Guest Speaker Programme – Business Studies Deptt.

The Department of Business Studies organized a Guest Speaker Programme on 1st June 2020 for the students of class XII. The guest speaker, Anubhav Rakheja is a motivational speaker and a career guidance expert who spoke on the topic, “Careers after Lockdown”. He discussed the impact of lockdown on the economy and the increase in demand for careers like ‘Financial Analysts’ etc. The students interacted with the guest and he answered the queries of the students. The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar and Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were invited for the same.

A Session on Introduction of Archaeology

A Session on Introduction of Archaeology with reference to human evolution and the Harappan Civilization

Dr Ashish Sarovar Shende HOD, Assistant Professor Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, VasantRao Naik Government Institute Of  Arts and Social Sciences, Nagpur University, conducted an interactive session on Introduction of Archaeology with reference to human evolution and the Harappan Civilization for the students of Classes XI and XII of History department and the teachers of the Social Science Departments (History, Political Science, Geography and Economics) on 21 May 2020 at 4.30 pm. The children and teachers enjoyed the lecture as it was not only very interesting but also informative and educative. Dr Shinde presented many unknown facts about archaeology and the Indus Valley Civilization. He showed us a treasure of pottery remains and other artefacts unearthed from numerous sites of Indus Valley. This informative session was coordinated by Mrs Shruti Mishra.

The Principal,Ms Padma Srinivasan thanked the speaker at the end of the talk.

Guest Speaker Programme- Class XI-XII Biology Sections

 “Biology gives you a brain, life turns it into a mind.”-Jeffrey Eugenides

Dr Deepak Gaur, a prominent Biotechnologist from the School of Biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, conducted an Online Interactive Session on 22nd May 2020 for the Biology sections of classes XI and XII through Google Meet platform. Dr Gaur has obtained Masters in Biotech from the most prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He has been awarded various accolades including the Shanti Bhatnagar Prize 2017 for his work, and also has innumerable research publications to his name.

Dr Gaur is an expert in the field of Biotechnology and Human Biology has been instrumental in inculcating a keen interest for the same among students and young educators. He was welcomed by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Headmistress & Head of the Biology Department. Close to 200 students from biology sections of XI and XII along with the other teachers from the Biology Department attended the session. His professionalism yet personal approach kept the viewers engaged throughout the seminar. Dr Gaur spoke about different types of viral diseases with special reference to SARS, MERS and CORONA and types of vaccines. He also highlighted the importance of multiple career options for biology students such as pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture etc. with special emphasis on research activities. He spoke about career opportunities for Biology students and the future of the science of Biology. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms Kusum Yadav. The students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and actively participated by asking questions pertaining to the structure and possibility of vaccination against the novel coronavirus.

Guest Speaker for Sanskrit Students

A Guest Speaker Programme was organized by the Sanskrit Department on 26th of November, 2019 for the students of Class VIII.The aim of this programme was to make the students aware of the future perspectives of studying an ancient language and to motivate them to study Sanskrit in higher classes.
The Guest Speaker for this programme was Mr. K. Bharathbooshan, Dean of Education Department in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha. He inspired students with his magnificent thought and elaborate knowledge.He also told the students about the rich heritage of the Indian Culture and how Sanskrit has been an integral part of both mythology and ancient history.
The session lasted for 70 minutes where he enlightened us with his deep understanding of the subject.He enlightened the students with the usefulness and practicality of the language and how Sanskrit makes us a better human being.This interactive session was appreciated by the students and teachers who attended it .

Interactive Session on the importance of Probiotics by Danone Company

An Interactive session was conducted for the students of Classes VI and VIII on 4th December, on good eating habits , the use of probiotics and the role of bacteria in our digestive systems.

Ms Jyoti and Ms Priyanka of the Danone group conducted the session. The Guest Presentation began with the Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar welcoming the guests and introducing the topic to the students with reference to useful and harmful bacteria, the importance of symbiotic bacteria in the human body, prebiotics,why are antibiotics harmful.

The session started with explaining the role of different parts of the Digestive system using a model. Interesting facts were presented to the students like the length of the human  intestine, the number of bacteria present in the intestine, three types of bacteria, namely beneficial, neutral and harmful bacteria. The session proceeded further with the importance of balanced diet and prevention of alcohol- based drugs in the lives of growing students. The students answered the questions put up by the presenters enthusiastically. The programme concluded with an animated movie to understand how probiotics help to boost immunity and improve digestion.

