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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Poetic evening dedicated to humor & laughter on Grandparents Day

Witty International School had organized “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” on the occasion of Grandparents Day on December 24, 2010. It was a blissful evening of poetry recital, one of the long cherished traditions of India.

The Hasya Kavi Sammelan, brought some of India’s most popular Hindi poets including Shri Surendra Sharma, Shri Subhash Kabra, Shri Mahesh Shastri, Dr. Sunil Jogi & Mr. Arun Gemini who entertained our grandparents, parents & children with their latest works while enriching the literary activities of the community.

The event was graced by the presence of Mr. Haresh Mehta, Managing Director of Shreeji Steels, Surat & Shri Baldev Singh Mankoo (Billaji), our beloved corporator, who were our Guest of Honour for the occasion. Dr. Vinay Jain, Principal Raina Jain, Principal Bijo Kurian and Mrs. Priyanka Mehrotra addressed the Poets & Guests.

The event was anchored by Mrs. Kanupriya Pandit, our proud Witty Parent, who gave a brief introduction about the importance of celebrating Grandparents Day & meaning of the Academic year theme – Life is Beautiful. The evening opened with lighting up a lamp & Sarasvati Vandana. The show kicked off when Shri Subhash Kabra gave hilarious introduction of the poets in medley of poetry revolving around their personalities.

The poets presented a vivid picture of contemporary society and their satire made our audience laugh and think at the same time. Shri Subhash Kabra’s timely anchoring, Shri Surendra Sharma’s four liners, Shri Mahesh Shastri’s Gujurati poems presented in inimitable style & Dr. Sunil Jogi’s & Mr. Arun Gemini’s unique style of poetry in hasya-vyangya (humor-satire) had our audiences in splits of laughter. Their poems contain a plethora of critical remarks mixed in digestable satire to make audience think about our culture & heritage.

The Golden moment of the show was when Dr. Vinay Jain recited a poem composed by him on the topic “Life is Beautiful”, the current theme for the academic year 2010-11. His poem was an amazing concoction of Life, Grandparents, parents & emotions. His poem was a real treat for our ears!

Truly said by Williams James over a hundred years ago – “We don’t laugh because we are happy – We are happy because we laugh”. Each day, millions of us experience life too seriously and don't take enough time to have a good dose of laughter. Witty International School took an opportunity and organized “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” as a way of sharing laughter while bringing families together.

A great laugh really is the best medicine!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Language Workshop Held at WIS

The teaching of English today has become an arduous task. Unlike the bygone years, the children of this techno savvy era seldom cultivate reading as a hobby. This has an adverse impact on their writing skills as their knowledge of vocabulary remains grim. It is in this context that a Language Workshop was conducted by the Oxford University Press. The resource person Mrs Chumki Biswas focused on the four skills viz Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The teachers were empowered with ample information and grammar based worksheets to make the teaching of English more conducive for a child. Emphasis was laid on the adoption of the play way method to break the monotony of a class. Teachers put forth their queries and got their doubts clarified. Indeed, the workshop proved a boon and provided an impetus to the teaching – learning process.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Vinay Jain – Our Managing Trustee, Principal Mr. Bijo Kurian and Educational Coordinator Mrs. Priyanka Mehrotra for conducting such fruitful and informative workshops.

Sports Day – Synergizing indeed

Witty International School celebrated its 9th Annual Athletic Meet, ‘Synergy’ 2010 – 11 from 29th November – 2nd December at the Goregaon Sports Club.
On 30th November, 1st December and 2nd December sports activities of the Secondary, Primary and Pre-primary sections were held respectively. For the primary and the secondary sections, there were a plethora of fun races such as the potato race, lemon and spoon race, tug – of – war, balancing the book race etc. For the pre – primary section, obstacle and child – parent races were held. Events like the handball and the cricket match by the secondary section turned out to be crowd pullers. The four day event provided a platform for all the students to display their innate potential and skills.

The winners were awarded certificates and medals and the rest of the students were given a ‘Participation Certificate’ each. The winning handball and cricket teams were awarded trophies. With spirits cooling down and physiques getting weary, the Athletic Meet consequently drew to a close with a Vote of Thanks followed by the National Anthem.
It can be rightly stated that the school succeeded in kindling the flame of sportsmanship and team spirit among students and it hopes that in due course, Wittians would occupy a significant place in the sporting domain thus bringing laurels to the country at large.

