WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10th October to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s world mental health day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic especially for school students and staff as they navigated online classes, personal and family’s health concerns, and a global crisis, all at one time. As a result of this, their psychological, emotional and physical health have taken a toll which in turn have impacted their daily lives at school and home.
At Cambridge School Noida, the Psychology Department organised the following events for students and teachers to focus on their mental health:
– Wednesday, 6th October 2021: An interactive circle time for classes 6th to 8th of Class Teachers and students to connect with their students and offer a supportive space to talk about mental health
– Friday, 8th October 2021: A poster making activity in zero period on Friday, 8th October for class 6th wherein the students artistically represented on topic “Self Care for better mental health”.
– Friday, 8th October 2021: A session by Mr. Ashish Garg of Pratham Institutes on Time Management for students of class 10th and 12th who will be giving their pre-boards and boards examination
– Tuesday, 12th October 2021: Dance Movement Therapy workshop for teachers by Ms. Tripura Kashyap focussing on their mental well-being
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Cambridge School, Noida celebrated Independence Day with patriotic fervour on 15th August 2021. The Principal, Ms Preeti Sangwan unfurled the tricolour and all present sang in unison the National Anthem with pride and expressed the joy of our freedom. The programme began with a stirring speech by the Principal, Ms Preeti Sangwan followed by a short cultural programme which included an inspiring speech by the Head Girl Chahat Bhanot, patriotic songs and contemporary Indian dance by the students. The highlight of the day was the various sports competitions conducted for the children of classes IX-XII which included a 100-metre race, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and Yoga.
A captivating video of the online celebrations was broadcast through MS Teams for the students and through Facebook for parents. This year the online event included speeches by the Head Boy Garv Kakkar and Head Girl Chahat Bhanot, songs and dances by senior and junior wing students and an interesting and very motivating interaction of the students with Group Captain Anupam Banerjee, Vishisht Sewa Medal who is a veteran officer and had participated in Operation Vijay, Kargil 1999.
PANEL DISCUSSION, CLASS- IX
On 13/8/21 Friday, on the eve of Independence day, an Online Panel Discussion Competition was organised for class IX. The topic of the discussion was ‘How can we prevent the next pandemic?’ The names of the participants are – Md. Ayan, Stavya Tripathi (9A), G Shree Lakshmi, Saanvi Nayan (9B), Disha Pandey, Radhika Swarnkar (9C), Parul Arora, Tanya Jha (9D) and Tulika Gupta, Kakul Bhardwaj (9E). The competition was judged by two teacher-moderators Ms Supriya Gupta and Ms Nitu Dixit. The participants presented their views through PPT presentations and very confidently suggested measures to prevent the next pandemic like- Educating the masses about the pandemic and safety precautions, relying on genuine information and avoiding fake news, governments should increase investment in healthcare etc. Kakul Bhardwaj (9E) secured the First position, Parul Arora (9D) secured the Second position, Saanvi Nayan (9B) & Tulika Gupta (9E) shared the Third position.
INTER-SECTION FOLK DANCE AND MUSIC COMPETITION
As a part of Independence Day Activities ADM Dept. had planned for the children of classes VI to VIII an Inter-section Dance and Music Competition online on 12th and 13th August 2021 during the Zero Period. From each class 145 to 150 students attended. The event was graced by The Principal and Vice-Principal of the School along with class teachers and ADM teachers. External judges selected the prize winners in various competitions as listed below:
Class VI (Western Folk Dance)
Class VII (Indian Folk Dance)
Class VIII (Indian Folk Song)
Panel Discussion was organised for the students of class X on account of Independence Day on the topic ‘HOW CAN WE PREVENT THE NEXT PANDEMIC’ on 13th August 2021. Around 140 attendees attended the session. The panel discussion was held in 2 rounds, in the first round the participants had to prepare a power point presentation and explain it and in the second round the teacher-moderators Ms. Ayesha and Ms. Puneet asked various types of questions to the panellists. All panellists had put their different view in a very beautiful manner.
On Friday, 13th August 2021 Final round of the Panel discussion was held amongst the students of Class 11 on the topic Sustainability practices require grass-root level initiatives. The Participants raised a wide range of issues like Zero hunger , Quality education , Gender equality , Climate change etc. with the help of well oriented Power point presentations. Also The judges Mrs Arpita Paul and Mrs Kirti Sasan asked some insightful questions about the topic in the discussion.
The Results are as Follows:
|Swati Madusudhan XI E||First|
|Ishi Pandey XI E||First|
|Mahika Nautiyal XI B||Second|
|Vidhi Anand XI A |
Bhumika Gupta XI C
A webinar was conducted by 12 A and 12 B students on the occasion of celebration of Independence Day organised on August 13, 2021.
