The Penguin Librarian Meet 2019
The Penguin Random House Publication organised a Librarian meet at the India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg New Delhi on 22 November 2019.The program was begun with the lighting of the Lamp by the CEO Mr. Gaurav Shrinagesh, Penguin Random House India & SEA.
A number of Academicians, professionals & Librarians of prominent schools of the Delhi & NCR Region spoke at the Event.
The First Panel discussion included Author Mr. Deepak Dalal & the American Embassy School Librarian Ms. Linda. The discussion was on ‘This book is not for me: How we can select & Reject books’. They suggested that some series should not to be kept in the school Library for examples: Captain under pants, the Dan Brown series, Goosebumps etc. They said that book selection should be on the basis of Budget & suggestions from students & teachers. The second panel discussion included Ms. Andrea Bowie Marketing Manager Puffin Brand .The discussion was on “Dream Big: Bringing stories to life”. She showed an audio visual presentation on the American Library System. The program ended with the special guest appearance of Mr. Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister &the Education Minister of Delhi. He spoke at the event that the Library is the only Room available where we can train, help & teach students to think out of the Box. He also showed his written book Shiksha on this event.
Ms. Sonia Bhatia (Sr .Librarian) St .Paul’s School attended this event.
Workshop on Proper Segregation and Disposal of Waste
A workshop was conducted by NGO group CHINTAN on ‘Proper segregation and disposal of waste’ on 19th September for classes 3 to 5. The main aim of the workshop was to sensitize children about the harmful effects of plastic on environment and how to segregate wastes at source as wet, recyclable, E-waste and Sanitary waste. A PowerPoint presentation was shown to students emphasizing the problems related to improper disposal of wastes like urban flooding, increasing burden of landfills, tonnes and tonnes of plastic waste being ended up in the ocean every year and thus affecting the marine life. The resource person also involved students in interesting activities like segregating different types of waste, sensitizing them how plastic is killing innocent marine animals. The workshop was concluded with various solutions to the current problem of excessive wastes like adopting the 5 Rs, downcycling , avoiding single-use plastic and reduction of waste no open disposal and burning of waste.
A physics workshop –Essence of Experiment was organized on 20th September 2019 by ’Vidyut Forum’ of Sadhu Vaswani International School in association with BVN-IAPT – Anveshika (National Coordinator -Dr. H.C. Verma Retd. Prof, IIT Kanpur) by a very highly accomplished resource person Dr. B.N. Das Retd. Prof. Presidency College, Calcutta.
The workshop was based upon exploring different ways of conducting innovative experiments and activities in the classroom using low cost material to make learning of physics practically real for students.
As per the invitation we HOD – Science Mr. Janeesh K J and TGT Science Mrs. Sunanda Sharma went to attend this work shop. We got a chance to learn and update our pre-requisite methods and ideas in making class more practical oriented and maintaining student’s interest and attention. There speakers where experienced and had numerous new ideas to be shared.
Overall experience of the workshop was good and at the end we were rewarded with the certificates.
Workshop on Happy Classrooms
A workshop at the Centre of Excellence (COE), Regional Office CBSE Delhi on 30 September 2019. It was a one-day Happy Classroom Workshop for school teachers. The resource person was Ms. Neera Kohli. The teacher attendees from St. Paul’s School were: Ms. Nisha Chaubey and Ms. Sudha Chopra.
Capacity Building Programme in Accountancy
Dr. Bhagyashalini Saxena, PGT Commerce, attended a two-day ‘Capacity Building Programme in Accountancy’ organised by CBSE, Centre of Excellence, Delhi, on 28 and 29 August, 2019 at Army Public School, Shankar Vihar in which revised curriculum, question paper design, time-management, framing of objective type questions, etc., were discussed along with the deliberations on usage of ‘directional words’ which were duly supplemented by the latest amendments in the Companies Act, 2013. The resource persons were Mr. S. S. Sehrawat, Deputy Commissioner, KVS and Mr. Gaurav Palia, Faculty, DAV Public Centenary School, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi. The programme was a fruitful one.
Workshop ‘Articulate ‘
Workshop ‘Articulate ‘was organized by Pitamber and Rising Sun Publication with the collaboration of DPS Gurgaon at India International Centre, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi on 17th August 2019.
