Our education has got to be revolutionized. The brain must be educated through the hand. If I were a poet, I would write poetry on the possibilities of five fingers. Those who do not train their hands, who go through the ordinary rut of education, lack MUSIC in their life.
- Mahatma Gandhi
At Lotus Valley Intenational School,Work Education is an integral component of the school curriculum. It serves as a means of achieving self-reliance, and as a preparation for adult life. Engaging in Work Education Clubs enables the learners to discover their real interests and aptitudes which guide them in selecting suitable courses of study and occupations later on.
The following clubs are currently being offered to our young learners:
“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet”
The Choreography Club gives the learners a chance to immerse in the flavours of various dance forms. In the sessions, learners are taught basic dance steps as well as sophisticated classical moves ranging from Free Style, Folk, Jazz, Hip Hop to Latin Salsa. They also participate in various school events which further nurtures their dance aesthetics. Presentation of fusion and contemporary dances are a regular feature of the Club.
I am the answer .I don’t like options, I am curious, I am opinionated, I am intense, I play to win. You call me arrogant. I am confident. I am not you .Not everyone. I AM A QUIZZER
The Quiz Club endeavours to inculcate a passion for quizzing, acquisition of knowledge and sharing of knowledge. The learners gather and discuss vital information regarding various fields of scientific inventions, discoveries, sports, education, achievements, awards etc. during the sessions. The major issues of national as well as international importance are discussed to keep the students updated. Quiz club enables students to think from different angles or simply ‘to think out of the box.’ It establishes a concrete platform by providing all its members sufficient opportunities to represent the school in diverse Inter-School Quiz Contests conducted by various institutions and organizations.
Art and Craft Club
“Creativity is intelligence having fun”
In the Art and Craft Club learners are introduced to different art techniques like scratch art, folk art etc. Different art techniques like shading and blending of colours further nurtures their aesthetic skills.
Learners create amazing artworks using waste material like pencil shavings, old cds, old socks etc. Their imaginative skills are developed by getting engaged in different craft techniques like cutting, pasting, folding etc. They create different types of flower vases using newspapers; learn different styles of gift wrapping by reusing old gift wrappers besides others. This hones their fine motor skills and nurtures their artistic skills.
Yoga and Aerobics Club
Fitness is not about being better than someone else…It’s about being better than you used to be!!
Benefits from exercise are both physical and mental, and all these help improve one’s overall health and quality of life. At Lotus Valley, we recognize the importance of Yoga and Aerobics in nurturing healthy learners.
The Yoga and Aerobics Club at Lotus Valley promotes self discipline and self-control, leading to immense amount of awareness, concentration and higher level of consciousness amongst the learners. It prepares the students physically and mentally for the integration of their physical, mental and spiritual faculties so that they become healthier, saner and more integrated members of the society and of the nation.
“The goal of martial arts lies not in victory or defeat but in perfection of character”
The learners are provided instructions and training for a wide variety of martial arts punches, hand and arm strikes. They gain accurate skills and confidence during the training sessions. The right spirit, stamina, speed and strength are harnessed in the training classes of the Korean Martial art. The innovative techniques of self- defence are taught with practical demonstrations and fights-
Four Direction Punch (Saju Jirugi)
Four Direction Block Tul (Saju Makgi)
Knife block and Lower Block
Self Defence Techniques
Fight and Kick Pad
Four Direction Block (Chon-ji Tulse)
Concentration - the principle of bringing as many muscles as possible to bear on a strike, concentrating the area of impact into as small an area as possible.
Equilibrium - maintaining a correct centre-of-balance throughout a technique.
Breath Control - the idea that during a strike one should exhale, with the exhalation concluding at the moment of impact.
Speed - the speed of execution of a technique in Taekwondo is deemed to be even more important than mass in terms of providing power.
The following components are emphasized upon during the sessions:
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
At Lotus Valley, we firmly believe in inculcating the habit of reading. The Bookworm Club is a step in that direction. The Book Worm Club aims to:
Make reading a social experience as well as an individual activity
Develop verbal expression of ideas and feelings, share ideas and explore
Promote bonding with others of similar age or cross-generational through group presentations
Provide opportunities to see literature in a new way
Encourage the Reading habit
Each month the learners follow a theme based reading approach wherein one genre is allocated. Books are selected as per the genre such as fiction, non fiction, historical fiction, mythological fiction and so on. These are read by the learners during the Work Education periods. The last period of the month calls for sharing of the knowledge imbibed and so activities such as character enactment, storytelling, book reviews, my hypothetical autobiography etc are conducted.
Instrumental Orchestra Club
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Instrumental Orchestra gives students the platform to express their passion towards music and its fusion, and enriches their sense of rhythm. It enhances their periphery of learning beyond studies. In this Club, learners create and adapt to make musical sounds. Throughout the year they are trained in instruments that they like to play or learn .In the academic session 2016-17, students of the Instrumental Club showcased their talent in the School’s Annual Production
“OLIVER TWIST”. The Instrumental orchestra was profoundly appreciated by the audience.
