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Learning to Transform Waste into Treasure!

  Grade 6 visited The Spinning Wheel at Bellandur, where they had a delightful experience learning how waste can be judiciously converted into objects of treasure. Students were asked to carry waste products like old bottles, newspapers, rubber tubes, old wooden frames, metal cans or bottle caps from home. These were used to make creative and useable products. During their visit they were asked to contemplate on various questions like: What is waste? Are there different types of wastes? How do we presently dispose off waste? What is the impact of growing waste on the Environment? What role can you play to reduce this impact? The students were very creative with their answers and their produce!

Grade 11 go on the Nag Tibba Trek!

  Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure. In collaboration with INME, an organisation that designs learning experiences using adventure and challenge, students are given the opportunity to learn numerous life skills during their travel. This trip’s focus is learning about ‘Enhancing Consciousness’, ‘Community Building’ and ‘Exploration’. Read the experiences of some students here.

Middle School Publishing

  Opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing was the first term’s focus in the Reading & Writing workshops held for Grades 6 - 8. They showcased their writing skills to parents and peers alike, covering some interesting topics like ‘Children should be taught Philosophy in School’, ‘Yoga should be made compulsory in schools’ and ‘Is Animal Testing justified?’. During argumentative writing, students think of topics and then evaluate whether their chosen topic can be argued for or against. This is followed by learning how to establish a claim and use evidence from text/media to support this claim. The students then include their reasoning behind why they chose that evidence and how it ties to their claim. While in Narrative writing students learn about character development, descriptive settings, how to knit a sequence of events together, use of dialogues, and to wrap up their story with a strong ending.

Community Outreach- A beautiful, and special exper...

When our bus pulled up along the jagged, uneven sidewalk of the TC Halli Government school- for our first day of Community Outreach- my mind was swirling with curiosity. What would the children be like? Would they like me? Would it be difficult to communicate with them? I quickly pushed my thoughts away, as I spotted a crowd of giggling kids enthusiastically waving at us- bright, happy smiles spread across their eager faces. I found myself smile as I noticed their genuine eagerness and excitement as they grabbed our hands and pulled us inside- chattering happily. Honestly…I was really surprised and a bit overwhelmed by their friendly and happy attitude. I had never done anything like this before, and I had always wanted to do something to help our community. I was curious to see what this experience had to offer me. I set my bag on the table, and pulled out a colorful picture book, choosing to sit in front of a young girl in fourth grade. She beamed as I opened the book, and I noticed her eyes widening at the sight of the colorful pictures. Her bright eyes were filled with curiosity as I flipped the pages, listening attentively. As I glanced at the gray walls, and dull environment- I knew how she must have been feeling. She lifted her hand and slowly traced the picture as if she couldn’t believe what she was seeing- and it seemed like she had drifted into her own world. But then- as if just remembering that I was there, she glanced at me cautiously. I smiled encouragingly, and she replied with a shy smile. I spent the next hour flipping through the colorful pages, and watching her enthusiastic expressions, as she tried to pronounce each word. We came to a page filled with a bright scene- with various animals scattered around. I spotted a cat, and she peered at it carefully. Recognition flashed in her eyes, and she looked like she was trying to remember its name. I decided to test my Kannada- to test my general knowledge- and to see if remembered anything from all those third language classes. I pointed at the cat. “Biku.” I told her, confidently. She giggled, clamping a hand over her mouth. “No- Bekku.” She corrected, smiling. I blushed, and decided to stick to the English. The time I spent teaching and reading to the children left such a deep impact on me. At the end of the visit, I felt emotionally attached to them, and so moved. I really wanted to do something for them, and I guess the best thing I could do was, teach them English. I was so touched by how sweet and affectionate they were, and I don’t think I’ve ever met a batch of kids so excited to learn something new. I think this is a truly a great step Inventure is taking – extending a hand to the rural community, and encouraging us all to help these kids. Looking at the conditions there, and their simple way of living- you can’t help but admire their strength. You can’t help but feel a sense of determination- a need to help the ones less fortunate than us. I think there’s actually a lot we can learn from them. Community Outreach is a beautiful, and special experience that all of us can learn from, and remember forever. It was like breaking out of the cushioned surroundings we live in, and experiencing the conditions of those less privileged than us- which opened up a new perspective on the life and people around me. More than the feeling of knowing I was doing something to help the society was the sense of pride and happiness I felt after the visit. Making others happy really make you happy. No matter how cliché it sounds- it’s true! We sixth graders really enjoyed the experience, especially because it was an entirely new experience for all of us. Here’s what we have to say: “I feel that the community outreach is a great experience for us to learn about our community and conditions. But what’s more important than just social awareness is the pride and joy after helping less privileged children. It’s been an amazing experience for me and my classmates. The bright smiling face of the children as we left was one of the happiest moments of my life!”
  • Mahika
“I found community outreach an enjoyable experience. We met other kids who spoke a different language and thought in a different way. It was such an amazing experience and the kids were so sweet. We found it a two-way learning session. They taught us some things, and we taught them some things!”
  • Akriti
“I loved the experience as it gave me an opportunity to connect with slightly less privileged children. I enjoyed teaching them as it gave me a chance and a hearty feeling that I was helping and making a difference in my society.”
  • Divya
“I think getting to visit a government school to make kids happy and have fun- and also to interact with them; it’s just so special and touching. I hope we spend all our SUPW periods this way!”      -    Siya By - Mitali (6B)

