The first meeting of VIPNET Science was held on January20, 2020. Twenty-six students from various schools, along with their teachers, participated in the 4th workshop on microbial culture. The schools represented were -; Vidya Bhavans Public School, The Woodstock School, IATS Public School, The Radiant School and Scindya Kanya Vidyalaya Students were briefed on microbes and the culturing techniques before they were provided hands on experience of preparing culture medium - such as streaking on bacterial cultures on agar plates, and staining and observing bacteria from both soil and curd samples. The workshop provided the students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about microbiology. The planned exercises were performed with much enthusiasm and left the participants with a keen desire to further explore the microbial world on the internet and undertake additional projects.
Declamation is a form of oratory where one either delivers a famous speech or declaims one's personal opinions on a particular topic. The Intra-Class English Declamation Competition, held on 20 January 2020 for Classes VI to IX adopted the first definition given above, and had the contestants delivering well-known speeches by famous figures such as Martin LutherKing, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, et.al. The competition was divided into two categories. In the first category, classes VI and VII competed while in the second category, classes VIII and IX took part. In totality, there were 10 participants. The judges were Ms. Naina Dhillon, Vice Principal, Mr. Peter Strange, HoD English and Ms. Sita Chaudhary. Participants were judged on the following criteria: oration, clarity, intonation, pronunciation and presentation. The speeches were delivered with confidence and provided the students with the opportunity to explore their skills in public speaking. The results are as follows: - CATEGORY I- CLASS VI & VII Lavanya Singh (Class VI) – 1st. position ,Shreya Agrawal (Class VII) – 2nd. position, Shanaya Hirananadani (Class VII)- 3rd.position CATEGORY II- CLASS VIII & IX Vibhuti Singh (Class VIII) & Sejal Jain(Class IX) - shared the 1st position, Prathna Agrawal (Class IX) – 2nd. position, Nritya Pillai (Class VIII) – 3rd. position
A traffic safety awareness program by the Gwalior Traffic Police Dept. was organised at SKV. on 19 January, 2020. The guest speaker was the Additional SP of Gwalior Mr. Pankaj Pandey. With interesting video presentations and catchy songs, he threw light on the importance of following traffic rules in maintaining road safety and thus avoiding fatal accidents. He also introduced the participants to some lesser known traffic acts drawn up for the welfare of the public. The youth are the most vulnerable group of road users and this event was crucial in creating an awareness about the rules of the road.
On 15th January 2020, two teachers from SKV participated in a training programme organized by the CBSE in collaboration with the Aurobindo Society. Held at DPS Gwalior, the event featured Mr. Muneesh Patel from Sri Aurobindo Society talking about innovative pathshaalas and zero investment innovations for education initiatives (ZIIEI). All those who attended said that it was a very interesting talk.
Makar Sankranti was celebrated at SKV on 15th January in the school arena from 2.30 pm for an hour. It is considered to be one of the most enjoyable of festivals for children, as it brings with it the fun and frolic of flying kites. It was a feast for sore eyes to see the colourful kites wafting in the breeze, as the children ran about attempting to fly their kites as high as they could lift it off the ground. The happy atmosphere with lively music was infectious, with the weather gods acting in our favour, as the occasion came to a close beating the sudden downpour that followed.
The North Indian festival of Lohri was celebrated at SKV on 13th January 2020. It is festival that heralds the coming of spring, and even though the chilly evening showed no physical sign of it, the warmth of the bonfire and the joyful singing of traditional songs warmed every heart with an anticipation of milder weather to come. Madhavi House hosted a short programme to explain the significance of Lohri. They spoke of how Lohri is connected closely with the harvesting of Rabi crops. This was followed by a rendition of a Punjabi song and a dance performance. In complying with ancient traditions, staff and students took turns round the fire, symbolically offering revadi, popcorn and groundnuts as an oblation to the presiding deity.
On 11and 12 January 2020, SKV organized a Self Defence Workshop for the entire staff, including academic, admin, hostel, housekeeping, security and support staff. Ms. Dipti Shankar and her team from Safe Campus conducted 6 sessions for all of the 170 staff members of the school. The crucial topic of safety on and off the campus was communicated through interactive discussions and physical activity. It brought to the attention of all concerned the seriousness of being aware and prepared in these troubled times, but the approach was lively and congenial.
Indian Public Schools' Conference unanimously elected Mrs Nishi Misra, Principal, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior, as Chairperson on 7th January 2020. IPSC was formed in 1939, now has a strength of 80 residential schools across India including Sainik Schools and Military Schools. It is known for its glorious traditions and it's members are legacy schools of India like Scindia, Doon, Mayo, Welham, Raj Kumar College, Modern School, DPS RK Puram, DPS Mathura road, as well as Rashtriya Military Schools and Sainik Schools. The IPSC is a name synonymous with high standards of Sports, Performing and Visual Arts and Service. IPSC is also a constituent of the School Games Federation of India and students from member Schools play National level Games and Sports under the IPSC umbrella. This is a huge honor as Mrs Nishi Misra is the first Principal at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya to become the Chairperson of IPSC.
On 4th January 2020, SKV played host to a CBSE Capacity Building Programme Workshop on the remodelled structure of assessment for secondary classes. The event was attended by the concerned faculty of SKV, who were joined by teachers from a few others institutions in Madhya Pradesh. The workshop leaders were Ms. Neha Sharma and Mr. Vikram Singh. It was a day-long workshop that was divided into five sessions, and despite its sheer length, provided valuable insights into the teaching and learning process of the recent CBSE curriculum, including forms of assessment and portfolio building.
An involvement with art teaches one how to innovatively express oneself, manage risk, and handle failure. Art is not a luxury, it is a necessity to shape a well-rounded individual. With this aim in mind, an exclusive art and creativity a 3 days workshop was organised in Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya by the reputed artist Suruchi Jain for the staff and students. Participants created their individual painting. Using the basic idea of STEAM (an amalgamation of science, technology, engineering, art and maths) the groups were encouraged to collaborate and allow their imagination to run free, while working in a team.
SKV celebrated the festival of Christmas on December 21st with a special Christmas assembly. It began on a serious note with Mr. Strange explicating some interesting insights regarding Christian faith and dogma connected with the Christmas story. There were readings from scripture, punctuated by well-known Carols from the choir, directed by Ms. Sekhar. The sudden appearance of Santa Clause brought about an abrupt change of mood, as this was the moment all were anticipating. However, this Santa appeared to have lost weight and his voice as well, and had to communicate to the audience by proxy. Though he had brought only toffees, he had some great suggestions for gifts. Santa disappeared as mysteriously as he had arrived and the morning ended with a Christmas dance party with staff and students joining in. It was a merry Christmas in advance, indeed.
The Farewell for Class 12 given by the Class 11 students, took place on the 19th December. Though it would be another three months before Grade 12 actually go, their impending absence was felt very strongly by their juniors. It was wonderful to observe the graduating batch walking down the red carpet elegantly dressed in colourful sarees. The variety entertainment programme, facetiously titled "Chaos", had with it a strong message - that there was none so fabulous a lifestyle than the one that SKVians are already living! The evening concluded with a buffet dinner.
The students of class 7 competed in an inter-school collage making competition conducted at the ITM Global School Gwalior. Located on the outskirts of the city, the school considers itself to be enthusiastic in their capacity of sharing their love of the arts with other schools around them. This can be seen through the numerous paintings, statues and sculptures to be found in the school corridors, the art room and even outside the building. The students of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya were greatly inspired by this fervent dedication to the arts. Rishika and Arya secured the third place in the competition, while Vanya and Anshika secured the consolation prize.
A workshop for the PE (Physical Education) teachers was held at Central Academy School, Gwalior (MP) on 14th December. The day-long workshop, attended by 58 participants, consisted of five sessions after an introduction session for 'Khelo India', a national program by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs under the Government of India. The Khelo India 'Battery of Fitness Assessment Tests' was introduced to the participants via videos along with the 'assessor app & web portal' for schools. The participants were taken to the ground to show them how to record children's data using the app and the portal. Participants were showed how to calculate and upload data for different tests such as BMI, balancing, 50-meter race, push-ups, etc. The concluding session was about the importance of healthy living. The resource person for this session, Mr. Neeraj Mishra explained the ways for reducing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The International Adolescent Summit by Expressions India under the aegis of CBSE was conducted on 12th and 13th December in Delhi. A team of five girls from SKV participated in the Summit. They took part in various events like, The Myriad (The global health and wellness exhibition), Rhetorics, Yuva Sansad, Utopia, Surtaal and Nukkad Natak. The students received the Special Jury award on the Myriad and the Outstanding Performance award in Rhetorics. Additionally, all students received medals of honour.
Sahodaya inter-school solo dance competition was held on 12th December 2019 at Ebenezer H. Sec. School, DD Nagar, Gwalior. The competition saw 2 participants each from 13 schools. SKVian Rhytham Garg (Class IX) of Usha House participated and performed a Shiva Tandav using the medium of classical Kathak dance. SKVians Stuti & Shraddha Sharma (Class IX) of Usha House performed kathak Tarana, Tode-tukade and Tatkar. Rhytham Garg got the 2nd runner-up trophy.
Eight students of SKV, along with a teacher escort attended the Round Square Conference hosted by the Punjab Public School, Nabha, from the 8th to 11th of December. The conference was themed 'Environment', where children in the age group of 7-14 years formed barazza groups, to discuss various issues relating to the environment and the fragile ecosystem. They came away after gaining good insights into this very essential issue of today.
Sahodaya science exhibition was held at India International Public School on 7th December. Six schools participated in the event to compete to win the best idea for a sustainable future. SKVian Sai Vira Gupta from class IX presented a working model of "Green Cell - Clean Power" based on Microbial fuel cell and SKVian Aanvi Dhorelia from class VII presented a working model on "Harnessing Infrared Radiations emitted by Air Conditioner". Sai Vira stood third in the competition. The exhibition was a huge learning experience for the students as they saw good working models of interesting ideas for the future.
A fun filled maths treasure hunt was conducted on 7th Dec, 2019 for classes VI, VII and VIII. The venues for the hunt included the area around the Banyan tree for class VI, the junior section for class VII and the Vijaya garden for class VIII. The students had an interesting day filled with meaningful engagement. They loved the treasure hunt and participated in it very enthusiasticly.
After 20 days of delicious and innovative recipes, the fire-less cooking activity drew to a close. All the classes took turns and came up with both traditional and continental recipes through the course of the activity, leaving everyone amazed at the simplicity of the dishes and wondering as to how these were made so well with just ordinary ingredients. The delicious recipes included multi-layered colourful sandwiches, bread pizza rolls, Mexican nachos, chaat papdi and many more.
On 3rd of December 2019, a Sanskrit workshop was conducted in order to garner the interest in Sanskrit among the students of SKV. The workshop was organised by Mrs Indu Chaturvedi, HOD Indian Languages. The topic was ' विश्वे संस्कृतम् '. Interesting facts about the Sanskrit language were shared with the students, including the reason why NASA uses the language to develop their computer programmes. The students learnt that Sanskrit is a universal language which is taught worldwide. They were surprised to learn that this ancient Indian language is very much alive, and is being taught in various institutions in the western world such as in Ireland, in St. James School, London, at Oxford and Cambridge and various German universities. The students were informed about the famous 'World Sanskrit Conference" of 2019, where around 5000 fluent Sanskrit speakers from 21 countries participated, making it truly an international event. Mrs. Indu Chaturvedi herself was one of the participants at the Conference, and she shared her experiences with the students. The प्रज्ञानम् exhibition showcased the progress of Sanskrit from ancient to modern times. Teachers from China, America, and Indonesia, among other countries, spoke of their experiences of teaching Sanskrit in their home country and the enthusiasm of their students to learn this ancient India tongue, thus keeping the language alive around the world. During the two-hour workshop the students learnt how globalised the Sanskrit language has become and how significant it is in the 21st century.
An Inter-House solo classical dance competition took place at SKV's auditorium on 2nd December 2019. Two categories of traditional dances were featured: Bharatanatyam and Kathak, thereby covering both South Indian and North Indian traditions. In the Bharatanatyam category the performances were Jatiswaram in Saveri Ragam and Rupakam Talam; Vinayak Kautwam in Adi Talam; Krishna Shabdam in Mishrachapu Talam and Raag Malika, and Muruggu Kautwam in Adi Talam. In the Kathak dances, the performers feathered taalpaksh teentaal, taranas, saragam, bol-bandish and bhavpaksh as shreekrishna bhajan. The result of Bharatnatyam dance competition are as follows: 1. Zoya Rakeshi- Usha House 2. Vrinda Bansal- Vasundhara House 3. Jasleen Johar- Madhvi House In the Kathak category the results are: 1. Rhythem Garg- Usha House 2. Manasvi sharan- Vasundhara House 3. Shubhangi Anurgi- Yashodhara House Judges for the event were Mrs. Padmja Shankar, Mrs. Neha Tiwari, Mr O.P Bhargawa.
