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A Warm Greeting from India! 

A small Get-Together meeting was arranged in the school premises on 24th February, 2013 by the Arunachalam Trust. Teachers and the dance children gathered at the school premises around 10:00 AM. Ms. Karina Stewart from Scotland, Mr. James Moyes from England, Ms. Cathy Fortier and Mr. Philippe Walle from France and Ms. Linda Nilsson from Sweden arrived at the same time to the school.

Arunachalam Trust’s Managing Trustee (I) gave the welcome speech propagating about the noble tasks of the Arunachalam Trust. And also pointed out the performance of 108 Sun Salutation Event every year on the International Peace Day and raising funds for our school by Ms. Karina Stewart. A Ganesha Memento and a salve were presented to her and a salve was presented to others. Then she taught simple Yoga for all.  

After the Yoga, children’s colorful cultural programs made everyone’s Heart touched by feathers. Then all of the participants chanted 108 times of Arunachala’s Mula Mantra. After chanting the Mantra, everyone did meditation. At last the foreign friends spoke that everyone had the willingness to support the school. Our school principal thanked to all. At the end of the meeting all of us had delicious Indian Feast.

Thank you very much.

Kindest Regards,

Visitors to Our School

Ms. Margaret Hill: Our school supporter Ms. Margaret Hill from Australia visited our school in the second week of January. This was her first visit to our school. She liked very much the new school building. She spent her whole day in the school with the children. She assured that she could support more in the future to the school. 

Mr. Phillip Lucas: Our school supporter Mr. Phillip Lucas, Professor of Religious Studies, Stetson University from USA visited our school in the third week of January. He pleased very much on seeing the students in the new school building. He inquired the most needed thing at present and assured that he would inform to his colleagues and friends and through them he could support more to the school.

When he visited last year he had a wish to teach the English to the children. This year he did it. He taught English to the IX Grade students three days that  were Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the first week of February. He appreciated the students’ understandings and the knowledge. He taught English through American folk music. The students learned Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," Stephen Foster's "Oh Susanah," and Hank Williams Jr.'s "Jambalayah." He sang and they sang, both individually and collectively. Explaining "me gotta go pole the pirogue" was interesting. Then they sang him some Tamil folk songs.

Ms.Hannah: Ms. Hannah from Netherlands participated as guest on 26th January in the Republic Day celebration. She liked very much the children’s cultural programs. She wanted to teach drawings to the primary class children. So she visited on Monday the second week of February. She spent the morning session with the children and practiced drawing to the children. 

Celebrations in the School

Republic Day Celebration:

64th Indian National Republic Day was celebrated 26th of January in our school. Some teachers and students gathered in the old school and others gathered in the new school building at 6 in the early morning. Apart from our one school mini bus, we hired two others. At 9:30 AM one mini bus plied to West side of the villages to bring the children. Second one plied to North side of the villages to bring the children. The third one carried the teachers and the children from the old school and went to the new school. The third one went to the Sriramanasram to bring the guests to our celebration.

The teachers and the children decorated the stage and the play ground. Some other teachers engaged in the make up of the children for the cultural programs. At 7:30 AM most of the children reached the school for celebration. Foreign delegates from Sriramanasram reached at 7:50 AM. Our Chief Guest Mr. S Ravindran, Bank Of Baroda Manager reached the school at 7:55 AM. At 8:00 AM our school SPL, ASPL and principal invited the guests to the celebration.

The celebration started with the prayer. The correspondent (Myself) Welcomed the Chief Guest, our school supporter Mr. Phillip Lucas, Professor of Religious Studies, Stetson University, from USA, Mr. Joseph Kicken, Professor of Philosophy, from Netherlands, Mr. Peter from England, Mr. Michael, an Advocate from Austria and Ms. Hannah Van Dek Schee from Netherlands with shalves and mementos and also welcomed the teachers, parents and the children.

Chief Guest unfurled the national flag. Girl students sang the flag song with sweet voice. Higher class students did the disciplined March fast to respect the flag.   Guests expressed their views and distributed the prizes to the students who won in the competitions which where hold on Children’s Day Celebration on 14th of November which is Nehruji’s Birth Day.

Everybody eagerly waited for the colorful cultural programs. Children brought out their wonderful talents very gracefully and everybody clapped for a long showing their joyfulness and happiness. Mr. Joseph Kicken also performed an American Native dance. The function ended with the National Anthem and distribution of biscuit pockets to all, which were given by the Sriramanasram. It was a colorful and unforgettable day for all.  

