4th International Students Conference at St. George's Girls School, Pinang, Malaysia
"The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity"
We climbed our ladders by attending the 4th International Students' Conference (SISC) from May 25-29, 2013 at Penang, Malaysia and there is no way we are looking back.
Malaysians tag their country as 'truly Asia' but we think that Asia is 'truly Malaysia'. Having visited only two states of this country, we know we still cannot forget it. The first day was all about cameras and the beautiful tourist sites of Kuala Lumpur. We had just fallen in love with the lush green flora of this capital city.. In Kuala Lumpur we visited the 'Istana Negara' i.e King Sultan's palace, the Malaysian gallery and library, an umbrella roofed mosque, the twin towers and much more.
After a wonderful day at Kuala Lumpur, we reached Penang. Students of St. George's Girls' School were present at the airport to welcome us. From there we went to Seameo Recsam, a huge guest house built for educational purposes. With the rest 211 students from a total of 11 countries, the following four days went off in a blink of an eye. There was immense portrayal of talent, capabilities and knowledge on the topic of the conference "Ethics and Morals, What Choice?".We all had a tremendous learning experience in the entire conference. There were plenary sessions where we had high profile lawyers, ministers, doctors, engineers and other learned persons who came to talk to us on the conference's topic. We also had astounding workshops which were student discussions. City tour of the Penang city left us mesmerized with its beauty. The conference was made all the more indulging with competitions like 'poster making' and the 'ethics case competition'. What really impressed us was also the unique style of Malaysian music which was staged for us on our second last night. Cultural dinner was the most memorable with everyone clad in their traditional clothes performing in their own beautiful way. Sale of souvenirs was also really unforgettable.
And finally after several photographs, autographs, chats, speeches and tears, our summit came to an end and we can never forget it. Thanks to facebook, instagram, whatsapp, skype and many other means to connect, we all are in touch and life's good.
Partner school: St. George's Girls School
Students: Apartim Chandra Singh, Maanya Kalra, Naman Dhanuka and Phalak Rajnish
Escort teacher: Mrs. Divya Sahdev
The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, China
On 21st July, the team arrived at the Beijing Airport, only to be greeted by the relentless rain, which kept pouring for hours on end. It was a long bus-journey later, over the course of which the team bonded with their guide, Wanda.
The second day saw the opening ceremony at Tsinghua University, with a video presentation showcasing the various schools from the 29 countries.
The students were exposed to various forms of Chinese art, including paper-ripping, silk-painting, mask-painting, kite-making and calligraphy.
The students visited the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, with models of Beijing spanning entire rooms that left everyone in awe. That evening, they also attended a Kung Fu show, which too, did not cease to amaze and inspire.
The Great Wall, “Ni Er” Chinese sports with the dragon and kung fu and a sport similar to badminton were among the few activities that the team was exposed to.
All in all the exchange proved to be a big success!
Partner school: The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University.
Students: Avarna Jain, AseesBhasin, Paridhi Jain, ShreedaAggarwal, AditiMehra, Lavanya Grover, Sukhmeet Singh, Tanya Sahni, YashnaKaul, Nikita Nagpal, Rhea Grover, AarohiSood, AneeshRai, KushalDalal, AkashPattanayak, VishrutMalhotra, PranavSood, KushagraChugh, Pranav Bajaj, Anubhav Bora.
Escort teacher: Mrs. SonalBedi, Mr. L. D. Pant
New Oriental School of Foreign Languages, Beijing
The purpose of the visit was cultural and educational exchange. In the seven day exchange program the students visited the school, attended morning classes with grade 10 students, shared food with the Chinese students, learnt Taiji and traditional Chinese painting. They also attended Guzheg and clay modelling classes. A part of the exchange program involved the children going for a home stay with the Chinese students. This helped them understand the culture of China better. The children also found some time to shop on Dounguan Street and in Shanghai.
The exchange was very purposeful and a good learning experience for the students. They experienced the vast culturaldifference across borders, hence moving a step closer towards globalisation.
Partner school: New Oriental School of Foreign Languagese
Students: Rohan, Nikita, Arushi, Shiv, Ridhima, Tanuj and Vedant
Escort teacher: Mrs. Meghna Kapoor
Republic of South Africa
The Modern School delegates reached the Durban Airport where they were introduced to each of their host families who were anxiously waiting for them to arrive. As the Indian delegation along with the South African hosts set their way for home, they marked the beginning of a nine day long journey.
