The Economics Department of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised a workshop for the teachers of core schools of DPS Society on 7 March 2018. Its objective was to make the process of teaching and learning of economics more interesting and exciting for the students as well as the teachers.
The workshop was inaugurated by the Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, Mr V.K. Shunglu. He encouraged the teachers to use supplementary teaching material beyond the prescribed curriculum and teach the basic concepts of economics thoroughly to the students in their early stage.
The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, addressed the gathering by personifying economics as the recession of hairline, inflation of the belly and the combination of these two as depression of mind. She urged the teachers to bring about a change in teaching pedagogy and to make it more child centric.
Dr. Anubha Gopal welcomed all the teachers of core schools. Ms Anita Singhal, Head of the Economics Department, introduced new teaching pedagogy which would remove the rigidity in mundane style of delivering the lesson. She highlighted that the need of the hour is to first question the students, then build the model around it and finally quench their thirst for knowledge with the rationale behind it.
Ms Richa Aggarwal took a number of real life situations pertaining to students’ life and explained the concept of scarcity, work and problem of choice.
Ms Shelly Malhotra brought freshness in project making approach by giving a list of topics beyond the prescribed curriculum.
Ms Nandini Vashisht used the graphical approach to build the multiplier model in macro economics.
Ms Ashima Sharma laid stress upon important concepts of demand and supply in micro economics and correlated with history of economics.
Ms Vijaylakshmi Marwaha explained the concept of diminishing returns with the help of active participation of audience using activity oriented approach.
All the sessions were informative, educative and enriching.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She expressed her gratitude and thanked the Principal and the Chairman for giving the platform to interact, educate and share information for the growth and development of Economics as a subject.
Value of the Month
‘Freedom and Responsibility’ Value of the Month – January & February 2018
Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.Teachers discussed concepts of Freedom and responsibility with the students. Students put up posters, quotations and slogans in the class. They also shared various stories and incidents related to the topics.
Class teachers discussed the Preamble in their classes. Students were made to read the Preamble. Each student wrote in his and her own words what each term meant to them – Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic. Students discussed and understood the concept of freedom or “Azadi” through the celebration of Independence Day and Republic Day. The students of VII E presented a skit on “Free and Caged bird”. They were explained that freedom comes with responsibility. A healthy discussion regarding the topic took place in all classes. Students shared their views and understood the value of freedom and responsibility.Slogan writing and plays were organized. Students of all sections decorated the class boards with beautiful quotes related to the topic.
Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. The Class teachers explained the Preamble of the Indian Constitution to the students. The subject teachers of English and Hindi languages held discussion and class plays on the value.
Workshops For Staff
Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised various workshops for the teaching and non-teaching staff members on 28 February, 2018. These workshops were conducted by various field experts to educate and inform the staff members about various domains related to education. These workshops were educative, informative and enriching.
WORKSHOP – TO REACT OR TO RESPOND?
BY DR PRITI DHAWAN (HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, LSR)
The school was privileged to have Dr Priti Dhawan who enlightened the audience about the need to understand emotions with the intention of responding rather than reacting especially while dealing with students. Through a couple of activities, Dr Priti focused on the need for teachers to step out of their boundaries and comfort zones to create ‘original thinking zones’.
The resource person highlighted the fact that children tend to internalise what they observe. According to her, children idolize their teachers and teachers should be careful while responding and reacting when dealing with them.
The speaker further talked about the role of a teacher as a classroom practitioner. The facilitator should aim at minimal intervention with maximum satisfaction and communicate with a reassuring tone. Dr Priti discussed how a teacher must act as an emotional coach for students by listening to their problems and offering their support.
Through an interactive session Dr Priti shared the idea that teachers should be able to help students without controlling or judging and be impartial, unbiased and objective.She highlighted the difference between listening and hearing and focused on the need to be emotionally involved while listening to students.
The speaker further elaborated on the characteristics of effective teachers which included being fair, friendly, understanding, organised, child-centered, generous in their appraisal and emotionally adjustable. Dr Priti concluded by saying that teachers should instil faith in students and make them realise their self-worth.
It was a fruitful session- interactive and highly engaging with an informative question-answer round.
WORKSHOP – CHILD RIGHTS AND TEACHERS
BY MS REEMA BHANDARI (ADVOCATE AND MEDIATOR, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA)
MR MANISH MANOCHA (ADVOCATE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA)
The session started with a discourse related to corporal punishment where the speakers provided legal perspective by emphasizing on consequences and their effects and the importance of safeguarding childrens’ rights. The speakers discussed details related to various constitutional provisions along with relevant IPC sections. The resource people explained the various acts like Protection of Civil Rights Act, RTE Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.
Ms Reema and Mr Manish informed the teachers about the POCSO ACT (PREVENTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL OFFENCES) and elaborated on IPC sections which were followed before POCSO.They further defined POCSO and shared information regarding the punishments related to it.
Mr Manish Manocha discussed the threats related to cybercrime and revealed astonishing facts aboutcriminal activities that take place through cyber bullying/stalking and cyber terrorism. He also explained various DO’s and DON’Ts related to cyber law.
The session was very informative and concluded with a question answer round.
WORKSHOP ON MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS AND FIRST AID
BY- DR PUSHPINDER SINGH
Dr Pushpinder Singh apprised the staff members about medical preparedness and first aid .He stated that every person is a ‘first aider’. He spoke about the aims of first aid, cited ways to deliver prompt first aid and to evacuate to a necessary medical facility.He created awareness about medical conditions like allergy, asthma, choking, broken bones, cuts, falls, fainting attacks and nose bleeding. Dr Pushpinder educated the audience about ways to handle emergency cases along with corrective measures.
He emphasised on the need of composure while handing any patient. The session was structured to provide substantial understanding of First Aid.
WORKSHOP – DISASTER MANAGEMENT DURING CRISES IN SCHOOL
BY- COLONEL A.K GHOSH (RETD.)
The disaster management workshop was based on situations for evacuation in case of fire, natural calamities and bomb scares. Colonel Ghosh highlighted the objective of evacuation and suggested various ways to evacuate.
The speaker stressed on the need to be alert and calm .Col. A.K Ghosh mentioned how panic could be more destructive than actual crisis. He encouraged the teachers to acclimatise students to face crises, conduct crises management drills, mock drills and create disaster management teams to execute evacuation in the case of crises.
The speaker spoke about fire detection, warning mechanisms and action during an earthquake. He described the process of fire fighting and conducted a mock session for it. He also cited the responsibilities of the disaster management team in case of crises. He spoke about the role and duties of Floor Wardens, Room Warders and the Assembly Marshal. Various fire extinguishers were shown and how to use them. The use of a fire hydrant was also shown.
Colonel A.K Ghosh concluded the session by sharing list of DO’s and DON’Ts. The session was educative and provided significant details.
Sony BBC Earth – Science Workshop For Class VI
Representatives from Sony BBC Earth conducted a special Interactive Science Workshop for Class VI at DPS RK Puram on 15 February 2018. It was a part of a School Engagement Program, ‘Feel Alive Hours’ which open the students’ eyes to the wonders of the universe in a fun and engaging manner that will help them cope with stress and feel refreshed.
Sony BBC Earth is a documentary TV channel featuring premium factual programs, formed by collaboration between Sony Pictures Network India and BBC Worldwide.
The Guest present was Ms Richa Maheshwari, Member of English Cluster Marketing Division, Sony Pictures Networks, Mumbai. The program was initiated by the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan and was coordinated by the Science Coordinator of Middle school, Ms Sushma Sardana, supported by the Headmistress, Ms Rashmi Malhotra.
The presenter commenced the showcase with fun facts which enraptured the students’ attention. The official Sony BBC Earth anthem ‘Feel Alive’ was played and some students were invited onstage to joyously dance with the presenter.
Following this, an AV on the science segment that dismissed urban myths and left the onlookers in awe was played, which paved the way for a live experiment performed by a team of experts that wasn’t witnessed by the students in person before. Using dry ice, water, and soap solution, a giant ice bubble was formed over a glass bowl. The bubble only grew in size and persisted for quite a few breaths before popping.
The third AV gave an insight into the life of reptiles and their preying techniques – with thrilling scenes of a wild beast hunt, insect-ingestion and a snake attack. The experts once again demonstrated their skills by building a terrarium step by step.
A quest for a king crab in a frozen water body and lemon sharks being fed were captured in the special cameras and were a part of the last AV.
The students were engaged in quizzes after every AV- they were so enthusiastic in their desire to answer that they were almost leaping out of their seats. Those who answered correctly were rewarded with keepsakes.
The event concluded with gifts being distributed to all audience members.
Storytelling By An Author
Storytelling is a fine art, bringing to life the characters of a story and enthralling the listeners. A total of 45 German learners of Class 8 from DPS, R.K.Puram had the privilege of attending a performance by Swiss author and storyteller, Ms. Brigitte Schär in the school on 9 February 2018. The visit was co-ordinated by the Goethe Institute and the DPS Society.
Ms. Brigitte Schär has authored several books in her thirty years career as a writer and her books have been translated into different languages. She seeks to link her literary work to theatrical “reading-performances” and “concert-readings” for both adults and children. She has a good stage presence and connects easily with children and other audiences. The students were spell bound as Ms Schär recited poems, sang and told stories.
She was accompanied by Ms Vibhuti Sukhramani, Project Manager at the Goethe Institute and Ms Maitreyee Shirolkar, Programme Officer for Culture & Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Switzerland.
Ms Anita Singh, Vice Principal and Head of Department, Foreign languages proposed the vote of thanks.
Visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan
Dates: 18 January 2018 (VII I and K)
19 January 2018 (VII A and B)
1 February 2018 (VII E and F)
2 February 2018 (VII G and H)
8 February 2018 (VII C and D)
9 February 2018 (VII J)
A visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan was organized for the students of class VII during the months of January and February 2018. After the initial formalities pertaining to the entry into the main building, an official from the Rahtrapati Bhawan introduced the students to the building. This included a brief description about the area, the number of rooms, the main statue of the “Sahastrabahu Alokiteshvara” – the Buddha with a thousand arms, the stones used to build and decorate the interiors, the design and architecture of the building, and the names of the architects.
After this, the students and teachers were taken to different halls and rooms like Durbar Hall, Ashoka Hall and the rooms designated for various meetings. Students were shown the famous dome, the canon and were explained the meaning and importance of the different positions of the National Flag with respect to the mast.
