noble and laudable effort initialized by our Prime Minister, Shalom Hills has taken joined in and spearheaded many programmes to spread the awareness about sanitation. Class- IVC highlighted the ‘Use of Plastic Bags’ and its adverse effects. Due prominence was given on the importance of 3R’S- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle by the young students.
Plastic is an environment hazard. Polythene bags are polluting, land, water, and air because they are non- biodegradable. A plastic bag if buried in soil will remain there intact even after hundreds of years. Plastic is impermeable to water and air. Thus students of class –IVC were facilitated about the drawbacks of the same and were encouraged to use paper or cloth bag for shopping and other things to trim down the use of Plastic Bags.
The three R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, the three R's save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills. Sitting a new landfill has become difficult and more expensive due to environmental regulations and public opposition.
The students of class – IV C conveyed that everyone can help meet this goal and save natural resources, energy, and money by following the three R's. The students made the decorative and fancy paper bags with old newspapers. The students also made badges and distributed the same with many titles like ‘Say No To Plastic Bags’ , ‘ Use Eco Friendly Bags’, etc to convey their message to the society.
In Class VIII, a Role Play activity was conducted under the guidance and full involvement of their Hindi teacher. For this activity, the class was divided in five groups .Every group presented their skit most creatively and confidently. The students had prepared for their role and each group had made sure that a powerful message was given through their Role Play performances. The students and the teacher enjoyed this activity very much.
As the next stage of the Industrial Chemistry project taken up for the fast approaching Science Exhibition, bulk batch preparation of liquid soap was carried out with class XI students. The Science students mixed up a definite proportion of various chemicals and slurry and prepared around 12 litres of liquid detergent from the raw materials available with them.
The students worked in groups while one group prepared liquid detergent, second group filled them in empty bottles and the third group was responsible for packaging the detergent. The liquid detergent was filled in bottles with a capacity of 200 ml. The selling price (Rs 10) was fixed after brainstorming session by students as under
As the next stage of the Industrial Chemistry project taken up for the fast approaching Science Exhibition, bulk batch preparation of liquid soap was carried out with class XI students. The Science students mixed up a definite proportion of various chemicals and slurry and prepared around 12 litres of liquid detergent from the raw materials available with them.
The students worked in groups while one group prepared liquid detergent, second group filled them in empty bottles and the third group was responsible for packaging the detergent. The liquid detergent was filled in bottles with a capacity of 200 ml. The selling price (Rs 10) was fixed after brainstorming session by students as under
Cost of raw material per bottle Rs 5
Cost of packaging + labour Rs 2
Cost of bottle Rs 1
Surplus Rs 2
The students tested the quality of the detergent by washing the glassware present in the laboratory and were satisfied with the result and quality of product in comparison to the cost which was less with respect to the good brands available in the market.
The students of Grade IV carried out a Science activity on Soluble & Insoluble substances on 7th October 2014. The children were explained the concept of what makes a mixture & what is a solution.Young scientists of Grade IV, with the help of various substances were able to distinguish between the different types of solution .With this experiment they were also able to understand the concept of solution & mixture.
Overall, the activity was conducted to make the children aware about the various solutions that can be prepared and distinguished in terms of soluble and insoluble substances.
An environment friendly activity as well as preamble to the EVS lesson was conducted on 7.10.14 in all the sections of Class II.
The entire class was taken for a nature walk around the school campus. They were shown different types of plants grown in the school. The students observed various kinds of trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers and creepers. They identified the type of the plant themselves and tried to name them also. The teacher explained the chapter in their EVS book in the vicinity of the nature itself.
The students were fascinated by the greenery in the school and the vast variety of fauna available for them to watch and observe. This activity prepared them to develop a keen sense of observation and sensitivity to their environment. Hence all the students understand the chapter of the plants around us much better.
As part of an Industrial Chemistry Project, the students of class XI prepared a batch of vaporub in bulk in the laboratory. The children were divided into groups of three. Raw material for the same included wax, terpentine oil, eucalyptus oil, liquid paraffin. As part of this process, firstly wax was melted at a very low flame ensuring there is no lump formation. All the basic ingredients were then tossed in and mixed together. Once melting took place, a container was removed from the flame and liquid paraffin was poured out.
The mixture was then allowed to cool with proper care being taken to ensure that it does not set completely. Before it set completely, it was poured into the container in which finally it has to be packed so that it takes on the uniform shape of the container. Around 500 gms of vapourab was prepared and packed in the containers.
Costing of the product:
A brainstorming session with the students ensued in which the costing and pricing of the product made in laboratory were discussed and debated by the students. Since the ultimate goal is to sell the same to the parents in the upcoming Industrial Chemistry Exhibition to be held on PTM day on 18th October, it was decided to fill 100 Gms of vapour in a container and sell it to the parents. The cost of the product was calculated in the following way:
Shalom Hills International School believes in learning beyond walls and curriculum wherein the students are able to apply their knowledge in real life situation. In order to make the students aware about the application of Chemistry in real life, an Industrial Chemistry project has been undertaken. The students will manufacture liquid detergent, Vicks Vapourab, and Vaseline and the same will be exhibited on PTM at an Industrial Chemistry Exhibition. The money generated from the same will be used to buy stationery for a school run by Sarthak Prayas, an NGO in New Delhi
As the first step, the students had first collected the filling bottles, followed by cleaning and preparing packaging material with cost collection. As the third step, a batch of material was prepared. On mixing paraffin oil and wax together and then adding additives, turpentine oil and smell, Vicks Vaporub was prepared.
Similarly from the measured quantity of slurring, caustic alkali and various other chemicals, a liquid dish wash was also prepared. The products were then filled in the bottles and wrapped artistically. All the products thus prepared are of high quality and are likely to give good result equivalent to any branded product.
General Knowledge Quizzes provide an impetus to sharpen the minds of children so that they can develop a personality of their own and can become more creative, more aware and more confident.
A G.K. Quiz was organized to test the sharpness and recollection power of stored knowledge of the students. It was conceptualized by by Ms. Surbhi Gumber and Ms. Seema Sharma.
The participants had to go through four different levels starting with identifying pictures, audio – visual round to the mind boggling rapid fire round. The questions were categorized into various levels. Each round enclosed with a different topic like cartoons, inventions, technology, mythology etc to name a few. It was a Brain Storming session which continued for one hour. The competitive spirit was apparent among the contesting teams and also the enthusiasm of the children as they burst into loud cheering and clapping the moment a correct answer was given.
At the end of quiz, a few audience questions were asked which kept the interest alive among the children sitting in the audience.
Class V D team comprising of Khushi Narang, and Anshuman Bakshi V F team compriing of Harsimran Kaur and Himanshi Rao had a tie and emerged as the winner of the competition.
The second position was taken over by the V B (Arnav Gupta and Anubhav Mishra) and V G (Aadisha Chandel and Priyanka Mutthu)
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. But things are often different when it comes to putting them into actual practice. On 2nd October’14, a Swachh Bharat Mission is being launched, a massive mass movement, that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart and a clean India is the best tribute that we as a nation can pay to Bapu when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019. Mahatma Gandhi devoted his life so that India attains ‘Swarajya’. Now the time has come to devote ourselves towards ‘Swachchhata’ (cleanliness) of our motherland.
The young Shalomites of Grade V following our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s mission lent themselves wholeheartedly to this noble cause. They willingly took up the task of cleaning their classes, their immediate school environment and surroundings. The students urged everyone to devote at least hundred hours every year, that is two hours every week towards cleanliness. They pledged not to let India remain unclean and also avowed to contribute unconditionally towards this laudable task.
The students and Teachers of Class- I-V of Shalom Hills International School celebrated Dussehra in the school on 30th September with great enthusiasm and energy. A special Movie Show was organised for the students of Class- I- V in their respective classes. ‘The Sound of Music’ movie was shown to the students which they enjoyed thoroughly.
After watching the movie, the students enacted the different Characters of Ramayana in their respective classes, in which students spoke on the significance of the festival and how it is celebrated in our country. The teachers appreciated everyone for presenting such a wonderful act. The festivities were filled with great joy and enthusiasm. Over all it was a great fun filled day which the children relished to the fullest and this was the best possible way to usher in the festive spirit, mood and Dussehra break.
A G.K. Quiz was organized on 29th September’2014 for Class- III- IV. Exuberating, motivating, enlightening and engaging would describe the Quiz Competition conducted in the junior classes. The competition was aimed at developing the knowledge and excellence base among the students through healthy and highly motivating contests. The students refreshed themselves up with a lot of general knowledge for the quiz. Intuitive and interesting questions were asked to the students, testing each aspect of the educational knowledge base like current affairs, famous quotes, science etc. Three highly different rounds were conducted. Ten separate questions apart from normal rounds were put up for the break round. The quiz had a rapid fire round which made it both for the students and the audience. The students of class- IVA and C were the fervent participants of the competition. Each team put up a valiant fight to the finish but III C and IV G inched their way forward and bagged the first prize.
The students of Class- I and II also participated in Clips Concept Activity conducted on 29th September’2014. The students were segregated into three groups and were allotted with three cut outs. The concepts were based on all vital subjects and their like in English- Nouns, Verbs, and Pronouns and in Maths –Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication and in EVS- Seasons, Neighbour Hood and Clothes. The students elucidated their thoughts on every Concept and with their Teacher’s assistance created the Web Chart on the same.
Over all it was a fun filled day and the students really enjoyed the activity.
Stage 3. Preparation of first batch of liquid soap and Vicks vaporab
Shalom Hills International School believes in learning beyond the four walls and the curriculum wherein the students are encouraged to apply their knowledge in real life situation. In order to make students aware about application of Chemistry in real life, an industrial chemistry project has been undertaken.
The students will be manufacturing liquid detergent, Vicks Vapourab, and Vaseline and the same will be exhibited on PTM as part of the Industrial Chemistry Exhibition. Money generated from the same will be used to buy stationery ITEMS for a school run by Sarthak Prayas, NGO, New Delhi
As the first step, the students first collected the filling bottles, followed by cleaning and preparing packaging material with cost collection. Thereafter, the first batch of material was prepared on mixing paraffin oil and wax and then adding additives and turpentine oil and smells. Thus, Vicks vaporub was prepared. Similarly from measured quantity of slurring, caustic alkali and various other chemicals liquid dish wash was prepared. Products were then filled in the bottles and wrapped artistically.
The products prepared were of high quality and gave a good result equivalent to any branded product.
In the Computer Lab, the students of Class III had a chance to explore the various aspects of the Operating System, Windows 7. The students applied a new screen saver, changed mouse pointers, created new Files and Folder on the desktop and introduced various gadgets on the desktop. The students also made a bulleted list of "Animals and their homes " which had already been covered in the Science lesson. Thus, the activity was a FUSION one as well as part of the thematic curriculum planned for the month.
The visit to the lab was done in order to reinforce the lessons : Win7 and Animals and their homes. The students easily recollected the steps to do these various functions and enthusiastically completed the long list of enjoyable tasks .
A Computer Science activity was conducted in all the sections of Class II, in order to cover the topic “Using Mouse - Drawing and Colouring our National Flag”. The children were told to draw and colour our National Flag on Ms Paint. The children shown keen interest and drew the tri-colour with great zeal and full concentration.