The participants were Ridhima Gupta (12A), Anushka Tripathi (12B), Riya Verma (12B) and Hariom Mishra (12A).
The topic was “Thirty Years of Economic Reforms in Financial Sector (1991 onwards). The students participated wonderfully which showed extensive research on the topic. The PPT was made by Hariom Mishra and the webinar was successfully conducted.
A Solar Fest was organized on the occasion of Independence Week, 2021, under the theme, “Ideas Transforming India”, at Cambridge School, Noida on August 11, 2021 . The venue was the ATL Tinkering Lab for the students of Cambridge School, Noida and the Micro-Electronics Lab for the under privileged children. Around 40 students of Classes VI-XI, participated in the Solar Lamp making Activity which was a part of the programme. The children were given the kits using which they created the lamps which lit using the energy of the sun. Dr. Jasleen Batti, Deputy Programme Manager, Climate Change and Energy Programme from Centre for Science and Environment graced the occasion. Mr. Vikram Roy, honourable member of the school management motivated the children with his gracious presence. The Principal , Ms. Preeti Sangwan, The students of Cambridge School, Noida donated the Solar Lamp created by them for a social cause. The participating students went back feeling enriched after the programme.
FAREWELL TO CLASS XII SESSION 2020-2021
After fifteen months full of uncertainty, and unprecedented challenges, a farewell was organised, albeit virtually to celebrate, and culminate the brilliant journey of the class of 2021 at CSN on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 at 2:30pm over Zoom.
The event was hosted by Chahat Bhanot and Garv Kakkar, the current Heads of Cambridge School Noida. The lamp lighting ceremony was accompanied by a soulful prayer performed by the talented school choir. Dr Kalyani Roy, Manager, Cambridge School Noida and Secretary, Society for Advancement of Education (SAE) graced the occasion with her encouraging presence.
The programme consisted of creative and interactive segments which were thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees, particularly the graduating batch as they took a trip down memory lane. Students recalled their precious memories of their time at school. Teachers took this opportunity to reflect upon the classes they taught.
Principal, Ms. Preeti Sangwan and Vice Principal, Ms. Nandita Sinha Roy congratulated the students, and gently reminded them to keep the words of the school motto, ‘we learn to serve’, at the centre of all their future endeavours.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Chahat Bhanot. The evening was full of nostalgia, and warmth.
Class XI MUSIC CONCERT
On 30th July’21, the ADM Department organised a Music Concert for students of Class XI as a stress buster during the ongoing pandemic. Around 135 students, the Principal, teachers and parents attended the programmes. The children were showcasing their talents in various events such as, dance, music, instrumental music and self-composed poem recitation. The programme was well-appreciated by the audience. The conclusion of the event was marked by a melodious song sung by a student’s mother and the student himself supported her on tabla.
COUNSELLING SESSION FOR CLASS X
A counselling session for Class Xth students was held on 2nd July, 2021. Principal, Ms. Preeti Sangwan told the students that self-discipline is the best discipline. Exams are not just for scoring good marks but for checking one’s own knowledge. This was followed by a counselling session where the counsellor discussed with the students the importance of proper nutritional food, sleep and exercise, sharing their feelings and emotions and reducing screen time. The students were also briefed about the latest examination pattern and marking scheme.
ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATION
On the occasion of World Environment Day, 2021, the member schools of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Sahodya School Complex organised an event to discuss ways, and new strategies to incorporate in the existing school structure, and to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and the ways to do it. Ms. Preeti Sangwan, President of the association, and Principal of Cambridge School Noida addressed the gathering. The chief guest for the session was Ms. Sushmita Sengputa, the Programme Head Rural Water, and Sanitation Division, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi. In her presentation, she repeatedly talked about the importance of connecting with nature, and establishing a deeper understanding of the environment before making attempts to restore the ecosystem.
Different member schools showcased the work of their students in their pursuit to define, and understand the process of sustainability and the application it in their lives.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Nindya Sanket, Secretary, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Sahodya School Complex who talked about the significance of acknowledging our place, and mission as global citizens in the fight to achieve a sustainable environment, and fulfilling the SDGs by 2030.
The following competitions were organized for the students.
|Date||Topic||Conducted By||Attended By||Learning Objectives|
|5th June 2021||VI & VII- Slogan Writing|
VIII- Poster Making with a caption
| Respective Class Teachers on MS teams|
|·Relate human behavior to environmental impact|
·Summarize the negative environmental effects of human consumption
·Analyze personal consumption in terms of environmental impact
·Create a plan to reduce the personal environment
BAYAAN CLUB ACTIVITIES
A series of workshops were conducted for the Bayaan members of classes XI and XII. On 15thMay 2021 Bayaan Club members Chahat Bhanot and Sahaana Ramesh conducted a workshop Be Kind to your Mind. The aim of the discussion was to share the fears and frustrations of the second wave of the pandemic.
