“We don’t want to protect Environment. We want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need Protection.”
With the same spirit, our school celebrated Earth Day on 21 April 2016 and 22 April 2016 by organising a plethora of activities for classes VI to XII. An amalgamation of activities such as Crash the Trash (green bin making), Greet the green way (eco friendly card making), A Chirping Rendezvous (bird feeder making), Save the Date (Eco-calenders), Green Transfers (newspaper envelope making), Mingled Yarn (Debate) marked the event. The students used biodegradable material which included dry leaves, petals, newspaper, recycled sheets, jute, old cloth pieces etc. thereby following the key concept of Best out of Waste. With immense enthusiasm the students participated in various activities and expressed their love and concern for their mother Earth.
Students from classes seedling to Class V also participated in celebrating Earth Day with great fervour and enthusiasm. Various activities were planned for children to let them get a feel of the earth and nature. Children and teachers were involved in a host of activities involving Puppet show and Germination activity. The students of seedling and sapling demonstrated beautiful craft work.
The tiny tots were informed to save water, power, forests and trees. They were made to understand the meaning of 3Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle. Role play activity was also done by teachers to enlighten our Saplings to respect the natural resources and to keep the surroundings clean. Last but not the least Children took an oath to act as a protector of nature and the environment.
The students of class I made beautiful drawings using pencil shavings. Class II students made a newspaper bag and designed them as posters on earth. Children of class III depicted a garden scene with the help of vegetable printing and shared their experiences on how they love to spend time in the garden. Class IV students created wall hanging of the Earth. Class V students made pledge tree and even promised to fulfil those pledges to save the environment earth. The teachers were equally a part of these celebrations as they did a puppet show and did the role play and sensitized students about the importance of cleanliness and mother earth. On the whole these activities proved to be a novel way of bringing children and mother earth close.
Orientation Programme - (18 March 2016)
Our school conducted the orientation programme on 18 March 2016 for the parents of new admissions in the pre-primary wing. The event started with a mesmerising dance performance by our tiny tots and aimed at seeking a collaboration between the parents and the school. The parents were enlightened with basic information about school activities, guidelines and methodology so that they can deal with the transition with ease. The parents of our new entrants were invited to spend a day at school on 29 March 2016, engaging themselves in various activities and exploring the world that their little ones are set to enter. It was a gracious and amiable welcome.
Citation Ceremony - (12 February 2016)
St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School bid farewell to its outgoing batch - the Class of 2016 on 12 February 2016. The Citation Ceremony marked the release of this flock of birds with multi hued feathers into the vast world of competition, career and family life. The students of the outgoing batch and their parents shared their thoughts on the closure of the most important episode of their life- the school life. The school Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga blessed the students and wished them luck in all their efforts. A short PPT on the journey of the outgoing batch in the school left everyone overwhelmed. The students of class XI gave a fitting farewell to their seniors through a medley of songs and dance. A river of vivid emotions and torrential memories gripped every student as they left the portals of their alma mater.
Republic Day Celebrations - (25 January 2016)
To inculcate the spirit of patriotism among the students, Republic Day was celebrated in our school with great zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations began with the hoisting of our National Flag by our Principal, Ms. Sheena Kalenga. Later, the students of classes VI and VII paid honour to the mother nation by singing The National Anthem and other patriotic songs. The celebration ended on a glorious note by a motivating speech by our Principal.
French Week - (December 2015)
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
In an endeavour to encourage the students to further enrich their knowledge about France, our school conducted a French week for the students of classes VI-X. Through various interesting and challenging activities, the knowledge of the participating students was put to test. One notion that was thoroughly embedded in their conscience by the end of the activities was that good knowledge considerably enhances one's power to influence in this ever changing world.
The various activities and winners are as follows :
Class VI - 'Les cartes de voeux' Class VII - 'Faites des Affliches' Class VIII - 'Le concours de poesie'
I position -Namrata Gulati VIII B
II position -Yashika Kaushik VIII B
III position -Harveen Saluja VIII C
Special Prize -Vanshika Mehta VIII C Class IX-X - 'French Quiz'
I position -Harshpreet Kaur Hunjan IX B
Amisha Grover IX B
Kajal Gupta X B
Poorvi Kaul X B
Christmas Party by Seedling - (20 December 2015)
Jingle bell - jingle bell - jingle all the way . . . . . .
The fairies of seedling welcomed santa claus and celebrated christmas festival with great enthusiasm. They all were dressed up in party gowns and danced to the tunes of christmas songs. They enjoyed the games like passing the parcel and my favourite christmas symbol. They were thrilled to recieve gifts from santa.
Ibaadat : a Cultural Fiesta - (17 December 2015)
St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School organised a Cultural Fiesta - Ibaadat on 17 December 2015 in its pursuit to make a prayer to the heavens above to bestow its beneficence upon our school and each family attached with us. The students enthralled the audience with their scintillating performances. The depths of spirituality, inner state of mystical love and the unity of being were explored through soulful dances and qawalli perfomances.
The rising stars of the Indoan Cine world, Ms. Shriya Saran lent further glitter to the occasion with her benign presence. It was also an honour to have amidst us, luxury brands in India Ms. Sonalika Sahay and Mr. Riyaz Amlani the president of the Restraunt Association of India.Our School Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga proposed the vote of thanks.
