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.



French Exchange Programme

Our school has been having exchange programmes with schools in France for several years. The exchange programme with  Lycée St. Ambroise in Chambery, France began in 2007. The fourth exchange programme with Lycée St. Ambroise, Chambery, is currently underway.

A total of  25 French students accompanied by 3 teachers: Mr. Pierre Guillot, Ms. Muriel Bouvier and Ms. Nadège Tissot visited our school from 17th  to 26th  October 2017. The French students stayed with their Indian counterparts, students of Classes 9 and 10. They were very pleased to be here during the festival of Diwali. This gave the students a glimpse of traditional Indian culture and an overall insight into a vast array of customs present in our society. The French students interacted with the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal upon their arrival in school. They were invited to attend a morning routine assembly and some classes alongside their Indian hosts, so as to gain a firsthand experience of the Indian educational system. They also visited iconic Indian landmarks such as Gandhi Smriti, Lodhi Garden, Humayun’s tomb, etc.

On the final day, the school hosted a farewell dinner for the visiting delegation. The French students also cooked some traditional French dishes for the Indian families.The exchange was a fruitful learning experience for students of both countries and it gave our students an excellent opportunity to interact with native French speakers and to get a keen insight into the French culture.

Our students will be visiting Chambery, France in May 2018.



‘Fantastiske Danmark’

Twenty students from Classes IX and XI accompanied by Vice Principal Dr. Renu Nayar and the Head of Department of Biology, Ms. Niva Chhonkar attended the Environment Camp at Copenhagen, Denmark from 29 September to 06 October 2017.

The students went on the river cruise and got an opportunity to see the Danes’ architectural prowess and their historical monuments. The city had a unique blend of modern and traditional architecture and buildings,  that made it stand out. They visited the famous Stroget Street. ‘Twisted Torso’ building and  the famous little mermaid were added attractions.  Students visited Malmö Moderna Museet (Modern Museum) in Sweden for an exhibition by Mr  Ulf Rollof . The students walked through beautiful parks and riverside pathways to reach the Malmö Castle.

The students visited Gladsaxe Gymnasium and Søborg, a Senior High School in Copenhagen and discussed  differences in culture, education, social interaction, lifestyle and waste management in India and Denmark  with the Danish students.

The visit to the school  concluded with a lively bhangra performance by the girls and a medley of songs by the boys. A traditional Kathak solo performance was also presented, which mesmerized the audience. Indian students visited Danish Homes too. Students also got the taste of Danish cuisines and the popular Danish Lurpak® butter. They also learnt that the Danish alphabet has three letters not found in the English alphabet: Æ, Ø, Å. All three are vowels and come after the letter Z in the alphabet. Students learnt about Danish currency that is, ‘Kroner’

They also visited the Waste Recycling Centre and Kornberg castle. William Shakespeare set his famous play Hamlet at Elsinore Castle, which is directly modelled on this Castle

A visit to the Danish Water Forum headquarters and an aquarium called Den Bla Planet-the Blue Planet was an eye opener where they met the creator of online Water Management game ‘Aqua Republica’ .

The trip was a great opportunity to learn about not only Scandinavian methods of conserving the environment, but also enriched the pupils about their historical and social culture. The trip gave them knowledge, invaluable experiences and golden memories.

 Fantastiske Danmark’ indeed!



Friendly Match against Royal Grammar High School, Wycombe,UK

A friendly cricket match was organised against the visiting team from Royal Grammar High School,Wycombe,UK. Winning the toss, DPS RK Puram elected to bat first. Aryaman Pal(XI-W) and Viren Laungani(X-G) opened the innings and scored 109 runs and 106 runs respectively. Later Keshav Hora(XI-Q) scored 55 runs and Tanishk Dudeja(XI-K) scored 45 n.o. to end the innings of DPS RK Puram. DPS RK Puram scored 410 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.

