Sports play a great role in improving and maintaining health and fitness. Sports are very important for developing a healthy and strong body. Playing various sports helps the children learn about teamwork, leadership skills, builds their self- confidence and prepares the children to face life challenges. Sports Meet for grades I, II, IV and V was organised in the month of September’23. The students were excited to take part in the various sports activities that had been planned for them. There were four different games in which the students had to compete. Various events like relay race, ball throw, 50m dash and skating competition were organised for the students. The children showed team-spirit and were encouraging each other to perform well in order to win the different events. The children were full of enthusiasm and each child participated in all the four events. The students also enjoyed participating in the skating activity. Each student was given two chances to try and improve his or her score. The sports day was enjoyed by all the students. It was a day filled with sportsmanship, enthusiasm and memories to cherish.
शैलोम हिल्स इंटरनेशनल स्कूल में १४ सितंबर २०२३ को हिंदी दिवस के उपलक्ष्य में विशेष प्रार्थना सभा का आयोजन किया गया। इस प्रार्थना सभा में कक्षा पहली व दूसरी के विद्यार्थियों ने प्रार्थना सभा में भाषण, रोल प्ले, नृत्य, प्रार्थना गीत, नुक्कड़ नाटक, नारा एवं कविता के द्वारा हिंदी भाषा के महत्व एवं विकास को बताने का प्रयास किया व अपनी राजभाषा की उन्नति व विकास में सहयोग देने का प्रण लिया।
सभी विद्यार्थियों ने रंग-बिरंगी वेशभूषा में हिंदी दिवस की प्रार्थना सभा में भाग लिया और सभी ने पूरे उत्साह एवं उमंग के साथ हर गतिविधि में अपना पूरा योगदान दिया। विद्यार्थियों ने उत्साहपूर्वक अनेक कक्षा क्रियाकलाप भी किए व अपनी राजभाषा हिंदी के महत्व से अवगत हुए। कक्षा पहली व दूसरी के विद्यार्थियों ने हिंदी दिवस की प्रार्थना सभा में भाग लेकर हिंदी दिवस आयोजन को सफल बनाया।
The school premises came alive with enthusiasm and cultural fervour on August 28,2023 as the students of Shalom Hills International School celebrated Sanskrit Day under the guidance and blessings of their dearest MD ma’am . The students from grades VI to X participated passionately in a cornucopia of events that were organized for the occasion.
The day commenced with a soulful 'Guru Vandana' as a mark of respect to the teachers who imparted knowledge of Sanskrit to the students. A demonstration of Yogasana postures, a practice deeply rooted in Sanskrit tradition showcased the physical and mental benefits of this ancient practice. Essential facts about Sanskrit were shared by well-informed students, shedding light on the language's profound impact on literature, philosophy, and science. One remarkable aspect highlighted during the event was the growing relevance of Sanskrit in the realm of computer programming. The event reached its conclusion with a serene 'Shanti Path,' symbolizing a harmonious end to the celebrations.
‘Harder the Focus, Higher the Freedom; Deeper the Faith, Defter the Foundation’
Focus was elevated and freedom was celebrated by the Shalomites through the week from 08.08.23 to 14.08.23 to honour the events of Independence Day and Founder’s Day. The week was well designed with a series of activities for the students of grade 1 to 5 to take part in and recount the success of dedication and hard -work. Shalomites brightly shone on the verge of creativity to partake in Creative Board Decoration with the theme of Vande Matram Utsav, the ambers of confidence and faith echoed in Declamation participation on SHALOM FIRST, ALWAYS FIRST, Poster Making activity captivating the skills of enthusiasm and patriotism with NATION FIRST, ALWAYS FIRST, History Challenge based on the theme of India’s Freedom movement and an engaging Quiz related to Independence day and Founder’s Day whirling through the take away activity with hanging craft on Independence day planted the seeds of cemented memories of freedom struggle, prized liberty and perseverance. Grade 1 and 2 also had poetry recitations on the theme of Independence day. Another glorious time for Shalomites to shower their love and warmth for their nation to empower the dignity and worth of our hard-earned freedom and to honour the golden memories, glowing success and roaring inception of Shalom Hills group of school.
“Creativity about life, in all aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
The students of grade V participated in EVS -1 “Tribal Glory” activity conducted in class on 24th July, 2023. The objective of the activity was to promote cultural awareness and understanding among students by immersing them in the diverse traditions of tribes from the Equatorial Zone, Frigid Zone, and Temperate Zone. The students enthusiastically participated in the activity and were encouraged to conduct thorough research on their chosen tribe to gain insight into their customs, rituals, lifestyle, and adaptations to their respective environments. They creatively used props, placards, and even crafted handmade weapons to add authenticity to their presentations. They eloquently spoke about the tribe's geographical location, cultural practices, and interactions with their environment.
The activity not only encouraged students to learn about diverse cultures but also enhanced their research, public speaking, and creative skills and further, fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation for the unique heritage of each tribe.
Every year, July 14 is celebrated as "La Fête Nationale" (The National Celebration) of France. Also known as The Bastille Day, the day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which is regarded as a pivotal event in the French Revolution.
Keeping the same spirit alive at SHIS, the National Day of France was celebrated on July 14, 2023. The students were shown a video related to the significance of this day. Based on the video, they were asked to solve the questions reflected during the video. They enjoyed watching the clip and learned the significance simultaneously. It was a cheerful start to the day. The day went on with several other activities like ‘Hangman – vocabulary game’ based on the country’s politics and administrative system ,group song etc. followed by a quiz based on National France Day- (badges and a golden star on the performance chart were given to the students answered correctly)
“Future is in our hand, protect the trees, preserve the land.”
Van Mahotsav, a week-long festival of tree plantation is organized every year in Shalom Hills. Our inspiration and ever encouraging source behind these celebrations is our Founder and Chairperson ma’am, Dr. Lilly George. She has always encouraged the young Shalomites to be eco warriors. Our school premises are also integrated with ecofriendly practices. The first day celebrations began with a PPT, videos and facts on ‘Van Mahotsav- its importance, origin and need that was shown to students of Grade I to V on the 3rd of July. On the 2 nd day, grade I and III students participated in ‘Plantation Drive’ where each student brought a sapling to the school and later planted it in the school garden. Grade II students indulged in Slogan writing. Grade IV engaged in Mind Map activity to know the importance of forests in our life. Students of grade V presented “Waste Management” as their holiday homework.
On the 3 rd day, students of grade I learnt leaf printing. Grade II engaged in poster making activity. Grade III and IV did Green March and Oath taking activity respectively. Grade V participated in ‘Plantation Drive”. On the 4 th day, students of grade I and III discussed their holiday homework (Grade I-Fallen leaves types and Grade III- Growing a plant from stem, root or leaves). Students of grade II engaged in coaster making activity. Grade IV participated in ‘Plantation Drive” where as students of grade V performed a role play on famous environmentalists. The culmination of the week-long Van Mahotsav celebrations was done with the help of an Intra class Poster Making competition by grade I students. ‘Plantation Drive’ by grade II students. Grade III and V engaged in Slogan writing and Oath taking activity respectively. Collages of different types of leaves were presented by grade IV students as their holiday homework.
Vanmahotsav, also known as Tree Plantation Day, is an annual celebration in India aimed at raising awareness about the importance of trees and promoting a greener environment. Van Mahotsav celebrations involve various activities such as tree planting ceremonies, rallies, seminars, and awareness campaigns. Government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), schools, and citizens actively participate in planting saplings in parks, public spaces, schools, and other suitable areas. As a part of ‘Vanmahotsav’ celebration initiated by ‘Directorate School Education’ Panchkula a plantation drive was conducted in Shalom Hills International School ,Gurugram on July 7 by the young and enthusiastic Shalomites.
The students planted the ‘Triveni’ -Neem, Peepal and Banyan trees in the school playground and surrounding areas. These trees were planted primarily by the students born in the July month while the others also pledged to plant a tree on their birthday. The activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the students. It served as an eye-opening session, inspiring students to take part in more such activities.
Trees are the Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”- Rabindranath Tagore. A special assembly on ‘Van Mahotsav- The Festival of Trees’ was conducted by class 5 A on 4.07.2023 with the motto to spread the message of Importance of Trees.
The assembly began with the lord’s prayer followed by Hindi shloka, mission and vision, thought and news headlines. The students showcased their skills through a speech, a poem and a song highlighting the importance of trees and their socio-economic effects. The message on ill effects of deforestation and its consequences on loss of biodiversity, climate change, soil erosion etc. were addressed by the students during the assembly.
The curiosity to learn and the will to change were clearly seen in the children during the programme. As always said, “Its better late than never!”There is no perfect timing to do anything. It’s you who makes the present timing perfect and implements things.
The program culminated with the rendition of the Shalom anthem followed by the National Anthem.
An Essay writing competition on the topic ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ was held at Shalom Hills International School on May 15 , 2023. It was organized by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board. The event witnessed active participation from students across grades IX to XII, showcasing their creativity, knowledge, and dedication towards addressing environmental issues. It commenced with taking of pledge on ‘Mission Life’ ,an initiative by Prime Minister ,Narendra Modi followed by writing of insightful and informative essays by the students. The essay competition was a significant step towards creating consciousness and empowering students to be active contributors in the fight against pollution. The competition raised awareness among students about the importance of combating pollution and promoting sustainable practices. The activity proved to be an informative one for the students.
Travel expands the horizons and school life cannot be complete without the fun of educational tours and excursions. Shalom Hills International School meticulously planned an excursion, Rocksport Residential Program for grades VI and VII from 21st May to 23rd May 2023 at Rocksport, Jim Corbett. This adventure camp provided a great platform to the students to unleash their inner strength and imbibe new skills. Each day at camp was customized to bring out different aspects of a child’s personality and hone them. The first day expended in picking up the camping dos and don’ts followed by two days of fun, frolic inculcating patience and love for nature. Day long activities such as Body Surfing, Zip Line , Bonfire and other camp activities kept the children engaged throughout the day. The most interesting part of the trip was the 50 km long Jungle Safari. Students were able to spot various wild animals and felt very connected with nature. The camp was duly supervised by school teachers and professional instructors from Rocksport.
“Awards are a way to encourage good behaviour and inculcate competitive spirit.”
Shalom Hills International School in its extreme glory and grandeur, held the Scholar Badge Ceremony on 18 th May, 2023 for classes III-VI. The event was held to celebrate the achievement of meritorious students of the Primary Wing and to felicitate young scholars for their academic excellence for the session 2022-23. Through her compassion and understanding our dearest MD Ma’am has created a nurturing environment where each Shalomite feels safe, valued and motivated to excel. Shalom Hills has always encouraged inclusivity, respect and cultural diversity promoting an atmosphere of harmony, acceptance and holistic development. The function commenced with the event prayer followed by the shloka. The students were felicitated, with scholar badges, by Principal ma’am Ms. Ruchi Bhatia, Vice-Principal ma’am Senior Ms. Anita Bhutani and Vice- Principal ma’am Primary Ms. Swastika Acharya. Principal Ma’am applauded the accomplishment of the young scholars and inspired them to continue to work diligently so as to reach the pinnacle of success. The achievers were praised for living up to the expectations of their parents and were thanked for making the school proud. The enthusiasm and triumphant spirit of the young scholars could be seen and felt when they were felicitated with the scholar badges. The ceremony ended with the singing of the Shalom anthem and the National anthem. The Scholar Badge Ceremony was a grand success which showcased not only the academic excellence of the students but also served as a testament of the students’ dedication, perseverance and love for learning.
“The best education you’ll get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.”
Education is limitless; not restricted to classrooms anymore. With this thought in mind Shalom Hills International School methodically planned an excursion , Rocksport Residential Program for grades VIII & IX from 15th May to 19th May 2023 at Rocksport, Mussoorie. It helped them broaden their perspective and gave them an engaging educational experience. During the course of the program, students performed adventure activities, explored nature, visited villages to get a taste of rural lifestyle and live independently, becoming self-reliant. To make it an unforgettable experience, the team of rock sporters encouraged the students to stay in Swiss tents and cottages. The program witnessed enthusiastic participation across a plethora of adventurous activities, including rock climbing, rappelling, water trekking and raft building. The activities at camp helped students to overcome their fear of water. They forged through the natural stream and built their own raft and paddled it on the artificially created waterbody. They trekked through the undulating terrain and learned survival skills. It gave them a chance to appreciate the calmness and beauty of nature. It also promoted the habit of an active lifestyle. The tour concluded with a prize distribution ceremony followed by music and dance. Tokens of appreciation were given to the best campers, best journal writers and the best team. The students had a joyful and enriching experience, they thoroughly enjoyed the immersive tour experience.
`True happiness involves the use of one`s power and Talents`
John W. Gardener penned the above quotation highlighting the importance of a special skillset in an individual which symbolizes their uniqueness. Instilling the
hearts of Shalomites with passion and giving them a distinguished platform to showcase their talent, the Talent Hunt Activity was conducted on 16 th May 2023. Students of grades I to V were invited to showcase their talent in front of their peers. Shalomites utilized this opportunity to bring out the best in them through a variety of artful demonstrations which included singing, dancing, dramatics, magical tricks, painting, solving mathematical equations in less time and much more.
The activity helped to develop confidence in the students and enhance their presentation skills. It also promoted a sense of respect for individual`s potentials and talents. Students got an opportunity to explore their passions and nourish them among the presence of their peers. It was a fantabulous display of adroitness possessed by the students.
“In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, Mind that was weary is at ease, as new rhythms in the soul begin.”
Travel expands the horizons and school life cannot be complete without the fun of educational tours and excursions. Shalom Hills International School meticulously planned an excursion , Rocksport Residential Program for grades X & XI from 12th May to 16th May 2023 at Rocksport , Nainital Hills.
Rocksport Residential Program is an experiential learning holiday for school students. As nature keeps us grounded, obstacles make us perseverant, adventure makes us tough; at Rocksport Programs, these three forces combine to unleash the X factor in children and give them a power packed experience that pushes them to challenge themselves, enhance their confidence and acquire new skills.
This adventure camp provided a great platform to the students to unleash their inner strength and imbibe new skills. Each day at camp was customized to bring out different aspects of a child’s personality and hone them. The first day expended in picking up the camping dos and don’ts followed by three days of fun, frolic inculcating patience and love for nature. Day long activities such as rock climbing, rope walking, guerrilla warfare, treasure hunt were undertaken. The most interesting part of the trip was trekking to Naina peak, a 13 km uphill and downhill walk along the mountainous terrain. The camp was duly supervised by school teachers and professional instructors from Rocksport.
The trip culminated with prize distribution to the winning team members, best tent inhabitants, best campers and the children reaching home safely. The outing helped to expand students' learning beyond the school with an element of camaraderie and amusement.
Mother's Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the immense love and affection that they have showered on the child. It is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy by organizing many activities to pay respect to the lovely mothers.
To celebrate Mother’s Day and to make all mothers feel special, class I, II and III students did an activity of card making and Class IV and V students made a small flower bouquet on Mother’s Day. The children made a beautiful card and a small flower bouquet showcasing their creative side and lots and lots of affection for their mother. They expressed their gratitude by writing a note of thanks and expressing their feelings and emotions. The students also had the opportunity to use their imaginative and artistic side while making the card.
`IT IS THE LABOUR INDEED THAT PUTS THE DIFFERENCE ON EVERYTHING. `
With the essence of the above quotation, students at Shalom Hills International School were apprised of the importance of support staff and their constant contribution to bring a difference to unfold the school`s versatility. The school premises gleamed with the laughter of its support staff on International Labour Day celebration.
On May 1, 2023 the support staff witnessed a splendid celebration at school. The male staff teamed to play a Football match while the female support staff showcased their strength at Tug O War.
Gratitude cards were prepared by students to honour and acknowledge the role of Didi`s and Bhaiyas. Special class assembly was also conducted by students where they presented beautiful handcrafted cards to their favourite support staff members.
The celebration explored a beautiful aspect in the lives of students and the school`s support staff. The students realized the importance of each person`s job in and out of a workplace. They also got a praiseworthy platform to express their gratitude to their special care takers.
Sustainability is the path to prosperity for humanities.
Earth Day is celebrated around the world with a beautiful message - “Our continuing efforts in our everyday lives will make this beautiful planet thrive.”
Earth Day is a proof that even one person can make a global impact in a positive way. Reflecting on the same, under the guidance and support of our far- sighted and committed Founder and Chairperson Dr. (Mrs.) Lilly George, Shalom Hills International School celebrated “The Earth Day” with great enthusiasm and excitement through a series of activities on 21 st April. The whole school, whether it was the students, support staff, teachers, guards, admin staff or helpers took part in this “Go- Green initiative.”
A beautiful art exhibit of posters and slogans prepared by students from different grades were demonstrated to sensitize the children about the conservation of natural resources and to motivate them to do their bit towards making their planet even more beautiful. They also expressed their views on sustainability and planet protection through interesting speeches laying special emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals as they are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They addressed the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. MD ma’am’s presence on the special occasion of Earth day celebration inspired the students a lot. She addressed them on the importance of afforestation , need for everyone to put together their efforts and get into action, in protecting our environment and administered a pledge to reiterate the principle of the 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle . The students were reminded of simple doable actions towards safe Mother Earth.
“Our continuing efforts in our everyday lives will make this beautiful planet thrive.”
Earth Day is an annual celebration that honours the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. It is a proof that even one person can make a global impact in a positive way. Echoing the same, Shalom Hills International School celebrated “The Earth Day” through a series of activities on 21st April. The whole school, whether it was the students, support staff, teachers, guards, admin staff or helpers took part in this “Go- Green initiative” .The students were reminded of simple doable actions towards safe ‘Mother Earth’. Students planted saplings to curb global warming. An array of creative events like poster making, slogan writing and monologue competitions were conducted with a view to sensitize the children about the conservation of natural resources and to motivate them to do their bit towards making their planet even more beautiful. World Earth Day also serves as a reminder of the urgent need to address environmental challenges such as climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. The event encourages people to take action at the individual level, such as reducing their carbon footprint and adopting sustainable practices, as well as at the societal level, such as advocating for policy changes and supporting environmental initiatives. It’s our home, our planet, and we need to repair the damage we have caused.
Storytelling has been an integral part of social and cultural activity. It is regarded as one of the simplest and most engaging means of entertainment and education;
it not only sparks learning, but is fun too.
An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grade I to V on 25th April 2023. The activity demonstrated the art of creating a story, layering new ideas to build a vibrant story of characters and their lives, which inspire others. By weaving their own imagination, children infused life in their fictitious characters and turned classrooms into the real backgrounds through their vivid descriptions. The key words like precious, wastage, conservation, invaluable, planet, impurities, droplets, etc. were shared with the students to weave their story.
The entire classes were profusely enamored with each story and students generously applauded their classmates. It was bliss, watching children expressing their ideas and imagination in such a colorful way.
Place value is the basis of our entire number system. It provides the foundation for regrouping, multiple-digit multiplication as well as a starting point for the understanding of other base systems.It is how we can compare numbers; line up numbers vertically; make sense of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division with larger numbers.
To inculcate its importance in our young Shalomites, a fun-filled activity “Find My Place” was conducted in all sections of grade III. It was a group activity. There were 4 students in each group. Students were asked to pick any one number card and to form the greatest and smallest number with those number cards. After framing the numbers, they had to find the place of each digit and had to take position at their appropriate places. Students were also asked different questions to reinforce the concept of numbers and numeration like their successor or predecessor, place value or face value, odd or even etc. Students were very excited and enthusiastically participated in the activity. It was really a fun filled activity.
In Shalom Hills International School we believe in nurturing and fostering social awareness among students. A highly purposeful and beneficial boot camp with Techradiance was conducted online from 17 th April to 21 st April 2023 for grades IV to XII.
Python, Artificial-Intelligence & Code with Robot were taught in the bootcamp. It was a practical hands-on session which proved to be a golden opportunity for the children in terms of knowledge enhancement. They got to work on live projects under the guidance of an Industrial expert.
Some highlights of the workshop are:
High-quality Live training
Chance to perform in International Championship
A certificate of participation was given to each and every participant.
The bootcamp proved to be an inspiring and enlightening one for the students.
“Water sustains all.” – Thales of Miletus
Water scarcity is one of the serious concerns for countries across the world. A poster making activity was conducted in school as an initiative to make people understand the importance of water and how can we avoid making it polluted. The activity was a part of Jal Sansad wherein the students created beautiful and informative posters for the society and took oaths to preserve water and spread awareness to minimize its wastage.
According to a report by NITI Aayog , if methods for water conservation in India were not adopted, another 20 cities including Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad, would run out of groundwater in the next few years.
The only solution to avoid this grim situation is to adopt universal methods of water conservation, which could be replicated across households. During the activity methods of water conservation were discussed too. It was a great learning experience for the students.
“Our continuing efforts in our everyday lives will make this beautiful planet thrive.”
As a step towards inspiring, educating, and motivating children to act, a special assembly was held on 19th April to commemorate Earth Day. Earth Day has not only had a positive impact on the environment globally, but it has also played a significant role at the local level.
The assembly began with the Lord’s prayer followed by Hindi shloka, Shalom Mission, and Vision, thought for the day, school pledge, and news headlines.The young eco-crusaders made everyone aware of some startling facts about Reusing, Recycling, Repairing and Re-Thinking to preserve the green planet. They presented thought-provoking speeches and poems aimed at sensitizing students about the importance of trees and encouraging them to help conserve Mother Earth by planting trees and preventing deforestation.
This was followed by a soulful dance dedicated to our blue planet. Students also highlighted instances of the declining health of our planet through placards.The assembly concluded with the thought that ‘Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.’
‘Today a reader tomorrow a leader’
Read-a-thon” activity was held for class II students. This activity was conducted in all the sections of class II. The aim of the activity was to improve the reading and writing skills of the children.
In this activity children made beautiful bookmarks and got their favorite story book to school. The students read the stories confidently in the class. Students were excited to read as well as share their story with others. The teachers encouraged the students to read every day and told them the importance of reading and how it helps in improving reading as well as writing skills.
All children appreciated and applauded the creativity of each other when they made their personalized bookmarks and put them in their story books. This activity was amazingly performed by all the children.
School assemblies help in building a culture of communication and representation of academic and co-curricular activities. The topics given for the assembly were
‘National Pet Day’ and ‘Gratitude’. Students of grade V B commenced the day’s Special Assembly with Lord’s Prayer that filled eveyone’s hearts with gratitude and humility followed by Hindi shloka, Shalom Mission, and Vision, thought, school pledge and news headlines.
Students spoke about the history and importance of National Pet Day. Through their poems and speeches the children raised awareness among the students
about the importance of animal welfare. ‘Gratitude’ was another important topic on which the students spoke. A few students spoke about how Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions and helps build strong relationships. Children expressed gratitude towards their grand-parents and elders for looking after them. They expressed it through short poems and songs.
Health is wealth. Keeping this in mind the students did some yoga exercises under the guidance of the sports teachers. There was a short speech on moral values.
The assembly concluded with the singing of the Shalom anthem and the National anthem.
The students of Class V A of SHIS conducted a special Assembly on 6 th April 2023 on “Easter” with high spirits and festive fervor. Easter is a holy festival celebrated to mark and commemorate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. The young Shalomites commenced the day’s Special Assembly with Lord’s Prayer that filled eveyone’s hearts with gratitude and humility followed by Hindi shloka, Shalom Mission, and Vision, thought, school pledge and news headlines.
The assembly was attended by students of Class III to V .The students of Class V A wholeheartedly presented a special song on Easter. They also mesmerized the audience with their melodious voices. The students articulated their views on the special day and acquainted their friends and schoolmates with the historic and symbolic importance of Easter. The students also highlighted the importance of Easter egg and enlightened the students about its relevance to new life.
At the end of the special assembly, the students proclaimed the good news of our Lord’s resurrection and spread Lord Christ’s message of hope, renewal, and new life. The moral value on confidence was also instilled through the special class assembly. These values will help in shaping students’ attitudes and beliefs towards various aspects of life and will provide them with a unique perspective.
A grand finale ceremony took place in the month of February to mark the culmination of the different skills clubs. Each skill club showcased the best of what the students had learnt throughout the year. The inherent talent of the students was nurtured through a plethora of activities integrated in the school curriculum.
In the English Literary Club, grade 5 students presented a synopsis of parts of speech. Grade 3 students presented famous works of Ruskin Bond. Students of grade 4 enacted a few lines from an important Shakespeare play ‘The Tempest’. Students also presented self- created stories with props as well as self- composed poems.
In Science club, students of grade 5 exhibited their knowledge by performing different science experiments. Grade 4 students demonstrated live experiments of the working of lungs as well as an iodine test to detect the presence of starch in different food items.
Grade 3 students performed experiments related to core density. Eco warriors of the Eco Club in grade 5 presented important facts on how to stop pollution and different ways to keep our planet clean and green. Grade 4 and 3 students explained important topics like energy and water conservation and importance of birds as environmental indicators.
In the Heritage Club, grade 5 students performed folk and classical dances. Grade 4 and 3 students did a story session with puppets from different states. In the Math Skill Club, grade 5 students presented a skit on profit and loss as well as displayed jewellery using different geometrical designs. In grade 4 students presented Rangometry and its use in daily life. They also sang a math rap on ‘Angles’. Grade 3 students gave a presentation of the concept of time and fractions.
In the Hindi Skill Club, grade 5 students presented a skit on cleanliness through ‘Nukkad Natak’. Grade 3 and 4 students presented Hindi Samvad Vachan emphasising the delivery of Hindi dialogues with expressions and voice modulation. Children of grade 3-5 showcased their art work in the art skill club and explained the different techinques that were used by them.
In Computers skill club, students of grade 5 shared their knowledge on various softwares like AutoDraw, Scratch, Thunkable and Podcasts. Grade 4 and 3 students showcased their knowledge of SWAY Presentation, Canva, Paint 3 D and MS Word. The students participated with great enthusiasm in all the skill club activities.
Sports Vito was celebrated with sky-high passion and vivacity by grade III students
No sooner had steps stopped stomping, than the palms went united with thunderous claps…… Such glaring view was witnessed when the Sports Vito was organised from 23 rd February-25th February ’23 with joy by grade III students of Shalom Hills International School, Gurugram.
The display of sporty colours rang as the brisky steps rolled on the beats of Chale Jaise Hawaein ... succeeded by the presence of alignment of footsteps transparently seen with the jingling of Rang De Basanti…... The students were excited and happy to participate in the different events.
The focused yogik self of kids, the enthusiastic swinging of body movements and the stiffness of mind and posture with karate were showcased by the little masters. The breeze of patriotism blew through the hearts with the crowd singing of Vande Mataram followed by Yoga, fun-filled sports activities, tunnel races, Basketball event and Cricket event organised for the parents and students.
The event ended with the splendid echoes of Shalom anthem followed by the glorious National anthem. The Vice-principal Ms. Swastika Acharya thanked everyone for their presence and support and congratulated the students for their performances.
It is essential to have some computer knowledge early on in our lives so that we get to appreciate its benefits and get to properly use the computer to its full
potential. In order to test the knowledge of basic concepts, Computer Science Quiz competition was organized among the finalists for Classes III-V from 22 nd to 27 th February, 2023. Quizzes have always been a motivator to study harder. The first round of the quiz was conducted through MS Forms. Then the final round was conducted in an interactive manner amongst four teams where students answered the questions with eagerness and confidence. The involvement of the students was outstanding. The competition commenced with the declaration of rules and regulations of competition followed by various rounds like Test your knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Observe and Identify and Aptitude Test. All the contestants along with the audience enthusiastically gave the answers. The aim of conducting the quiz was to make young minds aware about the basic concepts of Computer Science. The competition among the students was very tough but, in the end, the most deserving candidates became the winners. It was altogether a thrilling and fruitful event for all.
Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor. In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art. Math is all around us, in everything we do. Math skills are important life skills and teach us to think independently. In order to develop interest among students towards this discipline, a Math Quiz III-V was conducted among the finalists of Math Aptitude final round participants on 10th , 13th and 14th February 2023. The quiz was based on the different concepts of measurements, Logical reasoning, mental math and patterns etc. There were four rounds in the quiz. Each round had its own rules with questions of ten marks. There was no negative marking for the wrong answer.
All the students participated with full enthusiasm. The Quiz was indeed challenging, and a true learning experience for the participants.
Quiz competitions are an interactive platform where students participate to gain knowledge and seek opportunities to excel beyond academics. To test the knowledge of the basic concepts, Science quiz competition was organized among the finalists of Science Aptitude Test for classes III to V on 6 th ,7 th and 8 th February, 2023.
The final round was presented in an interactive manner where students answeredthe questions with enthusiasm and confidence. The involvement of the students was remarkable. The competition commenced with the declaration of the rules and regulations of the competition. Various rounds conducted were: Worksheet,observation and an audio-visual round. All the contestants showed their skills and gave spontaneous answers. The aim of conducting the quiz was to make the young minds understand, analyze, organize and synthesize the scientific concepts in a meaningful way. The competition among the students was very tough but in the end the most deserving candidates became the winners. It was altogether a thrilling and fruitful event for all.
Initiated by the Health & Wellness department, the Anti-Bullying Squad of senior wing proactively participated in various activities to control bullying. The squad visited all the sections of VI, VII & VIII to sensitize the children about the harmful impact of Bullying. Through role plays & enactment, the squad highlighted the important aspects of bullying like verbal aggression, physical conflicts and cyber bullying and how to develop self-control and empathy in one-self to manage bullying incidents. They also shared the psychological consequences like isolation, depression, school with-drawl, self-harm, disinterest in school activities, reduced concentration and performance. It is important to teach the Bully and the Bullied the difference between Assertive/Active & Passive Aggression, Self-control and Empathy.
The young members of the squad made efforts to make the school “Bully free school” and to teach their peers to transform from “A Bully to Buddy”.
The Health & Wellness department of senior wing organized a workshop on Examination stress and Coping strategies for senior grade students. The aim of
the workshop was to reduce stress faced by students during exam time. The points covered during the workshop were: What does exam stress feel like? Why studying for exams can be a challenging task and stressful experience and coping strategies to reduce stress.
During the interactive session, the students shared their opinions on why they get nervous and panic. To reduce the pressure, they were guided to organize the material and space of studying, not to procrastinate, maintain proper revision schedules, use self-test methods and rate their own performance, and not to study for long hours. To make the study easier, they were advised to make use of mnemonics, flow charts, highlighting of important points, mind maps, chunking & skimming. To counter excessive anxiety they may create an examination environment at home by wearing school uniform and appearing for a 3hrs examination. It is acknowledged that children give the exams happily when there are no over expectations from them and equal time is given to physical and routine activities and care is taken of diet and sleep as well.
As a part of the on-going chapter ‘The Sun and The Solar System’, a follow up activity was planned for grade IV students to augment their understanding of the concept of eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are astronomical events that occur when the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are aligned in a straight line. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon blocks the view of the Sun and casts a shadow on Earth. When the Moon passes directly behind the Earth, into its shadow, a lunar eclipse occurs. The students of grade IV enthusiastically participated in the activity and used creative models/props to support their demonstrations. Students used electric
candle light, bulb and torch to show the Sun as a main source of light in nature. Celestial bodies like Earth and Moon were shown by using plastic balls, clay balls, balloons and paper balls. The students displayed innovative work which helped to build their kinesthetic skills and the objective of ‘learning by doing’ was achieved.
“Without collaborative dialogue, the world cannot converge upon solutions to our problems.”
An activity related to “MUN” was conducted in all sections of grade 5 on 30th and 31st January, 2023. This was an activity done after the completion of the lesson.
The purpose of the model UN is to provide an interactive educational experience that teaches in an interesting and enjoyable way about the United Nations, international relations and diplomacy. It helps participants acquire skills like research, public speaking, debating and writing in addition to critical thinking, teamwork and leadership.
The sessions aimed at informing the students about the agenda and the proceedings.They were asked to research on the agenda “Sustainable Development and Climate Change ‘’ and get an understanding of it. The students played the role of delegates from different countries and attempted to solve real-world problems with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country.
Students become more knowledgeable about these world issues as they explored and researched the topic given to them. This activity not only tests the skills of diplomacy, research and negotiation but also equips the young minds to think about resolving global issues which can make the world a better place to live.
Sports play a great role in improving and maintaining health and fitness. Sports are very important for developing a healthy and strong body. Playing various sports
helps the children learn about teamwork, leadership skills, builds their self- confidence and prepares the children to face life challenges.
Sports Day for grade I-V was organised in the month of Dec-Jan’23. The students were excited to take part in the various sports activities that had been planned for them. There were four different games in which the students had to compete. Grade III, IV and V had events like long jump, relay race, cricket ball throw and 50m dash. Grade I and II had tennis ball throw, long jump, 50 m dash and musical ball. The relay race across all categories had four students in each team. The children showed team-spirit and were encouraging each other to perform well in order to win the race. The children were full of enthusiasm and each child participated in all the four events. The students also enjoyed participating in the long jump activity. Each student was given two chances to try and improve his or her score. The sports day was enjoyed by all the students. It was a day filled with sportsmanship, enthusiasm and memories to cherish.
The 74 th Republic Day was celebrated with pride and reverence at Shalom Hills International School.
The students of Pre-Primary wing actively participated in various creative activities such as –Little chef activity where they prepared a tricolour flag with tri colour fruits and relished it with their friends. They enjoyed colouring in the tri colour head gears. The students also did a craft activity in which they made little soldiers with the help of their teachers.
The children came dressed up in tri colour dresses. In the assembly the children were briefed about the significance of each colour of our national flag where in, Saffron stands for Courage, White stands for Peace and Green stands for Prosperity. All the children actively participated in all these activities, which enhanced their creativity and motor skills. The little Shalomites celebrated the day with great enthusiasm and joy.
It is necessary to understand the intricate relation and interwoven dynamism of varied cultures from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Everything has a beauty, but not
everyone can see it. Since we ourselves are a part of our country, we might not realize the true value of what our country possesses. It is time we understand, recognize, reconnect and rejuvenate the cultures of our country.
A class presentation was held in class V on 24 th and 25 th of January, 2023 in which the students showcased the rich culture, heritage, customs and traditions of different states of India in the form of show and tell.
The students exhibited that our heritage serves as a reminder of our rich history. It is a national treasure as well as a symbol of the civilization's pride. The enthusiastic learners were given an introduction to the meaning of heritage. They researched on the assigned states and presented some astounding facts of their assigned topic. It was an absolute delight to witness such involved participation using power-point presentations, charts, models and much more for an equally captivated audience eager to learn.
Being mindful of our rich heritage provides just the right platform to be more thoughtful about the future. We must instill in our students, the yearning to learn more about our past and culture and to become more responsible and efficient citizens. The activity helped the young people acquire inter-and intra-cultural understanding.
Pariksha Pe Charcha is part of the larger movement - 'Exam Warriors' - led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to create a stress-free atmosphere for youngsters.
Telecast live from Talkatora Stadium, Delhi, the students from VI-XII of Shalom Hills International School witnessed the screening of the sixth edition of "Pariksha pe Charcha", on January 27, 2023. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, replied to students" queries related to exam stress and other issues during the interactions with students, teachers and parents. The session covered some core issues like pressure from parents, how the specially-abled can transform their weakness into their strengths, how average students can enhance their focus and how acceptance of one's caliber is of utmost importance. The PM also spoke about the difference between hard work and smart work by referencing the very famous, thirsty crow fable. He advised the students not to study just for any exam, they should study for knowledge. On being asked about usage of unfair means, he reiterated that there is no shortcut to success. The interactive session was definitely an enriching and inspiring experience for the students. The students felt motivated as they applauded and cheered the solutions suggested during the session.
“The vote is precious. It is the most sacred. It is the most non- violent tool we have in democracy.”
We at Shalom Hills International School not only impart education scholastically but also focus on the overall development of students. Shalomites are the crusaders of our society and educate others with their ethos and values imbibed in them by our socially conscious Founder and Chairperson who is always present as a Guiding Light for the students to be a law abiding citizens of India.
For children, following politics is usually a passive activity, they are young to vote, and it isn’t easy for them to understand the value of vote and their rights. To engage them a week-long campaign - “An Awareness –On Voting Rights” was organized in the school starting from 18 th January.
The following activities were conducted for all the age groups:-
• Voices of young India: Students shared the changes they wish for a vibrant India
• Symbols of India: A visual walkthrough the symbols that make the new India
• Watch and read: Books and movies that celebrate India of the Republic etc.
The Middle school students were asked to customise and design stickers. The young adults were asked to reflect on the importance of voting. The student participants visited all the classrooms and halls to request othe students to vote and sensitize them with the value of voting rights how to become good citizens and shoulder responsibilities. They delivered speeches and raised slogans to influence the audience and inform them of the Importance of the day 25 January which is observed as “National Voter’s Day”.
“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everet
In keeping with its goal to make the children responsible adults, Shalom Hills International School observed Road Safety week from 18 th -23 th January 2023 by
conducting different activities like Street Play, Slogan writing, Essay competition on the Importance of Road Safety. The activities were both entertaining and enlightening. A Street play performed by the students was a great way of learning through doing. The experience created awareness in the children about the importance of road safety and its role in our safety and security.
The basic road safety rules reiterated were:
• Always wear a seat belt
• Avoid distractions
• Do not cross the speed limits
• Follow traffic signals
• Do not drink and drive
• Drive to the left side of the road
• keep to your lane
• Overtake with caution
While these are very common traffic rules, they are also some of the most regularly broken ones. Some of these basic features were highlighted in the activities so that students can understand the rules and regulation which are made for the benefit of common man. The students and teachers pledged to follow all traffic and road safety rules.
A magic show was organised for students of grade IV and V on 29 th December 2022.The show was conducted by Zila Bal Kalyan . The children were excited to see the magic show and they sat patiently to see the magician perform his tricks.
The magician performed many magic tricks like the empty glass trick, the newspaper magic trick as well as joining strings of different lengths to make a whole. Making things disappear and re-appear out of thin air was another thing that impressed everyone. The students kept guessing as to how these tricks worked. All of them could not stop clapping as the magician unfolded his tricks one by one.
The children were delighted and they sat quietly throughout the performance They followed all the instructions of the magician and appreciated his magic with thunderous clapping. The magician also invited students on the stage to show some more tricks. The show ended with the students happy at having seen so many tricks. The magician also gave some tips to the children on how to perform magic tricks on their own. The magic show was a great success and the students enjoyed it a lot.
It is pertinent to note how one experiences mathematical applications in daily life from the time one gets up from bed till one goes to bed at night. Be it a cook or a farmer, a carpenter, a mechanic, a shopkeeper or a doctor, an engineer or a scientist, a musician or a magician, an artist or a tailor, everyone needs math in daily life.
The truth is that we use math all the time!
December 22 nd every year is celebrated as National Mathematics Day to mark the birth anniversary of legendary mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan. Students were apprised about the birth anniversary of a great mathematician followed by a video to know the importance of mathematics in daily life. An activity was conducted in grade 5 in which the students were asked to show the importance of Angles in daily life. Students were asked to make a protractor with the help of paper folding. The students drew pictures to show the use of angles in daily life. They integrated all the subjects into one which was really appreciable. Students enjoyed the activity and participated in it with a lot of enthusiasm.
Mathematics Day, on December 22, celebrates the birth anniversary of India’s famed mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The day’s significance was enhanced with a fun based activity. Grade IV students were introduced to a fun based origami activity called 3D origami activity. During the course of this activity children were given cuttings of different colours of A4 sheets to make a 3 D shape of their own choice. Students made different 3 D shapes like cubes, cuboid, cone, cylinder etc. They also filled the above shapes with waste materials to make the shapes solid. Students took a lot of interest in making the different shapes and they were able to understand the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. The activity was an experiential learning activity which helped to develop the kinesthetic skills of the students. This activity enhanced the artistic skills of the students and made them understand that a 3-dimensional object can look different from different positions and can be drawn from varied perspectives.
“Mathematics gives us hope that every problem has a solution”.
National Mathematics Day is celebrated on 22 nd December to mark the birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a great mathematician who made exemplary contribution to mathematics. The Mathematics day is celebrated with the objective of creating awareness about the importance of mathematics in day to day life situations and also to create student’s interest in studying mathematics. Students of Grade I celebrated this day with full enthusiasm. An activity, ‘Maths About Me’ was planned to make the children understand that we find maths everywhere. They were shown a video related to the topic “Maths in our daily life”. Later children created their own 2D/3D shaped pyramid and cuboid with the help of play dough and ice cream sticks/straws. As a part of the celebration, a video on National Mathematics Day was shown and a Quiz program “Maths ke Khiladi” was conducted in class II. Students in the class were divided into 5 - 6 teams and questions from the quiz were asked. In grade III students played musical chairs using all the four mathematical operations. This activity helped and motivated the students to develop their logical and analytical skills. Children participated with great zeal and enthusiasm in all the activities.
Christmas is a time to give and forgive. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa Claus, the name that is synonymous with Christmas, adds the
special element of innocence, happiness and joy during Christmas celebrations. On 23rd December 2022 the students of grades I-V celebrated Christmas with an array of interesting programs.
Children of grade I participated with great enthusiasm and energy in the Christmas assembly. Children started the assembly with Lord’s Prayer, Pledge and thought of the week. Few children spoke lines on the significance of celebrating Christmas. Later children danced on the song “Jingle Bells Jingle Bells” and they also sang a Carol “Joy to the world”. Grade II students showcased a skit based on the story of Santa Nicholas and added some fun moments by enacting a strike of Elves. The students brilliantly presented melodious Christmas carols which was followed by a joyous and energetic dance. Students of grade III engaged in activities like, Cooking without fire, Santa reasoning and Craft Giveaway that conveyed the learning of being healthy, vigorous and dynamic personas whereas Musical chair, Dance rain, Carve a Christmas song added glee to the festival extravaganza.
Grade IV and V also had a special assembly to celebrate the festival of Christmas. The students of grade V presented a short skit on nativity, enrapturing the audience. The junior choir presented melodious Christmas carols. The children were filled with joy and exhilaration as some children danced to the tune of jingle bells. It made the Christmas assembly more effervescent. Also, it was the best way to celebrate the end of the year and welcome the New Year with outstretched arms. The children carried home the message of sharing and caring as well as the pleasure and pride of spreading peace, true to the spirit of
‘STEAM’ activity of English was conducted in all sections of grade 4. The activity had components of Science, Technology, English, Art and Maths. It was an integrated activity encompassing all the subjects. The topic for the steam activity was ‘Sustainable and Eco- Friendly houses’. The students were divided into groups. Each group had to make a brochure, poster and a solar panel model. The students organized and distributed the work among themselves. Each group took the responsibility of incorporating the steam features in their individual projects. This activity helped the students understand how different subjects are inter-connected as well as the importance of science and maths in the field of technology.
The STEAM activity was a concerted effort to integrate science,maths and art activities to foster communication and collaboration among the students. The activity helped in the reinforcement of concepts learnt. The students displayed good team-work and creativity in the completion of the activity.
An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. The activity a part of Jal Sansad was titled ‘Be Water Wise’. The students were made aware of easy step by step procedures of how to find and fix leaks, measure shower and faucet flow rates and many ways to save water, save energy and save money in and around our homes. The students made flow charts to find out how much water is used in their homes. They also presented methods of saving indoor and outdoor water use as well as ways of saving wastage of water.
