Events at NCFE

2017 Events

 

Some say fate is beyond our command but I know better. Our destiny is written by us. You just have to be brave enough to see it.

15th August 1947, India attained independence and broke free from British colonialism after centuries of struggle and countless sacrifices made by freedom fighters. It is the day when the people of India come together to pay homage to the freedom fighters and legends who valiantly fought for our country. In keeping with the sombre sentiments of the occasion the students of National Centre For Excellence put together a spectacular show which showcased the cultural treasure trove of our country and also highlighted the magnificent achievements of NCFE students.

Our esteemed guests, Mr. Kiran Vijay, Director Business Development, Ms. Keerthi Vijay, Director HR and Curriculum, Mrs. Sunalini Benjamin, Chief Coordinating Officer, Mrs. Shymala Ullas, Early Foundation Head, Mrs. Susan Barrid, Principal, National Centre For Excellence, Mrs. Simi Sheffi, Vice Principal International Centre For Excellence, Vice Principals National Centre For Excellence Mrs. Smitha Menon and Ms. Mary Elizabeth graced the occasion. They were escorted by our dignified NCFE band which instilled patriotic fervour with their well orchestrated music.

As the tunes and colours of the National Anthem and the Tricolor combined harmoniously it was a proud moment for NCFE. The school Newsletter, put together by NCFE students was released by Mr. Kiran Vijay, Director Business Development.

A remarkable speech delivered by Vice Principal, National Centre For Excellence Mrs. Smitha Menon traced a significant link between the first year and the 71st year of Independence. A photograph which nurtured the spirit of Independence in the city shows Damodara Reddy and Nelappa Reddy, our Chairman Dr.N Vijaya Kumar’s father jubilant with the victory in the freedom struggle triumphantly marching around Domlur with the National Flag on a bamboo pole. The photograph and the memories strengthen the strong connection that the Vijay Kiran Group Of institutions have with our freedom struggle. School head girl, Sneha Ramanan delivered a zealous speech highlighting the grand achievements of India in the past year.

In a magnificent display by 300 students the colours of our freedom blended with the esteemed symbol of the Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions. This amazing formation of VKG which is the proud symbol of our Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions truly reflects our vision to be an excellent forerunner in empowering our students to be successful self learners, who will use their acquired values, skills and knowledge to full potential and contribute to the larger community.

The Students presented a spectacular and vibrant performance of beautiful Indian dance forms like the Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Ghoomer and Bhangra epitomizing the rich diversity of our country. These traditional forms were fused with contemporary dance forms to reflect the rich culture of assimilation. The choir rendered a melodious patriotic song which enthralled the audience.

The students of NCFE always aim to win. NCFE proudly felicitated the super achievers for their splendid accomplishments. Students from the primary section who did extremely well in the Olympiads and in Chess tournaments were felicitated. The prize winners at the DPS Impressions, a cultural extravaganza hosted by the DPS North, the winners of the various Model United Nations conducted throughout the city and the winners of the Round Glass Samsara Festival, an environmental summit, concert and art exhibition were felicitated. The notable participants at the NPS Hacakathon were also honoured. Students who won various Sports Championships were felicitated.

The Programme was concluded with a vote of thanks.

The children of grade 8 performed an Investigative Activity on sugar as a part of the weekly Science Club Activities.

Many food items available in the market contain different types of sugar. Over consumption of the same can lead to health problems due to excess sugar in the human body.

The students analyzed the sugar contents of various food products that we use in our day to day life and made a report of the same. The students came to the conclusion that they should prefer having plant based food products like berries and whole grains over food products like carbonated drinks and junk food.

On July 22nd 2017, Saturday the VI graders along with their class teachers visited The Woods Resort near Kanakapura Bangalore.

The Students were engage in various activities like bingo, tug of war, passing rope, cricket, basketball, disco dance and also many indoor-outdoor games were held for the children. Student enjoyed at the amusement park. After the competitive events the winners received attractive gifts and were very happy.

Children were provided with very good breakfast, lunch and snacks which brought smiles on their faces.

It was also a good learning, experience for all of us. Team work was very evident and they learnt how to present themselves as a team and displayed sportsmanship throughout the event.

We reached our school back at 6:00 pm and we were very sure that all of us are looking forward to another picnic the coming year.

“Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert the negatives into positives.”

On July 8th 2017, NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE bore witness to one such beautiful moment. Mr J V Naik from Centre for Learning Vedic Math spent some time with the students of Grade 9, 10 and 11, teaching the students the techniques involving VEDIC METHODS. Vedic Math was used to solve problems which are considered difficult invariably math was made to look at with a different perspective. It was indeed a calculated and well spent afternoon for students and teachers who accompanied them.

SUPW Club Activity was conducted @NCFE on 20/7/17 as a part of CCA curriculum. Students of STD – VI participated in the activity of ‘Jewellery Making’ by using ‘Fevicryl Shilpkar’, ‘Poster Colours’ & ‘Elastic’.

Handicrafts are an important part of our rich cultural heritage, which serve to satisfy the aesthetic needs of man and provide a vehicle for his urge for self-expression. The real significance of handicrafts lies in the newness and surprise of each object.

Jewellery making gives students an opportunity to revive and keep alive the rich heritage and cultural tradition.

Margaret Thatcher said: “I love arguments I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.”

That is precisely what the delegates of MUN do, they debate, argue and negotiate to achieve consensus in diplomacy and to validate their view. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly and other Model multilateral bodies. Model United Nations is an excellent opportunity for young minds to engage in debates and dialogues that relate to a bigger picture.

Our students participated in the NPS HSR MUN on the 21st and 22nd of July. NPS HSR Principal Mrs Shefali Tyagi welcomed the gathering and stressed on the fact that how important it is for today’s generation to have a deeper understanding of the international issues which carves and frames our future. Then the NPS HSR MUN was declared open by the Secretary General Prithik Karthikeyan.

It had been a great learning experience for them. Apart from the intense research that our students did, it also helped them broaden their skill of oratory and team work. NCFE students have made a mark in the world of Munning. We are proud to say that Rahul Rajashekhar of grade XII has been awarded the outstanding delegate of UNHRC. Raghav Joshi of grade XI, Prerna Jordar and Pulkit of grade IX are given recognition as special Mention Delegates. In these two days students learnt how to be diplomatic in their approach, how to amicably solve differences and also the importance of tolerance in achieving global harmony

SPORTS AND NCFE AN EVERLASTING RELATIONSHIP!!

Like Nelson Mandela said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”– Nelson Mandela.

The INTER-HOUSE SPORTS MEET at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE was held on 14th of July, 2017 at our very own ground. The event began with the splendor that ascertains our attention. The band set the tune to the minds that were setting their hearts with passion to win. Discipline in the form an oath was taken before they went on to battle.

The school was buzzing in the spirit of sportsmanship; the four houses were highly spirited to fight for their coveted positions. With the right attitude and competitive spirit our students were able to gallop forward and participate in all the events held. The commentators did ensure that their sense of humour and burlesque did not offend the players on field. But they did not miss a chance to tickle a bone.

Amidst loud cheering and support provided by the audience, players were looking forward to proving their worth to the crowd. Teamwork with the right strategies along with mental and physical well-being helped the teams gather the winning points.

The teams that had the winning streak in them on the day were:

BOYS – GRADE IX – X

FOOT BALL – KINGFISHER
BASKET BALL – EAGLE

BOYS – GRADE XI – XII

FOOT BALL – EAGLE
BASKET BALL – FALCON

GIRLS

BASKET BALL – EAGLE
THROW-BALL – KINGFISHER

The day was an eventful one not only for the students but also for the teachers. The sports vice captain was very grateful to Principal of NCFE , Mrs Susan Barrid for providing such an opportunity, which helped students showcase the talent on field and understand the meaning of teamwork and physical well-being better than before.

Kaleidoscope is an optical instrument that uses mirrors to produce changing symmetrical patterns, and was invented by the Scottish Physicist Sir. David Brewster in 1816. The term “Kaleidoscope” is derived from three Greek words – “Kalos”, “Eidos”, “Scope” – which respectively mean “beautiful”, “form”, “to see”.Kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection, where two or more reflectors are placed at an angle to one another.

Inside the Kaleidoscope, three mirrors are kept with the reflecting surfaces facing one another, forming an equilateral triangle on their edges, and looking like a triangular prism. The mirrors cause multiple reflection of the objects kept between them, forming patterns.

The children of Grade VIII enjoyed creating the Kaleidoscope. The materials used were three reflecting pieces of mirrors, a can of Pringles chips, and a few sequins stuck to the translucent lid of the Pringles can. They learned the effect of multiple reflection from mirrors kept at an angle. They understood that infinite number of images are possible due to multiple reflections happening across the mirrors.

SUPW activities are aimed to develop individual skills, habit to work as a community and encourage community thinking. The club activity was conducted @NCFE on 13/7/17 as a part of CCA curriculum. All the students of STD – VI participated in the activity of making ‘CD – Wall Hanging’. Match sticks were used to create beautiful patterns on the Recycled CDs

The Science Club activities for the academic year 2017-2018 for grade VIII began with a fun-learning experiment, “Lava Lamp”. The aim of this experiment was to let the children learn something new in science through an experiment. The objective was to create a lava lamp with the resources commonly available in households.

“If you can speak you can influence.If you can influence, you can change lives.”

Fluent speaking is an art that can hold the attention of the most distracted listener and transform a boring session to a captivating one. The ‘Pick and Speak’ CCA activity for the VII th grade students conducted on 13th July, brought the best out of our budding speakers.They handled the topics with ease and elan, thinking on their feet and enthralling the audience with their wit and instant repertoire. It was a well spent afternoon where speakers honed their speaking skills and an enthusiastic audience cheered and appreciated them in everyway.

FIRE LESS COOKING AND SANDWICH MAKING by Grade 4 Students (for more photographs)



LEAF ACTIVITY by Grade 1 Students (for more photographs)




CLAY MODELLING by Grade 1 to 5 Students (for more photographs)



Book Wrapping by Grade 3 Students (for more photographs)




NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE was reverberating with excitement when the primary section used their imagination and motor skills to design clay into models during the activity time. The designs came to life and brought smile to all the faces watching them.

Einstein rightly quoted “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”. We want our junior students to widen their imagination, soar high and realize their passion in life. This activity is just a tiny step towards that realization.

Science Olympiad Winners!!

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant.

The world has always seen few of the educated excel in the field that they passionate about. The zeal and enthusiasm to know beyond the realm of knowledge does see success. When the achievement or success is under scrutiny the best always shine. One the most competitive exams are the Olympiads conducted every year at various levels. Students do compete to secure their position and as the rule of thumb students who work smart and hard always have their say in the end. These are students who definitely lead an organized life incorporating organized knowledge.

The students of NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE who secured various positions in the Science Olympiad Exams 2016-17 along with the school toppers were felicitated.

