Workshops & Exhibitions

Session 2018-19

Workshop on Information Security Awareness

The Computer Science Department organised a workshop on ‘Information Security Awareness’ for the students of Classes IX and XI on 2nd November 2018. The resource person was Dr Neha Bajpai, Senior Technical Officer and Program Coordinator of Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project Phase II and Cyber Shikshaa Project under the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MeitY) at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Noida.

The main aim of workshop was to make students aware of the importance of information security, various types of cyber-crimes and the ways to combat them. It covered topics such as Tab Nabbing, Identity Theft, Phishing, Internet Privacy, Password protection etc.

The students actively participated in the interactive session and won caps and pens as gifts for answering questions related to Cyber Security. It was an informative workshop, as the students learnt about many precautions that can be taken to prevent cyber security threats.

Activities organized by NIE

Fun-filled Days at the Movies
The Times of India organised a screening of the movie ‘‘Mission Impossible ’ for the students of Class IV on 31st July 2018 at the Delite Cinema, Daryaganj. 183 students went for the movie accompanied by their Class Teachers. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching the action movie.

Workshops conducted by NIC

Kite Making Activity
NIE organized a Kite Making Activity for the students of Class V on 9.8.18. The students were very excited to learn how to make a kite using old newspapers and bamboo sticks and participated actively in it.

Pottery Making Workshop
The students of Class IV attended a workshop on Pottery Making on 13.8.18. They saw how clay was moulded into shapes by the potter. They were very excited to put their hands in the clay and participate in pottery making. It was a meaningful and learning experience for them.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT AWARENESS PROGRAMME

As part of the Disaster Management Awareness Programme, a series of events were organised in the school on 1st September 2018. This was attended by around 120 students from Classes IX to XII as well teachers and administrative staff of the school.

FIRST AID PRESENTATION

Dr Shikha Bani, an ENT specialist from Apollo Hospital, conducted a presentation on First Aid. Dr. Bani, with the help of student volunteers, demonstrated different techniques of administering basic First Aid, such as dealing with heat strokes, nose bleeds, choking, small wounds, sprains, bee-stings or when foreign objects enter our eyes, ears or nose. Dr Bani educated the audience on do’s and dont’s of First Aid as well as several incorrect actions taken by the uninformed such as putting ice on burns or tilting the head back during a nose bleed. She also cautioned the students about the circumstances in which they should administer First Aid and those which required emergency treatment by a trained practitioner.

EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority organised an awareness programme on Earthquake and Disaster preparedness for the students on the same day. A team of four volunteers from ‘Kriti Foundation’, a non-profit, non-government, social organisation, presented a ‘Nukkad Natak’(Street Play) highlighting the steps to be taken during an earthquake.

The volunteers from the organisation, Ms. Saloni, Mr. Alok, Mr. Lalit and Mr. Ashutosh, through an interactive enactment, demonstrated measures to take as individuals and as an organisation to ensure Earthquake preparedness. The presentation focused on steps to minimise the effects of an earthquake and ways to safeguard life and oneself while facing natural disaster like an earthquake. The ‘Drop-Cover-Hold’ response during an earthquake, and ‘Drop & Roll’ or ‘Drop and Crawl’ response at the time of a fire was reinforced through the Street Play.

FIRE SAFETY DEMONSTRATION

There was a Fire Safety demonstration, as part of the Disaster Management Awareness Generation Programme. It was conducted by Mr Naval Sharma, a retired Fire Officer from Delhi Fire Service. Mr Naval gave useful insights into the importance of preparedness and alertness during a fire.

The use of Fire Extinguishers, Hose Pipes and Sand Buckets was demonstrated to the students and teachers. They were told about the different types of fire such as Wood and Cloth fire, Oil Fire, Gas Fire, Chemical Fire, Metal Fire and Electrical fire. Mr Naval also gave tips on how to deal with these kinds of fires. Students took keen interest in learning how to use fire extinguishers and water hose and practised using these equipments.

Workshop on Mother- Daughter Hygiene

The school organised a workshop in association with Procter & Gamble, for the girl students of Class VII and their mothers on 25th August 2018. The topic of the workshop was ‘Mother-Daughter Hygiene’. The girls were taught about the proper hygiene practices. The workshop included bonding games between mothers and daughters.

