Plantation Drive to reduce Air Pollution

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



Workshop on Personal Grooming and Computer Training

Two workshops for the teachers were held on 17 September 2018, in the AVH.

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

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

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

Session 2
Personal Grooming for Professional Life
Pearl Academy

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

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



Computer Training Programme

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

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



Role Model Teachers Award

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

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

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

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



Workshop On First Aid And Lab Safety Rules

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

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

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

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



Protection of Child Rights, Disaster Management and Personal Grooming Workshop

Three informative workshops were organized for the teachers of DPS, RK Puram  on 13 September 2018 in the AVH.

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

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

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


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

Session 3
Personal Grooming For Professional Life
Pearl Academy

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



 Workshop on Foreign Admission Guidelines and Cancer Prevention

Two informative workshops were organized for the teachers of DPS, RK Puram on 12 September,  2018 in the AVH.

Session 1
New Guidelines: Foreign Admissions
Ms.Ambika Kaul

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

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

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

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

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

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



Stress Management, Legal Awareness and Health Management  Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Stress Management, Legal Awareness and Health Management  Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Capacity Building, Legal and Social Awareness Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Value Of The Month – Conflict Resolution August 2018

Class VI

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

Class VII

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

Class VIII

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



CBSE Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Sensitivity

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

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

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

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

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

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



BLISS:  Training Programme for Teachers from North East

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

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

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

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

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

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



Theatron 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

The results are as follows:

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



Value of the month July 2018 “Responsibility”

CLASS VI

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

Class VII

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

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

Class VIII

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Independence Day 2018 Celebrations

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



Inter-School Language Fest- “भाषा संगम” 2018

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

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

SANSKRIT

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

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

HINDI

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

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

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

GERMAN

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

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

SPANISH

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

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

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

Valedictory Function

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results for the events are as follows: 

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



17th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Inter School Debate 2018

Delhi Public School R.K.Puram hosted the 17th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Inter School Debate on 10 August, 2018. The event saw active participation of 15 schools from all over Delhi, NCR.

Dhruv Rajgarhia, a young student of the school passed away in 2002. Dhruv is affectionately remembered as a keen sportsman, an eager debater, a peacemaker and somebody with an unparalleled zest for living. The debate was instituted by his grandfather, Late Shri K. L. Rajgarhia in his memory, with the aim of building up debating and oratorical skills amongst the students.

The Rajgarhia family and Ms Jonaki Sarma, the Teacher In-charge for the event, along with her team of teachers, graced the occasion with their presence.

The judges for the event were: Mr Daanish Kaushal, representative for the Hindu College English Debating Society at Delhi University; Ms Shagun Sethi, former Head Girl of DPS RKP and President of Debating Society at JMC; Ms. Devika Oberai, Secretary of Debating Society at JMC; Ms Pramiti Singh, Vice President of the Debating Society at JMC; Mr Anany Jain, former member of Debating Society of College of Business Studies at DU; Mr Vijeeth Srinivas, studying at Kirori Mal College; Ms Sheryl Sahni, studying at JMC; Ms Radhika Sharma, student of Law at King’s College, London; Mr Jatin Jha, Ex-president of DebSoc and currently studying at Hindu College; Mr Niket Khadgawat, studying at Hansraj College; Ms Spriha Saxena, President of Debating Society of IP College and Jagnoor Singh, member of Debating Society of Sri Venkateswara College.

The debate consisted of two parts – The first was the Preliminary Round, and the second constituted the Quarter, Semi and Final rounds.

The Preliminary round composed of 3 events – a Classical, an Extempore and a Turncoat debate.

The participants articulated and exemplified their dynamic viewpoints before the house.

The motion for the Classical Debate – “This house would make posthumous organ donations opt-out in India” – was given two weeks prior, with the stance assigned on the day of the event.

The Extempore Debate required the participants to demonstrate their stance on motions such as “The house believes that true women’s liberation is compatible with the existence of organized religion” and “The house believes that government should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth”, which were given on the spot.

The Turncoat Debate required the participants to speak both, for and against the motion which was given on the spot. Motions like, “The house believes that the LGBTQ+ community should be more prominently featured in children’s’ education and media” and “The house believes that the feminist movement should campaign for the equal sexualisation of men in the media as opposed to campaigning against the sexualisation of women”, were given.

