HPS-R endows its students with opportunities and space to explore the depths of their thinking and leave no stone unturned in securing the best positions for themselves. Moreover, the school believes in global exposure to new ideas, new academic environments, and collaborative learning. Being a member of the American Field Service(AFS), the students of HPS-R participated in a domestic student exchange program to Selaqui International School, Dehradun, in November. The students were housed in the boarding house of Selaqui and got the opportunity to participate in the academic classes. The students then invigorated their curiosity about the new culture by exploring the cities of Dehradun, Rishikesh, and, ultimately, the Queen of the hills Mussorie. They were able to witness authentic Gharwahli culture through these short trips. The students also got the chance to visit the Forest Research Institute Dehradun. This trip not only enlightened the students with an insight into a different approach to studies, but it also made them more malleable to accepting and imbibing different cultures than the one they are used to observing around them.
The trip also provided a chance for the students to perform community services, like sharing goodies and essential items with children of SAHYOG, an initiative by the host school to give back to the society. The trip was an amalgamation of learning, understanding cultures, and ultimately appreciating diversity. The aim of the trip was not only to unveil a new environment to the students, but also to enliven a reformed curiosity in their minds towards the world.
A mind that is stretched by a NEW EXPERIENCE can never go back to its old dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes.
The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur, in coordination with AFS has seized such an opportunity for its students- The ASIA KAKEHASHI PROJECT 2020-21, a study abroad Scholarship Programme that provides educational and cultural experience for the Asian High Schoolers interested in building their global competencies, sponsored by the Government of Japan. The Institution identified and selected Aneesh Kakarala who has lofty aims of organizing collaborative events between school and the Government/NGO that would make his State of Telangana a GREEN ZONE in India. He made the school proud by participating in the IGBC conference and winning the Platinum rating for his Alma Mater. The initiative of the Institution to encourage and bolster a promising student with excellent academic achievement to venture on this intercultural training would definitely boost his potential to affect change in his community and be a future leader.
The Institution continues to keep avenues of opportunities open to the Students to academic prospects, but to help experience the dynamics of world cultures.
As Gustave Flaubert quotes- Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
BRINGING YOUNG MINDS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD TOGETHER
AFS-BP Global STEM ACADEMIES
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” — Malcom Forbes
Intercultural learning programmes enable students to interact in a global, diverse and challenging world, also establishing a more creative and healthy learning environment.
BP and AFS partnered to host the BP Global STEM academies, a four-week programme in Brazil, Egypt, India and USA focussing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and global competence, and this was in synchrony with the Hyderabad Public School Ramanthapur’s constant pursuit to provide engaging platforms of opportunities and learning to its students. Deputy Head Boy Jatin Manoj was quick to apply and get selected to be a part of the BP STEM Academies.
With studying abroad currently not possible due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the scholarship winners will participate in a virtual programme before travelling to the Academies in 2021. The aim of the programme is to bring together bright young minds to find global solutions to urgent global challenges. The scholars were divided into teams to focus on SDG’s ( Sustainable Development Goals) as a result of the pandemic and how they would like to see the world changing. He has also been given the opportunity to do a course in Social Innovation from Penn University USA . This is to ensure the generation to be socially responsible .
Through a youtube video, Jatin and his team members which included students from China, Austria, South Africa and United Kingdom not only brought to light the impact that plastic accumulation has on our environment, birds and marine life but also came up with probable solutions to the plastic menace that is a serious global concern today.Their team was ranked third in this competition
With AFS focussed on bringing students from various cultural backgrounds together and BP Global STEM Academies having proven to enrich the scholar’s knowledge and develop their global competence, Jatin adds that this experience has been one of a kind exposing him to great minds from various cultures.
AFS MASTER CHEF
The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur, could treat itself to yet another cherry on the top when young B. Vardhan of Grade 7B was served the First Position in the AFS India MasterChef .
AFS India provided the platform to help students, especially in the Lockdown period to flaunt their culinary skills as part of the AFS Intercultural Programs India with Paraguay being the Invited Guest Country.
Vardhan claims to be a foodie, interested in the art of cooking was adjudged the winner at the National level.
The two-level competition ended in good taste with a South Indian Mid-day Meal presented on a Banana leaf, to the Paraguayan guest.
The eggplant curry(Brinjal / Gutti Vankaya ), most famous in Telangana, Dal and Tomato Rasam, Cucumber pickle, with white rice and Papad was the winning dish.
The reason behind my Interest towards this competition – During lockdown i had to stay at home , as I’ve always been foodie , I starting cooking dishes for myself ! This step led me to love the art of cooking . I even started a YouTube cooking channel of my own . My School administration has given me an opportunity for me to express my cooking skills .. So that’s why I participated in the competition and had an wonderful experience by doing so .
My family was very supportive to me . Especially my Grandmother who helped me and taught many Indian recipes , which i loved to cook .
She helped me a lot during my learning process. I am very thankful to her .
Yes ! It was the same dish. I had to recreate the whole dish during the finals , which was live with an international ( Paraguan) guest in 12 mins .
I had an option of pre cooking some of the process , as i was presenting a complete meal , which consists of many dishes . I was able to recreate the whole dish during live and practiced a lot before the competition
I had a great experience and I am very thankful for my school for giving me this opportunity.
: The participants were given an opportunity to choose a cuisine ! As i crave for South Indian dishes , I choose to go with complete mid day meal of South Indians . The egg plant curry(Brinjal / Gutti Vankaya ) curry is most famous in our Telangana, so i chose to cook it along with Dal and Tomato Rasam . I even added a ancient recipe of Cucumber pickle , with white rice and paapad..which gives a spicy taste to us .
I completed the dish by garnishing the dishes in an Banana leaf , which was used by our ancestors .
: I personally enjoyed cooking these dishes , by learning the recipes used by our ancestors!
Participants will receive e-certificates and Top 4 winners will be awarded with prizes & certificates
AFS:Virtual Effect + Global Citizenship Education Workshop
Be the Change Maker
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. While human progress is inevitable, it is essential that our actions and methods touch each and every individual around us, ensuring that the collective contribution of society is not hindered. While each one of us had our own perception of this target, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) workshop, organised by the AFS was an astonishing and mind-altering event for the participating students which condensed the question of universal change into a more coherent solution, permeating one’s minds and getting synthesized with our own previous knowledge of the goal. The current pandemic exposed us to the immense need for global citizenship, and this workshop perfectly encapsulated the idea, helping link the road ahead of us in terms of bringing a change with the current problems plaguing our world now. Now, we understand that Change making is all about working for betterment and being able to influence others to do the same.