Republic Day, a day that commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect, was celebrated with immense patriotic fervour and sentiment at the Junior Wing.
The students marked the 71st Republic Day by way of a special assembly. The event commenced with the students singing in unison; the melodious lyrics of the song that had brought our entire country together, ‘Sare Jahan Se Accha, Hindustan Hamara’ filled the air and perfectly encapsulated the feeling of patriotism. To pay tribute to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country, the students sang many other soul-stirring patriotic songs such as,‘Taqat Watan ki Hum Se Hai’, ‘Nayi Dagar Naya Safar’, ‘Kyon Na Hum Sab Milkar’. The young learners also recited a beautiful poem ‘Gantantra Diwas Phir Aaya Hai’ replete with enthusiasm. The assembly concluded with a medley of patriotic songs followed by the National Anthem.
The experienced consultant Ms. Chrisann Almeida from Course Leap Education, Mumbai conducted the IBDP TOK (Core: Theory of Knowledge) and subject specific Psychology workshops on January 24 and 25, 2020 respectively.
The TOK workshop was conducted exclusively for the students from IBDP Y1 and Y2. The session was focused on understanding and applying the criteria in TOK presentation, formatting TOK presentation and knowledge question, how to link it to real life situation (RLS), application of knowledge question in various areas of knowledge (AOK), analyzing multiple perspectives and creating presentation outline. The students were actively involved in the various discussions with the primary purpose of enhancing critical thinking skills and reasoned evaluation.
The Psychology workshop focused entirely on internal and external assessments with one to one sessions with the students of IBDP Y2. Inputs on their internal assessments were given and discussed in details. The subject session was also conducted for the educators on scheme of works, unit plans and subject specific assessments.
The workshops were the extension to the sessions held in October. Both the workshop sessions were effectively engaging the students through various interesting tasks and activities.
The expert consultant from Course leap Education Mumbai conducted the IBDP Mathematics Session on
January 22, Wednesday. The students along with their mentor briefly overviewed the sample questions
and topics covered in the revision classes. The session was the extension to the Mathematics
Exploration Session conducted on November 18, Monday. The previous session was focused on the
progress in the Internal/External assessments and Extended Essays. Overall the students are benefitted
immensely from these sessions.
The Hindi Department put up the much awaited Annual Literary Inter House Competition, ‘Vaagmita’ on the 21st of January 2020. The Newton Hall was packed to capacity as students and parents waited for the event to begin. Different literary genres like Poetry, Biographies and Short Stories were performed by students of Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 respectively. It was a morning of unbridled enthusiasm as the orators took us on a roller coaster of emotions ranging from laughter to profound sadness and reflection.
A special mention must be made of all the participants who did such a stupendous job and delivered their lines with such clarity and conviction. Certificates were handed out by the esteemed judges, all proficient educators of Hindi, as the event came to a close. We can’t wait to see what the next edition of Vaagmita will be like!
Pariksha pe Charcha
Date: 20th January 2020
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with around 2000 students at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi today at “Pariksha PeCharcha 2020”. The programme is a unique initiative to ensure that students take exams without too much anxiety, to ensure better results in the long run. The event was streamed live in school and was viewed by the students.
To begin with, the PM elaborated on the importance of extracurricular activities. He urged parents to allow their wards to explore different hobbies and interests. He stated that unless children partake in such activities, they will eventually “turn into robots”.
Further he voiced his opinion on the use of technology by students; saying that while it does have a plethora of benefits, it inevitably becomes too addictive and time consuming.
When asked about dealing with parental pressure relating to academics he replied, in jest, that he felt that the students were using him to convey a message to their parents which they themselves were unable to. Later, he advised parents not to push their children or pressurize them with respect to their academics. He also commented on how pleased he was that the students felt comfortable enough to seek his counsel on such subjects.
Shri Narendra Modi concluded the fruitful session by encouraging students to be confident about their own preparation and to have faith in themselves.
A relevant and pertinent session regarding Substance Abuse was held by Dr. Ruby Ahuja, a psychologist of repute on 17 January, 2020. Dr. Ahuja has more than 18 years of experience in the field of Clinical Psychology and has been providing counseling services to various multinational companies across the country. Over the years she has conducted various workshops related to stress management and behavioral health. She is registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India and a certified CBT trainer, NLP practitioner and a member of various National and International Journals.
Dr. Ruby gave an eloquent insight on substance abuse and its various impacts on the human brain, to students of grades 9 and 11. The session was quite an eye-opener for both the students and the educators. Through her interaction with students she made clear that there is no substitute to good health and children must learn to say no and not resort to any kind of peer pressure for substance use.
The students interacted freely and cleared their doubts on various issues pertaining to addictions and use of drugs.
Students of Strawberry fields High school participated in the ‘Biomedicathon Contest’ organized at PGIMER on January 18th, 2020. The contest aimed at promotion of Biomedical Sciences among the youngsters. The innovative ideas presented by students Ameek Bains, Missal Karan, Saarisht Kalra, Namandeep Singh and Ishika Wadhwa of class 9, were shortlisted to be presented at the National Conference which was a big achievement for our budding scientists.
Ishika Wadhwa brought laurels to the school by winning the first position in the Group 1 category. Her idea was aimed at developing an app to bring awareness among the rural women towards female hygiene and health. All the students were felicitated with participation certificates.