Progress of restoration at Omega
After the recent floods, huge efforts have been undertaken by our teachers and staff to bring the school back to operation as early as possible. The work was limited to the ground floor facilities on campus, the upper floors not being affected in any way.
As a result of their handwork over the last week, the following progress has been achieved
- All the hostels (which were not affected to begin with) are ready for occupation
- Drinking water supply has been restored since all the R.O units are located on the roof
- Power supply has been restored to the classrooms that are functional
- The kitchen and laundry are functional
- The campus is completely secure
As a matter of abundant precaution, we have staggered the reopening of the classes. I would like to point out of the following to parents of students in Class 12
- CBSE is unlikely to consider any postponement of exams for Class 12
- All city based schools, which have also lost a month of class time, have reopened last Monday, as we have.
- Practical examinations for the CBSE Board examinations are set to happen between the 1st and 15th of February 2016. Between now and then, students have to complete untaught portions and appear for revision exams.
- Our teachers have expressed their concern in this regard and have committed to working extended hours and also on weekends. The school will remain open through the christmas holiday season this year.
- Finally, if your wards do not report back to class on or before 21.12. 2015, they will find it difficult to perform well in the CBSE Board examinations. We request your cooperation in this regard, while assuring you that we have done, and will do, all that is possible to keep your children healthy and safe.
With best regards,
Dr S. Bhavanishankar
Changes to the reopening schedule (Class XII)
In view of the loss of time owing to the rains and flooding, we intend to reopen school for Class XII (CBSE and A Level IGCSE students), 14.12. 2015
Students are requested to report atfor classes. Boarders are requested to report to the hostel by the evening of 13.12. 2015
Reopening dates for all other classes are as mentioned in the previous post. Thank you.
School Reopening Notice
After the recent floods, restoration work is now underway at Omega in preparation for reopening.
Parents and students are requested to note that a staggered reopening of the school has been planned, details of which are given below:
For classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 – On 21.12.2015
For classes 5, 6, 7 and 8 – On 28. 12. 2015
For classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and KG/Montessori – On 4.1.2016
Parents are requested to prepare their wards for assessments through routine assignments on content already taught prior to closure. Further information in this regard will be posted on the school’s website on 12.12.2015.
Please check the school’s website and official Facebook page regularly www.facebook.com/omegaintlschool) for further updates and information.
Flood Relief Appeal
Over the past few weeks, Chennai has been experiencing torrential rainfall and the worst flood in over a hundred years, causing immeasurable damage to lives and property.
Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, home to around 5000 students and 300 staff, has been severely affected by the floods. On the night of 1st December 2015, government officials opened up one of the feeder reservoirs to the city (Chembarambakkam) with no prior warning or evacuation notice, flooding our entire campus and all surrounding areas including Manapakkam in a matter of hours. Since the floodwater had inundated the ground floor of all our buildings with water levels as high as 7 ft., 250 hostel students had to be evacuated to safety by boats at midnight and on the following day.
All our ground floor classrooms, laboratories, accounts department, stores, IT rooms, health rooms, laundry facility, two diesel gensets of 160 and 250 KVA capacity and our fleet of buses were submerged in flood water for several days. Our library of more than 10000 books, hundreds of which had been lovingly collected for the children by our founder Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, is now completely destroyed with not a single book left to salvage. The homes of several of our teachers and staff have been badly damaged, forcing them to seek shelter elsewhere. The nearby village where most of our housekeeping and service staff live was washed away almost entirely.
The water has now receded, leaving behind chaos, stinking filth and mammoth tasks for us to perform. Electricity has not yet been restored to Kolapakkam. However, we have started restoration work at school with the most inspiring and loving support of our staff. With all of us working together, we are confident that Omega will be back on its feet in a few weeks.
In this collective effort, we are in need of any help on offer and would greatly appreciate all contributions that you wish to make. Details for making a donation are given below:
Account Holder Name: Lalaji Memorial Educational Society
Account number: 1244155000119921
Karur Vysya Bank
FCRA a/c: 20257128305
Swift code: ALLAINBBADR
Please email confirmation to: Accountsmgr@omegaschools.org
Once you have made a contribution, please email confirmation to: firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the donation to receive a formal receipt. Donations made in India are exempt from taxation under Section 80-G.
Please share this with your family and friends who may also be willing and able to contribute. Thank you.
P R Krishna
Changes in the calendar and timings
The recent disruption caused by excessive rains and floods has compelled closure of school for an extended period of time. In order to realize the academic objectives planned for the year 2015-16, the following changes in the calendar and timings have been proposed for the rest of the academic session.
1. Extension of School Time w.e.f. Monday, the 30th November, 2015
- Classes IV-XII report at 07:45 hours and exit at 15:55 hours
- Classes I- III report at 08:45 and exit at 15:55 hours
- Classes KG/M1/M2 report at 08:45 and exit at 13:30 hours
2. Christmas Holidays pruned to the barest minimum
3. Working on all Saturdays for the rest of the session
It is our fervent hope that you support your ward in realizing all the academic objectives, ensure that he/she is regular to school and concentrates on his/her studies.
Subject teachers have planned a sequence of assignments that would help your ward prepare for forthcoming assessments. Kindly ensure that these assignments are completed on time and offer feedback, where necessary, to the class teachers.
Soliciting your support and with best wishes
NEW ACADEMIC YEAR : 2015- 2016
Important Circular to Parents
IB Diploma Program
Applications for admission to IBDP for the year 2015-16 are accessible through the following link.
Founder's Day & 9th Annual day
Thursday the 26th June 2014
The Lalaji Memorial Omega International School flagged off its Decennial Celebrations with the Founder's Day being commemorated with great joy, verve and pride and clubbed with the 9th School Annual Function for Classes VI to XII.