The three best speakers in each of the categories of the Preliminary round were awarded.

The second part of the event consisted of an Asian Parliamentary Style Debate. There  were two teams- the opposition and the proposition, each consisting three participants representing The Prime  Minister, The Deputy Prime Minister, Government Whip, Leader of Opposition, Deputy Leader of Opposition and Opposition Whip.

Eight of the original fifteen teams qualified for the Quarter Finals.  The motions put before the teams were- “The house believes that post genocide regimes should destroy all places of extermination”, “The house believes that people who abuse drugs should be treated as public health concerns instead of criminals”, “The house believes that versions of history taught by states to the education system should not be designed to promote national pride”, “The house supports moral policing of school and undergraduate students in romantic relationships”.

After an intense discussion, four teams went on to compete in the semi-finals. “Eugenics should be used to improve the quality of human population” and “The house believes that media organisations should disseminate sensitive information pertaining to national security” were the motions presented to the semi finalists.

The two best teams headed for the anticipated finals. It was the only round to feature a reply speech. The Finals took place on the motion- “In democratic post colonial states, the house would ban parties from using their involvement with the independence movement as their current rhetoric”.  The students spoke with eloquence and argued their case with great zeal. All the judges of the event were present to adjudicate it.

The Prize Distribution was conducted by Mr Rajgarhia, Mr Mukesh Kumar, the School Supervisor and Ms Jonaki Sarma, the Teacher In-charge.

POSITION NAME SCHOOL
TURNCOAT DEBATE FIRST KANIKA KAUR SPRINGDALES, DHAULA KUAN
SECOND AATIF HUSSAIN THE INDIAN SCHOOL
THIRD

RAYANA HUSSAIN

 

THE BRITISH SCHOOL
EXTEMPORE DEBATE FIRST AVANTIKA CHODHA THE INDIAN SCHOOL
SECOND YASHWARDHAN CHAWDHARY SPRINGDALES, PUSA ROAD
THIRD MOHIT MOHAN SPRINGDALES, DHAULA KUAN
CLASSICAL DEBATE FIRST ADITYA SHUKLA DPS, VASANT KUNJ
SECOND HIYA CHOWDHARY SPRINGDALES, PUSA ROAD
THIRD HARDIK CHETAL GD GOENKA, VASANT KUNJ

 

 
QUARTER FINALISTS
 
 
SEMI FINALISTS
 
 
FINALISTS
 
SPRINGDALES, PUSA ROAD SPRINGDALES, PUSA ROAD SPRINGDALES, DHAULA KUAN
SPRINGDALES, DHAULA  KUAN
THE INDIAN SCHOOL SPRINGDALES, DHAULA KUAN
DPS,VASANT KUNJ
THE HERITAGE SCHOOL ROHINI THE INDIAN SCHOOL THE  INDIAN SCHOOL
DPS, DWARKA
DPS, MATHURA ROAD THE HERITAGE SCHOOL, ROHINI.
DPS,MATHURA ROAD

The 1st Best Speaker Award went to Avantika Choda, The Indian School.
The 2ND Best Speaker Award went to Kanika Kaur, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan .
The 3rd  Best Speaker Award went to Aatif Husain, The Indian School.
The overall winner was Springdales, Dhaula Kuan.
The runner up was The Indian School.



DPS R.K.Puram hosts “Join the Greens” – an IGL Initiative

‘Join the greens’, an IGL Initiative to foster awareness on environment care among students through interactive programs was hosted by Delhi Public School, RK Puram on August 6, 2018 . Indraprastha Gas Limited or IGL is a name synonymous with cleaner fuels. With a strong commitment to build a greener environment in Delhi NCR, it has established a network of CNG and PNG to energize the capital’s homes, industries and transportation. IGL believes that schools are the cradle of change.

Two competitions were organised Environmental IGL Quiz Mania for Classes VII & VIII and Pecha Kucha – Extempore Power Point Presentation  for Class XI. The topics included  all the aspects of Environment like Pollution- causes, effect & prevention, Conservation of resources, Alternate sources of energy, Art & culture, E- Billing, Fuels, Artificial Intelligence, CNG, PNG. The competitions aimed to sensitize the students on environmental issues, showcase their hidden talents, enhance their leadership qualities, develop team spirit, get into healthy competition and be a green champ.

