Pilikula trip

“Memories of journeys never leave the mind. The most beautiful ones keep replaying, leaving yearning for a trip like that, again.”
The above quote indeed suits the trip that was organised by the college section on 23rd October 2018.
It was around 11.30 PM on 22nd October, when 54 students of 2nd Pu along with 4 escort teachers left the campus to Pilikula Nisarga Dhama near Mangalore set amidst the nature. The destination was reached at 4.15 AM in the morning.
Firstly students were taken to zoo around 9.30 in the morning which is located inside the Pilikula campus. It’s an amazing enclosure of animals and birds at the biological reserve. Students were excited seeing lions, tigers, leopards, bears and many more animals roaming freely in the natural environment just a few feet away from them. Varieties of snakes which included almost all the species of the subcontinent, in glass cages were awesome.
In the afternoon, students were taken to the Manasa Amusement park featuring colourful slides, swimming pool and an aquatic playground. The enjoyment of the students reached its zenith and gathered some unforgettable moments.
Later in the evening the troops reached the planetarium to watch the most exhilarating 3D show. It gave the students an insight to science and technology.
The taste of the delicious food that was served whole day was everlasting. Students experienced a great joy throughout their journey. Dance, music, masthi gave unlimited fun to all. The full moon smilingly following us throughout the journey was mesmerising.
All together the whole trip was filled with fun, joy and tons of sweet memories to relish for the entire life.
STUDENTS OPINION:
Sinchana of 2nd Pu opined that “It was really a memorable time spent in Pilikula with my lovely friends and caring teachers.. We all enjoyed a lot in Manasa water park, which was unforgettable moments for us. Planetarium was really super. Along with enjoyment we learnt many things regarding our academics which improved our knowledge. I thank all our teachers who arranged this wonderful trip, enjoyed with us and cared for us.”
Likhith of 2nd Pu opined that “ It was a wonderful time spent in Pilikula with my teachers and friends. The best part about the trip is Manasa Water park, where everyone enjoyed a lot. Our teachers took good care of us and were updating every information on WhatsApp group, which was a very good thing according to my parents. Along with enjoying we learnt many other good things which will be helpful in future.”

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KALAANUSANDHAANA

“KALAANUSANDHAANA”, a workshop for high school students had been organized on 2nd October, 2018 in the school premises.  The main target of the workshop is to introduce different forms of the culture to the students along with the day to-day learning process. It is also intended to facilitate the way of understanding various cultural forms.

Workshop Structure for Class X

  • An elaborated presentation and demonstration of folk songs (SESSION ON JANAPADA GEETEGALU)

 

Workshop Structure for Class IX

  • Briefing about the use of makeup, process of makeup and demonstration on face makeup through practical makeup making. (SESSION ON HOW TO MAKE FACE PAINTING)
  • A presentation by a retired military soldier about his experience in the war field. (AN INTERACTIVE SESSION BY AN EX-MILITARY MAN)

DURATION

Class X had the session of four hours where as the class IX had 2 sessions of 2 hours each.

 

WORKSHOP ON JANAPADA GEETEGALU (FOLK SONGS)

Resource Person:  Mr. Mohan Kumar N – a man with high energy and enormous knowledge in the field of folk art.

Mr. Mohan Kumar. N, a well known folk artist and a young theatre person and a theatre trainer mesmerized the children with his knowledge on ‘Folk Songs’. He discussed about the birth of folk songs, types and difference between various forms of folk songs. With the historical background he even exhibited the style of singing through melodious articulation. He explained that, costume is the attraction of this genre. He discussed about ‘Ballads’, ‘Gigi Pada’ ‘Kolata’, ‘Doddata’, ‘Sannata’, ‘Yakshagana’, ‘Bayalata’ etc.  He also gave many examples by singing songs from each type. Later he gave practice to the students regarding singing a number of folk songs by giving the lyrics. His session totally energized the campus with the folk songs.

WORKSHOP ON FACE PAINTING

Resource Person: Mr. Gurumurthi Varadamula– a well known personality in the field of theatre and acting.

He began his session ‘How to Make Simple Makeup’ by explaining the pros and cons of make up making. He explained about the color combination, appearance, mixing different colors, way of beautifying the face etc. He also demonstrated this art by making the face of a saint in front of all the students. The development of the makeup that took place in front of them, made them to feel mesmerized.