An Inter-Class activity was held on 25th Sep for Class IV. The students were already explicated with the different kinds of safety rules & regulations to be followed. The students played snakes & ladder game in which the children were divided into groups. These groups were allotted different colours (Red, Blue, Green & Yellow). The first group to roll first entered the board (if they get 6). Each subsequent group had to also throw the dice to get ( 6) to enter the board from square 1 to square 100.
The Snakes represented the violation of the safety rules and ladder represented compliance with safety rules & regulations. The activity was conducted to reinforce the concept of safety and also to impress in the minds of the young students the need to abide by rules & regulations of safety. All the students took part in the activity and really enjoyed the same.
Our school took part in Multiple Intelligences Inter-School Fest held in Amity International School, Sec 46, Gurgaon. Talented juniors from Grades I-IV took part in competitions ranging from Chorus Rhyming, M.I. Quest, Think Tac-Toe, Our Glorious Past, Cloud Burst – A Street Dance, My dream – Country Planet and Junk Creative – Battle of the bands. More than 15 leading schools of Gurgaon took part and our gifted juniors from Grades I-V created a stir with their riveting performances, eye-catching costumes and make-up and vibrant props. The fest commenced with an opening ceremony comprising of lighting of the lamp, welcome address, prayer dance and felicitation of the judges with saplings.
The Shalom troupe of Grade III literally set the stage ablaze as they burst into a euphoric dance celebrating the most beautiful natural phenomenon of a cloud bursts and the showers of rain that follow in its wake. The brilliant dance with the perfectly synchronized steps, rhythmic dance movements and dazzling costumes won critical acclaim, appreciative oohs and aahs from the audience and the much-deserved first prize. The gay abandon and realism with which the youngsters danced to the tune of uplifting music recreated the wondrous scene with which rain is greeted when it falls on the parched earth and brings it to life.
An S.ST activity was conducted in Grade III on 24th September,2014.The activity was done in order to reinforce the lesson “Kerala”. The children were given an overview of the lesson with the aid of a PPT through which they gained knowledge about the culture and traditions of Kerala.They enthusiastically pasted pictures of different food items of Kerala in their notebooks. They pasted the pictures of sea-food, coconut sweet dish, tapioca, puttu etc.
It was a fun-filled and educative activity for the children
In their Hindi class, the children of Grade IV learnt about the definition, types and uses of Ek Vachan and Bahu Vachan (Singular and Plurals). The concept was explained in the class and then re-enforced through drawing and colouring the images. All the children participated in the activity as they pasted the coloured image in their notebook. The activity covered the types, uses and sentence creation using singular and plural noun forms.
In Class IV, the children learnt about the definition, types and sub-types of Visheshan (Adjectives) and the uses of each type of Visheshan. The concept was explained by drawing a Visheshan Vriksh (Adjective Tree) by depicting each type and sub-type as branches of the tree. The children participated in the activity with great keenness and created the tree in their note books, covering the types and sub-types of adjectives, uses of adjectives followed by framing of sentences using the adjectives.
There was full participation in all the sections and all the children enjoyed and learnt during the activity.
In the first stage, the children were taught about the importance of keeping the garden clean and green. Yet another laudable objective of the activity was to inculcate the good habit of not plucking flowers from the garden in Hindi. During the course of the activity, the aspiring artists drew and coloured beautiful garden of flowers –Phulwari ( फुलवारी) and also wrote few names of flowers with chota u ki matra like – gulab, gulbahar, gudhal and guldaudi ( गुलाब ,गुलबहार आदि ). The children thoroughly enjoyed drawing and colouring even as they grasped and gained good habits through this activity.
A lively yet insightful activity was conducted in Grade IV wherein the class children showcased their thoughts on the “Gods of Indian Mythology”. Each child selected one God of their choice and presented the folk tales and legends revolving around the deity in front of the whole class. The students used a number of props to support and enliven their act. Each child was motivated to take part in the activity. The children enjoyed themselves a thoroughly and spent merry time enacting as well as watching the amazing performances by their classmates.
To tap and bring out the creativity and the artistic talent among the school students, a ‘Drawing Competition’ was conducted in the Primary Wing of our school on 22nd September 2014.The Competition was organised by ‘Faber Castel’. The students from Class I to Class V participated in the competition and availed the opportunity to exhibit their creative skills in representing an interesting theme like ‘Forest’. The students proved that they not only excel in academics, but also shine in artistic domains. The drawing competition was organised outdoors so that the children could freely enjoy the doodle activity in the open grounds. Last but not the least, the school Principal Mrs Ritu Mehta also attended the competition to motivate and boost up the morale of the little artists and painters of Shalom Family. All the students participated with great enthusiasm and really enjoyed the activity.
In an extremely creative ‘Shabdon ki Antakshari’ activity, the children were asked to make a new word with the last letter of a given word. It was amazing to see the proficiency of the students in framing new words other than those learnt from their text. A few students also shared meanings of the words they had created. They were very excited and happy while taking part in the activity.
An Inter Class activity on identifying and relating the pictures of different animals with their homes was conducted on 18th September, 2014 for Grade III in the Multiple Intelligence Lab. The activity was related to the topic “Where do Animals Live?”. The students picked the pictures of different animals like Horse, Hen, Cow, Lion, Rabbit etc. at random and identified their respective homes from the set of animal home pictures like stable, coop, cow shed, den, burrow etc. All the students took their turn to complete the activity. They enjoyed it and had a good time .They were also made aware that wild and domestic animals live in a variety of different kinds of homes from holes in the ground, to caves, nests, trees, pen, sty etc. They were also made aware that some animals use natural habitat for their homes while others build their own home. Some animals even live in other animal's homes. They gained more knowledge of various animal homes by visualising them.
Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on 14th September to pay tribute to the official language of India as Hindi was adopted as the official language of Constituent assembly on September 14, 1949. The Constitution of India adopted Hindi in Devanagri Script as the official language of the Union of India under Article (343) in 1950.
The students of Primary Wing of Class- I- II also celebrated this significant day on the 17th of September 2014. The programme commenced with the Prayer ‘Itni Shakti ...’ followed by News read by Ashutosh of Class- II A and Thought of the week by Riya of class I. The toddlers of Class –I and II participated with great pomp and show. Few students of Class I and II sang an old Hindi Hymn ‘Hum Honge Kamyab’. Shivanshi of Class- II D lead the school with the pledge in Hindi. The little vocalists then recited a poem ‘LADLI BETI’. Chaitanya of class-II D spoke about the widespread of our National Language globally and shared with the fellow-students a few interesting facts related to the Hindi language. The little speakers expressed their views on different topics in Hindi at the Speakers’ Corner. They dispelled the myth that one can earn respect only with the use of any particular language but stressed upon how it is only because of your character and substance that one can get name and fame. Last not but the least HOD- Hindi - Mrs Lalita Yadav also shared her valuable thoughts and encouraged and appreciated the students for their participation. Overall it was a fun filled event and appreciated by all.
An activity on multiplication showing the repeated addition method was conducted on 16.9.14 in all the sections of Class II. The students did an activity on multiplication using colour coding in the M.I Lab. They were given a sheet with a picture of a duck on it. The various parts of the duck had multiplication problems written on them. First they calculated the values for the multiplication problems given on the duck and then they coloured it according to the colour coding given in the index below. This method enhanced their ability to solve the problems of multiplication and developed their cognitive skill.
Role Play is an active learning strategy. Bearing in mind the immense learning benefits that ensue from it, a Role Play activity was carried out in Grade I. The children were given certain topics to prepare like the roles of a shopkeeper, baker, fruit seller, chemist, etc. and later on, to speak few lines on the chosen topic/role. They exchanged the dialogues like
“That is for Rs.20/kilo.”
“Will you like to eat more?”
“These are very fresh vegetables.”etc.
An Inter Class activity on pasting the pictures of different animal homes was conducted on 16th September, 2014 in Grade III. The activity was related to the topic “Where do Animals Live?”. The students pasted the pictures of different animal homes like stable, coop, cow shed, den, burrow etc. in their notebook neatly. All the students enjoyed the activity and had a good time while pasting, colouring and learning during the school. They were also made aware that different animals live in different kinds of homes from holes in the ground, to caves, nests and trees. Some animals use the natural habitat for their homes. Other animals build their own home. Some animals even live in other animal's homes. They became more aware of various animal homes by visualising them.
A role play was conducted on 16th Sept, 2014 in Grade IV.The activity was related to the topic “Natural Resources”. The children actively participated in the activity and with the help of props spoke about various natural resources like air, water, sun,coal, forest etc.
The children through this activity shared the importance, uses and ways of conserving the natural resources. This activity assisted them in comprehensive learning of the concept. Also they were able to relate to it with their own experiences
It bought the children in contact with nature. It helped them in concept building through experiencial learning.
TOPIC: MS Word
ACTIVITY: To create an error free document
The students of Class IV created an error free document in MS Word using spell check & grammar check. The topic given was “Honesty”. The students formatted the document using the various options of Font Tab. They also used Page Layout option i.e. Watermark, Page Color & Page Borders successfully. The students completed their activity in time period by accessing short cut keys.
An activity was conducted in the Computer period based on the topic ‘Using Keyboards’ in all the sections of Class I. The children were told to type their name, father’s name, mother’s name, phone numbers etc. The children typed in these details using Word pad and with the use of basic keys they had previously learned in the chapter ‘Using Keyboard’ i.e numeric keys, alphabet keys, caps lock key, enter key, spacebar key etc with great enthusiasm. It was an educative computer activity in which the children learnt various basic keys of keyboard and to use them efficiently in typing. It was a fun filled activity and children enjoyed this activity.
Mother tongue is a language that binds people and roots them to their culture, values, literature, and heritage. In order to spread this message loud and clear, ‘Hindi Diwas’ was celebrated with great fanfare in the Primary Wing for Classes III-V from 1st September till 12th September2014. The programme commenced with the Prayer ‘Itni Shakti ...’ followed by the reading aloud of the important news, word and thought of the week.
The young performers of Classes III and IV presented a Hindi Prayer set to the melodious tunes of ‘ Teri hai zameen’. An Inter Dynasty Hindi Recitation Competition was organised for Class-III- V through which the students mesmerised the audience with the lilting Hindi Poems. The wise and thought-provoking ‘Couplets of Rahim and Sant Kabir’ found a refreshing meaning when recited by students of class V.
Some of the poems recited by the Class IV and V students brought out the contemporary situation of Hindi most vividly and how it is used and viewed by various cross sections of society, be it the opportunistic political leader; hypocritical movie star, a non-resident Indian, or a Hindi teacher. The Poems earned a huge applause from the audience. The students of Class V briefed the audience with the history and journey of Hindi from the ancient times when all great epics, drama, and poetry were written in Hindi to the modern times. They dispelled the myth that it is not with the use of any particular language you earn respect but it is only because of your character and substance that one gets name and fame. Last not but the least HOD- Hindi - Mrs Lalita Yadav also shared her valuable thoughts and appreciated the efforts of the students. Overall it was a fun filled event and appreciated by all.
Results of Inter Dynasty Hindi Recitation Competition:
The students of Class III learnt the definition of ling (gender) and its two types. The concept was explained with the help of Edurite Smart Board modules and a PPT. The children participated in the ling activity with a lot of enthusiasm. The children drew / pasted the pictures of the two genders and labelled them correctly in their notebooks.
The level of understanding and involvement exhibited by the junior graders during the activity was overwhelming and a true learning experience took place in all the sections.