The CBSE National Athletics was organized by Allons Public School, Bemetara Chhattisgarh from 26th-30th November. CBSE Schools from all over the world participated. Ms. Diki Choden of Class XII, Head Girl of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya represented Madhya Pradesh for U-19 Girls and won a gold medal in Javelin Throw by making the record of 35.90 meters.
On 30th November 2019, nine teachers attended an XSEED E training video conference in the school. The topic was "Building Writing Skills". It was an interactive event where research based writing strategies were discussed that could be utilized across all grades and subjects. These strategies would enable teachers to encourage students to write daily, which would, in turn, ensure success in their studies. The strategies discussed were: 1. Prewriting-Brainstorming and organizing ideas; 2. Drafting- writing rough drafts; 3. Revising-making changes to improve writing; 4. Editing-proof reading one's work; 5. Publishing-presenting the final copy.
On the 30th of November the students participated in a very interesting quiz, the topic being "earthquake tips". This was organized by IIT Kanpur and held at MITS Gwalior. The SKV team comprising 4 students of Class XI secured the 3rd positions. This aside they came away with insights that could one day come in use. Well done.
The entertainment night for Yashodhara House was held on November 30th in the school auditorium. The overarching theme for the evening was "Student of the Year", around which the Yashodhara girls collectively constructed an enjoyable extravaganza. In keeping with tradition, the House called upon the chief guest for the evening – in fact, this time, two senior staff members – Mr.O.P. Bhargava and Ms. Anjali Deodhar. Though "entertainment" was the keynote of the evening, there was an inherent message conveyed to the audience: the distractions of life should not come in the way of true friendship. Such noble sentiments are, indeed, apropos.
A Literary Fest organized by Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' School, Jaipur, from 27th to 29th November, proved to be an excellent platform for the SKV team to shine and display their talent in the performing arts. The events were in both Hindi and English categories and SKV participated in all of them. Harshita Sharma and Sweety Rajoriya won three prizes in the Hindi competitions, while Kanak Khare and Sanah Tripathi were awarded for their performances in English events. The judges praised the SKV team for the creativity and hard work that they had put in.
SKV's standon organic and sustainable development is well underway with the organic vegetable garden. On 29th November, Mr. Fazal Rashid of EdibleRoutes visited the school to interact with the students and appreciated the hard work that is being done in the school's organic kitchen garden. It was a fertile interaction – no pun intended!
For their field trip this year, the students of Class VII visited Vikram Woollen Mill in Gwalior. This is a spinning mill that manufactures yarn out of wool from Merino sheep. The entire process of ginning, combing, quality control and packaging of the yarn was explained to the students by Mr Shukla, a senior member of the staff. A question and answer session after the visit, provided students a chance to interact with the staff, who were very impressed by the enthusiasm and curiosity that was shown. They were happy to see the interest taken by the students.
The efforts of our filmmakers during a 15-day Film making workshop finally culminated at the World wide launch of #My story@SKV on November 29th. The occasion was graced by the presence of Mr. Akhil Bansal, Deputy CEO KPMG India our chief guest, who felicitated the participants. Congratulations to the entire team!
A group of 86 students with 7 escort teachers went on a field trip to the historical sites of Mitawali, Padavali and Bateshwar. The students were instructed on the architectural importance of these monuments, which are under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India. Bateshwar has 200 sandstone Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti that were built between 8th and 10th century AD. Padavali is the ruin of a fortress built in the 14th century by the Jat Rana rulers of Gohad and Dholpur. Mitawali is a Shiva temple situated on a hillock and noted for its architectural features. The Indian Parliament House is believed to have been inspired by its design. This informative excursion exposed the students to India's rich historic heritage and the crucial need to preserve it.
On 29th November 2019, thirty-four students of Class XII visited the Nagar Nigam Office at Bal Bhawan, Gwalior. They had an interactive session with the Municipal Commissioner, Mr. Sandeep Kumar Mawkin, and his team. This gave the students an insight on how the city administration functions in coordination with all its departments.
Six Students of SKV accompanied by Ms. Mridhula Sekhar embarked on a YPS IPSC service project to a school in Hassanpur, a small village in Haryana. The students lent their support by painting the walls of the school, creating a playground, planting a kitchen garden, cleaning the classrooms and making charts to decorate the walls. It was an experience of giving of one's time and talent to bring a sparkle and smile to the faces of the children and teachers, who welcomed them with immense warmth and friendliness. The work brought great satisfaction to the SKV team, as it involved not merely a physical reconstruction of a school premises, but an act of reaching out to others to rekindle their hopes, dreams and spirits. The experience taught the students a lot about humanity and made them aware of the simple yet wholesome life of the poor, who despite their poetry, show great fortitude and love for their fellow human beings. The SKV team was touched by the graciousness that they showed them. The trip also gave the students the opportunity to meet many friendly people and learn of their cultural heritage.
On 28th November,2019, the students of class XII C paid a visit to Om Smelter Pvt. Limited Tekanpur, Gwalior. The students observed how iron scrap from households are converted into iron rods through a smelting process. These rods are then used for construction of buildings. The pollution control unit at the factory made the students aware of the socio-economic issues that industries need to observe. They were also informed about the company's employee welfare policies. This excursion also included a visit to Gayatri Auto Industries, Maharajpura, where they were briefed about the importance of auto parts and witnessed the operational activities of the industry. They were informed about the inventory control systems and distribution channels used by the company. It was an enriching experience for the students as it added a practical dimension to the theory that they learn on business practices in school.
On November 28th, Class XIC embarked on a field trip to the Malanpur plant of Surya Roshni Ltd. They were escorted by 3 teachers. On arrival at the plant, the HR person led the visitors on a tour of the bulbs and tubelights division to demonstrate how these products are made. The students witnessed the entire manufacturing process, including the methods of quality checking and packaging. They also came to learn about the founder Mr. J.P. Agarwal, a great philanthropist. The visitors were briefed on the company's vision and undertakings and had a first-hand experience on the way an organization is run.
On 28th of November 2019, a group of 97 students of Classes VI and IX, escorted by 11 teachers, visited "Ghariyal Wild Life Sanctuary" in Deoria district of Morena. It is the only sanctuary in Northern India for the protection of the critically endangered Ghariyal, the red crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges River Dolphin. The organization also develops the public interest in knowing about the life cycle of aquatic creatures. Eco centre Deoria is a part of the National Chambal Sanctuary. Owing to various reasons like climatic change, pollution and poaching, various species of aquatic amphibians are on the brink of extinction. The centre helps in the breeding and rehabilitation of these endangered species. It was a very enriching experience for all.
On 28th Nov, 2019 the girls of the 8th grade, along with seven escort teachers, visited Kwality Food Products, Maharajpura, Gwalior. This is a unit where confectionaries are manufactured. The unit produces around 300 types of candies and lollipops of various flavours like mango, imli, rose etc. This visit provided the students with a dynamic hands-on experience that is very crucial to a holistic learning outcome. They were engrossed to see the process involved in making those mouthwatering candy that they so love to eat.
On November 28th, Humanities students of Grade XI visited the village Jarga to enhance their awareness of rustic life. They interacted with little children of a school, narrated stories, sang, danced and played games with them. They performed didactic nukkad nataks on dowry, domestic violence, as well as superstitious notions such as black magic and transgender rights. The visit came to a close with the singing of the National Anthem. This informative trip made our girls even more aware of how fulfilling it can be to serve the less fortunate in our society.
Day 3 of the Fit India school week programme featured a poster-making competition, where students creatively expressed their ideas on drawing up colourful posters on the theme of "Fit Body, Fit Mind, Fit Environment'. On the same day the Class 12 students were assessed on the Khelo India fitness test to track their health and fitness potential.
On the 27th of November, an interactive quiz on sports and fitness was organised for the students. The enthusiastic quizmasters conducted four rounds in total, and the participants from all four houses answered with great aplomb and gusto. The winning house – and the runner up - were awarded with a treat of chocolates. The quiz enhanced the students' knowledge and awareness of the importance and relevance of sports in our lives.
Day 2 of the Fit India week program saw more exciting and rigorous exercises. With freehand exercises conducted for students. An informative session on Sports Psychology was also organised, where Mr. Vikas Singh from LNIPE spoke to the students about the importance of motivation and strength identification.
Indian Constitution Day was celebrated at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, on 26th November 2019. A special assembly was organised, during which students were educated about the formation of the nation's Constituent Assembly and how its members collaboratively worked to draft one of the finest constitutions in the world. The concept of a living constitution was explained and students were reminded that a constitution, no matter how well conceived, can only establish institutions on paper. Breathing life into it is the responsibility of the citizens, especially the future generations. As part of the celebrations, students and faculty of SKV took the pledge to serve the nation and the people.
On 26th November 2019, in keeping with the celebration of "Fitness Week", various sessions of Zumba/Aerobics, martial arts (Taekwondo & Karate) and Yoga were held for students of Classes VI to IX and Classes XI & XII. Class VI and VII learned meditation and concentration techniques, while Class VIII learned basic punches and blocks used in Taekwondo. Class IX learned basic punches, kicks and blocks used in Karate. Class XI and XII participated in an energetic session of Zumba and Aerobics.
As a member of the AFS Chapter from Gwalior, SKV commemorated AFS Annual Day on 25th November 2019 by organizing a dental check-up for the school support staff in the school infirmary. The check-up was performed by Dr. Rashmi Sukhwani, a dentist from Gwalior, who was assisted by four students of SKV viz.: Aayushika Kalta, Nirya Agarwal, Arshiya Rawal and Aniben Rai, along with two AFS exchange students: Francesca Loria and Pasika Champa. The event was supervised by Ms. Vinita Hemnani, the AFS coordinator at SKV. The response from the support staff was remarkable and for many this was the first dental check-up of their lives. They were also offered a personal check-up at the dentist's own clinic. It was, indeed, a beneficial experience of all concerned.
On 25th November 2019 an inter house light music solo competition was held in MJS hall. Each house was eligible to select one participant for the competition. They were judged on the quality of their singing voice, rhythm and tempo (Taal and laya), scale (Swar), synchronization and overall presentation. The names of the participants and the results are as follows: Mongmit Lepcha- M (2nd position) Vidhi Kadam- Y (1st position) Shrishti Singh- U (3rd position) Devyanjali Singh- V (4th position)
From 21st to 24th November, the fourth and last session of the self-defence workshop for students was conducted by the organization "Safe Campus". Ms. Dipti Shankar and Ms. Shivani Mann taught the juniors self-protection skills. The senior girls learnt the skill of building bridges, of reducing the gap between the genders and overcoming the stereotypical notions that people harbour on this subject.
The students of fine-arts and sculpture visited the Potters' Market in Bhopal. They worked alongside the pottery artists who are illuminaries of this field like Vipul kumar, Anjani khanna, Zaida Jacob, Pushpneer Jain, Harish Dhawan & Devilal Patidar. They also visited Bharat Bhawan and Museum of Man.
SKV celebrates the fit india school week initiated by CBSE from the 22nd to 28th of November.The first event on the schedule was YOGA for all, where students performed 'Pranayaam' and 'Suryanamaskar'. This was followed by an informative presentation on Nutrition by Phd. Scholar Mr. Vijay Rawat, who talked about various aspects of nutrition and calculating Body Mass Index. We look forward to more events being organised this week !
Among the various literary based competitions held at SKV, the Hindi Literary Quiz is much anticipated by the students. This year, the quiz was held on 19th November for senior classes. It was an exciting event of eight rounds of questions, with all houses donning their thinking caps for a top position in the final tally. The results are as follows: 1st Position Usha House,2nd Position Yashodhara House 3rd Position Madhavi & Vasundhara House (tie)
An inter class Hindi kavya path competition was conducted on 18th November for classes VI and VII. The topics given were all based on the importance of good moral and human values – such as ek din hi ji par insan bankar ji, or hum surakshit nahi agar ghar jal raha. The total marks of 50 were judge in the following criteria – Expression -10 marks, Memorising the poem-10 marks, Voice clarity - 10 marks, Voice modulation -10 marks, Overall impact -10 marks
An inter-house pottery competition was held in the school on 18th November. Prior to this event, a workshop was conducted for the participants to polish their skills in pottery-making as an art form. At the competition, four teams with two members each competed with each other over a span of two hours on the generalized topic "contemporary". It was delightful to observe the creativity and skill displayed by all the participants in this unique art form.