Just Can’t Wait To Be Me Rehearsals

Lights! Camera! Action! And it unfolds, the dancers taking their places, choir trilling a note or two, actors ready to take the stage by storm and artists adding the finishing touches to the props. And cut! The primary block is brimming with excitement in anticipation for their school production - Just Can’t Wait To Be Me. A hilarious tale about a young girl who’s stuffed animals want to join her on her trip and will do whatever it takes. With only 2 days till the big show hits the stage, each and every performer, crew member and teacher is preparing for a dazzling and unforgettable show, where each line is spoken with clarity, each song in tune, each hand movement coordinated with elegant grace and each painting an amalgam of colours. But under all the seriousness is both a feeling of pride and anxiety. And the kids have every right to feel this way. Months of practice have been put in, hidden talents discovered and new friends made. The entire journey has been magical. The kids have worked tirelessly, determination and passion being powerful motivators. “One individual is not the most important thing in something so grand” says Miss Preet Aarons, our Primary School Head. Teamwork is the key to pulling off every show of this production. And this teamwork is one of the key lessons that the children have learnt during their time rehearsing. Hundreds of kids working as one unit however is not always easy. “It was really fun working together with new people, but a lot of the times co-ordination was hard”, commented 5th grade dancers Guhar and Vanshika. Upon being asked about other hardships, Kiara, an artist in the prop making team, told us about the difficulties they had with certain props, but also how in the end, their hard work and immense effort payed off. No one wants to let the whole crew down, so every member is working tirelessly to get everything that needs to be done finished and ready to perfection for the big day. We for one, can’t wait to see the glorious spectacle that awaits us. Hopefully we’ll see you all there to appreciate the amazing work these kids have done. Let’s go Juniors! We know for sure it’ll be a hit. By Prerna, Namrata and Anish, Grade 11AS

