Thursday, 16 March 2017

New Beginnings

From 29th April to 3rd May, the students of Grade 7 and Foundation Batch will participate, for the first time as a school, in the WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) in Agra. This event is organized by the World Federation of United Nations Associations. The students of MUN@Neev have started preparing for this conference.

23rd February 2017  - The Preparations Begin

In our first MUN meeting, we worked on developing our understanding of the procedures of the MUN, using a new strategy introduced by our teachers. We were assigned groups and each group had a summarizer, a definer, an interpreter and an evaluator, working on different aspects of the topic. We used our collaboration and research skills.  We will present this to the rest of the class next week. This activity really energised us.

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Students working in their groups.

2nd March 2017 - The Presentations

DSCN0256.JPGToday, each group presented their research on MUN procedures. Was our research good? Did we address the topic in detail? Did we work well together as group? Did we speak clearly, articulating well? These were some of the things we discussed. We look forward to working on the feedback we received.
Students presenting their work.

[Photos: MUN@Neev]

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Grade 4 - Lemonade Stand set up by our young Entrepreneurs!

Date:  8th February, 2017,  Wednesday
Grade: 4

A day was filled with anxiety and excitement for our children was not just a learning experience but a true challenge which gave them lifelong profound learning. The day started off with the class taking an oath that whatever happens they will be principled when they conduct the sales. As a team, they set up their stalls, mixed the lemonade and got ready with exuberance. The market opened and our budding entrepreneurs did make us feel proud when they put together their learning of the past 6 weeks together to meet the demands of the market. They not only used the learning from the unit ‘How we organize ourselves’ but also went back to what they learnt in their advertising unit to market their business and persuade customers to buy their product.

Now it is time to reflect on the how they did in terms of profit. The groups were anxious to know what their revenue was and if they made a profit or not. They used costing sheets to calculate the revenue and come up with an overall understanding of the unit. It was interesting to see their reflections that showed how students exhibited their learner profiles, skills and attitudes during the whole process.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Field trip to Anthargange by Grade 4 on 17 June, 2016

Date: 17 June, 2016, Friday
Grade: 4

Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking and rock climbing.
As a part of our inquiry process for the Unit – Who we are, we decided to do this trek with the grade 4 s. Our purpose was to make links between how our body systems are interdependent on each other to perform a function and understand the connection between exercise, nutrition and physical well-being.. We also wanted students to reflect on strategies that we use to manage and face challenges to help us develop new strategies to cope with adversity.
We all set out with excitement on the morning of 17th June in a bus at around 6.30 a.m. Ms. Kavita and her group of mountaineers were with us to guide us and help us through the trek. When we got to the base of the Anthargange hill, there was more excitement to see monkeys on the steps of a beautiful old temple. Students though a little worried and scared, were enthusiastic to climb the hill. When we got to the first point at the top, we walked through the amazing farm land. We took short water breaks and managed to get to the summit in one and half hours. It was a great feeling for all of us to reach the summit and see the breath taking view of the Kolar district.
Mr. Kunal our expert in the fieldtrip and Ms. Vandana discussed the objectives of the fieldtrip and made connections to the concepts in the unit. It was an interesting discussion that led to an overall understanding of how the systems are interdependent on each other.
Students pulled through very well during the trek. On the way back, we rested for a while, had lunch and came down the same path. It was great to see courage, independence and empathy in our students which brought out the PSPE objectives.

Discussion (with Ms. Vandana and Mr. Kunal) when we reached the summit based on the PSPE outcomes and learning outcomes of the unit - (some discussions.. There were many more)

An achievement and satisfaction in going up to the summit. Yes we did it!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

A glimpse into history....

Field Trip Date: 4th to 7th November 2015
                 Grade: 4

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

To explore the characteristics of the past civilizations and to understand that the present is connected to the past, the grade 4s went on a field trip to Hampi.
Hampi (UNESCO world heritage sites) is a small village in northern Karnataka, situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River.Today the site remains as the ruins of Vijayanagara Empire
En route to to Hampi, we stopped to explore the Chitradurga fort which was a part of the Vijayanagar Kingdom.We also watched the sunset at Tungabadra reservoir situated few kilometers before Hospet.
On the first day we visited the Royal Enclosure of Hampi which was once the seat of power of the earstwhile king. The area is packed with numerous palace bases, underground temple, aquatic structures and the likes.We also saw the ruins of the Krishna temple where we noticed the bazaars and the step well tank. Our little explorers found broken pieces of pots which date back to as old as 500 years. We then visited the Hazararama temple, whose walls unfold the story of Ramayana.We visited the beautiful Virupaksha temple which is the oldest shrine still in active worship. Our day ended with the climb up the Hemakuta hills where we watched the spectacular lights of the temple come on as the day transformed into an even more beautiful night.
On the second day we visited the Vithala temple, famous for its fascinating musical pillars and magnificent stone chariot. We also visited the Tungabhadra River flowing at the back of the temple where the famous pioneer of Carnatic music, Purandaradasa sang..This was followed by a visit to the Lotus Mahal and the elephant stables influenced by Islamic architecture brought in by the Bahamanas.The evening ended with the trek to the Mahatunka hills from where our inquirers soaked in the unbeatable splendour of the entire kingdom that once ruled on the banks of the mighty river.