Many students enjoyed the activity as it was related to everyday life and by doing simple activities like counting the number of buckets used at home for bathing, cooking, watering plants and mopping the students understood the importance of saving water. The students shared interesting pictures related to the activity. The students showed how one can reuse waste water from the Ro. It can be used to water plants as well as in cleaning the house. Through this activity the students learned that water-saving is a universal responsibility of every person who lives on this Earth. In order to save water, we have to adapt various means that can help in maintaining the level of fresh water on Earth.
Pollution is a significant threat to our environment and is caused by the reckless attitude of man towards nature.
Being aware of pollution is quite mandatory for all the students these days. In order to become a responsible citizen of the world for future generations, every child should know how human activities are leaving an impact on the environment and nature. To sensitize our little Shalomites, poster making activity was conducted in Grade III-V. Students created beautiful posters using their creative imagination and portrayed different ways to save Mother Earth. The posters depicted renewable resources of energy, saving electricity slogans, methods to prevent water and air pollution, use of 3 R’s, conserving flora and fauna etc.
Students enthusiastically participated in the activity as such activities have always been a favoured medium to stimulate and develop creativity within students.
“No water. No life. No blue. No Green”
Contaminated water today has become a big issue which if not dealt with in time, will turn out to be a hazard. To make students aware about importance of pure water, a JaSansad activity was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. The activity was titled ‘Bring home the blue not the flu’. The students were shown a PPT to make them aware about the importance of pure water for our healthy life.
The students discussed different preventive measures about different water borne diseases. Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes. Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost countries' economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction.The students were motivated by this, and they joined hands and took oath to use clean and pure water.
This activity gave them an overview about the importance of pure water for a healthy and happy life.
"The earth reveals its innocence through the smiles of children."
Children are the future, nurture them right, so that they grow up to be able leaders and lead the world towards light. Intending this beautiful thought, Shalom Hills International School left no stone unturned to make Children`s Day the most memorable for its beloved pupils. The school organized a Bal Mela in its premises with innumerable fun activities and awe- inspiring presentations by their mentors. Students turned in, dressed in their colourful party outfits and were delighted to unbox the surprises planned by their class facilitators. The school premises pulsated with scintillating music and cheerful voices of its hearty learners. Students of Grades IV and V enjoyed a fantabulous assembly conducted by all their teachers showcasing their talents through a variety of activities like dance, skit , songs, poem and the list goes on. Children also enjoyed parties in and outside their classes munching their favourite snacks and dancing to the beats of trendy songs. Photobooths were designed to capture their beautiful smiles which added to the gaieties of the occasion.
In the spirit of the season, Shalom Hills International School organized a grand Diwali Fest for its hearty learners in the school premises. The whole day was dedicated to students’ amusement and fun activities. Students came dressed in their gorgeous ethnic attires.
A variety of fun activities were organized for the students in the classrooms. Games such as Atlas, Bingo, Dumb Charades, Musical chairs etc. were thoroughly enjoyed amongst the peer groups. The students also did ramp walk in their classes. The school`s playgrounds witnessed tempting food stalls along with a jazzy dance floor. All the students swayed to the beats of music along with their teachers. All had a gala time and the Diwali Fest was a joyous beginning to the celebration of Diwali.
Times NIE, partnering with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Private Limited, introduced their global program “Action to Breathe Cleaner” by Otrivin. An activity was
conducted with grade VI students to encourage them to adopt environment friendly habits to control air pollution.
While children contribute the least to air pollution, they are amongst the most vulnerable when it is about suffering through the consequence of pollution. Each
year an increasing impact on both the physiological and psychological wellbeing of children has been observed. A rising number of children are suffering from respiratory diseases and not being able to lead a regular life with restrictive outdoor interactions during peak pollution episodes, specifically in the upcoming winter months. Otrivin has endeavoured to help aid a better world for the next generation by creating awareness on the subject and generating conversations with the people who are in a position to help.
A small interaction was conducted during the session, and with the help of teachers, students were guided through the letter writing process to their parents, urging them to take small steps to help curb this ever-increasing problem of air pollution. Each child received a goody bag from Otrivin.
''By common endeavor, we can raise the country to a new greatness,while a lack of unity will expose us to fresh calamities.”
The activity was conducted for the students of class VIII on October 18,2022 to ensure the collaborative efforts towards development and recognition of the spirit of unity in diversity. Students were encouraged to sing folk songs so as to provide exposure and create interest in different languages. Students learnt about the remarkable unity of most of the major Indian languages, starting with their common phonetic and scientifically-arranged alphabets and scripts, their common grammatical structures, their origins and sources of vocabularies from Sanskrit and other classical languages, as well as their rich inter-influences and differences.
These activities go a long way in developing our students as responsible citizens with deep belief in unity in diversity of the nation.
The session ended with a whirlwind of joy and excitement. Their active participation made it more interactive.
Nothing will be left here without water!!!
An activity to familiarize the Shalomites with the availability and scarcity of water around us was conducted in the class. The activity was a part of Jal sansad wherein the learners were asked to collect data on availability of water and the reasons for its scarcity, and make a presentation on the same.
The learners were very intrigued and fascinated by the fact that despite being the ‘blue planet’, with 71 per cent of its surface is covered with water; the earth faces a shortage of water. They explained it is because of the fact that more than 97% of the water is found in the oceans and is too salty for human use. A large proportion of the rest of the water is in the form of ice sheets and glaciers or under the ground and a very small percentage is available as fresh water for human use. They also discussed the various types of water scarcity i.e., physical and economical. They discussed that currently, the annual availability of water is 1123 billion cubic meters (bcm) in India and the demand is around 750 bcm. However, by 2050 the annual demand for water will be 1180 bcm which will exceed the water availability. They also held a group discussion on the possible solutions and the way forward.
The Health & Wellness department of senior wing celebrated the World Mental Health Day with enthusiasm and energy. The theme- Making Mental Health for All a Global priority was followed all over the world. The aim was to spread awareness and sensitize the children to give importance to mental wellbeing as is given to physical wellbeing.
During the morning assembly Head Girls & Head Boy talked about how negative thoughts, emotions and moods affect normal functioning of life and encouraged students to approach for help seeking when these feelings become more intense.
The grade IX students were selected as advocates to accomplish the mission. With beautiful props in their hands; they visited all sections of VI-XII with the aim to spread positivity and peace in Shalom, delivered speeches, doing enactments, role plays, group talks on various topics like- We all are Unique & Special, Respecting each other Differences, Stand Up Against Bullying, Positive Self-Concept, Self Harm is not the Solution and Digital De-doxification. The senior school counsellor also led the discussions in her life skill classes focussing on being kind, compassionate, empathizing, considering others’ perspectives, conflict resolution, validating others’ emotions and motivated them to stay away from negativity by developing self-control.
It is acknowledged that children learn from and imitate their peers when they act as moderators to bring change in society. The initiative was much appreciated by the students and teachers.
"Diorama" is a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background." This is an artistic, three-dimensional representation of a given scene. Diorama projects are assigned as a way for students to demonstrate their learning of concepts.
An activity ‘Diorama of forest and its animals’ was conducted in all sections of grade-III on 18 th October’2022. This activity aimed to increase the understanding of students about forest habitat and its animals.
The students did this activity with a lot of enthusiasm and displayed their own innovative ideas for creating and making the project more attractive.
Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength
to their natural abilities.
School clubs create small communities. Club activities help students develop sense of unity and teamwork, learning how to work with others in reaching the same goals. Class III-V students enjoyed the different skill periods with a plethora of activities.
In the English Literary Club, Class 5 students wrote a self-composed poetry on friendship. They worked as a team and presented their creation. Class 3 students worked on creating their own story. Class 4 students enacted a few lines from important Shakespeare plays.
In Science club students exhibited their knowledge on different types of rocks. The young scholars made a comic strip on the different types of rocks and described the formation of rocks and presented various examples related to it. Grade 3 children brainstormed and learned about animals, their habitats and eating habits. Grade 4 students saw a video on National parks of India.
Eco warriors of the Eco Club in grade 5 were made aware about the birds and how they connect our world. In grade 3 Video and ppt was shown on the occasion of world migratory bird day. Students were made aware about the issues of migrating birds their ecological importance, and the need for global cooperation
to safeguard them.
In the Heritage Club grade 5 students were shown different types of coins and they drew a coin of their imagination. A general introduction on Indian puppetry: an ancient form of entertainment, its origin and different types of puppets was done in grade 4 and a video on the same was shown to the students. Grade
3 Students energetically participated in a discussion about the heritage, culture and traditions of India.
In the Math Skill Club, the young learners learnt few tricks to solve mathematical operations mentally in a play way method. In grade 4 Students were introduced to Rangometry through Kit and PowerPoint presentation. Grade 3 students learned to solve long division questions in a play-way method.
In the Hindi Skill Club, the students read a story and made creative bookmarks depicting the moral of the story. Dialogue delivery activity was organised for grade 4 students in which students learnt to deliver dialogues with expressions. Grade 3 students wrote a self composed poem.
Children made beautiful cards welcoming the festivals of light in their Art Skill Club.
In Computers, the students learnt different functions and utilities of making an online quiz. This gave them an opportunity to expand their horizons and learn new technical skills. The students participated with great enthusiasm in all the skill club activities.
The Health and Wellness department of Shalom Hills International School celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10 th October 2022. The theme for this
year was “Make mental health for all a global priority”.
A number of activities were planned for the students with the aim of raising awareness about mental health for everyone. It was an opportunity to rekindle
our efforts to protect and improve mental health.
The day started with a speech on mental health during the assembly for classes I- V. It emphasized on the meaning of mental health and how everyone can keep
themselves mentally healthy.
During the Zero period, students were shown videos regarding what mental health means and how they can improve their own and others’ mental health.
The students were also taught about positive affirmations and were encouraged to practice the same everyday.
An assembly was also conducted by Class IV B on the theme of ‘World Mental Health Day’. The students beautifully explained what mental health is and how to
keep themselves mentally healthy.
During the Life Skills classes, students were given cut outs of circles in which they wrote their own positive affirmations.
The Rashtriya Poshan Maah is celebrated during the month of September every year under POSHAN Abhiyaan; a scheme for Holistic Nourishment. Poshan Maah was enthusiastically celebrated by the students of grades II- V. The aim of this initiative is to create awareness and spread the message of holistic nutrition throughout the month to ensure a healthier future for the students. Students participated in activities like Poshan pledge, paragraph writing, special assemblies and debates.
Students of grade II conducted an assembly on ‘Nourish to Flourish’ wherein they discussed the importance of nutrition through songs and skit. Paragraph writing on importance of Water Management and its conservation was planned for grades II-V. Students of grades III and V shared their views on Healthy food and Junk food and importance of balanced diet.
Teachers also encouraged students to consume nutritious and balanced diet and avoid junk food. These activities helped the students understand the importance of nutrition, as it plays an important role in the overall development of an individual. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body, it is therefore necessary to have good nutrition in our daily diet.
When You look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the Solar system.
Mobile Digital Planetariums are portable form of a fixed planetarium which are equipped to create an artificial night sky by using inflatable dome and state-of-the-art projection system. To provide an opportunity to school students for astronomy education right at their doorsteps, an educational show was organized for our young astronomers of Class I to V on 6th and 7th October 2022.
The students watched the show called ‘Universe in the Dome’ organised in the school auditorium. This show was immersive in nature and was an enthralling
experience for the students.
As the lights dimmed and the journey through the stars began, the excitement among the students was overwhelming. The skies came alive on the massive
dome theatre. They were excited to have a 3D view of the things that they had just imagined to be huge luminous objects somewhere out there in the vast
space in the universe.
The show was extremely good and provided a good visual experience as well as factual knowledge of astronomy. The students learnt many amazing facts about the various Galaxies in the Universe, along with other planets of the Solar System.
A knowledge development programme of astronomy through planetariums was organized for children to boost their knowledge of astronomy. The main objective of the program was, to make students understand our Solar system, various stars, comets, constellations and their history.
A dome-shaped setup was installed and a video on the topic- Galileo’s Sky for grade 6th was shown on 07 October 2022 in school itself. The topic showcased was - Four hundred years ago, an Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei who adopted an amazing new invention – the telescope. The eyes belonged to Galileo
Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope. Galileo Galilei systematically studied the sky in detail for the very first time in history.
The programme also showed how astronomy is an integral part of human history. Cultural constellation stories reflect how past societies viewed their world. The planetarium showed the Milky Way and other sky bodies. The planetarium concluded with a quiz for the students. Winners were awarded
The programme motivated students with its interesting, stimulating learning situation. It was a fun-filled learning experience for all the students.
India is known as a land of festivals and celebrations. Festivals are a period of celebration and bring peace and joy to everyone. Children learn values of honesty, respect and humility. Festivals help us understand our glorious heritage, culture, and traditions.
Shalom Hills International School, Gurugram organized fun-filled learning activities for Dussehra and Gandhi Jayanti on September 30, 2022. These activities included a skit by the little ones in which the children were beautifully dressed up to play the role of their favourite mythological character from Ramayana. Truth, non-violence, Sarvodaya, and Satyagraha constitute Gandhian philosophy and are the four pillars of Gandhian thought which were depicted by the students effectively during the assembly.
After assembly, Dandiya dance party was organized for the students. The students of all the grades came dressed in bright traditional attire for the fun-filled special
Dandiya Navratri celebration organised for them. There was an air of festivity everywhere. The dance party had the students dancing to all the popular numbers. All the students enjoyed the dandiya dance and were happy to show their dancing skills. There was an air of festivity everywhere. All the children enthusiastically participated and enjoyed the celebrations.
The preservation of freedom is not the task of soldiers alone. The whole nation has to be strong.
-Lal Bahadur Shastri
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence withenthusiasm, the mighty Shalomites expressed their gratitude and love towards the nation by creating a story board and expressing their patriotism in an artistic way.
Patriotism was the theme on which the students paid their tribute by drawing pictures based on historic events and incidences under the guidance of the Facilitator.The young citizensdrew pictures of freedom fighters,depicted freedom movements like Jallianwala Bagh, DandiMarch,Quit India movement etc. which played a significant role in India’s Independence.
The pictures depicted by the students showed that the budding learners are fullyaware of the struggle of the freedom fightersandtrulyunderstand the value of freedom.
The students also expressed their creativity by writing famous quotes and slogans in a creative manner. The images of the freedom movements wereorganized in a chronologicalmanner,weaving the essence of India’s freedom struggle.
हिंदी है, प्रेम की भाषा
यही है इसकी परिभाषा ।
शैलोम हिल्स इंटरनेशनल विद्यालय के प्रांगण में ‘हिंदी दिवस’ के उपलक्ष्य में 14 सितंबर से 22 सितंबर तक साप्ताहिक कार्यक्रम व विशेष सभा का आयोजन किया गया, जिसमें अनेक रंगारंग कार्यक्रम जैसे दोहा गायन, कविता वाचन, नुक्कड़ नाटक, प्रार्थना सभा आदि का आयोजन किया गया।
A documentary regarding the techniques of conservation of water was shown in the class. It was an interesting and informative video which helped in spreading awareness and also gave the students many ideas for their activity.
A Jal Sansad activity was conducted for the students of Grade 9. The students were asked to make posters, drawings or write paragraphs, diary entries, slogans and other expressive logs. The objective was to express the topic and spread awareness about this crucial topic through creativity and innovation of the students.
All the students put effort into making a variety of creative and expressive things which conveyed a meaningful message or idea. It was a great experience
and students learnt more about the ways to save water.
Shalom Hills International School organized Cleanliness Drive under Swachh Bharat Swasth Bharat Abhiyaan Programme. The main purpose of this programme was to create awareness among the students regarding Cleanliness and its benefits. Shalomites organized a Cleanliness Drive under the mission by taking a Pledge in the morning assembly.
All the students from classes 4th to 12th participated in the program organised by the school. The teachers took part in the cleaning program of the entire school premises.
The programme began by taking the Pledge and concluded with a short speech given by the Sentinels of environment.
I take this pledge that I will remain committed towards cleanliness
I will devote 100 hours per year, which is two hours per week, to voluntarily work for
I will neither litter not let others litter.
I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my work place.
I believe that the countries of the world that appear clean are so because their citizens don't indulge in littering nor do they allow it to happen. With this firm belief, I will propagate the message of Swachh Bharat Mission.
‘Hindi Divas’ was celebrated on 15 th & 19 th September 2022 by all the students of class VI to IX. Activities were organized under Hindi Day to demonstrate the importance of Hindi language and to inculcate a sense of respect for the language among the students.
‘Slogan writing’ activity, had the students writing creative and imaginative slogans on the topic of ‘Hindi Bhasha Kee Mahata’. They participated with great interest and enthusiasm. The activity helped to increase the students’ appreciation of the language and hone their artistic talent as well.
Water is a gift from the creator, Protect it! Respect it!
An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. The activity a part of Jal Sansad was titled 'Garden Sprinkler'. The students from all grades were asked to share a video or picture related to the activity. The teachers explained the activity to the students and made them understand the importance of saving water by reusing it particularly with respect to the water being wasted while watering the plants. The students shared interesting pictures and videos related to the activity. Students made a sprinkler for their own garden to reduce wastage of water. They reused waste materials like plastic bottles to make the sprinkler and shared their experiences in the class.
Through this activity the students learned that water-saving is a universal responsibility of every person who lives on this Earth. In order to save water, we have to adapt various means that can help in maintaining the level of fresh water on Earth.
"Swachhata Pakhwada" as a part of "Swachhata Abhiyaan" was conducted in grades 1-5 from 1 st to 15 th September 2022. The activity was conducted with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata-meaning Cleanliness. This activity emphasised the important role of schools in spreading awareness about the Swachhata Mission and its implementation across the country.
At Shalom Hills International School, series of activities were planned and executed in all the grades from 1-5. The series of activities were planned to create
awareness among students regarding cleanliness and personal hygiene. Activities like Swachhata shapath, hand wash day, Swachhata awareness, personal hygiene
and Swachhata participation day were conducted. For Swachhata awareness, Council members from grade 5 had been selected for conducting this activity.
The selected students visited the sections of grade 1 and 2 and talked to the children about the importance of personal hygiene. A poster making activity was organized on the theme Swachhata, in which the budding artists showcased their tremendous talent, imagination and thoughts to spread the message of
cleanliness and its significance in our lives.
Hand washing activity involved a discussion on the importance and correct way of washing hands with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. Later students
demonstrated the same during the school hours. This activity created awareness on the need for proper hand wash in daily life.
Students participated in all the activities with great enthusiasm. Students also understood the importance of following cleanliness at all ages and levels as well
as its importance in the well-being of oneself and other people around.
Vision begins with the eyes, but it truly takes place in the brain.
19 th of September 2022 saw a Shalom initiative come into practice, The ‘ TEDx SHALOM’. Under the auspicious aegis of our founder chairperson Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George the aim of the programme was to inculcate the practice and habit of our children to speak with confidence on any given topic. It was well received both by the parents and the students.
The topic was shared with the students well in advance. This talk show will be held bi-weekly, in English and Hindi language. The topic for the three grades was ‘Perseverance’.
The students came prepared and armed with their ideas and view points which they put across to their peers with confidence and assurance. It was a good beginning to an excellent endeavour.
In order to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the citizens and to promote awareness about our national flag, Shalom Hills International School organised series of events to celebrate Har GharTiranga program under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and to hoist it to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.
Various activities like Declamation, elocution, Quiz, poster making competitions were organised during the Independence week in order to promote patriotic feeling in the students.
Students also indulged in singing patriotic compositions, poem recitations and role play of freedom fighters. Grandparents also participated in the program by narrating stories related to freedom struggles to their grandchildren.
Students of grade I-III, efficiently participated in Katha Vaachan activity, wherein, they shared important facts and events about the freedom fighters.
Students participated in all the activities with enthusiasm and zeal.
Students made miniature national flag-themed lapel pins. These lapel pins were worn by students and their parents. The school campus was also adorned with national flags in order to commemorate and celebrate the 75 th Independence Day of India.
‘Sanskrit Divas’ was celebrated on 12th August 2022 by the students of Grades 6 to 10. Activities were organized to demonstrate the importance of Sanskrit language and to inculcate a sense of gratitude and respect for the language among the students. The event helped to increase the linguistic awareness and creativity among the students, which aids in building confidence.
A quiz was one of the activities conducted, in which questions were asked on the topic of ‘National Emblem of India’. The students participated in this activity with great interest and enthusiasm. The program turned out to be a success and students developed respect towards the Sanskrit language.
"Bombs and pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas."
Fancy dress and Poster making competitions blend learning with fun but also develop confidence in students by giving them an opportunity to speak in front of an audience.
To commemorate the 75th Independence Day, and as part of ‘AzaadikaAmritMahostav’, fun-filled learning activities in the form of fancy dress (unsung heroes), Quizzesand poster making were organized for the students in Shalom Hills International.
The students participated with great patriotic fervor and patriotism. They portrayed the struggles and unforgettable sacrifices of the freedom fighters. The creativity and performances of the students draped the surroundings with the curtains of heart wrenching events of the past. The students dressed up as PanditJawaharLal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Rani LaxmiBai, LalaLajpatRai and many more, pledged to work towards a progressive nation.
Documentaries on the unsung heroes of the Indian freedom struggle were also shown to the children. The activities were conducted to develop the feeling of patriotism, enlighten and to spread awareness amongst them about the Independence Day.
INDEPENDENCE DAY 15th AUGUST 2022
The students of classes VIIto X of Shalom Hills International School participatedwith full zeal and enthusiasm in the Tree Plantation initiative of the Haryana Govt. -‘Paudhagiri’.
The students were issued saplings from the school which they planted at the location of their choice and uploaded the photograph on the ‘Paudhagiri’ App. The celebration ofPaudhagiriin school was an ideal opportunity to inculcate personal and social responsibility in our students towards safeguarding trees and forests. The focus of these celebrations is towards forming a personal connect between the students and trees through a process of experience, reflection and creation.
It was a great experience for the students.
Shalom Conclave an occasion to celebrate our ‘Founder’s Day’. This special day was celebrated on 6th August 2022. Shalom Conclave witnessed the participation of many prestigious schools. The participants showcased their acumen and proficiencies in a wide array of competitions. Renowned academicians were judges for the various interesting events.
Ten students from grade 1 and 2 who participated in the Choral Recitation event won the first prize. These students were Tejas Singh, Nityanshi Saxena, Kashvi Sharma, Mrinangshi Acherjee, Keyan Jain, Iraira Madaan, Aanav Sharma, Ryaan Wadwa, Aviditya Shekhawat and Sarakshi Sharma. Ashwik Vashisht of grade 4 won the second prize in ‘Weave a story’ event.
The Shalom family is proud of the tremendous efforts and achievements of all the students who participated in this prestigious competition and wishes them all the best for their future endeavours.
Solubility is the ability of a substance to dissolve into a liquid. The substance that dissolves in another substance is called a solute whereas the substance in which solute dissolves is called a solvent. When solute gets dissolved in a solvent, it makes a solution.
Concepts in science cannot be understood unless performed. Hence, an activity was conducted by the students of Grade IV to check the solubility of different substances in surrounding. Children were told to perform solubility test using various substances available in their surroundings. Children used different solutes like salt, sugar, tea leaves, oil, sand and so on. They performed the activity patiently and noted their observation carefully. The solutes which got completely dissolved in water are soluble substances and made solution like saline water solution and sugar solution.
Conducting activity was proved an effective way to understand the solubility of different substances used in our daily life.
It was concluded with the quick recap of the definition of solubility, solute, solvent and solution.
The activity was based on the concept of “learning by doing” and proved helpful to develop scientific skills.
In the month of July towards the end, the students learnt about the ‘States of Matter’ and the changes that they undergo. To help the students get a hands-on experience and be able to apply this learning in their daily lives, an activity was conducted in the class on 4th and 5th August, 2022.
The students came forward prepared to demonstrate physical changes to their classmates, some being reversible while some irreversible.
The students were enthusiastic to showcase their quick experiments. Some of them demonstrated tearing of paper, crushing of aluminum foil, cutting of bread, breaking a pencil or a stick while some sharpened their pencils and dissolved sugar in water to show the various physical changes both reversible and irreversible.
Yet some of them were keen to demonstrate safe chemical changes hence brought a kneaded piece of dough from home, some brought a rusted nail and compared it with a new shiny one while some of them compared a fresh leaf with a yellowing one.
Overall, brilliant and innovative ideas were displayed by all the students which was enjoyed by all, those performing the activity as well as the spectators.
Club activities help students develop sense of unity and teamwork, learning how to work with others in reaching the same goals. They help learners develop social skills. So, to help children develop various skills in different spheres, many different clubs like Heritage club, Eco club, Science skill club, Computer skill club and Mathematics skill club conducted various activities for students of grades III to V. In the Science Club students played JAM where within a minute they drew and classified various objects and materials as solids, liquids or gases. Also they saw the teacher demonstrate a chemical change- when baking soda mixes with vinegar carbon dioxide is released which inflates the balloon, and then they tried it themselves. Grade 4 students performed an experiment to show hot air is lighter and rises up; with the help of balloons. The Eco Club focused on Conservation of Energy, Students of grade 3 to 5 shared their views through beautiful drawings. In grade 4 PPT was shown on world nature conservation day. English Skill Club–“My favourite character”, the children spoke and role played along with props and costumes their favourite character. In grade 3, students took part in team based Quiz where the teams challenged one another based on their understanding of the legendary “Merchant Of Venice”. Grade 4 continued with making props of characters for their self created stories. Heritage Club–Grade 5 students presented melodious folk songs of India. In grade 3 coinage activity was organised where our little historians got acquainted with old coins and tried making coin design on their own. Mathematics Club – Students played Tangram puzzles using seven shapes in various combinations to build pictures. The activity helped them develop stronger problem solving abilities. For Grade 3 students, a venture of complex turned easy method of memorising times tables was unlocked across the Maths skill club. Grade 4 also played mind games. The computer club had an activity on poster making through Canva app.
“You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.” – Marvin Minsky
One of the basic aims of Shalom Hills International School is to nurture in students a sound mind and a strong value-driven character. The education given to the students should promote self-thinking and creativity. With this motto, our school has incorporated “Experiential Learning” in its curriculum so that the students can grasp and retain the contents taught to them in a better way. It nurtures intellectual curiosity, helping children acquire new ways of asking questions and understanding the world.
To give young scholars , the deeper understanding of the Lesson “The Movements of the Earth” , a hands-on activity of “Sundial “ was held on 18th and 19th July, 2022. Students constructed a sundial and used it to observe the movement of the sun through the sky over the course of a day by marking changes in the position of a shadow once each hour. Students determined the approximate time of solar noon at their school as indicated by the time of the shortest shadow. Students revisited the site on a subsequent day to estimate the time of day using their sundial.
Students gained an understanding that before the invention of clocks, people used this motion of the sun to determine the time by making sundials. The students were better able to connect theories and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
School clubs create small communities. Club activities help students to develop sense of unity and teamwork, learning how to work with others in reaching the same goals. They help learners develop social skills. Different skill clubs like Eco club, English club, Hindi club, Science club, Maths club, EVS and computer skill club conducted different activities across grades 1 to 5. Information on living and non-living things, videos, and Quiz on the given topic were conducted during the club hours. This week roman numerals were introduced through a video presentation and hands on pencil activity. Eco club played an important role in creating environmental awareness. The literary club celebrated the works of William Shakespeare a prominent figure in English literature. Talk show on, 'The coinage of the world' was conducted during the Heritage club hours. In Science club students made flowers showing different parts through Origami sheet which gave them a better understanding of learning by doing. Art and craft skill club undertook painting demonstration in which painting technique was explained to the students. The computer club introduced poster and brochure making in MS word. All the students enjoyed the various activities conducted in the skill clubs.
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Van Mahotsav Week was celebrated in classes I to V from 4th July to 7TH July. It was a week-long celebration which aimed at ingraining personal and social accountability in our students towards conserving trees and forests.
‘Care for nature’ activity was conducted on 4th July. Students were shown a ppt, videos and facts on Van Mahotsav. The importance of celebrating Van Mahotsav as well as the activities were explained to them. Another ppt on saving Trees was shown on 5th July to the students across all grades. On 6th Children made a model of a plant with waste materials available at home example old mug, clay, straw etc. Lucky flower activity was organized where students had to draw their favourite flower and talk about it. Leaf printing activity was also conducted in which students made beautiful patterns with leaf impressions.
Our little Shalomites from Grade-1 acquired a knowledge and understanding of the importance of plants and trees. Critical thinking and innovative learning germinated through the participation of students in a quiz based on Van Mahotsav.
Students exhibited profound inquisitiveness by participating in a Show & Tell event based on herbs and their medicinal values. Our Shalomites from grade-4 showcased the spirit of exploration and analysis by gathering and presenting information about environmentalists. The focus of these celebrations was to have a personal connect between the students and trees through a process of involvement, reflection and formation. Little environment savers enthusiastically absorbed the learnings of Van Mahotsav.
“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.
“Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls.”
The students of Shalom Hills School undertook various activities for creating awareness about Saving Water under the government campaign - JAL SHAKTI.
The secondary and senior secondary students gave a performance during break time to raise awareness about the importance of Jal Shakti and depicted the problems that people are facing due to water crisis. Also, problems arising due to drought and floods were portrayed in the play.
The PE Department encouraged students to give wings to their imagination by depicting the importance of Jal Shakti. During the work education periods students were sensitized about the need for water conservation and were asked to put their thoughts into practice.
The Environment & Eco Club of the school undertook a Plantation Drive to create awareness about the importance of trees and plants in the natural conservation of water.
The Jal Sansad Abhiyan will be an ongoing effort of Shalom Hills as awareness will be created through messages in the Morning assembly, Home Room Period, Class Discussions and Work Education Period.
भारत सरकार द्वारा शुरू की गई ‘एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत’ योजना एक नई और प्रभावशाली पहल है जिसकी घोषणा सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल की 140वीं वर्षगाँठ के शुभ अवसर पर की गई थी। इस दिन को और भी यादगार बनाते हुए एवं प्रिय सरदार पटेल को श्रद्धांजलि देते हुए मोदी जी ने ‘एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत’ की बात सभी के सामने रखी |
इस गतिविधि के माध्यम से छात्रों को विभिन्न राज्यों और केंद्रशासित प्रदेशों की समृद्ध संस्कृति, विरासत, खान-पान, पहनावा, हस्तकला, संस्कृति, परम्परा, भाषा, रीति-रीवाजों से अवगत कराया गया | इसके साथ – साथ विभिन्न प्रदेशों से संबंध रखने वाले कुछ छात्रों ने अपनी प्रादेशिक संस्कृति एवं विशेषताओं को भी साझा किया |
सभी छात्रों ने उत्साहपूर्वक इस गतिविधि को क्रियान्वित किया | छात्रों को एक – दूसरे राज्यों की सभ्यता एवं संस्कृति से परिचित होने का अवसर मिला | सभी छात्रों ने आनंदपूर्ण प्रतिभागिता दिखाते हुए अपनी रचनात्मकता एवं सृजनात्मकता का परिचय दिया |
1. छात्रों में राष्ट्रीय एकता की भावना का विकास करना |
2. आपसी विविधता को समझकर समन्वय स्थापित करना |
3. आपसी संबंधों को मजबूत बनाना |
4. एक – दूसरे की संस्कृति एवं विरासत से परिचित कराना |
5. छात्रों में सृजनात्मकता एवं रचनात्मकता का विकास करना |
6. विभिन्न विषयों की शिक्षा को रोचक बनाने और आयु के अनुसार कला अनुभवों को विकसित करना |
A free country has a language of its own, which is the honor and pride of that country. Language and culture is the real identity of that country. Language is the only means through which we can exchange our thoughts.
Many languages are spoken in the world, in which Hindi language has special importance. This language is the most spoken language in India and is the second most spoken language in the world. To pronounce any language correctly, it is also necessary to write correctly, keeping this feature in mind, the Department of Hindi conducted an activity TARANG-SHALOM MATRA ABHIYAN between 22-25 April,for the students of classes VI to IX.
The students were required to do a writing task on the given topics.They were awarded the first, second and third prizes on the basis of their writing skills.
The feeling of enthusiasm was clearly seen in the students while doing this activity.
Labour Day or International Workers' Day is observed each year on the first day of May to celebrate the achievements of the working class. On account of Labour Day, various activities were organized for the lady guards and housekeeping staff of Shalom Hills International School.
The day began with a workshop conducted by the senior counsellor-Ms Bhupinder Kaur on their roles and responsibilities in school and in the routes. They were made aware about the safety norms that are to be followed under the POCSO and JJ Act.
The P.E Dept. team organized Football match for male category, Kho-Kho match for female category & Tug-of-War (Male & Female both) for the supporting staff. The main aim of the event was to pay a tribute to them for their sincere hard work which they do daily in order to keep our school premises healthy and clean.
The Didis and Bhaiyas participated enthusiastically, displaying good sportsmanship and team spirit.
“Write what you know. Turn the ordinary into extraordinary”
Storytelling has been an integral part of social and cultural activity. It is regarded as one of the simplest and most engaging means of entertainment and education, it not only sparks learning, but is fun too.
An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grade I to V on 29th April 2022. The activity demonstrated the art of creating a story, layering new ideas to build a vibrant story of characters and their lives, which inspire others. By weaving their own imagination, children infused life in their fictitious characters and turned classrooms into the real backgrounds through their vivid descriptions. The key words like precious, wastage, conservation, invaluable, planet, impurities, droplets, etc. were shared with the students to weave their story.
The entire class was profusely enamored with each story and students generously applauded their classmates. It was bliss, watching children expressing their ideas and imagination in such a colorful way.
Each year, Labour Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers' grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation's character.
This special day is celebrated across the world on 1st May in many different ways. It started with a movement to give the working class their rights of 8 hours of work- 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of rest. It all started with the industrial revolution and the forward movement of mankind.
Our young Shalomites today, after 2 long years of staying at home, revived the tradition of appreciation. The young and empathetic scholars of grades 1 and 2 drew and made cards for their caregivers and helpers in school as a token of appreciation. Grades 3, 4 and 5 made appreciation badges for the helpers in school as well as at home.
As an extended appreciation the children also came forward citing incidents and examples of how they were helped without asking, which they want to highlight and appreciate in whatever small way they can.
The students were apprised about the meaning of dignity of labour. And that no work is big or small- it is the effort and outcome that matters.
In an endeavour to promote the rich cultural heritage of India among the students, Shalom Hills International School Co-hosted ‘Great Masters Series’, along with a research scholar of Dept. of Music Annamalai University, Mrs Shobha Ramesh, under the aegis of SPICMACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth). The programme was dedicated to the great Veena Maestro of yesteryears Dr. Chitti Babu.
Our children were in conversation with his prime disciple Vidwan Sunder ji who narrated many anecdotes from the life of his Guruji Dr. Chitti Babu, regarding his concerts. The audience also enjoyed a video recording of Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee and Vidwan Dr. Chitti Babu together. The programme was streamed live on YouTube. The students felt privileged and happy to avail the opportunity.
Caring about people, about life is an act of maturity.
Considering that vaccination is a shared responsibility, Shalom Hills International School organized a vaccination drive for the students of the age groups of 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 also 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.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April at Shalom Hills International School to remind the students of their duties towards ‘Mother Nature.’ As a part of environmental education, Earth Day was celebrated in all sections of grade V.
The students of class V did a book marks craft activity. They wrote their pledge on the book marks. Students celebrated the power of green by singing songs, reciting poems, presenting speeches and sharing videos in the morning assembly. Children learnt the importance of preserving the planet earth. Students also expressed their views in both English and Hindi on the importance of saving our planet Earth.
In order to celebrate Earth day a poster making activity was held in all sections of Grade IV on 22nd April 2022. The students had been informed earlier about the activity.
The students had to make a poster related to Earth day and its significance. The students made creative drawings of Earth and wrote several messages to save Earth from pollution and to keep it clean and green.
The students drew beautiful pictures on the given white sheets. Their poster had lines on the importance of protecting Earth. Most of the students were aware about the importance of having a green and clean Earth. Their posters depicted various ways of saving Earth from pollution. .
The students participated in the activity with a lot of enthusiasm. They made creative posters and were happy to celebrate Earth day. They all promised to keep their Earth clean and protect it for future generations. The activity helped the students understand the importance of protecting Earth.
In order to spread awareness among students about MOTHER EARTH, Earth Day was celebrated on 22nd April,2022. Children made replica of earth and took pledge to keep their Mother earth beautiful.
This activity helped them to know that Earth Day is an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally byEarthDay.org (formerly Earth Day Network) including1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead
With this objective in mind, our little shalomites of grade III- V made beautiful paper bags by reusing old newspapers in their dynasty period.
Eco-friendly bags are gaining importance as these bags are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable and at the same time pose less threat to wildlife. The students were taught how to make paper bags from recycled paper. The students were quite enthusiastic about the whole activity. The fun-filled activity inspired young learners to contribute to Mother Nature by using paper bags and saying no to plastic bags. The students wrote slogans on their paper bags and decorated them with beautiful colours.
Students of Shalom Hills International School witnessed the fifth edition of 'Pariksha pe Charcha', on April 1, 2022. The event was screened live and the students watched it in their classrooms with the help of projectors.
During the event which was telecast live from Talkatora Stadium, Delhi, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, held interactions with students, teachers and parents. He discussed how to beat examination stress especially in the post-Covid19 pandemic era, besides sharing tips to do better in life. The live interaction also covered some core issues like pressure from parents, technology being a boon and not a bane, how the specially-abled can transform their weakness into their strengths, mind being more powerful than the media and that every child, every student is unique. The PM also spoke about the significance of the new National Education Policy-2020. He advised the students not to study just for any exam, they should study for knowledge.
The informative and interactive session was indeed a rich learning, elevating and inspiring experience for the students. The students expressed their joy as they applauded and cheered the solutions suggested during the session.
The Theme of the CBSE initiated “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, activity conducted in class VI in the month of March was- Freedom Struggle- Unsung Heroes of the Indian Freedom Struggle.
The main aim behind conducting the activity was to apprise the students about the rich history of our country and the various freedom fighters involved in the freedom struggle. The students were made aware of the initiative of the Government of India to commemorate 75 glorious years of progressive India, its magnificent culture and great achievements. It was started on 12 March 2021 by PM Narendra Modi Ji on completion of 91 years of Dandi March.
This Mahotsav will continue till 15th August 2023. It is being celebrated on the basis of 5 pillars i.e. Struggle for Independence, idea of 75 years, achievements of 75 years, actions and resolution of 75 years.
A PowerPoint presentation was played during the activity, dance and music performance on Patriotic songs were performed by the students. Also, students shared their views, knowledge related to freedom fighters during the entire activity.
Students participated enthusiastically and enjoyed the activity.
International Women’s Day celebrates the contribution of women in various important fields and marks their economic, political, social and cultural achievements. The day is significant for making a call to gender equality and parity. This year, the campaign theme ‘Break the Bias’ was introduced to make the common masses aware about the gender stereotypes and to create a bias- free, equable living environment.
Thus, grade I-V students celebrated the International Women’s Day with great enthusiasm and showed immense sensitivity towards gender issues. The significance of Women’s Day was told to the students with a PowerPoint presentation. Afterwards, with the help of discussion, students were made aware of the gender biases, discrimination and the importance of equality. In different classes, students also presented poems, stories, made little craft samples like paper folding purses and narrated incidents related to wonderful women in their lives. The day was celebrated with fruitful knowledge and sensitization.
“Scientific research needed independent thinking and hard work not equipment”. - Dr. C V Raman
National Science Day is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. He was the first Indian scientist to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Award in Physics in the year 1930. His pioneer work in the field of light scattering became known as “Raman Effect”. He was honored with a large number of honorary doctorates and memberships of scientific societies.
This day is celebrated to mark the importance of contributions made by scientists towards the development of our nation and the world as a whole. It is used to create awareness about the role of science in society. The theme for National Science Day 2022 is ‘Future of STI (Science Technology and Innovation): Impacts of Education, Skills and Work’.
The students of classes I – V celebrated the day with a great zeal and enthusiasm. Various online /offline demonstration of science experiments organized encouraged the children to adopt scientific methods in daily life and remember Sir C V Raman for his immense contribution in the field of science and invention.
“Folklore legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.” - L. Frank Baum
This activity was used to educate, entertain, and impart historical information to students about the origins of a group of people that is preserved by individuals of a certain culture. Stories are frequently used to instill morals and improve reading abilities.
As part of the CBSE initiated 100 Days Reading Campaign, grades III to V organized a 'Folklore Fun Activity' on Friday, February 25, 2022, in which children selected one folklore from the rich heritage of Haryana's partner state, Telangana, as part of the 'Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat' programme and narrated it in the class and enacted it.
The students loved the activity, and it was inspiring to hear so many diverse stories and see our young actors' acting abilities. They were taught the fundamentals of theatrical movement, voice modulation, and storytelling rhythm while listening intently. The major goal of this activity was to help students improve their communication abilities while also broadening their horizons.
“Calligraphy allows you to see each word and phrase, the way a painting allows you to put words to the story depicted”
Good handwriting always reflects the positive personality of the writer and leaves an indelible mark on the reader. Handwriting is a basic tool that lays the foundation to learning process. It is not just important for comprehension, but also helps the tiny tots to recognize sounds while doing effortless writing.
To enhance the handwriting of the little champs, a calligraphy competition was organized in grade I. Students were asked to write a paragraph in the best handwriting that they could. Students wrote in a neat and legible handwriting. They were told about the importance of punctuation marks also.
This activity helped in improving their fine motor skills and also gave them a platform to express themselves in writing. Students participated in the competition with great enthusiasm and zeal.
“The Science of today is technology for tomorrow.” - Edward Teller
Gurugram. In Haryana, is commonly referred to as India's millennial city. Behind the glitz and glam, however, is an unhealthy population. The city's rising levels of air pollution have become a severe health hazard. To make students aware of the health issues caused by the pollution, teachers had a discussion on this topic with the students and also asked them how they expect their city to look like.
Students actively participated in the discussion and came up with innovative ideas to make the city cleaner and greener.
A poster making activity on the Topic- ‘I dream of a cleaner Gurugram’, was conducted for the children of class VI based on the Chapter- ‘Garbage in Garbage out’. Students showed their creativity and artistic skills through posters. Students showed great enthusiasm and excitement to portray their thoughts through the medium of colors. Beautifully organised thoughts were displayed on those colorful posters.
The CBSE “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the activity conducted in class VI in the month of February was a quiz on freedom fighters and places & events related to the Freedom Struggle. The quiz was conducted in all the sections of Grade VI through Microsoft Forms.
The main aim behind conducting the activity was to apprise the students about the rich history of our country and the various freedom fighters involved in the freedom struggle. The students were made aware of the initiative of the Government of India to commemorate 75 glorious years of progressive India, its magnificent culture and great achievements.
The students participated with full enthusiasm in the informative quiz.
“No country can progress without education and education can be achieved only through language.”
Shalom Hills International School Celebrated International Mother Language Day to promote awareness among the students about our linguistic and cultural diversity and to foster a love for the mother language, in the wake of the disappearances of languages across the world.
