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Friday 24 May 2024

Refelctions & Questions - The Doon Girls School

Jataka Tales & The Hidden Life of Trees

How can trees create their own microclimate?

The author explains that trees create leafy humus that can store moisture, and their branches can slow winds and create calmer air within the forest. Over time, these conditions reduce evaporation and create moist soil with better water storage, allowing more trees to thrive.

 by (Sanskriti- VI)

In "The Peacock Wings," what I gather is that our life choices should prioritize goodness, embracing both the flaws and beauty of others.

by (Aadya- VI)

Woody Climate Control

When the annual leaffall of beech trees occurs, it creates an alkaline humus that has the capacity to store a significant amount of water.

by (Ibadat-VI)

The Key Endeavour of Jataka Tales - Sanvi Rai

The key endeavour of the Jataka tales is to teach people the value of a good life. Every jataka tale teaches the people the values of mankind and humanity in various aspects. The message conveyed by Buddha in these tales has great significance. 

From the story “The Fowler and the Quail” we can witness the power of unity and oneness the cooperation and the strength unity lies within is remarkably evident. Yes, the story did connect me today and taught a mesmerising lesson about being in a team and we should not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs. 

In essence, oneness is a feeling of interconnectedness and being spiritually related to one’s soul and heart. We gain the supreme power to see tranquillity and beauty around everyone and embedded in each soul. Religion is a complex system of beliefs and practices concerning the universe's existence, nature, and purpose. It typically involves devotion to a higher power. 

Sanvi Rai
Class 9
Sunbeam School, Bhagwanpur

Spirituality- Prapti Rai

Spirituality, to me, embodies the exploration of the deeper dimensions of existence beyond the confines of the physical world. It's about seeking a connection with something greater than ourselves, whether it's through religious practices, meditation, nature, or acts of compassion and kindness.

Modern spirituality centres on the "deepest values and meanings by which people live".It often embraces the idea of an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality. It envisions an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his or her being.

Not all modern notions of spirituality embrace transcendental ideas. Secular spirituality emphasizes humanistic ideas on moral character- qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, responsibility, harmony, and concern for others.

These aspects of life and human experience go beyond a purely materialist view of the world without necessarily accepting belief in a supernatural reality or any divine being. However, Guru Nanak's documentaries likely portray spirituality as a universal quest for meaning and transcendence, showcasing diverse perspectives and practices from around the globe.

Through storytelling and insights from various cultures and traditions, these documentaries likely illuminate the common threads that unite us in our search for purpose and understanding in the vast tapestry of existence.
Prapti Rai
Sunbeam Bhagwanpur

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Reflection of the Week - Sunday 19th May 2024

-From Jataka Tales- 

1. Why do we read about the Jataka Tales?

2. Did the story connect with you today, and why? 

3. What learnings can we take away from the story "The Fowler and the Quail"?

4. Co-operation and teamwork

5. Thinking hastily and thinking wisely 

6. How do the 6 's at My Good School connect with the story? 

  Hint: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Character and Citizenship

- From The Guru Nanak docuseries- 

1. What is the need for oneness in our life?

2. The true meaning behind religion. Is philosophy religion? 

3. God and symbolism

4. The true sense of Yoga

5. What does spirituality mean to you? 

6. What did you learn from the episode today? 

7. The two perspectives of life

These are some suggestions you can choose from. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful and thoughtful reflections! 

You can email your reflections to -

Watch the video of Episode 5: 

Episode 5: Tatvagyan (Essence of Knowledge): Insightful dialogues of Guru Nanak with the ‘Kanphata Jogis’, the split-eared ascetics at ‘Gorakhmatta’.

“Allegory—A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels” is a 24-episode docuseries that sequentially explores Guru Nanak’s life events to unfurl the deep imports of his messages.

Monday 20 May 2024

Importance of Indian Mythology - Tejas Kumar

Indian mythology holds immense significance not only within the cultural and religious structure of India but also globally, due to its rich varieties of stories, symbols, and archetypes. These myths, often soaked in symbolism and metaphor, serve as a fund of wisdom, offering deep insights into the human condition and the mysteries of existence. 

From the epic narratives of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to the countless tales of gods, goddesses, and demons found in the Puranas, Indian mythology reflects the complex interaction between divinity and humanity, the eternal struggle between good and evil, and the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth.

Moreover, these myths not only entertain but also educate, transmitting moral values, principles, and philosophical concepts through fascinating storytelling. They provide a cultural identity to millions and encourage a sense of belonging and continuity across generations. 

Furthermore, Indian mythology continues to inspire art, literature, and popular culture, serving as an endless source of creativity and innovation. In essence, the importance of Indian mythology lies in its timeless relevance, offering deep insights into the human experience and serving as an endless source of inspiration, reflection, and spiritual growth.

