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 Nine students accompanied by Ms. Yachna Villaitrani visited Senboku High School, Osaka, Japan under an Exchange program from 24 Nov.-30 Nov.'14

Nine students visited Japan from 24 November to 30 November 2014 as part of an exchange programme with Senboku High School in Osaka. The programme was organised in association with the Osaka Government Tourism Bureau (OGTB).  Aanchal Singh Chauhan, Adhiraj Singh Chauhan, Bhavya Dutta, Jaskaran Singh Wahi, Saanvi Vasudevan, Shreya Pant, Shruti Rai, Tanvi Talwar and Vartika Neeraj gained the most out of the same.

The highlights of the trip were:

Ø  Staying with the families of nine students of Senboku High School who graciously hosted the students of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar and allowed them to experience the traditional Japanese culture and living styles;

Ø  Visiting Senboku High School and experience the teaching-learning strategies that make the school one of the high ranking ones in Osaka. The students attended the calligraphy, Japanese History, Mathematics, Biology and English classes with their ‘Host Buddies’;

Ø  Interacting and sharing meals with the students, teachers and the host families; 

Ø  Osaka sightseeing which included a visit to the Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi shopping street, Kaiyukan Aquarium. They also took a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel in Tempozan and went on a Cruise Ship “Santa Maria”.

Next on the itinerary was a tour to Tokyo which was reached via the famous ‘Bullet Train’ of Japan. In Tokyo the students also visited The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),  Asakusa (Sensoji Temple), Tokyo Skytree,  Tokyo National Museum , The Imperial House, The Diet (Japanese Parliament), Akihabara Shopping Arcade and The Indian Embassy to Japan.

The overall experience was an enriching one which left the participants with everlasting memories and friendships that shall be cherished by those who became a part of the programme in both the countries, throughout their lives.

Breaking Barriers in New York

This October, four students from Breaking Barriers (our LGBTQI Rights Campaign team) were invited to LREI, a progressive high school in Manhattan, to talk about our pioneering work in LGBTQI issues in India. Jatin Kumar Sawhney, Tanya Roy, Tanya Bhardwaj and Shailja Kumar from Classes 11 and 12 spent two weeks meeting organizations and conducting presentations.

  1. They attended the national GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) youth meeting, where they presented their work. Everyone there was highly enthusiastic and supportive of the work TIS has been doing.
  2. The students met with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), one of the USA’s largest LGBTQI advocacy organizations. GLSEN offered internships to our students! They also want to partner with us to increase their international work
  3. The founders of She’s the First, an underprivileged girls’ education charity, spoke to the students about their education work in India and Africa
  4. The students presented their work to the New York LGBT Educator’s Group, which wanted to brainstorm ideas on how to do similar work in New York
  5. As a special surprise, the students had an emotional question-answer session with Poorna Jagganathan, one of the actresses in the play ‘Nirbhaya’, which is based on the Delhi gang rape and the casts’ real-life experiences of abuse in India.
  6. The students also attended the UN Day of the Girl Summit, which featured speeches and performances on women’s rights at the UN Headquarters in New York
  7. The students closed the trip by participating in a school assembly at LREI, where they briefed the entire senior school about Breaking Barrier’s work in India. 

Apart from furthering Breaking Barriers’ work, the students also visited Harvard University, Yale University, Barnard College, New York University and Columbia University in order to learn more about undergraduate applications processes. They then toured Google and charity:water; the students loved the work atmosphere in these youthful companies! 

While in New York, the students stayed with host families and attended school, which gave them a real feel of life in the USA. They also did a lot of sightseeing – the students saw everything from the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building to Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum. Overall, it was an action packed two weeks in which they learnt a lot, shared a lot and made friends forever.

