The G Bhaskar Memorial Lecture And Award Ceremony 2017
“Recognise and embrace the true meaning of life, break all barriers and reach for all the frontiers.”
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram held the G. Bhaskar Memorial lecture and award ceremony on 28 December 2017 in commemoration of G. Bhaskar, a very hardworking and talented student who joined the school in class eight. Slowly and steadily settling into the school, he won the hearts of his fellow students and teachers. Being an all-rounder, he excelled in academics and several extra-curricular activities. He was known for his ability to recite several chapters of the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita and for his formal training in Classical Carnatic music. He was also a proficient Badminton player and a part of the school’s Table Tennis team. He was very considerate and always ready to help others. Unfortunately, his success ended with his early demise.
The G. Bhaskar Memorial Award was instituted in his fond memory by his family in 1999. This prestigious award is given to extraordinary students, who not only excel in academics and co-curricular activities but also display a strong moral fibre.
The ceremony was graced by the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, the Event Incharge and Head of the Computer Science Department, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, G. Bhaskar’s mother, Mrs. Ganapati Raman and his brother, Mr. Ramnath G. along with other family members and friends. Ms. Sangeeta Rana coordinated the event.
The ceremony began with a minute of silence observed in G. Bhaskar’s honour. This was followed by a discussion on karma and the journey of the soul by Sri Sudhir Kumar, a propagator of the Bhagwat Gita associated with ISKCON Gurgaon and ISKCON Sydney. Mr. Kaushik, G. Bhaskar’s childhood friend also shared his thoughts with the students.
The Principal extended her support to G. Bhaskar’s family and thanked Mr. Mukesh Kumar for all his help. She praised the guest speaker for being phenomenal, highlighting his stress on knowing and performing one’s duty – which is finding gratitude and not always questioning others. She encouraged the students to be good human beings and to find happiness and satisfaction in what they have. She told them to do the duty God has ordained for them and ended by saying, “Don’t ask why me? Ask why not me?”
The award was presented to 5 exemplary students of Class 12, excelling in academics and co-curriculars and possessing a high moral character, by Mr. Ramnath, Mrs. Ganapati, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mr. Mukesh Kumar.
Mr. Ramnath, the elder brother of G. Bhaskar concluded the event with an inspirational speech. He praised the Principal and the school for their efforts. He said, “Life is always in the moment, so what happens next is always determined by what you think now.” The Bhaskar family members gave a token of their blessing, distributing chocolates to the students.
Mr. Ramnath also conducted an interactive session with the Hostel students of Class X1 after school hours, where he shared his experiences as a Researcher, Nanotechnology Expert and a Professor.
Sports Day 2017
DPS R.K. Puram organized the Sports Day on 27 December 2017 with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The Chief Guest of this grand event was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included Rear Admiral M. M. Chopra, Vice Chairman of DPS Society and Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Mr Pramod Grover, Hony. Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman, DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Dr D.R. Saini, Director Sports, DPS Society and Former Principal of DPS R.K. Puram; Dr Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Member DPS Society and DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan along with the Head Mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were also present.
The Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr. N. Suresh, supported by his team of teachers ensured the event ran smoothly.
The Sports Day was celebrated in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”.
Commencing with the formal welcome of the guests, this event witnessed a huge turn up of an appreciative audience. The flag was hoisted and the balloons were released to declare the Sports Meet open. The Chief Guest stood on the stage, saluting, as the March Past proceeded. The students of each class marched confidently, sporting bold-hued outfits and respecting the discipline.
The Principal felicitated the guests with tokens of regard and extended a warm welcome to all those present. Encouraging young children to play outdoors, rather than doing so in front of screens, she stressed on taking pleasure in learning, for such learning stays forever – and what better way to learn than through sports. She conveyed the message of importance of knowing the rules by recounting a personal story. Applauding the enthusiasm of the parents she also recommended them to observe what their children really like. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change,” she concluded her speech.
