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Dr RamG Vallath – turning adversities to opp...

In keeping with our vision to help our students be fit for life, Dr RamG Vallath, a motivational speaker and an Inventure parent, was invited to speak to the Senior school students. Struck by a personal tragedy at a young age, Dr RamG is an epitome of one who has turned adversities into opportunities. Read below his fascinating journey! RamG Vallath describes himself as the most positive individual he has ever met in his life. At the age of 34, at the height of his successful corporate career, he was stricken down by a rare autoimmune disorder that crippled him and made it difficult for him to use his hands and legs. RamG's journey from there was simultaneously difficult and inspiring. RamG is a published author and his autobiography "From Ouch to Oops" was published in November 2014 and instantly became a bestseller.

Dr RamG Vallath

Today, RamG is a motivational speaker who has addressed tens of thousands of both corporate employees and students. The key themes that run across his talks are taking end to end ownership in life, pushing oneself outside the boundaries of comfort, staying positive through difficult times, respecting individuals, and most importantly, about turning disadvantages into springboards for success and achieving success through hardwiring happiness. RamG’s aim in life is to touch a million lives positively. RamG is also the parent of 11th Grade student Advay Ramgopal. His talk to our Grades 11 and 12 was really inspirational. The key takeaways for us was that we can always start life over, at any point in time and that we should never forget to reach out to our loved ones during times of hardship. Please find below a link to his interview on ChetChat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkqXTX8yMHY

First Primary Assembly starts with Positive Though...

  Primary students hold their first Assembly in the new academic year! Simple lessons on Yoga by their Yoga teacher, Mollika Ganguly, started the morning session. Enthusiastic students followed all her instructions diligently, including sending out positive thoughts in the form of white balloons to the world! A great way to start the morning! Grade 5B teacher, Ms Priyadarshini, then held an engrossing story telling session, reading from the book ‘The Giving Tree’, a beautiful book on the importance of trees. Head of KG and Primary, Preet Benjamin Aaron spoke to the students about the Time Table and PODS (different activity sessions students can participate in like dance, music, martial arts, etc) A round of awards followed next, with Grade 3 Inventurer Manan Gupta receiving a tablet for winning the 1st prize at the Humming Bird National level Spell B contest. The session ended on a musical note, with students singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song for students celebrating their birthdays this week, followed by the School song and the National Anthem.

RoundSquare Student Exchange Program – Marra...

  “A soulful experience that still heightens my excitement to no end” - a perfect description of the two weeks that I spent learning, exploring and achieving in Marrakech at the Elaraki International School. I’m ecstatic with how much I learned and I owe an immense amount of gratitude to Inventure Academy and the RoundSquare foundation to have acknowledged, appreciated and allowed my talent to travel to a new country that offered me with extensive learning. I stayed with the Maouhoub family, who were my hosts during my trip there. I studied a variety of courses that included: Economics, Finance, Management, Law, French, Arabic, Information Technology and Mathematics. Meanwhile, I also gained knowledge about the governing and management system prevalent in the developing country that interested me and motivated me to publish a journal paper, which will be processed by the end of August. It will shed light upon on the recent history and management of the country that provided the impetus for Marrakech to become one of the fastest booming economies in the world. Confidence, independence and self-reliance are the three crucial aspects that I noticed myself really develop. It’s a program that encouraged me to be a lot more open to new things and showed me the bigger world beyond my own comfort zone. It helped me devise new ways to overcome any unforeseen circumstances. Lastly, I’ve had an experience that teared me up as I departed from my host family and friends due to the strong attachment we developed over the weeks. I am now actively looking at every opportunity that knocks on my door to further increase my learning and would recommend this exchange program to anyone wishing to broaden their horizon at a scale larger than ever imagined.

Diwali @ Inventure ‘A day of fun and rejoicing w...

  Kindergarten celebrated the festival of lights by adorning the entire block with flowers, giving it a very colourful, vibrant and festive feel. Children and teachers alike were dressed in their bright Indian attires and revelled in the mood. The tiny tots participated in various activities to mark the day. Inventurers strongly believe in encouraging sensitivity and fostering a sense of community. Our support staff help us in countless aspects of our school life, without which a comfortable, safe experience every day at school would not be possible. Primary Inventurers felicitated the support staff of the school by distributing a box sweets and a hand painted diya for each staff member. Our way of saying thank you to them all. 'We move with our feet but dance with our hearts!' So true as Team Inventure proved, turning up in colourful clothes and moving to the beats of dandiya music. The chaat counter attracted everyone with their delicious spread of kachoris, pani puri and other chaat preparations.

Clash of Pi – Inventure Place Third Across I...

