‘TOBACCO ROUTE: A JOURNEY TO DEATH’
AN INTER SCHOOL DECLAMATION AND PAINTING COMPETITION
The Anti-Tobacco Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram in association with The World Lung Foundation-South Asia organised an Anti-Tobacco Interschool Declamation and Painting competition on 18th November, 2014. The chief guest for the event was His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui, the Ambassador of Spain. The guest of honour was Dr. Shyam Aggarwal, Chairman of the Oncology Department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. Also present was Dr. G.R.Khatri, President of World Lung Foundation- South Asia which is crusading against Tobacco since 2005. The panel of judges included Prof. J.P.S Uberoi, Head of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (retd); Mr. R.K. Goswami, a retired IAS officer from UT cadre; Mr. M.S. Rawat, educationist and retired Principal of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya; Prof (Dr) Charulata Singh, Director of Vivekananda School of Journalism and Mass Communication, GGSIP University and Mr. Amit Kapoor, Head, International Watercolour Society, India.The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta; Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal; the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Singh were also present on the occasion.
The program commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of the guests followed by a cultural event, with a mellifluous orchestral and choir performance by the school’s music society. The Dance Society put up a mesmerizing dance, ‘Krishna Stuti’ followed by a lyrical jazz performance.
The Presidents of the Anti-Tobacco club made a presentation highlighting the adverse effects of smoking on the youth, and the measures needed to rectify it. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini welcomed the guests and shed light on the horrible consequences of the usage of tobacco.
The Chief Guest, His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui addressed the students and stressed on the relevance of the anti tobacco campaign in today’s day and age and the need for students to speak out against the use of tobacco. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Shyam Aggarwal provided key statistics about the use of tobacco among India’s youth, and the massive financial and personal costs incurred by the victims. He along with all the others present, took a pledge to fight this menace. He urged students to play their part in spreading the message of ‘anti-tobacco’. The event comprised two competitions, a Declamation and a Painting Competition on ‘Tobacco Route: A Journey to Death’. Students from 29 schools participated in both events, where they spoke forcefully against tobacco usage and made exquisite paintings outlining the same.
Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, Senior Consultant at Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Saket was the chief guest at the prize distribution. The painting competition was won by Ashutosh Kumar of DPS Meerut, who claimed an award of Rs 5100. The runners up were Megha Kalai of Ryan International School, Vasant Vihar and Srishti Gupta of Bal Bharti School, Rajinder Nagar. The declamation was won by Ridhima of Apeejay School, Pitampura. The second prize was a draw between Dhwani of DPS International and Harshita of DPS Bulandshahr . The third prize was also a draw between Malvika Dhawan of Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and Aditi Solanki of DPS Greater Noida.
The event was organized by the Head of the Biology Department, MrS.K.Arora; Ms Niva Chhonkar, Ms. Jyoti Sharma and the teachers of the Biology department.
All India IPSC Tennis & Squash Championship 2014
The All India IPSC Tennis (Boys U-14, U-17 and U-19 & Girls U-14, U-17 and U-19) & Squash Championship was inaugurated at DPS R.K.Puram on 5 November 2014. 16 Public schools from all over India participated in it.
The closing ceremony on 8 November 2014 was graced by the presence of Col Amarbir Singh, the executive director of the All India Tennis Association; Mr. Girish Bajaj, an ex Dipsite; Mr. Dudeja, former Principal DPS NTPC Dadri; Mr. B.S. Yadav, Principal DPS Jodhpur; and Mr. Tejpal Singh. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; and Mr.Suresh, Head of the Physical Education department and the coordinator of the event.
The ceremony commenced with the final match for the Under 14 Individual Boys category. The cultural program consisted of a song sung by the students of DPS RK Puram, titled, ‘The future is in your hands’. Addressing the participants, the Principal, Dr.Saini stressed on the importance of sports and how team work and practice lead to victory.
