Tuesday 31 May 2022

Act It Out! - Rishona Chopra

Acting is a skill which needs simply one thing, and that is - confidence. If you don't have the confidence, it's impossible to master it. Trust me, it is the most difficult and the easiest thing to do.

All you have to do is just flow with the character and imagine that there is no one around. If you can do that, the rest will come out beautifully, whether it was perfect or not.

I think I had stage fright before the performance, but I felt I was confident after it. I think I would not do good at all, but in the end, I do. Only your effort should be noticed.

If you tried your best, then everything is perfect.

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Hope - Gaurangi Rastogi

Please read The Little Book of Values:
Educating Children to become Thinking, Responsible and Caring Citizens.

People talk about hope whenever you are stuck in a difficult situation.

But what is hope? Sometimes this question clicks my mind. It is a step that motivates you to reach your destination or aim to be achieved. 

Recently, I travelled to 'Char Dham Yatra'. Which is enjoyable. When I saw the track, I felt disappointed. It was a tiring journey, but something inside kept my excitement alive.

I think that's hope!

Hope never lets your aspirations or dreams die. It keeps it alive in your heart. Some examples of maintaining hope in my daily life:

Hope of mummy making something good in Lunch.

Hope that my family to bring surprises on my birthday 

Hope of going to park and cycle 3 rounds without stopping.

Gaurangi Rastogi 
The Doon Girls' School 

On Hope - Afifa Fatima

Please listen to my first podcast, and share your comments below.

"I love my school; we learn from friends, teachers and family".

Afifa Fatima
Grade VI
The Doon Girls & Boys School

Sunday 29 May 2022

Report Card - Sunita Mehta

Hoping for the best, fearing the worst,
Report card day brought jitters to even the best!
Oh! for the Gods to show mercy, I was not all that pricey,
While fate couldn't be challenged, it could be shared, 
Distributed evenly among friends and siblings,
A red line on every report card was not a bad ask! 
Eternity was walking up to the teacher, 
hoping for the best, fearing the worst.

Sunita Mehta
Joy Of Learning mentor and headmistress at Gyanshree School Noida.

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I'M A Night Owl - Gia Gupta

I love My Good School!

Gia Gupta, Class 5F, Gyanshree school, Noida. 
#reading #nightowl #Passion #MyGoodSchool 

Where Passion Meets Education
Reading, Writing and Speaking that is all we do!

My Good School Song - Anvesha Rana

My Good School,
where passion meets education.

My Good School is our school, 

Where passion meets education

And we reach our destination. 

We can read or write, 

Speak or create, 

Just find your calling, 

And carry it forward. 

Create a podcast, 

Or write a blog. 

Whatever you do, 

The Joy of Learning will be sure. 

My Good School where,

Learning is Fun, and Fun is learning, 

Where we are not mere students,

But all of us are lifelong learners at this school of life. 

Anvesha Rana,
Grade 10-B,
Gyanshree School

The Report Card - Rishona Chopra

Viewing the Report Card is a typical day full of emotions. Some feel happy, while others feel anxious. 
For me, it is an exciting day! I actually don't care what I get as long as I try my best. Once my report card came, my mother wasn't at home, so I quickly opened the report card and read it. Even though my mother didn't like seeing the report card all by myself, I still did it as I was extremely excited.

After all those months of fun and learning, the report card shows what you dill all year round and a reward that showcases your effort. Often we say that if we did well, we get a bar of chocolate and other gifts, but we don't realize the report card is the most significant gift!

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Monday 23 May 2022

Lunch Time - Gaurangi Rastogi

In a boarding school, we have no lunchbox, but we have canteens there. That place was a place for showing affection, having fun, and interacting with teachers.

As the head chair of my table, I must make my juniors eat the food properly, ensuring discipline and no wastage of food. When I became the head chair for the first time, it was a tough job to make my juniors eat properly, Sometimes, they did not like the dish, or the taste was too bad.

Once I broke down, I was tired of the tantrums, but a senior made me realize that I was like them; when I was a junior. Today, I share and tell them that they eat little but everything! This lesson would be remembered all the time. 

