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Nine students accompanied by Ms. Anuradha Rao, TGT Maths visited Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China under exchange program from 18 November to 27 November 2016

Nine students of Classes 9 to 11 and a teacher visited Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai from 18 November to 23 November, 2016 as part of the exchange activities between the two schools. The students stayed with their hosts at their homes and interacted with their families. They participated in the family’s regular activities, thus learning about their culture and food habits. The host families took great care of the students, involving them in various activities and taking them out to see Shanghai. The students had a fun filled time and both sides exchanged gifts with each other. Both schools learnt some art and crafts from each other. Students of TIS taught Warli Painting to the JSHS students and learnt the Flag Dance from Mulan, Folk songs of China, Calligraphy and Tai chi from them

The group also visited Suzhou which is water and silk village. On a night cruise on the Yangtze River, they were enchanted by the contrasting architecture on both sides of the river.

The trip culminated with a visit to Beijing from 24 November to 27 November. They visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall of China, the Nest and the Water Cube. The famous Gong fu show at the Red Theatre was the icing on the cake.

The trip helped the students become more organized, independent decision takers and confident.

 

 

Sagnik Bhattacharya, Avijit Sharma and Priyesh Sharan of class XI were invited by Shanghai Media group to show their project in a TV show called Junior Edison Show from 19 October to 25 October 2016

 

Ten students accompanied by Ms. Preeti Chadha, Junior School Headmistress visited Winston Churchill High School, USA under exchange program from 13 October to 24 October 2016

We attended the school’s Homecoming Football Game and the Homecoming Dance, which is a little less formal version of a prom. We toured Washington DC over the weekend with our hosts and saw the Washington Monument, White House, Capitol Building, The Smithsonian Museums, etc. We attended school for a couple of days and over the next two, we went to Baltimore and Great Falls, as a group.

The difference between our two schools was enormous. As almost everyone might know, you wear whatever you want and the teacher doesn’t come to your class-you go from class to class after each period depending on what courses or classes you’ve opted for. Secondly, phones were allowed and could be used during classes unless a particular teacher disallowed it. Students were listening to songs while doing their assignments and even drinking Starbucks coffee!

In Philadelphia, we stopped for a surprisingly tasty INDIAN lunch, which most of us were delighted to eat after a week of American food. We saw the Liberty Bell and the Art Museum which was featured in the famous movie Rocky.

In New York, we pretty much saw everything that was physically possible in one day. We saw Ground Zero (the 9/11 memorial), Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, etc. We even went up the Empire State Building for a magnificent bird’s eye view of the New York Skyline at sunset.  Hamilton Park, NJ at night had THE most amazing view of the harbor and skyline.

The favourite parts of the trip for most of us were roaming around the streets of Washington DC with nothing but a map, street shopping, eating from food trucks and travelling by the metro.  Now I can proudly say that our metro system is better. Theirs is less crowded but what can we do about that? Also, visiting each other at their hosts’ places and getting to know them better.

The general atmosphere where we stayed was such that it made us realise what kind of a future is possible and we’ve made it our goal to work harder in life to reach such a place in the future.

 Aman Kalra XI-A

 

 

Fifteen students accompanied by Ms. Malovika & Ms. Jyoti represented India in International Cultural Exchange Program-Joy Dancing Children's Meet at Beijing, China from 03 August - 15 August 2016 

 The students of the school participated in the ‘Joy Dancing Beijing Festival 2016’ at Beijing, China in the month of August ’16. Unlike the last couple of years, this time the students were also invited to the  DIYAF -Dalian International Youth Arts Festival at Dalian. The dance troupe presented three art forms- Kathak, Garba and Dhunachi, in both the festivals at Beijing and Dalian, at multiple venues. The audience was ecstatic on seeing the colourful and vibrant dances put up by one of the youngest members of all the participating teams. The vivacious performances enthralled and impressed the organizers of Dalian Arts Festival so much that they extended a confirmed participation of India for their festival from 2017 onwards. This was an achievement for the young dancers for they made everyone proud. The performances were covered by the local media and newspapers extensively.

