FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
LA MARTINIERE GIRLS' COLLEGE, ANNUAL REPORT 2013- 2014
INTRODUCTION OF THE CHIEF GUEST:
Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She shifted to inter disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy which she carried out at the IIS and IIM Bangalore.
Another side of this dynamic lady scientist is her contribution to gender issues. Her book “Staying Alive” dramatically shifted the perception of the Third World women. In 1990 she wrote a report for the FAO entitled “Most farmers in India are Women”.
Dr Shiva has been a visiting Professor and has lectured at a number of prestigious institutions.
Today, we welcome Dr. Shiva to La Martiniere Girls’ College, as a role model. She is exactly what our students today need to emulate – a lady who inspires us to lead exemplary lives, and to squarely face the challenges of a society which is facing an erosion of values.
TRUSTEES: Our Chief Trustee is the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr J. Usmani. and the Legal Remembrancer, Shri Shashi Kant Pandey. We are grateful for the help they both render the college.
THE LOCAL MANAGING COMMITTEE: Justice Uma Nath Singh, Senior Judge of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, continues as the Chairman.
Members:Honorable Justice Alok Kumar Singh,Maj. General Suresh Kumar Gupta, Mr. P. Fanthome, MLA of the Anglo Indian Community, Mr. Sanjiv Saran Commissioner, Mr. Anurag Yadav Collector and District Magistrate of Lucknow and
Mr. C McFarland, Principal, La Martiniere College.
STUDENTS ENROLMENT: There were approximately 2750 students on the rolls of the college. Each class continues to have five sections with 40 students. In the year 2013, we had 142 supervising Staff members – 121 teachers and 21 non teaching staff.
PLACEMENTS: Many of our students have got through esteemed Engineering, Law and Medical institutions in various fields all over the country. Six of our Art students got through NIFT (Delhi, Bangalore & Hyderabad), and two in Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi. A number of students went on to pursue higher education in the top Colleges of Delhi like St. Stephens, Lady Shri Ram College, Sri Ram College of Commerece, Miranda House, Gargi College, Indraprastha College etc.
Aishwarya Kumar for Bachelor of Business Admin. to University of Singapore, Rayham Rizva for Technical Accountancy to University of Australia, Gopika Yadav went on to pursue her graduation in Art from University of Toronto.and Aishwarya Mathur is at grey University at Durham, England.
COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY: A Ricoh colour printer, another Ricoh copy printer, a 10 KV online UPS for the junior laboratory and three laser printers were acquired during the year. La Martiniere Girls’ College now has 18 Smart Class systems across the College which are regularly used by the teachers for the benefit of the students.
LIBRARY : The Junior and Senior libraries together house nearly 10,000 books-both fiction and non-fiction. The Senior library also has a stock of 400+ CDs and DVDs for entertainment and educational purposes. In addition the library purchases 24 magazines and periodicals. The internet connection in the library facilitates surfing for additional information required. This year the Junior Library has been provided with a computer to enable issue of books to the class six students.
Four book fairs were held during the course of the year by Scholastic India and Vibgyor.
COUNSELLING SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPSFOR STUDENTS: Team Satyam conducted a Workshop for classes11&12 titled ‘Vocabomania’ to help the students improve their vocabulary on 14th April.
A Workshop for the students of Classes 11&12 on Law as a career option was organized by Career Launcher on May 4th.
Carleton University conducted an Interactive Workshop for the Class XII Commerce students on August 5th.
The Institute of Career Studies held their Career Guidance and Counseling for the students of Classes 8 to12 in the month of November to help them decide their subjects and to apprise them of various career options. This year parents of these classes also attended evening sessions with Dr. Dass.
Mrs. Fehima Rashid a fully trained psychologist, Mrs. A. Ravishankar, our special educationist, Mrs. R. Mukand and Mrs P Kapoor continue to work hard with the children who have learning and other difficulties across the school.
CO CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:.Every year, the high point of the co-curricular activities is the Annual Concert which this year was for the Junior School and Preparatory Department. Each item was the end result of hours of toil put in by both students and staff. As we have done in earlier years, Dainik Jagran organised ‘Bharat Raksha Parva’ on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Our children sent 1091 Rakhis to the soldiers.
SENIOR SCHOOL: Students took part in several quizzes conducted this year like “Tax Your Brain”, organized by Quiz Craft and NDTV at Army Public School, the Zonal Level Quiz for Juniors at Career Convent, the TCS IT WhizKid at Gomti Nagar and the Medha Quiz Cluster at Sri Ram Swaroop Memorial University.
.LMGC hosted the Intra School Derek’s Faster, Smarter, Better Challenge on 28th October.
MUNning is fast gaining in popularity and a MUN training was held for students on 21st April at La Martiniere College, Lucknow. The trained students then participated in the LMCMUN’13 that was held from 17th May to 21st May at La Martiniere College, Kolkata. They also showed great potential at the CMUN, Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai in August and the JMUN at Seth M.R. Jaipuria, Lucknow. A Youth Parliament was also organized in the school on 23rd November by the students of Class 12.
