GANDHI JAYANTI: REMEMBERING THE FATHER OF THE NATION
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi is revered the world over as one of history’s most transformational and inspirational figures. Students of Presidium observed the birth anniversary of the 'Father of the Nation' with immense austerity and reverence. They presented the philosophical and pragmatic ideals of Mahatma Gandhi as they remembered the inspiring quotes by the great leader. Students also dedicated speeches, poems, and songs to Mahatma Gandhi and drew inspiration from his way of life. They learned that throughout his life, Mahatma Gandhi was a fearless campaigner for the rights and dignity of all people, whose constant and unwavering promotion of non-violence as a tool to win over hearts and minds has forever left its mark on the world. Presidians paid their homage to our iconic leader in the special assembly.
SPECIAL ASSEMBLY ON DAUGHTER’S DAY
A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give. A daughter is a mother's treasure and a father's pride and joy.
‘Daughters Day’ in India is celebrated every year on the 4th Sunday of September. Parents of proud Presidians celebrated this day, providing special attention to every daughter. A special virtual assembly was conducted by the students communicating the importance of daughters in a family. Students recited heart-touching poems about daughters. They also presented a Dance performance *Betiyaan* and showcased women's strong roles like a Teacher, an Entrepreneur, Sports Personalities, and whatnot. Enthralling and melodious performances for daughters followed the presentation. The day defined the importance of a girl child in our lives.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT ROCKS INSIDE OUR EARTH
Just like an onion, our earth is made up of concentric layers one inside the other. Students of Grade 7 learnt about the various layers of the earth under Geography lesson 'Inside Our Earth.' They understood that the interior of the Earth consists of crust, mantle, and core. The earth’s crust is made up of various types of rocks. They also gained knowledge about the three major types of rocks: igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. The presentation helped them deduce that our Earth is a dynamic planet, which constantly undergoes changes inside and outside.
PRESIDIANS CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF GAJANANDA ON GANESH CHATURTHI
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated with much fervor across India. Lord Ganesh or the elephant deity is considered the God of wisdom and new beginnings. Thus, people across the world worship him before initiating any work. It is believed that he removes obstacles and blesses the course of the believer. A special assembly was organized on a virtual platform in Presidium on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, which commenced with a rhythmic poem, followed by speeches and traditional dance performances. The day ended with a lot of learning and the visarjan of eco-friendly Lord Ganesha in the nearby water bodies. In a way, such organized festivity and worship lead to an upsurge in enthusiasm and devotion amongst students.
PRESIDIANS LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOUSES
“A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.”
A shelter is a small building or covered place which is made to protect people from bad weather or danger. With the aim of having a better understanding of the theme “Shelter,” an academic activity was organized virtually related to the topic wherein the students learned about different types of houses that are built depending on the climate of that region. The students showcased a beautiful and colourful project with pictures of different types of houses and explained every house elaborately. Some of them included - Bhunga in Gujarat, Kath Kuni in Himachal, traditional houses in Kerala, etc. They learned that different houses are built as per the abundant availability of materials, physical characteristics, climatic conditions, culture, traditions, lifestyle, etc. In the end, to make their activity more exciting and interesting a surprise was planned by the teacher for the students to witness different types of houses virtually - like Bhungas, traditional houses that are unique to the Kutch region in Gujarat. Last but not the least, a virtual tour of Kerala showcased a traditional big house called the nalukettu having large verandahs and cattle shed were all part of the traditional nalukettu. Through these virtual tours, they observed the houses more keenly and gained more knowledge and information about their culture, lifestyle, tradition, etc.
EUPHORIC JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS AT PRESIDIUM
To seek the blessings of Lord Krishna, Janamashtami was celebrated virtually by the students of Grades Prep to 7th. To celebrate the extraordinary bond between the children and the Almighty, Presidium school took the opportunity to both jubilate and learn with young minds. The students dressed up as Lord Krishna and Radha. Their homes were decorated beautifully and the spirit of festivity was enhanced with their wonderful performances. The assembly kick-started with the significance of Janmashtami along with speeches, poetry, songs, scintillating theatrical and dance performances enthralled the audience. Students also dressed up as Krishna and Arjuna to portray a saar from Gita, which commemorated the human incarnation of Lord Krishna. Making the students aware of the Indian tradition, customs, and culture, the assembly conveyed the strong message of 'victory of good over evil.'
STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO SPORTS LEGENDS ON NATIONAL SPORTS DAY
"It mirrors life, they say. It's trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, hopes and losses... are all reminiscent of what life takes us through. Sport builds and reveals the character of humans."
On August 29, India celebrates National Sports Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand – who was an integral part of 1928, 1932, and 1936 Olympics Gold medal-winning squad. National Sports Day 2021 is even more special due to India's remarkable performance in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. Presidians paid homage to our Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand and the Super Seven of our Olympics victory. Students poured appreciation and accolades on all our achievers who brought laurels to the country on such a huge platform. Their stories of perseverance, struggles, hard work, determination, and discipline motivated and inspired our young guns to give their best and never give up. Students also presented Yoga Asanas, which are the gift of India to the world, for better health and fitness. The students learned a lot about true sportsmanship and the value of upholding the sports spirit.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE INDIAN METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT
The IMD logo in Sanskrit means, 'The Sun Gives Rainfall.' With a humble beginning in 1875, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrated its 145th Foundation Day on January 1. It has marched forward with various milestones and paradigms to serve society. It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting, and seismology. It is the first organization in India to deploy a message-switching computer for supporting its global data exchange. Students of Grade 7 are learning about this department in the Chapter- Weather, climate, and adaptations of animals to climate. They presented a detailed report wherein they explained the history of the department, various tasks, and new initiatives taken by the department. The purpose of the enrichment activity was to generate awareness about how the IMD works and warn against severe weather phenomena like tropical cyclones, dust storms, heavy rains, etc. which cause destruction of life and property.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY OF INDIA
"India is probably the best country in the world, both scenic and peaceful; it truly is God’s country." - Kobe Bryant
Most of India forms a peninsula, which means it is surrounded by water on three sides. The world's highest mountain range, the Himalayas, rises in the north. India's terrain varies widely, from the Thar Desert in the west to jungles in the northeast. A fertile area called the Ganges Plain covers much of northern India. Students of Grade VI partook in a project wherein they studied the various landforms found in our country. They also gathered information about the locational setting, neighbouring countries, and political and administrative of India. The collaborative project was presented in the online Social Science module. The exercise helped students strengthen their knowledge about the geographical diversity of our country.
RAKSHA BANDHAN: STUDENTS WARMLY WELCOME FESTIVITIES & HAPPINESS!
“No matter how far the siblings are, the beautiful festival of Rakshabandhan always brings back happy memories!”
The festival of Rakshabandhan which is celebrated in Hindu communities across the world is a special time when brothers and sisters show love and care for one another. The virtuous bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. To symbolize a sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her, a special virtual assembly was conducted in Presidium on Rakshabandhan. The program was a colorful blend of poems, speeches, acts, and dance with the students highlighting the importance of the festival. The values of love and protection were sensitively portrayed by the students. The celebration ended as a heartfelt note of realization and expression of all the voluminous love, compassion, and togetherness that the golden thread of Rakhi pulsates with.