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Delegation from France visits St. Mark’s School, Meera Bagh - (25 January to 1 February 2020)
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Twenty students accompanied by two teachers from College Emile Verhaeren, St. Cloud, Paris, France, visited St. Mark's School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi from 25 January to 1 February, 2020 for an ongoing cultural exchange program. The French students stayed with their Indian buddies that gave them an idea of the Indian family structure as well as the lifestyle in India.

During its stay in India, the French delegation visited Agra and were mesmerized by the grandeur of Taj Mahal. The delegates also experienced Delhi and its historical and cultural lineage by visiting Dilli Haat, Lotus Temple, Iskcon Temple, Gandhi Smriti which was an enriching experience for one and all. In the school, the delegates attended workshops on yoga, Indian cuisine, dance, rangoli making which were interesting and fun for each one of them.

The host families took great care of their guests and treated them to Indian delicacies thus giving them a taste of Indian hospitality, The formal event, Indo French Friendship-Amitie be Indo-Francais, had Ms. LAIDIN Maryline, Attache For Cooperation in French Language, French Institute of India, as the Special Guest of Honour.

The event included exchange of mementos and a bonanza of cultural performances from students of both the schools.

Ms. Aggarwal, Principal, St. Mark's School, remarked - "We cherish our association with College Emile Verhaeren, Paris and hope to continue with our exchange programs in the future too."
Generation Global Video Conference on Climate Change - (2 December 2019)
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15 students of our school had a video conference with Bloomfield Hall School, Pakistan and Al Azhar 4 Islamic Jr. High School, Indonesia on 2 December, 2019. The theme was Climate Change. The most burning issue today. Climate Change, is having a tremendous impact on the lives of people. Students from all the participating schools discussed about the impact, what is being done to reduce the negative impact and what can be done by these young students to make sure that life ahead is much better for everyone.
15th ASEF Classroom Network Conference - (25 to 29 November 2019)
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A rare honour for St. Mark's Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh as Ms. A. Aggarwal, Principal, was the only Indian participant at the 15th ASEF Classroom Network Conference held recently in Tokyo, Japan. A five day conference from 25 to 29 November 2019, it saw the participation of over 100 educators including secondary, high and vocational schools teachers, policy-makers, scholars, pedagogical experts, education and EdTech leaders from Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. Themed “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and AI: The Role and Readiness of Teachers”, the conference encouraged robust discussions and debates between the different stakeholders in additional to the lab sessions / workshops.

Ms. Aggarwal also had the opportunity to visit the Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) as part of the study visit integrated in the programme.

Ms. Aggarwal, in her closing remarks, shared her insights and learnings from the conference - "ASEF has been a great platform to connect with schools from the two continents". Thanks to ASEF, my school has a very vibrant global dimension in the curriculum. What is very interesting is that most of the virtual collaborations have resulted in face to face exchanges thus broadening the horizons of my school students."
Delegation from Singapore visits St. Mark’s School, Meera Bagh - (19 to 22 November 2019)
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A group of 7 students along with a teacher and Principal, Mr. Tan Chor Pang from Boon Lay Secondary School, Singapore visited St. Mark's School, Meera Bagh from 19 November 2019 to 22 November 2019 as a part of an on-going cultural exchange program between the two partner schools. During its stay, the Singapore group did some sightseeing in Delhi – Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib, India Gate and Parliament House etc. Dance and cooking workshops were organised for the guests who enjoyed Indian moves as well as Indian cuisine. The delegates from Singapore enthusiastically participated in the annual Tech Fest Geek - e - Hertz. A trip to Dilli Haat was also part of the program. Students of both the schools presented a glimpse of their culture through songs and dances. The program concluded with the exchange of mementos and certificate giving ceremony.
St. Mark's School, Meera Bagh Visits Neustadt, Germany - (19 to 24 October 2019)
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A five member student delegation comprising of Yashika Yadav (XI B), Meher Bhutani (XI B), Lakshay Katyal (XI C), Ansh Khandelwal (VIII B) and Kushaank Sachdeva (VIII B) visited Küstengymnasium Neustadt, Germany from 19 to 24 October, 2019.

The students stayed with host families and got an insight into the German lifestyle. They attended an art class wherein the students with their German buddies learnt about the landmarks of Neustadt. A sports class helped them learn the nuances of handball & volleyball as well as become friends with many more German students. Day trips to the historical cities of Lubeck and Hamburg helped the students learn about the cities nearby. One of the highlights was the visit to the Maritime Museum in Hamburg that boasts of the largest collection of ships. Another highlight of the exchange program was a day spent in Hansa Park - the largest amusement park in the area. Before the delegation reached Germany, it also visited Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark wherein they saw Nyhavn, Christiana and last but not least the Little Mermaid, one of the city's most famous tourist attractions.
Generation Global Video Conference on Power of Narrative - (9 October 2019)
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As a part of the Global Generation Project, a video conference was conducted on 9 October, 2019 in which a group of 12 students of Classes VIII and IX participated. The topic for the V-C was 'The Power of Narrative'.

