It always feels good to write in celebration of the achievements of our students. In the recent past so many of our students have stood out in major events that it is only fitting to begin this blog with this.
winner of an Open essay competition promoted by the Norwegian Embassy following the World Championship of Chess. He wrote on "I want to be in Carlsen`s shoes one day". His well-informed essay on the chess champion Magnus Carlsen stood out for its reflective approach with ideas that we can all learn from - that a “quality that inspires me is his humility and how he is able to be grounded and modest after achieving so much in his life. Not only that, but the fact that he receives so much attention from the press and fans worldwide itself, amazes me. I noticed evidence of this when I was following the world chess championship in Chennai. There, he smiled at everything the press asked him and replied with the same thing; ‘It was a tough game.’ To wonder how he keeps his composure and maintains a smiling face through all the press and media pressure at such a young age is difficult.”
the students who entered the Camp K12 national online web competiton. Unusually 30% of the judgment was through public voting (over 46,000 votes cast).
Aditi Amritesh of Form 4 who won the Special prize “ Young Web designer’s award” in Web Designing.
Devmay Dewan of Form 4 won First Prize in graphic designing.
Digital Citizenship Week
Over this week there have been a number of activities, presentations, films, drama and discussion to focus attention on the theme of digital citizenship and what this means in the 21st century world. This was planned by the teachers of technology in both the primary and secondary school. The student technology coordinators played a major role in giving ideas and holding the programme together. Because technology is both a wonderful tool as well as a space to be used with caution students focused through drama on the problems of sharing information in chat rooms or Facebook and on cyber bulling designed e-posters and logos.
Poster made by Rishabh Menon Gr 5
Senior school students did an excellent presentation to create awareness of the uses of technology in rural India, the workings of the governments in taking away privacy, the debates around Edmund Snowden and his actions. Through all this they thought about a new form of citizenship in the world today – with its own sets of rights and responsibilities. The week ended with parent-student contracts in primary school and essential agreements on technology use in secondary.
Other Learning Activities
• The adventure camps for primary and secondary school were a great success as you can read below.
• Geography students from Form 9 & 11 have gone on a field trip on the river Tons to do an investigation into downstream changes of a river. Under the guidance of their teacher Dr. Kaul they will be collecting primary data and samples from the area.
• A group of students are participating in the Model UN at DPS school.
• IB Diploma students have handed in their final submissions of work in all subjects which have been despatched to the IBO. Art students displayed their final pieces of work at a special exhibition.
School Council Activities
Every year the secondary school student council promotes a fun and crazy appearance activity. It is an opportunity to take risks with your appearance, to do what is usually forbidden. In past years this has been a crazy hair day. This year they have planned a Wear Your Pyjamas Day on Monday.
Another interesting activity has been the radio jockey programme where pairs of students plan a radio show complete with chats, interviews and music, broadcast over the public address system. This takes place during the first break every Friday and began this week after an orientation and training with an experienced RJ was arranged by the Council.
Do remember that Thursday 10th is a holiday because of the national elections and use this opportunity to discuss your own political perspective with your children. It is important for them to understand the importance of what is happening and what it shows about the world they are growing up in.
Dr. Shalini Advani
Dr. Shalini Advani