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Celebrating Earth Week
To commemorate Earth Day, SMS organized Eco Vision 2011 in which students from all the three branches of St. Mark’s School participated in a week long plethora of activities in the month of April.
There was a fancy dress competition, an environment based quiz and a competition in which little ones talked about the properties of trees. Students also participated in Collage Making, Declamation and Poster Making. There were Power Point Presentations, a Quiz on Biodiversity, and Designing Stamps on flora and fauna, Essay Writing and Poetry Illustration. The motive was to sensitize the students about their obligations towards our planet. The week also saw dignitaries like Mr. Sunil Saxena, Director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Climate Change and Mr. Saurav Bardhan, co-founder, Green Bandhu Eco Solutions, sharing their expertise with the students. It also saw the presence of Mr. Gaurav Shorey, TERI. The grand finale was ‘Vriksharopan’ a traditional tree plantation in true Shantiniketan style
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Earth Patriotism and Eco Club Activities
Celebrating World Environment Day
In May 2011, our school joined the Tree Plantation Drive organized by ENVIRONMENT ONLINE. The students headed by our Vice Principal, Ms. Veena Wahi, planted a tree and pledged to help the country in growing forests. June 2011, saw students of our school take their zeal and vigor beyond the school premises. They participated in a five day event- GREEN HAAT- Knowledge Park at Dilli Haat. The students participated and won prizes in various activities like Poster Making, Collage Making, Slogan Writing, etc. They also held workshops wherein they taught visitors to make lampshades, dustbins and other paper mache products. A beautiful choreography dance was also staged by our students.
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2 students of our school participated in Earth Day celebrations organized by TERI on 13 April 2011. The theme was Energy Climate Change and Forests. Our team comprising of Tanya Gupta (IX A) and Shivangi Arora (IX A) performed very well.

Eco Club Members on a Nature Trail
A group of 30 students of Eco Club of our school, along with Ms. R. Verma and Mr. P. Kumar, visited the house of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dikshit, on 15.4.2011. The visit was highly informative as students learnt about the birds found in Delhi and participated in games organized by the wild life photographer, Mr. Anivesh Kapoor. The Chief Minister encouraged the students to work whole heartedly towards the environment.
A Visit to Biodiversity Park
A group of students of classes 9 and 11, accompanied by Mrs. Vohra and Mrs. Pathak, visited Yamuna Biodiversity Park on 21.3.2011. It is a cultivated forest with various kinds of plants, shrubs and trees. They were given a guided tour by Mrs. Naing.
E- Waste Collection
Our school has partnered with Earth Sense to give Electronic Waste for recycling. A good amount of electronic waste was collected from the school campus by Earth Sense on 26.8.2011.
Recipes for a Better Planet
Some students of our school and more than 100 students from Costa Rica, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and the USA created a book RECIPES FOR A BETTER PLANET which was gifted to the Minister of Environment, Mr. Jairam Ramesh and some UN officials. They appreciated the efforts made by the students.

We Cross Boundaries
news 11.jpgA group of 6 students accompanied by the teacher incharge Mrs. Geeta Rajan, attended the International Friendship Week from 6 April to 10 April 2011, organized by Pioneer Secondary School, Singapore. Our students have been collaborating with the students of the school since past three years during numerous online projects. Our students proudly sang the National Song, Vande Matarm during the celebration. The visit was a combination of fun, knowledge and education for our students.


news 5.jpgQutbi Brothers Mesmerize One And All
It was indeed a matter of great pride and pleasure for our students as they got an opportunity to witness a Qawwali Recital by the famous Qutbi Brothers, under the aegis of Spic Macay on 15 April 2011. It was a novel way of teaching and reaching out the young minds. It was a spectacular medley which resulted in a standing ovation.

We are 21 Years Old
On 20 April 2011, we celebrated our 21st Foundation Day with joyous fervor. The day saw the unfurling of the school flag by the Chairman, Mr. T.P. Aggarwal. Then followed the school song that saw everyone reiterating the school motto, Loyalty, Truth and Honour.  A beautiful cultural programme was followed by the investiture ceremony wherein the Head Boy, the Head Girl and other Office Bearers were reminded of their duties and many awards like The Best Student and the Best House trophies were also given.
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An Ode to the Bard
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Our students celebrated the birth of the ‘Bard of Avon’ by dedicating two days of activities to his work and life. It began on 20 April 2011 with ‘Shakespeare Comes Alive’ competition, which was all about remembering his immortal creations through dramatization. Among six presentations, Julius Caesar was acknowledged for the Best Group Effort. It was followed by Speeches and Monologues delivered in authentic Shakespearean Language by the students of class XII.

