Dance – The language of Soul

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body”. – Martha Graham

One of the richest parts of India’s heritage is its classical dances or the Shastriya Nritya. It is considered as the highest form of art. The country has more than eight recognized classical dances like Kathak,  Kuchipudi,  Odissi,  Kathakali,  Sattriya,  Bharatnatyam,  Manipuri and Mohiniyattam. They are traditionally regional where music and recitation in local language or Sanskrit forms an integral part.

These dances represent a unity of core ideas in a diversity of styles, costumes and expression. There are some special features about Indian Classical dance, which distinguish it from other dances of the world. The foundational treatise for classical dances of India is the Natya Shastra and is written by ancient scholar Bharata Muni.

Indian classical dance evokes national consciousness. This art form soothes and relax the minds of children and, at the same time educate them as well as stimulate their concentration and creativity. As the true objective of education is the wholesome development of human personality, these dances are immensely significant for students as it teaches discipline, improves physical fitness, helps to express one-self and teaches about the value of the rich literary and cultural heritage of India.

At SAI International School, we give equal importance to dance and music and inspire the students to take part in such competitions and events. The energetic members from Class VI to VIII of the Rhythms Club showcased a riveting classical dance performance in the morning assembly. The talented dancers displayed brilliant gestures, dynamic expressions and collaborative movements which created a rhythmic pattern and mosaic of architecture in motion.

The meaningful dance performance was fascinating as it instilled an aesthetic sense as well as the quintessential art of beauty, power & a desire to forge ties with the divinity.

SAI Scouts & Guides take part in Camporee 2018

“A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.” Robert Baden-Powell

The Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) is the national Scouting and Guiding association of India established with an aim to inculcate and promote reverence to God/Dharma and selfless service to Mother and Humanity.

Camporee is a local or regional gathering of Scouting units for a period of camping and common activities. The 28th District Camporee of Bharat Scouts and Guides was held at Capital High School, Bhubaneswar from November 1 to 3, 2018. Twenty-Five Scouts and Guides students of SAI International School took part in the 3-day camp.

Two thousand fifty-one Scouts and Guides from around 70 Schools participated in the event.  Several activities were conducted like demonstration on firefighting, first aid etc. SAI students participated in various competitions, adventure activities, cultural programme, Peace March etc. Guide Krishna Tanutrishna bagged the first position in the painting competition held during the 3-day camp.

In India Scouting was founded in 1909 as an overseas branch of the Scout Association. It  became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1938. Guiding started in the Country in the year 1911 and it was amongst the founder members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1928.

SAIoneers become CBSE National Chess Champions

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” – Blaise Pascal

The game of Chess can be traced back to some 1500 years and beyond with its origin in Asia. Most historians are of the belief that the game of mind originated in India during the Gupta empire and was known as ‘Chaturanga’. It spread over to Persia and other countries, and gradually evolving into its current form sometime in the 15th century.

The modern Chess tournaments started in the latter half of the 19th century and in the year 1886, the first World Chess Championship was held. In the 20th century, Chess got an altogether different dimension with the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In the 21st century it took a step further by including computer analysis of the game and in the mid-1990, online gaming started.

However, the game still retains its own old charm which is corroborated by a study done in the year 2012 which says that “chess players now make up one of the largest communities in the world: 605 million adults play chess regularly”. The game is played at least once a year by 12% of British people, 15% of Americans, 23% of Germans, 43% of Russians, and 70% of Indian people.

At SAI, students are encouraged to take up the game as it has lot of benefits. SAIoneers have been doing extremely well in the game winning several laurels at various levels. Recently the 4-member Girls Chess team comprising of Ankita Sahoo, Suhana Jena, Sanchee Sahoo and Rhea Mohapatra won the Gold Medal in the CBSE National Girls Under 17 Chess Championship 2018 held at Gwalior from November 1 to 4, 2018.

To add to the glory, Ankita Sahoo emerged as the Champion, whereby winning the Gold Medal in the individual U-17 category. It is indeed a laudable achievement for SAI International School. Earlier, the team’s excellence performance in the CBSE Far East Zone Chess Championship held in Assam from Oct 5 to 7, 2018 qualified them to the National level championship.

