Voice of Art 2019

The second edition of the Arts-based inter-school initiative, Voice of Art 2019, an endeavour  by Nirmal Bhartia School to encourage students to think outside the box by interpreting the theme, ‘PHATA POSTER NIKLA HERO’, in their own unique manner. Non-competitive and non- restrictive in format, it gave the students an opportunity to present their ideas using various media of art as they delved deeply into and critically reflected upon the sources and origins of widely held tropes of heroism. The students examined the stereotypes that exist, conceptions and representations of heroes and heroism, as well as the influence or inspiration that shapes their ideas.

The first phase of the event involved a debrief session where the participants were introduced to the event. Workshops by Mr. Khodke, a practising artist, illustrator based in Delhi and Ms. Nandy, a visual artist and art educator, took the students through varied media of art which they could explore during the project.

As a culmination of the challenge, the work of the students was displayed at a specially curated exhibition, on Friday, 16th and Saturday, 17th August 2019 at Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts, New Delhi, where the participating teams received expert and valuable feedback from an eminent panel of experienced art educators, artists and thought leaders as well as their peers.

It was indeed a proud privilege for all of us to have been graced by eminent personalities from the world of liberal arts. Our chief guest and keynote speaker, for the occasion, Ms. Anita Dube is an Indian contemporary artist whose conceptually rich, politically charged work has been widely exhibited at major museums and galleries all over the world. The Guest of Honour, Mr.Arun Kumar HG , a contemporary artist and sculptor of high repute, explores the relationship between the spread of consumerist culture and the decline of natural resources through his sculptures.

The students from participating schools attended numerous workshops inculcating liberal arts. The workshop titled “The Conceptual in Art” was led by Mr. Frank Schlichtmann, a theatre workshop by Mr. Karan Arora was thoroughly enjoyed by the students, Ms. Jeeva Raghunath’s art of storytelling left the audience asking for more and Mr. Inku Kumar imparted the skills of calligraphy.

Aimed at fostering ‘different ways of seeing’ through media of art, the participation of children in this non–competitive event reaffirms our faith and hope in our youth. It was indeed reassuring to see that the students are able see beyond the stereotypes and are ready to bring about the change that they wish to see in the world…

Table Tennis Sankalp Sahodaya Tournament

Our School Participated in Table Tennis Sankalp Sahodaya Tournament at Mount Carmel School sector-
22 Dwarka on 25 th July 2019. Sixteen schools from zone 21 participated in under-14 boys category
tournament. We won our quarterfinal match from Sri Venkateswar international school and in semifinal
we faced the N.K Bagrodia Global and after a long battle we lost the match. For the bronze medal we
fought with G.D Goenka and scoured the 3 rd place. Our all three players Divyansh Kala From Class IV
Bahaar, Aaryan Pathak from VI Basant and Abhinav Tripathi from VII Bahaar performed really well.
This is the first time our table tennis boys team won the medal in Sankalp Sahodaya Tournament.

Comm‘Unity’ Cup

In our continued endeavour to provide children with holistic, exciting and challenging learning experiences, our school hosted the Inter-School Comm‘Unity’ Cup. The tournament was extended across three days, Monday, 6th May 2019 to Wednesday, 8th May 2019.

Twelve schools across Delhi NCR participated in various games including Table Tennis, Basketball, Futsal and Box Cricket. It was a joy to see about 185 students participate in this mega competition and enhance the spirit of sportsmanship. Shreya Pathak from class VII Bahaar won the gold medal in Table Tennis.

There was display of speed, endurance and skill which kept the game alive. The winner’s trophy was proudly received by ITL School in Mini and Sub Junior category. Our School bagged the overall runners-up in the sub-junior category for classes-VI to VIII. Indraprastha International School were the runners up in the Mini (classes IV and V) Category.

Together We Can challenge 2019

Together We Can challenge 2019 was hosted by NiBS in partnership with Taj Vivanta, Dwarka. The competition was held in the school’s auditorium on 13th May 2019. This years challenge was inspired by the threat posed by the single use plastic items which have become an integral part of today’s world.

