GKV at Tamil Nadu Arts and Crafts Festival 2017

 

Tamil Nadu Government sponsored Arts & Crafts Festival invites pupils from Classes 6 to 10 to participate in this event. GKV, for th first time, took part in this event, with a strong contingent of 12 children from Class 6 to 8 ( 7 Girls and 5 Boys ) and 19 from Class 9 ( 13 Girls and 6 Boys ). Presently GKV has only up to Class9.

Our children competed in almost all the events from Painting, Clay Modelling, Group and individual singing, Essay writing ( English and Tamil ), Elocution ( English and Tamil ), Presenting small skits, Modern Art, Rangoli, Folk Singing, etc. The idea is to continually strive to give exposure to the children to the external world and build their self confidence.

Our students won four Second Prizes, in Folk Song, Pot Painting, Group Singing and Topic Related Drawing.

Our efforts to give preference to educate girls in rural communities, other things being equal, and make their parents buy in fully to their cause, has paid rich dividends, judging by the number of girls who have taken part and done commendably in these open competitions.

Our children are a confident lot and believe in themselves. Kudos to the Teachers who have trained them.

Photographs of  Prize winners:

 

GKV Children in Kiddival 2017

The Annual Kiddival Festival for children from LKG to Class 5, 2017 edition, was conducted on November 24 in Tirunelveli. A total of 75 Schools participated in the event from Tirunelveli and surrounding districts. A total of 29 events ranging from Fancy Dress, Fashion Parade to Singing, Dancing, Painting, Quiz, etc were conducted.

21 children, 13 Girls and 8 Boys took part in competitions like Fancy Dress, Painting, Pencil Sketching, Elocution, Spelling Bee, Quiz, Art from Waste, Word Power and Vocal Solo. We had increased number of participants from GKV, the intention being to give our children exposure to the outside world and incentivise them to excel in such extra curricular activities. The performance by our children, in front of large audiences, was commendable, considering the background from which they come from

A UKG child came second in Fancy Dress Competition. More than the prize, all our children enjoyed the opportunity given to them.

Photographs of the participants and the prize winning child:

                                                                                

GKV BUILDING

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Our School Building is complete except for three rooms at the end on either wing of the Building. We intend taking these up later, when the requirements arise, as the space available now is sufficient for us to go up to Class 12. The first floor has added another 8000 sq ft of space. We have commenced Class 9 in AY 2017/18 and the required Laboratory Facilities have also been set up. We have adequate Class Rooms for going up to Class 10 in the next Academic Year as well as up Class 12, if needed. We propose to take a call on going up to Class 12 next year.

If resources permit and without diluting our objective of providing quality education, free of cost, to the needy, we intend increasing the intake by adding one more section, in LKG, each year. If this comes up in the near future, we need to take up the construction of the additional three rooms in each wing for which we need to raise funding.

Our primary objectives would now be to improve the amenities to the children by adding good class room furniture and updated learning facilities like more Smart Boards for Interactive Teaching and learning, additional computers to provide individual access to children, internet facilities in a net worked environment, uninterrupted power supply to them, expanding the Library with additional Books, better sports and games facilities, childrens’ activity room, etc.

Our funding requirements for above would be around Rs 30 Lakhs and we do hope our philanthropic Donors would continue to assist us. We appeal to philanthropic individuals  and to Commercial Organisations to support us in this endeavour to provide quality education to children from under served communities, free of cost to them. We do believe donations to ventures like ours will qualify for support under CSR initiatives of Corporates.

 

               

Inauguration of GKV school building on 8th August 2017

 

The school building facade

Every year, at GKV, August 8th is commomerated  as the Founder’s Day, usually with a snack or meal for the children. This year, when Mrs. Gita Krishnamurthy would have been 74 years old, was special as the formal inauguration function of the school building was held on that date.

GKV started functioning in a rental building in June 2009. The land for the school building was acquired in 2012 and the Bhoomi Puja for the school was done by Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in July 2013. After all the necessary permissions, the construction of the school building was started in October 2013. With the ground floor classrooms almost completed the school started functioning in the building from the academic term of June 2015. Now with the partial completion of the 1st floor including the facade, the school building has 22 rooms, which will meet the needs for the next few years, including rooms for a computer lab, science labs and library.

