Special Events and Celebrations

SESSION 2021-22
Farewell Ceremony for Mrs. Alka Jain

A heart -warming ceremony to bid farewell to Mrs. Alka Jain, PGT Commerce, was held on 31st of March 2022 on the occasion of her retirement. Mrs. Jain had completed 22 years of invaluable service to the school.

There were video presentations and reminiscences shared by students, alumni and colleagues to showcase Mrs. Jain’s remarkable journey as a teacher of this school. Students and colleagues appreciated her subject expertise and her positive attitude while dealing with all situations.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani commended Mrs. Alka Jain’s dedication towards her work and the warm relations she maintained with her students and teachers. She spoke highly of Mrs. Jain’s ability to explore, identify and synthesize ideas and information to solve problems.

Mrs Rita Nakra, PGT Commerce, spoke on behalf of the Commerce Department and appreciated Mrs. Alka Jain for being a role model for young teachers and wished her well for the coming years.

Republic Day 2022

The 73rd Republic Day was celebrated by students of Classes Pre-Primary to XII with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour. The celebrations began on 25th January 2022 with programmes held in all classes of the school.

An engaging skit presented by students of Classes VI to XII re-lived the days when the Constitution of the country was being written and the hopes with which it was given to the country by the early visionaries. The diverse culture of India was brought to life through Classical dance performances. Patriotic songs beautifully rendered by the students left the audience asking for more. Students were made aware of the contribution of the unsung heroes of our nation through a group discussion. They were encouraged to express their hopes and aspirations for the nation through poems and speeches.

The Flag-hoisting ceremony was organised in the school premises on 26th January 2022. Students, teachers and parents joined the celebrations online, through Microsoft Teams.

The school prayed for the nation, its leaders of the present and the past, and for our soldiers and paramilitary forces who protect the country and its borders.

Head Boy, Anshuman Bharadwaj, and Head Girl, Vithi Singh, in their addresses, encouraged everyone present to uphold the values of the Constitution.

The programme included a patriotic song by the choir and dance presentations by several students. The audience also learnt about the National War Memorial in Delhi.

Winners of the Veer Gatha Project were announced and applauded by all. The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, addressed the audience and urged them to be committed to the responsibility of nation building by being law abiding and displaying integrity in their work and attitudes.

Free Covid Vaccination Camp for students

A free Covid Vaccination Camp was organised on Wednesday, 12 January 2022, for the administration of Covaxin to students of the school between the age group of 15-18 years.

The school organised the Vaccination Camp in coordination with the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Delhi, with the assistance of the local DGHS Dispensary in Vasundhara Enclave. 

A total of 138 students from Class VIII to XII received their first dose of vaccine at the Camp under the supervision of DoHS Officials, teachers, health care workers and support staff members. 

Covid appropriate behaviour and safety norms were followed strictly by students, parents, school staff, health care personnel and the government officials.

The systematic and meticulous organisation and conduct of the Covid vaccination camp was appreciated by parents and all who participated in the event.

Christmas Celebrations 2021-22

A special online Christmas Programme was organised for the students of Classes Pre-Primary to XII on Monday, 20 December 2021.

The festival of joy was celebrated with warmth and great enthusiasm. The celebrations began with prayers and gratitude to thank the Almighty for all His blessings. The message of Christmas was aptly depicted through a play presented by the students of Middle and Senior School. It reminded everyone that Christmas is all about caring for others and sharing our blessings with the less privileged.

Students and teachers sang Christmas carols along with the participants of Carol Singing Competition. Their voices reflected the true spirit of the season as they praised the Lord.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, addressed the children and encouraged them to count their blessings and be grateful for all that they have been blessed with. She motivated the students to look at the positive aspect of each situation and be content within.

Students had a lot of fun participating in the various activities planned by their Class Teachers. They showed their talent by reciting poems, singing songs and solving puzzles. The programme ended with everyone bidding adieu to the year with a hope that the coming year would bring good health and happiness for one and all.

Farewell Ceremony-Ms. Bratati Mukherjee

Ms. Bratati Mukherjee, TGT Physics, was bid farewell on 30th September 2021 in a moving and poignant ceremony that celebrated her retirement after 25 years of invaluable service to the school.

