DPS RKPuram-Winners at the International Space Settlement Design Competition in NASA
In January, 2018, a team from Delhi Public School, R K Puram had won the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition. Due to their exceptional performance, a team of 12 members comprising of Ananya Ashta, Bhavya Khandelwal, Kushagra Gupta, Mehek Manish Shah, Natasha Arya, Shiv Sethi, Shrijita Anand, Udit Malik,Vinamr Loomba Sachdeva, Gunjan Anand, Aditya Vikram Singh and Tarun Patra, was invited by Ms Anita Gale, Co- founder, Space Settlement Design Competition, to represent Asia at the International Space Settlement Design Competition. It was held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA, between 27 – 31 Jul , 2018.
Before leaving for USA, the team visited the Honourable Vice President of India and the Chief Minister of Delhi to seek their blessings.
During the competition, students got a 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 team was paired up with high school students from the USA, UK, Australia, Argentina 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 43-hour final, working on a moon surface city meant for research into terraforming, the company emerged as International Winners.
DPS RK Puram won this prestigious International Competition as part of the winning “Grumbo Aerospace” team. This is for the first time the school won this renowned competition, where 30 reputed schools with brilliant students from around the world participated. Ms Rupa Das accompanied the team as their advisor. This would not have been possible without the constant encouragement of the school Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and the support of the Chairman of Delhi Public School Society , Shri V.K.Shunglu.
Student Exchange Program
The Exchange Programme with Lycée St. Ambroise in Chambéry, France started in 2007. This year, the fourth French exchange programme with Lycée St. Ambroise, Chambéry, concluded successfully.
A total of 24 Indian students of Classes 10 and 11 accompanied by 2 teachers: Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, and French Language Teacher, Mr. Vaibhav Popli, visited Lycée St. Ambroise in Chambéry from 28 April to 6 May 2018. They stayed with their French counterparts who showed hospitality par excellence. This stay gave them the opportunity to learn and experience the nuances of French culture and language. Upon their arrival in Lycée, Principal, Mr Laurent Coiret, welcomed them and took them to a small school tour with Mr Pierre Guillot. They learnt about the French school system. They also visited Chambéry City Centre, Annecy, Lyon and some famous lakes of the Savoie region.
On 3 May 2018, the school hosted the cultural evening in the lycée. Both Indian and as well as French students showcased their talents. All the performances were highly appreciated by the French families and teachers. The Indian students also cooked some traditional Indian dishes for the French families.
This exchange was a bridge between two different cultures and gave the students excellent opportunity to use their French language skills with natives and to learn the French culture.
Indian students along with their accompanying teachers spent last few days of the program in Paris. Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Chateau de Versailles etc. were some of the sites visited by them. This was to give them the essence of the rich French architecture and glorious history.
Singapore International Science Camp 2017
A total of 12 students from Class XI accompanied by Ms. Archna Deepak attended the Science Camp at National University of Singapore from 18 to 23 December 2017.
The students went on a city cruise and got an opportunity to see Singapore’s technological prowess and it’s historical landmarks. The city has a unique blend of modern and traditional architecture and buildings that makes it stand apart.
The students were given a warm welcome by the faculty at NUS. On the first day, they were given a talk on autonomous vehicles by Professor Marcelo and also came to know about SMART (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology).
They also had a chat with Mr .Rong Kang, the Technical lead from HelloHolo who introduced them to the advancements in mixed reality through the Microsoft Hololens .
Next day the students had a workshop on LuMen . The workshop was conducted by Chelsea, the Creative Director of LuMen, the name of the mastermind organization behind the fascinating and unique dances. Through the talks the students were briefed about the journey from manually controlled illuminated dance suits to fully automated and pre-programmed suits. They also had a coding workshop where they had the chance to make their own dance routines.
The students also visited a 3D printing workshop, where they got to know about how this next-big-thing-in-tech works and got to see their very self-made fidget spinner come to life.
The visit to the Universal Studios was enjoyed dearly by everyone after all the interesting science sessions.
The students also visited the National Science Centre. There they saw a movie on Aurora’s in an omnitheatre , which was truly a thrilling experience . They also had a hands-on-workshop in Genetic Engineering and Chemistry of Coffee.