An activity based science quiz was conducted on 16th November 2019, for the students of Class X. The quiz comprised two activities each from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The relevant subject teacher for each of the three sciences gave a demonstration, relating to which the participants were required to fill in a questionnaire. This hands-on science activity was both an interesting and educational experience for the students.
The Sahodaya Football U-19 One-Day Tournament was held on 16th November 2019 at the Army Public School, Morar (Gwalior). Along with the Coach, the contingent from SKV comprised 16 players (which included 5 substitutes). After the opening ceremony, the tournament got underway with the SKV team performing excellently well. In the semi-final match against Gwalior Glory High School, the score stood at 7-0 in favour of SKV and the final clash saw SKV with a 2-0 win against Army Public School. The tournament concluded with a closing ceremony and prize distribution. Diki Choden Bhutia was awarded the Best Player of the tournament and Gauri Agarwal, with her hat trick, was declared the Best Scorer of the tournament. The SKV team bought home the winning trophy.
Classes VI and VII follow the XSEED curriculum in our school. In addition to this, our school has also opted for the Max program. Max is a digital version of the XSEED program. Max modules are available for English, Mathematics and Science. The modules are shown in class to the students after which they have to fill in the max journals. The journals have 5 A's-Aim, Action, Analysis, Application and Assessment. After completing a minimum of 4 topics, students appear for the online test. This year there were two online tests conducted – one on 11th November for class VI and the other on 16th November for class VII.
On 14th November, the excitement and anticipation in the school auditorium was palpable as the students, dressed in mufti, took their seats in anticipation of the extravaganza that the staff had in store from them on the occasion of Children's Day. Every effort was made to make the children feel special on their very own day of the year. The variety of acts, ranging from classical music performances to all-out fun and games, clearly demonstrated that there is a child within every adult. Taking note of this, in her address to the student body, the Principal exhorted them to always keep in touch with the child within themselves, no matter how the years go by. After the performances, chocolates were distributed to all the children. The day concluded with a dance party in the evening and a sumptuous al fresco dinner.
As a part of SKV's Community Outreach Program, sanitary napkins manufactured by the students of the school, at the SANKALP manufacturing unit on the campus, were distributed to the sahayikas. The sponsorship for one year's supply of sanitary napkins for baijis came from the staff members, alumni, students and parents. The sahayikas were given the month's supply and coupons for the next month.
An activity based science quiz was conducted on 13th November 2019 for the students of class IX. The quiz comprised two rounds each from physics, chemistry and biology. The quiz was compiled by the concerned subject teachers and the students were asked to write out the answers to the questions given in the questionnaire. It was, indeed, an entertaining brain-teaser for all those involved.
On 12th November, to mark the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi's birth, SKVians enjoyed a healthy and mouth-watering 'Sattvic Lunch. A Sattvic diet is a diet based on foods in Ayurvedic and yogic literature that contain the quality of sattva. A Sattvic meal places great emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oil, ripe vegetables, legumes and wholegrains and non-meat based proteins. In keeping with the occasion, a group of eager student-volunteers served the food dressed in Gandhi caps and white shirts.
The IPSC Dance Fest of 2019 was organized by RKK Jodhpur School from 9th November to 12th November. Thirteen schools participated in the event which comprised four main categories of dance, viz: 1. Classical Solo Dance 2. Ballad - group dance 3. Group Folk Dance 4. Group Western Dance There were an eclectic mix of dances presented by the participating schools. SKV's contribution was much appreciated and the award for outstanding performance in the Solo Classical Dance and Ballad categories was well earned. It was a wonderful exposure to the exciting world of dance.
Apparently, there is a hidden chef in many an SKV student. They love to experiment with various ingredients to concoct gastronomical treats for the taste buds. On November 11th it was the turn of our tiny chefs from Class 6 to come up with some tasty treats in a "fireless cooking" event. They worked together, mixing and blending ingredients to make a delicious Coconut Snowman out of petha, coconut and condensed milk. The end result was pleasing to both the visual and gustatory senses.
Yoga is regarded as a science as well as a practice for living a good and healthy lifestyle. It has many benefits for both mental and physical health. With this in mind, a yoga workshop was conducted from the 2nd November to 9th November 2019 at SKV. All the classes participated and benefitted from this event. The workshop had two sessions i.e. morning and evening, which included Om chanting, Pranayam (Bharmari, Anulome-viloma, Kapalbhati), meditation and Asana (posture) which featured the various postures of yoga such as the bow pose, cobra pose, lotus pose, plough pose, boat pose, Tadasana (mountain pose), eagle pose, vatayanasana (horse pose), triangle pose, twist pose, camel pose etc. It is largely believed that yoga is beneficial for overall health and its frequent practice can relieve the mind and body from stress and other ailments brought about by modern-day living. Therefore, this workshop was a great boon to all of us who participated.
PPS Nabha took the initiative to organize the first IPSC teacher's conclave, from 2nd November to 4th November 2019. It was attended by Vice Principal, Ms.Naina Dhillon, Medha Gupta, Ancy Joseph and Shivangi Sahay. Teachers from various schools were enlightened by well-known educators of the country on the topic 'Cautious Collaboration of Technology in Restructuring Education'. The key-note speakers included Mr. Rakshit Tandon, Dr Ashok Pandey, Mr Vikramjit S Rooprai, Dr Sarvesh Naidu, Mr Arjit Ghosh and Ms Nisha Bhakar. Ms. Jyotsna Brar summarized the two-day program by quoting Dr.Ashok Pandey, director Achlon group of schools, who said that "we need to unlearn many things to relearn many new things".
On 4th November, eight students from various houses participated in an inter-house photography competition. Each participant was given a different theme to photograph. This was chosen by lots. The themes were architecture, flower petals, the sky, spherical shapes, light, windows, uniforms and water. The participants employed innovative photographic techniques, to produce very interesting pictures.
The dance students of SKV participated in the UDBHAV DANCE FEST held from 30th October – 4th November. The school contested in the folk dance category, where the team performed Hariyanvi and Rajasthani Choumasso folk dances. SKV succeeded in being selected for the second round of the competition, and though we did not attain the top prize, the students' performances were well appreciated by all. The participants witnessed many forms of dancing from various cultures, making this a learning experience for all.
As in previous years, the inter-house "design your calendar cover page" competition took place over two days, beginning 2nd November, with two students from each house participating, to demonstrate their skills in capturing spectacular and creative images that will adorn the cover page of the school calendar for the next session.The teacher in-charge was Ms Bela Saxena. The criterion for judging the best submission were: 1) Vision 2) Originality 3) Creativity 4) Over all Impact Choosing the best endeavor, a very difficult decision, will be made shortly.
On 31st October 2019, eight students escorted by Mrs Vaishali Shrivastava and Mr Puneet Bharadwaj travelled to Guwahati Assam to take part in the Taekwondo SGFI Nationals held from 1st to 6th November, 2019. They were Khushi Singhal ,Sneha Patel, Deepshikha Bhagat, Muskan Arya, Prashanvi Agrawal, Khushi Singhal, Bulbul Narwaiya and Sanila Rai. Sneha Patel and Prashanvi Agrawal cleared their Pre-Quarter and Quarter rounds and attained the semi-final position. Deepshika Bhagat did a knock out in her first bout and reached the Pre-Quarters, while Khushi Singhal led in the first round. It was a great platform for the participants to gain experience in this form of martial arts
On 27th October, on the occasion of Diwali, the students who remained on campus during the festival break, demonstrated their artistic talents by creating rangoli patterns in both, Chitrangada Bhawan and Kamala Bhawan. They etched beautiful mehandi patterns on each other's palms. The students painted diyas for the evening puja. Those with culinary skills participated in an Indian cookery session, where they prepared dal, bati with churma laddus, and eggplant and potato mix(chokha) which everyone relished. In the evening, Principal, Mrs. Nishi Misra along with the students performed Lakshmi Pooja in Chitrangada Bhawan and Kamala Bhawan. It was wonderful to see the girls dressed in colorful, traditional Indian attire, celebrating a "fireworks-free" and ecofriendly Diwali in the school campus.
On 25th October, 25 girls who stayed back in the school during the Diwali break took a refreshing trip to the medieval city of Orchha, along with 5 teachers. Located on the banks of Betwa river, the city of Orchha was the capital of one of the largest and most powerful kingdoms of Central India. During their time in Orchha, they visited the famous Orchha Fort, the Chaturbhuj Temple and had lunch overlooking the scenic river. The group departed from the school after sunrise in a luxury bus and enjoyed a scrumptious meal on their journey. As they say, friends are the family we chose! A very Happy Diwali from us and our girls to everyone!
On 23rd October, students of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya witnessed a magic show conducted by Mr. Rajendra Singhl, from Children's Science Centre , Indore and his team. They showcased some magic tricks and also explained the science behind the tricks. After the magic show a documentary was screened in the hemispherical dome shaped planetarium on Mangalyaan and the different star constellations like Libra, Leo , Gemini, ect. . They also displayed the working models of steam engine, hydel power plant and the brakes of a train. It was an enriching experience for one and all.
A Financial Workshop for the staff was organised at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya on 23rd October 2019 by Mr. Harshad Rao. Focusing on financial literacy, the workshop introduced the participants to ways of managing investments effectively, in order to secure one's future by attaining wealth stability and accumulating a corpus for one's future needs and goals. Tax Saving Solutions under the investor education initiative were also highlighted.
On 23rd October, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya hosted a Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills by CBSE. The workshop emphasised the need to develop life skills when teaching students. This can be attained by implementing effective, unbiased and neutral approaches in teaching methods. Seventy-nine participants from schools from across Gwalior, Bhind, Kota, Ashoknagar and Pratapgarh attended this very important workshop on effective learning.
A workshop for class 11 students to develop entrepreneurial and motivational skills was organized from 18th October to 22nd Oct 2019 . The event prompted them to start thinking started about being job creators instead of job seekers . Students observed the feasibility of starting four projects at village Jarga - i.e, manufacturing detergent powder, phenyl, paper bags and liquid soap. They presented business plans on the above products and learned the practicability of the selected ventures .It was an enriching experience for the group.
To increase awareness about dental health and hygiene, and awareness workshop was conducted by Dr. Rashmi Sukhwani. She educated the students about the importance of dental hygiene, correct brushing techniques and how to prevent dental problems. Thereafter, she conducted a dental check-up of all students and advised them on improving their dental health.
To enlighten the students and teachers about the importance of Personality Development and Personal Grooming, Ms. Bia Sandhu a Personality Development trainer conducted a workshop on 21st October for students of 11th and 12th, and on 22nd October for the teaching staff. Ms. Sandhu talked about the ABCDE of Personality Development:- Appearance, Body language, communication, footprint and etiquette. The students and teachers learnt about various body shapes and types, and the kind of clothes & accessories but suited to each. She even individually helped each person understand what's best for their personality.
The students of Legal Studies and Political Science from Grade 11th and 12th of SKV conducted a Legal Aid Camp: "Ek Koshish" on the 21st of October. The purpose of the camp was to empower our support staff through letting them know about their basic rights and legal consequences. This occasion was graced Mr. Sanjay Jain, Magistrate Gwalior Session court, Mr. Sharleen Sharma, government officer for the upliftment of women and children, Rtd. Major Gen Rajendra Kumar, Director Amity Law School and Dr. Rakhi S. Chauhan, HOD Amity Law School, Ms. Deborad Ford the Chancellor from University Wisconsin Parkside & Mr. Abbie Kuruvilla, International engagement head UWP. Our students performed Nukkad Nataks to effectively explain the issue of domestic violence, dowry, black magic, transgender equality, sexual harrassment. Thereafter, a Mediation camp was organised where the officials listened to the problems of the support staff and concilliated them.
On the 21st October 2019, Chancellor Ms. Deborah Ford of University Wisconsin Parkside (US) along with the university's International Engagement head Mr Abbey Kuruvilla visited Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya.After a school tour the esteemed guests had an interaction with the students of Classes 11 & 12 where they spoke about life at UWP, it's application and admission procedures. They even answered queries put forward by the students.