Bratati Ma’am’s successful journey as a teacher of the school was showcased through video presentations and heartwarming reminiscences shared by students, alumni and colleagues. The students appreciated her subject expertise, high expectations and her maternal attitude in dealing with them.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani commended Bratati Ma’am’s dedication towards her work, her contribution to prize-winning science plays and exhibitions and the close connection she maintained with students. Her winning of the Delhi State Award for Teachers in 2015 was remembered with pride and applauded.

Mr. Priyank Kr Singhal, PGT Physics, on behalf of the Science department, expressed his gratitude to Bratati Ma’am for being a role model for young teachers and wished her well for the coming years.

Children’s Day 2021

Children’s Day Programme was organised for the students of Classes Pre- Primary to XII on 12th November 2021. The Class Teachers conducted the programme in their respective classes.

The celebrations began with prayers to the Almighty to thank Him for all the children in the world and seek His blessings for all. It turned out to be a very special day for the students as they got an opportunity to see their teachers in different roles. They enjoyed watching the teachers perform a humorous skit and sing some melodious songs. A special song and poem presentation by the members of the Student Council added to the festivities.

Students were also made aware of the significance of celebrating Children’s Day through an informative documentary about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his contribution towards the country’s welfare.

The students also participated enthusiastically in the exciting games and activities organised by their class teachers.

Independence Day Celebrations 2021

Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave celebrated Independence Day with great fervour and enthusiasm. A special programme was organised for the students of Classes VI to XII to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, under `Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiated by the Government of India. 

The celebrations were held online through MS Teams on 13th August 2021. The programme started with a special assembly. A documentary film depicting different phases and growth of the Indian National Movement was shown to the students. 

A Power Point Presentation which focused on the forgotten heroes of our Independence Movement and the country’s achievements in different sectors like Science, Technology and Sports was the highlight of the programme. 

Students delivered speeches on varied topics like the history of freedom struggle, the contribution of our unsung heroes and India’s development over the years. A few students drew a parallel between India’s freedom struggle and the challenges our country is facing due to the pandemic. They also appreciated the hard work put in by the frontline health care workers.

The students enjoyed glimpses of the Inter House Hindi Poetry Recitation and Folk- Dance Competitions.The programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem. 

The flag hoisting ceremony was held in the school premises on 15th August 2021.


Mr Shakti Paul, Administrative Officer of the school, was bid farewell on his superannuation on 31st July 2021 in a solemn ceremony held in the online and offline (hybrid) mode. The offline programme was held in the school auditorium and was attended by Mr Abraham Mathew, Manager of the school, Mr. Shakti Paul’s family, the Principal, Ms Esther Mani, Vice Principal, Dr Pratima M. Lall, and support staff. The teachers of the school joined the programme online through the Microsoft Teams platform.

The programme included an assembly, prayer, special songs and speeches by members of the teaching and support staff. Mr Shakti Paul’s long tenure of 38 years with the Lott Carey Baptist Mission and Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave was relived through a video presentation.

The staff members appreciated Mr Paul’s commitment to duty and his gentleness and humility in dealing with his colleagues and subordinates. The Principal, Ms Esther Mani spoke of Mr Paul’s invaluable contribution towards the smooth functioning of the school and how he was always ready to go the extra mile to solve problems that arose from time to time. Mr Paul was presented mementos and gifts from the management and members of staff.


Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave organised an Inter House Solo Dance Competition, ‘NRITYANJALI 2021’ for the students of Class IX on 7th August 2021. The event was conducted on Microsoft Teams.

The competition was divided into two rounds- Indian Classical Dances (Technical) and Folk Dances of India. The participants were judged on the basis of choreography, expressions, costume, clarity of movements and overall presentation.

Tejal Sharma of Class IX-A (Ashoka House), the winner of the Classical Dance Round, stole the show with her soulful performance of Kathak Dance. The Second Position was shared by Koshki Sharma of IX-A (Akbar House) and Arya Nair of IX-A (Tagore House).

In the Folk-Dance Round, Anugraha Anandan of Class IX-A (Ashoka House), gave a power packed performance of Malayalam Folk Dance and bagged the First Position. She was also declared the Best Dancer for her beautiful dance presentation that evoked strong patriotic feeling in the hearts of the audience.

The Second Position was won by Celine Susan Varghese of IX-A (Gandhi House) and Vishakha Chandra of IX-D (Akbar House).
Ashoka House was awarded the Best House for overall presentation.