Bank Of Baroda’s Third Year Inaugural Day

Bank Of Baroda Tiruvannamalai Branch Manager Mr. S. Ravindran participated on January 26th in our school’s Republic Day Celebration and discussed with the Correspondent (Me) to conduct a function of their bank’s Third Inaugural Day in our school. We consented for the function. So on 9th of February they conducted the celebration in our school. They conducted drawing competition to the primary classes, essay competition to the middle classes and the elocution competition the higher classes.

Children made remarkable speeches about the banks and the benefits of the banks. The Manager wondered what a marvelous speech of the children. He was very astonished to the handwriting of the children in the essay competition. And also he was attracted by the drawings and paintings of the children. The Manager also spoke in the function how the banks are helping to the students and how they can utilize the banks. He distributed valuable prizes to the winners of the competitions and also consolation prizes to the participated children. The function came to an end by distributing sweets to all the children, teachers and the parents.

More News

News & Stories from 2012

Examinations in the New School, December 2012

Republic Day Celebrated, January 2012

Short Film Project, New School Construction Updage, December 2011

Children's Day Celebrated, November 2011

Diwali Celebrated, October 2011

World Peace Day Celebrated, New School Progress, September 2011

More on School Progress, August 2011

Progress on New School, Books and Uniforms Distributed, July 2011

Progress on New School Construction, June-July 2011

New School Foundation Completed, May 2011

Work Progresses on New School Building; Visitors Welcomed, February 2011

Republic Day, January 2011

News and Stories from 2010

Mr. Tabuchi Visits from Japan, December 2010

Vijayadhasamy Festival Celebrated, October 2010

International Peace Day Celebrated, September 2010

National Independence Day Celebrated, August 2010

Birthdays Celebrated, July 2010

School Reopens, June 2010

Good Luck and Prosperity, April 2010

February Was a Month of Visitors, February 2010

Republic Day Celebration, January 2010

News and Stories from 2009

Visit from the Japan Ramana Association, September 2009

A Prayer for World Peace and a Day Caring for the Environment, September 2009

Professor Volunteers His Teaching Skills; Vinayakar Chadhurthi Celebration; Children Offer Sympathy, August 2009

Independence Day Celebrated, August 2009

Educational Development Day, July 2009

Ramana Competition, Symposium, Special Visitors, January-February 2009

New School Update, Republic Day Celebrated, January 2009

More News and Stories from 2008

Two Volunteers Teach Students English, December 2008

Children's Day Celebrated, November 2008

Environmental Awareness and Tree Saplings Planting Take Place at New School Site, October 2008

New School Construction Update, October 2008

Japanese Visitors, School Construction Updates, August & September 2008

Independence Day Celebrated at New School Site, August 2008

School Construction Update, August 2008

Educational Development Day, July 2008

New School Needs Your Help, June 2008

Republic Day Celebration, January 2008

More News and Stories from 2007

Get Together Event, December 2007

Bhagavan’s Jayanthi Celebrated and Visit From School Supporters, December 2007

Children's Day, November 2007

Diwali Celebrated, October 2007

Vinayaka Chadhuthi, September 2007

World Population Day, Teachers' Day Celebrated, September 2007

Independence Day Celebrated, August 2007

New School Contstruction Update, June 2007

Construction Begins on New School Facilities, April 2007

Jayanthi and Republic Day Celebrated, January 2007

More News and Stories from 2006

New School Fundraising, December 2006, and A. Prabahakaran Birthday Celebration, December 2006

Children's Day, November 2006 and Global Community Day, November 2006

Prize Winning in the Ramanar Competition, November 2006

19th Year Inaugural Day & Vijayadhasami Puja, October 2006

Independence Day, August 2006

School Reopens, June 2006 (also visit the Urgent Needs page for additional information on the new school site, needs, and how your donation can make a difference.)

Earth Puja, April 2006

X Standard Public Examination and OWCF Volunteers Teaching, February 2006

Republic Day, January 2006

More News and Stories from 2005

Sri Ramana Jayanthi Celebration (December 2005)

Planting Field Trip (December 2005)

Children's Day (November 2005)

Additional News and Stories from 2005

News and Stories from 2004


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