On the Ekta Diwas (31 Oct) the Hon’ble Prime Minister Launched the “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat” programme to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. With the aim of fostering national integration through a co-ordination mutual engagement process between Nations, States and Union Territories; a skype session was conducted on 19 Feb 2020 in the School premises with the students, faculty of Annal Jyoti Boarding School, Nepal.
In this international student exchange program, Students from Grades IV and V participated. They shared and discussed the ISA project: International flags. Students of both the countries exchanged their diverse knowledge of respective nations.
Marians enjoyed the extension of global exposure and look forward for other such activities in the future.
On the auspicious event of Republic Day and approaching Lok Sabha elections, Marians shouldered the responsibility of spreading awareness regarding the significance of casting one’s vote in a democracy. Continuing this, at SMCS the Republic Day was celebrated with great fervour, wherein many cultural activities were organised. Students performed dance, Skit and Song on the occasion. Marians also presented several pyramid demonstrations to mark their spirit of patriotism and agility. All the Marians & Staff members took the pledge and preamble too was read out by Principal Ma’am Ashu John. Manager Sir’s speech inspired us to imbibe the values of patriotism.
Happy 71st Republic Day
Today a workshop was conducted by Dr. Sonia Dutta, Associate Professor, Indraprastha Dental College and Hospital, Sahibabad on ‘Oral Hygiene’ for the learners of grade III to V.
She enlightened the students on various aspects of Oral hygiene, how to protect our teeth from cavity, balanced diet etc. Another session was conducted by one of our educator Ms. Gunjan Bharadwaj and School Counsellor Ms. Neeti Gupta on ‘Good Touch & Bad Touch’. The learners actively participated in the discussion. It was really a fruitful experience for the learners & hope that our learners apply this knowledge in their daily life.
SMCS celebrated Ashirwaad ceremony of Grade X Students. They were given a traditional warm welcome by applying tilak. The event started with auspicious lamp lighting & prayer followed by a motivational enhancement by the Marians of junior class & teachers. The occasion was graced by Rev. Father Rozario as Chief Guest who showered blessings on the students. The programme ended with the inspiring speech of Manager Sir & distribution of pens & cards as a token of blessings, to the Marians of grade X.
Voting is perhaps the most important thing a citizen can do to support their democracy. But the ignorance & negligence of the citizens to exercise their right to vote immobilize the democracy. Our Marians shouldered the responsibility of creating awareness to cast vote by preparing various slogans, posters & creative activities.
The Challenges of the modern day life has brought along with it the need to be more physically proactive & fit with optimum energy & positivity. For a holistic & intrinsically healthy lifestyle, St. Mary’s Christian School conducted various games & sports activities to be a part of ‘Fitness Movement’, launched by Hon’ble PM Mr. Narendra Modi. The day commenced with Fitness Pledge led by Manager Sir John Vianney Sharma Wherein all the students, teachers & staff pledged to imbibe a healthy lifestyle followed by yoga session, fun sports activities like Frog Race obstacle Race, Cone Race etc and fitness through dance. All these activities helped in instilling in students an understanding for regular physical activity enhancing self-esteem & confidence.
School Winter Timing has commenced w.e.f 1st November 2019.
Winter School Timing
I to XII
8:05 am – 2:20 pm
Pre-Nursery, Nursery & K.G
9:30 am – 1:00pm
Students are instructed to wear neat & well-ironed winter school uniform
National Unity Day is observed on 31st October in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Marians paid tribute to this great man by taking a pledge led by Manager Sir John Vianney Sharma to strengthen the integrity & contribute towards the welfare of the nation.
Halloween or All Saint’s Eve is a celebration observed in various countries. Marians of Grade V-VIII studying French became a part of this celebration by imposting as wizards, witches, fairies, etc. to pay tribute to the departed souls.
The Celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, came alive at St. Mary’s Christian School, when the whole school wore a festive look with pots, diyas & chandeliers. The Rangoli by the girls of senior grades added the perfect setting to the festivity.
