2nd Annual Day : 22nd January 2011
The Journey of a thousand miles, they say, always begins with a single step.
The seed for Adhyapana School was sown on 3rd January '09 when the Visthara site was chosen to house the Visveswar' dream project.
A famous sloka in Sanskrit goes thus
Of all the things in this world KNOWLEDGE IS PRICELESS for it is cannot be stolen, is most valuable and cannot be depleted.
From this sloka came our motto —
The vision and mission statements were soon put in place.
Partnering us from the very start was Indian Bank without whose support we would not be. I place on record our sincere gratitude to our bankers.
The formalities vis – a – vis the affiliation process are completed, the No Objection Certificate from the Tamil Nadu Education Department obtained and the papers duly submitted to the Central Board at Delhi. By April / May this year everything should be on hand. Our passion, our commitment and focus and our will to make things happen have always stood us in good stead and we hope and pray that divine blessings are always with us.
From a student strength of 127 students and a teacher team of 17 members in the first year we are now a formidable team of 436 students and 36 teachers in this, our second, academic year.
Our bevy of teachers is indeed the envy of Madurai and proudly we can say that we do boast of a wonderful team of dedicated and committed staff members.
I would like to add here that much has been done this year to improve our infrastructure & facilities. Apart from good play ground & laboratory equipment we have installed a water treatment plant to provide pure and clean potable water. We also have a sanitary water treatment plant in place to clean & regenerate waste water which is being used for gardening purpose.
Today apart from many other special happenings, we are proud to announce that we are going global by launching our Adhyapana School web site.
We plan to launch shortly the after—school activities of the Adhyapana Training Institute. On the anvil are Spoken English & Spoken Hindi classes for all ages, dance and music classes and other activities like training in karate, cricket, chess etc. Notification of these and more will be sent out in due course. These classes are open to all, not necessarily our school children or parents. We are sure the community around us will benefit a great deal and participate whole—heartedly in our endeavours.
Dear parents, I take this opportunity to place on record our sincere appreciation of your trust and support. We assure you we shall not fail to live up to your expectations and constantly pray to God for His benevolence.
Time now to take you on a special round — up of our activities this year and for a change, this time, we felt it might be good if you hear the same from our children.
3rd Annual Day - 23rd & 24th Mar 2012. The journey of a thousand miles always begins with a single step.
Good evening Ladies & Gentlemen,
The Seed for Adhyapana School was sown on 3rd Jan '09 when the Vistara Site was closer to house the Visveswars Dream Project.
A famous sloka is Sanskrit goes thus -
Of all the things in this world KNOWLEDGE IS PRICELESS for it is cannot be stolen, is most valuable and cannot be depleted.
From this sloka came out motto -
Knowledge is Priceless.
This year has been unique in many respects the most important of there being that we now stand as a formally affiliated member of the CBSE family. Our passion, our commitment, our focus and our will to make things happen have stood by us and we now stand tall as a CBSE school with affiliation granted the Secondary level. Our first batch of Std X will be appearing for its Board examination this time next year i.e. Mar 2013. We seek your blessings and hope and pray for divine grace on our students & us. The process for seeking affiliation for the Higher Secondary classes has also started and we are positive that 2013 April should see us launch Std. XI too.
From a student strength of 430 students and a teacher team of 39 members in '10-'11 we are now a formidable team of 870 students and 52 teachers for the year 2011-'12. In April '12 we will be 1200 students and 68 teachers.
It is said 'Teachers create all others Professions. Teachers turn ideas into action'. We have in out teachers the 3 quotients that any effective teacher mus possess - the intelligence quotient, the emotional quotient and the spiritual quotient. Our bevy of teachers is indeed the envy of other schools is Madurai and Proudly we can say that we do boast of a wonderful team of dedicated and committed staff members.
Another notable milestone this year has been the linking of our school in a Global School Partnership Program Thro' the British Councils, Chennai & UK. Adhyapana School and Sarum St. Paul's Primary School, Wiltshire, UK are successfully partnered and we have launched two joint projects to be done by them and us - the first one on Global Warming and Ecological Preservation and the second one on the London Olympics with special emphasis on conflicts and controversies therein. The Head teacher of St. Paul's Mrs. Lindsay visited us here and has carried back lot of exciting news and ideas from here. I am slated to visit UK in April and later on HM, Mrs. Hilarie & co-ordinator Mrs. Sri Vidya are visiting Sarum in July after which the first team of student exchange is being planned.
As is our practice, I am now going to stop at this juncture for our students are ready to take you on a special round up of our activities this year.
Dear parents, I take this opportunity to place on record our sincere appreciation of your trust and support. We assure you we shall not fail to live up to your expectations and constantly pray to God for His benevolence. Do enjoy this evening's prog. - Thank you for being here. God Bless!
Science Week , Slogan Writing, Green March
Students of Adhyapana School, Madurai, began the academic year on a green note. They took part in the "Science Week " celebrations as part of World Environment Day, 5th June 2011. They performed "skits" and "chat shows" on deforestation, Endosulfan and Global Warming.
A Slogan Writing Contest was conducted for children on 9th June, 2011 from Std III onwards. The week—long celebration culminated with a Green March to create awareness of environment protection and a street play on the harmful effects of deforestation.
Student Elections for all Classes
Student Elections for Class Prefects , School Pupil Leader and Asst. School Pupil Leader, House Captains and Sports Captains were conducted on 13th June, 2011.
Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony
A Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony was organised on 16th June, 2011 in which the School Pupil Leader, Assistant school Pupil Leader, Sports Captains, House Captains and Class Prefects were formally sworn in. The function was inaugurated by Mrs. Mehrun Ismail, Director – Hajee Moosa.
A "Gala Fete" was organised on 18th June, 2011 by Senior students. Around 40 stalls were put up. Mr. B. Renganathan, Correspondent, Sonai Meenal Arts and Science College, Mudukulathur inaugurated the event and gave away prizes.
Medical and Dental Check—ups
Medical and Dental Check –ups were organised for students of all classes by Meenakshi Mission Hospital on 27th and 28th June , 2011 respectively.
Colouring is fun
"Colouring is Fun" was organised for students of Kindergarten to Std II on 29th June, 2011.
Kho—kho matches were conducted for boys and girls on 1st July, 2011 and 2nd July, 2011 respectively.Agraj House was declared the winner in the matches.
Green day was celebrated by students of the Kindergarten on 8th July, 2011. The children were attired in green costumes made with green vegetables and also spoke on the important role they play in the improvement of health and well—being.
Kindergarten Sports Day
Sports Day was organised on 23rd July, 2011 and fabulous prizes were given away. The Chief Guest was Uncle "NAN" Narayanan.
Third Annual Sports Meet – Classes 3 to 9
The 3rd Annual Sports Meet for Classes 3 to 9 was held and the Chief Guest was Mr. Seshadri Venkatesan, Director – Operations, National Adventure and Leadership School. Agraj House won the overall championship.
Field Trips and Workshops
Field Trips and Workshops were organised for students of all classes from 1st August, 2011 to 8th August, 2011.
Kindergarten students celebrated "Red Day" in a grand manner . Children and teachers attired themselves in red costumes and had lot of fun.
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations went on in a grand manner and a short cultural programme based on "Patriotism" was organised. This was followed by a PEP Seminar for parents and teachers.Dr. Kumaravel spoke on "Childhood Obesity". Drs. Sridevi and Rajeev C Warrier conducted a seminar on "Wellness".
Sing – a – long Competition
Sing – a – long competitions were held of Classes Kindergarten to 5 on 24th and 25th August, 2011.
On 26th August, 2011, there was a Music Concert by Arvind Sriram of USA, who enchanted the audience with Indian Classical and Light music. Students of Classes 3,4 & 5 presented their sing – a –longs on the values of life
Students from Class 3 onwards put up a fantabulous show to entertain the teachers. Undoubtedly, they provided wholesome entertainment to teachers on 5th September, 2011.
The Kindergarten Section celebrated "Yellow Day" with children and teachers dressed up in bright, yellow costumes. Sunflower was the mainstay of the event.
The Primary wing organised a cultural programme on 15th September, 2011 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mr. C. N. Annadurai (Arignar Anna). Children of Classes 4 and 5 gave a colourful presentation of 21 varieties of fruits and enacted a skit portraying the social issue of caste discrimination.
English Play – Mind Your Language
Students of Class 9 enacted an English Play based on the series, " Mind Your Language". It was replete with humour as students enunciated the way people speak English in various parts of the world.
"Safety Week" was organised by the Primary Section during the end of which Mr. Jayaraj – SP, Traffic addressed the students and teachers on 17th October, 2011.
Volley Ball/Throw Ball matches
Volley Ball for boys and Throw Ball matches for girls were organised on 21st and 22nd October, 2011 respectively. Amrut House was declared winner for Volley Ball (boys) . Girls of Atulya House won the Throw Ball match.
Card – Making Competition
Card making competition was held for students of Classes 1 to 5 and Diya making competition was held for students of classes 6 to 9 on 24th October, 2011.
Children's Day Celebrations got off to a really good start on 14th November, 2011, the week ( 14th Nov—19th Nov) being declared as "Talent Week". Teachers put up a good show to entertain students. An English play, "The Refund" was also enacted by the teachers.
Children of the Kindergarten celebrated "Orange Day" on 25th November, 2011 by attiring themselves in attractive orange colour and also presented cut—outs of different items, mostly vegetables and fruits, in orange colour.
Global School Partnership Programme
We have partnered with Sarum St. Paul's Primary School, Wiltshire. U.K as part of Global School Partnership (GSP) programme. Lindsay West, the Head Teacher of the School and a Co—member of the GSP team visited our School on 8th December, 2011. In her address, Ms. Lindsay West spoke about the life—style of people in the UK and enlightened students with information on Schools and the activities carried out there. The interaction was fruitful and the students put forth a host of questions. A cultural programme was also presented by the primary and senior sections.
On this happy occasion, we are indeed proud to announce that our adorable Principal, Mrs. Aruna Visvessvar, has been selected as one of the delegate members who will be leaving for Wiltshire, U.K. on 24th April, 2012. Our Headmistress, Mrs. Hilarie Balachandran and Co—ordinator, Mrs. Sri Vidhya Balaji will also be visiting Wiltshire during the Ist week of July, 2012.
