A lover for tradition and culture has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hours of Peril
We very well know that the whole universe is friendly to us and conspires to give the best to those who dream and work.
The dream of Delhi Public School, Aligarh to develop global friendship has finally been realized. The seed of friendship sowed in the hearts of Delhi Public School Aligarh developed into a seedling when it joined hands with France to develop cultural and friendly relations.
A full fledged plant of friendship emerged when finally the dream came true with the arrival of the students of France along with their coordinators and teachers. A hearty welcome was given to the French students and their coordinator and teachers with beautiful dance presentation of states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra and Kerala. These dances depict joy, harmony and happiness at the onset of seasons and festivals. After mesmerizing dance performances the members of the student council greeted the French students with “teeka”.
Finally the Indo-French cultural exchange programme commenced with the installation of the Flags of Delhi Public School Aligarh and Lycee Prive Ozanam, Lille, France. The French students met their Indian counterparts. It was the onset of happy bonding between the students and ultimately the two nations India and France.
“True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
Student exchange programmes are intended to increase the participants’ understanding and tolerance of other cultures, as well as improving their language skills and broadening their social horizons.
As part of the French Cultural Exchange Programme, a group of 21 students from France with their buddy partners from Delhi Public School Aligarh visited the Junior Wing on 16th October 2017. They were accompanied by their teachers along with Ms. Richa Batla-Coordinator of the exchange programme, Mr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma Vice-Principal DPS Civil Lines, Aligarh, Ms. Namrata Saxena, French teacher-DPS Aligarh. The Headmistress of DPS Aligarh, Ms. Bhavana Bhardwaj welcomed the students with warm greetings. The Principal of DPS Aligarh, Ms. Rashmi Grover briefed them about the schedule during their stay and the activities to be taken up in days to come. The Head Boy and Head Girl of the Junior Wing welcomed them by the traditional method of applying tilak on their forehead. Students of class I greeted them good morning in French ‘Bon Jour’. The students attended the morning assembly which was based on the theme of the upcoming Hindu festival-Diwali. It was conducted by class IV. They also witnessed the morning assembly conducted by class I. A beautiful fusion dance was performed by the students of class III and IV which enthralled the guests. They visited the school campus and interacted with the students in various classes. They were shown few videos and presentations on Diwali, Indian family and food and the Taj Mahal. After that they did an art activity in which they made a beautiful wall hanging which they carried back as a token of love. The dance teacher Ms. Sarita Mohanty made them learn few steps of classical dance, free style, Bollywood style amongst others. Overall it was a fun filled day with exchange of culture and thoughts.
The educational and cultural enrichment offered by the school was second to none. The guests said that they had the time of their lives. They saw Indians from a new perspective, gaining understanding of Indian culture, and long lasting friendships and bonds were formed.
One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page .’ Therefore wherever you go, go with all your heart . India is a beautiful country with a rich heritage . To have a glimpse of our rich heritage the Indo-French Cultural Exchange team were taken on a pleasant trip to Delhi. The students visited the Lotus temple, a fascinating structure representing the true Bahai faith and an ideal place to meditate and attain mental peace. The students were impressed by the splendor of Turkish and Mughal art. The design and technology used during the Turkish period to build Qutub Minar was appreciated by the French delegates.
This 73m tapering victory tower – Qutub minar constructed at a particular angle was awe – inspiring for the French students. From Delhi the Indo – French group moved to yet another culturally rich city of Jaipur. The grandeur of Amer Fort and it’s rich architecture was admired by the group. The sprawling complex combines both immense fortifications with unexpected beauty and charm. The captivating views of Aravalli mountains from the Amer Fort was a pleasant treat for all. ‘Chokhi Dhani’ – meaning special village is a mock Rajasthani village 20 km south of Jaipur. The Indo – French group captured the spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring the perfect Rajasthani experience of dance , music and life style. From Jaipur the Indo-French group moved on to view the pride of India – Taj Mahal. The white beauty with it’s exquisite designs and architecture was a breathtaking delight for everyone . The students and the delegates enjoyed their visit to Agra. It was their dream come true and they relished it by taking photographs and admiring the pure white marble beauty. The Indo- French group returned back to Aligarh late evening with the wonderful memories of the trip.
Strides in communication now permit us to talk with people around the globe and bridge the gap to finally view the early dawn of the day of achievement .
The bright sunny morning started with a wonderful morning assembly followed by introduction of the French students with their buddy partners. The French delegates Mr. Sebastien Lambert and Mrs. Anais Havet were introduced and were given floral welcome by the students of D.P.S. Civil lines . The team of Indo – French Cultural Exchange Programme was given a warm welcome by Ms.Raina Krishnatray , Principal D.P.S. Civil Lines and Mr. Chandra Shekhar , Vice Principal D.P.S. Civil Lines Aligarh .The day started with the Mathematics class taken by Mr. Chandra Shekhar followed by English class taken by Mr. Ashok Singh and History class by Ms. Zeba The students of D.P.S. Civil lines gave a wonderful cultural presentation . The Indo –French team participated in the ramp show presenting the costumes of different states of India . It was a wonderful presentation that ended with an Orchestra and Powerpoint presentation – Ethnic India presented by the students of D.P.S. Civil Lines .
