A classroom discussion on gender specific roles and the debate “Is cooking a female’s domain?”, took a bigger turn when girls challenged the boys to cook and what followed next was the idea of having a “cooking without fire” contest at Alpine Public School for the students of 12th grade.
It was heartening to see boys taking up the gauntlet with full gusto as they came armed with mouth watering recipes, equipped with all the necessary ingredients and to top it the attitude “we too can cook”. They were geared to prove their culinary skills and to make the message loud and clear that hunger is common for both the sexes and both boys and girls can be skilled in food preparation. Girls too donned the chef’s cap and cooked lip smacking delights. The spread laid out after wards flaunted some creatively prepared items like Choco lava Balls, ice cream fruit shake, chats, pani puri, sandwiches, juices, besan ladoos and more, all cooked without fire; what really enthused them was the ambition to show and prove some stereotypical thoughts must be reduced to ashes.
The students from the senior section of Alpine Public School recently visited old age homes, Jeewan Sandhaya and Ashraya Seva Trust, as a part of the “Spread Happiness Activity” scheduled for Diwali celebration. The youngsters motivated to spend quality time with senior citizens, either by reading out a newspaper to them or just having a game of chess, carried in their hearts their own desires to bring smile on their faces. The people at the old age home too were happy to see shining faces greeting them for diwali and seeking their blessing for the festival. For them it was a walk down the memory lane as they shared their memories of festivities and recalled their time as youngsters. Indeed it was outing to cherish and remember for the students
Students at Alpine Public School geared up for the Diwali celebration by uniting creativity and compassion to send a message across to all for a safe and environment friendly festivities.
The students of tenth grade went around the vicinity with green placards with catchy slogans for a “Green Walk “ to give the message regarding the precautions needed to save senior citizens, patients birds and pets from any discomfort and pain caused by the loud polluting crackers.
The junior section students, fervent and eager, took part in Rangoli making and adorned the corridors with the most beautiful and colourful patterns to celebrate the mood. The Raongoli’s were decorated with vibrant colours and superbly painted diyas.
This Diwali would be a mindful one with respect to the environment.
The students of Alpine Public School enjoyed a splendid movie outing on 23 rd July when they went in hordes to watch “The Lion King”- the movie which has taken the city theatres by storm. The trip was organized by the cultural club “Amaze” of the school, which believes in bringing students closer to the quality cinema through movies conveying stirring message and motivation. It was thoroughly enjoyed by students who responded to the lion’s roar with full gusto and made sure the memories of the film would stay fresh in their minds for a lifetime.
On the morning of 17 July, we, the students of class VIII, were bustling with excitement, as we were to go to the Indian Meteorological Department. The Indian Meteorological Department is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology. The Bangalore office is responsible for the entire state of Karnataka. After an hour‘s journey, we reached our destination, getting a chance to see the grand Vidhana Soudha and the High Court on the way. We were guided into the seminar hall, and saw a lot of interesting rooms which catered to a multitude of different purposes. When we were settled, our guide, Mr Nagesh, explained to us the purpose of the department, and all the factors they had to take into account while monitoring weather. We were told about the releasing of a hydrogen-filled balloon every day in order to study and measure wind conditions. After a little more elaboration on what exactly the factors of weather are, we got to release the balloon from the terrace and follow it with our eyes until it was no more than a speck in the distance. We also saw and understood the science behind the wind vane and anemometer. After this, we saw a device that would display the height and distance the balloon was at. This would further be analysed and studied in the Pilot Observatory Room. Then, we got to see the old building of the department, which was in shambles. After assembling again in the seminar hall, we learnt about several instruments used by the department to measure maximum temperature, minimum temperature, evaporation, humidity etc. Subsequently, we were shown the instruments and got to understand them in detail. The hygrograph, rain gauge and others were just terms and we had finally understood their full purpose. This was followed by us being let down to a field where we saw the instruments in their actual, full form. We were bursting with questions throughout, all of which were answered with utmost patience by Mr Nagesh. Finally, we realised we had to leave. The time had flown by, and very reluctantly, we boarded our buses and left, our minds enriched by all the knowledge we had obtained. I would like to thank our respected principal Ma’am for giving us this golden opportunity. I would also like to thank Godavari ma’am, Madhupriya ma’am and Padmakshi ma’am for accompanying us in making this trip a memorable one.
