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The 13th Chessmate FIDE rating Inter -School Team Championship was held on 28-29 June 2019 in South Point High School. There were 34 teams in the competition and the GHS team won the championship. The team was represented by Arunava Bhattacharya (X C), Koustav Chatterjee(X A), Aniruddh Chatterjee (IX C) and Ridin Datta (XI A).
The national Model United Nations (MUN) conference was held at Heritage School from 27-29 June 2019. GHS pupils had a delegation of students from classes IX-XII. Participating in the event, the pupils learnt about diplomacy, international relations and current world issues. Richik Chakraborty (XI A) and Ritobrato Chakraborty (XI B) received High Commendation. Soham Dasgupta (XI A) and Debarshi Deb Roy (XI B) got Verbal Mention.
Dr Carol Hanley, Associate Director, College of Agricultures, Environmental and Natural Resources Initiative, University of Kentucky and Mr Brian Radcliffe, science educator with more than 30 years of experience in teaching visited GHS on 27 June 2019. They addressed the pupils and teachers in several interactive sessions talking on a variety of subjects in Science and General Knowledge focusing on common experiments using the concept of Science-in-a-box. The pupils also interacted with them on general hazards of waste materials and the process to recycle them.
Future Foundation School hosted an Inter-School Competition on a variety of activities on 24 June 2019. Sheersha Banerjee (VIII E) won the first prize for Elocution. Samadrita Karmakar (XII B) bagged the second prize for Elocution.
Saranya Roychoudhury (X C) and Richik Chakraborty (XI A) bagged the first positions for Hindi and Bengali Declamation respectively.
The Investiture Ceremony of the School for the session 2019-20 was held on 21 June 2019. Oaths were taken and flags and badges given out to the team leaders. The Pro-Rector, Ms Kavita Guha gave a motivating speech. Team GHS for the current year are:
Head Girl: Vedika Halwasiya (XII B)
Head Boy: Mukund Daga (XII C)
Captain: Nishaan Agarwal (XII C)
Vice-Captain: Upanita Barman (XII B)
Senior Prefects: Pritika Paul (XI A), Aditya Dey (XI B)
Prefects: Richik Chakraborty (XI A), Sayan Bhowmik (X D), Shreetama Bhuniya (X E), Soham Mukhopadhyay (IX A), Ayushee Nag (IX B), Adrija Saha (IX D)
House Mistresses: Ms Jayanti Roy, Ms Crystal Fang, Ms Sulagna Dasgupta, Ms Srijoni Mukhopadhyay
Captain: Naomi Samson (XII B)
Vice-Captain: Mayukh Shubhra Saha (XI A)
Senior Prefects: Mrittika Roy (XII C), Shubhrajit Bhattacharyya (XI A)
Prefects: Samogga Chowdhury (X D), Deepavali Mukherjee (X D), Arnesh Chowdhury (X C), Ajaitri Kar (IX A), Aniruddh Chatterjee (IX C), Yudhaditya Ray (IX C)
House Mistresses: Ms Papiya Ghosh, Ms Sharmistha Sinha, Ms Priyanka Mishra, Ms Sanhita Ghosh
Captain: Chaitannya Bhagawati (XII A)
Vice-Captain: Ushnik Sanyal (XI A)
Senior Prefects: Srinjay Mukherjee (XII B), Sayak Roy (XI B)
Prefects: Srijit Kundu (X D), Mehul Sarkar (X E), Soumodeep Sen (X E), Atreyei Banerjee (IX A), Ishika Debnath (IX B), Biswaroop Chowdhury (IX E)
House Mistresses: Ms Sagarika Banerjee, Ms Chandrika Chaudhury, Ms Soumini Mukherjee,
Ms Paulami Das
Captain: Rishiraj Mukherjee (XII C)
Vice-Captain: Manjari Sengupta (XI A)
Senior Prefects: Uttyaran Basu (XII B), Aban Sen Chakraborty (XII C)
Prefects: Yajnaseni Das (X B), Aryaveer Das (X C), Ashmita Ghosh (X C), Abhiroop Mazumder (X D), Samayita Das (IX A), Shilajit Mukherjee (IX D)
House Mistresses: Ms Ronjini Bose Corriea, Ms Gangotri Banerjee, Ms Pousali Das, Ms Souryani Dutta
GHS had pupils demonstrating ‘asanas’ on 21 June 2019 on the occasion of the World Yoga Day. Some of the ‘asanas’ demonstrated were Padmasana, Bhujangasana and Parvatasana. The pupils were trained by the PE teachers Ms Anita Sengupta and Ms Sangita Singh.
