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Dear friends, vanakkam ! Looking at the photo of this year's NCBS graduates, we're sure you share with us our pride and happiness when seeing these young, confident and healthy girls and boys, formed by our school, ready to carry their lives forward with our blessings and love.
We highly value the underlying philosophy of the fair which encouraged students' scholarly and creative work, nurtured their sense of inquiry and curiosity, and gave them an opportunity to express their understanding in print, speech and products which ranged from posters to working machines.
NCBS students in particular had downloaded, explored and studied works from the world's great scientists, and demonstrated with small replicas and self-made models in clear steps how the various discoveries and inventions of these great ones work. It was very impressive to hear them not only describe but also explain why things happen, and this with confidence, understanding and in good clear English. In general, v isitors were highly impressed with the young people's commitment and obvious sense of enjoyment at sharing science. The extensive preparation of the space, exhibits, evaluation forms and certificates was exceptional.
You may imagine how inspiring and uplifting it was to see students from so many different schools participating in a joint venture and learning from each other. As for audience, altogether some 30 00 students from 11 schools in the bio-region plus two Puducherry government schools visited the fair. NCBS staff and visitors expressed their appreciation for the excellent collaboration and team work between initiative-taker Anbu and NCBS science teachers Perumal and Murugaian, 2 nd grade teacher Selvaraj and computer teacher Kartikayan.
Students from Kuilapalayam Trust School explaining the working principle of an atomic power plant.
Next year's topic will be ‘Our Universe'. Maybe a reason for you to come and visit us in February! You're most welcome!
La Piscine Water-Polo
On Tuesday 19th February, a team representing NCBS won the ‘La Piscine Water-Polo Champions Trophy' for 2009 by beating Auroville's Udavi School 9 goals to 1. Every year, Sue, the mom of a British Aurovilian, comes to teach water polo once a week to 6 th through 8 th grade students who take swimming class. A special feature is that girls and boys play on the teams together, and Savitri, in charge of the sports area and swimming pool in the New Creation settlement, provided the players with proper (and cute!) swimming suits and other gear.
Also this year NCBS was blessed again with fresh input from a team of bright and spirited volunteers, infusing the school with their original approaches, skill and lively ‘internationalness'. Their presence was invaluable for both students and teachers and immensely appreciated by all.
Writes Aaron: “ I believe that it is because of the teachers and role-models who help mould NCBS, that the children from these villages will grow for generations, to become confident and valuable contributors to the future of their villages and India . A thank-you is in order to Principal Shankar. His consistent smile and gentle words are the passionate, open arms that embrace and characterise this unique school.”
Volunteers we welcomed this year , from l to r:
Dianne Coventry, Aaron Cinquemani , both M. ED students from Antioch University New England who did their teaching internship at NCBS; young Sheila Oluborode , just fresh from High School in Germany came to us via the Weltwaerts volunteer organisation; Sandra Ellis, volunteer English teacher from the UK ; Matt Halpin from University of Washington who also made a lovely little film clip on the school's organic garden; and last but not least Chris Gould, elementary bilingual teacher in USA, who also taught in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, South Korea. Thank you all!
The outer life of the world..
The school's garden has been a joy for all and enriched our lunches with different kinds of tomato, lettuce, various spinaches, sweet basil, chillies, maize, tapioca, radishes, onions, ginger, bitter gourds, cucumber, pumpkin, papaya, various ladies fingers, green pepper/capsicum (one!). Also flowers such as zinnias, sunflowers, Mexican sunflowers, ‘Radha's consciousness' flowers, and marigolds.
Plans for the coming year include: fewer varieties of tomatoes, more capsicum, more spinach, many big sunflowers, and... a new herb garden with medicinal and culinary herbs, tulsi, lemongrass and more.
Thank you, Rajan & friends!
The new building is rapidly coming up !
Once again you see on this page an image of a busy construction site! And yes, one more structure is coming up, containing a space for a real Library , a Special Needs Room and a well equipped Science Laboratory. This urgently required building, which may very well be the last one as our small campus is getting overcrowded, is partly financed by a German government grant obtained through Auroville International Germany, and partly by friends in France , U.K and Germany . We are extremely grateful that this could come to pass and thank all who were instrumental in this!
We see it as a true blessing, and clear encouragement, that presently th e psychological shadow of financial uncertainty has been somewhat lifted from us and specially thank those of our friends who were extra generous this year with funds for our running costs and children's nutrition. May you please stay with us, so that the current strong momentum won't be broken, and the good work can proceed unhindered.
We here remind you that the easiest and fastest way of sending your donation is via the Internet: www.auroville.com/donate In this way, we get immediate notice of your gift, receive the money in a few days' time, and can acknowledge receipt to you straightaway.
Thank you for keeping us afloat!
With much love from us all,
The New Creation Bilingual School Support Group
Principal Shankar, and Dianna, Franca , Françoise, Janet, Mauna, Suriyagandhi and consultant Jeanne Korstange, along with all the school's children, teachers and other personnel.
(Dr. Heidi Watts of Antioch New England Graduate School in USA, Martin Littlewood of Auroville International UK, Satyakam Karim and Devasmita Patnaik of Auroville International France, all long time friends and supporters of the school, attend our meetings when present in Auroville.)
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