School Excursions & Educational Trips

Session 2018-19

Visit to Nehru Planetarium

Students of Class VI were taken to the Nehru Planetarium on 25.7.18 on an educational trip. 210 students with five teachers were shown the Full Sky Theatre Show. The students were also taken around the library and museum in Teen Murti Bhawan, where they learned about the life of our first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

It was a very informative trip and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students.

MOON CARNIVAL

The Moon Carnival was organised by Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti Bhawan in collaboration with Harper Collins Publishers’ India Pvt. Ltd. on 23rd July 2018. Fourteen students from Classes VIII & IX, along with Ms. Rachna Sharma, participated in the same. The workshop was conducted by Ms. N. Ratnashree, Director Nehru Planetarium and Siddharth Madan, educator with Nehru Planetarium.

The aim of the workshop was to inform the participants about the lunar cycle and encourage them to understand the phenomena of various phases and eclipses.The carnival informed and equipped the participants to observe the upcoming lunar eclipse slated to occur on 27th July 2018 and understand the scientific phenomenon. Since it will occur close to apogee (the moon’s farthest distance from Earth), this eclipse will also be the longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century. The eclipse is expected to last approximately 103 minutes.

The Workshop included a Sky Theatre presentation that included moon songs, Crater making, Moon phases. There was a quiz on the various aspects of Moon. The workshop proved to be very interactive, interesting and informative.

Child Abuse and Sexual Violence- Interpersonal and Digital Interface- InteractiveFeedback Session

The Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, who is also the executive Chairperson of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) conceived the idea of conducting a sensitization programme in schools which lays emphasis on informing students of age group 14 to 18 about the different forms of sexual violence, remedial measures, concerned laws and the Legal system. This exercise was followed up with a visit to a police station, hospital and court to understand their basic functioning and the help provided to the survivors of sexual abuse. With a target to cover 5000 schools in Delhi, presently the exercise has been completed in 167 schools spread across Delhi.

On 19th May 2018, students and teachersfrom 11 schools, one from each district, were present in the Conference Hall, Delhi High Court to give a feedback about the awareness sessions held by DLSA in their schools. Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave was the only representative school from East District, Delhi.

Mahima Mehra of Class XII and Harleen Kaur of Class X along with their teacher representative, Mrs. Chitrali Singh Bhardwaj, attended this interactive feedback session.

Dr Aditi Choudhary, Senior High Court Judge, welcomed everyone and the programme started with a round of introductions. The meeting was very interactive where each student and teacher was given the opportunity to share their observations about the strengths and weaknesses of the programme.The participants from all parts of Delhi spoke about several issues like sexual harassment and rapes.

An issue that was brought up by several students was about imposing restrictions on the media when it comes to reporting sensitive topics such as sexual offences. Another matter that was discussed was how Bollywood movies often conveyed the wrong message to the audience, and hence promoted offences such as stalking and sexual harassment. In response to this, the Honourable Chief Justice Mittal said that the younger generation can use the social media as a positive platform to bring about change in the society. She encouraged them to start a movement; to gather enough number of students and make use of the internet.

Each student was further given the responsibility of carrying this initiative by putting up posters, distributing flyers, organising plays and conducting assemblies in their respective schools.

After this session the students also got a chance to visit the courtroom of the Honourable Chief Justice, the Judges’ Lounge, the Chief Justice’s Chamber and the Mediation Room.

The openness and patience of the secretaries of the DSLA, Judges of HC as well the Chief Justice herself, made this an extremely motivating and enriching experience.

Awareness cum Sensitization Programme on Sexual Violence – POCSO Act

An awareness-cum-sensitization programme for teachers and students of Class X, was conducted by the DLSA (District Legal Services Authority), East on ‘Sexual Violence and Abuse’ on 9th May 2018. Mr.Pawan Kumar, Civil Judge at Karkardooma Courts and Secretary, DLSA East addressed the students.

