ENSHIP Fest 2018

The 2nd Inter School Entrepreneurship Fest- Enship 2018, organised by Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram,was held on 14 July, 2018.

A total of 55 schools registered and made the event a huge success, under the guidance of the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, the Entrepreneurship Club Incharge, Ms Anjana Virmani and the Teacher Coordinator, Ms Shalini Harisukh.

The Enship fest comprised of 5 competitions which were conducted simultaneously at different venues- Business Plan, Ad Making, Debate, Business Quiz and a Surprise Event.

OPENING CEREMONY

The opening ceremony started with the felicitation of the Guests of Honour and Business Plan Judges – Mr Bijoy Kumar Majhi, Founder, Angels in my Kitchen and Ms Varija Bajaj, Owner, Varija Design Studio, followed by Ganesh Vandana presented by Diya Singhal, of Class V11.

In her welcome address, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, welcomed the Guests of Honour. She then spoke of the will and determination of the new generation of entrepreneurs and how they are constantly striving to achieve their goals; how entrepreneurship was not a viable career option in her times and how, in today’s time, it has evolved into one of the most chosen career options. She also mentioned how the Entrepreneurship Club started with just two students who were passionate about entrepreneurship and how they convinced her of the need for a platform for the same despite having other commerce related clubs.

The Guest of Honour, Mr Bijoy Kumar Majhi, emphasised the changes in the field of entrepreneurship in India over the last few years, and how the key to success for a start-up is now dependant on the satisfaction of a need. He explained how the first few years of becoming an entrepreneur and starting one’s own venture can be the most challenging and difficult years of one’s life but it all pays off in the long run. He then shared the story of how he started out with his company in just one location and is now the proud owner of twelve outlets across Delhi NCR with a new one underway. He strives to achieve a nation-wide presence in the future.

Ms Varija Bajaj, the Guest of Honour, narrated the personal story of her road to success. She was a science student and was preparing to become a doctor but she realised that she couldn’t excel in a field she wasn’t passionate about. She was creatively inclined and wanted to do something in designing. She then described her journey from acing NIFT, starting her own venture and expanding her company into other fields. She further accentuated on how entrepreneurship does not have a basic set of rules; rather, it is the brainchild of the entrepreneur and it is all about how they deal with the various challenges life throws at them.

This was followed by a movie on Enship 2018 and thereafter the participants started to disperse to their respective event venues.

THE EVENTS AND JUDGES

Business Plan was an interactive competition that provided a medium for students to showcase their respective start-up ideas using pre-submitted powerpoint presentations.

Mr Bijoy Kumar Majhi and Ms Varija Bajaj, the aforementioned Guests of Honour, were the judges for this competition.

The aim for the Ad Making competition was to give the students an opportunity to present their marketing skills and combine their designed product with theatrical skills to showcase an appealing advertisement. DPS R.K. Puram alumni, Shaurya Jain and Akshay Khandelwal judged the Ad Making event.

The students in the Debate competition contributed their ideas on various entrepreneurship – related issues that were provided to them. DPS R.K. Puram alumni Anu Khandelwal and Tanmay Bansal  judged the debate.

The Quizzing competition tested students’ knowledge about recent entrepreneurial ventures and technological advancements in the field of business. DPS R.K. Puram alumni, Aneesh Gupta and Jatin Jha were the judges for the quizzing competition.

The Surprise Event comprised the classic game of Monopoly, with a time limit of half an hour. The one with the most properties and total assets would move to the Final Round. DPS R.K. Puram alumni Shivang Chandna judged the event.

The various competitions provided a huge platform to budding entrepreneurs to showcase their knack and passion in the field of Business.

CLOSING CEREMONY

The closing ceremony began with the felicitation of the Chief Guest, Dr Prabhu Aggarwal, Founding Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal University, followed by a splendid rendition of “The Nights” by the late musician, Avicii, performed by the school choir and a comedy skit by the Expressions Theatre Club, about corporate laws.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed the Chief Guest and congratulated the Club Incharge, Ms. Anjana Virmani, and the Club Appointments for the success of the event. She asked the participants if they enjoyed the event and got an overwhelming response. She mentioned to the students sitting in the audience that winning is not the main objective of participating in a competition but what counts is having new experiences and learning something in the process.

The Club Incharge, Ms Anjana Virmani, thanked the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, for her constant support and guidance which motivated her and gave her confidence to make the event a success.  She also emphasised on the hard work put in by the Club Appointments and the Enship Team who worked day and night so that the event could be conducted without any complications. She conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to the Music Department and the Theatre Club for putting up a great show in the limited time constraints.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Student Presidents, Sharanya Verma and Shreeya Singhal and Vice President, Shobhan Bhatia, of the Entrepreneurship Club.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Prabhu Aggarwal, in his speech, congratulated the school on the success of the event and commended the performances of all the participants. He encouraged students to pursue entrepreneurship and to change the world.  He also emphasised on entrepreneurship being a mindset, and not just the act of starting your own company, which anyone and everyone can have. He highlighted the new spectra of business management in today’s world.

The Award Distribution Ceremony started off with a token of appreciation being awarded to the alumni of Delhi Public School R.K.Puram, who judged the various competitions, for contributing to the success of the event. This was followed by the announcement and award distribution of the winners of each competition and the overall winning school.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.

LIST OF WINNERS

EVENT POSITION SCHOOL
BUSINESS PLAN FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
BAL BHARATI SCHOOL, PITAMPURA
AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, NOIDA
NATIONAL VICTOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
AD-MAKING FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, NOIDA
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, DWARKA
RYAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, ROHINI
DEBATE FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
SPRINGDALES SCHOOL,DHAULA KUAN
GD GOENKA PUBLIC SCHOOL,VASANT KUNJ
BLUEBELLS SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL
BEST SPEAKER DEBATE FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
MODERN SCHOOL, BARAKHAMBA ROAD
SPRINGDALES SCHOOL, DHAULA KUAN
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, MATHURA ROAD
SURPRISE EVENT FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, FARIDABAD
BAL BHARATI PUBLIC SCHOOL, PITAMPURA
SS MOTA SINGH MODEL SCHOOL, GHK NAGAR
QUIZ FIRST
SECOND
THIRD
DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, NOIDA
MODERN SCHOOL, BARAKHAMBA ROAD
SHRI RAM SCHOOL,ARAVALI
Overall Winner DPS Noida



Visit To The National Museum

Students of class VI visited the National Museum from 24 April 2018 to 02 May 2018. At the museum, the students were divided into groups and a guide was allotted to each group to help the students gain a better perspective about the exhibits. The students were taken on a tour of the various galleries such as the gallery of Harappan Civilization, the gallery showcasing Early Medieval Art to the one showing Late Medieval Art and other galleries including the ones showcasing Indian Miniature Paintings and Jewellery.

Students showed keen interest in learning about ancient tools and weapons. They were fascinated by the ancient artefacts on display and the unique glimpse offered by all the objects and paintings, into the culture and heritage of India.

On the whole, the trips were uniquely educational experience for the students and offered them a much required glimpse into the world of historical India and its impact on the present.



Python Workshop for CS Teachers

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organised a One Day Python Workshop for the Computer Science Teachers of various schools on Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 in the light of change of Computer Science and Informatics Practices curriculum by CBSE. 350 Teachers from Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Palwal, Sonipat, Bahadurgarh, Jaipur, Varanasi, Kalyanpur, Ajmer, Kuwait and Jeddah online registered for the workshop, out of which 261 Teachers participated in the same.

The Workshop started with a welcome address by Dr. Renu Nayar, Vice Principal. In her address, she emphasized on the need of learning new things and updating knowledge specially in the field of technology.

The Workshop Session 1 was conducted by Mr. Mukesh Kumar, where he covered the Python Programming with the help of simple and interesting examples. He also discussed about the similarities and differences between other languages like C++ and Java. Session 2 was continued by him with the advanced aspects of Python Programming followed by Introduction to Python Pandas by Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur, Subject Expert from G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj. Session 3 comprised of examples of Python Pandas commands and applications by Mrs. Gurpreet. The Session 4 was conducted by Mr. Mohitendra Dey on MYSQL & MongoDB concepts and applications alongwith Database connectivity with Python.

Each session of the workshop was appreciated by all the participants. All the participants thanked the initiative taken by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Principal, DPS RK Puram and the efforts of the resource persons.

The programme would not have been successful without the support and efforts of DPS RKPuram Computer Science Teachers – Ms. Sangeeta Rana, Ms. Shalini Harisukh and Ms. Anajana Virmani alongwith the Tech Admin Staff – Mr. Thomas CA, Mr. Diny Mathew, Mr. K.V.Joseph and Mr. Shankar Giri.

The workshop ended with distribution of the Certificates and group photographs of the participants with the resource persons.



First Conference On Occupational And Environmental Determinants Of Cancer: Interventions For Primary Prevention

DPS R.K. Puram was invited to attend the First Conference on Environmental and Occupational Determinants of Cancer: Interventions for Primary Prevention, an initiative of NCI-INDIA, AIIMS, at Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium, AIIMS on 26 and 27 May 2018.

