PRESIDIAN WINS THE THINK AND LEARN ACTIVITY CONDUCTED BY NIE
Our champ Lakshya Gupta of Class VII from Presidium Gurgaon has won the School Topper award in Think & Learn activity (Round 1) conducted by NIE. The event was organised by the Times of India at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on 20th December. Lakshya has received an appreciation certificate and a Lenevo Tablet. Thousands of students of various schools participated at the event and Lakshya gave an outstanding performance. Way to go Lakshya. We are proud of you.
PRESIDIAN BAGS SILVER AT DRESSAGE DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Our young champ, Pranay Sharma of Grade Prep, won a silver medal at International Dressage Development League held at OREA on 20th December. He won in the category of Equitation Basic 1 in the competition which was the 6th International Qualifier of the IDDL North India Zone 2015. Our future Jockey, Pranay, rode with poise and great confidence. He gave his best performance and made us proud at the event which was attended by participants from schools all over Delhi. It is yet another proud moment for Presidium. Well done Pranay. We are proud of you.
PRESIDIANS CELEBRATE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AT THE CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL
With the onset of the festive season, Presidians got ready to celebrate the festival of Christmas with cheer and delight at the grand Rock n’ Roll Christmas Carnival held across all branches of Presidium on 19th, 20th, and 25th December. The festival marks the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and is celebrated on 25th December every year. With beautiful festive decorations in bright colors, the spirit of Christmas was filled in the air all around.
Presidians along with their parents geared up for a thrilling experience at the carnival. Dressed in bright red and white Christmas attire, Presidians came together to celebrate the joy of sharing on this occasion. The main highlights of the event were games, foot tapping music, rocking jam sessions, lip smacking food stalls, magic show, Tattoo making, fashion show, and much more. The breathtaking performances given by our talented Presidians were the real show stopper.
Soaking in all the fun and frolic children posed for pictures with Santa and also at the Photo Booth specially installed for them with different themes of Christmas Cheer, Floral Delight, Teddy Land and Disco Blast. The real boost at the event was the adventurous sport called flying fox that was fully enjoyed by the crowd among loud cheers and claps. There was singing and dancing on Christams carols and songs where Presidians enjoyed themselves to the fullest.
PRESIDIUM ORGANISES AQUA FIESTA AWARENESS DRIVE TO SAVE WATER
Presidium Gurgaon organized an Aqua Fiesta in sync with CMS Vatavaran, on 17th and 18th of December with an aim of spreading an awareness drive to save water and and maintain the ecological balance of nature. We believe that we can enhance the understanding of the natural world and its conservation through such events, which also offer avenues for wholesome entertainment.There were about twelve elite schools from Gurgaon and Delhi that participated in this festival, which was also an attempt to showcase the creative talent of young students.
Presidium Senior, Gurgaon, extended a platform for implementing and administering the complete event, which was conducted to a degree of great success. CMS Vatavaran is an NGO which provides a forum for International Environment and Wildlife. Even as the natural world appears to reach the end of its carrying capacity, this organization finds innovative, exciting and deeply encouraging ways to tackle environmental issues.
The event began with a note of sanctity by lighting the lamp by our renowned judges who adjudged the various activities. To keep pace with the changing times, a street play competition was organized. Street plays are the most ancient form of entertainment since time immemorial. The perkiest street play was of SD Adarsh Public School, Gurgaon.
The schools that participated in folk songs presented traditional music and other genres, depicting vast cultural diversity, with soul-stirring performances in which Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon was the winner. The Elomime competition left the audience in a trance, as the artists held the attention and interest of the audience with euphoria. St. Angel’s School, Gurgaon was the winner.
The exhibits and artists who were a part of the ‘On the Spot Painting Competition’ enhanced the narrative of their work subject with rich colours. The school that emerged as winner was Euro International School, Gurgaon.
In the folk dance competition, the various contestants, through their performances in folk and tribal dances, depicted rituals and practices in flamboyant costumes and extensive jewels. The winner was Blue Bells School, Gurgaon.
Spin a Story was another event where participants came out with totally fanciful stories which had a profound meaning and a moral. Debate, extended a platform wherein the participants had innumerable opportunity for formal discussion on Water the Elixir of Life. K R Mangalam, Gurgaon was the proud winner of the event while the overall trophy was lifted by St. Angel’s School, Gurgaon.
