TCS Robotics Class
What makes a robot different from a machine in today’s age? TCS students are learning about the answer in their robotics activity class. They designed a robot – Rover – from scratch, and have also learnt how to program the EV3 brick – the brain of the Rover – to make sure it obeyed their commands. Controlling motor speed, power, and rotation by specific degrees, are some of the things they had fun with in the process of building their robots. Students will be building more complex robots over the next few months.
Grandparents Day Celebrations
Grand parents hold a special place in the heart of a child. Their love and bed time stories are an integral part of a child’s growing years. As a mark of respect and affection for their grandparents,the children of Nursery,L.K.G and U.K.G celebrated Grandparents Day on 31st Oct,2017. The programme started with an address by our Principal Mrs. Sunita Chowdhary. A welcome song was sung followed by several songs and a dance by the tiny tots. Some of the children came up and spoke few lines about their grandparents. After them some of the grandparents also came up with short speeches which touched our hearts.
Games were played and grandparents competed with each other with twinkle in their eyes. Prizes were distributed to the winners.
This was followed by snacks. It was a special day for all those who attended the programme and for us,as it gave us a chance to interact with an age group that is most often overlooked. It was indeed a successful event and we look forward to many more.
TGIF Talent Show Class IV!
The second one was held on Friday, October 13. The talented students of Class IV performed for their parents and for the students of Middle School. Lilith Inez Ortiz Etmanska enacted a Shakespeare drama scene, Somrit Mukherjee performed a song by playing the guitar and singing A Hundred Miles and Koushani Mallick performed a beautiful contemporary dance piece.
TCS cricket and football Sports Programme!
Students kicked off the sports programme this week with cricket and football ~ other sports to be introduced next year. Check out the vigour and excitement in the photos.
TCS Class 2 First-Aid Box Making
First – Aid is an immediate medical help given to an injured person .
It is very important to maintain a first – aid box in hand at home and at school to save an injured person in case of emergency.
Children of class 2 learnt about the importance of first aid and they also made their own first – aid box independently in their E.V.S class.
TCS Students Participated in a Model United Nations conference
TCS students participated in a MUN (Model United Nations) conference as they do every year. Here are some of the experiences shared by our student delegates:
“Shaky hands and quivering voice accompanied me on the morning of the MUN. Thankfully, the opening ceremony was delayed and long enough for me to settle down and gather my thoughts. The walk to the library (where the UNSC was being held) was one of trepidation. As soon as the Council began though, all anxiety gave way to the familiar confidence (even though this was my second MUN). Our council agenda was “Present Situation in the MiddleEast and not only did we have an attentive Executive Board, but they were also friendly and encouraging paving opportunity for neutral nations like ours (Oman) to speak. These two days were spent not only learning good debating skills and acquiring deeper knowledge of current world affairs but also learning how to be a good diplomat while keeping goodwill in tow.” Adira Das Roy
“Going to the MUN was really fun and educational. We were able to meet new people, observe and participate in different kinds of debates and discuss current world problems and their solutions which gave us new perspectives of the world outside the classroom.” Tvisha Chatterjea
“Representing The Cambridge School, Calcutta as the Head Delegate for the United Nations Security Council was a great experience with immense learning opportunities. I had to oversee each and every details in the events panned out over 2 days, right from the registration till the end when certificates were distributed. While representing Oman along with my co-delegate, Adira, I spoke about the yemen civil war, syrian civil war and the on-going economic crisis in Oman. During the debate, I learnt to put my thoughts together before debating and realized that I had to be a patient listener as well as be spontaneous to sharpen my thoughts to oppose the opponents in the discussions. I also understood that I had to be in control of the situation as a leader and think rationally and objectively to deliver any given task.” Ayaan Bhattacharyya
“It was a unique experience. There were frequent moderated discussions and crisis updates that kept it interesting until the last minute. We got a good idea of international relations and of how UN committees worked to solve crises.” Anuran Kar Gupta
TCS TGIF Talent Show
The first one was held on Friday, September 15. The talented students of Class III performed for their parents and for the students of Middle School. Diptanu Chakraborty recited a Bengali poem, Sukumar Ray’s ‘Chor Dhora’, Anwesha Manna danced a Bharatnatyam composition to the ‘Mahaganapati’ sloka and Amanda Rebello danced a contemporary composition to the well-known song, ‘Watch me’.