UN Week Celebrations - (13 to 16 October 2015)
The school celebrated UN Day from 13th to 16th October with great initiative and enthusiasm, preparing future global citizens of the world. Classes XI to XII participated in activities like 'Exploring the UNESCO Heritage Site' (Class VII), 'Coffee Table Magazine'(Class VIII), 'Card Making' (Class VI), 'Journal Making' (Class X) The activities not only informed the students about the UN and its primary functions but also sensitized them about the way, the world's biggest peace keeping institution operates. It gave an opportunity to the students to explore UNESCO heritage sites and talk about the current world issues.
The UN week and its celebrations were a great success, for the students had a wonderful learning experience with fun.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations by Seedling - (1 October 2015)
Today, 1 October 2015, children of Seedling celebrated Gandhi Jayanti. Kids were dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. They talked about the father of our nation, his life and beliefs. The kids also presented a small dance on Bande mien tha dum Vande Matram.
Hindi Week Celebrations - (28 September to 1 October 2015)
Hindi is our National language.
Owing to the increasing western influence, we have all begun to neglect our roots. The situation has become so precarious that a need to dedicate a special day (14 September) to our mother tongue, Hindi, has arisen. Our school strongly believes in giving due respect and recognition to our own language and culture. To contribute more in this direction, we did our bit by organizing a Hindi week. This initiative involved a variety of morale-boosting and refreshing activities to encourage the students think beyond curricular limits. The celebrations took place from 28th September to 1st October and saw zestful participation from classes VI-X. The plethora of activities which took place included the 'Samvad Vachan Pratiyogita' for class VI to promote concise yet meaningful speaking and 'Samachar Vachan' which was held for VII standard with the purpose of imparting to them an intellectual insight. Furthermore, for inculcating spontaneity and wit, an extempore or 'Ashubhashan' was conducted for the students of class VIII. The girls of IX standard were presented with the task of preparing humorous comic strips in their activity of 'Sachitra Vyangyatmak Patika'. Last but not the least, a script writing competition i.e. Natya Lekhan Pratiyogita was planned for the students of X grade. The projects were designed efficiently by our teachers to be engaging as well as thought-provoking. Overall, the week-long extravaganza was a great learning experience and contributed significantly in enhancing our affinity for Hindi.
Sankrit Week - (28 to 30 September 2015)
Our roots are what keep us grounded. Traditional values that are bestowed upon us by our culture are embedded in them. Culture has an immensely significant role to play in molding our demeanor, in building the strength of our character. Such a construct which remains an indispensable part of our society is entitled to a celebration in its name. What better way to celebrate Indian Sanskriti than holding an extravaganza for its linguistic constituent - Sanskrit ?
Keeping this in mind, our school organized a Sanskrit week for classes VI - X which spanned over 28.09.2015 to 30.09.2015. A myriad of activities were performed by the students over these the week. Class VI students were involved in Shabdanirmanam, while class VII had to enact a story in Sanskrit. For class VIII, a G.K. Quiz on Sanskrit epics and Grammar was conducted. The students of class IX had to compose a poem in Sanskrit on the topics given by the teachers. Class X was engaged in the preparation of a newspaper in the same.
The Prize Distribution Ceremony was held on 30.09.15. We were obliged by the esteemed presence of the honorable Chief Guest - Prof. Dr. Ichha Ram Dwivedi, a Sanskrit poet laureate. Prof. Dwivedi has published 62 books and submitted 75 research papers along with over 300 articles. His mere presence in the auditorium illuminated the entirety of the hall. Being a man of his accomplishments, he truly gratified us by coming to the ceremony. He even enlightened all those who were present with knowledge about the language. He lucidly explained to them its essence. He was very appreciative of the school's initiative to brush off the layers of dust from the beauty of our ancestral language.
The ceremony came to an end with the Chief Guest, along with our Principal and Vice Principal giving away the prizes to the winners from their respective classes.
I Position - Riya Choudhary - VI D
II Position- Anchita Bhutani - VI C
III Position - Divyanshi - VI D
The students participated in the "Shabad Nirman" contest wherein they were required to form a word chain. The students were quite excited to do the activity as it helped them improve their Sanskrit vocabulary.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Class VII
Group No. 8 won the competition. Members of the group are as follows :
Vedangana Sharma, Kashish Lakra, Anika Singh, Kashish Choudhary and Riya Lakra. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Class VIII
Team E won this event. Members of the team are as follows :
Hrishita Sharma, Himanshi Puri, Jahnavi Sharma and Ritika Singh.
The students participated in the G.K. Quiz which was based on the following themes - Mahakavya, Panchatantra and Sanskrit Grammar. This activity helped the students to improve their basics of Sanskrit language along with gaining knowledge of the epics. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Class IX
I Position - Roshni Bhalla - IX C
II Position - Mehak Bhasin - IX C
The students participated in "Kavita Rachna" where they maximised their creative potential in the Sanskrit language through their written expression in the following themes - Humaare Buzurg, Bebas Dharti and Nari Shakti
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Class X
I Position - Khushboo Wadhwa - X C
II Position - Vanshika - X C
Grand Parents Day Celebrations - (11 September 2015)
Grand grandparents are special to every child.
The knowledge is invaluable and their love is unconditional. In keeping with this seedling students celebrated grandparents day on 11 September '15 by making a colourful card for their grandparents holding different shapes cutout pasting activity and colouring in heart shape. They were so excited and happy to receive this card as an incentive for their grandparents on the occasion of grandparents day.
Janamashtmi Celebrations - (5 September 2015)
Janamashtmi Celebrations by teachers for their Tiny Tots.
On the auspicious festival of Janamashtmi all the teachers of Sapling had presented a show depicting the mischievous deeds of Lord Krishna during his childhood. The teachers were dressed in a contemporary manner dramatising musically the role of gopis and mother Yashoda of Lord Krishna. Students of Seedling and Sapling witnessed the celebration with extreme enthusiasm making the entire afternoon a memorable one.