The inauguration was formally done by Mr. Sandeep Nanduri, the Collector of Tirunelveli district on 8th evening. Other guests of honour for the function were Dr. A. John De Britto – Registrar Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Rev. Paul Hunt, Senior Chaplain, of our partner school, Emanuel School of London. All except three trustees, who had other commitments, of Gita Krishnamurthy Trust and family members of Krishnamurthy – the Managing Trustee of GKT were witness to the momentous milestone. The whole function was planned and executed by Mrs. Usha Raman and Mrs. Nirmala Ramrathinam, Principal and Correspondent, respectively, of Sri Jayendra Golden Jubilee School, with the enthusiastic assistance of Teachers and Staff of Jayendra and GKV.  The formal inauguration with ribbon cutting was followed by the traditional lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Krishnamurthy and his family members and the unveiling of a portrait of Gita Krishnamurthy.

Just as the formal portion of the inauguration kicked-off on the stage located in the grounds of the building, it started raining heavily forcing the trustees and guests of honour on the stage as well as the hundreds of parents, children and teachers of the school to take shelter in the School Building. After a brief hiatus, the function resumed in the lobby at the entrance of the building. Mr. Nanduri unveiled the plaque and both he and Dr. Britto talked about the importance of education and the hugely positive impact GKV is making to the under privileged in the area. Mrs. Usha Raman felicitated the guests of honour, the Trustees of Gita Kirshnamurthy Trust as well as the many vendors and partners who contributed to the school over the years as well as the Building Contractor, the Artist who painted Gita Krishnamurthy’s portrait and Dr Ramakrishnan from Aravind’s Eye Hospitals, a large socially active Organisation, who also carry out periodic eye check-ups for the children. Venkat, Gita Krishnamurthy’s son and a Trustee of GKT, talked about how Mrs. Krishnamurthy used to teach underprivileged and physically differently abled children in the after school hours,  while working as a teacher in the different cities she lived. It would have given her immense pleasure to see GKV and the manner in which it is being conducted.

 

Once the rains stopped, the cultural program by the children of GKV  was held on the stage to enable the parents and all other guests to enjoy the same. It is worth mentioning that all the Invitees as well as the Parents of the children waited till the rains stopped.

And what an amazing 45 minutes of dance, music, mime and skits it was!! The energy level, enthusiasm, confidence and talent of the children , performing for the first time ever on such a large stage with sizeable audience, was incredible and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. It provided a fitting finale to a very satisfying  evening to all those present as well as to the children who put in many hours of practice.

A grand dinner was hosted to all those present after the programme by the children was over.

The GK Trust would like to thank the trustees of partner Sri Jai Sankara Educational Trust as well the teachers  and staff of Sri Jayendra Golden Jubilee school and GKV, without whose commitment and tireless efforts all these years, this milestone could not  have been achieved. Needless so say, the contributions and support of numerous family members and friends as well as  Organisations such as  Grand Circle Foundation, USA, Infosys, Juniper Networks and Microsoft have helped us to get to this stage in our progress to set up GKV. We do look forward to the continued support  from all our well wishers to enable the school to provide holistic, quality education and enable the children to achieve their and their family’s aspirations!!

 

MEDICAL CAMP 2016

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Dr M Balasubramanian from Monroeville, Pittsburg, USA, our supporter, a Pediatrician, along with Prof.Ramaguru, M.S Ortho, and six Doctors from  Tirunelveli, conducted a Medical Camp, over three days, from February 2 2017. All the children were examined and we are glad to inform that there were no major points of concern. Later Dr Balasubramanian interacted with all the Teachers, advised them on specifics as to how to act in cases of some medical emergencies and on other general issues. Parents of some of the children were also invited to apprise them of some minor issues which needed to be taken care of.

Earlier a Dental Camp was also conducted under the auspices of the Rotary Club, Tirunelveli. A mobile van, equipped with necessary facilities, was available to carry out minor procedures, where necessary.

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Dental Camp

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