“Painting dissolves the forms at it’s command ... it melts them into color”
The main objective of the painting club is to foster the innate talent of learners by giving them avenues to nurture their creativity and talent. Students are engaged through the different art forms to achieve the overarching objectives of lifelong learning and character building. Learners are motivated to embrace and appreciate art while having fun creating their own original artwork. By engaging in painting, students have the opportunity to discover skills and develop their unique style of artwork by being able to paint and explore what they want to at their own pace. They have access to not just paper and pencil, but all kinds of mediums such as charcoal, paints of various types like acrylic, oil pastels etc.
Debates and Declamation Club
“If all my talents were to be taken from me by some inscrutable providence, and I had to make a choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask to keep the power of speaking, because through it, I would quickly recover all the rest.”
The process of debating offers profound and lasting benefits for students. With its emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork, debate teaches skills that serve students well in school, in the workplace, in political life and in fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens of democratic societies.
In the Debates and Declamation Club, we nurture the budding orators by encouraging them to discuss various issues which brush past or touch our lives frequently. We attempt to hone their ability to analyze controversies, select and evaluate evidence, construct and refute arguments.
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
The Mandarin Club is conducted in coordination with The Ravensbourne School, UK and Suzhou High School, China. The teaching -learning is done in classroom with the help of audio visuals. Skype sessions are conducted during the class with the Chinese school based on a pre-designed schedule. It involves sharing and solving of worksheets made by the partner schools. Emphasis on recapitulation is an important component of teaching-learning in the club.
Beautiful writing is thinking made visible
The Calligraphy Club focuses on enabling students to learn basic calligraphy strokes, and understand simple layouts for artwork. The learners are encouraged to develop fine motor coordination through basic calligraphy strokes as well as understand the importance of well-formed calligraphy lettering as a life-long developmental effort. They are informed of the techniques and positioning of letters to develop special skills, formation of beautiful symbols by hand and their arrangement. The practical application of calligraphy is also practiced on a regular basis: certificates of appreciation are hand-lettered, poetry and other quotations are framed for décor. The learners experiment different fonts and lettering styles to hone the art.
Science and Environmental Club
“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”
A child best learns science by doing science.
The club provides ample opportunities to students to test their own ideas and build their own understanding. The club emphasizes on hands- on activities, experiential learning and inquiry based programs and project based learning.
Through various scientific engagements, learners are able to give scientific explanations of various facts and incidents.
Learners of Science and Environment Club engage in various challenging activities such as –making of waste bins (bio-degradable, non-bio degradable and E-waste) using waste carton boxes, chromatography, refraction, optical fibres, colour filters, drip irrigation, noise-meter app, compost pit, reaction times, two-ear hearing, floating and sinking, campaign to promote to segregate waste, working model of respiratory system, effects of forces and working model of a string instrument etc.
The science club is inspirational, knowledgeable and effective in terms of content and teaching method.
“It is magic until you understand it and it is mathematics thereafter.”
In the Aryabhatta Club learners get a chance to experience, explore and engage with the world of Mathematics in a fun filled exciting way. Diverse hands -on activities enable the learners to think critically. They also co-relate the activities with daily life experiences. Activities with Origami, Kirchhoff snowflakes, Pascal’s triangle help them to learn various patterns and shapes thereby nurturing love for numbers. Geogebra helps to integrate Math with technology. This helps the learners to develop their skills, enhances their confidence and personality and promotes acquisition of knowledge in a fun-filled way.
The young learners of Grades II & III enrich their Mathematical skills by creating puzzles, making place value cards, solving riddles and brain teasers etc.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches trust.
The club aims to give students an inspiration to learn about different types of plants and techniques of growing and maintaining a garden. The learners are acquainted with different types of soil, various gardening tools, pesticides and their advantages and disadvantages. They learn how to grow organic vegetables at home and how to create a compost pit at a micro scale in their garden corner. They prepare colourful terrariums, planters with recycled bottles; grow medicinal plants like tulsi, mint, aloe vera etc.
In the process, the learners experience glory of gardening, their hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature and enthusiasm to nurture a garden with their efforts, love and care.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”
Children’s imagination is put to best use in Sculptor’s Club by using different techniques and tools. Step –by- step the young learners embark on a journey to discover their hidden talent. Apart from sculptures they also grasp the art of pottery practicing on the potter’s wheel. Throughout the year, diverse themes like seasons, festivals, animals, fantasy world, transportation, etc are taken up to keep the work education sessions interesting and the learners productively engaged.
The learners create aquatic and land animals by using “high and low relief techniques”; make fruit and vegetable baskets by using clay as medium; produce hand made pottery using coiling and pinching techniques; and beautiful tribal masks, among others .Passionate art activities throughout the year boost their confidence to express their feelings constructively and creatively.