Six students along with the Junior School Headmistress, Ms. Preeti Chadha visited Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan under Jenesys 2.0 Exchange program from 13 Oct. - 21 Oct. 2014

I, along with five other students and Preeti ma’am were privileged to have been nominated for a trip to Japan as part of the Jenesys 2.0 programme. Words are not enough to express our experience there. It was enjoyable, but at the same time educational. The Japanese language workshop that we attended definitely made us more confident speakers and we were at ease, having no difficulty in communication. The experience at Tokyo was amazing and it seems to me as definitely being a model to behold for a developing nation like ours. Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the 'old Japan' and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture. We each visited one prefecture other than Tokyo. We got a better insight into the Japanese culture and heritage which is vast and well preserved. The prefecture that I visited was in the countryside and I could see and experience the variation in lifestyles. We attended an “uso” painting workshop and had a chance to see and also have a go at two forms of theatre, “noh” and “kyogen”.We also had a chance to interact with university students, through which we realised that the Japanese education system isn’t very different from our own. 

The finest part of this trip was perhaps the home stay. It gave us an insight into the family life of the Japanese. We were treated with great hospitality and warmth. They took care of us as if we were their own, not giving us a chance to miss home.

At the end of the programme we put together our thoughts and learning and came up with action plans to implement once we returned to India, Ours included imparting knowledge on the importance of maintaining health and hygiene, proper waste disposal, better accessibility and most importantly to respect and take pride in our culture and heritage.

Moreover, this trip gave us the opportunity to creep out of our comfort zone and make many new friends, as with any other trip, it was hard to bid goodbye to our new friends. 

I definitely look forward to many more such opportunities to see the world, learn, rejoice and create many memories to cherish.

-Aiswarya Sunil, X A


It was a Red letter Day for Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar when the First Lady of the People Republic of China Madame Peng Liyuan walked the red carpet rolled out in her honour on Thursday 18 September 2014.

The school has been abuzz with activity since the day the Chinese Embassy informed the Principal about the visit by Her Excellency to the school as part of her itinerary. The programme began with the welcome by the school Principal Ms. Madhulika Sen wherein Her Excellency was apprised of the close association between the school and its sister school in Shanghai. What followed was the demonstration of the virtual classroom, now woven into the school curriculum which had students from TIS, VV and the sister school mutually exchanging the cultural tradition of the martial Art - Tai Chi and Yoga.

In keeping with the spirit of Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s dream of a free India, a musical rendition of Tagore’s “Where the Mind is Without Fear” was graphically presented through three different dance forms –Kathak, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam. Taraana in Kathak style presented by the students was highly appreciated by the First Lady. The demonstration of the Chinese classroom by the Chinese teacher Mr. Tang Guangrong spoke about the extent to which the language has seeped into the mindset of the students. They were complimented for the correct pronunciation by Her Excellency. A Popular Chinese Folk song by the students had Madame Peng Liyuan sing along in unison. The highlight was the first lady herself teaching some characters of Calligraphy and the students emulating her. She explained the meanings of the four characters, the first character meaning review, the second character meaning past, third meaning understand and fourth character meaning new. What the characters meant together was - “ If one reviews what he has learned in the past, he will gain new things.” She added that it is always important to lay a solid foundation to one’s learning. She expressed her genuine wish that the students keep learning so that one day they could contribute towards their country’s progress.

An exchange of gifts sealed the bond. Her Excellency was presented with a statue of Gurudev Tagore sculpted by the famous sculptor and National Awardee Mr. Ram V. Sutar and a painting made by our student Aradhika Chakraborty of Class XI. The school library is richer now with numerous books based on Chinese culture presented by Madame Liyuan to the school. The program conclude with warm handshakes with the faculty members of TIS and affectionate hugs with the students. 


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Visit to Brown University, U.S.A under tGELF programme

Before the rainbow, comes a storm. Well, my journey to Brown was no less of a storm; an emergency landing, turbulences, missing my connecting flight and finally on the airport without a clue where to go. But as soon as I stepped into the campus, all my apprehensions were gone; I believed that this is where I’ll experience some of the best days. And a girl’s instinct is never wrong!

My very first interaction with my roommate was like it is in the movies, all “Oh my Gods!” “Why haven’t we met before” to becoming really good friends over the course of two weeks. Something just clicked off the moment we met each other! And the first day was one of the best days, going randomly to people and becoming the best of friends with them! Ice Cream social was a cherry on the cake! And there on, the Main Green became our night hub, playing soccer, Frisbee to truth and dare; we knew our 9 o’ clock schedule way too well.

