Green School Audit Programme is conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Government body, that conducts audits annually in various schools all over India which participate by way of doing a complete self- audit by school students of the respective schools in the five main areas that cover the titles as given: Water, Waste, Energy, Air and Land.
On 27th November 2008, Mr. Ashish Shah, Deputy Coordinator, Environment Education Unit Centre for Science and Environment, visited Amity International School, Noida to interact and interview the various teams who worked on the School Audit. An interview was taken by him to best judge the authenticity and genuineness of the figures reflecting in the Audit Report. During the extensive inspection of five groups of children (who have been working diligently under the guidance of their teachers for the last 3 months) and after the submission of the five Audit Reports to CSE, the Preliminary Round of Evaluation saw our project short listed from a total of some 360 schools from across the nation.
Amity's "Youth Power" to take up cudgels against social issues
On 25th November 2008, Amity International Schools together with "The Global Times", an Amity Newspaper organised the Grand Finale of "Youth Power 2008- 09" at Amity University, Sector- 125, Noida which aimed to identify youth envoys from eight Amity International Schools who would work to root out several social issues haunting today's society.
The event provided a platform for the students to interact with iconic achievers and media professionals including Ms. Santosh Yadav, the first woman to climb Mt Everest twice; Mr. Punya Prasun Bajpai- Consulting Editor, Zee News; Mr. Shubham Mukherjee- Editor, Sunday Economic Times and Ms Poonam Singh Jamwal- CMO Extramarks.com.
Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity International Schools and Dr. Ashok Chauhan- Founder, Amity Universe graced the occasion, especially for the historic occasion for the launching of the website of Global Times newspaper www.theglobaltimes.in. The f "Amity Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports", was also launched.
During the Grand Finale, eight finalists from Amity International Schools and Amity Indian Military College took up various social issues like road rage, junk food, smoking, girl foeticide, bullying, child labor and illiteracy, substantiating their viewpoints and presentations with adequate statistical information and surveys carried on in their localities by the finalists. They were adjudged by Mr. Shubham Mukherjee- Editor, Sunday Economic Times and Ms Poonam Singh Jamwal- CMO Extramarks.com.
Career Guidance Workshop by Dr. Lalit Kumar Goel,
Nanyang University, Singapore.
On 24th November, 2008 a progressive career guidance workshop was given by resource person, Dr. Lalit Kumar Goel, Dean of Admissions, Nanyang University, Singapore for the students of Classes XII. During the informative workshop, he was assisted by Prof. Rohit Bhatnagar of the Business of School (NTU). What ensured was a thorough background of the university and a detailed admission procedure, including the methodology of applying for a scholarship, the system of taking student loans, the safety aspects of living in a country like Singapore etc. The students were introduced to the various engineering and business programs run by the university.
ILLUSTRATED TALK "IT'S NEVER TOO EARTY TO START
On 24th November 2008, 7 teachers from Primary School, of Amity International School, Noida attended an illustrated talk and workshop to promote reading titled, IT'S NEVER TOO EARTY TO START" given by resource person and internationally renowned book consultant from UK, Ms. Wendy Cooling at the British Council. The invite was open for parents, teachers and librarians who cared to inculcate reading as a part of a child's life.
Ms. Cooling shared tips on how to become involved in children's reading habits make it a pleasurable experience in school. She also expanded on how to take the activity to holistic heights within the confines of a school library in terms of role and value of libraries. She gave an exhaustive account on how she started her reading programme in UK schools called "Bookstart Project."
According to Ms. Cooling it was imperative to inculcate reading habits at an early age, (even as early as reading to the unborn child in the womb itself). Once, it becomes a daily habit and parents shared time to read, the child will automatically look forward to the "reading routine" as it forms a sense of entertainment while, at the same time, parents too are educated about current children's book titles as well.
DISTRICT LEVEL SCIENCE EXHIBITION
On 23rd November 2008, the District Level Science Exhibition of the National Science Congress was organised a two-day camp by Sarvoday Vidyalaya, Tikri, Baghpath, U.P. Many teams from U.P. Our school was represented by the teams leaders comprising of Kunal Bhatia (XII), Sargam Hans (X), Akansha Sharma (X), Venkat Shukla (VIII) and Neha Gupta (Amitasha).
