Our trip started on night of April 13th, after Graduation party. A group of 103 students escorted by few teacher escorts boarded Rajdhani to Mumbai. Next morning, AC coaches were waiting for us to be transported to Loonavala. Hearty delicious buffet-Lunch was being organized at “Flavos” Navi Mumbai.
It was a stop every one cherished, hearty lavish meal, clean washrooms and very good interiors. We reached Lonavala hotel Residency around 3:30 pm. The hotel was magnificent and had all desired comforts.
The meals at the hotel were A class. Must have been over 20 varieties at every meal.
The quality of breakfast & dinner was awesome. All types of juices, milk , types of corn flakes, bread, butter, fresh fruits, hot dosa, pan cakes, salads, ice cream, jalebi, etc.. the list was endless.
15th was “The Day at Theme park IMAGICA”. Though weather was hot & humid, and we had reached the park by 10 am, it took us a while to get in. There were lot of people indeed to visit the park.
Students enjoyed various rides; firing water canon, dare drop, roller coaster rides, Pendulum swing to name just a few. Students enjoyed watching 7 D movies like, Birds eye view of India, Mr. India, etc.
At Midnight of 16th april we arrived back to Bhopal by Rajdhani Express.
All good things come to an end, leaving a desire that there would be next time.
The Cheer and Joy is Back on Campus with the Return of the Boarding Students
After 11 months of hiatus in the global effort to contain the pandemic, the pupils of Kshitij and Prerna of the batch of ICSE/ISC 2021, began to return to their second home on the 6th of February. The school management had been busy for over a fortnight building the protocols and SOPs to prepare for the homecoming of the students. Elaborate plans were in place in Kshitij and Prerna to ensure that all the safety norms are being followed. Dr. Nisha Rajan (RMO) and the House Staff had spent hours to prepare a comprehensive set of documents which was shared with the students and the parents. A robust set of Health Advisory was also released as a precursor to the arrival of the students. Beginning with the valid RT-PCR Report to the number of masks and quantity of sanitizers to be brought by the students, every inventory was scanned to perfection before allowing entry to them. The living space, the isolation area, dining hall, infirmary etc. was inspected multiple times to ensure that everything was in place.
When the students finally began to descend on campus, the parents and the boarding community was overwhelmed to interact with each other. The students have been put in a mandatory quarantine period of 5 days and they are regularly oriented by Dr. Nisha and the entire House Staff every evening so that the community does not throw caution to the wind. The students of Kshitij were particularly delighted to check into the completely renovated living space. The sprawling corridors, the colour coordinated recreation rooms and the ergonomically designed prep rooms were a source of great joy and excitement for the students.
In the first phase of the return of students, approximately 50 students of the ICSE/ISC batch of 2021 are expected to return by the 10th of February and they will appear for their Pre-Board Examinations from the 15th of February 2021 in the boarding. All the necessary academic help has been arranged so that the students cover all the grounds. The parents community has displayed a lot of confidence in the school management in their endeavour to help the students return to the normal academic rhythm, and needless to say, we are delighted to have them back with us.
The 71st Republic Day remembering the anniversary of the Constitution of India was celebrated at TSVS on Sunday 26th January 2020.
The ceremony commenced with Guards in colorful attire welcoming the Officials for Hosting of the Flag. The flag hosting was done in front of the Administration Block by Dr. Dilip K. Panda and Mr. Vikas Ajmera followed by the National Anthem. The audience was addressed by Dean of Studies Dr. Dilip K. Panda narrating relevance of the day and responsibility of the coming generation. All Boarding children from Kshitij and Prerna, House Staff and Residential staff on campus along with support staff were present during the ceremony.
The Sanskaar Valley School salutes the nation on its 73rd Independence Day.
The incessant rain on the 15th of August helped bolster the spirit of patriotism in every member of the Sanskaar community, who stood undaunted in its symbolism to display the spirit of freedom.
The management, staff and students of The Sanskaar Valley School joined in unison to witness the hoisting of the tricolour by Dr. Dillip K. Panda. The rhythm of the national anthem outweighed the intense rain by a huge margin.
