“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero.
In a world where the information is changing, the ways to acquire it have also evolved. The constant throughout this change has been an institution named the library. A library is a school’s nerve center not only for academic learning, but also playing a vital role in activating imagination and nurturing the natural curiosity that is an innate part of children’s psyche.
The month of May was celebrated as Library Month in GDGPS. The reason for this celebration has been to create awareness in our students that books are indeed a man’s best friend, at every stage of life. Competitions like Design a Bookmark, Draw & Describe Favourite Book Character and Design a Book Cover were conducted which proved to be a perfect amalgamation of learning and fun among our young learners. Alluring work of art in the form of bookmarks, book covers and pictures of characters from books, painted by students, festooned the library.
Students participated in all the competitions with much interest and enthusiasm. We appreciate all the participants for their talent and creativity.
Get activated! Accept change!
Our choices shift and change the course of our lives. Let us do away with monotony and appreciate our own uniqueness in a positive manner. The English Department planned some interesting and challenging events and activities to get the creative juices flowing during April 2022 being celebrated as the English Month.
A thought provoking Mood Board was put up in each class where students could share and display their thoughts and opinions. Writing a daily Journal as an amazing tool for self expression and personal growth was introduced in each class.
Most students were excited to be back in school and the English Month became a vibrant opportunity for everyone to participate in some creative learning. Spell Bee was conducted from classes 3 to 12. Middle school students created colorful and unique collage style posters on the theme Back to School. Primary school students presented a Special assembly to showcase their talents. Group Recitation, Roleplay with a Super Hero theme, Show and Tell, Group discussions and sharing of Reading lists were some of the activities that were held. The Inter House Debate for Middle school and Senior School students became the ideal event for a very successful exchange of ideas and views by our eloquent and expressive speakers.
The team from Senior School also presented a Special Assembly taking us back to the Era of Shakespeare. The students presented Quotes, Sonnets, Soliloquies and extracts from Plays highlighting the universal appeal of William Shakespeare . A Workshop on the Appreciation of Poetry was conducted by the HOD English with selected Senior School students. The interactive program explored the historical and cultural aspects of the Major Poets and the overall impact that Poetry has on our daily life.
Experiencing Change as a Constant , the English department was encouraged and motivated by the Principal, Ms Meenakshi Bhakuni and by Head of Senior School, Operations, Ms Menika Anand and Head of Senior School, Academics, Mr Amit Bhalla.
The Activity Incharge, Ms Anisha Talwar inspired us to lead the way towards a dynamic new session with plenty of interesting and challenging events.
Baisakhi, the harvest festival of Punjab was celebrated with full spirit and enthusiasm in GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj. The vibrant morning assembly titled "Ayee Baisakhi" mesmerized one and all. The presentation showing golden farms transported the viewers to Punjab. The programme commenced with a powerful speech by Zara of class 4 who enlightened all about the historical importance of the festival. The lively singers of classes 4, 5 & 6 won hearts of the audience and the icing on the cake was the bhangra along with gidda and folk songs. The next item was a poem in Punjabi, recited by Japjot Singh Rajbans of class 8 and Harman Singh Rajbans of class 6. The finale was the energetic dance by class 12 girls ushering in hope, happiness, joy and positivity. Principal Ma'am congratulated the students for the wonderful show put up by them. Her words of wisdom inspired everyone.
ONE DEFINING MOMENT...
Young Goenkans Celebrate Orientation Day !!
It was an immense celebration of collaboration and confidence building that made Orientation day for Nursery students extra special at G D Goenka Public School Vasant Kunj.
The enthusiasm and excitement was palpable as each new student was welcomed into the Goenkan fraternity. The dynamic curriculum design experts and the experienced team of professionals put together a wonderful presentation to show case the Goenkan ethos. The Principal, Mrs Meenakshi Chauhan Bhakuni, enlightened the eager parents about the educational journey that their ward was about to embark upon. It was an opportunity for students and teachers and parents to interact and share their thoughts and ideas. This festive atmosphere set the right tone for a seamless transition into an ideal School environment that enables a creative and innovative platform for learning.