Through various activities like making wall hanging, diya, matka & candle decoration, Hand-art competition, special function, fusion of Nukkad Natak & dance drama, SMCS celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm pledging to keep this Diwali Eco-Friendly. Also an Awareness March sensitizing the neighbourhood on the hazardous effects of bursting crackers & encouraging the society to celebrate Green Diwali was organised. Manager Sir John Vianney Sharma, Director Ma’am Shobha Sharma & Principal Ma’am Ashu John bestowed their blessing of Happy & Safe Diwali on all & motivated all to go green this Diwali.
Updation & training of one’s ownself is essential for a successful educator. To facilitate the same ELT Workshop was arranged by Macmillan Education, a global company, Supporting teachers, Researchers & Students for over 126 years at St. Mary’s Christian School. The programme commenced with traditional lamplighting followed by a warm welcome of the Resource Person Ms. Manisha dak, MacMillan team Mr. Ravi Ranjan & Mr. Shakti Prabhakar & our respected Principal Ma’am Ashu John. Educators from various schools in Ghaziabad attended this workshop.The main objective of this workshop was to train the teachers to expose learners to experiential learning through integrative & interactive approach. All the participants engaged themselves in this interactive session actively to equip themselves with appropriate & contemporary teaching pedagogics. The workshop ended with a sumptuous lunch for all.
# Teachers from 12 schools of Ghaziabad participated in this workshop.
# Total attendee count -70.
Grandparents sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. They are the family’s greatest treasure, founders of a loving legacy. To honour them, St. Mary’s Christian School celebrated Grandparents’ Day on Saturday 12, 2019. Various funfilled & fitness activities like stove free cooking, yoga session, etc. were organised. Their active participation reflected the bond they share with their grandchildren.
Also a free health check-up was organised by our health partner Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital for Blood Pressure, Sugar, Ortho & eyes. A dietician & a physician were also there for check-up & queries.
The happiness ushering in the faces of all the grandparents made the celebration a great success. The winners of stove free cooking competition were awarded with prizes. The programme was concluded by Manager Sir conveying the message about the role of grandparents in keeping the family together.
Winners of Stove Free cooking Competition:
1st : Mrs. Madhu Jindal (Grandparent of Ekansh Jindal of Grade I A)
2nd : Mrs. Rekha Bhatnagar (Grandparent of Harsh Bhatnagar of Grade II A)3rd : Mrs. Nutan De (grandparent of Auritro Kirty of Grade VIII B)
Dussehra, the festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil, was celebrated today with a lot of zeal & fervor. The program began with lamplighting & prayer followed by a set of cultural programmes.
Toddlers of grades Pre-Nursery – II were adorned in traditional outfits personifying Lord Rama, Sita & Hanuman. The saga of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana was enacted on the stage. The program ended with a special message conveyed by Manager Sir that good always triumphs over evil. Everyone seemed to be in a state of bliss & chanting of Hanuman Chalisa glorified the occasion.
To commemorate Mahatama Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary and keeping in mind the constant urge to rekindle our already deteriorated planet the event was organized 6th International Exchange Programwas organized and executed between St. Mary’s Christian School, India and Annal Jyoti Boarding School, Nepal on 2nd of October. It was an effort to make the learning process global and to make “ Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign travel beyond borders.
The students learnt the importance of cleanliness, climate action and also brushed up their knowledge of the ways to beat single use plastic through various cultural performances and informative activities. Lurid and sensational dance performances and songs on the themes made the process of learning easier. Students enthusiastically took part in the plogging drive.
An exhibition was also organized for the guest school wherein SMCS’s work under the Honorable Prime Minister’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan - a campaign for rain water conservation and rain water harvesting was displayed. The models prepared by Marians on the theme of Rain Water Harvesting were also admired by the guests.
A report mentioning the details of the school’s efforts towards making the planet a cleaner and greener one was also shared with the guest school.
Inter School Competition
Taking the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of, ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s Initiative of “Swachhta Hi Sewa” campaign an inter school poster making, slogan writing and essay writing competition was organised in St. Mary’s Christian School on 01/10/19. An overwhelming number of 250 students participated from 11 schools of Ghaziabad and Delhi. Students showcased their concern towards the depleting condition of the Earth on the various themes through various posters, essay and slogans.
