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Extra Curriculur Activities
Expanding horizons through children’s projects
Childrens projects encourage the teachers to go beyond the textbook and to use the wonderful local environment, to make learning interesting and increase spoken English vocabulary, children are guided to observe, experience, and record various facets of the local community. Some projects are described below :-
Agriculture and Environment
Children witness and participate in sowing and harvesting of traditional crops such as Millet, Maize, and Paddy. Village elders tell them about each crop.
Children visit Hindu Nepali, Lepcha Christian, and Tamang Buddhist homes, to learn about diverse cultures They are shown traditional costumes, and explained about customs and beliefs, music, song and dance.
After the field visits, children make a book in which the entire process is illustrated by compositions on the computer, drawings and photos, with captions.
Kitchen Garden project
Project Green Thumb – The Seed to Table project was started with inspiration and support from Benalla rotary club of Australia, lead by Graeme and Joy Budd. This is now part of our regular syllabus. The kitchen garden linked to this project was set up with support from Agathe Francoise- a French volunteer.
Children are introduced to “slow “food as opposed to “fast “ food, in the class room and are demonstrated the human food process. Later the children learn about lighting outdoor cooking fires, chopping and slicing, camp cooking and how to set a table. Finally they enjoy eating the healthy food they helped cook.
They learn to layout garden plots, prepare beds, spread farm manure, sow vegetables, water, weed , harvest the crop and assist in the kitchen.
Constructing a Mud Oven and Baking
As part of our baking experience, children constructed a mud oven under the guidance of volunteer Maureen Blake. Children helped in baking bread, cakes and pizza.
Rangoli and Batik
Children were helped to create Rangoli with flower petals and colours, and practice tie & dye art.
Gifts of nature
Flowers & Flora
Children in KG classes, collects flowers. These are dried in a home-made flower press. It is a good beginning for the children to learn about the local flora and why it is important to look after nature's gifts. Primary classes take up projects like Trees of Samthar, Uses of Bamboo, and so on.
Art & Nature
Using natural objects to create art work. Pasting of twigs, leaves, flower petals and grass to create art work on outline drawings
Participation in Independence day celebrations
Children participate in the Independence day festival at Samthar Village, comprising a march past and cultural programme. All the children are told the story of India’s Independence movement.
Joint project with International Schools
We are looking for opportunity to interact with children from abroad. Students of St Andrews College, Canada, on a trekking tour with us, visited the school in 2013, and contributed for material to construct a 100 meters concrete foot path with steps leading to the school. Children of Class 3 & 4, jointly undertook this project with St Andrews College over 3 days. They also enjoyed interaction, singing, and dancing with the visitors.
Organizing community festival
The first Awake & Shine Mela, attended by the entire community was held at the School in 2014. Children, staff and parents worked together to organize the event. Children, parents, and community members also participated in many interesting events and competitions.
Developing interest in vocational skills through hobbies
Our vision for the school looks towards using hobby clubs as tools towards personality development, and forerunners of future vocational skills. Our clubs offer varied skills and fun experiences.
Knitting and handicrafts Club
The club members are taught and practiced in knitting caps, socks, mobile covers, sling bags, mufflers and dolls. A beginning has been made in getting children interested in handicrafts. Children have been taught how to make hand stitched and hand painted bags, and have been introduced to Tie & Dye. We look to reviving village handicrafts through hobbies. In the pipeline are straw mats, bamboo baskets, shopping bags, table linen and strap weaving.
The Mountain Biking club
The aim of the club is to introduce children to Adventure Sports, with focus on mountain biking. 10 x 21 speed mountain bikes have been provided to start the club.
A beginning has been made by providing 3 digital cameras. Class 4 is now able to record images for projects and school activities.