‘Panchtatva-Let’s Sync With Nature’ –Inter DPS National Environment Festival

‘Panchtatva – Let’s Sync with Nature’, the Annual Inter-DPS National Environmental Festival was hosted at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 21 April 2018.

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment. It marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. This Environment Festival is an extrapolation of the values which govern the notion of ensuring a better tomorrow for the future generations.

‘Panchtatva Saviours’ is a team of dedicated members from the Environment and the Geography Club of DPS R. K. Puram striving to ensure a clean and green tomorrow. The team aims to inculcate ‘Responsible Green Values’ amongst the students.

The theme of the event was ‘Save Earth’, with special emphasis on the 5 ’R’s – Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Restore and Replenish. It witnessed the participation of 79 schools.

Chief Guest, Shri V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee and the Guest of Honour, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Member, Managing Committee, DPS RK Puram and Ms. Vibha Singh, Principal, DPS Rohini graced the occasion with their august presence. Other attendees included Vice Principals, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Dr Renu Nayar, Headmistress, Ms Rashmi Malhotra and headmistress DPS Vasant Vihar, Ms. Archana Pental.

Ms. Rupa Das, HOD-Geography and Ms. Niva Chhonkar, HOD-Biotechnology and Biology were the Event Co-ordinators.

A collaborative effort of the Environment and Geography Clubs of the school, the festival comprised 9 competitions- 5 off-site, including Book of Ideas – 1, Weave A Story (Photography), Green-o-tisement (Advertisement), E-File (Bio-Diversity File) and Scroll-A-Message; and 4 on-site, which were Book Of Ideas -2, Model Making : Green City, Let The Silent Earth Speak : Mime and Waste-Wise : Collage Making.

In ‘Waste Wise – Collage Making’, students were provided with pre-packed paper bags, full of waste materials, by the school. Using the contents, they were expected to create a collage on ivory white A3 sheets.

‘Model Making – Green City’ required the participants to design a model of a self sustained, environment-friendly green city, which would be capable of catering to its own requirements of resources sustainably. Their models were later displayed in the OAT for the final judgment.

A silent array of kids with painted visages, donning monochromatic outfits, dramatically put across shows, which left the judges in awe – finding it hard to decide who wins in ‘Let the Silent Earth Speak: Mime’. The kids expressed themselves in  “silence” – a form of artistry hard to hit upon.

‘Book of Ideas – 2’ consisted of an elaborate discussion on why North India is more prone to pollution. It was supported by an electronic PowerPoint presentation as well. This was the final round, which was an on-site event – the first segment of which was sent in on April 18.

Mr Kuljeet Singh, an actor, director and teacher who is known for his performances in films like Margarita with a Straw (2014), along with Chetan Malhotra, co-founder of Square Heart Productions and alumnus of Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, judged the Mime event.

Dr Vijay Kumar Soni, Head of the Environment Monitoring and Research Centre (EMRC), Indian Meteorological Department, and Dr Siddharta Singh, Scientist, EMRC, judged both segments of the Book of Ideas.

Mr S. Aravindan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi, along with Shri R. Srinivas, head of the Metropolitan and Union Territories Division, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, judged the Model Making competition.

Ms Archana Pental, Headmistress of Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar and Dr Tejbir Singh Rana, Professor, Shivaji College judged two events – E-File and Scroll-a-Message.

Mr Vikram Verma, Production Designer in a number of prestigious production houses across India and Mr Palok Singh, a filmmaker and entrepreneur were judges for Weave-a-Story and Green-o-Tisement.

Mr Pankaj Guru, a Bachelor, Fine Arts from University Of Delhi and Ms Richa Sahu, Graphic Designer, Salwan Public School judged the Collage Making Competition.

A melodious Hindi-classical tune was showcased by young students, clad in green dupattas, of the school choir for welcoming the Guests – who then went on to appreciate the environmental models in the Open Air Theatre.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with the Indian Music School Choir performing a mesmerizing rendition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ followed by a show reel featuring the highlights of the day.

The Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, spoke of the dilemma of the issue not spoken about: “who cleans the garbage and when?” She feels that we do little but expect others to do everything. She said if people feel they are too small to be effective then they have never been bitten by a small mosquito. She quoted a line – `Nothing comes from nothing’ to encourage children to go out of their comfort  zone to make a difference.

The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society, shared his thoughts on ploughing back grass into the soil to ensure that essential nutrients aren’t lost. He mentioned the purchase of a new mower which recycles grass, thereby enabling rejuvenation of the soil.

Ms Vrinda Sarup considered it to be a privilege and a delight to attend this environmental festival. She found the ideas and works to be breathtaking and complimented the teams on their ideas and concerns. She even promised to support them and expose them to a wider audience.

Mr. Shunglu  released the Report on Pollution Survey in Delhi prepared by Class X1 students of DPS RKPuram. He also released the Book of Ideas Part 1, a collection from all Delhi Public Schools  bound together.
The speeches were complemented by a Panchtatva themed dance, backed by visuals and followed by soulful, warm voices of the western music choir.

