The School Weekly - 21st April 2014

The Fabindians wish all its readers a very Happy Easter.

14th April '14:  Temperature at Bali has risen to 38 °C and humidity is at 41%. This is precursor of higher temperatures and drier weather. Students prefer to stay indoors and play indoor games during the Games period.The campus has begun to look a little dry due to autumn and dry winds. School pets can be seen lazing in the corridors due to the rise in heat. On the other extremes bougainvillea is in full bloom, though it hangs in balloons due to heat.Typical storms that would rant May and June apart and ring in monsoon rains have begun early this year. Rajasthan has begun to experience sand storms and sudden showers in April itself. 

Bhopat Singh the new security gaurd, has been posted at the gate to keep a track of visitors. He maintains a register of entry and exit of all visitors, including teachers and admin employees who go out for any official work. He has been advised not to let students walk out unescorted.

15th April '14: DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) activity was carried out again in all the classes under the guidance of The Principal to enhance the reading ability of the students. Further the Principal is observes teaching in classes, to help raise teaching delivery levels in the classrooms. The observation is empowering the teachers as the Principal shares her feedback with them, to help them with further planning.

16th April 14 : Escorted by Mr. Atul Bhatt six students Rajesh Choudhary, Mehul Sehua, Nikhil Soni, Maharaj Singh & Koshik Soni of Class IX, attended a workshop at Sushant School of Designing, Gurgoan on 17th April' 14. They returned on 18th April'14 .The workshop was held on “Changing Trends In Education”. Mr. Atul Bhatt felt it was a rewarding experience for students to observe how other schools were far ahead of us in the field of modern education today and how we must approach for it. They also got time in the evening to venture out in the malls.
Photography Trip to Shivani Reservoir
Ms. Neha Parmar a photographer visited us. She was invited to share some of her photography work on wild life.  In order to expose students to such a hobby as photography the school and inspire tem to discover themselves in this filed Class IX, X and XI students were sent with Neha to venture out in the wilderness and shoot nature, birds, animals; and even learn to handle a camera that has different speed limits and lenses etc. I was lucky to escort them as I happened to enjoy as much as my students did!
- Harshita Dalawat (Class - X)

On 14th of April we set out for a trip to Shivani reserve area and its reservoir. The wild life photographer was also with us. When we reached there we got down from the bus and had a view of the place. The place was surrounded by tall trees .The place was shady and peaceful.  Few people could be seen moving on the narrow kuccha road. I saw my students bursting with joy at the surprise trip! They were not told about this trip and I didn’t know of it either. But both teachers (Prerna Rathore also went with us) and students alike were not bothered to seat it out in the sun out of sheer joy of a trip. 
We sat under the trees because Neha wanted us to look at some of the photographs of wild life in the screen on the lap top. So we had a close view of it. Animals, birds, flowers and trees were seen. She explained each and every picture to the students. I could easily see keen eyes move on the screen-observing her talent. Perhaps wondering themselves that one day they would also take such shots!
After this little class we stood up and proceeded towards the reservoir which was close by. We had to climb up a mound and then walk down to a long path strewn with autumn leaves and thorns that must have flown away due to the wind. After walking for a few meters we reached the reservoir. Neha took out her camera and looked at the lake through its lens. Through her camera she showed students, the birds wading in the lake. There were Cormorant and Lapwings.
Along with the camera work, she also showed a picture book on birds. So, one by one every student saw picture of birds – Cormoron and Lapwings. We saw some other birds in the book which we often see around us. We saw Sparrows, Woodpeckers and species of their kind.
It took us two hours to go through the book and recognize birds of different species we also took time to shoot because children were many and each one wanted to look through the camera and take camera in their hands. I also handled the camera and looked at the lake and the birds. We were told that the best time for bird watching is in the early morning and in the evening before sun set. Birds come out into the open in the early morning hours out of their hiding places. 
It was a learning experience for the students and me. We came back to the school around two in the noon. Recharged and daring the sun, recently refueled by a new experience. Neha told the students that the next time when she comes, she will take them in the early morning hours to watch them again so that more birds could  be seen. 
We thank Neha and school authorities for bringing such a wonderful experience in our lives.
We  hope to see Neha soon.
   - Deepika Bhatt (Teacher)
Workshop at Shushant School of Design (Ansal University), Gurgaon (Delhi/NCR) 
On 17th April, we visited the Ansal University in Gurgoan. We enjoyed a lot there. We were excited to see the university. When we entered the university we saw many buildings inside it where construction and architecture was luxurious and the nature around was beautiful. Then we entered the boys hostel to bathe and breakfast. The dining room was well furnished. After having our breakfast we went to the workshop room. The room was full of students from different schools and universities.

