NEWSLETTER October 2020 to January 2021

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NEWSLETTER October 2020 to January 2021

Hello dear Parents,

As we gradually emerge from these testing times, we are reminded of the mythical bird, the Phoenix that rises from the ashes, resilient and stronger than before! The pandemic has taught us great lessons and our students and teachers alike have found opportunities in adversity to overcome obstacles. We have passed the test with flying colours! Your cooperation has been a great scaffolding for the process. Thank you.

I take this opportunity to proudly share with you the achievements and accomplishments of our students in these past months.

 

Events held at our School during October 2020 – January 2021.( More details are available in the reports uploaded on this website.)    

 

Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations 

To observe Gandhi Jayanti, the students and teachers of the Pre- primary classes conducted a special virtual assembly on 1 October 2020. The assembly was based on stories from Bapu’s life and his beliefs.On 3rd October, 2020, as a part of the celebrations, a group of students participated in an interactive online story session organised by the Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Memorial Trust. The stories inspired and urged the young audience to follow the ideals of love, brotherhood and non- violence that our country stands for.

 

Mental Health Week

Our School observed ‘Mental Health Week’ from 5 to 12 October 2020. The Department of Psychology organised activities, programmes and sessions to raise awareness about mental health and encourage open discussion on the subject. The activities, that included poster making, slogan writing, jingle making, essay writing and storytelling sessions, saw an active and enthusiastic participation of students from classes V- XII.

 

National Education Day

Each year on 11 November, National Education Day or Rashtriya Shiksha Diwas is commemorated in the memory of the late Maulana Abul Kalam `Azad’, independent India’s first education minister. School organised many socio-cultural activities on the virtual platform, which included essays, online seminars, slogan writing and poster presentation, laying emphasis on the importance of education and the nation’s commitment towards building `Sakshar Bharat’.

 

National Book Week

During National Book Week celebrated at School from 17 to 20 November, children were accorded the opportunity to showcase their creative writing abilities on the website https://sites.google.com/view/read-bloom-books/home.
A series of webinars were organised for the students on storytelling, the art of writing and puppetry.

 

Constitution Day Celebrations

Constitution Day also known as ‘Samvidhan Divas’, is observed in our country on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of our constitution. As a part of the celebrations, our School planned innovative activities to highlight and reiterate the values and principles enshrined therein. The Preamble was read aloud by the students and teachers during the online classes. As a part of peer learning, an engaging session was conducted by the students of class 10 who interacted with their younger peers in class 5 about the values enshrined in our constitution.

 

Hepatitis Awareness Day

Our School observed the 23rd Hepatitis Day on 4 December 2020 to create awareness in the community at large. Students of classes VI to VIII participated in a number of competitions that included an e-poster making competition organised by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and a virtual skit competition on the theme –‘ In Covid Times, Remember to Prevent and Treat Viral Hepatitis’. Both the competitions aimed at disseminating information about the significance of preventive measures for hepatitis.

 

Christmas Celebrations

The much-awaited festival of Christmas was celebrated with fervour and zeal virtually. The Pre-primary students presented a thought-
provoking skit which emphasised that Christmas was more than just Santa, cards, toys or gifts under the Christmas tree. The children spoke lines highlighting the true meaning of the decorations like the‘Christmas Tree’, Candy Cane, ‘Lights’, ‘Star and Bell’ that are used for decorating the Christmas tree and the precious values that the festival teaches.

 

Graduation Day

School held its customary Graduation Ceremony for the outgoing batch of class XII, on 25 January 2021. The students, along with their parents attended the virtual ceremony. The ceremony, had some of our proud parents share their experiences of the years at School. They recounted with great nostalgia and thanksgiving, the unforgettable journey of seeing their children grow into responsible, capable and compassionate young adults.

 

Republic Day Celebrations

The 72nd Republic Day was observed in all its solemnity and grandeur by the students of Pre-School. A special assembly was held virtually this year on 25 January 2021 to mark the significance of the day.

 

Educative Interactions with School Chairman, Mr Prafull Goradia

Sharing his great knowledge and expertise, our School Chairman Mr Prafull Goradia, regularly interacts with students of all ages and exposes them to subjects of importance in order to facilitate their holistic development. Providing valuable insights and ideas on varied subjects,
and enlightening the students, Mr Goradia, with his unfailing enthusiasm ensures each session is as lively as it is informative. The topics of interaction this term were:

* On 13 October 2020, students of classes 9 and 11 had an insightful interaction with sir on the topic ‘Good Governance’ and its importance for a country.

