Showcase (Class VIII, Sections G-K) – Work experience & Art Education
A Showcase was organized on the 16 January 2018 to present and display the various learning processes of the students as part of their Work Experience.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, followed by the various presentations.
The show began with a Power point presentation on learning and various projects made by the students of Robotics. This was followed by presentations by students of Electronics, Maths Lab., Create Out of Waste, Social Service, E and I, Health and I and Disaster management. The presentations threw light on the various activities conducted during the academic session.
The students of ‘Create Out of waste’ displayed the articles created out of household waste products. They had made table coasters, pen stands, a bag, bookmarks etc.
The social service students spoke about their experience when they had visited an Old Age Home.
An interesting Power point presentation was put up by students of section I, that spoke about the learning taking place during the Computer Science periods.
The ‘Showcase’ came to an end with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.
On the 17 January 2018, the Art Education activities were showcased.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal who welcomed the initiative to put up such a programme that serves as a platform for the students to come forward and speak about their experiences and learning.
The show began with the students of ‘Western Instrumental’ playing the music for the songs, ‘Dusk to Dawn’, ‘Blues’ and ‘Wipeout’. The lively music was followed by a melodious rendition of the song ‘Scars to your beautiful’ by the students of Western Vocal.
This was followed by the students of English Theatre enacting a play on Christmas. It delivered the message of being responsible for your actions and stop being lazy.
The students of Art and Craft displayed their talent with the paint brush and colours. This was accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation that spoke about the various forms of paintings- oil, glass, split painting etc.
A humour filled play that delivered the message of the importance of hard work and the value of money, was put up by the students of Hindi theatre. This play was much applauded by the students.
The last performance was put up by the students of Dance. They performed basic dance steps, the Bhangra and a Western dance.
The ‘Showcase’ ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.
Both the programmes were received enthusiastically and were well appreciated.
Visit of the Delegates from Fukuoka Prefecture and the Environment and Forest Department
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram played host to delegates from Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan and officials from the Environment and Forest Department on 16 January 2018. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture and Mr. Akira Higuchi, Assembly Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefectural Asssembly, along with their colleagues; Dr. B.C Sabat, Eco Club Incharge of Delhi School and College, Govt. of NCT of Delhi; Officials from the Environment and Forest Department and a team from OISCA International.
Vice Principals, Ms.Anita Singh and Ms.Padma Srinivasan, along with the Headmistress, Ms.Rashmi Malhotra were present for the occasion. Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Rupa Das organised the event.
The event began with a melodious rendition of the song, Swagatam by the school’s Indian Music Choir. The Principal felicitated the Guests with token of appreciation.
In her welcome address, Ms. Sehgal expressed her gratitude towards the delegates for choosing DPS R.K Puram for their visit. She emphasised the importance of saving the environment by stating that the future will either be green or nothing at all. She went on to highlight the urgency of planting trees by quoting Warren Buffett, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Mr. Ishwar Singh, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF), Forest Department, spoke about the activities of the Eco club and how the prime objective of starting this Eco-scheme was to get the students interested in environment preservation.
Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governer, Fukuoka Prefecture, focussed his attention on major issues such as air pollution, water pollution and sound pollution. He further gave an example of how the use of modern techniques enabled Fukuoka to be reborn as a rich environmental location.
Mr.Akira Higuchi, Assembly Chairman, Fukuoka Prefecture, further went on to thank the school for the very warm welcome and expressed his wish to see the young people from both the countries engaging in exchange programs so as to strengthen the relationship between Fukuoka and New Delhi.
This was followed by the cultural programmes, starting with a dance performance, paying homage to Lord Shiva in a classical dance “Shiv Stuti”. Next came a short video showcasing the activities conducted by the Eco Club of the school and a street play, showing how it was crucial to generate awareness about the need to protect the environment. There was a self-composed Japanese poem, based on the theme, ‘Environmental Protection’, a theatrical dance about ‘Saving Trees’ and a presentation by Ms. Ritu Prasad, a representative of the OISCA International, North India. Thereafter, there was a tree plantation by the dignitaries present. Saplings of medicinal plants like Chlorophytum, Ashwagandha, Asparagus, Tulsi, Curry plant, Amla were planted. Plantation was organised by Ms. Dimple Menon.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh. The event concluded with the National Anthems of Japan and India.
Collaboration – Value Of The Month December 2017
VALUE OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2017 (COLLABORATION)
Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.
Teachers discussed the concept of collaboration in the class. The students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about the topic and sharing various quotations and stories related to it. The students also put up posters and slogans related to the topic.
- To promote knowledge of the word ‘collaboration’.
- To learn about the culture of working together as a team.
- To understand the integrated pattern of human behaviour that includes thought, speech
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
The Class teachers spoke about the meaning of the word ‘collaboration’. Collaboration is said to take place when two individuals or a group of people work together towards achieving a common goal by sharing their ideas and skills. It was also explained that collaboration challenges people to think, articulate and receive clarity about their competencies. It serves as a mirror that gives them a glimpse of their strengths and weaknesses.
