A delegation of dignitaries from Max Mueller Bhavan , New Delhi visited the school and interacted with teachers and students of the German Department.The delegation comprised of
Mr. Carl -Jochen Dill (Head of Educational Services and Schools: “Partners for the Future”)
Mr.Olav Schroeer (Project Manager - Educational Services and Schools: “Partners for the Future”)
Ms.Hema Gupta (Project Manager - Educational Services and Schools: “Partners for the Future”)
Ms. Kavita Chhabra(Project Manager - Educational Services and Schools: “Partners for the Future”)
The highlights of the visit were German songs sung by the students , speeches and video presentations of the PASCH Youth Camps and the Indo German classroom Project. The dignitaries motivated the students to pursue the German language as it would lead to excellent career opportunities in the future. The students were excited and enthused to meet the dignitaries and felt more motivated after the visit.
The Deutsches Indisches Klassenzimmer Project successfully culminated on November 30,2015 with the final presentation by the Indo- German exchange students.The students researched the epic of Ramayana and identified the values inherent in it. They made masks of the ten heads of Ravana and destroyed them by symbolically flinging away ten negative traits of Ravana. The other highlights of the presentation were a skit on Sita Swayamvara , a poem by Gurbaaz Maken narrating the Ramayana through the eyes of Laxmana and an English song depicting the Ram Setu scene from the epic.The presentation ended on a festive note with the Germans singing Christmas carols.
SEEHEIM SNAPSHOTS.......... Oct 6, 2015 WORKSHOPS IN HEIDELBERG It was a different experience indeed to have a workshop in the Youth Hostel in the chilly October morning in Heidelberg. The students made freeze frames, did some body and movement exercises in the morning. In the evening we went to see an End Lish movie” A Royal Night Out” . Madhur Mahajan with Imaan Grewal
SEEHEIM SNAPSHOTS.......... Oct 5, 2015 SCHOENES HEIDELBERG A train journey to the picturesque romantic town of Heidelberg was one of the highlights of our exchange. Thirty two Indian and German students accompanied by our teachers reached the Youth Hostel in Heidelberg which was to be our home for the next two days. We could not stop admiring the beautiful city and the bounties of nature. We explored the city, watched an English movie shopped for souvenirs,danced to our heart’s delight and went for a cruise on the river Neckar. Achint Miglani with Rahul Sharma
SEEHEIM SNAPSHOTS.......... Oct 4, 2015 KENNENLERNEN (Getting to know each other) After a leisurely Sunday morning, where many of the students explored Darmstadt , went rock climbing, cycling and spent time with their exchanges and host families , it was time for the entire group to meet in the Shuldorf Bergstrasse school for the first time on Sunday evening. On the onset the German group and the Indian group met separately for 10 minutes to discuss and iron out any problems that might have arisen. Thankfully there were none and the entire group seemed to be happy with their exchanges and were very excited too.The teachers and students introduced each other .Thereafter followed a host of ice - breaking activities like saying hello to each other in different ways and filling the bucket with water in pairs with one leg tied to the partners. The activities were fun filled and quite successfully broke the ice between the exchange partners. To sensitize the students about situations which could possibly lead to misunderstandings, they were given a list of situations which were real life experiences of the previous years exchanges. The students were then asked to discuss solutions to the problems and how to resolve the conflicts which may arise. This activity helped the students realize the importance of being patient with each other and the importance of clear and direct communication which is so important to have a successful exchange. Aastha Chum with Pranshu Bhatia
SEEHEIM SNAPSHOTS.......... Oct 3, 2015 The Journey begins..... Passports check, cell phone check, wallet check, tickets check! All in! Four a.m at the ISBT , Chandigarh to catch the Volvo bus to IGI Airport in New Delhi.A bunch of super excited teenagers with their teacher coordinators were on their way to Seeheim -Jugenheim Germany.After the check in , we had a couple of hours to click pictures and eat. Everyone really felt the excitement , when the plane took off and it finally sunk in that what had been initiated six months ago in April was now going to become a reality. The reception at the airport by our exchanges and their parents , was warm and overwhelming .It was heartening and we felt very special when we saw the welcome banners and welcoming smiles . We were all then whisked away to the place, which will be our home, for the next two weeks. We are looking forward to the next day, which will be our first visit to the school. Incidently ,today the 3rd of October is a national holiday in Germany as it is the silver jubilee of the Reunification of Germany. A wonderful day to start our Project indeed! Bani Kohli with Gurbaaz Maken
The students of the Indo - German Exchange project were privileged to have a first hand account from eminent senior citizens of Chandigarh . The august panel included Brig. Jagjit Singh, Brig. Gobindar Singh & Mrs. Devi Singh, Mr. Amrik Singh Sandhu & Mrs . Sukh Bans Kaur. The senior citizens recalled the horrors of partition and also implored the young students not to differentiate between religions and to keep religion apart from day to day life. The students participated actively and interacted with the august panel. This interaction was most valuable as the students are working on a project on Understanding Our Borders and expressing them through art under the aegis of Max Mueller Bhavan , New Delhi and sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