Durban’s skyscrapers were very impressing. The cathedrals were so beautiful, serene, peaceful and quiet that even the faintest of the sounds was very clearly audible.It was a lifetime experience and the students had certainly stored some fond memories of the trip in the hard disk of their brains.
Country: South Africa
Partner school: Clifton College
Students: Aryan Gupta, Rahul Utreja, Moji Basar, SarthakGarg, ShreetAggarwal and YashovardhanBhageria
Escort teacher: Mr.Rajesh Kumar
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
In order to create a peaceful and just world it is important that the young generation can explore the meaning of peace and conflict .The spirit of unity and integrity have to be inculcated in our educational system so that the youth becomes compassionate and sensitive and help in building a nation. This is best achieved when students meet, contribute and discuss world peace initiatives as well as the successful ventures accomplished in their schools.
A notable feature of the visit was the twenty five students committee and the teachers of MCKK who worked tirelessly behind the scene, organising the the entire event meticulously and in making the stay and visit of the delegates comfortable and an experience to remember. The Modernites inter-acted with the delegates, learnt about their culture, countries and schools and in the process, made a number of friends.
The summit taught the young generation, the spirit of peace consciousness and helped develop the ability to resolve conflict congenially.
Partner school: Malay College
Students: SaieeshaAdlakha, NainikaMalhotra and SohamAggarwal
Escort teacher: Mrs. SeemaPuri
On 20th June 2012, an eight student team accompanied by Mr. GautumSarkar took off for a trip to Germany.
The ten days spent at Germany were undoubtedly fun-filled and mesmerizing. The students not only got exposed to various adventure activities such as hiking, para-gliding and rafting but also got a chance to learn about German food, culture and traditions. The students performed on various prestigious occasions and were delighted and honoured to meet the Mayor of Gießen.
The icing on the cake was the Public Viewing of the Euro 2012 that was being held at Ukraine. The students and Mr. Sarkar joined hands with the German students to cheer for Germany as the spirit of togetherness hailed!
The students also visited Berlin and Heidelberg to further encounter the true beauty of the german land.
The trip was truly a great experience.
Partner school: LiebigschuleGießen
Students: Poorva Joshi, DhruvPargai, Aishwarya Raman, PranayLekhi, HassaanEjaz, IshitaGupta,Vyush Gupta, LaavanyeBahl
Escort teacher: Mr. GautumSarkar
Philippine Science High School
On 22nd June, 2011, twelve excited students,
Aishwarya Sehgal, Fiza Jha, Manan Kohli, Jaiveer
Bakshi, Raghav Meghraj Parwani, Saamir Askari, Sanah
Jain, Shreya Aggarwal, Smriti Bansal, Tanisha Soni,
Vrinda Aggarwal and Yashasvi Lohia, along with their
teacher Mrs. Malini Khatri, took off for a trip to
the Philippines. They stayed at PISAY resort
and attended their classes regularly. The cultural
day was a big hit and was a reminder of the times
spent by the Filipinos and the Modernites back in
Partner school: Philippine Science High School
Address: Agam Road, Diliman, Quezon City,
Students: Aishwarya Sehgal, Fiza Jha, Manan Kohli,
Jaiveer Bakshi, Raghav Meghraj Parwani, Saamir Askari,
Sanah Jain, Shreya Aggarwal, Smriti Bansal, Tanisha Soni,
Vrinda Aggarwal and Yashasvi Lohia
Escort teacher: Mrs. Malini Khatri
SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar School, Bali, Indonesia
In June of 2011, eight students, Ashna Marwah,
Kavya Gupta, Monika Malhotra, Pranav Singh Aggarwal,
Raghavi Aggarwal, Saaed Abhdullah, Vansha Sethi and
Veeral Dewan, accompanied by their teacher Mrs.