To acquaint the parents of classes of 3 to 12 about the curriculum, co curricular activities and exam specifications to be followed for the year , Orientation programmes were organised by the school in the last week of March 2022, before the beginning of the new academic session 2022-23.
The parents were briefed about our expectations from them in the best interests of their children, through an online presentation conducted by the section and exam in-charges and teachers of different classes. The presentation which lasted for an hour, concluded with a Q/A session and was well-attended by the parents.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out." Dr. Seuss.
Goenkan students of the Class XII batch of 2022 participated in the solemn Citation Ceremony that was conducted in the school auditorium on the 16th of March 2022.
Graduation from school entails an emotional and nostalgic farewell and the Ceremony was an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and receive inspirational messages, school mementos and blessings from their teachers and the Principal.
The Citation Ceremony began with a beautiful and motivational welcome address by the Prefects of Class XI, who appreciated the resilience and the overall positivity of this special Batch as most of their time had passed under the shadows of the Covid times. The School Captains spoke with passion and nostalgic sentiments on behalf of the Graduating class. Prerna Maheshwari and Saanvi Sood shared their emotional journey as Goenkans who have emerged victorious from the tag of being the Covid Batch. The Lamp Lighting Ceremony was the invocation to the Almighty for blessings and grace. The Principal Ms Meenakshi Bhakuni, gave the school memento to each student as they placed their lit candles on the stage.
The special message given by Ms Bhakuni was filled with gratitude and appreciation for ' the wonderful return to normal school life. ' The words of hope, encouragement and motivation left a lasting impact on all. Ma'am encouraged the quest for excellence and her witty, gentle and all encompassing tone soothed many stressed and frayed nerves. Her words of wisdom urged the Goenkan class of 2022 to rekindle hope and faith in their potential.
The Citation Ceremony was a beautiful Farewell to the graduating class of 2022.
Storm on the Soccer Field
Ending the long wait created by covid period, Inter-House Soccer Tournament for Senior Girls (classes 6-12) was held on 21 and 22 February 2022. Donned in their house t-shirts, the resilient girls exhibited sharp skill of the sport on the field, generating a lot of excitement amongst the spectators over two days.
The final result stands as:
Winner: Vivekananda House
Runner up : Teresa House
3rd Position: Radhakrishnan House
4th Position: Tagore House
Well played, children! Congratulations!!
A Tryst with Yoga by 1575 Spirited Goenkans
"Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body."
1575 students of GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj received certificates for their enthusiastic participation in the 750 million Surya Namaskar Challenge, the mega event organised by CBSE and supported by Ministry of Health & Ministry of Ayush, on the auspicious occasion of 75th anniversary of independence of India - "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav". The National Yogasana Sports Federation ran this project from 01 January 2022 to 07 February 2022.
Lively and spirited Goenkans, who never pass up an opportunity to participate in activities related to holistic growth, felt enriched by this experience.
The three-day league matches of Soccer Tournament of Senior Boys poured much thrill on the school ground and kept every spectator's adrenaline on a rush. The third day exciting matches resulted in: Teresa vs RK: 3-0 & Tagore vs VK: 2-1
The final standing of the Houses for Inter-House Soccer Match for Senior Boys is as follows: Winner: Tagore House
Runner-Up: Teresa House
3rd Position: Vivekananda House
4th Position: Radhakrishnan House
The excitement continues with Inter-House Soccer Tournament for Senior Girls being played this week.
ACCOLADES FOR THE GOENKAN SCHOLARS!!
In order to cope with the rapidity with which knowledge itself changes, today's students must seek to achieve academic excellence. At G.D. Goenka Public School Vasant Kunj, the annual recognition of this zenith of brilliance for its student community, is celebrated in the form of the Scholastic Excellence Awards Ceremony. This online event was held on 29th of January 2022 as an impressive felicitation of learning, talent, diligence and consistency in academic achievement.
The rendition of the Saraswati Vandana as the invocation to the Light of knowledge, was the opening for the Awards program. In recognition of the overall talent pool of the school, the melodious, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy set the harmonious tone for a wonderful acknowledgement of our gifted children.
The recipients of the Scholastic awards from class VI, IX, XI and XII were individually introduced, their range of interests were described and their rich profiles were presented with elan and finesse.
