On the morning of 21st Sept., the SMIS 360 club jumped with exhilaration and anticipation as Ms Reetu Karmarkar took us through a Zumba ride with some feet thumping music and heart-pumping moves.
Apart from being an internationally certified trainer for Zumba and other Latin dance fitness and cardio routines, Ms Reetu is also the recognised Instructor (Saurashtra region) for Skill India - an Initiative by Hon. PM, Shri Narendra Modi. She is well known for keeping the city's fitness quotient in check and on the 21st she also made children more aware of their fitness responsibilities.
The sessions started with an ice breaker where through interaction children became familiar with their guest for the day. They indulged in a warm-up full of monkey jumps, ab-crunches in pairs, and mountain climbers. They also recapitulated the four pivots of fitness - food, rest, exercise and hygiene. The warm-up was followed by a rigorous Zumba session in which children danced the hour away to some high energy music. Later, children were made aware of the importance of a cool down discipline. For the closure, children performed some stretching and breathing exercises for muscle relaxation.
At the end of the first term, children are consciously aware of the varied choices that lie before them; Zumba dancing being one of them courtesy of Ms Reetu Karmarkar.
The first term is at its closure. Through the last few months, MS English or MSE, as we fondly call it, served as a significant contributor to the skill development and practice of English as content and as language.
Not only has MSE helped most children to practise and some to master English, but it has also been a wonderful source of some very relevant and intriguing information and insights. More than anything else, we marvel at the wide variety they offer children in the form of reading and listening material.
"Mom, how small is a whisper?" is an innocuous little question from little Mark who insists that he has a "need to be tiny in a whisper sort of way". The grade 4 passage in which these words appear is written by Savannah Hendricks, who is a renowned author as well as a social worker. 'The Creature in the Classroom' is a humorous fifth-grade fantasy poem by Jack Prelutsky. Over and above the fiction that is otherwise uncommon in a child's life, MSE also offers informational passages on various subjects like Music, History, Medical Findings and Scientific Inventions. The Audio passages are accented and often portray dialogues on meaningful subjects between two or more people, depending upon the grade level. They equip children with skilled listening (active and comprehensive) as well as an insight into the art of communication.
Like Vladimir Horowitz profoundly said that, "the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice", we can't repeat ourselves sufficiently that it is only through consistent and focused practice does one master anything ever! In the same breath, we are glad to recognise that Prerak Sata from Grade 3, and Mann Ruparelia and Naitry Dudhagra from Grade 4, demonstrated their prowess in language acquisition through consistent high accuracy, week after week, during the period of July to September 2019. We take great pride in having with us these wonderful little champions who play hard and practise (English) harder!
We look forward to another term full of exciting passages from MSE and participation from children.
“Skill is an unconquered army” said George Herbert. For SMIS, Life skill is a vehicle for curriculum and academics. We believe that skills take years to develop and once developed it remains life long. Hence, we inculcate life skills in a child from the very beginning. We try and develop all the three set of skills in a child:
These skills not only help a child to grow inside out but also it helps one while working with peers. Every working Saturday calls for a common protocol across the grades at SMIS family to aim working towards developing life skills among children. The life skills sessions are mainly activity based so that children get a hands on experience, developing a positive behavior and enabling them to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This proverb highlights the importance of playful activities in our life. Most schools arrange for ‘Annual Sports’ once in a year. The purpose is to encourage students to participate in various sports, hone their skills and above all develop a sportsmanship.
Our School has sports event every alternate year. The Sports event was organised for three days - 27th, 28th and 29th December 18’. But the preparations began from the beginning of December. During the days of the event, the students of grades 7 to 10 performed their assigned duties with responsibility, which facilitated a smooth functioning of the Sports event.
Flags of different colors fluttered all around the ground. Participation of all the students from Pre-K to Grade 10 was witnessed by our enthusiastic parents. The students were divided into two groups: “Black Eagles” and “Green Parakeets”. Our Sports Event consisted of Games Meet and Athletic Meet. Students from Grade 1 to 10 participated in the Game meet in the morning and the Athletic meet in the evening. The Athletic meet included Smart Walk, fun races for pre-primary students and various competitive races beginning from 40m to 100m and 200m, hurdles and the relay races also. It was fun and a moment of pride to watch our children participate in the races. Winners were awarded certificates for the races and the games. Drills performed by all the Grades and the Mentor’s drill were the show stealers. Tumbling act performed by our tiny tots from the Pre-primary section was the most popular.
On the third day, the programme culminated with parents and teachers’ races. The students were very excited to the see their parents on the tracks. From day 1 to day 3 the curiosity and the eagerness to know the name of the team who would earn the winning cup was reaching heights. It reached its peak when the winning cup was being announced …………..and was finally taken away by the Black Eagle team. The cup was handed over by our beloved trustee Shri Vinubhai Patel. The Green Parakeets, too, joined the celebration.
This was the time where students showed true spirit of sportsmanship- Purpose achieved!