Class teachers discussed the topic through various activities like class discussions and speeches. The English and Hindi teachers conducted Just a Minute sessions on the topic. The learners of VII H were told to write a slogan on collaboration. All students participated well and made beautiful and catchy slogans. This activity helped them in understanding the importance of working as a team.
Students of all sections decorated the class boards with beautiful quotes related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to collaborate with each other, with their peers and elders to work harmoniously, to use their words properly and act in a responsible manner.
The class teachers, language teachers spoke about the the importance of collaborating with others in our day to day lives. This helps to create a healthy society. Activities cultivating the spirit of collaboration were conducted in language periods.
Quotes were put up in the classes also, to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of the students were appreciated by the Class representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
The G Bhaskar Memorial Lecture And Award Ceremony 2017
“Recognise and embrace the true meaning of life, break all barriers and reach for all the frontiers.”
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram held the G. Bhaskar Memorial lecture and award ceremony on 28 December 2017 in commemoration of G. Bhaskar, a very hardworking and talented student who joined the school in class eight. Slowly and steadily settling into the school, he won the hearts of his fellow students and teachers. Being an all-rounder, he excelled in academics and several extra-curricular activities. He was known for his ability to recite several chapters of the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita and for his formal training in Classical Carnatic music. He was also a proficient Badminton player and a part of the school’s Table Tennis team. He was very considerate and always ready to help others. Unfortunately, his success ended with his early demise.
The G. Bhaskar Memorial Award was instituted in his fond memory by his family in 1999. This prestigious award is given to extraordinary students, who not only excel in academics and co-curricular activities but also display a strong moral fibre.
The ceremony was graced by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, the Event Incharge and Head of the Computer Science Department, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, G. Bhaskar’s mother, Mrs. Ganapati Raman and his brother, Mr. Ramnath G. along with other family members and friends. Ms. Sangeeta Rana coordinated the event.
The ceremony began with a minute of silence observed in G. Bhaskar’s honour. This was followed by a discussion on karma and the journey of the soul by Sri Sudhir Kumar, a propagator of the Bhagwat Gita associated with ISKCON Gurgaon and ISKCON Sydney. Mr. Kaushik, G. Bhaskar’s childhood friend also shared his thoughts with the students.
The Principal extended her support to G. Bhaskar’s family and thanked Mr. Mukesh Kumar for all his help. She praised the guest speaker for being phenomenal, highlighting his stress on knowing and performing one’s duty – which is finding gratitude and not always questioning others. She encouraged the students to be good human beings and to find happiness and satisfaction in what they have. She told them to do the duty God has ordained for them and ended by saying, “Don’t ask why me? Ask why not me?”
The award was presented to 5 exemplary students of Class 12, excelling in academics and co-curriculars and possessing a high moral character, by Mr. Ramnath, Mrs. Ganapati, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mr. Mukesh Kumar.
Mr. Ramnath, the elder brother of G. Bhaskar concluded the event with an inspirational speech. He praised the Principal and the school for their efforts. He said, “Life is always in the moment, so what happens next is always determined by what you think now.” The Bhaskar family members gave a token of their blessing, distributing chocolates to the students.
Mr. Ramnath also conducted an interactive session with the Hostel students of Class X1 after school hours, where he shared his experiences as a Researcher, Nanotechnology Expert and a Professor.
Sports Day 2017
DPS R.K. Puram organized the Sports Day on 27 December 2017 with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The Chief Guest of this grand event was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included Rear Admiral M. M. Chopra, Vice Chairman of DPS Society and Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Mr Pramod Grover, Hony. Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman, DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Dr D.R. Saini, Director Sports, DPS Society and Former Principal of DPS R.K. Puram; Dr Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Member DPS Society and DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan 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 Sports Day was celebrated in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”.
Commencing with the formal welcome of the guests, this event witnessed a huge turn up of an appreciative audience. The flag was hoisted and the balloons were released to declare the Sports Meet open. The Chief Guest stood on the stage, saluting, as the March Past proceeded. The students of each class marched confidently, sporting bold-hued outfits and respecting the discipline.
The Principal felicitated the guests with tokens of regard and extended a warm welcome to all those present. Encouraging young children to play outdoors, rather than doing so in front of screens, she stressed on taking pleasure in learning, for such learning stays forever – and what better way to learn than through sports. She conveyed the message of importance of knowing the rules by recounting a personal story. Applauding the enthusiasm of the parents she also recommended them to observe what their children really like. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change,” she concluded her speech.
The first dance performance, paying homage to Lord Ganesha, with precise costumes and thoughtful casting, was followed by cute children in pink tops dancing to a contemporary motivational pop song in Hindi, with Pom-Poms as their main accessory. A song sung by the junior vocalists impelled the budding sportspersons to do their best, while the vibrant aerobics showcase, a fusion of rhythm, music and energy was performed on a medley of Spanish and Hip-Hop songs. A 4 x 100m relay race for girls and boys of all age groups was preceded by a Charlie Chaplin routine, which was pantomime bliss. An extraordinary yoga performance was portrayed by the students of our school with magnificent poses on soothing music which enabled the audience to go into a yoga trance. This was followed by a skipping competition for girls – the categories were Under-14 and Under-17. A traditional bhangra performance with the dhol beating loud lifted the mood; next came a musical drill and a hoop dance with synchronised and rapturous steps. A unique dance to glorify the importance of cricket and values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and hope in our country was put on show right before an exceptional performance by the members of the senior Western Dance Society. A slow cycling race was conducted for boys and girls of all age groups, as nothing truly compares to the simple pleasures of riding a bike. Other dance performances included a traditional Indian folk dance with beautifully embroidered umbrellas and a skating display filled with beauty, grace and poise. The fun race for girls and boys of all age groups was full of hurdles and challenges – the children impressed everyone with their excellence at this activity. Talented artists put forward an expressive mime performance, showcasing the importance of sports, using the Indian flag as their main article. The School Western Music Choir gave a scintillating performance, celebrating the champion in all of us.
