Health Poster for School (Creativity/Service)

I volunteered to make a health poster for school during a workshop by a very famous dietitian, Rujuta Diwekar. Our school has a very strict no-junk-food policy and to promote healthy eating we have many posters all around the school, including many in the dining area. After Ms. Diwekar taught us about healthy eating we realised that there we a few mistakes in the posters. A few of us volunteered to make new edited posters.

I volunteered without thinking about the problems I would have to face because of my poor designing skills. I edit a lot of pictures for social networks, but composing a poster was difficult. I learnt how simple things can also look impressive.

The workshop taught me more than the poster. But, while making the poster, I kept recalling the important tips Ms. Diwekar gave us. She told us two very simple but powerful words: “EAT LOCAL” and that is what I have been pushing myself to do.

It was not possible for the whole school to attend her workshop and the only effective way of spreading her message was by putting up the posters in different places around the school. This poster will help a grade 1 student in the same way as it would to a homeroom teacher of grade 12.

This activity has helped me get more creative with my work and also helped me know the importance of food. The things I learnt while making this have helped me in editing my Instagram pictures too.

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Reflection on learning Javascript.

I learned the Javascript, which is a programming language through an online learning website – “” . I believe coding and programming are going to be very important skills in the future, which is why I decided to take initiative to learn a programming language.

I was inspired to undertake this activity partially because of the motivating quotes about coding and programming in my school and partially because of my own interest of creating games and applications.

While learning on the online website, I felt really proud of myself as I was doing something which would be beneficial for me in the future. Not only this, I was also always very excited to discover what the online course had for me next. In the process of taking this online course I developed new skills of programming and also gained knowledge about how programming is used in a variety of fields not narrowed down to IT.

This activity held an emotional relevance to me because I soon realized that this was only a step stone to my future in programming. It opened my eyes to the exciting challenges and life long learning. Coding and programming did not only help me in its field but also improved my concentration level and problem solving skills.

There were times when it really got difficult to cope because as it was an online course and also it was a completely new concept that I was taught. Thus, I had no such support in form of a mentor teacher who is physically present to solve any of my query. However, knowing how beneficial this course was to me and my future, I continued looking for answers on the internet and learning the most I could without giving up.

After having completed this course, I decided to take my learning to a new level by using Javascript in game designing.









Reflection 1 (Football Camps)

As I am deeply passionate about sports, I loved attending football camps. This CAS activity meant a lot to me because I desperately wanted to achieve something in the field of my passion. So for an achievement I wanted to get participated in Inter-School Subroto Football Competition as well as states Subroto football competition.

To work upon my weakness and to advance my football skills, I adjudicated to join football camps. Although I thought that waking up early morning for football camps would be very tiring and boring. It was completely out of my comfort zone as I am a person who is obsessed to sleep. However when my passion overruled my sleep I could show the commitment toward the camps, I realized that it retained my freshness throughout the day rather than tiredness. Additionally, these type of camps helps all of us to remain fit and healthy.I also thought that attending a 2 hours camp for 5 days would be not useful as it will not bring a drastic change in my football skills. However, I was wrong because I was attending the competition as well as camps after a very long break (nearly 2 months). So, these camps brought back my form in the sport and made my journey of qualifying for states quite easier. I noticed a great weakness of mine while attending the camps. It was frequent muscle pulls that I faced while playing. This restricted me to play football for a long time. I took some advice from my coach to deal with the problem and now will try to avoid these types of pulls further in my sports career. The camps included numerous things which I could have explicitly learned. The most important thing I learned is the coordination. It helped me to work collaboratively with my teammates. I learned this when our coach, Mr. Anwer Hans made us play offense vs. defense. Additionally, the skill of coordination might help me in future while doing a business in the team. Not only this, but I could also brush up my Football passing skills which is one of the most important skill in any game. There were many problems I faced and many things didn’t go according to my plan. Firstly, I missed camp on day 2 due to transport problems but I tried to cover the training in free slots during my school time. So, the entire period of camps was tremendous and worth it.