On the 16th of July, we the students of grade 7 set out on an educational visit to the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Upon our arrival at the museum, we witnessed a treasure trove of scientific concepts. All of them were so vividly displayed. It was a treat to our eyes and minds to view the wonders of the fascinating world of science. The museum had 8 interactive galleries and other facilities like science on a sphere, Wright Brother’s Simulator, Dinosaur’s corner, 3D film shows so on and so forth. All the kiosks in the museum were hands on and minds on experiences. The Engine hall housed interactive exhibits which helped us explore the principle of simple machines and also included the replica of the Wright Brother’s simulator. The Electronic gallery taught us principles of magnetism and electricity. The Space-Emerging Technology kiosk was a sight to behold and a treat for our auditory senses as well, we got to listen to the experiences of astronauts and space scientists. Another interesting aspect that we encountered at the museum was weighing ourselves on each planet. And of course, last but surely not the least , how could we forget the Dinosaur’s corner which took us back to the Triassic period and all of us thought we were in a time warp. We wished time had stood still as we weren’t in a mood to come out of this wonder world What a memorable day it was. Our biggest takeaway from that day being “Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done’’. The Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum embodies the spirit of this quote in more ways than one. We would like to thank our respected Principal Ma’am and the teachers who accompanied us on this enriching trip.
By Shreyal STD VII
The students of Std-VII visited the Gubulala Government School, Bengaluru, Karnataka on 29 th of June, 2019. It was an outreach program wherein te students of Alpine Public School visit this school once in a month and share knowledge, things and feelings. This month we reached out to them in English and Maths and shared our knowledge about quick maths and spoken English. The involvement and enthusiasm by them was immense and made us motivated to precede and share much more. Such involvement with the under privileged was an eye opener to us and we learnt the biggest lesson that Sharing is Caring. We are looking forward for the next visit so that there is much more to give and much more to contribute and make this a better place for all.
Std VII A
The cabinet for the new academic session at Alpine Public School was formed on 21st June on the occasion of Annual Investiture Day’s ceremony. It was a much awaited event by the students as they looked forward to clap and cheer for the School Captains- sports and academics and also for the four houses- Valora, Clarissa, Jovan and Blenda.
The members of the cabinet were chosen in true democratic voting method and on this day as the school band roared each time the bright faced, students-the elected candidates, marched upto the dais to receive their shiny badges from the principal, Mrs.Jaya Lakshmi Shastry. The teachers too were honoured with their respective academic and non academic portfolios on the occasion.
The speeches by the students highlighted the core value of leadership and responsibility. The event ended with a spectacular kathak performance by the students.
Keeping its date with health and fitness, Alpine Public School celebrated the International Yoga Day-2019 with full gusto on 21st June in the school campus. Neatly lined with colourful yoga mats, the field presented a splendid visual as the soft morning breeze added to the loveliness to the cloudy day.
The elaborate yoga session, held separately for junior and senior section, was conducted by the yoga gurus Ravi JJ and Basawaraj Eklure- both well known names in the field of yoga across the country. Along with demonstration of asanas the duo also briefed the students about the multiple advantages of each pose. The Omkara chants everberated in the field as hundreds of students unified in their will to be healthy and fit and performed various asanas with utmost perfection.
