IT’S THE BASKETBALL SEASON!

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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THE PARTNERSHIP WITH MILL HILL SCHOOL LONDON

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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KIDDIVAL 2014

On 15th November 2014 RMKV and the Rotary Club of Tirunelveli conducted the annual Kiddival competition for the twenty fifth consecutive year.

Kiddival is an interschool competition conducted for pupils from classes L.K.G to 5 to showcase their talent in competitions as diverse as Fancy dress, Tirukkural recitation, essay and poetry writing, music and dance.  Over 1700 students from 83 schools of the three southern districts of Tamil Nadu (Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari) took part in this prestigious and exciting event.

For weeks before the competition the School was buzzing with activity as the children made their preparations: artwork was created, the stage was always full of dancers and small girls practiced their Tamil Oratory with surprisingly powerful voices and theatrical gestures. There is no doubt that this wonderful event enthuses the children  and encourages competitiveness and involvement.

Our pupils produced some vibrant performances on the day and we won the overall second place emerging as Runners of Kiddival 2014.

We won prizes in the following events:

1st Prizes in: Crayon Colouring, Non Classical Instrumental, Fab Kid Girl, Group Dance, Non Classical Vocal and Classical vocal

2nd Prizes in :  Pencil Sketch, Quiz, Recitation and Clay Modelling

3rd Prizes in:  Classical Instrumental

Consolation Prize: Thirukkural Recitation

 Our Principal and Correspondent showed their appreciation of all the participants, prize winners and staff for their efforts and contribution.

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Cherished moments with Mrs. & Mr. William Winfield

On October 25th Jayendrans gave a warm welcome to Mr William Winfield and Mrs Margaret Winfield our distinguished and cherished friends. Mr. Winfield, now retired, was the Headmaster of Mill Hill School and he initiated the partnership with Sri Jayendra.

As with all of their visits (this was their fifth) they had a wonderful and positive impact on the staff and children.

The students of classes 9 and 11 very much benefited from Mr. Winfield’s fantastic English Classes while the younger children from classes 6 to 8 enjoyed being taught by Mrs Winfield.

During their stay they inaugurated the new reading room in the library and, as a part of the Pasumai Bharatham programme, helped plant saplings  in and around G.K.V school.

On their final evening, the 30th October, a farewell party and get together was organised in the Priory Conference Centre. The school choir performed songs in various world languages and there was a display of fusion dance which was much enjoyed.

 After the dinner we bid our fond farewells: we hope to see them again soon.

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Marvellous play in Marvel 2014 Quiz

Sowdambika College of Engineering, Aruppukottai conducted a quiz competition for school students on November 7, 2014 in their college. The preliminary and Screening tests were conducted in the districts of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Madurai 2 weeks prior to this. Four teams with top scores from each district were qualified to take part in the Final round.

Two teams from our school qualified for the Finals. These were held on November 7th in three different phases. Each covered fields like Science and Technology, World Events, Famous personalities, Books & Authors, English Vocabulary etc.  Srinidi of class XI and Balaji of class X performed extremely  well and they were appreciated by all for their brilliant play. They took the First Prize with a cash award of Rs.15,000/ The other team Santhosh of class XI and Maheshrajan of class X also performed well and came fifth.

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INFO USA QUIZ

The Info USA Quiz for school students is conducted by the US Consulate General.

This year Ms Andie De Arment, Cultural Affairs Officer in the Public Affairs Section at the US Consulate in Chennai  conducted the quiz at the Lady Doak College in  Madurai as part of the “Experience America” programme.

 The programme is designed to raise awareness and knowledge among Indian students of the various facets of  American society and culture.

 Nearly 20 schools from the Southern districts of Madurai, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli took part. 10 teams qualified  for the semifinal and the best five, which included the Sri Jayendra team,  competed in the Grand Final.

Jayendra pupils  S. Srinidhi of XI and R. Balaji of X emerged victorious  after a thrilling final when they were first to answer questions on such diverse topics  as American Politics, History,  Geography and even  Cartoon characters.

Their performance won the appreciation of all and they deserve our congratulations.

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