In the surprise events, parents and teachers played musical chairs and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was a special ‘three-legged-race’ organized for parents too.
The Chief Guest, Mr Shunglu, congratulated the winners and observed that DPS RK Puram had won the maximum number of interschool sports competitions amongst all schools functioning under the DPS Society. He also made it a point to announce that the DPS Society would henceforth fund all sports equipment for all its schools, because he considers a proper kit the most crucial factor in deciding the level of performance in sports.
The Chairman, Mr V.K.Shunglu, Mrs Shunglu, Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and other guests presented the awards to the winners of all the games.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks. The Sports Day concluded with the National Anthem.
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted TEDxYouth, a Jamboree-sponsored, independently organised annual event on 17 December 2017. It was inspired by the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences, which are a global set of convocations devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks.
Students from many prominent schools and colleges were spotted in the audience. The guest speakers invited for the event were of national and international acclaim.
The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her team of teachers, ensured that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.
The event commenced by showcasing an interesting TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in the contemporary world.
Following it, the student-speakers were invited on stage and the audience’s interest progressed as quickly as their stories did. The major themes covered were related to psychology and societal issues; with young men and women speaking about schadenfreude, the media sensationalizing cries for help, the abhorrent impact of dank memes and self-doubt in adversities. One of them even chose to inform the audience of the misconceptions about Urdu and how we speak it colloquially without realizing it.
The Guest Speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Seghal, with a token of regard.
Some honourable guests included social activists like Ms. Chandini Khan and Mr Chandrahaas Misra; the former is the President and Founder of Voice of Slum, which aims to change the mentality of slum dwellers and provide them with education and employment, while the latter, a male acid attack survivor, is the public relations officer to the UP chapter (Acid Survivors & Women Welfare Foundation), working religiously towards treating and handling legal cases for other survivors.
Several entrepreneurs spoke at the event; including Ms. Meghna Saraogi, Founder of StyleDotMe, Mr. Akshay Chaturvedi, Co-founder and CEO, LeverageEdu and Mr. Manasvi Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Buddy4Study. They focused on moving out of the comfort zone, never giving up and the predicted status of work in future.
Ms. Tripti Somani, CEO and MD, KGS Advisory, spoke about mental efficiency while Mr. Suryansh Yadav, an alumnus of the school, spoke about his struggle with cancer, which was diagnosed just 3 months prior to the Grade 12 Board Examinations.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, HOD, Computer Science, impressed everyone by his inspiring story – describing a shift from a Hindi-medium school in Bihar to being a part of the first B.Sc. batch in Delhi University. He later rejected a huge offer from an MNC to continue working in the school when he realized where his true passion lied.
The final speaker of the day, the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal felt quite humble as she stood in front of the several speakers, who she felt were wonderful. She related a painful, personal story, which took place over a decade ago, recollected tips from her father and praised her mother and students for giving her immense energy and support through her toughest times. In conclusion, she urged the audience to live in the present and not necessarily conform to the norms. She quoted Kurt Cobain, who said “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I’m not.”
The event concluded with the delivery of the vote of thanks by Saksham Arora, the Chief Organizer of the event.
Winter Carnival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its Annual Winter Carnival on 15 December 2017 with great ardour and exuberance.
Smartly accoutred in casuals, the students were prepared to ensure a balance between gorging on delicious food at the popular food stalls and letting their hair down to the latest mixes by their fellow student-DJs.
The event began at the Assembly Stage with the formal inauguration by the revered Principal, where she highlighted and publicly appreciated the Teacher-organizers. Student-representatives from each class were invited on stage to release helium-filled balloons which scattered across the sky their colours and announced the commencement of the program.
This was followed by rock and pop inspired musical performances by the school choirs of various grades, which gradually gave way to the DJs, their contemporary remixes and a naturally peppier environment.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice-Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra actively took part in the festivities and rubbed shoulders with the students.
The main field had a stage and the stalls. Teachers took charge of the game stalls, including Coins n Bucket, Calligraphy, Fishing the Bottle, Knock-down Pyramid, Ring Game and several more.
Certain new stalls were introduced this year, like Dr. Wood Puzzle, the highlight of the Business Studies Department.
The staples – Photography & Mug Prints, Scrabble, and Painting stalls, did tremendously well.
The Talent Show, for the purpose of which a special stage was constructed, consisted of events like Juggling, Rubik’s Cube, Freestyle Sports, Singing, Beat Boxing and Dancing for which the faculty members acted as judges.