Visiting the Tribal Museum

“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

Students of Class VI visited the Tribal Research Institute Museum on Thursday, November 1, 2018 as part of their educational trip. They had a wonderful time exploring the arts and artefacts of the various tribes of the state.

Students had a glimpse into the way of living of the tribal people, their style of dressing, the weapons and agricultural equipment’s etc. For the young students it was a new experience of getting to know about people residing in their own state but having an altogether different style of living.

The State has 62 distinct tribes, the largest number in the Country. Officially known as “tribals” or “adibasi” they constitute 24 percent of the total population of the state and 9.7% of the nation’s total tribal population.

Established in the year 1953 and renovated in 2001, the museum is home to a rich collection of artefacts, crafts and art objects belonging to different tribes living in several parts of Odisha. The Museum is an integrated part of the Scheduled Castles and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), which disseminates knowledge covering the human species in totality.

Solo Music & Dance Competition

“Dance, like music, is the expression of the human spirit. Dance is ‘visual music’.” – S. Janaki

Music and Dance energises the brain and helps to cultivate communication skills, fosters physical skills and contributes to creativity and imagination. It also helps in enhancing concentration, imagination, memory, apart from adding an element of fun.

SAI International School believes promoting these skills in the students for their wholesome development. To inspire and encourage the students, various competitions and events are organised apart from providing them with proper hand-holding support by experienced music teachers.

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, a competition was organised for Class IV students on Solo Dance the genre of which was semi classical dance/ folk dance. Similarly a competition was organised for Class V students on Solo Song on the same day based on devotional/ folk/ patriotic songs.

Workshop on E-Waste Management

India is among the five biggest producers of E-Waste in the world, generating about two million tonnes per annum annually as per the recent ASSOCHAM-NEC study. The current rate of e-waste generation in India is 4.56 times greater than the annual e-waste processing capacity offered by the nation, which leads to improper and illegal dumping or disposal of the hazardous e-waste. It is a great emerging threat that can have an adverse impact on environment and people.

A workshop on Building an eco-system for effective management of e-waste in Bhubaneswar was conducted by Clean E-Bhubaneswar for the students of SAI International School on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

The students were briefed on the effect of dumped electronic gadgets like Refrigerator, Washing machines, Computers and Printers, Televisions, Mobiles, Ipods etc., that spread toxins in the environment. The Resource persons Shri Aakash Kumar Singh and Shri Narsingh Panigrahy, Consultants of the Project, stressed on the importance of the 4-R like Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle and promoted their campaign for collection and scientific disposal of e-waste.

Students were also made aware of the law framed by Government of India on Extended Producer Responsibility like collection and channelization (recycling or disposal) of e-waste generated from the end-of-life of their products. The Resource Person said that Manufacturing a product is complicated, using it is easy, disposing it is very easy, but scientifically disposing is immensely difficult. He said that the need of the hour is to ensure that the environment is protected from the various toxins that are extremely hazardous for health. Students were inspired to think in the lines on how to develop innovative business models, take-back logistics and design changes, to reduce the environmental impact of products at the end of their life.

Principal Shri Harish Sanduja said that, “It was very informative, and I am sure it is an eye opener for many students’. The team called for a collaborative effort to help establish a sustainable and responsible E-Waste management ecosystem in Bhubaneswar.

The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project is a part of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)-European Union Eco Cities Programme that aims at developing a sustainable model for e-waste management in the city. It is implemented in collaboration between the local government entities, including Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), State Pollution Control Board, IT Department and the private sector.

The awareness workshop is part of the student awareness programme of Clean E-Bhubaneswar to help students become environmentally responsible citizen and lend their support in achieving sustainable development.

Career Guidance by Univariety

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas

A workshop on career guidance was conducted for the students of Class XI and XII by Univariety on October 29 and 30, 2018. Students from all the three streams attended the sessions. The Univariety career guidance expert Ms Stuti Verma interacted with the students and briefed them about various options that a student can select.

