Tuesday, September 27, 2011

RBKIA- PYP-4 students celebrate World Car-free Day

On 22 September, our PYP-4 students celebrated World Car-Free Day (WCD). They made flyers to explain the importance of WCD to the parents who came to pick up their Pre-primary children after the school got over. They urged parents not to ply their cars on roads for one day. To put in plain words, the use of vehicles is adding to global warming and wiping out whatever is left of an already polluted environment.
The students communicated to the parents that World Car-Free Day is to spread the message and awareness on the necessity to decrease the emission of greenhouse gases in the environment and thus protecting it by reducing carbon footprints.  They emphasized on improvement of modes of mass transit - buses and trains. Accordingly, people must be encouraged to use eco-friendly modes of transport such as cycling and walking.  It is high time for the people of the world to develop communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping especially for day to day requirements, is within a walking distance.
Our children were very enthusiastic. One could easily see how passionately they feel for the cause - to reduce the usage of cars and use green transport.
Here are some reflections of the PYP-4 students:
Vishesh Sharma:
We the students of Grade 4 distributed the fact sheets to the parents of the Pre-Primary children and explained them that they should do carpooling. We requested them not to use their cars. Instead they can go by bus or train, can go bicycling or can simply walk or use any transport that does not pollute the environment. We made a power point presentation on World Car-Free Day in our ICT class. Please do not pollute the environment. Thank you.
Simran Mittal:
We celebrated the World Car-Free Day on 22nd September. Our home-room teacher gave us fact sheets on the importance of Car-Free day. We gave these fact sheets to the parents and explained them what a Car-Free day is. It was an interesting activity to communicate some important facts to them about this day.  It was fun interacting with the parents. We did an activity in ICT class and learnt that use of cars causes 30% - 40 % of pollution and thus affects global warming.
Pooja Javeri:
We made fact sheets on Car-Free Day. We distributed these sheets to the parents of Nursery, K1 and K2 children who came to pick them up. Some parents responded and assured us that they will reduce the use of car. In my power point presentation, I wrote a message for everyone: Please start carpooling to reduce the use of cars and stop polluting.
Sadhika Vedurumudi:
No Car Day! We did an activity for International Car-Free Day. We gave fact sheets to the parents and explained what it means. We told them not to use cars on this special day so that we can reduce air pollution. It was a very interesting activity and we had lots of fun.
Priesha Sheth:
We had lots of fun while doing the activity for “No Car Day”. We made charts and fact sheets. When the parents of Pre-primary children came, we gave them information about this day and requested them not to use cars for one day.
I hope that they will follow what we informed them. Later when I went home, I told my parents about “No Car Day”. They also did not use car.

PYP-4 prepared the flyers with the help of their home room teacher
Students distributing pamphlets to parents

Student explaining the importance of WCD

The parents appreciated their effort tospread the awareness about WCD

Parents responding to the students' plea
 The students did their bit for the environment.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

International Coastal Clean up - a ripple effect of local action.

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, Ocean Conservancy, with help from Indian Coast Guard, Essar Ports and Reefwatch Marine Conservation hosted the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) to commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary. Many countries participate in the ICC. It is the world's largest volunteer effort to cleanup the oceans and major waterways of the planet Earth.

RBKIA students from IBDP 1, Grade 9 and PYP 5 came forward to take the challenge of Juhu beach clean up. There were children from 46 schools of Mumbai to lend a helping hand to marine conservation. The Indian Coast Guard had invited an environmentalist Mr. Atul Sathe from Bombay Natural History Society, to enlighten the students about the trash going into the seas and oceans – impacting the health of humans, marine life, wildlife, and economies all over the world. He underscored the importance of making the seas and oceans trash free.

The entire cleaning-up activity lasted for two and a half hours. The students were provided with t-shirts, gloves, caps and litterbags. The students scooped out debris - plastic beverage bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers, coins, bottle caps cigarette butts and cigarette filters. At some spots remnants of Ganapati statues were dug out from the sand. They collected the detritus in the bags and kept them at one place. Later the Indian Coast Guard truck carried all the bags for proper disposal. The students prepared a checklist of the items that they found at the beach and submitted to the coast guard officials. 

Indian Coast Guard provided refreshments and water bottles to all the participants.

Trash does not fall from the sky, it falls from human hands. And human hands have the power to stop it.  Let us all make a joint effort to bring a sea change. It can truly make a difference!

RBKites with Mr James Paul-the Head of the school, Mr Tenzin and Mr Santosh

The MYP and PYP kids - all set for beach clean up

 PYP 5 with Mr Paul and Ms Dimple Rana

The IBDP 1 students - enjoying the experience

Mr Atul Sathe-emphasizing the need of the clean up 

Crows -the scavengers

scooping out the debris

The remnant of Ganapati statue

Coin - part of the debris

PYP 5 collected the detritus in the bags

Well done! It is really going to make a difference

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Splendid gesture of students towards Project Chirag

CAS (creativity, action and service) is an essential element of every student’s Diploma Programme experience. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.
Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
Service:  unpaid and voluntary exchange that has learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

CAS enables students to develop qualities required to deal with real life situations in a very coherent manner. At RBKIA, the students are given opportunities so that they become better and responsible citizens.