AN INTERACTIVE SESSION BY AN EX-MILITARY MAN

Resource Person: Mr. Subhashchandra Tejasvi– retired army personnel, Indian Army.

He began his session with the narration of his life as an army person, his training days, initial stage as a soldier, a number of velour stories, his experience that he gained through being in the war field, a number of military operations, life of a soldier, items that they carried in their bags etc. After his speech students asked numerous questions and got satisfaction with the answers. His total presentation brought a real patriotic feeling in the campus.

 

Opinion:

Positive opinion of the students was the testimony for the success of this one day workshop. Class X students were of the opinion that they came to know about the richness of the ‘folk art’ for the first time. They were really mesmerized by the energy level of the resource person. It was because of this energy that they demanded to organize such sessions repeatedly in the institution on various other genres of art and literature. In the opinion of IX students after this session they started to think about the ‘makeup’ from another angle. It made them to concentrate even on the color combination that needs to be used in the makeup. About the soldier’s talk, they had no words to express their gratitude for organizing that session. They opined that, they could just read and hear about military operations and soldier’s life from third line sources but this session made them to meet and to have direct conversation with a real war hero. So, it was a real unforgettable day for them.

Those parents, who came to school after the workshop, expressed their gratitude for conducting such workshops repeatedly. In their opinion these workshops and other co-curricular activities are making Hongirana to stand differently in front of all other institutions. With this they assure of a greater co-operation for all the ventures that the institution takes for their students.

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ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಾಗೂ ತರಕಾರಿಗಳ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ

ಸಾಗರ- ೨೩/೧೦/೨೦೧೪ ರ ಮಂಗಳವಾರದಂದು ಹೊಂಗಿರಣ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್  ಆಫ಼್ ಎಕ್ಸಲೆನ್ಸ್ ಅಮಟೆಕೊಪ್ಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಠ್ಯವಿಷಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ “ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಾಗೂ ತರಕಾರಿಗಳ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ “ ನರ್ಸರಿ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಂದ ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಶಿಸ್ತುಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿ  ಮೂಡಿಬಂತು.

ಚೀನಿಕಾಯಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ದೀಪ ಬೆಳಗಿಸುವುದರ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟಿಗಳಾದ ಶ್ರೀಯುತ ಅಶೋಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ರೇಖಾ ದಂಪತಿಗಳಿಂದ  ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಗೊಂಡಿತು. ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಪ್ರಾಂಶುಪಾಲರಾದ ಶ್ರ‍ೀಮತಿ ಶೋಭಾ ರವೀಂದ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥೆಯಾದ ಶ್ರ‍ೀಮತಿ  ಕಮಲಾ ಗುಡಿಗಾರ ರವರು ಸಹ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು.

ಬಣ್ಣ-ಬಣ್ಣದ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ತೊಟ್ಟ ಪುಟ್ಟ ಮಕ್ಕಳು  ಬಗೆ-ಬಗೆಯ ಹಣ್ಣು ತರಕಾರಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಗಿ ಚೊಕ್ಕದಾಗಿ ವಿವರಿಸಿದರು. ಪೋಷಕರಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಸಂಧ್ಯಾರವರ ಕೈಚಳಕದಿಂದ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದ ಹಣ್ಣು ಹಾಗೂ ತರಕಾರಿಗಳ ಕಲಾಕೃತಿಗಳು ಎಲ್ಲರ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆಯಿತು.

ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಮಕ್ಕಳು, ಶಿಕ್ಷಕರು ಹಾಗೂ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕೇತರ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ವರ್ಗದವರು ಸಹ ಸರತಿ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಾದರು. ನಂತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಹಾಜರಾದ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಸಲಾಡ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಕೋಸಂಬರಿಯನ್ನು ಹಂಚಲಾಯಿತು.

ಶಿಕ್ಷಕಿಯರಾದ ಕುಮಾರಿ ಅರ್ಪಣಾ, ವಿನುತಾ, ಅಕ್ಷಿತಾ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ದೀಪಾ, ಹಾಗೂ ಪರೋಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಸಹಕರಿಸಿದ ಮುಂತಾದವರ ಸಹಾಯದಿಂದ ಈ  ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ನೇರವೇರಿತು.

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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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