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24.12.14 - I Am The Host

“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it”
– Arthur Conan Doyle

Among the array of activities held at Queen’s Valley School, ‘I Am The Host’ was an addition as a personality grooming activity. Such activities bring a lot of enthusiasm and confidence in the students. The activity ‘I am the Host’ was organized for students of class VII. In this activity, they were asked to play the roles of hosts of popular T.V. shows. This activity was planned to highlight the significance of role-play in child development.

Role-play can take many different forms and serve as many purposes such as feeding the imagination and encouraging empathy and it is a powerful way of developing social skills. We, at QVS, believe that it is good to make room for role play where the children themselves have set the context and it is up to the adults to gently observe and support the learning. Imaginary play and role play typically involves verbal communication. When children participate in dramatic plays, they copy and practice the words they have heard others saying which ultimately develop vocabulary and language skills. In addition, children become aware that in order to participate well in the activity they need to listen to others in order to respond and follow the activity in an appropriate manner. Not only does this activity promote public speaking but it also promotes collaborative and listening skills. QVS proposes to highlight such aspects of child development like a role-play brings about.

Students participated enthusiastically in the activity I AM THE HOST held on 24th December 2014, making it a grand success. The participants amazed the audiences and also, the judges by their incredible performances, enacting as various prominent hosts of T.V. shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Kaun Banega Crorepati etc. The participants also motivated and inspired the audience to participate in such activities in the near future to boost confidence.

The students who outshone their peer were acknowledged and were awarded with the certificates. The winners were Devangi Shukla and Gracy Singh Of class VII D who bagged the first position, Kanika Solanki bagged the second position, followed by Ankita Kumari who bagged the third position.









24.12.14 - Christmas Celebration

24th December dawned as a cold and white wintery morning. As the students of Queen’s Valley School, reached their school, the school building merged with the fog and created the right atmosphere for a white Christmas. The students were pleasantly surprised as they entered the school premises. The school building wore a festive look decorated with balloons, streamers, buntings, Christmas stars and a resplendent Christmas tree.

The queens were in for a bigger surprise as the day wore on. Santa with his elves and fairies descended on the school but instead of a sleigh pulled by reindeer he came to this Green School on an E-Rickshaw. His E – Rickshaw could give competition to any traditional sleigh as it was beautifully decorated with all the traditional decorations.

As Christmas carols reverberated on the public address system Santa with his elves and fairies went around the classrooms bringing the Christmas fervor to each child and spreading cheer, snow and happiness all around. Armed with his goody bag and bell, Santa distributed candies and toffees to the students. He was accompanied with fairies that waved their magic wand promising to fulfil the wishes of the students. The fairies with their snow sprays in hand gave the children a feel of a white and snowy Christmas.

The highlight of the day was a ride with Santa Claus. Undaunted by the cold outside the students thronged the school grounds to take a ride with Santa on his E-Rickshaw.

Happiness and joy could be seen on each child’s face as the celebrations ended. It made them believe in the magical world of Santa Claus. It also spread the message of tolerance towards other faiths and the need to spread joy to the world around us – a real requirement of the times we live in.






23.12.14: CLASS III-F SPECIAL ASSEMBLY

“Tenali Raman and the two thieves”

“It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.”

Tenali Ramakrishna known as Vikatakavi (jester poet) also was a Telugu poet who hailed from the present Andhra Pradesh region. Tenali Ramakrishna composed works on religion in Telugu.Tenali Ramakrishna was one of the Ashtadiggajas or the eight poets at the court of Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara emperor. He was known for his wit and humor. Tenali Ramakrishna was born in a village called Garalapadu in Andhra State during the early part of the sixteenth century while it is widely believed that he was born in Tenali. His father Ramaiah died when Ramakrishna was very young. The boy was deprived of his father’s love. His mother Lakshmamma returned to her native place Tenali to live with her brother. Ramakrishna grew up in his uncle’s town and so came to be known as Tenali Ramakrishna.

Class III-F presented an assembly depicting the glimpse of the life of Tenali Raman on 23.12.14. Our queens enacted the play where they showed how Tenali Raman with his intelligence and wit solved the mystery and helped King Krishnadevaraya to catch the thieves red handed.

Students were dressed according to their roles. They delivered their dialogues with perfection and impressed the audience. They presented the whole play in a very systematic manner. Each one of them enjoyed doing this skit. When all the students came together to dance, everyone in the audience enjoyed the dance performance happily.

The special assembly proved to be a great success and left a smile on everyone’s face.







