Purwanchal Vidyamandir celebrated its Silver Jubilee on 9th July, 2023 at the Science City Auditorium with a grand cultural extravaganza.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Padma Shri awardee entrepreneur and industrialist Shri Prahlad Rai Agarwala and the Guest of Honour was the Senior Director (Education) of Kalyan Bharti Trust Prof. Dr. Basab Chaudhuri.
The programme started with the invocation of Ganesha which was followed by the welcome speech by the Principal Ms. Rani Jessica Gomes. After the ceremonial lamp lighting, the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour unveiled the school magazine -The Zeal to a thunderous applause. The next event of the evening was the felicitation of the Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour, the former Rector Dr. J. Goswami and the Founder Principal Ms. Pushpita Barik.
The Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour and the special guests shared their words of wisdom with the audience.
The highlight of the evening was the mythological dance drama, Anandodham- the epiphany of 25’ staged by more than 400 students. The audience was mesmerized by the resplendent costumes and riveting moves of the cast. On the whole it was a very successful programme glorifying the 25th anniversary of the school.
Purwanchal Vidyamandir is associated with Connecting Classrooms programme structured by the British Council, UK since 2013.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities
The Connecting Classrooms programme is a flagship enterprise by British Council to embed global dimension into curricula worldwide.
The Connecting Classrooms programme provides a framework to implement activities of international concern for the pupils throughout the session.
Pupils from Lower Infant to Class XII work on various projects that are specially designed for each class and guided by teacher co-ordinators.
The programme has immensely helped our students to understand the importance of education through Global Learning with schools all over the world and
to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes so as to thrive as a worthy individual global citizen.
It has given us an opportunity to interact with overseas schools on creative teaching practices and real-time global learning.
We have created a place internationally through our exchange programme via our partner schools spread across countries such as Nepal,Greece, Kenya, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA and UK. Recently we have also linked up with schools from Taiwan, Nigeria,Netherland, Spain and Turkey. The Connecting Classrooms is more than just understanding global issues; it is about instilling both the teachers and students skills, potentials or the power to bring about a positive change in the world. At present the IDS (formerlyISA) –International Dimension in Schools Award, has its presence in 31 countries worldwide. It is indeed a great achievement for us as the proud recipient of winning this global recognition the prestigious IDS Award for three consecutive terms 2015-18, 2018- 21&2022-25. It has ignited the team-spirit and dedication in the teachers and students that has resulted in bringing this accolade and recognition to our Purwanchal Vidyamandir.
Under the leadership and guidance of our Principal, Mrs. Rani Jessica Gomes and her whole-hearted support of the international programme in school, we are developing and implementing international school programmes with partner schools through joint projects. The activities are designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and leadership qualities.
Since the commencement of the new academic session in April 2022, the students have started with renewed enthusiasm to work with partner schools of various countries and cultures through collaborative curriculum- based projects, across a wide range of subjects.We hope to work hard and have yet another successful year in building new global partnerships and sustaining the existing ones. Our school remains committed to inculcating internationalism in education and working with schools across continents that support global citizenship.
The Scouts and Guides of Purwanchal Vidyamandir marched on a mission of compassion and empathy which aided in their character building and a novel perception towards the differently abled children. On 21st September 2023, the International Day of Peace was celebrated at Alokendu Bodh Niketan, an institute for children with special needs. The team carried gift hampers and a bunch of prezzies for students of Alokendu Bodh Niketan. The program proceeded with a prayer song, sharing of message and action songs by the Scouts and Guides team of Purwanchal Vidyamandir. The unalloyed, pristine faces, peals of laughter, the loud applauds of the ‘Children of God’, and the sunny smiles on the faces of the educators, guides, and coordinators of Alokendu Bodh Niketan enhanced the dazzle of the event. The children learned about the values of solicitude and benevolence. The team consisted of 9 Cubs, 4 Bulbuls, 39 Guides, and 74 Scouts and each had their contribution. The children of Purwanchal Vidyamandir can now definitely say that disability is a matter of perception and there is nothing happier to see than smiles. The Principal, Ms. Rani Jessica Gomes quoted that the message for the day was ‘Love makes our friends a little dearer, Joy makes our hearts a little lighter, Faith makes our paths a little clearer, Hope makes our lives a little brighter, Peace brings us all a little nearer.’
