CAMPUS ROUNDUP "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." The month of June was supposed to bring happiness and sunshine into our lives but it started with great sorrow. One of the most talented teachers of our school, Mr. Dhiraj Sapru, passed away after a long fought battle with a terminal disease. Considered to be a genius in the field of Maths and Photography by all his pupils and colleagues, the whole school mourned his tragic demise. It is a huge loss not only to the school, but all who knew him. Although he has left our world, he will always be remembered and will never escape from our memories. Where there is life, death is inevitable. It is a harsh reality of life and one we must accept. In the end, what matters is not how long you lived but how well you lived in terms of your contribution to the world. Living a good and healthy life is only possible if we live in a healthy world. So, to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment, World Environment Day was celebrated on 5th June 2018 by students of Junior College. A campaign for raising awareness about environment and cleanliness was started by the students with the Prefects Council in charge. It lasted for the whole week where students across the board were made aware of the ways of creating a better world, free of pollution and full of greenery. Each day of the week was assigned to a house starting from Chinar House, all the way to Willow House. To create a positive example for the younger, impressionable minds of the middle wing, the Junior College Prefects Council engaged in daily class inspections for cleanliness and encouraged their juniors to look after their surroundings. Some of them volunteered to help by cleaning the glass panes and windows, showing that our Prefects really do lead by example. Sports of course could not be ignored. A friendly cricket match between our school and Green Valley School was held in the same week on 6th June 2018 and our U-19 team participated in it. It was an intense match right up till the end but our school emerged victorious and won by 11 runs. After watching their seniors triumph, the U-16 cricket team got ready for a friendly match against New Convent School on 21st June and once again our school showed off its prowess in sports by winning the match comfortably. On June 26, New Convent School football team clashed with DPS FC to avenge the earlier loss, but unfortunately for them -and fortunately for us- this feat could not be achieved. DPS FC put on an amazing show by scoring 11 times in the game, all without conceding a single goal! Clearly, the future of sports in our school looks brighter than ever. The Football fever continued among students as post the marvellous work of art by students of the Fine Arts department for the Environment Week came to an end. It now started working on a new theme: The 2018 Football World Cup, Russia. Display boards were smiling with images of football stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah etc. and their National Teams. As the saying goes "All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy", the opposite is equally true. Students of Junior College start preparing for the Mid Term examinations and are determined to achieve great success. The exams are near and start from 29th June. I hope our institution continues to flourish despite the hardships, as great character can only be built in times of great hardships. So, best of luck everyone for the exams and enjoy your vacations.
Yamin Mushtaq - 12 C1
Dheeraj Sapru – WE BID YOU ADIEU!
‘’Death is a reality that haunts the cowards but some brave souls embrace it in its reality’’. “Our loved ones remain a part of our daily lives and when they meet the reality of death, their memories start fading away and its a bit difficult to hold onto to their memories and keep them alive for our good and their peace. We want them to be a part of us even after they’re gone forever, every special moment is a treat for our souls that bear the wounds of their going away. Their gestures remains vivid, the way they laughed, cried, smirked, giggled, screamed, shows us that they are somewhere alive within us and this reality makes us inhabitants of the land of pain and separation. They say that mother is the first school of a child but what comes after the mother is the most beautiful relation that is of a teacher; the guide to our wandering soul, the light to our dark lives, the truth to our astray souls, one holy figure in a human form who chisels our tomorrow through the test and struggle of today. Our teachers are our sculptors as they mould us in shapes that are required in the present times. Our teachers remain with us throughout our lives and reflect in whatever we do in our personal and professional life, memories of their excellence and grandeur leave an indelible imprint for our good and they continue to be what they deserve; candles of the society who keep burning to enlighten the path of success for others. We might not always remember the definition of a polynomial, an algebraic formula or latitudes and longitudes but we remember how our teachers touch us with their wand of inspirations and inspire us for the rest of our life. We treasure their memories that speak of their selfless character that comes out in relation to guiding us through a difficult lesson even in day breaks. This is the class of teachers, who teach, who guide, who eventually make us stride across the path of professional heights and despair. He was battling this deadly disease since sometime and despite this killer machine disease he fought the winds of death like a brave falcon. His willpower made him last longer that the will of this disease. Dhiraj sir; a man of genuine character with a mind of a genius, left us on 8th of August 2018 after fighting a battle with leukemia, a disease that makes everyone weak but he rose above that weakness. Dhiraj sir was our maths teacher, good with numbers, formulas and calculations, he never made Math look like a boring subject, his art of teaching numbers was flawless and captivating. His jolly nature, his soft tone, his passion for photography made him different and a class apart. Nature was his favourite subject in
