Monthly Archives: January 2017

Udgam students make their school proud


It has been rightly said, “Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” Udgam School students have once again proved their mettle by emerging as the National level finalists in the Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) Map Quiz held recently. The quiz is conducted by INCA (supported by ISRO) across India to improve upon the map consciousness and awareness of students.

As many as nine students from Udgam School for Children qualified in the National Rounds. They were awarded certificates by INCA-Gujarat  Branch at a function held at CEPT University on 22nd January. The winners are Aatman Vakil, Divya Patel, Shaan Shah, Deepak Saha, Prajwal Chatterjee, Prem Harshe of Class X and Vashishth Doshi, Arjun Tahilramani and Avyansh Chaturvedi of Class IX. Aatman Vakil of Class X B gave a remarkable speech titled “ Maps and my life” which was appreciated by all. The Chief Guest of the program, Dr Karthikeyan from ISRO, SAC enlightened students on the various uses of GIS, Remote Sensing and Bhuvan, a software application of ISRO for development planning and management. The students had an enriching experience.

Kudos to all the winners for their outstanding achievement!

We would like to include the speech given by our student Aatman Vakil of Class X here-


Good Morning to one and all present here today. The experience of the INCA quiz has been surreal. Perhaps, out of the entire syllabus assigned to us, I found the maps- be they political, physical, cartographic or thematic- to be the most riveting. All those dots and symbols, those zig-zag lines- those flashes of green or yellow or white or blue or brown- to our amateur eyes these appeared to be just that- lines and dots on paper. But the study of these maps- the key to deciphering all those symbols- has been like learning a language.

From my childhood days, I enjoyed gazing at maps of India or maps of the world and figuring out which place goes where. In my naivety I believed that’s all what maps were meant for- to find places! Well, that is one of the many uses of maps- what on earth would we do without them! In school, our study of maps was intermingled with our study of History and Geography, mapping the ancient kingdoms and cities of legendary rulers like Asoka’s Pataliputra and his vast empire, going on to the Delhi Sultanate and Mughals right up to the British conquests of the various princely states. Geography involved the use of maps to locate our resources and deposits of minerals, industries, ports, airports, roadways, industrial hubs as well as power plants.

The map of India is unique and noble- diamond shaped or human figured with Kashmir forming the grand crown on the figure of Mother India, whose fingers in the form of Kutch to her right and Arunachal to her left, grasp the boundaries of Pakistan and Myanmar. Her feet, formed by the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, meet gracefully at Kanyakumari, with the Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep archipelagos scattered around there. She is truly a divine figure and is guarded by the seas and the mountains to her south and north. This map needs to be studied with devotion by every son or daughter of India.

In today’s global village, the internet has played a major role in the lives of all, including students. But this role also has a few cons- addiction and overdependence on the internet can retard the mental development of a child. It is really sad that our generation is losing its natural sense of orientation because there are so many gadgets to tell us where to go. How many of us can tell where North or West is without using our smartphones or the compass app? In a GPS world, map reading skill remains an important tool for building spatial- reasoning skills. In a 2013 report on Maps and Education , National Geographic concluded, “Spatial thinking is arguably one of the most important ways of thinking for a child to develop as he or she grows…a student who has acquired robust spatial thinking skills is at an advantage in our increasingly global and technical society.”  Looking back, I remember my jigsaw-puzzle map of the world and states-puzzle map of India, how in the former I looked up all those lines and colours to see where they met, and how for the latter I eagerly put in the pieces in the shape of the states of India into their respective places. Another interesting tool to teach maps would be 3-d maps- relief maps, i.e. maps in which places with high altitudes are raised slightly and valleys and oceans are slightly depressed. Truly, maps can be made fun and enthralling and puzzling to children of all ages- right from the little toddlers as they learn the alphabet up to high school students like us.

To conclude, I would like to thank INCA for giving us this wonderful opportunity. It has been, as I said, surreal and I’ll never look at Geography in the same way again, thanks to the fun I had giving the quiz.




A Field-Trip was arranged for the Commerce students to Ramdev Foods and Varmora Industries. Students could know about various aspects of management like: Inventory Management, Marketing Management, Personnel Management, Training Sessions for the employees, Billing System, Accounting System, Layout & Space Management, Channels of Distribution as well as Manufacturing Process…..It was a wonderful learning experience for the students !

The visit was made meaningful by making it interactive. Students could get hands on knowledge from the staff allotted for this visit. 

We are genuinely thankful to the management of both the Industries for extending their valuable support and giving us this memorable learning opportunity.



