The speeches given by the notable figures of the nation as well as various other challenging topics are always watched all around the globe. On those lines, the Department of English of Prodigy Public School thought of giving an opportunity to the students to showcase themselves as erstwhile great leaders of the world, get into their shoes and give a chance to the audience to see history come alive with the famous speeches that had been delivered by them. At the same time, topics related to proverbs and challenging times ahead of the 21st century were delivered by the students.
The Declamation Competition was held for the seniors VIII – X students on 22nd April 2017 in the activity hall. The participants took the stage with aplomb and their performance was incredible. It reflected the fact that they had well understood that great inspiring speeches are examples of great oratory which have the power to appeal to the sentiments and stir up the emotions of the listeners -emotions of emancipation, patriotism, liberty and the like.
English Handwriting Competition
The ‘English Handwriting Competition was organized at Prodigy Public School on 29th April 2017 for students of grades VI to X. The objective of this competition was to encourage students to improve their calligraphy skills. The competition was organized in the respective classrooms and all students participated in the same.
The response of the students was very encouraging. An overwhelming majority of students put in their best foot forward to perfect their handwriting and win the competition. The closely contested competition presented a challenging task for the teachers to adjudge the winners. Students were judged on the basis of neatness, formation and spacing. It was a successful event and three students from each grade were selected as winners.
Go Green Keep our Surrounding Clean Activity
At Prodigy Public School, we understand, appreciate and value our green environment. It is important that this precious gift is nurtured, preserved and reserved for the next generation. To ensure our students become global green citizens they are sensitized through awareness programmes.
On 19th June 2017, a special assembly was organized on ‘Green School Programme’ with an aim to sensitize students to the environment and empower them to use natural resources in a responsible and an efficient manner.
Students along with the campus director Dr.S.N. Patil, PrincipaL Mrs. Anuya Salve, Vice Principal Mrs ReejuKothat, Primary Coordinator Mrs. Ashwini Kakde and the Principal of Prodigy Junior Kids planted saplings in the school campus.
International Yoga Day
Since its inception in the year 2015, June 21st is celebrated as The International Day of Yoga all over the world. With reference to the CBSE Circular No. Acad-20/2017 dated 6/06/2017, the students from VI – XII of Prodigy Public School practiced meditation and yoga.
Mr. Vyambak Hirode, a well-trained Yog teacher of Patanjali conducted a meditation session in the morning and helped students learn the positive impacts of meditation and understand the benefits of yoga.
The Principal Mrs. Anuya Salve along with the students performed yogic exercises and ‘pranayam’ to celebrate this day. Regular practice of yoga will surely help our students achieve a better life, physically, mentally and spiritually as well.
In order to motivate the students to overcome their stage fear and to showcase their talents, Prodigy Public School organized a class wise debate competition for grades VI – X on 23rd June2017. There were 4 students each in a class wise group from each section who spoke for and against the motion on the topics like ‘Social Media’, Vegetarian vs Non Vegetarian and Modern Medicine vs Ayurveda.
Aashadi Wari Celebration
On 3rd July 2017, the festival of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the VI – XII students of Prodigy Public School in the school premises. Students along with the teachers made a beautiful ‘Palakhi’ adorned with fresh flowers and paper ornaments.
All the students were attired in traditional costumes and carried the ‘Palkh’ in a procession all over the school premises. Religious chants reverberated as the students along with their teachers carried the Palkhi.
All the teachers & non-teaching staff members were enchanted by the enthusiasm of the students and the atmosphere was filled with gaiety and spirituality. The procession ended with the distribution of Prasad to all. This celebration encouraged the students to participate in the rich cultural traditions of our country and know more about their heritage.
BIO DATA WRITING COMPETITION
Writing accurate and essential information about oneself in the required format was the main aim of the bio data writing competition which was held for class IX and X students on 8th July 2017.
GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATION
Guru Purnima felicitations
… an occasion to thank the ones who show the way
Guru Purnima is the day to offer salutations to the gurus for they are the ones who nurture students, prepping them to take on the onerous task of steering our country in future time. The nation therefore, along with all pupils, is obligated to all gurus for shouldering this tremendous responsibility.
So, as every year, in keeping with the tradition of revering gurus for their invaluable contribution in shaping the minds and characters of the young people in their charge, Prodigy Public School celebrated the occasion on July 10.