This programme has been introduced in the Middle School to encourage students to develop extra skills by observing their talented contemporaries perform for them. This first programme served its purpose as many students were inspired and came forward to ask for the details of subsequent shows.
TCS Nursery,KG Assembly Programme
The children of Nursery, LKG and UKG put up an assembly on the theme of ‘Happiness’. They recited rhymes and songs with actions and dance movements.Through their rhymes and songs they put across that happiness is the magic of life.
It can be achieved from simple things like having a healthy body and good food. Happiness comes from giving and sharing. The love of their parents and friends make them happy.
TCS Class 1 “Love Your Pets”
Now a days children are mostly brought up in a nuclear family and by working parents. So , pets play a very important role in their lives. With their unconditional love they become one of their family members.
The little performers enacted two of their favourite poems We love Little Pussy and Mary had a little lamb.The two pets,Pussy Cat played by Hatice and the Little Lamb played by Sagnik , stole the show with their charm and innocence.
They ended the show by highlighting the fact that pets are living beings like us.So along with love , kindness, food, water and proper care should be given to them to keep man’s best friends happy and healthy.The show was highly appreciated and applauded by all. This boosted the confidence of the little ones.
TCS Class 2 Assembly Performance
The students of class 2 put across the message that sharing and working together can fill our lives with happiness through their assembly.
They presented an old and popular folk tale, ‘The Stone Soup”. Amrita was the narrator, Aahitagni and Saina enacted the role of two travellers whereas the other students were the selfish villagers. The two hungry travellers convinced the selfish villagers to share the various ingredients to cook delicious stone soup. The villagers realised that sharing and working together can be fun and enjoyed the experience. The assembly concluded with two songs, ‘The More We Get Together and ‘Let’s Share’.
The performance of the enthusiastic children was applauded by all present and left a smile on their faces.
TCS UKG Sandwich Making Activity
The children of UKG were taught about healthy food in their EVS class and learnt the names of vegetables that can be eaten raw.
This was reinforced with a sandwich making activity where the children were encouraged to make vegetable sandwiches. Food is an interesting topic to most children who love to eat.
Preparing independently what they are going to eat brought a smile to the little faces and made it a fun activity for them.
Hands On Science Classes
Middle School students learning science hands-on.
Middle School students conduct new hands-on experiments that teach them various fundamental concepts in physics, chemistry, energy, statistics and manufacturing. The performance of the enthusiastic children was applauded by all present and left a smile on their faces.
As a result, theoretical concepts taught in classrooms come to life! Attached are some photos of our students conducting experiments and having fun while they are at it!
TCS IT WIZ
The students of The Cambridge school witnessed another grand event in the world of IT the ‘TCS IT WIZ’ which in itself has become a brand now.
There were 7 teams each of two members.The students reached the venue at about 9:30 a.m and were registered. By 10:30 the prelims started where they had to write answers to questions asked by the host. The questions were of mixed level some quite easy some out of the box. Our students tried their best to answer the questions.One of the teams had a close call but they couldn’t make it to the final. After which there was a break and the final round was conducted where there were eminent guests from the hosting company and the chief guest was the director of IIT Kharagpur, Mr Partha Pratim Chakraborty. The event was a spectacular thing to watch especially with the performance of the Loyola school from Jamshedpur who ultimately won the competition. The quiz master for the event popularly known as ‘PICK BRAIN’ was remarkable in his job as always. Our students were very encouraged by the finalists and their performance. They enjoyed the day a lot and the exposure they got. It was a learning experience for them in a very innovative way. They have pledged to prepare themselves on a higher scale the next year.