A visit to the A* Labs was an eye opener where they came across all the various gadgets which blurred the lines between the possible and impossible in the world of technology.
In the end there was a quiz which summed up all that the students had learnt. Gayatri Mehra and Shreya Wadhwa stood second in the Quiz. Adya Singh and Ashna Wadhwa won a special prize of having the best reflections among the 120 students present.
The trip was a great opportunity to learn not only about the recent technological advancements, but also enriched the pupils about the various opportunities that exist for them. The trip gave them knowledge, invaluable experiences and golden memories.
Trip to Australia
Two students of the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Prakshi Gambhir (XII) and Aryan Agarwal (XI), visited The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia along with their teacher in-charge, Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee, from 15 -21 October 2017. The students participated in The Advance To Australia- India Schools Video Making Competition 2016-2017 organized by Austrade and won the first prize, which was an all-expense paid educational trip to Australia. They were also given a scholarship of 4000 AUD to pursue further studies at the University.
They were given the opportunity to visit the two campuses of the University- one in Toowoomba and the other in Ipswich. They met with many professors from diverse academic backgrounds including Construction Management, Nursing, Aviation Operations et al, who gave them an insight into the different undergraduate courses being offered. The University also organized a sightseeing tour that included, a visit to the city of Brisbane and to the Gold Coast, where they were taken to the Warner Bros. Movie World. Prakshi and Aryan were also part of a video shoot in which they were interviewed about their trip to Australia and their future career plans. A photo shoot was also conducted on campus for marketing purposes. The experience was not only fruitful but also very enjoyable, giving them a taste of Australian life and culture.
International Conference on ‘Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture’
Department of Biotechnology, Government Of India and TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre organized an International Conference on 20-21 November 2017 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Various diagnostic and therapeutic uses of nanoparticles in agriculture were highlighted by eminent scientists from Indian institutes and Deakin University, Australia.
On the first day, topics like Nanonutrients, Nanopesticides, Intelligent nanomaterials, Lab-on-Chip platform for efficient & automated farming (LEAF), Nanotization of phytoactive compounds, Nanosensors for food safety were highlighted.
On the second day, Nanotoxicity, Safety & concerns of Nanopesticides and Regulations in Nanotechnology were discussed.
The following students of Class XI and XII along with their teacher Ms Niva Chhonkar attended the programme: Astha Bansal, Aashi, Devyansh Nayer, Pranjal Agarwal, L. Sailo, Aryan Sharma, Arindam Mishra, Shubham Purwar, Yash Agarwal, Yash Gupta, Vikram Iyer and Samas Rehan
It was a great learning experience for the students and their interaction with the eminent research scientists generated more curiosity towards the topic.
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.
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.
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.
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
VISITS OF DEANS AND DIRECTORS OF 14 US UNIVERSITIES
DPS R.K. Puram was visited by the Deans and Directors of Admissions of 14 US universities on Monday, 9th February, 2015. This visit, which was primarily to meet the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, and the Education Counsellor, Ms. Mamta Sharma, was organized by Ms. Brandy Fransen, the Director of Operations, the LINDEN group.
The delegates arrived at 11.30 am, and after introducing themselves, gave a brief on their respective institutions. The universities that were represented were : Arizona State University, Hampshire West Virginia University, Loyola Marymount University, John Carrol University, Hampshire College, Embry – Riddle, Foothill and De Anza College, University of Piltsburg, University of San Francisco, University of Missouri – Kansas City, SUNY Buffalo, Richmond
University in London and New Jersey’s Science & Technology University.
The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, also presented the school’s achievements with the delegation, and the education system it pursued, along with its track record in academics and international admissions it had secured across the world. Ms. Sharma also briefly spoke about the admissions procedure and the unmatched results it had secured in international placements.
The information that was shared was both informative and constructive, and valued by all those present at the meeting.