India is a diverse nation and we should be proud of our language diversity. The regional languages collaboratively make a bouquet in which every color depicts a different language. Our school is indeed privileged to have students not only from our State, but also from different parts of India.
The teachers and students discussed the uniqueness of their mother languages and shared many folk tales. Students were asked to share a few common words in their language with the whole class.
Quiz competitions are an interactive platform where students participate to gain knowledge and seek opportunities to excel beyond academics. To test the knowledge of the basic concepts, Science quiz competition was organized among the finalists of Science Aptitude Test for classes III to V on 18th February 2022.
The final round was presented in an interactive manner where students answered the questions with enthusiasm and confidence. Their involvement was remarkable. It commenced with the declaration of the rules and regulations of the competition. There was solo participation with various rounds through quizzes, MS forms and audio-visual round. All the contestants showed their skills and gave spontaneous answers. The aim of conducting quiz was to make the young minds to understand, analyze, organize and synthesize the scientific concepts in a meaningful way. The competition among the students was very tough but at the end most deserving candidates became the winners. It was altogether a thrilling and fruitful event for all.
One of the most important modes of communication is Radio. World Radio Day, observed on 13 February, celebrates the radio as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures.
The main object behind celebrating World Radio Day is to raise awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio, secondly to encourage decision-makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.
This day also coincides with the birth anniversary of the Nightingale of India, Smt. Sarojini Naidu. She was born on 13 February 1879 in Hyderabad, she was the first Indian woman President of the Indian National Congress and also the first woman governor of the Indian state, Uttar Pradesh. Naidu's work as a poet earned her the sobriquet 'the Nightingale of India', or 'Bharat Kokila' by Mahatma Gandhi because of color, imagery and lyrical quality of her poetry.
Paying tribute to the the Nightingale of India, Smt. Sarojini Naidu, and celebrating World Radio Day, a Special Assembly was conducted by the students of Middle Wing at Shalom Hills International School, on 13th February. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. Students delivered speeches on work done by Smt. Sarojini Naidu, displayed placards and told the importance of radio, and saw PPT on the themes in the virtual class assembly. The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
12th February is celebrated every year as “Darwin Day” to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin in 1809. This day highlights Darwin's contribution to evolutionary and plant science. He discovered a lot, as a Scientist and Naturalist; and, as an author, he impacted science and the way we think about our world. His theory of evolution has had far-reaching effects on science and the way we understand life.
This day also coincides with the Birthday of Mr. Abraham Lincoln, an American statesman and lawyer, and the 16th president of the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln is best known for abolishing slavery.
Paying tribute to the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin and the most popular president in United States history, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, a Special Assembly was conducted by the students of Middle Wing at Shalom Hills International School on 12th February. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. Speeches were delivered on the work done by Charles Darwin and Mr. Abraham Lincoln.A PPT was shown to students in the virtual class assembly. It was a very informative day in which the main motive was to spread a message about the importance of Science used in the daily life of the people. The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
On 11th February 1847, Thomas Elva Edison, the legendary an American inventor and businessman was born. He has a total of 1093 patents, a record number of patents for a single person, registered in his name in USA and many more in England and France. He invented half of things that rule our lives today like the electric bulb, battery of an electric car, sound recording, motion picture camera, phonogram and more! The year 2004 marked the 125th anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the light bulb, in honour of this historic event, the United States Mint produced silver commemorative coins.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed on the 11th day of February, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, 22 December 2015.
The Day aims to amplify the critical role that women and girls can and do play in science and technology. As part of UNESCO’s 2030 Agenda, the Day serves to recognize that progress in gender equality and progress in science go hand-in-hand when trying to address global issue. The theme of 2020 being “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us”.
The PPT’S related to these topics were shown to the students to enlightened them about the great scientist Sir Thomas Alva Edison and his inventions along with throwing light on international day of women and girls in science.
“Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge and knowledge makes us great.”
There is no country quite as diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural like India, yet bound together by the ancient bounds of shared traditions, culture and values. Such bonds need to be strengthened through enhanced and continuous mutual interaction between people of varied regions and ways of life so that it encourages reciprocity and secures an enriched value system of unity amongst people of different states in a culturally special country like INDIA.
Keeping in view the objective of unity in diversity of our nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our country; a quiz for class IV and V students was scheduled through the online tool (MS forms) as part of the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat initiative. The paired state (Telangana) was discussed in detail a week prior. The students were well prepared and the quiz incorporated various aspects of the state which includes demographic, climatic conditions, people, flora, fauna and economy etc.
The quiz induced a sense of responsibility and ownership for the nation as a whole through cross – cultural interactions. It was a unique way of making the children learn about the paired state.
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is limitless.”
The students of Shalom Hills International School, spun webs of words as story telling was the activity conducted for the CBSE EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Activity for the month of February. The topic was to speak about ‘The Life of Early Humans’.
The students were able to rewind time and take us on the trail of the earliest people, all the way back to the Palaeolithic Age, by their tales. Each young story teller emphasised the simplicity of the early life. Some went to great lengths and used props and backgrounds to leave a bigger impact on the listeners. Their imagination took wings and brought to life an era lost in the pages of the history text books.
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”
The world is changing constantly and the various domains are also influenced by the change, including education. So, the NEP 2020 has mandated that the learning should be holistic, integrated, inclusive, enjoyable, and engaging in order to minimise rote learning and to encourage holistic development and 21st century skills.
The traditional classroom has utilized the “I Do”, “We Do”, “You Do” as a strategy for teaching for years. The flipped classroom truly flips that strategy. The teacher uses “You Do”, “We Do”, “I Do” instead. It is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning, which aims to increase student engagement and learning by having pupils’ complete readings at home and work on live problem-solving during class time. To develop more understanding of the social and religious reformers, the flipped classroom was conducted for the young scholars of Grade V. They were asked to present information about any one social/religious reformer from their textbook.
The activity aimed at encouraging the students to engage with and explore content, apply what they have learned in an interactive and creative way and extend their knowledge. Their zeal and enthusiasm for the activity was reflected through their work. It also gave them the advantages of increased learning skills, greater access to information, improved satisfaction and learning outcomes, and opportunities both to learn with others and to teach others.
“A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.”
Water scarcity today has become a big issue which if not dealt with in time, will turn out to be a hazard. To make students aware to conserve water, an online activity - ‘‘Conservation of Water’, was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. Mentors at SHIS educated their students so that they can make a difference – whether it be in their own personal lives or as the Eco-Warriors.
The students were shown two movies to make them aware about the importance of water conservation in our daily life. The students completed a quiz on MS forms after seeing the movie.
The students discussed different ways to conserve every drop of water and not to waste it unnecessarily. The importance of rain water harvesting and the method to do it was also explained. They were encouraged to improve water management practices that reduce the wastage of water and enhance the beneficial uses of water. Some ancient methods of water conservation should also be practiced. The students were motivated by this, and they joined hands and took oath to use water properly and motivate others also.
This activity gave them an overview about Water Conservation and its importance in our life.
Visiting a zoo brings human beings closer to animals and birds, and makes them develop a liking for the majestic creatures. The animals play a vital role in uniting and educating different communities. Zoos are in fact helping to save such animals and birds that may become extinct in this world. Some of the zoos take up breeding culture, specifically captive breeding. This is a huge help in preserving the endangered species, which prevents them from becoming extinct.
A speaking activity ‘Talk about Animals in Zoo’, was conducted for Grade I students on February 10, 2022. It was an interesting and thrilling experience for the children to share their feelings with their peer group. It provided fun and comfortable learning arena for everyone involved. The activity kept the students engaged and gave them a platform to showcase their speaking skills.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
In order to inculcate lifelong reading habit amongst the children, it is important to make reading enjoyable and interesting. An activity-based approach is most effective in making the experience of reading exciting and joyful.
Ministry of Education, Government of India has intimated the launch of 100 Days Reading Campaign, preparing a weekly class-wise calendar of activities to be done by the children with the help of their teachers and parents.
Following the guidelines of this campaign, Grades III to V organised a Literary Calendar Activity’ in which children selected any one month of their choice, then filled birthdates of various authors or poets in that month. They presented summary of any one composition of these selected legends in class.
The activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and it was quite encouraging to hear many different stories and poems by the little ones based on their research and hard work. The activity helped to boost reading habits in the students and to enhance their speaking skills and confidence.
It is quite evident that technology has shown tremendous importance in all sectors of the 21st century world. Not only in business, public administration and private institutions, the use of computer has become unavoidable in our day- to- lives as well. In fact, without the use of technology, the online learning would have stayed just a dream.
To make students understand the importance of technology, grade I students were asked to color the image of the computer in their textbook. Along with showcasing their artistic skills, the young minds were also allowed to express themselves in a speaking activity, whereby they discussed the uses of computer in all the areas of the world. Students talked about the uses of computer in online learning, booking hotel and flight tickets, offices and record keeping, maintaining bills, entertainment etc. It was definitely a fun way to learn.
"Vayam Rakshamah," meaning "We Protect," is the Indian Coast Guard's motto.
On February 1, 2022, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commemorated its 46th Raising Day. The Indian Coast Guard was established after a commission led by KF Rustamji submitted a report on the Indian government's deficiencies in combatting smuggling and other illicit marine activities. The ICG was founded by the then-Prime Minister Morarji Desai on August 19, 1978. The Indian Coast Guard, being the world's fourth largest coast guard, has played a critical role in securing Indian coastlines and implementing regulations in India's Maritime Zones, saving approximately 10,000 lives since its inception. As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, on August 15, 2021, ICG hoisted the Indian flags on 100 inhabited & uninhabited far-flung islands. By 2025, it is expected to have reached the targeted force levels of 80 aircraft and 200 surface platforms. Offshore security, marine safety and coastal security, protecting India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), are the goals of the Indian Coast Guard.
Shalomites saluted our courageous heroes for ensuring the safety and security of our country's residents through a special assembly held to familiarise them with the history of ICG, as well as its role and commitment to our safety.
“When a tyrant dies, his rule ends but when a martyr dies, his rule actually begins!!!”
Gandhiji’s assassination on 30th January 1948 has been marked as Martyr’s Day to honour the leader who had promulgated the principles of ‘Satya’ and ‘Ahimsa’. We celebrate Martyrs’ Day as an annual day to salute the martyrdom of soldiers who lost their lives defending the sovereignty of the nation. Our nation marks 30th January as Shaheed Diwas in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi following the memory of all patriotic persons who shed their breath for the nation.
A special assembly was conducted for the students of Grade VIII. Students spoke about why Martyr’s Day is observed. Mentioning the facets of the teachings of Gandhiji, they explained what Bapu stood for. Thereafter a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect for the Father of the nation. The entire class participated in the assembly and captivated everyone with their poised presentation.
The enactment of roles helped reinforce their confidence and self esteem. Each child delivered his or her role with elan.
“Let us work hard to create a country which our martyrs dreamt of to make sure that their souls are happy and content.”
“If I had the power to influence Indian journals, I would have the following headlines printed in bold letters on the first page: Milk for the infants, Food for adults and Education for all.”
Lala Lajpat Rai, who gave this powerful quote, was an activist who played an important role in the Indian Independence movement. His ideologies and contribution in making India an independent country is what earned him the title of Punjab Kesari or the Lion of Punjab. Born on January 28, 1865, he was a part of the triarchy political institution Lal Bal Pal, who advocated the Swadeshi movement, by boycotting all imported items and promoting the use of Indian made goods in 1907. Lala Lajpat Rai’s legacy continues even today.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
This great person who inspired the world does not need an introduction. With his principle of nonviolence, Gandhiji led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. 30th January 1948, Father of our nation was assassinated by his own bodyguard, Nathu Ram Godse.
Shalom Hills International School paid tribute to these two great leaders of our country. A Special assembly was organised to aware the students with their contributions and their importance in our great Indian history.
‘Show and tell’ helps in the children’s learning and development, organize information and builds their confidence. Keeping this in mind, a ‘Show and Tell Activity of book marks about National symbols of India was organized for the students of Grade-III.
National symbols of a country represent a host of objects that paint a unique identity about the country’s sensibilities. The children talked about the importance of national pride by using various categories in which Indian national symbols have been attributed like the National Flag, Emblem, Bird, Animal, Tree, Flower, Fruit and Game.
The students came well prepared for the activity. The students were excited to share their descriptive narration and waited eagerly for their turn. Few were also dressed up as the National symbol about which they spoke. The innovative book marks prepared by them added to the enriching atmosphere. The inspiring presentations helped them to get a realistic appraisal of their skills, to discover the power of spoken words and to share knowledge.
As a part of “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” initiative under CBSE, Telangana is the pairing state of Haryana. A poster making activity on ‘Art and Culture of Telangana’ was organized online for the students of Grade III-V from 18th January to 26th January 2022.
The students expressed their views and thoughts creatively. One could see and feel the enthusiasm that the students had in their presentations. This activity kept the students engaged. It was organized to explore and encourage creativity in students and offer them a platform to showcase their skills. It helped them to think and work creatively in order to inculcate artistic excellence.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”
The 73rd Republic Day was celebrated in all its solemnity and grandeur by the students of Grade I - V on 25th January 2022. A special assembly conducted on began with Lord’s Prayer followed by Shloka recitation, Hindi Suvichar, pledge of the day, mission and vision of school, news headlines followed by motivational pre-recorded speeches by Lt. Colonel Gautam Bhalla, Sh. Joginder Singh and Colonel Utkarsh Singh Rathore highlighting the importance of the Constitution and its unique feature – ‘Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic and Republic’, enshrined in the preamble of the constitution. Videos related to Gallantry awards were also shown to students to make them understand their value and how the soldiers of Armed Forces are sacrificing their lives to protect our country.
With a heart full of patriotic feelings children delivered speeches in English and Hindi. A Role play on National heroes was followed by Patriotic Medley. Spellbinding dance videos of students gracefully performing on melodious patriotic songs were also shown. The students displayed best of their drawings related to Republic day. Promo videos of Republic Day highlights created by Ministry of Defence were shown too to the students.
Students participated in the celebration with great enthusiasm. The main aim of this celebration was to make the students realize the importance of Republic Day and the Indian Constitution. The assembly culminated with the National Anthem. Indeed, it was a day of elation, a day of love and respect for the country, instilling in the Shalomites to remember the golden heritage of our country and feel proud to be a part of India.
National Tourism Day is celebrated on January 25 every year across the country. This day is observed by the government to encourage tourism and explain the essential role of tourism in the growth of the country. India offers several forms of tourism such as cultural, nature, heritage, educational, business, sports, rural, medical, cruise, and eco-tourism.
The National Voters’ Day (NVD) is celebrated across the country to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India. In order to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, Government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as "National Voters' Day". It has been started from January 26, 2011 to mark Commission's foundation day.
The students of grade I-V presented the morning assembly to discuss these important days. Students were ready with the props to present the information confidently.
To highlight the importance of these days the students of class I–V were shown a PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of National Tourism Day and Voter’s Day. Students gathered lot of information about the events during the assembly.
“Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.” ? Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Republic day radiates the fervour and spirit of Independence, remembering our freedom fighters and patriots who sacrificed their lives for India. This is the day when the Constitution of India came into full effect on January 26, 1950. This day is also a representation of India’s diversity and secularism.
Keeping the spirit high, the students of Grade 7 celebrated the day by remembering the historic moment and delivering speeches on the significance of this remarkable day. Students presented their views on ‘My dream of India’. A video depicting the need and formation of our Constitution was shown. Our talented students enthralled everyone by their performances like – singing patriotic songs, doing patriotic dance and by playing musical instruments. They also participated in making crafts like badges, bands and also presented their culinary skills by preparing tri colour food.
The teachers and the students expressed their views on Republic Day and also discussed the ways we can contribute to our nation. Students displayed their enthusiasm in participating in the activities and celebrated the day with pride.
“Constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document, it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of age.
-Dr B.R. Ambedkar
Shalom Hills International School sustained the nationalistic sentiment and promoted the spirit of brotherhood even amid the pandemic by observing the 73rd Republic Day, virtually.
A plethora of activities were organized to infuse the spirit of unity, integrity, brotherhood and patriotism among the students. They were shown an informative video, reiterating the importance of the Drafting Committee headed by Dr B.R. Ambedkar. Children understood the various facts that led to the inception of our constitution and how they need to be more cautious of the actions while practicing their rights for the welfare of society, and the country at large.
A theme based quiz on India's culture and famous slogans of freedom fighters was held to empower and enlighten the students about the glorious past of India and help them to understand the diversity prevalent in the Indian culture. The students were also engaged in writing slogans and making tricolored bookmarks which rekindled their national sentiments
The celebrations ended on an enthusiastic note that filled the students with a feeling of pride and patriotism.
"I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile."
– B.R. Ambedkar
With peace in mind, freedom in soul and pride in heart, the young Shalomites of grade VI celebrated the Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Owing to Patriotic feelings, they participated in various activities like Poem recitation, Bharatnatyam dance, Character portrayal, Dum Charades- to identify patriotic movies, short speeches, Quizzes etc.
The guest appearance of Lt. Gen Dushyant Singh Chauhan, made the children speechless who enthralled the audience with his wisdom, knowledge and background of how he has served throughout the length and breadth of the country including two tenures in Jammu & Kashmir as the Director General of the Defence Intelligence Agency. He made the children aware about How and who formed the constitution, drafting of the constitution on the principles of equality and justice, difference between Democracy and Republic Day; he also talked about LOC, Mc Mohan Line- Actual Line of Control.
He was impressed to see the inquisitiveness and excitement in children asking various questions and ended the session by saying the future of our country is in the safe hands.
“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.”
Play act is an activity wherein the participants imitate different characters. This offered a chance to the participants to gain experience, showcase their speaking and presentation skills and uncover personal aptitude.
On the eve of Republic Day, young learners indulged in this activity. The objective was not only to blend learning with fun but also to develop confidence, fervor and spirit of patriotism in our Shalomites. The excitement of our young actors knew no bounds as they waited eagerly for their turn to perform.
Resplendent in their costumes and glowing in all their finery, they emulated the renowned national leaders with great conviction and confidence.
It proved to be a great learning experience for all the children. The dialogues and enactment of Shahid Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Annie Beasant, Mother Teresa, Pandita Ramabai, Sardar Vallabhai Patel was a visual treat. The children were so electrifying on the virtual stage that it was tough to judge the best performance.
““When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” – Michelle Obama
The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24th. It was initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the government of India, in order to spread public awareness about inequities that girls face in Indian society. The day is celebrated with organized programs including awareness campaigns on saving the Girl Child, child sex ratios, and the creation of a healthy and safe environment for girls.
Gender discrimination is a major problem that girls face throughout their life. The Day aims to promote awareness about the rights of a girl child and to promote the importance of their education, health, and nutrition. The day is in line with government campaigns and initiatives such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Save the Girl Child, free/subsidized education and women's reservations in colleges and universities.
The young Shalomites discussed the importance of this day with the help of slides and posters to portray the significance of this day. Children recited poems, delivered speeches, using placards to convey their message. Class teachers shared information about the day through PPT.
TOPIC: WATER AUDIT – “Observe the water being used in the house for various purposes and list down what different ways can be adopted to save the wasted water and make a poster on it”.
Water is a precious gift of God on the earth. Life exists on the earth because of the availability of water. Itself being tasteless, odourless and colourless, it adds taste, colour and nice smell in the life of living beings on the earth. We find it everywhere in rivers, seas, tanks, wells, ponds, etc but we lack clean drinking water.
We are living in the time when we need to save clean water and use it judiciously. People at many places in India and other countries are facing a huge water scarcity. They have to go for a long distance on daily basis to arrange drinking water. They better understand the value of water than the people who have sufficient water supply in their areas. The situation of lack of water becomes very terrible for the people who don’t have enough water to fulfill their basic needs of drinking, bathing, washing, etc.
So, to create awareness among others, Shalomites prepared Posters and presented it during the virtual class.
Like every month the students of Grade VI of Shalom Hills International School participated in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, (CBSE) Activity, with great enthusiasm. Discussions were held among students, teachers and also with parents, on the role played by various freedom fighters, who got us “Azadi” from the shackles of Imperial rule. Students had researched well and dug out many tales of the celebrated as well as the unsung heroes of the past.
Through this activity, the participants honoured our Indian freedom fighters and remembered their contribution. We are living in Independent India and must ensure that the sacrifices made by our courageous freedom fighters weren’t in vain.
A school assembly is a congregation of all or part of a school for any variety of purposes, such as peculiar programs or communicating information on a daily or weekly basis. Among students it develops the feeling of being united and they understand the school in a better way and learn valuable lessons. This helps to transform the students into a responsible, sensible and knowledgeable human being.
On January 15th, 2022 National Army Day was celebrated all over the India. Students of grade 8th presented a wonderful assembly on January 17th, 2022. The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer followed by the Shloka, Pledge, Thought for the day, News headlines and health tip. The students shared information about the day through Power Point Presentations, videos and enactment.
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
India is a melting pot of cultures and most Indians are multilingual as many vernacular/regional languages are spoken and written in our country. With the start of New Year, we also began a new chapter in Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Club. We introduced “Bhasha Sangam” to the students of Shalom Hills International School.
The students were shown a video and a PPT of the Assamese language. They were encouraged to try to understand the script and words of the language. It turned into an exciting activity as we discovered together that Assamese has several similarities to Bangla, and the script has many alphabets similar to the Devanagari script.
On Friday, January 14, 2022, our school celebrated Makar Sankranti. Students of grade VIII performed different activities on the virtual platform to make the event memorable. Students looked keen to share and present their ppts and posters to show its significant in Indian culture and tradition. Their dedication and persistence were well reflected in their beautiful presentations.
The program began with the recitation of shloka. Poster making and kite decoration were the main attractions. This helped them appreciate the traditions associated with it. Many children used colorful backdrops, picture cards and real materials like sugar dolls and clay pots. Students understood the importance of the harvest festival and the moral values like sharing, caring and respecting elders.
The students took part in the assembly enthusiastically.
Lohri is a folk festival of Punjab that marks the end of the winter season. It is a celebration of the onset of the harvest season. The ancient significance of the festival is both as a winter crop season celebration and a remembrance of the Sun deity Surya. On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, the school organized several virtual activities during the morning assembly organised for the students of grade VIII to spread the feeling of joy in them.
School assembly develops the feeling of being united helping the children to understand the school in a better way and learn valuable lessons. This helps to transform the students into responsible, sensible and knowledgeable human beings. A special assembly was conducted on 13th January 2022 in which the students from Grade VIII participated whole heartedly.
The students highlighted the importance of the festival by giving speeches, showing presentations and making drawings. They stole the show by singing the lohri song ‘sunder munderiye’. To add fun, a few students enacted on the story of ‘Dhulla Bhatti wala’. All the students participated enthusiastically and enjoyed it a lot.
“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”
Character portrayal is the act of imitating character or behavior of someone who is different from us. Shakespeare has rightly said “Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”
To develop understanding of their texts, a role play activity was conducted for the students of grade VIII. They were asked to enact their favourite character form the chapters taught from their NCERT book. The students selected various characters like Princess September, Veera, Munna, Manoj Dutta, Bipin Choudhary, etc from the stories.
The students enacted creatively and enthusiastically by applying matching background and appropriate props. The significant approach of the activity was dialogue delivery and the proper intonation made the children enter in the real character. The peers reviewed each other and commended each performance. The teacher provided relevant feedback and applauded the amazing performance of every child.
Shalom Hills International School motivates its learners to experience different tastes of life by doing. With this mission, the students of grade 8 were encouraged to present Abhyuday activity for the month of January. This activity spread awareness among students to explore more about Luminous Balls- Illuminating Acumen. The scintillating presentation by the students of grade 8 was enthralling, bringing out the actual potential of our students. The students created power point to present the differences between the stars and comets. This individual activity witnessed the progressive ideas and futuristic approach which welcomed the budding scientist to take up the cudgel and be the glittering stars.
The young researchers realized the role of stars in religious ceremonies and navigation for travelling at night. Their dedication and persistence were well reflected in their presentations. This activity gave the students a golden opportunity to discover and learn about the solar system in a fulfilling manner.
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ? Aristotle
Role play is the act of imitating the character and behaviour of someone, who is different from us. With an aim to develop an awareness of empathy and practice implementing specific language and skills, a role-playing activity virtually was conducted for the students of Grade 6. Based on the chapter – ‘What Happened to the Reptiles?’, students were given a choice to select any character from the story and perform the role play in the class. They were given a time limit of one minute to do the enactment.
The students picked up different characters like the Makara, the Snake, the Tortoise, the old man, Prem etc. from the given story. They enacted very creatively by applying appropriate backgrounds and using various props. The best part of the activity was the dialogue delivery and the intonation used by the students to make the character come alive. After every act, the classmates applauded their efforts and commented on appropriateness of actions and provided relevant feedback.
Every student contributed his/her best and tried to imitate perfectly, showing the required emotions. Everyone was full of excitement and displayed his/her zeal in participating in the ‘Role Play’, loving it thoroughly.
“A world without wetland is a world without water”
Water is essential for all life on Earth. One of these freshwater habitats- wetlands are areas of land that are saturated with water. They are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are kidneys of the landscape as they have the ability to clean the water that flows through them, mitigate large flood events and recharge underground aquifers.
Children of Grade III-V attended Eco-Club meet with their respective teachers on the theme of ‘Wetlands’. As 40% of the world’s species live and breed in the wetlands, so our young Shalomites enthusiastically participated in the interactive session and showed curiosity to know more about it. They were informed about Ramsar Convention which works to protect wetlands globally.
Children were shown videos towards the end of the meeting through which they learned more about the topic and suggested various ways to stop the destruction of wetlands. Meeting concluded with discussion about the activity.
The theme for Grade 7 Subject Enrichment Activity for the month of January was “Make your own garden”. The students were asked to create their own garden which included all the animals, insects, birds that seem dangerous but aren’t harmful. Some students drew beautiful and colourful gardens with different birds and animals, some prepared power point presentations and some made amazing models of gardens. All the students of grade 7 took part in this activity and came up with truly creative and innovative ideas. They expressed their views regarding various life forms which are harmless by nature. Their zeal and enthusiasm for the activity was reflected through their work.
The activity aimed at making the students more sensitive and understanding towards other life forms in nature and to encourage them to live in harmony with each other. The activity assisted students in enhancing their awareness level, creative skills and use their higher order thinking skills. It was a very educative and informative activity which involved research and hard work on the part of students who enjoyed it thoroughly.
“I am standing at my own ALTAR; the Poses are my prayers.”
– B. K. S. Iyengar
Under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Government of India organised a mass Surya Namaskar Demonstration Programme through virtual mode to mark the auspicious occasion of Makar Sakranti on 14th January 2022.
The event witnessed the participation of leading Yoga institutions, various bodies and organizations, both from India and abroad, through virtual mode. The Ministry of Ayush along with the leading Yoga institutions of the country came together to make it a people centric successful programme with the tagline “Surya Namaskar for Vitality” and ‘???????????? ????? ????? ?? ????’.
Surya Namaskar is the King of all Poses as it has 12 different poses or asanas as one complete workout. Each of the 12 poses of Surya Namaskar individually works on every part and muscle group of the body for wholistic wellbeing and fitness. By practising these exercises, you get an opportunity to express gratitude to the Sun, our life-giving force.
We, at Shalom Hills International School, with profound belief in our virtues and culture, focus on instilling our Vedic and cultural values in our students. The students were very excited to learn about Surya Namaskar and its various benefits There was massive participation by our teachers, students and their families in this virtual event.
Important harvest festivals Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Bihu and Pongal were celebrated and discussed in the morning assembly of grade I-V. The aim was to make the children understand the significance of celebrating these festivals. All of these are important harvest festivals celebrated across India in the month of January.
Harvest becomes one of the most important occasions in a country that is heavily reliant on agriculture. India is such a diverse country; various states hold a plethora of harvest festivities. Harvest festivals commemorate not just the ripening of the crops, but also a significant astronomical change in the solar system. They are considered fortunate times and are so honoured by festivities and prayers.
The students discussed about how these festivals are celebrated in their home states. A few students showed the special dishes made during the festival. Many students added colourful background images of the festivals in the online classes. It made them aware about their strong cultural heritage and created an atmosphere of festivity all around.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent van Gogh
Abhyuday Activity was conducted for Grade 6, on January 13, 2022 with the motive to research, make connections, transfer knowledge and apply it. A topic ‘Air Pollution’ based on the Science Chapter –Air Around Us, was taken.
Air is the biggest essential factor that is necessary for the survival of any living species. There is a certain percentage of gases present in the atmosphere. An increase or decrease in the composition of these gases is harmful to survival. Air pollution is a significant risk factor for a number of pollution-related diseases. In order to acquaint the students with the alarming air quality and the need of the hour to reduce it, they were asked to make a poster depicting the alternatives and Eco- friendly ways to tackle air pollution.
Students actively participated in the activity, expressing their ideas in the form of art. The activity helped them to attach ideas and skills to the theme and understand the importance of fresh air. It also helped them to understand the roles we can play to combat air pollution.
An art integrated activity, Rainbow Name Hunt, based on the lessons of their English textbook 'The Rain’, was conducted for the students of class 1 on 13th January 2022.
The aim of this activity was to make the students understand the occurrence of a rainbow in the rainy season and also to make them know the seven different colours of a rainbow. The students cut seven rainbow colour strips and pasted them creatively in their English notebook. The students were also introduced to the acronym VIBGYOR through which they learnt the correct order of the colours in a rainbow. They also learnt about the secondary colours; their names and their spellings.
This fun with learning activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
The theme for Grade 7 Abhyuday activity for the month of January was “Water: the elixir of life”. The students were asked to design colourful posters and express their views regarding the importance of water in our life. All the students took part in this activity and came up with truly creative and innovative ideas regarding the conservation of water. They showed through their impressive posters how precious water is for all the living things on the earth. Their zeal and enthusiasm for the activity was reflected through their posters.
The activity aimed at making the students more thoughtful towards the proper use of the very important natural resource-water, without which survival is impossible on the earth. The activity assisted students in enhancing their awareness level, creative skills and use their higher order thinking skills. It was a very educative and informative activity which involved research and hard work on the part of students. Students enjoyed it thoroughly.
“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourself”
National Youth Day, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, is celebrated on 12th January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda to inspire the youth of India with the philosophy and ideals of Swamiji.
The National Youth Day is observed all over India in schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, essay-writing competitions, recitations and sports.
The young minds of Shalom Hills celebrated this day with pride and enthusiasm. The class teachers explained the importance and significance of this day to the students through a PPT during the assembly. The students participated by preparing posters and other props for the presentation and shared interesting information about this day.
The students learnt that hard work and dedication can help youth of India transform the future. The teachings of Swami Vivekananda inspire the youth to develop a confident attitude.
“Hard work is equal to prayer.”– Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji"
January 11 marks the remembrance day of Lal Bahadur Shastriji, an Indian politician who served as the country's second Prime Minister after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in May 1964.
Whenever we discuss the simplest personalities in the history of India, our former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri tops the list. Shastrijipromoted both the White Revolution - a nationwide campaign to increase the production of milk, as well as the Green Revolution - which saw the adoption of modern method and technology in agriculture to increase the production. India won the 1965 war with Pakistan under his leadership and during this war Shastriji coined his immortal slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”which means “Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer”.He passed away in Tashkent, Soviet Unionon January 11, 1966.
Today, the young Shalomities paid tribute to this great son of the soil by remembering all his work. Children recited poems, delivered speeches and displayed his famous slogans through placards. Class teachers shared information about Shastriji’s life through a PPT and motivated children to take inspiration from his life.
The water cycle is an extremely important process as it enables the availability of water for all living organisms and regulates weather patterns on our planet. The hydrologic cycle, or water cycle describes how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitate. Knowing the importance of water cycle will help the children better understand the importance of our drinking water supply as well as important processes that the earth goes through.
To make students aware about the cyclic process of water in nature, an activity on water cycle was conducted in grade IV on 27th December 2021.
Children used innovative ideas using waste materials to show different processes like evaporation, condensation, precipitation and accumulation during the presentation of water cycle. The activity helped the students to build their kinesthetic skills and the objective of ‘learning by doing’ was achieved.
A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metro area or commuter belt, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing.
The goal of this activity was to monitor student learning and to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by facilitators to improve their learning skills.
A Show and tell activity on monuments of metropolitan cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, was conducted in all the sections of grade III. Students were asked to show the picture or model of monuments and talk about the historical background of different monuments of India. They also explained about the importance of that monument in our country. This activity enhanced the knowledge of the students about the metro cities.
The activity helped the students in their concept building and bound them throughout the learning session.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful”.
Christmas is celebrated every year on 25th December. This was the day Jesus Christ was born. He came into this world to save the sinners. During Christmas, people decorate their houses with Christmas trees, lights and stars. It is one of the most popular festivals celebrated worldwide. Christmas is loved by children since they receive gifts from Santa Claus. They love decorating trees and enjoy meeting their friends and relatives.
A beautiful activity named ‘Joy of Giving’ was conducted for the students of class 1 on 24th December 2021. As we all know that colours are a part of our culture, therefore in this activity the children made a wonderful Christmas tree, decorated it with colourful things and made a wish for their friends. This amazing activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
Christmas is a season that brings with it a spirit of joy, hope, love and peace. All these emotions and much more were experienced by the students of the primary wing during the Christmas Carnival.
It was a time of fun and frolic for the students as the following activities were aligned for them which they enjoyed thoroughly.
Grade I to V- Movie time showing the life of Jesus Christ. A few students spoke lines about the ‘Act of Kindness’ that they can do towards others and the spirit of giving that is associated with Christmas. The students also participated in Cooking without Fire Activity that was in sync with the Christmas theme.
Apart from the above-mentioned activities Grade I and II students also engaged in a skit, followed by fun games, a dance party and a fashion show.
Grade III did a ramp walk of Christmas characters and played 'My Secret Santa Activity’.
Students of Grade IV and V participated in a Christmas quiz and watched the ‘Christmas Ballad’ prepared by their fellow students.
The day ended with students singing carols and dancing to Christmas songs.
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.”
Christmas is a season of enjoying the simple things that make life beautiful, counting our blessings and being grateful for them. This is a season filled with warmth and comfort from loved ones. Keeping the same spirit Shalom Hills International School celebrated Christmas on the virtual platform.
On December 23, the students came prepared with presentations and models showing Christmas celebrations in different countries. They displayed their talents in ‘Best Out of Waste’ activity, prepared Christmas decorations using waste materials and participated in passing Secret Santa messages, wherein they spoke a few lines in the form of Poems for their loved ones. They also talked about the importance and significance of this festival.
December 24 found the students all dressed up beautifully with Christmas caps, masks and props. One could easily notice the excitement of Christmas in their eyes.
The students gave wonderful performances such as - carol singing, playing guitar, playing piano, amazing presentations, self-composed poem, monologue as Rudolph, role enactment. Graceful classical dance on Christmas jingle, stole the show. The students applauded each other and the celebration concluded by wishing each other- ‘Merry Christmas’.
The month of caring, sharing, giving and relishing is here.
On the occasion of one of the most auspicious days of the year, Grade VI celebrated Christmas on 23rd and 24th December.
There were several activities planned for the students. They participated in Caring Christmas – Making cut-outs of Christmas symbols and writing their significance; Carol Singing – It brings us together and connects us; The Confusing World- An ecosphere of riddles and puzzles; and last but never the least People on Stage – Nativity Play and The Elf and the Shoes.
The Shalomites uncovered all the possible shades of Christmas. Their gusto, delightfulness, and forever smiling faces made this Christmas as special as always.
Children were surprised to see secret Santa who shared riddles with his quick jokes and quoted “Happy Children, Happy Santa” and made the overall event an enthralling experience. children thanked and bid adieu with happy smiles and laughter.
Shalom Hills International School encourages its promising scholars to learn by exploring. With this mission, the students of grade 8 were motivated to present Abhyuday activity for the month of December. This activity has spread awareness among students to explore more about eminent writers of English language and literature.
The outstanding presentations by the students of grade 8 enthralled everyone was testimony of the best effort by our team leaders and educators. The students created power points to present the best renaissance writers who brought about dramatic changes which was noticed by European art and literature.
This individual activity witnessed the research ability, creativity, presentation skills and futuristic approach of the budding writers. The young writers learnt a great deal about their chosen renowned literary figures. Their dedication and persistence were well reflected in their excellent presentations.
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
Rivers are the lifelines of our country and the land of Telangana is fortunate to have perennial rivers such as Godavari and Krishna flowing through it. There are multiple hydro-power projects constructed there to harness the powerful resource.
For ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ CBSE activity, students of Shalom Hills International School were shown a documentary on the rivers and dams in Telangana. After witnessing it, the students were asked to write a report on the same.
We hope that by reiterating the importance of water bodies, we create a powerful next generation of water saviours.
The much-awaited virtual special assembly on the festival of Christmas was celebrated with fervor and zeal by kindergarten children on 23rd December 2021. The students presented an array of interesting programs.
The students presented a thought-provoking skit, the birth of Jesus, the story of Santa and Rudolph the reindeer which emphasized that Christmas is more than just cards, toys or gifts under the Christmas tree. The skit brought forth the true meaning of the Yuletide spirit which lay in the joy of giving and helping those who are less fortunate. The children were filled with joy and excitement. The message of the assembly was loud and clear— Come, let us embrace the spirit of Christmas by bringing joy and happiness into everyone’s life.
An activity was conducted in grade V as a recap to the topic learnt by the students about ‘Water and Air’. The blanket of air surrounding the earth is made up of five layers of the atmosphere. To reinforce their learning the students made a model of the different layers of the atmosphere.
The activity was conducted online under the supervision of their respective Science teachers. The students used pastel sheets, origami sheets and even plain white sheets to cut out semicircles of increasing sizes, which they then pasted in their notebooks acting as the base. The students wrote the names of the different layers of the atmosphere. They also drew on the semi circles important features about each layer and how it is helpful to people on earth. This activity helped them to reinforce the importance of the atmosphere by means of craft work and colours. It also helped promote kinaesthetic learning and prevent rote learning. The children completed the activity in the given time and represented beautiful and self-explanatory detailed models of the layers of the atmosphere.
"A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud."
Farmers are the backbone of a society. They are the ones who work around the clock and the year to ensure that people don't starve and die of hunger but they themselves struggle for two square meals a day. Therefore, to promote awareness to help and reward farmers for their contribution to society and mark the birth anniversary of the nation’s former Prime Minister, Choudhary Charan Singh, National Farmers’ Day, or Kisan Diwas, is celebrated across the country on December 23.
To sensitise the students about his contributions in the agricultural sector, an online special assembly was organised for classes I-V on 23th December 2021. The young scholars with the help of posters, speeches, debates and power point presentations highlighted various policies and reforms introduced by this ‘Kisan leader’ to improve the lives of the farmers. This informative assembly was a golden opportunity for the students to understand the major role played by the Indian farmers in the economic development of the country.
The enlightening assembly ended with the famous slogan - "JAI JAWAN JAI KISAN" which was given to the farmers by Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India.
British poet W. H. Auden once noted, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” Yet while we all know water is crucial for life, we trash it anyway.
This activity gave students an opportunity to explore and understand that water pollution has a significant impact on society and the environment. Mentors at SHIS educated their students so that they can make a difference – whether it be in their personal lives or as Eco-Warriors.
To spark the inner environmentalist in students, the activity, ‘‘Impact of Water Pollution”, was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. The students were required to make a PPT/use MS Paint to study and highlight the impact of water pollution on different life forms and to share the same with their family members, friends. The students shared interesting pictures and presentations related to the activity and uploaded it on Teams.
The teachers motivated them to share their knowledge and unleash their creativity. This activity gave them an overview about Water Pollution, its causes, its categories and the useful preventive measures to control water pollution.
Freedom is a precious gift given by our Freedom fighters. Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated on completing 75 Years of Independence of the country, achieved on 15th August 1947. For this freedom, many brave freedom Fighters and leaders had sacrificed themselves.
In order to make the young generation aware, ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – Role Play’ was conducted at Shalom Hills International School on 22nd December, 2021. Students were dressed up as different freedom fighters during the assembly periods. Students demonstrated the freedom fighters’ personality through different role plays. They delivered famous lines of our great martyrs.
Challenge yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone, and you may even surprise yourself with a newfound passion.
The purpose of language learning is to not only improve the speakers' four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also to augment their personalities and give them a greater perspective. Among the four skills, reading is one of the most powerful things in the world, offering you new opportunities to learn, grow and be inspired!
The CBSE Reading Challenge was organized for students of classes 6th to 10th from 22/11/21 to31/12/21 on the DIKSHA platform under the 21st-century skills competencies. The Shalomites participated in this challenge with zeal and vigour .
Quiz is important because it is a good indicator of students’ comprehension and instructor effectiveness. A Quiz can be entertaining too; it has the quality to bring a smile on the face and fill people with excitement. Quizzes are meant to educate and help develop the attitude of reading patiently. As they require critical thinking and extensive research, students get into the habit of innovative learning.
Keeping in mind all the benefits, a ‘Quiz’ was organized for the students of Grade 6 based on the chapter – ‘Desert Animals’. 15 Multiple choice questions were given to the students using Quizzez.com. Students were given 30 seconds to answer each question.
Students actively participated, trying to compete with each other in a positive way. They applauded each other’s efforts and learned more about Desert animals at the same time.
The theme for Grade 7 Abhyuday activity for the month of December was prominent classical writers. The students were asked to choose any two classical writers and talk about their works, styles and times in which they wrote. The students showed great enthusiasm for this activity and presented their work in a most impressive manner. Students used different sizes colourful sheets and pasted pictures of their favourite writers. They talked about their popular works and their style of writing. Some students talked about Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Orwell whereas others talked about Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, Mary Shelley etc.
The activity helped students to enhance their knowledge about various classical writers and their contribution in English literature. The activity facilitated in boosting the self-confidence, public speaking skills and presentation skills of the students. It was a very educative and informative activity which involved research and hardwork on the part of students. Students enjoyed it thoroughly.
Solidarity is capable of reducing inequality and social injustice in the world. It leads to the sustainable development of people.
Solidarity can be cultivated through education. With this thought in mind, we at shalom conducted a special assembly in the primary wing, trying to inculcate the concept and importance of solidarity.
The basic purpose of International Human Solidarity Day is to promote the culture of cooperation, equality and social justice in the world. The United Nation’s creation brought the nations and people of the world together to promote human rights, social and economic development and peace.
Students were explained how solidarity can be achieved in our everyday life and day-to-day work by citing examples of flood, drought, pandemic, poverty, hunger etc.
Dramatic enactment conveys an image of action, emotional involvement and excitement. Students get the opportunity to become the persons, objects or ideas that are an integral part of the academic curriculum
To inculcate love for language among the students and enhance their literary skills, a role play and dialogue writing activity was organized for Grade IX students. The activity was based on the play - If I Were You by Douglas James that has mystery, suspense, surprise and humour.
The aim of the activity was to enhance communication, speaking and acting skills of the students. The students got the guidelines to improve their gestures, creativity, stage-craft and acting skills.
“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” - Albert Einstein
With the motive to make students develop conceptual connections between their various subjects, an ‘Abhyuday Activity’ was conducted on December 17, 2021 for Grade 6. A topic ‘Ratio and Proportion’ was taken from Mathematics and students were asked to research about the National Flag of India focusing on the ratio of its length and breadth.
