Paying a tribute to the richest dance forms of India, Presidium celebrated International Dance Day in collaboration with 'SPIC MACAY'. Promoting India's classical dance forms the event highlighted Odissi and Kathak. Legendary dancers Ms Sujata Mohapatra who is an expert Odissi dancer, Ms Kavita Diwedi another famous Odissi artist and Ms Malti Shyam who is a well known Kathak dancer; participated and performed at the workshop.
Learned exponent of Odissi, Ms Sujata Mohapatra who is a winner of various prestigious awards such as 'Aditya Birla Kala Niketan Award', 'Top Grade Artist of Doordarshan-Outstanding Category Award' etc; gave a beautiful performance along with her troop and enlightened young Presidians about various technicalities of the dance form. Another well known Odissi artist, Ms kavita Diwedi, also gave an enchanting performance at the event. And, Ms Malati Shyam Ji threw light on the typical mudras of 'Kathak'; including 4 corners , peacock and Krishna dance and tatkaar'.
Every nook and corner of school was decorated with the pictures and achievements of these legends. The environment was sublimed with festivity. Watching the legends performing in their very exotic style made the workshop a great experience for the students as well as teachers.
Some of the eminent personalities who attended the event were: Ms Leela Venkatraman, the renowned dance critic who is associated with SPIC MACAY for past so many years; and Ms Shashi Prabha, who is a famous journalist.
Presidium's new session is off to a running start with an exciting Inter Presidium Table Tennis Tournament on 25th April! The Open Singles tournament was organised by Big League Academy at Presidium Dwarka 16B. Being the very first event of the new session, the thrill was evident in young Presidians!
Putting up a tough challenge for their opponents, boys from Presidium Indirapuram were unbeaten as they claimed the Overall Boys Trophy and Overall Championship Trophy! Proving that girls are no less, girls from Presidium Dwarka 16 B claimed the Overall girls Trophy! Great going girls!
Congratulations to Nakul Sharma for winning 1 Gold in under 12 boys category; Harshit Gupta for winning 1 Gold in under 15 boys category; Rinsha Kharbanda for winning 1 Silver in under 15 girls category; and Ridhima Sharma for winning 1 Bronze in under 12 girls category! Hip Hip Hurray!
For the commemoration of Earth Week, students of Grades Nursery and Prep gathered together for a special assembly on Earth Day. The awareness programmes commenced with a short enactment on Taking Care of Our Mother Earth. Further, a skit was showcased by teachers in which Mother Earth was shown despondently pleading to the people who don't care for her. This made the entire issue more meaningful for the young learners. Teachers beautifully demonstrated the detrimental effect due to cutting down of tress, wasting electricity and water, noise and air pollution through vehicles. The slogans and posters in the demonstration reflected the appropriate solutions for the care and safety of earth by plantation of more trees, car pooling, making judicial use of resources, etc.
The dramatization effect helped students to connect with the issue easily. The discussion afterwards was convincing enough for students' understanding that they are truly motivated for the cause of saving Earth. It was a moment of proud hearing that children will ask their parents to follow the measures demonstrated.
Following the schedule, a club activity on 22nd April, International Earth Day was organized in which children watched audio-visuals about 'Save Earth' and exhibited their learning and ideas through drawings.
We strongly believe in instilling values like caring for the environment from a very young age. This small effort goes a long way for a greater good of the planet.
To celebrate World Heritage Day, Presidium organised an assembly as well as an informative field trip called 'Itihaas Walk' for young Presidians. Recognising India's rich and vibrant culture, Presidians hosted an assembly where they shared their thoughts and views on heritage and its significance. Setting the tone of the assembly with this beautiful thought that 'A people's relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to his mother'; Presidians set out for the exciting 'Itihaas Walk'! They visited various historical monuments and discussed the importance of celebrating world heritage day. Paying tribute to India's wonderful heritage, our young intellectuals also shared their thoughts on the need to protect and conserve our extraordinary cultural heritage!
A large group of young achievers from Presidium were acknowledged for their exemplary achievements in various fields like academics, sports etc; at the Chairperson Honours meet on 22 April, 2015.
