Visit of His Excellency Justin Pierre James Trudeau,The Canadian Prime Minister
The excitement at Modern School was palpable on the beautiful balmy winter morning of 22nd February, 2018. The excitement of students and staff was at the pinnacle. The day was going down to be permanently etched in the golden history of Modern School.
The occasion was special! The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Pierre James Trudeau, along with his children- Ella Grace, Xavier and Hadrien and a delegation of ministers was visiting Modern School to witness the Boys’ Team Vs Girls’ Team Cricket Match of the students.
The esteemed guests on the occasion included, Mr Ashok Pratap Singh, President Board of Trustees, Modern Schools, Ms Ambika Pant, Secretary, Board of Trustees, Principal Dr Vijay Datta, Members of the Board of Trustees and legendary cricketers Mr Kapil Dev and Mr Azharuddin.
The ground was an amazing spectacle of a sea of Indo-Canadian flags being waved by the students. The Prime Minister, especially reciprocated the zeal exhibited by students with a walk down the barricades by personally greeting the students and the staff.
PM Trudeau, was highly appreciative of the organised event. After his departure, Mr Kapil Dev and Mr Azharuddin played a match with the Principal, staff and the students. They also shared some insightful tips and trivia about the game.
The inspiring words by the stalwart cricketers truly motivated one and all. It was truly a day to remember.
Modern School Celebrates 70th Independence Day 2017 with enthusiasm and spirit
Modern School, Barakhamba Road celebrated the Independence Day on 11th August 2017, in Sir Shankar Lal Hall. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Admiral Sunil Lanba — PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, and the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
A rousing rendition of Medha Suktam was soon followed by a portrayal of lives and times of our revolutionaries — Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. The high note of the day’s proceedings was struck by the ballet Roopak — a collection of six soul-stirring dances, centred around the theme of India’s brave soldiers who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation.
Principal, Dr Vijay Datta, enlightened the gathering with a refreshing and sagacious message about the true meaning of Independence. The esteemed Chief Guest also shared a portion of his considerable wisdom.
The function was officially concluded with the flag hoisting ceremony, where the Chief Guest — Admiral Sunil Lanba — along with our Principal — Dr Vijay Datta — unfurled our nation’s greatest symbol of pride, the Tricolour, into a shower of rose petals.
96th Founder’s Day Celebrated at Modern School Barakhamba Road with Fanfare, Panache
Modern School Barakhamba Road celebrated its 96th Founder’s Day on November 13, 2016. His Excellency VP Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr Ashok Pratap Singh, President, Board of Trustees, Modern Schools, Mr S. Y. Quraishi, Chairman, Modern School, Barakhamba Road and other members of the Board of Trustees graced the celebrations with their presence.
The programme commenced with the Guard of Honour for the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest also inaugurated the historic Vijayanta tank which was used in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan wars. This is a new addition in the campus of Modern School. Creativity of students was on display in ‘My Space’ which was appreciated by all the guests and the parents.
The highlight of the celebration was the ballet on Shiva, which involved participation of 199 students and showcased the different facets of Shiva in all his glory. The students also presented a beautiful Bharatnatyam performance which mesmerised the audience.
Dr Vijay Datta, the Principal in his annual report showcased the performance of the students in various academic, co-curricular and sports activities. He also mentioned that the School had been awarded the best boarding cum day school in the country in the field of sports and leadership.
Mr Ashok Pratap Singh, President, Board of Trustees, Modern Schools in his speech lauded the momentous journey of the students and the school. The celebration concluded with a vote of thanks.
MODMUN 2016 Inaugurated by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Information and Technology And Law and Justice
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, honourable Union Minister of Information and Technology and Law and Justice inaugurated the 6th edition of Modern School Barakhamba’s MODMUN 2016 on the morning of 8th October. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Indian technology plus Indian Youth equals to India of tomorrow. He talked about how technology has been liberated for a better governance. In his address, he talked of how India is home to more than 1.03 million mobile phones, 400 million internet connections. He reiterated that digital governance means good, open and transparent governance. He also spoke about the need of sustainable development and said that there is a need to strike a balance between need and greed. He also exhorted the students to talk about and discuss the issue of global terrorism on their forum as there was an urgent need for UN to play its role in ending global terrorism. He said that the countries of the world need to join hands to combat terrorism effectively. He urged the young generation to become champions of India’s cause on the global map.