In the results tally, Rohan Mehra DPS RK Puram was named the Best Player in the Boys Tennis while Riddhi Ramesh of DPS RK Puram was the Best Player in Girls Tennis.
|Overall runner up Girls||MNSS Rai,Sonipat|
|Overall winner Girls||DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi|
|Overall Runner up Boys||Modern School, New Delhi.|
|Overall Winner Boys||DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi.|
|Overall Winner Boys & Girls||DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi.|
|Best Player Squash Girls||Vruddhi Doshi (Daly College Indore)|
Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Art & Poetry Competition
On 30 October 2014, Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted the annual Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions, ‘Art Poetica’, in fond memory of the former Chairman of the DPS Society. Dr. P.N.Kirpal.
The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr V.K Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society. The Guest of Honour was Chief Justice B.N. Kirpal(Retd) who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Aruna Kirpal. Other prominent dignitaries present in the audience included Mr. Ashok Chandra and Mr Narendra Kumar, former Chairmen of DPS Society; Mr Pramod Grover, Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman of DPS R.K. Puram and Dr. Sudipta Ghose, Member of the DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. The guests were welcomed by the Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Singh.
Students from 34 schools participated in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘News-In-Views’, ‘Double Harness’ and ‘Stage-A-Verse’, which took place simultaneously at different venues. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization and painting of the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants composed a ballad on the five paintings given as a prompt. Lyrical Canvas required participants to make a monochromatic painting on the emotion prevalent in a line of a famous poem. News-In-Views was an on-the-spot competition wherein a black and white sketch was made by each team to illustrate a given news article. In Double Harness the participants formed couplets on the basis of three prompts – a line, a word and an emotion given to each student in three rounds. ‘Stage-A-Verse’ had participants writing and enacting a skit in verse on a given prompt. A team of eminent judges assessed all the events.
The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour. The Vice Principal, Ms Shobha Mehta, reminisced about the special bond the DPS Society shared with Dr. Prem Kirpal and emphasized that the ‘Art Poetica’ provided a platform to budding poets to showcase their talents. This was followed by a musical rendition of a poem composed by Dr Prem Kirpal, “Sun in my room”. The cultural programme also included a joyful song by the young middle school students and a presentation of the memorable and profound speeches of Shakespeare and those of the leaders of the modern time, which are linked by a similarity of profound and farsighted thoughts. The Chief Guest, Mr. Shunglu and the Guest of Honour, Justice Kirpal released ‘The Bubbling Cauldron’, the English Literary Magazine. The Chief Guest, Mr V.K.Shunglu, in his address to the audience encouraged the organization of such vibrant and healthy competitive events every year.
In the awards tally, Army Public School, Delhi Cantt won the first prize for Blend Art followed by Apeejay, Noida and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. Artistic Poesy was won by Amity International, Noida; followed by Summer Fields School and Cambridge School at the second and third positions respectively. DPS R.K.Puram bagged the first prize for Lyrical Canvas followed by Sanskriti School and DPS, Gurgaon. DPS, Dwarka; DPS, Gurgaon and Modern School, Barakhamba won the first, second and third prize for the News-in-Views. There was a tie at the first position for Double Harness between Modern School, Barakhamba and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan followed by DPS International and Bluebells International. Stage-A-Verse was won by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan , followed by DPS R.K.Puram and DPS Rohini at the first, second and third positions.
The overall winner was DPS R.K.Puram followed by Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and DPS Gurgaon at the second and third positions. Since DPS R.K.Puram was the host school, the trophy was handed over to Springdales School. The Headmistress, Ms Vanita Sehgal, delivered the vote of thanks and expressed appreciation for the efforts of the students and the English department in organizing the event. The programme concluded with the national anthem.
Closing Ceremony (Part-I)
Closing Ceremony (Part-II)
Cleanliness and Plantation Drive
DPS R.K.Puram organized a cleanliness and Plantation drive outside school campus in the bus parking area. The drive was initiated by Dr. D.R. Saini, Principal, DPSR.K.Puram; Mrs.ShobhaMehta, Vice Principal; Ms. VanitaSehgal, Headmistress (Classes VIII-X); Mr.S.K.Arora, Head of the Biology Department; Mrs. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Kusum Yadav, Environment Club Teachers, along with Class XI and XII Environment Club members, actively participated in the plantation drive.
