Dhanapushpam, Physical Education Teacher (P.E.T) at Isha Vidhya Nagercoil, has been doing wonders, training winners in individual and team sports over thepastfive years. In 2019-20, the school won theFirst prize at the zonal level in 15 individual events, and 8prizesin team events.Theschool walked away with 41 prizes at the zonal level inthatyear!
Dhanapushpam was interested in Sports fromherchildhood.She was influenced by a relative who was a successfulsportsperson. As a student, she participated in a running event at theDistrict level and won theFirst prize. This was a turning point in her life.Shestartedfocusing on a careeras aSports Trainer. She completed her B.P. Ed. and M.P. Ed. to becomea passionate Physical Educationteacher.
At Isha Vidhya, her day starts at 07:30AMwith a regular workout and practice for sports-loving students, followed by training studentsthroughout theday. Shedoes the workout again in the evening withinterested students before she calls it a day. Her enthusiasm for training well shines through when she accompanies her students unasked for outstation competitions.
Dhanapushpam is constantly on lookout for students who show interest and enthusiasm in sports, and motivates them to strive for excellence,engaging them with the benefits of good health, and perhaps the opportunity to land a secure Government job if they win at theDistrict,State, orNational level.
Dhanapushpam says she feels proud when students from other schools acknowledge Isha Vidhya's Sportsexcellence at sport meets and when her neighborhood children wish they could study at Isha Vidhya for their sports.
She finds her journey with Isha Vidhya gratifying and a great opportunity for self-development.
Srimeena ran faster than the other 150 participants and won the first prize at the inter-school sports meet in 2018-19. She is inspired to run like her idol P.T. Usha and has dreams of becoming a professional athlete, and participating in sports not just at the national level, but also winning laurels for the country.
She has won prizes in Running, Long Jump, High Jump, and Kho Kho at the school and zonal levels and says that the motivation of her parents, friends, and teachers drives her to do well in studies and sports.
Srimeena, who's studying at Isha Vidhya Dharmapuri in Grade 10, is a class topper, and is now studying hard for her board exams. But sports being her passion, Srimeena worked out regularly during the lockdown to stay in shape for the upcoming tournaments.
Cognizant Outreach partnered with Isha Vidhya to train faculty on Digital Skills. 60 Cognizant Outreach volunteers conducted two virtual training courses for 374 Isha Vidhya faculty members across 10 district in Tamil Nadu, training them on using the Microsoft Office suite, creating digital content, using social media effectively, and staying safe online.
The training included the ‘Digital Mastery’ module to enable them to use smartphones and computers effectively and the ‘Digital Teaching’ module to empower them with tools and techniques to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes during virtual teaching sessions.
This initiative has positively impacted over 8,000 students.
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Jayanandhana has won several prizes at the zonal and district levels in Shot Put and Discus Throw and was part of the Handball team that won at the state level in the previous academic year.
This Grade 9 student from Isha Vidhya Nagercoil studies hard and trains harder to improve her performance in sports – even staying back after school for practice. She closely watches sports videos to assimilate the techniques and movements used by champions to improve her performance.
Jayanandhana is inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo. She credits her Physical Education teachers and her family's support and encouragement for her sports achievements. She wants to become a national level athlete.
She says she misses training at school and is currently following an exercise regimen to keep in shape.
But it's not just sports that Jayanandhana wants to excel in; she also wants to become a doctor.
Republic Day Of India was celebrated in all Isha Vidhya schools, in compliance with the government’s Covid-19 protocols.
Welcoming of the Chief Guests, flag hoisting, singing of the National Anthem, speeches of the Chief Guests and Principals of the respective schools took place as per the tradition. Some schools distributed prizes to the students who topped the Grade 10 examinations.
Since most of the students are still studying from home, they were not present in the functions. The school staff were present. We are attaching the pictures of the celebrations.
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