Experiential Learning at Mt. Abu

Filled with the joy and enthusiasm, the students were ready on 30th March 2012 to explore a new horizon of glorious India. In order to provide our students with the opportunity of “experiential learning”, we have been on the excursion of nature for 3 days on the hills of Abu, Rajasthan. During this adventurous endeavour, students discovered the new insightful ideas about the existence of life and nature.

Mount Abu, situated at an average height of 1,219 mt’s above sea level, is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan. It possesses the honour of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as in north-west India.

Scout camp turned out to be an interesting experience for the students. The professional trainers not only guided the students but also helped them for every single activity conducted during the camp. There were around 10 activities (like ladder climbing, rope climbing and other such physically challenging activities) which were carried out throughout the day. All the activities were designed, keeping in mind the age group of students, to develop the kinaesthetic skills of students.

The learning was beyond the limits of subject and content. Hills of Abu presented unknown historical facts and displayed unseen geographical transformations through several types of rock formations. Caving gave a new exposure through ‘learning by doing’. Tracking provided the real experience of the natural formations of mountains and hills.

The science of gravity was explained by the guide before climbing the titanic rocks. The skill of balancing was developed during the rappelling activity. Acquaintance with the core nature not only exposed students to the opaque forests but also exposed them with the hardship of the tribal people. Night tracking was very adventurous and amazing. It turned out to be a first time experience for many of the members. The fear of dark and height were overcome during the tracking through the forest.

Nakki Lake, the mythological lake with a very interesting and sacred story behind its creation, is the heart of Mount Abu. Students sailed the lake in groups accompanied with teachers and staff members. That was followed by a visit to the Delwara Jain temple, which is an architectural wonder that has been preserved as an ancient heritage of aesthetic arts. The carving and structuring of the temple were observed and appreciated by everyone.

The best among luxury hotels in Mount Abu is Hotel Hiltone. With a wide range of well-furbished rooms, it offers a homely atmosphere with all modern amenities. Everyone was paid the utmost attention and served with care and concern. The students experienced comfort and relaxation in the rooms after the adventurous activities. The delicious food was served with starters, desserts and ice creams.

Abu offers a tranquil and tender ambience amidst the lap of Aravalli range. Students experienced the environmental changes and atmospheric variations. They were exposed to the diversity of languages and people. Tourists from different places and with different languages interacted with them.

The beauty of nature certainly inspired more dynamism in the students. It remains an unforgettable experience as it has given a new ray of learning and knowledge. By the end of the excursion, everyone was contented and filled with joy, ready for a new venture of life with the lessons of experiential learning.

Under the efficient guidance of Principal Sir, Vice Principal and the staff members, the students enjoyed the tour to the fullest. The support and effective planning of management made the tour an enriching experience for all. 

Written by: Chirag Sir

रंग-बिरंगे मन के विविध रंग

आत्मीय विद्यामंदिर पाठशाला में दिनांक 31 मार्च 2012
से 01 अप्रेल 2012 तक कलाविद् (आर्ट शिक्षक)
श्री.मनीषभाई प्रजापति के मार्गदर्शन में आर्ट मेले का आयोजन  किया गया था। यह रंगो की होली दो दिन तक चली,
जिसमें कक्षा 1 से 6 के बच्चों ने अपनी-अपनी कलाओं को ‘क्ले’, रंग, पृष्ठ (कागज़) आदि के माध्यम से प्रदर्शित किया।

सुबह 10:00 बजे से दुपहर 01:00 बजे तक एवं दुपहर भोजन के पश्चात 01 बजे से
03:00 तक इस आर्ट मेले का आयोजन किया गया ।

