Trip to Mangroves – Std VII-A
On 23/07/15, Lodha World School, Palava organized a trip for Std VII students to the mangroves at Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre. At a time when Mumbai’s famous coastal mangroves along the Arabian Sea coastline are vanishing, the Godrej group has taken the responsibility of 1,750 acres of mangroves in their township of Pirojshanagar and has protected and preserved these mangroves for over 65 years. These mangroves are known as the second largest green lung of Mumbai, the largest green lung being the Sanjay Gandhi National Park spread over 9,000 hectares in Borivali.
This year, under the guidance of our Principal – Ms. Aditi Banerji, the school has tried to focus their educational habitat investigation excursion on threatened habitats, such as the mangroves. Students were provided with the opportunity of going on an enquiry-based and primary data-collecting field trip to the vast mangrove areas in Vikhroli.
The mangrove program is educative for all learning levels in the Primary School and is great for students in subjects such as Science, Biology and Geography. Mr. Hemant Karkhanis who looks after the mangrove program at Vikhroli, took time out to explain to the children all about mangroves, their habitats, how they foster life, help in conserving resources and also why it is important for us to conserve them. Mangroves are instrumental in protecting rare species of flora and fauna. The vast mangroves of Pirojshanagar include over 16 species of mangroves and their sub-varieties. They are also home to birds like flamingos, gulls, avocets and curlews, among others. The wildlife in the mangroves includes animals like jackals, snakes and many species of fish and birds. Students were told that mangroves being natural flood buffers, help in stabilising the climate by moderating the temperature, humidity, wind and even waves. Known to flourish even in poor quality soil, mangroves protect land from the impact of the sea.
After the visit to the mangroves, students were taken to the Mangrove Interpretation Centre set up by the Godrej Group to create awareness about this rich ecosystem through some short documentaries.
At the end of this most instructive excursion, students were asked to collect information from different sources, on the economic, biological and cultural value of mangrove environments. All in all, the mangrove excursion was fun as well as an interactive trip for students, and it also helped provide teachers with a resource for teaching that is accessible and cost effective.
This July, students of Lodha World School, Palava were encouraged to create original art, through research on the different aspects of the Marine World which in turn reflected an appreciation for our shared water resources.
The competitions were centered around the theme of the month – ‘Deep Waterz’. They engaged the students in learning about the deep dark underwater marine life, unlocking the secrets and mystery the blue oceans hold and helping understand how people can help protect the oceans and its marine treasures.
This theme was selected for students to explore the marine environment and know what needed to be done in order to help optimize water usage and preserve our most precious natural resource for future generations. Saving the oceans and the creatures living in them is the global responsibility of each and every person living on earth for maintaining an equal and natural balance of life on earth.
Ocean conservation was highlighted through unique activities for each and every class. Students of classes I and II came dressed as their favourite sea creature and related some interesting facts about them. So we got to see a myriad of graceful sea creatures floating around the school creating a beautiful, colourful mini aquarium of sorts. Students of classes III and IV created mobiles displaying different levels of the marine food chain which involved a lot of research into knowing about food chains in the underwater context . Class V and VI had to paint underwater scenery. They came up with breathtaking renderings of underwater marine life and of the coral reefs. The students of classes VII & VIII created posters to show what people can do to protect and preserve the oceans. They had to research the theme, put in a lot of thought and then work individually to design paintings or posters that addressed the issue.
Entries were judged on creativity, in interpreting the contest theme, students’ innovativeness, originality and skill.
Our Principal Ms. Aditi Banerji said that these programs give students a great opportunity to creatively express themselves while raising awareness about critical environmental issues. She said that through such competitions our school – Lodha World School, Palava wishes to put across to students that science and everything it relates to can be made interesting to everyone irrespective of their level of preliminary knowledge, age or aptitude. In the same vein, this creative contest was an invitation to students to offer their own unique interpretations of the theme ‘Deep Waterz.’
