Health and Happiness

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The ground work for all Happiness is Health.
Health sometimes cannot be a choice but happiness is a choice we can make.
We are beyond the power of changing the way we look but we can change the way we think and feel. Health and Happiness can be worked together, it is not easy because health and Happiness are the sides of the same coin and one cannot work without the other. When things are good we are happy and when things are not like we want we are unhappy, health can make us feel good and at times make us feel miserable when we don't have a good health .
Everyone wants to be healthy but sometimes our habits and sometimes when we refuse to let go the things that make us sad can make us very unhealthy. It gatherers and bounces back as a result of being unhappy and unhealthy.
So the secret of being happy and healthy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every single day. We need to choose Happiness because we need good health. If we have Health we probably will be happy and if we have Health and Happiness, we have all what we need.
Happiness is the Highest form of Health.
- Priti Kapur Prabu
  Mother of Aparna (Grade 8)
  MLZS, HSR Branch

Values are invaluable Assets

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A young boy once asked his teacher, “Teacher, which career path should I choose when I grow up and where I don’t have to compete with anyone?” The teacher smiled and replied “My dear, choose to become a great human being, and this is the only path where is there is no competition, but there is co-operation, compassion and contentment”.

Well, this is absolutely true; in today’s world success is measured in terms of name, fame or money one has earned in his/her life rather than the values one has inculcated. It is the values that make a human, a society or a country great. I would like to share two incidents which depict how the values within us make this world so wonderful.
Once a chirpy, cheerful child returned home after playing and started narrating to her mother how her team won two throw ball matches. The mother however didn’t pay much attention at the beginning as the child had such stories to narrate almost every day! But the child was highly delighted to share her success story. “Do you know mamma, I played two matches, in the first match, my team had members who kind of knew how to play throw ball, and the opponent team had members who didn’t know how to play, except for the captain. The mother reluctantly said, “What is so great in that, it is obvious that your team has won because you had experts in your team”.
The child replied “wait mamma, let me complete, the opponent captain got angry and said I won because I had a good team, and she told me to exchange the team members. I said fine and we exchanged the members. Now I was leading a team which is new to the game”. Now the mother was curious to know the outcome of the game and asked, “So, did you lose this time”? The child with her sparkling eyes proudly said, “No, we won this time too. Want to know how?” The child continued “Every time the ball came near my team members, I screamed, “catch it, you can do it, you are the best!”. They got inspired by my words and were able to play nicely”. The mother said “that’s interesting, didn’t your opponent captain do that?” The child replied “ No, whenever the ball came near her team members, she shouted “leave, you can’t do it, let me handle”, eventually no one was able to catch the ball, they just dashed each other and the ball was on the ground, She simply didn’t trust her team in both the matches”.
Now it was mother’s turn to feel proud. She kept on musing “when did my child learn these values like trust, teamwork etc.”
A few days later, the mother was browsing through the Facebook pages, and saw a post on one of her child’s teachers in the school’s Facebook page. The child too joined the mother to read about her favourite teacher. After reading, the mother started writing a comment on the post, “you are the best teacher, and I wish all teacher were like you” The child immediately stopped her mother from hitting the post button and said “Mamma, please edit your comments, and please delete the 2nd part of the comment, it gives a feeling that we don’t like other teachers. I love all my teachers and all teachers love me. My teachers never judge me, then why should I judge them”.
The mother was surprised how an eleven year child can think in such a matured manner.
In both the above incidents, the child has exhibited the values deep rooted within her. I am so happy to share that the child is a student of Samsidh MLZS and she is my daughter. We owe a lot to the school for inculcating such priceless values in our children.
We as parents, focus a lot on the marks/grades obtained, awards and accolades won by our children, but pay less attention to the mind-set with which our children are growing. Our children need to develop a co-operative attitude rather than a competitive mind-set. It is better to win over others rather than defeat others. The values such as honesty, humility, compassion and love for the world around make a person happy, guilt free and successful in the journey of life. The happy and contented people in turn make a happy society, and a peaceful world. What can be more valuable than happiness and peace of mind?
It is time we value the values, for they are invaluable assets.

Usha Ramesh
Mother of Shruti Hegde (Grade 6)
MLZS, HSR Branch

Five things to do this summer holidays

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It’s that time of the year again when kids have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Parents, on the other hand, worry about how to keep the kids quiet and make best use of the break.

While parents accept that the children deserve the well-earned break, they are unsure about how to manage it. Their primary concern is to keep the kids away from the TV and also restrict kids’ online activity--a task, all parents agree, easier said than done.