First Position-Folk-Dance and Best Dancer Anugraha Anandan (IX-A, Ashoka House)

Second Position- Folk Dance Category- Celine Susan Varghese IX-A (Gandhi House) & Vishakha Chandra IX-D Akbar House)

Classical Dance Category- First Position Tejal Sharma (Ashoka House)

Classical Dance Category- Second Position, Koshki Sharma (Akbar House) and Arya Nair (Tagore House)

SESSION 2020- 21
72nd Anniversary of Gandhiji’s Martyrdom Inter-faith Prayer Meet and Musical Tribute by students at Gandhi Smriti on 30th January 2020

26 students of our school participated in a Musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Inter-Faith Prayer Meet organised on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Father of the Nation, on the evening of Thursday, 30th January, 2020 at Gandhi Smriti, Delhi. Our students had the honour of being part of the choir of 300 students drawn from various parts of the country. Gandhi Smriti is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It is the location where Gandhiji spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on 30th January 1948.

The programme commenced with a rendition of ‘Ekadash Vart’ (Ahimsa, Satya Astey). The second presentation was a bhajan (Om tatsat shri narayan tu), followed by a Sanskrit ‘bhajan’, Aadi Pujit, a song for humanity (Manav sae hum namrata ki aasha kerte hain) and the very famous, old movie song (Dedi hume aazadi bina kadag bina dhal,,,,Sabarmati ki sant tune kar diya kamaal). The final song presented was ‘Jo samar me ho gaya amar, hum unki yaad mein’.

After the presentation of the school children, there was an inter-faith prayer session, with prayers from different faiths, which included a Buddhist Prayer (Japanese), Buddhist Prayer (Tibetan), readings from the Holy Bible, a Zoroastrian Prayer, Bahai Prayer, Prayer from Judaism, reading from the Holy Quran, reading from the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, Prayer from Jainism, Shabad Kirtan, and a reading from the ‘Bhagwad Gita’.

The prayer session drawn from eleven faiths was followed by ‘Bhakti Sangeet’ and ‘Ram Dhun’ presented by the renowned singer, ‘Sangeet Martand’ Padma Vibhushan, Pandit Jasraj.

The august gathering that attended the programme included the Hon’ble Vice President, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, diplomats and people from different sections of the society, who had gathered there to pay rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Christmas Programme

The Christmas programmewas organisedon 19th and 20th December 2019 for various classes of the school.

The students presented carols and dances celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. They also performed a Christmas play based on the relevance of Christmas in our lives, combining the nativity story with a contemporary situation.

In her Christmas message, the Vice Principal, Dr. Pratima M. Lall, spoke about sharing hope, joy and peace with others, especially with those less fortunate than we are.

Somerville Alumni Reunion 2019

The school hosted the Second Reunion of the Alumni of Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave, on 16th November 2019. It was a happy and nostalgic homecoming for more than 300 former students who had been students of the school between 1975 and 2019.

The programme began with a school morning assembly, followed by songs, dances and reminiscences shared by several former students and some of the teachers of the school. The alumni shared how the values of compassion and discipline they learnt in school had stayed with them as they made their place in the world as scientists, bureaucrats, filmmakers, writers and leaders of people.

The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, shared interesting anecdotes about some of the alumni when they were students of the school. She urged the alumni to get more involved with their alma mater by sharing their talents and abilities, such as by organising talks, workshops and skill-based training for the current students of the school.
The programme ended with the singing of the school song and former Head Boys and Head Girls from among the alumni cutting a cake.



Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi and SPIC MACAY organised a lecture demonstration on 16th October 2019, by the acclaimed puppeteer, Dadi D Pudumjee as part of VIRAASAT 2019.

Mr Dadi D. Pudumjee, winner of the prestigious Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and founder of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, was assisted by Mr.Vivek Yadav, Ms.Kumari Yadav and Mr Ganesh Yadav.

During the hour-long programme, Mr Pudumjee and his aides demonstrated the power of the willing suspension of disbelief when they seemed to breathe life into ordinary objects such as bags, shoes and slippers and encouraged the audience develop their own stories about the characters they could imagine.
Mr. Pudumjee effortlessly led the audience to question their biases and helped them open their minds to creative, independent thinking.
He introduced students to the rich tradition of puppetry in India and across the world. The artistes showed how puppets can be created from ordinary objects and diverse materials. The students learned how puppets can be effectively animated to tell a story, communicate a difficult subject or express a controversial opinion.