After Ozone level testing it indicated that the parking area has higher Ozone level and trees help in reducing it so Aurocaria trees were planted on the road divider outside school after cleaning the surrounding area. Bougainvillaea was planted alongside the road leading to the Boys Hostel on 21st October 2014.
Dr D.R. Saini planting Aurocaria outside the school campus
‘Enriching Health, Hygiene and Sanitation’ Talk for DPS R.K.Puram Staff
A Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Talk was conducted on 17 October2014 for the DPS R.K.Puram staff in the Audio Visual Hall by the school doctor, Dr Pushpinder Singh. Dr Singh spoke about the importance of cleanliness at home and at the workplace. He cited a common practice of not segregating and disposing waste properly and showed how this could lead to vector borne diseases like diarrhoea. He highlighted that maintaining personal hygiene by bathing every day, trimming nails and hair, brushing teeth twice helps in warding off common diseases. He said that life style disorders like diabetes, hypertension can be controlled with a proper diet (fibre from fruits and whole grains) and regular exercise. The Vice Principal, Ms Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks.
Pamphlets on ‘Health, hygiene and Sanitation tips’ were distributed to the staff members. The pamphlet focused on ‘A good clean start, a fresh new you, a happier and healthier family’. Staff members were advised to eat at least 5 different vegetables everyday especially green leafy ones, to eat less of processed food, to turn off mobile phone at times to enjoy nature, have at least one meal with the family and to inculcate healthy habits in the children too. In all, staying fit,active, with good sleep, relaxation, consuming less salt and maintaining a healthy body weight and a healthy heart are the keys to happy healthy life.
|School Doctor,Dr Pushpinder Singh conducting the Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Talk for DPS R.K.Puram Staff
‘Banega Swachh India’ in collaboration with NDTV
As a part of the Swachh India Campaign launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, NDTV had organised “Banega Swachh India” in collaboration with Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser) in five cities of India on the 15th of October 2014 on the occasion of Global Hand Washing Day. This drive aims to create awareness about the importance of sanitation and hygiene in daily life.
In Delhi, it was held in Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram where children of the age group of 6-15 years from various schools and NGOs across the city gathered to paint their idea of a clean India. The children were provided with all the required stationery and they poured all their creativity into their work.
Later an NGO,‘Sakaar Outreach’ educated the children about the ten steps to a healthy hand wash, in which the children enthusiastically participated. They were also informed about the diseases like diarrhoea and respiratory problems as children are powerful agents of change.
The winners of the painting competition were Shaurya Gupta from DPS, East of Kailash, Reena Halder from Shri Amichand Inter College, Greater Noida and Arya Lohiya from DPS Vasant Vihar who bagged the first, second and third prize respectively. Three consolation prizes were given to Diksha Nimble and Kavisha Thapliyal from DPS Vasant Vihar and Rishab Singh from Sakaar Outreach.
This is an important initiative to ensure that India becomes a clean, hygienic and healthy nation.
The All India IPSC Basketball Championship (Boys U-14, U-17 & Girls U-17)
The All India IPSC Basketball Championship (Boys U-14, U-17 & Girls U-17) was inaugurated at DPS R.K.Puram on 7 October 2014. 22 Public schools from all over India participated in it. It was inaugurated by Mr. Manoj Singhal, an educationalist, Mr.Manavjit Sandhu, national shooter, Arjuna & Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee and an ex dipsite; Ms.Neha Agarwal, national table tennis player who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and and Dr.D.R.Saini, the Principal of the host school, DPS R.K.Puram. Mr.Manoj Singhal declared the tournament open.
The closing ceremony on 10 October was graced by the presence of the Chairman of DPS Society, Mr. V. K. Shunglu and Mr. Ajay Kumar, IRS minister and a respected alumnus. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta; Mrs .Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra; Head Mistresses, Vanita Sehgal and Anita Singh; and Mr.Suresh, Head of the Physical Education department and the coordinator of the event.
The ceremony commenced with the final match for the Under 17 Boys category. The cultural program consisted of a mesmerising Gujarati dance by the students of DPS Shiksha Kendra, an enthralling performance depicting the value of dreams through dance, and a melodious rendition of ‘Top of the world’ by the choir of 8th standard. The Sports Captain, Jasmine Bajaj spoke about IPSC and how, among its numerous benefits, it develops the feeling of cooperation and helps prepare students for service through all walks of life.