‘Together We Can’ challenge this year required the students to design alternatives to products and packaging used in the hospitality industry with a view to solving the problem of plastic waste management, focussing on smart distribution and use of materials to make sure they can be either reused or recycled.

The three revered judges who were invited for this event were Mr Akshay Jain, founder of Namo Solutions which deals with E-Waste management, Mr Tushar Abrol- Training and Development Manager Taj Vivanta, and Mr. Himanshu Kapoor – Deputy engineer with Taj Vivanta. We had Ms Kanika Hasrat – GM Taj Vivanta, Mr Himanshu Pandey and Miss Apoorva Babbar from WWF.

This year nine schools including ours competed for this challenge to meet the expectations of the judges. All participants were evaluated by the jury on the basis of the following criteria – Concept: Deciphering the Challenge – Design : Practicality and feasibility of the solution applying different stages of the Design Thinking Process and documentation of the same. – Research : Originality of the Thought. – Team work and Presentation Following are the list of participating schools- Heritage Xperiential Learning School, NiBS, SVIS, The Shri Ram School , Vasant Valley School and Venkateshwar International School, Shikshantar School.

All the participating students researched and developed innovative solutions for the challenge. They shared their journey in the form of a movie and some prototypes of their products. It was indeed a tough competition and a lot of learning took place for all. The awards were given for the ‘Best Design Solution’.The winner was VIS where as The trophy for the runners up was shared by The Sri Ram school and NiBS.

Sporty Morning 2018 – Cl. I and II

The Annual Sports Day for 2018-19 was conducted for Classes 3 to 5 on 30th Oct 2018. This year the sports day was different from our regular sports meets as it was conducted in the form of league matches in various sports disciplines between the four houses. The aim was to ensure maximum participation of the students in the meet. Every child participated in a minimum of two games.

The matches were conducted in Box cricket, Futsal, Badminton, Dodgeball and Shotput events. The matches were held simultaneously at separate venues and the parents got a chance to see their kids excel in these events. The children also felt enthused in showcasing their talents in front of the parents.

At NiBS, we encourage students to participate in various games and sports from a very early age. The children thus get ample opportunities to develop their skills in multiple fields. Later as they grow we let them to choose a sport that they are most passionate about. The Sports Day was another step in the same direction with children competing with each other and showcasing their skills and sportsmanship in front of the entire school.

 

Voice of Art

A practice based research challenge, ‘Voice of Art’ was a unique endeavour by Nirmal Bhartia School that attempted to combine student enquiry of social and environmental issues affecting our everyday lives with original expression using the methods and techniques of new or traditional visual arts media.

Our theme for this year’s inaugural edition of ‘Voice of Art’ was ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, which sought to highlight and encourage responses to the deplorable and potentially hazardous quality of air in the city of Delhi.

Non-competitive and non-restrictive in format, the founding motivation behind the challenge was to encourage ‘different ways of seeing’ and give students the opportunity to develop new and original lenses or frameworks for studying long standing social issues that seem to evade easy solutions.

As a culmination of the challenge, the work of the students was displayed a specially curated, two day exhibition at Sanskriti Kala Kendra on Friday, 30th November and Saturday, 1st December, 2018.

The challenge offered the participating teams,an opportunity of receiving expert and valuable feedback from an eminent panel of experienced art educators, artists and thought leaders.

Our esteemed panel of experts comprised Dr.Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Ms. Vidya Shivadas, the Director of the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art- FICA, and Mr. Anirudh Sharma and Mr. Nikhil Kaushik -Co-founders of Graviky Labs, an MIT Spinoff that captures air pollution and recycles it into inks. Graviky Labs has joined hands with international artists to spread the message of environment conservation.

Workshops for students were organized on the occasion by Ms . Nilanjana Nandy, visual artist, educator and researcher and Mr. Rohit Mehra, deputy commissioner , income tax , Ludhiana ,who has floated the idea of erecting ‘green walls’.

During the course of the project all participants got an opportunity to receive inputs from Mr. Ravi Agarwal, an eminent inter disciplinary artist, curator, writer and environmentalist.

