My humble pranams and prostrations at the lotus feet of our most beloved AMMA.
The dignitaries on the dais, Sampoojya Swami Amritakripananda Puriji, the in-charge of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Kannur, Sri Kalesh Malla of Flowers TV Comedy Utsav and Mazhavil Manorama Comedy Circus fame, Prof. Major P. Govindan Sir, Retd. HOD of the Chemistry Dept., Govt. Brennen College Dharmadam. Sri Dileep Kumar Sir, Retd. HM Trainer and counsellor, dear parents, colleagues, other special invitees and my darling kids.
A very good evening to one and all.
VISION & MISSION
AMMA is known throughout the world for her selfless love and compassion towards all beings. AMMA’s entire life has been dedicated for alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. Amrita Vidyalayams are guided by this vision of AMMA. To advance the noble ideals shown by our beloved AMMA, we encompass a wide and diverse spectrum of quality and value based education. We aim to instil in our students, a strong sense of our cultural and spiritual values, along with the best in modern scientific education.
Behind every great success, there is a system of values, hard work and self- improvement. By the grace of AMMA, our school is recognized as one of the centres for CBSE Board Examinations.
In the field of academic excellence, our students of classes X and XII passed out with flying colours, achieving 100% first class. Our school felicitated our top scorers on 5th July.
The aggregate toppers of AISSE Std. X exams for the academic year 2018-19 are –
- Anagha Prasad T.P. (97.8%)
- Anamika B.V. (97.4%)
- Anmy P. (97.2%)
Anagha Prasad TP, Anamika B V and Sreelakshmi A K secured full A1 in all subjects. We also have seven centum holders, who scored 100 % in science. They are Shivani Vinod, Akshaya Praveen, Sangeeth O.C., Avanthika S., Amarnath Ganesh, Nandana Prem and Smera K.A.
Our Class XII subject toppers for AISSCE Exam 2019 are –
Naithika A. -English (98%)
Sarang Varrier – Maths, Physics and Chemistry (95%)
Naithika A., Vismaya Anil, Yedusree P.S. – Biology (95%)
Haniyah Mariyam – Informatics Practices (95%)
1. STEM CLUB – Technology is the powerful tool that can enhance learning from classrooms. STEM clubs are a powerful and enjoyable way to engage young students of classes III to V with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
2. DIGITAL CLASS ROOMS
3. E-LEARNING LABS
4. ATAL TINKERING LABS
6. AMRITA UNIVERSITY
7. TALENT SPORTS – to build sportsmanship among students by giving training in various sports like Taekwondo.
8. INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE MANAGEMENT – ILM helps students to understand the importance of understanding and communicating in English which is considered as the universal language.
9. ANANTA CIVIL SERVICE ACADEMY – to promote interest and awareness in the area of civil service among students.
10. YOGA, MEDITATION, DANCE, MUSIC, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, ART & CRAFT – in addition to the main stream of academics, counselling and spiritual classes.
SCHOOL PROGRAMMES 2019-20
- SCHOOL REOPENING DAY AFTER SUMMER VACATION
Back to school means back to happiness. As the pleasant morning sun cut through the windowpanes on 6th June 2019, children stormed into the classrooms and rushed towards their seats. The classrooms were filled with chaos as well as enthusiasm. Joy and happiness knew no bounds on the reopening day for the staff and students.
2. KINDERGARTEN ACTIVITIES
The First day at school is a milestone for both parents and children.
Cute little stars twinkled in our campus on 12th June 2019 and they stepped into the world of academics to explore the world ahead. To provide a platform for the children to learn by doing, we arranged different occasions for them such as Fruit and Vegetable Day, Colour Day, Gita chanting competition, etc. The kids showcased their talents through Kiddies Fest. Sportsman sprit is inculcated in them through Kids’ Sports Day. Children learn the importance of cultural heritage right from kindergarten; they learn Gita chanting and meditation which are the part of our school activity.
- INVESTITURE CEREMONY
The establishment of a student council gives students an opportunity to acquire the sort of responsibility, communication, planning and organizational skills which will be beneficial to them in their future. We had our investiture ceremony on 17th June. Students were handed badges and flags. ADITH RAMDAS and NIVEDITA REMESH from XI SCIENCE were chosen as the Head Boy and Head Girl respectively.
- ENVIRONMENTAL DAY
We celebrated World Environment Day with various activities such as planting saplings and discussions on environmental issues. The occasion was honoured by Sri Dileep Kumar Sir.
