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Student Council Members 2018 – 19


Middle and Senior School

School Captain Divij Gupta
School Vice Captain Bhavya Anil Visal
Sports Captain Vinaya Seshan
BA Captain Kaushik Kunal Singh
Adventurers Inventors Nurturers Venturers
House Captain Sarah Abraham Ridhi Saksena Rivka Aarons Nilanjana M
House Vice Captain Sports Varun Bali Anjali Menon Rishi Gupta Aashna Naik
House Vice Captain BA Garima Amarnath Ananya Seth Anoushka Das lshita Gupta

Primary School  

Head Girl

Kayli Diya Maini

Head Boy

Samit Rao Vudathala

Sports Captain

Arhaan Sehgal

BA Captain

Aanika Abhay Feagans

Adventurers Inventors Nurturers Venturers
House Captain

Ojus Mehndiratta

Ekaansh Balaji

Surabhi Parthasarathy

Yash Dhawal Parekh

House Vice Captain

Saanvi Prasanna

Mia Bhat

Aadi Gupta

Naisha Kunal Ruvala

Workshop on Cross Cultural Intelligence for Grade...

  An insightful session into what it takes to work with people from different cultures was held for Grade 12 as part of Preparing for College and Beyond. The session was facilitated by Ms Rachna Singh who has over 20 years of experience as a Learning and Organization Development professional and has studied cross cultural communications at the Tokyo Academy of Communication, Japan and developed several learning modules on cross-cultural skills. Rachna Singh is also one of India’s top humour writers and has published five books. Workshop on Cross Cultural Intelligence The topics covered were:
  • A broad model that can be used to characterize different national characteristics as linear-active, multi-active, and reactive.
  • Different cultures and how they shape attitudes toward time, leadership, team building, and affect a range of organizational behaviors.
  • Common patterns in different cultures with examples of how different groups act under different situations.
  • How to prepare oneself for being a successful professional in a multi cultural organization.
Grade 12 Inventurers Her depiction of real life situations in other countries due to cultural differences was hilarious and had the students enjoying every bit of her lecture. Yet, they understood how important it is to recognize and accept cultural differences and the best ways to work around it while studying / working in another country.

King Constantine Medal Winners

  Sahithi Pingali and Sanaya Katrak receive prestigious Round Square King Constantine Medals for outstanding spirit of service and work for the community Each year, the prestigious King Constantine Medal* is awarded to deserving students in Round Square member schools, who have shown exceptional acts of service to others creating a positive and long-lasting impact on the local environment and community and helped promote and support the ideals of Round Square in their school. This year Sahithi Pingali and Sanaya Katrak (from the Class of 2018) are our inaugural King Constantine medallists for their commendable efforts. Read more about their accomplishments below. Congratulations to both! *The medal is named after the King of Greece, Constantine II, who is currently the President of the Round Square Board, as well as the Patron of Round Square. As a teenager, he attended Anavryta School in Athens which later became a founding Round Square member school, which started his lifelong connection to Round Square. Sahithi was first exposed to the impact of development on Bangalore’s lifeline - our network of lakes - in July 2015, when she won a scholarship from Inventure to participate in the American India Foundation (AIF) program, to study the impact of urban development on scarce resources. Sahithi was also part of the Inventure team that participated in the Our Lakes Our Voice (OLOV) (an Inventure Change Maker initiative) aimed at students from AIF and Inventure doing an experiential case study on Varthur Lake, a 450-acre water body in Inventure’s vicinity. Sahithi The team’s findings through OLOV prompted Sahithi (the Change Maker OLOV student coordinator) and her team to research the various factors that contribute to the pollution of our water bodies through surveys, sessions with experts, and interviewing people who live and work around the lakes, while carrying out regular testing on ten different Bangalore lakes, for over a year. Sahithi went on to develop an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit which is being used to visualize changing lake conditions by crowdsourcing lake monitoring to citizens and students. All the collected data feeds into a first-of-its-kind live web-based water health map of the world which automatically indicates the status of each monitored water body. Sahithi won several awards for her research on 'An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies' at key Science fairs in India and the US. Sanaya has been working for the environment since she was in primary school and successfully convinced her school in Delhi to switch from paper to electronic communication - thus reducing the use of paper. Sanaya joined Inventure in Grade 10 and has been doing much to share her love for our Earth and its inhabitants: including interviewing pourakarmikas and writing articles about them for Citizen Matters online magazine to contributing to our Our Lakes Our Voice project. Sanaya and Sahithi and their team worked together with faculty to set up a water testing lab at school. Sanaya Sanaya's smiling face has been a constant in whatever she does: from helping to organize changemaker events at school, gathering volunteers for several projects to being the MC for our first ever changemaker challenge event at UB City. changemaker events at school

Inventure Academy teams up with Mu Sigma to bring ...

