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TRIP: DHARAMSHALA- MCLEODGUNJ- PALAMPUR
18TH – 21ST MAY 2010

The reverberating chanting sounds of the Buddhist lamas in the mini Lhasa, the acquired home of the Dalai Lama since 1959, seemed to be a comfortable abode to a number of Buddhist monasteries, allowing one to easily get the feeling of being in the land of the tibetian Dalai lama. A tourist hub and an attraction to one too many foreigners this place situated in the valley of the Dauladhar range of the Himalayan mountains, had all the footage that any mountainous place could have - scenic beauty, pristine snow capped mountain range, and a slight chill in the fresh air of a summer morning.

The Dharamshala valley had the early morning freshnes, flavoured with the sweet sounds of the birds all around, the Buddhist monasteries against the backdrop of the breathtaking snowcapped mountains, and the streets filled with tibetian markets selling the Buddhist prayer wheels, tibetian shawls, handicrafts, and a lot of interesting accessories that could put any woman worth the salt out of balance, the Buddhist lamas filling the streets from dawn to dusk was the experience all the 27 students of class IX and the 3 accompanying teachers of Amity International school Noida had from the 18th to the 21st of May 2010, while on their sight seeing trip to Dharamshala, Macleodgunj and Palampur.

A 16 hour long bus journey for the students and teachers on the 18th of May from the gates of Amity Noida at 5.30am, ended at the zero hour of that day at Macleodgunj at midnight on 18th . This long road journey was soon forgotten by the breadth taking beauty of the mountains and the valley. A visit to the ancient Bhagsunath temple, a two km long hike to the Bhagsu waterfall, a feel of the Buddhist monastery in Mcleodgunj and a two hour long shopping in the Kotwali Bazaar, an interesting bazaar which provides a taste of the entire color and characteristic of the local life of the town the main attraction being the Tibetian carpets, were the main activities of the second day.

A visit to the tretayug Baidyanath temple in Nagarkot in Palampur, followed by a visit to the Palampur co-operative tea factory and the Gyoto tantric buddhist monastery were the main attractions of day three.

On day four the return journey began at 7am with packed breakfast served enroute. The trip culminated at the gates of Amity school Noida, at midnight on the 21st.
The entire trip was exciting and a memorable one organized by Shikhar travels.



PARENT ORIENTATION FOR CLASS XII
Press Release: 15 May, 2010

Amity believes in a close interaction between parents and teachers for the overall development of students. Parent orientations are regularly held in order to forge a long-lasting bond with parents, so that the two can work in tandem for the optimum benefit of children. With this objective in mind, Amity International School, Noida held a Parent Orientation for class XII students on 15 May, 2010.
The program began with the traditional lighting of the lamp and a prayer invoking the blessings of the Almighty.
Principal, Mrs. Renu Singh welcomed the parents and emphasized that they should provide emotional support to their children during this crucial phase in their lives. “ Parents are committed to help realize the child’s true potential through unconditional love,” she added and urged parents to take measures to alleviate the stress related to Board exams and offer proper guidance to their children. She briefed the parents about the outstanding Board results of the previous year -2009 and the enrollment of students in prestigious Indian and foreign universities. She also emphasized on the importance of regular attendance and discipline on the part of students.
Vice Principal Mrs. Sunanda Grover apprised the parents about the class XII methodology and the need for maintaining the right balance between the C.B.S.E and competitive exams. She explained the assessment schedule for class XII, and the weightage of marks for Theory and Practicals for both Commerce and Science streams. The class teachers and subject teachers were formally introduced.This was followed by an interactive session with the parents and the program concluded with the Vote of Thanks.



ENGLISH WORKSHOP

On 14TH May 2010, Ranjini Singh from Primary School gave an in house English workshop for the teachers of Nursery to Class II teachers. She commenced the workshop with rules for ‘breaking the ice’. The group was then divided into 6 groups and given innovative names such as ‘Fantastic Five’ etc. and they were given various sheet to correct, eg. Sheet on Indianisms.

During her workshop, Ranjini Ma’am stressed on the use of adjectives, correct speech and composing effective sentence structure. The session ended with ‘continue the story…’ game as each participant added a line to form a story.



SOCIAL STUDIES WORKSHOP

On 14th May 2010, Paramjit Kaur and Shubha Sharma of the Primary School conducted an in house workshop on Social Studies titled, ‘Occupations’. The session commenced with free conversation as the participants were to voice their feelings about the topic given, ‘Share a dream…share a thought.’ After the brainstorming session, they were divided into 6 groups and engaged in interactive activities such as identifying the people who help us in terms of occupation and their roles in the social community. Various occupational categorisations were discussed according to primary, secondary and tertiary. A slide show and dumb charades wrapped up the interesting workshop.