Music is life and we all love music and therefore life, don’t we? The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day originated in France in 1982. World Music Day has been celebrated on 21 June every year since then.
At Lodha World School, Palava we believe that music plays an important role in everyone’s daily life. We believe that the curriculum a school follows must allow for the breadth of the role that music plays within “ordinary” life for everyone. Our Principal – Ms. Aditi Banerji is a strong proponent of the belief that music education is a vital part of school experience and at Lodha, children are encouraged to understand the role music plays in world culture.
It was therefore great for children to know that a whole day is dedicated to the wonderful world of music. Yes, World Music Day is here on June 21. And it’s time for all music-lovers to have their say.
There is an interesting story behind World Music Day. In 1976, an American musician named Joel Cohen came up with the suggestion of having an all-night music celebration. He wanted this music festival to take place on the longest day of the year, ie. on the day of summer solstice. In 1982, his idea was adopted in France. With music being popular among all, this idea quickly spread to over one hundred cities around the world. World Music Day is all about appreciating music and inspiring others to do the same. Here at Lodha World School we all recognise the ability of music to bridge differences among people and it’s power to promote tolerance and inspire respect for differences and thus help build global citizens.
In the morning, the school was decorated with banners, posters and cut-outs of various musical instruments. Different musical instruments were displayed in the school atrium and hall. All the children came to school geared up to face the day and the atmosphere was vibrant with a spirit of celebration and festivity.
The day started with the children paying ode to the power of music in the morning assembly. The day began with the playing of a beautiful orchestra piece set to sweet instrumental music which could be heard in every corner of the school. The children played the various instruments in perfect pitch and harmony. The music was beautifully composed by the Music Sir – Mr. Shrikant. Std III children made a beautiful speech and presentation on how World Music Day is celebrated in different parts of the world. They also sang a wonderful peppy song which lifted the spirits of all the teachers and students present in the auditorium and showed us that World Music Day is all about enjoying the magical power of music.
International Yoga Day
Mrs. Geeta Iyengar rightly stated “When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga.”
Yoga is more than just poses. In fact, the Asana comprises just a small part of the overall Eight Limbs of Yoga as spelled out in the Yoga Sutras. Yoga is a way of life. It deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization.
“Yoga means union – the union of the body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested that June 21 be observed as the International Day of Yoga as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. June 21, was therefore declared the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.
Lodha World School, Palava celebrated this day under the able stewardship of the Principal Mrs. Aditi Banerjee. The students & teachers braved heavy rains to participate in the activities organised to mark the first International Yoga Day celebration in the school. They watched a video on the various Asanas & performed them under the guidance of the P.E. coach Mr. Sayyad. The students exhibited different Asanas like the Taad Asana, Koṇāsana, Bālāsana, Bhujaṅgāsana and Padmāsana.
The students as well as teachers felt truly invigorated yet relaxed and they exuded energy, confidence & freedom by practicing control!
Yoga is not just an annual one-time affair but it is very much a part of the enrichment activities of the school. The Principal, Mrs. Aditi Banerjee recommended that a student should incorporate it into his/her daily routine through periodic practice of yoga and thus inculcate the good habits and discipline propounded by our ancient yoga experts.
Annual Day Primary std-I 25-04-2015
After the grand success of the Annual Gathering Programme 2014-15 for Grades II to VII, Lodha World School hosted the Annual Gathering 2014-15 for the students of Grade I on 25th April at the School’s Auditorium. The students were more than keen to put their best foot forward, and in the process, take home not just their classroom concepts, but also a bagful of happy memories.
The school celebrated its Annual Day on the theme ‘I for India’, celebrating India’s rich heritage and exhibiting the diverse cultures which are interwoven in the fabric of our country through a musical journey celebrating the uniqueness of India.
The event started with a splendid rendition of the National Anthem. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp by the Principal and the guests after which a floral bouquet was presented to our Principal who was also the Chief Guest for the occasion.