The girls were also taught about the developmental changes that take place during adolescence and were advised on how to deal with the same. It was a useful and enriching experience for the girls and their mothers.

Workshop by MACMILLAN

Our school conducted a workshop for the Computer Science Teachers from all the branches of Somerville School on Saturday 18th August 2018. This workshop was organised in collaboration with Macmillan Education India (Frank Bros & Co), whose books are being used in the Somerville Schools for Classes I to VIII (Computer Science).

The author of the books, Ms Suchanda Sen, was the Resource Person.

There were eighteen participants from all Somerville Schools:

  • Somerville Noida – 4
  • Somerville Greater Noida – 4
  • Somerville International -2
  • Somerville Vasundhara Enclave – 8

The workshop focussed on the following softwares:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Scratch
  • GIMP

It was an informative and interactive workshop with the teachers working on activities to be carried out in class. The discussion on practical issues in dealing with the content in classroom transactions, and how to resolve them, was very useful. Ms Suchanda Sen and Ms Mridula Srivastava, Senior Manager- Education Product Schools were welcomed and felicitated by our Principal, Ms Esther Mani.

Each teacher received a participation certificate from Macmillan.

Lecture on ‘Preserving our Biosphere’

As part of the project on “Preserving our biosphere – Understanding Science Then and Now’ promoted by MIEF (Millennium India Education Foundation), Dr. Nimish Kapoor, Head, Film Division, Vigyan Prasar, addressed 50 students from Classes IX and XI, on 10th August 2018 in the school auditorium. Also present was Dr. Uday Kakroo, Director, MIEF.

Two videos were shown, namely “The Fragile Web” by Dr. Mike Pandey and “Do not burn leaves.” Detailed information regarding the objectives and execution of the environmental project was then provided by the expert. The students participated actively in the interactive session that followed the presentations.

Workshop on Conserving Water

A workshop on water conservation was conducted for the students of the Sanitation Club and Eco Club by Mr. Avdhesh Kumar Upadhyay (National General Secretary) and Mr. Vivek Harsulkar of the Jaladhar Foundation on 7th August 2018.

The main aim of workshop was to make students aware of the importance of water in our daily lives and its medicinal uses. The harmful effects of packaged water and ways to stop the commercialisation of water were discussed with the students.

Workshop by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

A Workshop sponsored by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Noida on the theme ‘Course Development on SWAYAM Platform’ was conducted on 19th July, 2018 (Thursday) at Amity Campus, M Block, Saket, New Delhi. It was attended by Computer Science teachers – Ms Pooja Saxena, Ms Pratibha Poddar, Ms Ekta Grover and Ms Vidya Ashok.

The workshop was an awareness building initiative about NIOS ‘SWAYAM’ platform of Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), Government of India and designing of online courses.

The workshop aimed at fulfilling the following objectives:

  • To develop courses on School Education/higher Education based on the SWAYAM platform.
  • To generate understanding among participants on Virtual learning resources offered on the SWAYAM portal.
  • To provide practical knowledge and skills related to the use of learning resources on the SWAYAM portal.
  • To provide information to the participants about online courses available on the SWAYAM portal, for their individual and holistic development.

It was an interesting and very educational experience for the teachers who were introduced to the wide variety of online study resources available for students and teachers on this portal.

Workshop on Undergraduate Courses Available in Foreign Universities

A workshop was conducted by Ms Mishika Goel & Mr.Pragyat Singh on behalf of ‘Quest Global Education Consultants’ on 12th July 2018. The aim of the workshop was to make the students of Classes XI and XII aware about the opportunities available worldwide for pursuing undergraduate courses.

The resource persons informed the students about various Universities in different countries and the courses offered by them, scholarships available etc. The students participated enthusiastically in the discussion and enquired about the time of application, procedures to follow, study loans etc. It was an enriching experience for the students.

Workshop on ‘Preserving Our Biosphere – Understanding Science, Then and Now’

The Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, has launched a project on the topic ‘Preserving our Biosphere – Understanding Science, Then and Now. Millennium India Education Foundation is the NGO executing the project. The project will be executed over a period of eight months.

An introductory meet was held on 17th July 2018 at ASN Senior Secondary School, which is the associate organizer of the project for district East of Delhi. Our school was represented at this meet by Ms. Savitha V. (TGT Science). Dr. Uday Kakroo, Director MIEF, presided over the meeting. He briefed the representatives from various schools regarding the objectives and execution of the project.