Being handicapped in the case of directions, I lost my way more than once, but luckily there was always someone to get me back on track! I still remember when me and Ashley, once told the wrong directions to two guys and they trusted us more than their GPS.

The classes were equally fun, with people from all over the world, each an expert in their own field and our ever wonderful professors. I think I was lucky enough to become the apple of their eye (surprisingly enough I even received a letter of recommendation from Brown). We learnt all about the global relations and issues which shape them, having presentations and talks with people who are like the best in what they lectured us on, to all the late night research papers we wrote! Our perspective on National Interests was totally changed after the course.

The Perkins Hall (our dormitory) was where I think we have the best memories. All the pep talk from our leader fellows, to the midnight parties, the secret talks to completing our homework at 2 in the night, we did it all there! I still remember when my roommate thought that our room was haunted and started screaming in the middle of the night! Though hilarious now, at that time all of us were left open mouthed, with white faces! Calming us down would have been a herculean task! And the next day, everyone had a new joke to rely on! The meals were the times when we met people from different dormitories, courses etc., and well, there was no end to socializing!

I can go on about it, because it gave me memories to last my life! But I remember the last day too clearly, when we all cried, even though a promise was made that none of would! Brown made me independent and gave me friends from around the globe. It taught me that college life is a lot more about discovering your life rather than walking on the trodden expected path!  I thank tGELF, my parents and my school for motivating me, believing in me and providing me with such a wonderful opportunity!

Kaveri Rawal


Anjali Arora of Class XII went to Northeast Pennsylvania, United States of America for a ten month cultural exchange program in the session 2013-14

Visit by students and teachers from Lahore Grammar School, Paragon City, Lahore from 18 Aug.'14- 21 Aug.'14

Cultural Exchange Programme "Joy Dancing-International Children's meet" held in Beijing, China from 06 Aug.'14 - 15 Aug.'14

Sohini Chakrabarti of Class X-C attended the Columba 1400 Student Leadership Challenge 2014 in Scotland, organized by the Trans-Atlantic Student Innovation Alliance (TSIA), in collaboration with the Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF).

Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology Expo 2014 held in Shanghai, China from 16th July 2014- 24th July 2014

July 16 was a much awaited day for us as it was the day we were leaving for china to participate in the Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology Expo 2014. The expo, which was held in Shanghai, had attracted over 8 countries and 12 schools from around the world. With our hearts full of anxiousness and excitement we boarded our flight to Shanghai from IGI, early in the morning at 2:30am on 16 July. It was not long when we landed at the Pudong Airport in Shanghai where we received a warm welcome from the volunteers who helped us with everything and a cameraman who recorded our every step as we exited the airport. From there we headed to the shanghai Open University where we were going to stay for the next 5 days. That day was pretty busy as we had lunch as soon as we reached the university and then head off straight to Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, the venue for the expo. There we set up our project and posters and then came back to the university for dinner. Initially it was difficult for us to adjust as none of us were used to have lunch at 12 and dinner at 6 but then we had to do so as there was no other option. The next day was very interesting when we attended the opening ceremony as well as exhibited our project- The Pre- Det Shoe to the jury and other delegates. The following days we were taken for sightseeing in which the organizers had done a very good job. We went to a museum where we learnt binding and made a book for ourselves. We also visited the Shanghai Orient Pearl Tower and saw an acrobatic show which was simply amazing. On the final day of the expo we attended the closing ceremony which was highlighted by the award ceremony and several performances by different countries as well as the volunteers. Our dance received many cheers and applauses from the audience. The organizers also held various games for our entertainment both of which were won by our team. After that we visited the Yuyan garden where we did a lot of bargaining than shopping. It was followed by the farewell dinner where we were served traditional Chinese food. The best part of the whole expo was getting to know and making friends with students from other countries. And so saying goodbye became a tough job. Although 3 days of our trip were still left, we all were very sad as we left for Beijing the next morning because bidding farewell to our volunteers, who by now had become our very good friends, was difficult. The schedule in Beijing was very packed but that had its own fun. For the first time in 6 days we had Indian food which delighted all of us. Then, we visited the silk, jade and pearl factory along with the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Climbing the Great Wall of China was a tough job but the view at top was worth all the trouble. All of these were spectacular sights which will be always remembered by us. In all, this trip was an experience that none of us will ever be able to forget when we became such good friends not only among us students but also with the teachers.  


