Monday 4 March 2024

Unlocking the Keys to Motivation in Education: Insights from "What Did You Ask At School Today"

 "Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it".

We tend to think that we have to wait for inspiration or energy to hit us, and we get deflated when it doesn't come. We might think that we're doing something motivating or proactive when, in fact, we're not.

Motivation – a word that holds the power to drive us towards our goals, to fuel our aspirations, and to propel us through the challenges we face. Yet, despite its significance, understanding motivation, especially in the context of education, remains a complex endeavor. In the thought-provoking book "What Did You Ask At School Today: A Handbook Of Child Learning Book 1" by Kamala V. Mukunda," the essence of motivation is explored, shedding light on its intricacies and its pivotal role in the learning process.

The book begins with a chapter on how the human brain develops and learns from infancy. It 'peers into the brain', using insights from great scientific studies of the past as well as from modern technology, to explain neurogenesis and learning. 

"What makes us do the things we do? What motivates us to begin an activity, and keep it up until some goal is achieved, sometimes even in the face of great difficulty?" This fundamental question sets the stage for a deeper exploration into the dynamics of motivation. While the answer may vary from person to person and situation to situation, there exists a universal aspect to motivation – the inherent capacity within all human beings to be motivated.

The passage underscores an essential insight: the perception of someone as 'unmotivated' often stems from their deviation from the expectations of others. As educators, understanding this distinction is crucial, as it allows us to navigate the complexities of motivation in the classroom effectively. When students exhibit enthusiasm for learning, teaching transcends mere instruction; it becomes an enriching experience, characterized by mutual growth and fulfilment. Conversely, in the absence of motivation, even the most meticulously crafted lessons can seem futile, dissipating into a void of disinterest and frustration.

In essence, the heart of effective teaching lies in answering the pivotal question: "How do I motivate my students to learn?" This question encapsulates the essence of the educator's journey – a quest to unlock the keys to student engagement, curiosity, and intrinsic drive. It beckons us to delve into the myriad factors that influence motivation, from the allure of discovery to the impact of environment and personal agency.

At its core, motivation in education is not merely about coaxing compliance or incentivizing performance; it is about nurturing a genuine passion for learning, a thirst for knowledge that transcends the confines of the classroom. It requires fostering a supportive and empowering educational ecosystem where students feel valued, challenged, and inspired to embark on intellectual adventures.

In conclusion, "What Did You Ask At School Today: A Handbook Of Child Learning Book 1" by Kamala V. Mukunda" serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact of motivation on the educational experience. It beckons educators to embrace the challenge of nurturing motivation in their students, recognizing it as a cornerstone of meaningful learning and personal development. 

So let us embark on this transformative journey together, fueled by the belief in the boundless potential of motivated minds.

Ritu Jain


Wednesday 28 February 2024

Small Acts of Service - Divyanshu Agarwal


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Small Acts of Service Help Change Lives

The small act of kindness reforms the lives of others who are not that capable of handling their daily needs. We are very much thankful to God that our parents are capable enough to provide us a happy life. Small acts of service can put a smile on the faces of underprivileged people. 

Acts of kindness make the earth a better place to live. We can donate money to charity. We can have scholarship schemes for children. We can donate our old books to the government schools Which don't have a good schooling facility. donate blood, so that those who don't have money can healthily live their lives. 

We should not discriminate or judge anyone based on their money or education status. Always try to bring a smile to the faces of others. Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness is a way to honour those needy individuals.
 
"There is no higher religion than human service to work for the common good is the greatest creed."      - Woodrow Wilson

 

Divyanshu Agarwal (XD)
Sunbeam Schools And Hostel Laharatra 

Pamela Atkinson - Mridul Maheshwari

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Pamela Atkinson

Today we saw a video about Pamela Atkinson related to her social work - serving others or helping the poor. Pamela believes that 'even small acts of service help change lives. Small things make a difference". 

Over the years, working with the poor, Pamela has learned that service doesn't always need to be huge, it can even be small.

Pamela said, "We should look for opportunities to make a difference in other people's lives-which in turn, make a difference in our own."

  -Mridul Maheshwari (IX)
                                                      Sunbeam School Lahartara




Saturday 24 February 2024

Treasured Moments - Arfa Khan


Grandparents- The gems of life

Grandparents are gems. They become our advocates whenever our parents are mad at us. They are our endless support system and advice centre, and we know how to deal with our challenges. They have been through life with a lot of obstacles and challenging situations. 

Their experience shows them the importance of understanding and empathy in a relationship, so we share our secrets with them, and they understand. They even share their wise side - their core values and stories of the world with us. Even if they were strict with their own children, grandparents always showered us with all their love. 

They enjoy being grandparents, too; they love our company. In their autumn days, we bring joy and drive into them - a change from their daily habits of sitting idle. Sadly, they don’t have forever to live; as the years pass, they will soon leave us. All good things don’t last forever, but we can make the best of them. Spending more time with them would be lovely; that would cheer them up, and we would also make memories. 