Literati (Creative Writing) was held on 30th August at Hoerner College. Other inter school competitions where our children did us proud were the 1st International Environment Olympiad at CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II, Expressions at St. Francis College, Connect at Army Public School, Boulevard, a Literary Festival, at St. Agnes Loreto High School, Quest: A Biotechnology Festival at CMS Rajendra Nagar, Constantia at La Martiniere College, Lucknow and Jukebox and Sur Sangram at St. Teresa’s College, Ashiana.
. On 26th and 27th July, 2013, Mr. Rakshit Tandon, the cyber security expert and advisor to the police cyber cell, apprised the students of the senior school about the safe use of the internet and mobile phones in an interactive session on cyber-security.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Regional Science Centre held an Art competition on the occasion of World Sparrow Day. Anjali Abdi of 8A was placed 3rd.Avon cycles, in association with Ramswaroop Memorial University organised a Cycle Race to commemorate World Health Day. Tanvi Bhargava of 8C won a bicycle.
On 13th April the children of classes 8, 9, and 10 watched a play in Hindi, ‘Banaras ka Saudagar’ adapted from William Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’. It was presented by Vidyashram- The Southpoint School.
The children of Classes 2 to 8 attended the Fifth International Chidren’s Film Festival organised by City Montessori School on 25th April.
Mindshare organised a ‘Child Rights Contest 2013’. The students made posters, paintings, sketches, models, presentations and wrote slogans, we were placed 2nd.
Anchor – organised the ‘Anchor Embroidery Contest’ on 19thJuly. 158 children from Classes 6 to 8 participated. Zaina Qasim 8D stood 1st,
On 11th May Dainik Jagran organised ‘Making a Newspaper’ 75 children from classes 7 and 8 participated.
On 30th August Harshita Panjabi and Muskan Gupta of class 8D participated in the final round of WWF Quiz and won the consolation prize.
Hoerner College organised Literati- 2103 and our school was awarded for the ‘Best School Performance’.
i-PLEA (International Programme leading to Environment Awareness) organised by CMS Gomti Nagar, Campus II was held from 7th to 10th September. Our team stood 3rd out of the 60 schools.
On 23rd October, Sangeet Milon organised – Classical Voice of India- 2013. The audition was held at Rai Uma Nath Bali Auditorium. 9 children from our school participated. Chahat Malhotra of class 6A won the First prize at the City level in the junior group, while Aashni Ravishankar of 7E won the Consolation Prize.
Niyati Tewari of Class 8A won the ‘Student of the Year’-2013 award ‘organised by ‘NIE’ on 25th October at Chancellor’s Club.
On 28th October our children participated in Derek’s Faster Smarter Better Challenge at the Intra- School Level..
On 30th and 31st October, Amity International School organised Amity Utsav. Our children participated in various competitions. 15 children from the Middle School participated in the Indian Vocal Music Competition and won the 3rd prize. 10 children from the Middle School participated in Nupuranjali - A Dance Competition. They won the 2nd prize. 8 children participated in the Street Play and were placed 2nd.
On 9th December, the children of Classes 3 to 8 attempted the MCQ Test Sanskarshala based on moral values organised by Dainik Jagran.
On 29th January, 2014 ten children from class 8 participated in the Inter School Bournvita Quiz Contest.
JUNIOR SCHOOL: The children of the Junior School participated in the KidsFest at St. Teresa’s School and College, Model House and were adjudged the Overall Champions.
At TresBAG at La Martiniere Girls’ College they stood first in both the Dramatics and Dance.
Devangi Singh of Class 5 stood 2nd at Literati at Hoerner College.
The Amity Utsav held at Amity International School saw students of Class 5 placing 1st and 2nd in both the Poster Making and Art and Dance competitions..
PREPARATORY DEPARTMENT : KIDSfest was held at St. Teresa’s Day School and the children of Classes UP and 1 participated in the fancy dress and painting competitions. They stood first in both these events.
At Ataraxis, the students participated in the Fancy Dress and English elocution which they won.
At the Inter School Singing and Story telling contests held at Fairies and Elves, the students participated and won most of the prizes.
TRES B.A.G.- The Event: In the month of August, BEES, Health Club and Gandhi Corner collaborated to organize the first ‘Tres B.A.G.’, an inter school competition in which around 20 schools participated over a period of three days that were filled with fun and a healthy competitive spirit.
The recital by the santoor Maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori at La Martiniere Girls’ College, Lucknow, organized by the Lucknow chapter of SPIC MACAY on 12th August, 2013 was an enriching experience for all. He was accompanied by Sri Durjay Bhaumik on the tabla and Dr. Varsha Agarwal, the first female santoor player in India.
THE INTER MARTINIERE MEET: This year it was Kolkata’s turn to host this week long programme. On 25th August 2013, the Lucknow contingent of 37 very excited girls, accompanied by the three team Secretaries and Coaches, left for Kolkata. This meet was particularly memorable as the Lucknow girls won the Basket Ball and the Debate in Kolkata, and gave the hosts some nervous moments when they nearly won the Swimming.
