AUGUST 2015


 

Principals’ Leadership Programme




TOPIC: Principals’ Leadership Programme

Date: 27th and 28th August, 2015
Venue: Hotel Red Fox, New Delhi.
Resource Person: Mr. Keith C D’Souza, Dr. Jai Prakash Upadhyay
Attended by: Ms. Yojna Bablani, Mr. Prem Singh Negi

 

Day 1
The session started with the welcome and introduction of the programme objective and overview. The resource person, Mr. Keith C. D’Souza emphasized on “Understanding the Challenges on the educational landscape & Stakeholder Expectations from School Principals”. In this session, he made five groups of six members in each group. Groups deliberated upon the challenges that principals face in school in aspects like Political, Economic, Social and Technological (PEST) and each group had to present their views. The common challenges which were discussed were RTE, RTI, Govt. Policies, sudden change in curriculum, etc. Then, the participants were asked to present on the same in a group of six.

 

He also stressed on “The Principal as Leader” and “Creating an Inspiring Vision”. In this session Mr. Keith made a presentation on Leadership development programme and discussed about the following:

 

The second session was led by Dr. Jai Prakash Upadhyay, who laid stress on the power of leaders. He focused on the four challenges for new age leaders i.e.

 

 

 

Day-2
The session’s main focus was on “Building a Vibrant Team” and “Developing an Enabling Culture”. In this session vision and mission statements of organisations were asked and discussed. It was deliberated that the leaders should build a culture for their organisations. The last session was on “Navigating Through Change” which showcased a meaningful video on Taj Hotel terrorist attack, followed by discussion on various HR issues such as how they recruit people and how the employees managed to get the guests out of the hotel etc. in the moments of crisis.

 

A case study was taken up on how a Principal managed to convince all the stakeholders to spread awareness about the drug abuse by crossing river Narmada. A role play activity was also undertaken on the same to make the sessions livelier and also to extract maximum understanding of the participants.

 

An activity on “Leadership Practices Assessment” was conducted to indicate how well we think about behaviours or situations in our schools / organistions.

 

The entire session was very innovative and interactive.

 

 

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Inter-House Debate Competition


Date: 25th August 2015
Topic:  Enclaves at Indo-Bangladesh Border- A Contentious Issue 

INTER HOUSE COMPETITION

To update and make students aware of the issue of enclaves at Indo- Bangladesh Border, an Inter-House Debate Competition was held for classes X and XI. The orators from all the five houses presented their arguments with conviction and brought forward many thought provoking ideas.

Results:


Position

House

Name of the Participants

I

Ambar

Daniyal Qureshi, Vinayak Sarwan

II

Amrit

Pranav Bareja, Ashish Dewangan

III

Achal

Isha Bhatia, Vidhi Maheshwari

 

 

 Best Speakers: Daniyal Qureshi I, Isha Bhatia II, Pranav Bareja III     


Inter class Power Point Presentation Competition
Date: 21st August, 2015 (Classes VI-VII)
Topics:

  1. ASHOKA: An Epitome of Liberation From Violence (VI)
  2. Freedom of Regional Kingdoms from Mughal Empire (VII)

Results:

Position

Class

Name of the Participants

I

VII-A

Kartik Kedia,  Utkarsh Sehgal

II

VI-A

Jiya Jindal , Shivam Sachdeva

 

 

           

 

 

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Inter Salwan Science Festival


Date: 22nd August 2015
Venue: SPS Gurgaon
The Inter Salwan Science Festival was hosted by SPS Gurgaon under the aegis of Salwan Education Trust. It was an initiative to foster a bond between the various Salwan Schools as well as provide a platform for young minds to exhibit their interests in science and technology.
Each event was drafted in a challenging way to bring out the best from the participants. The participants in turn were fully geared up to meet the various challenges and made the event a grand success.
In the event ‘Kabaad Se Gugaad’, class V students Prattyush Kala, Priyanshu Singh Bisht and Samarth Bharti bagged the 1st Prize for their innovation in using the waste material and applying scientific concepts to create useful things. They prepared a hydraulic lift from a broken tricycle, heater from old mud pots and non-humidified cooler, to name a few. The students were awarded with certificates and trophies.
The Model Exhibition was an interactive and creative floor for the students to propose their innovative ideas in the form of exhibits. The students from GDSPS made the models on ‘Future Gym’ and ‘Modern class room’ which were displayed in the Exhibition. The models were appreciated by the judges and the visitors.
Robotics in Surgery and Journey to Mars were the topics for paper presentation. The presentations were informative and were applauded by the judges as the students responded to their questions very confidently.
The performances of the students in the event ‘Ignite Your mind’ were valued as they were able to respond and comprehend the task in the stipulated time.
Students also participated in other events like Science Quiz and Painting competition.   
It was indeed gave an opportunity for young minds to explore various fields of science and technology. 

