“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
Sir Richard Burton
Enriching field trips contribute to the overall development of students. It helps them by providing more hands on knowledge about art and culture, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater interest in their surroundings. We don’t want our children to just acquire work skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people. The school field trip is an important tool for meeting this goal.
Zoo - Pre Primary
Huda Park - Grade I
The Grade I students went on a field trip to Huda Park located at Krishna Nagar in Upparpally on 31st July, 2018. Parks are places for kids to discover nature and exercise their imagination!
It was a place filled with greenery, laughter and joy. It gives an onlooker the impression of complete and absolute happiness prevailing in the atmosphere and environment. The exuberance and enthusiasm here cannot be easily found anywhere else. There were swings, slides, rods for hanging, seesaws and many other things that provide children their much-required exercise, enjoyment, and refreshment away from their routine schedules of school and home. They saw many butterflies and insects. They gained knowledge about the different kinds of plants and trees. It also helped them to understand the importance of plants. This field trip encouraged them to save the variety of flora our earth is blessed with.
Zoo - Grade II
All the sections of Grade II went on a field trip to Zoo on 3rd August. Children were very excited at the very thought of going on a field trip. The kids boarded the bus with expectations of seeing the king of the jungle and his subjects. At the zoo they had a ride in the Toy Train that gave them great happiness and the joy of the ride was doubled when they got to see various animals from close quarters. A galore of pictures and videos were taken and of course a lot of selfies. All in all, it was a wholesome trip which satiated the student’s mind, vision and soul. They came back to school hungry for more such trips.
Birla Planetarium - Grade III
Salarjung Museum - Grade IV
The students of Grade IV were taken for a field trip to Salarjung Museum on 3rd October 2018. Salarjung Museum is one of the oldest museums in Hyderabad and is known for its vast collection of artifacts. This museum was opened for public display by the former Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It consists of about 40,000 items in its collection. Stone sculptures, bronze images, painted textiles, wooden carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, jade carvings, metal-ware, manuscripts, etc. are some of the Indian items exhibited here.
It was a great pleasure for the students to experience the joy of learning beyond their classroom. It was a nice exposure for them which will definitely leave a great impact on their minds, develops interest and motivate them to gain knowledge.
Botanical Garden - Grade V
Students of Grade V on 3rd August, 2018 went to fill up the rolling meadows of an eco-tourist destination- the botanical garden which is in Kothaguda, Kondapur, near the Hi-tech City, approximately 16 kilometers from Hyderabad with their laughter and fun filled games.
Students had a great time enjoying the newly developed recreational facilities at the botanical garden - exquisite rock formations such as giraffe, the deer family, huge elephant, the variety of flowers in abundance, kids play zone and the paved walkways which took them closer to the nature’s bounty. The play zone was filled with brighter smiles and laughter of students who explored all the games –seesaws, swings, slides , rope walk , tyre pulling etc.
Students were very much excited to explore the different types of plants, especially the cactus land, which brought out the curiosity in them to find out the wonders of nature. They enjoyed a lot with their friends sharing their food and games. Their happiness knew no bounds while making memories through pictures, selfies and videos.
Finally they returned to school with their contended hearts which were filled with joy and happiness.
Salarjung Museum - Grade VI
ICRISAT - Grade X
Nowadays, when people decide to become an engineer or a doctor or a be in a white collared job; people forget that without agriculture the existence of human race is impossible.
On the 3rd of October, the students of Grade X went on a field trip to ICRISAT-International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. An enlightening session on agronomy, various types of farming and rain water harvesting left the students wondering on how less they knew about the farming, its productivity, poverty, sustenance of rural livelihoods and the researches in crop varieties for better yield.
To begin the session, we were shown a video on the people who live in the semi-arid regions suffering from poverty and how the organization helped them overcome it. The video stated that more than 2 billion people are suffering from hunger. The main goal of ICRISAT was to use crop improvement research as the basis, to improve food availability in drought-prone areas of the tropics. It conducts research on five highly nutritious drought-tolerant crops: chickpea, pigeon pea, pearl millet, sorghum and groundnut.
The organization’s main aim is to achieve the developmental goals of reducing poverty, giving a policy support to the poor and overcoming malnutrition. We were also introduced to the work of a great personality named William Dar, from a poor family in Philippines who overcame the problems in his life and became a successful persona in the field of agriculture and dedicated his life towards improving it.
We were then taken on a tour of the campus by our facilitator Mr. Murli M Sharma, Senior Manager – Protocol and Visitors Services, who gave us immense knowledge about how various researches are done, the progress they had made and the projects they are presently working on.
We also had the privilege of standing next to a group of farmers, who had come for expert advice from Mr. Murli M Sharma. He handled both with ease at the same time. This way we realized the efforts taken by the farmers for better yield and quality production.
The tour concluded with the topic of rainwater harvesting. He gave us a couple of calculations on the amount of water collected on our rooftops and got all the students busy calculating it. It was an eye opener for us on how well we can conserve rain water for our daily use and that it wasn’t difficult at all if we had the will to do it. There were around 12 man-made water conservation ponds on the campus which is used to water the plants grown there. We returned back with our great grandfather’s knowledge about the tilling the earth in its right way. Overall it was an enriching experience and trip.