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School News March 2019

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Annual sports meet of Gopal Sharma Memorial School

Nelson Mandela said that Sports has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. 

The much awaited Annual Sports Day of Gopal Sharma Memorial School was held on Thursday, 24th January 2019 at the Naval Dockyard, Kanjurmarg. The look of excitement, hope and anticipation was palpable on the faces of the students. The programme began with the Principal Dr. Mrs. Gool Ghadiali welcoming the esteemed gathering which included the Chief Guest, Dr. Mickey Mehta, parents and judges. 

Dr. Mehta is an Indian holistic health, well-being, wellness, and fitness guru. He preaches the concept of holistic health and equipment free workouts. His advice for the parents was that children are born with their own aspirations and dreams. He further stated that our children are born with a specific genetic signature Once we begin to watch our child closely then we will realize what it is good at, where does he or she belong and where does he or she come alive.

The dignitaries took the salute of the impressive March Past by the students of Class 8, 9 and 10, coupled with some stirring music by the School Band. The students entered into the spirit of the occasion in a grand way with the oath being administered by the Sports captain. Dr. Mehta officially declared the Sports Meet open. The March Past was followed by drill displays which were Aerobics by Class 2, Pyramids by Class 3, Wand Drill performed by the students from Class 4, Yoga by Class 5 and a Saree Drill –a rhapsody of colours by the students of Class 6 to Class 8.

 Then began the finale of the day – the track events. Every student vied for the prize-winning places in each race. There was friendly rivalry in the air. The event culminated with the tug-of-war. Dr. Ghadiali declared the Sports Meet closed. The students dispersed with their parents. There was a plethora of expressions on their faces from elation to dismay. 

                                                                                                                        - Ruma Patil

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Food carnival at S.M. Shetty College, Powai

Department of Life Long Learning and Extension Unit (DLLE) of S.M.Shetty College of Science, Commerce and Management Studies, Powai conducted a “Food Carnival” on 17th and 18th January, 2019.   

Students participated in the event for the completion of their project under DLLE’s ‘Annapoorna Yojna Programme’ (AYP) where they were expected to sell 25 different unique products during the current academic year. There were 30 students who enrolled for AYP under DLLE and during the food carnival 30 different food items were sold on each day. Students and Staff from Degree College appreciated the student’s efforts and encouraged them by buying the food items. 

During the two days of Food Festival, students learnt Entrepreneurial Skills which can help them to setup their own start-ups or small food business in the future. 

Many food items were home-made and this was one of the USP for the DLLE students as quality food was provided at reasonable rate. Students learnt how to earn profit from small businesses through this project.  

The event was initiated by Asst. Prof. Sujata Rizal, DLLE In-charge and Asst. Prof. Swati Shetty, DLLE Member extended a helping hand for the successful completion of the Carnival. 

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Transition from ‘Life of convenience to the Life of existence’

Afroz Shah, who hails as a man who successfully initiated the world’s largest beach clean –-had an interesting conversation with the students of Podar International School (Cambridge) Powai. He is the first Indian to be awarded as a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by United Nations and ‘Indian of the Year’ by CNN. 

A lawyer by profession, he has changed the perception of ‘family ‘and ‘home’ for students and teachers. He explained how we restrict our family to our immediate relatives and our house and forget that we all are a part of an ecosystem and are expected to survive with all other living beings on earth and in oceans. He encouraged children to develop a love for nature and a desire to create pristine oceans. He motivated students to participate in the clean up drive to be held at Daana Pani beach , Malad. The young audience asked him questions like, “Where would the collected garbage and plastic go?” Instead of directly answering their questions, he insisted the students to join him on the beach to get the answers for their queries practically.

He quoted, “I am an ocean lover and feel that we owe a duty to our ocean to make it free of plastic. I just hope this is the beginning for coastal communities across India and the world.” This quote acted as a catalyst to bring a change in the attitude of our students and encouraged our students to be a part of the clean up drive the following day.

Our students geared up for ‘A date with the Ocean’. They gathered at Dana Pani beach to pick up garbage as a part of a clean-up drive led by Mr. Afroz Shah. The drive also witnessed famous personalities such as Aditya Thackeray, the President of Yuva Sena and the deputy Foreign Minister of Norway. 

The aim of this drive was to raise awareness about plastic ban and non-usage of single use plastic which hampers the city, its sea-line and also disturbs the marine-life in water bodies. Students and teachers enthusiastically cleaned up the stretch and tried to beautify it. And of course all the queries that our young citizens had were catered to by Mr. Afroz Shah and his team. 

The initiative has inspired our students to join such groups and focus on keeping the beaches free of waste. We are enthusiastically looking forward to more such clean up drives.

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MUN program at Podar Int School

MUN program, an initiative taken up by Podar Internation School, Cambridge, Powai school to enhance leadership skills and confidence through experience finally reached the culmination stage, marked with a two days program- 11 and 12 February. The first day served as a mock session, preparing the young podarites for the final intra-school Podar International Cambridge MUN session to be held the next day, 12 Feb, 2019.  

The final day of MUN session concluded with ardent students putting their views forward vehemently. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn- all our delegates did take back substantial learning; we did have some students who created a niche for themselves by performing exceptionally well, and thus bagging the winning positions. Such a successful event was made possible with the relentless help and training from the Principal, trainers, teachers and patently with the unflagging support of the parents.