22.12.14 – Inter Class Rhyme Time-Old v/s New

“Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.”
- Paul Engle

Upholding the spirit of healthy competition, QVS organized the rhyme time activity on 22nd December 2014 for the students of class 5 in the school premises. A rhyme is a tool utilizing repeating patterns that brings rhythm or musicality in poems.

The rhymes recited by the students were well rehearsed and new rhymes. The rhymes were enjoyable and the queens beamed with confidence as they recited them. The enthusiasm and zeal with which the children participated and performed was commendable.

This activity was an enjoyable and pleasurable experience for the queens. It was a personal victory for every child who participated and faced the audience. Moreover, the rhyme time activity offers itself as a mnemonic device smoothening the progress of memorization. The aim of this competition was to give an opportunity to children to showcase their talent.

Pratishtha Shukla V D I Position
Manini Singh V F II Position
Ambika Singh V B
Laavanya V B III Position







22.12.14 – CLASS PRE NURSERY

SHOW AND TELL COMPETITION

The purpose of a Show and Tell Competition is to give a platform to children to present their thoughts about their immediate environment. They develop the confidence to face an audience and exercise their oral and presentation skills.

QVS organized a Show and Tell competition on Monday, 22nd December2014 for the princesses of Pre-Nursery . There was a riot of colours, as the li’l princesses entered the school dressed as their favourite object like a Barbie doll, favourite fruit, favourite dress, favourite toy etc. They surprised the audience by their performance, describing their favourite object in detail. This event not only gave a chance to them to showcase their talent but also acted as a confidence booster for our queens. It was a personal victory for every child who participated.

The result is as follows:
Name Position
Hritoja Choudhuri First
Tishika Dey Second
Rupashi Nangia Third






19.12.14 - CLASS VIII TWIST IN A TALE

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to reflect upon.”

English language has become one of our principal assets in achieving a global leadership. It is a global language and a necessity of today’s time. Keeping this in mind, Queen’s Valley School conducts an array of activities to promote the use of English language. One such activity was the Inter-Class English Story Narration Competition for the students of class VIII on 19th December 2014.

Story telling is an art that has mental, social and educational benefits for children. The competition provided opportunities for pupils to showcase their talents, and to develop their personalities and character. The competition was conducted at two levels- Preliminary and the final. The queens accepted the challenge enthusiastically and presented mesmerizing stories with stupendous twists. The winners were selected on the basis of creativity, content, fluency, intonation and presentation.

The Winners:
NAME CLASS POSITION
PUNYA THAKUR VIII – C 1st POSITION
AASTHA CHAKRAWARTY VIII – B 2nd POSITION
DEEPSHIKHA YADAV VIII – C 3rd POSITION






18.12.14 - CLASS VI Inter-House Spelling Quiz ‘Spellathon’

Spelling, loosely defined, refers to the activity of forming words from letters, or, conversely, the process of naming the letters that form a word. Every conventional word in an alphabetical language has an acceptable, some say standard, way (or ways) of being spelled (or spelt). Spelling is important as it aids in reading. It helps cement the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. It also facilitates communication. Standardized spelling makes it a lot easier to understand texts.

Spelling words lay the basic foundation that a child will need throughout his education and life. Spelling and reading also have a common factor, proficiency with language. Spellings affect a child’s grades and possibly determine his future success in life.

As an attempt to make its queens proficient readers and writers, QVS organized an ‘Inter-House Spelling Quiz Competition- Spellathon’, for the students of class VI. The competition was divided into different rounds like- Heal the Word, The Jungle Game, Rapid Fire etc. Two students from each house were selected for the finals. The students displayed great competitive spirit and participated with full enthusiasm. The participants as well as the audience had a great time during the competition they got to learn a lot of new words and their pronunciation. The students participated with great zest and made the competition a great success.

The winners are as follows:
Name Class House Position
Manya Negi
Pranati Naithani
VI C
VI B
Truth I
Khushi Bhardwaj
Nishtha Thakur
VI E
VI C
Courage II
Parisha Yadav
Vinita
VI A
VI C
Peace III






18.12.14 – CLASS X CHARACTER DRAMATISATION

QUEEN’S VALLEY DIONYSIA: THEATRICS OF PERFORMANCE

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.

- Hamlet (Act 3, scene 2, 1–4)

These immortal lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet signify the true spirit of theatre and performance. They illustrate the importance of pure aestheticism on stage as in theatre, the most beautifully written lines are not expressed adequately by crude and exaggerated emotions. Effective stage presence and adequate dialogue delivery is therefore required to avoid a play's most pivotal moments getting annihilated by coarse and uninformed acting. Theatre is a dynamic process that evolves over time in response to the needs and sensibilities of its users. Situated at the intersection of text and performance, it thus helps to materialise the principle of ‘learning by doing’ in the teaching-learning process.