A delegation of International Students visited and interacted with the faculty members, students and research scholars of the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies. The Chairperson of the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Dr. Manish Sharma and Dr. Parvinder Singh, the Controller of Exams received and welcomed the delegates on behalf of the University and Department. The delegation was part of Vivek High School's project on “Understanding our borders and expressing it through art”. The Delegates were part of two German schools, Alice Eleonoren Schule and Schuldorf Bergstrasse, Darmstadt, Germany. This project is under the aegis of Deutsches Indisches Klassenzimmer – 2014 an initiative by the Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi and sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The delegates interacted with the faculty members by raising certain questions on the Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and his relevance for the coming generations. The delegates also visited the Departmental Library and the Committee Room where the exhibition on Gandhi’s Thoughs related to vashnav elements was also appreciated by all. In the end, Dr. Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, Panjab University thanked all the Delegates and the faculty members from the Vivek High School for visiting the campus and Gandhi Bhawan. The delegation also visited the department of Theatre and got a feel of the amphi theatre and the studio
15 German students and their teachers Mrs. UlrikeWolf and Mrs Susanne Hughes were accorded a warm welcome by the parents and students of Vivek High School. The German delegation will be working with the Indian students and teachers on the Project titled'Understanding Our partitions and expressing it through art' The Indian students had also visited Germany to work on the East West Berlin partition and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The students are very enthused about the project and will be working on it from November 22 - December 4, 2014. this project is under the PASCH project called the Indo- German Classroom Project - 2014 , initiated by the Max Mueller Bhavan , New Delhi and sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation .
October 8,2014 It all started as usual , coming to school, sitting together and discussing what we did the previous day with our exchanges. Like everyday we had a meeting with the teacher for 10 minutes, making sure everything was fine and working smoothly. After the meeting got over everyone went to their allotted clubs. It was the second day of our clubs being allotted to us, each group started with the main project work and discussed about everyone's different perceptions they had about partition. (As our main topic is partition) Everyone participated enthusiastically and gave in their ideas. They wrote them down and compiled them together and came up with one idea. The painters started their painting and the sculptors started with their base idea. The dramatists carried out doing small plays and showcasing their acting skills and putting it all together, trying different emotions. It was overall an interesting and a day full of enthusiasm. The day ended on a good note, on the other hand the countdown of coming back has started. Tanveen Singh
6 Oct. 2014 Berlin woke up to cloudy weather but we brought sunshine to it with our big ,bright,smiles! Quickly after having a buffet breakfast at the Industrie Palast youth hostel, the German and Indian groups parted. The Indian group went to the 'Frei Universität' by tram and got to know about the university, the study options there, admission procedures followed by a tour of the campus. The German counterparts went to the Bundestag by tram and had a presentation there on the functioning of politics on Berlin and had a talk with Mrs Brigitte Zypries, the Federal Minister of Justice, Germany. She told us something about her job. It was very informative for both the groups. Then, the Indians also ran (literally ran) to the Bundestag. Both had a savory lunch in a beautiful government restatement called Reichstag. Then the Indians had a tour of the parliament, like the one Germans had earlier and the Germans went to a supermarket! The Parliament tour was very interesting with the audio guides! And the day ended with an eight hour journey back home which didn't seem long! Wecan sum it up by calling it the most enlightening day in Germany! Mittrabandhu Chawla & Celine Golak
October 2, 2014 To be up and about at 5:00 a.m to reach the railway station! A bus to catch with our exchanges and teachers, what excitement!! Four days in Berlin! Wow! First halt en route was the Buchenwald Labour Camp, one of the largest concentration camps in Germany. Buchenwald – the forest of Beech trees. Our guide gave us an overview of the history of the place. We learnt about the atrocities meted out to the innocent inmates who were 95% non-Germans. We also viewed a documentary about Buchenwald, which brought home the condition of the prisoners as there were interviews of some survivors of the camp. We also saw the torture rooms and the gas chambers. A chilling and touching peek into the horrors of the Nazi regime! We then walked about the streets of Weimar,, the town of Goethe , Schiller and Adolf Hitler, clicking pictures in the sunny autumn afternoon with a slight chill in the air. After an adventurous journey driving through quaint German villages, we finally reached our overnight stay at Froschmühle. A beautifully located self-catering boarding house surrounded by tree clad mountains far from the maddening crowds. Bhavika Kashyap, Grade XClick here to download
