The Senior School at RTO Road observed the Vigilance Awareness Week starting on November 01, 2014 as directed by CBSE in the memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel who exercised a major influence in establishing the administrative structure of India.
Corruption, a social evil has become widespread in our society. It has an adverse effect on the development of a nation. We at Dikshant also observed the theme, "Combating Corruption—Technology as an Enabler". The objective was to create awareness in students to create a corruption free society. Students participated in a range of activities related to the theme. The program generated a lot of awareness amongst students who are now geared up to combat one of the main social evils, corruption.
An Essay-Writing Competition was conducted to commemorate the Vigilance Week which was observed on 1st November, 2014. The participants were eager express their views and pen them down as an essay.
Children’s Day- A day marking childhood, was celebrated with a great zeal, splendor and grandeur at Dikshant on Friday, 14-NOV-14. The day was celebrated to pay tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister. Chacha Nehru was extremely fond of young children. It is due to his love and passion that this day is marked as Children’s Day, thereby honouring childhood.
Teachers organized different cultural programs and events for students. Teachers disguised themselves as children and presented dramas and dances for their beloved students. The wonderful performances given by the teachers stressed to imbibe the values of discipline, sense of order, cleanliness, beauty, and above all innocence. Children also participated in various activities, such as singing, dancing, quiz, and games and so on. The day was full of fun and frolic for our kids.
PRE-PRIMARY THEME OF THE MONTH: OUR GREEN FRIENDS - PLANTS
Role of plants in the environment is of great importance. Plants are the actual resources for existence of life on the earth. Their presence is inevitable for clean air, water and food on earth.
The idea behind this theme was to educate and to make our students aware about the role that plants play in our lives. Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth and an essential resource that need to be conserved for human well-being. Students were engaged in hands-on activities like sowing seeds; planting seedlings; watering them and watching them grow into tiny plants.
Students of Class KG presented a Role Play which focused on conserving the ecosystem by saving the plants.
Audio-Visual Presentation was also shown to students. The presentation talked about different types of plants, different types of trees and things we get from plants.
VISIT TO DIKSHANT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, RTO ROAD
Students of Classes Pre Nursery, Nursery and KG visited Dikshant International School, RTO Road on Friday, 21-11-14 which was a big add-on for our students where they enjoyed large and beautifully manicured fields, observed different types of gardens, had fun with their friends and teachers.
The unstructured free play given to students not only filled them with immense joy and excitement but also strengthened the bond between the teachers and students.
Classes I to VII - THEME OF THE MONTH: HEALTH AND NUTRITION
It is said that he who has health has hope. And he who has hope has everything. After enjoying the festive season with lot of sweets and
unhealthy food, we started the new month with an energizing theme.
With changing time, it has become vital to make nutrition education a priority. It's crucial for good health and longevity, to instill in children sound eating habits from an early age. We at Dikshant put a step forward towards inculcating good habits in our students. We had interesting sessions in Assemblies in which students participated and enlightened everyone about the importance of health and how it can be achieved with good nutrition. Further, the information regarding various deficiency diseases and their cure was given to the students.
To keep up with the theme a Healthy Menu for the Month was given to the students.
A Poster-Making Competition with the theme ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ was organised in the senior school for Classes V, VII and VII.The students were asked to express their ideas through posters. The posters inspired and highlighted good nutrition and making healthy choices while eating. The posters were carefully evaluated and the children were addressed for importance of nutritious diet.
TABLE MANNERS WEEK
Whether one is eating at home, dining out or having dinner with friends, good table manners for kids are an important part of every meal. Table Manners Week started on Monday, 10- Nov-14. Students of Classes I-VII learnt the use of fork and knife. Good table manners serve as an important tool for social interaction that will serve our students and prepare them for the rest of their lives.
MASTER CHEF DIKSHANT
As said by Mahatama Gandhi, it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Food is the essence to happiness…and chefs are soul to the tasty food. Everytime we eat is an opportunity to nourish our bodies.
Dikshant International School organised Dikshant Master Chef on Thursday, 20-Nov-14 to find out students with exempliary culniary skills. To grace the occasion we had Mrs. Reena Mittal and Mrs. Monica Shampuria as our esteemeed judges who closely evaluated the performance of the students.
