Green School Award for DPS R.K.Puram in International Environment Conference ‘ENCON 2017’
The International Conference and Outreach Programme on ‘Environment & Ecology: Sustainability and Challenges’ was organised by Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram from 4th to 6th January 2017 at Sri Venkateswara College. The aim of this conference was to bring together the stakeholders who can help in painting a holistic picture of the Global Changes in Environment and Ecology.
DPS R.K.Puram won the Green School Award in ENCON 2017 for creating awareness among the students towards environmental issues through various activities.
Under the Green School Initiative, a number of competitions were organised and the winners were:
Environment Quiz: Third Prize: Aarav Mathur and Arunabh of VI H
Slogan Writing: First Prize : Tanvi Bothra XI A: Second Prize: Sukeerti XI B
Best out of Waste: First Prize: Aanya Trehan IX L
The third prize under ‘Young Innovative Environmentalist -Sustainable Technology’ was awarded to Prithvi Rana of XI-I. His model included ‘Jal Jaanch’ stick with an app ‘Pure Path’. The exhibits were judged by Professor Dr.Louise E .M. Vet, Director, Netherlands Institute of Ecology.
INTERNATIONAL FRENCH LANGUAGE OLYMPIAD – 2016
Adhya Sharma, currently studying in 10I has secured the Olympiad Rank 1 in the International French Language Olympiad-2016 conducted by Silverzone in association with the French Language Teachers Association. The Olympiad was conducted in January 2016.
She was awarded a cheque of Rs 10,000 in addition to a gold medal, a certificate and trophy. The school was also given a trophy and an award for overall excellence.
INTERNATIONAL INFORMATICS OLYMPIAD 2015
The following students from our esteemed institution won top positions in International Informatics Olympiad (IIO) competing their counterparts from India and Abroad in this Olympiad. The school also got Performance Excellence Award for outstanding overall performance of students participated from our school in Silverzone Olympiads in 2015-2016.
Sarthak Pal of 11 L secured International Olympiad rank 10
Navyaa Sanan of 10 J secured International Olympiad rank 13
VISIT OF FOREIGN DIGNITARIES FROM KYRGYZSTAN
DPS R.K.Puram had the privilege of hosting Mrs.Roza Otunbayeva, Former President of Kyrgyzstan and Founder of the Rosa Otunbayeva Initiative International Foundation, Ms.Samarguil Adamkulova, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic and Ms.Asel Akmatkalyi, Attache, Embassy of the Kyrgyzstan at DPS R.K.Puram on 11th February 2016.
The guests were welcomed by a beautiful rendition of the school orchestra. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini felicitated the guests and extended a warm welcome to them. The school performance report which reflects the numerous achievements of the students, was presented to the guests in the form of a Power Point Presentation. The students presented a cultural programme in honour of the guests. The guests interacted with the students. The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks and the programme ended with the national anthem.
The visit will go a long way in strengthening cordial ties between the two countries and furthering educational opportunities at the school level between both the nations.
12TH ASIAN REGIONAL SPACE SETTLEMENT DESIGN COMPETITION
The Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition 2016 was held at the Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Manesar, Gurgaon. In this competition, the students had to exhibit designing, innovation, creativity and presentation techniques. This year the requirement was to construct a Space Settlement named Cassandras- a luxury ship travelling from Earth to Mars in 80 days. Students were asked to describe the structure, development and operation/maintenance of this settlement.
Our team, known as SUM 42 (a team from DPS RK Puram) along with their adviser Mr Anil K. Verma, was a part of the winning company, “Rockdonnell”. This is also the first time any team from DPS R.K. Puram has won ARSSDC. There were 5 such companies, each of which constituted five schools and was aided by a specialist from Boeing.
Our team will be now be taking part in the next round ie the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the global level in the month of July 2016 at Houston (USA).
On the whole, it was an enriching experience for the students and the adviser.
Names of Participants
Raj Bakshi 9-H
Arunim Gupta 9-H
Yash Khurana 9-I
Anhad Singh 9-J
Shashwat Goel 9-M
Hersh Aditya Singh 10-E
Aryan Gupta 10-H
Dibyadarshi Dash 11-L
Aman Sidhant 11-L
Varun Arora 11-L
Aditya Soni 11-O
Suryansh Garg 11-O
FRIENDLY CRICKET MATCH (U – 14) WITH KENTON COLLEGE, NAIROBI, KENYA
A friendly cricket match was organised against the touring cricket team from Nairobi , Kenya on 17th October 2015 at the DPS R.K.Puram Sports complex. The toss won by the visiting team and they elected to bat. They were all out for 73 runs in 14 overs.
DPS R.K.Puram chased the target in 16 overs with the loss of 4 wickets.