Gaurangi Rastogi 

Grade-VII A 
The Doon Girls' School

My Good School Song - Rishona Chopra

We are here at My Good School,
Here things are so cool! Together we learn, Here no teacher is stern!

We learn all the values needed,
After going to My Good School, we all succeeded!
There are several things you can do,
Each thing is new!

We can read and write,
We are bright!
We can design and create,
After all, My Good School is great!

Rishona Chopra Grade VI Gyanshree School

Empathy - Ushita Saxena

Empathy is when you connect with someone. When you understand someone's feelings and know what to tell them. When you observe someone suffering, you may be able to imagine yourself in their shoes and sympathise with them. 

Have you ever heard of the term "sympathy"? Sympathy and Empathy may sound like synonyms, but actually, they aren't! Sympathy is when you feel sorry for someone from your own perspective. Empathy is when you put yourself in someone else's shoes and understand why they feel that way. This is a significant difference to understand. Let's take an example. Your friend's sibling died, and they are feeling super sad. What would you do? If you were to sympathise, you would say things like 'I'm sorry you're feeling that way or 'It's okay. Don't worry about something like that. But if you were to empathise, you would say things like, 'I have been there and be sad too.  

Empathy is essential as it helps build connections with people and bond with them. Social relationships are necessary for your body and your mental state. Empathising with people makes them empathise with you and spreads it.  

To practice Empathy and influence it, you can do a ton of stuff, such as: i. Work on listening to people without interrupting 

ii. Pay attention to body language and other types of nonverbal  communication 

iii. Try to understand people, even when you disagree with them iv. Ask people questions to learn more about them and their lives 

To conclude, Empathy is when you understand that person and know what they are feeling, which can prepare you for telling them about it. It helps in socialising and creating bonds. Sympathy and Empathy are very different; sympathy is when you feel sorry for them passively, and Empathy Is when you are sorry for them in a more active way and feel what they are feeling. 

"If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours."  


Grade: 6A

Gyanshree School

Sunday 22 May 2022

My School Song - Aanya Kumar

My name is Aanya Kumar, and I study at Podar International School. Just likeTotto-chan’s old school, our school also has a school song. As requested by Sunita Ma’am in today’s session, I would like to post my school song here-:

We are the kings and queens,

We are the shining dreams,

We nurture sunshine, embrace the winds,

We have the scientific zeal and power to enthral,

We want the whole horizon,

YES, we are Podar, yes, we are Podar.

Hai sanskriti hamari,

Har mushkil hamse hari,

Hum aasman ko chune ki rakhte hai 


YES, we are Podar, yes, we are Podar.

Baapu ne dekha tha sapna,

Hamne usko saakara.

Vishvas, sathya, nishta se,

Chamke banke Dhruvtara.

YES, we are Podar……

Excellence is the key; we make our own destiny. 

Smiling faces, passionate souls, that’s what we are. 

YES, we are PODAR, YES, we are PODAR.

Aanya Kumar
Grade 6-B
Podar International school

The School Song - Rishona Chopra

A school song displays the school but do we really need a song to display our school? Isn't the love of the teachers quite enough? Isn't the hard work of teachers quite enough? We don't need a school song to realize that this is a perfect place, or do we? At Tomoe, we don't have a school song, but the headmaster's love is quite enough to describe his school.

Even if we have a school song, we should sing it with pride because going to a good school is a blessing as it is a haven of knowledge. At Gyanshree, we have a school song, and it goes like this:

We, the Shreeyans, are virtuous and strong
To this heavenly place, we belong
We see our future gleaming in the light
We vow to be prudent and upright
Seeking knowledge, resolute to attain
At Gyanshree, excellence and acclaim
We, the Shreeyans, we are proud to be
Radiant and blissful, wise and worthy
All the Shreeyans, sing out loud
With such a lovely school, we are endowed.

Isn't that a wonderful school song? Although I don't really know the tune, I love to sing it!

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Saturday 21 May 2022

Unity In Diversity - Rishona Chopra

We have so many languages,

Each of them gives us so much knowledge.

Lots of different cultures,
Each one of them is precious!