The first dance performance, paying homage to Lord Ganesha, with precise costumes and thoughtful casting, was followed by cute children in pink tops dancing to a contemporary motivational pop song in Hindi, with Pom-Poms as their main accessory. A song sung by the junior vocalists impelled the budding sportspersons to do their best, while the vibrant aerobics showcase, a fusion of rhythm, music and energy was performed on a medley of Spanish and Hip-Hop songs. A 4 x 100m relay race for girls and boys of all age groups was preceded by a Charlie Chaplin routine, which was pantomime bliss. An extraordinary yoga performance was portrayed by the students of our school with magnificent poses on soothing music which enabled the audience to go into a yoga trance. This was followed by a skipping competition for girls – the categories were Under-14 and Under-17. A traditional bhangra performance with the dhol beating loud lifted the mood; next came a musical drill and a hoop dance with synchronised and rapturous steps. A unique dance to glorify the importance of cricket and values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and hope in our country was put on show right before an exceptional performance by the members of the senior Western Dance Society. A slow cycling race was conducted for boys and girls of all age groups, as nothing truly compares to the simple pleasures of riding a bike. Other dance performances included a traditional Indian folk dance with beautifully embroidered umbrellas and a skating display filled with beauty, grace and poise. The fun race for girls and boys of all age groups was full of hurdles and challenges – the children impressed everyone with their excellence at this activity. Talented artists put forward an expressive mime performance, showcasing the importance of sports, using the Indian flag as their main article. The School Western Music Choir gave a scintillating performance, celebrating the champion in all of us.
In the surprise events, parents and teachers played musical chairs and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was a special ‘three-legged-race’ organized for parents too.
The Chief Guest, Mr Shunglu, congratulated the winners and observed that DPS RK Puram had won the maximum number of interschool sports competitions amongst all schools functioning under the DPS Society. He also made it a point to announce that the DPS Society would henceforth fund all sports equipment for all its schools, because he considers a proper kit the most crucial factor in deciding the level of performance in sports.
The Chairman, Mr V.K.Shunglu, Mrs Shunglu, Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and other guests presented the awards to the winners of all the games.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks. The Sports Day concluded with the National Anthem.
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted TEDxYouth, a Jamboree-sponsored, independently organised annual event on 17 December 2017. It was inspired by the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences, which are a global set of convocations devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks.
Students from many prominent schools and colleges were spotted in the audience. The guest speakers invited for the event were of national and international acclaim.
The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her team of teachers, ensured that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.
The event commenced by showcasing an interesting TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in the contemporary world.
Following it, the student-speakers were invited on stage and the audience’s interest progressed as quickly as their stories did. The major themes covered were related to psychology and societal issues; with young men and women speaking about schadenfreude, the media sensationalizing cries for help, the abhorrent impact of dank memes and self-doubt in adversities. One of them even chose to inform the audience of the misconceptions about Urdu and how we speak it colloquially without realizing it.
The Guest Speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Seghal, with a token of regard.
Some honourable guests included social activists like Ms. Chandini Khan and Mr Chandrahaas Misra; the former is the President and Founder of Voice of Slum, which aims to change the mentality of slum dwellers and provide them with education and employment, while the latter, a male acid attack survivor, is the public relations officer to the UP chapter (Acid Survivors & Women Welfare Foundation), working religiously towards treating and handling legal cases for other survivors.
Several entrepreneurs spoke at the event; including Ms. Meghna Saraogi, Founder of StyleDotMe, Mr. Akshay Chaturvedi, Co-founder and CEO, LeverageEdu and Mr. Manasvi Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Buddy4Study. They focused on moving out of the comfort zone, never giving up and the predicted status of work in future.