Aanya Soni, Adya Pandey, Anvi Nehra, Aparajita Kale, Bhavya Dhyani, Duvanshi Khandelwal, Harshit Narayan, Megha Chhabra, Prarthna Chona, Sanjana Nanda, Sanya Sirpaul, Siddhant Parekh, Shreya Rao, Siya Sabharwal and Soumya Sharan of Class XI along with Ms. Niva Chhonkar, Head of Biology Department and Ms. Rupa Das,Head of Geography Department,  attended this program.

The  overall objective of the Conference  was to review the policy framework and environmental interventions that have proven successful for the prevention of selected cancers and further mobilize public health and scientific communities, civil societies and media towards that end, to Identify gaps and barriers for the promotion of the existing interventions of primary prevention and create awareness about environmental factors that have an adverse effect on human health.

Welcome address and introduction of participants was given by Dr. GK Rath, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and Chief, AIIMS and Head, NCI (National Cancer Institute).

Scope and purpose of the meeting was delivered by Mr. CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, forest and Climate change, Government of India.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman Cancer Care, Director and Chief Consultant, Department of Surgical Oncology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, Delhi.

The  session discussed and outlined the major environmental risk factors related to cancer, the difficulties faced in qualifying/ assessing the cancer risks due to environmental carcinogens such as POPs and others and the associated cancer burden. A summarization of the scientific evidence of the environmental determinants of cancer was delivered by Dr. Anil D’ruz, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

The other speakers included Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bihar, Dr. Navneet Kumar Dhamija, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Mr. SS Yadav, Administrator, UT Administration of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Dr. SK Shrivastava, Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Apollo Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Kameshwar Prasad, Professor and Head, Department of Neurology and Chief-Neurosciences, AIIMS, Delhi and Dr. Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA, New Delhi.

In a session on interventions targeting individual behavioral change  on smoking exposure at public places and interventions and existing rule for tobacco control, Siddhant Parekh and Aanya Soni, students of DPS R.K. Puram were among the panelists.

The panel  moderated by Dr. Alok Thakar, Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, AIIMS included  Mr. Devesh Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police, Dr. Tanvir Kaur, Scientist F, ICMR, Government of India, Dr. Anil D’cruz, Mr. Satyendra Pratap Singh, Assistant Editor, Business Standard, Dr. Tulika Seth, Professor, Department of Hematology, AIIMS.

A Survivor Success Story Lecture  was delivered by Ms. Manisha Koirala, an actress . She emphasized on setting priorities, having gratitude and most importantly being happy. She shared with the audience her battle with cancer and how she overcame depression.

This lecture was followed by a Public Interaction Panel which included panelists Ms. Manisha Koirala and Dr. GK Rath. They discussed personal stories and facts and various myths associated with cancer.



Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition Winners meet the Vice President

In January 2018, a team of students from Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, comprising of Ananya Ashta, Bhavya Khandelwal, Kushagra Gupta, Mehek Manish Shah, Natasha Arya, Shiv Sethi, Shrijita Anand, Udit Malik and Vinamr Loomba Sachdeva won the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition under the support, guidance and dynamic leadership of the Principal , Ms. Vanita Sehgal .The competition saw participation of schools from different countries including China and Pakistan.

Due to their exceptional performance in the competition, the team has been invited to represent Asia at theInternational Space Settlement Design Competition, which will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida from27 -31 July 2018. Consequently, the students visited the Honorable Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, who congratulated them for their achievement and wished them luck for the upcoming International Space Settlement Design Competition. He also discussed the importance of innovations in the Aerospace industry and of the scientific research as a whole. The blessings and good wishes from the Vice President will encourage the students to perform well in the finals.

The story was covered by leading channels, including Rajya Sabha TV, the United News of India, Consciousness Media House Global Times and Prowellness India, among others.



‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat’ Programme

As a part of MHRD’s ‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat’ Programme, the partner states allotted to Delhi were Sikkim and Assam. DPS R K Puram celebrated Sikkim Week (November 27- December 1, 2017) and Assam Week (May 07- May11, 2018) to showcase the special features of these states.

The Geography Department organised various activities showcasing Architecture, Sculpture, Culinary practices, Music , Dance  and different cultures of Sikkim and Assam during the weeks for different classes.

SIKKIM WEEK (NOVEMBER 27- DECEMBER 1, 2017)

Class VI, VII &VIII : Students actively participated in ‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat ‘ programme.  Posters highlighting the tourism, socio-cultural aspects of Sikkim were displayed for the event through posters, PPT etc.

Class IX: Culinary practices of Sikkim were depicted through boards and culinary competitions. The event was organised on  December 1, 2017 in the Assembly ground of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram.

Class IX H held a quiz in Sanskrit on the same theme. It was an interesting and informative class activity.

Class X: A Quiz for Class X students on ‘Sikkim’ was held on 29 November 2017. It not only challenged the students’ intellectual abilities, but also their knowledge and presence of mind on different aspects of Sikkim . The competition was interesting, engrossing, and above all, it helped the children to get to know the state of Sikkim in greater depth.

ASSAM WEEK (MAY 07- MAY11, 2018)

The MHRD’s ‘ Ek Bharat Sreshth Bharat’ Assam week celebration was held on 10 May , 2018.

Class VI: Students showcased the different types of houses, flora & fauna through posters depicting Assam’s culture in very interesting way with bio degradable waste materials. They enjoyed a lot and also gained knowledge of Assam’s culture. The posters were displayed and the winners elaborated their themes.

Class VII: The Fancy dress competition on Assam was held on 9 May 2018. It not only challenged the students’ knowledge, but also their presence of mind of how to portray the characters to perfection. The students performed characters from great personalities to Assam’s very own traditional dance, Bihu.

The competition was interesting, engrossing, and most of all, it helped the children to get to know the north-eastern state of ASSAM in greater depth.

Class VIII: Inter section collage making competition was held on 8 May 2018 in order to celebrate ‘Assam week’ in school. The students of Class 8 beautifully depicted the culture , heritage and physiographic features of Assam through collage making. The topic was ‘Amazing  Assam’.



VALUE OF THE MONTH MAY 2018 “DISCIPLINE”

CLASS VI

Class teachers and Subject teachers discussed the importance of discipline in all aspects of one’s life. They spoke about self discipline and the ways in which being disciplined can make one’s life easier. They also spoke to the students about the importance of maintaining discipline in school by following the school rules. Students were invited to participate in discussions related to the topic. They shared stories and incidents related to the importance of discipline. Students shared quotations and slogans related to discipline and put them up in the classroom.

 

CLASS VII

Discipline is essential in all walks of life. Group discussions were conducted in classrooms regarding the importance of discipline and how it is useful, both in personal and professional life. Class teachers shared Gautama Buddha’s quotes on discipline. They were told how discipline guides our behaviour and sets limits to help us learn to take care of ourselves, other people and the world around us. Teachers spoke about the importance of discipline in our day to day life. Quotes related to discipline were put up in the class for better understanding. Students enthusiastically participated in the making of soft boards. They even shared their views regarding the topic and understood the importance of self-discipline.

 

Class VIII

A disciplined approach to life makes it easy. To this effect quotes were put up on the notice board to lay emphasis on the need for discipline in our day to day lives. Class teachers stressed upon the need for discipline in our daily routine. Students discussed how they conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, how they observe discipline and practice discipline.



Explore 2018 – Interactive Career Fair

Delhi Public School R.K. Puram hosted their first ever Interactive Career Fair on 23 May, 2018 for students from classes X to XII and their parents. Representatives of various International and National Universities, Government Bodies, the Defence and Social Development Sectors took part in this Career Fair.

The event commenced with the inaugural lighting of the lamp by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; Vice Principals Ms. Anita Singh, Dr. Renu Nayar, and Ms. Padma Srinivasan; Headmistress Ms. Rashmi Malhotra and Director, Envision India Education Services (EIE), Ms. Jyotsana Bhardwaj.

This was followed by a presentation by the Indian Choir – a mesmerizing ode to the almighty, the Ganesh Stuti.

In her enlightening speech, the Principal praised the phenomenal performance and reminisced of her college years when there was very little scope for humanities students in particular, contrary to the vast multitude of opportunities available today. She mentioned the importance of this sort of exposure and was glad that students now have a wider world to explore.

The Principal’s speech gave way to the Western Choir of our school which left the audience awestruck and enthralled with an original composition, a post which the Western Dance Society portrayed a rendition of the story Snow White in a beautiful and enchanting manner.

Ms. Jyotsana Bhardwaj, Director, EIE and Ms. Indu Bhargava, Head, EIE,  felicitated our esteemed Principal with a token of appreciation, and then addressed the audience, emphasizing on the idea of nurturing the vision for building a strong foundation for the youth of the country.

There were numerous professionals from various renowned institutions: British Council, College Board, USIEF and specialists from educational institutions of Germany and New Zealand who gave presentations in the AVH. They interacted with the audience and informed them about various processes regarding exams and admissions.  

Representatives from individual institutions had one-on-one interactive sessions with interested students and parents.

There was a special simulation of a fighter plane by the Indian Air Force that left the students with gaping eyes. It explained the various branches and fields of the Air Force along with the eligibility criteria.

The event, the first of its kind, proved to be an enriching experience for all who attended.



