Special Events and Celebrations

Opening Ceremony for Sports Activities (2018-2019)

The Opening Ceremony for Sports Activities (2018-2019) was held on 21st April 2018. The Sports Vice-Captain, Dhairya Arora, led the parade consisting of Vice Captains and sportspersons from the four Houses. The school bagpipe band preceded the marching contingents playing inspiring tunes such as ‘Hum Honge Kamyab’, ‘Shaurya’ and the National Anthem.

The torch was lit by the Principal and the Best Athletes in various categories from the previous year’s Sports Day performed the torch run and lit the flame. The torch bearers were Yash Menon, Best Athlete Male (Jr.), Ananya Arora, Best Athlete Female (Jr.) and Hema Sri, Best Athlete (Sr.) The Sports Vice-Captain, Dhairya Arora, administered the oath of fair play to the Vice Captains and sportspersons of the four Houses.

The Principal, in her address, highlighted the importance of mental fitness, along with physical fitness and declared the Sports activities for the Session open.

FAREWELL TEACHERS

The school bid adieu to Mrs. Fatima Napolean, TGT Science, and Mrs. Anuradha Khemka, PRT, on 28th March 2018 as they retired after long years of distinguished service.

Members of the Staff recounted their association with the two teachers and spoke highly of Mrs. Fatima Napolean and Mrs. Anuradha Khemka. The highlight of the programme was a lively medley of songs presented by the teachers’ choir.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani praised the two teachers for their integrity, hard work and dedication towards their work and their loyalty to the school.

Session 2017-18

Pre School & Pre Primary Annual Day

The students of Pre School and Pre Primary celebrated their Annual Day on 24th February 2018 with their presentation of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The programme began with a welcome address by the Headmistress, Mrs. Shivon Mark Anthony, a prayer and a welcome song presented by the choir. The students were encouraged by the presence of Mrs. D.A. Tressler, Chairperson and Director, Somerville Schools.

412 students from the Pre School and Pre Primary classes participated in this stage presentation. The students enacted with great confidence and panache, the fairy tale of Snow White and her experiences in the castle and the forest, with the story interspersed with songs and dances. The beautiful sets and props created by the teachers of the school added to the grandeur of the presentation.

The programme ended with words of encouragement and appreciation by the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani.

Thanksgiving Week

On the occasion of Thanksgiving Week, special assemblies were held for the Primary School and Senior School on 18th and 19th December 2017 respectively. The assemblies began with a brief talk about the significance of Thanksgiving. Prayers were read out by teachers thanking God for His blessings throughout the year. The Junior and Senior Western Music choirs presented special hymns. The students from the Middle and Senior School presented a dance, ‘Give Thanks to a Grateful Heart’. The assemblies concluded with the Principal and Vice Principal thanking the students for making a generous donation of grocery items for the underprivileged during the Thanksgiving Week.

REPORT ON REPUBLIC DAY

A special programme was organised in the school on the occasion of Republic Day, which was attended by a large number of parents, students and teachers. The Principal Ms. Esther Mani hoisted the flag at 8:00 am. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

The programme commenced with a prayer. The Indian Music Choir presented a patriotic song. This was followed by a skit ‘Call from the Past’ which was written and directed by the students of Class XI: Shreya Kaul, Sanchita Sahoo and Dhairya Arora

The Head Boy, Archit Sarin and Head Girl, Daphne P. Edwin addressed the audience. The students of Class VI-VII presented a dance ‘Sare Jahan Se Achcha’. The members of the audience were mesmerised by the creative depiction of our National Symbols by the dancers.

The Principal addressed the audience and appreciated the efforts put in by the students and teachers. She particularly appreciated the message conveyed in the skit and stated that the future of the country was in safe hands as long as its young citizens continued to express themselves without fear and rose above the bigotry and fear that exists around us. The programme concluded with the Vote of Thanks delivered by the Vice-Principal, Dr. Pratima M.Lall, who thanked all the participants for having put up such an excellent and meaningful programme.

Class XII Farewell

A solemn programme was organised on 31st January 2018 to bid farewell to students of Class XII. The programme began with a special prayer for their success in the forthcoming Board exams and in all their future ventures.