PRESIDIANS WIN MERIT POSITIONS AT ALL INDIA JASKARAN T.T. CHAMPIONSHIP
Kudos to the Table Tennis Champions of Presidium Dwarka 16B Shreshtha Singh of Grade IV B and Kanv Chugh of Grade II C who won the merit positions in the All India Jaskaran Table Tennis Championship. The event was held on Saturday, 12th December at the Hommerton Grammar School, Faridabad. Shreshtha won the First Runners Up Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and Kanav Chugh bagged the Second Runners Up Trophy along with a cash prize of Rs. 4000 in their respective age categories. The competition was organized by Table Tennis Federation of India where approximately 38 teams from different states of the country participated with a total of around 4200 students. Presidians gave a cutting edge competition to their competitors and made it to the top. Well done Shreshtha and Kanav.
PRESIDIANS ATTEND THE NIE YOUNG REPORTERS MEET
Our young intellectuals Surbhee Shree and Sarah Roy of Grade IX of Presidium Dwarka 16B participated in the Times NIE Young Reporters meet organized at Kamani Auditorium on Friday, 11th December. It was a good learning experience for them as they first appeared for a written evaluation wherein their general awareness was tested.
In order to check their writing skills and how well they can express their thoughts, the children were shown a few pictures on the basis of which they were required to write a story. This was followed by a personality development session by Mr. Sanjeev Dutta who gave various tips to the students on enhancing their personality which was highly appreciated by one and all. The young reporters were also given the opportunity to come up on the podium and share their opinions on the latest ‘Odd and Even Policy’ announced by the government to control the pollution and also were encouraged to suggest some practical ways through which the pollution can be controlled.
The last segment of the meet was the press conference where the young reporters raised their questions to Mr. BS Bassi, Chief of Police-Delhi Police who was the Chief Guest of the event. The students present there raised various questions such as-why do the cops in India have a image of taking bribe, how safe is women in our country etc. All these questions clearly state that the youth is ready to take a stand against the prevailing social evils. Thus, it would be correct to say that the students got a good exposure through today’s event.
CHESS CHAMPION MAYANK WINS FIRST PRIZE AT KNVS OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT
Presidium Dwarka 16B is proud of its Chess Champion Mayank Gulati of Grade VI who bagged first position under the special category of ‘Visually Challenged’ in the first KNVS Open Chess Tournament held on 5th and 6th December held at Aarya Samaj Mandir, Rajender Nagar. Around 300 children from more than 30 Schools and 10 Chess Academies participated in this competition organized by Delhi Chess Association. Our champ Mayank has been acknowledged with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs.1500. Well done Mayank, we are proud of you.
PRESIDIUM ATTENDS SPARSH SPORTS DAY HELD ON WORLD DISABILITY DAY
World Disability Day is celebrated all over the World on 3rd December, this year Sparsh celebrated this day by organizing a Sports Fest for Special Children at The Thyagraj Stadium on 4th December 2015. The event was graced by the hon’ble Chairperson of Presidium, Mrs. Sudha Gupta; Mr. Arijit Ghosh, Head School Programmes at British Council; Mrs. Archana Ranjan, Director General of Central Economic Intelligence Bureau; Padma Shri Awardee Mr. Ravi Chaturvedi, Sports Commentator; Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Saumitra Rawat, Ganga Ram Hospital; Air Marshal SK Malik, Special Olympics Bharat; Mr. Deepak Chief Vigilance Commissioner, SAIL and Mr. Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
President of Sparsh Mr. MP Singh addressed the children and motivated them with his kind words and declared the meet open. Children released balloons as a symbol of peace and humanity. The hon’ble Chairperson, Mrs. Sudha Gupta also addressed the gathering with her inspirational words. She encouraged the participants to give their best performance and she applauded the zeal and spirit of special children who participated in the event.
The Highlights of the event were 25 mt Race, 50 mt Race, 100 mt Race, Relay Race, Shot-put throw, Wheelchair Race, and Standing Long Jump. A total of 14 Special Schools participated from Delhi and NCR. 257 special students between the age group of 11 to 29 years participated in the event. 150 girls from Shakti project for underprivileged girls also participated. Sparsh Shakti girls also welcomed the guests by a lively sports drill. A beautiful and colorful cultural programme was presented by the students of St. Mary’s School and Amar Jyoti School. A remarkable Yoga performance was also given by students of Shakti School. Students from 7 Presidium Schools assembled at Thyagraj Stadium to cheer the participants by applauding, and cheering them up throughout.
The day concluded with our hon’ble Chairperson and other guests acknowledging the commendable performances of the children with prize distribution. The day offered a perfect platform for special children who showcased their never give-up spirit despite all odds. They gave a new meaning to the words ‘courage’ and ‘enthusiasm’.
PRESIDIUM STAFF ATTENDS GOOGLE WORKSHOP ON GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
Google organized a 2-day workshop on 4th and 5th December led by the EDTech team focusing on using ‘Google Apps for Education’ (GAFE) that will help teachers to use technology to manage their day to day task effectively and efficiently. It will also increase student engagement with effective use of technology. Google believes that educators are the pivots and more importantly they are the key change agents when it comes to progressing schools to support an environment of open web learning, or a place where using the internet and technology to further learning is widely accepted.