In reply to the massive total put up by DPS RK Puram, Royal Grammar HIgh School, Wycombe,UK could score 92 runs only . They succumbed to this meagre total because of brilliant bowling performance by Samay Batra(XII-T) who took 6 wickets. He was accompanied by Mayank Malhotra(XI-U) who took 2 wickets. DPS RK Puram won the friendly match against Royal Grammar High School, Wycombe, UK by 318 runs.



Friendly Cricket Match with Newcastle School for Boys,UK

A friendly cricket match was organised against the visiting Newcastle School for Boys,UK. Winning the toss ,DPS RK Puram elected to bat first. Karmanya Daga(XI-Q) and Viren Laungani(X-G) opened the innings and scored 107 n.o. (6×3),(4×16) and 102 n.o.(6×5),(4×11) respectively. The huge opening stand was followed by a quickfire 80 n.o. by Siddhant Paul(XII-P) who accomplished this feat with the help of 9 sixes and 4 fours. At the end of the innings the scoreboard for DPS RK Puram stood at 359 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 25 overs.

Chasing the target of 360 runs in 25 overs, Newcastle School for Boys were all out for 80 runs. Ishir Hans(IX-M) claimed 4 wickets while Aniket Sharma (X-B) and Aditya Lakhina(XII-T) took 3 wickets each for DPS RK Puram. DPS RK Puram won the match by 279 runs.

The visiting team was introduced to the Principal before the commencement of the match.

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Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

3 teams of students participated in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 2017 in the academic year 2017-2018, The 3 teams qualified as International Finalists, in the category of “Aerospace & Aviation” and were the only teams from India. After securing 3 of 8 finalist positions in the Aerospace & Aviation category, the teams went forward with their journey which took them to the final stage which was held at the Kennedy Space Center, Orlando, Florida.

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is organised by the NASA, SpaceX, Sigma Xi, Lockheed Martin, and other prominent companies and puts high-school students in the shoes of researchers, asking them to innovate, conceptualise, research and design products and systems which can contribute to a better world. The Summit leads the participants to seed funding grants, patent support, business services, scholarships and other opportunities.

Team Impractical Engineers created an improved “gecko boot” design, to attach to various outer structures and to be worn as part of a spacesuit for extravehicular activity.

Team Sirona created a design for a space debris elimination system, to tackle the problem of orbital debris caused by the reckless exploitation of lower Earth orbit.

Team Taabir, the first of its kind as a collaboration between India and Pakistan, sought to create an autonomous lunar mining system to create resources for future lunar and orbital missions.

As part of the Aerospace Society (Aeross) of DPS RK Puram — a student body of space enthusiasts — the students have been a constant source of innovation, have exemplified dedication and have remained at the forefront of advancing science and technology as high school students all across the world.



Students Won Hearts At NASA Competition

Every year, the National Space Society works with the NASA Ames Research Center to conduct a student competition in which teams from around the world design future orbital space settlements that will house thousands of people.

This year the contest received more than 1,500 submissions from an estimated 6,000 students. The Grand Prize for the 2017 Space Settlement Contest went to a small team of two students, Shashwat Goel and Ankita Phulia Grade 10 from New Delhi, India.

Their winning design Anastasi is an underwater settlement. It is a low cost simulation of artificial habitats in outer space. It will provide insights on the conditions of early orbital space settlements as well as serve as a training facility for the early inhabitants of these. Anastasi will be a profitable venture proving the commercial viability of colonizing unexplored territories. It will be located in the Dead Sea and will have immense benefits for the region as it aims to desalinate enclosed areas of the sea and introduce marine life that could not survive earlier.