DEBATING: Debating is central to life at La Martiniere Girls’ College.
April witnessed our girls participating in the Commemorative Programmes at Welham Girls’ College, Dehradun. which include both English and Hindi Debates and a Quiz. Mansi Mehrotra was awarded the prize for the 2nd Best Interlocutor.
The Rev.Dr. Samuel Slater’s Memorial Debate was held at Bishop Cotton School, Simla. Our school stood third among sixteen top schools. Shreya Kohli’s phenomenal success was quite rightly rewarded with the much coveted prize for the Most Promising Speaker.
In July, the Inter House Taruna Puri Debate in English for Classes 11 and 12 was held and Shreya Kohli was adjudged the Best Speaker and Martin stood first among the four houses.
August saw The Martin Memorial Debate which this year was held at La Martiniere Girls’ College.. Shreya Kohli was adjudged the Best Speaker and La Martiniere Girls’ College was declared the Best Team.
In the Preliminary Round of the Frank Anthony Memorial Debate, the Best Speaker was Shreya Kohli. The team of Shreya Kohli and Nazia Husain was adjudged the First Runner up Team. At the Zonal Finals of the Frank Anthony Memorial Debate the school was represented by Nazia Husain and Shreya Kohli, who was adjudged the Best Speaker and the team was declared the Best Team.
The Inter Martiniere Debate was held in Kolkata and our team won. Shreya Kohli was adjudged the Best Speaker. In September, an Inter school debate in English was organized by the Rotary Club. We were represented by Saloni Gupta and Anushree Bharadwaj of Class 11. Saloni was adjudged the 2nd Best Speaker and the team stood first among twenty schools.
Another Inter School Debate in English was organized by the Army Public School. The school was once again represented by Saloni Gupta and Anushree Bharadwaj and we were adjudged the Best Team.
The final round of the Frank Anthony Memorial Debate was held at Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi. We were represented by Shreya Kohli and Nazia Husain. Shreya was awarded the prize for 1st Runner up Speaker and the team was adjudged the 2nd Runner up Team.
At Constantia, an inter school event organized by La Martiniere College, Shreya Kohli was adjudged the 2nd Best Speaker.
CHOIR REPORT: .The choir of La Martiniere Girls’ College is an integral part of the college. On 28th October, St. Teresa`s College organised ‘Juke Box’ a music competition. Vasundhara Prasad of class 7D won the 3rd prize in the solo western music competition of the school section. Vasundhara Prasad and Aastha Panwar of 7C won the 1st prize in the Duet and Aradhana Masih 7D, Shivangi Mishra 8E, Prabhleen Bhatia 8E and Arushi Mishra 8B won the 1st prize in the Group Song. We also won the Overall Championship for both the School and College Sections. We also won prizes in the Senior Section and were declared the overall champions.
SPORTS AND GAMES: Games are a part of the curriculum for all classes from Lower Preparatory to Class 8. The months of October and November saw the girls of Classes 6 to 12 preparing for the Sports and P.T. Display.
Swimming In the month of August we participated in the Clusters held for the ICSE and ISC schools at CMS Rajajipuram, Lucknow. The team won 21 Gold Medals, 17 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze Medals. The Overall Championship was won by us..
In September, the girls participated in the District Level Championship held at KD Singh Babu Stadium. We won 18 Gold Medals, 10 Silver Medals, and 3 Bronze Medals and the Overall Championship.
In November, the Inter House Swimming Competitions were held and the winning House was Martin.
Basketball The senior basketball team participated in the U.P. State Youth Basketball Championship held in April, at Allahabad. Akansha Singh was selected to represent the state team in the National Youth Basket Ball Championship held at Kolkata in May.
Agrima Kala of Class 7 played for the Lucknow team in the 19th U.P. Sub Junior State Basketball Championship held at La Martiniere Girls’ College in the month of May. The Championship was organised and sponsored by Project K.H.E.L and L.M.G.A.A under the aegis of the District Basketball Association.
The basket ball team played a friendly match with the girls’ team of Wynberg Allen, Mussorie in July.
They won the Inter- Martiniere Basketball match against Kolkata in August.
The State Level School Championship was held at La Martiniere Girls’ College in October. Sarah Azeem, Jillian Gardener and Shubhangi Pandey were selected for the Nationals in the senior category while Sanya Gupta and Muniba Ali were selected in the junior category.
Nuria Ansari of Class 11 represented Lucknow in the U.P. State Senior Basketball Championship, held at Jaunpur in November.
Badminton Inter house matches were held in the months of May and June. Cornwallis House won the match.
Class 6 won the Inter Class Badminton Championship for the Juniors and class 9 won the Seniors.
Judo:.Our school team participated in EXSPO an international sports meet, organised by City Montessori School. Vanshika Minocha of Class 2 and Adya Jilani of class 7 won a Bronze medal each. Unfortunately, we were not able to able to participate in the annual State Judo Championship as the dates collided with our half yearly examinations.