We  introduced ourselves in the introductory session. The instructor of the workshop talked about changing education in the modern time and what is the need of the students in today’s world. As we were very young compared to the other students we were advised to observe the exercises which were carried on by the other students.
After the exercises were over he laid emphasis on the importance of goal setting and how to achieve it. The second instructor spoke about creativity, innovation and marketing a product. He told us to form smaller groups and told the groups to make a product and to promote it. We were given a project on paste and it was about how to marketing it.
Suggestions were given by our group that our paste should have chocolate flavor as chocolates are very popular among the children and all will buy such a paste.
During the evening we ventured into malls. It was a memorable experience for all of us. We will never forget this workshop. We hope to attend many more workshops like this.
- Nikhil Soni, Maharaj Singh, Koshik Soni (Class - IX)

Celebrating history The Fabindia School News Weekly will now publish interviews of all its employees from the oldest to the newest to try and record history of the school from their perspective and experience. Please note at the facts and figures printed in the interviews are opinions of the employees. They cannot be challenged for disparity as they are personal. In this issue we begin with Amararam Dewasi the oldest employee of the school. The interview was conducted in Hindi. Here it has been published in Hindi and English for readers.
इंटरव्यू - अमराराम 
सवाल : आपका नाम क्या है?
जवाब : अमराराम। 
सवाल : आपकी उम्र कितनी थी, जब आपने इस स्कूल में काम करना शुरू किया?
जवाब : 18 साल। 
सवाल : स्कूल में आपकी नियुक्ति कब हुई?
जवाब : सन् 1993 में। 
सवाल : उस समय स्कूल के डायरेक्टर कौन थे?
जवाब : कल्याण सिंह जी।  
सवाल : उस समय स्कूल के प्रिंसिपल कौन थे?
जवाब : विष्णु कांत सर जी।
सवाल : उस समय स्कूल का बुनियादी ढांचा क्या था?
जवाब : उस समय स्कूल में सिर्फ एक कुआँ  था, जो अभी प्रिंसिपल ऑफिस के पास में है। और एक रूम था जहाँ पे अभी ये एडमिन ब्लॉक है जो 4 साल पहले बना था।
सवाल : स्कूल कब शुरु हुआ था और कितने बच्चे थे?
जवाब : 17 अगस्त 1992 और 17 बच्चों के साथ।  
सवाल : उस समय आप की सैलेरी कितनी थी? 
जवाब : 800 रूपए प्रति माह।  
सवाल: उस समय स्कूल में कितने लोग काम करते थे?
जवाब : कुल 5 लोग काम करते थे।   
सवाल : उस समय स्कूल में कितने टीचर थे ?
जवाब: 3 टीचर थे।
सवाल : स्कूल की शुरुआत कहाँ से हुई?
जवाब : सबसे पहले स्कूल चम्पाबाग़, बाली से शुरू हुआ।  
सवाल : क्या सारे बच्चे बाली के ही थे?
जवाब  : हाँ सारे बच्चे बाली के ही हुआ करते थे।
सवाल : कौन से साल में स्कूल यहाँ पर शिफ्ट हुआ?
जवाब :   1995 में।  
सवाल : तब स्कूल में कितने ब्लॉक और बस थीं?
जवाब : तब  स्कूल में एक ब्लॉक और पहली बस 1998 में लायी थी।
सवाल : उस समय प्रिंसिपल कौन थे ?
जवाब : मीना पाण्डे जी।
सवाल : और डायरेक्टर कौन थे ?
जवाब : वरुण कान्त जी।  
सवाल : वे दोनों कैसे थे और स्कूल के लिए क्या करना चाहते थे ?
जवाब : वे दोनों अच्छे थे और बच्चों से  प्यार करते थें। स्कूल की फैसिलिटीज भी इम्प्रूव करना चाहते थे।
सवाल : उस समय आपको स्कूल से कोई शिकायत थी?
जवाब : वैसे तो नहीं। पर पिछले 5-6 सालों में दो बार परिणीता मैम से सैलरी बढ़ाने की बात कही थी।