The DPS students were mentored by student mentor Aditya Sengupta and teacher Mr.Anil Kumar Verma of Delhi Public School RK Puram. One of two grand prize winner students along with hundreds of other contest-winning students and teachers from the United States and countries across the globe will converge in St. Louis this month for the National Space Society’s 36th Annual International Space Development Conference to celebrate and engage people in the goal of space settlement. They will present their projects to conference attendees. The event is set for May 24-29 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

“The students attending the ISDC are so passionate and excited to be there to share their ideas and projects. There is so much to learn from them, their cultures, and creative insights,” said Lynne F. Zielinski, NSS vice president of public affairs and chair of NSS’ education and outreach committee. “We are always dazzled by their insightful and futuristic designs. Their enthusiasm is infectious and gives us all hope that we will soon be living and working in space ourselves. These students are the ones to take us there.”

The winners Shashwat Goel and Ankita Phulia said, “Our school (Delhi Public School R.K.Puram, India) has a club called the Aerospace Society (Aeross) that has been participating in the NASA Ames Contest since 2013. That’s how we got to know about the contest. We were very nervous about sending an unconventional entry which was not an ‘orbital settlement in space’ and it was unbelievable when we got to know that we had won the grand prize. Winning the prize has strengthened our belief in our work and we will further improve the concept as we hope that it becomes a reality one day and serves as an important step in the path to space colonization.”

The teacher In-charge Mr. Anil Kumar Verma said,”The NASA Ames Contest has not only developed an interest towards aerospace, it has motivated students to come up with creative concepts and has helped build a temperament towards research at an early age”.
Meanwhile, student mentor Aditya Sengupta said, “It feels great that a team I mentored has won the Grand Prize, I came up with the idea of how the oceans were quite similar to space and proposed this to Shashwat and Ankita as a side-research project. It was very exciting to see the students working so hard on a very abstract and challenging concept as both were well-versed with Space Settlement Design but Underwater Settlement Design forced them to step out of their comfort zone’.



Friendly Cricket Match With Cheadle Hulme School Manchester UK

An organised friendly cricket match was played with visiting CHEADLE HULME SCHOOL MANCHESTER U K at the sports complex on 11 April 2017. They won the toss & elected to bat. They were declared all out for 129 runs in the stipulated 30 overs match.

Pratyaksh Mathur and Mansimar Singh claimed 3 wkts each and Keshav Hora claimed 2wkts. While chasing the target of 130 DPS lost one wkt and reached the target in11 overs only. Aryaman Pal scored 61 not out and ,Aryaman Sen scored 52 not out.

The visiting team was introduced to the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal before the commencement of the game.



The Advance to Australia, ‘A2Oz’, 2016-2017

The students of the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram participated in The Advance to Australia, ‘A2Oz’- India Schools Video Competition 2016-2017. Prakshi Gambhir (XII) and Aryan Agarwal (XI) were adjudged the National winners under the category ‘Construction Management’. They won an all expense paid study trip to the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. They were also awarded a study scholarship of 4000 AUD each by the university. The second team comprising of Nikunj Taneja (XII) and Harshini Misra (XI) were one of the three finalists chosen under the category ‘Nanotechnology’ and were awarded with certificates and blue-tooth speakers by the RMIT University, Melbourne.

The winners were accompanied by the Teacher In-charge, Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, where they were felicitated at the award ceremony held on the 10th of April 2017. They were also invited to the Taj Palace Hotel where they had the opportunity of meeting and interacting with the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP and Senator, the Hon Simon Birmingham, MP and Minister for Education and Training, Australian Government. They also had the opportunity of meeting Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, competed against 325 other schools across the country to win this competiton. The winners of this competiton will feature in National and International publicity campaigns by both Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). The winning video will also be promoted through social media by Cambridge English and Austrade.



Green School Award for DPS R.K.Puram in International Environment Conference ‘ENCON 2017’

The International Conference and Outreach Programme on ‘Environment & Ecology: Sustainability and Challenges’ was organised by Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram from 4th to 6th January 2017 at Sri Venkateswara College. The aim of this conference was to bring together the stakeholders who can help in painting a holistic picture of the Global Changes in Environment and Ecology.

DPS R.K.Puram won the Green School Award in ENCON 2017 for creating awareness among the students towards environmental issues through various activities.

