A webinar on the topic of cyber security was organized for the students & parents of classes IX to XII on 8th June 2020. The panel of resource persons included eminent career consultant Mr. Jitin Chawla, psychologist Dr. Aruna Broota, Counsellor Mrs. Astha Mahajan & Mr. M.S Gill from National Human Rights Commission. The panelists discussed the various legal frameworks governing cyber space. They also shared with students different ways to channelize their energies into more productive activities. Common issues faced by students and parents were also discussed. The session was insightful & enjoyed by all.
Boosting Mental Health During Lockdown
A webinar on the theme of boosting mental health during lockdown was organized for students of classes XI and XII on 30th June 2020. The platform of MS Teams was used for it. The resource person for the webinar was Dr.Renu Malaviya, HoD of Department of Education, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She has experience in working in the areas of inclusive education, stress management and learning difficulties. The resource person helped the students to look at the brighter side of life and adapt to the new normal. Tips of stress and time management were shared with the students.
Online Summer Camps for students of classes I to X was conducted from 08 to 23 June 2020.
“The Lockdown Learners” by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
APS Noida has collaborated with UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) to be an active participant in the program on promoting peace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially during this very critical phase: the Covid-19 pandemic. The program provides a great opportunity for young minds to learn and then effectively engage themselves proactively with issues facing society today, and use their skills and ideas to create initiatives and solutions that we will be supported under the UNODC Education for Justice Initiative. In this context, we are conducting “The Lockdown Learners” interaction series with experts from UNODC for the students of class X. The focus of these sessions is “Addressing COVID-19: SDGs and Youth Action”.
Times NIE Young Reporters Meet 2019-20
Two students Astha Mishra and Sanskriti Sharma of class XI accompanied by Mrs. Anuradha Parashar, TGT(Eng) (NIE Coordinator) attended Times NIE Young Reporters Meet 2019-20 held at Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 29th Jan 2020. The students participated in a written quiz on general awareness and story writing on a given picture. Approximately 150 schools from Delhi-NCR participated in the event. Thereafter, the students interacted with a team of panelists which included Dr. Samir Parikh, Doctor of Mental Health, Fortis Healthcare, Mr. Surinder Khanna, former Indian Cricketer,Ms. Poonam Singh, Chief Editor, NIE and Mr. Aditya, former student of The Shri Ram School on the theme `Shame Resilience’.
Pariksha Pe Charcha
APS NOIDA organized the real time viewing of the Pariksha Pe charcha session led by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 20th Jan 2020 from 11.00 A.M onwards in the school premises. The opportunity to view the session was available to all parents and students of our school. During the program, PM Modi interacted with students, teachers and parents. The PM advised the students to aim big in life but not to get carried away in the process of realizing them. He also stressed the importance of co-curricular activities along with curricular pursuits. With less than a month to go for the class X and XII examinations, he discussed ways to handle the exam stress in the interactive session. The PM answered questions on varied topics which were raised by students in the audience or from far flung areas of country – for example while answering a query on role of technology in a students’ life, raised by a class X student from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he discussed the advantages and ways to handle technology to our benefit. Our students were thoroughly engrossed in the session and have greatly benefited. The school teachers conducted a post viewing interaction session with the students on the program to reiterate the learning shared by the Honorable Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Alumni Outreach Programme
As part of the Alumni Outreach Programme, the school had conducted a special assembly on 13 January 2020 for the students of classes VI to XII in the school. The following alumni were present during the programme. The alumni highlighted the importance of planned and systematic preparation for exams, stress management, co-curricular and sports activities for portfolio building:-
(i) Saksham Bhatnagar (batch 2016) – pursuing PG from IIMC, Delhi.
(ii) Abheek Gupta (batch 2019) – Pursuing B.Sc statistics(H) from Venkateshswara College, University of Delhi.
(iii) Ayush Singh (batch 2019) – pursuing B.Tech (ECE) from IIT, Trichy.
(iv) Utkarsh Nath (batch 2019) – pursuing double major (Computer Science and Economics) from University of California, Berkley, USA.
Firefighting practice was conducted in the school for the students and staff by Fire Department, Sect-2, NOIDA on 31st Jan 2020. Firefighting practice comprised of lecture on various causes of fire, procedures to be followed while extinguishing the fire, different equipment to be used for firefighting and evacuation of causalities etc. The lecture was followed by on ground demonstration and practice by the participants.
A workshop on ‘target boards’ was organized for students of classes IX to XII on 17 Dec 2019. The resource person was Mr. Ritesh Jain of Jitin Chawla’s center of career development. The focus of the session was to equip the students with skills to attempt the board exam and enhance their score.
Cyber Security Workshop for Students
A workshop on Cyber Security was conducted for the students of clases V to XII on 16 Oct 2019. The resource person was renowned cyber security expert Mr. Rakshit Tandon. He discussed various measures by which students can safeguard themselves from online hazards.
