Exchange Programs in last few Years
Built on the adage, “Self-realization cannot be achieved by the weak willed,” Modern School has become a melting pot of diversity & leadership. In the pursuit of self-realization, the school organized the Student Exchange Program with the Townley Grammar School to foster the spirit of internationalism, humanity, unity and leadership in the delegates.
The program commenced with the arrival of the delegates, perhaps a bit nervous but eager for the experiences awaiting them. Next day, the delegates assembled in the Resource Centre, where each delegate gave a short introduction of themselves. Dr Vijay Datta, our respected principal, officially welcomed the delegates to India and to Modern School and encouraged them to partake in discussions to uphold the ideals of this cultural exchange. The delegates were then taken on an informative school tour and were introduced to the legacy of this esteemed institution. Later the delegates tapped their creative sides as they took part in various activities in the fashion technology, sculpture and paper technology in the technology block.
Early in the morning of the next day all the students learnt the importance of sports as they engaged into badminton, horse riding, lawn tennis, basketball and learnt several Indian games such as Kho-Kho and Kabaddi under Mr. Rajesh Kumar. The students were then taught important Indian gestures and greetings like Namaskar by Ms. Alka Luthra. They experimented and created beautiful dyes in the chemistry laboratory under MS. Vandana Dhawan They were enlightened on the significant topic of feminism by Ms. Himani Bakshi and were introduced to the extremely useful Vedic Maths by Ms. Shivpriya Mathur. Later the students learnt about the essential life processes such as osmosis and diffusion in the bio laboratory by Ms. Shalini Dahiya The next day the students were fascinated by the diverse Indian physical features and ancient indian monuments and architecture as taught by Ms. Deepa Kapoor and Ms. Beeba Sobti respectively.Ms. Meera Malhotra and Ms. Susan Jose shared with us their vast knowledge about the Indian economy and polity as well. The delegates also studied about various interesting concepts of physics as taught by Mr. Manoj Kumar.
On the next day the delegates visited the magnificent Taj Mahal and were amazed by its beautiful architecture.
The next day the delegates, along with their hosts went on a city tour. They visited many historical monuments like the red fort, Ugrasen ki Baoli and the hustling, textile and jewel trading centre of Chandni chawk.
The delegates were given an insight into the lives of the Mughal emperors as they visited the Humayun’s Tomb. Later they paid their homage to the father of the nation- mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat. They also visited the Akshardham Temple and were left spellbound by the light and sound show at the same.
Besides the aforementioned activities, another interesting aspect was the ‘homestay’ experience. Delegates blended into the Indian culture as they found second families, miles away from home. The following day the delegates were taken around Delhi, to visit historic monuments, cafes and malls. Some of them even visited weddings and experienced the Indian culture from a completely unimaginable dimension. They developed new culinary preferences as they tasted the delicious Indian chat, and home cooked “paneer” and “dal”. I hope all the delegates eagerly await the one last day they have with their hosts, or I should say second siblings.
On the next day morning, the students of The Townley Grammar School gave us an insight into the life at Townley, and their vision to enable their students to let their dreams power their futures.We at Modern do our best to provide maximum opportunities for interactive learning and projection of thoughts. The students then had an interactive session with the students of grade 7. This session gave everyone the opportunity to not just learn but also experience the other nation's culture and education system. In the evening the delegates visited Delhi Haat, the popular food plaza and craft bazaar of Delhi.
The following night the students boarded the train to Rishikesh where they visited the sacred and the splendid Indian temples and played in mother natures lap as they went for water rafting
Partner school: Townley Grammar School, Kent, UK
Students: AAmelia Ann Karan, Amelia Rose, Amy, Anna, Deeya, Esther, Grace, Ingrid, Julieta, Laura, Maddison, Navinder, Olivia, Paris, Poppy, Raf’iah, Sarah, Sira, Sophie, Stephanie
Escort teacher: Mr Desmond Deehan (Head Teacher), Ms Sally Macdougal & Ms Hita Naik Shetty
Modern School Barakhamba Road was invited to the SGGS Malaysia for International Student Conference to represent India at this esteemed event. Five Delegates Dr. Prem Prakash Vermani (Teacher) ,Akash Aggarwal ,Bharat Mukim ,Priyank Nangia , Shubham Gupta represented our school.
The opening ceremony included cultural dance performances and regional songs for entertainment. Dr Vermani presented a paper on “The Best Teaching Practices in Modern School” during the teacher’s session which was highly appreciated. The conference was truly an enriching experience for the modern school delegation.
Partner school: St. George's Girls' School (Penang, Malaysia).
Students: Akash Aggarwal ,Bharat Mukim ,Priyank Nangia , Shubham Gupta
Escort teacher: Dr. Prem Prakash Vermani
On the first day, 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
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
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
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
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 Football 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
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 India
Partner school: Philippine Science High School
Address: Agam Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
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
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 Bali culture.
Partner school: SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar School
Address: Jalan G. Rinjani Perumnas, Monang-Maning, Denpasar, Bali
Students: Ashna Marwah, Kavya Gupta, Monika Malhotra, Pranav Singh Aggarwal, Raghavi Aggarwal, Saeed Abhdullah, Vansha Sethi and Veeral Dewan
Escort teacher: Mrs. Pooja Kapoor
The student exchange programme to St. George’s Girls School, Malaysia, 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 students.
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. Poonam Rajput
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. 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 students.
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. Vidhi Gulati
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. 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 Jersey
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 Gupta
Jai Sahni, Shivish Soni and Udita Bansal, accompanied by their teacher Mrs. Manpreet Kaur, went to The Malay College Youth Development Summit. 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 sight-seeing.
Partner school: Malay College Kuala Kangsar
Address:33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia
Students: Jai Sahni, Shivish Soni and Udita Bansal
Escort teachers: Mrs. Manpreet Kaur
A group of 60 students from classes 7th to 12th of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, left for the United States. 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 teachers: 6 teachers
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 aloo 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 opportunity.
An Exhibition of Indian Artifacts by Modern School
Mrs. Kapoor with the President of Perak State
Delegation of Headmasters with Mrs. Rita Gupta
Group Photograph of all International with The Prime Minister and His Wife
S. Kapoor and Mrs B. Samajdhar with Three Student representing Modern School Barakhamba Road
Delegation in the painting room
The 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 different.
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 development)
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.
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.