FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013
Ms Adele Khudr, our chief guest is currently the Chief of the UNICEF office for Uttar Pradesh. She is based in Lucknow.
STUDENTS ENROLMENT: There were approximately 2350 students on the rolls in the School and College Sections and 400 in the Preparatory Section – a total of about 2750 students. This year, 2013, we have 142 supervising Staff members – 121 teachers and 21 non teaching staff.
ACADEMICS: The students and teachers of La Martiniere Girls' College once again reached the target to secure an average mark of at least 85% in both the I.S.C. and I.C.S.E. examinations.
COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY: Some of the areas of the College have been WIFI enabled. A laser printer and new TFT monitors have been acquired for the library and college office. La Martiniere Girls’ College has since September 2011, joined hands with Educomp to provide modules for all subjects to give the students of the school a new and modern learning technique.
The senior library houses approximately 9500 books while the junior school library has approximately 1500 books totaling about 11,000 books, perhaps making LMGC the library with the largest number of books in Lucknow!
Four Book Exhibitions were held by Scholastic India and Vibgyor. Funtimes, a newspaper for children, is sent free of cost at regular intervals by an NGO in Chennai for the students of classes 4, 5 and 6 to encourage the habit of reading.
Career Launcher and Team Satyam organized workshops on the prospects of Law as a career option to the students in the months of April and August respectively.
A workshop was conducted by the Institute for Chartered Accountants- Lucknow Chapter for the students of Classes 11 and 12.
Pearl Academy conducted a workshop on career prospects in Fashion Designing and creative arts for the students of classes XI and XII.
The Institute of Career Studies held their Career Guidance and Counseling for the students of classes 9 to12 in the month of November.
SPIC MACAY: La Martiniere Girls' College has a tie up with SPIC MACAY, the Society for the Preservation of Indian Classical Music, Art and Culture Among Youth which works for this purpose. The events organized by them have generated a lot of interest and created awareness among the students.
INTER SCHOOL EVENTS:
La Martiniere Girls’ College participated in the Dabur Chywanprash Immune India School Challenge 2012. LMGC was declared second in the country on the basis of the BMI results of the students of classes IV to VI as well as the academic results, overall attendance, sports and health care facilities the College offers. Medha Singh of Class VI was declared among the top three Immuno Champs of the country.
Dainik Jagran celebrated ‘Bharat Raksha Parva’ on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan for the students of Classes I to 8. Children made and sent over 1200 rakhees to our brave soldiers at the borders.
9 students of Class 12 attended the Cathedral Model United Nations-Mumbai, organised by Cathedral School, Mumbai.
The ‘Green Olympiad’ organized by TERI was conducted for the students of classes 9 and 10.
At the local level, our girls participated in the "Young Talent in Computer Programming" organised by the Computer Society of India; the Odyssey International English Literary Festival organised by C.M.S. Rajendra Nagar; INFO BAZAAR@ 2012, an inter school Computer Science event, at Cathedral School; LIMCA QUIZ organised at St. Agnes's Loreto Day School; Bharat Jyoti, a Hindi debate, organised by Cathedral School; MACFAIR organised by CMS Mahanagar; the Ram Swaroop University Quiz; the TCS Quiz,- IT whiz organised at the TCS Awadh Park; the Literary Fest organsied by St. Agnes's Loreto Day School; Connect organised by Army Public School; Expressions organised by St. Francis College; Juke Box at St. Teresa’s and ‘Constantia’ an inter school competition organised by La Martiniere College, Lucknow.
Class VI attended a presentation on 'Animals our friends' by Mrs. Reema Singh of Animal Ashram against cruelty towards animals.
‘Keep your kids safe online’ - A workshop organised by the Cyber Crime Cell, Lucknow - conducted by Mr. Dinesh Yadav for classes V-VIII was conducted.
INTACH - UP State Chapter – ‘Our Heritage, Our Children’ – was an interactive session with the students of Class VIII.
Class VIII and IX attended a newspaper making session organised by Jagran.
A few children of the middle school participated in a Walkathon organised by the NGO Ehsaas, to create awareness on the ‘Safety of Children’.
Children of classes 6 to 8 participated in Derek O’Brien’s Faster, Smarter, Better Challenge an Inter- School Quiz in which 25 Schools took part in the preliminary round. LMGC stood 4th.
‘All for Kids’ organised an Inter-School English Elocution for the middle school students across the city. Prableen Bhatia came first and received a trophy and cheque worth rupees 7500/-.
Hope Initiative organised an interschool skit competition in which 22 students from the middle school participated 4 and our team stood 3rd among 42 schools of the city.
The children of the Junior School went to Cathedral School to participate in the Info Bazaar and also to Springfest organized by Springdale College, Indiranagar. A few girls participated and won prizes at VIVA held at Vibgyor School and at the ‘Christmas Noel’ held at St Teresa’s College.
Chahat Malhotra of Class 5 stood 3rd in the Junior Group of Braja Duni Memorial Classical Voice of U.P.
Preparatory Department This year the children of the Upper Prep represented their school at the Kids’ Carnival held at St Teresa’s College, Ashiana and came back with prizes for the Quiz, Card Making, Mask Making, Art and Action song.
