Monthly Archives: August 2013

DRAWING AND SLOGAN WRITING

Students of Class 7 were given paper and a set of 4 sketch pens(4 colours) and asked to draw a tree made of any object of their choice(a pen, a car or similar objects).

The objective was if we don’t save trees and grow more trees now in future children will see tree only on paper made of cars, pens, etc.

Results of the competition will be declared within a week.

Each child was given a sapling to grow in their garden and were asked to take care of it.

Children had to write 3 slogans and approximately 80 students took part in the slogan writing competition.

 

Managing Trustee’s Birth Anniversary

Today is the birth anniversary of Mr. G K Choksi, a leading chartered accountant and managing trustee of Udgam School for Children.

To commemorate this day Udgam School has adopted Thaltej Municipal School in a bid to improve the quality of the school in every possible way.

This will be another page added to Udgam’s charity drives. We believe that all strata of society has a right to good education. 

We hope to make improvements in the infrastructure, IT systems, educational process, health, hygiene and other related issues and hope to make a major turnaround in one year. Ms. Pratima Patell, Director of Udgam School for Children, will be heading the project.  

 

Click on the link for more pics of the Thaltej Municipal School.

 

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Udgam School Celebrates Gujarati Diwas

On the birth anniversary of Raashtreeya Shaayar Jhaverchand Meghani, the noted poet, litterateur and social reformer from Gujarat, Gujarati Diwas is celebrated in Gujarat and rest of India.

The language reflects the rich culture and heritage of Gujarat and with 65.5 million speakers of Gujarati worldwide, it is the 26th most spoken native language in the world.

 

Udgam School celebrated Gujarati Diwas today with a variety of programmes for all sections of the school.  

Secondary section had Nukkad Nataks and Bhawais along with percussion recital by the students of Classes 9 and 10. The children dressed gaily in colourful Gujarati traditional outfits and with great enthusiasm attacked issues like corruption, inflation and gender bias through short delightful plays with apt witticisms.

Middle school had a skit on corruption and poem recitation. Teachers showed videos related to Sri Meghani’s famous songs like ` Ho Raj Mane Lagyo Kasumbi no Rang’and ’Mor bani thangaat kare Mann’.

Songs on Amdavad and Gujarat and its cultural heritage shall also be shown to the students in order to make them feel the pride of being a Gujarati.

Primary section had poem recitations and speeches on Gujarati literature. Teachers shared information about the richness of the Gujarati language.

In addition to the programmes, charts on prominent Gujarati writers were made and displayed on the soft boards all around the school. 

ECHOES OF LIFE

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?" He gets the answer: "Who are you?” And then he yells to the mountain: "I admire you!” The voice answers: "I admire you!"

Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!". He receives the answer: "Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?". The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention." Again the man screams: "You are a champion!” The voice answers: "You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it."
Your life is not a coincidence. It's a reflection of you!"

RAKSHABANDHAN – A FESTIVAL OF BONDING

The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' is a special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread around the wrist. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is rightly called the ‘Rakhi’. It means 'a bond of protection', and Raksha Bandhansignifies that the strong must protect the weak from all that’s evil.
The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, on which sisters tie the sacred Rakhi string on their brothers' right wrists, and pray for their long life. Rakhis are ideally made of silk with gold and silver threads, beautifully crafted embroidered sequins, and studded with semi precious stones.

The Social Binding
This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbours, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters. All members of the community commit to protect each other and the society in such congregational Rakhi Utsavs, popularized by the Nobel laureate Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The Auspicious Full Moon
In Northern India, Rakhi Purnima is also called Kajri Purnima or Kajri Navami, when wheat or barley is sown, and goddess Bhagwati is worshipped. In Western states, the festival is called Nariyal Purnima or the Coconut Full Moon. In Southern India, Shravan Purnima is an important religious occasion, especially for the Brahmins. Raksha Bandhan is known by various names:Vish Tarak - the destroyer of venom, Punya Pradayak - the bestower of boons, and Pap Nashak- the destroyer of sins.

Rakhi in History
The strong bond represented by Rakhi has resulted in innumerable political ties among kingdoms and princely states. The pages of Indian history testify that the Rajput and Maratha queens have sent Rakhis even to Mughal kings who, despite their differences, have assuaged their Rakhi-sisters by offering help and protection at critical moments and honoured the fraternal bond. Even matrimonial alliances have been established between kingdoms through the exchange of Rakhis. History has it that the great Hindu King Porus refrained from striking Alexander, the Great because the latter’s wife had approached this mighty adversary and tied a Rakhi on his hand, prior to the battle, urging him not to hurt her husband.

Rakhi Myths & Legends
According to one mythological allusion, Rakhi was intended to be the worship of the sea-god Varuna. Hence, offerings of coconut to Varuna, ceremonial bathing and fairs at waterfronts accompany this festival.

There are also myths that describe the ritual as observed by Indrani and Yamuna for their respective brothers Indra and Yama.

Once, Lord Indra stood almost vanquished in a long-drawn battle against the demons. Full of remorse, he sought the advice of Guru Brihaspati, who suggested for his sortie the auspicious day of Shravan Purnima (fullmoon day of the month of Shravan). On that day, Indra's wife and Brihaspati tied a sacred thread on the wrist of Indra, who then attacked the demon with renewed force and routed him.

