Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar
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Sri Sathya Sai Vidhya Vihar (Telugu: శ్రీ సత్య సాయి విద్య విహార) is a school in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The school began functioning in 1984. It was opened by the district collector Sri Ajey Kallam. The school began its mission mainly based on the teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The school has an area of 1.99 acres (8,100 m2) with a circular structure as its main building and adjoining it is an 'L' shaped block which houses the multipurpose yoga hall, science labs, the Vice Principal's room, kindergarten and other classes. It also has a library that has more than 3000 books, a reading room, an art room and an indoor sports room. The round building houses the computer lab, Principal's room, visitors room, audio visual room and the office room. Also enclosed in the campus is a prayer hall (mandir) for conducting religious and service activities.
Though the school is not directly affiliated with the central trust of Sri Sathya Sai Organisations, Prasanthi Nilayam, it does receive guidance from these quarters. The school is under the State Trust of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations. The head of the governing body is Sri.G.K.Mukunda Rao. Other members of the committee include Sri.S.G.Chalam the State President of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, Andhra Pradesh,Late Sri D.S.N.Murthy,Late Sri V.R.Reddi, Sri.N.Prasad Rao, Sri Anjanaiah and Sri.Ranga Rao.
The first principal was Mrs. Prameela Abburi (1984 - 2000). She was succeeded by Mrs. A. Kausalya, who continues to be the principal till date. Mr. P. Purnanand serves the school as its present Vice-Principal.
The school runs under the CBSE system of education teaching from L.K.G through standard 10. The school follows comprehensive evaluation system for the primary sections so as to avoid the examination stress. The school achieved an aggregate of 97% for the academic year 2008-2009 in the CBSE standard 10 board examinations. Out of the 88 students that appeared for the exam in 2009 36 students secured more than 90% and all of them passed in first class. During the academic year 2010-11, Out of 99 students that appeared Class X CBSE Board Exam 20 students secured 10 out of 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average).
There are four houses, all students are members of one of these: Sathya :- meaning Truth - Yellow, Dharma :- meaning Right Conduct - Red, Shanthi:- meaning Peace - Blue, Prema :- meaning Love - Green. The students of these houses compete against each other for house marks. The house with the highest marks wins the 'Best House Award'. The other categories for awards are:-
- Best House in Academics
- Best House in Sports
- Best House in Saturday Special
- Best House in Marching
- Best House in Discipline
The school has courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and throwball, with tennis and chess equipment in the indoor sports room. Matches are held between the houses in all of the sports events.
The 'Saturday Special' is held on the last Saturday of every month in which the students compete against the students of other houses in events like quiz, dumb charades, singing, and playing musical instruments.
To promote and protect the Indian culture, the school has formed a heritage club under the INTACH Visakhapatnam chapter. It was named 'SHREYAS' and promotes awareness among the Vizagities about the local heritage. The school conducted a 5 km long 'Heritage Walk' from the school campus to the Hawa Mahal via the 'Kurupam Monument' fondly known as the 'Taj Mahal' Of Visakhapatnam.
The school has an audio-visual room which houses musical instruments and audio equipment. Devotional and refreshing music is played during recess and during the morning assembly.
The school's morning assembly includes talks by faculty and students, and music sessions. Every Thursday there is a Bhajan session which is in line with the activities of Sri Sathya Sai Organizations. Other days morning assemblies includes singing songs of all the religions, and chanting of hymn.
The school has been awarded the INTACH 'Best School Heritage Award' for the years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. The school won the INTACH Heritage Quiz Award for the year 2006-2007 and were the runners up in the year 2007-2008.
The students of the school won the Ahamakia award for which the students got to meet the former President Of India His Excellency A.P.J.Kalam on his visit as the President to The Fleet Review on 12 February 2006 at the Manasi Auditorium NSTL, Visakahapatnam. On 13 March 2009, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam came to the school.
Other awards include the Bharath Vikas Parishad Award for singing.
The alumni organization is called as Students of Sai(SOS). As stated in the website "Students of Sai" of the organization, the main mission behind this organization is to serve the needy and assist the newer generations of students. A discussion board called "SoS Connect" is also accessible from the website once a user logs in, enabling alumni to discuss career counselling, connect with their batchmates, find old memories of their school life, and know when the next reunion dates and plans.
The batch of 1990 (Second batch to pass out) met in December 2011 in hyderabad and elected the following office bearers:
Alumni wishing to join, contact these folks. Current items on the agenda are a 25th year reunion and a yearbook.
- http://www.studentsofsai.org "Students of Sai"