French Power Competition
On Thursday, August 24, 2017, some students of Classes 6 to 9 participated in All India French Word Power Competition organised by Alliance Francaise de Rouen in association with Prayatna Educational Society. This is the only French competition with International accreditation for school students in India.
Photograph shows TCS students taking part in the competition.
TCS Independence Day Celebrations
On Friday, 18th August, 2017, seventy years of Indian independence was celebrated at The Cambridge School. Many drawings and charts were made on Indian independence by students from classes 2 to 7. Before the event started, the Indian flag was hoisted by the Chief Guest, Mr Bruce Bucknell, who is the British Deputy High Commissioner and the National Anthem of India was sung, proudly and respectfully by everyone.
After a brief introduction by our Principal, Mr Bucknell gave an interesting speech and encouraged children to work and study passionately. He also said that India has always challenged other countries with their great and rational ideas. He inspired students to keep questioning wrong ideas and wrong doers as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose did. The Chief Guest also gave seven saplings to seven Class 8 students. Each sapling marked one decade of Indian independence. Students from Classes 9 to 12 were honoured with Merit Certificates for writing excellent reviews on movies about Indian independence and national heroes.
The young students displayed an enthusiastic and colourful show infront of the Chief Guest, Mr Bucknell and The Cambridge School Principal, Mrs Chowdhary. The bright faces from Nursery to Class 5 danced, sang and displayed different Physical Education formations and marched past on songs like “Bharat Humko Jaan se Pyara hain”, “Saare Jahan se Achha”, “Yeh Mera India”, “Karar oi louho kopat.” Students from Classes 3 & 4 performed traditional dance on “O amar desher mati”. The Go As You Like show saw the students dressed up as Rabindranath Tagore, Lal Bahadur Shashtri and some of their other favourite Indian heroes. The children also spoke about their life and contributions to India’s independence.
TCS STUDENTS ATTEND A COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL TITLED “BAD AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD”
The U.S. Consulate General in collaboration with Prayasam organized a community film festival titled “Bad and Beautiful World”, which is aiming to highlight the social issues like human trafficking, gender based violence and peer pressure.. Prayasam is an NGO based in Salt Lake which trains students in film making and it’s other aspects of film making. It works under the moto of “youth for change”. The film’s shown to the students were short films made by the students of Prayasam. In total, eight short films were shown whose titles were as follows:
- – Batil
- – Chaal
- – Chaal
- – Chodoi Feburary (14th February)
- – Dolachal
- – Tanapoden
- – Inamorta
- – Chorabali
These films (except Batil and Inamorta) dealt with issues which teenagers face in their daily life, for example, peer pressure, relationship issues, confusion and the desire to become famous.
Batil dealt with the concept of how nowadays the young generation don’t value the older generation. They are seen as a burden on them and not a blessing. Inamorta dealt with the concept of smoking and suggested that how people easily fall in the trap by thinking that smoking relives them from pressure but in time it will actually relieve them of their life.
Some of the movies made by Prayasam would be premiering at Mumbai Film Festival. Another interesting point seen was that they have collaborated with Google who has given them tablets with the help of which they run “Tab Talk” and the young film makers go door to door for interactive sessions.
Overall it was a delightful experience.
TCS Students Attend Physics Seminar at the American Center (By Suranjan Bhattacharjee A2)
The trip, on August 7th, 2017, Monday afternoon, commenced with Ms Basu and Mrs.Basu leading a troop of eighteen AS and A2 Physics students into the metro station.The ten minute ride wasn’t the most luxurious- rush-hour in Kolkata spares none! On reaching the American Center, we found our seats in the Lincoln Conference room, after a thick layer of security checks.
The speaker, Prof. Sandip Ghosal, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, began by greeting the audience and thanking the active organizers. Buttery pop-corn and refreshing orange soda was provided as snacks- this was secretly well appreciated by everyone in the room. Dr. Ghosal then spoke for the next ninety minutes on “Incredible Flying Machines: A Retrospective”, his enthusiasm for the topic well apparent from his tone.
