Think Summit 2018

Think Summit ‘18 was organised by the Think Lab at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 24 November 2018, with the aim of providing students with a platform to ‘Think outside the box’. The events saw participation of 21 schools. The summit was sponsored by USI, Toppr Learning, Ashes Life Sciences, Balaji Medical Institute, Jyoti Hospital and was coordinated by Ms. Archna Deepak.

Ms. Leena Nandan, an IAS of the U.P cadre and present Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways graced the event with her august presence. A graduate of Patna Women’s College and Asian Institute of Management, she has authored two much acclaimed books.

The Summit was an amalgamation of 4 events – Out Of The Box, Confabulation, Cognaissance and Ideate-2-Innovate.

Out Of The Box- A Solution for Better Living encouraged younger participants to demonstrate their knowledge and discoveries in fields ranging from environmental conservation to futuristic technologies through the medium of a model. The models were judged by Mr. Shoaib Abdullah and Ms. Jayati Nandan.

Confabulation saw the students engaging in a group discussion which allowed them to express their new and radical ideas regarding some of the social issues pertaining to contemporary society.  The judgement was presided over by Mr. Abhijit Bhaumik, Ms. Deepika Goel, Ms. Ambika Kaul and Mr. Dev Rishi Khare,

Seeing some of the supposedly ‘unsolvable’ conundrums that surround us everyday, Cognaissance – The Renaissance of Cognition, tried to put young minds to work and gather their ideas on new and innovative ways to tackle some of the major problems plaguing the modern society. Ms. Sandhya Wakdikar assessed the event.

Ideate-2-Innovate challenged the next generation of innovators to come out of their comfort zone and impromptu develop a bold new innovation, making the best possible use of their creative insight. The participants were then asked to give a presentation on what made their idea unique and revolutionary. The event was judged by Ms. Meena Singh and Ms. Jayati Nandan.

The Valedictory Ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Judges and the Chief Guest by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

The adroit instrumentalists of the Western Band put up an upbeat Indo – Western fusion that enthralled the audience. This was followed by mellifluous voices of the Indian choir, who put forth a melodious rendition of a Rajasthani folk song.

Once the serenade was complete, the Principal launched the debut edition of the Think Lab’s Annual magazine, ‘Eunoia 2018’.

Ms. Sehgal began her speech with the story of how the Think Lab was set up to provide a space where students could innovate, think freely and bring their creations to life. She emphasised how crucial it was for students to be able to think for themselves instead of blindly following instructions, a quality which would allow them to revolutionise the future. She mentioned how she always looks forward to teaching classes where the children can think out of the box and actively add to the discussion, for those are the most interesting classes. She praised Ms. Archna Deepak’s hard work, dedication and perseverance in making the Think Lab a reality and commended her enthusiasm in revamping the old Electronics Lab into a high tech hub buzzing with students. She stressed the importance of giving the students complete autonomy to think, create and innovate in any field, be it Science or Literature. She then proceeded to invite on-stage all the teachers and students who had made the event a great success and applauded them for their efforts.

The Chief Guest reminisced about the nostalgic memories she had of the school as the proud parent of an alumna. She talked about how the school helped her daughter grow and how it educated and empowered her, just as it had done for countless other students. She stressed how it was critical for students to be able to think and innovate, quoting Rene Descartes, “I think, therefore I am.” She congratulated Ms. Sehgal for providing such a wonderful opportunity in the school. She reminded the students that they were the future of the country and that a young child’s mind is the best place for innovative ideas. She ended by quoting Khalil Gibran, “You can give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You can house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow”

The end of the Chief Guest’s speech gave way to the Award Distribution Ceremony.

The Overall winner for the Summit was DLF School, Sahibabad.