Students and teachers from Ishiyama High School and Kumori Gakuen High School, Japan visited our school under Jenesys 2.0 Exchange programme on 25 July 2014
Visit to Brown University,U.S.A under Summer@brown programme by tGELF

Truly enchanting, that is exactly what comes to my mind whenever I reminiscence about my summer@brown experience. Since it was my first trip abroad everything was a point of learning for me, right from the immigration, to doing my own laundry, everything has taught me a lesson!

Of course apprehension regarding how the programme would be like? Will I be able to make new friends? Will I feel homesick? Existed at the back of my mind but those thoughts soon disappeared on the first day itself! There is a different kind of atmosphere, filled with energy and enthusiasm at the Brown Campus. The students, staff and even the residents are extremely genial and always helped me whenever I lost track of the directions.

My favourite part of the whole programme was making friends, with people from absolutely different cultural settings, during the course I was able to interact and make new friends not only from different, countries but from different continents. These are everlasting bonds and all of us are still in touch with each other over the internet. Another interesting thing about meeting new people at the Brown University, specifically my other classmates was that all of them were leaders in their own fields; each of them had an inspiring story to share. The story that inspired me the most was that of my course instructor, Ms. Cate Oswald. She left her home and life of comfort in the United States and moved permanently to work with an organization called Partners in Health in Haiti; her story left me in awe of her and has motivated my desire to work in the global health sector.

There were a lot of different workshops, field trips and a challenge course for us during the period of the course, which sometimes did get exhausting, but in the end all of these activities really helped us in identifying ourselves as leaders and increased our enthusiasm. All the workshops were centred on the different types of leaderships, learning about the pros and cons of each type of leadership and in the end applying those learning’s at the challenge course and in our daily lives.

One of the most important workshops was conducted by Dean Rose, on active listening. It was really an eye opening workshop about how most of the leaders are good orators but only a few of them are good listeners The workshop made me integrate her teachings into my daily life.

Over the weekend, I planned a trip with a few of my friends to Boston, which was just an hour away. We visited the Boston common, Chinatown, Harvard University and a few churches. Again the trip to Boston has made me more independent and confident about myself.

The last week was really hectic, with a lot more number of workshops and meeting the deadlines for the action plan but we sailed through it.

The apprehensions had completely disappeared, but the sadness of saying goodbye to all the wonderful people I met there and all the wonderful experiences had taken place.

Summer@brown will remain a journey that will be etched in my memory forever!

I would like to thank tGELF for providing me with this wonderful opportunity and for guiding me at every step!

Safina Amin
Class XI

Visit by teachers from our partner school Lycee Broceliande, Guer, France on 08 July 2014.
Tagoreans bagged Silver medal at the 16th Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad 2014 from 17-20 April 2014

Four students of class XI Sahitya Rajagopal, Shailja Kumar, M.Swetha and Nikita Arora along with Nishtha Ma’am participated in the Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad 2014 organized by Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science Secondary School, University Sains Malaysia and Ministry of Education, Malaysia. They bagged Silver Medal for their project GREEN CITY. 

German teachers visited school on 15 April 2014
Ms. Shivanee Sen & Ms. Niela Hariharan along with nine students visited Pakistan under Exchange for Change programme from 5th Apr.'14-12th Apr.'14

This April, two teachers and nine students from Classes VIII, IX and XI visited Pakistan for an exchange program with Lahore Grammar School (LGS). It was a whirlwind eight-day trip, the highlight of which was the visits to two branches of LGS. Our students extensively toured both the schools, where they interacted with middle and senior school students, played cricket and basketball with them, attended classes, and watched LGS students perform plays and dances. Our students presented our school video to the LGS middle school Student Council, after which both groups became fast friends, with questions flying back and forth about the similarities and differences in life in the two countries.

