‘MY COMBO ROCKS’: Cooking a Healthy Dish

‘MY COMBO ROCKS’: Cooking a healthy dish event organised by Nutrition & Wellness Club,Biology Department

Nutrition & Wellness Club  under “Eat Right School” activities by FSSAI conducted the event ‘My combo rocks’ on December19,2020 at 10:30 a.m. for the Classes VI to VIII.This event was Virtual Competition of baking cake and healthy snack.The aim of this activity was to promote healthy food choices and to develop a positive connection of the student with different types of foods including fruits and vegetables ,so essential at the growing stage.

The participant along with an adult family member baked a cake and a healthy snack within 45 minutes of preparation time.Each participant was given 5 minutes to highlight the nutritional value/speciality of the dish .Judgement of their preparation was based on innovative name of the dish,originality,ease of preparation,nutritional value and overall presentation.It was an enriching experience for the participants as they learnt essential skills such as measuring and following instructions.It was an opportunity for students and their family members to showcase their teamwork.It was fascinating to see young chefs present their innovative and healthy recipes. The excitement and involvement of the students  was noteworthy.

Ms Padma Srinivasan wished the teams all the best and highlighted the importance of  family bonding and team work.The judges had a stupendous time watching young chefs working hand in hand with their parents and grandparents. They presented their innovative dishes very thoughtfully explaining the ingredients along with the  nutritional value. The highlight was a chocolate zucchini cake log which was beautifully themed as ‘My DPS Christmas cheer.’A plum cake shaped into a snowman was made with almond flour and was a delight to watch.Most of the parents used gluten free ingredients.A spectacular snack was the use of burgers made of rice flour.An appetizing array of healthy snacks were prepared with oatmeal ‘appams’.

The activities was organised under the guidance of  Ms Niva Chhonkar Headmistress (VI to VIII) and coordinated by Ms Jyoti Sharma and Ms Shalini Chanana,Incharges of the Nutrition & Wellness Club.and the teachers of Biology Department

In Conversation with Shri Anurag Tripathi

Delhi Public School RK Puram organised an interactive session with Shri Anurag Tripathi, Secretary, CBSE on December 17, 2020 to get an insight into CBSE Examinations for the session 2020-21. 

The session began with a virtual felicitation, followed by the Principal’s welcome address. 

The Question and answer session was conducted by Ms Shelly Malhotra and included questions  from teachers of DPS schools like  DPS RK Puram, DPS Mathura Road, DPS Vasant Kunj, DPS Rohini and DPS Dwarka. Almost 280 questions gathered using a questionnaire were compiled into different categories to ensure that the maximum number of queries could be answered. The session helped ease the concerns teachers had about the upcoming CBSE examination for Classes X and XII, with Mr Anurag Tripathi assuring all present that the CBSE valued the safety of students and teachers alike, and that utmost care would be taken to uphold the quality and sanctity of examination to be conducted. 

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by the Vice Principal, Dr Renu Nayar. She thanked Shri Anurag Tripathi for sparing his valuable time and the Principal for providing a platform to discuss the questions/queries of the teachers. She also thanks Mr Mukesh Kumar and his team for the technical assistance and Ms Shelly Malhotra for conducting the session.

DM-Geoquest Interactive Story Telling Session

The DM-GEOQUEST club organised a storytelling session on 10 December 2020 at 5:15 pm on the topic “Nature and I”. The session was initiated by the club co-president Ms Sharanya Bhardwaj, welcoming the guest speaker Mrs Jyoti Pande, the teachers, and the students. Ms Priyanka Gupta, the club co-president, introduced the guest speaker Mrs Jyoti Pande as a well-known educationist, counselor, and an established storyteller. She is part of the elite resource pool for NCERT, Regional Institute (RIE), at Bhopal and Ajmer, and undertakes training sessions on counselling skills for the teachers of KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA and NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA on a regular basis. She is also a resource person for TISS (Tata School of Social Sciences). She has been invited to various bookfests, Bookaroo and Kitaboo being a few. 

