Trips and Tours
Funraisers … Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost!
As they rightly say, ‘To Travel is to Evolve’ and Navrachana Vidyani always plans it’s out-of-class experiences keeping in view the educational, mental and social needs of it’s students. Thus, academic year 2019-20 too witnessed various trips and tours being organised for an uptick of the holistic development design of the school.
Stopping by the woods and flowing water
The senior most lot, Classes XI and XII, went off to Serene Cottages, Borsad for a much-need recreational relief from their usual routine rigorous academics on January 18. The day’s break in the midst of verdant nature was well spent with the picnickers exploring the nature trail and Mahi riverfront and then experiencing the highs of adventure activities!
Needless to add, the bus ride to and fro, the songs and dances, and of course, the fun of having food outdoors, everything just toted up to make it a day to remember!
Fun, Laughter and Friends …
Relaxation, adventure and recreation are the words that define the Classes I to III picnics at Phool Dwar Nature and Adventure Park on January 21 and 23. While the adventure activities and other funky treats like horse ride and tractor ride were right up their alley, the magic show was just what the students could have asked for! However, the zumba session was the ultimate show stealer for all of them as they grooved merrily to the thumping beats.
Fun Learning … King size!
The high spirited lot of Classes IV and V set off on a tour to Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh on the early morning of February 17 and even the long bus journey could not deter the exuberance and euphoria of the little backpackers!
The enthusiastic group visited the Lok Kala Museum, the beautiful Fatehsagar Lake, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Saheliyo ki Bari, the world renowned City Palace, Haldighati and Kumbhalgarh Fort. From enhancing the students’ knowledge with tales of the grandeur and courage of the Mevar dynasty, especially Maharana Pratap, to an exposure to traditional Rajasthani culture and food, a dose of entertaining Magic Show, a sound and light show and, of course, the ever popular attraction – a DJ party, this visit had something to offer every child!
No wonder then the caravan returned on February 20 carrying along with them a baggage full of majestic memories of the indelible escapade!
Set in the stark landscape of Thar Desert, Jodhpur-Osian Dunes was the preferred destination for Classes VI and VIII. From February 16 to 19, the high jinks holidayed in the blue city where they visited places of regal origins and historical significance like the magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace, the sprawling Mehrangarh Fort, the architecturally impressive Royal Cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, the historic Toorji ka Jhalra Bavdi, the imposing Clock Tower, the desertscape of Osian Dunes and the traditional eco-friendly lifestyle on display at the Guda Bishnoi village safari. While the students’ thrill and excitement in scaling the dunes was seen to be believed, the learning owing to their exposure to the traditional culture and heritage of the Sun City and its many attractions and the interactions with the Bishnoi tribe will certainly be enduring. Oh, and not to forget the famous Jodhpuri ‘moong dal kachori’ on which the trippers gorged!!
Hallelujah! Its Imagicaaa
Classes VII and IX along with their teachers jaunted off to Maharashtra for a trip to Imagica-Lonavala. The 3 day trip from February 19 to 21 was not just meant to catalyze an adrenaline rush at magical Imagica but also to stimulate their quest for history and heritage through the visits to the Karla Caves, Tiger Point and Rajmachi Garden in Lonavala from where they took in the scenic Khandala Ghat. So, while students revelled in the moments spent on the scream-worthy roller coasters, scary rides and at the snow park, alongside, the tour satiated their knowledge buds too as the group could be seen intently analysing the Buddhist architecture in the caves and discussing the physiographical features of the beautiful Lonavala-Khandala landscape.
Trip to USA - Westward ho!
Crossing geographical boundaries has always been a source of hands on learning. To add meaning to the statement, Navrachana Vidyani organised a 10 day trip (May 13 -22) to the USA wherein 11 students, accompanied by Academic Incharge Swaruparani Kanneganti, had the experience of a lifetime!.
They first lodged in New York City where they visited one of the Seven Wonders, ‘Statue of Liberty’, and also went for a city tour that included prominent landmarks like the Empire State Building and Ground Zero. The group then proceeded to the majestic Niagara falls where they also got to take a tour of the Niagara Power Plant which produces hydroelectricity for the city of New York and later visited Hershey’s Chocolate World for some sweet relief!
Their next stop was Washington DC where they visited the imposing Capitol Building, the historic Lincoln Memorial and the iconic White House after which they left for Orlando. There too, the excitement continued unabated as students indulged in some shopping at Walmart, followed by high octane thrill and adventure at the Universal Studios theme park!
But the acme of the entire trip was the visit to the Kennedy Space Centre wherein the team explored the Visitor’s complex, Vehicle Assembly Building, Saturn V Rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis Complex, etc and gained insights into how a space shuttle is built. The group also got the unique opportunity to go inside the simulator of a space shuttle mission and thus got a feel of what goes into the making of an astronaut! A high of a different kind was the Sea World Amusement Park where students witnessed different animals performing amazing tricks and also got the message of how essential it was to save the environment and have compassion towards all creatures.
It was indeed a special learning experience for the group as they returned back home with a treasure trove of wonderful memories!
Navrachana Vidyani has always endeavoured to nurture its students holistically. Since we believe that learning happens even outside the school walls, Grades 4 to 9 went on educational trips to various places of cultural and natural interest.
While 191 students of Grades 4 and 5 had an enthralling tour of Gir Forest, Diu and Somnath, 76 trippers of Grade 6 took in Marine National Park, Dwarka and Khijjadia Bird Sanctuary. 209 enthusiastic 7 and 9 Graders had a whale of a time at the Imagica Theme and Snow Park with the attractions of scenic Lonavala proving to be the icing on the cake!
Finally, this session’s outstation trips concluded with 94 Grade 8 students visiting Jaipur and Ranthambore.
All the students not only just had a gala time but also returned with a treasure trove of wonderful experiences!
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