Beach Clean up Activity
"The clean person is not the one who runs away from dirt but the one who takes the time and effort to tidy up a dirty environment"- AbdulKabir Olatunji
The students of DYPIS Nerul, IBDP Year 1 and A-level were taken to a beach cleaning programme organised by the CMCA as a part of their CAS activity curriculum. Along with students from all over the city, they cleaned the littered and contaminated beach the day after Ganpati Visarjan.
The beach was polluted with all sorts of organic and inorganic wastes such as gigantic banners made of plastic and left overs of flower decorations and prasad.
The students as a single group were given a designated area by the CMCA which they were supposed to clean in a given period of time. They used their hands to pick up the litter and made one big heap of all the wastes in a corner to make it easy for the BMC cleaning agency to pick and clean. As a group, they worked together and successfully completed the task before the time limit.
At first, the students activity seemed extremely unpleasant, however it made each one of them realise how important it is to maintain hygiene and support the Swach Bharat Abhiyaan . Post the cleaning they all were very proud and highly satisfied with the cleaning that they had done, and were very happy to help make our city a cleaner place.
Cafeteria Wall Painting @ DYPIS
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul"- Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf
As a way of showcasing their creative side, the students of IBDP year 1 and 2 undertook the challenge of
giving an aesthetic touch to the school cafeteria. They first worked together to design the art that they
wished to showcase. Meticulous planning and showcasing of creative ideas were in the forefront. They
displayed their individuality as well as their cohesiveness as each student's artistic inclinations were
taken into account and youthful and beautiful design was planned. Now the school cafeteria walls
potray a collage of the children's favorite food and humorous life size caricatures of people. Through
this experience, the students felt a sense of satisfaction and joy of working collaboratively and creating
something so aesthetically meaningful for their school. The commitment and hard work shown by each
of them is praiseworthy.
CAS Initiative @ DYPIS
"If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path."- Buddha
As a part of their Service component of CAS, IBDP year 1 students visited a school in Balwadi, Taloja, to
conduct an IPad and Theatre workshop for the underprivileged children. Before their visit, all the IBDP
students used many hours to meticulously plan for their activities. They had to keep the understanding
level in mind as well as make it a fun learning experience for the students. They divided themselves into
two groups and assigned specific duties to each of them. Their team work and planning was
commendable. On the 6 th of August 2016, their plans were put to action. They made sure that each child
of the group of 30 underprivileged students were given attention and taught something new. The IBDP
students brought the joy of learning through technology to children who do not have easy access to
such devices. They taught them and made them laugh through many theatre games. The happiness and
smiles on the younger children brought a sense of immense satisfaction and pride to the IBDP students.
They realized the importance of service and spreading happiness that day.
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand."
In order to facilitate the fulfilment of the learning outcomes of CAS, the students of IBDP Year 1 visited the NGO, 'Children of the World' in Rabale on Friday, 28th August 2015 to set up a library at the NGO’s study centre. The students had collected academic books, story books, dictionaries and stationery items through a book collection drive, from grade 1 to grade 12 for this purpose.
They staged a small cultural programme on this occasion. They also conducted a quiz and a few science experiments. At the end of the programme the girls of our school presented handmade rakhis to the boys of ‘Children of the World’ to strengthen the bond. This activity made the students realise their responsibility towards the society.
Kindling Dreams- A CAS initiative
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”- Rabindranath Tagore
…. if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act” (Peterson)
Tech Fest 2013-14
The Tech Fest was held on August 23rd and 24th, 2013 at DYPIS Nerul. Themed on “Technology meets Compassion” the event began with tech games for 1st and 2nd graders on i-Pads and inter house tech gaming competitions for the middle school and high school students. On the 24th August, students had a wide range of tech games to choose and play. The idea of playing with friends, the huge screen projection, coloured lights added to the ambience and enthralled the students of all age groups. The effort was to enliven the competitive spirit and foster the zeal to be sportive yet fun loving through Tech Gaming. There was a good turnout, the students had a free game and some paid games to choose. The collections from the proceeds were directed to a social cause. So with the spirit to “Make IT happen”, it was fun, compassion and a lot more.
CAS Fair - D 2 Diwali Dhamaka
Adhering to the spirit of creativity, activity and service (CAS), which is at the heart of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, D Y Patil International School, Nerul hosted its first CAS fund-raiser event, D2 Diwali Dhamaka on Sunday 20 October 2013 from 4 P.M – 7.30 P.M. This CAS initiative was led by the students of the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12), the proceeds of which would go to the worldwide children’s medical charity ‘Operation Smile’(www.operationsmile.org), which provides corrective surgeries for children with cleft lips and cleft palates. The program aimed at creating sensitivity and empathy amongst students and inculcating in them a sense of responsibility towards the community at large. A raffle contest and silent auction, were the highlights of the event .The Fun fair saw students, parents and their friends turn out in large numbers to check out the game stalls, food stalls and a Juke box all manned by our students. The fair was also visited by under privileged children from the NGO Aarambh. It was a pleasure to see the students engage themselves in healthy competition to raise money for a common cause. The event helped the students gain an insight into their own capacity to make a difference and made them accountable for their own actions. Indeed, D2 was an initiative aimed at bringing a ‘smile’ on the faces of those little children benefitting from the treatment, and also the students working to make this noble deed possible!
Volunteer work at Karjat for Habitat for Humanity
The students of IGCSE and IBDP participated in a habitat building activity at Karjat on 28th November 2013. The activity provided them with a first hand experience to roll up their sleeves and paint houses for the needy and build friendships that transcended cultural and economic barriers. The children thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the families that owned the houses. The event was organized by Habitat for Humanity an NGO which aims at building simple decent affordable houses in partnership with people in need. (www.habitat.org) The initiative not only helped children give back to the community but also provided them with life long experiential learning.