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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.