  Inventure places third in Clash of Pi with over 50 schools across India participating Clash of Pi, a series of monthly online math contests for students of Grades 6 to 9, had over 3000 students from 50 schools across India participating in the event. The team from Inventure finished in third position. Names of the team:
  • Devashree Gupta, Grade 6
  • Kian Jagtiani, Grade 7
  • Neeharika Shrivastava, Grade 7
  • Divya Vishwanath, Grade 8
  • Divij Gupta, Grade 9
  • Yash Podar, Grade 9
  • Hari Prasanna, Grade 9
  • Vinaya Seshan, Grade 9
  • Aditya Kolisetti, Grade 9

How the Media Impacts Teenagers in Unhealthy Ways

  Hot, angry tears slashed down her pale cheeks as she touched the glass in front of her. And as she did, she couldn’t help but stare. She stared at her distorted reflection, at her eyes, emotionless and bloodshot. She stared at the long waves of brown tumbling down her back, hanging in limp clumps. She stared at her dull, lifeless skin, trailing a finger down the cold flesh. She shook, faced with the cursed, dangerous thing, her worst enemy. The mirror. Staggering back, her knees wobbled violently, unable to support her weight. She choked back a strangled sob when she gingerly touched the bare skin, pinching her sides, grimacing at the sight of her ribs protruding out. She cringed at the person she’d become, averting her eyes from the dark, black circles that tauntingly rimmed her eyes, a constant reminder of the endless nights tossing and turning, wishing she could become like them. Tears blurred her vision, and falling to the floor, she screamed, eyes wide with terror. She balled her fists, cracked fingernails digging into her arm. Gritting her teeth, she kicked down the mirror, pushing it down, slamming it hard against the floor. It fell to the floor with a heavy crash, glass fragments flying everywhere. Bits of shards poked her skin, forming tiny beads of crimson. Uncaring, she squeezed her eyes shut. The monster inside her raged as she screamed, baring her teeth and punching every part of the mirror she could reach, stamping and smashing the crumbling pieces. She pounded, her eyes watery and wild, face red, fingers twitching. Cheeks slick with tears, she cradled her bleeding fingers, groping around for more glass to destroy. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Perhaps they were right. The media impacts teenagers in unhealthy ways An estimated one thousand women die every year of anorexia. When a child hits the age of 18, he must have seen about 200,000 acts of violence alone. In a survey conducted from 9 and 10 year olds, 40% have tried to lose weight. A study found that adolescent girls were more fearful of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war, or losing their parents. Whether they accept it or not, the media plays a big role in the lives of teenagers, and end up doing more harm than good. The media is like a wild, dangerous fire that rages and burns so fiercely it can rip down whole cities filled with hearts. It can spread. It can burn, rip apart, and brutally shred. The media can destroy innocent lives. And it can change you, for the better, or for the good. I believe the media impacts teenagers in unhealthy ways. The media is essential and important in a teenager’s life and whether it’s from the television, films, music, or even magazines, the media deeply influences teenagers, who, still trying to navigate the world are prone to falling into its trap. The media lowers the self esteem of many, images of an unrealistic yet ‘ideal’ body firmly being pressed into the minds of many, and the increasing ignorance of portraying men and women from all racial background and/or portraying them in stereotypical ways causes immature stereotyping amongst young teenagers, which could also causes self esteem problems amongst ethnic minorities. Also, the dangerously casual portrayal of violence, ranging from fistfights to downright murders, along with over sexualized TV sitcoms, causes conflict and confusion, leading the youth to make grave decisions. The media also has an impact on the physical wellbeing of teenagers. Obesity, a rising problem has increased due to long periods devoted to the television. Overall, the media has negative effects on a teenager, causing both emotional and physical damage to these developing beings. “Television and other media represent one of the most important and under recognized influences on children and adolescents’ health and behavior in the 1990’s. Their impact should be eliciting serious concern, not just from parents and educators, but from physicians, public health advocates and politicians as well,” The Journal of Pediatrics, 1999. Throughout the media, messages of a ‘perfect body’, which defines you, influences youth deeply. By portraying men and women with unrealistic bodies, causes many teenagers to turn against their bodies, and in turn, aching for a super slim physique to ‘fit in’. Yet, in reality, most models weigh an average of 23% less than the average women. Refusing to portray women with different body types causes self-doubt. The belief that being beautiful, or popular is defined by your weight is another message being spurted out. This distorted image can cause risky disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated disorders, 69% of girls between fifth and twelfth reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body type. Some many argue that young teenagers should have the self-esteem to ignore the discriminative portrayal or that dissatisfaction with their bodies is largely due to comparison with peers. However, social media, is used as a tool for peer competition and was introduced to connect with