Each school is required to constitute a scientific community of about 20-25 students, who will carry out a field study of the biosphere, available in their school/neighbourhood and then submit their observations and analysis along with a concept paper on how to improve the biosphere that they have studied. The schools will also be required to arrange a 1-hour lecture on this project, which is to be delivered by experts involved in it. Out of the 100 projects, a panel of experts will then shortlist/select 20 projects and they will be called for a final presentation. The top 10 will be finally chosen for submission to the Government of India.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training

After the introductory meet, a brief training session was conducted on the administration of CPR to a patient suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. Mr. Yogesh from the Heartcare Foundation of India demonstrated the administration of CPR using a dummy. Each of the teachers present was given the opportunity to practiceCPR on the dummy.

Career Guidance – Workshop on the Merchant Navy

A workshop on the Merchant Navy was organized on 1st May 2018 in the school auditorium for students of Classes XI-XII. The workshop was conducted by Captain Vinayak Mohla from the Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre. Capt. Vinayak made students aware about the Merchant Navy as a rewarding and lucrative profession that can be embarked upon after Class XII for students with Science and Mathematics. He educated the students about eligibility criteria, selection process, training structure for those wishing to join the Merchant Navy. He also spoke about the career progression of navigating officers.

Career Guidance – WORKSHOP by IIAD

A workshop was conducted on Wednesday, 02nd May 2018 for students of Classes XI and XII by Professor Usha Nair, faculty member of the Indian Institute of Art and Design. The workshop aimed at imparting knowledge regarding the principles of design and its application in the process of creating any kind of design.

A group of 60 students took part in this interactive session, in which they learned how to create appealing designs and collages. In this activity, students were asked to represent a topic or a word on paper, using cuttings from magazines or newspapers. Students actively took part in the activity and gave a presentation of their work at the end.

Rimjhim Khanna, from IIAD, shared information about the unique courses offered by the institute. She also showed videos on the projects made by students of the institute as well as a trailer of a movie currently being made by their students.

Career Guidance Workshop

A career guidance workshop was organised for the students of Classes XI-XII on 4th May 2018 in two separate sessions. The resource person was Mr.Ritesh Jain, President, Centre for Career and Development, South Extension, New Delhi. Mr. Jain talked about different professions, specific and common to all three streams viz, Science, Commerce& Humanities. Mr. Jain enlightened the students about new colleges and universities in India. He also updated the students about the entrance exams for different courses.

The next session was conducted byMr. Dolojit Pangging, representative of ESSEC (Paris-Singapore). Mr. Pangging talked about BBA at ESSEC, eligibility criteria, entrance exams, procedure for applying, course information and placement.

Workshop on Student Teacher Rapport

A workshop on ‘Student- Teacher Rapport’ was conducted on 15th May 2018, by Ms. Jayashree Mehta for teachers of Classes Nursery to VIII. The resource person focused on the different aspects of student-teacher relationship. She shared tips on improving classroom sessions. She also gave valuable inputs as to how to deal with different behavioural issues. It was an enriching session in which teachers learned different ways of creating a lively and interesting classroom environment.

Self Defence Training Workshop

The school organised a workshop on self defence for the girl students from Classes IX-XII on 8th May 2018, in association with the Kelvin Institute. The workshop was held in two sessions one each for Classes IX-X and Classes XI-XII, in the school auditorium.

The trainer, Mr. Abhishek Singh, taught the girls different skills of self defence and anti-abduction techniques. He also spoke to them about school playground safety, public place safety, home and cyber safety. The students were trained in pairs, where one girl was the attacker and the other one was the defender and vice versa. It was a good opportunity for our young girl students to learn basic self defence techniques.

Session 2017-18

Workshop on Sparrow Conservation

A workshop on ‘Nest Making for Sparrow Conservation’ was conducted by Mr. Rakesh Khatri of Eco Roots Foundation and his team on 9th March 2018. Twenty-six students from Classes VI to XII were taught to make nests out of coconut fibre, jute threads, wooden rings and bamboo sticks. The team also enlightened the students regarding the significance of biodiversity and the need to preserve flora and fauna.