WINNERS OF THE MONTH!
Following are the winners of the competitions of the month. Congratulations all!
Raksha Bandhan Celebration
The chaste bond of love between the brother and sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. Raksha Bandhan, the festival of sacred love and universal faith was celebrated with much fervour reaffirming the sibling love at Dikshant on Saturday, 9-Aug-14.
The school was vividly decorated with colourful ribbons and cut-outs on this special occasion, which added to the spirit of the day. Students also learnt to make beautiful rakhis.
A special assembly was conducted in the school emphasizing the feeling of sharing and caring between brothers and sisters. The celebrations also included inspiring performances in the Assembly where the students sung songs, recited a poem showcasing their love for their brothers/sisters. At the end, teachers tied rakhis to the students and there were sisters who tied the sacred thread of rakhi on the wrist of their brothers too.
Independence Day Celebration
Gaiety and patriotic fervour marked the 68th Independence Day celebration at Dikshant on Friday, 15- AUG-14. Students wore white kurta pyjama and Nehru cap. Students presented a mélange of patriotic activities which created an atmosphere of national pride. The program started with the unfurling of tri-colour by our School’s Director, Mr. Samit Tikkoo and Father Jeevan Paul, Principal, Dikshant International School.
This was followed by a colourful presentation of cultural events. Beautiful dance performances, speeches and skit were the highlights of the celebrations. A choir of students played the martial tunes which added lot of colour to the entire show. A heart touching skit ‘Let’s be the Change’ was also enacted by the students of Class IV. The play not only traced the atrocities and hard times faced by our countrymen before Independence but also made us realize that corruption thrives on our indifference and ignorance and we should be sure that we do not yield to this vice.
Dikshant International School celebrated the festival of Krishna Janamashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna with a great pomp and enthusiasm on Saturday, 16-Aug-14. It was Krishnashtami and Lord Krishna became omnipresent, walking gracefully all across the School campus. Our tiny tots of pre-primary classes donned a Krishna avatar and stole the show. Giving company to the tiny Lord Krishnas, were our cherubic and bubbly Radhas and Gopikas, flaunting their shimmering ghagra-cholis and ornaments.
The primary students also actively participated in the celebration and presented a combination of devotional songs and dances. They staged of an event out of Krishna’s life. Krishna’s mother was shown making curd and butter. Krishna himself was shown busy teasing the girls while playing the flute. The play was enjoyed by all. Students also enjoyed fun activities like making beautiful greeting cards.
Teacher’s Day Celebration
Dikshantities celebrated Teacher’s Day on 5-Sep-14 with cheer and enthusiasm. “Guru re Brahma, Guru re Vishnu, Guru re Devo Maheshwara” was the tagline for the day. To honour all the teachers who have been instrumental in shaping their lives, students put up a spectacular show. The day started with a Tikka Ceremony by Sehaj Modi and Sanskriti Saxena of Class II ‘B’, followed by performances by students and teachers. Students watched the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech which was very enlightening for our students and teachers.
Life Skills Workshop by 3DI School, New Zealand
The School organized a Workshop with 3DI School, New Zealand on Sunday, 31-Aug-14 for Classes IV-VII. The Workshop allowed students to think out-of-the-box and it was encouraging to see the students work in teams and put their imagination into reality. The workshop promoted creativity and innovation and encouraged entrepreneurship. The digital media teaching was used to inculcate life skills into children, helping them become leaders.
Pre Primary: Theme of the Month
Clothes are not just a protective layer but much more than that. Every morning, each one of us dresses in attire that expresses our inner feelings. Learning about what clothing to wear in different situations was an important topic for our pre-primary students.
Pre-primary classrooms were decorated with clothes of all seasons and professions, in order to make the students understand how different clothes are woven in our lives.
Denim Party held on Wednesday, 13-Aug-14 was a great hit as it not only filled their day with fun and frolic, but was also successful in communicating the types of clothes that we wear in summer season
Based on the theme of the month an Audio-Video Presentation on clothes worn by people based on their profession was also shown to the students.
