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Give it Up – A Campaign to Support Parents during these Challenging Times

The sudden global crisis has influenced the physical as well as mental health of people. Moreover, it has also shaken the economies, thus affecting a large number of families globally. The pandemic has left many people jobless and to work at reduced salaries, also got many businesses to suffer huge losses.

In compliance with the government resolution dated October 7, we, at Udgam School have reduced 25% fees for the academic year 2021-21 for all its students. Further, we understand that some parents may be unable to even pay reduced fees due to multiple reasons. However, at school, it will be difficult to accommodate any additional relief in fees.

We are concerned about how some of our parents might be dealing these hard times, contrary, we have guardians whose economies are unaffected, and they do not require the relief in fees. Though, as per the Government guidelines, the ease is to be given compulsorily to them as well.

To bridge the two classes as per the impact on them concerning the pandemic, we have come up with a campaign, Give it Up. Under this campaign, we have bridged the wealthy parents and the parents-in-need, to enrol themselves with the Class Teacher and pass the relief of fees to the needed.

We shall maintain complete confidentiality of the parents who approached us for help, while keeping transparency with respect to the utilization of the funds.

Let us all come together in these hard times to support each other and work for the benefit of future generations!

This noble initiative by the school also caught the media’s attention. Let’s have a look at the online reports published by various media houses in the city.

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10 Things to Consider Before Securing Admission Online of Your Child in School

Schools play a significant role in shaping the career of your child. Hence it becomes essential for you to check its details before you finalize admission in it. Here is a checklist that you need to be watchful before you fill the form for the CBSE school admission in Ahmedabad. 

Infrastructure of Building

The infrastructure of the building plays a very significant role in the overall development of the child. Take a virtual/physical tour of the school to check if there is a ground to play, library to read books, laboratory to experiment, canteen for lunch breaks, and any such facilities in the school.

Time & Distance from the School

Check the distance to school from your residence. Not all children are comfortable when it comes to travelling long distances. Also, timings are another factor that you should check before attaining the admissions in schools. Some schools provide morning as well as noon shifts so that you can opt for schooling at the time convenient for you.

Future-Readiness of the School

With the influence of technology and the changing needs of skills among individuals, we have observed many changes happening in education by the implementation of new courses. The top CBSE schools Ahmedabad ensure working in liaison with times and upgrade its teaching methodologies accordingly. Some schools have included coding in their curriculum to keep its students well-advanced with times, while some schools conduct different activities to develop communication skills among students. Owing to the increasing cases of mental fluctuations among students, some schools as well have hired counsellors to safeguard the mental health of its students.

Skilfulness of the Teachers

The more is the teacher trained and educated, the more can they pass knowledge to students. Some schools understand the importance of upgrading skills hence provide regular training or encourage teachers to study further. Taking this a step ahead, a few of the educational institutions pay for the training of staff, while some make it compulsory for each of its personnel to undertake specific training hours every year.



The manner the school adapts to the current scenario is also a point to consider. Investigate how has the school dealt with delivering the sessions during the pandemic. Also, see to it whether the school has upgraded the teaching methodologies, does it possess modern facilities such as CCTVs and latest equipment in the laboratory; has it collaborated with other agencies for Quizzes and Olympiads; does it approach national and international organizations such as Microsoft Showcase School, EduSports, etc. for the benefit of its students. It is a cherry on the cake for your child if the school works in liaison with times and embrace new ideas.

Syllabus followed by the School

Before you start searching for schools, check out for the board you wish your child to study in, accordingly begin searching for a school. Depending on the plans you have for your child in future, opt for Central or International Board.

Result Inspection

Check if the school is tagged with the ‘School with Best Results’, as ultimately it is a good result that you will want for your child. So, search for the past years’ records of school in X and XII boards and take admission of your child in a school delivering consistent and top results over the years.

Teaching Methodologies

Teaching Methodologies

Each school has a different methodology of teaching its students. Some schools believe in a practical method; some adopt a lesson-teaching mode; some provide techno-savvy schooling; some prefer a gurukul-mode while some schools blend a few or all methodologies to present a unique style of teaching. Investigate what does a school adopts, and perceive what is best for your child, accordingly, decide the school for your child.

Co-curriculum Activities

Co-curriculum Activities

A few schools show active participation in involving the students into co-curriculum activities. It conducts various weekly and monthly activities for students such as quizzes, debates, drawing, singing, dance. Students, in turn, develop many skills when they participate in such activities.

Provision of Remedial Classes

Check whether the school focuses on actual student development or merely focuses on teaching. Some institutions undertake a lot of efforts to clear the doubts as well as concepts of its students, hence provide regular remedial classes for its students.

Involvement in Competitions

A few schools encourage student’s participation more than just at the school level. Students are urged not only to participate in the state but also at the national and international level. If you are aware that your child is performer in co-curriculum activities, you should search for a school conferring exposure and delivers an overall development to your child.

Transport Facilities

Check if the school provides transport facilities as well. Attaining the facilities of the school itself is a perk as the school takes responsibility and ensures more safety than the third-party transport. Many schools make sure to have a lady conductor, also cameras as well as route trackers on the bus.


