Volunteer Teachers at the School
Mr. Kai and Ms. Sarah from USA have been doing their voluntary teaching to the children from 27th January onwards in our school. They are from the Stetson University sent by our well wisher Mr. Phillip C. Lucas, professor of religious studies at Stetson University. Ms. Sarah teaches to the primary children and Mr. Kai teaches to the High School students. Children are very happy to have their presence.
Children's story writer Mr. Martine, from England visited our school in the last week. He joined with Ms. Sarah and narrated the story "Fire" to the children. The children enjoyed very much by hearing the story with action. Latter he practiced actions with sentences as made many section of a class. That day was very enjoyable day to the children.
Mrs. Prema, Mrs. Mirabai and Mr. Fernando from Argentina visited our school on this week at the first working day of Monday. They had the training of "Blessing" from the Oneness University in Andrapradesh, India. These three of them blessed the children, volunteers, teachers and to me also by chanting of mantra. This was the very special experience to all of us.
Picnic to Sathanur Dam
On February 8, our primary children went for a picnic to Sathanur Dam. This Sathanur Dam is thirty Kilometer away South of Tiruvannamalai and built across the river Thenpennai. There are many parks, a swimming pool, a Crocodile Farm and so may. Our 55 children, the teaching volunteer Ms. Sarah, 9 teachers, a woman assistant and I had left the school at 8:45 am with two of our vans. We reached the Dam at 10:15 am.
First the children were very interested to play in the parks. There were see-saws, sliding, pyramids, swings and so on amusement equipments. So many gigantic statues like elephant, diaunocer, ten head snake and so many. These all were very excitement to the children and teachers. They went to through three parks and enjoyed. Around 12:30 pm all of us had tomato rice, potato curry and a banana.
After the lunch, we went to the Crocodile Farm. There were more than 500 crocodiles from young to old. Children were scared to see the crocodiles. Few of them alarmed. Then we went to near the dam. On the dam at a shadow we sat. We all sang a song individually. Sarah and a girl danced well. Totally, this was a very happiest moment. At last we came to the vans at 3:30 pm and left from there and reached the school at 4:30 pm.
Thank you very much to spare your time to read this news.
With warm regards,
Republic Day Celebrated
The 65th Indian National Republic Day was celebrated in our Sri Ramana Matriculation School on January 26, 2014 the Sunday from 7:00 am onwards. At first, an abishekam was performed to Lord Ganesha in our school campus. Then, the children, teachers, Chief Guest and the Special Guests gathered at the ground at 8:00 am. The function began with the children's prayer. I then welcomed the Chief Guest Tamil Nadu State Exnora Vice President Mr. P. Indirarajan and the Special Guests, founder of Aranachula Yoga Centre Mrs. Karina Stewart and her mother, Mrs. Margaret Percival and her yoga group from Scotland. Their full group consisted of Mrs. Denise Fyvie, Mrs. Lynne Cursiter, Mrs. Lillian Downie, Mrs. Morag Herbert, Mrs. Susan Ogg, Mrs. Morag McBain, Mrs. Sharon Walker, Mrs. Alison Jaffrey Henderson, Mrs. Sheena Craig, and Mrs. Christine Henderson. Mr. Mike Horsey and volunteer teachers Mr. Kai Eckenrode and Ms. Sarah Stuart from the United States were also welcomed, along with Mr Neill Schell from Australia. Each guest was presented with a sandalwood garland and a memento. Finally, I welcomed the parents, teachers, children and all others in attendance to the function.
Mr. P. Indirarajan then unfurled the Indian National Flag and delivered a special speech about the Republic Day Celebration. He mentioned how our forefathers sacrificed their lives to gain Indian independence. He mentioned some of the names of the freedom fighters like Gandhi, Nehru, Veerapandiyakattapomman and so on. He also pointed that our school's children, along with the future generation of India, should protect this freedom very carefully. Then our school provided a very tasty breakfast to all of our guests, children, parents and teachers.
Many ladies from the surrounding villages participated in a Kolam competition, conducted by our Arunachalam Trust. One first prize winner, two second prizes and three third prizes were selected by our Special Guests as judges. Then our Special Guests visited the classes and were impressed by our children's ability to answer their questions correctly.
Later in the celebration, Mr. Manimaran from Pondicherry played Veena, Violin and flute very gracefully. After a short intermission, our children's dance competition began with a shower of colors, costumes, and thundering music. The first dance welcomed those gathered with a keyboard rendition of the Vandemataram Flag Song, performed by our adorable Kindergarteners adorned in orange, white and green to represent the tricolors in the Indian National Flag.
The next dance was the Indian classical dance Bharathanatyam performed by one 7th Standard student like a peacock fluttering its feathers. She commanded the stage with her graceful and flowing movements.
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Standard boys and girls followed with their Indian national dance, which is designed to give much courage and boldness to live in the world. Their synchronization and rhythm were both impressive and enjoyable to watch.
An English play was performed by 2 girls and 2 boys, and highlighted the historical and political importance of India's Republic Day. The play included the customs of the Indian family as well as some quick improvisation.
The competition was given a thundering jolt by our 8th and 9th Standard boys who performed an energetic and stylish modern dance, choreographed by one of our own students.
The devotional song worshipping the Sakti was performed by a group of girls. The song is also a prayer to give energy and health long throughout the life.
Finally, the Tamilian folk dance known as Karakattam closed out the competition. The dance is also a prayer to Ganesha and can symbolize the competition between men and women. The judges were left with many tough decisions, as each dance group was special in its own right.
At last, the prizes were awarded to the Kolam and dance competitions by our special guests. To end the day's festivities, School Principal Mr. S. Managandan delivered a word of thanks to participants and guests alike. Afterwards, guests and teachers had a delicious Indian meal to bring an end to the very special day.
To conclude, I would once again like to personally thank our Chief and Special Guests, teachers, and students, who together made this celebration a tremendous success.
With warmest regards,
Silver Jubilee Celebrated, April 2013
Visitors to the School, Republic Day Celebrated, January-February 2013
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
from the Japan Ramana Association,
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
Symposium, Special Visitors, January-February 2009
New School Update, Republic Day Celebrated, January
More News and Stories from 2008
Two Volunteers Teach Students English,
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
Jayanthi Celebration (December 2005)
Planting Field Trip
and Stories from 2005
News and Stories from 2004