Field Visit to Kumaon Woolens: Learning becomes fun when it is blended with practical experience. Keeping this in mind, students of Classes Pre- Nursery, Nursery and KG were taken to a field visit to Kumaon Woolens, Lamachor on Wednesday, 27-Aug-14 which exposed our students to the process through which fiber is converted into clothes that we wear. The objective behind this visit was to create interest about clothes and give students a hands-on experience.
The month of July connotes the advent of monsoon season – a fresh beginning which fades out all the
thoughts of the past and sets the path for something new. With renewed energy and promise to deliver
the best to our students, the School reopened on Tuesday, 1-Jul-14 after more than a month long summer break.
Smiling faces, freshness in air, rejuvenated minds and spirits is all what can describe the first day at
Dikshant after the summer vacation! The first day was efficiently utilized by teachers, to remind
students of the rules and procedures set for each class. Communication in the class about how each
one of us spent our vacation and interactive games were played in the classes, to set the tone for the month ahead.
Pre-Primary: Theme of the Month
Water is a valuable and expensive resource. On a daily basis, we drink water, take showers, wash our clothes,
water plants, and use water in dozens of other ways. However, most children don't know where their water comes from.
Consequently, as educators, the School had a tremendous opportunity to teach our young students about the role water plays in our society.
The Theme of the Month: Water helped our students understand that water is a precious resource that needs
to be protected and conserved. For instance, simply turning off the water as they brush their teeth is a
practical tip for conserving water for kids.
Stage 1: The first stage introduced daily activities that involve water. Questions like set the tone of discussion with the students:
“Who likes water?”
“What is your favourite thing to do with water?” and
“What would happen if there was no water?”
Stage 2: Children were explained about keeping our water sources healthy by keeping them clean.
Pollution and people throwing trash in it are some ways that water in our oceans, lakes and streams gets
dirty. We can help keep it clean by throwing trash away, not pouring things into the water.
Stage 3: Leaving the water hose on too long, leaving the tap on while brushing teeth leads to water wastage. Students were motivated about trying not to waste water. Turning off water while brushing teeth and telling a parent about a leaky tap, are ways that can help save water.
Stage 4: All teachers and children took a Pledge to understand the importance of water and saving water.
Stage 5: Further, teachers demonstrated to students on how to purify water by boiling it. Children were shown the
three forms of water (ice, water and vapour). They were explained the importance of drinking clean water.
To value, respect, and above all, not waste water are important lessons that students learnt.
Primary: Theme of the Month
The theme for Classes I-IV in July, 14 was ‘The Indian Honour System’. The rationale behind this theme was
to give our students an insight about the triumphs of various heroes and the stories of their excellence
which made them receive the highest level of honour in India.
Harela is an annual local festival of Kumaon region in Uttrakhand and it is celebrated to herald the advent
of rainy season, new harvest and commemorate the wedding of Lord Shiva. Dikshantities celebrated Harela on
Wednesday, 16-JUL-14, with a great ardor and enthusiasm. The day commenced with offering Harela to Goddess
Parvati by School’s Director, Mr. Samit Tikkoo followed by Kumauni song sung by students beautifully donned
in Kumauni attire. This event brought awareness among the children about the traditional customs.
Visit to the Post-Office
With the intent of bringing the real life, practical knowledge into class room experiences and school
curriculum, students of Classes Pre-Nursery, Nursery and KG were taken for a visit to Post Office,
Bhotia Parao on 24th July, 14 to acquire knowledge about what happens after a letter is posted in the
letter box. The children were led into a meaningful exploration of the processing of posted letters and
given an insight into a wide variety of services that a post office offers.
Dikshantites were very excited and eager for this visit. All the students had prepared a letter to post
and were ready to learn all about the journey of a letter from the post office. Teachers and students
reached the post office in the school vans and were greeted by the Postmaster.
Visiting a post-office was something out-of-the-ordinary for the children although “post” is an ancient
form of communication! Hope you enjoyed receiving the first mail from your child as much as the children
enjoyed sending them to you.
Scholastic and co- scholastic activities are equally important for the all–round development of the child. Keeping this in view, following competitions were organized for our pre primary and primary classes.
