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Every Inch Upstream

  “The pace of my heart is mine to change... A journey forever, never ending... Swimming every inch upstream.” - Lyrics from the Song ‘Every Inch Upstream’ written by the Senior Choir Inventure Academy’s Middle & Senior School musical drama ‘Every Inch Upstream’ directed by Arati Punwani Sunawala, Priyanka Gurjar and Deepthi Shetty, premiered at the Good Shepherd Auditorium, in the heart of Bangalore, to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Every year, the Inventure community comes together to bring to the forefront causes which they feel passionately about and work towards accomplishing change. This has also been the focus of their annual school musical productions, and issues include exploring the purpose of education, child safety & protection, traffic, clean water and reviving Bangalore’s lake ecosystem have all been brought to the forefront. This year’s play, ‘Every Inch Upstream’, was about many things, but at its core made us question how the everyday stagnation that we survive in holds us back. It made us realise that sometimes we need to let go of things that are holding us back, even if they are dear to us. If we really do want to challenge the status quo, why do we find ourselves taking the easy way out, always swimming Downstream? What brings about internal and external change, and progress? schools in bangalore The play chronicled the journey of self-realisation, reflecting that change is a constant and one has to work at it at different levels (personal, raising awareness and challenging the existing root of neglect and apathy) for it to be really effective. Through the play, we joined five young teenagers on this journey of choice, change, progress and transformation as they swam upstream. Complete with great music, some crazy dancing, a splash of courage and a bit of the unexpected, 'Every Inch Upstream' was both entertaining and thought provoking! international schools in bangalore The morning show at 11:00 am was attended by school children and parents while the evening show at 7:00 pm was open to a general audience. The shows were extremely well-received, thanks to the engaging theme, compelling acting, fabulous music, dances and props. Over 500 students and faculty spent many hours working tirelessly every day – coming up with the theme, working on the script, rehearsing, designing costumes, creating sets, props and media material - to make this year’s Production better than ever before. And to give the audience food for thought; that real, meaningful, lasting change comes from people working and struggling together to attack the root causes of problem and that we need to take ownership for the problems we have created ourselves. best schools in bangalore   The shows began with a video showcase of the Changemaker Program and the various initiatives that have been taken up. This included glimpses of the Changemaker Challenge aimed at encouraging our youth to  contribute towards making a positive difference and develop good habits of the mind. From the 60 schools and residential communities that were invited to participate, almost 50 teams of high school students submitted their ideas and proposals. 21 of these teams were selected to participate in Round 2 at UB City on 4 November 2017. 10 teams moved forward to Round 3 with a cash award of INR 10,000 per team. Furthermore, they are eligible to avail the opportunity for additional project funding of INR 20,000 each as well. Round 3 will be held on 19 January 2018 at Inventure Academy. inventure academy international schools Chief Guest Mr Babar Ali, who is a TED fellow (2009), INK fellow (2015), Wired UK fellow (2016) spoke to the audience about the need for change and that it lies in the hands of the youth to execute it. He said, “I believe that if you are passionate about something then you can achieve anything. Age, finances, other hurdles, they just don’t matter and eventually everything works out.” Enthralled by the show, he also mentioned that he had never experienced something of this effort and magnitude by an educational institution before. Funds raised from this Production were channelized as follows: Towards prize money for the ‘Every Inch Up-Stream Challenge’. This is aimed at improving the quality of our lives by creating teen changemakers across Bangalore’s communities. Towards improving the quality of education at the Govt. Urdu Higher Primary School (GUHPS). In aid of Babar Ali’s Ananda Siksha Niketan (Home of Joyful Learning), a school with 300 students, founded by Babar Ali in his backyard in West Bengal, when he was just nine years old. It is a charitable society registered under the West Bengal Societies Act. A deeply inspiring individual, he was named the ‘youngest headmaster in the world’ by BBC and ‘Indian of the Year’ by NDTV in 2009, at the young age of 16. For further details, log onto Inventure Academy Trustee & Chairman, Mr Irfan Razack said, “Fascinating, creative and free; this is what Inventure teaches its students to be.” top kids schools in bangalore Parent Quotes: Kim Maini said, “It takes one individual to take a step to make a difference. Inventure is always pushing its students to make that difference. The production showed such dedication to their art. Very inspiring.” Mr. Ravi Chander, one of Bangalore’s chief evangelists and civic catalysts said, “There is a brave new world tackling change. Today’s kids give you so much hope and I am sure they will make the change necessary. My message to them - don’t give up hope, follow your dreams and make a difference.” Ms Revathy Ashok, one of the Uncommon Commoners said, “The scale of production was unimaginable and very inspiring. My message to the students is, Be bold, Be the change.” "What a fantastic show! Cannot believe that the ideas came from such young minds. Truly spectacular performance!" - Arathy Madappa, Communications Head, Brigade International School "We are blown away by all of it - music, dance, story, props...all of it!" - Shalini and Narendra, Inventure parents. #Truly awesome show. Loved that the live band was encouraged by the auction. That was a welcome surprise!"- Sapana Appiah, Inventure parent. Quotes from students and faculty: Mayank Nayak, an Art crew member said, “Making props and designing sets showed us the potential in everyday objects to become eye-catching installations.” Aryamaan Dubey, BA Captain and in charge of backstage said, “This is my 9th production and its a different learning experience every time. My biggest takeaway from this was the learning of time management and self control. Sanaaz Tyagi, an educator at Inventure, in charge of the cooking pod and the decoration of the foyer said, “Extremely exhilarated working with so many students. It was an eye-opener to see such immense potential, talent and exchange of ideas from the students.”

