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March 2013

CONTENTS 1. From the founder’s desk

2. Activity of the Month Match the columns

3. Fun Corner Summer vacation must-do’s Principal’s Section 4. What’s hot, what’s not Answer key

FitKids Education and Training

FROM THE FOUNDER’S DESK I recently participated in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. It was my first ever such event and it took months of training and commitment for me to get my body in shape to finish it. Through my training I realised how similar the learnings of training for a triathlon was to life. These rules of triathlon are much the same as the rules of life. Some rules you may change – but the essence is there. “Be humble, be persistent, try hard and have a big heart”. One of the most important life lessons that you need to apply to a triathlon as much as your life is to never cheat. A lot of people would do whatever it takes to get ahead but you do not have to be one of them. Another important learning was to understand that there will always be someone who can and will beat you so one needs to realise that the real race in both life and triathlon is between you and yourself. Run the best race you can every time. While the finish line is sweet, exactly how you got there is way more critical and valuable. Enjoy the ride instead of only focusing on the destination which is also true in life. Hills are tough to climb at the time, but offer a great view when you reach the top. Stop and enjoy the view every once in a while during the race. Life is full of hard climbs, but when we reach the top we can sit back and smile. Sometimes one needs help in knowing when to say when. We need a strong person to say, “Stop. Take some time off”. It’s important to understand the value of rest every once in a while. You can’t keep pushing yourself without enough breaks. Just like in life, there will be times when you fall flat on your face and possibly in front of others. Learn to get back up and dust yourself off. Everyone has done it. Another life lesson a triathlon teaches you is, to learn when you fail. There might be times when you forget to carry fuel on a long run or go too hard on the bike and blow up the run or others when you might not finish. Learn from it and move on. You only fail if you continue to make the same mistakes over and over.

Dev Roy Founder


Match the following sports with the country in which it is commonly/famously played in: USA Canada Russia China Brazil


Japan Pakistan Malaysia Scotland


Ice Hockey Sumo Wrestling


Football Hockey Baseball


Table Tennis




LEAPSTART FUN CORNER Summer Vacation must do list: 1) Plant Trees and Eat: Have you planted a vegetable garden? It's not too late. Teach children about food by having them grow a favorite vegetable or fruit. Gardening is a fantastic pursuit. This summer, help your kids grow something — and let them eat it freshly picked. 2) Make homemade ice cream. 3) Painting: They can imaginary paint the side of the house with a clean paintbrush and bucket of water. They can paint a rock and let it dry. They can paint a pretty summer scene. Thousands of ideas can be concocted when it comes to painting. 4) Go camping: If you have a tent already, set it up in the back yard and you and the children can spend the night outside. Put together a small campfire where everyone can roast marshmallows or make smokes. 5) Teach: Your grandparents to use the internet. And show off your new skill. 6) Climb trees together: Of course, only if the kids are big enough, and you are brave enough. 7) Make your own pizza. 8) Try and learn at least two new sports so that you can show off your skills to your friends when your school reopens. 9) Each of them will make a scrapbook at the end of the summer of all the fun stuff they did and share it with your friends.

LeapStart Football League 2013

Teams: JBCN NES International Vidya Mandir Kamala Devi Balmohan Vidyalaya Janaki Devi

Principal’s Section: Principal of Good Samritan school, Mumbai, Mr. Ashish Gaekwad Favorite Sport: Table Tennis. Favourite Athlete: Leander Paes Neetika Favorite Sport: Basket Ball, Favourite Athlete: Ravi Shastri One childhood memory: She was active in sports and used to enjoy taking part in any sporting activity that took place in her school. She was also a part of her school Basketball team.

What’s hot

What’s not

• Rafael Nadal made a winning comeback to tennis by beating David Ferrer in the finals of the Mexican Open.

• Nani was wrongly red carded for Manchester United which ensured they were knocked out from the Champions League.

• Cheteshwar Pujara became3the second fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in test cricket.

• Saina Nehwal lost in the semis of the All England Championships to world number 8 Intanon Ratchanok.

• Swansea city won their first Carling Cup title by beating Bradford in the finals at the Wembley Stadium.

• India lost the first two games of the Sultan Azlan Shah cup to Australia and S Korea.

• Dhoni scored a double hundred to power India to a victory in the first test.

• Australia sent back four players from the tour of India after they failed to present ideas to the coach of the Australian cricket team Mickey Arthur.

• Christiano Ronaldo made a goal scoring return to Manchester United when he faced his former club for Real Madrid. • Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona are all through to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

• For the first time in 17 years, no English team has qualified for the quarter final stages of the Champions League this season.

• Barcelona became the first time to overcome a 2 goal deficit to win their round of 16 clashes against A C Milan in the Champions League.

Answer Key to the Activity of the Month 1) Baseball – America (The popular game that gained fame as being 'America's favorite pastime' is none other than the brisk game of baseball. The earliest known mention of baseball in the United States was in a 1792 Pittsfield, Massachusetts) 2) Ice Hockey – Canada (The rules of modern ice hockey were devised by Canadian J.G.A. Creighton. In 1875, the first game of ice hockey with Creighton's rules was played in Montreal, Canada.) 3) Table tennis – China (Chinese players have won the men's World Championship 60% of the time since 1959; in the women's competition, Chinese players have won all but two of the World Championships since 1971. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, China won all possible gold medals). 4) Football – Brazil (Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the FIFA World Cup, with five championships.) 5) Cricket – England (In 1835 the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club, London) gave cricket its first formal laws, which still stand largely intact today.) 6) Sumo Wrestling – Japan (Popularly regarded as Japan's national sport, sumo pits two giant wrestlers, clad only in loincloths, against each other in a test of brawn and skill inside a ring floored with clay and edged with straw bales.) 7) Hockey – Pakistan (As far as the world cup hockey tournament in Men's hockey is concerned, Pakistan has won the most. Pakistan hockey team has bagged 4 world cups in all. Pakistan won the world cup in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994.) 8) Rugby Football – Scotland (rugby union in Scotland would grow at a significant rate to the point where Scotland played England in the first every rugby union international in 1871, a match which was won by the Scottish team.) 9) Archery – Bhutan (Archery is played during religious and secular public holidays in Bhutan, local festivals (tsechu), between public ministries and departments, and between the dzonkhag and the regional teams. Archery tournaments and performances have also become a significant point of interest for tourism in Bhutan.) 10. Badminton- Malaysia The IBF is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 11.Chess - Russia Chess has been a big part of their culture for a long time. It is common to see factory workers playing chess on their lunch breaks. It is common to see people playing chess anywhere. The Soviet Union used to promote chess just like they supported Olympic athletes

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