photography and he travelled miles just to click a perfect photograph of a sunset. An introvert by nature, he kept himself busy in productive things and crafted his work with efficiency and excellence. Books were his friends when alone, this made him a genius of thoughts and actions. He had a passion for adventure tourism. Mountaineering and camping were his chosen holiday activities. He was extremely popular, would be the first to volunteer and a selfless personality in DPS, Srinagar. Students and his colleagues never ceased to praise him for his efforts. “Teaching camp seems empty without the presence of Dhiraj sir, says Zuha of class 9th A. “He was student friendly, a demanding mentor and never disheartened any of his students, more of a friend than a teacher to us. He had funny nicknames for students, some were cubix in his presence and some were table test, it was always a treat to listen to his golden words. “For a year, Dhiraj sir didn’t greet me with his signature smile as I had failed to submit my assignment on time and this made him feel cheated because he invested everything he had mind and soul in us. Whenever we were on a school picnic, he laughed and giggled with us like a teenager, remembered Wamiq of class 10th. Mathematics is an exact science where 1+1 will always equal to 2 and there’s little room for levity in its instruction. Math is a discipline that DHIRAJ SAPRU cherished academically as well as in his private life. But . . . no matter how skilful a teacher he was . . . no matter how patient and how kind he was with his students . . . no matter how much energy he put into making his students the best personalities they could possibly be . . . and no matter how much he loved this photography that he so tirelessly and expertly taught to so many of us . . . Mr Dhiraj Sapru touched some of our hearts in very special ways that we can never, ever accurately or fully explain with the mere tools of these Earthly written words . . . “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” -Nikos Kazantzakis. Only a language descending from heavens is capable of conveying that message. I find myself at a loss of words. While we mourn the loss of a great man, we should feel blessed and honoured that he was a part of our lives. May his death be peaceful for his soul to be joyful in eternal peace. Much affection and prayers always Sana Afzal Mir – XII D2
LET US PLEDGE â€œToday we come together to strive not only for victory in the game, but also for the victory of peace. Brazil, the United Nations and FIFA wish to share a message of peace, tolerance and respect for human rights. United in spirit with all players, officials and fans around the world we join our voices to fight all forms of discrimination and in favour of mutual respect, regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or class. These are universal values and aspirations that we pledge to continue to promote in this World Cup and beyond.â€?
“Mo Salah, Mo Salah Egyptian King Mo Salah Mo Salah running down the wing…”
The man of the moment: Mohamed Salah. Since joining Liverpool back in 2017 this genius has been on fire. With blistering pace, hold on the ball and an eye for goals, Salah has been tormenting defences and scoring for fun and before I forget he has a smile that can make your day. Mohamed Salah Ghaly was born on the 15th of June 1992 in Nagrig, Egypt and started his senior career with his hometown club El Mokawloon in the Egyptian Premier league. Salah played every single game in 2011-12 however following the “Port Said Disaster” the Egyptian football association cancelled the remainder of the season. With no football Salah and the Egypt under 23’s played a friendly with F.C.Basel, Salah only played the second half but still scored twice. The Swiss club invited him to training before signing him in June 2012 for an undisclosed fee. Basel Chairman had set up that friendly purely to watch Salah play. He later said “I have never seen a player with so much speed in my entire life” Salah scored his first professional goal against Al-Ahly in 2010. He scored his first Champions League goal against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2013 and in that game he refused to shake hands with the Israeli team but in the return leg he offered fist bumps instead of handshakes.Salah’s performances attracted a lot of interest from the big guns across Europe but it was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea who got his signature of for a fee of 11 million pounds in 2014.With Eden Hazard firing in all cylinders Salah was used sparingly in his debut season, and was allowed to leave on loan to Seria A sides Fiorentina and A.S.Roma. Salah became a superstar in Rome and finished his first season with the Romans as their Player of the season as well as being their top goal scorer in all competitions. With the Roman club eventually signing him permanently for a fee of around 15 million euros. His brilliant performances steered him a move to Liverpool for a then club-record fee of 36.9 million pounds. He quickly became a superstar of the club. He scored 44 and assisted 13 goals for the Merseyside club last season and went on to break record after record for the club, The Premier League and Football overall.
