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OTHER ACTIVITIES
We celebrate days of national importance, with due reverence to kindle the fire of patriotism and to kindle the harmony and peace with great zeal and fervour. Similarly, we also contrive a work of events to encourage our students to develop and take keen interest in the welfare of the society by organising competition on marked days of importance such as; world anti–drugs day, world population day, vanmahotsav, girl child day, world literary day, ozone day, world elder’s day, annual day, farewells, teachers day and childrens day, are a regular feature every year. Teachers and students make elaborate preparations to make these days as memorable as possible.
STAFF MEETING
Headmistress, Mrs. Kalyani Arumugam welcomed all the teachers to the new academic year with the vision statement, "I can make a difference". All the teachers took the oath of bringing about the difference.
OTHER CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Investiture Ceremony at SIES....
The first investiture ceremony of the newly formed cabinet of SIES High School was held on the morning of 6th July 2012. The programme was commenced with the dignitaries (Chief Guest Mr. V. Shankar, President of SIES and Mr. G. G. Krishnan, Jt. Secretary of Managing Council) being escorted by the Head Boy, Gangan Agarwal and Head Girl Ratna Essakinathan into the auditorium. Following the invocation of God's blessing, Headmistress Mrs. Kalyani Arumugam formally welcomed the gathering and introduced the new school cabinet ministers. Then came the most awaited moment when the SIESites, after receiving the badges, took the oath to fulfill their duties to the best of their ability. Chief Guest Mr. V. Shankar stressed the need of honouring the oath taken, thereby keeping the school flag flying high. Mr. G. G. Krishnan also graced the occassion with his words of wisdom. Following the vote of thanks, the teachers, the non-teaching staff and the whole gathering joined to sing the National Anthem.
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Guru Purnima Celebrations
Guru Purnima was celebrated on 3rd July 2012 with variety of programmes in the school auditorium. The programme began at 8:00 a.m. with a benedictory recitation. The Chief Guest Mrs. Gauri Mahulikar presided over the function. Students of Std X honoured all the teachers with flowers. Programme was well conducted by the students by explaining the significance of the day through speech and reciting Guru Shlokas in English as well as in Hindi. The Chief Guest in her inspiring speech conveyed the message of Guru Purnima. The programme ended with a vote of thanks.
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Girl Child Day Celebrations
To commemorate the birth Anniversary of Smt. Savithribai Phule, 3rd January was organized as Girl Child Day. Students from stds V to VIII assembled in their respective classes and had a host of programmes arranged. The assembly on this day was based on the importance of the Girl child in the society and the due honour She deserves. The classrooms witnessed programmes like speeches, plays, dances, Skits, mono acts etc … Std IX had two sessions, one for the boys and the other for the girls. The session for the boys was handled by Mr. Vaibhav Sonawne and Mr. Suhas Kadam with the help of the other teachers. This session witnessed discussions on life skills to make them confident and competitive to face the challenging society. Personality traits, importance and care for Girl children, HIV/AIDS were also some of the topics covered. Simultaneously the girls session was handled by Ms. Reema Tiwari and Ms. Leena Vast, along with the other teachers , where documentaries based on saving the girl child and female foeticide were shown. Certains discussions were done on HIV/AIDS and life skills especially to enable girls to gather the strength to face the world. Feedback was collected from all the students from Stds V to IX after the programmes and sessions. The day ended with the singing of the National Song, Vande Mataram and wishing all the Girls a great future ahead.