The results are as follows:

EVENT POSITION SCHOOL
OUT OF THE BOX 1ST Mount Abu Public School
2ND Modern School, Barakhamba
3RD Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj
COGNAISSANCE 1ST Amity International, Pushp Vihar
2ND Modern School, Barakhamba
3RD DLF School, Sahibabad
CONFABULATION 1ST Delhi Public School, Indirapuram
2ND Mayur School, Noida
3RD Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad

 

IDEATE-2-INNOVATE

1ST Cambridge Foundation School
2ND DLF School, Sahibabad
3RD Vivekanand School

The Award Ceremony ended with a presentation recapping the various events of the day and prominently showing the highlights.

The Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh, brought the ceremony to a close with the vote of thanks. She spoke about how, in her 35 years of teaching, it was the first time she had seen a concept like the Think Lab. She thanked the Chief Guest for coming. She also thanked the Principal for making the summit possible and for choosing an in-house solution for the future of the Electronics Lab. She talked about the tremendous impact that the Think Lab has had so far and wished that its legacy continues far into the future. She congratulated all the participants, reminding them that it wasn’t about winning, but participating. Finally, she thanked the entire team which had organised the event and invited them on stage.

The National Anthem played, heralding the conclusion of the summit.

 



The Nordic-Baltic Children’s Film Festival 2018

The students of Class VI –K attended the screening of the movie “Iqbal Farooq and the Secret Recipe” at the Indian International Centre, Lodhi Estate on 15 November 2018.

The Nordic-Baltic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) embassies hosted the first ever six day long Youth Film Festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region. The aim of the festival was strengthening the bond between eight countries and reaching out to the culturally rich audience of Delhi.

The hostess, Ms. Ashima, welcomed the students. The movie which started  at 9:30 am, was about an inquisitive and bright child named Iqbal Farooq, who enjoyed experimenting. He often got into trouble due to his curiosity. Iqbal loved his family a lot, specially his father. The movie was filled with adventure, excitement, and humour. The movie ended at 11:00 am. Students were given a goody bag each, containing a mug and refreshments, by the organisers. The students enjoyed watching the movie and had a wonderful time.



Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’

The Annual Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter School Art and Poetry Competitions – ‘Art Poetica’ was hosted by DPS RK Puram on 17 November 2018, in loving memory of the former Chairman of DPS Society, Dr. P.N. Kirpal.

The Chief Guest of the function was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee, accompanied by Mrs. Shunglu. Member of the DPS Society and former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Justice B.N. Kirpal was the Guest of Honour and was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. 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; Honorary Treasurer, DPS Society and Vice Chairman of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Mr. Pramod Grover; Members of the DPS Society and of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Ms. Namita Pradhan, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Dr. Kiran Datar ;Members of the DPS Society, Dr. Usha Luthra, Ms. Shovana Narayan ; Members of the Managing Committee of DPS R.K Puram, Prof. Dr. Harsh Wardhan, Dr. Sudipta Ghose; Sports Director DPS Society, Dr D R Saini. Also present at the event were Mrs. Amita Mishra, Principal DPS International and Mr. Anupam Jagga, Principal DPS Bulandshahr. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and the Heads of the English and Art Department, Dr. Atika  Dayal and Mr. Amit Rajput

Students from 31 schools took part in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘Lime in Rhyme’, ‘Inverse Rhapsody’, and ‘Stage-A-Verse’. The events provided the students with a platform to showcase and express their abilities towards literature and art.

Blend Art, which involved recitation, dramatization, and capturing the essence of the poem in a painting or a sketch, was judged by Ms. Nupur Kundu, Ms. Sangeeta Sharma, Dr. Pramod Gupta, Dr. Sanya Gupta, Ms. Nin Taneja, and Mr. Subhashish Dey.

In Artistic Poesy, participants were provided with a series of pictures and were required to compose a ballad on them.  The event was judged by Mr Manish Sharma, Mr. Sandeep Makharia, and Ms. Garima Sehgal.