Monday 29.09 The day started at 8:45 am with writing down one funny incident that happened with each one of us on the previous day. Then we proceeded for a formal introduction by the principal of Alice-Eleonoren-Schule, Schuldorf Bergstraße ,Germany.The Indian students introduced themselves to the students of the 12. Grade of Alice-Eleonoren-Schule. We than moved on to the classroom for an icebreaking session. The session included fun filled games which saw great enthusiasm, laughter, enjoyment and finally we all got to know each other a lot better. We stranded the session by playing the “Step-game” in which we stepped on the toes of our partner until they screamed and we won and then changed partner. For the next game we blew up some balloons, wrote our names on it and threw them in the air, picked up the balloon that we could find and searched the person whose name was on the balloon and asked them a question. Then came to the “Hobby-game” in which one partner had to guess the hobby of the partner and after guessing moved on the next partner. For the next game we were divided in two teams and the partition was cleared between us. One person from each team had to come forward and as the partition was dropped the person who guessed the name of the other person first got the points.In our breaks most/some of us stayed in the classroom and listened to music. We played English, Hindi and Punjabi songs danced to it and taught each other some dance moves. The room was filled with bangra tunes, Macarena moves and Gangnam style accompanied by smiles and laughter all around. After that we had to tell what we have learned from this exchange until now. Somebody said he learned that we aren’t that different from each other which is really inspiring for all of us. This amazing day ended by an introduced to the program for the following weeks and by starting little work on our portfolios. It’s just been two days and we are already having the time of our lives! -Anahita Handa & Julia Gramzow
Sixteen excited students all set to fly to Germany. Frantic last minute instructions, Don't forget to carry your tickets, passport,etc.Sleepless with excitement and simply raring to go. Parents equally excited but very happy and proud came to the ISBT ,Sector 17 to see off their wards at 4:30 a.m. Goodbyes followed by instructions to keep in constant communication and the journey to T3 began. talking , planning , instructions at what to be careful of at the airport was all done during the bus journey. time at the airport simply flew with all the formalities ,checks ,etc. And then was the simply most comfortable flight aboard the Dreamliner.Click here to download
September 27, 2014 The first day in Germany after a long 12 hour journey, no one expected such an extravagant day! Starting with a banging welcome and introductions we were bursting with energy and POOF! Went the tiredness. Followed by some ice breakers was the most unexpected thing we could expect. AN OVER THE CITY RALLY!. And so in small groups of 4 we raced against the other 7 teams to complete tasks like creating poems, finding statues, counting columns and even doing a handstand in the elevator! We cruised through the city going to places like Louisen Centre (the mall) or universities and even a castle! After an eternity of running around we went to Biergarten to be rewarded with food for our work. The most authentic of German flavours served to us ended the day with delicious food. -Bhavkaran Singh, Grade XI
A warm welcome was in store for us at the Frankfurt international airport.The Indian students were greeted very warmly with garlands and sunflowers by the German students and their parents, and there was excitement all around . The airport resounded with the chatter of excited children and each student was then taken home by their exchanges ,Click here to download
Ingeborg Nahm, from Bonn, revisited Vivek High after 19 years. A teacher of History and German and a mother of three sons she has been playing the accordion and rendering vocals in Kindergartens and Old Age Homes. Author of two books ‘Was Hast du Getraumt , Alifa’ and ‘Angste , Traume, Pferdeweisheiten , Ingeborg is an avid horse-rider and photographer and has been hosting international women’s meets ,where she met Minni Sarkaria , courtesy whom she revisited Vivek High and met the German learners at Vivek High . The students thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and learnt some songs from her.
Samachi Sharma and Gurbaaz MAKEN of Grade X ready to fly for the Jugendkurs in St.Peter Ording Germany on May 04,2014. Alles Gute und eine Gute Reise!
Malvika Gulati Rajvir Singh and Ishan Bagai of Class VIII are gearing up to attend the South AND South east Asian PASCH YOUTH CAMP for young German learners from May 25- May 31, 2014 at Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The students are excited at the opportunity to meet and interact with German learners from other countries. ALLES GUTE, Malvika and Ishan. We hope you have an enriching experience at the camp.
