Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Assemblies are Special here..…

For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty,
And all my ways are dewy wet
With pleasant duty.
~John Townsend Trowbridge

Education at Atmiya Vidya Mandir is blithesome and an enlivening experience. Our philosophy is that each child is unique and has his own strengths and fixity of purpose. Through various activities, a lot of emphasis is given to personality development; here, each child is lovingly mentored and chiseled to find his niche. Our focus is to groom our children to be global citizens with regard to Indian culture and values and morning assemblies at Atmiya Vidya Mandir provide a platform for the same.

Great ability of students developed and revealed itself increasingly through the active participation in proceedings of morning assemblies. It commenced with a round of interview sessions on the stage during assemblies. The first in the round was an interview of the top scorers of AVM for board exams of 2010-11; they were Sahishnu Patel, Samyak Varia, Anirudh Chandak and Shaivin Patel. These students were interviewed by Pranshu Savani to share their secrets of getting such a good result. These students talked about some handy and practical tips to keep going with top scores in every exam. The next day, during morning assembly the Head Boy Sarthak Jariwala was candid with Ghanshyam Dabhi sharing with audience (the other students from Std 6th to 12th) his way of dealing with various matters related to studies and his duties as Head Boy. The next day, students who joined AVM only last year were interviewed to talk about their experiences and it was quite amazing to know that they find AVM a Home away from home….

In order to maximize the use of leadership skills, confidence and understanding of leadership among students, this year once again the Student Council was introduced with a few changes and greater scope. In the next morning assembly, Paras Sir gave a better insight to the students about the working and structure of Student Council and all the four Student Houses.

The following assemblies were quite electrifying as the election fever for the Student Council soared high among the students and campaigning buzzed into the air. The nominees for the various posts of Student Council adorned the stage with their marvelous speeches campaigning and boasting themselves as most deserving candidates for the posts of Head boy, Vice Head Boy and Sports Captain. They came on the stage and made all the effort through their impressive speeches to lure the students to vote for them.

Irrespective of their winning or losing the elections, one fact is sure to be accepted that these applicants proved to be the best speakers. The scene and the show were no more different in the next day assembly when candidates for the posts of Captain and Vice-Captain for all four students’ houses delivered mind-blowing and stirring speeches.

Thus it was all folded up with the elections held in the most sophisticated manner. A special software designed by the school IT Department was used to make the elections fair and smooth. Thus, this new session 2011-12 commenced setting up some new tasks for the students which are outside the classrooms to check and hone their abilities and capacities and nurture a sense of duty into them; we conducted morning assemblies differently this time. Effective communication is the key to successful leadership and students learnt both the art and science of speaking through these assemblies, both through interview rounds and election speeches. Though we do realize not every student is an award winning public speaker but it was an effort to train them as an influential communicator. Listening is another key factor which was manifested by the students as audience.

Election result for the student council is yet to be declared but one fact is sure that it brought lots of actions from students’ side, and Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. And we can boastfully say that our students are being developed and trained to be dutiful and responsible which come along with an attitude of self-discipline… amazingly it’s a complete package!!!!!!

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