First Help : Be Aware and Act

Think of all those times we fell off a bicycle while learning to ride. After quickly cleaning the wound and applying pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding, we got right back on and resumed practice. From small cuts to strokes, initial help at the time of occurrence can make a difference.

First-Aid is the help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available. First-Aid not only saves lives but also reduces the recovery period as the intensity of the condition is minimised. During instances in which the medical treatment is delayed, giving first-aid ensures that the injury or sickness does not worsen. Being trained in first-aid equips people to help others and sometimes even themselves. Living in an unsure and busy world, everyone is bound to come across upon people who require medical attention and thus, first-aid becomes an immediate necessity.

The Redcross society is an international voluntary humanitarian organisation to protect human life and health. In their archives is the anecdote of Sam Hilton, an American who, on her way back home from work, found a profusely bleeding man lying by the road. Sam recognised the man as one of her neighbours and immediately called for the ambulance. Trained in providing first-aid, she rolled him on his side, tilted his neck back and used her hoody to apply pressure on the wound. The man was soon taken to the hospital and later thanked Sam by presenting a new hoody. As is apparent from this real-life first-aid story, even ordinary items can prove to be life-savers when used appropriately.

First-aid help is commonly given for cuts/scrapes, burn, insect bite/sting, splinter, sunburn, nosebleed, sprains, strains, tears, fractures, choking and so on. For most of these, the tools in a first-aid kit should come handy – plasters, anti-septic cream, triangular bandages, crepe-rolled bandages, digital thermometer, cough medicine, eye wash and eye bath etc. Although these can be referred to as minor medical situations, there are conditions that require major procedures. One of them is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, shortened as CPR. This is the widely popular first aid done for victims of sudden cardiac arrest and some forms of arrhythmia.

First aid rooms or medical rooms are established in schools, where someone who is injured or taken ill on the premises is given the initial medical help.  St. Andrews School has well-equipped medical rooms across the campuses with trained medical professionals to provide necessary first-aid to the students in times of emergency. A number of comfortable beds are made available for boys and girls separately under the supervision of qualified medical in-charges. A unique feature of St. Andrews School that places it a notch over the other schools in the twin cities is the ambulance service for the students. In cases of emergencies where they require immediate medical treatment, students are taken to the nearest hospitals in these ambulances.

Training on first-aid can come handy in any circumstance, be it with friends or family, neighbor or a stranger. In place of helplessness, a timely act often proves to be crucial. Be aware and act.

 

From the bottom of our hearts

The morning of 5th September started off with the senior students posing as “clones” for each teacher at St. Andrews School, Keesara and taking over their responsibilities. In addition to that, the students put together a spectacular show comprising of dance, drama and music laced with laughter making it a memorable day for the teachers.

As a tribute, the students rendered two songs that were penned and composed by them. The teachers also received exclusive bookmarks handmade by the students.

Principal Ms. Renuka Masih appreciated the students, on behalf of the teaching staff, for their efforts and gestures. She promised them that the teachers would always be in front, leading them and cheering them on and will have their back at all times. The day ended with class parties organised by the students for their respective teachers.

 

Lead, Kindly Light

By remembering the words of W.B. Yeats “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”, the students of classes 9 to 12 of St. Andrews School, Bowenpally commenced their Teacher’s Day celebrations. As a means of honouring the teachers, the students lined up a variety of programmes for their amusement and entertainment.

 

A hilarious skit exposed the contrast between the life led by the previous generation and the current, while touching upon modernisation that has crept into every household. A bunch of energetic boys and girls presented two dance performances that thrilled the audience. “Hard Comedy”, a group of four boys performed a hilarious standup comedy on the life of an average student, cracking up the teachers and students alike. “Don’t you worry, child…”, a group song on the unconditional love of teachers moved the hearts of many.