Additionally, as per my first goal, I got selected in district football competition. My efforts helped me to get myself selected in district competition, and my efforts helped my team to win the first match. To gain this win, we needed to interact well with each other and we did so. The way we communicated with the coach and our partners lead us to our first win. Furthermore, a lot of perseverance and commitment also lead us to our first victory.Sportsman Spirit is one of the main features a sportsman requires. Additionally playing fair was always a primary motto of our entire team including me. I had a chance to give a false certificate to school and play unscrupulously in under 14, whereas I am 15 years old. However, I didn’t conduct this iniquitous act and played fairly. I also cut the nails, removed the watch before the game and avoided fights during the match so that we can play a fair game. Unfortunately, we lost deciding the match and hence I could not get selected for the state level. It really disappointed me however, this made me and my teammates go back to drawing board to try to detect the weaknesses which made our journey end so that we do not repeat these mistakes again in other tournaments. Apart from the loss, the whole experience of this CAS activity was spectacular. It really pleased me to achieve learning outcomes through this CAS activity.



1. My football team:




















2. Getting ready for our first football match:













3. Doing warm-up and stretching to avoid muscle pulls.

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Activity 1: Subroto Cup Football Tournament (District Level)

I participated in the district level football tournament on 16th July 2015. It was a different experience for me, because I was playing a new position. I was the goal keeper of the the team, and I have never felt so much responsible while playing a football match.
I developed goalkeeping skills, which helped me develop physical strength (endurance, stamina). I gave in my lots of hardwork and efforts to develop this new skill. I attended morning camps to practice all the new skills of goalkeeping. Hardwork and determination was my main focus during the camps.
Moreover, I developed a new bond with my team, that helped me in synergizing with the team both, on and off field. The coordination between my team helped me focus more while playing in the match.
As I was the goalkeeper, the team was a lot dependent on my participation and activeness. If I lose my concentration during the game, the team can suffer. I had to make sure that I didn’t let the opppnent team score a goal.
Football is a team game, and in this sport, being and playing fair is a vital part. Anwer Sir, our coach, always taught us to play fair during the game. I had always kept in mind not to hurt anyone intentionally during the game.
This activity helped me build my physical strength, as well as my mental abilities to be strong and stay focused. It also helped me in learning how to synergize with my team mates. Cooperation with the team members is a signicant ascpect of football.
To conclude, I would like to say that it was a thrilling experience. I enjoyed playing for my team. All the hardwork didn’t go in vain as we won the competition. Therefore, I was glad that I was a part of the team.
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Reflection 2 (Plantation in Vansda village)

This activity was quite boring as we did the same thing for all over the time. We were provided plants which we need to plant in the same manner for 5 long hours. This made us tired as well as bored. However, doing the activity with all our friends made the experience worth remembering. Doing the service with our friends, had a high possibility that we would start talking and playing with each rather than doing what we are expected to do. However, we thought to do our work irreproachably so that our purpose is fulfilled.

I thought the activity might be boring and it was, as I expected. The reason behind my participation in this activity was to expose myself to a different subject; which was the plantation. My motto of going to the forest was to gain knowledge the way farmers work, what are the processes they use to plant the saplings, do they use pesticides or chemical fertilizers etc. This can help me to explore an agricultural aspect.

As I did this activity first time in my life, it was completely uncomfortable for me to plant the saplings. Putting all dirty, wet, soiled saplings under the ground and then cover it with sand was quite unhygienic and awkward for me. I was tired after the activity but also proud of being a responsible ESS student because ESS teaches us to take steps which lead you to ecocentrism, and this activity was a small but effective steps towards ecocentrism.

I learned many things about myself after doing this activity including my strengths and weakness and where I need to improve. The strength I noticed about me was the endurance; I worked for 5 hours without much tiredness. I mentioned earlier, this activity was quite tiring and a way out of my comfort zone hence this became a great weakness of mine while doing the activity. However, I felt good So, after doing this activity I would like to be more open-minded towards different things and conditions.

Without collaboration, we might not achieve, so it was a milestone. Our coordination helped us to plant nearly 100 plants; It was a great pleasure after doing so. I am the person who never planted one tree, and suddenly planting these many trees was an honor itself.

