On 10th November, 2016, Royal Global School hosted the annual Tiger Fest organized by The Kids For Tigers , an initiative of Sanctuary Asia and Aircel. The fest was attended by students from different schools of the city. The theme for the Tiger Festival this year is - ‘Back to Nature’ and the school had a host of naturalists and conservationists from different countries coming to interact with the students. Sanctuary Asia Founder Editor Mr. Bittu Sahgal was the Chief Facilitator of the Tiger Fest. The other activities included a ‘Conservation Quiz’ and an ‘Art in Conservation,’ exhibition of some of the finest artistic interpretations of nature conservation from the modern era. A ‘Film festival’ of conservation documentaries to acquaint the participants with a global perspective on conservation issues was one of the highlights of the Tiger Fest. Mr. Abhijit Rabha, PCCF, KAAC was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Besides, other environmentalists and conservationists like Mr. Andy Merk, a German wildlife photographer and conservationist based in Thailand, Ms. Lailani Fouad, a French national working with elephants in Thailand, Mr. Karunakara Reddy, Chairman & MD, SMAAT India, and Pradeep Karuturi, coordinator, Walk for Water also attend the Tiger Fest and participated in the panel discussions on “Wildlife Crime & Control” and “Water Crisis”.
The first session of the Inter school RGSMUN Conference, 2016 was held from 4th to 6th November, 2016. The MUN was a huge success with more than 150 delegates deliberating and discussing on sensitive and important world issues. The committees of the MUN were – 1. Historic United Nations Security Council, 1990 2. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 3. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) 4. Special Political and Decolonization Committee ( SPECPOL) 5. Lok Sabha
The second APJ Abdul Kalam Inter School Quiz was held at Royal Global School on 25th October 2016. Eleven teams from the some of the leading schools of the city participated in the Quiz. The Quiz was held by Tridip Bora, a well-known quiz master of the city . Maharishi Vidhya Mandir , Borsajai emerged as Champion while Maharishi Vidhya Mandir , Silpukuri bagged the Runners–up Trophy. The Quiz is held annually as a tribute to our Late President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Royal Global School was graced by the visit of the famous author, poet and journalist Mr. Jerry Pinto, on the 22nd of October. Mr. Pinto is the winner of Windham Campbell Prize, 2016 for his much acclaimed novel ‘Em and The Big Hoom’. The free-lance journalist and the children fiction writer participated in an enriching interactive session and shared his idea on how ‘reading habit’ can enhance every aspect of a person’s life. He considers ‘reading’ to be the fertilizer of the mind and urged the children to try their hand in writing and reinventing their stories for themselves. He shared his tips to memorize facts with the children. Mr. Pinto asked the children to observe and absorb to learn and produce. He also said that being aware of situations around is the key to success. He concluded the session by saying, “life has a way of moulding the person you want to be, the only thing that is required is recognition.”
On 22nd October 2016, Saturday, the children of Grades IV, VII & VIII were thrilled when Ruskin Bond, the famous writer visited the school to have an interactive session with them. The session began with a tête-à-tête with Mr. Bond responding to children’s curiosity regarding his life. During his conversation with the children, Ruskin Bond advised the children to write something every day and to pen down their dreams to develop strong writing skills. . He said that he was a nature lover and nature always inspired him. He loved reading and this was what inspired him to take up writing as a career. Mr. Ruskin Bond then very sportingly read out a few of his poems which the children enjoyed. The children thoroughly relished the interaction and would cherish the moments spent with the famous author and poet.
The students of the school were taken by a pleasant surprise when Adil Hussain, the prominent actor visited RGS on 21st October, 2016. In a highly interactive session with the students of the high school, Mr.Hussain touched on a variety of subjects ranging from the importance of English language in one’s life to the making of his films including the movie ‘Life of Pi’. Mr. Hussain also talked about his journey of his career from Goalpara to Hollywood, his experience with his co actors, his love for theatre and many more.
