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THE DP DISPATCH The newsletter of the Diploma Program at Choithram International


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CI MISSION STATEMENT: Choithram International, through its holistic education, aims to nurture lifelong learners, who will become responsible compassionate open-minded individuals keen on accepting the differences in the world and striving to create a global community grounded in ethics and values.


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INDEX: -Message from Head of School -Message from DP Coordinator -Message from Administrative Coordinator -Message from EE Coordinator -Message from University Guidance Counsellor -Inclusive Speech - The next big step towards Gender Equality -JULY AT A GLANCE: ~Bastille Day - La fÊte nationale de la France ~UNIVERSITY FAIR - UBC ~INVESTITURE CEREMONY ~Ushering the New Session - Welcome Assembly ~CAS - Shouldering Responsibility ~Heartfulness Meditation Sessions -AUGUST AT A GLANCE: ~AFS Effect+ Workshop ~Assembly - UN Day for Indigenous People ~Flipped Classroom - Where students get to be teachers... ~University Fair - Ireland ~Jai Hind! ~HMUN India 2018 ~University Fair - US ~University Fair - UK, Canada, Australia and US ~Field Trip - Symbiotec Factory Visit -IA Calendar 2018 -CAS Calendar July-August 2018 -Event Calendar July-August 2018


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Message from Head of School -Mr. Dilip Vasu Lao Tzu pronounced, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. This single step enumerates the efforts to be unfolded in one's stake and opens up the diversified progressive vistas in front of the young denizens ready to take the world in their strides. Choithram International, through its Diploma Programme inundates its young learners to undertake this journey and standout in the crowd. The world is a vast panorama of opportunities as well as obstacles. One needs to grab the opportunities and cultivate the zeal to overcome the obstacles. The modernized amenities and the holistic approach taken during these two grueling years send out the graduates ready to make a mark in whatever field they choose for themselves. The values and skills are so ingrained that they prove their worth to the community, society and the world at large. The programme delves so deep into the various faculties of an individual that he or she is groomed into an all- round personality with multi-faceted talents. That the alumni of the institute have carved a niche for themselves bears testimony to the fact. Though seemingly taxing, it proves to be rewarding when these young learners take up the horizon of their dreams and expand their wings to reach it. The proliferating personalities turn into efficacious individuals and it serves the purpose of all the deliberate efforts that go in the accomplishment of the arduous journey. School’s belief in being a part of the global community makes it help the learners venture into the directions of their dreams, thereby prove their mettle to the world. We look forward to alluring careers and future for our students and wish that they groom into such promising individuals who do not proclaim what they can but show it through their actions and achievements.


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Message from DP Coordinator -Mrs. Nandini Verma “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,� said the late inspirational leader Nelson Mandela. I want to welcome you to hallowed hall of Diploma Programme at CI. I hope that you are excited to learn individually and collaboratively. We are the community of life-long learners and believe in sharing knowledge for our collective growth. The world is complex and changing rapidly. In such situation, the future is uncertain. We are unaware about the challenges regarding the jobs, career, socio-emotional relationship and so on. The IB education opens the door for a complete development of head, heart and hand of a person, a person as a whole. At CI, we are committed to provide an education to our learners, grounded with ethics and values that can prepare the students to meet 21st century challenges. We at CI believe in the new approach of education that is built on the concept that individual strength and personal motivation can promote natural learning. We aim to develop student wellbeing and promote happiness by providing academics and behavioral support in the school. The school emphasizes to change the philosophy of life from fixed mindset to growing mindset using some strategies. Teachers, school leaders, and communities are working towards greater implementation of these components, both individually and in concert. The benefit is that mindset goes one step further. It’s based on the belief that with effort, we can use what we have learned to make a meaningful difference in other people's lives. We firmly believe that educational experiences at CI prepare the learners for life after the school in their higher education and future career. With this spirit and IB philosophy we continue our journey towards making this world a better and peaceful place to live, learn and grow. I wish you success in the year ahead!

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Message from Administrative Coordinator of Senior School -Mr. Surendra Singh Chauhan It is a special pleasure for me to say a few words for the newsletter. As we are all aware that we are an IB school of repute. We follow equally prestigious IB curriculum. It is a unique platform of academic studies infused with international mindedness, global unity, peace and harmony.