MOTHER’S DAY

The students of VD/WA commemorated Mother's Day on 7th May 2010 as a tribute to all mothers all over the world who gave their hearts and souls for their offspring. The Principal, Mrs. Renu Singh was specially invited for the event as she symbolises the "first mother" of Amity, Noida.


The assembly commenced with a skit, "Our Mothers, Not Mine or Yours" that poignantly expressed the fact that mothers are universally the same the world over. Another skit, "Helping Hands" showed what "little things" all kids could do to lessen the "load" of their moms. A dance recital choreographed by Aishawarya Ma'am, "Tare Zameen Par Maa" held the children spellbound as the innate beauty of the mother was expressed through the medium of dance. Meanwhile, a tabla recital by Chen Peshin, which he dedicated to his mom, brought about a thundrous applause. Finally, a poem, "A Part of Me You'll Always See in You" wrapped up the commemoration celebrations for the mother. All teachers were given roses and cards to pin on as they were the "surrogate mothers" for the children in school. Renu Ma'am also displayed her talent at singing when she sang, "Sub Kuchch Milta, Lekin Maa…."


SUMMER FEST

On 7th May 2010, the Nursery and KG children participated in their first theme party of the academic year called, “Summer Fest”. They arrived to school excited and clad in colourful outfits that echoed the theme of the summer season.

During the assembly put up by KG childen, a peppy song, "Sadiyon Se Garmi Deta" eloquently depicted how the seasons changed. Next, they narrated the importance of how the sun gave life to all. They also had a fancy dress segment where they dressed up like an AC, fan and mango and spoke about the dress they were sporting. Another song, "Summer Has Began" summed up the mood and theme of the day as crops, trees, and other plants reached their full maturity in summer. Then it was back to their respective classrooms for engaging in the fun and frolic. Scrumptious eats on the menu like cucumber sandwiches, vanilla ice-cream, chips, chocolate waffy, roohafza made the time yummy in the tummy. For their return gifts, the children proudly took home the vegetable printed hankey that they had crafted. They had also engaged in other activities of making three dimensional objects like a kennel, bird house and ice box.



PRIMARY PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY 2010

Amity International School, Noida held the Primary Distribution Ceremony (for Classes 2 to 5) on 6TH May 2010.  Over the three day ceremonies, i.e. (1st May for Senior School and 5th May 2010 for Pre-Primary Students of Nursery, KG and Class 1),  over 2400 prizes and certificates for both academics and co-curricular activities  were awarded to meritorious the students for their commendable  performance for the academic year 2009--10. 


The day commenced with a scintillating recital by Keshav Sir’s Percussion Orchestra, Baul—based on  Raga Sindhu. Chief Guest,  Mr. Fancisco “Tachi” Cazal, President, AFS Intercultural Program, Inc. lit the ceremonial lamp to invoke the blessings of the Almighty while the School Choir sang the Gayatri Mantra and Nai Soch.  Ms. Divya Arora (AFS National Director), Ms. Angela Roye (Chairperson, AFS), Mr. M.J. Rehman  (Group Director, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation), Mr. Gurinder Singh (Pro Vice Chancellor, Amity University), Mrs. Jyoti Arora (Resource Person, Amity Schools), Mrs. Meenakshi Rawal, (Director, AICE), Mrs. Mohina Dar, (Senior Consultant Amity Schools), Mrs. Roopma Singh (Primary Consultant, Amity Schools) and other Heads of Amity Institutions graced the occasion.


 In her welcome address, Principal, Mrs. Renu Singh welcomed the guests and congratulated the Amitian parents as she reiterated, “My heart swells with immense pride today, as  I address you, my dear parents. I congratulate you as your presence here to encourage my Amitans. My dear prize winners,   I am so proud of your endeavours. In today’s fast paced life, the winners  usually are those with exceptional skills and abilities. The desire  to become increasingly successful, to achieve greater things commences by becoming dissatisfied with the current state. Growth for growth’s sake is good; however, those who say to themselves, ‘I want to be better and am willing to do what it takes to get there,’ will create an insatiable drive to take this talent to the next level. She gave a brief account of Amtiy’s association with  AFS International as well.  


The Achiever’s Song of Welcome with the words, “We are tiny stars that twinkle in the night sky” written and composed by Jude Sir brought on an encore of applause from the audience.  Meanwhile, A Jugalbandi of Bharatnatyam and Kathak choreographed byNilomani Sir and Aishwarya Ma’am created a dialogue between the two danced forms creating a fusion of a unique South Indian Ganesh Stuti held the spectators spellbound. The comperes also did a fantastic job as they snippets on ‘success and achievement’ superbly weaved the entire programme together.