Salah was the top scorer for Egypt with five goals during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications, including both goals in the decisive 2–1 victory over Congo, Salah sent the entire stadium and his country into absolute madness after converting a last minute penalty to send Egypt to their first world cup since 1990. While this was all going on Salah’s family were robbed but when the thief was caught Salah refused to press any charges, he actually gave the thief some money to get his life together an even tried to find him a job. How can you not love this man! After his heroics in the world cup qualifying he was awarded a villa by Mamdouh Abbas, the former president of Zamalek but he refused and insisted the businessman to make a donation to his hometown instead. Salah also featured in a video encouraging young Egyptians to stay away from drugs. The “You Are Stronger Than Drugs” campaign was launched by the Fund for Drug Control and the Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), affiliated with Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity. Being a Muslim, Salah celebrates all his goals by performing “The Sajood”. Salah is loved by absolute everyone around the globe and the fans have given him the nickname “The Pharaoh”, “The Egyptian King” and “Egyptian Messi.” This man has achieved quite a lot in the last couple of years which has made him a global superstar. Individual awards 2017-18: 3x Premier League Player of the month: 4x PFA player of the month FWA Footballer of the year: 2017-18 Premier League Golden boot: 2017-18 Premier League player of the season: 2017-18 PFA Team of the year: 2017-18 African footballer of the year: 2017 LFC fans Player of the year: 2017-18 LFC players’ Player of the year: 2017-18 PFA fans’ player of the year: 2017-18 Onze d’Argent: 2017-18 BBC African footballer of the year: 2017 Goal’s Arab Player of the year: 2017 PFA Players’ player of the year: 2017 CAF African footballer of the year 2017 He has also been included in: AFCON team of the Tournament: 2017 CAF team of the year: 2017 Premier League Team of the year: 2017-18 UCL squad of the season: 2017-18 Let’s just take a second and appreciate what this man has achieved in such a little time with his hard work, strong determination and never giving ussp. Salah this season has been too hot to handle. He has been up there with the greats like Messi and Ronaldo and has also managed to outshine them at certain occasions. Salah deserves to be up there at the top. If the Egyptian keeps on performing like this, there certainly is no denying that he is soon going to win the Ballond’or and make us keep chanting: “Mo Salah Mo Salah Egyptian King Mo Salah Mo Salah running down the wing…” Mohammad Tazeem – XI D2
FANTASIES ARE BETTER THAN REALITIES “You are a grown-up girl o dear! Act like one” “Tomorrow you will have your own responsibilities. Grow up” They say it all the time I hear it a billion times Yes I wasn’t the same before I was agile, once, o people! I used to catch a butterfly. But that is a forgotten time Childhood comes like it never came But then the estrogens began to do their part That which I needed not—adolescence you may call it Life’s stupefying age it seems to me You grow silent You care about the transience You now don’t discuss Doreamon But Fifty Shades of Grey O how you used to discuss about Those Barbie movies Those video games Those warm hugs from parents That new Frozen dress O how much you liked the company of Butterflies, sun, flowers, Angels and God But now you get embarrassed when you get a blessed hug from your mother O Pity me! Why did I grow up? This world’s harshness This time’s mercilessness And this heart’s discontentment --Are all the gifts that your age gives Your once tender hands—wanting that flower Have now held the cactus of ego, pride, vanity and all that That once you wore the attire of innocence Has now turned into the cloak of fashion—Madame, Nike, Adidas and all that Growing up always gives a demon to the world The purity falls into the abyss of selfishness I once again want to be the person who cried even on the death of an ant Rather to be mature And calmly hear, “thousands murdered in Syria…” And say, ”the same old news!” O time! The world has enough HITLERS O time! O Mad Hatter! I am an Alice Ready to go inside a burrow And enter the wonderland of fantasies and innocence Because reality and maturity is lethal! Madiha - 11th D2
Environmental Day Celebration by Fine Art Students