Investiture Ceremony 2018

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.

The Investiture Ceremony of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was held on 16 May 2018.

The event commenced with a phenomenal performance by the school orchestra, which created a lively atmosphere. The Chief Guest, Shri V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, was felicitated with a token of appreciation by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. He was also presented with a painting by a student of Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar.

The Principal addressed the gathering, expressing her gratitude towards the Chairman, Shri V.K. Shunglu, for his undying support . She quoted Paulo Coelho, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” as a way of congratulating the appointees and appreciating the efforts that have been put in, leading to this achievement. She emphasised the importance of setting priorities in a student’s life, advising them not to fear failure, but dormancy.

This was followed by a dance performance showcasing the cultural diversity of India which captivated the audience.

The Chairman, Shri V.K. Shunglu, felt blessed that he had been associated with education for many years. He appreciated the dynamic atmosphere of the school and said that the opportunities and exposure provided to the students by the school made their personalities wholesome.

The School Appointees were then felicitated by the Chairman, the Principal, Vice Principals and the Headmistress. The Chairman administered the Oath of office, whereby the students pledged to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and dedication, so as to uphold the glorious name of the school and country.

This was followed by motivational speeches given by the student leaders, who were filled with a sense of responsibility towards the school.

Vice Principals, Ms. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh alongwith the  Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, congratulated the new appointees and reminded them that this was a stepping stone for their future endeavours in life.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.



Visit to the ‘EXPERIENCE ZONE’ of FSSAI

DPS R.K.Puram was invited  to attend the launch of FSSAI ‘s (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) ‘Experience Zone’ at FSSAI headquarters, FDA Bhawan on 16 May 2018.

The FSSAI ‘Experience Zone’ is a digital interactive walkthrough of India’s food safety ecosystem. The Zone had multiple exhibits that helped enhance the understanding about the journey of FSSAI, nutrition, rapid testing and other initiatives taken by the autonomous body.

The  campaign aimed at raising awareness about safe and unadulterated food at homes, school and workplaces, and building a trust between the citizens, food businesses and the government. It also discussed the role of FSSAI in becoming a regulator and facilitator that gave a huge thrust to the food movement in India.

The ‘Experience zone’ was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Ayog and was presided over by Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson, FSSAI.

Also present at the launch were Mr. Pawan Agarwal, CEO FSSAI, Mr. Harish Krishnaswami, CEO Tata Trust, Ms. Madhavi Das, Joint Secretary- Chief Management Services Officer FSSAI, visitors from various organizations, students and individuals.

Later the students interacted with Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson, FSSAI who appreciated the deep involvement of DPS R.K.Puram in SNF@ School Project.

Aanya Soni, Siona Ahuja, Anirudhha Mozumder and Tanishq Khurana of  Class XI along with Ms. Niva Chhonkar, attended this programme.



DIGEX 2018

Digex, the Photography and Film-making Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised the Digex Photography Festival on 12 May 2018,  to exhibit their passion for photography through a multitude of events. Sponsored by Sony Corporation, India, powered by Athena Education and co-powered by Fujifilm India, the event saw active participation of 65 schools from across Delhi-NCR.

The Guest of Honour, Mr Rahul Subramaniam, Managing Director, Athena Education; the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal; and the Teacher in-charge for Digex, Ms Sarika Kaushal graced the event with their presence.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp, followed by a short film showcasing the talent of the members of Digex.

The Principal addressed everyone present at the event and talked about the importance of photography in the contemporary era. She talked about one of her all-time favourite photographs – Stan Wayman’s photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy at her husband’s funeral. The snapshot has been described as “one of the most poignant pictures of all time” due to the raw and natural emotion Wayman was able to capture. She concluded her speech by commemorating Digex for its unparalleled excellence.

The Expressions Theatre Club then enacted a mime about how a photograph is more than just a picture, it is a memory.

In his speech, the Guest of Honour expressed that “A camera may have a lens, but it does not have vision. It may have memory, but it does not have perspective. It is but an instrument in the hands of the artist.” He elaborated by saying unadulterated emotions are what make a photo enduring – they depict struggle, sorrow, joy and ecstasy, and stir our souls into action. He emphasized that a photograph is a piece of history, a form of activism, a process of explorations and discovery, and a pursuit of truth and beauty.

The President of the club, Ishika Gupta, then enunciated her gratitude for the photography club. She said “Photography for me is not just looking, it’s feeling.” She then went on to wish all the participants luck.

The program consisted of eight events: seven on-site – Phototalk for Students, Phototalk for Teachers, Pixelate – Junior, Pixelate – Senior, Camistic (Story Board), CreADive (Ad Making) and Surprise Event; and one off-site – Hi-Res (Movie Making).

Phototalk for Students was headed by Mr Sameer Ashraf. He elaborated upon what all was required to excel at photography. He explained how a simple 37 second advertisement for his campaign with Royal Enfield was able to increase their sales tremendously, thus accentuating the astounding difference good photography can create. His valuable inputs on passion, visualization and marketing skills provided the students with valuable insight about future careers in the field.

Phototalk for Teachers described the general aspects of photography, how to handle a camera, importance of the history of a photograph and gave hands on experience on lighting and best ways of taking a photograph.

The Surprise Event was a treasure hunt in which each participating team was given eight clues. Each clue led the teams to locations inside the school premises where they had to click a photograph. The criteria for judgement were creativity, technical skill, aesthetic appeal and the overall impact of the image.

Camistic (Story Board) required the participants to create a story out of three pictures. The theme of the story was “Me, Myself and I” and the photographs were supposed to follow the prompts: “Where I come from”, “Where I am” and “Where I aspire to be”. Only minimal editing was allowed and the photographs were judged on the basis of creativity, technical skill, aesthetic appeal and the overall impact of the image.

CreADive (Ad Making) was a competition regarding advertisement-making, where all participants were given a product and told to advertise it. All students participated with great zeal and spread out all across the school to make their advertisements. Creativity, technical skill, originality, relevance to the topic, technical competency, acting and expression of the students were all taken into account by the judges.

Pixelate – Junior was an on the spot photography competition. Mr Gabriel conducted a workshop briefing about the technological aspects of photography. The participants were required to capture the given topic, Colours, as best as they could in a photograph. They were judged based on creativity, relevance to the topic, technical skill and aesthetic appeal.

Pixelate – Senior was a photography competition with topics given on the spot. The participants were given the topic, Pareidolia, and had to spread out in the school premises to capture the topic as innovatively as possible through their cameras.

Hi-Res (Movie Making) was the only offsite event. Participants were required to make a 3-minute-long shot on the topic Artificial Intelligence in the Future. The videos were evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, relevance to the topic and technical competency.

Mr Sameer Ashraf, Mr Rohit Gautam, Mr Rahul Subramaniam and Ms Ananya Vinayak were the judges for the events. Mr Ravi Rawat, Mr Sandeep Sharma and Mr Neeraj Kumar contributed and helped coordinate the events. Two of the events were judged by Athena Education and three others by Sony Corporation.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with a screening of the winning film of Hi-Res, the Movie Making Competition.

The Principal felicitated the representatives of the event’s sponsors: Sony Corporation, Athena Education and Fujifilm India.

Ms Sarika Kaushal, the event coordinator and Club in-charge, delivered the vote of thanks.

The prizes were distributed by Ms Vanita Sehgal, Mr Rahul Subramaniam and Ms Sarika Kaushal.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

The Overall Winner was DPS Vasant Kunj.

The results of the events are as follows:

Events Position School Name
Hi-Res 1st Amity International School, Mayur Vihar
2nd DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd DPS, Noida
Pixelate – Junior 1st Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurugram
2nd Amity International School, Mayur Vihar
3rd DPS, Noida
Pixelate – Senior 1st DPS, Dwarka
2nd Mount Carmel School, Anand Niketan
3rd Mount Abu Public School, Rohini
Camistic 1st Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar
2nd New Era Public School, Mayapuri
3rd DPS, Indirapuram
CreADive 1st Green Fields School, Safdarjung Enclave
2nd Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka
3rd Cambridge, Srinivaspuri
Surprise Event 1st DPS, Dwarka
2nd Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan
3rd DPS, Vasant Kunj



Echoes Naad-Ninaad 2018

Echoes Naad-Ninaad 2018, the Annual Inter School Performing Arts Competition organized by the Performing Arts Society of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was held on 5 May 2018.

A total of 36 schools took part in the event, with more than 1800 participants. The event consisted of 6 competitions – Nritya Abhinaya (Indian Dance), Sway (Western Dance), Swargdeep (Indian Instrumental), Dynamics (Western Band and Group Song) and Swartarang (Indian Group Song).

Present at the event were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra and the Head of the Performing Arts Department, Ms. Renu Bassi with her team of teachers.

In Dynamics (Western Group Song), different teams expertly dished out masterful performances while the audience admired the young artists performing a wide variety of styles from country music to ballads.

Swartarang (Indian Group Song) was divided into three categories- Sufi, Kajari and Dadra. The harmonious sounds of music emanating from the performers left the audience in a trance.

The sound of ghungroos reverberated in the hall where Nritya Abhinaya (Indian Classical Dance) was held. The dancers depicted cultural values, stories of love and worship in a captivating way through Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi.