Ratios, which are actually mathematical relationships, are perfect examples of Math in the real world. Grocery shopping, cooking and getting from place to place are three common, real-life situations in which ratios are essential. Students researched on the ratio of our National Flag and presented the activity by drawing the flag in the ratio 3:2 and highlighting the importance of each part.
Students actively participated in the activity, enjoying it thoroughly. The activity helped them to explore ideas for enhancing connections between subjects, know more about our National Flag and collect information relevant for their learning.
December 16, Vijay Diwas, marks the 50th anniversary of the Indian Armed Forces' victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. It was the day when the Indian army brought Pakistani soldiers to their knees and Bangladesh came into existence. The day is observed across the country by paying tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.
To make children aware of this important day a special assembly was conducted in grades I to V. The students wrote slogans, made posters and other props for the presentation to pay tribute to our soldiers on Vijay Diwas. They showcased their creative skills and shared their knowledge about this day. Students were able to understand that soldiers are the guardians of the nation and protect us even at the cost of their own life, and how they fulfil their duties despite the hardships.
Vijay Diwas is indeed a Day for Remembrance of our brave soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the nation. We salute the bravery, courage and sacrifice of our Indian soldiers.
India is a parliamentary secular democratic republic in which the President of India is the head of state and the Prime Minister of India is the head of the government. In a parliamentary democracy, like India, citizens elect their representatives, thus influencing government policy.
The Politics of India works within the framework of the country's constitution. The candidates are members of political parties. A political party brings together people with the same political ideas. Every political party in India - whether a national/ regional/ state party - must have a symbol and must be registered with the Election Commission of India. Symbols are used to identify political parties so that illiterate people can vote by recognizing the party symbols.
To make the students aware about various political parties in India an activity – ‘Political Parties of India’, was conducted in Grade IV where in students were asked to speak about one national & one state party of India with the help of their political symbols. They shared information about the history, contribution and famous leaders of their chosen party in an interesting way. The activity was an enriching experience for the students and they enjoyed doing it.
“The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So, we have to handover to them at least as it been handed over to us.” -Gandhi ji
Water is not only required for our survival but for a healthy and happy life as well. Everyone has seen the scenario of water-deprived countries like Africa, where citizens are leading a miserable life. It is time for everyone to wake up and realize the urgency of conserving water.
Shalom Hills International School endeavours to work for the entire society and humanity, and help raise a responsible generation. As astep in this direction, students were asked to check the leakage of water in their houses as well in the premises of their society and get it repaired. Shalomites did the activity with enthusiasm and discussed who all helped them in it.
As we all know, no one can live without water and this is the first need of any living being. We should understand the importance of water in our life and use it judiciously.
ICT Skill Club Activity was conducted on 18th December 2021 in Grade VI-A. The program started by reciting the Lord’s prayer and a presentation to show on how to make a Christmas card using the website- Canva.com.
During the activity, live demonstration was shown to the children on how to make a card on canva.com along with a presentation shown to them. Students performed the activity during the class and prepared wonderful cards for the Christmas festival by following the instructions-
2.Login with Gmail account
3.Search design for Card
4.Use an image as background from the Photos option.
5.Type text using Text option.
6.Use different Christmas elements to decorate the card using Elements option.
7.Download the card in gif or mp4 format.
Students participated actively and took interest and showed their talent.
The objective of the Craft Activity: Christmas Wreath, with the students was to make them learn about the skills of cutting, tying, pasting. The steps to conduct the activity were explained and demonstrated. After the explanation the children were asked to do the same step by step with the material available with them i.e., pastel sheets, fevicol/glue, scissors etc.
It was a very interesting activity to develop craft skills and the students enjoyed it immensely.
With the goal of helping children to get over the fear of the unknown people in the room, an activity - Introduce Your Fellow MUN Delegate, was organized for the children of grade VI G. The activity commenced with a video - MUN for beginners, and a PPT on MUN being shown to the children.
The students were divided into pairs for the activity and required to get to know each other. This was then followed by the two students introducing each other to the rest of the class.
The students were very enthusiastic and enjoyed the activity a lot. They were explained how they have to do research for MUN. Through this activity they interacted with their classmates which helped them to shed their shyness.
As a theme “On the spot story recitation” Triveni Skill club was conducted on 18th December with the objective to develop the confidence of the children through discussion and class presentation. The students gained an understanding of how a story can be created. They also recognized the importance of Hindi language.
The session started with the introduction and importance of Triveni club. Children were told how to make a story and they were also given time to present the scene. The Children came up with different stories on the topic and related the same with great zeal. Children used their creativity and imagination to created beautiful stories. Students were judged on parameters like confidence, voice modulation and overall performance.
Learning is always a two-way process.
In an enthralling session, the students of Grade VI B learned about William Shakespeare’s life and his works. The students were shown a video reflecting William Shakespeare’s life, his era, the kingship, and the suffering and discoveries during that time. This session not only inculcated the existence of Shakespeare even in the simplest of the conversations but also focused on students’ presentation skills as after the session they made an infographic on William Shakespeare.
The students participated with zeal and their excitement was clearly portrayed through their work which enhanced their research and pictorial communication.
“I am a soldier. I fight where I Am told, and I win where I fight.”
The Assembly on Vijay Diwas was conducted successfully in all the sections of class VII. Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on 16th December in India in remembrance of the martyrs, their sacrifices, and to strengthen the role of armed forces for the cause of the nation. It is also named as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.
Speeches were conducted by the students in the classes during the assembly period. They displayed their enthusiasm in delivering the speech on ‘VIJAY DIWAS’.
“Saving energy today will make tomorrow bright!”
The National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on December 14 since 1991. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Ministry of Power spearheads the celebrations every year. The objective is to drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation. It focuses on making people aware of global warming and climate change and promotes efforts towards saving energy resources.
Energy conservation is achievable by using energy more efficiently and reducing the amount of service usage. Most of the energy sources are 'non-renewable' and may last only for another 40 years or so. Therefore, every individual must include energy conservation in their behaviour for energy conservation.
To aware and sensitize the grade I-V students , a special assembly was organized about the importance of energy and the need for conserving it. Teachers focused on various natural energy sources that generate sufficient energy for use in daily life, like fossil fuels, crude oil, coal and natural gas. The importance of conserving energy and using renewable sources of energy were explained through PPT.
“Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania, and the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy.” - Hermann Scheer
In order to promote energy conservation, ‘National Energy Conservation Day’ was celebrated at Shalom Hills International School on December 14, 2021. Energy conservation is a big necessity that is required for our future well-being. It is a practice that everyone should indulge in to make the future of our earth better. The agenda of celebrating national energy conservation Day is to raise awareness regarding the importance of energy and resource conservation.
A PPT was presented by the students on ‘National Energy Conservation Day’ in the classes during the assembly period. Students spoke about how prudently use available resources and prevent energy wastage through efficient methods.
The teachers and the students expressed their views on the importance of efficient energy conservation. Students displayed their enthusiasm in delivering speeches on the topic.
'Education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.' - Albert Einstein
Empowering today's students to become innovative thinkers is an ambitious goal endorsed by Shalom Hills International School and driven by this vision, the school’s constant effort is to build on experiential learning engagements.
Keeping abreast with the topic which they have learnt, the students of Class V exhibited their skills of brochure making on Religious and Social reformers of India of Pre-Independence era.
Brochures, tell us the substance, the content of the topic in the most artistic and enlightening way. The efforts put in by the students were evident from the attractive brochures made. They drew/pasted pictures of various social and religious reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Mother Teresa, etc.
Children artistically decorated their brochures and shared the same in the class, explaining the facts related to the reformers and their contribution in transforming the mindset of the people.
It truly helped the young souls to show their Creativity to best of their abilities.
Human Rights Day- It is celebrated annually across the world to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. This day is observed to protect the fundamental human rights of all people, and their basic human freedom.
UNICEF DAY- It is observed on 11th December by the United Nations. UNICEF stands for United Nations International Children Emergency Fund. The program was initiated by the UN to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children devastated, due to World War II.
International Mountain Day- It is celebrated on 11th December, every year, to educate children, and people, about the role that mountains play in providing fresh water, clean energy, food, and recreation. The theme for this year's World Mountain Day was “Sustainable Mountain Tourism”.
To highlight the importance of these days the students of class: I –V were shown a PowerPoint presentation on these days explaining the importance human rights, full form and role of UNICEF and importance of mountains present in our environment.
On December 9, the world observes International Anti-Corruption Day. Preventing corruption, unlocks progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, helps protect our planet, creates jobs, achieves gender equality, and secures wider access to essential services such as healthcare and education. The 2021 International Anti-Corruption Day seeks to highlight the rights and responsibilities of everyone including State, Government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private, civil society, academia, the public and youth in tackling corruption.
To make everyone aware and highlight the importance of this day the students of class: I-V were shown a PowerPoint presentation on Anti-Corruption. Children were explained the theme for the International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 - “Your right, your role: Say No to corruption”, and to protect their right, they need to be aware of the role they play and responsibilities they have in the fight against corruption.
There was full and enthusiastic participation of the students in this special assembly. It was a great learning and awareness drive for all the students.
Class: I-V Celebrate
International Civil Aviation Day and Armed Forces Flag Day
7th December 2021
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 7th December as the International Civil Aviation Day to recognize the importance of aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the world.
On 28th August, 1949, a committee set up under the defence minister decided to observe a Flag Day annually on 7th December with the purpose of distributing small flags to the general population and in return collecting donations.
To make everyone aware and highlight the importance of these two events, the students of Class: I-V were shown PowerPoint presentations on International Civil Aviation Day and Armed Forces Flag Day. They were explained about their purpose and significance.
There was full and enthusiastic participation of the students in this special assembly. It was a great learning and awareness drive for all the students.
GRADE I ENGLISH ACTIVITY-‘This, That, These and Those Pelmanism’
December 10th, 2021
Activity based learning is a subset for experiential learning. It plays a major role in students’ learning. An activity related to the use of ‘this, that, these and those’, was conducted for the students of class 1 on 3rd December, 2020.
The purpose of the activity was to develop writing and language skills in the students. The students drew different pictures in their English notebooks to demonstrate the use of ‘This, That, These and Those’. They divided the notebook into four parts and drew and wrote the sentences demonstrating the usage of ‘This, That, These and Those’. They learnt about using these words in singular and plural nouns.
In this activity, the students participated with a lot of interest and developed the vocabulary of the students. It was thoroughly enjoyed by each one of them.
Grade V English Activity
Character Sketch of the Pied Piper of Hamelin
9th December, 2021
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
For our writing muscles to be in shape the students of grade V exercised their writing muscles. Our young scholars were introduced to the concept of ‘a character sketch’. A short piece of writing describing a person’s qualities traits or behavioral patterns.
On completion of the famous children’s classic- The Pied Piper of Hamlin, our young Shalomites showed their understanding of the Pied Piper’s overall personality by drawing and writing a character sketch of him.
Their understanding, imagination and vividity were astounding. The perception of the motive for certain actions taken in the story were shared with clarity, mindfulness and rationale.
The activity was well executed and enjoyed by both the facilitator and the students.
GRADE-VIII English Subject Enrichment Activity
December 7, 2021
For our students to develop into responsible and integrated individuals, Shalom Hills International School encouragesits promising scholars to learn by exploring.
With this mission, the students of grade 8 were motivated to perform an activity based on Interview Questions. This activity motivated the students to explore more about great personalities. The wonderful presentation by the students re-affirmed the potential of our children. The students used placards, emojis and craftwork to depict the virtual newsroom. This group activity witnessed the progressive ideas and futuristic approach which welcomed the budding reporters in the field of critical thinking.
The young reporters realized the impressive technique to conduct the interviews in the virtual newsroom. Their dedication and persistence were well reflected in the presentation.
Class:I-V Special Assembly- Dr. B R Ambedkar’s Death Anniversary
6th December, 2021
“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” Dr. BR Ambedkar
6th December marks the 65thDeath Anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar or Dr. BR Ambedkar, born on April 14, 1891.Popularly known as Baba Saheb, he is the principal architect of the Indian Constitution, was also a jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.Dr.BR Ambedkar, who campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), was the first law minister of independent India.
In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, was posthumously conferred upon Dr. Ambedkar.Being born an 'Untouchable', Dr. Ambedkar faced caste discrimination of the worst kind. Despite this stigma he worked his way forward fighting discrimination at every step and achieved the highest degrees from world-famous universities and rose to become one of the makers of modern India.
On the occasion of his Death Anniversary the students of classes I-V paid tribute to him in the morning assembly through inspirational quotes and speeches. Students spoke about his achievements as a scholar and prolific writer. Students understood the importance of inculcating the teachings ofDr. BR Ambedkar in our life to be able to live a fruitful life.
Classes III-VEco-Club Activity- ‘Save Energy, Feel Energetic’
December 4, 2021
‘Saving energy TODAY will make TOMORROW bright.’
With the growing population of the world, energy requirements are also increasing. National Energy Conservation Day is marked every year in India, for mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation.
Energy conservation emphasizes the judicious use of energy to minimize wastage and save sources for the future. However, energy conservation is achievable either by using energy more efficiently or by reducing the amount of service usage.Most of the energy sources we use in our daily lives are 'non-renewable’, they cannot be reused and renewed.
To spread awareness of energy efficiency and green and sustainable energy among the students, riddles and the quiz were organized by the ‘Eco-Club’ for the students of grades III-V. Questions were asked about different topics related to renewable energy resources and energy conservation through aPPT and videos.
The Eco –Warriors took an oath to become the ambassadors in raising awareness regarding energy saving for a sustainable future.
Class: I-V Indian Navy Day and World Soil Day Celebration
3rd December 2021
Navy Day in India is observed on 4th of December every year to celebrate the magnificence, achievements and role of the Naval Force. Our Navy not only helps in securing the marine borders of the country, it also helps in enhancing the international relations of India through seaport visits. They are the first ones who reach the locals at the time of crisis and distress like high tides, hurricanes, extreme rains and other natural calamities.
A special assembly was organised in SHIS (Middle Wing) in which students spoke on the importance of Indian Navy Day. They shared how Navy week is celebrated every year based on a particular theme. A short speech emphasizing the history of the Indian Navy filled the young hearts with ecstasy, pride and honour. The observance of Navy Day also raised desire in the young minds to opt Navy as a career and serve the motherland.
World Soil Day is held annually on December 5 as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate sustainable management of soil resources. An international day to celebrate Soil was recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002.
With the vital theme 'caring for the planet starts from the ground’, SHIS (Middle Wing) organized a special assembly to celebrate the World Soil Day. Spreading awareness regarding significant processes like soil erosion, its importance, food, water, climate and biodiversity, the assembly began with a speech, emphasising the importance of the day. The students highlighted the states of India with different types of soils and the measures to be taken to save it. It raised awareness among the students about the critical importance of different varieties of soil and inspired them to explore new opportunities to embrace sustainable development. The assembly sensitized the students towards the fact that Soil is more valuable than oil!
Class V Mathematics Activity “Percentage Hunt”
December 2, 2021
The term "percentage" was adapted from the Latin word "per centum", which means "by the hundred". Percentages are fractions with 100 as the denominator. In other words, it is the relation between part and whole where the value of whole is always taken as 100. Percentages are used widely and in many different areas in our day to day life. For example- discounts in shops, bank interest rates.
To make the children understand its concept and application, the activity “Percentage Hunt” was conducted in grade V. The students made a grid of numbers from 1 to 50 and applied the concept of percentage to find the solutions of the questions given from the grid. For example- they calculated the percentage of prime numbers from the number grid.
Participating enthusiastically, the students presented the activity in an attractive way with colorful grid of numbers.
lass: I-V National Pollution Control Day
2nd December, 2021
2nd December is observed as National Pollution Control Day every year, in the memory of those who lost their lives in the Bhopal gas tragedy on the night of 2nd and 3rd of December, 1984. Many people died due to poisonous gas Methyl Isocyanate, also known as MIC. Its aim is to spread awareness among the people about environmental pollution and its disastrous consequences.
To make everyone aware, highlight the increasing air pollution and educate the young minds about how to control and manage industrial disasters, the students of class: I-V were shown a PowerPoint presentation on National Pollution Control Day, explaining the importance of this tragic day.
It was a great learning and awareness drive for all the students.
Grade 6 English Abhyuday Activity
November 29, 2021
“A livelihood. I do not preach in vain. There’s no apostle I would counterfeit; I mean to have money, wool and cheese and wheat”- Geoffrey Chaucer
Abhyuday Activity was conducted on November 29, 2021 with the motive to motivate students to explore new things, make connections, transfer knowledge and apply it. A topic was taken based on the Social Science Chapter –‘Rural Livelihood’, for Grade 6.
About 65.53% out of the total population of India lives in rural areas as per the data of 2019. There are various types of livelihood opportunities in rural India. There are many farm and non-farm activities that are present which people generally use in rural areas to live their lives. In order to apprise the students with the lifestyles of the rural people, they were asked to research and make a collage of the rural livelihoods.
Students actively participated in the activity, enjoying it thoroughly. The activity helped them to research, attach ideas and skills to a specific theme and learn about livelihoods. It helped them to explore, learn and apply, creating a holistic approach.
Grade IV Activity: Measurement
29th November 2021
“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” — Paul Halmos
Measurement is the action of measuring something. We can measure time, weight, height, temperature, length and more. If we didn't have measurement, it would be very hard to know when to go to school, how much you weigh, or how cold or warm it is outside.
Life is so much easier when we know how to measure things, and that is why measurement is so important in our daily routine.
Grade IV students performed an activity on Measurement as a recapitulation of the Measurement concept taught in class. Students were told to be ready with A4 size sheet, colour pencil/Sketch colours and picture cut-outs. They were told to draw or paste different items related to measurement like building or monument/ distance between places/ fruits/vegetable etc., to write their measures and then to convert them into smaller units.
Students were able to find the relation between different units and to convert them into smaller units easily. They represented their work creatively. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically.
Report: Constitution Day
November 26, 2021
Constitution Day which is also known as 'Samvidhan Divas', is celebrated in our country on 26th November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. On 26th November 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India, which came into effect from 26th January 1950. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 19th November 2015 notified the decision of Government of India to celebrate the 26th day of November every year as 'Constitution Day' to promote Constitution values among citizens. An activity was conducted for the students of grade IX with the objective to clear their concepts and try to make them learn about the making of our constitution and the working of our parliament along with the working of the constituent assembly.
The activity was interactive and enjoyed by the students.
Grade III Activity - “Festivals in India”
25th November 2021
An activity, “Festivals in India”, based on the Ch. 7 - Indian Culture and Traditions, was conducted in all the sections of class III. Students were asked to make a festival album. They were instructed to divide the album as per the types of festivals- National festivals, Religious festivals and Harvest festivals. Students used their creativity to make their album attractive. They were also asked to speak about any two favourite festivals.
This activity enhanced their knowledge about the festivals of India and why festivals are important in our life.
Students were very excited and participated enthusiastically. This activity helped them to understand the concept of festivals and bound them throughout the learning session.
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Activity was conducted in Shalom Hills International School for the awareness of conservation of water. As our state, Haryana, is paired with Telangana thus we hoped to enhance the knowledge of the language Telugu as well and reiterate the need to save water to save our planet.
Saving water has become the need of the hour. The children were made aware of the ways in which we can save water. The students were asked to say the pledge to save water, but with a twist. They heard an audio clip of the water pledge in Telugu language and then had to repeat. The students exhibited great zeal in performing the activity and wanted the pronunciation just right. Hence after many takes and retakes, they were able to say the water pledge.
The young generation realises that each drop of “BLUE GOLD” is precious and we have to use it judiciously for posterity.
The fact of the matter is with an image, you can pass on a lot more data than you can with words. Indeed, it can take a thousand words just to depict what is in one picture.
Picture composition is an ideal method of rehearsing English vocabulary in a wide range of fields. By making and recounting a story, youngsters figure out how to compose their contemplations and utilize language to speak with the users in an assortment of ways.
A speaking activity based on the topic ‘Picture Composition’ was conducted for the students of grade 1 on 25th November 2021. 'A picture speaks a thousand words', this quote was quite evident from the activity which was enthusiastically performed by the students of grade 1. They were shown different pictures and were asked to describe the given pictures with the help of keywords. They described the pictures in a commendable manner with the help of sentences. This activity enhanced their speaking and observation skills.
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill
‘Veer Gatha’ CBSE activity was organized for grades 3 to 5 in the month of November to honour the acts of bravery and sacrifice of the officers/personnel of the armed forces and other gallantry awards winners. The students had to write a paragraph or a poem on any gallantry award winner who was an inspiration to them. The entries were decorated with pictures of the Indian flag as well as photos of the gallantry award winners. From all the grades one best entry was selected.
This activity helped to create awareness among the students about the great sacrifices which have been made to keep our country safe. The students were also inspired by the valuable contributions of our great heroes.
Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore. – Guru Nanak
In keeping with the secular ethos of the school, Shalom Hills International School, celebrated and rejoiced in the spirit of the festival, Guru Nanak Jayanti.
A special assembly was conducted on November 18, 2021 to mark the occasion and bring home the relevance of the festival to our young generation. Video on his life and spiritual journey was played for the students which reiterated the message 'One God' and the ‘Eternal Truth’. Shalomites remembered the teachings of Guru Nanak which remind us time and again that essence of all religion lies in oneness of God.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, orGurupurab, is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Sikh community. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev - the first Sikh Guru and the founder of Sikhism. The year 2021 marks the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
To mark the occasion, Gurdwaras across the world are decked up with lights and diyas and people spend the whole day praying together, exchanging greetings and doing seva - service to everyone irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
To make students aware about the importance of this auspicious day, a special assembly was organized for grade 1 to 5 students.Few students were dressed up in Punjabi attires and presented poems, thoughts and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. PPTs and related videos, giving an insight to the day, were also shown to them. They were enthralled to participate and celebrate this special day.
“Caring for water is caring for all.”
Water is a very valuable natural resource. We need water for almost all the activities. It is very important to sensitize students about how important water is for us.
Lack of awareness among people and the carelessness of human beings are the main reasons behind the wastage of water. Water is an essential resource and therefore we should save water for our future generation as well as ourselves.
So, to create awareness among our Shalomites, a video was shared on the importance and conservation of water. Through the video students understood that every action counts. They took a pledge that they will definitely fulfil the responsibility of a good citizen by sustainable development and by nurturing the same feeling in their family and friends.
“The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country.”
Children’s day was celebrated through a virtual platform by all the class teachers and students of Grade VII & VIII on November 12, 2021. The day began with a special Assembly wherein all the Class teachers stepped in to the shoes of our students and conducted the Children’s Day Special Assembly right from singing Prayer and Shloka, to reading news, saying the thought of the day, significance of the day and Pledge.
Teachers gave various performances for the students in order to exhibit their love and affection for them. The special attractions were the puppet show, singing song and poem; the huge applause by the students cemented the bond between teachers and students, as the teachers reminisced about their childhood through their presentations. A short-animated film, a video message along with a Greeting Card on the occasion of Children’s Day was also prepared and shared by the teachers.
The session ended with the Vote of Thank for all the teachers and the students.
“Childhood is an enchanting vista, an endless fun, a joyful classroom, an experience, an era of imagination, an artistic journey, an ode to love, and a happy moment.”
November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day (also called Bal Diwas) in our country and the occasion also commemorates the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, known for his affection for kids. “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country,” he exclaimed once. He always emphasised on the education of children and played a major role in establishment of colleges in the country which are still considered one of the best in the country.
The day is a reminder that every child deserves education, nurturing and the best of everything. They are the building blocks of the nation.
To make students feel special on their day, a special assembly was organized for grade 1 to 5 students. This time teachers gave special performances for their students. Some of them presented skits, some danced for them. A mime act and magic show were also performed by the teachers. Children had a gala time seeing their teachers making their day more special. They also enjoyed watching a movie.
They were enthralled to participate and celebrate this special day.
Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav' means the "elixir of the energy of freedom".
India is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’on completion of 75 Years of Independence of our country. For this freedom, many Brave freedom fighters and leaders had sacrificed their lives.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is meant to make the younger generation aware of the history and struggle of independence.
At Shalom Hills International, Gurugram, this month students of grade VI, showcased their talent by presenting Speeches/Dialogues, Popular stories/Poems, and partaking in discussions about Freedom Fighters. Students actively participated in this activity and learntmore about the freedom fighters.
“Water is life, don’t waste it.”
An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grades I to V. The activity, a part of Jal Sansad, was titled ‘Let’s Rap/Jingle’.
The students were asked to share pictures related to the activity. They had to upload the given activity on Teams. The teachers explained the activity to the students and made them understand the importance of saving water by reusing it.The students had to create a rap or a jingle related to the conservation of water.The students shared interesting pictures and videos related to the activity. They were at their creative best and tried to express the importance of saving water through rhyming rap songs and jingles.
Through this activity the students learned that water-saving is a universal responsibility of every person who lives on this Earth. In order to save water, we have to adopt various means that can help in maintaining the level of fresh water on Earth.
On the occasion of Children’s Day, a special assembly was conducted for the students of grade VI. The event started with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Shloka, Welcome Speech, Word & Thought of the day and various exciting activities for the students.
The activities conducted by the teachers were Yoga Story- (teachers performing yoga with the story depiction), a compiled video of teachers wishing Happy Children’s Day, poem in Hindi, a Game in which students were asked to identify their teachers from their childhood pictures. Motivational & inspiring videos were also shown to sensitize them about the environment.
The students appreciated the efforts of their teachers for making the day special for them.
Since the year 2002, this special day has been dedicated to the importance of science in keeping society flourishing and intact. The UN states that the goal of World Science Day for Peace and Development is to ensure that citizens are kept well informed about the developments in science and the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of our planet. This year, World Science Day for Peace and Development marks the 20th edition, with “Building Climate-Ready Communities” as the theme. It highlights the importance of climate change which is becoming a serious threat to the lives of billions of people across the globe.
The dark years during the novel coronavirus pandemic showed us the importance of not only health but climate preservation too. With the goal to bring science closer to society by presenting several key scientific aspects and possible solutions offered by science, technology, and innovation to some of society's most serious global concerns, a special assembly was organized by grade 1 to 5 students.
They were enthralled to participate and celebrate this special day.
Virtual tours for kids enable the children to gaze at world-class art, learning about history, discovering science, and even checking out what it's like in outer space. While the kids may be home physically, online tours still give them some access to the rest of the outside world.
To give them an insight about the evolution of transportation in India, a virtual tour to Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon was organized in Grade IV on 10th November. The Heritage Transport Museum is India's major museum dealing with the history of human transportation. The collection focuses on the development of transport in India.
It was a wonderful experience for the learners to see all these means of transportation starting from automobile to aviation, from two wheelers to jugaads along with various means of water transport with their real models and posters. Students were amazed and excited to see all the tongas, carts, vintage cars, palanquins, models of planes and recreated art gallery with a real feel like they were walking in the museum. Learners came dressed up for the tour with their sunglasses and hats on and also with a picnic bag full with fun food. They enjoyed this virtual visit.
India is an agrarian country as two third of its population is engaged in agricultural activities. Agriculture is a primary activity, which produces most of the foods that we consume. It is the backbone of our country. The crops that are grown to feed the human population are known as food crops like wheat, rice, pulses etc. and a cash crop is the one that is cultivated to be sold in the market to earn profits from the sale like coffee, tea, cocoa, cotton, and sugarcane.
It is important for students to understand that farmers produce the food they eat, and by developing connections to the farmers, students are also developing connections to the food.
To teach children about agriculture so they can understand that food doesn’t magically appear on the grocery store shelves and that our farms should be protected, an activity was conducted in Grade IV where in students were asked to collect the samples of cash & food crops from their homes. They were also asked to find and share the states in which the respective crops are grown. It was an enriching and informative activity which the students enjoyed while doing.
Activities enable students to think from different angles. Interactive and interesting activities can inspire Math in students to greater achievement.
To introduce the concept of skip counting by 5, an activity, “My Fiery Rocket of 5”, was conducted in class I (All sections). The children were asked to take one each of rectangular and triangular shape cut out. They were instructed to paste both the cut outs in the shape of a rocket. They then wrote skip counting by 5 on this cut out of the rocket and then pasted it in their notebooks.
With the help of this activity, concept of skip counting by 5 was made clear to them and they also correlated the cut out of rocket made with the festival of Diwali. Children made very beautiful Rockets and enjoyed the activity thoroughly, enhancing their logical and analytical skills.
Diwali is the festival of lights which is celebrated in various regions across India. The name ‘Deepavali’ literally means an ‘array of lights.’ To make the students understand the importance of Diwali, a virtual get together was organized where the entire Shalom family had a celebration on 2nd November 2021.
To spearhead the Diwali celebrations, a special assembly was organized wherein students delivered speeches on the significance of the festival and the relevance of eco-friendly celebrations. The festival of lights came alive at Shalom, when the twinkling stars wore a festive look adorned in colorful dresses and presented mesmerizing dance performances. It was followed by a succinct explanation through video on the Diwali festival which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and the new beginning. The celebrations comprised a bunch of exhilarating offline activities for the students like 'From Grandma’s Kitchen' and 'Sharing of light activity', wherein they prepared sumptuous chocolate ladoos to relish their taste buds and donated various products for sharing happiness with the poor and needy.
While celebrating Diwali, young Shalomitees conveyed a strong message of being sensitive towards the environment. Both teachers and students enjoyed the Diwali celebrations wholeheartedly.
To rekindle the light and warmth in this festive season, students of Shalom Hills International School celebrated Diwali on the virtual platform with great ardour and ebullience
A variety of activities culminating in the Special Assembly on November 02, 2021, had the students talking about the significance of the festival - how good always conquers evil and also about why and how Diwali is celebrated across India.
Teachers explained the importance of Diwali. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Students were briefed on the ill-effects of burning crackers and were urged to celebrate the festival with candles, rangolis, sweets and non-polluting green crackers.
Both teachers and students enjoyed the Diwali celebrations wholeheartedly.
“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”
We, at Shalom Hills International School, truly follow this ideology that there is something special every day and so our assemblies are a celebration of each day and about the learnings and significance of these days. It serves two-way purpose- we remember special days and our students get well acquainted with the significance of special days.
November 5th 2021: A significant date to make our generations aware about the effects and precautions related to tsunamis and hence this date is celebrated as World Tsunami Awareness Day.
November 7th 2021: Cancer is a deadly disease and if we go by statistics, 17 people die every minute from cancer in the world. Hence to spread awareness and empathy towards this, we celebrate 7th November as National Cancer Awareness Day to sensitize the masses about the prevention and early detection of cancer. This day is also celebrated to pay tribute to our first Indian Nobel Prize winner Sir CV Raman as it’s his birth anniversary.
Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit. — Stefan Banach, Polish mathematician
Grade III students performed an activity on Multiplication and Division Facts on 2nd Nov 2021. This activity was a recapitulation of the Multiplication and Division concept taught in class. The children were given an option to paste cut-outs or make drawing as per sample shared, on A4 size sheet/Math notebook. They were needed to use minimum two cut-outs.
The children were given two numbers and were required to find and write the missing number in the blank window by applying the multiplication and division fact.
Students were able to find the missing part and represented their work creatively. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically. They were able to understand the concept of Multiplication and Division facts enhancing their aesthetic value, determination, observation and analytical skill.
“Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” was announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of the 140th birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs through the concept of state/UT pairing. Under this EBSB Project, Haryana’s pairing state is Telangana.
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to promote a sustained and structured cultural connect in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices etc.
Language plays a very important role in the overall development of a child. An activity on Telugu Varna Mala of Telangana state was organised on 2nd November 2021, wherein pictures and videos related to Telugu Varnamala were shown to the students.
Students enthusiastically participated in the activity and enjoyed it. This activity gave the students an opportunity to explore and learn about Telugu Varnmala.
Halloween is a night of costumes and fun which happens on 31st October every year. Halloween celebration provides people with an opportunity to dress up in a scary manner. Halloween tradition and celebration has got rich ancient religious beliefs, stories and history.
Halloween celebration was established over two thousand years ago in Celtic Ireland, by farmers. Initially, the Halloween festival was known as Samhain by the Celtic farmers which meant end of summer. This was a time to forget about the summer and hope for a productive winter.
In order to celebrate Halloween, the students were dressed up as different scary characters. A virtual Halloween party was conducted on 29th October, 2021 in all the sections of classes: I-III. The children danced on different spooky Halloween songs which were followed by several amusing games including musical statue and making silly faces etc. The kids enjoyed a lot during the party. Overall, it was great fun for the kids.
The students of grade I-V discussed and presented some important events in morning assembly. They were ready with the props and were aware about the topics in advance and presented confidently.
The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or the National Unity Day is celebrated on October 31 in India. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is also the Death anniversary of Smt. Indira Gandhi who was the 1st Lady Prime Minister of India.
Haryana Day, celebrated on November 1st, marks the formation of the state of Haryana in 1966. Haryana Day is a regional public holiday observed in the Indian state of Haryana.
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world on 1st November. The benefits of veganism for humans and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up of stalls, hosting potlucks, and planting memorial trees.
November 1 is also Author's Day, a day to honour all your favourite authors and to encourage any writers in your life to keep working on their magnum opus.
The involvement of students in these events helped them gather information about them and become more aware.
In a developing economy like India, industries are indispensable. India has many favourable factors for the development of industries. The country is rich in natural resources, such as minerals, forests etc., rich in power resources, such as coal, hydro-electricity, atomic energy, etc., it is rich in human resources also as the country has a vast population, wide market required for the development of industries is also available in the country.
To make the students understand the importance of industries and industrial growth in a more realistic way an activity ‘INDUSTRIES OF INDIA’, conducted in class-IV where in students were asked to select any state of India and the famous industry of that state. They shared the details of the selected state’s industry in the class in a very explanatory way. They presented their finding with various pictures, drawings and even things found in our homes which are made in various industries. They were able to relate to the topic and this activity boosted their conceptual understanding of industries.
“Sardar Patel gave us Ek Bharat; It is now the solemn duty of 125 crore Indians to collectively make Shreshtha Bharat.”
Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat program aims to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different states through state pairing. Shalom Hills International School has always striven to carry out activities to encourage a sustained and structured cultural connection in language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices in school and society.
The state of Haryana has paired up with the state, Telangana. It is home to some of the most beautiful folk dances of India. The most famous folk dance of Telangana is Gussadi Dance. The famous monuments Charminar and Golkonda Fort are a part of Telangana.
Telangana is also technologically able. It is applying technology to transform its economy. But, apart from racing through the technological journey, Telangana also finds it necessary to preserve their culture and environment. One of the most popular ones is the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary. It provides shelter to a variety of animals. These include the Indian gazelle, Four-horned antelope, Indian sloth bear, Asian palm civet and many more. It also covers various types of plants and trees. These comprise the Banyan Tree, Neem Tree, Indian liquorices.
Every year on 24 October, the United Nations Day is celebrated all over the world to commemorate the anniversary of the official creation of the United Nations through the 1945 UN Charter. Though it's not a public holiday, people come together and celebrate the day with pomp and show in various cities in different countries. This year the United Nations encouraged people to "celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the (COVID-19) pandemic." The pandemic has emerged as a common enemy of the world today.
Hence to make students aware about United Nations Day a special assembly was organized by grade 1 to 5 students. The Assembly started by invoking the blessings of Lord with a prayer by the students. Students gave speeches on why the United Nations Day is celebrated and also shared their views on the importance of this day. The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
“Competition forces us to do our best.”
Advertising is a method used to attract others’ attention. To acquaint students with promotional strategies in marketing through advertisements, an Ad Mad Show competition was organized for grade I. The objective was to apprise students of the significance of values like honesty, friendship, discipline, integrity etc. in one’s life.
The students presented the advertisements of different products and services. Most of the students came up with unique ideas and well-written scripts of the advertisements. They were dressed up in the form of different products and services. Some of them also used attractive props which enhanced their performance.
All the students participated with a lot of enthusiasm. The competition helped the students enhance their skills in expression, voice modulation and dialogue delivery. It was an excellent learning experience.
Multiplication is the method of calculating the product between two or more numbers. It is a primary arithmetic operation. While solving multiplication problems, one-digit numbers can be multiplied in a simple way by using multiplication tables.
In order to make the concept clear, a Math activity using deck cards was conducted in the class. The students were told to pick two cards from the deck. After that they were told to tell the answer by using multiplication tables. Thus, this simple activity helped them to understand the concept of multiplication more clearly and evidently.
All students performed the activity with full enthusiasm. Children thoroughly enjoyed the fun filled learning activity and spent their day with experiential learning.
Trees are facing the brunt of man’s unquenchable greed. Everyday thousands of trees fall prey of the ever-rising demands of human beings. Taking account of the prevailing situation, a slogan writing activity was organized for the students of Grade – IX based on the Poem – ‘On Killing a Tree’. The aim of the subject enrichment activity was to create awareness and alter young generation's outlook on tree conservation.
Our young innovators showcased their writing skills with great zeal and wrote catchy slogans bringing home the point of conservation of trees. It was emphasized that all of us should join our hands together to make a difference. The activity turned out to be highly enriching, enthralling and exciting for all the participants.
Solubility is the ability of a substance to dissolve into a liquid. The substance that dissolves in another substance is called a solute whereas the substance in which solute dissolves is called a solvent. When solute gets dissolved in a solvent, it makes a solution.
Concepts in science cannot be understood unless performed. Hence, an activity was conducted by the students of Grade IV to check the solubility of different substances in surrounding. Science teachers demonstrated the test of solubility in the class using various substances in water. Children were told to perform solubility test offline using various substances available in their surroundings and share their pictures in Teams under the assigned folder. Different solutes were gathered by children like salt, sugar, tea leaves, oil, sand, talcum powder and coffee powder. These substances were added in different glasses of water (solvent) to check their solubility. Children performed the activity patiently and noted their observations carefully. They observed that few substances get dissolved in water like salt and sugar, whereas other substances like mud and oil do not get dissolved in water. The solutes which got completely dissolved in water are soluble substances and made solution like saline water solution and sugar solution.
Conducting the activity proved an effective way for students to understand the solubility of different substances used in our daily life.
Pronouns are essential in the way we communicate with one another. The importance of pronoun communication, however, is crucial. The conceptual knowledge of pronoun was given to the students through various examples, and rules of using them in sentences were also explained. Pronoun may be used to replace a noun.
For better conceptual knowledge, an art-integrated and interactive activity – ‘Pronoun Pizza’ was conducted for the students of grade 1. The students drew a pizza on an A4 size sheet and wrote a few pronouns on it. They drew beautiful and colorful pizzas and brushed up their artistic skills also.
The learning outcome of the activity was to enhance the conceptual knowledge of pronouns which was well achieved. The activity session was very interesting and enjoyable for the students.
Stories allow us to share information in a memorable way. By telling a story rather than merely reciting dry facts, we remember the details more clearly. A story narration activity based on the lesson, ‘Tansen’ was conducted for the students of Class VI on October 18, 2021.
Activity focused on research work, to know about our history and to use wit in day-to-day life like Birbal. Above all to think creatively and enhance speaking skill. As a part of the activity students had to virtually present a story of Akbar and Birbal before the class. The students were given the liberty to choose any story of Akbar and Birbal and narrate it, highlighting the moral of the story.
Students used innovative ways to share the story and the moral before the class. They used PowerPoint presentations, props, pictures, placards, puppets to present their stories in interesting ways with proper dialogue delivery and feel. Every student was full of excitement and displayed his/her zeal in participating in the virtual activity, enjoying it thoroughly.
English is more than a language to communicate. It also helps to develop the much-needed moral value and a path to success. Focusing on great achievers in reference to the chapter ‘Summit Within’, the life of Major HPS Ahluwalia was given as a base topic to the students, wherein the students presented their research on great mountaineers from around the world. The major challenge focused on was – “One has to conquer the summit within”.
The activity was presented in a timeline format to present their achievements and journey using digital platform.
The zeal and passion in their presentation was of much appreciation.
‘Fire: Friend and Foe’ based on this topic an Abhyuday activity was conducted for the students of Grade 7. The students made Impressive PPTs on the history of fire and how it acts as a friend and a foe. One by one students presented their PPTs and put forward the various amazing facts regarding fire in order to make their presentation interesting. They explained with numerous examples how fire acts as friend and how its discovery has proved advantageous for the human race. Few students narrated some instances from real life where the fire acted as foe and demonstrated its destructive side to the world and caused lot of loss of life and property.
Students presented their thoughts and ideas with great zeal and vigour. The activity facilitated in boosting the self-confidence, public speaking skills and presentation skills of the students. They learnt many new and amazing facts about fire. Overall, it was a very educative and informative activity which involved research and hard work on the part of students. Students enjoyed it thoroughly.
“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water"- Benjamin
Water is vital for all forms of life and the centerpiece of existence. It is an essential nutrient, if there was no water there would be no life on earth. Water is one of the valuable and indispensable resources; it plays a key role in the human body.
Every year World Water Day follows a theme to highlight a cause. This year, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Climate Change'. The theme highlights the urgent need of strengthening water security and establishing access to a sustainable water supply in the face of changing climate conditions worldwide. To make the students understand that conserving water is equivalent to conserving their future. In the pandemic situation, where online mode was also a platform Shalom Hills International School, students created PPTs and E-Posters to spread awareness about water conservation and its efficient use.
The participants encouraged all the other students to conserve water through their creative PPTs and E-Posters.
An activity related to L-5 ‘Meeting G.G Grandpa I,’ was conducted in all sections of grade 4 on 18th October 2021. This was a role play activity in which the students had to select their favourite scene from the lesson and enact it online. The students were given a week’s time to prepare for the activity.
All the students participated in the activity. A few of them also dressed up as their favourite character. Some students had made creative hand puppets of their favourite characters. The students were confident while enacting their roles. Through this activity the children were able to understand the different characters and the central idea of the story. It also helped to enhance their vocabulary. This activity gave the students an opportunity to express their creativity as well as helped them to practice their presentation skills.
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated across the world in the third month of the Muslim lunar calendar. This year, it is being observed on 19th October. Muslims observe this day with great zeal, devotion, and passion to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. To celebrate Eid-e-Milad, people share sweets with each other, participate in processions, offer prayers, and remember the beautiful life of Prophet Mohammad. The day is marked with restrictive celebrations as this day is also observed as Prophet’s death anniversary. This day is also known as Maulid which is an Arabic word for ‘giving birth’. Maulid is observed on the 12th day of the month, Rabi-ul-Awwal.
The students were explained the importance and significance of this day by their class teachers through a PPT during the assembly. The students also enthusiastically shared information about this day.
‘We all need to be part of the change.’
Global Hand washing Day, celebrated on October 15th, is an annual global advocacy day for hand washing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.
With the theme "Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life", World Food Day 2021 was celebrated on 16th October. The food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet. It has an impact on the way agri-food systems work.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promotes dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and society at large. “It represents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard and a moment to recognize that poor people are in the forefront in the fight against poverty.”
All these important days were observed in Grade I to V during assembly and students were sensitized about their respective significance.