An Elocution Competition was organised for students of Primary Section on 23rd January, 2012. Many students participated enthusiastically and skills like pronunciation, intonation and overall presentation were honed.
With a view to revive the use of handkerchiefs and reiterate their significance in everyday life, the Kindergarten Section celebrated "Handkerchief Day" on 14thFebruary, 2012. In this regard, a workshop was conducted for children by the teachers themselves. All children participated enthusiastically and had fun. They enjoyed being at the workshop.
Seminars/ Workshops for teachers and Students
"The year that was" — Happenings of 2012—2013
Distinguished Guests of this evening
Ladies and Gentlemen
Good evening to all of you.
Before I take you down the year that was, I would like to start with thanking God for having blessed us to reach and successfully cross several landmark milestones in 2012—13.
The academic year began with the Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony where the prefects for various classes were elected and the student pupil leaders elected therefrom. Veteran Olympian Mr. Parthasarathy graced the occasion.
Medical and Dental check—ups were done for all pupils by Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Tooth Zone, Madurai early in the year.
Primary School celebrated "Art & Craft Week", "Red Day", "Blue Day", "I love my family", "Cake Day", "Hello Friends" and the like, delighting everybody all around.
Sports days for the Kindergarten, Primary and the Senior sections were celebrated with great pomp and splendour. "Mini Olympics" was the theme of the Kindergarten sports day.
Students from classes 3 to 8 celebrated Science Week in a grand manner. Children of class 5 stole everybody's hearts when they put up a stage show on "Animal senses". This was followed by a fashion parade on the theme, "Parts of a Plant". "Students of classes 6, 7 and 8 organised Power Point Presentations on interesting and informative topics such as Nanotechnology, Genetically Modified Crops, Koodankulam Power Project and Carbon Credit System.
As part of the Social Studies week, the whole school was decorated with flags of various countries with interesting information on them. There was a wonderful presentation by the students on the world’s greatest leaders and also the lesser known unsung heroes. The week long celebrations culminated in “Exposst”, an exhibition on Social Studies followed by the most popular “KAUNBANEGA ADHYAPANA STAR”. This interesting and informative quiz contest involved the parents too and was conducted in the style and spirit of “KAUN BANEGA KARODPATHI”. Needless to mention, it turned out to be a big hit.
"MATH BY MOONLIGHT" brought with it a well organised exhibition on interesting topics in Mathematics, power point presentations, a Math Treasure Hunt etc., and ended with a quiz contest.
The language weeks were also conducted in an innovative manner with skits and Spelling Bee Competitions.
Children from classes Pre—kg to 9 participated enthusiastically in competitions organised by other schools in Madurai and other states and walked away with fabulous prizes. In "CENEXA" organised by C.E.O.A School, Madurai, our students performed exceedingly well and came our with flying colours getting about 17 prizes. "REFLECTIONS" by Mahatma Group of Schools was yet another platform wherein our students proved their mettle bringing glory to the school. At an all—Madurai dance drama competition organised at Mahatma School we bagged the first place by performing the dance drama, "Ekalavya". The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) organised an on—line quiz contest at the National level on topics related to specialized subjects like Economics, Finance and Accountancy. Students of classes 8 & 9 participated in this and fared commendably well.
As part of the Global School Partnership Programme, our Headmistress, Mrs. Hilarie Balachandran, our Junior Co—ordinator, Mrs. Sri Vidhya and myself, your Principal visited Sarum St. Paul's, a primary school in Salisbury, U.K. We had a reciprocal visit from Sarum's as well. It was a good, sharing and learning process. With the Olympics happening this year and our project for the Global School Programme being the Olympics, the Primary Sports Day was filled with a beehive of Olympic games. It was a grand display of talent and showmanship and was greatly appreciated. Going from here, we are now part of Connecting Classrooms Project thro' the International School Award (ISA) which is once again an international programme.
The British Council organised a National Inter-School Drama Festival in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University which was announced in July 2012. Our school participated in this competition and came out successful bagging the "Best Script Award". The team had to cross many stages before winning the coveted award. The drama aptly titled, "Happily ever after............." has, undoubtedly been instrumental in Adhyapana School reaching glorious heights and being a much talked about school not only in Madurai but the world over!!! Here I would specially like to mention the support and input given by Mrs. & Mr. Imran, parents of our student Aadhi Imran, Dr. Raja Govindasamy, Mrs. Shukla, Dikshashukla's mother, our fellow board members and the Rotary Club of Madurai West. We do thank you all.
The Culinary skills of students and teachers were put to test in the Cookery Contest conducted for them. They went on a cooking spree ably guided by the teachers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Some of our teachers and students who represented the School Choir in the Carol Singing competition held by Deepaham won the third place at the city level.
Field trips and Study tours were organised for all classes throughout the year. This year, students of class 8 had the opportunity to witness the High court in action and sat through trials on various cases.
Seminars Workshops and Orientation programmes for parents, students an teacher were organised throughout the year. Mr. Madhavan from USA spoke to the students of classes 6 and above on "Career Development". Mr. Murari Ratnam, Director, Central Soil and Material Research Station, Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi enlightened the students on the importance of Conservation of Water.
Before I leave you all now I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Mrs. Geraldine, our Std. II teacher, who left all of us to enter God's abode last month. We pray her soul may rest in peace. Geraldine - we miss you - especially today.
Barring this, everything that happened this year has given us a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction that what we have set out to do we have done with elan and brought laurels to Adhyapana School. Dear parents, we thank you whole heartedly for your support, good wishes and blessings. Do continue with all these and more in the days ahead.
To put in a nutshell, the "Year That Was" has been eventful, successful, reflective and of course, a happening year too!!!
On behalf of our Dean of Academics, Sr. Principal, staff and students of Adhyapana, I wish our respected chief guests, distinguished guests, parents and friends, a very good evening and I welcome you to our fifth Annual Day of the Primary Section.
It gives me immense pleasure to present before you a report on the Year gone by. It was indeed a year of happenings and great achievements.
The year started for the teachers with an orientation program on effective teaching. Subsequently teachers from different departments attended CBSE workshops in their respective subjects help reflect and upgrade their own skills.
We also had Orientation programs for parents to acquaint them with the teaching content and methodology followed.
Our Senior Principal, Aruna Ma'am, attend the National Level All India Sahodaya Conference at Amrithsar which was organized by the CBSE and a Kongo Sahodhaya Prinicipals' meet at Yercaud. Our Principal, Mrs. Rajini and the Mrs. Subasree HOD of the English Department attended a workshop on Assessment of Speaking and listening skills at Coimbatore. I attended 2 ISA meetings with Mrs. Meena and Mrs. Anupama of the Senior section.
As part of the Global School Partnership programme, we are indeed proud to mention that Mrs. Yamini (Headmistress—Unit –I) and Mrs. Meenamalini(HOD— Science Dept.) visited the UK this year. We had a reciprocal visit by Ms. Emily and Ms. Alice from the partner school. We are now part of Connecting Classrooms Project through the International School Awards (ISA), which is once again an international programme. Mrs. Subashree (HOD—English Dept) and Mrs. Anusha (Science Dept.) are the teachers selected to represent our school in the partnership programme this year. With the International School Award playing an important role the whole school had a fun filled year working on their projects.
The academic year for the students began with elections for student pupil leaders and prefects. Mr. Arvind Shankar of INTACH was the chief guest at the Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony.
Rio and Madagascar were screened during the Film Festival. The children learnt the process of standing in a queue to buy tickets and snacks. It was a joyful way of learning to handle money.
The sports days for all the students encouraged team spirit and leadership qualities. "Montessori World" was the theme of the Kindergarten Sports Day. ISA was the theme for the Primary sports day. Alchemy was the Grand finale for these projects. It was well appreciated by all the visitors. I take this opportunity to thank all you parents for the support given.
The "Gala Fete" was a huge success where everybody had a great time.
Medical, Dental and Eye check—ups were done for all students by Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Tooth Zone and AG Eye care Hospitals, Madurai.
The Sing Along programs in English and Tamil filled our school with the sound of music as the children of the Primary Section sang and danced with a lot of enthusiasm.
A lot of hidden talent was brought to the fore during the "Talent Fest", when children of all classes participated in competitions like Western and Classical Dance, Light Music, Classical Music and Instrumental Music.
The Group Recitation activity helped children to learn to recite poems with expression.
We Can draw, We Can colour and Tell a Tale Days helped bring out the creativity in our KG children.
On 23rd September, the Interact Club was inaugurated under the banner of Rotary Club of Madurai West.
"World Readers Day" was celebrated on 29th November. Stories were read to the KG students. The others were encouraged to read and write slogans on the importance of reading.
A General Knowledge Book, 'A Hunt' was released by the Social Studies Dept.
Our children have been taken to various places to enhance their learning experiences. The Great Indian circus was the most exciting outing.
Our First Batch of Class 10 students who have come out with flying colours in the Board Examination have made us very proud indeed. Three of our students scored centums in all subjects. Many scored centums in specific subjects.
Right through the year various competitions like Handwriting (English and II Language), Story writing, Debate, Poetry Recitation, Poetry writing and Drama (English and Tamil) were organized for children of all classes in school.
Our students have also participated in competitions conducted by other schools. At competitions conducted by Jayland Nursery and Primary School, Madurai our children won prizes in the Craft and Elocution. We won the 2nd prize in the all Madurai Junior Category in the Inter— Schools Relay Race festival organized by Keswick Public School. Our students bagged prizes in Elocution, Painting, Solo Dance and Group Dance at the All—Madurai competitions conducted by Pothys and Radio Mirchi. We also won prizes in English Skit, Folk Dance and Classical Dance in the Cultural Fiesta organized by Kongu Sahodaya group. Our students, emerged as the Quiz Champions at KSR Akshara School, Namakkal Quiz Competition. Our students bagged 8 out of the 9 prizes and walked away with the championships at the Yoga competitions at the Sai Vidhyalaya School in Lalgudi. Our students and teachers who participated in X'Mas Melos, organized by "Deepaham" won the third place. Many of our students participated and some were selected for the State Level in the Mathematics, Science and English Olympiads.