Mr. Fancisco “Tachi” Cazal, President, AFS Intercultural Program, Inc addressed the gathering,   exhorting all those present  to  help  young people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world through dialogue,  igniting their passion and  the yearning to set goals by dreaming. Meanwhile,  Ms. Angela Roye, Chairperson, AFS explained how she herself was an AFS participant as a student and how that changed her whole life.  She stated that instilling unconditional love, self esteem and   confidence  in young children were the three gifts that adults could bequeath to their wards.


Mrs. Swapna Paul, Headmistress,  announced the long list of prize winners. She was assisted by her coordinators, Rita Ma’am, Shalini Ma’am, Neelu Ma’am and Shivani Ma’am.  Not only were there prizes for excellence in the various subjects, but also for story telling, recitation, computers, handwriting, reading, full attendance, overall improvement, amicable personality, Fine Arts, sports and the "All Rounder Award" that was conferred upon students who excelled not only in academics but for co-curricular activities as well. The “Commendable Improvement Award” and the “Overall Improvement Award” were bestowed upon those who had achieved the maximum improvement over the entire academic year.


At the end of the day, the Chief Guest, Mr. Fancisco “Tachi” Cazal, President, AFS Intercultural Program, Inc. was formally interviewed by 5 Global Times Reports from Amity,  Noida.  The Reporters were Xyan Bhatnagar, Misha Gupta and Cub Reporters Vitastaa Sar, Saumya Madhar and Mannat Mohan.



PRE-PRIMARY PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY 2010

On 5th May 2010, Amity International School, Noida held the Pre-Primary Distribution Ceremony for the students of  Nursery, KG and Class 1 for their commendable performance during the academic year 2009--10.  Ashish Sir’s Percussion   Orchestra with their mellifluous tabla recital Durga Naad was dedicated to the Deity to foster shakti to foster   in the form of compassion and inner strength in our little Amitian.
Chief Guest,   H.E. Mr. Janez Premoze, Ambassador of  the Republic of Slovenia to India, along with his charming wife, Madame Yukie Nagajima Premoze lit the  ceremonial lamp  as the Shool Choir sang the Gayatri Mantra and Tuhi Data vishwa Vidhata as prayer renditions to invoke the Almighty’s blessings.  Present for the day were Mr. M.J. Rehman  (Group Director, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation),  Mrs. Roopma Singh (Primary Consultant, Amity Schools),  other Heads of Amity Institutions and the proud parents of the prize winners.

 In her welcome address, Principal, Mrs. Renu Singh congratulated the parents and her little Amitians as she reiterated, “Our young children learn from everything they do. Curious, they explore and discover. If their explorations bring pleasure or success, they  automatically learn more,  forging attitudes  last  a lifetime. Our Amitians  receive support and encouragement during their informative years and  are creative, adventurous learners throughout their lives because a magic word called “motivation”. The world through a child's eyes is an awesome place.  Around every corner is an experience just waiting to surprise and excite young growing minds; all they need is a small amount of direction and a large amount of freedom.  The feelings of accomplishment they gain from results of those actions will be reward enough. Remember, the habits and attitudes toward learning that are formed in these early years set the mood for all future learning.”

The Achiever’s Song of Welcome with the words, “We are tiny stars that twinkle in the night sky” written and composed by Jude Sir brought on an encore of applause from the audience.  Meanwhile, A Jugalbandi of Bharatnatyam and Kathak choreographed byNilomani Sir and Aishwarya Ma’am created a dialogue between the two danced forms creating a fusion of a unique South Indian Ganesh Stuti held the spectators spellbound. The comperes also did a fantastic job as they snippets on ‘success and achievement’ superbly weaved the entire programme together.
Both  H.E. Mr. Janez Premoze and Madame Yukie Nagajima Premoze both expressed their delight at the unique Amitian hospitality and the need to foster  cultural and creative  expression in young minds. Mr. M.J. Rehman, Group Director, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation conferred a memento upon   H.E. Mr. Janez Premoze and Madame Yukie Nagajima Premoze as Mrs Renu Singh read out the contents on  the plaque.

Mrs. Swapna Paul, Headmistress,  announced the long list of prize winners.  Not only were there prizes for excellence in the various subjects, but also for story telling, recitation, computers, handwriting, reading, full attendance, overall improvement, amicable personality, Fine Arts, sports and the "All Rounder Award" that was conferred upon students who excelled not only in academics but for co-curricular activities as well. The “Commendable Improvement Award” and the “Overall Improvement Award” were bestowed upon those who had achieved the maximum improvement over the entire academic year

 
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