There were several surprise events anchored by Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. Alinda Holla and Ms. Sangeeta Mishra. A Flashmob and an Aerobics performance by a few trained students were the other highlights.
It was a nostalgic occasion for the twelfth standard students as it was their last carnival in school.
The credits for this being an indelible day rightfully go to the cooperative, hard working administration and all those who remained cheerful throughout the day.
The Mathematical Crusade 2017
The Mathematical Society of Delhi Public School RK Puram organized an Interschool Mathematics Competition titled THE MATHEMATICAL CRUSADE 2017 on 9 December 2017.
The primary objective of the competition was to encourage students to engage in creative and original thinking, to inculcate a spirit of research and to enable them to appreciate the relevance of Mathematics as a discipline to real life. The four events were ‘Mathematics Quiz’, ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’, ‘Model Making’ and ‘Surprise Event’.
A total of 27 schools, represented by more than 250 students from Delhi and around participated in this grand event.
Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, Ms. S.K. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Tandeep Kaur, Teachers-In-Charge, Mathematics Lab & Technology Centre, along with the Mathematics Department and the students of the Mathematical Society, coordinated the event.
The event was introduced by the President of the Mathematical Society, Anshuman Gupta, who welcomed the judges of the event and wished all participants good luck for their upcoming competitions.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal along with the judges formally released the annual Mathematics magazine of the school, Mathyard 2017.
In her welcome address, the Principal glorified the importance of mathematics, as it forms the basis of finding the solution to several difficulties in life. She added that winning or losing is a part of competition and one should accept the defeat gracefully .
In the event ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’ the students displayed their song-writing and musical abilities, as energetic, self composed pieces containing mathematically oriented lyrics were performed on stage by the participants. The first prize in this category went to The Indian School, while the second and third prizes were won by The Green Fields School and DPS Noida, respectively.
The Quiz had two rounds – the preliminary round and the final round. The winners were DPS Rohini followed by DPS Faridabad and DPS Dwarka.
In the Model-Making competition, participants were asked to create a useful, well presented model based on any mathematical concept. The first, second and third awards were bagged by The Indian School, DAV Public School, Gurugram and DPS Rohini respectively.
The Surprise Event took place in successive stages. The first position was held by DPS Rohini,the second and third positions were held by DPS Faridabad and DPS Mathura Road, respectively.
The overall trophy went to DPS Rohini. The overall runner-up was The Indian School and DPS Faridabad was the second runner-up.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She congratulated the students and the teachers for the grand success of the event.
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life, the annual Psych-Socio Fest, was hosted by Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 9 December 2017. The fest is organised jointly by the school’s Psychology and Sociology Departments. With participation from 21 schools, the festival provided a platform for students to showcase their opinions regarding psychological and sociological issues and stigmas through their creative talents.
The fest included a variety of events, namely: Canvas, a poster making competition where the participants were asked to incarnate their thoughts on topics such as Illusions And Superstitions, Body Disorders And Body Image and Substance Abuse; Act-It-Out, a role play event where the participants had to represent their views on various topics such as Cognitive Dissonance, Somatoform Disorders, The Pygmalion Effect and several others; Showreel, a movie making competition where the participants were asked to elucidate the idea ‘It Is Easier to Build Up a Child, Than to Repair an Adult’ in the form of a short film; And lastly, Just-A-Minute, a speaking competition where the participants had to orate on themes such as Post-Fordism, Nation-State and Demographic Dividend.
The Judges for the events were Mr. Sameer Dharmadhikari, an Indian actor and model, Ms. Bhavana Sabherwal, an Art Consultant and Coordinator of Gallery Sanskriti in Kolkata, Ms. Tarannum Siddiqui, who has been an academician at Sarojini Naidu Center for Women’s Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, Ms. Aditi Kumar, an art based therapist and a consulting Psychologist, and Mr Dushyant Kumar, an actor who has also managed the production of a Bollywood musical called “Beyond Bollywood”, which was presented at The Kingdom of Dreams.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address the Principal conveyed her interest for the two subjects: Psychology and Sociology. She expressed her gratitude towards all those who helped organize the fest and praised all those who participated in the events. She emphasized that creativity, along with the appreciation of creativity, is relative; that winners and losers can’t be chosen on the basis of a competition; that a trophy doesn’t make anyone superior and the lack of one doesn’t make anyone inferior.
An enrapturing theatrical dance performance showcased dancers swaying to mellifluous background music while the theatrical lead captivated the audience with a monologue expressing her inner conflicts and the way she is misunderstood and mistreated.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, the Head of the Psychology Department, Ms. Vithika Rahul and the Judges were invited on stage for the Prize Distribution Ceremony. D.P.S. Mathura Road secured the first position in Canvas, with G.D. Goenka Public School coming second. D.P.S. Mathura Road, once again came first in Act-It-Out, with Amity International School, Mayur Vihar coming second. Bluebells School International was awarded the first position for Just-A-Minute, and Ryan International School, the second position. In Showreel, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Bal Bharti Public School won the first and second positions, respectively. Ryan International School bagged the rolling trophy.