Grade 9 Outbound Trip to Rishikesh

  Rishikesh was a place that we had been waiting to go since we started INME trips in fourth grade. We had heard so many stories and experiences that came from the sandy beaches and rushing rapids of the Ganges. Now that we finally got to see what we’d been fantasizing about for ages, it felt like a dream come true. Everything about our trip to Rishikesh was new and magical, from the Metro we took from the Delhi airport to the railway station, to the twists and turns of the road taking us farther and farther away from cramped, crowded Dehradun into a quieter, more serene landscape. It was a pleasant surprise that the camp wasn’t too far away from the railway, we breathed a sigh of relief as nobody got sick on the journey. Once we reached camp, we were enthralled by the ropes course that was on site, and the cozy, familiar tents that stood in rows, waiting to be cluttered with suitcases and knickknacks. We met our instructors, faces that were mostly new with a few familiar ones. The first day was utterly amazing- we got our first experience with the Ganga, going rafting. The rapids slammed on either side of the boat, cold water that sprayed onto our clothes and faces. We also learned how to paddle. It was surprisingly harder than we thought - the heavy oars were foreign to most of us. We made our way back to camp, soaked but feeling completely energized. The night was cool and clear, which seemed like a blessing after the sweltering day that left us all soaked with sweat. The second day was equally as vibrant as the first. We had been divided into two groups the previous day, and ours set out to learn how to kayak. The hardest part by far was lugging the monstrous boat up and down the side of the hill. It all felt worth it when we saw the sparkling sand and deep blue water that signified yet another day of fun. After learning the basics, we tried kayaking ourselves- to mixed results. The highlight was definitely when we got our kayak flipped over by the instructors and were dunked overboard, gasping for breath and laughing in the water. The third and fourth days was absolutely fun filled, we finally got to attempt the massive rope course that we had been eyeing since day one. The first few challenges were easy, but the last one left many people stumped. It was really heartwarming to see people encouraging their friends and classmates on as they worked their way through the course. By the end, everyone had completed it and despite the blisters that we got, we felt like we had really accomplished something. Another interesting aspect to the program was the teamwork that went along with it. From the day we built rafts and had to make them float, to Helter Skelter when we cheered our teammates on as they participated in events, we settled our differences and learnt to work together with various members of our group. By the end of camp, I felt like I knew so many people a lot better, and felt like I could relate with my friends, classmates, teachers and instructors more. By the last day, an air of gloom had spread over camp. Nobody wanted to leave the place that we had made so many unique memories in. Luckily, we got to spend that last day at the beach, playing and splashing in the water and lying on the sand. We came back to camp and reluctantly shoved our clothes in our suitcases, then sat around the main ground, drinking in the sights we would miss tremendously. The program ended in true INME style- we sat in a circle and took turns being in the middle, where we got showered with compliments and memories by our groupmates. The appreciation made us slightly less bitter about leaving. After a delicious meal (accompanied by lots of birthday cake) we hiked down the rocky path we had gotten so familiar with, and were loaded onto the buses for the journey home. Looking at the lights reflected on the river, I felt pretty miserable, but every time I remembered a memory from trip, my face immediately lit up in a glowing smile.

Grade 8 Outbound Trip to Tons

  Grade 8 Inventurers visited Tons on their outbound trip, where the focus of learning was relationships. They learnt to understand concepts of trust, conflict, commitment and accountability which lead to achieving collective goals. Students were divided into sub-groups for the various outdoor experiences which included backpacking, ropes course, rock climbing and wilderness craft where they learnt survival skills. They learnt what to do if they got lost, how to improvise shelter, find directions without a compass, build a fire, rescue lost mates or signal for help. Rappelling Students were guided to use their program workbook with an aim to building a greater understanding and appreciation of the pillars of Self-Discipline, Sense of Leadership, Social Consciousness, and School Spirit. School Trip to Tons Students also engaged in relevant and meaningful activities that ranged from village appreciation, socially useful and productive mini-projects, health mela for the nearby village students, mutual appreciation interactions with the nearby residents, first aid sessions etc.