VISIT OF 15 US UNIVERSITIES REPRESENTATIVES
Representatives of 15 US universities visited DPS R K Puram on Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Their mission was to share details of their respective institutions with the students of Class 11, and also discuss the unique features, admission criteria and requirements of each university, the group was led by Mr. Ganesh Kohli, Director and Founder of KIC Univ. Assist, who also spoke about the diverse educational pathways available to the students today, alongwith the choices which lay ahead of them.
The delegation comprised of the following universities and colleges:-
Coastal Carolina University, Columbia College Chicago, Elon University, Kettering University, Michigan State University, Ohio University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Michigan-Flint, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa.
It was indeed and enriching experience for all those present. The students also directly interacted with the admissions representatives and clarified their doubts. The session was very informative, and enabled the students to understand the options available to them after completing Class 12.
The International Day of the Girl Child
The ‘International day of the girl child’ was celebrated at DPS R.K.Puram on 14 October 2014. The chief guest was Mr.John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Also present was Dr.Ashok Dyalchand,founder of AGRT-Institute of Health Management and Ms.Pakzoon Dastoor, Manager of Advisory Research at Dasra. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini along with the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; and the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, welcomed all the guests. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. A clip on the child marriage was shown to the students.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable John Baird was presented with a shawl as a token of appreciation. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra performed a scintillating dance depicting the reality of a girl child. The principal addressed the gathering about the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries, India and Canada should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. John Baird spoke about the importance of encouraging girls so as to empower them and help them achieve their full potential.
Dr. Ashok Dyalchand addressed the gathering with his words of wisdom and highlighted the life skills which need to be provided to the villages and slums, especially to empower girls through knowledge and learning. Another delegate, Ms. Dastoor spoke about NGO’s working with their organisation, ‘Dasra’ and the statistics of girl child marriages.
There was an interesting interactive session in which Dr. Dyalchand and Ms. Dastoor answered the various queries of the students.
Canada-India Friendship Day Celebrations
The High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, in partnership with Delhi Public School, R .K. Puram celebrated the Canada-India Friendship Day on August 14. This colourful event was marked by a presentation on educational opportunities in Canada, face-painting and a “best dressed” competition featuring the national colours of both countries.
This was the third in a series of Canada-India Friendship Days that the High Commission of Canada has been celebrating in the build-up to India’s Independence Day, for the past three years.
The chief guest on the occasion was the Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Mr. Jess Dutton. He was accompanied by Mr Robert Dutka, Second Secretary, Advocacy program; Ms Archana Mirajkar, Senior communications Officer; Ms Smriti Saxena, Media and communications Officer;
Mr Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education and Ms Jasvinder Kaur, Executive, Advocacy program. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, the Vice Principals, Ms. Shobha Mehta and Mrs. Pushpa Agarwal and the headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini addressed the gathering and spoke of the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. Jess Dutton, in his interaction with the audience, emphasized the importance of strengthening Indo-Canadian bonds. The National Anthem of the two nations were sung.
The cultural program began with enchanting and scintillating dance performances by the students of the school. A short film highlighting the beauty of Canadian culture was presented by the Canada Tourism agency along with a Power Point Presentation on education opportunities in Canada This was followed by a quiz on Canada in which the students participated with great enthusiasm. A fashion walk was showcased incorporating the national colours of both the nations. Mallika Gupta of class XII recited a poem on friendship between the two countries. Last but not the least, the occasion ended with exciting face painting, turban tying and sessions of photography.
International Space Settlement Design Competition 2014
The International Space Settlement Design Competition 2014 was held at the Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida. Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram qualified for the competition as an invited team. We were assigned the company name “Rockdonnell” and were teamed up with Johnson Space Center Semi-Final Winner from US, Latin American Semi-Final Winner from Uruguay, Princess Margaret Secondary School—Surrey British Columbia from Canada and the invited team from Wales. In all there were 4 companies each of which consisted of 5 schools and 48 students each. Our company’s CEO was Eryn Andrews Beisner who is an engineer at NASA and working with her was an amazing opportunity for us.