Indian Classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy, where the dancing individual seeks to become one with the eternal dance of the cosmos. On October 20th, Ms. Tanya Saxena, talked about portraying the eternal human emotions through dance, preserving the historic classical dance of Bharatnatyam. Students learnt about the origin of the dance form and its components: Abhinaya and Nritta. Ms. Saxena performed the Ardhnareeswarm, a padam based on Maa Sita and Thillana in Adi Taalam,she brought the epic historical stories to life.
From 17th to 20th October, the 3rd session of the self-defense workshop based on self-protection, and techniques to stay safe in the outside world, for students was conducted. The resource persons from the safe campus organisation conducted sessions for all classes. Students were taught to stay aware, understand the situation by proper analysis and quickly respond to it through this activity-based workshop.
On 15th October, thirty eight students of SKV from classes IX, X, XI and XII, visited the ISRO Space Exhibition, held at Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior. The occasion was to mark the birth centenary year of Dr. Vikram Sarbhai. The model of the first Indian satellite, Aryabhatta, launched by India in 1975 with assistance from the erstwhile Soviet Union was also on display. Students learnt about the launching vehicles such as GSLV and PSLV and had the opportunity to interact with Mr N.K. Gupta, a scientist from ISRO, who has held the post of Project Director for 40 years. Informative videos on how a satellite crosses the gravitational field and the parts and features of Chadrayan II were screened for the students. The visit gave the students an insight into the projects being carried out at the Indian Space Research Organization. It was an enriching experience for one and all.
The Birth Anniversary of H H Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia was celebrated on 12/10/2019. Traditional Pooja was performed by Principal Mrs. Nishi Misra at Kamla Bhavan at 8.30 am. The Diya was lit and flowers were offered. All the teachers and students council also offered their prayers to Rajmata seeking her blessings. Image may contain: 1 person, indoor
Dance is in the DNA of SKV, and this was so apparent on the occasion of sports day during the Founder’s Day Celebrations of 2019. Under the tutelage of Umashanker Dance Safari, two items were presented – firstly a traditional dance performance entitled Rangilo Rajasthan. This dance portrayed the vibrant and colourful folk traditions of Rajasthan, a land of both kings and rustic folk. The second dance item was startling different as wave after wave of students, all dressed in the glamorous fashions of yesteryear, came on to the arena to sway, jive and groove to a medley of retro hits from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson – with a bit of R.D. Burman throw in for good measure! It was a fitting climax to the two-day celebrations of Founder’s Day 2019.
Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya has partnered with Univariety to cater to the career related needs of the students. On 12th October 2019, Ms Charu Malhotra from Univariety visited the school campus and conducted a workshop for parents on the importance of CV building and its role in the students’ life after they graduate from school. She also briefed parents on how they can help their child with the same.
On the 12th October, right after the parent-teacher meeting, a talk was given by Mahesh Balakrishnan, a representative of the International Baccalaureate in India, on the diploma programme –the IBDP. He spoke at length to parents on the structure and advantages of the DP as a dynamic programme that is well-tuned to the needs of a globalized world. SKV endeavours to provide for its students a curriculum that is forward-looking, that caters to the needs of a 21st century world. With this in mind, the school has decided that offering the International Baccalaureate programme for grades 11 and 12 would benefit the students greatly. The IB authorisation journey has begun, with the application for candidacy underway. We look ahead to commencing the teaching in 2021.
Sports Day, on the occasion of the 63rd Founder’s Day at SKV was held at the newly constructed open-air arena. The event began with the Inter house March Past Competition. There was a flow of synergy and vigour in all our girls as they marched to the beat of “Kadam Kadam Badhae Ja” led by the 19 Mahar Regiment. The Chief guest Mr S.R Mohanty, Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh, accepted the salute as each house passed the base. The competition was judged by Wing Commander Vivek Saxena, Colonel Rajesh Anand and Captain Moushami. The first position was earned by Usha House, second position was awarded to Madhavi house. Vasundhara and Yashodhara secured the third and fourth position respectively. This was followed by the traditional torch lightning ceremony, with the Chief Guest declaring the meet open. The games prefect, Chinmay Tiwari, handed over the torch to the school games captain Sneha Patel. The next in line was the Karate demonstration followed by athletics. The following athletic events were held: 100 mts. (Srs. & Mlds.) 200 mts. (Srs. & Midd.) The individual positions earned by the participants are as follows: 200 mts Srs 1st Chung Chung 2nd Lakhmith 3rd Renuka, 200 mts Mlds 1st Chinmay 2nd Shubhangi 3rd Saraswati, 100 mts Srs 1st Divya 2nd Lanlaima 3rd Ahana 100 mts Mdls 1st Chinmay 2nd Shubhangi 3rd Shanya The sounding of the retreat brought to a close the 63rd annual sports meet. As per the school’s tradition, the school flag was handed over to Mr Mohanty, who, in turn, handed it over to the Principal for safe custody.
On the occasion of Links Evening, the dramatic society of SKV decided to go all out to demonstrate their talent and passion for drama. The play, The Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand, is an evergreen chestnut that is, on one hand, a riveting courtroom drama, and, on the other hand, a character piece that presents a conflict between staid traditional values being shaken by Rand’s own philosophy of individualistic objectivism. It was a challenge, indeed, for our young thespians, but in true SKV spirit they took up the challenge and worked hard on stepping into the skin of the adult characters they were portraying so successfully, they were living their roles not merely acting it! It was a no frills, pure theatrical experience – and, for quite a number in the audience, their first such experience. It was an amazing display of talent and for just one night only. Well done.
Karma Naach is a traditional dance of central and Eastern India annually performed during the karma festival. Karma is a famous autumnal festival; it is a harvest festival held on the 11th day of a full moon (Purnima) of the Hindu month of Bhado (Bhadra), which falls between August and September. It is traditionally performed in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal.This folk dance is held during the worship of the god of fate which is known as Karam Devta. People consider the god of fate as the cause of good and bad fortune. This energetic folk dance was performed by the SKV Dance Society, during the Links Cultural evening this year, where the dancers received a resounding applause from the audience for their vibrant performance.
Two very opposite musical performances marked the occasion of the LINKS evening. The curtain went up with the Indian Music Orchestra performing under the direction of Mr. O.P Bhargava and Mr. Vinay Rathod. They performed a selection of Ragas, beginning with Raga Khamaj, which was followed through with Rag Bagashree, Raga Bihag, Alhaiya Bilawal, finishing with Mishra Yaman. The other musical performance that evening was the SKV western music choir. Trained by Mridhula Sekhar, the western music vocal teacher and Mr. Mohsin Khan, the western music instrumental teacher, they took the audience on a musical journey of love, hope and gratitude through old and new and new songs featured as a medley comprising: Oh Happy Day a modern-day gospel song from the film “Sister Act 2”, followed by a Ben E King classic from the 60s – Stand by Me, ending with Seasons of Love from the musical “Rent”. Their voices blending in close harmony, the small choir sang their hearts out and received a hearty round of applause from an appreciative audience.
A team of 3 debaters from our school, Kaavya Sharma, Plaksha Gargsya and Shubhangi Anuragi, participated in the 'H.H. Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia Memorial Hindi Debate' , hosted by The Scindia School, Gwalior. Spread across 4th and 5th October, the event was organised in three rounds, wherein the first two rounds determined the four qualifying teams for the third and final round. The first round was conducted in the parliamentary format of debate, in which the three debaters introduce, establish and conclude their team's stand, and counter the arguments of their opponents. Our team spoke for the topic, 'नये मोटर व्हीकल कानून से यातायात व्यवस्था में सुधार आया है' and strongly delivered their arguments. The second round comprised of a turncoat debate, where our team spontaneously spoke both for and against the topic 'हमारे देश की मीडिया स्वतंत्र है'. Our team qualified for the final round, the topic for which was 'शिक्षा संसाधनों की मोहताज नहीं ' With strong arguments, structured debates and conviction in favour of the topic, SKV bagged the first position among the four finalist teams. Plaksha Gargsya and Kaavya Sharma also brought laurels to the school by receiving the individual first and second positions respectively
Marking the centenary year of our founder late Rajmata Shrimant Vijaya Raje Scindia, Students created two sculptures dedicating them to the spirit of SKV embodied by our Founder. Trained by Mr B Rao, the following students created these beautiful pieces: Nandini Tiwari - 10c yashodhara Vidhishree Bansal - 10 c vasundhara Khushi parihar - 10 b vasundhara Sculpture title is - "Mother and Child " & "Life"
On 2nd October the school commemorated Gandhi Jayanti, the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation, along with homage to Lal Bhadur Shastri, the 2nd Prime Minister of India, who was born on the same day as Gandhi, but 35 years later. A floral homage to both these great leaders was offered by the Principal at a special ceremony. The head girl, Diki Choden, spoke about the visionary ideals of the two great leaders that transcended the narrowness of caste and creed. To mark this occasion, the ceremony concluded with a round of community singing. The songs were Raghupati raghav rajaram and Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam, effectively conveying the all-important ideals of unity in our diversity.
On 28th September, 2019, students of SKV participated in an Inter School Dance Competition entitled NRITYANJALI, held at ITM Global School, Gwalior. Performing KARMANACHA, a folk dance from Odisha, the SKV team captivated the audience and the judges and secured the top spot. This achievement is a hat trick for the school, who has held the top spot for three consecutive competitions thus far. Well done!
The CBSE organized a master training programme on Happy Classroom for teachers on 21st Sep 2019 at St. Edmund School, Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur. Ms. Medha Gupta and Ms. Kavita Bisht from SKV attend the workshop. The resource persons were Mr. Rishi Pal and Ms. Monica Mehani. Each participant was given handouts of many activities. Participants in a group had to fill out their responses and then discuss it with members of the other groups. There was animated discussions on topics such as self-management and self-analysis, emotional intelligence, behavior, misbehavior and mindfulness. Listening and discussing with fellow-teachers from all over India along with very experienced Professor Pal, the workshop facilitator was a very enriching experience.
On 20th of September 2019, SKV organised a short talk for the students of Classes 6 to 8 on the topic 'Single Use Plastic'. In the talk, the students were informed about the harm caused to the environment by plastics and the alternatives that are available. A short documentary was also shown which emphasised on the harmful use of plastic in our day to day activities. The main aim was to make the children aware about the Government's plan to make India plastic free as soon as possible.
Introduced by the Batch of 1991, the Meenakshi Dhondayal Award is given in memory of one of their classmates, Meenakshi, who succumbed to terminal illness. What makes this award very special is that it is given to a student of the current year who imbibes the outstanding human values that Meenakshi stood for – such as compassion, humility, perseverance, fortitude and integrity. The following students from various houses have been nominated for the year 2019-2020: - MADHAVI HOUSE - Isha Maheshwari , Khushi Agarwal USHA HOUSE - Revika Rai, Muskan Arya VASUNDHARA HOUSE - Chung Chung, Sraswati Gurung YASHODHARA HOUSE- Khushi Singhal, Jahanvi Saraswat
Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: It is about UNDERSTANDING. Mathematics quiz is an excellent way of analysing how well one understands a subject and correlates theoretical knowledge with its practical application in real life. To promote and encourage a fun way of learning among students, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior organized a maths quiz on 17th September 2019 for students of grades 9-10. The quiz was conducted in a 1-hour special event where 4 teams with 4 students from each section of grades 9 and 10, participated with much excitement and enthusiasm. The quiz commenced with the explanation of the rules and regulations of the competition to the participants. A total of five rounds were conducted on themes like calculation skills, visuals, aptitude, puzzles and a rapid fire round. Students of grade 10 comprised a vivacious audience for the quiz, adding that element of excitement and up-tempo to the show. Towards the end of each round, the audiences were also given a chance to test their understanding of mathematical concepts. At the end, there was a rousing round of applause for all participants. The objective of this quiz competition was to enable students to think out of the box, promote team play, improving their knowledge by learning from their peers, as well as building a healthy competitive spirit among the teams. At the end, all of the above objectives were successfully met.
A CBSE workshop on training for mainstream teachers and professionals was organized on the 16th of September at Roshni , Ramkrishna Ashram, Thatipur Gwalior. Two teachers, Mrs.Meenakshi Dixit and Mrs.Preeti Khichi participated from SKV. The resource person was Mrs.Alaukika Raje Khachnar. The first session began with the introduction to phonetics. Thereafter the session comprised of different management techniques and effective learning strategies for classroom learning. Both teachers felt that it was a refreshing and enriching experience.
An Inter-House Western Instrumental Solo event was held on the 16th of September 2019 where the participants has to prepare on their own pieces of music on various instruments, such as keyboards, guitars, drums, etc. with the help of specified musical notations. Namami Maheshwari of Usha House secured the first position for a composition on the drums.