The artistes interacted freely with students and answered questions from the audience touching upon their interests and the difficulties faced in their chosen field.


‘Comcord’, the Commerce Club of our school hosted the Third Edition of the Inter School Commerce Fest ‘ENROUTE’ on 11th October 2019. This event provided an opportunity to students belonging to the Commerce Stream of various schools to compete in events based on Commerce and Economics.

The fest was attended by nine renowned schools of Delhi and NCR. The function began with the lighting of the lamp, prayer and Bible reading.

Two competitive events were organised in the Commerce Fest:


In this event, participants showed great enthusiasm and creativity to convey their messages on social and economic issues. Seven schools competed for the trophy.

This event was judged by Mr. Rakesh Daksh (PGT Theatre in a school in Noida), Mr. Himanshu Kumar (Theatre actor and Director), Mrs. Latha Nandakumar (HOS/Vice Principal, Kerala School).

The results are as follows:

WINNER Delhi Public School, Noida 1. Arpan Chadha
2. Vanya Kalyan
3. Kashish Manchanda
4. Rebanta Saha
5. Hemanya Dua
6. Ujjwal Anurag
7. Awiral A. Singh
RUNNER UP St. Mary School , Mayur Vihar Delhi 1.Arvind Achuthan
2. Suhani Gupta
3.Saima Talat
4.Steve Rozario
5. Ayush Juyal
6. Amanta Joseph
7. Shreya Suresh
8. Srishti Beni

In a closely contested Quiz Competition, students from nine schools tested their knowledge and awareness on the content and application of economics. Mr. Satyabroto Roy, PGT Economics from Nirmal Bhartia School, Dwarka, was the Moderator for the event.


WINNER Ryan International School, Noida 1. Sanidhya Garg
2. Prakhar Tandon
RUNNER UP Modern School, Barakhamba Road Delhi 1. Arnav Mehra
2. G.Shiva

The day’s events ended with the prize distribution ceremony, where the Convener, Mehak Jain, XII B and Co- conveners, Stefna J.Sebastian, XII C and Adit Garg, XI C presented awards to the winning schools.

The EnRoute Rolling Trophy was won by Delhi Public School, Noida.


The Inter-School Science Competition, Scintillations’, was organized on 23rdAugust 2019. Students from six schools of the NCR region participated enthusiastically in a Turn Coat Debate on the motion: ‘The compelling frontier for exploration is the ocean and not space’. Six schools from East Delhi took part in the competition. The event was judged by eminent persons in the field of science, Dr. A.K. Sinha, Retired Senior Scientist of DRDO, Mr. Srinivasan Ramachandran, Senior Principal Scientist at the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology and Wing Commander Satyam Kushwaha.

The debate was won by Manasvi Kapoor XI D and Harleen Kaur, XI D the team from Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave. Being the host school, the winning trophy was awarded to the next highest scorer, the team from Somerville School, Noida. The First Runner-up position was won by Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida and the team from Bal Bharati Public School, Noida took home the Second Runner-up trophy.

The Judges shared valuable insights with the audience and motivated the students to seek scientific knowledge beyond their text books. The Vice-Principal, Dr. Pratima.M.Lall, delivered the vote of thanks.

Independence Day Celebrations

The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated in the school on 15th August, 2019 with great enthusiasm and fervor.

The celebrations began with the flag hoisting by the Principal followed by a cultural programme. The Junior School Head Boy and Head Girl, Arjun Anand and Ching Nun Paal Guite, spoke eloquently about their vision for India. Students sang a patriotic song, “Har Kadam Vatan Mere Naaz Hai Tera” and recited inspirational poems on the occasion. Atharv Tiwari of Class III-C spoke of his desire to serve the nation and preserve its diversity. A skit titled ‘Real Freeedom’ presented the evils of pollution and plastic waste that pose great challenges for India today. The Headmistress, Ms. Shivon Mark Anthony addressed the gathering and urged everyone to contribute towards building a better society by taking care of the environment and becoming responsible citizens.

Taking forward the message of social contribution to preserve our environment, students were given recycled pencils made from newspaper and pencils with seed capsules. Each guest was given a tricolour flag made from GB waste cotton fiber with Tulsi seeds embedded in it. Parents were told to bury the special flag in soil so that the seeds in it could sprout into beautiful plants.