An English activity ‘Pick and Tell’ was conducted in the Primary Wing on 11th September 2014 for Classes III-V to enhance the speaking skills of the students. The class teachers had placed numerous assorted things in their Mystery Bag and thereafter, the students were called one by one to pick out one thing from the bag and to speak few lines on the same in front of the class.
The activity provided an effective platform to the students to learn public speaking skills and then to speak in front of everyone. Thus all the students of the respective classes got the chance to articulate their views to everyone. The children really enjoyed the activity.
An activity based on the Multiplication was conducted on 9th September'14 in all the sections of Class II.
The entire class was divided into batches of six for the activity. Each group was shown various things like pairs of fruits, boxes etc to help them to firstly, understand and then to calculate the meaning of repeated addition as a method of multiplication. This method enables them to understand the basic concept of multiplication and thus master the rudiments of making swift calculations. They also got the opportunity to practice Mental Multiplication with real life examples like how to calculate the money to be paid when they would buy vegetables from the vendor, etc.
ACTIVITY: Pasting pictures of Monuments of Kolkata
CLASS: Grade III
An S.ST activity was conducted in Grade III on 9th September 2014.The activity was done in order to reinforce the lesson “Kolkata” that they had studied in the class. The children pasted pictures of monuments of Kolkata in their notebooks. They were already aware about the famous monuments and pasted pictures of Haora Bridge, Victoria Memorial Hall, Birla Planetarium, Esplanade, Eden Gardens etc. They enthusiastically pasted each monument after identifying them.
It was a fun-filled yet totally educative activity for the children wherein their knowledge of famous monuments of Kolkata, their structure and their locations was enhanced. They recollected all that they had learnt in class with respect to the lesson.
The children of Grade IV learnt about the definition and six types of sarwanam (pronoun). The concept was explained with the help of Erudite Smart Board and PPT. Later, the children participated in the pronoun quiz (SARVNAAM PRASHNOTRI) covering the types of pronoun, uses of pronoun and creating a sentence using pronoun.
There was full participation in all the sections and all the children enjoyed the activity.
OBJECTIVE: CREATIVITY, REINFORCEMENT, VOCABULARY IMPROVEMTNT, LINGUISTIC SKILLS
On 7th October children of Class 1-H took a pledge to keep their surroundings neat and clean.
Then they were involved in No Dustbin Day on 8th October’14. They kept their class neat and clean without throwing anything on floor and kept all materials like foil paper back into their lunchbox or pencil box and threw in garbage bin after going back home. They did it for Swacch Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Project.
They also cleaned their tables and chairs using a cleaning cloth.
In this modern world, while it is important to move with the times, it is equally important to remember our roots and showing respect for our culture and our National Language. We should, as proud Indians, know how to speak correct Hindi and make even more efforts to speak it fluently! To showcase the respect that our students have for the Hindi Language and to display their competence in it, Hindi Diwas’ was celebrated at Shalom Hills International School on 6th September 2014 and various Inter Dynasty events were organised for the same.
The students from Grade VI to Grade X participated enthusiastically in the inter dynasty events and took it to a higher level by giving Hindi due importance. The assembly started by a beautiful Hindi prayer
The little students of Grade VI recited beautiful self composed poems in Hindi reminding us of the fact that Hindi is the only language that binds all Indians. A street play on ‘Preservation and Protection of Nature’ was organised by the students of Grade VIII wherein these students dressed up like trees, medicines, woodcutter etc .The play kept the audience engaged and the children enjoyed it immensely.
Besides the assembly, the students of Grade VII took part in a debate organised on “Usage of Hindi in Schools” and it was very encouraging to see the number of students who articulated their views in the same. The students who spoke for and against the topic showcased their thoughts with extreme confidence in Hindi.
The students of grades IX-X poured their heart, mind and zeal in the ‘Vigyapan Making’ activity which they carried out most enthusiastically. It was a pleasure to see them not only so well informed but also making such a conscientious effort to convey message on ‘Save the Girl Child’ and ‘Save Fuel’, with the purpose and objectives clear in their mind and soul!
The Hindi Department of the school engaged the senior graders in specially planned Hindi Week activities. The students of grades VI-X poured their heart, mind and zeal in these activities which they carried out most enthusiastically. The activities carried out were -
ACTIVITY: Discussion through Power Point Presentation, Quiz and worksheet
When we are having fun, we are more open to learning; furthermore, when we are having fun, we want to keep doing whatever we’re doing. Whether a student does well or struggles with Maths, Mathematics games are a great tool as well as a sure shot way to teach new concepts and provide lot of opportunity to practice. Keeping all these points in mind, ‘Maths Mania’ was conducted for Classes I- IV.
Class I students made wonderful ‘worksheet of mathematical operations’ and numbers with colours. All the students enjoyed a lot while doing the activity and they were happily engaged in making the worksheets most colourful and vibrant.
In Class II and III- ‘Rapid Fire activity and Quiz’ was conducted, in which the students were put questions through a PPT. All the questions related to Mental Maths and the cllass was divided into four teams A, B, C and D. All the students were very excited during these activities. The winning team was awarded with smileys.
In Class IV, the students were shown Power Point Presentation ‘Number Surprises’. In this activity, the students were given different fun related mathematical puzzles, wherein they played mathematical games with their age number, magic with number and calculations, patterns and fun with shapes.
Overall, these activities helped the children to understand that ‘MATHS IS A FUN’; they just need to enjoy it.
TOPIC: A Tribute to MD Ma’am on Teacher’s Day
Teacher’s Day was celebrated in the Primary Wing of our school on 4th September’2014 with great exhilaration. The day started with a tribute to the Founder-Managing Director of the school, Dr. Lilly George. The celebrations were tempered with love and high regard for M.D Ma’am as well as high spirits.
The festivities had been planned bearing Aristotle’s golden words in mind, Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for the latter only give life, the former teach the art of living well’. This feeling of gratitude was underlying the tribute that the young students of Class-I- IV paid to their beloved Mother Darling – M. D Ma’am. The students articulated their thoughts, spoke about the inspiration that they draw from ma’am and revealed their deep sense of thanksgiving for the ma’am’ constant guidance and mentoring. Their loving words and thoughts were captured and recorded by the respective class teachers for presentation before M.D ma’am.
Overall the day was very special and would remain forever etched in the memories of not only the students but all the teachers of Shalom Hills International School since it was heart-warming to see the deep love that children have for M.D ma’am and the close rapport they enjoy with their teachers.
TOPIC: Writing few lines on Good Habits
ACTIVITY: Using Keyboard
A computer activity was conducted in all the sections of Class II, based on the topic “Using Keyboard”. The children were asked to form few lines on the topic “Good Habits” and an intra-class competition was organised among them. Appreciation was promised as a reward for good and fast writers.
It was an educative computer activity in which the children learnt to use the various keys of the keyboard efficiently. It was a fun filled activity and the children took part enthusiastically.
SUBJECT: Foaming capacity of various brands of detergents
Detergents are water soluble cleansing agents which combine with impurities and dirt to make them more soluble and thus exhibit cleaning action. The Science students have learnt that -
In Grade IX and X, the students played a game of framing different types of sentences in all the tenses using wide range of verbs. This fun game allowed them to think and reflect promptly on the tenses they have learnt about in French language. Also, it helped them to develop their confidence to create original works and ideas, creative thinking and exploring verbs. It also enabled them to understand, analyse, evaluate and respond to a wide range of verbs.
TOPIC: Writing about themselves
ACTIVITY: Using Keyboard
A computer activity was conducted in all the sections of Class II, on the topic “Using Keyboard”. The activity was conducted with the primary objective of imparting skills regarding the use of keyboard. The students were made to type their names, parents’ names, phone nos. etc. and were instructed to use all their fingers on keys. The children were taught the use of Caps Lock, Enter, Space Bar keys etc.
It was an educative and fun filled computer activity in which the children learnt to use the various keys of the keyboard efficiently. The students’ response was good and they were happy to learn new thing/concepts.
TOPIC: Natural Resources
ACTIVITY: Nature Walk
A nature walk was conducted on 3rd Sept, 2014 in Grade IV.The activity was related to the topic “Natural Resources”. The children were taken for a nature walk- a stroll in the garden, where they were acquainted with nature and its natural resources-Air, Water, Soil, Plants.
It bought the children in contact with nature, they could feel, sense, touch and relate to its resources. It helped them in concept building through experienial learning.
TOPIC: Nutrition Week
ACTIVITY: Discussion through Power Point Presentation, Collage Making & Quiz on Nutrition
The key to a healthy balanced diet is eating the right amount of food. Eating well plays an important part in maintaining good health. Keeping this in mind, our school celebrated “Nutrition Week” in Grades I-IV on 2nd- 3rd September, 2014. On Day One, the students were shown ‘Power Point Presentation’ on Nutrition and great emphasis was laid on balanced diet and the benefits of nutritious food. The children also shared valuable information on the ill effects of junk food and how it can be supplemented with a healthy and nutritious diet. They were informed that “What they eat today will affect their health tomorrow”.
The Power Point Presentation also included Balanced Diet which was diagrammatically represented by the ‘Eat well Plate’ and the students were made aware how important it is to maintain a healthy diet and how much food should be consumed from each food group.
On the Second Day of the Nutrition Week, the students of Classes I - II continued with the activity of Collage Making on ‘Junk Food vs Healthy Food’. The young artists showcased their creativity through this activity. Classes III – IV participated in a Quiz on ‘Healthy Food’ which was a great way of increasing children’s awareness on the importance of healthy eating.
Overall, the activities conducted on these two days helped the children to understand and make the right choices in terms of their diet and wellbeing in a fun and stimulating manner.
The students of Grade VIII A & B expressed their views on whether we should have more open spaces or such spaces should be used for commercial purposes. The children were confident and articulated their views maturely. Some even supported their arguments with valid reasons and their expression was praiseworthy. The session was interesting and informative.
An activity was conducted in all the sections of Class I, based on the topic “Parts of Computer”. The children were told to draw and colour any one part of computer in white sheet and paste them in Shalom Vidhi. The children drew and coloured pictures of mouse, keyboard, monitor, CPU etc. with great enthusiasm. It was an educative computer activity in which children learnt various parts of computer efficiently. It was a fun filled activity and the children enjoyed it a lot.
Children have a natural connect with Nature and they also seem to have their decided preferences for poems and stories on Nature. Deciding to craft the two – their affinity for Nature and poetry together, Ms. Monidipa Mukherjee engaged the students of Grade IX B in a creative activity.
The students of were told to prepare a chart on Nature Poets with relevant information and details. As usual they gave wings to their imagination and came up with amazing charts on the theme. Some even went out an extra inch and presented 3-dimensional work on Nature poets. All took part and displayed a pleasing enthusiasm while engaged in the activity.
TOPIC: Getting to know more about plants.
ACTIVITY: Visit to theme park to observe and study different types of plants and its parts.
The students of Class VI went to the Science Theme Park to learn more about plants and their different types. They learnt about the existence of two systems of plants – the root system and the shoot system. They classified the plants as herbs, shrubs and trees on the basis of its size and characteristics. As they moved around the park, they observed the different types of plants, flowers, leaves, stem and roots.
They studied live the two types of root: Tap and Fibrous. They minutely made observations of nodes and internodes on the stem, parallel and reticulate venation in leaves, saw petiole, mid-rib, veins, lamina and vein-lets in leaves. They identified the different parts of flower- thalamus, sepals, petals, stamen, pistil.
