The Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter school debate of the eastern zone of India for the class X category was held at St. James' School, Kolkata on 19 August. The participating schools included La Martiniere for Boys, Delhi Public School Megacity, St. Thomas' Girls' School, Calcutta Boys' School, International School Patna, Assembly of God Church Asansol, Pratt Memorial School among other participants who were all winners from different pools in Stage One.
The debate was beyond doubt extremely gripping and immensely tough for the participants. Having had learnt the topics only an hour before the actual event, speeches had to be prepared in those 60 minutes. The motion to be debated upon was: "This house believes that without discipline, the true essence of freedom is lost".
Each of the two member teams had to speak both for and against the motion, after which rebuttals followed. The event had three eminent journalists from the print and electronic media as judges who willfully agreed that all the participants were on an equal footing and judgement was immensely tough. The best speaker award was awarded to Harsh Jain from Delhi Public School, Megacity, Kolkata. The second and third places were awarded to Shinjini Mukherjee and Snehi Shah respectively, both of whom represented St.Thomas' Girls' School. St.Thomas Girls School was also awarded the best debating team and are to represent the eastern zone at the national level scheduled to be held at Deli in September. The event was a huge success.
shinjini mukherjee, Class X, St. Thomas' Girls' School
The annual Psycho-Socio festival 'Mosaic - Patterns of Life, 2013' was held at DPS RK Puram on 23 August 2013. This unique festival aimed to provide students from 42 distinguished schools with a platform where they could mix the thrill of competition with a great learning experience. The event commenced with a scintillating kathak performance. The judges were Ms. Koval Bhatia, Mr Pranav Dewan, Ms Bhavna Sabherwal, and Ms Archana Gupta.
Mosaic was an amalgamation of three events: Mind games - the Psychology and Sociology quiz; Canvas, the Poster making competition and Showcase, the Psycho-Social analysis of a movie clip. The psychology quiz covered a wide range of topics from neurotransmitters to disorders like locura. The sociology quiz challenged the participants' ability to analyze various theoretical, pictorial and audio-visual questions.
In the showcase event, the contestants were required to bring out the psychological and sociological aspects of different movie clips through oral presentations. The movies dealt with issues like poverty, sexual harassment etc. and the topic for the poster making competition, Canvas, was 'child abuse'. The closing ceremony comprised a medley of all-time greats, performed by the school band. The judges commended the efforts of the participants.
For the showcase event, the runner up prize went to Laxmi Public School while the first prize was awarded to DAV Public School. The second prize for Canvas was awarded to DPS, Faridabad and the first prize was bagged by Springdales, Pusa Road. In the psychology quiz, the second prize went to DPS Gurgaon, Sector 45 and the first prize was won by Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj. For the sociology quiz, the runner up prize was bagged by Vasant Valley School and the first prize went to Ramjas School, Pusa Road. DPS Gurgaon, Sector 45, bagged the rolling trophy. The event went a long way in broadening the horizons of students with respect to psychology and sociology, not only as subjects in the curriculum but also as disciplines. The coordinators of the event were Mrs. Vithika Rahul and Mrs. Rita Khanna, Heads of the departments of Psychology and Sociology respectively. It was a truly enriching experience for all the students.
Delhi Public School, RK.Puram hosted "Sanskrit Bhashotsva ~ the Inter DPS Sanskrit Festival 2013", under the aegis of the DPS Society on 22 August. The festival based on the theme 'Nature is very beautiful', witnessed the participation of 34 DPS schools from all over the country. The principal, Dr DR Saini welcomed all the guests and participants. A series of events took place on the school premises. The first event was the "Bhasha Krida",a presentation on a social theme. The judges were Dr. Pravesh Saxena and Dr Santosh Kumar Shukla. Several plays were performed by students on various social themes, like child labour, importance of women in society, saving the girl child, adoption of Western culture, etc.