A Tree Plantation Drive was organised on Friday, 9th August 2019 as part of the initiative taken by our school to combat the problem of air pollution and to increase the green cover in the area. Around 110 saplings were planted within the school compound and 135 saplings were also planted in the herbal garden, maintained by the school’s Eco Club. The students of Eco Club actively participated in the drive.

Say No to Plastic

As per the instructions of ‘The Ministry of Environment and Forest’, Govt. of India, our school has taken the following initiatives to make our school free of Single Use Plastic.

Awareness generation activities were conducted in all classes of the school as per the details given below:

S.No Date Class Activity
1. 13- 07-19 VI-XII Assignment Of Class Monitors
2. 18-07-19
I-V Assembly on ‘Say No To Single -Use Plastic’
3. 22-07-19 I-V PPT on Discouraging the Use Of Single Use Plastic
4. 25-07-19 I-V Principal’s Address to Students & Nukkad Natak
5. 25-07-19 VI-XII PPT on Discouraging The Use Of Single Use Plastic
6. 26-07-19 I-V Activity: Reuse And Recycle Single  Use Plastic
7. 29-07-19 VI-XII Nukkad Natak

Furthermore the ‘Say No to Single Use Plastic’campaign will be carried on throughout the year to sensitise and make students aware of the harmful effects of using plastic and steps will be taken to make the school a plastic free environment.


A Felicitation Ceremony was organised to honour the outstanding performers of the CBSE examinations 2018-19 on 20th July 2019. The Chief Guest for the function was Mrs. Mary George, President, LCBM in India. The school toppers, stream toppers and subject toppers were awarded merit certificates, trophies and books. The toppers of Class X and XII spoke about their academic journey and the lessons they learnt on the way. Parents also shared their thoughts and acknowledged the School’s contribution in the growth and success of their wards. The programme was enlivened by spectacular performances by the School Choir and the classical dance group. Mrs. Mary George and the Principal congratulated the students and advised them to excel in all walks of life.

Investiture Ceremony – Senior Student Council (2019-2020)

The Investiture Ceremony of the Student Council for the Academic Session 2019-20 was on 13th May, 2019.
The Head Girl, Stefna J. Sebastian, Head Boy, Sankalp Gautam, Sports Captain, Khushi Khanna and Sports Vice Captain, Shourya Yashbir Mohan took their oaths of office.

The Captains for Cultural Activities – Aaliya Sharma, Academics – Aditi Garg, Discipline – Aryamaan Bhardwaj and Assemblies – Aleena Anne Sajeev were sworn in next.
The House Captains and Vice Captains of the four Houses received their badges, sashes and flags from their House Coordinators.

The Student Council Members were administered their oath of office by the Head Boy and the Head Girl.
The Head Boy, Sankalp Gautam and the Head Girl, Stefna J. Sebastian, addressed the school and promised to work diligently at their duties and live up to the trust reposed in them.

The Vice Principal congratulated the newly appointed members of the Student Council. The Head Girl led the Student Council and the audience in singing the School Song.


The Investiture ceremony of the Junior School Student Council was held on 13th May 2019.

The Head Boy, Arjun Anand and the Head Girl, Ching Nun Paal Guite, took their oaths of office. The Sports Captains, Aditri Bahuguna and Arith Aggarwal were sworn in next and received their badges.

The four House Captains of Akbar, Ashoka, Gandhi and Tagore House, took their oaths of office and were conferred their badges and sashes by their respective House Coordinators.
The Student Council prefects promised to discharge their duties earnestly and diligently.

The Headmistress advised the Student Council to lead by example and work together with integrity and commitment.

Farewell Ceremony – Mr Devendra, PGT Commerce

One of our most senior teachers, Mr. Devendra, PGT Commerce, retired from service on 30th April 2019 after a long and distinguished tenure of almost 30 years in the school. He was bid a warm farewell at a special programme organised for him by the students and teachers. The Principal, teachers, students and former students paid glowing tributes to his dedication to teaching and his versatile talents. His colleagues spoke highly of Mr. Devendra’s interests in diverse fields, particularly his contrasting accomplishments as an artist and an accountant. Former student, Ms. Prerna Jain (Session………….) recalled the interest Mr. Devendra could infuse in his lectures by relating topics to real- life situations.

