Delhi Police Session 1 for Teachers
by Mr. Som Nath Paruthi, SHO of R.K.Puram Police Station

On 23rd September 2016, the new SHO of R.K.Puram Police Station, Mr. Som Nath Paruthi visited the school and conducted a session for senior teachers of the school. The Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mr.Mukesh Kumar welcomed him to the school. Mr. Som Nath discussed about various amendments in the laws related to students, women and others. He suggested various precautions and steps to be taken for the greater safety of the students in the school premises and in the school buses. He was apprised of the various safety measures, which are already in place. SHO answered many queries raised by the teachers; he also added various legal aspects of handling issues keeping the present scenario in mind. He also informed the teachers that the systems have changed over the years and now lodging complaints/FIR has been simplified for everyone using online services of Delhi Police website.

It was an informative and fruitful session for everyone.

27th September 2016

28th September 2016



Kanwar Ashish Under 7 Cricket Tournament 2016

The Kanwar Ashish Under 7 Cricket Tournament was held from 19 – 23 September 2016 in the school. Six DPS schools from Delhi took part in it. The Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal was present with the Head of Physical Education Department, Mr.N.Suresh, along with his team of teachers.

The final match on 23rd September was between 3 consecutive years winner, DPS Vasant Vihar vs DPS Mathura Road who reached the U -7 yrs Cricket final for the first time. The toss was won by DPS Vasant Vihar and they elected to field. DPS Mathura Road scored 48 runs for 6 wickets in 10 overs match. Kushagra scored 19 not out & Aditya Garg of Vasant Vihar claimed 2 wickets for 9 runs. Chasing the small target of 49, DPS Vasant Vihar won the Tournament by losing 5 wickets only. Aditya Garg scored 28 not out, Sakib of Mathura Road, bowled well and claimed 3 wickets.

In the result tally was as follows:

The Wiz kid of the Match – Aditya Garg (V Vihar)
Best Girl player of the tournament- Aadya Singh (Vasant Vihar)
Best bowler of the Tournament – Sakib (Mathura Rd)
Wiz kid of the tournament-Aaliyan (Mathura Road)
Master Blaster of the Tournament: Aditya Garg.



Visit of Mr. Stephen Fleming

DPS R.K Puram had the proud privilege of a visit from Mr.Stephen Paul Fleming on 7 September 2016. Mr. Fleming is a former New Zealand cricketer, and captain in test and one-day cricket of the national cricket team. In July, 2014 Mr. Fleming, together with the New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Mr.Grahame Morton announced the New Zealand India Sports Scholarships to support Indian students interested in studying sports related programmes in New Zealand.

Upon his arrival the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guest. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of Mr. Fleming. The cultural programme began with a mesmerising classical dance performance by the dance team of the school depicting the nine emotions or ‘Navras’. Mr.Fleming conducted a short quiz about some interesting facts of New Zealand. The students surprised him with their knowledge of the country for which they were rewarded with gifts and autographed mugs.

Mr. Fleming addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of education. He emphasised on the need for proper planning and how New Zealand had a great future for higher studies. He shed light upon the various universities and different courses offered by the country. Of these universities, eight are ranked in the top 50 of the world. He told the audience how he began his journey with the goal of becoming a teacher. However, his path led him to become a professional cricketer for the New Zealand national team. He always put education and cricket on the same pedestal and is happy now as an ambassador of education for his country.

The students were given a taste of New Zealand when Mr. Fleming presented them with a kiwi fruit, which is the national fruit of New Zealand. Mr. Fleming also engaged in a personal interview with some of the students about his life and career.

The Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar delivered the vote of thanks. The event was a tremendous success and a “fruitful” experience for all the students.



Teachers’ Day 2016

Teachers’ Day 2016 was celebrated at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 5th September. Teachers were greeted with roses at the school gates early in the morning. Students put together cards for their teachers as a surprise. Everybody assembled in the Assembly Ground.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal thanked the students and talked about how rewarding teaching was as a profession. She also congratulated the Vice Principal, Mrs Anita Singh on receiving a State Award from the Directorate of Education. This was followed by the felicitation of teachers who received the ‘Role Model Teacher Award’ from DPS Society: Ms Abha Chona, Ms Niva Chhonkar, Ms Jonaki Sarma, Mr Subodh Kumar, Ms Lalitha Srinivasan, Ms Rupa Das, Ms Ritu Nayyar and Ms Amla Thukral.

