Athletics is a field where students must master every move, every trick to go through almost all events and competitions. The most common of these are races of varying distances, hurdles, shot put, jumps, etc. The budding athletes undergo rigorous training and strict practice under the mentorship of Mr. R.K. Singh. Besides the Intra-School events, students of this activity participate in athletic events at the zonal, regional and national level and come out with flying colours.
Seth M.R. Jaipuria School maintains a brilliant brass band in which we take pride. The students in the band activity are enrolled each year to participate in various school functions. The band also has a large variety of instruments like bugles,trumpets and drums.The students can choose any of them and join the band as early as class 2. The drummers of the group add melody and colour to Independence Day and Republic Day parade as the school parade is led by them.
'The work of art is the unique result of temperament.'Our school is renowned in the imaginative field of art. The students of the Art activity worked very hard throughout the year under the able guidance of their teachers exhibited soulful pieces of beauty. The creative work included painted clay pots, over 1000 colourful paintings and Warli paintings of Maharashtra. Nature Study, Still Life and over 15000 mesmerising greeting cards.
All that mankind has done, thought or gained is lying preserved in the pages of books. The book binding activity in our school teaches exactly the way the kind of preservation the books demand.Under the mentorship of Dr. Apurba Chatterjee and Mrs. Shweta Jaitely, the students repair, restore and conserve old books by binding them and giving them a new lease of life. Also, they make them attractive by giving them appealing covers. The students of this activity have been doing a wonderful job by binding the torn and tattered books of our school library.
Batik and Tie and Dye
Batik is an amazing and ancient method of colour dyeing. Batik produces some of the most beautiful art in the world. However, Batik is not easy and involves a very labour-intensive and complex process with many hours of back-breaking hard work. The first step in Batik is to design a pattern in order to have an idea of what you would like to create. In Batik painting, hot wax or paraffin is carefully drawn on the fabric. The wax should be fluid when hot, and stiff when cooled down, much like candlewax. When you dye the fabric (in water with cold-water dye), the colours won't go in the fabric areas that are waxed in. One can wax and dye in several layers, in colours that match. One starts dyeing with the lightest colour, then lets the fabric dry, applies a new coat of wax, does the second dye etc. The process of tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by application of dye(s). The tie-dye activity is characterized by the use of bright, saturated primary colours and bold patterns. Though the activity was very strenuous nevertheless under the mentorship of Mrs Shruti Narain and Mrs Vanaja.T.K it did not dampen the spirit of our girls. The girls made table cloths, pillow covers, cushion covers, wall paintings and beautiful bags. Overall it was a very enriching experience.
Bharatnatyam is considered the mother of all the other classical dances of India and inspires many art forms like sculpture and painting. It's a classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states.It is one of the nine dance forms that have been given the classical status by the Indian government. The dance form demands precision, strong footwork, knowledge of rhythm patterns, music and vocabulary.It is a form of physical activity and a mode of exercise, performed by small groups of all ages, is a sequence of non-verbal rhythmic body movements of creative nature and scope for expression.In this activity, children learn various steps and mudras. It makes for a rigorous workout of the mind, body and soul. The dance helps to tone arms, legs and core muscles, as well as to strengthen the facial muscles. The steps and eye movements improve concentration and co-ordination skills. A much sought after activity under the mentorship of the veteran, Mr. Anil Diwan.
One of the earliest forms of portable illumination, candles have served vital functions for humankind throughout history.The objective of the activity is to ensure that the skill of candle making is used in embracing modern values and quality standards in life. By this activity children learn to do team work. They acquire knowledge of the range of candle waxes, what they are made from and the properties associated with wax. This activity is led by Mrs. Anita Srivastava and Ms. Namita Agarwal.
Education is not about filling a child's head with information; it is about nurturing the whole child –heart, mind and body. Clay modelling is a fun activity that involves the sculpting and moulding of modelling clay into variety of shapes. It is a wonderful natural resource from the earth that provides sensory stimulation while helping to develop the motor skills. It is also therapeutic in making a child emotionally stable. It is a medium that promotes creativity and helps in the promotion of self-confidence, encourages self-expression and develops problem-solving skills. Clay modelling activity has gained popularity and is chosen by a huge number of students. This year, the students under the guidance of Mr. Nikhil Srivastava and Mr. Heera made several earthenware items like diyas, lamps, vases etc. First, children separated stones from the clay and then kneaded it into wet clay. This was then placed on the wheel and slowly moulded into various shapes. Then the products were exposed to the bright sunlight and later kept in the furnace, made of dried hay and dung cakes, where they were baked. Finally, the finished product was painted in radiant colours.
Computer and IT
The computer activity students guided by the Computer teachers explored the enigmatic ever expanding world of technology by learning latest technologies and languages. They established a graphics engine based on the programming language JAVA.
Debating, Creative writing and Elocution (HINDI)
Communication is a necessity for humans. They need it and use it as a bridge to express their feelings to their fellow beings and the society. Public speaking and creative writing are the two important methods of communication. A good public speaker can share his views more effectively and impress listeners to listen, understand and share and be convinced. In this way a major change takes place in his personality. In this activity, children are trained to express their thoughts more confidently and effectively.