Sargam Hans and Neha Gupta were selected for the State Level exhibition scheduled to be held at Lucknow on 15th November 2008.
Bal Mela finally kicked off with the Primary School's Amitians celebrating the event on 20th and 21st of November 2008 to commemorate Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru's birthday celebrations on the occasion of Children's Day (14th November). Immediately after the principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar inaugurated the event, childhood spirit, enthusiasm and delight ran riot as bubbly laughter overflowed with children visiting interesting and brightly decorated stalls for 'yummy' food and 'fun-filled' games. The vibrancy of life pulsated as colour, music, dance and yummy aromas filled the atmosphere. The magic show, puppet show, dancing on the Big Stage, "tall man", Toy Train, Horse-Buggy, Mini Wheel, Mendhiwala, Potter's Wheel, juggler, acrobat, the giant cartoon characters of Hardy, Spiderman, clown and so much more captivated the youngsters making the day truly a 'fantabulous and an awesome' one! Here's saluting your laughter and liveliness, my dear kiddies.
DELEGATES FROM PIONEER JUNIOR COLLEGE, SINGAPORE
On 19th November 2008, a team of 6 junior college teachers (Ms. Nur Sapiee, Ms.Marlene Oh, Ms. Xiao Yittul, Ms.Aw Chew Wei, Mr. Lin Fong and Mr. KevinAng) from Pioneer Junior College, Singapore visited Amity International School, Noida. The purpose of the visit was to enable both institutions to enter into a long term interaction for a student exchange programme in the near future. They were welcomed warmly by the Principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar in the traditional Indian style. After a conducted tour of the entire School, observed a senior class in session. Meanwhile, the Nursery children recited melodious rhymes, listened to the musical strumming of guitar music and witnessed a puppet show as well. They appreciated Amity's endeavour to impart holistic education.
Xllth International Children's Theatre Festival
A group of actors from Amity International School, Noida attended the XIlth International Children's Theatre Festival from on 18th November 2008 for the students of classes VIII to XII at the LTG Auditorium. The event was sponsored by IATA (International Amateur Theatre Association) and NIPA (National Institution of Performing Arts) to promote a creative and cultural exchange of ideas in the form of children's theatre. Students from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka performed various skits, one act plays and musicals that aimed at promoting various values of human understanding.
Amtiy, Noida put up Rabindranath Tagore’s famous play titled, "Rath Ki Rassi”. The Amitians hugely benefited from this international exposure. They also felt that it was a great honour to have performed at the prestigious event.
AMITANS AT MANESAR
Amity, Noida's belief in holistic education came alive when the School organised several day trips to Education Valley, Manesar for all the Primary students. A real "Heaven on Earth", it was also a time to rendezvous with nature taking the students back in time to rest, recuperate, recharge and rejuvenate. Values such as independence, adaptability, camaraderie and bonhomie brought about total bliss as the children indulged in adventure sports such as para sailing, scrambling, rock climbing, rappelling, Burma Bridge, Commando Net, trekking, and other invigorating activities. The camel ride made for a novel experience.
From 6th to 18th November 2008, Amity International School, Noida welcomed the German Delegates as a part of the ongoing student cultural exchange programme with Jawaharlal Nehru School, Neutrelitz, Germany. This year's winner, Sophie Balszuweit won the prestigious essay writing competition and was in India to receive the celebrated Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award at Teen Murti Bhavan from Smt. Sonia Gandhi. She was accompanied by her teacher, Frau Erika Heintz. Both guests were very keen to learn more about India.
They both arrived on campus for the Founder's Day Programme at AIS, Noida on 7th November 2008 and got a "true" taste of the "Amitian way of life" as they witnessed an enjoyable cultural programme.
Our guests had been to Amity University, Dehli Haaat, Sarojini Nagar, Akshardham Temple, Jim Corbett, Agra, Delhi Darshan, Chattarpur Temples, etc. On 18th November 2008, they were given a warm farewell after a scrumptious lunch.
WORKSHOP-- 'TRAIN THE TRAINERS'
On 17th November 2008, Mrs. Renu Singh, Sr. Vice Principal, attended a workshop conducted for High School Counsellors at USIEF House, New Delhi titled, "Train the Trainer'. Mr. Adam J. Grat Sky, Executive, USIEF, welcomed the participants by briefing them about higher education in the U.S. by a fresh prospective about fellowship support and facilitating academic dialogue between India and U.S.