Ms. Tripti Somani, CEO and MD, KGS Advisory, spoke about mental efficiency while Mr. Suryansh Yadav, an alumnus of the school, spoke about his struggle with cancer, which was diagnosed just 3 months prior to the Grade 12 Board Examinations.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar, HOD, Computer Science, impressed everyone by his inspiring story – describing a shift from a Hindi-medium school in Bihar to being a part of the first B.Sc. batch in Delhi University. He later rejected a huge offer from an MNC to continue working in the school when he realized where his true passion lied.
The final speaker of the day, the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal felt quite humble as she stood in front of the several speakers, who she felt were wonderful. She related a painful, personal story, which took place over a decade ago, recollected tips from her father and praised her mother and students for giving her immense energy and support through her toughest times. In conclusion, she urged the audience to live in the present and not necessarily conform to the norms. She quoted Kurt Cobain, who said “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I’m not.”
The event concluded with the delivery of the vote of thanks by Saksham Arora, the Chief Organizer of the event.
Winter Carnival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its Annual Winter Carnival on 15 December 2017 with great ardour and exuberance.
Smartly accoutred in casuals, the students were prepared to ensure a balance between gorging on delicious food at the popular food stalls and letting their hair down to the latest mixes by their fellow student-DJs.
The event began at the Assembly Stage with the formal inauguration by the revered Principal, where she highlighted and publicly appreciated the Teacher-organizers. Student-representatives from each class were invited on stage to release helium-filled balloons which scattered across the sky their colours and announced the commencement of the program.
This was followed by rock and pop inspired musical performances by the school choirs of various grades, which gradually gave way to the DJs, their contemporary remixes and a naturally peppier environment.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice-Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra actively took part in the festivities and rubbed shoulders with the students.
The main field had a stage and the stalls. Teachers took charge of the game stalls, including Coins n Bucket, Calligraphy, Fishing the Bottle, Knock-down Pyramid, Ring Game and several more.
Certain new stalls were introduced this year, like Dr. Wood Puzzle, the highlight of the Business Studies Department.
The staples – Photography & Mug Prints, Scrabble, and Painting stalls, did tremendously well.
The Talent Show, for the purpose of which a special stage was constructed, consisted of events like Juggling, Rubik’s Cube, Freestyle Sports, Singing, Beat Boxing and Dancing for which the faculty members acted as judges.
There were several surprise events anchored by Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. Alinda Holla and Ms. Sangeeta Mishra. A Flashmob and an Aerobics performance by a few trained students were the other highlights.
It was a nostalgic occasion for the twelfth standard students as it was their last carnival in school.
The credits for this being an indelible day rightfully go to the cooperative, hard working administration and all those who remained cheerful throughout the day.
The Mathematical Crusade 2017
The Mathematical Society of Delhi Public School RK Puram organized an Interschool Mathematics Competition titled THE MATHEMATICAL CRUSADE 2017 on 9 December 2017.
The primary objective of the competition was to encourage students to engage in creative and original thinking, to inculcate a spirit of research and to enable them to appreciate the relevance of Mathematics as a discipline to real life. The four events were ‘Mathematics Quiz’, ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’, ‘Model Making’ and ‘Surprise Event’.
A total of 27 schools, represented by more than 250 students from Delhi and around participated in this grand event.
Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, Ms. S.K. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Tandeep Kaur, Teachers-In-Charge, Mathematics Lab & Technology Centre, along with the Mathematics Department and the students of the Mathematical Society, coordinated the event.
The event was introduced by the President of the Mathematical Society, Anshuman Gupta, who welcomed the judges of the event and wished all participants good luck for their upcoming competitions.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal along with the judges formally released the annual Mathematics magazine of the school, Mathyard 2017.
In her welcome address, the Principal glorified the importance of mathematics, as it forms the basis of finding the solution to several difficulties in life. She added that winning or losing is a part of competition and one should accept the defeat gracefully .
In the event ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’ the students displayed their song-writing and musical abilities, as energetic, self composed pieces containing mathematically oriented lyrics were performed on stage by the participants. The first prize in this category went to The Indian School, while the second and third prizes were won by The Green Fields School and DPS Noida, respectively.