Grade 7 Outbound Trip to Panchgani

  ‘Building a caring community’ – an environment in which students work together, struggle collectively and support each other. Caring and empathy was the primary focus of Grade 7’s outbound trip to Panchgani. Divided into three groups, the students participated in various activities which included Bouldering, Wilderness Craft with Cave walking and Rope Bridge Traverse. Bouldering - Starting with bouldering skills and introduction to equipment, the course moves to 3-point climbing, rappelling and jumaring. Lateral challenges are provided to ensure both fun and challenge Trip toac Panchgani Wilderness Craft (with Cave Walking) Rope Bridge Traverse - With elements like Dangle Duo, Flying squirrel, Target Jump, Swinging Log, and WIld Woosey, the rope course provides many opportunities for competitive and collaborative activities, while experiencing thrilling highs and lows. This was followed by filler games with their instructors and learning initiative activities in smaller groups. Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure Academy. INME has collaborated with Inventure to create a graded curriculum, so that every year there is a fresh focus and area of learning against the backdrop of adventure activities in different locations. The students learn a variety of skills, both physical and mental, all of which helps to develop their confidence and capabilities.  

Grade 6 Outbound Trip to Uroli

  ‘Initiative and Empathy’ was the learning focus for Grade 6 Inventurers who went to Uroli on their outbound trip. The students learnt the essentials of safe hiking and minimal impact camping and engaged in experiential activities, all towards building important life skills. Students Outdoor Activities They learnt basic mountain etiquette, packing and map reading to name a few. Students also engaged in experiential activities called ‘Tethered Together’ and ‘Build It Sell It’, where they come together as a group, build norms of engagement and complete a collective task that can only be achieved if each and every team member contributes and participates in the progress. Inventurer Outbound Trip These activities helped them learn to compete with each other, view individual tasks in the context of a bigger picture, help others and seek support from others; thereby building their initiative and confidence. Trip to Uroli Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure Academy. INME has collaborated with Inventure to create a graded curriculum, so that every year there is a fresh focus and area of learning against the backdrop of adventure activities in different locations. The students learn a variety of skills, both physical and mental, all of which helps to develop their confidence and capabilities. Outbound Trip to Uroli

Grade 5 Engage in Numerous Life Skill Activities o...

  The program focus for the Grade 5 outbound trip to Yercaud was ‘exploration and ‘looking inwards’ to discover the world within. They were guided on the path to self-discovery by opening up to new experiences and realising that “I am worthy’ and I am capable’. Great life lessons! Top Schools in Bangalore The students were divided into 3 groups - each focusing on different ways to build their self esteem, independence and the spirit of adventure! One group learnt survival skills like principles of leave no trace camping, shelter making and different types of making a fire were taught. The students  also learnt to make hot drinks in the forest. Best Schools in Bangalore Another group attempted the low ropes course which provided opportunities for competitive and collaborative activities. International Schools in Bangalore   While the third group remained in campus and engaged in learning initiatives. The students were engaged in multiple learning initiatives like All Aboard, Big Circle Small Circle, To be or knot to be, Cross Over, etc Inventure Academy Bangalore Kindergarten Schools in Bangalore The activities were interchanged every day so that all students got a chance to learn different life skills! Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure Academy. INME has collaborated with Inventure to create a graded curriculum, so that every year there is a fresh focus and area of learning against the backdrop of adventure activities in different locations. The students learn a variety of skills, both physical and mental, all of which helps to develop their confidence and capabilities.  

Grade 4 Learn Life Skills During their Outbound Tr...

  ‘Independence’ was the learning focus of the Grade 4 students on their outbound trip to Coorg. Elements of rope course like Dangle Duo and Target Jump, bouldering as a medium of understanding themselves better, a day out into the wilderness on different routes, were some of the activities the students participated in. They learnt to cook, to make a map and build a ladder amongst other things! Outbound Trip All activities during this Outbound trip was programmed towards exploring various avenues to learn how to be independent. The trip had been meticulously planned for these students so that along with safety and comfort, they return with insightful experiences and a great deal of learning about independence and team-work. Inventure Outbound Activity Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure Academy. INME has collaborated with Inventure to create a graded curriculum, so that every year there is a fresh focus and area of learning against the backdrop of adventure activities in different locations. The students learn a variety of skills, both physical and mental, all of which helps to develop their confidence and capabilities.