‘Articulate’ was a workshop ‘mainly focused on the importance of Art education for the overall development of the students and its close connection with main stream subjects. It was begun with a speech by Ms. Aditi Misra principal of DPS Gurgaon who is an alumni of DPD R.K.Puram and Lady Shri Ram College. In her speech she spoke about Art and its importance among the students. She focused on the development of art according to the age group of the students. Her speech was followed by Madhumita Nandi and Bhavna’s creative activities which were mainly pre-primary school activities, simple methods to engage and attract small children. After lunch break another session was based on ‘Doodling Activity ‘in which few simple methods of Doodling were introduced. It was attended by Ms. Rita K. (PGT Art) and Ms. Geeta Pathak (TGT Art).
Workshop on Youth Parliament
Orientation programme was organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary affairs in coordination with Directorate of Education to brief teachers coordinators of participating schools about the Parliamentary procedures so that they could train their students for Youth Parliament competition that will be held in the month of November’19. Dates will be intimated by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
Workshop attended by-Ms. Priyanka Mehra
Workshop on Mathematics learning
A workshop was held on 28 June 2019, for all the Mathematics teachers .The workshop was conducted in two parts by Ms. Niti Kanungo and Mr. Pankaj .The workshop discussed thevarious methods of teaching Mathematics from primary to the senior levels .Issues regarding teaching Mathematics ,faced by teachers were also discussed and solutions were tried to be charted out. Teaching strategies like learning by doing and use of technology were discussed.
Workshop on English language teaching
A Multi Media workshop was conducted by Ratna Sagar Pvt. Ltd. on 28 June 2019 at St. Paul’s School for the teachers of the English department. The resource person was Ms. Leena Kapur. She spoke about the importance of the English language in teaching. Interesting and informative activities on phonics and grammar games were conducted.
Workshop on Mental Health of Teachers and its Impact on Students: Role of the School
A workshop was conducted on 26 June 2019 by Prof. Dr. Aruna Broota (Ph.D.) Clinical Psychologist, for the teachers of St. Paul's School (Hauz Khas and Aya Nagar). She started with some aspects which are not tested during the interviews of teachers like anger control, anxiety control, patience, tolerance and the emotional balance of the person. She stressed on the everyday working conditions of teachers and how their schedule impacts the students. As for what works for the students, she said, is a smiling face of the teacher, her presentation skills and her presence in the class as well as giving positive reinforcements to them.
The school's contribution towards the mental health of the teachers is to give them a stress-free environment where they can relax in their free time, as well as appreciation letters / certificates from the Principal on a monthly basis. In short -" A happy and relaxed teacher always teaches well."
She also got some tests performed by the teachers to assess their stress, anxiety and anger levels.
Workshop on Python Programming, Python Pandas, Django and Databases.
A Workshop on Python Programming, Python Pandas, Django and Databases was organised by Delhi Public School R K Puram New Delhi on 25th June 2019. Ms. Shashi Prabha Saxena (P.G.T Computer Science) attended this workshop. Various topics related to new CBSE curriculum for classes XI and XII (both Computer Science and Informatics Practices) were discussed thoroughly. It was an informative and enriching learning experience.
Extra Marks Workshop
On 24 June 2019, a workshop was conducted by Md. Sami of Extra Marks for the teachers. He updated them about the new modules which are available online as well as offline which would prove beneficial for the students. These modules would encourage students to do self-learning. The teachers were also informed about a few new additions of the modules which would help them to elaborate the content to be taught in the class.
Dr. Bhagyashalini Saxena, PGT Commerce, attended an Accountancy Workshop organized by M/s. Sultan Chand & Sons (P) Ltd. on Saturday, 27 April, 2019 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi. The aim of the workshop was to discuss changes in syllabus, question paper design and MCQs for the academic year 2019-20. It was addressed by CA (Dr.) G. S. Grewal, Chartered Accountant and Mr. R. K. Khosla and concluded with question-answer session. The experience of attending the workshop was an enriching one.
Workshop on Scientific Inquiry
Workshop on Scientific Inquiry was organised at Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls. The theme for the workshop was “Mentoring students for doing Research Work”. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Burma (Professor, Department of Genetics,University of Delhi South Campus).