The first session--'Is U.S. the Right Choice for Me?' had the resource person, Ms Luna Das outlining the various types of Institutions and giving different reasons why students should opt for them before deciding for a 'Major'. During the second session--'How to get into a killer College without killing yourself,' expanded upon application plans in terms of what was termed as 'Early Action' and 'Early Decision'. Meanwhile, important websites that could be consulted were disclosed as well as further information regarding higher education is the U.S.
NATIONAL GROUP PATRIOTIC SONG COMPETITION
Amity International School, Noida surfed high on the wave of success when they bagged the First Prize in the National Group Patriotic Song Competition, held in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa on 15th and 16th November,2008. The colourfully dressed children with love for the motherland gave a scintillating performance. The mega event, organized by Bharat Vikas Parishad, saw 42 teams comprising over 700 children from prestigious schools vying for the coveted trophy. The Amity choir comprising of eight singers and one student percussionist qualified for the national level after receiving the first prize, both at the district (Noida) and state levels(Sahibabad) respectively.
(A GEOGRAPHY INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITION)
GEOMATY 2008, an exclusive and novel brainchild of Dr. Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity International Schools was held at Amity International School, Noida on 15th November 2008. A total of 275 students from 23 prestigious schools from Delhi and NCR participated in the competition for the Primary, Middle and Senior School levels for classes IV to X.
Last year, GEOMATY 2007 received overwhelming appreciation from the visiting schools. It was also the first ever inter-school Geography competition to be held and continues the tradition this year with GEOMATY 2008.This innovative contest was aimed at generating interest in Geography and the skills of map reading and interpretation.
This year, the GEOMATY challenge consisted of an oral presentation of Indian Tribes in terms of dress, language, culture, etc, a Geography written quiz as well as map reading, marking and identification. Creative talent spilled over and was amply displayed during the Poster Making segment. Scintillating questions from the allied subjects of Astronomy, Geomorphology, Climatology and Hydrology tickled the grey cells in the form of general awareness, crossword puzzles and jumbled words. Nifty PowerPoint presentations added originality, colour and technological expertise to the variegated subject matter that was presented. Original topics, such as the retreating Himalayan Glaciers, mountain activity, lessons to be learnt from the Kosi floods in Bihar, the upcoming DMRC or Metro Rail System in Delhi, disaster resistant construction, BRT controversy, eco-friendly bus fleet, major environmental issues, disaster management,etc. were only a few of the ‘mind-blowing’ topics covered.
Two 15 minute movie presentations of the Andaman tribes and Indian culture were screened.
Prominent judges, Dr. Sudhanshu Singha, (Project Officer, British High Commission, Mrs. Ipminder Bedi, Lecturer, Mewar Institute, Mr Anurag Khandelwal , an architect , Mrs. Princey Kaul, a free-lace artist in Fine Arts, Ms. Suparna Sood, an accomplished danuse of Bharatnatyam, amongst others, judged the event.
During the Valedictory Ceremony, the eminent judges lit the ceremonial lamp to invoke the blessings of the Almighty as the Amitasha Girls’ Choir lead by Mrs. Usha Mankotia gave a melodic rendition of the Shlok Gayan, “Om Hari Om.” Principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar gave a brief talk on the concept and purpose of GEOMATY 2008.
Dr. Sudhanshu Singha congratulated Amity for hosting such a unique inter-school competition that gave the subject of Geography it’s due importance. “Today, the contemporary issue is indeed global warming and the solution to this lies in Geograhpy.”
The Rolling Trophy was awarded to Amity International School, Saket while Amity, Noida bagged numerous prizes as well.