Everyone’s favourite magical nanny from the evergreen 1964 Disney Classic Mary Poppins is back in the sequel “Mary Poppins Returns”. Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P.L Travers (first published in 1934), the movie brings to life on celluloid the characters etched in the memory of the fans of the book series and introduces this outstanding characters to the new generation. Set in the blossoming Cherry Tree Lane , the ‘practically perfect’ nanny is back to doing what she had come for years ago to take care of the Banks children. Enter Mary Poppins (played by the absolutely delightful Emily Blunt) as she creates an aura of imagination and magic around the house with the children John, Jane, Annabel and George in a constant state of disbelief and fascination. Sniff away as Micheal Banks has a touching conversation with his wife and laugh your guts out at the antics of the effervescent Jack (Lin Manuel Miranda) and watching the legendary actress Meryl Steep as Topsy (‘Tatiana Antanasi’) is really the icing on the cake. Emily Blunt owns the screen and literally carries the film on her shoulders ably supported by the ensemble cast with each one contributing in equal measure. Mary Poppins Returns keeps the viewers glued to the screen and there is never a dull moment. The film is an ideal mix of values, emotions and heart rending scenes. Through it many songs it teaches us to be cheerful, honest and brave at all times. I would like to thank the school and the management for having given us this opportunity to enjoy this movie with our friends and treating us to this enriching experience which will cherish for a long time to come. This film truly embodies the saying “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time “
Movie Review of Mary Poppins Returns
(Movie outing Grade 7 – Dec 2019 – Preesha G Prabhat)
Public School organized a workshop for Parents- ‘Challenges in teen parenting’ on 2nd March’19, at its campus for parents. Dr. Debmitta Dutta, a Parenting consultant and founder of the website ‘Whatparentsask.com’ conducted the workshop.
It focused on how parents could help their teenage children in managing stress, brought forth by academic/peer pressure. She advised them to play a meaningful role in motivating and disciplining them through a rough phase.
Dr. Dutta stressed upon the fact that parents need to realize the importance of accepting their teenagers as young adults, ready to share responsibilities and enjoy some freedom.
It was well attended by parents who understood on how to handle the tricky issues of a teenager who faces multitude of issues in the current times.
The classrooms and corridors presented the look of a lab and activity counters at Alpine Public School on 23rd Feb as students geared up to celebrate the annual science fest – Sabadoria.
It was a much awaited event at the school as the science enthusiasts from classes 5th to 8th came prepared with interesting experiments to be demonstrated to their fellow students and parents.
The young learners put to use the knowledge they had gleaned from the science textbooks and displayed working models of hydraulics, quad copters, mechanics and a lot more. “Fun with Chemistry” counter drew a large crowd as children displayed an attention -grabbing demo of how solution of potassium thiocynate and Ferric chloride react to form a blood like substance and thus gave away the secret of fake blood used in movies.
Like last year, Shadow play “Light and Action” this year too was a great hit with all those who attended the fest.
The innovative idea to present microorganisms in form of colourful and beautifully drawn rangolis invited admiration and appreciation from the parents for the combined hard work of students and teachers.
Apart from all this, children also presented models and presentation on waste management, water and energy conservation.
Amidst tears of joy and happiness, the graduation Day ceremony “Ashirvachanam” at Alpine was held on 15th Feb. It was the time of the year when students from the graduating batch recalled the precious memories of their very first day at the school and glanced over the place gripped with nostalgia. Boys looking dapper in sharp black suits and girls stylish in sarees, cherished the years spent as they bid farewell to their first stopover of learning and growth.
Ms. Sreelakshmi Gururraj from UNISEF graced the event as the chief guest and delivered a heart touching speech covering various angles of schooling and education. Speaking to students, Mr. Kabeer, Chairman of the School, stressed upon the importance of learning skills and developing interests, other than those related to academics. Mrs. Jayalakshmi Shastry, the Principal, gave emphasis to the values the school quips a child with and hoped students, as they move ahead in life, stay connected to those lessons.
The ceremony ended with students along with teachers performing the traditional ceremonial walk in the school field holding lamps as their parents watched and took pictures of the memorable moment..