- READING DAY
Our school celebrated 19th June as Reading Day, and the following week as Reading Week in memory of the late P.N. Panicker, father of the library movement of Kerala. A variety of programs were held as part of Reading Day. Reading sessions were conducted for students in their respective classes.
- INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, harmony between man and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being.
Our school celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June with great enthusiasm. Students, right from KG to Std. 12 performed yoga and the importance of each asana was explained simultaneously by the instructor. We visited nearby schools and took initiative in doing yoga in their respective campus.
- AYUDH- Awaken Youth Unite For Dharma.
The International Youth Movement of Mata Amritanandamayi Math seeks to empower young people to integrate universal values into their daily lives. Starting with themselves, AYUDH wants to help establish a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of spiritual principles. This was initiated at our school on 1st July 2019.
8. DOCTORS’ DAY CELEBRATION
To mark the birth and death anniversary of the most famous physician of India, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, we celebrated Doctors’ Day on 2nd July 2019. Senior Medical Officer, Govt. of Kerala, Dr. Shyam Sundar BHMS was the chief guest of the day. Sir gave a detailed lecture on Ayurveda to enlighten our students as well as our staff.
A special assembly was conducted to commemorate the selfless service of Doctors towards society. Speeches were delivered by students of different classes in this regard.
9. AMRITOLSAVAM & LITERARY FEST 2019-20
Amritolsavam is a series of competitions held at our school in order to bring out the hidden talents of our students. The mesmerizing performances of our students enthralled the audience to the heights of pure bliss.
As part of Amritolsavam, Literary Fest was also conducted to encourage budding literary talent among the students. The Literary Fest was celebrated on 12th July 2019.
To invoke the blessings of the GURU in our lives, every year, we conduct Gurupurnima. This year, we celebrated GURUPOORNIMA on 15th July. Br. Abhedamrita Chaitanya guided the pooja, and the children did the MATRUPOOJA of their parents.
11. KARGIL DAY
We celebrated Kargil Victory Day with great patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. The event commenced with a formal floral welcome to Col. B.K. Nair, Major Govindan Ponthen, and Sri Dileep Kumar. There was a PowerPoint presentation remembering the heroes of the Kargil war. There were wonderful choreographies presented by our students who filled every heart with great pride and respect for the martyrs of the Kargil war. Students delivered speeches and poems to throw light on the great sacrifices of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation. The patriotic songs sung by the school choir were melodious and filled every heart with nostalgic feelings. A tableau on the life of Indian soldiers was well appreciated by the audience. The event ended with the national song Vande Mataram, followed by the national anthem.
12. Teacher’s Day & Onam Celebration
Every year we celebrate Teachers’ Day as a mark of respect to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. This year, we celebrated Teachers’ Day along with Onam Celebration on 6th September. A special assembly was conducted, and the students were guided to do ‘Guru Vandanam’. Higher secondary students taught classes as per the time table allotted to them. In the afternoon, we celebrated Onam with various traditional events such as, atta pookkalam, uriyadi, tug of war, etc. Students, along with teachers actively participated in all the events with much enthusiasm. Inter-House flower carpet competitions were held, and payasam was distributed to the whole school.
Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna which is celebrated all over the country. Our school organized functions like uriyadi and procession of Radha and Krishna.
14. VRIKSHABANDHAN – A bond between Mother Nature and Humans
The programme was initiated in response to AMMA’s message that we should care for the Earth. School AYUDH team members along with other students have taken a pledge to protect trees by tying a ribbon around a branch or stem in our campus.
In order to invoke the presence of Goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Durga, we celebrate Vijayadasami. On the day of Ashtami, books and study materials are kept for pooja. Pustaka pooja is performed from the day of Ashtami to Vijayadasami. Vijayadasami is an occasion of Vidyarambham among Hindus. Ayudha pooja (worship of the tools used by the working class) is also observed on the day of Mahanavami. The pooja was organized in Amritanandamayi Math, Thalassery. Students along with their parents came to receive the books kept for pooja.
16. AMRITAVARSHAM 66
The 66th birthday of our most beloved Amma, Her Holiness Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, was celebrated at Amritapuri on 27th of September. AMMA’s birthday is a joyous celebration of all wonders and much more. A confluence of devotees and well-wishers from around the world celebrated the embodiment of unconditional love and selfless service. It is also an occasion when many of Amma’s new humanitarian projects are unveiled, and existing ones are extended. Our school was also the part of the celebrations.
17. SPORTS DAY
Sports days are events staged for every student to take part in competitive sporting activities with the aim of improving their physical fitness. On 8th November, our school Sports Day started with the inauguration of the sports meet by Major P. Govindan Sir. Students displayed march-past and aerobics.
