Commencement Ceremony 2019

On 19 January 2019, DPS R.K. Puram conducted its Commencement Ceremony to felicitate the outgoing batch of Class 12 students of 2019.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. The Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker was Mr. Deepak Kapoor, Former Chairman and CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited. Other dignitaries present at the event included Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, and Ms. Anita Singh,and the  Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.

Parents and guests were extended a cordial welcome by a specially constructed gateway which led them into the splendidly decorated football ground. Resplendent drapes, grandiose roman pillars adorned with flowers and rows of flags in a hue of colours created an enchanting atmosphere. Jaunty melodies, courtesy the school choir and the school band interspersed throughout the programme, lightened the atmosphere.

The ceremony started with a network of harmonious voices singing a melodious song to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, felicitated the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour with a token of regard and welcomed the guests and all present. She proceeded to tell the students about the importance of having the courage to be themselves for, “while it is difficult to be yourself, it is even more difficult to be someone else”; that though there will always be people who criticise or are annoyed by you, those who truly matter will always accept you. She then quoted Friedrich Nietzsche , “Any price is not too high to pay for being the owner of yourself.” She talked to the students about their future, narrating a story about how they would get many opportunities in life, but many-a-times would find it difficult to recognise them. Further, she spoke of a successful visually impaired alumnus of the school , as an example of how students of the school had gone on to do great things in life despite facing many obstacles. Towards the end, she reflected on how by staying in the school, the students had made it their world and used the walls of the school as a metaphor to say that the same walls that protect also limit. She hoped that when the students leave the school, they would try to conquer the walls of discrimination, hatred, prejudice, and ignorance in their minds. Finally, emotionally, she asked the students to keep in touch with their teachers and with the school, reminding them that this was their family, and their graduation made the teachers feel like their children were going away. She inspired the students by saying, “What you think, you make, what you see, you attract and what you imagine you create.” She concluded her speech by requesting all the students to give a standing ovation to the teachers and parents who had helped build the foundation for their future.

The Principal’s speech was followed by the release of the Yearbook of the Class 2019 by the dignitaries present.

This paved the way for the toppers from each stream to be felicitated and invited on stage to deliver the valedictory speeches. Shreyansh Goyal from the Science stream, Radhika Mittal from the Commerce stream and Sahana Simran from Humanities were the Valedictorians of 2019. This was followed by awards being presented to the subject toppers of the Class 12 Pre-board examinations.

In his keynote address, Mr. Deepak Kapoor expressed his joy at the youthful energy and the exuberance that he had been greeted with. Addressing the audience, he listed ten points that would sum up what he had learned throughout his journey of life. He emphasised the importance of remaining focused and believing in a purpose; acquiring knowledge for no other reason, but to gain wisdom; giving respect to all one meets, be it an adult, junior or even one’s domestic help; believing in and living with the right values; preparing oneself for all difficulties and challenges that life is likely to throw in one’s way; taking care of one’s health by de-stressing, especially relevant to students preparing for their board exams. Ending on a positive note, he counselled the students to always be pleasant and kind, as well as have fun in whatever they did.

In his speech, the Chairman, Mr Shunglu, reiterated the Principal’s thoughts on the importance of being true to oneself. Guided by the wisdom of William Shakespeare in his search for an answer , he was reminded of the words of Polonius in the play Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.” He then reflected upon Mr. Kapoor’s address on knowledge and wisdom, demonstrating his high regard for the Guest of Honour.

The Valedictory ceremony reached its crescendo as the felicitation of the students began. With tremulous smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts, both from fond memories of the institution that had moulded them to become accomplished individuals as well as copious amounts of sunshine which provided a respite from the bitter cold, the Class of 2019 was invited to ascend onto the platform created for the occasion. The students were then bestowed with a scroll while decked in the customary scarves and pins, specially designed for them , an eternal reminder of their joyous and enlightening years spent in the school. The teachers presented the students with a lamp signifying knowledge and learning, which was passed amongst the students and finally placed on a “Wall of Lamps”.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Student Council representing the Class of 2019. After the Vote of Thanks, the Student Council along with the Principal, Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, unveiled the Grandfather Clock presented by the Class of 2019 to the school. The Principal thanked them for the presentation and for continuing the tradition. The programme ended with the Indian National Anthem.



Road Safety Awareness Programme

Delhi Public School, RK Puram organised “Road Safety Awareness Programme” for the students of Class 1X on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, in association with the “Road Safety Cell” of Delhi Traffic Police.

Mr. RP Lavania, Chief Coordinator (South-West district) and Sub Inspector Rajendra Singh of Road Safety Cell, Delhi Traffic Police conducted the awareness programme. All aspects of traffic norms which are absolutely necessary today for the children’s safety were discussed in the programme.

A brief introduction of the road signs and the do’s and don’ts on road safety were told to the students. A small quiz on road safety was also organised. In the end the students took a pledge that they will follow all the rules of road safety and will act as ambassadors of road safety in their neighbourhood.



Visit to Traffic Training Park, Punjabi Bagh

Students of Class VIII, Sections D and G went for a visit to the Traffic Training Park at Punjabi Bagh, on 15 January 2019. The students were made aware of the types of traffic signage.  They were requested to be empathetic towards road accident cases and were counseled to tell their parents to follow traffic rules and avoid road rage. The students were sensitized to the value of human lives, the reasons for road fatalities and how they should be avoided. They were advised to act as brand ambassadors of Traffic rules and regulations.

A demonstration of the correct method to apply brakes while riding a two wheeler, the necessity of wearing the correct type of helmet to safeguard oneself, was also given. There was an interactive session , with the students, wherein they were quizzed on their awareness of traffic rules and regulations. Chocolates were awarded to the ones who answered correctly. Refreshments were also provided to the students.

The entire programme was conducted under the aegis of Hero MotoCorp and Delhi Traffic Police. The programme was informative and the students found it helpful and interesting.

Other sections of Class VIII would also be visiting the Centre in the coming week.



CBSE Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills

Delhi Public School organised a ‘Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills’ in collaboration with CBSE on 12 January 2019, from 9.00 am -4.30 pm. The Programme was attended by the teachers of the Junior Schools (DPS, EOK & DPS, VV), Middle School (DPS, R.K PURAM), Headmistresses of East of Kailash, Vasant Vihar, R.K Puram and the Vice Principal of DPS, R.K Puram. The CBSE Resource Persons for the workshop were Mrs.Shashi Banerjee and Mrs. Neeta Rastogi.

The workshop started with the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, reminding the participating teachers of the importance and need for a Life Skills workshop. She reiterated that as teachers it is important that the practice of life skills is reflected in the day to day conduct of classroom sessions and while interacting with the students in general. The Resource Persons then carried on with the agenda of the day where teachers were divided into groups and each group was asked to give itself a name. The names for the various groups ranged from NIKE-the Goddess of Strength to Kalam Ki Talwar.  Some of the other names were Chashme Baddur, Vibgyor, Water, Essentials and Key.

The workshop was divided into four sessions namely Perspective Building in Life Skills (Session1), Transacting Life Skills (Session 2), Familiarization with Life Skills through Activities(Session 3) and Assessment of Life Skills (Session 4).The entire workshop was conducted in an interactive manner were each teacher participant shared her views/opinion on a given situation. It was absolutely an engaging time when Role Plays were put up, where each group had something unique to present. The group members were working as a cohesive unit were brainstorming, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, empathy, appreciation for each other and many other attributes of practical Life Skills were put into perspective before the presentation by each group.

The day-long Capacity Building Programme ended with the Certificate Presentation by the Principal, Vice Principal and Headmistresses of the respective Junior and Middle schools.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Headmistress, DPS, R.K Puram.



Sports Day 2018

“ Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” – Heywood Broun

DPS R.K. Puram organized the Sports Day on 27 December 2018 with great ardour. The Chief Guest of this grandiose event was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, accompanied by a special guest, his son, Mr. Sanjay Shunglu. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar , Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh, along with the Head Mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were also present. The Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr. N. Suresh, supported by his team of teachers ensured the event ran smoothly. The event was co-ordinated by Dr. Shachindra Sharma, Ms. Sangeeta Mishra, Ms. Alinda Holla, and Ms. Archna Deepak.

The event commenced with a riveting March Past led by the Sports Captains, moving alongside a professional March Band. Students of each class marched harmoniously in coordinating outfits.

The balloon release by the Chief Guest marked the opening of the Sports Meet.

Following this was a spirited song ‘Khelenge Jee Jaan Se’, sung by the Indian choir, which signified the importance of playing sports and sportsmanship spirit.

The Principal felicitated the Special Guests with tokens of appreciation and extended a warm welcome to all those present. In her address, she expressed that she never played any  sport but always felt that sports are important as children  imbibe the values of discipline, time management, leadership, and team spirit while playing. She went on to say that every activity, be it quizzes, sports or cultural events, are important in a child’s life as they help him/her build meaningful relationships. Furthermore, she mentioned that when students study, they do so alone, but sports is such an activity which one does in a group. She thanked  the teacher in-charges for all the efforts they had put to make the event a grand success. She concluded her speech with an inspirational quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change”.

The first event was the relay race, which took place separately for Classes VI-XI, for both boys and girls. The super energetic young athletes raced to the cheers of the audience.

A rhythmic ribbon dance was performed by students in vibrant outfits. This was succeeded by a dazzling aerobics performance where the students swayed to a medley of the latest Pop songs.

This was followed by an ‘Obstacle Race’ for young boys and girls of all ages. They raced to glory and faced many obstacles such as buttoning blazers and crawling under hurdles.

Next was a serenading yoga presentation, where trained students performed the ancient art to fusion beats.

There was also a skipping race  for girls – the categories were Under-14 and Under-17.

A traditional Dandiya showcase was presented by boys and girls alike. They left the audience in awe with their beauty, grace, and poise.

A slow cycling race was conducted for all classes, where the slowest cycler was awarded the first position. It tested the balance and agility of the cyclists.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Shunglu, addressed the audience, elaborating on how he considered obstacle races symbolic of obstacles and hurdles in life. Furthermore, he spoke about inculcating life skills through formal education, going on to say that he believed that life skills are explicitly derived from experience and cannot be imparted through classroom education. He praised the progressive improvement of the Sports Day held in the school and lastly wished all the participants luck for their future endeavours.

The surprise event  was a joyous game of Musical Chairs played by the parents of the participants.

The Chairman, Mr V.K.Shunglu, Mr. Sanjay Shunglu, Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal ,Vice Principals, and the Headmistress awarded the winners with trophies, medals and certificates.

The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, delivered the Vote of Thanks. She described the event as a delightful experience and extended gratitude to the Chief Guest, Principal and all participants, teachers, and parents for making the event a huge success.

The Sports Day concluded with the National Anthem.

 



The G. Bhaskar memorial lecture and award ceremony 2018

The G. Bhaskar Memorial lecture and award ceremony was organised on 21 December 2018 at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, in commemoration of G. Bhaskar, a very promising student, who joined the institution in class eight. Lost in the crowd initially, Bhaskar slowly and steadily made a place in the hearts of his friends and teachers. He was an extremely talented and hardworking student. He not only excelled in academics, but was also exceptional at badminton and table tennis. He received formal training in Classical Carnatic music and was able to recite several chapters of the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. Unfortunately, his success ended with his early demise.

The G. Bhaskar Memorial Award was instituted in his beloved memory by his parents in 1999. This award is given to exceptional students, who along with excelling in academics and co-curriculars, display a strong moral fibre.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, the Supervisor, Mr Mukesh Kumar, G. Bhaskar’s mother, Mrs Ganapati Raman and his brother, Mr Ramnath G. along with other family members were present during the ceremony. Ms. Shalini Harisukh coordinated the event.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence in G. Bhaskar’s memory.

Mr Ajay Chaturvedi , who has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, an Engineer from BITS Pilani, a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Diploma holder in Global Leadership & Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government , gave the audience a detailed speech expressing his viewpoints on Dharma which is a yogic concept that refers to the idea of a law, or principle, governing the universe. He laid emphasis on the fact that Dharma is often misunderstood as a school of Hindu religion. Dharma according to him is a way simple way of life where one understands the meaning of life. He highlighted how the epic Ramayana, often perceived as a simple story has a deeper meaning many often fail to understand.

The award was presented to five meritorious students -Shriya Bedi, Gayatri Vemuri, Saranya Rajpal, Ameya Priya and Rashmi Kumari of Class 12.  Ms. Vanita Sehgal,  Dr. Renu Nayar , Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Mr. Ramnath G, and Mrs. Ganapati Raman presented the awards.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her closing address mentioned that this year’s awardees had  been selected, not only on the basis of their academic performance and co-curricular merit, but also for being all-round good human beings. She emphasised the fact that every awardee this year had gone much out of their way for other people and had proven themselves beyond any doubt to be worthy of the accolade. She continued on to say that G. Bhaskar stays alive because of the love of his family. She concluded her speech with a quote dedicated to G. Bhaskar’s memory, “You never go far. Where there is love, you’re always there.”

Prof. Ramnath began his address by saying ,that the things all of us have been taught since birth, are  the basic competencies to survive and to make a living and that, while that was important, in the process of making a living, some of us miss out on living life. He said that one of the key things necessary to live life well is to have a wide variety of interests across a wide range of fields and that focus, while important, should not narrow the outlook. He expressed a hope that the talks given over the course of the event had served to inspire some young minds. Finally, he stressed the importance of the Delhi Public School motto, “Service Before Self”, and how crucial it is to follow that ideal. He concluded by thanking the DPS family for organising this event in G. Bhaskar’s memory. He wished the students all the best for living a beautiful life.

Mr. Ramnath G concluded the event by sharing the memories of Bhaskar. The Bhaskar family members gave a token of their blessing, distributing sweets to the students.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.



Annual Production 2018

“Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow ‘till you find your dream”

Amidst sparkling lights and a myriad of hues, The Annual Production of Delhi Public School R K Puram took place on 14 and 15 December 2018, wherein the timeless classic – ‘The Sound of Music’ was brought to life on the stage through an amalgamation of lilting voices and graceful dances accompanying adroit thespians.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, extended a warm welcome to those who had come to attend the play. Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, Ms. Anita Singh and the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were also present on the occasion.

Clad in vivid ensembles, a troupe of actors put up a resplendent promenade to cordially welcome the audience with poetry and vaudeville pieces.

The school, put up a specially constructed stage, with exceptional lighting and sound effects and an LED screen portraying the backdrop of each scene. Coupled with live music and singing, the ambience was electrifying and provided the perfect environment for the adaptation of the play, which traces the life of Maria, a simple but courageous governess, who wins the hearts of the Von Trapp family. Despite being set in a world threatened by war, one is left with a feeling of optimism, and the tone of determination is clearly portrayed in the resilience shown by the Von Trapp family as it overcomes the tribulations it faces.

The Chief Guest for the first day was Mr. Pramod Grover, Vice Chairman, Managing Committee, DPS R K Puram, and the Hony Treasurer DPS Society. Special guests included the Founder Principal of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, Mr. Ram Sarup Lugani; Former Principals, Dr. Shayama Chona, and Dr. D. R. Saini; Former Vice Principal Ms. Deepa Raghavan as well as a number of former teachers.

The Chief Guest for the second day was Mr. V. K. Shunglu, Chairman, DPS Society and Chairman Managing Committee, DPS R.K Puram, who was accompanied by Mrs. Shunglu. The other esteemed dignitaries who graced the occasion were – Prof. B.P. Khandelwal and Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Member, DPS Society and DPS RK Puram Managing Committee; Mr. Kaushik Datta, Member, DPS R K Puram Managing Committee; Ms. Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society; Mr. Rahul Singh, Member, DPS Society; Ms. Meeta Rai, Principal, DPS Indirapuram and Ms. Bindu Sehgal, Principal, DPS Vasant Kunj. Special guests Mrs. and Mr. Vijay Kumar and Mr. Abhijeet Ghosh also attended the event.