The Western Music Society presented a song, towards the end of which all students gave a standing ovation to the teachers. A series of dance performances took place, exhibiting the versatile culture of our nation, which included Rajasthani, Kathak and Bhangra dances. The Expressions Theatre Club presented an enthralling skit highlighting the importance of hygiene. The whole school took a pledge to carry forward Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a ‘Clean India’. The program ended with an enlivening performance by the Dance Society of the school, who later invited the appointees to join in. While the teachers enjoyed a movie, the appointments took over the discipline of the school.

All in all, the event was a huge success.



Guest Speaker Program For Class VII

DPS R.K. Puram organized a Guest Speaker Program for the students of Class VII on 31st August and 2nd September 2016 in the Audio visual hall.

Dr.Archana Singh, a reputed professor from the department of Biochemistry in AIIMS was the guest speaker. Dr.Singh addressed the students and spoke about Health and Nutrition.

The Headmistress, Mrs.Rashmi Malhotra, welcomed the guest speaker with a lovely bouquet . Using her personal experiences and her years of experience, Dr.Archana Singh, made the session one to remember. It was a very interactive one and the students participated actively in the discussion. Dr.Archana Singh exhorted the students to eat healthy, clean food and to stay active. She gave tips on how to maintain hygiene and highlighted the importance of food in daily life and how it shapes the future of an individual. She also warned the students about the amount of portions they should have, how many they should have and placed special emphasis on having a good breakfast.

Mrs.Rashmi Malhotra delivered the vote of thanks. The session was a truly enlightening one for all the students.



Sanskrit Diwas

The Sanskrit Club and Sanskrit Department of DPS R.K. Puram celebrated the Sanskrit Diwas on 30 August 2016 with great enthusiasm. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Mrs. Anita Singh; and Mrs.Amla Thukral, the Head of Department of Sanskrit.

Dr. Satya Murti , a renowned scholar of Sanskrit and philosophy presently associated with JNU was the chief guest for the event. He is multi talented personality and is well versed in Indian vocal and instrumental music.The Principal welcomed the chief guest and addressed the gathering of students of classes VI to X .

The event began with a mesmerizing dance performance on “Guru Ashtakam” followed by a One Act Play – “the sun is on strike” which spread the message of saving our environment for a better future. A group song, a dance ‘Madhurashtakam’ depicting ‘Balkrishna’ and a ‘character role play’ of great freedom fighters were next. The great dignitaries enacted by the students included Bhagat Singh, Abdul Gaffar Khan, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The bilingual rap in Sanskrit and Russian by the director of Sanskrit Club accompanied by beat boxing had everyone enthralled.

The chief guest praised the school for balancing the modern and traditional and shared his views on the role and importance of Sanskrit. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. The event was a treat for all Sanskrit enthusiasts.



15th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate

DPS R.K. Puram organised the 15th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate on 19 August 2016. This debate is held every year in the memory of Dhruv Rajgarhia, a student of the school who passed away in 2002. Dhruv is fondly remembered as a keen sportsman, an enthusiastic debater, a peacemaker, and one with an unparalleled zest for living. The debate was instituted by his grandfather, Late Shri K. L. Rajgarhia in 2002 in his memory .The aim was to promote debating skills amongst students and to hone and fine tune their oratorial skills. This year, 21 schools from all over Delhi and NCR participated in this prestigious debate.

Professor Anand Ranganathan, Associate Professor in the Special centre for Molecular Medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru University; Mr. Ullekh NP , journalist and political commentator for OPEN magazine and Mr. Melbin Joe Mathew, renowned Radio Jockey, judged the competition. The Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Mr and Mrs Rajgarhia, parents of Dhruv Rajgarhia were present on the occasion.

The event began with a welcome address by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan who encouraged the students to make the best use of this platform. The topics were given on the spot. All the contestants presented immaculate arguments on topics like ‘Industrialisation does not benefit the rural poor’ and ‘Collectivism should be preferred over individualism’ and quoted celebrated intellectuals like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

The judges appreciated the participants and stressed on the increasing importance of debating in schools. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; the esteemed judges and Mr. and Mrs. Rajgarhia were present for the prize distribution ceremony. In the individual category, the first position was bagged by Adit Bhardwaj of DPS R.K. Puram, second by Ishaan Chaudhary of Springdales, Pusa Road and third by Gautam Goyal of DPS International. The Best Interjector was awarded to Kaushik Garg of Springdales School, Pusa Road and the school won the Best Team prize also.

