JANUARY 2016


 

Visit to Organic Farmers’ Market


Date : 30 January, 2016
Venue : India Habitat Centre


Attended by: Ms. Alka, Ms. Charu , Ms. Neha and Ms. Ashu


The Centre for science and environment organised Organic Farmers’ Market to bring together farmers from various parts of the country to sell healthy, nutritious and pesticide free vegetables , fruits , millets , oil, milk products and many other such products. CSE has been a strong advocate of ‘good food’, which uses traditional, non-toxic and natural ingredients. One of the products that could be useful in all household was “Kambha”, an organic composter, which manages medium volume kitchen and garden household waste which could be fitted into a small space. The fair also showcased kitchen and roof top farming, which was being done in small pots and even in wicker baskets with felt cloth in it. All kinds of herbs like coriander leaves, basil etc. were grown in them. Learning Outcome: Indians for generations have been growing organic products that is, there was no use of manmade fertilizers or pesticides in farming. It is only after green revolution that farmers have been dependent on more and more of inorganic substances in their farms which are causing long term health problems in humans and animals. This event helped in a small way to proceed towards organic farming and eat organic food. Visitors also learnt how to grow organic vegetables on their rooftops and balconies; experts answered queries on food and health.

 

 

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Video Conference with schools in Pakistan and Indonesia

Date: 28 January, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Attended by: Students of classes VII – X

The students participated in a Tony Blairs’s Face to Faith Video Conference with Syed Pannah Ali Shah Model School, Pakistan and SMA Taruna Nusantara, Indonesia on the theme ‘Environment’. The facilitator of the V.C. was Ms. Sandhya Gupta.
The students discussed about their lives and the Environment with one another and learned a great deal from each other. The conversation started by having a description of the environment from each school. Students in Pakistan spoke about city environment and how there are many colleges and universities, whereas the village environment is very different and has fields, birds and mountains. They also spoke about their religious environment as very peaceful and how they recite the Koran. Students from GD Salwan spoke about the trees and the parks in their home city but also the pollution and water wastage. The students from SMA Taruna gave a very nice description of their hometown and how it’s a mix of city life and lots of natural beauty like trees and flowers. In the discussion session discussion was more about some efforts that the students and their cities are doing to keep their areas clean. Students in Pakistan spoke about planting trees, students in Jakarta also spoke about the government planting trees on the sidewalks. Students in India spoke about an initiative of the New Delhi government to restrict the number of cars on the roads by only allowing people to drive on alternate days. Students from India also spoke about how having a clean environment is good for the mind in the body, and students from Indonesia said that a clean environment relieves stress from their lives and helps them to focus more.
In the next part, the students discussed the most major environmental problems in their communities. Students from Indonesia remarked how people’s carelessness and apathy hurts the environment, and how people must realize that small actions can go a long way over time to helping the environment. They also talked about problems with traffic jams and overpopulation. A presentation by GD Salwan was shown wherein Umama from the school explained what their school does to keep the environment clean such as watering plants, recycling, anti-smoking campaigns and carpooling. The students from Pakistan spoke about problems such as noise pollution and air pollution, and also how people do small things that harm the environment such as water pollution.
During the discussion session, students shared about some government actions that penalize those that pollute the environment. The school in Indonesia has a farm and is a green campus. From GD Salwan students spoke about how people worship plants as God, and how there are religious rituals designed to purify the environment. They also informed their counterparts how students who disobey the law were made to do ‘sewa’ that is water the plants in the school. Students in Indonesia spoke about Islam and how Islam teaches them not to be wasteful, and how people also plant bonsai plants believing that it brings them luck.
Learning Outcome: Students did a good job of showing respect for each other throughout the videoconference with good body language. For the most part, students were able to ask each other questions based on what they had heard from their peers – demonstrating the first step in active listening. Students also shared some personal examples of what they have done to protect and save the environment.

 

 

 

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Republic Day Celebrations


Date:- 23rd January, 2016
Venue:- Gyan Devi Salwan Public School

The 67th Republic Day was celebrated at Gyan Devi Public School with a great deal of patriotic zeal and fervour. The students took pride in glorifying and celebrating the spirit of unity. The session commenced with the homage to the martyrs of Pathankot followed by Hindi and English patriotic songs presented by the school choir group.

To mark the importance of this day, Daniyal Qureshi of class X enlightened the audience about the Constitution of India, followed by captivating patriotic poems by Ashutosh Bjowmik and Samarth Bajaj, students of Class IX.

The teachers brought the stage alive with their passion and love for the motherland with Punjabi Sadhbhavna song. Believing in the ethos of ‘one faith, one religion’, a scintillating dance was performed by the Middle school students and an excellent enactment of Subhash Chandra Bose’s poem by Mr Prabhat Kumar Sharma, Hindi faculty. The programme concluded with an inspiring speech by the school Principal Ms. Mukul Jha. The students dispersed with the image of the fluttering tricolour in their minds.

 

 

 

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Day & Date :- Monday  , 11 January, 2016
Venue :- SPS, Rajinder Nagar, Library
Topic :-1. Library Automation
            2. Inculcating reading habit
            3. Use of RFID in library automation
Organized By :- SPS, Mayur Vihar
Attended By :- Ms.Yamini Sharma & Mr. Anil Pandey
Session I : Library Automation
The resource person for the first session was Ms. Jyoti Chanana, Senior Reference librarian in American Library. She apprised the participants about Library automation which is used to replace manual system in library to help save time, and enhance the stock verification and development of human resource.