Saania Munawar, our National Medallist, was selected from the state to participate in the National Black Belt Camp, in the month of June, Mrs.Neelam Dayal, the teacher -in -charge for Judo, is sadly missed as she retired due to health reasons.
Tennis - The Inter-house tournament was won by Lyons House.
Karisni Kumari Somvanshi 5C, Riddhi Jain 5A, Ayesha Ahmed 3 E and Shavarni Srivastava 5C participated in the Inter School Mini Tennis tournament conducted by the U.P. Tennis Association held at Oudh Gymkhana Club on 20th October.
In the senior category, Eeshita Pandey of Class 11 won the Gold Medal in the Zonal and National Level Tennis Competition conducted by the Association for Schools affiliated to ISC UP/UK in the month of August. Ananya Singhal and Devika Rastogi of Class 9 played in the Quarter Finals and Finals respectively.
In the Junior category Karisni Kumari Somvanshi of Class 5 played in the finals.
She along with Riddhi Jain, Riddhi Danani of Class 5, and Ayesha Ahmed of Class 3 participated in the 2nd Mini Tennis Tournament organised by GD Goenka Public School on 8th February, 2014.
Aryaki Sekera of Class 7D participated in the Taekwondo ICSE & CBSE board all India State selection competition which was organised at Agra from 24th to 26th August, securing the Gold Medal. She also represented all ICSE & CBSE schools at the Nationals held at Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS: The IGNITE (National Competition of Original Technological Ideas and Innovations of School Children) 2013 Award was won by Kulsoom Rizavi of Class 5 for her innovative idea of the Posture Correcting Chair. She was felicitated by the former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
On 11th October we celebrated the publication of ‘Bablina: in Faraway Lands’ written by Nehal Sharma of Class 7E & illustrated by Jazbiya Suhail of class 7D. Ms Mehru Jafer, a renowned author, released the book.
On 23rd October, Sangeet Milon organised – Classical Voice of India and as already mentioned Chahat Malhotra of class 6A won the First prize at the City level in the junior group and went on to participate in the National Finals at Delhi.
Max Life Insurance organised I-Genius Young Author’s Hunt. The children participated online and the story written by Eshna Sharma of Class 6D was placed 2nd at the National level. The prize distribution ceremony was held at Delhi and Ruskin Bond and Chetan Bhagat gave away the prize.
Itihaas – Anveshan 2013 was organised by the Indian Traditions and Heritage Society. This year Itihaas received close to 600 projects from all over India. Our project made by Prabhleen Bhatia, Shivangi Mishra and Aena Asif of Class 8 was outstanding and was placed first at the regional level.
Eeshita Pande of Class XI participated in a number of National and International Level Tennis Competitions. Important among them are – the Grade 5 ITF Juniors held at Guwahati, where she was the quarterfinalist. She also qualified for the Grade 3 ITF at Chandigarh and reached the pre quarters in the Grade 4 held at Chennai. She also qualified for the ITF Future's $10000 held at Lucknow. Among National tournaments, Eeshita won the ICSE Senior Nationals Individual Singles. She was quarter finalist at the Fenesta Nationals and Madras Cricket Club Nationals in Association with Adidas. She was also runners up in the AITA Ranking 1 lac. Her all India Ranking is 16.
Every year we hold Summer Camps during the summer vacation. Children from Classes 1 to 12 can participate in the many activities available. Some of the activities that we have are swimming, basketball, tennis, volley ball, art, craft, glass painting, storytelling, yoga and aerobics. During the vacation, the library and Computer laboratory remained open so that students could use them at will.
I need to thank all the Staff who came in during their vacation to run these camps.
SOCIAL WORK. The Gandhi Corner Report The Gandhi Corner is basically the hub of all the Social Service work done by the College.
It began its 44th year of selfless service in high spirits and immense enthusiasm. 23 girls from Class 11 along with Mrs. P. Khanna, Miss. R. Ali and Ms. L. Peters went to Sandila, where the girls organized a Medical camp and distributed stationery, utensils and other items of daily use to the students and staff of S.F.A. College and Madarsa in Rasoolpur Village.
In a joint venture with LMGAA and K.H.E.L.,an N.G.O. that works with under priviledged children, Gandhi Corner organized a relief programme to help the flood affected people in Uttarakhand. The students of the Deepshika Campus teaching programme participated in the Global Peace Games for Children, organized by Project K.H.E.L. on 13th August,
Art of Living sessions were conducted by Mrs. N. Khosla and Mrs. A. Sharma for the students of the Deepshika Campus Teaching Programme from 21st to 25th October.
Gandhi Corner also organized the annual events of ‘Spare and Share a Meal’ for the inmates of Prem Niwas in the month of September, ‘Girl Child Day’ for underprivileged girls of nearby slums and orphanages, and the Gandhi Jayanti programme in the month of October. The ‘Meena Bazaar’ was held in November with the ‘Nawabi’ theme, “Muskuraiye, Aap Lucknow Mein Hai”. Support Staff Day was in December. Distribution of warm clothes/basic amenities and blankets to the destitute of Lucknow in the late hours of a cold January night and a free Medical Camp in February on the LMGC campus brought the year to a close.