Summer holidays are, by definition, meant to be spent outdoors. Spending a good amount of time outside of the house can benefit the children in more ways than one. There are also activities like reading which give the kids a chance to discover the wonderful world of books.

To help you in this important mission, we have put together a list of activities suitable for children of all ages, after considering the need to maintain the delicate balance between the necessity to be practical and the necessity to enforce discipline:

  • Tidy study desk: Now that exams are over, kids have a substantial collection of old notebooks and textbooks they won't be needing. Get them to de-clutter their desk by selling it to the neighbourhood old paper mart. This can serve as a good lesson to your children about how recycling paper can help the environment.
  • Learn Swimming : Get your kids to take up swimming lessons which is not only a life-saving skill but also a good, all round physical exercise. Make sure to find a swimming pool that is well maintained and does not compromise on safety. Buying quality swimming accessories like goggles and earplugs is also very important.
  • Join a library: It is very important to restrict your children’s video game-playing and TV watching to a bare minimum. Joining a library is the best way to reduce dependence on electronic gadgets and the internet. Reading books also boosts brain activity and promotes creativity and critical thinking in children.
  • Take up a hobby: Our greatest adversary in modern times is technology, which, while being a useful thing can also increase our dependence on gadgets and equipments. Taking up a hobby like gardening makes the children spend time outdoors which can help them to de-stress and get them interested in environmental issues.
  • Visit family: Invite your friends and cousins home or plan a visit to kids’ grandparents. Spending quality time with them can benefit your children a great deal. The interactions are also a great opportunity to teach the kids about the importance of family as a support system they can rely upon at all times.

Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS) urges everyone to have a good time and make the best use of summer holidays-- but be safe and alert while you are at it!

 

Happiness comes from within

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As days are changing people are getting busier day by day. A good home, a good career, good marks, good looks, to sum it up a “Good Life” is all that we need to be happy. Constantly we are struggling to find the best for ourselves and using it as a measure for Happiness. Parents are happy when a child get good marks but not with the effort a child takes to prepare for the exams. Getting admission to good schools/colleges gives us happiness but not the fact that how much our child is able to learn within those fancy buildings and luxurious rules.  A high end mobile handset brings us more happiness than the phone calls made to our loved ones.

Are we really happy with these materialistic objects or are these objects used to camouflage our insecurities, our shortcomings, our dreams which we were not able to fulfil?  Are these all we need to be happy.

As per the dictionary the meaning of Happiness is: joy, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, gladness. If we take a moment to ponder and observe these words, then these are feelings which relates to our inner self. It’s a state of our mind which tells me that this is what you need and not what you want. Needs can be fulfilled but wants are endless. Happiness is nothing but acceptance of fulfillment, to look inside ourselves and say I am trying my best. The moment we stop comparing ourselves to others, using them as a yardstick to measure our lives, we become contend with what we have, in other words we are Happy. “I “should be a measure for myself.

No one is incharge of my happiness except me. It’s a feeling that comes from within. A voice which praises me for the endless hardships I faced to overcome my difficulties. Acknowledging that as a human I have my shortcoming and accepting that I am not perfect. It’s an encouragement that tells us to dream and let your dreams be your inspiration but don’t let your dreams be materialistic which can be concluded in two words “achieved” or “not achieved”. Dreams can never be achieved, it can be fulfilled and the sense of fulfillment brings happiness.

When we are at peace with ourselves that is the time we are happy, and this happiness is very infectious because this is positive happiness which has come from within ourselves and like the sweet fragrance of a flower it spreads across the garden of life.

  • Mrs. Sakhi Ghosh Dastidar

          Parent of Ayanika Ghosh Dastidar (Sr. KG)

          MLZS, HSR Branch

Conservation of Nature & Wildlife - Why kids need to be made aware of it?

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First, let us look at the importance of conservation of nature and wildlife with the help of some numbers. Consider the following gloomy statistics:

  • According to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.
  • A recent study shows that global warming could drive up to one half of all plants and animals species on dry land to extinction by the year 2050.
  • Around 30 countries today face chronic freshwater shortages. That number is expected to hit 50 by 2020.

 

How can we arrest this downward slide into an abyss? Now for some good news: Children, as one notices, are able to communicate with animals in a language grown-ups cannot comprehend. They are also a lot more sensitive to issues concerning the environment. Therein lies the hope for our planet, which is under tremendous stress brought on by unbridled human activity.

Children are our last hope for the continued good health of the earth and all its inhabitants. In fact, it is the grown-ups that need to be constantly reminded of their duty and commitment to the preservation of our environment. Littering, unscientific disposal of garbage, polluting of water bodies, and deforestation are some of the biggest threats endangering our existence.