List of students who made us proud are:-

1. Divya Rajshekar
2. Gaddala Venkat Aryan
3. Meghadri Ghosh
4. Nandana Sandeep
5. Jahnavi Golamaru
6. G. Durga
7. Hrishikesh NG
8. Aditya V
9. G Aditya
10. Haziq Muhamed
11. Prajeet Rawat
12. Shreya Dutta
13. Medha Mariam Titus
14. L. Lakshmanan
15. Subhash Madhav
16. Aabha Sewak
17. Rhea Paul
18. Ankit Varun
19. Pavitra Nayak
20. Abhiram S
21. Chandradeep C
22. Rohini Jayshankar
23. Madhumitha
24. Anirudh Rajeev

SANJANA THAMPY WINS AGAIN!!

We have been always proud of our student Sanjana Thampy from Grade 8 for winning various accolades over the years.

Sanjana has proved yet again that if you put your heart and mind at something you can be a winner all the time. She has secured 6th Rank in the state and 8th rank in the zonal range with a cash reward of Rs 5000 for her performance in the TALLEN TEX 2017, a Competitive exam conducted by ALLEN CAREER INSTITUTE. This Talent encouragement exam will indeed see our student perform to her best ability in the future too.

We wish her all the best for her bright future!!

LEADER AT MODEL UNITED NATIONS-RAHUL RAJSHEKAR

We really appreciate Rahul Rajshekar for receiving a memento and certificate for performing his duties Assistant Chairperson at the UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RESOURCE COUNCIL at NEW HORIZON MODEL UNITED NATIONS held in the month of June 2017.

Young Leaders!!!!!

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur

The quote by MacArthur directs us to the notion that leaders are shaped based on their learning. The young leaders at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE embarked on this journey of learning and self realization on 23rd June 2017. The auditorium at the school was reverberating with enthusiasm and excitement.

The Investiture Ceremony began amid much pomp and fanfare. The prayer sung by our students was instrumental in evoking the blessings of the Lord. The lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Mrs Manju Balasubramaniam, Principal, Delhi Public School-North along with the dignitaries saw the brightness of the light illuminate the stage and elimination of the darkness becomes apparent.

Election Report by the Assistant Head Boy, Pranav Sai was presented to the audience. The report highlighted the fact that the students were both elected and selected through electronic voting application that was created by the alumni of our school.

The welcome speech by the Vice Principal, Mrs Smitha Menon set the mood for the celebration.
School assistant head girl and Young Leaders of the various houses i.e. Eagle, Falcon, Flamingo and Kingfisher were conferred with Badges and Sashes by the dignitaries on the dais. The oath taking ceremony presided by Principal, Mrs Susan Barrid saw young leaders pledge their actions and thoughts towards the betterment of the school. The office bearers did promise to serve their office with diligence and dedication and bear the responsibility to uphold the rules and regulations of the school.

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I am interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.—————Martin Luther King Jr. The Chief Guest reiterated the importance of being humble as a leader. She also emphatically highlighted the need for the leaders to be proactive and creative. The speech saw the audience applaud when she urged the leaders to work with a kind heart and active mind.

The School Head Boy, Rahul M Dinesh during his speech did not shy away from thanking his seniors, juniors and teachers who responsible for his development. He also promised to seize all the opportunities that come his way to make NCFE aim higher and soar higher. He believes that courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

The audience was spellbound and in attention when Shalini Kishore a student from Grade 12 sang to the tunes of the song ‘Ímagine’ with Emyl Verghese on Guitar and Manab Biswas on Keyboard.

Sneha Raman, the school Head Girl delivered the Vote of Thanks in the most appropriate manner and the day did end on a positive note with the National Anthem.

Celebration of wellness called the ‘INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY’ at “NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE”

The celebration at NCFE as a tradition saw the team from the ART OF LIVING Foundation initiate the event on June 21st 2017.This team believes in providing techniques and tools to live a deeper and more joyous life. They work towards recognizing a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. Their goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. The chief guest for the day was Mr Sreejith, a senior advisor with Dell. He is the co-founder of an Ayurvedic Wellness centre in Bangalore. Being a full time corporate faculty at the ART OF LIVING Foundation has encouraged him live a life with holistic experience.

The day was graced with the presence of parents who made a huge effort to join us.
The heads of the VK Group of Institutions along with the our Director for HR and Curriculum , Mrs Keerthi Vijay and our Chief Operating officer, Mrs Sunalini Benjamin joined the day’s celebration amidst their busy schedule.

The day began with our Principal, Mrs Susan Barrid welcoming the gathering and thanking the audience for their presence.

A display conceptualized by our Chairman, Dr N Vijaykumar, was the hallmark of a promise made towards the wellbeing of oneself and society. This hallmark is designed to constantly remind us to work as a team to achieve inner peace which in turn will build a peaceful community, which is the need of the hour. The emblems placed on the display by the audience added the essence to our celebration.

Luckily the weather was on our side and the program began on time with students, parents and teachers doing the asanas with ease. The importance of making yoga a part of our lives was emphasized by the facilitators. The day was exciting and calming at the same time. The day ended on a very positive note and it did plant a seed on the thought of ‘Yoga and its benefits’ in the minds of young and old alike.

We are hopeful that initiative like this will create a SAMARTHA BHARATA, a better society to live for all of us!

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. It was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment.

Since its inception in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

In 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. Even though World Environment Day celebrations have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.

An Earth Anthem penned by poet Abhay K was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, then Union Ministers of India, at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi. It is supported by the global organization Habitat For Humanity.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and the oceans of the world
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home. Earth Anthem” by Abhay K

2017

The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is ‘Connecting People to nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. The host country is Canada. This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

NCFE rings in World Environment Day 2017 with much verve and joie de vivre! The celebrations begin with a prayer to the Lord almighty to shower his grace and blessings on all. It is followed by the news and thought for the day. Our Head Boy Rahul Dinesh of grade XII A delivers a speech on the significance of World Environment Day. We have Maaza of grade VF recite a poem, “Make it Green” by Mrs. Avani Desai and Krishiv Rajeev of VA recite a poem on “Mother Nature”. The students of senior school sing a song commemorating our planet Earth. The ‘Green Ambassadors’, display slogans and placards. Students across all grades come out to take part in planting saplings in the school premises. The whole day resonates with joy and laughter and shared camaraderie! In all this I’m reminded of a beautiful poem that encapsulates all that World Environment Day stands for.

Baking A Forest By Suh Joon Kim

Sprinkle a few seeds on the cupcake,
add a few bushes, pines, and red woods for health’s sake.
Let the twigs fall, don’t clean up the leaves,
for if we do nature would not be pleased.

Spray a little water, it should not be too dry.
Add a little sunlight, but not enough to fry.
Add a few animals, birds would be great,
and leave it alone, until you accept your fate.

A single gift given for what you took,
One trillionth of payment for returning what you forsook.
A ray of light still shines on the caused sin,
A last chance to help nature, the planet and kin.
Look upon it with a smile.

First Day in School

“Good grades are life’s way of saying that there is a bright future in store for you.”

Our students of NCFE have yet again proved successful in the Grade X board exams. The accumulation of knowledge, skill and values make an individual ready for life . A decade of learning and evaluation bring you to the gateway of the outside world. Another phase in life that enables you to choose and the choices are fairly dependent on the assessments.

Dr. N. Vijay Kumar, Chairman of Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions believes that assessments or exams are just tools to indicate the progress made in understanding the vitals of the academics. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE will never consider exams as the ‘know all and end all’ of things taught. This insight has proven to be our preeminence. Like every year for the past decade, our students have made us proud this year too. Kudos to the teachers and parents for their efforts.

Grade X CBSE results are out and we are extremely proud to announce that 25 students out of 91 have scored a perfect 10 CGPA. We wish all our students a great success in all their future endeavours.

First Day in School

Medhansh Rathi (student of 4th Standard) came 5th position in U9 category in the Karnataka State level U11 category Chess championship that was held in Udupi from 19th to 21st May. Players from across Karnataka participated in this event to hold the title.

Approximately 140 boys participated in Open category in different age category below 11. Top 2 players will represent Karnataka in National U11 chess championship to be held shortly.

Details about Karnataka State Under 11 Chess Championship 2017

First Day in School

Every ‘First Step’ that we take marks a milestone in our lives. It is these moments that we hold dear and reminiscence about when we are older and look back in time.

One such day in the NCFE calendar 2017-18 was on 31st May when our precious young students of class 1 stepped into our premises for the very first time. It was a day of new beginnings-a little joyous, a little sorrowful; filled with awe and wonderment. View Photos


The Much Awaited News – 12th Grade Results

“You can only be truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money the goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result.”………..Maya Angelou

Like the saying goes it’s that time of the year when the students are rewarded for their dedication and commitment. Years of toil invested for the bright future will see the harvest. The concatenation had begun well in advance, the work in harmony by parents and teachers will make the most melodious tune in life.

Dr. N. Vijay Kumar, Chairman of Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions believes that assessments or exams are just tools to indicate the progress made in understanding the vitals of the academics. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE will never consider exams as the ‘know all and end all’ of things taught. This insight has proven to be our preeminence. Like every year for the past decade our students have made us proud this year too. The 12th Grade results are out and we are ecstatic to announce that we have achieved the impossible ‘CENTUM IN MATHEMATICS’. Congrats to RAM PADMANABHAN for this achievement. This feat would not have been possible without the tireless effort of teachers and parents of our group of Institutions.

The toppers for the year 2016-17 are:

Name Grand Total
Ram Padmanabhan 481-Science
Shubhangi Kumar 437-Commerce

More Details : Visit School Toppers


Spell Bee Competition

Spell Bee Competition conducted by the Hope Foundation saw our children compete with the right spirit and attitude. The students who stole the show were Parvathy.S and Divya Rajashekar of Grade V and Grade III respectively.

A cash award of Rs.1100/- each was awarded for their zonal entry.

Our students make us proud as always!


Founder’s Day and Decennial Celebration at NCFE

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE has completed ten glorious years of success in the realm of education and nothing was spared to make the day as memorable as it could be. NCFE is part of the Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions (VKGI) and is proud to be the dream that was realized by the relentless effort of our Chairman Dr. N. VIJAY KUMAR. Former Principals and board members graced the occasion along with our alumnae and parents.

The event did seek the blessings of the almighty in form of music and it began with our Chairman and board members being felicitated. Teachers who were associated with NCFE for 10 years and more were also honored. It was a emotional moment when the first parent and student were invited on stage and thanked by the dignitaries.

The moments captured over a period of ten years were put together and shown to the audience. The coffee table book of NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE, which is a snapshot of the journey so far, was released. This book is bound to serve and inspire intellectual conversations. A new logo and motto starting this year will have its imprints in the world beyond our imagination. Like the saying “Life is a beautiful collage of priceless moments and memories, which when pieced all together create a unique treasured masterpiece” the school magazine for the year 2015-16 was released by former Principal Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian.

