Field Trips

Field Trip to the Natural History Museum

Junior KG students visited Natural History Museum that helped them to recapitulate the concept of extinct animals, endangered animals, why animals are poached and killed and also concepts like food chain and food web.


Field Trip to Van Vihar National Park

As children were learning about wild animals, they were taken to the Van Vihar National Park so that they could watch animals in their real habitat and also learn about their general movements and habits.


Junior KG Field Trip to Bakery

The field trip to bakery helped Jr.KG students explore their senses. With great awe they watched rusks and cakes being baked in the ovens. The lovely aroma emanating from the ovens furthered their curiosity. Their happiness knew no bounds when they were provided with the doughnuts to eat.


SRKG Field Trip to the Aquarium

 

What Fun it would be to be an underwater explorer!

In accordance with the monthly theme of the curriculum, ‘Life Underwater’, students of Preschool visited Government Fish Aquarium (MachliGhar, Bhopal) to watch and observe different types of fishes in their native habitat. They were thrilled to see the tortoise moving around gently and slowly in its own space, piranhas swimming around vigorously and many other different species of fish.


Field Trip to the Car Showroom

Junior Kindergarten children visited a car showroom to get first hand information about different brands of cars.They were excited to see so many different types of cars. The session was quite interactive as discussions were held on different parts of the cars, how do they work, what role they play and how to take care of the automobiles. Teachers impressed upon the fact that while driving any four wheeler, one should wear seat belt and not talk on the mobile phone.


Field Trip to the Aquarium

What Fun it would be to be an underwater explorer!

In accordance with the monthly theme of the curriculum, ‘Life Underwater’, students of Nursery and Sr.KG visited Government Fish Aquarium (Machli Ghar) to watch and observe different types of fishes in their near normal habitat. They were thrilled to seetortoise moving around gently and slowly in its own space, piranhas swimming around vigorously and many otherdifferent species of fishes.

 

Students of Grade 4 set out on a three-day adventure-filled excursion to the Panna National park and Tiger reserve on 9th February 2017.

The park is one of India’s natural treasures rich in its reserve of flora and fauna.

It is believed that Nature is a better teacher than a classroom or a book. The purpose of the trip was not only to make the students aware of concepts such as adaptation, camouflage, migration, etc mentioned in their curriculum but also to learn social skills like sharing, accommodating and adjusting. Being out of their comfort zones, the kids realised the importance of self-reliance and decision making through right choices. The students learnt survival through the various challenges a forest poses emotional endurance.

The trip also helped to sensitise children towards issues like poaching, deforestation, endangered species, loss of habitat, extinction etc. It turned to be an informative and memorable trip.


Field Trip to the Fire Station

To understand the job of a fire man the Nursery students were taken to the Fire station. The fire man explained the parts of a fire engine and played the siren too. How fire is extinguished in high rise buildings was demonstrated. Use of fire extinguisher was explained.

 

Field Trip to the Gymnasium

Jr.KG students were taken to the Gymnasium where the gym instructor explained the importance of exercising every day to remain healthy and fit. The aim of the special day was to recap the concept of how to keep the body fit through exercises and healthy eating habits. The gym instructor showed and explained various exercising equipment to the students.

 

Visit to the School Dance Studio

The students visited Gym 24 Dance Studio. The dance instructor apprised them with the importance of dance in one’s life, dance being a good form of exercise. The instructor also told them the importance of wooden floor and mirror in Dance Studios. The wooden floor prevents skidding while dancing and mirror helps in observing oneself and learning the dance movements.


Elevating our Consciousness and Deepening our Connection.

