ANNUAL REPORT 2018 - 2019

Overview

Gaining mastery over the mind is the real education: Only if that education is gained will we be able to make wise use of all the other fields in today’s world.

With the compassionate grace of our beloved AMMA, Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, our school started functioning with 1480 students

for the Academic year 2018-19. The real value and the aim of education, as visioned by AMMA, is practiced and taught to the children. We in Amrita Vidyalayam aim at the holistic growth of students. As we realize that gaining knowledge is not just studying, equal importance is given to extracurricular activities like sports, martial art, yoga, art & craft, music, dance, dramatics, meditation, bhajans, Vedic chanting etc.

Teaching in today’s mixed-ability classroom is a challenge. It is a dynamic environment, bringing together students from different backgrounds with various abilities and personalities. We implement the creative and innovative teaching strategies in order to meet students’ individual needs.

We are humble to place on record our initiatives, accolades and achievements.

The following is the brief annual report for the year 2018-19.

The School was inaugurated by Poojaneeya Vinayamrita Chaitanya Swamiji, the Correspondent, on the auspicious day of 5th April 2018. The inaugural function started with the lighting of the lamp followed by AMMA’s Ashtothram and Satsang by Swamiji.

1. Assembly:

The Morning Assembly is an essential part of the school schedule. Amrita’s assembly fosters the spirit of group activity, leadership and value building. We start with Dhyana sloka and the children quote Amma’s message, News headlines and recite Thirukkural with its explanation.  Everyday a specialized format is followed to give ample opportunities to the children to express themselves through multifarious activities.

2. Classrooms:

Amrita Vidyalayam provides a complete joyful learning atmosphere with spacious and ventilated classrooms. The classrooms are supported with smart boards. The classroom activities are always tailored to the topic to keep up the learning spirit of the children.

3. Library:

The most important asset of any school is its library. Books are considered to be the main sources through which imbibing knowledge can be accomplished. We have well-furnished and spacious library with varied collection of 4,300 books both for the students and the teachers.

4. Playground:

Sports and games play an essential role in the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children right from the stage of early childhood. We are proud to have a vast playground with enough infrastructure for development of sports and games within the campus.

5. Play Area:

Play contributes the fine and gross motor development and body awareness as they actively use their body parts. Our tiny tots have a separate place for them to enjoy with various play sets to nurture a happy spirit in them.

6. Transport:

The school provides transport facility for the benefit of students commuting from distant places and ensure their safety journey. We have well experienced drivers and responsible attenders taking care of the children.

Moving on to the CURRICULUM…….

7. Kindergarten Methodologies:

An ideal kindergarten classroom is a safe environment that provides ample

opportunity for children to play, which in turn develops confidence and social skills.

Our KG methodologies are based on self – directed activity, hands on learning and collaborative play. Our classroom activities nurture each child’s individual strengths and interests. We encourage children to explore their world in their own pace.

In Pre KG, there is a lot of scope to develop gross motor and fine motor skills. They are trained with many rhymes, stories, slokas, Thirukkural and general conversation.

In LKG, Children learn English alphabets (Small and Capital Letters), Numbers till 50, and they are exposed orally to basic environmental studies. The phonetic sound of each letter is also taught through various rhymes.

Initially they start writing strokes and are encouraged to do varied activities to develop their fine motor skills, which in turn help them to develop writing skills.

In UKG, apart from English and Mathematics additionally they learn both Tamil and Hindi. Slowly they are practiced to read and write three letter words.

To build these foundations, our teachers implement several teaching methods that challenge students to express themselves while learning. They also offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. We ensure that our KG classes maintain the right balance between fun and learning.

8. Smart Board Class Rooms:

In order to improve teacher effectiveness and productivity in class and to bring abstract and difficult curriculum concepts into life inside classrooms and make learning an enjoyable experience we provide smart classes to our children. The use of technology to impart education through ‘Extramarks’ is one of our highlights, which is used regularly by our teachers.

9. Laboratories:

At Amrita, we have well equipped Science lab, Math lab and Computer lab to expose our students to project based learning.

10. Assessments:

Assessments are very essential as they measure students’ achievement in order to maximize the students’ learning and to modify instruction according to the individual needs. We have six periodic assessments for Classes I and II at periodic intervals. From Class III onwards, we have four periodic assessments, quarterly examination, Half yearly examination and finally Annual examination which is to be held shortly.

11. Parents Teachers Meeting:

After each assessment we conduct Parents teachers meeting as it is an opportunity to exchange observation of a child with each other. Sharing daily experience and observation provide a wider prospect for parent and teacher to plan, prepare and execute planning for better learning outcome of a child.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Persistence can change failure into extra ordinary achievement.

