The British Council Reading Challenge is a massive reading promotion programme for children and young people all over the world.
Lodha World School, Palava has introduced the British Council Reading Challenge for students this year, as an initiative taken by our Principal – Ms. Aditi Banerji.
In the Reading Challenge children are encouraged to read a range of books on the completion of which they are rewarded with an exciting range of incentives and activities. The challenge inspires children to read for fun, pleasure and personal achievement. It helps them explore new books, new authors and talk about them with their friends. The element of challenge gives them an incentive to read, and a sense of achievement on finishing them.
Every child who joins the challenge has to read a minimum of six books within a span of six-weeks. The child will then participate in some activities and complete the challenge. Children who complete the challenge are presented with a certificate at a special ceremony in the school.
As our Principal put it “The challenge aims to inculcate in children a love for reading – for knowledge and pleasure, and to enable children to read quality books.
As part of the 84th birth anniversary celebrations, Lodha World School, Palava celebrated “Vachan Prerna Divas” as a “No Bag Day”. On this day, children were asked to bring only a storybook with them to school and they had their grandparents read out their favourite story to them. This also formed a part of the Reading Challenge. Grandparents, as we know love reading stories to the little ones. Their bed-time stories are an integral part of everyone’s growing up years and this was an opportunity to integrate grandparents in the reading challenge because as we all know -
“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley
On 15th October, 2015, Lodha World School, Palava celebrated Grandparents Day. It was a special day for all of us as it gave us a chance to interact with an age group that is most often, overlooked. All the students had invited their grandparents with a special invite to spend some time with them in school, in their classrooms. Students who could not have grandparents over, could invite their parents to the school to partake in the celebrations.
On that day, the school presented a familiar scene – but one with a twist. Instead of students filling the hallways and trying to find their classrooms, it was grandparents.
All the grandparents were welcomed with flowers and a tikka by their grandchildren. They were presented special cards, bookmarks which students had made with special care. They then joined the children and shared special thoughts and fond reminiscences with them. A plethora of activities and games had been planned by the class teachers to keep both grandparents and grandchildren engaged. Musical Chairs, Balancing Glasses and Quizzes were conducted pitting one grandparent couple against another or grandparents against grandchildren and grandparents were also tested on the technological jargon used by children today. Appropriate music and enthusiastic grandparent-grandchild combinations made these events runaway hits with those present and brought a twinkle to their eyes.
Children read out poems and songs etc. to show their love and appreciation as well as gratitude. They then shared snacks which they had specially brought for themselves as well as their grandparents. It was a day that brought two generations together and allowed them to spend some quality time together unfettered by the busy demands of the daily grind.
This day i.e. the 15th of October. 2015 was also the birthday of our former President and one of the best loved icons of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In his honour and memory, Lodha World School, Palava also celebrated “Vachan Prerna Divas” on this day. Students observed a “No Bag Day”. They were however asked to bring along their most cherished storybooks which they read along with their grandparents in class. This gave them some much required “together” time.
Students of Std VII and VIII celebrated “Grandparents Day” in the assembly hall. Grandparents were eager to see the school and their grandchildren presenting a special programme just for them.
Students of Class VII and VIII were emcees for the show and held the entire show together wonderfully.
A beautiful presentation was put up emphasizing the importance of grandparents in our lives and showcasing to them the trip they had undertaken as part of their school activity.
This was followed by the children singing a song extolling the virtues of our grandparents and how we must love and cherish them and count our blessings for having them enrich our lives. Children then recited some emotional self-composed poems for them.
“We see them during the week,” a grandparent said. “But it’s fun to have a special day like this to spend with our grandkids.” “We like to support our grandkids, to see and learn what they’re learning,” said many grandparents, noting that besides academics the children are learning things that build character. “It’s fun to see what they are learning,” they said. “Our grandkids really like coming here.”
All grandparents were presented a handmade crafted token of appreciation by their grandchildren.
The children then interacted on a one-to-one basis with the guests, during the “Sandwich Challenge” that followed and which was especially arranged for them. Students were lined in an assembly line preparing sandwiches and showing their expertise and culinary skill. They then served the same to their grandparents. Everyone seemed truly happy.
All the grandparents were very vocal in their appreciation and gave a very positive feedback about the entire program arranged for them and the general mood was one of happiness. Our students too, were very happy to have a special day dedicated to their grandparents.
“I love that grandparents get to be honored — and that the students get to honor them,” said the teachers. “That way the students get to keep the family environment secure.”