Mrs Rupa Das head of the department of geography welcomed Ms Jyoti Pande. Ms Sangita Bajpai honoured the chief guest with a bouquet of flowers. 

Ms Jyoti Pande commenced with the story ” The Tree Of Blossoms” and held the kids in rapt attention. She created an aura of calm and took the listeners to the city of Benaras in a different era. She stressed on the beauty of the interrelationships within nature. The children were asked to reflect and speak about what they liked best in the story. They were then guided to do an activity of creating a tree of life with roots, trunk, branches and leaves reflecting on hometowns, values, skills, aspirations and living beings who support them. The students participated with enthusiasm and zeal. 

Ms Yana Sheoran, the vice president, gave the vote of thanks. 

The event was attended by 68 children from class six to class eleven.. Mrs Sangita Bajpai (Club Incharge DM-GEOQUEST) ended the session at 6pm, expressing immense gratitude and hoping to organise more such activities for the club. 

Interaction with Ms. Eryn Andrews Astronaut/Flight Control Engineer at Nasa,Houston

The event was organised by The Think Club on 1st December 2020. Students of Classes 9th and 10th participated in a live interactive session with Ms. Eryn Andrews.

Ms Eryn Andrews,an experienced engineer with several years supporting the International Space Station (ISS) in various roles, She is highly knowledgeable in ISS structure, facilities, and operations. She is dedicated to space exploration.

Ms. Andrews started with a short introduction about herself. She began by showing the students a presentation , highlighting her career as an astronaut trainer,with videos and pictures of astronaut training labs. She talked in depth about how to become an astronaut and specified over the fact that grades always need to be high.

After her presentation highly motivated students started asking questions about space exploration and space theories which Ms. Andrews answered enthusiastically. She also shared the experience of how difficult and rigorous the training actually is and enacted how to wear a space suit. She also mentioned that being in the space suit and the zero gravity experience was the highlight of her career. The event ended at 9:00 pm after which Ms. ANdrews talked to the Think Club  members and Think Club Incharge Ms. Archna Deepak informally.The students were left  awestruck .

Not All Disabilities Are Visible-the International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on 3 December. This year’s theme was a call for resonance and inclusiveness towards people with disabilities and an understanding that ‘Not all disabilities are visible’ such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, learning differences amongst others. These disabilities are often overlooked and misunderstood which might prevent further open conversations regarding them. 

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram’s Psychology Club organized a presentation for the grade XI psychology students  which was  prepared by the following students Mihika Jain XI X, Geetanjali Goel  XI K, Anandit Thakur 11X, Killada Shreevani 11U and Kriti Tripathi of class 11X.The purpose of the presentation was to inculcate awareness among the fellow students about disabilities both physical and mental .The presentation was very informative and appropriately presented with the help of short videos including a renowned TED talk by Ameii Mullins. It aimed at encouraging empathy and recognition towards needs of people with such disabilities. Acknowledging the pivotal role of stigma, discrimination and neglect as barriers in accessibility to professional medical help was also highlighted by use of media. The presenters also depicted the feelings of disabled people through a heartwarming self composed poem ‘Fire in a building’ illustrating how the inability of people to treat them equally and accepting their special needs is more detrimental to their well being than their own disabilities. The presentation was followed by a very interactive and compelling quiz which was created by our very own psychology students and was attempted by all. Lastly, the presentation also stressed upon the significance of open minds, open communication and elimination of social stigma towards fostering acceptance and inclusiveness as all disabilities are just differences which can be overcome through assistance.

How To Act Around People With Disabilities?

The International Day of Persons With Disabilities is celebrated every year on December 3 since its proclamation in 1992. Every year this day has a different theme. The theme of this year is that: ’not all disabilities are visible. One of its aims is to educate people how to behave around people with disabilities, develop empathy towards them and how to make them feel more comfortable

Four students who are part of the Social Service League- Alma Ali of 11 U, Devina Singh of 11 V, Krish Gupta of 11 R and Mudit Khandelwal of 11V- prepared and presented a Presentation on this topic.The presentation was prepared by Mudit and Devina. Krish and Alma spoke on it. At the end of the presentation, there was an open discussion in which everyone participated.