Gurbaaz Maken and Samachi Sharma from Grade X are preparing intensively for their A1 Zertifikat exam for their participation for a three week Jugendkurs (Youth Course) at St. Peter Ording, Germany from May 4- May 24, 2014. As part of the initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH), Goethe-Institute International organizes youth courses for students of PASCH schools. During the course the students will get the opportunity to learn German and become a part of an international learning community and explore higher study options in Germany CONGRATULATIONS GURBAAZ AND SAMACHI .We wish you eine Gute Reise nach Deutschland! Alles Gute!
Eleven students of Classes X, XI, XII,namely Ameya Sharma, ananya Goel, Mehtab KAmboj, Pranavi Walia, Shaurya RAj Singh Sodhi, Shivin Ahuja, Shraddha Gulati, Rabsimar Ahluwalia, Rehmat Aurora, Ude Prataap Singh Sandhu and Zoheb bedi alongwith Mrs. Vrinda Sharma and Mrs. Anjali Punj visited darmstadt , Germany for two weeks. The students bonded very well, there was great camaraderie and the students worked collectively on the Project, " Growing up in Germany/ Growing up in India'.
INDO GERMAN STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 2013-2014 The ‘Deutsches –Indisches Klassenzimmer’ (German – Indian Classroom) (Vivek High School, Chandigarh – Alice Eleonoren Schule, Darmstadt - Germany) Vivek High strengthens bonds with Germany Chandigarh, Sep 3rd, 2013- The new academic year 2013, for Vivek High School,Chandigarh started with an exciting and challenging opportunity for eleven students of the school from Grades X,XI and XII and two teachers to be a part of the student exchange program,The Indo –German Klassenzimmer. It has been initiated by Max Mueller Bhavan , New Delhi, under the PASCH program with financial support from The Robert Bosch Stiftung. It is a one year project from Apri 2013 to April, 2014. This is the first such student exchange program to Germany, undertaken by the school. During the course of the program the students will learn about the German culture, music, religion, and experience the intercultural differences and similarities, as they would be staying with their host families for two weeks in Darmstadt, Germany the students would also get a chance to experience the German hospitality and generosity. The zealots are gearing up for the trip by attending German classes at the Goethe Zentrum, Chandigarh and are ready to fly off on September 12, 2013. Mrs. P.K. Singh, Principal, Vivek High School remarked, “I am glad our school could offer an opportunity to its students to visit another country on an exchange program. Vivek High School is always open to such novel ideas as educational and exchange programs serve to enrich and inspire young minds through exposure to each other’s countries, including through short-term study abroad experiences.Through these programs, participants develop a better understanding of similarities and differences between the two’ cultures, as well as gain exposure to new ideas through student exchanges and homestays. Earlier too we have had students going to attend the Jugendcamps (Youth Camps) in Germany under the PASCH programme. In fact, two of our students namely Rajnit Paul and Annanay Jaitly of Grade X and XI, have just returned from Dassel, Germany after attending a three weeks camp”. The pupils and their teachers are working on a project ‘Growing up in India and Germany’. It would be a continuous project which would conclude with the fruition of the entire exchange program, the visit of the German students coming to India in November. In this project the Vivek High School scholars have identified and are penning their thoughts on thefour main factors that are especially important in shaping a person in a specific culture: society, religion, family and genetics. Another highlight of the project would be the two exchanges when participants of both countries would in groups / teams and do extensive interviews, and experience the similarities / differences in culture by witnessing festivities and attending social functions like marriages etc. The students of Vivek High School paid visits to local areas and gathered data via videos, pictures etc. The Indian and German students are currently using PASCH INTRANET and working simultaneously on the Project via MOODLE. The ‘Deutsches –IndischesKlassenzimmer’ (German – Indian Classroom) is a cooperative project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung(foundation) and the Goethe- Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi. It initiates and oversees partnerships whose collaboration transcends the student exchange visits that were common until now. The partner groups work together for a whole year on a jointly selected project of a topic that is a part of natural science, life science, social science or technical subjects that are taught at school. The collaborative work is carried out in a virtual’German – Indian Classroom’, in a visit and in a return visit, each of which has duration of at least two weeks. During the visits, the students live with host families and take part in classes in the host school. List of participants for the Indo German Exchange Teachers: Mrs. Anjali Punj Mrs. Vrinda Sharma Students Ameya Sharma Ananya Goel Sharaddha Gulati Rabsimar Ahluwalia Pranavi Walia Shivin Ahuja Mehtab Kamboj Zoheb Bedi Shaurya Raj Singh Sodhi Ude .Prataap singh Sandhu Rehmat Kaur Aurora