The curtains came down on the Grandparents Day celebrations with a visit to an Old Age Home “Khidkali Vridhashram” in the vicinity. As a part of a school activity “Daan Utsav” in which students participated in the “Rice Bucket Challenge”, the proceeds were donated to the old age home.
All the children had contributed heartily towards making a donation of food items to the old age home. The aged people there were extremely happy to spend time with the children and shared wonderful moments together. Both the children and the inmates of the home shared anecdotes, poems, and songs with each other.
It was a very successful event, indeed, and we look forward to many more such events where we can bring two generations together.
“The school decided to host the special day as a way to get grandparents more involved with their students’ education”, said the Principal –Ms. Aditi Banerji. “It lets us show them how much they are loved and appreciated,” he said, “and what important roles grandparents play in their grandkids’ lives.”
As the classroom clocks ticked toward 12 noon, it wasn’t easy for some of the teachers and school staff to say goodbye to these wonderful elderly people who despite their advanced years had made time to visit school and spend time with their grandkids.
NAMORO 2015, an interschool competition was held in St. Theresa Convent School, Dombivali on the occasion of their Silver Jubilee celebrations, on 9th October, 2015.
This was the first time Lodha World School, Palava took part in an interschool event of this magnitude where over 500 students from about 15 schools across the Thane and Navi Mumbai region participated in various competitive events.
The event had categories like Art and Craft, Music & Dance, Street Play, Speech and Extempore and various other sports events like Chess, Shotput, Volleyball etc. Lodha World School, Palava sent 52 children who competed in different disciplines.
It was a matter of great pride for our school to participate in and win in various disciplines which goes to speak volumes about the hard work put in by them and the dedication shown by their teachers.
We were thrilled when our children won the 2nd prize in the street play they staged on the topic “Building Family, Building Nation”, 3rd prize in Indian Folk Dance, 1st in Chess, 3rd in Shotput and 2nd and 3rd prize in Extempore.
It was a great learning experience for our students and goes to show that with a little hard work, our students can compete with the best.
Visit to the Planetarium<
Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. At Lodha World School, we believe that every student should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development.
The recent trip of the students of Class V & VI to the Nehru Planetarium served to deliver the sort of educational value they can build on in class long after the visit and it ensured that the students have a memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside their classroom experiences.
The Nehru Planetarium is situated in the green surroundings of Teen Murti House, earlier the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and now a museum in his memory. The Nehru Planetarium is a wing of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. It is a high-tech piece of science wizardry that could simulate the sky in any direction at any time of the year regardless of weather
The students were first taken into the vast expanse of the Nehru Museum where they were fascinated to see the home and memorabilia of Pandit Nehru. The students were taken up by curiosity by the pictures, letters and artefacts received by the late Prime Minister from the different nations he visited. They even got a chance to walk past his living areas and personal office as also the place where he breathed his last. The recreated Central Hall of the Parliament as on the midnight of 14 August 1947, wherein Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his speech “Tryst with Destiny”, attracted the students’ attention. The rooms in which he and his family stayed were well-preserved. The students were enthralled by the calmness and serenity which was felt at every corner of the Museum.
Then, the magnificent planetarium building captivated the students. A model satellite launcher at the entrance fascinated all of them. They examined carefully the space shuttle and the astronaut suit of Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma (India’s first astronaut to set foot on Earth’s moon in 1984). Before the students proceeded to the sky theatre, there was an informative session on the night sky, solar system, and the usage of sundial (Jantar Mantar model).
As the lights dimmed and the journey through the stars began, the excitement among the students was overwhelming. The skies came alive on the massive dome theatre. We then went “off-world” as the theatre began to simulate the celestial movements, capable of taking the viewer on a journey through the solar system and out into the galaxy.
The tour continued through the solar system as we explored Jupiter and Saturn and the motions of their moons. Beyond the solar system the simulation moved out among the stars, showing the position of the Sun relative to the nearest stars and still further out showing the stars which have confirmed exoplanets. Traveling even farther, the limit of our naked-eye constellations was shown in comparison to the size of the galaxy.
The students stayed glued through the description of our solar system, trying to understand the details and to identify the different planets and even learning to recognise constellations. It was fun knowing about one’s weight on the moon and other planets. There were a few other exhibits at the Planetarium which enlightened the learners.
The show was extremely good and provided a good visual experience as well as a factual knowledge of astronomy. The informative show about the mysteries of the sky enlightened the students with knowledge about space.
The children had a most informative and memorable experience and the trip offered them a lot of practical knowledge on many things they were exposed to and were learning in their classrooms.
It was a trip they would cherish and had a lot of take aways for them in terms of knowledge, experience etc.