Through this visit, the students were able to comprehend fully the structure, parts and types of plants: its forms and functions and relate it to day to day life. They enjoyed the visit thoroughly. It has also developed love for nature in them.
TOPIC: Getting to know more about plants.
ACTIVITY: To study the parts of a flower
The students of class VI went to the composite lab to perform an activity and learn about the different parts of a flower. They were divided in groups and given a Hibiscus flower to examine. The students identified the different parts of flower- thalamus, sepals, petals, stamen, and pistil. They also counted the number of petals and sepals present, colour of petals, whether pistil is present or not. They learnt the structure of stamens and pistil.
The students were able to comprehend the different parts of the flower. They enjoyed the activity thoroughly.
TOPIC: Getting to know more about plants
ACTIVITY: To study the structure of ovary.
The students of Class VI went to the composite lab to observe the structure of an ovary. They were divided in groups and given a hibiscus flower to study. They identified the different parts of flower and studied the pistil which has three main parts: stigma, style and ovary. They took out the ovary from the pistil and then ovary was cut horizontally and vertically. Using a very thin section of ovary, a glass slide was prepared. The students were asked to watch the slide under a simple microscope. Bead like structure was seen indicating the presence of ovules inside ovary.
The students were able to comprehend the structure of ovary and discussed reproduction takes place in plants. They enjoyed the activity thoroughly.
TOPIC: Chemical change
ACTIVITY: To study the burning of Magnesium ribbon in presence of air.
The students of class VII went to the composite lab to observe a chemical change. The children enjoyed themselves thoroughly observing how Magnesium ribbon burns with a dazzling white light forming magnesium oxide. Magnesium oxide was mixed with water to form magnesium hydroxide and the nature of the solution was tested using the litmus paper. It turned red litmus blue indicating basic nature.
The students discussed about the changes involved in a chemical reaction. They were able to comprehend the processes of burning and combustion. The students could understand the importance of the changes involved in a chemical reaction and relate it to the daily life.
TOPIC: Chemical change
ACTIVITY: To study the reaction between Iron fillings and Copper sulphate solution.
The students of class VII went to the composite lab to observe an experiment on chemical change. They learnt that the displacement reaction is one in which a more reactive metal displaces a less reactive metal from its salt solution. It is a chemical change because a new product is formed. The class used iron nails and copper sulphate solution. Iron being more reactive displaces copper from its salt solution and forms iron sulphate and copper.
They observed that:
1. Colour of solution changes from blue to green due to the formation of iron sulphate.
2. Grey colour of iron changes to brown due to a layer to copper formed above it.
3. A gas is evolved.
The students discussed about the changes involved in a chemical reaction. They were able to comprehend the displacement reaction. The students could understand the importance of the changes involved in a chemical reaction and relate it to the daily life.
TOPIC: Physical and Chemical Change
ACTIVITY: To study the displacement reaction
Class VII- C enthusiastically participated in the Science activity conducted on 28th August in the composite lab by Ms. Suman Bhanwala, their Science teacher. They were told about the characteristics of physical and chemical changes by giving day to day examples like melting of wax, rusting of iron etc. They were then demonstrated how a chemical change takes place by showing them the reaction between copper sulphate solution and iron fillings. It was observed after sometime that the solution changes its colour from blue to green and colour of iron fillings also changes to brown.
ACTIVITY: Experiment to study how sound is produced by vibrating bodies
The students of Class VIII B visited the Composite Lab. There, their Science teacher, Ms. Suman Bhanwala explained how sound is produced by vibrating bodies. They further learnt that a vibrating object produces a form of energy called the sound.
To have greater understanding of this scientific phenomenon, an activity was done with the help of a tuning fork in the lab. When the tuning fork was gently hit, it produced a sound as when the vibrating object moved back and forth; it caused the nearby air molecules to vibrate and these in turn influenced the other air molecules thus producing a sound.
TOPIC: Working with Tables
ACTIVITY: Lab Activity – Database on “Students Records”
Microsoft Office Access is a database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools. A database was created of “Students Records” by giving them different data types. A lab activity was conducted in classes VIII A – C. The students learnt about the features and data types of Access. They enjoyed a lot while learning and showing their knowledge through lab activity. This has increased their knowledge and critical thinking.
A visit to MI lab was made by the students of Grade III on 22nd August,2014 in order to reinforce the lesson “Flowers,Fruits and Seeds”.The students were already aware about the structure of flower.They saw the actual model of the flower in the lab and then busied themselves trying to locate the various parts of the flower.
The students easily recollected the parts of the flower. They enthusiastically learnt about the developing seed which was visible in the L/S of the carpel. Every student waited patiently for his/her turn to examine the flower model and point out its various parts.
The visit to the lab was an educative experience for the students where they saw the model of a typical flower and recollected all that they had learnt in class with respect to the same.
TOPIC: MS Power Point 2007
ACTIVITY: Lab Activity on Power Point 2007
CLASS: VI A - E
DATE: 22th August’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
PowerPoint is a complete presentation graphics package. It includes many different types of data charts and graphs including column charts, line graphs, pie charts, bar charts, area graphs, scatter graphs, stock charts, surface charts, doughnut charts, bubble graphs, and radar graphs. Students made the presentation on “School” by using tables and charts of classes VI A – E. Students have gathered the information about the Power Point and made the beautiful presentation. This has increased their knowledge about the features of PowerPoint. Stuents have made very nice and animated presentations.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Presentation Skills, Communication Skills.
In Grade VI, the students made a collage of the ‘objects in the classroom and stationery’ in order to learn French vocabulary. The collaborative and fun activity allowed them to learn, remember and recapitulate the French equivalent words for the stationary and objects commonly found in their classroom, relating to the chapter ‘Dans ma classe’ in French. The activity was an effective tool to foster cooperative learning skills among them.
TOPIC: Data Base Administration System
A Role Play based on DBMS was conducted in Class X (A, B). To ensure full participation and involvement, the entire class was divided into four groups. Each child was assigned a particular role within the groups. The characters allocated were Database Administrators, Database Designers, Application Programmers and End Users.
Each group came out with creative presentation and participated enthusiastically which helped in common and mutual understanding of the topic in a better way. The activity enabled the students to develop thinking skills & promoted originality, creativity and confidence.
The students of Class VII- C took enthusiastic part in the OEL activity conducted on 21st August’14. They were taken around the school campus to observe and study the soil. They observed the colour of the soil, size of soil particles and the texture of soil in the grounds. It was noted by the students that the soil provides the foundation for growth of a vast number of plants, it serves as the store house of water and minerals needed for growth and also gives shelter to many animals. The budding scientists really benefited from this experiential learning activity.
The students of Class VIII B went to the Science Theme Park to see the periodic table which depicted the elements and their classification as metals, non-metals and metalloids. They then enthusiastically discussed the physical properties of metals and non-metals and how these are used for making tools, machines, automobiles, jewelleries, utensils and electrical wires.
TOPIC: Formulas and Functions
ACTIVITY: Lab Activity – Worksheet on ‘Monthly Expenses on Stationary’
CLASS: VII A - C
DATE: 20th August’14
CONDUCTED BY: Ambika Yadav
Microsoft Excel has the basic features of all spreadsheets, using a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data manipulations like arithmetic operations. It has a battery of supplied functions to answer statistical, engineering and financial needs. In addition, it can display data as line graphs, histograms and charts, and with a very limited three-dimensional graphical display. Students have done the lab activity on MS Excel by making woksheet on ‘Monthly Expenses on Stationary’ of classes VII A – C. Students have gathered the knowledge on MS Excel and made the informative worksheet. This has increased their knowledge about MS Excel. Students have enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making worksheets.
SKILLS INCULCATED: Critical Thinking, Decision Making.
TOPIC: Characteristics of a computer & Application areas of computer
ACTIVITY: PPT Presentation & Group Discussion
A PPT presentation was conducted in the Computer Lab on the topics “ Characteristics of a computer” and “Application areas of computer “ in Class IX A & B. The students were given a choice to make a Power Point Presentation on any one of the topic. The students exhibited pleasing enthusiasm as they took part in the activity. They used Google Search Engine to download images, text, captions and added animations & effects to make their presentations beautiful and meaningful. Later on, a group discussion was conducted among the students on the topics.
The students of Class VI performed a lab experiment on conduction of water and mineral salts by stem. The objective was to make the children understand the concept of conduction. The experiment was carried out with a twig of plant (white sunflower). Red stain and safranin were used to show the movement of water and mineral salts by the stem. The students understood how these concepts work in real life situations. They enjoyed the activity very much.
The students of class 6 B were taken for an OEL visit in the school campus. The objective of this activity was to make the student understand the basis of classification of plants-Trees, shrubs & herbs. What better to leave all this than by visiting the school’s Science Theme, herbal and kitchen garden. In the kitchen, the children saw, observed and studied different kinds of creepers (pumpkin plant) and climbers. Through this activity, the students have understood how to differentiate between the different types of plant.
The students of our school are filled with patriotism and love for the country. They are encouraged to think big for their country and serve it in whichever they can inspite of their tender years. Our school presented a mélange of patriotic activities which created an atmosphere of national pride and fervour among the young ones and in the classrooms. Our little toddlers of Class-I – II dressed up as different freedom fighters and national leaders and took part in a ‘Role Play’ activity on the same. Our youthful thinkers and scholars of Grade III- IV portrayed their thoughts through ‘Slogan Writing’ and ‘Essay Writing’ Competition respectively. The students expressed their views on the significance of the day and highlighted the importance of the same. It was a fun filled day and the students really enjoyed the activities. Most importantly, they were urged to make India a better place for Indians to live in and to cherish the freedom, peace and unity in diversity that India is famed for.
Independence Day is celebrated throughout India on 15th August every year with great splendor, joy and respect for Mother India. To commemorate this grand occasion, the students of Class V of Shalom Hills International School took part in a Kite Making Competition close to the eve of Independence Day. Making and flying kites is a way of expressing our feeling for the freedom that we have achieved at a heavy cost. The students paid a tribute to their Motherland with marvelous and brilliantly designed kites reflecting the tri-colours of our National Flag. The students penned down wonderful and emotional slogans on Independence Day which added a special patriotic flavor and feel to the colourful kites. The students with the best designed kite were felicitated with appreciation certificates.
Abdus Samad Hashmy and Surya Iyer of Grades XI of Shalom Hills International School took part in an Inter School Inquisitive Quiz organized by Hindustan Times PACE in Talkatora Indoor Stadium on 11th August’14. The two students were accompanied by their English teacher, Ms. Deepika Yadav. Around 180 schools participated and 1500 students gathered in the Indoor Stadium along with their cheering teams and banners. The Quiz Master for the HT Quiz Competition was Mr. Rajeev Makhani
The Preliminary Round was a written one and the contesting teams had to answer multiple questions based on G.K, Current Affairs, Literature, Science and other important topics in a limited span of time. Only six teams were selected to face the final round. They were Modern School, Barakhamba Road, St. Columbus School, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Sanskriti School and A.P.J. School
The Shalom students performed well and are now gearing up to put up a winning fight in the other upcoming quiz competitions.
In Grade VIII, the students asked questions in rotation among themselves in order to revise the topic “Interrogations “in French. The collaborative and fun activity allowed them to develop their phonetics as well as develop confidence to become a communicator. It also served to make them understand, analyse, evaluate and respond to a wide range of vocabulary. During the activity the students reflect purposefully on their learning.