Conservation: Impress upon children about the need to maintain the balance in nature between man and animals. Animal products like skin, fur and ivory products should never be bought as ’when buying stops, killing stops too.’

Outdoor lifestyle: When children develop a love for the outdoors they begin to see nature with a fresh perspective which is ultimately beneficial. For instance, taking up swimming can make them aware about the pollution of our water bodies.

Community efforts: As a community, we can achieve great results with cleanliness and awareness drives as has been demonstrated by scores of school children all over the country.

Catching them young: Humans are creatures of habit and it is easier to mould young and impressionable minds. Teachers and parents have an important role to play in guiding students to become environmentally aware and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Finally,  all of us are equal stakeholders in the good health of our planet and we must act collectively, with children taking the initiative being the more energetic taking the lead. Adults’ role is to encourage them to spread awareness by providing them with logistical and moral support.

MLZS is passionate about conservation of environment and we appeal to everyone to play your part in this noble mission.

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

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Meet Ms. Shanmugapriya, Primary Teacher from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School, HSR Branch. She has been working with us for the past 5 years.

1. Why did you choose teaching as a career?

 

Ans: Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world - Malala Yousafzai

All my teachers right from primary school to higher education were stand alone models and they  have influenced me to become  a teacher.I feel that it’s a great opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives. Whenever my students meet me somewhere ,they rush to me to wish me and talk to me. I feel this is the only profession where we are remembered by everyone irrespective of one’s position and status. This is one of the professions,which gives us the job satisfaction. I feel a sense of achievement whenever my students score high not only in the examination but also in the examination of life when they do well in their professional and personal lives. 

 

2.Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans: A friend of mine was working as a special educator in Samsidh MLZS then. She informed me of a vacancy for Math teacher’s post. So I attended the interview and got an opportunity to work in this esteemed institution.

 

3.What do you like about MLZs?

Ans: I like the vision of our school of “creating 21st Century leaders” and feel proud to be a part of this awesome process.  We are working for a better future. At Samsidh MLZS  the work atmosphere is really good. Right from the Management, everyone is very down to earth and work oriented.  All work towards achieving the common goal of creating the 21st Century leaders.  we are allowed to share our feelings ,difficulties etc with the Management very freely and are guided and encouraged by them in an amiable manner .

 

4.What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans: I made my students free of fear from tests and the importance of having a good mental ability in their day to day life .In my class I make sure that all are equal irrespective of their academic knowledge and their family status. My students follow the same and there is no divide what so ever.
5.Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans: Samsidh MLZS is an Institution which strives purely for the welfare of the children. Here we see what is right for the child  and all our work revolves around it .I feel in that way Samsidh MLZS plays a wonderful role as an ethical and humane Educational Institution.

 

6.What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans: Even though I work as teacher, I feel I continue to be a good and eager learner. I gain a cornucopia of knowledge from my students, colleagues and my higher authorities every day which empowers me further. I would like to share an incident .When I was the class teacher of grade 2, I had an autistic child in my class. At the end of the academic year,I asked the students to write a letter /drawing to their favourite teacher. That child drew a picture of lady with the words, “ I love  Priya  ma’am.  I love my math teacher” and he gave A+ grade and a few stars tome.I was really moved and overwhelmed by the touching gesture of the child through his drawing.

7.How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans: I would like to work till my retirement age, maybe even later if I have physical strength. I believe that this is my destiny and I can’t even think about working in any other place as I am totally attached to this atmosphere.

8.What do you think is the role of a teacher  in MLZS?

Ans: A teacher's role in MLZS  involves more than simply standing in front of a classroom and lecturing.Here  the  teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive a quality education.

9.If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?

Ans: Exuberant

10. Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans: Open mindedness.  Open-mindedness helps us to learn and grow, to strengthen our belief in ourselves.

Why identifying and nurturing your child's passion is important?

 

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There was a time--not very long ago--when most parents in India wanted their children to pursue either of the two professions: engineering or medicine.

Consider some of the impressions prevailing about other professions at the time: teaching was a noble profession, but paid poorly; banking was a steady job, but required extensive travel; business was an attractive option, but was too risky. And so on…

The children themselves may not have been keen on the two professions but were wary of offending their parents. In addition, they had to deal with peer pressure, family pressure and family pride. If you were ‘good’ at studies, you became an engineer or a doctor, period.

Eventually, most of those who followed their parents’ advice were happy with the career choices their families made on their behalf--but there were also a good many who were not.

