Principal’s Desk Update – August 2023
- 12 August 2023
As we embrace the month of August, it’s my pleasure to share with you the vibrant happenings and achievements within our school community.
Our Early Years learners continue to inspire us with their enthusiasm and growth. During the Kinder Voice and Spin a Yarn activity, it was heartening to witness our young talents confidently present speeches on the assigned topics. Moreover, the Early Years parents at the Main campus engaged in fruitful conversations during our “Conversation with the Principal over a Cup of Coffee” event. Smiles adorned the faces of parents, students, and staff, creating an atmosphere of happiness within our school.
The Poem Recitation Competition saw eager participation from all EY2 and Grade 1 students. They showcased their creativity and eloquence, leaving us amazed. The spirit of friendship was celebrated during the Friendship Soup Day, where learners from Playgroup to Grade 1 enthusiastically shared their bonds of camaraderie with their partners. Our young learners initiated a learning journey about their rights (UNCRC articles) through specially organized assemblies.
Our primary students rejoiced in the spirit of Friendship Day, fostering cherished memories with their buddies and children at the Orphanage. Through handmade cards and heartfelt exchanges, they learned the significance of empathy and companionship, laying the foundation for lifelong connections. The Primary level’s Friendship Day was a joyful echo of pure glee, leaving behind heartwarming memories.
Grade 3 students were privileged to attend a Guest Talk on “Prevention is Better than Cure” by Desiderius Erasmus. This enlightening session delved into the distinctions between vaccines and medicines, offering insights into the manufacturing process of drug products. The students also explored the concepts of viruses and bacteria, aligning with the learning objectives of the “Stopping Diseases and Vaccines” lesson.
Grade 10 and 11 students embarked on an enriching field trip to the Anatomy Lab at NRI Medical College.
With the start of next week, our Grade 10 and 12 students (CBSE & IGCSE) will commence their Summative Assessments. Let us join in wishing them the best for their assessments.
The school grounds have been alive with sports and games activities. Our Inter-House Yoga Competition saw the participation of 72 students from grades 4 to 12, demonstrating their mastery of advanced asanas. In the Inter-House Football Competition, 150 students from grades 6 to 12 showcased their football skills with enthusiasm. We are excited to share that our students have registered for the district-level Swimming and Lawn Tennis competitions, scheduled for August 12 and 13 in Visakhapatnam.
We are delighted to share the accomplishments of our alumnus Ayan Pradhan, from the Class of 2018, has secured a placement for his master’s program in the Master of Business Administration program in Business Analytics at the esteemed University of Wisconsin-Madison. This university, ranked 38th best in the United States, offers the 8th best business analytics program.
As we bid farewell to our Class of 2023, we extend our best wishes to them as they embark on their academic journeys in India and abroad.
The upcoming months are brimming with exciting events and competitions:
CAS Project on August 15: Our students are initiating the “Health4Life” project, an endeavor to educate Majjivalsa Government School students about health, hygiene, and fitness. A medical camp and distribution of health kits are planned as part of this initiative.
Asia Pacific Youth Assembly on August 12: Students of Grades 11 & 12 will participate in the Youth Parliament organized by Habitat4Humanity, focusing on Sustainable Development and the role of youth. This coincides with International Youth Day.
Independence Day Celebrations: Students will infuse patriotic fervor into the 77th Independence Day celebrations, featuring flag hoisting within the school premises.
Rangotsav on August 18: A National Level Art Competition for students of Grades 1-12 will provide a platform for our artistic talents to shine.
World Fashion Day celebrations by Early Years and Primary students: We encourage students to embrace Leather-Free costumes as part of this celebration. On Fashion Day, as a part of our ongoing SDG program, we will be focusing on promoting handloom wear.
Inter-House Swimming Competition: Scheduled for September, this competition promises to be an exciting aquatic event.
Solo and School Band Auditions: Auditions for the Band It National level music competition have been completed. Our students are diligently rehearsing for the upcoming competition.
Autumn Internships: Grade 12 students can explore internships in diverse fields such as marketing, architecture & interior designing, finance & accounting, digital marketing, and manufacturing. We extend our gratitude to our Oakridge parent partners for supporting us with these valuable opportunities.
STEMPact Trip to Singapore: Grades 6-8 students can look forward to a 5-day trip to Singapore in October. Stay tuned for communication and registration details.
The Cognitive Abilities Test Fourth Edition (CAT4) continues to enhance our understanding of students’ abilities and potential. We are pleased to announce that CAT4 assessments are being administered to students in transition years: Grade 5 (soon transitioning to lower secondary), Grade 8 (soon moving to high school), and Grade 10 (soon advancing to senior secondary/high school). Grade 10 students have provided positive feedback about the assessments, and we look forward to discussing the outcomes in detail with both students and parents.
We are committed to nurturing a safe and supportive environment for our students. As part of this effort, anti-bullying sessions were conducted by our student counsellor on August 4 for primary grades and on August 11 for Grades 6 to 8. These sessions discussed the importance of preventing bullying and fostering positive interactions among peers.
Unleashing Emotions: On the vibrant Friday of August 4, students were prompted to delve into specific emotions, channelling them into their artistic creations.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and involvement in our school community. Let’s look forward to a month filled with learning, growth, and meaningful experiences for our students.