* On 2 November 2020, the students of class 7 engaged in a discussion on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The occasion was the 145th birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, celebrated on 31 October.

* On 25 November 2020, the students of classes 9-12 were enlightened by sir on the topic ‘Happiness’.

* On 3 December 2020, the students of class 5 engaged in an interactive session with sir on the topic- ‘Sepoy Mutiny.’

* On 21 January 2021, the students of classes 6 & 7 had an interaction, on the subject, ‘Democracy’.

Online Sessions and Webinars for students


* On 7 October 2020, a session on emotional fitness was conducted by International Coaching Federation- approved personality transformation and emotional fitness coach, Ms Shaikh Uzma Jamal for the students of classes 10-12.

* A session on ‘Resilience’ was conducted on 14 October 2020 by Ms Akshita Bardwaj, Mumbai based teacher of Psychology and counseling psychologist. This session was organised for the students of classes 8 and 9.

* On 24 October 2020, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, School organized a session for the students of classes IX to XII with Prof. (Dr) Mohan Kumar, former Indian ambassador to France and Bahrain.

* On 11 November 2020, a session on ‘Profile Building’ was conducted by Mr Jitin Chawla, (founder and director of the Centre of Career Development) for the students of classes X- XII.

* On 21 November 2020, another session was conducted by Mr Jitin Chawla for the parents of classes IX- XII. The session was titled, ‘New age Careers’.

* On 18 November 2020, students of class VI attended a webinar on storytelling by Ms Sangitha Kanjilal.            

* On 19 November 2020, students of class 7 attended a webinar titled, “Write Candidly and with Integrity” conducted by Ms. Heeru Bhojwani, Librarian and Information Curator and Coach at the American School in Mumbai.

On 19 November 2020, students of class 8 attended a workshop on Time Management conducted by Ms. Rashmi Chari, Member of the Educational Research & Innovations Committee (ERIC) of the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The parents and students of class IX attended a lecture by Dr. S.K. Sarin, Director ILBS- ‘Liver Health in COVID Times’ organised by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, to promote active awareness about liver disease mongst school students.

* A webinar- “Cancer Prevention and Clean Yamuna” was organised by the Dharamshila Cancer Foundation and Research Centre for the students, teachers and parents of The Indian School, on 16 January 2021.

Achievements of our students

 * At Panorama 2020, an inter school organised by DPS Kalyanpur from 7 – 10 October, our students Harshit Verma, Aryan Singh, Karan Gupta and Dhruv Sharma of class XII secured the Third Position in 2 events and our School was adjudged Overall First Runner Up in the event ‘Science and Technology’

At SYNAPSE 2020, an inter-school online Bio-fest organised by Ryan International School, Rohini, on 16 and 17 October 2020, Karamjot Singh Bedi of class XII B bagged the First Position in‘MEME-OGRAPHY’, from amongst 29 participants for his on-the- spot meme based on the theme ‘Biology in Everyday Life’.

At the Jim Corbett-Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Memorial Annual Young Ideator’s Conclave-2020 conducted by Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital on 21-22 October, Samaara Ravish was adjudged Best Speaker in the semi-final round of the multi-format English debate. Twisha Kacker of XII-C bagged the Joint Third Prize in the creative writing competition at the same event.

At Discovery Summit, an inter school science summit held at Birla Vidya Niketan on 28 October 2020, Antriksh Nair of class 9E was awarded the Second Position for his presentation on Russian chemist Valery Legasov.

At Acropolis 2020; Inter School (online) Knowledge Conclave, conducted by Mount Litera Zee School, Amritsar, on 29 October 2020, Samaara Ravish of class XI-D was adjudged Best Speaker in the Extempore Round of the Debate and Sarvagya Puri of class XI-A was awarded ‘Most Promising Quizzard’ in the Quiz.

At World Mental Health Week 2020 celebrations conducted by Expressions India (Moolchand Medicity), Anushka Saxena of XI-A and Mayank Ahuja of XII-D, were awarded- Outstanding Performance for Sur Sangam-Jingle Making competition

At Manthan, an online event conducted by Birla Divya Jyoti, Siliguri on 8-9 November 2020, Gunveer Singh Dhir and Shruti Arora of class XI secured the Joint Third position in the Multi- Format Debate, while Vanshika Kanaujia, Jiya Jawa of class XI and Ibrahim Ahmed of class XII took the Joint Third Position for Radio Play.