Mr. Shunglu addressed the audience, drawing attention to the growing importance of Fine Arts. He further expressed that the Fine Arts are neglected and considered a hobby, when they are, in actuality, so much more. He appreciated the talent of the students, calling them an asset of the school and congratulated them for putting up an ‘out of the world’ performance.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her Vote of Thanks, complimented the students and thanked them for making a dream come true. She added that putting up the Annual day had been a learning experience for everyone involved in the production. She called upon the Event Coordinators, Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee, Ms. Sanya Taneja, Ms. Renu Bassi, and applauded them for the efforts they had put in. She also thanked the Art and Music Departments, along with every person who had worked so hard to make the show a phenomenal success.

The standing ovation, as well as the smile on the faces of the content audience, was a testament to the massive success of the event that left the school echoing with the sound of music.



Earthquake Mock Drill

As per the DOE circular, an Earthquake Mock Drill was conducted for the whole school on 27 November 2018 . Ms. Rupa Das coordinated the drill under the guidance of the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, who is also the Chief Coordinator of DM.

The entire school, all the students and the staff (both teaching and non- teaching), participated in the drill. As per the order, the hooter rang at 11 am. It took around 5 minutes for the entire school to evacuate as per the colour coded path and assemble in the football field. All the members of the different teams took charge and helped in the evacuation process along with their Incharges. Evacuation drills are always helpful in rectifying the shortcomings and improving the plan.



SNF@School Inter- School Safe and Nutritious Food Festival 2018

SNF@School Inter School Safe and Nutritious Food Festival in collaboration with FSSAI was organised on 8 December 2018 with an aim to encourage all attendees to partake in eating right and eating safe, encourage food safety and spread awareness about food related lifestyle disorders.  A total of 19 schools participated in a wide range of activities on the theme, “Eat Right, India”. The event was sponsored by PolyMaxx , Macmillan Education, Travel Quest and McVitie’s.

Padmasri Dr. K. K. Agrawal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India and Ms. Namrata Khanna, Project Lead, SNF@School graced the event with their august presence.

The event was coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department, Ms. Jyoti Sharma, Health and Wellness coordinator along with the Biology Department and the Health and I club.

Representatives from, Max HealthCare, Apollo Hospitals and International Federation of Yoga professionals set up stalls to teach basic life support, encourage dental hygiene and promote Yoga and Naturopathy respectively.

Riveting dialogue characterised Hop Into Healthy Habits (Street Play), in which adroit actors put up demonstrations pertaining to ill effects of an unhealthy diet, and compelled the viewers to reflect upon their own eating habits. The event was judged by Dr. Renu Kumar, a Nutritionist at VLCC and Mr. Rajesh Tewari, a renowned Play Director and Theatre activist.

Nutritious Can Be Delicious (Fireless Cooking) saw enterprising chefs scramble to assemble their dishes and put up cutting edge delicacies accompanied by a beverage on the side. Mr. Akil Qureshi , Chef at Odeon Social, Connaught Place and Ms. Aditi Mehrotra, Dietician at Arney Fit Kids, sampled the platters put up by the competitors.

Dr. Seema Puri, Associate Professor, Institute of Home Economics, addressed the participants in the OAT. She emphasised on the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and encouraged the students to partake in ‘mindful eating.’

Clad in starched, white lab coats with test tubes in hand, budding scientists made use of a variety of chemicals in their endeavour to check for adulteration in ‘Show You Care, Be Aware’ (Food Adulteration Test). Dr. Jyotsana Singh, Scientist, Food Safety Lab, FSSAI and Dr. Nandita Narayanasamy, Biochemistry Associate professor, Sri Venkateswara College judged the event.

Participants were quizzed on the multiple facets of health and nutrition in ‘Eat Right, Be Bright’ (Health Quiz). The quiz was conducted in three rounds – the preliminary round followed by the two final rounds wherein the intellect of the four qualified teams was put to test.

The Poster Making Competition on the topics ‘Healthy Food’ and ‘My Lunch Box’ brought the spotlight on the prolific fifth graders of S.D.M.C. Primary Co-ed School, Sector 5. Their faces lit up with smiles as they later visited different venues where the events were held.

The offsite events, Photography – ‘Street Food’; Poster Making – ‘Say “No” to Tobacco’ and Collage Making –‘My Healthy Lunchbox’ provided the talented contestants with a platform to showcase their artistic finesse.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with a lively Indo – Western song on the importance of healthy eating which was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guests by Principal.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal began by extending a warm welcome to the Guests. She expressed her appreciation for the innovation displayed by all participants. Further, she recounted her visit to the Food Adulteration event wherein she remarked that buying unbranded food, sold in loose packets is bound to have an ill- effect on one’s health. Illustrating how important it is for an individual to work hard to improve one’s own health, she narrated an anecdote of how a student had once walked into her office with an excessively heavy bag, carrying books which were not required. She concluded by commending the efficient organisation of the event by the Biology Department and  reminded the students that it didn’t matter if they win, as experience counted much more in life.

The Yoga performance that followed elicited a huge round of applause from the audience. The winners of Hop Into Healthy Habits (Street Play) put up a presentation which gave way to the Chief Guests’ speech.

Ms. Namrata Khanna spoke about how the choice to maintain a healthy lifestyle rests entirely with oneself. She briefed the audience about The Eat Right Movement and the SNF, initiatives of the Government and FSSAI to spread awareness about the importance of improving one’s diet. She ended by administering a pledge to encourage students to eat healthier and partake in exercise.

Dr. K. K. Agrawal mentioned that heart attacks, along with other lifestyle problems develop over a long period, and highlighted the immense importance of making an effort from an early age to combat these complications. He added that it is similarly important to consume a variety of foods in moderation, as well as to consume “fast food” – food that can be prepared quickly.

The event marked the launch of the Biology magazine ‘Biology Matters.’  The Award Ceremony which followed prompted cheers from students who had been waiting with bated breath for the results.

The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, administered the ‘Eat Right’ pledge, heralding the end of the Valedictory Function.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.

The results of the events are as follows:

 

Event Position School
Street Play 1st
2nd
3rd
D.P.S, Vasant Kunj
D.P.S, Mathura Road
Hope Hall Foundation, R.K. Puram
Fireless Cooking 1st
2nd
3rd
Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar
D.P.S, Faridabad
D.P.S, Vasant Kunj
Food Adulteration Test 1st
2nd
3rd
Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura
D.P.S, Rohini
Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka
Health Quiz 1st
2nd
3rd
D.P.S, Rohini
Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka
D.P.S, Indirapuram
Photography 1st
2nd
3rd
Rukmini Devi Public School,  Pitampura
D.P.S, Vasant Kunj
D.P.S, Faridabad
Poster Making 1st
2nd
3rd
Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura
Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka; Salwan Girls Sr. Sc. School, Old Rajinder Nagar
Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar
Collage Making 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Faridabad
Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura; Poorna Prajna School Vasant Kunj
Venkateshwar International School Dwarka; D.P.S, Vasant Kunj; Sanskriti School, Chanakya Puri

The Overall Winners trophy was bagged by Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura

 

 



The Mathematical Crusade 2018

‘Pure Mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas’ -Albert Einstein

The Annual Inter-School Mathematics Fest THE MATHEMATICAL CRUSADE 2018 was hosted by Delhi Public School, RK Puram on 8 December 2018. Around 30 schools from Delhi NCR participated in this event. It was sponsored by PolyMaxx India, McVitie’s, Macmillan Education, and Travel Quest.

Dr. Niladri Chatterjee, Professor in the Department of Mathematics, IIT Delhi, graced the event with his august presence.

The essential purpose of the competition was to urge students to inculcate imaginative and unique reasoning, and to empower them to appreciate the importance of Mathematics in everyday life. The four events for the day were ‘Mathematics Quiz’, ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’, ‘Model Making’ and ‘Surprise Event’.

Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, Ms. S.K. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Tandeep Kaur, Teachers-In-Charge, Mathematics Lab and Technology Centre, along with the Mathematics Department and the students of the Mathematical Society, organized the event.

The Quiz consisted of two rounds – the preliminary round and the final round. Participants had to answer questions in three sections namely- Problem Solving, Trivia, and Crossword which tested their rational thinking and acumen.

Symphonies of Mathematics’ was a musical event which provoked the students to explore their song-writing and choral capacities. Lively, self-formed pieces containing Mathematics inspired verses were much appreciated by the judges and audience. The event was judged by Dr. Jonaki Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College and Ms. Hemantika Verma, Brand Manager, Dettol.

In the Model-Making competition, students created striking, working models relating to mathematical concepts showcasing their talents in the fields of design and conceptual understanding. The judges for the event were Dr.Raj Kumar, Assistant Professor, Kirori Mal College and Ms. Namita Dhankhar, Assistant Professor, Government College for Girls, Gurugram.

The Surprise event, when unveiled was “Mathematical Tambola”, an enjoyable yet enriching experience for the participants wherein they had to solve puzzles in order to arrive at the correct answers.

The Valedictory commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Dr. Niladri Chatterjee, Sponsorer of the event, Mr. Narang and the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

In her welcome address, the Principal extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, Judges and participants. She commended the enthusiasm and talent of the participants for both the SNF Fest as well as the Mathematical Crusade and laid emphasis on how good health and mathematics are interrelated for neither follows a fixed set of rules, rather both require attention and care from the individual. She praised the organization and administration of the Mathematics Department and complimented them on the success of the event.

The Chief Guest addressed the gathering, elaborating on the importance of training one’s mind for a healthy lifestyle, and said this training could be provided by practising Mathematics. He further interacted with the audience and spoke about how the history of India provided many examples of great minds and scientists like Aryabhatta and Ramanujan who took Mathematics to great heights. He further expressed his wish to see India regain its position on the global platform and hoped to see students extend their horizons, utilize their talents and succeed in life.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal along with the Chief Guest and Judges formally released the Annual Mathematics magazine of the school, Mathyard 2018. This was followed by the much awaited Prize distribution ceremony.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.

The results of the event are as follows:

NAME OF EVENT NAME OF SCHOOL POSITION
Model Making Cambridge Foundation School
Amity International, Saket
Venkateshwar International School
1ST
2ND
3RD
Quiz DPS, Noida
Venkateshwar International School
DPS, Rohini
1ST
2ND
3RD
Surprise Event DPS, Faridabad
DPS, Vasant Kunj
DPS, Noida
1ST
2ND
3RD
Symphonies The Air Force School
S. S. Mota Singh School
DPS, Mathura Road
Amity International, Saket
1ST
2ND
3RD
Special mention
Overall Winners DPS, Noida
Venkateshwar International School
DPS, Faridabad
1ST
2ND
3RD

 



Value of the Month November 2018 (Honesty and Integrity)

Class VI

The value for the month of November 2018 was Honesty and Integrity. Honesty and integrity are essential in order to create long lasting and meaningful relationships in life. Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same values in the students through various activities. They spoke to the students at length about being true to oneself and maintaining the same honesty in one’s dealings with others.

These values were brought up in the class and demonstrated through various stories, incidents, thoughts and quotations by the students. They prepared class notice boards, and put up posters, quotations and slogans related to the topic.

Class VII

Honesty and integrity are essential in order to create long lasting and meaningful relationships in life. Class teachers inculcated the same values in the students through class discussions. Students were told about the importance and relevance of honesty and integrity in one’s life.

The class was decorated with beautiful quotes. The value was demonstrated through various stories and incidents shared by the students.

Class VIII

Honesty is being truthful towards one’s conscience. Integrity is to stand up for one’s principles. The students were encouraged to inculcate these qualities, to build up a strong moral character.

Students who were honest in their approach were applauded. Experiences reaffirming these qualities were related. Quotes were put up in classrooms to reinforce honesty and integrity.



Lekhak Se Mulakat

The Hindi Samvaad Club and Hindi Literary Club of DPS RK Puram organised a cultural extravaganza on the life and creation of famous Medieval era Hindi poet, Amir Khusro, and Modern era Hindi poet and lyricist, Gopal Das Neeraj, on 30 Nov 2018 in the AVH.

Mr. Vinod Agnihotri, Senior Hindi Journalist and Editorial Consultant of Amar Ujala newspaper group, was the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest said that it was good to see Public schools like DPS RK Puram taking active interest and conducting various activities to inculcate moral values and love for their own language Hindi.

Mr. Agnihotri and the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, felicitated the award winners of the Club and released the Hindi Club magazine ‘Srijan Lok ‘.

The programme was conducted by the students of Classes 6 to 11 and was coordinated by Mrs. Fatma Kirmani, Ms. Nisha Gupta, Mrs. Seema Mehta and Dr. AJ Saxena.

 



Carnival 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its Annual Winter Carnival on 29 November 2018. It is the most anticipated event of the year. Clad in casuals, the students ensured a harmony between glutting on mouth-watering treats at the various food stalls as well as showing their talent in various fields.

The event began at the Assembly Stage with the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, releasing helium-filled balloons to the loud cheers of the students, and announcing the formal commencement of the programme. This was followed by renditions of various Pop and Rock Culture classics and musical performances by the School Band, after which the DJ’s took over the stage.

The Football Field was adorned with balloons and streamers, lending a festive aura. The Talent Show, for the purpose of which a special stage was constructed, consisted of events like Rubik’s Cube, Sudoku, Acting, Mimicry, Singing, Beat Boxing and Dancing for which the faculty members acted as judges. There were many stalls, for both food and games. Teachers took charge of the game stalls, with Scrabble, Calligraphy, Ball the Glasses, Guess the Number, Beads and Names, Wire Art, Nail Art, being the cynosure of all eyes.
The staple stalls like Photo Booth, Photography & Mug Prints, along with the Painting and Games Stalls by the respective departments did extremely well.

There were surprise events anchored by Ms. Alinda Holla and  Ms. Shelly Malhotra. An Aerobics performance by a few trained students and a Flash Mob presented by the Western Dance Society, elicited praise from the spectators.

It was a special occasion for the students as the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, Ms. Anita Singh and the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, joined in the revelry. It was a memorable and nostalgic time for the twelfth grade students as it was their last carnival, and they made memories amongst an emotionally charged atmosphere.

The credits for the amazing day go to the hardworking administration who made sure the students had a wonderful time.



Think Summit 2018

Think Summit ‘18 was organised by the Think Lab at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 24 November 2018, with the aim of providing students with a platform to ‘Think outside the box’. The events saw participation of 21 schools. The summit was sponsored by USI, Toppr Learning, Ashes Life Sciences, Balaji Medical Institute, Jyoti Hospital and was coordinated by Ms. Archna Deepak.

Ms. Leena Nandan, an IAS of the U.P cadre and present Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways graced the event with her august presence. A graduate of Patna Women’s College and Asian Institute of Management, she has authored two much acclaimed books.

The Summit was an amalgamation of 4 events – Out Of The Box, Confabulation, Cognaissance and Ideate-2-Innovate.

Out Of The Box- A Solution for Better Living encouraged younger participants to demonstrate their knowledge and discoveries in fields ranging from environmental conservation to futuristic technologies through the medium of a model. The models were judged by Mr. Shoaib Abdullah and Ms. Jayati Nandan.

Confabulation saw the students engaging in a group discussion which allowed them to express their new and radical ideas regarding some of the social issues pertaining to contemporary society.  The judgement was presided over by Mr. Abhijit Bhaumik, Ms. Deepika Goel, Ms. Ambika Kaul and Mr. Dev Rishi Khare,

Seeing some of the supposedly ‘unsolvable’ conundrums that surround us everyday, Cognaissance – The Renaissance of Cognition, tried to put young minds to work and gather their ideas on new and innovative ways to tackle some of the major problems plaguing the modern society. Ms. Sandhya Wakdikar assessed the event.