peers. Therefore, the media ultimately affects teenagers’ opinions about themselves. The increasing ignorance of portraying women and men from all racial backgrounds and depicting them in stereotypical ways, particularly in the film industry, causes lack of diversity and creates thoughts and preconceived notions for young people, who are sensitive and affected by the media. It could be said that the media only conveys the thoughts of people and society, and does not intend to insult ethnic minorities, just to poke fun at the, and that the media simply reflects and reproduces the thoughts of people. However, the media is responsible for engraving thoughts in the minds of millions of people and shapes the future. And if that’s the case, it is up to the media to show diversity instead of reflecting the already existing, and negative thoughts of society. The media’s casual portrayal (through movies, music, the internet, etc.) of unhealthy behavior such as drinking, drugs and smoking can confuse teens and due to peer pressure could lead to them giving into self harming methods and impulsive actions. Also, because of the way violence is depicted, many teens develop aggressive attitudes. Teens may sometimes find it hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s not, and what’s okay, and what’s not. A real life example of this is the shocking amount of school shootings that have occurred, most being done by teenagers. The media normalizes violence. Some may develop fears of being attacked, causing mental instability. According to a biennial study released in 2005 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of sexual scenes on TV has increased since 1998. Studies have assessed the association between that, and adolescent behavior. But here’s the apparent weakness. By portraying things that happen in real life, the media is clearly a reflection of the society. Some say the media doesn’t try to encourage teens to adopt unhealthy behavior, nor does it attempt to trigger compulsive reactions. It’s not up to the media to assist teens in differentiating real life from illusions. This leads me to the obvious fact that the media holds immense power, which should NOT be misused. The problem of obesity, especially a rising concern in the United States, has increased significantly due to large periods of time spent browsing sites, and flipping through channels- instead of engaging in physical activity. Obesity has negative effects on the child, both mentally and physically, and falling into the media’s lure can be a harmful addiction. The television is nowadays believed to replace physical activity. It can increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases as an adult. It could be said that obesity is not directly influences by the media and that it lies in your hands, and that it’s up to you to control it, leading the belief that it’s solely the responsibility of parents and teachers. The media might just be an entertainment platform, yes, but here’s the thing: The media aims to appeal to a certain age group, with coming of age TV sitcoms and fashion magazines. The media holds the rapt attention to those much more likely to be seduced by its ways- a vicious trap which could lead to serious consequences. There is no denying the media is clearly aware of this, and it’s why they target teenagers. The media plays a huge role in the lives of teenagers across the world. The media has a choice to either impact the youth positively, or negatively, the latter of which has been rocketing. The media is capable of turning people against themselves, causing young girls and boys to obsessively develop disorders, capable of causing out lashes and vicious stereotyping, capable of unintentionally causing violence in everyday life, and capable of causing teens to fall into its illusion and make decisions that they may come to regret. If the influence of the media is so powerful shouldn’t it be used wisely? Shouldn’t the media be used to spread positivity and love, instead of hate, discrimination and conflict? The media has the power to destroy lives, or enhance them in the best way possible. It’s all up to US to educate the youth of today, and teach them to appreciate themselves, and others, before the media forms a twisted image in their mind. We can’t let the fate of the generations to come rest in the media’s hands. It’s up to us. It’s up to you. Will you let the media continue to misuse their power, or will you take it into your own hands? I took down the mirror today Smashed it to smithereens Puked out the crimson wetness Of my blood Onto its shiny emptiness Because I could sense the whirlpool beneath me The approach of my wrath All the fight I pushed down Rising up at last In my face I start to see All the imperfections I refused to acknowledge before My eyes, They’re too sleepy My nose too big In my curves I do not see The beauty I saw before Not the delicate bands I loved before Instead all I see Are ugly scaffolds of Bunched up body fat In my smile I do not see The softness I savored The slight curve of my lips Seems like a grimace The scars on my skin Remind me of weaknesses Screaming my poor defenses My skin Feels rough Under my tanned hands I cringe at the hair on my knuckles Little bursting sprouts And try not to gag In my hair I just see a wild jungle A mess of random strands Not like the neat strings I see in those magazines I do not see The things I saw before Back when I loved myself. So I swept away the broken shards Of teetering, tangled glass Wiped away the blood Screamed so loud The whole city probably heard Bought myself a new mirror So I could loathe myself again And watched the cycle Begin again.

