“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. Recognized by the United Nations on June 21, Yoga has gained tremendous popularity not only in India but across the globe. Yoga International Day marks an opportunity to spread awareness about the benefits of yoga. As per the United Nations, yoga stands as an emblem for creating balance and harmony. When yoga is applied to communities and societies, it offers a path to sustainable living. This year the theme for the yoga day was YOGA FOR HUMANITY.
Encouraged by its Founder and Chairperson, Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George, who believes that education encompasses not only academics, but also a balanced mind and emotional stability,Shalom Hills International School organized a yoga session for the children and parents to celebrate the 8th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2022 from 6:00 am to 7:00 am.
The Yoga session was conducted by Mr. Alok Jhinkwan, a research scholar pursuing his doctorate in in Yogic Science. Motivating the students and the parents to practice yoga,he highlighting the benefits of yoga and pranayama, and taught some asanas which were comprehensively and eagerly performed by the students and parents.
This was a wonderful opportunity for everyone by to change their lifestyle and apply the fitness regime in their daily routine.
Considering that maintaining a healthy generation is a shared responsibility, Shalom Hills International School organized a second vaccination drive for the students of age groups 15-17 years and 12-14 years. The Vaccination drive was conducted under the guidelines of the District Health Department and Primary Health Center, Ghata by specially trained staff.
During the camp, the guidelines implemented by the government and the health department were followed with full commitment.
To avoid vaccine-related complications like infections, allergy or any other symptoms, medical experts were also deployed at the campsite. The school authority ensured requisite support and facilities while following all the necessary COVID-related protocols.
The parents commended the proactive step taken by the school management in ensuring the safety to their children and their families as a token of community commitment. The response of parents turning up in a large number for getting their children vaccinated is surely a sign towards winning the battle at the end.
An integrated webinar for SHIS staff was organized by the Health & Wellness department of the school. The resource persons were Ms Neha Tyagi- Legal Consultant at Supreme Court and Delhi High court judiciary; Ms Annie Namratha and Ms Kashish Jain- both Advocacy Ambassadors. The webinar comprised 3 sessions: Legal, Academic and Psychological. Under Legal- Ms Neha explored the facts under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences- 2012 POCSO Act and JJ justice (Reformation and Rehabilitation) Act-2015 (JJA). Under Academic- Roles and responsibilities of schools for children’s safety and wellbeing were explained in detail by Ms Annie. Under Psychological- curriculum-syllabus for safety and wellbeing of children was discussed by Ms Kashish.
Ms Kashish also had an interaction related to the Life Skill book that has been introduced in the current session to help the children become aware about all ten life skills. Some common aspects were related to Physical/Online safety, bullying, empathy and communication and critical/creative thinking skills.
The webinar catered to all the needs of children’s safety and well-being explaining them in detail. An interactive session, it was highly appreciated by the staff members.
“The workshop on Identification of ‘Learning Disorder & Behavioural Concerns’ was conducted for the teaching faculty of SHIS by the special educator Dr Namrata Mahajan of Fortis Mental & Behavioural Sciences. She has extensive work experience with children with learning disability, ADHD and Autism. She specialises in developing individual education plan (IEP) for children with special needs. The workshop commenced with Dr Namrata Mahajan highlighting that before identifying the children with special needs, the first step is to understand the difference between Learning Difficulty and Learning Disability. Learning difficulty could be due to lack of understanding of one language because of delay or have certain gaps during learning. Children with LD has problems in reading, writing, spellings and comprehending that starts at the early stage of the development and such signs are not shown suddenly. Dr Mahajan also explained the cause of Social, Emotional and Behavioural concerns (like Attention deficit, hyperactive, aggression/hitting, anxiety, self-harm, feeling low/depressed) that children have shown during Covid that should not be ignored. She specified that the CWSN may also have sensory difficulties, motorskills difficulties, speech and language difficulties that can only be referred and managed by the Occupational therapists. Post identification by parent/teachers, children are required to get the formal psycho-educational assessment through clinical psychologists with RCI license. For Behavioural /emotional concerns counselling psychologists, occupational therapists and psychiatrists can be approached and seeking help from them will show improvement in their concerned areas. In the end, in the Q/A round, the teachers were helped in resolving their queries. .
