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June in Maine
by Hannah Augusta Moore (born c. 1827-28)
Beautiful, beautiful summer!
Odorous, exquisite June!
All the sweet roses in blossom,
All the sweet birdies in tune.
Dew on the meadows at sunset;
Gems on the meadows at morn;
Melody hushing the evening;
Melody greeting the dawn.
All the dim aisles of the forest
Ringing and thrilling with song;
Music—a flood-tide of music—
Poured the green valleys along.
Rapturous creatures of beauty.
Winging their way through the sky,
Heavenward warble their praises—
Mount our thanksgivings as high?
Lo! when a bird is delighted,
His ecstacy prompts him to soar;
The greater, the fuller his rapture,
His songs of thanksgiving the more.
See how the winds from the mountains
Sweep over meadows most fair;
The green fields are tossed like the ocean,
Are shadowed by clouds in the air.
For now fleecy shadows are chasing
The sunshine from woodland and vale,
As white clouds come gathering slowly,
Blown up by the sweet-scented gale
Birds and the gales and the flowers
Call us from study away,
Out to the fields where the mowers
Soon will be making the hay.
Buttercups, daisies, and clover,
Roses, sweet-briar, and fern,
Mingle their breath on the breezes—
Who from such wooing could turn?
Out! to the heath and the mountain,
Where mid the fern and the brake,
Under the pines and the spruces,
Fragrant the bower we will make.
Ravishing voices of Nature,
Ye conquer—and never too soon—
We yield to thy luscious embraces,
Thou odorous, exquisite June!
The beautiful month of June is here, and with the onset of this new month, we welcome you to the June edition of Sapphire's Newsletter. This Newsletter brings information about what is new at our School. Feel free to browse the sections of our newsletter.
Enjoy the reading, and do not hesitate to contact us.
Have a great day!
'Global Parents Day and World Environment Day'
International Parents Day is observed every year on June 1 to mark the importance of parents in our life.
Parents are the most important people in everyone's life and their love for their children is unconditional.
Sapphire International School organised a special Online Assembly to observe Global Parents Day and World Environment Day on the 4th of June to 'appreciate all the parents throughout the world', and encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
The special assembly started with a Prayer recited by Tanya, followed by a mind-provoking thought by Shaurya.
Jiya gave a moving speech on the importance of Parents in our lives. Anand recited an enticing poem accentuating the unconditional love that our parents shower upon us.
Mayank gave a rousing speech on the need of observing World Environment Day. The Special Assembly was concluded with the poster compilation and dazzling dance performance by the students of Grade 6 A/B. Kajal played the role of facilitator and the narrator of the programme.
'World Ocean Day'
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting
humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.
Sapphire International School organised a special Online Assembly to observe 'World Ocean Day' on the 8th of June to remind every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our Planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere.
The special assembly started with a Prayer recited by Kashishsen Bhogta, followed by an inspiring thought by Vaibhav. Ritveek Roy informed the audience about the significance and need to observe World Ocean Day. Suraj Singh captivated them by presenting several fascinating facts about the Oceans.
Pritha's touching poem about the Ocean mesmerized everyone.
Mr. Anurag Mathews showcased a beautiful presentation about the Oceans and the marine life, which was not only intriguing but also enlightening. Prakhar Kumar acted as the anchor.
The Assembly concluded with the speech of the Principal, Mr. Amit Singh, who motivated the students with his inspiring words. He rightly pointed out the futility of observing these important days, if we don't bring change in ourselves. He encouraged the students to become more disciplined and become assets, not only for their own country, but for the world
The World Day Against Child Labour
Child Labour refers to the exploitation of children through any form of work
that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to
attend regular school, and is mentally, physically, socially and morally
The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO)-sanctioned holiday, first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent Child Labour.
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to observe The World Day Against Child Labour on the 11th of June .
The programme bagan with a prayer by Shalom Dhan, followed by Mayank's powerful speech on Child Labour. Amrit Raj Choudhary, then presented several hard -hitting facts about Child Labour. He informed the audience about the various laws against it. The programme culminated with a heart wrenching poem on Child Labourers by Sara Garima Kujur.
The Principal addressed the Assembly and said that there are laws to protect children but it is our responsibility to check that these laws are executed and followed or not.
World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The aim is to raise
global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion
and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to
national health systems. The day also provides an opportunity to call to
action for governments and national health authorities to provide adequate
resources and put in place systems and infrastructure to increase the
collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to observe World Blood Donor Day on the 14th of June . The Assembly began with the prayer.