Nivas. N.D. of Class 4 has participated in Sprint Interschool Athletic Competition and he has secured 3rd position in 50 mts.

Tharakesh of Class 5 has participated in National Level Championship Open Karate in Kanchi District and has won 1st place  and also he has secured 1st  place in Silambattam inter district championship 2018.

Skating competition was conducted in Pune under CBSE South Zone Level from October 8th to 12th. Nishanth of Class 4 and Shanuja of Class I participated.

Nethra of Class 2 has participated in the National and 1st State Level Karate Championship and she secured 1st Place in the individual Kata Category.

Lingeshwaran of Class 3 has participated in Tamil Nadu State Level Open Chess Tournament and State Level Children’s Tournament. In the Kabbadi Match conducted by KBD Juniors for 1-12 Category on 30.08.2018, our students participated and gave their best. It was telecasted in Star Sports.

On 1st September 2018, under 14 Category Kabbadi Match for boys was conducted by Tamil Thalaivas. Mr. Baskaran, Coach of Indian Kabbadi team personally appreciated the splendid performance of our children.

15 students from our school had participated in Inter School Athletic Competition conducted by Amrita Vidyalayam, Trichy on 29th and 30th of December. On 1st February, 8 students from our school  participated in Futsal Tournament conducted by Velammal Vidyalaya.

It is common for us to celebrate birthdays as our special day. Our friends and family come together and shower us with attention and love. Taking the spirit of their concept forward, we created a difference by celebrating the birthday of a book.

We organised Gita Challenge on account of Gita Jayanthi on 18th December.

The intention behind this challenge was to bring out the relevance of Bhagavat Gita in our daily life where we can connect the slokas to specific instance in our personal, professional or social life.

We had 83 participants. Of these, around 65 were students and 18 were the teachers of Amrita Vidyalayam, Kovur. Each sloka chanting was recorded and uploaded in Youtube channel in various languages such as Sanskrit, Tamil, English and Malayalam.

On 17th August 2018, our school children of Class VI and VII participated and won 4th prize in RUPAKAM (Sanskrit Skit) which was conducted by Samskrita Bharati. The following students Suraj Kumar M.R., Harini A.R, Shalini E, Krishnan, Aravinda Lochan, Ashwini, Arjunavel, Navin Priyan enacted the characters of Ramayanam and won prize.

Our students of Class IV Sai Tejasvi participated in VYAKTHI – GEETHAM

(Solo Singing) conducted by Samskrita Bharati. Pranav, Balaji, Keerthivasan, Navinpriyan, Suryaprakash, Gurucharan, participated in RASAPRASHNAH conducted by Samskrita Bharati on 11th August 2018.

Initiative of Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) has conducted various competitions in Sanskrit. The following children have won prizes.

1. Vishnupriya, Sanjana of Class IV, Kirthika shree M.G of class III, Anukarthiga of class II,, Jasvandhika of class I have  won 1st Prizes in various competitions.

2. Athmika and N.Swetha of Class II and VI have won 2nd place in sloka recitation with meaning.

3. Nethra of Class II, Sanjana, Kirthi and Swetha of class IV have won 3rd place in several competitions and brought laurels to the school.

281 students participated in Chinmaya Bhagavat Gita Competition which was conducted by Chinmaya Mission.

  1. Nikitha Nair of Class IV, R. Sahana of Class V and Suraj of Class VII won First Prize and got selected for the next level.
  2. Pragathi of UKG, Vasudha of Class II, Yugesh. R, Rudhran.M.K  and V. Giriharan of Class V won Second Prize.
  3. Koushik Kumar of LKG, Mahalakshmi of UKG, Ellakiya. L , Annapoorani. G , R. Aswathi of Class V, Abhinav of Class VII and Deepika of Class VII won Third Prize.
  4. Raja Harsha of Class II, R. Gayatri of Class III, M. Bharathi, J. Bharath and Lithika Varshani. S of Class VI won Consolation Prize.

Our students of various classes participated in Bhagavadham competition conducted by Kola Saraswathi Vaishnav Senior Secondary School.

OLYMPIAD EXAMS

  1. The International General Knowledge Exam was conducted on 7th September 2018. 23 Students from our school participated.

    GOLD MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. S.J. Badri of Class I
    2. Namit Nair of IV B
  2. The International English Olympiad was conducted on 23rd October 2018. 48 students from our school participated.