The latter set of people continued to pursue the profession sans the requisite passion. Some of them gathered enough courage to make a switch to the vocation they were passionate about, and a few of them still hope to pursue their passion, in spite of doing well in their current profession.

To be fair to the parents--who always want the best for their children--back in the day, the opportunities were rather limited. It was the advent of computers that spawned a whole range of new opportunities. And suddenly, one found, one was spoilt for choices, and selecting the right profession suddenly became tougher than ever before.

Can passion alone decide what career option your child is going to pursue? How important is it to identify your kid’s passion and how can you help them nurture it as best as you can?

 

As parents, we need to:

    • Be free of prejudice: Be prepared to accept what your child has decided to do. All professions are equally important and fulfill a certain role in society.
    • Trust the gut feeling: Parents know about their children best. Has your child shown an artistic temperament, a head for numbers, or a flair for the languages?
    • Respect child’s judgement: Don’t be alarmed by or be sceptical about the choice your child makes. Your only worry should be to provide support to nurture that passion.
    • Support the passion: Being passionate about what they do brings out the best in children and being able to do it with full parental support is like the icing on the cake.
    • Accept setbacks: Don’t let the fear of failure deter you or your child from pursuing the passion. Early setbacks are common, even desirable, for eventual success.

 

 

 

Finally, take time off to identify what interests your child as it may not become apparent straightaway. It may even change several times in the initial stages as your child weighs her options. Be patient, and discuss the topic often, but stand by your child’s decision.

Passion kindles imagination, which in turn unleashes the creativity in your child. As Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Inculcating the habit of eating hygienic & nutritious food!

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Dealing with children is possibly one of the toughest jobs in the world as any parent or teacher would testify. Perhaps, a teacher’s job is even tougher considering they have to keep many of them under check at any given time.

 

Most children love to bend a rule a little bit if they are reasonably sure they can get away with it. After all, kids will be kids and a little bit of mischief  is even expected of them.

 

The right diet and hygiene are vital to a child’s all round development. Therefore, the task of ensuring the right standards of hygiene and nutrition in children’s diet poses a big challenge to parents and teachers at home and school respectively.

 

This calls for encouraging children to follow a set of guidelines at home and school. We will first look at the hygiene part and look at the points related to nutrition a little later.

 

  • Hand hygiene: Encourage children to always keep their fingernails trimmed and wash their hands thoroughly before eating food.
  • Refrigerated food: Encourage children to always eat freshly prepared food and avoid refrigerated food as it may develop harmful mold or fungi if there is a power failure.
  • Clean water: Encourage kids to always drink clean water and from known sources. This protects them from the risk of contracting waterborne diseases like Cholera.

 

A balanced diet is essential for physical and development of your child. Encourage your children to avoid eating the following food items:

 

  • Junk Food: Provides zero nutritional value, and also contains excess salt.
  • Aerated Drinks: Colas and sodas contain excess sugar.
  • Chocolates & icecreams: Result in bad teeth and excess body weight. (Moderate consumption is fine)

 

So how can we ensure our children get a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and the prescribed hygiene standards?

 

Sticking to home-cooked food with plenty of fruits and green vegetables and prepared as per the hygiene practices discussed above ensures your child is healthy and active at all times. In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by adults:

 

  • Food handling: Food handlers at home and in school should use spoons, ladles and  protective gloves.
  • Pesticide-free food items: Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before use to make them free of pesticides.
  • Single-use of cooking oil: Discard cooking oil after a single use as recycled oil may develop cancer-causing free radicals.

 

Children are aware about these issues and are easily convinced once it is explained to them. Our motto should be: Eat healthy and live healthy.

Harmful Impact of Excessive Usage of Gadgets

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Gadgets can be classified as labour-saving or amusement devices. Useful as they are, gadgets are increasingly being regarded as instruments of large-scale change in modern society--changes that may not necessarily be regarded as good or desirable.

In the olden days, women had to walk long distances to fetch potable water from a distant water source; now they use municipal water supplied through pipelines. We washed our clothes by hand; now we use the washing machine. We used to climb stairs; now we use the lift. We used to walk, now we depend on mechanised transport. As a message circulating on a popular messaging service put it recently, 'these days, people drive down to the gym to ride the bicycle.'

Today's children are amazed when their parents tell them that they did not have a television until they were in their late teens or doing a school project meant going to the library and doing hours of research by referring to as many book as the librarian would permit. The kids are even more impressed when they are told calling your aunt in the neighboring town required 'booking a call' and waiting for the network to be ‘free’ for the call to go through. The younger generation just cannot imagine a world without the internet or that one cannot perform a task without a gadget!