From left to right: Mrs. Sarita Singh (Shraddha’s mother); Siddharth Bhogra; Tanay Vardhan; Akshay Kumar Gupta; Prateek Swain; Abhishek Anand; Tanay Kothari; Mrs. Archna Deepak; Shraddha Anand
This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, space environment knowledge, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in sitting and designing a Space Settlement. Our problem statement at the competition revolved around making a space settlement on the surface of moon named “Balderol”. We needed to describe the design, development, construction and operations/maintenance planning of Balderol and prepare a 50 slide presentation within a time frame of 41 hours.
Tanay Kothari from our school was selected as the company’s Vice President of Engineering. Shraddha Anand and Abhishek Anand from our school were selected to present the final presentations on stage. Abhishek Anand was awarded the Dick Edwards Award for exceptional leadership. This award is given to one person from each company and to just four students overall at the competition. The company “Dougeldyne Astrosystems and Flechtel Contractors” won the competition with our company ending up as runner’s up.
Abhishek Anand receiving the Dick Edwards Leadership Award
All in all, ISSDC 2014 was a very enriching and learning experience for all the students. There was lot of knowledge to take back and incorporate in such future ventures. It will always remain as one of the most memorable educational events for all of the team. We had the honour interacting with the likes of Norman Chaffee (designer of Falcon 9), Anita Gale (a Boeing engineer) and Jim Christensen (Vice President of Atlantis Educational Services).
Visit of the Delegation From The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Canada
A delegation comprising of 5 members from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Canada, visited DPS R K Puram on Friday, 18th July, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. They were: Mr. Shulin Dave, Senior Manager – Organizational Design and Information Management; Ms. Mary Jane McNamara, Superintendent of Education for West Region 1; Mr. John Hastings, a Politician from Ontario and School Trustee – Ward 1; Ms. Deepa Karamjeet, Elementary School Principal; and Mr. Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer. The purpose of the visit was to share the trends in K-12 education in India and Canada, and discuss ways in which collaboration and partnerships could be developed and strengthened.
DPS R K Puram was represented by Dr. D. R. Saini, Principal, in the chair; Ms. Mamta Sharma, Education Counsellor and Ms. Reena Vardhan, Counsellor.
The meeting began with both sides introducing each other’s mission in the teaching and learning process and a brief background of the existing educational practices. This was followed by a multimedia presentation of TDSB work in Toronto, and the current ethnicity in their 588 schools. Dr. Saini also showcased the strengths and achievements of DPS R K Puram, alongwith a short clip on the celebrations of 40 years of Excellence in Education at DPS R K Puram. The delegation was then taken on a round of the school and the Sports Complex.
To sum up in the words of Mr. John Hastings, “It’s been the most productive visit we’ve had so far”. Indeed, it was a memorable event, and a great learning experience for all concerned.
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Visit of the Japanese Delegation from Kunori Gakuen High School, Yamagata
Under the aegis of the Jenesys 2.0 Dispatching Programme – High School Students Exchange Programme- 12 girls and 7 boys from Kunori Gakuen High School in Japan visited Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on Thursday,24 July 2014. They were accompanied by two teachers: Mr Suzuki Sei and Mr Iwaya Yoshihiko and two co-ordinators from JICE: Mr Kurihara and Ms Obara.
The students were accorded a traditional Indian welcome with flower garlands and ‘tilak’. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp to the strains of Sanskrit shlokas. The visitors then proceeded to the school auditorium where the Principal, Dr D.R.Saini welcomed the guests and praised the culture of Japan with its ethos of patience, punctuality and hard-work. The students enjoyed a presentation on Indian Culture followed by a scintillating performance on the ‘Dances of India’.
The Japanese students in turn, showed an interesting Power point presentation showcasing various aspects of the Japanese Culture followed by dances; both traditional and modern. The audience, comprising students of Class 10, enjoyed the performances.
The Headmistress, Vanita Sehgal, said that the presentation by the Japanese students was so fascinating that it made one yearn to visit the country.
The students also observed an English Class taught by the Headmistress, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and then proceeded on a tour of the school and the Sports Complex where the boys played a friendly football match with the school team. They also spent a lot of time interacting with the Japanese students of DPS RKPuram.
The visit ended with a touching farewell between the Japanese students and their Indian counterparts.