Mitali"s

Inventurers at the Madura Fashion Production Facto...

fcl Learning about the engaging relationship between the employment of technology and raising productivity was the highlight of the trip to FCL Madura Fashion production factory. The purpose of this trip was to get an exposure to the automated methods of production, such as, lean production techniques (Kaizen, Kanban, JIT), Total Quality Management, Stock holdings and more. Our batch was fascinated when we learned how these production methods could be adopted to increase productivity within a limited period of time. We saw the advanced machines which aided the process of producing clothes for large quantities for brands such as, Louis Philippe, Marks and Spencer’s, Allen Solly and Van Heusen. Moreover, we experienced a learning session from the senior executive regarding the intensive training that has to be provided to the staff in order to promote efficient production processes. This immensely interested us and since it entirely serves our syllabus purpose, it came through as a new learning process for all of us. We were very intrigued by the presentation which spoke volumes about the training of staff, the implementation of a sound production process and the graphs that deal with stock control and holdings. The field trip displayed the conceptual knowledge to practical apprehension, which further enhanced our learning. Albana Khanna Gr 11 On behalf of Students Inventure Academy

Anubhav Saxena Gr 9 shares his thoughts on our lak...

Hello! I have done a write up about lakes and my opinion on them. I hope you enjoy it. I would look out of my window of my school bus on my way to school everyday. I love the environment, I always did and I always will. I would look outside the window, looking at the beautiful lakes, smiling, feeling the stress leave my body. I would smile, looking at the beautiful lake, and I would smile, imagining the diverse and vivid forms of life making the lake their home; the greenery and the numerous number of fish and aquatic animals living peacefully. I would smile just thinking about it. Now, whenever I look at a lake from my school bus window, I shut my window, and look away from it, disgusted. I get depressed because these beautiful bodies of water, home to many life forms, would be destroyed. I would feel depressed, imagining the dead, rotting, drying up living things, being treated like they made a mistake making a lake their home. After this, what's left is filth and only filth, the filth we have built up in these lakes. Let me tell you something I would see often: A family. A husband and a wife, with 2 children. They have a good car, and they seem to be having a nice time in their car. Then, I would see them throwing a plastic wrapper or a plastic bag, or even spit in a lake. It would shock me, that people who are educated would do that. These people would destroy the lake, bit, by bit, by bit. People don't seem to care. People will throw something, spit and even urinate in the lakes. What's worse, on many occasions, many of these people seem to be educated, and privileged. This is ignorance. This ignorance will lead to and has lead to the destruction of lakes, and this is also leading and has led many creatures to die. Imagine, if someone came in your community, and started poisoning people, killing them, slaughtering them, suffocating them, etc, will that person be forgiven? Definitely not. We demand a peaceful society, free of destruction. Yet we destroy the peace and calm of the aquatic creatures, and we destroy their peace. So, if you litter or pollute the lake, think twice before you think you want a peaceful society... I hope and pray, that the next generation of children will look out of their window of their school bus, and smile, looking at a beautiful lake, feeling happy, looking at one of nature's masterpieces. I hope that day will come very soon.

The Fast Forward Team at Inventure Academy visits ...