Ideate-2-Innovate challenged the next generation of innovators to come out of their comfort zone and impromptu develop a bold new innovation, making the best possible use of their creative insight. The participants were then asked to give a presentation on what made their idea unique and revolutionary. The event was judged by Ms. Meena Singh and Ms. Jayati Nandan.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges and the Chief Guest by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

The adroit instrumentalists of the Western Band put up an upbeat Indo – Western fusion that enthralled the audience. This was followed by mellifluous voices of the Indian choir, who put forth a melodious rendition of a Rajasthani folk song.

Once the serenade was complete, the Principal launched the debut edition of the Think Lab’s Annual magazine, ‘Eunoia 2018’.

Ms. Sehgal began her speech with the story of how the Think Lab was set up to provide a space where students could innovate, think freely and bring their creations to life. She emphasised how crucial it was for students to be able to think for themselves instead of blindly following instructions, a quality which would allow them to revolutionise the future. She mentioned how she always looks forward to teaching classes where the children can think out of the box and actively add to the discussion, for those are the most interesting classes. She praised Ms. Archna Deepak’s hard work, dedication and perseverance in making the Think Lab a reality and commended her enthusiasm in revamping the old Electronics Lab into a high tech hub buzzing with students. She stressed the importance of giving the students complete autonomy to think, create and innovate in any field, be it Science or Literature. She then proceeded to invite on-stage all the teachers and students who had made the event a great success and applauded them for their efforts.

The Chief Guest reminisced about the nostalgic memories she had of the school as the proud parent of an alumna. She talked about how the school helped her daughter grow and how it educated and empowered her, just as it had done for countless other students. She stressed how it was critical for students to be able to think and innovate, quoting Rene Descartes, “I think, therefore I am.” She congratulated Ms. Sehgal for providing such a wonderful opportunity in the school. She reminded the students that they were the future of the country and that a young child’s mind is the best place for innovative ideas. She ended by quoting Khalil Gibran, “You can give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You can house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow”

The end of the Chief Guest’s speech gave way to the Award Distribution Ceremony.

The Overall winner for the Summit was DLF School, Sahibabad.

The results are as follows:

EVENT POSITION SCHOOL
OUT OF THE BOX 1ST Mount Abu Public School
2ND Modern School, Barakhamba
3RD Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj
COGNAISSANCE 1ST Amity International, Pushp Vihar
2ND Modern School, Barakhamba
3RD DLF School, Sahibabad
CONFABULATION 1ST Delhi Public School, Indirapuram
2ND Mayur School, Noida
3RD Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad

 

IDEATE-2-INNOVATE

1ST Cambridge Foundation School
2ND DLF School, Sahibabad
3RD Vivekanand School

The Award Ceremony ended with a presentation recapping the various events of the day and prominently showing the highlights.

The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, brought the ceremony to a close with the vote of thanks. She spoke about how, in her 35 years of teaching, it was the first time she had seen a concept like the Think Lab. She thanked the Chief Guest for coming. She also thanked the Principal for making the summit possible and for choosing an in-house solution for the future of the Electronics Lab. She talked about the tremendous impact that the Think Lab has had so far and wished that its legacy continues far into the future. She congratulated all the participants, reminding them that it wasn’t about winning, but participating. Finally, she thanked the entire team which had organised the event and invited them on stage.

The National Anthem played, heralding the conclusion of the summit.

 



The Nordic-Baltic Children’s Film Festival 2018

The students of Class VI –K attended the screening of the movie “Iqbal Farooq and the Secret Recipe” at the Indian International Centre, Lodhi Estate on 15 November 2018.

The Nordic-Baltic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) embassies hosted the first ever six day long Youth Film Festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region. The aim of the festival was strengthening the bond between eight countries and reaching out to the culturally rich audience of Delhi.

The hostess, Ms. Ashima, welcomed the students. The movie which started  at 9:30 am, was about an inquisitive and bright child named Iqbal Farooq, who enjoyed experimenting. He often got into trouble due to his curiosity. Iqbal loved his family a lot, specially his father. The movie was filled with adventure, excitement, and humour. The movie ended at 11:00 am. Students were given a goody bag each, containing a mug and refreshments, by the organisers. The students enjoyed watching the movie and had a wonderful time.



Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’

The Annual Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’ was hosted by DPS RK Puram on 17 November 2018, in loving memory of the former Chairman of DPS Society, Dr. P.N. Kirpal.

The Chief Guest of the function was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, accompanied by Mrs. Shunglu. Member of the DPS Society and former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Justice B.N. Kirpal was the Guest of Honour and was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Aruna Kirpal.

Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Vice Chairman of the DPS Society and Member of the DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Rear Admiral M.M. Chopra; Honorary Treasurer, DPS Society and Vice Chairman of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Mr. Pramod Grover; Members of the DPS Society and of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Ms. Namita Pradhan, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Dr. Kiran Datar ;Members of the DPS Society, Dr. Usha Luthra, Ms. Shovana Narayan ; Members of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Prof. Dr. Harsh Wardhan, Dr. Sudipta Ghose; Sports Director DPS Society, Dr D R Saini. Also present at the event were Mrs. Amita Mishra, Principal DPS International and Mr. Anupam Jagga, Principal DPS Bulandshahr. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and the Heads of the English and Art Department, Dr. Atika  Dayal and Mr. Amit Rajput

Students from 31 schools took part in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘Lime in Rhyme’, ‘Inverse Rhapsody’, and ‘Stage-A-Verse’. The events provided the students with a platform to showcase and express their abilities towards literature and art.

Blend Art, which involved recitation, dramatization, and capturing the essence of the poem in a painting or a sketch, was judged by Ms. Nupur Kundu, Ms. Sangeeta Sharma, Dr. Pramod Gupta, Dr. Sanya Gupta, Ms. Nin Taneja, and Mr. Subhashish Dey.

In Artistic Poesy, participants were provided with a series of pictures and were required to compose a ballad on them.  The event was judged by Mr Manish Sharma, Mr. Sandeep Makharia, and Ms. Garima Sehgal.

Lyrical Canvas had participants capturing the predominant feeling from a line of a poem. It was judged by Mr. Priyendra Shukla, Mr. Pankaj Guru, and Dr. Sangameshwar Rao.

Inverse Rhapsody was in an innovative competitive format where participants in duos expressed a dominant and an opposing emotion from a poem that was provided to them. It was judged by Ms. Saroj Chawla, Dr. Mita Bose, and Ms. Anavisha Banerjee.

In Stage-A-Verse, students wrote a script offstage in verse on a visual prompt and enacted it on stage. It was judged by Ms. Shubhagata Kumar, Ms. Neera Verma, and  Ms. Shree Lahiri.

Lime- in-Rhyme required the participants to create limericks based on verbal inputs within a time frame and recitation on-stage. The event was assessed by Ms. Paramjeet Kaur, Dr. Carreen Pakrasi, and  Mr. Fahad Khan.

The Valedictory ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the felicitation of the guests.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, began her welcome address by quoting Plutarch, ‘Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks’. She traced the journey of the event, which started as a tribute to late Dr. Prem Kirpal, and has now become one of the most popular and anticipated events of the year. She extended a warm welcome to the special guests who graced the event. She quoted Neil Gaiman that, ‘Every book is a dream that one holds in one’s hand’, so any individual who says one lifetime is not enough to do all one wants has definitely not read a book. She said the proverb ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ is absolutely true as the writers and artists have the power to dispel gloominess and bridge cultural and generational gaps but they shouldn’t misuse or underestimate it. Lastly, she thanked the organisers Ms Atika Dayal, Mr. Amit Rajput, Ms. Sonali Dash, Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. M Sudeshna, Ms Sudeepta Chatterjee as well as the students for their hardwork.

The cultural programme consisted of a beautiful theatrical performance of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. The theatrical play was an extravaganza and enacted to perfection by excellent actors in impeccable costumes. Following this, Mr. V.K Shunglu and Justice B.N.Kirpal released the Annual English Literary Book, ‘The Bubbling Cauldron’.

The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu, addressed the audience by imparting a very important life lesson about power corrupting individuals, and advised that we should not let power accumulate but rather exercise it in a plural form. He commended and highly praised the high quality performances in the play.

Following this was the Prize Distribution Ceremony.

Dr. Atika Dayal, Head of the English Department, delivered the vote of thanks and commended all the students and teachers for their efforts and endeavours to make the event a great success. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.

The overall winners of the event were Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.

Winner’s table-

NAME OF EVENT NAME OF SCHOOL POSITION
ARTISTIC POESY Dps ,Gurgaon
Cambridge Foundation School, Rajouri garden
Summerfields School
1ST
2ND
3RD
INVERSE RHAPSODY Bluebells International  School
Dps,  Vasant Kunj
Dps International
1ST
2ND
3RD
LIME IN RHYME Dps, Noida
Dps, Greater Noida
Dps, Mathura Road
1ST
2ND
3RD
STAGE-A-VERSE Springdales, Pusa Road
DPS, Vasant Kunj
Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan
1ST
2ND
3RD
LYRICAL CANVAS Tagore International
Cambridge School, Noida
Holy Child Auxillium School
1ST
2ND
3RD
BLEND ART Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
DPS, Indrapuram
Ahlcon International
1ST
2ND
3RD



Demo by Codon Biotech for Biotechnology Students

On 16 November,2018 a Biotechnology Company, Codon Biotech, organised a demo for the Biotechnology students of Classes XI and XII in the Senior Biology Lab. Dr Tripti Bhatnagar and Dr Rosy explained the principle and protocol of the experiments. Students learnt to isolate plasmid from the bacteria E.Coli. They also cut the Genomic DNA using Restriction Enzymes, made Agarose gel and performed Electrophoresis. Students learnt how to use Spectrophotometer and estimated protein quantitatively. Ms Niva Chhonkar, HOD Biology, thanked Codon Biotech for arranging this amazing learning experience.



Value Of The Month October 2018 (Teamwork)

Class VI

The value for the month of October 2018 was Teamwork. Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. They spoke about the idea that a team is only as strong as its weakest member and they should work together to uplift everyone. Cooperation and understanding are essential elements of teamwork. These were brought up in the class and demonstrated through various group tasks performed by the students such as preparation of the class notice boards. The students put up posters, quotations and slogans in the class. They also shared various thoughts, stories and incidents related to the topic.

Class VII

Teamwork plays an important role in one’s  life, irrespective of which stage one is in. For students, teamwork means working together by keeping their biases, prejudices and differences aside to achieve a common goal, be it a football match or an inter-section activity. To reiterate the importance of teamwork in life, a discussion was held in the class where students discussed what working together meant to them and how they practiced the value in their daily life. Students enthusiastically participated in class discussions. They shared their experiences where working as the team had helped them learn better and come up with better results. Students decorated the soft boards with valuable quotes.

Class VIII

Teamwork is a group of people with various complimentary skills, working together towards a common vision. It generates performance greater than performance of its individual members. Teamwork enables one to accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently than tackling projects individually. Class teachers and Subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities. Posters and quotes were put up on the walls. Teachers discussed the meaning of the value with the help of real time examples and class room situations. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic.



DPS RK Puram Says ‘NO’ to Firecrackers

Air Pollution is a serious health issue. Keeping this in mind ‘Harit Diwali- Swasth Diwali’ Campaign was carried out in the Junior Schools of DPS at Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash and Senior School at RK.Puram to sensitize the students to minimize the bursting of Fire crackers and suggest alternatives to celebrate ‘Green Diwali’. Special message on Air pollution, issues related to firecrackers and how to reduce Air pollution were discussed in the Assembly on November 1,2018. A  Power Point Presentation with harmful effects of bursting crackers was shown. ‘Green Pledge’ was taken during the Assembly time everyday and the entire School took ‘Green Pledge’ administered by the Principal.

Activities like Slogan Writing, Poster Making, Role Play were carried out in the Work Ex Period. In the Junior Schools also activities like Painting of Diyas, Poster making, Slogan writing and Making Ganesha Cards were carried out. Teachers of Classes VI to XII had an Interactive session with students on general impact of Fire Crackers, Air Quality & Air pollution related issues in the Homeroom period.

Video on ‘Say NO to Fire Crackers’ was shown through Smart Board. Standees with ‘Anti Fire Cracker’ Message were displayed. The activities were coordinated by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Incharge-Environment Club.



TEDxYouth@DPSRKPuram 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted its 5th Annual edition of TEDxYouth, an independently organised event, in partnership with Unity Group, on 10 November 2018. The format has been adapted from the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) talks, which are dynamic and compelling short speeches broadcasted worldwide, committed to spreading ideas by famous personalities in various fields.

The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her crew of teachers, guaranteed that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.

The guest speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Mr Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Mr Sudhanshu Kaushik, Ms Tanya Kathpal, Mr Rahul Subramaniam, Professor Dhananjay Gadre, Ms Taksh Sharma, Ms Anuska Biswas, Ms. Anushka Bansal  and Ms Oishika Chowdhary were the acclaimed Guest Speakers for the event. Student speakers included Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Ms. Praniti Gulyani, Mr. Vinayak Pachnanda and Mr. Vishad Khanna.

The event commenced by showcasing an entertaining TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in spreading novel ideas across the world.

The Principal began her welcome address by quoting Dr. Suess, “Be who you are and say what you mean; because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind”. She reminisced about her urge to please people around her and fit in, but regardless of how hard she attempted she generally stood out. She emphasised that it takes time to learn that one should be happy that one is different. She enunciated on how it takes most women, including herself, years to be comfortable and independent without any outside support. Before concluding her speech, she thanked her father for not letting her take an easy way out and thus helping her stand  on her own two feet. Lastly, she thanked the Teacher in-charge, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, for her excellent organisation of the event and hoped everyone would have a learning experience.

Following it, the visitor speakers were welcomed warmly to share their experiences on their chosen themes and they wonderfully captured the interest of the audience.

Guest Speakers included Prof. Dhananjay Gadre, Director, TI Centre for Embedded Product Design, NSUT, who spoke about, “Invent in India with DIY”.

Mr. Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Expressionist Indian Classical Dancer, talked about, ”Dance, an art for Embracing oneself”.

Mr. Sudhanshu Kaushik, Founder of Young India Foundation, conveyed his thoughts on, ”How Can You Help Bring Young Leaders and Representatives?”.

Ms. Tanya Kathpal, Founder of Eat My News, shared her views on, ”How to be Confident”.

Mr. Rahul Subramaniam, Managing Director of Athena Education, expressed his opinions on the topic,”My Dream School: Envisioning The Future of Secondary Education”.

Ms. Anuska Biswas, Student of La Martiniere for girls, Kolkata, shared her experience of, “ How My Learning Disability Became My Greatest Strength”.

Ms. Taksh Sharma, Creative Director of KHEM, communicated her beliefs about “ Breaking down the Barriers: Deconstructing the Gender Binary”.

Ms. Oishika Chaudhary, Freshman at New York University, delivered a lecture on “ Why, What Your Three Year Old Reads, Matters”.

Ms. Anushka Bansal, Student of Venkateshwar International School, gave her opinion on ”The Bystander’s Dilemma”.

Student Speakers, Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram, articulated about, “Shocks and Changes: The Arihant Hemendra Guide to Surviving a Roller Coaster Life”.

Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram , shared her experiences about ”How The Law of Attraction Changed My Perspective of Life”.

Mr.Vinayak Panchnanda, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, spoke about,”The Creativity Misconception”.

Mr. Vishad Khanna, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, vocalized his opinions on “Mind The Mind”.

Ms. Praniti Gulyani,Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, talked on, “Just A Poet”.

The diverse themes covered were related to arts and culture, confidence building politics, gender fluidity, learning from disabilities and was an overall enriching experience for all present.

The event concluded with the Vote of T hanks given by Ritin Panchanda, the Chief Organizer of the event.



Educational trip by the Geography students of Class XII, for a Socio Economic Survey  to  Nuh Mehwat Village , Haryana

An educational trip on 27 October, 2018, by the Geography students of Class XII , for a Socio Economic survey, as a part of their practical syllabus  to  Nuh Mehwat village in Haryana, turned out to be an enriching and eye- opening educational experience for the students.