Lyrical Canvas had participants capturing the predominant feeling from a line of a poem. It was judged by Mr. Priyendra Shukla, Mr. Pankaj Guru, and Dr. Sangameshwar Rao.

Inverse Rhapsody was in an innovative competitive format where participants in duos expressed a dominant and an opposing emotion from a poem that was provided to them. It was judged by Ms. Saroj Chawla, Dr. Mita Bose, and Ms. Anavisha Banerjee.

In Stage-A-Verse, students wrote a script offstage in verse on a visual prompt and enacted it on stage. It was judged by Ms. Shubhagata Kumar, Ms. Neera Verma, and  Ms. Shree Lahiri.

Lime- in-Rhyme required the participants to create limericks based on verbal inputs within a time frame and recitation on-stage. The event was assessed by Ms. Paramjeet Kaur, Dr. Carreen Pakrasi, and  Mr. Fahad Khan.

The Valedictory ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the felicitation of the guests.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, began her welcome address by quoting Plutarch, ‘Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks’. She traced the journey of the event, which started as a tribute to late Dr. Prem Kirpal, and has now become one of the most popular and anticipated events of the year. She extended a warm welcome to the special guests who graced the event. She quoted Neil Gaiman that, ‘Every book is a dream that one holds in one’s hand’, so any individual who says one lifetime is not enough to do all one wants has definitely not read a book. She said the proverb ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ is absolutely true as the writers and artists have the power to dispel gloominess and bridge cultural and generational gaps but they shouldn’t misuse or underestimate it. Lastly, she thanked the organisers Ms Atika Dayal, Mr. Amit Rajput, Ms. Sonali Dash, Ms. Abha Chona, Ms. M Sudeshna, Ms Sudeepta Chatterjee as well as the students for their hardwork.

The cultural programme consisted of a beautiful theatrical performance of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. The theatrical play was an extravaganza and enacted to perfection by excellent actors in impeccable costumes. Following this, Mr. V.K Shunglu and Justice B.N.Kirpal released the Annual English Literary Book, ‘The Bubbling Cauldron’.

The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu, addressed the audience by imparting a very important life lesson about power corrupting individuals, and advised that we should not let power accumulate but rather exercise it in a plural form. He commended and highly praised the high quality performances in the play.

Following this was the Prize Distribution Ceremony.

Dr. Atika Dayal, Head of the English Department, delivered the vote of thanks and commended all the students and teachers for their efforts and endeavours to make the event a great success. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.

The overall winners of the event were Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.

Winner’s table-

NAME OF EVENT NAME OF SCHOOL POSITION
ARTISTIC POESY Dps ,Gurgaon
Cambridge Foundation School, Rajouri garden
Summerfields School
1ST
2ND
3RD
INVERSE RHAPSODY Bluebells International  School
Dps,  Vasant Kunj
Dps International
1ST
2ND
3RD
LIME IN RHYME Dps, Noida
Dps, Greater Noida
Dps, Mathura Road
1ST
2ND
3RD
STAGE-A-VERSE Springdales, Pusa Road
DPS, Vasant Kunj
Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan
1ST
2ND
3RD
LYRICAL CANVAS Tagore International
Cambridge School, Noida
Holy Child Auxillium School
1ST
2ND
3RD
BLEND ART Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
DPS, Indrapuram
Ahlcon International
1ST
2ND
3RD



Demo by Codon Biotech for Biotechnology Students

On 16 November,2018 a Biotechnology Company, Codon Biotech, organised a demo for the Biotechnology students of Classes XI and XII in the Senior Biology Lab. Dr Tripti Bhatnagar and Dr Rosy explained the principle and protocol of the experiments. Students learnt to isolate plasmid from the bacteria E.Coli. They also cut the Genomic DNA using Restriction Enzymes, made Agarose gel and performed Electrophoresis. Students learnt how to use Spectrophotometer and estimated protein quantitatively. Ms Niva Chhonkar, HOD Biology, thanked Codon Biotech for arranging this amazing learning experience.