Dr. Panda addressed the gathering by reinforcing the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi and Guru Nanak Devji which was followed by the national pledge taken by the entire school community to serve our motherland, India with heart, body, and soul to bring it glory and laurels with our dignified deeds. The celebrations were concluded with the customary distribution of sweets and the festive breakfast.
The Sanskaar Valley School provides all the opportunities to soak in the festive spirit. Even though the Half-Yearly Examinations are underway, the siblings pining to meet with each other on the auspicious occasion of Rakhi were not disappointed. All the boys and girls turned up in their best traditional attire befitting the moment.
What is supposed to be a family festival was converted into a community festival and Ananda (Our Dining Hall) witnessed jovial bonding of the brothers and sisters in presence of the parents who had visited the school on 15th August. Thalis decorated with Rakhis, puja essentials and aromatic sweets enveloped the surrounding and the cheerful lot celebrated with abandon. A city outing awaited as a surprise for a lucky few. As the clouds kept vigil in the sky with occasional downpour, the festivities brought the much-needed emotional relief to all the boarding students.
Excitement and joy are essential part of the students in the Boarding. The sports and cultural competitions are exclusively conducted for the boys and girls in the Students’ Residences. The evening on the 6th of April, 2019 came alive in the Basketball court under the floodlight as slam-dunk, cherry picking, fast break, double, field goal combined with chanting house slogans coloured the evening. The competition was held for both Senior and Junior Boys and for Girls.
Qualifying matches were played by House Team PRAGYAN, PRAVIR, SATYA and UDYAM.
In junior category-boys, PRAGYAN and PRAVIR houses played the final, where, PRAGYAN house won the match by 4-0. In senior category-boys, UDYAM house defeated PRAGYAN house by 14-13.
Final match in Girls category was played between PRAGYAN and PRAVIR houses, where PRAGYAN house girls won the match by 5-4.
The 72nd Independence Day celebration took place at TSVS on 15th August 2018. Students and teachers dressed in colorful traditional attire assembled at Kalanjali for the occasion. The flag hoisting was done at 9 am by Principal Dr. Amlan K. Saha followed by the national anthem. Dr. Saha congratulated everyone in his Independence Day addressed and shared the proud feeling of being a part of a country with a history of 5000 years and requested all to be responsible citizens of the nation. The celebrations continued with a vibrant cultural program at the Umang Hall coordinated and prepared by the Boarding students of ‘Kshitij’ and ‘Prerna’. The key programs were song performance, skit, dance and drama filled with the spirit of patriotism and messages for children.
Effect+, a Global Citizenship Education Workshop was organized on 27th and 28th July 2018, at The Sanskaar Valley School, Bhopal. A total of 42 boarding students of Classes XI & XII participated in the program. The resource person for the workshop was Ms. Sarita Badhwar, Consultant, AFS Intercultural Programs India. The guest speaker Dr. Rohit Trivedi, an English professor from Nutan College, Bhopal shared his own example, life experiences as an impaired person and role of students as the youth in community participation and wellbeing of the underprivileged. The key sessions & activities of the workshop were introductions & ice-breaker, Butterfly Effect, Generating Effect+, ‘What’s my place? My world, my place’, and Generate Effect+ through which students were orientation, sensitized and motivated to think as a Global Citizens and move from being learners to Changemakers to help advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“You can Speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” Keeping the quote in mind, The Sanskaar Valley School organized a speaking skill competition for the boarders of Grades V-VIII. The event was adjudged by Mr. Rajnish and Mr. Rahul Saxena from Terracotta Capabilities. Most of the students spoke about the rainy season and the ways to keep oneself protected from the diseases which are common in this weather. The award for best speaker was a tie between Ansh Rathi and Ziya Sahu. The first runner-up of the competition was Jagrat Shivhare, the second runner-up was Stuti Agarwal and Abnhi Gupta was recommended for a Consolation prize. The House Staff Mr. Dominic Paul, Mrs. Shubhra Shome, Ms. Nazma Khan and Mrs. Manju were also present in the foyer to boost the confidence of the students.
