Salwan Public School, Gurugram (April Month)

Earth Day: Uniting for a Sustainable Tomorrow

“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” – Richard Rogers 

Salwan Public School, Gurugram celebrated the 54th World Earth Day on April 22, 2024, Monday. The theme for the Earth Day 2024 observed across the world is ‘Planet vs Plastics’ to advocate for widespread awareness on the detrimental health risk of plastics, rapidly phase out all single use plastics, and demand an end to fast fashion. The day was observed with great enthusiasm and gaiety by the students. 

The Earth Day celebrations commenced with a screening of a short video related to the theme ‘Planet vs Plastic’ for all middle-wing students.

 A series of activities was conducted in all classes in their Science period to instill awareness about the detrimental effects of plastics on human health and environment.

Class III-V- Cleanliness Drive: Students of primary wing took the initiative to clean the school campus and spread awareness that, to live a healthy life our surroundings should be clean. Class III students conducted the drive in A block (floors, corridors and classes). Class IV and V executed the drive in school ground and park. The students were thrilled to participate in the cleanliness drive to keep our Mother Nature clean.

Class VI – Talk Show: A talk show was conducted where learners discussed the impact of plastic pollution on health and environment and shared their unique ideas on how to reduce plastic waste in the school setting and their surroundings. 

Class VII Green School Initiative: “Green School” campaign was initiated where students and teachers discussed the impact of microplastics and how to identify and implement eco-friendly practices in the school, such as reducing plastic waste, conserving energy. To raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on health and the environment, quizzes focusing on the theme ‘Planet vs Plastic’ were also conducted. 

Class VIIIClean-Up Drive: Clean-up drive was conducted where students picked up litter and learnt about the importance of keeping the environment clean. 

One period with nature: Switch off and Switch on campaign. This initiative aimed to cultivate a deeper connection with nature and promote sustainable habits.

FOLLOW UP – Young ambassadors of the Green School Initiative, pledged to lead regular awareness campaigns and track progress in reducing the school’s plastic footprint.

Workshop and visit to United Institute of Design, Gurugram

The Fine Arts and Fashion Studies students of class XII, SPS, Gurugram embarked on an enriching journey to the United Institute of Design in Gurugram on April 10, 2024. The objective of the visit was to make the students aware of the tapestry of design disciplines, from avant-garde fashion to cutting-edge graphic arts.

Professor Amrita Madan, Director of UID, conducted an enlightening session on design thinking for students. With her expertise, she navigated through the intricate process of problem-solving and innovation. Emphasizing empathy and creativity, she elucidated the significance of human-centric design solutions. Through interactive discussions and practical examples, students gained insights into the iterative nature of design thinking. Professor Madan’s session inspired a deeper understanding of how thoughtful design can address complex challenges and enhance user experiences, leaving a lasting impact on the students. 

The second session was taken by Mr. Sagar Singh, who demonstrated various tie and dye techniques including twisting, folding, and binding fabric to create different patterns. Students were provided with plain white muslin fabric, dye, and thread to create their tie-and-dye designs. Students were encouraged to experiment with different colors, patterns, and folding techniques to unleash their creativity and explore the possibilities of tie and dye. Also, the best three designs made by students were appreciated.

Students were also taken on a Campus Tour where they were shown various labs like Cutting Lab, Designing Lab, Pottery Lab, Makers Lab, and Mac Lab. The students were shown the Fitness Club where there was a Gym, swimming pool, shooting range, salon etc. As the session concluded, students departed with newfound inspiration and a deeper appreciation for the transformative power of design. The visit marked the beginning of endless creative possibilities. 

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International Symposium on ‘Holistic Development in Early Years-Integrating all aspects of well-being’

Salwan Education Trust in collaboration with Early Childhood Education Forum (ECDF) organised the International Symposium on ‘Holistic Development in Early Years-Integrating all aspects of well-being’ on April 20, 2024 at Salwan Public School, Gurugram.

