Friday, December 23, 2011

White water river rafting-A captivating and a thrilling experience

'A healthy mind in a healthy body' is the the ultimate aim of of IB education. The main purpose of the Action component of CAS is to enable students to develop a healthy lifestyle. 

The four key elements in leading a healthy lifestyle is exercise, healthy eating, making sensible decisions as well making good choices in life. Engaging in healthy habits with a positive attitude can deeply change a person's overall health and life expectancy. Indeed, one can  become a better individual developing confidence, which is a key ingredient to success. We are what we put into our bodies!

On 10 December 2011, the IBDP students headed to Kundalika river at Kolad, 138 kilometer from Mumbai on Goa Highway, for river rafting. It was a real task to wake up early in the morning and begin the journey at 5:00 am to reach Kolad at 8:00 am when the rafting trip starts. It is a spectacular location to experience the thrills, chills and spills of white water river rafting. Kundalika River’s 14-kilometre stretch of exciting ten rapids will provide one and a half hours white water rafting. Rafting through the river calls for extreme courage and bravery. Precisely speaking, the students will develop calculated risk-taking skills. Besides this, the other qualities that the students will be able to accomplish, are reflected upon by the students themselves in the following paragraphs:

Sunny Shah: 

"I basically river-rafted a long distance, with the co-ordination of of my friends.  I hoped to accomplish my goal of overcoming my fear of deep water. I learnt that I could overcome my fear when I set my mind to it. I have adopted the on look to life that I can achieve anything I want, when I set my mind to it. I can apply my newly acquired knowledge about me achieving anything if I set my mind to it, to other scenarios in life and education, as well."

Shubham Lad:

"We were divided into two groups and were sent in two rafts. We interacted very well with everyone. I hope to    develop a skill of working as a team. Through this activity, I am confident that I can be a team leader and I developed team skills. Next time, I would like to go to Rishikesh for a more adventurous river rafting."

Good going Students!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Making a difference in peoples' life

One of the mantras of PYP Service-Action is to inculcate attitudes of compassion and empathy in the children. As Tahreh Mafi has rightly said, "Reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart", the students of PYP 4 invited nine Dharavi School children called "Responsible Champions" to play and interact with them at Kamala Nehru Park, Malabar Hills. RBKites  and the Responsible Champions  started from school in three school wingers and reached Kamala Nehru park at 10:00 am yesterday and played with them in the Boot house. The PYP 4 children took care of the younger Dharavi kids while they played on the swings, the slides, the jungle gym and the boot. In order that there may not be any stampede while going up and down the Boot's staircase, the students went up in small groups of six. Overall every one enjoyed the visit to the park. While coming back PYP 4 children gave the Dharavi children frooties and snacks. 
In the following pictures, PYP4 children are seen taking care of the Dharavi kids. These are the values that IB PYP try to imbibe in these young children to make them "Open-minded, Caring, Balanced" and responsible individuals. The aim is to create "internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, and help to create a better and more peaceful world".