Ø Waste Disposal
Ø Waste Segregation
Ø Beat Single Use Plastic
It was a learning experience for all and the winners were awarded with trophies and certificates at the end of the day.
Exams are synonymous with stress & anxiety both for parents & children. Teenagers now face more pressure & competition today, accompanied by severe stress. Developing self control is the most vital tool that needs to be inculcated in teens for preparing themselves to encounter the challenges of life. To cater to the issues of handling exam stress & safety & security of teens, an informative workshop was organised at our school today led by Principal Ma’am Ashu John. The session was concluded by Manager Sir emphasizing on positive parenting, exam stress busters & pivotal role of parents in school Home partnership through mindful interventions for developing the skills to cope with stress & secure the safety of children.
As Exams are round the corner, exam stress is a problem faced by both students & parents & both can suffer from stress & anxiety.
Keeping this in mind SMCS organised a workshop today for parents to guide & empower them on the issues of Exam Preparedness & Child Safety & Security. The session was led by Principal Ma’am Ashu John who apprised the audience about how parents play a crucial role in School Home Partnership which in turn enhances the holistic growth of the child academically as well as emotionally.
Through this interactive & informative workshop the parents recognised the areas to work upon to enable skilful handling of exam stress & ways to secure the safety of children like teaching them good touch bad touch, Learning to say ‘No’ etc.
‘A good teacher can inspire hope ignite imagination & instill love for learning.’ SMCS celebrated Teacher’s Day today through a special Assembly. The assembly began with prayer followed by a special song on guru (Teacher) sung by school choir. Students, represented speech to express gratitude towards them in teachers on behalf of all the Marians. Floral tribute was paid to Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishan by students & teachers as a mark of respect. It was concluded by Manager Sir’s speech who emphasized on the fact that enlightened human beings can be created only by teachers.
Child safety & security is the pressing need of the hour. Children are the most vulnerable targets whether at home as well as outside. So it is the duty of the parents and the school to empower the children about self safety. SMCS has shouldered the responsibility to apprise our parents about the same through a workshop organised today for grades Pre-Nursery – II. The session led by Principal, Ma’am Ashu John was very informative, interactive & enlightening and the parents recognized the self defense strategies like: Good Touch Bad Touch, Stranger danger, Learn to say No etc, were shared with parents to further empower their children.
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Today along with the whole nation, our school celebrated National Sports day & became a part of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s launching of ‘Fit India Movement’. The programme commenced by lighting the lamp to pay tribute to Hockey wizard Major Dhyanchand whose birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day. Marians watched the live telecast & took the fitness pledge led by Hon’ble Prime Minister. To highlight the importance of this day a Sports Fun Week had been pre-organized & the winners were awarded today during this celebration. The Marians, through participation in this ceremony, realized the significance of sports as it gives us a sense of identity & national pride.
Congratulations to all the Winners!!
29th August is celebrated as National Sports Day in India to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Hockey wizard Major Dhyanchand keeping this spirit high, SMCS organised Sports Fun Week for Marians starting from 26th August 2019- 30th August 2019. The event started by paying tribute to the legend following which Director Ma’am declared the meet open. Principal Ma’am addressed the gathering & emphasised on the importance of sports in a student’s life. School has organised a panorama of sports activities for grades Pre-Nursery to XII that will be conducted throughout the week & the winner & the winning House will be awarded with trophy & certificated on the final day.
All the best to our Marians!!
Today Janmashtami was celebrated at our school with great enthusiasm. Marians of grades 1-8 participated in it enacting ‘Krishna Leela’ illustrating the fact that whenever there will be dominance of malevolence, ‘He’ will reincarnate to destroy the evil & save the good. This was followed by a song on childhood of Sri Krishna & scintillating dance performance that represented Lord Krishna’s ‘Leelas’ & depicted the importance of this occasion. Also our tiny toddlers of grades Pre-Nursery to II decked up as little ‘Radhas & Krishnas’ celebrated it with the true spirit of festivity. The programme was concluded by a message that summed up the efficacy of celebrating festivals with devotion.