The students not only performed at various venues but also visited all the famous tourist sites including the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Sea World Adventure Park, Beijing Museum of Natural History and the Bird’s Nest stadium. They also had exchange visits with the local schools both at Beijing and Dalian. The best part of the tour as mentioned by the students was the visit to Shanghai. The students visited the world’s 5th tallest building -The Oriental Pearl Tower and the Jade temple. The cruise and visit to Disneyland has left behind indelible exciting memories for life.

 

Sohini Chakrabarti at Global Citizens Youth Summit, Massachusetts, USA from 29 July to 06 August 2016 

Sohini Chakrabarti of XII B was selected as one of the 28 scholars from all over the world, from a strong pool of high-caliber applicants, to participate at the Global Citizens Youth Summit'16, one of the best summer programs for extraordinary and talented young leaders worldwide. The Summit was organized by the Global Citizens Initiative at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA during July 29 – August 6, 2016.

The goal of the Summit was to develop the next generation of global leaders. The scholars acquired the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to act as informed, engaged, and empathetic global citizens.

Sohini was the only scholar from India and was also awarded a full scholarship of USD 5500 to participate at the Summit.

 

 

School wins accolades at the 6th Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology Expo 2016 held in Shanghai from 17 to 20 July 

 A contingent of ten students of classes X and XI, accompanied by two teachers from Tagore International School Vasant Vihar, represented India at the 6th Shanghai International Youth Science And Technology Expo 2016 and Science and Technology Stars of Tomorrow Invitational Tournament, held in Shanghai from July 17 to 20. In all, four projects were showcased at the Expo: Brake Volt, made and presented by Arnav Balyan, Muskaan Mehra and Abhay, Hari Teflon presented by Shraddha SS, pH 5.6 presented by Priyesh Sharan, Avijit Sharma and Sagnik Bhattachrya , while the project on Oxygen from waste was presented by Manchit Jasrotia, Aarnav Bharghava and Manoj VM. Each exhibit won the first, second and third prizes respectively. Over 100 students and teachers from 35 Schools from across the world had participated in the event.

Besides presentation and demonstration of the working models, the students had interactive sessions in the judges round, after which the Expo was open to the public.

The icing on the cake was the leisure trip to Beijing where the participants visited the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China.

 

 

Ms. Preeti Chadha, Junior School Headmistress visited three campuses of the Ritsumeikan University, Japan and Doshisha High School, Kyoto from 13 June-16 June 2016

Sohini Chakrabarti of XII B represented India at International Ministerial Meeting organized by UNESCO at Paris Headquarters on 17 and 18 May 2016 

Sohini Chakrabarti of class XII B was invited to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France to participate in the Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression on 17 and 18 May 2016. Co-Founder and the current Project Head of Breaking Barriers, the campaign taken up by the school for the LGBT+ community, Sohini shared her experiences of leading India's first gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the school level, which provided information for future UN reports and other information portals, as well as opened up avenues for collaboration with other NGOs and civil society organisations present at the Meet. Sohini was the youngest invitee at the Conference and the only representative from India.

 

An event organised by CEQUIN to showcase Kick Start Equality campaign at the Australian High Commission on 10 December 2015 

Kickstart Equality, an Innovative Student-led campaign for Gender Equality and Non-discrimination under the aegis of the NGO, CEQUIN-The Centre for Equity and Inclusion led by Sara Pilot is an ongoing programme for the school this year. On 10 December 2015, in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, the campaign concluded with much fanfare at the Australian High Commission. The school put an art installation which depicted women’s plight under the Panchayati Raj system of India. It projected the difficulties and emotions that women go through before finding an equal footing with men. The students also performed a street play- ‘Aazad Bharat Ki Gulam Tasveer’, encapsulating the theme of equality and non-discrimination.