Model United Nations Conference
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar conducted the second edition of its annual Model United Nations Conference in New Delhi from 14th to 16th July, 2014 at Radisson Blu Plaza.
Anvay Tewari, a student of Class 12 O was invited to be the Vice Chair of the Arab League, a 24-delegate committee whose aim was to address the conflicts of the Middle East. To be accorded the status of Vice Chair is a rare privilege. During the inaugural Model UN conference conducted by Georgetown University in 2013, Anvay Tewari was awarded the Best Delegate of the Human Rights Council and the invitation to be Vice Chair this year was an outcome of last year’s interaction.
Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) Programme
Ms Saeko Sohma, Programme Chief , Youth Exchange Division, International Exchanges Department, Japan International Cooperation Centre visited DPS R.K. Puram on 20 May 2014 to discuss the visit of Japanese High School students on 24 July 2014 under the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) programme. Students of DPS R.K.Puram will be visiting Japan during the month of May under the same programme.
International French Language Olympiad 2014
Ms. Meeha Tewari of Class 10 H has secured the First Position (International Rank 1) in the International French Language Olympiad 2014 organised by Silverzone in association with the Indian Association of French Teachers. Meeha has been awarded a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Rs 10,000/- .
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Visit by 4 Top US Universities – Duke, Princeton, Georgetown and Northwestern
4 top US universities visited DPS R.K. Puram on Wed. 23rd. April, 2014 at 11:30 am, namely, Duke,Princeton, Georgetown and Northwestern. They were represented by Jennifer Dewar, Natalie Heuvel, Kathryn Timlin and Aaron Zdawczyk, respectively.
The delegation first met with the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini; the Education Counsellor, Ms. Mamta Sharma; and Counsellor, Mrs. Reena Vardhan, and discussed key issues regarding admission. They also highlighted the admissions process at their respective universities, and show-cased them with a power-point presentation. This was followed by an inter-active session with the students of class 12.
The students showed a great deal of interest and were given booklets by the representatives to facilitate the admissions process.
It was an informative and inspiring session for all present.
Visit of His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui
It was a proud moment for DPS R.K.Puram when His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui, the Spanish Ambassador graced the school with his presence on 16 April 2014. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini extended a warm welcome to him. His Excellency was welcomed with a melodious song followed by the lighting of the lamp. The ceremony commenced with a soothing symphony by the Indian Orchestra. Donya Alejandra Garcia Fuertes, Embassy Consul, also graced the gathering. A documentary highlighting the school’s achievements was shown. Mrs. Anita Singh, Headmistress, DPS R.K.Puram; Mrs Dolly Chanana, Headmistress DPS East of Kailash and Mrs. Archana Pental, Headmistress, DPS Vasant Vihar and were also present.
His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui was born in Madrid in 1963. He holds a degree in law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and a diploma in legal science from the same university. He has been in politics for 12 years. Addressing the students, Señor Aristegui highlighted the importance of values, culture and discipline. He mentioned that ethics and discipline are the tools that make a man. He also stressed on the fact that one must go beyond their limits to achieve more than what one can. Donya Alejandra Garcia Fuertes also pointed out the pleasure of learning Spanish and her most memorable moments with young children.
Dr. Saini addressed the gathering and stated that it was a historic occasion for DPS R.K.Puram and he would remember the day for the commencement of Spanish in the school. The school already offers German, French and Japanese to its students.86 students from DPS East of Kailash and 26 students from DPS Vasant Vihar have already opted for Spanish. The western choir captivated the audience by singing the Spanish version of ‘We are the World’. This was followed by a graceful classical dance. The ceremony ended with Dr. Saini delivering the vote of thanks and the Spanish and Indian national anthems.
Friendly Cricket Match Against Touring Giggleswick School, London (UK)
The DPS R.K.Puram Cricket team played a friendly cricket match on 2nd April 2014 against touring Giggleswick School Cricket Tour from London (UK) in the presence of Dr.D.R. Saini, the Principal of DPS RK Puram .
The visiting team won the toss and elected to bat.They scored 178 runs for 6 wickets in the stipulated 30 overs . W. Slater scored 89 runs off 93 balls . For DPS R.K. Puram, leg spinner Dushyant Kumar claimed 3 wickets for 29 runs in his 6 overs.