Madhav Chaturvedi of DPS RK Puram scored 26 runs and was declared the Man of the Match.
VISIT OF CANADIAN DELEGATION
A delegation of 8 Canadian Universities visited DPS R K Puram on Monday, 24th Aug 2015 at 7:15 a.m. The universities were: McGill, The University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Carleton University, York University, University of Guelph and University of Concordia. The delegation interacted with the students in the Principal’s office, who enquired about the admissions process, eligibility criteria, courses offered deadlines, costs and scholarships etc. The students were delighted with the opportunity presented to them, since specific details were conveyed and all queries were answered to their satisfaction.
AUSTRALIA- INDIA BRIDGE SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROJECT LAUNCH
India took an important step towards unifying global education on 24th August 2015 with the launch of the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership by the Australian Department of Education at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. The goal of the BRIDGE initiative is to broaden the Indo-Australian relationship by connecting 16 schools and their students across both countries. The chief guest for the occasion was the Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon’ble Mr. Christopher Pyne. He was accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Patrick Suckling, ace cricketer and the first-ever Australia-India Education Ambassador, Mr. Adam Gilchrist and other delegates. Principals of the 8 India-based BRIDGE partner schools graced the gathering. Also present were the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of the esteemed guests. Dr. D.R. Saini extended a warm welcome to the distinguished gathering. The cultural programme began with a mellifluous rendition of the song ‘It’s a Small World.’ This was followed by a dance performance celebrating the geo-cultural diversity of India. The Hon’ble Mr. Christopher Pyne spoke about the importance of sustaining collaboration between Indian and Australian schools across various learning areas and disciplines and launched the BRIDGE programme. An interactive video conference between the students of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and its Australian counterpart St. Francis De Sales College took place. Mr. Adam Gilchrist addressed the audience and emphasised the role of intercultural learning in education.
The Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks and the event concluded with the National Anthems of both Australia and India. The Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership Project heralds a new chapter in Indo-Australian bilateral ties and hosting its launch was a historic occasion for D.P.S. R.K. Puram.
CONRAD SPIRIT INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2015
The Conrad Spirit Of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honour of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. The competition is an international, annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of four areas: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.
Two students from our school, Shraddha Anand and Abhishek Anand formed a team “Albatross”.The event was held at NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA on 9-11 April 2015. They were the only team from India to qualify for the finals and competed against teams from all over the world including countries like USA, Germany, Australia, Bangladesh and Israel. They received the following accolades:
• Winners and Pete Conrad Scholars in “Giant Leap to Mars” category sponsored by SpaceX and NASA
• Finalists and Summit Diplomats in “Aerospace and Aviation” and “Giant Leap to Mars” category
7TH ASIAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aarushi Chadha, aged 17, a student of class XI-T of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram participated in the 7th Asian Basketball Championship held in March 2015 in Thailand.
She, along with her teammates, represented Delhi and secured the First Position by defeating 28 other states in the 61st U-19 National School Games held in January 2015 in Delhi.
VISIT OF 3 US UNIVERSITIES – CASE WESTERN RESERVE, UNIV. OF ROCHESTER AND BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Representatives of Case Western Reserve, Univ. of Rochester and Brandeis University visited DPS R K Puram on Thursday, 9th April, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
The group first met with the Principal, Dr. D R Saini and the Education Counsellor Ms. Mamta Sharma and discussed the admission criteria of their respective universities, as well as the various courses offered at their institutions, the application procedure and the special characteristics of each institution.
This was followed by an interactive presentation in the AVH for Class 12 students.
A great deal of interest was shown by the students, who asked several questions on the courses taught, SAT scores, the selection process, the possibility of dual majors etc.
It was a very informative session and greatly appreciated by the guests as well as the staff and students present.
VISITS OF DEANS AND DIRECTORS OF 14 US UNIVERSITIES
DPS R.K. Puram was visited by the Deans and Directors of Admissions of 14 US universities on Monday, 9th February, 2015. This visit, which was primarily to meet the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, and the Education Counsellor, Ms. Mamta Sharma, was organized by Ms. Brandy Fransen, the Director of Operations, the LINDEN group.
The delegates arrived at 11.30 am, and after introducing themselves, gave a brief on their respective institutions. The universities that were represented were : Arizona State University, Hampshire West Virginia University, Loyola Marymount University, John Carrol University, Hampshire College, Embry – Riddle, Foothill and De Anza College, University of Piltsburg, University of San Francisco, University of Missouri – Kansas City, SUNY Buffalo, Richmond
University in London and New Jersey’s Science & Technology University.
The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, also presented the school’s achievements with the delegation, and the education system it pursued, along with its track record in academics and international admissions it had secured across the world. Ms. Sharma also briefly spoke about the admissions procedure and the unmatched results it had secured in international placements.