The trip left the Grade 4 with lasting memories of enduring learning and understanding different cultures. 

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Neev Lake Initiative – Big Day for Neev at Bellandur

The Teachers and students at the MYP level at Neev Academy – Encore have been working in visioning and conceptualizing on how we could come up with a community-based, socially relevant Initiative which could make a genuine impact in the lives of people of Bangalore and the possibility of real-world experiences and the rich learning.

After long deliberations amongst the students and teachers at Neev – MYP, the Neev Lake Initiative (NLI, for short!) was conceived. The Initiative was born in response to the sad state of affairs of almost all the major lakes of Bangalore. During the Units dealing with Eutrophication of water and the impact of Urbanization on common resources of Bangalore, the students spoke passionately about the pain they experienced whenever they crossed the extremely polluted Varthur Lake and the humongous amounts of chemical froth it generates. The students narrated horror stories of how the lake surface once caught fire and burnt for hours, spewing noxious fumes. The students (and teachers!) spoke of the general apathy amongst the Government bodies and how “Nothing happens”...”They are not doing anything to save the Lakes” “Nobody cares anymore”.
This scepticism and helplessness was something the students may have, unwittingly, picked from the general atmosphere. Some of the teachers started asking “Who is ‘they’?”... “Who should care?”The teachers persisted till the kids came to this realization that they, as the citizens of tomorrow, have a huge stake in the issue. Very gingerly, the students started asking what could ‘we kids’ do about it. That was the moment ‘The Neev Lake Initiative’ was truly born!

Soon, things started to stir and move with a group of teachers going on a Recce to the Bellandur lake and engaging with the community. The less-privileged families around the Lake were the hardest-hit by the deteriorating state of the Bellandur lake. Some parts of the community reaped the benefits of the growing economy and have prospered. The lake was really dirty. But the question dirty? Could we measure the levels of pollution? How are the Communities affected? When did these problems start? How did the Lake originate?

  • The teachers evolved strategies to understand the problems:
  • Exploring the historical origins and cultural myth-making of Bellandur lake.
  • Engaging with local communities through field visits and understand them through ‘participant observation’.
  • Field trips and scientific investigations on the Water quality, lake ecology and causes of degradation of Bellandur Lake.
  • Engaging with communities using Art and Theatre as medium of expression and communication.
  • Community outreach programmes in collaboration with local communities.

As they say “Many men talk a good game...few deliver”. We at MYP wanted to walk the talk and soon organized an exploratory visit along with the entire MYP cohort, including students and teachers to The Bellandur Lake site. 

The students first visited the up-coming Yemalur Campus of Neev and saw how the locals were siphoning off the ground-water from the aquifers for commercial purposes. They also witnessed how the raja kaluves (storm drains) were connected with pipes carrying sewage and the consequent pollution of the lake. 

The students then visited a local government primary school in order to have a first-hand understanding of the children there. The teachers helped break the ice and before we knew it...the kids started actively engaging with each other and our kids picked up the basic rudiments of the Kannada language. Soon, a wonderful game was organized by Pradeep, our enterprising Arts Teacher, simply called  “IN...OUT” and the effect was electric. Soon everybody was participating in the game and our kids forgot their new surroundings, giggling and jostling with their  new-found friends.

The Neev students gave away apples to their new-found friends as a gesture of goodwill.

The students then visited the historical Bellandur Lake temple and spend some ‘quality time’ appreciating the architecture.

The only disappointment was that the Bellandur Lake was completely fenced off by The BBMP and there was no safe access to the Lake...essentially out-of-bounds. Concerned staff are working with the local officials on creating a safe access route to the lake for carrying out scientific/ecological investigations

This exploratory visit was a hugely satisfying and fulfilling experience for the students and teachers and we intend to follow it up on though deeper reflections and dialogues with the students.

This is still a ‘work in progress’ and miles to go before we sleep.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Closing Assembly

Here is a sneak peek into our Special Assembly held on April 2nd, 2015 to reach a successful completion of the academic session, 2014-15. The whole assembly was conducted by the students themselves .

