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Delhi Public School, Sector 45, Gurgaon

Topic- Celebration of Van Mahostav



Students celebrated Van Mahotsav in the month of July. The objective of the celebration was to create awareness about the importance of trees. The session began by giving children an introduction about Van (forest) Mahotsav (festival) and why it is important. Various interesting activities highlighting the importance of trees were planned. Students drew a scene from the jungle. The sketches came to life on paper as students coloured them in vivid colours. Students were asked to illustrate the importance of saving paper by making a drawing. They came up with brilliant ideas like recycling, avoidance of unnecessary printing, usage of electronic media and age-old verbal communication. Students penned down the importance of conserving trees in the form of poem. Children came up with meaningful stanzas using key words like environment, clean, fresh, greenery and oxygen. The students made a badge on saving trees and coloured it. They wore it in the school thereby spreading the message of importance of conserving trees. The students illustrated the journey of a seed to a tree. They then wrote down the experience of a seed growing and turning into a sapling and its journey towards becoming a tree. The students made a variety of posters on ‘SAVE TREES’ and wrote very interesting slogans on their posters. They then pasted the posters in the corridors of the school. The students also made posters depicting the importance of trees in our lives. Innovative designer bags were made by the students using newspaper. They were then decorated in the class. This made them learn how newspapers can be recycled.

Children imagined that they were a tree about to be cut by a wood-cutter to make money. They articulated their feelings in the autobiography. Their gratitude towards trees increased manifold with this activity. Students were made to write and draw the activities which harm the growth of trees. This activity made them realise that human activities are affecting the environment in a very harmful way. They came up with ideas to conserve the greenery around them, which can be implemented easily. The tree plantation drive that was organized gave students a first-hand experience of planting and nurturing a growing sapling.


INTACH School group celebrated ‘Van Mahotsav’ on 17th July’15. The students of Middle school researched about their state tree and wrote its uses and importance as well as myths and traditions associated with the tree. The students from each section adopted a plant and are nurturing and taking care of the plant. The students were encouraged to preserve trees which play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance. The INTACH club members aslo prepared a board on van mahotsav.

R.N Podar School, Mumbai

Topic- Heritage Club activities

Heritage club R.N Podar School holds sessions for students every Friday. Students of Grades VI to VIII learnt different traditional Street Plays forms of India and performed short plays picking up social issues like child trafficking, to addictions and even on women liberation. In the month of July student learnt Tie and Dye - a traditional form of textile printing. They got cotton cloth and learnt how to tie the fabric later they also dyed their fabrics. The Club Celebrated the 'Birth anniversary' of the Indian Tricolour. They were introduced to story of Shri Shyamlal Gupta- the composer of 'Flag song' and students sang the flag song. Celebrating Kargil Diwas students were shown a documentary of Kargil War and they were introduced to the bravery of the Indian Army and the valor of Indian soldiers.

F. D. High School, Ahmedabad

Topic- Celebration of Digital India Week

"Digital India Week" was launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister on 1st July 2015. To celebrate the Digital India Week, the students were taken to the Paldi Post Office so that the students can get first hand information regarding the working of the post office and the services it provides. The students were taken around by Mr. Shrenit, Lata madam and other staff members of the paldi post office. The students were informed about various dealings done at the Paldi Post office. Working of Speed post, Business post, Media post, retail post, bill mail services, e-post, e-payment, e-money order, Tatkal money, Passport services, Postal Banking services, Postal Insurance and International Money Transfer was explained to the students at the respective windows of operations. Sorting of the mails according to districts was also explained to the students. The students were also shown the working of the PPF and Saving department and the benefits of the same. The students were feeling very satisfied by the response the staff members at the post office. The students thanked all the staff members for taking their precious time out and explaining them the working of the post office.

Global Indian International School, Noida

Topic- Days Celebrated

The celebration of Van Mahotsav Week at GIIS Noida was an ideal opportunity to instill personal and social responsibility in our students towards safeguarding trees and forests. To celebrate the Festival of trees called Van Mahotsav primary students participated in various activities conducted in a weeklong event.

