Beyond Books

Student Parliaments

It was the dream of our senior management to start Children’s Parliament in our school since NPC helps

  • To provide forums for children to voice their concerns
  • To be a movement from below focusing on child rights
  • To help growth of children as responsible and dynamic citizens
  • To initiate children into proactive involvements
  • To promote participation of children in governance
  • To do the above in a fun-filled, sustained process

As an initial step of this dream we have inaugurated the Children’s Parliament movement on 6th Aug 2015. To witness this great moments, the school had invited Rev.Fr.Edwin the founder of Neighbour hood Community Net Work(NCN)and Sri Guruji Ravishankar ji who is the president of NCN and Principals from MIT Schools .Rev .Fr .Edwin stayed in the campus for two days(August 6th and 7th 2015) and directed us to form School level Children’s Parliament and Youth Parliament. The proceedings as follows:

In the first session Higher Secondary students were grouped according to the area which they represent and given portfolios as per their interest. Ministers holding various portfolios came together and sorted out the problems faced by the people in their area and came up with solutions. Students were given opportunity to share the problems that they sorted out and the solutions they suggested in the session. On August 6th itself during the second session at 2.30 pm students of grade 5-10 were called and given the ideas of Children’s Parliament and made the into groups. They were asked to take up the responsibility of ministers as per the portfolio of India Government .Children were so interested in taking up these responsibilities and actively participated in the discussions and this interest was appreciated by the invited experts as well as school authorities.

Second day children of grade 8,9 & 10 were called at 10.00 am, under the guidance of Rev.Fr.Edwin and staff involved in project where they were formed into 6 geographical groups depending on the area from where they come from. There were 20-25 members in each group. They were assigned with the portfolios of Prime minister ,speaker and various cabinet ministers such as Home minister, Health minister ,Defense Minister, Transport minister, Food minister, Water Resource minister, Textile minister, Tourism minister, Minister of External affairs, Agriculture minister, Cultural minster, Education minister, Sports minister, Rural development minister etc.

After assigning the portfolios , from each group ministers bearing the same portfolio got together as smaller neighborhood and discussed the problems encountered by the people in their area under their ministry.

Fr. Edwin in the middle of the sessions intervened and presented very apt videos depicting his mission and the achievements he could accomplish through Children’s parliament in Kanyakumari , Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Students were overwhelmed to watch the wonders done by the children of Tamil Nadu and decided to make Maharashtra a better place by their effort. Children’s Parliament going to be the platform for these children to articulate their leadership qualities. Congratulating the students for their enthusiasm to work for the society and promising his support Rev.Fr.Edwin concluded his session by 11.00 am thereafter under the guidance of teachers students came forward with their ideas like how they are going to work with their ministries. From each department minister representatives came with the areas on which they would like to concentrate upon and shared their views with the public. At about 12.20 pm the two day program came to an end.

It was decided in consultation with Fr Edwin that VGS Pandharpur would federate NPC with other areas like Ambejoge, Solapur, Barshi, and Aurangabad during the first phase and are also intending to federate to block, state, national and international levels in 2 years’ time.

School is also planning to work with an overseas school in United Kingdom for exchange of ideas and knowledge and skills of organizing conducting NPC more effectively.

Clubs & Activities

In addition to our academic programmes, we offer an extensive array of extra-curricular activities with an assortment of clubs like nature club, music, drama, painting, press club etc.

A balance is created by interspersing outdoor action with indoor skills like yoga, meditation, painting, acting, quiz, music and dance.

Students are encouraged to participate in various clubs and special time is allocated on Saturday and Sunday for club activites. The whole idea is to develop the children holistically.

Social Responsibility

One of the major missions of the Vishwashanti Gurukul Pandharpur is to develop the community and the feeling of giving back to the community amongst it’s students. Vishwashanti Gurukul Youth wing was formed in the school and is actively involved with adopting villages. The students visit the villages and communities and give street plays and presentations to create awareness.

In addition the children collect data and problems that are affecting the villages and try to provide practical most cost effective solutions.

This is a great way to develop research and problem developing skills in the children and making them aware of the fact that tomorrow they need to give back to the communities in some smaller practical way as possible.

Nature Club

This club is being run by the student body and the members. They do meet every Saturday and have activities every Saturday and Sunday for the same.

Literary club

This also is another club run and managed by the student committee of the club with members. This is about reading, creative writing and presentations. They meet every Saturday and Sunday for various activities to fulfill the objectives of the club.

Co-curricular Activities

Vishwashanti School, providing the best education in India, recognizes that sports should be an integral part of every student’s life. Sports and co-curricular activities help in all round development of the students.

Structured sports curriculum starts from Nursery with basics about balancing, walking and right posture being taught.

As the students reach Primary school some basic running and activities that keep that increase their stamina are added to the sports curriculum.

As they progress from class six a specific sports curriculum for sports like football, volleyball, basketball, skating, swimming, chess, carom, tennis etc. is taught as a subject.

When the child enters the class 10 and above, specialized coaches start refining special talents. 2 periods per week are allotted to sports. In addition another 1 ½ hour of daily sports and yoga exercises are incorporated into the schedule. For self-defense everybody has to go under karate training.

Aerobics and Specialized yoga form part of the routine on Sundays.

Arts and Crafts

Each morning, assembly begins with a meaningful piece of world peace music. Students are encouraged to listen carefully to the music as it helps relaxing, meditating and understanding.

This child friendly school has two periods of music a week as part of their CBSE course. Vocal as well as instrumental music is taught to every child. Indian as well as western forms of rhythms and ragas are incorporated in the music curriculum.

Indian classical and western forms of dances are taught to each child with focus being on developing the rhythm and stability of mind and body.

In house art competitions are held with a house board competition each month to display talent. Students are sent for all external competitions at various levels.

English Language Communication, Speech and Drama

House System

The house system also forms the basis for a healthy and friendly competition and students eagerly volunteer to represent their house in a wide variety of events across the year. Deciding which house will win the overall championship each year is a great focus for all the students.

Our 4 houses – Tagore, Gandhi, Einstein and Vivekanand are the means of developing the competitive and house spirit.

House Events are both sporting and non-sporting. House boards are an integral part of the hostel with students decorating their own boards which are judged each month.

In sport house events take place for all age groups and both genders in:
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Table Tennis, volleyball etc.

More generally we also hold competitions in:
Hindi Elocution, Hindi Debate, English Debate, English Elocution (Prose and Poetry), Story Telling (Second Language) , Dance and Quizzes.

These events are constantly reviewed and the school is always looking to expand these in the future.