Cyber Security Workshop for Parents
A workshokp on Cyber Security was conducted for the parents on 19 Oct 2019 by the IT department of the school after PTM. Key speakers were Mrs. Shaili Singh, PGT(Comp Sci) & Mrs. Sneh Bhardwaj, TGT (Comp Sci).
Workshop for Class XII Maths Students
A workshop on `Derivatives’ was conducted for class XII Maths students on 18 Oct 2019 in AV Room. The resource person was Mr. Kunal Chawla.
Workshop on Law
A workshop on law as career for the humantities students of classes XI and XII was conducted in the school on 21 Oct 2019. The speaker was Mr. Andrew J Ryder.
Address by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Five students of class XI accompanied by Mrs. Anu Mathews, PGT(Geography) attended an address by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama organized by Spic Macay(SRF Virasat) at the Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi on 20th Sep 2019. Theme of the talk was `Educating the Mind and the Heart for School Students’. The talk was to inspire the young students attending the event for inculcating higher values of life. His Holiness emphasized on spreading the feeling of oneness and religious harmony. He stated that the basic premise of all religions is to kindle compassion and kindness. Sharing and caring for fellow beings is necessary for peaceful co-existence. He encouraged students to passionately upgrade their awareness of modern knowledge but at the same time be completely rooted in the ancient Indian wisdom. Universalism is the need of the hour and he motivated the students to be aware of their responsibility towards the environment as well.
The following NIE workshops for the students were conducted in the school:-
(i)Effective Communication. A workshop on `effective communication was conducted for the students of classes VI & VIII by NIE resource person, Mrs. Pooja A Kishore on 27th Sep 2019.
(ii)Adolescence. A workshop on `Adolescence’ was conducted for the students of classes IX & X by NIE resource person, Mrs. Pooja A Kishore on 30th Sep 2019.
(iii)How to Build Self Confidence. A workshop on `How to Build Sef Confidence’ was conducted for the students of class VII by NIE resource person, Mr. KN Bhatt on 30th Sep 2019.
Career Counseling Workshop
A workshop on career counseling for the students of class X and parents was conducted in the school auditorium by by STP Classes. Approximeately 150 students and parents participated in the workshop.
Global Students Solar Ambassador Workshop
25 students of our school accompanied by Mr. Sanjay Raina, PGT (Physics) attended Global Students Solar Ambassador Workshop organized by IIT Mumbai in collaboration with Ministry of New and Renewal Energy Sources on 02 Oct 2019. The workshop was held at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, as a part of Guinness World Book of Record, making solar lamps at one time.
Measles/Rubella Vaccination Camp.
Measles/Rubella Vaccination camp was organized in the school premises on 21st Dec 2018 . Students of classes I to X (upto age group of 15 years ) were vaccinated by trained health workers. The students of Primary Wing were accompanied by their parents and were allowed to go back with them after a break of half an hour post the vaccination. Similarly, most of the students from senior wing were administered the vaccination in the presence of their parents. A total of about 90-95% students were vaccinated in this campaign. This initiative was successful with a good response from the parents.
Measles/Rubella Vaccination Campaign
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India has launched a campaign to eradicate Measles and Rubella/Congenital Spella Syndrome by 2020. As per direction of District Inspector of Schools, Gautam Budh Nagar, Measles and Rubella vaccination camp had to be conducted in the school premises. In this regard an awareness session for parents of students of classes I to X (upto the age of 15 years ) was conducted in the school premises on 13th Dec 2018. The purpose of the session was to inform parents about the importance of getting their children vaccinated against these diseases which can lead to serious impairments in the physical as well as mental functioning of the children affected. The key speakers on the occasion were Dr Dhaka from the CMO’s office Gautam Budh Nagar, Dr SK Mishra and Dr Ranveer, a pediatrician. The session also aimed at clarifying the doubts of the parents about the vaccination, process of administration and the preparation to be done before the vaccination and afterwards. The parents were also encouraged to bring their wards for the vaccination on 21st Dec 2018.
Workshop on Substance Abuse Prevention
A workshop on the topic `Substance Abuse Prevention’ was conducted for the students of class X on 05th Oct 2018 by Mrs. Prachi Bhatnagar, the school counsellor. The aim of the workshop was to make the students aware about drug/substance abuse as a prevalent disorder amongst the youth of the world. A workshop on same topic was also conducted for the students of class IX on 08th Oct 2018.
Seminar on Career Options.
A seminar was organized for class X students and their parents on various career options available to the students. It was conducted by STP classes on 02 Oct 2018 in the school auditorium. Approximately 250 students and their parents attended the seminar.
A workshop on Safety Rules and Simulation Activity was conducted in the school on 06th and 07th Sep 2018 for the students of classes II & III. The resource person for the workshop was nominated by IL &FS Education & Technology Services Ltd, NOIDA. The workshop was conducted through a presentation to make the students aware of their surroundings, safety rules to be followed while travelling on the road and precautions to be taken to prevent any mishap. Students were given field demonstration about the safety and rules to be followed while on the road. They were made to drive a toy car, toy motor cycle and a truck.