Inventure Academy delegates awarded at BMUN 2014

Inventure Academy delegates at BMUNBMUN 2014 We all set out to the Bangalore Model United Nations conference with big expectations and quite a bit of excitement. I waited at the bus stop anxiously, it was my fifth MUN and I was in a particularly difficult committee – the Security Council. The first day was tough for me, I didn’t speak much and the level of competition in my committee was very high. Regardless of the circumstances, I was thoroughly intrigued by the intensity and complexity of debate in the Security Council. Although I didn’t fare too well, I was happy to hear my fellow members of the delegation performed very well. The second day was the game changer, this was when a considerable portion of debating occurred and delegates got to work to form blocs and write up resolutions. I managed to reverse the previous day’s misfortunes and I got off to a good start. Committee session was hectic and frenzied but it was very productive and a truly enjoyable experience. I ended the day on a high as I was satisfied by my progress and effort. [gallery columns="2" ids="4003,4004"] The third and final day was devoted to finishing and passing resolutions, our council managed to pass two resolutions unanimously – the first Security Council in ten years of the BMUN conference to do so. Soon after, we were seated for the awards ceremony waiting for the respective awards to be announced. Much to our joy, the Inventure delegation ended up winning several awards in the conference and we were extremely happy to have accomplished this wonderful task. Personally the fact that I managed to achieve my goal of getting an award was heartening for me. Overall BMUN 2014 was an interesting and enjoyable experience for every delegate and for me it was an invaluable learning experience that I will always remember. - Arincheyan G, 11AS Bangalore Model United Nations conference awards: Siddharth, 12 ISC  won Commendable Delegate Aahika, 11 AS won Commendable Delegate Arin, 11AS won  Best Position Paper Rhea, 9 IC won Best Position paper.

Student Council at Inventure

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”  - Reed Markham InventureAcademyInvestitureCeremony2014Our student council is one which is sure of upholding the true meaning of this quote. Now that the council is in full swing and elections have long past, it is evident that the council is learning about leadership. As a senior school student, I usually make it a point not to make role models out of my peers- the closeness in age is quite awkward, but seeing the change in the attitude of many of my friends has made me see that responsibility really does change you. It is awe inspiring to see the amount of patience and ability to control that a council member has. "It’s a crazy responsibility; you have to be the perfect role model.” says Aahika, School Sports Captain. Maybe leadership isn’t for the weak willed, but it clearly earns you respect, and admiration. The enthusiasm with which the student council approaches every event is commendable as well. Whether it may be last period BA meeting or the Inter-school Swimming Competition, the Captains are always supportive of the house members, urging them to participate- even if the students themselves are less than enthusiastic. “Two years on the Student Council as both School Captain and House Captain have impacted my life tremendously. I've learnt how to be more disciplined, focused and organized. The responsibility you are given is enormous, but the reward makes the experience worth it.” says Ex-Captain, Tejas Rao. As a regular citizen in the wide world of the high school political system, it’s impossible not to be tempted by the sunny glow that surrounds captaincy. On the other hand, I laugh as I think of myself trying to control and motivate a room filled with chatty kids and bored friends. Now that we’re really into the school year, let’s see what our Captains have to offer. As students, we should give them time and second chances (if they ever mess up). Because, being a Captain? It’s not that easy. ~ Mahima Srikanth, 11AS-A

Our Days at Samarthanam Trust- Inventure Speaks Ou...