Apart from this, various S.U.P.W. items like utensils, soaps, ration and stationery items, blankets and old clothes were collected and distributed in the slums, orphanages and schools run by various NGOs, Old Age Homes and Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute all through the year.
As in the previous years, Gandhi Corner continued with the regular Newspaper drive, running the College canteen and sale of craft items made by the middle and senior school children to raise funds for the various social welfare programmes throughout the academic session.
PALS REPORT: La Martiniere is one of the few colleges in India where conservation
of nature is an integral part of the curriculum.
The beginning of the year is marked by the paper making activity by the students of Classes Lower Prep to XII. The seniors make sheets of handmade paper which are used for making bags, boxes and bookmarks.
Two paper bags from old newspaper is a compulsory weekly activity for every member of PALS only s. These eco-friendly bags are delivered to the Lucknow Zoo which is a polythene free area. LMGC is the chool that helps the zoo in this way. Through the adoption scheme of the Lucknow Zoo, we support the white pheasants as we have been have been doing for the last decade
Wildlife week is celebrated in the first week of October every year. The Karavan Heritage Society conducts activities for the students of Classes III to XII. The central theme is always related to conservation of the environment and biodiversity. The weekly awareness assemblies on various environmental issues are industriously prepared and presented by the students.
Reclamation of wasteland and composting are also undertaken by PALS. The Manav Garden is a herbal garden created on a large area which was once a rubble dump. PALS believes in recycling and reusing all kinds of waste and the club has built two vermicomposting pits in the school orchard for recycling kitchen waste. The students also prepare dry leaf compost for the school garden.
The club uses scrap cloth for making bags, pouches, hair bands and patchwork sheets. Old and discarded CDs are painted and transformed into beautiful designer clocks. All kinds of old costume jewelry is used for making attractive rakhis. Other craft items made by the club are jute belts, mobile cases, skipping ropes and gift bags and toys made from sticks and paper.
The senior PALS representatives come in for a week during the summer vacation to prepare pickles, churan, mint powder and moongodis. At the Meena Bazaar the PALS Imli Jaljeera is an all time favourite.
The club organizes nature excursions to the hills in the summers and usually to the South in the winters. For the babies PALS organizes the CATS [Camping, Adventure & Thrills in School] Camps in which they camp overnight right here on the school field and participate in activities like Jumaring, Rappelling, Monkey crawling and Flying Fox
COLLEGE MAGAZINE: At the end of every academic year, the College magazine, ‘The Blue and Gold’ is published, which not only showcases the literary and creative skills of the students right from the Preparatory to Class XII, but also captures and reflects the all pervading Martinian spirit. This year too, the magazine continues to be a record of important events, experiences and achievements throughout the academic year and undoubtedly reflects the continuous striving of La Martiniere Girls’ College for excellence.
BEES: The Better English Expression Society was initiated in 2006, and has grown much in stature within the school. Children in the junior department enjoyed story telling sessions while students of Classes Two to Five maintained Vocabulary registers diligently in an attempt to improve their personal word bank. In the Middle and Senior school, students were engaged in creative activities like slogan writing and poster making. BEE JEWEL 2013 was held again as part of the Tres Bag interschool competitions.
In November we partnered with Logophilia Education Pvt. Ltd. and had Mr. Dhruv Raj Sharma come in with his team to conduct a two day English Vocabulary Workshop based on Etymology. 517 students from Classes 7 to 12 learnt how words are made and improved their word bank by understanding ‘roots’ instead of memorizing meanings.
ALL FOR KIDS: The College gave the students of Classes 2 to 7 an opportunity to improve their public speaking skills by joining the ALL FOR KIDS programme. They attended classes on the weekends and were taught English Elocution, Speech and Dramatics. At the end of the year, 14 of them appeared for the international Examination conducted by Trinity College, U.K.
WEBSITE : The college website www.lamartinieregirlscollegelko.com was launched on 13th September, 2006. It provides the necessary details of the school, regarding the facilities provided here and the admission procedure. The results of the co-curricular activities are also available on the website.. The ‘Fun Corner’ of the website is one of the most interesting sections, where one can test one’s IQ and GK. Online quizzes for different sections of the school are organized every month. The Alumni section provides an update of all the activities organized by L.M.G.A.A.
It is our constant endeavour to make the website more interactive, making available the latest information about the college at the click of a mouse. We take great pride in the fact that the website is run COMPLETELY by the students and NOT by professionals.
HEALTH CLUB : The Health Club organized various activities in this academic year to promote healthy living Competitions were held to celebrate World Health Day on 7th April, 2013. Children in the Preparatory Department participated in a colouring competition while students of Class 1 played a game in the field. Literary games were held for the children of Classes 2 to 9. Two documentaries were shown to Classes 11 and 12. The Health Club organized an Inter School Event- ATARAXIS (Ataraxis meaning ‘without stress) as part of the Tres Bag Inter School Competition. .
