The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21 since 2015 to bring peace, harmony, happiness and success to everyone in the world as it is a mental, physical and spiritual practice that energizes our body and mind. Through yoga, children learn values such as gratitude and respect – important teachings for daily life in and out of the classroom.
To raise benefits of Yoga in daily life, a yoga session was held during school hours for the students of Pre-Primary wing. Our Yoga expert Ms. Kalpana Grover guided and conducted the session for the young enthusiastic learners beginning with warming-up exercises followed by asanas both sitting and standing. The children got an opportunity to learn different yoga postures like Vrikshaasana, Bhujangasana and Pawanmuktasana. It finally ended with Pranayama and Meditation. The event helped us feel confident and pledged to make Yoga a daily part of our lives.
A'Mother' is the most special person in the life of our tiny tots and to help them express their love and appreciation for her,an online activity was planned,not letting the lockdown be a deterrent.The class teachers allotted a letter each to all the children of the class from the phrase'HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY' and asked the parents to help the child paint it.After that the parent was asked to send a picture to either teacher where the child was holding up this painted letter.The teachers then created a collage of these pictures and posted it on the class what’sapp group wishing the Mothers on their special day.The mothers were delighted with the presentation as it came as a total surprise to them and they had no inkling that something like this was in the making.Their delight and appreciation was apparent in the profusion of 'thank you' messages received by the teachers.This activity brought about the learning that any adversity can be overcome by positive thinking and the willingness to spread cheer through it!
Earth Day was celebrated on 22nd April 2020. The tiny tots who are the future caretakers of our planet took small steps like feeding birds and animals, watering plants, planting seeds, ensuring that fans and lights not in use are switched off and also recycled water - highlighting the significance of taking care of Mother Earth. These activities if done regularly will definitely become a habit. The small steps they took will have long lasting effects on keeping our planet safe.
The children are our future – tiny warriors out to save planet Earth.
AND THE LEARNING CONTINUES…….
It is heart warming to see the enthusiasm and zest with which our little ones are tackling the welcome activities. Through sheer will to make these difficult times productive and joyous the little ones are coming up with masterpieces which are highly impressive and exceptionally beautiful. Hats off to the parents too, who are encouraging them and trying to make the best of the limited resources they have. We hope to keep receiving more of these pictures in the coming weeks too , with the same zeal.
Multifarious activities were carried out in the Pre Primary Wing to celebrate the vibrant festival of Christmas. Decorating the Christmas tree, making Christmas decorations, singing carols and making sandwiches and decorating muffins were some of the activities carried out by the tiny tots, highlight being the arrival of the Santa Claus to distribute the gifts that left the children mesmerised.
When children are helped and allowed to experience challenges and adventure , even in a safe and controlled way, it helps develop their ability to deal with it and builds their self-confidence. It encourages them to think for themselves and develops their resilience and readies them for dealing with the risks and uncertainties that are part of the big wide world.. Through such activities we are able to aid in the growth of active, healthy, resilient, confident, independent kids. Such activities not only develop their confidence level but also team work ,coordination, presence of mind besides being the source of unadulterated fun time for them. The Rocksport adventure camp held at DPS Mathura Road for the Pre-Primary Wing was an opportunity for the children to take a leap ahead and experience the thrills of adventure in the safe warmth of the school environment.
The tiny tots of the Pre Primary Wing celebrated the festival of Dussehra and Diwali in its true spirit. They made ‘Rangoli and Torans’ as a part of the Diwali activity, to decorate their classes and homes.
The bright coloured torans were decorated by the little ones using mirror, glitter, sequence, stickers etc. These beautiful decorations adorned the classes making them look festive and colourful.
As a part of the Dussehra celebration, the children made book marks with the pictures of Ram Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman which also taught them about the ‘Victory of the Good over Evil’.
>Rastriya Ekta Diwas : DPS Mathura Road Salutes the Iron Man and the Architect of Modern India, Sardar Patel.”
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the birthday of Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in Delhi Public School Mathura Road. The children of the Pre Primary Wing and Junior School took out a Prabhat Pheri and went all around the school premises. They tried to spread the message of unity in diversity, Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat by singing songs, slogans and carrying placards with messages. The children also briefed everyone about the vision and contribution of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The occasion was an opportunity to awaken everyone about the importance of maintaining the integral strength of the nation. By remaining united we shall be able to achieve the vision of Shreshth Bharat was also stressed upon. A soulful rendition of songs by the children added to the spirit of the occasion.
A magic show was conducted for the children of the Pre Primary Wing as part of the activities planned for Children's Day. The tricks of the magician kept the children awestruck and enthralled all through out the show .
