Mallakhamb Vyayamshala at Basava International School, Dwarka
Basava International School, Dwarka recently conducted the inauguration ceremony of Mallakhamb Vyayamshala under the flagship of Khelo India, the National authority for the development of sports. It is a great honour that the school has been chosen as the official center (Delhi NCR region) for promoting this remarkable traditional Indian sport. The essence of the Vyayamshala is to boost the promotion of Mallakhamb, Yoga, Gymnastics, Kabaddi, Athletics, Physical fitness and Moral education etc. under Khelo Fit India initiative by the Government of India. The inauguration ceremony of the Vyamyamshala was held in the school premises on 27th November, 2021 celebrating the 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The event began with religious proceedings followed by a spectacular live display of Mallakhamb by the young trainees. Ms. Purnima Ambali, General Manager and Dr. Manimala Roy, the school Principal addressed the gathering and emphasized the benefits of the sport and urged the spectators to enroll for this traditional sport. Mr.Dharam Vir Singh :General Secretary, Delhi Mallakhamb and MFI graced the ceremony with other association members for a positive and successful start of the training sessions. The root idea behind Mallakhamb Vyayamshala is to encourage and motivate people of all ages and gender to enroll for the strength training classes. The activities outlined commence daily at 7: 00 a.m. and effective and impactful training is given to all the members without any charges. The Mallakamb training units are specifically designed to increase endurance, strength and stamina of the trainee, a sine qua non for athletic events. The manner in which the body is turned, twisted and balanced on the Mallakhamb, keeps the spectators spellbound. Separate and specific training modules have been created for females and senior citizens. National level awards to the worthy athletes as well as free track suits are given to all the participants. The school management extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to the officials of Delhi State Mallakhamb Association for choosing the school’s premises as its training center. The school is also grateful to the residents of Delhi NCR who have extended their support for the inclusion of Mallakhamb Vyayamshala as a paradigm shift to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
‘Stories We Never Tell’- Second anthology by BASAVITES
Basava International School unveiled yet another anthology of its students on 20th Nov at Shelfebook in D21 Pacific Mall , Dwarka titled “ Stories we never tell” . The book comprised original stories written by students of Basava which they developed during their course of the Young Authors Program. Principal, Dr. Manimala Roy, Sakshi Jain of Young Author Program along with the mentors Ms. Rinku Paul and Dipankar Mukherjee , founder of Readomania graced the occasion. The school had tied up with Young Author Program and Readomania for a unique initiative to hone the writing skills of aspiring writer students of Basava. The program was curated to master the techniques of writing and craft compelling stories. The Mentors engaged in one to one sessions with the students to give them personalized tips to execute an action-oriented research project from inception to completion. ‘Stories we never tell’ is a scintillating anthology of 11 tales written by young authors exploring a whole range of human experiences and the many dilemmas of life. Each story in the book is a reflection of the author’s mind, woven deftly into stories that entertain and educate. The students covered diverse topics as mental health, crimes of passion, myriad pressures of modern life, being stuck in between worlds, family ties and more. It is a collection that is remarkable in its choice of topics and an assured voice that belies the age of its writers. It has exquisitely drawn landscapes, full of lush sensory detailing along with living, breathing characters that make the book absolutely unputdownable. The students took pride in getting their stories published and becoming published authors. Dr. Manimala Roy, the Principal congratulated the students on their achievement and told them that they had made the school proud. She told the young authors to read like an author and work with freedom as they can become great authors when their thoughts are free. She dwelled in pride that the children utilized their lockdown time fruitfully and came up with enchanting stories. She wished them success for their future endeavours and believed that they would be Booker Prize aspirants
VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Halloween’s week was celebrated with a fun filled exciting fancy-dress activity for the classes 6th and 7th.There were very happy Superheroes, Fairies, Witches, Wizards, Goblins and other interesting characters introducing themselves with spooky stories on virtual platform. The students used different props like magical wands, candles , face masks, pumpkins, skeleton and skulls, flickering lights, spooky dolls etc. This party was filled with zombie makeup, plundering pirates and crazy costumes. Our students put in a lot of time and effort in to their costumes; applying makeup, body paint, and body suits is no easy task and they all did a wonderful job impressing their classmates and the teacher with horror stories and dialogues from their favorite movies and characters from the novels.
