Guru or teacher has always been considered akin to a God in the Hindu culture. The term 'Guru' derives its meaning from the combination of two Sanskrit words- 'Gu' meaning Darkness, and ‘Ru’ meaning ‘A person who eliminates Darkness.’ The auspicious occasion of rendering gratitude to the mentors' GURU PURNIMA was celebrated virtually by Grade 3D students. The assembly began with the recitation of the Gayatri Mantra. During the online sessions, students narrated the Dohas and Shlokas to praise the existence of Guru in one’s life and the transformations they go through while the teachers and mentors shape them meticulously. Students also expressed their grateful thoughts to their teachers. The assembly not only multiplied their happiness but helped them immensely in understanding the importance of Guru in a person’s life.
Presidium School leaves no stone unturned in developing and perfecting the communicative and other most sought-after skills of the 21st century among its students through well-planned and flawlessly implemented extra co-curricular activities. One such activity of a Debate Competition was organized by the English Faculty and the Storytelling Academy for the students of Grade 11. The digital space pulsated with the lively cut-and-thrust of the debate speeches. Each speaker for and against the topic “Drug Prohibition: An Ineffective Way to Reduce Drug Abuse” spoke convincingly and logically on a topic of great relevance to Generation Next. The speeches were liberally laced with rhetoric, statistics, quotations, examples of drug mafia and campaigns from across the world, and other rhetorical devices. The contestants exhibited their oratory skills and quick thinking as they deftly handled the questions in the Interjection Round. Each speaker displayed an impressive depth of knowledge and research as they spoke feelingly about the pros and cons of Drug Prohibition drives and campaigns.
Blow painting is an exciting activity for kids, it provides some great opportunities for experimentation, and the resulting artwork is really amazing. This is a process art activity that is truly frame-worthy Science, like art, is a creative process, which begins with curiosity and leads to discovery and exploration. Blow painting is a beautiful example of this. Our budding scientists of Grade 2 were ready with a variety of different coloured watery paints, a straw, and a piece of an A4 sheet. Initially, the teacher showed them how they can make the paint move across the paper, and then the students began to investigate with colours. The joy and wonder that they displayed while doing blow painting with a straw and paint were amazing. The students were fascinated by this creative and exploratory process, delighted, and we're telling each other about what they could see, what they thought, and what it made them wonder about.
Stateliness, solemnity, and the spirit to serve were the quintessence of the grand online Investiture Ceremony of Presidium School. The Chairperson of the school, Mrs. Sudha Gupta in her speech, urged the student leaders to create leadership opportunities for others and at the same time, set an example through their actions and contribution for their juniors to emulate. A soulful Sufi musical composition added sublimity to the ceremony. It was a truly defining moment when the Student Council members received their badges of office and certificates. The passion to serve their school was written large on the faces of each newly elected appointee as they took the oath which was administered by the Vice-Principal. The Head Boy and Head-Girl in their emotional speeches expressed their gratitude to the school management, heads, and teachers for the trust reposed in them. The close bond between the school and parents was evident when the parents of a few Student Council members thanked the school for its sincere efforts to groom its students to become the torch bearers of tomorrow. A few representatives from the Junior and Senior Club Profiles too appeared overcome with emotions as they thanked the school profusely for the leadership opportunities.
Poem Recitation is a mode of expression, a medium to reflect the latest talents of the young ones. Rhymes can prove to be instrumental stepping stones for young children to learn English and help them especially in the early stages of learning the language. Keeping this in mind English Recitation Competition for Grade Prep and Nursery was organized. All the students who participated in this competition came prepared with different rhymes of their choice. Each child was given a chance to recite a rhyme, and it was a delight to hear these little ones singing in rhyme and rhythm. Beauty is the realm of poetry, the children enjoy the beauty with their expression, feelings, and music of words. Taking all these facts into consideration the participants got an opportunity to exhibit their confidence, expression & talent in the competition & enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
Presidium School organized a webinar on cyber-bullying and cyber-security. The main idea behind conducting the workshop was to spread awareness among the students about the relevance of cyber-bullying in the technological virtual world where misuse of the internet is swelling day by day. The webinar showcased various risks and tips while using the internet. The Speaker gave various examples to the students to make themselves aware and to protect themselves from virtual predators. The students were made aware of the CBSE Recommended Action against Cyber Bullying, Information Technology Act,2000, Indian Penal code (IPC), Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. They were forewarned about using the internet safely and were prodded about the vital role of making them sensitive and amiable towards each other while using the internet and social media. The session was informative, enlightening, and educational.