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.”
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.