Presidians believe in discussing, conversing and being inspired by the worthy thoughts of others. After attending Sanskriti MUN recently, the students are now participating in the Harvard Model United Nation (HMUN) 2013, which began on 15th August at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, and will last till 18th August, 2013. Our nine chosen Presidians are the members of the third session of HMUN Conference. Stared over 75 years back, HMUN is the oldest Model United Nations simulations in the world. The HMUN session in India has the potential to excel the impact of other plentiful learning experiences for students. The present HMUN session is noted by: • Renowned 8 rarefied personalities from across the globe • 1025 diligent participants from 9 countries • 140 faculty advisors The students and the faculty advisors are having an unusual chance to interact with these leaders and other eminent speakers. The UN conference is an opportunity for Presidians to experience diplomacy, foreign relations and discuss the pressing global issues on the UN agenda. Presidium encourages the students to participate in such sessions to give them a true insight of the international standers. The students are developing their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and are eager to respond to global concerns. Our Presidians are actively participating and making their presence felt at the HMUN. They are giving their options and views on the global concerns. Our future builders know their responsibility well.
To recognize the brilliant minds of Presidium, an exclusive luncheon was organized at the Art of Curry where the honorable Chairperson of Presidium, Mrs. Sudha Gupta spent time with the young achievers. As an acknowledgement of their accomplishments and exceptional talents, the students were awarded a Letter of Appreciation signed by the Chairperson along with a copy of an individual picture clicked with her. The students took this meet as an opportunity to interact with Mrs. Sudha Gupta and share their remarkable experiences. The great time they had, and the delicious lunch made the day, special. With such initiatives Presidium aims to encourage outstanding talent, empowering them to become leaders of tomorrow.
A group of 30 students went on a scientific escapade to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in U.S. during summer vacations. The students had an extraordinary experience in their journey to fulfill their quest for knowledge on space science through this educational tour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to spend three exciting days at Kennedy Space Centre, where they could learn all about NASA focusing on the past, the present and the future of space exploration. Their excitement was at its peak when the students got a chance to not only take a close tour of NASA launch and landing facility but also witmess a rocket launch, which was like a dream come true for the Presidians. All along they learned about robotics, GPS devices and also met many astronauts. Other than this enthralling educational tour, the students also explored the iconic locations such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Niagara Falls, Times Square, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Museum of Natural History. It was a trip full of fun and adventure wherein the students get to meet new people and explored the diversity of the country. The engaging and educative tour to NASA was thoroughly enjoyed by the students as well as the teachers, making it an experience to treasure all through life.
The most sought for prestigious annual Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition 2013 (ARSSDC) in collaboration with Kennedy space centre NASA which has given a platform to over 6600 students so far, culminated on 22 Feb-2013. Around 245 students from 20 different schools and varied cultures of Asian countries including India, Pakistan, China and Thailand participated in this program Our respectable Chairperson, Mrs. Sudha Gupta was invited to grace the occasion as chief guest to motivate and inspire budding scientists and designers to be a leader and torch barer of transformation in this space programme. The eminent jury that judged the competition were veterans from the space designing programme NASA. Ms. Anita Gale from National Space Society (US), Ms. Heather Paul from NASA (Johnson Space Centre), and, an honorable Presidential Awardee teacher, Mr. Jim Christensen (Johnson Space Centre) comprised of the eminent jury. Sudha Maam felicitated the winning team and the jury.
Another feather in our cap placed by the young brilliant minds of Presidium who brought us pride by winning 26 Gold, 22 Silver and 21 Bronze medals at the 15th National Science Olympiad conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF). Presidium feels an immense delight to be gifted with such exceptional talents who are dedicated to raise the standards of the school to the next level. Heartiest congratulations to all the winners!
A grand chess tournament was organized by Presidium wherein students of Grade 4 to 6 from all branches participated. Hosted by Presidium IP on 9th October-2013, this inter branch chess competition was inaugurated by the AcademicDirector, Mr. M.V. Kumar. The young Presidians displayed a commendableperformance which led to an enthralling tournament. Although every student showcased their best abilities, the Presidians of IndiraPuram branch had an edge over others which made them win the Champion trophy. The runner up trophy was bagged by Presidium Ashok Vihar. It was a magnificent event conducted by the Big League Academy which every student and teacher, who was a part of it, participated with high spirits and enthusiasm.