This rich diversity,
Gives me a new identity.

Everyone is so unique,
Together when we come, no one is weak!

Even though our differences create problems,

We should understand our differences are our customs!

We are all united as a team,
We can together make a dream.

After all, it’s unity in diversity,
We are just so extraordinary!

That is why we say east or west,
India is the best!

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Sea Food and Land Food - Rudransh Awasthi

This was the picture when the headmaster was asking Totto-chan about sea food and land food. She also learned that Denbu is a sea food.

Name: Rudransh Awasthi
Grade: 6A
Billabong High International School, Thane

Monday 16 May 2022

Brighten Their Day! - Reveda Bhatt

Here I come, from far away,

I think of something; but not the right way,

Oh, Lord! Tell me what to say,

Not to hurt anyone but to brighten their day!

Saying something terrible when you are not in your senses

Is the worst when seen through life’s feeling lenses

Just like cursing someone seems not to be the worst,

But, from the other perspective, it can make the victim’s feelings burst!

That is why, before saying anything-

I ask my Lord about what to say,

Not to hurt anyone,

But to brighten their day!

Reveda Bhatt
Grade 9
The Aryan School

The Butterfly - Rishona, Mahir, Kabeer, Diva and Anisha

A butterfly roaming in the flower sector,
Going flower to flower to collect some nectar.
They fly with their colourful silky wings,
They fly when the nightingale sings.

Oh! How beautiful it is when its colours shine!
And when I catch it, it will always stay mine.

When it flies around me,
It's so glorious, I see.
Oh, what a joy it is, a butterfly.
I know it will never lie.

They fly so high,
It feels like they could touch the sky.
Pretty and sweet,
Always clean and neat.

In the end, butterflies are amazing creatures,
They have so many beautiful features.

Rishona, Mahir, Kabeer, Diva and Anisha
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Learning: The Fun Way - Anvesha Rana

At Tomoe Gakuen, the students could study the subjects at their own pace. Unlike regular schools where children have fixed periods for different topics. At Tomoe, one could start by doing their favourite subject and then somehow manage to do the ones they dislike; this was learning the fun way. Independent decisions made the children ready for real life. 

Another aspect of Totto Chan's new school was that lunch was unique. Everyone was supposed to bring something from the ocean and the hills to meet the essential nutrition requirement. Also, if the child only had something from the sea or something from the sea, then the headmaster's wife would dole out the other. So all kids at Tomoe Gakuen always ate Something from the ocean and something from the hills. 

The Headmaster was a distinctive individual; he always encouraged the children to chew their food well and respect it. He would often test the students' culinary knowledge by asking them about the place from where their food belongs: The hills or the sea? 

This was all the fun at Tomoe Gakuen, but the best part was probably the School Walks. After lunch, all the kids would walk in the open with their teacher in the midst. Everyone would think of it as leisure time, but these walks were actually memorable lessons in science, history and biology.

This is Learning the Fun Way, which is at Tomoe Gakuen but is even at My Good School, where Learning is Fun and Fun is Learning! 

Anvesha Rana, 
Grade 10-B, 
Gyanshree School

Sea Food And Land Food - Rishona Chopra

I am sure each teacher tells us that we should bring a balanced diet to school. But at Tomoe, things are different. Children are advised to get something from the ocean and something from the hills, like something from the sea and something from the land.

Those who can fulfil the requirements need not worry as the headmaster's wife gives the needed food and no one says if the food wasn't tasty as everybody had equal lunch. It was so fun to find out what one had brought and which food came from the ocean and the land. They used to thank god for what they had. In India, there is a Sanskrit shloka that we say before eating food that is" ब्रहमैव तेन गन्तव्यं ब्रहमकर्मसमाधिना". 

While reading this chapter, a question came to my mind - What if some of the children are vegetarian. Will the others not be allowed not to bring Sea Food?

Slooh - Arav Agarwal

I would like to thank My Good School, Sandeep Sir and Sukhpreet Ma’am for allowing me to explore space through Slooh. It has been an exciting experience exploring Slooh through live telescopes. It is like a dream come true for me.