Training progs. were conducted by our Heads for PVK School Melur, SSK school at Karaur, Jaivins academy Erode, Rank international school Sathyamangalam and Cauvery International school to name a few.
We have had a busy and successful year but we still have a long way to go. With our enthusiastic and dynamic Principal and Dean of Academics leading us and our committed team of teachers we are sure to forge ahead.
We assure you our whole hearted involvement and sincere efforts to fulfill the dreams of both, you and your children. Thank you for your support and trust in us. Have a wonderful evening.
Distinguished Guests of this evening.........
Ladies and Gentlemen..........
Good Evening to you all.
Before I take you down the year that was, I would like to start with thanking God for having blessed us to reach and successfully cross, several landmark milestones in 2013-2014. We take immense pride in announcing the results of our First Batch of Class 10 students who have come out with flying colours in the Board Examination. Three of our students - Diksha, Nithyashree and Aishwarya have indeed done us proud by scoring centums in all subjects. Moreover, there were many students, out of the 23 who appeared for the exams, who scored centums in specific subjects - 7 centums in English, 6 in Tamil, 1 in Sanskrit, 3 in Hindi, 5 in Mathematics, 4 in Social Studies and 4 in Science. Congratulations to all of them.
The academic year began with the Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony where the prefects for various classes were elected and the student pupil leaders elected therefrom. Mr. Arvind Shankar of INTACH graced the occasion.
Medical, Dental and Eye check-ups were done for all students by Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Tooth Zone and AG Eye care Hospitals, Madurai early in the year. We do thank all of them.
Sports Day for the Kindergarten, Primary and Senior Sections were celebrated with great pomp and splendour. "Montessori" was the theme of the Kindergarten Sports Day. Dr. Sudhir, a leading diabetologist and Father Anil of Deepaham in Madurai were the Chief Guests.
"Gala Fete" was organized early in the year. About forty stalls conducting "Fun games" were put up and fabulous prizes give away. The fete also had three food stalls for satiating all palettes. Needless to say, all visitors has a gala time.
During the course of the year, various competitions were organized for children of all classes in school - Handwriting (English and II Language), Story writing, Debate, Poetry Recitation, Poetry writing and Drama (English and Tamil) to mention a few. Children participated enthusiastically in all these and walked away with wonderful prizes. "Sing-Along" programmes were organized for all classes of the Primary Section. Children learnt and sang English songs of yesteryears enthralling the audiences. As part of "Talent Fest", Children of all classes participated in a lost of competitions like Western Dance, Light Music, Classical Dance, Classical Music, and Instrumental Music. They showcased their talents and won wonderful prizes.
In addition to all this, our students have also participated in competitions conducted by other schools and brought laurels to us. Students won prizes in the Craft and Elocution competitions conducted by Jayland Nursery and Primary School, Madurai. In the All—Madurai competitions conducted by Pothys and Radio Mirchi, our students bagged prizes in Elocution, Group Dance, Solo Dance and Painting. In the Cultural Fiesta organized by Kongu Sahodaya group of 62 schools, our school won prizes in English Skit, Folk Dance and Classical Dance. KSR Akshara School, Namakkal organized a Quiz Competition and our students, as usual, did us proud emerging as the Quiz Champions. Notwithstanding all these, our students have proved their mettle in the fields of Sports and Yoga also. In the Inter—Schools Relay Race festival organized by Keswick Public School, we won the 2nd prize in the all Madurai Junior Category. Sai Vidhyalaya School in Lalgudi organized Yoga competitions and our students bagged 8 out of the 9 prizes and walked away with the championship. On December 14th, our students and teachers participated in X'Mas Melos, a Christmas celebration organized by "Deepaham" and won the third place. In the Mathematics, Science and English Olympiads, many of our students participated and some have been selected for the State Level. At the School level, they were awarded Gold Medals. Five students of Class 8 had an enriching experience when they were selected at the city level and participated in the "Apprentice Scientist" Competitions organized by Lycee Francis School, Pondicherry. Our budding scientists were selected for the semi—finals. Hotel Sangam, Madurai organized an array of cultural programmes and our students of Classes 9 and 10 displayed their talents and were much applauded. Yes, Talents are indeed a galore in Adhyapana!
The celebrations of the different subject weeks got off to a phenomenal start with the English week wherein students presented songs, skits, exhibition and Power Point presentations. During the Social Studies week, a 'Mock Parliament' was enacted along with Power Point Presentations on Wild Life Sanctuaries and National Parks. 'Kaun Banega Adhyapana Star', a Social Studies Quiz was conducted as the Grand Finale. In a first of its kind , a General Knowledge Book, 'A Hunt' was released by the Social Studies Dept—kndos to the department. The Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil Departments presented an array of programmes —"Thiru Vilaiyadal" a drama in Tamil was enacted on stage. The peak of excitement of the week was the 'Cinema Quiz —100 years of Indian Cinema' followed by the exhibition, "North meets South". The highlights of the Math week were the most enjoyable Math Treasure Hunt' and 'Math Quiz', which were part of the grand finale. The highlights of the "Science Week" were the presentations of a Mega dance on the 'Periodic Table' and the "Germination of Seeds" apart from the mind—boggling exhibition, Alchemy 2014.
As part of the Global School Partnership programme, we are indeed proud to mention the names of our teachers —Mrs. Meena (HOD— Science Dept.) and Mrs. Yamini (Headmistress—Unit —I) who visited the UK this year. We had a reciprocal visit by Ms. Emily and Ms. Alice from the partner school. We are proud to announce that Adhyapana School has been granted the International Travel Grant for the ensuing academic year as well. Mrs. Subashree (HOD—English Dept) and Mrs. Anusha (Science Dept.) are the teachers selected to represent our school in the partnership programme and will leave for London during the month of June 2014. Going from here, we are now part of Connecting Classrooms Project through the International School Awards (ISA), which is once again an international programme. Needless to say, our school has been and is working very hard to make a foray into the global scenario. Our primary students have had Skype sessions with their London counterparts from our partner school Sarum St. Paul's Primary School, Wiltshire, UK and this has helped widen their horizon as well. The Primary School had put up an extraordinary exhibition on different projects base on specific themes as part of the International School Awards Programme (ISA). The Senior School also has presented various thematic projects to this effect and we are sure to reach glorious heights. Our students of Class 11 made a visit to HPC, Petroleum Depot and Fuel Station. They interviewed Mr. Bhaskaran, Chief Engineer of ABAN LLOYDS Singapore and Mr. Shankar, Regional Manager of HPCL.
On 23rd September, the Interact Club was inaugurated under the banner of Rotary Club of Madurai West. Rotarian's of Madurai (West) Club have opened new doors of our students and we are sure they will make the best use of this golden opportunity. Under the able guidance of Mrs. Sinu the Std XI students have learnt much and enjoyed much more.
We celebrated "World Reading Day" on 29th November and all students got together for an enriching reading experience.
The Staff Club of our School organized a staff get-to-gether and our teachers went on a tour to Kerala. The members of our staff also had a fun-filled evening on the last day of Semester I.
This year too, our students participated in the National inter School Drama Festival organized by the British Council and came up to the finals. Though we did not emerge the winners, we did leave an indelible impression on the National Theatre Stage.
Seminars, Workshops and Orientation Programme for parents, students and teachers were organized throughout the year. Teachers from various departments attended workshops in their respective subjects to hone their skills with regard to the CBSE set up. CBSE has introduced ASL (Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills) for Classes 9 and 11 this year. In this regard, our teachers of the English Department attended a workshop in Coimbatore. Our students of Classes 8 and 11 went to "The American College", Madurai to watch the famous Shakespearean Drama, "Twelfth Night". The whole school had a gala time at the Great Indian Circus one five afternoon. Seminars and Workshops are not only for students and teachers – they are for Principals too! During the month of August, Dean Sir and I attended a "Principal's Meet" in Erode and another one at Yercaud organized by the KSSC Board. We also attended the National Level All India Sahodaya Conference at Amritsar, organized by the CBSE.
“The Year That Was” – Happenings of 2014 – 15
Distinguished guests of this evening…………………………
Ladies and Gentlemen………………….
Good evening to you all.
Before I take you down the year that was, I would like to start by thanking God for having blessed us to reach and successfully cross several landmark milestones in 2014-15. We take immense pride in announcing the results of the second batch of Class 10 students who have performed exceedingly well in the Board Examination. Six of our students – R. Keerthi, M.S. Bhuvaneshwari, K.J. Nitin Reddy, R. Balagokula Kannan, H. S. Arjun Balaji and S. R. Jayakrishna have done us proud by scoring centums in all subjects. Out of the 42 students who appeared for the exams, 13 scored centums in English, 28 in II Language, 13 in Math, 14 in Social Science and 10 in Science. Congratulations to all of them. To this effect, we have also received a congratulatory note from the Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani lauding the stellar performance of our students. It is my pride and privilege to add here that our first batch of Class 12 students is appearing for the Board examinations right now. We fervently hope and pray that they will come out with flying colours.
The academic year began with the Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony where the prefects for various classes and the student pupil leaders therefrom were elected . Dr. Murari Ratnam, Director – Conservation of Water, Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi, graced the occasion.
Medical, Dental and Eye check-ups were conducted for all classes early in the academic year by Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Tooth Zone and A. G. Eye care Hospital respectively. We do thank them all.
Sports Days for the Kindergarten, Primary and Senior Sections were celebrated with great pomp and splendor. Gala Fete was organized by our students of Class 11 early in the year. About 40 stalls having “Fun Games” were put up and fabulous prizes given away. The fete also had food stalls for satiating all palettes. Needless to say, all visitors had a gala time.