An ‘Inter Dynasty Hindi Calligraphy Competition’ was organized on 11th August’14 for Class- III-V with the aim of encouraging the children to write neatly and present the content in proper manner. The students from each dynasty participated in the same and were encouraged to write a short story. The main objectives of this activity were
On account of ‘Independence Day’ celebrations, our school had organised an Inter Dynasty ‘Poster Making Competition’ on the topic ‘Colours of Freedom’ on 11th August, 2014 for Classes - III- IV. The students from each dynasty used this activity as a platform to show their creativity and patriotic spirit, at the same time.
The students paid their tribute to the great sac¬rifices of great Indian leaders who had laid down lives for the cause of our country's freedom in the past through their artistic expressions and creatively designed posters. The best three posters were selected from each dynasty and certificates were awarded to the students. The students had a lot of fun and enjoyed the same.
All the students of Class III were taken out to study in the open the way it used to happen in the ancient times. A Gurukul atmosphere was created or rather beautifully replicated. The children were then assigned their respective roles which they enacted with ease and pleasing naturalness. The students were already familiar with the story and participated in the play with great enthusiasm.
The purpose of the activity was to help the children understand how the Gurukul system functioned in the ancient times. The students through the play were also able to get a better understanding of the lesson “He is everywhere”.
All the students of Grade IV were asked to make a poster or a card on Raksha Bandhan using Ms Paint. Other than independent use of resources, the children used their imagination in designing and filling colours in the cards. The students enjoyed the activity and used it as an opportunity to explore colour, texture and shape creatively to complete the activity.
A class activity involving the study of body parts of insects was conducted on 8th August, 2014 in Grade IV.The activity was related to the topic “The largest group of animals”.
In this activity, the children drew the labelled diagram of body of an insect. The main objective of the activity was to develop the understanding of the concept in a creative manner. This activity helped the children in concept building.
Ensuring full participation of all the students, the Hindi Department of the school engaged the senior graders in specially planned Sanskrit Saptah activities. The students poured their heart, mind and zeal in these activities which they carried out most enthusiastically. The activities carried out were -
Keeping alive the festive spirit and traditions associated with the festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, our school organised an ‘Eco Friendly Rakhi Making Competition’ on 8th August, 2014 for Classes I- IV. The students made creative rakhis with their nimble fingers and loving hearts. The students showed their creativity by decorating hand crafted rakhis using eco friendly material, paper, cotton, clay, natural things, colourful beads, mirrors, etc. The best three rakhis were selected from each section and certificates were awarded to the students. The students had a lot of fun and enjoyed the same.
At Shalom Hills International School, we understand that children like grown-ups are a much habituated beings. If the children are made to repeat an act or perform it repeatedly, they become habituated to that particular task. Thus, the habit of reading newspaper is being inculcated in the students from their early years. This is how the students of the school are encouraged to form the habit of reading especially browsing through newspapers. Other than giving newspaper reading time daily from Grades III onwards, certain activities are crafted around newspapers and carried out to make newspaper reading a profitable yet enjoyable activity for the children.
One such activity titled ‘Creating your own newspaper’ which is a part of the on-going activities based on newspapers was carried out in Grades VI-XII on 8th August’14. To make it more colourful or rather tri-colourful, it was thematic and the children had to design a daily based on the Independence theme, ‘Celebrating the Triumphant Spirit of India’. Seeing that the newspaper is an encyclopaedia, a store house of knowledge and information, the English, Maths and Computer Science Departments gave a free hand to the senior graders to search for Independence related words, prepare catchy headlines, design a comic strip or prepare crossword puzzles or compose a poem or write an article.
Under the guidance of their English, Computer Science and Maths teachers, the students reproduced newspapers which can give the ‘dailies a run for their money’. The pullouts prepared by the children were a riot of the tri-colours, resplendent with slogans, headlines and articles on Independent India and the best feature was that the old papers had been recycled and given a facelift by the children. Some classes had even prepared a glossary of new words that they had learnt from the newspapers and some had collated amazing facts under the tagline of ‘Factoids’ ot ‘Factastics’.
The participants in the ‘Super Speaker’ gave not only tough competition to one another but also to Mr. Shantu of Discovery Club who found it inordinately difficult to choose the Most Superb Speaker amongst them. The students had come prepared with excellent and informative PPTs on a wide range of topics covering:
PowerPoint is a complete presentation graphics package. It gives us everything we need to produce a professional-looking presentation. PowerPoint offers word processing, outlining, drawing, graphing, and presentation management tools- all designed to be easy to use and learn. The students of Grade VI made the chart on “Power Point 2007” in their Computer class on 7th August’14 . On the preceding days, they had gathered the information about the Power Point and also collected together materials needed to make beautiful charts. This activity increased their knowledge about the PowerPoint. The students enjoyed as well as learnt a lot while gathering the information and making the chart.
TOPIC: “India on the Ascent”
As part of the school’s ongoing Independence Week Celebrations – ‘Celebrating the Triumphant Spirit of India’, the students created a table calendar for the month of August by way of the Calendar Making’ activity. The topic being “India on the Ascent”, the children artistically wrote suitable taglines and quotations on the calendar. The students enjoyed the activity and through it paid a tribute to our freedom fighters.
An intellectual activity on the topic ‘Verbs’ was organized on 7th Aug’14 in all the sections of Class IV. The aim of the activity was to encourage the children to demonstrate their speaking skills and present the content using various kinds of verbs. The students from each section were encouraged to narrate a story using various verbs. The main objective of this activity was to enhance their oratory skills .The conceptual knowledge regarding verbs was made evident to each child. The children listening to the story counted the number of verbs employed by the story teller. The children who used the maximum number of verbs were awarded the first prize. The students participated with great enthusiasm and really enjoyed the same.
An M.I lab activity was conducted on 7th August for all sections of Class 3. The topic was India - its states and union territories. The children were shown a political map of India and they were asked to find the location of the different states as well as union territories on it. This activity was done to make the children aware about the exact position of the states and union territories on the map of India.
The children were made aware about the different states and their capitals and they enjoyed searching for their exact location on the map of India.
Dastak Group is organizing a Performing Arts Fest in the month of Oct-Nov’14. Our school is sending its talented students to take part in the Street Play Competition. By way of guiding the students on how to write stories which can translate into sound scripts for the play, a workshop was organized by Ms. Surekha. At the very outset of the workshop, the children were given questionnaires covering their eating habits and their natural affinity for junk food. The interesting choice of questions in the questionnaire was a telling statement on how the Gen Next is falling prey to unhealthy eating habits.
After the brainstorming session that followed the answers given by the children, Ms. Surekha showed them PPTs on the topics of ‘Need to conserve water’ and ‘Avoiding Junk Food’. The children watched riveted as the PPT revealed facts like how our taste buds and brain secrete chemicals and what precipitates our inclination towards junk food.
Towards the end, the children were given a few ideas on how they will be needed to collate facts and marshal their thoughts on the above topics and craft them into interesting stories.
A Slogan Writing Competition was conducted in Classes VI-VIII on the topic ‘Patriotic Fervour’. The students brought forth a lot of new ideas and came up with unusual and catchy slogans in English as well as in Hindi. They paid a tribute to their motherland and showcased their aspirations and dreams for their country though captivating patriotic taglines. A lot of enthusiasm was seen among the students and certificates of appreciation were given to the first three positions in each class.
As part of the school’s ongoing Independence Week Celebrations, a Hindi Recitation Activity was conducted in classes IX - X during the Hindi period.
The students participated enthusiastically and recited a few of the best pieces of Indian poets like Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Makhan Lal Chaturvedi, etc. A few students also came up with their self- composed poems keeping in mind the theme, "Where the mind is without Fear."
The students were judged on the basis of their expression, pronunciation and relevance of theme and names of the best three recitations were announced in the classes.
An activity ‘Fun with Shapes’ was conducted on 5th August’14, in M.I. Lab for all the sections of Class II. All the children of Class II (section wise) were taken to the M.I. Lab. The differences between plane and solid shapes were explained and demonstrated to the children by the teachers. As an activity, each class was divided into groups and asked to make scenery by creating different shapes using clay and their imagination. This activity aimed to clear the concept of shapes and differentiate between solid & plane shapes. It was an educative activity in which children could easily identify the solid shapes & identify the vertices, edges and sides.
A Social Science Activity on ‘Natural Resources’ was held on 4th, August 2014 in Grade IV. The students from each section pasted the pictures of various renewable and non renewable resources and then one by one all the students were called to give a short speech on the topic of their choice. The conceptual knowledge of the children related to various natural resources was enhanced through this activity.
An Inter Class activity on conduction of water was conducted on 4-5th August, 2014 in Grade IV. The activity was related to the topic “Food Factories of plants”.
The children were shown the changing colour of the petals and leaves of the flowering plant of “Periwinkle” (white colour) which is a commonly grown plant in India. The young scientists were keen to discover what happens to the flower and its leaves when eatable red colour was added in the vase which was filled with water. The experiment took twenty four hours to complete and the young biologists observed after twenty four hours how the colour of the petals which was white changed into red and the green leaves changed into light green with the tone of red colour in it.
They also learnt that water is an essential requirement for a plant’s growth and studied how it is absorbed by narrow tubes which are well connected with all the parts of the plants.
Through this experiment, the children were judged on the Kinaesthetic Intelligence, Observation skills, Visual Spatial Intelligences. Overall, it was a fun loving activity and helped children to understand the concept better.
A visit to MI lab was conducted for Grade III on 5th August,2014. .The visit to the lab was done in order to reinforce the lesson “India-Political Divisions”.The children were already aware about the States, Union Territories and their Capitals, different languarges spoken and the government.
Small chits were prepared with each having different questions related to India’s political divisions. The total number of children in each class were divided in 3 groups and were asked to pick up a chit one by one. Each child waited patiently for his/her turn and enthusiastically answered the questions. A competetion was held between the groups in the class to raise further interest in the Social Science topics. Each group were given scores with respect to the number of answers given.
The visit to the lab was an educative experience for the children wherein their knowledge of the chapter was assessed. Meanwhile they also recollected readily all that they had learnt in class with respect to the lesson.
Shalom Hills International School and its students seem to be on a hit parade from the beginning of the academic session 2014-15. Every month, special felicitation ceremony is specially organized for the school champs like the one recently held to felicitate the senior graders who represented the school in the World Scholar Cup – Global Round held in Singapore.
Yet another felicitation ceremony or rather ‘celebrating the school growth and glory together’ as M.D Ma’am likes to call these ceremonies was held once again in the Middle Wing Auditorium on 5th August’14. Making it more special was the presence of the juniormost Shalomites of M I – MIII of Nirvana Branch and Sushant Lok branches to the senior graders of VI-XI who have won prizes galore in creative and sports domains. M.D Ma’am had loving words of praise and blessings for the little darlings of Pre-Primary Wings of SHS who stole the thunder in the recently held Inter-Branch Flora and Fauna Competition with their delightful costumes, attire and authentic depiction of God’s living creatures.
The winning Shalom dance troupe which won critical acclaim and the first prize in the Vidyan Vidhi – an Inter-School Science Dance Competition held in K.R Mangalam on 1st August’14 were given achievement certificates and duly acknowledged by M.D Ma’am. The students of Grades VI-VII gave the repeat performance magically depicting the life cycle of the silk moth in front of the gathering and were greeted with rapturous applause.
