Angel and Bhargav report on ‘Our Computer Lab’

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In heal school there is a computer lab. In that lab 21 children work along with Teja sir. We use google to research our work. In our lab there are 30 computers and in the server room 2 computers. In our lab virtual classes are running. Colin sir is conducting virtual classes in our computer lab at school from England. Our computers are “HP” computers running 8.1 windows server. We have headset and also each terminal has a UPS to protect against power cuts.

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We enjoy doing all the different tasks of Colin sir’s work.

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Lokesh and Srikar ask you to respect Nature

We have beautiful nature, greenery, lakes, rivers, and ponds. We are not using them properly and we are spoiling the nature around us.

We should use bikes for smaller distance and not always use a car or motor bike. Cars and motor bikes release harmful gases, because of this nature is spoiling.

Please don’t spoil the nature because earth is the planet that has life. It has not only life but also variety and variability called biodiversity. A number of plants animal spices make the earth more beautiful. But human greed is spoiling the biodiversity and we are making the earth like an evil spot on natures face.

We must take some steps to protect our nature like: Stop the deforestation, divert roads away from forests and increase the national parks and sanctuaries.

Please don’t cut the trees and use only buses for smaller distances because in one bus nearly 70 members go. This causes much less pollution.

LASTLY PLEASE SAVE THE EARTH.

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DON’T MAKE BEAUTIFUL NATURE SO POLLUTED.

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Keerthi and Siva report on Ugadi

Ugadi is the new year festival celebrated by Hindus. It takes place on the 21st of March. We celebrated it last Saturday. On that day we pray to Durgamatha. She is the mother of the universe and is believed to be the power behind the work of creation,
We wear new cloths. On that day we make sweets. It is the new year of Hindus. We have a 60 year cycle in Telugu. This is 29th year. The year of “Manmatha.”
Those born in Manmatha year will have more love than others.

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This is an image of Manmatha god.

Manmatha is the god of love. He had one bow in his hand it is made of sugarcane. His wife is the goddess Venus and his name is also Cupid. On Ugadi we make special Ugadi pickle.

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It is made of 6 flavours, sweet, soar, bitter, jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind which truly reflect combinations of life.

Dinesh reports on Kho Kho

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Kho Kho is an Indian game that is often played at HEAL children’s Village.

To win the game a team has to tag all the opponents in the shortest time possible. The game is played on a rectangular pitch which is usually 29 meters long and 16 meters wide.

A kho kho team consists of 12 players but only 9 can take the field. A match consists of two innings. each innings consists of chasing and running for nine minutes each.

One team (chasers) sits/kneels in the middle of the court, in a row, with ajacent members facing opposite directions. The other team (dodgers) play in batches of three. The chasers can only run in one direction and cannot cut across the sitters. The dodgers can run anywhere and can go inbetween the sitters. The chaser has to run around the entire row to reach the other side.The chaser can pass the chasing job onto a sitter whose back is facing the chaser as he/she is running. To do this the chaser touches the back of the sitter and shouts “kho” which signifies the change of chaser.

The objective of the game is for the chasers to tag all the oponents in the shortest time possible.

HEAL children go shopping in Macclesfield – virtually

As part of a programme to broaden the experience of HEAL children today they were taken on a shopping expedition around Macclesfield town centre.

To facilitate this trip FaceTime was used. Macclesfield fortunately is in a 4G area so it was no problem to utilise FaceTime to show the members of HEALS class A&B around the town.

The trip started with a visit to Macclesfield Library where the class saw the well-stocked public library. They saw the array of books that the public can loan. They looked at the children’s section and the teenage section.

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Next they walked past the town hall and the church and into the main shopping street. We then visited Poundland. This gave an opportunity for Angel and Lokesh to choose earphones to go with the android tablet that was being set up for each of them as a result of the excellent work they had done in the science distance learning course. The cashier at Poundland was only too pleased to briefly talk to the class.

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We stopped to put the purchases into the saddlebags of my bike before resuming down Mill Street to visit River Island. At this shop the children saw the fashions that were being sold to their English counterparts.

The trip finished with a quick call in at Marks & Spencer’s. A trip on the escalator to the upper floor, a quick look round at the M&S offerings and then a view of the ground floor food section and ladies wear was all that my iPhone battery allowed.

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In a few weeks’ time we will take another trip to an interesting destination. I wonder where we will go next!

Bhargav reports on the HEAL institute for the visually challenged.

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HEAL is planning an institute for visually challenged, donated by Dr.Chunduri Dhanumjaya Rao and his family.. The institute is almost complete.

The institute will help blind children to learn, enjoy, and communicate with other’s. It is only for blind children. It will enable them to become good citizens of India and the world.

There was a big function on the 18th December 2014 to dedicate the institute. A picture is shown above.

Lokesh and Ravi Teja report on Volley Ball.

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Volley Ball is played alot at HEAL Children’s Village by both the boys and the girls.

Volleyball is a complex game of simple skills. The ball is spiked from up to 60 cm above the height of a basketball hoop (about 3.65 metres) and takes fractions of a second to travel from the spiked to the receiver. That means the receiver must assess incoming angle, decide where to pass the ball and then control their pass in the blink of an eye. A purely rebound sport (you can’t hold the ball), volleyball is a game of constant motion.

  • Volleyball has developed into a very specialised sport. Most teams will include in their starting line-up a setter, two centre blockers, two receiver-hitters and a universal spiker. Only certain players will be involved with service reception. Players will also have specialist positions for attack and defence. Substitutions are allowed during the game.
  • Since 1998, volleyball bas been using a new scoring system. Teams scored a point on every rally Point System), regardless of which team served. Formerly, a team could only win a point if it served the ball. Winning the serve back from the opposition was known as a side-out.
  • Matches are played best of five sets. The first four sets are played to 25 points, with the final set being played to 15 points. A team must win a set by two points. There is no ceiling, so a set continues until one of the teams gains a two-point advantage. Previously, all sets were to 15 points, with the first four sets having a ceiling of 17 and the final set requiring at least a two-point winning advantage.
  • In 1998, the FIVB introduced a new specialist role: the libero. This player wears a different coloured uniform from the rest of the team and can be substituted in backcourt for any player on the team. The libero cannot serve, spike the ball over the net or rotate into the front-line positions, but plays a vital role for the team in serve reception and backcourt defence. There must be at least one point played between a libero substituting off for a player and going back on the court for another player – hence he/she cannot be on the court for the whole game. The libero has added an extra dimension to backcourt defence, improving the reception of teams, lengthening the rallies and giving a vital role to shorter players.

Volleyball, an Olympic team sport, is the second most popular sport in the world today. There are over 800 million volleyball players worldwide.

History of Volley Ball

In 1895, William G Morgan, a physical education director at the Holyoke, Massachusettes YMCA, created a game called Mignonette, as a low contact indoor sport. After observing the first game, Alfred Halstead, renamed the game Volleyball due to the volleying nature of the game. Numerous other variations of Volleyball have developed such as Beach Volleyball, Footvolley, Hoover ball, and Newcomb. Both Men’s and Women’s Leagues are popular, and there are many clubs and tournaments throughout the year in the US.

A Volleyball team is composed of between 6-8 players on a team, and a match is played between two teams with an equal number of players. A volleyball court is 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, divided into two 30 30 ft halves, by a 40-inch wide net, placed so that the top of the net is about eight feet above the centre of the court. The first team to score 25 points (and be two points ahead) is awarded the set. Matches are best-of-five sets or best-of-three sets.