Experiences of our children:
Vibhuti Rao from Grade 10.
Keep your mind alert and awake to the message sent by your senses. Become aware of change and development inside and outside yourself. Sometimes small learnings evolve into important future developments…
Since the age of eleven I had been yearning to grow up into a “mature teenager”; one who was extremely responsible and sensitive. How I wished that my life would become as cool as that of my seniors at the school. However, by the time I reached grade ten I realised teenage life wasnt so cool after all and that I had managed to impel myself into a deep pit of several and unnecessary complications. All these thoughts disturbed my peace of mind and hindered me from working to my fullest potential… I needed to ostracise things that held me back from exploring my inner self and the world outside. I wanted to become newer and fresher with each passing day and it could not happen just like that.
We were a bunch of aggressive rebels, much as harsh as those words may sound, they were true as we didnt know how to channelize our positive and negative energies. It was high time we learnt to calm ourselves down and refuel ourselves with pure felicity and contentment. My mother was also of the opinion, that I should be capable of striking a balance between my studies and every small thing that is important and makes me, me! That day had felt completely ordinary like any other usual Friday, except the announcement made by Samina maam that we would practice organic farming in the school premises itself. She explained to the importance of even one grain of food. She wanted us to learn what a herculean task it was to grow crops and to respect the efforts of every farmer who selflessly shed his sweat and blood to produce crops. The same day I sat on the dinner table and comfortably wasted a bit of chapatti and two spoons of dal, that I was too indolent to finish. There were no signs of penitence on my face. To me, it hardly made any difference whether I finished everything on my plate or not, as every day I got a platter of food adorned with lip-smacking delicacies without putting any effort.
After a really short and hectic weekend, the most un-awaited day arrived- Monday. It was the day we were going to begin the organic farming. We were agog to view our fancy pieces of land ready for seed sowing. To our utter disappointment and dejection, we saw completely barren and uncultivable lands and reconfirmed with our teachers if they hadnt made a mistake with the location. Hands that held i-phones and tablets to update Facebook status were now compelled to lift heavy “pickaxes” aka “ghentis – in the farmers language.” The harder we hit the cracks in the soil, the soil became even more coarse and scratchy. From that, I learnt that some things in life that annoy, bother and worry us should not be picked on and on as those things heal by themselves with the passage of time.
One day, then two, then three and then we didnt even realise when it became fifteen and we had developed the love for our own small farms, having toiled there every day beneath the searing and scorching sun, to see it bearing yield. Having hurt ourselves with the burdensome implements that tested our patience and perseverance every time we held them, we were now in enlivened by the sight of those very implements and the infertile land which now bore tiny green sarson plants. We called them our babies. Thats when I realized why my mother didnt allow me to go to out sometimes, to certain places, with certain people, not because she didnt trust me enough or felt over protective about me, but because her daughter was her greatest masterpiece and she did not want anything to impair the beauty of her creation.
Our tiny plants continue to flourish and shine the brightest as they have borne the seeds of pure love and care of their mothers who trusted them the most when the world shoved them into darkness and despair. We as a team had learnt that even a bull puts a lot of power but a lion puts power and technique both, which makes it the champion. The transformational story of the farm and me does not here end but gets carried to the majestic city of Orchha.
A woman of few words and mostly silence… Era Madams simplicity was as profound as the scenic beauty of her farms which she had created with immense care. Each day was a new opportunity to know the farm and oneself. We never returned empty handed from our wanderings but with a plethora of new findings.
The cool breeze that blew at the farm kept us connected to each other. We roamed in the wilderness trying to find our way through the thorny wild oats and large heaps of feathery fodder. This enabled us to distinguish and pluck out the “cheena millets” which grew along with parthenium. I had grasped that the path may be dark and dingy and there could be moments of doubts and anger but with patience and faith, I could achieve my goal. We would soak our tired feet in the freshly watered “ashwagandha” crops whose enthralling smell tickled my nose as I stepped on the laterite soil my body began to sink downwards. The lines from a famous poem “… Dust thou art and to dust thou returnest” rang aloud in my mind.
While meandering across the fields we also came across baodis or step-wells primarily used for irrigation and also as an indicator of the amount of rainfall but during the bygone era it served as a place from where the king could collect information about his rule and kingdom from the people. While at Orchha I feasted on local rustic cuisine like “thikkad”, “kaccha baigan” and “ber ki chatni” the food relished by farmers.
I might not become a farmer myself but I can safely say that I have learned something new and expanded my horizons. Now, I feel indebted to each and every farmer because of whom we sleep soundly and without growling stomachs. I feel pity for those who waste food and disrespect farmers. I feel ashamed of myself when I recall all those incidences when I have wasted food on my plate. Being able to grow something on my own gives me a feeling of satisfaction and self-reliance and makes my mind more steady and focused than it was ever before.

Experiences of our children:
Maanasi Pidke from Grade 10.
Reaping what we Sowed.
When I write that I wasnt really interested in organic farming it would be an understatement. Not only because I am lethargic but I honestly thought that it would be boring. But I was proven extremely wrong.
Our plot of land, as my group first saw it was barren, empty and bare. But when I saw the spirit of my group Biodynamic Believers, I was awestruck and matched my enthusiasm up to theirs. We all worked very hard and went on from never having picked up a pickaxe to using it like a pro. Along the weeks it taught us to collaborate, bound us in amazing friendships and made us realise the sometimes working hard isnt as boring as we imagine it to be. We even laughed as we worked, wiping the sweat from my brows and temples never discouraged me, au contraire, it made me proud of my hard work. There was always a small doubt lingering at the back of my mind, regarding my success, but encouragement from Manish Sir and Samina Maam kept me going. Never in a million years could I imagine that the barren field could be covered with countless tiny little mustard saplings as it is today.
When Manish Sir complimented Vibhuti and me that we had the best body language and we encouraged the group with our positivity, my heart surged with pride. It showed me how far I had come.
To discover the connection between farming and our lives we were given certain topics to write on. For example, the removal of weeds teaches us that we also should do away with the negative influences in our life. Our form is like the Earth, and the seeds we plant will either bear fruits grown with love and care or rot. And along the way, if we become careless with that seed, the plant would definitely wilt. My heart soared higher when I got to know that we all will go to Orchha to learn more about farming and our connection with ourselves and with everything around us.
At Orchha we met an inspiring pair, Jyogi Sir and Ira maam interacting with whom made me realise that life is not only about books and achieving marks, on the contrary, it is all about pursuing your dreams and bringing peace and contentment in your life.
They inspired us with every word they spoke and working on the farm connected me to my roots. We plucked Ashwagandha from the soil, removed the weeds from Cheena millets and collected samples of almost everything. We also went back to the heritage of India; the Baodis which are still used for irrigation and were earlier used for social gatherings. I learnt the importance of food, and how our lives are affected by the hazardous toxins present in the soil. I also learnt why so many suicides were committed by the farmers. Now I could fully empathise with their disappointment and helplessness on seeing their crop getting destroyed and not being able to do anything about it. I developed a profound respect for people who labour selflessly for the others. And I pledged that I would never knowingly waste food.
Transcendently, I realised how deeply lost humans in this present world are, gone astray with selfishness, superficiality and greed. My connection with farm was instantaneous and almost spiritual. Weve interpreted survival of the fittest wrongly and our suppressing others to rise gloriously. Ultimately, we, being desperate to succeed will do anything to accomplish it, even if the stakes are too high and the price too exorbitant. We all have overlooked that this is affecting the world negatively and in a century or two, there will probably be no plants to water, no air to breathe and no water to drink. Organic farming conserves plants, maintains the natural beauty and produces crops free from the toxic effect of chemical fertilisers. Were all dying in our foolishness and if action is not taken soon, the earth will have to surrender into the abyss of the universe. We have to conserve before we get what we really deserve. After all, conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Respect the land, respect yourself. Ira Maam shared with us that she ventured into organic farming when there were two consecutive droughts and everyone was fleeing away. She realised that to change something you cant wait for others but you have to be the harbinger of that change. She toiled for years and has achieved so much today. The reason behind her success is her patience, perseverance and no fear of failure.
My journey to Orchha and the lessons learnt are unimaginable. I realised that if we dont want our universe to suffer through damnation and succumb into ruins then we have to redeem ourselves. In this journey of lost humanity, I just discovered myself. Like Wendell Berry claimed, “The earth is all we have in common.”