An inter-house choreography competition was held at SKV, on 14h September, 2019. The topic for the event was didactic-ism through dance, by which the various houses conveyed strong messages through their dances. The judges for the competition were as follows:- 1. Mr. Alvi Hussain - a western dance choreographer, who teaches at DPS, Gwalior and is the HOD of their department of dance. He specializes in Hiphop and Contemporary dance forms. He has worked with Remo D'Souza and Ganesh Acharya. 2. Ms. Kritika Dwivedi - presently working as an instructor in the dance faculty at Pragati Vidya Peeth. She has worked as an assistant dance trainer at Thump Dance Studio. 3. Ms. Monika Dubey - a Kathak dance teacher at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, who is experienced in both western and traditional Indian dance forms. She is currently working on a PhD in Dance. In the competition Madhavi house conveyed the message of "Good Touch and Bad Touch", while Usha house chose to portray a disturbing acid throwing incident that happened few years back. Vasundhara house had a strong women's empowerment theme while Yashodhara house decided on an emotional content with a depiction of a father-son relationship. The result of the event - First position - Usha House Second position - Yashodhara House Third position - Vasundhara House
A Physics workshop entitled 'SCIENCE IN MY LIFE' was conducted at SKV on 14th September 2019 for science students of classes XI and XII. The resource person was Mr. D.P. Sharma. Mr. Sharma is associated with IAPT (Indian association of Physics Teachers). Anveshika is an initiative to create centres in schools and colleges across India, where teachers and students can learn experiment-based Physics and try out their own ideas. There were two sessions. In first session a NAEST (National Anveshika Experimental Test) was conducted. The Second session was an activity based session. After an initial demonstration the students performed different experiments. This experimental workshop enabled the student's to mentally go beyond bookish learning and delve into the real world and relate to their daily lives all that they learn or observe in their experiments. The objective of the workshop was to make the learners aware about the basic concepts of Physics. The workshop was, indeed, an informative and enjoyable experience for the students.
Quality Circle aims at improving the quality of people's lives across many areas. In an attempt to achieve this within our campus, fifteen girls from our school participated in the 27th Convention of the Gwalior Chapter on Quality Concepts initiated by ABV-IIITM Gwalior. The programme was held on September 14 on the theme of 'Quality Concepts for Cultural Breakthrough'. The students presented a case study on the 'use of paper bags' which focused on how to eliminate poly bags in the campus. Their presentation received the gold award and they were selected for participation in the National Level. Keeping with the theme of social awareness, the students performed a dramatic enactment to enhance awareness about 'Female Foeticide' which received the First Prize. We also bagged the following awards: Harsha Chandani received the Best Slogan Award. Ishita Bansal received the Best Poetery Award. Kanishka Gupta received the Best Essay Award. Gauravi Bharuka received the Best Poem Award.
Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya Gwalior is proud to announce that our Principal, Mrs Nishi Misra, received the prestigious "CBSE Teachers Award" in the category of Principals, on 12th September, 2019. The award was presented by Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal and Minister of State, Shri Sanjay Dhotre. The Chairperson CBSE, Smt Anita Karwal and Secretary CBSE, Shri Anurag Tripathi were present at the ceremony hosted by Central Board of Secondary Education at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Rizal Marg Chanakyapuri. New Delhi. The rigorous 3-stage process of selection is a new initiative by the Board for greater transparency and high standards of selection. Out of 15 lac teachers of 22000 CBSE schools, a maximum of 60 selections could be made, but only 29 teachers and 5 Principals made the cut.Mrs Nishi Misra is the only recipient of the award in Madhya Pradesh and the first Principal at SKV to receive the prestigious award. Speaking to the school, Mrs Misra said, " So far it was the students who won awards. Now even the Principal has got one for the school! " She specially added that she is humbled by the honour and dedicated the award to her students, past and present. She hoped that it will inspire more teachers at SKV to aspire for this achievement.
On 12th September 2019, nine students escorted by Ms. Vaishali Shrivastava and Mr. Peter Strange travelled by train to Kathgodam and then up the winding road to Nainital for the IPSC Drama fest hosted by Birla Vidya Mandir. The students demonstrated their dramatic skills in three events viz. an English play, a Hindi play and an extempore non-verbal enactment, where the topic was given an hour before the event. A total of 11 schools participated in the festival which was non-competitive in nature. However, special citations and trophies were in the offing and the standards were exceptionally high. The English play, scripted by Mr. Strange, centred on Shakespeare and his characters coming to life from the pages of his works, while the Hindi drama was an adaptation of a mythological poem on the Ramayana. The non-verbal act required the performers to represent through mime and body language the concepts of gender stereo-typing, race, nationalism and identity. SKV received the Best Ideation Award for both English and Hindi drama. During the school tour, the girls enjoyed the scenic beauty of the misty hills and the alluring view of the Naini Lake. The students also took time off from a hectic full day schedule to celebrate Mr. Strange's birthday and indulge in the exquisite charms that a hill station provides.
A workshop on best out of waste was conducted in Vidya Bhavan Public School on 11th September, under the auspices of the HOL group (Hubs of Learning). Six schools participated in this activity, learning how to make attractive things from old newspapers. The participants from SKV were KINJAL PURI and LAVANYA JAIN, both of class 8. They were escorted by Ms. Kalpana Sharma. The participants made beautiful flowerpots, baskets, peacocks etc. thereby creating art from throwaway material. It was hands-on learning with a strong value-based focus.
The IPSC Visual Art Fest 2019 was hosted by Daly College Indore from 6 to 9 September 2019. The event was named as MERAKI and 20 schools from different parts of India participated in the Fest. There were 17 competitions in the Fest such as Face Painting & Head Gear Making, Hand Painting, Clay Modelling, Pottery, Architectural Studies, Macramé, Junk Jewellery Making, Live Portrait, Flower Making, Still Life, 2D animation, Photography, Digital Art, Alpana on a Board, Imaginative Compositions, Ceramic Tile Making and Mosaic and Papier Mache Mask Making, Thirteen students of SKV took part in all the categories and performed very well. Vidhishree and Ojaswi Mehta bagged the outstanding performance in Pottery Making. It was a great learning experience for SKVians to be a part of MERAKI 2019.
An inter-house Hindi poetry writing competition was conducted on 9th September 2019, in VII A. The topics were selected through chit picking. Some of the topics were - Kisan atmhatya, Haritima, Anubhuti,Pradushit Ganga ki vyatha
The criteria for judgement was – Content -20, Originality -10, Use of language -10, Use of poetic tools -10 Total = 50 marks
The inter-house Indian instrumental music competition took place on 9th September 2019. Raag Miya Malhar, Raag Kafi and Raag Misra Bihaag were performed beautifully with the synchronized sound of tviolins, sitars, tablas and congos creating beautiful melodies. Yashodhara House stood 1st closely followed by Vasundhara House and Usha House in the 2nd and 3rd. positions.
On 9th September, eight students participated in an Inter house comic strip competition. There were two participants from each house who were required to work in pairs. The contestants had to use their imaginative skills in conceiving and draw comic strips. The judging criteria were storyline, creativity, alignment, neatness, and scenario. Yashodhara House got the first position, while the second and third positions were bagged by Vasundhara House and Usha House respectively.
The Inter-House Computer Quiz was held on 9th September 2019 in which 10 girls participated from each house. It was a written quiz where the participants were tested on their basic knowledge about the world of technology. New categories of questions like crypto pictures, guess the logos and fill in the gaps made this quiz more tough but interesting. The standards were high and the results were quite promising.
Twelve girls escorted by their coach Ms. Arpita Sharma, participated in the IPSC Yoga competition hosted by Mody School, Laxmangarh on September 8th. They participated in the Under-14 and Under-17 categories and performed athletic, artistic and rhythmic styles of yoga. The event proved to be a wonderful learning experience for SKV students with Aashi Singh and Kalpana receiving bronze medals in rhythmic and artistic styles respectively.
On 7th of September,2019, five students attended the regional Round Square conference held at the Sanskar Valley School, Bhopal. The theme of the conference was "nothing changes if nothing changes". The conference commenced with the opening ceremony along with a cultural performance by the host school. The first keynote speaker of the conference was Mr. Jeronimo Almeida, who urged each one of us to believe in ourselves and to look deep into our inner potentials. We were divided into twelve groups, which led to discussions and sharing. The second keynote speaker was Mr. Satyajeet Bhatkal ,C.E.O of the Paani foundation who shared with the delegates the problems faced by people when implementing and adapting to change which was followed by another group session. In an effort to be in-sync with nature, the 'explore Van Vihar' initiative of the school were appreciated by all participants. The following day we visited the tribal museum, and interacted with the locals. And yes! The lip smacking dinner which was based on the theme Jashn-e-Bharat pleased our palates entirely!
Tireless practices, sincere dedication and efforts finally culminated in Zoya Rakeshi's Arangetram performance on 7th September 2019 at SKV. Zoya, a student of Grade X, had been learning Bharatanatyam for 3.5 years from her dance teacher Mrs. Kavita Pillai at SKV. In her Arangetram debut on-stage performance as a Bharatnatyam dancer, Zoya performed Pushpanjali, Alaripu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Varnam, Kirthnam, Varnam, Nrithyati, Thilana and Mangalam, in different Raagam and Taalam. The musicians - Smt. Vidya Srinivasan- Vocalist, Shri. Dinesh Kumar-Mridangam, Shri. Vibhash Ranade-Violin, Shri. Alap-Flute, Gurushri Jignesh Surani and Guru Kavita Pillai -accompanied and supported her during the program. The chief guest for the event was Padmashri awardee Smt. Geeta Chandran, an exponent of Bharatnatyam dance, a choreographer, and the Director of Natya Vriksha, Delhi. She has showered her blessings on every student of classical dance from SKV. We all commend and congratulate Zoya and her entire team for giving such a graceful and brilliant performance.
17 students and 2 staff brought glory to Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya by successfully summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in East Africa. The all-girls expedition of 15 to 17 year old students was organised by Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya Gwalior as a part of their adventure sports to commemorate the Birth Centenary Year of their Founder, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia.Students qualified all the test conducted in SKV for the selection of final team as the school drew an ambitious plan for an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro and invited voluntary participation for the same. This was followed by a rigorous training session for subsequent three months to prepare and condition the team members mentally as well as physically to enjoy in the difficult terrain during the Mountaineering expedition the session also included the basic Fitness training required for Mountaineering. The team left Gwalior on September 5th for the 12 day trip to South Africa including the seven days trekking expedition. The expedition commenced on September 7 and reached Mti Mkubwa Camp 2780 m height after an arduous forest trek of 7 kilometers. Their expedition continued on the next day and moved through Shira Ridge, Shira Plateau and reached at Shira camp 3900m after trekking for about 14 kilometers.The third day trek was for about 8 km and reached Barranco Camp 3960m for night halt. The team crossed the Alpine desert zone and climbed Barranco (steep wall) and trekking was for almost 6 km on the fourth day with night Camp at Karanga 4035m. On the fifth day there was a short trek on steep areas over rocky slabs through the Alpine deserts and finally climbed to the height of 4650m. The night halt was at Barafu camp. Around midnight they started for the submit to Stella point 5740m and then continued to Uhuru peak 5895m, the highest point of the expedition. They had to trek for almost for 14 hours to cover the distance of 19 km in that difficult hilly Terrain on the 6th day. Thereafter the team decend via Barafu Camp site. The team continued their descent on the 7th day, trekking 10 Kilometers for 4 hours through the forest zone of Mountain to Macka Gate 1680m. They drove to Moshi from there and finally few back to India after some scheduled sightseeing on the next day. The expedition members were: Student Members Priya Gupta class 11 Khushi Agarwal Class 11 Isha Khan Class 9 Inayat Sood Class 9 Somya Singh Class 11 Jahnvi Khemka Class 12 Trisha Agarwal Class 11 Shreya Singh Class 11 Priyanka Tomar Class 11 Ahana Trivedi class 11 Aniben Rai Class 9 Seyra Meyto Class 9 Akansha Singh Class 9 Saivira Gupta Class 9 Kritika Choudhury Class 9 P. Arpita Class 9 Riya Kalani Class 12 Staff Members Ms. Suman Yadav Mr. Vinay Rathore This is the first all-girls expedition of this size in age group 15-17 years from the region to have successfully completed an expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro
A Capacity Building Programme was organized by CBSE on 6th and 7th September 2019 at Maheshwari Public School in Jaipur. The resource persons for the workshop were Mr Sanjay Vaid from The Palace School, Jaipur and Ms Ruchi Mukhija from Maheshwari Public School, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur. There were around 75 math experts from different schools of India, who had gathered to attend this workshop. The main focus of the workshop was to prepare the question bank of objective type questions for Grade XI mathematics. On the very first day, teachers were briefed about the CBSE guidelines for preparing OTQ's. The resource persons emphasized on the four parameters of Bloom's Taxonomy namely understanding, remembering, applying and analysing. The participants were then divided into groups of 6 each. Each group was allotted separate chapters of the prescribed NCERT textbook and was asked to prepare at least 30 questions in the form of MCQ's, fill-ups, true or false statements and match the questions to the answers. The hard copy as well as the soft copy of the completed question bank was handed over to the resource persons which will, later on, be uploaded on CBSE website. The workshop provided a great learning experience to the teachers, as they were able to interact with each other to share their varied learning experiences.