Nuh Mehwat has been adopted by the NGO, Sulabh International. Sulabh took over the responsibility to make the lives of the villagers a better, safer and hygienic one. Students were very excited to conduct the survey. They visited each house individually and conducted the survey very enthusiastically, sensitively and politely.Visits to such places are highly encouraged, since these make the students aware of the problems the majority of people in India face. These shape the minds of the students to become more empathetic and aware. This will make them better citizens of our nation.

Indeed, the visit to Nuh Mehwat was an eye opening experience for both the students and the teachers. Ms. Rupa Das, HOD, Geography organised the trip. Ms. Anupama Das and Ms. Mahima Goel from the Department accompanied the students. It was coordinated by the NGO,  Sulabh International.



‘Destiny: An Ode’ by Shriya Bedi

Shriya Bedi of Class XII M published a book, ‘Destiny: An Ode,’ which is a compilation of poems and short stories. It deals with a variety of themes like fame, love, frustration, and it acknowledges how fate explains otherwise inexplicable things. This book is a unique take on life, as perceived by a 17 year old. The element of tragedy and a certain wistfulness in each story makes ‘Destiny: An Ode’ a must read.



Exun 2018

The 23rd Annual Inter-School IT Symposium ‘EXUN 2018’ was hosted by Exun Clan, the Technology Club of Delhi Public School, RK Puram on 27-28 October 2018. The event was sponsored by UniRely and Digital India and co-sponsored by Athena Education and Pearl Academy. This event was the first National Technology Symposium for and by the students.

Established in 1992, the Exun Clan was the brainchild of Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Computer Science Department and an enthusiastic group of IT aficionados. Short for “Experts Unlimited”, Exun is one of the most renowned clubs, giving students an opportunity to display their abilities in the vast field of IT. The club believes that its members are part of a strong family, which is exemplified by their motto, “We, not I”.

This year, with 1729 registrations from 132 schools, Exun along with The Gaming Club – Domain Square+, Robotics Club – RoboKnights and Cubing Club -CubXL organised 21 different IT events including an Online Cryptic Hunt– Sudocrypt and Sudolocus and a Girl’s Surprise Event.

EXUN 2018 – DAY 1

The occasion commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The event was graced by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and Mr Mukesh Kumar along with his group of Computer Science Teachers and Tech Aid crew.

The Principal, in her welcome address, expressed her absolute admiration of 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. She emphasized upon how technology is a very powerful weapon, and should not be misused. Towards the end of her speech, she rendered her gratitude to the entire Computer Science Department, praised them for being one of the most seasoned clubs and called them the backbone of the school.

The audience was then addressed by Mr. Mukesh Kumar. He welcomed everyone on behalf of DPS RK Puram and thanked the Principal for giving him the opportunity to continue the legacy of the club and supporting the organization of such a big event. He ended his address by an inspirational quote “If you win, you win prizes, but if you lose, you still win experience.”

The Presidents of the Exun Clan, Domain Square+ and CubXL also addressed the participants, talking about the changes the symposium saw from its past iteration to the present and also the exposure the clubs have provided to them.

The Introduction Video for Exun 2018 was presented by the Exun Clan, providing a briefing about the particulars of the event and achievements of the club.

The symposium had pre-started with Sudocrypt, where the group behind the online cryptic hunt rethought the thought by including new highlights like a robotized imply framework and SudoQuests, which were commended by the participants. On this occasion, Exun also released  13th issue of the Annual Magazine – “UnderScore”.

The first day included the prelims of Domain Square+ Gaming, Cubing events, RoboWars, Group Discussion, Line Follower, Junior and Senior Quizzes, Crossword, Gaming, Turing Test, Mar-athon, Hardware, Spacetech, and Programming.

The Group Discussion was conducted in three rounds. An offsite preliminary, followed by the semi-finals and finals, both of which were onsite and conducted on Day 1.

Build was an event wherein students were competing against each other in all aspects of software development. The event was judged by Mr. Neel Lakhwani, a  DPS Alumnus.

Crossword was conducted in two rounds, an online preliminary and an onsite final event. The onsite event included questions which were pun based and related to tech in any way possible.

The basis of the Spacetech event was the on growing influx of investments of IT companies in the development of space technologies. The event, judged by Mr. Hersh Aditya Singh, Mr. Sibesh Kar, and Mr. Saksham  Arora was an on the spot competition where the various participants were given a prompt related to devising algorithms of detecting equations of spacecraft trajectories and asteroid capture mechanisms.

The Gaming event, organized by Domain Square+ focussed on the abilities of gamers to adapt to situations as they were presented with games likes Spellinky, Kitten Squad, Supermonkey Ball and Mega Man.

Robowars was hosted by the RoboKnights, where students battled it out with their self-made robots in an intense arena comprising of multiple rounds and cheered on by an enthusiastic audience. Turing Test was a written test that assessed students computation linguistic skills.

EXUN 2018 – DAY 2

The second day of the event included SpaceTech, Sudocrypt, Junior Quiz, Senior Quiz, Domain 2+ Gaming, Delhi NCR Gaming, Build, Hardware, Competitive Programming, Surprise Event, CubXL and RoboWars.

Sudocrypt saw students from various illustrious schools of the NCR region scrambling to comb every nook and corner of the school in their pursuit of clues.

The 6 teams which qualified in the preliminary round headed to the AVH for the final on-stage round of the interactive Junior Quiz. With the “Infinite Pounce and Bounce Throughout” system in play, all 6 teams which qualified for the final round of the Senior Quiz answered a number of questions on a diverse range of topics such as Technology, I.T, Gaming etc. Both quizzes were conducted by quizmasters, Mr. Gursartaj Singh Nijjar and Mr. Bharat Kashyap.

Domain 2+ saw the adroit gamers exhibit their finesse in gaming as they were presented with games likes Xonotic, DragonBall FighterZ, and GTA online. The founders of Domain 2+ Mr. Sarthak Pal, and Mr. Siddarth Maharishi judged the event.

Equipped with PlayStation controllers and immense fortitude, gaming enthusiasts from all over Delhi NCR playing FIFA 18 and Call Of Duty partook in the Delhi-NCR Jr. Gaming Championship. Mr. Joy Sachdeva and Mr. Rohan Bhatia, both alumni judged the event.

The finals of Build, a 2-day hackathon based on a prompt given on the spot consisted of participants developing and pitching their innovative products to the judges. The event was judged by Mr. Rohan Dhar and Mr. Neel Lakhwani.

The finals of Hardware were a test of practical and theoretical knowledge of hardware and networking. The event included a written test, the dismantling, and assembling of computer hardware amongst others. The event was judged by Mr. Abhishek Yadav.

In collaboration with the organization ‘Women Who Code Delhi’, Exun 2018 featured a workshop and an exciting Surprise Event for girls, with an aim to provide them with a platform to showcase their talent by designing an interactive web game. Ms. Jap Leen Kaur Jolly and Ms. Sukriti Chaudhary from this organization judged the event.

Rapid manoeuvres and dexterity of hands characterized the Cubing Event, the finalists of which went head to head to solve a 2×2, 3×3, and a Pyraminx cube.

Competitive Programming saw the participants face a plethora of logic, algorithm and data structure based problems which were evaluated on the basis of time taken. The event was judged by Mr. Sankush Gupta.

The participants of SpaceTech continued to work on the prompt given the previous day which they presented to a panel of judges comprising of esteemed alumni,  Mr. Hersh Aditya Singh, Mr. Saksham Arora, Mr. Sibesh Kar, and Mr. Aditya Sengupta as well as Mr. Antonio Fowl Stark, Executive Director, Space Generation Advisory Council, South Korea.

In one final showdown, the robots battled it out in the arena, each trying to emerge as the victor in Robowars. The event was judged by Mr. Aniansh Raj Singh and Mr. Abhishek Saroha, former Presidents, RoboKnights.

The award distribution commenced with an acknowledgment of the constant guidance and support of the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the HOD Computer Science, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, and the entire Computer Science Department. The event was graced by the presence of eminent alumni who were presented with mementos by Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mr. Mukesh Kumar.

Mr. Mukesh Kumar concluded the Symposium by thanking the judges, participating students, and teachers of all the schools, partners and finally the Exun team of teachers and students for making the occasion a grand success.

The award for the Best School Outside NCR: DPS Srinagar

The award for the Best Student Outside NCR: Shubham Dua, DAV Ludhiana

The Overall Trophies:

1st: DPS Rohini
1st: DPS Vasant Kunj

3rd: DPS Dwarka

EVENT NAME POSITION SCHOOL
BUILD 1st    The Shri Ram School, Moulsari
2nd DPS, Rohini
3rd DPS, Dwarka
SPACETECH 1st DPS, Dwarka
2nd DPS, Rohini
3rd DPS, Vasant Kunj
ROBOWARS 1st Ahlcon Public School, Apeejay School, Noida
2nd Bal Bharti School, Pitampura
3rd DPS, Vasant Kunj
 SENIOR QUIZ 1st DPS, Noida
2nd    Ramjas School, R.K. Puram
3rd DPS, Rohini
DOMAINSQUARE+ GAMING 1st Venkateshwar International School
2nd   DPS, Rohini
3rd Amity International School, Sector-45 Gurgaon
3X3 CUBING 1st SD Public School
2nd Birla Vidya Niketan
3rd   DPS, Vasant Kunj
2X2 CUBING 1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd   SD Public School
3rd     DPS, Vasant Kunj
JUNIOR QUIZ 1st   DPS, Rohini
2nd   Modern School, Barakhamba Road
3rd DPS, Vasant Kunj
MX+C(LINE FOLLOWER) 1st   DPS, Srinagar
2nd   DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd   The Mother’s International School

 

TURING TEST 1st    DPS, Sector-45 Gurgaon
2nd DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd DPS, Noida
GIRLS’ SURPRISE 1st The Shri Ram School, Moulsari
2nd DPS, Sushant Lok
3rd DPS, Noida
COMPETITIVE PROGRAMMING 1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd DAV Public School, Sector-14 Gurgaon
3rd DPS, Rohini
 DELHI NCR JR. GAMING CHAMPIONSHIP – FIFA 1st GD Goenka, Vasant Kunj
2nd    Rukmini Devi Public School
3rd St. Columbus School
DELHI NCR JR. GAMING CHAMPIONSHIP – CALL OF DUTY 1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd   GD Goenka, Vasant Kunj
3rd DPS, Gurgaon
HARDWARE 1st Amity International School, Sector-45 Gurgaon
2nd DPS, Sector 45 Gurgaon
3rd   DPS, Haridwar
SURPRISE 1st DPS, Dwarka
2nd   Bal Bharti School, Pitampura
3rd     DPS, Vasant Kunj
SUDOCRYPT LOCUS 1st   Ramjas School, RK Puram
2nd   Air Force Golden Jubilee School
3rd Birla Vidya Niketan
PYRAMINX 1st   DPS, Rohini
2nd   Birla Vidya Niketan
3rd   DPS, Sector-45 Gurgaon

 

MAR-ATHON 1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd   St. Columba’s School
3rd     DPS, International, Saket
GROUP DISCUSSION 1st   DPS, Dwarka
2nd   DPS, Noida
3rd DAV, Ludhiana
CROSSWORD 1st   DPS, Rohini
2nd   DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd   Ramjas School, R.K. Puram

 

Exun 2018 Highlights

27-28 October 2018

Online Event – Sudocrypt v8.0 [23-24 October 2018]

Registered Attempts Last Level Crossed Above Level 10 International Participation
900+ 73395 34 325 67

Online+Onsite Events [27-28 October 2018]

Number of Schools Registered

Delhi – NCR Out of Delhi Total
101 31 132

Number of Student Participants Registered

Total
1729

Partnered By

UniRely Athena Education Pearl Academy

Delhi NCR Jr. Gaming Championship Partners
Sony + PlayStation + Skiron Gaming

 

 

 

 

 



United Nations Day Celebration

DPS RK Puram celebrated UN day on 25 October 2018. An exhibition was put up by the students of Classes IX and X on the topics- Formation of UN, Organs and Agencies of UN, Role of UN and UN and India’s relations. The exhibition was visited by students of different classes.



Autoclub 2018

The Automobile Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized a workshop, titled ‘AUTOCLUB 2018’ for all the students of Classes 9-12 on the 12 and 15 October 2018. The workshop was divided into three Interactive sessions, a Quiz and a Group Discussion, and was conducted in the Audio Visual Hall and the Assembly Ground. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness about the upcoming upliftment in the automobile industries.

Session 1
Presentation And Description Of The Chronology Of Automobiles
Resource Person –Prof. Ankit Sharma and Prof. Ankur Verma from MIET

The workshop commenced with the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, felicitating the Chief Guest, Mr. Puneet Agarwal. Prof. Ankit Sharma and Prof. Ankur Verma, Faculties at Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) conducted the sessions. Prof. Ankit Sharma began the session by presenting and describing the chronology of automobiles and their transition from vintage to modern vehicles in the form of a powerpoint presentation and a short video.  Prof. Ankur Verma took over and described briefly the engine, which was to be worked upon in the next session.

Session 2
Engine Dismantling And Assembling
Resource Person – Prof. Ankit Sharma and Prof. Ankur Verma from MIET

The session began with the students from MIET dismantling the Maruti Suzuki MPFI engine while demonstrating each part briefly. They also addressed the working of the engine. After the complete dismantling of the engine, the students from DPS RK Puram were allowed to gain hands-on experience by assisting the professors in assembling the engine.

Session 3
GOKART Vehicle Demonstration

The session started with a brief description of the GOKART, which was self-made by the students of MIET. Adamya Aggarwal, a student of MIET, did the test drive of the GOKART.

The interactive and enriching session came to an end with the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, proposing the vote of thanks.

Session 4
InCarNation- Self-Made Questions Quiz

A team of 2-3 students, each given an allotted car company, came up with questions about their own companies and models, which were answered by the other teams. The team A consisting of students from Classes 11 and 12 won.

Session 5
A Voice Of Experience-Group Discussion (On The Spot)

In the group discussion the participants were given a topic which was aptly related to automobiles and their future, and involved logical reasoning as well as the applied use of physics. Topics were given to the students 10 minutes before the discussion. Team A again won the discussion by relating logically and rhetorically to the concepts given to them.

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Class VIII Trip To Agra And Fatehpur Sikri (2018-19)

An educational trip to AGRA and FATEHPUR SIKRI was organised for students of Class VIII from 12-14 October, 2018. A total of 77 students went on this trip accompanied by 8 teachers, Ms. Jyoti Sharma (Trip Incharge) , Mr. Manish Jain, Mr. Aditya Gupta, Dr. Anang Saxena, Ms. Vibha Sidhu, Ms. Sohini Chakraborty, Ms. Ramneet Kaur, Ms. Priyamvada, and Dr. P Chinna. Both students and teachers enjoyed the trip by visiting different places as per the details given below :

  • Day 1: Arrived in Agra and enjoyed DJ music with dinner.
  • Day 2: Students visited Taj Mahal & Red Fort  and enjoyed DJ music with dinner.
  • Day 3:  Visited Fatehpur Sikri and proceeded for Delhi post Lunch.


DPS R.K.Puram promotes ‘Eat Right Movement’ by FSSAI

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)  lead a massive mobilization drive through the largest ever Pan India Cycle Rally – the ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ bringing alive Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a healthier India on Gandhiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary. In keeping with the philosophy and spirit of the ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ as a people’s movement, the launch event was organised on 16 October 2018 at FDA Bhawan, New Delhi.

Students of DPS RK Puram participated in the launch event and spoke about the ‘SNF @School’ activities under ‘Eat Right Movement’ and made a strong pitch for promoting right eating habits, pointing to the alarming increase in food related lifestyle diseases. The students visited the ‘Experience Zone’. The FSSAI ‘Experience Zone’ is a digital interactive walkthrough of India’s food safety ecosystem. They also pledged to eat less of fats, sugar and salt and to focus on healthy food options.