Session II : Inculcating reading habit
The resource person for the second session was Ms. Jyoti Chanana, Senior Reference librarian in American Library.
She exhibited various activities that can be carried out in the libraries including book Club, focus group, formal – informal book talk, inviting author, book review, storytelling session (Hindi and English) and quiz. She also showed a clip on ‘Science of character’ where qualities of a good human beings were shown like justice, bravery, and compassion creativity could be garnered and how it could be achieved through reading.
Session III : Use of RFID in library automation
The resource person for this session was Mr. Sanjeet Sahu, Maxworth Electronic System (P) Ltd.
RFID means Radio Frequency Identification. It can be used in library circulation operations and theft detection system. It is the fastest, easiest, most efficient way to track, locate and manage library material. Library automation through RFID is a costly affair as its cost is around 3 to 5 lacs.
At the end of the workshop, Group discussion and written test was conducted to discuss the learning outcome of the workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

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S.E.T. WORKSHOP IN SPORTS


DATE: - 11 January, 2016
VENUE: - SALWAN GIRLS SCHOOL, RAJINDER NAGAR
ORGANIZER: - SALWAN PUBLIC SCHOOL, GURGAON
Salwan public school, Gurgaon organized S.E.T workshop on sports. The resource person was MR.BIKRAM SINGH THOCKOHOM, professional soccer player & coach (chairman of soccer foundation).
This workshop was divided into 3 sessions.


SESSION1: “HOW TO MOTIVATE CHILDREN TOWARDS SPORTS PROGRAMME”.
He talked about the need for the teahers to be self-motivated to be able to motive students. He emphasized on the love and respect for one’s profession. He appreciated the Salwan School logo and motto “THE RISING SUN” & ‘SERVICE BEFORE SELF’ which symbolizes the rising students of Salwan Schools.


SESSION 2: “SKILL OF GOOD SPORTS TEACHER”.
He stated that children should be the priority for sports teachers. He also talked about “GIRL SAFETY POLICY” and to encourage girls to participate in sports.


SESSION 3:  “IMPORTANCE OF TEST”.
He discussed about “how to conduct test”, selection of test, knowledge of the test, preparation of testing area, score card and orientation of students. He also discussed different measures to test motor components.
It was a learning experience for the participants.

 

 

 

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SET Workshop in English


Date: 9 January, 2016
Organised by: SPS, Rajendra Nagar
Attended by: English faculty, GDSPS
SET Workshop in English was held with the aim to impart continuous professional development to the teachers. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Sandhya Pathak and Ms. Kavita Yadav, teacher trainers. The workshop was divided into three sessions:

  1. • Session 1: Phonetics – Vowel and Consonant Sounds
  2. • Session 2: Syllables and Syllabic Stress; Basics of Grammar
  3. • Session 3: Communication Styles and Interpersonal Skills

Sessions 1 and 2 on the topic ‘Phonetics’ were taken up by Ms. Sandhya Pathak. She apprised the participants with articulators i.e. the speech organs and Phonetics – the study of sounds. The vowel sounds (Monophthongs and Diphthongs) were explained with examples and activities. The consonant sounds were discussed with examples focusing on voiced and voiceless consonants. Syllabic Stress with penultimate and anti-penultimate rules were explained and discussed with examples. Stress on Compound words which included compound nouns and compound verbs and adjectives were described with examples of each. Intonation was explained with the help of an example which had a single sentence with six different meanings. Grammar rules were discussed with the teachers.
Session 3 focused on Communication Styles and Interpersonal Skills and was taken by Ms. Kavita Yadav.  She discussed different verbal and nonverbal types of communication and the types of behaviour exhibited by people at a workplace. Four basic communication styles were discussed: Passive, Aggressive, Passive-Aggressive and Assertive. Differences between Instructor and Facilitator were highlighted which made the teachers recognize their role as facilitators in the changing teaching scenario.  Various strategies to overcome public speaking were explained and discussed with the participants.
The session was a refreshing and enriching one.
Learning Outcomes:

  1. • Enhancement of knowledge and awareness of English phonetics
  2. • To be able to read and produce phonemic transcriptions and intonation patterns
  3. • To be able to identity different behavioural patterns in persons
  4. • To appreciate the role of teachers

 

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K.G. Activities


Discover India Week
The school organized a mélange of patriotic activities on the occasion of Republic Day, which created an atmosphere of national pride amongst the students.


Presentation on Republic Day and Card Making Activity
Students were explained the constitutional history of India. A presentation on the topic: My Country was shown on Wednesday, 27.01.2016.


Patriotic Movie
Our endeavour as teachers is to develop a sense of belonging and respect in the children towards their country. A Patriotic Movie was shown to students on Thursday, 28.01.2016.


Role Play: National leaders/ National symbols
The word ‘patriotism’ evokes a sense of pride in the hearts of adults. But for the tiny tots, this word needs to find its place in their vocabulary. A small step in that direction was the Role Play Activity held on Wednesday, 27.01.2016, wherein the students came to school dressed up as their favourite leader/ national symbol and spoke a few lines about them. The Preliminary Round was held on Wednesday, 27.01.2016 and the Final Round was on Friday, 29.01.2016. The objective was to familiarize them with our important national leaders and freedom fighters and to develop in them a sense of belongingness to the nation.

Students participated in all activities with full patriotic fervour and zeal. Overall, it was a week marked with a promise to serve our nation.