 

 

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All India Edu-leaders Conference


Date: 22 August 2015
Venue: National Science Centre, Pragati Maidan
Participant: Ms. Dolly Dhawan
Objective: To share the innovative ideas and best practices implemented in the field of education
The All India Edu-leaders Conference was held at National Science Centre, Pragati Maidan on 22 August 2015, wherein education leaders from all over India shared the platform to develop a vision document of innovative practices in education as an outcome of the conference. The Conference commenced with the Keynote Address by the Chief Guest Sh. S.C. Khuntia, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Govt. of India. He stressed on the role of the school leaders in preparing the future leaders of the society and the economy and to facilitate the students to acquire the skills needed for the changing society.
This was followed by presentations by various educationists on the transforming pedagogy which emphasized on learning in the context of the 21st century. The first sub-theme for the presentation was ‘Implementing the Right to Education Act-2009 – Emerging Socio-Legal Aspects of Modern Education’ which was taken up by Dr. Panati Panda, Head, school Standards & Evaluation Unit, NUEPA.  She emphasized on the need to reflect on the practices of our school. There is a need to address the challenges faced by all stakeholders in implementation of the Right to Education Act. The session was chaired by Ms. Saroj Yadav, Dean Academic, NCERT. The second session focused on ‘Child Centered Education and Best Practices of Pedagogy’ which was presented by Mr. M.C. Sebestian, Former Chairman, Gulf Council, CBSE. He discussed about the skills and training required for productive employment and finding ways and means to make school education more realistic, productive and lifelong.
Session 3 on ‘Life Skills Approach to School Health and Wellbeing’ was presented by Mr. Sirra Gagrin, IRTS, CEO, Bangalore. The session was chaired by Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Director, Expressions India. Mr. Gagrin focused on the role of schools in the overall development of a child into a competitive adult who contributes usefully for the society. The teachers need to change the way they teach by effective learning through health and well-being which promotes confidence, independent thinking and positive attitudes and actions. Dr. Jitendra Nagpal deliberated upon the promotion of holistic health on the school platform to raise the excellence profile of joyful learning in the formative years. Session 4 dealt with ‘Decoding the Inclusive Curriculum - and Challenges of Integrating the Special Needs’. It was presented by Prof. Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Chairman, NIOS and chaired by Mr. J.L. Pandey. Project Coordinator, NIE, NCERT. Prof. C.B. Sharma emphasized on the need to strengthen the instructional process for making education relevant and need-based to the learners. Education needs to be equitable and inclusive for the marginalized and disadvantaged groups like girl/women, minorities, differently- able (physically and mentally challenged) etc.
The session on ‘Contextualizing the IT Revolution to Effective Learning - the Cyber Space Concerns’ was conducted by Dr. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University. The paradigm shift from Gurukul to Google was the main focus of the presentation. The teacher is no more a sage on the stage but is now a guide by the side. With the technology making inroads in education, the classrooms of the future will be quite different from what they are today. The digital teaching is growing rapidly and the teachers need to keep up with its pace to cater to the needs of the digital learners. The final session on ‘Neuro-plasticity & Whole Brain Learning - An innovative research and landmark in education’ was taken up by Dr. Shailendra Gupta, Principal and Registrar, Calorx Teachers University, Ahmedabad. His presentation enlightened the participants on the dynamism of brain which implies learning and relearning is always possible. Whole brain learning is possible through reflective, futuristic and Multiple Intelligence teaching.
The Valedictory Ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Rajat Sharma, Chairman, India T.V. and eminent T.V. personality. He gave due regards to the educationists and shared his childhood and educational experiences with all. He stressed on the importance of quality education that can help in transforming the personality of the younger generation. He cheerfully answered the questions related to media by the participants of the conference and took criticism in the right spirit.
Learning Outcome:

 

 

 

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Presentation – ‘Satellite Communication’


Date-21 August, 2015
Time-8:00-9:00 A.M.
Venue-Staff Room, GDSPS
Presenter-Mr. Himanshu Mehta, Electrical Engineer & a Cisco Certified Network Associate
Attended by- Students of Classes XIA, XA and XB

A talk on ‘Satellite Communication’ was organized for the students of Classes X and XI. To apprise the students on the working of various space centers, what it takes to be a scientist, what a scientist’s job is, how various space researches are going on or have been done, etc. It was an initiative to awaken the curiosity of young minds and promote the spirit of exploration and add immense values to a student’s knowledge about scientific researches, scientists work life and career.
The presentation was given by Mr. Himanshu Mehta, an Electrical Engineer and a Cisco Certified Network Associate with 15 years of experience as a Telecommunication’s professional in various Satellite communication technologies, new products development & Satellite based communication solution.
The main topics covered by the presenter were Communication Basic, Satellite Communication, Satellite Classifications, its orbits & Foot Print, Satellite build & its components, Satellite Frequency Band, Indian Space Programs, ISRO – Mission & responsibilities etc.
It was indeed a very informative presentation. 

