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 MoU signed for partnership between TIS and Middle School Attached to Shandong University, Jinan Province, China on 25th February 2013

 Tagoreans performed at Chinese Embassy in an event to celebrate Spring season on 2nd Feb.'13

 Visit by students and teachers from Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China from Thurs.17th Jan.’13 to Wed. 23rd Jan.’13

In its effort to make the students globally local citizens, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar had a delegation from Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China visiting the school as part of its ongoing Indo China student - teacher exchange program between the two schools. The delegation had the Principal of The Jinyuan Senior High School, Ms. Liping Wang  three teachers and five students who were hosted by the Indian correspondents from Tagore International from 17 January to 23 January ‘13.

The nine member delegation was warmly welcomed by the school Principal Ms. Madhulika Sen in a special assembly on 21 January ’13. The welcome was steeped in Indian tradition with garlands as well as flowers, in the form of Rangoli. The discipline and fervor with which the assembly was conducted greatly impressed the guests who complimented the same. The Principal of the exchange school spoke to the students on how she was deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality extended by the Principal Ms. Sen and the families of their hosts. She expressed a desire to take back with her the knowhow of the Paper recycling plant that is installed in the school. They were taken around the school and also attended classes during the regular school days. The delegates also visited important heritage sites in and around Delhi and also Agra. A taste of Indian handicrafts was provided to them with visits to the emporiums and handicraft bazaars. They even had the unique opportunity to attend an Indian wedding during their visit. In a special program organized for them on the last day of their visit, the Indian Music Choir welcomed the students by singing the song, Su Swagatam, which in Sanskrit means ‘We Welcome You’. Sanya Chikara of Class XI spoke about Sino Indian relations and also about the camaraderie and friendship that has been built between Jinyuan Senior High School and Tagore International School in the past five years, this having been sealed with the visit of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to the school on December 15, 2010. Since then, students from both the schools have been attending classes in Yoga, calligraphy, Taichi and Kathak through video conferencing. Ilakshi Talwar and her Chinese correspondent were then invited to share their experiences on learning the lifestyles and cultures of each other’s country. Both spoke of strong bonds being created. The students of JSHS presented a Chinese dance which was well- appreciated by the students of TIS. A violin recital by Anusha Sridhar of Class XI, with Sagar and Abhishek, accompanists on the table was followed by the Chiraw or the Bamboo Dance by the students of Classes IX to XI, which left everybody mesmerized. An enthralling Sufi dance by students of Class IX brought the event to a close. 

The Principal Ms. Sen invited the Principal of Jinyuan Senior High School on stage and honoured each guest with parting gifts. She also spoke about how, through such exchanges, students learn to accept new cultures and traditions thus becoming “glocal- globally local” citizens of the world. It was a memorable experience for the teachers and students of both the schools and offered an insight that they had nothing, except their nationality, as the only difference between them.

 Visit by students and teachers from Lycee Broceliande, Guer, France from Mon.14th Jan.’13 to Mon. 28th Jan.’13

A nineteen member French delegation consisting of sixteen students, two teachers and a parent from Lycée Brocéliande in Guer, Bretagne, France are on a visit to Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar from 14 January to 28 January’13. The visit is a part of the school’s ongoing International French Exchange Programme. This is the third such visit since the commencement of the exchange three years earlier.  Each member of the délégation is being hosted by the Indian correspondents of the exchange from Tagore International.

The delegation was warmly welcomed by the school Principal Ms. Madhulika Sen in a special assembly organised for them on 21 January ’13. The welcome was conducted in traditional style with garlands as well as flowers, in the form of Rangoli. The discipline and fervor with which the assembly was conducted greatly impressed the guests who complimented the same. Ms. Catherine, Head of the Dept from the exchange school spoke to the students on how she was deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality extended by the Principal Ms. Sen and the families of their hosts. They were taken around the school and also attended classes during the regular school days. The delegates also visited important heritage sites in and around Delhi like the Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Lodhi Gardens and were even part of the Heritage Walk organised by Itihaas to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. They also visited Agra, Jaipur and the Navdanya Farms in Meerut. A taste of Indian handicrafts was provided to them with visits to the emporiums in Connaught Place, Jan path and handicraft bazaars like Dilli Haat. 