On the 30th September to 2nd October , 2016, the students of Royal Global School attended a three day long adventure camp at Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, wherein they undertook a number of activities like cave hunting, fossil trekking, sky gazing, snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing. The students were also involved in community interaction as they gathered information from the local villagers about their lifestyle and the history of the place. This adventure camp was a part of the Bronze Medal programme of International Award for Young People (IAYP ).
On 7 th September “ Antar Prerna 2016 “ an entrepreneurial endeavor organized a lecture for the senior students of RGS and RGI . Dr. Promod Kumar Sharma, Director , Pratiksha Hospitals, Guwahati, was the guest speaker. A doctor by profession, Dr. Sharma is the founder of “ Pratiksha “ , a specialty IVF hospital which soon earned a niche for itself in this part of the country. Dr. Sharma explained what entrepreneurship is all about and how it was imbibed into him. Even though a doctor by profession, he turned out to be a successful entrepreneur to spread what he had learned abroad. He wanted the people of north east to be benefited by the concept of Reproductive Tourism which was practiced in the other countries and that made him start Pratiksha Hospital. Dr. Sharma interacted with the students and highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship in a country like India. He answered a few questions put up by the students.
Noted writer, columnist, editor and current President of Axom Xahitya Sabha, Dr. Dhrubajyoti Borah addressed the students of Royal Global School on 15th June, 2016 at the school premises. Dr. Borah touched on a arrange of issues pertaining to students and stressed on the need to develop communication skills. He emphasized on learning English as a global connect and simultaneously developing the love for one’s mother tongue to understand the nuances of one’s culture. Dr. Borah also spoke on the importance of studies in a student’s life. He further invited the students to join the Axom Xahitya Sabha and contribute to its growth.
On 20th June, 2016 the students of Royal Global School had a highly interactive session with Shri Dhruv Goyal, Incoming Corporate Strategy Analyst at BlackRock Financial Services, New york, the world’s largest asset manager. A student of Harvard College, Cambridge, Mr. Goyal has many laurels to his credit. Mr. Goyal who belongs to the Batch of 2016 has been the Vice Chairman of Harvard University Students Council, a rare distinction for an Indian student, during which he had initiated and coordinated multiple projects that helped improve academic student life at Harvard. Mr. Goyal touched on a arrange of issues pertaining to students, leadership and values.. While interacting with the students, he stressed on the need to develop one’s communication skills and interpersonal relationship. Mr. Goyal also emphasized on the importance of hard work and urged the students to lay stress on short term goals without losing track of the long term ones. While trying to draw a parallel between India and the West, Mr. Goyal reiterated on the value of the Indian family system and the role it plays in a youth’s life. He further counseled the students to develop good leadership skills . Citing the example of Walt Disney, he noted that a successful man is one who is not dissuaded by his failures but has the capability to bounce back. Mr. Goyal’s interaction session with the students kept them enthralled for almost two hours.
On 10 June, 2016 , the Interact Club of the school organized an interaction of the students of Classes IX to XII with Dr. Dimpy Mahanta, Assistant Professor, Head Incharge of Department of Psychology, Cotton College State University, Guwahati on ‘Stress Management’. During her session Dr. Mahanta talked on the various causes of stress in students. She then elaborated on the various ways in which one can manage stress in one’s day to day life.
On 7th June, 2016 the FICCI (FLO) association held its session in Royal Global School. The Association took the opportunity to felicitate Padmashree Dr Shayama Chona, Principal Advisor of RGS, Shri A.K. Pansari, Chairman of RGS and Master Sarfaraj Hussain, SEBA topper of 2016. Addressing the august gathering, Dr Chona congratulated Sarfaraj and applauded the noble decision of school management to support the achiever’s further education financially. Dr Chona also asserted how education in the present century has moved from the edge of the mind to the edge of the mindset and a new dimension given to education based on “Es”- exposure, experience, energy, empowerment and nurturing EQ of the learners. The session started with a short skit, “A Way to Life” based on the challenges of 21st century students. The key speaker of the occasion was Chandrima Roy, an officer under the Ministry of Education, Singapore. In her speech she discussed new prospects of the job market indicating the need to shift teaching from the text books to going beyond the text and developing new strategies for the same. The concept of VUCA world was brought forth wherein the modern children live. It is a world which is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, a world which can be substantiated by agility, understanding and clarity of vision. As pedagogy has acquired a new dimension, it has become imperative to do away with traditional pattern of teaching. Many skills to be adopted for the future work force were recommended, viz Novel Adaptive Thinking, Social Intelligence, Design Mindset, Virtual Collaboration, Transdisciplinarity, New Media Literacy, Cross Cultural Literacy etc. The session was enriching and the audience also shares their queries on the same. The speaker concluded with the following quote of Gordon Brown, “To be a teacher you must be a prophet - because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future”.