The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks, delivered by Ms. Vithika Rahul
‘Rights And Responsibilities’ Value Of The Month – November 2017
Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. Teachers discussed the rules and code of conduct mentioned in the school almanac. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. The students put up plays exhibiting the importance of balancing rights and responsibilities. The students also shared various quotations and thoughts on the topic.
Class teachers and Subject teachers made the students aware regarding their rights and responsibilities. Students were encouraged to follow the rules at home, at school and in the community as the rules exist for their own safety and protection. They were asked to stand up for their own rights and for the rights of others too. Various activities were conducted regarding the same. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. They also decorated their classes with quotations related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to be responsible, to discharge duties responsibly, and to use their rights in a responsible manner. The Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of responsibility in conducting the day to day activities and also helped create awareness of the students’ rights.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of the students were appreciated by the Class Representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
‘Nihon No Kaori’ – Interschool Japanese Language Festival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized an Inter-school Japanese Language Festival, ‘Nihon No Kaori’ – The Fragrance of Japan on 6 December 2017.
The programme was a DPS Society initiative, aiming at promoting social and cultural learning and also at strengthening the Indo-Japanese friendship. A total of 21 schools, represented by almost 125 students, participated in the seven events related to the Japanese language and culture. The off-site events included Bookmark Making, Invitation Card Making and Comic Designing, while the on-site competitions consisted of Character Portrayal, Skit, Haiku Writing and Duet Singing.
The Guests of Honour included Dr. Zeenat Khadar, the Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Mr. Daisuke Kodama, the First Secretary of the Information and the Culture Section, Embassy of Japan in India.
The judges for the events were Mr. Hiroaki Konishi and Ms. Yuiko Wakana, Japanese Language Advisors, Japan Foundation; Dr. Nabin Panda, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, DU; Ms. Anju Raghav, Guest Faculty, Japan Foundation & Japanese School; Ms. Janashruti Chandra and Ms. Anushree, Assistant Professors, Center for Japanese Studies at JNU.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with a well synchronised fusion dance, which presented Japanese choreography set to Indian classical music. The Guests of Honour were felicitated with a token of regard by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who later warmly welcomed the gathering. She spoke of how she felt that everyone needs to learn more about Asia, commending the Japanese culture and people, while strongly recommending students to pursue third languages even after school. After highlighting the efforts of Coordinators Ms. Niva Chhonkar, Ms. M Sudeshna and Ms. Surbhi Gaur along with other supporting teachers, a montage carrying glimpses from the events was showcased.
The winners of the individual competitions performed their acts and were lauded for their talent.
Dr. Khadar spoke of the Japanese values, food and technology – thus showing that the country had a lot to offer. She motivated the students, reminding them not to be disheartened by the news of not winning.
Mr. Kodama stressed on why Indian students should study in Japan, with the help of a presentation. He was thankful to be able to witness this event for the fourth time and was impressed by the improvement in performances every year.
The Guests of Honour, the Principal and the Vice Principal presented the winners with their awards, heartily congratulating them.
In the Bookmark Making competition, DPS Indirapuram, DPS Noida and DPS Panipat bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively. For the Invitation Card Making, Arwachin International School came third, DPS Dwarka came second and DPS Gautam Budh Nagar bagged the first position. In the Comic Designing competition, St. Mary’s School, DPS Indirapuram, and DPS Sonipat emerged at the first, second and third positions respectively.
The first, second and third prizes for Character Portrayal – Kosupure, went to DPS Dwarka, Arwachin International School and DPS Mathura Road respectively. For the Skit – Geki, Teema, the first position was bagged by DPS Noida, the second one by DPS Dwarka and the third by DPS Greater Noida. DPS Indirapuram, Arwachin International School and DPS Sushant Lok secured the first, second and third place in Haiku Writing, while DPS Maruti Kunj, DPS Indirapuram and DPS Rohini won the first, second and third prize in J-Poppu, the Duet Singing Competiton.
The overall trophy went to Arwachin International School.
The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, delivered the vote of thanks. To conclude, the National Anthem of both the countries was played.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for all the students learning Japanese in various schools to hone their skills and learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan.
Exun Clan, the Computer Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, hosted its 22nd Annual Inter-School IT Symposium ‘EXUN 2017’ on 25-26 November 2017. The event was sponsored by Ivy Achievement, Oxford University Press, Bennett University, Sony, PlayStation, Avit Digital, USA UnivQuest, Manzil Motors and Skiron Gaming.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Computer Science Department and teachers of the Department along with a small group of computer enthusiasts started Exun, short for ‘Experts Unlimited’ in 1992. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs which gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent in the field of IT. Exun believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which captures the essence of their motto “We, not I.”
This year, with over 1000+ registrations from 51 schools, Exun along with Domain Square+ (Gaming Club), RoboKnights (Robotics Club) and Cub XL (Cubing Club) organised 16 different IT events including an Online Cryptic Hunt – Sudocrypt.
The symposium pre-started with Sudocrypt, held over 2 days having over 1000 participants and 40,000 submissions from 15 countries. The team behind the hunt reinvented the idea by adding fresh features like an automated hint system and SudoQuests, which were applauded by the participants.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by an inauguration. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh and Mr. Mukesh Kumar along with his team of Computer Science Teachers and technology support staff. The Guest of Honour for the event, Professor Suneet Tuli from Bennett University, was felicitated by the Principal.