English Debating and Elocution
“Words: As innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”- Nathaniel Hawthorne. The above lines sum up the ethos of this activity. Words when combined effectively can weave magic and produce the desired impact on the listeners. The activity aims at training young minds to put forth their views on relevant topics with conviction thereby making a lasting impression. The innumerable mock sessions help the students to overcome their fears and hone their skills as public speakers ready to take on every challenge thrown at them. Practising speeches and lines from poems and dramas not only improves their diction and dialogue delivery but also transforms them into individuals with 'literary pursuits'.
Drama is a study of theatrical arts. In this activity, children are widely exposed to various forms of dramatics, to develop and hone their acting skills. Children are trained throughout the year in the school auditorium as they are introduced to various genres of acting. The Nukkad Natak entitled, “Panch Parameshwar” was enacted on stage by the budding actors who stepped into the shoes of the characters and brought them to life. ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ was instrumental in generating awareness amongst the audience about keeping the environment clean.
Human beings are a part of nature. They rely on natural resources and ecological services for their survival and long term prosperity. An awareness regarding environmental conservation needs to be inculcated in the upcoming generation. Therefore the students of EVS activity have got together to learn to live in sync with nature.
Fabric Painting, the name itself denotes fabric as a canvas and painting as imagination. With the soulful theme of nature, our guides, Mrs.Smriti Rekha and Mrs. Preeti Sachdeva taught the children to paint exotic sceneries, butterflies and birds. Different techniques of painting were used like thumb printing and leaf embossing to paint cushion covers and bed sheets. The types of materials used were silk, tissue, cotton, jute and satin. Madhubani, Warli, Indian and African style of paintings were tried by the children on file covers, bottle holders, lamp shades trays, wall hangings etc. Tissue curtains, rugs, sarees, suits and scarves were the highlights of the activity.
Dance has been said to be a divine creation which has come down from the ages of Shiva, Durga and Krishna. Indian classical and folk dances have an appeal of their own. No programme is complete without dance presentations. Time to time, western and fusion dances are also taken up by the students and are trained accordingly. Our tinkle toes under the mentorship of Mrs. Deepali Tripathi have bagged many prizes at various Inter-School Dance Competitions too.
Glass is a wonderful canvas to paint upon. This form of art requires immense interest and determination. Jaipuria school under the guidance of Mrs. Nikita Rastogi provides a platform, where students can actively take part in making glass paintings. This activity plays an important role in the interaction between thoughts and creativity. Every year students amaze all during the exhibition with their paintings and skills. Beautiful paintings , Lamps , decorative items and many other attractive artefacts are made by them.
“Yato hasta stato drishti, Yato drishti stato manaha Yato manaha stato bhava, Yato bhava stato rasa”- Natyashastra. Kathak is one of the finest classical dances of India. It has three main parts Nritta, Natya and Nritya. Kathak is derived from the word 'katha' which means a story.This elegant dance narrates a beautiful story by combining the above three elements. The Kathak activity provides a platform to young children where they experience the joy of classical dancing. The activity started with the enrolment of many young members. Throughout the year, they displayed great excitement and eagerness in dancing. The enthusiasm with which they learnt the elegant footwork was amazing. This enthusiasm was also very much evident whenever they practised and performed. It was heartening to watch them learn the coordination of the eyes and foot movements. By the time the school session ended, these young, budding dancers had perfected the art of telling stories through their hand movements, footwork and facial expressions. They mesmerised everyone whenever they danced and were much applauded and appreciated by all.
Metal work under the guidance of our veterans, Mrs. Nidhi Saxena and Mrs. Nabita Srivastava is aimed at developing the artistic skills in students. In this activity, carving and embossing on aluminum and copper sheets is done with the help of metal screws available in the market especially for metal carvings. This activity demands a lot of patience and accuracy. The carvings have to be done with great care as any wrong cut might destroy the whole sheet. The outcome, however, is always rewarding.
Math Club activities are fun-based activities for students to eradicate their phobia for the subject. It helps students to enjoy, appreciate and acquire basic knowledge of the subject by organizing competitive group activities, puzzles, games and quizzes. The Math Club provides a platform for secondary and senior secondary students to enrich the subject. The activities enhance their concepts and make the subject interesting and easy for them. Under the guidance of the Maths Department children put up the exhibition wherein they exhibit various mathematical games. The games help them in clearing their concepts. Working in a team, develops team spirit and enables them to explore various interesting facts.
Dr. Paliwal, with his team, prepares a large number of percussionists and vocalists for various events throughout the year. The students are first taught the basic principles and later the intricate rhythmic effects. Altogether, it is indeed a bliss to enjoy and cultivate music in our students who bring laurels by their performing skills, adding to the vibrant hues of Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, where music becomes a passion. The 200 piece instrumental symphony comprises 18 different intruments such as violin, guitar, santoor , tabla etc. The children performed Indian Classical Ragas with fusion of western instruments with Indian Symphony.
