Celebration of National Girl Child Day

A total of 35 students from Class VII were invited by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, to celebrate the National Girl Child Day on 24 January , 2019 at Pravasi Bharti Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Students along with two teachers witnessed the celebration, which started with the felicitation of performing states and districts for their initiatives and achievements made under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ scheme by the Union Cabinet Minister, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi. Three women, chosen as the District champions, shared their experiences of fighting against the injustice faced by women in our society. This was followed by cultural performances – a song and a mime show highlighting the value of a girl child. Students were given refreshments and a kit consisting of a mug and a shirt. The event helped in sensitizing the students towards the need to protect and empower a girl child for a better society.

 



Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 : An Interactive Session with the Prime Minister

Gone are the days when examination time used to be a time of stress and anxiety for the students and their parents.

As part of the second edition of “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0”, Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, discussed ways to handle the examination stress with students, teachers and parents in an interactive session at Talkatora Stadium on 29 January, 2019.

A group of 17 students and 09 teachers from DPS RK Puram participated in this  informative session with the PM. Aanya Roy of Class 9L got the opportunity to greet the Prime Minister and welcome him. It was a learning and lifetime experience for all the students and teachers.  They learnt from the Prime Minister how to prove themselves, how to meet the greater expectations of life and how technology can lead to expansion of their mind and soul.

 



Visit of a Delegation led by The Education Minister, U.A.E

DPS RK Puram had the opportunity to host the delegates from U.A.E on 30 January 2019. The occasion was graced by H.E Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Education Minister, the United Arab Emirates; H.E. Marwan Ahmed Al-Sawaleh, Undersecretary of Academic Affairs for General Education; H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, Ambassador [UAE Embassy]; H.E. Matar Abdullah Al Hamli, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector; H.E. Dr. Hassan Obeid Ali Al Muhairi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Accreditation and Educational Services Sector; H.E. Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, Advisor to the Minister of State for General Education; Sheikh Ammar Nasser Al- Mualla, Head of International Educational Cooperation; Mr. Salem Saeed Al-Quraini, Advisor to the Minister of Education for Strategy; Professor Ms. Saidah Hassan Mohammed, Netag, Director Abu Dhabi Sector; Ms. Basma Lahi Al Saadi, Third Secretary (Media) [UAE Embassy]’; Mr Nawab Ibrahim Yousef Al Mussa, Khalifa University; Mr Yousef Ali Abdullah Baqer Al Hammadi, Khalifa University.

Greeted by students waving the Emirati flag and the Indian Tricolour, the visit began with an auspicious lamp lighting ceremony by the Delegation as well as the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayyar, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra. In a display of Indian culture, the guests were welcomed with a ‘Swagatam’ song and the chanting of shlokas.

The event was coordinated by Ms. Niva Chhonkar,  Ms. M Sudeshna, Ms. Abha Chona and Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee.

An enchanting melange of keyboard, tabla and guitar produced a mellifluous Jazz- Indian fusion which was followed by a symphony of lilting voices performing, “Vaishnav Jan Toh”, rendering the audience speechless.

Following the felicitation of the guests, the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal,in her address, extended a cordial welcome to the delegates. She said that they were honoured to host them and described the infrastructure and administration of the school with the help of a power point presentation.

The speech paved the way for the classical dance, an amalgamation of Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam marked by the clink of ghungroos and an array of hues. This was followed by a presentation on Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate the 71st death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

The National Anthems of both the U.A.E. and India played in an endeavor to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

The delegates went on to visit the students in various Classrooms,  Science Labs,  Computer labs, Robotics Lab and Mathematics Lab wherein they interacted with students, inquiring into the teaching methods and the course studied.

Awaiting them in the O.A.T was a Sapling plantation punctuated by the song ‘Raghupati Raghav.’ Amongst others, the plantation included the Ghaf tree, The National Tree of U.A.E, which proved to be a pleasant surprise for the guests. Amidst synchronized claps and a multitude of expressions, the actors of the Theatre Club showcased the national struggle against colonial domination through the medium of silence.

The guests took their time to admire the presentations put up by the school which included a display of the cottage industries of the country, pottery and khadi spinning, as well as an enactment of the Dandi March.