The upcoming career options in the field of Humanities, Engineering, Bio Sciences, Psychology, Sports, Art and Design were thoroughly discussed. Students also got to know about fascinating career options like Fashion Consultancy, Forensic Accounting, Sports Management, Forensic Psychology, Cyber Forensic, Ethical Hacking, Mechatronics, Industrial Design etc.

Ms. Verma emphasised on the skills required for each career and suggested the students to focus on career planning as per their skill set. Students also got a snapshot of the premier colleges of India and USA.

SAI International School believes in bringing about a meaningful change in the lives of its students by constantly guiding them to pursue the right path. Through proper nurturing of talent and skill, it equips the students with versatile qualities. The school has always encouraged its students to pursue their field of interest. For proper hand-

holding support, professional counseling is provided to the students from Class VIII to XII to identify their innate qualities and area of interest.

The career counseling and the personalized care further helps the students make informed decisions which leads them to their desired higher studies and acquaint them on their strengths and weakness, their skills and interest, which guides them towards the best possible career path to undertake.

YATS Competition – Fostering interest towards Space Science & Astronomy

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” – Stephen Hawking, Astrophysicist

The Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) 2018 organised by Tata Steel in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium was conducted at SAI International School on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Two different competitions were held for students from Class VI to X to foster their intellect towards space science & astronomy. The Open Quiz Competition on Astronomy was held for students from Class VI to VIII. Around 150 interested students took part in the competition, out of which 16 students received prizes for giving the correct answer. For Class IX and X students, an Essay Competition was held on the theme ‘Imagine Space Exploration 50 years from now’. Forty-one interested students took part in the competition.

The flagship event of Tata Steel seeks to identify and promote the talents of school students of the state in the field of space science by providing them platforms to test and express their knowledge. It also aims to popularize the contributions of legendary Odisha astronomer, Pathani Samanta in the field of Astronomy.

Pathani Samanta Planetarium is a premier institute of Odisha promoting science, astronomy, astrophysics and space science under the administrative control of Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha.

Enabling Students to Choose the Right Career

Career planning is extremely crucial for a student as it lays the foundation for selecting the right career option. For students studying in Secondary School, the first step is to select the appropriate stream in Class XI as per the interest level of the student. The next step is to select the subject combination that would complement the career the child wants to pursue.

To guide the students of Class IX and X on selection of streams after Class X, a Career Workshop was organised by Univariety on Monday, October 29, 2018. It was conducted by Ms. Stuti Verma, Assistant Manager, Guidance, Univariety.

Students got an in-depth idea on various streams as well as on different subject combination in each stream.  They were also briefed on related career options. Ms. Verma guided the students on subject selection in case of students interested to pursue their studies in foreign land.

In the interactive workshop, students asked a variety of questions. The workshop helped them in creating awareness and pepped them up to introspect, explore the right career they want to pursue. While making a career planning, it is important for students to identify and understand their own area of expertise, assess their strength and weakness and weigh options before taking any decision, so as to gain a better control over their life and be successful.

Educational Trip to Tribal Museum

As part of the educational trip, students of Class VIII along with escort teaches visited the Tribal Research Institute Museum on Friday, October 26, 2018. They were warmly welcomed by the Officials of the Museum and taken for a guided tour of the place.

Students were delighted to see various dresses, ornaments, personal belonging, agricultural tools and hunting weapons of the different tribes like Saora, Paroja, Koya, Kutia Kandha, Dongria Kandha, Bhottada, Santal, Kolha, Juang and others.

Students also explored the digital content library stationed in each gallery to gather information on various displays as well as learnt from the guides about the way of living of tribal people. The specialized ethnographic museum houses 5850 tribal artefacts including 3000 rare objects exhibited in air-conditioned display halls. It also has an open-air display of shrine crafts of different tribes and huts of important tribal community.

Established in the year 1953 and renovated in 2001, the museum is home to a rich collection of artefacts, crafts and art objects belonging to different tribes living in several parts of Odisha. The Museum is an integrated part of the Scheduled Castles and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), which disseminates knowledge covering the human species in totality.