Experiences of our children:
Poojita from Grade 10.
MY FIRST INTRODUCTION INTO FARMING Farming is an occupation which can directly or indirectly be called the basis of life. What we are today is due to the hard-work done by the farmers with mud dripping off their feet and their bodies burning underneath the scorching sun. The food cycle would be incomplete without them. In Orchha, we were given a glimpse into the wonders of farming.
The experience of the soft soil under your feet and growing your own food is unparalleled. Amidst the vast expanse of green, you not only feel freedom from the prison digitalized life but also a oneness with nature.
The ability to observe is inbuilt in all human beings, that is how a child learns to open a bottle lid or a scientist is successful in his project. But, due to lifelong exposure to busy city life, we have lost this ability. In Orchha, we practised OBSERVATION. We returned to the roots of our innate ability to observe.
Most of us have caught a fleeting glimpse of farms from the moving trains or while travelling by road but none of us really understood the story behind these farms and farmers. The main aim of the Orchha trip was to develop a connect with our own self.the art and science of farming. At Orchha, we met Ira Maam, the owner of a huge organic farm.
Ira Maam does not hail from a traditional farming background but her different experiences in life drew her towards organic farming. Farming for her is not just a profession but a calling in life. It gives her peace of mind and energy to move on.
Along with Ira maam, we also met Yogi Sir, a designer and an amazing photographer. One of his beautiful teachings, which would forever remain with me, is “your ruled sheet of paper is like an empty piece of land and like a farmer you need to sow your thoughts into it. Make notes, so that your questions and answers are never forgotten.” For this reason, I have started carrying a little notepad to jot down all that I observe.
From the Orchha trip, we learnt about many crops, weeds, water bodies, tools and different soils. As a student, I tried to absorb as much as I could. Now, I am familiar with some key processes of farming like tilling, sowing, watering, de-weeding etc. During the trip, we got to taste some authentic farm food – from something called Tikkad to Dals and Subjis. The experience of sharing room with friends and teachers and sightseeing was amazing. To conclude, the Orchha trip has changed me tremendously. Particularly the stories of Ira Maam and Jogi Sir are very inspiring. Ive understood the mysteries of nature and the role I play in it.