KNOW YOUR CHILD Improving students' relationships with teachers has important, positive and long-lasting implications for both students' academic and social development. Solely improving students' relationships with their teachers will not produce gains in achievement. However, those students who have close, positive and supportive relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than those students with more conflict in their relationships. Picture a student who feels a strong personal connection to her teacher, talks with her teacher frequently, and receives more constructive guidance and praise rather than just criticism from her teacher. The student is likely to trust her teacher more, show more engagement in learning, behave better in class and achieve at higher levels academically. Positive teacher-student relationships draw students into the process of learning and promote their desire to learn. Knowing a student's temperament can help you construct appropriate learning opportunities: If a girl in your class is particularly distractible, you can support her efforts to concentrate by offering her a quieter area in which to work. If a boy in your classroom is very shy, appears engaged but never raises his hand to ask questions, you can assess his level of understanding of a concept in a one-on-one conversation at the end of class. Knowing a student's interests can help you create examples to match those interests: If a student who loves basketball comes to you with a question about a math problem, you might respond to her with a problem involving basketball. If a student who speaks Turkish at home comes to you with a question about English vocabulary, you might answer his question and then ask him what the word is in Turkish and how he'd use it in a sentence. This type of specific responding shows that you care about your students as people and that you are aware of their unique strengths (i.e., fluency in another language). Give students meaningful feedback Notice the way that you give feedback to your students: Are you giving students meaningful feedback that says you care about them and their learning, or are you constantly telling your students to hurry? In your conversations, are you focusing on what your students have accomplished or are you concentrating your comments on what they have not yet mastered? Does your body language, facial expression and tone of voice show your students that you are interested in them as people too? Are you telling them to do one thing, yet you model quite different behavior? For example, are you telling your students to listen to each other, but then look bored when one of them talks to the class? Be sure that the feedback you give to your students conveys the message that you are supporting their learning and that you care about them. Are you paying more attention to some students than to others? Be respectful and sensitive to adolescents Supportive teacher-student relationships are just as important to middle and high school students as they are to elementary students. Positive relationships encourage students' motivation and engagement in learning. Older students need to feel that their teachers respect their opinions and interests just as much as younger students do. Even in situations where adolescents do not appear to care about what teachers do or say, teacher actions and words do matter and may even have long term positive (or negative) consequences. What do good teacher-student relationships look like and why do these relationships matter? Teachers who foster positive relationships with their students create classroom environments more conducive to learning and meet students' developmental, emotional and academic needs. Here are some concrete examples of closeness between a teacher and a student: A high school student chooses to
share the news that he recently won the first prize in an Art Competition with his teacher because he knows that his teacher will show genuine interest in his success. A fourth grade boy who is struggling in math shows comfort in admitting to his teacher that he needs help with multiplying and dividing fractions even if most of the students in the class have moved beyond this work. A middle school girl experiences bullying from other students and approaches her social studies teacher to discuss it because she trusts that the teacher will listen and help without making her feel socially inept. Positive teacher-student relationships contribute to school adjustment and academic and social performance Positive teacher-student relationships â€” evidenced by teachers' reports of low conflict, a high degree of closeness and support, and little dependency â€” have been shown to support students' adjustment to school, contribute to their social skills, promote academic performance and foster students' resiliency in academic performance. Teachers who experience close relationships with students reported that their students were less likely to avoid school, appeared more self-directed, more cooperative and more engaged in learning. Teachers who use more learner-centred practices (i.e., practices that show sensitivity to individual differences among students, include students in the decision-making, and acknowledge students' developmental, personal and relational needs) produced greater motivation in their students than those who used fewer of such practices. What do negative teacher-student relationships look and feel like? Teachers who have negative relationships with a student show evidence of frustration, irritability and anger toward that student. Teachers might display their negativity through snide and sarcastic comments toward the student or describe the feeling that they are always struggling or in conflict with a particular student. Often, teachers will describe a specific student as "one who exhausts them" or "a student who leaves them feeling drained and burned out." Negative teacher-student relationships can amplify when teachers show irritability and anger toward several or many of the students in the classroom. In these types of classrooms, teachers may find themselves resorting to yelling and harsh punitive control. Teacher-student communications may appear sarcastic or disrespectful. Student victimization or bullying may be common occurrences in such negative classrooms. Negative teacher-student relationships are stressful for both teachers and students and can be detrimental to students' academic and social-emotional development