Its vision is all-inclusive and at once forward looking and futuristic. Its mission is to utilize education as a powerful tool to prepare new generation of leaders who are imbued with the spirit of compassion, understanding and genuine fellowship. In other words, we are part of a wonderful program which connects us to all the like minded people worldwide. Our system of international education prepares us invincibly to face the seen and as yet unseen challenges of the 21st century. It is also good to keep in mind the immense value of ‘Time Management’. You must learn to make use of time gainfully. Keep yourself motivated in order to do better than before. Keep engaged in the pursuit of excellence which should be all pervasive and should touch, in a dynamic way, all the aspects of your life. With best wishes for the year and the unfolding future.


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Message from Extended Essay Coordinator -Mrs. Virginia D'Britto As Albert Einstein quotes, “ I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Indeed, the person who yearns to know, will surely gain the knowledge that he seeks. IB diploma Programme offers the Extended essay with a similar thought of providing opportunity to every learner to explore and quench their curiosity by taking up challenges in a field of their choice.

It is a perfect preparation for university life and even beyond. It makes the students independent thinkers, inquirers and balanced individuals giving them an edge over their peers. It also opens new avenues for many students in terms of taking their research to a larger scale or even setting up their own business. The passion driven process is an important milestone in the development of an individual’s overall personality. Many a times, students fall prey to the rigorous and demanding requirements of the extended essay. Teachers play a vital role not only as supervisors but also in helping the students in their academic and attitudinal preparation. The EE process at Choithram International, thus involves following the EE timeline that is designed keeping in mind the time for the Extended Essay, support extended to the student by providing the necessary skills to complete their essays and timely submissions. It is advisable to begin early and sail smoothly through the journey of the extended essay. Both the student and the supervisor must enjoy every phase of this journey. It not only lowers the stress, but also helps to connect personally, to the topic bringing out the essence and value that the student wishes to pass across to the readers. (2)

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Message from University Guidance Counsellor -Mrs. Neeta Mishra A strong University Guidance cell is a hallmark of any premier IB World School. Keeping with the high expectations of an International school, Choithram International has an established and diverse university and career counselling committee, which proactively aids students in their exploration and their subsequent focus on universities across the world according to their interests, abilities, values and personal characteristics. CI University Counselling Committee is responsible for advising and assisting Diploma Programme students in their college and career planning. The career guiding process is joint efforts of Head of school, program coordinators along with University Guidance counsellor of the school. The objectives of the Committee are to help students make informed decisions about selecting right career pathway with appropriate subjects for higher study and selecting appropriate colleges as per the skills, personality, aptitude and financial ability. This year school has hosted three major education fairs which included universities from US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and India.CI students are studying in top universities of the world. Every year students of CI receive offers from high ranked universities of the world. This year many students have also received scholarships for the Undergraduate study. Students of CI are studying in world’s top ranked universities such as Oxford University, London School of Economics, University of Waterloo, Michigan State University, University of British Columbia and University of Illinois, Hong Kong University etc. Despite being an IB student, our students are also able to secure their positions in the top ranked universities of India as well, such as Mumbai University, Christ University, SRM University, OP Jindal University etc. I look forward to the new academic year to meet all new and existing students and parents at the various guidance related functions we sponsor. I will be pleased to extend my support in all possible ways to provide guidance and support for career and college planning to all the students of the school.


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Inclusive Speech - the next big step towards gender equality by Akshat Sharma

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As we all grew up and eventually adapted to our surroundings, we learnt a language or to be precise we learnt our mother tongue and within that language there are some preoccupied and prejudiced words that we have been using and without even knowing it we offend a lot of people by using it, for instance when I say the word “mankind” I am actually

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generalizing that all humans are men, also when I say “mother tongue” or “the common man” I am creating a bias without even being aware of it. This is an example of subconscious stereotyping and we are all a victim of this phenomenon.