In a special program that was organized for them on 23 January ’13, the Indian Music Choir welcomed the students by singing the song, Su Swagatam, which in Sanskrit means ‘We Welcome You’. Sanya Chikara of Class XI spoke about the beginnings of Indo French relations and also about the camaraderie and friendship that has been built between Lycée Brocéliande in Guer and Tagore International School in the past four years. Since then there have been mutual exchanges every year between teachers and the students studying French in the school. Miheer of Class XI and his French correspondent were invited to share their experiences on visiting France and India respectively. Both spoke of strong bonds being created. Five students of The Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China who are also part of another delegation on a visit to the school, presented a Chinese dance. A violin recital by Anusha Sridhar of Class XI, with Sagar and Abhishek Jayaram, accompanists on the tabla was followed by the Chiraw or the Bamboo Dance, by the students of Classes IX to XI, which left everybody mesmerized. An enthralling Sufi dance by students of Class IX brought the event to a close. The exchange has given the French and the Indian students the opportunity for a close observation about the lifestyle and culture of each other’s country. In the words of the Principal Ms. Madhulika Sen this exchange is a part of the school’s effort to provide to the students an enriching experience wherein they learn essential life skills and also make the students globally local citizens.

 Students and teachers from Fuchun Secondary School, Singapore visited school on 24th November 2012

 Exchange program with a school in Lahore, Pakistan

TIS  has initiated a program with a school in Lahore, Pakistan. This program is spearheaded by an NGO, Routes 2 Roots, which attempts to bring likeminded citizens together in dialogue. Students of six schools from three Indian cities will exchange only letters, pictures and videos about their city, school and family with students from Pakistani schools. Two students per school will be selected at the end of one year to visit the partner schools in Pakistan.

 

To kickstart this program, four teachers from Citizens Archive of Pakistan visited our school on the 1st of October and spoke about the various activities involved in this exchange program. They also shared a brief presentation on the history and culture of Pakistan. Two students from St. Paul’s school, shared the experiences that they gained during their visit to Pakistan last year under the same program.

 Students from King's College, London visited school on 12th September 2012 under UKIERI program

 Visit by teachers from Japanese School, Delhi on 31st August 2012

 Visit by teachers of Ghiyasuddin International School, Maldives on 22nd August 2012

 Tagoreans selected to represent India for Asian Youth Development Programme 2012 held at Okinawa, Japan from 4th August – 10th August 2012 

Akshit Chopra and Sanya Chhikara of Tagore International School,  Vasant Vihar had the unique honour of  being the only two representatives from India who were selected by the Okinawan Government as Youth leaders for  the Asian Youth Development Programme 2012  (AYDPO’12 ) held at Okinawa, Japan from 4th August – 10th August 2012. This program, fully sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government has high school students from different Asian countries coming together on a platform that helps them to interact for the learning and understanding of  a wide range of issues related to the environment, communication, cultural differences and so on. During this program, the two representatives from the school were not only there as participants but were especially selected to help and guide  the other representatives  who had come to attend the program.

 

This year the programme had 54 youth leaders from 14 countries attend lectures on topics such as how to become citizens of the 21st century, International Cooperation in the field of water and Education For Sustainable Development. The two selected youth leaders prepared presentations, skits, role plays to make the others understand about the aims of AYDPO and to solve the problems related to daily life. As Youth leaders, they needed to help the participants in their learning activities, guide them to the right path, solve their queries and most importantly, make them feel at home. A talk session was held where the focus was on some major problems faced by the youth of today- communication, making friends and breaking cultural barriers. With the stay with host families, the students learned a lot about traditional Okinawan culture. In the final presentation the representatives were divided into four committees namely Draft committee, Performance Committee, Art and Visual Committee and Liaison Committee. The draft Committee came up with a declaration 2031 which included the students’ vision for 2031. The Performance Committee presented the declaration in the form of a monologue and the AYDBOT in the form of a skit.
The cultural experiences and the lovely food made the week full of fun, understanding, learning and also establishing networks. ‘Haari’ or the boat racing activity in which groups competed with each other and a backstage tour of a musical ‘Kimutaka No Amawari’, constituting of 170 actors and singers from the middle and high school, describing the life of the king of Kingdom Ryukyus, made the trip a memorable one. The trip would go a long way in helping the two become better leaders of the World in the future.