THE ART OF LIVING NOVICE PROJECT:
Classes Lower Prep to 2: Our Little Angels had activities to reduce accumulated stress, honour the child’s innate enthusiasm and values of caring and sharing. Classes 3 to 7: took part in the ART Excel (All Round Training in Excellence) Program. This workshop focused on teaching Yoga postures and breathing techniques for a daily detoxification of both body and mind, helping to build immunity and improve focus in studies.
Classes 8 to 12 attended the YES! Programme (Youth Empowerment Seminar)
Teenagers were taught Sudarshan Kriya for a deeper detoxification of the body and mind. Daily practice prevents accumulation of stress, keeping away undue risk of illness and emotional confusions, and improving clarity in thought, focus on goals, creativity, team work and belongingness.
Teachers and non teaching staff took part in LIVE (Lessons in Value Education). Teachers experienced several tools to handle physical and emotional stress through yoga, meditation and team activities.
Parents of students from Classes Lower Prep to 12 attended Parenting workshops (Know Your Child/Know Your Teen).Parents interacted in a brief workshop on knowing their child better and how to help her blossom as an individual.
Support Staff undertook The Art of Living Part1 course. They were made aware of how to get rid of addictions, improve physical, mental and social health through breathing techniques, yoga and group activities.
Deepshikha Children participated in a Breath, Water, Sound Workshop to improve health, studies and happiness.
In the year 2014-15, we are going a step further in strengthening our girls’ experiential knowledge of yoga and meditation, so that long after they step out of school, they are strong and able to overcome all negativities in life to create light and love for themselves and society.
LA MARTINIERE GIRLS’ ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: The members of the Association have tried their utmost to work for the benefit of their school and society. A tree plantation drive, a magic show, the rain dance, the ‘Diwali Dance Dhamaka’ and an open fete were organized by the Association very successfully. The Association also organised a medical camp for the underprivileged children of Akshar Dhyan Public school. It sponsored meals, prizes, mementoes and gifts for competitions and activities organized by the various clubs of the College. The Association also sponsored the State level Basketball Championships.
The Association joined hands with the Gandhi Corner to reach out to the people of disaster struck Uttarakhand by sponsoring the transport and collection of the relief material. Blankets worth Rupees Fifty Thousand were distributed among the poor and needy during the month of January, 2014.
To celebrate Founder’s Day a get together dinner was hosted for the alumni and friends who support the association at Hotel Best Western Plus Levana.
The La Martiniere Girls' Alumni Association and the La Martiniere Alumni jointly hosted the Annual Reunion Dinner on 14th December, 2013 at La Martiniere Girls' College. Renowned writers and alumni, Mrs. Mehru Jaffer and Mr. Akash Banerjee, were felicitated for their outstanding achievements in the field of media.
On Prize Day, retired members of staff, one each from the girls’ and boys’ colleges are given the Life Time Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution in the field of education. The Association also gives a medal for exemplary conduct to a student. A scholarship of Rs. Fifteen Thousand is given to a deserving student chosen by the Principal. A retired support staff member is given a fixed deposit of Rupees Ten Thousand.
OLD MARTINIANS AND VISITORS In the month of April, Mr. Ken Spillman, from Australia visited the college Library yet again for his research.
In October, Mr. Jacques Garden, President of the Claude Martin Foundation at Lyons spent a morning going around the college accompanied by his wife.
Mr. Adrian Mortimer now living in Surrey, England visited in November 2013. He was on a quest, tracing the architectural footprints of his grandfather, who had a hand in extensions of Khurshid Manzil, and some other buildings of Oudh of that time. Sufficient mention was found in some entries of payments by the School (in those years) provided by Mrs. Pant, our Librarian
In March 2013, Mr. Malcolm (Lee) Searchfield, our former Estate Manager, visited with his family. Mr. Searchfield was touched by the memories many of the older staff members had of him during his tenure at La Martiniere Girls College, Lucknow. The Searchfields are now based in Kent, England.
A few days later another surprise visitor was Mrs. Joyce Quieros nee Hilt an alumnus of our College in 1940. She was accompanied by Ms. Heather French and Ms. Marilyn Parker.
Alumni : Dr. Srishti Dhaon ( 2003 Batch) secured the 16th position all over India, 3rd among girls and emerged as the Lucknow topper in the PCS Examination. She has presently joined as the Assistant Commissioner in the Commercial Tax Dept. at Kanpur.
Eti Agarwal of the 2011 batch topped the All India Chartered Accountancy Intermediate Integrated Professional Competence Exam held in November 2013.
Shruti Rawat a 2003 pass out cleared the JAG (Judge Advocate General) Examination in March 2013 and was inducted in the Legal Cell of the Indian Army. She is currently posted in Chennai.
Kriti Rawat,. who studied in the school from LP to class 10 and passed out in 2005, cleared the AFCET (Air Force Combined Entrance Test) in July 2013. She is presently posted at the Air Force Training College, Bangalore.
THE CAMPUS, BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE:
A Gymnasium is now ready for the students to use and is housed under the swimming pool pavilion.