“The nature of yoga, is to shine the light of awareness, into the darkest corners of the body.”
Education with a purpose, education that is all inclusive, education that revels in all colours of life; that is the education Shalom hopes to impart under the headship of its charismatic Founder and Chairperson Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George. Inspired and guided by her, Shalom celebrated International Yoga Day with the alumni.
Sending her blessings to her dear children, MD ma’am expressed regret at missing this opportunity of meeting her children. She sent her best wishes to all and hoped all her blossomed flowers were safe and well.
To make the culture and tradition of yoga alive, International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21 June. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga is not a religion, it’s a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body.
The current students of the school welcomed the alumni with great zeal. As part of the celebration, a step-wise description anddemonstration of various yoga aasanaswas given by the Physical Education teachers of the school.
The session was an invigorating one, enabling all to experience their innerenergies becoming exuberant and ecstatic.
“Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
To stay strong and be strong it is important to build up our immunity. In the pursuit of the same, International Yoga Day was celebrated with our tiny tots of Pre-Primary on 21st June’21 on the digital platform.
This year’s theme was “staying fit at home”. The students participated in Yoga sessions with great enthusiasm and energy.
The teachers helped the children understand how yoga helps them in their daily lives in maintaining physical fitness. It was indeed a pleasure to see the children showcasing an energetic and spirited performance!
“Adopted the New Normal- Challenges and its after effects”, yet another important theme was addressed to the students by the senior counsellor Ms Bhupinder Kaur. Separate sessions were conducted in grades VIII and IX.
First of all the children were apprised about how important it is that every individual adopted the new normal andcopedwith the Covid-19 situation. Was it for the betterment or worse? Children were invited to give their insights on same. The most worrisome part of virtual classes is that children begin to spend lot of time playing online games,which not only affects their regular schedule, but also the physical and psychological health.
Some of the negative points of being at home all the time are reduced physical activity, getting up late in the morning,reduced attention and social connections, declined academic performance, poor self-esteem and too much exposure to social media. The children were advised to equip themselves with indoor activities like meditation, breathing control exercises or playing & spending time with family and siblings, also do video call when they miss their friends and extended families. They were strictly told to not watch or play games that depict violent behaviour.
With the interactive sessionthe children realized that they could relate with their own selves and got encouraged to change their life style for the better.
A session with grade VI girls on the topic “Know About Yourself- The Puberty” was taken by the senior counsellor-Ms Bhupinder Kaur. The young girls were familiarised with the concept of puberty. The session made them aware about certain physical changes that happen internally and externally and how to cope and adapt with the changes. Puberty can be confusing and an awkward time for girls. Most children begin to experience large growth spurts around the age of eleven.
Girls were guided about the onset of menstruation, a sign of normal, healthy reproductive process that often occurs close to the age of thirteen. Girls were advised not to panic or get worried and seek correct information from the guardians, parents, teachers or counsellors and to not depend on media that may lead to misleading and wrong information. Few parents also attending the workshop were told to empathize and reassure their daughters that it is a normal phase of growth and development that every woman goes through.
At the end, girls were guided on how to maintain personal hygiene and to monitor the menstruation cycle by maintaining a diary or marking through calendar. The inquisitive girls expressed their fears, doubts and anxieties in the Q/A round. The parents appreciated the efforts taken by the school for arranging such sessions for girls and looked forward for more sessions with the parents on need-based topic.
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.”
Stress, pressure, anxiety have become an integral and inseparable part of everyone’s life today, be it children or adults, all the more so in this time of pandemic. Constantly living under stress can have serious repercussions on the mental, emotional, physical and even social well-being of a person. Hence, coping with negative pressure and stress is very imperative to leading a happy, healthy, peaceful and meaningful life.