 Students win accolades at the Shanghai International Youth  Science and Technology Expo 2012 held in Shanghai, China from 20th July 2012- 24th July 2012 

Another global event that had seven Tagoreans and two teachers from Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar  outshine was the winning  of the First Prize for the presentation of their model of a green city called ANKRAST at the  Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology Expo 2012 held in Shanghai, China. The model was of an intelligent city which is eco friendly focussing on aspects such as waste management, environment protection, energy generation, essential services, communication and transportation. Out of the 14 countries and 42 schools which participated in the Expo from 20 July 2012 to 24 July 2012, the school bagged the Best Model prize for creativity in the model, the creativity in the power point presentation, the animation, as well as in the hand - made posters displayed in the creative corner.

Not only this, in the Teacher’s Forum, the teachers presentation based on green technology also bagged the first prize. The presentation showcased, in a 15 minute long power point, the school’s effort at implementing green technology in day to day teaching practices, like the paper recycling plant, e-waste generation, water harvesting, the EVS labs and so on. 

On their arrival at the Pudong Airport of Shanghai the representatives received a warm welcome by the SIYST Expo organisers. The opening ceremony to the SIYST Expo was held on 21 July 2012. Apart from the exhibition, arrangements for sightseeing around Shanghai, evening parties and Circus were part of the itinerary. Visits to the Estuary Science and Technology Museum of Yangtez River Museum, Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition, Shanghai Circus World, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and Yuyuan Garden made the experience a memorable one. The farewell dinner that followed was an interactive but tearful one. On the 25th of July the group visited the Tiananmen Square along with the Forbidden City, the Water cube (Beijing International Aquatics Centre) and the Great wall Of China in Beijing . All of these were spectacular sights which would always be cherished by the group.

Students visit Italy as jury members in International Film Festival  hosted at Giffoni from 14th July 2012 to 24th July 2012

Three students along with Ms. Uma Chopra, TGT from Tagore International School  Vasant Vihar, who are a part of Chinh International Childrens’ Films Cooperative had the unique opportunity to travel to Italy to attend the Giffoni Film Festival. The Giffoni Film Festival is a film festival which continues for a period of 10 days every year in the month of July.  Each year representatives from over 39 countries from all over the world participate in this festival. The Jurors are first divided on the basis of their age group ranging from 5+ , 10+, 13+,16+ 18+ to  20+.

On landing in Rome, sightseeing was on the agenda for the representatives. The next stop was in the province of Salreno, where the Giffoni Film festival was scheduled. On reaching the venue of the festival, the students received a warm welcome by the jury coordinator and fellow jurors from other parts of the world. The students were then introduced to their host families with whom they were to spend the remaining ten days. 

All the jurors were shown one movie each day and the screening was followed by a question-answer session with either the director or the producer of the movie and two meetings with the celebrities. The jurors had the golden opportunity to meet celebrities like Nicholas Cage and Diana Argon. The jurors then attended the cultural activities organised by Giffoni which included a discotheque. Interactions with fellow jurors made the experience enriching. On the last day of the festival, six short films were screened and the jurors voted for the best feature film and the best short film. The award ceremony that followed in the evening had the winning movies in each category announced and their directors being presented the award. Later on, a famous Italian singer was invited for the closing ceremony. With this, the Giffoni Film Festival came to an end but not without leaving all the jurors with beautiful memories.

Visit by teachers from Indonesia on 11th July 2012.

A Group of teachers and delegates from Ministry of Education, Indonesia visited school on 11th July 2012

Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington D.C and New York, United States from 18th June 2012 to 27th June 2012.

K.Lakshmi  Alekhya  and Antriksh Kaul of  class 12th of Tagore International School , Vasant Vihar , represented the school  at the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington D.C and New York in the United States from 18th June 2012 to 27th June 2012. The conference brought together about 130 students from over 100 countries around the world and provided a platform for cross cultural communication. The representatives of the countries   were divided into the groups of five permanent members of the United Nations - UK , Russia, China, USA and France  The goal of the program was to provide the representatives  direct access to the leaders of tomorrow and to critically examine complex  global issues. Sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership council (CYLC) the program is a leadership program which focuses on role play and simulations of the United Nations agencies like the Security Council. The students were provided opportunities to display leadership skills  through role play and simulations of the United Nations Security Council, discussions on global issues, debates and critical thinking . Besides, interactions with  Mr. Gary Weaver-professor ,the American university ,Ms.Liz Forkin Bohannon-founder and CEO of Sseko designs. ,Ms. Shawna Walsh –event coordinator at Int’l Monetory Fund , Patrick Hayford –Director of the office of the special advisor on Africa at the UN headquarters gave  the students an insight into global issues  and enhanced their cross cultural thinking. The global summit brought the program to a close. Besides, visits to  Lincoln memorial, Vietnam memorial, Holocaust museum , The Embassy of Egypt in Washington DC and the Statue of Liberty , Rockefeller plaza  and Times  Square  in New York were  a part of the itinerary. They were taken to Philladelphia , the birth place of US Democracy , The Times Square & China Town . They also got a chance to see the construction of the new World Trade Centre . In the evening, the farewell dinner on a boat cruise at Chelsea Piers sealed the emotional bonds that were created among the representatives during the course of the program. The trip was very informative , educational  and interactive for one and all.