Performing at Kamani Auditorium
It was a jubilant moment for 18 actors of Fanny’s First Play, by George Bernard Shaw, staged by our school at Kamani Auditorium, the venue for the Grand Finale of Bachpan 2011, an inter school Children Drama Festival, hosted by Atelier Theatre Group on 27 April 2011. The play was among the top 6 chosen for the mega event, after clearing a preliminary and zonal round comprising of 50 plays in all.

Celebrations for a Greener Planet

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Another Milestone Achieved by our Chairman
It was a proud moment when our Chairman, Mr. T.P. Aggarwal, was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dixit, for being the First Vice President of International Federation of Film Producers’ Association.. This was during the 64th Cannes Film Festival held in May 2011.


Arvind Gaur’s play ‘UNSUNI’

UNSUNI, a play directed by Mr. Arvind Gaur, an eminent theatre personality and founder of Asmita Theatre Group, was staged exclusively for the students of our school on 2 May 2011.
The event concluded with an informative and instructive interaction of the SPOTLIGHT DRAMA SOCIETY with the director, which lasted for an hour.

Theatre Workshop for Students
A fifteen day Theatre Workshop by the Atelier Theatre Group was held in our school starting from 18 May 2011. Students learnt various techniques to modulate their voices and their confidence and acting skills were enhanced. They enacted a play on the last day of the workshop. The play was scripted by the students themselves under the guidance and inputs from Mr. Kuljeet Singh. It was a great learning experience.

Learning the Art of Paper Mache
Ms. Poonam Devi, specialist in Mithila Folk Painting, and her assistant conducted a paper mache workshop in our school from 18 May to 20 May 2011. Students were taught to make handicrafts.

Adventure Camp in Nature’s Lap
60 students of our school, along with their teachers, participated in the Adventure Camp, in Haathipaon, Massoorie organized from 17 May to 20 may 2011. The students went for trekking to places like George Everest Peak and the Jwala Devi Temple. Crossing the Commando Bridge and Burma Bridge were the few confidence building exercises in this leadership camp. Rock climbing, which is a physically and mentally demanding sport, tested the strength, endurance, agility and the balance of the participants.
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Learning Innovative Ways of Painting
Camlin Arts organized a three days workshop in our school for students of classes VI to VIII from 18 june to 20 June 2011. They enjoyed the art of coffee and crackle painting.

N.C.C. Himachal Trekking Camp
Himachal Directorate organized an adventurous national level trekking camp at Caprola, Himachal Pradesh from 6 June to 21 June 2011. 7 cadets of class XI of our school attended the camp. They used to trek about 12 to 15 km daily and visited different places like Asia’s biggest monastery, Baijnath Temple, etc. They took overall training under army staff and thoroughly enjoyed the camp.

Young Badminton Champs
Two students of our school, Yash Kumar (Under 19) and Sanya (Under 13) made the school proud by bagging the runners up position in their respective categories at the Badminton Delhi State which concluded recently at SBS Memorial School, Mansarover Garden. The tournament was held from 22 June to 26 June 2011.

Our T.T. Champ Makes Us Proud
Srishti Ghai, a student of Class XI made our school proud by being the semi-finalist Table Tennis State Championship concluded recently at St. Columbia School. The tournament was held from 27.06.2011 to 30.06.2011. She participated in Youth girls and Girls single events, respectively. She won 2 medals and certificates as the token of appreciation.
Another Feather in our Cap
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The 14th of July 2011 was a very proud evening for our school as it won the Best Global Collaborative School Learning Award at the World Education Summit. The award was in recognition to the school’s collaboration with schools in 17 countries through the project- Windows to the Past- Chronicles of Stamps. The award was received by Ms. Geeta Rajan, Global Co-ordinator, who represented the school in the summit