The Principal, Mrs. Meenakshi Bhakuni was very generous with her praise for these achievers and she inspired them to continue with their quest for attaining excellence in all their Pursuits. The collaborative efforts of students, teachers and parents are the road maps of a great experience for learning in school. We, at Goenkas take pride in such amazing events that motivate us to forge ahead and encourage all to explore their true potential.
It was a day to remember as the students of 9 D wore patriotism on their sleeves by putting up a spectacular assembly on 26 January 2022, commemorating 73 years of India becoming a Republic.
The programme began with the virtual unfurling of the National flag, followed by a talk on the significance of the Constitution, after which the children took us on an 'exclusive virtual tour' of the Republic Day celebrations showcasing glimpses of the parade: the march past by the armed forces, police and the para military forces, images of the National War Memorial and Beating the Retreat, tableaus of different states etc.
Mesmerizing vocal and instrumental performances, reflecting the children’s pride in their motherland, by The Indian Instrumental Music added vibrancy to the celebrations.
The assembly was much appreciated by Principal ma'am and her motivating words were a source of strength to our children. JAI HIND
Water is an essential component of life and is vital for sustenance. Thus, water conservation has become the need of the hour. So, we should all stand together to conserve water to save life.
Spreading this message of saving water, students of Nature Club of G. D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj conducted a special assembly on 24 January 2022. Students highlighted some amazing facts about water. A short dance drama, 'DANCING DROPLETS' was enacted to motivate the audience to save water. The Principal, Mrs. Meenakshi Bhakuni, also inspired the students to join the mission of conserving water. The participants were Adyant Jain, Smera Sood, Advaita Nair, Nehmat Kapoor, Ananya Chakraborti, Siya Rai, Suhani Bagga, Ritwik Gupta, Ayush Yadav, Radhya Mahajan, Karnik Gupta & Abhav Mehra. Special thanks to the members of DZGN Club members - Shivani Mehra, Arnav Garg and Deepshikha Sharma, and Mehak Arora for their valuable contribution.
THE ZENITH OF EXCELLENCE!!
The 2nd Edition of the Goenkan Tech Fest conducted by the Goenkan Tech Guild was a resounding success. The 9 unique and exciting events received as many as 300 entries from schools across India. The dynamic collaboration between tech wizards, alumni achievers and state of the art guidance of experts created a week-long buzz of intense competitions.
The Closing ceremony shared vignettes of this interaction and also revealed a glimpse of the sterling level of preparation and planning that lead to this exciting journey. Words of gratitude and appreciation were exchanged between the Tech guild members and a promise to return with an amazing 3rd edition was also made. The words of encouragement and motivation by the Principal, Mrs Meenakshi Bhakuni kept the spirits high and the adrenaline pumping, super charged, socially conscious and AI driven efforts of the participants were the jewels in the Goenkan crown of Inter school events.
GOENKAN LEADERS TAKE OATH!
The much awaited Investiture Ceremony for the Student Authorities for the year 2021-22, was held in a beautiful online format on 22nd of January 2022. .
'Work for a cause, not for applause.
Live life to express, not to impress.
The enthusiastic and bright faces of the student leaders exemplifies the best of the school ethos and the deep connect with core values and the sterling standards of excellence. These young individuals hold responsible portfolios in the field of Sports, Extracurricular activities, Academic achievements and overall code of conduct. They are role models and aspire to create a Goenkan spirit of camaraderie and team spirit.
The school oath inspires all students to strive for ' honest dealing and clear thinking ‘, it upholds the choice of the ' harder right instead of the easier wrong'. The ceremony was a spirited response to the challenge of difficult times. The words of the Principal, Mrs Meenakshi Bhakuni encouraged the students to uphold the light of positive and proactive planning and to face the future with zeal and a zest for life. Her thoughts echoed the school motto ...Higher Stronger Brighter!
"Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit." It has been rightly said by Stefan Banach, a famous mathematician. Mathematics is a powerful tool for global understanding and communication that organises our lives and prevents chaos. Mathematics helps us understand the world and provides an effective way of building mental discipline. Mathematics can be fun, challenging, hands-on, and applicable in real life. To celebrate the spirit of mathematical learning, experience the joy of the mathematical sphere, and explore various mathematical concepts in a creative manner. December 2021 was celebrated as Mathematics Month.