Experiences of our children:
Vibhuti Rao from Grade 10.
Keep your mind alert and awake to the message sent by your senses. Become aware of change and development inside and outside yourself. Sometimes small learnings evolve into important future developments…
Since the age of eleven I had been yearning to grow up into a “mature teenager”; one who was extremely responsible and sensitive. How I wished that my life would become as cool as that of my seniors at the school. However, by the time I reached grade ten I realised teenage life wasnt so cool after all and that I had managed to impel myself into a deep pit of several and unnecessary complications. All these thoughts disturbed my peace of mind and hindered me from working to my fullest potential… I needed to ostracise things that held me back from exploring my inner self and the world outside. I wanted to become newer and fresher with each passing day and it could not happen just like that.
We were a bunch of aggressive rebels, much as harsh as those words may sound, they were true as we didnt know how to channelize our positive and negative energies. It was high time we learnt to calm ourselves down and refuel ourselves with pure felicity and contentment. My mother was also of the opinion, that I should be capable of striking a balance between my studies and every small thing that is important and makes me, me! That day had felt completely ordinary like any other usual Friday, except the announcement made by Samina maam that we would practice organic farming in the school premises itself. She explained to the importance of even one grain of food. She wanted us to learn what a herculean task it was to grow crops and to respect the efforts of every farmer who selflessly shed his sweat and blood to produce crops. The same day I sat on the dinner table and comfortably wasted a bit of chapatti and two spoons of dal, that I was too indolent to finish. There were no signs of penitence on my face. To me, it hardly made any difference whether I finished everything on my plate or not, as every day I got a platter of food adorned with lip-smacking delicacies without putting any effort.
After a really short and hectic weekend, the most un-awaited day arrived- Monday. It was the day we were going to begin the organic farming. We were agog to view our fancy pieces of land ready for seed sowing. To our utter disappointment and dejection, we saw completely barren and uncultivable lands and reconfirmed with our teachers if they hadnt made a mistake with the location. Hands that held i-phones and tablets to update Facebook status were now compelled to lift heavy “pickaxes” aka “ghentis – in the farmers language.” The harder we hit the cracks in the soil, the soil became even more coarse and scratchy. From that, I learnt that some things in life that annoy, bother and worry us should not be picked on and on as those things heal by themselves with the passage of time.
One day, then two, then three and then we didnt even realise when it became fifteen and we had developed the love for our own small farms, having toiled there every day beneath the searing and scorching sun, to see it bearing yield. Having hurt ourselves with the burdensome implements that tested our patience and perseverance every time we held them, we were now in enlivened by the sight of those very implements and the infertile land which now bore tiny green sarson plants. We called them our babies. Thats when I realized why my mother didnt allow me to go to out sometimes, to certain places, with certain people, not because she didnt trust me enough or felt over protective about me, but because her daughter was her greatest masterpiece and she did not want anything to impair the beauty of her creation.
Our tiny plants continue to flourish and shine the brightest as they have borne the seeds of pure love and care of their mothers who trusted them the most when the world shoved them into darkness and despair. We as a team had learnt that even a bull puts a lot of power but a lion puts power and technique both, which makes it the champion. The transformational story of the farm and me does not here end but gets carried to the majestic city of Orchha.
A woman of few words and mostly silence… Era Madams simplicity was as profound as the scenic beauty of her farms which she had created with immense care. Each day was a new opportunity to know the farm and oneself. We never returned empty handed from our wanderings but with a plethora of new findings.
The cool breeze that blew at the farm kept us connected to each other. We roamed in the wilderness trying to find our way through the thorny wild oats and large heaps of feathery fodder. This enabled us to distinguish and pluck out the “cheena millets” which grew along with parthenium. I had grasped that the path may be dark and dingy and there could be moments of doubts and anger but with patience and faith, I could achieve my goal. We would soak our tired feet in the freshly watered “ashwagandha” crops whose enthralling smell tickled my nose as I stepped on the laterite soil my body began to sink downwards. The lines from a famous poem “… Dust thou art and to dust thou returnest” rang aloud in my mind.
While meandering across the fields we also came across baodis or step-wells primarily used for irrigation and also as an indicator of the amount of rainfall but during the bygone era it served as a place from where the king could collect information about his rule and kingdom from the people. While at Orchha I feasted on local rustic cuisine like “thikkad”, “kaccha baigan” and “ber ki chatni” the food relished by farmers.
I might not become a farmer myself but I can safely say that I have learned something new and expanded my horizons. Now, I feel indebted to each and every farmer because of whom we sleep soundly and without growling stomachs. I feel pity for those who waste food and disrespect farmers. I feel ashamed of myself when I recall all those incidences when I have wasted food on my plate. Being able to grow something on my own gives me a feeling of satisfaction and self-reliance and makes my mind more steady and focused than it was ever before.

