In an effort to enhance the talents and creativity of the pupils, Clubs and Societies play a vital role. Pupils from classes 9 to 12 are allowed to choose a club or society of their interest and get themselves engaged constructively in the scheduled time with the proper guidance provided by the teachers. School provides various platforms to the pupils over the year to showcase their talent on stage to the school community. To name a few, Inter house debates, quiz, one-act play competition etc are organized in the various levels of the school. At present we have twenty five clubs and societies functional in the school. To name a few we have Art Club, Chess Club, Film Appreciation Society
, Journalism Club etc.
The Art Department with three of its mentors and teachers motivate the students in the activity and society to be creative and innovative because the Art Society at AVS believes in letting imagination flow on the canvas with paints and bright colours. The Art Society has organized the Lower School Inter-house Sculpture Competition, Painting Competition along with a host of Inter—school Art Competitions namely the All India Drawing Competition and the Jindal Art Fest and more to come. This year, in Clubs and Societies, we are working on beautifying the Main School Building by touching up the existing Art works and making new ones as well as creating new Art works for various other purposes.
Teacher in-charge(s): Mr. Milan Moshahary, Mr. Chinmoy Goswami and Mr. Ritochit Barua
In the hectic schedule of The Assam Valley School, the aviators get the venue and the time
where they can indulge their passion which is reading. The students read different genres of books, of course guided by the mistress in charge. We sometimes discuss the books they read and share with the group why the book is a ‘must read’ in their list of books. Sometimes we, including me, simply indulge in the silence and the ambience prevailing and this atmosphere is understood only by book lovers of the school. The silence is broken only by the occasional muted sound of the turning of the pages.
This club came into being only because the aviators who are absolutely crazy about reading, wanted to read without the outside world,that does not understand their passion, invading their privacy.
In today’s world where reading seems to be last on the agenda in the young adult’s life, we at The Assam Valley School can boast and say that is not the case in our little world.
Teacher in-charge: Mrs. V. Watts
"Chess is in many ways like life itself." "It's all condensed in a playful manner in a game format and it's extremely fascinating because first of all I'm in control of my own destiny, I'm in charge. You have to be responsible for your actions, you make a move, you had better think ahead about what's going to happen, not after it happens, because then it's too late. Chess teaches discipline from a very early age. It teaches you to have a plan and to plan ahead. If you do that, you'll be rewarded; if you break the rules, you will get punished in life and in chess. You need to learn the rules to break the rules."-
Susan Polgar, 4 time World Champion and founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation
At The Assam Valley School, Chess is offered for both the Upper School as well as the lower School as an Activity option as well as a Club and Society program.The players are given an opportunity to compete with their peers in a time period of one hour, forty five minutes, to hone their skills. The master-in-charge provides strategic inputs for improving the style and explains the various popular strategies for the opening, middle and the end game.
The School is in contact with the Assam Chess Club, to enable our players a state, national and an international platform to help them realize their full potential.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. Amar Mathur
Debating Society (English)
‘For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, DEBATE’, Margaret Heffernan.
Public speaking is one of the greatest fears people face these days. The Debating Society in The Assam Valley School strives to make young minds inquisitive and thoughtful along with instilling the ability to air an informed opinion. We motivate students to think logically and argue confidently. With the help of various topics, activities and games we make the sessions informative, interactive and fun-filled. We hold various internal debating events like the Lower & Upper School Inter-house Debates, The Head of School’s Gold Medal Debate, Community Debates and a grand external event, The East India Debates.
Teacher in-charge: Dr. Pooja Jain
Film Appreciation Society
In order to promote film appreciation and the love for cinema the Assam Valley School had initiated the Film Appreciation Society.
The Film Appreciation Society of The Assam Valley School is a platform and a space provided to pupils of different beliefs and ideologies, likes and dislikes come together to share a cinematographic experience. The language of cinema is universal which crosses all boundaries. The society makes an attempt to make one aware of the potential of cinema and empower the audience aiming towards a more enriching experience. It has bee n formed to encourage the appreciation of film from the point of view of art and education, as well as entertainment. The main aim of this Society is to enhance their knowledge, develop their character, broaden their perspective and help shape their lives as citizens of future generation and, at the same time, justify their right to entertainment through film. We screened films to the whole school community from time to time. As a boarder there could be two reasons for joining the society-those who love to watch films and those who want to break a monotonous life of the boarding school. The society, at present, has 40 members.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. A.S Huidrom
Hindi Debating Society
The Hindi Debating Society consists of a handful of sincere and dedicated students. Besides learning finer nuances of debating the children learn many other things. They learn not only to develop their logical and thinking skills but also develop confidence to put forward their arguments in a language they usually do not use much. In this way, they increase their knowledge in different subjects and also develop their vocabulary in Hindi.
We look forward to more budding debaters in the future and more participation in Inter House and Invitational Hindi Debates.
Teacher in-charge(s): Dr. R. K. Mishra and Mr. P. K. Singh
Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.