Assembly by Aditya Kolasetti

  Each morning, these doors open, along with our minds For a world beyond a book is what we strive to find Walking down these halls of orange, white and blue Each step is of fearless abandon, born of wit and virtue We reach for the stars, though we stand years apart Distance fuels determination - never once do we lose heart Yet we still are plagued by distress and defeat And in search for a sun, we get lost in its heat Sometimes, victory is never within reach And the canvas of our mind is numbed by bleach But even in the times when we lose our grip in the climb When our hands fail, millions support us from behind Words beyond a whiteboard create our reality Each one a nurtured bloom of individuality So though the road is long, full of ashes, dust and dirt Only when we walk the valleys, do we know a mountain’s worth

Appeal from Arya of Grade 10 to say “No” to Fi...

  Inventure Academy has always encouraged its students to form our own opinions and express them. I, Arya Guhan of 10 ICSE, feel that this Diwali we should say NO to firecrackers. As we all know, Diwali is celebrated by making sweets and savories to share with family and friends, lighting our houses with lamps and bursting crackers. Firecrackers! Just the term brings joy and excitement to one’s mind. But is it all about fun? Have you ever considered the harmful effects and disadvantages these firecrackers cause to the environment and other living beings? Let’s do a quick recap on how fireworks are manufactured. Most of the firework industries employ poor, helpless children to make firecrackers even though it’s illegal and inhuman. It is a very hazardous task and is dangerous for the worker’s lives. These children should instead be provided with education and life skills. The second disadvantage is that some firecrackers are made up of materials that are non-biodegradable, as well. This further causes harm to the environment. Noise pollution and air pollution are already a major disadvantage especially to the elderly and to people with breathing-related difficulties.  
Chemical Impact
Copper Cadmium Lead Magnesium Sodium Zinc Nitrate Nitrite Irritation of respiratory tract Anemia and damage to kidney Affects the nervous system Its dust and fumes cause metal fume fever Reacts violently with moisture and can attack the skin. Leads to vomiting Could lead to mental impairment Could lead to coma
I have not burst crackers for the past three years as I feel strongly about it. This year, when the association announced fireworks celebration in my community, I wrote an appeal to the members of the association against the bursting of firecrackers. My friend and I went from house to house and spoke to the residents about the hazardous effects on human health and the environment. We received a positive response and many families told us that they wouldn't burst crackers. The next day, the association told us that we will not be bursting crackers as a part of the community’s celebration. We are currently living in the twenty-first century where our environment has degraded to such a low level that we are unwilling to turn a blind eye to the damage caused by bursting crackers. This is sad as it is adding to our already stressed environment. Adding to this, not applying ourselves to make our environment better or at least sustain it, I feel, is criminal. Being privileged members of society is not only a blessing but a responsibility as well. Bursting crackers damages the environment colossally and scares the animals and birds living around. Nature has provided us with an extensively beautiful environment and the least we could do is maintain it. It is our obligation to keep it clean. So let's do something good like Rama did when he saved his wife and killed all the demons in Lanka. Let us think about the environment and the animals that share our world, this Diwali. Let us not burst crackers and do our bit to make this world a better place. Let us fulfill our obligation. Say NO to firecrackers! Thank you and wishing you all a very happy and safe Diwali. Arya Guhan Grade 10 ICSE

Inventurers at Round Square

Inventure Academy is one of the three select schools in Bangalore to be part of Round Square, a not-for-profit network of schools in 40 countries across five continents, that share a passion for experiential learning built around six IDEALS of Learning: Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. Held in Cape Town this year, the Round Square Conference saw 8 Inventurers accompanied by  Nooraine Fazal (Founding CEO and Managing Trustee) and Preet Benjamin (Head of KG and Primary and Round Square Rep) attending the event. It was one of the most enriching experiences for the students who participated in numerous activities centered around the ideals. Read below some samples of the many activities that the students were involved in. Watch this space for more! The amazing race had begun! It was amazing in every sense of the word, a thorough test of tenacity and teamwork. Notable activities included a crash course in Zulu dance, building towers with buckets using a rubber band connected to 15 strings and human disentanglement. With activities designed for success only through good communication, synergy and trust, the race provided a perfect bonding with our Baraza groups, our families here at RSIC 2017, whom we learnt with over the duration of the conference. By Vishwanatha Mallampooty (Grade 12 AS)

Inventurers at RoundSquare (2)

Yesterday, at the Round Square International Conference, we had many different activities related to the IDEALS. In Environmentalism, we had the amazing opportunity to collect and shape recycled bottle caps with our fun Baraza groups, into a rhino head! It was a tiring task but the end result was gorgeous. We also carved wood into the shape of tree branches representing the IDEALS. The one I thought was the most fun, was smudging paint on wood with our fingers. By Rhea Rehani (Grade 12 AS) Inventurers at RoundSquare (1)