Gender Equality is one of the main agenda that we need to address in today’s world and the least that we as students could do is to start using and imbibing inclusive language in our daily lives so that we could initiate a small step towards this aim which would have a bigger impact than giving speeches about gender equality. When we talk about change, we all tend to acknowledge the bigger strand but we all forget that change is a gradual process and it is the smaller things that eventually lead us to the broader aim and in the similar manner we should stop or refrain from using conventional and stereotypical words which we often use in our daily lives like batsman or policeman rather we should replace these words with gender inclusive word like batter or police officer. We should also understand that by substituting to gender inclusive language we are not only promoting gender equality but we are becoming more accurate in our understanding of language and its application. Gender inclusive language may seem a smaller step towards achieving gender equality but if we all take it together it would unquestionably become a big step and would lead us closer to our aim. (6)

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Ushering the new academic session Welcome Assembly 10th July 2018 by Kashika Mirchandani A year of utter stress and workload for DP2 students, and one full of new challenges for DP1, all of us were filled with anxiety from the very beginning of this school year. Thus the initiative of welcome assembly was a stress-buster for all of us. We, the students of DP2, got the opportunity to take part in activities that stretched beyond our curriculum, and thus got a chance to have fun without having to compromise on our studies. On the other hand, the DP1 students were introduced to the requirements of the Diploma Program and made to participate in certain fun activities to make an amiable environment for them to feel comfortable in.

The assembly began with a melodious song piece on hope by the girls of DP2 preceding it was the mandatory prayer, essential to remind us of our roots and keep us grounded. The students had made a presentation that talked about the importance of time management in the program and all the CAS that we managed to do in the first year itself, encouraging the DP1 students to do the same. Next, we had a beautiful dance performance, a duet, by the girls of our batch. After which there were games, such as ‘guess the word’ and ‘charades’ to lighten everyone’s mood and cheer the students up. There was great participation from both, the students and the teachers. In the end, we had our DPC brief us out with this year’s requirements and the deadlines for DP2 students, reminding us of our duties as students of the Diploma Program. After this exciting event full of fun activities and necessary advice, all the students must have received inspiration and were extremely motivated to face all the challenges of the Diploma Programme.


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Bastille Day - La fête nationale de la France 14th July 2018 by Vaidik Lapalikar  The national day of France, a celebration of a splendid day in the history of France. A day in which democracy was instated within the country, a day in which France celebrates it’s many diverse cultures and a day wherein everybody comes together to celebrate with fireworks and a block of cheese. To celebrate ‘le fete nationale’ at Choithram International in order to honor the customs and traditions of France, the French speaking community came together and hosted this magnificent event wherein everybody got to showcase their talents.

The French Fiesta was a culmination of brilliantly illustrated forethought whereby all the events within were executed with flawless precision and seamless accuracy. The various short skits that portrayed parts of France’s history were a great start to the event. With meticulous design and amazing execution, they set the benchmark really high for all the performances to follow. Next up was a intricately crafted and articulately delivered speech on the topic of ‘the roots of democracy in the French revolution’. After which another short skit about how the stereotypes affect the way in which particular industries such as the ‘model’ one function. The event ended with a strong conclusion - a fashion show. France is known as the land of fashion and the children put up an exhilarating performance. It was undoubtedly the highlight of the event and the best end anyone could hope for. Overall, the French Fiesta truly was a celebration of France and it’s culture right here at Choithram International School.


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University Fair - UBC 17th July 2018 by Bhumika Singh Dikhit One of the most interesting university fairs out of (8)

the ones that have been held from the start of this session, the University of British Columbia session on 17th of July exceeded all expectations. The representative’s delivery of facts and figures of this very prestigious university turned many heads towards it and attracted numerous students to consider the possibility of studying at this university as prospective undergraduate students.

University of British Columbia, more commonly known as UBC, is a popular and heavily accredited institute based in Canada. During the entire presentation, everybody in the audience was completely attentive to what the representative had to offer. Information based on all the possible fields of study was meticulously presented with clear mention of costs. Information about the two campuses - Okanagan and Vancouver - was provided and all the subject specific and campus specific programs were brought to awareness. Application requirements and finance details along with information about student life were prudently illustrated. All in all, it was a fabulous and informative presentation that was able to convince most students why they should choose UBC to pursue further education. More so, for students that were previously reluctant to consider it as a possibility have changed their perspectives and have thought about giving it a shot. Are you ready and willing to find your place at UBC!

