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EDITORIAL Our school has achieved 50 years of success in all fields. Read on to find out what our Dean and Director, Dr. (Mrs.) YGP has to say in an exclusive interview conducted by the editorial board of the PSBB Kaleidoscope. The Dean’s message In the last 50 years, what has been your most memorable experience in PSBB? Everyday is an interesting experience for me. Students of our school who have passed out bring back sweet memories of their experience in PSBB. This makes me feel both proud and happy. Two of the most memorable experiences I have had are when A. R. Rahman told me that he remembers how I had taught him that every time one points a finger at someone three fingers point back to that person. I also remember how Surya said that one of his teachers was very kind to him and how she taught him values he would never forget. Editors 8A- Ananth, Ishwar 8B- Akash A., Prajay R., Kavya K.M. 8C- Padmapriya, Purva 8D- Anuradha Rao, Madhumathi Contents Editorial 50 years of PSBB Campus Update Facts you’d love to know Poetic parade An array of articles Reviews- the critics speak Voice your views Our term as editors Creative corner What according to you are the reasons that have contributed to making PSBB what it is today? I feel that excellent teachers, cooperation from parents and well-motivated students are the three key points required to make a successful institution. What is the dream you have for PSBB? How do you see this school 50 years from now? Many students who have passed out of our school are doing very well in life. I want this to continue always. I have always felt that financial success is never as important as the character of the students. You have always stressed on value education. Do you think this really helps when we grow up? Why this emphasis on moral values? One is judged by the values he upholds. You truly survive only on the basis of your lofty values. The three most important ones are: Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility, AIR in short. This has indeed helped many of our students carry themselves in a confident manner. What, in your opinion, is a role model? Who do you feel is the ideal role model? I feel that those who have achieved something intellectually like Dr Abdul Kalam, Kiran Bedi and our own teachers and parents would be apt role models. What do you feel is the difference between the students 50 years ago and students of today? The new generation is extremely tempted to follow the western culture and is getting influenced by their ideas unlike our previous students. However, we are striving to make them self motivated, responsible and concentrate on their studies. Every time we se you, you are always active and enthusiastic. What motivates and drives you to do things for our school? With so many children around me, I will never feel old. Ten generations of children have gone by. I have seen students excel in various fields. PSBB ensures that they have the scope to excel in arts, fine arts like music and dance, but never lose out on their moral values. In spite of the corrupted situation in politics, I still want to nurture outstanding students and make sure that they do not get influenced by this.. Good students bring pride to the school. 50 YEARS OF PSBB Admirable Aspects of PSBB The Golden Jubilee Celebrations A report Padma Seshadri wasn’t the first school to be set up in India. Nor was it the first one to so proudly celebrate fifty years of successful presence. An outsider may thus ask what makes this school so special and admirable. This answer, as any PSBBian knows, is the fact that the school instills an inextinguishable spirit in its students. Confidence is something that is in no way alien to a student of this school. The GA (General Assembly) competitions conducted are for all students, from the first graders to the senior most students. Students of all ages in PSBB are encouraged to take the mike and exhibit their talents to all their peers. The healthy competition which ensues, adds to the development of the students. Another such event which encourages the competitive streak in students is the battle to win the interhouse championship. This annual event also promotes feelings of sportsmanship and teaches them team spirit. Objectives like 5S (Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke) develop the maintenance skills of students and teach them to be neat and orderly. These also encourage a lot of participation as each student is duty bound to be orderly and neat and also contribute to keeping his surroundings equally clean. PSBB has received an ISO 9000:2000 certification in academics and administration. Therefore the state of academics here is top notch. Apart from the excellent teachers we also have ‘educomp’ monitors in each class and a plasma screen. These provide additional information about all the lessons and also enable the students to view visual presentations for them to better understand certain topics. The school encourages a variety of outdoor sports like cricket, football, swimming, tennis, etc., and also indoor sports like chess and table tennis. Young writers and budding artists too receive a lot of scope for talent enhancement. Singers, dancers and those with passion for violin or mridangam, all have a chance to prove themselves by winning the Bharat Bharat Kalachar scholarships. Incentive prizes too are offered. The school motivates al its students to excel in any field they venture towards. An institution familiar to many as their own homes, it is no wonder that all students and alumni love the school and take pride in it. - The Editorial board