The program began with a welcome speech by our Principal, Mr. Pramod Mahajan. The Principal, in his Annual Report, spoke on the various scholastic and co-scholastic activities and their importance in developing the different psychological facets of children. He also highlighted the achievements of the school in the past academic session. The entire gamut of school activities and achievements during the academic session 2014-15 were highlighted.
Jeevan Dhara – A Hindi skit on the social issues prevailing in India was presented which forced the audience to sit back and think of all the evils prevalent in society. This play was bound to have a profound impact on their minds. Patriotism towards our country was dramatized in the play and it highlighted the loyalty and martyrdom of our armed forces and moved our hearts to tears. The audience was spell bound by their inspirational performances and cheered the participants.
This programme was a piece from our everyday lives. The school, through its theatrical enactment flavoured with music and dance, celebrated India’s history, heritage, diversity and success stories; while also depicting the threats and issues affecting the lives of Indians.
Then our young dancers from grade 1 whirled and twirled their way into the hearts of the audience when they performed the different Indian folk dances, harvest festivals, traditional dances and some contemporary dances. Their performances showcasing the States of India amalgamated to form the theme – I for India.
The most riveting performance which drew unceasing applause was the English Skit ‘Dharamraj’s Khichdi’ whose frolicsome, humorous characters and funny situations drew gales of laughter.
This year’s Annual Day brought to life a sea of stories, a fusion of cultures, ideas and identities. Each performance contributed to the much awaited spectacle, be it the vibrant colors of Punjab, the rich heritage of South India, the classic celebration of Assam, the vigour and energy of Maharashtra, the music and dance of the various states in India, the authentic and convincing acting in Jeevan Dhara, the animated characters of Dharamraj’s Khichdi or the unusual opportunity of viewing our own India through an alien’s eyes vis a vis the Shadow Dance! The sequential performances gave a feeling of a carnival filled with the colors of enthusiasm and happiness. As the fusion of dance styles and music captured our hearts, we undertook a journey through our beloved motherland with the students of all ages encouraging us to embrace the inquisitive child present in all of us.
The annual day was a showcase of how talented these little students are. We saw life and energy being propelled into an ‘ethos inspiring vision’. It brought happiness, tears, laughter and joy to our parents to watch their children performing before a huge crowd. Parents and grandparents were overwhelmed by the show. They cheered and applauded throughout the event. The mesmerized expression on their faces was a beautiful sight.
The vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Mariyah appreciated the young Lodhaites for their wonderful and awe-inspiring performance which in turn expressed the feelings of the whole audience.
Annual Day Primary Part 2 std II – VII
Lodha World School, Palava celebrated it’s second Annual Day on 18/04/15 in Savitribai Phule Auditorium. It was a glorious day for the school as all the teachers and students assembled a resplendent pageant of art, music, dance and drama in a culmination of a year-long journey of discovery. No effort was spared and the result spoke for itself. The entire show was compered by Ms. Shilpa and Ms. Lini who really brought a sparkle to the day’s proceedings.
The celebration of Annual Day provides a platform for students to showcase their talents and urges the teachers to put in their best. It is on this occasion that the children get a chance to step on to the stage and conquer their fear of speaking or performing in front of a large gathering. The parents who aspire to see their children on the stage, make sure to attend the program however busy they are. From an academic point of view the school annual day celebration is the best way to present our culture to the students. ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ – is an oft quoted saying. At Lodha World School, Palava, a wide array of carefully selected activities/events is organized regularly to provide holistic education to our young learners. These opportunities enable them to recognize their talent, hone their skills, instil positive values and make learning fun. Consequently, the campus of the school is always a busy place- reverberating with music, rhythm and colours of life. So the Annual Day is a day which provides a peep into the school’s rich cultural mosaic.
