Sony BBC Earth – Science Workshop For Class VI
Representatives from Sony BBC Earth conducted a special Interactive Science Workshop for Class VI at DPS RK Puram on 15 February 2018. It was a part of a School Engagement Program, ‘Feel Alive Hours’ which open the students’ eyes to the wonders of the universe in a fun and engaging manner that will help them cope with stress and feel refreshed.
Sony BBC Earth is a documentary TV channel featuring premium factual programs, formed by collaboration between Sony Pictures Network India and BBC Worldwide.
The Guest present was Ms Richa Maheshwari, Member of English Cluster Marketing Division, Sony Pictures Networks, Mumbai. The program was initiated by the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan and was coordinated by the Science Coordinator of Middle school, Ms Sushma Sardana, supported by the Headmistress, Ms Rashmi Malhotra.
The presenter commenced the showcase with fun facts which enraptured the students’ attention. The official Sony BBC Earth anthem ‘Feel Alive’ was played and some students were invited onstage to joyously dance with the presenter.
Following this, an AV on the science segment that dismissed urban myths and left the onlookers in awe was played, which paved the way for a live experiment performed by a team of experts that wasn’t witnessed by the students in person before. Using dry ice, water, and soap solution, a giant ice bubble was formed over a glass bowl. The bubble only grew in size and persisted for quite a few breaths before popping.
The third AV gave an insight into the life of reptiles and their preying techniques – with thrilling scenes of a wild beast hunt, insect-ingestion and a snake attack. The experts once again demonstrated their skills by building a terrarium step by step.
A quest for a king crab in a frozen water body and lemon sharks being fed were captured in the special cameras and were a part of the last AV.
The students were engaged in quizzes after every AV- they were so enthusiastic in their desire to answer that they were almost leaping out of their seats. Those who answered correctly were rewarded with keepsakes.
The event concluded with gifts being distributed to all audience members.
Storytelling By An Author
Storytelling is a fine art, bringing to life the characters of a story and enthralling the listeners. A total of 45 German learners of Class 8 from DPS, R.K.Puram had the privilege of attending a performance by Swiss author and storyteller, Ms. Brigitte Schär in the school on 9 February 2018. The visit was co-ordinated by the Goethe Institute and the DPS Society.
Ms. Brigitte Schär has authored several books in her thirty years career as a writer and her books have been translated into different languages. She seeks to link her literary work to theatrical “reading-performances” and “concert-readings” for both adults and children. She has a good stage presence and connects easily with children and other audiences. The students were spell bound as Ms Schär recited poems, sang and told stories.
She was accompanied by Ms Vibhuti Sukhramani, Project Manager at the Goethe Institute and Ms Maitreyee Shirolkar, Programme Officer for Culture & Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Switzerland.
Ms Anita Singh, Vice Principal and Head of Department, Foreign languages proposed the vote of thanks.
Visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan
Dates: 18 January 2018 (VII I and K)
19 January 2018 (VII A and B)
1 February 2018 (VII E and F)
2 February 2018 (VII G and H)
8 February 2018 (VII C and D)
9 February 2018 (VII J)
A visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan was organized for the students of class VII during the months of January and February 2018. After the initial formalities pertaining to the entry into the main building, an official from the Rahtrapati Bhawan introduced the students to the building. This included a brief description about the area, the number of rooms, the main statue of the “Sahastrabahu Alokiteshvara” – the Buddha with a thousand arms, the stones used to build and decorate the interiors, the design and architecture of the building, and the names of the architects.
After this, the students and teachers were taken to different halls and rooms like Durbar Hall, Ashoka Hall and the rooms designated for various meetings. Students were shown the famous dome, the canon and were explained the meaning and importance of the different positions of the National Flag with respect to the mast.
The students felt enlightened and happy at having been provided with an opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan which holds national importance strategically, as well as in terms of its history, culture, politics and aesthetics.
The excursion ended with students being extremely delighted to witness a few planes of the Indian Air Force fly past as a part of their rehearsal for the Republic Day.
Showcase – Class VII
A showcase was organized for the students of class VII during the month of January – February 2018. The students found a platform to display their talents and abilities and show what they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.
Work Experience activities help students excel in their chosen field of activity. These activities help the students to develop their personalities and prepare themselves to face challenges that they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Friday, 19 January 2018.
Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.
Art education activities are a wonderful way to find the reservoir of talents within each and every child. They help the students to do their best and are also an ideal way to relax and give time to the hobbies they genuinely like. Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Monday, 22 January 2018.
Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Thursday, 25 January 2018.
Showcase – Class VI
A Showcase was organized for the students of class VI during the month of January – February 2018. The purpose of the event was to provide a platform to the students to display all that they had learned during their Work Experience and Art Education classes.