M.D ma’am also conferred gold, silver and bronze medals on the skating champs who took part in the 3rd Speedster Roller Skating Championship. Our school has also won the Overall Winners trophy in the Skating Tournament. The football team (boys) who took part in the National Youth Football Tournament in Bangalore last week also received certificates of appreciation from Ma’am.
The children were told to learn a Hindi poem on ‘Environment’ in Hindi. They learnt beautiful poems by heart and recited nicely backed up with suitable actions and gestures before the class. They had picked up beautiful poems on a wide spectrum of topics like rain, trees, flowers etc. They stood confidently and recited clearly before their teachers and class-mates.
The students of Grade VIII of Shalom Hills International School paid their respects to the guardians of our country and the custodians of our sovereignty by visiting the Air Force Station, Subroto Park, New Delhi. During their visit, the children interacted with the officers and tied rakhis on their wrists. The officers appreciated their gesture and smilingly received greeting cards prepared by the students’ themselves. As a reciprocal gesture, the commanding officer gave gifts and sweets to the students. The students enjoyed their trip and were very happy to meet the sentinels of our skies.
The Independence Week Celebrations titled ‘Celebrating the Triumphant Spirit of India’ took off in Shalom Hills International School on 4th August’14 with a Creative Writing Competition conducted by the English Department in Grades VI-XII. Premised on the universal fact that prolific writing is a natural offshoot of wide, deep and usually voracious reading, the students are encouraged to read newspapers and literary masterpieces. To accomplish the dual objectives of encouraging the children to research on the selected topics as a prelude to creating creatively on them as well as to provide them with a platform to articulate their views on the theme of Independence Day, all the children were engaged in a writing activity.
The students had been given various exciting and mind-stimulating topics like ‘Role of youth in fighting corruption in India”, “Media – The watchdog of Indian democracy’ and ‘India on my dreams’ by their English teachers. The students were then engaged in a challenging pursuit of writing excellence wherein they wrote expressively on the topics in about 150-200 words. It was heartening to see the young scholars scribbling seriously and furiously trying to pour out their hearts, thoughts and opinions on paper.
A Computer Science Quiz based on the Operating System was conducted in Grade IV in a fun way for testing the students’ knowledge. All the students were shown different pictures (multi-user & single user OS, different icons) and were asked several questions based on client-server architecture, sharing resources, network etc. The aim of this quiz was to assess whether the students have learnt what they are expected to learn. Much to their Computer teacher, Ms. Neetu Dhiman’s satisfaction and delight, the children exhibited a good grip over the topic by answering even the difficult questions correctly and promptly.
A Collage Making activity was held in Grade III for distinguishing various hardware and software components used in Computer terminology on 30th July’14. The purpose of the activity was to encourage the children to look and recognise various hardware and software elements and present the pictures in an innovative manner. The students from all the sections of Class III had collected pictures over the weekend. After that, they played an activity game on the Smart Board from DigitAlly on the same topic. The main objectives of this activity were to increase the knowledge of the students about the 2 components of Computers, and also to make children aware of the different types of software with which they have to work. The students participated with great enthusiasm and really enjoyed the same.
An intellectual activity relating to the concept of ‘Multiples and Factors’ was conducted in Class IV. The children explored the different multiples of a number with the help of tables and available magnetic numbers. They took part in this group activity with a pleasing eagerness to learn and understand the new topic in Mathematics.
A Nature Walk was organized for the young brigade of Cllass I and II to Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Park on 28th of this month. It is a unique botanical garden with various species of trees, plants and flowers. It has an excellent walking track spread over an area of about 2 acres. The children were thrilled to visit the park. They saw several new species of flowers and plants. The teachers helped them to admire, identify and name them. Some trees had names labeled on them. It was a meaningful and learning activity carried out in the lap of nature.
Month: July 2014
Microsoft Office Access is a database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools. An activity was conducted by the Computer teacher, Ms. Ambika Yadav. The students of Grade VIII took part in a Quiz based on Microsoft Office Access. The students had previously learnt about the features and data types of Access in their Computer Science classes. They enjoyed a lot while learning and showcasing their knowledge while answering the Quiz questions. This increased their knowledge and developed critical thinking skills in them. The Winning team felt proud while getting pink stars in the performance chart.
Month: July 2014
Excel is an electronic spreadsheet program that can be used for storing, organizing and manipulating data. A Computer activity was conducted by the Computer teacher, Ms. Ambika Yadav in Grade VIII. A Quiz was conducted in Class VII. The students had learnt the formaulas and functions used in Excel. They enjoyed a lot while remembering and showing their knowledge through the Quiz. This activity vasty increased their knowledge and tested their power of recall and of critical thinking.
TOPIC: Expansion of cities for progress or more open spaces
The class was divided into two groups; one speaking for the motion and the other against the motion. The students enthusiastically articulated their views and ideas as whether more of open spaces or community buildings are necessary for the betterment of mankind in front of their English teacher, Ms. Monidipa Mukherjee and class mates. They accepted the views of their opponents yet at the same time, presented their opinions confidently and tried to convince their classmates with their logic. The session was interactive as well as informative. The activity was conducted with the objective of ensuring individual participation so that every child gets a chance to perform in a group. It also helped in identifying the talent of every child.
The foaming capacity of soap depends upon the nature of the soap and its concentration. This can be ascertained by shaking equal volumes of solutions of different samples having the same concentration with the same force for the same amount of time. The solutions are then allowed to stand when the foam produced during the shaking session disappears gradually. The time taken for the foam to disappear in each sample is determined. The longer the time taken for the disappearance of the foam for the given sample of soap, the greater is its foaming capacity or cleansing action.
Investigatory project was done with following samples of soap: Lux, santoor, Dove, Cinthol and Tetmosol
It was observed that the time taken for the disappearance of 2mm of froth was the highest in case of Santoor (around 15 minutes) and the lowest in the case of Lux (around 4 minutes). The cleansing capacity of the soaps taken is in the order:
Santoor > Dove > Cinthol > Tetmosol > Lux
From this, it was inferred that Santoor has the highest foaming capacity, in other words, highest cleaning capacity. Lux, on the other hand, is found to have taken the least amount of time for the disappearance of foam produced and thus is said to be having the least foaming capacity and cleansing capacity. As a brand, Lux is more popular and M.R.P is around 42 and Santoor M.R.P is around 27. Thus, the students were sensitized that quality does not depend on brand or money and the selection of the products should not be blindly done on those parameters but as a matter of personal choice and value for money.
The Investiture Ceremony of Shalom Student Council for the session 2014-15 was held in the school auditorium on 25th July 2014. The Founder-Managing Director of Shalom Group of Schools, Dr. Mrs Lilly George graced the occasion. The ceremony began with the Lord’s Prayer and choir songs. In a solemn and dignified ceremony attended by the school management, Principal Ms. Ritu Mehta, the members of the school faculty and the parents, the Shalom Student Council members did a crisp contingent march proudly holding aloft the school flags and dynasty flags. Complete silence reigned in the hall as the Managing Director stepped forward to confer the school leaders with their badges of office and sashes. Thereafter, jubilant cheering and clapping rent the air when Dr. Lilly George pinned the badges and warmly felicitated each office-bearer. The oath of office was administered by the Vice Chairman, who congratulated the office bearers and the parents.
After the oath taking ceremony, a soul stirring presentation was shown to the parents. The presentation showed the vision, prayer and loving assurance that M.D Ma'am had for each and every Shalomite. The faculty, students and parents were immeasurably moved by M.D Ma'am's beautiful and emotional message for the school children urging them to “move ahead like the river, soar like the birds, to be healthy and beautiful like the fruits, rooted to the soil like the fragrant flowers and rise and shine early like the sun”. Loud cheering greeted the inspiring words of M.D Ma'am when she urged all the students sitting in the auditorium that they should keep striving and be sure that next time they too would become school representatives. M.D Ma'am congratulated the parents and acknowledged the sterling role that they have played in shaping the destinies of their children. Congratulating the office-bearers of the Student Council, Ma'am reiterated her firm belief that they would prove worthy of the great trust reposed in them by the school management and faculty.
In her address to the audience, the school Principal Ms. Ritu Mehta made a special mention of how the school management had empowered the Student Council with well-defined roles, great authority and responsibilities. In her speech, the Principal disclosed the transparent yet elaborate selection procedure that had been followed to elect the office-bearers and dynasty councillors. Calling the Student Council members ‘Youth Ambassadors’, the Principal wished them well and looked forward to their taking the school to fresh glories.
The Head Boy, Dev Dutt Menon and Head Girl, Binwant Kaur shared their youthful views and aspirations with the gathering. The Principal then publicly felicitated the school football team which is leaving for competitive matches in Bangalore by calling the team players and their trainers on the stage where they were presented with customised Sports T Shirts by M.D Ma'am. Next, the 6 School champs who were feted for their outstanding achievement in the World Scholar Cup were also called to the stage and introduced to the gathering.
Mrs. Bhawna Gupta addressed the audience on the behalf of the other parents. She praised the school for providing not only regular but plentiful opportunities for her son and other students to realize their talent and develop into confident youngsters. She made a special mention of how Shalom Hills took extra pains to cater to the needs of the intelligent students as well as take care of those with average learning specifications. After the unveiling of the charter of duties of the Shalom Student Council, the students accompanied by their parents signed across their names, thereby accepting their responsibilities and committing to discharge them faithfully. The ceremony drew to a close with the Shalom Anthem.
Scanning advertisements that appear in the newspaper is a foolproof way of learning how to draft them. In order to give the senior graders of Grade XI A an opportunity to revise Advertisement Writing before their approaching assessment as well as to put old newspapers to another use, an activity was carried out by their English teacher, Ms. Jyotin Prinja. The students revised the layout, format and rules of writing ads and then prepared a collage of actual newspaper ads as well as some ads written by them.
What resulted from the activity was sheer artistry on paper created and made by the nimble-fingered students of the class. They made excellent use of old newspapers and recreated collage of advertisements cut-outs from the newspapers. They then wrote catchy advertisements in their own words and pasted the same as well on the collage paper. The biggest take away from this learning activity was that students’ creativity knows no bounds.
Month: July 2014
PowerPoint is a complete presentation with graphics package. It gives us everything we need to produce a professional-looking presentation. PowerPoint offers word processing, outlining, drawing, graphing, and presentation management tools- all designed to be easy to use and learn. An activity was conducted by the Computer teacher, Ms. Ambika Yadav wherein the students of Class VI made a PPT on “Budget”. The students had collected the information about various products and made the budget by using tables and charts. This activity served to increase their knowledge and presentation skills. The students enjoyed a lot while gathering the information and making the PPT.
An activity on Safety Rules was conducted on 24.07.14 in the school premises for all the sections of class II.
A scene of a busy road was depicted in the school compound to inculcate the safety habits in children. There was a zebra-crossing to give them a feel of a busy road. Some children were made to act to as vehicles, some as traffic lights while others were made to impersonate pedestrians. The teachers of Class II had also prepared several placards regarding various safety rules. The children explained safety habits to each other. The students not only narrated the road rules but also the precautions they should take in their daily routines while handling fire, electricity and sharp objects.