Putting imagination on paper

It is said that a sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing and on 15th December, 2010, we witnessed many sincere artists. A drawing competition was organized for the students of grades IV to IGCSE - I based on the theme of Christmas. The students showed off their artistic talents and we were privileged to see a display of bright colours. Three winners from each class were awarded certificates of achievement.

Synergy Opening Ceremony - An evening of Blissful Spell

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

In conformity with this age old proverb ‘Witty International School’ believes in the inculcation of sports and other co-curricular activities as an integral part of the curriculum. It strives to provide students with a platform for an all-round personality development.

The school celebrated its 9th Annual Athletic Meet, ‘Synergy’ 2010 – 11 from 29th November – 2nd December at the Goregaon Sports Club.

The vast lawn area was divided into four pavilions based on the four school houses namely – Ruby (Red), Emerald (Green), Sapphire (Blue) and Topaz (Yellow). The theme for this year was ‘Life is Beautiful’. This year too, the traditional fervour and enthusiasm among parents and students was at its peak. It was the first time that Synergy had such a grand opening ceremony amidst a spectacular laser show and fireworks. Students from playgroup, kindergarten, primary and secondary sections were a part of this magnificent action packed event.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Rajesh Athaide, CMD, St Angelo’s Computers Ltd. The captains of the four houses presented him with the traditional Guard of Honour. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Anuj Chatterjee, a stalwart from the sporting arena. Dr. Vinay Jain, Managing Trustee and Mr. Bijo Kurian, Principal of the school addressed the guests and commented on the importance of sports in one’s life. The parents of the students took an active part and compared the show.

The mega event commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial torch and releasing of balloons by the Chief Guest. Thereafter the oath taking ceremony was held. The parade of the student’s band brought a lot of rhythm and pomp to the show. The highlight of the event was the March Past with strength of more than 1450 students. This was followed by various performances such as ‘Roman Rings’ ‘Dumbbells’ ‘Musical Yoga’ ‘Ribbon Drill’ ‘Gymnastics’ ‘Lezim’ ‘Aerobics’ ‘Judo’ to name a few. The entire event was displayed on LED screens. Adhering to the theme, ‘Life is Beautiful’ the laser show started with the creation of a fairytale – like atmosphere with changing colour patterns and flowing figures. Each movement had been synchronized to perfection.

It was indeed an evening of Blissful Spell.

Celebrating Festival of Lights!

Wishing you all Happy Diwali & a Prosperous New Year!

Diwali is the festivals of lights. The illumination of night with people bursting crackers is a sight to behold. This festival serves to increase love among family, friends & relatives. On this day people worship Laxmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth.

Witty International School celebrated the festival of Diwali on 29th of October, 2010. The school wore a festive look. It was decorated with the traditional rangoli colours, flowers and diyas. Children came dressed in their traditional outfits. They enjoyed decorating diya & puja thali. A dance session was organised. Children were served with snacks and cold drinks. They had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

"A goal properly set is halfway reached" - Abraham Lincoln

When you know how to set and achieve your goals, you’re in charge of your life & you determine the direction in which you’ll sail. With goals, you can chart the course of your life.

Witty International School in association with NIE held a workshop on “Goal Setting” on October 23, 2010. Mr. Mohan Singh, an expert in the field of Advertisement & the speaker, helped our students to understand the importance of goal setting. Students learnt how to develop a plan with a series of actions steps and a timetable for the completion of your goal. They were taught that how completion of each action step will help them get closer to making their dreams a reality.

Mr. Mohan Singh used SMART acronym to explain Goal Setting. SMART refers to goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Framed. This goal setting theory is generally accepted as among the most valid and useful motivational theories.

The session was interactive, where children actively participated in the question & answer sessions. Mr. Singh elicited answers from students quite effectively, the examples he gave were clear and helped children to arrive at conclusions effortlessly. Students enjoyed the session and benefited from it.

Seminar on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

A seminar was conducted by Witty International School on Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) at the Kasturba Hall, Malad on 16th October, 2010.

Ms Leila Benelli, Global ADHD Coach and Inspirational Trainer from Cape Town, South Africa and author of the renowned book ‘My child is driving me crazy’ was the Guest Speaker.

The Chief Guest and Mr. Rajesh Atheide were accompanied by Our Managing Trustee Mrs. and Mr. Vinay Jain, Our Principal Mr. Bijo Kurian, Our Coordinator Mrs. Priyanka Mehrotra and Our Educational Consultant Mrs. Sheetal Kapoor. Our honorary heads have indeed rendered unconditional and wholehearted support for the smooth functioning of this seminar.