The students of Classes XI and XII enthralled all present by presenting a medley of songs. The highlight of the programme was a portrait of Mr. Devendra, drawn on-the-spot by Samridhi Uniyal of Class XII A.

Mr. Devendra, in his farewell address, encouraged teachers and students to become avid readers. The Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, praised his integrity and dedication towards his profession. A proficient artist and a voracious reader, Mr. Devendra will be remembered for his succinct and accurate observations on current issues that constantly found reflection in his Business Studies classes.

Chrysalis 2018
The Annual Day of Somerville School Vasundhara Enclave

Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave, held its Annual Day, ‘Chrysalis 2018’ at the Siri Fort Auditorium on 7 December 2018. The cultural extravaganza showcased the talents of over six hundred students.

The occasion was graced by the honourable members of the Board of Management; Mrs. Mary George, President of the Lott Carey Baptist Mission in India, Mr. Thomas T. Roy, the Secretary/ Treasurer of the LCBM in India, Mrs. D.A.Tressler, the Chairperson & Director, Somerville Schools, Mr. Abraham Mathew, the Manager of the school, members of the Managing Committee, parents and well-wishers.

The programme commenced with a word of prayer followed by a melodious presentation ‘Swaranjali’, by the Indian Music Choir and orchestra. The harmonious blend of soulful voices and rhythmic beats left the audience mesmerised. The musical journey continued with another electrifying presentation ‘Eclectricity- Music Beyond Boundaries’ which was an impressive blend of Rock, Pop and Light music.

The Hindi Hasya Kavita ‘Apni Dafli, Apna Raag’ had the audience in splits with its humorous representation of the conflict of three generations, especially on the themes of technology and education.
The school also felicitated the staff members who had completed 25 years of service in the institution. Mrs. Mary Cherian (T.G.T Social Science), Mrs. Sulochana Cardoza (PRT) and Mr. Ram Naresh (Support Staff) were presented shawls and mementos by the distinguished members of the Management for their invaluable service.

The highlight of the evening was `Fiddler on the Roof’, the acclaimed musical presented by the students of Classes VI to XII.Directed by Ms. Shagufta Jamal and choreographed by Ms. Sharmishtha Arora, the stage adaptation presented the enduring and endearing tale of Tevye and his five daughters. The play unfolded with powerful performances by Anshumaan Bhardwaj (IXA) as the likeable Tevye and Stefna J. Sebastian (XIC) as his harried wife, Golde, Shreya Kaul (XIIA) as the irrepressible Matchmaker, Navyashree Bhat (IXE), Yashika Gupta (IXA) and Vithi Singh(IXA) as the tradition-challenging daughters, Asna Ali (XIA) as the ghost, Fruma Sarah. With a supporting cast of over 360 students, this enchanting tale presented a perfect blend of humour and heart-tugging pathos. The musical left the audience spellbound with beautifully choreographed dances that were a blend of traditional ballet and contemporary dance forms, performed to live music by the school choir.

The programme concluded with the vote of thanks presented by the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani.


The students of Classes I, II and III presented the play, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ on 27th October, 2018. The story, based on the classic novel by E.B. White, is about Wilbur, a pig, and his friendship with Fern Arable, the little girl who adopts him, Charlotte, the spider and other barnyard animals. The message of living together in peace and friendship, in spite of our differences, was delivered by the students in a beautiful manner through the story set in the wonderful world of make- believe, where animals and creatures could talk and where awesome things happened, like spiders knowing how to write.

The programme began with a prayer and a welcome song by the choir.

578 students participated in the play, depicting various roles as farmers, farmyard animals and other creatures, dancing, acting and adding to the spectacular visual imagery. The students learned and delivered their dialogues impeccably while the choir enthralled the audience with their enthusiastically rendered songs about the antics of the various characters.

The parents enjoyed and appreciated the efforts of the students and teachers.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks by the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani.



Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi and SPIC MACAY were privileged to organise Mohan Veena lecture demonstration by the acclaimed Mohan Veena (slide guitar) player and Grammy Award winner Padma Bhushan Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on 26th October 2018.

The children witnessed a stirring performance by the maestro Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who was brilliantly supported by Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra and his son Rahul Kumar Mishra. The music they created was mesmerising.

Through lecture and demonstration, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also introduced the students to the seven basic musical notes or swara. In his interaction with the audience, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt answered the questions posed to him on his invention of the Mohan Veena, the composition that achieved him the Grammy and about classical music.