Pooja Kapoor, visited SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar,
Bali, Indonesia. They spent their days visiting
museums, beaches, temples, participating in the
school activities and soaking up some sun and the
Partner school: SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar School
Address: Jalan G. Rinjani Perumnas, Monang-Maning,
Students: Ashna Marwah, Kavya Gupta, Monika
Malhotra, Pranav Singh Aggarwal, Raghavi Aggarwal, Saeed
Abhdullah, Vansha Sethi and Veeral Dewan
Escort teacher: Mrs. Pooja Kapoor
St. George’s Girls School, Malaysia
The student exchange programme to St. George’s
Girls School, Malaysia, from May 23rd to May 31st
2011, was a fusion of laughing and learning. The
students - Aahan Malik, Anoushka Gupta, Akshita
Singal, Avantika Sood, Gauri Chandra, Renee Chopra,
Shivankar Bahl and Suhavini Singh - were accompanied
by Mrs. Anuradha Bahl and Mrs. Poonam Rajput. A
summit was held at the RESCAM Centre, where the
students attended seminars and workshops, to discuss
topics ranging from career plans to global issues.
Shopping and mingling with the local students all
added to the experiences of the Modern School
Partner school: St. George’s Girls School
Address: Macalister Road, 10450, Penang, Malaysia
Students: - Aahan Malik, Anoushka Gupta, Akshita
Singal, Avantika Sood, Gauri Chandra, Renee Chopra,
Shivankar Bahl and Suhavini Singh
Escort teacher: Mrs. Anuradha Bahl and Mrs.
Dominion High School, Virginia, USA
The Dominion High School, Virginia, USA
welcomed Abhiroop Aggarwal, Aparajita Amar, Chhavi
Mongia, Ishaan Sethi, Jyotsna Mahajan, Karan Vir
Goenka, Lara Siddiqui, Niharika Kaul, Ratnanjali
Khanduja, Rijul Rajesh, Saanchi Kapoor ,Tanisha
Gujral and Vishwaraj Singh Rathore, and their
teachers Mrs. Geeta Chaddha and Mrs. Vidhi Gulati
from the 16th to the 28th of May 2011. These
students lived with their host families and went to
the school with the host students. They learnt their
ways and about their culture, meeting people from
all over the world, not only the US. The Modenites
also shared knowledge about India with the other
Partner school: Dominion High School
Address: 21326, Augusta /drive, VA 20164
Students: Abhiroop Aggarwal, Aparajita Amar,
Chhavi Mongia, Ishaan Sethi, Jyotsna Mahajan, Karan Vir
Goenka, Lara Siddiqui, Niharika Kaul, Ratnanjali
Khanduja, Rijul Rajesh, Saanchi Kapoor ,Tanisha Gujral
and Vishwaraj Singh Rathore
Escort teachers: Mrs. Geeta Chaddha and Mrs.
Peddie School, New Jersey, USA
Alan Larinawma, Ayushmaan Dutta, Chikirsha
Mohanty, Pallavi Seth, Rishabh Gupta, Ritambhara
Narang, Shubh Anand and Vedika Mohan, with their two
teachers Mrs. Usha Nair and Mrs. Rita Gupta, visited
the Peddie School, New Jersey, USA from the
16th to the 27th of May 2011. Sightseeing and
shopping in New York City, Washington D. C and New
Jersey; exchanging news and views with the students
and teachers of Peddie School kept the Modernites
busy and made an exciting trip. The highlight of
this trip includes developing a Micro-finance
project between the two schools.
Partner school: Peddie School
Address: 201, South Main Street, Hightstown, New
Students: Alan Larinawma, Ayushmaan Dutta,
Chikirsha Mohanty, Pallavi Seth, Rishabh Gupta,
Ritambhara Narang, Shubh Anand and Vedika Mohan
Escort teachers: Mrs. Usha Nair and Mrs. Rita
The Malay College Youth Development Summit 2011
Jai Sahni, Shivish Soni and Udita Bansal,
accompanied by their teacher Mrs. Manpreet Kaur,
went to The Malay College Youth Development Summit
2011, from the 19th to the 27th of June 2011. The
students who went for this Summit gained a lot more
towards leadership and development of the youth.