Chasing the target of 179 runs, DPS R.K. Puram scored 180 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs and defeated visiting team by 6 wickets. Sankalp Srivastava scored 75 not out off 51 balls and was declared the Man of theMatch. Captain Adit Pawha scored 58 runs off 41 balls .
Visit of Professors from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
The school hosted the visit of a delegation from Trinity College, Dublin comprising of Prof. Clive Williams, Dean of Engineering, Maths and Science; Prof. Timothy Savage, Dean of Online Education and Assistant Professor of Computer Science; and Prof. Juergen Barkhoff, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Professor of Germanic Studies in the School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies; and Ms. Suchita Ohri, Country Advisor (India), Office of the Vice President for Global Relations, Trinity College.
The delegation first met with the Principal Dr. D. R. Saini, Education Counsellor Ms. Mamta Sharma, and Counsellor Mrs. Reena Vardhan, and discussed general issues regarding admission of our students to Trinity. While discussing the various features of their institution, the delegation also informed the Principal that Trinity planned to include the Indian Constitution in their course entitled International Law.
This was followed by an interactive presentation in the AVH for Class 11 students.
A great deal of interest was shown by the students, who asked several questions on the courses taught, eligibility criteria, the selection process and why a student should select Trinity over other prestigious institutions such as LSE.
It was a very informative session and greatly appreciated by the guests as well as the staff and students present.
SPARK 2013… The International Chemistry Symposium
Spark’13, an interschool competition organized by Catalyst, the chemistry club of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram was held on the 12th of December, 2013 at DPS R.K Puram. Over 45 schools from across the nation including two from abroad, participated in the various competitions organized by the club.
The chief guest for the occasion was Professor Narayanam Kurur from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The judges for the event were Professor Anju Srivastava from The Hindu College, University of Delhi and Professor Geetu Gambhir from Acharya Narendra Dev College. Also present on the occasion were the Prinicipal, Dr. D.R Saini, The Vice Principal, Ms. Shobha Mehta, the Head of the Department, Mr. Prem Dhawan and all the teachers of the chemistry department.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. All the guests were warmly welcomed with the Saraswati Vandana sung by the Indian Music choir. The Head of Department of the Chemistry department, Mr.Prem Dhawan, addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to all the participants. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini spoke about the significance of Chemistry in everyday life. This was followed by a scintillating dance performance by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. The Chief Guest, Professor Narayanam Kurur addressed the gathering and spoke about Chemistry being a colorful subject.
The various competitions took place one by one. These included the JAM competition, Chem Canvas, Chem Bowl Prelims and Final Quiz, Chembola and the Surprise Event. A science exhibition was organized by some science enthusiasts of the school. The students of the Expressions Theatre Club put up a short play on the theme of violence against women, which received a huge round of applause from the audience.
This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. The overall winner of the event was DPS Rohini. DPS Noida bagged the first position in the JAM competition followed by DPS Sharjah. The Chem Canvas competition was won by Birla Vidya Niketan while DPS Gurgaon came second. The Chem bowl prelims and final quiz was won by DPS Mathura Road, followed by DPS Rohini. The first position in the surprise event was bagged by DAV Public School, Gurgaon while DPS Rohini was awarded the second position. Last but not the least, the Chembola competition was won by Sadhu Vaswani School while the second position was bagged by the Sanskriti School.
The Vice Principal, Ms. Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks. It was a memorable experience for all the students.
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The Visit Of Key Personnel From Primary and Special Schools In Singapore
A delegation of eight key personnel from primary and special schools in Singapore visited Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on Wednesday, 11th September 2013. The delegation was given a warm welcome by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini. He spoke to them about the achievements of the school and made a special mention of the students who had done the school proud with their extraordinary achievements. Also present were Ms.Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress of classes 8 to 10, Mrs.Savita Vasesi, Head of the Department of English, Dr.Etishree Bhati, the School Counsellor, Mrs.Vandana Chandoke, Head of the Department of Political Science; and the coordinators of the visit, Mrs.Anuradha Dang and Mrs.Usha Diptivilasa, from the Department of English.