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Investiture Ceremony 27th July 2018 by Sannidhi Bhootra The Investiture Ceremony confers responsibility on the students to develop leadership skills during their school years. It helps them to develop ideals and values that would aid them in life later on. The Choithram International Investiture Ceremony 201819 was held on 2nd August 2018. The Student Councils from the two programmes (MYP & DP) marched in tandem to the atrium to be delegated their respective responsibilities.

One by one, the Council members were invested with their responsibilities by the Head of School, along with the coordinators and a few senior faculty members. Then, the oath-taking ceremony of the Student Council members was conducted by the HOS. The HOS addressed the gathering of students, stressing on leadership qualities and emphasizing discipline as one of the pillars that helps in the school’s and the student’s development. Lastly, the Head-boy Kalpak Jain and Head-girl Bhumika Dikhit expressed their vision for the school during this academic session. The academic session endowed the Council members with a sense of responsibility they would carry throughout the tenure. The ceremony was an induction into the realm of responsibility to open pathways for future leaders.


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CAS - Shouldering Responsibility Throughout July by Baani K. Pasrija Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is an integral part of learning in the Diploma Programme. The CAS allows students to develop skills which can be used throughout a lifetime. It is a means to enhance the students’ personal and interpersonal development through three important aspects of life − creative skills, physical strain and helping the community we live in.

The DP 1 class initiated a project covering all three aspects of the CAS. We are currently working on spreading awareness about Gender Bias, which also relates to our English Language and Literature course. The class is working on several creative aspects including a street play, a graffiti, social media platforms, a newsletter and a web forum; a group is working on selfdefense and the entire class will take part in a rally, for Activity; and whilst all of these are a form of service, a pledge and a data collection group is working on the CAS as well. Collaboration is an important skill needed to make this project successful, as, unless we adjust our timelines for each other, join our efforts and help each other, it is really tough to succeed in our endeavors. Apart from that, we are all also striving to develop our other ATL skills. We have created research documents and timelines to enhance our research and self-management skills. Our street-play, social media, pledge and graffiti all work with communication skills, whilst writing all of these on our own develops our thinking skills. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop “caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world”, and we feel this CAS project is the perfect way to fulfill IB’s mission.


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Heartfulness Meditation sessions Throughout July by Shailja Bhatt In today’s fast paced life, the mind knows no peace. We constantly are occupied with an unending plethora of thoughts, random unnecessary thoughts. This often interferes with our concentration as we then get occupied with a particular thought and continue to dwell upon it.  A necessary skill which is needed is the ability to control our minds, and not let our thoughts intervene with our concentration. One way this is possible is through meditation. What people often get wrong about meditation is that we have to stop our mind's chatter entirely, but that's not true. Meditation is the knowledge that thoughts are simply thoughts and will eventually pass.

Imagine there’s a road and several vehicles are passing by, and then there you are, running across the road trying to stop the vehicles from honking. Now think of the road as your mind, and the thoughts as the vehicles. What we often end up doing is that we try too hard to control our thoughts. What we need to understand is that the thoughts are simply phases, which will eventually pass if we do not dwell upon them. Now think of a contrasting scenario, you are simply standing on the side of the road, quietly observing the vehicles passing by. Now once again, the road is our mind and the vehicles are our thoughts. That is the way it should be, us allowing our thoughts to pass without us judging them or getting attached to them, or trying to stop them. Our school thus introduced a meditation programme, which takes place every Thursday. We forget all our worries, try to clear our minds and concentrate. This is a great initiative, and we all are grateful to the school. We are now associated with the Mindfulness institute Meditation has several health benefits as well. If we learn this skill successfully so early in life, a lot of our problems will be solved. Like stress , anxiety or even depression. There are a lot of apps as well for this. The one I would recommend is the Headspace meditation app. The sessions arranged by school are proving to be stress busters for us and turning us into individuals with composure and resilience as driving forces.


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AFS Effect+ Workshop 1st August 2018 by Baani K. Pasrija & Sujay Jain On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Mrs. Sarita Badhwar from American Field Service (AFS), an international organization that promotes intercultural understanding, conducted a Workshop for MYP Year 5 and DP Year 1 learners.  The interactive workshop began with a communication and social exercise: each student was encouraged to describe one unique quality for another and subsequently, build a stronger relationship in under a minute.  Next, we discussed the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN and how AFS is actively working to help the UN achieve the SDGs.

