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A special workshop was organised by the American Centre on July 12,2010 at DPS RK Puram under the ‘Odyssey of the Mind Program’ for the teachers of Delhi Public Schools...

‘Odyssey of the Mind Program’ at DPS RK Puram
A special workshop was organised by the American Centre on July 12,2010 at DPS RK Puram under the ‘Odyssey of the Mind Program’ for the teachers of Delhi Public Schools. It was conducted by Samuel W Micklus,the president of Creative Competitions Inc,who was accompanied by Lydia Barraza,Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer and Ayesha Gideon,Cultural Affairs Specialist from the American Centre.

Also present on the occasion were Ashok Chandra,Chairman of DPS Society and Renu Mital,Director,DPS Society.

Principal Dr D R Saini welcomed the guests. The Chairman,Ashok Chandra,addressed the gathering and stressed on the importance of such innovative and thought provoking sessions which would enable teachers to develop creative and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in students.

‘Odyssey of the Mind’ is an international school-based creative problem-solving program where the presenters challenge participants to solve a problem spontaneously as a way to introduce them to creative thinking. Using humour to illustrate the different learning styles,presenters discuss the different types of people it takes to solve a problem creatively. Micklus showed an audio-visual presentation about the various activities of the programme and its benefits to the students. The teachers were also engaged in various activities that involved creative thinking and problem solving.

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Creative Competitions Inc is a company that creates educational materials to develop and enhance critical thinking skills,creative problem-solving abilities,and cooperative learning. Micklus also serves as the Executive Director of ‘Odyssey of the Mind’.

Bluebells School organises workshop for teaching French
Bluebells School International recently hosted a three-day workshop from June 26 – 28, 2010,organised by the CBSE and French Information and Cultural Centre. The chief guest Dr Gurumurthy,Director of Academics,CBSE emphasised the importance of language,in its translation of other global languages like French,German and Japanese.

The workshops were conducted by Daniel,Cultural Co-ordinator,French Information Resource Centre (FIRC) Delhi and Dominique Finn from FIRC Mumbai. The experience enabled teachers to teach French innovatively through various language games and activities,making it an enjoyable learning experience and implementing the CCE programme.

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Teachers from Delhi,Gurgaon,Jaipur and northern India participated in this teaching-learning process.

Investiture ceremony of Cambridge School,Indirapuram
Cambridge School,Indirapuram celebrated its Annual Investiture Ceremony on July 7,2010 at the Roma Deb Auditorium. The chief guest for the occasion was Padmashree award winner Dr Mahipal Singh Sachdev,Chairman and Medical Director,Centre for Sight. The secretary of the Society for the Advancement of Education (SAE) Dr Kalyani Roy,manager,Amitabha Bhattacharya,members of the school managing committee and principals of sister schools were also present. The guests were welcomed by a school band. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by a dance recital,a hymn by the junior school choir and a soulful rendition of the song “chuke dekhe aasman ko hum” by the senior students. The Principal,Jasleen Kaur,welcomed the chief guest and administered the oath of office to the newly elected Head Boy,Virat Tomar and Head Girl,Sakshi Vimal,followed by the other members of the Prefectorial Board. The chief guest presented the badges to the office bearers. Dr Mahipal advised the students to be focused,to work hard to shape their personalities and to aim towards excellence. Dr Roy stressed on character building as it is the most important thing in life. She said “you have to discover your talent and then go for it”.

The Head Girl expressed her gratitude to all the teachers and the Head Boy gave the vote of thanks.

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Exchange programme: Teachers visit UK
As part of an exchange programme organised by the British Council,Anjili Sarah and Nisha Batra of St Mary’s School Dwarka,New Delhi,visited various schools in Colne,Lancashire UK. It was an enriching experience as the teachers learnt the methodology used by these schools. Also,on a visit to Penn High School,Sarah and Batra learnt from their unique training methods.

Student exchange programme at St Mary’s,Dwarka
A student of St Mary’s School,Dwarka,Aditya Bali of class X participated in the Australian Exchange Programme for Schools. He visited Woodleigh School,Victoria,Melbourne. Sam Borley from Woodleigh hosted the programme where a number of activities and games were organised.

Space Program: Students meet astronaut
As part of the ongoing Space Program two students of St Mary’s School Dwarka,Tanvika Chandran and Ishita Jain,met the famous astronaut,Joan Higginbotham at Nehru Planetarium on July 6. She was involved in a Space mission with Sunita Williams. Joan shared exciting details of her work and life as an astronaut with the school children present there who later got an opportunity to interact with her.

First published on: 15-07-2010 at 02:05 IST
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