It started with a short poem and then talked about how people with disabilities are extremely special and need to be showered with love and extreme care. Following this, we had a discussion about what each individual thinks the world “disability” means. We told the attendees about some striking facts, discussed some challenges faced by them, their employment opportunities, and finally, busted some common myths about disabilities. 

 The main objective of this presentation was to educate the club members as to how they should  behave in front of people with disabilities. We told them to act how they would with any other person; be gentle, affectionate and ask if they need something. We also told them to make people with disabilities feel comfortable around them because they need the empathy of the society and not their sympathy.

Exun 2020 – International IT Symposium

The Annual IT Symposium ‘Exun 2020’ was hosted by Exun Clan, the Technology Club of Delhi Public School, RK Puram was held for the 25th time in ‘Exun Week’, from 15th to 22nd November, 2020. The event was sponsored by Athena Education and BML Munjal University and supported by Wolfram, Devfolio and Women Who Code, Delhi. This event was the 3rd National IT Symposium for and by the tech enthusiast students under the supervision of the Computer Science Department of the school, with select competitions enjoying international participation. 

A prominent feature of Exun Week this year were the various Exun Talks, given by experienced alumni and professionals such as Andre Cardoso, the creator of a popular GameDev YouTube channel – Mix and Jam. Additionally, a Fireside chat was organised with some of our most-experienced alumni discussing their careers and the contemporary tech landscape. The introduction for the closing ceremony was given by Rahul Merwah, the founder of Exun Clan, back in 1991.

This year, with 800+ registrations from 50 schools, Exun along with The Gaming Club-DomainSquare+, Robotics Club – RoboKnights and Cubing Club – CubXL organised 22 different IT events including an Online Cryptic Hunt– SudoCrypt and a Girls in Tech event.

Exun Week was preceded by  SudoCrypt 10.0, the tenth iteration of Exun Clan’s flagship online cryptic hunt, held from 9-10th November. The format of the hunt was redesigned, shifting from a traditional cryptic hunt to a text adventure based hunt. More than 1000 participants took part in SudoCrypt, accumulating a total of 200,000+ points. Preliminary rounds for Competitive Programming, Group Discussion and the SpaceTech event took place before Exun Week commenced as well.

On the occasion of the 25th Exun, Exun Clan also released the 15th issue of its Annual Magazine – “UnderScore”, available at exun.co/underscore.

EXUN WEEK: Schedule

On the first day, Sunday the 15th, the symposium was inaugurated in the opening ceremony, where the Introductory Video (exun.co/video) for Exun 2020 was presented by Exun Clan, showcasing brief particulars about the events and the achievements of the club. On the same day, the Hardware and Machine Learning tasks were released. 

The Principal, in her welcome address, expressed her admiration for the club and the rapid advances they have made in the IT field. Furthermore, she articulated on the significance of technology and how she herself cannot do without it. At the same time, she emphasised the human aspect of life, and described how technology is a very powerful weapon, and should not be misused. Towards the end of her speech, she congratulated the entire Computer Science Department, calling them the backbone of the school, and praised Exun for being one of the most seasoned clubs.

On Monday, tasks for the RoboKnights BISCUITS event were released, the Quiz and Crossword prelims took place, and a tutorial workshop was organised by Women Who Code, Delhi for the Girls in Tech event which continued into the next day.

On Tuesday, the tasks for the Build events, Hackathon, Designathon, and Unreality were released. The Surprise and DomainSquare+ Gaming prelims also took place, along with semis of the Lockout programming event.

Wednesday started with the Turing Test (Computational Linguistics) competition, followed by the Surprise event finals which continued onto the next day. 

Thursday had the Group Discussion semifinals, along with the Girls in Tech prelims and DomainSquare+ Gaming finals. On Friday, the Group Discussion and Make-a-Thon event concluded with their finals.