This discussion was followed by a thought-provoking presentation by Dr Divya Gupta who serves as the head of Jwala Foundation. Jwala empowers women by training them in vocational skills and self-defense whilst sensitising men to be responsible citizens. Students interacted with Ms Divya raising a variety of questions and learning the difference between the situation on the ground and our perception of it.  Ms Sarita carried the workshop further by asking us to introspect: What qualities do we need to develop to become effective change-makers? We also studied the stories of two change makers Shabana Basij Rasikh who opened the first boarding school for girls in Afghanistan and Afroz Shah who inspired hundreds of people to participate in the world’s largest beach cleanup in Mumbai over the last 5 years. Towards the end of the workshop, we reflected on income inequality by role-playing different individuals in society from a single, unemployed mother to a rich, influential businessman and realized that change has to be local - it must begin with us in our own neighborhoods as Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you want to see in the world. Overall, the workshop was a perfect combination of experiential learning, engaging discussions and some fun memories which helped in developing international mindedness and thinking, social and communication skills. 


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Assembly - UN day for indigenous people 7th August 2018 by Vikramjeet Singh Sokhey It was a delightful assembly, the first assembly in collaboration by the students of Diploma Program, to convey the idea of “Protecting Indigenous People” to the audience at large in the school community.The students put together a brilliant show within limited days which portrayed perfect time management skills and incorporated team work and creativity. The students showed a collective attempt to become internationally minded people in the global society and comprehend the problems faced by the indigenous people of their native lands.

We tried to overcome the problems we faced as a unit to show the significance of saving indigenous cultures and art forms. Two pairs of students presented the assembly with a friendly yet rigorous debate as the first performance of the day on the topic “Should Indigenous cultures be preserved?”. The students (in the audience and on the stage) became open minded and caring towards the rights of indigenous people following the discussion of their everyday moral brutality. The assembly also inculcated a video showcasing special dances and celebrations of indigenous cultures and transfusing the importance of preserving their communities alongside their cultures because old is gold. There was a presentation based on the beauty and refinery of the indigenous artwork to communicate the reason behind their paintings and their ideas that was succeeded by an idea of learning and spreading historic art forms. The assembly concluded with a dance by DP-2 students based on the Maori tribe in New Zealand. It was a valiant effort by the students to provide the best possible gathering and make it informative and showcase the International Mindedness.


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Flipped Classroom Where students get to be teachers... 7th August 2018 by Baani K. Pasrija Everyday, our alarms force us to to get up early in the morning, board our school buses and attend school. We begin our day by learning with our teachers, who guide us every step of the way. Everyday, we hope to be as knowledgeable as our mentors some day. Quite a lot of us have dreamt about being at the teacher’s place and teaching a class of inquisitive minds, have we not? I am certain I have.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the DP 1 learners got the opportunity to teach their peers, using a riveting teaching technique called the Flipped Classroom. We were divided into groups, assigned different texts relating to our English Language & Literature course, and had to teach the topics to our class. The texts were related to Language in Cultural Context, including a slam poem titled ‘Feminism’, Catalonian Confusion, Gender Inclusive Language, a TED talk titled ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and an article - ‘Is the River Male or Female?’ The texts were all different − some of us got the opportunity to teach how a slam poem is written, whilst some of us got to talk about the way we categorise some common words on the basis of gender. The classes with our peers were entertaining, as each group came up with a new activity for the class. One group divided the class in two teams and gave several genderbiased words to each team, whilst the team had to say aloud a gender-inclusive word in return; and one group managed to relate TOK with the task! Another group divided the class in four groups, told each group to write a piece of slam poetry with a list of given words, and read it in the manner of a slam poem; the class produced fantastic results as each poem was innovative and had a different outlook at the topic than what the teaching group had imagined. Overall, the activity was a marvelous learning experience for all the DP 1 students, as we got to experience not only the pleasures of being a teacher, but also the troubles faced by a teacher. I am sure nobody from DP 1 will cause any conflict in the class from now on!There were several takeaways from the Flipped Classroom, a significant one being the topics we taught the class; none of us will forget the information and the lessons we gave to our peers. The activity was an amusing way of embedding certain key topics in our minds as well as teaching us about being a teacher.