Thus the Raksha Bhandhan symbolizes all aspects of protection of the good from evil forces. Even in the great epic Mahabharata, we find Krishna advising Yudhishtthir to tie the puissant Rakhi to guard himself against impending evils.
In the ancient Puranik scriptures, it is said that King Bali's stronghold had been the Raakhi. Hence while tying the rakhi this couplet is usually recited:

"Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala"
"I am tying a Rakhi on you, like the one on mighty demon king Bali. Be firm, O Rakhi, do not falter."

Why Rakhi?
Rituals like Rakhi, there is no doubt, help ease out various societal strains, induce fellow-feeling, open up channels of expression, give us an opportunity to rework on our role as human beings and, most importantly, bring joy in our mundane lives.
“May all be happy
May all be free from ills
May all behold only the good
May none be in distress.”

Mock Elections

Students are our future, in order to give them the taste of suffrage and democratic government, election process was conducted for class 7.

Election commission of Udgam was formed and also voters’ cards were issued to all students along with giving them knowledge of its importance.

Political parties and leaders tried to influence the voters through campaigning and promises.

Political parties put their party manifestos, approved by Election commission and inspirational speeches were given by the candidates. The supporters were also witnessed in the campus.

Finally voters cast their precious votes through secret ballot.

It was a first-hand experience for the students they learnt everything about our democratic political system. 

Gujarati Project

The students of Class 6 created fabulous magazines using 100% Gujarati language. Aptly titled UDGAM SAPTAHIK, the magazines that the students made reflect their observation, creativity and flair for their mother tongue. The enthusiasm and zeal shines through in every page of work they have done. This was an endeavour by the teacher to instil a love for the Gujarati language and was done as a project in the 3rd language class. 

MOVE OVER HIGGS; HERE COMES BOSON

Yes, it is official now! British physicist Higgs and Belgian Physicist Englert have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics. They predicted the existence of the subatomic particle Higgs boson or God’s particle nearly 50 years ago and were proven right last year. So, after a period of 50 years they were still awarded the highest honour for their discovery. But what about the Bose in boson?

Kolkata born physicist Satyendranath Bose is considered the father of the concept of boson particle of the ‘God particle’. But he was not even considered for the Nobel while he was alive. In fact the surprising part is that several Nobel awards have been given for research related to the Boson concept and the one given for Higgs boson is one among many. Well, certainly not the first snub.

According to a science magazine, Bose wrote a paper in 1924 in which he derived Planck’s quantum radiation law without referencing classical physics – which he was able to do by counting states with identical properties. The paper would later verify seminal in making the field of quantum statistics.

Bose sent the paper to Albert Einstein in Germany, and the scientist recognised its importance, translated it into German and submitted it on Bose’s behalf to the prestigious scientific journal Zeitschrift für Physik. The publication led to recognition, and Bose was granted a place of absence to work in Europe for two years at X-ray and crystallography laboratories, where he worked alongside Einstein and Marie Curie, among others.

Einstein had adopted Bose’s thought and extended it to atoms, which led to the prediction of the existence of phenomena that became known as the Bose-Einstein Condensate, a dense pool of bosons – particles with integer spin that were named for Bose.

According to a July 2012 New York Times condition in which Bose is described as the “Father of the ‘God Particle’”, the scientist’s interests wandered into other fields, including philosophy, literature and the Indian independence movement. He published another physics paper in 1937 and in the early 1950s worked on unified field theories.

Numerous Nobel Prizes were awarded for research related to the concepts of the boson and the Bose-Einstein Condensate. Bose was never awarded a Nobel Prize, despite his work on particle statistics, which clarified the behaviour of photons and “opened the door to new dreams on statistics of Microsystems that obey the rules of quantum theory,” according to physicist Jayant Narlikar, who said Bose’s finding was one of the top 10 achievements of 20th-century Indian science.

But Bose himself had responded simply when questioned how he felt about the Nobel Prize snub: “I have got all the recognition I deserve.”

The world did not do justice to the great physicist. But we Indians should not forget the person who was responsible for the God’s particle.

Debate competition class 6

Interclass Debate competition was organised  for class 6th. Topic was ‘We do not need laws and Rules in our Lives’.

Students were selected on the basis of their performance in preliminary round which was conducted earlier in the class and students were selected for the final round on the basis of their presentation skills.

The confidence level of students proved the hard work and preparation put in.

Here is the list of participants:

S.R.

NAME

CLASS

1

Isha Shah

6 A

2

Rutvi Shah

6 A

3

Vanshika Bhatt

6 A

4

Zeel Thakkar

6 A

5

Ashka Thakker

6 B

6

Hiya Brahmbhatt

6 B

7

Het Patel

6 B

8

Adrija Banerjee

6 C

9

Harshini Shah

6 C

10

Ria Shah

6 C

11

Aryan Mittal

6 D

12

Mihan Jhaveri

6 D

13

Sanjana Dalal

6 D

14

Arjun Tahilramani

6 E

15

Harshal Oza

6 E

16

Ananya Singh

6 E

17

Shreeya Shriwal

6 E

18

Ridham Yadav

6 F

19

Khushi Vora

6 F

20

Meshva Patel

6 F

21

Shrina Iyer

6 F

 It was a difficult time for the judges to decide the winners as all the participants spoke with great zeal. As it was a competition, finally, the First position was bagged by  Sanjana Dalal of 6-D.

 The Second position was shared between Harshini Shah of 6-C and Rutvi  Shah of 6-C.

Again there was a tie for the third position between  Harshal Oza of 6-E and Ria Shah of 6-C.

All the students were awarded with the certificates.