Trips & Excursions
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Trips and excursions are a highlight of the school year at Simpkins. Whether it is the zoo, the museum, the temple, the cathedral, the gurudwara, the mushroom farm , the shoe-factory, the bulb-factory, the printing press, the post-office, the bank, the Taj Mahal, adventure tours, jungle safaris, the planetarium or just a nature walk, children learn more about the world and how to interact with others when they leave the four walls of the classroom. Trips involve children having to talk to adults and children from other schools. Venturing into the public allows children to be exposed to different situations making them more social in the process. Rather than just studying about vegetables, students visit a farm and see first-hand how they are grown. They talk to an actual farmer and learn facts not written about in books. Field trips give our teacher an excellent opportunity to show students that different academic subjects can be studied simultaneously and that learning does not have to be an isolated experience. Social studies is incorporated by listening to the tour guide giving an oral history of the historical monuments. But sometimes, the trip does not have to be an educational excursion it is for pure fun viz. the trip to the amusement park.
‘The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.’ –Oprah Winfrey
Seasonal, national and religious festivals renew our awareness of the rhythms of the year and foster the children’s relationship to the world into which they grow. Many festivals are celebrated during the school year and each festival may be observed differently according to the class and teacher. The whole school celebrates some festivals, and others are celebrated only by the pre-primary. Additional festivals may also be included during the year, according to the curriculum and class diversity. Although many of the festivals we celebrate are associated with particular world religions, the school is secular in its outlook and is committed to providing education to all students, without any prejudice. Also, special assemblies are dedicated to mark all the important national and international days viz. World Computer Day, World Book Day, National Science Day, Hiroshima Day, Human Rights Day, National Youth Day, World Environment Day, Earth Day, Heritage Day, Water Day.
“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” – Phyllis McGinley .
The school offers students a wide range of club activities appropriate to their age. Joining a club is one of the many ways in which we seek to encourage students to pursue areas of personal interest.
Eco Vasundhara Club
“Rivers, rocks and trees have always been talking to us, but we’ve forgotten how to listen.”- Michael Roads
In accordance with the guidelines of Rajasthan Pollution Control Board and to create awareness about the deterioration of environment, Eco Club is formed by the school. Students perform different activities like plantation, rallies, slogans, essay competition etc. The club aims at inculcating an appreciation of nature among students and encouraging them to participate in a variety of conservation initiatives. Its efforts include inviting leading environmentalists to the school to talk to students and sensitize them to the opportunities and challenges in addressing environmental issues, organising an annual tree-planting day, and participating in important nature-oriented programmes
“As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.” – Seneca
Heritage Club is run with the motive of creating awareness and participation in heritage related activities among the students. The Heritage Club programmes are designed so as to involve students in various activities geared towards heritage awareness and education for learning a craft, museum visits and conservation at home and at school. The club organizes recitals and workshops by famous artists and showcases rare, precious and unparalled pieces spanning the length and breadth of the country.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
Our students take visual arts seriously and that’s why to hone and showcase the photographic talents of our students, we have designed this club. Our digital photography club is attended by students with remarkable enthusiasm and guided by renowned professional photographers. All images we take are digital and are edited using the full range of features in Adobe Photoshop.
“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” – Edwin Schlossberg
All types of writing: Poetry, non-fiction, fiction, short story, playwriting, scripts, songwriting are practiced by the aspiring authors at the Writers’ Club. To further develop writing skills of young minds with a flair for words, Annual School Magazine & Newsletter projects are also introduced. Well known writers interact with the students and look at their art of writing and set a writing exercise to improve students’ skills.
“If my mind can conceive it, My heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it!”
The students are divided into four houses –
LOYALTY, FRATERNITY, INTEGRITY and COURTESY, under the leadership of House-incharges and House-coordinators. Each house is headed by a Captain, a Vice Captain and two Prefects. Besides this the school also has a Head Boy and Head Girl and a Sports Captain. The school provides a wealth of opportunities in form of myriad house activities. In the process, without their being aware of it, a different aspect of students’ personality emerges and is honed. All the norms for participating are informed well in advance and the winning students contribute points to their houses.The house with maximum points is declared the House of the year and is given the Trophy during the Annual Sports Meet.