The 8th Summer Camp 2015 at Sri Prakash Synergy School, Peddapuram, commenced on 3rd May 2015 and ended on the 17th in a grand finale with a display of the campers’ skills that they were acquainted with during the two-week camp. 157 students coming from different regions of the state attended the camp. Being compulsorily residential, the summer camp is designed to hone those skills of children that are essential to complete living, rapid adaptation, and refinement in life skills. A child who undergoes such a camp will have the widened horizons in life that will see him through the challenges of life.
The Summer Camp is named Sampoorna, a name that aptly conveys its completeness in that it complements the arduous academic labour of the preceding months. The extra-curricular activities are grouped under life skills, media skills, and common skills. These activities are designed to bring out the best in the students that has all along been suppressed by the rigour of regular studies. It is no wonder that students have always waited for the summer camp since its introduction in 2008.
The campers commenced their day at 5:30 a.m., with regular prayer and yoga, and then they went through the process of learning media skills, life skills, and the common skills of swimming, yoga and Bharatiyam. Preference promotes enjoying and learning. Students selected one of the media skills, Western Dance, Clay Animation, Cookery, Music, and Art and Craft. Sports include tennis, Cricket, Skating, rifle-shooting, Basket-ball, and horse riding. Life skills were imparted by the finest speakers who have themselves demonstrated their skills in life. Every day ended at 8:45 p.m. with recreation as the last but not the least of the agenda. It is here that the campers learnt the art of interaction, sharing and self-expression.
Mr. M. Jayababu, Director of Vidyanjali School, Dr. Umar Alisha, noted spiritual leader and social worker, Colonel Anil Kumar Commanding Officer of Girls NCC, Kakinada, Mrs. L. Seshu Kumari, Chairman of INTACH, Kakinada, Dr. Y. D. Ramarao, Director of NCCF and a powerful guiding force behind socio-cultural and sports organizations in East Godavari, and Dr. P. N. Raju, noted paediatrician, were invited to talk to the children on the art of living a successful and purposeful life. Mr. M. Suresh, Trainer and Placements, Sri Prakash Group, gave valuable advice on achievement in life. On the 8th day, the children were taken to River Bay, Rajamundry, on an excursion. Life Skills training was continued by Dr. Kamalanjali, Psychologist, and Dr. Badam Madhavrao of Abhyudaya Foundation in Kakinada. JAC M. Ramakrishna, and JAC Ravi Chandra were the other notable speakers to enrich the children’s minds with their wisdom.
The specialty of this year’s camp is the inclusion of Bharatiyam, training in the Indian arts of stick-work both as a dance form (Kolatam) and as a martial art (Karrasamu). Kolatam is the use of short sticks or batons held in both hands and hit rhythmically with those held by other dancers. It demands coordination, timing and precision. Karrasamu, a dying martial art, is the art of wielding long sticks the length of a man’s height in defensive and offensive modes. It develops precision of movement, anticipation, and self-control. There was also rope-skipping, which was taught as a vigorous aerobic exercise and as a graceful art-form demanding fine movements, coordination and timing. It is observed that true learning in life comes from doing with a willing mind and a robust will that comes from enjoying what one is doing. The summer camp, designed to do just this, has really taken the children to the stage of learning by themselves and laying the foundation for learning carried forward.
The closing ceremony of the Summer Camp held at Sri Prakash Synergy School on 17 May brought to a close the two-week summer camp with the blessings of the Director, Sri Ch. Vijay Prakash. All the summer campers demonstrated the skills they acquired during the camp cheered on by the applause of their parents, who had come to see their wards scaling new heights. The august presence of the Director, Sri Vijay Prakash, enlivened proceedings and all the participants gave off their best.
The ceremony started with prayer and the national song, Vande Mataram set to music and played on the keyboard by our young budding musicians. This was followed by the lilting tune of Govinda Bolo Hari which evoked the scenes of Lord Krishna with the Gopikas. The budding exponents of yoga executed asanas, with great suppleness of body and self-control. Soothing music and visuals were a perfect back-drop to these yogic postures.