During the course of the year, various competitions were organized for all classes in school – Handwriting, Story writing, Debate, Poetry Recitation, Poetry Writing to mention a few. Children of the Kindergarten and Primary Sections participated enthusiastically in all these and walked away with wonderful prizes. Sing along and Group Recitation competitions were organized for the Kindergarten and Primary sections. They learnt songs of yesteryears enthralling the audiences. As part of “ Talent Fest”, children of all classes participated in a host of competitions like Western Dance, Light Music, Classical Dance, Classical Music and Instrumental Music. They showcased their innate talents and were duly rewarded.
In addition to all this, our students have also participated in competitions conducted by other schools and brought laurels to themselves and us. These young stars were on a winning spree this year bringing accolades to our school. Various inter-school and intra-school competitions took place and our students walked away with almost all the prizes everywhere. Early in the year, students of Classes 8, 9 and 11 participated in Derek O’ Brien ‘s Faster, Smarter and Better challenge Quiz programme and came up to the finals. ‘ Mirchi Kiddi Fest – 2014’ organized by Radio Mirchi turned out to be an enriching experience for our students where in we got the overall runner up trophy in the state and also won a cash prize of 25,000. We participated in all the competitions and won prizes in storytelling, English & Tamil Elocution, Quiz, Group Dance and Skit. Jayland Nursery and Primary School organized Elocution and Art and Craft competition for the Primary School and our students won the first place overall. CENEXA – 2014 organised by the CEOA Group of schools, Madurai had 56 of our students participating in around 27 competitions winning prizes in most of them. We are indeed proud to announce that our school won the overall championship. Classmates ‘ Spell Bee organized a Spell Bee Competition and our students of Classes 6, 7 & 8 went up to the state level. At ‘VIBHAVE’ – 2014 organised by PushpaLatha schools, Tirunelveli, we won the overall championship and the rolling shield winning prizes in competitions like – Step Out -Entrepreneurs, Google it to Power Point, Graffiti Creator, Master Chef, Topsy Turvy and Tamil Elocution. We also won a cash prize of 10,000. TIME institute had organized “Aqua Regia” Science Quiz competition and our students of Class 9, Vijay Paramarakshan and Janahan went up to the state level winning a cash prize of Rs. 1,500/- each. In the National Science Olympiad, our students won gold medals and our team was the only one from Madurai to go.
Our students have shown their mettle in the field of sports too! In the month of August, our students participated in the Kho-Kho match in Maharshi Vidya Mandir School CBSE and came runners up. Again, in the Basket ball match organized under the MSSC banner, we emerged the winners. In the Madurai Sahodaya Schools Complex Athletics Meet held at Reserve Line Stadium, our students have won prizes in 100, 200, 800, 1500 m races, Shot put, Discus Throw, High Jump and Long Jump.
For the third year in succession, thirteen of our students participated in the National Inter- School Drama Festival organised by the British Council in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. We had come out with a musical this time by the name, “Tanning of the shoe – with a social message”. Ours was the only school to go up to the stand-by level at the National level. Though we were not successful in reaching the peak, discussing and writing the script was a learning process and the whole affair had been a delightful experience.
Aarohanam 2014, a mega cultural event under the banner of “Madurai Sahodaya Schools Complex “, was hosted by Adhyapana School, CBSE Madurai. The event for (6th & 7th of December) was a grand success. Nineteen schools participated in a variety of interesting competitions and walked away with attractive prizes. On the first day the function was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr. C. Muthiah, Principal, Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Narimedu, Madurai . The Valedictory function that took place in the evening was inaugurated by Mr. J. Jeyaram, Program Manager, HELLO FM. Mr. J. Jeyaram distributed the prizes to the winning teams.
The Valedictory function in the evening was inaugurated by the Chief Educational Officer of Madurai Educational District, Mr. J. Angelo Irudayasamy who also addressed the gathering. Fabulous prizes were given away to winning participants.As regards the events, there were twenty-nine competitions on the whole – Kids skit , Turncoat, Murals on the wall, Fireless and Wireless Cooking , Dress Designing and Hair Styling to name a few, The jury comprised a group of young students from Lady Doak College , an esteemed institution that did a marvelous job. To put in a nutshell, Aarohanam 2014 was a successful team effort by Adhyapana School CBSE and provided a perfect platform for innovation and learning.
The celebrations of the different subject weeks got off to a phenomenal start with the English week going strong with “School Cinema” the highlight of the week. Students of Classes 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 wrote, directed and produced short films all by themselves. The Science Week had students performing their assembly activities – Importance of plants and animals portrayed through a skit. A dance on “Cell Structure”, an activity on “Myths, beliefs and Science”, an inspiring dance on the theme “Swachch Bharat”, a dance on the “Periodic Table”, a Science Quiz for the seior students and “Alchemy”, an exhibition par excellence by students of the primary section. “Kalinga War”, “Tribes of India”, “Sepoy Mutiny”, “Endangered species an Extinction of animals” were some of the interesting topics dealt with during the assembly activities of the Social Studies Week. The mime show by Class 10 students stole everybody’s hearts. “Kaun Banega Adhyapana Star “ – Quiz was conducted as part of the grand finale and S. Pooja of Class 10 emerged as the star. “A River Hunt” book was also released by the Social Studies Dept., adding another feather to the cap of the school. “SAHITA” – celebrations of the different language weeks went off very well too. The highlights of the “Math Week” were the inter - schools Math Quiz , Treasure Hunt and the Math Jingles Competition. Students of Pushpalatha Vidya Mandir, Tirunelveli emerged as winners in the Math Quiz.Adhyapana School participated in the non-competitive category.
As part of the Global School Partnership Programme, we are indeed proud to mention the names of our teachers – Mrs. Subashree Srinivasan ( HOD – English Dept) and Mrs. Anusha ( Science Dept) who visited the UK this year. We had a reciprocal visit by Ms. Deborah Gregory and Ms. Karen Negis from our partner school in the U.K. We are proud to announce that we have been granted the International Travel Grant for the ensuing academic year as well. Mrs. Anupama Haridas (Dept. of Science) and Mrs. Padmavathy (Dept. of English) are the teachers selected to represent our school in the partnership programme and will leave for London during the month of June – 2015. Going from here, we are already part of the Connecting Classrooms Project through the International School Awards (ISA), an international programme. Needless to say, we have been and are working very hard to make an impact in the global scenario. We are indeed proud to announce that we have been successful in making an impact by winning the ISA award for the years covering 2014 - 2017. In December, a function was organized by the British Council in New Delhi and I , your Senior Principal was there to get the award.
The whole school had a gala time at the “Great Indian Circus” one fine afternoon.
As per CBSE’s instructions, we celebrated the birthday of Shri Sardar VallaBhai Patel by organizing a “Run for unity” in our school in the month of October . Students from classes 6 to 12 enthusiastically participated in the rally carrying slogans based on Peace, Conservation of Water , Energy and Environment, Child Safety, Child Labour and other social issues.
On 3rd September, as per the guidelines of the CBSE, we appreciated the work of our support staff – office staff, drivers and conductors of our school transport, canteen helpers, maids etc., by providing lunch and toiletry items.
The Interact Club was installed and Keerthi Warrier of Class 11 was elected the president along with 4 board members, Jayaramanan as the Vice president, Deepak Gupta as the Secretary, Ajay Kumar as the accountant and Arjun and Priyanka as the board members on 17th September 2014. The club’s first activity for the year was providing grocery items to the inmates of Inba Illam, a home for the aged. A Career Guidance Program was conducted by Mr.U.N Shankar Ram on 13th October 2014, for all Commerce students under the Madurai Sahodaya banner. It gave us an insight into the various fields open to the Commerce students after 12th. The next activity was one of the most interesting activities. It was an International project. Our guests from Sarum St.Paul’s School, Salisbury, Ms. Deborah Gregory and Ms. Karen Negis were taken to the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal for the light and sound show, and later to British Bakery for dinner. It was nice to understand about the differences in the thought processes of people from elsewhere.
16th November 2014 was an exciting and important day for the Interactors. A ‘Walkathon’ for the ‘Safety and Security of Children’ was organized starting from Tamukkam grounds, ending at Rasi Hospital. This was a completely different and new experience. I only pray that this would have helped people realize the importance of Child Safety in today’s world. The latest activity of the Interact Club was attending a RYLA, conducted by the Rotary club, for all Interactors of various schools in Madurai. This was a one-day program held on 26th January 2015 at Mahatma School. It focused on the overall development of a human being with 4 wonderful sessions. This RYLA threw light on certain aspects of life that teenagers generally tend to take lightly.
Seminars, Workshops and Orientation programmes for parents, teachers and students were organized throughout the year. Teachers from various departments attended workshops in their respective subjects to hone their skills with regard to the CBSE set up. ASL (Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills) was introduced last year for classes 9,10 & 11. Two of our English teachers, Mrs. Subhasree Srinivasan( HOD – English dept) and Mrs. Rajani Balasubramaniam (Principal) were resource persons for an ASL workshop organized for the benefit of English Teachers of Madurai Sahodaya Schools Complex. Early in the year, Mrs. Rincy Jose (Vice Principal) and Mrs. Srividhya (Headmistress) attended a workshop on “Enriching Education” at Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore for three days. Mrs. Rajeshwari and Mrs. Padmavathy (English Dept) participated in a workshop on ELT (English Language Teaching). Our Vice – Principal Mrs. Rincy Jose and Mr. Raja ( HOD – Mathematics) participated in a CCE workshop by CBSE at Mahatma School, CBSE in the month of September.
Seminars and Workshops are not only for students or teachers – they are for principals too! During the month of August, Dean Sir and I participated in the Sahodaya conference at Chennai. We also had the privilege to attend the 21st National Annual Sahodaya Conference in October at Cochin.. Regular meetings are held almost every month in which the principals of Madurai Sahodaya Schools Complex participate.
In addition to all these, seminars and field trips are organized throughout the year for the benefit of our students. In the month of August, a seminar on “ Save Women from Cancer” was conducted by Mrs. S. Sridevi – Project Head of an international organization working towards this which was attended by all girl students from Classes 6 to 12. Mr. Arulrajhan, Empanelled Advisor and Trainee, (National Stock Exchange, Chennai) conducted a seminar for our Class 12 Commerce students. Students of Mahatma School CBSE and Pushpalatha Vidya Mandir, Tirunelveli also attended this. There was a “Career Guidance Programme” for Commerce students of Classes 11 & 12 by Mr. U. N Shankar Ram, Director, Grey Matter Academics, Chennai. Mr. Praveen Visesh,, Country Head, India – FX Trading, Deutchse Bank conducted a seminar on Stock Exchange for the Commerce students of Classes 11 & 12.