[caption id="attachment_3956" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Inventure Academy students with with students of Samarthanam Trust  and other members of the Bridge India Foundation Inventure Academy students with with students of Samarthanam Trust and other members of the Bridge India Foundation[/caption] Inventure Academy’s Community Outreach program is committed towards making a difference in the world they live in and are ready to explore any opportunities that arise for sensitizing our students. Bridge India Foundation’s values of sensitizing youth for inclusive growth was in sync with our own core value of ‘Encouraging Sensitivity’. Thus started our relation with them and the Samarthanam Trust which supports the visually impaired, disabled, and underprivileged to keep in pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, placement based rehabilitation and achieve personal independence. Senior students of Grades 11 & 12 are engaged in a year-long interaction with students of Samarthanam Trust helped by Mr. Rao, Mr. Ahluwallia and other members of the Bridge India Foundation. They help them understand some of the concepts in their curriculum and talk to them about banking services, railway travel etc. Recently, our Middle & Senior school students, who were not part of the Outbound Trip, had a week long interaction with students of Samarthanam Trust. Some of our students were profoundly moved by their experiences at Samarthanam. Here are a few of the experiences shared by the students of Inventure Academy. [gallery ids="3957,3958,3959,3960,3961,3962,3963,3964,3965,3966,3967,3968"] Going to Samarthanam was a very humbling experience for me. What made it so different is that it was small instances in my trip that impacted me deeply, not the fact that it was a school for disabled children. The children of Samarthanam were so curious, and smart that it was almost easy to slink into their world, to be their peers and their mentors. But, there were moments in my three-day trip that truly humbled me, that revealed to me that there was indeed a world of difference between them and us - and it had nothing to do with being physically, or mentally challenged. For instance, when we handed out small packets of Parle-G biscuits, the children thanked us profusely - some even tried to shake my hand. Or even when we taught them lessons, they listened to us with rapt attention, even enjoying them! The difference lies in the fact that these children are grateful for even the smallest of things - whereas we overlook such things, as being insignificant. And, seeing that really changes you, and how you view even the most mundane parts of your daily routine. Who ever thought that handing out Parle G biscuits could change your outlook on life?  - Namrata Ramesh, Grade 11AS B When I first went there, I found that even though most of the children had disabilities, they still had the strength and energy took keep going and keep learning. They only knew Kannada, and very little English, but they still made their best effort to understand us. They were so happy after we had taught them. It made me think, if they can be happy even with their disabilities, why can't we? We have a lot more than them. They have lost so much already and yet they continue to give all they have. It made me think how blessed we are and that we should never take anything in life for granted and be happy with what have. - Nandika Mishra, Grade 6C I had a great time at the Samarthanam Trust. We taught them meanings of certain words in English. We also taught them Origami and they taught us how to make paper roses. It was really fun helping them to learn and watching them grow as we shared our ‘Joy of learning’ with them. We all left with smiles on our faces and it was really hard leaving them on the last day as we all became very close with all the children. I felt that I had given them something in return for this wonderful experience. It was an exciting, fun and fantastic experience and I can’t wait to go again next time.      - Amisha Deb, Grade 6C                                               I am new to Inventure Academy and an exciting 1st week has passed by at Inventure Academy mainly due to the exciting experience at Samarthanan trust. I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this trust and recommend others to do the same. Meeting less privileged students is a worthwhile experience. Even though there was a communication problem we had a few eloquent Kannada speakers which filled the barrier. We played many games with them and also taught them various concepts from the subjects of science, math and English. Seeing them learn and gain knowledge is heartwarming. I do hope I can experience the moments I shared with these children again. They have taught me to be content with life and also to be patient. - Pranay Bhootra, Grade 9 IG A I really enjoyed the experience at the Samarthanan as I got to interact with the children there. We found out about their lives such as their parents occupations on the first day we really enjoyed Chechu’s stamp collection. On the second day we visited the Samarthanam School. Over there Chechu gave us a lecture on leadership and we played a game based on leadership. We played many games on the second day with the children of the Samarthanam trust. On the third and fourth day we taught the students’ subjects like Math and English. We however had difficulties communicating with the children. Luckily some of us could speak Kannada and therefore helped us communicate with them. Over all we all really enjoyed the experience at Samarthanam and on the