He mentioned his presence on the occasion as the Chief Guest on his Facebook account .
Modern Crowned King at Mayo Football Tournament!
The Football Team of Modern School Barakhamba Road was crowned the indisputable king at the Mayo Football Tournament as they lifted the team trphy under the captaincy of Himanshu Minocha. The Mayo Football Tournament was held from 29th August- 2 September at Mayo College, Ajmer. In the run up to the final, the team defeated Assam Valley School by 3-1 and drew 1-1 against Pathways School Noida in the group stage. Thereby, topping the group via goal difference. The team defeated RMS, Ajmer in the quarter finals by 2-0 and then the Mayur School, Ajmer 3-0 in the semi-final to reach the finals of the tournament. They beat the defending champions and host school, Mayo College, Ajmer in the final, 1-0, with Ghazi shah scoring the winning goal in the first 10 minutes of the match. After which, the team defended the lead brilliantly throughout a tough match.
Other glorious achievements of the team in the tournament were the titles of ‘Best Player of the Semi-Final’ and the ‘Best Player of the Finals’ won by Ghazi Shah and Kanishk Bhan respectively and Bhuvnesh Malla was bestowed with the title of ‘The Wall of the Tournament’ !
The team members of the victorious team were:
Himanshu Minocha: CAPTAIN;Ananmay Jain;Nirvaan Garg;Utkarsh Chaudhary;Bhuvnesh malla;Rajveer Sablok;Bhavish Davar;Ativ Sharma;Raghav Bhatnagar;Kanav Jain;Kanishk Bhan;Ghazi Shah;Tanish Arora;Akshit Bhardwaj;Kritik Chopra;Rachit Jain.
Modern School Celebrates 69th Independence Day 2016 with enthusiasm and spirit
The school bustled with excitement. The horses were there…The auditorium was decked up with flowers and songs celebrating our freedom filled it as the students filed into the Shankar Lal Hall for the Independence Day Celebrations, commemmorating 69 years of our independence. The Chief Guest of the day, Mr Alok Verma, Police Commissioner of Delhi reached the venue in his cavalcade, escorted by the Principal Dr Vijay Dutta and President, Board of Trustees, Modern Schools, Mr Ashok Pratap Singh. The school band displayed its prowess as they welcomed the dignitaries.
After the flag hoisting ceremony, the students put up a wonderful dance-drama ‘Roopak’ titled “Speed Breaker”, which through satire portrayed the cavalier attitude of the Indians towards the country and exhorted them to get over those ‘speed breakers’ and make the ride for India smooth towards a better future. The occasion was graced by the presence of various honourable members of the School Management and the parents.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Verma implored the 3000 students of the school to focus on building a strong character as the basis of their lives. He emphasized on the importance of discipline in all walks of life and especially in school.
Dr Vijay Datta, Principal, in his address, spoke of the importance of responsibility in a life of an individual. He said that responsibility and rights rae the two sides of a coin and they go hand in hand for a successful life. He emphasized that the purpose of freedom will be rightly fulfilled if in this age of globalization, the students are alert and vigilant citizens. He said that the children of today are the global ambassadors who should be physically fit, academically sound, mentally alert, socially responsible and religiously positive in their outlook and constructive in their approach.
In his vote of thanks, Mr Ashok Pratap Singh stated that everything can be achieved by a person with devotion, discipline and perseverance. He added that effective leadership is putting first things first and effective management is discipline. He thanked Mr Alok Verma for taking time out to be with the students and sharing his ideas with all. The celebrations ended with songs of freedom echoing in the hearts of one and all as the auditorium resonated with the mellifluous voices of the members of the school choir.