इस आर्ट मेले को मार्गदर्शन देने के लिए पीडीलाईट (PIDILITE) संस्था के कलाविद् श्री
रंजीत ताड़वी  एवं  उनके सहायक सदस्यों को निमंत्रित किया गया।
इस आर्ट मेले में विविध प्रकार की प्रवृतियों का आयोजन किया गया।
उसमें  सभी छात्रों को दो जूथ में विभाजित
किया गया।
प्रथम जूथ कक्षा 1 से 3 का
द्वितीय जूथ कक्षा 4 से 6 का
जिसमें प्रथम जूथ के लिए — My  Theme, Sticker
, Sand Paper Painting,
Stick Figures
प्रवृत्तियों का निर्माण छात्रालय के प्रार्थना मंदिर में किया गया एवं द्वितीय जूथ के लिए— Paper Quelling Card,
Sand Art
,Creative Lettering,
Shilpkar Mask
आदि प्रवृत्तियों का निर्माण पाठशाला के प्राटंगण में
किया गया।
इन दो दिन विविध
कला एवं रंगो से खिला हुआ आत्मीय विद्यामंदिर ऐसा दिख रहा था मानो एक सजीला  इन्द्रधनुष
हो। जहाँ भी दृष्टि घुमाएँ वहाँ एक विचार आकार ले रहा था। हर तरफ़ बच्चे अपनी-आपनी
प्रतिभा को दृश्याकर करने में डूबे हुए थे। जगह-जगह दृश्यमान बच्चें ऐसे लग रहे
थें जैसे फूलवारी स्वयं आत्मीय विद्यामंदिर में आ
गई हो।
कोई क्ले से
तो कोई कागज़ से, कोई गोंद से तो कोई पींछी से, कोई शब्दों को सुंदर रूप में मरोड़
रहा था तो कोई आदी मानव की मुखाकृति को वाचा दे रहा था। दृश्य तो बस देखते ही बनता
आचार्य श्री,
शिक्षक श्री एवं दीदी भी इनसे अछूते नहीं रह पाए, वे भी बच्चों के साथ मिलकर बच्चे
बनकर  सभी का उत्साह बढ़ा रहे थें। चारों
तरफ़ का वातावरण कला एवं आर्ट मेले के रंग में रंग गया था। हवा भी आर्ट मेले की
खुश्बू लिए आत्मीय विद्यामंदिर के प्राटंगण से भी दूर तक जाने को मचल रही थी।
बच्चें इतने खुश थें कि वे चाहते थें कि ये प्रवृतियाँ कभी खत्म न हो! किन्तु पुन:
आगमन के लिए कुछ समय तक इस  प्रवृतियो
बाय-बाय कहने का समय आ गया था, इसलिए पूर्ण-विराम तो नहीं, किन्तु अर्ध विराम
लगाना आवश्यक था, अत: 1 अप्रेल 2012 को दुपहर 03:00 बजे इसकी पूर्णाहुति की गई।
रंग एवं कला की है ये दुनियाँ।
कभी आकृति
तो कभी विकृति है ये दुनियाँ।
कभी हरी, कभी लाल तो कभी पीली है ये दुनियाँ।
रंग से भरी रंगीन है ये दुनियाँ,
क्योंकि रंगीले मन की है ये दुनियाँ।

—   मुकेश जोशी

Senior Indian Revenue Service Officers inspire AVM students

On 28th March 2012, a Senior Income Tax Officer Mr. Deepak Vyas with the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax – Surat Mr. Yogesh Surti visited Atmiya Vidya Mandir to guide the students of 11th commerce on the matters of income tax. They introduced themselves and informed the students about the nature of their work.

They gave the students an insight about how income tax is collected and where the collected tax is used. They also explained the students about the various aspects of income tax and highlighted the importance of income tax. The students got aware of the different ways of paying tax and the tax slab system.

The esteemed guests also spent some time answering the queries of the students in a very informative way and guided the students about the various career prospects in this field. It was a unique learning experience for the students to interact with such experienced officials on a personal level, an opportunity that the students feel really grateful about.

Their message to the students was that not paying tax was a crime, so they appealed to them to become responsible citizens i.e. ‘Jagrat Nagrik’ and to spread awareness in the society of the importance of paying tax.

The students now look forward to preparing themselves to become such individuals so as to do their bit in solving the grave problem of tax evasion in the society.

Written by: Nikhil Chaudhary (11th Commerce)

Reviewing Greatness!

In an attempt to get some real life insight into the vast field of Business, Finance and Commerce in general, the 11th Commerce class, inspired and guided by Purvesh Sir, have started a series of book review presentations. Four groups have been formed, each working on different books:
The first review presentation in this series was held on the 26th of March in the auditorium to the teachers and students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir. The presentations of the other 3 groups will soon follow.

The book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins is written to guide and enlighten the already good companies to the path of greatness. To give a review presentation on this book a group was formed in which each one was assigned a task i.e. Karan Jivani (Presenter), Vikkim Patel (Computer Dept.), Parth Patel (Artist and Designing) and Meet Pansuria (Research).