Janmashtami Celebrations
Janmashtami was celebrated by paying obeisance to Lord Krishna on August 13. The students of Std  IX and X participated in the pyramid formation to reach the sacred pot full of curd hung high. Songs related to the event were played and students danced to the tunes of these melodious numbers. Mr Vaibhav.S  and Mr Ramesh.S  encouraged the students and provided all the help under the guidance of our Headmistress, Mrs   Kalyani  Arumugam. Everyone in the classrooms too swayed to the tunes of the songs played via the sound system
Workshop for Teachers
Saturday morning brought a lot of expectations and enthusiasm, as the teachers’ of the Secondary section geared up for a one- day  workshop conducted by Shri.J.B Kabra (a social skills trainer).The workshop was  meticulously planned by our managing council member Shri. G. G. Krishnan. Our Headmistress, Mrs. Kalyani Arumugam, welcomed the guest and the others present. Many games were organized by Mr Kabra, and the teachers’ enthusiastically participated in all of them. These games  highlighted the values of co-operation ,will power, concentration, team effort etc. The workshop gave a new definition to the saying,`Laughter is  the best medicine.’ The teachers laughed their hearts out at the humorous illustrations quoted by  Shri  Kabra. Lunch and tea was relished by everyone. Some teachers’ sang, others expressed their views on the various situations put forth. Many teachers’ were of the opinion that these kind of workshops are essential  as it rejuvenated all of them. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks. We thank the management for arranging this enriching workshop.
Independence Day at SIES
Patriotic fervour was at its peak on August 15, 2012 as SIES High School celebrated the  66th Year of Indian Independence at  Shri  Muthuswamy  Iyer  Auditorium. The entire event was  well  planned by the Ex-Students’ Association and the teachers of the school under the  able  guidance  of  the Headmistress, Mrs.  Kalyani  Arumugam. The flag was unfurled by the  chief  guest, Mrs. Radha  Ramaswamy (1969 batch)  followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The cultural  programme   by the three sections were a feast to the eyes. Endowments were given to the SSC rank holders and other students. Students excelling in arts and sports were also felicitated. Mrs.Usha .J (Secondary Section), Mrs. Meenakshi.(Primary Section) and Mrs Kalpana.N (Pre-Primary Section) received the `Best Teacher Award’. The entire auditorium reverberated with a thunderous round of applause when the awards were presented. The chief guest, Mrs Radha Ramaswamy through her words of wisdom, highlighted the importance of Independence  to  the gathering.  Shri. Balaji, from the Ex-Students’Association  proposed the Vote of thanks. The programme for the day concluded with `Vande Mataram’. We   take this  opportunity to  thank  Shri. Narasimhan (chairman  Ex-Students’ Association) for all his contribution.
Dance Competition
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!  -Constanze

The literary activities of the academic session 2012-13 at SIES School commenced with our respected principal’s inspiration to organize an inter-squad dance competition based on the theme of ‘patriotism’. The winners of this competition were going to display their dances again on the Independence Day.  The four squads, namely, Diamond, Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire both Junior and Senior group were trained and choreographed by their respective teachers in charge. Each day the practice sessions grew competitive. The students participated in this competition with great enthusiasm and with a spirit of winning. On the day of the competition, the hall was decorated with vast array of bright colours and sequins. The students looked amazing dressed in tri-colour with perfect hair and make-up and truly dazzling smiles. The competition was hosted by our own teacher, Ms. Nandini Dhus and was judged by two of the most efficient dancers, namely, Ms. Gayatri Dixit-Lele and Ms. Mitali kulkarni from Sanskriti Nritya Kala Mandir  dance academy. Each dance of the squad was executed just well accompanied by the deafening cheers of their friends and squad members. The sheer stamina of these young competitors was fascinating. The participants swayed to the tunes of ‘Maa tujhe salaam’, ‘Rang de Basanti’,’ Desh Rangeela’ and other patriotic songs. The results were announced by the judges at the end of the competiton. In the Junior section, the Emerald took the first position followed by the Ruby squad. In the Senior section, the Sapphire squad was placed first followed by the Diamond squad. The winners had a small ‘victory dance’ with the judges on the stage. Though the students were competing against each other, there was genuine respect and affection between all involved. The competition ended with Sunil Sir giving the vote of thanks. It was really a fun filled day for all the students. 

Personality Development
Personality is best understood in terms of internal and external influences. At every moment the genes, experiences, environment and free will determine an individual’s personality. The personality development classes for the std IX students began with connecting the students with various social issues of the society. The students were shown videos on social issues like, ‘ Save girl Child’, ‘Respect senior citizens’ etc. There were also many presentations on ‘National Integration’, ‘Unity is strength’, ‘Our beautiful India’, ‘Famous personalities of  India’ etc. The students thoroughly enjoyed every session. The school’s Personality Development teachers encouraged the students to come out and speak their views and opinions on the videos and presentations shown. Few students even came up with beautiful slogans and songs on various topics. Many students voluntarily came out to dramatise the social issues for better understanding. The teachers enlightened their mind to name future NGO’s through which they will be helping the country to erase all the problems of the society. The students will continue to shape their personalities in the coming future.