Mr. Pawan Agarwal, CEO FSSAI, Mr. S C Barmma, Joint Secretary-Ministry of Culture and Ms. Madhavi Das, Chief Management Services Officer FSSAI were present at the launch.

The Programme was attended by Inayat Kaur of Class V and Himanshi of Class III from DPS Vasant Vihar along with their teacher Ms Rattan Obhrai, Health & Wellness Coordinator.

Gurmani Kaur VII E, Gurnika Kaur X N, Simran Dhaliwal XI A, Siddhant Parekh XI D and Aanya Trehan XI S, along with Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head-Biology Department from DPS R.K.Puram attended the programme.

 



BioQUIZitive 2018

Biology Quiz ‘BioQUIZitive’ was organised by the students of AIIMS, Ms Lajja Patel, Mr Aditya Singh and Mr Abdur  in the AVH on 12 October,2018 for Class XII Biology students. The quiz was based on Class XII syllabus and there were 4 teams namely; Watson, Darwin, Mendel and Pasteur, with 3 participants in each team. There were 6 rounds: Dry, Connect, Betting, Differential, Calculation and Crossword round with Audience rounds in between. Classes XI and XII Biology sections were the audience who thoroughly enjoyed the quiz.

Ms Lajja Patel, a Second Year student, was Rank 3 at the AIIMS Entrance, has won Gold Medals in the Biology Olympiad at Vietnam and Malaysia in 2016 and 2017, is a NTSE and KVPY scholar, was Summer Intern at a Stanford University, California and was awarded the Sir Dorabji Tata Prize in Biochemistry for excellence in the subject in 2017 at AIIMS.

Ms. Patel shared tips on how to excel in the Board Examinations. She emphasised that we should enjoy what we do and follow our heart and dreams. She asked everyone to be a responsible citizen and realize what the society expects from us.

Winners were the team from Class XII C comprising of Achintya Tyagi, Ankita Phulia and Ishita Yaduvanshi. Class XII B team was second while Class XII A team was third. Ms Renu Nayar, Vice Principal, congratulated all the winners.

Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of Biology Department, thanked the organisers from AIIMS and the teachers, Ms Kajal Sethi, Ms Shalini Chanan and Ms Kusum Yadav.

Later the students interacted with the organizers to know about preparation strategy for Board Exam and Medical Entrance-NEET.



ComAstitva 2018

The Commerce Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised its Annual Inter-School Commerce Festival ​‘ComAstitva – 2018’  on 6 October, 2018. Students from 24 schools took part in the event, making it a great feat.

The ComAstitva aimed to instil a sense of understanding in the students regarding the functioning of the economy, business, commerce and its industrial activities. The students were encouraged to rack their brains and think outside the box, which further added to the thrill of the competition. The event was coordinated by Ms. Anita Singhal, Ms. Anu Bhandari and Ms. Reena Mehta.

The festival comprised of the  three online events – Admad, ArtCom and The Comical Chronicles, and six on-site events – Imprenditore, Mock-Stock – ‘Subject To Market Risk’, The Bidder, Fin-O-Rama, Tell-a-tale and a Surprise Event.

ONLINE EVENTS

AdMad was an online advertisement designing competition, in which the students had to create an E-Poster on a topic allotted to them with a suitable tagline. The event was judged by Mr. Daksh Aggarwal, an alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram.

ArtCom was an online caricature making competition in which each team was required to sketch a caricature – a picture, description or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. The artworks were judges on the basis of creativity, presentation, originality and relevance. The event was judges by Mr. Shubham Bansal, an alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram.

 The Comic Chronicles was an online economics comic strip creation competition. The topic drew its inspiration from the Bob Dylan song ‘Times they are a-changin’ which was an anthem of the frustrated American youth at the time when it was obvious that change was at hand and no one really knew what that meant, what it would look like or when and where it would happen. The students had to depict the topic with the help of a four panel comic strip to draw attention to current global economic issues using satirical commentary. The task requires them to use humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize vices, particularly in the context of contemporary global economic policies as viewed from the perspective of the Indian common man. The event was judged by Mr. Anant Mehra, Founder of the Fun Design brand, Krita and Penna, and Mr. Diptiman Das, Chairman and Managing Director of EdCIL(India) Limited.

ON-SITE EVENTS

Imprenditore

The event was a business planning competition that provided the students with a dais to bring forth their technical, managerial and business skills. The event consisted of two stages – The Preliminary and The Final. The teams that passed the preliminary round in which they had to clearly state their idea and articulate a basic strategy for a company then moved to the finals where they formally presented their ideas the help of a presentation and a logo design for the brand of the product. The product or the service had to be innovative, new and noteworthy. It had to be prepared with specific reference to the opportunity evaluation and feasibility analysis framework. The event was judged by Ms Medhavi Malik, a DPS. RK. Puram Alumna, currently working as an analyst at Ernst and Young, and Mr. Sahil Puri, who is currently working with Panasonic as an Area Manager in Delhi and has also worked with Discovery Channel.

Mock Stock – ‘Subject To Market Risk’ – This event was conducted in two rounds, an on-site preliminary, ‘Test Your Logic’ and a final round ‘Market monopoly – Mock Stock.’ The first round challenged the participants’ mental ability through a written quiz, followed by a ‘mock’ investment game, where they were allotted virtual stocks and were tasked with creating and managing a winning portfolio. The trading was conducted in real time and news articles given to the participants before each round caused prices to fluctuate, keeping the participants on their toes. The event was judged by Mr. Daksh Aggarwal , an alumnus of our school and an Economics graduate from Deshbandhu College, DU, and Mr. Kapil Mittal, a 1st year BMS student at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, DU.

The Bidder was conducted in two rounds, an elimination round and a final round. The first round tested the basic knowledge regarding economics. Out of 18 teams, 6 made it to the final round wherein they were required to study the balance sheets of different firms and after close analysis, bid on the firms they would like to own.

Fin-O-Rama, the event comprised of two elimination rounds to shortlist the top 5 teams that proceed to the final event. The first round consisted of a written quiz on subjects related to Commerce, Accounting and Current Business Affairs. The second round required the participants to enact various accounting principles. In the final round, the participants were given a brand name, which had to be enacted in the minimum time possible. The judges for the event were Mr. Aditya Agarwal, currently studying BA Economics Hons. at the Shri Ram College of Commerce and Mr. Sarthak, currently pursuing B.Com.(Honours) at SRCC, Delhi.

Tell-A-Tale was an extempore event in which the participants put their artistic and economic expertise to work as they concocted two minute stories out of the few prompt  lines that they were given related to the vast discipline of economics. This served as a creative treat. The judges for the events were Ms Suman Lata, Former Head of Department, Economics at DPS RK Puram, currently teaching underprivileged children at a Government school, and Mr. Atulya Gupta, a 2nd year Law student at National Law University, Delhi.

Surprise Event was divided into two rounds – Crossword and Pictonomics. The participants were judged on the basis of their knowledge of basic economic problems and current affairs. The judges for the event were Ms Kavita Chaddha, an alumna of DPS RK Puram and Ms Simran Kaur, also an alumna of DPS RK Puram, currently pursuing BA Economics Hons from St Stephens College, Delhi.

VALEDICTORY CEREMONY

The Valedictory ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the judges by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. The audience was enthralled by a euphonious rendition of the ‘Ganesh Stuti’ by the school choir. The students of DPS RK Puram  showcased their tremendous talent by effortlessly blending two vastly different dance forms, Kathak and Flamenco, keeping the audiences’  feet tapping. A video displaying the day’s events was played. This was followed by the much awaited release of the 15th edition of the Annual Economics Magazine, ‘Econox ‘19’.

The Principal, in her speech, expressed her gratitude towards the Vice Principal, Ms. Renu Nayyar, for being a crucial and guiding hand for all the Commerce Departments. She laid emphasis on the critical role that economics plays in keeping the world spinning and went on to congratulate the Heads of the Economics, Business Studies and Accountancy Departments, Ms. Anita Singhal, Ms. Anu Bhandari and Ms. Reena Mehta, for their collaborative effort.

The winners were awarded.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms Renu Nayyar. She expressed her immense gratitude towards the Accountancy, Business Studies and Economics Departments of the school. She highlighted the importance such competitions as they provide the students a platform where everyone can learn from one another and thanked all the participants and the teachers accompanying them for making this event a commendable one.

The ceremony was drawn to a close by the National Anthem.

The overall winner was Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

The result is as follows:

EVENT POSITION SCHOOL NAME
AdMad 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Delhi Public School, Dwarka
Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura
ArtCom 1st
2nd
3rd
Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj
New Era Public School, Mayapuri
Tagore International School
The Comical Chronicles 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Faridabad
Modern School, Barakhamba
Army Public School, Delhi Cantt
Imprenditore 1st
2nd
3rd
Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj
Delhi Public School Sector-45, Gurugram
DAV Public School, Gurugram
Mock Stock 1st
2nd
3rd
New Era Public School, Mayapuri
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Birla Vidyaniketan
The Bidder st
2nd
3rd
DAV Public School, Gurugram
Delhi Public School Sector-45, Gurugram
Birla Vidyaniketan
Fin-O-Rama 1st
2nd
3rd
New Era Public School, Mayapuri
Tagore International School
Delhi Public School Sector-45, Gurugram
Tell-A-Tale 1st
2nd
3rd
Modern School, Barakhamba Road
Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok
New Era Public School
Surprise Event 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj
St. Columbus School
Delhi Public School, Faridabad



Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, 2 October 2018, DPS RK Puram organized a cultural programme to commemorate the birth of the Father of the Nation.

The staff and the students cleaned the school area as a part of the scheduled Cleanliness Drive. The unparalleled zeal and enthusiasm of the participants was instrumental in helping to realise the dream of Mahatma Gandhi.

The event commenced with the administration of the Swachhata Pledge by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal following which she addressed the gathering. She emphasized the ideals of non-violence, Swachh Bharat as well as eradicating the caste-based system. She elaborated on how she considered Mahatma Gandhi to be the bravest and strongest man and expressed her admiration for his autobiography, My Experiments with Truth. She spoke of his courage and conviction and his resolute beliefs which guided the freedom struggle and said that the country is what it is today, because of him. She also mentioned his staunch support of Women Empowerment as well as the abolition of the social evil of Untouchability. She concluded her speech with an enthusiastic Jai Hind which roused feelings of patriotism amongst the crowds gathered.

This was followed by a symphony of mellifluous voices serenading the audience with a melodious rendition of ‘ Vaishnav Jan To’.

The speeches by the students articulated and reflected the beliefs held by Mahatma Gandhi. The students painted a picture of the values expounded by him, reiterating the importance of fearlessness as well as leading a life free of material possessions, and adopting the use of Khadi. Lastly, various incidents from the freedom struggle were referred to, in order to bring out his greatness, dedication to Ahimsa; and the crucial role he played in the liberation of the country.

The adroit artistes in the Nukkad Natak used the medium of traditional street play to illustrate the importance of the ideals held by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Decked in a plethora of vibrant colors and reverberating beats, dancers performed the Dangi Nritya, a tribal dance full of energy, skill, and enthusiasm.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.



India Fest 2018

India Fest ‘18 was organised by the Social Science Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 29 September 2018, with an aim to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a nation distinguished by its plurality, diversity and tolerance by showcasing talent from across Delhi and NCR. A total of 15 schools participated in a wide range of activities on the theme, ‘Celebration of Diversity’, while 24 schools enrolled for On-site and Off-site events . The event was coordinated by Ms. Rupa Das, Ms. Vanadana Chandhoke and Ms. Shruti Mishra with the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, as the Overall Incharge.

Express… Through Wall Art (Street Art) saw the participants using their powers of embellishment to create graffiti that touched upon a few of the issues pertaining to contemporary society. This event was judged by Mr.Pankaj Guru, a talented Sculptor whose art has moved thousands of people through beautiful art forms made by him. He has worked on several commissioned projects for private collectors as well as the Government of India.

Riveting dialogue and elementary props characterised Therukoothu (Street Play) in which adroit thespians showcased their perceptions of issues related to adolescence or gender equality, and compelled the viewers to think and introspect. The event was judged by Mr Sandeep Rawat, a veteran Theatre Director, Actor, Writer, Teacher and Drama Expert, who has been awarded the Rex Karamveer Chakra award by the United Nations for Samarth Theatre Group, which he founded, with an aim of providing a platform  for each and everyone interested in exploring the artist within. He has also been awarded the Gurudevo Award from the Maitrayee Mission Society.

The hall reverberated with the roar of thunderous applause as different teams put up sublime performances in Mile Sur Mera Tumhara (Patriotic Choir), using the transcendent medium of music to stir feelings patriotism and nationalism amongst the crowds gathered. The event was judged by Mr. Mahesh Prabhakar, who has more than 40 years of experience in the music and Mumbai film industry and has played the keyboard for legends like Asha Bhosle, Ustad Sultan Khan, Ghulam Ali and many others and is also a very talented Music Composer and Arranger. He was accompanied by Ms. Rini Mukherjee, a versatile exponent in the domain of modern Hindi and Bengali songs and Indian Classical Music. She is a recipient of the prestigious Women Achievers Award in 2011 and The Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in 2016.

Troupes of dancers from each school moving along to the beats of traditional Indian folk music held the audience captive as they celebrated the country’s diverse visual poetry amidst dazzling whirls of colour in Mera Desh Rangeela (Dance). The event was judged by Ms. Papiha Desai, who is a multi talented Dancer and Choreographer. She has performed and presented her work globally. Currently, she heads the Indian Revival Group, a premier dance ensemble. She was accompanied by Mr.Shashidharan Nair, an exceptionally gifted Dancer and Choreographer who has devoted 5 decades in pursuit of dance, and has mastered several classical Indian dance forms under luminaries of the Indian dancing world.

Students in teams of two endeavoured to bring out the incredible diversity of the nation through the lens in Reality Through Reel (Movie Making). The movies were judged on the basis of creativity, direction, content, originality and videography by Mr Anup Jacob and Ms Shalini Harisukh.

The various photomontages put up by the schools in the Collage Making event put a spotlight on the importance of adopting renewable energy sources in our daily lives, as well as celebrating the nuances of functioning in a highly heterogeneous society.

Valedictory Ceremony commenced with the Shiv Vandana, a hymn to the almighty. A network of harmonious voices put forward ‘Madhumei Desh Humara’ , an ode to the Motherland.

This was followed by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal’s speech, wherein she expressed her inclination for Social Science, remarking upon the immense cultural and physical diversities India has to offer. Further on, she commented on the rich and elaborate history of India and taking pride in our country.  She lauded the immense talent of all students and encouraged them to display it for the world to see. She concluded her speech on an optimistic note by saying ‘Today we’re climbing, tomorrow we’ll be at top’ and thanked the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan and the Social Science Department for making the event a huge success.

Decked in a plethora of colours and echoing beats to match, dancers performed the Dangi Nritya, a tribal dance full of energy, skill and enthusiasm. A showcase of the winners’ performances ensued.

A Swachata Pledge was administered by the Principal and the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan, who commended the energy and enthusiasm of the  Social Science, Music and Art Departments and all students involved.

The results are as follows:

Event Name Position School
Reality Through Reel (Photography and Video Making) 1st
2nd
3rd
Army Public School, Delhi Cantt.
Venkateshwara International School
Delhi Public School, Gurugram
Collage Making 1st
2nd
3rd
Army Public School, Delhi Cantt.
Delhi Public School, Rohini
Darbari Lal D.A.V Model School, Pitampura
Mera Desh Rangeela (Dance) 1st
2nd
3rd
Mount Abu Public School
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Birla Vidya Niketan
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara (Patriotic Choir) 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Greater Noida
Delhi Public School, Rohini
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Therukoothu (Street Play) 1st
2nd
3rd
Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura
Gyan Bharti School
Army Public School, Delhi Cantt.
Express Through Wall Art 1st
2nd
3rd
Delhi Public School, Gurugram
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
Army Public School, Delhi Cantt.

