Hongirana is known for its uniqueness in residential school setup since 16 years. In contrast with cities, here, children learn about nature by living amidst lush green vegetation. They interact, enjoy and absorb the goodness and tranquility of the nature and grow to excel in their lives. With this inherent quality, the new Academic year at Hongirana Residential School commenced on 22th May, 2018 for Classes IX, X and PUC II year. The junior students from Class IV to Class VIII started their academic year at Hongirana from 27th May 2018. PUC I year students came into Hongirana family on 31st May 2018. The students were welcomed with utmost love and compassion and were made to feel at home by all the residential teachers. Academics were focused on a serious note for senior boys since 23rd May onwards. But for juniors, there was a little initial leniency. Hence, they were engaged in various cultural activities like dance, drama, song, skit etc., based on ethical themes. Students of Class IX and X were also taken to NINAASM to watch films and a drama to keep them entertained a little amidst academics.
To kick start the academic year with some principled inspiration, a motivational talk was arranged for both senior and junior students. It was scheduled on 3rd June 2018. The junior boys were engaged in activity based motivational talk by Middle Section HM Mrs. Rajashree. The senior boys attended motivational talk by our own resource person and Kannada faculty of high school section, Mr. Sandeep Shetty in D G hall.
The talk by Sandeep Shetty commenced from 10 am. He pondered on a few of his childhood experiences, showed a video and discussed about what a student life is in utmost subtlest way, which inspired the students greatly. Totally it was a day spent sensibly to kickstart an academic year, so that the students would remain focused throughout the year.
Ms. Sujaya, a residential teacher opined that, “Mr. Sandeep Shetty’s motivational talk was very inspiring. He discussed his own life experiences and said how one has to use the opportunity that comes his way for the betterment. He discussed how a student’s attitude should be while he is learning. He advised them to assimilate 5 important qualities to lead a good student life by adopting hardworking quality of a crow, alertness of a dog, focused attitude of a crane and vulture, and a child’s nature that follows its parents. These impressed me great deal and felt that the Hongirana students were fortune enough to get such subtle knowledge about good student mannerism. Totally I felt that such talks should come more in numbers so that the students remain focused towards their goals”.
Venkatesh of Class X opined that, “I got to know that one should be very alert in grabbing opportunity as it comes once in a way in lifetime. Sandeep sir shared his own childhood experience to enrich us. He gave some examples of birds and animals and motivated us to adopt their qualities in our life. He highlighted that one should be satisfied with what he or she is blessed with in life and crib for nothing. These were really helpful in inspiring me to take all the opportunities that comes my way and felt like internalizing all these qualities into life.
Simultaneously, juniors had a motivational talk presented by middle section HM, Mrs. Rajashree, in multimedia hall. After a brief introduction and interaction with the students, she divided the students into groups and conducted some games to bring them into live mode. Later, they were given topics on which they had to present skits group wise. As this was the first session for the juniors in the hostel, this activity impressed them greatly. Totally it was a commendable performance of the kids.
Ms. Arpana, a residential teacher opined that, “For me, it was the first motivational session. I assumed it to be one of the boring sessions. But, it was really amazing to see the kids performing independently without the support of the teachers. What made them active were a series of games that Rajashree madam came up with initially, and then the children got geared up and enjoyed great deal. I was astonished to see the children performing brilliant skits based on the topics with their own dialogues. Totally it was a good platform for the children to exhibit their innate talent and we teachers also had great fun along with them”.
Tarun Sagar B of Class VIII said that “We firstly could introduce ourselves to the new comers without any hesitation. She motivated us to jell up with the new comers and asked us to co-operate with them. She conducted a few games to make us lively. To make us more confident on stage, she gave us some topics to perform skits. It was a great feel to perform together with new comers and also enjoyed as audience for the other performing groups. Totally we had a great fun and learnt some mannerism from Rajashree Madam.
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