Presidium Senior Secondary School organized the much awaited Rock n Roll Christmas carnival which was the most exciting and happening carnival in town. Carnival celebrated in high Christmas spirit was undoubtedly the most memorable and enjoyable for parents and children. The grand carnival was celebrated at different branches of Presidium & Mothers Pride. On 22nd & 23rd December (Saturday & Sunday), the splendid celebration took place in Presidium – Indirapuram, Ashok Vihar, and on 25th December (Tuesday), the gala event continued at– Presidium Gurgaon-57, Dwark Sec 22 and Noida 93. The premises of the schools were brilliantly bedecked in white and red Christmas theme. From the games to the motion of the rides, carnival had all and it sure captured the imagination of children and their family members. Activities like magic show, tattoo making, thrilling games like shooting and tambola, non-stop foot tapping music, rides and slides proved to be a big hit amongst kids. Fun didn’t stop here, there were exciting adventure sports like flying fox and rappelling as well. The Santa Clauses danced on the Christmas jingles with kids and distributed goodies to them. Other attractions of the carnival were drummers, jugglers, stilt walkers and bell ringers. Moreover, dynamic performances by Presidians enthralled the crowd at the carnival. Presidium in-house choir group sung tunes followed by Christmas carols, a must to complete the Christmas celebration. There were further exciting performances by students of Presidium and Mothers Pride school, who fascinated everyone with their grooves and moves. Also, at the carnival there were array of appetizing gourmet like mughlai, Italian, fast food, Dominos Pizzas, etc for the food lovers at the stalls. The food options surely satiated the taste buds of the visitors, who savored mouth watering delicacies. Thoughtfully spread over days, the carnival aimed to make this Christmas more magical and fun filled than ever for everyone.
On 13th December 2012, the Grade-5 students of Presidium spent a whole day at the rural setting on the banks of longest lake in Delhi – the BHALSWA LAKE making it one of their most unforgettable and riveting experiences. The move was initiated as a part of the Project Based Learning (PBL) activity to instill the feel of ‘Learning by doing’ among the students. After a pre-vigilance of the place themselves, teachers were convinced that the horse-shoe shaped lake, is an ideal site for a thorough understanding of several ecological facts. The students were thrilled and sensitized with the information that they gathered. The objective was to study the lake and its impact on plants, animals, people, and surroundings. Some of the Presidians interviewed the residents of the nearby village to understand the usage and importance of the lake water to them. Additionally, this deliberate effort also helped to create a feeling of sensitivity and relatedness towards the environment amongst the students. Special acknowledgement to faculty members for inducting such a stirring visit for the students. It was gratifying to see each of the young learners puffing up their minds and confidence with this Extraordinary Experience.
In support of outpouring public anger against the ghastly incident that has left everyone shaken and distressed, a valiant Presidian, Riya of class VIII voiced her opinion on this issue on Indias leading news channel- NDTV. She asserted that our society at large need to change and instead of condemning the rape victims, they should extend all support to them. Moreover, she strongly raised a valid question that – Why is eve teasing not considered to be very serious sexual crime in a country where women are worshipped as Durga and Lakshmi, Indian goddesses. Her call for action definitely prompted the need for changing culture in India where women are not routinely devalued rather given stature of reverence and respect. Kudos to the young Presidian , who proved from her stand that she is truly a Leader of Tomorrow.
A fun-filled cltural event Sukriti was organized by Varishth Nagrik Kesari Club (Model Town Branch) supported by Punjab Kesari for its members on October 13th at Art of Curry. It was a day full of excitement that enchanted everyone and brought smiles on the faces of the elders. Mrs Sudha Gupta, Chairperson of Mothers Pride and Presidium attended the event as Chief Guest. Honorable Shri J P Aggarwal, Member of Parliament, shri. Surender Pal- MLA, Mrs. Kiran Chopra, chairperson, Varishth Nagrik Kesari club, Mr. M. P Singh, President, Sparsh Special school were also present to grace the occasion. There was singing, dancing and lot of fun at the event. Members of the club participated in the performances and showed their slick moves on the dance floor. Adding more delight to the whole event were special children of Sparsh who stole everyone’s heart with their innocence filled performances. Also, there was a prize distribution ceremony in the end to acknowledge the performers. To sum it up, it was a memorable day for all especially for senior members of club who taught us that this is what living life to the full is all about.