As the spirit of classical theatre and the bard continues to inspire generations to inherit the true essence and beauty of theatrical panache, Queen’s Valley School organised Dionysia- a theatre carnival dedicated to the celebration of classical and modern theatrical forms alike. As part of the event, students of class X participated in Character Dramatisation on December 18, 2014. The participants donned the roles of various literary giants and impersonated some of the canonical and legendary characters from famous plays. Conducted as part of a collaborative project with British Council, the competition focused on group performances relying on the enactment of dramatic monologues already immortalised by legendary playwrights.

The idea of character dramatisation in the form of a competition was taken enthusiastically by the students. They conducted extensive research based on the concept and execution of the theatrical form called dramatic monologue. The students indulged in extensive practice so as to learn to express their mental thoughts aloud, and at the same time, got exposed to stage devices like soliloquies, apostrophes, and aside. The participants were also encouraged to indulge in exploring the life of the character chosen so as to examine the part effectively. At the same time, they were trained to understand and execute stage movements effectively in order to develop poised and controlled postures on stage.

The students chose dramatic monologues ranging from Shakespeare’s famous plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale and Othello. A participating team created an innovative salad of Shakespeare’s works on stage and left the audience enthralled with their witty dialogues. An example of modern tragedy Death of a Salesman was also presented by one of the contesting teams. Satyr plays, which treat heroic subjects in burlesque fashion, were also chosen for dramatic presentation. This technique helped to preserve the structure and characters of tragedy while adopting a happy atmosphere and a rural background. All the mythical heroes engaged in action drawn from traditional mythical tales created a spectacular atmosphere. All the performances were governed by a strict and coherent economy of thought and expression, and exhibited a plenitude of ideas and views on stage.

As professed by Willem Dafoe, ‘Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.’, the event helped the students to develop their literary and theatrical skills by understanding the processes and elements involved in creating works of dramatic art. The winners were selected on the basis of content, dialogue delivery, dramatic presentation, power point presentation, costumes, props and group dynamics.

Result:
Name Class Position
A. Sushmitha X-C I
A. Sushrutha
Anshu Sharma
Bharti Rajput
Mansi Mittal
Muskan Gola
Nihar Lalas
Omika Jangra
Riddhi Sharma
Sanyukta Kalita
Shambhavi Singh
Aanchal Thapar X-B II
Ananya Thakur
Bhavika Dhoke
Khushboo
Mahima Chakma
Manbahaar Kaur Kalsi
Sahaj Preet Kaur
Sunali Dembla
Srishty Sharan







17.12.14 – CLASS XI-XII CHARACTER DRAMATISATION

The true theater, because it moves and makes use of living instruments, continues to stir up shadows where life has never ceased to grope its way.
ANTONIN ARTAUD,
Preface, The Theatre and Its Double

Theatre, as it is rightly said, serves as an everlasting life force because of its very nature of being interactive and the techniques it employs. It is an attempt at expressing the complications of life through a shared enterprise. Live performance shares with the audience a pact- the play is unfinished unless it has an audience, and they are as important as the performers.

With an objective to integrate theatre in the learning process, Queen’s Valley School organized Character Dramatisation- an inter class event for the students of class XI and XII on 17th December 2014. The competition was organized with an intent to sensitise students towards contributions of innumerable people who have impacted human lives with their work across the globe for generations.

The participants played the roles of personalities who have been change makers in their own right and have had a significant say in the development of human history and the world as we see it today. The students accepted the challenge enthusiastically and roped in characters from the social and political milieu along with those from the world of sports, entertainment and education. It was an endeavour to encourage the students to indulge in the observation and analysis of the lives of the personalities they admire, and to enable them to execute their traits efficiently.

The participants enthralled the audience and the judges alike as they enlivened the atmosphere with their enthusiastic performances. The participants were judged on the basis of content, dialogue delivery, expression and dramatic presentation.

The winners were:
S.No. Name of the student Class and section
1 Shreya Kahol XI A
2 Avneet Kaur Batra XI B





16.12.14 – SHOW AND TELL COMPETITION

“If you can speak, you can influence.
If you can influence, you can change lives.”
- Rob Brown

We at Queen’s Valley School believe in developing our students’ vocabulary and public speaking skill. As a part of this effort and keeping the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in mind, Show and Tell Competition was organised in the Cultural Hall for classes III and IV on the theme ‘Green India, Clean India’. The young queens attired themselves as various characters and presented their views showing objects like dustbin, tree, broom, etc. Watching their concern and strong will to bring about a change for the betterment of the country was a treat indeed. They included facts like position of India when compared to other countries in terms of cleanliness and measures that should be taken to keep our surroundings clean. This not only challenged their creativity but knowledge and speaking skills as well. The queens spoke very confidently and the purpose of sensitizing them to the growing need of a cleaner and greener India was completely fulfilled as they took pledge of giving their hundred percent to the same.