On 6th June,2016 , an interactive session on’ Effective Parenting’ was organised for the parents with Dr Shyama Chona, Principal Advisor to Royal Global School. During the session Dr. Chona threw light on the need to connect with one’s child and encourage him/her to question and be curious about life and the world.She urged the parents to lay less stress on the marks and instead focus on the wholesome development of the child. Dr.Chona also drew attention to the mission statement of the school which was to discover the uniqueness in each child and educate him for life and not for marks alone. She futher stated “ As per the policies of UNESCO, every school should aim at the life skills to be incorporated into the regular curriculum of students so as to bring about a multi faceted personality development in young learners.”She continued by highlighting the acronym M.A.G.I.C in the education scenario wherein M stood for Model expected behaviour,A for accepting responsibilities and taking a step ahead towards leadership. G for giving respect to get respect.I for Improving your goals and C for cooperation.Her words brought out the need for every parent in accepting their child and recognising their uniqueness. Another concept that she spoke about was C.A.G.E signifying the aspects of courage and aspiration in children and the fact that every child is a genius in one way or the other. “Children are energetic and we as adults can never match upto them.”Dr.Chona recalled her experience as a parent and remarked that parenting is a deeply human experience and it would be intensely rewarding if children are allowed to be themselves without being guided inorder to take up challenges with courage.She concluded by asserting that parenting is a wonderful journey that reaps rich dividends in the end. An exchange of views then ensued between the parents and Dr. Chona where in she provided them with innovative and child friendly measures of handling crucial issues pertaining to children. Principal Mrs Anubha Goyal ended the session with a vte of thanks.
The children of Grade VII went on a Study Trip to Hajo on the 18th of May 2016 accompanied by three teachers. They visited the Haygriv Madhav Temple and the Powa Mecca Dargah where they saw the unique style of temple architecture. The children learnt about the significance of the temple and they also came to know that this was a temple visited by Muslims and Buddhists as well. Although it was raining heavily the spirits of the children were not dampened and they enjoyed themselves to the utmost. The drive to the Powa Mecca Dargah was lovely as the bus went through a steep and winding route and the children loved the beautiful view which they saw. At the Dargah, they gathered information about the significance of the place and they offered their prayers there as well. The children came back happy and full of enthusiasm after having learnt about the integration of faiths.
The Quiz club of RGS conducted its first Inter House Quiz, 2016 on the 14th of May 2016. It was held for classes VI to VIII at the Royal D'Collosium. All the four houses of RGS participated with full vigour. The preliminary round was a written round where 16 teams consisting of 3 students participated. Top four teams were selected for the finals. Tagore House emerged as the Champion House with Gandhi House being the Runners up. The Quiz Master, Anik Das a teenager himself brilliantly conducted the quiz. The children enjoyed the program throughly.
On 16th May, 2016 Meigo Mark, a globe trotter from Estonia visited the school and interacted with the students. Meigo has walked across 14 countries and aims at walking through 45 countries across the globe. The interaction was a highly enriching one for both students and teachers.