Experiences of our children:
Arya Shukla from Grade 10.
As an individual, I am so habitual to the brick and cement that surrounds me, the honking of cars and beeping of phones that make up my mundane life that without these eerie aspects envelopes me, whispering in my ears that I have taken the wrong turn; thus ending up in Knock turn Alley.
I have engaged myself in hours of thought and ponder over why the blaring alarms and dinging elevators are the most habitual things for me. And honestly, the closest I have gotten to finding an answer is when I broke the intellectual thought and grabbed my book again.
The 2nd of March, however, shone the world in an all new light for me. A light that showed sprawling acres of green farms, the coolest wind in forever and essence of reality that had never struck me before. For three days I did not crave the comfort of my pillow or my bookshelf. That in itself is a testament to the plethora of possibilities that this experience opened for me.
I climbed the shuttle bus at 7 am in the morning, fresh and excited for the lessons that were to come forth. The farther we got from the city and into the unknown, unchartered terrain, the more unsettled I felt for some reason. The idea of having to forgo several comforts of my life comforts that I considered crucial to my survival troubled me and bugged me to the core. It is said that concrete jungles are what dreams are made of; however sprawling farms are where they are lived. And I truly realised this when we spoke to Miss Ira and Mr Jogi for the first time. It was 7 pm in the evening when we pulled up metal chairs around these two people who aided in my learning greatly for the next 2 days.
Most people when speaking about themselves start from the end, something not achieved yet and something completely tangible. Miss Ira, however, started from the beginning describing her journey to us. She then went on to speak of her farm, and the way her entire face lit upon mentioning it, was another joy all in itself.
She departed with us that night leaving us with a lot of food for thought. So much so that sleeping got hard and my roommates and I spent the night discussing all that we heard previously.
Waking up the next day we headed off to her farm. As we stepped off the shuttle the peace of the life around me strung me up, like a tuning fork in the core of my soul. The entry to the farm was through an archway, under which we stood speaking to her, introducing ourselves. When my turn came I told her the truth about how the activity in school scared me, how my interactions with the outside were limited to five-minute hellos when my mother insisted I leave the house and that after working on a field the sense of satisfaction that I got was surreal and left behind. It addictive crave to do more, to connect more.
With that she asked us to split into five teams of four and head off exploring the land, four us friends assembled ourselves and headed off straight when we were permitted to. Being the indoor type I did not run or frolic as my friends did ahead of me. I walked slowly, absorbing and observing. The leaves seemed a different green, the ground seemed softer to walk on, the peas and the berries tasted sweeter than ever before. A good hour had passed and surprisingly neither did my feet ache nor my mind with all the introspection that I subjected it to the silence around.
We then walked back to the rendezvous and sat chucking off our shoes and socks to get a feel of the ground for real. We sat and spoke of food, about growing it, eating it, about how fundamentally there was something wrong about the consumption of it today. We spoke to Mr Yadav who was expert in the organic agriculture and worked with farmers helping them realise the importance and necessity of using organic means to grow food again. With that, we walked on to lunch and ate delightful farmers delicacies. The food was sublime and we sure spent a great amount of time, eating it and then enjoying the fact that we ate it.
We then headed off to pluck out weeds. Weeds that signify not only the vices in our lives but also the fact that they needed to be gone without any trace for whenever we irrigate the land again those roots would pop out ruining all our efforts. I also realised that there were going to be different types of weeds in life, those that lay on the top just waiting to be picked and thrown, those that needed just a little pull to come out without a trace and those that needed to be dug around to remove without trace completely.
This lesson was followed by an unchartered hour that allowed us to collect samples and introspect upon the plethora of knowledge offered to us. We walked around cutting samples and wrapping them in butter paper. The sun had started to set and everything around had donned an orange hue. Orange candy and fluffy marshmallows lay scattered in the vastness above, as the sun set down, melting into the sky. I walked around, feeling things around me, experiencing them. I wanted to soak in as much as I could.
We were called back in the as the clock struck evening, we shuttled into the bus again and headed back to the hotel. With a half an hour break we headed out to the Raja Ram Mandir, a temple too majestic for words, the prayers in the temple still echo in my ears and the throngs of worshippers an image, still vividly etched in my mind.
Heading back to the hotel we indulged ourselves in music then broke off into our tents, eager to start the next day, but sad that it would eventually end.
The sun shone brighter on the 4th as the day began with the words a blank page if your field, indeed it is, cherishing it, filling it up and reflecting upon it is how to become the most productive person and the most efficient person. Having only a chartered amount of time, we learnt our last lesson for the day after plucking out the ashwagandha plant and truly understanding the skill required.
Sitting in a bamboo hut in the middle of the farm, we tested our knowledge of the farm and then indulged in mouth-watering food cooked by our most beloved Shanu maam and Samina maam. With a satiated hunger and happy belly, I listened with keen interest as Miss Ira concluded our visit, with the assimilation of the lessons we learnt both about the farm and life.
I was enveloped with a bittersweet sense of satisfaction, as our bus bound out of Orchha heading back home. What I felt was bittersweet because though this experience would forever be etched in my memory, I would not have any other trip like this. But isnt this what life is? No two things are same, you can choose to either feel happy about it or sad.


Field Trip to Hotel

‘The trajectory to paradise – spacious accommodations, exotic cuisines, friendly service and kind concern for comfort of others’.

In order to understand the working of a Hotel, Sr.KG students visited one of the prominent Hotels of the city today. They observed the way reception and travel desk handle visitors and working of an open restaurant.
Class : Sr.KG


Trip to Van Vihar

Jr.KG students have been learning facts about birds . Visit to Van Vihar helped them to watch the birds in their natural habitat . They were thrilled to see so many colourful birds flying all around. Children were also able to relate to the information that teachers had shared with them in the class. Trip to Van Vihar was indeed very informative and exciting.


Field Trip To Petrol Pump

In continuation with the ongoing theme of the month related with modes of transport, the Nursery students visited a nearby service station to observe and discover answers to various questions.

How petrol/ diesel are filled?
How does the meter work?
What precautions are taken to prevent fire at the petrol station?

Explanations and live demonstrations were given by the workers at the petrol pump which acted as a great observational learning for children.

Class : Nursery


City Tour

In continuance with the theme ‘Countries of the World’, Senior KG students took bus ride across Bhopal City to connect with the cultural heritage and legacy of the town. On the ride they saw the state museum and while taking the round the teacher informed them about the exhibits kept in the museum. Other places that were observed and discussed on the ride were Bharat Bhavan , Moti Mandir and raja bhoj’s statue .