The session was quite interactive and thoroughly enjoyed by the students.  

Disaster Management Awareness Programme

To spread awareness on Disaster Management among the students, the Geography Department of our school organized an Intersection ‘Pamphlet Making Competition’ for Class VI on 20 November 2019.

The topic of the Competition was Do’s and Don’ts in Disasters. Many informative pamphlets were made, bringing out interesting facts by the enthusiastic students.

All the pamphlets were well presented, it was very difficult for the teachers to judge the competition.
The 1st position was shared by Suhaan Oberoi and Paavani Gupta of Class VI J and Ashwika Sharma and Parika Talwar of Class VI A
The 2nd position was shared by Aashni Mishra and Amaira A. Khan of Class VI C and Vritti Khandelwal and Aanandi Tandon of Class VI B
The 3rd position was shared by Shaurya and Alvina of Class VI E and Arav Gupta and Riddhan Saluja of Class VI I.

The programme was organized by Ms. Mahima Goel under the supervision and guidance of the Head of the Department Ms. Rupa Das.

Workshop on POCSO, Gender sensitivity, Poverty and Anti Bullying

To acquaint , sensitise and strengthen students regarding Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO),Awareness about issues related to bullying and poverty Gender Sensitivity an interactive session was conducted for the students of Class VII on November 1st 2019, Friday, by Mrs. Sheetal Chaudhary Pradhan, Judge,Mahila Courts Delhi at Saket Courts complex.

Ms Niva Chhonkar, Headmistress VI-VIII, felicitated Ms Sheetal Chaudhury Pradhan. The Headmistress said that with ‘rights’, the children must not forget their ‘responsibilities’ and the children should avoid unsafe situations and report any such matter immediately to the person with whom the child is comfortable. She asked the students to be sensitive , sympathetic and respectful towards underprivileged and appreciate good qualities in others.

Ms Sheetal started her interesting speech telling that there should be no discrimination between boys and girls. She emphasized on having equal responsibilities for both. She slowly proceeded towards bullying which has become a common issue now. She told the students that they should neither give in to bullying nor be a silent observer. She also focussed on good touch and bad touch. Children were specifically told to speak out and report if ever they felt uncomfortable about any such thing. They were also advised to confide in a person with whom they are comfortable. She also asked the students to avoid eye contact with strangers as cases of hypnotism have been reported.

The programme concluded with a positive note which she made about friendship. Even a single friend in our lives can make the difference. Students were also encouraged to have confidence in themselves

Guest Speaker Programme

An interactive session on the topic ‘Celebrate Green Diwali: Say ‘NO’ to Firecrackers’ was held on 22 October 2019 for class VI in the 3rd – 4th period in the Seminar Room. In the session lead by Dr. Pawan Tiwari, Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS and his team of three students from Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi, the students learned about the causes and the harmful effects of air pollution, common air pollutants, sources of indoor and outdoor air pollution and common diseases caused by air pollution . They also learned about the various ways to control air pollution, the method to assess air quality, what happens when the air quality index crosses certain limits, the average air quality index of Delhi during different seasons, the causes and harmful effects of smog  and the Directives given by the Supreme Court of India to control air pollution.

The students were also informed about the increased levels of pollution caused during Diwali due to the bursting of crackers. Dr. Pawan spoke at length about the need to curb such practices and the various alternatives that can be adopted by the students to do so. He also spoke about the ways to manage air pollution. The session concluded with a quiz organised by the students of Environment Club of Venkateshwar College on air pollution. The winners of the quiz were given the chocolates and pens. On the whole, the session was very informative for the students and helped create awareness in them regarding air pollution and the need to celebrate a Green Diwali, without using crackers.

Capacity Building on Effective Classroom Management

With Gen-X being ten times ahead of its previous generation, feeding it merely with factual knowledge, is just not enough. Teachers need to get a grip of their classroom in such a manner that the learners feel valued and an integral part of the teaching- learning process. To equip teachers with the strategies to manage their classroom effectively, a workshop was conducted for the teachers of DPS, Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash on October 5th 2019, Saturday, from 8.30am to 3.30 pm  at DPS, R K Puram.

The Resource Person Dr. Geetanjali Kumar, besides being a life skill trainer, speech therapist and parenting coach is also a renowned special educator, occupational therapist and corporate trainer.  She is also registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and is a founding member of All India Association of School Counsellors and Allied Professionals (AISCAP).