The Introduction Video for Exun 2017 was presented by the Exun Clan, providing a briefing about the particulars of the event.
The Principal, Ms. Sehgal, addressed the gathering exhorting them never to forget the human touch in the era of advancing technology. She quoted, “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” She also acknowledged the loyalty of the Exun alumni and admired the participants for their talent. She praised the club and said that the club was a concept started in 1992, when there was no club in the school and today we have 40 clubs in the school.
The Presidents of the Exun clan and Domain Square+ also addressed the participants, talking about the changes the symposium saw from its past iteration.
On this occasion, Exun released its 12th issue of the Annual Magazine – “UnderScore” – which was also a green move to reduce papers by reducing the articles requiring 80+ pages to 24 pages by introducing QR code for each article, where these QR Codes were linked to full articles present on the website.
The first day included the prelims of Domain Square+ Gaming, Cubing events, RoboWars, Group Discussion, Line Follower, Junior and Senior Quizzes and Crossword along with the finals of Competitive Programming, Delhi-NCR Jr. Gaming Championship.
The second day included Build Pitching, Challenge Programming, Hardware and the finals of Senior Quiz, Crossword, Domain Square+, Delhi NCR Gaming, Cubing Events and RoboWars.
The Closing Ceremony involved the display of a line following robot by a member of RoboKnights. The constant guidance and support of Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Mr. Mukesh Kumar and the entire Computer Science department was acknowledged.
The Vice President and the Honorary Advisor expressed their sentiments regarding the family that is Exun. The event was empowered with the presence of 22 alumni, which is the highest till date. The Alumni were presented with mementos and they were all given the recognition that they deserved as DPS RK Puram is immensely proud of what they have accomplished and all that they contribute to their alma mater and the club.
The results of the Cubing 3×3 were as follows: Hans Raj Modern School bagged the first position, and was followed by DPS Vasant Kunj and St. Marks; Pyraminx was won by Bluebells School International, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Rohini came second and third respectively. Hardware was won by DPS Vasant Kunj, and was followed by Universal Public School and DPS Dwarka. DPS Dwarka came first in Group Discussion, and DPS International Saket and Mothers International came second and third respectively. In RoboWars, Modern School Barakhamba Road came first, Ahlcon Public School and Delhi Public School, Dwarka came second and third respectively. The Shri Ram School, Aravali bagged first position in Programming; DPS International, Saket came second and DPS Dwarka came third. DPS Rohini, DPS Vasant Kunj, and Modern School Barakhamba came first, second, and third respectively in Crossword. In Junior Quiz, DPS Noida, DPS Dwarka and DPS Rohini came first, second and third respectively, while Ramjas School, RK Puram bagged first position in Senior Quiz, and was followed by DPS Noida and DPS Dwarka. Domain²+ Gaming was won by DPS Sushant Lok; DPS Rohini and Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute came second and third respectively. Modern School Barakhamba came first in Mx+C and was followed by DPS Noida and Bal Bharti Pitampura. The results of Build were as follows: DPS Dwarka won Design Imaging, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Noida came second and third respectively; DPS Dwarka bagged first position in Audio Editing, while DPS Vasant Kunj and Green Fields School came second and third respectively; in Video Editing, Sudocrypt, an online global event, was won by Sparsh Tyagi, while Arijit Gupta held second position and Sidharth Trehan came third. The Surprise event was won by Shri Ram School, Moulsari; New Era Public School came second while G.D.Goenka, Vasant Kunj & DPS International, Saket came third.
The winners were also given special prizes powered by the sponsors. DPS Vasant Kunj was adjudged the overall winner. The first overall runner-up was DPS Dwarka while the second overall runner-up was DPS Noida.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar concluded the Symposium by thanking the alumni judges,participating students and teachers of all the schools, partners, the Exun team of teachers and students for making the occasion such a grand success.
Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’
On 18 November 2017, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’ in fond memory of the former Chairman of DPS Society, Dr. P.N. Kirpal. This prestigious event celebrates his love for art, culture and poetry.
The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Member of the DPS Society and former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Justice B.N.Kirpal was the the Guest of Honour. He was accompanied by his wife Ms. 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;Members of the DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra, Dr. (Mrs). Usha Luthra; Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Ms.Sudeepta Ghosh; Member of DPS Society and DPS RK Puram Managing Committee, Dr.Kiran Datar. The guests were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Vice Principals, Ms.Padma Srinivasan, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Anita Singh were also present.
Students from25 schools took part in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘Lime-in-Rhyme’, ‘Inverse Rhapsody’, and ‘Stage-a-Verse’. The events were held at various venues simultaneously. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization, and painting the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants were required to compose a ballad based on six paintings. Lyrical Canvas had participants expressing the dominant emotion from a line of a poem through a charcoal painting. Inverse Rhapsody involved the recitation of lines from various poems, while expressing them in different tones with elements of drama. In Stage-a-Verse, participants wrote and enacted a skit in verse based on a given prompt. Lime-in-Rhyme encouraged budding poets to create limericks within a time limit.