No kidding with kids about veggies!

Just,imagine about all the types of food one consumes and think of their source. There is only one right answer: PLANTS.Whether you favour Vegetarian or are a staunch Non-Vegetarian, you do rely on some part of a plant to add flavour and health to one`s life.

As young kids of grade 2 rarely realize the aforesaid as a fact of life, hence a field trip to Reliance Fresh was organised on 7-10-2016, for them to understand the importance of plants and the variety of parts of plants one consumes in our day-to-day need.

s expected, it was an eye-opener kind of a trip with many surprises in store: ...Like: "Ma`am,Sweet potato is a root but a potato is the stem of a plant. How funny!"

All the way to and fro, school kids observed the plants along the road side and shared their observations excitedly with the accompanying teachers..

A field trip well worth its visit.

Grade: 2
Subject: EVS
Unit: Plants


Field Trip to the Supermarket

Nursery students are learning facts about fruits and vegetables under the theme ‘At the orchard and vegetable patch’. In continuation of the theme and for experiential learning, students visited a supermarket to observe colours and other features of various fruits and vegetables and to understandtheir storage. Importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables for good health was also discussed. Children later purchased apples and the teachers assisted them in making the payment at the cash counter. It was a fun filled trip and a day of great learning.


Introducing the unit Plants to Grade 2 students , on a tour to examination and discovery.

To acquire knowledge,one must study but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.


Field Trip to a Garden

In accordance with the theme of the month ‘ My feathered friends and creepy crawlies ‘ , Nursery students visited a garden today and observed various creepy crawlies like ants, butterflies and also different types of birds. Children were extremely thrilled when they saw different insects. It was a day well spent.


Field Trip to the Supermarket

Fresh fruits and vegetables – key to good health

In accordance with the theme of the month ‘On the Farm’, Junior KG students visited a Supermarket on 2nd September. The purpose of the visit was to explore the storage cycle of various food products. In the supermarket they understood the procurement and the storage of various farm produce like fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses and also the dairy products. It was a great firsthand experience for children.


If you have to understand today, you have to search yesterday.

I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.

Although travelling as an experience has no substitute, there are constraints of time. Visiting a Museum is surely one of the best way to fill this gap. Students of grade 1 visited The State Museum on 26th August,2016 as a part of their Literature unit ‘My Wonderful World”. It was the first step to learning more about the world, with a peek into their own native state.

The inquisitive and curious minds got acquainted with the culture, tradition, history, monuments, and weapons of their home state: Madhya Pradesh. Their sparkling eyes roving around the museum in search of knowledge were a sight to behold. The amazing historical collection from all around MP, connected the kids to their own state and city. They truly admired and underlined the ‘Wonderful World’ they inhabit.


SANCHI - WORLD HERITAGE SITE VISIT

At Billabong High Bhopal, visit to Sanchi has become an annual feature for Humanities group of Grades 11 and 12 as it is an integral part of the ISC (Grades 11 and 12 ) History Curriculum under Project Report Writing.

The students started off their Sanchi excursion at 8:30 am on Saturday 6th August 2016.

Around 10 am, first they visited the Udaygiri Caves and discovered the history of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations.

On their way to Sanchi students visited Bijamandal a site that is truly an example of Unity in Diversity where Mosque and Temple share a common wall.

Next, they visited the architectural marvel, Sanchi Stupa. Thunder storm and heavy rains did not deter the enthusiam. After seeing the beautiful stupas, understanding inscriptions and discovering the history of the ruler, Ashoka the Great, they later visited the museum, where the sculptures from the stupas were preserved. This gave the students insight into the glorious history this nation has seen.

The visit to the Sanchi museum marked the end of the educational tour, leaving the students more enlightened and aware about the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanchi.


Grade 4 Field Trip To Tribal Museum

The Tribal groups of India have distinct cultural patterns. A large chunk of Indians belong to tribal community. To enhance learning of the children a field trip was organized for Grade 4 to ‘Tribes of India Museum’ under EVS concept on ‘India’.

The children were captivated by the colourful wall paintings and tools of ancient era. It represented an element of Indian society which integrated with the culture mosaic of our civilization.

The trip helped them to connect and realize the importance of living harmoniously with Mother Nature.


Field Trip to Fire station

‘Firemen save lives every day,
Hear siren? They are on the way!
Safety first is what they say,
So learn your fire safety today’.
Nursery students visited Fire station to understand the job of a fire fighter.


Field trip to Gymnasium

‘Sweat, Smile and Repeat’


Pretty much our life philosophy to be healthy and happy was the message given by Jr KG children.


Jr.KG – Visit to the Car Showroom

It’s all about CAAAAARS.


Sr.KG students visit the School Library

‘Dotting the route to realm of human imagination and entity.’

 


Bhopal – The pride of Madhya Pradesh

Senior KG students took a city tour to explore the cultural heritage and legacy of the town.

 


Field Trip to Hotel Jehanuma

The trajectory to paradise – spacious accommodation, exotic cuisines, friendly service and kind concern for comfort of others was all that Sr KG children learnt in their field trip to Hotel Jehanuma.