The Japan Quiz trophy walks into Alpine for the second time. The quiz is organised annually by the Indo Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the University of Tokyo. While last year it was Afza and Trishika who clinched the second place and Rachna and Atharv were finalists, this year we had Rachna and Atharv (Grade 9) bagging the second place, which makes it a second place win for Alpine two years in a row. There was a change in the format of the quiz due to which two teams from a single school couldnt make it to the final.. Nevertheless. It was a stellar performance once again by team Alpine. Rachna and Atharv achieved this feat against 36 schools across Bangalore. This win proves that with determination and perseverance, we have it in us to consistently win major quiz competitions. We are hopeful that the first place will be ours next year. Congratulations to this amazing team who set a great example of teamwork. With this experience, these four musketeers have gained so much knowledge on Japan that they can now be called the Seinsies of Alpine. Seinsie in Japanese means teachers.
Days of practice, planning and hard work was displayed on 01st Dec’2018 as the school celebrated its 12th Annual Day.
The school premises, wore a festive look for the day-long programme, split into three schedule for its Pre primary, Primary and Secondary section.
‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, ‘Jal Tarang’, ‘Parivarthanum’ were the respective themes for the three sections and each theme was beautifully projected with an aesthetic combination of songs, dance and drama. The dazzling lights, soothing music, and vibrant costumes added a special touch to the talent of the students.
This event was an apt platform to showcase student’s talent with a strong social message on water, Change and One world. The message was well received by the audience who had gathered in huge numbers. The program had dignitaries from the theatre, Film and Medical Industry.
A wonderful day to remember for a long time by the Alpine fraternity.
The mysterious nature of the climate, the mood swings of the weather- all appeared even more interesting to the students of Alpine Public School of Std-IX who had the opportunity to visit the Meteorological Department in Bangalore on 16th September as a part of the extended learning program by the school.
The students first had a look at the ‘Single Stevenson Screen’ which had four thermometers showing the maximum and minimum temperatures in a day. They were informed by the officials that temperature was measured eight times in a day. Next was the ’acrograph’, which recorded the temperature for an entire day on a graph and the department had been maintaining the date for about one hundred and fifty years.
Students were briefed about the ‘evaporimeter’ which helps in the calculation of the rate of evaporation per day; the ‘rain gauge’, which measures the amount of rainfall in a day. An instrument called the ’Automatic Weather Station’ gave direct information to the computers using sensors.
After learning about the various instruments at the surface observatory, the students saw wind instruments like the ‘wind wane’ and the ‘cup-counter anemometer’ – which are used in calculating the wind speed, direction and determining the weather of the day.
By Surbhi Das, IX-B
The classrooms in the Primary block at Alpine Public School on Sep-8 th were packed with students, but with a difference. The chairs were occupied not by the young students but by their grandparents who were invited by the school to celebrate a touching tradition- the annual grandparents’ day.
The thoughtfully designed activities ranged from storytelling to clay modelling and a lot more. The little ones made touching cards and recited poems to express their love for their delighted grandparents who thoroughly enjoyed their time as they made teams to do the colouring activity and took part in all the fun-filled activities with jubilation and eagerness.
A photo booth was set up to catch up with the memories of this day.
Ilika Ranjan the author of “Secrets of Zynpagua” visited Alpine Public School on 12th July for an interactive session with the students. It was a thrilling experience for children as they got the opportunity to interact with the author and took part in a story writing activity. It was a memorable session for the young students as many walked away proudly with the autographed book gifted by the author.
Talking about the decline in the reading habits among the children, Ilika said it could be attributed to the limited books available for the younger ones. She believed that fantasy and magic were genres that could never lose the charm and Indian authors could take up such subjects to entice the children.
The science department at Alpine public School organized a talk on “Common Communicable Diseases Affecting the Eastern and Western World” 6 th July at the school premises for the students of higher classes conducted by Mr. Suresh Chandrashekaran, an immunologist.
The talk focused on equipping students with the basic information about prevention and cure of common ailments. It was a good opportunity for students to ask questions pertaining to various diseases, they read about in the books. They eagerly inquired about the breakthrough made in the diagnosis and treatment of infections and epidemics prevalent in India.
The event was a part of the regular learning programme at school when people from various fields are invited for an interactive session with students for enhanced learning and exposure.