The book is about companies who followed certain principles and became great. These concepts in a nutshell were explained by a working model. It was designed in such a manner that it could summarise the entire book.

Every page of the book has information that seems inevitable to achieve greatness! A few of all the important concepts in the book were the Hedgehog Concept, Level 5 Leadership and The Flywheel Effect.

The hedgehog concept is the intersection of what we can be the best in the world at? (And equally important—what can we not be the best at?) What is the economic denominator that best drives our economic engine and what are our core people deeply passionate about?

Level 5 leadership is about leaders who are humble, but driven to do what’s best for the company. While the flywheel effect is the additive effects of the small initiatives.

This book is answers to a curious question ‘how to reach greatness?’ These principles can also be beneficial in an individual’s personal life. Like the hedgehog concept is useful in making a career choice. The level 5 leadership teaches us values of humility and strong will.

The presentation was followed by some intriguing questions posed by the audience – students and teachers. The team put their best effort in responding to them and ended up gaining even more insight about the book.

This was a great learning experience and it also promoted the habit of reading good non fiction books. 

Quick Links:

Book review 2: We are
like that only
Book review 3: 2G
Spectrum Scam

Written by: Karan Jivani and the Good to Great Team (11 Commerce)

An Enlightening Early-Summer Day’s Trip to Gandhinagar

Activity and experience based learning is a significant part
of student-centred environment of Atmiya Vidya Mandir. Students understand,
read and write through their active involvement in the process.
As a part of their on-going learning session for
professional and vocational courses, senior students of grade 11th
from Commerce and Science streams, recently visited the Gujarat National Law
University (GNLU), one of the leading law schools of India, which offers various
law related courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
The university is currently ranked third among the other law
schools in India, within its eight years of inception. The students were made
aware of vastness of academic challenges and in-campus university procedure
through a complete campus tour to observe all aspects of this University – infrastructure,
academics, student/staff, hostel facility and a rich and well equipped library
opened for students till late hours.

Students got an opportunity to briefly meet with the Dean and also to interact with the senior
professors of the university, who generously devoted their time guiding the students
about the various career options available in the field of Law. They were very
approachable and supportive.
Students were made aware of the fascinating and lucrative
job opportunities associated with the study of law; it seemed to be one of the
best careers one could choose.
Overall, the experience of visiting GNLU was a big eye
opener for the students and they left the campus highly inspired.
The students then had a quick lunch on the go and had
darshan at the Gandhinagar Akshardham Temple. The scorching sun made the
ice-creams even more delicious at the temple!
The journey then took them to the New Sachivalay Campus
where they got an opportunity to witness live proceedings of the state assembly.
Many MLAs had arranged for citizens of their constituencies for a visit of the
capital the same day. The topics of discussion were science, industry and
education. Turn by turn, the ministers presented the progress, plans and
projects. Honourable Chief Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated that to be an
effective speaker, one must learn to listen.
Being the future citizens of India, it was an absolutely
learning session for all the students. They all brought back a feeling of
pride, of being a part of a system so big and so powerful. They gained a
reality check that to run a developing country with a population of over 1.2
billion is not a piece of cake; And India’s doing great!
After getting a true insight about how the state was run, the
students then moved on to the next part of the educational tour – campus visit
of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
(DA-IICT). Gandhinagar being a peaceful place, the campus of DA-IICT was even
more peaceful and enchanting.
First of all, the students attended an induction session by
the Dean (Academic Affairs) who introduced the institution’s philosophy to the
students and made them aware of the courses offered. The students realised the “research
driven education” approach of the institute and were left impressed by its
efforts to apply ICT in the rural areas of India.
Thereafter, the students had a chance to interact with some
existing students of the institute who took them on a detailed campus tour. The
students were shown around the labs, lecture rooms, the resource centre
(library) and the sports facility. It was very heartening to witness the
institute’s hands-on approach to education – there is one whole building for
just different labs (all having some state of the art equipment)!!
With some final words of gratitude, the students (now more enlightened than 24 hours ago)
parted to be back at home away home, Atmiya Vidya Mandir.

Ohh, and our dearest Pavakbhai (still doing brilliantly in academics and sports) was the host for the dinner. The guests had their dinner at his place and then finally left the capital of one of the most development frenzy state of India!