The IGL dignitaries for the event, Mr. Rajiv Sikka, Director Commercial for IGL, Mr. PK Pandey, Vice President, Marketing, Mr. Bhudev Singh, Chief General Manager, Marketing and Mr. Y. Subhash, Chief Manager, Marketing, were welcomed by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh.

A Video presentation was shown to the students by the IGL on the importance of Clean Natural Fuels.

The following students were selected to represent school at State level Competition. Environment Quiz Finalists were Abhishek Agarwal VII A, Abhyuday Vadehra VII D, Anish Narang VII E, Pranav Aneja VII K, Aditya Bauba VIII C & Agastya Nath VIII F.

Nandini Parashar & Siddhant Parekh of XI D won Pecha Kucha Event.

The programme was organised by Ms Niva Chhonkar Head, Biology Department & Ms Dimple Menon, Environment Club Coordinator.



Inter School French Language Festival Postcards From Paris

Delhi Public School R.K. Puram hosted the Inter-School French Language Festival, ‘Postcards from Paris’, on August 4, 2018 with 32 schools competing in 3 on-site and 5 off-site events . The event is organized annually under the aegis of the DPS Society. The French Club students helped enthusiastically in the organization of the event.

The Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Zeenat Khadar, Joint Secretary of DPS Society, New Delhi. She is facilitating the newly established Franchisee DPS schools in India and abroad, and earlier during her teaching career, she held the position of Headmistress and Principal. Professor N. Kamala, teaching French at Jawaharlal Nehru University, was the Guest of Honour. Her English version of ‘The Diary of Mademoiselle d’Avers’ has been published worldwide along with many more works. She was awarded the Katha Award for her contribution to translation. The event was graced by the presence of the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh.

The fest consisted of 8 events – 5 on-site and 3 off-site:

Duet Song

The duet song competition comprised of 27 participating teams. They performed exquisite French tunes such as the famous Dernier Danse by Indila as well as French translations of popular songs by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and Luke Graham. The esteemed judges of the event were Ms. Aude Priya Wacziarg and Ms. Swati Dasgupta. Ms. Wacziarg, educated in France, Italy and India, is trained as an opera singer in academies in both Rome and France. Ms. Dasgupta has had more than 30 years of experience teaching French, spending more than half of her career in DPS R.K. Puram. She currently teaches in the University of Delhi.

Enact a Fable

More than 20 teams took part in the ‘Enact a Fable’ competition where they recreated versions of ancient fables like La Cigale et la Fourmi (The Ant and the Grasshopper) by Jean de la Fontaine. Various props were used to enhance their performances; creative costumes including face paint and headgears were also used. The contestants collaborated theatre with music and dance, captivating the attention of the judges while displaying the morals of the fables.  Ms. Asha Puri and Ms. Divya Bhatia were the expert judges for this event. The former has worked as a French translator and broadcaster, and is currently teaching in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Ms. Bhatia is a member of the guest faculty at Bharti College, Delhi University.

Ad Making

22 teams enthusiastically participated in the French ‘Ad Zap’ contest. They presented various products such as sunglasses, brushes and solar batteries in eye-catching costumes. The honorable judges of the event were Ms. Babusha Verma, French Faculty, Centre for Languages, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and current Head of the French Editorial Board at a Foreign Language Publishing House in India, and Ms. Yarmila Sayai, is a winner of the ‘Sharpak Scholarship for Excellence’ and a former Masters student of Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier.

Just a Minute

The ‘Just a Minute’ competition had participants from 23 schools, each given a different topic ranging from ‘L’argent de poche’ (pocket money) to ‘Supermarché’ (supermarket). The contestants were marked on their fluency, expression and content. The panel of judges consisted of Mr. Sebastian Thejus Cherian, Assistant Professor, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ms. Rajni Bachwani, Chargée de Mission Bourses et Alumni, Institut Français en Inde, Embassy of France in India.

Poetry Recitation

Students zealously presented poems in unique and dramatized way for the ‘French Poetry Recitation’ competition, wearing inspired costumes and using creative props. Their poems were judged by Ms. Shilpa Gupta, who has worked at various colleges of Delhi University and is currently a faculty member, French department, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, and Ms. Pooja Arora, who has a Masters Degree in French and is currently Assistant Professor in French at Amity University.