He informed the gathering about DSLSA (Delhi State Legal Services Authority) which provides free legal aid especially to the weaker section of the society. He asked everyone to note down the helpline no. 1516, for any legal advice.

He then introduced the topic of sexual abuse through lectures, PPTs, Videos etc. He spoke about different types of abuse like Emotional and Physical abuse. He also talked about stalking, eve teasing and dating violence. The provisions and protections provided to children under the POCSO Act were explained.

Mr Kumar also warned the students about not disclosing too much information on social media as it leads to cyber bullying and cyber violence.

At the end of the programme, Mr.Pawan Kumar had an interaction with the students and also informed them about the ways of getting redressal. Overall it was a very informative workshop, in which the children enthusiastically participated.

VISIT TO LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI HOSPITAL

20 Biology students from Classes XI and XII went to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital on 14th May 2018 as part of the training programme that aims at creating awareness about the POCSO Act. Students were shown a film on ‘Good Touch-Bad Touch’ and the Medical Superintendant cum Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Dr Amita Saxena addressed students on safety problems being faced by children.

Students were shown the ONE STOP ROOM where statements of survivors of sexual violence are recorded, samples collected and physical, mental and emotional help given to the victims. Mr. Pawan Kumar, secretary DLSA/East informed the students about the legal procedures involved in dealing with such issues.

There was an open session during which students asked many questions related to child safety. Queries were patiently answered by Mr. Pawan Kumar and Dr. Amita Saxena.

VISIT TO NEW ASHOK NAGAR POLICE STATION, DELHI

20 students from Class X, accompanied by their teachers, Ms. Pratibha Poddar and Mr. Deepak Sharma, visited New Ashok Nagar Police Station on 14th May 2018.The East District Legal Services Authority (EDLSA) in association with the Police Authorities of the New Ashok Nagar Police Station organised the visit to familiarise the students about the functioning and setup of Police Stations.

Mr. Pawan Kumar, Honourable Judge at Karkardooma Courts and Mr. C.R. Meena, SHO, Police Station, New Ashok Nagar facilitated the visit and interacted with the students and answered various queries put up by the students.

It was an enriching experience for these young children who learned about the different aspects of the functioning of a Police Station (FIR, Woman Help Desk, 181, PCR, Malkhana Rooms, Lock up, Wireless Room, CCTNS Room).

Visit to District Courts Complex, Karkardooma

DLSA (East) organised a visit to District Courts Complex, Karkardooma for 40 students of Class XII, accompanied by their teachers Ms Greena Sharma and Ms. Chitrali Singh Bhardwaj, on 16th May 2018.

The students were first addressed by Mr S. D. Dixit, LAC (Legal Aid Council), DLSA East, who introduced students to a variety of cases, both civil and criminal and briefed them about the course of action taken when a case is filed. Various courts like MACT (Motor Accident Claim Tribunal), Session Court were shown to the students where they could get a chance to witness the hearings. They also had a chance to interact with the Ld. Sitting Judges of the Courts.

Finally, the students gathered in the Conference Room of Karkardooma Courts, where the Secretary, DLSA, Mr. Pawan Kumar addressed them and also had an interactive session with them. He talked at length about the types of courts, hierarchy of courts and the nomenclature used in the judiciary.

The students were told about how POCSO hearings were held at special POCSO courts with screens protecting the victims from the accused. The students had several queries which were patiently and satisfactorily answered by the Secretary. The visit helped the students to gain first-hand knowledge about the functioning of Courts.

Somerville School – Fun-filled Days at the Movies

The Times of India organized a movie show for students of Classes V, VI & VII on 10th May 2018. The students were taken to the Pacific Mall, where they watched the movie ‘Rampage’ along with their teachers. Everyone enjoyed the movie very much.

HT PACE organised a screening of the movie ‘‘Rampage’ for the students of Class X on 23rd April 2018 at the Delite Cinema, Daryaganj. The students of Class IX enjoyed the movie ‘Hichki’ screened for them on 9th May 2018 at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida. Students of Classes VIII and XI were shown the movie ‘Hichki’ on 10th May 2018 at Wave Cinemas, Noida.