A craft that was almost on the verge of extinction especially among children was revived 3 years back as it was felt that it is one life skill that is needed by all at some stage of life. After a successful start last year, many enthusiastic girls joined the activity, some taking it for the second year. They were given a short demonstration where they got to know about its importance and the basic requirements. The kids under the mentorship of Mrs. Sandhya Agarwal and Mrs. Shraddha Shukla started learning the simplest stitches on their handkerchiefs, then created beautiful designs using cross-stitch and ended up learning smoking by creating beautiful frocks and nighties. The display of their amazing creations has generated a lot of interest in needle work amongst their peers.
Non- Fire Cooking
Cooking is so synonymous with fire, that Non-fire cooking appears to qualify it to be a wondrous venture. Children enjoyed making sandwiches, salads, milk shakes, custard and mouth-watering ‘chat’ items. They revelled in not only the preparation but also in serving their teachers and friends.
‘Physics is nothing but ambition’. Through this activity, our students are exposed to Physics along with creativity and designing results in outstanding scientific as well as creative models that give a brief but accurate knowledge about basic scientific principles. In this activity, the Physics department with the students discusses some of the toughest questions and the most profound ideas in fundamental physics. The concepts not only compel them to think objectively and rationally, but also require them to put aside many of their everyday misconceptions and intuitions about how nature works.
Quizzing is a significant tool to test the knowledge of a child and make him conscious of the happenings around the globe. It was heartening to see the quizzing room buzzing with enthusiastic quizzers, conducting, hosting and preparing for various quizzes. Many of them also participated in various quiz events held in and around the city. Quizzing is not a trivial pursuit. Our budding quizzers keep their mind cells activated by sharpening their cells and by keeping themselves updated. Way to go!
Reader's Forum Activity in the Middle School of Seth M.R. Jaipuria School kept buzzing with discussions and preparation for various literary events during the session 2017-18. The first half of the activity time is devoted to reading of books of their choice by the children while the remaining half of the session is used to express their views and opinion on the books read in the whole week and also during the activity time. Apart from improving their communication skills and power of self-expression, students also tried their hands at improving their writing skills. Students also penned short articles, stories and poems. Many of these compositions were included in the compiled collection by the children and were also published in the school Chronicle. Overall, the session 2017-18 proved to be a year enriched with reading and creativity. A few glimpses of Reader's Forum students sharing their reads in the group:
Our school houses two well- maintained swimming pools.The dimensions of the common swimming pool is 25 by 16 metres with depth 3-9 feet. The dimensions of the toddler swimming pool being 7.94 by 5.95 metres with depth of 2 feet. We have excellent coaches to train and prepare the students for various competitions including four main strokes- back. break, free and butterfly. Swimming is the most popular recreational sport enjoyed by all students from toddlers to adolescents.
It is a well-known martial art that actually originated from Korea and is gaining the same popularity as the Japanese martial art form Karate. Taek-won-do has a scientific basis. For example, the hand and leg techniques involve the execution of different blocks/locks, attacks and counter attack at certain angles, speed and directions. The exercises done in our school are usually head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. The young Taekwondo masters of Seth M.R. Jaipuria School demonstrated a spectacular technique of ‘Breaking’ also known as ‘Tameshiwari’ in which they struck their hands on Terracotta tiles and tube lights shattering them effortlessly into pieces on Independence Day, 2017.
'We cannot direct the winds………..But we can certainly adjust our sails'. We can call yoga a science of behaviour, a science of performing creatively and constructively in our lives, a process of learning how to live. This is the yogic concept of education. “Yoga is the root of culture, the flower of wisdom and a fruit of perseverance.” Today, the fact that children are suffering from psychosomatic disorders such as sleeping disturbances ,headaches and very often wrong postures like drooping shoulders as well as stress-related to pressure, competition and aggression in schools. To help children cope with all these, we must find a way of exercise that involves the whole body the unity of body soul and mind. Yoga is the way to come back to this unity to come back to perfect balance. Yoga is movement combined with correct breathing and meditation.The yoga activity was a great success like every year and display was appreciated and applauded by the guests and viewers. ‘Yoga Day’ was celebrated in school in which the young yoga enthusiasts were trained to perform asanas in rhythm along with melodious music being played in the background.
Shadow Play and Mime
The activity is a form of powerful expression through various moves and actions. The members under the able guidance of Ms. Anshu Sinha, were trained to express themselves freely on a given theme by creating a back drop with cut out figures held between a source of light and a translucent screen. The sessions saw the enactment of stories, situations and social issues through this art form. The students enjoyed the sessions for their pure entertainment value.
Craft activity provides our young artists a platform to experiment with waste material and express their hidden creative talents. It harnesses their artistic skills and enhances their creative imagination. The main idea of craft activity is to make something new and different from waste or left over item. This teaches us how we can use or convert waste items to create with ingenuity. Students used waste items like empty boxes, CD egg trays, ice cream sticks, pasta, bottles, marriage card, wool, cotton etc to create something new and different from them. No one can imagine making flowers from egg tray, jewellery made by pasta traditional warli made with paper bag, bird house, ice cream, photo frame, and many more things but these students have made it possible.