The students felt enlightened and happy at having been provided with an opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan which holds national importance strategically, as well as in terms of its history, culture, politics and aesthetics.
The excursion ended with students being extremely delighted to witness a few planes of the Indian Air Force fly past as a part of their rehearsal for the Republic Day.
Showcase – Class VII
A showcase was organized for the students of class VII during the month of January – February 2018. The students found a platform to display their talents and abilities and show what they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.
Work Experience activities help students excel in their chosen field of activity. These activities help the students to develop their personalities and prepare themselves to face challenges that they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Friday, 19 January 2018.
Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.
Art education activities are a wonderful way to find the reservoir of talents within each and every child. They help the students to do their best and are also an ideal way to relax and give time to the hobbies they genuinely like. Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Monday, 22 January 2018.
Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Thursday, 25 January 2018.
Showcase – Class VI
A Showcase was organized for the students of class VI during the month of January – February 2018. The purpose of the event was to provide a platform to the students to display all that they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.
Work Experience activities help foster team work in students. Such activities also help the students to develop better communication skills and prepare them to face challenges they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Monday, 22 January 2018.
Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Monday, 5 February 2018.
The purpose behind Art Education activities is to bring out the talents and creativity of the students. Sections G to K had their Art Education Showcase on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.
Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Friday, 2 February 2018.
10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament
The 10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament was held at DPS R.K. Puram from 5 to 7 February 2018. A total of sixteen schools participated in the three-day event.
The Tournament is held annually to commemorate the passion of Armaan Dogra, a student of the school, who had succumbed to man’s inevitable fate at a young age. Not only did he excel at sports like Table Tennis, Skating, Hockey, Badminton, Football and Swimming, he was also passionate about dancing. His cordiality was felt by all those who came into contact with him.
At the closing ceremony on the last day of the event, the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms Anita Singh, and Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr N. Suresh, with his team of teachers were present.
The various prominent dignitaries who graced the event with their presence included the Chief Guest, Mr Suresh Kumar Raina, a professional cricketer who was the second youngest Captain of the Indian Team; Mr Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Delhi Football Association, and Mr John Melvyn Robinson, Group Editor at Asian News Network.
The event began with the lighting of the lamp. Armaan’s parents, Dr and Mrs Dogra warmly welcomed all the guests by felicitating them with a token of regard.
The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her appreciation for Armaan’s parents’ efforts to ensure that his spirit continues to live on. She reminded the audience of the special award instituted in his fond memory for an all-rounder of Class IX. Extolling the winning team, she urged the runners-up not to feel demoralized as they must have enjoyed playing.
Dr PN Dogra firstly thanked the dignitaries, teachers, friends and students, specially highlighting the Sports Department for their unconditional support. Cherishing the sweet memories of his beloved son, he mentioned how this event was a testimony of the strong will of the school and family to keep Armaan’s passion alive. Through this event, he felt, many Armaans must have been able to fulfill their ‘armaans’ (hindi for aspiration).
The speeches paved the way to a student presentation in two parts – a tuneful song, “Badal Pe Paon Hai” performed joyfully, and an enthralling Garba performance in colorful Gujarati outfits.
Mr Saji Prabhakaran, the Guest of Honour, considers it a great pleasure to have been associated with the tournament since its inception 10 years ago. He vocalized his wish to support the Tournament to grow and become a bigger event with more schools participating in the subsequent years. Another exciting announcement he made mentioned the launch of Premium School League for boys and girls, by Delhi Football Association, in the next session to help skillful student-footballers grow.
Mr Suresh Raina, the Chief Guest was delighted to visit the school. Drawing attention to the importance of discipline and quality of energy exhibited by the students, he was remarkably impressed by the talented footballers and believes this sport was good to make one strong at heart.
The much awaited prize distribution ceremony was followed by group photographs. DPS RK Puram secured the third position with Mother’s International School, Sri Aurobindo Marg bagging the second one. Modern School, Barakhamba Road took home the winning trophy.
The Best Player award was given to Arjun Bhatia of DPS R.K. Puram. Other awards, including the Best Goalkeeper and Best Defender, went to Aditya Pankaj from the winning team and Anjor Aggarwal from the runners-up team, respectively.
The Chief Guest declared the tournament closed and red balloons were released in Armaan’s memory.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks and the programme came to an end with the National Anthem. Further, Mr Raina went on to shake hands with the audience and gave a quick interview to student-reporters.
Rendezvous With Author
Samvaad- Hindi Club of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised a rendezvous with Dr Nirmala Jain, a renowned figure in the world of Hindi Literature, on 31 January 2018. Dr Nirmala Jain has a D.Litt in Hindi and is one of the few female critics in the world of Hindi Literature.
She was felicitated by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. After a pleasant cup of tea, the club proceeded to take her interview.
The interview was conducted by the Club Incharges, Ms. Fatma Kirmani and Ms. Seema Mehta , Chief Editor, Syed Momin Iqbal and President of the Club, Uday Bansal. Enthusiastic members of the club were delighted and fascinated by the ideas and thoughts of Dr. Jain, who shared her experiences, gave insight into the thought process of an author and inspired the budding writers of the club.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
To commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and create awareness, the United Nations, Embassy of Israel, Germany, CzechRepublic, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Austria, France and Alliance Francais of Delhi invited Delhi Public School, R K Puram for the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony on 31 January 2018 to mark the Day.
10 students of Class IX participated in the ceremony accompanied by their history coordinator Ms.Sohini Chakravarty. It’s a part of their curriculum.
India Quiz 2018
The Social Science Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the Second Annual India Quiz on the 3 February 2018. The event witnessed the enthusiastic participation of 19 schools across the city.
The Quiz comprised of two rounds. The preliminary written round was followed by the oral round. The quiz comprised of seven rounds relating to the history of India, politics, administration, general knowledge and lastly, an interactive audio/visual segment. The quizzers were provided with two lifelines; ‘Phone-A-Friend’ and ‘Ask A Teacher’. The audience wholeheartedly participated in the proceedings and encouraged the participants with rounds of applause.
The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her gratitude to all the schools for their keen participation. Addressing the students, she spoke of her love for history, christening it her favourite subject and emphasized the importance of humanities. She vocalized her fondness for the concept of quizzing and deemed them informative and exciting. She lauded the audience for their active participation in the event.
Ms Vanita Sehgal, Ms Padma Srinivasan, Ms Vinita Gupta and Ms Shaloo Khanna conducted the award ceremony. Delhi Public School, Faridabad was the winner of the Quiz. Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj came second while Cambridge School, Noida bagged the third position.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. She thanked the Programme coordinators, Ms Vandana Chandhoke and Ms Rupa Das and the entire Social Science Department for making this event a grand success. Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram plans to make the India Quiz an annual event. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.
SNF@School – Safe and Nutritious Food Festival 2018
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was the proud host of the first Inter School ‘Safe and Nutritious Food Festival’, SNF@School , held on 3 February 2018, organised by the Biology Department.
A total of 16 schools from across Delhi sent in their students from classes VI to XI for various events, namely ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ an On-the-Spot Fireless Cooking Challenge; ‘Eat Right, Be Right,’ a Quiz Contest, and ‘Healthy Self, Heal Thyself,’ a Just-A-Minute Competition. 40 students from 6 MCD Schools along with their teachers visited the school and got a feel of all the events. A street play on good food habits was organised for the students in the stage area.
Ms Namrata Khanna, Project Lead of SNF@School, FSSAI graced the event with her presence. SNF@ School is a nation-wide campaign to help school children inculcate the habit of eating safe and eating right.
The Valedictory Function began with the felicitation of the guests by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address, she acknowledged the entire Biology Department’s efforts and shared how food affected her happiness in life positively. Praising Indian food for providing a balanced diet, she concluded by reminding them that winning was not everything – rather, coming together for an important cause was.
Next, a Ganesh Stuti was presented to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, which was followed by introduction of Master Sehat and Miss Sehat, Mascots of SNF@School, who enlightened the audience about healthy eating habits. The students from MCD schools were delighted to meet Master and Miss Sehat, Rohan and Riya of Sehat team.
The winner of ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ showcased their item and apprised of it to the audience.
The Expressions Theatre Club of the school astounded the audience with their edifying street play on healthy food habits.
Ms Namrata Khanna, who is also an alumnus of the school, could never imagine standing on the same stage several years later. In her address, she stated how proud she was to know that DPS, RK Puram was a forerunner of SNF@School. She felt that the event was a complete success as the message came across appropriately.
The Prize Distribution ceremony was conducted by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department. The winners of all the events were awarded certificates and trophies.
“Healthy Self, Heal Thyself – Just A Minute” was won by Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodi Road, while Hope Hall Foundation School , R K Puram came second and Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj came third.
Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram won the first prize in the “Eat Right Be Bright – Quiz”, followed by Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj and The Air Force School, Subroto Park in the second and third places respectively.
The first prize for “Nutritious Can Be Delicious – Fireless Cooking” was bagged by SS Mota Singh Model School, Paschim Vihar, the second position by The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar while the third prize went to Mount Abu School, Rohini.
The Overall winner was Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms Anita Singh, who thanked the guests and the organizers of the programme and wished the students the best for the future. The event concluded with group photographs of the organizing staff and the Indian National Anthem. It proved to be an enlightening and inspiring event for all its participants and spectators.
In an emotionally surcharged atmosphere, the Students, Staff and Management of DPS RK Puram bid goodbye to another pertinacious batch of Class XII on 30 January 2018. The Farewell ceremony brought with it innumerable memories.
The boys and girls were dressed immaculately in suits and sarees and looked resplendent.
An enthusiastic and sentimental Class XI played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for Class XII. The event began with a dance on a medley of popular songs by the 11th graders. The seniors cheered along and eventually joined them with some impromptu performances of their own.
It was an evening of reliving the good memories they had of the school along with their companions, juniors and teachers. All in all it was memorable for one and all.
Showcase- Class VIII (Sections A-F)
A Showcase was organized on the 23 January 2018 to present and display the student’s talent and their learning processes, as part of their Art education.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Head mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, followed by various presentations.
The First presentation was made by the students of the Western Instrumental, who displayed their skills at playing the guitar and keyboard. This was followed by a melodious rendition of a song by the Western Vocal students.
The students of Art and Craft displayed their talent with paint brush and colours. This was accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation that spoke about the various forms of paintings- oil, glass, split painting etc. The presentation showcased some beautiful handiwork.