Young Theatre Club
“Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.“
The theatre classes at Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon are held with the objective of making our learners confident and creative problem-solvers, better communicators and innovative thinkers. During these classes, students learn the art of mime, perform role plays, do street plays on various social issues from corruption to female foeticide and spread awareness. These classes enable students to think out of the box. Their acting skills are honed and they develop the confidence to perform in front of a large audience. Learners also play various theatre games which are aimed at improving their ability to focus and concentrate. They work together and experience the infinite joy of acting. Many of of our club members participated in the School’s Annual Production “Oliver Twist” in the academic session 2016-17, and were profoundly applauded for their acting skills.
Sweet Melodies Club
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
The Club offers learning of music with various instruments like piano, guitar, tabla etc. wherein different chords like A,C and D are practiced on Piano. Voice Culture, humming practice and warm up exercises with different scales are regularly used to train the budding vocalists. The learners are introduced to Solfeggio, a vocalized musical scale which assigns various syllables such as “Do-Re-Mi” to each note. The technique involves assigning the notes of a scale a particular syllable, and then practicing by singing different note sequences using these syllables. In addition to this, learners are introduced to the 5 Tone Scale, also called the Pentatonic Scale, which is a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave.
Sweet Melodies Club
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”
Music is a collective and emotive expression of the heart, body, mind and soul. Sweet Melodies Club introduces learners to the classical and light music of India. Learners participate enthusiastically in all the sessions and sings ‘alankaars’ as ‘alankaars’ are an integral part of Indian classical music. Learners are taught techniques to enhance their vocal clarity. Various voice modulation techniques form an integral part of the sessions.
Learners are also taught folk songs, light songs, devotional and patriotic songs. They are motivated to learn more about Hindustani Classical Music, and are infused with the knowledge of ragas, taals and mantras. These help them to keep a strong bond with the rich cultural past of our country. In our endeavor to create the future vocalists of the country, we encourage the learners to participate in various performances and showcase their talent. This helps instill confidence in the learners and gives a positive direction to their passion for music.
Engineering stimulates the mind
Engineering Club sessions at Lotus Valley involve the first hand learning of basic concepts of electricity, circuits, types of circuits and electric components (to name a few).
The learner’s tangible understanding of the idea is developed and the application of the idea is upgraded as a philosophy. Therefore in class we introduce learners to the applications of electricity and circuits in complex formats, which are often more commonly found around us. The students work on Breadboards (an elevated wiring system) to better understand how their electronic appliances work in tandem with each other and the effect of each appliance on the other.
They are given multiple kits to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Engineering. Electronic kits, cart making kits, LED kits, hydraulic jack are among the kits given to them.
The Club brings together learners with a shared interest and passion and guides them towards constructive goals.
“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it.”
The aim of the Photography Club is to make the learner’s dormant creativity come alive and imbue and strengthen the sense of relating it to the world outside. Their imaginative acumen comes alive through the photographs they click.
In the photography club, learners learn the basics of photography and the DSLR technology and its uses .They apprentice on designing of a camera including –Image sensor and Image processor. They understand the components of a photographic image and the fundamental rules of clicking a picture, such as the rule of thirds, balancing elements, symmetry, patterns and framing. Types of photography like portrait, landscape, advertisement, journalism are a part of the program of studies.
“There are an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe.”
The Robotronics Club has been initiated with a vision to make the learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts a fun- filled and engaging experience.
Robotics is a multi-disciplinary tool that is being increasingly used worldwide to motivate, excite and inspire children about Science and Technology. Robotics inspires students to make connections across several disciplines rather than learning topics in isolation as it combines mechanical, electronic, electrical and programming skills. By building and programming robots, The members of the club explore fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
A thoughtful build up from Mechanical Designs to Programming in the multi-year program.
Well thought out concept to concept binding with the NCERT syllabus.
Salient features of Avishkaar Robotronics ClubProgram:
Video & Journalism
“A picture is worth a thousand words; a slide show is both”
The learners of the Club involve themselves in writing scripts, making videos and editing them. The students make videos on various themes of school life and various people they came across in school life.
Along with making and shooting videos, the club members also hold sessions in which the new members, who are inducted into the club, experience camera handling, videography and editing.
The club has actively participated in shooting and capturing various school events.
“Spreading awareness on consumer rights amongst all consumer segments especially among school students is the main agenda of ours”
In the Consumer Club, learners are sensitized about their legal rights: Right to safety, Right to inform, Right to choose, Right to be heard, Right to redress and Right to Consumer Education, enacted under the Consumer Protection Council which was formed to safeguard and protect the rights of consumers. Diverse activities are conducted to create awareness amongst learners like advertisement analysis, product analysis, personal consumer choices and green consumerism and consumer rights.
Learning about various aspects of consumerism enables the learners to co-relate with various situations that they experience in day -to -day life and work towards being vigilant consumers of their generation.
Understanding community around and within organization, Conducting analysis of areas which need service and the reasons, Designing activities to help the needy in organized and feasible manner, Educating the disadvantaged groups.
To sensitize the learner about the community
To create awareness about their responsibility to serve the community
To create the youth circle more aware and active about the mass welfare and establishing its relation with the welfare of country