 

Performance by the Peace Band from Pakistan during their visit from 14-20 October 2015 

The Peace Band, a group of young musicians and singers from Lahore, Pakistan visited our school in October 2015. They specialise in composing and singing songs that touch a chord with the youth of today. Their performances in our school and in four other schools of Delhi had the students everywhere, joining in and swaying to their music. They were honoured by the Punjabi Promotion Council and PTC Channel. Every school they visited were so impressed by their music that they all issued personal invitations to the group for future performances.

 

Tagoreans invited to introduce and teach kathak on the occasion of 'Namaste India' at Japanese School, Delhi on 13 October 2015 

Two students from the school had an opportunity to visit the Japanese School on 13 October 2015. It was a very special visit. The students assisted the dance teacher Ms. Malovika in training students of the Japanese School in the basics of the traditional Kathak dance. The Japanese students were thrilled and picked up the steps quickly and easily. Our students enjoyed teaching their peer group and had fun interacting with them.

194th year of Independence of Costa Rica celebrated in school on 11th Sept.'15 

The Embassy of Costa Rica, New Delhi hosted a reception on the occasion of the 194th Independence Day of their country, in our school on Friday 11 Sept 2015. The reception was attended by Heads of Mission of many countries.  Our students played the national anthems of both the countries and also presented Tagore's poem, 'Where the mind is without fear' through dance. Two Costa Rican nationals performed a  dance from the northern region of Costa Rica.

Students and teachers from our partner school- Jinyuan Senior High School, Shanghai, China visited our school under exchange program from 24th Aug.- 30th Aug.'15 

Three student and three teachers led by Vice Principal Mr Wang Hua from Jinyuan Senior High School, our sister school in Shanghai, visited us from 23 August to 30 August ’15. They participated in various activities of the school and attended classes with the host students. They tried to learn the nuances of Kathak and Madhubani painting. Their home stays introduced them to Indian culture, food and family relations. They also very enthusiastically participated in the celebration of Raksha bandhan. The hospitality of the Indian hosts left the guests in awe and there was a very strong bond built between them and different members of the families. The students became so attached to the hosts that they did not want to leave India and return home.

The Chinese teachers discussed with the teachers here, how the virtual classes program already existing between our schools, could be taken forward to involve more students at either end. After having introduced Chinese Water Ink painting and Warli Painting classes this year, we now plan to start virtual classes in Physics and Math, too. 

Visit by students and teachers from Semboku School, Osaka, Japan under an Exchange program from 15 Aug.- 22 Aug.'15 

In 2014, we initiated a partnership with the Semboku High School in Osaka, Japan for exchanges between them and our school. A group of our students led by Ms Yachana Villaitrani visited Osaka in November ’14. The Semboku School paid a reciprocal visit to India from 17 August to 23 August ’15. The ten students and two teachers stayed with our students and teachers at their homes for the duration of their visit. During the visit, the group saw many monuments and museums in Delhi and also visited Agra to view the Taj Mahal. While at school, they attended classes with their hosts, and learnt Indian Folk Painting and Kathak too.

The visit laid the foundation for a stronger collaboration between the two schools. A roadmap for the future was chalked out through discussions and we look forward to many more years association and cooperation with Semboku High School.

 

Fifteen students accompanied by Ms. Niela Hariharan & Ms. Maitreyi Bhattacharya represented India in International Cultural Exchange Program-Joy Dancing Children's Meet at Beijing, China from 3rd Aug.'15 - 9th Aug.'15 

Our students once again made a mark on an international platform when they danced to standing ovations and thunderous applause at the Joy Dancing International Children’s Meet Beijing from 03 August to 07 August ’15. They represented India at the meet, just as in previous years, and presented three dances – a fusion Kathak piece, the Kalbeliya dance and a contemporary dance on Humanity. Their performances had participants from other countries wanting to learn steps of Indian dances and recording Indian music to take back home. This way, our students also got to make many new friends. 