The Junior School and Preparatory Department toilets were renovated with the help of parents. New Ceiling Fans and Tube lights were donated for the Preparatory Department by another group of parents
The restoration of the exterior of Khursheed Manzil is nearly complete. I am happy to announce that the Ministry of Culture, New Delhi has approved of our proposal to construct a Khursheed Manzil museum and has sanctioned Rs. 46 lakhs towards the same. The Kitchen Garden has been extended and fenced as has the orchard.
I-SCHOOL: In our efforts for continued betterment of services we have empowered the school, its wards and their parents to have quick access to information through the I-School Programme. Parents whose children are absent receive an sms informing them of this. Moreover, we were able to inform them of changes in school timings, unexpected holidays, and important events of the college with ease.
HEALTH:: Last year one of our students, Jyoti Khanna had been diagnosed with blood cancer and underwent treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi. Her parents had appealed to the college for financial assistance and the college raised approximately 35 lakhs. Medical expenses amounting to Rs.14,24,218/- was paid during the year for her treatment. We are very happy that she is presently appearing for the ICSE Examination from the College infirmary
Mrs. V Mathur who had been diagnosed with Meningitis (brain fever) and admitted to the ICCU at the SGPGI on 31st October 2012, had resumed duty in March 2013. She took bad again on 23rd August and passed away the next day..
Sr. P. Michael, our nurse, takes good care of all our Staff and students. Dr. Chandravathi, of the Krishna Medical Centre, is always available and I am grateful for all the medical assistance she renders. I would like to especially thank Dr. Srivatsan who conducted the Dental Camp for our students of Classes Lower Preparatory to 8. Mr. Shah Rukh requires to be thanked for organizing the Eye camp for the students. Dr. Vikram Mehta and his wife Dr. Manjula Mehta continue to help and advise us.
STAFF: Retirement/Resignations: Mrs. N. Dayal, Assistant Teacher, Senior School, retired, on medical grounds in August. Mrs. Alka Chopra, Assistant Teacher in the Middle School has resigned for personal reasons in December.
We have suffered a huge loss with the retirement of four stalwarts of the college at the end of the Academic year, Miss V. Koteswarrama, Matron L Peters, Mrs R Masih and Miss M Shaw.
We were also sorry to bid goodbye to two of our support staff, Sumitra and Kamala
Appointments : Miss Annie Pierce, Miss Sofia Albert and Mrs. Pramila Dubey were appointed as assistant teachers from April 2013. Mrs. A. Dass was appointed as Vice Principal in the month of May and Mrs. L. Sadiq became the Head of the Middle School in the month of November.
Helpers: Miss Radhika Sharma and Mrs. Charu Prasad, have helped us through the year while Mrs. Akansha Kapoor, Mrs. Pooja Kapoor, Miss P. Franklin and Miss V. Frank came in to assist us whenever needed.
Births: Mrs. Shalini Kumar, Mrs. Y. Kalavathi and Mrs. F. Rashid were blessed with baby boys in the months of March, June and November respectively.
Bereavements: Mrs. O. Shepherd, an ex staff member of the college passed away on 27th November. A memorial service was held in the College on 9th December.
In Service training: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducted training programmes in various subjects at the ICSE and ISC level. Many teachers attended these training programmes. Mrs. M. Tripathi for Biology Mrs. N. Dwivedi for ICSE Chemistry , Dr.(Mrs) S. Gupta for ISC Chemistry, Miss S. Khan for ISC History and Mrs Kakoli Roy for ISC English Literature .
Mrs A. Ravishankar and Mrs F. Rashid attended a workshop on ‘Positive Parenting’ conducted by Swasti Society for Mental Health and Counselling.
Mrs R. Mukand and Mrs A. Ravishankar attended a one day workshop on ‘Creating Master Storytellers’ conducted by Scholasic India ‘Kathashala’ on 11th May 2013.
Mrs Manjula Tripathi attended a seminar on, ‘Brain: Diseases and Functions’, conducted by CDRI on 12th August.
On August 17th, the English Teachers in the Middle and Senior School had an interactive session with ELT authors from UK, Dr. Elaine Higgleton and Penny Hands
On 4th, 5th and 6th October: All teachers teaching in Classes 9 to 12 and Mrs. L. Sadiq and Mrs. M. Chopra from the Middle School attended a workshop - My Persona .conducted by Mrs. A. Gupta and Mrs. S. Padmanabhan from Chennai. As an outcome of this workshop many teachers have come up with innovative ideas for the improvement of the College in many different areas.
Mrs. S. Dixit, Miss S. Albert, Mrs. A. Upadhyay of the Junior School and Mrs R. Mukand, Mrs A. Ravishankar, Ms. S. Browne, Mrs S. Raymond and Mrs P. Kapoor of the Preparatory De[artment attended a one day workshop on ‘Identification and Screening of Specific Learning Disabilities and Hyperactivity among Primary Grade Students’ at Nur Manzil Psychiatric Centre on 16th November.