Written by: Students
of 11th Science and Commerce

Spell – Bee Bash at AVM

The 21st century is full of technology that is designed to help us communicate. However, some of this technology may in fact contribute to poor communication skills. Think of Twitter – while it’s a great way to provide short updates and notices, the 140-character limit means that people frequently abbreviate their words. Because our brains are designed to recognize and comprehend patterns, v r abl 2 undrstnd msgs&wrds w/o all the ltrs in them, lk this 4 exmpl!!!!!!!!!!!
This issue is particularly important for children these days, who are growing up surrounded by this new form of abbreviated communication. There’s no doubt, though, that teaching children how to correctly spell words, and how to train them to continue to improve their spelling, is a critical part for teachers from the earliest grades onwards. But students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir are made aware of the fact that how poor vocabulary and misspelled words have alarming and detrimental effect on communication; With this wakefulness they recently participated in the World Spelling Day 2012 held on 5th March 2012, which is designed with a purpose to help the school going children to improve their spelling, enhance their vocabulary, understand phonetics and perfect their grammar.

Test of English is an integral part of most competitive examinations and recruitment processes world over. The English Department of AVM is effortful to enable the students on various aspects including comprehension, vocabulary, verbal analogy, sentence skills, grammar usage and the World Spelling Day proved to a medium to inculcate the same.

The World Spelling Day competition is not just a great opportunity for students to have fun but it can also improve students’ core skills. Over the last three years, students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir have shown good improvement in speed and accuracy in the World Spelling Day games, making it a powerful way to improve and develop their effective communication skills, comprehension and usage of words that will help to fulfill their quest for academic knowledge.

For the World Spelling Day 2012, students were given their own personal online games login ID which was supportive to match up with other students of similar age from various parts of the world to face live challenges. Students earned points for correct answers, with their tally growing as the challenge continues. The games were open to students aged 4years to 18years. 

Sahishnu Patel (age group 14-18) who was the Indian Ambassador for the World Education Games 2012 stood 89th in the world and 4th in India.
All spelling tests of World Spelling Day were coupled with typing drills. Students were to complete the test by spell and typing every word correctly. This world level spelling competition is meant to create an awareness of the necessity to spell and pronounce words correctly; it also develops enthusiasm amongst students to learn new words.
ALL THE BEST to the students for the upcoming final exams with an expectation that poor grades due to spelling mistakes is a far off reality for them now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Mega Math Mania at AVM

Many of us think why sweat calculating in the mind, when we have easy tools like calculators handy? Though we all have cars, we run jog and walk for physical exercise. Similarly, Mental Calculation is a mental exercise for the brain. Research has proven that there is a direct relation between numbers and brain stimulation and development.

Here, at Atmiya Vidya Mandir, the students took another opportunity participating in the World Maths Day 2012, an event which runs as a global challenge set to trigger calculation frenzy amongst children and teenage competitors. WMD is a mathematical puzzle contest where a sound knowledge of mathematics together with speedy calculations is essential to solve problems. AVM students appeared in this competition for the third time in a row, in the last three years.
Results of the World Maths Day 2012
Age Group
World Rank
9 To 11
6 To 8
3 To 5
9 To 11
1 and 2

Prashant Gupta (age group 11-13) of Class 8A stood 87th worldwide and 11th in India.

Set to take place from 6-8th March, this worldwide competition had seen 5.5 million children competing from around the world from over 200 countries and territories. It was a worth seeing scene in the computer labs of the school that children typing or striking the right key finding it just a means and not an end; it is their computing and calculating skill which leads to an efficient and quick solution. The technical skill helps children to strengthen and improve their mathematical competence in calculating with speed, and of course accuracy.

The motivation behind this Mathmania is to provide a platform for the students to delve into unfamiliar areas and learn new ways in a fun and recreational context. The Mathematics Department of the school has a wonderful team of dedicated teachers like Prabhumagna Sir, Swayam Madam, Deepika Madam, Suhani Madam, Bhavna Madam, and Mrugesh Sir who created this opportunity as a great way for kids to show off their new math skills and share their passion for math and learning with other students.

The participation in this competition was with a purpose of allowing our students to gain valuable experiences through the process of competition and evaluation and to develop their talents and have a platform for their God-given abilities.

Saransh – Lets celebrate each other

Apart from academic excellence, students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir are being trained for developing skills like time management and team work .For this there are various co curricular activities. The end of the year’s co-curricular activities was a momentous occasion. There was a feeling of anxiety amongst the students as the event was going to unveil the winner academic and non-academic competitions that were held throughout the year.