During the Summit, they had various sessions,
interactions, cultural exhibition as well as
Partner school: Malay College Kuala Kangsar
Address: 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
Students: Jai Sahni, Shivish Soni and Udita
Escort teacher: Mrs. Manpreet Kaur
A group of 60 students from classes 7th to 12th
of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, left for the
United States on the 14th of May 2011. Accompanied
by six teachers, the group flooded the IGI airport,
their red t-shirts reflecting their excitement. This
was a trip to NASA after all. They entered the NASA
premises on the 16th of May and were spellbound by
the rocket models and spaceships all around. The
Space School Programme was a week long, with
activities centred on the Mission to Mars theme. The
students designed and competed with Robotic Rovers,
experimented with Reflectance Spectrometers,
engineered Lofting devices, constructed and tested
Martian Landers that carry the Robotic Rovers.
Place of visit: NASA
Students: 60 students
Escort teacher: 6 teachers
Liscio Foscarini School, Venice, Italy
Akash Kapoor, Dhruv Chand Aggarwal, Richa Mohan
and Shivani Gupta enthusiastically set out for the
7th International Science Conference to Venice,
Italy from 21st March to 29th March 2011. With
Principal Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan and Mrs. Nalini
Idnani by their side, the students gained a lot of
experience; scientific culture to be specific. The
students presented their presentation on Green
Chemistry and its relevance in today’s role. The
team also visited certain sights, Vatican and the
Partner school: Liceo Foscarini in Venice
Address: Cannaregio 4941, 30131 Venezia
Students: Akash Kapoor, Dhruv Chand Aggarwal,
Richa Mohan and Shivani Gupta
Escort teacher: Mrs. Lata Vaidyanthan and Mrs.
Malay College Youth Development Summitt
From the 21st to the 29th of June, three students
from Modern School—Pallavi Seth, Tanisha Soni and
Malavika Bhatia, accompanied by two teachers – Mrs.
Sonia Kapoor and Mrs. Baisakhi Samajdar –
participated in the Malay College Youth Development
Summit ’09. The summit was held in the Malay
College, a boarding school in the picturesque town
of Kuala Kangsar in Perak State in Malaysia. The
Summit aimed to bring the youth of the world
together and sensitize them to each other’s cultures
as well as to inculcate leadership qualities and a
sense of social responsibility towards the community
amongst the youth of today.
One of the interesting things about the Summit was
the regular panel discussion with a unique twist.
The home stay experience was one the students were
very new to, and slightly intimidated by. The home
stay programme in Bukit Gantang, Malaysia, is known
world over for its hospitality and experience value.
During the home stay Programme, the students did
everything from playing traditional Malay games,
visiting a mini-leech farm and watching a play put
on by the local children from the centre for the
rehabilitation of the disabled. The Cultural Day was
the most fun-filled part of the summit. The vast
array of bangles, Indian traditional henna and
bhujia caught the fancy of foreign students.
For six days, 121 students from eight countries
worked in great harmony. At the end of it, it was
clear that the summit was a great success and Modern
School is privileged to have been given such an
An Exhibition of Indian Artifacts by Modern
Group Photograph of all
The Prime Minister and His Wife
Mrs. Kapoor with the President of Perak State
S. Kapoor and Mrs B. Samajdhar
with Three Student representing Modern School
of Headmasters with Mrs. Rita Gupta
Delegation in the painting room
student exchange (twinning) programme between Chua Chu
Kang Sec. School and Modern School has been taking place
for the past three years. Every year around twenty
students from Modern school go to Singapore during the
summer and in turn 20 students from Singapore (Chua Chu
Kang Sec. School) come to Delhi in the winter. This
exchange between students not only helps the students
understand each others culture and educational system
better, improves the interaction skills and also enables
us to make new friends. When we got selected for this
year’s programne our excitement had no bounds and we
started our preparations. We were supposed to showcase
India in 20 minutes which was virtually impossible but
we gave them a flavor of India’s vast and rich cultural
heritage. We had a bhangra (folk) performance which was
performed by all 20 of us, followed by mantra chanting,
performance on vande matram our national song, an odissi
dance (Classical) and a song on the piano. The
performance was appreciated by everyone. We also made
presentations on our educational system, Indian wedding
system, Modern School and the current menace of
terrorism. Similarly they performed to showcase their
talent and their country.
People in South East Asia including Singaporean’s eat
the dinner by 6:00-6:30 p.m. We also ate our dinner
everyday around the same time. Since Singapore is two
and a half hours ahead of us, , it would only be 4:00
p.m in India, because of which we ended up eating
midnight snacks which our moms had forcefully and
thankfully stuffed in our bags . Singapore famously
known as a shopper’s paradise made us feel like
shopaholics. Every time we entered a shop we would end
up buying something or the other.