The Delegation visited the Sports Complex of DPS RK Puram. The infrastructure provided by the school for the advancement of sports was well appreciated by them. The guests showed great enthusiasm for the visit to the Cricket field, the Yoga performance put up by the students, an interaction with the sports faculty of the school, as well as partaking in a friendly match of tennis with the students. The tour was greatly enjoyed by the delegates.

The visit to the sports complex marked the conclusion of the school tour.



Republic Day Celebrations 2019



Commencement Ceremony 2019

On 19 January 2019, DPS R.K. Puram conducted its Commencement Ceremony to felicitate the outgoing batch of Class 12 students of 2019.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. The Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker was Mr. Deepak Kapoor, Former Chairman and CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited. Other dignitaries present at the event included Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, and Ms. Anita Singh,and the  Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra.

Parents and guests were extended a cordial welcome by a specially constructed gateway which led them into the splendidly decorated football ground. Resplendent drapes, grandiose roman pillars adorned with flowers and rows of flags in a hue of colours created an enchanting atmosphere. Jaunty melodies, courtesy the school choir and the school band interspersed throughout the programme, lightened the atmosphere.

The ceremony started with a network of harmonious voices singing a melodious song to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, felicitated the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour with a token of regard and welcomed the guests and all present. She proceeded to tell the students about the importance of having the courage to be themselves for, “while it is difficult to be yourself, it is even more difficult to be someone else”; that though there will always be people who criticise or are annoyed by you, those who truly matter will always accept you. She then quoted Friedrich Nietzsche , “Any price is not too high to pay for being the owner of yourself.” She talked to the students about their future, narrating a story about how they would get many opportunities in life, but many-a-times would find it difficult to recognise them. Further, she spoke of a successful visually impaired alumnus of the school , as an example of how students of the school had gone on to do great things in life despite facing many obstacles. Towards the end, she reflected on how by staying in the school, the students had made it their world and used the walls of the school as a metaphor to say that the same walls that protect also limit. She hoped that when the students leave the school, they would try to conquer the walls of discrimination, hatred, prejudice, and ignorance in their minds. Finally, emotionally, she asked the students to keep in touch with their teachers and with the school, reminding them that this was their family, and their graduation made the teachers feel like their children were going away. She inspired the students by saying, “What you think, you make, what you see, you attract and what you imagine you create.” She concluded her speech by requesting all the students to give a standing ovation to the teachers and parents who had helped build the foundation for their future.

The Principal’s speech was followed by the release of the Yearbook of the Class 2019 by the dignitaries present.

This paved the way for the toppers from each stream to be felicitated and invited on stage to deliver the valedictory speeches. Shreyansh Goyal from the Science stream, Radhika Mittal from the Commerce stream and Sahana Simran from Humanities were the Valedictorians of 2019. This was followed by awards being presented to the subject toppers of the Class 12 Pre-board examinations.

In his keynote address, Mr. Deepak Kapoor expressed his joy at the youthful energy and the exuberance that he had been greeted with. Addressing the audience, he listed ten points that would sum up what he had learned throughout his journey of life. He emphasised the importance of remaining focused and believing in a purpose; acquiring knowledge for no other reason, but to gain wisdom; giving respect to all one meets, be it an adult, junior or even one’s domestic help; believing in and living with the right values; preparing oneself for all difficulties and challenges that life is likely to throw in one’s way; taking care of one’s health by de-stressing, especially relevant to students preparing for their board exams. Ending on a positive note, he counselled the students to always be pleasant and kind, as well as have fun in whatever they did.

In his speech, the Chairman, Mr Shunglu, reiterated the Principal’s thoughts on the importance of being true to oneself. Guided by the wisdom of William Shakespeare in his search for an answer , he was reminded of the words of Polonius in the play Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.” He then reflected upon Mr. Kapoor’s address on knowledge and wisdom, demonstrating his high regard for the Guest of Honour.

