A Quill of Their Own

“We wrote, we laughed, we grew…together.”

Armed with their maiden publications, proudly displayed on the bookshelves, this is what the students of grade 9th and 10th of Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon and Noida will tell you! Continue reading

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Aglow with the Light of Learning

The evening before Diwali break is always a special one for Shiv Nadar School, Noida. It is our occasion to celebrate light and learning, and put on display the creative sparks which emerge out of the curriculum when it is engaged with in an experiential manner. It is the evening of Funkaar Week culmination, also celebrated as ‘Jyotirgamay’ – or the symbolic walk towards light of knowledge and wisdom. Continue reading

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The Lamp is Lit

Once upon a time, long ago, a man heard about the holy flame, burning in a city, far from his. His house had been out of light and fire since a while now, and so he decided to undertake the arduous journey till this faraway city, and bring back some warmth to his home. He set off, on foot, witnessed the holy flame, and captured part of it to carry back along. On the way home, he met a man on the pavement, cold and shivering. This poor man asked him for some light, so that he could fight off the cold. The man with light hesitated, and mused if this he should waste his holy flame like this. Eventually, he gave away a part of the flame and carried on with his journey. Continue reading

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Kahaani Palampur Ki

There is a lot that is a part of our academic curriculum, which is understood by the students only in theory, because of the inherent, and sometimes indispensable chasm which exists between concepts and their real applications and manifestations. In some of these cases, it is possible to make concepts come alive through model-making, experiments and integrated class-room experiences where non-academic disciplines make their way into the curriculum to make academic concepts lucid. But some other cases might present a greater difficulty. Continue reading

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An Exploration of the Earth

The first floor corridor of Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, remained noisy and messy the entire past week. However, this noise emanated from animated discussions on concepts of science and social science and the mess was a result of the creativity of the 6th graders who occupy that corridor. Students scurried about, but with a purpose. They giggled when their experiment yielded expected observations. And they dabbled freely and carelessly in colours to put their learnings onto paper. Continue reading

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In the Quest for Lifelong Learning – Summer Internship

This year, the students of Shiv Nadar School have been exposed to an intensive programme in communications. No matter the level of skill and the depth of knowledge, one thing which differentiates individuals in the way they come across to the world is their ability to communicate – to present their ideas in a comprehensible, exciting and inspiring manner. Bearing this in mind, we initiated for them a programme called ‘Creative Communications’ as a part of their Aha Time activities. Continue reading

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In Conversation – Raspreet Sidhu

Raspreet Sidhu is a busy sportsperson. Besides pursuing her passion for basketball in international sports tournaments as an India player, she also leads the Sports Programme at Shiv Nadar School. Bringing along her wide experiences from the sports field, Raspreet has helped create a robust sports curriculum, the benefits of which accrue towards the holistic development of all students. Continue reading

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In Conversation – Dr. Sneha Chakradhar

Dr. Sneha Chakradhar is an artist in the true sense of the word. Not only is she a Bharatanatyam danseuse par excellence, she is also a sociology student capable of traversing across disciplines in seamless, fluid movements. She experimented with Kathak and Odissi before deciding that her real calling lay in remaining a student of Bharatanatyam. Besides dance, she has also learnt music at an early age, and done her masters in theatre from Australia. Not just this, Sneha has tried her hand at film-making too! Continue reading

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Spoken Word Series @ Shiv Nadar School

“Listen to this as carefully as a riddle,
And tell me, if it is the same case with you,
Even a little…”

Palak Modi, clad in her Panther House T-Shirt, armed with a poem, walked up to the performing area with some trepidation. She carried a self-composed poem, scribbled on a paper, but was determined to not read out from it. After a week of writing, memorizing and practising, today was when she was going to make a presentation of her versified thoughts. In an event dedicated to Spoken Word performances, phase 1 of the Aha Creative Communications basket was going to conclude. Continue reading

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Is this India’s Century?

There should be some days in life reserved for pushing our thought frontiers in directions previously unexplored. In the rigmarole of daily occupations and preoccupations, one oft forgets that there are larger issues at play, which demand, at best an action, and at minimum, a view-point. One such issue we identify and feel strongly about is India – the nation as is poised and the future towards which it is steadily headed. Continue reading

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