To educate the children about the scientific achievements of India and honour the great Indian Scientists, the entire student and staff body attended the screening of the movie 'Mission Mangal' on September 5th. Following this, a lovely celebration for Teachers Day was organised by the students of grade XII on behalf of the entire student body. Songs, dances, short skits and quiz games for teachers were humorously presented to remind the teachers of how much SKVians value and respect their tireless efforts, endless wisdom, affection and respect that makes them a crucial part of our loving family.
On 1st September, 2019, 28 students participated in a film making workshop organized by filmmaker Ms. Rima Chibb. The workshop was divided into four stages. In the first stage, students enhanced their aesthetic senses by honing their creative expression. The second stage involved understanding film genres, practicing creative writing, visual storytelling and developing script and storyboards. They also learn about selecting character and location and conducting shooting. The third stage was the understanding of editing techniques, learning how to use editing software, applying background music, creating graphics, titles and posters. The workshop which stretched over many days, provided the participants with a hands-on introduction to the exciting world of film making
Twenty-seven girls of SKV brought laurels to their school, yet again this year, in the All India IPSC Taekwondo championship held from the 25th to 28th August, 2019 at Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hissar. A total of nine schools participated in the event. Students of SKV won 15 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 7 bronze medals in the championship and was also awarded the 1st runner-up trophy in the under-14 category, the winner's trophy in the under-17 and under-19 categories and the overall Championship Trophy.
Udan, a social organization bestows state-level awards every year to recognize and encourage excellence in sports and games. This year on 28th August 2019, four girls from SKV, viz. Shaivya Dixit, Khushi Singhal, Ojas Yadav, and Surbhi Bindra were awarded the "Major Dhyan Chand Award", bestowed by Udan at Jiwaji Club, Gwalior, for their excellent achievements in Taekwondo and swimming.
With a will to learn and put their knowledge to test, eight of our students participated in the Psycho Olympiad held at the National Science Centre, Delhi, conducted by Expressions India. Spread across 2 days, the event consisted of a quiz, eloquence round, utopia round, yuva manch and poster presentation. Interactive sessions that discussed the dynamic nature of the human brain and psychology as a subject were conducted. Dr. Rushi, Dr. Ritu, Dr. Asha Bakshi and Prof. J.L. Pandey enlightened the participants about psychology as a way of life. The participants shared their view of taking up mental health as a career option. They tackled common gender-biased misconceptions, such as the idea that men don't cry. They creatively expressed their ideas through the use of posters, nukkad natak performances, extempore speeches and painting. Their efforts won them the Exemplary Award in poster making and the Meritorious Award in eloquence.
The festival of Janmashtami was celebrated on 24th August – an auspicious occasion that marks the birth of Lord Krishna. Melodious bhajans and songs accompanied the religious worship ceremony conducted at SKV. The campus bore a colourful and celebratory look, festooned with decorations, while the traditional attire reinforced a strong cultural flavour. The joy and enthusiasm of the festival brought the entire community together.
Under the able guidance of Ms. Ottima Ragazza, eleven "cultural diplomats" of our school participated in the Genesis Global School Model United Nations Conference 2019, which began on August 23rd. The event was based on the theme 'Definitive Actions', and delegates from over eleven renowned schools participated, all of them determined to bring about changes in the world. During the opening ceremony, the honorable keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Vikram Dogra instilled a sense of dedication and discipline among the delegates. This became the overall tone for the next two days of the conference, as the young leaders responded to the theme with debates, deliberations, and negotiations, covering a wide range of both national and international issues. Kaavya Sharma and Shambhavi Sahoo also brought laurels to the school after achieving a High Commendation and a verbal mention respectively.
Service activities at SKV instill in the students the values of commitment and the joy of giving. Being deeply inculcated in our girls, these qualities of service, generosity, and empathy presented themselves when six of our students visited a home for special women on the 23rd of August 2019. The girls happily mingled with the inmates of the home, creating a joyful atmosphere through their interaction. They sang songs, distributed eatables and essential toiletries, after which they visited a construction site to do the same for the labourers.
The IPSC IT Fest was held from 22nd to 24th August, 2019 at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. Four students along with an escort teacher attend the fest, participating in six different events. Aditi Agarwal, who participated in digital poster making, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence. Sandeepani S. Vatsa participated in the digital cartooning segment, the topic being "a day in the year 2060". Digital Photography and Programming events were also held during the fest. Apara Bhargava and Agrima Agarwal too part in the PowerPoint competition, as well as the IT quiz that was based on the subject of social media. Over all 26 schools from all over the country took part in the fest, which was a very enriching experience for the all.
On 19th and 20th, August 2019 Inter-House Swimming Competition was held in Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya. The following students broke the existing records of timings in different events. 50m Free Style Seniors: Georgene - 33:04sec, Ojas Yadav - 33:17sec 100m Back Stroke Seniors: Surbhi Bindra- 1:36:93sec 100m Free Style Seniors: Ojas Yadav- 1:23:78sec 200m Breast Stroke Seniors: Georgene- 1:43:97sec 50m Butterfly Seniors: Surbhi Bindra- 43:03sec 50m Back Stroke Seniors: Surbhi Bindra- 45:50:00sec 50m Free Style Middle: Adya Singh- 37:60sec 100m Free Style Middle: Adya Singh- 1:26:90sec
Teaching kids to count is fine but teaching them what counts is Best (Bob Talbert). Always associating life skills with physics, Mr. V.S. Pandi of SKV attended the Capacity Building Programme organized by CBSE on 16th and 17th of August at Jaishree Periwal High School in Jaipur. This workshop focused on objective type question making in physics involving the expertise of 70 teachers from different schools from North India. It was an interesting reversal of roles for teachers who often organize workshops but now found themselves being a part of one. Participants were divided into groups of 7 each, and each group was allotted separate topic from various chapters of the prescribed textbook in order to prepare a question bank of MCQ's, fill-ups, true or false statements and matching questions to answers. The completed question bank was handed over to the organizers for circulation among affiliated schools.
The CBSE conducted a Capacity Building Workshop for Business Studies on the 16th and 17th of August at St. Edmond's School, Jaipur. Ms. Meenakshi Iyer from our school, along with 60 teachers from different schools, attended the workshop. The objective was to learn the process of framing a question bank for business studies, focusing on the objective type questions that comprise MCQ's, fill in the blanks, match the columns and picture perception. The question bank was compiled and rechecked by the team leaders, and the soft copy was sent to CBSE for their approval. The workshop also taught the participants that following NCERT books for all subject is preferable, but reference books can be used by for subjects like Accountancy in order for students to be able to further practice and improve in the subject. The workshop provided a great learning experience to the teachers, as they were able to interact with each other and share their varied learning experiences.
"In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn"(Phil Collins) Nurturing this thought in her mind Ms. Shalini Agrawal left for the Capacity Building Programme, a CBSE initiative, held at Jaipuria Vidyalaya, Jaipur on 16th and 17th August 2019 for Class XI English Core. The aim of the workshop was to develop an objective type question bank for unseen passages, grammar and poetry section. The workshop gave the teachers the chance to step into the shoes of their students and examine learning from a student-centric view point. They were divided into the groups of 6 and were given newspapers to prepare different questions. The question banks prepared by the teachers will be handed over to the CBSE and will be circulated amongst the schools.
Under the CBSE Capacity Building Programme, a workshop was conducted at the Shanthi Asiatic School, Jaipur. Ms. K. Rajeswari Pandi from our school attended this workshop where she developed the skills of working with various forms of objective type questioning. The participants at the workshop were engaged with a plethora of questioning methodologies such as multiple choice questions, match the columns, fill in the blanks, true or false options and submitted their work at the end of the session. This experience of working on question banks was very insightful and rewarding.
Despite the adverse weather conditions on the morning of 15th August, the staff and students of SKV proudly celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of our nation, with the hoisting of the tri-colour and the singing of patriotic songs outside the MJS auditorium. After a stirring rendition by the school choice, a motivating speech by the Head Girl made all present feel proud to be a part of a great nation.
In this day and age, we live in a visual world and both children and adults tend to define the world around them using their sense of sight. There is a part of the brain that controls this faculty – and to teach us how to use it effectively was the focus of a workshop organized by a team from 360 Degree Change Transformation Pvt. Ltd. in the school auditorium on 13th August. The team specializes in Mid-Brain Activation & Dermatoglyphic Multiple Intelligence Testing - DMIT. Interacting with students of classes VI to IX the spoke on topics concerning pineal gland activation, development of "Extra Sensory Perception" (commonly known as the third eye), the development of photographic memory, the development of quantum speed reading, chakra balancing and the development of "Neuro-Linguistic Programming". Students were amazed to learn that two of their school mates - Shraddha of Class VII and Udita of class VIII -have very successfully the ability to read blindfolded and identify colors by flipping through the pages of books. It was indeed an astonishing afternoon!
What could be more exciting than a quiz to get everyone to put on their thinking caps and face a barrage of questions – this time on English Literature. The afternoon of 12th August saw a representative from the 4 houses brace up to compete for a place in the Inter-House English Literary Quiz, followed by a Spellathon Competition. The event was innovatively designed, and the variety of questions kept the participants and the audience enthusiastic and energetic throughout. The six rounds of the Literary quiz tested the participants on their knowledge of books, authors, poems, famous words, classical, modern and contemporary writings. The three rounds of Spellathon tested them on their vocabulary, spellings, and mental agility. The participants answered spontaneously, motivated by the audience who also excitedly showed their knowledge during the audience rounds. While Vasundhara House & Yashodhara House proved their prowess by achieving the Highest scores, Usha House followed the second . Better luck to Madhavi house next time which had to content itself with the third place.
Among the many innovative activities introduced frequently at SKV, we witnessed the first Inter-House Taal Vaadya Kachchari competition on August 12, 2019. The event was a beautiful combination of tabla, congo and kahon instruments. Our musicians from four houses gracefully began their performances by Tihaye and Kayda followed by solo performances of Kahon and congo. They summed it up with powerful Juganbandi between the tabla and congo-kahon players. They kept the audience tapping their feet to the beats and melodies.
On August 11, the Scientific Development and Research Organisation conducted an extremely innovative workshop on astronomy at SKV. It was based on a very new and unique concept and was very activity focused. The workshop was attended by classes Vl-lX who were taught how to use simple materials like paper and sticks to create aircraft. The students enjoyed assembling the elastic-powered flying objects by themselves. They had fun while improving their skills in understanding trajectory.
Out Of The Box Productions presented the play "Kaise Karenge" in the school auditorium on 11th August 2019. It featured veteran actors Abhishek Patnaik, Darsheel Safari and Prakash Gupta and was directed by Suketu Shah. It was an entertaining play with a serious message that delves into the problems faced by individuals suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder and those who love and look after them. It brought about awareness into what is inappropriately termed as "madness" but in fact is quite the contrary. The play shows that those faced with this challenge have hidden depths and can be sensitive and talented souls. The play featured an ensemble cast, with the characterizations depicted from within and effectively brought to life with the right blend of histrionics and psychology. During an interactive session the audience was surprised to learn about the long and rigorous practices the cast undertook, and also how the concept of the theme evolved from mundane experiences to eventually take the form of the powerful drama that was witnessed. The production was impeccable and the audience was led through a roller coaster of emotions ranging from humour to empathy and love. The curtain went down to a thunderous round of applause.
Despite their tiring and jam-packed routine, SKVians always manage find time to entertain the whole school. The collective talents of Madhavi House was well on display on August 10th, 2019, when they added the right mixture of dance, music, and laughter to brighten up the weekend with their entertainment night. With an eye on Bollywood, the performance featured a mini-awards show. The witty dialogues, the foot-tapping songs, the energetic dances, the rapid-fire rounds and, most importantly, the advertisement breaks, created a vivacious and sparkling extravaganza that was enjoyed by all.