    GOLD MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. N. Harivallabi of I Std
    2. S. Anukarthika of II Std
    3. M.G. Krithikashree of III Std
    4. Namit Nair of IV Std
    5. M. Bharathy of VI Std

    SILVER MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. M. B. Jishnu of I Std
    2. S. Magathi of I Std

    BRONZE MEDAL WINNER is

    1. S.J. Badri of I Std
  3. National Science Olympiad was conducted on 15th November 2018. 53 students from our school participated.

    GOLD MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. R. Ramya of I Std
    2. S. Anukarthika of II B
    3. B.N.S. Karthick of III A
    4. P. Tharun Raghav of IV B
    5. Arjun B Kumar of V C
    6. Harshini of VI A
    7. S. Abhinav of VII Std were selected for 2nd level exam and it was conducted on 10th February 2019.
  4. The International Maths Olympiad was conducted on 18th December 2018. 132 students from our school participated.

    GOLD MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. J. Karunya Priya of I B
    2. S. Dharunya of II B
    3. B.N.S. Karthick of III A
    4. P. Tharun Raghav of IV B
    5. M. Krithikhesh of V B
    6. Y. Anurit Raj of VI A and 4 students were selected for 2nd level exam and it was conducted on 10 th February 2019.

    SILVER MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. I. Sujitha of IA
    2. S. Vasudha of II A
    3. K. Maya Maragatham of III B
    4. Namit Nair of IV B
    5. Arjun B Kumar of V C

    BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS are

    1. V. Suveshree of I B
    2. S. Anukarthika of II A
    3. R. Akshaya of III A
    4. D. Harini of IV A
    5. S. Hariprasad of V A
    6. N.M. Niroshikha of VI
  5. National Cyber Olympiad Exam was conducted on 20th December 2018. 12 students from our school participated in it and the results are yet to be declared.

Co-Curricular Activities

SPORTS AND GAMES

Sports have the power to change the World, to inspire and to unite people. Sports can create hope, where once there was only despair.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PERIOD

In Amrita Vidyalayam, we are motivating the students to inculcate the sports, through different methodology. In every physical education period according to the age of the children we teach different kinds of games.

Coaching

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. We give various opportunities for our children and prepare them to be the future champions by giving extra sports coaching after school hours like, Athletics, Volley Ball, Kabbadi and Cricket.

Art and craft

Creativity is intelligence having fun. Children are encouraged to perform hands on activities that in turn promote and enhance aesthetic sense, self-reliability, concentration and confidence. It helps them to develop their creativity and artistic talents. Our students participated in drawing competition conducted by NDTV and Fabercastle and few students got selected for the next level.

Skills

In our school, from class IV, children are exposed to various skills like

music, dance, dramatics, karate and art based on their aptitude and

interest. We have teachers who have specialized in each field to train

the children in this regard.

Field Trip

The students are taken to field trip once in an academic year. Field trip provide students the opportunity to take a break from their normal routine and experience more hands-on learning. Students of classes IV – VII were taken to Dakshin Chitra and Birla Planetarium.

CELEBRATIONS

Celebrations are part and parcel of Amrita…

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

Students of Amrita Vidyalayam, Kovur celebrated the international yoga day on 21st June 2018 to spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health of the people.

There were enthusiastic participants of more than 500 students and staff members.

The chief guest, Commandant, Superintendent of police Thiru.R.Antony Johnson Jeyapaul delivered a speech on ‘’the importance of yoga’’.

INVESTITURE CEREMONY

The official ceremony of conferring titles and investing powers, to the members of the school council was organized at the Sthana Arohana ceremony at Amrita Vidyalayam, Kovur on 2nd July 2018.

The chief guest of the day was Mr.Charles, Asst.Commandant of Police, Porur. He advised the leaders to be efficient and to carry out their mantle.

GURU PURNIMA

Guru Purnima was celebrated on 28th July 2018 to honour the first Guru. To make children imbibe a true sense of Vedic tradition handed over to them, we made them perform Pada Pooja to their parents, who are their first Guru in every sense. Various competitions were held on account of celebrating Guru Purnima.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

72nd Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August. Shri Rabu Manohar advocate senior counsel, central Govt. panel counsel Government of India, was the chief guest.

COLOUR DAY

The motive of celebrating colour day is to help the children understand the concept of primary colours. All the children from the KG department and their teachers were dressed colourfully to celebrate this occasion. The class rooms were also decorated

as a part of celebration. Our children celebrated Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange colour day with fun and enthusiasm.

TEACHERS’ DAY

In commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Radhakrishnan, the great academician and former president of our nation, we celebrated Teachers’ day in our school on 5th September 2018.

Students expressed their gratitude and appreciation for their teachers on this day. It was such a joy since the students treated the teachers as icons of knowledge and wisdom.

