In order to ensure the students’ all-round development, the school conducts extra-curricular activities regularly, which serve both to maintain students’ interest in studies, and to hone their non-academic skills. These include:
Art is a beautiful way of expressing yourself. It has often been compared to meditation as well, due to its relaxing properties. Art classes conducted in school encourage the students to relax and let their creativity shine through while having some fun. Who says school is boring?
Debates help a child strengthen his ability to logically organize his thoughts, and present a strong argument. This skill is important not only in academics (such as while writing essays, reports and critical analyses) but also in life in general. A weak argument can weaken one’s position considerably. Debates help hone these skills, so the students do not find themselves at a loss when faced with the need to present a logical argument.
Literature is a form of art, and poetry is a big part of literature. Poetry recitations are fun and help break the monotony of academics, while also helping the children develop an interest in literature. These also help children overcome stage fright, and become better public speakers – which is a key talent on the road to becoming a leader.
Staying indoors all day can be dull, so we break the monotony with outdoor events from time to time. One of those is the Flower Show, where students bring flowering plants that they cared for, and show them off to their friends. Being out in nature is important to a child’s growth, and it releases positive hormones which boosts their mood and prepares them to plunge back into their studies. Growing a plant also teaches them gardening skills and instills responsibility, as they try to ensure that their plant grows well, in the spirit of competition.
Dance is a big part of Indian culture, and a talent students are often interested in developing or honing. Dramatics is popular among students as well. Dance is good for the body and mind, whereas Dramatics is engaging, and helps students realize their talent in acting. School events often include these two, as they are very popular among students and are enjoyed by one and all.
Children have flexible bodies, but it is important to teach them about flexibility and how to maintain it, with the help of yoga. These classes help them get some light exercise while also relaxing from the stresses of their day. Children are under more stress than more parents realize, and therefore need to learn relaxation techniques. Our yoga classes, which are conducted regularly by a trainer, help them in that regard.
Fancy dress competitions are organized periodically for the younger students. In these, they dress up as various characters, people or things, and appear on stage in the dress. It’s an entertaining experience enjoyed by most, and it helps children overcome their fear of the stage, while having fun. These are among the most anticipated events in the school.
These events give students the opportunity to proudly display artwork they created with their own hands. It helps them compare their work to that of their friends, so they can see what improvements can be made. Everyone needs appreciation, and children do so more than adults. Craft displays and exhibitions give them a wonderful opportunity to put their work out for their peers to admire.
Assessments are a good way of testing how much a child has learnt, but children rarely enjoy those as they can be nerve-racking due to the pressure. However, a fun alternative is quizzes. Our teachers conduct quizzes from time to time in the classroom, but the school also conducts quizzes where students from different classes and sections are put together and made to compete. These are fun, interactive sessions and a great way to encourage learning.
Mehendi drawing is a big part of Hindu culture. However, recently, it’s expanded beyond Hindu culture and has been welcomed in the lands beyond. Commonly referred to as ‘henna tattoos’, Mehendi-making is an art which yields a satisfying, long-lasting result. It is good for the skin, and is a little-used form of art in schools. We organize Mehendi-drawing events to teach students this art, to encourage and propagate Indian culture.
Rangoli is a colourful pattern created with coloured powder during Diwali, the festival of lights. In the festive spirit, we organize Rangoli-making events for the children, so they can make and show off Rangolis, and flaunt their skills. Children are in a festive mood during the Diwali week, and this event peppers their classes with some seasonal fun, so they don’t get bored.
5th September is Teacher’s Day, and every year, we organize a small event where both teachers and children participate, to celebrate the day. There is music, dancing, and skits. The event is enjoyed by students as well as by school staff, and school gets over early that day. The celebration of the day helps students remember the date, and learn to appreciate it.
On 14th November of each year, Children’s Day is celebrated with fun and frolic at the school premises. Children are given the liberty to wear colourful clothes, and they are sent back home early, after a lively program put together by their teachers, for them to enjoy. Children’s Day is the day we appreciate children, as they are all God’s creatures, and beautiful human beings.
Independence Day on august 15th is celebrated every year across the nation. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in our School. A week before the day of celebration, children enjoy the time of preparation they spend in schools. Skipping classes during practice may be a part of their happiness, but they are over excited in preparing themselves for the performances too. They spend more than half-a-day in school practicing for march-past, speech, dance, sports, cultural activities and more.
Republic Day on january 26th is celebrated every year across the nation. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in our School. A week before the day of celebration, children enjoy the time of preparation they spend in schools. Skipping classes during practice may be a part of their happiness, but they are over excited in preparing themselves for the performances too. They spend more than half-a-day in school practicing for march-past, speech, dance, sports, cultural activities and more.
Seminars are held from time to time n school premises, to provide knowledge on various subjects. Attendance in these is usually not compulsory, and children are given the option to attend if the subject interests them. Seminars are an interactive way to gain helpful information on various subjects, from experts in the field. Students often discover new things and learn helpful tips and out of syllabus knowledge that helps them with their studies, or even later in life.
As and when the curriculum requires it, the school organizes educational outings for the students. As part of these, students are taken to various places such as industries, other schools, plantations, or whatever the subject in question deals with. These are a learning experience, while also being a fun social outing with friends. Students are transported to and from the location by school buses, and they are continually under the supervision of their teachers.
Seminars are organized yearly by the traffic and police department, to inform the children about various subjects. These include crime, traffic rules, and healthcare. Students need to be taught these things, and although these subjects are covered as part of their syllabus, we think it is best to let the professionals do it, as that would likely have a stronger impact. Students are told about traffic laws, what to do when they see a crime occurring, and other such important facts that they need to know as responsible citizens of our country.
Students in many schools are required to do projects, and it has been proposed to bring the activity to AVP as well. Students are asked to create projects on various subjects as part of their school curriculum. This is usually done for the subject matter being taught at the moment, and it helps develop their interest with visual input. Projects also help students develop interest in the subject, as they are given a break from active studies and allowed to exercise their creative side, while still not letting their mind wander from the subject. This method has proven to be fairly effective, and may be included at AVP soon.