Sanskriti of Grade 11 informed the audience about the need and significance of observing , 'World Blood Donor Day'. Gurleen, then recited a heart warming poem on Gratitude.
Ishita, the School Captain welcomed the guest speaker, Dr. Vikram Tirkey, Medical Director of St.Barnabas Hospital,Ranchi. He illuminated our students with his practical wisdom, delving into the concept of blood donation, different types of blood groups, and the eligibility criteria for donors. The students asked questions related to Blood donation. Dr. Tirkey cleared their doubts.
The Assembly concluded with the address by the Principal, who thanked the guest speaker for enlightening the students and staff with his invaluable information on blood donation and also, encouraged the staff members to donate blood and save lives.
Give Blood and keep the World Beating
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose
love shows us the way.”
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to celebrate Father’s Day on the 18th of June. The celebration began with a Hindi prayer offered by Navya Shekhar.
Lavya Choudhary shared the thought for the day and dedicated a beautiful song to all fathers.
Rudransh and Reyansh recited heart warming poems on this occasion. To make the celebration even more special, a video collage was presented in honour of the fathers.
The entire programme was delightfully compered by Pushti Singh. After the presentation the platform opened for an interactive session. Children as well as their fathers shared a moment of gratitude towards each other. The Assembly concluded with the address by the Principal, who was grateful to the students of Grade 2 for putting up an overwhelming assembly.
International Yoga Day
“Yoga is a Light, which once Lit, will Never Dim.The Better Your Practice,
the Brighter the Flame."
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to observe International Yoga Day on the 21st of June. The programme began with a Sanskrit prayer offered by Raj.
Ambika shared the thought for the day emphasising the importance of Yoga. Anish and Anush enlightened the audience with the hallowed history of Yoga, while Felix shared a few facts about the inception of International Yoga Day. Sanskriti and Gurleen highlighted the relevance of Yoga in the present world, with the help of a video.The entire programme was delightfully compered by Sanskriti.
The Assembly concluded with the address by the Principal, who encouraged students to take pride in their own culture. He also urged them to wake up early and devote time to performing Yoga asanas.
World Music Day
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche".
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to observe World Music Day on the 24th of June. The programme commenced with a prayer, offered by Ritvik Roy.
Siddhant Bose of Grade 9 B displayed a 'Canva Presentation' on World Music Day. Mayank illuminated the audience with the value of music in our life, followed by Rohit Raj's presentation on different kinds of musical instruments. The students of primary section presented a video on how music connects people. Kartavya of grade 7 turned a Quiz master and asked the audience several gripping questions.
The entire programme was masterfully compered by Ishita Priyadarshini and concluded with a vote of Thanks by her.
Asteroid Day (also known as International Asteroid Day) is an annual global
event which is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that
took place on June 30, 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on
Earth in recent history.
Sapphire International School conducted a special Online Assembly to observe Asteroid Day on the 28th of June. The programme commenced with a prayer, offered by Vasundhara, followed by the thought of the day by Angel. Moulik and Manna informed the audience about the asteroids, while Aarohi and Naitik enlightened the students with several interesting facts about cosmic vagabond. Different interesting pieces of information about asteroids was shared with the audience.
The students of Grade 4 played an important role in conducting this informative assembly.
Primary- online academic activities
Sapphire International School believes in bringing out the best in its students. The curriculum amalgamates academics with collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and divergent thinking skills. The teachers make sure to induce – Social Skills, Intellectual Skills, and Moral Values, which leads to the holistic development of each child.
Primary- online academic activity : English
The English activities added to the students’ knowledge, creativity and honed their speaking skills as students learnt to appreciate a poem through recitation. They also made eye-masks, chart work on the various uses of mobile phone, designed treasure maps, and showcased their creativity through- best out of waste activity.
Primary- online academic activity : EVS
In the EVS class the students - made a first aid box, dressed up like a doctor and spoke on the importance of first-aid, a newspaper cut-out collage was made on the role of the government and an inflated balloon was used to show the latitudes and longitudes by the innovative minds. Their creative side was clearly visible through the famous Warli paintings.
Primary- online academic activity : Information Technology
In this technology driven world the students learnt about operating system and made wonderful chart work on the parts of a computer and operating system.
Primary- online academic activity : Hindi
The students were engaged in – making save environment posters, chart work, illustrations of different types of sea creatures and making butterfly using pencil shavings. All these apart, they also took part in a recitation competition.