सवाल : परिणीता मैम ने क्या कहा ?
जवाब : मैम ने जवाब दिया की मैं जल्द ही आपकी सैलरी बढ़ाऊँगी।  
सवाल :  सन् 1998 में कितने टीचर थे ?
जवाब : उस समय 15 टीचर थे।  
सवाल : मीना मैडम के समय कितने ब्लॉक थे?
जवाब : उस समय 3 ब्लॉक थे।  
सवाल: वे किस पर ज्यादा ध्यान  देतीं थीं ?
जवाब: वे पढ़ाई और खेल दोनों पर ध्यान देते थे और उस समय लड़कियों की टीम भी थी।   
सवाल : क्या परिणीता मैम भी ऐसी थीं?
जवाब : वे भी खेल पर ज्यादा ध्यान देती थी लेकिन उस समय लड़कियों की टीम नहीं थी।
सवाल: हमारे यहाँ अभी तक कितने फिजिकल ट्रेनर रह चुके हैं?
जवाब : यहां पर 4 फिजिकल ट्रेनर रह चुके हैं। उनका नाम है अशरफ भैया, राकेश जी जोशी, गजराज सर और 2002 में चन्द्र पाल सिंह।  
सवाल : क्या इन चारों के समय अच्छी टीम रही थीं ?
जवाब : हाँ इन चारों के समय अच्छी फुटबॉल, क्रिकेट और हॉकी टीम रह चुकी है।
सवाल : जयंत सर के समय किस चीज़ पर ज्यादा ध्यान दिया जाता था और उस समय कितने ब्लॉक थे ?
जवाब : जयंत सर के समय पढाई पर ज्यादा ध्यान दिया जाता था और उस समय चार ब्लॉक थे।  
सवाल: परिणीता मैम कब आये थे?
जवाब: 2006 में।
सवाल: परिणीता मैम ने स्कूल के लिए क्या- क्या किया?
जवाब: मैम ने तीन नई  बसें लीं, तीन नए ब्लॉक बनवाए और एक प्याऊ बनवाया।
सवाल: आज हम जितने शैतान हैं क्या पहले भी बच्चें उतने शैतान हुआ करते थें?
जवाब: हाँ बच्चें उस समय ज्यादा शैतान हो गए थे और यहाँ तक की वे शिक्षकों से भी नहीं डरते थे। उनकी शैतानियों के चलते सबका आपसी लगाव भी कम था। पर आजकल की दुनिया ऐसी ही बनी हुई है। आपसी लगाव तो परिवारों में भी कम हो गया है।  
सवाल: क्या परिणीता मैम ने टूर करवाये थे?
जवाब: हाँ दो एजुकेशनल टूर करवाये थे।
सवाल: क्या आप भी जाते थे ?
जवाब: हाँ, लेकिन परिणीता मैम के समय  हमें नहीं  ले जाया जाता था।  
सवाल : उन्होंने और क्या-क्या करवायें?
जवाब : उन्होंने लुणावा, मुंडारा, नाना और नेत्रा में छोटी -छोटी स्कूल खोली थी। लेकिन अब वे बंद हैं। 
सवाल: आपके हिसाब से क्या यह स्कूल अच्छी प्रगति  कर रही है?
जवाब : अभी तक तो स्कूल को जितनी प्रगति करनी चाहिए थी उतनी यह स्कूल प्रगति नहीं कर पायी है क्योंकि बहुत लम्बे समय तक बाली  में यह एकमात्र  इंग्लिश स्कूल थी। आशा करता हुँ की अब  स्कूल प्रगति करेगी। 
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Interview - Amararam (English Version)
Q: What is your name?
A: I am Amraram.
Q: How old were you when you came to work here?
A: 18 year old.
Q: What year did you join the school?
A: In 1993. 
Q: Who was the director of the school at that time?
A: Kalyan Singh Ji.
Q: And the Principal?
A: Vishnu Kant Ji.
Q: Can you recollect what all existed at that time?
A: Oh! There was only this well that is behind Principal’s office. There was also this single room here itself, where we are sitting. This room was demolished when this new Admin block was built few years ago. 
Q: Do you remember in which year the school started and with how many students?
A: It started on 17th August 1992 with 17 children. 
Q: What kind of pay you go during those years? 
A: I earned Rs. 800 per month. 
Q: How many employees were there in the school at that time?
A: We were 5 employees in all, when we started work here. 
Q: How many teachers were employed to start the school?
A: 3 teachers were employed as the students were less then.
Q: Did the school start from here? 
A: No, the school did not start from here. It started from Champabagh, then later it shifted here.