A visit to Kennedy Space Center, Orlando, U.S. from 10 May - 19 May 2012

Thirteen students along with Ms. Ishita Mukherjee,TGT Math were a part of a delegation that visited the hub of technology and discovery, Kennedy Space Centre near Orlando.The visit gave them an opportunity to tour up close NASA’s launch and landing facilities, experience interactive simulators where they were trained to be astronauts in the simulators room, enjoy live shows and have jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. Plus, they even met a veteran NASA astronaut, Wendy Lawrence who spoke about  her experiences and journey with NASA. The students interacted over lunch. It was all what the students could expect from an inspiring day at the Kennedy Space Center.

During their six day stay in Orlando the students visited Universal Studios, Disney world, the famous cocoa beach, Apollo Saturn V Centre and Florida mall. The various rides like the roller coasters and various water rides in Disney world and Universal Studios made it a fun and enjoyable experience. Also the shopping sprees at the very famous Wal-mart and Florida Mall added to the excitement.

On the 7th day the group left for New York. In New York they travelled in metros and also walked long distances. Their tour guide Mr. Guwaana shared enlightening and interesting facts about the history of New York.
On the last day of their nine day trip from the 10th to the 19th of May, they also got to visit famous places like The Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central park.
Over all it was a wonderful and amazing trip with a perfect blend of education and fun where they learned valuable life skills. NASA especially motivated them to choose a career as astronauts.

Visit to Auckland, New Zealand under teachers' exchange programme in June 2012

A 15 day tour aiming at building relations with the Auckland Girls Grammar School, New Zealand began on 28th May when Ms. Preeti Chadha (Junior School Headmistress) and Ms. Neha Maheshwari (French Teacher) took off for New Zealand. It was indeed a pleasant exposure for us to assess the working of this school. The level of confidence and social responsibility that exudes in all their interactions is something to marvel at. Their methodology is soaked in practical experiential learning, much advanced than the CCE pattern in India. It was heart-warming however to find out that our students are also in the league of international learning. Having attended the MUN (Modern United Nations) meeting, it re-assured our faith in the teaching and learning patterns of our school. The discipline patterns here at our end are definitely more effective.

Our visit consisted of attending classes along with the students, cooking an Indian meal for the staff, interactions with the teachers, visiting the city’s museum, cinema, food joints etc. and above all having the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between the two schools in order to facilitate the student exchange program between the two schools, or actually between the two cultures, nations and race of human beings.

An experience to cherish life long, our visit to Auckland taught us the nuances of building relations and understanding. And we hereby look forward to the physical exchange of students of Auckland Girls Grammar School preceded by the virtual exchange through e-mails.

Visit to Lycee Broceliande, Guer, France from 24th April 2012 to 10th May 2012 under Indo-French Exchange Programme

Fifteen students, along with three teachers of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar had the unique opportunity to visit France from 24 April to 10 May 2012. This visit was a part of an Indo French exchange programme to Lycee Broceliande, a school in Guer in the province of Bretagne, France. The visit was a unique exchange in that each French correspondent played host to one of the visitors from Tagore International. As a sequel there will be a visit of the French correspondents in the month of January 2013 when they will be hosted by the Indian correspondent during their stay in India. The visit was a fifteen- day long trip, with 13 days being spent as hosts to the French families and two days in Paris. Bretagne which formed a major part of their stay was typical French countryside with scenic beauty. Classes were also attended and a visit to  Lycée et Collège Broceliande. A visit to the city of Rennes, the capital, a visit to Mt. Saint Michel, part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, rappling at Domaine de Trémelin, situated in a 220 hectares forest was a part of the itenerary. At Maure de Bretagne there was a grand Repas Indienne, an Indian night where an Indian meal was prepared not only by the student correspondents but even the parents and the teachers of Lycee. At the Town Hall the students attended a reception with the Mayor of Guer. The students also visited Paris, the capital of France, which they found picturesque and full of monuments. Eiffel Tower, Dame the church, Le Louvre-the museum, Versailles Palace, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees,  Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome and Gare du Nord  were also visited. The host families showered each visiting Tagorean with care and attention, making the visit memorable for one and all.

