Investiture ceremony at Amity, Gurgaon
‘Amity bestows upon its students the ability to be future leaders of the world’. Keeping up with this thought, Amity International School, Sector-46, Gurgaon, held its investiture ceremony. Amita Chauhan, chairperson of Amity Group of Schools, has always envisioned that Amitians should gain confidence by facing challenges in life. The event began with the lighting of the lamp followed by a speech by school principal Arti Chopra. Newly appointed council members were adorned with sashes and received the flag from the chief guest, Col. Ahluwalia, and the school principal. Col. Ahluwalia, in his speech, emphasised on the importance of discipline and dignity of the individual and the school. The new Head Boy, Akashanjan Ayyalasomayajula, and Head Girl Sakshi Garg, in their speeches, promised a definite change for a better tomorrow. This was followed by the entire council taking oath to discharge their duties with sincerity and fulfill everyone’s expectations. A constitution was released by Col. Ahluwalia and the principal.
St Mark’s holds social science exhibition
‘Fenestella of the World’, a social science exhibition, was held at St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School, Janakpuri, on January 25.
The exhibition opened up new vistas for students, who got an opportunity to showcase their skills, ideas and even technology. Delving into history, the students of classes I to V found out how people lived right from the Stone Age to the Indus Valley, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Chinese and Greco-Roman civilisations. They also got an insight into the legacies of the Aztecs and the Mayans of South America. Students of classes VI and VII showcased the evolution and growth of society in terms of ideas, inventions, social reforms, cultural growth and rise of iconic leaders. Seniors students presented four continents namely USA, Asia, Europe and Australia along with an UN mock assembly, where the topic of discussion was philanthropy. Architecture, famous buildings and monuments of different continents were highlighted along with their social and cultural milieu.
Faith Academy organises annual fete
Fun and frolic was in show at the annual fete organised at Faith Academy on January 20. Adventure rides, performances and exhibitions made it a perfect occasion for enjoyment. The main attraction of the fete was an exhibition that celebrated 50 years of the academy. The exhibition traced the journey of the school and displayed a collection of rare photos. On display were also the treasured possessions of the academy — a 100-year-old cyclostyling machine (made in USA in 1905) brought by the founder of the school, John L Dorsey, his watch and his Bible. The exhibition was a narrative of the troubled times and hardships faced by the school and also its glorious achievements.
The fete had a mosaic of food stalls, from delicious Shawarmas to mouthwatering pizzas, from Italian pastas to Indian delights. No fete is complete without the fun rides. The adventurous ones enjoyed Columbus, Break Dance etc. However, the game that stole everyone’s heart was Breaking the Matka (pot). Binding all this was music, with ‘Request a Song’ show. Students and teachers delighted in dedicating songs to each other and their friends. It was a memorable experience for everyone.
Australian delegation visits GD Salwan
A delegation of students from Australia visited G D Salwan Public School for a campaign titled ‘Nine is Mine’, an advocacy initiative led by the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan. The campaign calls for 9 per cent of the nation’s expenditure to be committed to health and education by 2014. It began in India in response to Nelson Mandela’s call to every ordinary citizen to hold the government accountable to their commitment “to end poverty and social exclusion”.
The delegation comprised of students, teachers and Lynne Moten, Director of Service Learning from Seymour Girls College, Adelaide, Australia, under the direction of Br Steve Rocha of the Indian Province of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.
The delegation was given a warm welcome by school principal Vijay Laxmi Singh in a traditional manner. They had an interactive session with the students of GDSPS, who highlighted the school’s projects such as rainwater harvesting, waste management, bio-composting, etc. through presentations. The Heritage team presented a report on its efforts in reviving the heritage monument
‘Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal’. The visitors were impressed with the school’s efforts. They wanted to know how the students got the idea for the project. The best practices in classroom teaching were shared followed by the school’s achievements in the international exchange programmes.
Rocha’s presentation on ‘Nine is Mine’ campaign was an eye-opener, which gave a message of hope, reminding the children that their efforts will bear fruit if they continue to work towards their goal.
Prestigious award for St Mark’s, Meera Bagh
St Mark’s School, Meera Bagh, was conferred the Face to Faith Outstanding Award by the Tony Blair Foundation. The award is in recognition of the school’s endeavour to inculcate ‘Face to Faith’ principles in the school curriculum. The ‘Face to Faith’ principles have been integrated with the curriculum of classes VI to X in science, social science, English, art etc. and the students are assessed and graded as per the continuous & comprehensive evaluation method of the CBSE.
The school has been associated with ‘Face to Faith’ for the past three years and has been participating in video-conferences with schools from across the world.
Team from China visits Springdales, DK
A special assembly was organised by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, on January 23 in the school auditorium ‘The Hall of Friendship and Peace’ to welcome a delegation of 15 students and two teachers from The Experimental School of the Capital Normal University, Beijing, under the ‘Heart to Heart’ agreement by the government of China.
A 21-member delegation from Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, visited Beijing in August last year. This was a reciprocal visit. The guests were received and welcomed by Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.
Speaking on the occasion,the headmistress of the Junior School, Sujata Maleyvar said that there was no better way to learn and understand than by travelling, which allows us to discover, explore and connect with people of varied cultures.
The guests transported the audience to the land of tea and silk with their mesmerising song and dance.
Chemistry symposium at DPS, RK Puram
Spark ’13, an inter-school competition organised by Catalyst, the chemistry club of Delhi Public School, R K Puram, was held at DPS, R K Puram. Over 45 schools from across the nation, including two from abroad, participated in the various competitions organised by the club.
The chief guest for the occasion was Professor Narayanam Kurur from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The judges for the event were Professor Anju Srivastava from Hindu College and Professor Geetu Gambhir from Acharya Narendra Dev College. Also present on the occasion were the prinicipal D R Saini, vice-principal Shobha Mehta, head of department Prem Dhawan and all the teachers of the chemistry department.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. All the guests were warmly welcomed with Saraswati Vandana sung by the Indian Music choir. Dhawan addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to all the participants. Saini spoke about the significance of chemistry in everyday life. This was followed by a scintillating dance performance by the students of DPS, R K Puram. The chief guest, Prof Kurur addressed the gathering and spoke about chemistry being a colourful subject. The vice-principal delivered the vote of thanks. It was a memorable experience for all the students.