A humour filled play based on the famed Akbar Birbal tales, was put up by the students of Hindi Theatre. This play was much applauded by students. The students had turned up in majestic costumes which bespoke of the royal era.
An enthusiastic performance was put up by the students of Dance. They performed to the beats of a song dedicated to Goddess Durga.
The last entry was made by the students of the English Theatre. They enacted a short play based on the theme of manners and courtesies.
The Showcase ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress. She applauded the efforts put in by the teachers and the interest shown by the students.
Inauguration of Foot-Over Bridge and Commencement Ceremony 2018
On 27 January 2018, DPS R.K.Puram held the inauguration of the newly-constructed foot-over bridge, along with the Commencement Ceremony to felicitate the outgoing batch of Class 12 students of 2018.
The Chief Guest was the Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, Mr V.K. Shunglu. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Amitabh Kant, a Senior Civil Servant and CEO of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). He conceptualized and executed the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” and was a key driver of the “Make in India”.
Other dignitaries present at the event included Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, and Ms. Anita Singh, Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra along with the Headmistresses of the Junior branches, Ms Archana Pental and Ms Dolly Chanana.
After the devotional Ganesh Pooja to mark the inauguration of the bridge in the presence of the Chief guest and the Principal, the ribbon was cut and the students of Class 12 were the first ones to walk on it – just as Mr. Shunglu intended it to be.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal felicitated the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour with a token of regard. Addressing the audience, she spoke about how the Class of 2018 was special to her; in a reminiscent tone she recalled how they were the first Class of 11th she had handled as a Principal – she considers the students remarkable as they made her smile. Thanking them for filling her life with happiness, she also asked them to applaud their parents and teachers for their immense investment in their happiness.
This paved way for an inspirational song, which was followed by the toppers from each stream being invited on stage to deliver the valedictory speeches. Ayush Venkatesh Bindlish from the Science stream, Aditya Agarwal and Pallavi Mishra from the Commerce stream and Adya Garg from Humanities were the Valedictorians of 2018.
The Guest of Honour, Mr. Kant, complimented all students and called this occasion unique – he was delighted that DPS RK Puram held such ceremony. He revealed that his teachers and Principal left a deep imprint on his personality. He stressed on the importance of continuing to excel in at least one extra-curricular activity, and one sports activity – praising the school for their focus on the same, along with academics. He encouraged the students to be fearless and most importantly, to be great human beings.
The Guests released the Yearbook of the Class 2018. The Chairman, Mr Shunglu recommended the students to use the term “Dipsite RKP”, and to be proud of where they come from. He looks up-to the students for the best results and hopes they make everyone proud.
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for – the felicitation of the students as they marched to the stage in beautiful scarves and pins specially designed for them. They were presented with a scroll and a copy of the yearbook. The teachers presented the students with a lamp signifying knowledge and learning, which was passed amongst the students and finally placed on a wall of lamps. The Subject toppers of the Pre- Board exams were also felicitated.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Dr Renu Nayar who thanked the guests and the organizers of the programme and wished the students the best for the future. The programme ended with the Indian National Anthem.
REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION 2018
Showcase (Class VIII, Sections G-K) – Work experience & Art Education
A Showcase was organized on the 16 January 2018 to present and display the various learning processes of the students as part of their Work Experience.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, followed by the various presentations.
The show began with a Power point presentation on learning and various projects made by the students of Robotics. This was followed by presentations by students of Electronics, Maths Lab., Create Out of Waste, Social Service, E and I, Health and I and Disaster management. The presentations threw light on the various activities conducted during the academic session.
The students of ‘Create Out of waste’ displayed the articles created out of household waste products. They had made table coasters, pen stands, a bag, bookmarks etc.
The social service students spoke about their experience when they had visited an Old Age Home.
An interesting Power point presentation was put up by students of section I, that spoke about the learning taking place during the Computer Science periods.
The ‘Showcase’ came to an end with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.
On the 17 January 2018, the Art Education activities were showcased.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal who welcomed the initiative to put up such a programme that serves as a platform for the students to come forward and speak about their experiences and learning.
The show began with the students of ‘Western Instrumental’ playing the music for the songs, ‘Dusk to Dawn’, ‘Blues’ and ‘Wipeout’. The lively music was followed by a melodious rendition of the song ‘Scars to your beautiful’ by the students of Western Vocal.
This was followed by the students of English Theatre enacting a play on Christmas. It delivered the message of being responsible for your actions and stop being lazy.
The students of Art and Craft displayed their talent with the paint brush and colours. This was accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation that spoke about the various forms of paintings- oil, glass, split painting etc.
A humour filled play that delivered the message of the importance of hard work and the value of money, was put up by the students of Hindi theatre. This play was much applauded by the students.
The last performance was put up by the students of Dance. They performed basic dance steps, the Bhangra and a Western dance.
The ‘Showcase’ ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.
Both the programmes were received enthusiastically and were well appreciated.
Visit of the Delegates from Fukuoka Prefecture and the Environment and Forest Department
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram played host to delegates from Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan and officials from the Environment and Forest Department on 16 January 2018. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor, Fukuoka Prefecture and Mr. Akira Higuchi, Assembly Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefectural Asssembly, along with their colleagues; Dr. B.C Sabat, Eco Club Incharge of Delhi School and College, Govt. of NCT of Delhi; Officials from the Environment and Forest Department and a team from OISCA International.
Vice Principals, Ms.Anita Singh and Ms.Padma Srinivasan, along with the Headmistress, Ms.Rashmi Malhotra were present for the occasion. Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Rupa Das organised the event.
The event began with a melodious rendition of the song, Swagatam by the school’s Indian Music Choir. The Principal felicitated the Guests with token of appreciation.
In her welcome address, Ms. Sehgal expressed her gratitude towards the delegates for choosing DPS R.K Puram for their visit. She emphasised the importance of saving the environment by stating that the future will either be green or nothing at all. She went on to highlight the urgency of planting trees by quoting Warren Buffett, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Mr. Ishwar Singh, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF), Forest Department, spoke about the activities of the Eco club and how the prime objective of starting this Eco-scheme was to get the students interested in environment preservation.
Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governer, Fukuoka Prefecture, focussed his attention on major issues such as air pollution, water pollution and sound pollution. He further gave an example of how the use of modern techniques enabled Fukuoka to be reborn as a rich environmental location.
Mr.Akira Higuchi, Assembly Chairman, Fukuoka Prefecture, further went on to thank the school for the very warm welcome and expressed his wish to see the young people from both the countries engaging in exchange programs so as to strengthen the relationship between Fukuoka and New Delhi.
This was followed by the cultural programmes, starting with a dance performance, paying homage to Lord Shiva in a classical dance “Shiv Stuti”. Next came a short video showcasing the activities conducted by the Eco Club of the school and a street play, showing how it was crucial to generate awareness about the need to protect the environment. There was a self-composed Japanese poem, based on the theme, ‘Environmental Protection’, a theatrical dance about ‘Saving Trees’ and a presentation by Ms. Ritu Prasad, a representative of the OISCA International, North India. Thereafter, there was a tree plantation by the dignitaries present. Saplings of medicinal plants like Chlorophytum, Ashwagandha, Asparagus, Tulsi, Curry plant, Amla were planted. Plantation was organised by Ms. Dimple Menon.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh. The event concluded with the National Anthems of Japan and India.
Collaboration – Value Of The Month December 2017
VALUE OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2017 (COLLABORATION)
Class teachers and subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.
Teachers discussed the concept of collaboration in the class. The students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about the topic and sharing various quotations and stories related to it. The students also put up posters and slogans related to the topic.
- To promote knowledge of the word ‘collaboration’.
- To learn about the culture of working together as a team.
- To understand the integrated pattern of human behaviour that includes thought, speech
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
The Class teachers spoke about the meaning of the word ‘collaboration’. Collaboration is said to take place when two individuals or a group of people work together towards achieving a common goal by sharing their ideas and skills. It was also explained that collaboration challenges people to think, articulate and receive clarity about their competencies. It serves as a mirror that gives them a glimpse of their strengths and weaknesses.
Class teachers discussed the topic through various activities like class discussions and speeches. The English and Hindi teachers conducted Just a Minute sessions on the topic. The learners of VII H were told to write a slogan on collaboration. All students participated well and made beautiful and catchy slogans. This activity helped them in understanding the importance of working as a team.
Students of all sections decorated the class boards with beautiful quotes related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to collaborate with each other, with their peers and elders to work harmoniously, to use their words properly and act in a responsible manner.
The class teachers, language teachers spoke about the the importance of collaborating with others in our day to day lives. This helps to create a healthy society. Activities cultivating the spirit of collaboration were conducted in language periods.
Quotes were put up in the classes also, to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of the students were appreciated by the Class representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
The G Bhaskar Memorial Lecture And Award Ceremony 2017
“Recognise and embrace the true meaning of life, break all barriers and reach for all the frontiers.”
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram held the G. Bhaskar Memorial lecture and award ceremony on 28 December 2017 in commemoration of G. Bhaskar, a very hardworking and talented student who joined the school in class eight. Slowly and steadily settling into the school, he won the hearts of his fellow students and teachers. Being an all-rounder, he excelled in academics and several extra-curricular activities. He was known for his ability to recite several chapters of the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita and for his formal training in Classical Carnatic music. He was also a proficient Badminton player and a part of the school’s Table Tennis team. He was very considerate and always ready to help others. Unfortunately, his success ended with his early demise.
The G. Bhaskar Memorial Award was instituted in his fond memory by his family in 1999. This prestigious award is given to extraordinary students, who not only excel in academics and co-curricular activities but also display a strong moral fibre.
The ceremony was graced by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, the Event Incharge and Head of the Computer Science Department, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, G. Bhaskar’s mother, Mrs. Ganapati Raman and his brother, Mr. Ramnath G. along with other family members and friends. Ms. Sangeeta Rana coordinated the event.
The ceremony began with a minute of silence observed in G. Bhaskar’s honour. This was followed by a discussion on karma and the journey of the soul by Sri Sudhir Kumar, a propagator of the Bhagwat Gita associated with ISKCON Gurgaon and ISKCON Sydney. Mr. Kaushik, G. Bhaskar’s childhood friend also shared his thoughts with the students.