While in Beijing, they climbed the Great Wall of China and saw other sights. Post the meet, they went to Shanghai and sailed down the river on a cruise. They got a bird’s eye view of Shanghai from the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and made a breathtaking visit to the Sleeping Buddha Temple. The accompanying teachers, Ms Niela Hariharan and Ms Maitreyi Bhattacharya also initiated talks for possible partnerships with the heads of schools they met there.

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Visit by professors and students from Tsinghua University from Beijing, China on 3rd August 2015 

A group of 20 students and 4 professors from Tsinghua University, China arrived in India on 03 August on a visit to the IIT’s.  They were here to understand the working of higher educational institutions in India, but they  ”could not have gone back without visiting the school that had become so famous in China.” The visiting students were all presidents or vice presidents of student councils at their university and they interacted with our Student Council. They were impressed by the maturity of our students and said that they would be honoured if any Tagorean decided to study at the Tsinghua University in the future.

The students attended an Indian art class and made beautiful Madhubani paintings; and also played a friendly ping-pong match with our students. They went back influenced by the hospitality and warmth they received in our school.


Dr. Richard Greaves, SAE International President interacted with the students and awarded a cheque of ₹ 5,000 to the Jet Toy Car winners on 4th August 2015

Four students accompanied by Ms. Geeta Gosain, TGT Science participated in International Jet Toy Car competition organized
by SAE International at Detroit, USA from 21st April -25th April 2015
 

Tagoreans bagged Gold medal at the Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad 2015

At the Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad (MYIO) 2015 organized by Tun Syed Sheh Shahbudin Science Secondary School, University of Sains, Malaysia and Ministry of Education, Malaysia, three students Radhika Upadhyay, Alma Vikram, and  Kusharga Rastogi  of class X,  along with Dr.  Remy Kaul, PGT Science were awarded the Gold medal for their project on the early detection of diabetes using plantar’s pressure. The project, presented in the category of Biotechnology, was selected out of 195 exhibits presented by various schools from six different South Asian countries. The exhibit was highly appreciated by the judges and visitor’s alike. Besides, visits to the Petronas Twin Towers, the beach and the Malaysian cuisine made the trip a memorable one.

It was in the same competition in 2014 that the school was awarded the Silver medal for the project “Green Building.”

 Siddhi Pal of class XII-D represented Breaking Barriers at The Just Peace Summit in New York from 23rd March-29th March 2015

Siddhi Pal had the unique opportunity of attending the Just Peace Summit held in New York from 21 March to 29th March 2015.  Representing Breaking Barriers, the school’s LGBTQI  Sensitivity and Awareness Campaign which was spearheaded in 2013, Siddhi Pal was joined by 30 other GTL members from 13 countries  across the globe,  who have been actively working on projects that promote a more peaceful society,  addressing issues related to basic human needs. The projects were on Education, Health or Environment but the initiative taken by the school with Breaking Barriers was appreciated by everyone. 

The week long summit included workshops conducted by renowned personalities from the field of films, photography, music, media and communications. The representatives acquired hands on training on multiple media vehicles and distribution methods.  Mr. Brandon Stanton, creator of photo blog, Humans of New York, Mr. Jason Russell, the man who led the movement KONY 2012, helped discover the rules, techniques and unique creative processes. Mr. Taylor Truden,  Editor of The Huffington Post, conducted a session about how one can turn their own experiences, personal stories and innovative ideas into compelling blog posts.

Luis Moreno, the first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Pamela Bell, Monique Coleman, Lenn Prior- the product manager of Facebook and Libby Moore, the chief of staff for Oprah Winfrey were some of the personalities who inspired one and all. The members were also trained by Tom Barritt,  at Ketchum,  about advertising and giving interviews, collaborating on the creation of viral campaigns that are distributed globally, so as to encourage millions to get involved. The mentor for the  project is Ms. Melissa Rowley a journalist and currently the executive director of The Toolbox, a social impact and data-driven development platform.  Having secured a partnership with the World Economic Forum, Melissa often writes about gender issues, race, youth advocacy, and how emerging technology can be harnessed to instigate positive social change. 

There is excitement about the coming year and what it holds for Breaking Barriers!