Google Apps for Education is a suite of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration. It includes Classroom, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and more. Additional domain and user management features can be accessed through the Admin Console and the best part is every product is free of cost. At the workshop various sessions and activities were conducted by Mr. Jay Atwood, Regional Director-India, Middle East, Asia, EdTech Team, Inc. Ms. Suchitra Singh and Ms. Sumeeti Bhatia from ICT Department of Presidium, Gurgaon attended the 2-day workshop.
The workshop basically focused on the use of various Google Apps in Education. It was interesting to know how various Apps like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive and Google Calendar can be used by teachers to share their documents and data in a collaborative environment. Google Classroom is a totally new concept in which a teacher can work with the students of his/her class online. All the assignments can be shared and evaluated using this App. The workshop was a great learning experience.
PRESIDIUM ASHOK VIHAR CELEBRATES ANNUAL SPORTS DAY 2015-16
It is said that sport teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules and it also teaches you how it feels to win and lose. Simply put, it teaches you how to live life!
Amidst deafening cheers and war cries, Presidium, Ashok Vihar witnessed its Annual Sports Day 2015-16 on December 3, 2015 in the school premises. This spectacular event was graced by eminent guests which included the Chairperson of Mother’s Pride and Presidium, Mrs. Sudha Gupta; the Guest of Honor Mrs. Asha Aggarwal, a renowned athlete and an Arjuna award recipient, Mr. Joseph Kuak who represented India in Swimming and Water Polo from 1977 to 1984 and a bronze medallist in Water Polo at the IXth ASIAN GAMES that were held in Delhi in 1982; and Shri Balwant Singh, best coach award recipient from DOE and President of Indian Swimming Team. The extravaganza was embellished by the warm presence of Mr. SP Aggarwal, Chairman Advisory Board Presidium group of schools; Ms Nidhi Sirohi, Director, Education; Ms. Meena Joshi, Sports Head Presidium Schools; Mrs. Kavita Nath, Vice Principal, Academics; Mrs. Amita Bhatia, Vice Principal, Operations and Mrs. Vidhi Singh, Head, Starmakers.
The exposition of camaraderie and sportsmanship spirit was initiated by a melodious welcome song followed by release of balloons and a few inspiring words by the Chairperson who reiterated upon the importance of Sports in a student’s life and shared her desire of nurturing future sport stars. The air seemed charged with anticipation and excitement as Mrs. Asha Aggarwal declared the Sports Meet open and shared her journey from being just a simple and mediocre girl to becoming an international athlete of great repute. She encouraged the children to set goals, stay focused and silence those who despise you with your extraordinary feat!
The highlight of the gala show was the march-past in its vibrant hues, lead by Sports captain Nakul Juneja who saluted the Guest of Honor Mrs. Asha Aggarwal. As the Club Mentors lead their clubs proudly past the dais, the achievements of their respective clubs could be heard reverberating in the grounds as our anchors Akshita Taneja and Kanishk Gupta lauded them for their victories in various events. As the clubs paraded past the guests, displaying the best of their coordination and discipline they were adjudged for their abilities by an esteemed panel of judges which included Mrs. Kavita Nath, Mrs. Vidhi Singh and Mr. Shyam Tripathi.
The event was marked by a string of performances by our champs, who were brimming with enthusiasm and sporting excellence. They also presented stunning drills and well synchronized dance performances that left the spectators filling the air with their thunderous applause. A plethora of athletic events were conducted during the day, wherein the young athletes marvelled one and all with their breath taking speed, focus and concentration.
Presidium never misses a chance to acknowledge people for their wonderful contributions and achievements and in the words of our mentor Chairperson Mrs. Sudha Gupta, “Acknowledgement creates possibility”. Putting these thoughts into action Presidium Annual Sports Day not only facilitated its outstanding National players but also provided an opportunity to the proud parents to be a part of the facilitations because parents are the partners in a child’s success. The Victory Ceremony was a testimony to grit and determination…to tears and smiles as the students received their medals and trophies. While the Elites were declared overall winners, the Legends created history by walking away with the first ever Best March past trophy!
Indeed, champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years that they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their steely will and character. This eventful day culminated with a vote of thanks for the sheer hard work and unwavering support for all those who contributed to make it a grand success, whose memories shall remain etched in our hearts for the years to come.
The Sports Day celebrations at Presidium hope to have sent a strong message that winning isn't the score on the board; its seeing something through the end and then congratulating your opponent!