Work Experience activities help foster team work in students. Such activities also help the students to develop better communication skills and prepare them to face challenges they may encounter in their lives. Sections G to K had their Work Experience Showcase on Monday, 22 January 2018.
Sections A to F presented what they had learnt in their Work Experience classes on Monday, 5 February 2018.
The purpose behind Art Education activities is to bring out the talents and creativity of the students. Sections G to K had their Art Education Showcase on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.
Sections A to F put up their Art Education show on Friday, 2 February 2018.
10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament
The 10th Armaan Dogra Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament was held at DPS R.K. Puram from 5 to 7 February 2018. A total of sixteen schools participated in the three-day event.
The Tournament is held annually to commemorate the passion of Armaan Dogra, a student of the school, who had succumbed to man’s inevitable fate at a young age. Not only did he excel at sports like Table Tennis, Skating, Hockey, Badminton, Football and Swimming, he was also passionate about dancing. His cordiality was felt by all those who came into contact with him.
At the closing ceremony on the last day of the event, the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms Anita Singh, and Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr N. Suresh, with his team of teachers were present.
The various prominent dignitaries who graced the event with their presence included the Chief Guest, Mr Suresh Kumar Raina, a professional cricketer who was the second youngest Captain of the Indian Team; Mr Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Delhi Football Association, and Mr John Melvyn Robinson, Group Editor at Asian News Network.
The event began with the lighting of the lamp. Armaan’s parents, Dr and Mrs Dogra warmly welcomed all the guests by felicitating them with a token of regard.
The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her appreciation for Armaan’s parents’ efforts to ensure that his spirit continues to live on. She reminded the audience of the special award instituted in his fond memory for an all-rounder of Class IX. Extolling the winning team, she urged the runners-up not to feel demoralized as they must have enjoyed playing.
Dr PN Dogra firstly thanked the dignitaries, teachers, friends and students, specially highlighting the Sports Department for their unconditional support. Cherishing the sweet memories of his beloved son, he mentioned how this event was a testimony of the strong will of the school and family to keep Armaan’s passion alive. Through this event, he felt, many Armaans must have been able to fulfill their ‘armaans’ (hindi for aspiration).
The speeches paved the way to a student presentation in two parts – a tuneful song, “Badal Pe Paon Hai” performed joyfully, and an enthralling Garba performance in colorful Gujarati outfits.
Mr Saji Prabhakaran, the Guest of Honour, considers it a great pleasure to have been associated with the tournament since its inception 10 years ago. He vocalized his wish to support the Tournament to grow and become a bigger event with more schools participating in the subsequent years. Another exciting announcement he made mentioned the launch of Premium School League for boys and girls, by Delhi Football Association, in the next session to help skillful student-footballers grow.
Mr Suresh Raina, the Chief Guest was delighted to visit the school. Drawing attention to the importance of discipline and quality of energy exhibited by the students, he was remarkably impressed by the talented footballers and believes this sport was good to make one strong at heart.
The much awaited prize distribution ceremony was followed by group photographs. DPS RK Puram secured the third position with Mother’s International School, Sri Aurobindo Marg bagging the second one. Modern School, Barakhamba Road took home the winning trophy.
The Best Player award was given to Arjun Bhatia of DPS R.K. Puram. Other awards, including the Best Goalkeeper and Best Defender, went to Aditya Pankaj from the winning team and Anjor Aggarwal from the runners-up team, respectively.
The Chief Guest declared the tournament closed and red balloons were released in Armaan’s memory.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks and the programme came to an end with the National Anthem. Further, Mr Raina went on to shake hands with the audience and gave a quick interview to student-reporters.
Rendezvous With Author
Samvaad- Hindi Club of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organised a rendezvous with Dr Nirmala Jain, a renowned figure in the world of Hindi Literature, on 31 January 2018. Dr Nirmala Jain has a D.Litt in Hindi and is one of the few female critics in the world of Hindi Literature.
She was felicitated by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. After a pleasant cup of tea, the club proceeded to take her interview.
The interview was conducted by the Club Incharges, Ms. Fatma Kirmani and Ms. Seema Mehta , Chief Editor, Syed Momin Iqbal and President of the Club, Uday Bansal. Enthusiastic members of the club were delighted and fascinated by the ideas and thoughts of Dr. Jain, who shared her experiences, gave insight into the thought process of an author and inspired the budding writers of the club.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
To commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and create awareness, the United Nations, Embassy of Israel, Germany, CzechRepublic, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Austria, France and Alliance Francais of Delhi invited Delhi Public School, R K Puram for the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony on 31 January 2018 to mark the Day.