One of the few schools to have achieved 50 years of recognition in various aspects like academics, cultural and co-curricular activities remains PSBB. Certified as an ISO 9001:2000 organization, this institution has met with remarkable success over the years. The institution held a grand and unforgettable celebration with a lot of pomp and pageantry to commemorate its 50 years of success at the Kamaraj Memorial Hall. The Chief Guest was none other than the governor of Tamil Nadu Hon. Shri Surjit Singh Barnala. The other guests of honour included N.Ram, the editor of an esteemed newspaper, The Hindu, the chairman of the CBSE, Ashok Ganguly and David Hopper, the US Counsel General. The head of the PSBB family, Dr. (Mrs.) YGP and the special correspondent, Mrs. Sheela Rajendra were also present. The occasion was also attended by students, parents, teachers and well-wishers who paid their tribute to the school. The governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the function by lighting the kuthuvilakku and releasing a special postal cover. His Excellency appreciated the degree of education provided in all fields by psbb. The function started off with a delightful recital of Vishnu Sahasranamam slokas by some middle school students. Two students of the Sundaracholavaram school run by the Panchayat received uniforms from the governor. With the rendering of the national anthem, the first phase of the programme came to an end. The cultural show put up by the alumni provided a sensational and scintillating finale to the grand show. The inauguration marked the beginning of the year long celebrations and provided an insight into the expectant and splendid treats in store for all during the next twelve months. - The Editorial Board CAMPUS UPDATE The Science Day was celebrated with a lot of grandeur in the school. It included both cultural and classroom projects. The advent of spring was welcomed by Holi, the festival of colours, which was a major event in the school. A team of students from the senior classes won the ‘Major prize for India’ in a competition organized by the government of South Australia. They accepted an invitation to Adelaide for a week to attend the 3rd International Solar Cities Congress. The school entered its Golden Jubilee this year and the beginning of the 12month celebration was marked by an inaugural function. A painting competition was held titled Vibrant Visions 2008. The Sanskrit Day was celebrated with great pomp and show on the 8th of April. 11. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body. 12. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. 13. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game. 14. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air. 15. Colgate faced huge obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries: Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.” 16. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil) 17. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 18. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound. 19. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!! Compiled by: The Editorial Board Source: Internet FACTS YOU’D LOVE TO KNOW 1. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. 2. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. 3. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. 4. Dalmatians are born without spots. 5. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. 6. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red. 7. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney. 8. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan. 9. It cost $7 million to build the Titanic and $200 million to make a film about it. 10. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples. POETIC PARADE The Sound Of Music Music wakes me up to sunny day. Even if it‟s dull like shades of grey Music makes everyday a “special day” Even in the most unexpected way. All day and through the night music‟s in my head Almost as if it‟s my daily bread. Music in my life plays an important role. Life without music‟s like a body without a soul. Music can be heard if you just look around. For music is the universal sound. Saniya 8 „B‟ Melancholy in Paradise I am a book Beyond the mighty oceans Beyond the seven seas More sprawling than the endless skies There lay an empire, its limitless glory Veiled by human ignorance. There stood its unerring monarch, His kind, loving heart, Moist with the fragrant salve of compassion That descends even upon The wretched and the undeserving The words that then ensued From the Hero‟s lips Were utterances Divine; “I am called by a thousandNay, a hundred thousand, Different names for which I am glad. But why, oh why, I ask, Kill, murder and massacre In my name? For long have you warred, For long have you battled; Entire races destroyed, Homes razed to the ground, Flourishing cities set aflame, Men slaughtered, women tortured, Children left to starve And all, in my name. Hindus, Christians and Mohammedans All rise in arms, for they Know not that Krishna, Christ and Allah Are but my many names When will there be peace again? When will there be cheer? When will there be smiles again? When will the misery end?” And a tear burst forth, From His beautiful, all seeing eyes, Splashed onto the Earth beneath And was lost In a raging river of blood. Akash.A 8 „B‟ I can take you back a hundred years I can take you to lands of joys and fears I can take you up to the starry skies I can answer all your „hows‟ and „whys‟ I can help you uncover a hidden treasure I‟ll give you hours of excitement and pleasure Come, meet some naughty sisters and brothers