I learned many different things about stars, galaxies, nebulas and planets. I have many interesting observations, and one of the exciting observations is about Neptune.
This planet has winds reaching 1300 mph, an extensive storm system similar to Jupiter's GRS, and a faint ring system. Neptune's largest moon Triton is sometimes visible.

We can go on missions and explore specific celestial objects through the live telescopes in Slooh. Slooh also helps us to know more about space through guides and quests. By exploring directions, we can know more about a particular celestial object, and through quests, we get tasks to capture and explore space. After completing that task, we reflect on our findings and learnings and earn a badge!

I have earned three thousand three hundred gravity points and fifteen badges. Oh! What a journey it has been. So, if you are inquisitive about knowing more about space and astronomy, join the incredible journey of Slooh with My Good School.


Thank you.

Name: Arav Agarwal
Grade: 6A
Billabong High International School, Thane

Saturday 14 May 2022

Hope - Rishona Chopra

Hope is when I think positive, 
Thoughts that are affirmative, 
Probably in my tough times,
Just want something that rhymes,
With my thoughts,
I just want to untie all the knots.
When hope is heard,
The hard times fly like a bird!
Even in my dream, 
I think of hope's long stream.
The tough times shall pass,
As they soon break like glass.

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Friday 13 May 2022

Going to a new school from home - Reveda Bhatt

Reveda Bhatt
Class 9, The Aryan School


Totto-chan goes to school - Reveda Bhatt

Totto-chan. Author:Tetusoko kuroyanagi. Totto-chan is a book that speaks about a girl who has been expelled from a 'regular' school to a school name 'Tomoe Gakuen'.The school is totally different from the formal educational system and creates stress and threats to the children by the overloaded syllabus, subjects, books and strict rules and regulations. - Naturing Education Blog

"The book begins with Totto-chan's mother coming to know of her daughter's expulsion from public school. Her mother realizes that Totto-chan needs a school where more freedom of expression is permitted. Thus, she takes Totto-chan to meet the headmaster of the new school, Mr Kobayashi, where the two establish a friendly teacher-student relationship". Wikipedia

Illustration by
Reveda Bhatt
Class 9, The Aryan School
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Wednesday 11 May 2022

A class with the Headmistress - Rishona Chopra

Today we had a substitute class with the Headmistress. For a second, I was scared, thinking she would scold us but the period turned out very fun!

I thought we would do Math and other written work, but ma'am told us that she wanted to listen to us talk, so for a while, we spoke to her and showed her our art files, and she patiently listened to us. She was like the headmaster in Totto-chan, who listened to her patiently. 

Then ma'am asked us which period we liked and why science was the most favoured period. So she started discussing the life cycle of a silk worm and how wearing silk kills silkworms. She shared how we should raise awareness about this. This also tells us about one of Dr Sibal's values - be the change you want to see in the world. So first, we should stop wearing silk and then tell others to do the same. 

Today was my first time having a class with the Headmistress in the school, and it was also the best class ever.

Rishona Chopra
Grade VI
Gyanshree School

Sunday 8 May 2022

Happy Mother's Day - Rishona Chopra

This is for you, 

When anything happened, you knew.
You taught me to be true,
And that’s how I grew

You cared for me,
You are the one that makes me feel free!
The kindest one ever,
When I needed you, you were always there whatsoever.

I love you more than anyone, 

Yes, you are the very one!

Rishona Chopra Grade VI Gyanshree School

Tomoe Gakuen - Aanya Kumar

A school on a train does sound weird. But, according to Totto-chan, it could be real fun. Tomoe Gakuen was full of fun-filled surprises for all its students.

I would like to present this poem on Tomoe Gakuen:

Tomoe Gakuen, an unusal school,

With train boogies as its classrooms.

With no rules for studying or going in the pool,

To the students, it seemed relatively cool.

Totto-chan was expelled,

Mother was worried.

She had to find a new school,

An unusual one indeed!

Tomoe Gakuen, was fit for Totto-chan,

As her day at the new school quickly began.

Totto-Chan was happy and had hights to seek 

And I’d say the school was pretty unique.

Aanya Kumar
Podar International School
Grade 6 B

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