Chittagong Grammar School, the institution that held the first International Round Square Conference I ever attended. Bangladesh was a country I had never been to before, so I had no idea what to expect. The first night was the opening ceremony and it was quite short and ended quickly. However, when we got to CGS the second day, we were all in different groups and were made to mingle with everyone. I think that day, I made a lot of friends from the school. We went on a long trek, got to know each other better and played some games at night. That was the day I realised that no matter where you go in the world and how different cultures may be, the people, their attitudes and the way they grow and some of the things they do will always be universal. We had so much in common with regard to taste in music, what we like doing in our free time, what we like to do with friends, how we’ve learnt things and what our interests are. I was able to gel with them very quickly and effortlessly. On the third day, we had a lot of activities-we painted on bamboo sticks, made a kite, played a treasure hunt, played some ball games but my favourite part was when they called students from government schools and we interacted with them as they drew and coloured on pieces of paper. They were all really smart and they were so aware of their city and it’s history, I was so happy to learn that. Chittagong has done a lot to uplift the poor and uneducated and they continue to do so, they have even inculcated these morals within the CGS students. Because of this, they are very empathetic. After the day’s activities, the school conducted a Jam night with great food, music and lights. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end our last night together in Bangladesh. One more really important connection I made was with the students from other Indian schools located in Nainital and Delhi. We were even in the same hotel so we spent a lot of time together, ate all of our meals together and travelled together. We grew extremely close by the last day. Thanks to the digital age, all of us are still in touch and continue to update each other about major events in our lives and just how we are doing even in general. I am really happy about it. I am really grateful about the fact that Inventure is part of Round Square because I do believe it is really essential, especially for people my age. Students learn so much from it, from differences in culture and area codes to learning there are still several similarities in upbringing and interests. Students develop great social skills and learn to make the best out of every situation.
Inventure Academy's Primary School Production: Nurturing Individuality & Teamwork
BMUN 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.
Our 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