The participants of Swargdeep ( Indian Instrumental) presented a melodious synchronization of tabla, sitar and harmonium and their competitive spirit filled the theatre with a passion for music, which left the judges and the listeners mesmerized.

In Dynamics (Western Band), the bands played everything from light jazz to soulful gospel, from foot-tapping country music to bone-quaking blues rock. Their bravura reflected in every nuance of their performances. When the theatre was not filled with the coherence of the various instruments, it was filled, instead, with the ear-splitting applause of the audience.

Sway (Western Dance) gave the performers a chance to showcase a variety of talents by presenting the audience with unique fusions of upbeat hip-hop numbers, smooth ballroom arrangements, classical ballet routines and even contemporary pieces of protest art.

Smt. Madhumita Raut, who manages and teaches at the Jayantika Associations, and Ms. Nrityashri Alaknanda, an International Kathak Artist, judged Nritya Abhinaya.

Mr. Manjeet Singh, a Music Composer, and Ms. Padmaja Chakraborty, an empanelled artist with ICCR (The Indian Council for Cultural Relations) judged Swartarang.

Pandit Shubhendra Rao, an internationally acclaimed Performer, and Ustaad Akram Khan, a professional Tabla Player, were the judges for Swargdeep.

Mr. Benjamin Jacob and Ms. Devasmita Sharma, Professional Dancers at The Danceworx, were the judges for Sway.

Mr. Hitesh Madan, the Co-founder of Canzona, and Ms. Payal Madan, Head of the Department for Speech and Drama judged Dynamics (Western Band).

Mr. Ankur Sabharwal and Mr. Lokesh Madan, the Co-founder of Canzona, judged Dynamics (Western Group Song).

The Valedictory event began with the felicitation of the judges with a token of regard by the esteemed Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. In her speech, she honoured the memory of Swargdeep, a student who had passed away nearly 4 years ago. The Annual Swargdeep Indian Instrumental competition is held in his memoriam. She also felicitated his parents.

A small video recapping the event was followed by an enthralling classical dance performance by the Indian Dance Society of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram against a backdrop of hypnotic lighting and captivating effects. The Western Dance Society presented a splendid rendition of the classic fairy tale, Snow White.

Prizes were distributed by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Ms. Renu Bassi and the respective judges.

Ms. Renu Bassi proposed the vote of thanks and wished the students a successful future. The event was a huge success and concluded with the National Anthem.

The overall winners of the event were Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj.

The results of the events are as follows:

Event Position School Name
Swartarang (Indian Vocal) 1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd St. George’s School, Alaknanda
3rd The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar
Swargdeep (Indian Instrumental) 1st Mother’s International School,  Sri Aurobindo Marg
G.D. Goenka, Vasant Kunj
2nd Mount Carmel School,  Dwarka
3rd Amity International School, Noida

Dynamics

(Western Vocal)

1st DPS, Noida
Fr. Agnel School,  Gautam Nagar
2nd DPS, Faridabad
3rd DPS,Vasant Kunj

Dynamics

(Western Band)

1st DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd Amity International School, Saket
3rd DPS, Noida

Nritya Abhinaya

(Indian Classical Dance)

1st The Shri Ram School, Aravali
2nd DPS, Rohini
3rd St. George’s School
Somerville School, Noida

Sway

(Western Dance)

1st Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
2nd G.D. Goenka, Vasant Kunj
3rd Convent of Jesus and Mary,  Connaught Place



Orientation Programme for the Parents of Students of Class X

An Orientation Programme was held for the parents of students of Class X on 6 April, 2018 from 2:15 PM to 4.00 PM. Sessions took place in the classrooms allotted to the respective sections of Class X, so that the parents can acquaint themselves with the environment their child is in. It was a feeling of back to school again for the parents. The afternoon was very productive for the parents and the teachers, who had a chance to interact with each other.  Class teachers briefed out the Code of Conduct and Examination Scheme for Class X as the students will be facing Board Examinations.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, warmly welcomed the parents and assured them of the school’s commitment in ensuring their child’s growth and development. The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, also addressed the parents. She spoke about the school rules and the new assessment scheme in detail, to ensure that the parents are suitably informed. Ms. Shaloo Khanna and Ms. Vinita Gupta, the Class Representatives, also introduced themselves to the parents. All class teachers and subject teachers of the various sections, spoke in detail about the prescribed textbooks, notebooks, the syllabi and the new assessment pattern.

The goal of the Orientation Programme was to ensure that the parents are at ease with the new examination scheme and any query related to any subject could be sorted out. A warm interaction between the parents and the teachers ensured the same.



Value of the Month April 2018

TOPIC – SHARING, COMPASSION AND EMPATHY

Objective: To promote knowledge of Sharing, Compassion and Empathy amongst all students.

Class VI

Teachers discussed concepts of Empathy, Compassion and Sharing with the students in the class. Class teachers and subject worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.

They spoke about the ways in which one can adopt these values in day to day life. The students put up posters, quotations and slogans related to the topics in the class. They also shared various thoughts, stories and incidents related to the topics.

Class VII

The year began by emphasizing the importance of some of the most important values on which human society rests and has progressed for so long.

The topic was discussed in all the sections. Students were inspired to share, work harmoniously and feel, understand and respond to the suffering of others. The class teachers spoke about the importance of the same in day to day life using true stories and examples. The subtle difference between sympathy and empathy was explained to them using examples from daily life as well as the poem ‘Home and Love’ from their Literary Reader. Students of all sections decorated the class boards with beautiful quotes related to the topic.

Class VIII

The new session began with the students imbibing the values of Empathy and Compassion for their fellow beings. Sharing was encouraged.

To this effect various quotes were put up in the classrooms. The Class teachers and Subject teachers emphasized upon having empathy towards others. Students demonstrating these values were appreciated. They recounted their experiences and feeling of joy upon sharing. These values also inspired the ‘Thought for the Day’ which was written on the board on a daily basis.



‘Scientia est Potentia’ – Inter-School Science Festival

“Science is the poetry of reality”

Delhi Public School, RK Puram hosted its Annual Inter-School Science Festival, ‘Scientia est Potentia’, on 28 April 2018.

A total of 24 schools across Delhi NCR, actively participated in this five hour long event.

The Teachers-in-charge – Mr JS Virdi, Head of Department, Physics; Mr Prem Dhawan, Head of Department, Chemistry and Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of Department, Biology and Biotechnology coordinated the event.

A collaborative effort of the PhySoc (Physics Club), Catalyst, Pre-pharmacy (Chemistry Clubs) and Inquisito (Biology Club) of the school, the festival consisted of various onsite and off-site activities in the diverse field of science – the 7 onsite events included ‘Classical Debate’, ‘Model Making’, ‘Science Quiz’, ‘Chem Canvas’, ‘Ad-act-Actinium’, ‘Outdoor Lab’ and ‘Let’s Innovate’; while the only off-site event was ‘Poster Making’, held in two categories.

In Classical Debate, intense deliberations between students involved them putting forward their opinions and ideas on the topics ‘Mars is the Next Address for Earth’ and ‘Hydrogen is the Fuel for the Future’.

Students assembled inexpensive working models to outline the principles of Physics and presented realistic, indigenous designs in Model Making.

The Science Quiz, in its multiple stages, provided a platform to test students’ knowledge on the history, significance and application of theories relating to Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Chem Canvas brought out a mix of graphic, aesthetically pleasing posters showcasing different Chemistry concepts.

In Ad-act-Actinium, several entertaining and informative student-created advertisements were theatrically expressed, showcasing the significance of Chemistry in various products used in everyday life.

Outdoor Lab was a way of bringing out the inner scientist in the youngest of learners, who experimentally demonstrated and provided live explanations of the same to the judges about chosen concepts of Biology.

Let’s Innovate gave a voice to students to effectively teach a given Biology topic, in an unorthodox manner, by making use of eye-catching yet simple presentations.

Prof. N K Sehgal, an author with more than 43 years of teaching experience judged ‘Classical Debate’ along with Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, Associate Professor, English, Hansraj College.

Dr Deepak Gaur, Professor, Biotechnology, JNU along with Dr Sarita Kumar, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi, judged ‘Let’s Innovate’.

Dr Robin Suyesh, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Bio Sciences, Sri Venkateswara College along with Dr Ritu Gaur, Associate Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, South Asian University were the judges for ‘Outdoor Lab’.

‘Ad-Act-Actinium’ was judged by Dr Geetu Gambhir and Dr Charu Khosla Gupta, Professors, Chemistry, University of Delhi.

Dr Soni Rastogi, Professor, Aurobindo College along with Mr Shiven Singh Tanvar, Art Department, Delhi Public School, RK Puram were judges for ‘Chem Canvas’.

‘Model Making’ was judged by Mr Rati Kant Jha and Ms Komal Chopra, Department of Physics, Delhi Public School, RK Puram.

The Valedictory Function began with an upbeat rendition of Atithi Devo Bhavah, sung in a splendid baritone, which was followed by a monochromatic, meaningful mime act on the theme ‘Saving the Environment.’

The HODs of the Science Department felicitated the Chief Guest, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal, DPS RK Puram, with a token of regard.