As regards field trips/study tours, students have, as usual , been taken to places of educational interest and importance. To name a few, Commerce students of Class 12 visited the Taj Hotel, Pasumalai, Madurai for their project in Business Studies. We do thank the Management and Staff of Taj. Madurai. Students of the Science stream visited the Bio-technology laboratory of Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar. Students of Class 11(Science Stream) visited S. S. Vermi – Compost Industry at Vadipatti during the month of July. Again, Class 11 students of the same stream visited Thiagarajar College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai to meet Dr. Vasudevan who has done remarkable work in the field of Plastic Waste Management. Commerce students of Class 11 were taken to Arya Vaidya Nilayam, Vilacheri, Madurai for their Business Studies Project. R L Institute and College of Technology, Aruppukkottai, hosted a workshop on Animation in which our Classes 11 & 12 students participated. Students of Classes 6 & 7 made a trip to the “Samanar Cave Temple” and “Thirumoghur Temple”. Students of Class 8 visited the Bhagat Singh Furniture Factory at Thanakkankulam.
Our school also boasts of a highly active staff club which is in charge of organizing “Get-togethers”, “Break – up parties”, “Farewells”, “Tours for Teachers “ and the like. It is going on in full swing and has done commendable work.
Our Kindergarten Annual Day was held on the 28th of last month, the theme of which was “Carnival of Letters”. All students right from Pre-kg to Class 2 participated in this. It was a grand musical with our children performing par excellence, their costumes stunning, their voices soulful, their enthusiasm enviable and their confidence exhilarating!
In a nutshell, the “Year That Was” has been eventful, successful, reflective and of course, a happening year too. Everything that has happened has given us a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction.
Let me end with Robert Frost’s famous lines :
The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Dear Parents, We thank you for your support, good wishes and blessings. Do continue with all these and more in the days ahead! And we will surely live up to our promises!
Distinguished guests of this evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening to all of you!
Before I take you down the year that was, I would like to thank God for having blessed us to reach and successfully cross several landmark milestones in 2015—16.
Let me begin with our board exam results of last year. Our first batch of class XII has made us very proud with its results. 9 students scored above 90 in different subjects. 2 students scored above 93% in 4 subjects. The best performance was in Business Studies where most of our students got 98% of marks. 5 students scored 10 CGPA in our third batch of X, 26 students above 9.2 CGPA. All the students of the Board exams passed with first class. This year the five 10 CGPA scorers received a personal congratulatory letter from the Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. A letter of compliment from Madam Minister was also personally received by me and this is now two year in succession.
The academic year began with Orientation programmes for teachers and parents. Film Festival Week was celebrated early this year. Seminars and workshops for teachers were organized throughout the year. Mrs. Raji Shankaran attended ASL workshop conducted by the CBSE. Collins Publishers conducted a workshop in English Language Teaching which was attended by our Head Mistress Mrs.Yamini and Primary English teacher Mrs. Josephine. A Multi Intelligence Workshop was attended by Mrs. Shanmugapriya and Mrs. Ruby. It was conducted by Ratna Sagar Publishing Ltd. Another of the same kind was also conducted by Oxford University Press for all the Primary teachers. Mrs. Hilarie Balachandran and Mrs. Subhasree Srinivasan attended an ISA meeting in Mahatma Montessori. The Rotary Club of Madurai West enlightened the Interactors on Memory Techniques and Positive Thinking. CTET Test was conducted in our campus twice this year.
Our Dean of Academics and I attended the Principals' Conference at Chennai and the CSMA Meeting in Yercaud. Our senior accountant Mrs. Rajeshwari and I attended Fee Committee Meeting. Our physical education teacher Mrs. Jayalakshmi and myself participated in the MSSC Sports Meet discussions at Ramco Vidyalaya, Virudhunagar.
Puppet show on good health and talk on Health and Diet were given by the nurses of Apollo Hospital, Madurai. Rev. Dr.Thomas Panakal, Vicar General, Calicut Diocese addressed our assembly and blessed all of us. A Manipur Dhol group, under the banner of SPIC MACAY, entertained our teachers, students and parents.
Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony was the highlight in April 2015, where the prefects for various classes were elected and Student Pupil Leaders elected there from. Mrs. and Mr. Sankara Narayanan, Sanmac Group of companies graced the occasion as Chief Guests.
Installation of new members of the Interact Club took place with Mr. Sundaravel, President, Rotary Club of Madurai West as chief guest. This year, P. Sai Subramanian was elected President, R.Sruthi as Vice President, S.Ranganayagy as Secretary, S.Thiruvenkat as Treasurer, S.Keerthana and Supraja Siva Viji as Office Bearers, all from Std.XI. Under a Tree Plantation Drive, Indian Bank AGM Mr.P. Vijay Kumar planted 24 saplings of Millingtonia, assisted by our Interactors. The Interact Club has been extending its helping hand throughout the year with the able guidance of the Interact coordinator Mrs. Sinu Danny and Rotary Club of Madurai West and we are proud of them.
Medical, Dental and Eye checkups were done for all the students by Rio Children's Hospital, Tooth Zone and AG Eye Care. As per the orders of Madurai District Collector, deworming programme for all the children was successfully completed. Also the Polio drops administration for KG students was carried out.
Appreciation Day was celebrated as part of Teachers' Day. Support staff were given toiletries and lunch by students. Children's Day was also celebrated with pomp and splendour.
As part of the Global School Partnership Programme, our Primary Coordinator Mrs. Padmavathi and senior Physics teacher Mrs. Anupama visited Sarum St. Pauls School in Wiltshire, UK. We had a reciprocal visit by Mrs. Gina Gough and Mrs. Charlotte Thompson.
Primary school and Kinder Garten celebrated Red Day, Blue Day, Pink Day, Father's Day, Doctor's Day, Mango Day and the like and delighted everybody all around. Pongal was celebrated by KG and Primary.
All the hidden talent was brought to the fore during the Talent Fest when children of all the classes participated in competitions like dance, song, great speeches and recitation.
Sports day for the KG, Primary and the Senior sections were celebrated with pomp and splendor with Mrs. Malarvizhi Murugan as Chief Guest for KG, Dr.Murugan Jayaraman for primary and Mr.Sundaravel and Mrs.Vasantham Sundaravel for Senior Sports Day. "Aesop's Fables" was the theme for the KG sports day.
Children from classes Pre KG to IX and XI participated enthusiastically in competitions conducted by other schools and bagged fabulous prizes. Students participated in MSSC Basket ball tournament and Kho Kho and emerged runners up. In MSSC Athletic Meet, our school bagged three 1st prizes, one 2nd prize and six 3rd prizes in different categories and events. In the same competition, our student Nitish Kumar of class XI got gold medal in high jump, jumping 1.55 metres, thus breaking the previous record.
97 students of Primary and Senior school accompanied by 17 teachers went to AAA College of Engineering, Sivakasi for Aarohanam 2015 and bagged two Ist prizes and three 2nd prizes. Primary students won three 1st prizes in Radio Mirchy – Pothy's competition. Students won four 1st prizes, three 2nd prizes and one 3rd prize in competitions conducted by KMR School. In competitions conducted by NPR group of colleges, students won 1st prize in Hair Do and 2nd prize in Group Western and Group Classical dance. 35 students of various classes participated in Velammal Choir Christmas Carols— "Chiming Bells" inter schools competition and our team bagged the first prize. 4 of our students have scored high marks in Spell Bee competition conducted by Spell Bee International. Our students have also participated in Inter House Kho Kho, Throw Ball and Volley Ball matches. Cherish Rajpurohit won Miss Talent Award in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) conducted by CESCI. In Bharathiyar Competition conducted by Thambras, our children bagged one 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize each in Poetry Recitation and Elocution. Our students of classes VII and IX won 1st prize in Turncoat and 3rd prizes in Spot the Proverb, Elocution and Cartooning.
I am proud to announce that not only our children but also our teachers have won many prizes in various competitions held in different places. Our teachers bagged excellent prizes in competitions conducted by Hello FM as part of Women's Day celebrations including 1st place in Madurai for Ladies Group Dance. In the Lucky Draw Mrs. Archana, our senior Accountancy teacher, won an LCD TV. Our teachers also captured the first place in Chavara Christmas Melos—2015, a Carol singing competition conducted by Deepaham at the Madurai City level.
Field trips were organized for students throughout the year. Class VIII had the opportunity to witness the Madras High Court, Madurai Bench in action. Class XI B attended a session with Dr. Kiran Bedi at Thiyagarajar Engineering College on the topic "Young Leaders" where our school Pupil Leader Cherish got special appreciation from Mrs. Bedi herself.
The Subject Weeks were celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and glee. Some highlights are Treasure Hunt and Street Plays for the English Week, Dance Drama and Quiz on Ramayana for Second Language Week, Treasure Hunt and Inter Schools Quiz for Math Week, with our school participating on non—competitive basis, Science Quiz and 'Kaun Banega Adhyapana Star' for Social Studies Week. Overall our Children are offered the opportunity to learn by doing interesting activities and that is the USP of Adhyapana School !
All the students contributed to the Chennai Flood victims under the banner of Interact Club. The school also rallied on humanitarian grounds to save the life of a parent who needed monetary support for his kidney transplant. Rs. 3,51, 620 was pooled in by the parents and students for the operation. We are happy to announce that both donor and recipient are healthy now. I thank all the parents present here for the timely help rendered.
Everything that happened this year has given us the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. We thank all the parents whole heartedly for your support, wishes and blessing. This year has indeed been a happening year too! God Bless Adhyapana School!
Distinguished guests of this evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening to you all! Before we see the year that was, I thank God Almighty for having blessed us to successfully cross several landmark milestones in 2016—17.