Keeping the spirit alive of the first International Day of Yoga that was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015, where more than 30,000 people, performed yoga asanas (postures) at Rajpath in New Delhi, this year too its fourth edition was celebrated with the same fervor by the boarding students of TSVS. The students joined the celebrations in Bhopal at the Lal Parade Ground by actively performing yoga with hundreds of other residents of the city. A total of 44 students from class 6th- 8th led by Mr. Anand K. Das, Boarding Activity Coordinator participated in the event and rejuvenated their souls and bodies.
An inter-house Volleyball Competition was organized by The Sanskaar Valley School for its boarding students on Tuesday, 6th March 2018. For this competition, the students were divided into teams on the basis of their houses viz. Pragyan, Udyam, Pravir and Satya. The first prize was bagged by Udyam. At the end of this event, the winning team had a match with the team of residential staff. The event culminated with a closing ceremony where students were felicitated with certificates.
The boarding students never fail to respond with enthusiasm for any activity/ sport,and their performance on 8th April 2018 was a testimony to it.The program commenced with a competition for the BestHouse March Past and the occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. Amlan K Saha, Principal andDr. Dillip Panda, DoS and Head- Boarding and the residential staff of the school.The Udyam House was adjudged as the runners-up and the girls bagged the Winners’ Trophy. The March Past was followed up by a challenging Inter-House Soccer match in both Junior and Senior categories. Satya House registered a victory over Pravir House (1-0) in the Junior Group and in the senior category Udyam House defeated Pravir House (4-0).The girls of Udyam House outplayed the rest of the girls in white in an exhibition match by 1-0 goal.
Diane Mariechild has often quoted that, "A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Empowering our young girls from the boarding on the transition that each girl encounters, a session was organised by eminent gynecologists Dr. Anjali Kanhere and Dr. Sushruta Shrivastava on "Challenges of Womanhood". Students were educated about the physiological changes that girls experience during adolescence. They were also informed about the physical and emotional impact of hormones during this phase. They were explained the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity during this developmental period of their life. The importance of hygiene and health was re-iterated, and they were introduced to the importance of taking special care of their personal hygiene. The interactive session allowed students to pose questions and the gynecologists answered all the queries further clarifying the myths and doubts.
The student fraternity at TSVS boarding houses celebrated the festival of colors with aplomb and vim. The gaiety of this event was furthered by the presence of residential teachers. From children to teachers, all were smeared in the colors of joy. To support the nature and to promote eco-friendly Holi, floral and herbal colors were used. The excitement reached its zenith with dance and music. The whole fraternity tap their feet to harmonious and frenzy Holi numbers. The celebration finally ended with a mouth-watering traditional refreshment followed by a scrumptious lunch.
In celebrating and honoring our nation on its 69th Republic Day, TSVS as a team assembled in front of the Admin Block on 26th January 2018 to hoist the National flag. The flag having been hoisted and unfurled, the Principal addressed the gathering, quoting from the speech of President on the eve of Republic Day emphasizing on encouraging students to think and not just memorize and reproduce. The Ex Boarding along with the Dy. Head Boy then lead the gathering to take the Pledge as a reminder for all towards their role as dutiful citizens.
An Inter-House Volleyball Tournament was organised for the boarding students on 19th November 2017. Participating with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal, students from all the houses performed to their best potential.After various preliminary rounds, Pragyan and Udyam qualified for the finals and Pragyanemerged as the champions of the tournament. Satyam Soni ofUdyam Housewas adjudged asMan of the Match for his outstanding performance & efforts. A friendly match was also played between senior girls, where they exhibited a splendid performance.The closing ceremony was the high-point of the tournament as the students and teachers played a friendly match.
With the freshness of the wilderness and unknown rumbled path to nature; with the raw fragrance of the bean sheaths to fluttering butterflies in shades extinct, the IAYP students of TSVS were geared to challenge the land that slides to scare. The IAYP brigade travelled and trekked to areas in Uttarakhand like Uttarkashi, Betwa, Dodital, Mussorie, Rishikhesh & Kanatal from 25th September to 2nd October 2017. At the end of the trip, the students were tired yet excited as they created fond memories to cherish forever. Here is a little glimpse in to the adventurous trip.
With a mind free of fear and heads held high, The sanskaar valley school proudly celebrated the 71st Independence Day today the 15th of August, 2017 on campus with the entire residential community in attendance.