Since ancient times, Yoga has been a prominent feature of Indian Culture. It comprises a set of practices of the physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The practicians of Yoga strongly believe in the oneness of the individual with his/her spirit. Yet another activity to preserve Indian culture at SKV is yoga. 16 girls of yoga participated in Yoga Districts which was organised at the Radiant School, Gwalior on 8th and 9th August 2019. Gauravi Yadav and Pratha Agrawal bagged the 2nd and the 3rd position respectively in the under 17 individuals category. The participants also brought 5 gold medals in the under 17 team category. They now aim to spread further awareness about the importance of Yoga in today's Era, and how physical, mental and spiritual wellness has become of utmost importance.
The teacher at SKV strongly believe that learning is a life-long process. Carrying this forth 'मानक वर्तनी' a workshop for the faculty of the Indian Languages department, was organised on August 8. Dr Rajrani Sharma, Head of Department Hindi at KRG College, Gwalior, very effectively conducted the session. She thoroughly explained the concepts of रस ,वर्तनी ,वर्ण विन्यास , वाक्य ,उच्चारण स्थान वाच्य and added situational examples from our routine lifestyles to illustrate her presentation and make relevant to us. Her PowerPoint Presentation also focused on the commonly occurring grammatical errors. Literary concepts were discussed in detail. The teachers of SKV then shared self-composed poems with each other, bringing the workshop to a close. Besides being enjoyable for all who attended, the participants learned that teaching and learning can be both fun and enlightening.
The initiative of 'Hub of Learning' emphasized on empowering women in a workshop held on August 7. Students and teachers from four schools from across Gwalior participated. The importance of menstrual hygiene and starting up business plan units to make sanitary napkins were discussed in depth. All students made sanitary napkins under our project 'Sankalp'. The event proved yet again that as the 'Charkha' was to Gandhiji, so is 'Sankalp' to SKV.
From quiet and dusty villages of various regions of the country, 30 brilliant but underprivileged students passionate for education clear the IIT examination every year. The innovative concept of the 'Super 30' coaching has made this possible initiated by Mr Anand Kumar, who has brought about a change in our educational society by his significant contribution. In an effort to educate our students about the importance of dedication, sincerity, practical application of education and being grateful for the resources available to them, the entire student body accompanied by teachers attended the screening of the movie 'Super 30'. The movie infused a sense of responsibility and empathy in our students, motivating them to work harder and make optimum use of opportunities.
The Jindal Art Fest has become a part of the Annual Calendar over the years. This year, the event took place in the course of 2 days. With the ice-breaking session, 13 schools came together for the love of art. The fest is known for the very innovative competitions it conducts. Our girls earned the 2nd position in Folk dance, Sculpture making, and Table-runner embroidery. They gracefully presented a Rajasthani folk dance and sculpted the overwhelming emotions of a cheerful grandfather embracing his granddaughter. They also earned 3rd positions in Mehndi designing and fireless cooking. They decorated the hands of models with bridal designs and assembled curd nutty rolls. They also a consolation prize in Rangoli making.
"The man who swims against the stream, knows the strength of it". The SKV girls have participated at various levels of swimming competition. Recently, 11 girls of our school participated in the Swimming Divisions which was held at Neill world School, Morena on 6th of August 2019. The school performed extremely well and won a total of 27 medals.
The 6th Edition of the 'Negotium Agon' was held at the Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie, wherein five young business women from our grade XII participated. 27th of July marked the beginning of the event. The enriching activities included the Business quiz, Veiling, which was the Auction round, Vine video making, Creation Ae Logo, which included logo designing and tagline making and Annuncio, the enactment round. Ishita Bansal also brought laurels to the school by winning the Outstanding Performance Award in the Vine video round. The spirit of competition was set aside by the feeling of mutual coordination and oneness among the participants of all the schools in the beautiful heartland of Uttarakhand.
Jaipur, home to some of the most beautiful monuments and forts in India, played host to our tech-kids in the 'Tech-nech IT Fest 2019' head at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' School on 6th-7th August 2019. The fest, spread across 2days, consisting of six events where our girls participated. The Digital Ocean, Multimedia Presentation, Computer Whiz Kid, Digital Cartooning, Quizee Bee Buzz and Rights Camera Action-Movie Making were among the various competitions, all based on the innovative theme of- 'Lead the Change'. Despite being interrupted by rain, the participants beautifully captured sights at the campus of MGD in the movie-making competition. The unique ideas of SKVinas gained appreciation from various judges time and again. The fest ended with a dinner with the Principal, where the games and fun activities added just the right amount of laughter and delight to this enriching event in the Pink City.
Educational primarily means mental and physical growth, and the sport of volleyball provides the perfect example for this. It not only checks the physical strength of a player but also the mental acumen. 12 of our girls participated in IPSC volleyball organised by the Emerald Heights School, Indore from 5th of August to 8th of August 2019. The girls were exposed to a lot of competition in the matches and learn new skills and tactics.
To enhance the self-expression skills of our budding tale-tellers, the inter-class story-telling competition was conducted on August 5, for classes VI and VII. The participants were judged on the basis of Voice Mechanics, Non- Verbal Communication and added their own elements of creativity to their stories, which enhanced their imagination, and writing skills. The prize-winner were:- Class VI 1st- Aarnvi Chauhan, 2nd-Rishika Singhania, 3rd- Sanjukta Chakraborty and Arya Pathradikar Class VII 1st- Manaswi Mudgal, 2nd- Snehal, 3rd- Shraddha Agrawal
Even turning sides becomes a skill when it comes to the inter-house English turncoat debate competition. The event, held on August 5, was conducted in the block-and-tackle form of debate, where the participants frequently spoke on topics like elections, women leaders and followers, privatisation, celebrities as role models, reservation, examination and artificial intelligence and then spontaneously turn sides and contradicted their own facts.
SKV believes that educating the students is a collaborative effort carried by both the parents and the school. Major Sonam Bakshi, a member of the parent body, visited us on August 4, and shared her proud and inspirational experiences and learnings serving the Indian Army, and her journey from being an army officer to working in the corporate sector. She also enlightened the students about summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, and briefed them about the do's and don'ts of the trip.
On the 3rd of August, we were visited by Mr. Manoj Dawrani along with other representatives from the Career Launcher, Gwalior, to brief the students about the coaching programmes beginning at SKV. The Career Launcher is one of Asia's leading educational services, led by IIT-IIM alumni passionate about education. They enlightened the students of classes 10th and 11th about the significance of proper guidance and coaching's, the courses suitable for their career aspirations, and the CLAT, SAT and Management Coaching's that will be conducted in our school.
The collective strength of student body were put to test on the 2nd of August in the friendly Tug of war Competition. Eight participants from each house put in all their strength to tug on the rope, followed by the very interesting match between the students and their sports coaches. The school saw this fun and healthy competition and supported by the hearty laughter and cheers of the audience, after which the Principal ma'am distributed the prizes to the respective winners. The fierce rivalry was tinged with humour and laughter especially during the staff vs. students' round.
We, at SKV, actively keep students aware of the vast opportunities that await them for higher education. The college fair held on the 1st of August added to this initiative, where representative from 22 reputed colleges and universities, national and international, briefed students about the courses offered, the specialities of their institutes, how to apply for admissions, as well as the various scholarship programmes. Among the renowned institutes were The Gurukul School of Design, The Ashoka University, Student-In-UK, Essex University, Queen Mary London, University of Nottingham and Jindal Law University.
After 2 months of observation, the newly elected Student Council members for the year 2019-20 were ceremonially inducted at the Investiture ceremony held on the 30th of July. Our student representatives were invested with the responsibility of leading the student body. Saches & badges were conferred on them as they proudly held their flags and took an oath to sincerely uphold their responsibilities. The new office-bearers are:- Head Girl- Ms. Diki Choden Bhutia Vice Head Girl- Ms Sandeepani Swaroop Vatsa Games Captain- Ms. Sneha Patel Secretary Students Welfare- Ms. Jahnavi Khemka Secretary School Events- Ms. Somya Shivani Editor-in-chief- Ms. Yagya Rai Round Square Coordinator- Ms. Palomi Jain Captain Madhavi House- Ms. Richa Shree Captain Usha House- Ms. Bhumika Chhetri Captain Vasundhara House- Ms. Divya Subba Captain Yashodhara House- Ms. Lakhmith Sherpa Games Vie- Captain- Ms. Sweety Rajoriya and Sleemit Lepcha Vice Captain Madhavi House- Ms. Bhumika Singh and Ms. Disha Agrawal Vice Captain Usha House- Ms. Vama Maloo and Ms. Paki Gupta Vice Captain Vasundhara House- Ms. Kaavya Sharma and Ms. Simran Jyot Kaur Vice Captain Yashodhara House- Ms. Samridhi Rai and Ms. Haripriya Gupta Games Prefects- Ms. Chinmayee Tiwari and Ms. Raina Tiwari Prefects Madhavi House- Ms. Surbhi Bindra and Ms. Sanvi Prefects Usha House- Ms. Navya Mishra and Ms. Sudiksha Agrawal Prefects Vasundhara House- Ms. Nandini Agrawal and Ms. Vrinda Bansal Prefects Yashodhara House- Ms. Shreya Prasad and Ms. Plakshya Gargsya
As rains continue to enhance the beauty of our campus, an initiative for the tree plantation was taken on 29th of July in our school. Around 83 students of class VIII participated in this drive and hundred saplings of different varieties of plants like Rubber plant, crotons, Dresena, mini Aycus etc were planted beside the temple.
At the English one-act play competition held on the 29th and 30th of July, each house worked hard to present to an audience various attitudes of human nature parcelled as entertaining comedies. Each house was given 25mins where they brought live before us what happens when a man is married to a dumb wife, a sales man trying to sell a dictionary to an illiterate family, a highly strong military man who is terrified by a young girl and a man who finds life difficult after sneezing on his boss.
Zoya Rakeshi, a student from class IX, has embarked on her journey of 'Arangetram' as a Bharatanatyam dance student, and the whole school is proud of her. 'Arangetram' is the first on stage performance of an Indian classical dance student, which follows a long period of rigorous training. Today, on 29th of July, was the traditional worship ceremony for this ritual, where Zoya and her guru worshipped Lord Nataraja, Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Devi Saraswati and Surya Dev. Guru Pooja along with the worship of costumes, ornaments, Rangmanch (stage) and the holy ghungroos marked the beginning of her challenging yet inspirational training which will culminate in her Arangetram on 7th September 2019. All our blessings and support are with her as she undertakes the landmark for Bharatanatyam dancer.
Eight girls escorted by Mrs. Vaishali Shrivastava embarked on a journey to Mody School service project 'Prayaas 2.0' with a motive to serve the nation, where 11 delegations from across the country participated. The chief guest for the opening ceremony was our principal Mrs. Nishi Misra who inspired the young minds by addressing the gathering about our school's very own initiative of 'Sankalp' and inaugurated Bal Seva Sadan, where the project commenced. The students got the opportunity to serve the underprivileged children and plant little saplings to curb pollution. The delegations visited the Mandawa Palace, followed by principal's dinner. The project inculcated great service values for their future endeavours.
The school witnessed Inter-House Indian Instrumental Solo Competition on the 29th of July, adding to the various cultural events that preserve Indian Heritage in SKV. The participants very charmingly played राग मधुवंती, राग मालकोष , राग भीमपलासी , राग काफी on their violins and sitars.
A whole year of sheer hard work and training resulted in the execution of the first Karate Inter-House Competition at SKV on the 28th of July 2019. The participants competed in three weight categories- under 40kg, under 45kg and under 50kg. Their efforts and dedication paid off giving us a display of excellent qualities of sportsmanship. The esteemed judges were from the District Federation of Karate, Gwalior, who commended the girls.
The National Health and Wellness quiz was launched by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Honourable former President of India, on 4th December 2018 at IICC, New Delhi. In an attempt to carry forward this initiative, the zonal written round was conducted at SKV on 27th July. 12 student into CST Kili participated in it.
CBSE has undertaken the initiative to bring about gender sensitivity among youth. Under this initiative, a capacity building programme was held at our school on 26th July. The workshop emphasised on the need to make our students gender-responsible, which can only happen through effective, unbiased and neutral approach in teaching methods. The event began with an opening ceremony consisting of performances by the orchestra, music and dance club of our school and was attended by 79 participants from our school as well as from various schools from across Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Jhansi, Datia and Shivpuri.