Justification to fees

Perceive the fees of the school and see if it provides facilities justifiable with it. More the number of extra-curriculum activities, modernized infrastructure, trained teachers, and extended timings, more will be the fees charged by the school.

School acts as a strong pillar in shaping your child. So research well and once you have examined all the above points, you can now go ahead and search for admission open in CBSE School Ahmedabad.

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The mother giraffe gives birth standing up, so the first thing that happens to a new-born giraffe is a fall of about two meters.

Still dazed, the baby tries to stand up on its four legs, but its mother behaves very strangely: she gives the baby giraffe a gentle kick which sends it sprawling. It tries to get up and is again knocked down.

This process is repeated several times, until the new-born giraffe is too exhausted to stand. At that point, the mother kicks it again, forcing it to get to its feet. After that, she does not push the baby giraffe over again.

The explanation is simple: in order to survive predators, the first lesson a giraffe must learn is to get to its feet quickly.

The mother’s apparent cruelty finds support in an Arabic proverb: “Sometimes, in order to teach something good, you have to be a little rough.”
By Paulo Coelho

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English Around the World

bullettravel bug (idiom)- strong desire to travel
bulletto be bitten by the travel bug (idiom)- kind of a cute way to say when someone begins to want to travel. After the "bug" bites you, you will really want to travel.
bulletto wander- to go from one place to another without any definite plans
bulletto be in the comfort of (one's) own home- to be at home, in a familiar or comfortable

bulletto explore- to look around and find out new things
bulletexotic (adjective)- strange, mysterious, exciting, unknown
bulletmystery- something unknown, something that needs to be found out
bulletto flock- large amounts of people go to the same place at the same time
bulletvast (adjective)- very large
bulletperspective- view, way of seeing things
bulletaccomplishment- feeling like you have done something important and good

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How to be an even better parent?

1. Be aware of your own hot buttons and personal strengths.
The more you know yourself, both what you like and what you don’t like, the better you’ll be able to manage your own behavior the next time a “situation” occurs. We have fewer parental regrets when we respond thoughtfully rather than react emotionally.

2. Take good care of yourself! Most parents are tired, stressed overwhelmed and overworked.
It sure is hard under these circumstances to respond as the caring, loving parent you really are. The simplest and most effective way of taking care of yourself is to focus on your breathing. As you breathe deeply and calmly, you start a healing process that affects your body, mind and spirit.

3. Be the number one model for your kids.
Our kids really do learn from what we do, not from what we say. If you want them to have a strong self-esteem, be sure that yours is strong. If you want them to be loving, kind people, you be a loving, kind person. If you want them to take responsibility for their actions, be responsible in your own life.

4. Treat each child as an individual.
As similar as children may seem to be, each has his or her own unique qualities, dispositions and spirits. As an adult in this child’s life, you can adapt your behavior to the child’s uniqueness to have a better relationship.

5. Use the “problems” that occur as “learning opportunities”.
Regardless of age, kids can get involved in coming up with solutions to problems when they occur. Because growing our kids to adulthood is a gradual process of their learning and our letting go, we need to provide as many opportunities as possible for them to be thinking people while they have us as in-house coaches.

6. Provide limits.
Limits are necessary for kids to know they are within a safe environment where they can experiment with growing up. Limits are like a fence that lets kids know they are safe to play within their own yard. Kids rely on their adults to put up the fences because initially they are too young and inexperienced to do it by themselves.

7. Follow through with consequences.
When kids mess up we are sometimes too busy, too tired, too guilty, or too afraid they won’t like us anymore to do what we know we need to do. When we let our kids off the hook for any of these reasons, we fail them.

8. House rules are clearly written and displayed.
House rules are as important to a well-functioning family as job descriptions and organizational policy are to successful companies. By planning ahead, we can include every family member in the decision making and reduce daily stress.

9. Envision the family you want.
What behaviors do you expect from your children? What behaviors do you expect from yourself? What do you want your home to look like? What kind of future do you want? The more you envision and design the desired outcome, the more likely it is to happen.

10. Come from love.
Every time you are with your children you have an opportunity to let them know how great they are, how much you love them and how happy you are they are part of your life. A touch, a look, a gesture or a word can express the deep caring and connection you have with them.

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School Magazine – Matters Much?

Every progressive school has their own school magazine. Have you ever wondered why? Because this voluble school publication has multifarious benefits. The most important one being inculcating the habit of reading in the children. Once the students start flipping through the pages of their own school magazine, they see the contributions made by other students, who are either their friends or seniors or juniors. This definitely gives a boost to the students to contribute to their school magazine and see their name or picture flashing in it. If not, they might just enjoy reading it for the time being and absorb the knowledge imparted through the magazine.

Students can submit their informative articles, express their opinions or get their creative work featured. Reading the school magazines every month will motivate the young learners to brainstorm ideas on what can they contribute to the publication. This sharpens their thinking skills and gives them the necessary confidence to express better. So, looking at the bigger picture, the school magazine also helps in minimising the children’s digital addiction and makes them utilize their time at hand, more constructively. Who knows, it may inspire them to develop new hobbies too.