We attended a few of their classes and learnt how they
study. We felt they had more of practical learning than
theory which made assimilation easier. We attended
classes like design n technology in which we learnt how
to design blocks. We also made pen holders. In the
Physics Lab we were taught about Motion. In the
Mathematics class we did puzzles like Sudoku, in the
cooking classes we made vegetarian chicken curry with
roti jala, and in music we learnt music designing. We
thoroughly enjoyed all classes specially the cooking
classes. We felt even though the content was the same
their system of classes was more interactive and very
We were taken around Singapore by a group of students.
We visited the national library, the national museum,
Sentosa Island, night safari and we did a lot of
shopping. The whole trip was a great learning experience
which increased our confidence and left us with sweet
and indelible memories. We would like to take this
opportunity to also thank Ms Neera Kapoor and Ms Madhu
Aggarwal, for guiding us and taking care of us during
the entire trip, from the inner core of our hearts. This
experience has broadened our horizon and enlarged our
vision of the world...
At the camp
Formal dinner with the minister (man power
Doing Modern proud
Raising generations of young adults with a global
outlook and international spirit is the overarching
principle of every sound educational system - be it
through literature, science and technology, theatre and
music, sports or fitness. Through the initiative of
Internationalism, the curriculum both within school and
beyond, is continuously striving towards building a
generation of focused and responsible young adults,
ready to coexist and work towards building a peaceful,
harmonious and better tomorrow.
The International dimension is taken up by the
school at all levels across curricula in all its
dimensions. Through Student and Teacher Exchanges,
Twinning Cluster Programmes, International Summits
and Online Projects, students are given the
opportunity to learn, explore, enhance and develop
as independently acting and thinking global
individuals, who have big dreams for their
community, country and the world.
The International Policy of the school aims at
impacting and involving the entire school community
in International work and embedding the
international dimension in the school curricula and
ethos. Besides encouraging student leadership, it
facilitates learning partnerships through literal
and virtual interactions, establishes a link between
youth and community responsibility and helps develop
a commitment to human rights and values. Through
discussion forums, cross-cultural and
multi-disciplinary activities the school creates and
provides an enabling and empowering atmosphere to
build an informed community of people capable of
addressing world issues of tomorrow. The motto
Forever New Frontiers and Beyond Borders is in
keeping with our belief that problems and solutions
are not territorial.
Some of the International projects:-
The ISA is an accreditation scheme developed by the
British Council that recognizes and celebrates the
International Dimension in the school curriculum.
The award is aimed at developing sustainable
partnerships internationally, providing professional
development opportunities for teachers and
encouraging international understanding among
students. Through 26 projects across classes and
disciplines the students and teachers
enthusiastically participated in the accreditation
process. The award is a reflection of International
work as a whole school commitment. Modern School is
an ISA school since 2007.
The UKIERI was an international initiative announced
by former PM of UK Mr. Tony Blair in September
2005.The project is aimed at bringing together
clusters of schools in the UK and India for joint
curriculum projects and professional development.
School leadership and management and ICT in the
classroom have been identified as priorities. Modern
School is a member of a 6 school cluster which is
sponsored by British Petroleum. Our UK cluster
partners are 4 schools from Leicester. The theme of
the 3 year project is Our Environment. In the 1st
year the students worked on Rocks and Minerals. The
projects included an in depth study of our rich
resourc4es and visits to stone quarries; the
ornamental and aesthetic use of rocks in the form of
precious/semi precious stones and a study of
different rock types. Year 2 of the project deals
with carbon foot printing, alternative sources of
energy and vermin composting. Students across
classes are working on the projects.
Australia India Collaboration- BGS and Modern
Brisbane Grammar School and Modern School have started
a virtual collaboration with students of class 7.
The initiative involves a joint exploration of
common themes in Social Studies and English.
A student delegation from Chua Chu Kang Secondary
School, Singapore visited Modern School as a part of
the 'Twinning' Program for two weeks.
A student delegation from Modern School visited the
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School, Singapore as a part
of the 'Twinning' program for two weeks.