10 students of Class IX participated in the ceremony accompanied by their history coordinator Ms.Sohini Chakravarty. It’s a part of their curriculum.
India Quiz 2018
The Social Science Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the Second Annual India Quiz on the 3 February 2018. The event witnessed the enthusiastic participation of 19 schools across the city.
The Quiz comprised of two rounds. The preliminary written round was followed by the oral round. The quiz comprised of seven rounds relating to the history of India, politics, administration, general knowledge and lastly, an interactive audio/visual segment. The quizzers were provided with two lifelines; ‘Phone-A-Friend’ and ‘Ask A Teacher’. The audience wholeheartedly participated in the proceedings and encouraged the participants with rounds of applause.
The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, expressed her gratitude to all the schools for their keen participation. Addressing the students, she spoke of her love for history, christening it her favourite subject and emphasized the importance of humanities. She vocalized her fondness for the concept of quizzing and deemed them informative and exciting. She lauded the audience for their active participation in the event.
Ms Vanita Sehgal, Ms Padma Srinivasan, Ms Vinita Gupta and Ms Shaloo Khanna conducted the award ceremony. Delhi Public School, Faridabad was the winner of the Quiz. Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj came second while Cambridge School, Noida bagged the third position.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. She thanked the Programme coordinators, Ms Vandana Chandhoke and Ms Rupa Das and the entire Social Science Department for making this event a grand success. Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram plans to make the India Quiz an annual event. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.
SNF@School – Safe and Nutritious Food Festival 2018
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was the proud host of the first Inter School ‘Safe and Nutritious Food Festival’, SNF@School , held on 3 February 2018, organised by the Biology Department.
A total of 16 schools from across Delhi sent in their students from classes VI to XI for various events, namely ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ an On-the-Spot Fireless Cooking Challenge; ‘Eat Right, Be Right,’ a Quiz Contest, and ‘Healthy Self, Heal Thyself,’ a Just-A-Minute Competition. 40 students from 6 MCD Schools along with their teachers visited the school and got a feel of all the events. A street play on good food habits was organised for the students in the stage area.
Ms Namrata Khanna, Project Lead of SNF@School, FSSAI graced the event with her presence. SNF@ School is a nation-wide campaign to help school children inculcate the habit of eating safe and eating right.
The Valedictory Function began with the felicitation of the guests by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. In her welcome address, she acknowledged the entire Biology Department’s efforts and shared how food affected her happiness in life positively. Praising Indian food for providing a balanced diet, she concluded by reminding them that winning was not everything – rather, coming together for an important cause was.
Next, a Ganesh Stuti was presented to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, which was followed by introduction of Master Sehat and Miss Sehat, Mascots of SNF@School, who enlightened the audience about healthy eating habits. The students from MCD schools were delighted to meet Master and Miss Sehat, Rohan and Riya of Sehat team.
The winner of ‘Nutritious Can Be Delicious,’ showcased their item and apprised of it to the audience.
The Expressions Theatre Club of the school astounded the audience with their edifying street play on healthy food habits.
Ms Namrata Khanna, who is also an alumnus of the school, could never imagine standing on the same stage several years later. In her address, she stated how proud she was to know that DPS, RK Puram was a forerunner of SNF@School. She felt that the event was a complete success as the message came across appropriately.
The Prize Distribution ceremony was conducted by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department. The winners of all the events were awarded certificates and trophies.
“Healthy Self, Heal Thyself – Just A Minute” was won by Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodi Road, while Hope Hall Foundation School , R K Puram came second and Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj came third.
Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram won the first prize in the “Eat Right Be Bright – Quiz”, followed by Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj and The Air Force School, Subroto Park in the second and third places respectively.
The first prize for “Nutritious Can Be Delicious – Fireless Cooking” was bagged by SS Mota Singh Model School, Paschim Vihar, the second position by The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar while the third prize went to Mount Abu School, Rohini.
The Overall winner was Hope Hall Foundation School, R K Puram.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms Anita Singh, who thanked the guests and the organizers of the programme and wished the students the best for the future. The event concluded with group photographs of the organizing staff and the Indian National Anthem. It proved to be an enlightening and inspiring event for all its participants and spectators.
In an emotionally surcharged atmosphere, the Students, Staff and Management of DPS RK Puram bid goodbye to another pertinacious batch of Class XII on 30 January 2018. The Farewell ceremony brought with it innumerable memories.
The boys and girls were dressed immaculately in suits and sarees and looked resplendent.
An enthusiastic and sentimental Class XI played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for Class XII. The event began with a dance on a medley of popular songs by the 11th graders. The seniors cheered along and eventually joined them with some impromptu performances of their own.
It was an evening of reliving the good memories they had of the school along with their companions, juniors and teachers. All in all it was memorable for one and all.