Best Green School Award

Siruthuli, meaning “A drop of effort to heal the world”, celebrated its 15th anniversary. On this special occasion, they have awarded K’sirs School with the “Best Green School” recognizing our efforts for having a green campus and utilizing eco-friendly materials that would not harm our environment. As a part of the summer camp competition held by Siruthuli, for designing the diary cover Anichan Pugal, grade 7 students from K’sirs received the first prize showcasing that our dear children nurture towards creating a better society.

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Beginning of a New School Year

Welcoming 2018 – 2019

A bright sunny morning with lots of excitement saw the entry of anxious faces guiding their beautiful blooms of blue and white into the garden of K’sirs. Some smiling, some crying, some screaming, some running and some not willing to make an eye contact with the teacher, marked the beginning of the academic year 2018 – 2019. The little eyes beamed with excitement when they saw what they had in store for the day. It was an alluring sight to see the excited and pride filled eyes of the grade children running around trying to locate their new classes and sharing their experiences of the summer vacation. With all the loud chitter chatter they have now started the journey to experience the beauty of life that has in store for them this academic year.

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Fully excited for the yet another wonderful K’sirs journey ahead!

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The wonderful journey so far….

The journey that began in 2008 with just three Montessori environments and students of grades 1, 2, and 3 is now in its 11th year. In this short span of ten years, our school has grown massively both in terms of magnitude and strength. To commemorate this outstanding milestone, a 10th anniversary school song, written and sung by our K’sirs music team was released. The song paid tribute to both the hurdles overcome and the tremendous achievements of the school. Following the official audio launch, a live performance ensued.

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The celebration is nearing its ending hours............ just one blog away.

 

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After the near banning of Jallikattu, it was in our hands, as Indians, to safe keep our rich culture and to prevent the erasure of our traditions. As an ode to this statement, on the Pongal and 10th anniversary celebration day, K’sirs was home to the website launch of the prestigious “Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation” (SKCRF).

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The SKCRF functions as a resource and research centre working on conservation of native breeds of cattle. Awareness is focused more intensely on the Kangayam breed and the Korangadu, a unique silvi pastoral land and farming system which is unique to Kongu region, mid-western Tamil Nadu. Kangayam breed and the Korangadu are interdependent and hence they need to be protected from the serious threats that they face. SKCRF also works to preserve the bio-cultural values and the uniqueness around our indigenous breeds of livestock and the traditional knowledge associated with it (Taken from SKCRF’s official website)

 

(stay tuned.. there is more to come)

Pongal Celebration 2018 (2/5)

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The day has just begun…

Following the refreshing and captivating performance by the K’sirs Music Troop, the audience witnessed a mind-blowing performance of Kavadi Attam. Many were seen with their cameras, attempting to capture stills and videos of this traditional aspect of our culture. Our school’s Bharatanatyam dancers took over the stage with their beautiful costumes and vibrant makeup. Mixing a modern touch into their routine, it’s safe to say that they were a pleasant surprise for everyone present.

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As a trademark piece of every Pongal celebration, our ladies then circled around for a round of Kummiyattam. Notably, the face of every single elderly woman in the crowd was lit with happiness as they rejoiced in the nostalgia.

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The audience watched on mesmerized as the stage was continually occupied by various performances encapsulating our culture, such as therukoothu, thappatam, and mayillatam. As Coimbatore becomes increasingly urban, we’re losing the more traditional parts of ourselves as we value convenience. The K’sirs Pongal Celebration seeks to combat this by ensuring that importance is given to our ancestral practices.

 

stay tuned... the day's not over yet.

Pongal Celebration 2018 (1/5)

The day, which we students have been waiting for a year, has now come. Pongal O’ Pongal!!

The day welcomed us with a glorious sunrise, paving way for a perfect weather. The school campus had an ethereal glow as it adorned the countless decorations lovingly handmade by students and staff alike. As student volunteers, we proudly displayed our badges as we shuffled around hours before the commencement of the event to run last-minute errands. Animals of varying species, ranging from cows to dogs, were brought in comfortably for guests to admire. Food vendors arrived in their trucks to set up stalls featuring both culinary and snack items. Festivals have always been a great source of joy for any student population and the grand events planned for the day did little to quench the overwhelming sense of excitement felt.

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Enthusiastic guests filtered their way into the school field earlier than the stated timing and found sheltered seats while they waited for the opening ceremony. The K’sirs music troop captivated the audience with various songs pertaining to Pongal. This kept the atmosphere upbeat and optimistic as guests from all ages were seen mouthing along to the familiar tunes.