Q: Did the students come from all over the place at that time also?
A:  No, at that time the area was not so developed, so all the student we got, came from Bali only. 
Q: Then, do you remember what year the school shifted here, where we are sitting?
A:   In 1995. 
Q: Did these blocks that we call 1, 2, 3 etc., existed at that time also?
A: No….no….no…. not at all……the school had only one block of four classes and we bought our first bus in 1998. 
Q: Who was the Principal at that time?
A: Oh! At that time Meena Pande ji was the Principal.
Q: And Director?
A: It was Varun Kant Ji 
Q: How were those two people? Can you remember what they wished to do for the school?
A: Both the individuals were very nice people. They both were really fond of children. They both wanted to improve the facilities in the school. 
Q: Do you remember not being happy with the school at that time?
A: Not as such………..but I had asked Pareenita Ma’am to increase my salary twice. 
Q: What did she say?
A: She said she will do it very soon 
Q: How many teachers did the school have in 1998?
A: We had 15 teachers then.
Q: How many blocks existed during Meen Ma’am’s tenure?
A: 3 blocks.
Q: What did she focus on?
A: She concentrated on studies and sports equally. We used to even have a girls’ team of sports at that time.
Q: Did Pareenita Ma’am do the same?
A: She used to concentrate on sports too but during her time we had no girls’ team in sports.
Q: Can you recollect how many physical trainers we have had since the beginning?
A: So far 4 physical trainers have worked. They were Ashraf Bhaiyya, Rakesh Joshi Ji and Gajraj Sir. Since 2002 we have Chandra Pal Singh Ji.
Q: Did the school have good teams during the tenure of these trainers?
A: Yes, I can fairly say we have had good football, cricket and hockey teams since then, under these four people. 
Q: What did Mr. Jayant concentrate on? Can you recollect how many blocks existed during his time?
A: During his time studies was the main focus. We had 4 blocks during his tenure. 
Q: When did Ms. Pareenita Ranpal join?
A: She joined in 2006.
Q:  Can you tell her contributions?
A:  Ma’am bought three new buses. 3 new blocks and a hut for drinking water were made.
Q:  Do you think students were as naughty then also?
A: Students were naughty. Due to their naughtiness they were not afraid of teachers. Hence, bonding never happened with teachers.
Q: Did Pareenita Ma’am send educational tours?
A: Yes, two educational tours were sent during her tenure. 
Q: Did you enjoy going on tours?
A: Yes, but during Pareenita Ma’am’s tenure we were not sent.
Q:  What else was her contribution?
A: She opened small schools in Lunawa, Mundara, Nana and Netra but they did not work. 
Q: Do you think this school is progressing?
A: Till date what the school should have progressed, it hasn’t, because we have been the only English medium school in Bali for a very long time, and we should be the best. I hope now the school will progress.
Interview By : Chandu Gaur, Vishal Chundawat, Kushagra Singh (Class XI)
Compiled by Bharti Rao for The Fabindia School. Thanks to Ms. Deepika Tandon for her support.   

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