The Principal extended her support to G. Bhaskar’s family and thanked Mr. Mukesh Kumar for all his help. She praised the guest speaker for being phenomenal, highlighting his stress on knowing and performing one’s duty – which is finding gratitude and not always questioning others. She encouraged the students to be good human beings and to find happiness and satisfaction in what they have. She told them to do the duty God has ordained for them and ended by saying, “Don’t ask why me? Ask why not me?”
The award was presented to 5 exemplary students of Class 12, excelling in academics and co-curriculars and possessing a high moral character, by Mr. Ramnath, Mrs. Ganapati, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mr. Mukesh Kumar.
Mr. Ramnath, the elder brother of G. Bhaskar concluded the event with an inspirational speech. He praised the Principal and the school for their efforts. He said, “Life is always in the moment, so what happens next is always determined by what you think now.” The Bhaskar family members gave a token of their blessing, distributing chocolates to the students.
Mr. Ramnath also conducted an interactive session with the Hostel students of Class X1 after school hours, where he shared his experiences as a Researcher, Nanotechnology Expert and a Professor.
Sports Day 2017
DPS R.K. Puram organized the Sports Day on 27 December 2017 with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The Chief Guest of this grand event was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included Rear Admiral M. M. Chopra, Vice Chairman of DPS Society and Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Mr Pramod Grover, Hony. Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman, DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Dr D.R. Saini, Director Sports, DPS Society and Former Principal of DPS R.K. Puram; Dr Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Member DPS Society and DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan along with the Head Mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were also present.
The Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr. N. Suresh, supported by his team of teachers ensured the event ran smoothly.
The Sports Day was celebrated in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”.
Commencing with the formal welcome of the guests, this event witnessed a huge turn up of an appreciative audience. The flag was hoisted and the balloons were released to declare the Sports Meet open. The Chief Guest stood on the stage, saluting, as the March Past proceeded. The students of each class marched confidently, sporting bold-hued outfits and respecting the discipline.
The Principal felicitated the guests with tokens of regard and extended a warm welcome to all those present. Encouraging young children to play outdoors, rather than doing so in front of screens, she stressed on taking pleasure in learning, for such learning stays forever – and what better way to learn than through sports. She conveyed the message of importance of knowing the rules by recounting a personal story. Applauding the enthusiasm of the parents she also recommended them to observe what their children really like. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change,” she concluded her speech.
The first dance performance, paying homage to Lord Ganesha, with precise costumes and thoughtful casting, was followed by cute children in pink tops dancing to a contemporary motivational pop song in Hindi, with Pom-Poms as their main accessory. A song sung by the junior vocalists impelled the budding sportspersons to do their best, while the vibrant aerobics showcase, a fusion of rhythm, music and energy was performed on a medley of Spanish and Hip-Hop songs. A 4 x 100m relay race for girls and boys of all age groups was preceded by a Charlie Chaplin routine, which was pantomime bliss. An extraordinary yoga performance was portrayed by the students of our school with magnificent poses on soothing music which enabled the audience to go into a yoga trance. This was followed by a skipping competition for girls – the categories were Under-14 and Under-17. A traditional bhangra performance with the dhol beating loud lifted the mood; next came a musical drill and a hoop dance with synchronised and rapturous steps. A unique dance to glorify the importance of cricket and values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and hope in our country was put on show right before an exceptional performance by the members of the senior Western Dance Society. A slow cycling race was conducted for boys and girls of all age groups, as nothing truly compares to the simple pleasures of riding a bike. Other dance performances included a traditional Indian folk dance with beautifully embroidered umbrellas and a skating display filled with beauty, grace and poise. The fun race for girls and boys of all age groups was full of hurdles and challenges – the children impressed everyone with their excellence at this activity. Talented artists put forward an expressive mime performance, showcasing the importance of sports, using the Indian flag as their main article. The School Western Music Choir gave a scintillating performance, celebrating the champion in all of us.
In the surprise events, parents and teachers played musical chairs and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was a special ‘three-legged-race’ organized for parents too.
The Chief Guest, Mr Shunglu, congratulated the winners and observed that DPS RK Puram had won the maximum number of interschool sports competitions amongst all schools functioning under the DPS Society. He also made it a point to announce that the DPS Society would henceforth fund all sports equipment for all its schools, because he considers a proper kit the most crucial factor in deciding the level of performance in sports.
The Chairman, Mr V.K.Shunglu, Mrs Shunglu, Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and other guests presented the awards to the winners of all the games.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks. The Sports Day concluded with the National Anthem.
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted TEDxYouth, a Jamboree-sponsored, independently organised annual event on 17 December 2017. It was inspired by the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences, which are a global set of convocations devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks.
Students from many prominent schools and colleges were spotted in the audience. The guest speakers invited for the event were of national and international acclaim.
The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her team of teachers, ensured that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.
The event commenced by showcasing an interesting TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in the contemporary world.
Following it, the student-speakers were invited on stage and the audience’s interest progressed as quickly as their stories did. The major themes covered were related to psychology and societal issues; with young men and women speaking about schadenfreude, the media sensationalizing cries for help, the abhorrent impact of dank memes and self-doubt in adversities. One of them even chose to inform the audience of the misconceptions about Urdu and how we speak it colloquially without realizing it.
The Guest Speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Seghal, with a token of regard.
Some honourable guests included social activists like Ms. Chandini Khan and Mr Chandrahaas Misra; the former is the President and Founder of Voice of Slum, which aims to change the mentality of slum dwellers and provide them with education and employment, while the latter, a male acid attack survivor, is the public relations officer to the UP chapter (Acid Survivors & Women Welfare Foundation), working religiously towards treating and handling legal cases for other survivors.
Several entrepreneurs spoke at the event; including Ms. Meghna Saraogi, Founder of StyleDotMe, Mr. Akshay Chaturvedi, Co-founder and CEO, LeverageEdu and Mr. Manasvi Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Buddy4Study. They focused on moving out of the comfort zone, never giving up and the predicted status of work in future.
Ms. Tripti Somani, CEO and MD, KGS Advisory, spoke about mental efficiency while Mr. Suryansh Yadav, an alumnus of the school, spoke about his struggle with cancer, which was diagnosed just 3 months prior to the Grade 12 Board Examinations.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, HOD, Computer Science, impressed everyone by his inspiring story – describing a shift from a Hindi-medium school in Bihar to being a part of the first B.Sc. batch in Delhi University. He later rejected a huge offer from an MNC to continue working in the school when he realized where his true passion lied.
The final speaker of the day, the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal felt quite humble as she stood in front of the several speakers, who she felt were wonderful. She related a painful, personal story, which took place over a decade ago, recollected tips from her father and praised her mother and students for giving her immense energy and support through her toughest times. In conclusion, she urged the audience to live in the present and not necessarily conform to the norms. She quoted Kurt Cobain, who said “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I’m not.”
The event concluded with the delivery of the vote of thanks by Saksham Arora, the Chief Organizer of the event.
Winter Carnival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its Annual Winter Carnival on 15 December 2017 with great ardour and exuberance.
Smartly accoutred in casuals, the students were prepared to ensure a balance between gorging on delicious food at the popular food stalls and letting their hair down to the latest mixes by their fellow student-DJs.
The event began at the Assembly Stage with the formal inauguration by the revered Principal, where she highlighted and publicly appreciated the Teacher-organizers. Student-representatives from each class were invited on stage to release helium-filled balloons which scattered across the sky their colours and announced the commencement of the program.
This was followed by rock and pop inspired musical performances by the school choirs of various grades, which gradually gave way to the DJs, their contemporary remixes and a naturally peppier environment.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice-Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra actively took part in the festivities and rubbed shoulders with the students.
The main field had a stage and the stalls. Teachers took charge of the game stalls, including Coins n Bucket, Calligraphy, Fishing the Bottle, Knock-down Pyramid, Ring Game and several more.
Certain new stalls were introduced this year, like Dr. Wood Puzzle, the highlight of the Business Studies Department.
The staples – Photography & Mug Prints, Scrabble, and Painting stalls, did tremendously well.
The Talent Show, for the purpose of which a special stage was constructed, consisted of events like Juggling, Rubik’s Cube, Freestyle Sports, Singing, Beat Boxing and Dancing for which the faculty members acted as judges.
There were several surprise events anchored by Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. Alinda Holla and Ms. Sangeeta Mishra. A Flashmob and an Aerobics performance by a few trained students were the other highlights.
It was a nostalgic occasion for the twelfth standard students as it was their last carnival in school.
The credits for this being an indelible day rightfully go to the cooperative, hard working administration and all those who remained cheerful throughout the day.
The Mathematical Crusade 2017
The Mathematical Society of Delhi Public School RK Puram organized an Interschool Mathematics Competition titled THE MATHEMATICAL CRUSADE 2017 on 9 December 2017.
The primary objective of the competition was to encourage students to engage in creative and original thinking, to inculcate a spirit of research and to enable them to appreciate the relevance of Mathematics as a discipline to real life. The four events were ‘Mathematics Quiz’, ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’, ‘Model Making’ and ‘Surprise Event’.
A total of 27 schools, represented by more than 250 students from Delhi and around participated in this grand event.
Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, Ms. S.K. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Tandeep Kaur, Teachers-In-Charge, Mathematics Lab & Technology Centre, along with the Mathematics Department and the students of the Mathematical Society, coordinated the event.
The event was introduced by the President of the Mathematical Society, Anshuman Gupta, who welcomed the judges of the event and wished all participants good luck for their upcoming competitions.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal along with the judges formally released the annual Mathematics magazine of the school, Mathyard 2017.
In her welcome address, the Principal glorified the importance of mathematics, as it forms the basis of finding the solution to several difficulties in life. She added that winning or losing is a part of competition and one should accept the defeat gracefully .
In the event ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’ the students displayed their song-writing and musical abilities, as energetic, self composed pieces containing mathematically oriented lyrics were performed on stage by the participants. The first prize in this category went to The Indian School, while the second and third prizes were won by The Green Fields School and DPS Noida, respectively.
The Quiz had two rounds – the preliminary round and the final round. The winners were DPS Rohini followed by DPS Faridabad and DPS Dwarka.
In the Model-Making competition, participants were asked to create a useful, well presented model based on any mathematical concept. The first, second and third awards were bagged by The Indian School, DAV Public School, Gurugram and DPS Rohini respectively.
The Surprise Event took place in successive stages. The first position was held by DPS Rohini,the second and third positions were held by DPS Faridabad and DPS Mathura Road, respectively.