The seventh grade students of Alpine Public School had the wonderful opportunity to visit a government school at Gublala as part of the AORP (Alpine Out-Reach Programme), along with their teacher Padmakshi ma’am. It was the day when Alpine students took up the role of teachers as they imparted lessons in maths and science to the bright and shiny faces that greeted them with an ear to ear grin in the classrooms of the humble government school.
It was entirely a different and an enriching experience for students as it gave them an opportunity to pass on the knowledge they had been getting and it surely made the visit all the more meaningful. Some felt nervous while some felt confident and in the end it turned out to be an unforgettable experience as it brought smiles to all.
It was not just studies that brought all the children together; it was an overwhelming experience as they bonded well over games, antakshari and an interactive session that diminished the barrier that exists between the private and government schools. Alpinans were exulted to discover about the dreams and aspirations of the children as they came to know about their fellows’ aim of becoming IPS officers, CEOs, designers and a lot more.
It was a visit that helped Alpinians find the richness of simplicity and sincerity in the truest form. They returned with faces bright with smiles and hearts brimming with hopes of looking forward to such experiences in future.
Alpine celebrates “Oratio”-
The annual literary event
The interschool literary fest “Oratio” was celebrated at Alpine Public School on 27th October with great enthusiasm and exhilaration.
Students from various schools gathered to soak in the beauty of English language as they eagerly participated in a string of exciting events planned for the day, like budding bards, spontaneous speakers, weave a wonder, spelling stunners and a lot more.
“War of the words”, the parliamentary debate on the topic “Should Children below 15 be a part of reality shows” saw an energetic exchange of convincing presentation by the members of the opposing teams and provided a healthy challenge to young debaters speaking for and against the motion.
All the events were designed to enhance the interests of the students in academic-cum-literary activities and channelized their vibrant imagination and hone their speaking and writing skills.
Other attractions at the venue were Jigsaw Joint and a selfie Corner.
Alpinians date with Hindi
Alpine Public school observed Hindi Diwas on 8th September at its campus, reminiscing the declaration by the Constituent Assembly in 1949 to adopt Hindi as the official language of India. The Students celebrated the richness of Hindi by presenting an array of performances themed on the beauty of language and conveyed the significance of Hindi which is enjoyed in the rainbow of languages stretched across the nation.
Make intern (workshop partner) conducted a contest for the students of class VII to X on behalf of IIT Kharagpur-Spring Fest in our school on the 22 and 23 of July, 2017 on the topic ‘Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking’.
It was a 7- hour session on both the days i.e. Saturday and Sunday. Ethical hacker, Mr. Rahul Thakur from IIT Kharagpur was present as the guest speaker.
On the first day, we got to learn about Cyber Security, Cyber Laws of the IPC, how to hack into Windows without a password, or reset and format the password and crack passwords using various methods, types of hackers and the hackers’ language. We were very excited with the information of hacking but we were told to only try it among our friends circle. We then had practical’s that were entertaining and educative. We cheered loudly when he cracked his login screen password using a method called brute forcing, and when he broke into his system without entering a password.
On the second day, we learnt about Data Recovery, Keeping ourselves safe from hackers, viruses, websites, Caller ID Spoofing, Facebook Hacking, Steganography or the art of hiding information behind an image and WiFi Hacking. All of us were excited with the idea of Facebook hacking which he taught us very well; adding a few jokes.
We wholeheartedly took part in the sessions. It ended with a test in which most of us had scored well. The idea behind hacking is to hack to learn and not learn to hack.
Class X A
Names of the Students who won the medals and merit certificates:
Activity Coordinator — Vimmy
Storytelling is about igniting imagination, sharing enriching experiences and also about making learning interesting; the workshop held at the school By Priya Arun from Kathapriya on 24th June for teachers explored the vast potential of using storytelling to explain concepts in classroom and make curriculum appealing.
The two-hour workshop was organized as a part of teachers training programme and aimed at discovering how the ancient art could be used to engage the interest of the children and help them learn and understand their lessons with a refreshing touch. Priya talked about the effective ways of communicating ideas using the art of storytelling and stressed upon why teachers needed to encourage children to imagine and visualize without the aid of gadgets. The session comprised various amusing activities like learning voice modulation and fundamentals of story building. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by teacher who, at the end, walked off with splendid ideas to make learning more effective for students.