Nurturing Marians to be future Leaders - SMCS conducted its formal Investiture Ceremony on 20th August 2019.
The Ceremony began with Lamp Lighting & prayer followed by the ceremonial pinning of the badges & handing over the sashes to the newly elected candidates by respected Principal Ma’am Ashu John. She led the pledge to hold the school motto in high esteem. School Manager Mr. John Vianney Sharma and Director Ma’am Mrs. Shobha Sharma congratulated & advised the new School Senate to be at their best & perform to their true spirit.
With the aim of combatting the deadly diseases Dengue & Malaria, today SMCS organised a special awareness workshop on the same. The resource person Dr. Ruby Bansal, Head Preventive Health Programme Yashoda Super Speciality Hospitality, Kaushambi, conducted the session making the students aware about symptoms, causes & preventive measures of Dengue & Malaria. This interactive session equipped the Marians of Grade X with the knowledge of keeping themselves & their families safe. Further, the Marians of Grade X demonstrated & imparted their learnings to the other classes.
Forging ahead the initiative of Honorable PM’s Jal shakti Abhiyan the second phase of door to door campaign was organised by St. Mary’s Christian School on 17/08/2019 wherein students of Grade IX-XII stepped out of the school to sensitise the people in the neighborhood, how rainwater can be harvested at an individual level.
This event is in continuation of the awareness drive initiated on 10th August at SMCS where students prepared working models to explain the various ways to harvest rainwater to more than 1000 parents, in addition to an informative handout distributed in the neighborhood. SMCS aims to create a society of responsible citizens committed to conservation, preservation & protection of environment, striving towards a life in perfect harmony with nature.
SMCS celebrated 73rd Independence Day with unprecedented patriotic fervour. The gamut of celebration activities held in the campus consisted of unfurling of national flag, patriotic song & dance performance by students & teachers. The highlight of the show, our Chief guest, Ms. Shivangi Chaudhary, an alumna of SMCS, who made us proud by recently joining the U.P Judicial Services, graced the occasion with her presence. The celebration ended with an impressive & powerful speech by Manager Sir who reminded us that the precious freedom obtained at the cost of supreme sacrifices of great martyrs needs to be preserved substantially.
Festivals are magnificent ways to celebrate glorious heritage, culture & traditions. A day before Rakshabandhan festival, Marians celebrated this festival marked by fervour & gaiety that one associates with this auspicious occasion. The tiny Marians of Grades Pre-Nursery to II wore traditional Indian attire & all the Marians from Grades Pre-Nursery to XII tied the knot of affection signifying the beautiful bond of love & trust.
Best Out of Waste Exhibition
In order to make Marians aware of various uses of waste materials an exhibition of various creative & decorative things created by students were displayed at SMCS. Little hands & imaginative minds came together in a creative burst of energy. The values like preservation, recycling, conservation, reduce, recycle, conversation, reduce, recycle, reuse, etc are imbibed in the young hearts by this act of caring for our environment.
Taking Hob’ble PM’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan forward, on 10th August at SMCS, an awareness drive to promote rain water harvesting was organized. In the initiative the students sensitized more than 1000 parents. Parents were made aware about the depleting water resources. The working models attracted parent’s attention. Motivated and inspired by the students efforts and presentation. Parents pledged to practise Rain Water Harvesting along with this a door to door campaign was also organized wherein students stepped out to promote how rain water can be harvested at an individual level. An informative handout too was distributed in the n eighbourhood.
SMCS aims to creating a society of motivated citizens committed to conservation, preservation and protection of the environment and striving towards a life in perfect harmony with nature. To achieve this mission and on the occasion of Hariyali Teej a plantation drive was organised in the school campus today on 3rd August 2019.
Dear Parents & Families
Climate action is the way to go! SMCS has shouldered the initiative to ensure that Marians practise waste segregation at home and school. Every month each class will be assessed on the basis of cleanliness & waste management and the best class will be awarded suitably.