Rang Manch k Sitare
When the students of our school, took the stage for the Inter Class Hindi Play Competition on 16 July 2011, the result was, an array of eight amazing theatrical productions. Two plays, Dhruvswaamini and Yahaan Bande Saste Milte Hain were judged the best plays. The event was judged by Mr. Rajeev Bawa, Chairperson of Atelier Theatre Group and Ms. Bhawna, Sr. Hindi teacher.
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The Budding Actors- Catching them Young
In the Inter Class English Play Competition held on 28.7.2011, budding actors from classes VI and VIII presented 7 theatrical productions. The competition was judged by Ms. Garima Arya, a theatre enthusiast and an excellent actor herself and Ms. Isha, Sr. English Teacher. The Wizard of OZ and The Secret Garden won the Best Play Awards.
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Rakhi Making Contest
Pidilite Industries Limited also conducted a Rakhi Making contest for students of classes II to V in July 2011. After demonstration, all the Rakhis were sent to Jawans posted on the Indian border. It was a great gesture to tell all the Jawans that we remember them and are thankful to them.

Poetry Recitation Competition
An inter class English Recitation Competition for I and II was held in which 30 students of our school participated on 26 July 2011. The children were judged on the basis of clarity, pronunciation, expression and memory. It was great fun to listen to young students reciting beautiful poems so confidently.
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Nelson Mandela International Day

Nine students of Humanities stream of classes XI and XII of St. Mark’s Sr. Sec Public School, Meera Bagh alongwith the teacher incharge Ms. S. Malik attended an interactive session at India International Centre on Monday, 18 July 2011 to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
gandhi.jpgThe programme commenced with a cultural fiesta which included dance and songs from Africa. Thereafter all the assembled guests sang “We shall overcome” and passed lighted candles in a bid to ‘Take Action and Bring Change’.
It was an honour to hear the reminisces of Mr. Ahmed Kathrada, a close associate of Nelson Mandela and co – prisoner at Robber Island. According to him international support and sheer courage of his countrymen empowered to face the trials of a long prison sentence. He highlighted the plight of his people in their struggle against Apartheid and their resolve to attain peaceful settlement to end Apartheid guided by Gandhian ideology. He stressed on the importance of education and an understanding that ‘Freedom is always accompanied with Responsibility’.
The seminar concluded with a hope of stronger and friendlier ties between India and South Africa.


Hiroshima Memorial Day

P8052150.JPGP8052147.JPGHiroshima Day was recalled and commemorated on 6 August  2011 with a display board and a discussion why it is essential to remember the day.  Group discussions encouraging and motivating the children to read and understand the circumstances in which the disaster occurred and the lesson learnt from it was highlighted.

Setting the Stage on Fire
An Inter Class English play competition was held on 8 August 2011. The competition saw 4 plays with varied themes vying for the coveted awards. All the plays were appreciated by the audience and the judges, Mr. Kuljeet Singh of Atelier Theatre group and Ms. Garima Arya, a theatre enthusiast.
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A  Week of Scientific Events
Our School organized the annual Science and Mathematics festival ‘QUEST 2011’from 23.08.2011 to 27.08.2011. Various activities were organized for the students. The week long program culminated in a grand Science and Mathematics Exhibition. The best models from all classes in Science and Mathematics were displayed. The event was judged by prominent members of educational institutions including Dr. Sagar, Vice Principal, Shivaji College, Mrs. Shergil, Vice Principal, St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School, Dr. G.S. Tuteja, Delhi University and Mrs. S. Datta, a Science expert. It was a good learning experience for all.
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Soccer Tournament at Kasauli
The Football team of our school participated in the 14th All India Bhupinder Singh Memorial Soccer Tournament 2011 in Himachal Pradesh from 23 August 2011 to 28 August 2011. Eight teams from all over India participated in this tournament. Our school team gave the opponents a tough competition. It was a learning experience for the team. They also visited the Hanuman Temple in Kasauli.

Learning and Fun in the Pink City
A group of 72 students of class V of our school was taken on an educational tour to Jaipur. The students were exposed to the rich historical and culture heritage of Rajasthan. The students visited Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort. The experience and stay at the ethnic resort Chokhi Dhani turned out to be a very exciting experience for the students.
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