Save The Tiger
Tigers have long evoked awe in the human imagination as they are symbols of wild nature in all it’s splendour.
They are the creatures of whose “fearful symmetry,” the poet William Blake spoke of and immortalized in his beautiful poem.
Tigers are one of the most beautiful and majestic animals in the world. Their bold stripes, their unbridled power and natural ferocity is what gives tigers their claim to name and fame. There is no match for a tiger in its natural habitat which is why we in India are proud to have anointed it as our national animal. It embodies the matchless strength and power of India and represents the proud Indian spirit. In the wild, however, tigers are on the verge of extinction. It’s therefore high time that every Indian comes forward to take steps to save the tiger.
Saving tigers is a compelling and cost-effective means of preserving so much more that is essential to life on Earth. The tiger is what conservationists call the “umbrella” species. By rescuing them, we save everything beneath their ecological umbrella – everything connected to them – including the world’s last great forests, whose carbon storage mitigates climate change.
The tiger is an iconic species, and tiger conservation is involved in attempts to prevent the animal from becoming extinct and in preserving its natural habitat. The tiger is the symbol for the protection of all species on our earth since it is at the top of the food chain. This is why we sometimes call the tiger an apex predator, an indicator of the health of our ecosystem.
At Lodha World School, Palava, as part of the “Kids for Tigers” initiative introduced by our Principal Ms. Aditi Banerji, the school has taken a small but sure-footed step to spread awareness among the students on why saving the tigers is important.
Students of Lodha World School, Palava put up a play on “Save The Tigers” on 29/07/15. This day is observed worldwide as “Save The Tigers” day. The skit imparted the important message to all of us that the presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well-being of the ecosystem and that we must in our way spread the good word that tigers are essential to our well-being. Master Suryansh of Std VII spoke about the importance of preserving the natural habitat of tigers and made a beautiful presentation on the same.
It was an eye-opener for the students as this small beginning will in turn lead to a chain reaction which will ensure indirectly the saving of forests and in turn the saving of the environment which is reeling under global warming caused due to massive deforestation.
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.