Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A student's progress

Pragadeesh is the son of a fisherman....

.......and his dreams when he was 5 years old was to become a Doctor!

He joined Gurukulam when he was 4 years old. Today - Pragadeesh is doing his 10th standard at Gurukulam. His dreams have changed over the years, but he is well on his way to becoming whatever he wants to be. And it is thanks to each and every one who supports Gurukulam, that children like Pragadeesh can dream of a future and have a chance to make it a reality.

He got a "High Distinction" in an assessment in Mathematics for Indian Schools by the UNSW Global, The University of New South Wales, Australia. Read about it at:
He learns Karate, Sailing and Yoga at school apart from his regular studies.

He made use of all his training to win accolades in Karate. He has won a gold medal in a State level competition and a bronze medal in an "All India Karate Tournament 2008". He again won the 1st prize in Kata, in the South India Karate Tournament in 2014. Read about it at:




You can see him demonstrating his karate by clicking the link below:


He has enjoyed his sailing, thanks to the sponsorship by the Royal Madras Yacht Club, Chennai

You can read about his sailing experience in his own words...


Pragadeesh has stood School 1st in the 10th standard exam conducted by NIOS!


TOGETHER....I hope we can give children like Pragadeesh a chance to make their dream a reality.

We have children who are bright academically throughout our school, we have others good at sports and some others good with their hands and mechanically inclined.....

It is our dream to bring out the full potential in all our children, whatever they maybe.

It is also our dream to bring them up as responsible human beings with the right moral values.

Together we can make this dream a reality.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Volunteering Day by KPMG


Volunteers from KPMG made our children sit up and think! 
.......thoughts of career and how to achieve it!

Headed by Mr Prathap, the volunteers split up as 2 teams.

The first team interacted with the 8th, 9th and the 10th standards and did career counselling....it made a big impact on our children. Made them more aware of the steps that they needed to take to make a better future for themselves.

The second team interacted with classes 1 to 5. It was story telling and reading practice. Much needed to get our children more profecient in English...what better way than through stories?!

Our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers from KPMG.

Teachers Day Celebrations with "Solar Winds"


Teachers Day celebration was along with Teena and team of 12 volunteers from Solar Winds...

The volunteers interacted with our children from classes LKG to the 6th standard. They also ran a volleyball match between our teachers and students!

Our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers from Solar Winds :-)

Mathematics Workshop by Mrs Vidhya Chendhil


Mrs Vidhya Chendhil did a Maths workshop with our teachers.

It was a great learning experience and our heartfelt thanks to Mrs Vidhya for taking the time to be with our teachers!

Report on the workshop:


Date : 10 / 09 / 2015

Venue : Math Lab, Gurukulam

Teachers in Attendance :

1.     Principal, Mr. Rajeev
2.     Ms. Shuba
3.     Ms. Priyanga
4.     Ms. Hema
5.     Mr. Abdul
6.     Mr. Sathya

Time : 10 : 05  am – 12 : 40 pm

 How do we mathematics in ABL (Activity Based Learning ) System? What are step by step approaches to teach counting in Kindergarten? How do we use modern Learning tools in Math Lab Class? How does one use group activity as a teaching technique? How does one use local (inexpensive) things around as learning tools?

These were some questions our teachers learnt hands on with Ms. Vidhya, an eminent educationist who took her time off to train our teachers of Math Department. We shared some of innovative teaching strategies too! It was really a time to share as fellow teachers. She was very impressed by the way our Math teachers teach addition and subtraction of integers by bottle caps and Class VII students shared their latest math project on Rain harvesting as a example to HOLISTIC Learning using Mathematics with elements of Chemistry, Physics and Business Studies. She was very organized in teaching strategies and concentrated well on basics of Math teaching. On the whole it was real sharing of ideas and would go a long way in learning and teaching processes of Math as a whole.

As a follow up to this program we are now to install some more models and learning tools in the Math Lab.

Math Department

Doll making project

26th Aug 2015

Classes 1 to 3 went on a doll making spree.... and out came sweet adorable dolls from their tiny hands!

Report by the Class Teacher:


Date : 26.08.2015       Periods : 3rd to 5th period       Timing : 10.15 am -12.00pm

Project Name : Doll Making

A project based on doll making was done on 26.08.15 by classes I ,II, III.

Students used sponge, colour papers, vegetable, cotton, egg, ice cream sticks , for making dolls. It is currently being displayed in the class rooms. Gowtham and Haji Ismal made the sponge dolls well beyond our expectation. Khadhar basha made a doll based on his own idea and method . Even we were not aware that dolls could be made in this method! The children themselves took on the role of instructors. The children who understood the method helped the other children who did not understand . so this was a great experience for the children to get more ideas for doll making.

Prize list details
1st prize –        N.Thameenma –II std
                           S.Shreevel       -III std
2nd  prize –      P.Deepak –II std
                           B.Mubarak Fathima-III std
3rd  prize –      D.Rajeshwari –I std

Report by 

Ms. K. Hemalatha

Kids go Surfing!


Thanks to Sabita and Navaz Currimbhoy, our children had a chance to learn surfing!

1. Karan
2. K.Vishwa
3. Sanjai
4. Ataulla

.......were the 4 lucky children to learn surfing from Mr. Murthi & Mr. Tharni.

They had a whale of a time...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Peer Buddy" and the "Special Mentoring" Initiative

To help students who find academics challenging, Principal Mr Rajeev along with our Academic Advisor Mrs Sabita Currimbhoy has implemented a few initiatives - "The Peer Buddy System" and "Special Mentoring".

In Mr Rajeev's own words on these initiatives:



We have identified that a few of our younger children (Grades V and VI) have problems in socializing, doing homework, having healthy environment at home due to unavailability of their parents, as they are either full time laborers (moms/dads) returning home only after 7 to 8 pm or fishermen (dads) who return home only after a few days.


To solve this issue and to provide a guidance and regular monitoring, we have come up with a new system by which we pair younger students with their peers (of higher Grade preferably VIII and IX) who provide quality time by helping with monitoring their after school activities and by including the younger ones in their play time and home work time. They act as elder brothers and sisters, which the younger ones need. They also have healthier conversations and create an ambience by guiding and counseling them. They are regularly monitored by a few teachers who in turn give them ideas and suggestions to deal with simple solutions of their day to day problems, like doing projects or special assignments, not just from academics but also inculcating good habits    

The pilot project of Peer Buddies system has been started in August 2015 under the guidance of Principal (Chief Mentor) for the following pairs of students:

Sri hari of class VI – Anand of Grade IX
Akash of Grade VI – Aun Kumar of Grade IX
And Gayathri of grade VI  - Shilpa of Grade IX


Special Mentoring


There are a few students in the school who need special attention.  Reasons being evident – Proficiency (or lack thereof) in English! These children do not understand the day-to-day happenings in the class due to their poor understanding of the instructions given in English. 


Mrs Sabitha (Academic Advisor) has come up with the idea of Special mentoring – She has volunteered to call these children out of the classes, preferably in their free periods, to coach  them one on one in basic training in English by play way method and communicative English classes  (in small groups if needed). I am planning to pitch in her absence (Principal).

She has currently identifying such students and I think this will go a long way in helping them catch up with the rest of the class.