Thursday, December 12, 2013
Squealing with peals of laughter and mirth were the students of grade 2 as they saw the puppets of different animals put up their act on stage. Enchanting them through voice modulation and various voice gimmicks, the puppets took the students on a walk around various settings and with various characters. Puppets are a great way to engage the imagination of children apart from encouraging various skills. Dramatization of stories using puppets was one form of expressing stories in connection with the current unit of inquiry apart from the other forms explored by our wonderful learners.
Performed by a talented teacher of our campus, the show was a super hit with the children so much so that they couldn't hold their reins for want of trying it themselves. Ah the enthusiasm! And lo behold, within no time, we had children from every section up on stage, sliding their hands into the puppets and looking around for a mic. And that’s what they had. They tried to imitate the performance and cooked up many different settings and plots, much to the excitement of the crowd. We concluded after 3 such rounds.
Reflections of young minds:
“The puppet show taught me how important it is to use our voice and expressions to express a story. Using voice modulation helps us express emotions which makes the story more interesting to the listener. It is challenging but it helps us imagine. This is important.”
“I learnt how to speak in different voices and also learnt how to narrate a story using puppets. A story becomes interesting if we make it in a different way.”
“This is the first time I have seen someone telling a story using different voices. The story was called ‘Chicken Licken’ but I thought it should be called the sky is falling because the hen thought that the sky was falling. I liked watching the show.”
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rural life consists of remote villages where farmers, simple meals and huts of straw or mud thrive whereas urban life consists of sophisticated food, high-tech gadgets, the engineer and the architect. The students perceived the disparity between their lives and the man on the field. Thus, they had a lively interaction wherein they discussed their thoughts and projected their ideas through a presentation.
Before plunging into the extreme curves of angles and geometry, the students had an interesting introduction to the topic as starters. The preliminary round was a success with a diverse miscellany of shapes transforming into vibrant montage. The children relished the antics of the compass and divulged into a mix-media of silhouettes.
Guest Lecturer Profile: Mr. Anirudh Kamani is a Chartered Accountant by profession with experience in software, manufacturing and the banking sectors. He started his career with a business in IT services, comprising of software development and training. ICI India Ltd and Becton Dickinson were the two manufacturing companies where he spent a decade before joining ICICI Bank in 2005. During the last two decades in corporate life, Mr. Anirudh has worked in Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, Strategy, Global Remittances and Retail Banking. Currently he is responsible for the Retail Business for the Eastern and Andhra Pradesh markets in ICICI Bank.
The clock chimed 12:30 pm. The Economics students of grade 9, IGCSE were seated in a classroom with curiosity and eagerness for a much-awaited guest lecture by Mr. Anirudh Kamani.
Our guest speaker briefed us on few topics of Macroeconomics, for example, FDI, Gross Domestic Product, Growth, Money Supply, Inflation, Interest Rates, Exchange Rates, Current Account, Capital Account, Fiscal Deficit and related topics.
The speech continued onto the exchange rate fluctuations and how India’s economy has been since 1992. He portrayed on a graph, the INR journey from 1992 till date and explained the reasons for the fluctuations and the strategies used by RBI. He went on explaining the types of exchange rates. All of us really gained a lot of enriching knowledge and we hope that future Economics students get the privilege of attending an encouraging and inspiring session like we did.
We thank Ms. Siby Gladis, our Economics teacher for organising such an attention-grabbing and interactive session.
Reflections by Anjali Rajesh and Aakanksha, grade 9 IGCSE
On 3rd December 2013, in our PAT class, we had an activity of making a puppet using an ice cream stick, colours, clothes and strings. We were paired up in groups of two. I was paired up with my friend Vikyath. We were struggling for a while but in the end we got it alright. I think through this activity we learned the profiles ‘communication’ and ‘open-mindedness’ because we had to communicate properly with each other to work well. We had to listen to each other’s idea to add more creativity in the puppet.