A preliminary round for the same took place on 8 December 2014 and the best two were chosen from each class. The selected students were given the opportunity to speak before a cheering audience and the esteemed judges. The queens spoke with extraordinary confidence and made it difficult for the judges to decide the winners. Their efforts and participation was appreciated by all. The best ones were chosen as winners.

Their names are as follows:
PARTICIPANT’S NAME CLASS POSITION
IDIKA BHUTANI III-E I
DIZA JOSHI III-B II
DIYA JOSHI III-B III

PARTICIPANT’S NAME CLASS POSITION
ADITI KAPOOR IV-E I
SIYA TRIPATHY IV-C II
SHUBHI SRIVASTAVA IV-A III
ANIMA GANGELE IV-F III





15.12.14 – CLASS IX Spin- A Yarn Competition

“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

– Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Stories overwhelm our culture and help us build strong relationships. They have been an integral and indispensable part of our education system too. Listening to a story yields new avenues to imagination and creative thinking. Similarly, given an opportunity, young and artistic minds can take the horses of their imagination to unparalleled tangents and can come up with astounding creations.

Educators have realized the importance of teaching children the finer points of storytelling and teach them to differentiate between when they can be creative and when they need to present honest facts. The ability to teach students to really dig down deep, to not just take things as they are on the surface but to investigate, is a lesson that will remain with them throughout the rest of their lives. We’ll be raising a generation that will adhere to the idea that there's more to a situation than what meets the eye. It also helps them to unearth their real potential.

QVS envisages creative writing to be an essential part of the curriculum and therefore makes every possible effort to hone the writing skills of its students. One such effort was witnessed on 15th of December 2014, when the students of class IX participated in the Spin- A- Yarn Competition. It was an ‘on the spot’ competition wherein students were provided with a choice of topics for writing their story. The queens harnessed this opportunity to the best level possible and wrote wonderful stories with lot of creative twists. It was a delight to read such creative pieces of writing. On the basis of evaluation, the following emerged out to be the winners

Name of the Student Class Position
Srishti Bhutani IX-D First
Vaishali IX-A Second
Anjali Kumari IX-B Second
RupaliRohilla IX-A Third






15.12.14: CLASS III -D SPECIAL ASSEMBLY

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Birbal (Mahesh Das) was a Brahmin advisor in the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Birbal had a close association with the emperor, being part of his group of courtiers called the ‘Navaratna or nine jewels’. Birbal is mostly remembered in folk tales, which focus on his wit. The Akbar- Birbal tales depict him outsmarting the envious courtiers and sometimes even Akbar.

Class III-D presented a special assembly depicting the glimpse of the lives of Akbar and Birbal on 15-12-14. Our queens enacted a play where they showed how Akbar landed himself into trouble by trusting the envious courtiers and mistreating Birbal.

It was a well conducted assembly. Children dressed themselves according to their roles. They delivered their dialogues with great poise and perfection.Queens ended their assembly with a special message that we should trust our best friends and should not doubt their honesty. Their dance performance on the song’Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’ perfectly reflected this message.

It was a commendable performance by the young queens and an enjoyable experience for the audience. The special assembly proved to be a great success and left a smile on everyone’s face.









10.12.14 & 17.12.14 – CLASS PRE SCHOOL & PRE-PRIMARY

TELL A TALE STORY TELLING COMPETITION

QVS believes in learning by doing and endeavors to make learning enjoyable and fun loving for its li’l queens. People of all ages love stories, children are fond of stories and love to listen to them. Stories help children to visualize the plot and characters. Story telling introduces new vocabulary to children.QVS organized a Story Telling competition for the princesses of Pre-School and Pre-Primary in the month of December 2014. The princesses had to narrate a story in English and explain its moral at the end. Story telling has mental, social and educational benefits for children. The response was overwhelming and it amazed us with the hidden talent of our young storytellers. They took us far and wide with their stories. The result of the competition is as follows:

Results of Pre School:
NAME SECTION POSITION
KSHIRIN DUA SNOWDROP I
AMEYA ARYA ANGELINA I
PRISHA BHATIA SNOWDROP II
AKSHITI BHARDWAJ SARAH III
ANANYA ANWESHA NAYAK RAPUNZEL III
ARATRIKA BASU ARIEL III