The day started with the morning assembly and brief introduction of the French students along with their buddy partners . The students were then greeted by Mrs. Rashmi Grover , Principal D.P.S Aligarh. Followed by the assembly the students and the French delegates Mr. Sebastien Lambert and Ms. Anais Havet were taken for a visit to explore the different enrichment areas of Delhi Public School Aligarh , escorted by Mr. Sharad Agarwal Vice principal D.P.S. Aligarh, Mr. Chandra Shekhar Vice principal D.P.S. Civil Lines and Co-ordinator of Indo French Cultural Exchange Programme, Ms. Namrata Saxena French Coordinator Indo French Cultural Exchange Programme and Mr. Dalvinder Singh ( faculty of sports ). The students visited the TECH ZONE – Mac Lab., Physics , Chemistry and Biology lab. The students and the French delegates were quite impressed by the well equipped Science labs of the school . Knowledge seeking arena – the school library impressed the French students and their teachers .
‘The only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an objective correlative’. The students spent quality time in the art class to give shape to their thoughts in the form of clay modeling.
‘The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper’ and dance is the hidden language of the soul. The French and the Indian students together enjoyed the rhythm of music by singing and playing different musical instruments. Some of them expressed their emotions through dance because dance is the loftiest, the most moving and the most beautiful of the arts.
‘An honest tale speeds best being plainly told’. A power point presentation on Indian Education System was presented by Mrs. Artee Khandelwal. The students attained a glimpse of Indian Education System, Vedic system of education and tried to visualize the Indian system of education and the French system of education.
Finally the enriching day ended with the French students getting the glimpses of Indian art, music, dance and Indian Education System.
Memories are the threads that hold together the patchwork of friendship
The students of the Indo – French Cultural Exchange group assembled at D.P.S. Senior Wing to attend a memorable evening and enjoy the hostel life after completing the cultural activity schedule in D.P.S. Civil lines.
‘We do not remember days , we remember moments.’ This evening party was a memorable one indeed ! The Indian and the French students participated together to give a wonderful dance presentation to welcome the audience. Indian music and the ‘Nasik dhol’, ‘Nagara’ presentation mesmerized everyone. The beats of the Orchestra presentation by the music department activated the party. French flavor was added to the evening soiree when a group of French students presented a French song. Aradhya and Dheer of the Indian group gave a foot tapping dance performance which brought the party in full swing. A melodious song presentation by the student of D.P.S. Aligarh gave rhythm to the evening party. A poetic touch was given to the party by wonderful poetry presentation by Mr. Sharad Agarwal Vice Principal D.P.S. Aligarh.
Happiness often is the only thing we can give without having it, and we get it when we give it
Very well said and felt, when it was finally the time for the friends and buddy partners of the two nations India and France to say ‘ au revoir’ and depart .
The realization of parting but somehow feeling warm inside because ‘ now we are closer in heart’ was the real achievement of the Indo –French Cultural Exchange Programme .
‘True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and with stand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation’
The sunny morning started with a friendly Cricket match between the students of the Science team and the Commerce team followed by a match between the French students and the winners – Science team.
The closing ceremony commenced on an enlightened note with the lighting of the lamp by the guests of honour Ms. Anais Havet and Mr. Sebastien Lambert, Pro Vice Chairman Mr. Swapnil Jain, Director academics Mrs. Udita Ganguly, and Principal D.P.S. Aligarh Mrs. Rashmi Grover.
Learning, sharing, enjoying, helping ,caring and being creative are some of the words which the students of both France and India cherished in their heart . Those moments of learning, sharing and enjoying doing some wonderful activities were acknowledged in the form of beautiful folders and creative artefacts which were prepared under the guidance of art faculty Ms Joya Hamid and Ms. Aparna Jain and were presented to the students. A beautiful presentation to recollect different moments of the students, their class room sessions, activity classes, games, family time, Educational trips went deep down into the hearts of the participants, mentors and team members of the Indo – French Exchange Programme.
The first phase of Indo – French Exchange programme was a successful venture which brought the hearts of the two faraway nations closer. The Global Exchange Programme has provided favourable learning environment, deepened our knowledge and broadened the thoughts and views of the participants.
We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.
These golden words were truly realized when an incredible two weeks of Indo-French Exchange Programme was materialized and successfully came to an end.
The Indian students and the delegates of the Indo-French Exchange programme Mr. Chandra Shekhar Vice-Principal, DPS Civil Lines, Ms. Richa Bathla and Ms. Namrata Saxena Co-ordinators of the Exchange Programme visited the French school Lycee Privee Ozanam in the beautiful city of Lille in France. They were immersed in French language and culture. The French delegates and students gave their Indian counterparts a very warm welcome by saying Namastey! And similarly the Indian students greeted them with ‘Bonjour!’ It was a live example of the amalgamation of the Indian and the French culture.
The students enjoyed their stay with their partners. They enjoyed a tremendous week taking part in different activities and enjoying the hospitality of their host families. The students experienced the cold weather and were blessed with snowfall. They enjoyed the snow with their friends and loved making snow man. This trip provided a fantastic opportunity for the students to practice the French language and their culture. They were enriched with the wonderful science activities, French class and sports. The golden trip to Paris and the life-style of the city enlightened the students.
The sight of the EIFFEL TOWER, LOUVRE, ARC DE TRIOMPHE and above all DISNEY LAND mesmerized the students. The view of La Tour Eiffel or the Eiffel Tower at night fascinated the students. The cultural learning was enhanced by the excursion tour to Belgium. The students were enriched with the Belgium Culture and the local markets delighted them. The French families did their best to make the Indian students feel comfortable. The weekends were equally special with lots of outings, parties and amusements. Some students prepared Indian food with the help of their French partners and the family got a taste of Indian food. The students enjoyed at the shopping malls and restaurants relishing the French flavour.
Social activities involved the students in making Christmas tree. The exchange programme ended on a happy note by exchanging good byes and strengthening the bond of friendship.