On 21st June 2023, International Yoga Day was celebrated by the students and teachers at Purwanchal Vidyamandir with great enthusiasm. Children observed and then displayed basic techniques of Yoga for Health, Yoga for Success, Yoga for Wellbeing, Yoga for peace and Yoga for Joy! Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. We at Purwanchal Vidyamandir believe that as Indians, we should be proud of our rich cultural heritage. The growing pressure in day-to-day life, peer pressure and meeting people’s expectations is very stressful for the students. Inculcating the habit of practicing yoga will have a positive effect on their physical and mental well-being. It will also aid in their creativity as yoga embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action. Let us all make Yoga ‘A Way of Life!
The annual World No Tobacco Day campaign (31st May 2023) is an opportunity to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use. The objective of World No-Tobacco Day is to encourage all persons worldwide who smoke or chew tobacco to quit. Scouts & Guides campaigned in the school neighbourhood to highlight how tobacco harms our health and the planet’s health.
In a special drive, the West Bengal Health Department started the Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign (MRVC) across the State from 9th January, 2023.
The MR Vaccination Camp was organised in the month of January in our school auditorium where children between 3 years and 15 years were given a dose of the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in their school as part of a programme to eradicate measles and control rubella.
On 15th August, 2023, Purwanchal Vidyamandir organized the Independence Day
programme. The management, staff and students were present at the event. The event
started with a welcome address by the Principal, Ms. Rani Jessica Gomes.
A glorious march past of students parading the school ground created an apt ambience. The tri-coloured flag was hoisted by Mr. Raj Kumar Chandwasia the President of Purwanchal Nagarik Samity, the mother concern of the school. The ‘Song of Independence’ echoed through the nooks of the school ground.
In the auditorium the school had arranged for a felicitation of the brilliant achievers of the ICSE-2023 and ISC-2023 examinations as well as the CISCE and various interschool sports events.
Thereafter, a small cultural programme included a speech, recitations in Bengali, a spectacular Yoga display, a song and dance item ‘Desh Ke Veer’ and a mesmerizing dance performance ‘Unity in Diversity’ displaying the multicultural ethos of India. The successful event came to an end with the vote of thanks.
We have come a long way in 76 years, but we still have a long way to go. We must continue to fight for social justice, economic equality, and environmental sustainability. We must also work to strengthen our democracy and to promote peace and harmony in our world. Said the Principal
River of Hope is a Thames Festival Trust programme delivered in partnership with the British Council, UK. In 2022, River of Hope formed a central part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Through this programme young students from around the world have been encouraged to think about the importance of safeguarding the future of their own natural environment.
River of Hope is an arts-based learning project linking schools around the world through the study of rivers.
Our collaborative artwork was selected to be one of the 200 pieces featured as part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on the 5 th June 2022.
The artwork has been created collectively by students from England, Palestine and India. The three schools involved were The Premier Academy in UK, Fahma Girls' Secondary School in Palestine and Purwanchal Vidyamandir Kolkata, India.TheUK school is connected with PurwanchalVidyamandir, Kolkata thanks to the British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme.
Schools worked with their teachers and received packs from Thames Festival Trust Kate Forde, Head of Education & Engagementwhich promoted the use of art to teach environmental themes. The young students created imaginative pieces of artwork, using art and design skills and utilising either natural or recycled materials, while thinking about their hopes and aspirations for the next 70 years.
Inspiration came from the theme of keeping our rivers clean. The art work included paintings using water colours, sculpting clay, sewing, drawing and creating designs in 2-D and 3-D. The children worked independently and created artwork using their own ideas. They collaborated with each other and came up with some amazing work.
The Annual Prize Day of Purwanchal Vidyamandir was held on 13th May 2023. It is one of the most significant days in school. It is a day to make the students proud in front of the gazing eyes of a large audience, friends, parents and relatives.
The students who have achieved excellence in academics and co-curricular activities were felicitated.
The programme was enjoyable and left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of the students as well as parents.