Thus it was a very meaningful and learning exercise for the pupils. Through this activity they learnt to cope with hazards of daily life in a playful manner. Hence it will help them to remember and follow safety rules always.
REPORT: Today the students of class 6E did an activity of classifying various changes around us into reversible and irreversible changes. The students were asked to bring things which shows reversible changes like balloon, melting of chocolate, folding paper to toy plane, woollen yarn etc. Similarly other group of children brought things which show irreversible changes like burning of candle, cooked idli, boiled egg, atta dough , pencil shrievels etc .They enjoyed the activity which helps them to understand in our day to day life how the scientific principles are practically applied and reasoning behind them .
ACTIVITY: Ascending order
MI lab enables and encourages the children to think and it consists of materials and tools which foster experiential learning in the students. In their visit to the alb on 23rd July’14, the numbers were arranged from smallest to bigger to cover the topic of ascending numbers. Thus, the children learnt how to arrange numbers from the smallest to the biggest i.e. gained ‘hands on’ learning about the concept of ascending order. The children were given a few number cards (numbers 1- 100) which they had to arrange in ascending order. They performed the activity with full enthusiasm.
The aim of experiments and investigative projects in Chemistry is to bridge the gap between the theoretical and practical knowledge and to equip the students with skills which will help them to make correct choices and understand the logic behind everything.
To achieve this purpose, an investigatory project was carried out by Class XII students with the help of their teacher, Ms. Jalpa Shah. They were asked to analyse different samples of commercial antacids like Digene, Pepfiz, Pudin hara, Oflox, Pantosec, Eno and our very own herbal remedy- carom seeds
Some standard solutions were prepared and a volumetric analysis was carried out. The substance which uses lowest volume of base for neutralization indicates that it is a good antacid.
Ajwain- herbal remedy (which is often neglected by people thinking that commercial antacids will give quicker results) consumed only 20 ml of alkali for neutralization and proved to be an excellent antacid.
Every day millions of women apply lipstick without a second thought. Many might not be aware that lipsticks may contain lead - a notorious metal that can cause learning, language and behavioural problems. Not all lipsticks contain lead but at the same time we can’t rule out the possibility. In order to sensitize the students regarding the same, an investigatory project was carried out by the students of Class XII under the guidance of their Chemistry teacher, Ms. Jalpa Shah.
5 topmost as well as local brands of lipsticks were chosen for the investigations. The famous gold ring test was conducted in which the lipsticks were rubbed against the gold ring. It was observed that after some time the brand of lipsticks in which lead was present turned black wherein the brands in which lead was absent remained as they are. The students were shocked by the results since the brand they believed to be of premium quality showed the highest presence of lead.
In the end, the teachers whose lipsticks were brought to the laboratory were further sensitized by students to stop using the brands which showed a presence of lead.
TOPIC: Save our animals
ACTIVITY: Saving endangered animals (placard making)
DATE: 22 nd July 2014
The students of Grade 3 made a placard on saving the endangered species. They had been told in advance to collect pictures as well as information on endangered animals for the activity. The children were divided into groups of four each. They pasted their pictures on the given sheet. One child from each group then spoke about the reasons for the particular animal being on the endangered list as well as the steps being taken to protect them.
The children through this activity were able to understand the need to protect animals and they also became aware about protected and endangered animals.
Step 1: Collection of packaging material.
Under the Industrial Chemistry Project, the students of Classes XI an XII will learn to make liquid detergent in the laboratory. The manufacturing will start as soon as the raw materials are procured in the first week of August.
As the first step of the project, packaging materials were collected by the students of Class VII, under the guidance of their craft teacher, Ms. Sangeeta. The used and cast away bottles which were procured from the school canteen were cleaned, given a face lift and decorated so as to be packaged artistically for sale on the days of the school exhibitions. Around 40 litres of liquid detergent will be manufactured and will be packed in around 200 bottles and put up for sale on the occasion of school exhibitions.
As the next step, there will be an interactive session where the students will brainstorm and fix the final cost of product.
TOPIC: Proper and Common Nouns
ACTIVITY: M.I. Lab Activity
An activity on Nouns was conducted on 22.07.14, in M.I. Lab for all the sections of Class II. The three different types of nouns were explained by the teachers before the activity. Flash cards with different pictures of a common or a proper noun each were given to the children. Then turn wise, the children were told to identify the noun words and explain why they were a common, collective or proper noun.
This activity aimed to clear the concept of different types of nouns.
It was an educative activity in which the children could easily tell the name of the noun, whether they are a common, collective or proper noun.
TOPIC: Is matter around us pure
ACTIVITY: To study the action of heat on ammonium chloride, sand and sodium chloride
The students of Grade IX were taught about the action of heat on ammonium chloride, sand and sodium chloride by their Science teacher, Ms. Ashu Trehan. The experiment was conducted in the lab where the students were explained about the sublimation process in which a solid substance is directly converted to gas. The students engaged themselves in carrying out an experiment on the same, recorded their observations and analysed the learning g outcome – that is the sublimation of ammonium chloride.
TOPIC: Food factories of plants
ACTIVITY: Iodine test
An experiment on Starch was conducted on 21st July’14 to cover the topic’ Food factories of plants’. In this experiment, the presence of starch in plants was detected by performing the Iodine test. The children were excited and curious while performing the experiment. This activity helped the children in understanding the concept in easier and practical way.
TOPIC: English Calligraphy
ACTIVITY: Inter-Dynasty Calligraphy Competition
CLASS: III- V
DATE: 19th July 2014
CONDUCTED BY: English Teachers
An ‘Inter Dynasty Calligraphy Competition’ was organized on 19th July’14 for Grades III-V, aiming to encourage children to write neatly and present the content in proper manner. The students from each dynasty participated in the same and they were encouraged to write a short story. The main objectives of this activity were:
|Result Class III|
|IInd||Oak and Maple|
|Result Class IV|
|Result Class V|
1. Should agricultural subsidies be stopped?
2. Should voters be given NOTA (None of the above) choice?
A Group Discussion was organised in Class XI B on the topic- ‘Should agricultural subsidies be stopped?’ and ‘Should voters be given NOTA (None of the above) choice?’ An animated discussion was initiated by way of introduction of the topic and then all the students delivered their ideas on the positive and negative aspects of agricultural subsidies in the Indian economy. The students discussed the relation between unemployment and agricultural subsidies. Measures to provide subsidies to the grass root level were also discussed. They put forth their different ideas on NOTA, a decision taken by the Election Commission of India in 2014 general election. They also suggested the different dimensions to implement the NOTA in our election system. The students participated with full enthusiasm and displayed ‘out of box’ thinking. Their perspectives and viewpoints were mature and convincing.
A game on production function was conducted in class XII B & C on the topic- Production Function. After the completion of the chapter, the students were told to draw the diagram in hard copy and also told to write their properties in one statement. After that, an entire sheet was distributed to the students randomly and they were told to match the properties with suitable diagram with other students. The students participated with full enthusiasm and their understanding was amazing. With the help of this activity they analysed and understood the different relations and properties of production function.
TOPIC: Subject Verb Agreement
ACTIVITY: Every activity is carried out in Shalom Hills International School with the purpose of making learning take place in a fun-filled and creative manner. With this aim in mind, an English activity was conducted in Grade VI. The students of Class VI-D were given an opportunity to engage in an Integrated Project on ‘Subject Verb Agreement’ based on the theme ‘Changes around us.’
The students prepared attractive looking collages displaying a perfect clarity of concept along with artistic strokes. The children were brimming with enthusiasm and exhibited great confidence as they explained the various rules wherein the verbs change pertaining to singular/plural nouns. A power packed interactive session helped the students to relate to the topic through real life examples. The students displayed their creative instinct with zeal and vigour. It was a pleasure to see them well informed, making a conscientious effort to ensure a perfect blend of knowledge in an artistic manner!
TOPIC: What do Animals eat?
ACTIVITY: A visit to the Multiple Intelligence lab (to Identify animals based on their eating habits)
CLASS: Grade III
DATE: 17th July 2014
The students of Grade III visited THE M.I lab in order to reinforce the lesson “What do Animals Eat?”.The children were already aware about the three groups into which the animals are classified based on their eating habits, namely – Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores.
They saw the pictures of various animals on flash cards kept in the lab and enjoyed trying to identify them with respect to the 3 groups they had learnt in the classroom sessions earlier.The students also spoke about the different types of food these animals eat and the type of teeth or beak they possess in order to consume those specific kind of food. They reiterated their learning i.e. flat teeth are used for biting and chewing in the herbivores, sharp teeth for cutting and tearing into the flesh in carnivores.
Each child waited patiently for his/her turn to identify different animals as herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. The visit to the lab was an educative experience for the students.
SUBJECT: Geometrical Figures/Shapes around us
TOPIC: Relate Nature with Geometrical Figures/Shapes
ACTIVITY: Create a Scene with shapes
Geometrical Figures/Shapes were used to create a beautiful scene in an activity carried out on 16.07.14 in all the sections of Class II.
With the help of cut outs of different shapes, the students were asked to create beautiful scene based on nature and to paste the same on A4 sheets. They were told to use pencils and oil pastels to draw the supporting items to add volume and more meaning to the theme of the scene.
The children made beautiful sceneries and they even coloured their sheets artistically. They followed the instructions and did this activity with lots of enthusiasm.
This was an educational activity in which lots of geometrical shapes were used in relation to natural beauty that exists around us.
Today an ‘Advertisement’ activity was conducted in Class IX A& B. The students were divided into four groups. They came out with innovative and creative ideas to sell different products. Each group prepared a ‘social advertisement’ and acted them out confidently. Each advertisement conveyed a message like social awareness, corruption, tooth paste etc. The students enjoyed the activity which was conducted to ensure that each student individual had an opportunity to speak out or act or perform in a group.
Model making on “Force around us”
Class VIII A
The children of class VIII A were involved in making a project on the topic “Force around us” integrating the three subjects Science, Mathematics and Social Science. The children have understood that the concept comes from Science, is applied in Social Science when we talk about the solar system and involves the application part of Mathematics when we try and solve the numerical based on the concept of force.
The young learners have displayed exemplary enthusiasm in putting together their models with great zeal. They enjoyed this activity thoroughly.
Model making on “Force around us”
Class VIII A
The children of class VIII A were involved in making a project on the topic “Force around us” integrating the three subjects Science, Mathematics and Social Science. The children have understood that the concept comes from Science, is applied in Social Science when we talk about the solar system and involves the application part of Mathematics when we try and solve the numerical based on the concept of force.
The young learners have displayed exemplary enthusiasm in putting together their models with great zeal. They enjoyed this activity thoroughly.
ACTIVITY: Lattice multiplication
An intellectual activity related to the application of multiplication was conducted in Class IV. The children explored a different and interesting way to do multiplication by making a lattice. Lattice is an easy method of multiplication as it breaks the process into smaller steps. By mastering this method, the children were able to understand and readily solve multiplication sums.
The students of Class 6E carried out an activity of making charts on ‘Changes (Physical or Chemical) around us’. The entire class was divided into four groups. They were given topics of physical change and chemical change. Two groups prepared a chart depicting the physical changes that occur around us and the other two groups made depictions illustrating the chemical changes that take place. They enjoyed this activity which helped them to understand how in our day to day life the scientific principles are practically applied and reasoning behind them.
An activity based on Addition was conducted on 15.07.14, in the M.I. Lab for all the students of Class II. In this activity, the children brushed up their adding ability by using magnetic number plates.
