The School Weekly- 3rd October 2016

Mera Bali

Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. Occupied until the late 19th century, the fort is now open to the public and is spectacularly lit for a few minutes each evening. Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by road. It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh.
With a wall over 38 km long, the fort is the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and is known as the Great Wall of India and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort. Kumbhalgarh in its current form was built and ruled by Rana Kumbha and his dynasty who were Hindu Sisodia Rajputs descendents. Kumbhalgarh in its present form was developed by, and believed to have been designed by a famous architect of the era Madan. Out of the 84 forts in his dominion, Rana Kumbha is said to have designed 32 of them, of which Kumbhalgarh is the largest and most elaborate.
Kumbhalgarh also separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was used as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger. A notable instance was in the case of Prince Udai, the infant king of Mewar who was smuggled here in 1535, when Chittor was under siege. The fort remained impregnable to direct assault, and fell only once, due to a shortage of drinking water, to the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas in Gujarat.

A Ganesh temple is built on a 12 ft (3.7 m) platform and is considered the earliest of all temples built inside the fort. Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple is located on the eastern side of the fort built during 1458 CE. The central shrine of Shiva is approached through a rectangular enclosure and through a structure supported by 24 huge pillars. The idol of Shiva is made of black stone and is depicted with 12 hands. The inscriptions indicate that the temple was renovated by Rana Shanga.

Parsva Natha temple, Jain temple on the eastern side and Bawan (52) Jain temples and Golera Jain temple are the major Jain temples in the fort. Mataji temple, also called Kheda Devi temple is located on the southern side of Neela Kanth temple. Mamdeo temple, Pital Shah Jain temple and Surya Mandir (Sun temple) are the other major temples inside the temple.


In the journey of life

The creature of the Earth had made a fantastic thing on the Earth that is human and God has also given human some extraordinary powers by which he can decide what good or bad feeling is. The man is born to achieve something special in life and in the journey of life he faces many struggles, risks and happiness. When a baby is born then he is kept in the care of his mother and when he grows up he is sent to school or is taught the family occupation- many of them acquire success in their fields and many of them do not. Man’s life is the life which faces many problems and the person who comes across these problems leaves a sign on people’s heart and mind. Man takes birth without having anything and goes without taking anything but one thing that the man leaves is a sign of his attitude and achievement. During the journey of life people’s main focus remain on their aim that they want to achieve but these type of people cannot be called a happy human. Happy human is one who works hard for his aim with the love and enjoyment of life and enjoys every second of life, and then the man can be called a happy human who is walking happily and enjoying the journey of life.

Kirti Malviya/ X/ DH


God is here

God is there

In air in water

Find him everywhere

Through the prayer

Thank you god for the world so sweet

Thank you god for the food we eat

Thank you god for the house in living

Thank you god for the care you give

Thank you god for the birds that sing

Thank you god for giving us everything

Mahendra Parihar/ VII/ DH

Tuesday, 27th September: Ashley Madson and Carson Madsen along with their father Jason Madsen from Georgia, U.S. visited the School.  The family had raised funds with bringing awareness about the school through information on videos amongst their family and friends. Thus they raised a huge amount and donated the School our existing Solar Plant (10KV). After an hour they went to Ranakpur escorted by Mr. Sandeep Singh. Mrs. Prerna Rathod, Mrs. Bharti Rao, Mr. Sandeep Singh, Mr. Tarun Mishra, Mr. Vineet Kumar, Mr. Parth Guin, Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Mrs. Rajeshwari Rathore, Photography Club and some students of Class VIII, IX, X and XI to visit Bali Fort .Madsen family loved the Bali Fort. They enjoyed watching the sunset scene!

Wednesday, 28th September: A Special and Musical Assembly was organized to welcome the Madsen family. Mrs. Bharti Rao introduced the Madsen family to School. Mr. Sandeep Singh narrated the procedures School followed to install the solar plant.

Ashley and Carson shared their experiences of how they raised funds. Blessy Maria/XII/DH briefed about the solar panel and how Madsen family installed it.

Pooja Dutta/XII/GH briefed how generators caused noise and air pollution in the school. She explained how their elder son of Mackay Jason at the age of 13 raised funds and donated a solar panel to School in 2010 (3 KV) which supplied electricity to three blocks only. Mr.Byju Joseph gave a Vote of Thanks.

Principal, Mrs. Deepika Tondon gave token of appreciation to the Madsen family on the behalf of The Fabindia School for the great honour.

After Assembly Mr. Lakhmaram Choudhary, Municipal Chairman inaugurated the Solar Panel by cutting the proverbial red ribbon. Ashley and Carson switched ‘ON’ of the solar plant. Other invitees for the inauguration were Mr. Rajendra Singh Sandhu, B.E.O of Shiksha Vibhag. Mr. Ashok Wacheta, Nodal Officer. Cultural Program was organized. School Orchestra led by Mr. Prakash Dangi gave an enchanting performance. Welcome and Folk songs, Class IX and X girls performed a Folk Dance. A small skit was put up by Class VI and VII students, with a motive to teach “Save Environment”. Pooja Dutta / XII/GH mesmerized the audience by her soulful song.