Keeping in tandem with International Labour Day, Royal Global School and Royal Group of Institutions felicitated their support staff on 30th April, 2016. The day began with the welcome speech by the Principal of the school, Mrs. Anubha Goyal. In her address to the workers, the Principal acknowledged the contribution of the support staff in the smooth running of the institutions and observedthat the Drivers, Helpers, Peons, Child Care taker, Housekeepers and Technicians were like the clogs of a giant wheel without whom it would be difficult to run any institution. She thanked the management for coming up with the idea of celebrating Labour Day and commented that the Day would be observed inthe school with the same gaiety as Teachers Day and Children's Day in recognition of the hard work put in by the workers. In his message to the workers, the Principal of Royal School of Engineering and Technology, Prof. (Dr.)B.Banerjee citing Dr.Bhupen Hazarika s famous song Manuhe Manuhor Babe stressed on the importance of dignity of labour. Later a cultural show was organized wherein the members of the support staff showcased their talents. This was followed by the distribution of Appreciation Awards to some of the workers in recognition of their efficiency and persistence all throughout the year. A citation and a cash award were handed over to the awardees.Earlier in the day, the little students gifted handmade cards to their favourite Bhaiyas and Didis.
On 23rd April, 2016 an orientation programme was organized for the parents of the students of Classes LKG, UKG and I. In her address to the parents, the Principal Mrs. Anubha Goyal highlighted on the school’s vision and endeavour to create an engaging and interesting learning atmosphere for the students and stressed on the importance of a well-balanced upbringing for children at home as well as school. This was followed by a presentation on ‘Phonemic Awareness and Importance of Reading’ by Mrs. Ajau Haralu, the Primary School Coordinator. Later the parents were handed an orientation kit containing tips on positive parenting, phonemic awareness, reading and comprehension.
On the occasion of Earth Day, Royal Global School hosted the Tiger Festival organized by Kids for Tigers, a Sanctuary Tiger Programme organized by Sanctuary Asia Magazine and Aircel as part of the Save Our Tigers Campaign. The theme for the Tiger Festival this year is - ‘In Nature’s Wonderland’. The purpose is to focus on the beauty of wild creatures and the wonderland they have created around us. The key objective of the Tiger Festival was to give voice to concerns, while empowering children to learn and communicate environmental issues. A variety of competitive and noncompetitive programs were held in which students from different schools of the city participated. Mr. Bittu Sahgal, eminent conservationist and the founding editor of Sanctuary Asia Magazine was the Chief Guest of the occasion. In speech , he said that the onus of saving the earth now lies on the students and urged the students of Guwahati to work for the conservation of Deepoer Beel. He was of the opinion “that every Indian should do a compulsory service with wildlife, climate change and social service before a child leaves college and starts working”. The Festival was also attended by Shri Pradipta Baruah, Assistant Conservator of Forests. Keeping with the theme of the Earth Day, 2016, Trees for the Earth, saplings were planted in the school campus.
"Unko achche kaam ka naasha hai because they feel proud that they are supplying food, they are serving God …" quoted Dr Pawan Girdharilal Agrawal, International Motivational Speaker and President of Mumbai Dabbawala Education Centre as he addressed a hall full of students of Royal Global School and Royal Group of Institutions on 9th April, 2016. Dr. Agrawal is a Doctorate on "A Study and Logistics and Supply Chain Management of Dabbawala in Mumbai" and has made innumerable presentations and speeches on the Mumbai Dabbawalas all over the world. Speaking on the Mumbai Dabbawalas and their success story , Dr. Agrawal stressed on the significance of nine points – passion; commitment; consistency; 100% execution; accuracy; dedication; time management and complete customer satisfaction. The Mumbai Dabbawalas are an association of 5000 men who have been delivering nearly 200,000 lunchboxes for over 125 years with an accuracy rate of 1 error per 16 million operations which earned them the prestigious 'Six Sigma' Certification. Attributing this success to the Dabawallas' highly disciplined life and their passion for work, Dr. Agrawal spoke to the students on the importance of discipline, hard work and commitment . Citing examples from the Dabawallas' philosophy of 'Work is Worship' , Dr. Agrawal urged the student to be focused and diligent. Dr. Agrawal also insisted on building of a strong value system among the youth of today. He urged them to grab the opportunities available to them and utilize them to the optimum. Speaking about the belongingness and commitment to the organization with which one is associated with, Dr. Agrawal spoke on the futility of strikes. He said that it was amazing that the Dabbawalas do not have a single 'strike