The overall trophy went to DPS Rohini. The overall runner-up was The Indian School and DPS Faridabad was the second runner-up.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She congratulated the students and the teachers for the grand success of the event.
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life, the annual Psych-Socio Fest, was hosted by Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 9 December 2017. The fest is organised jointly by the school’s Psychology and Sociology Departments. With participation from 21 schools, the festival provided a platform for students to showcase their opinions regarding psychological and sociological issues and stigmas through their creative talents.
The fest included a variety of events, namely: Canvas, a poster making competition where the participants were asked to incarnate their thoughts on topics such as Illusions And Superstitions, Body Disorders And Body Image and Substance Abuse; Act-It-Out, a role play event where the participants had to represent their views on various topics such as Cognitive Dissonance, Somatoform Disorders, The Pygmalion Effect and several others; Showreel, a movie making competition where the participants were asked to elucidate the idea ‘It Is Easier to Build Up a Child, Than to Repair an Adult’ in the form of a short film; And lastly, Just-A-Minute, a speaking competition where the participants had to orate on themes such as Post-Fordism, Nation-State and Demographic Dividend.
The Judges for the events were Mr. Sameer Dharmadhikari, an Indian actor and model, Ms. Bhavana Sabherwal, an Art Consultant and Coordinator of Gallery Sanskriti in Kolkata, Ms. Tarannum Siddiqui, who has been an academician at Sarojini Naidu Center for Women’s Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, Ms. Aditi Kumar, an art based therapist and a consulting Psychologist, and Mr Dushyant Kumar, an actor who has also managed the production of a Bollywood musical called “Beyond Bollywood”, which was presented at The Kingdom of Dreams.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address the Principal conveyed her interest for the two subjects: Psychology and Sociology. She expressed her gratitude towards all those who helped organize the fest and praised all those who participated in the events. She emphasized that creativity, along with the appreciation of creativity, is relative; that winners and losers can’t be chosen on the basis of a competition; that a trophy doesn’t make anyone superior and the lack of one doesn’t make anyone inferior.
An enrapturing theatrical dance performance showcased dancers swaying to mellifluous background music while the theatrical lead captivated the audience with a monologue expressing her inner conflicts and the way she is misunderstood and mistreated.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, the Head of the Psychology Department, Ms. Vithika Rahul and the Judges were invited on stage for the Prize Distribution Ceremony. D.P.S. Mathura Road secured the first position in Canvas, with G.D. Goenka Public School coming second. D.P.S. Mathura Road, once again came first in Act-It-Out, with Amity International School, Mayur Vihar coming second. Bluebells School International was awarded the first position for Just-A-Minute, and Ryan International School, the second position. In Showreel, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Bal Bharti Public School won the first and second positions, respectively. Ryan International School bagged the rolling trophy.
The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks, delivered by Ms. Vithika Rahul
‘Rights And Responsibilities’ Value Of The Month – November 2017
Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. Teachers discussed the rules and code of conduct mentioned in the school almanac. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. The students put up plays exhibiting the importance of balancing rights and responsibilities. The students also shared various quotations and thoughts on the topic.
Class teachers and Subject teachers made the students aware regarding their rights and responsibilities. Students were encouraged to follow the rules at home, at school and in the community as the rules exist for their own safety and protection. They were asked to stand up for their own rights and for the rights of others too. Various activities were conducted regarding the same. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. They also decorated their classes with quotations related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to be responsible, to discharge duties responsibly, and to use their rights in a responsible manner. The Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of responsibility in conducting the day to day activities and also helped create awareness of the students’ rights.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of the students were appreciated by the Class Representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
‘Nihon No Kaori’ – Interschool Japanese Language Festival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized an Inter-school Japanese Language Festival, ‘Nihon No Kaori’ – The Fragrance of Japan on 6 December 2017.
The programme was a DPS Society initiative, aiming at promoting social and cultural learning and also at strengthening the Indo-Japanese friendship. A total of 21 schools, represented by almost 125 students, participated in the seven events related to the Japanese language and culture. The off-site events included Bookmark Making, Invitation Card Making and Comic Designing, while the on-site competitions consisted of Character Portrayal, Skit, Haiku Writing and Duet Singing.
The Guests of Honour included Dr. Zeenat Khadar, the Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Mr. Daisuke Kodama, the First Secretary of the Information and the Culture Section, Embassy of Japan in India.
The judges for the events were Mr. Hiroaki Konishi and Ms. Yuiko Wakana, Japanese Language Advisors, Japan Foundation; Dr. Nabin Panda, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, DU; Ms. Anju Raghav, Guest Faculty, Japan Foundation & Japanese School; Ms. Janashruti Chandra and Ms. Anushree, Assistant Professors, Center for Japanese Studies at JNU.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with a well synchronised fusion dance, which presented Japanese choreography set to Indian classical music. The Guests of Honour were felicitated with a token of regard by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who later warmly welcomed the gathering. She spoke of how she felt that everyone needs to learn more about Asia, commending the Japanese culture and people, while strongly recommending students to pursue third languages even after school. After highlighting the efforts of Coordinators Ms. Niva Chhonkar, Ms. M Sudeshna and Ms. Surbhi Gaur along with other supporting teachers, a montage carrying glimpses from the events was showcased.
The winners of the individual competitions performed their acts and were lauded for their talent.
Dr. Khadar spoke of the Japanese values, food and technology – thus showing that the country had a lot to offer. She motivated the students, reminding them not to be disheartened by the news of not winning.
Mr. Kodama stressed on why Indian students should study in Japan, with the help of a presentation. He was thankful to be able to witness this event for the fourth time and was impressed by the improvement in performances every year.
The Guests of Honour, the Principal and the Vice Principal presented the winners with their awards, heartily congratulating them.
In the Bookmark Making competition, DPS Indirapuram, DPS Noida and DPS Panipat bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively. For the Invitation Card Making, Arwachin International School came third, DPS Dwarka came second and DPS Gautam Budh Nagar bagged the first position. In the Comic Designing competition, St. Mary’s School, DPS Indirapuram, and DPS Sonipat emerged at the first, second and third positions respectively.
The first, second and third prizes for Character Portrayal – Kosupure, went to DPS Dwarka, Arwachin International School and DPS Mathura Road respectively. For the Skit – Geki, Teema, the first position was bagged by DPS Noida, the second one by DPS Dwarka and the third by DPS Greater Noida. DPS Indirapuram, Arwachin International School and DPS Sushant Lok secured the first, second and third place in Haiku Writing, while DPS Maruti Kunj, DPS Indirapuram and DPS Rohini won the first, second and third prize in J-Poppu, the Duet Singing Competiton.
The overall trophy went to Arwachin International School.
The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, delivered the vote of thanks. To conclude, the National Anthem of both the countries was played.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for all the students learning Japanese in various schools to hone their skills and learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan.
Exun Clan, the Computer Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, hosted its 22nd Annual Inter-School IT Symposium ‘EXUN 2017’ on 25-26 November 2017. The event was sponsored by Ivy Achievement, Oxford University Press, Bennett University, Sony, PlayStation, Avit Digital, USA UnivQuest, Manzil Motors and Skiron Gaming.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Computer Science Department and teachers of the Department along with a small group of computer enthusiasts started Exun, short for ‘Experts Unlimited’ in 1992. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs which gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent in the field of IT. Exun believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which captures the essence of their motto “We, not I.”
This year, with over 1000+ registrations from 51 schools, Exun along with Domain Square+ (Gaming Club), RoboKnights (Robotics Club) and Cub XL (Cubing Club) organised 16 different IT events including an Online Cryptic Hunt – Sudocrypt.
The symposium pre-started with Sudocrypt, held over 2 days having over 1000 participants and 40,000 submissions from 15 countries. The team behind the hunt reinvented the idea by adding fresh features like an automated hint system and SudoQuests, which were applauded by the participants.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by an inauguration. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh and Mr. Mukesh Kumar along with his team of Computer Science Teachers and technology support staff. The Guest of Honour for the event, Professor Suneet Tuli from Bennett University, was felicitated by the Principal.
The Introduction Video for Exun 2017 was presented by the Exun Clan, providing a briefing about the particulars of the event.
The Principal, Ms. Sehgal, addressed the gathering exhorting them never to forget the human touch in the era of advancing technology. She quoted, “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” She also acknowledged the loyalty of the Exun alumni and admired the participants for their talent. She praised the club and said that the club was a concept started in 1992, when there was no club in the school and today we have 40 clubs in the school.
The Presidents of the Exun clan and Domain Square+ also addressed the participants, talking about the changes the symposium saw from its past iteration.
On this occasion, Exun released its 12th issue of the Annual Magazine – “UnderScore” – which was also a green move to reduce papers by reducing the articles requiring 80+ pages to 24 pages by introducing QR code for each article, where these QR Codes were linked to full articles present on the website.
The first day included the prelims of Domain Square+ Gaming, Cubing events, RoboWars, Group Discussion, Line Follower, Junior and Senior Quizzes and Crossword along with the finals of Competitive Programming, Delhi-NCR Jr. Gaming Championship.
The second day included Build Pitching, Challenge Programming, Hardware and the finals of Senior Quiz, Crossword, Domain Square+, Delhi NCR Gaming, Cubing Events and RoboWars.
The Closing Ceremony involved the display of a line following robot by a member of RoboKnights. The constant guidance and support of Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Mr. Mukesh Kumar and the entire Computer Science department was acknowledged.
The Vice President and the Honorary Advisor expressed their sentiments regarding the family that is Exun. The event was empowered with the presence of 22 alumni, which is the highest till date. The Alumni were presented with mementos and they were all given the recognition that they deserved as DPS RK Puram is immensely proud of what they have accomplished and all that they contribute to their alma mater and the club.