I begin with our board exam results of last year. The academic year began with commendable results of classes XII and X. We not only scored 100% results, but added to that, Abimanyu of class XII secured District I Rank, Nitin Reddy was District III. 28 students from class X scored 10 CGPA. They were given certificates from the Board signed individually by the HR Minister.
Orientation Programmes were conducted for Teachers and Parents.
This year our school partnered with Monterey Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia. Vice Principal Mrs. Rincy Jose and I visited our partners for a week, attended Principals' Meets and chalked out future plans. Our visit was reciprocated by Mr. Tom Maccun. Since those reciprocal visits we have partnered with 2 more schools in Melbourne – Aldercourt Primary School and Mahogany Rise Primary School.
Last week we had Principal Stuart of Monterey and Principal Kathie of Aldercourt with us as our Guests of Honour. Accompanying them was Mrs. Gayle, Mr. Stuarts wife. 27* students of our school will be visiting the partner schools this year. They will be leaving on 24th of April on a 10 day visit. The students will be escorted by our senior Head Mistress Mrs.Hilarie Balachandran, HOD Hindi — Mrs. Kalpana Srinivasan and Senior Chemistry teacher and Coordinator Interact Club, Mrs. Sinu Danny.
Dean of Academics and I attended the All India MSSC Meet in Raipur. It has been decided that Madurai will host the National Meet of Principals of Private CBSE Schools world over in the month of November this year. Adhyapana School is in charge of the culturals. Many meetings with other CBSE schools in Madurai in connection with this Meet have been and will be held throughout the year in various venues. Silver Jubilee Function of Association of Managements of Private Schools at Coimbatore was attended by our Dean of Academics, Vice Principal, Primary and KG Coordinators and myself. Being an Executive Committee member at the National Association, I also had undertaken several associated tasks pertaining to this conference.
Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony was held in the month of April 2016 where the Prefects for various classes were elected and Student Pupil Leaders elected there from. Mr. Peter Arokiaraj, State Director— Scouts graced the occasion.
Members of the Interact Club were formally installed on 10th August 2016. Rtn.President KKG Prabhakaran, Rtn. Interact Chairman Bala Kannan Rtn. Hanif of the Rotary Club, Madurai West graced the occasion. On the day of the installation, the club paid the fees for two of our students who had recently lost their father. The teacher—coordinator Mrs. Sinu Danny, along with the Interactors toured the city with Mr. Tom Maccun. They visited Neyyam, a school for special children which was adopted by our Interactors. They then decided to donate a water purifier to the school which has since been done. In the month of August, our XI graders, S. Sandhya, Devika Menon and S. Elizabeth attended RYLA programme and won many accolades. Our School hosted TRAC—RYLA with Mr. Ashwath Babu and Mrs. Nargis Farooq who conducted workshops on "How to be a leader" and "Memory Techniques" respectively.
Gala Fete was conducted by our XI grade students on 16th July 2016. Various games were conducted. A 'Horror House' was the highlight this year. Rs.33,154 was collected and contributed to the Interact Club for their various Social Service activities.
Two Orientation Programmes were conducted for teacher trainees on CCE methods by the heads. CTET Exam was conducted this year too in our campus. Our Campus has also been chosen to be the centre for NEET Exams 2017 to be held on 7th May. Our teachers attended workshops in different fields throughout the year. Cordova Publishers conducted Smart Class Workshop for all the Science teachers. Mrs. Esther and Miss. Karthika attended "Art & Craft" workshop conducted by Pidilite Group at Duke Hotel. Mr. Srinivasa Raghavan, Our Art master also attended a workshop conducted by Camlyn. Mrs. Padmavathy attended workshop conducted by Karadipath Education.Co. Mrs. Janaki and Mrs. Padmavathy attended "Launching of Thulir" –on online learning portal.
Career Guidance classes were conducted for students by Mr. Sugumaran for classes XI & XII and classes VI to VIII separately. Mrs. Anitha Thamarai from Ukraine met XI & XII Biology students to promote medical studies in Ukraine. Mrs. Poonam Venkatesh, Regional Enrolment Advisor, Arizona State University, interacted with students of classes XI & XII on studying in the US.
Under the aegis of SPIC – MACAY, scintillating lecture demonstration of classical Odissi dance was performed by the World renowned dancer Mrs. Arushi Mudgal. Vocalist Smt. Manikuntala Bowmik, Pakhawaj— Sri Shiv Shankar Satpathy and on flute Sri Ravinder Rajput accompanied her for the one and a half hour performance.
As part of education, students of all the classes were taken on field trips to different places.
World Doctors' Day was celebrated with Medical and Dental Camps. World Environment Week and Kargil Victory Day were celebrated with special assembly activities. World Yoga Day was observed. Students performed Yoga and took an oath to do yoga everyday. Talent Fest was conducted for all the classes and certificates distributed to the winners.
Sports Day for the KG, Primary and Senior sections were conducted with Dr. N. Suresh Kumar, Asst. Professor in Clinical Psychology as the chief guest for Kinder Garten and Dr. Sanil Joseph, Ophthalmologist as the chief guest for Primary and Senior School.
Primary School and KG celebrated different colour days and all important festivals of our country.
Subject Weeks were celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. Film Festival week was celebrated early this year. English Week was given the name "A—MUSE" this year. Commerce and Computer Science Departments together named their Week "BEACON" and celebrated the same with pomp. This department is a new entrant this year. Some of the highlights were Debate and Quiz of the BEACON, Kaun Banega Adhyapana Star, Science and English Quizzes and D. R. Iyer Memorial Inter –School Math Quiz with our school participating on non—competitive basis. All the students were given ample opportunities to perform during these weeks and learn thereby.
Intra—House competitions in athletics and other matches like Throw ball, Volley ball and Basket ball were conducted for students and teachers too. Certificates were given to the students. Championships were awarded to deserving students.
Many of our students participated enthusiastically in various competitions conducted by other Institutions and Schools and bagged fabulous prizes. S.K. Shanmukham and Shaurya Verma of class XI participated in a quiz programme conducted by Madura Hr. Sec. School, Madurai. They won a cash prize of Rs.1000/— each. Many of our children received certificates of merit for Science Olympiad. Over—all championship was bagged by our school in three different competitions conducted at different places – First in Science Exhibition conducted by M.K.R.Ayyanadar Jayalakshmi Ammal English Medium School, Championship at CENEXA—2016 conducted by CEOA School and third in Lakshna & Ovia Competitions—2016 at VMJ School. In TNPL Competitions held at Karur, two of our students bagged III Prizes in Tamil and English Elocution. 35 students participated in Ring O' Bells at St.Michael Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Madurai. Primary students won the I prize. In Top Young Scientists Fest – 2016 conducted by KMR School, a team of 3 students won II prize and won cash award of Rs.1250/— and certificates. SM Academy conducted Accounts exam, "Accounts Genius" wherein 4 of our students received cash prize of Rs.1000/— each. R. M. Ramaswamy, V. S. Barath Vignesh and B. Aryan of class VIII and I. Shailesh, S. F. Sheik Dawod of class VI participated in "Little Genius" wherein conducted by Vijay TV. They were given a cheque of Rs.10,000/—. Thiruvenkat. S of class XII, Vijayavarshini of class X and Sharwin of class V attended Level—V of Ramanujam Math Quest conducted by Mepco Schelenk College of Engineering, Sivakasi – Results awaited. Rishikesh of Std II won the first place in the Camlyn Popular Choice Award competition –Nationally and we are informed now that he has also got the International People's Choice Award. K.Sahaj Sriram of KG won the first prize in the Dolphin colouring competition at State Level.
At the Radio Mirchi and Pothys State Level Kiddie Fest – Season V, Adhyapana Primary group emerged over all champions winning cash prize of ` 50,000/—.
3 of our students won first three prizes in VII th School level Painting Competition conducted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India. The certificates are yet to be received by us. In 21st Anuvrat Painting Competition 2016—17, organised by Akhil Bharatiya Anuvrat Nyas, New Delhi, I & II places were secured by S.Ranganayagy of class XII and M.Karpagalakshmi of class II respectively in different categories. In Camel Art Contest —2016, the whole school participated. The paintings were sent by post. 18 students have won prizes at the 2nd level and have moved up further.
English essays written by Cherish Rajpurohit of class XII and Arundhathi Rajendran of XI were selected in the top 5 essays in Zonal Level, conducted by Shri Ram Chandra Mission in collaboration with the UN and of course moved up to the next stage.
In IX TN State Invitational Karate Championship—2016 conducted by Rotary Club of Virudhunagar YMCA, our students won3 I Prizes, 6 II Prizes and 4 III prizes. In Second Inter State RYU SHIN KAN SHITO RYU Karate Championship—2017 conducted at TELC School Madurai, 5 of our children bagged I place, 8 II place and 18 III place. This year, 3 students won Orange belts, 3 Yellow belts and 1 Brown belt in Karate.
Raksha Arun of class XI bagged I place in Badminton match conducted by Bharath Montessori, Ilanji. Our School, Under—19 girls bagged Silver medals in Basket Ball and Throw Ball matches conducted by Arumugham Palani Guru School, Rajapalayam and Mahatma Montessori School, Madurai respectively. In MSSC cluster III Athletic Meet conducted at Prassiddhi Vidhyodhaya, Dindigul, our school bagged 10 Bronze medals and 2 Silver medals. K.Srimathy won Silver medal for Chess.
K.Sriram and Puja of class VI bagged many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in various competitions held at different places in Chess and Table Tennis respectively. K.Sriram also won cash awards. Inter—School Chess Competition was conducted by The Hindu in our campus, headed by the Commissioner of Police. Many schools participated. K.Sriram of class V won the 6th place. O.P.Sabari Srinivasan and K. Gokul Kanna of Std.XI – won State level overall championship in Roller Skating and are selected for National Level Competition.
I am proud to announce that only our children but also our teachers have won many prizes. In competitions conducted by Hello FM they bagged the first second and third places in dance competitions and first place in Fashion Show.
One of our parents Mr. R. Sivakumar needed our support to see him through his cancer treatment of the tongue. We would like to thank all the parents for spontaneously and instantly coming forward to make donations towards this cause. We must also appreciate Mr. R. Sivakumar for not taking all the money but just enough for his chemotherapy amount and returning the excess.
