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.
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.
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.
An interclass quiz for class 6 was conducted during the s.st week…
An interhouse quiz competition was held on 19 july where the house teams enthusiastically participated
It had five rounds of quizzing –mcq, audio visual jumbled words, recognize the personality and rapid FIRE ROUND…..
The results were as follows
RK HOUSE – 1ST
V.K HOUSE – 2nd
TAGORE – 3rd
TERESA – 4th
The week long English Language programme – SYMPHONY 2017-18 was kicked off on 16th August in the Primary section.
The importance of good and neat handwriting cannot be undermined. This was showcased in the first event- Inter Class Handwriting. It was a visual treat to see neat,well formed and beautifully written letters. This was followed by Inter Class paragraph writing on 18th August for the children of classes 3 and 4.The children unleashed their creativity by writing impromptu paragraphs on the topics given on the spot in the class .Next in line was Inter House poetry recitation competition which was held on the 29th August on the theme “ Animals in Rhyme”. This event showcased the oratory talents of the young Goenkans as they recited poems with great aplomb and enthusiasm.The Inter Class Spellathonwas held for Class 5 and 6 students on the same day.The last event that marked the conclusion of the English Language week was Inter Class Spellathon for the children of classes 3 and 4 which was a learning experience for all and kept the audience captivated.
As the curtains fell on the week long literary event, one felt pride in the knowledge that our young students are surely on their way to make their mark on the future.
Students of class VII-B conducted the Morning Assembly on 24th August 2017 under the guidance of their class teacher Ms. Ekta Mehra. Their topic ‘Eat Right, Stay Healthy’ was a short play that talked about the effects of eating healthy food items and junk food items.
Members of Healthy Family – Milk, Juice, Apple, Carrot, Tomato, Cauliflower and Egg describing the health benefits of eating healthy food items. These food items give strength to our bones and teeth and are an important source of minerals, nutrients and fibers.
Members of Junky Family –Maggi, Burgers, Pizza, Wafers, Cake and Pepsi said that they make parties more enjoyable with their wonderful taste.
The play ended by sharing insightful quotes like – ‘Better you will feel, if you feel a healthy meal!’,’ Eat a healthy meal to help your body heal’, ’You are what you eat’, ’Stay away from junk food and you’ll be in a better mood’, ’Don’t live for eating but eat for living’, ’Make the right choice, Eat Right’.