Janmashtami Celebrations by Seedling : Activity - Headgears
Children were made aware that everyone celebrate Lord Krishna's Birthday on janmashthami so an activity was held for the children of Seedling where they made beautiful headgears by pasting different colours of glaze paper to make peacock feather, they also pasted golden circle on silver band. To make it more bright, children added glitters to it. Our tiny tots thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
Rakhi Making Activity for Class Seedling - (26 August 2015)
Rakshabandhan is a festival where sisters share bond of love with their brothers. To celebrate this festival, our seedling princesses made beautiful rakhis to tie on their brothers wrist. They decorated their rakhis with colorful sequince, stones and strings. Kids were told about different relationships in the family.
Independence Day Celebrations - (15 August 2015)
The date 15 August from 1947 in India has become a very important day in the Indian history. It was the luckiest day of the year 1947 when India became independent after lots of hard struggle and sacrifices of the Indian freedom fighters. To mark 69 years of our Independence, our Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga hoisted the national flag of India, symbolizing liberty.
Any festivity, be it cultural or patriotic is incomplete without the beats of music. So, with a jubilant heart the children of classes V and VI gave a zestful dance performance on this day. The choir group also paid tribute to the mother India with their melodious voice. To conclude the programme, our Principal, gave a speech on the value of freedom and expressing her pride to be a citizen of India.
Sapling students sang motivating songs like 'Saare Jahan se Acha', 'Vande Materam' with full patriotic fervour and zeal. Students wore tricolour hairbands which enlightened their spirits. Highlight of the programme was flameless cooking of 'Tiranga Sandwiches' by little chefs of Sapling. Teachers, disguised as multifarious freedom fighters and tried imbibing the values of, bravery and chivalry, in students.
With the advent of the month of August, all of us are filled with a zeal and enthusiasm to express the feeling of unity and secularism as we celebrated the 69th Independence Day on this 15 August 2015. The celebration of freedom was celebrated with much more pride and respect by the seedling students accompanied by their parents enthusiastically participating in the collage making activity held on 14th August 2015 on theme INCREDIBLE INDIA. Everybody was geared up and enthused to make really colourful and spectacular collage with eco friendly material and colourful pictures.
It was a rich learning experience for the students of seedling who cherished the value of freedom, patriotism and feeling of unity.
Labour Day - (1 May 2015)
The first day of May was celebrated as Labour Day at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School with full aplomb. The function started with a speech by the kids of class Sapling and Class I, welcoming the workers and acknowledging their hard work. They also talked about the ceaseless efforts of the work force of the nation and the school in particular.
Students showed their love towards the labours by giving them cards made by them and chocolates.
Workers were overwhelmed watching the function and expressed their gratitude towards the school management, teachers and students for their endeavour.
The ceremony was a great success and everyone appreciated the hardwork done by these labours without whom our lives would not have been so easy.
Celebrations on Mother's Day - (May 2015)
Celebrating Motherhood - Super Moms Sing Along
Students of class Sapling at St. Marks Girls Sr. Secondary School, made their mothers feel special by making gifts for their them and a day after a musical event 'Super Moms Sing Along' was organized for honouring motherhood in the school auditorium. The mothers of the students participated enthusiastically and sang beautiful old and new melodies. Prizes were given to the winning teams.
Earth Day Celebrations (Seniors) - (22 April 2015)
"The Earth doesn't belong to us; we belong to the Earth."
The school well understands the importance of this statement and to inculcate this value in the students, it conducted an amalgamation of activities on the occasion of Earth Day on 22 April 2015. Students of class VI to XI participated in various activities to mark the day. The students were on the peak of creativity in the art with dried flowers, leaves, fruit, vegetable peels, etc. The artists of the school exhibited their talent in the Leaf Printing Activity and Posters on Endangered Species. Quiz on bonsai gardens and butterfly conservation enlightened the students about the biodiversity of the blue-green planet. The students also prepared an Eco Calendar for the year using biodegradable things. Besides, the students created butterfly art in Paint A Buttefly activity. It was an enriching experience for the students and the teachers who made this event successful by putting in their best efforts.
Earth Day Celebrations (Juniors) - (April 2015)
"Creativity is an inherent trait which glorifies with constant application".
Instilling our belief in the above statement, our school holds class activities at regular intervals to enhance the skills of our students. Following the same tradition, our students participated in the Earth Day Celebrations. The tiny tots of class I were enthusiastic while making lovely drawings and then decorating them with colourful feathers and twigs whereas the students of class II were busy making lovely bracelets and necklaces using different stones and nature related material. The students of class III showed their creative side by making amazing bookmarks and cards using dried flowers and leaves. The students of class IV participated with great zeal in the making of the wind chimes with waste material. Last but not the least, the students of class V made bright bandhanwars to decorate the classes as well as their homes. It was a fruitful and a fun filled day for the students.
Holi Celebrations : Seedling - (2 March 2015)
Holi activity was organized on 2nd March 2015 for the studentsof Seedling of St. Marks Girls Senior Secondary School Meera bagh. Children took immense pleasure in hand printing on their individual T-shirts. They were also told that this joyous festival is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colours are to reflect the various hues of Spring season. Children were encouraged to celebrate an eco friendly Holi.
Valentine's Day activity, Seedling - (February 2015)
Food and Festival - (27 January 2015)
"Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture."