It was an educative and meaningful experience for the students and teachers of the school.


‘Comcord’, the Commerce Club of our school hosted its Second Inter School Commerce Fest ‘ENROUTE’18 on 16th October 2018. This event provided an opportunity to the students belonging to the Commerce Stream to meet, discuss and compete in a series of events based on Commerce and Economics.

The fest was attended by 13 renowned schools of Delhi and Noida. The function began with the lighting of the lamp and a word of prayer.

Enroute comprised three competitive events.


This event was judged by Mrs. Indu Bhan (Legal Reporter, Writer, Assistant Editor, Financial Express), Mr. Pradeep Kumar (Assistant Director at National Cooperative Developmental Corporation) and Mr. Harvinder Singh, Head of the Commerce Department DAV Dayanand Vihar.

The participants competed to effectively portray eminent personalities in a meaningful discussion related to economic issues. Thirteen schools participated in this competition.

The results are as follows:

WINNER ASN Sr. Sec. School Mayur Vihar Ph-1 Delhi 1. Nishad Baburaj
2. Prashant Sharma
RUNNER UP Fr. Agnel School ,Noida 1. Priyanshi Bhatnagar
2. Aditi Ananya
2. Bulls & Bears

In this event, participants from thirteen schools tested their expertise in understanding the dynamics of the Share Market.
The results are as follows:

Winner Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Delhi 1. Arnav Gupta
2. SanatDayani
RUNNER UP Somerville School, Noida 1. Ishaan Kavishwar
2. Prerana Rana

Students from thirteen schools tested their knowledge and awareness on the content and application of economics. Mr. Amit Arora (PGT Economics, South Delhi Public School) was the moderator for the event.


WINNER Somerville School, Noida. 1. Ayush Pandey
2. Karan Upadhyay
RUNNER UP Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave Delhi 1. Bhavya Dhingra
2. Palak Nehra

The day’s events ended with the prize distribution ceremony where the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani and Mr. Amit Arora awarded the winners and runners up of various events.

The Somerville School, Noida and Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave were tied in the top spot and the EnRoute 2018 Rolling Trophy was awarded to Somerville School, Noida.


Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi hosted the CBSE Inter School Girls Football Tournament, Central Zone, Delhi region. The school was a hub of activities from 1st October 2018 to 6th October 2018 with cluster matches scheduled in Under 19 and Under 17 categories for girls. The meet was declared open by Mr. J.K.Yadav, Regional Officer, CBSE, Delhi.

In the Under 17 category, out of 13 participating schools, the Vasant Valley School, Vasant Vihar won the championship in a keenly contested competition. D.P.S. R.K. Puram was declared the Runners Up team while the host school, Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave and Sprindales School, Pusa Road jointly shared the third place.

In the Under 19 category, out of seven schools that participated, Modern School, Vasant Vihar played with great agility and zeal to emerge victorious and Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar Phase 1,won the Runners Up medals. Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave and Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri won the bronze medal.


The students of Classes I, II and III presented a special programme on 5thSeptember 2018 to celebrate ‘Teacher’s Day’. The programme began with a short assembly followed by choral recitation by students of Class I on “Why God made teachers”. This was followed by a colourful dance presentation “Ghoomar” by students of Class II. Students of Class III expressed their love and gratitude for their teachers by singing “I think you’re wonderful”. The teachers too participated in the programme by presenting a special song called “Diamonds”. The programme ended with the Principal addressing the students and teachers on this special day.


A Mass Tree Plantation Drive was organised on Saturday, 8th September 2018 as part of the initiative of the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, to combat the problem of air pollution in the city. More than 5 lakh saplings were planted all over Delhi, at about 600 sites. Our school also actively participated in the drive. Students, accompanied by two teachers, planted saplings near Usmaan Pur, Garhi Mendu.

Sports Closing Ceremony 2018-19

The Closing Ceremony for Sports Activities was held on 18th August 2018. This marked the culmination of the Inter House Sports Competitions for the session 2018-2019. The ceremony began with a short assembly. The four Houses marched to the rousing tunes played by the school band.
The students competed enthusiastically in 4×100 Relay Races in Sub Junior, Junior and Senior categories.
Medals were awarded to winners of Track and Field events held over the course of the month.