As partners in social awareness, kindly practise waste segregation at home and share pictures, videos and write-ups at Principal’s Email ID i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best practices will be uploaded on the School Website.
Being a member of Hub of Learning, St. Mary’s Christian School shouldered the responsibility to enrich the skills of Maths faculties (Grade I-VIII) by organising a workshop titled Maths Faculty Development Programme headed by Mr. Ashutosh Rai, Area Territory Product Manager, Cordova. It was a learning experience for the educators which would guide them to expose the learners to experiential learning. The class was very informative and many significant contents were discussed with the faculty. Introduction of Art Integration with experiential learning and Introduction of CoBSE Committee was given in the first hour. Also, the National Education Policy 2019 was discussed which was backed up by warm up activities. Through the medium of virtual lab Bloom’s Taxonomy was revised Teacher’s Resource Pack along with spiral curriculum were also the topics of the workshop. It was a great opportunity for the teachers.
To enable the teachers become competent in innovatively implementing ICT tools to supplement their methods of teaching, a Faculty Development Programme on Fundamentals of MS. Office 2019 was conducted by Mr. Amit from NIIT at SMCS for teachers from Grades Pre Nursery – XII. It was quite an effective workshop where teachers went through various ways to enhance their teaching process supplemented by ICT tools using hands on practical approach.
Alarming as it may sound, within the next few decades, the lack of freshwater in certain areas will aggravate and cause one of the greatest ever faced challenge to the world population. To educate the young people and raise awareness on global water crisis, Marians of grades IX-XII prepared models on Rainwater harvesting in their House Meeting. It served at hands-on learning experience which they can utilize and apply in their daily lives and eventually contribute towards conservation of water in whatever little bit they can.
SMCS feels extremely proud to share the news that one of our alumni Shivangi Chaudhary has qualified for the post of Civil Judge. So, in order to felicitate her, she was invited to the school wherein she shared her journey and her achievements at SMCS and throughout. She also motivated the students of Grades XI & XII to choose a career without any external pressure & persevere to achieve it.
Today Marians Shubhangi XII A Abheepsa Gautam XI C & Deepesh Joshi XII A partcipated in the National School Health & Wellness Quiz 2019 held at Delhi Public School Ghaziabad. It was a learning experience for the marians.
SMCS always aims to guide children for their mental & physical well being. In context of the same a successful drill was conducted to guide students for their bag holding ways.
1) Carrying School Bags the wrong way can cause Neck and Back pain in children.
2) One simple modification can prevent them from getting back pain. Improper school bag carrying techniques followed by students was identified & guided to follow correct ways.
As per guidelines given the students of Grade I to XII
· Do not let your bag hang down from your shoulders. Use the strap and make sure the bag is as close to the body.
· The Bag and Body should function like one unit.
· If the child hangs the bag down, it pulls more pressure on the lower back.
· Students were guided not to hold bag on one shoulder & let it hang because this cause increase in pressure on the neck, upper back and lower back.
· So wear the bag on both the shoulders so that the weight would distributed evenly.
With a purpose of girls’ & women’s safety a workshop for girls of grade IX – XII was organised at SMCS with the support of Uttar Pradesh Government officials- Shri Govind Singh S.I. Sahibabad, Ms. Manju Sharma Head Constable, Sahibabad & Ms. Pooja Sharma, Mahila Kalyan Vibhag, U.P. Government. It was based on Women power line. They advised & gave various suggestions for self defence & self protection of girls. They focussed on “Right to live Respectfully & Right to Safety”. The consequences of different signs of harassment like touch, comments, follow up, Eve Teasing, domestic Violence were discussed. The helpline numbers applicable in different situations were shared with the female students so that they can opt if required. Installation of “Pink box” within school premises for filing the silent complaints from students was officially planned.
Also school administration was suggested to train the girls through Judo, Scout & Guides activities which SMCS has been shouldering since its inception. SMCS is thankful to the U.P Government for taking this initiative for apprising the girls on self- defence & self protection.