Let's utilize the time with our grandparents while we still have it and create meaningful and lasting memories to remember!

Arfa Khan
Grade 8
Ahlcon Public School



Tuesday 20 February 2024

The True Success - Tenzin Nyesel

For me, Success means achieving a goal that you have set in your life. Even if it is just getting better marks in any subject.

Success is a feeling when you are well satisfied with what you have or got. Achieving success does not always mean becoming a topper in class or becoming a rich person. 

Sometimes it's just us who feel we have done better work that we couldn't do or attempt before.

Tenzin Nyesel
Class 10th,
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society

The Way of Home - Ati Pema

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The Way of Home

"A leopard never changes its spots."
- Anonymous

Far beyond the distant chains of ice, stone and snow in the land of the icey plateau lies my dwelling, enveloped by the stone and dust that gives me my livelihood. I have to hunt those devilishly quick prey that leaps away on cliffs and claws away on the ridges (Even when they have none!). 

Fearless they are so I too have to become such, though they are swift, they lack much awareness and are lost in their petty fights. I can creep up on them quickly, and with my colour, they rarely see me! But a lot has changed since my solitude; there are more mouths to feed than my own.

My hunting days are longer and more gruelling, and hunting itself has become more complicated than it once was. My prey left their grazing ground and now lives on the planes in numbers more prominent than I had ever seen. It would be good if those two-legged skin changers did not look over them. They, too, live in herds of hundreds in their own lands, where they carve the plateau to their liking. 

I would not be much concerned, but lately, the snow on the hill, which once shone white, has been painted grey with dust. I can no longer hide under my camouflage! 

I take my cubs wherever I go as now my own kind threatens them in these difficult times. 

What had changed in the time I grew? Where is the land I knew? The snow, the ice and those green pastures. What could be the cause? 

Yet there is no time to complain as even those two-legged beasts are now hunting us! Will my cubs ever see the world I saw? Will they never hear the silent breath they take as they go for their first hunt? I shan't throw away my hope. As times have gone and become such, it will change once more. 

Ati Pema
St. Thomas College

Friday 16 February 2024

Two Girls One Mic Episode 9

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Season 12 and Episode 9 are here yet again! 

‘These will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We'll all become somebody's mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. And in this moment, we are infinite.’

Isn’t it strange how quickly time flies? One moment, you are young and full of life, curious about everything and everyone. The littlest of things give you pleasure. Enter- the real world. We all tend to lose our quirkiness, love for life, and all the small things life offers. We work, and we run; we run as fast as we can to be the first, sometimes even losing ourselves on the way. Old age, however, gives us a second chance. It's a It's from nature. It allows us to revisit our childhood and experience human dependency at its best. 

Please listen to another mesmerising conversation shared by Simar and Oshi as they delve into the depths of childhood, old age, and life at their best. 

Feel free to leave comments as you join us in this hearty and engaging discussion. We would love to read them!

Hosts - Simar Kaur and Oshi Singh 

Listen to the most recent episode of our podcast: Two Girls One Mic Episode 9

Wednesday 14 February 2024

The Book Highlight - Ayush Kashyap

The book Hidden Life of Trees highlights its intricate relationships and communication networks within forests, reminding us of the importance of fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. It encourages us to appreciate and respect the complexity of ecosystems.

Ayush Kashyap
Sunbeam School, Varuna

The Joy of Giving - Ahad Hashmi

The Joy of Giving is an enriching experience. It is a profound connection to our inherent generosity and empathy. When we give freely, whether it be our time, resources, or simply our presence, we ignite a spark of warmth and fulfilment within ourselves and others. 

The act of giving opens our hearts and purpose as we contribute to the well-being of those around us. In giving, we discover the truth that true abundance lies not in what we possess, but in what we are willing to share with others.

Ahad Hashmi
Sunbeam School, Varuna

Seizing Opportunities - Aradhy Mohan Jalan

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Seizing Opportunities: Empowering Personal Growth and Purpose

Your resourcefulness and initiative will go far as you navigate this stage of life if you are smart, aware, and take action. By asking questions, you can become invaluable.

It is not often that a person can create opportunities for themselves, but they can position themselves so that when the opportunity arises, they are ready. 

'Use me, God! Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.'

Aradhy Mohan Jalan 
Class - 7
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara 

Embracing Possibility - Animesh Kashyap

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"It always seems impossible until it's done". 

We are always afraid of the consequences of the work we have done because we often think about the result, but it can be achieved through practice. Like when our parents ask us to score 90% in our exams, there is a question mark, but when we start to work on that, we slowly become self-motivated. Things can seem really hard until we start.