“Research is creating new knowledge.” – Neil Armstrong
Abhyuday Activity was conducted on October 12, 2021 with the motive to explore new things, make connections, transfer knowledge and apply it. The theme - ‘Indian Classical Musicians’ was taken based on the English Chapter – Tansen, for Grade 6.
Tansen is regarded as one of the greatest Indian musicians. He was one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court. In order to pay tribute to prominent Indian Classical musicians and to make students know more about Indian music, the Abhyuday activity was conducted. The students researched about different Indian musicians, chose five of them and displayed their presentations on Power point. The activity was virtually conducted in the class, providing information about Indian music and prominent classical singers.
Students actively participated in the activity, enjoying it thoroughly. The activity helped them to attach ideas and skills to a specific theme. It helped them to explore, learn and apply, creating a holistic approach.
“The world is changed by your example, not by opinion.”
3/4th of the Earth’s surface is covered with water out of which 97% water is in seas and oceans and is not usable to humans. Rest 3% which is actually freshwater is again divided between icebergs, glaciers, groundwater and the water in lakes and ponds. So overall for the entire world the amount of freshwater available is very less, but, in spite of that water wastage can be seen everywhere.
To make students aware of this wastage and encourage them to be the change to stop this habitual wastage they were asked to observe how water is used and wasted around them. They were asked to share their inputs and ideas for avoiding this wastage of water.
Learners performed this activity very enthusiastically and also shared their ideas for saving water.
They also shared that due to this activity they realize how much water they themselves were wasting and they took a pledge to save water.
It was a great learning experience for the children.
India is known as a land of festivals and celebrations. Dussehra, also called Vijayadashami, is celebrated as victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasura. A festival of victory of good over evil, it also celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana.
Dussehra celebrations took place in Grades 1 to 5 on 12th October 2021. The assembly started with the students being shown a ppt of the importance and uniqueness of the festival all over India.
There were speeches, special dance performances, role-plays and poem narration by the children in the assembly. A few students presented songs on Dussehra as well as played musical instruments like the guitar. Some students were also dressed up as their favourite characters from Ramayana.
Towards the end of the day, there was also a special online Dandiya dance party organized for the students. The students, dressed in bright traditional attire, participated whole-heartedly in the fun-filled special Dandiya Navratri celebration organised for them. Happy to show their dancing skills, the students twirled to the tunes of the popular navratra dance numbers. There was an air of festivity everywhere.
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Every day we come across news that reminds us just how serious the environmental crisis is. Headlines that announce the dangers of rising sea levels, melting ice caps, and widespread droughts are commonplace. These headlines serve as constant reminders that water is precious. They also serve as a call to action.
So to make the students understand that conserving water is equivalent to conserving their future, the Shalom Hills International School conducted Verse-e-style activity for classes III- V wherein students wrote a concrete shaped Self Composed poem about the conservation of water to create awareness about the efficient use of water and its conservation. Students promoted small significant changes in their Self Composed poems that will ultimately lead to spreading awareness about water conservation and its efficient uses.
The students showcased best of their creative expressions by writing beautiful and encouraging poems. All the students participated enthusiastically in this activity.
As part of the year-long celebrations, a number of activities have been planned by CBSE to make the students aware of India’s freedom struggle, focusing on every possible skill and fostering a positive attitude towards society.
For the month of October, Grade 6 students participated in the activity to write a paragraph about places related to the freedom struggle, which encouraged the students to work on their researching, deducing and writing skills. They took the initiative to know more about the places playing important role in the struggle for freedom.
The students thoroughly appreciated the activity as it gave them a better insight into the freedom struggle.
“And though she is but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
To create awareness and understanding among students an assembly was conducted on International Day of Girl Child, wherein students of classes I-V enthusiastically participated and shared their thoughts on the day. They made relatable posters with quotes. Overall, it was an informative session.
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
Spelling Competition not only provides a valuable educational experience to the children, but also allows them to engage in healthy competition. Keeping this thought in mind SHIS organized a Spell Bee Competition for the students of classes I -V on 24th.
The second round covering the same course with a different format, was conducted on the 24th of September 2021. The children had to attempt their Spell Bee Quiz on MS Forms and also through online Quizizz platform. This was done to make their activity interesting, colourful and raise the bar slightly.
The second round helped us sift the winner of each section from all the grades. The final round of the competition was conducted on 8th October,2021 through virtual platform after school hours, with only the finalists. With no set syllabus, the bar of the competition was raised further. There were 4 rounds. All of them were time-bound along with positive and negative scoring.
The students participated with great enthusiasm and dueled through the toughest words to prove their mettle.
“Touch the sky with Glory.” - Motto of the IAF
Indian Air Force Day is celebrated every year on the 8th October because the Indian Air force was formed on this day in 1932. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm and the vital organ of the Indian Armed forces, which plays a crucial part in the wars fought by the country. We celebrate this day to honour and recognize the selfless efforts of the Indian Air Force.
This day is an occasion that pays a tribute to the Indian Air Force and attracts the brightest young minds towards this profession.
The young minds of Shalom Hills celebrated this day with pride and enthusiasm. The class teachers explained the importance and significance of this day to the students through a PPT during the assembly. The students participated by preparing posters and other props for the presentation and shared interesting information about this day.
The students understood the importance of our courageous and inspirational Air Force. The event of Indian Air Force Day helped the students to recognize the efforts and sacrifices of the Indian Air Force.
“This soil has something unique, which, despite many obstacles, always remains the abode of great soul.” -Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
As India celebrates its 75th year of Independence, it is an opportune time to pay tribute to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives so that the coming generations could live and take pride in a free nation. Our leaders ignited the freedom movement with the game changing ‘Revolt of 1857’, and displayed unhindered commitment to free India, our motherland, on 15th August, 1947.
To imbibe the spirit of patriotism, our Hon’ble Prime Minister gave the clarion call for ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by flagging off ‘Dandi March’ from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad on 12th March, 2021. This call has been carried forward by schools and colleges by organising series of activities and events to mark the year-long celebration and create awareness amongst the students about our great freedom struggle and the sacrifices.
At Shalom Hills International, Gurugram, a virtual- poster making competition was organised, wherein the students of grade VI showcased their talent by sketching poster of our Freedom Fighters- Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Laxmi Bai, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and many more.
‘The influence of teachers, extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.’
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on October 5 to recognize the rights and responsibilities of teachers and educators across the globe.
To celebrate World Teachers' Day, UNESCO mounts a campaign each year to help give the world better understanding of teachers and the role they play in the development of students and society. On World Teachers’ Day, the services of teachers and their contributions to education are acknowledged and their role and importance for the development of students and society is appreciated. This day is an occasion that pays a tribute to the teachers and attracts the brightest young minds towards this profession.
The Theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The young Shalomities celebrated this day with great zeal and enthusiasm. The information on this day was elaborated by the class teachers through PPT during assembly. The students presented speeches to show their appreciation of their teachers. They also recited poems and made cards to express their gratitude.
The event helped strengthened the bond between a teacher and a student and made it a memorable day for them.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France
An effort was made to instil this thought in the minds of our young Shalomites through the special assembly conducted in the Middle Wing on 4th October on account of ‘World Animal Welfare Day’.
The assembly began with the prayer, followed by the shlok and pledge. The vision and mission of the school were also shared followed by the thought of the day along with news headlines.
The special assembly focused on the theme "Care for the mute creatures", by spreading awareness among the students and raising an awakening regarding care and welfare of animals. The students were informed about the endangered and extinct animal species. They were told about the causes of the decline in the number of animals. The interdependence of animals, plants and humans was also shared with the students.
The students showed posters with some slogans suggesting ways for animal conservation, while some stated examples of endangered and extinct animal species. The assembly concluded with the Shalom Anthem.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ? Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi Jayanti is observed by the entire nation to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi or more lovingly known as Bapu. He is internationally acknowledged for his doctrine of non-violence that led India to its glorious freedom.
To revere this day, the students of Grades I-V held a Special Virtual Assembly to commemorate the Mahatma’s life and teachings.
A special speech with Gandhian quotes and messages enabled the students to understand more about this iconic leader. Gandhian ideals were depicted through an amazing skit presented by the students in the most eloquent manner. They also presented the philosophical and pragmatic ideals of Gandhi Ji.
The students sang Bapu’s favourite hymns ‘Vaishnav Janto’ and ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ with full exuberance. They also recited poems and presented their own views on the Gandhian philosophy. The young scholars paid a creative homage to Gandhi ji by making thoughtful posters, eye catchy slogans, maintaining cleanliness in and around their house and encouraged everyone to spread the crusade of cleanliness.
All our students were imbued with Gandhian values and thoughts and vowed to become ideal citizens of India and this World.
Understanding shapes will enable students to be more in tune to the world around them and see the connections between objects, as well as being better able to appreciate artistic works. Activities enable students to think from different angles. Interactive and interesting activities can inspire Math in students to greater achievement.
To recap Shapes a ‘Role Play Activity’ was conducted for class 2 students. All students one by one enacted as and spoke about different shapes with props. The students were very excited and spoke very confidently with nice expressions.
The activity helped to clarify all types of 2-D and 3-D shapes. Children thoroughly enjoyed the activity and enhanced their logical and analytical skills as well.
From the houses and the way we live in them, to the roads we travel on, to the way we use modern communication devices to talk to each other, minerals have a significant impact on our daily lives. Yet we give very little thought as to where these minerals come from and how they are obtained.
Minerals?can be found in many of the products that we know and love. In fact, we use or consume more than 25 minerals daily.
To make students aware of the importance and usage of minerals in our daily lives – a concluding activity of L-10 ‘Minerals’ was conducted in the class. The students were asked to find any five minerals that we use in our daily life and at least two further uses of the same mineral.
The main aim behind this activity was to make students more observant about their surroundings, about the things we use every day and the processes these things went through before coming to our hands as final products.
Students enjoyed doing this activity and presented their findings to their peers in the virtual classroom. They were able to relate to the topic and understand the concept in a realistic way.
“A healthy heartbeat is essential for you to feel good in life.”
World Heart Day is one of the most important campaigns to aware people of cardiovascular diseases and encourage them to a heart-healthy lifestyle. This special day is annually celebrated on September 29. This day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
The students of Shalom Hills International School actively participated in the World Heart Day campaign. The students shared various health and wellness tips in their virtual classrooms to prevent heart diseases through Power Point Presentations and made beautiful props to make their peers aware about a healthy heart.
The students of the primary wing of Shalom Hills International School had a special assembly to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh a socialist revolutionary and one of the greatest freedom fighters India ever had. Bhagat Singh was hanged at the very young age of 23 years for his revolutionary activities during the Indian freedom struggle. He had dedicated his life from a very young age of 13 years to the freedom of his Motherland.
The students from grades I-V were made aware of this electrifying revolutionary, his beliefs and accomplishments. A virtual assembly was organized to pay tribute to this impressive freedom fighter. A few students shared his achievements and his love for his Motherland through speeches and poems. Some students also chanted his famous slogans with vigour.
A stimulating classroom environment is one where students can learn through exploration and hands-on practice, be encouraged to think critically, and be provided a variety of experiences.
Story Board is a series of pictures in a sequence that narrates a story, shares instructions or shows the flow of action. A storyboard activity in EVS I was held for the students of Class V on 27th -28th September 2021.
The activity provided the young minds with a logical framework to organize their thoughts before they begin writing in earnest. The idea to create their own story board was shared, discussed and explained to the students beforehand. Young minds came up with thought-provoking and exciting concepts and articulated their views with the help of drawings and narratives on the topics like the Sepoy Mutiny, Divide and Rule policy, Swadeshi Movement etc.
The activity was an effective way to evaluate the reading comprehension of the students before moving on to more analytic tasks.
It helped them to align and organize their thoughts and reinforce their learning content. It provided an opportunity to expand their creative horizon and imagination in a fun filled way.
Art integrated learning enables the students to derive meaning and understanding directly from the learning experiences. It also makes learning joyful and has a positive impact on the development of scientific skills. To enhance the understanding of the concept- ‘Animals’ taught in the class, an online activity was conducted for Grade IV students on 27th and 28th September, 2021.
The animal kingdom is very vast and diverse. Students learnt about different groups of animals which include vertebrates and invertebrates. They prepared masks of an animals of their choice for a class presentation. Using their innovative ideas, they made colorful masks of different animals using waste materials. They were able to identify the animal as a vertebrate or invertebrate and which group it belongs to like- fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Students shared their knowledge on the basis of key points such as- presence or absence of back bone, cold or warm-blooded animal, its habit, breathing organ, means of reproduction and eating habits. It was good to see various creatures like octopus, jellyfish, butterfly, cow, lion, tiger, fishes, panda, dog and so on. The students participated enthusiastically in the activity and presented it with zeal. Few students explored extra information about the animals and shared it during their presentation. Animal’s sound were also added by them to enhance their presentation.
Map activity of Lesson -5 ‘India Political’, was conducted in all the sections of class III. Using maps in the classroom invites curiosity, encourages exploration and inspires problem solving.
The goal of this activity was to monitor student learning and to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by facilitators to improve their learning skills.
Students were given a political map of India. They were asked to mark the nine neighbouring countries of India i.e Nepal, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Srilanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives and colour them separately.
The activity helped them in their concept building keeping them engaged throughout the learning session.
Water is a very valuable natural resource. The human body is made up of 70% of water. Water is an essential resource and therefore we should save water for our future generation as well as ourselves. Many species of flora and fauna depend on the daily availability of water. While lots of water is used daily, not much of it gets recycled and most are wasted in drains.
Shalom Hills International School is against the careless wasting of water and strives to spread awareness among people and the society.
I another attempt to create awareness, students prepared jingle/rap and recited it during the class. Paying attention to the lyrics, the students used a backdrop image as well to make it more interesting.
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.”
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27 with the aim to aware the people about the importance of the tourism. World Tourism Day is to promote tourism because with different experiences, entertainment and knowing new things, cultures, it makes the country financially strong. Along with this, new possibilities are also created in employment and relationships.
To make children aware of this important day, an assembly was conducted in grades I to V. The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer to provide peace and serenity to our minds and souls, followed by a shloka, pledge, thought for the day, news and Shalom Anthem. Students understood the need to save world’s heritage places and explore about them as they are built in ancient times.
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
To protect and save the environment, and also to do our bit by raising the awareness among people, the young Shalomites voluntarily became part of an ‘Eco Club’ in the school. The sole purpose of this club is to raise eco warriors for the future and all the members took pledge for the same. An introductory meeting was held grade wise on 25th September 2021 where the students interacted with their peers and teachers with the sole agenda of doing their part in taking care of the environment.
In the meeting the students were apprised about the things that were expected of them as members of this club, their commitment to the club including time and effort was also explained. They were asked to maintain a notebook where they could jot down details of various activities and plan for the same. They were told about an upcoming activity in the month of October - ‘Silent Parade on Climate Protection’. The students watched two videos suggesting that we are responsible in bringing about an ‘eco-revolution’.
Overall, the students were enthusiastic to be a part of the eco club and the meeting ended with a pledge taking ceremony.
"Environment is no one's property to destroy; it's everyone's responsibility to protect." -Mohith Agadi
World Environmental Health Day, an initiative of the International Federation of Environmental Health, is observed globally on 26th September every year to raise awareness about Environmental Health concerns and to highlight the important work of Environmental health around the world.
This year’s theme focuses on children’s health and safety. Children are especially vulnerable to environmental health threats because they are less resistant to infection, more susceptible to negative effects from air pollution and chemical contaminants, and are at a higher risk of injury from accidents at home or school.
To make children aware of this important day, an assembly was conducted in grades I to V. The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer followed by a shloka, pledge, thought for the day news and Shalom Anthem. Shalom used this event to raise awareness of the biggest risks and issues in environmental health today, and spark discussion on the steps people can take to both protect the environment and ensure their safety from its threats. Students were able to understand the importance and need to keep the environment safe.
International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated across the world on September 23 every year. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations to promote the importance of sign language in recognition of deaf people’s human rights. Under the resolution of the UN General Assembly, countries should make it easier for people to learn sign language and raise their awareness on the deaf community’s linguistic identity. It is about uniting as a global community to promote the rights of deaf people and highlight specific human rights topics that merit attention.
Young learners during their class assembly shared their concerns, views and thoughts on the related topic. The day was celebrated with a special purpose to stress the importance of sign language in the society to leave no one behind.
The information shared with the Shalomites gave exposure to deaf culture and the deaf community and their inclusion in the hearing world. It is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.
To develop a scientific approach and make learning Science easy and interesting, the students of grade V participated in the making of the structure of the Human skeleton based on L-18 – “Skeletal System”.
The human skeletal system is like a shield and the base of the body’s existence. It provides shape and support to the human body.
As instructed earlier, the students used an A4 sheet as the base on which the human skeletal system was represented with the use of various materials like straws, toothpicks, broken broomsticks, earbuds and matchsticks. Some children showed novelties like representing the skeletal system on walls or cupboard doors with the help of paper rolls.
The students enjoyed the activity thoroughly and displayed the human skeletal system quite accurately. The students finished the activity in the given time and ended the class with a quick recap of the different functions of the skeletal system.
The main aim of conducting this activity was to enhance the logical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, reasoning, creative and Interpersonal skills. It was a knowledge sharing activity and the objective of ‘learning by doing’ was achieved.
A Math activity- “Shapes”, was conducted for Grade-II on 22nd September 2021. As children had already been introduced to 2-D shapes, they were able to identify the objects of different shapes. The children were asked to make cut outs of different shapes for making a robot. Students were told to paste the cut outs of different shapes on a A-4 size sheet.
The purpose of this activity was to enhance the mental ability and to create an environment where the students can get detailed information about the concept and can learn in a play way.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the fun filled activity enabling them to learn experientially.
To ensure community mobilisation and bolster people's participation, every year the month of September is celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah across the country. The Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition or popularly known as POSHAN Abhiyaan.
To further accelerate various activities under POSHAN Abhiyan and to create a Jan Aandolan, the CBSE school initiative was to Organise POSHAN Assemblies with students in virtual/ physical mode to discuss malnutrition and value of healthy and balanced diet and its relationship to physical and mental health and well-being.
At Shalom Hills International School, an online Assembly was conducted for the students of grades I-V with a talk video showing activity related to ‘Poshan Maah’ on 21st September, 2021. The children were shown a PowerPoint presentation on the basic need of following healthy food habits and importance of balanced diet. After showing the PowerPoint presentation, students were shown a virtual talk by a senior Nutritionist and Dietitian explaining the same.
Students loved watching this video and also became aware of the importance of adopting a balanced diet in their everyday meals.
"Stories are communal currency of humanity." --Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
A paragraph is a piece of reflection- can be literary critique, learned arguments, observations of daily life, personal recollections, etc. Paragraph writing activities in school help harness the energy and creativity of the young in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development.
A CBSE Paragraph Writing Activity on the topic - “Places Related to Freedom Struggle”, was conducted in classes I to V in Shalom Hills International School.
The event successfully achieved its objective of engaging school students to stretch themselves intellectually with research, assimilation and impressive expression. The participants won the hearts with their written expression, and talent.
Jal Sansad activity is initiated every month to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility towards the conservation of water and earth and also to kindle the spark of creativity in the students. This September month the activity was ‘My Story’ for all students of grade I-V.
The students were asked to write a short story on A4 size sheet using at least seven words out of the given vocabulary like - conservation, precious, wastage, rain, cycle etc. Students enthusiastically and whole-heartedly participated in this activity and shared pictures related to the activity. They had to upload the given activity on Teams.
The students came out with very interesting and creative stories. These activities provide a good platform to the young minds to kindle their creativity and also make them aware about the importance of caring and saving the natural resources to give better surroundings and environment to the coming generations.
Cartoons are an important part of every child’s life. As children grow, cartoons are used to show them how things function in real life, explain more about feelings and relationships in a way they can understand. They also show them how to deal with certain situations and people. Cartoons contain some valuable life lessons.
The biggest advantage of cartoons is that it stimulates understanding in children. Most cartoons are designed in a way to teach children important moral values, like empathy, non-violence, patience and gratitude; which help them understand the perspective of others. It also teaches them to communicate with friends, peers and family members.
This theme was taken up in the GK class-I for the ‘Show and Tell’ activity from 20th-24th September, wherein students used various props like toys, pictures, TV background and talked about their favourite cartoon. Students enthusiastically and creatively participated and even dressed up as cartoon characters. This activity enhanced their speaking skills and also boosted their confidence.
"Swachhata Pakhwada" as a part of "Swachhata Abhiyaan" was initiated with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata-meaning Cleanliness. Recognizing the important role of schools in spreading awareness about the Swachhata Mission and its implementation across the country, schools were advised to observe Swachhata Pakhwada from 1st to 17th September 2021.
According to the guidelines by the CBSE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Swachhata Pakhwada 2021 activities were advised to be focused on three key precautionary practices: Hand-washing with soap, Use of Mask, Social Distancing and 3 Ts (Trace, Testing and Treat).
Shalom Hills International School, conducted age-appropriate activities related to ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ in Classes 1 – 5. The children were shown a Power point presentation on basic cleanliness that needs to be followed by one and all and also meaning and importance of taking the Swachhata Shapath.
A poster making/ slogan writing activity was organized from 13th September to 15th September 2021 on the theme Swachhata, in which the budding artists showcased their tremendous talent, imagination and thoughts to spread the message of cleanliness and its significance in our lives
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21st September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly.
In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
Young Shalomites presented speeches on the importance of celebrating this day after showing a brief PowerPoint presentation on the same. The students used creative props to explain this theme. The assembly ended with a pledge to uphold the 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace - “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”.
Our young Shalomites were made aware that peace and non-violence is as much a process as a goal and how this forms the integral part of our global existence.
Read India Celebration, is a grand stage to celebrate readers, knowers and leaders from India and across the world. It is an annual Readership and Leadership festival for school (Grade III-XII). It aims to create independent thinkers by fostering non-academic reading in students across the country.
In this program, students were supposed to read a book or research on the proposed topics and submit a one-page summary of the book along with an innovative idea to resolve any issue of their choice along with a 1 - 2 min video on Read India Celebration experience.
Sourish Sakhuja, Arni Singh and Yashvardhan Gupta of grades III, IV and V respectively, participated in the event and received Participation Certificates.
The result for the second round will be declared in September/October, 2021.
Threading is a great activity to help children develop fine motor skills which are essential to drawing and writing. It also helps in eye-hand coordination and concentration skills.
The Play group children thoroughly enjoyed the activity of making a jelly fish and threading through the holes to make its legs.
“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein
Learning mathematics, possibly one of the few things everyone agrees on is the importance of knowing multiplication facts. Having multiplication facts and times tables knowledge as a key part of our internal ‘mathematical tool box’ is hugely important because we use them constantly in everyday life.
Keeping this in mind, Grade III students performed an activity on Multiplication, ‘Crack the Code’, on 17th Sep 2021. This activity was an overview of the concept of multiplication taught in online classes. Students were supposed to solve the multiplication questions given in the fruits and look for the letter attached to it to crack the code. The students were able to resolve all the questions and at the end were able to decipher the code with a clue.
The students were very excited and participated enthusiastically. They were able to understand the concept of Multiplication. This activity helped the students to enhance their observation, logical reasoning and analytical skill.
The students of class-II participated in a Math activity on Money by playing a game MARKET, in which few commodities and their prices were shown virtually to them. Children chose the items which they wanted to purchase and then paste the dummy currency notes of those commodities in the notebook. Then they were told to calculate the total amount of the currency to find how much money they need to give to the shopkeeper for the respective commodities.
Students learnt how to purchase goods from the market and we can calculate and make a bill of our goods. This activity was the phenomenon of a real market which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Students were totally engrossed in this activity and which helped them to understand the concept of Money more clearly and evidently.
Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of life. It is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. The occasion of International Day of Democracy holds importance for the world’s largest democracy, India. The students of Grades 4 and 5 marked this day with a special assembly. They prepared an informative ppt making it very clear, that, September 15 is celebrated as International Day of Democracy after being established in 2007 through a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The young Shalomites also presented speeches on the importance of this day. The assembly ended with a pledge to uphold the values of our Constitution - the written testament of our democratic existence. Our young Shalomites were made aware that Democracy is as much a process as a goal and how this forms the integral part of our constitution and country.
Soil is one of earth’s most important natural resources. It underpins human food production systems, supports the cultivation of vegetation for feed, fiber and fuel, and has the potential to help combat and mitigate climate change. It’s also a rich and complex ecosystem, accommodating a staggering array of biodiversity. Therefore, the importance of soil on life is vast.
Healthy soils are essential for healthy plant growth, human nutrition, and water filtration. Healthy soil supports a landscape that is more resilient to the impacts of drought, flood, or fire. Soil helps to regulate the Earth’s climate and stores more carbon than all of the world’s forests combined. Healthy soils are fundamental to our survival.
To sensitise the students about the ongoing topic , various layers were discussed and drawn in Grade IV in the form of an activity. Students showed various layers with the help of beautiful colours along with the detailing and labeling like humus, topsoil, subsoil, bedrock etc. It was an enriching activity.
Each independent country has a language of its own, which is its honor and pride. Language and culture is the real identity of a country. Hindi Divas is celebrated every year on 14 September; because on this day Hindi language written in Devanagari script was adopted as the official language in the Constituent Assembly of India.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, the students from grade VI to X participated in various activities like preparing & presenting Power Point Presentations, Muhaveron ka Sanvad and translating technical words related to other subjects to Hindi.
Overall, all the activities were very interesting. All the students enthusiastically participated in them.
Teaching students to understand Adjectives doesn’t have to be dull. In order to achieve this objective, an activity named ‘Pictionary’ was conducted for the students of class 1 on 14-09-2021.
The students were shown different pictures and were asked to describe the picture in one or two sentences using different adjectives within a given time limit. The students used different adjectives of colour, number, size etc. to give more information about the nouns. This activity helped to enhance the observation skills of the students to a great extent. The children enthusiastically participated and were very excited and energetic during the activity.
It was a perfect opportunity for the children to gain confidence through virtual stage exposure. This activity was completely based on learning with fun methodology. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity. This activity proved to be very useful and helped the children learn several describing words in a creative way.
Science projects develop student’s skills at goal-setting, planning and problem-solving. Role play allows the students to act out and make sense of real-life situations. It sparks creativity and imagination. It helps the students to learn about different cultures and express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment.
“Every Dress Tells a Tale” activity was conducted for the students of class- II on 10-09-21. The students spread their magic by wrapping themselves in costumes associated with different states. The enthusiastic performances depicted the general information and other peculiarities about the dresses of different states of India.
With “Every Dress Tells a Tale”, the students learnt about different traditional dresses of India. They learned that we wear different types of clothes according to the season, occasion and places. They analyzed the roles of weather and occasion in clothing choice. India is a land of “Unity in diversity”. It harbors various cultures, traditions, religions and traditional dresses. The virtual platform of presentation proved to be a great learning experience for the students of Shalom Hills International School.
“The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.”
An adjective or a describing word is a word that tells us more about a noun. It "describes" or "modifies" a noun. Children need a great command on adjectives to communicate successfully. At school, adjectives are explicitly taught as a way for children to develop their narrative abilities and language complexity. Keeping in mind the extreme importance of adjectives, the students of class 1 were asked to do an art integrated activity named Adjective Alien.
In this activity, the students were asked to draw an alien on an A4 size sheet and describe the alien with the help of different adjectives like big, colourful, strong, fat etc. They drew beautiful pictures of the alien and made it look very attractive. This activity provided the students with the opportunity to have a hands-on experience while drawing and describing the picture. This activity helped the students to focus on the uses of adjectives and other descriptive terms to discuss the attributes of the picture. It also developed their picture identification and vocabulary skills. They thoroughly enjoyed this experiential learning.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ? Charlotte Brontë
On August 15, 2021, Shalom Hills International School celebrated the 75th Independence Day on the school premises, following all Covid-19 Protocols with full fervour and enthusiasm.
Filled with pride, the school Principal hoisted the tricolour- flag. Saluting the tri-colour, all present bowed in obeisance to India’s continuous and determined fight for the right and survival of all through the pandemic.
In a bid to convey their solidarity with the nation and community, the Shalom family celebrated the national festival by distributing food packets to the needy.
The function witnessed ardent passion and commemorated the undying love for the motherland.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart.” – Zeus
Ashwik Vashisht of Grade III of Shalom Hills International School participated in an Inter School Competition organised by Cambridge Foundation School on the theme – ‘Heroic Champion’.
He presented himself as a super hero Mr. Blue Sheldon and focussed on removing all the negative energies from this world by using his super powers and filling this world with beautiful positive aura. He expressed that he is going to help to control crime and make this world a better place to live in.
His performance was highly appreciated by the judges and he bagged the First prize by giving tough competitions to all the participants from different schools of Gurugram.
Congratulations to our little Superhero and Shalom Family!
It’s been 6 years since a noble soul, our People’s President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Sir, departed from our midst. As we solemnly enter into the next phase of keeping up with his dream and the good work that has remained the core of taking forward his legacy, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation conducted the Digital Tribute and 6th Remembrance Day activities on July 27th 2021 at Rameswaram with the same fervour and enthusiasm.
The ‘Digital Online Quiz Competition was one of the events that was conducted virtually for the students by AKIF with an objective to promote national integration among children and make them aware about the life of Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and his contribution towards the country. The topic for the quiz was ‘Basic Environment’.
It was the golden opportunity for our students Ashreya Tiwari, Jaskaran Singh, Liora Arava and Sehej Raj Ray from Class III- G to be a part of GROUP A (Class II, III & IV) category for this quiz, witnessed across the world.
Sanskrit Diwas was organized on 19/08/21. Encouraged by their teacher 20 students participated in the first part singing area and 23 students in the second part in the singing field. All the students participated in the competition with great enthusiasm.
This event was organized by Rachna Sagar Prakashan. All the participants will be given a certificate by Rachna Sagar Prakashan.
Result based on the presentation of the students –
First Part - Class VI
First – Arindam
Second – Priyadarshini
Third – Gautam Gulati
Second Part - Class VII & VIII
First - Riya Gaur (Class-Ashtami)
Second-Adit Sharma (Class-Saptami)
Sawan or Shravana, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, is very important in the entire sub-continent of India as it is connected to the arrival of the South-West monsoons. It is considered to be a holy moth due to many festivals that are celebrated during this time.
The students of classes I-V learnt about these festivals and special events in morning assembly.
Raksha Bandhan, literally meaning “safety” and “bond”, celebrates the brother-sister relationship. Observed on the full-moon day or Purnima in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, when every sister ties a thread on the wrist of her brother as a symbol of her unconditional faith in him and of her prayers for his long life. In return, the brother promises to keep her happy always and protect her from all troubles throughout his life.
Onam, is a 10-day long festival that celebrates the return of King Mahabali as well as the Vaman avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival, which is widely celebrated in Kerala, starts with Thiruvonam.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year when warfare is forbidden. It is held to be the second holiest month after Ramadan.
World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people. It is intended to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide
World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of the British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans .
Akshay Urja Diwas :- The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India has declared the 20th August, the birth day of Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as “National Renewable Energy Day”. To celebrate this memorable day throughout the state; the MNRE, Govt. of India had introduced a programme namely “Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas”(RGAUD) which is celebrated in every year since 2004. The objective of this programme is to generate mass awareness and popularization of need, benefits and uses of renewable energy devices and systems in all sphere of life.
World Photography Day is observed on August 19 every year, across the world. On this day, we take a look at some of the most viral photos of the year, so far.
“Our actions of today are the results of our tomorrow. A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man”.
Climate change is a life threat for all living beings on earth and its effect can be observed by all. Our crusaders of "Jal Sansad" are trying their best to spread awareness.
The members of JAL SANSAD along with the other students shared various write-ups on issues related to water conservation and harvesting in the activity conducted by the Jal Sansad committee.
The students participated with great enthusiasm and showcased their creativity. The aim of this activity was to make students aware that rainwater is pure water and it is useful for both household and cultivation purposes.
An activity on the topic “Birds” was conducted in all sections of grade-3 on 18th August 2021. The children were required to make a nest or bird feeder according to their choice.
The students built very beautiful nests and spoke about the materials used by them. The activity increased the understanding of children about the nest - home of birds and its importance to the birds.
Some students also made beautiful bird feeders which were hung on the trees to lure the birds towards them. They had their own innovative ideas for the feeders and made them by using different materials like waste plastic bottles, plates and cardboard etc.
The students participated with a lot of enthusiasm and showcased best of their work in front of their teacher and peer group. Through this activity, they got a better understanding about the materials which birds use in building the nests and they also understand the importance of bird feeders.
“No matter how difficult the times or how hard the situation may be, the love of the almighty removes all barriers”.
In the midst of the corona virus pandemic, defying all odds, the SHALOM HILLS INTERNATIONAL Student Council conducted an ‘Online Carnival’ to celebrate Founder’s week from 11th to 13th August. Students from classes VI to XII participated in this online fest in various events hosted by six different committees – Show Bizz, Shalom Olympics, Play the Sherlock, SHIS Art Festival, Shalom’s got Talent and Game Room, in what can only be described as the most joyful and jovial three days in the year for the students. Filled with excitement all the students battled their way in these challenging yet light hearted and fun events which seemed to lighten the stress and burden built up in this year. Despite restrictions the council was able to bring together the students for this heart-warming and cheerful event.
We extend our gratitude to our beloved and most Respected Founder and Chairperson for giving the student council this golden opportunity to conduct this online event. Her unconditional love upon illuminates our lives and guides us through the dark phases in our lives, providing us strength and fortitude, enabling the Shalom family to surge ahead with full vigour and enthusiasm.
The students of Shalom Hills International School, Classes I to V, had come together virtually to celebrate Independence Day in a mesmerizing way. It was ensured that the fervour of patriotism lives on. Some students recited poems, performed dances while some others sang patriotic songs.
It was a red-letter day in the history of India when the country got her freedom on August 15, 1947. It took hundreds of years for us to break the shackles of slavery. People of the country celebrate this day every year with great pomp and show. This day reminds us every year that freedom is sacred and citizens must do everything to ensure that it shall not be endangered.
Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, yogi, maharishi, poet, and Indian nationalist. He was also a journalist, editing newspapers like Bande Mataram. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British colonial rule, till 1910 was one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution. The students spoke lines about this famous personality and shared their ideas about his work in the online assembly.
Freedom in Mind, Faith in Words
Pride in Our Heart, Memories in our soul, Lets salute the nation.
Every year August marks the start of the festive season, with Independence Day being the biggest national festival.
The history of the nation gives a glimpse into its evolution – from a Country reeling under colonialism, to one of the fastest growing economies of the world.
Patriotism is an amazing feeling of belongingness towards the country and a reminder that one must do her/his duties as a responsible citizen. The young curators reverberated the enthusiasm of Independence Day Celebration by participating in the Role Play Activity. Enacting their chosen freedom fighters, the children made everyone aware about their selfless contribution in getting Independence. It was truly heartwarming to hear the children speak about our Motherland and how we can contribute to make it more incredible.
They reminisced about the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, Gandhi Ji, Sarojini Naidu, Subhash Chandra Bose and of unsung heroes like Ram Kumar Bismil, Sucheta Kriplani etc. The young leaders paid a rich tribute to the martyrs by representing their zeal and patriotism.
The students participated with great zing, spreading the message quite loud and clear that freedom is sacred and citizens must do everything to ensure that it should be celebrated and preserved at any cost.
An English Subject Enrichment Poem Recitation Activity was conducted in all sections of grade V on 12th and 13th August 2021. The aim of the activity was to help the students build their communication skills.
The poem for recitation was ‘Godfrey Gordon Gustavas Gore’ which is a part of their curriculum. The young students took great joy in reciting this poem and it was evident that they had worked hard on their presentation skills and expressions.
There are many reasons for poem recitation a few of them being; fluency of the language, confidence of the student, vocabulary, empathy to see the world through another’s eyes.
Our young scholars enjoyed their and their classmates’ performances, cheering and appreciating each other.
The hidden benefit of the humble comic book, a graphic novel, a comic strip; one of the best and most obvious is that they turn reluctant readers into ravenous readers. They are extremely appealing to young children who would otherwise have little interest in reading traditional forms of books. They give struggling readers confidence by offering short and easy-to-read sentences, alongside other visual and text cues for context and increase their observation and inference based ability. Comic strips help students become familiar with sequencing and understanding succinct language and expand their repository of words.
Keeping these benefits in mind and integrating it with the English syllabus of Grade 10 specifically with the topic of Reported Speech, a comic strip designing activity was held on 5th and 6th of August, 2021 in all sections. All the students took part with enthusiasm and zeal.
India has made significant strides when it comes to both social as well economic development, especially with the contribution of terrific leaders over the years. These leaders have played an important role in helping the Indian society reach where it is today. Several political leaders and freedom fighters came in at a crucial time in history and protected our national interest with great enthusiasm, bravery and tact.
Leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose played an indispensable role in changing the perspective of the world towards India. They led the country from the front, without displaying any inclination to either of the power blocs.
Students of Grade IV portrayed the heroes of freedom struggle and the famous leaders of India with great enthusiasm. Students masqueraded as Mangal Pandey, Sarojini Naidu, Rani Laxmi Bai, Savitri Bai Phule, Tantia Tope, Bhagat Singh, Chandershekhar Azad, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dr. B R Ambedkar and many more. It was a wonderful learning experience for the students and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves while performing this task.
World elephant day is observed, on 12th August annually, to preserve and protect the giant animal elephant. This is a way, to bring the world together to help elephants.
It was officially, launched on August 12, 2012 to make people understand the need for better protection for elephants, and also to stop illegal poaching and trade of ivory, better treatment of captive elephants.
International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations with the purpose of drawing attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August, 2000. It is celebrated around the globe, to focus on the development and protection of youth in the society. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.
The theme for 2021 IYD is "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health".
The students of class I-V discussed the World Elephant day and International Youth day in morning assembly. The children made the discussions very interactive and interesting by speaking confidently and presenting beautiful props.
“The unity of India has been and shall always be a unity in diversity.”
India is one of the most diverse countries found in the world and has the most complex amalgamation of various cultural identities. Unity in diversity is a unique feature of our country that binds everyone together to maintain peace and brotherhood.
To inculcate the feeling of patriotism in the young minds, an activity, ‘Apno Rang Biranga Desh’ was conducted for the students of grade 1 as part of the Independence cum Founder’s Week. The students of class 1 represented different Indian states by their spectacular dance performances like Kuchipudhi, Bihu, Garba, Kathakali, Bhangra etc. They also dressed up in the traditional attire of various Indian states bringing different colours of the nation together.
It was a very colourful day with the students dazzling in their cultural wear. Each child enjoyed this activity thoroughly which helped them to easily understand that folk dances are an integral part of India's tradition and culture, and it goes without saying that their significance was, is and shall always be immense.
“Art makes abstract math concepts concrete, understandable, and approachable”.
Grade III students performed an activity on Geometry in which they were required to design any picture with the help of basic 2D shape. Students were given options like making their own dream house, Sea/ Space life, Animal/ Bird, Scenery, Artwork like Warli art, Rangoli, etc (or any picture of their choice) with basic 2D shapes like Circle, Square, Rectangle, Triangle. They were given an option to draw, cut or paste these shapes in their Math notebook or A4 size paper.
Students created beautiful 2D pictures of sceneries, birds, animals, robots, underwater world, space life, warli art, rangoli, mandala, etc. The students were very excited and participated enthusiastically. They were able to understand the concept of 2D shapes. The activity helped the children to enhance various skills like aesthetic value, determination, observation and analytical skill.
V.V. Giri, the fourth President of the Republic of India was born in Orissa. While a student of law at Dublin, Ireland, he took keen interest in the ‘Sinn Fein’ Movement and was eventually expelled from the country. Returning to India, he organised labour unions. V. V. Giri took part in the Quit India agitation and was imprisoned for three years. After independence, V. V. Giri served in various capacities in the government. He was the High Commissioner to Ceylon, the Union Minister for Labour and the Governor of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. He was elected the Vice President of the country in 1967 till 1969 when he became the Acting President upon the death of the then President Zakir Hussain. He contested as an independent candidate in the presidential elections of 1969 which he won, becoming India’s fourth president from 24th August 1969 to 24th August 1974. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1975.
The students of classes I-V discussed this well-known personality in the morning assembly. The children shared various facts about him and made the discussion very interactive and interesting by speaking enthusiastically about his life, career, Awards & Achievements, and Legacy
‘Freedom in the mind, Faith in words, Pride in our souls.’
Independence Day is celebrated all over India with great patriotism and pride. Students of Grade III celebrated this special day with great zeal and fervour, with a number of well-designed activities for Independence Day spread over a week.
To commemorate the 75th Independence Day of India, Grade III students participated in a Quiz on India- Then and Now on 10th August 2021, Friday in the virtual class. Children were already aware regarding the schedule of this Quiz. The quiz had different types of questions from Freedom fighters, National symbol, States, Values, Constitution, Achievements, to Sports etc.
The students were very excited for the quiz and participated enthusiastically. The quiz proved extremely apt for the age-group, and helped the children learn how one should handle success and failure.
Gone are the days when children occasionally peeped into the kitchen and asked their moms ‘What’s cooking?’ These days, the little master chefs are whipping up their own concoctions at home and their moms and dads are eating right off their palms. Who do you have at home -- a star sandwich maker or a skilled juice maker? Keeping this innovative thought in mind our mentors in Shalom organised a cooking without fire activity, ‘Our Little Chef’, for our young Shalomites of grade -1 on 10th August, 2021 as part of the celebration of Founder’s Day and Independence Day.
Every day is a great day to celebrate being an Indian, but Independence Day is even a greater day to share that pride with everyone. So as per the instructions children were ready with the required ingredients like bread slices, tomato sauce, butter, green chutney/any green spread, carrot, cucumber, tomato –sliced(optional), plate, butter knife, table mat, napkin, Chef cap (made from paper).
Intrigued by this fireless cooking activity, they enthusiastically performed every step- spreading the spreads and arranging the ingredients, under their teacher’s guidance. These tri colour sandwiches were perfect for celebrating Independence Day at home.
A monologue is a speech that expresses the thoughts or feelings of one character.
Independence Day is celebrated all over India with great patriotism and pride. Shalom Hills International School, also takes keen interest in celebrating festivals of national interest in all their grandeur.
The students of the class-V celebrated this special day, with great zeal and fervour. The young scholars actively took part in the ‘Monologue Activity’ conducted through the virtual platform on 9th and 10th August, 2021. Each child was given a chance to speak a few lines as his/her favourite freedom fighter. The students actively participated and shared the thoughts and the contribution of many unsung heroes of Indian freedom struggle like Tirupur Kumaran, Kamla Devi Chattopadhayay and Khudiram Bose, thus enlightening the audience. The favourites seemed to be Bhagat Singh and Subash Chandra Bose. A few of them spoke on the history and significance of the Independence Day.
Indeed, it was a day of joy, a day to love and respect our country and make it a better place for all Indians to live and experience the freedom, peace and unity in diversity.
‘Our Little Patriots’ activity was held for class- I students as Shalom celebrated Independence cum Founder’s Week from 9th August to 13th August. On August 9 children of grade I prepared slogans/speeches of any one freedom fighter and dressed up like them as well. Inspite of being at home, the activity was performed by all the children which showed their love and respect for the freedom fighters of our country.