Visitors from Lycee Francais school Delhi for an exchange program
French students and teachers from Lycee Francais school in Delhi visited the school for an exchange program on 17th April 2012 and participated in various activities.
Art to Art exchange –Tagore International School and Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China

Tai Chi is the oldest form of martial art of China. A group of students from the school’s Taekwondo club have the unique opportunity to learn this art through video conferencing by the Tai Chi teacher at Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai,China. This is a weekly program that is ongoing. Beginning at a slow pace, the martial art then moves to a normal one, picks up momentum once it is mastered by the performer. Once mastered the students will perform in the same school in China a few months hence. We reciprocate to the students of Jinyuan Senior High School with the teaching of Kathak, a form of North India’s classical dance through video conferencing. Ms. Shruti, the dance teacher of the school has introduced our Chinese counterparts to the basic hand movements and to the footwork of Kathak dance.

Visit by students and teachers from Da Qiao Primary School on 23rd  March 2012

Fifteen students of Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore visited Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar on 23rd March 2012. Students actively participated in the class activities and thoroughly enjoyed the teaching session. Their interaction with the TIS students and display of confidence added to their learning during the stay. Learning was active, enjoyable and fun.

Tagoreans invited to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Chinese Embassy, Delhi on 14th January 2012
Delegation from Ministry of National Education, Jakarta
5th International CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL AND FORUM [ 9th November 2011 to 14th November 2011 ]

National Jury sessions of 5th International CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL AND FORUM were hosted by Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar for Animation jury on 2nd November 2011 and Early Education Category on 4th November 2011. More than 1000 children from 55 schools participated in both the categories. International jury of the festival joined in from various parts of the globe including Russia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Itlay, Denmark, Afganistan, Pakistan and Korea. Kids joined the screenings of exceptional, impressive, motivating, touching and sometimes brutally honest children films. 

Miheek Rao of IX C, Yutong Ren of V A & Tanaya Bhardwaj of IX A of Tagore International School were selected to represent India in International Kids jury of the festival.

Under International Media Literacy Exchange Programme, Miheek Rao was selected for Chinh’s Family Hosting programme for International kids jury. He hosted kids jury Zubkov Egor from CHINH partner festival in Moscow - ‘Colours of the world’. International Kids jurors were given an opportunity to attend a special music workshop by Canadian Musicians Patrick Spencer and Jairon Freeman Fox invited by CHINH at High Commission of Canada. Miheek Rao, Yutong Ren & Tanaya Bhardwaj were invited to join this international workshop held at embassy on 12th November.
The international kids jury in the festival gave its verdict for CHINH GOLD and 3 Certificate of Excellence in "Kids for Kids" category. Kids for Kids category invites films made by children from across the world and it was a welcome change of the jurors to explore media expressions of children. International kids jury had been assigned the task of choosing CHINH Peacock i.e Meenakshi Vinay Rai award for the best CHINH children film of the year 2011. Film developed by Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar during media camp titled "Teen Blues" has won Certificate of Excellence in "Kids for Kids" category judged by international jury kids from 12 countries.
54 students from Tagore International School Vasant Vihar from different age groups from 4 years to 17 years were selected as a part of national jury of 1000 kids from 55 schools in three categories to decide CHINH awards.
"Teen Blues"- winner of International Jury award of Certificate of Excellence in "Kids for Kids" category from Tagore International School students would be included in CHINH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN FILMS COOPERATIVE this year to travel in the various kids film festival across the world.