The results of the Cubing 3×3 were as follows: Hans Raj Modern School bagged the first position, and was followed by DPS Vasant Kunj and St. Marks; Pyraminx was won by Bluebells School International, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Rohini came second and third respectively. Hardware was won by DPS Vasant Kunj, and was followed by Universal Public School and DPS Dwarka. DPS Dwarka came first in Group Discussion, and DPS International Saket and Mothers International came second and third respectively. In RoboWars, Modern School Barakhamba Road came first, Ahlcon Public School and Delhi Public School, Dwarka came second and third respectively. The Shri Ram School, Aravali bagged first position in Programming; DPS International, Saket came second and DPS Dwarka came third. DPS Rohini, DPS Vasant Kunj, and Modern School Barakhamba came first, second, and third respectively in Crossword. In Junior Quiz, DPS Noida, DPS Dwarka and DPS Rohini came first, second and third respectively, while Ramjas School, RK Puram bagged first position in Senior Quiz, and was followed by DPS Noida and DPS Dwarka. Domain²+ Gaming was won by DPS Sushant Lok; DPS Rohini and Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute came second and third respectively. Modern School Barakhamba came first in Mx+C and was followed by DPS Noida and Bal Bharti Pitampura. The results of Build were as follows: DPS Dwarka won Design Imaging, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Noida came second and third respectively; DPS Dwarka bagged first position in Audio Editing, while DPS Vasant Kunj and Green Fields School came second and third respectively; in Video Editing, Sudocrypt, an online global event, was won by Sparsh Tyagi, while Arijit Gupta held second position and Sidharth Trehan came third. The Surprise event was won by Shri Ram School, Moulsari; New Era Public School came second while G.D.Goenka, Vasant Kunj & DPS International, Saket came third.
The winners were also given special prizes powered by the sponsors. DPS Vasant Kunj was adjudged the overall winner. The first overall runner-up was DPS Dwarka while the second overall runner-up was DPS Noida.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar concluded the Symposium by thanking the alumni judges,participating students and teachers of all the schools, partners, the Exun team of teachers and students for making the occasion such a grand success.
Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’
On 18 November 2017, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’ in fond memory of the former Chairman of DPS Society, Dr. P.N. Kirpal. This prestigious event celebrates his love for art, culture and poetry.
The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Member of the DPS Society and former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Justice B.N.Kirpal was the the Guest of Honour. He was accompanied by his wife Ms. Aruna Kirpal. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Vice Chairman of the DPS Society and Member of the DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Rear Admiral M.M. Chopra;Members of the DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra, Dr. (Mrs). Usha Luthra; Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Ms.Sudeepta Ghosh; Member of DPS Society and DPS RK Puram Managing Committee, Dr.Kiran Datar. The guests were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Vice Principals, Ms.Padma Srinivasan, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Anita Singh were also present.
Students from25 schools took part in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘Lime-in-Rhyme’, ‘Inverse Rhapsody’, and ‘Stage-a-Verse’. The events were held at various venues simultaneously. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization, and painting the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants were required to compose a ballad based on six paintings. Lyrical Canvas had participants expressing the dominant emotion from a line of a poem through a charcoal painting. Inverse Rhapsody involved the recitation of lines from various poems, while expressing them in different tones with elements of drama. In Stage-a-Verse, participants wrote and enacted a skit in verse based on a given prompt. Lime-in-Rhyme encouraged budding poets to create limericks within a time limit.
All of the events were assessed by a team of eminent judges. Ms Mita Bose, Ms Nandini Guha, Dr. Sangameshwar Rao, Mr. Vikram Varma, Mr. Vijay Rao, Mr. Dushyant, Ms. Manisha Gupta, Ms. Vaijyanti Ghose, Dr. Carreen Pakrasi, Prof. Ramola Kumar, Ms. NeeraVerma, Mr. Shubhagata Kumar, Ms. Garima Sehgal, Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Mr. Kumar Sandeep, Dr. Sangya Gupta, Dr. Pramod Gupta, Mr. Mahendra Rai, Ms. Arti Paliwal and Mr. Uma Shankar Pathak graced us with their presence.
The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a melodious performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal expressed her gratitude to the Kirpal family. Quoting Pablo Picasso, she said that art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul and quoting Robert Frost, she said that poetry is the emotion that has found a thought and the thought has found words. She lauded the creativity of the participants and congratulated them.
The cultural programme consisted of a beautiful musical and theatrical performance by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. Addressing the gathering, Mr.V.K. Shunglu appreciated the function stating that it was outstanding and professionally presented. He unveiled the book –‘The Bubbling Cauldron’ by the English Squadron.
Blend Art was won by Delhi Public School, Gurgaon; Delhi Public School, Noida held the second position; Ahlcon International School came third. The first position in Artistic Poesy was bagged by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; Ahlcon International School and Tagore International School came second and third respectively. Ahlcon International School won Lyrical Canvas; Birla Vidya Niketan held the second position and Apeejay Noida came third. In Inverse Rhapsody Delhi Public School, Noida, Birla Vidya Niketan and Delhi Public School, International came first, second, and third respectively. Mother’s International School bagged the first position in Stage-a-Verse, and were followed by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; the third position was won by Birla Vidya Niketan. The first, second, and third positions in Lime-in-Rhyme were secured by Vasant Valley, Delhi Public School Bulandshahr and Delhi Public School Mathura Road respectively. The overall winner was Delhi Public School, Greater Noida.
Dr. Ms. Atika Dayal, Head of the English Department, delivered the vote of thanks and praised the students and teachers for their contribution towards making the event a success. The programme culminated with the National Anthem.
Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions
Under the aegis of Shri V. K. Shunglu, Chairman The DPS Society a workshop titled, ‘Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions,’ was organised for the teachers of the two Feeder schools, DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar of Delhi Public School R. K. Puram, New Delhi 22 on Tuesday 14th November, 2017. The In-service teacher development programme was participated by about 40 teachers, moderated by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal DPS R.K.Puram and coordinated by Dr. Zeenat Khader, Jt. Secretary, The DPS Society. It was conducted by experts from Minnesota University, USA.
Ms. Kurtsen Dubbels, the Resource Expert from the Dept. of Education Minnesota, focussed her PPT on the ‘Universal Design of Learning’ which is a pedagogical approach that addresses the needs of classroom with heterogeneous learners.
The second session was conducted by Ms. Joy Lee Fredrickson, Student Service Coordinator from the Osseo Area group of Schools. The session was on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS an evidence-based framework for developing positive behaviour, which can be used in schools to create a positive climate for learning. With PBIS, kids learn about behaviour, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.
Visit Of Her Excellency Ms. Joanna Kempkersand Troupe Dancers Of New Zealand
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram played host to delegates from New Zealand on 16 November 2017 .The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed the Chief Guest Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers along with her colleagues and a troupe of Maori Dancers, Waka Toa. Vice Principals Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan also graced the occasion.
Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers is the High Commissioner of New Zealand. She is currently the Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The event began with the inaugural lighting of the lamp followed by a mesmerising performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal felicitated the Chief Guest with a token of appreciation.
In her welcome address, Ms. Sehgal expressed her gratitude towards Ms. Kempkers for re-visiting the school and giving the students an opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s culture. The Chief Guest focussed her attention on the importance of reinforcing culture through performing arts. She emphasised on how Maoris first talk about their place in the world and then themselves. Praising New Zealand for its education and culture, she ended by singing a song in her traditional language, which imparted the message of love, hope and peace to all.
This was followed by the main attraction ‘The Maori Dance’. Maori is the national dance of New Zealand. It is an emotional and powerful combination of song, chant and dance. Through the dance they convey the message of working in peace to bring peace. Their songs depict their struggles. It was an extremely captivating and enchanting performance. Their traditional costumes and interactions with the students added a unique flair to it. They commenced their performance by inviting the Chief Guest, the Principal and a few students to join them on stage for ‘Maranga Tiaho Mai’, a song about rising up.
Waka Toa presented the Principal with a Greenstone pendant which speaks of strength, courage, focus and determination. They also presented the Chief Guest with a token of their friendship and love.
It was inspiring to see how the Maori performers cherished the beauty and uniqueness of their tribes and traditions. The school hopes that it continues to consolidate and share culture with New Zealand.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. The event ended with the National Anthems of New Zealand and India.
Essay Writing Competition
The DPS Society conducted an Essay Writing Competition on 1 September 2017 at DPS R K Puram. Nearly 200 schools participated in the event.
Syed Momin Iqbal of class 12 B secured the 1st position in the Senior category in Hindi language. He received a cash prize of Rs 25000 along with a certificate.
He is the chief editor of the Hindi Editorial Board and also an active member of the Samvad Hindi Club. The winner was appreciated by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and was felicitated at the Scholar Badge Ceremony by Mr. John Varghese, Principal St Stephens College, New Delhi on 8th November 2017.
‘Peace’ Value Of The Month – October 2017
Class teachers and subject teachers endeavoured to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.
The students participated in discussions about maintaining Peace and Harmony. They put up posters, quotations, slogans and collages related to the theme of Peace. The teachers also spoke to them about living together peacefully.
Class teachers briefed the students about Peace, its meaning and its importance in a student’s life. A general discussion was done in all the classes wherein the students shared their views on the topic. They also prepared quotations, slogans and posters related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to develop a peaceful approach to untoward circumstances and situations. Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of peace in day to day lives.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of students were appreciated by Class representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
Sway 2017, the second interschool Western dance competition organized by the Western Dance Society (WDS) of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram for classes 9 to 12 was held on October 28, 2017.
A total of 20 schools took part in the event, which was divided into two categories- ‘Accent’ (Group performance) and ‘Knockout’ (Solo performance). The competing dance forms included Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-hop.
Renowned dance experts Mr. Benjamin Jacob and Ms. Devasmita Sharma were invited to judge the event. They are principal dancers and senior faculty members at Danceworx, one of the finest dance institutes in India.
The event began with the felicitation of the judges with a token of regard by our esteemed Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Describing dance as an exquisite form of art, Ms. Sehgal encouraged students to learn dancing adding that she found student-dancers “phenomenally inspirational”.
Also present at the event were Vice Principals, Ms. Anita Singh and Ms. Padma Srinivasan, the Head of the Department of Music and Dance, Ms. Aditi Sarkar with her team of teachers, along with the teacher in-charge, Ms. Preeti Pratihari.
A small video of the achievements and history of WDS was followed by an enthralling series of performances against a backdrop of hypnotic lighting and captivating effects.
Soon after, the competition began with the Knockout category, wherein the dancers enthusiastically performed solo, giving way to the next category Accent, where group performances were presented. At the end of the event, the judges addressed the gathering, enlightening the participants with valuable feedback and constructive criticism.
The first prize in the Knockout category was bagged by The Heritage School, Rohini while the second prize was awarded to St. Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri. The first prize in the Accent category went to Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, while Modern School, Barakhamba Road were the runners up.
Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan proposed the vote of thanks and wished the students a successful future. The event was a huge success.
