July 2020

From The Principal...

Change with time and tide helps us to excel in the future course of action. Change can teach us to adapt and help us develop resilience. Change teaches us how to turn a challenging situation to our own advantage.

COVID-19 has disrupted education all over the world. Schools and universities haven’t faced this level of disruption in living memory. As a result, the learning teaching process has changed dramatically. With the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.

Online learning, which came as a panacea for the crisis, is increasingly seen as a new unprecedented paradigm in education.

In these difficult times, Sapphire International School did not lag behind in starting online classes for the students, on the digital platform, 'Microsoft Teams'. Apart from focusing on academics through online classes, Sapphire International School is also conducting online Co-Curricular Activities, various Club Activities & NTSE classes.

We at Sapphire believe that skill development and enhancement is the key to career growth in the competitive times we live in. Therefore, adapting to an online learning environment will acquaint students with future workplaces and emerging competencies.  

It will be interesting to see if the changes coronavirus has brought about in the education system stay forever. If online learning technology can play a role here, it is incumbent upon all of us to explore its full potential.

 

With best wishes,

Sapphire International School

12th Milestone Ranchi-Khunti Road, Hardag

Ranchi Jharkhand – 835221

English Song Competition

“Music binds our souls, hearts and emotions”.

  An online inter class Solo English Song Competition was conducted in the first week of July for the students of Grade 2 to 5. Students participated in the same and put forth their enthralling performances to be adjudged. The participants presented their songs and made the whole atmosphere melodious.  They mellifluously sang the songs - 'Five hundred miles', ‘Old McDonald had a farm,’ ‘We shall overcome', 'This little light of mine', ‘We've got the whole world in our hands,’ ‘You raise me up', etc. All the young vocalists sang to their level best and made the competition a great success. 

Truly said - "When you have confidence, you can do anything” and the students proved this through their singing. Mr Ajay Jha, one of the jury members gave his valuable feedback to the students and encouraged them to grab the opportunity of the online platform for exposure and experience.

The program culminated with a vote of thanks.

   July, 2020

 

Show and Tell Competition

Primary School Show and Tell Competition

"Show and tell helps to build effective communication and listening skills that are essential for a young child's holistic learning". To bring out the talents of the students, an Online Show and Tell Competition was organised in the second week of July for the students of Grade 2 to 5.

The students zealously participated and showcased their talents. This competition helped the little kids to develop and hone their cognitive and creative skills. They chose different objects like – toys, dresses, story books, fruits etc. and were able to translate their thoughts and ideas into words spontaneously. Some of them thought 'out of the box' and even chose their pets as a prop to be creative in their approach. Students shared their descriptive narration with lots of confidence, facial expression and voice modulation. It was an enriching experience for everyone. The judges appreciated the efforts of each and every participant.

The program culminated with a vote of thanks.   

   July, 2020

 

News Anchoring / Live Reporting Competition

Primary School News Anchoring & Live Reporting Competition

"Self-expression is a vital part of understanding life, and enjoying it to the fullest.”

 In the last week of July an Online News Anchoring Competition was held for the students of Grade 2 and 3, whereas a Live Reporting Competition was organized for the students of Grade 4 and 5.

The students were quite thrilled and enthusiastically participated in the competitions. Grade 2 and 3 presented a beautiful scenario of a newsroom and came up with their own scripts on the current issues of the world. Grade 4 and 5 were full of zeal as they reported live, with the help of parents, siblings and grandparents, on the various happenings in and around their homes during this pandemic. Overall, the competitions helped the students to improve their self-confidence and public speaking skills. The jury members encouraged the students to watch English news channels like BBC World News and CNN to be exposed to beautiful English and improve their presentation skills.  

   July, 2020

 

Recitation Competition

An online Poem Recitation Competition was organised for the students of Grades 6-8. The students enthusiastically participated in the competition. The students of Grade 6 recited the poem , LEISURE by W.H Davis; the students of Grade 7 recited , DAFFODILS, a poem by William Wordsworth; and the students of Grade 8 recited,  THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Robert Frost.