Saturday began with a bang, with all 3 Build events, Hackathon, Designathon and Unreality having demos. Next, the SpaceTech semifinals and finals pitches took place, along with Lockout finals and Cubing finals which continued the next day.

On Sunday, the day started with “Exun Fireside Chat” (exun.co/fireside)  with 3 Exun alumni prominently involved with the tech landscape – Mr. Gaurav Lochan (President, 1994-95), Mr. Saif Hasan (President, 1994-95) and Mr. Manas Mittal (President, 2000-01). Afterwards, the Crossword finals took place, followed by the Quizzing finals.Finally to conclude the symposium, the closing ceremony was held, which started with addresses by the Exun founder, Mr. Rahul Merwah, Mr. Ankit Wadhwa (President, 1999-2000), Gursartajj Singh Nijjar (President, 2006-07), Ananay Arora (President, 2016-17) and Teacher In-Charge Mr. Mukesh Kumar sir, followed by announcement of winners and expression of gratitude towards participants for attending the event.

EVENTS

Group Discussion was conducted in 3 rounds. A preliminary round had participants use harmless modern internet slang such as “gg”, “tbh”, “ngl” and others while expressing their argument. This was followed by semi-finals and finals, with the latter having a question answer round. Mr. Sameer Chadha, Mr. Shiv Sethi and Mr. Siddhant Shah, alumni of DPS RK Puram and Exun Clan, were the judges for the event.

Build was an event wherein students were competing against each other in all aspects of design, game and software development. The Designathon event had participants working on rebranding their favourite album, and was judged by Mr. Gyan Lakhwani, Mr. Yatharth and Mr. Devansh Gandhi. The Hackathon event was judged by Mr. Sibesh Kar and Mr. Achal Varma. The Unreality (Game Development) event had the dual themes, “Regeneration” and “Entropy”, and was judged by Mr. Ayush Singla, Mr. Anirudh Chauhan and Mr. Bhavya Khandelwal. All were alumni of DPS RK Puram and Exun Clan.

Crossword was conducted in two rounds, a preliminary and a final round. The event included pun-based, tech-related questions. The event was conducted by Mr. Udit Malik, an alumni of DPS RK Puram and Exun Clan.

ExML, the Machine Learning event involved a rich variety of unique yet equally mesmerising machine learning paradigms on display and in use. In the ExML contest, there were a plethora of tasks to choose from, covering the various Machine Learning paradigms. The tasks had a subjective focus, with an emphasis on the quality of data science, perceptible results and data ethics, and each participant had to include a writeup describing their solution and how they came about it, along with their submissions. The event was judged by Mr. Ayush Singla and Mr. Sagnik Anupam, both alumni of DPS RK Puram and Exun Clan.

The basis of the SpaceTech event was the growing importance and applicability of space science in engineering that directly benefits us on Earth, by giving us clearer perspectives and direct returns in the form of technical advancements. The event, judged by Mr. Udit Malik, Mr. Shiv Sethi and Mr. Bhavya Khandelwal, was held in collaboration with the New Delhi Space Society. Participants had to devise innovative methods to traverse the surface of the Moon and provide routes between specified locations. The event culminated with participants pitching their innovations in a semifinal round, followed by an unconventional final where the 3 finalists were given preparation time of an hour to find flaws in the systems of other teams, while also finding aspects which they would like to incorporate in their own system.

Competitive Programming saw the participants face a plethora of problems based on logic, algorithms and data structures. They were evaluated on the basis of the time they took to solve the problems. The online qualifying round saw more than 1000 participants, including 192 international participants, out of which 10 teams battled it out in the onsite finals. 

The Gaming event, organized by DomainSquare+ focussed on the abilities of gamers to adapt to different situations as they were presented with games like Nidhogg, Shovel Knight, Curveball, Super Hexagon, Devil Daggers and Assault Cube. Make-a-Thon, an event based on  designing  innovative  systems with the application of robotics and engineering, and BISCUITS, Build and Design Circuits, events were hosted by RoboKnights. The BISCUITS was judged by Danish Bansal and Pranshu Malik, former Presidents of Roboknights, whereas the Make-a-Thon was judged by Aniansh Raj ,and Shaurya Jain, former Presidents of RoboKnights, along with Vinamr Sachdeva.