At ‘Z3NITH 2020 FUTURZ’, an inter-school online IT-fest organised by Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Subroto Park, on 12th November 2020, our School team was adjudged Overall Winner of the fest. Ibrahim Ahmed of class XIIC and Md. Umar of class XD bagged the First Position for ’2 MINUTE OF FRAME’, an animated movie making event.

Uday Beswal of class XIIA and Sasmit Dey Sarkar of class XD bagged the First Position for ‘VORTEX’, an app and website designing event.

At ‘Creativity Conclave’, B.K. Birla Public School, Kalyan’s annual inter school fest held on 10 and 11 November 2020, Aryamaan Goswamy won the First Prize in creative writing.

Shruti Arora won the first prize in the Bridge Round of the multi format debate. Gunveer Singh Dhir was adjudged Best Speaker in the semi-final round.

At Genesis MUN 2020 conducted by Genesis Global School, Noida from 19 to 21 November, Gurmehr Gulati, XI-B received the Honourable Mention Award and Tarun Rajpal, XI-E got the Special Mention Award.

At Confluence 2020′ conducted online by Singapore International School, Mumbai on 21 November 2020, Shruti Arora of class XI-D was awarded the First Position for Speech Writing.

At SYNTAX 4.0, an inter-school online IT-fest organised by DPS International Saket, on 24 November 2020, Sejal Gupta and Hardik Narang of class IX bagged the First Position for Syntax Policy. Aditya Prasad Sahu of class X bagged the Third Position for Syntax Design and Anushka Saxena of class XI bagged the Third Position for Syntax Discussion.Our School was adjudged Third in the Overall Winner category.

At CODE 2020 – an inter-school online IT event conducted by Apeejay School Noida on 26-27 November 2020, Yuvraj Acharya of class XI was awarded the First Position in the Photography event and Aaryan Prothi of class XII bagged the Second Position for ‘Code++’, a software development Event.

At ‘Spardha’ an inter school online sports competition organised by Apeejay School, Saket on 12 December 2020, Pronoy Mitra of class VIII won the First Position in the Kata Challenge.

At the Goenkan Wonderfest 2020, held online on 19 December 2020, Rubani Kaur of Pre-school Delphini was awarded the First Position for Rhyme Time, Spreeha Chakraborty of Pre-primary Leo was awarded the Second Position for Role It and Neelakshi Syal of Pre-school Kokab received Special Mention for Dress and Tell.

At Frosty Fest 2020, held by DPS Jaipur on 25 December, our students won the First Prizes in two events- Aavyan Arora of PS Kokab for Clay Modelling and Gauransh Kukreja of V for Christmas Tales. Vivan Raj Pareek of class II won the Judges’ Appreciation Award for the event – “Words of Gratitude”.

At Innovision 2020, an inter school IT competition held online by Modern School ECNCR, Sonipat on 30 December, Aishi Sengupta of class III was awarded the Second Position in ‘Canvas’ for her painting using MS Paint; Hardik Narang and Ekveer Sahoo of class IX bagged the Second Position in ‘Simulator’ for their 3D model on Climate and Energy; Sasmit Dey Sarkar of class X won the Second Position in ‘Browser’ for designing a website on Start-up India and Uday Beswal of class XII bagged the Second Position in ‘V-Build’ for his self-created app.

Mannsi Agrawal of class IX participated in an inter school Hindi and Sanskrit Language Festival held by DPS, RK Puram and won the Third Prize.

In the inter school HT PACE 2020 Painting Competition held on 10 January 2021, Aaishi Sengupta of class III won the Second Position.

At Melange, an online inter school competition held by Birla Vidya Niketan on 29 January 2021, Pritisha Mohapatra of class VII won the Third Prize for ‘Hasya Kavita Vachan’.

These past pandemic months, as you can see, have not deterred or dampened the spirits of our children. They have enjoyed and engaged joyously in the digital mode of learning, participating whole- heartedly in events and competitions, simultaneously. The journey has indeed been very joyful for the teachers too, albeit, initially challenging. I am glad the learning never stopped. Dear Parents, do encourage your children to be a part of the myriad opportunities the School offers. Our encouragement and support will help them discover their abilities and develop these to the best extent.

Last but not the least, let’s continue to support each other as a family so that our children grow up as secure and strong young adults. Let’s always remember to be role models for them in our values, beliefs and the way we conduct ourselves. Never forget that children are like sponges that soak up all that they are exposed to. So let’s consciously make a special effort to secure our children as happy and well mannered human beings especially in a rapidly changing world filled with several uncertainties. We owe it to them to set the best example.
 

My best wishes,
Tania Joshi, Principal

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