‘Samvaad’ – Hindi club of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram organised a ‘Kavi Sammelan’ on 10 October 2017. The event was graced by renowned Hindi poet Mr. Gajendra Solanki and two other poets. The Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal felicitated the Chief Guest, renowned poet Gajendra Solanki, Ms.Baljeet Kaur and Mr.Radhakant Pandey.
Mrs. Fatma Kirmani introduced Gajendra Solanki who is the recipient of prestigious awards. He has given performances in the different parts of the world. Ms. Vanita Sehgal addressed the students in Hindi and threw light on the importance of Hindi poems. She expressed her views as she talked about how it is easy and difficult to write Hindi poems. She acknowledged the “Samvaad’-Hindi Club’s efforts for promoting the Hindi language and instilling curiosity about Hindi poetry in the students. Uday Bansal, the president of the Hindi club along with various club members like Sanskriti, Momin Iqbal and Aakash recited their self-composed poems.
This years’ edition of the Hindi club’s Annual Magazine ‘ Kalam Ke Rang’ was launched by Mr Gajendra Solanki in the presence of the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and Vice-Principal Ms. Anita Singh.
The poet of Bhor ki kiran, Kranti kalash, and Mann ka panchi, Gajendra Solanki started the Kavi Sammelan with his famous poetry Hindi Stutigan. He inspired the students with a dramatic poem paying tribute to ‘Shahid Bhagat Singh’. The students of Classes IX and X applauded the performance and enjoyed it thoroughly. Ms Baljeet Kaur shared her experiences with humorous poetry and later, Mr. Radhakanth Pandey paid a tribute to the nation through his poems. The poets enthralled the students with their composition and wit and inspired the budding poets in them. The Vice-Principal, Ms Anita Singh was present throughout the Kavi Sammelan and delivered the vote of thanks. The event concluded with the national anthem.
Exhibition On Mental Health
D.P.S. R.K.Puram celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2017 to spread awareness and education of mental health and disorders. WMHD was an initiative started by the World Federation for Mental Health to create worldwide awareness of mental health issues.
The day commenced with the psychology students of the school preparing bookmarks, collages and articles on issues related to mental health. An exhibition was displayed, featuring boards packed with articles, stories, facts and sketches aimed at drawing attention towards the issue of mental health. Bookmarks with uplifting quotes, case profiles which provided in-depth information about an individual, and a life satisfaction checklist was distributed to both teachers and students. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.
The message conveyed through the exhibition was: Shatter the stigma, mend the mind.
‘Buno Kahani’- Story Telling Competition for Class X
Hindi Editorial Board and ‘Samvaad’- Hindi Club organised an on-the spot story telling competitions for class X students. Each section sent a team of 6-7 students which were given a topic on-the-spot and every member had to contribute to the story by taking over from where their team mate left, thereby ‘weaving’ one complete story. Mr Manish Jain and Ms Divya Chaturvedi judged the competitition and Students of X-C won the first position.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan 2017
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, on October 2nd 2017, the staff and the students cleaned the areas in and around the school vicinity. To fulfill the true spirit of ‘Swachhta hi Sewa,’ the Principal, teachers and students of DPS R.K.Puram visited the SDMC schools to promote the movement.
Five teams comprising teachers and students from DPS R.K.Puram visited five SDMC schools in R.K.Puram. The students presented a Nukkad Natak and also organised a quiz to spread the awareness and the need for cleanliness. Students also participated in the cleanliness drive in the SDMC Schools. A First Aid Box was presented to each school and the students were gifted with pouches filled with toiletries.
The Social Service League and the Interact Club of the school played an integral role in the cleanliness drive. The drive saw an active partnership of the DPS RK Puram and the SDMC schools coming together on the same platform to celebrate the dream of our Prime Minister.
Workshop For Teachers on 20th September 2017
Three workshops for teachers were conducted on 20.09.2017 at the AVH. The first session on ‘UNDERSTANDING ADOLESCENCE’ was conducted by Dr Bhavuk Patel and Ms Sanya from the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare. They were welcomed by the Vice Principal Ms Renu Nayar and felicitated by the Vice Principal Ms Padma Srinivasan with a token of regard. It was a very interactive session with a discussion on various class room situations wherein a conflict of interests and problems of the students with authorities emerged. The doctors presented solutions to pacify adolescents who are aggressive in their approach. A soft approach to encourage them to talk about issues plaguing them was recommended.
The second session was on ‘FINANCIAL EDUCATION’ conducted by Mr Deepak Gulati. FCA, LLB partner at Deepak Gulati & Associates, Chartered Accountants. He was given a warm welcome by the Vice Principal Ms Padma Srinivasan. He threw light on Direct and Indirect taxes with a lot of facts and figures. The teachers were informed about the difference between tax and cess charged at various levels. The mandatory requirement of the PAN card and Aadhar card for various purposes was also highlighted. It was a very informative session with the due dates of the income tax and changes therein being brought out in the financial year and assessment year.
The third session was conducted by a police official informing the teachers about the mandatory requirement of a Police Clearance Certificate by the DoE. He explained the procedure for the same and requested the teachers to comply with the orders as soon as possible.
Workshop On Bridging The Gap Between The Junior And The Middle School
DPS RK Puram organised an academic workshop on September 23, 2017 to bridge the gap between junior and middle schools. The workshop was attended by teachers of the junior schools of DPS RK Puram – DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar, as well as the subject in charges at DPS RK Puram. The focus of the workshop was the model teaching sessions conducted by the teachers of all three schools with the Principal taking the lead.
The workshop started with the Principal conducting a model teaching session on two different topics – one on how to teach a poem, and the second on creative writing. The session, an eye-opener for teachers, highlighted the importance of asking the right questions to elicit responses from students that deepened their understanding of the lesson. This session was followed by a series of simultaneously conducted sessions at different venues for subjects like English, Mathematics, EVS, Hindi, Physical Education, Art and Performing Arts.
The workshop on teaching of English literature and language for classes three, four and five took place in the seminar room. It was attended by twenty two teachers from DPS Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash and R.K.Puram. The Opening Session, conducted by the teachers of DPS EOK – Mrs. Niharika Khare and Mrs. Kiran Tandon, was a hands-on session involving all the teachers present. The session was filled with activities like testing of reading and listening skills; vocabulary enrichment games and quizzing. The second session was presented by Ms. Dolly Wadera, Ms. Suniti Banga and Ms. Monica Aggarwal of DPS VV on teaching of ‘Singular and Plural’. They used variety of props and storytelling method as a game charger. The third session was based on teaching of ‘Poetry’, conducted by Ms. Renu Krishna and Ms. Madhuri Sahgal of DPS VV. Their presentation included differences between Prose and Poetry; Types of Poetry; Tools Used; Poetic Devices and Different Forms of Poetry. The sessions were interesting and informative. It was an enriching experience as the teachers shared the various strategies and their expertise making teaching methodology interactive and motivating.
The Mathematics workshop was conducted into two phases. The first phase was conducted by the teachers of DPS Vasant Vihar – Ms. Monica Chandra, Ms. Nupur Handa and Ms. Neha Shahidon the ‘Number Family’. They introduced the number family concepts using family bonds, siblings. Addition and Subtraction was reinforced using sibling activity. Various interesting games were shared like Tambola, Dumb Charades which were played using basic operations of Mathematics at a starting level and further extrapolated to concepts of factors, multiplication etc.
Outdoor activity games using basic operations of Mathematics and Number Facts was played. The second phase was covered by DPS EOK teachers – Ms. Mitali Malhotra, Ms. Mini Baijal and Ms. Sonia Shiv on ‘Fractions’ They introduced the topic using Pizza Slices by paper plate cutting and folding. Various worksheets were given for hands on practice.
‘Fraction Art’ Activity was introduced using Akbar Birbal using number line concept was introduced in fractions. The workshop was a learning experience for the teachers of both the schools.
The Hindi workshop was conducted in three sessions and was attended by 15 teachers from both the junior schools. The first session was based on ‘Language Development through Storytelling’ conducted by Ms. Reeta Prasad of DPS Vasant Vihar. It was an interactive session with storytelling combined with elements like poem/songs, etc. The session also include a group activity where group members wrote stories using words given. The second session was conducted by Ms. Meenu Malhotra of DPS East of Kailash on teaching of various aspects of the Hindi alphabet.The session was interactive and the teacher used various teaching aids, activities, examples and a workbook. The third session was conducted by Ms. Vidyotama Pandey and Ms. Sangeeta Panigarhi of DPS Vasant Vihar. They used a variety of teaching aids to teach the concept of ‘Vishashan’. An interactive strategy was made use of whereby group activities enhanced the flavour of the contents being taught.
The EVS workshop was conducted in two sessions. The first session was conducted by the teachers of DPS East of Kailash – Ms. Ruchira Bajpai and Ms. Manjeet Gandhi (SST) and Ms. HK Lamba (Science). The teachers made an effective use of teaching aids, worksheets and games to explain various concepts. The second session was conducted by Ms. Amita Chauhan, Ms. Sangeeta Malik and Ms. Archana Pental using a variety of activities, worksheets, PowerPoint Presentations and stories to make the concepts relatable and easy to understand.
The workshop for teachers teaching classes Nursery, Prep and one was organised in the AVH. Ms Dolly Chanana, Headmistress, DPS East of Kailash, addressed the teachers in the AVH and highlighted the need to keep the children happy and excited. Teachers from DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar, teaching Nursery, Prep and class I, made their presentations on various topics taught in English. Various presentations were made on the methodology of teaching pre-number concepts, storytelling and introduction of letters like L, T and I for Nursery students. All these were extremely lively and involved a lot of movement and participation of the audience. The teachers also demonstrated how they used props like hand puppets, flash cards and board games in their teaching. A session on Reading activities and Storytelling for Prep students was conducted which showed how music, dance and voice modulation can all be combined to make a storytelling class a fun-filled one and can help students to learn new things with ease. Words beginning with the new letters that were to be taught were emphasized repeatedly so that children could connect the consonant and its sound to the word. Games like Passing the Parcel and Word Tambola were also played to show how they can be very useful tools in the teaching process. The presentation on Articles and Blends showed how games could help children learn the correct use of the articles and to identify the blend sounds. Teachers showed how students could be asked to Ring the Month or any other concept they were doing in the classrooms using materials that are easily available.