Mr JS Virdi, HOD, Physics, found pleasure in extending a hearty welcome to the Chief Guest and the judges. He thanked his colleagues, without whom, he felt, this harmonious ceremony would not have been possible. He emphasised DPS RK Puram’s efforts in inculcating values and character apart from ensuring academic excellence.

This paved the way for a visual presentation that displayed the glimpses of the morning events.

The winning teams of ‘Ad-Act-Actinium’ and ‘Lets Innovate’ were invited to present their acts on stage.

The Chief Guest, Ms Vanita Sehgal, deemed the exhibitions absolutely fantastic. She believes that one should have passion for what they are studying, and considered the experience of meeting others superior to that of winning. ‘Think Lab’, a step taken by the school towards endowing students with skills that fit in well with today’s dynamic world and hence towards enabling them to work on projects mentored by teachers and experts, was highlighted upon by her. In her opinion, a team which holds hands is the team which goes forward. She concluded by thanking the Science faculty and reminding the students to not lose hope because if they didn’t win today, tomorrow would always be there.

The much awaited Prize Distribution Ceremony was conducted by Ms Alinda Holla. To hand out the well-deserved awards, the Chief Guest along with the Heads of Departments and the judges were invited on stage. The overall winners were Birla Vidya Niketan.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr Prem Dhawan, HOD, Chemistry.

The event concluded with the National Anthem.

RESULTS

Name of Event School Position
Science Quiz Modern School, Barakhamba Road First
Mount Carmel School, Dwarka Second
DPS  Gurgaon, Sector 45 Third
Model Making DPS Vasant Kunj First
Amity International School, Saket Second
Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony Third
Chem Canvas Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar First
DPS Vasant Kunj Second
Modern School, Barakhamba Road Third
Ad-Act-Actinium Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj First
DPS Gurgaon, Sector 45 Second
DPS Mathura Road Third
Outdoor Lab Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar First
Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony Second
DPS Vasant Kunj Third
Let’s Innovate DPS Gurgaon, Sector 45 First
Vivekanand School Second
Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar Third
Classic Debate Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura First
DPS Greater Faridabad Second
DPS Gurgaon, Sector 45 Third
Poster Making – Junior Level Modern School, Barakhamba Road First
DPS Greater Faridabad Second
DPSI, Saket Third
Poster Making – Senior Level Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony First
Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar Second
Mount Carmel School Third



‘Panchtatva-Let’s Sync With Nature’ –Inter DPS National Environment Festival

‘Panchtatva – Let’s Sync with Nature’, the Annual Inter-DPS National Environmental Festival was hosted at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 21 April 2018.

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment. It marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. This Environment Festival is an extrapolation of the values which govern the notion of ensuring a better tomorrow for the future generations.

‘Panchtatva Saviours’ is a team of dedicated members from the Environment and the Geography Club of DPS R. K. Puram striving to ensure a clean and green tomorrow. The team aims to inculcate ‘Responsible Green Values’ amongst the students.

The theme of the event was ‘Save Earth’, with special emphasis on the 5 ’R’s – Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Restore and Replenish. It witnessed the participation of 79 schools.

Chief Guest, Shri V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee and the Guest of Honour, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Member, Managing Committee, DPS RK Puram and Ms. Vibha Singh, Principal, DPS Rohini graced the occasion with their august presence. Other attendees included Vice Principals, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Dr Renu Nayar, Headmistress, Ms Rashmi Malhotra and headmistress DPS Vasant Vihar, Ms. Archana Pental.

Ms. Rupa Das, HOD-Geography and Ms. Niva Chhonkar, HOD-Biotechnology and Biology were the Event Co-ordinators.

A collaborative effort of the Environment and Geography Clubs of the school, the festival comprised 9 competitions- 5 off-site, including Book of Ideas – 1, Weave A Story (Photography), Green-o-tisement (Advertisement), E-File (Bio-Diversity File) and Scroll-A-Message; and 4 on-site, which were Book Of Ideas -2, Model Making : Green City, Let The Silent Earth Speak : Mime and Waste-Wise : Collage Making.

In ‘Waste Wise – Collage Making’, students were provided with pre-packed paper bags, full of waste materials, by the school. Using the contents, they were expected to create a collage on ivory white A3 sheets.

‘Model Making – Green City’ required the participants to design a model of a self sustained, environment-friendly green city, which would be capable of catering to its own requirements of resources sustainably. Their models were later displayed in the OAT for the final judgment.

A silent array of kids with painted visages, donning monochromatic outfits, dramatically put across shows, which left the judges in awe – finding it hard to decide who wins in ‘Let the Silent Earth Speak: Mime’. The kids expressed themselves in  “silence” – a form of artistry hard to hit upon.

‘Book of Ideas – 2’ consisted of an elaborate discussion on why North India is more prone to pollution. It was supported by an electronic PowerPoint presentation as well. This was the final round, which was an on-site event – the first segment of which was sent in on April 18.

Mr Kuljeet Singh, an actor, director and teacher who is known for his performances in films like Margarita with a Straw (2014), along with Chetan Malhotra, co-founder of Square Heart Productions and alumnus of Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, judged the Mime event.

Dr Vijay Kumar Soni, Head of the Environment Monitoring and Research Centre (EMRC), Indian Meteorological Department, and Dr Siddharta Singh, Scientist, EMRC, judged both segments of the Book of Ideas.

Mr S. Aravindan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi, along with Shri R. Srinivas, head of the Metropolitan and Union Territories Division, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, judged the Model Making competition.

Ms Archana Pental, Headmistress of Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar and Dr Tejbir Singh Rana, Professor, Shivaji College judged two events – E-File and Scroll-a-Message.

Mr Vikram Verma, Production Designer in a number of prestigious production houses across India and Mr Palok Singh, a filmmaker and entrepreneur were judges for Weave-a-Story and Green-o-Tisement.

Mr Pankaj Guru, a Bachelor, Fine Arts from University Of Delhi and Ms Richa Sahu, Graphic Designer, Salwan Public School judged the Collage Making Competition.

A melodious Hindi-classical tune was showcased by young students, clad in green dupattas, of the school choir for welcoming the Guests – who then went on to appreciate the environmental models in the Open Air Theatre.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with the Indian Music School Choir performing a mesmerizing rendition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ followed by a show reel featuring the highlights of the day.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, spoke of the dilemma of the issue not spoken about: “who cleans the garbage and when?” She feels that we do little but expect others to do everything. She said if people feel they are too small to be effective then they have never been bitten by a small mosquito. She quoted a line – `Nothing comes from nothing’ to encourage children to go out of their comfort  zone to make a difference.

The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society, shared his thoughts on ploughing back grass into the soil to ensure that essential nutrients aren’t lost. He mentioned the purchase of a new mower which recycles grass, thereby enabling rejuvenation of the soil.

Ms Vrinda Sarup considered it to be a privilege and a delight to attend this environmental festival. She found the ideas and works to be breathtaking and complimented the teams on their ideas and concerns. She even promised to support them and expose them to a wider audience.

Mr. Shunglu  released the Report on Pollution Survey in Delhi prepared by Class X1 students of DPS RKPuram. He also released the Book of Ideas Part 1, a collection from all Delhi Public Schools  bound together.
The speeches were complemented by a Panchtatva themed dance, backed by visuals and followed by soulful, warm voices of the western music choir.

Mr. Shunglu, Ms. Sehgal and Ms. Sarup distributed the prizes and congratulated the winners. Being the host team, DPS RK Puram participated but did not compete in any event.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms Rupa Das, and the event concluded with the National Anthem.

The results of the events  are as follows:

NAME OF THE EVENT POSITION SCHOOL
Book Of Ideas Part 1 First
Second
Third
DPS Greater Noida
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Gurgaon, Sec45
Green-O-Tisement First
Second
Third
DPS Indirapuram
DPS Chandigarh
DPS Guwahati
E-File First
Second
Third
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Noida
DPS Gurgaon, Sec45
Weave A Story First
Second
Third
DPS Navi Mumbai
DPS Bhatinda
DPS Ranchi
Scroll A Message First
Second
Third
DPS Ranipur
DPS Guwahati
DPS Chandigarh
Book Of Ideas Part 2 First
Second
Third
DPS Navi Mumbai
DPS Greater Noida
DPS Greater Faridabad
Model Making Exhibition First
Second
Third
Special Mention
DPS Vishakhapatnam
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Kashipur
DPS Rewari
DPS Srinagar
DPS Hapur
Mime First
Second
Third
DPS Faridabad
DPS Mathura Road
DPS Navi Mumbai
Waste Wise First
Second
Third
DPS Sonepat
DPS Indore
DPS Bhopal



Visit To Gandhi Smriti

A visit to Gandhi Smriti was organised for students of Class VIII in the month of April 2018. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise the students with the life and contributions of the Father of the Nation. The students were shown a film covering some important events of the National Movement such as the Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi. They were taken around by guides to see the exhibition depicting various stages of his life, starting from his early life in Porbundar, student life in England, as a lawyer in South Africa and the movements led by him in India. Students were also taken to the site where he fell to the assassin’s bullets.