Turing Test assessed the skills of participants by testing them on problems based on various computational linguistics paradigms.

In the Open Quiz, the preliminary round was a form, with an online finals where they were required to answer a number of questions on a diverse range of topics such as Technology, I.T, tech-politics, and Gaming. The “Infinite Pounce and Bounce” system was in play throughout the quiz, which was conducted by Mr. Bharat Kashyap, an Exun and DPSRKP alumnus, and Mr. Pranava Dhar, an alumnus of DPS Noida.

Cubing Event, the first day started with war of speed with three solves by each and the average of the three was taken for shortlisting them for final. A total of 24, 9 from 2×2, 9 from 3×3 and 6 from Pyraminx were selected for finals.

In collaboration with the not-for-profit organization ‘Women Who Code, Delhi’, Exun 2020 featured a workshop and a unique ‘Girls in Tech’ event, with an aim to increase female representation in tech fields and provide girls with a platform to showcase their talent. The theme for this year was generative art, where P5.js was used.  The event consisted of two initial interactive workshops to familiarize the participants with the required pre-requisites after which, the preliminary round had participants replicate provided graphics whereas the finals required them to make interactive simulations and animations relating to STEM-concept based prompts.

The Surprise Event consisted of two rounds. The first was a relay of many games ranging from Chess to QuizUp. The final round asked participants to recognize companies based on portfolios and invest in them in hopes to make it big in the stock market. The event was judged by Mr. Aman Verma, Mr. Aaryak Garg and Mr. Aravind Ashok, alumni of DPS RK Puram and Exun Clan.

The DomainSquare+ PC Gaming event focused on the abilities of gamers to adapt to different situations with competitive games like Fistful of Frags in the preliminary rounds, Vector for the semi-finals and Blade Symphony for the Finale. The event had judges Mr. Saharsh Vedi, former President of DS+, Mr. Saumya Gaikwad, Mr. Aravind Ashok and Mr. Aaryak Garg.

To increase the level of excitement and thrill of participating in an “online hardware” event, our Hardware event aimed for a new angle of approach through a unique team-based task format.  Students had to compete against other schools in a Hardware hunt, which had an online platform of operation and had hints stored in an encrypted file. Participants also had to participate in 4 other tasks, including benchmarking and OS review. The event judges were Mr. Aditya Singh and Mr. Danish Bansal, alumnus of Exun Clan and DPSRKP.

The Computer Science Teachers comprising of Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Ms. Hema Jain, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, Mr. Mohitendra Dey, Ms. Shalini Harisukh, Ms. Sarika Kaushal, Ms. Anjana Virmani, Ms. Nandini Dasgupta, Mr. Shekhar Sharma and Mr. Ajitkumar K.G. as a team efficiently organised this grand event along with the support of Tech. Team composed of Mr. Thomas C.A., Mr. Diny Mathew, Mr. K.V.Joseph, Mr. Shankar Giri assisted by Mr. Ram Kumar and Mr. Ramjas.

The student team was led by Shashwat Chandra, Natasha Arya, Amadika Mahapatra, Rian Borah, Kushagra Gupta, Akshit Kumar, Priyanshi Ahuja, Alankar Dutta, and Alhad Sethi. Extraordinary efforts from members and adhocs made the event possible and were greatly appreciated.

The Overall Trophies were given to the following schools:

First: DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, VASANT KUNJ

Second: DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, DWARKA

Third: AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, SEC-46, GURGAON

The SudoCrypt results are as follows:

Rank Name         Institution

SudoKing             Agamdeep Singh Ramjas School, R.K. Puram

SudoKnight#2      Dhruva Goyal The Mother’s International School

SudoKnight#3      Hitarth Khurana, Delhi Public School, Dwarka

SudoKnight#4      Deepak Singh, Independent

SudoKnight#5      Shobhit Rathi, Independent

SudoKnight#6      Abhi K, Independent

The individual results of the events were updated on https://lnexun.com/ as soon as events concluded.