GHS organized an Inter-House Spell Bee Competition on 21 June 2019. The participants were from Class III. Oak House won the competition. The team was represented by Sanchari Malkhandi (III D) and Tanirika Bhattacharjee (III A).
Aniruddh Chatterjee of Class IX came 1st in the Under-15 category at LBHM 3rd All India Open Fide Rating chess tournament. He also came 2nd in the Below-1800 rating category in the 3rd IGMSA All India Open Fide Rating chess tournament.
Aniruddh, who has also been selected for the National Tournament 2019 to be held in July 2019, came 3rd in the West Bengal State Under-17 Championship 2019.
GHS celebrated Rabindra Jayanti on 9 May 2019. The pupils put up a short programme consisting of recitation and a song-and-dance enactment from the bard’s work. The theme of the event were the different ‘rasa’ as found in Tagore’s literature with pieces from ‘Shyama’ and ‘Kal Mrigaya’ in particular. The Vernacular and Music teachers of GHS helped the pupils with their performance.
The Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony for the academic session 2018–19 was celebrated on 7 and 8 May 2019 at Kalamandir. The pupils put up a cultural programme for the parents which also included the prize distribution ceremony for Classes III to XII.
The programme commenced with an inaugural music ‘Transoceanic’ composed by Mr. Anupam Halder and Mr. Gourab Sen, both music teachers of GHS. This was followed by lighting of the lamp by the Rector Mr. Indranath Guha
A classical vocal recital was then presented by pupils followed by the Principal’s speech by Ms Rajashri Biswas who addressed the parents and the pupils.
‘The Refund’, a hilarious English play directed by Pro Rector Ms Kavita Guha captivated the audience. GHS teachers Ms Ronjini Bose Correia, Ms Trina Dasgupta and Ms Gangotri Banerjee provided valuable assistance in the final production of the play.
The august Prize Distribution ceremony ensued soon after followed by GHS choir mesmerizing the audience with 3 songs in Hindi, English and Bengali.
The last two events of the evening were dance recitals ‘Rhythmix’ and ‘Garden of Joy’. The dance recitals were choreographed by Miss Aishee Ganguly and Ms. Meghna Guha Majumdar respectively, both teachers of GHS.
The programme ended with the Grand Finale and the National Anthem.
South Point High School organized Q-Point, Inter-School Quiz on 10 May 2019 at GD Birla Sabhaghar. The GHS team was represented by Indrayani Bhadra (Class XII), Abhrajit Bhattacharyya (Class XI), Shubhrajit Bhattacharyya (Class XI) and Shaon Malik (Class X). The quiz was conducted by Mr. Charanpreet Singh.
After several rounds of grueling quizzing, GHS was placed second. The team won a cash prize of INR.10,000/- along with a trophy and certificates. The team was trained and accompanied by Ms. Nabanita Ghosh.
Garden High School hosted the Annual Inter-School Quiz Competition on 26 April 2019. A total of 14 schools participated in the event. The quizmaster Mr Charanpreet Singh conducted the quiz in two phases: a preliminary written round followed by an oral round. Delhi Public School, Ruby Park picked up the Winning trophy, followed by Modern High School in Second position. The Third place was bagged by Delhi Public School, Newtown. GHS Rector, Mr Indranath Guha gave away the trophies and the prizes at the end of the event.
