Teachers Training Programme-Bliss

A Teachers training programme ‘BLISS’ (Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary Schools) was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 16 May 2017. 45 teachers from the States of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram who manage the BLISS programme attended the same along with Officials from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Indian Environmental Society and Department of Environment, Delhi. The Principal Ms Vanita Sehgal welcomed all the teacher delegates and assured all possible help for making the programme an enriching experience. The Vice Principal ,Ms Anita Singh highlighted the role of Biotechnology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and industry.

The programme commenced with Webinar with two students pursuing Biotechnology in the US followed by a demo of DNA isolation, gram positive staining of Curd bacteria, blood cell counting, Internet based experiments, Gel electrophoresis, Cell Viability Test which was given by the Biotechnology students of Class XII under the guidance of Ms Niva Chhonkar, Biology Coordinator in the Senior Biology Lab. The delegates were made familiar with various instruments used in Biotechnology experiments like spectrophotometer, autoclave, shaker water bath, Laminar Air Flow, Trans illuminator etc. A presentation on Swachh Bharat Initiatives in the school was given by Ms Rupa Das, Geography Coordinator. The programme was perfectly organised by Ms M Sudeshna. Dr B C Sabata, Coordinator Eco club Activities, Delhi Schools and Colleges thanked the Principal for hosting the programme.

DIGEX 2017

Digex, the photography and movie making club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, organized its third Annual Photography Fest on 13 May, 2017, with the aim to foster a learning environment and showcase creative talents from across Delhi and NCR. 93 schools participated in the various competitions and workshops that were held. Canon sponsored the event. Canon representatives played the role of mentors, judges and managing members.

The day commenced with lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, begun the opening ceremony by addressing the gathering, saying that photography these days is in full swing, and added, ‘There is magic in the hands of the holder.’ She thanked Ms. Sarika Kaushal, the teacher in charge of the club, and all the other faculty members who helped organize the event, and welcomed all participants to the school.

A short video on the work and achievements of Digex was shown, which was followed by a mime by the Expressions Theatre Club that depicted the prevalence of photography in today’s world.

The Chief Guest, Mr Dhiraj Bhagtani, the National Sales Manager –Cinema and PRO Video Products Department, Canon India, emphasized on the importance Canon gives to engaging with students, imparting knowledge, and building experience. He also presented Ms. Vanita Sehgal with a token of thanks for hosting the fest.

Digex 2017 comprised of six categories- ‘mp4’, Online movie making competition, ‘Camtivate’, Story Board competition, ‘Melt the Minute’, Ad-making competition, ‘Through the Scope’ and On-the-spot Photography competition which comprised of senior and junior categories and a ‘Surprise Event’. Workshops were also held for teachers and photography enthusiasts.

The Expressions Theatre Club then engaged the gathering with their vibrant performances. The closing ceremony commenced with a video showing glimpses of the day’s happenings. Ms. Sarika Kaushal delivered the vote of thanks and thanked everyone for the ‘tremendous gathering’ and expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed in making the event a success.

The Canon representatives were presented with tokens of gratitude.
In the category, ‘.mp4’, Tagore International, Vasant Vihar bagged the first position. Cambridge School, Noida and Bal Bharti Gangaram came second and third respectively. DPS Indirapuram came first in ‘Camtivate’ and were followed by The Indian School and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. Greenfields School, Safdarjung was the winner of ‘Melt the Minute’. Sanskriti School and Bluebells Model School were the first and second runners up respectively. In the junior category of ‘Through the Scope’, Bluebells School International bagged the first position while DPS Sushant Lok and Hertitage School, Gurgaon came second and third respectively. DPS Noida stood first in the senior category. Bal Bharti Public School and GD Goenka, Gurgaon followed them. DPS Faridabad was the winner for the ‘Surprise Event’. Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj came second while Springdales School, Pusa Road came third.

Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar was adjudged as the overall winner for their excellent performance and was awarded the trophy.

World Red Cross Day

The Health and I club of DPS R.K. Puram celebrated the World Red Cross Day on 08 May, 2017. The chief guests for the event were Professor Dr (Prof) Arun Kapoor, Laprascopic Gastrointestinal, Baritric & Onco surgeon at LHMC & RML Hospitals, New Delhi and Dr. Anupa Pokhrel, Senior resident in Transfusion Medicine, RML Hospital, New Delhi.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of the guests by Mrs. Anita Singh, Vice Principal. This was followed by an enthralling performance by the school choir and a dance showcasing the objectives and values of the Red Cross foundation. The Theatre Club of the school presented a nukkad natak which was very insightful.

The Vice Principal, Mrs. Anita Singh then addressed the gathering. In her words, “This day is significant in our lives.” She asked everyone to acknowledge the people who are suffering around the world and join hands to help fight their problems.

Professor Arun Kapoor, the chief guest for the day familiarized the students with the idea of the World Red Cross Day. He talked about the history and future plans of the Red Cross Foundation. A short video clip showcasing the story of the Red Cross Foundation and its objectives was played which helped the students know more about the revolutionary ideas of the Foundation. He also gave away souvenirs as a token of thanks.

Dr. Anupa Pokhrel took over and briefed the audience about the blood donation services prevailing in India. Mrs. Jyoti Sharma, the event coordinator, extended the vote of thanks and expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped in making the event a success.