They demonstrated their literary and speaking talent. Each child prepared slogan of their favourite freedom fighter and enacted the role with full energy with the help of props. This activity helped the children to understand the sacrifice, value and role of our freedom fighters and has also helped motivate our students to develop their confidence, imagination and creativity. It ignited the spark of patriotism in the little patriots.
"Children are great imitators, give them something great to imitate."
Role play offers a chance to the participants to gain experience, showcase speaking and presentation skills and reveal personal aptitude. The students of grade III participated in a Role-Play activity on Freedom Fighters or National Leaders as part of the Independence week celebrations.
The children portrayed themselves as Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, Kittur Rani Channemma, Sarojini Naidu and Subhash Chandra Bose and paid a rich tribute to the martyrs by representing their zeal and patriotism. They described the character, situation and their famous slogans. Students enthusiastically participated in the activity and used beautiful props while playing their role. They showed love towards the country and gratitude towards our freedom fighters.
The activity was an endeavor to foster oratory skills and confidence among the Shalomitees.
Overall, it was a very interesting, competitive and informative session for the children. The atmosphere was spell binding and enthralling. It was a splendid event.
Quiz contests are a great way of analysing how well one understands a subject and correlates the theoretical knowledge with its practical application in real life. It encourages students to stretch their knowledge horizons and look beyond what they are taught in class. Aptitude tests are a way of determining the abilities of the students. They are tests that measure specific skills, attributes and abilities such as numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning etc.
The Final Quiz round of Math ability test for Term I was conducted on August 07, 2021 for the students of grade III - V. An online quiz was conducted on Quizziz Platform. There were 15 questions in the quiz based on the logical reasoning, mental aptitude and concepts taught in the class. A different time slot was given for each question as per the difficulty level. The students were well prepared for the test. It encouraged the students to use their logical thinking and problem-solving skills, while inculcating many factors like Numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, speed, accuracy, and other such abilities.
The students were very excited and participated enthusiastically. The first three positions were announced in the meeting.
The result of all classes III-V is as follow:
Grade 3- Ishmit Goyal -First
Ashwik Vashisht – Second
Pranita Dutta -Third
Grade 4- Atiksh Kanshal -First
Shreyansh Banger – Second
Harshal Sharma -Third
Grade 5- Pratyush Vats -First
Yashvardhan G – Second
Vanshika Jangra -Third
The teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. Besides being essential for chewing, the teeth play an important role in speech. Most humans are omnivores and consume different types of food. An adult human develops a total of thirty-two permanent teeth which are of four different types. Incisors, used for cutting and biting, canines for tearing the food, premolars for grinding and molars for crushing and chewing the food.
To recapitulate the learning, the students of grade IV participated enthusiastically in the model-making activity of teeth on August 6, 2020. Students took four cut-outs from A-4 sheets, representing four different types of teeth. They mentioned the total number of teeth in an adult human body and also specified the function of each tooth over the sheets. Children used their own creativity to decorate them. All the cut-outs were joined later on to give a 3-D shape to the teeth.
The students finished the activity in the given time frame.
Students learnt the importance of teeth in our life and that they are an integral part of the body, and should be taken care of properly.
Anti-Nuclear Day or Hiroshima Day 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the bomb killings. It is observed on 6th August every year to promote "peace politics". The day reminds all of us of the irony of killing thousands to save thousands, war and its terrible destruction. It also emphasizes today's need and importance for universal harmony and peace.
The nuclear bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima city was named 'Little Boy'. The explosion wiped out almost 90% of the city killing thousands of people. Apart from the killings, the Japanese also suffered from terrible burns and radiation sickness. After three days, on 9th August, the second bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. The incident shook the world and brought into light the terrible aftereffects of nuclear warfare.
To mark the tragedy of the fatal bombing in 1945 and to sensitize the students about the atomic bomb blast and its after effects, a PPT with information about the same was shared by the class teachers with the young Shalomites during assembly. Students also payed homage by sharing posters and pictures along with their speeches.
The students of grades 1-5 were informed about the National Handloom Day, observed annually on 7th August to honour the handloom weavers in the country. August 7th was chosen as the National Handloom Day, to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement, which was launched on this day in 1905 in the Calcutta Town Hall, to protest against the partition of Bengal, by the British Government. The movement had aimed at reviving domestic products and production processes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day in 2015. This day is celebrated to salute our weavers and others in the industry to promote the handmade and the handwoven.
Students actively participated in the assembly and shared their views on handwoven products around them. Some students made beautiful posters for this day and some displayed handwoven clothes like sarees and handmade decorative pieces in their houses.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot about Handloom Day.
“I believe that in the history of the world, there has not been a more genuinely democratic struggle for freedom than ours”- Mahatma Gandhiji
“Quit India” was a movement started by Mahatma Gandhi on 8th August 1942 during the World War II asking for an end to British rule in India. Initiated during a speech in Bombay where Mahatma Gandhi asked Indians to Do or Die, Quit India Movement was truly a turning point in India’s struggle for freedom. It instilled a new confidence among the Indian masses and aroused a spirit of total sacrifice in them.
The young Shalomites celebrated the 76th anniversary of this day on 6th August 2021 with great zeal and enthusiasm. The class teachers shared information on this day through a PPT, while the students paid homage to the martyrs through songs, poems, slogans and speeches. They made an appeal to all the citizens to imbibe the values learnt from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation. The assembly concluded by emphasising on the need for National Integration and being aware of divisive forces.
The entire nation filled with a sense of patriotism pays tribute to martyrs of the freedom struggle. JAI HIND…
The students of grade V finished their chapter ‘Rocks, Minerals and Soil’ wherein they learnt about the three types of rocks- igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, their uses and how they are formed. They also learnt about various minerals along with examples and the different layers of the Soil. To bolster their learning a comic strip making activity was held on 5th August 2021.
A week prior a note was given to the students to start preparing for the activity. They had to explain the formation of any one type of rock with the help of a comic strip with not more than 6-8 dialogues. The students enthusiastically came up with innovative ideas to show rock formation process by means of comics. Some displayed their work on paper, while some used online tools like Scratch and Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation. Some showed the conversation between a superman and a couple, some between a rock and a child, while still some showed a monologue being narrated by the rock itself, all of these being supported with pictures and cartoon sketches.
Overall, the students enjoyed the activity thoroughly and were able to grasp the rock formation concept firmly.
“A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care”. ? Wayne Chirisa
Oral health in children is a growing concern in the world today. Most children in today’s society do not realize the importance of their oral health, and how it can affect their lives.
It has been said that the mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Not properly taking care of our teeth and gums can lead to a variety of health problems. From loss of teeth and gum disease to heart disease and diabetes, oral health is very important.
To aware the students about the importance of dental hygiene and also to summarize the chapter, a subject enrichment activity was conducted in grade IV on 3rd and 4th August 2021. Children, dressed up as dentists, talked confidently about the importance of dental cleanliness and diseases concerned with dental problems. With the help of props like model of teeth, tooth-brush, mouth-wash, dental floss and so on, the background of dental clinic and dental tools for the presentation, they talked about plaque and different ways of taking care of the teeth.
The junior dentists conveyed a message of “The healthier our teeth are, the happier we look”. The aim of the activity was achieved by training young minds about their dental hygiene.
Brushing and flossing are important, but we also need to visit our dentist regularly to keep our teeth strong and healthy.
The dentist is a doctor who is specially trained to care for teeth. When we visit for a check-up, dentist looks at our teeth and gums to check for any problems. The dentist also wants to make sure our teeth are developing properly as we grow.
As an extended activity for the ongoing topic of Teeth in grade IV, a Virtual Visit to a Dental Clinic was planned for the students to engage children in positive oral health messages, whether it is demonstrating good tooth brushing techniques, giving lessons on sugar in food and healthy diets, or even simply good day-to-day advice on oral health routines. This helped students to be more comfortable with the dental tools and the dental practices.
Students were able to relate with their own experiences and helped in better understanding of the topic. Students were also advised to visit the dentist every 6 months for healthy teeth and gums.
An iconic leader and one of the strongest proponents of ‘PurnaSwaraj’ or total self-rule, Bal Gangadhar Tilak died on this day in 1920, in Mumbai.
A part of the Lal-Bal-Pal (Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal) group, he was often called the "father of the Indian unrest" by the British Raj.
Tilak's ideas of Swaraj were not only confined to the political realm. Acutely aware of the need for cultural and economic independence, his two initiatives gained a lot of momentum. One was the public celebration of Ganesh festival and the other was the Shivaji Jayanti, both aimed at a cultural coming-together of all caste and community groups.
The students from classes I to V were made aware of this iconic leader and his accomplishments. A special virtual assembly was organized to give tribute to the legendary Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
"For the Tigers we must unite, so they don't fade out of sight."
International Tiger Day is celebrated worldwide on 29 July 2021. This day is also celebrated as Awareness Day withthe purpose of promoting awareness about this magnificent but endangered big cat along with conservation and expansion of wild tiger habitats around the world.
Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact and try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching and Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation.
A special assembly was conducted in classes I to V to make the children aware about the importance of this day. Students were enthusiastically involved in the presentation on “INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY”. They participated by preparing creative slogans, posters and other props for the presentation and shared interesting information about this day.
"Where tigers thrive, it is a sign that the ecosystem is healthy".
"One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken."
World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy human society. This day is celebrated on July 28th every year to create and increase awareness about the importance of natural resources and how one can live sustainably.
The main purpose of celebrating World Nature Conservation Day is to conserve the animals and trees that are on the verge of extinction.
To make children aware of this important day, a special assembly was conducted in grades I to V. Students were involved in presenting the power point presentation on “World Nature Conservation Day.” Students had been asked to prepare slogans, posters and other props for the presentation. Students enthusiastically participated in the presentation showing their creative skills and shared their knowledge about this day.
The day encourages us to save and protect Earth’s natural resources that are fast-depleting owing to over-exploitation and even misuse. Students learnt that being responsible citizens, they must practice sustainable living and bring about small changes in everyday living, to avoid damaging our natural gifts any more.
“I am a soldier. I fight where I am told and I win where I fight”.
India is the land of the brave warriors. In the Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, India and Pakistan fought a battle known as “Operation Vijay” in 1999. To celebrate this victory, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated all across India on 26th July to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of the war.
To commemorate the 22nd Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, a special assembly was organized on 26th July in the school. Our young shalomities were very excited to express their gratitude to Indian soldiers. They dressed up like soldiers, used props, painted their face with tricolor and delivered short speeches, poems and slogans inthe glory of Indian Army. It was a mesmerizing moment watching children having a great zeal and respect for the nation. A PPT was also shown by the teachers during the assembly to give more information about this day.
The aim behind such events in the school is to commemorate the sacrifice along with inspiring young generations to perform national service. The sacrifices and heroic deeds of the martyrs of the Kargil War will never be forgotten.
We are proud to be an Indian. JAI HIND…
“Imagination Creates Reality." Imagination improves creativity and promotes better performance. It also helps to develop a strong problem-solving approach in dealing with issues. Role play offers students an opportunity to try new vocabularies. Through this, students gain confidence in their thought process and communication. They learn to relate their emotions as well as gain control over their behavior. “I am a tree” activity was conducted for the students of class- II on July 09, 2021. The students performed a roleplay activity in which they imagined themselves to be a tree and enacted on impromptu situations. They expressed their feelings as a tree and explained brilliantly how they would feel if somebody waters them or takes shelter under their shades or how would they feel if squirrels / monkeys climb on them and play on their branches. This activity helped the students to build a sense of the world around them and educated them in an effective way to save trees. Students reinvented themselves and learned to be more empathetic with others. They also witnessed environment from a different perspective. They used their imagination and expressed themselves in an effective way.
A noun refers to a person, a place, a thing or an animal. Even the word “it” refers to a thing, which could be an abstract concept like an idea or a concrete thing like a car. So, unless you speak or write only one-word commands, you’re going to need nouns. Without nouns, you will be left with verbs, adjectives and adverbs. The lack of nouns will eradicate any subject or object from your sentence which is as good as communicating essentially nothing. It’s difficult to write a sentence that does not include at least one noun. A noun is usually the subject of a sentence. A fun-filled activity based on naming words was conducted for the students of class 1 on 13th July, 2021. In this activity, the students were given a few sentences and were shown a few pictures wherein the students identified the naming words. Through this activity, the students revised the concept of naming words in a fun way. The students actively participated in the activity and enjoyed it thoroughly .
The Morning assembly undoubtedly holds the numero uno position out of all the routine activities done in the school. The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer which provides peace and serenity to our mind and soul. As we all know, each day has its own significance, 23rd July is of great importance for Indian broadcasting history as it is observed as the National Broadcasting Day.On this day in 1927, the first-ever radio broadcast went on air from the Bombay Station in India. The broadcasting was done by the then private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC). Later, the Government took over the IBC on April 1, 1930 and renamed it as Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS). On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Currently, AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting organizations in the world. Each day,it sets a positive tone in the students and encourages positive involvement of all students.The students were made awareof the development in the broadcasting services from then till now.
Dynasty Activity undoubtedly holds a significant position among all the routine activities in a school. It aids community participation as well as hones the skills of children, boosting their confidence towards public speaking and imbibing a feeling of team spirit in their nascent minds. The students of class 3 to 5 conducted a Talk show on Kargil Vijay Diwas on 23rd July 2021. The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer, followed by shloka, pledge, thought for the day,news and Shalom Anthem.Students were informed about the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Class teachers explained the importance of Kargil Vijay Diwas to the students. It was on this day 19 years ago that the Indian Army recaptured all the Indian posts in Kargil that had been occupied by the Pakistan army. Since then, July 26 is observed annually to commemorate the sacrifices made by soldiers in this war. The students were also explained about Patriotism, is a social value, inculcated at school level to ensure that they become responsible citizens of the Nation. The students spoke about the contribution of the Indian Armed Force,the significance of Kargil Vijay Diwas and the sacrifices of Kargil heroes. Student conveyedtheir respect by singing patriotic songs with great fervor.
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” –William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education Art integration provides an engaging and effective way to achieve standards in both math/geometry and visual arts. Integrating art as a learning-teaching approach promotes motivation, stimulates positive feelings, and increases curiosity. An activity “Factor Tree” was conducted in all the sections of grade V. A factor tree is a special diagram where we find the factors of a number, until we can't factorize anymore. The endnumber are all the prime factors of the original number. The process of making a factor tree was explained to the students and they were asked to make the factor tree of the given number. The students found this activity an interesting way of finding prime factors. They all began with different factors of their choice. The students understood the concept and enjoyed the activity.
‘Show and tell’ is an important part of children’s learning and development, as it helps them to organize information and builds their confidence. Keeping this in mind, an activity based on their favourite means of transport was conducted for the students of grade 1. The topic ‘Your Favourite means of Transport’ based on the lesson, ‘Raju’s Auto-rickshaw’,was aimed at developing self-expression and speaking skills of the children. The children were excited to share their descriptive narration and waited eagerly for their turn. They used attractive props while speaking about their favourite means of transport. Some of them used their toy cars and buses in the form of props whereas the others used beautiful pictures of their favourite vehicle.Speaking about the differentmeans of transport namely land transport, water transport and air transport,the children were able to express their thoughts confidently and effectively.Their presentation and efforts were worth appreciating. The activity proved to be a splendid opportunity for them to gain confidence through virtual stage exposure. Their joy knew no bounds after their outstandingand commendable presentation.
‘The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will do it.’ A poster making activity was conducted in grade XII as a part of Subject enrichment activity on the topic- ‘Save Earth’.The activity was conducted with an aim to make the children aware of the various issues threatening the planet and to sensitize them towards the environment. The cognitive and creative skills of the studentswere enhanced as the students explored and gathered information about threats to Earth’s eco-system and various reasons for the same.They expressed their thoughts and concerns through vibrant posters. Most of the students made beautiful drawings and wrote slogans urging people to work towards the betterment of the environment. All the students participatedenthusiastically and projected their ideasbeautifully
Personification is a common form of metaphor in which human characteristics are attributed to non-human things. This allows to create life and motion within inanimate objects, animals, and even abstract ideas by assigning them recognizable human behaviours and emotions. An activity based on Punctuation marks was conducted for the students of Class VI onJuly 22, 2021.The students were asked to choose one punctuation mark and give a real character to it. The students depicted the characters through their drawings, by giving beautiful costumes and props. The students personified the punctuation marks and spoke few lines on the characters, keeping in mind the role of the punctuation marks they had chosen. Like a doctor representing a full stop, ending diseases or a detective representing a mark of interrogation, asking questions.Every student got a chance to perform and display his/her drawing. The students very creatively presented themselves as different characters and enacted well.It helped the students to effectively use the figurative language because personification relies on imagination for understanding. Thestudents showed their zeal in participating in the class activity and enjoyed it thoroughly.
An inter-disciplinary activity, ‘Abhyudya’, was organized on July 21,2021,for the students of grade VIII on the theme -" Rain cleanses the environment, uplifts the spirit and calms the mind, but at the same time can also cause havoc”. Through pictorial representation/ images,the students, brought out the difference in the environment before and after rainfall. Also, they were told to listvocabulary related to the water cycle and effect of rain. All the studentsof grade VIII were a part of the elucidative program. Truly, rain cleanses the environment, uplifts the spirit and nourishes the soil giving a soothing touch to the vegetation. The activity started with the wonderful presentation by the students.Thereafter, manystudents highlighted how important it is to curb the menace of flood. An exalting demonstration of the effects of rainwater on our Earth created a mesmerizing effect in the classroom. An interactive discussion ignited the candle of curiosity. The students were very delighted to present their creative work and share their information on the concerned topic.
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient, most worthy, and our most pleasing responsibility." When you plant a tree, you don’t just plant a sapling but hope. We have learned the hard way that trees are extremely important for our survival. Trees have unconditionally provided us with food, oxygen, and many other necessities for human sustainability, such as shelter, medicines, tools, and many more. In spite, of being such a rich resource, trees are still cut down, eliminating any kind of life around the area. However, with each passing day, the relevance and importance of planting trees have only increased. It has to be a combined mission of all mankind to plant more trees in order to save our ailing planet. Shalom Hills International Schoo lcelebrated Jal Sansad Activityduring Van Mahotsav by planting saplings in order to invest in the future. Students were asked to plant one sapling each and to take care of it on regular basis. Students were active in discussing how plants and water are inter-related and how it is helpful to make our Earth a better place to live
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb In order to empower the knowledge and skills of the students, a transdisciplinary approach was adopted in the form of‘Abhyuday Activity’. A theme based on the topic ‘Ticket Sangrah’ was taken from the Hindi chapter, for the students of Grade 6. The motive was to explore new things, make connections, transfer knowledge and apply it in the activity. Stamps have been issued to pay tribute to prominent Literary personas. Students were asked to choose any one personality honoured on stamps and collect information regardingthe stamp. They had to write a brief bio-sketch about the personality and also paste images of the stamps on A4 sheet. Students researched about various stamps issued in India and abroad. They presented the activity virtually in the class, providing information about the stamp and the Literary personality chosen by them. Students actively participated in the activity, enjoying it thoroughly. The activity helped them to attach ideas and skills to a specific theme. It helped them to explore, learn and apply, creating a holistic approach.
"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” Every year on 20th July we celebrate International Chess to appreciate the roleof games in our lives. It plays a major role in providing exercise to the mind. Games are more of an art wherein your mind gets to play beautifully. They bring people together irrespective of all racial, gender, economic and political differences. Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual and cultural games, wherein we can witness a combination of sport, scientific thinking and most importantly the elements of art. The International Chess Day is celebrated on July 20 every year and the day marks the foundation of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). This year the students of GradesI-V participated in the special assembly on 20th July and thoroughly enjoyed the assembly. Many students shared their views on the topic.They also discussed that unlike before, now greater number of people can be seen playing the game of chess. Eachstudent meticulously participated and became more aware about the game.
India is referred to as the land of festivals owing to its rich amalgamation of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, languages, religious sentiments, diverse history, and different traditions in all the states. Festivals contribute immensely to feelings of social cohesion.Children will remember an important day only if they are told what the occasion signifies. Celebrating and sharing information through presentation of the events and festivals in our school has become an integral part of learning and building a strong cultural belief. To commemorate the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the students of the primary wing of SHIS started the day with an assembly and Information related to Eid was imparted through a presentation to enlighten the students about the spirit of the festival. This presentation depicted Eid in its true sense giving a message to imbibe its values in our life. Such information brings the students closer to each other's traditions and cultural beliefs and develops respect and understanding for each other's customs and traditions.
The ‘Continent Wheel’ activity was conducted in all the sections of class III. It was an individual activity in which thestudents were asked to make a continent wheel using paper plate or card board.Students were asked to speak important facts of any one continent. The main aim of the activity was to provide knowledge to thechildren about the seven continents, the five oceans and also to enhance their knowledge about the Chapter Continents and Oceans. Students were very excited and participated enthusiastically in the activity.
“A poet is before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” -W.H. Auden Poetsare important in every society because their prophetic words of wisdom will live on even after they aregone.They are people pleased with their own passions and volitions, and who rejoice more than others in the spirit of life that is in them; delighting to contemplate similar volitions and passions as manifested in the going-on of the universe, and habitually compelled to create them where they do not find them. In the month of July, students of grade IXpresented wonderful power point presentations on the life and exemplary works of famous poets such as Rabindranath Tagore, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, John Keats etc. The activity encouraged the students to research, filter and creatively present their works with confidence.The students actively participated in the activity. It helped them understand more about the life and struggles of their chosen poets.
Art integration provides an engaging and effective way to achieve standards in both Math and Visual arts.Keeping this in mind,Grade III students performed an activity on Addition and Subtraction Facts on 19th July 2021. This activity was a recapitulation of the concept taught in class. The students were instructed to beready with minimum two cut-outs of shapes as per their choices and paste these cut-outson A3/A4 sheets or in their Math notebook. The Teacher also shared a sample with them in virtual classes. Students made beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, teddies, etc. and represented their work creatively. The children were given one three-digit number for which theywere able to find and write the different facts of that number. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically.Students were able to understand the concept of Addition and Subtraction facts.The activity helped the children to enhance various skills like aesthetic, observation and analytical.
An activity related to L-10 “MOM in Orbit”, was conducted in all the sections of grade 4 on 19th July 21. This was a post activity done after the completion of the lesson. The students had to collect important information related to space exploration and travel. They had to make a creative collage of facts and pictures.The collage could be in the shape of a space-craft or anything related to space. The students presented their activity online and spoke a few lines on the given topic. Most of the students had made creative collages in the shape of either a meteorite, rocket, satellite etc. The students also made 3 D models of rockets, the solar system as well as space-ships and satellites. They also presented interesting facts on space travel as well as on the new developments in the field of space exploration. This activity gave the students an opportunity to express their creativity as well as helped them to practice their presentation skills.
“Oceans of emotion can be transmitted through a text message, an emoji sequence, and a winking semicolon, but humans are hardwired to respond to visuals.” The word “emoji” is a portmanteau, meaning it is made up of two different words, both of them Japanese: 'e' for picture and ‘moji' for the character. We often use emojis to convey a feeling and there's one for most emotions. Given the increasing number of emojis, sometimes we even struggle to find the right one. That said, emojis have become a significant part of our written communication, an outcome of the most recent evolution of the human language as most people communicate over electronic devices and via social media platforms now. These emojis attempt to fill in a gap when communication happens virtually. Thus, to celebrate these humble characters, the world celebrates Emoji Day on July 17. The students of the middle wing of Shalom Hills International celebrated this day in their assembly today. Their familiarity and knowledge of the different emojis was astounding. The information that Apple was going to come out with a new set of emojis by middle of next year was news for us facilitators too. During the assembly the students also made a few favourite emojis and shared with their classmates.
The lattice multiplication method is an alternative to long multiplication and can be used to multiply numbers of any length. It is algorithmically equivalent to long multiplication. Students like the lattice method more since it requires less active attention to place values when carrying out the actual multiplication process.
Students were explained about the Lattice Multiplication through an example. After they learnt the process, they practised and multiplied the numbers on their own. The students also cross verified the product obtained with the regular method of multiplication.
Students made beautiful and colourful lattices to multiply the numbers with this process.
‘There is no reason,no excuse, Child labour is child abuse.’
To make the students aware of the social issue of child labour and to make them understand the need to take steps to counter it, the students of grade XII were designated a subject enrichment activity wherein all the students, in groups, prepared power point presentations showcasing a comparative study of child labour in states of Haryana and Telangana.
The students came out with wonderful conceptions on the basis of their google findings. They skilfully showed the situation and comparison of child labour in the two states through pie-charts, diagrams, newspaper cut-outs, web diagrams etc on colourful slides. The masterminds took to words as they argued about the importance of education for children, tinted the worrying number of cases and reasons forcing young children into labour.They also highlighted the contributions of NGOs through various case studies.
The students participated in the activity enthusiastically andlearnt a lot about child labour and its cons for the youth of India. The activity encouraged the researching ability of students as they gathered information from various sources.
“Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, and be responsible.” To inculcate the values of being courteous, peaceful and to obey the laws of the nation Shalom Hills International School, celebrated World Day of International Justicewhich falls on 17 July2021. The main objective of celebrating this day is to raise a voice against social injustice and to bring the various communities internationally together to eliminate poverty, gender, and physical discrimination, illiteracy, religious discrimination to make a socially integrated society. The aim of this day is to unite everyone who wants to support justice. The students were explained about this day through Power Point Slides. They also discussed about various laws and encouraged everyone to respect the laws made for the people.
“Talent is limitless, one does not necessarily need a stage to showcase one’s talent, as it will flourish anywhere, may it be a street or just a living room.” Talent show is an event, which gives platform to students to present their talents in any field. It not only helps the students to show their abilities but also motivates other students, to come up and show their hidden potential. The Talent Hunt- ‘Extempore’, was organized in Grades III-V in the dynasty period on 16th July 2021. The objective of the activity was to discover theirtalents and to inculcate the value of discipline in them. Students showcased their skill at classical and contemporary dance, poetic recitation and self-composed poem. They also showed their expertise at comic writing, clay modelling and mimicry. The participants mesmerized theaudience with their melodious voice and their skills in handling musical instruments. This activity enhanced creativityalong with providing fun, excitement and togetherness on virtual platform.
‘Fine declamation is where the same thought is often exhibited in several points of view.’ Today grade V was abuzz with excitement for their English class as they had a declamation activity. They had a choice of topic - a) Animals should not be kept in cages; b) Are Zoos good places and why? Our young scholars dispassionately put forward their points of view. The declamation became very interesting as the students empathized with the caged animals and spoke of their freedom comparing it to human bondage and freedom. The audience were also apprised by a few students about the advantages and the research done to keep animals in zoos. Today’s activity brought forward the thinking and compassion of our young generation giving everyone points to ponder upon and feel good about the fact that they are going to be thinking adults. ‘Fine declamation is where the same thought is often exhibited in several points of view.’ Today grade V was abuzz with excitement for their English class as they had a declamation activity. They had a choice of topic - a) Animals should not be kept in cages; b) Are Zoos good places and why? Our young scholars dispassionately put forward their points of view. The declamation became very interesting as the students empathized with the caged animals and spoke of their freedom comparing it to human bondage and freedom. The audience were also apprised by a few students about the advantages and the research done to keep animals in zoos. Today’s activity brought forward the thinking and compassion of our young generation giving everyone points to ponder upon and feel good about the fact that they are going to be thinking adults.
“What is this world, without the existence of Youth? And what is Youth, devoid of real skills?” Young people are the very reason for the existence of human kind. But, the quiddity of the youth will not serve any purpose, if proper skills are not imparted to them.This is the exact reason why, in 2014, the United Nations Organization decided to observe July 15 as the ‘World Youth Skills Day’, to focus on technical and vocational skill development in youth, and specifically their ability to access affordable, quality technical and vocational education and training. The day also highlights the important role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. The Shalomiteesfrom classes I-V participated in the informative assembly organised on 15th July 2021, to sensitisethem about the interlink between the skilled youth and the future. The young scholars with the help of the posters, speeches,debates and the power point presentations highlighted that the means to prepare the youth with ample skills is necessary to augment a brighter future. The students were also informed that the theme of World Youth Skills Day 2021 is "Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic"and this year also pays tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis and correspondingly to the technical and vocational providers that have adapted their learning delivery models in the pandemic.Indeed, World Youth Skills day is a chance for young people to come together and become a part of the change that we want and we expect to see.
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual and cognitive satisfaction." Visual representationinspires creativity, influences the capabilities and skills of the students. It is a powerful memory tool which provides a significant boost to students’ ability to remember and retain what theylearn. It also helps to improve their hand - eye coordination and fine motor skills. Visual representation helps to collect, process, and understand information in a mucheasier way. “Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” activity was conducted for the students of class- II on 14-07-21. This activity introduced students to the pumpkin plant and different stages of its growth. They observed how a pumpkin plant develops from a seed, how it flowers and produces a large round orange fruit. Students correctly sequenced the life cycle of a pumpkin in six stages: seed, sprout, plant, flower, green pumpkin, andorange pumpkin. The students learned the source of the food, recognized that pumpkin is a fruit as it has seeds inside it and they grow on vines. Students created a life cycle chart on a paper plate as they drew all the stages in the correct order. As they explored the life cycles of plants grown from seeds and bulbs, they recognized the link between themselves and other living things. Theyalso appreciated the benefits and their responsibilities towards these organisms.
Research work-based activity was conducted in Grade IV on 13 & 14 July wherein students were asked to find details about any five Wild life Sanctuaries/National Parks of India, like the name of the sanctuary, region in which that sanctuary lies,name of the state and important animals in that sanctuary. Students were asked to present their findings as per their own creativity with the required information in the class. The research was presented very beautifully and there were some really amazing and interesting fact which the students came to know about. Overall it was an informative activity for them and they learnt many new facts about their selected Sanctuaries/National Parks. The logical, Spatial, Interpersonal, kinesthetic and linguistic skills of the students were enhanced with this activity.
“Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.”- Peter Diamandis The students of the primary wing conducted a special assembly to learn about a woman who made India proud a third time and flew into space on the morning of 13th July 2021. Sirisha Bandla, an aeronautical engineer of Indian origin became a member of a group of five people who took off a spaceplane for the 1.5-hour mission above New Mexico from the Spaceport America launch facility at 10:40 a.m. Sirisha was astronaut No 004 and her flight role was of a Researcher Experience. The group also included certain other well-known personalities like Ricard Branson. They reached an altitude of about 88 kilometers over the New Mexico desert - enough to see the curvature of the Earth. The students experienced a moment of pride reading about the news this morning and many were inspired once again after hearing about Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams and now Sirisha Bandla. The special assembly ended with the Shalom Anthem.
“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -Warren Buffett Rainforests are the Earth’s oldest and most complex living ecosystems, with some surviving in their present form for at least 70 million years. They areincredibly diverse and complex, home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species—even though they cover just 6% of Earth’s surface. This makes rainforests astoundingly dense with diverse flora and fauna. But their depleting number has become a serious issue. To make the students aware of this issue and take initiative towards it, an online activity ‘Discover the World of the Rainforest’ was conducted for Grade V. The young Shalomites shared amazing and interesting facts about the rainforest, its flora and fauna. They showcased their creativity through colourful illustrations. A few students highlighted the emotional impact of trees in addition to their environmental role. Several issues created by deforestation were also highlighted by the young crusaders. This activity helped to bring awareness about the green cover around us. It also helped in strengthening the bond between plants and human. The curiosity to learn and the will to create a change were clearly seen in the students’ efforts. This activity helped to instil the value of social responsibility in the students and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes English has, at present, an international status, communicating in the queen’s language has become quite common. A Subject Enrichment Activity-Flashcard presentation, on the topic “Gender Nouns”, was conducted for the students of grade III. This was an online activity in which the students had to make five sets of flashcards and present them in the class. They prepared these by using discarded and useless material.On one side of the flashcard, they pasted a labelled picture of a masculine noun and on the other side a labelled picture of a feminine noun. Each child spoke about their own pair of gender nouns. This activity aimed at being a catalyst for the students to develop their oral and presentation skills. The activity kindled their creativity and was completely packed with fun-filled learning.
World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the approximate date on which the world's population reached five billion people. India, the seventh-largest country by land area, is the most populous democracy in the world.The current population of India is 1,393,531,257 as of Friday, July 2, 2021, based on World meter elaboration of the latest United Nations data. The morning assembly was organized on 9th July2021 wherein the students of Classes: I-V made their teachers and peers aware about this very important day which falls on Sunday (11th July, 2021)this year.Students delivered speeches with various props and PowerPoint presentation. It is very important that the young minds understand the importance of taking control of the population issues to avoid facingsevere consequences and problems in the future.
Mime is an art or a technique of portraying a character, mood, idea, or narration by gestures and body movements. An activity on the theme Vanmohatsav – ‘Save Trees and Protect Environment’ was held in Class V on the Virtual platform. All the students actively participated in this event and prepared for it very enthusiastically. Participants depicted the theme with their magnificent dramatic performance, brilliant gestures and body movements. They painted their hands and faces with white color and wore same costumes to give it an effect of real Mime act. Each and every participant expressed himself/herself through their expressions, acting and props. It was an effective way of encouraging students to develop their acting skills in terms of body language (posture, movements, gestures, etc.) and for them to gain a greater awareness of its importance as a form of communication. The young environmentalistsspellbound everyone with their fabulous act portrayed with such ease and conviction. Overall, it was a great show as each student tried their level best to leave an impact on the audience by spreading environmental awareness.
Van Mahotsav, a week-long festival is organized every year in thefirst week of July across India when millions of trees are planted. In an earnest attempt to lend a green touch to the environment, students of grade V stressed on the importance of trees by speaking on the topic “Protecting our planet starts with you”. The focus of the celebration was towards forming a personal connect between the students and environment through a process of experience, reflection and creation. Many students of class V participated in the elocution activity, wherein they discussed about the importance of plants for our planet “Earth”. It was an educative and informative talk for the students. Each student gaven the message through the speech,accompanied with attractive props,that the planet they live in must be protected and cared for. They stepped ahead to inspire, educate and motivate everyone to save the Earth. Students got to learn a lot and vowed to become responsible and active crusaders of “GREEN EARTH, CLEAN EARTH’.
4th July2021 marks the 119th Death Anniversary of the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda. The world-renowned leader breathed his last on July 4, 1902, at Belur Math in West Bengal. He is regarded as one of India's finest intellectuals. Vivekananda's philosophies of yoga and Vedanta are very popular all over the globe.His teachings laid emphasis on the power of meditation, particularly focusing on inculcating an attitude of positive change in youngsters. On the occasion of his Death Anniversary the students of classes I-V paid tribute to him in the morning assembly through inspirational speeches using various props and PowerPoint presentation.In today’s busy world with pandemic situation around the globe, it is very important to keep our mind and body healthy by doing yoga and meditation.Students understood the importance of inculcating these in our lifestyle to be able to live a fruitful life byfollowing the teachings and principles of Swami Vivekanand-The great teacher and philosopher.
At a very young age, children are curious and begin to explore their bodies. As they grow older, they need guidance to learn about these body parts, their functions, safety, and what privacy and private parts mean. Children must know that no one is ever allowed to touch them, and that it is important to keep themselves safe at home or in public spaces. It’s important that we create opportunities to talk to our children about what a good touch is and what is unsafe. As grownups we should encourage children to express their queries to teachers and parents. Keeping this in mind, we at school have started guiding the Kindergarteners to differentiate between safe and unsafe touch. It is hoped that with proper knowledge and guidance they will be able to create their safe circle.
“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” “FRIDAY FAMILY DAY” was conducted for the students of classes I and II on 2nd July ,21 in the virtual mode. It was a pleasant change for the students as one of their family members shared the virtual platform and taught the students different things. It was a wholesome moment as not only the child but the family member as well felt extremely special. The Family members participated in the most positive and encouraging way and came up with varied ideas to showcase their hidden talents through different performances. Some of the presentations were a magic show, musical story narration, demonstration of making a hand towel teddy bear. One of the parents taught the students some mathematics tricks using different shapes. The distinction and variation in the activities which the parents brought to the class was undoubtedly commendable and praiseworthy. All in all, this was an inclusive time for everyone involved and made everyone cherish their family a little more. Our family is our ultimate circle of strength and love and spending time with them is always a blessing. The children as well their families enjoyed being the part of FRIDAY FAMILY DAY.
National Doctors' Day is a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. The date may vary from nation to nation depending on the event of commemoration used to mark the day. Although supposed to be celebrated by patients and benefactors of the healthcare industry, it is usually celebrated by health care organizations. Especially in these difficult times of the Corona pandemic we have seen so many doctors who are staying away from their family and loved ones to take care of all the patients who need them more. This day fills all of us with lot of gratitude and respect for this noble profession and the doctor community as a whole. A special assembly was conducted in all the Classes from I to V on 1st July, 2021 wherein the students made everyone aware about this very important day. They paid a tribute and expressed their gratitude to all the doctors who have risked their lives serving the sick people and are still serving the community selflessly day in and day out to make all of us healthy and happy. The students used various props, speeches and PowerPoint presentation to highlight the importance of the day. The assembly was very informative for all.
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky." Celebrated in the first week of July in India, Van Mahotsav, also known as Forest Festival, is an annual celebration of the plantation of trees. Celebrating the importance of trees, Van Mahotsav was initiated in 1950 to celebrate the importance of growing and saving forests and to create awareness about the harmful effects of deforestation. Observing and honoring the same essence, an activity related to herbs – “Herbs Our Green Friends” was conducted for the students of class- II on 01-07-21. The students presented a talk show wherein they talked about remedies of the herbs like mint, coriander, basil, ginger, aloe vera etc. Most of the herbs are used on a regular basis in our kitchen and they have medicinal value too. With this activity children also came to know about sacred herbs and their benefits which they shared the same with their peer group. Some children also gave a practical demonstration of the remedy related to the herb they had taken. “GO GREEN” by saving forests and trees. Don’t destroy the world for your needs, plant more saplings and help save the world from global warming. This is what Shalom Hills International School is trying to inculcate in its students through these activities.
A verb is a kind of word that tells about an action or a state. Sentences are not complete without a verb. In English, verbs are the only parts of speech that change to indicate the past, present or future tenses. An activity related to understanding the concept of action words was conducted in all sections of class II. The students were asked to write action words/ verbs from their daily routine, in the flower petals cut outs. Students eagerly made sentences also using these verbs. The given activity helped the students understand the concept of verbs through the hands-on activity. Students participated in the activity with lots of interest and enthusiasm.
"Stories are a communal currency of humanity." --Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights “Storytelling is a unique human skill shared amongst people far and wide. It opens up the vivid imaginations that run wild in children and it also builds confidence and enhances speaking skills. It is a universal and traditional art form that has featured strongly in Indian culture as an effective communication tool. It can be used to inform, entertain and educate. It is often used as a medium to ingrain values, improving reading skills and opening the minds of children to worlds beyond imagination. A storytelling competition was organized for the students of class 3 at Shalom Hills International School. The young vibrant storytellers came forth with wonderful tales. While some stories provided food for thought, some reinforced moral values and some were humorous with a common theme of importance of morals in our lives. The stories were adjudged on the basis of expression, confidence, diction and presentation skills of the children.
Class III students performed an online activity on Properties of Addition on 28th June 2021. Students were asked to be ready with 5-6 small size cut-outs, thread/ice-cream sticks, sketch pens and sticking tape. Students were asked to take one cut-out at a time and discuss one property with examples. In the same manner all properties were discussed with examples. Students represented their work beautifully in a very creative manner as per their choices. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically. They were able to understand the concept regarding properties of addition and were also able to do the same. The activity helped the children to enhance their observation and analytical skills.
"If There Is Magic on This Planet, It Is Contained in Water." Climate change is a life threat for all living beings on earth and its effect can be observed by all. Our young crusaders of "Jal Sansad" are trying their best to spread awareness through various mediums. It is a way to show the society a mirror about itself, hoping to point out the attitudes and mindset of the current society. It is a tool to educate people about their current conditions, and possibly shock them into positive actions. The goals of water conservation efforts include: Ensuring the availability of water for future generations where the withdrawal of freshwater from an ecosystem does not exceed its natural replacement. Energy conservation as water pumping, delivery and waste water treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy. In some regions of the world over 15% of total electricity consumption is devoted to water management. Grade IX students performed various activities and shared their BIT for conserving our resources by reusing the waste water at home in this pandemic situation. It was good platform provided by Shalom Hills International School to the children to showcase their bit to spread awareness about environmental issues.
“We forget that the water cycle and life cycle are one” Water is life. It is equally vital for the survival of both the plant and animal kingdoms. Though a big portion of the Earth is covered with water, only a small portion of it can be used for various human activities. With two-thirds of the earth’s surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is evident that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth. So, we need to be judicious and rational, regarding the usage of water. Rainwater harvesting, the storing of rainwater during the monsoon season for the purpose of reusing later, is one of the important ways of conserving water. With the purpose of sensitizing the students regarding the importance of water for sustaining life, a poster-making activity was conducted for the students of grades VI-VIII. They were explained how rainwater harvesting is practiced and why is it useful. Students participated with full enthusiasm and made beautiful posters on water harvesting with meaningful quotes.
Hydroelectric power is one of the most established and broadly utilized renewable sources of energy.To generate power, it utilizes the Earth’s water cycle. Our country is endowed with an immense amount of hydroelectric potential and is positioned fifth in terms of exploitable hydroelectric energy in the world. The power generated from hydroelectric plants is used for several purposes. To sensitize the students about various Hydel Power Projects of India, an activity was conducted in Grade IV on June 25,2021.Students were asked to find any five Hydel Power Projects of India along with some basic details like on which river the project is built, and is located in which state etc. Learners came prepared with amazing extra information like the largest project, capacity, smallest project etc and presented their findings with elaborate and beautiful props in the class in a very confident manner. It was a wonderful activity and children enjoyed it a lot.
Addition is one of the four basic operations of arithmetic, the other three being subtraction, multiplication and division. The addition of two whole numbers results in the total amount or sum of those values combined.
In order to make the concept clear, a Math activity using deck cards was conducted in the class. The students were first told to take rectangular cut outs to make cards. After that they were told to paste those cards on a A-4 size-sheet by putting addition sign in between. Then students added that using counting forward method.
Thus, this simple activity helped them to understand the concept of addition more clearly and evidently.
All students performed the activity with full enthusiasm.
Children thoroughly enjoyed the fun filled learning activity and spent their day
with experiential learning.
“Water is life, don’t waste it!”
Even though the maximum area of the earth is covered with water, there is only a small portion of it that can be used by us.An activity to instill a sense of awareness and responsibility in the students towards the importance of saving water was conducted in all sections of grades I to V.
The activity a part of Jal Sansad was titled ‘Every Drop Counts’. It was an offline activity and the students were asked to share a video or picture related to the activity. They had to upload the given activity on Teams. The teachers explained the activity to the students and made them understand the importance of saving water by reusing it particularly with respect to the water being wasted from RO / water purifier.
The students shared interesting pictures and videos related to the activity.
They showed how water from the RO can be used to water plants as well as in cleaning the house. A few students shared pictures washing utensils with the RO waste water which had been collected in a big container.
