Lingua Safari 2017- a language bonanza

Dignitaries on the Stage
Dignitaries on the Stage

One of the sparkling events of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Padma Sheshadri Bal Bhavan Group of schools, Chennai was LINGUA SAFARI 2017- a one-of-its-kind inter-school event for students of the Middle School.

The uniqueness of the event was that it provided an opportunity for city students of classes 6-8 to prove their verbal valour and creative competence in four languages – English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil.

Winners of Overall Trophy – PSBB Millennium, OMR
Winners of Overall Trophy – PSBB Millennium, OMR

About 400 students participated in this Language expedition held at the T Nagar branch on 28th October 2017.

Scholarly Scramble was a springboard for the wordsmiths and creative writers who participated in Classicathon and Flash Fiction. Faustian Face Lift provided the stage for readers who guessed the character with the help of the prop as a team of three students, improvised the character giving a modern text.

Audience-participants from city schools
Audience-participants from city schools

Pandora’s Box, Jack’s Magic Bean, Hercule Poirot’s moustache were few of the props that had an interesting 21st century interpretation.

Sahithya Goonj set the stage for the students to recite poems in Hindi, pen autobiographies and create an advertisement in Hindi.

Samskruthalosini, the quartet in Sanskrit dispelled the myth that Sanskrit is slowly losing its sheen. Recitation, Dumb Charades, Group Song and a quiz in Sanskrit was reassuring that the middle school students are fond of this ancient language.
Tamizhcholai rendered a soothing shade to the participants who skillfully tried their tongue-twisters effortlessly. ‘Just a minute’ in chaste Tamil was refreshing and ‘what’s the good word’ in Tamil reiterated the fact that love for one’s mother-tongue will reign long despite the popularity of foreign languages

Thenaruvi was a competition for music lovers. Students rendered Bharathiyar’s and Kannadasan’s songs, reflecting the poets’ passion.

Feedback from the participating students and the teachers who accompanied them was very encouraging

During the valedictory programme, the host school entertained the audience with a role-play by a student of Class II as Bharathiyar. Shayari in Hindi highlighted the richness of the language. A skit in Sanskrit unfolded the significance of Sushruta’s role in medicine and Rhyme and Mime brought out the Seven Ages of Man gracefully.

Dr. Sudha Seshayyan, Vice Principal Madras Medical College, in her valedictory address lauded the efforts of the host school for giving importance to languages.

An eloquent speaker, Dr. Sudha .enlightened the audience on how literature steers us, by navigating our hearts to the destination ie a harmonious living. She also beautifully brought out the significance of the word Sahithya. Her speech laced with quotes from Shakespeare and Alexander Pope was equally balanced with Subhashithas from Sanskrit.
‘Literature’, she said ‘is for the heart’ while Science is for the mind’. She distributed the prizes and PSBB Millenium OMR won the Overall LINGUA SAFARI 2017 trophy.

–Durga Chandrasekar

Lal Bahadur Shastri Junior College Maharashtra
emerge Champions at Rural
IT Quiz National Finals

The Rural IT Quiz organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm in partnership with the Department of IT, BT and Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka, witnessed a thrilling national final on November 17 at Bengaluru Palace, Bengaluru.

Earlier the State finals of the programme were conducted in the States of Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh from August to November 2017 for students from Classes 8 to 12. For over a decade, the programme has helped enhance IT awareness amongst students in smaller towns and districts, keeping them abreast of the latest developments in the world of IT, besides trying to narrow the gap between urban and rural students.

The winners from the six States who qualified for the National Finals were:

Swami Vivekanand Govt. Model School, Suratgarh – Pankaj Chimmpa and Himanshu Kanojia

SMJCKR Higher Secondary School, Bhavnagar – Hardik Kumar Manojbhai Modi and Parth V Dhulla

Lal Bahadur Shastri Junior College, Bhandara – Rishi Pankaj Sarda and Pratham Rajesh Pashine

Little Rock India High School, Brahmavar – Clifton D’Silva and Vishwas Adiga

Government Higher Secondary School, Mathpurena – Hemant Dewangan and Durgesh Yadav

Madhya Pradesh
Govt School for Excellence, Dewas – Shivam Kumar Anjana and Jayesh Chaurasiya

These six finalists battled it out at the National Finals conducted on 17th November where quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam quizzed them on their knowledge of IT.