The unveiling of the new uniform did have our student models look resplendent in it and the new attire was welcomed amidst cheer. The team that was responsible for the Tinkering Lab win was felicitated during the event. The Cultural program by the students of NCFE was an absolute treat to the eyes and ears. The Rolling Trophy to the winning house -‘Flamingo House’ was awarded amidst much cheer.

Speeches by the heads of various institutions, Mrs Susan Barrid, Principal, NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE and Mrs Sunalini Benjamin, Principal, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE under the VKGI umbrella have vehemently proclaimed the progress the schools intend to make. They also urged for students to soar high and inspire excellence to the world they belong. We believe that Success belongs to people who not only dream but also stay motivated and committed till they reach their goal and aspire further after the attainment.


A Blessed Beginning…

Years of toil by the students, parents and teachers produces results while putting the knowledge, ability and skill to test. Examinations are to be considered as a tool to evaluate, assess and to channelize the intelligence.

This period requires the blessings of all involved and not to mention the blessings of the Almighty. ‘Hall Ticket Pooja’ at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE means reverence, honour, homage, adoration, and worship. Hall Tickets were given the students of 10th and 12th grade with the blessings of the Supreme.

We at NCFE believe that each one of our students will be able to perform to his/her utmost capacity with his/her hard work, dedication, commitment and blessings. We wish our children all the very best for their future!!

Graduation Ceremony 2016-17

11th of February, 2017 bore witness to a ceremony that was grandeur in nature. It was the GRADUATION CEREMONY of the 12th Graders of the 2016-17 batch at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE.

Years spent in nurturing the talent and skill of young minds had come to the final lap. The opportunities in the outside world are beckoning but the goodbye is said with sad hearts filled with anxiety, eagerness and loads of prayer.

The prayer began with the lighting of the lamp which symbolized the eradication of darkness and with the school choir evoking the blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the mood for the event was set. With Principal Ma’am, Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian urging the students to take the right decision not only emphasized the importance of the involvement but also sowed the seed of critical thinking in the minds of the young achievers.

The Oath taking ceremony reiterated the importance of upholding the values of the school. Each student was awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a medal for his/her achievements. The mood of celebration continued with a splendid dance performance by the juniors because we at NCFE believe that to dance means to be new and fresh at every moment, as though one had just issued from the hand of God. As a parting gift the 12th graders rocked the stage with a soulful rendition. The vestige of these graduates was captured through the lens many times during their journey at school and the presentation of these brought back memories close to their hearts. A standing ovation by everyone present was the response to the collage.

As aptly said by Benjamin Spock, “The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering”, we had parents of Ram Padmanabhan and Adrut speak to the audience. The speeches did touch many hearts. It also emphasized the importance of partnership between parents and school to build a strong and powerful future generation.

Speeches of by Ram, Aparna and Ninad were filled with humour, humility, gratitude and a tinge of sadness because they were saying goodbye to their second home and family.

Vote of Thanks by Reshma Dua did have all the names they were grateful to and it was a gesture that made this batch a special one.

Pictures taken during the entire event will go down the memory lane and will definitely be cherished by all.

 

2016 Events

 


Speed Cubing at NCFE

Little did Hungarian sculptor and a professor of architecture Ernő Rubik imagine that his puzzle would become a worldwide phenomenon in a span of forty years. Competitions to solve the cube became a rage and these are being held to determine the shortest time taken to solve the cube.

The first competition was held by The Guinness Book of World Records and was held in Munich on March 13, 1981. The official winner, with a record of 38 seconds, was Jury Froeschl, born in Munich. The first international world championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982, and was won by Minh Thai, a Vietnamese student from Los Angeles, with a time of 22.95 seconds.

The World Cube Association maintains a history of world records and has made it mandatory to use a special timing device called a Stackmat timer. In addition to the main 3×3 event, the WCA also holds events where the cube is solved in different ways:

  • Blindfolded solving
  • Multiple blindfolded solving, or “multi-blind”, in which the contestant solves any number of cubes blindfolded in a row
  • Solving the Cube using a single hand
  • Solving the Cube with one’s feet
  • Solving the Cube in the fewest possible moves

Cubically driven and enthused, few students from grade 8 F were motivated to conduct a Speedcubing competition at NCFE. It was indeed at a smaller scale as compared to the ones conducted internationally. But the enthusiasm and eagerness of the participants did definitely match the international standards.

The Committee Members: Sanjana, Moksha, Medha, Madhura, Chinmaya, Vamsi, Pradhyun and Abhinav C of 8 F collaborated and coordinated the competition in the most effective manner starting with the announcement of the competition during the assembly. The event was for students from grade six , seven and eight. The students participated in large numbers and hence the Preliminary round was conducted on two separate days. The top twelve students were selected based on the speed and semi-final round was conducted during the first week of December. The top six from this round moved to the final round.

The final round was conducted on 22nd of December 2016. The event was welcomed with cheers and applause. The participants had to compete in 2 rounds and the winners were declared based on their speed to solve a cube. This program was conducted by the students with the guidance and support provided by Principal Maám and teaching staff at NCFE.

Just like there are numerous possible orientations to solve the cube , so is the way forward for our students. Our students are shown the orientations to think and act in many possible ways.

We are sure that these ways will pave way for limitless possibilities to achieve their dreams.

The speedcubing stars at NCFE are:

6th Grade:

1st Place—-Avinash
2nd Place—–Neel Mandal
3rd Place——-Arnaav

7th Grade:

1st Place—-Prabhav Agrawal
2nd Place—–Rachit
3rd Place——-Himanshu

8th Grade:

1st Place—-Hardik
2nd Place—–Aryan M
3rd Place——-Divy

Feliz Navidad!!

Christmas (which means “Feast day of Christ”) is a religious holiday for Christians around the world. It’s a worldwide phenomenon which involves cultural traditions and practices that are religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, whose teachings form the basis of their religion. It is the time to share and care. It is the time to include gifts and sharing meals with family. Ultimately what makes it special is the wait for Santa Claus. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE dwelled in the spirit of Christmas on 23rd of December. The children from the primary section staged a musical play called “A CHRISTMAS STORY” during the assembly. It was aptly called ‘A feast to the eyes and ears’ by the audience.

God’s directions were followed by Noah and the birth of Christ was well depicted by our juniors. The music that accompanied the acts set the mood for Christmas. The crowd erupted in cheers with the arrival of Santa. The greeting of Santa at the end of the event was welcomed by all.

A Lettered Week

Jane Yolen said, “Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” What we infer is that the knowledge assimilated during the growing up years will remain with us for the rest of our lives. It is of utmost importance that we train, mould and guide our young generation into a generation that believes in enhancing their knowledge, skill and talent that would benefit mankind. These tasks are magnanimous in nature and the success in these tasks is attainable only with small but impactful steps.

One such step taken by NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE was conducting a LITERARY WEEK for the Primary Section, Grade 1 to 5. The events were held in a very healthy and competitive spirit.

The students of Grade 1 had to compete for the event called SHOW AND TELL-“Health is Wealth”. There were 121 participants for this event and the students who stole the show are

  • Sambram Bilagi – 1 B–1st Position
  • Samridhi Banerjee- 1 B–2nd Position
  • Devansh Saxena- 1 H–3rd Position

Grade 2 students were fascinated with the idea of STORY TELLING with props and the theme was FAIRY TALES. This event was participated by 104 students with a lot of enthusiasm and passion. The most passionate and enthusiastic for the fairy tales were three students:

  • Iris and Nimisha from 2 D and 2 F respectively secured the first position.
  • Siddhi from 2 E bagged the 2nd position
  • Kimaya from 2 G was elated when she bagged the 3rd position.

56 students from Grade 3 fought the battle on the EXTEMPORE ground and Kavya L and Trisha Menon from 3 B and 3 G were ecstatic when their talk got them the 1st Prize. Shivani from 3 D stood second and R Sasmita of 3 H stood third.

Grade 4 students had to project their talent and skill during the JUST A MINUTE event and the topic was “I LOVE MY INDIA”, a topic that is dear to all of us.
Gourilaxmi of 4 F breezed her way to bag the 1st Prize. The patriotism of Ankita and Sovam Pattu of 4 C and F respectively got them the second position. Raghav ad Thejus of 4 A and 4 G spoke with a spirit that gave them the 3rd position.

The budding poets from Grade 5 were 42 in total. As Carl Sandburg said, “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” The students who got their imagination to dance and echo the sound of their mind with their own words were: Srinidhi G from 5 A who bagged the 1st prize. Amrutha K of 5 B who came 2nd and it was Charis E from 5 B who secured the third position.

A week that showcased the talent of the students has only asserted the importance of language and its use in a world that is scientifically driven.

Congratulations to the winners and our sincere thanks to all the students who participated in these events!!

Sports Space!!

The most sought after time in school for any student would be the play time period or the PT period. Sports events are always welcomed at any time of the year. December month was chosen by NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE to conduct the sports event across the Primary Section. The events were conducted for all the classes and the segregation was done based on performance. The students participated with vigor and enthusiasm.

The events were conducted in such a way that every single student got a chance to prove his potential in the field. The students with the best timings were chosen and the finals was conducted on various allotted days. The various events saw children win accolades bringing in a sense of winning and losing with the right spirit.

Musical Harmony!!

National Centre for Excellence has always been the hub of activities and the activities are only possible with the ever joyful and ever enthusiastic students. We are proud to mention that we house the most enthusiastic and cheerful members from the young community. Music is that arena that has captured millions of hearts from the time mankind has evolved. TIMES NIE in Collaboration with L SUBRAMANY MUSIC ACADEMY had invited students to participate and compete in various events and categories that fall under the umbrella of music.

MRINALINI JOSHI from 10 B and SAADHIKA from 8 E qualified to the Semi Finals. Mrinalini won a ceritifcate and trophy for her rendition under the classical solo genre and Saadika won a certificate and trophy for her rendition under the light classical genre.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE – FEATHER IN THE CAP

We are extremely proud to inform you that National Centre For Excellence is one of 257 schools in India, who have been selected for establishing ATAL Tinkering Laboratories. (Web: http://www.niti.gov.in/content/atal-tinkering-laboratories)

The Innovation Challenge for the establishment of Lab was on 5 November 2016 at Osmania University, Hyderabad.

The team that participated in the Innovation Challenge and won the lab for NCFE – Principal: Mrs. Prabha Balsubramanian, Faculty: Mrs Subarna Chatterjee, Students: Cariappa Grade XI, Vijayalakshmi Grade X, Aryan Sharma Grade VIII.

AIM will provide grant-in-aid that includes a one time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakhs and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakhs for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.

  • No. of schools that applied – 13005
  • No. of Schools selected for the next round – 595
  • No. of schools selected for establishing the Lab – 257

SPORTS AND NCFE AN EVERLASTING RELATIONSHIP!!

