Republic Day is celebrated on January 26 every year to remember the day when the Constitution of India came into effect after India gained Independence after a very long freedom struggle. Ever since the historic day, January 26 is celebrated with festivities and patriotic fervor all around the country. Students of Presidium celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day with great reverence. The students showcased different cultural programs which included speeches, patriotic songs, skits, and dance in allegiance to the brave freedom fighters who laid their lives for the motherland. The students saluted the national flag and pledged to uphold the honor, integrity, diversity, and uniqueness of our motherland INDIA.
Tambola, also known as Tombola, Indian Bingo or Housie is a popular game that is believed to have originated in Italy in the early 1500s. Related to the same theme, an academic activity called ‘Word Tambola’ was played by the students of Presidium from Grade 5 in the Virtual class. The teacher read out the words randomly that were in the card of the student’s and they striked it if the word said by the teacher existed in the children’s card. Once a particular Winning point was achieved by the student, they claimed it immediately. The teacher verified the winning by matching the struck words on the ticket with the called-out words. The teacher then declared if the winning had been successfully claimed. This helped the students to learn new words and polished their vocabulary bank.
Festivals in India are not only the rituals to perform but they are explicitly associated with our legacy to celebrate togetherness. Lohri is the celebration of the arrival of longer days after the winter solstice. Many of us are not aware that the word Lohri comes from ‘Tilohri’ i.e. ‘til’ meaning sesame and ‘rorhi’ meaning jaggery/gur. Eventually, the festival was just referred to as Lohri. Presidians were taken in by air of festivity during Lohri Celebration. The virtual assembly started with a speech highlighting the importance of the festival of Lohri followed by a beautiful poem on the auspicious occasion. Also, the spirit of students was high when they tapped their happy feet on the beats of ‘Giddha—Bhangra’ and sang the traditional Lohri songs like ‘Sunder Mundriye.’ They were apprised of the significance of the festival.
Our society makes distinctions between boys and girls even while they are in the growing phase. Students of Grade 7 discussed prejudices and stereotypes as they delved deeper into the study of gender inequality that has been persistent in our society sinces ages. They talked about the societal mindsets that have bias towards both men and women. They shed light upon the need to respect individual preferences and break the stereotypes. Students till their late teenage years have very impressionable minds. It is during these years they pick their social cues and behaviour from their surroundings. There are different roles which are assigned to boys and girls to prepare them for their future roles as men and women. If from a very early age, we teach them the equality between genders, these boys and girls will grow up to be model citizens and the exercise was an attempt to instrument the objective.
Enactment is the real way to teach children. Helping children to enact stories can be a fun activity and has the potential to work wonders for the mental development of the child. Keeping this in mind our little Presidians of Grade Prep Enacted the Story "हाय रे मिर्च" in TBL under the Theme 'Food We Eat.' It inspired the students to think, work and enact creatively. A bit of voice modulation added to their amusement even more and promoted artistic excellence. They learned a lot through the process of exploring themselves and simultaneously relating themselves to others. Presidians enjoyed their characters and it was a fulfilling session.
Transportation is the center of the world, it is the glue of our daily lives. To have a better understanding of the topic of transportation a virtual academic activity was organized by Grade 5 students wherein they showcased their hard work by creating different projects on highways, bypass, and expressway and explored to give us more information about the same with their advantages like Importance of highway transportation. A transportation theme not only teaches children about what different vehicles are for and how they work, but you can also use it to teach other important concepts such as safety when riding in a vehicle or walking. It's vitally important to help shape children and young people's understanding of and attitudes towards road safety, to help give them the best chance of keeping safe while they're young and as they get older. The class ended with extended learning and concluded with a better understanding that roads are the arteries through which the economy pulses. By linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals, roads are vital to any development agenda.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab and Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Presidians celebrated the birth of the first Guru of the Sikhs- Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, with warmth and joy. The assembly began with 'Ek Onkar' and school prayer which was followed by an English speech and poem. A serene and calm atmosphere was created by the soothing Shabad sung by the young Presidians. The students apprised the audience about the principles and teachings of the pious soul, Guru Nanak Devji. It proclaimed that the essence of religion is an engaging man to constantly remember the divine at all times and at all places. The program concluded on a happy note with festive spirit and unbeatable excitement amongst the students.