School Notes: St Mark’s School,Meera Bagh,celebrates Prakriti Utsav ’12

St Mark’s School,Meera Bagh,celebrated Prakriti Utsav 2012 April 19.

Published:May 21, 2012 12:06 am

St Mark’s School,Meera Bagh,celebrates Prakriti Utsav ’12

St Mark’s School,Meera Bagh,celebrated Prakriti Utsav 2012 April 19. The programme was held to mark Earth Day which is observed worldwide on April 22.

Prakriti Utsav saw around 25 schools from across Delhi participating in the day-long events.Students of Class IV participated in ‘Know your Flora Competition’ and stunned the judges as well as the audience with their knowledge about the various varieties of trees,shrubs,plants and bushes.

Poetry Illustration competition saw students of Classes IX and X writing poems,creating illustrations for the poem and finally reciting it. Students showcased their ideas in the most creative manner.

The event culminated with a mega multimedia quiz on ecology. Aarti Khosla,WWF,India,and Maya Goburdhan,Navdanya ,gave away prizes to the winners in various categories.

DPS,R K Puram,celebrates Earth Day

The students of DPS,R K Puram,celebrated Earth Day May 4 with a special assembly and a sapling plantation drive. Students from Hope Hall Foundation School,R K Puram,along with their environment club teacher were invited for the programme. They presented an Earth Day message and a poem during the assembly. The students of DPS,R K Puram,and Hope Hall Foundation School carried out a sapling plantation drive on the school campus led by Principal Dr Saini,Vice-Principal Shobha Mehta,Headmistresses Vanita Sehgal and Anita Singh and Head of the Biology Department S K Arora.

Parent advocacy workshop at Bal Bharati School

The National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC) in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organised a parent advocacy workshop at Bal Bharati Public School,G R H Marg,New Delhi,on May 5. It was attended by parents and teachers frrom 50 schools across Delhi and the NCR. the Workshop,a first of its kind in Delhi,was conducted by Vineet Joshi,IAS,Chairman,CBSE,and Sadhana Prashar,Director (Training),CBSE. It offered a unique opportunity for parents to interact with these officials from CBSE regarding different aspects of the scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation that was launched in all CBSE schools in 2009. The workshop was aimed at promoting conceptual clarity regarding CCE among the parent community in order to strengthen the system further. In his address,Vineet Joshi opined that CCE was “aimed at competing with oneself rather than competing with others”. It aims to “promote teamwork” as that leads to greater heights of success.

In his Welcome Address,L V Sehgal,Chairperson,NPSC,emphasised that in order to ensure that this Child Centered Scheme of evaluation was implemented in “letter and spirit”,it was necessary to work “very closely with the actual resource base… the parents,teachers and school leaders”. The advocacy workshop was a major step in that direction.

Sadhana Prashar enlightened the audience regarding the meaning and concept of CCE,examination reforms and implementation of these reforms etc.,through an impressive and informative powerpoint presentation. In the interactive session that followed,parents quipped these CBSE officials regarding various aspects of CCE,such as objectivity and uniformity in criteria for marking,the acceptability of school based assessment if the child shifts to another Board,the importance of being given extensive research-based projects,authenticity in Formative Assessments,etc. Chairman Vineet Joshi and Prashar addressed the parents’ concerns suitably in a very systematic and effective manner. The Advocacy Workshop was a step towards developing a core group of advocates – the teachers and parents – of CCE so that the scheme becomes more efficient and impacts students in a positive manner.

Tagore International School celebrates 40th anniversary

Tagore International School,Vasant Vihar,is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Kicking off the celebrations in style,a number of celebrities graced the school with their presence over the last few days.

April 25will be remembered by the students for the fantastic performance by the Pakistani band Laal. The band is known for performing songs by progressive poets like Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib.

After the performance,Anubhav Sheoran of Class XII said,“It’s wonderful to see how music gradually takes over the crowd,it starts to connect with the audience and they begin to respond to it uncontrollably. That’s what good music bands are famous for. But connecting to the audience and planting the seeds of a social cause in people’s heart makes it more than worth it. Having witnessed one of the finest live music concerts today,I can’t put it in words how mesmerized I am.Hail Laal!”

On April 26,all-rounder Irfan Pathan of Delhi Daredevils had the students in a frenzy when he visited the school. Students from various classes waited patiently for him to come and a loud cheer went around the school as he stepped into the atrium. He was escorted and shown around the school by Principal Madhulika Sen. He spent time with the sub-junior,junior and senior cricket teams. In his interview with the editorial team,he emphasised on the importance of respecting teachers and parents and having faith and belief in oneself.

Schools honoured for taking up cause of literacy

The annual award giving ceremony of the Delhi Schools’ Literacy Project was held on May 2. The chief guest at the function was Padma Shri Awardee Prof. Shantha Sinha,Chairperson,National Commission for Protection of Child Rights,who was chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2003.

The DSLP has come a long way from its humble beginnings of only seven member schools to having over 100 schools as active members today and new schools joining it every year. The member schools have been working towards eradicating illiteracy from the urban slums in Delhi by imparting functional literacy to non-literates through ‘Each One Teach One’ programme.

Various schools put up a cultural programme which included a street play by students of Springdales,Pusa Road “Sahi Saakshar Hai Asli Jagrukta”,a Rajasthani folk dance by students of Kulachi Hansraj Model School,Ashok Vihar,and poem recitals by students of Jaspal Kaur Public School and Dev Samaj Modern School,Sukhdev Vihar.

The chief guest Prof Shantha Sinha gave away the awards,certificates and trophies. The Sufia Ajmali Trophy for making the largest number of literates went to Manav Sthali School,New Rajinder Nagar,and the Henry Selz Foundation Trophy for the school making the second largest number of literates was won by Bhatnagar International School,Vasant Kunj. The UNICEF Trophy for the school showing the maximum participation was presented to Laxman Public School,Hauz Khas Enclave. The proud recipients of the Baldev and Kamla Bhatia Memorial Trophy were Guru Teg Bahadur 3rd Centenary Public School and Dev Samaj Modern School,Nehru Nagar. The Rotary Club Trophy for the Best All Round Performance went to Springdales School,Dhaula Kuan. The Satpal Singh Memorial Trophy for new innovative methodologies was awarded to Tagore International School,East of Kailash. The M L Kapoor Memorial Trophy for the student who has made maximum literate went to Vani Kapoor of Bhatnagar International School,Vasant Kunj,for making 35 learners literate.

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