Students also presented various dance andmusic performances depicting the role of gurus in fostering excellence and steering their pupils towards fulfilling their individual potentials.
The day was thus truly significant for the teaching staff with each member being made to feel special for their role in ensuring their pupils’ all-round development and well-being.
HOUSE BOARD DECORATION COMPETITION
Children always prefer to have some entertainment while they studying and therefore you need to provide them with some education that looks like entertainment and using display boards as the ultimate way to provide education is one of the best ways. The best thing about display boards is that you can decorate and elicit it the way you want it and therefore you can use it as a learning tool for students.
On 19th July 2017, an Inter-house board decoration competition was held at Prodigy Public School. The topics given to the four houses were totally in tune with the present day issues, giving the students of VI to X an opportunity to display their creativity, knowledge and artistic skills.
The four houses were judged on the basis of the relevant content, appropriate captions, slogans, visuals and overall presentation. The students of each house worked with great enthusiasm and co -ordination. They had worked hard to collect all the latest information and colourful pictures.
An Inter House Card Decoration using Paper Quilling Competition was organized for the students of grade VI to VIII on 22nd July 2017. The ability to create an effective product, creativity involves two processes: thinking and then producing.
Prodigians proved and exhibited their innovative ideas and decorated beautiful greeting cards. The competition was based on spatial and kinaesthetic intelligence which help students to enhance their unique set of capabilities and device ways in which they may demonstrate intellectual abilities.
Janmashtami was celebrated with religious fervour in Prodigy Public School on 11th August 2017. Mesmerising dances depicting the life of Lord Krishna were performed. A wonderful show depicting the various stages of Lord Krishna’s life was put up by the students.
While that staging of talent came to end, the elder boys were starting to plan who would stand at the bottom of the human pyramid they would build in a few minutes and who would stand right on top and smash the Dahi Handi(or pot of curd/butter) in the name Lord Krishna.
The boys walked confidently towards the area under the pot and as they got closer to it, music started playing. Fast beat and loud songs were played to get them going. Their boosted spirits help them withstand the weight of their mates on their shoulders. The music got louder and all those present there added their clapping to keep encouraging the Govindas(those who participate in the Dahi Handi) to climb and break open the pot.
At the end, it was the 12th grade boys who succeeded in raining down the flowers on everyone and earned the cheers of everyone, including passers-by.
As Krishna would get ‘maakhan’ after breaking the pot, the children got Lotte Choco Pies, not from the pot, but as a rewards for those who climbed and for those who cheered endlessly. Everyone was a winner.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
It was heartening to see the Prodigy Public School students apply themselves with as much zeal and zest to the Independence Day celebration on 15th August 2017. Their effort in decorating their respective classrooms and their participation in March Pasts and cultural activities on the 71st Independence Day revealed their enthusiasm.
The Investiture Ceremony was held on 15th August 2017 where the ‘Student Council’ and the ‘Student Committee’s for the Academic Year 2017-18 was set up. It is a representative structure of IX – XII students through which they become involved in some aspect of the school, working with the students and staff members, for the benefit of the school, students and themselves. It gives them the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, problem solving, creative and interpersonal skills.
ECO FRIENDLY GANESH IDOL MAKING COMPETITION
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Prodigy Public School students initiated a drive to spread awareness among the general public about the importance of ‘going green’ while celebrating the most famous festival in Maharashtra.
Prodigians launched ‘Ganesha Sustainability Project’, wherein students sculpted Lord Ganesh idols made out of eco-friendly materials at the school premises. Through this initiative, the school took a local festival such as Ganesh Chaturthi as a tool to convey solutions to global ecological issues so that students could learn and understand the impact of their actions on the world around them. The school believes this will help the younger generation to become a part of creating a sustainable world.
Students from grades 8 to 12 participated in the Ganesha Sustainability Project on 21st August 2017. Various bio-degradable materials like ‘Shaadu’ (eco-friendly clay), veg dye, dry flowers, dry twigs, newspapers, etc. were used to sculpt eco-friendly Ganesha idols. The eco-friendly Ganesha idols sculpted by the students were displayed at school celebration assembly.
SPELL BEE COMPETITION
“Spelling is important because it aids in reading. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters.”
An Inter-class Spell Bee Competition was organized on 21st August 2017 in Prodigy Public School basement hall for classes VI to VIII. This competition was one out of the numerous enjoyable competitions that give students a platform to learn spellings in different ways. This competition help students improve their spellings, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop use of correct English. As a result, children are able to read and write more effectively and score well in tests.