The other participating school was Govt Girls Model Higher Secondary School GOR Colony Hyderabad, Pakistan. Mr. Sagar Kaul was the facilitator for the videoconference. The students used dialogue skills both to teach and learn from others about their lives, their thoughts, beliefs and values. The students discussed what “Power of Narrative” means and how it is an important tool for them to learn.
Indo-German Student Exchange - (25 September to 4 October 2019)
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Student Exchange Programmes propel learning, knowledge enhancement, personality development and acceptance of cross-cultural perspectives. With this objective a ten member delegation comprising of eight students, Geetika Singh (VIII-C), Teghpreet Singh Puri (VIII-D), Bhavishya Mishra (VIII-C), Khushi Gupta (IX-A), Anmol Gosain (X-B), Suvansh Bhatia (XI-B), Sharan Vaid (XI-E), Sarthak Jain (XI-E) and two teachers Ms. T. Kant and Ms. A. Vohra of St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh visited Germany from 25 September to 4 October, 2019. The delegation was warmly welcomed by the Principal, Mr. Gernot Groeppler, teachers and host families at Klosterchule Rossleben.

During their stay, from 25-30 September 2019, students attended English, Chemistry, History, Art, and Music lessons with their German partners, participated in group discussions based on the Purpose of Exchange Programmes and Role of Art in Education. On the day of formal exchange, the Principal, Mr. Groeppler welcomed the group once again and spoke about the long association between the two schools. Our students gave presentations on India and our School, followed by a Bharatanatyam performance by Khushi Gupta and a patriotic dance performance by the entire group which was highly appreciated by everyone. The programme ended with a formal exchange of mementos.

The students visited Weimar and other places of historical and cultural importance with their hosts while 2 students went for a camping trip to the Harz mountains,the land of German fairytales, with other German students. During the last four days of the trip the team got a chance to enjoy day trips to the city of Heidelberg, Cologne complemented with a lot of shopping, a river cruise and participation in Germany’s reunification celebration in Frankfurt on 3rd October were the other highlights of the trip. To sum it up, it was a great learning and life enriching experience.
Global Exchange Programme to Ptuj, Slovenia - (22 September to 5 October 2019)
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A delegation from St. Mark's Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh comprising of eight students - Khushdeep Dhir (XII A), Kanvarpreet Singh Kohli (XI C), Upneet Singh Hanspal (XI A), Nipun Chawla (XI D), Daivashri Chauhan (XI A), Vibhu Yadav (X E), Sania Chaudhary (X B) and Judith Payal Joseph (X F), led by the Principal, Ms. A. Aggarwal and the Vice Principal, Ms. Ritika Anand, Head, International Affairs, Ms. G. Rajan and teacher in charge, Ms. K. Mehta went for an Exchange Programme to Gimnazija School, Ptuj, Slovenia, from 22 September 2019 to 5 October 2019. It was a great learning experience for the students who stayed with their respective host families and attended lessons in the school. A visit to Lancova Vas wherein the delegation learnt to make doughnuts was one of the highlights. Another highlight was the delegation meeting the Mayor of Ptuj, Ms. Nuška Gajšek. Later the delegation also visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, Lake Bled, Kranjska Gora, Piran, the Skocjan Caves and Venice. The programme ended with a trip to Vienna. It was an overwhelming and a lifetime experience for all the students propelling them towards acceptance and understanding of different cultural perspectives.
International Friendship Week : Italy - (22 September to 1 October 2019)
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The world is round so that friendship may encircle it and students of St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh had a chance to be a part of this beautiful circle as we attended an International Friendship Week from 22 September to 1 October, 2019 in Istituto Tecnico Statale, Trieste, Italy. Our students along with their Italian host buddies and friends from Germany, France and Hongkong had an exciting schedule which included activities ranging from presentations, dancing, singing and trekking. They visited the famous Miramare castle, Rivoltella museum, Science Centre, Museum of Oriental Art and trekked along the Karst plateau till the Slovenian border. The visit to Venice was an experience to cherish. The students also met the Mayor of Triestewho greeted them in the Town Hall. Later they also got a chance to attend the inauguration of the NEXT Science Fair. On the culmination of the friendship week, the students presented short movies on meaningful moments, family life, food, friendship and Trieste. After bidding a heartwarming farewell to their buddies, our group headed to Rome to get an insight into a city that enchants both young and old. They say stones can talk and have got a lot to tell us and every block of stone and marble had a fascinating story to tell of the eternal city. The students saw the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pantheon, Palentine hill, Victor Emanuel’s Fort and Spanish steps. They also visited the Vatican City where they saw St. Peter’s Basilica and the beautiful Sistine Chapel. The students who were a part of this beautiful learning experience were Arjun Katyal, Sanat Vadhera, Mehak Khanna of XI-C, Simarpreet Kaur (XI-F) and Mehak Gupta (XI-H) along with their teacher incharge Ms. R. Kohli.
Skype Session GVC1910_2019 - (2019)
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Students of St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh had a video conference with our partner schools from Taiwan and Turkey. The topic of discussion was - Gender equality. Healthy discussion on the topic that saw students talking about the discrimination that still exists, the women who have made it to the top and how gender equality is a must for the progress of mankind.