The presentation was laced with demonstrations of a simple engine and a paper airplane; the audience enjoyed these. Interspersed with explanations, the talk went on from the flight of Icarus to right up to the modern times, projecting into the future. Particularly impressive were the concepts of the flying car, the bee spy robot and the robotic flying orchestra. The seminar ended with a warm smile and a gracious goodbye from Dr.Ghosal. A day well spent indeed!
Hooway For Wodney Wat Play By TCS Class 3 Students
Today, the children of class 3 put on a short play, titled, ‘Hooway for Wodney Wat’. The play highlighted and explored bullying issues.
The protagonist of the play, Rodney, was consistently picked on and aggressively labelled by his classmates. Things changed when Rodney urged the meanest rodent in the class to leave school.
At the end, the children sang the song, ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ by BJ Thomas.
JUNIOR SCHOOL ASSEMBLY ON RAINY SEASON
It’s raining………..it’s pouring. Yes, the rainy season is here. We all love rain. Not only does it make the earth fresh and green, it gives us relief from the scorching sun.
The children of Junior school welcomed the monsoon with a colourful and fun filled assembly. The quad was decorated with a beautiful rainbow, clouds, raindrops, umbrellas, puddles, mushrooms, frogs and paper boats made by the little ones in their craft class to enhance the essence of the season. They enthralled the audience with their dance, songs, speech and nursery rhymes based on the season. All were dressed up in blue and grey. Few of them wore raincoats to add flavour to their performance.
What a lovely show it was! Teachers were dressed in blue too to accompany the little ones. Finally the show came to an end with a song “Drip drop rain on my head”. In the beginning the children started their show with the line that rain fills ponds, lakes and rivers and we would like to conclude that today in the morning, at The Cambridge School, our children filled our hearts with their smile, laughter and enchanting performance.
“In the bazaars of Hyderabad” By TCS Class 6
TCS class 6 students enacted the poem ‘In the bazaars of Hyderabad’ in the school today! Check out some photos below!
Side Effects Of Food Preservatives And Food Colours by TCS Class 7
TCS class 7 students put up a nice and informative assembly on Side effects of food preservatives and food colours. Check out the photos below!
The Cambridge School Winterfest, the eagerly awaited annual affair, was held on November 19, 2015 at Uttam Mancha. As always, all members of the TCS Community – students, parents, teachers, administrators ,well-wishers came together to make the evening, like other years, a memorable one.
The evening began with the Principal’s welcome address to the audience. Mrs Sunita Chowdhary began by saying that the Winterfest is now in its 14th year which naturally made every body at TCS feel proud to recall the distance we have traversed to reach where we are now! Mrs Chowdhary then welcomed our distinguished chief guest, Mr Anindya Chatterjee ,a leading member of the famous band Chandrabindoo, and presented him to the audience with a brief profile on Mr Chatterjee’s glittering career and a request to sing one of his popular songs. Our chief guest graciously obliged, a treat for the audience, no doubt.
Next came the announcement about several important markers, both academic and co-curricular, at TCS for the 2016-17 term. These were:
The successful transition to the April-March session, an increase in the number of the ongoing Remedial classes, the introduction of Food Studies and Travel and Tourism at A Levels, the collaborative projects with Allendale Columbia School, Rochester, NY, USA, and Upper Iowa University, and the TCS magazine website has been fully developed to enable students to have their own pages to showcase their own talents and develop skills in various creative fields and areas of interest.
Next came the announcements for special cash prizes sponsored by parents and guardians for our richly deserving students which drew warm responses as they exhibited the generosity of the donors. The coveted TCS scholarships were then announced.