The Overall Winners trophy was bagged by Army Public School, Delhi Cantt.



Plantation Drive to reduce Air Pollution

DPS, RK Puram carried out a Tree Plantation Drive outside the school premises on Saturday, 8 September 2018, to support Delhi Government’s initiative of mass plantation to reduce air pollution. The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and  teachers actively participated by planting saplings of  native plant species of Delhi like Jamun, Amaltaas ,Neem, Mulberry, Gulmohar etc. The message was also sent to the parents to participate in the plantation drives in their neighbourhood areas. The Plantation drive in the school was organized by the Environment Club.



Workshop on Personal Grooming and Computer Training

Two workshops for the teachers were held on 17 September 2018, in the AVH. The sessions were coordinated by Ms. Vandana Chandhoke and Ms. Niva Chhonkar.

 Session 1
Computer Training Programme
Mr Mukesh Kumar and Mr. Mohitendra Dey

An informative and hands-on workshop was jointly conducted by Mr.Mukesh Kumar and Mr.Mohitendra Dey for the teachers on 17 September 2018 in Computer Lab 5.

The workshop focused on the best practices while working online in a safe and secure environment. Safe and efficient practices of using the internet and the benefits of using a GSuite Account for Education, Documentation using Google Docs in a collaborative platform and analyzing data with Google sheets were also discussed at great length . Teachers created an online quiz for the students using Google Forms. All this was done with hands-on activities using each teacher’s GSuite account. It was a great learning experience for everyone.

Session 2
Personal Grooming for Professional Life
Pearl Academy

Ms. Pushpa Joshi, from Pearl Academy coordinated the session. With over 12 years of experience in education, Ms Joshi is The Coordinator Outreach at Pearl Academy.  Ms. Vasundhara  Khatri was the resource person. She has worked as a professional Stylist and Image Makeover Consultant. Currently she is working as an Assistant Professor, Fashion Styling, at Pearl Academy.

Ms.Khatri started the session by linking professional styling with image and appearance. She elaborated on how fashion goes hand in hand with one’s body and personality.  She discussed how  sartorial choices and general fashion sense should be in harmony with the profession. She listed certain parameters to help decode the correct attire- occasion, lifestyle, body type, personality, needs and preferences. The choices should be attractive in order to generate positivity and in the process, one should be mindful of personal grooming and hygiene. All the tips guarantee the right attention and attitude from those around . She stressed on how an individual’s fashion sense decides a lot in terms of creating an appearance as it adds to their first impression because the other person takes seconds to decode the non-verbal cues. Everyone make the choices  based on visual perception and body image. Everyone- be it a home maker or a corporate giant- needs image management as the image works in the Vocal, Visual and Verbal manner. Lastly, she spoke about “neutral dressing”, on how to choose brands wisely and provided tips that could come in handy while selecting the fabric, style and colour of wardrobe for professional scenarios. The Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, extended the vote of thanks.



Computer Training Programme

An informative and hands-on workshop was jointly conducted by Mr. Mukesh Kumar and Mr. Mohitendra Dey for the teachers on 15 September 2018 in Computer Lab 5.

The workshop focused on the best practices while working online in a safe and secure environment. Safe and efficient practices of using the Internet and the benefits of using a GSuite Account for Education, Documentation using Google Docs in a collaborative platform and analyzing data with Google sheets were also discussed at great length . Teachers created an online quiz for the students using Google Forms. All this was done as hands-on activities using each teacher’s GSuite account. It was a great learning experience for everyone.



Role Model Teachers Award

The DPS Society has instituted the Role Model Teachers award to recognize and celebrate the sincerity, commitment, dedication and the outstanding work being done by DPS teachers on  Teachers Day.

The award includes a citation and cash prize of Rs.25,000/- each.

The following teachers of DPS R. K. Puram were presented the Role Model Teachers award in 2018:

  1. Mr. Mukesh Kumar
  2. Ms. Fatma Kirmani



Workshop On First Aid And Lab Safety Rules

A workshop on First Aid and Lab Safety rules was organized on 14 September 2018, in the Audio Visual hall. It was attended by 54 participants from the Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Departments including Laboratory Incharges, Lab Assistants and the teachers using these labs. Housekeeping and kitchen staff also attended this workshop. The workshop was coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Vandana Chandhoke.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, addressed them emphasising the role of lab assistants and teachers in ensuring the safety of students when they are with them in the lab. Keeping this in mind, she appealed to them to give suggestions about measures that should be taken for enhanced safety  nd in case any equipment needed replacement .

Dr Pushpinder Singh  gave a presentation on the general and  specific precautions to be followed in each lab. He demonstrated the action to be taken in case of emergencies like burns, cuts, fire and so on. He also suggested that some video clips should be shown to the students  in the beginning of the year about  measures that must be taken to avert accidents.

The Heads of Departments were requested to display lab safety rules in their labs for the safety of the students and all the teachers were asked to make the students aware of the consequences if they do not adhere to lab safety rules.



Protection of Child Rights, Disaster Management and Personal Grooming Workshop

Three informative workshops were organized for the teachers of DPS, RK Puram  on 13 September 2018 in the AVH. The workshops were coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Vandana Chandhoke.

Session 1
Advisory on Protection of Child Rights
 Ms Vanita Sehgal, Principal, DPS RK Puram

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, recalled her initial years as a teacher, sharing anecdotes to reiterate the school motto of “Service before Self”. She stressed on the importance of understanding that one should be aware of not just one’s rights but responsibilities as well.  She advised the teachers to be more child-centric and to take pride in their work and identity as a teacher. The importance of values like professionalism, good work ethic and the idea of upholding and maintaining the DPS culture and ethos was emphasized.

Session 2
Guidelines: Natural Disaster Management
 Mr. Sajjan Kumar Sharma


Mr. Sharma has been a member of the Fire Services in New Delhi for the last eight years and is associated with NDMC. Addressing the staff, he stressed on how, little steps mattered greatly when it comes to dealing with natural disasters. He reminded the staff members that a disaster strikes unexpectedly and causes significant physical damage, loss of life or sometimes a permanent change to the natural environment.  The only way to deal with any disaster is to showcase strength, common sense and boldness. He talked about silent disasters and “psycho disasters” , giving an example of how in Haryana, female feticide and infanticide, leads to disasters like a skewed sex ratio which are a threat to various government schemes for the upliftment of girls.  The idea about awareness regarding basic systems for fire safety was stressed by him, first and foremost being the emergency number to get in touch with the fire safety team- 101. Secondly, teachers must be aware of 5 Ws- Where, What, Which, When and Why.
He coined an acronym CATNN to help everyone remember how to respond to fire accidents with the specialized team. They should be briefed with the following details-Caller Identity, Address, Contact number, Nature of complaint and the Nearest landmark. As part of his talk, he enlightened the staff about basic measures to use in an emergency. For example, how to transport an injured person based on his injury (leg injury, hand injury or if he/she is unconscious). A live demonstration was provided for the staff on how to use a fire extinguisher and a water hose pipe effectively to minimize the damage or control it before the fire fighters arrive. The staff participated and volunteered enthusiastically in the session. The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, extended the vote of thanks.

Session 3
Personal Grooming For Professional Life
Pearl Academy

Ms. Pushpa Joshi, from Pearl Academy coordinated the session. Ms. Vasundhara Khatri was the resource person. Ms.Khatri studied Fashion Designing at NIFT. She has been a designer for Burberry, French Connection etc and  is  a faculty member at Pearl Academy. She was assisted by Mr. Gaurav Kwatra, Chief Manager at Pearl Academy and Ms. Monica, a Senior Member at Pearl Academy.
Ms.Khatri started the session by linking professional styling with image and appearance. She elaborated on how fashion goes hand in hand with one’s body and personality.  She discussed how  sartorial choices and general fashion sense should be in harmony with the profession. She listed certain parameters to help decode the correct attire- occasion, lifestyle, body type, personality, needs and preferences. The choices should be attractive in order to generate positivity and in the process, one should be mindful of personal grooming and hygiene. All the tips guarantee the right attention and attitude from those around . She stressed on how an individual’s fashion sense decides a lot in terms of creating an appearance as it adds to their first impression because the other person takes seconds to decode the non-verbal cues. Everyone make the choices  based on visual perception and body image. Everyone- be it a home maker or a corporate giant- needs image management as the image works in the Vocal, Visual and Verbal manner. Lastly, she spoke about “neutral dressing”, on how to choose brands wisely and provided tips that could come in handy while selecting the fabric, style and colour of wardrobe for professional scenarios. The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, extended the vote of thanks.



 Workshop on Foreign Admission Guidelines and Cancer Prevention

Two informative workshops were organized for the teachers of DPS, RK Puram on 12 September,  2018 in the AVH. The sessions were coordinated by Ms. Vandana Chadhoke and Ms. Niva Chhonkar.

Session 1
New Guidelines: Foreign Admissions
Ms.Ambika Kaul

The first one was an interactive session on Foreign Admissions by Ms. Ambika Kaul,  Education and Career Counsellor. DPS R.K.Puram has an unmatched record for international admissions. A large number of institutes are coming up with brilliant offers for the applicants of 2019. Ms.Ambika Kaul, who is handling International admissions, expressed her concern about the changing trends this year in the application process. She elaborated on the need to not just know about foreign universities, but also their admission processes, drafting applications, timeline and the documents required by different countries.

She informed the teachers that normally universities abroad, especially in the U.S. and even those in the Asia Pacific region require a sound SAT score. Other universities in the U.K. and Europe require adequate proof of written and spoken English proficiency through academic grading as well as special tests like IELTS and TOEFL. She also stressed that apart from subject expertise, students require skills like critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, etc. The need for strict privacy in giving  predicted scores and making letters of recommendations to which the child does not have access, was discussed. Ms.Ambika told the audience that a system will be put in place for the same by Mr.Mukesh Kumar. Caution needs to be exercised in giving predicted scores which are not inflated. They should be awarded keeping in mind the student’s abilities and performance.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal discussed the nuances teachers must keep in mind while writing a good letter of recommendation especially the personal touch e.g. anecdotes about the student etc. The session ended after an interactive Question and Answer round.

Session 2
Cancer- Intervention for Primary Prevention
Dr. Abhishek  Shankar, Assistant Professor, Preventive Oncology, AIIMS

In an effort to explore opportunities for cancer prevention, an interactive session `Cancer- Intervention for Primary Prevention’ was organized. Dr. Abhishek Shankar, Assistant Professor, Preventive Oncology at AIIMS was felicitated by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan.

Dr. Abhishek declared cancer as a highly curable disease especially if detected early. He urged the teachers to change their perception about cancer. He informed them that over 50 % of the cancers are preventable, with the guidance of experts and age-appropriate, timely screening. He condemned the pseudo knowledge of cancer propagated through social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. He urged the teachers to be ‘Cancer educated’. He talked about various myths related to the disease. He further elaborated on the positive lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce the risk.Proper breast self-examination techniques and Mammogram guidelines were also discussed. He highlighted the importance of detection and different strategies to detect. He ended the session with the stress on the need to prioritize health check-ups. The Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, extended the vote of thanks.



Stress Management, Legal Awareness and Health Management  Workshop

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized a workshop for all the staff members on the 11 September, 2018. The workshop was divided into three interactive sessions conducted for the teachers in the Audio Visual Hall. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness about issues relating to Physical Health, Stress management, Juvenile Justice, and the POCSO Act. These workshops were coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Vandana Chandhoke.

Session 1
Importance of Health, Hygiene & Nutrition
Dr. Manika Khanna, Founder Director, Gaudium- IVF & Women Health Centre 

An interactive session on the ‘Importance of Health, Hygiene & Nutrition’ commenced with the Vice Principal, Ms.Anita Singh, felicitating the keynote speaker, Dr. Manika Khanna, Founder Director, Gaudium- IVF & Women Health Centre. She is a recognized name in the field of infertility in women and is also an alumnus of the school. Dr. Manika stressed on the importance of taking the right nutrition according to one’s age. She also emphasized on the vital role that exercise plays in adults, in the prevention of various ailments like obesity, diabetes and heart problems. She elaborated on the importance of a balanced diet through the intake of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits, vegetables and some amount of fats. She spoke about menstrual hygiene, the importance of proper nutrition, healthy eating habits and other issues. The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, extended the vote of thanks.

 Session 2
Anger and Stress Management, Rude Behaviour and Malicious Gossiping
Ms. Suparna Goel and Team

This enlightening and enriching workshop for the teachers was on the role of Meditation in relieving stress and the importance of holistic living. The purpose of organizing this workshop was to introduce teachers to meditation so that they could be more productive in their personal and professional lives. The session was beautifully conducted by Ms. Suparna Goel and her team from Heartfulness Institute, a global non-profit organization recognized by the United Nations. Ms. Goel, highlighted the importance of managing stress through meditation and how meditation could be practiced. The latter part of the session was taken by Dr. Rahul Mehrotra, Associate Director & Head, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital. He elucidated on the fusion of science and spirituality. He substantiated this idea with an array of facts. The session was brought to end by Ms. Sujata Sarin with a practical demonstration of how meditation can help to continually empty our hearts of complexities, filling them with purity, light and love. The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, extended the vote of thanks.

Session 3
Legal Counselling on Anti-bullying, POCSO and  JJ Act
Geetanjali Goel, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Director,National Legal Services Authority

Ms. Geetanjali Goel spoke to the teachers about the POCSO Act, 2012 and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.She discussed the important features of these Acts like complete privacy and gender neutrality. She also stressed on the mandatory role of teachers in reporting any incident of child abuse. Teachers must learn to recognize the symptoms of abuse and know how to deal with it. It is the responsibility of the school and management to be vigilant at all times. She suggested many measures to prevent bullying in schools. The session ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.



Stress Management, Legal Awareness and Health Management  Workshop

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized a workshop for all the staff members on the 10 September, 2018. The workshop was divided into three interactive sessions conducted for the teachers in the Audio Visual Hall. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness about issues relating to Physical Health, Stress management, Juvenile Justice, and the POCSO Act. These workshops were coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Vandana Chandhoke.

 Session 1
Bone Health and Coping with Bone Injuries
Dr. Ankit Goyal, Sports Injury Centre, Safdarjung Hospital.

An interactive session on bone health in teachers and how to prevent bone injuries, commenced with the Vice Principal, Mrs.Anita Singh, felicitating the keynote speaker, Dr Ankit Goyal, an Associate Professor at  the Sports Injury Centre at Safdarjung Hospital. Dr. Ankit is also an alumnus of the school.

The resource person enlightened the teachers by creating awareness about the common and frequently occurring illnesses due to particular body postures leading to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, joints, bones and muscles. The noblest profession accompanies the stress and health hazards which need attention and remedy. The musculoskeletal disorders were addressed and solutions were recommended for better body postures. He emphasized on the vital role that exercise plays in adults preventing bone loss and maintaining muscle strength. He demonstrated some exercises and yoga postures for teachers. He stressed on the importance of nutrition through the intake of calcium, vitamins, proteins, fruits and vegetables. He ended the session by providing some of the guiding principles in case of emergency of bone injury. The session created awareness and concern among teachers for better performance by maintaining health. Vice Principals, Dr Renu Nayar and Ms Padma Srinivasan, extended the vote of thanks.

Session 2
Role of Police in Anti-bullying, POCSO and  Juvenile Justice Act and Security in the School Campus
Mr. Anish Prasad, IPS

The workshop on POCSO was conducted by Mr. Anish Prasad, IPS, Deputy Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi. He was welcomed by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar.