Sweet Beginnings-Learning to Make Kada Prashad

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, an Online Workshop titled ‘Sweet Beginnings: Learning to make Kada Prashad’ was organized by the Health and Wellness Club of DPS RK Puram on 27 November 2020, for the students of class VI and VIII. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Pushpa Joshi – Assistant Director, Education Partnerships at Indian school of Hospitality, Gurgaon and Chef Gaurav Prasher – Associate Director, Culinary and Practical Arts, Indian School of Hospitality, Gurgaon. The workshop began with the organizers enlightening the students about Guru Nanak and the importance of Kada Prashad in the Sikh culture. Taking on from there, Chef Gaurav made the halwa in front of the students, focussing on the proportions of the ingredients and the appropriate stage to add them to the dish. The result was a delicious dish which was appreciated by the students and the panellists alike. The Head Mistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar delivered the vote of thanks and said that  this ‘divine halwa’ has its own energy.. The endeavour was greatly appreciated by the parents.The event was coordinated by Ms Akshita Luthra.

Constitution Day Celebrations 2020- Essay Writing Competition

As part of the annual Constitution Day Celebrations on the 26th of November, the Department of Political science under the able guidance of Ms Vandana Chandoke, conducted an offline Essay Writing Competition for classes XI and XII. 

The participants wrote an essay on Constitution related themes in about 750 words and the organisers got a very good response. The event was coordinated by Ms.Swati Verma

The results of the Essay Writing Competition were : 

First Position: Arnab Kumar Mullick, 11 V
Second Position: Savya Atrey, 12 M
Third Position: Anhad Sood, 11 S

Poetry Enactment Competition On ‘The Importance Of Empathy’

The Psychology Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised an online Poetry Enactment competition for class XI on 25 November, 2020. The topic for the competition was ‘The Importance of Empathy’. The aim of this competition was to raise awareness about empathy and its significance, especially during these trying times.

With as many as 14 students participating in pairs, one could catch a glimpse of the exceptional talent of the students of our school. On hearing the multiple beautiful poems written and being enacted, our esteemed judge, Ms. Archana Anthwal declared the winners. Aanya Roy (XI-X) and Saanvi Sekhri (XI-W) secured 1st position, Raavi Bajaj (XI-V) and Prakriti Panwar(XI-U) secured 2nd position, followed by Raaina Suryawanshi (XI-U) and Mehak Aggarwal (XI-V) in the 3rd position.

Report on Eco-Friendly Diwali Competition organized by TERI School of Advanced Studies

‘Celebrate Diwali Differently’ was organized by TERI School of Advanced studies in which  students in the age group 11 – 14 years participated from our school..

In the event ALANKRIT the students had to decorate a space in their house using eco-friendly materials and send pictures.ANIKA GOEL of Class VII C and AANYA KHANNA of Class VII E secured Second  Position in the this  event in the age category of 11 – 14 years.

In the event PRAMITI, the students had to send pictures / videos / articles on how they celebrated diwali differently and , AAIRAH SULTAN of Class VI A secured First Position

This event was coordinated by the Panchtatva,the Environment club of the Biology Department.

‘Food And Nutrition Activities On Occasion Of Festivals’

Food and Nutrition related activities were organised for the students of Classes VI-VIII during the festive month of November 2020 in their Science Period. To promote healthy eating habits the students were asked to prepare a healthy dish at home and submit the recipe along with its photographs under ‘Iam what I eat’. They presented the video of their recipe in the homeroom period. In another activity ‘Check before you eat’ , the students demonstrated the tests for the presence of adulterants in common food items like Tumeric, frozen peas, chilly powder. The Science teachers facilitated the related information and the students carried out simple tests at home and demonstrated them through video. The excitement and involvement of the students was noteworthy. The activities were coordinated by Ms Shruti Gupta,Science Coordinator under the Guidance of Ms Niva Chhonkar, Headmistress (VI-VIII)