Social Science is considered a lengthy and difficult subject for students to prepare for exam.  So, a workshop was conducted to make the learning of the subject easier. It was a different kind of training.  Parents of the middle section students were shown some tactics by which their wards would find learning Social Science for the exam somewhat easier.

An initiative of the VP, Ms. Noopur Desai, the workshop was conducted efficiently by her teachers. A team comprising of special educators Shivani Joshi, Rashmi Lalwani, Tapaswini Gajjar and S.S. teachers Doyel Ganguly and Debaraty Bhattacharya made an impressive presentation and also had practical demonstration with parents volunteering to be students.After an introduction by Ms. Shivani Joshi, the session began with Ms. Rashmi Lalwani explaining the different types of learners – visual, auditory, kinesthetic.  While visual learners remember colours, handwriting, auditory learners concentrate on the spoken word and kinesthetic learners prefer hands-on learning.  She demonstrated these with the help of parents.

Ms. Doyel Ganguly explained the teaching of history in an interesting way – by relating historical characters to cartoon characters that students are fond of.  She also suggested the popular game of snakes and ladders to explain rise and fall of leaders and empires.Ms. Debarati’s method of teaching geography was practical and applicable.  She suggested making of acronyms to remember facts.  She likened countries on the map to shapes of common objects that students are familiar with and thus would remember easily.Ms. Tapaswini Gajjar showed interesting methods of learning with the use of puppets, tables and trays for classification of information.  She also suggested a simple method of using fingers to remember facts.

The session gave positive ideas to parents who help their wards prepare Social Science for exams.  They lauded the efforts of the teachers and even suggested having such workshops for others subjects.

Mythology Quiz competition ‘Bhavatu Bharatam’

Mythology Quiz competition ‘Bhavatu Bharatam’

Mythology plays an important role to keep us connected to our cultural phenomenon. In the present world of digitisation it is important to educate students, through different activities, about our age old mythology so as to evoke interest in them about our tradition.

Inter School Mythology Quiz competition ‘Bhavatu Bharatam ‘was conducted by St.Kabir School , Ahmedabad on 7th January,2017. Armed with great preparedness and guidance by their able educators. , four students of IX standard participated in the competition .The pair of IX G, Harshal Oza and Satya Aditya Chittavarjula stood first in the written round to qualify for the stage round. There were several rounds where our students exhibited their talent and knowledge. They were adjudged the second runner up in the competition and were awarded with a trophy and certificates. The other two participants from IX H, Aditya Acharya and Vidhika Marodia were given certificates of appreciation.


The morning of 7th January found the stage at Gujarat University Convention Hall set for the Annual Day celebrations of Primary School. The program encompassed the Indian culture at its full grandeur and brought to forth feelings of patriotism amidst dances, drama and music. The program began with lighting of the lamp and a prayer song. Shiv Tandav at the beginning was extremely apt and moved on to introduce the audience to Dasha Avatar. As the ten avatars of Vishnu enfolded, the audience were left awestruck with wonder at the impeccable performance of the little ones. Next came the colourful folk dances of states of Goa, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra. India is a land of diversity and this was portrayed adeptly in a mime by the children. Peacock dance and Save the Tiger dance did justice to our national animal and bird while raising consciousness about saving animals. Women empowerment is the need of the day and today women are moving shoulder to shoulder with men and this was enacted through a beautiful dance. Finally the program ended with the national song, Vande Mataram. Our heartfelt thanks to the parents and dignitaries for being such a wonderful audience; to the teachers who have coordinated the program painstakingly over the last couple of months and especially the children who worked relentlessly with full enthusiasm and enthralled the audience with their mesmerising performance.

Camlin Art Contest 2016

October 1, 2106 was the day when the Camlin Art won a medal each. Contest – 2016 was held in the school. Group D comprised of Std. V and VI. Their topic for the competition was City Traffic. Group E comprised of Std. VII and VIII. They drew on the topic Dream Art Room.  26 students, who participated, were enthusiastic about their drawings.

1) Freya Nirav Jetly – VI B  2) Divya Mehulkumr Patel – VI C  3) Riya Amit Agarwal – VI H 4) Isha Bhavesh Lakhani – VII H  5) Bhavya Tejas Dandwala – VII F 6)  Saransh Shrey Shah – VII E  7) Dev Chirag Desai – VII E  8) Diya Tarun Varma – VII B 9)  Aditya Jigna Vora – VII B 10)  Vrushika Utpal Patel – VIII B  won a medal each.