Members of the Public Speaking Club displayed their newly acquired skills of public address through their compering for this event. 

Grade 3 students presented a highly engaging Hindi play showcasing their acting potential to inform others on the importance of sun being the sole provider of energy for our planet. 

Our Foundation Batch students on the other hand transmuted the scientific facts on the cycle of seasons into a beautiful dramatic rendition, “Demeter and Persephone” wherein we saw mythological characters pronouncing how the Earth landed up having the various seasons. 

Our budding dancers of the Dance Club shook a leg to entertain us. Members of all the other clubs also shared their experiences of learning in their respective clubs. Grade 5 and 8 worked in unison to constitute Neev’s first Preamble which was displayed at the Assembly. Soulful music by our students marked the grand finale for our assembly. Students then celebrated their last of this academic session through games and a picnic party.  Hope you enjoy looking at the photos and the videos that are meant to capture their joy!

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Time travel back to 500 years !!

Blog post written by our very own Grade 5 students on their trip to Delhi and Agra.

We flew on wings to see the forts of kings…
With kachoris, kebabs and scrumptious naan
We got to know Jahanpanah Akbar and Shahjahan!!

We, the adventurous grade 5 students have just returned from an expedition, time travelling through the history of Delhi and Agra! But it wasn't just the history that amazed us, it was the fact that we had just set foot in a place that had once been ruled over by great emperors.

As soon as we reached Delhi, we were bundled in a bus and sped off to Mehrauli.. Ms. Raseel and Mr. Ramit- our humble guides, enthralled us with rich stories throughout our entire trip. They made us play games, giving us titles of  Emperors and Sultans to help us build and understand how the seven cities of Delhi evolved. We saw, ‘Rajon ki Baoli’-the stepwell for kings, close to Balban’s tomb.

Next, we went to the Humayun’s tomb which we learned symbolized ‘Paradise’, hence they were many palm trees planted around. We saw Ferozabad, the fifth city of Delhi.  Here, we could see the Ashoka pillar erected in the fort that was carried by Feroz Shah Tughlaq.

We were very fortunate to meet Leila Seth, the author of ‘We, The Children of India’. Leila Seth was the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and the first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court. She spoke to us about the laws and rules of our nation and narrated some very interesting stories to us about her life in the high court.  She spoke about the importance of values to be inculcated in oneself to lead a happy and a successful life.  This visit will remain etched in our memory.

Chandni Chowk took us back in the time of  Nur Jahan and her design and planning of a market place which till today is one of the best place of great attraction to all and sundry . One end of Chandni Chowk has the famous Jama Masjd and  it had the real relics of ‘The Prophet Muhammed’ – one strand of his hair and his footprint.

Rashtrapati Bhavan was our next stop. . We saw our dignified minister’s work place which resides on the either side of Rashtrapati Bhawan and is called the North block and the south block.

The mammoth size of India gate was made in honor of all the soldiers who fought in World War 1. Their names are inscribed and an eternal fire burns twenty four hours a day.

A small hamlet tucked away in UP famous for its spectacular architecture –the famousTaj Mahal! Some of the famous places that we visited were Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. We felt that Sikandra was not a tomb but a place that ought to be worshiped. The approach to the main tomb was carefully done with fine work and strong colors. The actual burial place looked nothing like a king’s burial place, least of all Akbar’s tomb. It was a simple white enclosure but had something special about it. It showed Akbar’s true personality: a simple and peaceful man. Now we feel that we actually know Akbar, something we didn't feel in any other monument. The massive Taj Mahal is truly a wonder of the world. It was built entirely out of marble from the outside.  The Taj took 20,000 workers working 20 years nonstop around the clock.

Well, it was not only a great learning experience for the whole class (thanks to the teachers and guides), but it was a chance to step into a whole new place from our life back in Bangalore! We were privileged to witness the times of history with glimpses of democracy practiced by Akbar. Along with the historic part of it we learnt about the colorful culture of North India and were given a great opportunity to indulge in the scrumptious Mughlai food (along with Subways and McDonalds)!! Throughout this whole expedition, we had our adventurous mode switched on and we had a blast exploring Delhi and Agra’s mind-blowing history!!

We conclude with a poem to remember the chronology of the Mughal emperors:
Babur came with a barber, who meant to cut his hair,
But then Babur’s son Humayun, ended up dying on the stairs!
Then Humayun’s son – Akbar, became king at 13 years,
He made the kingdom prosperous, and fought with no fear!
Then came Shah Jahan, who loved marble a lot,
He built the Taj Mahal, which was a successful plot!
Lastly came Aurangzeb, who was so cruel that he could whip,
He followed by the phrase: Kingship knows no Kinship!