On 23rd November, the teachers of the Preparatory department attended a workshop conducted by Mrs. S. Chandra on making learning more interesting.
On 30th November Oxford University Press organised a one-day English Language Teaching Workshop at the Regional Science Centre. It was attended by Mrs. S. Rodricks and Ms. J. Camphor of the Middle School and Mrs. C. Francis from the Junior school The workshop covered key aspects of teaching language skills, grammar, vocabulary and poetry, and dealt with basic issues in testing and evaluation.
In December, the Teachers teaching English in the Junior School attended a workshop on Effective English conducted by Mrs. Shalini Chandra at La Martiniere Girls’ College
Mrs. N. Khosla attended the Art of Living teachers’ training for ‘YES’ i.e. Youth Empowerment Seminar and ‘Excel’ at Bangalore at the end of the year.
Mrs R. Mukand, Mrs A. Ravishankar and Mrs P. Kapoor attended a 5 day workshop, from 20th to 24th January 2014, at the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development on ‘Training Supportive Interventions for Children with Learning and Behavioural Problems’.
Mrs Anupam Srivastava attended a workshop on teaching of Accounts organised by Pitamber Publishing House in January
The teachers of the Preparatory Department and Junior School attended a workshop on ‘Interventional Strategies and Management of Learning Difficulties in Children in the Classroom’, conducted by Mrs. Vandana Nangia, a Special Educator from Delhi .
During the course of the year, Mrs. S. Raymond and Ms. J. D’Souza completed their M.A. degrees while Ms. T. Ansari completed her B.Ed.
164 candidates appeared for the I.S.C. i.e. Class 12 Examination, for which the average percentage was 88.19%.
Malvika Sharad (Humanities) topped with 97.75%
Aishwarya Agarwal (Science) topped with 97.5%
Tazeen Siddiqui (Commerce) topped with 96.5%
75 students i.e. 45.7% secured above 90%
74 students i.e. 45.1% secured between 80 and 89% 15 students i.e. 9.1% secured between 72 and 79%
Perfect scores of 100% were achieved by 9 students in Political Science, 4 students in History, 3 students in Mathematics and 1 student in Physics.
193 candidates appeared for the I.C.S.E. i.e. Class 10 Examination, for which the average percentage was 85.16%
Radhika Mehra topped with 95.8%
69 students i.e. 35.2% secured above 90%
81 students i.e. 42% secured between 80 and 89%,
35 students i.e 18.1% secured between 70 and 79%,
08 students i.e 4.1% secured between 62 and 69%,
According to a survey conducted by Education World, the College ranks within the top ten in the country and stands 4th where the Board results are concerned.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: I would once again, like to thank all members of the Local Managing Committee, for their continued support to the College. I am deeply indebted to the Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Mrs. Dimple Yadav for all the help they have rendered the college.
It is only because of the generosity of our parents that we are able to maintain the college and continue with improvements, as the fees we charge are minimal and really do not give us any scope to carry these out. So once again I would like to thank all of you who have helped us in diverse ways and I appeal to all of you to please continue to support the college in any way you can.
La Martiniere Girls' College stands where it does today, as one of the most sought after schools in the country, because of all who work here. I am truly grateful to each staff member for the contribution made to the College. I am indeed grateful to Mrs. R. Masih, Head of Senior School and of the Hindi section, for all the work she put in not just in her department but for the ISC and ICSE Examinations. Mrs. A. Dass took over as Vice Principal in the month of May but continued as Head of the Middle School till November. As Vice Principal of the College I need to especially thank her for the way she handled problems that arose in my absence in the month of August.
On 1st November, Mrs. L. Sadiq took over as Head of Department, Middle School. On Miss Shaw’s retirement we look forward to working with Mrs. P. Correya, the new head of the Junior school who is already making a niche for herself.
Mrs. S. Cooke, Headmistress of the Preparatory Section, remains in total control of her Department. She ensures that both students and parents learn what is expected from them by the College from the very beginning, thus preparing them for the Martinian way of life.
We have approximately 120 scholars in residence and I must extend my sincere appreciation to Ms. L. Peters, our Hostel Superintendent, who was always willing to take on any task, especially where it concerned the resident students. We look forward to working with Mrs. W. Macleod and Ms. J Anderson now.
The College Bursar, Mr. S. K. Das, with his dedication, total honesty and loyalty sets the example for the entire college. My personal secretary, Mrs. Swati Das, requires to be thanked for the many tasks she performs in the office, willingly and cheerfully.
I must also thank all our Support Staff, those “behind the scene” workers without whom the school could not function - the ayahs, peons, gardeners, cooks, bearers, watchmen, and sweepers
I wish to once again extend my thanks to all the parents and well wishers of the college and if, inadvertently, I have failed to acknowledge any of you who have been of particular help to the college in this past year in this report, please do accept my sincere apologies.
Finally, may I request the loudest round of applause from the parents and Staff to acknowledge and thank ALL the students of La Martiniere Girls' College Thank you, children, for all that you are, and all that you do, to make us proud to be associated with the name Martiniere.