The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks given by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.


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Theatron 2016

‘Theatron’, sponsored by Jamboree, was organized by the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on 13 August 2016. 10 schools from across the city took part in the event. The competition had three categories: A Stage Play on the theme – ‘Monsters don’t sleep under our beds, they live inside our heads’; Street play, Face off and a surprise event.

The teacher in-charge, Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee extended a warm welcome to the participants and spoke about theatre as a gateway of opportunity. The chief guests for the event were Mr.Munish Bhardwaj, actor, writer and director and Ms.Bubbles Sabharwal, renowned theatre artist and actor. The judges for the various competitive events were Mr. Sahil Gupta, producer, director and professional dancer; Mr. Siddharth Madan, alumnus and entrepreneur; Mr.Anirban Bhattacharya, a theatre enthusiast from Sri Venkateswara College; Ms. Shrutika Sathenapally, jury award winner for excellence in dramatics; Mr. Sparsh Rana and Mr. Ajitab Singh, alumni and ex-members of the club. A video presentation by the Expressions Theatre Club introduced the event and the organising team to the audience.

In the closing ceremony, the judges commended the performance of the students and stressed on the growing importance of theatre in schools. The Chief Guests were felicitated by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. A street and a stage play were presented by the members of the Expressions Theatre Club. The Chief Guests spoke about the dire need for popularising the culture of theatre in the country followed by a behind-the-scenes video presented to huge rounds of applause.

DPS Noida won the first position in the Stage Play, followed by DPS Vasant Kunj in the second position and DPS Gurgaon in the third. In the Street Play category, DPS Vasant Kunj stood first while Amity Noida and Modern School, Barakhamba Road stood second and third respectively. The Face-Off was won by DPS Gurgaon, while DPS Noida stood second and DPS Mathura Road third. The Best Actor awards in the Stage and Street categories were won by DPS Noida. DPS Noida also claimed the overall trophy for the event.

The event was highly appreciated by the participants and theatre enthusiasts, alike.


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Independence Day Celebration

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DPS R.K.Puram celebrated “Independence Week” from 8th – 15th August 2016 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India’s struggle for independence. On this occasion, the Hindi Department organized “Jashna –e Aazadi “, a weeklong extravaganza which included a host of events in which students of all classes participated.

The week-long celebration commenced on 8th August when students of class 6 recreated the struggles and sacrifices of our freedom fighters through the display of various beautiful tableaus. Students chanting slogans of ‘Simon go back’ representing the boycott of the Simon Commission won tremendous applause from students and teachers alike.

On 9th August, class 7 students dressed up as various personalities from the Independence movement and recreated the famous speeches given by these leaders during the freedom struggle. Students participated in this event in large numbers and gave commendable performances. The first position was won by a participant delivering a speech given by our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. This was followed by a slogan writing competition in which the students of class 9 participated. The students wrote various slogans relating to the Independence Movement, of which, the best slogans were rewarded.

On 11th August, a singing competition was organized for students of classes 10 and 11. The participants were dressed in traditional attire and sang patriotic songs which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The stimulating self compositions of Aakash Chauhan, Krishna and Pooja of Class 11, and of Siddharth Sethi, Karan Wali and Parth of Class 10, met with enthusiastic rounds of applause. This was followed by a poetry recitation competition which saw equally enthusiastic participation from the students of class 8 who recited poems based on the theme of Independence. Amongst the many heartfelt and touching poems presented, those of Aakarshi and Bhavya were greatly appreciated.

This week-long celebration culminated in the flag hoisting ceremony which was held in the school on 15th August. Mr. V.K Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Addressing the school, the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal highlighted the importance of celebrating ‘the spirit of freedom’ and our rich cultural heritage. The Chairman, Mr.V.K.Shunglu exhorted the students to cherish freedom and create an atmosphere where there is an ‘absence of conflict’ for true development in the country. A street play was performed about various issues like the plight of farmers and the need to empower women. The Vice Principal, Ms.Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. A number of activities were organized for the students by various departments, ranging from Music to Psychology.