Like Nelson Mandela said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.

“It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all kinds of discrimination.” – Nelson Mandela, May 25, 2000

The 11th STATE LEVEL INTERSCHOOL ATHLETE MEET conducted by STAR TRACK ATHLETIC CLUB was held at Kanteerava Stadium on 3rd December . NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE was honoured to participate in such an event. Our students participated in the junior and senior category. 13 and 5 students from Primary and Secondary respectively participated in the categories mentioned above took part in the events like 100, 200, 300, 400, 800 and 1500 meter race. They also attempted at the Long Jump and shot put.

It was with pride with which our school participated in the March Past during the inauguration. Our students like always participated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. This proved very beneficial to Billa Sohan Deepak of 10 C and Kavya Kumanan of $ F when they won in the heats and qualified to the Semi Finals.

Our School believes in the motto of SPORTS i.e Social Skills, Physical Fitness, Obedience, Resourcefulness, team work and stress tolerance. We are constantly in the pursuit of excellence in every field we embark upon. With the help of our physical education teachers we are very sure that our students will continue to compete and experience the fervor of sports in years to come.

The session began on time and was conducted by Mr. Mansoor the ELT editor of Ratna Sagar publication. He introduced Mr. Tom Alter “Teacher, Sports Journalist, Writer and Actor” through a slide presentation. The attendee teachers from various city schools were then allowed some time for photo session with Mr. Tom Alter. Ms. Athiya the brains behind Ratna Sagar also graced the occasion.

The famous court scene from the Shakespearean drama “The Merchant of Venice” was enacted by the students of Vidya Shilp Academy. The skit ended with the students imploring man to adopt kindness and not to believe in the adage an eye for an eye. It was highly appreciated by Mr. Tom Alter who asked the teachers to adopt theatre and bring the text to life.

At 3:00 pm Mr. Tom Alter shared his reminiscences and memories of his school days at Woodstock School Mussorie, his life as a teacher, time as a journalist and his step into bollywood.

When the session was opened for interaction Mr. Tom Alter shared his views and insights on education and humbly answered various queries by teachers through stories drawn from his life experiences and his prodigious reading.

Mr. Tom Alter clarified that passion is what takes one far and that we should nurture passions and dreams. Perspective is what gives one direction and leads to change and the teaching profession exposes one to the colours of life. According to Mr. Tom Alter teachers should realize that students are getting to understand and realize the world. As teachers we need to establish links to real life situations when we teach. We should teach art, literature, etc as a means of making the world better.

We need to give simple and interesting examples from the point of view of students by understanding what excites them. Discipline is the cornerstone to success and the role of parents is the most important followed by the role of teachers in the life of a child.

In today’s world we cannot do away with technology. We need to use technology as a launching pad. Students need to be educated that whatever information that they find on google is put there by a human and that to err is human. All available information needs to be authenticated.

The way to use technology is to ask students direct questions and allow them to take assistance of technology. Then ask them to switch off, close technology and ask probing questions, critical analysis questions, reasoning questions or comparative questions to take their learning/ experiences deeper and further. Example: Walt Whitman and Mirza Ghalib were cotemporaries both lived in bustling cities and wrote of life and their experiences.

Mr. Tom Alter suggested some books which are must reads:

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Match point

A movie worth watching:
Daptar(Marathi film)

Music worth listening to for its wonderful lyrics:
My back pages by Bob Dylan

Mr. Tom Alter said that without poetry life is extremely one dimensional and that poetry is a way of leading life. He then recited the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling from one of the Ratna Sagar texts.
Finally the new Ratna Sagar English books ‘Raindrops’ was launched with the assistance of four teachers who were selected through lucky draw and the session ended with high tea.

Who would not like a journey to Fantasy world? And who would not like it if the ship to fantasy land is steered by an amazing writer?

It was time to travel for the grade 4 and 5 students to land that involved adventure and fascinating characters. JANAKI MURALI a renowned journalist, writer, a movie buff, a voracious reader and a traveler at heart was invited to steer the wheel at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE. This session traced the history of fantasy writing and influences of fantasy writers. A quiz to evoke the young curious minds was held. Students also debated on “HULK –A bad or a good guy”. It was fascinating to watch and hear, thoughts take the form of words in the war of words.

The idea behind fantasy and high fantasy was highlighted by the author. She motivated and encouraged the thinkers to think and speak. The goodies given out by her initiated a sea of responses.

The ‘KNOW YOUR FANTASY’ sessions held by Mrs Janaki Murali caught the attention of the audience and enthralled them. The objective of providing insight to the land of fantasy and its writing by the author has stated a revolution at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE. The learning outcome of the session has witnessed the children thinking and talking about the nuances of Fantasy writing.

The responses received from the students have got the school thinking in the terms of conducting various sessions in this genre of writing and reading.

The innocence of a child like the poet portrays here is mark of one of the most beautiful phases in our lives. Never ceasing to inquire, to assess, to comprehend and to enjoy as the only motto makes childhood the most celebrated one too. Devoid of any malice and vindication makes the journey one of its kind and in the later stages it definitely gives us warm fuzzies. November 14th is dedicated to the young minds and is celebrated with joy and excitement. Countries form all the continents have dedicated various dates for this celebration of life called “CHILDREN’S DAY”.

Look Mother!, t’is this vine from where,
now lush-blossoms fly, off into the air!
Mistaken! you are, O’little one today, all
pretty butterflies these are, for sure I’d say.
See, what a glory in the sky, O’Mother,
they’re simply soaring, one above an other!
O’what a shame! Play-not I can, amid them there,
all because, fly nor can I; [pity me Mother!]*
O’little one, you keep counting feats you
can not meet – whilst ye beauty simply fleets!
Ah! playful toddler aren’t you? Little jasmine,
could you even walk? [Then so to fly?]

O’tell me why, [can’t I fly] is that so? A kiss I
can spare you, Mother, should you tell me why.
Belittled here is knowledge, yours and mine,
Sweetie, the rest remains a mystical-will divine.

Translation from A Brief Poem by Kumaran Asan

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE always believes in making it ‘Special for the children’. It is also the most awaited day of the year because the children are aware that the teachers will make their day at school a memorable one. 2016 was no different from the previous years. Children’s Day preparation began well in advance when teachers took their time off the busy schedule and rehearsed for the events assigned.

The morning began with teachers wishing the students and the assembly was conducted by teachers. The News and Thought for the Day set the mood for the day. A welcome speech by Principal Maám resonated with the passion of teachers and highlighted the importance of being children. The speech also delivered the thought of being a child at heart even during the growing up years of their lives. It was an idea well received by all.

The team work of teachers was showcased when they sang in a group and mesmerized the little minds. Their effort was rewarded with loud cheering and a standing ovation.

The next program was a medley of dance and when teachers danced to the tunes of popular songs, it was a treat to the eyes and ears .A young mind was heard saying

I was not aware that  my teachers could sing so melodiously and dance so gracefully.  They are the actual superheroes.

The celebration of this attitude and mindset is never frowned upon and is always given priority at all levels. The little hearts at NCFE were given sweets to satisfy their sweet tooth!! A memorable and a delightful day it was.

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
Michelangelo

It is the duty of every soul born to create a world for itself. This world will have colours, emotions, images, people, languages and beautiful minds. And with all this we can never astray from the purpose of life. With the boundless beauty and imagination come responsibilities. The responsibilities are bolstered by segments of the society. School as a segment plays a very crucial role in widening the horizons, sharpening the perspectives, shaping the passion, fuelling the imagination, honing various skills required to progress etc.

Our school takes pride in nurturing the intellect of our students in various ways. Literary week was one such event that made our students think in terms of language and its applicability.

Competitions in all the languages taught were conducted in the school premises and we were not surprised to see that some students thought differently and acted wise to stamp their mark on the prizes.

The Language English saw students of the following grades compete for the activities listed:
6th Grade-Picture Talk
7th Grade-Declamation
8th Grade-Comic Strip
9th Grade-Mystery -story writing
10th Grade-Film Review

HINDI language saw students battle it out for the following activities:
6th Grade-Chutkule
7th Grade-Hasya Kavitha
8th Grade-Samachar Reading
9th Grade-Sansani Kahani
10th Grade-Mukh Abhinay – Child Labour

SANSKRIT language saw students taking part in the following activities:
6th Grade-Shloka Chanting
7th Grade- Shloka Chanting
8th Grade- Shloka Chanting
9th Grade-Story telling
10th Grade-Story telling

KANNADA language saw students develop a healthy competition for the following events:
6th Grade-Janapada Geethe
7th Grade- Vachanagalu
8th Grade- Vachanagalu
9th Grade-Story telling
10th Grade-Story telling

The student’s capabilities were scrutinized during the preliminary rounds for the above mentioned events.The best works were given the green signal and chosen for competing in the final lap. It was an enriching experience for not only the participants but also the audience.
The results will be announced shortly!!!

BAARISU KANNADA DIMDIMAVA is a famous poem or song was written by our Rashtra Kavi KUVEMPU. He urges us to Play the Beat of Kannada, with a heart that belongs to Karnataka, Play the beat of Kannada and the beat should be loud and clear. Kuvempu wants to awaken the quiet heart and unite people beyond boundaries. A poem written in yester years has not lost its essence. The time could not have been better to recite it with passion.

We are at a time when mankind is supportive of the fact that boundaries are meant to be crossed. Life has to gather layers in the journey and when doing so we leave our roots and settle on fresh lands. Loss of identity is inevitable. This damage will have deep rooted consequences. People are commiserative of this situation.

Man as a being, has always found way to surmount his obstacles. And to tackle the identity crises, he started to commemorate his forefathers. Once such celebration is our Karnataka Rajoystava, which ensures that people in Karnataka understand the philosophy of Kannadigas and understand the history of the land. National Centre For Excellence believes in the motto of making children ‘Life Ready’ and would not let go of an opportunity which would add value, vigour and colour to every students life.

The celebration began with the recitation of the poem ‘BARISU KANNADA DINDIMAVA’ which set the mood of anticipation. A speech by 10th graders on the theme of ‘NELA’ and ‘NEERU’ i.e water and land gave us an insight to the formation of this beautiful land. The fancy dress competition by the primary section did tell us about the personalities who make Karnataka proud. The story of Karnataka is incomplete without ONAKKE OBBAVVA in it. A depiction of her bravery through a skit was enchanting. The curtain was dropped down after an enthralling dance performance by the students to a medley of old kannada songs.

The day ended when we were reminded of the lines that we need have the forethought of success in every mind. We need to march forward with idealism given by poets and saints and while doing so we would ensure complete progress in everyone. This will invariably result in developing our country on the right path.