Even though something looks impossible at first, if we keep trying and don't give up, we can make it happen. It's like saying, 'Don't let tough times stop you from reaching your goals'. So, no matter how tough things seem, we should keep going and think that we can do it. We should always think in our minds, 'I can and I will', as it gives lots of motivation. 

'Where there is a will, there is a way'."

Animesh Kashyap
Class-8
Sunbeam School & Hostel Lahartara, Varanasi.


The Starting of Chipko Movement - Aradhy Mohan Jalan

"The Old Mango Tree: Witness to the Chipko Movement"

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Hi! I am a 50-year-old mango tree. I am the oldest tree in this forest. I would like to narrate an incident which will make you self-reflect.

The wind was blowing, birds were chirping, water was flowing, and the weather was pleasant, but then the pleasant weather changed to something horrible. Some sepoys came to cut trees, and then some villagers, including children and women, came out from their houses. They stuck themselves to the trees and started saying, "You can't cut the trees!" 

The sepoys got angry and killed 2-4 people. They started shouting and yelling, "They give us life, oxygen, fruit, and in return, what do we give them? Death?" The people, inspired by the Chipko movement in 1972 which saved thousands of trees, joined in and became a part of the movement. 

Aradhy Mohan Jalan
Class - 7
Sunbeam  Hostel Lahartara

Begum Hazrat Mahal - Aradhy Mohan Jalan

 


Life of Begum Hazrat Mahal : The Freedom Fighter of India

Begum Hazrat Mahal's birth name was Mohammadi Khanum, and she was born in 1820 in Faizabad, the former capital of the Oudh State. She was sold by her parents and became a tawaif by profession. She entered the royal harem as a Khawasin after being sold to Royal agents, where she was promoted to a pari and was known as Mahak Pari.

She became a Begum after being accepted as a royal concubine of the King of Awadh, the last Tajdaar-e-Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah. She became his junior wife, and the title 'Hazrat Mahal' was bestowed upon her after the birth of their son, Birjis Qirwais. In 1856, the British annexed Awadh, and Wajid Ali Shah was exiled to Calcutta. Begum Hazrat Mahal remained in Lucknow with her son and soon took charge of the affairs of the rebel state of Awadh as it entered armed struggle with the British East India Company. Unfortunately, she lost her life on 7 April 1879, at the age of 59, in Kathmandu, Kingdom of Nepal.

Aradhy Mohan Jalan
Class - 7
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Failure: The Pathway to Success - Rudranshi Rai



Don't Believe That Failure is a Permanent Condition

Don't believe that failure is a permanent condition. Failure is the road to success. Failure is life's greatest teacher; it builds our character. We shouldn't limit ourselves because of the fear of failure; it is a stepping stone to learn and explore. If you never fail, you never truly live life. Many people are afraid to fail, but the truth is that everyone has failed, and everyone will fail again. When you fail, you can become better. Don't give up; instead, strive to become better. Failure can turn into success slowly because of the option to try again repeatedly.

Rudranshi Rai
Class - 9
Sunbeam School Lahartara


Cultivating Passion - Divyanshu Singh

Passion: The Nexus of Interest and Dedication 

What is passion capable of;

Passion, a word that can elicit smiles from some, transcends mere vocabulary; it embodies a spectrum of emotions and actions. For many, passion is an unwavering commitment, a fervor so intense they guard it with utmost secrecy. Yet, its power is undeniable; it can forge bonds or fracture relationships, spark innovation or unveil discoveries, and ultimately shape careers.

As Benjamin Franklin aptly put it, 'Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.' Indeed, passion often paves the path to a fulfilling career, as individuals willingly immerse themselves in pursuits such as fishing, boating, drawing, and beyond. This pursuit is fueled by both interest and dedication.

Interest, a complex sentiment, drives a relentless quest for knowledge and understanding, often leading to the sharing of insights with others. Without satisfaction, curiosity lingers unquenched. Dedication, on the other hand, is the unwavering resolve to see endeavors through to fruition, fueled by the fulfillment of our interests.

In the words of Franklin again, 'An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,' underscoring the enduring value of curiosity and dedication in the pursuit of passion-fueled endeavors.

Divyanshu Singh
Class - 7
Sunbeam School Hostel Lahartara

Fueling Success with Positive Attitude - Divyanshu Agarwal



"Your Positive Action Combine With Positive Thinking Result in Success"

Your positive action depends on your positive attitude and your positive thoughts, as well as the practice of focusing on the good. Results don't solely depend on your positive actions; they also hinge on the positive thoughts you harbor. There are many paths to success, but in my opinion:

Good thought processing involves how critically you think and how you plan to tackle the challenges presented to you. Changing your perspective towards life grants you the power to influence your life. You should feel joy when your friends and anyone else succeed. Practicing self-compassion, helping others, and motivating your friends when they face failure are crucial. Finally, the most important thing is to keep smiling and be kind to others.

