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30 January 2023

Meet JIRS Representatives in your City

The JAIN International Residential School (JIRS) understands that choosing the right residential school for a student, their parents, and their family is not an easy task. From the moment the idea of attending a residential school first crosses the minds of the parents (family) and the children, much research is done before they finally settle on a school that meets all of their needs and exceeds their expectations. Many parents and students are reluctant to choose a residential school or withdraw during this process. As a result, the student misses out on the uniqueness of residential schools, which offers a wide range of opportunities to help students discover their true selves.

In an effort to assist parents in their inquiry about education at JIRS, the school has introduced the Parent Conference. In order to give their ward the finest residential schooling experience possible, the programme brings together parents of existing JIRS students and those of prospective students(s). The top management and the parents of present students can be personally connected to, discussed with, and networked with—all in the convenience of their own city.

Following are the cities where JIRS Parent Conference took place recently:

1. Ahmedabad : Representatives: Mr.Sanjeeva Sinha - Principal and Mr. Rudra Sharma - Chief Operating Officer.
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2. Surat : Representatives: Mr.Sanjeeva Sinha - Principal and Mr. Rudra Sharma - Chief Operating Officer
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3. Rajkot : Representatives: Ms. M.A Anitha - V.P of JIRS (Academical Head CBSE) and Mr. Rudra Sharma - Chief Operating Officer
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4. Raipur : Representatives : Mr. Rudra Sharma - Chief Operating Officer and Ms. Manjulatha - Sr. Academician Officer
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24 January 2023

From Vision to Materialisation - Malgudi: A Nostalgic Tale

It all began with the cultural committee coming up with the idea of Parivartan (transformation) as the central theme for the annual day. Mr Nalin, the drama and theatre teacher, chose R.K. Narayan’s novel The Vendor of Sweets from the world-renowned series, Malgudi Days. He aimed to depict on stage the bond between a father and son and how the father's unwavering love causes his selfish and rebellious son to undergo a profound transformation. Eventually, the vision grew much larger than the theme of Parivartan and soon replaced it.

Although the new theme was warmly embraced, dramatising this 1967 book presented a significant challenge. Mr. Nalin took the responsibility of being a foresighted director and transforming the book into a musical by fusing dance performances with drama. After much effort, the director created a play with a running time of 45 minutes and ten dance performances lasting 30 minutes, condensing nine episodes of the TV show Malgudi Days. The choreographers of the theme-based dance performances, which ranged from regional traditional dance to ultra-modern robotic dance, were Mrs. Resmi, the in-house dance teacher, and Ms. Shraddha, a resource person.

Once the cast was finalised the students were trained to understand their characters and roles. They were then introduced to the provisional script, which they had to enact on stage. As the students were being introduced to theatre practices, the director was keen to have someone with experience in English literature modify the screenplay and polish it. The first few days were challenging, but as the days went on, the participants settled in and started to look forward to the training sessions. They developed a fascination with theatre and wanted to learn more about it. With the students, the director had a conversation about theatre and drama. He encouraged them to actively contribute by making suggestions and taking on the responsibility to realise the goal.

The students used imaginary props while acting during the rehearsal sessions, adopting mannerisms and body language of their characters. The outfits that the director had in mind were swiftly being acquired by the Cultural Committee. The Art Department was working on making life-size props for the grand finale. The Music Department joined the group as stage rehearsals got underway. The all-time favourite Malgudi theme was reproduced by students using their flute, keyboard, and tabla. The students' captivating live music permeated the entire play. On the day of the final performance, things were both hectic and exciting. The Sprintoor Auditorium was decorated to evoke the feel of bygone eras. The stage's authentic props accurately recreated the atmosphere of a traditional South Indian village. Once the characters were dressed in their costumes and makeup, they appeared to be from a different era.

On 30th December 2022, the vision of Malgudi: A Nostalgic Tale materialised and became something larger than life. It turned out to be a triumph of planning and perseverance that provided all the participants with an opportunity to hone and exhibit their skills.

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23 January 2023

A Delightful Celebration on Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival dedicated to worshipping Lord Surya (Sun God). The festival signifies the transit of the sun into Makara Rashi (Capricorn Zodiac) and falls on the 14th of January every year. It also marks the end of winter and the beginning of a new harvest season. It has both seasonal and religious significance and is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar.

JIRS celebrates Makar Sankranti with zeal and enthusiasm. And this year, an inter-house Pongal-making competition was organised. The celebrations for the day began with a special assembly highlighting the significance of the day in the form of dance drama and songs. The enthusiasm of participants was reaching the sky, as some of them were experiencing traditional ways of cooking for the first time. Among the four houses, the high school participants prepared Khara Pongal and the middle school students prepared Sweet Pongal.

The students enjoyed themselves during the kite flying event and embraced the true spirit of Makar Sankranti. Such competitions build team spirit and bonding among the students.

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23 January 2023

The 23rd Annual Day Celebration of JIRS

On 30th December 2022, Jain International Residential School (JIRS) celebrated its 23rd Annual Day in a grand manner. The event began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, followed by an invocation song.

