On the second day of Ninth Gayatri Devi Goenkan Memorial Cultural Festival, “Goenkan Grandeur” 2017, two events were held: Inter-School English Elocution Contest and Inter-School Western Dance Competition.
The day began with the registration of the participants followed by delicious breakfast at the cafeteria. All the participants, thereafter, assembled in the auditorium. The Master of Ceremony, Ms Meeru Pande, welcomed the guests. The Principal, Mr Sanjay Yadav, gave his blessings to the participants.
English Literary Event (Inter-School English Elocution Contest)
The Vice Principal, Ms Swadesh Kumar drew the lots and encouraged the children to give their best. The judges, the renowned academician, Ms Shrawasti Ganguli and the popular TV host, Mr Mayank Batheja were introduced to the audience. Twenty six participants from thirteen schools created magic with their words through extremely interesting pieces and highly impressive elocution. They were judged on (a) Choice of Piece (b) Confidence (c) Memory (d) Diction (e) Presentation. The team of G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj won the third prize. G.D.Goenka Public School, Greater Noida, was the runner-up team and the team of Amity International School emerged as the winner. The Principal congratulated the English Department and the HOD, Ms Rohina Shah for the successful concept.
Inter-School Western Dance Competition
Ten teams mesmerized the spectators through their scintillating performances. The judges, the famous names in the circle of dance professionals, Mr Anubhav Sharma and Mr Dilip Raikwar, judged the incredibly beautiful dances on the basis of Creativity, Choice of Music, Choreography and Costumes. Result was declared and prizes distributed. Teams of Amity International School and G.D.Goenka World School jointly took the third place. G.D.Goenka Public School, Sector48, Gurgaon was the runner-up team. The efforts of the Dance Director, Ms Vidushi, bore fruit when G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj was declared the best team. The highly competitive dance extravaganza ended with a lip smacking lunch at the cafeteria.
Tirelessly working behind the scene, the Activity Incharge, Ms Anisha, ensured flawless conduct of the event.
On February 14, 2017, G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, organized an enlightening and interactive workshop on parenting. The workshop was conducted by Dr Shimi Kang, a Canadian-Indian renowned Psychiatrist, an award winning Harvard trained medical doctor, researcher and expert on the science of human motivation. The mother of three, a TEDx speaker, Dr Kang, is the author of “The Dolphin Parent: A Guide To Raising Healthy, Happy and Self-Motivated Kids”.
Dr Kang provided practical communication and lifestyle prescriptions to enhance key twenty first century skills in young children. The content included expansion of the understanding of key concepts of self-motivation, adaptability and consciousness quotient. Need to promote creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and contribution as a part of Consciousness Quotient or 5CQ’s was emphasized. The parents said they were very satisfied to have found answers to some very difficult problems.
An enthusiastic and sentimental class eleven played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for class twelve. Energetic, graceful and foot-tapping dance performances enthralled the beautifully attired audience. The compares, Dikshita Khullar and Kartika Ahuja and later Vatsal Kanoi and Tanya Bansal entertained the gathering with their witty repartee. Soon the focus shifted to the main event: The Personality Contest. 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 2017:
Mr. Goenkan – Manav Maini
Miss Goenkan – Mahi S. Kumar
Mr Talented – Ved Rajgarhia
Miss Talented – Sara Bahl
Mr Popular – Sagar Rathi
Miss Popular – Vrinda
Style Icons – Shivangani Anand and Aman Kumar
Faces of the Year- Rohan Vasdev and Annika Bhargava
Gentleman of the Year –Dhruv Swaroop
Lady of the Year – Usmehar Madan