Appreciable Performance:
NAME SECTION
TASHVI SNOWDROP
SHEZA NAVED SARAH
PRISHA MEHROTRA ANGELINA

Results of Pre Primary:
NAME SECTION POSITION
HARMAYRA JASMINE I
VANSHIKA GUPTA ALICE II
RHYTHM LUTHRA ALICE II
RADHIKA GOEL ALICE III

Appreciable Performance:
NAME SECTION
CHITRANSHI JASMINE
ANWESHAA BHARDWAJ GOLDILOCKS






09.12.14 – CLASS III B SINGHASAN BATTISSI SPECIAL ASSEMBLY

“The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others. It is our Humanity which makes us Spiritual and our Spirit which makes us human.“

The school assembly is one of the most important aspects of a school’s curriculum. Its potential to nurture a positive school ethos that stresses care for the self, others and the pursuit of all forms of excellence should not be underestimated. It powerfully nutures the development of intrapersonal intelligence. It can make a positive contribution to a pupil’s self-development and therefore be at the heart of raising achievement and standards. It makes children confident and helps them to conquer their stage fear. A special class assembly of class III-B was organised on Tuesday, 9th December, 2014 on the theme- ‘Singhasan Battissi’.

‘Singhasan Battissi’, the tale of the throne linked to the lost throne of Vikramaditya which king Bhoja, the Paramara king of Dhar, found after many centuries. King Bhoja tries to ascend the throne of Vikramaditya. Thirty two female statues which adorn that throne challenge him to ascend the throne only if he would show magnanimity equal to Vikramaditya as revealed by a tale that each statue would narrate. This leads to 32 attempts (and 32 tales) of Bhoja to ascend the throne and in each case Bhoja acknowledges his inferiority. Finally, the statues let him ascend the throne when they are pleased with his humility.

The assembly was concluded with a valuable lesson that the purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others. Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the humanity, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.

Our Queens looked beautiful in their eye catching costumes. They gave a mesmerizing performance. The assembly proved a good way to showcase their talent. Their performance was felicitated through a big round of applause by the audience.







08.12.14 - CLASS IV-D

Special Assembly - GOSSIP SHOULD NOT BE HEARD BUT SEEN

At Queen’s Valley, we believe that the school assembly makes children confident and helps them to conquer their stage fear. The students of class IV D organized a special assembly on 8th December on the topic “ Gossip should not be heard but seen”.

The assembly started with the prayer followed by a skit on the story of Panchatantra “ The Sky is Falling” and then a dance performance by the students. Students were dressed according to their characters. They delivered their dialogues with perfection and impressed the audience. They presented the whole play in a very systematic manner. Each one of them enjoyed participating in the skit. When all the students came together to dance, everyone in the audience enjoyed the dance performance.

The students in the audience enjoyed the whole assembly thoroughly and cheered each performance.

The assembly concluded with the message that we should not believe in the words of anyone blindly without actually verifying the truth. It was a memorable experience for all.






05.12.14: CLASS III-V ENGLISH CALLIGRAPHY BEAUTY IN BLACK AND WHITE

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.“

E.L Doctorow

Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as, "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner". When we write, we're not only memorizing the letters on the paper but also the process and experience of shaping them," We, at QVS, believe that good handwriting; neat and readable; shows your personality. Like neat dressing and neat presentation, handwriting is another face of the person who presents it.

A good handwriting would always attract others. Both speed and neatness are essential for good grades, so it's in a student’s best interest to learn to write neatly and in a way that doesn't fatigue the hand quickly. Therefore, to motivate children to write neatly in good handwriting and make children aware of the correct formation of letter, an Intra Class English Calligraphy Competition was organized for class III-V on 5 December 2014.

The event was a success .The children participated with zeal and enthusiasm. The event not only gave a chance to showcase their talent but also acted as a confidence booster for our queens. The effort of our queens was highly appreciated.

The winners are:

CLASS III
III-A Ekakshara Garg
III-B Diza Joshi
III-C Anjana
III-D Prarthna Sharma
III-E Riya Yadav
III-F Riya Bhalla

CLASS IV
IV-A Vartika Subbarayan
IV-B Aashi Sharma
IV-C Naina Rana
IV-D Mahika Singh
IV-E Shubhi
IV-F Anima Gangele

CLASS V
V-A Shreya
V-B Laavanya
V-C Muskaan Aggarwal
V-D Shradha Srivastav
V-E Disha Singh Mehra
V-F Akshita Aggarwal

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