Mr. Sanjeeva Kumar Sinha, Principal of JIRS, welcomed the gathering and presented the annual report of the school, which enumerated the significant school events and summarised the academic plan followed throughout the year. He also spoke about how the pandemic affected the educational sector and how the school has adapted to meet the educational demands of the current post-pandemic era. Dr. Chenraj Roychand, Founder and Chairman of the JAIN Group, also addressed the audience. He spoke about the importance of discipline and the need to focus on the holistic development of each student. He emphasised the need for counselling the parents so that they can inculcate punctuality in their children.

The event also witnessed the school magazine going digital. The staff members who had completed more than a decade-long service were honoured for their dedication and commitment towards the betterment of the school. The student achievers in academics, sports, art, and music were felicitated with prizes and certificates. The cultural programme, Malgudi: A Nostalgic Tale, took place in the afternoon. It was an extravaganza of dance, drama, and music that showcased the creative talents of the students. At the conclusion of the cultural programme, the director of the play and the choreographers were facilitated for their outstanding effort and dedication.

Mr. Gopal Raj, the Coordinator of the International Curriculum, presented the vote of thanks, and the event concluded with the national anthem.

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07 December 2022

Science Exhibition - A Fun-filled and Learning Experience

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.“ - Confucius

Jain International Residential School (JIRS) conducted a science exhibition on the 2nd of December 2022 to provide a platform for the students to use their scientific knowledge and kindle their scientific temper. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, Principal of JIRS. Mr. Rudra Kumar Sharma, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Gopal Raj, the IBDP Coordinator, and the Vice Principals of CBSE and IBDP/IGCSE were among the other dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony. The exhibition started with a traditional lighting of Kuthuvilakku and the principal declared the exhibition open.

Around 135 exhibits, including functioning models created by students, were on display at the event. The students explained the models to the guests with immense zeal and excitement. The models of drip irrigation, perpetual machines, rainwater harvesting, circulatory systems, and circuit games were a few of the junior-grade students' standout efforts. Models of a Tesla coil, hydraulic devices, and water level indicators were on show by the senior students. The IGCSE and IBDP students showed their exhibits, which included models of drones, greenhouses, magnetic pendulums, and the human double circulatory system. A Chemistry Corner was set up to showcase some interesting experiments like elephant toothpaste, soap preparation, and underwater candle. An interesting experiment of Carbide Canon was carried out by students in the open ground, where they demonstrated the explosion. Also, the students exhibited a wide collection of flowers in the herbarium model. The students also had fun games with circuits using LEDs.

The entire display was fascinating, entertaining, and educational and featured several scientific advancements and concepts. The resounding success of the event was greatly attributed to the students' diligent labour, cooperation, and teamwork, which were expertly encouraged and supervised by the teachers.

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06 December 2022

Karnataka Rajyotsava 2022 Celebrations

JIRS promotes the idea of unity in diversity and requires students to learn about various cultures, customs, and celebrations. As a result, they are able to engage with a wider range of social groups and feel more secure and educated about every aspect of life.

On 25 November 2022, JIRS observed Karnataka Formation Day as Karnataka Rajyotsava. It was great to hear kids explore the rich culture of Karnataka and the significance of Karnataka Rajyotsava. There was a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the rich splendour of the stunning structures, mansions, waterfalls, poets, artists, monarchs, and freedom fighters. The students performed a variety of Karnataka dance styles, such as the Kamsale, Kolata, and Yakshagana dances. The ceremony was attended by the entire school with zeal and enthusiasm. Students sang the national anthem and the state song and the principal and vice principal addressed the audience.

It was a memorable occasion, and the school looked lively. The entire campus blending in with the colours of the state flag was a stunning sight.

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30 November 2022

Bake Sale on the eve of Children’s Day - An IB-CAS Initiative

On November 14, 2022, the IBDP students organised a CAS event called The Bake Sale. From 3:00 to 5:00 pm, the event took place at the Arihant Block. The kids produced and sold a range of delicacies at the event. The picture booth was a key draw for the gathering. Students were divided into teams, and preparation started four days prior to the event. The cooking team was in charge of preparing six different dishes: Mexican tart, cheese dip biscuits, cheese dip pops, Oreo pops, and Oreo milkshakes. A separate creative team was responsible for making several accessories, including the banner for the bake sale and the frame for the photo booth.

A total of 12 IBDP students were on the cooking team, which began preparing food items the day before the bake sale. The food team put up an amazing effort, and the art team used extra time in the art lab to fulfil all the creative requirements for the event.

Both teams set aside time on the day of the event to get to their respective workplaces and have everything ready in time. The students headed to the venue right after lunch to set up everything they would need for the event to run properly. When the bake sale began, the students were once more divided into various teams, including an on-site cooking team to prepare fresh food and teams for supervising, managing, marketing, selling, and accounts. The teams harmoniously collaborated throughout the baking sale. Students developed a variety of ideas and unveiled a few new products during the event. Just the first hour of the event saw the sale of half the items. The proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to a charity cause.

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