The delegation comprised Goh Tung Li Adeline from St. Margaret’s Primary School, Farah Aida Rahmat, PasirRis Primary School; Lai Aun Kay Angela, St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School; Norlita MuhamadSah, Boon Lay Garden Primary School; YokJoonMeng, Darrin, Yu Neng Primary School; KohTeng Hock, Spastic Children’s Association School; and Lee Mei Fang from Rainbow Centre (Margaret Drive School), NazryBahari, Rainbow Centre (Yishun Park School).
The discussion/interaction encompassed school education system in India, innovative methodologies adopted in the school, the use of technology in classrooms, teacher-student ratio, teacher-taught relationship and other such important areas of school education. The hour long interaction brought to light the similarities and differences in the pedagogy of Singapore and India. Several teaching experiences were shared by the participating members of the two countries.
The delegation was taken on a tour of the school. They were shown the new smart-boards in interactive classrooms and an English lesson charted out on the same. Each of them was presented with a copy of the school magazine. The delegation left having learnt about India’s education, culture and heritage, professional development practices, holistic education of students and the various other innovative techniques adopted at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram.
Visit of the Chinese Delegation
A 17 member Chinese delegation from the China Education Equipment Industry Association visited DPS RK Puram on Thursday, 12th September 2013, to learn about the educational aids, and equipment provided by the school in the teaching and learning process, and also see the school infrastructure and facilities, such as the school Library, Computer Labs, Robotics Centre, Maths Lab and the Music Dept.
The delegation was led by Mr. Xia Giroming, the Secretary – General of the China Educational Instrument and Equipment Association, as well as the Director in the Research Center of Ministry of Education of P.R. China.
They first met the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, who gave them a brief introduction to the school and also answered some of their queries related to the Indian School system, and setting up of schools, in India. This was followed by a video presentation on DPS RK Puram and the celebration of 40 years of excellence in education, alongwith the National Award for Teachers being confirmed on Dr. Saini, by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
The delegation then went for a round of the school, saw a smart class in progress and a dance performance by the students, the other facilities provided by the school.
The visit, co-ordinated by Ms. Mamta Sharma, Education Counsellor and Mrs. Anuradha Dang, PGT English was greatly appreciated by the visitors
Visit of the Claremont Consortium
Representatives of 5 colleges of the Claremont Consortium, namely Pitzer College, Claremont Mckenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College and Pamona College visited DPS R. K. Puram on Wednesday, 11th September, 2013 at 10:30 am for a presentation and interactive session with the students of Classes XI and XII.
The members of the delegation – Angel B. Perez, Georgette R. Deveres, Thyra Briggs, Victoria Romero and Seth Allen, first met with the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, and the Education Counsellor, Ms. Mamta Sharma, after which they proceeded to the AVH for their presentation. Various aspects of the admission procedure were discussed i.e. eligibility criteria, essays, the application forms, courses offered and SAT scores etc. There was also a CD Presentation on campus facilities and infrastructure in all the 5 campuses. The students were then given the opportunity to ask questions and clear their doubts.
The interactive session was both informative and inspiring for the students present, who were also given booklets and brochures to facilitate the application process.
International NASA AMES Space Settlement Design Contest
A team of 5 students from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram was placed third at the International NASA AMES Space Settlement Design Contest and were invited to attend the 32nd Annual International Space Development Conference 2013 (ISDC 2013) to be held in San Diego, California from the 23rd – 27th May 2013, organised in collaboration by the National Space Society (NSS) and NASA. The team comprised Bharat Kashyap, Siddharth Bhogra and Tanay Vardhan from class XI and Abhishek Anand and Akshay Gupta from class X, they were accompanied by Mr. Anil Verma, senior physics teacher and in-charge of the Aerospace Society. The Keynote speakers in the conference included legendary astronaut, Buzz Aldrin and Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who congratulated the students on the extraordinary achievement.