 


MILK : A healthy start for your day !

Field Trip to Khajuraho Milk Factory
Nursery and Jr.KG students visited Milk Factory to learn how milk and milk products can make their life healthy.

 


A visit to Supermarket

Tiny steps head to the Supermarket

Little tiny-tots of Nursery paid a visit to the local supermarket on 16th September 2015 exploring the colourful array of fruits and vegetables which play an important role in keeping a person healthy. They also observed how frozen foods, packaged items and other household products were displayed in different sections. The kids will definitely play a more active role when they accompany their parents for grocery shopping.


A visit to the Bakery by Sr. KG

Pat a cake , Pat a cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake
as fast as you can

Sang the students of Senior KG on their visit to Omni Bakers on 6th October 2015. The delicious aroma of freshly baked bread emanating from the ovens and the scene of bakers icing the cakes with colourful frosting was a veritable feast to the senses. Little ones with wide eyes savoured every whiff that came their way.

They were introduced to the various kinds of breads that the bakery baked for its customers including croissants, bagels, puff pastries and many more.


Field Trip to Gohar Mahal

Monuments and legacies seem to beckon us to revel in their awesomeness and soak in their beauty.

As part of a literature activity ‘My Wonderful world ‘ children of Grade 1 went to visit the famous Gohar Mahal on 12th and 13th August , 2015 .This visit fulfilled a number of objectives like significance of historical places was reemphasized , richness of the Mughal architecture , the contrasts of the past and the present and how to preserve our legacies.

The ride to Gohar Mahal was a fun ride for all the children . Situated in the central part of the city the structure represents the excellence of Indian art . The palace was built in the name of Begum Qudisiya who was popular among the citizens as ’ Gohar ‘and hence Gohar Mahal.

The children really enjoyed and appreciated the panoramic view of the upper lake from atop the Mahal and also found the interior decorations of the palace appealing. The various handicrafts and other artefacts being hawked here also kept the children fascinated. All in all it was an exciting trip and the children got a glimpse of the rich heritage of Bhopal..


IT’S ALL ABOUT SENSES: Field Trip to Bakery

Camp Plop

"Dark is SUPER!"

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing– he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents.” Mrs. Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to find out about the dark and through these encounters he realizes that dark is not so bad after all.

Dark is indeed super and children of Grade 2 at Billabong High Bhopal got to experience it first hand during ‘Camp Plop’ organized in school on 7th August , 2015 as an extension of their Literature unit ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. During the overnight camp children explored different facets of night through various activities like a night walk around the campus, sitting around the camp fire in the cool of the night singing and dancing, lighting up fireworks in the dark. It was an unforgettable experience, as the young campers, through their newfound independence banished the fear of darkness and embraced the nocturnal world just like their beloved Plop the baby barn owl.


Exploring the World of Wiggly Worms – A visit to the Vermicomposting Farm

Eternal vigilance is the price of eternal development. With the fast growing population and limited resources, it has now become important to heed to new educational imperatives.

Project based learning, one such essential, forms an indispensible part of our curriculum, where the various subjects are integrated to expose students to learning beyond the classroom.

Students of Grade 5 and 6 who are learning about Vermi -composting as a means to recycle organic waste, visited a Vermi-composting Farm on Monday, 5th July 2015. The visit, a part of their Geography Project was made with the objective  to receive a first-hand experience on how worms, the natural decomposers  are harvested to recycle kitchen waste and can be used in the battle against ever-mounting waste in cities.

The students, all eyes and ears, learned about the factors that contribute to successful composting and the conditions necessary for worms to survive.

Very soon, the students will begin working towards creating one such pit within the school premises thereby, being the change they wish to see in the world.


A step towards alternate sources of energy – Visit to ‘Mugaleya Chaap’

The School’s faculty relentlessly pursues and promotes every child's active participation and involvement in the learning process with emphasis on contemporary values. Deeply rooted in the practicality and applicability of learning, the school develops and designs an "enriched curriculum" that goes beyond the printed words of text books and the confines of the classroom.

The result is analyzing, experimenting, applying, evaluating and challenging proven facts to create an attitude of enquiry driven by self motivation.

Taking this tradition forward, students of Grades 7 and 8 visited  ‘Mugaleya Chaap’, a village to observe the working of a  Biogas Plant. Keeping the theme of the year, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, the Middle School students have decided to bring alternate sources of energy to the school’s doorstep and spread the message that small changes can yield big results.

For many, the trip made on Saturday, 27th June 2015 was their very first to a village.  The group of students with inquisitiveness writ large on their faces sought answers from the villagers on the working of the Bio gas plant.

These students intend to work towards establishing a Bio Waste Plant in the school’s premises. The plant shall use kitchen waste from the mess to produce gas, which would then be utilized by the school cafeteria’s kitchen. This will not only save LPG but will also lower our dependence on it. The trip therefore, provided students with insight into the working of a Bio waste plant and the practical problems they need to address before embarking on the installation of the plant.