This session was part of Global Virtual Classroom Network collaboration wherein we partner with a few schools, share ideas and, ultimately, create a website. Our partner schools for this year are Wunshan Senior High School, Taiwan & Ozel ALEV Okulları, Turkey.
India - Sri Lanka Student Exchange - (25 August to 2 September 2019)
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A ten member student delegation accompanied by two teachers and Principal Mr. W. T. Raweendra Pushpakumara from Siridhamma College, Galle, Sri Lanka, visited St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh from 25 August to 2 September, 2019.

The delegates were accorded with the traditional welcome of teeka on the forehead and marigold garlands. During the week long stay, the delegates got an insight into the practices and methodologies used in St. Mark’s School as they went on a school tour, visiting classrooms and attending workshops that gave a feel of Indian education system. The Sri Lankan guests also had fun visiting Dilli Haat, Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib, Waste to Wonder, Janpath, Cottage Emporium, Akshardham and many more with their host buddies. A trip to Agra to visit the famous TajMahal was an icing on the cake.

A session on Indian cuisine wherein the guests learnt to prepare Aloo Poori & Halwa was enjoyed by one and all. Since both the countries are cricketing nations, a friendly cricket match was also played. The delegates also performed Ganesh Puja on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. To learn more about Indian culture and traditions, an exhibition on Weaving patterns of India was also organized.

A cultural event wherein students of both the schools presented some beautiful dance performances was also organized. A brochure that captures the beautiful moments of the collaboration was also released by the Chairman of St. Mark's School, Mr. T. P. Aggarwal.

Last but not the least was the Principals of both the schools, teachers along with the students being invited for dinner by the High Commissioner of Sri LANKA, H. E. Mr. Austin Fernando, at his residence.
St. Mark's School, Meera Bagh invited for a get together at the High Commission of Sri Lanka - (August 2019)
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Five students - Simran Vohra (XII-F), Abhiroop Dutta (XII-C), Ikshvaku Rastogi (XI-H), Ishita Arora (XI-B) and Harsh Babbar (XI-E) along with Principal, Ms. A. Aggarwal, Head, International Affairs, Ms. G. Rajan and Teacher In charges Ms. S. Kaur and Mr. N. Gupta were invited for a get together at the High Commission of Sri Lanka.

The students were asked to share their experiences from their visit to Siridhamma College as well as Richmond College in Galle, Sri Lanka in January 2019. The students went down the memory lane and reminisced their days with the host buddies. Principal, Ms. A. Aggarwal presented a souvenir to the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, H. E. Mr. Austin Fernando and thanked him for the wonderful opportunity for the students and staff to visit Sri Lanka.

As the students remarked - "India Sri Lanka Foundation should be appreciated for its awesome work of connecting schools from both the countries as this is the best way to know about our neighbours."
Student Exchange Programme to Singapore - (11 to 18 April 2019)
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Student exchange programmes between countries is a beautiful way of discovering more about foreign cultures. Keeping this very ideology in mind, this academic year St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh organised its first Exchange programme with Boonlay Secondary School, Singapore from 11 to 18 April 2019. Pratishtha Gaur (IX G), Lavanya Sharma (IX G), Nishita Gupta (IX G), Tarishi Gaur (IX H), Mannat Gambhir (VIII F), Thia Marwah (VIII F), Bhamati Chugh (VIII F), Soumay Mittal (IX I), Pratham Lamba (IX E), Dishant Goel (IX F) were accompanied by Ms. G. Rajan, Head, International Affairs and teacher Ms. M. Pathak.