The rest of the trip was packed with visits to Lahore’s many historical sites and day trips to both the world-renowned salt mines in Khewra and Islamabad. An unexpected treat was our viewing of the famous Wagah Border ceremony from the Pakistani side. The group was delighted with the grandiose display; everyone’s cameras are completely full with pictures and videos! Lastly, one cannot talk about Pakistan without discussing their food and shopping. Our students spent hours in the various bazaars and markets of Lahore, sampling the delicious cuisine while buying unique gifts for everyone back home.

This trip extinguished any misconceptions we had about Pakistan. We were feted, celebrated and welcomed with open arms. Some of the students didn’t want to come back! We look forward to many more such exchanges, where we can forge unbreakable bonds with our closest neighbour.


Tagorean for a Year, Tagorean Always
Elise came to our school as an exchange student from Norway. She writes about her year ….

When I think back at the girl that stood in front of the gate in Paschimi Marg I see a different person. I see an insecure and scared girl, excited for this new adventure that she has been crazy enough to sign up for. I am not the same person today. I see a girl with more confidence, positivity in her mind and knowledge about things that you can never gain by just sitting in the back of a classroom. And this is all because of the experiences I gained while being a Tagorean...

If you have never been into an Indian classroom before, you will have no idea what I am talking about when I say it is loud. At times I could just sit on my chair in the back of my classroom and stare at the crazy people of my batch, and it could easily be compared with a zoo… I feel sorry for the teachers that have to deal with these monkeys every single day.

If I were going to say something about the education system, I would not even know where to start. The never-ending syllabus, the way of (not) giving marks, the memorizing, the strictness, the uniform and everything that can describe my life as an Indian student can not be described with words. It is impossible for me to compare these two totally different systems of India and Norway, so I will not do that. But it has been such a great experience for me to see how hard the students are working to fulfil their dreams. They have all my admiration, and I will bring this with me back to Norway to accomplish my goals too.

The value of respect for other people, and elders in particular is something that have been a big part of this year. My relationship with my teachers in Norway was a lot less formal, and when I came to India it was a huge transition. Respect is also used in different ways, according to the relation of the person you are in contact with, and think can lead to confusion for an outsider. Your teachers and any elder to you should the addressed as ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Sir’, but this is not the only unwritten rule. If the elder person is not in a formal relation with you, you should call them ‘Auntie’ or ‘Uncle. If you mess this up, you will face some very awkward situations. Thankfully I have never made the mistake of calling one of my teachers ‘Auntie’...

Apart from school, I have also had some wonderful experiences with India. I was lucky enough to be able to live with a host family for ten months, and I am so grateful that the school arranged this for me. My host sister was also my classmate, and she took so good care of me throughout the whole year. With my family I have seen parts of India that I would never have gone to myself, and they have shown me all the love and care that an Indian family can have.

I want to thank all the students for accepting me in their family, and I will always be a proud Tagorean. I will miss my getting up in the morning and dressing up in my uniform, even though I am happy to finally be through with this year of cultureshock. I will most definitely not miss the scolding and all the submitting of notebooks. Last, but not least I thank the wonderful students and teachers that have been there for me through the past year, I will miss you all.

