Teachers’ Day Celebrations – Pasumai Bharatha Vriksha Thiruvizha

Teachers’ Day was celebrated with a difference as Vrisha Thiruvizha at Sri Jayendra School, Sankarnagar. Teachers and Trees are similar in many ways. Just as how trees selflessly contribute to the people and the world, so too teachers contribute to the children and the people of the society. Also trees serve as teachers in many ways, as they witness as partners in our learning, playing, and growing. It was most appropriate that Teachers’ Day was celebrated as Vrisha Thiruvizha , when teachers and students spent the day planting saplings in and around the school , which will continue in the days to come when trees will be planted along the 2 kms road leading to the school from Chidambara Nagar.

Mr. Petchi Pandian, the chairman of the Sankarnagar Township, Mr.Palani, the Executive Officer of Sankarnagar Township, Mr.Selventhiran, Regional Manager, Hindu,  Fr. Antony Cruz, Mr. Krishi and Mr.Narasimha Raja took part in the function and planted saplings. The Principal, Mrs. Usha Raman welcomed the audience; Mr.Selventhiran spoke about the importance of teachers in the lives of students by quoting incidents  from  the life of Tendulkar. The school choir rendered songs with messages about our environment, composed by the school music master Mr.Jesurajan and trained by Mrs. Ganga Mani and Mrs. Pratheeba.

This mission is a joint project executed along with Pasumai Bharatham, a movement initiated by the teachers and students of Sri Jayendra the school to work for the conservation and greening of our environment. Pasumai Bharatham aims to plant 1000 trees within one year and they have already succeeded in planting   500 trees within the last six months.

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Deserving Winners of Puranava 2015

Puranava – is an Indian Heritage Quiz conducted every year by the Global Organisation of Divinity for school students to unveil and make awareness among the budding generations about the wisdom we have in our Puranas, Vedas and Epics for Modern times.  The Grand Finale of this Inter District Heritage Quiz competition for the year 2015 was held on 31st August, 2015 at Nammadwar centre in Tuticorin.

Our students Selvamuthu  Balaji of class 8 and Nada balan of class 7 reached  the top score in the preliminary round conducted on August 3rd at Zonal level and entered the semi finals.

The top scorers of  25 schools from Madurai, Trichy, Virudunagar, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts  took part in the Semi finals. Our students performed extremely well in the Semi finals too and retained the first place.

Six teams battled on stage for the Puranava 2015 trophy and the questions were from Tempkles of India, Festivals of India, Mahabaratha, Dasavtharam, Thirupavai , Life of Azhwars, Nayanmars and other saints.

There was excitement and enthusiasm throughout the Finals and the Position of each school varied at the end of each round and it was very difficult to predict the winners of the Grand day. In the last Round our students answered all the questions asked in the Rapid Fire Round correctly and emerged as the Winners of PURANAVA 2015. The organizers appreciated them as the Deserving Winners!!!!!

They were presented with Gold coins, Gift Vouchers and a Prestigious Trophy to the school was also presented.



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Independence Day Celebrations At Anna Stadium

We presented a fabulous show with 400 students on the theme ‘Colours of India’ during the Independence Day celebrations at  Anna Stadium.  It was an integration of dances from various states of India:  the Thivathira Kali of Kerala, Kohli of Maharashtra, Garba of Gujarat, OYIL and Silambam of Tamilnadu and Bhangra of Punjab, were fused along with other presentations like Drill, Pyramid and Lotus Formations. The grand finale was  stunning with boys painted in saffron, white and green performing for the Vande Matharam in the centre surrounded by the various dancing groups dancing in circles in their respective styles and outlined by a line of students on bicycles with National Flags moving with  precision and perfection.

The show not only won the applause of the audience but also the First Position as the  best performance of the day. The District Collector appreciated our show  and awarded the certificate and shield for winning the first prize.

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A visit by a Team from USA

A team of 10 youth volunteers led by three adults from Hindu American Temple Cultural Centre and Sringeri  Vidya  Bharathi Foundation INC. USA visited us this year and stayed with us for two weeks.

This was our first visit by volunteers from the States.

During their stay they extended their support for teaching conversational English both in Sri Jayendra and GKV. They also got very involved with dance, craft, science and computer projects with small groups of children. India’s Independence Day coincided with their visit and this gave them a chance to perform along with our school students at the District Independence Day Celebrations in the Anna Stadium. Their participation in the cultural events and dances brought them very close to the students of Sri Jayendra and made their visit exciting and fun filled. They enjoyed their stay very much and  left with a heavy heart, promising that they will all return next year. We very much hope they will and look forward to their return.










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Emanuels visit Sri Jayendra

Our  partnership with Emanuel School in London is now in its sixth year.  This is a four -way partnership: two London schools,  Emanuel  and Christ Church,  are  partnered with Sri Jayendra  and our sister school Gita Krishnamurthy Vidyalaya.  Christ Church is a state primary school with which Emanuel has a special link. A team of 17 students and four staff under the leadership of Rev. Paul Hunt arrived on 18th August  immediately after the Millhillians left.

 The team was received with a warm welcome in the assembly on the first morning of their three week stay and then started their excellent programme of teaching support to help improve the pupil’s conversational English both at Sri Jayendra and GKV.  The visiting staff Miss Candice Cheers and Ms. May Brennand  extended support for geography and mathematics teaching.  Ms. Colette Morris, the headmistress of Christ Church, worked with the small children and enchanted them with her story telling. The three weeks were filled with plenty of activities and finally concluded with the Thanksgiving which was clubbed with our Mini Convocation during which  Diplomas were presented to the Kindergarten Children by the visiting teachers.