THE ANNUAL PTA ACADEMIC AND SPORTS AWARDS CEREMONY
The Annual PTA Academic and Sports Awards Function was held On the 19th, 20th and 21st of July. Mrs Shivani Wazir-Pasrich was the Chief Guest for the Senior Academic Awards held on 19th in the Shankar Lal Hall. 385 students fron S4 to S7 were awarded books, certificates and collar pins for academic excellence in 2015-16.
The following day, students of S1 to S3 were awarded for scoring 10 CGPA and A grade in 5 subjects. Principal Sir, Dr.Vijay Datta handed out the awards to the deserving students and encouraged them to aim at excelling in all fields.
The PTA Sports Awards Function was held on 21st and we were honoured to have Mr.Atul Wassan as our Chief Guest. The A+ category , awarded for International Position Holders and Participation, SGFI/CBSE/open National Holders, comprised of 45 students from S2-S7. These young achievers were given Trophies, Certificates and collar pins. The A category, awarded for Participation in Open National/CBSE/SGFI and IPSC Position Holders, comprised of over 275 students from all the classes. They too were awarded with Trophies, Certificates and collar pins.
A Tryst with Rajdeep Sardesai
Going back home had never been so exciting for the kids of MSB 11, as they looked in awe at the India Today crew. Hushed whispers and ecstatic squeals portrayed their eagerness to interact. As the renowned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai stepped aboard the bus, thundering applause greeted him warmly. Engines ignited, cameras started rolling and excitement levels reached sky high as Mr. Sardesai picked up his microphone. Interactive, humble and witty, he instantly struck a chord with the young audience. He proceeded to asking quiz questions to the children and everyone answered with utmost zeal and commendable accuracy.
“Where did the latest ISRO PSLV Launch take place?”, he asked, with a number of excited hands going up to answer him. Being a quizzer himself, he also invited children to ask him questions. In the short bus journey with him through iconic Delhi landmarks, everyone was left enriched.
As Rajdeep Sardesai bid adieu to the bus, children buzzed with eagerness to witness the New Wiz on India Today, every Sunday at 11 a.m. and cheer for their school.
Modern School has always encouraged Tree Plantation and the annual TREE PLANTATION DRIVE, an initiative taken by the Environment Club of the school that took place on 1st and 2nd July 2016 was truly commendable. Great enthusiasm and fervor was seen among the students and teachers alike. We, at Modern School, stand for the cause of sustainable development and understand the value of tree plantation.
On the first day, the initiative was supported and sponsored by the esteemed members of The State Bank of India. Many Senior Officials, Respected Principal Dr. Vijay Dutta and members of the Environment Club were present to grace the occasion and set an example for others to follow. Various saplings were grown and trees were planted like Palm, champa, motiya, Anar, Jamun, Faicus, Gudhel, Chandni , Papaya, guava.On the 2nd Day there was another mega tree Plantation Programme under the aegis of The Rotary Club to commemorate 111 years of the prestigious Club.
95th Founder’s Day at Modern School
New Delhi: November 1 — On the occasion of the 95th Founder’s Day of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Science, Subhash Ghei, the celebrated filmmaker and script writer, SY Qureshi, the ex-Election Commissioner and Ashok Pratap Singh, President, Modern Schools Board of Trustees, graced the occasion. The Chief Guest, Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that Modern School is an extraordinary school with diverse activities and character. Praising the efforts of the Principal, staff and students, he requested the august audience to give a standing ovation for the extraordinary efforts put in by all.
In his presidential address, Mr Ashok Pratap Singh, President, Board of Trustees, Modern Schools said that education being very close to his heart, he has perpetually inspired both the teachers and students to live up to the motto of Modern School, “Perfection cannot be achieved by the weak willed”. He laid stress on the four aspects of holistic education which are part of the school curriculum for the past 95 years being part of its pristine glory — academic excellence, co-curriculars, physical fitness and values.
