Tenth Class students Dhanyasri and Angel Vennela presented their school report to guests during the HEAL Day celebrations. It read:
Today we are celebrating our Silver Jubilee and it is a red-letter day in the HEAL journey. Having started in 1992 by Dr Satya Prasad with two abandoned children, HEAL in the last 25 years has benefited thousands of children. More than 100 have become engineers, doctors, MBA, graduates and some have become entrepreneurs. HEAL aims to support 10,000 children in this decade.
- HEAL believes in learning by doing. This year every classroom has been converted into a lab. We now have labs for every subject. The classroom has become an interesting area. This is in addition to the existing well-equipped maths, physics and chemistry labs. We are now looking forward to upgrading our biology lab.
- HEAL School strives to keep in pace with changing technology and aims at an engaging and involving environment. We now have three ‘smart’ rooms and all three of those are over-booked by our teachers. All our teachers prefer to mix teaching with visuals. Result? Our attention span and retaining capacity has increased. We are now looking forward to make every room a smart room as and when we receive donations.
- Stories transport us into a different world. We love to read stories, no matter whatever the age. Our library has become interesting and attracts more and more children. Our library is open on Sundays also.
- Nurturing innate abilities: Our entire campus has become a learning space for us. Six-day schooling has been made into five days to use Saturdays to pursue our hobbies. There is dance, music, drawing, games, elocution, debates and robotics for us to choose from. Our own school radio programme has become a very interesting forum.
- We love games. Every single day we play games – more so on weekends! This year 14 of us have reached state level in running, kabaddi, kho-kho and javelin. We are proud and happy to share that Ms. M.Jyothi, of 9th Grade, has been selected by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh for advanced coaching in kho-kho.
- HEAL welcomes more and more volunteers. We are glad to share with you that 25% of both curriculum and co-curriculum is being taken care of by volunteers, from within India and overseas. In fact, our Paradise campus is steered by a volunteer – our CEO. Moving forward, we look for more of our esteemed supporters to volunteer.
- HEAL stands for Health and Education for All. Health comes through balanced diet. We are meeting a greater part of our nutrition requirements from organic farming in our kitchen garden and we are striving to increase the same. We are producing compost from our wet waste, managed entirely by our children. We have installed our new solar kitchen for steam cooking which will help us retained nutrition and hygiene.
- We believe in a healthy environment. We take pleasure and pride in keeping our dormitories, classrooms and campus clean.
- Alumni: We are very happy that some of our seniors have joined us today. They are our torch-bearers and role models.
We profusely thank our teaching and non-teaching staff. They are not only our teachers, but they are our parents too.
We, the HEAL children, humbly express our deep gratitude to our generous donors, covenants, sponsors, volunteers and well-wishers.
Venkatesh, of Class 7, is a promising artist. Here, he shows off some of his recent work, including a portrait of Malala Yousafzai…
Livvy and Katherine, two English volunteers who are teaching at the school, asked Class 7 & 8 to design a poster for any country. This is some of the work they received:
You will find more of the students work here: Wall posters
On April 1st we went to Vijayawada radio station for the first time to perform and take part in a radio programme. Saikeerthi, Lakshmi Nancharama, Angel Vennela, Samvidha and Sandhayran sang three songs. We sang the folk songs:
- Ghalu, ghalu, ghalu, ghalu
- Thandhana thandhana
and the patriotic song:
A story was said by Samvidha and Sai Tejaswini.
The small children from Heal Paradise Village recited poems.
The traditional Indian number system (Place values of which there are 27) were spoken by Sandhya Rani and Lokesh.
This is the first time for Heal Paradise Village to perform at the radio station.
We all enjoyed it very much.
After a number of false starts Colin Charlton completed his first successful session with the students.
Using technology in rural India has its problems. First of all you can’t rely on the electrical supply. Soon HEAL will generate its own electricity from solar panels on the roof and that will be a problem of the past.
Surges in electrical supply play havoc with the kit. The server was taken out by one such spike. We have now had work done to protect against that.
We planned to use the Apple product FaceTime but when we connected the iPad to the projector we found that it only connected briefly before dropping the connection. After googling I found that this was a known problem. Apple had put a ‘fix’ in their latest version of the operating system to stop non Apple cables working with iPad. (Apple aren’t you making enough money from iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac sales. What if the projector people insisted on only using their cables with the projector!).
So while I’m waiting for an Apple cable to arrive we have turned to Skype. I don’t think the quality of the pictures is as good as FaceTime but at least it works.
So today we started their Science syllabus. We are following the CBSE syllabus. I have found lots of teaching resources on the Internet and I am writing lessons around these. I am sending the students some directed learning and then I’m following this up with question and answer sessions over the net.
I should get my first work back tomorrow.
I am planning once a month to take the kids on a virtual trip. As soon as I get the Apple cable and we can use FaceTime I will take them shopping around Macclesfield town centre (M&S and Pound Land). Next up will be a trip to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone.
Today my grandson helped me with the lesson!
At HEAL children are using Tablets to improve their study skills. Initially children are trained in using tablets by Mr.Colin a volunteer from UK and those children taught the other children using tablets. Using tablets children are enable to improve their reading skills by reading stories, some children have improved drawing skills, maintaining communication through mails with their teacher Colin and able to do their tasks given by him. Children are using educational websites to improve English language skills and able to know daily news. Some children who have passion in bird view are able to study about birds. Now for them Tablet has become an interesting and important tool in learning