Pin-the-Tail Competition for Class Pre-Nursery, held on Friday, 11-Jul-14 was a great hit, as it filled our
little ones with ebullience and excitement. The cat was hung on wall, kids were blindfolded one at a time and
each one of them was given a fair chance to draw the cat’s tail with the help of a crayon.
Young minds can think new and big. With clay, the tasks become exciting and easy. Clay Modelling Competition for Class
Nursery was held on Mon, 21-JUL-14. This competition was the perfect platform for the creative minds to meet their colourful desires.
They made their own beautiful sun, shapes, snakes, flowers, caterpillars etc.
Leaf Art Competition for Class KG, held on Friday, 18-JUL-14 helped in
stimulating the imagination of the children and we witnessed creativity surface in most of them.
Fancy Dress Competition not only blends learning with fun but also develops confidence in students by giving them an opportunity
to speak in front of the audience. The Theme of the Competition for Class I was Non-Living Things and for Classes II & III was
Community Helpers. The event was judged by Father Jeevan Paul, Principal, Dikshant International School, RTO Road (Senior Branch).
Children came dressed in their colourful costumes and spoke well. We had students of Class I become tea bag, toothbrush, newspaper,
poly-bag, helicopter, robot etc. Students of Classes II & III were dressed as doctors, farmers, sweepers, vegetable vendors, chefs,
air hostess, milkman etc.
Best Out Of Waste Competition It was a creative burst of energy at Dikshant on Tuesday, 15-JUL-14 when our students created an
amazing array of display items such as candle stand, piggy bank, pen stand, wind chimes etc. from the available reusable and
recyclable items. Their out-of the-box thinking impressed everyone and left us mesmerized.
The amazing performances by the students and the hard work of the parents behind each child are highly appreciated.
Following are the Winners of the Competitions held in month of July, 14. Congratulations to all the winners!
The month April signifies a new beginning…a new start! With positive thoughts and the determination to learn and grow, Dikshantites were welcomed to a brand new Academic Session 2014-15 at School.
We started the new session with fresh energy and enthusiasm on April 9th, 2014. Children were more than happy to be greeted by a Grand Welcome Party, organized by their teachers. There was cheer all around, classrooms were decorated and smiles on each face. Music, dance, a movie, party balloons, popcorn, craft activity all made everybody happy!
New students were made to feel at home through fun icebreakers and get-to-know-you activities.
All this fun got everyone warmed up and ready for learning. The exciting first day had set the tone for the rest of the year.
Young children are supposed to be active, curious, questioning and busy. Children are best when active and are doing things. Hence, at Dikshant, children’s time is planned in such a way that they are involved in a number of activities to ensure children grow and develop to the fullest. Throughout the month, students were occupied with various enriching activities that helped them learn better. At school, all activities are aimed at our children becoming confident and competent.
The theme for Classes Pre-Nursery, Nursery & KG in April-May, 14 was ‘Health and Hygiene’. “Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Did you use soap?” These are a few of the phrases parents repeat like a broken record. Each day parents watch their children play in the sand at the park, stick fingers in their noses and mouths, pick up things fallen on the ground. Getting preschoolers to brush, scrub and rinse themselves is an important step in their development. Also it’s not always easy to encourage children to eat a balanced diet. Keeping this in mind, health and hygiene concepts were taught to children so that they form a healthy lifestyle in the future.
Pools are awesome! What could be better than a dip in the pool and fun in the sun? Dikshantites had two swimming sessions which they completely enjoyed. For children, swimming is a fun form of exercise that should be introduced at an early age. Learning to swim is an ability, like walking, that is part of growing up. Swimming is the first lesson children need and is the only lesson that could save your child’s life. Swimming provides a lifetime of health and fitness. Having a great relationship with water, opens up many opportunities for students.
Dikshant is full of talent and to give wings to our children’s immense potential and talent, the School organized ‘The Dikshant’s Talent Show’. The judge for the event was Ms. Chitra Bisht, a theatre artist and a primary teacher. We saw some remarkable performances in Dancing, Singing, Mono-Acting, Sketching, Story Narration, Rangoli Making and Poetry Recitation. Students in all put up an amazing talent show. It paid off as each student showcased his/her talent in front of friends and the school audience. Everyone is good at something, and a talent show was a great way to put their skills to use.
