Workshop – Sahaja Yoga

G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, took its teachers on a journey of self-realisation through the four sessions of Sahaja Yoga that were organised on 15th, 19th, 21st and 26th September, 2017.

The Resource Person, Mr Nishchal Kapoor and his team helped the Goenkan teachers with their spontaneous union with the Divine, which in other words is known as Sahaja Yoga. One was set upon one’s Spiritual Ascent by awakening the spiritual energy lying dormant within oneself. Awareness of the divinity present within oneself is sure a transcendental voyage.

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Play – ‘I am Your Love Story’ by Pramila Le Hunte

On 6th September,Wednesday,2017, 36 students of Class X accompanied by two teachers went to see a play ‘I am Your Love Story’ by Pramila Le Hunte

The play confronts issues of continued racism,bogus elitism and class divide in a post-independent modern India and issues of terrorism, marginalisation and religious domination on a global level.


The day after Teachers Day ,we all came to school expecting the same long day, 10 periods of studies but little did we know that our school would surprise us by taking us for a play, ‘I Am Your Love Story’, by Pramila Le Hunte.

The play opened and the two characters, Babaji, who was dressed as Gandhi and a news reporter looking for a new story to publish were on stage. For one and a half hour we were entertained by six actors, out of which ‘Charles’ a British actor, Hector Moss, was loved by all girls for his looks and talent. We all thought the play was one that depicted romance, but to our surprise it wasn’t. The play was about, Wendy, an Anglo-Indian, who returned to India in 1952, to Calcutta, to re-discover herself. Wendy was set up to meet Auntyji, a high society woman who symbolized bogus elitism, and found Wendy very beautiful and suitable for her son, Rohan. On finding out, and learning about the family, Wendy refused to be associated with them.
The play revolves around the prejudices of present-day society. After the play was over we had a session of meditation along with the actors followed by a discussion about the play. 
It was an amazing experience and we hope our school continues to take us for such educational, yet fun trips. The teachers accompanying us were, Bella Batheja ma’am and Ruchi Badia ma’am.
Overall it will remain a memorable and unforgettable experience.
-Manya Makhija 
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TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

Teachers Day was celebrated in G. D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, on Wednesday, September5, 2016. On arrival in the school, the teachers were delighted to enter staff rooms decorated tastefully by the children. As a gesture of gratitude to their mentors, students had placed cakes and cards on the workstations.

The special assembly was conducted by the students of Class 12 with the Head Boy role-playing as the Principal. Dressed up in colourful clothes, students presented many songs, dances, skits and other items of entertainment. Children of 4th standard presented Shape of You, Uptown Funk, a Punjabi song while the children of 8th standard entertained everyone with Chaudhary (a Rajasthani dance), Tarantella (a German dance), Shape of You (a Kathak performance). A melodious rendition by Gurkiran and Snehil left everyone spellbound.   

After the assembly students were seen going to their teachers in different staff rooms presenting flowers and seeking their blessings. The day left the teachers overwhelmed.

Symphony 2017-18

The Senior School had hosted two events for Symphony 2017-18, a week set aside for showcasing Goenkans’ eloquence in English language.

Inter-House Oral Interpretation Competition for classes IX – XII took place on August 28, 2017. The aim of the competition was to give the children a taste of the variety of work by William Shakespeare. Each participant was to choose a short extract including dialogues of two or more characters, from any play by Shakespeare. The premium was placed on confidence, diction, vocal variety and performance. The voice modulation and range exhibited by the participants left everyone full of surprise and admiration. 

The second event organized by the Senior School was one of its kind, Inter-House Turn Coat Debate. The students were given the topics on the spot. The topics were based on social and moral issues. The orators were to deliver the extempore for one minute proposing the motion and then turn the coat to speak for one minute opposing the motion. They showcased their presence of mind and awareness of contemporary challenges through logical arguments and strong conviction.

Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day was celebrated with much nationalistic fervor in GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj on Friday, August 11, 2017. The special assembly commenced with the morning prayer by Mr Sanjay Yadav, Principal, GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, followed by a talk by Ms Rachna Gupta. The mainstay of the function was a melodious medley of patriotic songs and dances by children. After unfurling the flag, the Principal addressed the school with his words of wisdom emphasizing the unenviable role children can perform in nation building. With colourful balloons in the sky, the walls of the school echoed with “Jai Hind” by all the children of the school.

VISIT TO THE RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN MUSEUM

Students from class X to XII received the opportunity to visit the phenomenal ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex’ on 31 August. I could not have even imagined how being president of the largest democracy of the world could feel, but the visit to the museum helped all of us live the experience of governing a country from the President’s chair.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum was earlier used as a garage to park the president’s carriages ever since Honorable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated it in 2014 as a museum. The museum is spread over three floors- the Ground floor, Upper Basement & Lower Basement. We were escorted from the main entrance to the Clock Tower, which was the entrance to the museum.

The ground floor has a display of the coaches: Victoria, Luggage & Training Coach & a Mercedes 500 SLE which was used by four Presidents until it was replaced by a Mercedes Limousine in 2012. One half of the floor is dedicated to the making of the Raisina Hill. Small enclaves show the preconstruction terrain of the Raisina Hill, construction of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, current aerial views & the parliament house. A scale model of the Rashtrapati Bhavan with rubber Silicon sculptures of the important people associated with its construction can also be viewed. The stages of the construction of the Rashtrapati Bhavan are also displayed & also the various regiments sketches are exhibited. The central area of the Ground Floor is used to showcase the Freedom Movement and Legislative Reforms in India

Moving down to the Upper Basement through the electronic escalators we were amazed to see the 3 dimensional holographic projection of the busts of former Presidents talking to the visitors. Right opposite the projection, the personal belongings/memorabilia of the current and former Presidents of the country were exhibited. The memorabilia displayed are of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Shri R. Venkataraman, Shri Giani Zail Singh, Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy & Shri V.V. Giri. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalams suit which he wore for his swearing ceremony & the  suit that he wore during his last speech were are also displayed . An extraordinary piece of art gifted to the President by the Tata group is a treat to the eyes.

The floor also displays a part of the Presidents grand kitchen & his study and the dining area. An entire hall is dedicated to crockery that was used in the parliament, either gifted by foreign dignitaries or which were made in our country before and after independence. A Virtual Reality Show also gave us an experience to walk with Mahatma Gandhi. The other interesting aspects of the floor were sketches of the former Presidents sketched out of words describing them & a beautiful model of a ship made solely from cloves, that was gifted to the President.

The most esteemed medals- The Bharat Ratna , The Padma Vibhushan & other  medals were displayed on the floor, which was a sight to behold.

The lower basement of the museum is dedicated to treasures of the Rashtrapati Bhavan including a variety of paintings & sculptures that were previously displayed in the Marble Hall and other important places of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The floor also includes a 3D short film on the struggle & hardships that Mahatma Gandhi had to go through,  for our country.

The  museum gave all of us a feeling of being in the Rashtrapati Bhavan itself & experiencing its grandeur and opulence. Not only did the art works and sculptures in the museum help us relate to the text we study in class but also lighted the patriotic spark in all of us & motivated us to do something for our country.  The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum complex is a complete package for the visitors who are keen observers of art, culture, heritage & history. One will have to visit this exceptional museum to see and experience what life in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is really about.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE WEEK

An Inter-Class  Story – telling competition for classes VII and  VIII was held during the SST week .

Two students from each section of classes VII and VIII were selected for the competition .

Children of class VII narrated interesting stories related to the life of religious saints of medieval  period .

Praneel   Kaushik of class VII-C  was adjudged the ‘Best  Speaker’  for  his story on Tulsi Das .

Students of class-VIII narrated  inspiring  anectodes from the lives of unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle.

Ananya  Bindal of class VIII-B was adjudged the ‘Best  Speaker’ for her story on Kartar Singh.