‘Ode to Freedom’, a self-composed poetry recitation competition was hosted by the English Department. The students presented their original compositions on the theme of Independence. The Hindi and Sanskrit Departments organized ‘Azadi ke Parwane’, a role play competition based on the personalities of the Independence Movement. Mosaic, a mono-acting competition was organized for theatre enthusiasts, based on the theme “Emotions faced during the partition”. Art lovers participated in Expressions and Hastkala, the on-the-spot painting and handicraft competitions. Plenty of cultural events were also organized in the Performing Arts category- Indian and Western music, vocal and instrumental. In addition, a dance Competition was held in which students performed different genres of dances ranging from classical to contemporary. The Sports Department organized track events for the students. These included a Lemon and Spoon Race for the students of classes 6-8 and a 100 m flat race for students of classes 9-12. Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.

The students enthusiastically participated in this wide spectrum of events and their performances were applauded. The celebrations ended on a positive note with renewed feelings of patriotism and nationalism in everyone.



VISIT OF MR.PRABHU CHAWLA

DPS R.K.Puram had the proud privilege of a visit from Senior editor and known talk show host, Mr.Prabhu Chawla on 10 August 2016. Mr.Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, a Chennai-based newspaper in India. Earlier he was the Editor-in-Chief of the same newspaper. Prior to his assignment with The New Indian Express, he was the editor of Language publications in India Today news magazine. Before holding this post, he worked as the Editorial Director of the magazine for 24 years until August 2010. While at India Today, he hosted a popular talk show ‘Seedhi Baat’ on Aaj Tak channel where he grilled prominent personalities. He is one of the top Talk show hosts in India and his weekly show “Teekhi Baat” on the IBN7 channel had one of the highest ratings for a news-based programme. Currently, he is hosting “Sachchi Baat” on National Voice.

The Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal warmly welcomed Mr.Chawla to the school. Also present was Dr.Shachindra Sharma, the Representative for Class 12. Addressing the senior students in DPS R.K.Puram, Mr.Chawla traced his journey in life, as a refugee, as a lecturer of Economics in Delhi University and finally as an editor and talk show host. Through various anecdotes, he shared his experiences with various people whom he encountered in his interesting life. He exhorted the students to have a vision in life and shared his view that one should always be a learner in life for there is always something new one can pick up. According to him, “there is no age for learning and learning is a continuous process.”

After the lecture, he interacted with the students giving them an insight into his personal experiences and his best interviews. According to him, all the eminent personalities whom he interviewed brought something new and valuable to the table. All in all, it was a very entertaining, informative and fruitful session for the students.

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TEDx YOUTH 2016

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted TEDx Youth, an independently organised annual event, sponsored by Jamboree on 6th August 2016. It was inspired by the widely popular TED talks, which are a global set of conferences devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Many prominent schools like Sanskriti School, DPS Vasant Kunj, The Mother’s International School and colleges namely, IIT Delhi, Hindu College, Kirorimal College, Amity University etc were a part of the audience. The guest speakers invited for the event were of national and international acclaim. Also present on the occasion was Ms. Sangeeta Rana, the Incharge of Tedx Youth in the school and the co-ordinator of the event; and Mr.Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department.

The event commenced with the welcome felicitation of the guests by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She spoke about TEDx as a platform to express ideas, build networks and hone our skills. The guests comprised Ms.Nandini Harinath, scientist, Mission Planning and Operations Division, ISRO Satellite Centre; Ms.Archana Sardana, a skydiver, mountaineer, Scuba diving Instructor and India’s first woman BASE Jumper; Ms.Neeti Palta, a standup comedian; Ms.Devika Gupta, alumnus of DPS R.K.Puram and founder, Peer Support System; Ms.Dhwani Nagpal, alumnus, and student, Jesus and Mary College; Abhi K Ruparelia, student of Carmel Convent High School, Gujarat; and Soham Dalwani, student of Sanskriti School.

An interesting video highlighting the importance of the talks in the contemporary world was shown to the audience. All the speakers in the current event were stalwarts – founders of organisations and highly accomplished people, sharing their views on topics like ‘The Bathroom Network’, ‘Mars Orbiter Machine (MOM)’, ‘The Ideas Toolbox’ and ‘Journey to Standup Comedy’. Autism, the Economics of humanity and Visual impairment were some of the other issues raised during the talk. The speakers supporting the event from DPS RK Puram included Aditya Joshi, Ambuj Sen Patra, Apekshita Alkesh, Ananya Kapoor and Anoop Kumar.

The event concluded with the vote of thanks by Tanmay Bansal, the student-in-charge. The audience was urged to follow the ideals of TED with ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.