behalf of all my fellow students; I thank Samarthanam trust and Bridge India foundation for giving this opportunity to help the underprivileged students of the Samarthanam trust. - Hamza Ali, Grade 7B Honestly in the beginning we weren’t expecting this trip to be fun at all, in fact we were about to miss school but we’re glad our parents forced us into going. In those few days we encountered kids who we thought we would teach but instead they taught us a lot. The first day wasn’t too fun as after a certain point we got a little bored playing activities, but during the free times we met lots of kids who were exceedingly adorable, kind and happy. We overheard many people mentioning about how dull the paints were but we really think that the happiness in those kids lit up the school. Those kids taught us that being happy don’t need material, you don’t need to be the richest person, and you just need to feel blessed that there is always someone there for you. - Anchita Aurora and Ishita Gupta, Grade 7A & 7C We went and taught various subjects such as Biology where we taught the students about  the Digestive System, Physics where we taught about electricity and atoms and with the help of one of our classmates all of this was translated in Kannada. It was comical the way we were teaching – we would move our hands up and down trying to explain a concept and they would just nod, though it was obvious they didn’t understand much. In the end, we got things pretty fluid and managed to teach them a fair few concepts. The kids were nice and were encouraged to learn. They are as capable as us but do not have the opportunities to fulfill their potential. Their living conditions are appalling – I gagged when I saw the state of their restrooms - and it amazes me how they are still content and happy, they are always courteous and polite.At the end of the day we distributed Diwali diyas to all of the kids. This put a smile on their faces. We waved our final goodbyes as we boarded the bus. You never know one of these kids might end up being the prime minister of India – such is the potential within them. - Paul Francis, Kunal Anand & Ashwin Nair, Grade 7C & 7B I am actually very happy that I got the fantastic opportunity to go to Samarthanam trust on the 15th, 16th and 17th of October. It was loads of fun and I felt like I came back from Samarthanam trust on Friday being a better person Firstly, I got an insight on how less privileged and differentially abled kids are living and how we should be grateful and mostly happy about all that we have and the great life we have. Secondly it was such a pleasure knowing that we got to put a smile on these children's faces and I can't wait to do it again. Teaching the kids was so much fun and I felt that even though there were a few issues everything went super well and we learnt that the kids are actually very intelligent and smart. We learnt many life skills and this has been a beneficial experience on our part. We were happy to donate resources, books, stationery etc to those kids and cannot wait to go again. I would like to thank everyone who arranged this trip and made it possible. We really enjoyed!!!!! - Divya Viswanath, Grade 6B When I chose not to go to INME camp, I was told that we’d be doing Community Service for a school named Samarthanam. I felt very nervous, but that’s just me. When we reached we were introduced to a teacher and a man named Chechu. He told us we  would be playing games. All of us were happy to oblige. The feeling was mutual amongst the Samarthanam kids. I actually didn’t expect that. I saw that many of the kids over there were different, some were disabled too. Still they were happy to meet and greet us. We played a game based on luck; smiles all around when they weren’t out. And then pass-the-ball-over-the-head-and-underneath-the-legs; that was where they all got extremely excited. All of us were determined to make the passing chain complete, so it was a frantic rush to finish, full of happiness. Then was some group drawing; they were humored by some, and awed at some. When it was all over I thought “Wow, that was fun”. - Siddharth Sharma, Grade 6A On October 16, unlike the previous visit, we planned the activities and arranged for the resources. There is a feeling no one can describe when I saw the brightness in their faces. They were so excited to fold and maneuver with a piece of paper to create a piece of art. After we had some fun with Origami, we decided to do some academics. Here was the twist: We were the teachers! We taught them a few English words related to environment, which was part of their syllabus and even sang a few songs with them. A few of the Inventure girls were nurturing the younger children who were severally disabled, which was nice to see. Overall the trip was very enjoyable. We saw how happy these children are with what they have, we realized how fun yet how tough it is to be a teacher, and at the end of the day, everyone had a smile on their face. - Gokul Balaji, Grade 7C Samarthanam is a home for children with special needs but when I looked at those children I did not see any difference between us. Over there, we created strong bonds of friendship which would last forever. Teaching them was a great experience and opportunity for us to learn. I also loved all the leadership activities which were really helpful. The way we helped the kids, young and old, through their less fortunate lives was great. It brought smiles to all of our faces- the kids from Samarthanam and the kids from Inventure Academy. This was an eye-opening adventure and it was absolutely incredible. - Aditi Raju, Grade 6C