Addressing the participants, the Principal, Dr.Saini stressed on the importance of sports and how team work and practice lead to victory.
In the overall results tally, in the Boys Under 14 category, the first position was secured by LK Singhania Education Centre, Gotan, Rajasthan followed by Welham Boys, Dehradun at the second rung. In the Boys Under 17, The Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai was the winner followed by Welham Boys, Dehradun. The Girls Under 17 team saw MNSS Rai Sonipat emerge as the winner while the second position was bagged by The Yadavindra Public School (YPS) Mohali, Chandigarh.
It was a proud moment for the winners and a treat for all sports enthusiasts.
The International Day of the Girl Child
The ‘International day of the girl child’ was celebrated at DPS R.K.Puram on 14 October 2014. The chief guest was Mr.John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Also present was Dr.Ashok Dyalchand,founder of AGRT-Institute of Health Management and Ms.Pakzoon Dastoor, Manager of Advisory Research at Dasra. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini along with the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; and the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, welcomed all the guests. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. A clip on the child marriage was shown to the students.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable John Baird was presented with a shawl as a token of appreciation. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra performed a scintillating dance depicting the reality of a girl child. The principal addressed the gathering about the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries, India and Canada should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. John Baird spoke about the importance of encouraging girls so as to empower them and help them achieve their full potential.
Dr. Ashok Dyalchand addressed the gathering with his words of wisdom and highlighted the life skills which need to be provided to the villages and slums, especially to empower girls through knowledge and learning. Another delegate, Ms. Dastoor spoke about NGO’s working with their organisation, ‘Dasra’ and the statistics of girl child marriages.
There was an interesting interactive session in which Dr. Dyalchand and Ms. Dastoor answered the various queries of the students.
Swachh Bharat Mission – DPS RKPuram
In keeping with the spirit of the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ initiated by the Government of India under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Directorate of Education has decided to organize the ‘Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign’ in all the schools from 2nd to 31st of October 2014.
DPS R.K.Puram held a special assembly on 1st October in which the whole school comprising the students, the teachers and all members of the staff took an oath to keep their school and surroundings clean. The Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini delivered the oath. Students presented a patriotic dance and several patriotic songs were sung. The Headboy, Headgirl and school appointees expressed their views about the need for maintaining cleanliness. Addressing the school, the Principal, Dr.Saini appealed to everyone to make a concerted effort to keep their surroundings clean.
Swachh Bharat Mission in the country is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. The Mission has been launched to tackle sanitation and waste management issues in the country. During this time various competitions and events like poster making, drawing, skits and plays will be organized in the school. The aim is to make cleanliness a habit, to promote awareness about good sanitary practices such as clean toilets, clean surroundings and impart information on health and hygiene to the students.
The school gave a fond farewell to a host of senior teachers who had retired. These comprised Mrs Prema Pandey, Dr.V.D.Aggarwal, Mrs Kaumudi Sharma and Mr.D.K.Garg. Two other teachers, Dr.Kanchan Mehrotra and Mrs Sneh Arora could not be present due to certain unavoidable reasons.
Dr. Asha Lata Pandey delivered the welcome address and the music department made a soulful presentation. The Principal presented the Plaque to each of them. Each teacher addressed the gathering, reflecting on their long association with the school and the memories they would carry away with them. The Principal, Dr.Saini; The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Sehgal paid tribute to the teachers.
Panchtatva-the Environment Club of DPS R.K.Puram Develops an Herbal Garden
‘Panchtatva Saviours’ got together to create an Herbal Garden in the school campus on 27 August 2014. Sapling Plantation of common medicinal herbs was initiated by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini. The aim of developing this garden is to create awareness amongst the students about the rich treasure of therapeutic herbs around us. Modern day medicines are expensive, strong and have side effects while the herbal extracts have long lasting effect and do not weaken our system.