Workshops at the Nehru Planetarium

The Nehru Planetarium organises special programmes and workshops for school and college students, visitors and amateur astronomers. These workshops aim at creating awareness about various issues such as waste management, identification and conservation of birds etc. Our students enjoyed the privilege of attending a few of these in April 2018.

On 10th April 2018, 15 members of the Eco Club from Classes VI to VIII, along with their teacher, Ms. Anu Singh, attended a workshop on the topic ‘Know your birds’ at Nehru Planetarium. The workshop was conducted by Professor Naveen Kumar Tiwary, ornithologist and bird watcher. The workshop aimed at educating students about bird identification techniques by observing its body parts (size, colour, beak, wings, legs, etc.), habitat and sounds. Apart from bird watching, he also motivated students to try and do something to increase bird numbers. The students were encouraged to try and locate birds early in the morning and upload the information on the website, eBird India.

On April 12, 2018, 15 students of Class IX, along with their teacher, Ms. Swati Sharma, attended a multi-media presentation and screening of documentaries ‘Yuri Gagarin – Chosen By The Stars’ and ‘Russia in Space for Humanity’ organised by Roskomos along with Russian Centre of Science and Culture on the occasion of the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics at Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi. The students were amazed to learn about the making of an astronaut and the tremendous labour and training required to become one. Russian scientists and the Director of Nehru Planetarium presented the documentary along with an interesting question-and-answer session in which our students actively participated. The moment of experiencing zero gravity conditions left our students spell bound. There was also a ‘rocket launching activity’ that the students enjoyed a lot.

On April 19, 2018, 15 students of Class VII, along with their teacher, Ms. Savitha V, attended a special workshop on waste management by the NGO Harajeevan at the Nehru Planetarium. The workshop aimed at sensitising students to the harmful effects of the huge and ever-increasing mountains of wastes being dumped at landfill sites, especially in Delhi. The adoption of ‘Zero Wastage Strategy’ was emphasised. The students were made aware of the different kinds of wastes and taught how to segregate waste at source, i.e., their homes, via an activity. Composting of green waste was encouraged. The students demonstrated understanding and gave a positive response by affirming that each individual would try to manage his/her own waste at source.

On April 20, 2018, 15 students of Class VI, along with their teacher, Ms. Swati Sharma, attended a special story session based on ‘Science Literature’ by Pratham Books at the Nehru Planetarium. It was an amazing experience to learn and explore science in a whole new dimension. Short stories such as ‘Where Does the Sun Go at Night?’ and ‘Where Does Thunder Come From?’ depicting natural phenomenon were presented. This was followed by a question-answer session in which our students actively participated.

WORLD HERITAGE DAY 18 APRIL 2018(HERITAGE WALK AND ACTIVITIES)

The heritage of India is a treasure that needs to be transferred to the next generation. With this objective in mind and to celebrate World Heritage Day on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the ‘Aga Khan Trust for Culture’ (AKTC) organised several workshops for the students at the Humayun’s Tomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Around twenty students from Classes VI, VII and VIII, members of the Heritage Club, participated in this event. The activities included Sanjhi (Traditional paper cutting craft), Mughal Floral Painting, ‘Nurture Nature’, Calligraphy and an ‘On- the -Spot Quiz Competition’. Ananya Verma of VIII B brought accolades to the school by winning the 2nd prize in the Quiz Competition.

The participants were also taken for a Heritage Walk around the Humayun’s Tomb complex by community heritage volunteers from ‘Sair-e-Nizamuddin’.

It was an enriching experience for our young children who learned about calligraphy, paper cutting craft and Mughal floral painting. The students were encouraged to become sensitive, responsible and progressive citizens of the society, respecting and protecting our heritage.

