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Christmas Celebration

HO..HO..HO… laughed the Santa Claus as all the little ones squealed with delight! Bright little eyes became as big as saucers at the sight of the chocolates in lovely bright wrappers that the Santa had brought for all…
The Christmas Fest in KG section celebrated on Monday, 31st December was a delightful sight to behold… and why wouldn’t it be?


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The front porch with the decorated X-Mas tree and Christmas decorations welcomed the students to the festive cheer which mounted as the day proceeded. Besides, dressed in the warm and cheery red color, all the teachers were the very assistants of their favorite Santa Claus, taking care that every young one had an equally great time!


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In the classrooms, the little ones danced to the tunes of the Christmas Songs and later flaunted the tattoo drawings of strawberries, Santa caps, stockings and other traditional decorations on the backside of their hands, which their teacher had drawn for them. The special treat of strawberry milkshake was relished during snacks.
During the crafts class, various craft activities were designed exclusively for Christmas- Pop up cards made by the Sr. Kg., Santa Claus made from paper cups by Jr. Kg. and Christmas trees prepared by Nursery class added a personal touch to the celebration. These creations were then sent home, with the students, to share the warmth of the festivity with the parents back home too!!


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Every class along with their teacher also visited the barn (built in the aviary area) where baby Jesus was born and Mother Mary had placed him in a manger. The students were told the story of how the three wise men, guided by the holy star, visited baby Jesus and gave him gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Surely, the most eye-catching experience in the day, though, awaited all in the Media Room – when Santa Clause took everyone to the land of lovely inspiring stories. He helped a snowman, Harry, realize his importance for not only the children but all the people in their village. He danced and he sang….as the jingle, jingle, jingle bells rang…..


Team Millennium Rise to the AWIM Challenge

Hurrah for our young students from Std. V – Radhika Rajwade, Jijau Phatak, Avanee Bagade & Swani Pathak who have made it to the top in the Skimmer Competition (Track Event- Distance with Weight) organized by SAEINDIA AWIM Pune Olympics at SNBP School, Rahatani.
“Our skimmer has been one with a difference..” chirped the girls as they shared their exciting journey to the top of the city level competition. “The beautifully decorated ‘Prakash Vata’, the skimmer designed by the Millennium Team is a noteworthy project as it includes special empathy towards the much needy Adivasi community. Complete with a Kitchen, School, Hospital and a toilet on board, the little skimmer (paper model) proves to be an eco-friendly (fuel free) mode of transport which could also provide a source of income for the Adivasis”they explained in detail.


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Adding to the charm of our team, was the well written and effectively presented skit with the conversation between an Adivasi and the NGO representatives.Sporting the Adivasi headband and a complimenting tone, Jijau expressed concern over the lack of medical, educational facilities to which Radhika and Avanee(NGO Representatives) promptly replied by presenting the skimmer –held by Swani- as the complete solution to resolve multiple requirements- and you could clearly see why these clear voices lined with great dramatics could steal the hearts of all!

The lovely young faces of our students overflowing with joy and excitement just about matched their feelings as they expressed their parents’ joy and the appreciation they got after their success. All but Avani spoke enthusiastically about the special treat they received or were promised – and what she said belied her young age- “I refused any kind of treat my parents offered to me” she said, “The AWIM Trophy in itself was my greatest gift!”


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These young champs along with the guidance of their teachers – Ms. Jyotsna, Ms.Rutuja, Ms. Aditi & Ms. Sneha, were able to make a mark at this City level competition as well as pave their way to the National level Competition to be held at Chandigarh in this month.

Not to mention, our sponsor company `John Deere’, who have not only provided the necessary kits to the school but their engineers have also volunteered to guide the students for the competition.
So, here’s wishing our young champs good luck and greater success at the National level competitions to be held soon!!


Candid Moments with Veena Gavankar

It was with great enthusiasm that the students of Std. VII enjoyed some candid moments with the well-known biographer, Ms. Veena Gavankar, on Friday, 23rd November 2018 at our school.

A former librarian and an avid reader, she shared the life stories of Loius Agassi and George Washington Carver- two of the many unsung heroes introduced to us through her writing- and their journey from a very humble beginning to the great achievements in their lives. ‘EkHota Carver’, her debut novel and biography of American agriculturist George Washington Carver in the year 1979 kick started her career as a writer.

Connecting to the young students in a friendly manner, Ms.Gavankar also emphasized that these unsung heroes should be the source of inspiration for the children. These real life heroes started in their lives with very humble beginnings but with their grit and determination they could reach for the stars!