Off-site Events

The students of the participating schools worked hard behind the scenes, bringing out their creativity and love for the language. They made artistic greeting cards with catchy slogans, beautiful self-designed T-shirts and original French poems expressing their individuality and inspired ideas on Nature.

Post the events, the valedictory ceremony was inaugurated by an enthralling welcome dance by the students of the Performing Arts Society, leaving the audience marvelling at their melange of the renowned dance forms, ballet and contemporary. The Guest of Honour and the Chief Guest were felicitated by the Principal, who presented them with tokens of her appreciation.

Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the esteemed Principal, warmly welcomed the gathering with a Biblical story about the creation of languages. She continued by expressing the importance of sometimes speaking with no words in order to understand each other and remain united. She also mentioned that whatever language one speaks, it should be spoken with love, clarity and meaning in order for it to come alive. Reciting an anecdote from her past, she explained how knowing diverse languages is a strengthening power. While signing off, she said, “If you have won nothing, at least you have won friends.”

A wonderful presentation, ‘Glimpses of Morning Events’, was played which exhibited banners         and posters, students and teachers and all the events that had taken place throughout the day. The winners of the on-site events also performed their respective productions, mesmerizing the audience with their talent.

The Guest of Honour, Prof. N. Kamala, showed her passion for French by starting her address to the gathering in French language. Mentioning its merits, she explained how it was a global language, spoken in more than 77 countries, which gave an edge to all who learnt it. She concluded her speech by wishing everyone bon courage!

The Chief Guest, Dr. Zeenat Khadar, warmed the hearts of the audience with her words, graciously appreciating the wisdom brought forward by Ms. Kamala. She spoke about how everyone was a born learner, and every language we knew would take us higher.

Then arrived the much awaited magazine release of the 7th edition of DPS R.K. Puram’s French Magazine, ‘Crayon d’Or’, for which Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh were invited to join the two respected Guests on stage. This gave way to the prize distribution ceremony for which the participants and audience were so eagerly waiting. The winning students along with their respective teachers were invited on stage to accept their well- deserved prizes.

The Vote of Thanks was given by the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh. She expressed her gratitude to both the Guests of the day, and thanked all the teachers involved in the event. They were called up on stage along with the French Department teachers and students of the French Club to receive the thundering applause of the audience.

The event, proving to be an enriching experience for all who attended, ended with the national anthem.

As every year, the event comprised of both off-site and on-site events. The results of the off-site events were announced along with the winners’ showcases.

Results (Off-site events):

Results (On-site Events):

Greeting Card Making
 
1st – DPS International
2nd– DPS, Dwarka
3rd– DPS, Panipat Refinery
Design a T-shirt 1st– DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd– DPS International
3rd– DPS, Panipat Refinery
Poetry Writing 1st– DPS, Greater Noida
2nd– DPS, Bulandshahr
3rd– Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
Poetry Recitation 1st– DPS ,Vasant Kunj
2nd– DPS, Sushant Lok
3rd– DPS, Bulandshahr
Ad Zap 1st– DPS ,Bulandshahr
2nd– DPS ,Rohini
3rd– DPS, Expressway Noida
Duet Song 1st– Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
2nd– DPS, Sushant Lok
3rd– DPS International
Consolation Prize:
Modern School, Barakhamba Road
DPS, Karnal
Just a Minute 1st– DPS, Expressway Noida
2nd– DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd– DPS, Greater Noida
Enact a Fable 1st– DPS, Noida
2nd– DPS, Faridabad
3rd– DPS ,Greater Faridabad Sector- 81



Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds

The Debate Society of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram hosted its 2nd Annual Inter-School Debate Competition, “Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds” from 2- 3 August 2018. The event was divided into two halves – the English Debate on the 2 Aug and the Hindi Debate on the 3Aug. The event endeavored to give students an opportunity to showcase their strong declamatory skills and their ability to have logical and rational discussions.

 Day One

The English Debate saw the participation of teams from 40 schools, with each team consisting of two students from grades VI-VIII.

