Archive for January, 2013

Rallying for mother earth

Students participating in the rally

Students participating in the rally

 

The threat to our environment grows exponentially as the popularity of plastic bags increases in India. The use and throw culture of plastic bags is detrimental to our environment. People have begun to spread awareness about the ill-effects of plastic on mother earth; however the villages are still not aware of this big threat to the environment. RDF Redlawada School, set out to rectify this. The students of classes 6, 7 and 8 undertook a rally to spread awareness about the evils of plastic. The students explained to the villages about the pollution caused by plastic and the impact on crop land and the environment. They encouraged villagers to replace their plastic bags usage with paper bags. Spreading awareness in this manner will go a long way to protect mother earth.

 

A Tribute to Ramanujan

Students taking part in math based activities

Students taking part in math based activities

In December, there was a different kind of celebration at RDF Kalleda and RDF VAPV Junior College. To commemorate the birthday of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the school celebrated mathematics day. The day not only emphasized the importance of Ramanujan’s contribution to mathematics but it also involved math based activities for the students. Celebrating this in 2012 was significant, since the year 2012 is declared as the year of Mathematics by the Government of India. As a part of the tribute, the school conducted elocution competition on Ramanujan`s life story, along with mathematics quiz program to develop math skills and utilize math techniques in a practical way.  The students at RDF VAPV JC took part in a test, with S. Navyasree securing first place. The activities were fun, educative and engaging. The day made the subject more appealing and deepened the interest for mathematics within students. To sum up, the celebration was an exponential success!

Word Wall

Students with the word wall.

Students with the word wall.

 

This year, RDF Matendla School started a unique concept of the Word Wall. Every week new words are put up along with synonyms and their meanings on the wall in the high school corridor. Students and teachers have to create sentences using all the words on the Word Wall. This is a new and interesting way to improve their vocabulary and writing skills. During the daily General English class, the sentences are discussed between students and teachers and they are even discussed during assembly time once a week. The word wall has already spread its influence with students using the words in the English notes as well. This concept has been in practice in the primary school for two years now. Its tremendous success made the teachers try it out in higher classes as well.

 

 

 

Budding scientist

Rajesh with his hand made sprinkler system

Rajesh with his hand made sprinkler system

Munigela Rajesh taught his mother Saroja how to write her name in Telugu. His drawings have competed in district level competitions. And he leads the class when the English teacher is absent. But what the talented 7th class Matendla student wants to do is be a scientist. He has a promising start. Using a small motor from an old tape recorder, Munigela made a sprinkler system. He attached a fan to the motor, which runs on a 1.5-volt battery. He installed a water pipe to his new contraption, and the fan now disperses the water, creating a sprinkler system. With this kind of creative thinking we are sure Rajesh will achieve whatever he sets his mind to.