BACK TO SCHOOL – Orientation Programme for the Parents of Class VII and VIII Students

The orientation programme, ‘Back To School ‘ was held for parents of students studying in Class VII and VIII on 16 April 2018.

Parents of sections A, B, F, J and K were called for the session at 2.45-3.45 p.m. Parents of sections C, D, E, G, H and I, were called at 3.45-4.45 p.m.

The venue for the programme was the respective classes in BL, D, C and Circular Blocks.

The programme was a success with the parents responding enthusiastically and turning up in modest numbers.

The Class teachers started the interactive session in their respective classes by reading out a few guidelines to ensure greater discipline and care of their wards. The basic examination module was clarified to the parents. Attendance and punctuality was stressed upon.

Every subject teacher also threw light on the approach taken by them towards academics. They also satisfied and clarified the parents’ anxieties and queries.

A brief tea session for the parents brought the programme to an end.



Mathematics Workshop on Problem Solving

An Interactive Mathematics Workshop was conducted by Professor Bauman from the Centre for Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), University of Waterloo, on 13th April 2018 at DPS RK Puram. The objective of the workshop was to challenge students with some interesting Maths problems and get them excited about the power of Mathematics. The workshop was initiated by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar and was coordinated by the Head of Mathematics Department, Mr. Anil Kathuria. A total of 37 students of Class XII had the privilege of participating in this workshop. Professor Bauman commenced the workshop with an interesting Chess board problem in the form of a game. The students worked enthusiastically in teams to plan the winning strategy. Professor Bauman then helped the students to think about a variety of stimulating and enjoyable set of problems in new ways and discussed their solutions. He demonstrated that Maths is fun, relevant and leads to exciting careers.



BACK TO SCHOOL – Orientation Programme for the Parents of Class VI Students

An Orientation Programme was organized for the parents of students of Class VI sections A to F on 2 April 2018 and sections G to K on 3 April 2018 from 2:30 PM onwards. The parents were invited to acquaint themselves with the new environment their child would soon be entering into. The Class teachers apprised the parents about the school rules, the new scheme of assessment   and introduced the subject teachers. The parents had an opportunity to interact with all the teachers who would be teaching their child.

The subject teachers spoke about the prescribed textbooks and notebooks, syllabi, subject enrichment activities and the marking scheme. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, warmly welcomed the parents and assured them of the school’s commitment in ensuring that their child finds himself in a safe environment. The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, in her address to the parents, spoke about the school rules and the new assessment scheme. Ms. Payal and Ms. Pratibha, the Class Representatives, also introduced themselves to the parents.

On the whole, the parents felt at ease about their wards’ transition from the junior schools to the senior school.



Commencement Ceremony – Class VI

Class VI (batch of 2018-19) arrived at Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 3 April 2018 (Sections A to F) and 4 April 2018 (Sections G to K). Students of class VII welcomed the new students to the senior branch. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, warmly welcomed the students and familiarised them with the school system. The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, spoke to the students about the school rules and the code of conduct. The Class Representatives, Ms. Pratibha and Ms. Payal also addressed the students. The Class teachers introduced themselves to the students. The students were taken to their classrooms, where the Class teachers distributed personalized bookmarks and chocolates to all students. The students were taken on a school tour. At the end of the day, student volunteers from classes VII and VIII escorted the students to their respective buses.



Economics Workshop

The Economics Department of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised a workshop for the teachers of core schools of DPS Society on 7 March 2018. Its objective was to make the process of teaching and learning of economics more interesting and exciting for the students as well as the teachers.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, Mr V.K. Shunglu. He encouraged the teachers to use supplementary teaching material beyond the prescribed curriculum and teach the basic concepts of economics thoroughly to the students in their early stage.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, addressed the gathering by personifying economics as the recession of hairline, inflation of the belly and the combination of these two as depression of mind. She urged the teachers to bring about a change in teaching pedagogy and to make it more child centric.

Dr. Anubha Gopal welcomed all the teachers of core schools. Ms Anita Singhal, Head of the Economics Department, introduced new teaching pedagogy which would remove the rigidity in mundane style of delivering the lesson. She highlighted that the need of the hour is to first question the students, then build the model around it and finally quench their thirst for knowledge with the rationale behind it.

Ms Richa Aggarwal took a number of real life situations pertaining to students’ life and explained the concept of scarcity, work and problem of choice.

Ms Shelly Malhotra brought freshness in project making approach by giving a list of topics beyond the prescribed curriculum.

Ms Nandini Vashisht used the graphical approach to build the multiplier model in macro economics.

Ms Ashima Sharma laid stress upon important concepts of demand and supply in micro economics and correlated with history of economics.

Ms Vijaylakshmi Marwaha explained the concept of diminishing returns with the help of active participation of audience using activity oriented approach.

All the sessions were informative, educative and enriching.

The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She expressed her gratitude and thanked the Principal and the Chairman for giving the platform to interact, educate and share information for the growth and development of Economics as a subject.



Value of the Month

‘Freedom and Responsibility’ Value of the Month – January & February 2018

CLASS VI

Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.Teachers discussed concepts of Freedom and responsibility with the students. Students put up posters, quotations and slogans in the class. They also shared various stories and incidents related to the topics.

CLASS VII

Class teachers discussed the Preamble in their classes. Students were made to read the Preamble. Each student wrote in his and her own words what each term meant to them – Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic. Students discussed and understood the concept of freedom or “Azadi” through the celebration of Independence Day and Republic Day. The students of VII E presented a skit on “Free and Caged bird”. They were explained that freedom comes with responsibility. A healthy discussion regarding the topic took place in all classes. Students shared their views and understood the value of freedom and responsibility.Slogan writing and plays were organized. Students of all sections decorated the class boards with beautiful quotes related to the topic.

 CLASS VIII

Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. The Class teachers explained the Preamble of the Indian Constitution to the students. The subject teachers of English and Hindi languages held discussion and class plays on the value.



Workshops For Staff

Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised various workshops for the teaching and non-teaching staff members on 28 February, 2018. These workshops were conducted by various field experts to educate and inform the staff members about various domains related to education. These workshops were educative, informative and enriching.

 

 WORKSHOP – TO REACT OR TO RESPOND?
“UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS”
BY DR PRITI DHAWAN   (HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, LSR)

The school was privileged to have Dr Priti Dhawan who enlightened the audience about the need to understand emotions with the intention of responding rather than reacting especially while dealing with students. Through a couple of activities, Dr Priti focused on the need for teachers to step out of their boundaries and comfort zones to create ‘original thinking zones’.

The resource person highlighted the fact that children tend to internalise what they observe. According to her, children idolize their teachers and teachers should be careful while responding and reacting when dealing with them.

The speaker further talked about the role of a teacher as a classroom practitioner. The facilitator should aim at minimal intervention with maximum satisfaction and communicate with a reassuring tone. Dr Priti discussed how a teacher must act as an emotional coach for students by listening to their problems and offering their support.

Through an interactive session Dr Priti shared the idea that teachers should be able to help students without controlling or judging and  be impartial, unbiased and objective.She highlighted the difference between listening and hearing and focused on the need to be emotionally involved while listening to students.

The speaker further elaborated on the characteristics of effective teachers which included being fair, friendly, understanding, organised, child-centered, generous in their appraisal and emotionally adjustable. Dr Priti concluded by saying that teachers should instil faith in students and make them realise their self-worth.

It was a fruitful session- interactive and highly engaging with an informative question-answer round.

 

WORKSHOP – CHILD RIGHTS AND TEACHERS
BY MS REEMA BHANDARI (ADVOCATE AND MEDIATOR, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA)
MR MANISH MANOCHA (ADVOCATE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA)

 

The session started with a discourse related to corporal punishment where the speakers provided legal perspective by emphasizing on consequences and their effects and the importance of safeguarding childrens’ rights. The speakers discussed details related to various constitutional provisions along with relevant IPC sections. The resource people explained the various acts like Protection of Civil Rights Act, RTE Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.

Ms Reema and Mr Manish informed the teachers about the POCSO ACT (PREVENTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL OFFENCES) and elaborated on IPC sections which were followed before POCSO.They further defined POCSO and shared information regarding the punishments related to it.

Mr Manish Manocha discussed  the threats related to cybercrime and revealed astonishing facts aboutcriminal activities that take place through cyber bullying/stalking and cyber terrorism. He also explained various DO’s and DON’Ts related to cyber law.

The session was very informative and concluded with a question answer round. 

 

WORKSHOP ON MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS AND FIRST AID
BY- DR PUSHPINDER SINGH

Dr Pushpinder Singh apprised the staff members about medical preparedness and first aid .He  stated  that every person is a ‘first aider’. He spoke about the aims of first aid, cited ways to deliver prompt first aid and to evacuate to a necessary medical facility.He created awareness about medical conditions like allergy, asthma, choking, broken bones, cuts, falls, fainting attacks and nose bleeding. Dr Pushpinder educated the audience about ways to handle emergency cases along with corrective measures.

He emphasised on the need of composure while handing any patient. The session was structured to provide substantial understanding of First Aid.

 

WORKSHOP – DISASTER MANAGEMENT DURING CRISES IN SCHOOL
BY- COLONEL A.K GHOSH (RETD.)

