STUDENTS PLEDGE TO WORK FOR WOMEN EMANCIPATION
'There is one universal truth applicable to all countries, cultures and communities that violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable'
To mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women which is celebrated every year on 25th November, students of Grade 6 conducted a special assembly. They apprised everyone of the prevailing problem of violence against women and the atrocities that they have to go through. UNESCO organises 16 days of activism beginning from this day to create awareness among people. They discussed about the various ways like gender equality, pay due respect and women empowerment through which the violence against women can be reduced. Women should be made socially and financially self reliant so that they can face the challenges of life. Students presented their talents by renditions which inspired us to endeavour to stop violence against women and work for women emancipation. They also took a pledge that they will raise their voices for their rights.
PRESIDIANS ENTHRALL WITH THEIR CONFIDENCE AT DANCE COMPETITION
Dance is a means to communicate emotions without saying anything. Dance Competition in school is not just about the trophies and certificates, it is a highly rewarding and worthwhile activity for students of all ages and is a great way to build up emotional resilience in the child. It enforces kids to gain emotional strength and accept criticism and rejection gracefully. To enhance these qualities, a Dance Competition was organized for our tiny tots. They showcased their talent on 'Western Dance Style' for nursery and Folk Dance Style for a prep class. They were given a time limit of two minutes. As the Dance Competition was conducted virtually, parents also had a splendid time.
PRESIDIANS SPREAD MESSAGE OF ONENESS ON GURU NANAK JAYANTI
Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the biggest festivals of the Sikh community. On this special occasion, Presidians were made to understand the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who through his preachings spread the message of love, equality, and virtue. The students were briefed about the significance of the day, Presidians learned about the traditional and famous "Karah Prasad" in the session and they wrote teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on placards. Some students also enacted as Panj Pyare. They all learned the significance of five Beloved: the men who were initiated into the Khalsa (the brotherhood of the Sikh faith) under the leadership of the last of the ten Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh. The students also decorated the pious sign of KHANDA using tearing and pasting with golden paper. They offered Ardaas to bless all humanity and to help them to be faithful to the scriptures.
CELEBRATING THE BEST SEASON OF LIFE ON CHILDREN’S DAY
“The first happiness of the child is to know that he is loved.”
Children’s day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care, and education of the children. It is celebrated on 14th November every year as a tribute to the birthday of India’s First Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, lovingly known as Chacha Nehru.
A day marking childhood was celebrated with fun and frolic at Presidium through a series of online activities by the students and teachers. The highlight of the same was a skit, role play, dance, craftwork, jam sessions, dance party, Powerpoint presentations, paying tribute to Chachaji through instrumental music, etc. The School Heads and teachers also touched the hearts of our future leaders and tiny tots by singing songs Dil hai Chota sa, Bum Bum Bole and resonated with immense joy, enthusiasm, and high spirits. We truly believe that every child is a different kind of flower that blooms to make this world a beautiful garden.
DIWALI CELEBRATION ENTHRALLS YOUNG PRESIDIANS
Diwali is a festival that marks the return of Lord Rama from fourteen years of exile and his victory over the demon Ravana. Students of pre-primary and grade 3 celebrated this festival with full zeal and enthusiasm. They were dressed up in colorful clothes. They started their day with morning prayer followed by a short story explaining the reason for celebrating Diwali. They were made to understand that Diwali is not only the festival of celebration, but it also gives us the message of friendship and equality. Students were engrossed in a beautiful craft activity wherein they made a Diya and rangoli using coloured paper, pulses, dry glitters, and various decorative materials. The class ended with enthusiastic songs and dance performances by our tiny tots.
STUDENTS EXHIBIT THEIR SKILLS AT TALENT HUNT COMPETITION
“We are born unique. We all have different talents and abilities. We don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. We have a responsibility to develop the talents we have been blessed with.”
Presidium always strives to nurture the inherent potential that every student has. With the same spirit, a virtual platform was given to students to showcase their entertainment skills through a Talent Hunt Competition. Students of the Junior Wing exhibited various skills from dance to drama, song and speech, to magic and many more. Each participant had two minutes to showcase their talent. All the participants took the audience into their spell through their truly creative and enchanting acts. Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them. Events like these not only help the participating students to show their abilities but also motivate other students to come upfront and show their hidden potential.
STUDENTS COMMEMORATE THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SARDAR PATEL
“Take to the path of dharma the path of truth and justice. Don’t misuse your valor. Remain united. March forward in all humility, but fully awake to the situation you face, demanding your rights and firmness.” – Sardar Vallabbhai Patel
As aptly quoted by the iron man of our country, Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to rejoice his words and teachings, students of grades 5 and 8 celebrated National Unity Day in a form of class assembly. The assembly highlighted the importance of unity and how Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, played a key role in the Indian freedom movement. He united 562 princely states to build the Republic of India. The day started with a prayer followed by a speech to mark the significance and facts of the occasion. Students presented posters, did PowerPoint presentations, sang beautiful songs, performed dance and role play.
DEBATE COMPETITION ENHANCES PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS OF PRESIDIANS
It is rightly said by Margaret Heffernan, ‘For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.’ To inculcate the skill of critical thinking, and enhance the ability to organize thoughts, a debate session was organized under club activity for the students of Grade- 8. It was an Intra Class Debate activity wherein each class was divided into two groups; Team A and Team B. Students were given the topic - ‘Online or offline: the better medium of Education.’ Both the teams in each section presented their opinions in an enthusiastic manner as they could relate to it personally. During the arguments of our young Presidians, it was quite astounding to see their skill of reasoning and evidence.
BEST OUT OF WASTE ACTIVITY: STUDENTS DISPLAY THEIR CREATIVE SIDE
"Recycling things is like magic that turns ordinary things into extraordinary."
The three 'Rs' stand for: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They are a part of the waste hierarchy which is used to protect the environment and conserve resources through a priority approach. The aim is to get maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste. The Best out of Waste simply means to make or to create innovative and attractive things from the material we do not use anymore. In an initiative to generate the habit of using old things to create beautiful crafts among children, a 'Best Out of Waste Competition' was recently organized at Presidium School for Grade 1, students displayed their creative art and craft ideas by making: a teapot and a cup, hat, paper vase, wall hangings, greeting cards, Utility box, toys and paper jewelry and many more. The creativity displayed by the children was mesmerizing. The competition promoted artistic fervour in our leaders of tomorrow.
PRESIDIANS CELEBRATE LORD RAMA’S VICTORY ON DUSSEHRA
Dussehra is an auspicious day in the year of Hindu Faith. It is one of the major festivals and involves huge celebrations for ten days and nine nights. In the mood of celebration, our young Presidians celebrated Dussehra with full vigour to instill the students with the message of this festival- the destruction of evil power and triumph of good over evil. A virtual celebration was planned wherein students played the role of different mythological characters to make everybody understand their importance in Ramayana. They also made a small craft of Ravana. The students were sensitized about the occasion and were encouraged to adopt the teachings for the benefit of mankind.