Interact Club of The Assam Valley School has been formed only in March 2014 and presently it has 149 members and it has taken up the following projects:
- Donation of Text Books and customised Stationery items among the students of the Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust School at Harchurah
- Organised a Dental Camp at Harchurah to identify the children who need further treatment and sending them to the dental camp organised by the Rotary Club of Tezpur
- Organised a Substance Abuse Workshop with the Kripa Foundation at Nepali Gaon.
- Organised Fundraisers at The Assam Valley School jointly with the Social Service League.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. Debnath Pyne
Through IT Club the department of ICT has given a platform to the young aviators to prepare themselves for national level IT competitions by giving them the opportunity to explore and learn Video Editing, Web Site Designing, Slide Presentation Skills, Image-Editing and Cartoon Making. Through this club the aviators can excel and exhibit their innate talent in the field of IT.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. Dulu Dutta
In the Indian Music vertical of Clubs and Societies, the Upper and Lower School students are learning Indian Classical Music, Hymns and Songs on various instruments like Violin, Hawaiian Guitar, Sitar, Sarod, Santoor and Flute. In the Vocal category, pupils are learning Indian Classical, Semi classical, Bhajan, Folk Songs, Patriotic and Contemporary Songs. In percussion instruments, Tabla Students learn different Taals. The opportunity to gain hand-on training on various other percussion instruments is also provided to the interested pupils.
Teacher in-charge(s): Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Mr. Pranjal Saikia and Mr.Pranjal Baruah
The Assam Valley School Express (AVE) is the chronicler of all School events. It captures the life, times and spirit of the Aviator reflecting his actions,voicing her thoughts and most essentially chalking the image of a School in the making. At AVE, one get a first hand experience at Print Journalism understanding the nuances attached with this high pressured result oriented profession. Here one learns to juggle between deadlines and design progrmmes to editing and copy writing but most essentially at AVE, one learns the idealism that goes behind becoming a Professional. We are not an Activity, we are a Lifestyle.
Teacher in-charge: Sarmistha P Sarkar
Kids for Tigers
This club is a part of the environmental education programme launched by Sanctuary Asia in the year 2000. This programme aims to bring about the vital connection between the survival of the tigers and ecological security of Indian subcontinent. The idea behind this club is “We cannot save the tiger unless we save its forests. If we save its forests, we wind up saving the subcontinent’s most precious water sources. And if we save our water sources, we save ourselves”.
The aim of the club is to create awareness about the importance of conservation. Slide shows, nature walks, short movies and camps are used to stimulate the interest in nature among the students. Notice boards are also used as an effective tool in keeping the pupils and teachers informed. Kids for Tigers do not believe that children must wait to become adults before taking charge of their destinies. They are encouraged to make their voices heard, to write to powerful decision-makers and influence their own families and communities.
Teacher in-charge: Mrs. J. Macdonald
Knitting and Needlework Society
Knitting and Needlework Society aims to teach Aviators the skill of an ‘age old hobby’. We teach our students the basics of making gloves, table-cloths, sweaters and other household items with designs and patterns.
Teacher in-charge(s): Mrs. Urmimala Mukhoti & Mrs. Mamta Mishra
MUN Club is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. V. P. Rao
The Ornithology Club is a group whose mission is to promote the study and appreciation of wild birds and encourage their conservation.
The Ornithology club comprises individuals with keen interest, from beginners to experts in bird identification. Apart from bird identification, members are also imparted the knowledge of bird behaviour and habitat, whereas, for some it is just a pleasure watching birds and listing them. It amazes the students when they get together and in fun and play how they get to learn about a beautiful creation of God and Nature. The club also encourages students to be close to nature and appreciate the creations and be kind to them. Club activities make learning about birds fun!
Teacher in-charge: Mr. Umesh Kumar
The Quiz Club takes pride in being one of the most proactive and popular clubs among the student clubs of The Assam Valley School. Quiz Club provides a wonderful opportunity to Aviators to explore information not only about the current affairs but also to explore the human history dwelling in the realm of bygone era.
Comprising twenty members, the club is dedicated to preparing and hosting quality quizzes for the student population on the campus. Equipped with events ranging from quizzes such as Sports Quiz, Science Quiz, Mathe-magics among others to the Annual General Quiz, the club offers a competing platform for the knowledge-hungry students. The gamut of activities include the Quiz Day ( an Inter-House event ) to quizzes covering specific themes, such as business, sports, literature, fine arts, entertainment, history and politics. The Quiz Club rocks in the School campus. With a motivated team of members and an encouraging response from the students, the Quiz Club promises to cultivate a passion for quizzing among the participants.
Teacher In-charge : Dr. Sunil Rai
The agenda of scientific society is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The society looks forward to pair scientific excellence with social responsibilities and awareness.
This society will work to build scientific capacities by various hands on experiments and will develop innovative ways to connect science to society by various study trips and group discussions on current issues in front of science and technology.
