Noida, June 29, 2021: To promote values such as sharing and caring, respect, facing challenges, and doing our best, Apeejay School, NOIDA launched the Awakening Programme for Classes I to V, in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission on June 29, 2021.
Today, this programme has reached more than 5,500 schools from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and has influenced more than 10 lakh students. The tremendous appeal and success of the program resulted in a majority of the stakeholders demanding a similar programme for primary school children. This gave birth to ‘Awakening’, a 5-year program for Primary School students (Classes I to V).
This is a feeder programme for the Awakened Citizen Programme, since it is also built on the same set of values, which forms the foundation of ACP. For Primary School, age-appropriate stories are used as the main tool. These are supported by activities that reinforce the values, both at school and home. Thus, when students listen to the stories, participate vigorously in the discussions, and then carry out activities both at school and at home, these life-transforming values get permanently embedded in their hearts. Young children learn to understand the consequences of their actions and understand why and how they can choose what is best for them and society. This programme is in alignment with the National Education Policy and would serve as the foundation for its implementation.
As part of this programme, the first session was conducted in classes I to V at 8:30 am. The sessions were facilitated by the teachers and each class was joined by a resource person from Ramakrishna Mission. The first value of ‘Sharing and Caring’ was vicariously developed in students via storytelling. Multiple questions were asked and activities were conducted in classes as per the predefined manual, to track the awakening journey of the children and to thereby empower them to manifest their infinite potential.The teachers, via the 'Awakening', will try to influence children at an early stage by evoking their feelings and enabling them to think with empathy. The use of story narratives and activities in this programme aims to encourage the child to think, speak & act freely and thereby aid in their socio-emotional development. <>
International Yoga Day Celebration
Noida, June 21, 2021: Yoga, the priceless heritage of ancient India, has been globally recognised and embraced as a powerful holistic tool to preserve and strengthen the physical, mental and spiritual well-being, the practice becoming even more valuable and relevant in the light of the ongoing pandemic.
In keeping with this year’s theme ‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’, the school celebrated the 7th International Yoga Day via Zoom meeting. The event saw overwhelming participation from students, parents, and teachers.
The program began with offering prayer to the Almighty, followed by a perfect display of various Yoga asanas by the students. The enthusiastic gathering also practiced pranayama and meditation under the tutelage and guidance of our Yoga instructor, Ms. Savita Gupta. Step by step instructions were given for each asana along with their benefits to allow participants to consciously experience all the Yoga asanas. A video demonstrating various Yoga poses was also presented by the students.
School Principal, Mr. AK Sharma briefed the participants about the benefits of Yoga and how it enhances our quest for a healthier and happier life. He mentioned that the ancient practice of yoga focuses on idealizing concordance between mind, body, and soul so that we can bring out the best of our capabilities. He also emphasised the need to make yoga an integral part of our daily routine to boost our immunity, strength, and vigour.
The School also organised an Online Yoga Quiz for the students to mark the importance of this day. The objective of the quiz was to enlighten the students about the importance of practicing yoga and the innumerable benefits it offers.
Regular practice of Yoga will surely help our students achieve a fitter and healthier lifestyle.
Prayer Meet in Remembrance of Founder Chairman, Dr. Stya Paul Ji
Noida, June 7, 2021: A special virtual assembly was held via the Zoom platform to commemorate the 11th Punya Tithi of our beloved father-figure and Founder Chairman, Dr Stya Paul ji, a renowned philanthropist, educationist, and visionary par excellence.
Mr. DK Bedi, Education Officer, Apeejay Education, Principal, Mr. AK Sharma, Vice Principal, Ms. Amrita Hajela, and Primary In-charge, Ms. Smriti Samuel paid a heartfelt floral tribute to Dr. Stya Paul ji. Members of the Prefectorial Board and the staff also joined this momentous occasion. Homage was paid to the great soul through the rendition of his favourite and soulful bhajans. Mr. Bedi fondly remembered Shri Stya Paul ji and remarked that Apeejay School, Noida, held a special endearing place in his heart. Nostalgically, he further stated that Chairman Sir led by example and practiced what he preached. He fondly recalled Dr. Stya Paul ji’s ardent love for reading and remembered him as a great intellectual, disciplinarian, and compassionate leader. He shared interesting, inspiring anecdotes about Shri Stya Paul ji which reflected his punctuality, love for his country, students, and staff, and his commitment to quality education. He asserted that though physically he is not present with us, his legacy continues to inspire and motivate us.
The Principal thanked Mr. Bedi for sharing his valuable, enlightening experiences and restated that Dr. Stya Paul ji was a true karmayogi; a great but simple soul. He reiterated that we will always strive hard to uphold the cherished ideals, values, and mission of Shri Stya Paul ji and carry forward the lasting legacy of strong morals, hard work, and excellence.
E-Celebrations of Mother’s Day
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
- Rudyard Kipling
Noida, May 07, 2021: Mother is a word that fills everyone with emotions. A Mother is certainly the most important human being in everyone’s life. Mother’s love for her child certainly cannot be compared with anything.
To pay gratitude and to honour the mother, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, ‘Mother’s Day Tweet up’ was organised for the students of Nursery and Kindergarten, on Friday, May 07, 2021, on the Zoom portal.
The moms, as well as the students, had a splendid time together in various fun games planned by the teachers. It was a pleasure watching the super excited moms with their dynamic and energetic children during these activities.
The Pre-Primary In-charge, Mrs Shailla Shahi, sensitised the students towards the role of mothers and their unconditional love. To mark the occasion, an e-card was sent to every mother by the class teachers on behalf of tiny tots. The day ended with all mothers and children, enjoying themselves and taking back fond memories of a day well spent.