A drawing and colouring competition was held by HDFC Mutual Fund which gave wings to the child’s imagination and provided them the opportunity to explore their potential and have fun along the way.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation of Delhi (SDMCD), in line with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s call to ban use of single–use plastic, had lined up 44 different plogging runs, as a slew of awareness drives on Tuesday– Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
The SDMCD also declared four schools as plastic free after administering pledges to faculty and students of which DPS, Mathura Road is one. The staff and students of the school went for an awareness walk on 2nd October 2019 in close proximity to the school campus and picked up plastic bags, packets and other plastic waste. The staff and students, under the leadership of Principal Ms. Deeksha Khera also pledged to give up single-use plastic in school and at homes in a personal capacity.
This effort will take us further ahead in our resolve for making our India clean and pollution free .
It is our social responsibility as citizens of India to help fulfil Gandhiji's vision of Clean India, by his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.”
- Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Gandhi ji without any doubt till today is the perfect role model for everyone across the world. In our endeavour to instill the right kind of values and to inspire young minds with the perfect ideals, Gandhi Jayanti Week is a unique bouquet of learnings from the life of Gandhi ji.
24th September 2019-Tuesday
Khadi Bag printing
Swadeshi movement now known as make in India movement was started by Gandhi ji as an effort to promote Indian goods and thereby give a boost to the Indian economy. Khadi, Gandhi ji believed, stood for the spirit of Nationalism, equality and self-reliance. Khadi bag printing was carried out by Pre-school and Pre-Primary children with great enthusiasm. The importance of khadi and also why it is imperative to use products made in India was highlighted .
11th SEPTEMBER, 2019.
My Class Cleanest
Cleanliness is a greatest virtue which should be practiced by everyone as a great responsibility towards our nation. It’s important to keep and maintain a clean and tidy environment. Cleanliness among students in the school was promoted through ‘My Class Cleanest’ activity involving the little children in cleaning their classrooms. A talk highlighting that it is very simple to include cleanliness as our habit and should be practiced from the early years. Students must take care to keep their classroom neat and clean. No one should litter the room and use the bin to throw the trash. A colouring activity was conducted to promote the awareness amongst the students about the importance of cleanliness in our classrooms and daily life. The cleaning activity carried out by 416 children of the Pre – Primary Wing.
9th September, 2019
Hand wash and Hygiene:
Wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean
Scrub them here, scrub them there
And scrub them in between.’
Our aim is to create awareness on cleanliness and its importance in our lives. Schools, teachers and parents are the very root of learning, and together we can achieve endless possibilities - our aim being to build a clean and disease free India.
The importance of personal hygiene and of cleaning our hands to get the germs to move away was explained to the children through role play, an activity and interesting songs and videos. Awareness on how we unknowingly become carriers of germs was created amongst the little ones in a fun way. Various activities were carried out to make learning enjoyable as well as deep rooted. The activity had 423 enthusiastic participants from the Pre Primary Wing.
Teaching about cleanliness is important as it helps to keep most of the diseases at bay. It is essential to inculcate hygienic habits in children right from early childhood thus the day was reserved to make the children learn about proper hygiene and make it a priority.
Teaching our young curious minds to keep clean is an important part of our day to day schedule. They are taught to wash hands before and after eating, they are told to wash their hands patiently using soap and water. The children learnt and enjoyed sharing their own knowledge and experiences of how to wash the hands.
6th SEPTEMBER, 2019.
We Know How to Sort it out:
Swachhata Pakhwada was continued with full zeal and enthusiasm in the Pre-Primary Wing. The Children were made aware of the importance of sorting waste, and why is it the need of the hour. The concept was explained to the kids through an activity in which Green and Blue dustbins were made, the green is meant for the wet waste such as food items, kitchen waste, matchstick etc and the blue is meant for dry waste such as papers, gift wraps, cartons etc. During the activity, the tiny tots were encouraged to dispose the litter in the appropriate dustbin, as it is very important for the each and everyone to know what does these colours mean and why is it important to throw the trash in the correct dustbin.
The waste segregation is done to easily separate the wastes based on their process of recycling. These different colours are used to make it easier to segregate the trash from Bio-degradable to Non-degradable.the process of segregation was explained to and carried out with 402 children of the Wing.
4th SEPTEMBER, 2019.
Resounding the Resolve:
Swachhata Pakhwada is in full force now in Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. The children took out a Cleanliness March-past and slogans of ‘Clean India Green India’, ‘No use of plastic’, and ‘Save Trees’ resounded in the school campus. Little children were seen picking up litter and disposing it off responsibly in green and blue dustbins. The importance of taking up responsibility for their actions and also doing their bit was explained to the children. Awareness of cleanliness and importance of keeping the surroundings litter free is the need of the day as the Earth’s resources are depleting fast and urgent steps have to be taken to preserve them. The cleanliness march was undertaken by 428 children’s in the Pre – Primary Wing.
3rd SEPTEMBER, 2019.