 

 

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Workshop on ‘Building relationships with effective communication’


DATE :-  21st August  2015
PROFESSIONALS :- Dr. Mukul Arora (Psychologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital)
ATTENDED BY :- Ms. Maheshwari Balan ( counsellor)
A workshop on the topic “Building relationship with effective communication” was organised for the students of class IXby Dr. Mukul Arora (Psychologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital).

The workshop focused on the effective use of communication in building relationships.
In today’s world the main cause of adolescent distending from their parents and friends is because of lack of communication. Since classes VII – IX are termed as the peak ages of adolescents, in order to reduce this communication gap and have an increased self-awareness about their perception and understanding about the things and situations this workshop was organised.

The main aim of the workshop was to make students realize the effective use of communication in their life and how it is an integral part of their life which revolves around communication and building relationships.
The workshop focused on detailed explanations on the following aspects:-
·         `The process of communication which included a detailed outline of verbal and non-verbal communication and their effect on our daily life. A part of the explanation also included points related to how a clear communication process can be formed, hence avoiding misunderstanding and misinterpretation.
·         The workshop covered the topics related to factors affecting communication and how they could be used effectively.
·         The 7 C’s of communication that is completeness, consciousness, consideration , clarity, concreteness , courtesy and correctness were also explained in detail to the students with the help of real life examples.
·         It also touched upon the active listening concept of communication and its importance for a communication to take place.
·         The workshop covered a detailed explanation of how verbal and non-verbal communication plays an important part in the perception formation of an individual.
·         A part of workshop also dealt with activities related to communication.


LEARNING OUTCOME :-
The students were able to understand the effective use of communication and its importance in our daily life in order to build effective and strong relationships.

 

 

 

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Presentation on GST


Date : 21 August 2015
Venue : Multipurpose Hall
Topic : Knowing our G.S.T ( Goods and Service Tax)
Special guest : Mr Paramjeet Khanna

The students of class XII commerce stream, made a presentation on G.S.T. The talk started with a small enactment of the parliament session, followed by a presentation and an interactive session .

The students tried to explain about G.S.T through discussion on impact of G.S.T on consumers, economy, trade etc. Numerical illustrations were taken up for better understanding.

The session concluded with the interactive session with Mr Paramjeet Khanna , who gave an indepth understanding of G.S.T to the students. The students also asked a few questions to have a better clarity of the topic

 

 

 

 

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INTER HOUSE RANGOLI MAKING COMPETITION

CLASSES -IV-V

DATE : 17th August 2015 

An Inter-house Rangoli making competition was organized for primary school students on 17th August 2015. The students made beautiful patterns using geometrical shapes. The rangoli gained life when students used majestic colour combinations along with flowers,rice powder and lighted diyas.
This activity helped in bringing out the best artistic skills and commendable team work.
Result:
I Position    -    Ambar house 
II Position    -   Agni house.

 

 

 

 

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Common Salwan Independence Day Celebration

Date: 14th August, 2015
Venue: SPS Morning
The Independence Day, was celebrated by  Capmus schools of Salwan at SPS (Morning), Rajendra Nagar with full zeal and fervour. It was a great integrated effort by all the schools which made the programme a great success.
Selected classes from all the five schools reached the venue at 11:00 a.m. and were seated  by  the student volunteers .
The programme started after the arrival of the chief guest Professor Dinesh Singh, V.C. Of Delhi University, who was given guard of honour by the cadets of Salwan Boys Senior Secondary school.
To begin with there was a prayer and a song by the school Choir of SPS Morning which was followed by a dance performence by blooming buds of Salwan Montessori School. A skit was performed by Salwan Girls Senior Secondary School which highlighted the sacrifices of eminent freedom fighters and the need to imbibe them in present day scenario. Last of the performances was a stunning Dance Performance by the Students of G.D. Salwan Public School portraying India's Freedom Struggle ending in Mahatama Gandhi's Contribution in getting freedom for India  from British Rule.
After the programme the chief guest applauded the talent showcased by all the students. He motivated the students with extracts from his life.  He inspired the students to work hard as success has no short cuts. He compared life with flowing water which when becomes stagnant starts stinking.

