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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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