Exun Clan, the Computer Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, hosted its 22nd Annual Inter-School IT Symposium ‘EXUN 2017’ on 25-26 November 2017. The event was sponsored by Ivy Achievement, Oxford University Press, Bennett University, Sony, PlayStation, Avit Digital, USA UnivQuest, Manzil Motors and Skiron Gaming.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Head of the Computer Science Department and teachers of the Department along with a small group of computer enthusiasts started Exun, short for ‘Experts Unlimited’ in 1992. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs which gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent in the field of IT. Exun believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which captures the essence of their motto “We, not I.”
This year, with over 1000+ registrations from 51 schools, Exun along with Domain Square+ (Gaming Club), RoboKnights (Robotics Club) and Cub XL (Cubing Club) organised 16 different IT events including an Online Cryptic Hunt – Sudocrypt.
The symposium pre-started with Sudocrypt, held over 2 days having over 1000 participants and 40,000 submissions from 15 countries. The team behind the hunt reinvented the idea by adding fresh features like an automated hint system and SudoQuests, which were applauded by the participants.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by an inauguration. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh and Mr. Mukesh Kumar along with his team of Computer Science Teachers and technology support staff. The Guest of Honour for the event, Professor Suneet Tuli from Bennett University, was felicitated by the Principal.
The Introduction Video for Exun 2017 was presented by the Exun Clan, providing a briefing about the particulars of the event.
The Principal, Ms. Sehgal, addressed the gathering exhorting them never to forget the human touch in the era of advancing technology. She quoted, “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” She also acknowledged the loyalty of the Exun alumni and admired the participants for their talent. She praised the club and said that the club was a concept started in 1992, when there was no club in the school and today we have 40 clubs in the school.
The Presidents of the Exun clan and Domain Square+ also addressed the participants, talking about the changes the symposium saw from its past iteration.
On this occasion, Exun released its 12th issue of the Annual Magazine – “UnderScore” – which was also a green move to reduce papers by reducing the articles requiring 80+ pages to 24 pages by introducing QR code for each article, where these QR Codes were linked to full articles present on the website.
The first day included the prelims of Domain Square+ Gaming, Cubing events, RoboWars, Group Discussion, Line Follower, Junior and Senior Quizzes and Crossword along with the finals of Competitive Programming, Delhi-NCR Jr. Gaming Championship.
The second day included Build Pitching, Challenge Programming, Hardware and the finals of Senior Quiz, Crossword, Domain Square+, Delhi NCR Gaming, Cubing Events and RoboWars.
The Closing Ceremony involved the display of a line following robot by a member of RoboKnights. The constant guidance and support of Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Mr. Mukesh Kumar and the entire Computer Science department was acknowledged.
The Vice President and the Honorary Advisor expressed their sentiments regarding the family that is Exun. The event was empowered with the presence of 22 alumni, which is the highest till date. The Alumni were presented with mementos and they were all given the recognition that they deserved as DPS RK Puram is immensely proud of what they have accomplished and all that they contribute to their alma mater and the club.
The results of the Cubing 3×3 were as follows: Hans Raj Modern School bagged the first position, and was followed by DPS Vasant Kunj and St. Marks; Pyraminx was won by Bluebells School International, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Rohini came second and third respectively. Hardware was won by DPS Vasant Kunj, and was followed by Universal Public School and DPS Dwarka. DPS Dwarka came first in Group Discussion, and DPS International Saket and Mothers International came second and third respectively. In RoboWars, Modern School Barakhamba Road came first, Ahlcon Public School and Delhi Public School, Dwarka came second and third respectively. The Shri Ram School, Aravali bagged first position in Programming; DPS International, Saket came second and DPS Dwarka came third. DPS Rohini, DPS Vasant Kunj, and Modern School Barakhamba came first, second, and third respectively in Crossword. In Junior Quiz, DPS Noida, DPS Dwarka and DPS Rohini came first, second and third respectively, while Ramjas School, RK Puram bagged first position in Senior Quiz, and was followed by DPS Noida and DPS Dwarka. Domain²+ Gaming was won by DPS Sushant Lok; DPS Rohini and Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute came second and third respectively. Modern School Barakhamba came first in Mx+C and was followed by DPS Noida and Bal Bharti Pitampura. The results of Build were as follows: DPS Dwarka won Design Imaging, and DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Noida came second and third respectively; DPS Dwarka bagged first position in Audio Editing, while DPS Vasant Kunj and Green Fields School came second and third respectively; in Video Editing, Sudocrypt, an online global event, was won by Sparsh Tyagi, while Arijit Gupta held second position and Sidharth Trehan came third. The Surprise event was won by Shri Ram School, Moulsari; New Era Public School came second while G.D.Goenka, Vasant Kunj & DPS International, Saket came third.