A presentation on Physical Fitness demonstrated the ‘Asanas’ which can help in improving the students’ vocal chords, agility of their limbs and concentration. The audience also participated in a very relaxing laughter session. The enthusiasm of the teachers conducting the sessions was infectious and the workshop was a truly learning experience for all those who attended it.
The workshops for teachers teaching Physical Education, Art and Performing Arts were also conducted with teachers from both schools sharing their best practices with each other.
Workshop For Teachers – 16 September 2017
Two workshops were organized for the teachers of East of Kailash ,Vasant Vihar and R. K. Puram on 16 September 2017 from 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM in the AVH. In the first session, Dr.O.P.Yadava, CEO and Chief Cardiac Surgeon at the National Heart Institute, addressed the teachers on ‘Stress – A Physical and Psychological Disorder’. The ideology behind the workshop was to understand the concept of stress and its effects. Dr. Yadava emphasized on the need for us to be more accepting about setbacks in life.
Dr.O.P Yadava spoke about the need to decipher the difference between good stress and bad stress. He advised that people should not focus on either their failures or victories, as this may result in severe stress problems. He emphasized that we must keep our thought process positive.
The second session was about ‘The Mental Health of Children In the Classroom’ which began at 9:20 AM. Ms Greetika Virdi, Counselling Psychologist, and Aditi Kaulitz, Expressive Art Based Therapist, Fortis Hospital started the workshop with an interesting activity.
They focused on the fact that it is important to identify the specific problem that a child might be facing and fulfill their required demands accordingly. They emphasized that the most integral part of the teaching process is to show empathy towards the need of a child, build the child’s confidence and to focus on various aspects of the child’s mental development. They mentioned that teachers must be accepting and understanding regarding the various kinds of personalities in their respective classrooms.
Both the sessions were quite interactive with many teachers putting up queries and seeking advice on dealing with various situations in their classrooms.
Workshops For Teachers – 15 September 2017
An Interactive Session on ‘Stress: A Physical and Psychological Disorder’ was organized in the first session on 15 September 2017 in the AVH. The Principal Ms Vanita Sehgal welcomed Dr Viveka Kumar Senior Director-Cath Lab and senior Consultant Interventional Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket with a small token of regard. Dr Kumar conducted the session from 8 – 9 am and apprised the teachers about the various stress related disorders that one must guard against. He laid emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to avoid high cholesterol and high triglycerides leading to frequent heart attacks in the most productive years of one’s life. The teachers clarified their fears and apprehensions about various heart conditions. The workshop culminated with a vote of thanks by the Vice Principal Ms. Padma Srinivasan.
An Interactive Session on ‘Bone, Joint and Muscle Care for Teachers’ was conducted by Dr Prateek Kumar Gupta, Senior Orthopaedic Consultant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital,an ex alumni of DPS R.K.Puram.
The session was conducted from 10-11 am. He was welcomed by the Vice Principal, Mrs Renu Nayar with a token of appreciation. He informed the teachers about various causes of bone related diseases and the corrective measures like a good posture and regular check-ups to be undertaken to avoid the risk of the onset of osteoporosis and arthritis. The teachers asked him various queries and he satisfactorily answered the same. He concluded the session with stressing on the importance of Vit D and Calcium in the diets. The vote of thanks was given by the Vice Principal Ms Padma Srinivasan.
The sessions were very informative and eye openers for the faculty members.
Teacher’s Day 2017
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The Teacher’s Day at D.P.S R.K Puram was celebrated on 05 September, 2017 with a lot of zest. The teachers were greeted with beautiful cards in the morning, with the students expressing their love and gratitude for them.
The event commenced with the School Appointments wishing the teachers and thanking them for all the knowledge they had imparted to the students. The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal addressed the gathering, where she expressed her affection for the students and thanked them for making their teaching experiences worthwhile. She then invited the Vice Principals, Ms. Anita Singh, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Dr. Renu Nayar, along with the Headmistress, Ms.Rashmi Malhotra, to give out the ‘Best Teacher’ awards to Ms. Sangeeta Mishra and Ms. Ruby Bhattacharya. Following this, the teachers sportingly participated in a surprise game where they answered interesting questions such as, “If you could have one super power, what would you choose?” The students presented the teachers with a beautiful musical performance followed by a theatrical extravaganza.
The teachers were given relief from their usual duties and were taken to watch a motion picture. The senior students took over the mantle of responsibility and adopted the roles of teachers. The celebrations terminated with the teachers spending time with the students in their respective classrooms.
Inter- Section Geography Quiz for classes IX and X
‘Panchtatva’, the Geography club of DPS R.K. Puram organised an Inter-Section Quiz for classes IX and X on 30 August 2017.The quiz included questions on various themes such as human geography, environment geography and world geography.
The quiz was conducted in three rounds. Round 1 included the picture identification wherein students were shown images of geographical features and locations. Round 2 included the map identification in which qualifiers of the first round were to identify countries of the world. Round 3 was a multiple choice question round where all students were supposed to attempt 15 questions based on the knowledge of geography.
Ms. Arti Trivedi ( Club In charge) and Ms. Vinita Gupta along with the Club members organised the activity.
ROUND 2: Map Identification
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ROUND 3: Multiple Choice Questions
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‘On The Spot Art Competition’ on the occasion of 70th Anniversary of Independence
The Art Department of DPS RK Puram organized an ‘On The Spot Art Competition’ on the occasion of 70th Anniversary of Independence of the country and 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement for students of classes VI to X on 29th August 2017 in the school Open Air Theatre as per CBSE directives. We received a great response from our students in favour of this National Mission. Certificates were awarded to students securing first and second positions class wise:
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16th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate
Delhi Public School R.K.Puram organized the 16th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate on 25 August 2017. There were 18 schools from all over Delhi and NCR that participated in this event.
Dhruv Rajgarhia, a young student of the school passed away in 2002. Dhruv is fondly remembered as a keen sportsman, an enthusiastic debater, a peacemaker and someone 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 promoting debating and oratorical skills amongst students
This year the format of the debate was changed to the parliamentary style of debating. The debate consisted of two rounds- the preliminary and the final round. The participating teams were equally divided into two pools and were given the topics on- the- spot and allowed half an hour of preparation time. The preliminary round took place at two venues- the Seminar Room and the Audio Visual Hall. The judges for the preliminary round were the alumni: Ms. Shagun Sethi, JMC, Ms. Dhwani Nagpal, JMC, Mr. Jai Khajuria, Durham University, Ms. Radhika Sharma, King’s College, London and Ms. Kanupriya Mittal, Miranda House. Ms. Esha Patel, a member of JMC’s English Debating Society
The top six out of the eighteen participating teams qualified for the final round which took place in the Audio Visual Hall. Impeccable arguments on topics such as ‘Gender neutral pronouns in textbooks’, ‘Civil Disobedience in a Democracy is morally justified’ and ‘Do what you want narrative’ were presented by the participants who spoke firmly and debated their topics in a crisp and thorough manner. The judges for the final round were Mr. Arunoday Mukharji, Anchor and Senior Editor at CNN News18, Ms. Priyanka Naib, Senior Editor at CAPA-Centre for Aviation and Ms. Syedah Fawzia Nadeem, Professor at the Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University. Mr. and Mrs. Rajgarhia, parents of Dhruv Rajgarhia were also present to witness the debate.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her address, congratulated the participants and thanked the Rajgarhia family for their presence and their long association with the school. A moment of silence was observed in the memory of the young soul.
The judges appreciated the efforts of the participants and the organising committee. They were accompanied by the Principal and the Rajgarhia family for the award distribution ceremony. The Indian School won the Rolling Trophy with Saumya Saxena and Priyansh Agarwal representing the school. Shrey Goyal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road won the ‘Best Speaker Award’, while the runner-up was Priyansh Agarwal, The Indian School and the second runner-up was Asees Kaur, Vasant Valley School.
Infinitus Reus 2017
The Quizzing Club Of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram conducted an Inter school Quiz Competition on 12 August 2017 in the school premises. 25 schools from Delhi NCR participated with 65 teams in various categories of the General Open Quiz.
The program started at 8.00am with the registration of teams and ended at 4.00pm after the prize distribution. The response from various the schools was very encouraging. The questions covered a variety of topics as it was a general quiz. The participants ranged from classes VII to XII.
The Competition commenced with a written preliminary round from which 13 teams were chosen for the semi-finals. The first and second semi-finals had 6 and 7 teams respectively competing to win the honours. Six teams competed in the finals.
The teams from DPS Noida won the 1st and 2nd prizes respectively and the team from St.Columbas School bagged the 3rd prize.
Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal DPS R.K.Puram gave away the prizes and honoured the winners.
Annual Inter School Indian Instrumental Music Competition-2017
The Annual Interschool Indian Instrumental Music Competition was hosted by Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram in the memory of Swargadeep Kobi Raj, who was an excellent table player on 19 August 2017. Mr. Naushad Ahmed, a renowned tabla player and Mr. Moushin Ali Khan, an eminent sitar player were the judges for the event.
The event commenced recounting Swargdeep’s virtues followed by the address by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who welcomed the participants from 11 schools and emphasized that ‘Life without music is dull’. The event gave numerous children a platform to showcase their talents in the field of Indian music. The mother of Kobi Raj presented a painting to the school as a token of her appreciation. The judges encouraged the participants with their words of wisdom after which the prize distribution took place.
D.P.S. Vasant Kunj won the first position, followed by D.P.S. Rohini in the second position, and Bal Bharati School in the third. All participants were awarded participation certificates.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and the event concluded with the National Anthem.
The Dorling Kinderly(DK) publishing house, along with Quizcraft global and Eureka books conducted a quiz for students of classes 7,8 and 9 in the AVH on 21 August 2017. There were 63 teams of 2 students each that participated in the written preliminary round of 20 questions. The written round was followed by an `On Stage Round` where the top 6 teams participated. The Quiz Master was Mr. Aditya Mubaayi. The Quiz had 4 rounds of jumbled words, audio, video and the buzzer round.
Books published by DK were given as audience prizes for answering questions. The winners of the quiz were Abhimanyu Dayal and Aparajit Mahajan of 9J and the runners up were Akshit Kumar and Vinayak Kapila of 9D. The winners were awarded certificates and prizes.
The prizes were distributed by Mr. Aditya Mubaayi, the Quiz master and Mrs. R. Suchitra , Quizzing club in charge of DPS R.K.Puram. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Mrs. R. Suchitra.