Earth Day was celebrated with a great fervor and myriad of educational and fun filled activities on 22nd April, 2014. The global theme of Earth Day 2014 was ‘Green Cities’. Students honoured the Earth Day by pledging to prioritize the Earth protection.
Classroom activities were organized, videos and songs were used to impart information about the dangers threatening our planet’s existence. To create awareness on environmental concerns, Dikshant has taken action by reducing energy and plastic use, reusing and recycling within the School campus. We sincerely believe that our small actions as a school community can make a big difference towards saving our magnificent planet.
Following are the Competitions held in months of April-May, 14. Congratulations to all the winners!
We are very pleased to have your child with us for the Academic Session 2014-15!
It will be an exciting year for us and the students. This is one of my favourite times of the year because there is so much energy and excitement in the air. It’s good to see old friends, make new ones and especially learn new things. Students will be experiencing new surroundings and challenges. Transition and organization skills will be a key focus during the first few weeks of school.
SCHOOL DIARY: From the beginning of the year, we will be using the School Diary. It will be used for homework assignments, respective due dates, and announcements pertaining to school activities. It is also extremely important to check your child’s Diary each day. If your child were to remain absent from School, please fill in the Leave Record in the Diary. Also keep a check of the Teacher’s Remarks in the Diary.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: In terms of supplies, the School will supply students with needed crayons, glue, pencils, craft materials etc. Please do not bring in a pencil box.
CLASSROOM: Our classroom is a very busy place to learn. Our classroom environment is structured by a variety of hands-on learning activities. Each student is encouraged to do his/her best.
COMMUNICATION: Communication is essential and you will be receiving a Monthly Newsletter about what we are doing in school. You can also visit the School’s website www.dikshantinternational.org for weekly updates, pictures, helpful resources and see everything that we are doing. Please feel free to contact the teachers / management at school through a note in the Diary, by email, or call us at school or on our personal cell phones.
LUNCH TO SCHOOL: Students are required to bring healthy lunch to School each day. Please refrain from sending in chips, cookies, pasta, macroni or Maggi.
Students should bring a water bottle each day and will be allowed to keep it at their desk to drink throughout the day.
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING: Application of what one has learnt in School to real life situations is very rare. At Dikshant, we believe that everything cannot be taught out of a textbook, and most important lessons in life are learnt through experience.This is why, from the new session this year, the School will be introducing Project-Based Learning, to create a revolution in the way children learn.
The Project-Based Learning approach will allow students to collaborate and work on different hands-on projects with the help of their teacher and apply the learning to real life situations. Project-Based Learning integrates knowing and doing. Students not only learn knowledge and elements of the core curriculum, but also apply what they know to solve problems and produce results.
And finally, it is important to remember that all successes, big or small, are meaningful. Each child will progress at his or her own rate, developing skills when he or she is ready. Preserving each child’s self-esteem and building a secure, respectful foundation for growth will always remain priorities in our classroom.
We look forward to sharing a dynamic and productive year with your child!
The festival of Christmas was celebrated with gaiety in Dikshant. The school wore
a festive look. The students reflected upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and his
life. Selected students of Classes K.G., I and II presented a beautiful play depicting
the real spirit of Christmas and the possibility of miracles becoming reality during
this auspicious day. This was followed by spectacular performances by the Dance
Club. The students attired as Santa Claus attracted the attention of the audience.
The children sang in very festive mood "Jingle Bells" and danced to the numbers
like "We wish you a Merry Christmas" etc. The whole school echoed with the carols
presented by the students of Classes III, IV and V.
This was followed by a School Fete for the students of Classes I-V. The School Fete
was another great event in the life of our school and it was a success in so many
ways. What was important was the great Christmas spirit that was evident in the
way students and staff worked collaboratively to ensure the job was done well. It
is days like these that our students will always remember.