Scientists are now turning to secondary metabolites from plant source like Giloe, Sadabahar for Cancer treatment. Ms Shobha Mehta,Vice Principal; Ms VanitaSehgal, Headmistress (Classes VIII-X); Ms Anita Singh, Headmistress (Classes VI and VII);Mr S.K.Arora, Head of the Biology Department; Ms Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra and Ms Niva Chhonkar, Environment Club Incharge along with Class XII Environment Club members actively participated in the plantation drive.
A collective information about the medical application of these herbs was presented by the Environment Club members through a book and Power Point.
The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra students enacted a Street Play on the theme ‘Save the trees’. The saplings of Ashwagandha, Baheda, Satavari, Aloe vera, Amla, Giloe, Shammi, bael, Jamun, Neem, Basil, Gugul, Henna, Ajwain, Motiaetc were tagged with their scientific name along with their medical use.
Teacher’s Day Celebrations
Teacher’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at DPS R.K.Puram. A fun-filled cultural programme was arranged by the students consisting of a medley of old songs. They added a dash of humour by having a funny quiz for teachers A small skit was also presented.
It was a day when the whole school paid tribute to its teachers and faculty members.
Investiture Ceremony 2014
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram had its Investiture ceremony on 5 September 2014. The chief guest on the occasion was Mr.V.K.Shunglu, the Chairman of the DPS Society. The event commenced with the inaugural lighting of the lamp by the esteemed Chief Guest, who was warmly welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs Anita Singh. This was followed by a scintillating performance by the school orchestra.
The Chairman administered the oath of allegiance whereby the newly appointed duty holders promised to discharge their responsibilities with honesty and sincerity and to take the school to greater heights of glory. The appointees spoke about the school and what it meant to them. The outstanding achievers of the school, those with 100% score in various subjects in the Class XII CBSE Examination 2014, were felicitated. The efforts of the various JSTSE and NTSE scholars and other students winning laurels were also applauded. The cultural programme commenced with a dance performance followed by a fusion of Indian classical dances. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra enthralled the audience with a dance about the importance of education.
The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu addressed the audience highlighting the pivotal role of teachers in the education system. He congratulated the Headmistress of middle school, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Head of Business Studies department, who have been bestowed with the prestigious Rajya Shikshak Puraskar by the Delhi Government. These awards are instituted for expertise in teaching and involvement in extracurricular activities. The DPS Society felicitated other teachers for their valuable contribution to the school.
The Principal, Dr. D.R Saini launched a book, ‘Baolis of Delhi’ by Aditya Mehta, a student of class twelve. ‘Baolis of Delhi’ is a research on stepwells and water’s importance in India. Aditya is also the President of Frameworks, the Architecture Club of the school. This was followed by melodious performances by the Indian and Western choirs. The headmistress, Mrs. Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.
The Sanskrit Department of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized a Sanskrit seminar on the topic, ‘Practical Application of Simple Sanskrit’ and ‘Strategies for developing interest in Sanskrit amongst youth’, on 27 August 2014. The panel was chaired by Prof. K.C. Tripathi, NCERT; Prof. Shashi Tewari, Head of Sanskrit Department, Maitreyi College(Retd.)and Dr. Pravesh Saxena, an accomplished Sanskrit scholar and a poetess of Sanskrit language.
The Principal, Dr.D.R. Saini and Dr. Asha Lata Pandey, Head of Department of Sanskrit welcomed the guests. Also present were Sanskrit teachers from DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar; and Ms. Tarini Awasthi, an alumnus of the school, who presented a paper. Sanskrit students of the school formed the audience.
The programme commenced with the traditional ‘Ganesh Vandana’ followed by the felicitation of the guests. The Indian choir sang a ‘kajri ‘composed by Prof. K.C. Tripathi. The Principal addressed the gathering and emphasized upon the importance of propagating Sanskrit and Indian culture, reiterating that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. Dr Saxena tried to link Sanskrit with modern technology and trends. Ms Awasthi focused on the problems that have led to the decline in interest in Sanskrit and put forward valuable suggestions for its upliftment. Prof. Tewari focused on how there is unfathomable knowledge in Sanskrit. He made the session even more interesting by telling stories with meaningful morals and reciting shlokas.