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University Fair Ireland 10th August 2018 by Aarushi Jain On 10th August 2018, Ms Wendy Dsouza, the Advisor of Ireland Education Enterprise for India and Sri Lanka visited our school. Along with her, several individual universities including Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and more had arrived and put up a fair displaying and exhibiting the information and inquiries in relation to education in Ireland and in those universities. It was an interactive session for the DP students accompanied by their parents who were invited too for the fair. The universities talked about the scholarships, courses offered, expenses, eligibility criteria and all the queries that the parents and the students had. They briefed the people in the session regarding the country and the vast job opportunities existing there. Inviting parents had a crucial purpose of making them aware about the variety of career options that are open for their children along with the expected expenses. Students and parents were left free to inquire more about their desired universities that were present that day. Overall it was an informative exposure for the DP students as well as their parents. One of the best suggestions by these advisors was to choose universities on the basis of ranking of the course offered by them and not on the ranking of the university as a whole as this shall closely enhance the quality of the students' studies.


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Jai Hind! 15th August 2018 by Vaidik Lapalikar  ‘Hamara bharat mahan!’ as rightly said by a wise man and a phrase that the collective conscious of India uses widely with a stoic feeling of pride in their hearts. The celebration of our 71st Independence Day at Choithram International School was no short of a professionally executed military event wherein all the performances were effortlessly made and a feeling of sheer dignity and joy was instilled within the hearts of everyone who attended the event; such was the effect of the execution of the events.

The event was in itself the very definition of perfect - from mesmerizing dance performances to an absolutely powerful speech to the flag hoisting and the recital of our national anthem the event had it all. Kicking right off the bat, the Inter-House Traditional Dance Competition was an event that set ablaze the dance floor and the hearts of the already spell bound audience. Each performance exhibited the delicate touches and the mind boggling complexity of each dance form. All the performances were truly in a league if their own. Since it was a competition, a winner was to be declared. Lincoln house claimed the glory of the best performer. However, each house was winner in their own right. Following that was a speech that kindled the fire of patriotism in the hearts of every bystander. A speech ignited the embedded feeling of honor and dignity within the hearts of every Indian. A speech so powerful, it moved everybody right to their core. Akshat Sharma, the brains behind the speech, truly touched the hearts of everyone on such a special occasion. He reiterated the fact that their is vast sense of respect in being an Indian. All in all, the celebration of the Indian Independence day at Choithram International was truly mesmerizing and ignited a flame of passion and pride alike in all of our hearts.


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HMUN India 2018 16th August 2018 by Sujay Jain I had the pleasure of returning to Harvard Model United Nations India's 8th edition as an assistant director (AD) for the historical security council, 1950. I was selected after a round of applications and interviews to be on the staff of one of the several coveted crisis committees of HMUN India. Following my selection, I had a couple of skype meetings with my director and co-ADs. We discussed the intricacies of the committee's workings to rules of procedure for the Harvard Model UN and everything in between. The skype sessions and the rigorous selection process was complete about 2 months from the conference which tells you the sheer planning and hard work that goes into the making of HMUN India. I flew to Hyderabad a day before the conference to attend on-site AD training. The training was about showing us why HMUN India's philosophy works and how could we embody it. I was exhilarated to begin my first day as an AD on 12 August. Beforehand, I had the opportunity to listen to the Afghan Ambassador to India and learn from his experiences. Â The four days of committee sessions were filled with intense debate, meticulously crafted crisis notes, subtle jokes and inspiring stories from different parts of the world. I woke up excited every day to see what sinister plot the delegates will concoct and they surprised me every day. The social events at the end of each day were also a great opportunity to unwind after a day of ardent negotiations and to network in the national Model UN circuit. Another important part of this experience was learning how to judge delegates for awards, moderating committee, making first-time MUNers feel comfortable and coordinating with the secretariat. I was thrilled to gain these valuable skills and the constant feedback that my director provided was really helpful. Over the last 5 years, I have been a participant, organiser and a moderator in Model UN conferences. Hence, now I hope to transfer the knowledge that I have gained over the years to the budding MUNers in my school community to build a very competitive Model UN team. (10)