As a part of the vast array of safety measures and skills taught to the students, a fire evacuation drill was organised on 24th of July. The students and staff members present in the Kamla Bhawan promptly vacated the building on hearing the fire alarm and gathered class wise in the emergency assembly area. They were made to experience a rescue procedure to be followed in case of injuries, and the drill was executed effectively.
Clay modelling is one of the ways to develop fine motor skills in children and smoothens wrist and finger muscles. The inter-house clay modelling competition was held on 22nd of July, where each participant reflected their visualisation in the form of their models. They produced natural beauty through the day on the topic 'High Relief Sculpture of Flowers'.
The young Prime-ministers, leaders and whips among our senior girls enthusiastically introduced, established, defended and concluded their cases in the inter-house Parliamentary debate competition held on the 22nd and 23rd of July. The houses were divided into pools of two each for the qualifying round, and the two winners competed in the final round, where they expressed strong opinions about beauty pageants objectifying women, if single gender schools are more effective than co-educational schools, and whether college education is essential for future, respectively.
On 20th July 2019, SKV organised a workshop on cyber safety by Mr Rakshit Tandon who is an authority on the subject of cybercrime. He was a very entertaining speaker who was able to capture the attention of the young audience whose lives revolve around Facebook, Instagram, etc. He made serious things like hacking and data theft so interesting to everyone. Mr Tandon has spoken to more than 26.50 lac children schools/colleges everywhere. He has also organised a Gurugram Police summer internship programme for the graduate students.
The student council at SKV has played a pivotal role in development and management of the school. The IPSC seminar on 'Youth in Exploration of Leadership Development' gave the perfect opportunity to prepare our young leaders and discover the real meaning of leadership.Hosted by the Doon School and Welham Boys' School, the event was spread across the three days from the 19th to 21st July in the beautiful and scenic valley of Dehradun. The sessions revolved around how leaders should behave, their responsibilities, essential qualities, effective practices, organisational structure of Student Councils and a fair selection process. Students very effectively came up with the road maps for tackling problems experienced by every school, such as challenge of dealing with popular but troublesome students, with breaking the legacy of a bad habits and dealing with inappropriate acts such as written on walls and school property. All 16 schools demonstrated the qualities of teamwork by collaborating together and learning from each other. The seminar was a great learning experience that taught students how to 'ACE' their duties: A: Accountability to words others, C: Contribution to words the institution, and E: Empowering and enabling others.
Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya received the Best Delegation Award the DPSGMUN 2019 held in Delhi Public School Gwalior from 19th to 21st July. Girls received the following individual prizes: Ritika Yadav-verbal mention, Kanishka Gupta, Vaishnavi Manta, Sudiksha Agarwal and Paridhi Agarwal- special mention, Surbhi Bindra- Best delegate under the able guidance of their teacher Meenakshi Dixit. In total 300 delegates participated in the conference.
Focusing on each difficulty life throws at you and tackling it with your best energy is what table tennis teaches you. The participants of the inter-house table tennis competition for the senior category demonstrated great determination and devotion during the three-day event starting from 15th to 17th of July. Housewise positions were:- First- Yashodhara house Second- Usha house Third- Vasundhara house Fourth- Madhavi house
The Gwalior district administration has pledged to plant 10000 trees at the Sirol hill area to create an urban forest. Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya was the first school to take the opportunity and plant 500 trees today. The district Education Officers as well as District Administration Officials were present on the occasion.
From the 16th to 18th of July, the inter- house Wood Carving competition for the year 2019-20 took place. To make the participants familiar with this art, a three day workshop was organised prior to the competition, where they enhanced their Carving skills. Wooden blocks and carving tools were provided to the participants who came up with extremely creative ideas for 'Carved ceiling' designs.
Writing is not just about words and pens, but more about the magic it can create with a new imagination of Each young mind. Manmohini Tiwari the 14 year old daughter of our Alumni Ms. Drishti Tiwari from the class of 1987, wonderfully conveyed this message to the budding writers of our school through the 'Authors Talk' on the 16th of July, where she told them about her journey to become a published author of a book name '#Tween Tales'. Nominated and awarded as the Youngest Author in Pathways World School and the editor of an International Magazine, ' Polyphony Lit', she taught the girls how to develop their reading and writing skills.
With the onset of monsoons, Tree plantation at Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya has become a regular feature to make our planet green. Today, saplings of Peepal, Neem and Gulmohar were planted by the students of grade XII near the sports Arena. May these saplings grow into beautiful trees and enhance the greenery in the campus.
On 15 July 2019, SKV conducted an Inter House Hindi article writing competition for the seniors category. The topics were: child labour, young generation, deforestation, Indian culture, self confidence, Indian Farmer, human and Science, etc. Four participants from each house participated in it. The Participants got one hour to pen down their thoughts.
The imagination of young minds can give birth to unique and productive creations from something as simple as paper. At the inter-class paper craft competition on 15th July, students of classes 6, 7 and 8 gave free rein to their creativity using plain and coloured paper. Without a specific theme being provided, the students came up with extremely innovative and beautiful presentations, and we're judged on the basis of the design techniques, creativity, innovation and overall impact
The safe campus organisation works for the mental, emotional and physical well-being and safety of students across 150 schools in India and abroad. We at SKV are fortunate to be trained by them regularly. Each session increases awareness in our girls. How to set physical, mental and emotional boundaries for themselves, along with self defence techniques to keep Safe.
In order to test the level of awareness of our junior girls of classes VI and VII, the Just a Minute competition was held on 15th of July. Three students from each section prepared speeches on global issues like space exploration, endangered tigers, forest preservation etc. two hours prior to the competition. They were judged on the basis of content, presentation, pronunciation and adherence to the topic, and proved that they are fully aware of environmental issues and sensitive to the demands of this changing world.
One of the most discussed and debated issues in our country today is whether war with our neighbouring countries is a necessary solution. We debated this assertion in the inter-house Hindi debate competition organised by the Indian languages department, on 15th of July. All the eight participants expressed strong opinions both for and against the issue."सीमावर्ती देशों के बढ़ते अतिक्रमण हेतु युद्ध की विभीषिका समाधान है" The house-wise positions were- 1st Yashodhara house 2nd Madhavi house 3rd Usha House 4th Vasundhara House
Always being on your toes is a quality turned into a habit in SKVians. They demonstrated this yet again through the inter-house English extempore competition, held on 15th of July. The participants received the topics they had to speak about on the morning of the competition itself after which they gathered useful information from various sources and effectively explained it to the audience in the afternoon. The house-wise positions were: 1st Vasundhara 2nd Madhavi 3rd Usha 4th Yashodhara
An annual feature of SKV is the showcase of the new talent that has just recently become a part of the family.The much awaited evening, freshers eve, took place on 13th of July, where we discovered extremely gifted and potential dancers, singers, poets, musician, gymnast and many more among our new students and teachers. The evening left them feeling recognised and welcomed by the loud applause and motivation our girls infused in them. We look forward to bring the best out of our new members!
The first ever Inter house football competition at SKV was the most awaited event that took place from the 9th to 13th of July. The players displayed excellent qualities of sportsmanship and teamwork, proving yet again that no matter how and unfamiliar or new, nothing is difficult for our girls to try. The results for the competition were:- First position- Vasundra house Second position -Usha house Third position- Yashodhara house Fourth position- Madhavi house
As a part of the Moto, 'Learning by doing', the students of class 6B were given a first-hand experience of using a telescope on 12th of July. Under this experiential learning activity on celestial bodies, they came to understand and learn how far off bodies can be clearly seen with the help of a telescope.
On 11th of July a training workshop for the online registration of the Inspire Awards Manak 2019 was organised by the district education office at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Morar. Teachers from both government and private schools of Gwalior district participated in the workshop, where the officials provided them with online training of registration and submission of awards.
Shambhavi Dixit, SKVian class of 2019, has been felicitated with the gold award of the International Award for Young People on the 9th of July 2019. The award was presented by the Chief Guest, Justice(Retd.) Madan B. Lokur, former Judge of the Supreme court of India at the Gold award ceremony in New Delhi. The award Programme consisted of activities for young people to experience adventure, help the community and develop skills. Congratulations Shambhavi!
An Inter-Class Story telling competition was held on the 8th of July 2019. The theme for the event was "नैतिक शिक्षा" where girls from classes 6th and 7th participated enthusiastically. The winners were: Class VI A- I Lavanya Singh II Arya Pathardikar and Aarnavi III Nitya Jathar Class VI B- I Rishika Singhania II Nancy Agrawal III Avni Garg Class VII A- I Shreya Agrawal II Jyotika Jain and Navya Agrawal III Kalpana Class VI B- I Divija Dahiya II Aanvi Dhoreliya III Manasvi Mudgal
A two day workshop on Classroom Management was organised on the 6th and 7th of July 2019 by the CBSE in association with Gomti Nandan Public School, Bina and Sahodaya, Sagar. Resource persons were Ms. Ronika Gagneja Valecha and Ms. Deepika Rajbhagat, who enlightened the participants on effective classroom management. The four teachers from our school who participated in the workshop were Mrs. Sunita Saxena, Ms. Manjula Rawat , Mrs. Preeti Khichi and Mrs. Adarsh Sharma.
The whole school buzzed with excitement and eagerly prepared for the arrival of our international guests, the AFS and Round Square exchange students. Georgine De Wet a dynamic young student from the Roeden School, Johannesburg, South Africa, arrived on the 27th July 2019 to be a part of the SKV community for 2 months. Francesca Loria and Pasicka Champa were warmly welcomed by the students and staff on the 6th July 2019. Francesca, from Italy is studying to be a doctor: and Pasicka, from Thailand will look for a career in the Hospitality industry. SKV will be a home to them for 10 months. The girls have taken up various subjects rsnging from Political Science to Mathematics, and are interested in activities such as dramatics, writing, football, swimming, etc. We look forward to a pleasant tenure with them!
Service is the rent we pay for being. Ladakh Service Project and Trekking Expedition 2019, commended on 24th June. Namami Maheshwari of class 12th was the student delegate from our school. Held in London model School in Thiksay village, it was a 15 day trip. The goal of this project was to construct three rooms in the school campus. walling uphill and downhill for 6-7 hours changed our girls way of perceiving strength. All the activities organised were enjoyable, exciting, courage and adventurous. From learning Ladakhi language to teaching children Hindi typical words, it was an enriching experience for all.
The Round Square Globally Accessible Conference at the Sam worth Church Academy School, Mansfield, Nottingham, UK took place from 3rd to 8th of June 2019, and was attended by a delegation of 10 students from grades 7-8 and 2 adult delegates from our school. The major part of the conference took place in the Cholmondeley's forest area in Nottingham. The theme of the Conference was 'Adventure Awaits '. The students stayed in tents, learnt wilderness survival skills such as making traps, identifying plants, making a fire, cooking, first aid, etc. and learnt to connect with nature and think creatively. At the end of the conference, a group of 30 students and 3 staff members joined them on a two week tour of the United Kingdom and Europe. In UK they visited Stratford upon Avon, which is Shakespeare's birth place. Students also visited Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, to name a few. They also explored the beautiful city of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The trip to Geneva included visiting the 3,000 ft. high mountain peak in the Swiss Alps and Venice, Pisa, Rome, Florence and the Vatican City were among the many attractions of Italy they visited.
On the 9th of May, Kanak Khare, a student of grade 11 of our school, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, to begin her 50-day-long Round Square Exchange Programme visit. Attending classes in the beautiful campus of the Rodean School, Johannesburg, gave her a better understanding of South African Culture and exposure to new subjects such as Design. Her host family enthusiastically took her on a week long trip to explore significant places of interest. Kanak learnt the importance of taking up challenges and adventures and adapting to an entirely new and different culture.
On the 2nd of May, Simran Jyot Kaur from grade 11 of our school began her month-long trip to Hungary under the AFS Intensive short-term Homestay Programme. The visit provided her a chance to explore the famous attractions of the country, which include the Budapest Castle, Heroes square, Basilica Church, camping near the river Danube, hiking in Szilvasvarad, sightseeing in Eger, visiting Pecs, travelling to Zamardi and the Lake Balaton. Living with her warm and welcoming host family in Kecskemet and attending classes at the Kecskemeti Reformatus Gimnazium School gave her an insight on Hungarian culture and taught her important concepts of their educational system. This programme helped her widen her outlook and learn essential life skills, besides gaining a new family away from India!