It will make science- (a) more attractive (b) raise awareness of young minds for innovation and further open up research and innovation activities.
Teacher In-charge(s) : Dr. Alpana Dey, Md. Sazid Zaman Ahmed and Ms. Debjani P. Nath
Think Tank Club:
Think Tank is a research institute or organization employed to solve complex problems or predict or plan future developments, as in military, political, or social areas.
The Assam valley School offers its students a wide variety of enrichment activities. As a part of Clubs and Societies, one of the programs is called THINK TANK and is available once in two weeks from 3:45 p.m. to 04.45 p.m. The program provides relevant, current, effective training that will ensure a realistic opportunity for students to be productive persons in social and family life.
- To further tolerance
- To challenge youth towards national understanding
- To encourage youth towards further learning
- To provide self-knowledge and awareness
The national educational exchange program is the perfect example of experiential education at an age needing to venture from family comfort zones but with parameters enforced by quality oversights and educational experience.
Teacher in-charge: Mr. B. Moses Herick
The Choir Club:
Western Vocal “The Choir” is a genre of music performed by one or more singers, with or without instrumental accompaniments, in which vocal performance provides the main focus of the piece. The Choir typically features sung words called lyrics through vocal types like Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Contralto in females and Tenor, Bass in Males.
Western Vocal Music is probably the oldest form of music, since it does not require any instrument besides the human voice. All musical cultures have some form of vocal music.
Under “The Choir Club” of The Assam Valley School students are learning different forms of vocal music with different vocals types, and getting opportunities to perform in various levels of stage performances like Assemblies, Inter-House Competitions, Founders Day, Rock Fests and many more.
Teacher in-charge: Mr Arvind Benjamin
The Young Global Citizen Club:
This started as a new initiative at The Assam Valley School in the month of May 2012. It was the outcome of the British Council’s Young Global Citizen Summit 2012, held for the first time, at Sai International School, Bhubaneswar in the 26th -29th January. The Summit was an amazing forum in which students from 100 different School all over India along with their teachers got to interact. The student representatives from AVS Anali Ambani Baruah, Pritika Angelika Chittaranjan and Archit Harlalka, along with yours truly as the teacher in-charge, got the opportunity to choose and attend amongst twelve different workshops like Big Dance, Royal Shakespeare, and Youth Leadership, 100 Words Play, Presentation and Communication etc., conducted by various facilitators from U.K. but also to display our talents in various forums.
Dr. Hemashree Deka, Chair Dept. of Environmental Education took the initiative along with Dr. Kuljeet Singh, of starting this new Club at AVS with the aim to train its members about Global Cultures and connecting to Schools all over and to open from their shells and think out of the box. The Global Citizens’ Club provides the platform for young people in school to acquire new skills, perspectives and a positive attitude to develop as responsible and confident global citizens ready for live and work in the 21st century.
The Club started with an Ice –breaking session through which every one has to open up and learn about each other. Then it proceeded to musical sessions talking about views on World Hits and had the thrilling session of Big Dance where every one got in to the rhythmic steps of portraying the various sports played at the London Olympics. In other sessions of the Club two unusual forms of theater like ‘Forum Theater’ and ‘100 Words play’ were taught.
The Club members staged itself in front of the entire school on 27th July, 2012 by performing the 100 Word Play as filler for the Inter-House dance competition. The Club will be grooming the members on various new aspects and showcasing in future the other activities conducted within the Club. Thus making a little effort to make the young people ready as Global Citizens!
Teacher in-charge (s): Dr. Hemashree Deka & Dr. Kuljeet Singh
Theater and Dramatics
Theater Dramatics is offered to the whole school and is a fun and engaging activity. Students are encouraged to participate, voice, enact and do all things on stage/arena that lets their creativity flow. The activity encourages spontaneity as well as discipline, technique, intellectual development on social contexts. Our approach combines vocal and physical training, extensive work on the written word, and appreciation of style, use of lights and sounds on stage with a fierce commitment to emotional honesty, immense physical energy, and imaginative daring. Students are also taught to voice record and dub.
The students then participate in various theater and dance drama related activities throughout the year, namely in the Hindi Summer Production; Inter-House One Act Plays; Founders’ Productions like Assamese Ballet, Hindi Play and English Play; Street Theater Initiatives, School Assemblies as well as IPSC events. Further outlook is to hold extended theater workshops by resource personnel in school for the students.
Teacher in-charge(s): Mr. Abhinav Gogoi, Mr. Debnath Pyne and Ms. Jemsi Dodum
The Maths Colloquium
This activity is designed to nurture mathematical talent in the school and is intended for senior students. It aims at the larger objective of motivating students to recognize and enjoy the pleasures of mathematical pursuit. The purpose of this activity is not to saturate the student with unnecessary matter, but to broaden the knowledge and skills base so that, in due course, the student can see deeper into things, with a greater degree of comfort.
Teacher in-charge(s): Mr. S. Ansari & Mr. Bandopadhyay