Subhash Ghai, the celebrated filmmaker and script writer who presided over the function, stated that in the comity of schools, Modern School shines like the polestar. He added that it has been the benchmark of excellence for the overall development of body, mind and soul. He also mentioned that the school is a mine of talent. The real purpose of education is to simultaneously and harmoniously co-exist with the world around .
Amidst a gathering of about 3000 parents and grandparents, while reading the annual report, the Principal, Dr Vijay Datta categorically mentioned the glorious feats of students in all walks of life proving that it’s Modern School’s habit to be at the pinnacle of glory in academics, sports, debating, music, dramatics and umpteen other fields. Dr Datta stated that even today, the institution has retained its top position as the vanguard in almost all paraphernalia of what is best in education. He further added that students have made a dent felt in the national and international fabric of equestrian and baseball in less than a year’s time thus making it once again as the prime institute of the nation.
Dr Harsh Vardhan took the guard of honour, inaugurated all the visual arts, photography, woodwork and aeronautics, aero modelling and umpteen other exhibitions besides bolstering the students participating in the inimitable mountaineering and hiking show that was the pick of the day. He said that there was no dearth of talent and daredevilry acts on the part of dauntless Modern students. About 100 students were given away prizes by the Chief Guest in various categories with Parth Bhatia (best all rounder), Alisa Warsi (best girl horse rider) besides, Prabhav Bahuguna (best basketballer).
The major attraction of the evening was the ballet, Tathagat which is based on Lord Buddha’s life of detachment and sacrifice. The performance, according to parents and connoisseurs of art, was breath-taking, impeccable and professional! Orchestra was another great feat by a large number of students besides other cultural activities.
The vote of thanks was given by Dr SY Qureshi, who said that Modern School has been the flagship of excellence in school education. It’s students, current and former, have been enriching India’s forward march in every field of human endeavor. Modern has been the trend-setter, he added.
All India Under-19 IPSC Basketball Championship
Modern School bags All India Under-19 IPSC Basketball Championship
May 20 — The 4 day sporting carnival of All India IPSC Boys Under-19 Championship at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi concluded with fanfare and flourish. Modern School, the hosts won the final in flair against Motilal Nehru School of Sports outsmarting them by 101-78 in the final of the two giants of the game today. Modern School has done it the fifth year in a row.
Pramod Sharma, Director of Genesis Global School was the chief guest. The guest of honour was Dr DR Saini, Principal, Delhi Public School, RK Puram. Dr Vijay Datta, Principal Modern School, congratulated all the participants and stated that the game was played in true sportsman spirit. He said, “Modern School has been the torchbearer so far as the IPSC sports scenario is concerned.” Being a keen sports enthusiast himself, he implored the youngsters to be sports friendly for overall success in life.
Sunil Rathee of Modern School was declared as the player of the tournament while Sujit of Motilal Nehru School of Sports was awarded for scoring the maximum points in the entire tournament. Most promising player of the tournament was Sanat of Modern while the find of the championship was Hansraj Hooda, also from Modern School.
The participating schools included — DPS RK Puram (Delhi), Mayo College (Ajmer), DPS Mathura Road (Delhi), LK Singhania (Gotan), Mann Public School (Delhi), Motilal Nehru School of Sports (Rai), Pinegrove (Dharampur), Punjab Public School (Nabha), Lawrence School (Sanawar), Emerald Heights (Indore), Assam Valley (Guwahati), YPS (Patiala) and Modern School (Delhi).
BOOK WEEK 2015
BOOK WEEK 2015
The Book Week was organized from the 20th to the 24th of April by the library department of Modern School Barakhamba Road, held a series of weeklong activities to help students explore the world of books.
Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, a famous Indian journalist was the guest for the opening ceremony on 20th April. He shared his experiences and stories of success. He advised children to follow their heart and to enjoy what they do. In a question answer session with the students Mr. Sardesai spoke about the field of journalism, the youth of India and the changing tech savvy world around us. He spoke about the importance of books and the need to read in today's world. Later on, the Scholastic Book Fair was inaugurated by the Guest and the Principal.