• Activity 1- Slogan writing competition (2nd July ’15)-Grade 6 Chart papers sheets were provided to the students and they were told to bring decorative material to do the slogan writing. Children showed a lot of enthusiasm. Students came up with beautiful and inspiring slogans relating to plants and the earth. Ms. Beena and Ms. Shazia took the efforts to judge the slogans. The award winning students are I- Adwitiya Singh, II- Rajshibhu Pandey, III- Megha Singla.

• Activity 2 –Special Assembly (3rd July’15)- Grade III-B and students of Eco Club put in together presented a special assembly dedicated to Van Mahotsav. The flow of event was
a) Morning prayer song
b) Speech on importance of van mahotsav supported by a presentation
c) Song on trees
d) play on chipko movement flowed by narration on chipko movement
e) Pledge

• Activity 3-Inter house quiz competition-(6th July’15)-Grade 7 & 8- Four student from each house was selected by the house masters to participate in the quiz competition. Students participated enthusiastically. Hibiscus house emerged as the winning house and chrysanthemum house took the second lead.

• Activity 4-Inter house poster making competition (7th July’15)-grade 4&5-To promote environmental awareness Student of class 4 & 5 had participated in poster making competition on this occasion. Each group had made their poster on Tittle ‘Amazing world of plants”. All groups had depicted different ideas on various aspects of plant life.

• Activity 5- Exhibition (10th July’15) - Grade 1-8- this was the final phase of week long celebration of Van Mahotsav. The work compiled by the students as their holiday homework, which was designed around the theme of van mahotsav was put up on display. Thus it turned about to be a grand event involving all the grade from 1 till 8.

World Dance day was celebrated at GIIS Noida on 30 April 2015 with an objective to increase awareness and the importance of dance among the masses. In a special assembly the students spoke about World Dance Day. They explained the meaning of dance, dances of India, UNESCO list of Cultural Heritage and benefits of dance. Students from classes 7 & 8 presented TAP DANCE and students from classes 5 & 6 presented KATHAK TARANA. World Dance Day has given an opportunity to the students to know and appreciate the different dance forms.

As a part of World Population Day, the assembly was started with the Morning Prayer. After that Shreya of grade V explained why we celebrate World Population Day. The students of grade 5 gave a power point presentation on the facts about population. They covered various topics like:

1. India‘s share in world population,
2. Comparison between the developed and developing nations,
3. Facts and figures about the current population.
4. the most striking feature of their presentation was the topic of Rural India.
5. The students used the socio- economic census data and explained about the real condition of rural India.
6. In conclusion they explained the effects of over- population and the possible steps to control population.

A maths quiz was also organized in the assembly. Three students from each house of grades 6-8 participated in the quiz. The First position was secured by Nehal, Avni and Sanskaar of Chrysanthemum House. Varuni, Aniket and Harsh of Hibiscus house stood second. Kanav, Rishikant and Rajshibu of Sunflower house secured third position.

Govt. Higher Secondary School, Dondekala

Heritage Club Activity- Artefact Creation Club (2014)

The school established a heritage club on the 25th October 2014, it was named ‘artefact creation club’ it has 30 members and the office holders are chosen from the students and during the course of the year the club undertook a number of activities were held, the club held its first meeting on 1st November 2014. The first activity undertaken by the club was arranging of bricks on the ground to create a map of India, inside which they planted coriander and fenugreek. The second activity undertaken was cleaning and gardening of the school compound, an art competition was organised in which students decorated rocks, and the students who won were awarded certificates. The club held its meeting again on the 6th December. The club also cleaned the area close to a pond and a temple in the village. The club also cleaned a Nandi statue in the village.

Oxford Grammar School, Hyderabad

Topic- Vegetable carvings

OGS Pracheena Heritage club conducts activities every Saturday. The class 6th did vegetable carvings.

