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Top to Bottom People
Leadership is exercised by people from the top to bottom of most organisations.
Leadership may be defined as the process of giving meaningful direction to collective effort and causing willing effort to be expended to achieve collective goals.
Let’s look at Elijah, the most famous and most dramatic of all the prophets of ancient Israel, whose leadership was characterised by fire. Elijah’s life was also characterised by magnetism. He attracted people who were like himself, like-minded, with the same attitude and those who complemented him in his goals.
“People who walk
with the wise men will be wise,
Today, Mr. VP has an important assignment to be accomplished. Who does he assign it to? Are you the person he will call? Are you the man he will entrust it to?
Let’s take a look into Mr. VP’s mind: I’m looking for
Remember, Success doesn’t come to you, You go to it.
(This is the fourth part of the series on Leadership)
Commonwealth Essay Competition
Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, London, the competition has been running for over hundred years and is firmly established as a highly regarded and popular international education project.
The 2002 competition received over 5,000 essays from more than 1,000 schools in 51 countries. Twelve Udayachal High School students had participated in this competition. Essays were written in the School itself and were sent to the Royal Commonwealth Society. Four of our students received certificates of merit:
The Udayachal High School believes in encouraging students to take part in such competitions as, irrespective of their social or scholastic background, students compete on equal terms with their peers from around the world. Students are thus encouraged to aspire to high standards of academic scholarship and creative writing.
Brain Waves 2002
The Young Men Christian’s Association (YMCA) conducts Inter-School Competitions called “Brain Waves” every year. In the year 2002, 700 students from 31 schools participated in various competitions. Udayachal High School students walked away with five first prizes and the School was adjudged overall runners-up.
1. (L-R): Noel Sequeira (Standard X EA), Shireen Havewalla (Standard X EC) and Rohit Achari (Standard IX EA) won the first prize of Rs. 1,000 for the YMCA Inter-School Workshop on “Thinking Skills”.
2. Udayachal students bagged the second prize in the Inter-School Indian Folk Dance Competition organised by the Lions Club of Vidyavihar. Seen on the extreme right is the jubiliant Remadevi, Teacher, Udayachal High School, who had choreographed the dance. In the background are dignitaries of the Lions Club of Vidyavihar.
3. Noel Sequeira, Standard X EA, won the first prize of Rs. 500 for Essay Writing.
4. Swati Rajendran, Standard VIII E, won the first prize of Rs. 500 in a Poster Painting Competition.
5. Prajakta Dalvi, Standard VII MA won the first prize of Rs. 500 for Essay Writing Competition (Juniors).
6. Vidya Thombre, Standard VIII MB won the first prize of Rs. 500 for Essay Writing Competition (Seniors).
The Aviation Quiz is for students of Standards IX and X of various schools. Approximately 45 schools had participated from Mumbai. There is a written test — two per team. Top five participants are selected for the oral round where students then have to interact with aviation experts.
Abhishek has won the Boeing Rotating Shield and a joy flight at Juhu Flying Club to visit important aviation facilities in and around Mumbai. Keep it up!
“In the lap of nature, lay the creations which need our love and appreciation…”
These lines are part of a song sung by the blooming buds of Udayachal Pre-Primary School to spread the message of preserving and protecting nature. The children and teachers worked in unison to convert the music hall into an evergreen forest, wherein cutouts of trees, flowers, birds, butterflies and animals were made from recycled paper. Gunnysacks were used to create a cave. Stuffed toys of animals such as the gorilla, monkey, tiger, lion, etc. were displayed in and around the cave. Beside the cave, a dense forest was created where models of wild animals such as giraffe, zebra, deer and elephant were displayed.
The Wildlife Week, from 2nd October to 8th October, 2002, was celebrated in this novel way. The teachers enacted stories on animals through a musical tableau. The values of life — sharing, caring, love, togetherness and kindness were imparted. The tiny tots in their own little way, made and wore headbands of their favourite animals and flowers, and promised to love them and protect them well.
It is our duty as human beings, who occupy the higher planes of knowledge, to protect and preserve the other beautiful creations of nature. This wonderful earth inhabited by a variety of flora and fauna needs our love and appreciation.
little heart of Udayachal pledges:
The tortoise and the swans
of swans lived in a pond,
went in search of a cooler pool
the swans to get a stick.
them both to hold the ends
passed beneath them.
tortoise wanted all to know
(Reproduced from the audio book series Story Time with Uncle Pai
Turning our Dreams into Reality
‘My high school was small,’ said Dolly Parton. ‘So during the passing out ceremony, each of us got a chance to stand up and announce our plans for the future. ‘I’m going to University,’ one boy would say. ‘I’m getting married,’ a girl would follow. When my turn came, I said, ‘I’m going to become a star.’ The entire place erupted in laughter. I was stunned. Somehow, though, that laughter instilled in me an even greater determination to realise my dream. Sometimes it is funny the way we find inspiration. I might have crumbled under the weight of the hardships that were to come, had it not been for the response of the crowd that day.
Dolly Parton in ‘Dolly’