A special programme was held in which the students paid tribute to their teachers through poems and speeches. There was a special dance programme by dance teacher followed by grand lunch.

SWATCHH THA HI SEVA!

Swatch Bharath Rally was conducted on 15th September 2018. Cleanliness may be defined to lay the emblem of purity of mind. In order to ensure cleanliness, under the guidance of Brahmachari Vijay Swamiji, Principal, Teachers and Students and also all workers of the Amrita Group participated in the Campaign with full zeal and zest.

AMMA’S BIRTHDAY

A guru is a person who can save us from the pangs of ignorance by applying to us the balm of knowledge or awareness of the supreme.

Our spiritual Guru Amma is trying to awaken the world through Her life, teaching and darshan.

To pay reverence to our Amma, with love and worship we celebrated Amma’s birthday in our school on 10.10.2018. As a part of Amma’s birthday celebration, we conducted many competitions like-chanting of  Amma’s Ashtothram, clay modelling, Flower decoration in plates, pot painting, best out of waste. Many students participated enthusiastically and gave their best.

The authentic part of the celebration was Amma’s Padukkabishegam.

DIWALI CELEBRATION

Our KG kids celebrated Diwali in the school excitedly by firing crackers with the help of our teachers on November 05, 2018.

SPORTS DAY

Sports give us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things. Here we provide a platform to children to enhance their confidence and to be future champions.

1st Annual Sports Meet was held on 22nd December 2018. It was graced by our Correspondent and the Chief Guest DSP Mr Balamurugan, Coastal Guard Unit which was followed by vibrant and outstanding performance by our students.

Special events were conducted for teaching and non-teaching staff members and also for our dear parents. The winners were awarded by the Chief Guest and our Correspondent.

PONGAL CELEBRATION

To know the value of nature and to respect the farmers, our KG kids came in traditional dress along with the teachers and celebrated Pongal in the school ground on 11th January 2019.

REPUBLIC DAY

We celebrated our 70th Republic day on 26.01.2019.

Workshop for the Principal and Teachers

In order to strengthen the hands of teachers and empower them with modern trends, innovative methods and teaching techniques teachers are regularly sent to attend various workshops organised by eminent resource persons.

On 11.04.2018 Mrs. Vani Srinivasan, Principal attended a workshop conducted by Ramakrishna Mission at Sri Saradha Vidyalaya.

The following are the teachers attended the workshop.

  • A workshop was conducted on 29.05.18 for all the teachers on “Effective teaching”.
  • Mrs. M.R. Sudha,  Mrs. A.L. Mythili, Mrs. Narmadha, Mrs. Premalatha, Mrs. Radha, Mrs. Sowbarniya, Mrs. Vanitha, Mrs. Vaidegi, Mrs. Ashwathy, Ms. Monika, Ms. Rajalakshmi attended workshop for English.
  • Ms. M. Priyanka attended  workshop for Sanskrit.
  • Mrs. Geetha Prabhudoss, Mrs. Gomathi, Mrs. R. Nithya, Mrs. R. Agalya, Mrs. Saranya Subash and Mrs. R. Pooja attended workshop on “Early childhood education”.
  • On 12.10.2018 and 13.10.2018 our management arranged for cultural camp which was about Hindu culture and tradition addressed by eminent speakers to pass the same to our children.
  • Mrs. Vanitha Mohan, Mrs. J.Lata attended workshop on Math.
  • Mrs. N. Shanmuga Priya attended a programme for computer science.
  • Mrs. Abha Misra, Ms. K. Hari Priya and Mr. Dharma Ranjan Dash attended workshop for Hindi.
  • K.G. Teachers attended workshop on developmental psychology at pre-primary stage.
  • Mrs. M.R. Sudha, Mrs. C. Radha, Ms. Monika, Ms. Rajalakshmi attended  workshop on  “The changing Role of Teachers in English”.
  • Mrs. G. Meenakshi, Mrs. L. Haripriya, Mrs. A.L. Mythili, Mrs. R. Sridevi attended workshop for Social Science.
  • Mrs. Janaky Maheswar, Mrs. B. Vijayalakshmi attended workshop on Mathematical Strategies.
  • On 22.12.2018, a workshop was conducted for all the teachers on English Communication.
  • Mrs. M. Lalitha, Mrs. Vasuki, Mrs. Pratima, Mrs. Saranya, Mrs. Vanitha Mohan, Mrs. Swarna, Mrs. Radha, Mrs. Abha Misra, Mrs. Pooja attended the training session on communication between teachers through computer.
  • Mrs. G. Meenakshi and Mrs. Y. Vanitha attended the workshop on Continuous Development programme.

AMMA continues to bless and guide us in all our future endeavours.