The school environment is a place that influence children's food choices and eating habits. St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School, Meera Bagh organised a Food Festival on 27 January 2015 in which students of classes IV ,V and VI participated.The students displayed lip-smacking dishes from the Indian and International kitchens. The cuisines of India, Denmark, Italy and United States of America were displayed. The festival taught the students that how the available food and beverage were healthy and meet their dietary needs for fruits, vegetables,whole grains and non-fat or low-fat dairy products. The students exchanged the dishes with the currency of the respective country.The parents and the students participated enthusiastically. This was a learning experience of the culture, eating habits, nutritive value, currency, etc. of the various countries.
Republic Day Celebrations - (23 January 2015)
In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950. Today, we have come a long way into future from the first anniversary of Indian Republic Day. Our country in these years have achieved a lot of unprecedented development and a unique place in the world. To commemorate the 66th Republic Day, St. mark's Girls School organised a cultural function on 23rd of January 2015. The function was honoured by the presence of school's manager, Mr. T. P. Aggarwal. Students of class 4 and 5 gave a choir performance of a patriotic song followed by a spectacular dance performance by SMGS girls. The function was concluded by a short speech by the Principal, Ms. Sheena. She encouraged the students to be good citizens of the country and work hard to create a brighter future of India.
Christmas Celebrations - (December 2014)
Christmas is a time to expand our giving encompassing the friendless and needy near and far. Christmas is all about sharing.With this spirit St. Mark's Girls Senior Sec .School celebrated Christmas and new year with the children under the project udaan. Our school children wrapped gifts for the celebration with great ebullience. Children were made to play games followed by a healthy interaction about the importance of this festival. They enjoyed their festivities together with full zeal and the celebration turned out to b the one of it's kind.
Christmas Activities for Seedling and Sapling - (December 2014)
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.The tiny tots of Seedling and Sapling classes used low to no cost material like paper plates, ice cream sticks, soda cans etc., to make beautiful craft items related to Christmas like Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Bells, Rudolph, Snowman. The sweet little ones enjoyed making these and singing the Christmas Carols. The classrooms were later decorated with pine trees, tinsel, Santa and reindeers.
Culmination Ceremony Ganit Week - (16 to 22 December 2014)
'An investment in education pays the best interest as its great aim is not knowledge, it is action.'
In our endeavour to empower minds, we at St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School, organised a GANIT week. The fiesta was held to commemorate the 127th birth anniversary of the legendary mathematician, Mr. Srinivasan Ramanujan. The basic idea behind it was to kindle a passion for the seemingly dull and intimidating subject; to bring out the wondrous nature and the hidden magic in Mathematics.
To encourage the concept of psycho-motor learning (learning by doing), a slew of activities was conducted which saw enthusiastic participation from classes VI-XI. It was time for the students of class 6 to pull up their socks and put on their thinking caps as they were intrigued to answer diverse questions in a Quiz. The creative best of class VII was exhibited as they jotted down their thoughts in an Essay Writing Competition on ‘Marvels of Mathematics’. The fun quotient of Maths was further explored in the special screening of a documentary ‘The Genius of Srinivasa Ramanujan’ by Vigyan Prasar, held for the cognitive brains of 8th standard. Students of grade 9 were encouraged to speak up their minds in an interaction with their teachers regarding the innovations in the field of maths.
The dilettantes of class X gave us a glimpse of their artistic skills, amalgamating the concept of symmetry with art to create beautiful posters with origami work. Studies didn't deter class XI from indulging in the celebration. They enacted the roles of eminent mathematicians and gave expositions of the work done by those mathematicians. So it can aptly be said,"Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides prowess which in turn makes one great."
Rang Mahotsav - (4 December 2014)
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, taking risk, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun” keeping these words in mind St. Mark’s Girls School organized ‘RANG MAHOTSAV a festival of art' on December 4, 2014. All students from class I to IV gathered in the lush green lawns of school premises to show their creative side.
The students were more then happy drawing and painting on the topic “Colour your dream”.
Their imagination had no limits. It was like magical journey through the world of colours and fantasy. The teachers also participated in the art event. It was fun filled day for each of them. The day ended with the note that “Art is the last form of magic that exists”.
Children's Day Celebrations - (14 November 2014)
Every year on 14th November we celebrate our First Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's birthday and Children's Day. He was a great lover of Children. Children called him Chacha out of love and affection. This year also it was celebrated in St. Mark's Girls school Meera Bagh with great pomp and show. Seedling and Sapling teachers organised a special assembly and disguised themselves as Children and presented programmes like Dance,Songs and Rhymes celebrating childhood for their beloved students and a pot luck party was organised for our tiny tots. Our 1st and 2nd Class teachers had also disguised themselves as Children and presented programmes like Dance, Skit, Poem Recitation and Songs for their Children. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Class Children had gone for an excursion to 'Aeroplanet'on this special day. This provided a Gala Celebration with all the eatables and amusement by lot of activities and games.
Hindi Week Celebrations - (3 to 10 November 2014)
Hindi is our National language. To promote the language, St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School had organised ‘Hindi Week’ from 3rd November to 10th November 2014, as a means to spread Nationalism and awareness of our Hindi Culture among the students from classes VI to X. The students were given a particular topic by the teachers to perform activities like ‘Sabse Bara Gapori’, ‘Swatantrata Senani Ka Charitrankan’, ‘Chitra sahit vyangatmak Lekhan’, ‘Muhavre par aadharit Natya Manchan’, ‘Lokoktiyo par aadharit Natya Manchan’ etc. The objective of the event was to make the students aware of the history of our culture.
