The RSJMS–Nanyang Friendship Meet took place in October, this year. A group of 14 students and 3 teachers from Nanyang Primary School, Singapore arrived at RSJMS on the 24th of October 2016, for a three-day immersion programme.
They NYPS team was given a warm traditional welcome and were introduced to their buddies, who ensured that their Singaporean friends were comfortable and well looked after at RSJMS. Over the three days spent at RSJMS, the students attended classes in various subjects including Maths, Science, Computers, Social Studies and Hindi. In the Maths class, the children were introduced to Vedic Maths and were also taught how to work with Tangrams. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session at the computer class where they learnt to draw and paint on the computer using MS Paint. The Social Studies class on Indian Culture gave the visitors a brief introduction to various festivals celebrated in India.
They also attended a Hindi Language Class, and enjoyed learning some commonly used phrases, greetings, numbers and also a poem in Hindi. The Science class was equally enjoyable for the children as they not only made working models of a helicopter, but also got an opportunity to fly them out in the open. The mornings always started on a sporty note with the children participating in games like Basketball, Badminton and Football. They were also introduced to the traditional Indian sport –Kho -Kho .
Adding to the Indian cultural experience, a Craft class and ‘Bollywood Dance Classes’ were also held for the children. They later performed the dance they learnt, with great enthusiasm in the farewell assembly.
The children enjoyed eating gol-gappas, samosas, chicken curry and naan along with various other Indian delicacies offered to them. With Diwali, round the corner, the visitors also got an opportunity to witness the Diwali Function put up by the Nursery and KG students of the school. Sharing the joy of the festive season and carrying forth the spirit of caring and sharing, the students of RSJMS and Nanyang visited a school for the underprivileged children being run by ‘The Delhi State Council of Women’. They were also taken for a visit to Modern School, Barakhamba Road and were given a tour of the campus.
On the last day of the Immersion Programme, a Special Assembly was held in school which was attended by the President ,Board of Trustees, Mr Ashok Pratap Singh, Chairperson RSJMS, Dr Kiran Dattar, Member, Board of Trustees, Ms Ambika Pant, along with members of the PTA.
It was interesting to hear the students of Nanyang share their experiences of the time spent at RSJMS and their first impressions of this vast country. This was followed by group dances by the students from NYPS and RSJMS.
In her farewell speech, Ms Mae Yang Yumei , Head of Co-Curricular Activities Department, NYPS, thanked the Headmistress, teachers and students at RSJMS for making their visit a memorable one and promised that they would come back in larger numbers in the coming years.
The finale to this beautiful immersion programme came in the form of a tree- planting ceremony, which was held to mark two special occasions i.e. 100 years of Nanyang Schools and 10 years of Nanyang – RSJMS friendship. Joining Nanyang in their endeavour to leave a legacy of a greener world for the coming generations , RSJMS was happy to be their partner in the ‘100 tree-plantation drive’ carried out by Nanyang Schools along with their partner schools, around the world . An ‘Amaltas’, tree sapling was planted in the west-side lawn of RSJMS, by the management, teachers and students of RSJMS along with the team from NYPS . A 2017 diary with ‘Amaltas’ as its theme was released on this day to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Nanyang Schools. The diaries were presented to the guests and the visiting teachers and students.