On 26th December 2017, students of G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, visited the evening school run by American Montessori Public School in Gurugram for the underprivileged students. The interaction started with students of our school giving a talk on the relevance of Christmas and teachings of Jesus Christ. They also celebrated the festive season by distributing eats and stationery items. Soaps were gifted to the school children to politely convey the importance of personal hygiene and general well being. This was followed by a cultural programme organised by the students of American Montessori Public School.
Not only was this give and take a rich learning experience for the Goenkans, it also made their Christmas the most memorable one.
American Montessori Public School , a school of dreams for the children who are motivated to aim high despite of all the hurdles that come in their way!
My visit to the school on the 26 of December,2017 was absolutely worth it ! It was the best Christmas I have ever celebrated with the beautiful souls that were present on that special evening.
I observed that the underprivileged children were very disciplined and understanding as they were able to connect with us.
Also, the teachers of the school were very helpfuland most importantly, i could see their urge to build a bright future for the children in need!
It was a feeling of utmost happiness and joy of being their SECRET SANTA!
– ROSE JAIN (XII)
On 7th December 2017, fifteen students studying Political Science along with teacher in charge Ms.Seema Chadha went for a visit to the High Court to enhance learning of the children and give them exposure to the daily proceedings of the High Court.
It was a wonderful experience where the students got a chance to witness the proceedings of lawsuits being contested under the esteemed presence of acting Chief Justice Of Delhi High Court Gita Mittal. Also they got the opportunity to witness the proceedings in the criminal courts.
The children were completely overawed and impacted by this visit.
On 5th December, 2017, 19 students of SUPW Club visited two SEWA BHARTI schools in Khanpur. The schools had organised a cultural programme for our club members who taught the underprivileged in groups. It was an enriching experience as the students felt empowered by donating stationery items, shoes and chocolates. It was indeed an eyeopener for the students as it was their first exposure to the harsh reality of poverty. This experience developed in them feelings of gratitude, discipline and patriotism.
“The fact that I motivated kids to live better gives me pure joy. Memories made here will always be cherished”
It is our responsibility and duty to use our privilege to try and make a difference in these kids life, push them towards making something of themselves, to break the vicious cycle of poverty, illiteracy, ill health and social constraints for a better world
Samara Khanna (XI-E)
Walking through lanes lined with garbage and mud, all of us were perplexed as to where our school was planning to take us! Once we reached the school for the underprivileged, run by Sewa Bharti, our jaws dropped open! A small three-storied building, each floor having only one or two rooms and each room having three carpets, signifying different batches. Yes, that’s how small the school was… But well, don’t judge a book by its cover. On entering the classroom, we were awestruck by the manners of the students! There was not one child who did not wish us- “Good morning Ma’am”! I was surprised to see how much the children of class 3 knew! Proper multiplication, division, tables, reading, art and the list goes on…
The second school, located in the largest basti of India, was similar to the first one, only even smaller. The smiles of the children on receiving things that mean nothing to us such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, shoes etc. made my day! The fact that they did not have access to basic amenities like drinking water and toilets, made me feel so privileged. Never have I wanted to thank GOD more for what I have been given! This peek into reality brought tears in my eyes…
Dhriti Swarup ( XI D)
We have all been taught that there is no free lunch and to create balance in our lives we do not need to meditate or visit temples or wear holy rings, we just need to create balance around us by lending a helping hand towards anyone in need.
And towards that end we decided to visit two Sewa Bharti Schools. For those who do not know what Sewa bharti is, it is an NGO working with slum dwellers, tribals and indigenous communities living in resettlement colonies and urban slums.
Such was the condition of the approach roads that our buses could not take us to the school gate. Some of us went by car and some walked through drains to get there.
The school had such few rooms that we found Kindergarten students sitting with students of class five being taught different things, I hope. What surprised me was that Kindergarten children could add, subtract, multiply and divide and knew tables till 5! More than many children their age elsewhere. They were eager to learn and absorbed everything like sponges. They were very respectful of anyone entering their classes referring to them as Sir and Ma’am doing work as told without any argument at all.
The outside drains did not reflect the inside of the school as the students were very aware of cleanliness despite having to sit on torn carpets—if one can call them that.
Barely being able to afford uniforms, every time their hands got dirty they would go to wash them instead of wiping them on their clothes.
We carried chocolates, stationery and shoes for them which brought huge smiles to their faces making us think we had done enough, till a girl came and handed me ₹10 saying it was payment for the chocolate I had just given her…She was most uncomfortable taking it free…
Zoya S. Kumar (XI-C)
The much awaited field trip for class-4 &5 students on 28 th ,29 th November ‘17 unfolded the mystery of legacy of Indian Presidents and also let the students witness snapshots of Indian Freedom struggle.The President Estate museum boasts of state of art virtual reality exhibition where history is recounted. Gandhi walk and visiting the past president’s vehicle was the highlight of the trip.
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.