This thought that provoked many minds to think and work towards conserving our planet and the only one we have. Reducing our Carbon footprints, controlling Greenhouse gas emissions and adopting energy efficiency solutions; yet at the same time not compromising on speed and quality of our daily activities has become a new age predicament. To help address this, Schneider Electric India Foundation as part of its Social charter has deployed a participative educational program called Conserve My Planet for children across the world.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE as an educational institution which believes in the ideology that Children are the future of tomorrow and they are going to inherit our planet. The world is at a juncture where sensitivity to energy consumption and optimization of resources is at its peak. This sensitivity is trickled down to our children through the Conserve My Planet program.

The 1st phase of the program saw children being chosen as green ambassadors or crusaders from NCFE and the next phase saw Children use their imagination to draw and paint their hearts out! The themes were in sync with the idea of conservation.

The art work presented at the end of the event definitely projected the apt minds that were being trained. Trained to think, propose and act in a manner that is conducive to the present generation.

The word ‘ethnic ‘refers to the characteristics of people, especially a group sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language etc. The celebration of this sharing is given different names in our society. School being a miniature society,it makes a constant effort to bring children from various backgrounds under this big umbrella of commonness.

A celebration of life in spirit and energy requires minimal motivation to take shape in our fast paced life. Dressing appropriately for the occasion will not only boast the morale of mankind but also bring in hope and aspirations for the coming years. DIWALI the festival of lights is the one that illuminates our path, the path towards prosperity, joy and happiness.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE was echoing with the sound of celebration under the theme of ‘ETHNIC DAY’ on 28 October, 2016. Students dressed in traditional attire added colour to the existing colours of school life. It is of utmost importance that we know our roots and appreciate it. Students brought home-made traditional sweets and savories that were apt for the celebration and shared it with their friends.

The day started on a musical note, when the finalist of SOLO DANCE COMPETITION danced to the tunes of Classical and Contemporary songs. The winners were jubilant when their names were announced. The audience was enthralled with some of the performances on the stage and standing ovation by Principal Maám and Vice Principals were the testimonials of this truth.

The RANGOLI Competition in the afternoon added fervor to the festive mood. The students of the four houses fought the battle with colours and designs to clinch the various positions. It was marvelous to watch the imagination of the students take shape and when the colours were added, it was indeed a treat to the eyes!

The 12th Graders were involved in a war of tastes. They were competing to create tastes that would tantalize our taste buds. Most of the dishes spread out were fit to compete in the Masterchef Programs!!
Over all, the day gifted each one of us at school a tune for the heart, treat to the eyes and dishes to satisfy hungry bellies.

War lays waste to all of human civilization; not just one part of the world, but every single corner of it.

In the twenty first century, war no more plays a pivotal role in establishing supremacy. Rather, war is now seen as one of the wasteful and derogatory acts of humans. In fact, diplomacy is now what is used to establish leadership. In light of this, the United Nations was established with a vision to eradicate the very presence of war. So far, the United Nations has definitely succeeded in its motives. It has efficiently prevented war on a large scale and will continue to do so in the future. The leaders responsible for the progress of mankind have been the source for inspiration for young minds around the world.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE, in accordance to this vision of United Nations, will hold its very first Model United Nations. The platform provided by Principal, Mrs Prabha Subramanian and the school management has encouraged the young leaders of NCFE to envision a world that they are going to create and participate in.

In the course of these three days, students will be exposed to the fast paced world of diplomacy and debate. Heated arguments and opinions will overrule the use of violence and terror. Students will have a chance to sharpen their vocational skills and will be able to understand the workings of the actual United Nations.

We hope that the Model United Nations will be great success, with maximum participation from students and support from the School Management.

Vijaylakshmi G
The Executive Board.

FIELD TRIPS are the most awaited event in any school. Students really look forward to spending time with their friends. It is also found that students learn quite a lot. In particular, enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE had organized a field trip for the 4th grade students to BIG BARN FARM at Bannerghatta on the 1st of September. The place helped our students understand the life on a farm. The interaction with domesticated farm animals had everlasting impression on their mind. The organic agricultural farm visit was enjoyed by the students and teachers alike.

The gift from this place, a little pot with mud and seeds in it was guarded by the children with utmost care.

Congratulations!!! Bhuvan R of class IX’ A. Won the Sunrise Yonex Karnataka State Badminton Championships – 2016 SEMI – FINALIST
Victory at tiranga!!

The educational arena in India has changed over the decades. It has not contained itself in water tight compartments anymore. Working is silos are not the preferred trend. Academicians are aware that collaboration with the society is the key to success for any educational institution. One of the steps that we take towards building a connected miniature society is bringing students from various backgrounds together on a single stage. While doing so healthy competition plays a major role in motivating students to perform, excel and offer a lot more reward than just the winning prize. Competitions offer a chance for participants to gain substantial experience, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude. Competitions also encourage students to adopt innovative techniques and develop their ideas and skills.

One such platform called ‘TIRANGA’ was offered by SHISHYA SCHOOL, BEML. The interschool competition saw many schools participate and we are elated to announce that NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE has bagged prizes in all the events conducted. The primary section had participated in STORY TELLING, POT PAINTING AND COLLAGE MAKING. NCFE saw Kimaya from 2 G bag the 2nd place for Story Telling.

Ritushree Pradeep-5C, Anjana – 5E, Nidhi -5B, Davina -5B, Diya-5A bagged 1st place in Pot making event. The pot was designed in the MADHUBANI ART FORM.

Shriyadita- 5D, Asshita-5F, Shree Aditi-5E, Disha Lahon-5E, Amrutha K-5 B stood first in the Collage making Event. The collage had a crown in the colours of tiranga and photographs depicting the nuances of our country.

The secondary section participated in the following events:- Classical Dance (solo), Dream Merchant, Point and Shoot (Individual), Rangoli (group), Folk Dance(Group).

Sneha Satpathy of 6 E and Shivani Gopi of 8 D won second and third place in the Classical Solo event.
Akshith Sainarayan of 8E, Ritvik N V of 8E, Harshit Gupta of 8D, Monjima Sengupta of 8C, Prajeet Singh Rawat of 7C sold their home made product called ‘AYURSANJIV’ to the audience which helped them secure the second place.

Nitika Sachid-9B, Sruthi M-8E, Shreya Dutta- 8E, Ardra H-8E, Moksha Pradhan – 8F was ecstatic when they came second in the Rangoli event.

Words fell short when our school folk song group bagged the 1st prize in the Folk Song Event. Sunishka Banerjee of 7A, Sreesidha Saha of 8B, Sadika Saha of 8E, Madhura N B of 8 F, Pranav Lekshminarayan of 9 A, Himanshu H P of 9 C, Manab Biswas of 9 D, Midhili Asok of 9 D, Mrunalini Joshi of 10 B and Pragati N were the group that stole hearts with their rendition.

We are proud of our students and whole heartedly thank the support and guidance provided by the teachers!!

Think Creativity

The process of learning is deep rooted in the society of mankind. The learning methodologies have changed as per the requirement of the society. But what has not changed is the role and importance that a teacher and a mentor have in a child’s life.

Think Creativity & Intelligences Quest (CIQ), is an initiative of three leaders in the field of school education Mr. Mansoor Ali Khan of DPS, Bangalore, Mr. S Selvarajan of SRV, Rasipuram and Dr. M Srinivasan of GEAR Innovative Intl. School, Bangalore. The mission is to promote Creativity, Intelligences & Innovation with a “bottom up” approach.

CIQ aims to achieve the mission through a quarterly Journal and an annual conference for children, mentors, parents as well as thinkers. The process will guide educators to pay meaningful attention to research, thinking, innovation and creativity. CIQ AIM Awards are presented to the innovator educators who are the pillars of the academic society.

It gives us immense pleasure and pride in announcing that two teachers, ARADHANA KABI and RAKHI MUKHERJEE from NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE have qualified to the top 100 ‘Innovator Teacher’ criteria. The felicitation of the 25 selected mentors qualified to the final round will be held on 18th September, at Sheraton Brigade Gateway, BANGALORE.

CIQ will encourage innovation in education and will provide a platform to mentors, schools, parents, teachers and children to share their innovations. Mentors can share their researches and best practices, herald new ideas of thinking and thinking about education to make the profession of teaching a noble one in real terms.

They will be able to promote activities to bring in efficient systems of assessment and feedback. Children’s participation will evolve their thinking, feeling and expressing faculties while giving them an opportunity to have an idea of peers’ creativity. Schools will be exposed to a network of similar schools and can become trend setters in the field of school education. Parents will be able to share their experience and challenges of bringing up children and their innovations.

Parents, teachers and the educating community need to know what to do and how to do. This understanding is not genetically transferred. We need work on it. We need to pool our experiences,listen to experts and ensure that every child gets the BEST. Towards this end, the think CIQ Conferences are a unique confluence of thoughts and ideas to equip you for the challenges in grooming the current and future generations.

Apply for AIM Awards

From the Guru Shishya Parampara to the modern day classroom the teacher and the taught have come a long way. We at thinkCIQ would like to appreciate these pillars of society with the think CIQ AIM Awards. It is our first step towards acknowledging the hard work of teachers and mentors who often think that the award they receive for their teaching is when a student recognises and remembers them decades later.

Today, we would like to honor their contributions at this open forum. We may not have touched the deepest roots of India but a beginning has definitely been made.

As a first step we would like to recognize the top 100 mentors of India with the think CIQ Awakened & Innovative Mentors (AIM) Award. With the help of these 100 we would like to reach out to the others too, so that it becomes a movement of mentors. The selection process would be completed by the end of August and the award ceremony will be part of the two day think CIQ Conference held on 17 th & 18 th September, 2016 at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Bangalore.

hink Creativity & Intelligences Quest (CIQ), is a platform to promote Creativity, Intelligences & Innovation in today’s children with a “bottom up” approach. CIQ recognizes that each child has an inherent creative potential that needs to be nourished and nurtured. CIQ will encourage innovation in education and will provide a platform to mentors, schools, parents, teachers and children to share their innovations.

Quiz on Environment

Congratulations! Vaishnavi Jha ( Khushi Vineet ) had auditioned and was selected for the theatre workshop under Berserk 2016.This workshop was organised by Sublime Galleria at the UB city and Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC ), Bangalore from 24th to 26th of August. Sanjana Kapoor from Prithvi theatre was one of the mentors who conducted the workshop.

Berserk- 3 day residential conference, comprising of intensive workshops and meticulously planned sessions featuring guest lectures and demonstrations by award winning professionals in all the four verticals- Dance, Music , Theatre and Visual Art which makes your kids creative abilities rise at a new level with the help of art experts in the industry.

She represented the National Centre for Excellence school and won accolades for her performance and a certificate of appreciation.

Quiz on EnvironmentAryan R. A of class ‘X’ A, won both the golf tournaments. This is his 100th win.
Quiz on EnvironmentThere is a well-known myth about the word quiz that says, in 1791 a Dublin theater owner named James Daly made a bet that he could introduce a word into the language within twenty-four hours. He then went out and hired a group of street urchins to write the word “quiz”, which was a nonsense word, on walls around the city of Dublin. Within a day, the word was common currency and had acquired a meaning (since no one knew what it meant, everyone thought it was some sort of test) and Daly had some extra cash in his pocket. However, there is no evidence to support the story, and the term was already in use before the alleged bet in 1791.

