‘Create to Inspire’ - School Program

The programme ‘Create to Inspire’, organized by Department of Environment, Delhi Govt., Nokia, GIZ and I-dream, commenced in the month of July with an aim to connect with people around and sensitize them on understanding sustainability and various environmental issues. It was an introductory workshop to use creative expressions to initiate conversations on sustainability. It provided the schools with a toolkit in the form of a compact disc as a means to proceed with greener environment.
The next session was organized in September at Sweccha Office, Malviya Nagar. This was a true learning session emphasizing to compile utility with art. Every school with two of its student representatives were a part of it. It focused on inspiring youth as change makers by up-cycling the waste. The Swechha Office used and created products made out of scrap and waste. It was an opener for all. 
To spread the spark further and incorporate the same in the school, best out of waste, E-waste collection drives and other activities were undertaken. Every little effort, campaign, project etc. were undertaken and compiled in the form of PowerPoint presentations, graphs, charts or other evidences for the third workshop in December.
This workshop gave a platform to all schools (zone wise) to showcase the knowledge of activities conducted and projects developed. All schools shared their contribution, which was evaluated by a panel of ‘Create to Inspire’ team. 
The journey with ‘Create to Inspire’ proved to be an enriching experience. It has inspired us to observe environment from a futuristic and modern outlook. It has helped us to encourage the young children to create productive designs and come out with innovative ideas using waste or scrap. Further, it has helped to identify our shortcomings and also introduce more activities for environmental conservation.





Australian Delegation visits GDSPS

A delegation of students from Australia visited G.D. Salwan Public School for a campaign titled 'Nine is Mine', an advocacy initiative led by the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan. The campaign calls for 9% of the nation's expenditure to be committed to health and education by 2014. It began in India in response to Nelson Mandela’s call to every ordinary citizen to hold the government accountable to their commitment “to end poverty and social exclusion.”
The delegation comprised of students, teachers and Ms. Lynne Moten, Director of Service Learning from Seymour Girls College, Adelaide, Australia, under the direction of Br. Steve Rocha of the Indian Province of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.
The delegation was given a warm welcome by the School Principal Ms. Vijay Laxmi Singh in a traditional manner. They had an interactive session with the students of GDSPS, who highlighted the school’s projects such as rainwater harvesting, waste management, bio-composting, etc. through their informative presentations. The Heritage team presented a report on their efforts in reviving the heritage monument ‘Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal’. The visitors were greatly impressed with the school’s efforts and applauded the same. They expressed their desire to know how the students got an idea to choose such a noble project. Best practices of classroom teaching were shared followed by the school’s achievements in the international exchange programmes.
Br. Steve Rocha’s presentation on NineIsMine Campaign was an eye-opener, which gave a message of hope, reminding the children that their efforts will bear fruit, if they continue to work towards their goal. He made the audience think about poor children and try to find out the reasons of poverty and think about the ways in which they could contribute towards the upliftment of the poor. In this campaign children wear white bands to show their support. A video on the national anthem sung in sign language was heart-warming. This was followed by an interactive session with Br. Steve in which students asked him questions about the NineIsMine initiative and how they could be a part of it. He apprised the students about the NineIsMine Day on 9th of September when students invite nine friends to join the campaign and thus the chain grows and awareness is spread.
The school girls from Australia made the students perform a beautiful activity and talked about the rights of children. The young girls made an indelible impression by their focus and their untiring urge for opportunities to speak. They presented songs seeking their peers’ support for the call for Nine.
Ms. Lynne Moten, Director of Service Learning, Australia congratulated the school for its efforts and contribution towards the society. She invited all to be a part of this noble cause, "We invite all to join this campaign to promote awareness at the grassroots who deserve proper health facilities and education”. The School Principal, Ms. Vijay Laxmi Singh felicitated the guests and gifted them beautiful paintings made by students. She expressed her gratitude towards the guests for apprising the students about this noble initiative and extended her support for the cause.





G.D. Salwan Public School conducted the medical checkup of students from Nursery to class XII in association with the NGO Sharp from 15th January to 24th January, 2014. The team included four doctors (general physicians, optometrist, and dentist) along with two health educationists.
The general physician checked up ailments like common cold, chest congestion, general hygiene, medical history etc. Optometrist conducted the eye check up of students and also answered some of the queries of the students.  The dentist checked the dental hygiene of the students. She told the students about the brush techniques to be used and how they can maintain a good oral hygiene. The two health educationists checked the height and weight of the students and also encouraged the students to include nutritional diet in their daily routine and advised them to maintain good health.





Republic Day Celenration Report

The school celebrated Republic Day with great patriotism. The function commenced with a morning prayer followed by patriotic songs. Hon’ble Chairman, GDSPS, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) J. K. Kapoor hoisted the national flag to celebrate the 65th Republic Day. In his address to the students Hon’ble Chairman advised the students of their duties as citizens of India. It was followed by a cultural programme by the students. Students presented a short play depicting the hardships that the soldiers undergo at the border. It was a perfect ode to the soldiers. A perfect amalgam of different instruments – Jugalbandi, an Inter House Competition was organized in which Tushar Jain and Aman of Avni House secured first position. They played the instruments to the perfection. The finale of the programme was an enthralling dance performance, to the tune of patriotic songs showing the multi talents of our future generation. An Inter-House Flower Arrangement Competition was held and Achal House bagged the First Position. The school Principal Ms. Vihay Laxmi Singh conveyed her best wishes to the staff and students of  GDSPS.







Video Conference with  ERDA Technical and Vocational High School, Philippines

The students of class X and XI participated in a Video Conference with ERDA Technical and Vocational High School, Manila, Philippines on 29th January, 2014 on the theme Friends, Faith and Festivals. The students of both the schools participated in a dialogue discussing about their typical school day and about the various subjects they studies and the activities conducted in their respective schools. The dialogue continued by thinking about what faith means. Many students gave good personal examples which brought their descriptions to life  and how faith is visible in their communities. A question about 'who or what other things influence you to have faith?' prompted an interesting exchange about nature and natural powers being 'worshipped as God because we rely on them', and on the importance of teachers 'showing us the way to God', quoting the Indian mystic and Saint Kabir ('Guru Govind dono khade, kako lage paye, balihari guru appne jin Govind deyo milay'). Students asked further questions about which religions are present in their partner school's country, and it was good to hear follow-up questions that built depth in the dialogue ('Thank you for sharing that, could we have some more details on your practices?'). Students highlighted the opportunity to 'communicate with others from different faiths', and spoke about having the chance to 'understand how different people feel'.

Towards the end of the VC students at both schools shared their views on the value of diversity, the challenges of diversity, and how these can be overcome. They also apprised each other about the festivals celebrated in their respective communities, their favourite festival and the story behind each festival. Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn through dialogue and it was a great learning experience for the students.