The information that was shared was both informative and constructive, and valued by all those present at the meeting.
VISIT OF 15 US UNIVERSITIES REPRESENTATIVES
Representatives of 15 US universities visited DPS R K Puram on Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Their mission was to share details of their respective institutions with the students of Class 11, and also discuss the unique features, admission criteria and requirements of each university, the group was led by Mr. Ganesh Kohli, Director and Founder of KIC Univ. Assist, who also spoke about the diverse educational pathways available to the students today, alongwith the choices which lay ahead of them.
The delegation comprised of the following universities and colleges:-
Coastal Carolina University, Columbia College Chicago, Elon University, Kettering University, Michigan State University, Ohio University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Michigan-Flint, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa.
It was indeed and enriching experience for all those present. The students also directly interacted with the admissions representatives and clarified their doubts. The session was very informative, and enabled the students to understand the options available to them after completing Class 12.
The International Day of the Girl Child
The ‘International day of the girl child’ was celebrated at DPS R.K.Puram on 14 October 2014. The chief guest was Mr.John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Also present was Dr.Ashok Dyalchand,founder of AGRT-Institute of Health Management and Ms.Pakzoon Dastoor, Manager of Advisory Research at Dasra. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini along with the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; and the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, welcomed all the guests. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. A clip on the child marriage was shown to the students.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable John Baird was presented with a shawl as a token of appreciation. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra performed a scintillating dance depicting the reality of a girl child. The principal addressed the gathering about the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries, India and Canada should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. John Baird spoke about the importance of encouraging girls so as to empower them and help them achieve their full potential.
Dr. Ashok Dyalchand addressed the gathering with his words of wisdom and highlighted the life skills which need to be provided to the villages and slums, especially to empower girls through knowledge and learning. Another delegate, Ms. Dastoor spoke about NGO’s working with their organisation, ‘Dasra’ and the statistics of girl child marriages.
There was an interesting interactive session in which Dr. Dyalchand and Ms. Dastoor answered the various queries of the students.
Canada-India Friendship Day Celebrations
The High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, in partnership with Delhi Public School, R .K. Puram celebrated the Canada-India Friendship Day on August 14. This colourful event was marked by a presentation on educational opportunities in Canada, face-painting and a “best dressed” competition featuring the national colours of both countries.
This was the third in a series of Canada-India Friendship Days that the High Commission of Canada has been celebrating in the build-up to India’s Independence Day, for the past three years.
The chief guest on the occasion was the Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Mr. Jess Dutton. He was accompanied by Mr Robert Dutka, Second Secretary, Advocacy program; Ms Archana Mirajkar, Senior communications Officer; Ms Smriti Saxena, Media and communications Officer;
Mr Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education and Ms Jasvinder Kaur, Executive, Advocacy program. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, the Vice Principals, Ms. Shobha Mehta and Mrs. Pushpa Agarwal and the headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini addressed the gathering and spoke of the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. Jess Dutton, in his interaction with the audience, emphasized the importance of strengthening Indo-Canadian bonds. The National Anthem of the two nations were sung.
The cultural program began with enchanting and scintillating dance performances by the students of the school. A short film highlighting the beauty of Canadian culture was presented by the Canada Tourism agency along with a Power Point Presentation on education opportunities in Canada This was followed by a quiz on Canada in which the students participated with great enthusiasm. A fashion walk was showcased incorporating the national colours of both the nations. Mallika Gupta of class XII recited a poem on friendship between the two countries. Last but not the least, the occasion ended with exciting face painting, turban tying and sessions of photography.
International Space Settlement Design Competition 2014
The International Space Settlement Design Competition 2014 was held at the Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida. Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram qualified for the competition as an invited team. We were assigned the company name “Rockdonnell” and were teamed up with Johnson Space Center Semi-Final Winner from US, Latin American Semi-Final Winner from Uruguay, Princess Margaret Secondary School—Surrey British Columbia from Canada and the invited team from Wales. In all there were 4 companies each of which consisted of 5 schools and 48 students each. Our company’s CEO was Eryn Andrews Beisner who is an engineer at NASA and working with her was an amazing opportunity for us.
From left to right: Mrs. Sarita Singh (Shraddha’s mother); Siddharth Bhogra; Tanay Vardhan; Akshay Kumar Gupta; Prateek Swain; Abhishek Anand; Tanay Kothari; Mrs. Archna Deepak; Shraddha Anand
This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in sitting and designing a Space Settlement. Our problem statement at the competition revolved around making a space settlement on the surface of moon named “Balderol”. We needed to describe the design, development, construction and operations/maintenance planning of Balderol and prepare a 50 slide presentation within a time frame of 41 hours.