As Said by Shiv Khera - "Motivation is Like Fire--Unless You Keep Adding Fuel to It , It Dies. Your Fuel is Your Belief in Your Inner Values."

Divyanshu Agarwal 
class - 9
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

The Path to Global Harmony - Aradhy Mohan Jalan

"Harmony Through Oneness: Embracing Diversity for Collective Progress"

The concept of oneness in humanity signifies the profound unity that can be achieved when people from diverse backgrounds come together as one cohesive entity. Despite differences in race, culture, religion, or beliefs, we share a common cognitive makeup, forming the basis for our interconnectedness. This unity is essential for our existence, as division leads to suffering and discord. By embracing diversity and working together as a team, we can address global challenges and create a more just, peaceful, and harmonious society.

Aradhy Mohan Jalan
Class - 7
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara


Embracing Memories - Vaibhav Jaiswal

"A Tribute to Memories: Nurturers of Life's Journey"

Memories are like clouds floating in the sky of our thoughts. For people, collecting memories involves the process of taking information from the world around us, processing it, strengthening it, and later recalling that information. But for me...

Our life is an endless sack where we can treasure endless memories. Memories are the life-supporting system for everyone. The good days, these memories are the ones that add cheer and rejoice. Memories can also be stepping stones towards the success of life. The open memories which click in our minds. 

I end this with a very beautiful thought by J.M. Barrie:

"God Gave us Memories So We Might Have Roses In December."

Vaibhav Jaiswal 
Class - 9
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Path to Triumph - Ankit Raj


"A Journey of Success"

 In the journey of life, through trials we tread,
we strive for success, where dreams are spread.
Success, like an apotheosis, calls us to rise,
To reach for the stars, beyond earthly ties.

It's not just the destination, but the path we pave,
Each step taken boldly, with courage and bravery.
For success is not merely a trophy or prize,
But the growth, the learning, that makes us wise.

With perseverance as our guiding light,
We push through the darkness, to shine so bright.
Through setbacks and challenges, we persevere,
Knowing that victory is always near.

Success is the culmination of effort and will,
A testament to passion that we fulfill,
So let's celebrate each victory, we've won,
For in the journey of success, we've just begun.

In the jumbled life, success we weave,
A testament to what we can achieve.
So let's raise our voices, let's sing and proclaim,
Success is ours, forever to claim!

Ankit Raj
Sunbeam School, Lahartara Hostel.

Saturday 10 February 2024

Green Wisdom - Nishan Karki

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 “If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees". ― Hal Borland

Hello everybody, 

I am a tree, your green friend. Look around, and you will find me: green, dry, old, young, tall, and short. I provide your cattle with a cool breeze, fruits, wood, shelter, and fodder. I give shelter to many animals and birds. I am a joy to climb and play on. I am the chief supplier of oxygen and also a regulator of the water cycle. My roots prevent soil erosion. I also act as a noise barrier, carbon sink, temperature controller and protection against various things.

I make up the whole forest with my other friends. We perform the functions mentioned above, and I am sure they are of great importance to you.

Now, I want to ask you a fundamental question. 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if there were no trees at all? 

Well, here is the answer. There would be no greenery on earth. Earth would be a hot or cold planet like other planets with no life. There would be no water, greenery, beauty, or life. There would be climate change, loss of biodiversity, lack of oxygen, drought and no life. All the humans, animals and other living creatures would lose their lives. 

This may have made you think about the importance of trees in everyone's life. 

Here are some lessons you can learn from me:

Help and Protect 

I protect living creatures from high and low temperatures, rain, and strong winds. Like me, you should also protect people and animals and help them in need. You should have a kind heart and warm feelings for others.

Learn to give 

I give you oxygen, fruits, medicines, fodder, wood, and other necessary resources. Likewise, you should always learn to offer something to needy people. 

Patience 

Stay patient to get success and other things in life. Always learn to wait. I also patiently wait for my fruits and leaves to grow.

Have Hope and Faith 

You must develop a sense of hope and faith in yourself. With firm hope and trust in your goal, you can achieve it. I also hope and believe that I will live a long life and that people will not cut me. 

Never give up

I had to face many problems when I was growing up. I  endured heavy rains, drought, frost, and high and cold temperatures. I never gave up, and now I have grown to withstand such conditions. I am the epitome of never giving up in life. You should never lose hope and faith and never give up. You must stay focused to achieve your goals. No matter how many challenges push you back and make you fall, you should have the courage to get up and move ahead.

Challenge the challenges. 

Be Green ( Happy) 

You must be happy in life like we are green. Happiness motivates you to achieve your goals, and happy people tend to live longer. At last, I would like to present you with a poem about me written by Henry Cuyler Bunner.

The Heart of the Tree

What does he plant? Who plants a tree?        
He plants a friend of the sun and sky;  
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high.
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight, heard —
The treble of heaven's harmony —
These things he plants, who plants a tree.