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University Fair - US

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21st August 2018 by Kartavya Sharma On 21st of August, 2018, Choithram International experienced an exuberant event, constituent of which were twenty universities from the United States. Across the board, an array of profoundly vibrant career and specialization options were available for the students to cherry pick from. The Universities that alighted at the venue ranged from San Diego State University to Rutgers to Santa Barbara and many more. Each university had something distinguishing and distinct to offer that set them apart from the crowd, something that could incline certain students from picking them over a more competitive or prestigious university.

University of Santa Barbara, secretly popular for their applied mathematics program, was lauded by some particularly mathematically oriented students. Rutgers was an obvious target for students interested in economics. Just like the aforementioned universities, there were many more specializing in some field in some way that made them worthwhile for a student’s time. Capitol Technology University was, surprisingly, a rather interesting school, the university specializes in Computer science, Physics – particularly Astrophysics, considering the fact that the university is situated down the road from a NASA facility – and Engineering. They claim to offer myriads of opportunities to their undergrad population for internships and co-ops so the students can better acquaint themselves to the career they want to specialize in. Apart from education, a lot of the universities that visited, due to being imbibed in the American education system, had a very holistic approach to how they nurture students within their campuses. The universities have very large, spanning acres, campuses and establishments those that terminate all logistical hassles and enable the students to focus on the task at hand. From the fair, all in all, the students had a lot to take home. All the universities made their admission requirements very explicit and required all students, to some extent, to participate in activities that developed them outside the classroom in a multitude of aspects. The universities, in correspondence to their admissions process, were very versatile and flexible, they were open to making adjustments for students who, in the parlance of their own interests, excel at one particular field to a great extent and that students can cover up for their grades by accomplishing great feats in terms of their extracurricular activities. In the end, the event was a success.

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University fair - UK, Canada, Australia & US 24th August 2018

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by Kalpak Jain On 24th August, our school conducted a university fair whereby universities from UK, Canada, Australia and a university from the USA were invited. The purpose of the fair was to make the DP students aware of the university requirements, the course they offer and provide the students with assistance in selecting their career path and become dedicated to their courses.Â

Firstly, the universities gave a brief introduction and then the interaction phase began where every student interacted with the universities. As students talked to the university, they acquired knowledge of several different courses that different universities offer and the courses they specialise in. Moreover, application requirements, optimum time of applying, subject-specific scores and many other details were also discussed. This event was able to give us a brief outlook towards choosing our specialised field of study. It also made us think about the numerous options we have to choose from and how those choices can affect our future. To conclude, it was an informative seminar and all of us learned many things from it.

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Field Trip Symbiotec Factory Visit 29th August 2018 by Aniruddh Singh On 29th August 2018, the Business Management batch of DP-1 visited the pharmaceutical company “Symbiotec Pvt. Ltd.” The purpose of the visit was to educate the students regarding how a business organisation works, its corporate social responsibilities, human resource management and environmental aspects. It was a cross- curricular link between Business Management students and Environmental System and Societies students.  We were given a short presentation by one of the representative of Symbiotec which showcases what Symbiotec is and what technologies it uses to not harm the environment. We were also told about the safety gears it provides to its workers and the corporate social responsibilities the business performs. Meanwhile we were listening to the good presentations about the Symbiotec. The young learners interacted with the employees of Symbiotec Pvt. Ltd and discussed their queries regarding their business. The students of Choithram International also visited their plant and learned how the business works. Then the students interacted with the human resource manager at Symbiotec who explained us the role of human resource at Symbiotec. They explained us a full list of CSR activities that they had started, which included the adoption of 3 villages, making all children study in that village. They also built  public washrooms to maintain hygiene in the area. Then after explaining us about the CSR they took us to a small trip to their production lines (Laboratories) where they made their APIs. Then we came back and met with their HR manager, who explained to us about their company's distribution of workers. The students developed IB learner profile Inquirer, Communicator and Thinker. It was a great learning experience and knowledge gaining exposure to all the students.


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