Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Visual-Spatial Intelligence Competition: The Expedition from Vision to Reality

The beauty of garden lies in the variety of flowers with myriad of fragrances it has. Likewise, the glory of school lies in the environment created for the students to foster their hidden talent and polish the same. Teachers of Atmiya Vidya Mandir try to nurture the blooming buds of the school by developing their unique talent through various inter house competitions based on multiple-intelligences.

The first competition in that series was organized on 12th July 2014. This competition was based on Visual Spatial Intelligence which deals with the ability to comprehend shapes, patterns, designs and the entire spectrum of colour. It includes the capacity to visualize and imagine which can help to improve memory, cognitive ability and thinking. The competition was divided into four different groups mentioned below:

Group A: (Std. I to III) – Colour the Picture 
  • Colouring plays a major role in the development of children. Various pictures were provided to students for colouring by Manish Sir and Suhradam Sir.
  • All the students of grade I to III enthusiastically participated and enjoyed the colouring competition. They were able to showcase their imagination, choice of colours and creativity that helped them to develop attractive colour combination, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It was a pleasure to watch these tiny tots work with such ease.
Group B: (Std. IV to VI) – Model Making
  • “Imagine the concept and make your imagination visible to all” was the main idea of the competition organized for grade IV to VI by Sunita Ma’am and Binu Ma’am.
  • The theme for grade IV was “Season”. Two participants from each house, thus total eight students participated and demonstrated their ability to organize related pictures of the season in the given space to make their model relevant and sensible.
  • For grade V, two participants from each house were selected, thus total eight students were there for making a model of different landscapes like desert, polar region, coastal plain and valley.
  • For grade VI, four participants from each house were selected, thus total sixteen students were there for making models of different land forms like plateau, island, mountain-valley and coastal plain.
  • Participants of Model Making competition showed their ability to visualise the world, perceived and interpreted in their own way. They were able to think in three-dimensional terms and re-created ideas into eye-catching models.
Group C: (Std. VII – VIII) – Draw and Label 
  • Accurate and abstract visualization is just one of the many skills possessed by ‘picture smart’ students. With their exceptional ability to memorize the pictures shown to them, grade VII and VIII students drew and labelled the pictures based on topics picked up from science.
  • There were four participants from each house, thus total sixteen students participated in this competition under the guidance of Anand Sir and Prerak Sir.
Group D: (Std. IX – X) – Mind Mapping
  • A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills - word, image, colour, spatial awareness and precise information of the topic – in a single, unique powerful manner. To encourage students to show their creativity, Mind Mapping competition was organized under the guidance of Samidh Ma’am and Rashmi Ma’am.
  • There were four participants from each house, thus, total sixteen students participated in this competition. The theme “Physical Features of India” and “Natural Resources” were given to grade IX and X respectively.
  • Participants of this competition exhibited an extraordinary ability to create a mental map providing a strong sense of spatial awareness for the topics given to them.
Competition was designed to help students reinforce their strengths and boost their confidence in the areas where could further improve.

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the competition and thanks to all those who contributed to make the event successful.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guru: God Personified

Every nook and corner of AVM campus and every life associated with it, has been flourishing through the ever flowing grace of His Divine Holiness Param Pujya Hariprasad Swamiji. Hence, at AVM, Guru Purnima is just not a commemoration of Swamishree’s glory but a day to reunite with His supremacy by offering our prayers to Him.

Swamishree always blesses us with all success and happiness, we just need to be committed and resolute for a good cause and a good goal.” said Suhrad Swamiji while addressing the congregation of Guru Purnima celebration in the Atmiya Prayer Hall on campus. In the presence of all elders, teachers, hostel staff, students and all members of Atmiya family, the programme started with Thakorji’s pujan by saints from Haridham and principal Vijay Sir. The junior class’ students sang melodious bhajans admiring the beauty of a Guru-guided life.

Thereafter, the host of the programme, Mukesh sir narrated a few stories to the students elucidating that the Guru is God manifested and He cultivates the human potentials. The students were reminded that it was the day for them to resolve to those easy-to-follow yet hard-to-stick to injunctions given by Swamishree to all AVM students and to realise that following these will help them to be a better human being.

The inspiring and elevating words of Pujya Suhrad Swamiji on this pious occasion explained that the best way of celebrating Guru Purnima and offering true reverence to Swamishree is by self – reflection to be worthy of His blessings. He further added that it is a day to decide to resort to prayers and take divine help each time we deviate from our goal. This would certainly bring a realisation which leads to improvement.

So let’s decide, how we are going to deal with the darkness within us - with the glare of fascinating distractions that obscures OR with the light - the glow of Guru’s grace that illuminates!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Investiture ceremony

The eve of 5th of July, Saturday, when the rest of the world was looking forward to the leftover weekend, the members of Atmiya Vidya Mandir awaited a grand investiture ceremony for the year 2014-15. The ceremony started at 4:00 PM in the school prayer hall in the divine presence of God. 

The hosts for the ceremony Yakshbhai and Utkarshbhai begun by welcoming the dignitaries for poojan of Thakorji. Thereafter, Himanshu Sir along with his group of young singing stars performed a beautiful song “I Believe”, which helped further instil belief in everyone present in the hall in all that needs to be done, especially in the newly elected student council members. After the song was time for the grand parade led by Arpitbhai (Headboy), followed by Vinamrabhai (Vice Headboy), Rahulbhai (sports captain), the house captains and vice captains and the most important of all, the soldiers of the student council, the prefects. 

The parade brought with it a new excitement among the students and the coordination of the student council members reflected the synergy and enthusiasm with which these members shall be working for the whole year. 

The liveliness of the parade was followed by honouring all the members of the Council by pinning their respective badges. Former Headboy Sachinbhai and Vice Headboy Dhwanitbhai pinned the badges to the newly elected Headboy Arpitbhai and Vice Headboy Vinamrabhai. The house conveners honoured the captains and vice captains of their respective houses and the house teachers took the opportunity of pinning the badges to the prefects. 

After earning the official titles of their posts, now it was time for the council members to take oath. Our school principal, respected Vijay Sir administered the oath to them, of serving the school with their full dedication and give their best. 

In the midst of the smoothly running program, came a thunder when the hosts announced for the dance group to perform. The young talents of the school led by Suhradam Sir performed a stunning dance on the song “Youngistan”. The dance filled the hall with enthusiasm and a breeze of exhilaration flowed throughout the hall. It was a really good effort and a grand performance. 

And after the dance came a very important turn for the program as the newly elected Headboy walked forward to deliver his speech. Arpitbhai spoke inspiringly highlighting the key qualities of leadership by quoting incidents from the lives of Swamishree as a youth and Vijay Sir. He emphasised the need to work together as the student council is of the students, by the students and for the students. 

Followed by the speech of headboy, the hosts invited respected Vijay Sir to share his precious words on the very special occasion. During his speech, Vijay Sir very nicely and clearly explained what it meant to be an AVM student and what the responsibilities were of the members of the student council. He very aptly explained that the elections at AVM were not about power but about responsibility and that leadership at AVM begins with service (seva). His speech was a true inspiration for all. 

After Vijay Sir’s speech, it was time to call upon the council pillars again, now to light the ceremonial lamp for a bright year ahead. The lighting of the lamp was followed by singing of the school song under the command of the newly elected Headboy. 

The program ended with the singing of school song. All in all, the very first function of the year 2014-15 gave the students, a clear idea of how important and beautiful the year ahead was going to be. 

Written by – Sumit Choudhary (11 Science)