Students from Class XI presented an interesting mix of music; dance and a stand-upcomedy routine with a healthy dose of humour.The programme included the launch of the Yearbook 2017 by the Principal. Each student from the outgoing batch of Class XII was given a special badge with a unique title selected by the students of Class XI. The students also received mementos and the Yearbook from the Principal, Vice Principal and the Headmistress.

The Class Teachers in their messages recalled the special qualities of the students and prayed for their bright future. Student representatives from each section of Class XII read out farewell messages recalling the contributions made in their lives by all their teachers and support staff from Nursery to the senior-most classes. Two exceptional students from each section of Class XII were bestowed with the titles of ‘Renaissance Man’ and ‘Renaissance Woman’. The Head Boy,Archit Sarin and the Head Girl, Daphne P.Edwin paid glowing tributes to their school and teachers.

In her message to the students, the Principal advised the students to recognise the value of honesty and integrity in realising their full potential. Narrating the inspiring story of Eddie O’Hare and his son Capt. Bucky O’ Hare, whose gallantry during Second World War made him a war hero despite his father’s criminal past, she urged students to honour and live by the values they had imbibed in school.

Students from all five sections lit‘diyas’symbolising the light of knowledge that has and will continue to guide their paths. The audience were also treated to a trip down memory lane, as they watched a PowerPoint Presentation created especially for the outgoing batch of Class XII. The programme ended with the cutting of the cake.

Christmas Celebrations

Special programmes to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christmas were organised in the school. The highlight of the celebrations organised by the Primary Section on 20th December 2017, was a short play ‘Somerville’s Got Talent’, in which students from Classes IV & V participated. In the play, which was loosely based on the nativity theme, people from different walks of life presented the different talents that they had been bestowed with, as their gifts for baby Jesus. The play included a dance, special songs and a presentation on the significance of the Christmas tree. The celebrations also included a magic show and carols presented by the Junior Western Music Choir.

On 21st December 2017, a special programme was presented by students from Classes VI-XII. The programme started with a short assembly. This was followed by a short play based on the novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, with a cast of 25 students from Classes VI to X.
The play showcased how the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visited a miser, Mr. Scrooge, and helped him to understand the true meaning of Christmas. The celebrations ended with the Western Music Choir presenting a medley of popular Christmas carols, followed by some solo and duet songs.

SPIC MACAY: Virasat 2017

Lecture-Demonstration at Somerville School by Pandit Ronu Majumdar (Flute)

Flautist Ranendranath Majumdar, popularly known as Pt Ronu Majumdar, mesmerised the students of Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave with his spellbinding performance on the bansuri at Virasat 2017 held in association with SPICMACAY on Thursday, 17August 2017.

Pandit Majumdar was accompanied by Shri Pranshu Chaturlal on the tabla and Shri Kalpesh Sachala on the flute.

Pandit Majumdar introduced to students the basic seven swaras of Hindustani classical music. His bansuri renditions of Raag Mangal Bhairav and Vande Mataram left the students enthralled. The students, 500 in number, sat in silent meditation while Pandit Majumdar played the Alaap on his flute. The jugalbandi between him and Pranshu Chaturlal on the table drew resounding appreciation.

During the interaction with the ace flautist, the students learnt that while the celebrated song Saare Jahan Se Achcha was written by the poet Iqbal, its music was composed by the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar. They also learnt about Pandit Majumdar’s early years, the discipline with which he practised his craft and also some special tips on playing the bansuri.

Pandit Majumdar concluded the lecture demonstration with a folk tune from the banks of Ganges, Kajri, that drew gasps and continuous applause from the captivated audience.

INVESTITURE CEREMONY 2017-18

The Investiture Ceremony of the Student Council was held on 16th May 2017.The ceremony began with a prayer to invoke blessings of the Almighty.

The first to take the oath were Archit Sarin (Head Boy) and Daphne Prathna Edwin (Head Girl) who pledged their service to the school and to uphold the school motto ´Love One Another’.

Then the Sports Captain (Diya Goyal) and Vice Sports Captain (Dhairya Arora) pledged to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.

Following them were the Cultural in Charge (Mayuri Sen), Assembly In Charge (Annie Sam), Academic In Charge (Shreyan Das) and Discipline In Charge (Jaya Mahajan), who were sworn in.

The House Captains and Vice Captains pledged their services to the school through their respective Houses and received their badges and sashes from their House In Charges.