Children participated earnestly in the competition. Their efforts and initiative was appreciated by one and all.
PATRIOTIC SINGING COMPETITION
Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Patriotic songs are songs that demonstrate love for one’s country, or have themes that glorify self-sacrifice, land’s beauty, history or ideals.
Music is beneficial for children as it not only develops their aesthetic sense, but is also the key to creativity. It is one of the most beloved human experiences and plays an important role in the education of a child by providing it an opportunity of self- expression. A ‘Patriotic Song Competition’ was organized on 26th August 2017 for students from VI to VIII to expose our children to music, while also enhancing their language and presentation skills.
POSTER– SLOGAN MAKING COMPETITION
Poster and Slogan Making Competition was organized on 26th August 2017 in the school premises, for IX – XII. The children expressed their views and thoughts about recent social issues by writing slogans and quotes. One could see and feel the enthusiasm that the children had in their presentation. This activity kept the children engaged and it was organized to explore and encourage creativity in children and offer them a platform to showcase their skills. It inspired them to think and work creatively in order to promote artistic excellence.
Extempore is the art of public speaking that is carried out without preparation or forethought. It puts to test one’s ability to think on the spot and also their spontaneity.
Oral communication fulfils a number of general and discipline-specific academic functions. Students need to speak well in their personal lives, future workplaces and social interactions. Extempore is one such method which assists the students not only in thinking on their own but also in voicing their creative ideas with precision.
To imbibe a true spirit of learning in Prodigians and to enhance the communication skills in them, an Inter House Extempore Competition, was held in Prodigy Public School on the 29th August 2017 for classes IV to IX.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
Once again, the senior students of X and XII of Prodigy Public School were being given a chance to prove themselves in an everyday but still unique field, the teaching field right to teach pre-primary, primary and middle school students. It was something they saw every day for at least six hours, but not everything can be learnt by watching.
The young ladies were asked to attend school in sarees and the young men, in formals. They had planning their outfits since the day they received the notice and the efforts paid off when the school was sparkling with bright outfits and spirits.
While the teachers relaxed for a few more minutes than usual, the students took up their task of handling the students until it was time for the festivities. Whether they taught students that day or not, whether the students understood the topic or not, it was quite the day for both. The ‘temporary teachers’, got to understand what their teachers do everyday, and the students got a chance to watch the seniors (try) teaching them various different topics, from math, to science, to economics and even accountancy.
After the half-day timings, the students left, except for those who were a part of the entertainment for the teachers. There were three students of 12th grade with three very different speeches for their audience. While the head girl, Swati Chamoli spoke in a very poetic and a very meaningful way to show her gratitude to all her teachers throughout her life, the discipline captain, SreenidhiTadikonda, had decided to mix up comedy with her gratitude and earned laughter and smiles from her audience. Deepanshu, the last to speak, started as well as ended with a powerful impact on the audience, as he spoke in the language that everyone connected to, Hindi, and worded his thankfulness so beautifully.
There was also a pair of 10th graders who danced their hearts out for their teachers. Another group of 12th graders performed a song for their teachers, to remind them of their own school days.
The performances came to end, and the Principal, Mrs. Anuya Salve addressed the teachers and told them how much they mean to the school and to her.
After her addressal, the energy started building up. She felicitated each and every teacher there and gave them presents as a token of her own thanks for their hardwork.
The presents were accepted and when everyone went back to their seats, the DJ decided to turn things up a notch and started playing upbeat and fast music. It wasn’t long till the teachers showed their amazing dancer side, while busting a move on the stage. They truly enjoyed themselves with their colleagues, grooving to new and old songs.
The best gift, as best as best can be, were the smiles they shared with each other and the memories they created by just letting go of the complicated equations and confusing words for a few hours.
LANGUAGE READING COMPETITION
Reading is an exercise for the development of mind. Reading helps children to enhance their language skills. Reading also develops the creative side of children. Therefore, with the aim of development an activity was conducted as English, Hindi and Marathi Reading Competition for grades VI to IX on 9th September 2017 in Prodigy Public School.
Students were judged on the basis of Fluency, Pronunciation and Voice Modulation. For the final round of Reading Competition, one student was selected from each division and then from the final round three winners were selected based on the above mentioned criteria of each grade.