The event was judged by Ms. Clara Martin, Head, Performance and Upper School – Grades IV-VIII at Bilva Indian School, Dubai; Ms. Kiran Mishra, an English Announcer at All India Radio since 1989 with nearly 26 years’ experience in the Radio and Communication industry; and Ms. Juhi Tyagi, Chief Producer at NDTV 24*7 and an integral part of India’s only Emmy nominated News show, ‘The Buck Stops Here’.

The occasion was graced by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, and the Head of the English Department, Ms. Atika Dayal.

The event started with the felicitation of the judges, followed by a Welcome Address by Ms. Rashmi Malhotra in which she emphasized the importance of debates as a platform that allows one to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong. A rendition of the Saraswati Shlokas was performed and their meaning elaborated upon before the commencement of the actual debate.

Participants elucidated on the topic ‘Today, parenting is more about financing children than nurturing them’ with well worded arguments, ensuring their point was put across in the best possible way.  Rebuttals from the speakers and the audience were encouraged, adding a twist to the competition and keeping the participants on their toes.

Participants were judged on the content of their arguments, delivery, relevance to the topic and participation in the rebuttal round.

Day Two

The Hindi Debate saw the participation of 42 teams from all over Delhi and NCR. The event gave a platform to the students of classes VI-VIII for evincing their oratorical skills with impactful debates in Hindi.

Dr. Manoj Sharma, a Hindi Professor at PGDAV College, Dr. Anurag Mishra, City editor of India presently the Editor of Microsoft News, and Dr. Karuna Sharma, a lecturer and Professor at the Government Education Department, were the honoured judges for the event.

The occasion was graced by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, the Head of the Hindi Department, Ms. Jyoti Bakshi, and other teacher coordinators, who helped make the event a huge success.

The event began with the felicitation of the judges by the Headmistress, which was followed  by her welcome address where she thanked them for being able to take time out of their busy schedule. She fondly talked about her childhood, when she read Hindi novels, and urged students to continue this practice. She emphasized the importance of enhancing the Hindi communication abilities.

Competitors delivered articulated debates and formidable arguments, on the topic, ‘बदलों जीवन मूल्य क्यूंकि सब चलता है ‘,exemplifying the qualities of  splendid rhetoricians. Rebuttals from the audience was encouraged, which drove the participants and audience towards devoting their undivided attention to the speakers. Participants were judged on the content of their arguments, delivery, relevance to the topic and participation in the rebuttal round.

This was followed by a speech by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who thanked the students and appreciated the efforts of the teacher coordinators. In her vote of thanks, Ms. Jyoti Bakshi expressed how astounded she was to see students exhibit the qualities of an eloquent orator. On the behalf of all of the judges, Dr. Karuna Sharma thanked the school for presenting the opportunity of judging an event as prestigious as Aarohan.

The First position in the English Debate was bagged by Suhana Sharma from Delhi Public School, Noida, with Khushi Mishra from  Mount St. Mary’s School,Delhi Cantt securing the second position , and  Aditya Dubey from Delhi Public School, Noida securing the third position. Delhi Public School, Noida emerged as the best team.

In the Hindi debate, Tanvi Srivastav from Delhi Public School, Noida bagged the first prize, whereas Kavya Khanna from Delhi Public School, Rohini secured the second position. The third position was awarded to Nishtha Sharma from Mount Carmel School  and Aastika Jain of Springdales, Dhaula kuan The trophy for the best team was awarded to Delhi Public School, Noida.

The overall ‘Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds’ trophy was bagged by DPS Noida.



Mosaic: Patterns of Life 2018

The Psychology and Sociology Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized the Inter-School Psych-Socio fest, Mosaic: Patterns of Life 2018 on 28 July 2018. The unique festival aimed to provide students from 31 distinguished schools with a platform where they can mix the thrill of competition with a great learning experience. The festival was an amalgamation of eleven events – Manovishleshan, Merge, Poise, Showcase, Tasveer, Showreel, The Devil’s Advocate, Thought Bubble, Sociology Garage, Just a Minute, and Nukkad Natak.

