The teaching method of NAVA NALANDA is characterised by a balanced combination of textual knowledge and off-the-text experience, so as to shape into complete education. This aim is sought to be achieved by, what is known as “extra-curricular activities”, though it virtually forms an integral part of NAVA NALANDA’s curriculum.
The teacher’s day celebration on 5th September. It stand as a symbol of mutual love and respect between the teacher and the taught.
The Independence Day & Republic Day celebration. These are connected with some memorable discourses on our freedom struggle, national integration and related subjects by the late acting Governor Dipnarayan Sinha, eminent educationists, such as, the late Chinmohan Sehanabish, Anila Debi and Nemaisadhan Bose, Sri Ramaranjan Mukherjee, Pabitra Kumar Sarkar and Tirthankar Chakraborty, distinguished literateurs and journalists like the late Pramathanath Bishi and Santosh Kumar Ghosh, Sri Amitava Chowdhury and Sri Gour Kishore Ghosh, and last, but not the least, the legendary Ganesh Ghosh, whose absorbing recapitulation of the Chittagong Armoury Raid created a spell on the audience on August 15, 1974.
The Heritage & The Legacy. These are the annual publications for and by the seniors and the kids respectively, which are loaded with contributions from varying age groups, ventilating their thoughts and feelings.
Games & Sports. Our annual Athletic Meets are participated by hundreds in the presence of sports personalities of national repute, such as, Sri Chuni Goswami, Sri Gurbux Sing, Sri Prasanta Banerjee and others as the Chief Guest. Commendable performances have been recorded in inter-school cricket, footfall, table tennis, swimming and rowing competitions. Our under – 19 cricket team, visiting Bangladesh on an invitation tour in , returned with pleasant memories. Our inter-class mini-football for the primary department GEETA DASGUPTA MEMORIAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT,NALANDA CUP 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALLand Nalanda Cup Cricket Tournament for the Secondary and Higher Secondary departments figure among our more popular winter sports items. Also we have the All Girls’ Badminton Tournament to encourage sports activities for our girls. With all this background, NAVA NALANDA take pride in having produced the ex-captain of Bengal Cricket team, RAJA VENKAT, and the thrice national table tennis champion, POULAMI GHATAK.
Excursions. Temporary relief from class room monotony is provided by periodical outings and picnics on the rarely – found greeneries in and around Kolkata, or educational visits to the museum, the planetarium, the meteorological office, the press, and so on. These are often supplemented by week-long trips to far-away sites of Santiniketan – Bakreswar – Masanjore (1975), the antiquities of Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodh Gaya (1977 & 1983), the historical relics of Varanasi – Sarnath – Chunar (1979), the artistic and sculptural excellence of Ajanta – Ellora (1981), the golden triangle of Delhi – Agra – Jaipur (1985) and the picturesque Vizag – Araku Valley (2004,2010),Agra- Jaipur- Chittore(2006),Varnasi-Lucknow(2008)
Social Service. The cause of service to the community has always brought our boys and girls to the forefront, collecting enormous amounts for the Red Cross, or some Ramkrishna Mission village reconstruction project, or for the victims of Orissa flood, Gujarat earthquake, the Kargil war, the Tsunami, to The Voice of the world or Bharat Sevasram or Thakurpukur Cancer Centre or, for one of their own school-mates, whose fight with death on the hospital bed is costing his parent’s fortune. It was indeed a life-time’s experience to have Mother Teresa visiting NAVA NALANDA on the 1st February, 1993 and personally acknowledging the truck-loads of Christmas gifts sent every year from the school to the orphans under the Mother’s care.
Nalandasree contest. The winter ushers in the long-awaited Nalandasree intra-school contest on varied items, such as, Sit-and-draw, Story/Script Writing, Recitation, Vocal Music, Dance, Solo Acting, One-Act Play, Quiz, Antakshari, Debate, Elocution and so on in the midst of overflowing enthusiasm.
NalandaRatna Award– awarded to the student who has created mark in a specific field of activity. The first recipient of this award was Poulami Ghatak, four times National Champion in Table Tennis . in 2008, this was awarded to Tamoghna Biswas, rank holder in both Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examination in 2005 & 2007 respectively and to Aneek Dhar, The voice of the World, champion Zee Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa award, 2007 In 2012, it was awarded to Pritwish Mukherjee, Navojit Chatterjee & Suvam De
Cultural activity. This has always been a part and parcel of NAVA NALANDA. The ‘Sharadotsav’ in September-October for the seniors features dance, music and dramatic items, combined with literary seminars, while the pre-winter vacation programme for the juniors invariably centre around the arrival of Santa Claus, followed by the chanting of Nursery rhymes and ending with Christmas Party. These activities have frequently reached the public stage and the television, with such productions as Abanindranath Tagore’s KHIRER PUTUL, Rabindranath’s NATIR PUJA, TAASHER DESH, KALMRIGAYA, PARIR PARICHAY, SUORANIR SAADH and a feature on the birth of Christ, entitled ABIRBHAV, based on Achintya Kumar Sengupta’s work. Added to this, were the classical stage presentations of ballets based on Michael Madhusudhan Dutt’s MEGHNADBADH KAVYA, the great epic MAHABHARATA and Abanindranath Tagore’s RAJKAHINI, in which the NAVA NALANDA children joined the professionals to add to the quality of the productions.
Nava Nalanda Mela. An air of festivity marks the Nava Nalanda Mela, a bi-annual festival, starting from 1993, being accommodated on the boulevard in front of the main building at 25 Southern Avenue. It presents an array of art and craft products by the students, a wide variety of village handicrafts from the sources of their origin, forgotten delicacies from the kitchens of the teachers and cultural programmes by the “Bauls’ from Birbhum, the ‘Santals’ from Chotanagpur, the ‘Chhou” group from Purulia, from the Ganjam district of orrissa, the ‘sankhyavadya’ of puri, the ‘animal mask’ dance and the ‘Gotipua’ dance and of course, colourful items by the NAVA NALANDA children themselves.
Rabindrasmaran. NAVA NALANDA has its firm footing on oriental culture, with the thoughts and ideals of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore as its guiding star. In the fitness of events, therefore, the celebration of Rabindra Jayanti became one of the main features of the school activity, almost from the inception of the school, being participated by hundreds of children and joined by maestros – Sm. Suchitra Mitra, Sri Dwijen Mukherjee and the late Kanika Banerjee, Hemanta Mukherjee, Debabrata Biswas, Chinmoy Chatterjee, Ashoktaru Banerjee and Sagar Sen. Since 1996 this programme has been shifted to the Southern Avenue boulevard, so as to accommodate thousands of school children, their guardians and the local residents. In fact, NAVA NALANDA’s ‘Rabindrasmaran’ is now hailed as one of the main attraction of the city on the 25th Baishak.