The students were filmed while making the nests. Some students were interviewed and their suggestions regarding sparrow conservation were noted.

‘I LOVE SCIENCE’ WORKSHOPS

In the session 2017-18, ‘I Love Science’ workshops were conducted for the students of Classes VI and VII by Mr. Akhlesh Agarwal. The purpose of the workshops was to make the learning of scientific concepts more interesting and enjoyable. Simple, day-to-day phenomena and concepts were explained to the students, who were provided with hands-on science kits during the workshops so that they could explore different concepts in a practical manner and have fun at the same time.

A total of six workshops were conducted per class on a monthly basis in the school auditorium. The topics covered included magnetism, electricity, optics, sound, air, mechanics, time and microscope. The students found the workshops interesting and participated in them with great enthusiasm.

‘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.

Workshop on Legal Studies

A workshop on higher studies in the field of Law was organised for students of Classes XI and XII on 25thAugust 2017. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Nilesh Shreedhar – BA, LLB (Constitutional Law-Hons, from National Law University –Ranchi, NIFT AIR-26). During the counselling session, Mr. Shreedhar focused on the following:-

  • Changes in the legal industry and the opportunities available.
  • The best colleges in India and their selection processes.

He spoke about why students should choose Law as a career option and gave tips on how to prepare for admission to reputed Law colleges. Mr. Shreedhar informed the students about the shift in trends from the court rooms to the corporate sector in the field of Law.

The students asked Mr. Shreedhar several questions related to entrance exams and the career opportunities available in corporate law. It was a useful and informative session.

WORKSHOP ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE USA

A workshop was conducted on 21st August 2017 for students from Classes XI & XII on opportunities to pursue higher education in the United States of America. Resource persons from three Universities in the USA introduced students to the prospects for higher education for Indian students in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri.

The Resource Persons were Ms. Chelsea Keeney, Assistant Director of International Recruitment, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Mr.Ragh Singh, Assistant Director of International Recruitment, University of Missouri, Columbia and Ms. Michelle Trimpe, International Admissions Counsellor, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Each Resource Persons spoke at length about their universities. They informed the students about the educational programmes and specialized courses available, procedures for admission, fees and the different types of scholarships available for students such as: Academic Scholarships, Need Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Talent based Scholarships and many more. The Resource Persons spoke on how students could learn and earn simultaneously. They informed students about the procedures International students needed to follow to apply for admission such as SAT, recommendation letter, Visa etc.

The students found the interaction enlightening and very informative.

Career Guidance Workshop

A career guidance workshop was organised for the students of Classes IX-XII on 21st July 2017. The workshop was conducted by Father Benny Jose, Director of Education, Diocese of Faridabad and Mr. Bijo Sebastian, Co-founder- Mentornetz,a career pathway system that has been researched and designed to make young people realise their aptitude and goals.

The resource persons spoke about importance of career selection and aptitude testing. They informed the students about how their organization, Mentornetz, could help students to identify careers and subjects that accurately match their personality and aptitude by providing career guidance and counselling.

Geography Symposium

An Inter House Geography Symposium was organised by the Social Science Department on 27th April 2017. Students learnt and spoke about some beautiful biosphere reserves of India, particularly the Gulf of Mannar, Nandadevi, Gir Forests and Nokrek. The participants focused their presentations on the locations, wildlife species and community conservation efforts in each of these biosphere reserves.

Gandhi House stood first in the symposium, followed by Tagore House and Akbar House.

ECO CLUB WORKSHOP

A workshop which dealt with the development and beautification of neighbourhood parks was organised for the members of the Eco Club on 29th April 2017. It was conducted by a team of four members from two NGOs, namely ‘LAXMI’ and ‘IGSSS’which are associated with the project “Reviving green spaces” supported by ‘Disney’. The team was headed by Mr. Vijay, a horticulturist, and Ms. Jyoti Awasthi, Director- LAXMI.

They conducted a seminar with informative presentations highlighting the need of the hour, which was to work for the development of neighbourhood parks. Thereafter 32 students and three teachers went with the team to a nearby park. The students were asked to study the park by carefully observing it and come up with ideas to convert it into a more eco-friendly park with rich flora and fauna. The team emphasized the need to spend more time with nature and familiarize oneself with biodiversity to be effective protectors of the environment.