INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Orwell Park School, Suffolk, UK
13th -26th September, 2019
A delegation of 8 students from class VIII accompanied by 1 teacher is currently at Orwell Park School, Suffolk for a student exchange. The delegation will attend lessons during their stay at the School. They will also go for outings near Suffolk and visit places like Framlingham Castle and Sandrigham. They will also go punting at Cambridge River on their outing to Cambridge. They will also explore the city of London during their stay in UK where they will visit the popular tourist destinations like the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben, Tower of London, London Bridge, Hyde Park, Buckhingham Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminsters Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, The Shard, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and much more. The three most significant attractions will be there visit to the Lords Cricket Stadium, making of The Harry Potter movies at Warner Bros. Studio and Stratford-upon-Avon, house of William Shakespeare. The students are excited and thoroughly enjoying this exposure to British culture and education. Their visit to the various historical places will expose them to the rich and varied history of the United Kingdom.
World Scholar’s Cup Global Round, Manila, Philippines
4th -13th September, 201
A delegation of 17 students participated in the Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup at Manila, Philippines. There were 1500 scholars from various countries who participated in this Round. Our students performed impressively and 14 of them qualified for the Tournament of Champions that will be held at Yale University, USA in November. The delegation was accompanied by 2 teachers who had to judge six debates each, for which they had to undergo a two-hour training. Tashu Agarwalla was awarded as the School Topper in Junior Diviion and Katayini Singh was awarded the same in the Senior Division.
The delegation also had a tour to the Old Manila City and ocean Park and learnt about the history and culture of the place.
Bhutan Cultural Exchange
3rd -13th August, 2019
14 students from Class VIII traveled to Bhutan for a cultural exchange from 3rd to 13th August 2019. The students visited two schools namely Utpal Academy and Royal Academy in Paro where they got an opportunity to interact with the students and learn about their education system. The students participated in the cultural program at Utpal Academy and had a friendly soccer match with its soccer team. The delegation explored the scenic beauty of Bhutan as they hiked on the outskirts of Thimpu and Punakha Dzong. The also visited an 18th Century monastery in Thimpu and walked down to an ancient temple located nearby. Their visit to the hand-made paper factory, Buddha Statue and Thangka Paintings around Thimpu exposed them to the culture of Bhutan and its handicraft industry. The delegation also visited the residence of the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan and interacted with his officials. Our delegation was indeed fortunate as they were invited to tea by His Majesty, King of Bhutan who interacted with our students and shared his experiences of life with them. It was truly a serendipitous moment and the students were in complete awe of the country and its ruler.
Foroige Leadership for Life International Youth Conference, Maynooth, Ireland
28th July -6th August, 2019
The new session of the School commenced with immense activities at international level. A delegation of 13 students accompanied by one teacher was ready to leave for Ireland to participate in the Foroige Leadership for Life International Youth Conference. The delegation left on 27th July and returned on 5th August, 2019. The students attended workshops on topics like understanding leadership, team building and critical thinking, communication skills, self-awareness, values, team problem solving, global visions, etc. The students participated in various team building activities and attended guest lectures delivered by Senator Lyn Ruane, Dr. Niamh Shaw and Fionan Sheahan. The delegation also visited the historic city of Dublin.
Mayo College Girls’ School has recently been honoured as a Member of the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA). It is an international non-profit organisation that aims had bridging the gap between the East and the West international education. It attempts at blurring boundaries between nations through education. There are only 3 prmier schools from India which have the membership of this prestigious Association namely Welham Girls’ School. Dehradun, Emerald Heights International School, Indore and we are proud to share that Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer is the third school to be added in this league. Our association with WLSA will open avenues for exchange and integration programmes for students and educators alike with some of the best schools in the world. The membership will also give us access to world Conferences that the Association organises in order to initiate collaboration between various schools of the world. The Association offers programmes like semesters abroad, internships, cross cultural leadership programmes, student conferences to the students of the member schools. It also organises College Admission fairs for the students to orient them towards pursuing higher education. The Association has a few major opportunities for the educators and principals of its member schools too.
Mayo College Girls’ School will make the most of this privilege by exposing its students and teachers to global education, thus preparing them to be citizens of the world.
THE LEADERSHIP FOR LIFE CONFERENCE, 2017
On the 28th of July, 19 of our girls accompanied by teacher escorts Ma’am Manjari Garg and Ma’am Sudipti left school to attend the prestigious Foróige Leadership For Life Conference, 2017 held at Maynooth University, Ireland. On the first day of our stay, we visited the Kilkenny Castle situated at Kilkenny, a small county near Maynooth. The conference started off with the opening ceremony where our girls mesmerized everyone with their graceful traditional costumes.
From the very beginning, the ambience was full of spontaneity and positive energy. We were allotted different groups with students from the USA and Ireland. During our sessions we learnt how to work as a team, and were made to do activities which emphasized on building up our self confidence, communication and leadership skills. There was a lip sync battle to break the ice and to develop a better understanding of the other members of our group.
During the cultural evening, we saw numerous performances showcasing everyone’s talents. Our school performed a traditional dance from the Indian state of Gujarat called ‘Phuleku’ which reflected our country’s rich cultural heritage. The support and enthusiasm we witnessed was overwhelming.
During the course of this conference, we witnessed some phenomenal speakers who inspired us and left us in awe of their hard work and perseverance. We met Dil Wickremasinghe, a social justice and mental health broadcaster, a journalist, activist and standup comedian. Sinead Kane, an athlete with five percent vision who ran seven marathons across seven continents within seven days. We met Mairead McGuinness, an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament and Adam Harris, a 22 year old entrepreneur who started AsIAm to help people with autism and aspergers syndrome and other mental disabilities.
Finally after four days of grueling sessions, quizzes, performances and attending various talks, we made it to the much awaited Graduation Dinner. All the excitement and happiness made us dance till our feet went sore. The most important thing that we learnt from this conference is how to express ourselves with confidence and not hesitate to speak what we truly feel. We learnt how to accept people for who they are and most of all leadership as a basic skill. As we departed there was not a dry eye in the crowd. We left our mark.
– Nayanika Bhardwaj.
WORLD SCHOLAR’S CUP – 2017, YALE AMERICA
Girls from our school took leave for The United States of America on the 8th of this month to participate in the final round of World Scholars Cup, held at Yale University. Our team comprising of Jiya Saluja,Shivranjani Kumari and Tanvi Modi stood first in all debate rounds.The other team comprising of Meenakshi Kothari,Paavni and Vandini won 2 debates out of 3. Our girls performed exceedingly well, and learnt so much more from the exposure they gained, being at one of the top universities of the World. It has been an enthralling experience for the students and we’re sure they’d get back with a bag full of good memories and a great learning experience.