Starting from 14th till 16th November 2013, the grand Presidium MUN conference held at Presidium Ashok Vihar witnessed great zeal among over 200 students of Presidium & other schools of the NCR representing as delegates of the United Nations. The students were seen in high spirits discussing, debating, brainstorming, negotiating, collaborating & co-developing policy options to resolve contemporary global challenges that have made a huge impact all over the world. PMUN was graced with the eminent presence of our Chairperson Mrs. Sudha Gupta and Guest of Honor including Ms. Leslie Hayden, First Secretary of the US Embassy, Professor Sreeram Chaulia, Professor & Dean of International Affairs of Jindal Global University. With their presence and powerful words, the young delegates were inspired and motivated to give their best. All questions of the General Assembly were entertained by the chair of the committee in a very positive way. The enthusiasm and the confidence which was evident throughout the event among Presidians were commendable and lead to a great success of the PMUN.
Presidians celebrated World Food Day by enacting a story that conveyed the importance of healthy food. Some children personified healthy food items (such as apple, pomegranate, potato etc) and others as junk food (such as burger, pizza, chips, French fries etc). They clearly highlighted the importance of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet and discouraged junk food. Children were also sensitized that they should not waste food as it is earned with great labor. In some Presidium branches, the children were requested to bring cooked chanas and 2 packets of kulchas to distribute to the people who are less fortunate in the vicinity. The food from each class was put together and a bhandara was organized in the school premises. Children came in line and served food to the people. At the end it was very heart touching to hear the sharing of these little children.
Diwali epitomizes the Victory of Good over Evil. The approaching auspicious day was thus celebrated as a festive occasion in Presidium. A special assembly commemorated with the teacher sharing the importance of the festival. The students then sung a Diwali rhyme Aai Diwali followed by a group dance performance by them. Presidians took up a stand for clean and pollution-free Diwali celebration. Students also presented a small skit to make the children aware about their environment and what they can do to keep it clean. All the classes had the same theme that Diwali must be celebrated with sweets and not with noise.
Resplendent and excited faces encapsulated with the aura of excitement and pride was a sight to behold at Presidium when it decided to honor and acknowledge the feats of their champions by holding the Prize Distribution Ceremony. Students from Nursery to Grade VIII were lauded for their commendable efforts in various fun and sporting activities. The students were addressed by the Chairperson Mrs. Sudha Gupta and Mr. S.P. Agarwal, Chairman Advisory Board. They were elated to see the enthusiasm and congratulated them on their success. In total 642 prizes and medals were given. The ceremony ended on a high note as it marked a perfect end to a new beginning.
Education means all round development of body, mind & soul. In this respect, games and sports play a significant role. Sports Day is a day students wait for eagerly, every year. An interesting programme was made for the day. Children were geared up to perform for their respective club in their club jerseys. Different kinds of races were performed by Nursery & Prep children like Make the word, Birthday Race etc. The cheering team worked as an energy booster for all the participants. At the end, the teachers appreciated the students for their energetic performance and outlined the value of sports and games in their life.
For providing students with the tools to help them relax, release stress and improve their lifestyle, Presidium Ashok Vihar organized a yoga workshop for students of Grade 9. The workshop was led by Yogi Shri Gopal Krishna Ji and it was purely dedicated to enlighten the students on the importance of meditation and yoga. The workshop was attended by Shri Dinesh Aggarwal, CEO Mr Matharoo and Dr Nishtha, a renowned Mind trainer and Hypnotherapist. Yogi Shri Gopal Krishna Ji highlighted the importance of breathing and instructed students to practice some of the basic asanas. Not only this, he also told students about how the yoga asanas could help them in enhancing their concentration and retention power. In the next session Dr Nishtha, talked about the power of mind and how students could master their minds and transform their lives drastically. It was an enduring and a fruitful session, enjoyed by all the participants.
Six sections of Presidium Ashok Vihar, Grade 4th visited a farm at Bhakthavarpur as a part of their PBL Project, From Farm to Plate. They acquainted themselves with the evolving process of farming and agricultural tools. They also established a dichotomy between the conventional and the contemporary ways of farming and the tools employed for the same. Witnessing these organic farming processes was an enriching experience for all the students.
The Ringside View, Presidiums academy for theatre, invites you to watch a play on the life of Indias great martyr Bhagat Singh.Come, and get inspired from him and the very cause he sacrificed his life for: To bring freedom to our motherland from the tyranny of the British rule.
Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration at the end of Ramadan called Eid al-Fitr (the festival of fast-breaking). Students of Presidium conducted a beautiful assembly on Eid where they participated with full enthusiasm. The Presidians gave a short speech about Eid, its customs, rituals etc which was enlightening for all. They enacted a small skit showcasing the importance of the festival and the sentiments attached to it. The celebration was completed with a rocking dance performance.
ITIHAAS comprises of a small group of passionate and hardworking educators who are involved in path-defining work in the field of Heritage and Education since the last 10 years. Each ITIHAAS learning module ensures that there is not only generation of knowledge but also plenty of contexts for Critical Thinking for the students in terms of preserving our heritage. Since last year, ITIHAAS has come up with various initiatives to strengthen the Presidium Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fields like Music, Theatre, Heritage, Literature, Science, Maths etc are getting integrated in the learning experience of both teachers and students. The Presidium students and teachers of Grades VI-VIII explored Sufism, Water Management, Cities and Administration, Revolt of 1857 etc, and understood how these connect and impact our lives today. Initiatives like introducing a rich menu of Foreign Languages (French, Spanish and German) from Grade IV onwards, Meal Planning, Youth Parliament, Theatre in Education, International school award, Model United Nations Programme have also come up. ITIHAAS makes learning fun and a conscious attempt is made to break social barriers. Hence, the ITIHAAS initiative is Education for the Living in the Truest Sense.