3 D Flower picture by 1st class students
First I want to wish you a very Happy New Year 2014!
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On 7th January after two months we had an exhibition of the creativity periods’ results once again. The administration building, containing the temporary classrooms for the classes 1 – 7, is a very beautiful and stylish ambience for the fantastic and colourful exhibits made by students. We could admire a string instrument prepared by the 7th class, many marvellous pictures – some of them with textile elements, houses of clay and many more items worth seeing. Viewing the abundance of creative results my heart was jumping of joy... I liked especially a small boat running with battery power in the fountain in the centre of the building directed by the children with a self-built remote control; the water reflected the most charming glass dome and the children’s heads...
Battery run small boat in the fountain
On the cultural function on 12th December 2013 the students showed various presentations of high quality; the dances and dramas made visible and obvious that not only creativity, but as well meditation, yoga and as well Karate are very important in the daily life of our school.
Guests at the beginning of the function on stage
Parents, teachers, employees and as well 21 westerners from Puttaparthi enjoyed the function with much interest and were fond of performance and atmosphere.
Dance presentation of the 6th and 7th classes
Highlights were as well the spontaneous musical presentations of Klaus Chmiel (Prema) – our new music teacher conducting the Bhajana singing every Friday and afterwards teaching music - and Horst Wagner in the break after the children’s show. The children started to sing also…. Afterwards the school uniforms (two for each child) were distributed by guests and employees to the students.
Teacher Riyaz, Music teacher Klaus Chmiel (Prema) and School Area Designer Horst Wagner
The guests from Puttaparthi received lunch in the guest house. The mixture of this special day had been successful, and the visitors‘ feedback was very positive.
Our 6th project week (20th – 24th January) was dedicated to flower plants – an idea of headmaster Raja Sekhar: 333 plants for the enhancement and decoration of the school area were presented; all the activities were linked to this topic.
Meeting of teachers and students‘ group leaders preparing the week
Plan of the Project Week
For the very first time the complete project week was conducted not class wise, but group wise. The teachers gave proposals for the topics; and the students selected according to their interest and motivation; for the smallest ones not yet able to decide a lottery was arranged. This procedure enabled new experiences in mixed age groups: 7th class students cooperated with kinder garden children getting fresh types of contacts like this. According to the students‘ wishes all the groups were unisex - either boys or girls. The children were very satisfied with this solution. Each group was led by one teacher and additionally by one student – one more new element. The students’ group leaders had the opportunity to train a new type of responsibility. A meeting of teachers and group leaders prepared the project week by discussing and arranging a fabulous plan.
Topics of the Project Week:
Students naming the pots and arranging decoration elements for the exhibition
The week had been planned in an excellent way. A big chart in the entrance area of the administration building gave a survey about all the details: the 10 topics, the names of the teams (they all had flowers‘ names), the team leaders (one teacher and one student) and planned activities for each day. The teachers sacrificed one day of the Sankranthi holidays. This is pure motivation!
Flower masks for the rally in Mudigubba
Rally through Mudigubba
The week was very colourful, inspiring and fascinating; and it was a big joy to observe the enthusiasm of the students. Many new challenges coming along could be mastered. Especially the younger children observing the older students’ activities very closely could profit. The older students however, had opportunity to profile themselves as advisors and leaders. The teachers as well had a lot of joy in this week; you could see the enthusiasm in their faces. May be in the next Academic Year more project elements might be included in the time table.
Plantation at the police station
The activities of the first two project days were presented to all the involved persons on the third day. Two touching dramas were presented; photos could be observed on the big computer screen; flowers with name boards in pots with class and students‘ names were spreading a good atmosphere; the entrance area of the administration building had been decorated and arranged in a very charming and attractive way.
Visitors of the exhibition in the entrance area of the administration building
On the fourth day the rally arranged by the Shanti Ananda Education Society through Mudigubba took place; a plantation action at the police station – inspiring the public people - was the highlight of the day.
Centre of the building as temple: Shiva Lingam and flowers
The absolute highlight of the week was the exhibition on the fifth and last day, presenting the results of the week to everybody. We did already calculate with a huge interest because we had probably the biggest flower exhibition ever arranged in Mudigubba before – and we were flooded with masses of visitors!
High School Students in front of the teddy bears stitched by teacher and librarian Munemma
Seven schools – two private (Sri Rama Public School and KVR E. M. School) and five Government Schools (Guddam Palli Thanda School, Boys‘ Government High School, Girls‘ Government High School, Surya Chandrapuram School and the Government Junior College) – came to us for visiting and admiring the exhibition and the area; some official persons like Mandal Revenue Officer, Bank manager, government teachers, three reporters (Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi, Vartha) and „quite normal“ visitors like parents, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Mandal Revenue Officer (4. f. r.) receiving a puppy from the teddy bear collection
It was totally touching for all the involved persons to receive such a huge resonance. Totally more than 2100 (!) visitors had a look to our exhibition, most of them being the very first time on the area. Their feedback – written into special guest books and onto two green boards – was very positive. The exhibition was a big success for the school, especially for headmaster Raja Sekhar who had generated the idea for the topic. For me it was a deeply moving moment to be witness of this day – my long time vision of a creative school basing on love and self-motivation had been fulfilled and was accepted. It was a big event in Mudigubba; even on the next day (25th January) more visitors arrived. The final success meeting of the teachers was very happy, self-confident and joyful because rewarded by big success.
On the next day (26th January) Republic Day was celebrated reminding everybody of the history of the country. The flag was hoisted, some speeches were held, and small presents were distributed to the children.
School Area Designer Horst Wagner and Headmaster Raja Sekhar
Karate Classes on the school area
Since two months our repertoire is enriched by Karate classes being arranged twice weekly. Two teachers teach boys and girls separately. Students starting with the 4th class participate in this activity. Especially for the girls this sport is very helpful enabling them to protect themselves, and in general Karate is good for body training, discipline, concentration and self-confidence.
Since one year there is a new education law in India: The class 8 – up to now belonging to the High School – will be joined to the Upper Primary School; and the High Schools will be extended up to 12th class. Before the Upper Primary Schools had classes up to 7th standard and the High School till 10th standard. This change means an adjustment to the international education standard and has to be welcomed. That’s why we will not have students leaving to the High School in this Academic Year 2013/2014. One more class room on the area is needed: totally ten (up to now we planned nine rooms totally). The first two classrooms are nearly completed. I will give a report about the progress of the buildings in the next newsletter.
Thank you and with cordial greetings,
Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt
Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account
Shanti Ananda Education Society
Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch
Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Account No: 185410100007532
Indian persons should give their donation to the
Shanti Ananda Education Society
Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511
Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank
Account No. 19073080607
Administration Building with Flower Decoration