DAV International School, Verka Chowk, Amritsar

Topic- Club Activities in the Month of May

Labour Day- 1st May 2015

On this day, a morning assembly was conducted in which a role play was enacted depicted the pathetic condition of labour class and ways to improve it. Students also participated in Card making competition depicting the plight of labour in India.

International Energy Day – 3rd May 2015

A special theme based morning assembly was conducted in which the students were aware of the various sources of energy. A poster making competition on the ‘energy’ was organized. The principal stressed upon the judicious use of natural resources and their conservation.

International Family Day - 15th May 2015

The students of different classes participated in various competitions like card making, poem recitation and poem writing etc.

Delhi School of Excellence, Hyderabad

Topic- Heritage Activities- April 2015

Keeping the spirit alive, DeeSians celebrated the World Heritage Day on 18th April with full zeal and enthusiasm by planning different events to raise awareness .The programme started by welcoming the guest Mr. Ahteram Ali Khan Board Member Salarjung Museum Hyderabad which was followed by a programme depicting India’s dying heritage Kathputli presented by DeeSians highlighting Status of women in India. Grade VI & X who are part of Heritage Club in the new Academic Session started their journey with a memorable and exciting trip to Salarjung Museum in the month of April 2015.The tour started by knowing a brief history of the museum i.e. who its founder was, When and how it was set up. They were also enlightened that it is one of the biggest one-man collection of antiques in the world. The children were enthralled and mesmerized by the global collection of art objects and antiques not only of Indian origin but from countries in the Eastern and the Western hemispheres. The collection left the children spell bound but a few collections which bowled over them where the veiled Rebecca –an enchanting marble statue-the Jade crafted daggers of Emperor Jahnagir, Noorjehan and Shahjahan. Likewise the double figure wood sculpture which stands before a mirror showcasing the façade of non-chalant Mephistopheles and the image of a demure Margaretta in the mirror left everyone dumb founded. It was a delight to watch the children know the various sources of history and how close and accessible they are to them.All in all a memorable and informative visit greeted the children in the new academic session. India is probably one of the richest countries in the world in terms of its history and heritage; in terms of rulers and ruling clans. Keeping this in view Grades III &IV were provided an opportunity to fulfill their dreams and fantasies of marching in a parade and being royal i.e. Kings’ and Queens Parade was their theme where for a moment children stepped into the shoes of famous kings and queens and walked onto the stage with grace and poise. They spoke boldly and confidently about the achievements of various kings and queens which made the audience spell bound and mesmerised. The chief guest and the audience left the show with laurels and applaud. Grades V & VI had group song competition wherein the children through their melodious music highlighted the message of saving our heritage. Grades VII and VIII participated in a stamp making competition. The children made beautiful stamps based on our natural heritage in different hues giving out a powerful message to safeguard our nature ranging from animals to rivers to mountains. Finally the senior lot Grade IX & X had Bulletin Board Decoration wherein the children exhibited their creativity by decorating the board in varied hues of heritage. Various Inter-House competitions were held beginning with, the tiny tots ‘Colouring Competition’. The main aim of which was to make them cognizant of their own heritage. The tiny tots were given colouring sheets which had pre-printed drawing on them. Likewise theme for Grade I & II was respected our Heritage and Preserve Monuments. Students coloured monuments to create awareness about Indian Heritage and thus making a long lasting impression with colours.

Lakshmipat Singhania School, Rajsamand

Topic- Tour of Rajsamand

On 7th March 2015, students were shown the fabulous city, Rajsamand. They visited Rajsamand Lake, Dayal Shah Qila, Irrigation pal and Dwarakadhesh Temple. We along with students went Nau Chauki to clean the area. They made handmade posters highlighting the hygienic and unhygienic environment respectively. People were urged not to pollute the Rajsamand Lake. The pledge ‘I will not litter; I will not allow others to litter’.