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INVESTITURE CEREMONY 2016

The Investiture Ceremony of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was held on the 4th of August 2016. The chief guest for the occasion was Mr.V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal warmly welcomed the chief guest. She highlighted the significant role of parents and teachers in moulding the ‘Leaders of tomorrow.’

The Chairman, Mr.V.K. Shunglu; the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; and the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms.Padma Srinivasan felicitated all the school appointees. The Chairman administered the oath of allegiance whereby the newly appointed duty holders promised to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and dedication, and to uphold the glorious name of the school. He addressed the gathering and congratulated the achievers. He expressed his appreciation for the diverse clubs in the school and commended them for their good work. The Head girls and Head boys spoke about the importance of the youth in shaping the country and their personal vision for the school.

The Indian and the Western choirs enthralled the audience with their performances. The diverse cultural heritage of the Indian states was exuberantly depicted through the numerous dances by the students.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

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CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAMME HELD FOR CLASS 12 FROM 25- 27TH JULY 2016

In the time of globalization, when there are varieties of career options available , students often get lost in those options. To facilitate the process of making the right choice, a career guidance programme was organized at DPS R. K. Puram for the students of class XII. The objective of the programme was to provide information regarding different colleges / universities available for respective courses, the cut-offs eligibility criteria etc.

The programme was scheduled in the following manner:

On 25th the session was for science students with biology option.
On 26th for science students with Maths, Economics and Legal studies option and
On 27th for commerce and humanities students.

The session was conducted by Mr Ankit Kapoor, Director and Mr.Anubhav Rakheja, General Manager of Pratham Institute and by Mr.Ankit Ojha. They focussed on various changes that have occurred in the medical entrances as well in Delhi University. They also discussed the different options available for the students with respect to the options they have taken as well as some neutral courses i.e. the courses that can be pursued by any student irrespective of their streams. The presentation also provided with different cut-offs, number of seats as well as eligibility criteria for different colleges. A similar session was held for parents on all three days where individual doubts were resolved.

CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAMME HELD FOR CLASS 12 FROM 25- 27TH JULY 2016



COUNSELING SESSIONS FOR CLASS X STUDENTS

An enlightening Career Counselling Session took place in the A.V. Hall for the students of Class X on July 19, 2016 .

The first session was with Mr. Gautam Puri, an IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Bangalore alumnus (1993). He is the Co-Founder & Vice Chairman of CL Educate Ltd Management, SAT (Foreign Education). He highlighted the prospects of Management and the importance of taking the SAT Exam.

The Second Facilitator was Mr. Nikhil Bhardwaja, a DPS Mathura Road alumnus. He runs his own design studio “Holistic Design”. He is from the School of Planning & Architecture, Delhi but after one year he switched to NID (National Institute for Design) Ahmedabad. He mentors hundreds of design, architecture, and fashion aspirants every year and he spoke about the prospects of Design, Architecture and Fashion.

The Sections from A to F had a session from 8 to 10 a.m and Sections G to M had their session from 11 a.m to 12 p.m.

The students were very receptive.The facilitators highlighted and threw light on both the brighter and flip side of Management and Design as Professions and Career Streams in India and abroad and their Potential in the actual Corporate World and their pay packages.

The sessions certainly helped students realize the scope of Management and Design versus various other functions and streams such as Engineering etc. The students enjoyed the presentation which was very informative and educating and Counsellors had an interactive session with the students.

The session was organised by Ms. Vinita Gupta and was supported by Ms.Sunita Johar,the Rep of Class X.

Such Counseling experiences positively impact our thinking patterns . The students really look forward to more of such sessions on various subjects.



IOEL 2016 SCHOOL TOPPERS

The outstanding students from our school have brought in lots of laurels and accolades in the International Olympiad of English Language (iOEL), organised by Silver-Zone Foundation, competing with their counterparts within all sections from their respective classes of our school and carved a niche for themselves in the above Olympiad. They won a total of 27 medals, seven each for Bronze, Silver and Gold. The participants, who have secured the class rank as 1st, 2nd or 3rd are rewarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively

NAME CLASS % MARKS CLASS RANK MEDALS
ADITYA MOHIT MATHUR 6 88.224 1 GOLD
VIR MALHOTRA 6 88.181 2 SILVER
MAANYA SAREEN 6 85.662 3 BRONZE
DEEKSHA 7 83.228 1 GOLD
DEEPITA SINGH 7 80.689 2 SILVER
SNIGDHA ADIL 7 80.65 3 BRONZE
SIDDHANT PAREKH 8 78.174 1 GOLD
VEDEESH BALI 8 73.15 2 SILVER
HRITIK ARYA 8 73.132 3 BRONZE
AMAY TEWARI 9 70.545 1 GOLD
RADHA RAHEJA 9 68.07 2 SILVER
ASMITA MITRA 9 68.056 3 BRONZE
ANGELINA DASH 10 88.176 1 GOLD
VIKRAM IYER 10 83.178 2 SILVER
HRITURAJ DUTTA 10 80.63 3 BRONZE
VASUDHA RAJGARHIA 11 93.246 1 GOLD
DIBYADARSHI DASH 11 90.725 2 SILVER
KAAVYE GARG 11 90.721 3 BRONZE
EASHAN TREHAN 12 68.041 1 GOLD
ANANYA GOYAL 12 65.492 2 SILVER
AYUSH SRIVASTAVA 12 55.435 3 BRONZE



CS Pathshala Workshop 2016

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) India has started a national education initiative (CSpathshala) to promote teaching of computing as a science in schools. Computing is everywhere and people from every walk of life will need to be familiar with computing in some form or the other. This will give rise to a huge demand for computing skills leading to a talent shortage. To address the skills’ demand created by the industrial revolution, the Sciences and Mathematics were included in the school curriculum in the early 19th century. Now as we participate in the digital revolution, we need to train our children on skills for the digital age. We need to train our children to be creators and inventors of technology and at the same time teach them to be socially responsible citizens. It is therefore imperative to teach computing, which promotes problem solving, computational thinking and critical reasoning skills, at par with Mathematics and Sciences.

CSpathshala is an initiative to bring a modern computing curriculum to Indian schools. Industry and top academic institutions are putting their heads together to achieve the desired goal. As part of this initiative, a curriculum and teaching aids in the form of lesson plans, presentations and worksheets are being developed that can be adapted by teachers. It will also involve training of teachers on the use of these aids. All the content will be available freely under creative commons license. A pilot project is being carried out to teach the new curriculum in 16 schools of Pune in 2016-2017 and the plan is to carry out pilot projects in Bangalore, Delhi and Kochi in 2017-2018.

CSpathshala, in partnership with Delhi Public School, R K Puram and ACM India Delhi Chapter, organized a workshop to initiate a broader discussion on the need to teach computer science in schools on 20th June 2016 from 9:15am to 3:30pm, at Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram with a participation of 90+ Computer Science teachers of schools from Delhi-NCR schools. Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director IIIT Delhi, was the keynote speaker. Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal, DPS R.K.Puram and Dr. Neelima Gupta from Delhi University inaugurated the workshop and provided an overview of ACM India activities. Vipul Shah, lead CSpathshala initiative & TCS and Nikhil Karkare, Walnut School, Pune gave an overview of the initiative and shared the new curriculum with participants. Teachers, Mukesh Kumar from DPS R.K.Puram and Gurpreet Kaur from G.D. Goenka School shared their experiences teaching innovative topics. Prof. Dhananjay Gadre from NSIT spoke about physical computing and ATL labs.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) www.acm.org, is the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society. It is a not-for-profit professional membership group. ACM brings together computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges.

Special Acknowledgements: TEAM DPSRKP – Mrs. Romi Sharma, Mrs. Sangeeta Rana, Mrs. Shalini Harisukh, Mr.Mukesh Nagpal, Mrs. Anjana Virmani, Mrs.Aashima Nagpal, MrAjithkumar KG, Mr.Thomas Antony, Mr.Raj Kumar, Mr.D.R.Dhingra, Mr.Lalit Prasad

Google has provided seed funding for the initiative.



ENVRONMENT AND ORIGAMI

The Geography Department organised a workshop on “Environment and Origami” for a hands on skill addition to the academic knowledge that the class VII acquired in the first month about their environment. It took place on 6th May 2016.Four volunteer learners from sections VII A-K (44) were trained by the in-house class XII and X experts: Arzoo Walia(XII W), Vasundhara Adil(X G), Priyal Jain (X K), Shreeya Singhal(X K) and Vernica Jain (XG)

The class VII students came to the Open Air Theatre prepared with origami sheets and loads of enthusiasm. They learnt how to create an animal, a bird, a tree and a flower each. The joy over a successful creation was for all to see.
The Vice Principal, Mrs Anita Singh, Ms Rupa Das (Head of the department of Geography) , and other faculty members of various departments came to watch the activity. Ms Sangita Bajpai organised the event.