After the welcome address the evening show began in earnest. The curtain rose on the much talked about and long awaited order of events. The first one to take the audience by storm was Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic The Jungle Book, a perennial favourite with both children and adults. Our students from classes Nursery to Class 8 were the participants .Two of our young scholars presented the show with such élan as to put seasoned presenters to shade. The clear diction, the lively tone whetted the appetite of the members of audience for a showstopper and they were not disappointed. The inhabitants of Kipling’s tropical jungle exploded on stage in a flurry of songs, dances and acrobatics which took everyone’s breath away. It was a riot of colours with an eclectic mix of ear-splitting animal howls and roars as well as catchy ‘fusion” music. A robust production, displaying how much the children enjoyed the activities; the world was their stage and they the star-players. A stunning show with a bagful of highly gifted young students.
The next item was presented by students from classes 9-12, no less remarkable than the first in that after the sound and fury of animals with human qualities we had dehumanisation as a theme – humans out to destroy humanity. The science fiction play R.U.R by Karel Capek, a complete contrast to what had gone before, took the audience first by surprise followed by appreciation. Our young students showed great ability in bringing alive on stage the dark, ominous underbelly of Capek’s landmark play that remains highly relevant to our times, our lives. The way this complex play about scientific materialism aiming to create a godless, sterile world ‘peopled” with robots was handled and put on display by the actors was most commendable. Kudos to them!
The last item on the agenda was a farewell song and dance number chosen and choreographed by the A2 students to express their feelings about their school and the company of friends as the time for parting ways loom near. E and touching, it was a fitting finale to the evening festivities in more ways than one.
With this the curtain came down on this year’s edition of our Winterfest. The wait begins for the next year with the hope that it will get even better.
As always, we thank all members of the TCS community for the titanic effort made to make this year’s Winterfest a thundering success.
The Cambridge School Winterfest, the eagerly awaited annual affair, was held on December 5, 2015 at Uttam Mancha. As always, students and teachers enthusiastically and tirelessly worked together to present a production everyone would be proud of. Indeed, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that it is getting better by the year. Classes Nursery to VIII participated in the programme this year. An adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s‘Alice in Wonderland’ was staged to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the book.
The programme got underway with Principal, Mrs Sunita Chowdhary’s welcome address to the audience. Mrs Chaudhary informed the audience about the shortened Winterfest this year due to the shortened academic year. She also spoke of the new initiatives in this year such as the introduction of Remedial classes in English and Mathematics, addition of new subjects and courses like Food Studies at A Levels and plans to introduce and Travel and Tourism next year at A Levels. She also announced the launch of the online student magazine at cambridgetimes.net which would be used to showcase student achievements and develop skills in many areas.
She then introduced this year’s distinguished chief guest, Honourable Justice I.P Mukerjee, whose son Vinayak was a student here for several years. Justice Mukherjee was welcomed on stage by students who presented him with flowers and a token gift.
In his speech Justice Mukerjee spoke warmly about the school’s success in inculcating love of subjects taught, and spoke of many distinguished alumni. He also commended the high academic achievements of our students this year, foremost among whom is Anusha Lihala who has stood first in India in A Level examinations; a proud moment for Anusha, her parents and for all of us at TCS, as Mrs Chaudhary pointed out when she announced the prizes.
The announcements for special cash prizes sponsored by parents and guardians for our richlydeserving students drew warm responses as they exhibited the generosity of the donors.
The coveted TCS scholarships were also announced. This year’s winners – Suranjan Bhattacharjee & Amisha Jodhani in Class X, and Suchetana Sengupta, Napassorn Nawongwiwat & Young Kwang Ham at A Levels – were then awarded their plaques amid great applause.
Prizes were also awarded to students who have been placed first, second and third in school examinations in Classes 5-10 and top scorers in individual subjects at A Levels.
Then it was time for Alice and her journey into wonderland—a marvelous medley of music, dance and play-acting. Alice meets many creatures who can sing, talk and dance but she does not find them unusual at all. The foot-tapping music rising above the booming voice of the maniacal queen in the land of cards create magic on stage as our troupe of talented youngsters surround the stage and take everyone to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. So Alice lives on and wanders in wonderland in a spirit of joie de vivre.