The celebration began with the hoisting of the National flag at 9:00 am by the members of the Senior Management Team Dr. Dillip Kumar Panda, Mrs. Pratibha Lalwani and Mr. Vikas Ajmera.
This was followed by a pledge solemnly taken by the students and staff members. Dr. Panda addressed the gathering with some words of wisdom accentuating the importance of the day. The assembly then moved to Ananda for breakfast and distribution of sweets.
The students in residence then put up a cultural programme par excellence. The programme featured patriotic songs, skits and dance performances all with a common theme, reminding us of the importance of the day and imbibing in us national pride. The event was witnessed by all the students and staff members in residence.
On 15th July, an Extempore Session in English was organized for the boarding students.In this competition, students were categorized into four groups and each student was given a different topic. Students were judged by Mr. Riyaz Nagori, the Senior Housemaster and Mr. Rajnish Choubey.
While summing up, the judges said that these kinds of initiatives are laudable as they help a student to gain confidence as well as the oratory skills. According to them, everyone should come up and try to speak on stage as it’s the only way to conquer the dread of public speaking. Also, they said that school is the best place to enhance the skills as compared to college as school is a place where students are given shape and are nurtured whereas, in college, a pupil’s aptitudes are refined to a higher degree.
Dr. Ratna Sharma, the school counselor conducted a workshop with the senior students from Kshitij on Self-Enhancement and the consolidation of the “Self” concept by imbibing positive attitude towards self and other fellow beings. The session highlighted upon three basic values which is considered essential for building the foundation of a fruitful community.
Kindness: Not only as a virtue, but practicing it in dealing with friends and juniors.
Humanism: Adopting an empathetic path to share the happiness and grief of others.
Emotional Connect: Which the basic foundation of community living and believing in the essential goodness of friends and classmates.
The session was very interactive and students came up with many interesting perspectives of relationships and bonding.
A quote by Walt Whitman says: “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up and devote your labour to others, have patience and indulgence towards everything, Take care of the leaves in the open air and every season of every year , and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
This quote was very well followed by the IAYP Social service students of The Sanskaar Valley School. They had undergone a social service initiative, where they resolved to clean the campus and facilitate the workers of our community. It was Sunday, 26th of February 2017 when the group of our selfless and dedicated students got up early in the morning and were found geared up with the feel of un-conditional effort towards nature and the workers. Though it was a bright and sunny morning, but each one of them spread out in the campus, ready for the toil and labour and were found picking and collecting wrappers and leaves. They were provided with gunny bags to fill the waste.
There was no reflection of tiredness seen in these young warriors, rather they were found supporting and holding hands of each other. After the cleaning, the students were filled with a sense of contentment and gratification when they overviewed the area. They were overwhelmed and rejoiced too. The endeavor of theirs was indeed appreciable.
On 24th February April, 2017 (Friday), all the boarders from Kshitij and Prerna visited “Shiv Temple” at Police line, Bhadbhada Road on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
The students experienced spirituality and took the blessings of the Almighty.
On 21st February April, 2017 (Tuesday), grade 10 and 12 boys of Kshitij were taken to “Bharat Bhawan” to watch a play “Mukam Dehroo Jila Nagor”.
The boys were entertained by the comedy drama which depicted the life in a village during the Second World War.They were splendid by the performances of the actors.
Boys also got opportunity to meet Mr Kumud Mishra fame of Bollywood movies Airlift, MS Dhoni and Sultan.
Report by Nandita Gattani XII CB
The boarding students were taken to Bharat Bhavan on 16 February 2017 by Mr. Ganpat Swarup Pathak to witness the Bharat Natyam Samooh Nritya. The Show began with a melodious and deep performance by talented Parwati Baul who is famous for her baul singing in Bengali. It is truly said that music connects souls because the way she was indulged in her singing left the audience in a rapture.
This was followed by Bharat Natyam performance by Ria Jha, Mohika Saxena, Aarohi Munshi and Madhura Chattopadhyaya who are disciple of the Celebrity Dr. Lata Munshi.
Truly, dance is a language itself. Through their expression and beautiful dancing the girls portrayed the stories of lord Krrishna and Ram.
The students were delighted to be the audience of such a great performance and they got golden opportunity to indulge themselves in the precious Indian culture.