No matter where we live on Earth, we experience seasons. Learning about different
seasons is a fun way to teach preschoolers about the environment. Each season has
its own attractions and through this monthly theme for the pre-primary section,
we endeavored to encourage our tiny-tots to gain basic knowledge of each passing
The execution of this theme included lots of observation, outdoor exploration, and
flat-out fun for teachers and kids alike. The aim was for our students to learn
about the characteristics of each season, identify the articles of clothing, food
items and holidays associated with each season.
Highlight of this theme was the class activity - Rhythm of Seasons. This activity
saw each class showcasing the characteristics of a chosen season.
Food is the one thing that connects people globally. We may not all speak the same
language throughout the world but we all have food in common. Learning about World
Cuisine is a fun way to get the students to learn about different cultures throughout
the world. Keeping this in mind, the month of December saw World Cuisine as the
Theme of the Month for Classes I-V. The aim was for our students to learn about
different cultures, different places and different people around the world through
food. American, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Indian and Chinese Cuisine were chosen
for this particular theme.
The high spot of this theme was a class activity aptly called ‘A Celebration of
Flavours’ which featured incredible food diversity and cultural richness of a chosen
country. This class activity was a good way to get our students to experience foods
and traditions from different countries across the world.
Students of Classes IV and V participated in a very unique competition Master Chef
Dikshant on Wednesday, 11-DEC-13. This competition was designed to encourage creativity,
develop self-assurance and to spark a life-long love for healthy food habits and
nutrition in our students. The real idea was to get creative with food.
Our students churned out some really sophisticated dishes with flamboyance. Cooking
stations were provided to each student. Children carried with them all the ingredients
and cooking and eating items required for their particular dish.
Dishes were judged on their flavors, execution, presentation and creativity. Individual
performances and organizational skills at the cooking station were also taken into
We are now ready to assert that Dikshantites can not only sing, dance and act but
also cook better than anyone.
Following are the Competitions held in the month of December, 13. Congratulations
to all the winners!
Children’s Day was commemorated with immense joy, enthusiasm and magnificence at
Dikshant on Thursday, 14th November, 2013. The campus was abuzz with excitement
and joy. The teachers decided on a role reversal. They sang, acted and danced to
entertain the children. The children’s joys knew no bounds to see their teachers
in action on stage. Fun and enjoyment marked this very special day.
India is a land known for festivals. The varied festivals that are held throughout
the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. Kids are fascinated
when they hear about festivals. While festivals like Holi, Diwali, Id, Christmas
etc. are common knowledge but it is also to be noted that these are not the only
festivals that are celebrated in India. Through our theme of Festivals, we introduced
our pre-primary students to five festivals that stand out but are not so popular
in our region. Onam, Bihu, Durga Pooja, Pongal and Easter were the festivals chosen
for this month’s theme.
The students learned about these five festivals and the rituals, traditions, customs
and legends associated with each one of them. The fun part was the class presentations
wherein the students and teachers decorated their respective classes traditionally
based on the festivals chosen by them for the month. Children were introduced to
articles of clothing, food items, music/dance, rites and rituals peculiar to the
festival. This theme-based activity was highly laudable.
We at Dikshant believe that schools should play a wider role than just delivering
academic results. Part of the role of a teacher is to encourage good morals and
values in students. It is possible to teach children values and shape their characters
in a positive way at school through lessons, activities or voluntary work. Keeping
this in mind, the month of November was dedicated to instilling the values of Compassion,
Responsibility and Perseverance in our students. A number of value-laden classroom
activities, songs, poems, quotations and voluntary assignments were used to make
this drive exciting and meaningful. Students were given a chance to get involved
in performing acts based on the values of compassion, responsibility and perseverance.
Following are the Competitions held in the month of November, 13. Congratulations
to all the winners!
When you turn on your tap, where does the water come from? How did it get there?
What is water cycle? What can you do at home to save water? The monthly theme –based
A/V presentation for Classes I-V answered these questions and more. It was held
on 13th July ,2013.This fun and informative session, designed to complement the
Theme of the Month, addressed several areas of water education including sources
of water ,uses of water, water quality and health, rainwater harvesting, water pollution,
water conservation, etc. The idea was to help educate children about their environment
and encourage sustainability of this precious resource.