Delhi Public School, Sec -45, Gurgaon

Topic- INTACH activities in April 2015

The various activities conducted:
Do your part be eco-smartThis was the basis of the session in which children had to pen down ideas to conserve natural resources of Earth in the form of poem. The children came up with many practical initiatives which can be taken up in daily life. The key words (Earth, birth, water, daughter, tap, sap, lake, take) were provided to the children which helped them to be in their best poetic form.

Mumble tumble activity-In this activity session, the children were given jumbled sentences and were asked to make meaningful sentences related to the topics- Earth Day, water conservation, environment and water cycle. This provided the children with the opportunity to think meaningfully about water conservation, its relation with the environment and the need to conserve the natural resources of Earth.

Illustrations with comic strips- The students made colourful illustrations with profound meaning. They depicted Earth as a sad face and mentioned 5 reasons for its unhappiness using speech bubbles. This was followed by depicting Earth as a happy place. The sad speech bubble was replaced with 5 resolutions that would help the Earth become a clean-green planet.

Enactment of water cycle- This was a group activity involved role by students in which a group of children were made water droplets, another group was made water vapours, another group was made clouds and another group was made rain drops. A student enacted the role of sun shining brightly. During enaction each group was asked to repeat the key words of the water cycle - water droplets said ‘evaporating’, water vapours said ‘rising up’, clouds said ‘condensation’ and rain drops said ‘precipitation’. The children actively participated in the activity and it also helped them to remember the key words related to the water cycle.

Poster Brain Storming session on water conservation – This session was much enjoyed by the students as they put in interesting inputs and innovative ideas for the cause.

Chipko Movement'-The Importance of trees-our green friends was highlighted by the enactment of the 'Chipko Movement'. Students also made colourful illustrations of the movement.

Nukkad Natak- The importance of plants in our life and the significance of maintaining balance in nature was beautifully showcased through a Nukkad Natak. The Nukkad Natak was an endeavor to connect with the audience and spread awareness about ecological balance.

Earth Day Assembly- The histrionic skills of the students emphatically highlighted the significance of celebrating Earth Day every year. The assembly concluded with a pledge taken by the entire Junior school to protect, preserve and conserve the natural resources of our planet.


To enhance and promote the importance of art and culture students of middle school made display boards on the following topics-
Class 6-Folk Dances of India
Class 7- Folk Music of India
Class 8- Folk Art of India

Students of middle school composed a small poem to save planet earth and their contribution towards it

Earth Provides Enough To Satisfy Every Man’s Need But Not Every Man’s Greed. Class VI presented an assembly on Environment on 22nd April 2015.The student conveyed the message to save the Environment through an effective and motivating skit. They reiterated their message through colorful placards. They recited a meaningful and an inspirational poem. All the children of the class enthusiastically participated in the assembly. The Headmistress, Ms.Dipinder Kaur reinforced that it is the duty of each and every child to contribute towards cleanliness and saving the environment.

Delhi Public School, Gurgaon hosted a musical extravaganza under the aegis of SPIC MACAY on Wednesday, 8th April, 2015. The Vice Principal, Ms. Santvna Thadani, welcomed the guests and felicitated them. A much acclaimed and sought after performer Ms. Shruti Sadolikar mesmerized the audience with her mellifluous voice. She gave a brief introduction to the classical and semi classical forms of singing and mesmerized the audience with her rendition in Raag Todi and Raag Tilak Kamod. She performed with her characteristic confidence, giving the raga an expansive treatment. She was accompanied by renowned tabla player, Pt. Vinod Lele, eminent harmonium player, Pt. Vinay Kumar Mishra and two budding artists on Tanpura. Ms Shalini Arora, Senior Mistress, Middle Wing, proposed the vote of thanks.