The Camp leader Smt. B. Rajeswari read out the camp report that apprised the parents of the training their wards underwent during the camp. The Little Masters rocked the stage with their Western Beat and Punjabi Bhangra holding the audience spell-bound. Skaters exhibited their skating skills, gliding gracefully and executing Indian dance forms on skates. The Rope-skippers mesmerized the audience with their skipping feats with correct timing and grace. The Computer Animators gave life to the pictures making the audience feel that they were watching living objects. Culture was in evidence in the form of Kolatam and Clay Animators infused life into clay figures and made them move to depict original ideas. Clay snakes crawled, frogs jumped, and letters and stones frolicked according to the will of the animators. Karrasamu, the stick-work demanding power and precision was performed to the intimidating beats of drums.
The campers who celebrated their birthdays during the camp were presented with the memorable moments captured in photographs by the Director Sri.Ch. Vijay Prakash. The parents of campers expressed their views on Summer Camp 2015. They were immensely satisfied that their wards could live away from home for two weeks enjoying themselves all the while. Some of the parents marveled at the ambience and are looking forward to next year’s summer camp.
The Director of the School, Sri Vijay Prakash, appreciated the performers and expressed pleasure that what the campers had learnt in two weeks was exhibited well enough to assure learning outcomes. He stressed the need to avoid comparing children according to set norms. He requested parents to see the artist in every child, the true performer in the child, and not only the academic aspect. This would help in bringing out the best in the child.
AIMER - First Junior Mathematician Course
AIMER (Association of International Mathematics Education and Research) conducted its first Junior Mathematician Course – a five day program between 1st – 5th May, 2015 in the premise of Sri Prakash Synergy School – Peddapuram. AIMER is the brain child of Prof. S.R. Santhanam, who has been associated with Sri Prakash Synergy School for quite a long time and extending his tireless and tremendous services in the department of Mathematics. Explaining the need of one more association for mathematics, Prof. Santhanam hit the nail on the head by saying, ‘more associations, and more knowledge expansion’. He also said that in order to enable the maximum number of students learn mathematics in an excellent and effective way, there is a need of such associations to come into being. He further announced the members of the association in the inaugural ceremony and Mr. A.K. Roy, the Secretary of the Association took the lead to look after the proceedings. Rising to the occasion, Mr. Vijay Prakash, the director of the School, congratulated the members, the resource persons, and the students as well. Mrs. B. Rajeswari, the Dean extended her hearty greetings to the members and the participants.
The course focused on Non routine problem solving techniques on Algebra, Number Theory, Geometry, Arithmetic, Combinatory, and Coordinate Geometry which caters to Olympiad examinations. 60 Students from different parts of India came forward enthusiastically and some of them attended along with their parents. Eight resource persons from all the corners of the country shared their knowledge in all the above mentioned areas in lucid and succinct style.
On the fifth day there was a valedictory function organized in the Conference Hall of Synergy School. All the participants came forward to express their views and opinions on the way the program was conducted and they were really ‘out of the world’. Some of the parents were really ‘on cloud nine’ as their children were highly benefited by the Junior Mathematician Course. The resource persons were of the opinion that this should be conducted repeatedly at regular intervals. As a response to this plea, Prof. Snathanam promised that AIMER comes forward to conduct such programs in future in any institution with an invitation.
William Shakespeare Birth Day Celebrations-23-4-15
The 451st birth anniversary of William Shakespeare - the famous dramatist, playwright, poet, sonneteer who reigned the literary world of English in the 16th Century was celebrated with all the glory at SPSS on 23rd April 2015. A majestic portrait of Shakespeare in colourful paper craft adorned the assembly hall. Rich tributes were paid to Shakespeare by X graders by way of speeches and enactment.
1. Julius Caesar’s prudent speech ‘Cowards die many times, the valiant never face death but once’ enthralled the audience.
2. Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘To be or not to be’ and King Lear’s passionate contemplation on his past actions demonstrated the consequences of procrastination and thoughtless decisions.
3. Shylock’s speech ‘Hath not Jew eyes’ against religious inequalities and Portia’s thought provoking lecture on ‘Mercy’ in the court scene from the play ‘Merchant of Venice’ captured the attention of the audience.
4. Othello’s doubts against his wife Desdemona through his vast monologue ‘It is the cause’ and Lady Macbeth’s strong hand in the murder of Duncan stormed the stage.
5. Ophelia’s wrath for her dead father, Mark Antony avenging the murder of his friend Caesar brought Shakespeare’s flair for emotions and human bondage to life.
The show stealers, of course, were the middle school students who surprised everyone with Shakespearean quotes presented in the most authentic style.