Under the Green School Initiative, a number of competitions were organised and the winners were:
Environment Quiz: Third Prize: Aarav Mathur and Arunabh of VI H
Slogan Writing: First Prize : Tanvi Bothra XI A: Second Prize: Sukeerti XI B
Best out of Waste: First Prize: Aanya Trehan IX L

The third prize under ‘Young Innovative Environmentalist -Sustainable Technology’ was awarded to Prithvi Rana of XI-I. His model included ‘Jal Jaanch’ stick with an app ‘Pure Path’. The exhibits were judged by Professor Dr.Louise E .M. Vet, Director, Netherlands Institute of Ecology.



INTERNATIONAL FRENCH LANGUAGE OLYMPIAD – 2016

Adhya Sharma, currently studying in 10I has secured the Olympiad Rank 1 in the International French Language Olympiad-2016 conducted by Silverzone in association with the French Language Teachers Association. The Olympiad was conducted in January 2016.

She was awarded a cheque of Rs 10,000 in addition to a gold medal, a certificate and trophy. The school was also given a trophy and an award for overall excellence.



VISIT OF FOREIGN DIGNITARIES FROM KYRGYZSTAN

DPS R.K.Puram had the privilege of hosting Mrs.Roza Otunbayeva, Former President of Kyrgyzstan and Founder of the Rosa Otunbayeva Initiative International Foundation, Ms.Samarguil Adamkulova, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic and Ms.Asel Akmatkalyi, Attache, Embassy of the Kyrgyzstan at DPS R.K.Puram on 11th February 2016.

The guests were welcomed by a beautiful rendition of the school orchestra. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini felicitated the guests and extended a warm welcome to them. The school performance report which reflects the numerous achievements of the students, was presented to the guests in the form of a Power Point Presentation. The students presented a cultural programme in honour of the guests. The guests interacted with the students. The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks and the programme ended with the national anthem.

The visit will go a long way in strengthening cordial ties between the two countries and furthering educational opportunities at the school level between both the nations.



International Space Settlement Design Competitions 2016

In the academic year 2015-2016, 2 teams from Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram participated in the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition (ARSSDC), both qualifying as semi-finalists (the highest qualification rank possible). The two teams were paired with various other qualifying teams from India, China and Pakistan. The teams underwent an orientation lasting 21 hours, during which they had to fully conceptualise and finally present their unique designs for a fusion-propelled cycler settlement. At the end, one team from Delhi Public School RK Puram ended up winning.

The winning team then went on to meet the Minister for Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and got an opportunity to talk about their presentation with him.

They also got a remarkable opportunity to interact with the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who wished them good luck and success for the journey ahead.

The teams then went for the International Finals to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA in July, 2016. Here they got the chance to attend technical sessions organized by reputed NASA & Boeing engineers involved in known space missions —the Space Shuttle and Apollo programs— such as Norman Chaffee and Anita Gale.

The teams were paired up with high school students from the USA, UK, Belgium, Wales and Uruguay to constituting to the company “Grumbo Aerospace”, with NASA engineers acting as the ‘CEO’s and ‘advisors’ of their company. After a gruelling 36-hour final, working on a Martian surface base meant for research into terraforming, the company emerged as International Runners Up.



FRIENDLY CRICKET MATCH (U – 14) WITH KENTON COLLEGE, NAIROBI, KENYA

A friendly cricket match was organised against the touring cricket team from Nairobi , Kenya on 17th October 2015 at the DPS R.K.Puram Sports complex. The toss won by the visiting team and they elected to bat. They were all out for 73 runs in 14 overs.

DPS R.K.Puram chased the target in 16 overs with the loss of 4 wickets.

Madhav Chaturvedi of DPS RK Puram scored 26 runs and was declared the Man of the Match.