MANOVISHLESHAN- an Analysis of The Mahabharata was an event where students could offer their unique perspectives on the celebrated epic, ‘The Mahabharata.’ The participants were required to prepare a power-point presentation highlighting their analysis of the scripture from a psychological as well a sociological point of view, quoting examples from the text. The judge for this competition Ms. Kanchan Bharadwaj is a Hindi lecturer in Jamia Senior Secondary School.

MERGE, the blend art event tested the analytical, communicative and acting skills of the participants, using their understanding of psychological aspects. This onstage competition involved recitation of a poem, dramatization and a painting/sketch on the given themes. The judges for this event were, Mr. Dushyant Kumar; a renowned theater person; Ms. Nupur Kundu, who specializes in Fine Arts, and Mr. Aakshat Sinha; an artist, writer, poet, and Director of Untitled Creation, Pvt. Ltd.

POISE, was a Western Dance Competition that explored the correlation between movement and emotion. It tested the ability of the participants to express, emote, and represent the theme, “We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us,” portraying their perspective through the medium of dance. The judges for this event were Ms. Tanvi Bajaj, who specializes in dance therapy and movement analysis, and Ms. Sukhmani Lamba, an actress and dancer.

SHOWCASE, was a movie analysis competition that tested the analytical skills of the participant, as well as their understanding of psychology. The participant was required to study, understand and represent a movie in a unique and interactive way, highlighting the psychological concepts and ideas expressed in the movie. The judge for this competition was Ms. Anupriya Sircar, a Clinical Psychologist at Max Super Specialty Hospital.

TASVEER, the photo essay competition was an event that encouraged the participants to look beyond the surface and find a deeper meaning in the theme, “You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” The event intended to give the participants a platform to capture imperceptible moments of everyday life and weave a story that can only be portrayed through the work of a photographer’s lens. The judge for this event was Mr. Mohit Vij, a fashion and fine arts photogropher, and filmmaker.

THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE was a turncoat debate, which tested the participants’ abilities to think about an issue comprehensively and consider both sides of the given argument. This event enabled them to see that, as with so many other things in psychology, the answer to a problem is not always clear cut. The judge for the event was Mr. Amit Kharbanda, who is currently leading MyBox Technologies.

THOUGHT BUBBLE was an essay-writing competition that aimed to test the participants’ abilities to think critically about a serious social issue and propose solutions through the medium of an essay. The judge for this event was Ms. Chaaru Sawhney, a research associate at the Department of Sociology, Delhi Public School of Economics.

SHOWREEL, the movie-making competition, intended to provide an opportunity to the participants to interpret and analyze the theme, “When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be,” and present it in the format of a movie. The participants made use of their artistic vision and creative skills to present a piece that made the audience introspect on the deep-rooted message behind this theme.

SOCIOLOGY GARAGE was a panel debate which encouraged the participants to assume the role of various social institutions as they discussed and deliberated on some of the problems faced by the society today. The students were required to come to a consensus amongst the various institutions and submit a final report presenting their conclusions. The judge for this event was Professor Arvindra A. Ansari, Head of the Department of Sociology at Jamia Milia Islamia.

JUST A MINUTE gave the students an opportunity to take a complex sociological phenomenon and present their thoughts in a concise manner, within the time frame of 60 seconds. Participants were assessed on their spontaneity, and clarity in perspective. The judge for this event was Ms. Tarunnum Siddique, who is currently working with the Sarojini Naidu Center for Women’s Studies, Jamia Milia as an academician.

NUKKAD NATAK, an amalgamation of sociology and theatre, aimed at raising social awareness through street plays centered on social issues. It allowed the participants to enact their interpretations of the given theme while keeping intact the dramatical and theatrical aspects of the play. The judge for this event was Mr. Neyaz Khan, a theatre artist, writer and director.

The event concluded with the Closing Ceremony. The Western Choir presented a splendid rendition of ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon, which was followed by the welcome address of the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.  In her speech, she expressed her appreciation of Psychology and Sociology as subjects. She emphasized the role played by psychology in an individual’s journey to sensitizing themselves to the world, and that of sociology, which  is to set the trend of what happens in the society. She stressed on the fact that these are the subjects that students carry with them out into the real world. She then expressed her admiration towards the students and teachers who made the event a huge success.

The Principal’s speech gave way to a scintillating performance by the budding artists of the school, who depicted a myriad of emotions with the help of an intriguing blend of various arts, namely, dance, music, and theatre.