Replying to the enthusiastic questions by the students, she mentioned that she has authored 10 books and has truly enjoyed the entire journey until now.


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Her presence at this talk was so friendly and welcoming that our students asked her quite a few questions. They asked her about her hobbies to things like ‘Is Ramayan & Mahabharat history or fiction’; to which her answers were equally engaging- Coming from rural area, she acquired her interest in reading due to the small box of books available in the reading period or the free time in her school. Though she is an avid reader, Autobiographies and Biographies hold special interest for her as they tell us about real life heroes. Amid other discussion, she explained that some details viz. locations etc. in the Epics like Mahabharata were true yet we lack evidence of the actual and complete plot/the events in these stories


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She further explained that reading was the foundation of, not only her- a writer’s, profile but also of any other successful person’s life. In fact selective reading i.e. reading the correct thing is a skill, she said.Reading is the canvas on which one can create his achievements. Thus, we reiterate the wisdom in the age-old saying- ‘Books are our best friends’!


Delightful Diwali Celebration

Diwali, the grandest and the most sparkling of all our festivals cascaded down to our little students filling them up with its cheerful shine!!

Well yes, this Diwali Celebration in our Pre-primary Section seemed all the more special with the wonderful and well-planned as well as flawlessly executed Diwali activities!

Other than class decoration, the young ones had a great time enjoying pre- Diwali activities like Lantern -making, Rangoli drawing and Toran – making.


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The message of environment conservation, avoiding air pollution and noise pollution was shared by the teachers amongst a lot of intelligent queries and enthusiastic applause by the little ones. It was with an earnest intention that the promise of taking care of our Mother Earth and Nature, was made by all.


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One could very well agree that the Diwali Fest was the fitting culmination of the entire festivity! Wasn’t it a lovely sight as all the little ones, dressed in their best traditional outfits pranced around to spread the festive warmth of the season?


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With games, songs and dances, it was a fun-filled occasion! A short animation film on the story of Lord Ram’s grand, victorious return to Ayodhya was watched with much fascination by the little ones.The delicious snacks –the yummy Diwali faral, was relished by all the young students, as well.

As we see it, the rosy cheeks and dimpled chins resplendent in their innocent festive cheer were the true greetings for the Diwali Festival indeed…


Celebrating Victory: Vijayadashmi Festival

It was a time of great festivity on 15th of this month, as our little students of KG Section trooped into the area allotted for celebrating Bhondla or Hadga as it is called.

The festivities in the month of Ashwinare known to bring us the warmth of joy and laughter in the company of our friends. One amongst these festivities is Bhondla/ Hadga.

Traditionally speaking, Bhondla/Hadga is the custom celebrated as the Sun moves to the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac called ‘Hasta’. “All sixteen days between Ghatasthapana and Kojagiri Pornima young girls celebrate the Bhondla with gusto. A rangoli, representing a motif of two elephants with garlands in their trunks, is drawn either on the floor or on a paat (low wooden stool). The girls go around the motif in a circle, holding each other’s hands and singing the Bhondla songs.


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At Millennium not just the girls but all the little ones from the KG Section held each other’s hands and danced to the beats of the music as the Bhondla songs played in the background. The youngest of the lot –the nursery groups especially enjoyed the clapping of hands, reminding one of the real essence of joy in its purest form.

On the 17th, we also celebrated Dussehra or Dasara starting with ‘Saraswati Puja’. The day celebrated all over India to denote the ultimate triumph of good over evil. It is also an occasion to make us remember that we should eliminate the Ravan within us- remove the bad habits that prevent us from becoming better persons.


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The entrance area in the KG Section gave just this message as it was adorned with a beautiful picture of Goddess Durga, a statue of Goddess Saraswati- the goddess of Knowledge as well as the Ten-headed Ravan, symbolizing the bad habits we need to avoid viz. Junk food, Speaking lies, Anger, Chewing the pencil etc.


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Not only did the kids enjoy their favourite story sessions – about Dussehra, on this occasion – but also indulged in craft activities like making Aptyachepaan, the auspicious Kalash and the hand puppets of Ravan as per their classes. One couldn’t but notice the subtle blending of the transfer of tradition and culture along with fulfilling the educational objectives like improving the motor skills of the children on special events like this one…

As we know, the Vijay Mahurat on Dussehra is considered to be extremely auspicious. Time to re-experience the jubilance of the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur, Lord Ram over Ravan and the homecoming of the Pandavas after their ‘Vanvaas’. With our young students, it was a festivity to rejoice and spread the light of happiness leading to a year full of success and divine goodness…


Bridging the Gap

“What an awesome day it has been…” chirped the students of Std X, as they got down from their buses- and why wouldn’t they say that too? -it had truly been a very different ‘Teacher’s Day Celebration’ for all!
It began with the basic idea of giving the students an insight into the school-lives of children from a different section of the society. Accordingly, it was decided that all the 197 students of Std. X would visit various Corporation Schools in the area and spend some time with the kids there which would also be part of their SEWA (Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action)Activity.