Halloween’s Day Celebration - (31 October 2014)
Halloween is a popular pagan festival celebrated on the last day of October to remember the dead and saints. It has a special significance for children, who dress in funny or ghostly costumes and knock on neighbourhood doors shouting “Trick or Treat!”
Keeping the spirits of Halloween students of St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School celebrated the festival of ghosts by taking part in various Halloween activities like making Halloween paper bags, ghost motifs, spider web necklaces, jack o lanterns, ghost face painting and Halloween costume designing. As an ISA endeavour class V students prepared Halloween PPT which was shown in classes I to V through the smart class followed by Halloween card making activity.
The students enjoyed these activities with fun and fervour. The children were thrilled to visit the different Halloween corners prepared by the students and teachers of the school. This also spread a spooky feel among one and all. Students were enlightened as to the relevance of celebrating Halloween’s day. The festivities were all the more elaborated when the students clad in amazing Halloween costumes and visited the seedling sapling classes to play Trick or Treat. The enthusiasm and the excitement of the students added to the Halloween fever and hope everyone got blessed by all the saints and the other deities. Happy Halloween!
Halloween Day Celebrations of Class Seedling - (31 October 2014)
Halloween is celebrated on 31 October every year. It is a festival of fun for kids. Halloween Day was celebrated in our school. Children were shown different corners set up for the Halloween themes with special symbols like pumpkin, bat, spider, black cat, etc.
Some of the junior girls were dressed up in different Halloween characters and distributed sweets among Seedling children. A special activity was conducted by Seedling kids. They enjoyed making white colour ghost using paper plates.
Diwali Celebrations - (21 October 2014)
Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement at St. Mark’s Girls School. The students unfolded their creative abilities in a string of activities. Students of class v prepared interesting power point presentationsdepicting the life of Lord Rama. They explained the significance of the festival to the students of class III who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. The students of class III made beautiful greeting cards and wished each other Happy Diwali.
Diwali Celebrations for Sapling - (21 October 2014)
The little sapling sparklers of SMGS, Meera Bagh celebrated the festivals of lights in their own little ways by doing various craft activities like; making and decorating their own lanterns, colouring in rangoli patterns etc.
The children were also sensitized about the menace of pollution whereby they took the pledge of "Say No To Crackers".
UN Week - (13 to 17 October 2014)
Peace is very essential for the survival of the world. With this aim, United Nations was established in 1945. UN is making efforts to save the world from the scourge of war and to reduce the tensions between countries of the world. To highlight and applaud the efforts of the UN, St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School celebrated UN WEEK from 13 to 17 October 2014. A Powerpoint Presentation was prepared for class IX about the formation, organs and functions of the UN and was followed by a Questionnaire. The students were highly enriched by this ocean of information.
A mock UN General Assembly session was also presented by students of class X and XI. The topic was ‘Food Security’. The students enacted the role of representatives of various developed and developing countries like USA, China, UK, Japan, India, Syria, Russia, Somalia etc. The representatives discussed about the availability and accessibility of food in their countries. The audience was enlightened about the food crisis faced by some countries of the world.
Global Hand Washing Day - (15 October 2014)
"Wash your hands everyday to keep diseases at bay.”
The world has acknowledged the significance of sanitation and hygiene and observed 'Global Hand washing Day'. Global Hand washing Day, held annually on October 15 is a worldwide celebration of hand washing with soap with a motive to raise awareness about being healthy and live a disease free life. St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School also celebrated the day for the well being of the children. The students of class 5 presented an educational short skit and a beautiful dance to educate the young girls the benefits of hand washing leading to good health. They were told why they should keep their hands clean and when should they wash their hands with soap to avoid germs. Our vice Principal Ms. Sabena Shergill joined the drive and encouraged the children to inculcate this good habit .The children also acknowledged and pledged to take care of their hands by keeping them clean all the time.
Hari Raya Haji - (9 October 2014)
"Wherever you turn there is face of Allah”
Hari Raya Haji (“great day of Haj in Malay”) or Eid al- Adha is also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’.
The festival was celebrated by Muslims all over the world on 5th October, 2014. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his only son in obedience of command from God. On this day, the world remembers his unwavering faith & trust in God. The festival is celebrated for 4 days. The festival also marks the end of the ‘Hajj’, which is the Muslim’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
The students of Class I to V of St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh celebrated the festival on 9th October, 2014 by making and exchanging greeting cards on this occasion. A few representatives from class V also presented a Power Point presentation on the same. The students were briefed about the origin, significance and rituals related to the festival.
Durga Puja Celebrations - (29 September 2014)
"Feasts and Festivals are a feature of all major religions"
The family of St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh believes in celebrating each festival whole heartedly. Durga Puja Celebrations were held during a Special Assembly on 29 September 2014. The celebrations began with the prayer followed by the school song. The teachers and students sang the melodious bengali song 'Durge Durge Durgoti Nashini'. A student of Class V gave a speech stating the importance of Durga Puja. Students of Class V performed a beautiful 'Dhunuchi Dance'. Their grace left everyone spell bound. Our Vice Principal thanked everyone for their efforts and wished everyone a very Happy Durga Puja.
Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations - (29 September 2014)
“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him”
To imbibe the values of Truth & Honesty in our tiny tots, St. Marks Girls Sr. Sec. School, Meera Bagh, organised a function on Gandhi Jayanti on 29 September 2014. The function started with a melodious choir of class Seedling in which the girls praised The Father of the Nation, followed by the poems presented by the girls of class Sapling. The girls wore full expressions while reciting the poems. The function concluded with a wonderful skit presented by the children of class I. The students enacted the various incidents of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It enabled all the students to understand the values and principles in which Mahatma Gandhi always believed. The event was a great success.