Value Of The Month October 2018 (Teamwork)

Class VI

The value for the month of October 2018 was Teamwork. Class teachers and Subject teachers worked to inculcate the same in the students through various activities. They spoke about the idea that a team is only as strong as its weakest member and they should work together to uplift everyone. Cooperation and understanding are essential elements of teamwork. These were brought up in the class and demonstrated through various group tasks performed by the students such as preparation of the class notice boards. The students put up posters, quotations and slogans in the class. They also shared various thoughts, stories and incidents related to the topic.

Class VII

Teamwork plays an important role in one’s  life, irrespective of which stage one is in. For students, teamwork means working together by keeping their biases, prejudices and differences aside to achieve a common goal, be it a football match or an inter-section activity. To reiterate the importance of teamwork in life, a discussion was held in the class where students discussed what working together meant to them and how they practiced the value in their daily life. Students enthusiastically participated in class discussions. They shared their experiences where working as the team had helped them learn better and come up with better results. Students decorated the soft boards with valuable quotes.

Class VIII

Teamwork is a group of people with various complimentary skills, working together towards a common vision. It generates performance greater than performance of its individual members. Teamwork enables one to accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently than tackling projects individually. Class teachers and Subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities. Posters and quotes were put up on the walls. Teachers discussed the meaning of the value with the help of real time examples and class room situations. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic.



DPS RK Puram Says ‘NO’ to Firecrackers

Air Pollution is a serious health issue. Keeping this in mind ‘Harit Diwali- Swasth Diwali’ Campaign was carried out in the Junior Schools of DPS at Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash and Senior School at RK.Puram to sensitize the students to minimize the bursting of Fire crackers and suggest alternatives to celebrate ‘Green Diwali’. Special message on Air pollution, issues related to firecrackers and how to reduce Air pollution were discussed in the Assembly on November 1,2018. A  Power Point Presentation with harmful effects of bursting crackers was shown. ‘Green Pledge’ was taken during the Assembly time everyday and the entire School took ‘Green Pledge’ administered by the Principal.

Activities like Slogan Writing, Poster Making, Role Play were carried out in the Work Ex Period. In the Junior Schools also activities like Painting of Diyas, Poster making, Slogan writing and Making Ganesha Cards were carried out. Teachers of Classes VI to XII had an Interactive session with students on general impact of Fire Crackers, Air Quality & Air pollution related issues in the Homeroom period.

Video on ‘Say NO to Fire Crackers’ was shown through Smart Board. Standees with ‘Anti Fire Cracker’ Message were displayed. The activities were coordinated by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Incharge-Environment Club.



TEDxYouth@DPSRKPuram 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted its 5th Annual edition of TEDxYouth, an independently organised event, in partnership with Unity Group, on 10 November 2018. The format has been adapted from the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) talks, which are dynamic and compelling short speeches broadcasted worldwide, committed to spreading ideas by famous personalities in various fields.

The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her crew of teachers, guaranteed that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.

The guest speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Mr Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Mr Sudhanshu Kaushik, Ms Tanya Kathpal, Mr Rahul Subramaniam, Professor Dhananjay Gadre, Ms Taksh Sharma, Ms Anuska Biswas, Ms. Anushka Bansal  and Ms Oishika Chowdhary were the acclaimed Guest Speakers for the event. Student speakers included Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Ms. Praniti Gulyani, Mr. Vinayak Pachnanda and Mr. Vishad Khanna.

The event commenced by showcasing an entertaining TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in spreading novel ideas across the world.

The Principal began her welcome address by quoting Dr. Suess, “Be who you are and say what you mean; because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind”. She reminisced about her urge to please people around her and fit in, but regardless of how hard she attempted she generally stood out. She emphasised that it takes time to learn that one should be happy that one is different. She enunciated on how it takes most women, including herself, years to be comfortable and independent without any outside support. Before concluding her speech, she thanked her father for not letting her take an easy way out and thus helping her stand  on her own two feet. Lastly, she thanked the Teacher in-charge, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, for her excellent organisation of the event and hoped everyone would have a learning experience.

