Flooding Fun – outdoors at Reqelford – By VI alpha (Geography session)

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It was a most awaited rainy day, 31st August, 2016. In fact, the class prayed for a day as this, to have an outdoor class regarding the ‘flood prevention schemes’. It was flooding fun! “We had many outdoor classes but not as memorable as this one” said Medha.

Students of Grade-6α with their Geography faculty, Ms Jyothsna were on the soaking wet playground which formed many puddles and random streams joining so called tributaries and rivers and of course the simulated seas. ‘So Students, what happens when it floods?’ asked the teacher. Gayathri immediately shows the wet ground beside the stream and says, ‘This place is all wet and everything looks ruined’. ‘But how do we protect this place from being flooded?’ asked the teacher. Rushil says, ‘Mam, why don’t we build a dam a little before this place’. Medha and Sucharitha got together and picked up some of the biggest pebbles they could find around the place and placed it in the middle of the stream and were able to control the flow and they called it a ‘Dam’. ‘Mam, this side is still wet. What do we do?’ said Bhavik. ‘Afforestation is the answer’ screamed Deepa. Vyshnavi and Gayathri plunged into the job of picking some leaves and little plants and started planting them to reduce the flood. Aanavi noticed another area being flooded and said ‘Mam, what do we do here? The flow is very fast.’ And Mam said ‘Darling, all we have to do is to deepen and widen the channel so that more water fits in and stops flooding the area next to it.’ Or ‘We can even build small walls along the channel’ said Saanvi. ‘They are called ‘Embankments’ screamed Deepa. ‘Mam, I think, this pond is getting too full, can we do something about it?’ asked Bhavik. The teacher said, ‘Oh Yes! We can create some ‘overflow channels’ and allow the extra water to be released without causing harm to the people living around the banks’. ‘Wow, that’s a great idea’ said Sucharitha. Rushil noticed an ‘S- shaped’ stream and said, ‘Mam, it’s taking a long way to reach the sea. Can we do something about this?’. Aanavi said, ‘I think I have an idea, all I have to do is to straighten the channel.’ She then grabbed a twig that was lying close by and the three, Saanvi, Rushil and Aanvi got onto the job of giving a short cut to the stream. All with the muddy hands posed for a beautiful photograph!

….And the teacher had very little to teach on ‘Flood prevention Schemes’ and yet her mission was accomplished!

In all this, I must say thanks to the sprawling ‘Reqelford’ campus at our disposal as we can enjoy a lot of outdoor classes- whether it be ‘The journey of Rivers’, ‘Weathering, Erosion and Transportation’, ‘Checking the soil profile’, ‘Coastal Erosion’, ‘Studying the clouds’ and the list goes on and on….

Students speak…

  • Saanvi: This is the best Geography class ever. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and getting a little wet in the rain.
  • Gayathri: There is no better way to learn Geography other than this way! I just loved it!
  • Sucharitha: I have learnt so many schemes, I didn’t realize it then but it was so much fun.
  • Aanavi: It was fun working with friends in straightening channels and building dams! I will never forget this.

Flooding Fun

Flooding Fun

Flooding Fun

Flooding Fun

Flooding Fun

Flooding Fun

REQUIZ Interschool Competition

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Reqelford International School conducted its 3rd Inter-School Competition this year on the 31st July wherein 19 schools including Reqelford participated. The quiz was on Science with questions based on physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science. Each school sent 4 students – two each for junior and senior categories. The competition began with a solemn prayer. The ACO welcomed the august gathering and read out the rules and regulations. The teams proceeded to the computer lab for the qualifying round. Thereafter the announcement of the finalists names was made and all took their seats in the auditorium for the final quiz comprising of 3 rounds- rapid fire round, buzzer round, and grand finale.

In the Junior category, Reqelford International School ranked 1st, Tejaswi Vidhyaranya School 2nd and Indus Universal School 3rd. In the Senior category, St. Joseph’s School took the 1st prize followed by Army Public School 2nd and St. Peter’s Model School in the 3rd place. Certificates, mementos and prizes were given during the Prize Distribution Ceremony. REQUIZ was indeed a very prestigious event at the Reqelford campus.

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Workshop on Money Management

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An informative workshop was conducted by ‘Right Horizon’ on in July. This workshop mainly focused on areas like building entrepreneurial skills in students and managing money at their level. Mr.Siva prasad was quite interactive and encouraged students to participate actively by poring questions related to the PPT on successful and young entrepreneurs and video show. Children were proactive and answered most of the questions. They were given chocolates as an incentive for their participation. Finally the workshop concluded giving the necessary values to the children as to how to save, spend and share money.

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‘ASSET’ Skills Test for Grade VII

RQFRD (1218)-min

RQFRD (1218)-min

ASSET stands for Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing.

It is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment test. Rather than testing rote learning, through multiple – choice questioning, it focuses on measuring how well the syllabi SKILLS and CONCEPTS are learnt by students. The test provides information on the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and also the entire class.