As you can see, gadgets have helped hardworking women to save on time and provided them with ready access to clean water. On the other hand, overuse of gadgets has rendered us physically inactive. A logical consequence of the gadget-induced inertia is poor health and stunted growth--both physical and mental--in children. And this is worrying.

Well, like everything else in life, there are two aspects to the use of gadgets--their use is a necessity to live in a modern society, and their misuse is a real concern. The internet, ironically, is awash with articles, blogs and films depicting the havoc electronic gadgets are wreaking on young minds. As parents, we could not agree more. Let us list out some of the ill-effects of gadget over-indulgence both on children and grown-ups:

Health Concerns: The physical inactivity is the primary factor responsible for increased instances of hypertension and diabetes even in young children.

Social Concerns: Human interaction is conducted virtually, eliminating the need for face-to-face meeting. The fallout is social awkwardness and isolation among children.

Developmental Concerns: The ability to think clearly and coherently is what sets humans apart from others. Overuse of gadgets stifles creativity in children.

To summarize, use of gadgets is not the problem, but their overuse or misuse is. Parents need to encourage their children to walk more, watch TV less, use mobile phones sparingly, read more books, take up a hobby such as gardening, play outdoor games when they feel the need for recreation and entertainment. And finally, we adults must set our children an example by following the same rules that we have set for them.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

 

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- VANITHA K

1) Why did you choose teaching as a career?

Ans. Everyone remembers one’s great teacher. Perhaps one of mine inspired me to work as a teacher and showed me the joy of a particular subject and made the lessons fun. Hence, when an opportunity knocked my way to work with children and make a difference in their lives, I jumped at the chance. Teaching is fun and there are plenty of opportunities for me to be more creative in conveying information to the children. I have been given a chance to inspire students as I was inspired by my teacher. Teaching is a wonderful way to pass our knowledge and passion; hence I chose teaching as my career.

2) Why/how did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans. I was undergoing training and also working in the Montessori school and was eagerly waiting for a chance to join any CBSE or ICSE school. One day an attractive advertisement caught my eye about the new and upcoming school in Kasavanahalli which was Samsidh MLZS (CBSE School). I eagerly attended the interview and was selected for the senior KG. Pre - primary teacher’s post. I was very impressed by the vision of the Management and the words of the Principal which gave me courage to take admission for my children too in this school.

3) What do you like about MLZS?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is the best school and comfortable place to work with right from the Management, the Principal to the teachers and the children. The teachers undergo various training sessions every year which provides us immense opportunities to learn new things every year and gives confidence to work peacefully. Our school believes in following a different approach to teach students. Samsidh MLZS never forces students to study just for getting excellent grades, but motivates them to understand the values and concepts through activity based methodology. Our school is unique because we are free to discuss our problems and wants to the higher authorities. Samsidh MLZS follows values and teaches the same to the children along with providing discipline to them.

4) What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans. The changes that I have brought in children are:

-I make my concept come alive by making it as interactive and engaging as possible.

-I enjoy every teaching moment to the fullest and to have fun with the children.

-To make them feel special, safe and secure when they are in the classroom.

-Being positive influence in their lives,

-Bringing positive energy in the classroom every single day.

-Teaching them the values in every activity.

-Keeping my head steady and teach happily for the love of education.

There is a saying “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

5) Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is a one of its kind organization to work and is a child friendly school. Modern technology is used along with the teaching by the teacher. Our Management, the Principal and all the staff members are very cooperative and supportive. Every day of work is filled with zeal and inspiration and this has taught me how to make my passion more creative and fruitful inside and outside the classroom and the school.

6) What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans. I believe that my greatest achievement as a teacher is to have become a wholesome person – a person who teaches and is able to be appreciated, to be listened to and is valuable to the students who gain so much by learning. Being a skilled teacher helps me to contribute my knowledge in a given task very effectively and crestively. I learnt a lot through teaching, gained satisfaction by satisfying the students and parents. I have gained respect in my school through dedication and the quality of work.

7) How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans. I consider MLZS as my second home. I wish to work as long as I continue to bring some progress and changes in this school.

 

8) What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?

Ans. MLZS teacher understands very well that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school runs smoothly and all the students receive a very high quality of education. We integrate critical thought, emotion and moral values with factual data to broaden the learning experience and make it more relevant to everyday life situations.

9) If you need to describe the school in one word, what would it be?

Ans. Creating 21 st century leaders.

10) Out of the six values of the school, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans. The value of Integrity is closest to my heart.