Through this activity the students learned that water-saving is a universal responsibility of every person who lives on this Earth. In order to save water, we have to adapt various means that can help in maintaining the level of fresh water on Earth.
The human body is a complex machine, made up of several important organs. Different organs work together to perform a common function. We refer to an integrated unit as an organ system. Groups of organ systems work together to make complete, functional organisms, like us! There are 11 major organ systems in the human body.
The students of Grade IV learnt about major organ systems in a human body like- skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory and nervous system.
To build up the conceptual knowledge of the topic, an activity was conducted wherein, students were asked to exhibit a presentation using 3D models on any one of the organ systems in the online class.
The students participated in the activity enthusiastically and confidently and explicated the functions of different organ systems in a human body.
Students presented their presentation in innovative ways; they explained the organ systems using working models. Few students used clay and thermocol to give a 3-D effect to the organ systems.
The activity helped the students to showcase their creative skills, augment their speaking and thinking skills.
The students of class-II did a Math activity on Addition on number line in the class. The students were told how to draw the number line in their notebook and explained how to do addition using the number line. This simple activity helped them to understand the concept of addition more clearly and evidently. Counting on number line is the playful method through which the child is learning addition of numbers. They all performed very well. The purpose of this activity was to enhance the mental ability and to create an environment where they can get detailed information about the concept. Children thoroughly enjoyed the fun filled learning activity and spent their day engaged in experiential learning.
“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 and demonstration of various yoga aasanas was given by the Physical Education teachers of the school. The session was an invigorating one, enabling all to experience their inner energies 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!
An activity to help the children explore their poetic side was conducted on 21st June 2021. This activity was conducted online in all the sections of grade 4. The students were given instructions a few days prior to the activity. They had to write a short self-composed poem on nature. The students were encouraged to write their poem on an A4 size sheet and illustrate it with beautiful drawings. The students presented their poems online in the virtual class. Most of the students composed interesting poems on Sun, rain, animals. They also wrote poems with the central idea highlighting the importance of saving nature. This activity gave the students an opportunity to express their creativity as well as to practice their presentation skills.
An interesting topic about vertebrates was introduced to the students of grade V. They learnt that organisms that have a backbone or spinal column, are called vertebrae, which include fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. To reinforce their learning and the content taught, a role play activity was conducted on 21st June 2021. Most of the students were dressed up as an animal/bird of his/her choice and they came forward and spoke a few lines about the habitat and adaptations of the vertebrates. The students very creatively planned their role and it was interesting to see a wide range of species virtually. Some children chose to completely transform themselves into an animal, while others just chose to keep it minimal and expressed themselves with the help of face painting. Happy and cheerful pictures of faces of the budding Science geniuses displaying their activity was received by the Science teachers. It was a fun filled activity for every participant. It helped to develop the children’s linguistics and naturalistic skills.
The recent pandemic that the world has been dealing with for almost 1.5 years now has shown how disastrous the consequences of ecosystem loss can be. By shrinking the area of natural habitat for animals, we have created ideal conditions for pathogens, including coronaviruses to spread. To encourage awareness and environmental protection, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year throughout the world. The first World Environment Day was observed in 1974, giving a global platform for inspiring positive change in the environment. The theme of World Environment Day, 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration”. To sensitise children to the issues of deterioration of natural resources and care for living organisms, students of grade IV got involved in the activities to show their small contribution towards nature. As budding environmentalists, children presented various ways to create an eco- friendly living like following the 3R’s to conserve resources, reduce pollution and plant more trees. Also to show their care for other living beings in the environment, some children made beautiful bird feeders using their innovative ideas with plastic bottles, shoe-box and other available resources in their home. Children presented their project confidently in the class and shared efficient ways to save the environment. The activities helped the children hone their creative skills. The main objective of observing this day was to bring about a change in the attitude of children towards environment and advocate their partnership with the society to ensure a safe future.
Animals are living things and need food and water to live. All the animals are very important as they maintain a healthy ecosystem by maintaining healthy food chains. Animals have been classified into Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores on the basis of their eating habits. Students of class III did an interesting activity to enhance their learning skills and memorizing capabilities. Children made three columns (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores) in their EVS notebook beforehand, they were shown pictures of one category of animals at a time for 30 seconds where in they had to see the pictures carefully and write as many names as they could recollect in the respective column in 1-2 minutes. Then the same procedure was repeated for carnivores and omnivores. The activity was conducted successfully and enjoyed by the children who participated whole heartedly.
Dreams can be like Charades in which we act out words rather than see or speak them. An act or a pretense is what Charade is. The students of grade V today participated in an activity called Poem Charades. The students had to enact a part of the poem – ‘Miss Leopard Goes to the City’, written by Junaid Yahya. It personifies a leopard. It also tries to invoke empathy for the animals and change the mind set of humans for animals. Our young scholars had a wonderful time acting out different characters and scenes from the poem. There was an array of masks made by the children, mime effect, animated expressions and voice modulation to enhance their performance. The enthusiasm was contagious as the children were cheering and clapping in appreciation for their classmates after each performance.
“Winds remind us that no matter how strong we claim to be but how fragile we are for real…. Happy Global Wind Day.” World Wind Day is celebrated every year on 15th June to make people aware about wind energy, its uses, power and its potential to change the world. World Wind Day is organized by Wind Europe (windeurope.org) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). In more than 75 countries, wind farms are in operation and energy is generated from a clean and renewable source. This day is a brilliant way to celebrate the use of wind, all over the world, and to give children an understanding of how wind turbines work. The students of classes I-V celebrated this day in morning assembly by making beautiful wind mills out of paper. They showed their assembled toys assembled ones too and shared their knowledge on the same with their peer group. Few made beautiful drawings too, showing the importance of wind energy. The children participated enthusiastically in the discussion related to the same in the virtual class. On Global Wind Day, let us take inspiration from wind which has the power to bring the change in this world.
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th every year to appreciate the role of Mother Nature in our lives and at the same time remind us of our duties towards it. This year the students of Grade V participated in various activities to celebrate World Environment Day and thoroughly enjoyed them as they learned something new from each activity. A choice was given to them from among three activities. Each activity was explained in detail by their respective Science teachers. The first activity demanded them to be ‘eco-warriors’ and state ways of how they can manage the waste of their houses to reduce it at their own level. The second activity stated that ‘Every Drop Counts’, where the students had to show how they reuse the wastewater from the RO filters. While the third activity mentioned steps of how the students could make compost at home and then use it to fertilize the plants in their houses. Each student meticulously chose an activity and uploaded pictures or videos regarding the same. The activity focused on practical applications that the students and their family members could make a part of their daily lives and thus make a difference to the environment.
Practicing mental maths keeps our brain sharp and boosts learning capabilities. While mathematical skills are supposed to be a task of the left brain, mental math stimulates the right brain which is responsible for imagination, visualization, and creativity. There is a specific part of the brain that performs mental maths but if it is not developed properly at an early age, it can become a challenging task. For this reason, it is important to develop the ability to do mental maths in children while they are still young. To enhance their mental ability, a math activity ‘BINGO’ was conducted in all the sections of class V on 14th June’2021. The rules were explained to the students of the activity. Children created their own Bingo card consisting of three rows and four columns. They were asked to fill the Bingo card using random numbers ranging from 1 to 50. Some of the mental maths-related problems were given to the students and they were asked to cut or colour the answer of that question in their Bingo card. If all the numbers in any one of the rows, corners, and full ticket are coloured or crossed, they had to call it BINGO. The children decorated their Bingo cards beautifully. The activity was conducted in a much-disciplined manner. The children actively participated and enjoyed the activity.
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think - Albert Einstein A joyful and secure environment gives the children the freedom to be curious, to wonder, to find their own trajectory of exploration while making sense of their new world. A social science activity was planned in Grade V on exploring the Imaginary lines of the earth which helped the young minds to use their knowledge and reinforce the concepts of latitudes and longitudes. The main objective of conducting the activity was to identify the difference between latitudes and longitudes and find the location on a world map which is identified by a pair of map coordinates. Young learners inculcated the critical thinking skills and geographical skills and applied the higher order skills such as interpretation and synthesis of geographical information to understand earth’s physical and human patterns and processes. It was an exciting and a great learning experience for the students as learning in this way transforms them into lifelong learners.
“The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” International Olympics Day is observed on June 23 every year to celebrate sports and health. The occasion marks the day when International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894. The day aims at promoting sports and spreads the message of making sports an integral part of life. The day is celebrated to encourage more people to participate in the Olympic Games and spread awareness about the event and promote the Olympic Movement. Based on the three pillars – “move”, “learn” and “discover” – the National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities to encourage participation regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability. The students of classes 1-5 participated in a healthy interaction on the above topic.They were told about the importance of sports and sportsmanship. They discussed about their love and passion for their favourite sport. Few of them used props and shared their views with their peer group and teachers.
“We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of our own future generations.” -Loretta Lynch Many species have become endangered and many have slowly gone extinct. The fee of extinction is pretty excessive, both for the environment and mankind. This is a fact to fear about the lack of biodiversity especially prompted due to environmental exploitation. National Endangered Species Day, offers us the possibility to enhance our understanding about wildlife and endangered species and take key steps to sustain them. This day additionally acknowledges the countrywide conservation efforts to defend endangered species and their habitats. In order to raise awareness about the importance of conservation of endangered species, their habitat, and necessary measures for their protection, “National Endangered Species Day” was celebrated at Shalom Hills International School on May 13, 2021. The teachers showed informative and valuable presentation. It was followed by the students delivering speeches, sharing opinions and facts through presentation made concerning the day. Students are well versed with the modern situation and they showed enthusiasm in discussing the issues and listing opportunities to lower the exploitation.
Eid ul Fitr
Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast“, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal, the tenth Islamic month. On Eid ul Fitr, Muslims thank Allah for the holy Quran and joyously celebrate the festival.
International Day of families
International Day of Families, observed every year on 15 May, provides an opportunity to raise awareness, about the issues related to the families and, to increase knowledge about the social, economic and demographic processes that affect them.
World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day, is observed every year on 17 May. It marks, the founding of ITU when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris on 17 May, 1865. It is also known as World Telecommunication, and International Society Day.
The students of classes I- discussed the significance of these days V in morning assembly. The children made the discussions very interactive and interesting by speaking confidently and presenting beautiful props.
“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard In order to applaud the achievements and contributions of Indians to science and technology, ‘National Technology Day’ was celebrated at Shalom Hills International School on May 11, 2021. This day serves as a reminder of India joining the elite group of nations with nuclear weapons, when three successful nuclear tests were conducted at the Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan under Operation Shakti, followed by two more nuclear tests on May 13. The tests were spearheaded by the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The students celebrated the day by remembering the historic moment and by delivering speeches on ‘National Technology Day’ virtually during the Class assembly. Students spoke about the innovations and the advancement happening in the field of technology. A Power Point Presentation on Technology was also shown in the classes. The teachers and the students expressed their views on technological development and the need of Nuclear Power. Students enthusiastically participated in the discussion and celebrated the day with pride.
“Nursing is caring…but it takes more than a caring person to be a nurse”. International Nurses Day celebrated on May 12 in honour Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, is a tribute to all of the nurses around the world and the incredible work they do. Nurses bring so much to our lives, and the lives of the people that we love, and so it is only right that we have a day that honours them and recognizes all of their efforts! In 2020 and 2021, we have seen the devastations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In almost two years since the pandemic began in 2020, the world has seen over 160 million corona virus cases and over 3 million deaths worldwide. The pandemic has burdened our health infrastructure unlike ever before. However, despite the magnitude of the situation, our health workers — doctors, nurses and others — have been at the forefront fighting the virus and saving lives. Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system who have been risking their lives for months. Amid this backdrop, the International Nurses Day 2021 assumes great significance. The students of classes 1-5 celebrated the day to express their deep gratitude for nurses and health workers around the world.
Prepositions play a vital role in grammar. They are the vital markers to the structure of a sentence. In order to enhance the knowledge of students about prepositions and for a better understanding of the concept, an activity ‘Show What You Know’, was conducted for the students of grade I on 11th May, 2021. The students used different objects which were easily available at home for the activity, for example: their toys, bowls, glasses etc. They were given a few prepositions and they had to place the objects according to the given position words. All of them were successful at placing the objects as instructed by their teachers. The children participated actively in this activity and could understand the different position words clearly. With the help of this activity, the listening skills of the students was fostered and therefore a constant attentiveness was seen during the activity. This hands-on activity helped the students’ minds grow and they joyfully learnt prepositions.
“GOD could not be everywhere and therefore He made Mothers.” Mom is like a super hero who knows how to fix everything in the world. She is not only our creator but our teacher, our mentor, our best friend and much more. Although, each day ought to be Mother’s Day, this one day is special for all the children and mothers, as it celebrates the everlasting bond of love and affection. On this Mother’s Day during this hard time, we at Shalom Hills International School seized the opportunity to celebrate every magical gesture of our mothers. During the virtual Art & Craft classes the students of classes I & II learnt to prepare beautiful cards while Class III-V students learnt to prepare Certificates for their mothers. They also wrote heart warming messages for their mothers. The bright splash of colors symbolized the spirit of excitement in the students.
"Change is crucial. It brings new thought; new thought leads to innovative actions." – Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam The students of classes I-V discussed the importance of technology in our lives in morning assembly. They also shared various roles being played by the technology in the current scenario. National Technology Day is celebrated every year on May 11 to highlight the achievements of engineers and scientists in the field of technology and science. On this day in 1998, India carried out the Pokhran nuclear tests - a series of five explosions at the Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range. Former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, lovingly known as India's 'Missile Man', spearheaded the Pokhran nuclear tests. The then prime minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, declared India a nuclear state, making it the sixth country to join the elite 'nuclear club'. National Technology Day is not just for scientists and engineers but also for anyone associated with ideating, innovating, and facilitating the dissemination of knowledge, information and taking the products or benefits to people at the grassroots level.
“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.”– Kenneth Branagh More than 70 countries around the world celebrate World Laughter Day on the first Sunday of May to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. Laughter is good for your health. In fact, it is really one of the best medicines in the world. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use. Labour Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labour movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The students of classes I-V discussed the importance of being happy in morning assembly. They also shared various facts about Labour Day.
The students of grade IV had learnt about clothes and the different types of fibres that help to make fabrics for these clothes. They also learnt about how various fibres are made into fabrics with the help of weaving and knitting techniques. Thus to reinforce their concepts, a ‘Weaving Activity’ was conducted. The students were shown power point presentation explaining the procedure. Following the instructions of their respective science teachers, they observed the demonstration of the activity and then whole heartedly completed the activity. The little weavers excelled in their art and brought forward vibrant coloured woven mats for display. With the help of this activity, they understood the method of weaving better. The activity enriched their cognitive and fine motor skills. The students and teachers both, thoroughly enjoyed the execution of the activity.
“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.”– Kenneth Branagh More than 70 countries around the world celebrate World Laughter Day on the first Sunday of May to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. Laughter is good for your health. In fact, it is really one of the best medicines in the world. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use. Labour Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labour movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The students of classes I-V discussed the importance of being happy in morning assembly. They also shared various facts about Labour Day.
On the occasion of Earth Day, an English Declamation activity was held for all the sections of grade 4 from 26th April to 2nd May. The students had to make a small video on the topic ‘Save Earth’. They had to record their views on the importance of saving Earth and looking after its limited resources. This activity was a part of Earth Day celebrations. The students were encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas. They could also use props to show the importance of stopping pollution of all kinds. Most of the students uploaded the video on teams in the Declamation activity folder. The children spoke confidently about saving Earth and keeping it clean. Most of them also spoke about saving Earth from the current ongoing covid pandemic. This activity helped to sensitize the children on the importance of saving Earth and keeping it clean and green.
‘All about My pet’ activity was conducted for Class I students during which children showcased their artistic and oratory skills by speaking about their favourite pet animal. They were shown different pet animals to make them understand the concept of Pet Animal effectively. This activity helped to kindle their imagination and transform it into beautiful pictures of their favourite pet animal. The children enthusiastically participated in the activity. This activity helped children to get involved in some kind of drawing which was extremely enjoyable to them. Drawing their favourite pet and speaking a few lines on it helped them to develop both their artistic and oratory skills. Children really had a wonderful time performing this activity.
Mathematical puzzles make up an integral part of recreational mathematics. They are sometimes used to motivate students in enhancing Math problem solving techniques, sharpen their memory and to increase mental acuity. "Puzzlomania” activity was conducted in all sections of grade IV. This activity was basically conducted to check the understanding of different concepts related to numbers and numeration taught to them. Students were briefed about the activity 2 days prior and were told to be ready with the crossword puzzle on A-4 size sheet. Questions related to chapter Numbers and Numeration (like place value, face value, periods, Indian and International place value chart) were displayed on the screen and they were told to solve the crossword in the allotted time. Students participated enthusiastically and enjoyed the activity. They decorated the crossword and displayed beautiful artwork and found this Math crossword puzzle both fun and challenging.
Mahavir Janma Kalyanak is one of the most important religious festivals in Jainism. It celebrates the birth of Mahavir, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of present Avasarpi??. It is celebrated on the 13th day of the waxing (rising) half of Hindu month of Chaitra which usually occurs in either late March or early April. Mahavir Jayanti is a festival marked with prayers and fasting. An assembly was conducted on 26th April for Grades I-V to celebrate the auspicious occasion and make students aware about the significance of the day. Students presented information related to the festival through props and Power Points efficiently.
“Language is a roadmap of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going” A special assembly was conducted on 23rd April for Grades I-V to celebrate and create awareness about the English language, World Book and Copyright Days. Students were involved in presenting power point presentations on these days. English Language Day is observed annually on April 23 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity by exploring the language. In the morning assembly, students spoke about the importance of this day and shared with the class about the history, culture and achievements associated with the language. In 1995, UNESCO decided to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day on this date to mark the birth and death anniversaries of several renowned authors. World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read. It was indeed an informative session for them which they enjoyed thoroughly.
As part of creating General Awareness among the students about important persons and events in history, a PPT on Sachin Tendulkar was shown in all grades from 1 to 5 on the eve of his birthday which falls on 24th April. Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Two students from each grade spoke important facts relating to Sachin Tendulkar and showed the posters that they had made of the cricketing legend. The students enjoyed talking about Sachin Tendulkar and learning interesting facts about him.
“Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect.” To commemorate Earth Day, grade V students of Shalom hills International School took part in a declamation activity on the topic- Today’s Cure, Tomorrow’s Prevention. The young scholars spoke freely about their feelings for their environment and legacy of the future generations. They expressed themselves with the help of props- drawings, craft work and short poems. The scholars spoke with a lot of passion expressing and emphasizing the importance of a healthy environment for a healthy, happy earth life.
An art integrated activity - ‘Guess That Article’, was conducted for the students of class 1 on 22nd April 2021. Articles are special modifiers that appear before nouns or noun phrases. Like other adjectives, they help clarify the meaning of the noun in a sentence. Learning and consciously applying a few basic principles can help one improve his/her article usage significantly. Keeping the important characteristics of articles in mind, Guess That Article activity was conducted for the students of class 1. All the students were shown different pictures and asked to identify the suitable articles to be used for the same. They enthusiastically identified the pictures and shared the suitable articles to be used with them. Through this activity, the teachers could introduce children to the correct use of articles. This wonderful activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April at Shalom Hills International School to remind the students of their duties towards ‘Mother Nature.’ As a part of environmental education, Earth Day was celebrated through educational and action-oriented activities both through the online and offline modes. A myriad of activities was conducted in the classes. Students of class III-V indulged in offline craft activity by making paper bags stating ‘Every Day, Earth Day’. Students celebrated the power of green by singing songs, reciting poems, presenting speeches and sharing videos in the morning assembly. Students expressed their views by making short speeches in both English and Hindi. Children learnt the importance of preserving the planet earth through the fun-filled activities.
“Nature is our mother and to save our mother Earth is our responsibility." -Chaitali Bari To uphold the responsibility toward our Mother Earth, each year 22nd April is celebrated as the Earth Day. The day aims, to raise awareness among masses about climate change and global warming and inspires all to act towards the protection of the environment while focusing on the need for conservation. The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Restore Our Earth" which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. Our Little Shalomites celebrated Earth Day with full zest through a special assembly conducted in grades I to V. All the students took the Green Oath and pledged to become global citizens working for the cause of sustainable development. The students virtually engaged in meaningful activities to show their love and respect for Mother Earth. Students prepared power point presentation, slogans, posters and other props for the presentation. They expressed their views through speeches, beautiful poems in English and Hindi, and agreed to prioritize earth protection. A Quiz was also conducted in class V to test their knowledge of facts about the importance of nature. Students were able to understand the importance and need for celebrating Earth Day. “Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.”
An activity based on the poem - ‘The Sounds in the Evening’ written by the famous poet Eleanor Farjeon, was conducted in grade 4 on 20th April 2021. This was an online activity in which the students had to make any four drawings of the sounds that they hear in the evening. They also had to label the sounds along with the illustrations. This activity was interesting for the students as it involved recognizing the everyday sounds that the children hear. A few students also spoke about the harmful effects of noise pollution. The students uploaded their posters with colorful illustrations on teams in the given folder. This activity gave the students an opportunity to express their creativity as well as helped them to practice their speaking skills.
The International Day for monuments and sites also known as World Heritage Day, observed on 18 April each year around the world, is a building block for peace and sustainable development. It is a source of identity and dignity for local communities, a wellspring of knowledge and strength to be shared. To honor the presence of cultural heritage in our country, India, and to generate awareness about its preservation among young scholars, a special assembly was organized in the primary wing of Shalom Hills International School on 19th April. The Shalomites from Grades I-V participated enthusiastically in this assembly. The students, with the help of posters, speeches and props showcased the importance of the day and also shared information about few important monuments. They also shared their views on how to protect the rich heritage of our nation. Students rightly quoted- “Every Indian citizen should be proud of the heritage sites of his/her country and take steps towards the protection of these assets.” The assembly was overall an enriching experience for everyone.
The students of grade IV participated in EVS I “Map-making” activity conducted during the virtual class on 16th April. The main aim of the activity was to make the students understand the importance of symbols and keys/legends used in maps. They also learnt to create their maps. Students did the activity individually with the help of the instructions given by the teachers. They were asked to draw an outline map from their home to school while marking major landmarks using colours or symbols and making key/legend for all the symbols or colours used. They learned the importance of symbols, colours and keys on a map while making or reading a map. The logical, Spatial and Interpersonal skills were enhanced with this activity. Overall, it was a fun learning and informative session for the children.
An art integrated activity - ‘Let’s Express’, was conducted for the students of class 1 on 16th April 2021. The ability to convey emotions through facial expressions is an important part of effective communication. A person’s expression provides non-verbal cues that indicate their mood or even health. A big smile that shows teeth conveys joy, for example, while a grimace can be a sign of pain or anger. It’s important that kids are able to understand emotions and convey them properly. Keeping all these important characteristics of facial expressions in mind, ‘Let’s Express’ activity was conducted for the students of class 1. In this activity, all the students drew a few emojis depicting happiness, sadness and anger in their English notebooks. They enthusiastically drew the pictures and also wrote the names of the emotions below them. Through this activity, the teachers could introduce children to emotions and help them in recognizing them. This art integrated activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
Leaves are the plant’s solar panels and food factory. Nature has provided plants with wide variety of leaves in terms of their size, shape, colour and pattern. The chapter on ‘Plants’ gave the students of Grade IV an insight to the primary function of leaves. Children were introduced to the basic two types of leaves i.e., simple and compound leaves on the basis of the distribution of leaf lamina. To help children understand the structure of a leaf better and to reinforce their learning about leaves, an activity was conducted on 15th April, 2021. Each student was told to observe and collect at least four different types of leaves from their surroundings and paste them on A-3 sized sheet or a chart paper. Students meticulously completed their activity creatively and imaginatively. Not only did they add colours to their activity but also applied knowledge by labelling the parts of the various leaves and describing their structures and types. The activity widened their thinking and observational skills due to which they were able to identify the parts and functions of a leaf. The students participated in the activity cheerfully and the objective of learning by doing was fulfilled.
Pahela Baishakh or Poila Baishak is the first day of the Bengali calendar which originated in ancient India. 'Boishakh' is the first month in the ancient Hindu Bengali and Nepali calendar. This festival is celebrated on 14 or 15 April in the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam, and by people of Bengali origin throughout the world. Celebration of Pahela Baishakh traces its roots back to the 7th Century. The festival is celebrated with processions, fairs and family time. The traditional greeting for Bengalis in the new year is "Shubho Noboborsho" which is literally "Happy New Year". The special assembly organized for the young scholars of primary wing on 15th April 2021, apprised them about the importance of different cultures- ‘Unity in Diversity’. The other importance of the day is that on this day in the year 1971 Himachal Pradesh, which was a province since 1948, obtained statehood. This day is celebrated with a lot of patriotic fervor in the state’s capital of Shimla with parades and local events also organized in the cities, towns, and villages to mark this significant day.
The students of class-II performed a Math Abacus activity. Abacus is a simple device for calculating and consists of a frame with rows of wires with beads strung. The students were told to show a 3-digit number by drawing abacus and putting bindis or drawing beads in their notebooks. They were explained about various places of numbers on it. Students learnt how to represent a number on the abacus. This simple activity helped them to understand the concept of abacus more clearly and evidently. The purpose of this activity was to enhance the mental ability of the children and to create an environment where they can get detailed information about the concept and learn in a better way. Children thoroughly enjoyed the fun-filled learning activity and spent their day engaged with experiential learning.
"Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom." -Roger Bacon Language is a medium that connects the world and entwines cultures. It is proof of a rich heritage and civilization. Learning different languages permits us to broaden our horizons, to know about new cultures and to connect us to the global citizens. Hence, an inter-dynasty competition was organized as an initiative to bring together the Shalom Family for a fiesta of knowledge and learning through “LING-O-PEDIA” for Grades 6-10. This competition aimed at providing the students an opportunity to explore Hindi, Sanskrit and French to augment their vocabulary. In the first round, one student was given a word. The next student had to tell a word in the respective language with the last letter of the word given. The round continued till the students were able to provide the words. Finally, three students were shortlisted, who will compete in the next and the final round which will be held in the coming week. The criteria of judgment were based on the extent of vocabulary and spontaneity. The students took keen interest and enjoyed the activity. They were interactive and participative throughout the event.
“As I breathe in the salty air Let me look, look, look at the ocean see the sea and explore for its fun to dive from the top to the ocean floor!” As a new academic year unfolds, our children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. To enhance the knowledge and creativity of the young scholars, an online activity “Exploring the Marine Life” was conducted for Grade V on 13 and 15 April 2021. The children came dressed up as Marine animals and enjoyed enacting them using their props, banners, posters etc. They even spoke few lines about the animal they dressed up as. The activity turned out exceptionally well as the enthusiastic learners presented and showcased their talents. The students came to know about the many amazing creatures that call the ocean home, which encouraged them to think about how their actions impact the environment. The children who know more about the world around them, will be more invested in keeping it clean and safe for the wildlife that lives there.
“A festival is an occasion of enjoyment and celebration which promotes social interaction and harmony.” Celebrating events and festivals in schools has become an integral part of learning and building a strong cultural belief in children. Such celebrations bring students closer to traditional and cultural beliefs. With this aim, a special assembly was conducted by the students of classes I-V to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti and Baisakhi, the first month of the Hindu calendar, called by different names in different parts of the country. Students explained how Baisakhi, Naba Barsha, Bihu are celebrated in Punjab, Bengal and Assam respectively, and Ugadi. The students showcased the importance of these festivals with the help of posters, speeches, props and placards. They were also given information about Dr B.R Ambedkar on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. Students also paid tribute to the civilians who lost their lives in Jallianwala Bagh Massacre during the assembly. The students gained a lot of knowledge and information through this special assembly.
A Math activity - Fantastic zero, was held for Class I students. With the help of live examples, the teachers explained to the children that zero has no value. The concept was clarified with the help of story narration using props. Through this activity, children were able to enhance their imaginary skills and transform them into a beautiful narration of short stories explaining the concept of zero. Fantastic Zero activity enhanced the artistic and oratory skills of the children. The objective of this activity was that the students will be able to identify the number zero, identify groups with zero objects and represent the number zero. Children enthusiastically participated in the activity and thoroughly enjoyed it. Giving wings to their imagination, they framed short sentences to explain the concept of zero. Children really had a wonderful time doing this activity.
After a refreshing session break as the kids joined their new classes, they learnt about how plants reproduce and how a flower plays a vital role in the process. To reinforce their learning of various parts of a flower the students of grade V indulged in a dissection activity where step by step they observed the four whorls of the flowers. The students were mesmerised seeing the intricate beauty of nature in the plant world and were excited to see all the parts of the flowers, that they had studied and seen in textbooks, coming to life. As they observed the reproductive parts of the flowers all doubts were resolved through this activity under the guidance of their science teachers who demonstrated the dissection of the flower for the students.
“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the greatest adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.” – John F. Kennedy. Human spaceflight is one of the most amazing achievements of the 20th century. 12th April every year marks the celebration of mankind venturing into a new era of space, science and technology. This day commemorates cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historical orbital flight in 1961 and is celebrated as The International Day of Human Space Flight as declared by the UN General Assembly. The Shalomitees from Grades I-V participated in this informative assembly organized to enlighten them about how space exploration can help create a better world. The students, with the help of posters, speeches, props showcased the importance of science and technology for improving the life on Earth. The assembly aimed to promote aspirations to explore and maintain outer space for peaceful purposes and to inspire the quest for excellence and the passion to pursue a dream.
Activities enable students to think from different angles. Some interactive and interesting activities can inspire Math in students to greater achievement. During Virtual classes activities are the best way to teach children to embrace Math, as they are young and eager to experience new ideas and skills. To introduce tens and ones, an activity “My bundle of tens and ones”, was conducted in class I (All sections), in which children were supposed to make bundles of pencils, crayons or ice- cream sticks. Suppose if number 35 is given to them, then they have to make 3 bundles (each of 10 sticks) and one of 5 sticks. In the virtual classes, questions were flashing on the screen while the students were enthusiastically showing their bundles through the camera. Each child participated in the activity with full energy. Students enjoyed the activity which enhanced their logical and analytical skills.
“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”-Anne Wilson Schaef This thought was wonderfully instilled in the minds of our young Shalomites through the special assembly conducted in the Middle Wing on 7th April on account of ‘World Health Day’ which is celebrated under the sponsorship of World Health Organization. The assembly focused on the theme "Building a fairer, healthier world", by spreading awareness among the students and ways to improve our physical and mental health.The students were enthusiastic to share certain health tips and diet charts. Some of them even talked about the importance of rest and exercises like yoga, cycling etc. that add to good health. The assembly ended with the Shalom Anthem.
As the students began their new session virtually, they were introduced to the chapter ‘Plants’. Already aware about the parts and functions of a plant like stem, root, flower and leaf,they shared and discussed the uses of plants. An online show and tell activityon ‘Medicinal Importance of Plants’ was conducted on 7thApril 2021, in which the students had to share the medicinal importance of the plants.Students participated enthusiastically in the activity and confidentlyshared the importance of common plants like Basil, Aloe-Vera, mint, coriander, marigold, neem etc. in the class. This activity helped students to identify plants and understand the mutual relation we share with plants. The activity also connected the students with their environment and realize the benefits of plants for our health. As April 7 is also observed as World Heath Day, it was a good opportunity to make the students understand the important role played by the plants for our healthy lives.
World Table Tennis Day is annually celebrated on April 6 since 2015, also marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.The day is celebrated to promote the sport and build enthusiasm in players. Shalom Hills International School also organized a special assembly for the young scholars of primary wing on 6th April 2021 to apprise them about the importance of table tennis as a sport and also putting the focus on experiencing the joy of playing table tennis as a regular sport. The children enthusiastically participated in the special assembly and expressed their joy and excitement by sharing relevant information and facts related to table tennis.The students also made posters and slogans for the same. The assembly was concludedwith the ShalomAnthem.
From smearing each other with colours to enjoying a plate of delicious gujiyas , the festival of Holi ushers in a carnivalesque mood among people of all age groups, every year. An ancient Hindu festival, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and his devotee Prahlada. The festival is also celebrated as thanksgiving for good harvest. Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with HolikaDahan, where people perform rituals in front of a bonfire, praying for their inner evil to be destroyed.The carnival of colours begins the next morning, where people come out on the streets to play with colours, and drench each other in coloured water through water guns or balloons. All the sections of classes I, II and III celebrated Holi virtually on 26th March.Children were shown videos and power point presentations to know the significance of the festival of colours. During the ‘Cooking without fire’ activity, students enjoyed making refreshing drinks like Mojito, tempting fruit salads and scrumptious coconut ladoos using ingredients easily available at home. An activity was also held where in students used turmeric and other organic dyes to hand print their old T shirts to be worn on Holi.
Creative writing develops creative thoughts. It suggests alternatives and broadens the thought process and problem-solving abilities. Keeping all these benefits of creative writing in mind, an activity - 'My Virtual Bon Voyage' was conducted for the students of class 1 on 9th March, 2021. As we are close to the end of this session, through this activity, the students were given the opportunity to express their thoughts and experiences of the virtual classes in the form of creative writing. The students wrote a few sentences in their English notebooks following all the important rules of writing. They beautifully expressed their thoughts and also shared them with their classmates. They shared their favourite moments spent during the virtual classes and their learning experience. This activity allowed the children to express their opinions and develop their writing and their logical skills. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity.
Every year on 8th March International Women's Dayis celebrated. The purpose of the day is to uphold women's achievements, recognize challenges, and focus on women's rights. The theme of the International Women's Day for 2021 is, 'Choose to Challenge'. This states that women are responsible for their own thoughts and actions every day, and they challenge the world every day. The theme, further signifies, that women can choose to challenge gender bias and inequality in the world. People need to celebrate women's achievements to make the world a better place to live in, with equality. A special assembly was conducted in Classes I and II wherein In ternational Women's Day was celebrated by the students using various props, speeches and PowerPoint presentations. The students also did an exciting activity of making a little paper purse for their special women with a small beautiful message on it. Students had a very pleasant and fun-filled day. The assembly was very informative and made everyone aware about the rights of the women.
Better the Balance,Better the World. The International Women’s Day is not only about celebrating the achievements of women in every field but also to reflect and amplify on various issues that emancipate them and hinder the realization of equality. The Shalomitesform Grades VI-XII participated on this didactic day revealing their insights and thoughts of a better world with equal opportunities for all. Different activities categorized with subject importance were held in all the classes. Shalomites spoke about women excelling in different fields – Science, Government, Sports, Literature, Philanthropists, Activists, etc. They made posters, debated on women being an integral part of growth, changes in their employment standards, and their safety and security. The students’ approach and conscience surely envisage a better futuristic society.
World Book Day, initiated on April 23, 1995, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. On World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books. The mission is to give every child and young person a book of their own. This year, a special assembly was conducted in classes I and II to underline the need and the importance ofthe wonderful power of books and the joy of reading. It's especially meant to help encourage a love of reading in children.Students actively participated in this special assembly delivering speeches on the significance of the day.
National Defense Day(India) is observed on March 3 every year. To commemorate this day world’s largest and tallest Indian tricolour was unfurled at Town Park in Faridabad. It was hoisted at a height of 250 feet making it the largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag in the world. In classes I and II a special assembly was conducted on March 3, 2021. Through various speeches, students made everyoneawareabout the Mission of the National Defense Academy and the importance of this force in safeguarding of our country.The National Defense Academy provides basic service training to assist in developing the character, initiative, self-confidence and, above all, qualities of leadership in the future officers. The children pledged to assist them as and when required as responsible citizens of our country.Students actively participated using various placards for the same. We respect and salute the bravery and sacrifice of all those soldiers who are tirelessly protecting us from any threats from our enemies.
Handwriting is an important part of literacy and an essential skill for life. Handwriting skills are an important developmental task and activity for children. Through handwriting, they can express themselves and communicate with the world around them clearly. A Handwriting competition was conducted in all the sections of Grade 1. The teachers explained to the students the importance and rules of neat handwriting. They were guided about the punctuation marks through this activity. The children were given an opportunity to choose any passage from a lesson or a poem from their textbook and write it in their notebooks following the rules. Children wrote the passage neatly in the given time. They were excited to share their work with their Class Teachers.
Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the United Nations and other international organizations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice, throughout all the member countries of the UN. A special assembly was conducted in Classes I and II on 1st March 2021 whereinZero Discrimination Day was celebrated by the students using various props, speeches and PowerPoint presentation to highlight the important issues faced both by India and the world. The assembly was very informative and made everyone aware about the rights of the girl child and why education is important for one and all.
“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.” Online technologies have removed the barriers of time, cost and location from the learning activities and experiences available to the students. The virtual trip brings real-life experiences to the application and understanding of course concepts. Virtual trips hold a place in our 21st-century classrooms and can create an interactive, stimulating and enriching learning experience for the students. Keeping this in view, a virtual tour for the students of Class V was planned to the ocean world wherein they found mysteries that abound in the ocean. As we all know trips and tours are important for interactive and new learning, social interaction and exposure. Remote diving is the new remote working. Student response to the virtual field trip was overwhelmingly positive as they experienced the ocean and its astounding life forms from the comfort of their homes through a little armchair travel.
‘The Science of Today is the Technology of Tomorrow.’ -Edward Teller National Science Day is celebrated in India on 28 February each year to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist Sir C. V. Raman on 28 February 1928. For his discovery, Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. The theme for the National Science Day 2021 is "Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work". On account of National Science Day a special assembly was organized by the students of the middle wing on 26th February 2021. It started with the prayer, Pledge, Thought for the day, News, and significance of the day. In the spirit of the day the teachers informed the students about the significance of the day and the Nobel laureate, Sir C V Raman. They shared information about the importance of science and its uses in daily life and also talked about Science movies, lab equipment, the night sky, and much more. A Quiz was conducted on Teams and a documentary was shown to students. They delivered speeches on the theme of National Science Day. Overall, the assembly focused on spreading a message about the importance of science used in our daily lives.
Guru Ravidas Jayanti marks the birthday of the Indian mystic poet-Sant Ravidas, and is celebrated on Magh Purnima. A renowned poet, his written verses are included in Sikh scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib. This day also coincides with the World NGO Day,an international calendar day annually observed on 27 February. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010, and first time marked by the UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014. Sant Ravidas Jayanti and World NGO Day were celebrated by the students of middle wing with great devotion and fervour on Friday, 26th February 2021. The event started with the prayer followed by a PowerPoint presentation about Sant Ravidas Ji and World NGO Day. Shalomities remembered the teachings of Ravidas which remind us time and again that the essence of all religionslies in oneness of God. Students gave speeches on the importance of both the days. Students were explained that an NGO is an independent and usually non-profit organisation, which aims to address social or political issue. The assembly apprised the students about the significance of both the days.
“No words can express a fraction of the characteristics of this great Imam; he was the epitome of eloquence, bravery, wisdom, justice, and equality". Hazrat Ali is a Muslim religious dignitary who is held in high esteem by the Islamic community across India and beyond. Ali is respected for his knowledge, courage, belief, honesty, deep loyalty to Muhammad, unbending devotion to Islam and equal treatment of all Muslims. He was also known for his generosity since he believed in forgiving his defeated enemies. People in India celebrate the birthday of Hazrat Imam Ali with great respect and honour due to the services he rendered to the Islamic religion as a whole. To celebrate this festival, the students of middle wing organised a beautiful special assembly. With their short speeches, students conveyed the teachings of Ali and encouraged all to embrace kindness, compassion, mercy, gratitude, thankfulness and courage.The assembly concluded with the Shalom Anthem. All the children participated with full enthusiasm.
“Play is our brain's favourite way of learning" A great way to give students meaningful opportunities to apply their learning is to make learning fun! When teachers use activities that make learning engaging and fun, students show more interest and are more willing to participate. Having fun while learning also helps students retain information better because the process is enjoyable and memorable.Game-Based Learning also plays an important role in teaching by making students to collaborate, communicate, interact, work in teams and develop their imagination. As such, aTambolaactivity was conducted in class V. Students made their innovative Tambola tickets and enjoyed this fun way of playing with numbers. Students enjoyed the activity and participated with great zeal.
“It’s always the small pieces that make the bigger picture.” An end-of-day fun activity was planned to indulge the students of Grade V to know about their country and its image on the world map, in a play way method. An online sliding puzzle activity was shared with the students through a link where they all enjoyed immensely trying to put in the pieces of India’s map together to see all the states. Most students finished the puzzle within a few minutes.In continuation, the teachers also played ‘ATLAS’ with them. The students were reinvigorated and dispersed from the online classes with smiling faces.
A speaking activity -‘Ambitious You’, was conducted for the students of class 1 on 23rd February 2021. We often think of ambition as a characteristic of older children, but very young children too can be incredibly ambitious. Every time a young child masters a new skill, it’s an opportunity to help them savour the feeling of accomplishment that comes from learning that new skill. Keeping this fact in mind, a speaking activity was conducted in which the students shared their ambition and future goals. The children shared that along with adopting an occupation, they will also inculcate good values and become good citizens of the nation. They spoke confidently about their ambition. The children dressed up in different attires and also used attractive props which enhanced their performance. Through this activity, the students couldaugment their fluency, vocabulary and pronunciation. It was a fun filled activity which was thoroughly enjoyed by every student.
“It’s always the small pieces that make the bigger picture.” An end-of-day fun activity was planned to indulge the students of Grade V to know about their country and its image on the world map, in a play way method. An online sliding puzzle activity was shared with the students through a link where they all enjoyed immensely trying to put in the pieces of India’s map together to see all the states. Most students finished the puzzle within a few minutes.In continuation, the teachers also played ‘ATLAS’ with them. The students were reinvigorated and dispersed from the online classes with smiling faces.
Activities enable students to think from different angles. Interactive and interesting activities can inspire Math in students to greater achievement while learning new things through play way method. To introduce the conceptof Data Handling,an activity-“Mystery Data”, was conducted in all the sections of class I.First,word data was introduced and explained tothe childrenwith the help of an example. Then a picture of a classroom was shown to the children from which they were required to point out the things present in it. After this a data chart was shown by the teacher where each thing with its quantity was mentioned,like 20 tables,24 chairs etc. They also played a game where in they were asked to count the total number of fans in their house, pillows on the bed etc. With the help of this activity the concept of Data Handlingwas made clear.Children were really very excited to answer the questions regarding the picture shown to them and the game they played virtually. Children enjoyed the activity which enhanced their logical and analytical skills.
Activities enable students to think from different angles. Interactive and interesting activities can inspire Math in students to greater achievement while learning new things through play way method. To introduce the conceptof Data Handling,an activity-“Mystery Data”, was conducted in all the sections of class I.First,word data was introduced and explained tothe childrenwith the help of an example. Then a picture of a classroom was shown to the children from which they were required to point out the things present in it. After this a data chart was shown by the teacher where each thing with its quantity was mentioned,like 20 tables,24 chairs etc. They also played a game where in they were asked to count the total number of fans in their house, pillows on the bed etc. With the help of this activity the concept of Data Handlingwas made clear.Children were really very excited to answer the questions regarding the picture shown to them and the game they played virtually. Children enjoyed the activity which enhanced their logical and analytical skills.