On 21st April, the second day of the Book Week the students of class S2-C met the renounced author MS Vinita Krishna. Ms Krishna a teacher and special educator for the past three decades expressed her love for children in many ways and inspired children to inculcate the habit of reading. She advised the students that hard work is necessary for success.
Many students form the S4 section also visited the American Centre library on Kasturba Gandhi Marg. They explored the great American Library with excitement. Mrs. Jyoti Chanana showed the students a motivational documentary about how our company influences our moral character, giving them an important lesson for life. Children had a fun filled, enriching experience visiting the library and learning about books and e books along with their importance
Dr. Davika Rangachari has won several awards for the children writing. Her book growing up was nominated to the honor list of the International Board of Young People as most outstanding entry. Devika shared the art of writing, which she loves the most. She further discussed the base to develop a story. Students shared many instances and tried to develop stories instantly.
Mr. Ajit Narayan, a professional cartoonist, drawing for various print media for the last 20 years conducted a ‘cartooning workshop’ for S1, played with the different emotions of human mind. By drawing cartoons he demonstrated the ways to express different emotions and situations, which children enjoyed immensely.
Ms Tanya Chaudhury a lawyer by profession and an Alumni interacted with the students of S 3 C She created an environment for the students to interact with each other about the problems they face and offered possible solutions. The session allowed students to speak their minds and allowed them to know more about themselves and their class mates .Overall it was a session where all students were involved, while allowed them a platform to speak about issues which affect them immensely. During the discussion children got involved in a healthy discussion on how they could express their anger in a peaceful way, which would help them to build friendship and team spirit.
Heritage Walk at Teen Murti
Walk the Talk at Teen Murti
World heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. India, a land the abounds in diverse traditions and cultures, proudly boasts of a rich cultural heritage. From Shah Jahan’s magnum opus to Gandhi’s legacy of Satyagraha, Indian history is replete with path-breaking creations and events which have played a significant role in shaping our roots. To celebrate this remarkable heritage and to bridge the gap between the past and the present, history students of S7A and S7A+ participated in a heritage-walk conducted by Ms. BeebaSobti in collaboration with the Teen MurtiBhavan (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library) on 17thApril, 2015, the eve of the World Heritage Day (18th of April).
Beeba Ma’am’s introduction to the Teen MurtiBhavan premises as well as an overview of its historical significance set the tone for the day. Upon crossing the busy round-about at Teen MurtiMarg, the students beheld the structure of the three bronze lancers to which the building across owed its name. They learned that the Teen Murti statue, a 1922 creation of the British sculptor Leonard Jennings, is a memorial, commemorating the death of numerous lancers from the Indian states of Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur who lost their lives in the Great War (1914-1919) in Sinai, Palestine and Syria.
The walk gave the young historians yet another reason to marvel at this great capital city of ours, Delhi. The day came to a close with Ms. Sobti's much-loved shayari: "aasmaankikyataaqat, jochurayedillihumse? Dilli hum par fidahai, hum fidaDillipe.” Like the book Indian legacy is perennial and will inspire generations to come. It will stand tall and extol the virtues of this great land. Motherland, we bow our heads in obeisance to you, our Goddess!
This Friday morning saw the Sir Shankarlal Auditorium in Modern School Barakhamba Road agog with enthusiasm as the Greek Gods of Tennis descended on its hallowed tarmac. Yes, we are referring to none other than Goran Ivanisivec, Tim Henman and Mr. Paul Hutchins, who were here to promote the HSBC ROAD TO WIMBLEDON initiative for Juniors. It was a soul-igniting moment as the stars from the tennis galaxy took centrestage!
Modern School Barakhamba is endowed with a great sports legacy: what with its very own student Vishal Uppal having made a mark in tennis and having won accolades par excellence in the international circuit!
After having fielded a volley of questions specially an interesting one by the Principal of the School on Goran’s equation with Pete Sampras, the former declared that the latter was a great inspiration. Questions included the kind of obstacles one, had to surmount to attain supremacy in the sport, the pressure et al. Both Goran and Tim answered that they managed pressure diligently and with aplomb. The Tennis Clinic headed by Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of the All England Club, with faculty and student participation won hearts all over.