Let’s Pledge for a Clean and Green India:
The Swachh Bharat mission was launched on 2nd October 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the target is to achieve it fully by October 2nd 2019 as a tribute to the 150th birth anniversary of Bapuji who dreamt of a clean India. An awareness programme on cleanliness is a part of our daily lives but a sound reminder and constant upgradation of the ways by which we practice it always lends a boost. Moreover, the age we handle is really young so it pays to inculcate the values of cleanliness early so that it becomes a lifelong habit and a way of life. Mrs. Renu Puri, Senior Mistress, Pre – Primary Wing rendered the oath, which was taken by 425 children who promised to devote 20 minutes every day to keep their immediate surrounding clean.
As a part of the Pakhwada Week, the students of the Pre-Primary Wing were told of the importance of saying ‘NO’ to plastic and also educated about the harmful effects of plastic use on the environment. The importance of a clean and green environment was also stressed upon. A detailed talk with the children was carried out in each class and there was mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge.
The Janmashtami festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Pre-Primary wing. The children came dressed up as little Krishnas and Radhas. They made beautiful ‘mukuts’ using peacock feathers and other decorative material. A tableau was set up depicting various events from lord Krishna's childhood like - Baby Krishna in the jhula, Dahi Handi, Farm animals and the Gopikas. The area was decorated with buntings which looked very colourful and vibrant.
Independence Day- National festivals have their own importance as they evoke in us a sense of pride towards our motherland. Proud to be an Indian was the underlying spirit behind all activities organised during the week around 15th August 2019. The tricolour themed tiffin /lunch brought by the children brought out the colours of unity to perfection. A special craft activity with ice cream spoons was devoted to the Indian National Flag. The whole wing looked beautiful with decorations/hangings made of paper plates painted in the tricoloured colour scheme.
Raksha Bandhan- The bond between a brother and sister is the most sacred and special. The festival was celebrated with much fanfare and enthusiasm in the Pre Primary Wing. The children made special hand made Rakhis pledging their love and support to their brother /sister.
School trips and outings provide a great opportunity for children to enjoy , gain experience and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development . School trips can also make a major contribution to the acquisition of knowledge and developmental skills. A movie trip not only has fun as an important factor but also brings with it an opportunity for the children to gain confidence ,become responsible about themselves , their peers as well as their surroundings .The movie outing to The Secret Life Of Pets- 2 proved to be just the perfect fun -learning experience for our little ones.
Thanda Thanda Cool Cool!!
The hot sultry weather calls for a glass of fresh lemonade. The children relished making and having cool lemonade on their own with the help of their teachers using lemon, powdered sugar and water. The sense of achievement and excitement they felt was rather infectious.
“Good Manners will open doors that the best education cannot “
Keeping the above quote in mind, here in the Pre Primary Wing celebrated Etiquette Week from 15th July to 19th July, 2019.
Politeness in our speech, respect for all elders, respect for home and school, tolerance and the act of sharing are a few of the etiquettes we must all follow and inculcate in our little ones.
The Etiquette Week consisted of special activities dedicated to educating children about good manners and using them throughout their life.
This was an attempt to reiterate the importance of good manners and in development of a well – rounded personality.
During the whole week, the children learnt how to lay the table, using Five golden words- please, sorry, thank you, may I and excuse me in day to day life, using our hands for helping, caring, sharing, hugging and not for hitting others.
Mothers are the emotional backbones of the family, holding everyone’s feelings together. Mother’s Day is the perfect time for us to make them feel extra special. The children made Mother’s day cards for their mothers to let them know that they mean the world to them. They also learnt and sang a special song on Mother’s Day.
Our children are the future generation of the Earth. In order to bring them up as adults who care about nurturing and protecting the natural environment and preserving our planet, they need to be aware of and sensitive towards the natural world around them.
In our endeavour to give child an opportunity to explore nature and sensitize them towards their role as a nature warrior, Nature Week was celebrated in the Pre Primary Wing from 22nd April to 26th April 2019.Various activities were conducted all through the week. The children enjoyed making the replicas of Mother Earth using transparent sheet and glass paints. These sun catchers were indeed a treat to see.
A special Yoga session based on nature was done with the children. They had fun becoming trees, lotus flowers, seeds etc through various Yoga asanas. Along with this children were sensitized towards plants and how it is beneficial to hug and talk to a tree. This activity was something that they had never done before therefore, it created a lot of excitement among the little ones.
Last but not the least our nature warriors shared their views on how to preserve nature by wearing interesting and colourful props.
When it comes to beating the heat our kids know how to do so with élan .With the humidity souring special Rain shower / Rain dance sessions were conducted every day and the children had a great time.
A picnic was organized at Lodhi Garden where the children enjoyed the day out in the lap of nature amongst the birds, trees and flowers, learning to appreciate them more. It was a delight to see them experience nature in all its glory with the ducks, birds, trees butterflies etc.
Outings provide an important opportunity for learning and to facilitate the same the children were taken for a movie. The movie outing was the perfect setting to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards self, classmates and the environment. The children came out with flying colours on all counts even surpassing the expectations with their sensitivity, compassion and sense of responsibility.