Following it, the visitor speakers were welcomed warmly to share their experiences on their chosen themes and they wonderfully captured the interest of the audience.

Guest Speakers included Prof. Dhananjay Gadre, Director, TI Centre for Embedded Product Design, NSUT, who spoke about, “Invent in India with DIY”.

Mr. Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Expressionist Indian Classical Dancer, talked about, ”Dance, an art for Embracing oneself”.

Mr. Sudhanshu Kaushik, Founder of Young India Foundation, conveyed his thoughts on, ”How Can You Help Bring Young Leaders and Representatives?”.

Ms. Tanya Kathpal, Founder of Eat My News, shared her views on, ”How to be Confident”.

Mr. Rahul Subramaniam, Managing Director of Athena Education, expressed his opinions on the topic,”My Dream School: Envisioning The Future of Secondary Education”.

Ms. Anuska Biswas, Student of La Martiniere for girls, Kolkata, shared her experience of, “ How My Learning Disability Became My Greatest Strength”.

Ms. Taksh Sharma, Creative Director of KHEM, communicated her beliefs about “ Breaking down the Barriers: Deconstructing the Gender Binary”.

Ms. Oishika Chaudhary, Freshman at New York University, delivered a lecture on “ Why, What Your Three Year Old Reads, Matters”.

Ms. Anushka Bansal, Student of Venkateshwar International School, gave her opinion on ”The Bystander’s Dilemma”.

Student Speakers, Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram, articulated about, “Shocks and Changes: The Arihant Hemendra Guide to Surviving a Roller Coaster Life”.

Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram , shared her experiences about ”How The Law of Attraction Changed My Perspective of Life”.

Mr.Vinayak Panchnanda, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, spoke about,”The Creativity Misconception”.

Mr. Vishad Khanna, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, vocalized his opinions on “Mind The Mind”.

Ms. Praniti Gulyani,Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, talked on, “Just A Poet”.

The diverse themes covered were related to arts and culture, confidence building politics, gender fluidity, learning from disabilities and was an overall enriching experience for all present.

The event concluded with the Vote of T hanks given by Ritin Panchanda, the Chief Organizer of the event.



Educational trip by the Geography students of Class XII, for a Socio Economic Survey  to  Nuh Mehwat Village , Haryana

An educational trip on 27 October, 2018, by the Geography students of Class XII , for a Socio Economic survey, as a part of their practical syllabus  to  Nuh Mehwat village in Haryana, turned out to be an enriching and eye- opening educational experience for the students.

Nuh Mehwat has been adopted by the NGO, Sulabh International. Sulabh took over the responsibility to make the lives of the villagers a better, safer and hygienic one. Students were very excited to conduct the survey. They visited each house individually and conducted the survey very enthusiastically, sensitively and politely.Visits to such places are highly encouraged, since these make the students aware of the problems the majority of people in India face. These shape the minds of the students to become more empathetic and aware. This will make them better citizens of our nation.

Indeed, the visit to Nuh Mehwat was an eye opening experience for both the students and the teachers. Ms. Rupa Das, HOD, Geography organised the trip. Ms. Anupama Das and Ms. Mahima Goel from the Department accompanied the students. It was coordinated by the NGO,  Sulabh International.



‘Destiny: An Ode’ by Shriya Bedi

Shriya Bedi of Class XII M published a book, ‘Destiny: An Ode,’ which is a compilation of poems and short stories. It deals with a variety of themes like fame, love, frustration, and it acknowledges how fate explains otherwise inexplicable things. This book is a unique take on life, as perceived by a 17 year old. The element of tragedy and a certain wistfulness in each story makes ‘Destiny: An Ode’ a must read.



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