Career Workshop
A workshop titled ‘I wish….’ By Shri R. Sridhar was held in the audio visual room of SIES High School on 4th February 2013. 20 students from Std IX along with 4 teachers participated in the workshop. The usage of clay, soap bubbles, drawing sheets etc added a lot of fun and creativity to the event. The Head Mistress welcomed the Chief Guest and the 4 hrs session after that was a memorable one. The clippings shown were confidence boosters for the students, and provided an atmosphere for them to think differently in terms of their  career. Students also got an opportunity to get their doubts clarified, regarding the choice of their career. Handouts were given to students with multiple career options and they now have a wide range to choose from. Mr. Sridhar urged the students to rank their career options based on passion, enjoyment, love to do, challenging etc. Overall the workshop provided a window that opened into the discovery of talents and bliss for the students & teachers present. The session concluded by proposing the vote of thanks.
Mars, a step away
On 7th February , students and teaching staff from the SIES college, Sion ( S. Y. BMS) had prepared a power point presentation cum interactive session for the students of Std VIII and Std IX on, ‘Importance of Science and Technology, Mars the Red Planet and Curiosity Rover.’
The presentation began with the introduction to NASA, Vision and Mission of NASA. It wa followed by a brief on various planets in space. Then came the highlight of the presentation, Mars, the red planet . A detailed presentation highlighting special features of Mars was given also covering,
  • How to reach Mars
  • What is a Rover?
  • What is Curiosity Rover?
  • Why is it named so?
  • 7 facts about Curisity Rover
  • 6 previous landings of SUV on Mars.
  • What is Gale Crater ?
  • Contributions of Indians to Curiosity Rover
  • India’s plans for Mars.
  • Drawbacks of Curisity Rover.
  • Future plans of NASA
The presentation concluded with the introduction of the team members of the presentation followed by a Vote of thanks given on behalf of the school by the Asst. Head Girl to the college students. It was an inspiring presentation which had ignited the minds of the young budding scientists to aspire and become members of ISRO or NASA in the near future.

A welcome initiative indeed!!!

Spell Bee Contest
After the elimination rounds, eight students, per class were selected for the  final round of spell-bee contest held on 13th August 2012. The contest was held in two rounds-the written questions round and the rapid fire round. All finalists enthusiastically participated in both the rounds.  The results were declared and the prizes for the same were given on 15th August 2012. We express our gratitude to Shri Kalahasti, member of the managing council for sponsoring the contest. 
Literary Association
To enhance the importance of Language and to enable students and exhibit their oratorical skills, writing skills and creativity. The various departments of English, Sanskrit and Hindi conduct activities like elocution, essay writing, handwriting, poetry recitation, quiz, debates, story telling, shloka recitation and discussion on topical issues.
Art Circle
Art circles gives an opportunity for our students to find expression to their talents in painting, drawing, music and dance. For those with a flair for Drawing, the Art Teachers organise special classes and coach students to participate in the Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examination conducted by the Maharashtra Govt. Competitions like 'best out of waste', 'rakhi making', 'greeting cards', 'salad decoration', 'flower arrangement' and 'rangoli' are also organised.
Science Club
The Science club organises various educative Programmes with the sole objective of infusing scientific fervour and a spirit of inquiry in the minds of children. This club encourages students to participate in workshops, skills seminars and exhibitions. Students are urged to attend discourses and view educational films by associating themselves with various private organisation.
Cultural Circle
The Cultural Department believes that Books can bring Knowledge but not give our students culture and thus, a week long cultural festival ‘PRERNA‘ which is a conglomeration of all cultural events that are usually spread throughout the year is organised. The following competitions are planned for this occasion; Carnatic Music, Mehendi, Light Music, Rangoli, Group Dance, Monologues, Group Singing, Fancy Dance, Ad-mad, Dramatisation and Mimicry.
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