The tour kick-started with our delegation attending the school's Aspire and Achieve Day in which Principal Mr. Tan Chor Pang welcomed our delegation and spoke about the long association with our school. During the cultural exchange our students performed a Naga dance which was highly appreciated by everyone. In the remaining days our students attended the classes with the host children and experienced Singapore Education. The group also extensively toured the land in the local transport of MRT and buses to see the city like any other local. A River cruise, the Magnificence of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay, sound and light show, and a marvellous time in Universal studios as well as shopping in China town were other highlights. Our delegation also got an opportunity to see the Singapore city gallery, which shows the rise and development of Singapore from an ordinary harbour to a highly developed scintillating city that it has become now. So, overall, it was a great learning and excelling experience for the members of the group.
Teacher Interns from Sweden - (2019)
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One of the many overseas collaborations that we have is an agreement with University West in Trollhatten, Sweden that brings a few teacher interns to our school for field practice every year.

Since 2014, we have been in an agreement with University West in Trollhatten, Sweden wherein we provide learning opportunities to young teacher interns from the University. The teacher interns work with our teachers and learn to fulfill a variety of assignments. They not only prepare a lesson plan, anticipate students' questions, maintain discipline, and involve the students in the lesson but also consider this opportunity as a launching pad for their future teaching career.

Year 2018 had 2 teacher interns, Ms. Silje Gustafsson and Ms. Lina Mellgren with us for a period of four weeks.
Principals and Teachers from Malaysia - (31 January 2019)
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Around 40 educators (Principals and Teachers) from various schools of Malaysia visited St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh for a day on 31 January, 2019. This visit was part of 'Smart Partnership Program' by the Government of Malaysia. 'Smart Partnership Program' is a program that cultivates the art of networking for bringing together the expertise of educators from all over Malaysia.
Sri Lanka Exchange Programme - (1 to 7 January 2019)
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Ten students [Harshit Behal XI F, Simran Vohra XI F, Abhiroop Dutta XI C, Shubho Roy XII A, Tanmay Chopra XII F, Muktesh Sharma XII C, Yashmita XII F, Harsh Babbar X I, Ikshvaku Rastogi X F and Ishita Arora X F] along with two teachers, Mr. N. Gupta and Ms. S. Kaur of St. Mark’s Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh, visited Siridhamma College, Galle, Sri Lanka from 1 January, 2019 to 7 January, 2019 as a part of Cultural and Educational programme completely funded by the India – Sri Lanka Foundation, New Delhi Secretariat.

Before leaving for Sri Lanka the team led by Ms. Geeta Rajan, Head of International Affairs of the school and the teachers met the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, H.E. Mr. Austin Fernando, who briefed the students on the history, culture and the life style of the people of Sri Lanka. Students and teachers of the Indian team stayed with the partner school students and teachers respectively to have better insight of life style of Srilanka.

Our delegation was welcomed by offering betel leaves to express cordiality and friendship and tree plantation by the students of both the schools to make their relationship permanent and ever growing. Students observed class room teaching with their buddies specially IT, English, and Biology classes. Our delegation also visited Richmond College, Galle as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, H.E. Mr. Austin Fernando is an alumnus of that college.

Cultural show organised by Siridhamma College saw Ms. Geethani Subasingha, Director - Ministry of Education as the Chief Guest. The show included formal welcome by the school band and Kandyan dance. Both the schools performed and showed their culture, sang national anthems of both the countries which made the programme a great success.

As a part of cultural exchange host students cooked a SriLankan food `halapa` and shared the recipe with our students. Both the groups shared the information about their countries and school by means of presentation. Students also got a wonderful chance to attend a wood carving session.An evening with the Consul General Mr. Prem. K. Nair, Indian Consulate in Hambantota Sri Lanka, was another highlight of the programme. Our team along with the host students enjoyed whale watch, visited several places of interest like Sri Viwekarama Temple, Peace Pagoda, Rumassala Hil, Tea Factory, Folk museum, Boat ride in Koggala Lake, Galle Fort, to name a few. A day trip to the capital city of Colombo was another highlight of the visit.
Calendar on Indian and Russian Authors released - (2019)
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Ten students of St. Mark's Sr. Sec. Public School, Meera Bagh and ten from Zhukovsky English School No. 3, Moscow, Russia did an exclusive project on Indian and Russian authors. This project is also part of the ISA activity - World Literature.

The students from St. Mark's School learnt about Alexander Pushkin, Chekov, Tolstoy and a few more while the students from Zhukovsky learnt about Tagore, Premchand, R. K. Narayan etc. The Indian and the Russian students first learnt about books and authors by making powerpoint presentations and participating in a quiz. The students later prepared a desk calendar that was released by Ms.Lyudmila Filippova, Chief Coordinator (Culture and Information), Russian Center for Science and Culture and School Principal, Ms. A. Aggarwal at the event - ‘A Tale of Two Countries.' Also present were Mr. Vimal Mehta, President, Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists and Ms. Valentina Vasilkova, teacher in charge, Zhukovsky English School.
 
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