Mr. Lakhmaram Choudhary praised the School to save pollution and be awarded GSE for 70% audit. He talked on the advantages of solar energy and thanked the Madsen Family for going out f the way to help another country. Mr. Rajendra Singh Sandhu, BEO thanked Madsen family for donating the solar plant in our locality. He asked students to be inspired by Madsens and help those who are in need. It doesn’t matter if help given is small or big. Mr. Ashok Wacheta, the Nodal Officer motivated students to grow more trees and nurture them. He thanked the School for developing an eco-friendly environment.

Mr. Jason shared how he enjoyed doing that project with his kids as he wanted to teach his kids to go beyond to meet certain challenges for oneself. In future also they will continue building this bond.

The Principal thanked the Madsen family and guests for giving their valuable time to the school for such an important event. Briefly she described the installation of Solar Plant and thanked all for their hard work. All enjoyed the program specially the Gymnastic Stunts performed by the students of Class IV and V. Then Guests escorted by Principal, AD, Coordinators and HODs proceeded for High Tea to the Library where Mr. Sandeep Singh gave a presentation on Solar plant- how from selecting vendors to negotiating and transporting the panels, School had come a long way! Madsen Family visited school forest. After break met Class IX- XII. In the talk they shared their experiences, problems and fund raising for their project. Students asked them a number of questions. Then they visited Jawai Dam escorted by 10 students and teachers. Their trip was full of fun and they took unforgettable memories with them.                                                                                                                 

 Interview with Masens

 (Ed: Editors, Ay: Ashley, Cs. Carson, Js: Jason)                            

Ed:  Is this is your first visit to India?

Ay & Cs:  Yes

Js: I visited India in 2010 with my elder son Mackay when we came to install the first Solar Panel. We with the help of labourers in the scorching sun had installed it on the terrace of 5th Block.

Ed: Do you like this place and its culture?

Ashley: Yes, I love this place! Its culture is very unique.

Carson: Yes, I like this place.

Ed: Which are the places you have seen here?

Ay & Cs: We have seen India gate in Delhi, Ranakpur, Bali Fort and Jawai Dam.

Ed: What do you like the most in India?

Ay & Cs: India’s Culture.

Ed: What do you like the best in our school?

Ashley: The Principal of the school, faculty as well as the students.

Carson: The facilities which are provided to the students.

Ed: From where did you get the idea of raising funds and installing solar panel in our school?

Ay & Cs: We got this idea from our grandfather as this is our family project.

Ed: What difficulties you faced while raising funds for the solar panel.

Ay & Cs:  While to find a good vendor was the biggest challenge for us and other is store battery.

Ed: There are many schools in this area then also why did you choose our school this project?

Jn: We decided to install a solar panel in school because of our good relationship with Mr. William Bissell and trust for this school.

Ed: Did your friends help you in this project?

Ay & Cs:  No, we did not take their help but we went to their homes to collect money and their family donated money for the project.

Ed: Suggest us some projects for our school?

Ay & Cs: You can do projects specially related to environment as your school has a lot of greenery.

Ed: Would you like to visit us again?

Ay & Cs:   Definitely we would love to visit you’ll again.

Ed: If you get a chance to change anything in our school, what would you like to change?

Ay: Your school is absolutely perfect.

Cs: Your school is amazing everything is perfect here.

Ed: Would you like to share your experience with us?

Ay & Cs:  We think that your Principal is very hardworking. She is doing well in up- bringing the school. We enjoyed here a lot and are proud to be a part of the Fabindian family. And love to visit here again and meet you all again. Although we had faced difficulties while raising funds and installing the solar panel but we are taking back very beautiful memories.
Wednesday, 28th September: Students from classes 4 to 9 participated in a painting competition with Energy Conservation as the theme. The topic was classes 4 to 6 was "Save a watt to save a lot", while the topic for classes 8 to 11 was "Save the polar, go solar".


Monday, 26th September: Students were shown corrected copies. Oral Examination for Pre- Primary and Primary classes were conducted on 27th & 28th September.

Friday, 30th September: Ms. Venus Upadhaya visited the school (Senior Communication Associate, Room to read). She was here to attend the Learning Forward retreat hosted by School for its India members and School staff. She visited the classes and interacted with students and teachers. She felt our students were excellent in praising their counter parts rather than praise themselves!

Monday, 1st October: LFIN (Learning Forward India Chapter) met at The Fabindia School for its first retreat. The retreat started with a short introduction of the members. Twelve members were present for the meeting. Seven Teachers along with the trainers were divided in three groups. First everyone individually gave key terms for what is needed for Teacher Transformation Process. Then the groups gave presentation on the question what is a team and what can it do? Mrs. Prerna Rathod gave presentation on Professional Development Program and how it works at our School, for our staff. My Good School Philosophy was presented by the Mr. Sandeep Dutt, Ms. Venus Upadhaya gave a session on ‘Child a Special Mind”, and shared her experience of class observation. Skype Session was conducted by Ms. Meenakshi Uberoi, ‎Education Evangelist & Founding Director of De Pedagogics. While Mr. Manoj Jayarad and Ms. Devanjali Dutt interacted with the staff members through the session.

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