Children love to dream and fancy dress competitions are a good way to make their
dream come true for some time. They can just be anything that they have ever wished
to become. Keeping this in mind, Dikshant conducted a Fancy Dress Competition for
the children of Classes I and II and Ulta Pulta Fancy Dress Competition for Class
Pre-Nursery on 22nd July, 2013.
The Ulta Pulta Competition was held for the sake of fun. The key idea was to create
enthusiasm among the toddlers. It was also an opportunity for the parents to learn
about the nature of competitions for the young ones.
The purpose of conducting the Fancy dress Competition was not only to blend learning
with fun but also to develop confidence in the little ones by giving them an opportunity
to get on the stage and speak in front of an audience.The children presented a colourful
extravaganza and spoke a few sentences on the character that they depicted.
A solo acting competition Dikshant’s Best Dramebaaz was organized on 24th July,
2013 for Classes III, IV and V. This competition was designed to create confidence
in children, help them overcome stage fright and enhance their verbal communication.
Participants of this competition were distributed in two different groups and from
the preliminary round 26 participants were selected for the final round. The selected
finalists performed before the audience and external judges. Our Guest of Honour
was Mr. H. Singh , S.D.M., Haldwani. Our special guest and esteemed judge for the
day was Mr. Raju Pandey , a renowned theatre artist of Haldwani.
Youngsters showed imagination in selecting their individual acts. As usual, each
participant provided the audience and judges with an afternoon of great entertainment.
This competition gave a chance to our students to an excellent platform for children
to discover and develop talent and provided them with a valuable experience.
VRINDA TIWARI, SHIVANSH PANDEY
DIKSHANT'S BEST DRAMEBAAZ COMPETITION
Dikshant was abuzz with activities on 22nd April, 2013 as students and teachers
joined the wider global community in marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
The global theme of Earth day 2013 was ‘The Face of Climate Change.’
A special Assembly marked the event. Pupils expressed their views and pledged to
prioritize Earth protection. This was followed by an on-campus tree plantation drive.
Classroom activities were organized and videos and songs were used to impart information
about the dangers threatening our planet’s existence. To create awareness on environmental
concerns, Dikshant has taken to action by reducing energy and plastic use, reusing
and recycling within the school campus. We sincerely believe that our small actions
as a school community can make a big difference towards saving our magnificent planet.
Splashing, waddling and paddling - kids love to spend a hot day in a pool. What
can be better than a dip in the pool and fun in the sun? On our Aquatic days, the
kids enjoyed the water and had splashing fun in the school pool. Children were out
and about engaged in aquatic adventures.
Apart from a fantastic day of excitement, our aim was also to help children overcome
their fear for water and develop a life-long love for this beneficial water sport.
Studies have shown that swimming for young children accelerates their physical,
emotional and intellectual development. So while our students thought they were
just having fun, we knew that our Aquatic Days were actually helping them to develop
their brain and their ability to learn!
In order to make children aware of uses of waste material, and to give them a lesson
on reducing waste to save our future, a ‘Best out of Waste Competition’ was organized
on 29th April, 2013 for students of Classes I-V. Students of classes I and II used
their creative and innovative ideas to make greeting cards using waste material
that was provided to them. Students of classes III-V prepared charts on the topic
‘Save the Environment.’ Students proved their mettle by using an array of waste
materials such as pencil and crayon shavings, paper scraps, used chart papers, matchsticks,
ice-cream sticks etc. They worked enthusiastically and stretched their imagination
to create wonderful charts and greeting cards.
It can be said that this competition brought the best out of all the participants!
In accordance with the Theme of the Month, Dikshant launched the ‘Save the Sparrow
Campaign.’ The students of grades 1 to 5 were briefed by their teachers
on the reasons for extinction of sparrows and how we can conserve the species. Preparation
of nests for sparrows and habitat conservation like providing water and food regularly
to birds were carried out in the school premises.
