GHPS, India Gate to be Conferred with British Council International School Award 2016-17
A mail from the British Council turned 31st August 2017 into a day of jubilation for the management, staff & students of Guru Harkrishan Public School, India Gate. The school has been successful in its endeavour to be conferred with the prestigious British Council International School Award 2016-17, which is given by the Queen of England. The school embarked on its ISA journey in August 2016 & the Dossier was submitted in June 2017. In this year long voyage, the school undertook seven major projects, out of which three were in collaboration with foreign countries. The school partnered with many countries like USA, Nigeria, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal & Bangladesh. The entire strength of the staff & students actively participated in the activities. It is a matter of great pride that the school has been successful at every stage - right from its inception to its completion _ in its first attempt. This award is valid for the period 2017-2020 & gives the school to use the ISA mark. The award will be formally presented to the school in a ceremony later this year.

The students from middle and senior segments visited Baba Baghel Singh Museum at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Children were informed of Sikh history, heritage, military traditions through paintings placed there. Students did Sewa in langar (community kitchen) based on the guiding principles of Kirt Karo, Wand chhako of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It was an enriching experience for the students as well as teachers.

Social Science Exhibition was organised on 2 September 2017. A Nukkad Natak on Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Sarv Shiksha Abhyan was showcased to spread awareness about the importance of education for all. The tiny tots of primary segment put up a fancy dress show. They were dressed as Indian freedom fighters. This performance was accompanied by various colourful, interesting charts and models. There was a display of nutritive food items to enable the parents to inculcate healthy eating habits in their children.

Teachers, Day 5 Sept. 2017 was celebrated with great zest & rejoicement. A special assembly was conducted in which the students of class XII commenced the day by paying a tribute to the great teacher Dr. Saravpalli Radhakrishan. The Pupil Teachers conveyed gratitude to their great mentors by felicitating them with a beautiful card and a red rose bud. A Cultural programme was presented by the members of Teaching & Administrative staff followed by grand lunch at Clay 1 Grand Banquet, Mayapuri. Principal Mrs. Davinderjeet Kaur Dhingra, Vice Principal Mrs. H. K. Walia & H. M. Mrs. Virdi congratulated & blessed the teachers on this special occasion. The teachers were over whelmed to hear the good news that GHPS (IG) has been awarded II position as the best school in India Gate premises. Thus it turned out to be a very special day for both the teachers & the students.

A workshop on Good Touch and Bad Touch was organized for students of Classes I and II on 14 September 2017. It was held to support the cause of creating awareness on child safety. Ms. Geetika Virdi, Counselling Psychologist, Fortis Healthcare, conducted the workshop to teach the children how to identify the No Touch areas, understand who are Safe Adults and how to clearly communicate with parents about any bad experience. She also highlighted how to handle a bad touch by shouting NO running away from the person and informing a safe adult about the same. With this session, children will now able to recognize and protect themselves against such dangers from an early age.

Class V students had a wonderful experience of a Skype session with their counterparts from our collaborative school - KuMalayadeva School, Sri Lanka. The students exchanged information on the types of pulses grown & used in both the countries. They also discussed the different activities undertaken under the project _ Pulsating Pulses.

The tiny tots of Pre - Nursery gifted a special day of fun and frolic to their grandparents. The celebration of the International Grandparents, Day, which fell on 10th September this year, made the grandparents feel young once again. Not only did they sway to the dance sequences presented by the Pre - Nursery students, but also participated wholeheartedly in the One Minute Games organized for them, which included tying a tie to her spouse by the grandmother, making a floral string and adorning it on his wife,s bun by the grandfather and singing songs for each other. The enthusiasm of the grandparents was evident through their participation in the RAMP WALK, with grandparents of Sehajveer Singh of Pre - Nursery taking home the title of SUPERGRANDPA and SUPERGRANDMA. Overall, it was a memorable day not only for our guests but also for the school.