Presidium is proud of our star faculty at Presidium Ashok Vihar who are taking Presidium's name to new heights! Members of our faculty gave expert advice in various columns of Hindustan Times to guide Grade XII students through Board Exams. Vice Prinicipal of Presidium Ashok Vihar, Ms. Kavita Nath's expert advice on 'How to prepare and score well in CBSE's Political Science Exams' was featured in the 'Guru Gyan' column of the newspaper. Ms. Neha Verma, PGT (Psychology), and Mr. Nitin Jassal, PGT (Physics) of Presidium Ashok Vihar, gave expert advice on 'How to prepare for Board Exams', in the 'Exam Essential' column.
Presidium proves the adage, 'learning needs no boundaries'! As a part of the Cultural Exchange Programme, a team of facilitators from Darrick Wood Jr. School, Kent, London, UK; visited Presidium. The purpose of the interactive session was to familiarize the visiting team with the teaching methodology and curriculum of Presidium. The facilitators interacted with young Presidians, exchanged presentations and explored various classes covered under Presidium's extensive curriculum. Impressed by Presidium's vision and mission, they acknowledged our philosophy of 'Wonderful Learning', which focuses on developing life skills in children, and their holistic development.
Presidium Citation Ceremony to honor the first batch of leaders - the Grade XII Presidians as they move ahead to excel in new ventures.
Yet another shining moment for Presidium! Our young leaders are the first and the only school team who participated in the world's oldest, largest and most prestigious MUN, 'New York Model United Nations'. Young Presidians attended the MUN as student delegates. The program was sponsored by the government of USA. Around 3000 students from various universities around the world participated in the program.
National Model United Nations or 'NMUN' is the largest and the most distinguished college level Model United Nations in the world, held every year in New York. Conceptualized in 1923, it is one of the oldest (approx. 92 years old) international educational programs based on the model of United Nations.
NMUN is organized by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a nonprofit educational organization. The rules and procedure of NMUN have been adopted from actual UN rules. The uniqueness of this program lies in the multiple resolutions that are framed by the student delegate committees and the resolutions which are successfully passed go to the respective resolved committees in UN. The program was conducted inside the United Nations Headquarters, this is indeed a historic moment for Presidium!
THE NMUN CHRONICLES
NY-NMUN 2015, AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE FOR PRESDIANS!
Presidians are going great guns! Our leaders in the making, attended the world's largest and most prestigious NMUN at New York, a platform where countries of the world come together to negotiate and solve international crisis situations. Our young Siana, conveys her thoughts beautifully and says, "NMUN is a powerful experience for our Montessori young people to come together to listen, negotiate, collaborate and then offer solutions to some of our planets most pressing problems. This programme is an important step towards achieving our vision of educating world for peace." For her "NMUN is not just any extracurricular activity, it's a course of leadership, a manner of development, a path to a finer world - it's a way of life. NMUN has changed and transformed my life in all possible ways, it has not only helped me shape myself as an effective MUNer but also as an individual -it has certainly brought some radical changes in my life."
Prarthita gives us an interesting anecdote about NMUN. She says that she noticed "...some delegates were carrying business cards just for the conference, I guess we can use it in our future MUN's." Calling it as her dream she confessed that she has always used the background guides from the NMUN site as her research work and says, "I never thought that I would a part of this conference so early! Being an observer in this conference was itself a very big achievement in my life!" Praising Alma College, she also says that, "The Model UN Team of Alma College is the best team I have ever seen. They are so hardworking, full of energy and they are always leading the group."
Taking a bite at the big apple, they had an enduring experience meeting 5500 delegates from across 200 countries at the conference. Gushing at his experience at the conference, our eager beaver Rakshit says, "For us, NMUN was a totally different kind of MUN! We can say that because of the debate and the rules which they had and with the support and help given by Sushant Sir, we were able to adjust very easily." Sharing his ideas, he suggests, "Such process, if applied during our MUNs, will surely make us leave a mark in other schools. There were many such things which can be done in our own MUN to create a difference. We all hope that we may again get a chance to attend the next NMUN but not as a shadow but an active delegate and make our school outshine internationally."