What does he plant? Who plants a tree?          
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest's heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
They joy that unborn eyes shall see —
These things he plants, who plants a tree.

What does he plant? Who plants a tree?          
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good —
His blessing on the neighbourhood
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land —
A nation's growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

Nishan Karki
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society

Unleashing Destruction - Tenzin Dakar

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"Contemplating Consequences: The Atomic Bomb Decision"

These words are a paraphrase of Bhagavad Gita 11:32. This quote was from the now-famous scientist who built the weapon which tore apart the very fabric of weaponization and warfare. 

Such regret can be inferred from these words, as felt by its own creator. If I were the one to make the decision to drop the atomic bomb, I would never do it because it was a very deadly weapon that not only killed thousands of people but also destroyed land and property. 

Many people lost their family, friends, and homes, and even after so many years, the drastic effects of the radiation persist. To oppose Japanese tyranny in the southeastern countries and to bring an abrupt end to the world war, such an excuse was used to satiate their revenge and to redeem their hurt ego. Morality was thrown aside by such insidious and malevolent intent fueled by fear and rage. 

The fruits of the war were not to be borne by the people for the sickening acts of the militants. They could have solved the situation by building friendly relationships with each other and in many other ways, but dropping a deadly bomb was not necessary.

Tenzin Dakar 
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society





Consequences of Actions - Pasang Sherpa

"The Ripple Effect of Actions: A Lesson in Consequences"



You threw water on the floor and did not clean it. Later on, as you walked past that same spot, your feet slipped on the wet surface, causing you to fall. 

This unfortunate event is the direct consequence of your earlier action. It serves as a stark reminder that every action we take, no matter how seemingly insignificant, carries consequences. These consequences can range from simple inconveniences to potentially life-threatening situations. 

By pausing to consider the potential outcomes of our actions, we can avoid unnecessary pitfalls and navigate our paths with greater care and wisdom.


Pasang Sherpa
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society


Soulful Illumination - Aati Pema

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"Soulful Illumination: The Essence of Kindness and Genuineness"

"Kindness is defined as one who is considerate towards others through their sympathetic actions. Kindness in itself is a charitable action as it's selfless, where one keeps one's self-consciousness aside. When one shows kindness, we become honest to ourselves and this genuineness embodies the warmth of the human soul. Here kindness is the torch which burns in the dark and a person's genuineness embodies the warmth and light. 

Kindness promotes genuineness, which is what makes the connection between two souls. This is why mercy is said to be nectar to those who give and receive, as it is also a way in life to show kindness. So kindness is actually not defined just by being considerate of others. But it is any compassionate act done with a genuine empathetic spirit. Though I have said it to be a selfless act in the paragraphs above, it still raises our self-esteem throughout our lives with every act of such selfless service.

"That light we see is burning in my hall. How far that little candle throws his beams!" - Portia (William Shakespeare)"

Aati Pema
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Embracing the Essence: Mridul Maheshwari

A Reflection on Theodore Roosevelt's Wisdom and Gurunanak Travels


"Do what you can with what you have and where you are." This wonderful quote by Theodore Roosevelt means that we should do everything possible with whatever we have and wherever we are.

After reading a chapter, we watched the second episode of "Guru Nanak Travels" narrated by Mr Amardeep Singh. The episode is titled "Shafaf Khayal." The reflection from this episode was that peace and solace are always within us and not in any specific place.

"Journey Within: Finding Peace and Purpose"?

Mridul Maheshwari
Class-IX
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Primary Greatness - Rudranshi Rai


Primary greatness is who you really are: your character, integrity, deepest motives, and desires. It is made in our life. Greatness can also be attributed to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. Honesty is the first step to greatness. The secret life where your heart is reveals your real motives.

The ultimate desire of your life consists of four pillars of greatness: Vision, Passion, Action, and Principles. If we believe secondary greatness is better than primary greatness, we have no hope of achieving primary greatness."

Rudranshi Rai
Class - 9
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Accomplishing the goals is not a success- Vaibhav Jaiswal

"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credits."

Accomplishing the goals is not a success. Success means, you know the hard work you have done and the behaviour you show to the people, the respect which you give to the society. You're never overconfident in yourself. 

I have researched what is success; Success is not when you accomplish your dreams, success is when people respect you and you and your perspective in society. Only then, you become a successful person this is what I think after seeing the world.

Vaibhav Jaiswal 
Grade 9
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Books are our Best friends - Animesh Kashyap

Books are our best friends, there is a saying. Books give us an enormous amount of knowledge. We go to school and learn a lot of new stuff. We are taught a lot of things and we are told some things. But to completely understand all concepts in the subjects, we need to read and consult the books.

The people who tell, teach or advise us are not always there with us but the books are always with us. We can refer to them and clarify our doubts or remind ourselves of some points we have forgotten or learn a point which we have not looked into so far.