Mr. Prasad emphasized that child abuse is rampant in schools, homes, neighborhood and public places. Keeping this in mind, the POCSO Act, 2012 and The Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 were started which address all sexual offences below the age of 18. He discussed the important features of this Act like complete privacy and gender neutrality. He also stressed on the mandatory role of teachers in reporting any incident of child abuse. Teachers must recognize the symptoms of sexual abuse and know how to deal with it. It is the responsibility of the school and the management to be vigilant at all times. He suggested many preventive measures to avoid bullying in school. This was followed by a Question and Answers round. Teachers participated enthusiastically in this discussion. The session ended with a vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. She stressed on the need for organizing such informative sessions. She made a plea to the teachers to be more proactive and watchful.

Session 3
Anger and Stress Management, Rude behaviour and Malicious Gossiping
Ms. Suparna Goel and Team

This enlightening and enriching workshop for the teachers was on Anger and Stress Management. The purpose of organizing this workshop was to help develop peaceful, healthy and holistically educated teachers and students. This session was beautifully conducted by Ms. Suparna Goel and her team from Heartfulness Institute, a global non-profit organisation .

Ms. Suparna Goel, an alumnus of DPS R.K.Puram, commenced the session with a philosophical memoir. She emphasized the fact that each one of us is unique. Therefore we must appreciate this uniqueness and understand the person we are. She strongly condemned the illusions of social media. She elaborated on the idea of generating beautiful and positive thoughts. The latter part of the session was taken by Dr. Rahul Mehrotra, Associate Director & Head, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital. He elucidated on the fusion of science and spirituality. He substantiated this idea with an array of facts. The session was brought to end by Dr. Sachdeva with a practical demonstration of how meditation can facilitate us to continually empty our hearts of complexities and help filling our hearts with purity, light and love. The Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, extended the vote of thanks.



Capacity Building, Legal and Social Awareness Workshop

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized a workshop, titled ‘Capacity Building, Legal and Social Awareness’ for all the staff members on the 8 September, 2018. The workshop was divided into five interactive sessions conducted for the teachers in the Audio Visual Hall. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness about issues relating to Physical and Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Juvenile Justice, and the POCSO Act. These enriching workshops were coordinated by Ms. Vandana Chandhoke and Ms. Niva Chhonkar.

Session 1
Impact of Air Pollution on Health
Resource Person –Dr. Arvind Kumar

The workshop commenced with the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, felicitating the speaker, Dr.Arvind Kumar, Pulmonologist & Thoracic Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Dr Kumar began the session by drawing a contrast between the colour of the lungs of a newborn and a 20 year old who has been exposed to polluted air. He emphasized that people staying in polluted cities are all smokers, in the sense that their lungs are affected by the particulate matter. He added that the adverse effects of air pollution results in allergies, asthma, and various other respiratory diseases, tuberculosis and lung cancer being the most dangerous ones. He spoke about the measures that one must take to have healthy lungs. These measures included spreading awareness about the issue through educating people, avoiding dust and smoke, planting more indoor plants to intensify the fight against air pollution for a cleaner and greener tomorrow. The Vice Principal, Ms Anita Singh, extended the vote of thanks.

Session 2
Social Skills & Identification of students with Special Needs
Resource Person – Dr. Vishal Chhabra

The session began with the speaker Dr. Vishal Chhabra, Psychiatrist at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, elaborating on social skills for handling emotions in children.  He also addressed the issue of handling children with special needs. He spoke about  different kinds of social skills and emphasised how group activity can help in enhancing interpersonal skills. He shared a few techniques used in Positive Psychology as a part of problem solving skills. The latter half of the session focused on Developmental Disabilities in children, Specific Learning Disabilities like, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, and Intellectual Disabilities. The resource person also touched on the psychological problems in children like ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Abuse, Bullying, Depression, etc., and sensitized teachers about dealing with the children with special needs. The Headmistress,

Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, extended a vote of thanks and concluded the enriching session.

Session 3
Diet and Weight Management
Resource Person – Ms. Aditi Mehrotra and her team.

Ms. Aditi Mehrotra, a Nutritionist at Arney Fit Kids told the teachers that a good and healthy diet is a lifestyle change. It is about deviation rather than deprivation. She stated that humans are more focused on satiating their food cravings rather than their hunger, unlike animals who stop eating when their hunger is satiated. She elaborated on the need to include seasonal fruits, a Rainbow diet, and natural supplements to develop intelligent eating traits. She spoke about the occupational hazards faced by teachers, as regards their postures, voice, mental fatigue, and stressed on drinking water at room temperature to counter most of these ailments. She advised the audience to be aware of trans-fats, artificial colours, adulterants, pesticides, and flavour enhancers and encouraged them to have a balanced and healthy diet. A member from the resource person’s team demonstrated a few exercises that could be done to relieve stress in the body. An activity was conducted by the resource person wherein a teacher volunteer was asked to mark the various colours she had included in her diet on a given day. This was done to stress the importance of including a variety of colours in one’s diet. Ms. Mehrotra also shared the reasons for food cravings and gave tips to control food cravings. The interactive and enriching session came to an end with the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, proposing the vote of thanks.

Session 4
Social Responsibility and Healthy Peer Relationship
Resource Person –Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

The session began with the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. felicitating the resource person, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, a Communication Consultant. Dr Kumar commenced his presentation by showing a visual related to perception and emphasized how teachers can help students see things differently by guiding them to a new perspective. He elaborated on how learning, behaviour, and action are all related to perception and teachers must be able to anchor information to make learning more interesting. Using two activities, he demonstrated how the ‘Curse of Knowledge’ hinders our ability to see past our own expertise. He further reinforced the need to innovate and bring together the different pieces of information to construct coherent knowledge. He concluded his session with the idea that in order to control the outcome, one needs to change the method. The session was very enriching and one where the teachers participated enthusiastically. The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, proposed the vote of thanks for this very interactive session.

Session 5
Legal Counselling on POCSO, Juvenile Justice Act and Anti Bullying
Resource person – Mr. Aditya Das

The session was conducted by Mr Aditya Das, an Advocate who is also an alumnus of DPS R.K.Puram. The resource person commenced the session by elaborating on the two acts framed by the Union Government concerning Juvenile Justice and the POCSO Act,2012. He explained about Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and the other components that are included in the Act. He further sensitized the teachers about the rights of students, the roles and responsibilities of the teachers, and the school management along with the parents. The major causes of CSA in India stated by Mr Das, referring to the NCPCR document were taboos in discussing sex and sexuality, tolerance to gender based violence, a culture that believes and values adults over children, and the impact of reporting child sexual abuse. He stressed that teachers must be very vigilant yet sensitive towards children especially in their interaction with them. He advised the teachers to be more aware about any change in the pattern of behaviour in children and to inform the management timely so that appropriate action can be taken.

The session ended with the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, urging the teachers to be more vigilant and empathetic towards children. The Vice Principal, Ms. Renu Nayar, proposed the vote of thanks.



Value Of The Month – Conflict Resolution August 2018

Class VI

Resolving conflicts peacefully is an essential skill. Students understood the importance of communicating with each other in order to identify the cause of conflict and then resolving it through further communication. Class teachers and Subject teachers spoke about the importance of resolving problems through communication. Students put up quotations and posters  and also discussed stories and incidents related to the topic.

Class VII

Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. Often, each side benefits by participating in negotiations. Group discussions were conducted regarding the importance of the topic. Quotes related to the topic were put up in the class for better understanding. Class teachers spoke about the importance of Conflict Resolution in day to day life. Children brought quotes and images illustrating the value. A general discussion was undertaken on various classroom issues and how to resolve the same and live in peace and harmony. Children participated enthusiastically and came up with many ideas on topics such as keeping the classroom clean and helping each other in the time of need.

Class VIII

Resolving conflicts amicably leads to healthy peaceful environment. Conflict Resolution is an essential skill. The students were guided and advised to talk about their differences to solve their problems. The teachers also spoke about the importance of communication. Various quotes were put up on the topic. Students also related personal incidents.



CBSE Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Sensitivity

Delhi Public School, R.K Puram hosted the CBSE Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Sensitivity on Saturday,1 September 2018.

The Capacity Building Programme was attended by the staff of DPS, R.K Puram, East of Kailash and Vasant Vihar. A total of 62 teachers attended the one day programme.

The CBSE Resource Persons for the workshop were Ms Sudha Acharya (Principal, ITL Public School ) and Ms.Vijay Laxmi Singh (Education Consultant, TATA, ClassEdge).

Ms Vanita Sehgal, Principal DPS R.K Puram, in her welcome address underlined the importance of gender sensitivity  as gender bias  is still prevalent in society and how  society needs to undergo a change in overcoming stereotypes which define the role of men and women and vice versa.

The workshop covered a huge range of topics towards understanding the importance of gender sensitivity – beginning from awareness about gender to strategies for integration of gender sensitivity in teaching. The participants at the workshop played a proactive role as the entire workshop was conducted in an interactive style. Each participant took initiative to express his/her point of view on a given topic of discussion.

The day long programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Ms Padma Srinivasan (Vice Principal, DPS,R.K Puram) and distribution of certificates to the participants.



BLISS:  Training Programme for Teachers from North East

A Teachers Training Programme ‘BLISS’ (Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary Schools) was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 28 August,2018. Second batch of 30 teachers from the States of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram attended the same along with Officials from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Indian Environmental Society and Department of Environment, Delhi.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, welcomed all the teacher delegates and assured all possible help for making the programme an enriching experience. The Vice Principal ,Ms Anita Singh, highlighted the role of Biotechnology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and industry. Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department, gave a Power Point Presentation on scope, application, and curriculum design of Biotechnology.

The programme commenced with a demonstration of DNA isolation, gram positive staining of Curd bacteria, Bioinformatics-Internet based experiments, Restriction Digestion followed by Gel electrophoresis, Cell Viability Test, Serum Glucose Estimation by GOD-POD Method, DNA Isolation from spinach & banana, Karyotyping and preparation of Mitosis slide which was done by the students of Class XII in the Senior Biology Lab, assisted by Ms. Kajal Sethi and Ms. Kusum Yadav. A Demonstration by Dr Tripti Bhatnagar of Codon Biotech was given.

The delegates were made familiar with various instruments used in Biotechnology experiments like Spectrophotometer, Autoclave, Shaker Water Bath, Laminar Air Flow, Trans Illuminator, BOD Incubator, Colorimeter, Electronic Balance, Magnetic Stirrer and Rocker Shaker. The programme was assisted by Ms Jyoti Sharma.

At the end, a presentation on Environment Initiatives of the school was showcased with special reference to Pollution Survey Report and Jal Jaanch DIY stick by Ms Niva Chhonkar.

The participating teachers appreciated the contribution of teachers and students and had a great learning experience.



Theatron 2018

‘We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover what we can become’

Theatron, the Annual Inter School Theatre Fest, was organised by the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on 25 August 2018 sponsored by Jamboree. The festival was organised with an aim to provide students from a plethora of venerable schools with a platform to emblazon their passion for the stage. There were 6 distinct categories, namely, Stage Play, Street Play, Thespian Coliseum, Ad Act, Play-o-Poem and Theatrical Extravaganza (Surprise Event).

Mr Stephen Marazzi graced the occasion with his august presence. A Music and Theatre Director, graphic artist, eminent theatre personality, voice and speech trainer, drama instructor, storyteller, and illustrator,  having a repertoire of over 30 stage productions and concerts, including musicals like The Sound of Music, The Lion King, Cats, Oliver! and non musicals like Frankenstein, To Kill A Mockingbird, Macbeth and Tughlaq, he has worked extensively for publishers like WHO, UNICEF, VHAI, Oxford and TERI.

Guest of Honour Mr Stephen Marazzi and Mr Gurpreet Pathak, eminent cinema and theatre actor, theatre trainer in schools, with experience of having performed in different parts of India on socio-political issues as well as a close association with the Asmita Theatre Group, judged the Stage Play. The students, during the event, set the stage afire with their vibrant ensembles and riveting dialogues and painted a beautiful picture of the topics provided.

Mr. Mayank Garg, who is associated with India’s most prolific theatre group ASMITA with experience of over 500 stage,  2500 street plays and judging theatre competitions of various schools and colleges judged Street Play along with Mr. Vipul, a theatre artist and social activist, who has performed over 400 stage plays and 2000 street plays. In the Nukkad Natak the participants used the medium of a traditional street play to talk about various social issues plaguing society, unencumbered by gaudy props.

Mr. Tarun Kohli, founder of the Mashq Theatre group, professional contemporary dancer, theatre personality and worked with well known director Mr Hansal Mehta in Omerta,  judged Ad Act along with Ms Swati Singh, an advertising professional and a creative director with over 18 years of association with Media with diverse experiences in sectors like Public Relations and Corporate Training. Ad-Act incorporated pop culture citations as the students scrambled to imaginatively market sundry, out-of-the-box products.

Ms. Lakshmi Subramanyam, retired Associate Professor of English, Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, writer on Modern Indian Theatre and editor of essays and books on Drama and Ms. Sukhpreet Khalon, Trustee, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Memorial Trust, film scholar, programmer for film festivals and curator of  several film exhibitions assessed the actors of  Thespian  Coliseum. The monologues and soliloquies of the legendary bard William Shakespeare were brought to life by adroit performers, decked in vivid garb in the Thespian Coliseum, and were evaluated on the basis of their delivery and diction, costumes and props, ​body language and stage presence.

Ms Shikha Mittal, Founder and Director of the site Be.artsy.com, a website targeting needs of society and business with impact of art and street theatre and art based solutions, and Ms Kriti Pant, Founder of The Tadpole Repertory and an actor, trainer and voice over artist as well as co-director of Plasticity, a piece of materiel theatre for toddlers, judged Play-o-Poem. The judges and audience alike were held captive by the electrifying delivery of the participants complete with vivid pink colour in the air and costumes to match. The performers displayed finesse in their portrayal of various socio-cultural phenomena.

 The Theatrical Extravaganza( surprise event) was judged by Ms Aakriti Seth, who has been a part of the theatre circuit since her school days and has various street and stage plays to her credit, also is a part of productions of Three Arts Theatre Club, along with Ms Smridhi Khanna, who has been  part of the Theatreela Group and many workshops by senior theatre artists, currently working with Gartner, a research and consulting firm as a Senior Research Analyst. The surprise event tested the competitors’ improvising skills and ability to think on the spot. The first round was “Moulding” where the participants were told to assume a particular position and improvise a scene starting from there. The second round was an Expression Face-Off, where participants were giving an expression such as happiness, anger or disgust and were challenged to express it in varying degrees ranging from mild to extreme.

A few pizzas later, the participants, refreshed, headed to the AVH for the closing ceremony. The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her address, commended the efforts of the Expressions Theatre Club and entrusted them with meeting her expectations for the Annual Production to be put up at the end of the year. She took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing of her school and college days, when theatre had not yet taken centre stage among extracurricular activities; unlike contemporary times, wherein theatre events enjoy mass participation. She also spoke about the fact that behind every successful actor, there is a well-written script and a talented Director. She concluded with praise for Ms. Sanya Taneja, the Teacher-in-charge of Expressions Theatre Club, and coordinator of Theatron; inviting the senior members of the club up on stage and lauding their phenomenal organisation of the event. Wrapping up her speech, she reminded the students, to never imagine that they’re the best, for once they reach the top, there is nowhere else to go.

After the Principal’s speech, the Expressions Theatre Club presented a showcase of the performances that Delhi Public School R. K. Puram had put forward as their entry for the various events of the fest. They were hugely appreciated as the hall reverberated with thunderous applause.

The Chief Guest began by expressing his gratitude to the Principal for inviting him to the event and making his weekend enjoyable. He lamented the fact that he could not be in multiple places and see the various events. After ascertaining that all the participants had enjoyed at the event, he went on to thank the Principal for organising the fest and expressed his awe at its sheer scale. He was happy that students were participating in theatrical endeavours and not remaining buried in their textbooks and electronic gadgets. He concluded by complimenting the actors’ attention to detail in the the Theatre Club showcase.

The Teacher-in-charge, Ms. Sanya Taneja of the English Department thanked everyone who made the event possible.