The journey of these 10 days of summer camp at SMCS was marvellous. Each day traversed was a path to new learning. The facilitators alongwith the students enjoyed each & every moment of it, while learning numerous skills. The summer camp ended with a closing ceremony that included cultural performances & martial art demonstration. The students also enjoyed pool activity & camping, today. The Summer Camp 2019 at SMCS was a plethora of activities & all the students will cherish its memories throughout.
Summer Camps offer a structured opportunity for children to grow, became independent, confident, make new friends, learn new skills & above all have fun.
SMCS took the initiative to provide all fun & learning opportunities to the children. Today was the first day. Children enjoyed the day through various activities like Zumba, art & craft activities, English literary skills, foreign language & various sports activities.
To inculcate awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco, SMCS organised a workshop on “Say No to Tobacco” for students of Grades IX-XII. The speaker Dr. Abhishek Yadav from Yashoda Super speciality Hospital, apprised the students about the ways to abstain themselves from any kind of addiction. Students pledged to be conscientious citizens by adopting healthy lifestyles.
On account of celebration of global road safety week, Marians of SMCS shouldered the responsibility to create awareness among the bus drivers of SMCS about road safety rules & importance of observing traffic rules.
Posters, Placards, Slogans highlighting the observance of traffic rules were displayed. Also students of grades VI-VIII took the initiative to sensitize the students of grades Pre-Nursery to V about the various aspects of roads safety. Our young Marians seem to assimilate their role as empowered future citizen & embrace the responsibility to bring a change in the society.
SMCS organised an Inter House Debate Competition for grades XI & XII on 8th May 2019 on account of celebration of National Technology Day. The speakers of various Houses spoke eloquently on the topic –
Pokhran nuclear test immensely contributed towards scientific & ammunition development in India.
Nuclear Test Ban Treaties are just namesake. No country should have the authority to use nuclear weapons in any condition.
The aim of the competition was to hone public speaking skills of the students and to sensitize the Marians about the pros & cons of ammunition development. The session was a kaleidoscope of opinions, thoughts & ideas & perspectives.
On account of celebration of upcoming Mother’s Day SMCS organised a free Health Checkup for all the others, grandmothers / female guardians of Marians on 3rd May 2019 because they are the ones who sacrifice & neglect their own health for their family members. Also to add a splash of fun to this health checkup SMCS organised Zumba sessions for our mothers. Mothers immensely enjoyed and benefitted from this health checkup.
As continued of Labour Day, at SMCS a medical check up of the Helping Staff was organised by our Health Partner Yashoda Superspecialty Hospital. A team of doctors conducted the camp which included Blood-Sugar Check-up and Eye Check-up. Necessary medical advice was given to them for future reference.
Diseases like Dengue & Malaria can hamper health system in any developing country. School can play an excellent role in delivering important health education messages to school children through various workshops.
Today, Students from Grades VI-VIII attended a workshop on Awareness about Dengue & Malaria. The speaker Dr. Poonam from Yashoda Superspecialty hospital apprised the students about preventive measures to combat dengue & malaria hence keeping themselves & their family safe.
EVS workshop was conducted by Mr. Asim Abbas at SMCS on 1 May 2019. It was an interactive workshop based on many child friendly class room activities. The resource person emphasised that an environment needs to be created wherein the children are motivated to logically think & reason. It was quite an effective workshop, where teachers went through various ways to enhance their teaching learning process by using hands-on practical approach.
Today SMCS celebrated Labour Day to acknowledge the efforts of our care givers. A special programme was organised. The Helping Staff was presented with thanku cards, handmade gifts reusing waste materials by Marians of grades III-V and special handmade badges gifted by Marians of Grades IX-XII.
The event organised to forge a better understanding the efforts of the helping staff towards the smooth functioning of the institution and appreciate the hard toil of the caregivers throughout the year.
Workshop & Seminars are an inherent part of SMCS culture. A workshop on Effective methodologies for teaching English Grammar at pre-primary & primary level was organised. The Resource person Ms. Rubina Malhotra apprised our educators on new methodologies of teaching Grammar having an eclectic approach & how to make best use of English Teaching Resources. The workshop was quite interactive & beneficial for the educators.