The Quiz had two rounds – the preliminary round and the final round. The winners were DPS Rohini followed by DPS Faridabad and DPS Dwarka.
In the Model-Making competition, participants were asked to create a useful, well presented model based on any mathematical concept. The first, second and third awards were bagged by The Indian School, DAV Public School, Gurugram and DPS Rohini respectively.
The Surprise Event took place in successive stages. The first position was held by DPS Rohini,the second and third positions were held by DPS Faridabad and DPS Mathura Road, respectively.
The overall trophy went to DPS Rohini. The overall runner-up was The Indian School and DPS Faridabad was the second runner-up.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She congratulated the students and the teachers for the grand success of the event.
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life
Mosaic 2017: Patterns of Life, the annual Psych-Socio Fest, was hosted by Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 9 December 2017. The fest is organised jointly by the school’s Psychology and Sociology Departments. With participation from 21 schools, the festival provided a platform for students to showcase their opinions regarding psychological and sociological issues and stigmas through their creative talents.
The fest included a variety of events, namely: Canvas, a poster making competition where the participants were asked to incarnate their thoughts on topics such as Illusions And Superstitions, Body Disorders And Body Image and Substance Abuse; Act-It-Out, a role play event where the participants had to represent their views on various topics such as Cognitive Dissonance, Somatoform Disorders, The Pygmalion Effect and several others; Showreel, a movie making competition where the participants were asked to elucidate the idea ‘It Is Easier to Build Up a Child, Than to Repair an Adult’ in the form of a short film; And lastly, Just-A-Minute, a speaking competition where the participants had to orate on themes such as Post-Fordism, Nation-State and Demographic Dividend.
The Judges for the events were Mr. Sameer Dharmadhikari, an Indian actor and model, Ms. Bhavana Sabherwal, an Art Consultant and Coordinator of Gallery Sanskriti in Kolkata, Ms. Tarannum Siddiqui, who has been an academician at Sarojini Naidu Center for Women’s Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, Ms. Aditi Kumar, an art based therapist and a consulting Psychologist, and Mr Dushyant Kumar, an actor who has also managed the production of a Bollywood musical called “Beyond Bollywood”, which was presented at The Kingdom of Dreams.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address the Principal conveyed her interest for the two subjects: Psychology and Sociology. She expressed her gratitude towards all those who helped organize the fest and praised all those who participated in the events. She emphasized that creativity, along with the appreciation of creativity, is relative; that winners and losers can’t be chosen on the basis of a competition; that a trophy doesn’t make anyone superior and the lack of one doesn’t make anyone inferior.
An enrapturing theatrical dance performance showcased dancers swaying to mellifluous background music while the theatrical lead captivated the audience with a monologue expressing her inner conflicts and the way she is misunderstood and mistreated.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar, the Head of the Psychology Department, Ms. Vithika Rahul and the Judges were invited on stage for the Prize Distribution Ceremony. D.P.S. Mathura Road secured the first position in Canvas, with G.D. Goenka Public School coming second. D.P.S. Mathura Road, once again came first in Act-It-Out, with Amity International School, Mayur Vihar coming second. Bluebells School International was awarded the first position for Just-A-Minute, and Ryan International School, the second position. In Showreel, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Bal Bharti Public School won the first and second positions, respectively. Ryan International School bagged the rolling trophy.
The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks, delivered by Ms. Vithika Rahul
‘Rights And Responsibilities’ Value Of The Month – November 2017
Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. Teachers discussed the rules and code of conduct mentioned in the school almanac. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. The students put up plays exhibiting the importance of balancing rights and responsibilities. The students also shared various quotations and thoughts on the topic.
Class teachers and Subject teachers made the students aware regarding their rights and responsibilities. Students were encouraged to follow the rules at home, at school and in the community as the rules exist for their own safety and protection. They were asked to stand up for their own rights and for the rights of others too. Various activities were conducted regarding the same. Students contributed to the class discussions by speaking about their responsibilities towards their family, their school, the environment etc. They also decorated their classes with quotations related to the topic.
