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THE NOTICE BOARD
19 December 2008
1st-7th January 2009
6 January 2009
9 January 2009
20 January 2009
In the Future Cities India 2020 Competition organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Bentley Systems, the group comprising Raghav Wadhwa, Kanika Vohra, Pranay Bery and Unnati Pawar won the prize for the Best Project.
On the 20th of January 2009, Barack Hussein Obama was finally sworn in as the premier power of the USA.The celebrations began on Sunday with “We Are One”, a collection of American performers coming together in front of the Lincoln memorial to show their national pride. The amusing part was that a large number of performers were, in fact, not American at all, notably U2, who sang a song called "Pride (in the name of love)" that I have never heard before. Usher, Stevie Wonder and Shakira came together to sing Higher Ground, and Herbie Hancock, Will.I.Am and Sheryl Crow did a pretty decent job of “One Love” by Bob Marley. Even 90 year old Pete Seeger came out with Bruce Springsteen to sing a joyous “This Land is your land” in the middle of which, I must confess, I got up and danced a little bit. The best moment by far however, was watching Obama give his speech, his dark skin against the marble background of the Lincoln memorial in a way represented the contrast between his and past administrations, and the hope that this change brings Inauguration day started off with Mr. Obama visiting the church opposite the White House and then the ceremony itself. People poured into the capitol grounds as early as 5 am in the morning, and by 10 am the place was packed like a box of sardines.Even though it was cold and relatively damp, the atmosphere was literally electric, and when Mr. Obama’s name was announced, and he walked out into the VIP section I literally flew of my comfortable sofa screaming in delight. I waited with bated breathe as Aretha Franklin, wearing an big bow on her hat, sang a breathtakingly beautiful version of “My country ‘tis of thee”and Joe Biden was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. At 11:57 am, Washington time some of the worlds best instrumentalist, including Yo-Yo Ma, possibly the best cellist in the world performed “”Air and Simple Gifts,” specially composed for the event by John Williams. Suddenly, the whole audience absorbed into the lull and beauty of the strings and piano. It was as if the whole world paused for a moment, took a deep breathe and calmed down. In that utopian lullaby, at precisely 12 noon on the 20th of January the Obama administration began. The man himself was sitting quiet, with his eyes closed, as if he knew that he was now the most important man in the world, but it made no difference to him. I couldn’t help smiling as the pastor fumbled through his oath, and President Obama corrected him, without saying anything at all. Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for came around. As the chants of O-Bama filled the “Arena” he took the stage, and began his speech.It is a very well known fact that Obama is a good narrator. He can captivate large audiences with no more than a few well paced words. His speech “Yes We Can” moved who watched it to tears, and his first address was no different. He almost immediately acknowledged the fact that he has a large number of challenges ahead but as he has said before, he will face them head on with the same sense of hope and courage with which he battled the hardships of his own life. He brought every major topic into one speech, spoke about every problem the world is facing today and yet portrayed them not as insurmountable walls of pain and suffering, but as hurdles that will be overcome. He spoke about his solutions and ideals, his goals and achievements, and yet it all came down to one simple thing. In his inauguration speech Barack Obama the 44th President of USA made it clear that change was finally here. This day will go down in the history as the turning point in mankinds great story. All I can really say to conclude, is that I really hope this time around, white will do things right, yellow will be mellow, and brown will stick around.
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SAARC Exchange Programme
Every year our school hosts around 20 children from certain SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries as a part of a programme initiated by the Indian Council for Regional Relations .On the 12th of December, 2008, we had 19 children, aged between 18 and 19, arrive from various parts of Bhutan and Maldives, bringing with them small mementos of their homes and nations. After a quick welcoming session, explaining what exactly the programme was about, we were introduced to our guests. Each guest had been assigned one host whose house he or she would live in for the next four days. In the beginning we all thought it would be slightly awkward having complete strangers living in our houses, but it was amazing to see how our new guests, who had a little trouble merely pronouncing some of our names, immediately opened up to us and how, before much time, we too reached the stage where we were laughing and singing songs with them.
Motion Picture MomentYesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
– Kung Fu Panda
I am no stranger to change.I enjoy it.It puzzles me at times,but understanding it and gaining control over it sets my adrenalin rushing.I have been in four different schools and lived in nine different houses.I had a big garden in my last house.But I understand that I have more space in this house.I changed my room around so right now,it’s exactly how I want it to be.I have studied in three kinds of education boards.This change is always scary,because I never know what I’ve missed this far,and whether that’s crucial to move forward.But I’m in control now.I understand the system,so I am satisfied.
My First Week In Senior SchoolI was afraid, “Would I make a fool
Of myself in Senior School?”
But, I think I was quite cool!
I had fun without breaking a single rule.
I tried my hand at different sports,
I especially loved the tennis courts,
Squash from me got a thumbs-up vote,
To play it often I made a note.
‘Specializations’ are going to be fun,
In junior school we had none,
The performing arts run through has been done,
For me, the choice between dance and guitar will be a tough one.
All our teachers we have met,
Though are studies are to begin yet,
To get good grades I am all set, Once again, I will be the teachers pet!
Sukhmani Singh (VI)
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This action thriller is set in the 1870s and 1880s on two islands called Great and Little Saltee. From Eoin Colfer’s vivid descriptions, I visualise an old-fashioned yet ready-to-modernise country. I also imagine rows and rows of houses lining the coastline.
Anirudh Bhatt: I’m getting a heart attack in my head.
Sonya Bhan: Why are you so self obsessed with my face?
Abhijit Roy: Dude, that guy was dead.
Prachi Trehan: Sara, your hair is so long!
Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
Mallika Pal, Ramya Ahuja, Suvira Chadha,
Tejasvita Singh, Vani Shriya, Vedika Berry,
Ayesha Malik, Devika Agrawal, Nikhil Pandhi,
Sanjana Malhotra, Tara Sen, Arushi Kumar,
Bhavik Singh, Kunal Datta, Meghna Mann,
Rhea Sadh, Sara Chatterjee, Vanshika Wadhwa,
Akbar Iqbal, Avanti Gupta, Jahan Nargolwala,
Mahi Titus, Soumya Dasgupta,