ASSET was conducted on July 4th, 2015 at our esteemed school – Reqelford International School for students of grade VII. They were tested on core subjects – English, Science & Mathematics. This encouraged our students to work on the areas, which needed more attention. We appreciate the opportunity given to us by Educational Initiatives (EI) to try out this examination on a pilot basis.

Poetry FUN

Poetry

Poetry

Competitions are a way for students to interact with each other as well as to get over their fears. We believe personality develops through experiences; hence, we encourage students to participate actively in events conducted at school. We had an overwhelming response and the students were very enthusiastic about the competition. The recitation was held during the class hours and each student came forward with a lot of zeal and recited the poems, a few with actions, a few as songs however, they all did their best. Every teacher enjoyed the competition and hoped to have more…..

How to Enhance Your Communication Skills

Our former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “The Destiny of a nation is shaped in her classrooms.”
The four skills in communication, i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing are very important to Shape a student’s future and provide the perfect platform for a child to explore, discover, learn and grow.

Listening: Listening is the bigger part of communication. Good listening is built on three basic skills: Attitude, Attention and Adjustment.
Listening helps students to open up, avoid misunderstandings, resolve conflicts and build trust.

Speaking: Mastering oral language skills is rewarding for students, since a good command over language helps them express their feelings, thoughts and ideas

Reading: Reading is an essential element at every stage of one’s life, particularly in schools. It is a means of discovering information to expand one’s knowledge, while understanding the subject. Students are advised to indulge in at least half an hour of reading a day to keep abreast of the various styles of writing and new vocabulary. Parents should stress on the importance of reading to children in their early years to enhance their language, thinking, writing, and communication skills; thus, helping them to concentrate and develop positive values.

Writing: Students should develop a passion for creative writing. One should learn as much by writing as by reading. Constant writing improves the quality of writing. Bacon has quoted rightly.”Reading makes a full man, and writing makes an exact man.”

Top 10 Revision Tips

In our busy lives, seldom do we remember everything that we have done through the day. So here are a list of 10 tips that can assist us in doing well for ourselves. Remember! We never stop learning and should never want to stop learning, so this blog is as much applicable to adults as it is to children.

  1. Short spurts of revision (20-25 minutes) are most effective. Your concentration lapses after about an hour and you need to take a short break (5-10 minutes).
  2. Find a quiet place to revise- your bedroom, school, local library – and refuse to be interrupted or distracted.
  3. Make sure you don’t just revise the subjects and topics you like. Work on your weak ones as well.
  4. Make your own revision notes because you will remember what you have written down more easily. Stick keynotes to a cupboard or to doors so you can see them everyday.
  5. Re-write the key points on your revision notes, read them out loud to yourself. We remember more than twice as much of what we say aloud than of what we merely read through silently.
  6. Use different techniques. Make your own learning maps. Use post-it notes to write keywords, create flashcards, record your notes on tape and listen to them back on your MP3 or mobile phone. Ask friends to test you. Use highlighter pens to mark important points. Chant or make up a rap song.
  7. Practice on past exam papers or revision tests available on the web. Initially do one section at a time and progress to doing the entire paper against the clock.
  8. You will need help at some stage – ask parents, teachers or even friends – if there is a teacher who you get on well with at school ask for their e-mail address so you can clarify points you are unsure of whilst on study leave.
  9. Don’t get stressed out! Eat properly!
  10. Believe in yourself and be positive. If you think you can succeed you will.

The Importance Of Partnerships

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they worked was a young child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a TEACHER, the tools she used
Were books and music and art,
One a parent with a guiding hand,
And a gentle, loving heart.
And when at last the task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold or bought
And each agreed they may have failed
If each had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the stool,
And behind the parent, the family home.” – (Online source)

The Parable of A Pencil – An Interesting read for All!

A Pencil maker once took a pencil aside just before putting him into the box.
‘There are five things you need to know,’ he told the pencil, ’before I send you out into the world always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.’
One: You will do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what is inside.
Five: On every surface you are used on you must leave your mark, no matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistake you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

We Believe in Empowering our Teachers

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Mr.Rajeev Gupta, an Education Facilitator, conducted a workshop on Communication Skills for teachers at Reqelford.

Highlighting a few of the essentials for enhancing communication skills
Having the right attitude is important for a teacher. One must have an open mind in this field of life.

Tips for teachers:

  • Work is to be enjoyed
  • Focus is essential – be there, be present. Enjoy, have fun, but don’t lose FOCUS of what you are doing.
  • If you’re ever feeling down or low, find someone who needs a helping hand or a sympathetic ear and make their day.

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Thinking about English language and “Why English Pronunciation?” Rajeev highlights-

“English is a strange language no doubt, but it definitely rules the world today. It is not a person with a string of degrees attached to themselves, but a person who can communicate his ideas effectively, who can create a mark in any field.” Such skills are not developed overnight. One needs proper and effective training right from the beginning. Therefore, it is essential for teachers to be absolutely thorough in language skills, as students have implicit faith in them.
Teachers are to be reminded that children ape teachers and believe every word they utter especially in the formative years.