Dr. Vijay Datta, the Principal, a sports aficionado himself had a game with Goran and latter was impressed with his prowess in the game, rather delighted! The highlight of the was when Tim and Goran had an interesting game of tennis seated on the horseback. Yes Equestrian is back on the Modern School terrain, an initiative among many noteworthy ones mooted by the illustrious Principal Dr. Vijay Datta, an avid horse-rider himself! The Modernites couldn’t have asked for more; a day which will go down in the annals of their history. Yes, Goran’s Believe in yourself and Tim’s Give your 100% will be the slogan that will ring in every true blue Modernite’s ears for years to come! Vive La Tennis the world over! HALLELUJAH! Praise be the Lord!
GRADUATION DAY 2014
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
The “Graduation Day” for the class 12 students at Modern School is not only the crunch occasion for the students’ whole school life span but also the most long awaited one. It’s a day of achievement — an occasion to be cherished throughout life for more than 400 students on the new threshold of their lives in the presence of their teachers and parents!
We believe that Graduation is not the end but a new beginning. The exercise therefore, commenced with the customary address by Dr Vijay Datta, the Principal wishing all the students the very best. In his speech, he said, “Graduation is one of the few genuine rites of passage left in our society. You are, individually and collectively, passing symbolically from one place to another, from an old to a new status. And, like all such rites, it is both retrospective and prospective. You are graduating (or being graduated) from college, which is the end of something. But the ceremony we are participating in is called commencement.”
Dr Datta further added, “Perhaps the most useful suggestion I can make on the day when most of you are ceasing to be students, is that you go on being students- for the rest of your lives. Don’t move to a mental slum.
If you go on being students, if you do not consider you have graduated and that your schooling is done, perhaps you can at least save yourselves and thereby make a space for others.”
After the moving address by Dr Datta, in a symbolic gesture, the teachers handed out the’ lamp of knowledge’ to the class of 2015 — almost 400 of them. It was followed by the traditional tossing up of the graduation caps into the air.
Then followed the session of touching mastery of oratory by the students — most with their eyes welled up in tears — the worthy Valedictorians that day. It was perhaps the address of the millennium by Arudhra Rao, also an ace debator who astonished one and all with his command over oratory. The debate in charge, Mr Firoz was ecstatic about the fact that in Arudra, he discovered a Cicero.
Arudra said, “There often comes a moment in a man’s life, only if my teachers allow me to call myself one, where they are forced to look themselves into the mirror, the mirror of reality, the mirror of self-realization and have the courage to judge themselves before waiting to be judged by others. Sadly yet optimistically Ladies and gentlemen for us that time is now.
Shantanu was another masterstroke with his emphatic words, “We stand here today on the precipice of the future. It's not a distant reality anymore. It begins here. It begins today. We began high school as children, but we're leaving here as adults.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Ishaan Madan too was full of ideas, “Take action. Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every small little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.”
The occasion was graced by the President, Board of Trustees, Modern Schools, Mr. Ashok Pratap Singh, who was the Chief Guest of the Graduation Day Ceremony.
It was the day when Sir Shankar Lal Auditorium was dressed to the nines.It was a day when young men in their tuxedos and young ladies in their divanesque finery graced this paradise of a venue.The Principal Dr Vijay Datta blessed the congregation of the batch of 2014-2015 with the most apt words FARE THEE WELL.Revelry in the form of music and dance rent the air.The chosen ones scorched the ramp in utmost dignity to receive their titles.Yes Modern School Barakhamba Road celebrated its young scholar denizens and gave them a fitting farewell. The hallowed portals seemed to whisper 'Besaame Moocho or We Love You' from every nook and corner!