THE INTER MARTINIERE MEET: This year the meet was held at Lucknow. The Lucknow Girls’ Teams won all the three competitions i.e. Basketball, Debate and Swimming after a gap of 18 years. A holiday was declared to mark this historic moment!!!
Eight senior school students participated in the Saroj Srivastava Memorial Engish Debate, Linnell Memorial Hindi Debate and the Russell Memorial GK and Nature Quiz. Malvika Sharad was judged the 2nd best speaker in the Hindi Debate.
The Hugh Catch Pole Debate was organised by the Rastriya Indian Military College, Dehradun. Six students participated and Ruba Fatima was adjudged the best speaker at the Final stage.
Our girls also took part in the Frank Anthony Debates and the Senior Category won the Best Team and won the best speaker. The Junior team made a clean sweep by winning the best team, best speaker and second best speaker.
The senior girls also participated in the Oliphant Debate at Welham Boys School and the Chuckerbutty Memorial Debate hosted by the Doon School.
ART & CRAFT
The students of La Martiniere Girls’ College are taught to make craft items on their own as well as knitting and embroidery. Art students painted the beautiful back drop for the decoration of the stage for the Christmas Cantata and the senior school Hindi play.
SPORTS The months of October to January saw the girls of Classes LP to 5 preparing for the Sports and P.T. Display. This year, the middle and senior school students participated in various Athletic events and had an internal Sports day in December.
Swimming: The Junior swimmers took part in the Inter school swimming competition held at G.D. Goenka Public School and in the Sub-Junior State Level Competition in which Shreya Prakash was selected for the Junior National Level Swimming Competition at Chennai.
Basket Ball: Four members of the senior basketball team were selected to represent the Junior State Level Tournament where the team stood third. Five of our younger players were selected for the Youth District Level Tournament held at Jaunpur where the team stood first. Our youngest player, Sakshi Singh, played in the Annual Mini Tournament and was selected for the Nationals that were held at Goa. Pragya Gulatee, the vice captain of the team, was selected as one of the players of the U.P. Team and went to attend the Nationals at Pondicherry.
The ‘ISC Cluster’ was held at St. Fidelis College and our team stood first.
Judo: The Judokas participated in the District Judo Championship in the month of September and won 4 gold and 3 silver medals. The Sub Junior State Championship was held in Muzaffarnagar our girls won 1 gold and 1 bronze medal. Saania Munawar participated in the National Judo Championship held in October in Assam.
Badminton and Tennis
Eeshita Pande has won the All India Talent Series – Tennis Singles Championship for the Under 16 and 18 held in Lucknow..
SUMMER VACATION CAMPS: These camps offer a host of activities such as swimming, basket ball, art, glass painting, flower arrangement, tie and dye, fabric painting and cooking. Aerobics and Kick Boxing classes were conducted by Health Zone. Story Telling, Tennis and Guitar lessons were added to this year’s summer camp. During the vacation, the library and Computer laboratory remained open so that students could use them at will.
SOCIAL WORK. Gandhi Corner activities for the year 2011-12: During the year, the Gandhi Corner members helped in organizing the Newspaper drive, running the college canteen and selling the craft items made by the middle and senior school children to raise funds for various social welfare programmes.
Utensils, soaps, ration, stationery items and old clothes were collected and distributed in the slums, orphanages, schools run by various NGO’s, old homes and Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute throughout the year.
The members also organized the annual events of ‘Spare and Share a Meal’ for the inmates of Prem Niwas during the entire month of September, Girl Child Day for the under privileged girls of nearby slums and orphanages in October, the ‘Meena Bazaar’ in November which had the theme ‘Glamour and Glitter’, the Class 4 Employees’ Day in December, a free Medical Camp in February and a trip to Rasoolpur, Sandila, in March to distribute stationery and other items among the students of S.F.A. College.
PALS, Protectors of Animal Life & Surroundings,
We are the sole suppliers of handmade paper bags to the zoo to protect the zoo inmates from the menace of polythene. From shredded bits of newspapers to waste official documents-all were used to make over 60 large sheets of handmade paper. Babies from the preparatory and junior department actively participated in this fun filled activity and made paper cups and coasters.
Wild life week [1st – 7th October] This year we had asked Karavan Heritage and Adventure Group to conduct a series of activities for the students of classes 3 to 12. The central idea was always preservation and protection of the environment, compassion for all life forms, inculcating pride in our rich natural heritage and taking on responsibilities to be a wild life defender.
Through the adoption scheme of the Lucknow Zoo, we support the white pheasants as we have been have been doing for the last decade.
Manav Garden- The Manav Garden is a repository of important herbs and shrubs; LMGC’s own botanical garden maintained by PALS.
Compost pit. This year we made another pit adjacent to the old pit. They make manure out of all the organic matter, which is then used in the school gardens.
PALS Trips- The annual PALS trip to Shivpuri saw a surge of students who wanted to experience the thrills of white-water rafting. This year, students were delighted with trips to Munsiyari, Shivpuri , the Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
CATS Camps- For those who miss out on the out-of-station PALS trips, the CATS camps are organized in the months of November and December to allow them to participate in Camping Adventures and Thrills in School.