In accordance with our theme of the Month for the Primary section, a presentation
on Endangered Animals was made by the teachers on 15th May, 2013. This presentation
aimed at drawing the students’ attention to endangered species and conservation
issues. This presentation went beyond the confines of textbooks to give some memorable
and informative lessons on various endangered animals like Tiger, Sparrow, Indian
Rhinoceros, Asiatic Lion, Asian Elephant etc. Students were well-engaged by the
interactive session and responded with enthusiasm. The realism of visuals and simple,
straight-forward facts kept the young audience captivated. There was Question Time
after the presentation in which students actively participated.
The highlight of our summer vacation was the Summer English Workshop conducted
for students of grade III, IV and V. The workshop focused on strengthening our participants’
reading, listening and speaking skills through theatre. Students performed the timeless
classic 'Wizard of Oz.’ The students worked tirelessly for two weeks and gave a
truly memorable performance on Sunday, 16th June. This play delighted the kids and
audience alike. The summer workshop enhanced the creativity and confidence of the
participants and promoted communication skills. It was a brilliant experience for
all those involved.
YOGA FOR KIDS
Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant
lessons, video games and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences
as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The School believes in yoga
that can help counter these pressures. Yoga at an early age encourages self-health
and physical activity that's non-competitive. Fostering cooperation, instead of
opposition, is a great gift to give our children. Starting from the month of December,
some asanas like – Taad asana, Vriksha asana, Padma asana, etc, have been
included as a part of their daily warm-up exercises in the morning.
Yoga enhances flexibility, strength and coordination. In addition, it improves concentration
and sense of calmness in children. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all
children have to the surface.
HEALTHY FOOD VS JUNK FOOD
Aptly based on the theme of the month of December – Hygiene, Health and Nutrition,
children of Class Nursery presented a Role Play on Healthy Food
versus Junk Food on Thursday, 6th December, 12. The message they
passed on in the School Assembly was - fast foods, fatty foods, fizzy drinks, lollies
and chocolate are fun to have sometimes, but it's not good to have them all the
time. If one eats mostly junk food, then one will miss out on getting enough nutrients
that will help us to grow strong and healthy.
A DAY AT PARLE BISCUIT FACTORY
Dikshant International School believes in learning through experience. With this
motto in mind, students of Dikshant International School visited the Parle Biscuit
Factory at Sidcul, Pantnagar on Saturday, December 08, 2012.
Kids are inquisitive by nature and always asking how is this or that made? This
field trip answered lots of queries that these young minds had. Lessons came to
life as children were actively engaged during this fun and educational Field Trip.
They got to put down the books and pencils and drive to a new location with interesting
things to see and experience.
Officials of Parle were eager to show the students around the factory. They supplied
them detailed information regarding the process of baking biscuits and manufacturing
candies and savory snacks. It was a great experience for the students to go round
the factory. The way we went over all the produce really engaged the interest of
the students. After an interactive AV session, all the students were let into the
factory. They learnt a lot about production. Students were amazed to see the high
tech machinery used for the process. This visual learning was very realistic and
made them understand the work that goes on behind the scene.
This field trip has given them a wonderful experience of learning.
Hygiene is a crucial concern that cannot be left ignored and teaching personal hygiene
to children is an ongoing challenge. As a part of Hygiene Week, which started
from Monday, 10th December, 12, children of Pre-Nursery, Nursery and KG
learnt good hygienic habits to ensure that they stay happy and safe always.
From Seed to Plant
The month of November started with children of Classes Pre-Nursery, Nursery and
KG learning about seeds and plants by engaging them in a hands-on activity in which
they observed seeds, planted them, and watched them grow.
Children planted some seeds and followed the
growth of the seedlings as they sprouted from the soil while making sure to take
proper care of them with just the right amount of light and water.
This is a simple activity taught children how
plants grow out of tiny seeds. Children learnt to plant the seeds and watched their
plants grow. They developed a love for plant life and recognized their importance
to humans. This will further help them to learn to protect plants and conserve the
Clean the Campus
The week starting 5th November, 12, had Classes Pre-Nursery, Nursery and KG take
turns to clean the school campus. A school is a place to study and learn. If the
physical environment is not an attractive one, then studying and learning will become
less pleasant and students’ grades will suffer as a result.
Campus cleanliness included: