Nerul, Oct 20, 2023: An Inter-Class Competition for students of Class IX was organised and was in continuation of a workshop on Life Skills which was conducted for students of Class IX on 10 th August 2023 by the school counsellor. The programme was presided over by the School Principal, Vice Principal and Academic Coordinator. The Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) brings out the creativity, leadership, organising skills and develops an individual’s personality. The main objective is to make them aware and confident to take informed decisions.
Each class was allotted a different topic and they were required to present the same in the form of a skit, dance, song and presentation. The winners of the competition were Class IX-B and IX-D, the Second position was secured by Class IX-A and the Runner-up was Class IX-C. Also, Paridhi Dubey of Class IX-D and Ved of Class IX-A were awarded the Best Actors prize for their splendid performance in the play.
To help students acquire authentic knowledge about adolescent problems and to inculcate in them the essential life skills, a workshops on ‘Life Skills’ was conducted for students of class IX on 10th August 2023 The session began with Principal Ms P Subhash explaining to the students that more than knowledge it is wisdom which is important. Sir apprised the students that knowledge is the facts, information, and skills that they acquired through education but wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Students should be able to use wisdom for the sensible application of knowledge. Adolescence is a very shaky bridge from childhood to adulthood where students face various challenges and this is the time they need to be equipped with life skills.
The school counsellor Ms Manisha Bagul then took over the session explaining that life skills in relation to everyday life form the foundation for promoting physical, social and mental well-being, healthy interaction and positive behaviour among individuals. It enables them to take informed decisions by developing in them proper perceptions of self-efficacy, self-confidence and self-esteem. The program was all about adolescence challenges and the various life skills required to overcome them.
Ms Manisha Bagul explained about different aspects of health like physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional. Adolescence living in a competitive world tend to get stressed, they need to accept who they are, be aware of the changes, and not to put ourselves or others down. They were apprised about the ways to manage and overcome emotional changes. The students were taught about the applications of life skills such as thinking, social and negotiation skills in ones’ daily life. They were taught how to take wise decisions in tough conditions and to manage oneself in a creative way. This program made them comprehend that this is the time to take a step for themselves and say NO to peer pressure.
Nerul, Nov 23, 2021: Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the youth of today towards substance abuse, bullying, and peer pressure, Ms Shakuntala Singh, academic coordinator along with the Nodal Teacher Ms Samita Vij arranged for a Peer Educator Session for the students of Class IX on 23rd November 2021. Ms Shakuntala Singh through a rigorous selection process identified and shortlisted four students of Class XII. Souradeep Halder, Simone Joshi, Mehak Sharma, and Samarth Jain, were given the opportunity to educate their juniors of Class IX. It was an extremely interactive session and many students shared their views and experiences.
The first topic ‘Vision of an empowered youth’ was taken up by Souradeep Haldar who is also the Literary Prefect in the Academic Council. He gave an informative presentation about what youth empowerment means in the current scenario and how to become self-empowered. He said the first step is by being confident, having a positive attitude, dedication towards our work, having self-awareness, and developing self-respect. He emphasised how ‘self-talk’ and ‘self-care’ can have a huge impact on our mentalities and highlighted the importance of making an action list and being very disciplined with it.
The second topic ‘Substance Abuse’ taken up by Simone Joshi the Senior Head Girl who began by explaining that drugs taken in a manner that may impair the regular bodily functions, in terms of physical, physiological, and psychological terms, is called substance abuse. She apprised them of the severity of this problem in youth, types of drugs, and how these drugs have dangerous side effects if taken without prescription. Youth fall prey faster as they are curious to try new things for fun, adventure, etc. and this is the time they need to say a firm ‘No’. She highlighted that our parents and teachers are always there for us to help and guide us.
The third topic ‘Peer Pressure’ taken by Mehak Sharma, the Senior Takshashila House Captain who said ‘Being aware of peer pressure is the first step towards stopping it’ and discussed strategies one can use to say ‘No’ if our friends or anyone pressurises us into doing something that we know is wrong and we don’t want to do. Strategies like polite refusal, giving reason, broken record, walk away, cold shoulder, etc. can be adopted for saying NO.
The topic of ‘Bullying’ was taken by the Senior Head Boy Samarth Jain who explained that bullying is an act that includes persistent and repeated calling of names, threatening, shunning, etc. by one or more against the other. Victims of bullying develop trust issues, failure feelings, loneliness, loss of interest in hobbies, etc. which can lead to drastic actions if not intervened on time. He said if you are getting bullied or notice someone being bullied then always share it with your teachers or parents so they can take immediate action against it.
The Peer Educator was very vivid and informative. All the peer educators spoke the language of Gen Z and shared their personal experiences which made the session very open and interactive. The students enjoyed the event and went with the feeling of never straying onto the wrong path.