Sunday, October 23, 2011

Love Thy Neighbor As Yourself-The magnificent Mysore trip!

A Community and Service (C&S) field trip encourages students to learn more about the world and its people. It is one of the most important practices of an IB schools to help students become responsible and active members of the communities in which they live. These trips provide a counterbalance to the academic pressure students feel in a classroom. They learn about new environments and people. The interactions and exchange of thoughts with people provide students deep insight into different cultures. They learn to contribute to society so that are remembered forever. In the process, they realize the significance of lending a hand and leaving a positive impact on others lives. Thus the students develop a respect, tolerance and acceptance for people from different cultural, religious and economic groups. This helps students to become citizens of the world. They take interest in global issues and are able to spread awareness about them, find ways to tackle them.  What else one can expect when students display a  commitment to international understanding. Additionally, it provides the students an opportunity to learn about themselves and their peers which ultimately helps them develop socially and emotionally in a way which is not always possible in a traditional classroom.

Let us see what the students have to say in the following lines:

We, the students of grades six to nine went on an educational and inter-cultural excursion to Mysore on 29th September. The main focus of this educational tour was Inter Cultural Awareness! The highlight of the trip was our visit to the Tibetan Camp! At the camp, we interacted with the Tibetan Community. We
learned what made them move to India and how they have adapted their lifestyles to the new surroundings while still following their own traditions. We reflected upon our lifestyles while we interacted with them. At the end of day, we agreed that both Indians and Tibetans are very religious. We also played football and basketball matches with the students of the Tibetan School. We the RBKIA MYP students contributed Rs 5030/- towards the maintenance of the Tibetan Community hall.

The sightseeing tour to Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace, Golden Temple and zoo made us inquirers-we learnt a lot from the history and geography of these places. On the whole, this educational tour was well balanced with a lot of fun as well as activities that made us knowledgeable. We learned how to appreciate people from other communities. Also, this tour enabled us to remain principled and to share and care for each other.

Thank you teachers for all your patience and guidance.

                                                                                                                       - Students of GRADE VII

Tibetan Village
Others first, self last!

Interacting with Tibetan Children Village (TCV) School Libraian

The Tibetan school stands for its values!

Tibetan children-Self help is the best help!

Three dimensional model of Potala Palace made by TCV Children

RBKIA children playing a football match with the Tibetan children

RBKites on field with Tibetan children

The RBKIA girls enjoyed playing football match with Tibetan girls

All in action! It does not matter, who wins - interaction with Tibetan children is important!

RNKIA students observing the TCV School kitchen

 Happy children!

Visit to Tibetan Community Hall

                                             The serene atmosphere of the Tibetan Community hall

Learning about Tibetan culture in community centre.
Intercultural awareness- students interacting with the Tibetan Community heads

Village Head explaining Tibetan culture and traditions  

Interacting with Tibetan village Head
                                                 Mr. Zvico and Mr. Tenzin in front of the Golden Temple

Marvellous interiors of the Golden Temple

RBKIA students observing the portrait of Dalai Lama in Golden Temple

RBKIA students visit the Golden Temple, Mysore

Chamundeshwari Temple at Chamundi Hills, Mysore

The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas.

Goddess Chamundeshwari's procession

The local folk artists narrating history and significance of Chamundeshwari Temple


The Mysore Palace!
The gorgeous giraffe

Mysore Zoo known for captive breeding of animals, especially the big cats - another feather in city zoo's cap.

Our ancestors were monkeys!

Rhino runner - the super hero!

The lovely ducks!

All good things come to an end!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Heal the world's smile with food -Fund raising for Operation smile

Food is liked and enjoyed by all. When we talk about children, mothers are very particular about the children's diet. They should get a balanced diet i.e. all nutrients must be present for their physical and mental growth. According to them the food must be healthy enough to keep them fit, not to forget about the regular exercise.

But what about the children? What kind of food do they love? To the best of my knowledge, the answer is 'Snack food'. You name it and they love it.  A snack is a portion of food oftentimes smaller than that of a regular meal, that is generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms including packaged and processed foods and items made from fresh ingredients at home.

The 'Master Chef' of our school cafeteria is Shanker Maharaj. He works under the guidance of Ms Jamrudh Patel, the school dietician. So everyday the students get to eat the food that has lot of nutrition values but it hardly has the taste of 'their snack food'. 

So think about it - if the students have to decide the menu of snack food, they would select the food of their choice-obviously! So in order to have the double benefit of selling food items in the school cafeteria for the entire school, on 15 September, the students of Grade 6, 7 and 8 organized a food fiesta in school canteen. This exercise was to raise funds for the NGO- Operation Smile

This is what Samar and Sakshi of grade six had to say about organizing the food fest:

“An exciting and a tiring day, a new experience for us, a little different from PYP! We had a variety of food on offer -nachos, cakes, coke float, sev puri, pasta etc.
A challenging but fun task, selling food to the whole school! What gives us great pleasure is that the profit we earned is going for charity!!!!”

As expected, the students got an amazing response. They earned almost Rs 14,000/-. They could think of helping Operation Smile to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe. Every gift can help change a life. The children with lip cleft can now smile with confidence.

The menu chart

Grade 6 students getting ready for food sale

Grade 8 arranging the food stall!

OK we are open!

Come one ! Come all!

It is fun to sell food especially for a wonderful cause!

Making sure that everything is properly displayed!

Yummy food!

Apple juice is healthy!

Great response!

Felix Sir is very particular about his food!

Oh! who ate my snacks!

Mr. Robinhood taking a look at the food items

Hello! What would you like to eat!

The dough-nuts and the pizza are very delicious!

RBKIA's Goldilocks and Mr. Tenzin supporting the Operation Smile.

Robinhood of RBKIA finally selected his favourite snacks!

Well done MYP students!