As part of the overall personality development programme, students are encouraged to participate in various hobbies and activities, such as Arts, Cookery, Dance, Dramatics, Gardening, Handicraft & Needlework, Carnatic Classical Vocal, Nature Club, Science Club and Yoga. The students eagerly participate in the various clubs as per their individual interests, and the management and staff enjoy their creative output.
The Bhagavad Gita, also known as the Gitopahishad, is the essence of all vedic knowledge, simplified to be understood by all, so that it can be practiced in daily life to great benefit. It was Vyasa, the legendary compiler of the Mahabharat, who was responsible for recording the Gita which forms the core of the great epic.
The Bhagavad Gita contains 18 chapters and some 700 stanzas in verse-recited in the middle of the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Lord Krishna instructs Arjuna about the duty of an individual and tells him that one should not run away from the battlefield whenever one is called upon to fight for Truth.
The Bhagavad Gita is a guide for everyday living, because the Kauravas and their supporters or like the evil impulses in us and the Pandavas, the good ones. The battlefield is our body and Lord Krishna is the God in our hearts who prompts us to do our duty and all that is right.
The Bhagavad Gita offers a solution to all the problems of humanity : atleast this is the repeated claim of scholars. Let us try to experiment upon it ourselves, and try to find out its truths, so that, we, as individual, may bring about, if possible, a greater stability of mind, a greater harmony within ourselves in our day-to-day life.
Every year our vidyalaya organizes interschool Gita chanting competition to impart the values of Gita in life in the young minds of future generations. This helps them to face their problems with the stability of solving it rather than to escape.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK)
CHYK has been inspiring the youth to invoke their full potential. CHYK has programmes designed for harnessing all type of talents and abilities latent in youth. Spiritual knowledge coupled with adventure, practical training in handling projects, cultural programmes, organizing global events, etc. provide the right mindset required for youth to face the challenges in the Global Era and be successful and cheerful.
In Balavihar, the rich cultural heritage of India, including its teachings on moral values, is taught to children and youth at different levels, using the medium of stories, drama, arts and crafts, and discussion. Children are also taught popular Bhajans and Slokas. Chinmaya Mission centers have become models for teaching India’s rich spiritual heritage and the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation. The Balavihars are organized into grades which match the grade of the child in school. Each of the grades caters to the age group of the child. The grades range from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. There is also a ”Toddler”s class” (parent required).
Teacher’s Orientation Programme
Teacher’s Orientation Programme is an organized study of teachers in action in the classrooms, based on subject knowledge, classroom transactions and professionalism, thereby providing them a profitable period for learning and development. The focus is on teacher growth. They will cooperatively engage in a systematic evaluation of their performance in curriculum delivery. This in turn will help schools identify teacher potentials, staff development needs and the identification of other contributory factors for school improvement The Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Nagapattinam is Conducting massive orientation programme to equip teachers to be more student friendly and help improve their evaluation skill.
Games and Sports
Students at Chinmaya are encouraged to play a variety of sports. The school has created infrastructure that allow students to play a wide variety of sports – from team games like volleyball to individual sports like chess, from outdoor games like cricket to indoor games like badminton. While some of these sports are played at the inter-school level, other sports are played at the intra-school level.
The school formally recognises the importance of sport in the growth of an individual by awarding deserving sportspersons with colours and by holding an annual sports banquet which recognises the sporting achievement of school students.
With a view to fit moral education in the School system of education, the School endeavors to enable students imbibe the sublime elements of our culture and civilization. Stress is laid on the universal aspect of Indian Culture and students are introduced to the rich spiritual heritage which transcends the narrow limits of cast, color, language and creed. Emphasis is laid on the theoretical one and all the academic and co-curricular activities go a long way to create an atmosphere in which the students imbibe, though unconsciously, the time honored values of life which we cherish the most.
Arts & Crafts
Art is the expression of, or comment on, an idea, emotion, or experience. It helps man see, feel and appreciate the world about him. A work of art may be entertaining or practical. Or it may stimulate the mind, revealing new meaning in familiar things.
A work of art may be created because an individual desires to communicate his thoughts and feelings are simply wishes to bring into being something of beauty. Art has also being created to serve other ends. Music, Paintings and architecture have been used for the glorification of religion. Art may also be a means of earning a livelihood.
World poet Rabindranath Tagore realized and said that art is the ultimate culmination of the creative urge in which the essence of mind, thought, emotion pain and all other human experiences can be brought out with a brush in colors. Therefore he took of the brush for the first time at the age of 60 years and the work that was to come from him in the later years so extraordinary. When a student is introduced to art his or her perception of the world is refined and the sense of observation becomes astute and sensitive. The different forms, color, and geometric shapes noticed in the world helps the child to develop a better sense of even mathematical and scientific concepts.
Our vidyalaya students are trained in different facets of arts and crafts to ignite the flame of creativity. This helps them to learn different art forms so that they come to know about the ancient people, their life, cultural values, civilization and religion etc., Our wards are trained in arts and crafts with dedicated tutors in various discipline like drawing, painting, sand image, fabric design, greeting card making, paper based craft work, collage, batik, wax moulding and terracotta.
Value Based Education
Value Based Education is a three fold development of any individual of any gender and age, but most importantly of a child. Education tries to develop three aspects: physique, mentality and character. Even though physique and mentality are important, they are menaces without the third because character is the greatest of these. Education plays a huge role in precisely this area. Value based education is a tool which not only provides us a profession which we can pursue but also a purpose in life. The purpose of our life is undoubtedly to know oneself and be ourselves. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives. It is very aptly said that:
“’Know thyself’ was written over the portals of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, ‘Be thyself’ shall be written”. Education gives us this very knowledge, the most supreme knowledge of knowing oneself, which helps us to make our life better and purposeful.
Our Vidyalaya students have been divided into four houses under the name of four holy rivers. They are Alakananda, Bhagirathi, Cauvery and Ganga.
Various inter-house competition are arranged throughout the year for all the classes to ensure whole some growth of the students in a medley of activities. This gives an opportunity to students, parents and teachers to discover, tap and polish the latent talents of students. Excellence in inter-house competitions pave the way to participate in inter-school competitions.
Each house is closely monitored by a team of teachers and a teacher Co-Ordinator for every house. They encourage the students to participate in the various programmes and activities and promote deeper awareness among students to ensure maintenance of healthy and clean environment. Students are insisted to grow more plants in the campus to make the environment green.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya regularly organises study tours to the different places. These tours are meant to meet the beneficiary students in their own world and assess their socio-economic conditions as well as understand the exact neediness surrounding their days and nights. This helps the learning process of the members and volunteers and on the other hand helps the students to gain more and more confidence.