Backed by rigorous planning, the mathematics team successfully conducted a fun-filled celebration of Math Month that brought forth maximum participation from students. The display of mathematical terms and their application in real life, activities, games, quizzes, songs, and interesting facts caused quite a buzz among the students, and students were seen challenging themselves with various math month activities. It was a fun- filled and joyful month of learning for the Goenkans, who exhibited unparalleled excitement and actively participated in all activities during Mathematics Month.
The month of November was observed as the Language month in GDGPS, V.K. The world is a melting pot of cultural diversity today. This makes foreign languages a key to growth and understanding this globally diverse domain.
The students got a vast range of exposure to Foreign Languages. There is a need for inculcating a sense of pride and importance for the second and third languages that the students’ study as part of their curriculum. Keeping this in mind all the students were given an opportunity to make presentations in their language and performed a lot of activities in online and offline classes.
In course of this month, the students discover authors, writers, storytellers or illustrators from all over the world. This encounter is the opportunity to celebrate the language in all its diversity and all its forms. The global importance of each language in today’s world was highlighted and students were encouraged to maximize their resources for the best learning experience possible. Teachers motivated the children to choose and read different Language books from our ever-increasing multilingual library online.
Each Department put up a variety of cultural programs where students showcased their language skills in a skit, song, speech, and colourful activities. The students even showcased their culinary skills through ‘ćooking and presentation’’ The successful completion of the celebration of language Week was attributed to the driving force of the supportive management, constant guidance of the dynamic School Principal, inspirational mentoring of the IT dept. and the vibrant & energetic teachers of the language Department.
Fit India Freedom Run 2.0, a nationwide campaign, conceptualised by FIT India Mission to commemorate the 75th Independence Day, was launched on the concept of "Physical Virtual Run" in a continuum from 13 August to 2 October 2021 to encourage fitness.
250 students of GDGPSVK enthusiastically participated in this event and every child has been awarded a certificate. This has also earned the school a certificate. We are proud of our Goenkans for responding to this initiative with alacrity.
Senior school students returned to school in a phased manner to resume their studies in the swanky, newly renovated building.
Greeted with blessings and enthusiasm, the students were happy and excited to enjoy their experience of being back with their friends and teachers. With all Covid protocols, safety precautions and SOPs in place, classes have resumed for Second term and the overall buzz on campus is indeed setting a direction towards healthy interactions and the new norm.
A two-day workshop was conducted by Rancho Labs for school
students to kickstart their journey in the field of
Coding, Robotics, Games and Apps. Students from classes 6
to 10 participated and were taught by IIT Delhi alumni,
with the aim to ignite curious minds and shed light on
lucrative career paths in AI, coding, and robotics through
Keeping up with the current technology trends Goenka believes in providing learning opportunity to our students to prepare them for the future.
Students had fun learning how to program an Arduino Board and use Teachable Machine to program AI. The workshop comprised two interactive sessions and everyone made the projects on the spot. It was a memorable and impactful learning experience to students. The event was coordinated by Anjali Raman.
Budding Artists of Grade - 1 of the Junior Wing , participated and performed in the special Assembly with full enthusiasm, showcasing their talent with sheer confidence. Students through their enchanting performances praised and worshipped Lord Ganesha, seeking his blessings of knowledge and wisdom . “ Ganpati Bappa Morya”
To make the Teachers' Day memorable for their mentors, Goenkans presented a special assembly full of entertainment, on the virtual platform. Divine blessings were invoked through the morning prayer. The witty delivery of news triggered bouts of laughter. Profound sentiments were expressed through spirited recitations and speeches, acknowledging the challenges faced by teachers and thanking them for being the constant driving force. A meticulously planned cultural programme, complete with humorous skits, melodious songs, soulful musical performances and graceful dances was enjoyed far and wide through the live streaming on YouTube. Heartfelt expressions of gratitude left every teacher overwhelmed.
