FIELD TRIP TO HUMCHA

“Nothing beats an exciting hands-on experience to deepen the learning.  The magic of a field trip isn’t just the subject.  It’s the break in routine and adventure that opens up children’s minds to new things.”

The above quote is apt for the field trip that was being organized by the middle section for Class VII on 11th October 2018, to Humcha or Hombuja, near Thirthahalli, Shivamogga.

It was around 9.45 am when 103 students and 6 escort teachers left the campus to Humcha and reached the destination at 11 am. Firstly, the children were escorted to the venerable Jain temple dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi. One of the priests of the temple guided us and narrated the history of the temple. He said about the Lakki Tree, that never dries and about the ever thronging devotees to the temple throughout the year.  Later, the children were taken to Jain Basadis of Mahaveera, built in Chalukyan era.  The main attraction there was the Monolithic pillar with rich carvings.  The students were enthralled by the beauty of the temple and noted down the history of it.  Then they were taken to a renowned pond called “Muththina Kere” which never dries and is fed constantly by the water oozing out from the point of origin of river Kumudvati.

Post this, the enthusiastic students were escorted to the statue of Bahubali which was on top of the hill.  It was a spectacular scene of the nearby village and the mutt, from the view point of the hillock.  According to the inscriptions found here, the basadi was constructed in the year 898 AD by Vikramaditya Santara.

The children were then served delicious lunch at the temple.  After this, they were taken to Billeshwara temple.  It is believed that River Kumudvathi, takes its origin at Kusuma Tirtha.  The cold, sweet water flows via a hole from a nearby hillock to feed the River Kumudvathi.  The children enjoyed the flow of water thoroughly and set off with their return journey.  They diligently collected all the points that were required for their integrated project.  Totally, it was a day spent worthily in the peaceful place amidst greenery.

STUDENTS OPINION:

Abhishek Aithal of Class VII opined that, “It was very exciting and this was the first time I had been there.  We had an argument whether we would see an elephant there while travelling in the bus, and I could see one and could also meet a racing horse, Heera. We had been to a lake as well; there were shoal of fish near the bank of the lake which were humongous.  We then had been to Humcha Jain Mutt, where all of us enjoyed by ringing the huge bell. A small temple nearby was a treasure of inscriptions on stone which fascinated me a lot.  We had delicious lunch that was served by temple in ”Bhojana Shala”.  Later, we were escorted to Gomateshwara temple which was a very fantastic view point of the entire Humcha village.  The most amazing spot was the origin of “Kumudvathi” River which was just a trickle of water, cold and sweet from the hillocks near Billeshwara temple.  Totally, it was an educational cum pleasure trip which was pollution free where we learnt a lot of history amidst greenery.

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Educational trip

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it”

  • George A Moore

Educational trip gives ideas; likewise opportunities to visit prestigious places that may help the students visualize what he or she learns at school. This activity helps them develop their knowledge and experience by exploring themselves in different places.

 

The objectives of the middle section about this trip was to allow them get to know more interesting historical facts about their locality and bring proud feelings towards the legendary local rulers, who were equally powerful as Mysore Odeyars and emperors of Vijayanagara Dynasty.

 

The troop of 98 students and 5 teachers escorted the students to explore Keladi, a renowned historical place.  They set off their journey at 10.15 am from School Camps, on 11th Oct. 2018.  When they reached Keladi, with some instructions from the teachers, the children were allowed to observe the temple carefully. A local person, there, gave a brief knowledge about the sculpture of the temples which made children more curious about the history of Keladi. Later, they entered into Museum group wise and noted important points as they had an integrated project assigned associated with this educational field trip.

 

After having lunch, there was a special talk organized for by the middle section.  The resource person of the talk was Mr. Venkatesh Jois.   He, being the granary of knowledge of history of Keladi and surrounding areas gave an in-depth knowledge to students.  This one and half hour interaction brought lights on a lot of information and facts about Sagar city as a whole. The explanation was very simple and easily understandable which engrossed the student’s concentration for quite a long time. Finally, the session was concluded with a vote of thanks for the resource person with a memento as a token of respect.