We, at Udgam School, publish Udgam Matters every month. Hard copies are sent to the students in the first week of every month. It’s available online too. We encourage students, teachers and parents to contribute regularly and give feedback that will help us in the planning the next issues.

If you have missed the last month’s issue, look out for the upcoming ones. Some exciting features are coming your way that will surely interest you.

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Homepathy and its many benefits

How Homeopathy can Benefit your Child?
Common cold, colic, irritation, tummy ache, worms etc. are the common causes of discomfort in children. During such times, when your child is uncomfortable, try giving him or her homeopathy medicines. In fact, homeopathy medicines effectively treat acute as well as chronic disorders. There is a growing belief in Homeopathy among people from different parts of the world and is widely used for treating a variety of diseases. Also, homeopathy is highly popular among parents for treating certain physiological childhood problems.

At times, you may notice that your child is not as energetic as he /she usually is or may be your child is not able to concentrate on one thing for long. There could be issues like mood swings, hyperactivity etc. in children. All of this may arise from deficiency or discomfort. To soothe the nerves of your children, consult a good homeopathy doctor regarding what medicine can you give your child to restore you’re his/her comfort and give relief.

Safe with no Side Effects
Homeopathy medicines are well trusted and very safe. They slowly work towards curing an illness permanently, instead of suppressing the symptoms with strong doses. Moreover, children simply love homeopathy medicines that are commonly available in form of sweet tasting tiny globules. With these medicines, parents don’t have to go through the ordeal of giving tablets, syrups and other conventional medicines.

There are no adverse side effects of homeopathy medicines and also, they complement other forms of treatments and medications. Upon consultation with your doctor, homeopathy medicines for common symptoms can be administered at home as well.

At Udgam school, we have a fully functional homeopathy clinic with a qualified doctor who you can consult for any health concern. All you need to do is, believe in this form of treatment and you will eventually notice the wonderful benefits of homeopathy on your children.

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The night was very dark and Mohan was frightened. He had always been afraid of ghosts. Whenever he was alone in the dark, he was afraid that a ghost lurking in some dark corner would suddenly spring on him. And tonight it was so dark that one could barely see one’s own hand. Mohan had to go from one room to another.

As he stepped out of the room, his feet seemed to turn to lead and his heart began to beat like a drum. Rambha, their old maidservant was standing by the door. “What’s the matter, son?” she asked with a laugh.
“I am frightened, Dai,” Mohan answered.
” Frightened, child! Frightened of what?”
“See how dark it is! I’m afraid of ghosts!” Mohan whispered in a terrified voice. Rambha patted his head affectionately and said, “Whoever heard of anyone being afraid of dark! Listen to me: Think of Rama and no ghost will dare come near you. No one will touch a hair of your head. Rama will protect you.” Rambha’s words gave Mohan courage. Repeating the name of Rama, he left the room. And from that day, Mohan was never lonely or afraid. He believed that as long as Rama was with him, he was safe from the danger. This faith gave Gandhiji strength throughout his life, and even when he died the name of Rama was on his lips.

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Scientists have discovered the remains of 90 standing stones buried and preserved under a grassy bank just two miles from Stonehenge.

The monolithic arrangement once formed part of a C-shaped ridge centering on a downward slope in land that might have been used in various ancient rituals. Using ground-penetrating radar and remote-sensing technologies, the archaeologists imaged 30 intact stones measuring up to 4.5 meters tall; the other 60 were fragmented—in total, they faced single-line toward the river Avon. The coolest bit? Taken as a whole, the C-shaped escarpment is five times the diameter of Stonehenge.

“This is archaeology on steroids,” archaeologist Vince Gaffney told the Guardian yesterday. He and his team, all working for the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project, presented their findings yesterday at the British Science Festival.

The discovery at Durrington Walls—around 4,500 years old—is forcing archaeologists to reevaluate their entire understanding of the area. The stones placed at the Durrington Walls earthworks site could be older than Stonehenge itself, and could help uncover how ancient peoples interacted with the land.

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There's a full moon to be seen on July 31 that is unlike anything we've seen since 2012 and won't see again until early 2018 - it's called a blue moon.

The color of the moon will not change. This full moon is special because it's the second one to occur this month - that's what a "blue moon" is. The first full moon happened on July 2.

The chances of seeing two full moons within the same month is a rare phenomenon that only takes place about once every 2 1/2 years. The next blue moon won't come until January 2, 2018.

The reason we have blue moons in the first place is because the length of a calendar month on Earth is not equal to a lunar month - the time elapsed between when we see one phase of the moon repeated (like the time between two full moons or two new moons).

A lunar month is about 29 days long whereas most of our months on Earth are 30 or 31 days long. That's why the full moon doesn't happen on the same date every month and why we sometimes see an overlap in the number of full moons within the span of a single month.

The term has changed over the years, so if you thought blue moon meant something other than the second full moon in a month, you're not imagining things. It used to refer to the fourth moon in a single season.

Either way you slice it, a blue moon is an uncommon anomaly in our night sky.

You don't have to do anything special to see Friday's blue moon. Just look up and enjoy the view.

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