The workshop began with an ice- breaking session, wherein each teacher was required to choose a random teacher- partner (the least known person in the group). The teacher- pairs then struck a conversation to know more about each other. This activity helped establish a bond and connect among teachers, as they got to know a lot about one another. This was an ice breaking exercise emphasizing that knowing each student in the class is necessary to motivate them to achieve their goals.

In the second half of the workshop, teachers were divided into seven groups. Each group was assigned with a life skill (leadership, initiative, problem- solving, teamwork, empathy among others).  On the assigned themes, each group was supposed to give a stage presentation merging academics with an inter- disciplinary approach and methodology. Group members had to impart an “extraordinary learning element” too through the logo which was to be designed by the group members as per the theme assigned to them.

Teachers teamed up together as per their assigned number group. They discussed their themes, wrote the script, penned down poems & songs, sang jingles. The performances of the various teams was critically assessed on various parameters. Dr. Geetanjali, brought out the weak areas which impacts learning in the class and guided the teachers to take note off and thus empower themselves and work towards achieving effective classroom management. By the end of the workshop, teachers were able to evaluate teaching strategies that empower them with skills and expertise to manage a diverse group of students effectively in their class.

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Workshop

In the fast changing times of technology, where everyone is taken over by media and mobile phones, it is almost impossible to keep a close eye on children at all times. With extra- cautious parents and sensitive students, each teacher strives to account for the safety and security of the children under her care. Yet, for times, when each party feels helpless with hands tied to take appropriate steps; when it becomes important to know wrong from right, we must adhere to what law states.

To acquaint and strengthen teachers with acts and laws of  The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), a workshop was conducted for the teachers of DPS, Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash on October 5th 2019, Saturday, from 8.30am to 3.30 pm  at DPS, R K Puram. by Mrs. Sheetal Chaudhary Pradhan, who is presently looking after Mahila Courts Delhi at Saket Courts Complex

Teachers were free to ask questions about similar incidents that may happen in school. They were acquainted with laws that would come to their rescue when things don’t go as expected.

Headmistress Mrs. Archana Pental  narrated incidents and mentored teachers to be watchful of signs and traits in children/ people around them. Teachers were directed to gain confidence of the students, to be able to confide in them without any inhibitions.  At the same time, they were counseled to be professional with parents and teachers, so as to keep legal matters at bay. 

By the end of the workshop, teachers had acquired guidelines with regards to the laws and acts as laid down by POCSO Act.

Interactive session on Waste Management for Class VII

An interactive session on Waste Management was organised for the students of Class VII and the Speaker was Dr. Pooja Gokhale Sinha,Professor,Environmental Biology and her team of students from Sri Venkateswara College Ms. Niva Chhonkar,Headmistress,welcomed Dr Pooja and her team.She highlighted the importance of personal hygiene and cleanliness whether it is classroom or home.She encouraged the students to take the initiative as per Gandhi’s quote ‘Be the change you wish to see in the society’. During the session students learnt about the different types of waste and methodologies of waste management.Students learnt about the need to dispose off waste properly and what can happen if the waste is not managed properly.Topics like E waste,importance of Waste Segregation, Single use Plastic,Biomedical Waste,GreenHouse Effect, Acid rain, Reuse of Wastewater,Composting were also brought to light.Students were surprised to learn about the waste generated by different countries , The aim was to sensitize the students about the seriousness and impact of Plastics on the environment. At the end of the session students enjoyed a fun quiz, a reflection on the topics related to waste management. A token prizes were given to the students as rewards for answering correctly.Ms Rituraj ,Rep Class VII delivered the vote of thanks. It was an educating and memorable experience for the students .

Understanding POCSO and Child Rights

Understanding POCSO and Child Rights was the theme of the workshops held on 6 and 7 September 2019  for the teachers of Classes XI-XII and VI-X as well as the non teaching staff.The sessions were taken up by Sh.Chanderjit Singh,Secretary, New Delhi District Legal Services Authority.The workshops covered the various aspects of the law that govern POCSO and Child Rights.The sessions were highly informative as it helped to understand the finer details of POCSO and Child Rights.The Q&A sessions for the teaching/non teaching staff provided a glimpse into the practical workings of the law and was well appreciated by the participants.