Mr. Ajay Jha was the judge of the event. He gave special inputs regarding pronunciation and pauses in poem recitation. The children also asked a few questions to clear their doubts. The students wanted to know the importance of poetry in their lives. He applauded the enthusiasm of the students.

   July, 2020

 

Debate Competition

To enhance the speaking skills of the students, an online Debate Competition was organized for the students of Grade 6-8.

The students participated enthusiastically in the debate and put forward some excellent points both in favor of and against the motion.  The students of Grade 6 debated in favor of and against the motion, ‘Zoos are cruel place for animals’, while the students of Grade 7 debated for and against the motion, 'Children under the age of 14 should not be allowed in social media sites’ and the students of Grade 8 put their views in favor of and against the motion, ‘ Teachers can be replaced by computers’. It proved to be an excellent forum for them to vent their views. Free flow of ideas. Even friendly war of words. Time constraints compelled organizers to cut the rebuttal round short. They appeared to be very happy and satisfied and wanted more such events.

Mr. Ajay Jha judged the students on the basis of organization of ideas, use of argument, use of cross examination and rebuttal and presentation style.

The students were given grades according to their performance.

   July, 2020

 

Spin a Yarn Competition

A debate is a structural argument. Two sides speak alternately for and against a particular contention.

Storytelling is a unique human skill shared amongst people far and wide. It opens up the vivid imaginations that runs wild in children and it also builds confidence and enhances speaking skills. 

An online storytelling 'Spin-a-yarn' competition was organised for the students of Grade VI- VII. The students had to build up a story using the given starting line.

 The young vibrant storytellers came forth and told different stories that they made using their creativity. The stories were adjudged on the basis of plot, intonation, confidence and presentation skills of the students. 

Mr. Ajay Jha and Mr. Shouvanik Das judged the activity. Mr. Shauvanik das, one of the judges, provided useful tips on plot construction and also urged the students to strive continuously for excellence. 

The students were given grades according to their performance.

   July, 2020

 

Declamation Competition

Declamation is a rhetorical exercise or a set speech. With the view to promote the skill of effective public speaking among the students, an online declamation competition was organised for the students of Grade VI- VIII. The participants were in high zest and zeal as they had to declaim an excerpt from the speech of Martin Luther King Jr.- 'I have a dream’ (Grade-6), ‘To bait fish withal, a scene from Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice (Grade-7), and ‘Tryst with Destiny – speech by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru (Grade – 8). The students were judged on the basis of pronunciation, intonation, memorization and presentation. 

Mr. Ajay Jha, one of the jury members gave his valuable inputs to the students on declamation. Sir suggested that participants should pronounce each word correctly by stressing the right syllable. Before declaiming a speech, one should write the speech, read aloud and listen or watch the audio or video. While delivering the speech, one should concentrate on the tone and put in emotion, sentiment and feeling into the words. Ms. Mannu Kapoor said that students need to be more confident and give their best. Mr. Shouvanik Das also advised the students to watch the videos of great leaders and orators.

The students were given grades on the basis of their performance.

   July, 2020

 

News Reporting Competition

The students played the role of young journalists as they came up with their own news scripts on the current issues of the world.  They presented a beautiful scenario of live reporting.  Mr Ajay Jha, one of the judges for the event gave his valuable suggestions regarding TV News Reporting. He also encouraged the students to watch English news channels like BBC World News, CNN and ABC News so that they are exposed to beautiful English and presentation skills for news reporting.

   July, 2020

 

Poem Recitation Competition

An online Recitation Activity was held through Microsoft Teams for grades IX & X on 9th & 10th July respectively. The students of grade IX passionately recited the poem 'Rain on the Roof' by Coates Kinney whereas the students of grade X recited the poem 'The Solitary Reaper' by William Wordsworth. The students tried their best although there were some glitches like poor network, video not responding, etc. 