Mr. Shunglu, Ms. Sehgal and Ms. Sarup distributed the prizes and congratulated the winners. Being the host team, DPS RK Puram participated but did not compete in any event.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms Rupa Das, and the event concluded with the National Anthem.

The results of the events  are as follows:

NAME OF THE EVENT POSITION SCHOOL
Book Of Ideas Part 1 First
Second
Third
DPS Greater Noida
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Gurgaon, Sec45
Green-O-Tisement First
Second
Third
DPS Indirapuram
DPS Chandigarh
DPS Guwahati
E-File First
Second
Third
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Noida
DPS Gurgaon, Sec45
Weave A Story First
Second
Third
DPS Navi Mumbai
DPS Bhatinda
DPS Ranchi
Scroll A Message First
Second
Third
DPS Ranipur
DPS Guwahati
DPS Chandigarh
Book Of Ideas Part 2 First
Second
Third
DPS Navi Mumbai
DPS Greater Noida
DPS Greater Faridabad
Model Making Exhibition First
Second
Third
Special Mention
DPS Vishakhapatnam
DPS Greater Faridabad
DPS Kashipur
DPS Rewari
DPS Srinagar
DPS Hapur
Mime First
Second
Third
DPS Faridabad
DPS Mathura Road
DPS Navi Mumbai
Waste Wise First
Second
Third
DPS Sonepat
DPS Indore
DPS Bhopal



Visit To Gandhi Smriti

A visit to Gandhi Smriti was organised for students of Class VIII in the month of April 2018. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise the students with the life and contributions of the Father of the Nation. The students were shown a film covering some important events of the National Movement such as the Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi. They were taken around by guides to see the exhibition depicting various stages of his life, starting from his early life in Porbundar, student life in England, as a lawyer in South Africa and the movements led by him in India. Students were also taken to the site where he fell to the assassin’s bullets.



BACK TO SCHOOL – Orientation Programme for the Parents of Class VII and VIII Students

The orientation programme, ‘Back To School ‘ was held for parents of students studying in Class VII and VIII on 16 April 2018.

Parents of sections A, B, F, J and K were called for the session at 2.45-3.45 p.m. Parents of sections C, D, E, G, H and I, were called at 3.45-4.45 p.m.

The venue for the programme was the respective classes in BL, D, C and Circular Blocks.

The programme was a success with the parents responding enthusiastically and turning up in modest numbers.

The Class teachers started the interactive session in their respective classes by reading out a few guidelines to ensure greater discipline and care of their wards. The basic examination module was clarified to the parents. Attendance and punctuality was stressed upon.

Every subject teacher also threw light on the approach taken by them towards academics. They also satisfied and clarified the parents’ anxieties and queries.

A brief tea session for the parents brought the programme to an end.



Mathematics Workshop on Problem Solving

An Interactive Mathematics Workshop was conducted by Professor Bauman from the Centre for Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), University of Waterloo, on 13th April 2018 at DPS RK Puram. The objective of the workshop was to challenge students with some interesting Maths problems and get them excited about the power of Mathematics. The workshop was initiated by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar and was coordinated by the Head of Mathematics Department, Mr. Anil Kathuria. A total of 37 students of Class XII had the privilege of participating in this workshop. Professor Bauman commenced the workshop with an interesting Chess board problem in the form of a game. The students worked enthusiastically in teams to plan the winning strategy. Professor Bauman then helped the students to think about a variety of stimulating and enjoyable set of problems in new ways and discussed their solutions. He demonstrated that Maths is fun, relevant and leads to exciting careers.



BACK TO SCHOOL – Orientation Programme for the Parents of Class VI Students

An Orientation Programme was organized for the parents of students of Class VI sections A to F on 2 April 2018 and sections G to K on 3 April 2018 from 2:30 PM onwards. The parents were invited to acquaint themselves with the new environment their child would soon be entering into. The Class teachers apprised the parents about the school rules, the new scheme of assessment   and introduced the subject teachers. The parents had an opportunity to interact with all the teachers who would be teaching their child.

The subject teachers spoke about the prescribed textbooks and notebooks, syllabi, subject enrichment activities and the marking scheme. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, warmly welcomed the parents and assured them of the school’s commitment in ensuring that their child finds himself in a safe environment. The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, in her address to the parents, spoke about the school rules and the new assessment scheme. Ms. Payal and Ms. Pratibha, the Class Representatives, also introduced themselves to the parents.

On the whole, the parents felt at ease about their wards’ transition from the junior schools to the senior school.



Commencement Ceremony – Class VI

Class VI (batch of 2018-19) arrived at Delhi Public School R.K. Puram on 3 April 2018 (Sections A to F) and 4 April 2018 (Sections G to K). Students of class VII welcomed the new students to the senior branch. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, warmly welcomed the students and familiarised them with the school system. The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, spoke to the students about the school rules and the code of conduct. The Class Representatives, Ms. Pratibha and Ms. Payal also addressed the students. The Class teachers introduced themselves to the students. The students were taken to their classrooms, where the Class teachers distributed personalized bookmarks and chocolates to all students. The students were taken on a school tour. At the end of the day, student volunteers from classes VII and VIII escorted the students to their respective buses.



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