In keeping with the theme for the celebrations “I for India”, the event started with a splendid rendition of the National Anthem. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Shrimati Manju Lodha (Chairperson of Lodha Group of Schools) who has implemented many initiatives through the Lodha Foundation for the needy sections of the people in the areas of education, healthcare, sports and culture. Under her guidance, Lodha Foundation has provided and continues to provide medical treatment, education, vocational training, sports training and other kinds of social help to thousands of people who include old people, widows and other needy people.
The Guest of Honour was Shri Anand Mhasvekar – a renowned multifaceted Marathi playwright, director as well as actor. The guests of honour also included Ms. Raunika of the Lodha Group and the Principal of PPS, Dombivali.
The programme began with the National Anthem. This was followed with the lighting of the lamp by the guests after which floral bouquets and a memento to the Chief Guest was presented as a token of appreciation.
After this, the first performance was by the school orchestra who performed to a mesmerizing array of instruments and created a musical extravaganza for the guests in “The Sound Of Music”. Parents and the distinguished guests were treated to a mesmerizing orchestra showcasing the rich and vibrant tapestry of musical talent in the students culminating in an extraordinary extravaganza of Dance, Music and Drama. It was a day of great pride for young Lodhaites who took pride in showing off their musical expertise to the appreciative audience.
After this wonderful performance, the Principal, Mr. Pramod Mahajan in his Annual Report, spoke on the various scholastic and co-scholastic activities and their importance in developing the different psychological facets of children. He also highlighted the achievements of the school in the past academic session. Prizes for Student of the Year, Academics and Curricular activities were awarded by the Chief Guest and other distinguished guests. The students were honored with trophies and certificates through an impressive audio-visual presentation. The entire gamut of school activities and achievements during the academic session 2014-15 were highlighted.
The next performance was by Std. VII who presented “Jewels of India” which showcased the achievements of famous Indians in various fields.
Dazzling Indian festival dances were presented by the young Lodhaites of Std II next, which left the audience mesmerised.
This was followed by Jeevandhara- A Hindi skit on the current social issues prevailing in present India which forced the audience to sit back and think of all the evils prevalent in society. This play was bound to have a profound impact on their minds.
This was followed by the Chirmi dance – a traditional dance by girls of Std IV who performed intricate steps with many beautifully decorated pots on their heads.
Next came “Women Power” – a dance which brought to the fore the inherent power of a woman and all that she is capable of doing single-handedly to fight evil.
“Dharamraj’s Khichdi” was next and it was a humorous take on Dharamraj and his hilarious choices for people to put in heaven or hell.
Students of Std VI performed a beautiful dance whose theme was “Beti Bacho, Beti Padho” to emphasise on the importance of educating a girl child.
Std IV was next and they portrayed all the dangers facing India internally as well as externally from terrorists. The students enacted scenes from the Taj Hotel terrorist attack and other terrorist attacks on Indian soil, which brought tears to the eyes of the audience and reminded us of how we are the ones who have to stand up for our motherland.
“Retro in Metro” was next and it was a comparison of old Bollywood with new Bollywood and children performed various stunts to the beats of Bollywood songs. It had an interesting and varied approach and was greatly appreciated by the audience who were stunned by the colorful costumes, the wonderful dances and the music to which the young actors danced.
A beautiful dance drama – Chitrangada was performed next to relate the tale of the powerful warrior princess – Chitrangada’s life altering realization which emphasized on how inner beauty is the real beauty.
The young dancers from Std III whirled and twirled their way into the hearts of the audience when they performed to different Indian folk dances, harvest festivals, traditional dances and some contemporary dances in the “Kaleidoscope of India”.
Lastly, the children of Std VII and VIII performed a shadow dance in which the greatness of India – our motherland was showcased. The entire show had the audience enthralled with the scintillating performances of the students. This was the Grand Finale which brought the morning show to an end.
The vote of thanks was then delivered by Ms. Lini which appreciated the young Lodhaites for their wonderful and awe-inspiring performance which in turn expressed the feelings of the whole audience.