An enthusiastic and sentimental class XI played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for class XII. Friendship and nostalgia were aptly displayed in a short film made on the school campus showing different facets of Goenkan life. Energetic, graceful and foot-tapping dance performances enthralled the beautifully attired audience. Masquerade was the theme for the witty repartee among the comperes, Zoya S Kumar, Hardik Chetal, Nishtha Jindal and Aryan Dhingra. Soon the focus shifted to the main event: The Personality Contest – with Anaika Mehra, Abhay Chauhan and Parth Gupta as its comperes. Intelligent, beautiful, stylish and suave! Each nominee gave the judges plenty to think over. Interspersed with music, dance and scintillating stage shows, the Farewell Party culminated with the announcement of prizes for the winners of the Batch of 2018:
Mr. Goenkan – Ali Ahmed Trumboo
Miss Goenkan – Pragya Maheshwari
Mr. Talented – Aryan Kanoi
Miss Talented – Saloni Khanna
Mr. Popular – Abhiroop Aggarwal
Miss Popular – Kartika Ahuja
Style Icons – Surya Maan and Pearl Bhatia
Faces of the Year – Kartik Anand and Anshikha Tomar
The 19th Citation Ceremony of G.D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi took place on January 24, 2018 in the school auditorium at noon. It was attended by Principal, Mr. Sanjay Yadav, Vice Principal, Mrs. S. Kumar, Ms. Pankaja, Mr. Rajiv Sharma, Ms. Prabhjot Butalia and all senior school staff members. All students of class XII of 2018 batch lit ‘diyas’ from the ceremonial lamp signifying the eternal light of knowledge, learning and wisdom. They received mementoes from the Principal who along with the Vice Principal and Senior Section In-charge, Ms. Menika Anand blessed them with best wishes for the forthcoming Board Examination. Ms. Prabhjot Butalia and Ms. Rohina Shah gave them some sound advice about how to face challenges in life.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon.
Keeping in view the above sentiment, mass reading activity aptly named One Nation Reading was organised in the school premises. Students carried their favourite books to read. The aim of the event was to create awareness among students about the importance of books and reading.
A highly enlightening and interactive workshop was conducted by LiveJam in G. D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, on December 5, 2017 for the senior school children and on December 8 for the middle school children. It was a fun filled, musical workshop addressing serious issues such as abuse, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, bullying and peer pressure. The presenters, Rachel, Ashwini George and Dorothy formed an instant connect with the children. Through their Swachh Bharatiya Abhiyan Campaign, they conveyed that in order to have a clean India, we must have clean hearts. Real life stories of change were narrated and many children were seen wiping their eyes.
LiveJam is a youth movement that works among urban teens and youth. They aim to support educational institutions by providing life values sessions and address issues such as peer pressure, abuse, social media addiction, depression, etc. They do this by engaging students in a program conducted via two mediums they easily connect to and enjoy: MUSIC + real life STORIES OF CHANGE.
The Swachh Bharatiya Abhiyan is a campaign to engage with 100,000 school kids across Delhi & NCR with the message of hope & transformation. We believe that in order to have a clean India, we must first have clean hearts. And, change begins with us!
Scholastic Award Presentation Ceremony of GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, took place on December 2, 2017 in the school auditorium. The ceremony commenced with Ganesh Vandana, School Song and an Indian dance form titled Rhythms of Nature. Principal, Mr Sanjay Yadav, underlined the accomplishments of Goenkans. 115 students of classes 6, 9, 11, and class 12 batch of 2016-17 attended the ceremony with their parents. They were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics by Prof Dr Srihari, Vice Chancellor, G.D.Goenka University, our Chief Guest for the evening. The compères highlighted the achievements, the aspirations and the role models of the students being awarded. In his closing address, the Chief Guest commended that most of the students considered their parents and grandparents as their role models. The evening ended with sumptuous high tea. It was a day of pride for the parents.
Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the many places that most of us haven’t visited while living in Delhi. It is the official residence of President of India situated at Raisina Hill in Lutyens Delhi designed by Edwin Lutyens.
The entry is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. We had booked online on 25th October for a visit on 24th November and a month passed in anticipation of that visit.
On 24th November a group of 34 students had the privilege of visiting Rashtrapati Bhavan along with 3 teachers. By 8.45 a.m we set out from school in our school bus, and reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan by 10 a.m. At first sight itself, we were bowled over by this majestic structure. The main building covers an area of 5 acres and has 340 rooms spread over four floors.
We entered a large waiting hall after climbing stairs where other people were also waiting. We were photographed and given a ticket along with pictures and were directed to the guide of our group.
One of the most interesting facts that we first came to know about was that When the President is in Delhi, the flag is hoisted on top of the dome of the building. When the President is not in Delhi, the flag is not hoisted.
The guide showed us the central part of Bhavan that included
Durbar Hall, Ashoka Hall(ball room), Library , Banquet Hall(state dining hall), Marble Hall, North Drawing Room(for receiving visiting heads of state), Yellow Drawing Room (for state functions like swearing –in) and the Buddha Statue .
In the end we were also shown the Mughal Garden. The famous Mughal Garden of the Rashtrapati Bhavan covers an area of 15 acres and has 159 celebrated varieties of roses, 60 varieties of bougainvillea and many other varieties of flowers in spring season.
By noon , we had completed the tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan and started our return journey back to school.
It was really an unforgettable experience, which apart from being intellectually rewarding , gave us a glimpse of our country’s proud history and the most significant events that happened before and after independence in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.