Yours sincerely
A Proud Tagorean,
Elise Opdahl Knutsen
XI-B 13/14

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes – Henry David Thoreau

Exchange programme with South Korea under RCE Delhi
Principal and teachers from schools in U.K interacted with students under T-GELF programme on 17 Feb.'14
 Visit by delegates from Shanghai, China & our partner school-- Jinyuan Sr. High School on 26 December 2013
 Visit by delegates from Shanghai Peoples' Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries(SPAFFC) on 09 December 2013
 Indo-China Cultural Exchange Programme

As a step forward to the ongoing exchange programme with China, the students of Class VI got a golden opportunity to learn two traditional dance forms of China. The experts from the Chinese delegation that visited the school introduced the two dance forms-Yangge and Yaogu to the students. In colloquial terms these are known as the Fan Dance and the Drum Dance. During the three day session, the students were divided into two groups and each group learnt one dance form. Ms Zhang Huichun taught the Fan Dance with the beautiful red coloured traditional fans that required to be opened and moved in coordination. The fans and the body movements in cohesion brought out the grace and poise that is integral to this dance form. The Drum Dance was taught by Ms Niu Fang. The brightly decorated drums were tied to the necks and were to be used along with the music. The students thoroughly enjoyed learning and performing the two dance forms. It was a good first hand learning experience for the students.


Throughout history, India–Japan relations have traditionally been strong. For centuries, India and Japan have engaged in cultural exchanges. Infact, the year 2007 was officially declared as the “India-Japan Friendship Year”. Celebrating this century - long culture, Namaste Chorus Club, a popular Japenese choir, performed in the premises of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar on the 5th of October. Speaking different, the Namaste Chorus Club indeed left all awed with their beat.

The event began with a performance by four members of the choir, who delivered a rather mesmerizing piece of jazz. Students were amazed on hearing the group introduce themselves in Hindi. This was proceeded by a group performance by the choir. Students were amazed by their sense of rhythm, which seemed as if the music advanced like the flow of a river, slow but smooth. It carried everyone along in its flow, leaving all swaying to the lilting music. Later popular English songs, Japenese songs and pop songs were presented. But most astonishing was the Hindi song. “Hum Honge Kamiyaab”. Everyone, teachers and students, joined in. The event concluded with the Principal, Mrs. Madhulika Sen, presenting each guest with a token of appreciation.
The event was a small step that could help both the nations overcome language barriers, and could lead to a healthy relationship between the two countries.
Shrishti Gupta
Class VIII B 

 Visit by students & teachers from various schools in Pakistan under Physical Exchange for Change Programme  on 11th Sep.'13
 Visit by students and teachers from DA QIAO Primary school, Singapore on 10 September 2013
 Visit to Pakistan under Exchange for Change Programme from 2 Sep. – 9 Sep.’13

What began as an exchange through letters and postcards of cultures and ideas across borders, with students of some schools in Pakistan, culminated a year later with an actual exchange programme for a select six students of Tagore International School Vasant Vihar.  Under the Exchange for Change programme initiated by a Delhi NGO, Routes 2 Routes (R2R) and the Citizens’ Archive of Pakistan (CAP), the students, along with the Principal, Ms. Madhulika Sen were selected to visit Pakistan.

After crossing the Wagah border on foot, the students were witness to the scenic beauty of the country. The rich history, culture and heritage of the country surprised them beyond expectations. Along with other delegations from Mumbai and Chandigarh, visits to forts, mausoleums, mosques, museums and also the partner schools, made the visit memorable. The shopping to the best of places was the icing on the cake. 
Besides Lahore, the students visited the capital city of Islamabad where they got to see all the administrative buildings of the country, like the Parliament. The cleanliness of the city and the green hills surrounding it added to its charm. 
The amazing hospitality and the welcoming nature of the people made the stay in Pakistan comfortable and enjoyable to all.
As a sequel to the visit to Pakistan, delegations from the partner schools in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore are on their tour of India. On their visit to the school, they were extended a warm welcome, with a hope that their visit to Delhi would be as enlightening and enjoyable as the Indian students’ visit was to their country!

- Sohini Chakrabarti (IX-'C') 

 International Cultural Exchange Programme "Joy Dancing Beijing" held in China from 6 Aug.'13 - 10 Aug.'13

To improve international cultural communication among children, to build the bridge of friendship among children from all over the world, to show the talent of children, to provide foreign children an opportunity to walk into and experience Beijing, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and China Education Television Association and Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Youth League and Foreign Affairs office of the people’s Government of Beijing Municipality co-hosted “Joy Dancing Beijing”- Global Grand Gathering of Boys and Girls, from 06 Aug.’13 to 10 Aug.’13.