Why do sales of ice cream fall in the summer in Dubai?* This question kicked off the muPathshala decision sciences workshop at Inventure on 24 May. muPathshala has been designed through a unique collaboration between Mu Sigma and Inventure for our 9th and 11th Grade students. The workshop aims to equip students with the skillset, toolset, and most importantly mindset required to tackle VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) in today’s constantly changing real-world paradigm. It complements academic education with real-world problem solving skills to empower students with an interdisciplinary approach to connect Math, Technology, Design Thinking, Arts and Behavioral Sciences for problem solving.                       The workshop will be conducted over four sessions in the next few weeks and will culminate on 14 July when our students will present their learning to parents, faculty and their Mu Sigma mentors. During the first session, students were split into teams to work on real life case studies that have especially been created for our students, with accompanying data sets and charts. The students were excited to embark on this unique journey in problem solving and learnt that Mu Sigma evaluated answers to complex questions as either “correct” or “not yet.” One 11th Grader aptly summed up the first session with his comment: “this is so cool!!!”

Kaushik Kunal Singh wins four awards at the 2018 I...

  Kaushik Kunal Singh continued his winning streak when he won three Special Awards and one Grand Award at the recently concluded Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) at Pittsburgh, PA. He competed in the Plant Sciences category with his project “The Plant Doctor: An Artificial Intelligence Based Collaborative Platform for Plant Disease Identification, Tracking and Forecasting for Farmers”. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 81 countries, regions, and territories. Kaushik qualified to be a part of Team India at ISEF by winning at India’s largest research based science fair IRIS (Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science) National Science Fair, organized by Intel, Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India, and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF). Kaushik received the following awards at Intel ISEF on 17 & 18 May, 2018: First Place Science for Development Award by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID is the federal government agency responsible for administering foreign aid. USAID works to promote economic and social development in more than 100 countries around the world. China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Award for Ability and Creativity in Science and Engineering Project CAST is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China. One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students' work in all scientific disciplines. Samvid Education Foundation – (Third Place) Agni Award, honoring Dr. Abdul Kalam, former Hon. President of India SAMVID, a non-profit organization, provides a platform for K-12 students and encourage them in honing their academic skills in STEM areas of specialization. Grand Award - Fourth Place, in the Life Sciences Category Team India’s exciting journey for Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh started in New Delhi with a sendoff ceremony and Technology Day organized by the Government of India (attended by the Hon’ble President of India and the Minister for Science and Technology). At ISEF, after an enjoyable grand opening ceremony, the team got down to work with the project setup and preparations. After months of perseverance and many rounds of judging, he was overjoyed to receive the awards at ISEF. Kaushik is looking forward to continuing his work to alleviate the plight of farmers who lose significant crops to diseases without access to agricultural experts. He is also elated that his passion for applying the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Cloud to come up with innovative solutions to broad challenges has been recognized. Kaushik is very thankful for the support and guidance he received from school, family and mentors at every step.

“The Sky Isn’t The Limit” Our Experience at ...