The seminar ended on a perfect note with an interactive question-answer round followed by the vote of thanks by Dr.Asha Lata Pandey, who elaborated upon the importance of bringing the traditional knowledge system of Sanskrit into the mainstream. In the end, keeping in mind the Vedic Verse, ‘Sanjachchadhvam Samvadadhvan’, everyone sang the ‘shanti path’ together and declared the week-long celebration and the Sanskrit seminar close.
International Business Mélange 2014
Bill Gates said “It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” and on this note the International Business Mélange was declared open. The event was hosted by Delhi Public School, R.K Puram on the 28th and 29th of August, 2014 and was an initiative of the Business Studies Society. The event received registration from over 65 schools including schools from Malaysia, U.A.E and Nepal. This year, the mélange comprised of the following on-site events: the Business Quiz, the Visionnaire, The Mock Stock and the Ads Act. The online events included the e-poster making based on unequal opportunities, caricature making on corporate corruption and the sonnet writing on business ethics.
Dr. P.C Jain, Principal of Sri Ram College of Commerce, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The other judges for the event were Dr Vandana Jain, Assistant Professor, SRCC; Dr Rachna Jawa, Associate Professor, SRCC; Mr Sandeep Sethi, Education Officer, CBSE; Dr Vinita Dar, Associate Professor, I.P. College; Dr. Mallika Kumar, Associate Professor, SRCC and Ms. Neeti Dixit, Guest Faculty at Miranda House and SRCC. The Principal, DPS R.K. Puram, Dr. D.R. Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta and Mrs Rashmi Malhotra, Head of the Business Studies Department, welcomed the guests.
The cultural programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The guests were welcomed with a soothing symphony by the Indian Orchestra and were felicitated with a bouquet by the principal. This was followed by a melodious song by the Indian choir and a Bharatanatyam performance. A presentation portraying the achievements of the Business Studies Society of the school was showcased before the audience. Next in line was a scintillating French choreographed dance. The cultural programme also included a self-composed A cappella by the Western Choir and was a tribute to the Indian farmers. The chief guest, while addressing the audience, highlighted the fact that business and economics are the driving force of a country.
Stephen Fleming, former captain of the New Zealand National Cricket Team graced the occasion and in his address to the audience, congratulated the school on its success and motivated the students to seize the moment and grab every opportunity that comes their way.
The Ads Act involved the students marketing imaginary products like ‘Bolt Shoes’, ‘Hatred fire extinguisher’, “Einstein Memory Pills’ and “Anupam Kher shampoo. There were a few Western and Bollywood dance performances between the ads, to keep the audience entertained. The Mock Stock tested the skill and strategy of the students. The event, modelled on stock exchanges the world over, required the students to create and manage their own portfolios which helped them to get an insight of share transactions by trading on real time basis. The Visionnaire which required the students to form a fictitious company and create a presentation that showed the social purpose which was the essence of the company, saw a total of 53 schools participating in the event.
The business quiz, the most intellectual of the competitions, was conducted to test the knowledge of students in the fields of business viz. terms, taglines and brands. It consisted of 2 rounds and started with a questionnaire. Only six teams out of about 40 cleared the preliminary round and went on to the finals. The entries for the caricature, sonnet writing and poster making, however, were sent online.
The judges, Dr.Saini and Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, along with her team of teachers distributed the prizes. The results for the online events are as follows:
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2.Convent of Jesus and Mary
3. Sommerville, Noida
||1. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur
2. Darbari Lal DAV Model Sr. Sec. School and DPS Nepal
3. Amity International, Mayur Vihar
||1. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur and DPS R.K. Puram
2. DPS Noida
3. Fr. Agnel School
The overall trophy for the online events was won by DPS R.K. Puram, but being the host, it was passed on to DPS Noida. In the onsite events also the winner was DPS R.K.Puram but the trophy was passed on to Amity International School, Saket.
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2. Amity International, Noida
3. Amity International, Mayur Vihar
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2.Tagore International School
3. Bal Bharti, Pitampura
||1. Carmel Convent School, Chanakyapuri
2. New Era Public School
3. Amity International, Saket
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2. Sanskriti School
3. Amity International, Saket
The event was an immensely enjoyable one for all business enthusiasts.