The College Magazine, 'The Blue and Gold', truly captures the Martinian spirit. It is a clear reflection of every aspect of college life as experienced and enjoyed by the students. Over the years, the magazine has emerged as a platform for the students to give their feelings and ideas a concrete form.
The Better English Expression Society continued to promote correct usage of the English language on the school campus. The Better English Expression Society organized its 5th Interschool competition ‘Bee Jewel’ where 15 reputed schools of the city participated in the month of October.
THE COLLEGE WEBSITE:
The website has been designed and is maintained by the students themselves. The site provides s information about activities organized in the college and their results, the history of our school, and the results of the ICSE and ISC Board Examinations. The website also has a section for the Alumni who can register online and become members of LMGAA.
THE HEALTH CLUB
World Health Day- 7th April – was celebrated with various activities for students of classes1 to 9 of the College. On 26th April, a seminar 'Butterfly Effect', was held for Classes 9 and 10 in collaboration with 'Procter and Gamble. On 1st August, a free serum uric acid check up camp was organised for the staff and class IV employees in collaboration with the Indian Orthopaedic Rheumatology Association (IORA). On 4th August, the Health Club organised an Inter School Health Quiz in collaboration with Hope Initiative and La Martiniere Girls' Alumni Association on “Cancer- Causes and Cure".
A Blood Donation Camp at the College infirmary was organised on 15th October, 2012 in collaboration with “Lions Clubs International District” in association with the State Blood Bank, Department of Transfusion Medicine, King George Medical University, Lucknow. On 27th November, the Health Club organized an Inter School Event- ATARAXIS (Ataraxis meaning ‘without stress’). Over hundred students from eleven schools across Lucknow participated in the event.
GOONJ- is an NGO initiated by Dr. Anshu Gupta to cater to primarily one basic need which is a scarcity throughout the country – CLOTHING. La Martiniere Girls’ College is Lucknow’s largest collection centre for Goonj.
LA MARTINIERE GIRLS’ ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: has worked tirelessly for the benefit of their school and society.A tree plantation drive, a magic show, the rain dance, the ‘Diwali Dance Dhamaka’ and ‘Winter Carnival’, an open fete were organized by the Association very successfully. On Prize Day. A scholarship of Rs. Twenty Thousand is given to a deserving student, chosen by the Principal of the College. A fixed deposit of rupees ten thousand is awarded to a retired class IV employee of the college.
The Association sponsored the State level Interschool basket ball competition.
The Association has helped Paul Inter College by donating twenty four ceiling fans for their classrooms and arranging for computers for their computer laboratory.
A sum of rupees fifty thousand was donated to the Uttar Kashi Relief Fund and nine thousand rupees was donated for the medical treatment of an underprivileged child.
A sum of rupees two lakh was given to La Martiniere Girls’ College for the Building Fund.
We have reason to be proud of some of our alumni.
Doa Naqvi of the 2005 batch won the Chancellor's gold medal for topping the University, from the MBA department and has qualified as a UGC-Junior Research Fellow (JRF). Sneha Malhotra of the 2006 batch, who was pursuing her dentistry from Saraswati Dental College, has secured the 1st position in the university with respect to the aggregate of all four years.
THE CAMPUS, BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE: The College kitchen was fully renovated with new tiling, stainless steel work tables and new equipment such as a freezer, refrigerator, oven, grinder and toaster - all of which have helped to improve the efficiency of the kitchen and allowed us to add a greater variety of dishes to our menus. A solar water heater gives the kitchen running hot water in the newly constructed wash area. We have also recently acquired two new solar cookers. These help us to save on gas and electricity in a big way, apart from making us eco friendly!
The swimming pool of the college was also renovated and a new stadium was built to accommodate more spectators. The restoration of the exterior of Khursheed Manzil has begun.
A Mahindra Alpha tempo carrier has been acquired and will help our support staff in a big way.
I-SCHOOL: We have empowered the school, its wards and their parents to have quick access to information through the I-School Programme. All important notices are sent to parents through email and sms.
In Service training: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducted training programmes in various subjects at the ICSE and ISC level in 2011. Many teachers attended training programmes at Kolkata.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: I would once again, especially thank all members of the Local Managing Committee, for their continued support to the College.
This year, Ms. Lorraine Peters , our Hostel Superintendent, completes twenty years of dedicated service to the College.
The La Martiniere Girls’ Alumni Association has instituted two lifetime achievement awards to be presented to ex members of staff from both La Martiniere Colleges in Lucknow. This year they have chosen to honour Mrs. B. Bobb and Mrs. O. Shepherd. Mrs. B Bobb:
Radhey Shyam joined La Martiniere Girls’ College in the early 70’s as a helper in the kitchen and retired as head cook in 2003. LMGAA is happy that he is the first recipient of this new award that has been instituted this year.
La Martiniere Girls’ College would like to acknowledge the dedicated service of the Honourable Justice S. N. Sahai who served as a co-opted member of the Local Managing Committee for over twenty years from 1990 to September, 2012