ONLINE ACTIVITIES BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE SCHOOL FOR THE PROMOTION OF LIFE SKILLS, HOLISTIC HEALTH AND WELL BEING.
We, at Basava International School, have a comprehensive approach to learning which aims not only at academic excellence but also the development of a plethora of abilities (physical, intellectual, cognitive, and socio-emotional) which are essential in today’s world. Ours is a happy school and the curriculum aims to help each child find his or her special place in the world, in alignment with the uniqueness that he or she has.
The school conducts myriad of online activity classes for Dance, Music, Life Skills and Storytelling. Age appropriate virtual School Cinema modules to inculcate value based outlook in children are showcased regularly at the Primary, Middle and Senior Secondary levels. This experience of inclusivity of subjects along with Performing Arts and Narratives helps in promoting better understanding of concepts and holistic development of students. Online Games, Art and Craft, Painting and 3D Art as well as Yoga sessions also enhanced student’s mental growth and well-being. School Cinema modules enrich their Life skills and provide the necessary online support for parental guidance and mentoring. The school conducted adequate training workshops to equip the teachers with necessary tools to aid them in their classes towards a comprehensive overall holistic development of the children. It was commendable on the part of teachers and students to be able to adapt, improvise and innovate eclectic teaching-learning pedagogies. The training was useful to comprehend the challenges of mental well-being and online learning difficulties of students.
Life Skills has seen a paradigm shift over the years in the field of education, especially on an online platform. At Basava,it is our endeavor to consistently try to impart these skills to our students through various self-learning activities and workshops. Various virtual discussions and workshops conducted by school with eminent doctors and psychologists on issues like Dealing with the pandemic, Personal loss, Social media and impact on children, Importance of Mental and Emotional well-being etc. has helped them to understand and analyze the complexities of the situation in a positive manner.
Various critical thinking Questionnaires are formulated and shared with students wherein children are urged to write their answers based on life/self-experiences. The given questions aim to create their self-awareness, mindfulness and to enhance their emotional quotient. Many Discussions, Extempore speeches and Debates are conducted online wherein students are encouraged to indulge in discussions or share their thoughts on mind tickling topics while improving their Verbal Communication, Critical thinking skills, Creativity and Self-confidence.
These online Life skills sessions conducted at regular intervals across various class levels enhance their negotiation, leadership and decision making skills, developing resilience while valuing and respecting opinions. Role plays are conducted in order to elicit student’s responses which would help them to learn other skills like Assertiveness, dealing with Peer Pressure and Bullying along with effective Communication skills. Playing and solving Rebus puzzles, recall and recognizing Camouflage puzzles, Crossword solving, Brain teasers, Riddles improve their thinking skills and encourage, ‘out of the box’ thinking. Through PowerPoint presentations, Podcasts and Audio-Visuals, an effort is made to inculcate value based life skills in our students. The Senior students and teachers have also been trained in Seven Habits. The Senior school students are also trained in sign language as an initiative towards inclusive education.
Basava International School, Dwarka Gandhi Jayanti Celebration
Students of class 9 from Basava International School, Dwarka conducted a virtual assembly, to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti on the 1st of October 2021, to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The webinar was attended by all the teachers, parents and children from classes 1 to 12. The assembly commenced with a brief introduction to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, renowned as Mahatma Gandhi. The spotlight was on the thoughts inspired by Gandhi's ideologies. The students presented several skits highlighting important moments of his life, such as his fight against racism and also showcased his life as an ordinary man. Gandhiji was remembered for his nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, and above all for achieving swaraj . The students also presented a melodious rendition of Gandhi's composition 'Raghu Pati Raghav Raja Ram'. A documentary was showcased on Gandhiji’s life trailing his journey from childhood to his vast experiences in adulthood. A splash of modernity was introduced to the event, with a rap on Gandhiji’s revolutionary ideas. The students showcased their talent and paid a befitting homage to the Father of the Nation despite the challenges of being at their homes during the pandemic. Principal, Dr.Manimala Roy, addressed the students and applauded the efforts of the participants and teachers. She urged the students to follow the tenets of peace, determination and perseverance laid down by the Father of the Nation. She also emphasized that these principals which are relevant even in the 21st Century would definitely inculcate the necessary strength and grit in the children, to face any kind of challenges. The virtual assembly ended with the rendition of the National Anthem.