 Mrs. Rashmi Malik, the school Principal, accorded a warm welcome to the distinguished guests, speakers and delegates. Dr.Vasaavi Acharjya, Founder Chairperson of ECDF, highlighted the importance of including peaceful pedagogy in early years that would lead to emotional intelligence, resilience and creativity amongst students. 

Keynote speaker Prof. Venita Kaul emphasized the need for a holistic approach to early childhood education. Booster sessions discussed raising emotionally intelligent humans and revising early childhood program standards. Panel discussions focused on curriculum design, pedagogy, infrastructure, and skill development. Workshops explored the synergy of AI and heartfulness practices, embracing growth mindset, and assessing early childhood development using AI. The event concluded with awards recognizing exceptional contributions in education and a vote of thanks from Ms. Sona Gombar, Headmistress, Salwan Montessori School. 

World Heritage Day Celebrations

 ANNUAL REPORT PRESENTATION OF UPNIDHI: THE YOUTH HERITAGE CLUBS 

Salwan Education Trust in collaboration with the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development, marked World Heritage Day on Thursday, 18 April 2024 as a milestone of completing one purposeful year of Upnidhi-The Youth Heritage Club through the Heritage Exhibition and presentations of Annual Reports by the Club representatives. The occasion served as an opportunity to appreciate and perpetuate our cultural heritage and to involve robust community engagement through a showcase of empowered Salwanians’ efforts to preserve India’s vibrant heritage and culture. 

The initiatives taken under Upnidhi were envisioned by the Chairman, Salwan Education Trust, Sh Sushil Dutt Salwan, and guided by the Chairman, ITRHD Padmabhushan Sh S.K. Misra. The event unfolded with the inauguration of the Heritage Exhibition showcasing various activities performed by all the students of Salwan Schools during the year 2023-24 under the planning designed by the core members of the Clubs that included the revival of visual art forms originated in different states of India, Tribal mask making activity, traditional weaving, and fabrics.

 Subsequently, the audience at the auditorium was mesmerized by the blissful Invocation Dance by students of Salwan Public School TDSC followed by the welcome address by our Principal, Ms Rashmi Malik. During her address, Ms Malik emphasized that Salwan Education Trust spearheaded the commemoration of World Heritage Day as a significant event in 2019, envisioning an educational platform where students could grasp the essence of our cultural legacy and understand the responsibility of preserving it for future generations.

A pivotal component of the programme was ‘the curtain raiser episode’ of SPS DIALOGUES on the theme of ‘Hamara Itihas Hamara Prayas’  through an insightful conversation amongst the student members of Upnidhi with the experts in the field, Mr Madan Sawhney and Ms Lehar Zaidi. The interactive session provided profound insights into the imperative of safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage among the youth. They apprised the audience of the programmes and initiatives they are involved in with the mission of preserving our heritage.  They voiced concern over the oversight of historical marvels such as Kashmiri Gate, Sultan Garhi, and Bauli.

The day also witnessed glimpses of rich Indian heritage through a cultural presentation on Tribes of India by the students of Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar followed by a purposeful presentation with the amalgamation of rendition of Shabad, Sufi dance, Kathak dance, and a Nukkad Natak with the message of communal harmony.

The focal point of the programme was the delivery of the annual reports of the Youth Heritage Club ‘Upanidhi’ by all core members, highlighting the remarkable achievements and initiatives pursued by each club in the domain of heritage conservation. 

A particularly memorable moment of the event was the inspiring video address by Padma Bhushan S.K. Mishra, Chairman of ITRHD (Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development).  His meaningful words of wisdom and encouragement resonated profoundly with the students, igniting a renewed sense of inspiration toward their endeavours in heritage conservation. 

The event culminated with a heartfelt gratitude by Abeera Iqbal of Grade X to all who were connected both offline and online, to the participants from our sister schools, and especially to the Chairman, Salwan Education Trust, Sh Sushil Dutt Salwan, ensuring that through Upnidhi the future of our heritage in safe hands.  

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