Tejas Kumar 
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Guru Nanak - Tejash

First Udasi (1499-1506)

Regions covered by the guru were Northern India and Tibet and Some of the stops he took in his journey were Haridwar, Varanasi, and Mecca. The message conveyed by him to the people was challenging ritualistic practices, emphasizing God's widespread.

Second Udasi (1506-1513)

From 1506 to 1513 he covered the whole of South India and Sri Lanka. Engaged with various religious leaders and the message given by him there advocated a balanced life of worldly engagement and spiritual devotion.

Third Udasi (1514-1518)

After that, he went to Western India, Arabia, and Persia from 1514 to 1518. He also went to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Baghdad and his message outlined Stressed inner devotion over external rituals.

Fourth Udasi (1519-1521)

He also went to North India, Tibet, Himalayan regions and engaged with local spiritual leaders. And also gave a message to promote unity and devotion to one God.

Fifth Udasi (1523-1524)

His fifth udasi was from 1523 to 1524 in  Punjab and surrounding areas. Emphasizing social equality, honest living, and daily devotion to God were his teachings there.

Establishment of Kartarpur and Final Years

At last, he settled in Kartarpur (now in Pakistan). The Community life Regular hymns (kirtan), community meals (langar), and collective worship.


Died on September 22, 1539. Teachings enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib, promote equality, service, and devotion. Guru Nanak's journeys, known as Udasis, were instrumental in spreading his message of love, equality, and devotion, laying the foundation of Sikhism.

Sunbeam School

Unity is Strenghth - Chitranshi Singh

Yes, the story connected with me because there is "Unity is strength.” When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. It has great value in all walks of life. When we are united then we can surmount any challenges and accomplish any goal. 

If we cooperate with each other, no one will be able to break us. But if we quarrel among ourselves, our enemies will take advantage of this and defeat us. 

This chapter, very beautifully, highlights the same fact likewise in this chapter, the leader of the quail told them to put their head through the net and told them to fly together with the net and go to the place which they liked.

Chitranshi Singh 
Sunbeam School, Varanasi Bhagwanpur

The Reality Of Introverts - Divyanshu Singh

The Reality Of Introverts

There are many types of people in the world, based on how they are, how they behave to others, and how they can treat each other. But, I will be talking about two very opposite sorts of personalities; Introverts and extroverts, and I will mainly stick to introverts as almost no one really knows what they want.

Extroverts often perceive introverts as arrogant, intensive, lacking opinions, shy, and not interested in talking. But in reality, they aren't like that, They don't want to socialize cause they can't handle that kind of energy, they drain their energy a lot when they socialize, and they are characterized in a way that they focus more on internal feelings than external sources of stimulation, they may like to keep their feelings with themselves and not let their emotions come out normally, some introverts can be talkative when they like the person, and share same interests these are some of the characteristics that introverts have

There are some great things about them as well like, they are the most difficult to manipulate as they don't fear aloneness and they don't chase social validation, they can balance their emotions by various methods, they are very empathetic, they are often their most creative when left alone like take an example of J.K Rowling.

It isn't that they can't be talkative, can't socialize, and are shy, it is about how everyone feels, often people don't really listen to introverts as they think they can't talk much but what if they want to talk, another example is there like people share a lot about their life to introverts and they expect for a reply, but what if they are going through their own troubles in their life, and what if the introvert wants to share their emotion but people just talk about themselves as they think that they can manage their emotions.

Divyanshu Singh
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Citizenship - Samriddhi Banerjee

About Citizenship 

Every person who was at the commencement of the Constitution (26 January 1950) domiciled in the territory of India, and (a) who was born in India, or (b) either of whose parents were born in India, or (c) who has been ordinarily resident in India for not less than five years, became a citizen of INDIA.

What do we mean by Citizenship? 

Citizenship is gained by meeting the legal requirements of a national, state, or local government. A nation grants certain rights and privileges to its citizens. In return, citizens are expected to obey their country's laws and defend it against its enemies. The value of citizenship varies from nation to nation.

Why is Citizenship important? 

Being a recognised citizen of a country has many legal benefits, which may include – depending on the country – the rights to vote, to hold public office, to social security, to health services, to public education, to permanent residency, to own land, or to engage in employment, amongst others.

What is Citizenship and its types?

Modern citizenship can be divided into two main categories: birthright (or jus soli) citizenship and acquired (or naturalized) citizenship. Citizenship at birth is automatically granted to those born within a particular country's border. 