A Joint Project by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Max Mueller Bhavan (MMB) New Delhi BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM German-Indian Classroom is a program supporting collaboration between Indian and German schools. The program constitutes project work carried out over a period of one year with two integrated exchange phases. Under its aegis, Vivek High school, Chandigarh and Alice Eleonoren Schule,Darmstadt, Germany. The two schools have been working collaboratively for a year on a joint curriculum plan titled Growing up in India/Growing Up in Germany. Implementation of the project consists of working on mutually agreed subthemes and sharing the outcomes on fortnightly basis. The collaboration is executed through bi-weekly discussions and evaluation of work results via Skype, email, social networks etc. and uploading it on a common portal called Pasch Intranet. Students are exploring the meaning of culture in personal, social and political contexts in their own as well as partner country. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge of the project's subject, regular contact will help the partners to form lasting relationships and increase their knowledge of the other country. The virtual collaboration will be further strengthened with the visit of a 13 member Indian delegation from Vivek High School, Chandigarh and a return visit of a 13 memeber German delegation in December 2013. The visits will provide opportunities, not only to work on the project but also to learn and appreciate the education system, religion and social cultural milieu of the partner country. Project Work Getting to Know Each Other Partners Exchange Introductory Videos Visits to each other's countries Staying with host family
Annanay Jaitly (Class X) and Rajnit Paul (Class XI ) are back after attending a three week's language course, from Dassel, Germany. They have successfully cleared the A-2 Certificate examination conducted in Dassel by the Goethe Institute, Deutschland. The students had been actively involved in all the activities in the camp and participated with full enthusiasm. The camp has proved to be a life changing experience and has brought a boost in the confidence levels of the young boys.
The South Asian PASCH Youth Camp for German learners 2013 was inaugurated at DPS Vasant Kunj on 3rd June 2013. The event was a part of a week long programme for more than 100 participants from 5 South Asian countries viz. Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India. His Excellency, Mr. Michael Steiner, the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to India was the Chief Guest. The event was attended by Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mittal, Director DPS Society, Prof. (Dr.) Usha Luthra, Chairperson DPS Vasant Kunj, representatives from Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, Principals of prominent schools, the young learners, and their accompanying teachers. Jaskaran Singh Kang and Manas.P.Kohle of Class VIII from Vivek High School attended the camp
Anant Shri, Nilesh Jain, Sukhleen Narula and Samachi Sharma of ClassIX attended a week long International Youth Camp for German students of the PASCH schools,organised by Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi. There were students from Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and different parts of India.There was activity based learning alongwith with sight seeing and intercultural bonding .The camp was witness to great camaraderie and fun.
Annanay Jaitly and Rajnit Paul having successfully clearing the A1 certificate from Goethe Institute , Chandigarh are all set to attend the 3 weeks long PASCH Jugendkurs at Dassel, Germany.
A one year long project with the theme "Growing Up in Germany and India has been initiated with 11 students of Class XI and XII. The exchange is between VIVEK HIGH SCHOOL and ALICE ELEONOREN SCHULE , DARMSTADT, GERMANY. The students alongwith their teachers, Mrs. Anjali Punj and Mrs. Vrinda Sharma will be visiting Darmstadt, Germany for a two week long stay with their exchange partners.
Two students, namely, Niharika Dadoo and Isha Malik of Class X of Vivek High School Chandigarh attended the International Youth Pasch camp at St. Peters Ording, Germany from May6, to 26, 2012. The three week course gave an opportunity to the students to meet and interact with other young German learners from various countries. The students also got an opportunity to visit Hamburg and St. Peter Ording and got a firsthand experience of life in Germany. The students have returned highly motivated to further learn the language and a lifetime bond with Germany
Six students, namely, Anant Shri, Gurbaaz Maken, Nilesh Jain, Sukhleen Narula , Samachi Sharma and Tanmay Sinha of Class VIII, Vivek high School, Chandigarh, attended the PASCH SUMMER YOUTH CAMP, from the 20th of May to the 28th of May. This international Youth Camp for the students learning German in Southeast Asia (A PASCH INITIATIVE) was organized in collaboration with the DPS Society RK Puram and the Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi,. There were students from Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and many parts of India, making a total of 100 children (approx.). The aim of the project is to build a network of over 1000 partner schools worldwide who would be networked together to build a family of global German learners in leading schools around the world. This camp is organized every year in the month of May to get all young German learners together under one roof where they network, build lifetime bonds with students of different countries and cultures all having the same passion – a love for the German language The itinerary for the camp included German classes, workshops in music, Internet surfing, handicrafts, projects , visit to monuments like India Gate and recreational activities like shopping and movies. The Vivek High Students have returned this year having made their presence felt by participating in the cultural evening by giving a scintillating dance performance. The project on CHANDIGARH AND PUNJAB, showcased by our creative students got the First position in the competition.
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