Teddy Bear Day - (8 September 2014)
Teddy Bear Day was celebrated on 8 September 2014 in St. Marks Girls School. Children enjoyed colouring teddy bear and tearing and pasting activity was done. It was a fun filled activity.
Grandparents Day Celebrations - (8 September 2014)
A grandparent is a very important person to be treasured and valued above most all other relationships. Taking the time to remember a grandparent requires so very little effort, and yet means so much. Taking this thought further St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School, Meera Bagh celebrated Grandparents Day today. The grandparents of the participating children came in full attendance looking their best. Through their various performances, the children showed their love towards their grandparents.
The programme started off with a documentary followed up by English and Hindi poem recitation. Children also presented folk fusion dances from Rajasthan, Kashmir, Italy and Korea. An interactive session was also organized for the grandparents where they played interesting games and won prizes also. A beautiful choir group also performed for them.
Concluding the occasion, our Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga addressed the gathering with her encouraging words to the children and thanked the grandparents. All the grandparents enjoyed the programme and left with a smile on their face.
Newspaper Carrier Day - (4 September 2014)
Newspaper carrier day was celebrated on 4 September by seedling children. Newspaper carrier day honours everyone who is now or once was a newspaper carrier. The list includes thousands, if not millions of people. Students of seedling class Show their gratitude towards newspaper carrier ,character enacted by a school peon to give them a glimpse of newspaper carrier person and the importance of his job by which every one is benefited.
Heritage Day Celebrations - (25 August 2014)
The 'JOIE DE VIVRE' experience one gets when dabbling with different colours is unparallel. To herald a refreshing start to the new academic session, our school organized a Poster Making Competition for class IX. It was based on the theme 'I love my Delhi'.
Posters depicting Delhi's infrastructure, heritage and architecture provided a cognitive element to this event. The students seemed to be on a talent-exhibiting spree as they donned the artist's hat. All thoughts and emotions sublimated into fine art pieces as our dilettantes accentuated their magnum opuses by adding strokes of varied hues to paper.
With the creative quotient at its zenith, the aesthetic vibe prevailed all over.
Our young Picassos who stunned all with their imagination were :
Priyanshi Bhatia (II)
Chavi Sharma (III)
Devanshi Dembla (I)
Vidushi Gupta (II)
Aarti Bansal (III)
Sukriti Behal (I)
Mansi Gupta (II)
Bavneet Kaur (III)
Independence Day Celebrations - (13 August 2014)
To celebrate the spirit of Independence, St. Mark’s Girls School organised several activities. A G.K. Quiz Competition was organised for the parents and students of sapling classes on 13 August 2014. Twenty students along with their zealous parents participated in A VERY INDIAN QUIZ in which their knowledge about Indian history, culture and heritage was tested. The parents along with their wards gave a brilliant performance. On the same day, a collage making competition was organised for the parents and students of seedling to develop the spirit of patriotism. The theme was “INCREDIBLE INDIA“.It was colours galore as the talented parents poured all their craft on blank sheets and turned them into masterpieces of paper-craft.
Keeping the spirit of Independence alive and echoing the national festive spirit on 14 August, Our Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga and Vice-Principal Ms. Sabina Shergill hoisted the national flag along with the youngest student of our school KHANAK SALUJA of Seedling F. The students of Class I and II presented patriotic songs to mark the occasion and there was a foot tapping dance by the students of Classes V and VI. The celebrations concluded with our principal, Ms. Sheena Kalenga giving away a cheque to the coordinator of SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE FOR THE UNDERPREVILEDGE. As that was the right spirit to celebrate independence and being free because freedom only ensures that a privileged and responsible citizen can uplift the downtrodden on his or her own free-will and make our country a better place to live in.
Son and Daughter Day - (11 August 2014)
On 11 August 2014 “Son and Daughter day” was celebrated in a special way. Our tiny tots did “Tiara Making” activity on this occasion. Children colored the flowers beautifully. Pasting of flowers on band was done. They decorated their Tiara with different designs by applying glitter on the bands. Finally they wore beautiful “Tiara” on their heads back home.
Rakhi Making Celebraions for Seedling - (August 2014)
Love has different expressions. The love of a brother and a sister is one of the purest forms of it. This bondness between a brother and a sister was expressed by the students of classes seedling, when they made lovely Rakhis truly depicted their love and feelings for their near and dear ones. These activities not only provide an opportunity to the students to show their creativity but also brings them closer to our culture. The day was surely very enjoyable for all the students.
World Nature Conservation Day - (28 July 2014)
World Nature Conservation Day is observed every year on 28th July. Nature provides us with various indispensable services, but excessive and unsustainable use of the natural resources is causing degradation of nature. World Nature Conservation Day is observed to encourage people the wise management of these resources.
So as to sensitize the little ones, the senior school student incharges of 'Kesholoy' organized a marvellous activity for students of Classes III to V at St. Mark's Girls Sr. Sec. School. The little ones made paper bags of waste printed sheets under the guidance of these student incharges. Later these paper bags were distributed by the student incharges, accompanied by their Eco Club Teachers, to the nearby shopkeepers and vegetable sellers, so as to discourage them from using plastic bags. The increasing use of plastic is having an adverse effect on nature and this simple deed not only helped in creating awareness among our students but also among the general public.
Celebrated National Day of France - (14 July 2014)
Le quatorze juillet or the 14th July is celebrated as the National Day of France. We, at St. Mark's Girl's Sr. Sec School, celebrated it with great enthusiasm.
