One of the primary goals of a culturally responsive education is to help students to become respectful and appreciate cultural diversities. The special assembly organized in the Middle School Field, on 20 th October, 2016, provided a rich platform for our boys to move out of their 'microcosm' and interact with students from a different socio cultural background.
The Middle school boys were delighted to welcome students from Ane Moriam (Arunachal Pradesh), an institution run by the congregation of Christian Brothers , expanding the vision of our founder Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, in the far east of India.
Rohit Narayan and Ashutosh were the comperes for the day. Following were the highlights:
The teachers of the guest school were felicitated by our Principal Br Miranda, the Middle School Headmistress Mrs. Sheel, Senior School administrator Mrs Fredrick and the Junior School Headmistress Mrs Ghai
Presentation of stoles by the prefects to the students from Ane Moriam
Nyishi song and traditional Nyishi dance by the guest school
Musical Interlude (School Band)
Group Dance by the host school: Ronan Sunny of 10 A, under the guidance of Mrs Pant' choreographed the performance
Interactive Session (Presented by Aditya and ArmaanLilothia of Class 10)
Prize distribution ceremony
Speech by Br Lawrence and Br Miranda
School Anthem by Ane Moriam followed by the Columban Anthem
The highlight of the event was the colourful, traditional folk dance and Nyishi song presented by the girls and boys of AneMoriam. The students decked in their traditional attires and floral head bands danced to a melodious Nyishi tune that captivated the audience.
St Columba's was runners up at the interschool zonal athletics meet. Our school also won laurels in the YMCA swimming competition. Br Beddoe felicitated the students with medals and trophies.
The assembly was followed by an inter school football match which was witnessed by the class 10 students. Lunch was served after the event ended.
Delhi traffic Police had organized an annual School Road safety awareness campaign on 6 Oct 16 at Dogra Hall Auditorium, IIT Delhi.
The workshop was attended by Principals and coordinators of 350 schools. The chief guest for the occasion was Mr. Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Delhi Police.
Mr. Sandeep Goyal, ACP gave the welcome address. He emphasized on the fact that the students are also road users and by creating awareness in them their safety will be ensured.
After the welcome address Mrs. Garima Bhatnagar ACP presented an overview of the safety awareness campaign. She stressed on the fact that there has been an alarming increase in minor drivers and therefore they need to be educated on the safety norms. She also highlighted the objectives of the campaign and the need for student to become custodians of the road safety.
The chief guest of the ceremony Mr. Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police in his speech stressed the need to encourage school children to adhere to law. He emphasized that social responsibility is a major concern which should be followed by everyone. He also stated that besides following the other traffic rules people should also respect the rights of the pedestrians and follow traffic lights.
The chief guest's speech was followed by a short tea break for half an hour. The session was resumed by Nupur Prasad Additional Commissioner police, who gave a talk on general safety of the children. She stressed the need for the children to be protected from physical, emotional and sexual harassments. 69% of children are abused in some form or the other. Parents and teachers should be vigilant .If they see any sign or symptom of any form of physical abuse they should report the matter to the police at the earliest. Various programs and initiatives have been taken by Delhi Police to tackle this problem.
Mr. Vijay Singh DCP of north - west district, officer in charge of cybercrime expressed his concern over growing cybercrimes. He said that Internet is a reality and cannot be wished away therefore the children should be made aware of their rights and the threats which they may face. The students need to be made aware of the inappropriate conduct while being online.
The last round of workshop was an open forum where the participants cleared their doubts regarding the planner scheduled to create awareness in Road safety.
'Abhivyakti Ki Swatantrata, LokMangal Se Adhik, Lok Dangal'.
"Shrimati Lalita Shastri inter-school debate competition" Anubhuti was conducted by the Hindi department on 7th October 2016 at the Middle School auditorium.
The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by Bro. Edwin, Mrs. Sheel, (Headmistress Middle School) and two children with two guest teachers. Bro. Edwin, Bro. Joe Johnson and Mrs. Sheel honoured the judges and the Chief Guests.
Chief Guests of the programme, Mrs. Manju Shastri, Mr. Anil Shastri, (daughter-in-law and son of Late Shrimati Lalita Shastri) presented the trophies to the winners of the competition.
Mrs. Manju Shastri, Mr. Anil Shastri and Mrs. Sheel spoke to the children related to the children on the subject of the debate. Mrs. Sheel encouraged and shared her deep insight of the subject with the children.
Winners of the competition:
Sarva-shresthavakta - Paksh - pringdales School Sarva-shreshtavakta - Vipaksh - Mater Dei School Shreshtavakta - Paksh - Convent of Jesus & Mary Shreshtavakta - Vipaksh - Bal Bharti Public School Sarvashreshtaprashankarta - Don Bosco School
The Best School trophy was presented to Spring dales School, Pusa Road.
