i. Social Awareness Programme (SAP)
Vidyanikethan does not intend to be an ivory tower. Acquainting children
with the grim aspects of social reality and encouraging them to step out
of the confines of their social milieu and cocoons in their minds to reach
out to fellow beings with understanding and empathy is a key objective.
To this end, under the auspices of the SAP, students from classes VI to
VIII, and teachers will be exposed to a month-long sensitisation programme
to key aspects of a chosen social problem and attempts, if any, to address
the same. These may include for instance, social neglect of the elderly
and disabled, human rights violations, degradation of the environment,
or living conditions of marginalized groups. Talks by activists, social
scientists and writers, screening of documentaries etc will be planned,
culminating in a month-end visit to a field where the particular problem
under study can be experienced at close quarters.
The children and teachers will be encouraged to reflect on the exposure
received and contribute these in the form of writings, poetry, and artwork
on the SAP notice board/corner. The most sensitive contribution will be
acknowledged on Samuhya Pradhibathatha Dinam.
ii. Family Fest or Chavara Day
is a unique day of festivities for the Christ Vidyanikethan family. The
motto of this day is 'Gathering of a delightful tomorrow'. The fest falls
on the Day of Rev.Chavara Elias Kuriakose. Hence it is called 'Chavara
Day' too. On this particular day parents and the teachers organise variety
programmes on the dais and inspire students, by setting an example, to
follow in their footsteps. It provides a good opportunity for all the
teachers and parents to meet and mingle with one another. In the evening
all the students along with every member of their family are invited to
partake in a feast. The aim of the programme is convey the lofty message
that the entire human race across all distinctions and man-made divisions
is the creation of the same God. In an age where men have landed on the
moon but live in prejudice of, and in isolation from their physically
proximate neighbours, all of us should be above religions, caste, creed,
community and political considerations to develop meaningful and lasting
iii. The Assembly
Monday's and Friday's the assembly will be of forty minutes duration.
Every class will, in rotation, under the guidance and supervision of their
class teachers present a pre-planned and practised programme before the
rest of the school. Every student in the concerned class is given an opportunity
to come on stage, in keeping with his/her ability, and as part of the
larger group effort. In the process the child acquires a taste for disciplined,
meaningful and enjoyable participation in the group, a stronger sense
of belonging, and better self esteem by gaining visibility before an audience
and freedom from irrational fears such as stage fright.
iv. Inter Religious Prayer Service
school strives to strengthen its commitment to secularism in it's uniquely
Indian connotation, not by being irreligious, but by actively promoting
an understanding of all religions as equally legitimate paths to the same
goal of Spiritual Awakening. This assumes unique relevance in the midst
of a rising wave of divisive and fanatical forces attempting to propagate
misunderstanding and dogmatism at all levels of society. On the first
Friday of every month, the students will lead the school in an inter-religious
prayer service with reading and elucidation of passages from the religious
scriptures - the Quaran, the Bhaghavat Gita and the Holy Bible.
v. National Holidays
Day (January 2nd) Independence Day (August 15th) and Gandhi Jayanthi (October
2nd) provide occasions for the young generation to acquaint themselves
with their country - her achievements and ongoing struggles in every field,
whether social, political, economic, cultural or technological. This taking
stock must then be channelled toward introspection and purposeful resolutions
for change in keeping with the spirit of the freedom struggle and the
values it was guided by - in self, family, school and larger society.
Gandhi Jayanthi also marks the beginning of Social Service Week to inculcate
an appreciation of the importance and dignity of manual labour.
vi. Gardening & Vegetation
their connectedness to Nature and Mother Earth brings about the real flowering
of individuals. In order to inculcate an appreciation in children for
the intricacies of the natural world, the symbiotic relationship between
all creation, the trustee role of human beings and the dignity of labour,
garden work is compulsory for all students from Classes I to VII.
vii. Sports Day
is more important than victory' is the motto that sets the tone for this
day. Irrespective of their age or class, every student will participate
in atleast one each of the running, jumping and throw events. Both failure
and victory and part and parcel of life, but what is important is one's
willingness to take up any challenge without unnecessary anxiety regarding
the outcome. Moreover, some things look easy but in reality involve a
lot of effort. These are the messages that the school imparts to its students
on Sports Day.
viii. Youth Festival
defining characteristic of the Christ Vidyanikethan's Youth Festival is
that it will bring on stage every single pupil. This obligation to perform
on stage will help students get rid off their reservations and stage fright.
As part of their hands-on training in organisational and managerial skills,
students are also delegated the work of co-ordinating events. In keeping
with the larger philosophy of the school which does seek to create performance-related
anxiety in the minds of children and unhealthy comparisons, Grades as
opposed to Prizes or title's such as 'Kalaprathibha' or Kalathilakam'
will be awarded.
ix. Kid's Day
Nov.14th of every year is set aside to celebrate the Kids'Day. All the
children are brought together. With due consideration of their ages and
abilities programmes are planned in advance by teachers, with active participation
by parents, and the students themselves in the case of senior classes.
No individual items are encouraged. Participation is mandatory for all
students, as one more opportunity to face an audience and overcome inhibitions
if any. Inter-school competitions at the Kindergarten level are organized
so as to facilitate interaction among tiny tots. It also presents an occasion
for Christ Vidyanikethan to extend hospitality to the children of other
school and appreciate talents.
x. School Day
is a Day of all Students, and not just a chosen few. All the students
are prepared to go on-stage and face the audience. Participation is compulsory.
Group work - not individual - is encouraged
xi. Sports and Fine Arts Academy
Christ Vidyanikethan wishes to generate a world of fit men and women with
vibrant spirits and vivacity, it has organised Academies for both Arts
and Sports. These academies work to instil in youngsters a spirit of Artistic
and Athletic culture. Once a month a Performance Day will be organised
to ensure that their abilities are being fostered well, and that their
efforts are encouraged. A monthly evaluation test will be held. The students
will also be encouraged to perform before the public. Thus through these
Academies Christ Vidyanikethan will endear itself to each and everyone
"Kayika Sayaanam" and "Kalasandhya" are organised in
order to honour the veterans and outstanding figures of both the cultural
and sports fields.