Digital Minimalism was the topic for discussion on 22nd May 2021, conducted by Vanshika Mahajan and Sahaana Ramesh. The session focused on the tremendous increase in screen time which has dire consequences on one’s mental and physical health. The members spoke about how social media and the internet is merely a form of escapism during these truly difficult times. They also discussed the impact of solitude deprivation and how each one of them is trying to reduce the screen time by channelizing their energies towards something that is beneficial for their mental and physical health.
The last session, Not Everyone is a Type was held on 29th May 2021, conducted by Chahat Bhanot and Sahaana Ramesh. The session emphasized on gender stereotypes and how the society has set different rules for people belonging to different genders. Students shared their personal experiences with gender stereotypes and the impact it has had on their mindset. It was concluded that these beliefs have been existing since ages and the first step to break this taboo is to be aware and stand up against these stereotypes together as a community.
INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
Cambridge School Noida witnessed the celebration of International Dance Day online on 29th April 2021 to mark the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre the creator of modern ballet. The celebrations aimed at sending out the message of hope.
When the world is fighting the deadly pandemic, in these trying times, the ADM Department conducted a series of musical concerts throughout the year to uplift the morale of the students and keep them physically fit.
Glimpses of ballet by the children, a creative dance performance and an enactment on a self-composed poem were also a part of the celebration. Children took great delight in expressing their views on the importance of dance in their lives.
Cambridge School Noida celebrated its 90th Founder’s Day with great zeal and enthusiasm on 7th April 2021. The Founder’s Day was celebrated to commemorate Cambridge school’s establishment by Late Shri Alok Chandra Deb, a great visionary and a philanthropist who valued the importance of education for a progressive society. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Ms. Jyotsna Davar, an alumna of Cambridge School Srinivaspuri and a reputed academician.
Founder’s Day was celebrated with some online activities
- Mathematics Department on 7th April 2021 organised “Hands on Activity with Triangles and Three-Dimensional Shapes” for class IX
The task was to
- Find Centroid and Orthocentre for a triangle.
- Relation between the volume of a Cone and a Cylinder
2. Music Activities: The Music Department organised an interesting activity virtually, for the students of class VIII. The enthusiastic students enthralled everyone with songs of different genres.
STREAM SELECTION SESSION WITH CLASS X
A session to discuss Stream Selection and Subject Combinations was organized by the coordinators, Ms. Kiran Sibal and Ms. Jyoti Joshi for Class X on March 17th, 2021. The programme was conducted in two slots; for XD and XE from 8:10am to 9:10 am and for XA, XB and XC from 11: 45am to 12:40pm, to ensure social distancing norms. The principal , Ms. Preeti Sangwan addressed the gathering and discussed the school policy for additional subject/s. Further, the students were updated about the scope and significance of Science stream and Biology by Ms. Susmita, Commerce stream and Entrepreneurship by Ms. Sumathy, Economics by Ms. Shelly Baveja, Psychology by Ms. Sunetra and Humanities stream by Mr. Jamal.
The attendees felt enriched and better equipped to make their stream choices after the session.
SESSION WITH CLASS X – ABOUT ADMISSION CRITERIA IN CLASS XI
On the last day of the pre board II examination, for Class X, a session was organized to apprise the students about the admission criteria and streams offered in class XI. The programme began with an introduction by the coordinator, IX-X, Ms. Kiran Sibal. This was followed by the Principal’s address in which Mrs. Preeti Sangwan spoke about the scholarship programme being introduced from this session. The special guest of the day was Mr. Akashdeep , an electronic Diploma holder , from Biral Polytechinic who spoke to the children about the scope and significance of Computer Science and Informatics Practices. The admission criteria was explained by Ms. Sumathy, while Dr Hemant clarified the myth about 85% quota for Delhi students in engineering colleges. This was followed by an update about the improvement classes being organized in the coming days by the coordinator, Ms. Jyoti Joshi. The seating arrangement in the auditorium was as per Covid norms and the programme was conducted smoothly.
STUDY TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR BOARD EXAMS
The Psychology Department of CSN, under their ‘We Care’ Program, organised a session with Dr. Deepa Passi (Senior Consultant & Adolescent Paediatrician, Apollo Hospital Noida) on ‘Understanding Exam Anxiety and Study Tips and Strategies’ for class 10th on 15th February 2021, the students appearing for Board Exams. The session was helpful in understanding the nature of exam stress and various kinds of triggers that can cause anxiety. Dr. Passi also gave very useful tips and strategies for teachers, parents and students to cope with the pressure and give their best efforts during the exams.
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