Youth delegations from over 10 countries participated in the festival. Thirteen students and two teachers of our school participated in this festival. Our students performed ‘Dholna’ a Rajasthani folk dance and ‘Taraana’ in Kathak. They were awarded the gold medal for their enchanting dances and exquisite costumes. They also visited the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Station and of course shopped a lot.

 Calligraphy, Tai Chi and Mulan Fan Dance classes conducted by teachers from Jinyuan Sr. High School, Shanghai, China

Four teachers from Shanghai Jinyuan Senior High, China visited our school for a fortnight in August on a specific mission. The idea was to take the existing virtual class program into the contact mode. They taught our students higher levels of Tai-chi, Calligraphy and MuLan Fan Dancing, something they had been learning through virtual classes over the last few years.

The students presented their learning before the Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, who applauded the efforts of the two schools to pull down walls between the two countries by introducing their cultural nuances to each other.

The teachers were “appreciative” of the learning attitude of Indian students and their respectfulness to teachers. They also were “amazed” by the wonders Delhi, Agra and Jaipur had to offer. Their parting sentiment was that they were sorry they had only fifteen days here; and that they would definitely like to return.

 Trip to the USA from 2 June – 13 June 2013

Twelve students along with Ms. Nishtha Mahendru, TGT Science, were a part of a delegation that visited New York and the hub of technology and discovery, Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando, USA. The trip was organised by SPACE.

It all began with a two day stay at the city of skyscrapers- New York. The Statue of Liberty, the twin towers, ground Zero, Fashion Street, Times Square and Central park were the places visited there. They also travelled in metros and walked long distances. During their five 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.
The icing on the cake was the three day training program at NASA. The visit gave them an opportunity to be addressed by veteran NASA astronaut, Mr. Joh Balah. He spoke about his experiences and journey with NASA. The students then interacted closely with him over lunch. They also got 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. It was all what the students could expect from an inspiring day at the Kennedy Space Center. The trip ended with an unforgettable view of the Niagara Falls.
Over all it was a wonderful and amazing trip with a perfect blend of education and fun where the students learned valuable life skills. NASA especially motivated them to choose a career as astronauts.

 Tagoreans win accolades at ‘World Scholar’s Cup’ Global Round ’13 at Dubai from 20–23 June 2013

Six students from class XI and XII of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar had the unique opportunity to participate and compete with over 1000 scholars from over 30 countries in the ‘World Scholar’s Cup’ Global Round 2013 held at Dubai.  Their exemplary performance at The World Scholar's Cup in December 2012 had qualified them for the Global Round in Dubai this year which was from 20-23 June The junior team included Kaveri Rawal, Swasti Acharya and Tanaya Yadav while the senior team consisted of Amlan Panda, Sanya Chhikara and Raghav Mehndiratta. They were accompanied by Ms Anuradha Rao, TGT, Math.

The event commenced on the 20th June 2013 with the Scavenger Hunt at the Dubai Mall and the Scholar’s World Social followed by the competitive events. The participating team from Tagore International were winners in all team as well as individual events. Kaveri Rawal from the Junior Team won the overall Best Scholar Runners Up trophy. Raghav Mendiratta and Swasti Acharya also earned the award for the Highest Team Scorer(s). Amlan Panda and Sanya Chhikara from the Senior team received Best Scholar Honorable Mentions. Raghav Mendiratta was also a part of the winning three member debate team and among the Top 10 Best Debaters in the Individual Category. The event finally culminated with the Talent Showcase and Awards Gala on the 24th June. The school’s participating team did the school proud by winning five out of six debates (3/3 won by the Junior Team and 2/3 won by the Senior team).

A desert safari and a Scholar’s Ball (nicknamed ‘Nerd Prom’) organized by the WSC at JW Marriot Marquis was thoroughly enjoyed by the students. It was an amazing experience for all the students as they got to meet over 1600 students from more than 20 countries. It was truly a global experience.