Books may be costly to buy. But good books are worth more than the money. In some cases, friends don't come to help us, but books never cheat us. They always help us whenever we fall into trouble. Books play an important role in our lives because they make us knowledgeable, and intelligent, and help us to become mature and smart people.

Animesh Kashyap
Class-VIII
Sunbeam School & Hostel Lahartara

God & Belief - Samriddhi Banerjee


Guru Nanak Ji believes in one God but I believe that God provides a framework for understanding the world and our place within it. It provides a sense of purpose and meaning in life. The belief in one God can teach a person to believe in your own self and make a better world for themselves. 

Samridhhi Banerjee
Grade-IV 
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Changing the World - Divyanshu Agarwal

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves."

Sometimes, someone wants something changed in the world. Why don't we think to change something in ourselves so that we can improve, grow more and more, and touch the glory of the sky? Changing the world is only in our hands- once or when we improve ourselves. 

But, we can make a change in ourselves. We need to get out of our comfort zones and by doing that, we can grow more and more. We need to do small things. We need to make a list of what we want to improve and start working on it. Set goals; it doesn't matter how big or small your goals are. 

Be concentrated, keep reflecting, and, last but not least, explore new things and learn from different experiences. This will help you to become a good individual.

When you can understand more and more about yourself, your limits and your desires,  you improve. First, make a change in yourself, then in the world.

"Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you're to your comfort zone.                            

Divyanshu Agarwal 
Grade- IX 
Sunbeam School And Hostel Lahartara

Monday 5 February 2024

Once You Find the Way, You Will Do It - Anmol Kashyap

Once You Find the Way, You Will Do It

Discovering a path is similar to solving a puzzle. Once you have found the path that leads to your destination, it will give you confidence, strength, and courage to overcome obstacles. Education makes your journey easier because it is the only power that can help you in every difficult situation to achieve your goal. 

Once you find your way, there is no turning back; it is about understanding and knowing which steps to take. Upon discovering the path, you will realize that you can do it, and education will help you sharpen your skills, knowledge, and abilities to reach your goals.

Anmol Kashyap
Sunbeam School Lahartara

Selfless and Compassionates - Shubhangi Kashyap


Selflessness and Compassion words are somewhat connected. Selflessness means caring more for what others need and thinking less about oneself, while compassion is all about showing sympathy and emotions or having an eagerness to help others. 

Having compassion is a genuine emotion for others. It's a powerful force that can help individuals overcome feelings of isolation and despair and can promote growth. By cultivating both compassion and selflessness, individuals can create a stronger connection with others 

Shubhangi Kashyap
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Language - Saikiran Sahu

 

Language means to communicate,
Not a means to divide and separate.
A medium of joy, sadness,
Not a way to spread distress.

Use it freely, use it wisely,
But not as a weapon to separate us all.
The weapon which holds the power to destroy mankind,
A weapon that has no use of any kind.

Language is a way to communicate,

A way to accept differences-

Where the whole world celebrates this rich diversity 
But not a way to spread adversities.

Earth separated by endless boundaries-

With different people, with different countries 

but after all, among us, one heart beats 
Only one language that the heart speaks

It is the language of love and understanding that it perceives.


Saikiran Sahu, IX

Gyanshree School, Noida


Friday 2 February 2024

Being Grateful - Tenzin Nyingsel


If you talk about being grateful, there will be a whole book written about it and still, the list will not be finished. Being grateful for any small things shows our values and importance towards it. It can be felt or expressed by any person to a person or any animal to a person. Sometimes it happens that we are not able to show our gratitude towards one thing that means a lot to us. Still, it always remains in our hearts that we will always try to fulfil it. Whether by our affection towards it or by proving our hard work for it. Let me take an example of a situation that happened a few days back.

It was 8 in the morning when I was dressed in my school uniform, standing in the school assembly hall with the history book in my hand. It was the exam day and just a few minutes were left for the exam to begin. It was cold in the morning due to which the roof above my head was covered with dew. Suddenly a drop fell on the book. To my surprise, it fell exactly on the topic that said, 'JUDICIAL REVIEW'.

For me, I really believe in fate, destiny and luck. At that moment, I felt it might be a sign for me. So I revised it very well. It was not long before the bell rang for the exam. After some minutes, the question papers were laid on my desk. I checked the paper slowly, turning the pages. In the middle of the crowd of questions, I saw a familiar question that asked about the 'judicial review'. For that very moment, I felt really grateful towards that one drop of water that fell. Since that question carried four marks, I wrote the answer in a very happy mood.

That is why, being grateful can be felt at any particular time and for any particular thing because sometimes it is not always a 'person' towards which we feel grateful. 

In the end, I would conclude by saying that ' I am grateful for everything I have. The highs. The lows. The blessings. The lessons. The setbacks. The comebacks. The love. The hate. Everything.' 