Say hello to mythical fathers and mothers You could become as tiny as a housefly You can investigate a case or become a spy You may spit venom as a poisonous snake Or you could even stir up a huge earthquake! You could be journeying in deserts or in seas Ascending mountains and climbing trees I might take you to Greece or even to Rome You can globe-trot while sitting at home! You can explore the vastness of outer space Historical events, I shall help you trace Into a time machine, you could be hurled And pay a visit to the future world I can make you feel happy, sad or appalled With the power of words, you shall be enthralled The magic in my pages will both surprise and stun You only need to read me to have guaranteed fun! Anuradha Rao 8 „D‟ A Black Morning A Friend I wish I could change That fateful day When waves struck the shore Causing much dismay. When lives were lost When homes were claimed. When the seas were filled With corpses- unnamed When the unsuspecting took a walk And the treacherous sea claimed their lives When their sorrowing kin heard the news And underwent much strife I wish to go back To warn the fisher-folk Of the impeding danger The sorrows it would evoke. I wish to erase That dark, black day Which tore families apart In a cruel way The morn after Christmas Beginning with goodwillPeople smiled at one another And rejoiced - until The deathly wave crept up And shattered the peace That day‟s long gone But has left much unease. I wish to evade That dreadful wave. If I could go back in time There are lives I would save. Padmapriya G. 8 „C‟ When there‟s no hope- you think it‟s the end Only then will you find your one true friend The one who walks in when the world walks out Will be your true friend, without a doubt. That friend will be your mentor and guide Who will always be by your side That friend will encourage you in everything you do Probably for your sake she‟ll join in too! That friend will correct you when you are wrong You‟ll never miss that friend till she‟s gone Value people and stay with them till the end And you‟ll always be the best of friends! Shruthi Anand 8 „D‟ A world in blue There is a beautiful world In shades of aqua and blue Do you know what it is? Let me give you a clue Think of corals and dolphins Also fishes and whales And jellyfish, of course With so many tails You‟re right! It‟s the ocean With so many wonders to see Its unexplored beauties Will awe you and me! Shriya 7 „B‟ Our saviours- The trees An Organization by me If only you could spare a second, To think of nature‟s wonders You would realize That we‟re making horrid blunders “Chop off trees,” say the cruel “Plant trees,” say the wise Don‟t cut branches for fuel Use broken ones; that will suffice Don‟t cut off trees for paper Instead use sugarcane pulp That is indeed much safer For the environment and for us If we do not harm trees They will return out favour Remember, they help us survive They are indeed our saviours. Meghna Mungikar 7 „B‟ An Ideal Student An organization by me would be A website, you see One through which you can learn To speak without making your stomach churn „liveyourimagination.org‟ To it, many people would throng They can register in my site And learn to speak without stage fright If you ask me why I opened my site I‟ll answer you with much delight My site‟s a refuge to those who stammer when they talk It will help them relax and get over any shock It will help to change boring speeches And confidence- that‟s what it teaches If you visit my site one day It will help you beautify what you say Be a good child and go to school, If not you will end up a fool! Study hard and your knowledge in enhanced; Otherwise you don‟t stand much of a chance For your classes don‟t be late; That is something all teachers hate. During games play hard and have fun, But first make sure your homework‟s done! In school be a refined lad, Behave well, do not be bad! Pay attention and study hard Come home with an excellent report card! Afreen Shakir 6 „D‟ Never again will you fear to talk With your head held high, you can soon walk For those who say- “This can‟t be done!” My website is the perfect one. Amrithavarshini, 8 „B‟ The gift of friends My superpower I‟d like to have a superpower Saving people at the eleventh hour I‟d like to be immensely strong And set right everything that‟s wrong There are days when Bubbling from us Comes the innocent child within Who giggles at little things And wears a silly grin There are days when melancholy Comes to visit For a while The mind feels weary, the body weak We have no strength to smile There are days when Joy abundant Grabs hold of you and me Wraps us up in all its splendour Lifts us up to set us free There are days when sorrow Wraps us up In its cloak of grief and fear Till our hearts ache and until Our eyes can‟t shed a tear There are days when Love bestows us With its wonderment and light With its beauty and mystery Its power and its might And there are days when Life rewards us And seems to make amends By granting us a marvelous gift The gift of having friends! Ashika, 8 „D‟ I would then swing from place to place Saving the troubled human race I‟d rescue them from all danger War, invasion, even hunger My life would then undergo a change It will be great, but a little strange I‟d love to have this superpower Saving people at the eleventh hour T.S.D.V.S.Siddharth 8‟D‟ The sinking ship The ship was sinking The captain did some quick thinking; Panic was mounting high As all the icebergs passed by. The sails were torn, The first mate looked most forlorn, The vultures were ready to peck, At all the dead men on the deck. The captain tried his level best, To rescue