Several competitions relating to the day were organized by the Health and I Club to generate awareness about the cause under the tutelage of the Biology coordinator Ms Niva Chonkar with all the Health and I teachers Ms Sushma Sardana, Ms Vithika Rahul, Ms Sujani, Mr Randeep, Ms Ashima Nagpal, Ms Kanika and Ms Mitali. Collage work- Yogita- VI B-1st, Jasnoor Kaur-VI E-2nd, Tiya Mehtani-VI I-3rd. Painting Competition- Shoubhika Biswas- X A-1st, Divyasha- IX A-2nd, Yashvi-IX A-3rd. Photography Competition- Vaibhav Raj Dhawan-1st, Kartik Gupta-2nd, Ishika Gupta-3rd.

A Blood Donation camp was also organized in the school premises where the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal set the ball rolling by donating blood followed by the teachers of DPS R.K. Puram who actively participated and contributed to this cause thereby making it a day to remember.

Dynamics ’17

The Western Music Society of DPS R.K. Puram organised for the very first time, its annual music fest, ‘Dynamics’, on 6th May, 2017, in which students of 8 schools from across the city participated. The competition comprised of Solo and Band categories.

The judges were Mr. Pranai Gurung, a keen educator and a marvellous guitar player; Ms. Vasundhara Vee, an international performer and the only top notch Vocal Brand in India for Western Styles of singing; and Mr. Ritesh Khokhar, head of the Bridge Music Academy and one of the finest music educators.

The event began with the felicitation of the judges. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, then addressed the gathering. She asked everyone to have fun, play with spirit and enjoy other teams’ performances without worrying about the end result. She also encouraged students to keep organising such events on a regular basis.

The opening ceremony included a performance by the school’s choir, followed by a solo and band performance. The participants then amazed the judges and the audience with their brilliant performances.

The students of DPS R.K. Puram presented a solo and duet song, followed by the school’s choir and band, which left everyone in high spirits. The judges guided the participants, giving them tips to improve their skills and wished the participants the best of luck for their future endeavours.

The Shri Ram School bagged the first position in the solo category, while Amity Mayur Vihar and DPS Vasant Kunj came second and third respectively. In the band category, St. Columbus School came first, while Amity International, Saket and DPS Noida were the first and second runners-up respectively. In the individual category, the best keyboard player went to Amity International, Mayur Vihar. DPS Noida and DPS Vasant Kunj were awarded as the best guitarists. Amity Saket and St. Columbus shared the title of the best drummer. Amity Pushp Vihar was adjudged as the best bassist while St. Columbus was given the prize for the best vocalist. The best accompanist went to The Shri Ram School. Amity International School, Mayur Vihar, was honoured with the Rolling Trophy for their outstanding performance in all the categories.

The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, delivered the vote of thanks. She congratulated everyone for their active participation in the event and opined that winning or losing doesn’t matter, as participating in any event is winning by itself. She expressed her gratitude to the music department, the judges and the event coordinators for making Dynamics’17 a success.

Trip to the National Science Centre

The students of class VI visited the National Science Centre at Pragati Maidan, Delhi on Friday, 28 April 2017 and Tuesday, 02 May 2017.

The students began the visit with an interactive session in the auditorium. The phenomenon of muscle contraction and relaxation was demonstrated to the students via an activity. The students were also told about the concept of hand-eye coordination. Following the session, the students were escorted to view the progression of the Energy Ball. They also had an opportunity to see Science On a Sphere (SOS), which is a room sized global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere. They also viewed a 3D animation detailing the advent and extinction of dinosaurs on planet earth.

The students visited various galleries, such as the Heritage Gallery, which contained exhibits about India’s profound and contribution to Astronomy, Mathematics, Chemistry, Medicine, Metallurgy, Art, Craft and Architecture. They also came across the gallery called Human Biology-The Miracle of Human Life, which showed the human body in all its aspects, namely, anatomical, physiological, biochemical, structural, systemic and functioning. They also saw models of extinct species like dinosaurs and the wooly mammoth in the gallery showcasing Pre-historic life.

The students also went to the Information Revolution gallery which displayed the evolution of Communication Technology over 6,000 years in India. The Digital Information gallery was also similarly informative. The most enjoyable part of the visit was the Fun with Science gallery. The students spent time playing various science related games and walking through the hall of mirrors.

On the whole, the visit to the National Science Centre was very informative and enjoyable for the students of class VI.

Biology Students Attend ‘Catalyst’ at AIIMS

All India Institute of Medical Sciences organised their annual two-day event, CATALYST 2017 – An Initiative by Parivartan, for school students on April 27th and 28th, 2017. The programme was attended by Class XII Biology students accompanied by Ms Kusum Yadav, Ms Kajal Sethi and Ms Niva Chhonkar. In the expo, the students observed causative agents of Malaria, sections of spinal cord, common plant origin allergens like dhatura, castor, specimens of tapeworm and roundworm. Medical students at AIIMS also explained how the poison from snake affects the human body. Students observed cultures of Aspergillus and Penicillium.

The most exciting part of the Expo was the display of human organs like liver, spleen, heart, eyes, intestines and brain. Children could easily make out the impact of smoking on lungs, evident from the samples. Students interacted with the medical students and were motivated with the event ‘Toppers Talk’.



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