Business Melange 2014 (Day 1)
Business Melange 2014 (Day 2)
Psycho-Socio Fest Mosaic 2014
The annual Psycho-Socio festival, ‘Mosaic 2014- Patterns of life’ was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 22 August 2014. It provided a platform to the students to blend academic excellence with their creativity. Around 41 distinguished schools from all over the NCR participated in the event. It commenced with a welcome speech and a mesmerizing dance performance. The Chief guests for the event were Mr. Ankit Tyagi, a renowned journalist from Headlines Today, and Dr. Sarika Sarangi, a pro-active psychologist who is also the founder-director of SEWAK (the Society for Empowerment, Well being, Achievement and Knowledge). The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; Ms.Vithika Rahul, Head of the Psychology Department and Dr.Rita Khanna, Head of the Sociology Department welcomed the audience. The Principal spoke about the rising interest of students in pursuing the two subjects.
Mosaic was an amalgamation of three events namely: Mind Games – a psychology and sociology quiz, Canvas – the poster making competition, and Showcase – a psychological and sociological analysis of an advertisement. The Psychology Quiz covered a wide range of topics included both textual as well as audio-visual rounds. The Sociology Quiz was divided into 10 rounds of challenging, theoretical, pictorial and visual questions based on the Indian society. Ms. Bhavna Sabarwal judged ‘Canvas’ which gave an opportunity to all the budding artists to exhibit their talent through the beautiful strokes of their paint brushes. The topic for the poster making competition was ‘Understanding Adolescence’ or ‘The Changing Identity of the Indian Woman’.
The closing ceremony began with a melodious duet, a soothing violin piece, and another soul stirring song by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. Then the much awaited results were announced. DPS Dwarka bagged the first position while DPS Rohini came second in the Psychology Quiz. In the Sociology Quiz, Holy Child Auxilium stood first and Vasant Valley stood second. For ‘Canvas’ the first position went to St. Thomas School followed by Amity International School, Saket. Vasant Valley won the first prize while Ramjas School stood second in the ‘Showcase’. The rolling trophy was awarded to Vasant Valley School. The judges were extremely pleased to see how high the students had set the bar for themselves and gave their hearty congratulations to all for their enthusiastic participation.
Workshop on Photography by Canon
Digex, the school’s Photography Club, provides a platform for photography enthusiasts in the school to display their skills with the camera. It has been affiliated with Canon since the previous academic session, 2013-2014.
Digex Club organised a workshop conducted by Canon EOS Academy representatives. Mr. Bharat Singh, Assistant Manager, Center for Photo and Movie Development Image Communication Products Group from Canon India Pvt. Ltd was invited along with his team to take the session on photography techniques. The idea of the workshop was to further the interests of amateur and relatively experienced photographers in different genres of photography. The representatives talked about different conditions that photographers face, gave tips on how to work around a road block to get a desired shot and answered the students’ queries. Students were provided cameras for hands-on learning to apply what they had learned through the discussions. The workshop was arranged by Ms. Sarika Kaushal, the teacher incharge of Digex. The students were also given the participation certificates from Canon, by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress for VIII, IX, X.
Workshop on Photography by Canon at DPS R.K.Puram
The 13th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate
DPS R.K. Puram organised the 13th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate on 20 August 2014. The debate is held every year in the memory of Dhruv Rajgarhia, a student of the school who passed away in 2002. The debate was instituted by Shri K.L. Rajgarhia in 2002. 14 schools from all over Delhi participated in it. Mrs Vandana Tandon, Freelance Trainer at The Times of India; Mrs Vinita Sethi, Asst. Secretary General, FICCI and Mrs Anjana Agarwal, a professional in the field of communication, judged the competition. The Principal, Dr D.R. Saini; Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; Headmistress, Ms Vanita Sehgal; Ms.Anuradha Dang, incharge of activities; Mr and Mrs Rajgarhia, parents of Dhruv Rajgarhia; and Ms Anandita Nair, an upcoming actress and an alumnus of the school, were present on the occasion.