Yamin Mushtaq - XIIC1
Argentine Agony With such a great and talented side why is Argentina not delivering at the biggest stages of them all? Argentina has got the likes of Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Augero and of course the greatest footballer of all time Lionel Messi! But not everyone usually performs or plays like they do it with their respective clubs except Lionel Messi. These players disappear upon wearing the Argentine football jersey. The reason for this is everyone expects a lot from Leo, when the players fail to dribble or pass through the opposition defences they pass the ball to Messi and stand still like some kind of statues and expect Messi to score or put the ball on the plate for them so that they can tap it in and score. Messi manages to do it sometimes and the fans start daydreaming about the world cup coming to the south American nation but when he fails to do so, people taunt him, destroy his statues and the Twitter gets wild, especially the Ronaldo fans, they start acting so very childish like Messi is not human. Let’s just accept the fact that football is a team sport and just a single man will not make you win all the games and trophies on his own. That just will not happen. In football everyone has to give his all. The Goalkeeper must be the first attacker and the striker must be the first defender. Football is meant to be played with all your heart and soul, the feet are just the tools and Messi does that. Unlike most of the players, he does not play a selfish game he passes the ball so very often after dribbling past the entire team and sometimes even the Goalkeeper. Whether you like it or not, if you know a word about football you will know that Lionel Messi is the best dribbler in the world. The five time ballond’or winner has achieved a lot at the individual level and at the club level as well. Some of his awards are:
FIFA Ballon d'Or/Ballon d'Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
European Golden Shoe: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014]
Copa América Golden Ball: 2015
UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009
Globe Soccer Awards Best Player of the Year: 2015
La Liga Best Player: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
La Liga Best Forward: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011
FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2015
FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2011
FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 2005
FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Shoe: 2005
Olimpia de Plata (Argentine Footballer of the Year): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Copa América Best Young Player: 2007
FIFPro Young World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
Golden Boy (Young European Footballer of the Year): 2005
IFFHS World's Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016, 2017
La Liga Player of the Month: January 2016, April 2017, April 2018
FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year
La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16
UEFA La Liga Team of The Season: 2015–16, 2016–17
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
Copa América Dream Team: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016
AFA Team of All Time (published 2015)
UEFA Goal of the Season: 2006–07, 2014–15, 2015–16
He has won every possible thing that a footballer can possibly ever win. There is just one thing that is missing from his trophy cabinet- The FIFA World Cup. Winning the world cup would be the icing on the cake of his splendid and illustrious football career. It is not just the players but the people of Argentina and the rest of the world also expect a bit too much from Messi, they expect him to: score,assist,dribble,pass,cross,clear,defend,tackle,run,push,save,cook,feed,babysit! He cannot do all the things on him own. The team has to help him. The goalkeeper has to save, defenders have to defend, midfielders have to create and the attackers have to finish with Messi of course being at the centre of everything. Argentina are on the verge of being eliminated from the group stages in Russia. The world cup without the historic Argentine team and especially Messi is not a world cup the world wants to see. Let’s just hope and pray that they get back on track and show their brilliance that we all have been waiting for.
Mohammad Tazeem – XI D2 (As published in the newspaper)
Monthly class newsletter of Junior College of Delhi Public School Srinagar for the month of June 2018.