During the month of August 2016, our Eco Club conducted the following activities:
Organised a workshop on solid waste management, conducted by Mr. Sanjay Vats (M. Tech in environmental engineering), who is working as an Environmental engineer in Delhi Pollution control committee since 1993.
This workshop was followed by a visit to Jindal waste recycling plant.
On 27th August, Eco club boys visited "Jindal waste recycling plant, Jasola, Delhi". This plant is 1st waste ?to-energy plant with private- public partnership project of the Jindal ITFEcoplis and Municipal Corporation of Delhi. It produces 16MW electricity everyday. This project is registered with UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE for earning Carbon credit.
Inter-school competition was held in Birla Vidya Niketan from 4th to 6th August 2016. Our boys from Middle school were chosen to participate in the following two competitions -
ANSKRIT SHLOK COMPETITION :- Coordinated by Mrs. Ragini Nigam and supported by Mrs. Deepa Pandey
HINDI TV AD COMPETITION :- Coordinated by Mrs. Archana Shrivastav and supported by Mrs. Anjli Pant
Sanskrit Shlokocharan competition was represented by our boys Amritanshu Sinha , Akshat Ahuja , Rijul Bassamboo, Abhyuday Agarwal , Aarjav Grover, Ishan Sharma(Tabla), Shivan Sehagal (Harmonium). They emerged as winners standing first against all 30 schools competing for the same. They were awarded gold medals and certificates.
Ritwik Sikka , Madhav S. Goel , Rishil Gupta represented our school for Hindi Competition.
Our annual feature of interschool competition in science symposium and model making concluded in a spectacular way, where we clinched the trophy of 1st position in creating an innovative model by Shobhit Singh of 10 D and Syed Rizwan of 10 C., and 2nd position in PPT presentation on Stem cell therapy which was an eye opener prepared by Kartik Gupta of 10 D, Vishwam Datta of 10 E, Manansh Thakur and Kunaal Sareen of 10 A. 11 top schools of Delhi participated in it.It. was held on 29th of July.
Judges who were Drs and specialists from different science fields were invited and were very impressed by students endeavour and expressed their opinion for student's benefit . They specially complimented on the entire organization of the programme.
The winning team in PPT was of Carmel Convent, 2nd position to St.Columba's and third a tie between CJM and Spring Dales, Pusa Road. The 2nd position in model making went to St. Thomas and Spring Dales and 3rd was also a tie between Birla Vidya Niketan and Modern School, Bara Khamba Road.
The theme for the awards this year was CHAMPION - THAT'S WHAT I AM!
The message given to every Columban was that each child is a winner and every Columban should believe in himself and aspire for perfection.
The awards commenced with an invocation to the Significant Presence to the chanting of shloks. The choir then gave a rendition of the song I HOPE YOU DANCE which set the mood for the rest of the function.
The parents, patrons for the various awards, the Heads of the three sections of the School along with our Principal Brother L. Miranda applauded each champion as they came up to receive their award.
The students of Class 9 entertained the audience by dancing to the song CHAMPION by Rihanna
The RAMANSUBRAMANYAM AWARD was won by Ashley Gabriel D' Souza for all round excellence.
THE COLUMBAN OF THE YEAR 2015-16 was Jaskaran Singh.
In his address to the gathering Brother Miranda encouraged every Columban to challenge himself and not to be afraid of trying.
The vote of thanks was given by the Headmistress of the Middle Section Mrs Sheel.
The Middle School Awards Ceremony was held
on the 10th of May 2016. Both Br. Beddoe and Mrs. Sheel did the
Certificates were awarded on stage to those
who had secured the First position in each section, the class toppers and to
those who had topped in the Co-Curricular areas of Language laboratory, Study
centre, Physical education, Catechetics, Singing, Computer Science, and the
The students who had secured the second and
third positions were awarded their certificates in class. Certificates were
awarded to subject toppers as well.
The Middle Section of the school assembled in the ERH, on 4th of May, to bid an emotional farewell to our Dear Principal Brother Beddoe. The special assembly highlighted the accomplishments of the four glorious years of Brother's tenure. The assembly commenced with The Headmistress Mrs Sheel's Novena prayer followed by a special prayer for Brother. What impressed Brother the most was the entire Section saying the prayer for the canonization of Blessed Edmund Rice. The students expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Brother Beddoe through a floral tribute and presentation of cards signed by 1700 students from classes 4 to 10. Keeping in mind Brothers love for music and dance, the singers and talented dancers had prepared a special performance for their beloved Principal. The hall reverberated with the song 'Care for Kids' sung by all students to honour Brother's caring attitude toward the children. The highlight of the event was when Brother sportingly stood up to shake a leg with the boys. Brother Beddoe has brought joy and laughter to the school and each student will remember him for his kindness, compassion and love for the students.