Global Indian International School, Chinchwad

Topic- Heritage Club activities in December 2014

Minority Rights Day is observed on 18th December every year throughout the world. The students of Grade X organized an event for the underprivileged children to commemorate Minority Rights Day. The children started the programme with a medley of songs and a musical presentation using drums which was followed by a number of age appropriate games. The students had also arranged for snacks and refreshments for their special guests. The children were given mementos and gifts that they would cherish and remember for a long time as it was a special moment of joy for them. A group photograph of the students and the excited invitees sealed the moment forever. the event of ‘Cooking without fire with Moms’ was organised, on 19th of December 2014 .Children along with their mothers were seen putting their culinary skills to trial. The little chefs were ecstatic and thrilled and showed off their prized dishes. The Annual Concert for Grade I was held on 19th December 2014. The theme for Kaleidoscope was ‘Colours’. Colours have always been an inseparable ingredient of Indian heritage and tradition, be it the festive vibrance of ‘Holi’ or the harvest festivals.The chief guests for the day were the hugely popular footballers from Pune FC, Mr. Arata Izumi and Mr. Luciano Sabrosa. The skits performed by the students ‘Town White’ and ‘Rainbow’ were spun around the theme of colour. The children also gave a melodious and mesmerizing recital of the classical song -Raga Brindavani Sarang. A bright and dazzling Fashion Show was a special treat for the day. To conclude the event Christmas Carols were also sung along by everyone to usher in the festive season. To bring out the energy and the high spirit of Christmas, GIIS Chinchwad had organized special assemblies on 22nd and 23rd December 2014.The tiny tots of Pre Primary presented the beautiful message of love, sharing, caring and celebrating happiness with friends and family. With the stage set on the Christmas theme, children dressed in red and white were all in cheerful spirits and the atmosphere was festive. The message of love and happiness, the true essence of Christmas was delightfully presented with a merry skit.. The children enacted their roles gleefully and belted out their dialogues heartily. All the children enthusiastically sang along the Christmas Carol ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’ soaking in the spirit of the day and wishing a Merry Christmas to all. Students from French language club presented carols in French to welcome the festive spirit. Extravaganza - the Annual Concert for Grade II & III was held on December 23rd 2014.The theme of the concert was ‘Incredible India’. It highlighted the spirit of cultural harmony and illustrated the rich cultural heritage of India. Students at GIIS Chinchwad come from across the country and world. The theme of the concert was a celebration of the spirit of Unity in Diversity! The performances were a splendid visual of the cultural heritage of India cutting across regions and religions. The vibrant costumes depicting the beauty of our unique culture! The pulsating spirit of Punjab, the beauty of Kashmir, the colours of Karnataka, the serenity of Assam ...were all being depicted marvellously with exhilarating dance, drama, and melodious songs. The concert was immensely appreciated by the parents and the guest audience and was an overwhelming success!

Global Indian International School, Chinchwad

Topic- Activities conducted in April, July, August and September 2014

To mark the World Heritage Day on 18th April 2014, a special assembly was conducted by the Hibiscus house. The aim was to sensitise students towards the different types of heritage monuments of our country as well as in the other countries. The assembly began with the morning prayer song followed by a skit presentation which showcased various heritage sites including monuments, caves, temples and the natural heritage of India. The children were exposed to the world heritage history through a quiz session. GIIS students took a pledge to safeguard their heritage.
On the Special Assembly on Earth Day (22nd April 2014), to promote environmental awareness, students explained the meaning of Earth Day. They explained the importance of three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Tiny tots of classes 1 & 2 brought some used items like: plastic, newspaper, empty plastic bags etc. and explained how these items can be reused before throwing as garbage. The message behind this activity was to tell the students that we should reduce the garbage as much as possible by reusing the items or by recycling them. Students also presented the Facts about the celebration of Earth Day. “Heal the World” and “Janani Janmabhumi” songs sung by the students, to show the gratitude to the Mother Earth with the message to take care to the environment for the sake of our own life. Students took a pledge to ‘plant a tree today’ and ‘go green’.
On Youth International Day (12th August 2014), the assembly started with a vibrant note of good morning. Little ones of grade one and two were dressed in different attire of national leaders, with a message to up-coming youth that we should follow the values of our leaders along with the advancement of technology. A question was put up for the children viewing the program that who is their youth icon? There were vivid replies from many of the students and they were clear in their thought and speech. A Hindi song performance was also done and children sung with full melody. Along with the banners in hand children conveyed some un-forgetful messages to their friends.