Ashwin Kadloor of VIII has been selected to represent the Bangalore Team to travel to United Kingdom for a football training program and competition in July 2017′
He will undergo an 8-day elite training program from 9th July to 17th July under English Premier League coaches and compete in the “Premier Explore Cup-2017″.
We wish him a grand success in this competition.
– By Shazman Shariff
At times, so strong and bright
That no wild gust
Can shake its tremendous might.
Sometimes, feeble and fragile
That a gentle whiff is enough
To shatter it apart in a while.
However, the light that shines within
Never dies away, it blazes on and on
It carries me through the thick and thin.
Its radiance gives me a powerful glow,
How invincible is my mind and soul
It lets me see and know.
When to give up and when to stand a fight
The light, my guiding angel
Tells me from wrong to right.
Have high spirits and march ahead
Its myriad colours wink at me and say,
Bring out the dreams dwelling in your head.
It whispers to me a sweet sermon
You bring beauty and joy to life
Take pride in yourself, oh! You lovely woman
Report on the visit to the Human Brain Museum, NIMHANS
Human brain is one of the most amazing organs of the human body. Its functioning is mysterious and complex. Added to these are the myths surrounding the Master Organ.
Now imagine yourself holding a real human brain in your hand and trying to understand its complexities, I am not exaggerating. On 22nd December & 23rd December our students of Class X, myself and Vani C.M got an opportunity to visit the Neuro Biology Research Centre in NIMHANS, one of the Premier Mental Health Institutes in the country.
For the past 35 years, NIMHANS’ Neuropathology department has been collecting brain specimens to use them in training their batches of students. Recently though, they have begun showing it off at a one-of-a-kind Brain Museum. Under the charge of Professor S.K. Shankar, the department has set out to spread the word about neuroscience, to remove the stigma that’s associated with neuropsychiatric illness, and encourage organ donation through this educative tour.
The guided tour started off with an interactive session (with PPT) on the basic facts about brain structure and functioning. Next the students were divided into groups and were introduced to real specimens of brain, spinal cord, vertebral column, heart, lungs, kidneys etc. The students were given a chance to hold and feel the real specimens (the specimens were quite hard due to the preservation already done) Many were reluctant to hold it in their hands but later got the courage to hold and feel the specimens. One of the groups were very lucky as Professor S.K. Shankar himself explained it in detail.
Next was the museum .When you step foot in this museum, you will have to admit, it feels like you have entered the sets of a rather graphic sci-fi film. Over 300 brain specimens are preserved in jars at the ‘brain museum’ managed by the Department of Neuropathology. And each brain has a story to tell — whether chilling, tragic or fascinating. Dr S.K. Shankar, who has been a professor at the Department for the past 32 years is so enthusiastic to explain the story of each brain.
There are a line-up of brains that have been riddled with conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Cerebral Palsy. Others are of accident victims, many of whom could have easily been saved if only they had a helmet or a seat belt on. And in the end, specimen with neuro infections such as Tapeworm eggs affecting your brain or the amoeba that brings death if you inhale it in a dirty, untreated pool. The tour ended with a lot of scientific understanding and knowledge.
It was an amazing experience and we all felt that we are no less than Einstein or Newton. The size of our brain doesn’t matter anymore.
I personally thank Jaya ma’am for giving me this opportunity and look forward for many such learning experiences.
an organization formed by like minded individuals who intend to do something good for the country visited Alpine Public School on 24th Aug’16 to spread the message of Patriotism and Nationalism. With the teachings of Swami Vivekananda as their guiding principles, they are working in the society amongst the youth who are the future of the country.
The students were taken into the land of the Freedom Struggle from 1857 and certain aspects of great leaders was conveyed through visual and audio rounds. Mr. Vinay and Ms. USha the volunteers from this organisation kept the students engaged with their motivational and inspiring talks.
It was indeed a day to reflect back and feel for the country which had such great leaders, sacrifice their life for our Freedom.