A day in the life of a HEAL student as Bhavana puts the focus on Paradise School

A 'selfie' by Bhavana

A ‘selfie’ by Bhavana

WE gave one of our 6th Year students, Bhavana, a small camera-phone and asked her to shoot some behind-the-scenes pictures as HEAL Paradise Village celebrated India’s National Girl Child Day on January 24.

HEAL Communications Director Jem King asked 12-year-old Bhavana to photograph her classmates and teachers to illustrate a day in the life of a girl student as a project for HEAL Children’s Voice, the school’s own online newspaper.

Visiting artist Anita Rao was snapped while working on her painting of the world in the corridor of Paradise school

Visiting artist Anita Rao was snapped while working on her painting of the world in the corridor of Paradise school

“I think Bhavana did a pretty good job,” said Jem. “It was the first time we had tried this sort of exercise and I think she learned some useful things about photography along the way.

“Some of the photos she took demonstrated the importance of getting lighting conditions right, but using only a small camera-phone I think she took some interesting pictures.

Visiting artist Anita Rao was snapped while working on her painting of the world in the corridor of Paradise school

A study of three teachers at Paradise

“I particularly noticed how relaxed the other children appeared to be when a friend and fellow student was photographing them, as opposed to an adult visitor or teacher.

“One or two of the children have been allowed to take photographs with computer tablets and SLR cameras on field trips and I would like to see photography developed as an extra-curricular subject at Paradise.

Bhavana finds her friends in relaxed mood as they prepare for a National Girls Day performance

Bhavana finds her friends in relaxed mood as they prepare for a National Girls Day performance

“In time, it would be nice to create a small media department and encourage HEAL supporters to let us have their old second-hand cameras, tablets and video cameras for the children to use, rather than throw them away when they upgrade to a new model.

“I think Bhavana enjoyed her little project and this is something I am keen to repeat in future to give both the boys and girls the chance to show life at Paradise Village through their own eyes.”

Bhavana captures HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru during a tender moment, holding a baby

Bhavana captures HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru during a tender moment, holding a baby

After a career spanning more than three decades in journalism, Jem also plans to introduce media studies into the school’s e-Learning programme, giving lessons to Paradise students via a live link from his home in south Wales.

To see more of Bhavana’s pictures, go to HEAL Children’s Voice