Whatever be the case, this word has gained prominence in the testing arena. It has been used as an effective tool by the academicians in the bygone eras too. The few important benefits proposed by psychology experts Henry L. Roediger III, Adam L. Putnam and Megan A. Smith in a recent paper, “Ten Benefits of Testing and Their Applications to Educational Practice” will help us to utilize this tool in an efficient manner.

The various means through which quizzes can be conducted help identify gaps in knowledge. It aids later retention. It improves organizing material in minds and also guides the participant to transfer the knowledge and apply it in day to day activities.

The application of knowledge is the most important aspect in today’s world and when this is connected to our environment then we needn’t stress the importance of it. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE used this technique of testing with the students of the primary section. The final round of the quiz on ‘ENVIRONMENT’ was conducted after a written round which was considered as the preliminary round. Students from the four houses fought strong to win the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places after competing in the following segments, Pick and answer, think and answer, spell it out, audio visual round and rapid fire round. First place was secured by Flamingo house, Second placed was secured by Kingfisher and the third place was awarded to Eagle house.

A Musical Day at NCFE!!Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
– By Plato.

National centre for excellence had a musical day when students from class 6 to 12 were given opportunity to project their talent. Students who reached the finals had to go through stiff competition during the audition round. Genre of music chosen ranged between folk, devotional and light music.

The afternoon saw many a feet tap in harmony and clap with rhythm. Songs that match their voices reverberated in the auditorium. The musical rhapsody was an absolute treat to the ears. Like they say Music is incomplete without an instrument accompanying it. The instrumental round showcased the dedication, talent and skill required to play musical instruments. A musical treat in all sense was given to the audience at our school.

The students with an extraordinary approach to music were declared as winners!!
We congratulate all the participants and winners!!

Independence Day CelebrationIndia is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

– Mark Twain.

A land rich in culture, heritage and tradition gained its freedom in the year 1947. Freedom struggle for the Motherland saw thousands unite beyond class. colour and creed. Tireless effort and countless sacrifices by all our freedom fighters made this day possible. A powerful thought by them gave us the freedom to think, a thought for actions gave us freedom to act. Ultimately a free country was given to us for us to lead free, happy and prosperous lives.

Independence Day is a historical day in every Indian’s life. It marks our respect for the freedom gained, it marks our reverence for the lives lost. The National Flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister of India on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Delhi after which his speech is followed. The way of celebration is replicated throughout the country.

The National Flag hoisting ceremony is also observed in schools, colleges, societies and government offices. All these events inject a feeling of patriotism in our hearts. This motivates our people, both young and old, to come forward and contribute towards the development of our nation.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE indulged itself in the celebration of national fervor called ‘INDEPENDENCE DAY’. Celebration had begun a week in advance when the FALCON HOUSE students staged an assembly on ‘KARGIL DIVAS’. The skit by them set the mood for the celebration. The ‘PARTIOTIC SONG COMPETITION’ held in the primary section elevated the feeling of celebration to the next level.

On 15th of August, 2016 ,our tiranga was hoisted at the school premises by Mrs Shakuntala Bhandarkar, w/o Lt. Col. Ajit Bhandarkar, a Kargil martyr along with our Principal Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian. Speech by the Vice Principal of the Primary Section Ms Mary Elizabeth emphasized the fact that freedom comes with a set of responsibilities. Students form Secondary section urged us to move forward with their song ‘Ekla Chalo Re’by Rabindranath Tagore. Students also showcased their talent and love for motherland by dancing to the tunes of a patriotic song.

Vote of thanks by the School Head Boy Rahul M Dinesh did highlight the fact that this s is a day of joy, glory, and pride for all Indians.

Sharp Initiative - Conserve My PlanetSchool Health Annual Report Programme( SHARP) is a PAN India 17 year old non-government organization working for the overall development of a child right from healthcare to overall personality which includes physical, mental, social as well as psychological health. In the pursuit to build responsible communities and future citizens, an energy awareness program titled ‘Conserve My Planet’ has been initiated for the 5th to 7th grade students.

The campaign aims at educating young minds on energy conservation, instilling a sense of responsibility in them which in turn can make a difference to a global issue. The young minds called ‘Green Ambassadors’ will definitely bring about a change in the environment. As a part of the Green Republic, students would be eligible to participate in various interschool competitions and win accolades.

This campaign began at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE with exuberance. The student community whole heartedly welcomed the Chief Guest for the day, Mr Nikhil Pathak, the Vice President –IT Business, India and SAARC, Schneider Electric India Pvt Ltd. The Campaign saw ten ‘GREEN CRUSADERS’ from NCFE being selected to guide and take all the initiatives at school.

The POWER PLEDGE taken by the students reinforced the importance of conserving energy to maintain a development that is sustainable. The event inducted the participants to the integral part of the work in progress in producing conscientious citizens for better tomorrow.

Role Play by Our Little Ones!!

Role Play is a type of play that guides the students to accept roles that appeal to them and they act them out. It is bound to break through the boundaries of reality and the simulation of situation or people set the ground for future exploration. Considered frivolous by some, it has remained as an integral part of the developmental learning process. It enhances skills and talents beyond defined parameters.

Setting up of the stage with the right environment has seen children in the past excel in areas that were new and unexplored.The development of socio-emotional feelings along with cognitive skill and communication has only reiterated the importance of Role Play in a student’s life.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE understands the importance of simulation in a student’s life and had conducted Role Play competition for second and third graders .The theme was ‘GREAT INDIAN LEADERS’. Our students were enthusiastic and articulate enough to capture the attention of the audience. This activity engages children in the cycle of life and learning. Their perceptive of the real world changes and their understanding is definitely altered for good. This also helps in enhancing the personal skills that is the most important element in achieving success in their social lives.

The Best Teacher Award!!It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
– Mahatma Gandhi.

The ever involving scene in the world of education requires the torch bearers to go beyond the set pedagogy. An insight into the aspects of constant learning, growing and competing will always make you achieve the impossible. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE being a part of the VIJAY KIRAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST provides facilities of global standard for the students to explore their talent and skill in the field of physical education.

In the pursuit of excellence, inspired by the changing face of education and driven by passion to provide an holistic approach to education, the Chairman Dr. N Vijaya Kumar, National Centre For Excellence and Mr.Kiran Vijay, Chairman, V K Sports have launched coaching classes after school for the student community.

VK SPORTS believes in bringing about unparalleled awareness in the field of physical education. It is an entity that caters to sports training, leisure activities, personal grooming, health benefits, eating healthy and staying fit.

Inauguration of this concept took its final form on 5th of August at NCFE. Students were given a sneak peek into the world of Sport by renowned cricket coaches and footballers.

An initiative that promotes and engages irrespective of differences was well received by students and parents gathered at the school turf. All students are welcome to avail the facility. Write to support@ncfe.ac.in if interested.

Just as Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step” VK sports has taken the first step towards raising the wellness standard in the community.

YOUNG LEADERSLeadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

Peter Drucker

On 15th July 2016, National Centre For Excellence bore witness to a propitious occasion called ‘INVESTITURE CEREMONY’. The ceremony is one of the first momentous occasions of the school where the newly elected and selected members of the school’s senate are officially vested with their powers and positions. Mrs Santrupti Ranjankar, Senior Editor of TIMES NIE, was gracious enough to preside over the event as the Chief Guest.

Students of today are the visionaries and torch bearers of tomorrow. They become synonymous with excellence, innovation, honour and integrity. We believe in developing responsible human beings with leadership qualities. After a rigorous e- voting process which was developed by the alumni of NCFE, young leaders were chosen by the students of the school.

The day began with a song to the Almighty by the school choir accompanied by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. Prayer is an invocation of the heart, a calling forth of divine energies to be manifested in one’s life. The welcome speech by the Vice Principal, Dr Sunita Sharma set the mood for celebration.

Young Leaders of the various houses i.e. Eagle, Falcon, Flamingo and Kingfisher were conferred with Badges and Sashes by the dignitaries on the dais. Hoping and praying that we are embarking upon a victorious journey, the oath taking ceremony presided by the Principal, Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian saw young leaders pledge their actions and thoughts towards the betterment of the school. The students drew inspiration from their seniors who received awards for their performance in the X and XII grade.

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I am interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

Martin Luther King Jr

The Chief Guest reiterated the importance of being humble as a leader. She also emphatically highlighted the need for the leaders to be proactive and creative. The speech saw the audience applaud when she urged the leaders to work with a kind heart and active mind.

The newly elected School Head Boy, Rahul M Dinesh during his maiden speech did not shy away from thanking his seniors, juniors and teachers who are responsible for his development. He also promised to seize all the opportunities that come his way to make NCFE aim higher and soar higher. He believes that courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Ms Nayana, newly elected Head Girl of the school proposed the vote of thanks in the most appropriate manner

The Best Teacher Award!!

We are proud to announce that MS SREEKALA, teacher at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE has bagged THE BEST TEACHER award in the 18th SOF NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD in the DISTRICT CATEGORY for the YEAR 2015-16. She has been lauded with a citation, trophy and a cash reward.

The exceptionally good performance by ours students during the 18th NSO exam for the year 2015-16 has been possible because of the leadership abilities and initiatives taken up by Ms Sreekala along with a capable team. It is worth noting that our school has been a consistent performer in the Olympiad Exams that are being held every year.

We are glad to be part of the quest initiated by the SCIENCE OLYMPIAD FOUNDATION, which promotes the cause of education among school children.

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We are immensely happy and proud to say that Mrs Janaki, Teacher at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE has received an award from UNIFIED COUNCIL, INDIA’S 1st ISO certified Organization in Testing and Assessment. She is featuring in as one of the five top mentors across Karnataka for ensuring highest participation by students in the NSTSE Exam conducted in the year 2016.

The determination and effort put in by her cannot be matched and she has been instrumental in inspiring and motivating the young generation to tread on the path of enlightenment. Mrs Janaki has been presented with a citation and cash award.

It was the Kingfisher house’s turn to present the assembly on 13th July, 2016 and the house members drew inspiration from BBA, i.e BACHPAN BACHAO AANDOLAN an organization started by Nobel Peace Prize Winner-2014, KAILASH SATYARTHI.

We believe that every child has the right to education and must build a secure future for himself/herself, which is devoid of exploitation and abuse. The figures provided by the National Sample Survey Office on Child labour are alarming. The 49.8 lakh children fall between the age of 5 and 14. Child labour fosters a vicious circle of Poverty and illiteracy because such children remain uneducated and perform unskilled repetitive task which erodes their future employability.

Keeping this in mind a street play was performed. The main protagonist, Dhanush from Class 8 E enacted the role of a child labour with finesse. The irony of the society was portrayed well. The rhetorical questions raised by RaagaLasya, the narrator made us think about the issue that has become a global challenge.