The french department conducted a few activities, to help the students of Classes VI - IX, understand the relevance of this day. The students actively participated in all the activities assigned to them. Each student wore a french flag to express their excitement.
The day began with the various activities conducted in classes VI - IX. Class VI made beautiful collages on the famous things of France, whereas Class VII students did a Quiz on France. Class VIII performed an activity by writing about the 'prison of bastille' and 'french freedom fighters'. Class IX made powerpoint presentations and presented in the class on the topics given to them. The celebrations amplified when a group of students performed a french song 'la maison où j'ai grandi' for the classes.
The event was wrapped up with the national anthem of France and a video on French Revolution. The french department was exhilerated to celebrate this day with great joy and festivity.
Van Mahotsav Celebrations - (7 July 2014)
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another”. Keeping this in mind our school organized a few activities on the occasion of Van Mahotsav.
Van Mahotsav, the festival of trees, is an annual festival in India, celebrated in the first week of July. On 7 July 2014, the Eco Club incharges of our school, accompanied by their teacher coordinators, planted a few saplings in the school garden to commemorate Van Mahotsav. The students of classes VII and VIII were encouraged to compose short poems in Hindi, on the theme of nature. Some of the best poems were also recited by the students in their class. The Eco Club incharges tried to spread awareness amongst the students about the importance of planting trees, and the harm caused by cutting them.
Earth Day Celebrations - (2014)
They say, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." and to sensitize the students about the preservation of our planet Earth, SMGS organized a fun activity on the Earth Day 2014.
Our Saplings of SMGS spent last week learning about recycling paper on recycling machine in the school and made hand -made sheets on which they wrote different slogans to save Earth like-save power, forests, water, trees, reduce, reuse and recycle which they took it back home as a momento. They also planted a sapling in the school garden which was a wonderful experience for them. Last but not the least, Children took an oath to commit themselves to the protection of nature and the environment.
Students of classes I to V participated in the Earth Day Celebrations activity. Every class made a huge banner, where every student imprinted her hand and wrote a message for Mother Earth. The students pledged to preserve their planet. The messages written by them showed their awareness about their planet and were a delight to read. The students were excited to make the banners and had a lot of fun. The banners were later displayed on the school building.
Class VII students did research work on butterflies and made powerpoint presentations on saving butterflies in groups of five. The students learnt how butterflies are important to us and why it is important to save them when they are on the verge of getting extinct. Two powerpoint presentations from each section were presented in the class along with beautiful videos followed by a quiz in all sections. The students gained knowledge about the life cycle of butterflies, different modes of saving them, the various host plants of butterflies and planted their saplings in the school garden as a small step to save the most beautiful and endangered species of the earth.
Heritage Day Celebrations - (18 April 2014)
World Heritage Day is observed across the world on 18 April. The day is observed with an aim to create awareness among the people to conserve and protect the valuable assets and cultural heritage across the world.
To mark the importance of the day and to make people aware about the aim of this day, SMGS conducted a month long programme ‘Green Peace’ as part of British Council’s ISA activity. This programme included different activities related to conservation of mother earth.
The programme started with a dance performance in which students of class V showcased how five elements of nature i.e. water, fire, wind, earth, sky show their anger when exploited beyond a certain limit. Group discussion on ‘Our Blue Planet’ was the highlight of the event which was conducted by the students of class VIII. Various issues related to conservation of water bodies across the globe were discussed. Students shared their knowledge about causes of water pollution and its effects on living beings. They also discussed about steps taken by the government for conservation of water. They also suggested a few measures that can be taken to solve water contamination problem. Dr. Debanik Mukerjee, the scientist at Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Delhi was the chief guest of the event. At the end of the discussion, Dr. Mukerjee appreciated the students for their concern of water bodies and also enlightened them about some other serious issues related to conservation of biodiversity.
A power point presentation was made on the historical monuments which represented Delhi's heritage and the students of Class I were acquainted with the significance of these monuments and the need to protect them. A small quiz was held to conclude the session.
The students of class II, dressed up in the attire of any Indian state, and spoke a few lines on the culture and the tradition of the state they were representing. The activity was held in the classroom itself during the 3rd and 4th periods. The children wore dresses of different states of India such as Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Bengal etc. They talked about the famous food, language spoken, dance, religion, and festivals of the state they represented. Three best entries were selected by the teachers on the basis of the costume worn by the student and content of the lines spoken by the student. The students showed interest and participated actively in the heritage day celebration.
A VISIT TO RED FORT
The students of class III went for an excursion to the heritage site of Delhi, the Red Fort. As they reached the spot, they immediately started the tour passing through the Meena Bazaar. Then they saw various parts of the Red Fort like Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Shahjahan’s Throne, The Royal Bath, The Char Bagh, Mumtaz Mahal Museum and Museum of Struggle for freedom. It was a good educational excursion for the children.
TALK WITH THE VISITOR
There was a talk by Mr. Vikramjeet Singh, Sr. Manager, Software Technologies, for class IV students. The talk was held in the auditorium of the school where our Junior Educational Supervisor, Ms. Sumbul, welcomed Mr. Vikramjeet Singh. He enlightened the students with the history of Delhi. How Delhi got its name, the dynasties that ruled Delhi and various forts built in Delhi were some topics he threw light on. Students enjoyed the talk and got to know many facts about the rich heritage of their own city. The talk was followed by an interactive session between Mr. Vikramjeet Singh and the students. The students threw a volley of questions at him and satiated their hunger of knowledge.