Visit of Her Excellency Mrs. Chikako Aso
On 3May 2013, the school had the proud privilege of a visit by Her Excellency, Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Japan. She was accompanied by Mrs. Akiko Yagi, spouse of the Ambassador of Japan to India; Ms. Aya Yoshida, Counsellor, Embassy Of Japan (translator); Mr. Kei Eda, First Secretary of EOJ(Embassy Of Japan); Mr.Seiji Ohno, First Secretary, EOJ; Mr.Nahoko Munechika, Third Secretary, EOJ and Mr. Masahiro Suto, Attache, EOJ. The objective of the visit was to achieve a greater understanding of the Indian education system and to explore the various possibilities of collaboration between the two countries in the field of education.
The guests were welcomed with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini expressed his pleasure at meeting the visitors. The Chairman of the DPS Society, Mr.Ashok Chandra was present on the occasion and had a fruitful interaction with the guests.They were presented with the tokens of appreciation. The cultural program commenced with the orchestra. A skit, “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” was put up by the students. The school choir sang “Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake No Hana” and a scintillating dance performance followed. The program ended with the national anthem of both the nations. Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress of the Middle School and coordinator of the event, played the gracious host. Also present on the occasion was the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta , the Headmistress, Ms. Anita Singh and Ms.Surbhi Gaur, the Japanese teacher. The delegates were taken on a tour of the school campus and shown the infrastructure of the school which included their visit to the Math Lab and the Japanese classes being held in the school, to get an insight into the teaching system in India. The visit of the Japanese delegates was an exciting experience for one and all.
Laurels for the English Department
Ishita Batra, a student of class XII D of DPS R.K.Puram, New Delhi brings laurels to the school by securing International rank-1 in iOEL (International Olympiad of English Language) 2013 organized by Silver Zone. She is honored with a Gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh.
Ishita has also bagged State rank-1 in IEO (International English Olympiad) 2013 organized by SOF and The British Council. She will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.5000/- and a Gold medal for the same.
Gyan Lakhwani of class XI-P of DPS R.K.Puram has been awarded an Annual Scholarship of Excellence in English for his superior performance in the school and his participation in the International English Olympiad organised by SOF in association with the British Council. He has been awarded Rs 5000/- for the same.
Visit of Dr. Jeff Anderson, from Canada
Dr. Jeff Anderson is an authority in preparing mathematics contests at various levels.
He taught mathematics and Computer Science for 30 years and is Head of Mathematics at the collegiate level. He Co –founded ‘Graystone Compression Technologies Inc. that holds many World Records in Data Compression. He also Co- founded Dejero Labs Inc. It broadcasts Video over Cellular Networks. It has been named as one of fastest growing companies in Canada.
Mr Jeff Anderson addressed the candidates who had been short listed for appointments in the school, during a Group Discussion in the Principal’s office.
International rank 1 in IOEL
Ishita Batra, a student of class XII D, DPS R. K. Puram has brought laurels to the school by securing International rank 1 in iOEL ( International Olympiad of English Language ) 2013 organized by Silver zone. She has been honored with a Gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
Ishita has also bagged State rank 1 in IEO (International English Olympiad ) 2013 organized by SOF(Science Olympiad Foundation) and British Council. She will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and a Gold medal.
International French Language Olympiad 2013
Ms Vaishali Kumar of Class 10 J has secured the First Position (State Rank: 1 and International Rank: 1) in the International French Language Olympiad 2013 organised by Silverzone in association with the French Language Teachers ‘ Association. The Olympiad was held on 11th December 2012.
Vaishali was awarded a certificate, a gold medal, a citation and a cheque of Rs 10,000/-.Vaishali Kumar has been an outstanding student of our school and she has also participated in the school French Exchange Programme held last year.
Our school has also secured the 2nd Overall Position in the Olympiad.
Uppingham School London England U-16 Cricket Team
Uppingham School London England U-16 Cricket Team
Uppingham School, London, England U-16 Cricket Team visited DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi to play a cricket match at DPS R.K. Puram Sports Complex on 26th March 2013. Uppingham School, London won the toss and decided to bat first. They were all out in 23.4 overs and made 54 runs. DPSRKP chased 54 runs in 15.2 overs and won the match by 8 wickets.