and save the rest, The anchor was broken Its job forsaken. The ship was submerged, The ship and sea merged, The water had its pick, Of the wood of the Titanic. N.Venkat 6 „B‟ Love animals Oh! How many varieties there are! The Chinese and the Japanese The Africans and the Indians The Australians and the Americans The Britishers and the Europeans Oh! How many people there are! Animals are the most lovable creatures on earth But human beings don‟t realize their worth They are living creatures with hearts, souls and sense And they patiently tolerate so much offence We use animals to fulfill our daily needs But for them we never perform any good deeds Even otherwise, we slave them hard day and night But never for a moment do we imagine their plight So please let us become responsible And show animals that humans are sensible My Vacation Prajay R. 8 „B‟ Burgers and Pizzas Chappatis and Biryani Pasta and Noodles Soup and rice Oh! How many foodstuffs there are! English and Hindi Spanish and Chinese Japanese and German Greek and Latin Oh! How many languages there are! Sarees and Dhothis Frocks and skirts Trousers and coats Tops and shorts Oh! How many clothes there are! Geethaanjali Sanjana 8 „A‟ Once upon a sunny day When we were all so happy and gay We all went outside to play After visiting grandma on the way Suddenly the sky darkened, The clouds seemed to have blackened! My spirits fell, wits at the end Upset, I ran in with my friend Soon the rain started pouring down Gushing in torrents towards the ground From the windows we glared with a frown Our holiday was messed, we felt let down We engaged in games to make time fly fast We played carom and chess, we had a blast We reveled in fun and soon hours passed Our holiday became exciting at last! R.Ranjini 7 „B‟ AN ARRAY OF ARTICLES Friendship- a need Mother „Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart And so does the sweetness of a friend‟s loving face‟ -The Bible Man cannot live on bread alone. His close relationship with others in his family and society not only gives him satisfaction, but also builds up his character and identity. More than other ties friendship gives us immense joy. We are indeed blessed if we are lucky enough to have a true friend. The magic of a natural friendship brings a lot of happiness in one‟s life. The most well loved novels portray stories of true friendship. Friendship is a miraculous bond that ties two strangers. A friend is no blood related kin, but a just as close or maybe more. Friends always find something to admire and appreciate each other. A true friendship is something that we all delight in and are grateful for. Friendship involves sacrifice of time and thought. It requires loyalty and faith. Friends are ties for life and must never be forsaken. As a popular saying goes – “No one is so rich as to throw away a friend.” Remember the change that friends have brought upon in one‟s life. A life without friends would indeed be dreary. So if you have had a fight with any friend, go on and make up, before you lose them. Ekta Kapoor 8 „D‟ A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble envelops us, still she clings to us, and endeavors by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. A mother is the closest, kindest and the best friend you can find. She is the one who really cares. She is the one who accepts you the way you are. To many of your friends, you might seem to be just any other person. They have no idea about the real abilities that lie within you but trust me, your mother does. I often used to wonder when my marks increased in a subject, my mother would be happy but would stress on the ones I had to improve on. Later I found out that she had always known that I would do well in certain subjects because she is the only one who is totally aware of all my abilities. My mother sings a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. I would say that a mother is like a bank where we deposit all our worries and never draw them back. A mother is an angel who forever has taken the responsibility to guard us. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall but a mother‟s love outlives them all. Riddhineka 8 „D‟ Know your books! REVIEWS- THE CRITICS SPEAK My Favourite movie Books are something we all love. We feel the word „BOOKS‟ can be expanded as: Brilliant Outstanding Overwhelming Knowledge- filled Splendid Books, as we all know, are one of the most important sources of knowledge. Reading books is indeed a very enjoyable pastime. Today, books are very easy to access as a number of libraries have been set up where people can borrow and read books without spending much money. Many renowned authors have written a large collection of books, which makes their style of writing very unique and special. Several books have also been adapted as television programmes and movies. The different variety of books available today is overwhelmingfiction, biographies, reference, guides, historical novels………… the list is simply endless! M.C. Vaishnavi Mandira Rajan 6 „C‟ Title: Taare Zameen Par Cast: Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Darsheel Safary, M. K. Raina, Tanay Cheda, Sachet Engineer, Vipin Sharma Producer and director: Aamir Khan Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par changes the face of Indian cinema as we know it. This star twinkles and catches your attention, tugging at your heart throughout its two-and-a-half-hour plus playing time. It makes us realize that truly every child is special and all we have to do is help them attain their true potential. Aamir Khan's directorial debut is a heart-warming tale of a small child who is dyslexic and is