The Sanskrit quiz was judged by teachers of the host school. In the last event 'Geet Abhineet' a team of two students took part from each school in which one student sang the shlok and the other enacted it. It was judged by Dr Baldevanand Sagar, head of the Sanskrit wing at Akashwani and Dr. Ratnam G.Nair, the former head of Sanskrit department at Lady Sri Ram College.
The chief guest for the valedictory programme was Mr Ashok Chandra, chairman of DPS Society. The guest of honour was Mr Haseeb Mohammed, First Secretary to the High Commission, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Other esteemed guests included Mrs Renu Mital and Mrs Shovana Narayan. The headmistresses, Mrs Anita Singh and Ms Vanita Sehgal were also present. The event was organized by Dr. Asha Lata Pandey, Head of the Sanskrit Department along with her team of teachers.
The guest of honour, Mr. Haseeb Mohammed and the chief guest, Mr. Ashok Chandra, addressed the gathering and emphasized on the importance of preserving our culture. Padamshri Shovana Narayan addressed the gathering and released a magazine, Balgeet and Gyansancharini ~ a compilation of self composed Sanskrit poems by the students and teachers. The first prize for "Bhasha Krida" was given to DPS Vasant Kunj followed by DPS Dwarka in the second and DPS Faridabad in the third position. DPS R.K.Puram bagged the first position for the Sanskrit quiz, the second was won by DPS Kanpur, Kalyanpur and the third by DPS Faridabad. The first prize for the Geet Abhineet was secured by DPS Faridabad and DPS Panipat Refinery followed by DPS Rohini and DPS Varanasi at the second position and DPS Vasant Kunj at the third. The winners of Bal Geet" were DPS R.K.Puram followed by DPS Panipat Refinery at the second and DPS Vasant Kunj at the third place.
The chief guest distributed the prizes followed by the Shanti Paath - an invocation to the forces of nature and the event concluded with the national anthem.
For Uttarakhand victims
On the occasion of the 67th Independence Day, students of Mount Litera Zee School paid homage to the Jawans who lost their lives saving the Uttarakhand flood victims. More than 300 children assembled to observe this day with a true sense of patriotism. Students were briefed about the tragic incident and the heroic acts of the five IAF personnels namely, Wing Commander Darryl Castelino, Flight Lieutenant K Praveen, Junior Warrant Officer AK Singh, Sargent Sudhakar Yadav, Flight Lieutenant Tapan Kapoor. Almost 4000 number of students across 56 Mount Litera Zee School created posters and put it up for exhibition on Independence Day. The themes for poster making exhibition were: Independence Day; Tribute to the Uttarakhand Flood Heroes and Victims; What does freedom mean to me
The thoughts and emotions displayed by students through these posters were exhibited at the school compound for parents and general public to view it. Students from Jr. KG to Class IV exhibited the spirit of nationality and patriotis. The kids were impeccably dressed as national leaders and freedom fighters like Maharana Pratap, Jhansi Ki Rani, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru and Kargil Jawans. Students were dressed in saffron, white and green to form the national flag and observe the 67th Independence Day with true national integrity.
Friends of trees
The students of Nirjhar Day Boarding Secondary School hosted the Mass Plantation 2013 "Adopt a tree planting for future" at the auditorium of Durgapur Children's Academy of Culture recently. The programme started with the performance of the students' dance and drama on global environmental issues. The eminent guests included Mr. SK Mukhopadhyay, DGM, Durgapur Steel Plant, Mr. Nirmalaya Ghosh, Vice President of Durgapur Children's Academy of Culture, and others. The headmistress Mrs Nandini Bose appealed to the guests and others to plant a tree at the school compound and the programmee ended with planting of many trees by the students.
Founder's Day celebrations
THE day of 1 August is very important for every student of Calcutta Girls School. On this day, in 1856 over 150 years ago, Lord Canning, the first Governor General of India founded this prestigious institution with the aim of imparting education to the girl child. This year too, Calcutta Girls' High School paid tribute to its founders, former headmistresses' and supporting well-wishers who have strived to make the school reach its present state of glory, in a special founder's day service which took place in the adjoining Thoburn Methodist Church.