Organizing this entire event was a daunting task which included contacting the Shikshan Mandal, taking their permission, followed by contacting and convincing the authorized schools to participate in the event. This crucial coordination was done by our Vice Principal Mrs Sujata Kulkarni.

The planning from our side had already begun from the month of August. All the Std.10th CR’s (Class Representatives)had formed teams of 5 to 8 students along with deciding their profile in this activity- which included creating awareness about hygiene among the students as well as telling them about our first Vice-President and second President of India Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and the significance of Teachers day. Besides, some stationary material would also be donated to the schools.

Finally, all the loose ends were tied together and it was decided that our students of Std. X (division wise) would visit the four different Corporation schools in the area viz. Samrat Ashok Vidyalaya, Karvenagar; Vanabai Barate School, Warje; Shamrao Barate School, Warje and Pandit Dindayal School, Paud Phata on Saturday, Dt. 29th September 2018…


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As our student-teachers entered their respective classrooms equipped with their teaching plans and teaching-aids – which they had prepared with a lot of care and thoughtfulness – all inhibitions died away and the initial apprehension went right out of the window as the kids gelled with each other! The enjoyment along with knowledge sharing was mutual as those students learnt art, craft, numbers and a lot more; while our student-teachers got an enriching experience and loads of adoration in return!!

Our CR’s say …”On that day we all were very excited to see those schools and then to teach the students there. It was amazing to see all our friends in the role of teachers. Those kids might be under privileged or from a different background but they carried a very innocent smile on their faces, which took us 4-5 years back – to the days of our Primary school – and we could connect to them easily!

We had become a part of that school,especially because of the friendliness of our students.They addressed us by different names-Dada/ Bhaiya, Tai etc.The satisfaction of giving something to someone who needs it, values it- is really out of this world.The event surely gave us a great learning experience as well as the satisfaction of seeing everyone smiling happily. They made our day…We usually decorate our classrooms with so many things,their classrooms were decorated too – but with those happy students themselves!!”


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The teachers, who were a part of this novel enterprise, wholeheartedly appreciated the enriching experience our kids had on this occasion…They mentioned with great emphasis, “It was a wonderful experience for all our students and an extremely memorable day. The students could comprehend the colossal efforts needed to conduct a class. They experienced a sense of deep satisfaction and exhilaration when the municipality children responded to their stories and activities with exuberance. It’s the reason students always look forward to Teacher’s Day celebration with great anticipation, to bask in the spirit of this marvellous occasion.”

As our students got down from their buses and looked around at the familiar premises of Millennium, they waved at each other, only to say a quick goodbye before leaving for home, with their parents.

For us, the radiance of their smiles had said it all- the joy of giving and a deep satisfaction of having made a difference to someone…


In The Name of ‘Ganpati’ -The Lord of Wisdom

Little hands held the ‘Palkhi’ of the Lord, tiny eyes shone with glee as the rhythm of the drums sounded in the air….and all the little ones basked in the joy of the Ganesh Celebration as they joined the festive procession in our KG Section on Wednesday, dt. 12th Sept 2018.
The entire celebration with all its treats, started way back in August when the little students –guided by their teachers – learnt to make the correct mixture of clay(for idol making). This activity not only was enjoyable for the kids but it also provided opportunity for them to hone their motor skills- a very important aspect for the development of the child!
The next step for the idol making was of course, to make lovable little Ganesh idols from the ready clay. It was with much amazement and delight that the kids gazed at the clay take the shape of their favourite ‘Ganpati Bappa’ -only to be decorated with bright festive colors!


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In their young minds could this have started the realization of the jouney from abstract to concrete? – ignorance to knowledge and darkness to light as said in the Sanskrit prayer-
Asatoma Sadgamaya,
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya….


