Photography and Observation

Many of us were keen to explore Photography and we had the opportunity to do that this term.

“The camera is a instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Inspired by this quote, we began by learning to observe what’s around us before we pick up a camera to shoot. We also focused on knowing more about Black & White Photography and spent time around the school campus as we explored light and shade, textures and details, geometric lines, shapes and forms and  portraits. Here are some of the photos we clicked and processed later into Black & White photos.




News and Notes


So, for a week or two we were deciding what the name of our class magazine would be (as far as I was there) and we decided on “Deepanam’s leaves”. Then we went to news & notes headquarters. OK no. it’s not a war thing… uh, its actually a place next to town hall where Auroville’s weekly newsletter is published. We watched some newspapers being printed. Then the person at news&notes, Sabine, proposed the idea that we could design the front cover for youth day. So we all drew something for the cover.

newsand notes

We were told to merge drawings together.The drawing ended up as a girl holding earth outside a door that has lots of posters like “open only on youth day” and things like that. I think it was a nice idea. After we did that we chose our jobs  (for the newspaper we are doing a project). I ended up as the illustrator which I’m happy with. I’ve even come up with a story for the comic! The editor works really hard alongside the organizers to give us all the tasks to work on-  such as our first day of school and how we felt that day, or our favorite moment in school and many more topics. We even stopped painting classes for the magazine. (the creative writing teacher and the painting teacher is  the same person)  We are working really hard and I hope we won’t disappoint you!                                                                                                                           sincerely,

♥Gayatri♥  Age 12


Buddha Garden

Faith group students came to Buddha Garden on Wednesdays for ten weeks starting in mid-October and finishing in mid-December.  They came during the normal work time  of 6.15 – 9.00am Monday to Friday and were accompanied by Mahavir  Honor and Adele (Deepanam teachers) and Ingrid, an experienced volunteer Waldorf Teacher from Germany.  They worked with the Buddha Garden team of Priya, Rajan, Giri, and Mani together with any volunteers staying on the farm.

This gave them a structured opportunity to learn practically how to grow food on a working organic farm.  In each session, as well as helping with the farm work, an activity was planned about some relevant topic such as soil fertility, plant growth etc.   This was further developed in the classroom where students were encouraged to make their own examples of what they had learned using a variety of media.

During the work time, they undertook any and all of the work necessary to grow food in Buddha Garden.  This included making vegetable beds, composting, mulching, planting, clearing beds,  They also carried out work in the nursery, on the vegetable beds, and in the various orchards.


During each session, the students first carried out general farm work.  For the last half an hour or so there was a talk about an aspect of farming as well as having a question and answer discussion.  They were shown around the farm so they could understand how the different parts of the farm support the food growing process in a holistic way.  We also looked at soil from different parts of the farm, talked about how to preserve soil fertility and looked at plant growth.  The students constantly reviewed the work they did and were able to see how their different plants grew and developed during their time in Buddha Garden.


Buddha Garden

Vyomini’s review of The Bluebird

JPR_2966The Bluebird play is about two siblings going on an adventure seeking happiness.I played the character of Mytyl.She is older of the siblings and her brother’s name is Tytyl.

They come from a poor family and Mytyl is angry about the poverty.She has a tendency to lose temper and she has a good or rather forced relationship with her younger brother.In some ways, I feel like we are similar.Maybe not the way we live but at times I felt like I say the things that are quite similar if not the same.We share the same sarcastic humor, also the pain of having an annoying brother.

Playing the role was quite simple, the lines I wasn’t confident about remembering, in the beginning, came out well during the rehearsals.

I am proud of the way I presented this character.Talking about regrets I would bring up me being sick and really strained my voice to be loud on the stage.I should have taken care of my health but all’s well that ends well!!

Class Play:The Bluebird

Are we always happy and satisfied with what we have?In this era of cars , phones and global travel and trade is it possible to find ‘The Bluebird’? You might we wondering what the bluebird means.Well, the bluebird means Happiness.

So that was the theme of our annual class play.Originally written in  1908 play by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck we adapted the script to our need.

The story is about a girl Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodcutter’s children, who are led by the Fairy Betylune on a magical quest through the past, present, and future for the  Blue Bird which was to bring them  Happiness.

The play was well received by the audience and children were happy and proud to do a good job.



My experience of The Bluebird

“So here we go! First, we started by reading the whole play script.We spent a lot of time before finally finishing the script.Then we were asked to choose what role we wanted and to write on a piece of paper and give to the teacher.

I just asked to be a boy since I didn’t want makeup.When I found out I was going to be TYtyl (the main character’s younger brother) well …. I don’t know whether I was happy or disappointed.Bhakti told us to learn the lines so Vyomini and I helped each other for the first few scenes.We re-did it so many times that I even memorized the father’s lines!After the second scene, we gave up.

So when we started acting , I always had the script in my hand.But one day Bhakti said “no scripts”, so I had no idea what my lines were!Bhakti had to remind me so many times and that’s how I learned my lines.The acting part was really annoying since I had to act like a naive younger brother who had no idea what was happening.I also had to act cheerful!!! So…Yeah I did.

My favorite scene was probably the  Luxurys’ scene because I had to fight with my elder sister Mytyl.It was fun!And the part where I got to sleep for a while .

After a lot of practices finally, we performed.It was fun.I smiled for the first bit of the song before uh… not smiling?Buy Yeah!I was happy with my acting although I didn’t look at the audience much and I felt like we all were too soft.But overall it was good.

By Gayatri



Philosophy Class Assembly

The Senior students of Faith Class are learning Philosophy with a visiting teacher Paul.The subject was presented in a fun manner to class by him.

It started with a discussion of the meaning of Philosophy; the importance of ethics and the golden rule -“treat others as you would be liked to be treated.”Further, they learned that ethics are about choices; how to choose wisely; how our choices are based on the circumstances.There were times when they had to research on the net for information related to the topic or designing their model society or understand situations through role play.

The topic of human rights was also covered.It was a research-based assignment.The students had to collect information about the rights and write 10 which appealed to them the most.

Finally, they presented their project in school assembly.