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(continue reading on our next blog)

Avian Adventure (final part)

It’s goodbye to our dear owl

Tweety, which is how the students call it, has now gotten bigger and looks more mature and fully developed physically. It is just over 3 months from the moment it was rescued from the danger. Its features are now more prominent and notable including its wings and eyes, and now bears the resemblance to a perfect adult bird. Its flight pattern also gave the impression of its full growth but we were still uncertain about whether it was sufficiently fit to survive in the outside world. Also, it was irresolute whether it was permitted by law to keep in custody an owl at school. To work out these questions, we eventually decided to take Tweety to the GASS forest museum located at R.S. Puram in the heart of Coimbatore city. We also decided to entrust them with the responsibility of looking after him as that appeared to be the just conclusion. So, as a result, a few of us senior students along with our Lalitha Prakash mam visited the museum to hand Tweety to the officials. There we met Mr. Sathish, DFO who examined the state of the owl. We were exceedingly satisfied to come to realize that he was flawlessly alright and in an ideal health.

We handed over the owl to Mr. Sathish and also came to know that rescuing owls and protecting them until they are big enough to be let out into the wild was in all the ways legal and not out of the laws. Following the handover, we were assisted by Mr. Bhoomi Nathan, from WWF(World Wildlife Fund), who accompanied us to the Rescue Centre of the museum where many such birds which were saved at various points of time were caged, ready to be released once the precise time arrived. The authorities have also made public that any such hurt or rescued animals or birds can be taken to this museum for further guidance and help with its growth. They promised to keep in contact and give us continual updates on its progress. We then bid our final adieus to Tweety. It was surely a disconsolate moment for us as every single child took efforts in making sure that Tweety stayed sheltered and secure. Its avian adventure at K’sirs had sure come to a termination as he is now prepared to start a new episode in the natural wilderness.

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We feel thankful and happy to have saved this owl and hope to save more birds and see to it that we do our best in preventing the further habitat destruction and death of birds.

Epilogue
We have turned our avian friend over to the local forest department.
During the visit, we also tried to determine the species as we had to understand what to give and how to help the owls and other birds properly without making generalizations and assumptions. Its key features are it has two tufts of feather-like ears which stand up when the owl feels threatened or attacked. It has black streaks on its underbelly and its plumage is very similar to that of the Indian eagle owl and also we found out by comparisons that the Indian eagle owls are confused for other owls and bear lots of similarities to other owl species. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_eagle-owl
Upon meeting the forest department head of the branch we were informed on the major rules behind rescuing owls and certain birds;
– It is illegal to keep an owl as a pet for any reason. They must not be given to a museum for taxidermy purposes without proper consultation and adherence to rules.
– It is okay to keep a rescued owl for a large amount of time for health purposes and the stages of maturity provided all the health conditions are maintained and checkups with local ornithologists and avian veterinarians are consulted but the owl must be returned to the habitat with the agreement of the proper officials and it must be admitted to the local forest department or rescue foundation.

We thank you for your curiosity and your patience and for sticking by with our blog updates. Our owl appreciates your concern.

Avian Adventure (first part)

(One fine day)

It was a regular day in K’sirs when two baby owlets were found in the campus. They were so young and weak when found. Sadly one of them didn’t survive but we managed to keep the other baby owlet in a stable condition. Luckily for the owlet, it was only malnutrition. It was found by one of our caretakers who happened to be scouring the area to check up on the plants and upon encountering the owlets slowly fed the baby some water to counteract dehydration. When we examined the owlet, it looked very weak and was erratic in its movements. We transferred the owlet to a dark, cozy shoe box with the temperature monitored for it to get some rest.

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(a few days later)

The owl is now in a proper condition. It is now much more energetic and vivacious. We have been feeding it finely minced meat and bones of chicken and weighed the bird before and after feeding to ensure it was eating properly. We fed it using tweezers. At first, it grabbed the food ferociously but afterward it started to pick the food all by itself. We made sure the nest was properly made to avoid its legs splaying. The owl was precariously trying out surfaces and examining the area in which it was kept. It got easily alarmed to the slightest sound. Every time when something startling happened, its two little tufts of feathers on each side of its head perked up in a reflex action and it stared keenly at whatever the disturbance was. It ate multiple insects it could find. Sometimes it even screeched softly when we moved around.

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the final part of the Avian Adventure to be continued in our next blog.