The winners were also given special prizes powered by the sponsors. DPS Vasant Kunj was adjudged the overall winner. The first overall runner-up was DPS Dwarka while the second overall runner-up was DPS Noida.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar concluded the Symposium by thanking the alumni judges,participating students and teachers of all the schools, partners, the Exun team of teachers and students for making the occasion such a grand success.
Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’
On 18 November 2017, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Dr.PremKirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’ in fond memory of the former Chairman of DPS Society, Dr. P.N. Kirpal. This prestigious event celebrates his love for art, culture and poetry.
The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Member of the DPS Society and former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Justice B.N.Kirpal was the the Guest of Honour. He was accompanied by his wife Ms. Aruna Kirpal. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Vice Chairman of the DPS Society and Member of the DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Rear Admiral M.M. Chopra;Members of the DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra, Dr. (Mrs). Usha Luthra; Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee, Ms.Sudeepta Ghosh; Member of DPS Society and DPS RK Puram Managing Committee, Dr.Kiran Datar. The guests were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Vice Principals, Ms.Padma Srinivasan, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Anita Singh were also present.
Students from25 schools took part in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘Lime-in-Rhyme’, ‘Inverse Rhapsody’, and ‘Stage-a-Verse’. The events were held at various venues simultaneously. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization, and painting the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants were required to compose a ballad based on six paintings. Lyrical Canvas had participants expressing the dominant emotion from a line of a poem through a charcoal painting. Inverse Rhapsody involved the recitation of lines from various poems, while expressing them in different tones with elements of drama. In Stage-a-Verse, participants wrote and enacted a skit in verse based on a given prompt. Lime-in-Rhyme encouraged budding poets to create limericks within a time limit.
All of the events were assessed by a team of eminent judges. Ms Mita Bose, Ms Nandini Guha, Dr. Sangameshwar Rao, Mr. Vikram Varma, Mr. Vijay Rao, Mr. Dushyant, Ms. Manisha Gupta, Ms. Vaijyanti Ghose, Dr. Carreen Pakrasi, Prof. Ramola Kumar, Ms. NeeraVerma, Mr. Shubhagata Kumar, Ms. Garima Sehgal, Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Mr. Kumar Sandeep, Dr. Sangya Gupta, Dr. Pramod Gupta, Mr. Mahendra Rai, Ms. Arti Paliwal and Mr. Uma Shankar Pathak graced us with their presence.
The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a melodious performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal expressed her gratitude to the Kirpal family. Quoting Pablo Picasso, she said that art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul and quoting Robert Frost, she said that poetry is the emotion that has found a thought and the thought has found words. She lauded the creativity of the participants and congratulated them.
The cultural programme consisted of a beautiful musical and theatrical performance by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. Addressing the gathering, Mr.V.K. Shunglu appreciated the function stating that it was outstanding and professionally presented. He unveiled the book –‘The Bubbling Cauldron’ by the English Squadron.
Blend Art was won by Delhi Public School, Gurgaon; Delhi Public School, Noida held the second position; Ahlcon International School came third. The first position in Artistic Poesy was bagged by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; Ahlcon International School and Tagore International School came second and third respectively. Ahlcon International School won Lyrical Canvas; Birla Vidya Niketan held the second position and Apeejay Noida came third. In Inverse Rhapsody Delhi Public School, Noida, Birla Vidya Niketan and Delhi Public School, International came first, second, and third respectively. Mother’s International School bagged the first position in Stage-a-Verse, and were followed by Delhi Public School Greater Noida; the third position was won by Birla Vidya Niketan. The first, second, and third positions in Lime-in-Rhyme were secured by Vasant Valley, Delhi Public School Bulandshahr and Delhi Public School Mathura Road respectively. The overall winner was Delhi Public School, Greater Noida.