Overview Last week, 7 students from Inventure Academy of grades 7 to 10 visited Mayo College, a prestigious boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan for a conference based on space science - Mission Discovery. The highlight of this conference was the contest based around it- to design an effective and noteworthy experiment that could be conducted on the International Space Station. The winning experiment would be launched into space to be carried out by the astronauts aboard the ISS. Teams were assigned to the students: sixteen groups from a massive number of about a hundred and thirty students. After a few team building activities, we were all set to the task. It seemed incredibly daunting at first, but we had several mentors to help us. Steve Swanson, a retired NASA astronaut who had been to space not once, but four times; Sarah Murray, who also worked at NASA on the Orion mission project, and Chris Barber, the director of the program were present to teach, lead and assist us. They provided a remarkable insight on life on the ISS, and working with NASA - everything from spacewalks and suit dynamics, to how to work well in a team. Through the team building activities we did, we were able to work past our differences as a group and get to know each other better. On the third day of the conference, another mentor, Julie Keeble, a pharmacologist at Kings’ College, London, joined the team. She helped us take our ideas a step further, meeting with all sixteen teams and answering the endless flow of questions we had. By the end of the program, we had all worked extremely hard to present the final outcome of our research. Every team managed to put a thought provoking and intelligent experiment on display. We were content and proud that we managed to navigate our way through the seemingly mammoth task, and made it out successful in the end. Winning team and team building activity winners Through several team building activities, such as giving their teams interesting and memorable names and coming up with catchy newspaper headlines based on astronaut Steve Swanson’s space experiences, the students at the Mission Discovery conference had a chance to have their work and abilities recognized by their peers. Their creative writing and design skills were put to the test when they were given challenges that focused on their communication abilities, and how accurately yet interestingly they were able to convey their learnings from Swanson. Several teams won a challenge, which was motivating, as well as standard-setting for the other teams. The team naming challenge was won by the team called ‘Captivating Comets’, including Inventure Academy student Siya Dwivedi, and the newspaper headline challenge based on Steve Swanson’s space mission experiences was won by the team called ‘The Infinites’, which included Anvay Das, another student of Inventure Academy. As the sessions involving the real experiment design came to an end, the students of all 16 teams finalized their experiments and prepared for their presentations. At the end of the 16 presentations, 6 teams with promising experiments that were likely to work and make a difference were chosen by the judges. The teams then had to then present their ideas in front of a panel of judges and all of their peers, as finalists. There were two finalists from Inventure Academy: Sanjana Shahane, whose team found a way of reducing carbon dioxide on the International Space Station, and Siya Dwivedi, whose team investigated methods of increasing the immunity of plants to be grown on the ISS. Although neither of these teams won Mission Discovery, a very worthy and interesting experiment did, based on decreasing the amount of plastic on the ISS through the use of waxworms. The students returned home more certain on what they want to do with their futures - ready to face what awaits beyond our planet. By Akriti Kartik, Sanjana Shahane and Siya Dwivedi

Holi by Shrushti and Inika

  I thought Holi was…. A celebration of good over evil A festival of colours A time for communities to come together A new beginning But yesterday it became A distasteful affair A shrewd opportunity for unknown hands to grope me I looked around for the culprit But all I see are people behind coloured masks In despair I vow Never again It’s a scheming event for acid attacks Lives ruined under the pretense of celebration Undeserving pain and burnt skin Wondering why me? In the end all I have is Bitter reminiscence of traumatizing touch And tenacious throbs of scalded skin I check the news and see The sheer number of narcotic-induced fatalities Is this really Holi? A celebration of good over evil? A festival of colours? A time for communities to come together? A new beginning? It’s time we restore Holi to its founding truth So no man Or woman Or child Walks away disheartened Or traumatized Or scarred It’s time we stopped and see who we’ve become So we leave Inspired Dignified Determined And spread colour Instead of darkness Spread harmony Instead of nuisance Spread faith Instead of fear It’s time we restore Holi to its founding truth

Football Field Rules and Regulations

  The synthetic turf football field is a valuable sports and recreation asset. The synthetic turf requires special care (different from that of natural grass) to increase its durability and maintain its quality. We have implemented these turf field rules and regulations to protect and preserve this valuable asset of the Inventure Community.

Special Rules and Regulations

  1. Only football Shoes (Studs or trainers) should be worn on the football field.
  2. Flat/Sports shoes, bare feet or playing in socks are NOT allowed. Metal cleats are prohibited.
  3. Students need to walk on the pavement before cleaning their feet and must enter the field after using the mats located at the marked entrances to clean their footwear. All football shoes must be cleaned of dirt, grass and debris, before getting on to the turf.
  4. Students must carry their studs onto the field and wear them and subsequently change to their school shoes before going to classes.
  5. Students are not allowed on the field without the coach’s permission at any time.
  6. Students using the field must pick up and remove all litter from the premises. All areas around the turf field must be clean at all times.
  7. Food and chewing gum are strictly prohibited on the turf. Students may bring water/energy drinks and keep them on the pavement.
  8. If something spills on the field and needs to be cleaned….do NOT attempt to do so yourself. Contact Housekeeping or one of the Coaches in such cases.
  9. Hanging or climbing on the football goal posts is prohibited.

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

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.