The House Captains and Vice Captains who were sworn in are:
Mandira Bisht (Captain) and Sanskriti Kaushik (Vice-Captain) of Akbar House;
Suneimya Bagh (Captain) and Chirag Gupta (Vice-Captain) of Ashoka House;
Anshita Khandelwal (Captain) and Charu Damor (Vice-Captain) from Gandhi House;
Jhanvi Bisht (Captain) and Gauri Sharma (Vice-Captain) from Tagore House

Finally, the rest of the Council Members, selected from Classes XI & XII, took the oath to strive hard and work in harmony with their fellow students to maintain discipline and assist in all the activities of the school.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, addressed the newly appointed Council, congratulated them and encouraged them to work sincerely and inspire others.

The Sports Activities Opening Meet (2017-2018)

The Sports Activities Opening Meet (2017-2018) was held on 1st May 2017. Mr. Jayashankar Menon, a National level basket ball player was the Special Guest on this occasion. Mr. Menon had represented the Indian Basketball team for eleven years. He had been bestowed with the ‘Outstanding Sports Person Award’ and ‘Most Valuable Player Award’. Mr. Menon was welcomed by the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani and Vice Principal, Dr. Pratima M. Lall.

The Guard of Honour, led by the school Marching Band, was presented by all the Vice Captains and the House members. The torch, which was lit by the Chief Guest, was carried by the Sports Vice Captain, Diya Goyal and passed on to Garima Negi, Meghna Chauhan and John Paul. The other torch bearers were Yash Menon, Khushi Gupta, the Best Athletes for the session 2016-17 from the Junior School and Mouli Khanna and Mandira Bisht, the Best Athletes for the session 2016- 17 from the Senior School.

The Vice Captains, along with members of their respective Houses, took the oath of fair play. The Chief Guest declared the Sports activities for the session 2017-2018, open.

Felicitation Ceremony

In order to honour and applaud the efforts of the meritorious students from Classes VI -IX and XI, a Felicitation Ceremony was held on 22nd April2017. The occasion was made special by the presence of the proud parents of the awardees.

The programme began with a word of prayer, followed by a hymn, the Lord’s Prayer and Bible Reading.

Trophies, prizes and merit certificates were awarded to the students by the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani. The toppers of different subjects were also felicitated by the Vice Principal, Dr. Pratima Lal and the Headmistress, Mrs. Shivon Mark Anthony.

Regularity Awards were given by Mrs. Shivon Mark Anthony to the students who had 100% attendance. The Western Music Choir captivated the audience with an inspiring song, ‘Stand Up for the Champions’.

The programme concluded with a message by the Principal, Ms Esther Mani, who lauded the achievements of the students and urged the students and parents to celebrate every accomplishment.

Somerville School felicitates Staff Members

A special programme held on 8th March 2017 to felicitate four members of Staff on their completion of 25 years of service in the school.

The staff members who were honoured were:

  • Mr. Rajesh Kumar Balmiki, Service Staff
  • Mrs. Sapna Sharma, PRT Music
  • Mrs. Sunita Mudgil, PRT Hindi
  • Mrs. Rashmi Anand, TGT Science
  • Ms. Vinita Peter, PGT English

Members from the Management, Mrs. Mary George, President of the LCBM in India, Mr. Thomas T. Roy, Manager of our school & Secretary/ Treasurer of the LCBM in India, and Mrs D.A. Tressler, Chairperson & Director, Somerville Schools, graced the occasion and presented tokens of appreciation to the staff members.

The staff members thanked the School for reposing faith in their abilities. They appreciated the role of the school in enriching their lives. Mrs. Rashmi Anand, though reaching superannuation, expressed her readiness to serve another 25 years; Ms Vinita Peter, State Teacher Award winner (2013), highlighted the opportunities the school had provided to her to hone her skills as a teacher.

The Principal acknowledged the contributions of each staff member who was honoured and lauded their commitment towards making the school a place of excellence.

World Health Day

As part of the initiative taken by the Directorate of Education, Delhi, World Health Day was observed in our school on 7th April 2017. The purpose of this initiative was to educate children about the general principles of health and hygiene. A brief presentation was made in the morning assembly to highlight the importance of maintaining good health and practising regular physical exercises.

Students participated in debates and made posters during the Value Education class to highlight the importance of immunisation and preventive actions needed to avoid communicable diseases that afflict the residents of Delhi. Students learned how to keep themselves safe from such diseases as Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria, etc.