‘Dramebaazi’ organized its second season of workshops in creative arts on 28 April 2019 at ICCR. Students of Garden High School participated in several workshops including poetry writing, kalaripayattu, chhau dance, creative writing and extempore speech.The participants were Moksh Banerjee, Samraat Samiksh Sen, Rannvijay Roy, Taurai Saha, Pritika Paul and Richik Chakraborty.
Aaranyak Ray, currently of Class VII secured the 1st position in the Class VI category of Inter-School Mathematics competition, Mio Amore Mathemazic 2019. He also received an annual scholarship from Mio Amore.
On 20 April 2019, at a glittering ceremony in Kala Mandir, Aaranyak received the award from eminent scientist Dr. Bedabrata Pain.
Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) conducted the 10th Inter-School Tennis Tournament from 1 April to 5 April 2019. 18 schools participated in the competition. Garden High School won the gold medal and trophy in the Under-14(Boys) category. The boys’ team was represented by Tamoghna Das (IX C) and Sagnik Mitra (VIII E).
The School also bagged the silver medal and trophy in the Over-14 (Girls) category. The girls’ team was represented by Archi Ray (IX A) and Manjari Sengupta (XI A).
Koustav Chatterjee of Class X won the 1st DD-DBCA (Dhanuka Dhunseri – Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy) All Bengal Open Rating Chess Tournament on Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Koustav, the bronze medal winner at the Commonwealth under-16 championship earlier and the reigning state sub-junior and youth champion finished on top wih 7 points along with Debasish Mukherjee and Arpan Das on 19 March 2019. Next day he defeated Debasish Mukherjee to take his tally to 8 points which won him the title.
A team comprising students of Classes XI and XII of Garden High School (GHS) took part in a workshop organized by the Calcutta Debating Circle at Future Hope School on 3 April 2019. Student representatives of Harrow School, London, Future Hope School and Garden High International School (GHIS) also participated in the interactive session. The students were briefed about PEA SYSTEM (Points, Examples, Analysis) that can be used as an effective
strategy to prepare a speech before a debate. Students were also taught how to make a claim. A mock debate was arranged between GHS and Future Hope School with the motion ‘This House criminalizes bullying’. Later, students of Harrow school debated on Brexit.
Garden High School hosted the ‘Junior Sports Meet 2019’ at Gitanjali Stadium on 1 February 2019. Pupils from Nursery I to Class II participated in the annual event. Each class showcased a colourful and lively drill. There were races for all classes and the tiny tots did their bit with a great deal of enthusiasm. The event ended with the school song and the national anthem. All the children went back happily with a gift.
The final assembly of Class VI was held on 18 January 2019. Guided by the Class Teacher Ms. Sukanya Bhattacharya and the music teacher Mr. Gourab Sen, the pupils danced, sang and enacted a skit from ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The musical was enthralling and beautifully presented.
A farewell party for the outgoing Class XII was organized on 18 January 2019. The Principal gave a farewell speech. The Head Boy (Aritra Chatterjee) and the Head Girl (Adrija Adhikary) also delivered their parting words. There was a short musical programme put up by the pupils. A class photograph was also taken.
The pupils of GHS presented a short cultural programme on Netaji’s Birthday on 23 January 2019. Pupils from Class IV–X danced, enacted and sang patriotic songs.
The Inter-House Debate was held on 18 January 2019 in the School. The topic for the House was ‘Spare the rod, spoil the child‘. Oak House was declared the winner in the debate. The team was represented by Adrita Bhattacharjee (VII F) and Rannvijay Roy (VII D).
An Inter-House Music Competition was held on 17 January 2019 in the School. Pupils from Classes III–XI participated in the competition. Cedar House was the overall winner followed by Chinar House, Oak House and Palm House.
Students help collect e-waste for recycling
‘Vital Waste Day 2019’ was conducted at Gyan Manch on 11 January 2019. The theme of the event was ‘An Ideal Environment’ focusing on recycling, sustainability and loving the environment. Vital Waste is Kolkata’s first professional recycling and waste management company with a new platform where students and teachers from leading schools in Kolkata put up a show with recyclable materials. GHS students displayed various items using waste material.