The participants were given an hour to prepare their arguments on the topics which were given to them on the spot through a draw of lots. Each team consisted of 3 members- one for the motion, one against and one interjector. All the contestants presented immaculate arguments on topics like ‘Dialogue is always the best way out’, ‘Fantasy fiction does more harm than good’ and ‘It is possible for a person to live a moral life without religion’ and quoted mavericks like Richard Nixon and Henry Ford.
The judges commended the participants. Mr. Rajgarhia thanked everyone for being a part of the competition. The results were as follows:
1st Position- DPS R.K.Puram
2nd Position- DPS Vasant Kunj
3rd Position- Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
4th Position- DPS Mathura Road
First- Anvay Tewari- DPS R.K.Puram
Second- Rajdeep Dasgupta, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
Third- Ansuiya, Sanskriti School
Nishant Goel, DPS Vasant Kunj
The Sanskrit Department of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organized a Sanskrit Diwas on 14th August 2014. The entire program was conducted in Sanskrit and the event showcased a number of competitions like “Nibandh Lekhan” (Essay Writing), “Shlok Ucharan” (Prayer Recitation), “Sanskrit Natika” (street plays) and “Yuva Sansad” (Youth Parliament) in order to disseminate information to the students regarding the vitality of Sanskrit.
Two leading lights, who have contributed immensely to the promotion of Sanskrit language, namely, the chief guest for the event, Dr Girish Nath Jha, Associate Professor at the Computational Linguistics Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the guest of honour, Ms. Shruti, an educationist, musician, teacher and exponent of Indian traditional knowledge systems and philosophy, were present on the occasion. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini and the Head of the Sanskrit Department, Dr. Asha Lata Pandey.
The event started with the lighting of the lamp and the “Ganesh Vandanam”. The cultural programme had a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the exuberance of Sanskrit. The Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini addressed the audience and emphasised on the importance of Sanskrit and its relevance as a foundation for other languages. There was a group song, followed by a play on the beauty of nature and man’s destructive tendencies. Next the students performed a Kavyaali (Qawwali) in Sanskrit followed by a street play, depicting the significance of Sanskrit. The chief guest put forward a presentation on the importance of preserving and promoting the language. The Guest of Honour, Ms.Shruti graced the stage with her presence, where she shared her thoughts at the current state of Sanskrit in present times, and advocated a renewed interest in Sanskrit amongst the youth. She concluded with a soulful vocal performance of a Sanskrit shloka (Shivoham).The students put forward a mellifluous rendition of Vande Mataram, and the vote of thanks was delivered by the Head of the Sanskrit Department, Dr. Asha Lata Pandey.
Canada-India Friendship Day Celebrations
The High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, in partnership with Delhi Public School, R .K. Puram celebrated the Canada-India Friendship Day on August 14. This colourful event was marked by a presentation on educational opportunities in Canada, face-painting and a “best dressed” competition featuring the national colours of both countries.
This was the third in a series of Canada-India Friendship Days that the High Commission of Canada has been celebrating in the build-up to India’s Independence Day, for the past three years.
The chief guest on the occasion was the Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Mr. Jess Dutton. He was accompanied by Mr Robert Dutka, Second Secretary, Advocacy program; Ms Archana Mirajkar, Senior communications Officer; Ms Smriti Saxena, Media and communications Officer;
Mr Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education and Ms Jasvinder Kaur, Executive, Advocacy program. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, the Vice Principals, Ms. Shobha Mehta and Mrs. Pushpa Agarwal and the headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini addressed the gathering and spoke of the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. Jess Dutton, in his interaction with the audience, emphasized the importance of strengthening Indo-Canadian bonds. The National Anthem of the two nations were sung.
The cultural program began with enchanting and scintillating dance performances by the students of the school. A short film highlighting the beauty of Canadian culture was presented by the Canada Tourism agency along with a Power Point Presentation on education opportunities in Canada This was followed by a quiz on Canada in which the students participated with great enthusiasm. A fashion walk was showcased incorporating the national colours of both the nations. Mallika Gupta of class XII recited a poem on friendship between the two countries. Last but not the least, the occasion ended with exciting face painting, turban tying and sessions of photography.