After an impressive and successful week dedicated solely to technology last summer, the Goenkan Tech Guild presented the next edition of the illustrious ‘Goenkan Tech Week’ in August 2021. The event was organised over the course of seven days, from 25 August till 31 August. During this week, the core team of nine creative geniuses concocted superlative competitions with new, state-of-the-art events for participation by classes 3-12. The challenging competitions were designed to unleash a surge of creativity. 300 students sent their willingness to participate, of which thirty entries were shortlisted. The participants emerged triumphant in merging their tech skills with their boundless creativity. After yet another successful tech week, the Goenkan Tech Guild urges the students to keep transforming their dreams digitally. Technology is symbolic of not only growth, but also progress in modern day art and expression. Such events help participants tap their potential.
August 2021 was celebrated as Social Science and Humanities Month.
Diverse topics were covered, ranging from environment and historical past to freedom struggle and administration in India.
This month provided a common forum to the students at different levels to explore their bent for creativity, art and theatre while learning digital skills.
The subject related activities led to experiential learning and smartly included art integration. These activities dealt with functioning of village panchayats, organising mock parliamentary sessions, designing travelogues for visits to heritage sites, creating visuals of the Mughal period monuments and famous battles, role-play as Akbar's nine gems, designing party symbols and writing manifesto for an election. Social messages and environmental awareness were also made a part of it. Talks were organized by the students of Psychology to discuss non-verbal communication and stress management.
All the sessions were conducted on the digital platform. The teachers and students came together to add meaningful and learning experiences to this month.
Janmashtami, the festival commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with traditional fervour and reverence by the students of class 9-C on 30 August 2021.
It was a spectacular depiction of the story of Lord Krishna's miraculous birth. We witnessed vivid scenes of Krishna's birth in prison as Lord Vishnu's eighth avatar, his protection by the red-headed snake when he was crossing the raging Yamuna River, his exchange in the city of Gokul with Nand's daughter and Krishna growing up as Yashoda's son. The prophecy from the heavens comes true as Lord Krishna kills the evil king Kansa, thus ending his tyrannical rule.Exquisite quotes from the Bhagavad Gita were recited by the children exhorting humans to take life lessons from the teachings of Lord Krishna.
The assembly ended on a joyful note as the girls turned into mini-incarnations of Radha, dancing to the songs sung in praise of Lord Krishna, the embodiment of pure bliss and love. Principal Ma'am lauded the efforts of the children in bringing alive the teachings of Lord Krishna through the assembly, reiterating the need to follow his tenets in essence and spirit. Jai Shri Krishna!
The special assembly to commemorate the 75th Independence Day of our country was marked with traditional ardour and gaiety as the children of the middle and secondary school reminisced about the golden past, reminding us of the magnificent splendour of our country before the arrival of the British.
The patriotic mood was set from the very beginning as the ‘path to freedom’ unfolded vividly before our eyes from the “Jallianwala Bagh tragedy” to the “Chauri Chaura” incident, the events that served as milestones in the struggle for independence.
The rendition of patriotic songs by our talented students, interspersed so beautifully throughout the depiction, further whipped up our nationalistic feelings. At the culmination of the program, we were reminded of the sacrifices of our great martyrs, whose selfless acts of valour have made it possible for us to breathe in a free country today.
Heartfelt tribute was paid to the soldiers who risk their lives every day for the safety of the country. Principal ma’am, wishing the school HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, congratulated the children for putting up a wonderful assembly and inspire the children to be true citizens of the country, as nation always comes first! Jai Hind!
G.D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj celebrated the month of July as Hindi Language month. During the month various interesting activities took place. Children from the primary, middle and senior section all displayed the creative side of their personality. Activities like reusing resources available at home and creating decorative articles from them. Dramatisation of Chapters, Role Play, Recitation of Poems, Dohas, conducting Interviews etc introduced children to their own better version. Beautiful presentations were done enthusiastically with the help of technology bridging the gap between virtual and real classrooms.
Children also participated in film making competitions on various topics based on their chapters. Assembly in Hindi was presented during this month. Throughout the month, the day started with motivational posts by the HOD which contained valuable quotes with relevant meanings which were also uploaded on the school Instagram and Facebook pages and was much appreciated by parents as well as students.