The celebration of Van Mahotsav Week at GIIS Noida was an ideal opportunity to instill personal and social responsibility in our students towards safeguarding trees and forests. The focus of these celebrations is towards forming a personal connect between the students and trees through a process of experience, reflection and creation. To celebrate the Festival of trees called Van Mahotsava primary students of GIIS Noida participated in various activities held on 10 July 2014.
Grade III- The students were given old newspaper and they were told to bring decorative material to do a paper bag making activity.
Grade IV- The students of class IV participated in book mark making activity. They brought old pictures, greeting cards, used chart papers, pamphlets, cardboard to make book mark.
Grade V- Grade5 students brought different types of medicinal plants like neem, aloe vera, basil , giloy etc. Each one explained about the particular plant they brought.
Grade VI-To promote environmental awareness Student of class VI had participated in poster making competition on this occasion. Each group had made their poster on title ‘GREEN EARTH, CLEAN EARTH’.
Grade VII- They participated in a massive plantation drive within the school premises. Children along with their class teacher, Ms Guneet K Kochhar and their Eco club teacher Dr. Jyoti Mishra went around the school holding tiny saplings and the water can. On 11th September, 2014, Hindi Doha Recitation was conducted, to instill in children an understanding of “Hindi” language on occasion of Hindi Diwas and develop language skill and inculcate in children deep knowledge and rich wisdom hidden in the Indian culture. Final round was conducted on 11th August, 2014. Kids recited Doha so well that the audience and judges utterly got caught up.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, A Hasya Kavi Sammelan was organized in the school on 12 September 2014 in the MPH from 8:30 am to 9:30 am to instill the importance of Hindi language among students. 21 shortlisted students from classes 4, 5 ,6 and 7 presented self composed funny poems. Ms. Meena Rahtogi, a retired hindi teacher was the chief guest as well as one of the judges.

Arya Vidya Mandir DPS Sec 45

The V.C.W Arya Vidya Mandir Heritage Club has been buzzing with activity. The theme chosen for this academic term is Science and History- two sides of the same coin. The main purpose of this theme is to bring out how each and every aspect of our Heritage has a close relation with science. It is sad that when we forget the very scientific relevance of our historical treasure, they become nothing but superstitions. The Heritage Club session dwelled on this theme. Students shared information on the scientific principles on which certain monuments are built with the group. It was indeed a thought-provoking one.

Students were lucky to have made three visits this term. The 11th and 12th of December are secured for ‘Archaeology Day’ celebrations by the Department of Extra Mural Studies, Mumbai University. Students of Std VIII along with the Heritage Club flocked to the Kalina Campus of MU to broaden their historical vision. Students got a hands on experience at pottery, excavation, stone cutting,etc. They actively participated in the History Quiz and also bought bookmarks with their names inscribed in Bramhi, Kharoshti, etc. On the whole, it was a very engaging excursion.
Our Club members were on their way to the MMRDA grounds to observe the displays put up for the Indian Science Congress.. The demos, models, charts, videos, samples were a treat to all our senses. They catered to the students interests and quenched their curiosities. They also visited the ‘Rocks and Fossils’ exhibition at Kalina Campus of MU ,organized a s a part of the Congress. Students learnt a lot about stones and how they are excavated. They were amazed to see the various forms of the semi precious and precious stones in their original forms.