This year is a landmark for the Sociology department, since it marks the inception of Mimansa, the Sociology Club of DPS R.K. Puram. As its first collective effort at publishing different perspectives on pressing social issues, it presented Paradigms, the Annual Sociology Magazine, which aims at sparking curiosity within the readers about the complexities of the society they are embedded in. The esteemed Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, launched the magazine along with students of the Sociology Editorial Club.

The Principal, Vice Principal and the Judges, were invited onstage for the prize distribution.

The Vote of Thanks was given by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The event concluded with the attendees rising for the National Anthem.

The recipient of the rolling trophy was Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj. The other awards are as follows:

EVENT NAME POSITION SCHOOL
Manovishleshan 1st Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
2nd Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya
Merge 1st Bluebells Model School, Gurugram
2nd Bal Bharti Public School, Gangaram Marg
Poise 1st Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
2nd Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan
Showcase 1st Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan
2nd D.A.V. Public School, Sector 14, Gurugram
Tasveer 1st Delhi Public School, Noida
2nd The Indian School, Josip Broz Tito Marg
Showreel 1st D.A.V. Public School, Sector 14, Gurugram
2nd Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj
The Devil’s Advocate 1st The Indian School, Josip Broz Tito Marg
2nd GD Goenka Public School, Rohini
Thought Bubble 1st Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
2nd Father Agnel School, Noida
Sociology Garage 1st Father Agnel School, Noida
2nd Bharat National Public School
Just A Minute 1st Modern School, Barakhamba Road
2nd Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar
Nukkad Natak 1st Delhi Public School, Mathura Road
2nd Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj

 



NPSC Meeting

Delhi Public School RK Puram hosted the NPSC members meeting on July 25, 2018 at its premises. Staring 2.30pm onwards, the member Principals were welcomed by school students and escorted to the Seminar Room for lunch. This was followed by the General Body meeting in the AVH. The meeting was attended by around 75 Principals of Delhi schools.

The General Body meeting began with a cultural programme by the students of Delhi Public School RK Puram. The school choir sang ‘Swagat Geet’ and the dance troupe presented ‘Snow White’. Both the items received a lot of appreciation from members present. This was followed by welcome address by the Principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, Ms Vanita Sehgal.

The Chairperson, NPSC, Ms Sadhana Bhalla, took over the meeting after the welcome address and conducted the meeting as per the agenda.

The meeting ended with tea and refreshments.



Infinitus Reus 2018

Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram hosted Infinitus Reus 2018 – an Annual Interschool One-day Quizzing Festival hosted by the school’s Quizzing Club, on 21 July 2018.

The event, sponsored by Liberty Shoes Ltd. and Ivy Achievement- Export Admission Consulting and co-ordinated by the Club’s Teacher-in-Charge, Ms Suchitra Radhakrishnan, aims at bringing together the best minds in the NCR quizzing circuit for a confluence of competition, brainstorming and entertainment. The club, founded in 1983, is the school’s oldest and most prestigious club.

A total of 41 schools, represented by 141 teams, turned up for this event, described as a “Quizzing Extravaganza”, which was to be conducted by top quiz masters, Bharat Kashyap and Aneesh Gupta, Alumni, DPS R. K. Puram.

The Opening Ceremony announced the commencement of the Preliminary Round for both the Junior (6-8) and Senior (9-12) categories. Students were guided to the respective venues for this 1 hour, objective, Paper-Pen test, which consisted of 25 questions on numerous topics including, but not limited to popular culture, history, sports and technology. Sheets containing multifarious questions pertaining to the listed topics were answered by students in groups of two.

After a gratifying refreshment break and several donuts, students cheered as the answers to the First round were announced.

The 6 qualifying teams in each category were invited to the stage. The Final Round consisted of 2 rounds of 16 questions each, with the “Infinite Pounce and Bounce Throughout” system in play. The beauty of this system is that it allows everyone to answer every question.