Mrs. Anjali Saxena, Event-in-Charge proposed the Vote of Thanks. Thus, Geomaty 2008 amply exemplified the Amitians’ constant endeavour to always forge a path of resolute determination and personal responsibility to go the distance in achieving all goals, thereby making their Founder President, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan’s dream a reality.Given below are the results: GROUP A—TRIBAL PRESENTATION (CLASSES 4 & 5)
1ST—AIS, NOIDA TEAM
2ND –AIS, NOIDA TEAM
3RD—ANAND RAM JAIPURIA, VASUNDHARA
CONSOLATION—INDUS VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOL, NOIDA
GROUP B—WRITTEN QUIZ AND MAP PRESENTATION (CLS 6 & 7)
On 15th November 2008, 5 Amitians from classes 4 and 5 attended the annual event of the India Habitat Centre Book Forum to mark its 5th birthday celebrations. Numerous and fun-filled activities relating to reading books provided for a joyous and fulfilling experience. The literary quiz (individual) based on a list of 20 selected books, previously provided was conducted by the well-known RJ, Rajesh Laikh for which three students, Taapsi Kohli (4E), Archita (4E) and Kripi (5J) won 4 books as prizes between the three of them. This was followed by the IHC Book Launch of the Hindi classic, Chadrakantha—Devakinandan Katri, translated into English by Ms. Deepa Agarwal (published by Puffin Books). The mask-making event of a favourite character allowed a minute to tell the audience the reasons as to why a participant made a particular mask.
A play, “No, Not I” by Polie Sen Gupta was staged by Cynosure India.
DISCUSSION AT INDIA HABITAT CENTRE
On 15th November 2008, Preeti Chauhan, Librarian, Junior Library of Amity, Noida attended the discussion-cum-meeting chaired by writers, Ms. Deepa Agarwal and Ms. Devika Ranchari of the IHC Book Forum especially organized for primary teachers and librarians as they play a pivotal in introducing children to the magical world of books. Those attending mostly were teachers who were passionately involved to make children aware of the joys and immense benefits of reading from an early age so that they become and stay life long readers.
To cement the crucial link in the chain in inculcating the love of reading, such sessions are imperative to come together, exchange ideas and renew the pledge to promote reading in the school libraries and classrooms. Various workable solutions were suggested by the participant teachers.
CHILDREN’S DAY ASSEMBLY
From 14th November 2008 onwards, the Primary School children from classes 5A and 5B put a lovely Children’s Day Assembly to commemorate the joyful occasion of Bal Divas. A lively skit on the life of Jawaharlal Nehru and a dance, titled, “Megha Re” and a skit on values captivated the audience. Songs from the movie, “Rock On” had the children screaming for more.
GURU PURAB SPECIAL ASSEMBLY
On 11th November 2008 and with immense religious fervour, the Primary School celebrated the occasion of Guru Purab by highlighting the teachings of Shri Guru Nanak. In an engrossing special assembly, they enacted relevant incidents from the Guru's life and eloquently expressed the meaning of "Ek Onkar". "Shabads" added melody and sanctity to the day. A devotional song re-echoed Guru Naak Dev Ji's primary message to society as "devotion of thought and excellence of conduct as the first of duties" making the Amitians the true embodiments of knowledge and humility or "Vidya Dadati Vinayam."
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION
Principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar of Amity International School, Noida attended the NIE PRINCIPALS MEET on 10th November 2008 held at Hotel Intercontinental, New Delhi. The Meet was hosted by Times of India and Extra Marks.com and titled "INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION". What emerged was a healthy discussion as they covered contemporary issues on Information Technology that is applied in the classroom today to making learning wholesome and thus, develop the holistic development of the students.
HERITAGE INDIA QUIZ 2008 (ZONAL ROUND)
The Heritage India Quiz 2008 (Zonal Round, Allahabad Zone) was held at Sunbeam School, Lahartara, Varanasi on 10th November 2008 where a total of 8 teams vied for the top position. The competition consisted of 3 rounds of quizzes where after, the winners competed for the coveted rank. The final round saw the results as given:
1st Oaks Green School, Mussoorie
2nd Amity International School, Noida
3rd Army Public School, Danapur Cantt.
FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Amity International School , Noida organized Founder’s Day on 7th November 2008 to celebrate the birthday of their Founder President, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan. On this special day, the meritorious students were felicitated for their outstanding performance in the previous academic year. Dr. Ashok K.. Chauhan, Chairperson, Dr.(Mrs.) Amita Chauhan and members of the Chauhan family graced the occasion as well as other Heads of Amity Institutions and distinguished guests.