It is now my special privilege to announce, before this august assembly, some major changes in our school from the academic year 2017—18. Two of our very eminent teachers are slated to occupy the top positions in our school:—
With the imminent retirement of the 2 seniormost amongst us viz Mrs. Hilarie Balachandran and myself Mrs. Aruna M Visvesvesvar — we have appointed a new Principal and Vice Principal. Our new Principal is a teacher par excellence, totally committed and passionate about her work — a wonderful person; very caring and sharing. Our new VP is a quiet, silent and strong person – a beautiful lady, dignified and meticulous in all she undertakes.
Ladies and Gentlemen – Boys and Girls with great pride and happiness I now present our Principal – Mrs. Rincy Jose and Vice Principal – Mrs. Karuna Krishnan. Of course Hilarie and I are still very much here – Hilarie Mam as Montessori Consultant and myself, in a new Avatar as Correspondent.
I do seek your total co—operation and support to our new school heads.
Ladies and gentlemen, good evening! I stand before this august assembly now, proud and privileged to present the report of yet another successful year of Adhyapana School.
Academics at Adhyapana
The year began with the Board exam results. 45 students attended Class XII board examination that year. Sai Subramanian of Bio—Math scored 464/500 and was the school topper. 72 students attended Class X exams out of which 37 students scored 500/500 with centum in all the subjects.
Now in these 3 months of 2018, the school has done singularly well. S.K.Shanmukham of Class XII emerged National Topper in ICAI – Commerce Wizard Exam 2018. He was honoured in New Delhi on 4th February and was awarded 37,500/— cash prize, a certificate and a Plaque by the Honourable Minister for Corporate Affairs, Law and Justice Shri. P. P. Chaudhary. T.Manauv of Class X bagged the National Top Rank in All India Talent Search Examination (AITSE – 2017). He has been awarded a Gold Medal, Laptop and Certificate in February this year. P.M.Rishikesh had participated in Camel Art Contest in 2015 – 2016 when he was in class II. This year he has been awarded I prize in the International level – going up each level as the topper.
School.careers360.com is a company of In—House experts in leadership assessment. They have published Adhyapana School, Madurai in the "Top Schools of India– 2018" – the only private CBSE school in Madurai to be thus honoured. Madurai Collectorate announced our school as the Cleanest and Greenest school in Madurai. The whole year, Madurai Corporation had been visiting schools to check stagnant water and cleanliness owing to dengue deaths in the city. Our school has been moved to the next level of the competition as per the PM's orders – this under the Swachchata Abhiyaan.
"Song of Songs" – a Carol Singing Competition was conducted by Justin Media and KCBC. A video of the singing had been uploaded as per the norms. Adhyapana School bagged II Prize in School Category at the International level. The cash prize for this will be shortly awarded at Cochin.
On April 24th 2017, 27 students divided into 3 groups headed by Mrs. Hilarie Balachandran, Mrs.Kalpana Srinivasan and Mrs. Sinu Danny left for Melbourne, Australia. They returned on May 4th after spending 10 days in our 3 partner schools there. As a reciprocal visit, 25 students and 6 teachers from Australia arrived on 24th July for a 10—day visit. They were hosted by some of our students and teachers. They were also taken in and around Madurai by the hosts and the Interact Club Members of our school. They were interviewed by Mrs. Soma Basu of The Hindu. They also attended a meeting conducted by Rotary Club of Madurai West. We are very pleased to announce that we have secured partnership with yet another school in Australia this year. Our 4 partner schools being Monterey Secondary School and College, Aldercourt Primary School, Mahogany Rise Primary School and Kananook Primary School. Four batches of students will be visiting Australia with 4 teachers – Mrs.Yamini, Mrs. Dhanalakshmi, Mrs. Pechiammal and Mrs.Muthumala in the month of April now.
National Principals' conference:
National Annual Sahodaya School Complexes Conference – 2017 was hosted by – Madurai Sahodaya, this year at Raja Muthiah Mandram on 2nd and 3rd November. Principals and school owners from all over the country participated. Office bearers of the CBSE, State and Central ministers and other dignitaries were chief invitees. 21 speakers from different walks of life headed the sessions during the Conference. I, Aruna Visvessvar was selected as the Conference Chair Person from the 78 schools of Madurai Sahodaya extending from Dindigul to Kanyakumari. Historical and mythological background of Madurai was showcased through the cultural programme of which Adhyapana had taken total charge. Needless to say, the Conference was a grand success.
General Activities at School:
Orientation Programmes for Parents and Teachers were conducted in the beginning of the year. Summer Clinic for English, Math and Science for the children who need extra help in these subjects and Basket Ball Camp were also conducted last summer.
NEET Exam was conducted in Adhyapana campus in the month of May 2017. 402 students from various institutions attended the exam. Our school was the centre for TNPSC Exam this year in February. 400 candidates wrote the exam here. Adhyapana School hosted the Zonal Meet of Association of Management of Private Schools (CBSE) on 24th February.
Prefectorial Investiture Ceremony was held on 23rd June last year. Mr.Ravi Paarthasarathy, founder of Rajan Schools was the chief guest. KG Sports Day was celebrated on 27th July with Er. Rajkumar, President, Rotary Club, Madurai West as the chief guest. Mr.Rajan, President, Rotary Club, Madurai West presided over the function.
Interact Club members for the year 2017 were installed on 24th July. On 13th October, all the students of class XI, who are the members of the Interact Club, visited Neyam School – a school for children with special needs — distributed sweets, entertained them with puppet shows, songs and celebrated Diwali with them. Old spectacles were collected by the Interact club members and distributed to the needy. A video of the achievements by the Interact Club was shot and sent for participation in an International Level Competition. The members visited Missionaries of Charity – a home for more than 100 differently—abled people and donated groceries— special contribution of Mr. K. Muthuraman, Manager, Big Bazaar who is our parent must be gratefully acknowledged here. The inmates there, in turn, entertained our members with dance and songs. The Interact Club arranged a workshop on Career Guidance by Dr. Albert Chritopher Dhas, Professor of Economics, American College for Std X and XI students. Dr. R. Juby was invited on 16th February for a workshop on Examination Skills for Class XI students.
Adhyapana Alumni Association (A3) was Inaugurated on 22nd December 2017. The first batch students hold office and all the other batch students are members. Speeches were given by the students who attended. Flag Day was celebrated on 7th December by the Social Studies Department. Medical Camps were conducted for the whole school from 3rd July to 5th July for Eye, Dental and General Care. Public Health Department injected Classes I and V with DPT Booster dose and Class X with TT in February this year.
Primary celebrated International Mango Day with different assembly activities on 30th June. Red, Blue and Orange Days were celebrated by the Primary. The activities and the food the children brought those days were based on the colour of the day. Talent Fest was conducted by the Primary for Stds. I to V on 28th November. Many talents were discovered and Prizes given. Teachers' Day and Children's Day were celebrated in School with special assembly activities. Mother Tongue Day was celebrated on February 21st. Department of Tamil presented programmes on Thirukkural and Tamil language. Republic Day was celebrated with an inspiring speech by Mr. P.Pounraj, Para Trooper, Indian Army. Senior teachers put up a special show on Woman Empowerment on Women's Day on 8th March.
A movie on Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was screened for the Classes from III to XI. Mr. Naresh Ramachandran, an Executive from Indian Development Foundation gave a speech in the morning assembly on Tuberculosis, creating awareness among students on February 1st. Towards the cause of TB eradication, our students have collected and contributed Rs. 1,54000/—. Kudos to them. Under the aegis of SPIC MACAY, this year, a scintillating lecture demonstration of Bharathnatyam was presented by the world renowned dancer Smt. Priyadharsini Govind. She was accompanied on vocal by Smt. Preety Maheshwar, Nattuvangam Smt.Nithyakalyani, Mridangam Sri. Sakthivel Muruganandham and Violin by Sri. N.Sigamani. Health check up for teachers was done by Dr. Mageshwaran and his team of doctors from Accupuncture and Ayurvedic Clinic on 27th March. Adhyapana School hosted The Hindu Young World Painting Competition —2018 on February 3rd 2018.
Our Dean sir's aunt, Dr. Indu Suryanarayanan, a Ph.D in English from Rhode Island University, USA, addressed the students on "Student Responsibility". She also donated Rs.2 lakhs to the School.
Subject Weeks began in the month of July, BEACON of the Commerce Department being first this year. The grand finale was combined with Gala Fete on July 1st. Art and Artists Week, newly started this year, enthralled teachers and students with programmes in Carnatic music, Drawing, Yoga & Karate performance, Folk, Western and Classical dances and a hoard of information about these forms of art. Mr.Rajam from Drums Academy gave a special performance on the grand finale day on 28th July. The highlight of the week was the lecture demonstration on Bharathnatyam by our Life Trustee, Mrs.Sapna Arvind and Carnatic Vocal by Mr.Arvind who were on a holiday to India from New York. It was followed by II—Language Week SAHITA in the month of August with the grand finale on 21st August. Primary children recited poems. English Week – AMUSE was celebrated in the month of September with their grand finale a literary pageant, a presentation on Caesar's Assassination followed by Brutus' and Antony's speech. Social Studies Week followed immediately with its renowned grand finale – "Kaun Banega Adhyapana Star —2017" and publication of "Geo—Hunt" a GK book with the Geography of India. Science Week "ALCHEMY" followed in the month of October with a grand finale of 2 quizzes. Primary section of our school celebrated the Week with "Sing—Along". Math Week "INFINITY" was celebrated in the month of December as usual with week—long activities culminating in D.R. Iyer Memorial Inter—School Quiz Competition wherein our school participated on non—competitive basis. Our School topped the score—chart while Pushpalatha Vidhyamandhir, Tirunelveli was given the Rolling Trophy.