The DP students intend to participate in “Light India Movement” led by the organization ‘Project Chirag’. The main purpose of this movement is to provide electricity to those families that have no access to it. Project Chirag believes that it is time to bring in the change so that others can see the world the way we see it. The time has come now for the youth of India to step forward, unite and make a difference. To a great extent it is their duty also to brighten the lives of the fellow citizens. Why not to become a catalyst between darkness and light for 400 million Indians! They really desire to be a part of something special, something unique. They want to experience this electric atmosphere. The Chirag Light India Movement promises to be a landmark operation to unleash the energy of the youth for uplifting the socio-economic levels of rural masses. Here the youth across the nation can put together their collective power and passion towards achieving this historic goal of  - LIGHT FOR ALL!

Project Chirag, the brainchild of SIFE, H. R. College, Mumbai, promises to provide solar powered lamps to the village families. In order to meet the expenses of providing lamps, the students decided to organize a fund raising drive through a talent show -"VIBRATIONS-watcha got"?

They worked hard to make the talent show a grand success. The show was to be held on 27 August 2011 at 9.30 a.m. in the school auditorium. The IBDP students conducted auditions and selected the performances of the students from PYP 5, MYP and DP Sections.

To make an effective impact on the audience, they conceptualized the backdrop of the stage and used a rotating disc to highlight the event.The DP students designed the donation form, invitation card and the flyer.They performed new roles of publicizing and managing the stage, seating arrangements, providing lights and acoustics, compeering, taking photographs and video of the show.
There was an overwhelming response from the parents.

The next step after this would be to get the solar equipment assembled by physically challenged individuals to enable the paraplegic community could earn a respectable livelihood.
Finally, the students will go to Segatpada-Vagarje village, Dahanu Taluka in Thane District to assemble these lamps.

To summarize, the students will be able to show creativity, action as they will have to walk an approximate distance of two kilometers to reach the village and do service to fellow human beings.

Project Chirag
DP students planning the talent show
Preparing decoration for stage
Making duty lists for themselves
enjoying their work
Lamp lighting by the Management Representative and the head of the school
Speech by Ms Edulbehram-Management Representative
And the show begins
Vibrations........the curtain raiser. To highlight the event, a live rotating disc (LP record) was used as the backdrop. The steps to the stage were decorated with the cutout of people dancing and singing. Great work of creativity.
Sumeir Malhotra and Shubham Lad- DP 1 stringing guitar and playing drums
Hark the herald angels sing-Anjali Krishnan PYP 5

My heart will go on........Krithi PYP 5
Yash PYP 5 playing  Shakira's "Waka waka".......on keyboard
Harshie PYP 5 performing gymnastics

Flexibility is the name of the game
Practicing cartwheels will strengthen your upper body and help you in learning later tricks such as round-offs, walkovers, handsprings, and more.
Ballet by Simran Raikar MYP 6-Pointe shoes would allow the girl to briefly stand on her toes to appear weightless.
Ballet is a formalized kind of performance dance, which originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century
Grade 6 band- Samar, Aryan and Anshul
Grade 6 - Airplanes-Aalap. Aryan, Varun, Sara, Kanishk, Roshini and Drishti
Sirish with MYP band
Garima- Grade 8 performing a dance

Music by Malav and Raj Grade 9
Palak and Raena MYP 7 singing with Mr Felix
Param MYP 6 practicing different Asanaas

Swing asanaas

Butterfly asanaa

Rachel Madhani Grade 10-"Fix you" - Coldplay
Tribute to Shammi Kapoor - Ms Bhanumati sharma singing "O Mere sona re sona..."
Ms Bhanumati and Mr Felix singing a fusion of English and Tamil version of K Sera Sera
Dr Vishwas - Mere nayana savan bhadon....
Samantha and Apeksha (Grade 10) singing "Your Guardian Angel"

Anish Grade 9 on guitar

Peeyush Garde 10 - singing "Apologies....."

Adithya playing drums for Peeyush
DP 1 band- Aseem, Rishikesh, Sumeir, jugal, Soham and Shubham

DP 1 band- Aseem, Rishikesh, Sumeir, Soham and Shubham
Rounak and Manali singing Amy McDoanald's "This is the life"
A beautiful contemporary dance by Asra Syed DP 1

Contemporary dance employs many modern dance techniques such as contact-release, fall and recovery, floor work

Dance ribbon, usually 3 inches wide and ranging from 5 to 12 feet long, is made of satin and attached to the end of a 50 to 60 centimeter long baton. 
Ribbon focuses on utilizing the aesthetic appeal of ribbon movement as set to music.
DP Students managing the backstage
Aarohi DP 2 singing Josh Groban's "You raise me up...."
Photography by Rishabh Jain DP 1
"I want to fly"- a song by Mr Sanjay with Mr Felix on keyboard
Hip-hop dance by Kabir Arora DP 2

A true performance!

Vote of Thanks by Head of the School
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The highlight of the show -  a song by Mr Paul
Andy William's "To dream the impossible dream.... to reach the unreachable star......"
Ganapati is round the corner-Children having fun on the beats of Nasik Dhol after the program

One more step to carry forward Project Chirag

Total amount of Rs 1,40,000 raised was presented to Pragathi Prathisthan representative Mr Jyotirmoy Chatterji

Bravo IBDP students!