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Podar International School
Ratnagiri (CBSE)

School Events

Online Essay Writing Competition - 2020

“The pen is mightier than the sword”

Podar International School, Ratnagiri organized an online Essay Writing Competition for the students of Grades V to IX through Google Meet on 1st May 2020. The purpose of this competition was to encourage the students to enhance their thinking and writing skills, write persuasively and present well-connected ideas.

The topics for the competition were Corona Warriors- The pride of India, Nature’s voice during quarantine, Quarantine time- I discovered a new myself. The word limit for the essay writing competition was 100-150 words. The students were given the time limit of one hour to complete their essays. The essays were judged on the basis of the student’s content, grammar, spellings, logical sequencing, vocabulary and format. After the completion of the essay, students posted their writing on the whatsApp number of the respective subject teacher. The best three essays would be selected from each grade and would be awarded e-certificate.

In a nutshell, it was indeed an amazing experience for the students to exhibit their skills, creativity and express their views, concern and responsibility towards the society and the whole world in general.

Online Drawing Competition - 2020


Podar international school, Ratnagiri organized an Online Drawing Competition for the students of Grades I to IV on 1st May 2020 at 11 am to 12 pm through Google Meet.

Terms and conditions for the competition were already circulated to the parents through the circular. The topic for the online drawing competition was 'Stay Home, Stay Safe'. Registration of the participants was done before commencing Competition. The competition was conducted under the guidance of Honourable Principal Mr. Kirtikumar Deshmukh.

This was an open platform where students expressed their creativity and created the awareness about covid-19.

Virtual Open House - 2020

Podar International School Ratnagiri has organized Virtual Open House on Wednesday 1 April 2020. “Connecting home and school makes us a great community of learners.” To achieve the same the class teachers interacted through video calls with students and parents. The students and teachers were pleased to see each other. This initiative taken by school was well appreciated by parents.

Anger and Stress Management and POSH - 2020

To gain better understanding on one of the most fundamental, yet one of the most complicated emotion-Anger; a one day Workshop on ‘Anger and Stress Management and POSH’ was conducted at Podar International School, Ratnagiri on 14th March 2020 Saturday for the entire staff members(teaching and non-teaching faculty).

It was a truly unforgettable experience as we all were blessed with the esteemed presence of Mr. Avinash Lohar, Principal of Podar International School, Karad; who led the workshop. Seeking the blessings of divine Almighty he started the session by asking the participants to reflect on any past episode and identify changes in the body features when we express anger. He spoke about the ‘Anger triggers’ and explained the ‘Anger Cycle’. Through the balloon activity he made the staff realize how harmful this negative emotion can be to us. The session was full of activities and discussion which made it even more interesting. The 3 R’s to manage anger helped every one discover their ability to control anger.

The participants were divided into different groups to acquaint them with stressors. Stress is normally good as it promotes us to do the desired tasks but at times it can do more harm to us than good. Very humbly, sir gave an insight about the ‘Cognitive Triangle’, where thoughts, emotions and behavior are interlinked and if they are in sync, then one can lead a stress free life. More over the video session helped participants recognize the difference between De-stress and U-stress and they explored various techniques to manage stress. Tips, to lead the harmonious life were shared.

The audience also got to learn about the Policies on Sexual Harassment. They learnt to fix their distortions. Employees were informed about Internal committee, workplace & extended workplaces & their rights.

Building a strong culture that promotes happy work environment and values people, is what Podar stands for. The entire staff left on a happy note having learnt anger and stress management.It was in all a fruitful day.

Holi Celebrations - 2020

The glorious festival of Holi brings with it lots of thrill and excitement. The ‘queen of festivals’ was celebrated with much enthusiasm at Podar International School, Ratnagiri on 9th March 2020.

A special assembly was observed to celebrate the colours of life. On this auspicious occasion, students of Grade II presented a stunning dance performance.

The Konkani people of Maharashtra celebrate Holi in a unique way by celebrating ‘Shimga’. A festival in which Gods and Goddesses arrive at everyone’s house in ‘Palakhi’ or Palanquins. A colourful procession of people dances alongside the Palkhis with staunch devotions, seeking the blessings of the deities. This tradition of Maharashtra was presented with raw pulsating energy by the students who highlighted the cultural and social significance of Holi. Through their mime act the teachers emphasized the use of eco-friendly colours. In a bid to protect the environment, the teachers address urged the students to play dry holi and ensure that no water is wasted during Holi revelry. The co-ordinator spoke of the scientific significance behind the celebration of Holi. India is losing the forest cover, so the students were urged to plant more trees and spread the colour of green. Through her address she highlighted the human nature of compassion, love and asked the students to spread the colours of happiness with unity and goodwill.

Special Assembly 'Women's Day Celebration' - 2020

‘A woman is a symbol of love, God’s finest and beautiful creation.’ This is what the students of Podar International School, Ratnagiri expressed lovingly to their teachers, didis and other women as they celebrated the International Women’s Day on Saturday 7th March, 2020.

A special assembly was held, which paid tribute to the Iron ladies of India, Dr. Anandibai Joshi, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Mother Teressa, Indira Gandhi, Savitri bai Phule and so on. The students welcomed the gathering with a scintillating dance performance. The dance presented by students of Grade VII and VIII not only entertained one and all, but also made everyone realize the great power women possess. Students of Grade VII and VIII, through the drama spoke about how wonderfully and enthusiastically a woman carries out all her responsibilities. Our beloved Principal, saluted the multi tasking ability of all the women and acknowledged their efforts and dedication, they put in; to make every task an accomplished one. Our honourable Principal shared his childhood experience and motivated the students to appreciate every woman in their life. The students’ Council felicitated every woman, staff members who look into their every need and acknowledged their contribution towards the Podar family.