There is no dearth of competition in Adhyapana. We are indeed proud to say that our children emerge winners where ever they participate – whether they are sent from school or they participate on their own. In a Hindi essay writing and elocution competition conducted by Syndicate Bank, all the five students who participated— Thomas Jose, Kavinn Premmesh, Sharanya Ganesh, T. Manauv and Glaudia Tejal bagged prizes. Four of our Higher secondary students bagged prizes in poetry and essay writing competition conducted by Jeevana School. Our students from KG I to XII participated in competitions conducted by Dolphin Matriculation School and emerged Runners—up. We won the Overall Championship in competitions conducted by VMJ Matriculation School. In "Kiddi Fest" conducted by Radio Mirchi and Pothys for Primary, two first prizes in Tamil Skit and Drums were won by us. Our children and one of our teachers Mrs.Janaki – forming a team, won Over—all Rolling Trophy from Idhayam Rajendran School competitions. In a Quiz competition conducted by SPJ Matriculation School, S.K,Shanmukham, Karthik Dubey and Shaurya Verma won III prize and got a cash award of 4500/—. In a drawing competition conducted by Big Bazaar which was open to public, L.Yazhini Praseetha and J.Prithiga won I and II prizes respectively. M.Vaibhav Lakshmi of class X and R.Vainav Sundar of XI got consolation prizes in Shri Sadguru Sangeetha Samajam Music Contest — 2017. Our students won prizes in Magazine Preparation, Models, Turn Coat and Logo Preparation in Bio—Informatics a competition conducted by Ayya Nadar Janakiammal School, Madurai. Mary Josefa, Vinoth Kanna and Dhanush Narayan of class XI won III prize in Science Exhibition conducted by Pandiyan Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College. In Camel Art Contest – 2017, our students from KG I to XII won I, II and III prizes. On January 17th, an Intra—School Quiz Competition was conducted by our Math Department – the winners were Guru Dharshini – XI, Sai Nikhil – IX, Dharshini Balaji – VIII, Joseph Remington – VII, and G.Sahana – VI.
Our teachers too participated in competitions conducted by Hello FM and bagged prizes in dance, fashion parade and cookery. Students from VI – VIII, IX and X and XI & XII participated in competitions conducted by the TN Govt and won many prizes. The list is really big. Totally we bagged 112 prizes – it simply was Adhyapana everywhere!
Every year, we not only participate but also get prizes in Carol singing competitions. This year our school won I prize in "Chiming Bells" in Velammal Vidhyalaya, consolation prize in Carols and I prize in Live Crib in "Ring O' Bells" — St.Michael's and I prize in Carol Singing in St.Assissi School.
R.Abdul Kader, Roshni Prasanna of VIII and Prithiga Srisha of VI had participated in Painting competition last year, conducted by Government of India. They won the 1st three prizes respectively. This year they received certificates from Ministry of Water Resources. S.Amrut's essay on the topic "Crop Insurance is a Must" was published by Anuvrat. He had participated in Anuvrat Essay Writing Competition last year. S.Thiruvenkat and T.Vijayavarshini of Classes XII and X, 2016—2017 batch, won II place in Ramanujan Math Quest. M.Karpagalakshmi of III, N.Jiddesh of V and D.G.Sruthi Subash of XI were selected for Zonal Level contest in Camel Art Contest 2016. 55 of our students received certificates from Google for emerging successful in their online exam.
MSSC conducts various competitions every year. This year owing to the National Conference, only a few competitions were conducted. In Basket Ball match conducted in Ilanji, U—17 boys team won the top slot. MSSC Girls Basket Ball Match was hosted by our school. 21 teams participated. U—19 girls team of our school won gold. Yukesh Saravana and Unnamalai won 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for swimming. K.Sriram and K.Srimathi of Classes VI and XII bagged I Prizes in MSSC Chess competition. Inter—House Sports competitions are also conducted periodically. This year, Basket Ball, Kho—Kho and Throw Ball matches were conducted and prizes given away to the winners.
Apart from being sent through the school, the students participate in various competitions on their own and win prizes. S.R. Hariraja of Class IV secured 3rd place in "9th Mini National Roll Ball Championship" in Assam. Many others in the Primary won prizes in district level competitions. S.Rajarishi got 3rd prize in Kung Fu. Arangama Sriram of Class VI won I prize in Shri Ramanujar Centenary Celebrations in Fancy dress competition and III prize in Thirukkural Recitation and Tamil essay conducted by Madurai Thiruvalluvar Kazhagam. He was also awarded "Yuvashri Kala Bharathi" title by Shri Gorakkanadhar Ashram for excelling in education and Art. K.Sriram of Class VI has won many certificates and cash prizes in various levels of Chess competitions in different places. Nitish Mani of Class VI also scored 4 points in International Fide Rating Open Chess Tournament. Many of our boys and girls have been winning belts in Karate and Silambam in competitions conducted throughout the year. S.Ajay of Class VI participated in dance programme with 4525 others for Guinness World Record. S.Sneha of Class IX was awarded the best dancer in Madurai Natya Vizha —2017 and selected to go to Singapore. Rakshith.M, S.Tharun and Juhi Kaviya.P participated in District and National Level Roller Skating Sports Championship. Tharun.S of VII won I prize in Roller Hockey conducted by Chakra Academy. S.Mathur of VI got III prize in Western Dance conducted by Idhayam Charitable Trust. C.Divya Bharathi of VI passed with merit in Grade I Piano exam under The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.
Learning Away from School:
Apart from class room education, we take the children on field trips to different places. Std XII Commerce students visited Indian Bank Zonal Branch to learn about Trading. On 11th October, 215 students and on 12th October, 220 students from Stds VI to VIII were taken to Pandian Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College, Sivagangai to visit the Science Exhibition. Students of Stds VI, VIII and IX were taken to Dominos on different days to learn Pizza making as part of Work Education. On 9th January, primary and Std VI students were taken to the circus. Class VII students were taken to Big Bazaar for Market Review. They interacted with the incharge persons and gained firsthand knowledge of Market and Distribution activities. On 1st of February, Std X students were taken to Kodaikanal. Class VIII students were taken to the Madras High Court— Madurai Bench on 6th February as part of their Social Studies Project. Where they attended several judicial sessions.
Workshops in School:
Science students of Stds XI and XII attended a workshop conducted by 360 Degree Academy for IIT and NEET. Mr.Karthik Gangaprakash, Auditor conducted workshop for Commerce students of Classes XI and XII. A few students attended a workshop in Hotel Duke on CLAT Exam. Model classes were conducted for NEET and IIT by Mr. Suresh of 360 Degree Academy. Three volunteers from NIE, The Hindu conducted sessions for Stds VII and VIII on 17th August, 13th September and 11th October. Akash Academy conducted Career Guidance Classes for the students of VIII, IX and X.
Teachers in Action:
Periodical workshops are conducted for teachers and students. Mrs. Srividhya attended a workshop on 8th April in Hotel Germanus, Madurai conducted by Association of Management of Private Schools on "Dyslexia". Mrs. Leena attended "Train the Trainer" – a workshop to train school drop outs in various fields for their livelihood. This was conducted in Bangalore by Bosch Skills India. Mrs.Pandiarani and Mrs.Arpuda attended a workshop conducted for teachers in Mahatma School by Soroptimist International, Madurai on "Safe and Unsafe Touch". Workshop on "Teachers for Tomorrow" was attended by Mrs.Sangeetha and Mrs.Suganya at Chamber of Commerce. Mrs.Josephine and Mrs.Monisha attended a Computer Science Faculty Training Programme conducted by Google. Primary teachers attended an English Communication programme conducted by Karadi Path. This programme was hosted by our school. Madhuban conducted a workshop in Tamil at Hotel Royal Court attended by Mr.Baskara Pandian, Mr.Pandiarajan, Mrs.Sharmila and Mrs.Dhanalakshmi. CBSE conducted a Capacity Building Programme for Principals and Heads of CBSE Schools, "Remodeled Structure Assessment"— hosted by Adhyapana School. Mrs.Chitra and Mrs. Selvarathi attended a programme on "Pre—Primary Teaching Techniques and Learning Skills" conducted by Macmillan Education India.
Mrs.Subhasree Srinivasan conducted a Training Session for the Primary English Teachers on ALS. Mrs.Rincy Jose, Mrs.Karuna Krishnan and Mrs.Hilarie Balachandran conducted Training Session for all the teachers on Remodelled Structure of Assessment. Math PEP workshop, a Parent Empowerment Programme was conducted for the parents of Classes III to V by Mrs. Srividhya, Mrs. V.Priya and Mrs. Kavitha.
Mrs.Rincy Jose attended CSMA Meeting at Mahatma School. She was also invited as the Guest of Honour at Christ The King School where she gave a speech on Parenting. Mrs. Karuna Krishnan and Mrs. Yamini attended periodical meetings at CEO's Office and Collectorate respectively. Our teachers were sent as judges for the competitions conducted by Government of Tamil Nadu for Elocution, Music, Dance and Recitation. Mrs.Kalpana Srinivasan was the Chief Guest at – "Raj Bhasha Seminar & Kavya Sanghoshti, conducted by the Central Government Employees Association at Madurai.
Shri Ramakrishna Mission presented me the "Sister Nivedhitha Award" for excellence in entrepreneurship. JCI Madurai gave the "Mr.Chairman Award" to me this year. Throughout the year, periodically I attended MSSC meeting for National Sahodaya Meet. I was the key—note speaker at the "Educational Leaders Conference" conducted in Chennai. I spoke on the topic "Elementary Education – Issues, Challenges and Suggestions". I also attended AMPS Meeting and Ladies Circle Conference "Odyssey – 2017" in Coimbatore.
Conclusion: Ladies and Gentlemen, this report has been exceptionally long. I do not apologise for this because it had to be done. You, our dear parents have been our pillars of support. Our dear students, under the able guidance of our stalwart teachers have done us very proud and the Annual Report thus read only re—affirms this. We have been really active and busy throughout the year – the experience has been exhilarating and rewarding. The Almighty has showered us with all His blessings and we are eternally thankful for that. Our prayer is for continued blessings from all the Gods – with our idea of ""Ekam Sat, Vipraha bahudha vadanthi"—There is only one God, people call Him by different names – and support from all of you— our dear parents, well—wishers and students. May the Adhyapana family continue to shine!