iMPAct Newsletter March 2010

Table of Contents

    Spring Break in Rishikesh… Again!

    Ad Such Kaur, Grade 11

    If anyone asked me what my favorite place in India was, I’d say Rishikesh, the town we go to every spring break. It’s the perfect place to have a break: good food, warm sandy beaches, and great hippie shopping. Being a very touristy town, it has a more welcome feel for people who aren’t Indian, so we can all relax and feel more at home.

    This was my fourth year going to Rishikiesh, and although many people who have gone there many times say they get bored of the town, I don’t think I could ever be. Sure, by now I know all the good places to eat, and the shops to stay away from if you don’t want to get ripped off, but there’s always a new hole in the wall to find, a new part of town not explored yet. I enjoy just relaxing in the places I know, letting go of everything related to school and and spend some time living the good life with no worries and great food!

    The Ganga and mountains also really help create a great atmosphere and environment. Back in Amritsar, it’s flat farmland all around us, so it’s a pleasant change of altitude and scenery. It’s also a plus to be near a river, because we get to go rafting in the rapids and take swims at the small beaches on the side of the river.  Many of us end up with a nice tan by the time we get back to Amritsar, and the occasional sunburn.

    My favorite part of Rishikiesh is the diverse and open-minded spiritual beliefs and yoga. When walking through the streets, there’s always mantras playing from the music stores, be it Snatam Kaur or the Hindu Shivo Hum. The ashrams have beautiful gardens and the Ganga Aarti at the Parmath during the sunset is always fun and upbeat. Also, there’s always a yoga class going on in different centers and ashrams. This year I attended an Ashtanga yoga class for the first time, and it was really an amazing experience. It’s nice to have such a diversity of experience and expand my knowledge.

    Spring break in Rishikesh is really a great chance to relax and refresh before 40 day seva starts and to have a break from school. Now we’re all ready to study for exams with fresh heads and satisfied bellies.

    News and Notes

    • The chaperone flights for the students travel home in May and their return in August have been announced. If you have not yet booked your child’s flight, please do so as soon as possible. Itineraries should be sent to Pooja Vohra at [email protected]
    • Enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year is now open. Please start your application today! Financial Aid applications are also being accepted until April 15th, 2010. There are only 15 days left! If you are not yet sure about re-enrollment, we encourage you to apply for Financial Aid just in case. You can always make up your mind at a later date.
    • We invite you to subscribe to the newsfeed of our official MPA Blog so you can stay in touch with what your children are doing! You are also invited to contribute your own thoughts, videos and pictures of the school. In order to contribute to the blog you will need to login to MyMPA with the username and password that were sent to you. If you have not yet received your username and password, please contact Saraswati at [email protected]

    A Much Awaited Occasion

    Gagandeep Kaur, English Teacher

    The “Annual Art Exhibition and Parents Day,” a much awaited occasion, was celebrated this year with absolute grandeur. The Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr. Brar and Rakesh Konjengbam, Cambridge representative from Delhi visited and were completely enamored by our children and their work.

    Just before Spring Break the school wore a festive look and the festivity spread a sense of togetherness and oneness among all those associated with MPA.  The Art Exhibition displayed the progress of the students in their respective fields. Imaginative and aesthetic works of art could be seen in the form of paintings, pottery and photographs created by the young & aspiring artists of MPA. Their creativity was greatly appreciated by the visitors as well as the faculty members, filling their hearts with absolute bliss.

    The students displayed their Science project on “Sustainable Living-A Way of Life” with absolutely amazing models (a school model,   rainwater harvesting, green house, an animal farm, a solar cooker, an amphitheater and a compost pit) and creative charts.

    The other special attractions of the day included  kirtan, an English dance, short skit , tabla performance and a sitar performance .The parents and visitors were mesmerized by our children and their creativity. The entire cultural program was highly appreciated by the parents and invitees. Continuous clapping and cheering by the audience was an indicator of the pride and joy felt.

    Following that, the dignitaries of the event enlightened us with their valuable words. And they shared thoughts of encouragement to everyone. A short speech made by Executive Principal Jagat Guru Singh, acquainted the audience how the school made consistent progress in various fields.

    This was indeed a pleasing moment for each member of the school. I heartily acknowledge the whole MPA family for their constant support for making this event so wonderful.

    The function concluded with a mesmerizing Bhangra performance by the students of grade 12, followed by serving of delicious Punjabi snacks. This was truly a memorable event, leaving me proud to be a part it.

    Click here to view photos of all of the student’s artwork from the exhibition!

    Highlights from the Blog

    MPA Students Participate in Earth Hour 2010

    Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

    In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

    Earth Hour 2010 took place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and was a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. A call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.  Miri Piri Academy students were inspired and proud to be a part of this worldwide effort.  Below are some pictures from the event.