Samriddhi Banerjee
Grade V
Sunbeam School, Lahartara 

United we stand, divided we fall - Anmol Kashyap

“United we stand, divided we fall”

United we stand divided we fall implies that individuals who stand together are glad to accomplish any objective throughout everyday life.

However, separation can cause a great fall. Be it individual or expert, unity holds importance in each period of life.

If we work on something as a team and live in harmony with each other we shall succeed in life and if we go against each other and try to work on a task alone we are likely to fail at it.

Individuals who stand together are glad to accomplish any objective throughout everyday life. Unity is a great strength, while division always leads to defeat. If we work together we can be successful. If we fight each other we will fail.

-Anmol Kashyap
 Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Jataka Tales - Simrat Kaur

Jataka tales are a treasure trove of wisdom, comprising a vast collection of folklore and moral anecdotes originating from the Buddhist tradition. These tales are not only entertaining but also profoundly insightful, offering readers valuable lessons about life, morality, and human nature.

One of the reasons people are drawn to Jataka tales is their timeless relevance. Despite originating over two millennia ago, these stories touch upon universal themes that resonate with people of all cultures and backgrounds. Whether it's tales of kindness, compassion, greed, or folly, the characters and situations depicted in Jataka tales are relatable and offer valuable insights into the human condition.

Another aspect that makes Jataka tales compelling is their use of animal characters. By anthropomorphizing animals, these stories make complex moral concepts accessible to readers of all ages. Animals such as monkeys, elephants, and birds serve as allegorical figures, embodying virtues and vices that mirror human behaviour. Through their adventures and struggles, readers are encouraged to reflect on their own actions and choices, fostering empathy and self-awareness.

Furthermore, Jataka tales provide cultural and historical context for understanding Buddhist teachings and principles. Many of these stories are believed to have been told by the Buddha himself as part of his teachings on morality and compassion. As such, they offer valuable insights into Buddhist philosophy and ethics, illustrating concepts such as karma, rebirth, and the path to enlightenment.

Beyond their moral and philosophical significance, Jataka tales also serve as a form of entertainment. The vivid storytelling, colourful characters, and imaginative plots captivate readers, transporting them to a world filled with adventure, intrigue, and wonder. Whether it's the cunning antics of the Monkey King, the loyalty of the Bodhisattva's animal companions, or the wisdom of the talking parrot, Jataka tales never fail to engage and delight audiences.

In conclusion, people read Jataka tales for their timeless wisdom, universal appeal, cultural significance, and sheer entertainment value. These stories continue to inspire and enlighten readers of all ages, reminding us of the enduring power of storytelling to impart moral lessons and foster understanding across generations and cultures.
Simrat Kaur
Grade- 9
Sunbeam School, Bhagwanpur

Sunbeam bhagwanpur

Woody Climate Control - Prapti Rai

In a chapter titled "Woody Climate Control," you could learn about various mechanisms trees use to regulate their internal temperature and moisture levels. This might include how trees adjust their transpiration rates, control water loss through their leaves, and modulate their canopy architecture to optimize sunlight exposure and minimize overheating.

Understanding these mechanisms can provide insights into how trees adapt to different environmental conditions and how they might respond to climate change.

Adapting to a changing climate 

Plants have developed sophisticated strategic adaptations to improve their productivity and survival during climate variations.

One of these adaptations is their impressive, yet largely underappreciated ability to regulate their body temperature, a process known as thermoregulation, achieved through anatomical and physiological mechanisms in their leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits.

Thermoregulation is crucial for plants’ survival as it plays a fundamental role in their general growth and the development of embryos, floral scent, and seed viability, amongst other known and still unknown factors.

However, their ability to successfully survive in the face of climate change is a matter of growing concern since any alteration to the complex processes of growth, maturation, reproduction and survival could result in the unfortunate decline of plant populations.

Prapti Rai
Sunbeam Bhagwanpur

Education Vs Skills - Animesh Kashyap

Skills encompass practical abilities acquired through training and practice, enabling individuals to perform specific tasks efficiently. Education, on the other hand, typically refers to the formal learning process within academic institutions. Both have unique roles to play in personal and professional development.

The Traditional Education Pattern
Historically, formal education was admired as the primary gateway to success. A college degree stands for knowledge and qualification, opening doors to desired careers. However, the landscape is shifting.

The Value of Acquiring Skills
Skills are the building blocks of innovation and productivity. The ability to code, design, write, or communicate effectively holds huge value in today's workforce. They are often the differentiators that set individuals apart.

The Role of Formal Education in Skill Development
Education doesn't necessarily exclude skill development. Many educational programs now include practical skill-building components, creating a bridge between theory and application.