Primary- online academic activity : Mathematics
Students presented real life examples of cube, cubiod, cylinder, sphere and cone and understood the concept of Edges,Vertices and Faces of a solid shape. The academic activities conducted in the month of June focused on Art Integrated Learning and contributed to the knowledge construction of the students.
Middle School - online academic activity : G.K. Quiz
To enhance the knowledge and update the students about the current events, a G.K. Quiz was conducted for the students of Grade 6 to 8 from 1st June 2021 to 3rd June 2021. All the students participated enthusiastically.The students were briefed about the rules, the rounds and the topics to be prepared well in advance by the teacher. Practice sessions & quizzes were organised during the G.K. classes. There were five rounds - Countries & capitals, Sobriquets, Odd-one-out, Identify the personalities & Maps of nations. The participants as well as the audience participated in the quiz enthusiastically and responded quite well. Participants of all the teams were eager to hit the buzzer in the Buzzer round. Overall the performance of all the students was quite good. At the end of the Competition, the Scores were announced.
Middle School - online academic activity : Declamation
Declamation is a rhetorical exercise or a set speech. With a view to promoting
the skill of effective public speaking among the students, an online
declamation competition was organised for the students of Grade VI to X from 7
June 2021 to 11 June 2021. The participants were in high zest and zeal as they
had to declaim the speech of of their favourite speaker.
Mr Ajay Jha, one of the jury members gave his valuable inputs to the students on declamation. Sir suggested that participants should pronounce each word correctly by stressing the right syllable. Before declaiming a speech, one should write the speech, read aloud and listen or watch the audio or video. While delivering the speech, one should concentrate on the tone and put in emotion, sentiment and feeling into the words.
The Declamation Activity proved to be an enriching experience for our students.
Middle School - online academic activity : Spin-a-Yarn
“Story Telling is a technique for teaching students about the importance of
morals and ethics through a story.”
An online Spin-A-Yarn Activity with a simple goal to enable students to experience the joy of self expression was conducted for classes VI to X from 21st to 25th June 2021.
The participants were given an introductory sentence and they had to weave a story in continuation to the given sentence. They kept on adding their interesting thoughts to make an innovative tale. Each story they wove had some moral value attached and a suitable title was also given to it.
To sum up, it was an enriching experience, where the students learnt to speak up their thoughts. They were judged on the criteria of creativity, intonation, pronunciation and presentation. The students were awarded certificates according to their grades and performance.
Middle School - online academic activity : AIL - Making a papier mâché ball
Paper mache or papier mâché is a French term for items or products made of
paper pulp or pieces.
The art or technique of making papier mâché has a long history but it was first adopted in India in Kashmir. Today, it is very popular all over the country. We often see boxes, trays, book covers, etc. made of Paper mache.
The students of grade 6 learnt this art by making a papier mâché ball. They also learnt how to adopt papier mâché to reduce, reuse and recycle newspapers.
Middle School - online academic activity : Discussions on plastic bags
Discussions on plastic bags usually revolve around how they are bad for the
environment. But not many people know that there are better bags that are
friendly to the environment and also highly convenient to carry things around.
T-shirt bags are all the rage in the world right now.
The students of grade 6 showcased their talent by making bags from old or used T-shirts. Through this Art Integrated Learning, students also understood their role to conserve the environment.
Middle School - online academic activity : Discussion on Spanish-Speaking countries and their Flags.
The students of Grade 6 and 7 showcased their talent by Picture presentation. Through this Art Integrated Learning, the students learnt about different Spanish- speaking countries in the world, and the position of Spanish as a global language. Students represented different countries by using their flags.
Middle School - online academic activity :Cave painting
The cave painting activity taken up by Grade 6 students made them understand
the importance of the early cave paintings as the first-ever examples of art
Students expressed their own story, style and ideas through cave art. ... They recreated the hunting magic, symbols, animal figurines beautifully.
Secondary School - online academic activity :Shoebox diorama
A diorama consists of an entire landscape within a box. The classic shoebox diorama is a childhood rite of passage. They pinpoint a moment of learning and show deeper levels of understanding. At SIS, students created dioramas to showcase how they can contribute their OWN bit to real world setting themselves as problem solvers. Students at SIS crafted beautiful shoe box dioramas to showcase their understanding on ‘Stop desertification’.
Secondary School - online academic activity :Canva Posters
Nelson Mandela claimed that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". And he was absolutely right. Grade 10 & 9 students at SIS crafted creative & informative posters using the digital tool: canva to showcase their understanding of the unit: The French revolution. With their creative presentations, the students proved that 65% of people worldwide find learning most effective when it is transmitted visually and a poster is one of the best ways to do that.