The play ended with the rescue of the child and it indeed made an impact on the audience and reiteration of the same by Principal maám gave it a required closure.

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If you have other things in your life-family, friends, good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

David Brin

A book reading session by a renowned writer, Mrs Khyrunnisa was held at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE on 24th of June, 2016. An author who fits the bill as explained by Mr David Brin, has drawn inferences from real life. She is prize-winning author of children’s fiction, created the popular comic character Butterfingers for the children’s magazine. Her first two children’s novels Howzzat Butterfingers! (2010) and Goal, Butterfingers! (2012) were published by Puffin. A columnist of good repute and a freelancer, she has been able to create characters that help the readers relate to better. An Associate Professor of English at All Saints’ College, Trivandrum, English language is her forte and she definitely draws the canvas in your imagination.

The introduction of these characters through the book reading event at school captivated the students. Her story telling enthralled the audience, old and young alike. The plots were relatable by the children. It was indeed an enriching afternoon for the students!!

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Life in harmony and peace

United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014 unanimously declared June 21st as ‘International Yoga Day’ as suggested by our honorable Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. Yoga as a discipline is traced back to pre-vedic period in India. The importance of Yoga was clearly stated and projected by the sages and munis of ancient India.

Yogena Cittasya Padena Vaacaam |
Malam Shariirasya Ca Vaidyakena ||
Yopaakarottamam Pravaram Muniinaam |
Patan.jalim Praan.jalir-Aanatosmi ||

A sloka is chanted in reverence to the greatest sage, Pathanjali. This verse talks about bowing down to him, who purifies the impurities of the mind by using Yoga, purifies the speech by appropriate use of Pada (Grammar) and purifies the body through Vaidya (Medical Science). A science which miraculously alters the mind, body and soul in a positive way was exported to the western world during the 1970’s.

This phenomenon has taken the world by storm. Every possible ways or means are used by man to reap the benefit of this system. The world of the 21st century has seen improvement in the physical aspect of life. The spiritual aspect of lives has levitated to a different level by involving yoga as part of the routine.

International Yoga Day is a celebration on a whole by the entire world. It’s the celebration of Harmony and Peace that unifies mind, body and soul.

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE embraced yoga and united with the world in this wonderful celebration of life. The importance of yoga was well understood by the students from standard 1 onwards. It was indeed a proud moment when we saw children of all age groups gather at school to support the International Yoga Day.

Inauguration of the event at the school was done by Mr. Syed Kirmani – Ex Indian Cricket Player who addressed the gathering threw light on the benefits of YOGA. Mr. HT Krishna Reddy – International Para Athlete was a source of inspiration. He opined that YOGA is beyond age. Swami Hardhik from Art of living was kind enough to initiate the YOGA session at the school turf. When parents of our students joined us in this event, the feeling of oneness gathered momentum. Presence of our Chairman, Dr Vijay Kumar and Director, Mr Kiran added charm to the celebration. The welcome note by Principal, Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian underlined the importance of making yoga a way of life.

The two hour session in the morning was an enriching experience and the revelation that Yoga can transform our human body was definitely an eye opener to many present. Emancipation of mankind is the higher goal which we believe is possible in the most desirable way and that is the YOGA way.

caaMadhavan Manoj of class X-A, who is currently in USA for a tournament has won the title and the 1st place in the under 18 category conducted by the USTA(united states tennis association)
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SPECIAL ASSEMBLY: WORLD MUSIC DAY
HOUSE: FALCON

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy― Ludwig van Beethoven.

‘Fête de la musique’ will be thirty four year old this year. World Music Day as a fest began in France in the year 1982. This celebration has involved mankind and his creation called ‘music’ surpassing the boundaries created by man. This was the principle behind which this cultural phenomenon began. It believes that music should be enjoyed by every soul born on earth. Like Beethovan said, it is a revelation that is only experienced by people who are invigorated by this magic called ‘MUSIC’
A stage to experience this magic was set at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE. The Falcon House students were eager to take us on this journey that involved rhythm, harmony, melody and sound.
The thought by Beethovan set the mood for the event. Speech by Ms Shakuntala Bhandarkar , English faculty highlighted the importance of music in our lives. She was very articulate about the benefits music can render to students/ children in their day to day activities. A Hindustani song by Mrinalini from X std who was accompanied by Anuraag from X std left the audience spellbound. Disha from 5th std was fascinated by this magical land of sound and its partnership with harmony called ‘Music’. She did not shy away when she spoke to us about it.
Music has no language, race, class and creed. The medley sung by the students as a closure to the ceremony only reiterated the fact that ‘Words are mere words what matters in the end is the essence of harmony.’
Harmony in every sense should enable man to agree and appreciate the beauty of life.

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Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.

-Earl Nightingale

Man has a lot of expectations in life and from it. To live life to the fullest would be his greatest expectation. To do so he needs to be healthy. A prospect of a healthy life looks like a dream to many of us today. This was not the case a few decades ago. Land, water and air in abundance made man greedy and selfish. A reserve for the future was a forgotten thought. The natural reserves were not hoarded. This resulted in devastation.

Man woke up and realized that he needs to respect mother nature and as an effort towards this noble endeavor he began a lot initiativesby raising awareness within his community. It took many arduous feats to reach where we are today.

As part of our effort towards the goal of building a better environment, NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCEin sync with the celebration world wide initiated planting of sapling within the vicinity of the school. The involvement of the leaders of the community, MLA Mr Raghu and Chairman of the School Dr Vijay Kumar only added fervor to the event.

Like Aldo Leopold, the author said Conversation is a state of harmony between men and land. We are striving to build in the harmony with the help of our future generation and we believe that we are going to be successful.

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Aryan came first in both the A and B category, which was held in Karnataka golf association on 23
May, 2016… Hearty congratulations !!!!!!

IMG_20160524_110621_HDROn the 24th of May, at 10.30 am, Ms. Sudha Thimmiah , conducted a session for all the teachers of National Centre for Excellence, on “Depression and Anxiety” in the school auditorium. She was accompanied by the Principal, Mrs. Prabha Balasubramanian, National Centre for Excellence and Ms. Divya, an intern from the Live Love laugh Foundation.

The main objectives of the session were to address and combat depression by bringing in awareness. Sensitization was an important factor, played by, educational institutions like NCFE.

Ms. Thimmiah appreciated our school and team for its infrastructure and ambience. She was representing ‘Live, Love, Laugh” foundation founded by Ms. Deepika Pakone.

The PPT presentation, dealt with knowing mental health and understanding depression. The role of school is identifying, combating and tackling issues among teenagers was the prime focus.

All the points related to symptoms, reasons for depressions and addressing were dealt upon at length.

The ways to tackle depression included encouraging interactions, enabling problem solving, staying connected to the family, empowering the teenagers to take decisions etc were some of the points.

The teachers actively participated in the session, by asking pertinent questions related to class room situations, influence of parents and distinguishing between sadness and depression. “How can anxiety be a cause for depression?” were some of the important areas of discussion.

Finally Ms. Thimmiah thanked our management and Principal for giving her an opportunity to conduct the session and distributed a booklet “You are not alone” A booklet for teachers published by the Live, Love, laugh foundation.

 

2015 Events

 

IMG-20151205-WA0000Aryan R.A of class IX ‘A’, came 2nd runner up in the Inter School Golf tournament, held by the Canadian International School on Friday, 4th December 2015.

 

IMG-20151108-WA0010Aryan Roop Anand at Zion Hills Golf county.

When I first saw this kid at the KGA almost 4 years ago, I knew there was something really special about him. We started to work together a few months later and I feel that we are in a good place at the moment. He dominated the South Zone in D and C categories and has a great work ethic coupled with oodles of talent. Today he played the pro pool with some of Bangalore’s top pros and won with a 2 under par 70. Presenting Aryan Roopa Anand, definitey a name to look out for in the world of golf.

IMG-20151108-WA0010The campus was buzzing with excitement at the notion of having a math session in the auditorium. A brain child of our Principal, the event was held on 6th of November, 2015 and the audience consisted of young and curious ones/minds from standard 6th to 9th standard. The auditorium was reverberating with excitement. The host school welcomed the conductors, Vedantu with a big round of applause.

The session was also attended by the enthusiastic math teachers too. The group from Vendantu ensured that it was an interactive session. The enthusiastic students were taught or given guidance to solve mathematical problems based on logical reasoning and not assumptions.

Mathematical enthusiasts were given a chance to answer the questions and provide explanation to their answers. An hour was too less a time for all the questions our young minds had. It was indeed an afternoon that was well spent at school and this was reflected in the vote of thanks presented by Vijayalakshmi from 9th standard.

IMG-20151108-WA0019A special assembly conducted at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE threw light on the importance of gaining freedom from the shackles of our body and mind. The celebration of the 59th Kannada Rajyostava at our school aimed at building social awareness among children. The Utsav of the Rajya called for a social standing that broke the narrow walls and thoughts of mankind. The speech and thought by our students invited young minds to rise above all the social evils.

We were reminded by our students, during the assembly that it is the phase and time in the history of mankind where he believes that he can conquer anything he wants and needs. The central idea mentioned above could not have been introduced at a better time or place. Karnataka as a state has emerged to be one of the top players in the social, economic and political field. In the melee of things let us reconcile to the fact that we are a race that needs to rise above the horizon and transcend beyond the boundaries.

 

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Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.

-Elsa Schiaparelli

The students of 12th standard at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE were provided with an opportunity on 6th of November, 2015 to think out of the box and be creative. They were asked to ‘COOK WITHOUT FIRE. The idea was to provide a common ground and a universal experience to all.

Like Paul Prudhomme rightly said ‘You don’t need a sliver fork to eat good food’. It was food that soothed the mind and body alike. The students who are academically inclined at all times welcomed the pleasant change with open arms. The food reflected the passion and love for ‘right eating’. The food was also presented in the most elegant manner and saw our Judge, Mrs Prabha Balasubramanian appreciate the effort taken and was overwhelmed at the aesthetic sense of the children.

IMG_20151106_144335Bala Janaagraha is a civic education program, which involves students from India.The aim of this initiative is to empower children with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to develop a deep sense of ownership and responsibility towards their society.

Mission: To provide quality civic education to children who then feel compelled to use their knowledge to bring about positive development to India’s urban landscape.

This uniquely designed citizenship education programme has seen various events taking shape and impacting the progress in a positive manner. One such event was the interschool competition held at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE by Bala Janagraha. There were ten schools who qualified for this round. The theme chosen was ‘Roads in Bangalore’. The event did see the sessions being conducted for the students of class 8 from various schools in Bangalore on the importance of road. As a first step, the children who were equipped with this information were asked to choose a road of their choice not less than 200 mts and gather information on that road in general. The second step was complete when the participating schools submitted their written work in a file format. The students from National Centre For Excellence (NCFE) were awarded maximum points during the second round. The 3rd step was the Interschool Competition held at NCFE and this grand event bore witness to NCFE emerging as winner bagging the second prize. It was indeed a proud moment and a gratifying one to see that our mission and vision has been attained at various levels in the society.