In the skill vs. education debate, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The right path depends on individual goals, industries, and circumstances. However, it is clear that in today's dynamic world, a willingness to learn, adapt, and acquire relevant skills is essential for long-term success.
By Animesh Kashyap
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

The Strength In Scars - Tejas Kumar

Humans never escape from their wounds. Their wounds can later be a thing with immense potential. Scars can make us stronger than ever. The world is going to give you beauty but pain as well. It is difficult to move on, it breaks you down in ways you never expected to be broken. 

But when you are broken, don't feel left over instead recall your memories, look at the sacrifice, and create yourself again but this time more stronger and more compassionate.
Find more scars that life has left for you to be stronger and stronger.

Be THANKFUL for everything you get in your life.

Inspired from:-Wikipedia and The book 'THE STRENGTH IN OUR SCARS' by Bianca Sparacino

Tejas Kumar
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Significance of trees in our life - Prashant Singh Kushwaha

We can see trees everywhere on this earth in our surroundings. Trees are the beauty of nature. In my opinion, Without trees life is not possible on this earth. Trees fulfil our basic needs.

In ancient times trees were everything for humans. Trees provide us with oxygen which we inhale to survive. We can say that trees are responsible for our beautiful nature.

Today our environment is highly polluted because humans get greedy and cut trees for their requirements. It may cause global warming and then it will become more dangerous to live in such a polluted environment. 

Trees maintain the temperature of our environment for example- if you are in the city you can feel that the environment is too hot because there are only a few trees left in the city. It is because humans cut all the trees to make buildings and roads; On the other hand, if you are in a forest or a rural area, you can feel that the environment is too cold because of trees. If you live in a village or near the forest you can observe that the air is too cold compared to the city. 

Do you know that it is a fact that A quarter of ingredients in modern medicines come from rainforest plants?
Prashant Singh Kushwaha
Grade IX
Sunbeam School Lahartara 

Monday 13 May 2024

Trees as Best Friends - Anmol Kashyap

Trees as Best Friends

We cannot survive in this world without our friends. Similarly, it is impossible to survive on this land without trees.

Trees give us everything for the survival of living beings. Still, we humans, who are considered the most intelligent beings on this earth, give several threats (such as deforestation) to the base of our life (trees) only.

So, we humans should be grateful for being the friends of the trees, and practice things (such as afforestation and reforestation) to increase their population and equally respect and consider them also as citizens of our country.

Grade IX
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

Being Humble - Shaurya Chaturvedi

Being Humble

Are we humble? That's the first question I want to ask today and the second is does being humble cost something? 

The answer from my perspective is that we are not humble. In this modern world, we have forgotten the norms of humanity. We are just frustrated with our problems because that humbleness is miles away from us. 

Just recap your memory, someday you have also done it when you were coming back home after a hectic day and your sibling or your mother asked you something and you got furious and then gave a very rude answer, now switch the characters- you are the sibling and you got a rude answer. just imagine how bad you will feel. So in conclusion, I want to say that being humble costs nothing, but eventually, it makes people feel good and more emotionally connected to you.

Shaurya Chaturvedi
Grade IX
Sunbeam Hostel Lahartara

Friday 10 May 2024

Jataka Tales 📹 - Adwik Gupta

What Are Jataka Tales?

Sunday School Reflections From Jataka Tales- 

1. Why do we read about the Jataka Tales?

2. Did the story connect with you today, and why? 

3. What learnings can we take from the story "The Guilty Dogs"?

4. Thinking calmly and not hastily

5. Being Humble


Jataka Tales 📹 - Parth Tulsyan

What are Jataka Tales?

Sunday School Reflections From Jataka Tales- 

1. Why do we read about the Jataka Tales?

2. Did the story connect with you today, and why? 

3. What learnings can we take from the story "The Guilty Dogs"?

4. Thinking calmly and not hastily

5. Being Humble


Wednesday 8 May 2024

Significance and Contribution of Trees in Life - Anmol Kashyap

Significance and Contribution of Trees in Life

Trees are like the unsung heroes of our planet, quietly contributing to our lives in countless ways. From providing oxygen to clean the air we breathe, trees play a vital role in maintaining a healthy environment. One of their most significant contributions is combating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. 

But trees do more than just regulate the climate. They provide habitat and food for countless species of animals and insects, supporting biodiversity. They also help prevent soil erosion, reduce noise pollution, and offer shade and cooling in urban areas.

In our daily lives, trees offer us a sense of tranquillity and connection to nature. They beautify our surroundings, whether in a bustling city park or a serene forest. Moreover, trees provide us with valuable resources like timber, fruits, and medicinal plants, supporting livelihoods and economies around the world. In essence, trees are essential for our well-being and the health of our planet.

Anmol Kashyap
Grade IX 
Sunbeam School, Lahartara

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