Archive for October, 2015

Girl Power

Srujuna with her innovative lamp

Srujuna with her innovative lamp

RDF Matendla School stood tall and proud recently with the achievements of two girls in State Level competitions. Srujuna of Class 8 glowed with pride with her exhibit ‘Glowing Bulb by Light’ being selected in the top 30 at the State Level Science Fair. This was a tremendous achievement given that 900 exhibits from over 400 schools from urban and rural areas were on display! We are all proud of Srujuna and hope to see her invention being put to good use in the school and community.

Her school mate, Pooja added to the honours roll by being awarded a Gold Medal at a state level Yoga program. 3 other girls from the school settled in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place. They will now advance to a senior state level competition.

Pooja with her Yoga gold medal

Pooja with her Yoga gold medal

The Physical Education teacher who has mentored the girls in yoga was humble at his role in their achievements, expressing that the girls’ determination and hard work won them merit. All in all, it has been a month of many highs for Matendla School!

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Sporting Talent

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(Seated L-R) Ajay, Vinod, Murali, Venkatesh, with the Junior College staff

The development of a student comprises so much more than just academics. Research has shown how focus on skills and talent innate in humans go a long way in their development as well adapted beings. It is also a well known fact that spending time outdoors being physically active leads to not just physical development, but brain development too. Keeping this in mind, the Junior College has a strong focus on games and sports. Their Physical Education Teacher keeps a sharp eye out for students displaying a hidden talent in sports. The regular sporting activities have revealed three gems, D. Murali, who displayed prowess in cricket; M. Venkatesh who earned accolades in Long Jump and A. Ajay & M. Vinod who proved their mettle on the athletic field. Their steadfast practice has earned them the opportunity to represent the state in the Under-19 State Level competition. We wish them all the best in this upcoming event. Regardless of the result, their hard work and determination make us proud!

 

                       

Celebrating Independence Day

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High School students in the village parade

Independence Day 2015 was celebrated with a craft session for High School students and teachers of RDF Rollakal School. The famed ‘Nehru Cap’ worn by children’s favourite Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, was the theme. Students and teachers lovingly made Nehru Caps, which they then wore with great pride during a parade in Rollakal Village to mark Independence Day. The villagers joined in the children’s enthusiasm and cheered them on during the parade. Learning a little bit of history and culture in this way, about the people who obtained freedom for India was the school’s way of making history come alive for the students.

Primary School children in the parade

Primary School children in the parade

Celebrating our Heritage

RS students working with traditional materials for Ganesh puja & celebrations

RS students working with traditional materials for Ganesh puja & celebrations

India has a rich history of multi hued and fascinating traditions, culture and mythology. Each cultural tradition and festival, as varied as the number of communities that observe and celebrate them, bring with them their specific identity which contribute to the fabric of our communities. In an effort to bring history to the present, RDF schools not only impart high quality education, but also value education, especially the need to preserve our valuable cultural heritage. Therefore the stories, art, craft and folklore associated with each festival, regardless of community, is discussed in detail with the children. Through such activities, we hope to develop a sense of compassion and shared beliefs with all communities and enhance their sense of spirituality. Thus we hope that each generation that passes through RDF school gates will play a part in conserving our cultural traditions and festivals wisely.

Cool Winds of Opportunity

Aravind with his invention

Aravind with his invention

Aravind, a class 7 student in the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zila Parishad High School, Bahadurally, is a gifted and talented student. Aravind has dedicated and spent time in developing an eco-friendly economically affordable air cooler. His high level of interest, fascination, and involvement in developing a scientific and affordable cooler has motivated other students as well. He acknowledged the role of his science teachers and senior students who helped and guided him in the project. He was encouraged to participate in INSPIRE, a competition to show scientific inventiveness for school children. Though he did not make it to the state level competition, he was commended for his hard work and talent. Having never had the opportunity to participate competitively before or show his creativity, Aravind was nonetheless grateful for the school giving him the opportunity to enter the competition.  He is determined to participate in next competitions with new science project/ design. We are proud of his scientific temper and his spirit!

‘INSPIRED’ Student

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Roja, all of twelve years, studying in Class 7 in RDF Kalleda School demonstrated how discipline, immense hard work and sheer dedication can lead to achieving anything. A curious student by nature, Roja created a home made water heater that can easily be used by anyone. She was encouraged to display her creation at the District level INSPIRE program in Mahabubabad in Warangal District. Impressed with the utility and creativity of this homemade water heater, officiating personnel made the unhesitating decision of awarding her the 1st prize out of 397 participants! The Mandal Education Officer and Headmasters of other schools admired her invention which she will now take to the State Level INSPIRE program. With an ambition to become a scientist, young Roja has a simple message – “If you want something, work hard for it.”