Brad Henry once said”A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill the love for learning”. We are talking about people, who find hope in the most hopeful situations, who have the spark in them to ignite the imaginations of thousands and who definitely know the value of learning without boundaries. We are here talking about the ones who have made a profession called teaching, a lifelong passion.

A teacher performs various roles in her life. He/she acts as a coach and engages the young minds, becomes a human scientist and helps them explore the unknown. Various occasions see the teacher perform the acts of that of a disciplinarian, a guide, mentor, counsellor etc. This is not an easy task. Appreciation comes the teacher’s way for their effort but it is a different feeling when the entire school comes together to appreciate their hard work, commitment, effort, passion and dedication.

Thus at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE the TEACHERS’ DAY celebration was a phenomenal success. The skit presented by the students was an imitation of a real class scenario and it had the teachers and students in splits. The group dances and song projected the love the children have for their teachers. The speeches by the cultural captains had the teachers in tears out of joy. The school reverberated with positive vibe and every teacher at school was made to feel special.

onam07India is a land that believes in Unity and Diversity and has been doing so for the past 4000 years. The culture of India is one of the oldest and the most unique one. The South, North, and Northeast have their own distinct cultures and almost every state has carved out its own cultural niche. There is hardly any culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India. Festivals in India are characterized by color, gaiety, enthusiasm, prayers and rituals. Celebration of these festivals leans towards human liberation and well-being.

August is a month of celebration for the people of Kerala because this is the month the festival, Onam is celebrated. It is one of the most ancient Hindu festivals which is still celebrated with great devotion. Onam marks the homecoming of King Mahabali, a legendary king, who ruled Kerala in ancient times. That period was believed to be the golden age of Kerala, people were happy, free from harm and complete harmony and prosperity was there. This golden age ended when Vamana (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) pushed King Mahabali, deep into the earth. Satisfied by Mahabali’s honesty and generosity, the lord granted him a wish that he can visit his kingdom and dear subjects once in a year.

National Centre For Excellence was all set to celebrate Onam festival today. The Pookalam and Mahabali at the school not only showcased the nuance of the festival but also brought out the significance of the same. The audience were enthralled by the ‘Kaikotti Kali’ performance of the students from 4th standard. Beautifully rendered ‘Onapaatu’by students saw a huge round of applause as appreciation and in the end a dance performance by teachers filled hearts of the audience with happiness and joy, which is the essence of this festival.

Our school was a spectator to a spectacular foot ball match held today between Presidency School, Kasturinagar and NCFE.

The match was witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd, cheering every player’s every move. coached by  Mr. Prem the players from Presidency displayed their skill which can be described as “Poetry of Motion”.

Our children coached by Mr.Suresh and Mr.Sudhakar were equally competent and performed extremely well. With high spirits they vowed to win the next match. This friendly event set the stage to the beginning of many interschool competitions to be held in the future. This match did indeed emphasize the fact that there are no shortcuts to success.

nvestiture01“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The quote by Kennedy directs us to the notion that leaders are shaped based on their learning. The young leaders at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE embarked on this journey of learning and self realization on 22nd June 2015. The auditorium at the school was reverberating with enthusiasm and excitement.

The Investiture ceremony began amid much pomp and fanfare. The Ganesh Strotram sung by our students was instrumental in evoking the blessings of the Lord. The lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guests and Principal Ma’am saw the brightness of the light illuminate the stage and elimination of the darkness becomes apparent.

The election commissioner of the school was invited to present the election report which highlighted the fact that the students were both elected and selected through Electronic Voting Application that was created by the alumni of our school. After this, all the office bearers were adorned with their sashes and badges presented by the esteemed Chief Guests and the Principal. The office bearers took an oath to serve their office with diligence and dedication and bear the responsibility to uphold the rules and regulations of the school. The Head Boy and the Head Girl expressed their gratitude to the Principal, the teachers and students for placing confidence in them.

It is with pride and a sense of achievement surging in their hearts, the students listened with bated breath as the Principal, Mrs Prabha Balasubramanium delivered a motivational speech, urging them to have a clear conscience while delineating their duties. She emphasized the pressing need to fight the odd and turn a deaf ear to criticism and move forward. The importance of honesty, integrity and loyalty as vital qualities for positions of dignity was heighted in the speech. With these responsibilities placed on their firm shoulders, the newly appointed office-bearers vowed to act as role models for the rest of the school to emulate.

Felicitation of the students of 10th and 12th grade by HDFE bank from the previous year was another memorable event of the morning. Certificates and mementos were given to the alumni, Mr Vaisakh M, Gautham Vinod and Rahul Yedida for developing an Electronic Voting Application for the school. A special award was given to Pranav Sudheer from Eagle House as promised by the Principal for his expressive dance moves during the Inter House Dance Competition held last year

The momentous ceremony ended with the school choir’s rendition of “We are the world, we are the children” and the National Anthem. Smiling and jubilant, the school authorities marched ahead immediately to take on their new office.

The students of National Centre For Excellence, Malleshpallya, Bangalore have added another feather to the cap by winning two prizes in the prestigious Kumaran’s Model United Nations 2015. Organised by Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, Bangalore. The three daylong events witnessed the budding diplomats representing different countries and tackling myriad global issues like professionals.

Held from 9th to 11th July 2015, this event had around 500 delegates from different schools across Bangalore. Various problems like the ongoing political unrest in Iraq and Syria, issues related to refugees across the globe, North Korea vs South Korea etc. were taken up as crisis and were assigned to the participants to resolve those crisis.

Participants from National Centre For Excellence won a couple of prizes in different categories. Adithya Nadgir was awarded as the ‘Honourable Delegate’ in the category Marvel Crisis, whereas Raghav Joshy was announced as the ‘Outstanding Delegate’ in the category NATO i.e. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He was assigned the country Hungery. All the participants got an excellent exposure to a virtual world of diplomacy at the global scenario.

Prior to the competition, the participants had attended an excellent orientation programme on 27th June where they were oriented about different aspects of the competition like position papers, crisis and non-crisis committees etc.

An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Our school also strongly believes in this mechanism and when the academic session began the first event that took place was our School election.

Nomination papers were given out to students who wished to be part of the leadership team. The nominated students were given time and space to campaign for themselves. The stage was set for speeches and action and we were definitely not disappointed with the future leadership team.

The ideologies presented by every nominee put all the voters in a dilemma. Choice was numerous and positions were few. The alumni of the school were generous enough to develop and donated software that would help in the smooth functioning of the election process. The D day arrived and the whole school was reverberating with excitement and the election team worked in unison and the entire process was completed in three hours.

The results were announced the next day and the newly elected team members were elated and were received amidst loud applause.

The study of Asana in Yoga is not about studying posture but it is about using the postures to understand and transform oneself. The aims of the yoga enthusiasts are extremely varied. Some are particularly inspired by the Spiritual Element that yoga provides; others by the increased Fitness and Flexibility that it results in. Some people find solutions to suffering from varied Health Disorders and there are others who achieve an All-Round Development of a calm, stress-free mind and a fit body.

The effort at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE is to achieve the last aspect in all our students. To build a strong and efficient nation, it requires to us to have young, strong and able bodied individuals. The physical and mental strength can be improved in these individuals only by practising yoga on a daily basis. The induction of this idea in our school has seen yoga being treated as a subject. The benefits of yoga are very evident. Every time ours students gather laurels’ and accolades we cannot but credit it to Yoga too.

We were overwhelmed to see our children participate in the International Yoga Day celebration at school with passion and vigour.

When Maurice Flueret, the Director of Music and Dance at the behest of Jack Lang’s request, applied his reflection on the musical practice and its evolution: “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere” on the streets of Paris in 1982, it was called ‘Fête de la Musique’.

‘Fête de la Musique’ means ‘make music’.

This dream has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries.

In sync with the Fête de la Musique’s purpose, students at NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE were encouraged to perform during the school assemblies. This celebration saw children use their musical talent to their fullest potential. This platform paved way for the quiet and gifted children. The mesmerizing performances by the junior and senior students at school have definitely ensured that teachers start thinking of various other avenues for showcasing the talents. The students provided information on various aspects of music which was well researched. This not only enlightened the audience but also had a huge impact on their understanding of music. Like Plato rightly quoted” Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” Every single individual at National Centre for Excellence has a soulful journey for a week and hoped to find music in every level and aspect of life in the future too.

The meaning of the word “Orientation” means adjusting or aligning oneself or one’s ideas to surroundings or circumstances. The venue at National Centre For Excellence adorned itself a festive look on the occasion of “Parent Orientation Session 2015-16”.The look was that of pride when the results of the previous year was shared in the forum. The session was initiated to align the thought process of the parents to that of the school and the CBSE Board.

The anxious parents were cordially invited by our Principal Ms. Praba Balasubramanian who set the stage for the other speakers. The agenda for the day was highlighted by Dr Sunita Sharma, our level head. The team of teachers handling the 9th and 10th grades were introduced to the parents by Ms Sumitra, our functional head. An elaborate and information session on the Assessments, Formative and Summative along with the indicators (Rubrics) was held by our Academic Head, Anitha Esther.

The new initiatives (Co-Scholastic) introduced by the CBSE board were discussed in length by the CCE co-ordinator, Jayashree Seth. This channelized the attention of the parents to the fact that it is a 360 degree development of the child that takes place at school. Every activity has various objectives and they are conducted in school keeping in mind the potential of each child.

The testimonials of the parents shared with the school staff during the question and answer session traced the wondrous educational journey they have experienced so far. This session saw parents actively participate and clarify their concerns. A vote of thanks by our level head, Dr Sunita Sharma ended the orientation session on an affirmative note when the school promised to deliver better results in collaboration with the parents this academic year too.

“If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either” …….Joseph Wood Krutch.

It was the same person, a naturalist who said that it is not ignorance, but knowledge, which is the mother of wonder. Knowledge is readily available in this century through various means and forms. But the burning question, that plaques the world is “What are we doing with this abundance at hand?”

Knowledge that is prevalent at our school saw itself taking a different dimension during the World Environment Day Celebration at National Centre For Excellence. The day began with a positive approach to life, when students bought saplings to school and were eager to plant them in the school vicinity.

When the students sang medleys in sync with the theme of the Environment Day celebration “Seven Billion dreams and one Earth” we were absolutely sure that the younger generation is very clear about their dreams and aspirations towards Earth. The speeches rendered by the senior students were phenomenal. They had suggestions and solutions to almost all the issues created by mankind. Like the saying goes “We are because we believe”. This belief on conservation and preservation has become stronger and a concrete one because our future generation is all set to make the changes in the world, which is at their disposal.

 

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