Dr. Ms. Atika Dayal, Head of the English Department, delivered the vote of thanks and praised the students and teachers for their contribution towards making the event a success. The programme culminated with the National Anthem.
Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions
Under the aegis of Shri V. K. Shunglu, Chairman The DPS Society a workshop titled, ‘Developing Effective Learners through Differentiated Instructions,’ was organised for the teachers of the two Feeder schools, DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar of Delhi Public School R. K. Puram, New Delhi 22 on Tuesday 14th November, 2017. The In-service teacher development programme was participated by about 40 teachers, moderated by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Principal DPS R.K.Puram and coordinated by Dr. Zeenat Khader, Jt. Secretary, The DPS Society. It was conducted by experts from Minnesota University, USA.
Ms. Kurtsen Dubbels, the Resource Expert from the Dept. of Education Minnesota, focussed her PPT on the ‘Universal Design of Learning’ which is a pedagogical approach that addresses the needs of classroom with heterogeneous learners.
The second session was conducted by Ms. Joy Lee Fredrickson, Student Service Coordinator from the Osseo Area group of Schools. The session was on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS an evidence-based framework for developing positive behaviour, which can be used in schools to create a positive climate for learning. With PBIS, kids learn about behaviour, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment.
Visit Of Her Excellency Ms. Joanna Kempkersand Troupe Dancers Of New Zealand
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram played host to delegates from New Zealand on 16 November 2017 .The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal welcomed the Chief Guest Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers along with her colleagues and a troupe of Maori Dancers, Waka Toa. Vice Principals Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan also graced the occasion.
Her Excellency, Ms. Joanna Kempkers is the High Commissioner of New Zealand. She is currently the Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The event began with the inaugural lighting of the lamp followed by a mesmerising performance by the Western Music Choir. The Principal felicitated the Chief Guest with a token of appreciation.
In her welcome address, Ms. Sehgal expressed her gratitude towards Ms. Kempkers for re-visiting the school and giving the students an opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s culture. The Chief Guest focussed her attention on the importance of reinforcing culture through performing arts. She emphasised on how Maoris first talk about their place in the world and then themselves. Praising New Zealand for its education and culture, she ended by singing a song in her traditional language, which imparted the message of love, hope and peace to all.
This was followed by the main attraction ‘The Maori Dance’. Maori is the national dance of New Zealand. It is an emotional and powerful combination of song, chant and dance. Through the dance they convey the message of working in peace to bring peace. Their songs depict their struggles. It was an extremely captivating and enchanting performance. Their traditional costumes and interactions with the students added a unique flair to it. They commenced their performance by inviting the Chief Guest, the Principal and a few students to join them on stage for ‘Maranga Tiaho Mai’, a song about rising up.
Waka Toa presented the Principal with a Greenstone pendant which speaks of strength, courage, focus and determination. They also presented the Chief Guest with a token of their friendship and love.
It was inspiring to see how the Maori performers cherished the beauty and uniqueness of their tribes and traditions. The school hopes that it continues to consolidate and share culture with New Zealand.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. The event ended with the National Anthems of New Zealand and India.
Essay Writing Competition
The DPS Society conducted an Essay Writing Competition on 1 September 2017 at DPS R K Puram. Nearly 200 schools participated in the event.
Syed Momin Iqbal of class 12 B secured the 1st position in the Senior category in Hindi language. He received a cash prize of Rs 25000 along with a certificate.
He is the chief editor of the Hindi Editorial Board and also an active member of the Samvad Hindi Club. The winner was appreciated by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and was felicitated at the Scholar Badge Ceremony by Mr. John Varghese, Principal St Stephens College, New Delhi on 8th November 2017.
‘Peace’ Value Of The Month – October 2017
Class teachers and subject teachers endeavoured to inculcate the same in the students through various activities.
The students participated in discussions about maintaining Peace and Harmony. They put up posters, quotations, slogans and collages related to the theme of Peace. The teachers also spoke to them about living together peacefully.
Class teachers briefed the students about Peace, its meaning and its importance in a student’s life. A general discussion was done in all the classes wherein the students shared their views on the topic. They also prepared quotations, slogans and posters related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to develop a peaceful approach to untoward circumstances and situations. Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of peace in day to day lives.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of students were appreciated by Class representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.