We were very fortunate and honoured that our beloved Founder and Chairperson, Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George, arranged a session for grade XII children with Ms. Jayshree Mehta, an independent consultant and life-skills trainer. She commenced the session by explaining what anxiety is and how the cycle of anxiety works. Stating that one can not just wish stress away, she shared strategies to cope with it. Talking about Neuro-plasticity, she informed that the brain is continuously evolving. To keep it alert we need to challenge it.
Her workshop deconstructed the heavy concepts surrounding behavioural studies into useful guidelines and accessible knowledge. The tips provided during the session to transform distress into eustress were practical and worth implementing.
“Girls are unprepared for puberty and have largely negativity to this transition. Girls feel they lack the information and readiness to cope with the onset of menstruation”.
Health and Wellness Department of Shalom Hills International School organized a workshop for girls of classes IV and V in two different sessions, on the topic “Puberty”, through Virtual Platform, Microsoft Teams.
The session was conducted by the Middle Wing Counselor Ms. Kristna. In the beginning she asked children about their knowledge and awareness on the topic to make them feel comfortable. Next, she explained things that are shown in the television advertisements regarding the sanitary pads. The session was an interactive one and the resource person ensured that every student present there actively participated in the discussion for better understanding on the topic and accepts any physical or emotional change gracefully. She emphasized that such changes occur in every girl’s life and is a natural science for everyone to accept and behave accordingly. One should love the fact that growing is inevitable and it’s a part of every girl’s journey towards a beautiful life.
Following Tips were given to the children for understanding growth and accepting it with grace and dignity:
1. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development.”
2. The age of breast development is at the age of 8 to 10 yrs.
3. Adolescents should be comfortable to discuss things with their mothers and teachers and seek advises from time to time.
4. Being educated about puberty gives confidence in dealing with it.
5. Accepting physical change is very important.
6. It’s a natural change so one should be prepared for it.
7. Unnecessary discussion and worrying should be avoided.
8. Talking to teachers in school and mothers at home to be done personally.
9. Puberty can start early in some while late in some.
10. Getting educated on this topic will help girls to remain calm.
The children responded positively towards the change in growth and development. They asked many questions which were answered by the counselor.
Viral hepatitis affects more than 325 million people around the world. World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public highlighting the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO's Global hepatitis report. Shalomites of Grade 6 actively participated in talking about the reasons, number, causes and precautions related to Hepatitis. They majorly focused on the hard-earned resolutions by the scientists to control this and how precautions are better than cure. This was followed by the health tip majorly focusing on keeping the liver healthy and being hygienic. They also perorated about the 2020 theme of World Hepatitis Day – ‘Finding the Missing Millions’ as the world is a global village and each one of us is connected to each other’s existence; without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. Be aware. Stay safe .
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An online workshop on ‘Negative Impact of Social Media’ was conducted by the senior counsellor for the students of VII. While familiarizing the children with the various social networking sites like Snap chats, Face book, You tube, their negative impacts were highlighted- like acquiring hate speech, decrease in interpersonal skills, risk of identity theft, cyber bullying- and its emotional implications. Influencers, celebrities take advantage of their young and impressionable audience by creating a false sense of trust for their own benefit by promoting wrong ideology of their life being the perfect one or by promoting accessories which you do not need (for e.g merchandise). Few tips on how to stay safe online were also shared like to never share personal details and information, to be vigilant and watch out for phishing and scam, think before posting and to be aware of whom they are talking to, also to follow privacy norms before signing into any social site. They were also apprised about the various dangerous signs that should not be ignored, for e.g if someone tries to insist on having address or contact no, if the person emails objectionable pictures or asks them to post/ email their own pictures, tries to convince to keep the chats secret and asks them to meet without parents’ consent. Children showed their interest and shared their experiences in during the discussion.
An online workshop on Anti-Bullying was conducted for the students of grade VIII by the Senior Counsellor during life skill classes. Bullying is commonly found at every place, not only in schools but at home, in relationships, in playground, workplaces, cyber space etc. Hence it becomes important for the young children to be informed about its types, causes, effects and how to