He guided teachers on the following:
How to train students to explore new phenomenon
How to work on various projects
How to present research findings
How to develop scientific/investigatory skills
The aim of the workshop was to equip teachers to guide students for the projects and develop their scientific skills. This workshop was attended by Ms. Sarita Jain.
Workshop by the Karadi Path Education Company
A workshop was organized by the Karadi Path Education Company, Chennai for the English teachers teaching Classes Nursery to V on 6th April 2019. The workshop focused on the process of language learning and enrichment (Listening, Understanding and Speaking). Through a variety of actions and commands the tiny tots assimilate vocabulary. Through musical rhymes the brain of the young learners is tuned to functional, descriptive and emotional aspects of language learning. Through audio books (which are aptly scripted and designed) the young minds are trained to intuitive expansion of language and vocabulary. The workshop trained the teachers by giving them demos in conversational and theatrical exercises. All the modules aimed at creating an environment suitable for enhancing the listening, reading and speaking skills of the tiny tots in English.
Farwell to Mr. P. Joseph Cherian
On 26 March, the staff members of St.Paul’s School bid adieu to their Principal Mr. P. Joseph Cherian. The occasion was graced by the Chairman Rv. Father Aju Abraham and Vice Principal Ms. Sunitha Shaji. His wife and daughter were also present to grace the occasion. He was presented with a portrait and a memento on behalf of all the staff members. A few teachers talked about their experiences with Sir. This was followed by two song by the staff choir. Last but not least, Sir’s daughter thanked her father and sang a beautiful song.
Welcome of the New Principal
On 15 March 2019, the staff members of St.Paul’s School welcomed their new Principal Ms. Susan Jacob. The Chairman introduced her to all the members. She is an English teacher and has been the HOD and Academic Coordinator of the Father Agnel School. She has also been the Principal of St. Francis School, Indirapuram before joining our school. She introduced herself by giving suitable examples.
In order to promote reading skills among school students of all classes, the CBSE took the initiative to propose the celebration of a ‘Reading Week’ in all its affiliated schools since this was one of the objectives of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 – pages 40 & 41.
It was suggested by the CBSE, that the activities carried out during the Reading Week could be assessed as part of the Subject Enrichment Activities for all classes upto the Secondary level.
Fructifying this objective, St.Paul’s School conducted the said Reading Week between 23 – 27 September 2019 according to the activities suggested by the CBSE, in the school library. The details are as follows:
Read-a-thon was conducted on 23 September during which students of class VIII read a paragraph each. Ayushi of VIII – C and Vani of X – C were selected as the fasted readers. On 24 September, Book Buddies, i.e. pairing of students was done in all sections of classes VII so as to enable them to choose books from the library shelves. On 25 September, a Donate-a-book campaign was held during which students of Class VI donated used books to the school library. On 26 September, Read-a-debate competition was held during which students of three sections of class XII justified the actions of two fictional characters from their English textbooks: Sophie’s fantasies and Derek’s reticent behavior. On 27 September, Integrated Learning was conducted, during which, students of class IX A,B,C, wrote summaries of stories they had read and the students of class XI B & C made bookmarks as part of the Make-a-bookmark activity.
Mandela International Day 2019
Mandela Day, celebrated on July 18, is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new era and change our world for the better. Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
To mark Mandela International Day, an assemble was organised by India International centre, Gandhi Yuva Baradari, United Nations Information centre and working group of Alternative Strategies. The program started with the Commemoration service and Procession. The speakers of the day were: High Commissioner of South Africa, Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee (Former High Commissioner to South Africa and United Kingdom), SuhasBorker, Convener, Working group on Alternative Strategies
Message from UN Secretary General was read by Shri Rajiv Chandran, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan. Students got the opportunity to interact with the speaker.
It was organised as a part of taking children series that brings children closer to the enduring legacy of Gandhi’s nonviolent struggle for equity, justice, pluralism and sustainable development.
Combined Annual Training Camp(CATC 2019)
This year 13 cadets from class 10 attended the CATC camp at NCC Bhavan Rohini, Sector 19 from 21 June to 30 June. Students were accompanied by Ms. Himani Joshi. On 21 June, the first day of the camp, all the NCC cadets celebrated the International Yoga Day by performing some yoga asanas. The students had a Zumba class for almost an hour daily. Later on they had drill practice followed by a theory class for three hours, in which they were taught about different parts of a rifle and how to handle and survive any dangerous situation. On the fourth day of the camp, the students went to Delhi Cant for rifle firing/ shooting. From there they were taken to the National War Memorial and India Gate, to make them realize the value of our martyrs.