The event ended with the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, delivering the Vote of thanks. She thanked the judges for taking out time from their busy schedules and commended the enthusiasm of the participants and the efforts of the teachers.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

The results are as follows:

Event Name Position  School
Stage Play First
Second
Third
Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
Amity International School, Noida
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Street Play First
Second
Third
 Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
Delhi Public School, Noida
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Thespian Coliseum First
Second
Third
Step by Step School
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Delhi Public School, Dwarka
 Ad Act First
Second
Third
Delhi Public School, Dwarka
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Delhi Public School, Noida
Play-o-Poem First
Second
Third
Delhi Public School, Noida
The Mother’s International School
Tagore International School
Theatrical Extravaganza (Surprise Event) First
Second
Third
Convent of Jesus and Mary School
Delhi Public School, Noida
The Mother’s International School
  1. The overall winners were St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School.
  2. Best Actor for Street Play: Sakshi (Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar)
  1. Best Actor for Stage Play: Ansh Kapoor (Step by Step School)



Value of the month July 2018 “Responsibility”

CLASS VI

Class teachers and subject teachers discussed the importance of being responsible and taking responsibility for one’s actions in all aspects of one’s life. They spoke about why it is essential for one to be responsible both at home and in school. Students were invited to participate in discussions. They shared stories and incidents on the importance of being responsible. They also shared quotations and slogans related to the topic and put them up in the classroom.

Class VII

Responsibility means doing what needs to be done to take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and the greater community. Class teachers and subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities.

Teachers discussed the meaning and concept of ‘responsibility’. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic and sharing various quotations and stories.  They also put up posters and slogans related to the topic.

Class VIII

Responsibility means doing your actions carefully with thought put into it. It means to work for the good of one’s family, friends, and community. Class teachers and subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities. Posters and quotes were put up on the walls.  Teachers discussed the meaning of the value with the help of real time examples and class room situations. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic.



DPS R.K.Puram celebrates CBSE ‘Prakriti Mahotsava’

‘A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on Earth is inconceivable without trees’. What an apt quote!

Importance of tree plantation has been stressed upon time and again. The need for tree plantation has become even greater these days because of the growing pollution in the environment.

More and more trees must be planted if we really want to survive and lead a good life. Besides exhaling oxygen and inhaling carbon dioxide, trees also absorb other harmful gases from the environment thus making the air purer and fresher. The greener the tree, the more oxygen it shall produce and the more toxic gases it will absorb.

Our environment is the greatest gift of Mother Nature to us. A clean environment is vital to have a peaceful and healthy life. But because of negligence of some human beings we have put our nature on a dangerous threshold.
In order to make the generations to come, more sensitive and concerned about their environment and to reinforce positive attitude and values towards preserving it, CBSE proposed to plant trees and ‘Prakriti Mahotsav’ ‘तरवे नमः’ was celebrated on August 16,2018.

11 native tree species of Delhi were selected and each tree was given a unique name of a martyr for proper identification and personal touch.

The plants selected were Ficus religiosa- Peepal, Azadiracta indica – Neem tree, Cassia fistula- Amaltas , Ficus virens -Pilkhan, Morus alba-shahtoot, Syzigium cumini-Jamun, Polyalthia longifolia-Ashok, Delonix regia- Gulmohar, Alstonia scholaris- Saptaparni, Aegle marmelos-Bael, Phyllanthus emblica-Amla

Names of selected female Freedom Fighters were Madam Bhikaiji Cama (24 September, 1861- 13 August, 1936),Kasturba Gandhi (11 April, 1869- 22 February, 1942), Sarojini Naidu (13 February, 1879- 2 March, 1949),Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (18 August, 1900- 1 December, 1990), Sucheta Kripalani (25 June, 1908- 1 December, 1974),Aruna Asaf Ali (16 July, 1909- 26 July,1996), Durga Bai Deshmukh (15 July, 1909- 9 May, 1981),Usha Mehta Savitribai Phule (25 March, 1920- 11 August, 2000), Begum Hazrat Mahal (1820- 7 April, 1879), Rani lakshmibai (19 November – 17 June, 1858), Kittur Rani Chennamma (23 October, 1778 – 21 February, 1829).

The students of Class X enthusiastically participated in this drive and pledged to take care of environment. The plants are kept in the central area of school so that all the students can see and identify the common plants found in Delhi.

This activity was organized by the Environment Club of Delhi Public School, R. K.Puram and was a great opportunity for the students & teachers to identify and to learn about the native trees of Delhi.



Independence Day 2018 Celebrations

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated by the students and staff members of DPS RK Puram with full patriotic fervour on 15 August, 2018. The event was graced by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr Renu Nayyar, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms Anita Singh and Headmistresses, Ms Rashmi Malhotra, Ms Archana Pental and Ms Dolly Chanana. The enthusiastic students displayed their talent and passion for the country through a wide range of activities and competitions judged by the esteemed alumni and teachers.

 

The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony, where the National Flag unfurled with a shower of rose petals and the soul stirring National Anthem which was followed by the release of beautiful  tri-colored balloons.

Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her inaugural address started by referring to Tryst with Destiny, the speech given by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at the stroke of the first midnight hour of independent India. She mentioned the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and the unsung heroes who laid down their lives for the freedom of India. Exhibiting her pride for the nation, having seen it grow and reach phenomenal heights, she spoke about the role every citizen plays in the growth of a nation and also the feeling of pride of being an Indian. She thanked all the teachers and every person who made this joyous occasion a grand success. She ended her speech by wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day.

A plethora of events were scheduled with feelings of patriotism running high in the audience. The cultural programme started with the school choir’s melodious rendition of various patriotic songs. A short play, dance performance by students of  DPS RKPuram and MCD School Sector 12, left the audience awestruck. The show culminated with the school choir singing ‘ Ae Watan’, electrifying the atmosphere. Thereafter, Vice Principals and Headmistresses wished everyone and shared their thoughts on what independence means to them.

This was followed by a host of events hosted by a variety of Departments in which students from all classes participated eagerly.

The English Department organised an English Quiz for Classes VI-VIII, which was an exciting blend of idioms, popular fiction and tongue twisters. The Turncoat Debate for Classes IX-XII saw dynamic students indulge in debating over the topics provided.

The Hindi Department organised ‘देशभक्ति पर आधारित कविताओं का पाठ  ‘ for VI -VIII and ‘ दो विपरीत चरित्रों द्वारा बातचीत – आमना सामना ‘ for Classes IX – XII.

‘चरित्राभिनय ’ for Classes VI-VIII & ‘संस्कृत प्रश्नोत्तरी (व्याकरण एवं साहित्याधारित) ’ for IX and X were conducted by the Sanskrit Department.

’Struggle for Freedom’, an On- the- Spot Painting competition was hosted by the Fine Arts Department.

The Performing Arts Department organized ‘Jashn- E- Azaadi’ a music and dance competition in which students of all classes participated. The event saw a huge turnout from students wanting to showcase their talent.

The Mathematics Department conducted Mental Maths and Jumbled Series quizzes. Quiz Masters examined the students on logical reasoning, mental abilities and problem solving capabilities.

The Science Department conducted a Quiz for Classes VI- VIII and Presentations for Classes IX-XII. The Quiz was an exciting affair with a ‘Bounce and Pounce’ preliminary round and Picture based final round.

‘A Celebration of Diversity’ : Card-making Competition for Classes VI-VIII and a ‘Display of traditional attires over the ages’ was conducted for Classes IX-XII by Social Science Department.

The Sports Department made its contribution to the event by ‘Athletics and Swimming Competitions’. Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.

The students participated in the wide range of events with a lot of enthusiasm and their performances were widely applauded. The celebrations stirred feelings of patriotism and nationalism amongst the audience gathered.





DPS R.K.Puram launches Bio-Rad’s Science Ambassador Program

Delhi Public School, R K Puram and Bio-Rad, an US based Life Sciences Company  launched  a fun filled learning  program-“Bio-Rad’s Science Ambassador Program” on August 8,2018. Biology students of Class XII attended this program.

During the two hours program, the students and teachers were engaged in fun filled and team building activities that allowed each one of them to unleash  themselves  and be expressive. There was a lot of excitement to extract DNA from the cheek cells. Students made DNA necklace. It was a great feeling for all them to see their DNA for the first time.

Biorad’s Country Head, Mr Bijender Kumar was also present. Presentation on ‘Look closer at Biotechnology’ was made by Mr Vipan Minhas. Later Dr Nitin Ghosal spoke about importance of HbA1c in diabetes diagnosis and Thalassemia.

The students worked in groups and the group with best DNA extraction won a box of chocolates. Ice-cream challenge was also arranged. Tree plantation was organised in the school campus and the students were awarded certificates by Bio-Rad Company.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of Biology Department. It was an amazing workshop and a learning experience thoroughly enjoyed by the students. The programme was coordinated by Ms KajaL Sethi, Biology Teacher.



Inter-School Language Fest- “भाषा संगम” 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized the Annual Inter-School Language Festival – ‘भाषा संगम’ on 11 August 2018. This event aimed to provide students with a better understanding of various cultures and instill a sense of pride in their own. The number of schools participating in the event were: 13 in German, 15 in Sanskrit, 18 in Hindi and 9 in Spanish. The event comprised 8 events, 2 for each language.

The Chief Guests for the event were Ms. Padma Sachdev, a Hindi and Dogri poetess and writer, Dr. Girish Chandra Pant, Head of Department of Sanskrit, Jamia Millia Islamia and Mr. Carl – Jochen Dill, Speaker for Educational Cooperation, Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan.

SANSKRIT

For वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता (Debate Competition), the topic placed before the house was, “दंण्ड विना अनुशासनम् सम्भवं न” or ‘Discipline is not possible without punishment”. The students engaged in heated debates, putting forward their points in the best possible way. The event was judged by Dr. Rekha Arora, Head of Department, Sanskrit, Miranda House and Prof. Rachna Verma Mohan, Professor in Education Department of Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth.

In दूरदर्शन प्रस्तुति (News panel), the participants recited shlokas, giving updates on recent news up to 20 July 2018 and performed an advertisement on social issues. The event was judged by Dr. Sushma Choudhary, Department of Sanskrit, Delhi University, Treasurer in WAVES India and Dr. Balderanand Sagar, Chief Secretary of All India Sanskrit Journalists.

HINDI

(Enactment) gave students a platform to showcase their theatrical talent as they enacted classic stories from Indian literature. They were judged based on their choice of story, screenplay, dialogue delivery and their costumes. The judges for the event were Mr. Ajay Sethi, an NDTV actor and director, and Mr.Tarikh Hamid, Director, Wings Theatre Group.

For, कविता पाठ (poetry recitation) each team comprised of two participants, who had to recite a poem on the given topics. The junior team was from grade 6 to 8 and the senior team was from grade 9 to 11 who spoke on “Manav ab toh jaag” and “Jeevan,samaj aur desh” respectively. They performed with ardor and were tested on their enunciation, choice of poem and manner of recitation. The event was judged by Dr. Saraswat Mohan Manishi, a renowned Author and Poet, and Prof. Puranchand Tandon, Assistant Professor, Department of Hindi, Delhi University.

At the end of this competition, the school Theatre Group performed a play ‘Toba Take Singh’ written by Saadat Hasan Manto.

GERMAN

Zungenbrecher (Tongue Twister), was a unique competition in which an exciting yet difficult tongue twister was given to the participants. They were required to speak together in front of the audience and judges, and were tested on the basis of their synchronization, fluency, pronunciation and confidence. The event was judged by Ms Reema Chauhan, Assistant Professor, Gargi College and Mr. Stefan von Thenen, an intern at Max Mueller Bhavan.

Character Portrayal, was an event in which the participants had to enact and recapitulate a popular excerpt or dialogue of any famous personality of Germany. They were assessed on the basis of accuracy to the character and dialogue and delivery. The judges for the event were Ms. Manisha Bhuttan, Assistant Professor at Amity University, Noida and Ms. Sheetal B. Das, Assistant Professor at Amity University, Gurugram.

SPANISH

Show and Tell, was a competition where the participant had to choose a Spanish object from their day to day life and talk about it in Spanish. The presentation was evaluated on clarity of spoken words, diction, originality and creativity.

For Poetry Recitation, the student had to orate a poem of their choice and were graded on the basis of spontaneity, intonation,  voice and articulation.

The judges for both the events were Ms. Jocelyn Herrera, a Spanish lecturer at lexicos Institute and Ms. Komal Dhawan, a lecturer at Khalsa College and Daulatram College.

Valedictory Function

The Valedictory ceremony commenced with a amazing rendition of a welcome song ‘Swagatam’ by the choir of DPS R.K. Puram, which was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guests by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

The Principal began by quoting Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head, but if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.” She appreciated the hard work put in by all the language departments and coordinators, Ms. Fatma Kirmani, Ms. Amla Thukral, Ms. Priyamvada, Ms. Payal Arora, Mr. Aditya Kumar Sharma, Ms. Jaishree Sharma, and went on to stress on the essence of maintaining healthy relationships with other countries, through learning new languages. Supporting her previous statement, she said, “Language can divide, language can unite.”

The cultural programme initiated with a melodious Dogri song which was carried forward with an enthralling and lively qawali in Sanskrit, a Spanish dance which was an impeccable blend of elegance and beauty and ended with a nimble and spirited German song.

Dr. Girish Chandra Pant then addressed the gathering and expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards all the guests and participants present. He further mentioned that even if a student discontinues pursuing Sanskrit in school, s/he must include it in their day-to-day lives.

Ms. Padma Sachdev in her speech said that all songs, no matter what language they are in, are extremely beautiful. Local songs in Dogri are her personal favourite. She deeply emphasized on the importance of the presence of a mother in a child’s life and the pain of a wife when her husband is at war. She also recalled several interesting anecdotes from her childhood.

Mr. Carl – Jochen Dill began by quoting, “ If there are no stars, there is no beauty in the sky; if there are no flowers, there is no beauty in the garden; and if there are no languages, there is no beauty in conversing.” Appreciating the efforts put in by the Principal to promote German language and culture in the school, he explained the usefulness of learning German and how it could help in one’s future.

The ceremony concluded with the Vice principal, Ms. Anita Singh, offering the Vote of thanks. She started by acknowledging the palpable excitement on the air. Further, she thanked the Chief Guests and the Judges for their valuable time. She acknowledged the student’s commendable performance and proceeded by saying, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose; what matters is that you took part”. She then called all teacher in-charges along with the members of the language clubs on stage, where they were greeted with a huge round of applause.

All in all, the Language festival proved to be a great opportunity for students to interact with each other and uncover their hidden linguistic abilities.

The results for the events are as follows: 

EVENT NAME POSITION SCHOOL
NATYA MANCH 1st    Delhi Public school, Faridabad
2nd Delhi Public school, Dwarka
3rd  The Indian School
KAVITA PATH (JUNIOR) 1st Delhi Public School, Noida
2nd Delhi Public School, Dwarka
3rd  The Indian School
KAVITA PATH 1st Delhi Public School, Faridabad
2nd Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok
3rd  The Indian school
VADVIVAAD PRATIYOGITA 1st  Ramjas School, Pusa Road
2nd    Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd  Amrita Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar
DOORDARSHAN PRASTUTI 1st  Delhi Public School, Faridabad
2nd   Amrita Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar
3rd  Ramjas School, Pusa Road
TONGUE TWISTER 1st  Delhi Public School, Sector-45 Gurgaon
2nd  Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd   Delhi Public School International
CHARACTER PORTRAYAL 1st  Delhi Public School International
2nd   Amity International School
3rd     Bal Bharti International School
SHOW AND TELL 1st   Delhi Public School, Dwarka
2nd   Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd  Modern School, Barakhamba Road
POETRY RECITATION 1st   Delhi Public School, Dwarka
2nd   Delhi public School International
3rd   Delhi Public School, Noida



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