Grade 1 Field Trip: Visit to an Ophthalmologist

The eye is not only the most beautiful but also the most important sensory organ of the human body. Four-fifths of all the impressions on the senses come from the eye. Moreover, the eye makes an essential contribution to  facial expressions and is instrumental in establishing effective communication with others.  Therefore, a field trip to the 'Matrashree Hospital' was organized from 17- 19th December, 2014 for Grade 1 students.

The prime objective of this field trip was to enlighten our kids with the importance of our eyes and how to take proper care of them. The children were exposed to a variety of eye testing instruments and equipments. They observed how the ophthalmologist writes prescriptions, treat various refractive errors and prescribes glasses and contact lenses and under what circumstances patients are referred to another specialist.

The practical element enabled students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and defects of the eye along with useful tips on eye care.


Visit To The Potters' Exhibition At Gauhar Mahal

An artistic group of young Billabongers had an unforgettable rendezvous with acclaimed artists and sculptors from around the country on their visit to the ‘Potters’ Exhibition ' at Gauhar Mahal on 21st November, 2014.

A spectacular display of vibrant pots, paintings and earthern ware provided them a peek into the rich culture of our country we so often hear about . It was a visual delight to see the potters engaged at the potter’s wheel creating magic with clay, water and their bare hands.

Little figurines of insects and birds and brightly coloured pendants in clay were a huge draw with the girls who purchased the items proudly showing them off to one another.

Many of them could not resist the opportunity to get their hands dirty at the wheel and indulge their creativity with the magical mixture of clay and water. The objects created by these amateur potters though imperfect were a source of great pride and perhaps the first step towards a newly acquired passion.


Regional Science Centre – Exhibition "Seeds of Hope"

Middle and High School students received a splendid opportunity to witness a unique exhibition, titled, “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change” organized by Bharat Soka Gakkai in Bhopal from October 12 – 19, 2014.

This one of its kind exhibit focused on our interconnectedness with the rest of the community and our compassion and concern for fellow humans, highlighting that a single individual can initiate positive change.

Examples of eight individuals and groups who have successfully taken action for change, from Africa to the Arctic and Eastern Europe were showcased in the weeklong event.

The students seemed to connect deeply with the exhibit as it replicates the intrinsic Billabong philosophy of ‘Local to Global’ which believes that any positive change can be initiated with individual efforts, taking it to the local and national level , thereby creating a chain reaction of positive change on a global scale.


Field Trip To Garden
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." - Gertrude Jekyll

A garden is a place, wherein one can absorb the tranquillity dispersed in the atmosphere, a place of peace in all the rush and din that surrounds us.

The First Graders visited “Vardhman Garden” on 3rd November 2014 in all its blooming glory. Basking in the gentle warmth of the November sun, the little ones immediately got busy running around on the soft carpet of grass, chasing butterflies, breathing in the sweet fragrance and absorbing the stunning colors of the multitude of blossoming flowers.

They enjoyed their snacks in the garden too, ensuring they did not litter, picking up after they had eaten, leaving the beauty and pristine surroundings of the garden as they had found it. These little ones learned a valuable lesson of appreciating and protecting nature’s boundless beauty, living in harmony with the rhythm of Mother Earth.


Field Trip To The airport
How many of us can pride ourselves on having sat in the pilot’s seat of a real aircraft. Well, unbelievable but true, all our First Graders got this once in a lifetime opportunity on their trip to the Raja Bhoj International Airport on 5th November 2014.

Flying has always fascinated the human race and when it comes to children, every child at some point owns a toy helicopter or airplane and nothing can hold them from flying high, be it on their toy plane, kites or even their imagination.

So it was a dream come true for these little ones when they were escorted by Mr. Sanjay Agarwal to the hangar at the airport where three helicopters and a small aircraft were stationed. The children gazed closely with excitement at the instrument panel and various equipments, sitting in the pilot’s seat.

They were also shown the runway from where the small planes and helicopters take off, as the main runway was too busy with landing and takeoff of scheduled commercial flights.

This is unquestionably the closest some of them will come to achieving their dream of flying an airplane for a long time to come!
Billabongers’ trip to Space
Man’s unquenchable thirst towards unravelling the mysteries of the universe was spectacularly showcased in the culmination ‘Earth and Beyond’ presented by the children of Grade II on 13th September, 2014.

The students, a picture of enthusiasm beginning right from the writing of the script for the various enactments, to designing the invites, created displays exhibiting the unimaginable expanse of our space and other celestial bodies. The infinite capacity of children to grasp facts and figures, their innate curiosity which prompts them to question “Why” or “Why not” and the discussion of possibilities, that form an integral part of the unit, were highlighted through poems, dances and role plays.

The play ‘Time Machine’ and dance performances on songs based on ‘Solar System and Rotation and Revolution’ were truly mesmerizing. ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind’ – Neil Armstrong’s iconic first step on the moon was enacted giving parents a glimpse of the historical moment that captured the attention of millions across the world.

Parents too got a chance to recall their past knowledge on space through a ‘Quiz’ conducted by children. Spellbound with the dazzling performance , they applauded at the spectacular show put forth by their little ones.
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