Our young world leaders had a lucky chance to visit and stay at the famous ALMA College in Michigan. During their stay they received guidance and support from Dr. Derick Hulme, Professor, ALMA College. Presidians also got a chance to interact and hold knowledgeable discussions with the Model UN Team of ALMA College, which has been declared as an "Outstanding Delegation" at NMUN for 18 years.
The interaction proved to be a wonderful experience in itself as it was more than just debates and discussions between them! There were interesting cultural discussions between Presidians and members of the college's Rotary Club, where they exchanged fascinating anecdotes about traditions in India and the way of life in America!
Going gaga over the knowledgeable yet enjoyable discussions they had, Vinayak quips, "I personally enjoyed this trip and never left the opportunity to learn something new every day. I learnt lot of management skills not only from Alma College but also while living there and packing. I also learnt how to prepare for the MUN conference so that we could perform well..." Putting down his experience in apt words, he suggests, "I also learnt that MUN is not a debating platform in which countries fight with each other in fact it is a platform in which countries unite and negotiate to solve worldwide problems."
Further moving on to the NMUN experience, as a part of the delegate committees, Presidians got an insight into the actual procedure and format followed at the United Nations. Giving a day to day account of the trip, Rushil says "We arrived at New York on the evening of 27th March, waiting with excitement for the NMUN conference which was supposed to start from the 29th. Recalling the exciting trip he further explains his role at the conference and mentions that he was supposed to shadow the Ethiopian Delegation in the C-34 committee for the coming 4 days and on 29th, "all of us were ready in our new suits looking forward towards the coming 4 days which had tons of learning in store for us...", he adds.
Explaining the procedure followed at NMUN, Rushil explains, "On the first day of the conference the chair gave the committee a brief about the agendas and the approach they should follow while making the report which was the committee's main goal." Each delegation was called upon to give their views on those set agendas and to pin point three most important agendas. The committees discussed important international issues such as Strengthening Regional Arrangements in Africa, Enhancing Robust Mandates to Deal with Complex Crisis, Enhancing the Use of Technology in Peacekeeping Missions and more.
Each committee was divided into sub groups to discuss and create a working paper to formulate a draft resolution. The groups later merged their working papers which were sent for final editing from the Dias. Last day of the conference saw delegates giving their closing remarks and heading towards the voting process, which was kept secret due to stringent policies. Following which, the resolution was anonymously passed by the committee. Rushil quickly sums up his experience at the conference with these words, "...these 4 days were truly remarkable and full of learning. On the last day we attended the closing ceremony at the UN headquarters which had some truly inspiring speeches given by some of the people who influence today's world."
Filled with gratitude towards their school Presidium, our shining stars together thanked, Honorable Chairperson of Presidium, Mrs Sudha Gupta, for opening the flood gates of golden opportunities for them through NMUN! In Siana's words "...I am grateful to every single person who's ever been a part of my MUN journey so far and would like to thank them with utmost felicity and glee for helping me being who I am. I certainly believe, my school Presidium has played a prominent role in introducing NMUN into my life..."
Feeling short of words they expressed that they cannot thank their Teachers and Mentors enough for making their dream come true. Like Prarthita says, "I have earned a lot from this conference; friendships, knowledge, love from professor Hulme and his family... I promise you that I will never let you down! I hope to work with them again in PMUN 2015!"
The eventful NMUN sojourn has helped Presidians to develop into future intellectuals. The twelve day trip proved to be an experience of a lifetime for them. With such valuable experience under their belts our potential leaders are all set to make a meaningful difference in this world.
We believe that each child is unique and is a treasure house of talents. It is our endeavor to provide training, exposure and a platform to help them discover and showcase to the world their talent. With this believe and aim, the Big League Academy organized the Second Inter Presidium Sub Junior Boys Cricket Championship, 2014-15, which commenced on 17th January 2015. Mrs. Pushpa Ratnam (S.P.E - Directorate of Education (Sports Branch) Zone-XI, North West "B") graced the occasion and inaugurated the tournament at Presidium Ashok Vihar. The first match in the series, played between Presidium Dwarka 22 and Presidium Indirapuram, saw a comfortable win for Presidium Dwarka 22. The spirit was high, the air was filledS with enthusiastic cheers, and on display was the true sportsmanship among our players.