The disaster management workshop was based on situations for evacuation in case of fire, natural calamities and bomb scares. Colonel Ghosh highlighted the objective of evacuation and suggested various ways to evacuate.

The speaker stressed on the need to be alert and calm .Col. A.K Ghosh mentioned how panic could be more destructive than actual crisis. He encouraged the teachers to acclimatise students to face crises, conduct crises management drills, mock drills and create disaster management teams to execute evacuation in the case of crises.

The speaker spoke about   fire detection, warning mechanisms and action during an earthquake. He described the process of fire fighting and conducted a mock session for it. He also cited the responsibilities of the disaster management team in case of crises. He spoke about the role and duties of Floor Wardens, Room Warders and the Assembly Marshal. Various fire extinguishers were shown and how to use them. The use of a fire hydrant was also shown.

Colonel A.K Ghosh concluded the session by sharing list of DO’s and DON’Ts. The session was educative and provided significant details.



Sony BBC Earth – Science Workshop For Class VI

Representatives from Sony BBC Earth conducted a special Interactive Science Workshop for Class VI at DPS RK Puram on 15 February 2018. It was a part of a School Engagement Program, ‘Feel Alive Hours’ which open the students’ eyes to the wonders of the  universe in a fun and engaging manner that will help them cope with stress and feel refreshed.

Sony BBC Earth is a documentary TV channel featuring premium factual programs, formed by collaboration between Sony Pictures Network India and BBC Worldwide.

The Guest present was Ms Richa Maheshwari, Member of English Cluster Marketing Division, Sony Pictures Networks, Mumbai. The program was initiated by the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan and was coordinated by the Science Coordinator of Middle school, Ms Sushma Sardana, supported by the Headmistress, Ms Rashmi Malhotra.

The presenter commenced the showcase with fun facts which enraptured the students’ attention. The official Sony BBC Earth anthem ‘Feel Alive’ was played and some students were invited onstage to joyously dance with the presenter.

Following this, an AV on the science segment that dismissed urban myths and left the onlookers in awe was played, which paved the way for a live experiment performed by a team of experts that wasn’t witnessed by the students in person before. Using dry ice, water, and soap solution, a giant ice bubble was formed over a glass bowl. The bubble only grew in size and persisted for quite a few breaths before popping.

The third AV gave an insight into the life of reptiles and their preying techniques – with thrilling scenes of a wild beast hunt, insect-ingestion and a snake attack. The experts once again demonstrated their skills by building a terrarium step by step.

A quest for a king crab in a frozen water body and lemon sharks being fed were captured in the special cameras and were a part of the last AV.

The students were engaged in quizzes after every AV- they were so enthusiastic in their desire to answer that they were almost leaping out of their seats. Those who answered correctly were rewarded with keepsakes.

The event concluded with gifts being distributed to all audience members.



Storytelling By An Author

Storytelling is a fine art, bringing to life the characters of a story and enthralling the listeners. A total of 45 German learners of Class 8 from DPS, R.K.Puram had the privilege of attending a performance by Swiss author and storyteller, Ms. Brigitte Schär in the school on 9 February 2018. The visit was co-ordinated by the Goethe Institute and the DPS Society.

Ms. Brigitte Schär has authored several books in her thirty years career as a writer and her books have been translated into different languages. She seeks to link her literary work to theatrical “reading-performances” and “concert-readings” for both adults and children. She has a good stage presence and connects easily with children and other audiences. The students were spell bound as Ms Schär recited poems, sang and told stories.

She was accompanied by Ms Vibhuti Sukhramani, Project Manager at the Goethe Institute and Ms Maitreyee Shirolkar, Programme Officer for Culture & Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Switzerland.

 Ms Anita Singh, Vice Principal and Head of Department, Foreign languages proposed the vote of thanks.



Visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Dates: 18 January 2018 (VII I and K)

19 January 2018 (VII A and B)

1 February 2018 (VII E and F)

2 February 2018 (VII G and H)

8 February 2018 (VII C and D)

9 February 2018 (VII J)

A visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan was organized for the students of class VII during the months of January and February 2018. After the initial formalities pertaining to the entry into the main building, an official from the Rahtrapati Bhawan introduced the students to the building. This included a brief description about the area, the number of rooms, the main statue of the “Sahastrabahu Alokiteshvara” – the Buddha with a thousand arms, the stones used to build and decorate the interiors, the design and architecture of the building, and the names of the architects.

After this, the students and teachers were taken to different halls and rooms like Durbar Hall, Ashoka Hall and the rooms designated for various meetings. Students were shown the famous dome, the canon and were explained the meaning and importance of the different positions of the National Flag with respect to the mast.

The students felt enlightened and happy at having been provided with an opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan which holds national importance strategically, as well as in terms of its history, culture, politics and aesthetics.

The excursion ended with students being extremely delighted to witness a few planes of the Indian Air Force fly past as a part of their rehearsal for the Republic Day.



Showcase – Class VII

A showcase was organized for the students of class VII during the month of January – February 2018. The students found a platform to display their talents and abilities and show what they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience activities help students excel in their chosen field of activity. These activities help the students to develop their personalities and prepare themselves to face challenges that they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Friday, 19 January 2018.

Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.

ART EDUCATION

Art education activities are a wonderful way to find the reservoir of talents within each and every child. They help the students to do their best and are also an ideal way to relax and give time to the hobbies they genuinely like. Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Monday, 22 January 2018.

Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Thursday, 25 January 2018.



Showcase – Class VI

A Showcase was organized for the students of class VI during the month of January – February 2018. The purpose of the event was to provide a platform to the students to display all that they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience activities help foster team work in students. Such activities also help the students to develop better communication skills and prepare them to face challenges they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Monday, 22 January 2018.

Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Monday, 5 February 2018.

ART EDUCATION

The purpose behind Art Education activities is to bring out the talents and creativity of the students. Sections G to K had their Art Education Showcase on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.

Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Friday, 2 February 2018.

 



10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament

The 10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament was held at DPS R.K. Puram from 5 to 7 February 2018. A total of sixteen schools participated in the three-day event.

The Tournament is held annually to commemorate the passion of Armaan Dogra, a student of the school, who had succumbed to man’s inevitable fate at a young age.  Not only did he excel at sports like Table Tennis, Skating, Hockey, Badminton, Football and Swimming, he was also passionate about dancing. His cordiality was felt by all those who came into contact with him.

At the closing ceremony on the last day of the event, the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms Anita Singh, and Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr N. Suresh, with his team of teachers were present.

The various prominent dignitaries who graced the event with their presence included the Chief Guest, Mr Suresh Kumar Raina, a professional cricketer who was the second youngest Captain of the Indian Team; Mr Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Delhi Football Association, and Mr John Melvyn Robinson, Group Editor at Asian News Network.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp. Armaan’s parents, Dr and Mrs Dogra warmly welcomed all the guests by felicitating them with a token of regard.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her appreciation for Armaan’s parents’ efforts to ensure that his spirit continues to live on. She reminded the audience of the special award instituted in his fond memory for an all-rounder of Class IX. Extolling the winning team, she urged the runners-up not to feel demoralized as they must have enjoyed playing.

Dr PN Dogra firstly thanked the dignitaries, teachers, friends and students, specially highlighting the Sports Department for their unconditional support. Cherishing the sweet memories of his beloved son, he mentioned how this event was a testimony of the strong will of the school and family to keep Armaan’s passion alive. Through this event, he felt, many Armaans must have been able to fulfill their ‘armaans’ (hindi for aspiration).

The speeches paved the way to a student presentation in two parts – a tuneful song, “Badal Pe Paon Hai” performed joyfully, and an enthralling Garba performance in colorful Gujarati outfits.

Mr Saji Prabhakaran, the Guest of Honour, considers it a great pleasure to have been associated with the tournament since its inception 10 years ago. He vocalized his wish to support the Tournament to grow and become a bigger event with more schools participating in the subsequent years. Another exciting announcement he made mentioned the launch of Premium School League for boys and girls, by Delhi Football Association, in the next session to help skillful student-footballers grow.

Mr Suresh Raina, the Chief Guest was delighted to visit the school. Drawing attention to the importance of discipline and quality of energy exhibited by the students, he was remarkably impressed by the talented footballers and believes this sport was good to make one strong at heart.

The much awaited prize distribution ceremony was followed by group photographs. DPS RK Puram secured the third position with Mother’s International School, Sri Aurobindo Marg bagging the second one. Modern School, Barakhamba Road took home the winning trophy.

The Best Player award was given to Arjun Bhatia of DPS R.K. Puram. Other awards, including the Best Goalkeeper and Best Defender, went to Aditya Pankaj from the winning team and Anjor Aggarwal from the runners-up team, respectively.

The Chief Guest declared the tournament closed and red balloons were released in Armaan’s memory.

The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks and the programme came to an end with the National Anthem. Further, Mr Raina went on to shake hands with the audience and gave a quick interview to student-reporters.



Rendezvous With Author

Samvaad- Hindi Club of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised a rendezvous with Dr Nirmala Jain, a renowned figure in the world of Hindi Literature, on 31 January 2018. Dr Nirmala Jain has a D.Litt in Hindi and is one of the few female critics in the world of Hindi Literature.