94th Sports Day 2014
“Discipline yourself by sports” — Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir, the celebrated Indian cricketer though the Chief Guest, donned his school blazer, tie, belt and shirt not only to be an integral part of the 94th Annual Sports Day of Modern School but to give a glimpse of discipline. The world renowned batsman stated that he wanted to go back to that time when he was being cocooned by his teachers. “Sports, according to me, is the best way to discipline your body, mind and soul and just being on the plush grounds of the school electrified me, giving wings to my sports vision,” added Gambhir.
Dr. Vijay Datta, Principal, said that winning or losing is not as important as keeping the spirit of the sports going on. Games and sports symbolize the youth of the nation. They keep the nation young as they keep the people young. A drowsy inactive nation seldom makes a mark anywhere in the world. The intellectual growth of a nation too depends upon its physical health.
A huge gathering of parents and grandparents was there to encourage the budding sportstars of the future.
Various activities, in the spirit of fun and frolic and of course expertise, included — march past pageant by all the Houses, Yoga display, “Swachh Bharat”, races for seniors, juniors and sub-juniors, drill display and Tae-K-Wondo. Continuous commentary by the students enthused one and all throughout the proceedings
March past was won by Laxmibai House while the runners-up was, Ashoka House and the third position was captured by Azad House. Inter-House Team Championship Trophy was bagged by Gandhi House. Gandhi House was declared the overall Best House. The best athlete for the juniors slot were Pranjal Dangwal (Ashoka House) and Sanskar Nagpal (Ranjit) in the Boys category and Tanvi Sikka (Gandhi) in the Girls category, while for the sub-juniors, it was Ishaank Chopra (Pratap) in the Boys category and Snigdha Mathur (Ashoka) in the Girls category. The seniors laurels went to Aamir Raza Khan (Lajpat) in the Boys category and Ridhi Kapoor (Gandhi) in the Girls category.
Mr.Ashok Pratap Singh thanked all those present saying that Sports play a pivotal role in the makeup of a young athlete by making him disciplined, responsible, selfconfident, sacrificing and accountable.
Quantum Leap towards perfection including Archives Building, Heritage Clock, umpteen Sports, Academic activities.
“Entertaining, energizing, electrifying, enthralling, and above all, educating!” That’s how, Shri.LK Advani, the Chief Guest, former-Deputy Prime Minister and the seniormost Parliamentarian, expressed his views on the occasion of the 94th Founder’s Day of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. He said that institutions like Modern School have pioneered education, co-curricular activities and sports into a path-breaking benchmark. Shri.Advani added that Modern School, where his own daughter Pratibha had been lucky to have studied, has been a synonym of accomplishment.
Amidst a gathering of almost 3000 plus parents and grandparents, while reading the Annual Report, the Principal, Dr Vijay Datta categorically mentioned the glorious feats of students at the pinnacle of glory in academics, sports, debating, music, dramatics and other fields. Dr Datta stated that even today, the institution has retained its top position as the vanguard in almost all walks of school life. He further added that students were very enthusiastic about the introduction of equestrian, boxing, baseball and shooting as part of the sporting schedule of the oldest Public School of the capital.
Dr SY Qureshi, the ex-Chief Election Commissioner, the Guest of Honour spoke high of the overall educational excellence emphasizing that the school's motto, “Self-realization cannot be achieved by the weak-willed”, fits in perfectly. He spoke highly of the shooting and debating champions from the school, who have been winning laurels at national and international championships. He mentioned that his vast experience of globe-trotting made him proud of Modern School, an Indian institution head high above shoulders in comparison to the schools abroad.
Another eminent Guest of Honour, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, took the guard of honour, inaugurated all the visual arts, photography, woodwork and aeronautics, aero modelling and other exhibitions besides bolstering the students participating in the inimitable mountaineering and hiking show that was the pick of the day. Admiral Sunil Lamba stated that there was no dearth of talent and daredevilry acts on the part of the dauntless Modern students.
The major attraction of the evening was the Ballet, Mehboob-e-Ilahi: Jahanara based on the life and times of the Mughal princess and the eldest daughter of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan. The performance, according to parents, was breath-taking and par excellence! Orchestra too ruled the roost by a large number of students.
