Republic Day was celebrated at Heal Academy by the raising of the flag by Doctor Satya Prasad. Children sang the National anthem and saluted the flag. The celebrations continued inside where children conveyed the message of ‘Unity in Diversity’ through dance, songs and drama.
Following the donation of footballs and football kit by Liverpool Football Club, the children of Heal all participated in the preparation and construction of two junior football pitches- one for girls and one for boys.
All the children in the school gave up their playtime on two successive afternoons, to clear the ground of large stones. They used their initiative to find ingenious ways of extracting the embedded stones! Fifteen large sacks were filled. Four of the older boys used wheelbarrows to remove the sacks. The stones were later reused as part of the foundations for the stage in the performance area, which is currently under construction.
The pitches were marked using string and white powder. The children erected goalposts which had been constructed from plastic piping. As soon as the goals were raised, the children enthusiastically took part in a football match. The girls initially had reservations but were soon just as enthusiastic as the boys. Most children wore flip flops or sandals and this highlighted the need to provide suitable footwear. The success of this endeavour has prompted the purchasing of sport shoes for all the children as well as track suit bottoms for the girls.
The rapid development of football skills is eagerly anticipated.
Children used Face Time to talk to a teacher in England. They asked questions about life in England. They found that it was snowing and were delighted to be able to see it on the screen. Another highlight was being able to introduce themselves to the teacher’s baby son.
Following this, the class participated in an exercise to use both Face Time and Whatsapp to contact each other. The class was divided into groups, with one group remaining in the classroom and the other group going out into different parts of the school. The school’s newly installed WiFi performed well both inside and within the school grounds.
In subsequent lessons students have covered different aspects of communication including newspapers and letters. Children had the opportunity to read articles from The New Scientist magazine and online editions of the local newspaper, The Hindu.
Students undertook a test to analyse their understanding of various forms of communication.
E-mails and presentation skills are areas to be covered shortly.
Some of the youngest children in the school went on a dusk nature walk equipped with binoculars, tablets and an abundance of enthusiasm. The children stalked quietly along the beautiful path to the edge of the nearby lake. They eagerly used the tablets to photograph the multitude of birds and their habitats. The short walk around Paradise Village revealed a diverse range of habitats. The name of the school has been well chosen as anyone who undertakes this walk will quickly see. It was refreshing to see how well the younger children shared the equipment and eagerly pointed out birds to each other. The return journey past the edge of ‘Snake Mountain’ which is a ‘jungle’ habitat, added an extra dimension to the walk. The sound of roosting birds emanating from the thick undergrowth gave an audible experience. The flocks of birds returning home after feeding at the lake, could be seen against the setting sun.
The introduction of ten tablets to the school has been a success. It has motivated the desire to provide a tablet for each student at the school. To support this ambition, eight of the senior students, four girls and four boys, are receiving additional training. This will provide the school with a knowledge pool sufficient to support the on-going use of the tablets in all areas of the curriculum.
Each of the eight children have pledged, in the fullness of time, to pass on their knowledge to eight more children. The success of the introduction of tablets has already led to a pledge for six more tablets. The cost of each tablet is £40 and support is actively sought to fulfil this ambition. Anyone wishing to contribute towards buying a tablet, can do so by going to www.healcharity.org and following the donation link.
The exercise that was set was to research famous world landmarks, using the computers in the new computer lab’. Children were shown how to use a search engine and how to navigate webpages to find relevant information. They were also asked to find images of the landmarks so that sketches could be produced.
Twenty one children undertook the exercise and very good reports were produced by eleven of the children. Samvidha, Bhargav, Lokesh, Sai Keerthi and Lakshmi all produced work of outstanding quality. Here are some examples of their work.