record' since 1890 and there is not a single court or police case filed against them to date. He also emphasized on the need to create a congenial work atmosphere to ensure maximum productivity. Dr. Agrawal also insisted on the necessity of instilling the sense of social commitment and social responsibility among the youth of today. Dr. Agrawal then went on to highlight the functioning of the Dabawallas who work for more than eight hours a day and use a unique coding system which has earned them fame worldwide. Their efficient supply chain, which has been the focus of numerous case studies, was explained with the help of a step-by-step animated route map of the Dabbawalas on their daily circuit. Answering to the queries of the students, Dr. Agrawal said that it is very important to be disciplined to master ones job. "Everybody cannot not be number one but everybody can be a master. Among our five thousand Dabbawalas, everyone is a master because they work passionately", said Dr. Agrawal. Later in the day , Dr. Agrawal also addressed the parents of the students of Royal Global School where he reiterated the necessity of building a strong value system among children. The evening session was also attended by Mr. Vinod Kumar Pipersenia, Chief Secretary of Assam; Mr. Mukesh Sahay, DGP Assam; Provincial Father V.M. Thomas and Mr. Nirmal Bhattacharya, Members of the Board of Governors of the School. In her address, the Principal, Mrs. Anubha Goyal highlighted on the need of inculcating the values of discipline and time management as the mantra to success. "Education is not only about reading and writing but it also includes building of a strong value system", she said. She also apprised the parents of the School’s vision for the session 2016 – 17. Apart from academics a lot of stress would be laid on sensitizing the students on social awareness and the need to 'give back to the society'.
Dr. Sunita Chugh, Consultant in HR, Management and Leadership and Faculty Member of MDI, Gurgaon conducted an interactive training session for the faculty members of RGS at D’ Royal Colosseum on 31st March, 2016. The program sought to inculcate an understanding of the varied responsibilities essayed by an educator as well as the magnitude of the performance-partnership that prevails between a teacher and a student. Such a relationship constitutes one of the primary performance- based bonds in life. The program showcased a myriad of objectives that teaching entails namely, the importance of Reading in order to teach, the call for Self – Leadership among facilitators, use of Empathy in the learning scenario and the Art of Communication and Expression of Self. It was intriguing to note how Dr Chugh decimated the functions of an educator from the perspective of authority which was further segregated into four tiers of role-play. A teacher as a Leader provides the pupil with a sense of discipline, ownership of responsibility, team-spirit as well as an icon of awe, respect and admiration. A teacher as a Learner on the other hand, evokes the inherent curiosity quotient that lies latent within the young minds thereby encouraging them to explore new vistas of knowledge to attain a liberated state of understanding and comprehension. However, in doing so, an educator should adopt an unbiased approach towards every student and care ought to be taken to bring forth excellence from the perspective of a learner. Hence, improvement, however minimal, must be acknowledged and appreciated. The Intelligence, Emotional and Spiritual Quotients are the three timelines on which learning thrives. The challenge then, is to fuse emotions with learning and calibrate the child’s feelings into positive outcome so that an ambience of achievement is created. Not all people who read are successful but all Successful People read – The act of reading has multidimensional advantages. It aids in constructing vocabulary, enhances one’s creative faculties, widens the horizon of wisdom, shapes up perceptions, as well as develops personality. The role of a teacher as a Reader, therefore, is of utmost importance for it empowers the educator to allocate a period of time during class hours for reading. The motive is to help the child assimilate thoughts and delve into introspection that works wonders in dispelling stress and developing self-motivation. The fourth role a teacher adorns is that of a Speaker. The position of one who speaks is pivotal in many respects. A speaker holds the attention of the audience and therefore, constitutes the core of the energy pervading. Every word spoken acts as a catalyst in forming and refining beliefs and perceptions in the minds of the listeners. Speaking is therefore, an agent of transferring ideas and creating effective communication skills. In the classroom scenario, speaking is the most effectual medium of connection with students. But speech is closely associated with another state of being- Silence. Silence emerges from the power of understanding and words are conceived from this state of enlightenment. The thought-provoking session concluded on a high-note as each trainee corralled their rejoinders and resolved to incorporate the given suggestions in their class-rooms.