All the children of Class II were taken to M.I. Lab (section wise). There, the children were given three 3 digit addition sums in the magnetic plate. They had to find the numbers and place in the answer box on the magnetic plate.
They could easily take out the answers out of their respective three 3digit number addition sums.
This was an educative as well as fun activity and all the children had a great time practicing their mathematical and calculation skills.
An English activity ‘Nouns Artistry’ was conducted on 15th July’14 in Class IV. The children were made to recapitulate the topic of nouns and were then encouraged to draw pictures of different kinds of nouns in their notebooks. Our little scholars’ brains were stimulated to demonstrate their reflection and recall the topic of ‘Nouns’ done in the class. The idea behind the activity was to reinforce the concept of Nouns. The students exemplified their learning and grasp of the topic through this activity and enjoyed the same.
An English activity was conducted in all the sections of Class II by the class teachers to make sure that the children have understood the concept of nouns. On the preceding day, all the children of Class II were instructed to bring one picture each of a person, place, animal and a thing to the school on the next day i.e. 14th July’14. That morning, in the class the teachers instructed the young scholars to make four different columns under the head of a person, place, animal and thing in their notebooks.
The topic of nouns was automatically re-enforced as the children made the columns and pasted correct pictures under the right head. The students did this activity with lots of interest.
This was an educational as well as fun filled activity.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people”
Language is given a lot of importance in the school curriculum and Oral language cum Linguistics activities in Shalom Hills International School. More importantly, languages other than English are also given a special place of pride in terms of teaching, activities and celebrations. Hindi Diwas, Sanskrit Day and French Day are celebrated with great enthusiasm in the school with many inventive activities conducted on those days to highlight the importance of each language. The school believes in and ensures that it teaches multilingualism to its students. They are encouraged to learn as many languages as possible and are trained to communicate effectively and effortlessly in the future as world citizens rubbing shoulders with people from all parts of the globe. After all, “If you talk to a man in a language he/she understands, that goes to his/her head. If you talk in his/her language, that goes to his/her heart.”
French Assembly was planned and executed by the students of Grades VI-IX under the able guidance of their gifted French instructors, Ms. Aditi Jain and Mr. Lalit Gupta. It started with the Lord’s Prayer followed by a PowerPoint Presentation on “Importance of learning French” presented by Animesh of Grade X. The gathering of senior graders and their teachers were impressed when a few students of Grades VI-VIII showed their proficiency in French by reciting the poems ‘Frere Jacques’, ‘Alouette’ and ‘Aur Champs Elysee”.
Udai of Grade X recited a poem on ‘French Day’ which was followed by a delightful skit which was enacted by the students of Grade IX. It was well received and appreciated by the audience. In order to engage and involve all the students, a Quiz based on French culture and civilization was conducted.
To make this day memorable in more than one way, the French teachers distributed French flags in every class as discipline incentive. The student/s who earns maximum no of flags for being the most disciplined student will be acknowledged and appreciated by the principal, Ms. Ritu Mehta in the next assembly.
TOPIC: INDIA: NEIGHBOURS AND BOUNDARIES
ACTIVITY: Pasting of flags of Neighbouring Countries of India (to understand the concept of Neighbours and Cardinal Directions)
The children of Grade III were asked to collect and then bring the pictures of flags of India’s neighbouring countries and paste them in their notebooks on 15th July, 2014. This activity was done in order to reinforce the concept of “India’s Neighbouring Countries”. The children had already learnt about India’s nine neighbours and their locations in the four cardinal directions in their Social Science class.
The children were also able to identify the flags of different countries along with their locations around India. They enthusiastically pasted each flag after correctly identifying the respective country.
It was a fun-filled educative activity for the children wherein their knowledge of different countries, their locations and flags was enhanced. They recollected all that they had learnt in class with respect to the lesson.
SUBJECT: English/E. V.S
TOPIC : Type of houses
ACTIVITY: Children create different type of houses with waste material.
CLASS: Class 1
All the children made different types of houses as their home project and each of them displayed their own self-created house. They even spoke about their houses sharing special features about them. The most interesting part of activity was that the houses created by children were made-up of waste material. The students took keen part in the activity and showed full zest and involvement throughout the activity.
TOPIC: Why do plants have flowers?
CLASS: Grade IV
DATE: 11th July 2014
An Inter Class activity on cotyledon was conducted; wherein the students were able to differentiate between monocotyledons and dicotyledons. Our enthusiastic children observed the baby plant ( Embroy) within the cotyledons and understood how a new plant grows from the seed.
TOPIC: Operating System
ACTIVITY: Changing desktop background & creating shortcut
In Class IV, the students were asked to create a shortcut of MS Word and change the desktop background which they did very efficiently. The students also created a new folder and gave a suitable name to it. The students enjoyed the activity.
The little children were asked to glance around their classroom, observe and review what all they saw in their classroom. In the brainstorming session that followed, they called out the objects (noun words) while their teacher wrote them under the category of person, place or thing on the board. After this, these words were written collectively on a big chart paper and thus a NOUN TOWN was created by the juniors.
As a result of this fun filled activity, thorough understanding of the topic of nouns along with a reiteration of its types was carried out in Grade I.
The students were taught the concept of nuclear family and joint family. A family tree was created to explain the concept of different types of families to them. After seeing and discussing the family tree, the students could also relate to the type of family they belonged. All the young children of Grade III enjoyed and participated enthusiastically in this activity.
The Grade III students visited the Multiple IntelligenceI Lab for a Maths activity on 10th July,2014. The main purpose of the visit was to reinforce the concept of subtraction of 4 digit numbers with the help of magnetic numbers. The children were given subtraction sums to solve by themselves. They solved the sums and arranged the correct answer on the magnetic board.
A better understanding of the concept of subtraction, greater interest in the discipline of Mathematics, actual ‘hands on’ acquisition of knowledge and practice time for the same resulted from this fun based learning M I activity.
The Multiple Intelligence Lab in Shalom Hills International School enables the children to think creatively, experiment, explore and engage in experiential activities. As we all know and our students are taught in every way ‘a family is an important unit of society.’ It holds great importance in social life. It is the strongest unit of society. A society is made up of families. A family is the first school in which a child receives the basic values of life. The morals and values learnt in family become our guiding force. They make our character. They lay the foundation of our thinking.
In their fifth visit to MI lab, the children were encouraged to speak about their families and which type of family they belonged to. They were given placards of different members of a family to form either a small family or a large family. The children showed great enthusiasm and keen interest in the activity. This way, the children learnt to differentiate between a nuclear family and joint family. Later on, the children were shown a family tree in which they could recognize different members in a family.
An activity was conducted on 8th July 2014 in the M. I. Lab on the topic “The Food We Eat”. All the sections of Class II were taken to the M. I. Lab to study the various food items and their food value.
This activity aimed to make the children learn about the various food items and why the human body needs different types of food. The children were told about different cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, in easy and understandable words and then were shown different pouches of various pulses and cereals and toy fruits and vegetables.
The children learnt that tomato is a fruit, and it’s the only thing which can be eaten raw as well as cooked. They were told that brinjal is the only fruit which is eaten only after it is cooked.
It was an educational as well as a fun filled activity which aroused the curiosity in the children to see and learn more about the fruits and vegetables kingdom.
It was an educative activity which was enjoyed fully by the children.
TOPIC: Comparison between developed and underdeveloped countries
A group activity was carried out in Class X-A and B on 16th May 2014 by their Economics teacher, Mr. Pankaj wherein the students were asked to prepare a collage on 'Developed and under developed Countries'. It was amazing to see the bright students working together as a team in order to implement and reproduce their ideas and thoughts creatively. The main objective was to educate the students about the different socio-economic issues faced by the underdeveloped countries.
The students participated with enthusiasm and high spirits.
'Our Indian Culture is nothing but a beautiful blend of our rich heritage across the Indian soil left by our ancestors... now it's our time to preserve it'.
With this objective in mind, a Travel Brochure Designing activity was conducted in Grade VI to instil in our students knowledge and respect for our Indian culture and to acquaint them with the various tourist destinations in India. They engaged themselves in preparing a travel brochure on a state of their choice and gave full expression to their creative flair and artistic bent of mind by pasting many colourful pictures on the chart paper. They participated enthusiastically and displayed a high level of curiosity.
TOPIC: Birds are everywhere
An Inter Class activity of Collage Making of different kinds of birds was conducted on 15th May, 2014 in Grade IV. The activity was related to the topic "Birds are Everywhere". Th children collected the pictures of different kinds of birds found in nature. They formed a montage by pasting the images and pictures artistically together in their notebook.
Some of them also drew different kinds of birds. Our emerging young artists enjoyed drawing and colouring in their notebooks and had a good time while they absorbed the names and more facts about the different birds that are found in our surroundings.
Lively and animated discussion ensued in all the sections of Class VI, when the students engaged in a Group Discussion on the topic of moon's shape under the guidance of their Hindi teachers. The students put forth their views on the moon's shape. They expressed their views and thoughts clearly and confidently.
An integrated project was conducted in IX (A, B) class by the French and Hindi Departments on the topic "Save Environment". The teacher imparted knowledge of the topic and then the students were asked to gather and bring relevant information for the project to the school. The students were given the freedom to display the project in any form. Some students made beautiful posters and some wrote down slogans. The youngsters not only enjoyed the activity but also gathered a lot of information on the topic.
As part of the school's on going environmental and green initiatives drive, a Special Assembly on Recycling was conducted by the students of Class V E in the Middle Wing Auditorium. The assembly commenced with the Lord's Prayer followed by the thought of the week and reading of the major news headlines by Gunjita Swami. The assembly served as a special platform to felicitate the students who had performed brilliantly in the Olympiads, 2013. Ms. Rima Gaekwad, Junior Headmistress awarded the students with medals and certificates and congratulated them for their outstanding performance in the different subjects. It was a golden letter day for the school, the students and their mentors to see the Olympiads champs so acknowledged and feted for their brilliant achievements. It also served to motivate and encourage many other students to enrol for these competitive exams in the current year and win glory for themselves and their school.
The CERTIPAD, CYBERLEARNING and CERTIPORT organizations together conducted the "COMPUDON Season IV" within the school premises. It was an ideal platform for the students to showcase their mastery in Microsoft Office Applications. 5 students from our school (Aman Gupta of class IX, Aman Kumar of class IX, Aman Singh Rathore of class XI, Surya Iyer of class XI and Abdus Hashmy of Class XI) appeared for the online certification exam within the school hours. Once our students have passed the certification exam, they will receive their certificate from Microsoft USA besides a participation certificate.
In this exam, the students first competed for the qualifying round for "India Champions" title. Out of the three levels of the championship, our students have passed in the Certification Level exam with good scores. The qualifying result for second round is awaited and if they qualify, then they will compete at India level and subsequently will represent India and head straight for the "World Championship" to be held in Disneyland, USA in July 2014.
On 2nd May'14, as many as 9 students of Shalom Hills International School received a special kind of felicitations in the form of watches given by the school's Founder-Managing Director, Dr Lilly George for scoring 100% in the subjects English, Maths and Science conducted by International Olympiad -Silver Zone.
M.D ma'am acknowledgement and appreciation of our Olympiad champs went a long way in boosting up their morale and also spurred other students to win laurels for their school this year. The name of the student's subject and class are given below.