As the name suggests the students were inspired to be responsible, to discharge duties responsibly, and to use their rights in a responsible manner. The Class teachers and language teachers spoke about the importance of responsibility in conducting the day to day activities and also helped create awareness of the students’ rights.
Quotes were put up in the classes to reinforce the value.
The good efforts and actions of the students were appreciated by the Class Representatives, Class teachers and Subject teachers.
‘Nihon No Kaori’ – Interschool Japanese Language Festival 2017
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized an Inter-school Japanese Language Festival, ‘Nihon No Kaori’ – The Fragrance of Japan on 6 December 2017.
The programme was a DPS Society initiative, aiming at promoting social and cultural learning and also at strengthening the Indo-Japanese friendship. A total of 21 schools, represented by almost 125 students, participated in the seven events related to the Japanese language and culture. The off-site events included Bookmark Making, Invitation Card Making and Comic Designing, while the on-site competitions consisted of Character Portrayal, Skit, Haiku Writing and Duet Singing.
The Guests of Honour included Dr. Zeenat Khadar, the Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Mr. Daisuke Kodama, the First Secretary of the Information and the Culture Section, Embassy of Japan in India.
The judges for the events were Mr. Hiroaki Konishi and Ms. Yuiko Wakana, Japanese Language Advisors, Japan Foundation; Dr. Nabin Panda, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, DU; Ms. Anju Raghav, Guest Faculty, Japan Foundation & Japanese School; Ms. Janashruti Chandra and Ms. Anushree, Assistant Professors, Center for Japanese Studies at JNU.
The valedictory ceremony commenced with a well synchronised fusion dance, which presented Japanese choreography set to Indian classical music. The Guests of Honour were felicitated with a token of regard by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who later warmly welcomed the gathering. She spoke of how she felt that everyone needs to learn more about Asia, commending the Japanese culture and people, while strongly recommending students to pursue third languages even after school. After highlighting the efforts of Coordinators Ms. Niva Chhonkar, Ms. M Sudeshna and Ms. Surbhi Gaur along with other supporting teachers, a montage carrying glimpses from the events was showcased.
The winners of the individual competitions performed their acts and were lauded for their talent.
Dr. Khadar spoke of the Japanese values, food and technology – thus showing that the country had a lot to offer. She motivated the students, reminding them not to be disheartened by the news of not winning.
Mr. Kodama stressed on why Indian students should study in Japan, with the help of a presentation. He was thankful to be able to witness this event for the fourth time and was impressed by the improvement in performances every year.
The Guests of Honour, the Principal and the Vice Principal presented the winners with their awards, heartily congratulating them.
In the Bookmark Making competition, DPS Indirapuram, DPS Noida and DPS Panipat bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively. For the Invitation Card Making, Arwachin International School came third, DPS Dwarka came second and DPS Gautam Budh Nagar bagged the first position. In the Comic Designing competition, St. Mary’s School, DPS Indirapuram, and DPS Sonipat emerged at the first, second and third positions respectively.
The first, second and third prizes for Character Portrayal – Kosupure, went to DPS Dwarka, Arwachin International School and DPS Mathura Road respectively. For the Skit – Geki, Teema, the first position was bagged by DPS Noida, the second one by DPS Dwarka and the third by DPS Greater Noida. DPS Indirapuram, Arwachin International School and DPS Sushant Lok secured the first, second and third place in Haiku Writing, while DPS Maruti Kunj, DPS Indirapuram and DPS Rohini won the first, second and third prize in J-Poppu, the Duet Singing Competiton.
The overall trophy went to Arwachin International School.
The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, delivered the vote of thanks. To conclude, the National Anthem of both the countries was played.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for all the students learning Japanese in various schools to hone their skills and learn more about the culture and traditions of Japan.