What Colour is your Holi?

In our school, we have always encouraged students (and teachers, and everyone else) to think up things which improves upon existing notions and discourse. Our belief in creating classrooms where knowledge is imparted through constructive approach stands strong each day. A child should be able to paint the world in his colours, his ideas, his beliefs, however, within the careful guidance of the ever-watchful and encouraging mentors. Continue reading

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A Meeting with Jeffrey Archer

“When I was three, I wanted to be four. When I was four, I wanted to be Prime-Minister”

~Jeffrey Archer

It was the 21st of November, 2016, a pleasant Monday morning. Flowers were hanging in great globes of the sun, the sky was paling with a fever of azure, and grass was drenched with dew. Though all of this happened almost every day – today was not ordinary. It was extra, extra-special! On this very noteworthy day, 20 students from across grades 9 and 10 were to go to The Shri Ram School, to meet- Lord Jeffrey Archer. Yes. The same Jeffrey Archer with a whopping 18 bestsellers in the literary world! 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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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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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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First Is, Indeed, Forever

On the afternoon of 18th March, when their nursery class was empty of the usual chirps of the tiny ones, Monica and Sunaina were involved in a curious activity. They were neatly cutting out little hand impressions of their students to fold and store in memory jar. “This is the first and youngest batch of the school. This is our way of preserving their presence and memories”, informs a visibly emotional Monica Rishi, among the first five teachers to have joined the Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad team. Now imagine, when a child, whose tiny imprints are being preserved by the school, reaches twelfth and puts his hand inside this memory jar, what a flood of emotions would envelope him. From that little hand, to now a graduating student – the entire journey would come unfolding, right in front of their eyes. The school, along with him, would have come of age. Continue reading

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The Many Hues of Holi

We are entering the most colourful week of the entire year now. Have water balloons and fountains of coloured water already started appearing around your house? Holi is a festival which infuses a playful spirit in everyone, the young and old alike, much in advance. While the young ones concentrate on finding means of amusement created out of colours and water, the ladies of the family occupy themselves with doling out traditional Holi delicacies – the yummy gujiya, and the tangy kanji! Continue reading

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Fire by the Moonlight

Excitement is an inadequate word to describe the kind of buzz we heard in the school at the announcement of an overnight stay, for the primary departments at Noida and Faridabad. When our regular school days turn out to be so much fun, it was thrilling to imagine how much enjoyment a night stay at school would carry along. Fun, however, was not the only objective behind organizing a stay at school. There are many diverse aims which this kind of an interaction with the school space and people helps achieve, and we’ll walk through some in this post. Continue reading

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Animal Farm in School!

The morning of 12th February was an interesting one for Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad. Students, teachers and the Principal carried wide smiles on their face in anticipation of a fun learning activity which had been planned for grade one. For our youngest school, still completing its first year, an experiential engagement like this had never been heard of before. They were going to spend a morning in their own, personal Animal Farm! Continue reading

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Through The Eyes of a Child

“Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.” Continue reading

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