30.11.2012 : Special Assembly – Ocean Pollution
The oceans are so vast and deep that until fairly recently, it was widely assumed that no matter how much trash and chemicals humans dumped into them, the effects would be negligible. Proponents of dumping in the oceans even had a catchphrase:"The solution to pollution is dilution." There is evidence that the oceans have suffered at the hands of mankind for millennia, as far back as Roman times. But recent studies show that degradation, particularly of shoreline areas, has accelerated dramatically in the past three centuries as industrial discharge and runoff from farms and coastal cities has increased.
Pollution is the introduction of harmful contaminants that are outside the norm for a given ecosystem. Common man-made pollutants that reach the ocean include pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, detergents, oil, sewage, plastics, and other solids. Many of these pollutants collect at the ocean's depths, where they are consumed by small marine organisms and introduced into the global food chain. When pesticides are incorporated into the marine ecosystem, they quickly become absorbed into marine food webs. Once in the food webs, these pesticides can cause mutations, as well as diseases, which can be harmful to humans as well as the entire food web.
Toxic metals can also be introduced into marine food webs. These can cause a change to tissue matter, biochemistry, behavior, reproduction, and suppress growth in marine life. Also, many animal feeds have a high fish meal or fish hydro lysate content. In this way, marine toxins can be transferred to land animals, and appear later in meat and dairy products.
At QVS, we attempted to make our queens aware of this dangerous phenomenon by conducting a special assembly on Ocean Pollution. On the 30th of November, students of Class VIII-A and B staged a skit highlighting four major causes of marine pollution viz. Direct Discharge, Land Runoff, Plastic Debris and Oil Spill. Students were seen enacting each scene with flair and conviction. The performance was enhanced by the inclusion of content-appropriate songs like ‘Jai durge, jai durge...’, ‘Mere desh ki dharti...’, ‘Hum hain sabse mast panchhi...’ and the likes, which were composed and put to music by our talented queens themselves. They had even prepared an attractive and informative board to enhance the visual quality of their presentation.
The presentation was laced with immense educational value and managed to captivate the senses of one and all. The performers managed to make the audience resolve to do their bit in managing waste disposal thereby contributing to the well-being of the environment and through it, of the living organisms. The effort was appreciated tremendously by the Principal, teachers and the student audience alike.
30.11.2012 : One Nation Reading Together
“ A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”
- George R R Martin
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. It is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
Reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the readers create emotions in their heads, or the colours of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face.
As a legendary and annual feature at QVS this year also the queens enthusiastically participated in ‘One Nation Reading Together’ and sent out a convincing message that reading is one of the most productive activities invented by humans. The invisible bond that our children shared with the whole world reading simultaneously with each other is for sure a wonderful feeling. It not only virtually connected them but also held out elements of a vital event.
The event commenced with the Reading Pledge for motivating the girls to read and emphasizing on the fact that reading brings pleasure and knowledge and even worn out books are indispensable in terms of their value for knowledge. Seated in a picture perfect pattern of a beautiful thought- ADD A BOOK TO YOUR LIFE, the girls formed a beautiful view. The girls carried their books with them to the ground to read under the beaming rays of the sun which appeared to be merry to aid the purpose. Even the teaching faculty did not lag behind but came up as a source of inspiration for the students by carrying and reading their books along. Our creative and artistic queens made the best use of the day by involving themselves in BOOKMARK MAKING and PAPERBAG MAKING activity and came up with some notable stuff.
As another imperative trait of the event, the queens were encouraged to donate their old and already read books to the needy ones so as to fulfill the actual purpose of the day and to involve almost the whole nation to read together. Undoubtedly we all eagerly look forward to such unifying event next year …!!!!
26.11.2012 : Kho Kho Match
“ A sound mind dwells only in a sound body”
Endorsing this thought, we at QVS believe that academic learning and sports education are two sides of the same coin. The school relentlessly strives to provide a conducive environment for the all round development of its Queens- to help them grow into healthy, capable citizens of India.
To inculcate lessons of discipline, sacrifice, team spirit, loyalty - various activities, competitions and contests are organised regularly in the school. In line with this endeavour, an Interhouse Kho-Kho match was organised for the Queens of classes VI to XI.
The first semi final was played between Peace House and Courage House and the second semi final between Truth House and Integrity House. The Queens showed a lot of speed and stamina. 26thNov’12-----the day of the finals dawned bright and clear. The finalists were cheered by one & all. The excitement and enthusiasm of the participants and the spectators made the game exhilarating. The two teams played with passion and upheld the spirit of healthy competition.
Peace House was declared the winner of this closely contested match. It was indeed a matter of pride that the Queens carried themselves with grace, dignity and poise in victory as well as in defeat.
The Winners :
22.11.2012 : Annual Sports Day
Sports are known for producing remarkable athletes, colourful characters, influential leaders and memorable heroes. They develop a spirit of achievement and channelise the energy of one’s mind, body and soul. Sport is a preserver of health too. With the aim of encouraging its students to excel in the sports arena too Queen’s Valley School celebrated its Annual Sports Meet on 22nd November 2012.