#Changemaker@InventureAcademy #OurTrafficOurVoice #FastForward The Bangalore Traffic Police Centre (BTPC), a first of its kind, was established in 1930. It received a major renovation in 2010 with the addition of the B-Trac system. It exists to primarily control traffic and those who violate the laws of the system. It is interesting to notice how the Centre’s aims have been modified over the years to accommodate solving the problems faced by emergency services and ensuring accident-free roads from initially being focused on just curbing traffic. On 8th December, the Fast-Forward team accompanied by a group of enthusiastic 5th Graders visited the BTPC, in order to gather in-depth information on how the Centre works; to collect factual data regarding Bangalore traffic; to interview the ACP as part of our video and to receive his advice for our project. What was rather ironic was that it took two whole hours to reach the Bangalore Traffic Management Centre from Inventure Academy even though Google maps claimed it takes only 1 hour 22 minutes. Upon arrival, we were taken to a room which had LED screens attached together to form a gigantic screen, 83 ft. long and 11 ft. high. Live data feed from 175 surveillance cameras and 10 enforcement cameras across the city are used to record the license plates of those vehicles that violate traffic rules. This data is saved on a server and is later used when sending an inland letter to the owner of the vehicle, regarding the penalty he pays based on the kind of offence committed. A minor offence such as parking over a zebra-crossing is liable for a fine of Rs.100 while over-speeding can cost you up to Rs.500. btpc-1 The second highlight of the visit was the interactive session with the ACP, Mr. Kasim Raja. He explained the features of the Centre and the kind of initiatives that are being implemented under him. What we learnt then was totally in contrast to our pre-conceived notions of the BTPC. Our initial impressions were subject to what we see in our everyday lives such as that of traffic policemen accepting bribes. Hence we assumed that the governing authority will be equally corrupt and similar to other governmental authorities which are trapped in the shackles of red-tapism. However, when we saw for ourselves the efforts that are being undertaken, it became evident that the job is extremely demanding and requires a high level of hard work and dedication. In Mr. Kasim’s own words, ‘’The very fact that we are working towards seeing a better tomorrow is motivation enough for us. ‘’ The next session was an exclusive interview with six members of the Fast Forward team interacting with Mr.Kasim. It was during this session that we were advised on our project and recorded relevant information for the purposes of our project. ‘Is there anything else we as students can do to tackle traffic?’ was one of the questions asked. He replied saying that the biggest challenge for the BTPC is spreading awareness about the dangers of traffic. Mr.Kasim believes that once we are aware of the threats of traffic, like death due to accidents and not giving way to emergency services, we instinctively realize that we must put an end to the problem. The strength of the system employed at the BTPC is the connection between the traffic policeman and the correspondent at the Centre. On-road traffic policemen are equipped with Blackberry phones on violation is delivered via walkie-talkie. This system of connection is time-saving and helps prosecute the offender on the spot. Another strength includes the wide range of surveillance the BTPC has. Apart from the 175 surveillance cameras, the organisation also makes use of Interceptors, which are SUVs equipped with video-cameras to capture live incidents and take appropriate action. btpc-2 Interceptor in action Nonetheless, we must understand the magnitude of the problem. There are over 60 lakh vehicles in Bangalore and keeping track of each and every vehicle is an almost impossible task. The V/C ratio (the capacity of the road divided by the number of the cars on the road) is 1:4 when it should ideally be 1:1 or 1:2. The trip to the BTPC was a huge eye-opener and stress-reliever as we now know that at least something is being done to tackle traffic. The data and advice gathered during the visit has led us to believe that the problem can be solved and only needs the combined efforts of all citizens. The city of Bangalore is reeling under air pollution, high accident rates and reduced productivity of its citizens, tackling traffic would put an end to such problems and increase the standards of living in the city. The data gathered showed us that the problem is not easy to solve but the determination of the ACP and men like him shows that anything is possible. Hence the biggest learning for us was that instead of criticizing the system, it is important we become part of the solution and support those who are part of it. Siddharth Baroth 11 AS

If I were made CM even for a day…

#AreWeThereYet #PrimarySchoolProduction2016 Hundreds of cars restlessly hover, long lines of absolutely still, yet never at peace automobiles filling the street. Orange lights glimmer. Honks fill the air, each one a disturbing, out of tune melody. Inside the cars, heads lean against the wheel, fingers drum against windows, passengers grit their teeth, cursing viciously underneath their breath. In a small green car, a young woman adjusts her glasses nervously, feverishly glancing at her watch. Frustrated tears threaten to spill from her eyes. She’s late for her first job interview. And there’s nothing she can do about it. Behind her car, in a rugged grey jeep, a man bites his lip, flicking through his wallet to glance at a photo of his little daughter. He promised her he’d make it in time for her ballet recital. He pulled at his makeshift tie. He’d worked extra shifts yesterday, so his boss would let him go home early today. All the cars stand motionless, engines running, hopeful for a chance to move quickly. They’re disappointed. Traffic eats into the lives of many, impacting people mentally, as well as using up time that could be utilized well otherwise. Traffic infiltrates into our brains, causing stress and blocking our minds as well as the roads. Something has to change. The persisting problem of traffic has to be resolved. To have the power to create, or destruct, enhance or wreck, all under your fingertips, or with a swish of your pen or the hum of a few words, is something that should be used wisely. If I were made CM, I would use my authority carefully. I’d use it for causes that affect every single one of us, to solve the problems that we face every day. Something that I would want to solve as quickly as possible, and in the best way, is the arising issue of relentless traffic, that haunts us all each day. Firstly, I would create more lanes, and separate vehicles according to their type, ultimately spreading them out. I’d increase the tax for private vehicles significantly, which would encourage people to use public transport more often, which would reduce the amount of vehicles on the road and prevent congestion, and even create buses that offer more luxury, for people who prefer more comfort. I’d pass laws that make working from home on certain days mandatory, as well as carpooling. I’d also pass a law that makes it compulsory for people to use public transport once a week. Most of all, I’d use my power as a figure in society, and maybe someone who could impact the minds of many, and spread awareness of what traffic does, and ways to stop it. At the end of the day, it’s up to the people to come together and effect change, to stand against what causes distress and to implement new solutions. Mitali Singh, 8IG