 

The students returned to the campus, with a pride about the local rulers and their achievements. In fact, the Indian historians had not given much importance to Keladi Empire, unfortunately. Totally, with a sense of accomplishment of the set objectives the educational trip was called an end and it was 4pm when the enthusiastic troop returned to the campus enriched with the history of Keladi.

 

STUDENTS OPINION:

Keerti Prabhu of Class VIII opined that, “When I heard of our trip to Keladi, I was not that excited and curious as it was a local place which I had heard about since my childhood.  But, this educational trip to Keladi gave a clear picture about its origin, the achievements of the rulers and their prosperity.  I was dumb stuck.  I enquired and got to know more and more information about Keladi from localites as well. The beautiful carvings at the temple were amazing.  The achievements of the rulers were much greater than I expected.  After this field trip, I am really proud to be surrounded by a great place like Keladi”.

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FIELD TRIP TO HOSAGUNDA

“Travelling is the best education. You see the world through another lens”

The above quote was the goal behind the field trip that was being organized by the middle section for Class VI on 11th October 2018, to Hosagunda, a small hamlet near Sagar, Shivamogga.

76 students along with 5 escort teachers left the campus to Hosagunda and reached the destination at 10.20 am. Firstly, the children were escorted to the Umamaheshwara temple which was a peaceful abode of Lord Eeshwara who incarnates as Sri Umamaheshwara.  There were other temples like Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi, Sri Prasanna Narayana, Sri Subramanya, Sri Ganapathi, Sri Veerabhadra, Sri Mahishamardini, and Sri Kanchikalamma in and around it.  Being a thousand year old temple, it’s being renovated by Sri Sringeri Shankara peeta under the advice of Sri Bharati Tirtha and by Dharmastala Veerendra Hegde.  One of the priests of the temple guided the troop and narrated the history of the temple.  He said about the gigantic mango tree which is of more than 600 years old in the forest area of Hosagunda. There were many stone inscriptions available in and around Hosagunda belonging to 11th century.

The main attraction there was Kanchikalammma temple in Kerala style of architecture.  The students were enthralled by the beauty of the temple and noted down the history of it.  From there, they were taken to a pond called “Star shape kalyani” which has many steps.

The children were then served delicious lunch at the temple.  After that, all the children were encouraged to draw the picture of the temple by the Arts teacher of the institution Mr. Chenna Keshava Koffee.  They diligently collected all the points that were required for their integrated project.  Totally, it was a day spent worthily in the peaceful place amidst greenery.

STUDENTS OPINION:

Pragathi of Class VI said that, “Though we had been to Hosagunda many times earlier, this was a spectacular experience of educational trip.  We got to know many things about the history of Hosagunda.  We were amazed at the age of the trees that we came across in the forest in Devarakadu.  We enjoyed in the “Pushkarni” of the temple.  It was my superb life time experience.  The accuracy and great skills of the architecture was really appreciable.  We also enjoyed the hidden talents of the teachers in singing.  Though, the sun being so hot, it was cool and soothing to trek in the lush green forest.  Totally, it was a wonderful experience and I would like to thank the institution whole heartedly for providing us this opportunity”.

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STUDENT SOLAR AMBASSADOR

As we pledge to practice non violence towards our environment, IIT Bombay has provided us a space to keep up our promise on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi i.e. 2nd October 2018 by organizing a workshop to students under ‘Student Solar Ambassador’ project.

In this workshop, students learnt to make use of renewable source of energy by making their own solar lamp. Not only they will likely to be future users of solar energy but they also promote its usage in their own generation and become ambassadors.

In our school, this unique workshop was organized at Atal Tinkering Lab to 57 students of Class 12th. The event was inaugurated by lighting one of the assembled lamp by Mr.Ashok and  Mrs. Rekha Ashok, trustees, Hongirana School of Excellence  and Mrs. Shobha Ravindra, Principal, Hongirana School of Excellence.

In his address to the students, Mr.Ashok, the inaugurator of the workshop, spoke about the scarcity of the electricity and also the availability of the solar energy in abundance and how it could be used in overcoming the electricity problem.