Ms. Benelli briefly introduced herself and proceeded to address the gathering on the topic ‘ADHD’.  She stated that one of her own sons was suffering from ADHD and stressed the fact that she too had to cope with the same during her school days. Heredity could be a dormant factor in the transmission of this disorder which is controllable yet incurable. She encouraged teachers and parents to be more tactful in their dealings with the affected children as their apathy could have a detrimental impact on the child. The inculcation of an optimistic attitude in the child and a withdrawal of the child’s innate potential would go a long way in enabling the child overcome and cope with this disorder.

She mentioned that the severity of the disorder reduces tremendously with age. A blessing in disguise could be the fact that these children are very intelligent and focused and can lead extremely successful lives if timely remedial measures are adopted.
Dr. Vinay Jain also spoke on the topic ADHD and added a lot of insight to it with his expertise in the medical sphere and someone who has been with children for duration of fourteen years.  According to him, a balanced diet proves vital in the remedial process. These children should be given an opportunity to burn off this extra energy whereby they are entrusted with responsibilities and encouraged to participate in athletics and sporting activities.

To conclude, patience and tolerance are the predominant virtues needed by parents and educators as an ADHD child is certainly not a burden as perceived by some but an asset to the society.

A Starry Navratri Celebration

Navratri is the celebration of good over evil. This festival coincides with the end of the rainy season and is considered to be auspicious one. It is generally associated with the sowing of seeds and watching new seeds sprout which is a sign of prosperity and well being of the mortals. Navratri is celebrated in almost every region of India. The supreme power of Goddess Durga is worshipped and the blessings for success and prosperity is sought.

Students of Witty International School celebrated Navratri Festival by performing Dandiya Raas and Garba Raas to the tunes of their favourite beats. Students wore the most colourful and traditional attire. All the students enjoyed dancing on the occassion to the hilt. They were seen moving to a fusion of beats from the traditional to the very contemporary.

Wittians Got Talent!

Talent Hunt on 9th of October, 2010.

Witty International School believes in grooming students in all aspects of life including studies and co-curricular activities. We believe that each child is unique and possesses one or more talents. For honouring their talents, WIS provided a platform to the students of Sr. Kg. to showcase their talents on stage by organising "Talent Hunt" program.

The program was held in the school campus. Students participated in various activities like dancing, recitation & singing. As per the tradition each and every student participated in this program with great confidence and zeal. Witty Parents were present too at the event to encourage these young budding Wittians.

Miles to Go!

Witty International School in association with Mohan Azad’s workshop gave a platform for Witty Students to make a short film “Miles to Go”. The motive dealt with the burning issue of young students committing suicide as they are unable to cope with the pressure and the fear of not living upto the expectation of the society.

On 7th March 2010 a special screening of the film Miles to Go was done in Kasturba Talkies, Malad. Several dignitaries from the film industry graced the occasion. Dr. Vinay Jain gave a very motivating and enlightening speech.

Through this short film, our students took keen interest in throwing light on the hapless plight “Teen Suicide” and have helped creating awareness among the people.

The film making helped students become aware of community, family and self. It created connections between curriculum and the world outside the classroom. Students learnt about making of film, script writing, directing, editing, production, storytelling, cinematography & dramatic skills.

An appeal to watch the film was made to one and all. The strong message sent out through the film made a great impact on every mind.

Summer Carnival 2010

Witty International School organised Summer Carnival 2010 for Witty Students. Many activities such as dramatics, dance, robot camp, guitar, penmanship and English Conversational course were conducted in this Carnival. The motive was to help each student perform confidently and energetically and develop communication, presentation & other interpersonal skills. The students were also made to showcase their talents in front of their parents after the completion of each course.

The Summer Carnival 2010 got an excellent response where 230 students participated in all activities. In our midst we had exceptional & brilliatnt instructors for all activities including Helen o' Grady for Dramatics, Shiamak Dawar's Education for Dance, Robotics IIT Powai, Guitar Hall Academy for Guitar classes, Mrs. Renu Dandia from Jaipur for Penmanship, Mannah Magik for English Conversational Course.

At the end of the course there was a grand performance by all the students. With 100 percent participation, students rocked the performances. It was a huge achievement for all the students who performed in front of the huge crowd which helped them boast their confidance and at the same time made each parent proud of their child.


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