The male staff members arranged for a small and sweet programme highlighting the women importance of empowerment. The significance of the day was highlighted by Pravin Sir. Abhijeet Sir, through the special poem written by them which touched everyone hearts. It was a moment for all me women to pause and focus on themselves. Everyone enjoyed the light moments singing, dancing, and playing games like musical chair and passing the ball. The celebration came to an end with a sumptuous treat of an ice-cream. It’s rightly quoted, “An empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.”

Thematic Unit: Our Solar System - Culminating Event - 2020

The culminating event for the Thematic Unit: Our Solar System was held on 3rd March 2020 at Podar International School, Ratnagiri for Grade II.

This event focused on all that the students have been learning during two weeks.

For the event, the students of Grade II had come to school dressed as astronauts. Students enjoyed singing and dancing on the ‘Space song’. Each student got an opportunity to introduce themselves as an astronaut and share what they have learnt about space and what they liked the most about the unit.

They spoke about the solar system, its planets, Sun, Moon and its phases and other interesting things present in the Solar System.

This event aroused curiosity and sparked the interest of our students in the outer space giving them an opportunity to explore the amazing and mysterious space in a creative way.

Parivartan Drive 'Celebrating Life' - 2020

Podar International School, Ratnagiri organized a special drive on creating awareness about Mindfulness, Stress Management and Self-Awareness on 29th February, 2020 .This grand culminating event was segregated into two sections viz. Walkathon which was held in the morning and Parivartan Drive at Sansare garden, Nana Naani Park, Maruti Mandir. The students participated enthusiastically in this culminating event titled ‘PARIVARTAN’ under the theme “Pursuit of Happiness” to talk about the importance of knowing one’s internal self, which is one of the most important ways of creating a positive influence in one’s life and surroundings.

The students of Grades II to VIII participated in Walkathon in the morning at Maruti Mandir, 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. during the school hours. The students commenced the walkathon from Natyagrugha to Malnaka. Balloons were released by the special guest Mr.Anil Vibhute Police Inspector, District Traffic Department, Ratnagiri which symbolized a very powerful image, a way of helping to create a ceremony of remembering, release of grief and celebration of life.

‘Parivartan’- The event which was organized in the evening at 5.30 p.m to 7 p.m commenced with a song ‘Love you Zindagi’ which truly justified the adage “Life is a journey that is meant to be embraced to the fullest every day.” The students presented a skit on moral values which highlighted the importance of virtues embedded in human beings. A rocking dance performance on puppet dance and western dance filled the atmosphere with zeal and enthusiasm. Later, the students also presented a Mime Act on ‘Son of the Soil’ depicting the importance of food and farmer’s untiring efforts. The importance of Visualization- A powerful resource, was demonstrated through the experiment Mindful jar. The event concluded with a flash mob to convey the message of the theme and asked the people to support the cause of ‘Celebrating Life’.

The revered Principal Mr. Kritikumar Deshmukh said, “If we are constantly thinking about our problems, we miss out on the beautiful moments of our lives. We all need to take a moment every day and learn to savour the small and the simple moments that our lives entail. We should stop from time to time and learn to appreciate the moments which make our lives beautiful.”

The support and cooperation from the traffic police and public motivated the school to conduct the campaign. It was indeed an amazing and blissful experience to be witnessed.

Special Assembly 'Marathi Rajbhasha Din Celebration' - 2020

Marathi Rajbhasha Din was observed on 27th February in honour of the famous Marathi poet ‘Kusumagraj’ through a special assembly in the Podar International School Ratnagiri. The assembly commenced with the prayer followed by school song and the pledge. The students of Ventus house presented a dance on the song ‘Me Marathi’. Further, the teacher of Ventus house addressed the students emphasizing the pivotal role played by Kusumagraj in the field of Marathi literature. Later, the Principal of the school inspired the students through his motivating speech.

Express Yourself Activity 'Theme - The Pursuit of Happiness' - 2020

Under the Theme ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ Unwrapping Life Philosophies from Around the World - The students got a glimpse of the different philosophies followed around the world.

Through this activity of ‘My Gratitude Journal’ students of Grade 1 and 2 appreciated their lives, families and the world around them. They wrote and even illustrated about the people and things that they are grateful to. Students of Grades 3 & 4 participated in a Develop and Showcase – ‘The Sound of Emotions’ activity. They expressed their emotions through music by using the available materials and ways to create a melody for the particular ‘emotion’ allotted to them. At the end of the session, all the students collaborated to create the ‘sound of emotions’ recital.

The topic for Grades 5 &6 was ‘Paint and Origami’. Through this activity, students learnt how to be aware of their own emotions and learn to accept their feelings rather than indulging in an attitude of accepting defeat easily.

Students of Grades 7&8 patched up a quilt. Through this activity, students learn that it is important to come face to face with rejections in order to reach our full potential.

Students expressed themselves creatively and understood that life has many shades. If there’s happiness, there’s also going to be sorrow, if there’s joy, there’s also going to be hardships in life which are mere steeping stones to achieve success.