Class III students performed an activity on Money on 22ndFeb 2021. Students were asked to be ready with dummy/ fake currency notes or handmade notes, glue/fevicol and A3/A4 size white sheet. Students were divided into three groups. The first group was required to make a combination of Rs. 2000 with different denomination available in Indian currency, the second group for Rs. 500 and the third group for Rs. 200. Students were able to make different combinations of the given amount and were also able to represent this work in a more artistic way as per their creativity. The students were very excited about this activity and participated enthusiastically.They were able to understand the concept of money.The activity helped the children to enhance various skills like aesthetic value, observation and analytical skill.
We live in a very connected world. Can you imagine if you couldn’t talk to your friends whether they lived in your building or thousands of miles away? Or if you couldn’t go to your favorite holiday location because there were no means of transport? Latest innovations and inventions have made such concerns invalid. Both transport and communication had played major roles in our development and advancement in the last few decades. Thanks to some marvelous technological advancement that had happened in the last five decades, the quality, speed, accuracy etc. of both transport and communication had been outstanding. Enrichment activity related to the importance of transportation and communication was conducted in Grade IV wherein students were asked to draw/paste pictures of their favorite means of transportation or communication mentioning the reasons for the same. Students shared very interesting facts and uses of their favorite means of transportation and communication and beautifully presented their thoughts and creativity in their work.
World Day of Social Justice, is observed every year on 20th February, to encourage people to see how social justice affects poverty eradication. The main aim of this day, is to achieve full employment and support for social integration. Social justice means Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Social justice, promotes fairness and equity across many aspects of society. A special assembly was conducted in classes: I-V. Students took pledge to work towards the eradication of poverty and to support social integration. Some students also talked about the importance of this day using various props. This special assembly enlightened the young minds about social justice and also gave them chance to introspect, increase awareness and work for the eradication of povertyand unemployment.
Shivaji Jayanti, is celebrated every year on February 19. Shivaji Maharaj, known as the Father of Indian Navy, was an adeptmilitary and civil administrator. He was the first to realize the importance of having a naval force. His only aim was to overthrow Mughal rule and establish Maratha empire.Shivaji was a dependable supporter of women, and their honor. He opposed all kinds of violence, harassment and dishonor, against women. A special assembly was conducted in classes: I-Von 19th February 2021 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj.A PowerPoint presentation was shown to the students about Shivaji Maharajafter which theyspoke about him and his contribution with the help of various props.The assembly commenced with the Lord’s Prayer and concluded with the Shalom anthem.
“The quality of learning is determined by the activities undertaken.” In order to provide a platform to students to creatively express their ideas innovatively in unprecedented times like COVID-19, CBSE announced thenext Expression Series on the theme of Students’ Perspectives on Teaching and Learning. Under the directives of the CBSE and guidance of our Founder and Chairperson Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George, Shalom Hills International School organized an online Dynasty activity for the students of grade III to V.Classes III to V had Painting/ Drawing/ Slogan/ Cartoon Strip/ Meme and poetry on the different topics. Topicshad been informed to the students one week prior and they had been encouraged to work on any one topic of their choice and upload their work on Teams by 18th February. Students of classes III to V actively participated and exhibited their talents. The best Painting/ Drawing/ Slogan/ Cartoon Strip/ Meme and poetrywill be uploaded on CBSE Expression Series App and the winners will be awarded with E-Certificates. These activities helped to foster the creative skills of the students.
On 18th February every year, Taj Mahotsav or Taj Festival is celebrated at Agra, that reveals the rich cultural heritage of our country. It is a ten days long event which is conducted every year from 18th February to 27th February. It brings in the Mughal spirit among the people and takes us back to the medieval days of Nawab styles, which were prevalent, in Uttar Pradesh in the 18th or 19th century. A special assembly was conducted in classes: I-V. Few students talked about the art and craft, dance and cuisines, artisans and the highlights of this festivalusing various props. A PPT related to the Taj Mahotsav was shown.The assembly commenced with the Lord’s Prayer and concluded with theShalom anthem.
Pluto Day is celebrated on February 18 of every year. Pluto was discovered in the year 1930, and it was considered as the ninth planet in the solar system for about 76 years, but after the year 1992, its position as a planet was doubted as many objects like Pluto with similar size were discovered in the Kuiper belt. On 24th August 2006, Pluto’s position as a planet was degraded by the (IAU) International Astronomical Union to a dwarf planet and this day is referred to as Pluto Demoted Day. A special assembly was conducted in classes: I- V in order to create awareness about the discovery of the former planet Pluto among the students.Some students talked about Pluto,the dwarf planet, using various props.The Assembly commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. A PPT with information about Pluto was shown to students.The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
Basant Panchami, is a festival, that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. The festival celebrated by people in the Indian subcontinent, worships Goddess Saraswati. White and yellow are the dominant colours of Basant Panchami. During Saraswati Puja, people decorate the place where the idol is placed in white and yellow flowers. A Special Assembly was conducted by the students of Middle Wing at Shalom Hills International School. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. The students dressed in yellow attire to mark the occasion. Speeches weredelivered and poems recited by a few students.A PPT was shown to students in the virtual class assembly. There was full participation of the students in the assembly.The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
Experiential learning brings together observation, creativity and active interactions. It allows children to see purpose and to enjoy their learning experience. Solar and lunar eclipses are astronomical events that occur when the Earth, the Sun and the Moon are aligned.A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and partially or fully blocks the view of the Sun. When the Moon passes directly behind the Earth, into its shadow, a lunar eclipse occurs. The students of grade IV demonstratedthis phenomenon through the activity conducted in the class on 15th and 16th February2021.They were given an idea of the activity in advance by their respective science teachers. They used different objects like electric candle light, bulb and torch to show the Sun as themain source of light in nature. Celestial bodies like Earth and Moon were shown by using plastic balls, clay balls and paper balls.The students displayed beautiful work. The activity helped to build their kinesthetic skills and objective of ‘learning by doing’ was achieved.
To develop a scientific approach and make learning Science easy and interesting, the students of grade V participated in “Flip Teaching Quiz Activity”on 15.02.2021. The main aim of conducting the activity was to enhance the basic skills of questioning, prediction, qualitative and quantitative observation and communication of the students. The students were given an idea of the activity beforehand by their respective science teachers.The participants were very well prepared with the questions and there was an ‘air of healthy competition’ in the virtual classroom. The questions they asked were more application and conceptual based. It helped them to create awareness about the given topics and also grill-drill their minds while recalling the answers. It was an amazing experience for the students to discover the scientific facts in the form of quiz. The linguistic, logical, reasoning, and interpersonal skills of the students were enhanced with this activity. It was a knowledge sharing activity for the children.
The water cycle is the path that water follows as it moves around our planet.Earth's water is always in movement and is always changing states, from liquid to vapour to ice and back again.This cycle is also called hydrological cycle. An activityon “Water Cycle” was conducted in all sections of grade-III on 15th February2021 where in childrenused waste materials like clear plastic bags, cardboards, glass jars and plastic bottles to create their own models of water cycle and actually experienced how the water cycle works. They were able to understand and explain the 4 main stages involved in the water cycle, i.e., evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff. The students performed this activity with a lot of enthusiasm and learnt how water circulates on our planet, how it changes from one state of matter to another and what is the importance of the water cycle.They showcased best of their creativity in preparing different types of models ofthe water cycle.
Pulwama attack is one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred. Paying tribute to all those soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country,a Special assembly was conducted on 15th Februaryby the students of Middle Wing at Shalom Hills International School. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. A speech was delivered by a few students.A PPT was shown to the students in the virtual class assembly. Students held placards and paid tribute to the martyred soldiers. There was full participation of the students in the assembly.The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
International World Radio Day celebrated on 13 February each year, aims to educate people, provide information, and promote freedom of expression across cultures. The main object behind celebrating World Radio Day is to raise awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio. This day also coincides with the birth anniversary of the Nightingale of India Smt. Sarojini Naidu. She was the first Indian woman President of the Indian National Congress.Her work as a poet earned her the sobriquet 'the Nightingale of India', or 'Bharat Kokila' by Mahatma Gandhi because of the color, imagery and lyrical quality of her poetry. Paying tribute to Smt. Sarojini Naidu and celebrating World Radio Day, aSpecial Assembly was conducted on 13th February by the students of grades I-V. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by speeches on work done by Smt. Sarojini Naiduanda PPT giving information about the two to the students. The assembly concluded with the Shalom anthem.
12th February is celebrated as “Darwin Day” to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of evolutionary biology,Charles Darwin, whowas a Scientist, Naturalist and author. His theory of evolution has had far-reaching effects on science and the way we understand life. This day also coincides with the Birthday of the most popular president in the United States history,Mr. Abraham Lincoln,best known for abolishing slavery.He was an American statesman and lawyer and also the 16th president of United States of America. Paying tribute to Charles Darwin and Mr. Abraham Lincolna Special Assembly was conducted on 12th February by the students of grades I-V. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer. Speeches weredelivered on work done by Charles Darwinand Mr. Abraham Lincoln by a few students.A PPT providing information about both was shown. It was an informative day and helped spread the message about the importance of Science used in the daily life of the people.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, the thought has found words.’ - Robert Frost Poem is meant for enjoyment. Beauty is the realm of the poetry, the children enjoy the beauty of expression, thoughts, feeling, rhyme, rhythm and music of words. Taking all these facts into consideration a poetry recitation activity was organised for class V students on 12th February 2021 in their respective virtual classes. They recited poems confidently in the virtual classroom with proper expressions and intonations. The young poets enthralled their peers with their articulation and memory skills while reciting the poem. It was a splendid opportunity for them to gain confidence through this exposure. Children participated enthusiastically in the activity.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed on 11th February, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 December,2015, recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. The day's purpose is to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls andfocuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for achievement in the field of Science. This day also coincides with the Birthday ofThomas Alva Edison who was one of America’sgreatest inventor and businessman. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. The children of middle wing of Shalom Hills International School were made aware ofthe critical role, women and girls play in science and technology.Students actively participated in theSpecial Assembly. Their speeches made it very informative and sensitized the young minds with this delicate but important topic.Everyone learnt about various women and girls who contributed in science and technology and also about the inventions of Thomas Alva Edison.
Fate saves once a time Safety saves all the time!! Shalom Hills International School never spares the opportunityto make young Shalomites believe in their talents and educate them in the skills to handle life and cope with the challenges they may come across. To observe the Road Safety week, activities on road safety were conducted in grade VI. The students filled with enthusiasm, showed their creativity once again in engaging themselves with the activities- Collage making on road safety signs And Drawing&Painting: Road Safety Scene.The teachers also took the session on Traffic Rules and Etiquettes tofamiliarise them with the road safety signs and the precautions that need to be taken- following the traffic signals and signs, always wearingseat belts/helmets, not drinking and driving and avoiding use of mobile phones while driving. It is well said that Safe Driving, Saves Lives.
A speaking activity 'Let's talk about the animals in the zoo' was conducted for the students of class 1. This activity was based on one of the poems of their textbook, ‘Off toThe Zoo’. The children beautifully expressed their feelings about the animals kept in the zoo. Using beautiful placards and props,they spoke about the different activities which the animals perform in the zoo and shared important rules and norms which must be followed when one visits a zoo. This activity taught them that they can learn the unique story about each animal as they walk around the zoo. This activity helped to foster the imaginary skills of the students. It also encouraged environmental awareness and sparked curiosity among them. It was a fun filled activity which was thoroughly enjoyed by each and every student
A slogan writing and poster making activity (CBSE: Road Safety Activity) was conducted online in all sections of grade III to V on 4thFebruary 2021. Prior to this activity a quiz on road safety had taken place to make the students aware about the different traffic rules and regulations to be followed in order to ensure road safety. All the students participated enthusiastically in the activity and were ready with their art files and colours. Most of the students made drawings of the traffic signs and wrote slogans emphasizing the need to follow rules for our own safety as well as for the safety of others. A few interesting slogans written by the students were; ‘Be Alert to be safe and secure’; ‘Alert today Alive tomorrow’; ‘Belt on, Phone off’ etc. This activity made the students aware about the importance of following traffic rules and regulations for road safety.
World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. The day is observed by the United Nations. All the students of classes I-V enthusiastically participated in this special assembly held to increase awareness, prevention and cure of this deadly disease-Cancer.It also called for people to have compassion and empathy for the people around the world who are suffering from this disease.Students used various props and communicated this very effectively to everyone.This is the voice of our young India speaking aloud for working together to face any challenge that this world encounters.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is a Maritime Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue agency that protects India's maritime interests and enforces its maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone. The Indian Coast Guard was formally established on 1 February 1977 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India.It operates under the Ministry of Defence.The establishment of the Indian Coast Guard was first proposed by the Indian Navy to provide non-military maritime services to the nation. The Indian Coast Guard's motto is (VayamRakshamah), which translates from Sanskrit as "We Protect". In the middle wing a special assembly was conducted on 1st February 2021 wherein students spoke about the Indian Coast Guard day and the importance of this force in safeguarding the coasts of our country. Using various placards with slogans, the students actively participated in the assembly with everyone pledging to assist them as and when required as responsible citizens of our country. We respect and salute the coast guards of our country who are tirelessly protecting us from any threats from our coastal enemies.
30th January is observed as Martyrs’ Day at the national levelin honour of those who are recognized as martyrs for the nation. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948, by Nathuram Godse. On Martyr's Day the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister and the three Service Chiefs gather at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with multi-coloured flowers. A two-minute silence in memory of Indian martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11 am. Participants hold all-religion prayers and sing tributes to Gandhiji or the father of our nation. To make the students aware about the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi in realization of our dream of independent India, the students of middle wing conducted a special assembly to make the young minds remember,salute and pay tribute to this great national leader.Walking on his lead path we were able to make a deep impact on the entire world especially with his policy of truth, non –violence and non- cooperation.Students felt proud to be born in such a great country and they commemorated his death anniversary with their speeches using various props.
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations, which aims to educate young learners about the current events, topics on international relations, diplomacy and the agenda of United Nations. It is a platform to inspire young ambassadors to share their views and encourage dialogue and deliberations amongst them, so that they are able to bring out an effective and harmonious solution to tackle global issues. Keeping in view, the vital role of students in social causes, the Shalom Hills International School encourages Class V students to participate in such activities in order to empower and facilitate them in an effective way so that they are equipped to bring the desired changes in the society. The main objective of this activity was to bring out the untapped potential of students and hone their skills. The students experienced exuberating sessions of dialogue exchange and discussions on ‘How far has the United Nations been effective in meeting its objectives’. The efforts of the students on this virtual platform revealed the in-depth research work they had done on this topic. Their debating skills were noteworthy. The young delegates exhibited tremendous critical thinking and their work was laudable. Overall, it was a great experience to watch these young delegates handling technical issues with expertise andtheir knowledge of the digital etiquette was indeed commendable.
Weather forecasting is the prediction of what the atmosphere will be like in a particular place by using technology and scientific knowledge to make weather observations. In other words, it's a way of predicting things like cloud cover, rain, snow, wind speed, and temperature before they happen. An activity “Weather Forecast” was conducted in all the sections of grade-III on 28th January2021 where in childrenhad recorded their observations about the weather over the last 3 days. They were asked to read the newspaper and surf the internet to gather the required information. The students did this activity with a lot of enthusiasm and learnt more about the weather and how to collate the weather information. They shared their observations through PowerPoint presentation and hand written data in the class.
Lala Lajpat Rai was an Indian independence activist. He played a pivotal role in the Indian Independence movement. Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January 1865 in a Agarwal Jain family, as a son of Urdu and Persian government School teacher Munshi Radha Krishan Agarwal , in Dhudike. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari.He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages in 1894.He was elected President of the Indian National Congress in the Calcutta Special Session of 1920.His early freedom struggle was impacted by Arya Samaj and communal representation.Lala Lajpat Rai was one-third of the triumvirate 'Lal Bal Pal', which included Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. The young Shalomites of middle wing conducted a special assembly on 28th January 2021 to pay tribute to and commemorate the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai.A PowerPoint presentation was shown to the students about Lala Lajpat Rai after which students spoke about him and his contribution in the Indian freedom struggle with the help of various props.This special assembly introduced Lalaji to the children as a great inspiration,philosopher, writer, banker, social reformer and a reputed lawyer.
An engrossing ac?vity was conducted in class II where in students narratedshort stories with crea?ve props. It was wonderful to see young minds excitedabout how to use the props made by them. Some stories were value based toinculcate good habits in them.It was good to see the children priori?se the good habits necessary to beimbibed
Thomas Cook is considered to be the father of tourism around the world. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019 ranked India 34th out of 140 countries overall. India improved its ranking by 6 places over the 2017 report which was the greatest improvement among the top 25% of countries ranked.National Tourism Day in India is celebrated every year on January 25th to promote the tourism industry in the country, and to recognize the contribution of the sector in the growth and sustainability of the local communities in and around the tourist places.This year, the theme of National Tourism Day is 'Dekho Apna Desh'.TheMinistry of Tourism has been organizing seminars around the theme beginning from January 21 to February 22, 2021. A special assembly was conducted in the middle wing of Shalom Hills International School on 25th January 2021 to celebrate the day.The students used various props, speeches and PowerPoint presentation to highlight the importance of tourism in our country to generate revenue and also to preserve our rich cultural monuments and heritage.This was a very informative assembly and also made the students aware about the importance of tourism for a country and specifically India.
Freedom in the mind, strength in the words, Pureness in our blood, pride in our souls, Zeal in our hearts, let’s salute our India on its Republic Day! A special assembly was conducted virtually in all the sections of grade 7 to mark the celebration of the 72nd Republic Day on January 25, 2021. The assembly included the shloka, thought for the day, speech on republic day along with the special cultural performances by the talented Shalomites. The highlights of the assembly were the activities performed by the students in which they prepared wrist bands, badges and chandeliers by using their innovative ideas and creativity. The students benefitted themselves with the awareness about importance of the constitution, the smooth working and execution of laws. They got an insight into the life of Shri B. R. Ambedkar and were encouraged to follow the path of discipline and obey the law and order of the state.
Children are imminent citizens; hence it becomes vital to entrench patriotism in their heart and mind from childhood. As such, the 72nd Republic day was celebrated through a special Virtual Nationalistic Assembly with full gusto on Teams Platform. The program commenced by seeking the Almighty’s blessing, followed by the mission, vision and national pledge.Retired Col. Devender Singh who got commissioned in Dec 73 in a Tank Regiment, The Central India Horse, a very Old Regiment, graced this occasion as the Guest of Honour. He imparted knowledge about the different regiments and the making of the constitution. He motivated and enlightened the students of grade VI with his wise words. Lt Col. Rajan Prabhakar addressed the students of grade XI. He concluded by motivating the students to act upon the norms created as they are useless without action. In grade VII-X & XII, Lt Col NP Murlidharan conveyed his message through his speech and made it memorable for the young generation to inculcate his learning from the session. The day was unfolded further by students taking part in different activities to celebrate their patriotism. Students participated in making tri-colour crafts out of waste material; performing role-plays, solo dance performances, debates and Essay/paragraph writing last but not the least collage making on the magnificent celebration of Republic Day since 1949. The student’s insightful performances and craftsmanship were applauded by all. The assembly concluded with the Shalomites making a promise to their motherland that they all will act towards the betterment of society.
Republic Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year in the entire country. It isa day of National rejoicing. The day was celebrated with great pomp and show, zeal and spirit with beaming smiles on faces and pride in our hearts.Shalomites celebrated this 72 Republic Day virtuallyby making beautiful crafts- Class 1 students made our National Flag with paper tearing & pasting Class 2 students made tricolor corner book mark craft. Class 3 & 4 students made tri color Doves craft. Class 5 students made beautiful Republic Day cards. All the students enjoyed making beautiful craft-work in the virtual class with full zeal enthusiasm.
"The legacy of heroes—the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example." On this Republic Day to recall the sacrifices of our freedom fighters because of whom we live in a free state, salute the architects of our Constitution and bow in obeisance to the soldiers who guard our frontiers and our freedom in extreme conditions so diligently, an interaction of grade XI students was organized with a courageous and devoted son of the soil Lt. Col. Rajan Prabhakar (Retd.). We thank our Founder and Chairperson Dr (Mrs.) Lilly George, due to whose initiative we had the honour of listening to Lt. Col. Prabhakar who inspired the young Shalomites by giving them insight into the life of defence personnel. Highlighting the role of an ideal leader, he said that Leadership is all about knowing the task, leading by example, good decision making, team work, supervision and appreciating the efforts of the team. Integrity, faith and trust are the hallmarks of a soldier, for whom putting country and team before self comes naturally. Lt. Col. Prabhakar ended the session by answering some questions put by the children. The children thanked our guest and pledged to sincerely strive to uphold the honour of this great motherland, contribute in its progress and never shy away from fulfilling their duty towards it.
The chapter on ‘Natural Disasters’ enticed the students of grade V and they wanted to learn more about them. The students learnt that disasters are of two types- natural and man-made disasters. The lesson, however focused on natural disasters. To reinforce their learning a hands-on activity was conducted on 25th January 2021. During the online activity the children were ready with cut outs of 6-8 semicircles, as per instructions. They were excited to make a 3D model depicting all the known natural disasters which they had learnt in the class. The students were meticulous in their presentations. On the cut outs, they wrote the names of the disasters, their cause and two examples of each.Soon after the written work they stuck the semicircles side to side with each other and a 3D model was ready. Some wrote about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis while others mentioned floods, droughts, avalanches, hurricanes. The activity emphasised on effects and causes of these natural disasters and was completed by the students in the given time. During the activity they were able to enhance their presentation and kinaesthetic skills.
National Voters' Day is observed annually in order to encourage young voters to take part in the polling process.The day is observed to spread awareness about the importance of voting in a democracy and it also educates people about their voting rights.The day has been observed on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission of India founded on 25 January 1950. The young Shalomitesof the middle wing were shown a PowerPoint presentation on National Voters’ Day in morning assembly to aware about the importance of voting for all the citizens of the country.Few students also spoke about the same with the help of props. This was a very informative assembly to make the young minds aware about the most important right of a citizen that every person must utilize so that the Indian democracy runs in a true sense with all the energies of the youth in it. The students were made aware about their duty to vote when they reach the voting age of 18 years to fulfill our dream India of a progressive democracy.
"The Pen is Mightier than the Sword." Essay writing is a very sensitive form of self-expression. It is a harmonious blending of ‘thought’ and ‘expression’. It is considered to be the most effective test of the ability of a candidate to express the thoughts on a topic of general interest in general, unambiguous and impressive English language. Keeping this perspective in mind, an English Essay Writing Competition was held for the students of class- V on 25th January2021as part of Republic Day Celebration,to spread awareness about the importance of the Indian Constitution and to instil the spirit of Patriotism. The students were asked to write on the topics “Indian Constitution”, “Our struggle for Freedom” and “Warrior of Indian Independence”. The essays were judged on the basis of the students’ vocabulary, presentation and creativity. The purpose of the competition was to encourage the students to enhance their knowledge about the significance of this special day and also to enhance their thinking and creative writing skills. The winners were awarded with appreciation certificates. The event was a great success. It successfully achieved its objective of making the students realize the importance of Republic Day and the Indian Constitution and to make themunderstand the value and the sacrifices made by our great people to give us this strong and free India.
Republic Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year in the entire country. It isa day of National rejoicing. The day was celebrated with great pomp and show, zeal and spirit with beaming smiles on faces and pride in our hearts.Shalomites celebrated this 72 Republic Day virtuallyby making beautiful crafts- Class 1 students made our National Flag with paper tearing & pasting Class 2 students made tricolor corner book mark craft. Class 3 & 4 students made tri color Doves craft. Class 5 students made beautiful Republic Day cards. All the students enjoyed making beautiful craft-work in the virtual class with full zeal enthusiasm.
On the auspicious occasionof India’s 72nd Republic DayRepublic Day-commemorating the historic moment when our nation became an independent country,let’s bow our heads to India’s freedom fighters and great leaders.This is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to unity in diversity, fraternity and equality among all our citizens. Keeping up with the feel and zeal in our heart, “Incredible India”- A role play activity was conducted in Grade IV on 21st and 22nd January 2021 wherein students paid tribute to the freedom fighters and leaders of our country who contributed for the independence and growth of our country.Learners portrayed their favourite leader/freedom fighter in a very impressive way by sharing their vision and slogans.They chose freedom fighters and leaders like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Chitranjan Das, Bhagat Singh, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi, Laxmi Sehgal, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam and so on. Children shared various interesting facts and achievements about their chosen personality and mentioned their contribution in the making of New and Independent India.Overall, it was a very enlightening experience for the students and they enjoyed doing this activity.
Activities enable students to think from different angles. A little interactive and interesting activity can inspire Math in students to greater achievement.They also learn new things through play way method. To introduce the conceptof Money,an activity- “Let’s shop with money”, was conducted in all the sections of class I.The topic Money was introduced to children through a story. Why we need money and its importance was also discussed with the children. Currency of India was shown virtually. Children were shown things with a price tag and children showed the dummy currency notes accordingly.After this, children made their favourite objects in their notebook with a price tag and pasted the dummy currency note,from the back of the textbook, in their notebooks according to the price of the item. In the techno savvy era, children were also made aware about the digital transactions and plastic money. With the help of this activity, the concept of moneywas made clear.Children were really very excited to play with the currency notes and coins and pasted them in their notebooks. Children enjoyed the activity thoroughly and enhanced their logical and analytical skills.
“Artificial intelligence enables computers and machines to mimic the perception, learning, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities of the human mind.” The Computer Department of Shalom Hills international School attended the webinar organized by BPB publication under the guidance of Ms Chandrika JainiVedam. The agenda of the webinar includes the following points: 1. Why introduce Artificial Intelligence in classes 8-10 2. Explore the objective of this course 3. Resources for teachers 4. Introduction to the book 5. How to encourage students to learn AI 6. Relate, apply and reflect on the Human-Machine Interactions 7. Identify and interact with the three domains of AI: Data, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing
Class III students did an activity on Fraction on 22nd Jan 2021. Students were asked to be ready with small 5-6 same size cut-outs of squares/circles, pencil colours, sketch pens and one A3/A4 size white sheet. Students were asked to take one cut-out and asked many questions on the particular fraction. Then they were instructed to fold the paper in half, in such a way that it will show (1/2 half+ 1/(2 ) half=1 whole paper); 1/4+1/4+1/4+1/4=1 and so on. Children were able to show1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16 (Unit Fractions). Students were able to arrange the fractions in ascending and descending order. They were also able to add the like fractions and demonstrate the same on fraction activity sheet. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically.Students were able to understand the concept of fractions clearly.The activity helped the children to enhance various skills like aesthetic value, determination, observation and analytical skill. Class III students did an activity on Fraction on 22nd Jan 2021. Students were asked to be ready with small 5-6 same size cut-outs of squares/circles, pencil colours, sketch pens and one A3/A4 size white sheet. Students were asked to take one cut-out and asked many questions on the particular fraction. Then they were instructed to fold the paper in half, in such a way that it will show (1/2 half+ 1/(2 ) half=1 whole paper); 1/4+1/4+1/4+1/4=1 and so on. Children were able to show1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16 (Unit Fractions). Students were able to arrange the fractions in ascending and descending order. They were also able to add the like fractions and demonstrate the same on fraction activity sheet. The students were very excited for this activity and participated enthusiastically.Students were able to understand the concept of fractions clearly.The activity helped the children to enhance various skills like aesthetic value, determination, observation and analytical skill.
"One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives." Patriotism grows inside us when we experience patriotic events. Our knowledge and devotion to the country incubates in our hearts when we participate in singing the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, study the history of our country. It is important that the younger generations be exposed to patriotic events while they are maturing. Without this exposure young people will not learn about the contributions and accomplishments of the greatest freedom fighters. Keeping this thought in mind,the young Shalomites paid homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary that falls on January 23.The virtual special assembly was conducted for the primary wing students whereinwith the help of an informative PPT presentation, the young scholars were apprised about the life history of Netaji and his contributions to the Indian Army. A few students also spoke some of his famous quotes. The students enthusiastically took part in the special assembly and paid their tribute through making creative posters, writing Netaji’s famous quotes and painting posters.
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” - Anton Chekhov Learning a language is the foremost step in the life of a child as it helps him/her tocommunicate with the world, a school plays a vital role to train the child in thisdirection. Keeping the above thought in mind an interesting English activity was conducted in class-V based on parts of speech, where in the students were given a list of words belonging to different parts of speech and were facilitated to frame meaningful sentences using the same. This activity gave them the opportunity to pick up words from the list and weave them into meaningful sentences. It helped them to formulate the sentences with proper and accurate placement of the different parts of speech. Along with enhancing their vocabulary and comprehension skills,the construction of sentences also gave flight to their imagination and polished their creative writing. Simple thoughts can be transformed (keeping the meaning same) into charming and delightful sentences, enhancing and enriching the written text, was an insight the students gathered after the activity concluded.
GuruGobind Singh was the tenth of the Sikh Gurus. He became the leader of the Sikhs when he was only nine years old. To salute and celebrate such valour, a special assembly was held in all the classes of the primary wing on 20th January 2021. Guru Gobind Singh was famous as a warrior, poet, and philosopher. One of his major contributions to Sikhism was the tradition of covering one's hair with a turban, which is now prevalent and closely associated with the Sikh community. This ‘Jayanti’ was celebrated in our school too on the virtual platform where in the students spoke about the importance and significance of this day.They mentioned how it is common for large processions to go through markets in India on Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti. People sing devotional songs during the procession and share sweets and ‘sharbat’. There are also special prayer gatherings held at ‘Gurudwaras’.Poems are recited as part of praising the Guru on his birthday. Special dishes that are unique to this occasion are prepared and served during the festivities. The students concluded the assembly by saying a few quotes of Guru Gobind Singh that could be taken as a ‘mantra for life’.
Road traffic safety refers to the methods and measures used to prevent road users from being killed or seriously injured.Road safety is a subject of importance that every child should know and grow up with.Whether our children walk to school or take the bus, they should be taught about the rules to stay safe on roads. At Shalom Hills International School, the middle wing conducted age-appropriate activities related Road safety in all the grades. The grade-1 children were shownan animated video on road safety and traffic rules and the meaning of each signal and rule was also explained to them.This video elucidated the many points and explained in detail through various cartoon characters the importance of various traffic signals and regulations.This activity helped them to have the proper and correct knowledge of road safety rules. The mentors were able to guide and convince them to follow the right path for the good of their loved ones and everyone around, as life is a precious gift.
Rights and Duties are inseparable. They are two sides of the same coin. So, as we have Fundamental Rights that we can enjoy there are also some Fundamental Duties that we must follow & do. They are correlated and either of them cannot be ignored. TheConstitution is an instrument to bring about socio- economic and political transformation in the country. These rights and duties in the Indian Constitution are designed to bring about a change and shed away traditional and conservative ideologies and bring freedom, equality and justice. Keeping this philosophy of the constitution in mind, students of Grade-IV presented aJAM(Just a minute) activity on their rights and duties in the school . It was an individual activity conducted in Grade IV on 18th& 19th January 2021, where learners showcased their conceptual understanding about the topic along with effective presentation to convey the message stating that fundamental rights and duties go hand in hand. They did really well and thoroughly enjoyed the activity. The logical, Spatial, Interpersonal, kinesthetic and linguistic skills of the students were enhanced with this activity. Overall, it was a very informative, enjoyable and thought-provoking activity.
‘We forget that the water cycle and life cycle are one.’ -Jacques Yves Cousteau The water cycle is an extremely important process as it enables the availability of water for all living organisms and regulates weather patterns on our planet. If water didn’t naturally recycle itself, we would run out of clean water, which is essential to life. The hydrologic cycle, or water cycle describes how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitate.Knowing the importance of water cycle will help children better understand the importance of our drinking water supply as well as important processes that the earth goes through. To make students aware about the cyclic process of water, an activity was conducted in grade IV on 18th& 19th January 2021. Students were required to make a model of water cycle using their own creativity with waste materials or the things available at home. Children used innovative ideas to showcase the cyclic representation of water in nature. They described various processes like evaporation, condensation, precipitation and accumulation during the presentation of water cycle in the virtual class. Every child spoke confidently displaying clarity of concepts. The activity helped the students build their kinesthetic skills and objective of ‘learning by doing’ was achieved. The students ended the class with a quick recap of the definition of water cycle.
An art integrated activity named Rainbow Name Hunt was conducted for the students of class 1 on 19th January 2021. This activity was based on one of the lessons of their English textbooks 'The Rain'. The aim of this activity was to make the students understand the occurrence of a rainbow in rainy season and also to make them know the seven different colours of a rainbow. The students cut seven rainbow colours strips and pasted them creatively in their English notebook. They were also introduced to the acronym VIBGYOR through which they learnt the correct order of the colours in a rainbow. The children also learnt about the secondary colours; their names and their spellings. This was a learningwith funactivity which was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids. Through this activity, children could also memorize the hues of the rainbow.
The students of class-II performed a Math activity on Fractions in the class. A fraction represents a part of a whole or any number of equal parts. In Latin fractus means “broken”. A fraction describes how many parts of a certain size are there. Understanding fractions means understanding all the possible concepts that fractions can represent. One of the commonly used meanings of fraction is part?whole. The students were told to take one apple and cut it into two pieces, then into four pieces. They were explained how to equally divide any whole figure or thing into equal portions. They were explained about various types of fractions starting from half, one-third then moving onto one-fourth, three-fourth, etc. They learnt how to make a whole by using different fractions like 2 halves or 4 quarters make a whole. Thus, this simple activity helped them to understand the concept of fractions more clearly and evidently.
A Limericks Recitation activity was conducted for the students of class 1 on 14th January 2021. Through this activity, students learnt the meaning of limericks and spoke the 5 lines humorous poem confidently. This activity enhanced their speaking skills as well as their pronunciation. The recitation of limericks was a great source of learning and entertainment for the students of class 1. They also used various actions along with the recitation of the poem which made their performance more impactful. The students were appreciated fortheir overall presentation. The young poets enthralled all with their articulation and memory skills while reciting the poem. It was a splendid opportunity for the children to gain confidence through virtual stage exposure. They thoroughly enjoyed this rhythmic session and could develop their oratory skills in an effective manner.
“Quartered in snow, silent to remain.When the bugle calls, they shall rise and march again.” Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa's (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. Army Day is celebrated across the country to pay tribute and express gratitude to our brave soldiers in the front lines for protecting us from enemies. The martyred soldiers are the greatest heroes of our country and they set the most exceptional example of selfless service and brotherhood, and above all, love for the country. To inculcate the values of sacrifice, valour and bravery in our children, a virtual special assembly was organised for the students of classes I to V. It commenced with the Lord’s Prayer followed by the school’s vision and mission statement. They recited poems, sang patriotic songs and gave informative speeches with creative posters emphasizing the importance of this day. The students were also informed about the motto of the Indian Army, ‘Service before Self’ and its mission to ensure national security.They were also advised to uphold and honour the integrity of the nation in all their deeds. The children were filled with patriotic feelings and the feelings of gratitude towards those who fight for us in harsh circumstances and stay away from their loved ones so that the civilians can sleep peacefully.The Indian Army is indeed a large conglomeration of values, regimentation, customs, traditions, ethos and culture.
The new year has come bringing with it, new hopes and goals. Makar Sankranti is a festival that is celebrated through the length and breadth of our vast country, though it is called by different names. The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of the more pleasant and colourful spring season. It is believed that the sun starts its northward journey of warming the northern hemisphere. This day is celebrated with a lot of activities like kite flying, taking a dip in a holy river and eating besan (gram) and atta (flour) ladoos (sweetmeats) etc. This festival was celebrated at Shalom Hills International School in all the primary sections, keeping the spirit of secularity in thinking and behaviour. It was an online celebration where in the students spoke about the importance and significance of this day. There was a lot of talk about the different types of sweets and grand feast that happen today. Some children shared that on Makar Sankranti Khichdi (a rice and pulse savoury) is specially made as an offering to the Sun God. Flying of kites plays a major role in this celebration as it signifies that the sky is open to better climate and the Sun God is going to warm even the coldest part of the Earth. The students were a treasure trove of information on this festival. The students were looking forward to flying kites that some of them had made themselves and enjoying the feast later.
National Youth Day is celebrated on January 12 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a spiritual thinker who believed youth plays a pivotal role in the process of nation-building. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘YUVAAH - UtsahNaye Bharat Ka’ which suggests, the youth bring alive the celebration of New India. To quote some of Swami Vivekananda’s famous words; “Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead, if you lose, you can guide.” Shalomites celebrated the day with enthusiasm by creating poems, writing essays and painting posters.
“Let us kill all the negativity of our lives in the fire of Lohri. In the positive light of happiness, may our life shine with hope.” The students of primary wing celebrated Lohri festival with lot of exuberance and fanfare through the virtual platform on 13th January2021. Lohri, one of the most popular festivals of Punjabi, is an auspicious traditional harvest festival that marks the end of winter. People rejoice and dance around a bonfireto the sound of drums and dhols and pray to God to take away all the negativity and evil spirits from their lives. To enlighten students about this special day, a special assembly was conducted by the students of the primary wing. The assembly began with a speech, highlighting the importance of the festival, which ushers in the cheerful spring season bidding adieu to the dull winter.Students gave speeches, recited poems and sang traditional Lohri songs glorifying the significance of the festival. The students dressed in traditional Punjabi attire. Foot-tapping dances, traditional songs, colourful giddha marked the occasion. The mood on the virtual mode was upbeat and students were totally absorbed in the festive spirit of Lohri. A video on the importance of the festival was also shown.The message of the assembly was clear - Lohri festival prompts people to be thankful for God’s provision and also keep the tradition and culture alive.It was a fascinating experience for all.
“We believe in peace and peaceful development, not only for ourselves but for people all over the world.” – Lal Bahadur Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri -- who served as the country's second Prime Minister, held key portfolios in Jawaharlal Nehru-led Central government in the first 17 years of Independent India. He is credited for prompting both the White and Green Revolutions in the country. Shastri played a pivotal role in India's struggle for Independence and spent two-and-a-half years incarcerated in the decade leading up to independence. He died due to a heart attack on 11 January, 1966. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, posthumously in 1966.Known as a man of great integrity and competence,he was humble, tolerant, with great inner strength and understood the language of the common man. He was deeply influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and was also a man of vision who led countries towards progress. A special assembly was conducted by classes-I to V to pay tribute to Shastriji on his death anniversary. To make children aware of this important day the teachers discussed the contribution of Shastriji in raising India to a great nation after Independence and also shared some unknown facts about him.The students prepared a power point presentation on the life of Shastriji.The young scholars wrote his famous quotes, made posters and other props also for the presentation. They showcased their creative skills and shared their knowledge about this special day. The students actively participated in the special assembly.
Christmas time is the most Magical time of the year. Christmas is the festival which inspires the spirit of sharing and caring. Soaking in the spirit of Christmas class I-V students made innovative and creative crafts as 3D Christmas tree with paper,Christmas wreath etc. Christmas enjoyed making craft in virtual class with full enthusiasm.
An angle is a form of geometrical shape, that is constructed by joining two rays to each other at their end-points. The common point here is called vertex and the two rays are called arms of the angle. The angle, usually measured in degrees using a protractor, is represented by the symbol ‘∠’. The word angle came from the Latin word “Angulus”. Math activity ‘Angles Making’ was conducted in all the sections of class IV on 30th December 2020. The children were informed one day prior to be ready with the materials required for the activity. Students were told to make different types of angles using ice-cream sticks, cut outs of rays, match sticks, toothpick etc. on A4 size sheet. Then they were asked to give them names and write their arms, vertex and angles. At the end they were told to paint the ice-cream sticks/match sticks/toothpick etc to make it more beautiful and presentable. The students were very excited for the activity and participated enthusiastically. The activity helped the children to recognize and define lines, intersecting and perpendicular lines and to identify obtuse, acute, right and straight angles.
The students of class-II participated in an activity on Time.They were explained about o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to time. Studentslearnt how to represent time by drawing a clock. Students were required to make their daily timetable on A-4 sheet and draw thetime on the clock alongside.Like: get up in morning Virtual class Lunch time Thus this simple activity helped them tounderstand the concept of time more clearly and evidently.Learning how to tell time can also help children with their motor and cognitive skills as well as mathematical skills.Children participated in the activity with vigor and energy.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Truly said as a well written book transports us to the land, situation, events and protagonists of the writer’s mind and pen. Our young grader V students came forward very enthusiastically to share the name of their book, its author and even read their favourite part from the book. Today’s children who are so adept with electronic gadgets and spend so much time online pleasantly surprised their teachers in their fluency in reading too. There were so many different genres that our students read -humour, horror, sci-fi, mythology, fiction, parables, fantasy, biography, mysteries, adventures and more. Reading helps to develop positive thinking. It is a very beneficial habit which inculcates knowledge and wisdom in an individual. A person with good reading habits won’t be lonely as long as there is book to give company. This is the message that our Shalomites gave while doing this activity. They even drew parallels with their lives in some instances. This activity conveyed that our young achievers draw their understanding and humane values from different sources. It was a gratifying to know that our students have inculcated the excellent habit of reading. Whilst reading they also used a dictionary to understand the meaning and pronunciation of difficult words. Thereby fulfilling the objective of this activity.
“Social reforms are never carried out by the weakness of the strong; but always by the strength of the weak.” Shalom Hills International School does not only put its heart and soul to raise the knowledge of its young scholars through its unique technique of teaching but it also helps children experience learning through a taste of something magical and tangible, relish the knowledge and cherish its unforgettable impact for a lifetime as well. To enhance the creativity and knowledge of the young Shalomites, an online character enactment activity based on the topic-‘Religious and Social Reformers’ was conducted for Grade V students on 28 and 29 December2020. India is privileged to have a large number of great souls like Dayanand Saraswati and Raja Ram Mohan Roy, who broughtabout revolutions by making radical changes in the society. Some of the reformers took up the challenges of breaking the jinx of prevailing caste-system while some fought for the introduction of girls'education and widow remarriage. The contributions, made by these, simple yet eminent souls towards humanity are really extraordinary. Their activities and thoughts guided the nation to a new beginning. The students were asked to enact the role of any social or religious reformer. They dressed up as the same, used suitable props and also spoke few lines about the reformer they represented. Pulsating with rhythm and harmony, the virtual stage came alive as students presented an awe-inspiring performance of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Mother Teresa, Vinoba Bhave, Swami Dayanand Saraswati etc. which reminded all of the courage and supreme sacrifice of our great religious and social reformers. The activity turned out exceptionally well as the enthusiastic learners presented and showcased their talent. It inspired the children to think, work and enact creatively and promoted artistic excellence and made the event most enjoyable for one and all. The students also realized how important social reformers have been in the past?Without them many of us would not be able to take on roles in society that we do today.
The Politics of India works within the framework of the country's constitution. India isa parliamentary seculardemocratic republic in which the President of India is the head of state and the Prime Minister of India is the head of government.In a parliamentary democracy,like India,citizens elect their representatives.Citizens vote for the party of their choice and, thus influencing government policy. Political parties have various functions. One is promoting the interests of their voters. They also draw up party programmes. Every political party in India - whether a national or regional/state party - must have a symbol and must be registered with the Election Commission of India. Symbols are used in the Indian political system to identify political parties in part so that