All of the events were assessed by a team of eminent judges. Ms Mita Bose, Ms Nandini Guha, Dr. Sangameshwar Rao, Mr. Vikram Varma, Mr. Vijay Rao, Mr. Dushyant, Ms. Manisha Gupta, Ms. Vaijyanti Ghose, Dr. Carreen Pakrasi, Prof. Ramola Kumar, Ms. NeeraVerma, Mr. Shubhagata Kumar, Ms. Garima Sehgal, Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Mr. Kumar Sandeep, Dr. Sangya Gupta, Dr. Pramod Gupta, Mr. Mahendra Rai, Ms. Arti Paliwal and Mr. Uma Shankar Pathak graced us with their presence.
The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a melodious performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal expressed her gratitude to the Kirpal family. Quoting Pablo Picasso, she said that art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul and quoting Robert Frost, she said that poetry is the emotion that has found a thought and the thought has found words. She lauded the creativity of the participants and congratulated them.
The cultural programme consisted of a beautiful musical and theatrical performance by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. Addressing the gathering, Mr.V.K. Shunglu appreciated the function stating that it was outstanding and professionally presented. He unveiled the book –‘The Bubbling Cauldron’ by the English Squadron.
Blend Art was won by Delhi Public School, Gurgaon; Delhi Public School, Noida held the second position; Ahlcon International School came third. The first position in Artistic Poesy was bagged by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; Ahlcon International School and Tagore International School came second and third respectively. Ahlcon International School won Lyrical Canvas; Birla Vidya Niketan held the second position and Apeejay Noida came third. In Inverse Rhapsody Delhi Public School, Noida, Birla Vidya Niketan and Delhi Public School, International came first, second, and third respectively. Mother’s International School bagged the first position in Stage-a-Verse, and were followed by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; the third position was won by Birla Vidya Niketan. The first, second, and third positions in Lime-in-Rhyme were secured by Vasant Valley, Delhi Public School Bulandshahr and Delhi Public School Mathura Road respectively. The overall winner was Delhi Public School, Greater Noida.
Dr. Ms. Atika Dayal, Head of the English Department, delivered the vote of thanks and praised the students and teachers for their contribution towards making the event a success. The programme culminated with the National Anthem.
Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions
Under the aegis of Shri V. K. Shunglu, Chairman The DPS Society a workshop titled, ‘Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions,’ was organised for the teachers of the two Feeder schools, DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar of Delhi Public School R. K. Puram, New Delhi 22 on Tuesday 14th November, 2017. The In-service teacher development programme was participated by about 40 teachers, moderated by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal DPS R.K.Puram and coordinated by Dr. Zeenat Khader, Jt. Secretary, The DPS Society. It was conducted by experts from Minnesota University, USA.
Ms. Kurtsen Dubbels, the Resource Expert from the Dept. of Education Minnesota, focussed her PPT on the ‘Universal Design of Learning’ which is a pedagogical approach that addresses the needs of classroom with heterogeneous learners.
The second session was conducted by Ms. Joy Lee Fredrickson, Student Service Coordinator from the Osseo Area group of Schools. The session was on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS an evidence-based framework for developing positive behaviour, which can be used in schools to create a positive climate for learning. With PBIS, kids learn about behaviour, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.
Visit Of Her Excellency Ms. Joanna Kempkersand Troupe Dancers Of New Zealand
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram played host to delegates from New Zealand on 16 November 2017 .The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed the Chief Guest Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers along with her colleagues and a troupe of Maori Dancers, Waka Toa. Vice Principals Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan also graced the occasion.
Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers is the High Commissioner of New Zealand. She is currently the Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The event began with the inaugural lighting of the lamp followed by a mesmerising performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal felicitated the Chief Guest with a token of appreciation.
In her welcome address, Ms. Sehgal expressed her gratitude towards Ms. Kempkers for re-visiting the school and giving the students an opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s culture. The Chief Guest focussed her attention on the importance of reinforcing culture through performing arts. She emphasised on how Maoris first talk about their place in the world and then themselves. Praising New Zealand for its education and culture, she ended by singing a song in her traditional language, which imparted the message of love, hope and peace to all.
This was followed by the main attraction ‘The Maori Dance’. Maori is the national dance of New Zealand. It is an emotional and powerful combination of song, chant and dance. Through the dance they convey the message of working in peace to bring peace. Their songs depict their struggles. It was an extremely captivating and enchanting performance. Their traditional costumes and interactions with the students added a unique flair to it. They commenced their performance by inviting the Chief Guest, the Principal and a few students to join them on stage for ‘Maranga Tiaho Mai’, a song about rising up.
Waka Toa presented the Principal with a Greenstone pendant which speaks of strength, courage, focus and determination. They also presented the Chief Guest with a token of their friendship and love.
It was inspiring to see how the Maori performers cherished the beauty and uniqueness of their tribes and traditions. The school hopes that it continues to consolidate and share culture with New Zealand.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. The event ended with the National Anthems of New Zealand and India.
Essay Writing Competition
The DPS Society conducted an Essay Writing Competition on 1 September 2017 at DPS R K Puram. Nearly 200 schools participated in the event.