Tanay Kothari from our school was selected as the company’s Vice President of Engineering. Shraddha Anand and Abhishek Anand from our school were selected to present the final presentations on stage. Abhishek Anand was awarded the Dick Edwards Award for exceptional leadership. This award is given to one person from each company and to just four students overall at the competition. The company “Dougeldyne Astrosystems and Flechtel Contractors” won the competition with our company ending up as runner’s up.
Abhishek Anand receiving the Dick Edwards Leadership Award
All in all, ISSDC 2014 was a very enriching and learning experience for all the students. There was lot of knowledge to take back and incorporate in such future ventures. It will always remain as one of the most memorable educational events for all of the team. We had the honour interacting with the likes of Norman Chaffee (designer of Falcon 9), Anita Gale (a Boeing engineer) and Jim Christensen (Vice President of Atlantis Educational Services).
Visit of the Delegation From The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Canada
A delegation comprising of 5 members from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Canada, visited DPS R K Puram on Friday, 18th July, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. They were: Mr. Shulin Dave, Senior Manager – Organizational Design and Information Management; Ms. Mary Jane McNamara, Superintendent of Education for West Region 1; Mr. John Hastings, a Politician from Ontario and School Trustee – Ward 1; Ms. Deepa Karamjeet, Elementary School Principal; and Mr. Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer. The purpose of the visit was to share the trends in K-12 education in India and Canada, and discuss ways in which collaboration and partnerships could be developed and strengthened.
DPS R K Puram was represented by Dr. D. R. Saini, Principal, in the chair; Ms. Mamta Sharma, Education Counsellor and Ms. Reena Vardhan, Counsellor.
The meeting began with both sides introducing each other’s mission in the teaching and learning process and a brief background of the existing educational practices. This was followed by a multimedia presentation of TDSB work in Toronto, and the current ethnicity in their 588 schools. Dr. Saini also showcased the strengths and achievements of DPS R K Puram, alongwith a short clip on the celebrations of 40 years of Excellence in Education at DPS R K Puram. The delegation was then taken on a round of the school and the Sports Complex.
To sum up in the words of Mr. John Hastings, “It’s been the most productive visit we’ve had so far”. Indeed, it was a memorable event, and a great learning experience for all concerned.
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Visit of the Japanese Delegation from Kunori Gakuen High School, Yamagata
Under the aegis of the Jenesys 2.0 Dispatching Programme – High School Students Exchange Programme- 12 girls and 7 boys from Kunori Gakuen High School in Japan visited Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on Thursday,24 July 2014. They were accompanied by two teachers: Mr Suzuki Sei and Mr Iwaya Yoshihiko and two co-ordinators from JICE: Mr Kurihara and Ms Obara.
The students were accorded a traditional Indian welcome with flower garlands and ‘tilak’. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp to the strains of Sanskrit shlokas. The visitors then proceeded to the school auditorium where the Principal, Dr D.R.Saini welcomed the guests and praised the culture of Japan with its ethos of patience, punctuality and hard-work. The students enjoyed a presentation on Indian Culture followed by a scintillating performance on the ‘Dances of India’.
The Japanese students in turn, showed an interesting Power point presentation showcasing various aspects of the Japanese Culture followed by dances; both traditional and modern. The audience, comprising students of Class 10, enjoyed the performances.
The Headmistress, Vanita Sehgal, said that the presentation by the Japanese students was so fascinating that it made one yearn to visit the country.
The students also observed an English Class taught by the Headmistress, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and then proceeded on a tour of the school and the Sports Complex where the boys played a friendly football match with the school team. They also spent a lot of time interacting with the Japanese students of DPS RKPuram.
The visit ended with a touching farewell between the Japanese students and their Indian counterparts.
Model United Nations Conference
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar conducted the second edition of its annual Model United Nations Conference in New Delhi from 14th to 16th July, 2014 at Radisson Blu Plaza.
Anvay Tewari, a student of Class 12 O was invited to be the Vice Chair of the Arab League, a 24-delegate committee whose aim was to address the conflicts of the Middle East. To be accorded the status of Vice Chair is a rare privilege. During the inaugural Model UN conference conducted by Georgetown University in 2013, Anvay Tewari was awarded the Best Delegate of the Human Rights Council and the invitation to be Vice Chair this year was an outcome of last year’s interaction.
Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) Programme
Ms Saeko Sohma, Programme Chief , Youth Exchange Division, International Exchanges Department, Japan International Cooperation Centre visited DPS R.K. Puram on 20 May 2014 to discuss the visit of Japanese High School students on 24 July 2014 under the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) programme. Students of DPS R.K.Puram will be visiting Japan during the month of May under the same programme.