horribly misunderstood by his parents. Darsheel Safary as Ishaan Awasthi is simply marvelous, making you believe that he is Ishaan and not just an actor. When his parents see Ishaan's academic performance go down, they send him to a boarding school. Finding himself away from family, Ishaan gets lonely and sad. But a saviour in the form of Arts teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh enters his life and the colours creep back in slowly. Aamir Khan as Nikumbh is outstanding, playing a man who has been through life trying to help children understand themselves. All other songs are genuinely from the heart, and Shankar Ehsaan Loy is at his very best, giving Prasoon Joshi's soul-stirring lyrics great music. This movie is a must-see for everyone, of all ages, for it is indeed a touching and eye-opening film. S.Madhumathi 8‟D‟ Book Review Title: The Dark (Book 2 of the „Guardians of time‟ trilogy) Author: Marianne Curley Genre: Adventure, Science fiction Characters: Lorian, Lathenia (The Goddess), Matt, Ethan, Isabel, and Arkarian Story in short: Life is normal on earth. Or is it? Danger lurks everywhere and keeping a secret hidden is almost impossible. Part of the Guard, Isabel, Matt, her brother, and Ethan have to cramp their saving-theworld-thingy along with their school routine. A war is taking place between two „Immortals‟. Lorian and the Guard, versus Lathenia, the Goddess and her Order. The feud between the siblings, Lathenia and Lorian, threatens to destroy the world. And whom can anyone trust? Moreover, Arkarian, the Guard‟s most powerful ally and Lorian‟s son and apprentice, is kidnapped. Where is he?! It is now upto Isabel to save Arkarian from the grawping clutches of Death……….. What I Liked About It: This book involved a lot of action, excitement, thrill and of course, super powers. Spiced with a tinge of romance, I loved the book and rate it as an „impossible-to-put-down‟ book. My Favourite Character: My favourite character is Arkarian, who is kind, compassionate and…. mysterious. You can‟t term him as young or old, because he is six hundred years old, but his father, Lorian, made him stop ageing at eighteen, and he grew no more. I also like Isabel because she is brave and follows her heart. Climax: As the climax dawns, the real person who is in danger is, not Arkarian, but Ethan, Why? Find out! Anjana Devi 8 „B‟ VOICE YOUR VIEWS Next year, the current 8th standards will be passing out of this school and will be moving to the Nungambakkam branch. Let’s see how some of the students feel from the exclusive interview conducted by the Kaleidoscope Editorial Board. 8A- Amritha G.: I feel very sad to leave this school. I shall really miss it. I‟m not looking forward to go to the Nungambakkam Branch, as I will be one of the juniors in the school. 8B- Karthik V.: Although I feel sorry to be leaving behind the school in which I have studied all these years, I am looking forward to the new experience. 8C- Srinivas G.:I am so glad that I am going to main school and I am sure that there are enjoyable experiences lying in store for me there. I shall miss this school a lot though, and shall never forget the great time I had here. 8D- Mayanka P.: I am really looking forward to go to 9th standard as we shall be exposed to a whole lot of new experiences. All the same, I will miss this campus very much. The present 7th standards of the T.P.Road branch will become the seniors in the next academic year. Let’s find out what some of them have to say. 7A- Aditya Narayan: I am really thrilled to be going to the eighth, but I‟m really going to feel sorry that it will be my last year in this wonderful campus. 7B- Sanjana Gothi: I think it will mean a lot of responsibility to be one of the seniors as we have to act as role models to the lower classes. All the same, I am still looking forward to going to the eighth standard. 7C- Sri Hari: Going to the senior-most class certainly means a lot of responsibility, which will be very difficult to handle. Still, I guess it is going to be a different kind of experience and I am looking forward to this. 7D- Devanshi: I‟m really excited about becoming one of the senior students next year. I think it will give us a lot of opportunity to organize and present culturals and other programmes in the school. OUR TERM AS EDITORS Well, it’s been a long and eventful year for us as editors. So we decided to chronicle our experiences- and, not to forget- the many mishaps. We therefore present to you: The Editor’s Chronicle Being editors was most pleasant, especially due to the fine response we received from our readers. The drawings, in particular, were very creative and of good standard. We enjoyed getting to know the writing styles and the rich variety of thoughts and ideas expressed by the many budding writers who contributed to our magazine. Of course, the job had its difficulties and the predicament often seemed to hit the peaks of hopelessness. However, we soon got used to the pressure. Oh, and before we forget: The Editorial Board has jointly elected the next batch of editors whose identity will not, of course, be disclosed at present. We wish them all the very best of luck and hope that they fare well (Perhaps even as well as their predecessors!). On the whole, our tenure has been of great help to us and has sharpened our skills in more ways than one. We learnt to work in a group and to separate the good pieces of writing from the best. To put things in a nutshell, we simply loved being editors and thank all who made it possible: the English teachers, the computer teachers and, most importantly, you, the readers.
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