Updates for January 2020
The SPJ Sadhana biennial Sports Meet was celebrated on 16th January 2020. The Meet is a perennial favourite with the students and staff alike, conducted in a spirit of fun and healthy, friendly competition. As always, the Meet drew on the natural aptitude and acquired skills of all students, surpassing former boundaries and raising the bar a few notches higher. A stirring march past and flag hoisting set the mood for some serious athletics, cheered on by racing white clouds, clean blue skies, and bracing breeze, all on the shores of an iridescent Indian Ocean, at Priyadarshini Park. Morning Blues abstain from teacher and student while one and all send fervent thanks to whichever benevolent deity commandeered the cloud covered skies.

Across the tracks vociferous voices echo. Then, a sudden hush broken by running feet and wave upon wave of cheering follows the runners to the finish line, a moment’s lull and the victor rides high while exuberant parents and friends claim his place in the sun. Track races, relays, obstacles races, the final moment breathes joy. Medals, cups, trophies follow but nothing expresses the pure happiness of breaking through the ribbon, victorious; pure happiness transforms faces – student, parent, teacher alike. This day, in this peaceful corner of the buzzing metropolis, Sadhana celebrates its own arena of Olympian sprints, cyclothons, its own freestyle swimming. On the stands, spectators proclaim their moments of exultance with elation on their glowing faces – one wonders at that single instance; whether school sports or international meet, that one moment of triumph binds all.

A Republic Day celebration was held at SPJ Sadhana School on 29th January 2020. Our students portrayed a deeply touching and patriotic presentation detailing the values instilled through our constitution and the colours and flavours of India. In keeping with our many hued heritage, the students expressed our culture through drama, dance and song.

On 24th January 2020, Mr. Dharampal Poddar of the Rotary Club of Bomday Peninsula donated a sewing machine to the Visual Arts and Craft Department. Thank you Mr. Poddar!

On 23rd January 2020, the students and parents of the Prevocational Departments were invited to the CCI Club by Mr Ramesh Daswani to the Annual Celebration of Republic Day; an event greatly looked forward to by our students.

On 16th January 2020, Deepa Udiaver, one of our occupational therapists, presented a paper – “Effect of Balance and Co-ordination Exercises on Serving skills for students with special needs”, specially in context of the Hospitality and Catering Department. Dr. Deepa Udiaver was awarded the AIOTA Trophy (All India Occupational Therapist Association) for the best scientific paper in neuroscience.

This year the students of Grade III and IV participated in a “Sleepover at School” on 29th & 30th January 2020, to assess for and in survival skills. The stay was a part of the Formative year’s educational excursions. The day was planned with shopping activities at the NSCI super-market followed by lunch, after which they proceeded to the RBI Monetary Museum. The activities and peer interaction were influenced by the ABT therapy and set the mode for the day.

On 7th January 2020, B.Ed. students of the Suvidya Centre of Special Education visited SPJ Sadhana School and were oriented by Ms. Kashmira Vazifdar in the working of the school and its educational resources.

16 students from Hill Spring International School visited SPJ Sadhana School on Friday, 24th January 2020. They had brought with them various games and activities, such as Housie, Paper Quilling, Lego, Snakes & Ladders, and Chess. The students were divided across 3 of the Vocational Departments (Visual Arts & Craft department, Hospitality & Catering department and Office Procedure Course), and they interacted with our students using these games and activities. Our students thoroughly enjoyed playing and interacting with them, and many of them were able to learn something new.

On 16th January 2020, SPJ Sadhana School celebrated its biennial Sports Meet at Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai. The meet was attended by the Parents and well-wishers of students as well. The day began with an impressive March-Past and Flag Hoisting ceremony where Mr. Gopal Dave, Mrs. Devanshi Dave, Mr. Sanjay Poddar and Mr. Manoj Pandya of Rotary Club of Bombay Peninsula. Athletics and relays were exciting and fun filled as students competed with their peers in a spirit of commanderie. The parents were also surprised with races specially the Award Ceremony where all the students were commended.

On 22nd and 23rd January 2020, the Sports Coach and 6 students attended the Special Olympics Bharat Maharashtra Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation Life Saver Coaches Training.

22nd to 25th January 2020, the Sports Instructor Ms. Rajashri Ghosalkar attended the Special Olympics Bharat Advance Coaches Training Programme for swimming at the National Level, at the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai.

Aparmita Singh of Visual Arts and Craft has been appointed on Athlete In-put Council Member of Special Olympics Bharat from 23rd to 27th January 2020. Aparmita Singh and Mentor Gayatri Pore attended the Special Olympics Bharat Organized Athlete Leader Youth Activation Programme.

On 22nd January 2020, Mr. Michael Chung, Director of Community Outreach and Upper School Service, the Convent of the Sacred Heart on the 91st Street, New York, oriented the staff on the values and criteria of the Sacred Heart Society and how they have impacted the lives of the student body in the affiliated schools. Mr. Chung was greatly impressed by SPJ Sadhana School and called for close ties between the 2 institutions.