 

Ms. Sumita Dutta,Indian music teacher of our school was invited by the Department of Art and Culture of Mauritius to perform with the other renowned musicians from Mauritius at Indira Gandhi centre for Indian Culture,Phoenix.She also performed at Swaraj Bhawan, Lallmatic,Mahatma Gandhi Institute & at Grand Baie ,Mauritius in the month of Nov.2011

   

Visit by Ms. Elizabeth, Principal, Auckland Girls Public School, New Zealand

Ms Elizabeth, Principal, Auckland Girls Public School, New Zealand was at the school as part of an educational exchange programme. Ms Elizabeth expressed her happiness and felt privileged to be in the school. During her stay she observed the classes, interacted with the teachers and witnessed the cultural events. She liked the various activities and the teaching methods of the school and felt the students were gaining knowledge in a happy environment. She felt that despite the difference in the teaching approach the aim of schools in both New Zealand and India is the same, that is to provide students with education to make them into successful individuals.

Asian Youth Development Programme in Okinawa, Japan (6th August 2011- 23rd August 2011)

“This world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page”, so true are these famous words by Saint Augustine.

It was the fourth day of the month of August this year that was the beginning of an unforgettable trip for two of our students who were selected to represent India at the Asian Youth Development Program in Okinawa 2011. The aim of this program was to find ways and come up to solutions to combat water problems at a global level and also to deal with certain environmental issues.
There were 48 participants, 22 from Japan and 26 from 13 other Asian countries. Each participant brought up water problems faced by his/ her country and the others discussed solutions to these problems. This entire experience brought up many issues which they were able to understand.
In the eighteen days that they spent in Japan, they learnt a lot about the culture and tradition of the Japanese people. They visited the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology which is futuristic in outlook and the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (second largest in the world) and had a few ‘nature experience activities’ such as snorkeling and beach combing. They also had many other pleasurable experiences such as a 2-day home stay which made their trip memorable as they interacted closely with the members of the host family and learnt to tap their feet to a traditional dance form of Okinawa- Eisa Dancing.
This experience will last them a life time.

Global Gathering Meeting of Boys and Girls at Beijing, China (13th August 2011- 21st August 2011)

On 12th August 2011, Eighteen students and two teachers from our school, once again embarked on a trip to China to participate in the International Childrens’ Meet organized by Foreign Affairs office, Beijing and the National TV Channel- China Central Television.

Eight countries participated in this International cultural meet which aimed at promoting peace and harmony among the people of different countries in the world. Our students performed the famous ‘Ghoomar Rajasthani Folk dance’, amongst other traditional music and dance items, which was telecast on the Chinese television.
The students got to interact with children from different countries, visit historical monuments and structures such as the Great Wall of China. They also visited the silk factory and enjoyed shopping for souvenirs. They had many other such memorable experiences which enabled them to have an insight into the Chinese tradition, culture and way of life. This was an enriching experience for them and this experience will be etched into the memory of each and every student who went for this programme.

 

A NEW INTERNSHIP VENTURE FROM TAGORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, VASANT VIHAR

Salil Shanker, a class XII student of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, returned to India after a month long internship programme, from 19th May to 20th June ’11, at Turkey through AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales). AIESEC is a global youth organization that develops leadership capabilities through their global entrepreneurship programmes. They engage students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programmes for profit and non-profit organizations. The Principal, Ms Madhulika Sen, of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar has introduced AIESEC to her students and encouraged them to enrol for the internship. Those interested need to undergo a number of stages of selection process starting from submitting CVs to video conferencing.The internship trains the Student for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Salil worked on a project called “Break Up The Barriers” in which as an intern, he worked with mentally and physically challenged children in Rehabilitation centers. Salil worked in two centers namely Behcecik and MaviZlenim wherein through interactive lessons and physical activities taught them keeping in view the seriousness of the child’s disability. During his stay at Turkey, he was supported by the host families who act as local guardians and got time off to travel across the country to see some of the most beautiful places on the planet vizCappadocia, Istanbul, Pamukale, Efesus, Bodrumetc. Salil states now working for the physically challenged children and seeing them learn was the most amazing element of the whole experience. Now this 12th grade of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, who is the youngest intern from any country to visit turkey, is trained in CSR that has gifted him a modified personality and the ability to face any difficulty. Salil is grateful to his Principal Ms Madhulika Sen for taking initiative and introducing her students to AIESEC but for her support the unforgettable experience of a month stay with interns from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds would not have been possible. He underlines, this programme was a great opportunity for ignited young minds to explore and develop their leadership potential, so don’t miss it.

Visit to Darwin Middle School, Australia under Australia-India Professional learning programme from May 22-June 3 2011

Ms. N. Saroj, Dean of School- Academics visited Australia from May 22- June 3 ‘2011 under the Australia- India Principal / Teacher Exchange Programme organised by Asia Education Foundation.