VISIT OF CANADIAN DELEGATION

A delegation of 8 Canadian Universities visited DPS R K Puram on Monday, 24th Aug 2015 at 7:15 a.m. The universities were: McGill, The University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Carleton University, York University, University of Guelph and University of Concordia. The delegation interacted with the students in the Principal’s office, who enquired about the admissions process, eligibility criteria, courses offered deadlines, costs and scholarships etc. The students were delighted with the opportunity presented to them, since specific details were conveyed and all queries were answered to their satisfaction.



AUSTRALIA- INDIA BRIDGE SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROJECT LAUNCH

India took an important step towards unifying global education on 24th August 2015 with the launch of the Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership by the Australian Department of Education at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. The goal of the BRIDGE initiative is to broaden the Indo-Australian relationship by connecting 16 schools and their students across both countries. The chief guest for the occasion was the Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon’ble Mr. Christopher Pyne. He was accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Patrick Suckling, ace cricketer and the first-ever Australia-India Education Ambassador, Mr. Adam Gilchrist and other delegates. Principals of the 8 India-based BRIDGE partner schools graced the gathering. Also present were the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of the esteemed guests. Dr. D.R. Saini extended a warm welcome to the distinguished gathering. The cultural programme began with a mellifluous rendition of the song ‘It’s a Small World.’ This was followed by a dance performance celebrating the geo-cultural diversity of India. The Hon’ble Mr. Christopher Pyne spoke about the importance of sustaining collaboration between Indian and Australian schools across various learning areas and disciplines and launched the BRIDGE programme. An interactive video conference between the students of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and its Australian counterpart St. Francis De Sales College took place. Mr. Adam Gilchrist addressed the audience and emphasised the role of intercultural learning in education.

The Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks and the event concluded with the National Anthems of both Australia and India. The Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership Project heralds a new chapter in Indo-Australian bilateral ties and hosting its launch was a historic occasion for D.P.S. R.K. Puram.

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CONRAD SPIRIT INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2015

The Conrad Spirit Of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honour of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. The competition is an international, annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of four areas: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.

Two students from our school, Shraddha Anand and Abhishek Anand formed a team “Albatross”.The event was held at NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA on 9-11 April 2015. They were the only team from India to qualify for the finals and competed against teams from all over the world including countries like USA, Germany, Australia, Bangladesh and Israel. They received the following accolades:

• Winners and Pete Conrad Scholars in “Giant Leap to Mars” category sponsored by SpaceX and NASA
• Finalists and Summit Diplomats in “Aerospace and Aviation” and “Giant Leap to Mars” category



7TH ASIAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Aarushi Chadha, aged 17, a student of class XI-T of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram participated in the 7th Asian Basketball Championship held in March 2015 in Thailand.

She, along with her teammates, represented Delhi and secured the First Position by defeating 28 other states in the 61st U-19 National School Games held in January 2015 in Delhi.



VISIT OF 3 US UNIVERSITIES – CASE WESTERN RESERVE, UNIV. OF ROCHESTER AND BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

Representatives of Case Western Reserve, Univ. of Rochester and Brandeis University visited DPS R K Puram on Thursday, 9th April, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

The group first met with the Principal, Dr. D R Saini and the Education Counsellor Ms. Mamta Sharma and discussed the admission criteria of their respective universities, as well as the various courses offered at their institutions, the application procedure and the special characteristics of each institution.

This was followed by an interactive presentation in the AVH for Class 12 students.

A great deal of interest was shown by the students, who asked several questions on the courses taught, SAT scores, the selection process, the possibility of dual majors etc.

It was a very informative session and greatly appreciated by the guests as well as the staff and students present.



INTERNATIONAL INFORMATICS OLYMPIAD 2015

The following students from our esteemed institution won top positions in International Informatics Olympiad (IIO) competing their counterparts from India and Abroad in this Olympiad. The school also got Performance Excellence Award for outstanding overall performance of students participated from our school in Silverzone Olympiads in 2015-2016.

Sarthak Pal of 11 L secured International Olympiad rank 10
Navyaa Sanan of 10 J secured International Olympiad rank 13



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