Session 2017-18

Trip to ‘Muddy Boots’- Class VI

195 students of Class VI visited ‘Muddy Boots’, an adventure capsule on 2nd February 2018. The
students were accompanied by 12 teachers.Various activities were organised for the students such as zip lining, zorbing and military hurdles .The objective of the activities was to teach the students the importance of team work. The students and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed their day out.

Trip to ‘Kidzania’ – Classes VII & VIII

369 students from Classes VII & VIII accompanied by 14 teachers were taken to ‘Kidzania’, NOIDA for an outing on 9th February 2018. The students got hands on experience of various jobs done by adults. Through role play, the students participated in various activities. It was a wonderful, fun-filled, learning experience for the students.

Trip to Camp Tickling, Gurugram- Classes IX & XII

163 students of Class IX & X were taken to Camp Tickling, Gurugram on 20th January 2018 for their annual picnic. The students enjoyed themselves thoroughly by engaging in various activities like crossing the Burma Bridge, Zorbing, Zip Line, Maze, Rock Climbing and Camel Rides.

Visit to the National Science Centre

The students of Classes IV and V visited the National Science Centre for an educational trip on 30th and 31st August 2017.

They viewed a very informative show called ‘Science on Sphere’ which displayed the images of the planets of the Solar System on a six feet sphere with the help of projectors.

Through a 3D Film Show on Dinosaurs the students learned about the reasons for the extinction of dinosaurs. The ‘Prehistoric Life Gallery’ with animated species of life forms of different ages introduced with special light and sound effects was a wonderful educational experience.

The Fun Science Gallery was the area most enjoyed by the students as they found the activities and hands-on exhibits very exciting.

‘Seed Bank Establishment’ Orientation Programme

Two students of the Eco Club, Bhavya Vaish, X C and Rishi Tomar, X B along with their teacher, Ms. Savitha V. attended the ‘Seed Bank Establishment in Schools’ Orientation Programme held at Mt. Carmel School, Anand Niketan, This programme, conducted on 5th May 2017 in association with the NGO ‘WePlant’, was attended by students from twenty-five schools.

Emphasis was laid on saving 1 million mango seeds this summer and planting them in the monsoon season in different localities so that everyone gets access to the fruits, the motto being ‘Nishkamakarma’. Each school was encouraged to identify 100 inspired students, who would each collect 100 seeds in 60 days. The students were shown how to establish seed banks in the school. The students also pledged to plant some seeds in pots made from recycled containers of any material.

The students were greatly inspired and resolved to do their bit to plant as many seeds as possible, this season.

VISIT TO RASHTRAPATI BHAWAN MUSEUM COMPLEX

On 18th April 2017, 50 students of Class IX visited the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum Complex as part of INTACH’S celebration of World Heritage Day. They were accompanied by Ms Aisha Hasan, Ms Rachna Sharma and Ms Arshiya Malik.

The Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum Complex comprises the Clock Tower, the stables and the garages. The area showcases the history of the past and current Presidencies and the rich flora and fauna of the area.

Also on the display are the coaches and cars used by the Presidents, Cabinets with memorabilia of former and current President of India. The important events in India’s freedom struggle and legislative reforms are showcased through animated stage settings and interactive computer multimedia techniques. The students keenly observed all items on display and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

World Heritage Day:Poster Making and Slogan Writing Competition at Safdarjung Tomb

On the occasion of World Heritage Day, the ‘Itihaas Trust’ in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) arranged a visit for the students of Classes VII-XII to Safdarjung Tomb on 18th April 2017. Poster Making and Slogan Writing Competitions were organised for the students, in which several schools from Delhi and NCR participated.

The topics for the Poster Making Competition were given on the spot. The students in the Middle category made posters on the topic ‘Beauty of Stone’, while the students in the Senior category made posters on the topic ‘Policy and Heritage’.

Five of our students, Spriha Podder- VII E, Nitesh Kumar-VII E, Vrinda Gupta- VIID, Aanchal Tandon-VII D and Sivaranjani Iyer -VIII D were declared the winners in the Middle Category in the Poster Making Competition.