The curtains then came down on another spectacular show. We thank all members of the TCS community for the tremendous effort made to make this year’s Winterfest as roaring a success as it has been.
The Cambridge School Sports Day was held on January 16, 2015. It was a cool and bright day and the excitement on the grounds was palpable.
Mrs Sunita Chowdhary, Principal, opened the proceedings with a short speech.
This was followed by the Junior and Middle schools showcasing three drill displays by Classes I and II, Classes III, IV and V and finally Classes VI and VII. The theme running through them all was physical fitness. The coordination by all the pupils was excellent with hand, legs and bodies moving in unison.
The Junior and Middle School ‘fun’ races followed with Class I running to dress for winter, Class II balancing marble on spoons, Classes III and IV boys hopping with their balls and Classes III and IV girls gathering ice-cream sticks.
The Primary School, Classes Nursery, Lower and Upper Kindergarten, was the show stopper, as usual. The well-developed movements of the toddlers was seen to be believed.
Classes V, VI and VII, both boys and girls, ran sprints or ‘flat’ races after the primary drill display. They did this well. They were able to cover the stipulated distance at a good speed.
At this point the Senior School, Classes VIII, IX and X, started with their ‘fun’ races, boys wearing their jackets and girls threading their needles. This was followed by sprints ending with an inter-class relay. Surprisingly it was not Class X but Class IX who were the winners of the inter-class relay.
The ‘A’ level students, AS and A2, Classes XI and XII, followed the Seniors with their ‘fun’ races, boys wearing their jackets and girls walking backwards. The upper school students also ran sprints followed by an inter-class relay.
The last item on the programme was a football match between the AS and A2 students. This is an annual feature and has established itself as a Cambridge School tradition. It was a six-a-side match which was keenly contested with both sides injecting considerable energy and expertise into the match. The game was won by A2, 1-0, on a penalty shoot-out.
The morning passed quickly and pleasantly. There was good cheer and camaraderie all around with all sections of the school enjoying themselves immensely. Sports Day was a well-organised and enjoyable event.
The Cambridge School Winterfest was held on November 29, 2014. It was that time of the year again when students and teachers came together to present a rich medley of performances. The theme this year was Mythology and Classics, presented through a number of songs and colourful dances.
The curtain went up punctually at 5 pm amidst breathless expectations from parents, their wards and guests. The auditorium was, as usual filled to capacity.
It began with the Principal, Mrs Sunita Chowdhary’s inaugural address welcoming the chief guest. She also informed the audience about the change in our academic calendar this year and spoke about the high achievements of some of our students.
The Chief Guest this year was Mrs Monideepa Banerjie the veteran journalist and a TCS parent. Tvisha of class 8 presented flowers to her while Napassorn of Class 10 presented her with a gift. In her address Mrs Banerjie laid emphasis on our methods of teaching and was all praise for the school.
Prizes and scholarships were then distributed to deserving students. The Cambridge Brilliance Awards for India-toppers were received by Anusha Lihala for Computing and Subhalakshmi Basu for History this year.
The Junior School, Classes Nursery to III, presented Roma – the story of Romulus and Remus – founders of the city of Rome.
Classes IV to VII’s presented Troy – which showed scenes from the Trojan War.
The next ones to take the stage were Classes VIII, IX and X. They presented ‘Candle Yin’ – important events in Chinese mythology.
The evening concluded with the the AS and A2 classes presenting an adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a short skit on Martial Arts.
They also presented a variety of innovative dances. The dances were choreographed by the students themselves.
The enthusiasm, zeal as well as skills which were on display found instant response among the audience. The applause was deafening.
The curtains came down on another spectacular show by the hugely talented teams of TCS.
The high achievement would not have been possible without the collective effort of all concerned. We look forward to a repeat next year confident of even greater height of excellence.