Ryan International School, Sector-40 Gurgaon

Topic- Heritage club activities

Ryan International School, Sector-40, Gurgaon participated in Inter Ryan Skating Championship held in Rohini, Delhi and pocketed great laurels. Arshelle Raheja of class IV did the school proud by winning a silver medal in the competition, while T.A Shreyas from class IV, Aditya from Class V and Siddhant Magon from Class VII won a bronze each. The School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma also motivated them to follow Chairman Sir Dr. A.F. Pinto’s vision of ‘Excelling in Sports’ and representing India at International Sports events. There was an Inter class English Declamation competition on the eve of Republic Day. Points highlighted were –significance of the constitution of India and celebrations and grandeur which mark the event. There were two rounds of the competition where the significance of Republic Day along with the traditions and rituals related to the Republic Day were discussed. Heritage Club organized an activity bonafire to mark the Harvest festival ‘Lohri’ with much aplomb. To celebrate the festivity, students danced and sang on the peppy music. Popcorn, peanuts, sweets like gajak, rewari etc were distributed to the students. The teachers explained to the students the scientific & social importance of the festival that it brings immense joy and happiness to the farmers who are producers of food for us. A morning assembly focused around the value for the month i.e. Graciousness. The assembly began with Bible Reading and prayer by the children of Mahatma Gandhi House. The special feature of the day was the “Fable Narration” by the students of Heritage Club. Students dressed up as the character of the story “The Lion and the Mouse” presented a lively show. The moral of the story was explained. A special assembly was conducted to inculcate the value of graciousness in the students by dramatizing the Bible Enactment “The Gracious Father” on 16.01.15 by Heritage Club. The enactment depicted that a man lived on a beautiful farm with his two sons. School Head Ms. Peeya Sharma highlighted the importance of graciousness in ones lives and how one needs to practice graciousness on the society. Heritage Club, participated in the ‘Beti Bachao – Beti padhao’ competition held by Haryana School Shikshapariyojna Parishad. Posters made by students depicting the role of women in the society were an eye opener. There was a special assembly on 15th January 2015 to mark the country’s 67th Army Day. The students dressed as army officers talked about the role of Indian army and how they are ready to fight at all the hard times at Indian borders as well as with natural disaster. A special assembly was to inculcate the value of Graciousness in the students by dramatizing the Bible enactment ‘Graciousness can win hearts’. The enactment depicted that people still keep themselves in bondage of their sins, hatred and bitterness even though they have been forgiven and set free after their punishment. A street play and a peace march was held at D.T. City Centre based on the theme ‘Swachh Bharat”. Keeping in line with Mahatma Gandhi’s tenets ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ students presented an eye opening street play before the onlookers. To mark the preliminary celebrations of the Republic Day, event was held to show state tableaus showcasing the splendor of Indian states, namely: Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Goa. To observe the Martyrs Day, students prayed for the peace of the country the students of Class VI conducted a talk show on the topic “Different Movements Led by the Gandhi Ji ". The students spoke about like Non - Cooperation, Dandi - March and Quit India Movement few well known slogans stressed upon students of class V A also presented a talk show on the movement as "Quit India movements. A special assembly organized on “National Youth Day” on 12th January 2015 to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekanand. The cabinet members enthusiastically presented a talk show on famous Young personalities of India. Students participated in 14th National Cyber Olympiad and won great laurels. An array of events to mark Republic day was organized in Ambience Mall. The Ryanites displayed the patriotic extravaganza and various performances were presented to evoke the feeling of Patriotism. The scintillating Dance performance ‘Proud to be an Indian’ left the onlookers spellbound.