Calcutta Rowing Club organized the Kolkata Quiz Festival on 11 January 2019. Four teams with three participants per team were sent from GHS. Junior Team (B) was placed 5th in the competition. More than 30 schools participated in the one-day competition.
GHS hosted the Annual Staff Cricket Tournament from 7 January to 17 January 2019.
The four teams were:
Team Elephant – Captain: Mr. Rahul Kanungo
Team Lion – Captain: Mr. Debjit Bose
Team Tiger – Captain: Mr. Jeeban Bose
Team Bison – Captain: Mr. Subhasis Singha Roy
The final match was played between Team Bison and Team Elephant and the trophy was won by Team Bison.
An excursion to the Santragachi Jheel was organized by GHS on 12 January 2019. Students from Classes VII to IX were in the team led by two Biology teachers from school, Ms. Manasi Mukherjee and Ms. Sangita Mukherjee. Birds like the whistling duck, egret, cormorant, the common kingfisher and many more were captured by the students in their cameras.
Garden High School hosted the Art and Craft Exhibition on 22 and 23 November 2018. Students from Classes III to XII showcased their talent in the form of paintings, models, sculpture, wall hangings and glass painting. The exhibition was inaugurated by the famous artist Mr. Isha Mohammed.
Tamoghna Das of Class VIII-E participated in the AITA Championship Series (Boys under 14) held at Dakshin Kolkata Club on 26 November 2018. He bagged the winner trophy for boys in Under 14 Doubles.
Garden High School hosted the first Science Exhibition on 30 November 2018 and 01 December 2018 in the school premises. Around 600 students from classes III to XII participated in the event with live demonstrations, models and charts. The subjects included Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Home Science.
Kolkata Regional Brain Bee was held on 02 December 2018 at the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata. Garden High School was represented by Naomi Samson and Anoushka Chaudhury, both of Class XI-B. The latter won the Second Runner-Up trophy.
The Annual Inter School Chess Championships Checkmate was held in the School on 08 December 2018. Ten schools participated in the event. Garden High School bagged the first prize. The programme was graced by the presence of the Indian Chess Grandmaster Mr. Dibyendu Barua.
BITM organized a science workshop coordinated by Ms. Avneet Kaur, for Science teachers from Classes III to V on 08 December 2018. It was based on the Science curriculum on methods of teaching. The workshop was attended by two teachers from school, Ms. Sangita Mukherjee and Ms. Sohini Mukherjee.
The Best Practices Workshop on 11 December 2018 was organized by Karo Sambhav School Programme 2018. The organization aimed at creating awareness on critical environmental issue and inspiring students to adopt preventive environmental strategies in their daily lives. The programme was an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Smart Cities’. The team was led by Ms. Manasi Mukherjee and Ms. Gangotri Banerjee. Students from Classes VI and VII participated with skits, dances and power point presentations.
Oxford University Press Organized a Bengali Workshop at Jamuna Banquets on 15 December 2018. The resource person was Dr Gopa Dutta Bhowmik. The aim of the workshop was to identify the problems of teaching Bengali as a second language by the teachers, the application and importance of teaching technique, vocabulary development and creative writing. The workshop was attended by four Bengali teachers of Garden High School, Ms. Arundhati Das, Ms. Paromita Nag, Ms. Snigdha Biswas Ghosh and Ms. Sumona Kundu.
All departments of the School will remain closed for Fateha–Dwaz-Daham on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 instead of 19 December 2018 as notified earlier.
Kindly visit the School website (https://www.gardenhighschool.in/) on 17 August 2018 at 2:00 pm for information regarding admission to Classes I to VIII for the academic session 2019-20 in case you have already submitted a filled in Registration Form to the School Office or online.
(Picture Courtesy: Guardians of GHS toppers)