10th Toppers 2014-15
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.