We are pleased to acknowledge the successful conclusion of the Mission AI Bootcamp organised by STEMpedia from 17th June 2021 to 1st July 2021. During the event, the students of grade V to X attended the online webinars aimed at introducing students to the concepts of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. We congratulate all the participants for their enthusiasm and efforts towards understanding the much-needed concepts for the future. We extend a wholehearted vote of thanks to the STEMpedia fraternity, for providing us with this wonderful opportunity. STEMpedia dedicates itself to spreading knowledge about emerging STEM fields by the means of learning-by-doing and will be more than happy to have opportunities for educating at your premises in the future.
The event concluded with a competition. Budding Artificial Intelligence Techie, Kyrell Kochar of class VIII E won a prize for her AI project. She created an APP, HELPODOCO. The main objective of this App is to help and support doctors, work staff and even patients at the hospital. It is made in honour of all the doctors who lost their lives during this pandemic.
This is second consecutive year that the school has been awarded “EXCELLENCE IN ARTIFICIAL EXCELLENCE”. All the participants were awarded Certificate for their enthusiastic contribution.
Performing and Visual Arts provide a platform for students to express their creativity as well as develop their personality. Through the medium of the Arts, they are able to think creatively and improve their mental and imagination skills.
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts at G. D. Goenka Public School celebrated the month of June as a dedication to the Arts and Artists, both Indian and international. Informative posts, uploaded daily, created a lot of interest with their creativity, critical thinking, quotes, facts and much more. The idea was to enhance the artistic literacy, knowledge and understanding required for participation in the arts, thereby helping the students to create, perform, produce, present and respond to the art forms. These daily inputs must have definitely helped the students to connect with some of the legends and their works. The desire to create will always be the deepest yearning of Goenkans.
Our school celebrated National Reading Day on 19th June with online reading related activities to honour the life and works of Shri Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker, the father of Library Movement in Kerala. As rightly said by Vera Nazarian, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light”. Thus, to promote and encourage reading among students, the library department organized various activities like Read a Book Challenge, Poster Making on the theme Reading Matters etc. The students thoroughly enjoyed this event as it ignited the minds of the young learners. It was an enriching experience for the students to showcase their creative expressions.
Since reading holds tremendous significance in student’s life, this initiative taken by the school will surely be instrumental in bringing a positive impact on fostering reading culture in our school.
April 2021 was observed as English month in G. D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. A plethora of interesting and interactive activities were organised by English Department - Spell Bee, Creative Writing, Vocabulary Games, Doodling, Goofy Grammar, Poetry Recitation and Extemporaneous Speaking kept the classes 3 to 12 engaged throughout the month.
A riveting performance by the senior students showcased the unparalleled contribution of William Shakespeare to the world of theatre in the Special Assembly on Shakespeare, premiered online
On the various social platforms of the school, English Department kept everyone entertained by providing joyful learning through informative and enriching posts.
A Special Assembly was premiered on the occasion of Earth Day, which was conducted by the Nature club team of G.D. Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj.
It started with morning prayer, news and a thought of the day. A Pledge was taken on Earth Day to protect the earth from pollution and abuse.
Nature Club team expressed their views to prioritize earth protection.
Assembly also had a beautifully recited self-composed poem followed by a mellifluous singing. A balletic and graceful dance, added the finishing touch in emphasizing the importance of afforestation, planting of trees and the need for everyone to put together their efforts and get into action, in protecting our environment.
Marks the beginning of the harvest festival across the country, and we at Goenka never miss a chance to celebrate any such festival. So, keeping up the festive spirit our students put up a special assembly to mark the beginning of the Hindu new year / the harvest festival / welcoming the sunny summer in an all pepped up mood. With dances, poetry and even the teaching of the GURU.
The Orientation Ceremony to welcome the Nursery students and their parents was conducted online at GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj.
The excitement and enthusiasm of the new stakeholders was indeed palpable as they were welcomed by the school management team. The Google meet lead the parents through the Planner and the timeline of the academic pursuits and acquainted them to the revamped Goenkan ethos and environment.
The parents had a virtual interaction with the teachers of the Preprimary section and they could build the rapport with the Nursery teachers’ team.