DIGEX 2016

Digex, the photography club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized its annual symposium on Saturday, 14th May 2016, in partnership with Canon. Digex, short for ‘digital excellence’, is the photography and film-making club, founded in 2009 by a group of photography enthusiasts. The event saw active participation of 50 schools across Delhi and NCR.

The Chief Guests for the occasion were Mr. Andrew Koh, Vice President, Consumer Imaging and Information Centre, Canon and Ms. Sandhya Chauhan, Regional Business Head at Canon India. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan; Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Department, Computer Science and coordinator of the event; and the Digex Incharge, Ms. Sarika Kaushal.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp and the felicitation of the guests. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal extended a warm welcome to all present and emphasized on the importance of participation over winning. This was followed by a short movie on the achievements of the Digex Club and a mime act performed by the Expressions Theatre Club. The Chief Guest, Mr.Koh addressed the gathering and expressed his views on the art of photography by saying -’photography is visual art’.

The event comprised of 4 competitive events, ‘A!SNAP’, ‘Freeze the Second’, ‘Click-a-Boo’ and ‘Frame-by-Frame’. The Canon team organized an interactive workshop, ‘Photo talk’ for teachers and students.

The judges of the events were Mr. Jasminder Oberoi, Mr. Nitish Pandey, Mr. Bharat Singh and Dr. Amit Chawla- representatives of the Canon India Team.

In the results tally, the ‘A!SNAP’ event was won by Presidium Gurgaon, while DPS. R.K. Puram and Step by Step had a tie for the second position and Apeejay Pitampura bagged the third position. Step by Step won the first prize in ‘Freeze the second’, followed by DPS Sushant Lok and Banyan Tree in the second and third place respectively. ‘Click-a-Boo’, which was a surprise event, was won by Ryan International Public School, Mayur Vihar, the second position was bagged by Amity International, Mayur Vihar while DPS R.K. Puram and DPS Noida had a tie for the third prize. DPS Dwarka secured the first position in the ‘Frame by Frame’, online movie making event followed by DPS Gurgaon Sector 45 and DPS Rohini in the second and third position respectively.

The event concluded with a mime act and AdsAct performed by the Expressions Theatre Club. A token of appreciation was given to the representatives of Canon Team India. The Chief Guest congratulated the school on the success of the event and mentioned that DPS R.K. Puram had become a part of the Canon family. Ms. Sandhya Chauhan , Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Department, Computer Science and Ms. Sarika Kaushal, Digex Incharge were present for the Award Distribution. The vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Sarika Kaushal.
The event served as an effective platform for all photography enthusiasts to share their interests and was an enriching experience for one and all.

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony



STOCK TALK

The Business Studies Society of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted a ‘Stock Talk’ on the 5th of May 2016 for the students of class XII. The event consisted of insightful interactions with three eminent speakers. The objective of the event was to inform and encourage the youth of the society to participate in the nation’s stock exchange.

Ms Vasundhara Bahadur, London School of Economics alumnus, currently studying in Smith College, began by explaining the subject to the students and soon had the audience enthralled. She talked about the basic concepts – the accounts involved, the do’s and don’ts, and the procedure – of exchanging stocks. She even showed how shares are exchanged, live in the National Stock Exchange.

Ms. Bhuvana Ravi, Director, Abhay Capital Services Pvt. Ltd. and Ravi Rajan & Company Pvt. Ltd.introduced the live nature of the stock exchange and helped make sense out of the plethora of numbers that often confuse students.

Mr Ajay Singh, a leading personality in this area, made the event even more memorable by giving it a personal touch. He narrated stories and interesting anecdotes out of his own experience while working with stocks and other business personalities.

Overall, the event was extremely enlightening- the perfect push for beginners wishing to dabble in shares.



MAGIC SHOW

A Magic Show was organised for the students of class VI of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram on 29th April 2016, as part of the Hindustan Times – PACE Programme. It was conducted by Mr Mahesh in the school’s audio-visual hall. Two sessions were conducted in the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th periods so that all the students of class VI could watch it in two batches.

His repertoire of magical acts proved his dexterity in the sleight of hand. Things appeared and disappeared at his beckoning amid rounds of applause from the students, who were thrilled by the show. He also invited some of the students to the stage to perform a few tricks and taught them some tricks. He held the attention of the students with the skill that he displayed.



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