Tenzin Nyingsel
Class 10
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society

Being Grateful- Tenzin Dakar


For me being grateful means not just saying thank you to a person but it is a feeling from inside which shows gratitude, and respect towards the person, organization or any other entity. We should not take it for granted and should not disregard the effort or the hard work which is done by somebody for us to make our life and living a better one.

You should always be grateful for what you are getting whether it is education, food, knowledge, morals or even the place where you stay as there might be many people in this world who might not be getting the basic necessities which are food, shelter, clothes, etc.

I am grateful for the environment where  I live and study, the place which provides me good education, delicious food, teachers, morals and the opportunity to study in the best schools which may not be possible without the helping hands of others.

It makes me feel scared when I think of whether I will be able to meet the expectations of people and the thoughts which tell me, I won't be able to utilize the hardships and efforts done for me by others, or if I don't score good marks but, these thoughts help me to push myself become better and work harder.

Some people take the hard work done for them for granted and do not care much about it and forget about it. They are not satisfied with what they are getting and always want more, whereas some people wish for life like them. 

Tenzin Dakar
Pestalozzi Children's Village Society

We are all connected and we are one - Nishan Karki

“The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.” – Tom Ford 

All the human beings living in this world are connected to one another. Despite differences in race, religion, colour, custom and language, we are all one. We are somehow directly or indirectly connected to each other.

Connection with other people makes our life easier and happier. If we are connected to one another, it means we have someone to share our happiness and sadness and other emotions. We can help people in times of their distress and also get back help from others.

People who are lonely are lost (mentally) and do not seem very active. They do not indulge in conversation and do activities with other people. These people are not well connected to one another. 

Maybe, the lives of people who are not connected to others are not fun. But from many people's point of view, it may be fun.

Sometimes, I sing a song in my mind. Then after a few seconds, I hear another person singing the same song. This makes me wonder whether our minds are connected or not. This has happened several times.

Giving- Pasang Sherpa


Giving is not only an act, it's compassion for the one who is receiving it. When we give someone something, it's not a thing we give but love, care, joy, and affection to that person. 

There is joy not only in receiving but also in giving. But these days people hesitate to give because they have that mindset that if the things they are giving are not expensive or valuable it is not considered as giving but a shame to him or her. For these overthinkers, Mother Teresa had once well said "I cannot give great things but sm
all things with great heart". 

Expensive things are not what matters to the people you love but love and care. As an example, see your mother, she does not want anything valuable for what she did all these years but the same love to her which she gave you when you were young.

Pasang Sherpa
Pestalozzi Children's  Village Society

Being Grateful- Monika Singh Pundir

In my words, be grateful for a thing, no matter how small or big, we should appreciate it and make the best use of it. 

When somebody is in very need of something, we can help that person in need, it would be a very big thing for the person and can even change a person's life. The person may remember the thing done for him or her. The person will be thankful as well as grateful for the help.

But being grateful for someone doesn't mean one should always bow before the person to whom the person is grateful and do everything, wrong or right, for that person who is providing the things to you. 

Monika Pundir
Class 10
PCVS


Thursday 1 February 2024

The Marvellous Tree - Pallavi Kumari

https://www.toppr.com/, used by Pallavi Kumari for representation only. 

The Marvellous Tree

                            In the heart of the forest, tall and free, A tree stands proud, a marvel to see.
Its branches reach for the sky so high, A symphony of leaves, against the blue sky.

Beneath its shade, a haven of peace, Where woodland creatures find release.
Roots dig deep in the earth below, A silent dance, a life to bestow.

Through seasons changing, a timeless friend, Witness to stories, beginning to end.
Leaves whisper tales in the rustling breeze, Nature's secrets, shared with the trees.

In the embrace of the forest's might, The tree stands strong, a guardian of light.
A silent witness to the passing time, A testament to nature's sublime.

Pallavi Kumari
Grade- VIII
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara 


Wednesday 31 January 2024

Pamela Atkinson's life - Rudranshi

PC- Deseret News
Pamela Atkinson's life was made rich. She strongly believes we should never underestimate the power of a small amount of kindness. She constantly keeps one goal in mind: To always care. Pamela has worked and advocated tirelessly for many refugees, homeless and low-income families and still actively spends her time working for the poor.
Pamela Atkinson's goal is to help to heal the problem and not just deal with it. She is known as one of the biggest philanthropists and was given the title of the "Mother Teresa of Utah" by government Gary Herbert.

Rudranshi 
Sunbeam Lahartara



Trees - Pranvi Chandra


 TREES

Trees are there every day,
And under them, you can play.
Their leaves can be green, 
And trees are never mean.  
Please let them stay,
So just don't fray. 
Keep them clean,
Don't let them lean. 
Let them thrive,
And they will keep you alive.