Exquisitely decorated with beautiful flowers and chandeliers, the Church looked resplendent, lit up by the smiles and prayers of all the students, teachers and guests who had gathered for the anticipated occasion. Complete with melodious hymns sung by the congregation and the choir, and accompanied with inspiring and enlightening speeches by the Chief guests, the event was a grand success. Prizes were distributed, offerings made and PowerPoint presentations which documented the entire event were shown. It also gave the girls the opportunity to socialize with the previous teachers, principals, staff and ex students of this school. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable event.
archita mittra, Coordinator, Class XI, Calcutta Girls' High School
MC Kejriwal Vidyapeeth (MCKV) participated in the 20th Annual Conference of the International Boys Schools Coalition (IBSC) Youth Forum held at St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Virginia, USA, recently. Out of the 238 boys' schools that are members of the IBSC, MCKV is the second school from India to have been granted membership, the first being The Doon School, Dehradun. Ms Kathika Dasgupta and Master Vaibhav Chowdhury represented MCKV. Some of the other notable members are Eton College, Harrow School, and Warwick School from UK, Christ Church Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School from Australia, Brunswick School and St. Christopher's School from USA, Wah Yan College, China, and many others. This year, the entire programme focused on the theme, 'Brother to Brother - Looking In, Reaching Out', and was designed to promote collaboration between the students of IBSC schools across the world in order to help them become men of character who will make a positive difference as leaders in this quickly changing world. The main purpose of the IBSC 'Students Forum' is to create global citizens. Thirty five students from IBSC schools around the world participated in this programme, and Vaibhav Chowdhury, the School Captain of MCKV, was one of the participants. Besides, there were other keynote speakers sharing their experiences on many key aspects of working with boys. There were 'Inspire' sessions and lots of other workshops which shed light on the power of relationships that work best for the boys in their learning. "It was a 'once in a lifetime' experience for me to attend the IBSC Student Forum. It broadened the horizons of a learning environment to a space beyond classrooms. The experiences I gathered there and the things I learned there have to be felt and experienced. It cannot be taught or explained. I gathered valuable experiences about different cultures, and being a part of almost a "mini-world" under a single roof gave me an ineffable exposure", said Vaibhav Chowdhury.
Vaibhav's presentation was based on his ideas of nurturing the concept of global citizenship in the context of his own country and school, whereas Kathika Dasgupta's presentation was all about showcasing the various social service activities that the students of MCKV carry out, and how this experience has inculcated in them a desire to be the change that they wish to see in their society. Kathika Dasgupta and Vaibhav Chowdhury were the only representatives from India to have been invited to make these presentations.
Patriotic youth of India
Every Indian feels proud to be an Indian and Andrew Yule and Co Ltd has played its its part in this sentiment by celebrating 150 years of its establishment. They presented their annual Yule Elocution contest for schools in West Bengal. Many schools had taken part in this and these included St. Stephen's School, Dum Dum, St. Augustine's Day School, Barrackpore, D.A.V Public School, La Martine for Girls, St. Xavier's Collegiate School and many more. The competition was held in GD Birla Sabhaghar and the chief guest was Partha Chatterjee, state minister for commerce and industry and Sutanu Behuria, ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises. The preliminaries to the contest were held on 5, 6, and 7 August for Bengali, Hindi and English respectively and around 220 students took part from various Schools in Kolkata in which six finalists each from the group were chosen respectively. The finals were held on 23 August and this year the theme was "I am proud to be an Indian" in which finalists of Bengali, Hindi and English contestants spoke about the merits and demerits of India. From Bengali section, Anik Das of St. Stephen’s School Dum Dum bagged first position and Ritoja Ray of Calcutta Girls High School was given second position. In the Hindi section Ariket Jain of Delhi Public School Megacity, Rajarhat won first position and Rashi Agarwal of La Martine for Girls was given second position. In the English section Abhimanyu Chatterjee of Julien Day School, Kalyani was given first position and Ritojeet Basu the second position. The first and second position students were awarded cheques of Rs 12000 and Rs8000 each respectively.