The Valedictory ceremony reached its crescendo as the felicitation of the students began. With tremulous smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts, both from fond memories of the institution that had moulded them to become accomplished individuals as well as copious amounts of sunshine which provided a respite from the bitter cold, the Class of 2019 was invited to ascend onto the platform created for the occasion. The students were then bestowed with a scroll while decked in the customary scarves and pins, specially designed for them , an eternal reminder of their joyous and enlightening years spent in the school. The teachers presented the students with a lamp signifying knowledge and learning, which was passed amongst the students and finally placed on a “Wall of Lamps”.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Student Council representing the Class of 2019. After the Vote of Thanks, the Student Council along with the Principal, Chief Guest and Guest of Honour, unveiled the Grandfather Clock presented by the Class of 2019 to the school. The Principal thanked them for the presentation and for continuing the tradition. The programme ended with the Indian National Anthem.



Road Safety Awareness Programme

Delhi Public School, RK Puram organised “Road Safety Awareness Programme” for the students of Class 1X on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, in association with the “Road Safety Cell” of Delhi Traffic Police.

Mr. RP Lavania, Chief Coordinator (South-West district) and Sub Inspector Rajendra Singh of Road Safety Cell, Delhi Traffic Police conducted the awareness programme. All aspects of traffic norms which are absolutely necessary today for the children’s safety were discussed in the programme.

A brief introduction of the road signs and the do’s and don’ts on road safety were told to the students. A small quiz on road safety was also organised. In the end the students took a pledge that they will follow all the rules of road safety and will act as ambassadors of road safety in their neighbourhood.



Visit to Traffic Training Park, Punjabi Bagh

Students of Class VIII, Sections D and G went for a visit to the Traffic Training Park at Punjabi Bagh, on 15 January 2019. The students were made aware of the types of traffic signage.  They were requested to be empathetic towards road accident cases and were counseled to tell their parents to follow traffic rules and avoid road rage. The students were sensitized to the value of human lives, the reasons for road fatalities and how they should be avoided. They were advised to act as brand ambassadors of Traffic rules and regulations.

A demonstration of the correct method to apply brakes while riding a two wheeler, the necessity of wearing the correct type of helmet to safeguard oneself, was also given. There was an interactive session , with the students, wherein they were quizzed on their awareness of traffic rules and regulations. Chocolates were awarded to the ones who answered correctly. Refreshments were also provided to the students.

The entire programme was conducted under the aegis of Hero MotoCorp and Delhi Traffic Police. The programme was informative and the students found it helpful and interesting.

Other sections of Class VIII would also be visiting the Centre in the coming week.



CBSE Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills

Delhi Public School organised a ‘Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills’ in collaboration with CBSE on 12 January 2019, from 9.00 am -4.30 pm. The Programme was attended by the teachers of the Junior Schools (DPS, EOK & DPS, VV), Middle School (DPS, R.K PURAM), Headmistresses of East of Kailash, Vasant Vihar, R.K Puram and the Vice Principal of DPS, R.K Puram. The CBSE Resource Persons for the workshop were Mrs.Shashi Banerjee and Mrs. Neeta Rastogi.

The workshop started with the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, reminding the participating teachers of the importance and need for a Life Skills workshop. She reiterated that as teachers it is important that the practice of life skills is reflected in the day to day conduct of classroom sessions and while interacting with the students in general. The Resource Persons then carried on with the agenda of the day where teachers were divided into groups and each group was asked to give itself a name. The names for the various groups ranged from NIKE-the Goddess of Strength to Kalam Ki Talwar.  Some of the other names were Chashme Baddur, Vibgyor, Water, Essentials and Key.

The workshop was divided into four sessions namely Perspective Building in Life Skills (Session1), Transacting Life Skills (Session 2), Familiarization with Life Skills through Activities(Session 3) and Assessment of Life Skills (Session 4).The entire workshop was conducted in an interactive manner were each teacher participant shared her views/opinion on a given situation. It was absolutely an engaging time when Role Plays were put up, where each group had something unique to present. The group members were working as a cohesive unit were brainstorming, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, empathy, appreciation for each other and many other attributes of practical Life Skills were put into perspective before the presentation by each group.

The day-long Capacity Building Programme ended with the Certificate Presentation by the Principal, Vice Principal and Headmistresses of the respective Junior and Middle schools.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Headmistress, DPS, R.K Puram.



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