                                                                         Pranvi Chandra - IX/D
                                                                       Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara.

Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs - Ananya Singh

People who have found their voice focus on expanding their circle of influence, being trustworthy, building trust, blending the voices of others, and creating a common vision.                                                      

Ananya Singh 
Grade- IX 
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara 

Tuesday 30 January 2024

There is no age for learning - Vaibhav Jaiswal

                                                      ‘There is no age for learning’


 “Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning"- Antonio Chekhov

Learning is a continuous process, and a true learner always seeks avenues to learn from anybody and everybody. Education has become crucial for all human beings. Everyone desires to receive the best education because life has no age, but learning has no end. Learning is beneficial for individuals regardless of their age. While all else may crumble, the knowledge acquired through education endures until one's passing. Individuals without formal education are now embarking on the journey of acquiring knowledge.

Learning is not only about gaining formal education; it means understanding society, people, and many other things. Therefore, we can say that learning has no end. 

The notion that education is valuable at any age and that it transcends the limits of time is a powerful one. Learning extends beyond academic settings; it encompasses understanding society, people, and various aspects of life. This broader perspective on learning highlights its endless nature.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

Vaibhav Jaiswal
Grade- 9
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Trees - Samriddhi Banerjee

                                                                      Picture from treehugger.com
The oak is called the king of trees,

The aspen quivers in the breeze.

The poplar grows up straight and tall, 

The peach trees spread along the walls,

The sycamore gives pleasant shade.


Samriddhi Banerjee
Class 4
Sunbeam School Lahartara

Myths of Retirement - Shubhangi Kashyap

Retirement myths include the beliefs that: Expenses will decrease, tax concerns will vanish, and every day will feel like a vacation. Work will cease entirely, and Social Security and Medicare will fully cover all financial needs. Retirement means the end of work: It is true that retirement signifies the end of active employment, but productivity remains non-energetic, and there is a gradual decline in health.

It's crucial for individuals to plan for retirement based on their specific circumstances, considering factors like financial goals, health, and personal preferences. Consulting with a financial advisor and staying informed about retirement options can help dispel myths and create a more realistic and satisfying retirement experience.

Shubhangi Kashyap
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Astronomy News (January 2024) - Yashraj Sharma

Indian Space News-

PC- pencilmaker

Aditya L-1 deploys a state-of-the-art Magnetometer in the Sun's Halo orbit

On January 11, 2024, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft accomplished the successful deployment of its 6-meter-long magnetometer boom in space at Lagrange Point-1. This milestone occurred 132 days after the satellite's launch, while it was positioned in a halo orbit at Lagrange point L-1.

Chandrayaan-3 lander serves as a location marker on the South Pole of the moon 

On January 19, 2024, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that an instrument on the lander has started serving as a "marker" near the lunar South Pole. The Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA), is being used as a fiducial point, to precisely locate the location of the lander on the Moon for reference.

India is working towards building its own space station, tests for it next year, said ISRO chief

ISRO plans to carry out tests, for the proposed 'Bhartiya Space Station', next year. Discussions are on with the manufacturers to launch its first module in the year 2028, ISRO chief, S Somanath, said on Thursday. Along with that, he announced to the media that, India's first Venus mission is also likely to be launched in 2028. "Venus mission has already been proposed once, we are looking at how to bring down costs. There are some high-value items, and we want to bring down the cost", the words of the ISRO chief.

International Space News-

Japan's explains how it made an upside-down moon landing

Japan became the fifth nation to land on the moon on Saturday, but its spacecraft ended up in an awkward and rather embarrassing position, with its engine nozzle pointed up toward space. By design, the Japanese spacecraft, known as Smart Lander for Investigating Moon or SLIM, was supposed to land on its side to avoid it tipping over on the sloping surface of the moon's landing site. "But, about 150 feet above the landing spot, one of SLIM's two engines appears to have failed", said officials at JAXA, the Japanese space agency.


Ingenuity, NASA's helicopter flying over Mars, ends its mission

The robot flew over 72 times, aiding the Perseverance rover in search of evidence that there was once life on the red planet. At least one rotor (robotic motor) broke down during the machine's most recent flight, last week, announced NASA officials on Thursday. But, Ingenuity is still in contact with its companion, the Perseverance rover, which has been exploring and excavating a dried-up river bed in search of 'extinct' Martian life. Sadly, Ingenuity will be left behind.


NASA's Perseverance rover confirms the presence of an ancient dried-up lake, that may hold clues for past life on the red planet

Evidence of ancient lake sediments was found at the base of Mars' Jerezo crater to give new hopes of finding traces of life in the samples collected by the Perseverance rover. The rover touched down on the crater on Feb. 18, 2021. Since, then, it has been on a continuous search for samples of extinct life on Mars.


Yashraj Sharma
Astronomy Club Captain
(My Good School)
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