The Founder, Revered Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari, the spiritual head of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission had envisioned the setting up of a school that could inculcate spiritual values at the core of all its activities and named it after the Adi Guru, Pujyashree Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh, who was affectionately called "Lalaji" by his disciples. So it was apt that the celebration of the school's tenth birth anniversary for a year-long programme, should commence with the Founder's Day on Thursday the 26th June 2014.
The main anchor for the evening's events was Roshni of Class XII and the theme was "Let's endeavour together." After the invocation, the Head girl of the CBSE section, Kavya Venkataraman of Class XII welcomed the Chief guest Mr. P. Ravi, Regional Director, NIOS, Chennai as well as all the parents and other invited guests who made up the august gathering. Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, the Correspondent of the school presented the chief guest with a bouquet as a token of affection. Next, Bhavana Bhavani Shankar and Saloni of Class XII presented the School's Annual Report, highlighting the main activities, moments of pride, challenges and upcoming projects.
Mr.S. Ramakrishnan, the Correspondent of the School then addressed the distinguished gathering and spoke of the Chairman, Mr. P.R.Krishna who had been a beacon and had led the school with a vision in tune with the Founder's vision. He acknowledged the various long strides that the school had taken to reach the present situation with multifarious facilities. He also mentioned the projects that have been realized and those that are going to be undertaken in the near future. He made special mention of the Sewage treatment plant , the environment supporting activities, the Solar power utilization and the Special education to children needing extra attention in learning.
This was followed by the Prize distribution to recognize the achievements of students as well as staff in various spheres. The prizes were given away by the Chief guest Mr. Ravi.
Following this, the Chief guest addressed the gathering . He said that he considered it a great honour to be in the ‘centre of excellence' as he termed the school. He said that the school was indeed imparting quality education which included spiritual as well as natural values. He complimented everyone for having set up a school in a large campus and providing very good education to nearly 4600 students. He was convinced that the school was doing yeoman service and said that he could see the vision that the authorities had in mind and its efforts to introduce open school opportunities to the students. He extolled the students to listen to their inner call and respond accordingly and to help in changing the attitudes of their parents and making a difference to the world.
Following this a video with Master's message on the occasion of Founder's day, was played. It was a message that had been recorded specially on the previous day. Master conveyed his blessings and remembered how the school had started with Sister Jacquiline's efforts to start a Kindergarten and Primary school called "Baal Vatika" He fondly remembered Sister Nirmala Sundaram and how she had readily accepted to be Omega school's first Principal and poured her experience and effort into the new school. He also reminisced the visits he used to make and the process of acquiring 7 acres and gradually adding on to reach the present 14 or perhaps more acres or so of land for the Lalaji memorial Omega School. He also commended the work of Mr. S. Ramakrishnan, the Correspondent, the Senior Principal, Dr. Bhavani Shankar and Mr. P.R.Krishna, the Chairman, for all their efforts in providing education for excellence. He congratulated the staff for being able to teach with technical teaching aids and bringing the school to a truly international standard. He conveyed his blessings to all the students, staff and management and said he wished he could have been a student in the school.
Next, Shivendra Prasad Singh, of Class XII, the Head boy of the CBSE stream of the school, next expressed his gratitude to the Chief guest, the gathered guests and everyone that had helped directly or indirectly to add lustre to the function and make it a memorable one.
This was followed by a short but meaningful cultural programme. It commenced with the newly composed school anthem, written by Vinita Venkataraman, the Music Teacher and set to music by the students themselves. The song is about the Vision of the Founder, affectionately called ‘Master' and the goals and values that he envisaged. This was followed by a fusion of theatre and dance forms in which the theme of finding out whether it was the heart leading to education or education leading to the heart , was portrayed. As a finale, the first ten teachers and parents of the first ten students of the school were invited on stage and honoured.
The memorable evening came to an end with the National Anthem.
VISIT TO PREMA VASAM BY OMEGA STUDENTS
140 students of Omega,belonging to 12th std, visited Prema Vasam, a home for the mentally and physically challenged and less fortunate children. Prema Vasam located in Gerugambakam,renders humanitarian services free of charge to nearly 200 children.
The visit to such an orphanage will surely leave an indelible impression on the minds of those who visited.The value of the month LOVE AND COMPASSION,planned by Omega's Value Based Spiritual Education(VBSE) was really put into practice by these students.They took care of the children with love and affectionfor few hours.The efforts of our children toa smile on Prema Vasam children was very touching and we are really proud of them. Their actions are captured in these photographs.
Prema Vasam's founder Mr. Selvyn Roy appreciated and thanked Omega for its kindness and nice gesture of spending quality time with the less fotunate children.
Posted on 14/6/14
A year of celebrations starts at Omega on 26th June 2014, Founder's day with the Annual day for class VI to XII. This will be followed by two days of fair on 28th and 29th of June 2014.
To all the friends we hold dear
OMEGA enters its tenth year!
Listen to its enthralling air
And join the most amazing fair.
Joy, laughter, and frolic
Two days of fun for the workaholic
Departments display their talents
A feast for students and parents.
As Omega is our spiritual home
With all our heart we hope you'll come.
Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29th June 2014
9:30 am – 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
On both days you will find:
- Art exhibition of works from class I to XII - Ground Floor, Senior Block
- Cultural shows at 6pm
On 29th, Blood Donation for adults
Between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Coconut grove Health Room
Next to IGCSE/KG block
9th ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
Classes VI to XII
TRAFFIC REGULATIONS IN LMOIS