As far as my goals are concerned, we collaboratively worked together to make results effective. I definitely learned new things and skills about the plantation. As studied in ESS, the world is facing a serious issue of global warming followed from deforestation. So a small step of planting 100 plants might save a life, so doing this activity definitely made me feel proud. Therefore YES, this activity was successful as an individual as well as a global prospect.


1. Travelling in the bus to reach the forest, situated in Vansda village:


2. Travelling in the forest to reach the place where we need to do plantation.




3. Started doing plantation




Reflection 4 (Lit fest: Ads to add up)

It was a longest Inter-House event conducted in literary fest where we were given a product for which we needed to make an advertisement in an as creative manner as we could. It was a group activity. It was again an electrifying encounter for me as I came across multitudinous new things.

I thought that activity would be good but doing it for long two hours would quite make it monotonous. Sitting for two hours to make an advertisement for an imaginary product (a pen which only writes truth) was quite tedious. However, this event meant to me a lot because it was an Inter-House event and, therefore, we wanted to win it. As there were new people in my team, I found myself quite uncomfortable to talk to them. Moreover, it was a first time when I made this type of advertisement at a competition level; this made me feel very apprehensive. Feeling this challenge was quite excruciating for me however it benefited me to make new friends. As time passed we were coping with each other to make an effective advertisement. Coordination was a key which brought me back into my comfort zone. I could talk with the 7th Graders without any hesitation. This lead to a nice, effective advertisement.

Moreover determination was a second key for me and all of our teammates to make an effective advertisement. We needed to show some interest and passion in the composure of ad so that audience can easily buy our idea. Therefore, I gave my full devotion to my work and did it at my best.

We made our advertisement which was reasonably done well, but the way we presented was quite extraordinary because we included an element of drama. This made our entire work very efficacious. Therefore, finally we won the first prize; I could also learn marketing and presenting skills. Hence, this activity was full of entertainment and worth learning.


1. Our advertisement chart


2. Our presentation


Reflection 3 (Lit fest- Anagrams)

This event was an Inter-House competition in the Literary Fest conducted by our school. I participated in the event to contribute to the house points. The experience was tremendous and worth learning. There were three rounds where we were provided with the set of jumbled words, which we need to arrange in given time.

Pre Handedly, I thought that the event would not be exciting might go boring for me as I don’t like English language at all. I considered the event to be out of my zone. Being challenged this way was difficult although I wanted to experience something new, something which is alien to me. Additionally, the activity also meant a lot to me, as it was an ‘Inter-House’ event, and I anyhow needed to win it.

First of all, I hoped a win from this event. Secondly, I hoped to come across new English words which we are arranging. These were the two main rationales for which I took part in this CAS activity. To achieve this, we needed to coordinate with each other. Without cooperation, there was no scope of winning the event. So accordingly, we coordinated with each other by distributing words among each other, so that we could complete the task easily; and because of playing as a ‘team’ we got the results in our favour. Our house was the one who arranged a maximum number of words in the event. Hence, we successfully got a victory in the event. Moreover, I could also come across various new English words, which I could use in my English essay.

I could distinguished some of my foibles during the event. As I am not so good in English, I could arrange the word but was not sure whether it made sense or not because of low vocabulary I have. However working as a team, allowed me to ask my teammates about the words and therefore coordination also helped me personally to know new English words.

There were great chances of finagles occurring while this event because all 4 houses sat beside each other. This could have made easy for house members to hear the arranged words from other group members. However, I as a person would not prefer to cheat and rather play virtuously. Not only me, but my entire team played virtuously by concentrating on just our jumbled words. This gave us the result in our favour, and we achieved the victory.


1. Rearranging jumbled words



2. Contribution of each member


Activity 2: Attending Garba Classes

Dancing is something I have always loved. To attend Garba classes has been my dream since a long time. After attending garba classes, I have always felt rejuvinated and fresh. I believe it is really difficult to manage school time with garba time. I managed to attend the class at 7:30 to 8:30 pm for about 3 months, starting from July 2015.