DAV International School, Verka Chowk, Amritsar

Topic- Heritage Club Activities conducted in January 2015

On 13th January 2015, the students celebrated Lohri with great zeal under the tutelage of Principal Anjana Gupta and Mr. Harpal Singh, Chirman , Nanhi Chhani Foundation. A special cultural bonanza on the theme ‘Kudiyan Di lohri’ was held in collaboration with , Nanhi Chhani Foundation, with an objective to create awareness among the masses regarding the burning issues such as gender, ratio, dowry, female feticide etc. students danced to the drum beats around the bonfire to celebrate the festival. In order to create awareness among the students for the preservation of the heritage site, the students visited Pul Kanjari on January 31, 2015. On the 26th January 2015, the Republic day was celebrated with all its solemnity and grandeur. The celebration commenced with the hoisting of Indian flag by the principal. The celebration also included singing of patriotic songs and dramatic presentation by toddlers. The principal briefed the students about the significance of this day and urged them to uphold the honor, integrity, diversity and uniqueness of India.

PSBB Senior Secondary School, K K Nagar, Chennai

Topic- Heritage Celebrations and madras day celebrations

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda (12 January) has been declared as Heritage Day by the Central Board. On this day, a grand performance comprising various events was organized in the School premises. The Chief Guest was V.Sriram, a music historian who besides having great passion for culture also writes books and hosts exhibitions that present the true meaning and perspective of culture. The event, organized by the Social Science faculty, focused on a form of heritage – Music Heritage. The occasion began with a small introduction to the meaning of heritage and its various types, namely Food Heritage, Literary Heritage and so on. The event later portrayed a “KATHA KALAKSHEPAM” performance by the students of Std. IX and X. The story was about the life of the Nayanmar Thirunavakarasu. It was truly exciting for ‘first-time viewers’. This was followed by a “THERU KOOTHU” that startled the Chief Guest with amazement and rolled the audience into loops of laughter. This joy was further carried over to the “JUGALBANDHI” performance that came up. Though a JUGALBANDHI is only presented by two singers and is basically sung in Hindustani classical music, the students presented yet another new creativity – the performance was a GROPU JUGALBANDHI and it had a blend of both Hindustani and Carnatic raagas. It was truly a heart stirring performance that drove the audience into entity. After appreciating the participants, the Chief Guest delivered an inspiring and educational speech on the importance of Indian culture in other countries and the need to learn art forms and languages that belong to our culture. Through his speech, students were inspired. They were moved after listening to the importance their culture had in foreign countries and the Western world. Many of us feel that we need to imbibe and practice Western values and culture that seem “trendy” and “cool” but we fail to understand that even the people of the West are trying to absorb our values, tradition and culture only for its originality and purity.

The madras day celebrations conducted by PSBB KKN ON 27.8.2014 celebrated 375 glorious years of madras the city that perfectly blends together rich tradition and modern ideas making the city truly cosmopolitan in nature. Following the centuries old tradition the celebration started with an invocation to the almighty .Then a special prayer composed by Mrs.Chitradevi ,a Tamil faculty who brought out the beauty of praying to the supreme deity in one’s own language. This was followed by the chief guest’s introduction wherein Dr.ChitraMadhavan,a renowned art historian was the chief guest and Mr.Vijaysarathy, a man of great calibre was the guest of honour. Karagam the ancient yet charming dance form was demonstrated with such skill and perfection that it made the audience awe in wonder .The dance also won a thunderous applause at the end for the precision and passion displayed by the dancers who had worked hard for the performance to become a success. Dr. ChitraMadhavan, a notable alumna dealt in depth and threw light on the beauty of Indian cultural heritage in and around the city of temples through her video presentation. Next up in line was the video presentation that brought to spotlight the evolution of tamil cinema from the reminiscent and breath taking past to the trendsetting present. This was followed by a skit that showcased the acting greats of the world’s 3rd best industry and the talent behind the screen who have made it possible. Madras Medleys showcased the vocal talents of students and made the audience take a dive down the memory lane. There were a line of competitions that were meticulously planned to bring out and showcase the talent that the future of Chennai possessed in in abundance. The prize distribution done by the Chief guest was done as to spread the idea and richness of madras and encourage those students who had well realized it. To mark the end of the events the principal of PSBBKKN, Mrs. Indra Vaidyanathan delivered her formal vote of thanks thereby thanking one and all who were the backbone of the event and made the event fruitful.