She was felicitated by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. After a pleasant cup of tea, the club proceeded to take her interview.

The interview was conducted by the Club Incharges, Ms. Fatma Kirmani and Ms. Seema Mehta , Chief Editor, Syed Momin Iqbal  and  President of the Club, Uday Bansal. Enthusiastic members of the club were delighted and fascinated by the ideas and thoughts of  Dr. Jain, who shared her experiences, gave insight into the thought process of an author and inspired the budding writers of the club.



Holocaust  Remembrance Day

To commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and create awareness, the United Nations, Embassy of Israel, Germany, CzechRepublic, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Austria, France and Alliance Francais of Delhi invited Delhi Public  School, R K Puram for the annual International Holocaust  Remembrance Day ceremony on 31 January 2018 to mark the Day.

10 students of Class IX participated in the ceremony accompanied by their history coordinator Ms.Sohini Chakravarty. It’s a part of their curriculum.



India Quiz 2018

The Social Science Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the Second Annual India Quiz on the 3 February 2018. The event witnessed the enthusiastic participation of 19 schools across the city.

The Quiz comprised of two rounds. The preliminary written round was followed by the oral round. The quiz comprised of seven rounds relating to the history of India, politics, administration, general knowledge and lastly, an interactive audio/visual segment. The quizzers were provided with two lifelines; ‘Phone-A-Friend’ and ‘Ask A Teacher’. The audience wholeheartedly participated in the proceedings and encouraged the participants with rounds of applause.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her gratitude to all the schools for their keen participation. Addressing the students, she spoke of her love for history, christening it her favourite subject and emphasized the importance of humanities. She vocalized her fondness for the concept of quizzing and deemed them informative and exciting. She lauded the audience for their active participation in the event.

Ms Vanita Sehgal, Ms Padma Srinivasan, Ms Vinita Gupta and Ms  Shaloo  Khanna conducted the award ceremony. Delhi Public School, Faridabad was the winner of the Quiz. Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj came second while Cambridge School, Noida bagged the third position.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. She thanked the Programme coordinators, Ms Vandana Chandhoke and Ms Rupa Das and the entire Social Science Department for making this event a grand success. Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram plans to make the India Quiz an annual event. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.



SNF@School – Safe and Nutritious Food Festival 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was the proud host of the first Inter School ‘Safe and Nutritious Food Festival’, SNF@School , held on 3 February 2018, organised by the Biology Department.

A total of 16 schools from across Delhi sent in their students from classes VI to XI for various events, namely ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ an On-the-Spot Fireless Cooking Challenge; ‘Eat Right, Be Right,’ a Quiz Contest, and ‘Healthy Self, Heal Thyself,’ a Just-A-Minute Competition. 40 students from 6 MCD Schools along with their teachers visited the school and got a feel of all the events.  A street play on good food habits was organised for the students in the stage area.

Ms Namrata Khanna, Project Lead of SNF@School, FSSAI graced the event with her presence. SNF@ School is a nation-wide campaign to help school children inculcate the habit of eating safe and eating right.

The Valedictory Function began with the felicitation of the guests by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address, she acknowledged the entire Biology Department’s efforts and shared how food affected her happiness in life positively. Praising Indian food for providing a balanced diet, she concluded by reminding them that winning was not everything – rather, coming together for an important cause was.

Next, a Ganesh Stuti was presented to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, which was followed by introduction of Master Sehat and Miss Sehat, Mascots of SNF@School, who enlightened the audience about healthy eating habits.  The students from MCD schools were delighted to meet Master and Miss Sehat, Rohan and Riya of Sehat team.

The winner of ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ showcased their item and apprised of it to the audience.

The Expressions Theatre Club of the school astounded the audience with their edifying street play on healthy food habits.

Ms Namrata Khanna, who is also an alumnus of the school, could never imagine standing on the same stage several years later. In her address, she stated how proud she was to know that DPS, RK Puram was a forerunner of SNF@School. She felt that the event was a complete success as the message came across appropriately.

The Prize Distribution ceremony was conducted by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department. The winners of all the events were awarded certificates and trophies.

“Healthy Self, Heal Thyself – Just A Minute” was won by Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodi Road, while Hope Hall Foundation School , R K Puram came second and Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj came third.

Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram won the first prize in the “Eat Right Be Bright – Quiz”, followed by Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj and The Air Force School, Subroto Park in the second and third places respectively.

The first prize for “Nutritious Can Be Delicious – Fireless Cooking” was bagged by SS Mota Singh Model School, Paschim Vihar, the second position by The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar while the third prize went to Mount Abu School, Rohini.

­­The Overall winner was Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms Anita Singh, who thanked the guests and the organizers of the programme and wished the students the best for the future. The event concluded with group photographs of the organizing staff and the Indian National Anthem. It proved to be an enlightening and inspiring event for all its participants and spectators.



Farewell 2018

In an emotionally surcharged atmosphere, the Students, Staff and Management of DPS RK Puram bid goodbye to another pertinacious batch of Class XII on 30 January 2018. The Farewell ceremony brought with it innumerable memories.

The boys and girls were dressed immaculately in suits and sarees and looked resplendent.
An enthusiastic and sentimental Class XI played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for Class XII. The event began with a dance on a medley of popular songs by the 11th graders. The seniors cheered along and eventually joined them with some impromptu performances of their own.

It was an evening of reliving the good memories they had of the school along with their companions, juniors and teachers. All in all it was memorable for one and all.



Showcase- Class VIII (Sections A-F)

Art Education
A Showcase was organized on the 23 January 2018 to present and display the student’s talent and their learning processes, as part of their Art education.

The programme began with a welcome address by the Head mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, followed by various presentations.

The First presentation was made by the students of the Western Instrumental, who displayed their skills at playing the guitar and keyboard. This was followed by a melodious rendition of a song by the Western Vocal students.

The students of Art and Craft displayed their talent with paint brush and colours. This was accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation that spoke about the various forms of paintings- oil, glass, split painting etc. The presentation showcased some beautiful handiwork.

A humour filled play based on the famed Akbar Birbal tales, was put up by the students of Hindi Theatre. This play was much applauded by students. The students had turned up in majestic costumes which bespoke of the royal era.

An enthusiastic performance was put up by the students of Dance. They performed to the beats of a song dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The last entry was made by the students of the English Theatre. They enacted a short play based on the theme of manners and courtesies.

The Showcase ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress. She applauded the efforts put in by the teachers and the interest shown by the students.



Inauguration of Foot-Over Bridge and Commencement Ceremony 2018

On 27 January 2018, DPS R.K.Puram held the inauguration of the newly-constructed foot-over bridge, along with the Commencement Ceremony to felicitate the outgoing batch of Class 12 students of 2018.

The Chief Guest was the Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, Mr V.K. Shunglu. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Amitabh Kant, a Senior Civil Servant and CEO of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). He conceptualized and executed the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” and was a key driver of the “Make in India”.

Other dignitaries present at the event included  Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, and Ms. Anita Singh, Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra along with the Headmistresses of the Junior branches, Ms Archana Pental and Ms Dolly Chanana.

After the devotional Ganesh Pooja to mark the inauguration of the bridge in the presence of the Chief guest and the Principal, the ribbon was cut and the students of Class 12 were the first ones to walk on it – just as Mr. Shunglu intended it to be.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal felicitated the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour with a token of  regard. Addressing the audience, she spoke about how the Class of 2018 was special to her; in a reminiscent tone she recalled how they were the first Class of 11th she had handled as a Principal – she considers the students remarkable as they made her smile. Thanking them for filling her life with happiness, she also asked them to applaud their parents and teachers for their immense investment in their happiness.

This paved way for an inspirational song, which was followed by the toppers from each stream being invited on stage to deliver the valedictory speeches. Ayush Venkatesh Bindlish from the Science stream, Aditya Agarwal and Pallavi Mishra from the Commerce stream and Adya Garg from Humanities were the Valedictorians of 2018.

The Guest of Honour, Mr. Kant, complimented all students and called this occasion unique – he was delighted that DPS RK Puram held such ceremony. He revealed that his teachers and Principal left a deep imprint on his personality. He stressed on the importance of continuing to excel in at least one extra-curricular activity, and one sports activity – praising the school for their focus on the same, along with academics. He encouraged the students to be fearless and most importantly, to be great human beings.

The Guests released the Yearbook of the Class 2018. The Chairman, Mr Shunglu recommended the students to use the term “Dipsite RKP”, and to be proud of where they come from. He looks up-to the students for the best results and hopes they make everyone proud.

Then came the moment everyone was waiting for – the felicitation of the students as they marched to the stage in beautiful scarves and pins specially designed for them. They were presented with a scroll and a copy of the yearbook. 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 Subject toppers of the Pre- Board exams were also felicitated.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Dr Renu Nayar who thanked the guests and the organizers of the programme and wished the students the best for the future. The programme ended with the Indian National Anthem.



REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION 2018



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-VI

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.

CLASS-VII

Objectives:

  • 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

and action.

“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. 

CLASS-VIII

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.



TEDxYouth@DPSRKPuram 2017

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-VI

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-VII

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.

Class-VIII

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-2017

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.

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