I have always been passionate about dancing. I have won many prizes for dancing, and therefore, I have been confident about dancing since a young age. These classes helped me in my developing my previous dancing skills. Moreover, learning such a dance form has taught me how to express beautifully. I have improvised on the way how I danced on every beat. Attending garba classes, so far has been the second best thing about Navaratri Festival. The first best thing is undoubtedly going to different places, and play Garba. I would like to credit these classes for my grace in dancing. I’ve started enjoying dancing more than ever. Dancing continuously (specially Garba) requires a lot of stamina and endurance. Collaboration plays a significant role here. Unless a person doesn’t coordinate with the people around her/him, it is very likely that everybody will bump into each other. Thus, having perfect coordination with ever is a must.

Garba is all about dancing, sharing happiness and enjoying with the colourful lights surrounded by us. This form of dance gives me pure satisfaction and contentment.

It eventually hepled me maintain my fitness, and also gave me the opportunity to dress up beautifully by allowing me to wear traditional garba clothes, also known as, ‘Ghaghra Choli’.

Some beautiful moments:


Dancing in the ‘Garba Fest’ held at school on the 10th of October, 2015

Below are the glimpses of me doing garba at the “Surat Tennis Club”


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“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” -Arnold Palmer

I am really passionate about playing basketball, so I made new goal to explore different formations and participated in one of the competitions that was being held in school, Basketball 3/3. Although I have been playing Basketball since a long time, 3/3 was a new concept and experience for me as the team consisted of only three players a side.

Some days before the match, during our physical education classes, we had practice time to gain some insight about how this formation will be played and what strategies we can use. My team members and I assured to show determination that will go in each practice mainly because of these reasons and also to know the rules which are to be followed, so that while playing the game we do not take any actions against the rules and follow our moral values.


As it was a league, we played around four matches. While playing these I was able to identify and exhibit my strengths/ my skills correctly. Due to having only three players, each player had more work to do then that in a usual five-sided game.  Mainly, one thing that I learnt while playing was how to cooperate with my team members.

Being the captain of my team, I had to form new strategies to improve our game to the next level. Despite of losing almost all the games, we enjoyed playing the game. I was really satisfied how my team performed and was able to spot their strong points easily. Also, our practice sessions were showing its fruits in our game, and that made our participation worth.

During the game, we faced many challenges, however, we gained experience which will make us learn from our mistakes and play other tournaments with much more accuracy.

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Making posters for the Literary fest

Literary and Humanities Fest was something that did not happen before until this year. This year this concept of having an event related to literary and humanities was introduced to the students from grade 7 to 12. This event was a student-led event and consisted of varied activities. All the student were told to select to activities from individual and group activities each. The idea of participating in the events was just not competing, but there were many fun events too. I was very excited to attend this fest and have a new experience. Literature and Humanities Fest was not something that was always done to celebrate something related to language. This fest was a step towards it, and everyone had their doubts and excitement ready for this event that was going to be held. Like, everyone, I was looking forward to this event, and all of a sudden, the event coordinator approached me and requested if I could make some posters to advertise the literary and humanities fest. Considering my art skills, I accepted the challenge of designs the posters and made the poster informative and attractive so that the students have an idea about the details of the event and do attend the event. Making a handmade poster and displaying the same things at various places was not a practical idea for me; therefore, I opted for something that I never had tried before. I decided to make online posters and get them printed so that I don’t have to make the same copies of posters on my own and display them. It was sure that I was good at arts, but now the challenge was designing the poster on the computer, I was not good with the IT skills. So, first I  searched for some good websites where I could create the posters. I finally found one and started designing it. At first it was uncomfortable to create the poster as I wished it to, due to lack of IT skills, still I manage to learn them and made some drafts of the posters. While I got it checked by Mam, she gave her feedback and suggested some changes. The tricky part was to include all the details, manage the font size and Putting the school logo on the poster. Even after all this difficulties I designed a poster with the a little bit help from one of my friends, in understanding the editing process. I never gave up in the process of designing the poster and completed my task. It was overall a good learning experience for me to enhance my skills through IT.


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