 The show began with a flashback of the entire years events through a humorous skit. It was followed by the conveners of the four houses. While Sharmil Ma’am, the convener of Satyam House, talked of the unity of Satyam House, Tarun Sir, the convener of Shivam House, thanked the efforts of IT Dept. Seema Ma’am, the convener of Sundaram House, shared her experiences while Anand Sir, the convener of Suhradam House, thanked the sports team and the M-A-D (Music-Arts-Dance) group for their valuable contribution. Later Prajval Sir came on the dais to thank Vallabhmama, housemasters, didis, Pranav Sir and Ishwar Sir for extending their cooperation and working diligently behind the scene in making the events of the year successful. Meanwhile the hosts Sahishnu bhai, Ghanshyam bhai and Aneesh bhai did a remarkable job in keeping the crowd interested and entertained through their little gags.

Sports is a very important aspect of student life, to develop it better the school had conducted various inter-house sports competitions. Suhradam House emerged as the winner in this category.

Academic competitions were also held to test the knowledge of the student’s. Here Shivam House won.

Visual form of representation is always better. To display values like importance of Prayer or life and message of Rabindranath Tagore softboard display was used. Each house got a chance to decorate the softboard at the end of the week in their own creative manner. Sundaram House won the award for the best softboard display.

Every Saturday morning has a different feel to it, thanks to creative assemblies. Sometimes it was life of Swami Vivekananda and sometimes it was struggle of independence by freedom fighters. Here the best creative assembly award went to Satyam House as well as Shivam House.

On the backdrop, there hung a gigantic screen where glimpses of the various competitions and activities were shown just before the award was about to be declared.

There was also a melodious song sung by AVM’s flourishing singers Samyak bhai and Deval bhai this song was followed by the moment that was awaited by everyone ‘the house of the year’ award. This time the competition was fierce but Suhradam house won it once again.

The event truly lived up to its name; the students in true sense celebrated each other. No matter which house won there wasn’t a single student who did not cheer the winner. That is exactly what Swamiji wants from us, to be humble and imbibe the value of Atmiyata. 

Written by: Karan Jivani (11 Commerce)

Igniting Scientific Temper

Flying is a dream cherished by almost every child. To give wings to such dreams of students from Std 8, 9 and 10, an aero-modelling workshop was organised during the Christmas weekend. A team of enthusiasts from the Department of Aerospace Engineering (IIT-Bombay) were invited to conduct hands-on sessions on building balsa-wood glider, paper boomerang/plane and flight simulator. Students were also introduced to the designs of peculiar aircrafts and were made aware of the air-crash investigations.

Biology Lab-Skills Workshop

Scholar Theodore Roszak rightly said that Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope. The students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir had the opportunity to look at some of those poems through the microscope in the recently concluded Biology Lab-Skills Workshop.

Science has uncovered quite a few complicated phenomena but life still remains the most complicated yet simple creation of GOD. One of the purposes of studying science is to create curiosity amongst the young minds by helping them make sense of things around them. Science is supposed to be a hands on subject where students should be able to do different things and have fun. To create that enthusiasm amongst students, the Biology Department at AVM organized a basic lab skills workshop which allowed the students to learn some of the basic laboratory skills at an early age.

The secondary school Biology curriculum only allows students to observe different specimens and slides. It is only in high school that they get to prepare slides and do other activities on their own. To give a head start to the students of AVM, such a workshop was organized for the students of standard 10. Around 42 students took part in this week long workshop.

Mrs. Archana Patankar (M.Sc. Botany) – HOD Biology, explained the students how to prepare the slides of a plant and animal cell. She also explained the importance of materials used and showed them how to use different apparatus. Since the arrangement was such that each student would get their own microscope and other apparatus to perform the activity, the excitement in the biology lab was very visible. Mr. Sarvajeet Parsaniya (M.Sc. Biotech) was also there to guide and help the students. One of the heartening things to observe was the way such students who had found the theory class challenging, excelled in the lab. They prepared some wonderful slides with the correct techniques and proper methodology.

The principal of AVM, Dr. Vijay Patel, a keen science enthusiast himself, visited the Biology lab to observe the proceedings and more importantly to encourage students. At the end of the workshop, each student was given a questionnaire to fill. The idea was to see if they understood and learnt the basic skill set required, which they passed with flying colors.