Indo-Polish Cultural Evening
DPS Gurgaon with its vision ‘To nurture upright global citizens with a strong moral fibre to be the torch bearers of the new millennium’, organised the first rhythm of the Indo-Polish student exchange programme from 16th to 27th March, 2015. On their arrival, the students and their exchange coordinator, Ms. Anna Krzeminska Kaczynska from IB World School, Krakow, Poland were given a traditional welcome along with their Indian partners and parents in school.The Principal Ms. Aditi Misra, a leader and visionary, addressed the guests with a belief that exposure to different cultures and traditions helps the students become better citizens of tomorrow. She also urged them to imbibe the best of both the worlds yet maintain their traditions. The group of students went for a sightseeing tour within Delhi NCR followed by a trip to Agra and Jaipur which helped them learn about the rich culture and history of the country. Their visit to DPS International, helped them understand and appreciate the different educational practices in India. A variety of activities like music, dance, yoga and pottery classes gave the Polish students an insight into the co-curricular activities of the school. They also had an overwhelming experience, when they got an opportunity to interact with the students of Shiksha Kendra, a philanthropic venture of DPS Gurgaon, where the students from the under privileged section of the society are being groomed and educated. They taught them a Polish folk dance after which the students went to 'Pravah', the Skill Development Centre at DPS, Sector 40, Gurgaon, a venture initiated by Ms. Dhara Jaipuria, Pro Vice Chairperson, DPS Gurgaon, for the weaker section of the society to be gainfully employed as skilled workers.
A cultural evening was organised to bid farewell to the seven Polish students and their coordinator. At the function, the Vice Principal Ms. Santvna Thadani expressed her firm conviction in the importance of having such exchanges as they help the students in being aware and sensitive towards global diversities. The audience was ushered into the celebration with the national anthems of Poland and India which was followed by the sharing of experiences by both Polish as well as Indian students. Both Polish folk songs and dance along with a medley of foot tapping Bollywood numbers were showcased by the group of Polish and Indian students together. The evening culminated with the experiences shared by the host parents. This exchange was a conscientious endeavour of Ms. Sapna Dhawan, Dean, Student Welfare who planned this exchange as ahealthy mix of fruitful learning and fun.A vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Mamta Kumar, Exchange coordinator, DPS Gurgaon who thanked her team for the successful completion of the programme. It was an evening full of fun and frolic, lots of love and tearful goodbyes along with promises to nurture the relationships formed during the exchange.