Eshaan Sangyan of Class 10 and Karanpreet Kaur of Class 12 recited poems written by them as token of honour for all the teachers throughout their schooling. A dance performed to the songs that dominated the 90s and the early 2000s captivated the teachers with a retro feel. “One more light” was rendered by the students, sending out love to the guiding lights that led their way. The audience joined the singers and guitarists for the final song performance penned and composed by them.

The celebrations concluded with the Principal Ms.Shamita Bhattacharya appreciated the students for the efforts put in for the show. She wished the teaching faculty and said that they had the calling to the highest profession in the world. The whole day was orchestrated by the students as their way of thanking the teachers who guide them through the maze of life.

When Little can do a Lot

The more we get together,

The happier we’ll be…

Cause your friends are my friends

And my friends are your friends,

The more we get together,

The happier we’ll be…

Lessons imparted to children have a lasting impact while growing up.  When they are taught and shown how to be kind, humble and empathetic, they are being moulded to become a better generation. With the news of Kerala floods all over, the students of St. Andrews School decided to come together and do their part by contributing for the state. Under the umbrella of Youth For Service (YFS), a “Newspaper Collection Drive” was organised, the proceeds of which was forwarded to the flood relief fund.

Newspapers began pouring in from day one, brought in by students of classes LKG to 12th. In small numbers and large, the three schools witnessed old newspapers piling up over the week. The selfless act of aiding people in need reflected on the faces of children as they eagerly engaged in bundling them up. The junior school child, who brought his pocket money to contribute towards the fund, warmed many a heart. It was an atmosphere of giving and sharing, of working as a team and being a responsible part of humanity.

The role of parents and teachers cannot be marginalised in this endevour. Parents have extended exceptional support and the teachers not only encouraged students to donate, they also walked the talk with generous contributions. By being a source of inspiration in times of adversity and steering the young ones to do the right thing, they have played a huge part in this collection drive.

St. Andrews School has never shied away from giving students the opportunity to serve the community and promote unity. We believe that our responsibility is not restrained within academics and developing their talents, but also moulding them to be better citizens of the world. St. Andrews School stands by Kerala during these adverse times and we will always stand together to ensure a better tomorrow.

Climbing up the ladder: GH Vihari

Success achieved with a formidable combination of talent and hard work cannot be ignored or forgotten. For Gade Hanuma Vihari, selection to the Indian Cricket Team came as a reward for the years of hard work he had put in since his school days.  St. Andrews School has witnessed the growth of this emerging cricketer starting from being a part of the school team.

Vihari started playing cricket at the tender age of six and since then, he has been consistently practicing and ready to go the extra mile to improve his performance. Vihari’s father passed away when he was just 12, yet he smashed an unbeaten 82 runs on the following day, winning the Inter-school trophy for St. Andrews. Soon afterwards, he played U-16, U-19, U-22 age groups and Ranji Trophy when he was only 17. He also had a short but fruitful stint playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, of which scalping Chris Gayle’s wicket is the most memorable moment. Having played for India U-19 team that won the Junior World Cup in 2012, being part of India ‘A’ against England and South Africa, the world record of highest first-class average of 59.79, captaining the Andhra team and the triple-century scored in Ranji, were the steps that took him closer to his dream of playing for India.

While Vihari is known to be hardworking, sincere and passionate on field, he is a selfless and family-centered person. Having undergone struggles and sacrifices while growing up, he dedicates his success to his supportive family who prioritised his interests and moved their base to Hyderabad. Vihari was trained under John Manoj of St. John’s Cricket Academy and R. Sridhar, the fielding coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Constantly pushing himself beyond comfort zones and exhibiting better performances, Vihari has earned himself a permanent place in the hearts of Andrewites.

GH Vihari at the St. Andrews School Carnival

With his maiden call-up to the team, the England test series will prove to be a crucial game changer. Consistency and effort can seal his position in the national team with the performance of these two test matches. St. Andrews School believes that talent and the right amount of hard work can reap desirable results. The School has always been supportive of all the upcoming achievers and is strongly rooting for G.H.Vihari.