A book on the history of Modern School by Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed, senior teacher from the faculty of Commerce was released on the occasion by Shri LK Advani who said that it would go a long way to add to the lustre and glory of the institution. More than 500 prizes were given away to the students.
As one of India’s most reputed heritage schools, Modern School is also gearing up for its Centenary Celebrations in 2020. A glorious “Archives Building” with more than 6000 photographs and almost the same number of press clippings, and the age old “Heritage Clock Tower” under the guidance of Mr.Ashok Pratap Singh and with the efforts of Ms. Ambika Pant and Mr.Nawal Singh, is being readied.
Besides, “Time Capsule”, “Science Park” and the “Globe” too will be part of the school’sheritage.
Under the recent initiatives, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), BALA (Building As a Learning Aid) have become a part of the school curriculum. Equestrian, rugby, boxing, shooting and baseball too are a part of the salient features that add colour to the sporting canvas of the school.
The vote of thanks was given by Dr SY Qureshi, who said that the manner in which Modern School in Delhi has been the trend-setter, so will be the other new Modern Schools, one of which has made its presence felt amidst sylvan surroundings in Kundli.
In the materialistic world of today very few are bestowed with the ability to give selflessly. We at Modern School believe that this blessing of giving must be imbued within the conscience of our students from a very young age. Also, we would like to further our initiatives to the world community. Blood is the inevitable elixir of life and what better way of achieving our objective than maintaining the noble tradition of organizing our Blood Donation Camp.
The morning of 1st November saw the school auditorium abuzz with donors as it organized its 33rd Annual Blood Donation Camp. The months devoted to hard work spreading of awareness finally paid off as large numbers turned up to donate blood. The cut off, numbering 100 donors stipulated by the Rotary Blood Bank was achieved within an hour's time. Our former student President Shrama, Ghosh was our 100th donor.
Well known personalities such as Mr. Tajinder Singh Luthra (Additional JT. Commissioner of Police), Mr.C.K.Mishra (Additional Secretary and Mission Director N.H.M.), Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi (Member of Parliament) and Ms. Nayantara Rai (CNBC television) graced the occasion with their kind presence.
While the Interact Club of Modern School constantly strives for excellence, the success of past Blood donation camps could not be possible without the unconditional support and propensity of the Rotary Blood Bank, the country’s largest and the most modern blood bank service.
Ikebana has been an integral part of our Annual Blood Donation Camp. The Ikebana exhibition creates an atmosphere of positivity and happiness, which encourages, and lifts the spirit of our donors. Ms. Neelu Kohli and the Ikebana club were responsible for this miracle of display and aesthetic ambience.
Teachers' Day is intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The teacher and taught hold a special place in each other’s hearts. Modern School as an institution pays obeisance to teachers as protégés of the Goddess of Learning. The students leave no stone unturned to make the day special for their beloved teachers. The teachers too regale their young audience through their dancing and singing prowess. Every year the day is celebrated with elan, making it as special as one would wont it to be. In this garden of warmth and bonhomie both the teacher and taught appear as two peas in a pod. Modern School as a temple of learning provides a conducive environment where the teacher and the taught grow from strength to strength in terms of academic excellence and other creative pursuits. The pursuit of excellence is inculcated in the ideology of each individual.
68th Independence Day
VIBGYOR may have descended on Planet Earth on a rainy day but the colours spelling green, saffron and white ruled the roost on India's Independence day with the blue Charkha as its guiding light! Fluttering in regal abandon on the Modern tarmac, the erudite young scholars paid obeisance to Bharat Mata this day.
Our school celebrated the 68th Independence Day of our country on 13th August 2014.
Gen (Dr) V.K.Singh, PVSM AVSM YSM (Retd.), Former Chief of Army Staff, Hon’ble Minister of State for Development of North East Region (Independent Charge), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Flag hoisting, the Chief Guest’s Address to the students, talks in English & Hindi, Roopak titled ‘Loc – Line of Control’ and performance by the school choir were the highlights of the celebration which enthralled nineteen to a dozen.