Each evening was followed by a cultural activity, which included dance, song, painting etc. Our school won the second position in the drill competition. At the end of each day the students sung the NCC song. By the end of the camp they learnt self-discipline and time management.
Special Assembly on Red Cross day
On May 8th, St. Paul’s School in New Delhi celebrated World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Students of St. Paul prepared and presented speeches, an original song, and a street play to demonstrate ideals of love for humanity, human dignity, alleviation of human suffering, and peace across the world.
The purpose of the celebration was to make students aware about the mission of Red Cross and its significance. It was also to express the sentiment that we, the citizens of the world, can offer services in our own small way to carry on the important work that Henry Dunant, the founder of the organization started after World War 1.
Students and staff proudly wore Red Cross flags on their lapels and dresses to convey the message that the mission goes on--from the hands of Mr. Durant to the hands of the present generation, and onwards.
Special Assembly organized by the Green Brigade on the occasion of the Earth Day
A special assembly was organized by the students of the Green Brigade on the occasion of the Earth Day on 23rd April 2019. The theme of the Earth Day 2019 celebrated on 22nd April 2019 was ‘PROTECT OUR SPECIES’. The students through their speeches and role play tried to portray the importance of all living beings in the environment. All living beings have an intrinsic value and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. The message conveyed was that we must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reef, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more. The students undertook a pledge that they will try to incorporate all these in their lifestyles:
• Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
• Try to protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
• Try to embrace nature and its values incorporating the 5Rs- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle in their daily lives.
• Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping the use of pesticides and herbicides.
World Book day
World book day celebration was held at St. Paul’s School junior library for classes 1-6 from 22 april to 26 april 2019. A week long celebration were students involved in various activities based on reading during the library period.
On 16 April 2019, St. Paul’s School conducted a special assembly for classes IX-XII. His Grace Dr.Gee Varghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan diocese of Ahmedabad was the Guest of Honour for the occasion. The assembly was organized in the school auditorium to welcome his Grace to St. Paul’s. His Grace is a learned scholar hailing from the famed Pulikottil family from Kunnamkulam, holds diplomas in various languages and has served in different Parishes. Students of class X-A performed a skit and a song. His Grace also enlightened the audience about the purpose of education through his speech. In conclusion, Principal Ma’am presented the Vote of Thanks.
Workshop on World Health Day
A workshop was conducted for senior students by Dr. N. P. Singh, Retd Director Health and Consultant with the MCD and health workers Ms. Usha and Ms. Karuna. The workshop covered topics ranging from hand washing to preventable diseases and immunization. It was a great learning experience for the students.
Farewell to Mr. P. Joseph Cherian
St. Paul’s school bid farewell to Principal Mr. P. Joseph Cherian on 4 April 2019. The programme began with a band performance by the students as a tribute to their revered patron. Anya Ranil and Mohammad Umar of class VI, Udit Kapahi of class X and Nandeesh Nanda of class XII spoke about the myriad contributions Mr. Cherian had made as a mentor, leader and guide to the students. Rev. Fr. Aju Abraham followed up and spoke highly about the contributions and the well-intended works of the outgoing Principal. He blessed him and wished him luck for his future endeavours. Mr. Cherian, then addressed the gathering and reminisced his association with the school and the challenges he had met during his tenure. He also advised the students to work hard. Arpita Deboshree and Shreyosee Sarkar of class XII mesmerized the audience with a duet fusion of Odissi and Kathak dance forms, on this occasion. Mr. Cherian was also presented farewell cards by the students of classes I to XII.
Welcome of the New Principal
St. Paul’s school welcomed its new Principal Ms. Susan Jacob on 1 April 2019. The students and the school staff assembled in the school ground to extend a warm welcome to the new Principal. The programme started with The Lord’s Prayer which was followed by a melodious song presented by the school choir. Rev. Fr. Aju Abraham addressed the gathering and wished luck to Ms. Susan for her new journey in St. Paul’s. The newly appointed Principal was presented with a bouquet by the Chairman which was followed by a speech by the new Principal. In her speech, she emphasized on the need to work hard and be disciplined in all the spheres of life.