The Valedictory Ceremony began with full fervour with a red and gold classic Ganesh Vandana dance performance, followed by a mood lifting upbeat rendition of a Hindi song, “Ashaein”.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, in her address to the audience, thanked everyone for being there. She marvelled at the efforts of the children and valued the magnitude of the event. She  congratulated students who had won the quizzes and spoke about how the Junior Library could incorporate quizzing sessions for students. She spoke about the importance of imbibing lessons from every experience of life. Acknowledging the hard work put in by the Quizzing Club in making the event a success, she called Ms Suchitra and her student team up on the stage and felicitated them by requesting a huge round of applause for their efforts. She concluded by saying that one learns something from every event.

The Chief Guest, Mr Ramesh Sadhu, CEO, Liberty Retail Revolutions Ltd., was felicitated with a token of regard by the Principal. In his speech, he acknowledged how great this occasion was for him to be at the greatest institution of the country, how Delhi Public School had become a force to be reckoned with. Taking a trip down the memory lane, to the time when he visited the school in 1999, he was impressed by the quality of education. He said that he was overwhelmed by the progression in concept, culture and capacity of the school. He remarked that no one is a loser in such a competition, everybody gained knowledge from it. He wished the students best of luck for a bright future and advised them to become pillars of the society.

Ms Suchitra Radhakrishnan conducted the most-awaited prize distribution ceremony. The Principal, the Chief Guest and Mr J S Virdi, HOD Physics, handed out the trophy and certificates to the  winners alongwith the prizes- speakers and headphones.

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

LIST OF WINNERS

JUNIOR CATEGORY

Name of School Position
Modern School, Barakhamba First
Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka Second
DPS Vasant Kunj Third

SENIOR CATEGORY

Name of School Position
St. Columba’s School, Gole Market First
DPS Noida Second
DAV Public School, Gurugram
DPS Mathura Road
Third (TIE)



Movie Screening – Incredibles 2 for VII

The students of class VII, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, were taken for the screening of the movie Incredibles 2 at PVR Sangam, in batches, from Monday, 16 July 2018 to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. They were accompanied by their Class teachers. The students enjoyed the screening and returned to school cheerful and happy. They said that it was a pleasant break from academics and thanked the Head Mistress and the Principal for organizing the screening. They hoped for more such trips in the future.



Movie Screening – Incredibles 2 for VI

A movie screening of ‘Incredibles 2 – 3D’ was organized for the students of class VI at PVR Sangam, New Delhi. Students of VI A – G watched the movie on 12 July 2018 and VI H – K on 16 July 2018.

The students enjoyed themselves immensely. They appreciated the plot and humour of the story. They also learnt that everyone has their own strengths and they must be appreciated for the same. They also learnt the importance of teamwork, communication, determination and compassion.

On the whole, it was a truly enjoyable experience for the students.



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.



Singapore Trip

An educational  trip to Singapore was organised for students of Class IX  from 1 – 7 June, 2018. A total of 48 students went on this trip accompanied by 4 teachers, Ms. Jyoti Sharma

(Trip Incharge) , Mr.Amit Rajput, Ms.Dolly Chanana and  Ms Ritu Kumar. Students and teachers enjoyed the trip by visiting many places as per the details given below :

  •  Day 1: Students visited  Gardens by the bay (Biology) and watched Wonderful (laser + water show) at Marina Bay Sands
  • Day 2: Singapore Science Centre  & IMAX Movie , Night Safari tour with dinner @ Ulu Ulu  (Wild Life)
  • Day 3: Singapore City tour, Sentosa Island with Cable Car Ride, visited Madame Tussauds, One way cable car, Night show by the sea – “Wings of Time”.
  • Day 4: Singapore Universal Studio , Overnight stay at the hotel in Sentosa Island.
  • Day 5 : Singapore Jurong Bird Park, Visit to Changi Prison (History)
  • Day 6 : Singapore  Checked  out



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.



‘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



Educational Trip to Sariska, Alwar, Rajasthan

The Astronomy Club of DPS R K Puram in association with SPACE organisation organised an overnight observation camp on 11 May 2018 to Astroport, Sariska, Rajasthan. Astroport is India’s first Astronomy theme based resort which has been developed to provide a great sky viewing and research experience to budding astronomers working with SPACE organisation in the serene and lush environment of Sariska Tiger Reserve, located near the Tiger Reserve.

A total of 145 members of Astronomy Club of Class VII were taken to Sariska by a group of 12 teachers on 11 May, 2018 and came back on 12 May, 2018.



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.



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