Syed Momin Iqbal of class 12 B secured the 1st position in the Senior category in Hindi language. He received a cash prize of Rs 25000 along with a certificate.
He is the chief editor of the Hindi Editorial Board and also an active member of the Samvad Hindi Club. The winner was appreciated by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and was felicitated at the Scholar Badge Ceremony by Mr. John Varghese, Principal St Stephens College, New Delhi on 8th November 2017.
‘Peace’ Value Of The Month – October 2017
Class teachers and subject teachers endeavoured to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.
The students participated in discussions about maintaining Peace and Harmony. They put up posters, quotations, slogans and collages related to the theme of Peace. The teachers also spoke to them about living together peacefully.
Class teachers briefed the students about Peace, its meaning and its importance in a student’s life. A general discussion was done in all the classes wherein the students shared their views on the topic. They also prepared quotations, slogans and posters related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to develop a peaceful approach to untoward circumstances and situations. Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of peace in day to day lives.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of students were appreciated by Class representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
Sway 2017, the second interschool Western dance competition organized by the Western Dance Society (WDS) of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram for classes 9 to 12 was held on October 28, 2017.
A total of 20 schools took part in the event, which was divided into two categories- ‘Accent’ (Group performance) and ‘Knockout’ (Solo performance). The competing dance forms included Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-hop.
Renowned dance experts Mr. Benjamin Jacob and Ms. Devasmita Sharma were invited to judge the event. They are principal dancers and senior faculty members at Danceworx, one of the finest dance institutes in India.
The event began with the felicitation of the judges with a token of regard by our esteemed Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Describing dance as an exquisite form of art, Ms. Sehgal encouraged students to learn dancing adding that she found student-dancers “phenomenally inspirational”.
Also present at the event were Vice Principals, Ms. Anita Singh and Ms. Padma Srinivasan, the Head of the Department of Music and Dance, Ms. Aditi Sarkar with her team of teachers, along with the teacher in-charge, Ms. Preeti Pratihari.
A small video of the achievements and history of WDS was followed by an enthralling series of performances against a backdrop of hypnotic lighting and captivating effects.
Soon after, the competition began with the Knockout category, wherein the dancers enthusiastically performed solo, giving way to the next category Accent, where group performances were presented. At the end of the event, the judges addressed the gathering, enlightening the participants with valuable feedback and constructive criticism.
The first prize in the Knockout category was bagged by The Heritage School, Rohini while the second prize was awarded to St. Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri. The first prize in the Accent category went to Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, while Modern School, Barakhamba Road were the runners up.
Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan proposed the vote of thanks and wished the students a successful future. The event was a huge success.
‘Samvaad’ – Hindi club of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram organised a ‘Kavi Sammelan’ on 10 October 2017. The event was graced by renowned Hindi poet Mr. Gajendra Solanki and two other poets. The Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal felicitated the Chief Guest, renowned poet Gajendra Solanki, Ms.Baljeet Kaur and Mr.Radhakant Pandey.
Mrs. Fatma Kirmani introduced Gajendra Solanki who is the recipient of prestigious awards. He has given performances in the different parts of the world. Ms. Vanita Sehgal addressed the students in Hindi and threw light on the importance of Hindi poems. She expressed her views as she talked about how it is easy and difficult to write Hindi poems. She acknowledged the “Samvaad’-Hindi Club’s efforts for promoting the Hindi language and instilling curiosity about Hindi poetry in the students. Uday Bansal, the president of the Hindi club along with various club members like Sanskriti, Momin Iqbal and Aakash recited their self-composed poems.
This years’ edition of the Hindi club’s Annual Magazine ‘ Kalam Ke Rang’ was launched by Mr Gajendra Solanki in the presence of the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and Vice-Principal Ms. Anita Singh.
The poet of Bhor ki kiran, Kranti kalash, and Mann ka panchi, Gajendra Solanki started the Kavi Sammelan with his famous poetry Hindi Stutigan. He inspired the students with a dramatic poem paying tribute to ‘Shahid Bhagat Singh’. The students of Classes IX and X applauded the performance and enjoyed it thoroughly. Ms Baljeet Kaur shared her experiences with humorous poetry and later, Mr. Radhakanth Pandey paid a tribute to the nation through his poems. The poets enthralled the students with their composition and wit and inspired the budding poets in them. The Vice-Principal, Ms Anita Singh was present throughout the Kavi Sammelan and delivered the vote of thanks. The event concluded with the national anthem.
Exhibition On Mental Health
D.P.S. R.K.Puram celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2017 to spread awareness and education of mental health and disorders. WMHD was an initiative started by the World Federation for Mental Health to create worldwide awareness of mental health issues.
The day commenced with the psychology students of the school preparing bookmarks, collages and articles on issues related to mental health. An exhibition was displayed, featuring boards packed with articles, stories, facts and sketches aimed at drawing attention towards the issue of mental health. Bookmarks with uplifting quotes, case profiles which provided in-depth information about an individual, and a life satisfaction checklist was distributed to both teachers and students. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.
The message conveyed through the exhibition was: Shatter the stigma, mend the mind.