Mr. Harinder Sikka, the author of National Bestseller ‘Calling Sehmat’ on which movie ‘Raazi’ is based was invited to interact with our young and bright learners of classes IX to XII on Monday, 13th August 2018. It was a highly interactive session, where Mr. Sikka not only spoke about the book but shared with our students his insightful life experiences.
Workshop on Good Touch/Bad Touch
A workshop on good touch/bad touch was conducted for the students of Primary Wing on 23rd August 2018 by resource person Ms. Pooja Bagri from Smile Foundation Organization. During the session, the resource person encouraged the students to come forward to share their anxieties and secrets. Students were also told about child helpline number. A movie `Halo’ was shown to the students which depicted love and care for our fellow beings.
Workshop – Start up India.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP) intends to run a program for spreading awareness about entrepreneurship and providing a platform to selected students for nurturing their idea/Startup in almost 2000 schools across India. APS Noida has been selected as a PILOT SCHOOL for the same.
In accordance with this, the school organised a ‘Start-Up India’ workshop on 16th August 2018 for students of classes X-XII.
The workshop included:-
- Knowledge based session on Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies.
- Defining an innovator and difference between an entrepreneur and innovator.
- Importance of Entrepreneurs and Innovators in driving a country’s economy.
- Entrepreneurial Mindset
- Important aspects of a Startup
- Role of Technology in Entrepreneurship and Innovations .
PARENTS’ WORKSHOP ON ADOLESCENCE –A TIME THAT MATTERS
A workshop was conducted for the parents of students studying in classes VI-IX on 18 August 2018 in the school auditorium. The workshop was conducted by the school counsellor, Mrs. Prachi Bhatnagar. The purpose of the workshop was to help the parents understand the challenges that their teenagers may be facing and to help them bridge the gap in their understanding of their adolescent.
The parents were familiarized with the signs and symptoms of serious concerns like Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Cyber Abuse, Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse so that they can be alert and take necessary action in case they notice them in their teenagers. The last section of the workshop focused on the healthy practices that the parents can follow to help their teenagers make the most of this stage of life. The counsellor stressed the importance of the parents being aware of their teenager’s world, keeping the channels of communication open, changing with the changing times and being the right role model.
Career Guidance Workshop for Students & Parents.
A career guidance workshop was organized in the school on 21st July 2018. It was attended by the parents (of students of classes VIII to XII) and students ( classes X & XI). The key speaker on the occasion was Mr. Jitin Chawla, a renowned career counsellor and the Founder & Director of North India’s top career counselling firm, Centre for Career Development. Mr. Chawla enlightened the parents and students about the process of identifying the right stream and career options. Mr. Chawla also used this opportunity to clarify the various misconceptions that people have about certain courses and universities. The session was followed by an interactive discussion with the parents and students.
Inspirational Talk by Gurunanak Mission.
Ten students of class XI attended the inspirational talk held at Gurunanak Mission, Sector-37, NOIDA on 9th July 2018. It was an engaging session for young minds intended to bring about spiritual awakening amongst teenagers.
A workshop on managing examinations related stress was conducted on 26th December 2017 in the school for the students of classes X & XII by the counsellor. Focus of the workshop was to build coping strategies and resilience building. Couple of relaxation techniques were covered and demonstrated. Specific tips to perform well in exams based on psychological principles were also covered by the school counsellor.
Organ Donation Awareness Session.
A session on organ donation was conducted for the students of classes IX and XI in the school on 19th December 2017 by Sunayana Singh, Chief Executive Officer of ORGAN (Organ Receiving and Giving Awareness Network). It was a session on the procedures and legalities involved in the process of organ donation. Emphasis was laid on the need for spreading awareness and significance of organ donation in saving lives.
Toughening Training of Students of APS NOIDA.
The workshop by Grandmaster “Shifuji”, Shaurya Bhardwaj was conducted at School Auditorium for the students of classes VI to VIII on 18th December 2017.
Solving Case Studies – Business Studies.
A workshop was conducted for the students of class XII (Commerce) on 20th December 2017. Resource person Mr.Tapan Pathak, Author of “Business Studies Case Studies”, guided students on the methodology for solving case studies in Business Studies. In this process, few previous year questions were also discussed along with new case studies. They were also guided as how to prepare with systematic planning for forthcoming board examination. Various career options for commerce students after class XII was also discussed with students.
Maj Gen Somnath (Retd) addressed the students on 18th April 2017. In his address, he spoke about his mission of cycling through the country in the memory of the martyrs. The interaction was done to mark the completion of his six months journey across India. The talk was extremely inspirational and motivated the students to join the Armed Forces.
Career Launcher NOIDA conducted a Motivational Seminar titled `Road to IIT and Medical’ for the students and parents of classes IX to XII on 16th April 2017 from 1500 hr to 1900 h at the school auditorium. Approximately 100 parents and students from NOIDA attended the seminar.