The animation based quiz format had the following three segments – Augmented Tech, Humanised Big Data and On Demand Tech. The quiz had several interesting elements built into it such as Booster, Game Play, Multiplier and Mine which helped students build up their scores. Each of the rounds tested the students’ spectrum of knowledge in the IT sphere.

After intense quizzing, Lal Bahadur Shastri Junior College, Maharashtra emerged National Winners with an impressive show. The team from Little Rock India High School, Karnataka were the National Runners-Up.

The National winners received a glittering trophy and TCS educational scholarship of Rs 1,00,000/- and the Runners-up received Rs 50,000/- from Punith Rajkumar, popular Kannada actor who was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Nagaraj Ijari, VP & Head TCS Bengaluru Operation, and Mr Priyank Kharge, Minister, Department of IT, BT, Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, congratulated the winners. All the finalists also received an array of prizes, in addition to the TCS cash scholarship of Rs 10,000/- they had won at the State Finals.

On this occasion, M. Nagaraj Ijari, VP & Head TCS Bengaluru Operations, said, ‘As the nation makes decisive strides towards a digital economy, it is vital that the benefits of technology reach the last mile. TCS has been impacting young minds in small towns on the possibilities that technology delivers through the Rural IT Quiz program. The program helps by empowering students to learn more, making them better prepared for a digital future.’

About Rural IT Quiz
The Rural IT Quiz is an initiative by Tata Consultancy Services in partnership with the Department of IT, BT, Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka. The programme started in the year 2000 and has reached over 13 million students till date. The quiz has earned an entry in the Limca Book of Records as the first IT Quiz for rural students in India. The Rural IT Quiz which had a successful run in Karnataka for over a decade, has expanded its footprint to other States – Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh since 2011.

Celebrating quindecennial of quality education

Queen Mary’s School, Northend, Model Town, celebrated its 15th Annual Day through a glittering and a spectacular evening. The day was extremely significant for the school as it completed 15 years of excellence in educating the Girl Child. A galaxy of distinguished personalities besides thousands of spectators witnessed the magnificent and splendid fiesta that showcased exquisite presentation of the students who performed elegantly in their youthful exuberance.

The programme commenced with a musical Prelude followed by opening prayer. The Principal of the school, Ms Anupma Singh accorded a floral welcome to all the dignitaries and presented the Annual Report of the session 2016-17 to highlight the landmarks achieved. The School Magazine, ‘The Foundation 2016-17’, was also released.

An astounding visual treat was then presented on the classical tale of ‘A Christmas Carol – The Broadway Musical’ where students learnt the transformation from evil to good. This soul stirring family musical with its motivating message and unfailing trust in a happy tomorrow was appreciated by one and all. The melodious tunes and mellifluous music captivated all and the colourful and vibrant dances and songs reflected the hardwork and efforts of the participants and the teaching faculty.
The rendition of National Anthem signalled curtains down to the evening’s proceedings.

‘A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens’.

The timeless tale of ‘A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens’ gives one a chance to experience hope, courage and belief in the goodness of life despite all odds. It is as much a part of the holiday season as Holy Christ Child’s birth, angels, holly, mistletoe and the Christmas message. This perennial favourite continues to rekindle thoughts of goodwill amongst mankind.

The musical is based on ‘A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens’. The imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being.

It matters not who or what you are, all humanity can behold the Christmas star. For the star that shone is shining still in the hearts of people, regardless of colour, race or creed. Let’s join together in celebrating Christmas as a gift of love to mankind.
Come join with us in Celebrating life!