I think we were risk takers too because we had to take the risk of trying harder to get more new ideas. And that way many of us came up with beautiful ideas which were amazing. We also had to be very co-operative for the team to function well. Through this activity, we developed our social, communicating and thinking skills. This was a very fun and interesting activity. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
On the 7th of December, the school planned a CAS activity — a health awareness camp for two government schools. We had 194 students from Move the Wheel Foundation and MMPS Government schools. The students of XI IB participated with enthusiasm and with a heart of compassion and love — it was a huge success.
The team on the advice of Dr. Nazia and Shalini Ma’am organized four different stalls for the government school children, and one more for an interaction between Oakridge students and children. A wonderful warm-up session was anchored by Sai Krishna and Rohan Yarlagadda where they spoke enthusiastically in Telugu to the children and taught them the basics on how to be healthy. The students were rotated every 5 to 10 minutes so that each group of kids could experience the different activities planned.
The first stall was the Height and Weight Stall. Here, the children would receive a card which would then be filled up with their name, age, height, weight and BMI. This was held by Reema Saribala and Nitya Marri.
The second stall the children visited was the First Aid and Ice Stall. This is where they learned the simple and general way to apply first aid. Like, how to properly apply a band-aid, and how to wash their hands, and apply something cold to an area that is swelling, or bruised. This was implemented by Nayan Mandala and Thaman Chillakuru.
The third stall was an exciting competition where the children saw how many of them could do push-ups, stomach crunches, and other activities that keep one fit. To the surprise of the students running the stall, they had a good result! This stall was supported by Viraj Reddy and Pari Dandu.
The fourth stall was a short lecture about nutrition. Here the students became aware of regular and well-known diseases like the common cold, sore throat, cough, fever, stomach ache and headache. The children were also informed briefly about the symptoms, cures and preventions. This stall was done by Ridhi Reddy and Nitya C.
The last activity for the children was a one-on-one interaction session where each child was paired with an Oakridge Student who talked to them and informed them about the general ways to improve their hygiene, and to maintain healthy treatment of their teeth, hair and nails.
The plight of certain underdeveloped countries like Bangladesh, India as well as many in Africa is something that we all are aware of. The children have barely enough food to eat, let alone the fancy clothes, toys and other things that people in developed countries are lucky to have. Instead of going to school to gain good education, children in underdeveloped countries set out to work from as young as four or five years of age. By the age of twelve, most of them are given the responsibilities of looking after and supporting their parents who are often weak due to hunger and ill health.
Deprived from any form of education from such a young age, these children are forced to work and take up illegal jobs which often have hazardous and unsuitable working conditions. As it is illegal for young children to work, factories and other co-operations that do hire children hide them away from main working areas. The children are hence trapped in dark and dirty rooms. The children working in India who work in factories that manufacture matches work for long hours tediously. The most important thing to be noted is that such factories are potential fire hazards. These children not only risk their lives but they are also exploited as they are paid minimal wages.
Children in the third world countries have also been found to be working in garment factories which supply jeans and other modern wear to the rest of the world. They do sell it at a price that can be ten times the wage paid to each child monthly. In 1990, the United Nations encouraged countries to prohibit the import of garments made by children under the age of fifteen. This made Bangladesh panic and all the garment industries dismissed child workers. However, once the attention disappeared after sometime, it was back to business for some companies, but more discreetly this time.
We may think such measures will stop the problem of child exploitation, but the truth is they may lead to other problems. Even though the garment factories may be exploiting the children by paying them low salaries, they do nevertheless provide them with a more or less safe working environment and proper jobs. Dismissing children from work does not necessarily mean that children will no longer work. In fact, they may end up in hands of drug sellers or other criminals and lead a life of vice by selling drugs or stealing for a living.
The problem of child exploitation is one which is difficult to resolve, but it can be done by a sincere government willing to help the poor and members of the public playing their part to help the children.
Esha Tibrewala (11 years)