She attended Professional Development Workshops at Melbourne related to Australian and Victorian education systems, School leadership and Assessment and Evaluation. She visited Darwin Middle School and was hosted by Ms. Loraine Caldwell, a senior teacher of the institution who had visited our school in January’2011. She had a firsthand experience of the working of a school there.

Darwin Middle School has about 600 students from Grade 7- 9 and is a multi-cultural school. An Indian girl performed a dance on a Tamil song during the assembly to welcome Ms. N.Saroj. She also visited Kakadu National Park, Darwin Parliament , Crocodylus Park at Darwin. The programme ended with all the participants meeting again for a debriefing in Sydney.

TAGORE’S 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT SHANGHAI,  CHINA

Thirty two students and four teachers, including the primary school Headmistress Ms. Preeti Chadha of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar had an unparalleled opportunity to be a part of the celebrations held at Shanghai, China to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The school was privileged to be the only representative school that was invited from India to be a part of the cultural program held at Shanghai District on 8 May 11 as well as be the Guests Of Honour at the unveiling of a bust of Gurudev in Shanghai. As a part of the commemoration held in schools in Shanghai this year, Tagore International gave a joint performance with The Jinyuan Senior High School students in the auditorium of JSHS on May 9.

A dance drama based on Tagore’s famous work Bhanusingher Padabali, the kathak style Tarana, a group recitation and dramatization of Tagore’s poem The Hero, yoga demonstrations as well as recitations of other poems were a part of the celebration. There was also an ethnic dance performance- the Xiao Po Shao by the Jinyuan students themselves as well as playing of the school brass band and Guzheng- a Chinese musical instrument. What made the event unique was the regular collaborative learning of the Kathak style of dance and yoga by the Chinese students through video conferencing and the simultaneous learning of the Chinese dance by the Indian counterparts. This helped familiarize each of the performers with the art forms of the two countries.The responsibility of the costumes for the students in Shanghai were taken on by the school. The entire event was witnessed live by the Principal Ms. Madhulika Sen, teachers, parents and students through video conferencing.

It may be recalled that Rabindranath Tagore had visited Shanghai in 1924 and had delivered a speech on the occasion. The President Ms. Pratibha Patil had also unveiled a bust of the Nobel Laureate in 2010 which was a part of her itinerary. 15 December 2010 had gone down in the history of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar when the Chinese Premier, His Excellency, Mr Wen Jiabao had walked the portals of the school and paved the way for furthering the ‘China - India friendship’ effort. The visit to the school was part of the dignitary’s itinerary on the first day of his three day visit to India. He had taught students how to write “India-China friends forever” in Mandarin and had spoken fondly of Tagore. The Chinese Premier had surprised the students with the vast knowledge he had of the poet.

Visit to Lycee Broceliande, Guer, France under Indo-French Exchange Programme in the month of April 2011

Twelve students and three teachers of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar had the unique opportunity to visit France in the month of April 2011. This visit was a part of an exchange programme and a sequel to a visit to the school by a group of 12 students and 3 teachers from Lycee Broceliande, a school in Guer. Their visit was a 15 - day trip from 13th October 2010 to 27th October 2010. The unique feature of this exchange is that each member of the exchange program plays host to one of the visitors from the other school, who stays with the family of the student who has hosted him. In exchange, he is then hosted by that member during his stay in France.

The visit was a fifteen- day long trip, with 12 days being spent as hosts to the French families and the last three days in Paris. Brittany, which formed a major part of their stay was all green and scenic. Classes were also attended in the school- Lycee Broceliande. The students also visited, Paris, the capital of France, which they found picturesque and full of monuments. Eiffel Tower, one of the seven wonders of the world, Notre Dame the church, Le Louvre-the museum harbouring the Monalisa, Versailles Palace, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the world’s most expensive street, all formed part of the itinerary. The host families showered each visiting Tagorean with care and attention, making the visit a memorable one for all.

 

Australia-India Professional Learning programme in May-June 2011

Ms. Loraine Caldwell, a teacher from Darwin Middle chool, Northern Territory, Australia visited Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar from 17th Jan-20th Jan under the annual Australia-India Principal/ Teacher professional learning programme 2011. Ms. Loraine is the Head of English and Humanities in her school in Australia. Ms. N. Saroj will be visiting Australia to her school in May-June 2011.