At 10 in the morning, with the roll of the drums the smartly attired contingents of the four houses along with the other contingents marched in .This was followed by the lighting of the torch symbolizing the start of the sports events. The march past by all the houses exhibited the discipline of the students and their hard core practice. This was followed by an oath taking ceremony. The meet was declared open by the Principal Dr N Sharma who stressed on the importance of sports and games in one’s life. Her message for students was to make use of the opportunities being provided to them and also conveyed the importance of participation when compared to that of being winner. “Favourite part of the game is the opportunity to play.”
Within minutes of the Sports Meet being declared open the Aerobic, Judo and Yoga contingents took their places on stage to put up an enthralling display of power, prowess and flexibility. All these mind blowing drills led the students to show case their innate ability enriched with enthusiasm which mesmerised the onlookers.
Soon after the display the participants could be spotted on the tracks, taking their positions on the ground. The spectators, the contestants and the teachers were all out in the open doing their jobs flawlessly. There was excitement in the air. The athletes went sprinting on the tracks with such speed; it was almost possible to hear the boom as they went past the spectators. Each athlete ran with hope in her heart and a dream in her head.
The highlight of the day was the Tug of War between Class X and XI which was won by the students of Class XI. The Tug of War between the Sports Department and the Teachers of classes III to V generated much excitement among the students. The cheering for the teachers reached a crescendo when the teachers took their places for a specially choreographed balloon race.
The collective outbursts of spontaneous cheers were amongst the best feelings one could ever hope to experience .The whole day was amazingly harmonized with students stepping out in the sun to cheer their classmates and friends giving the message that they would achieve their dreams on the play field too.
21.11.2012 – Career Counselling Workshop
“Right decisions are fully right only
when they are taken at the right time.”
In order to help its students to take the right decision at the right time Queen’s Valley School organised a Career Counselling Workshop for the students of Classes IX and X on 21st November 2012. The workshop was conducted by renowned career counsellor Mr Jitin Chawla.
Mr Jitin Chawla is a professional career counsellor who helps and guides students to understand their potential and abilities in order to make the right choices in life.
Aptitude, Interest, Ability, Personality (Conventional, Mechanical, Outdoor, and Creative) and Values are the five key words to choose a career. According to Mr Chawla we should have an aptitude for a particular career, interest in it only then can we enjoy our work and it will not be a punishment for life. Our personality should also suit our chosen career choice and also values to suit that career. According to him our personality right from our childhood gives us indications about our career in the future.
He helped the students to list down careers as per personalities and interests. As the queens sat down to write them down they realised that they had before them a list which was endless and with infinite possibilities. Mr Chawla spoke about careers in the creative fields, management, business/ organization based careers, physical/ outdoor careers, science based careers and Biology based careers. He brought before them such a large number of unconventional careers that every queen felt equipped to take on this difficult task of making a choice.
He told the students about careers which in the future are going to have a great demand and these included pharmacy. Career options suggested by Mr Jitin Chawla ranged from RJ to Counsellor to Rocket Scientist to the traditional ones like an Engineer. He gave the students the names of various institutes which would come in handy at the right time. He also advised the students to improve their vocabulary in English and to work constantly at enhancing their general awareness.
The workshop not only enlightened the students but also empowered them with knowledge which would help them choose a career as per their aptitude and ability and in which they will always be a path breaker.
20.11.2012 : English Calligraphy Competition - Pre Primary
Handwriting is a person's particular and individual style of writing. For some it is purely an art form, for others, it needs to be a functional tool which allows them to put ideas on to paper, effortlessly and fast. Our handwriting is very personal, part of our self-image and an expression of our personality. Handwriting is a means of expressing language, just like speech, and it also leaves a lasting trace. Some call it 'Language by Hand'. It is a physical way of expressing thoughts and ideas and a means of communicating with others. It is a skill which involves linguistic, cognitive, perceptual and motor components, all of which have to be coordinated into an integrated fashion.
Keeping in view the benefits of good handwriting, a calligraphy competition was conducted for the little Queens of Pre Primary on 20th November 2012. All the Queens participated in this competition with great zeal and enthusiasm as they got an opportunity and a platform to showcase their best work.
This competition encouraged them to develop a good handwriting and enlightened their li’l minds with the benefits of good handwriting. It was difficult to choose the winners of the competition but some of them wrote more beautifully than the other Queens. The winners are:
First Position :
Second Position :
Third Position :
19.11.2012 : Preserving the legacy of the past – Visit to Hauz Khas
"A building does not have to be an important work of architecture to become a first-rate landmark. Landmarks are not created by architects. They are fashioned by those who encounter them after they are built. The essential feature of a landmark is not its design, but the place it holds in a city's memory. Compared to the place it occupies in social history, a landmark's artistic qualities are incidental."