The programme commenced on an auspicious note with Dr. Chauhan lighting the lamp, amidst the chanting of the Shloka Gayan. The school choir stirred the audience’s patriotic sentiments with a beautiful composition, ‘Ab Jaag Utho.’ The senior students presented a skit called, ‘Amity Universe-2030,’ which depicted Dr. Chauhan’s pioneering vision of the future, translated into reality by the Amitians. In her address to the audience, Principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar hailed Dr.Chauhan as a trailblazer in the field of education whose undaunted spirit and fierce determination continued to be a perennial source of inspiration to all.
The students expressed their love and admiration for their Founder President by showering him with flowers and presenting beautiful hand-made cards. A song by Mrs. Mankotia Ma’am’s choir, ‘ Mubarak Ho Saalgirah,’ expressed birthday felicitations in the true Amitian spirit. In his address to the audience, Dr. Chauhan reiterated his firm belief in a sound education that helps an individual blossom into a socially responsible adult. He urged the students to, “have a mission in life, make a difference to society and utilize education to make a meaningful contribution to national growth.” Later a student from Germany, Sophie Balzuweit shared her thoughts with the students.
The meritorious students received scholarships and trophies for their exemplary academic performance in the year gone by. Over 370 prizes were awarded in all, which included 160 for national level participation in sports,dramatics and other activities. The Founder’s Day Special Award recipients were : Divya Sohal, Ashima Khanna, Sarvagya Vaish and Shibani Sondhi, all students of Class XII.
The Chairperson, Dr.(Mrs.) Amita Chauhan congratulated the students and advised them to nurture a dream and vision like their dear Founder President, and work relentlessly to spread the light of knowledge. Vice Principal, Mrs. Renu Singh proposed the vote of thanks. The programme ended with the school song and the National Anthem.
A DADI PUDUMJEE WORKSHOP
Under the aegis of SPICMACAY, Amity International School, Noida held a four day puppetry workshop conducted by the avant-grande artist, Sh. Dadi Pudumjee, the pioneer of creative puppetry in India, form 1st to 5th November 2008 for 22 select children from Classes 7 & 8 and four teachers.
Known for his highly innovative and creative techniques, Sh Dadi Pudumjee has even used shoes for his original characters. His Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust involves dancers, actors, objects as the performances range from those based on poetry to visual arts.
Day 1 covered tremendous ground and commenced with an interactive PowerPoint presentation educating the participants about the history of Indian puppetry when traditional puppetry was based on religious and historical themes. Other numerous types of puppets, including the sock puppets, finger puppets, hand puppets, string puppets and stick puppets were also showcased.
Day 2, had the participants using “the hands-on” approach when they started the slow and delicate process of crafting their own puppets.
Day 3 had the participants constructing the parts of the face and building up features to create the puppet’s unique personality.
Day 4 kick-started with readying the puppets as the children put up a special show for Principal, Mrs. Mohina Dar. In reality, it was for each other. They had succeeded in modernizing the art of puppetry, while borrowing from traditional puppet theatre. They used this special technique as a “medium in itself”, covering a wide range of issues and revealing their intrinsic feelings about issues like peer pressure, the pressure to perform, consumerism, pressures from teachers and parents, etc.
The experience went a long way in coming out of one’s shell, speaking one’s mind, intermingling, working in a team, cooperating and creating. It was also a process of healing and coming to “terms” with life’s complexities. It was a perfect medium for communication and entertainment all because of the crystallization of the imagination and mind of the puppeteer.
WRO (World Robotic Olympiad)-2008
From 31st October to 3rd November 2008, two teams from Amity International School, Noida participated in the World Robotic Olympiad 2008 held at Shine Yokohama Stadium in Yokohoma, Japan. Sarvagya Vaish (XII B) and Anchit Chandra Sekhar (XI B) represented AIS, Noida in Senior High Category while, Raghav Kochchar (X H) and Aditya Garg (IX G) represented in Junior High category. On 31st October, they took part in the simulation testing of robots at Prince Hotel. This was followed by robot construction period with 2 rounds of the competition at Shine Yokohama Stadium on 1st November 2008. The award ceremony was held on the 2nd. Out of a total of 44 teams, our Senior High School team stood at 17th position.