18. CHILDREN’S DAY
Children’s Day is celebrated to increase the awareness of people about the rights, proper care and education of children. It also marks the birthday of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. On that day, teachers conducted the assembly. Cultural programmes, events and activities organized especially for children were the main attraction of Children’s Day.
19. ATAL TINKERING LAB Activities
- Every week, two periods are allotted for research and tinkering in the lab for classes VI – XII.
- A three days Creative Robotics Workshop was conducted for the students of classes VI to X on 12th October. Ms. Gayathri, Robotics Scientist and Asst. Professor at Amrita University conducted classes along with research faculty Mr. Mukil and Bri. Aparna from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri. Students from other schools like Chinmaya, Thunchanthacharya, etc. came to participate in the same.
- PBL (Project Based Learning) was conducted in the month of August following the latest trend in education including self-learning and exploring. 56 groups of students participated from grades 6 to 11, irrespective of intelligence level and academic record.
- Our students, Goutham Mohanraj and Ashok Kumar of Class IX are selected to present their project paper in FABLEARN ASIA 2020 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE which will be held in Thailand, Bangkok.
- Under the guidance of Ms. Seema Gupta, our previous ATL in-charge and our Principal, students have published a paper in the Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Science in August. It is about a new trap design for agricultural pests, which was field tested in Telangana and Kerala. We extend a special thanks to Seema Gupta.
20. OUR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS
- In the NSO National Science Olympiad held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, our school bagged the first prize with a cash award of Rs.8000.
- In the Taekwondo CBSE South Zone competition,Jishnu of Class XII secured first position and qualified for Nationals, & Anagha I. Pradeep of Class XI and Riddhi of Class IX secured third position.
- In the gymnastic competition, Arjun of Class IX secured third position.
- Avinash of Class IX secured third position in the District Yoga Championship.
In CBSE Sahodaya schools cultural competitions, our students proved their mettle by securing excellent remarks.
- In CBSE state Kalotsav, Anamika B.V. of Class XI Science secured First Prize with A Grade in Story writing – English, and Sruthi M. of Class XI science secured Second Position in painting.
- Ebij T.K., Ashin Manoj and Abhijith of Class VII secured Third Position in the under 14 badminton competition.
- Shreya of Class IV secured Second position in Sahodaya swimming competition.
- Sana and Rose of Class IX secured Third position in Sahodaya handball competition.
- Pallavi, Avanthika and Krishnapriya of Class X secured Third position in Sahodaya handball competition.
- Kashmeera, Nandana K., Nandana Prem, Shivani Vinod, Smera, Aiswarya C.K., Anagha Pradeep and Souparnika of Class XI secured Third position in Sahodaya handball competition.
- Pratham of Class IX is selected to the Sahodaya District Level cricket team.
Children are the most important assets of any country and the most important human resource for overall development. Schools are one of the settings outside the home, where children can acquire new knowledge and skills to grow into productive and capable citizens, who can support and help their community to grow and prosper. The whole purpose of education is to learn and grow to be better people. Everyone should make an effort to work together to achieve the common goal. And when they grow up, they should be able to fit themselves usefully into the world of tomorrow. Amrita Vidyalayam opens before our students, numerous noble values that need to be inculcated.
AMMA says, “In fact, studying is a form of austerity. It is a process, like the bud unfolding into a beautiful, fragrant flower. Understanding this, we should approach our children with love and patience.”
Children who pass through the portals of Amrita Vidyalayam are enlightened by the education received here. We pray that in the days ahead of us, by AMMA’s Grace, we may strive even more to spread Her love and kindness in the hearts of all who enter these portals, or come in contact with.
Now, I would like to express my profound gratitude to all the staff members who are the instruments in AMMA’s divine hands and a medium for bringing about the overall development of our students; I also thank my dear children who have been the pillars of strength in this home.
I express my deep felt thanks to all our parents and well-wishers for honouring us with your esteemed presence and continued support. Let our children blossom in the shelter of our AMMA’s infinite compassion, and let them spread the fragrance of that divine love to everyone.
With deep faith, I pray to AMMA for Her blessings and to keep us all in the shelter of Her wings. I praise Her name for SHE is the Universal Mother and Teacher. Recalling AMMA’s words – “Love alone adds attraction and beauty to our actions. No work is insignificant or meaningless. The amount of love, the amount of heart, which you pour into your work, makes it significant and beautiful!”
Let me conclude in AMMA’s most Holy name
Aum Amriteswaryai Namah!