Main part of the event that is assembling of solar lamp started under the guidance, encouragement and support from all the Science faculties handling 11th and 12th. Ms. Shilpa Hebbar ignited a curiosity and enthusiasm among students by giving a clear demonstration on assembling the lamp. Students followed the instructions and engaged themselves deeply in getting their lamps ready.

At the end of the event, students were successful in getting the lamp lit and a graceful smile could be seen on their face.

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INTEGRATED EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO PADDY FIELD

“Agriculture was the first occupation of man and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries”

E. W. Stewart

 

To give an insight of such occupation and to understand the role of farmer in our life, an agricultural fieldtrip was organized for the students of class VIIIto a paddy field atBalasagodu, on 28thJuly 2018, which is owned by Mr.Karunakar M Shetty, one of the supportive parents of the institution. There, the students were enriched with the knowledge of farming andthe procedures of growing agricultural products.

 

The troop of 95 students accompanied by 7 escort teachers left the campus at 9.30am and reached the paddy field by 10am. It was an integrated educational field trip. Students were very curious to observe and learn the procedures.  Initially, they were shown the method of soil preparation like ploughing, tilling and leveling.  Later they were provided with a bundle of saplings to plant in the field. Students felt very excited and involved enthusiastically.During the discussion with the farmers,studentsgot information about the irrigation pattern, method of harvesting, problems of laboursetc. Totally, this agricultural field trip helped students to gain a better sense of agriculture with its importance.

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QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT

 “Soldiers who always remain faithful to their nation, who are always prepared to sacrifice their lives, are invincible.”                                                                                                      -Subash Chandra Bose

The Quit India Movement was observed by the Higher Primary Section on 8th of August, 2018 with great zeal and zest. The stage was adorned by the Chief Guest Mr. VishwanathHarishi, President of the day Mr. Jagannath, Honourable Principal Mrs. Shobha Ravindra and Headmistress of Higher Primary Mrs. Rajashree.

The program started at 10 am with a patriotic song by the students. Mr. Arun Kumar presented the foreword by sharing his views on the significance of the day and highlighted the importance of the day. To keep the flame of patriotism alive, the students performed a patriotic skit and dance. Later, the Chief Guest Mr. VishwanathHarishi spoke about Quit India Movement to awaken everyone’s feelings towards our motherland. He pondered upon the Isur incident which declared it to be the first independent village of India, on 1942, even before India got its Independence. He also spoke about all the great leaders who sacrificed their life for freedom.  This was followed by presidential remarks by Mr. Jagannath who inspired children with his motivational words.  Finally, the program was concluded with vote of thanks by Mrs. Hema.

The idea of this program was to look back with respect, admiration and the courage of the great freedom fighters and remember their selfless sacrifice for the wellbeing of the nation. This reminds the students about the value of freedom and creates an awareness in the minds of the youngsters to protect the country in the present and future too.

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WELCOME DAY AT HONGIRANA

Welcome day is a campus orientation event for all the new students entering directly from primary to middle primary section and it is also a forum to bring the old students together with new comers.   Thus, the start itself was supposed to be very cheerful.  Hence, middle section planned to welcome the children on 28th May 2018 by taking them out and spending some time walking in the nature.  Later part of the day was planned with some fun filled ice-breaking activities.

Firstly, all the children were assembled in multimedia hall where teachers gave their introduction. Post this, the Head Mistress gave a small speech and elicited the basic ground rules from the students.  Later, the students were taken out for nature walk.

Class VI & VII were taken to a blissful temple of Triyambakeshwar in Bheemanakone.  The Class VIII students were escorted to Ushakirana, a plot owned by Hongirana where they were engaged in various activities like action songs, self-introduction using an adjective and elicited a few talents out of children like singing, story narration and comedy show.

Later, the students got back to the campus, had their lunch and assembled in the multimedia hall for the other activities.  They were given time to prepare their identity cards creatively and colourfully.  Post this, active listening and communication activity was played where a message would be passed from one another.  Later, activities to develop inter-personal skills were conducted in which they were guided to follow the instructions and act accordingly.  After a small leisure break, the students were taken to ground for fun activities.  Thus, the welcome day was totally filled with fun and entertainment which encouraged children to get along with the institutional norms.

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