Our pupils enjoyed immensely the very close links they forged with the Emanuel pupils and there is no doubt that their spoken English improved.












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As always the Priory Basketball competition on 2nd & 3rd July 2015 was a most enjoyable event. Teams from Jayendra, Kings, MDT, St Xavier’s, Bharat Montessori and Schafter schools took part entering Junior teams and teams which were a mix of Senior and Super Senior players. Jayendra reached the senior final when, after a very hard fought and impressively skilful match they lost to Kings in the last minute of the game. Kings also won the Junior trophy: a clean sweep for the second year running.

Jayendra took their revenge at the BMJ tournament in Madurai. Twenty eight schools took part in this three day competition (July 8th – 10th) for Senior and Super Senior teams. Jayendra won the Senior competition  beating Kings 63/33 in the Final and were runners up in the Super Seniors losing to Carmel School in the final – but at least they had beaten the old foe Kings in the semis.

Battle will soon commence again at the Kings School Basketball competition. We hope we can maintain our winning streak; watch this space.







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On the morning June 29  our school campus was filled with joy as we welcomed our special guests from Mill Hill School, London: 17 pupils and 3 staff. They were introduced to the school in  morning assembly by the Correspondent, Principal, Staff and the choir who sang a welcome song.

Students of Jayendra were delighted to attend classes with the foreign visitors and the school experienced an international ambience for three weeks.  Mrs. Valarie Miner an Economics teacher and Mr.Gavin Saint a Chemistry teacher took classes for our Higher Secondary students and they also showed interest in observing the classes of our own school staff.

Our guests enthusiastically enjoyed various activities like the Priory Basket Ball Tournament, Music classes, Visits to Local restaurants and weekend trips to Kodaikannal, Kanyakumari and Kovalam.

They were lucky to be here on the day of the car festival in Tirunelveli: their presence at the festival became the centre of attraction and topic of the day. Ms Victoria Dempster, armed with her cameras, captured the occasion for posterity. After years of photographing the festival she is now well known to many in the crowd!

On July 18 we arranged a Thanksgiving celebration on the eve of our beloved guests departure. It was a very grand occasion which started with  a heartfelt and emotional Thanksgiving song by our school choir. Then the musical bonanza of dance and song filled the air. It was a sweet surprise for the audience to see the  Millhillians singing with our school choir and joining in with our dancers.

The annual award distribution ceremony was part of the function. Mr. Rajaram, Deputy Superintendent of Police kindly agreed to preside over the function and our guests of honour were the staff from Mill Hill school. The toppers of class 10 and 12 were appreciated and awarded along with the General proficiency prize winners of class 1 to 9 and the Memorial prizes and scholarships.

Then came the most anticipated event of the day! Our students with the dedicated guidance of our Principal, Staff and Alumni enthralled the crowd with their stunning dance performances. One was a classical dance depicting the Dasavatarams of Lord Rama. The other, on the theme “Colours of India”, received  a standing ovation from the crowd: it really was a most spectacular performance and a fitting farewell for our guests.





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Viswas Quiz 2015

This year the Viswas quiz, which always causes much excitement and interest, was held on 21st February. This was the fifth consecutive year that  the Rotary Club of Tirunelveli West has organised the quiz which is held in memory of Mr. Rmk.Viswanathan of RmKV Group.

Thirty seven teams from schools in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts took part. The Quiz master, Mr. Manova Raja, CEO of Fragrhen Academy, held everyone’s attention with his skilful handling of the occasion.

After the preliminary rounds the two teams from our school comprising Ramswarnapiyan (class 9), Sri Siva Murugan and Balaji (class 8) and Selvamuthu Balaji (class 7) were on stage for the Finals. The questions were from different fields like Science, Entertainment, Politics and Sports.

The event culminated with an award winning ceremony where winning teams received cash prizes and certificates of excellence. Our school teams stood in second and third place: a praiseworthy performance

The function was held in the Air conditioned Priory Conference Hall which proved to be an excellent venue for such an event: grateful thanks were recorded by the dignitaries of Rotary Club.

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Excursions- A Welcome Break

Excursions are a regular feature of our school curriculum. We believe that field trips and excursions serve a valuable purpose: they expose children to new environments, help them to see new things and to see familiar things in new ways.

Educational trips make a welcome break from school routine, not only giving pupils a chance to enjoy a day away from the classroom but also an opportunity to build closer bonds with their classmates and their teachers. The teachers learn more about their pupils as they seem them in a different environment.

This year we have scheduled the trips so that only a single section is taken on a given day. With the resulting small numbers we can give much more care and attention to the pupils to ensure a comfortable journey  and a more meaningful experience.

Visit include Courtalam Eco park, Manapadu Beach, Papanasam, Vattakottai, Kanyakumari, Ettayapuram, Tuticorin, Panchalankurichi.

Before a trip our teachers give the pupils a clear idea about the place to be visited using PowerPoint presentations. Creative worksheets are given for pupils to complete after the excursion. From the feedback we receive and the reaction of the pupils we are in no doubt they have a joyous experience which is relished to its best: it will definitely be cherished in future.

Here are some clicks made during our Children’s Day Out:

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