 Junior School Headmistress, Ms. Preeti Chadha and Ms.Meena Nagpal along with eight students visited Middle School Attached to Shandong University, Jinan Province, China under teachers' exchange programme in May 2013

“Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.” ― Rick Steves
We were too excited to sleep in the flight on our way to China and little did we know that there was a long day ahead. We travelled the whole day, first from Delhi to Shanghai, then we had a flight from Shanghai to Beijing and then a train from Beijing to Jinan! Oh my! A tiring day it was and it was only our excitement to meet our host families that kept us going. We had no clue as to who would be our host. We reached the school around 9 in the evening. Our host families were waiting there for us. As soon as we got down Tuan Tuan came to us asked if we would like to go with her. I and Tanvi readily agreed. Almost 24 hours of travelling had drained our energy. We were warmly welcomed to the house with tea and fruits. We exchanged gifts, had dumplings for dinner and slept as our exhaustion overpowered our excitement! The host family was very caring and sweet. They had decorated their house in order to welcome us.
The next day we got up early as we had to go to school with Tuan Tuan. In school we attended a few classes and I realized that their studies were more about learning and reciting than understanding. I found this strange as our system of studies is completely different. Maybe the type of government has a role to play in this. After attending a few classes we looked around in the school. Then the principal took us out for lunch to a nearby restaurant and the lunch was amazing! We all experimented with the food and ate the weirdest of the things. After lunch we all had gone to the Shandong University which was a wonderful experience! In the University we got to experience the Chinese culture. We wore the traditional Chinese dress, did block printing and even played some traditional Chinese musical instruments!
Then came the much awaited weekend! We all had gone to different places with our host families. Our host family took us to Mountain Tai shan which is a mountain of historical and cultural significance in China. Mount Tai is one of the "Five Great Mountains". It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. Mount Tai has been a place of worship for at least 3,000 years and served as one of the most important ceremonial centres of China during large portions of this period. It was a very long day, after Tai Shan we had gone to Tuan Tuan’s cousin’s birthday party where we had loads of fun. Then we went to Tuan Tuan’s grandpa’s house in order to see typical Chinese furniture and architecture. We also made dumplings at his place and unexpectedly they came out to be tasty!
The next day was the ‘shopping day’ as we spent the whole day in a market. Shopping was so much fun! For the first time in life did I have to bargain and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! As it was our last day we had gone out for dinner and as the restaurant wasn’t very far away we walked. We had a lot of fun on our way!
Monday was our last day in the school so we had gone to school in our uniform. We attended the assembly and then changed into Indian wear. We practiced the dance we had prepared. Our performance went well. After having lunch with the principal we left for the primary branch of the school after which we had our train to Beijing.
We stayed in Beijing only for a day so we had a lot of places to cover up. It was again an enjoyable day. We went to the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China and a Jade stone factory. Climbing the Great Wall of China was an exhilarating experience.
Shanghai is breathtaking! The skyscrapers, the colorful buildings, the big big cars! Wow! And the Jinyuan High School was a world in itself. And how can I forget the lavish dinner that the principal of the school gave us! 24 dishes!
In Shanghai we all visited the Consul General of India in Shanghai. He was a great person to talk to. We visited the T.V. Tower and two museums; we had also gone for the evening cruise.
On our last day in china, we had gone to Suzhong a place near Shanghai where we visited the humble administrator’s garden and then went shopping. We had also gone for boating here. On our way back we visited a silk factory. We had our dinner in an Indian restaurant and returned to our hotel.
840000 seconds, 14000 minutes, 233 hours Or 9 days are all I have spent in china. I have learnt and grasped a lot from a vast and diverse country like China. Learning is eventful but can only be achieved by exposure. Travelling is surely the best means of learning. Travelling alongside like minded people on a tour to China was an experience of a lifetime and would always be treasured. I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that god made heaven and earth, but a visit to china has enabled me to discover myself and made me a sensitive, innovative, thinking global citizen, which is the need of the day.

Ms. Sonia Bhatia & Ms. Deepali Mathur along with four students  visited  Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai under student teacher exchange programme in May.'13