The most rewarding aspect of the Voice of Art project was the overwhelming response we received from various schools across Delhi. It was heartening to note that the youth today is socially conscious, aware of the challenges they face and are ready to be the change that they wish to see in the world.

Vasant Valley Drama Festival

As the 27th Vasant Valley Drama Festival commenced on 29th August 2018, twenty students of class V geared up to perform at the The Air Force Auditorium on the first day of the three day festival. The theme for this year’s festival was ‘The Mystery Reports’, completely engrossed in the theme our students tried to create suspense by amalgamating their love for the superheroes and their parents. It all started with an idea where they wanted to thank their parents for everything that they do for them. Carrying the belief that their parents are no less than superheroes they set to write the script for the play. All the participants enthusiastically prepared to present the play in front of hundreds of people. Dressed in colourful costumes and full of energy all the students set the stage at, The Air Force Auditorium on fire with their charismatic performance. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves while preparing for the play and brought glory to the school with the splendid display of their skills in dramatic.

Together We Can challenge – 2018

Together We Can challenge 2018 was hosted by NiBS in partnership with CreyaXEL, India’s pioneering STEM CHALLENGE . This years challenge was inspired by the great smog of Delhi,which choked the city beyond acceptable limits.Together We Can challenge this year required the students to conceptualize and design solutions that involved building equipment and machines that can prevent measure, control and abate the pollution in the city. It was all about constructing solutions to everyday problems using the knowledge of mechanics, electronics, robotics and programming. The two revered judges who were invited for this event were Dr. Nitish Dogra and Mr. Ankur Srivastav. Dr. Nitish Dogra had done his MBBS and MD from University of Delhi. He also received a Master of Public Health degree from the world renowned Johns Hopkins University, United States. Mr. Ankit Srivastava completed his Masters in Environmental Engineering from IIT Bombay and successfully founded . This year fourteen schools including ours competed for this challenge to meet the expectations of the judges. All participants were evaluated by the jury on the basis of the following criteria 1. Concept: Deciphering the challenge, Quality of research conducted. 2. Design : Access and Application of information, detailing, practicality of the solution, originality 3. Design Thinking and Documentation 4. Construction: Finesse and feasibility of the solution, Level of Meeting the solution specs, resourcefulness. 5. Team work and Presentation Following are the list of participating schools- Bal Bharti,Heritage Xperiential School Maxfort School (made Smoke Precipitator) NiBS- Nirmalaire ,Salwan Public school, Sanskriti, Shiv Nadar ,SVIS (made a pollution monitoring app using ardino ckt ) , Tagore International school (made domestic air purifier),The Indian Height school( made wet Scrubber), The Shri Ram School , Vasant Valley School and Venkateshwar School. All the participating students researched and developed innovative solutions for control , preventing and abating air pollution. They were supposed to follow and record the steps of their journey in a digital portfolio system called Alley. It was indeed a tough competition and a lot of learning took place for all. The awards were given for the following categories- Best Design Solution was bagged by SVIS for their innovative app Runners up trophy for the Best design solution was given to The Shri Ram School Trophy for the best presentation was a tie between Bal Bharti and Nirmal Bhartia School. The trophy for the Effective use of design Principles was given to The Vasant Valley School for their innovative design of the bulldozer.

Inter House Math Quiz – Cl. IV & V

An Inter House Math Quiz was conducted for students of classes 4 and 5 by Neha Maam and Abhilasha Maam on 6th February 2018 in the assembly hall during the first two periods. The Aim of the quiz was to revisit the topics learnt during the year. This was a good way to revise the topics especially since the reviews are nearing. The students were divided into two groups within each house; group 1 class 4 and group 2 class 5. Each group answered questions for five rounds namely: What you know about me, Fastest solving first, Power of, Count and tell and who am I. The students participated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal to attain the winning title. Finally , the winner of the Math quiz was Ashoka House winning with 67 points , followed by Neem with 62, Peepal with 44 and Banyan with 40 points. It was great fun watching our little geniuses fighting with a healthy competitive spirit for their respective houses.