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Truly, the Lord of Wisdom- ‘Ganesh’ is the friendliest of all. He not only extends his love and blessings to the entire universe but also symbolizes the Supreme most Truth in its real sense.
So, as the drums sounded with the accompaniment of the tasha and zhanz, our little students definitely enjoyed the festive mood. Besides, they also asked for the blessings of their favourite ‘Bappa’ as the teachers, kakas, aunties offered ‘Aarti’ -“Sukhkarta Dukhaharta” followed by the distribution of ‘Prasad’.
Thus for us all, this was one of the best times in the year! –an occasion for fun, frolic, creativity and some thoughtfulness too…


A Funfilled DahiHandi Celebration

They are the Krishnas..Gopis…Radhas…yes, they are our little students from Kg section as well as Std. I & II that have made this DahiHandi Celebration at Millennium, an occasion of fun and frolic, music and cheer!


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Known for the human pyramid structures, symbolizing team spirit and strength in unity, the auspicious yet truly festive spirit of DahiHandi is celebrated throughout our country. It is an age old tradition with us Indians, who love to enjoy this celebration with our friends and achieve our common goals in the form of the Handi.

The young students of Millennium also enjoyed this cultural fest on Monday, 3rd September, along with their friends as they moved to the beats of the music ‘Govinda Ala Re Ala…’.



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The charming stories of Little Krishna of Gokul, told by the teachers along with the colourful decoration added a festive backdrop to the soaring spirits of all.

Every young one, dressed in the finery of traditional dresses (some complete with a peacock feather headband as well) was glowing with the expectation of participating in the human pyramid and the little ones who were lucky enough to reach for the Handi- with the help of the Staff- grinned with glee as the puffed rice got poured all over their friends….

An occasion to be cherished for its gaiety and high spirits, our children were the very picture of innocent radiance not only as they held hands with their buddies or tasted the Prasad of puffed rice and sugar burst but also as they bestowed dimpled smiles, on any one who was lucky enough to catch their eye!!


Shravan Celebrations Galore

Fifth month of the solar year, ‘Shravan’ is a holy month dedicated to spiritual practices and religious offerings. It marks the onset of a new moon and is the beginning of Sun’s transition into Leo zodiac.

Shravan – full of colorful festivities is also a time to celebrate for our little ones in the Kg section! Especially Raksha-bandhan, NaraliPornima and Nag Panchmi etc. which were celebrated in full zest this August.
The festival of Rakshabandhan, dedicated to brothers and sisters and celebrating the bond of affection was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to flaunt self-made Rakhis with their friends. The entire experience itself was planned with scope for creativity and creating cultural awareness along with a thought for the development of the motor skills of the young ones.


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Which festival is complete without sweets?-Well, not for us… So, the little children did enjoy the occasion as they munched on NaralBarfis i.e. – an appropriate treat for the celebration of NaraliPornima as well, as they listened to the information about ‘Shriphal’ – Naral in Marathi and Coconut in English with its special qualities and importance. The teachers also shared with them the importance of NaraliPornima especially for the Fishermen community-and how, after the monsoon months, they start out for fishing after offering puja and Naral to the Ocean God.

Similarly, Nag Panchami celebration also created fond memories as the little ones made colourful paper snakes. They decorated the abode of the majestic and graceful Snakes -the Varul models, which greeted all at the kg entrance. The decoration in the classes matched the festive sparkle and enthusiasm in the little ones as they listened to the stories told by their teachers about Kaliya mardan- the fight between Lord Krishna and the terrible Kaliya Nag (Snake)- one can very well imagine the amazement in their eyes when the story reached the climax in which Lord Krishna emerged as the victor and danced on its head!


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A Fanciful Treat

Season’s Greetings and a warm welcome to the fanciful land of the little ones from our KG Section..

The teacher announced the next participant. A little one dressed as the toothpaste strutted on to the stage. Asking the audience to take care of their teeth in a singsong voice, he awarded the audience with a brilliant smile!


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Yes friends, this was the Celebration of ideas, of pretty faces and fanciful attires- The much awaited and coveted ‘Fancy Dress Celebration’!


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A perfect opportunity of combining learning with fun as well as developing confidence in the young ones, this was one thrilling experience for all the students to walk onto the stage and speak in front of an audience. Be it a favourite character or planet or legends from India and abroad, it was an adventure for one and all. Coupled with a special gift for all, the little people took the spotlight in a stride. Their cheery demeanor and composure said a lot about the future yet to come.

Perfectly planned by the teachers and equally supported by the parents, it was an occasion worth adoring by any onlooker.

Undoubtedly a treat, this celebration aced it all as a little Kg student, dressed up as the planet Saturn, glibly told about many-a-planets from our Solar System including Venus, Jupiter etc. The passion he showed was reconfirmed by his parents who mentioned his initiative in getting information on this topic- in fact telling them about facts unknown even to them!!

 
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