Class VII students did research work on butterflies and made power-point presentations on saving butterflies in groups of five. The students learnt how butterflies are important to us and why it is important to save them when they are on the verge of getting extinct. Two power-point presentations from each section were presented in the class along with beautiful videos followed by a quiz in all sections. The students gained knowledge about the life cycle of butterflies, different modes of saving them, the various host plants of butterflies and planted their saplings in the school garden as a small step to save the most beautiful and endangered species of the earth.
KNOW YOUR MEDICINAL PLANTS
“Natural abilities are like natural plants that need pruning by study.”
How prophetic is the sound of these words by Francis Backon?
The world of plants is truly amazing, packed with loads and loads of goodness in them. Under the Green Peace Celebration the activity “Know Your Medicinal Plants” was held. The students of Class V participated with great enthusiasm. Almost 180 students participated in this activity which aimed at making them aware with the plant world around them and how beneficial it could be.
The activity was an elaborate process which included selection of medicinal plants, gathering information about their classification, habitat, physical features and therapeutic uses. The activity was vividly divided into several tiers of working areas. The students were divided into groups of five. Each group had done research work on their selected medicinal plant and made fact files. The best files were chosen and presented by the students in front of the audience. Saplings of the medicinal plants like amla, aloe vera, tulsi, ajwain, mint, ashoka, lemon, etc. were planted in the school garden. The students gained a lot from this activity by establishing facts and strengthening their insight into the medicinal aspect of plants.
POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS
Power Point presentations on World Heritage sites were prepared by the students of class XII. Unesco sites of five countries were shown. They included Netherlands, Greece, Malaysia, Italy and India. The presentations were shown to classes VI and VII. It was followed by a questionnaire which was done by the students. The young students came to know about the importance of these sites also.
A VISIT TO HUMAYUN’S TOMB
Delhi is the landmark in the development of Mughal architecture. The students of class VII were taken on an educational trip to one of the Mughal monuments worth visiting “Humayun’s Tomb”.
It is undoubtedly the most picturesque of all the sites, with its perfect shapes. It is a very beautiful monument decorated with geometrical patterns and shapes with stones.
It was amazing experience to see the architectural symmetry of the tomb and its gardens. It was interesting to know about the extraordinary life of Humayun. The children were enlightened about his time by Ms. Gunjan Chawala, the teacher at SMGS.
Junior Annual Fundtion - (7 March 2014)
They say “Dance communicates man’s deepest, highest and most true spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written” and the junior students of SMGS presented ‘Navras’, the expressions of life on the 7th of March 2014. These nine rasas ranging from laughter, anger to devotion are felt by globally, unrestricted, to any culture, country or tribe. The students at SMGS attempted to create these emotions with all their varieties.
Class I students tickled everybody’s funny bone and made them smile with their performance on Hasya Rasa. Their performance on Vatsalya rasa filled everybody with affection and love for kids.
Students of Class III made us check the sad reality of children living a sad life of poverty, slogging hard to make the two ends meet. Their performance on Karuna Rasa filled everybody with compassion and gave out the message of true freedom for children. Shringara means love and beauty. The performance on shringara Rasa evoked myriad of emotions including jealousy, compassion, romance and love. Anger of Mother Nature and its five elements was seen in the dance by the students class 4 who performed the Raudra Rasa. Little girls of class 2 took us all into the magical world with their depiction of Adhbhuta Rasa. Fear was invoked all around when class 5 students presented their performance of Bhayanaka Rasa. Following which came the performance of Veer Rasa. It gave us a glimpse of girl power, their will and courage to combat everything wrong and stand tall. Culminating all the rasas into one is the Shanta Rasa and class 5 girls filled the atmosphere with calmness and serenity with their performance on Shanta Rasa. The audience was enthralled after their musical journey into the world of emotions and soul.
After the performances our Chairman, Mr. T. P. Aggarwal, Chairperson, Ms. Anjali Aggarwal, Principal, Ms. Sheena Kalinga and Vice Principal, Ms. Shergill felicitated the students with awards on the basis of their year-round performance.
Citation Ceremony - (30 January 2014)
Clouded by a river of vivid emotions and torrential memories St. Mark’s Girls Sr. Sec. School bade farewell to the class of XII on 30 January 2014. The closure of the most important event of the life of the students was marked by a presentation and a medley of songs presented by the students of class XI. The citation ceremony witnessed the giving away of the mementoes to the students as a token of love and remembrance. Students of the outgoing batch and their parents poured out their overwhelmed heart. The school Principal Ms. Sheena Kalenga released this flock of birds with multi hued feathers into the vast world of career, competition and family life with a hope that they reach the zenith.
26 January - a date no Indian can forget, a day for every Indian to walk with their heads held high, a day which fills our hearts with pride and dignity but at the same time reminds us of the agony that our freedom fighters had to bear to build a free democratic nation. The transition of India from a British colony to asovereign, secular and democratic nation was indeed historical and our school celebrated this phenomenal enforcement of the Indian Constitution on 24 January 2014. To mark 65 years of our Republic India, our Principal, Ms. Sheena Kalenga hoisted the national flag of India , symbolizing liberty. Any festivity, be it cultural or patriotic is incomplete without our feet tapping to beat of music. So, with a jubilant heart the children of class IV and V gave a zestful dance perfomance. The choir group also paid their tribute to mother India, casting forth their melody which engrossed the audience with their melodious voice. To conclude the program, our Principal, Ms. Sheena Kalenga gave a dynamic speech inculcating values of self-esteem and freedom in children and expressing her pride as a citizen of India.