Awards were presented to the Best Athletes for the session 2018-19.
Best Athlete (Sub Junior Girls) – Aditri Bahuguna 4 C (Gandhi)
Best Athlete (Sub Junior Boys) – Neev Gulati 5 B (Ashoka)
Best Athlete (Junior Girls) — Vanshika Chauhan 8 C (Gandhi)
Best Athlete (Junior Boys) _ Stanly Abraham 8 C (Akbar)
Best Athlete (Senior Girls) — Kushi Gupta 10 B (Ashoka)
Best Athlete (Senior Boys) – Rohit Bhargava 12 C (Akbar)

The overall House positions at the culmination of all the Sports events stood as follows:
1st Position    Ashoka House
2nd Position    Akbar House
3rd Position    Gandhi House

After the Prize Distribution Ceremony, the Principal declared the Sports activities Closed for the session 2018-2019.

Independence Day Programme

Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave celebrated the 72nd Independence Day on 15th August 2018 with great enthusiasm. The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony by the Principal followed by a special assembly. The students of the primary wing sang a patriotic song and presented a skit, “Bhaarat ke Badalte Roop” and paid tribute to our soldiers through a special dance performance. The Head Girl, Manasvi Sharma, and the Head Boy, Advik Aggarwal spoke eloquently about their vision for India. The Headmistress, Ms. Shivon Mark Anthony addressed the gathering of students, parents and teachers and urged them to contribute towards building a better society.


As part of ‘Scintillations 2018’, our school organised an Inter-School Symposium –‘Crisis of the Blue Marble’, on 2ndAugust 2018. The event was organised by the senior students of the Science department, under the supervision of Science teachers.

The topics for Symposium were based on environmental concerns: –

  • Pollution caused due to polymeric wastes and its impact on water and air
  • Biodiversity and various concerns on the eco system
  • Light Pollution

The event saw intense competition among the ten participating schools drawn from Delhi and the NCR. The students drew on their depth of scientific knowledge and their understanding of current affairs while expressing their opinions on these grave environmental concerns with eloquence and skill.

The trophy for the Best Team at Scintillations 2018 was won by Amity International School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi. Following close behind on points were Somerville School, Greater Noida, which won the Trophy for the First Runner-up team while the team from St. Thomas School, Mandir Marg, Delhi stood Third at the event.

Felicitation Programme for Classes X and XII

The academic achievers of Classes X and XII were felicitated for their performance in a special programme organised in school on Saturday, 21 July 2018. The Principal, Ms.Esther Mani, the Vice Principal, Dr. Pratima M. Lall and the Headmistress, Ms. Shivon Mark Anthony presented the awards to Class X and XII school toppers, as well as the subject toppers.

The ceremony began with the felicitation of Class X academic achievers. This was the first batch of students that wrote an All India Secondary School Exam after the Board Exams were brought back for Class X.

Their achievements were lauded by the gathering. In Class X, Aashwin Sharma, with a percentage of 96.8%, was the School Topper. Krish Pathak secured 94.6% to bag the Second Position.

Trophies, Books and certificates were also awarded to Class XII students for their outstanding performances in the AISSCE 2018. Vishesh Malhotra topped the Class XII batch of 2017-18 with 96 %. Ridhav Kapoor stood second with 95.8 %. In the Third Position was Vishesh Bansal, who secured 95.6%.

The stream toppers and Subject toppers were also felicitated.

Sarthak Kumar from Class XII was appreciated for maintaining a consistent record of 100 per cent attendance for the last seven years.
The toppers addressed the gathering and shared the experiences that helped them get ahead of the competition. Anagha Menon, the Humanities stream topper highlighted the need to focus on self-actualization to realise one’s full potential.

In her address, the Principal, Ms. Esther Mani, congratulated all the achievers and encouraged them to become avid readers. She emphasized the importance of strength, integrity and faith in pursuit of knowledge.


Young children come into contact with germs everyday and washing hands in the proper manner can help to stop the spread of many diseases –from the common cold to more serious illnesses like Hepatitis. The students of our school carried out Hand Washing Activities on 20th July, 2018 to create the awareness about the importance of cleanliness, personal hygiene and the role of hand washing in the prevention of various infections.

The Sanitation Club had organised a special assembly in which a talk on personal hygiene and hand washing was presented. A PPT on the importance of and the proper method of Hand Washing was shown in all the classes through the Smart Board. A demonstration of Hand Washing was also given in the Primary and Senior classes.

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.


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.


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.


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.