Mr Ajay Jha, one of the judges, gave his valuable inputs regarding pronunciation, and advised the students to use technology and check the pronunciation. He encouraged the students to participate seriously in these beyond the textbook activities which bring out the hidden talent. At the end he recited the poems with perfect pronunciation and intonation.  

   July, 2020

 

Spin a Yarn Competition

An online storytelling 'Spin-a-yarn' competition was organised for the students of Grades IX & X on 23rd & 24th July respectively. The students had to build up a story using the given starting line. 

The opening line given to grade IX was - "I woke up and was surprised to see that it was not my room…it was a totally different place….." whereas the opening line given to grade X was - "Have you ever wished you could go back in time and do something over again? Today, I got that chance to….."

The students enthusiastically came with various interesting stories, that they made using their creativity. The stories were adjudged on the basis of plot, intonation, confidence and presentation skills of the students.  

Mr. Shouvanik Das & Ms. Mannu Kapoor judged the activity. Ms. Mannu Kapoor, one of the judges, appreciated the students and advised them to be more creative and use voice modulation while narrating a story.  

The students were given grades according to their performance.

   July, 2020

 

News Reportiong Competition

An online News Reporting Competition was held through Microsoft Teams for grades IX & X on 16th & 17th July, respectively. The students had to create a news item and report from ground zero. 

The students eagerly came with interesting news-bites, of current affairs of India and world. This competition helped the wannabe reporters develop confidence and hone their public speaking skills

Ms. Bobby Sharma, the vice-principal, who was also one of the judges, advised the students to be more creative by reporting what is going on in their home and interviewing their family members. She congratulated all the participants for enthusiastically participating in the activity. 

The students were given grades according to their performance.

   July, 2020

 

Jewellery Making - Happy Feet

An online Jewellery Making Competition with flowers was held on 10th July 2020 for our Happy Feet kiddos. Our tiny tots were able to put out surprisingly innovative ideas and make some very beautiful Jewellery with flowers with a limited amount of resources. The amount of effort and the presence of mind the students showed during the activity was impressive, which resulted in an array of breath-taking pieces of ornaments.

   July 10, 2020

 

Fancy Dress Competition - Happy Feet

Scholastic and co-scholastic activities are equally important for the all-round development of the child. Keeping this in view, Happy Feet conducted online Fancy Dress Competition for the children of grade LKG on 10th July, 2020. The purpose of conducting the competition was not only to blend learning with fun but also to instil self confidence in the students.

   July 10, 2020

 

Yoga Session - Happy Feet

Tiny tots of Happy Feet had an online yoga session on 17th July. Yoga increases their confidence, builds concentration and strengthens growing bodies.

   July 17, 2020

 

Aerobic Session - Happy Feet

Aerobics isn’t just limited to dancing in a professional studio. Any exercise that helps you breathe fast and increases your heart rate can be considered as aerobic. Happy Feet children had an online Aerobic session on 17th July which made them physically active.

   July 17, 2020

 

Clay Modelling - Happy Feet

Blooming buds of Happy Feet had an online “Clay Modelling Competition "on 24th July. Clay Modelling is one of the best way to encourage creativity among children. It helps in developing visualization and interpretative skills of the children and allow them an avenue for self-expression. Children made variety of items using clay and also spoke a few lines about each. It was a fun filled activity.

   July 24, 2020

 

Best out of waste - Happy Feet

Children love to create things. Even if you give things, you wished to discard, they would try making something out of that. That is what we call creativity. It was a treat for us to watch the waste materials turning into beautiful showpieces in the competition, 'Best out of Waste' conducted for grade I on 24th July. The competition focused on bringing an understanding among the children about preserving the environment by reusing and recycling the waste material.

   July 24, 2020

 

Drawing Competition - Happy Feet

An online Drawing and Colouring competition was conducted for our little bundles of joy on 24th July.  This was a great way to stimulate a child's imagination and drawing skills, as well as a chance for a bit of competitive fun. Their drawings had simple ideas that reflected something they can understand and relate to. The tiny tots of LKG enjoyed drawing their favourite arty piece and filling it with rainbow colours.

   July 24, 2020

 

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