Heritage is the foundation on which we stand. It is our link to the past. Every country has a heritage. It helps us to discover who we are. Imagine how hard it must be for those people who grow up with no real sense of a family history or heritage. All those amazing memories and treasures need to be protected. They need to be preserved, to be kept safe so that future generations can also see those treasures and know where they came from.
At Queen’s Valley School we acknowledge the importance of heritage and believe that heritage preservation is very important in order to preserve our identity. To promote heritage preservation among the queens, on 19th November teachers and students from the school visited Hauz Khas one of the prominent complexes built under the Sultans of Delhi. An Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb and pavilion built around an urbanised village with a medieval history that can be traced back to the 13th century.
Queens were thrilled to know about the history of the monument and the experience was enlightening. In Urdu ‘Hauz’ mean “Water Tank” and ‘Khas’ means “ royal”, giving it the meaning the-“ Royal Tank”. The large water tank or reservoir was first built by Allauddin Khalji (1296- 1316) to supply water to the inhabitants of Siri Fort. Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq also contributed to this structure. He became one of those Muslim rulers who erected their own tomb in their lifetime. It was also interesting to know that Muslim architecture is influenced by both Hindu and Persian art, it contains the features of both the art styles. This mixture of art style shows the beautiful harmony of society.
Visit to Hauz Khas was an extraordinary experience as it literally took us hundreds of years back to the spectacular and extravagant lifestyle where Muslim architecture started to make its mark. Students learnt about the lavish lifestyle of the rulers and the lives of the commoners. They not only learnt about the architecture of the Muslim rulers but also came to know about the harmony between Hindu and Muslim communities at that point of time. The monument gloriously told us the story of its beautiful past. We were gazing and admiring the beauty of this monument and all of us were mesmerised by the exquisiteness of the monument.
All monuments have a story to tell, it is we who should have the ears to hear the story.
19.11.2012 – Dussehra Celebration
Dussehra is a popular festival celebrated all over India. It is also known as Vijayadashmi ('Vijay' meaning 'victory' and 'Dashmi meaning 'tenth day’), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife - Sita.
It signifies the triumph of good over evil. The legendary triumph was re-enacted as Dussehra was celebrated on 19th October 2012 through a special assembly by the students of class I and II.
Children portrayed different characters from the Ramayana like Lord Ram, Seeta, Laxman, Hanuman, Raavan and even Surpnakha. They presented incidents from the life of Lord Ram and emphasized on the values learnt from the various characters. The children performed very enthusiastically and confidently. They thoroughly enjoyed the special assembly on ‘Dussehra’ and gained a lot of knowledge about these different mythological characters. The precision with which the play was conducted by the students was commendable. The message of victory of good over evil was learnt. We heartily thank all the students, their parents and teachers for their support in making the assembly truly special.
09.11.2012 – Children’s Day Celebration
Today’s children are the future of tomorrow
Children’s Day is a day dedicated to children, and is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, whose immense love for children was demonstrated by the various welfare schemes initiated by him for the underprivileged children of our country.
Queen’s Valley School celebrated Children’s Day on 9th Nov’12 with great zeal and enthusiasm. A special assembly was organized to celebrate this day, by the students of Class I - Lavender. Little queens, dressed in colourful attire, enacted various scenes which emphasized every child’s right to education and its importance in his or her life. The performances were appreciated by the audience and the dance performance on “School Chale Hum” proved to be the icing on the cake! The best part, however, was the finale, when all the students got together to dance to the song ‘Itni si hansi, itni si khushi’. The celebrations proved to be a huge success as they brought smiles on the faces of all present – students and teachers alike! The queens were able to bring out the child in each one present through their well conducted assembly.
08.11.2012 – Special Assembly – Diwali
Happy Diwali! Let’s make everyone happy this Diwali
Diwali is the biggest and brightest festivals of all. It is the festivals of lights which literally illumines our homes with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. On this day, we worship Lord Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen-year long exile after vanquishing Raavan. In the joyous celebration of the return of the king the people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with diyas. It is celebrated in various ways in different regions of India, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
Queen’s Valley school celebrated Diwali with immense enthusiasm. Class -1 Tulip presented a special assembly on theme-Diwali on 8th November 2012. The children presented a dance performance on the song ‘Ramji Aaye’ to mark the historical importance of Diwali. Children also challenged the general perception that Diwali celebrations are incomplete without burning fire crackers. The queens showed that Diwali is all about spreading happiness by dancing to on the tune of ‘gun gun guna’, which brought a smile on the faces of audience. A skit was presented to bring awareness about the harsh reality of the town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu where young children are employed in illegal fireworks factories and their childhood is exploited. Children emphasised ‘on no use of fire crackers on Diwali’ by shouting slogans like ‘Say No To Crackers, Say No To Child Labour’ and ‘Sivakasi ke bachon ko bachao, iss diwali se patakhe mat jalao’. They also spread a strong message about ‘Child Labour’ through a kavita ‘Ab Bas Karo’ which was presented in the form of nukkad natak. The queens gave the message that Diwali can be celebrated without polluting the environment.