 

 

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‘SCHOOL NURSERY YOJANA’


Date: 10th August, 2015
Venue: Talkatora Stadium
Organized By: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change
Attended By: Ms. Alka Bhatia and students of class X
A launch program of “School Nursery Yojana” was organised by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change  on 10th August 2015 at Talkatora stadium. The program commenced with the lighting of the lamp by Sh. Prakash Jadvekar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Environment , Forest and Climate change and Sh. Ahmed Khan, Hon’ble minister of Environment of Delhi. Sh. Jadvekar enlightened the students about the need to preserve the environment and that we all should nurture a tree in our life time and contribute to nature what we have taken. 
Environment Department proposed that each school should set up their own nursery in the school for which some financial help will be given by the department.
Objective: This will give an opportunity to students to learn more about nature and work with soil. Students will develop organic linkage and positive emotions for environment. It also will ensure that the surroundings and neighborhood of school become green.

 

 

 

 

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August Activities (KG)


Inter-Class General Knowledge Quiz Competition: Animals
To engage and enlighten the students, an Inter-class General Knowledge Quiz Competition on the topic ‘Animals’ was organised for class KG. The Preliminary round was conducted on 7 August 2015 by the Class Teachers wherein 6 students were selected from each section for the Final Round on 10 August 2015.
The quiz comprised of oral questions, riddles, audio and visual rounds. Through various interesting as well as challenging rounds, the knowledge of the participating students was put to test in this quiz. The participants as well as the audience thoroughly enjoyed these rounds that tested how proficient they were in their knowledge about the world of animals. The evolving curious minds which emerged as winners were: Class: KG-B

 

 

Navneet Master Stroke: Drawing Competition 2015
Students of class KG splashed their creative talent on canvas at the All India Navneet Drawing Competition 2015 organized on Thursday, 13 August 2015. The students were offered an opportunity to showcase their artistic imagination and creativity on national scale. The topic given was: Flower Pot. The students participated with full enthusiasm and presented their creative best.
The following students won themselves accolades and plethora of prizes:
I Prize  : Raanya (KG-A) & Suhana Mehta (KG-B)
II Prize : Anshuman Bera (KG-B) & Mohd. Adnan (KG-B)

 

 

 

Independence Day Celebrations
Gyan Devi Salwan Montessori School continues to celebrate and respect the Nationalism in the Indians. To arouse patriotism and feeling of fraternity amongst the students by celebrating the Independence Day, a mélange of patriotic activities were organized for students which created an atmosphere of national pride. Students were taught about our National Symbols. Various activities like making tri-colour balloons, kites, etc. brought more excitement amongst the little ones. A special Assembly was organised on Friday, 14th August 2015 by the students of KG B.
Students were dressed up as Lotus, Mango, Tiger, Peacock and National flag, which made the students aware of our National Symbols. At the end of the day, students were distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion. It was a rich learning experience for the students.

 

 

 

Collage Making: Endangered Animals
A collage making activity for students of class KG was conducted on Monday, 17 August 2015 wherein, the students were asked to collect pictures, drawings, cut-outs and captions from newspaper on endangered animals and prepare a collage of the same which was later displayed in the classroom. In the process, they were made aware of different endangered animals and the reasons for their sad state.
The activity helped to develop among the students – research skills, the ability to gather and update their information level.

 

 

 

Role Play: Animals
Role play is an effective learning tool as it encourages children to become active participants in their learning. They can move about, put themselves in someone else’s shoes, perhaps wear a costume and use props, communicate and make decisions, and explore different areas. On Monday, 24 August 2015, students of class KG, dressed up as different animals, participated in Role Play Activity and spoke about the animals, their characteristics, habitat, etc. It was an enjoyable activity.

 

 

 

Rakhi Making Activity: Rakshabandhan Celebration
To strengthen the bond of love between sisters and brothers a Rakhi-Making Activity was conducted on Friday, 28th August, 2015. The students made beautiful Rakhis with coloured paper, mirrors and other decorative material. They were explained about the importance of the festival by the teachers. The golden thread of Rakhi, epitomizing the bond of love between brother and sister, was tied and shown by live examples to the students. The activity concluded with the partaking of sweets. The festival was celebrated with joy, fervour and was enjoyed by the students.

 

 

 

National Sports Day 2015
The importance of any sport is the joy in playing it. Playing the game and playing it well is what sport is all about. 29th August is celebrated as the National Sports Day, named after the ‘Hockey ka Jadoogar’ Major Dhyan Chand. To highlight the importance of this day, Gyan Devi Salwan Montessori School organized fun races, skating and other sports activities for the classes Nursery and KG on Friday, 28th August 2015. The day provided a unique opportunity for students to come together and compete with each other to attain higher levels of sporting excellence. The event was marked by enthusiastic participation of students.

 

 

 

PEC Activity
Activity 1: Static balance
Activity 2: Responding to commands and signals
In order to improve the muscle strength, balance and response to the instructions, listening skills and to make children aware of different body parts, PEC activity was conducted for the students.
The children were asked to lie down and hold different positions to improve balance. Also, they were asked to perform different actions and activities on the counts and signals given by the teacher in order to improve their listening ability as well as their concentration.