SJA baggs Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate- 2012

This year, the Finals of the  Frank Anthony Memorial  All India Inter school Debate Competition was held on 25th September, 2012  at La Martinere  Girls School, Kolkata. St. JosephⳠAcademy was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Shrivastava. After crossing the hurdle of  the Quarter Final and Semi Final rounds, they entered the Finals  amidst tough competition by  teams from all zones. St. JosephⳠAcademy was declared the Winner for the year 2012. The team won the coveted Shield; Bhuvanyaa Vijay was declared the Best Speaker for two consecutive years and Jahnavi Shrivastava was declared the Third Best Speaker.

In the National Finals (Round 3) of the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate Championship(Category-1 for classes 11 &12)conducted on September 25, 2012 in La Martiniere for Girls⬠Kolkata, St.JosephⳠAcademy (Dehradun) emerged as the National Champion for the second consecutive year. SJA was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Shrivastava.  Amidst extremely tough competition from 7 other schools like La Martiniere for Boys⠨Kolkata), BishopⳠSchool (Pune), Swaraj International Public School (Kanpur), and other reputed schools from Cochin, Dhanbad, etc., SJA put up tremendous arguments which were both witty and mature. Bhuvanyaa Vijay, with her immaculate debate and calm composure was awarded the title of the Best Speaker making her the Best All-India Debater for the second consecutive year, after her victory in the National Finals of the same debate in 2011. Jahnavi, with her sensible outlook, was ranked the second Runner-Up Speaker in the debate. The topic was should we change the straightjacket of syllabi and subject choice for a more joyful classroom experience?

The debaters of SJA have made Uttarakhand proud by being the first school to win this prestigious debate (organized by the CISCE Board) for the second consecutive time. Bhuvanyaa is the only Speaker to be adjudged the Best twice in a row. She was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and a Gold Medal. Jahnavi was awarded Rs.2000 and a Bronze Medal. Both the members also received Rs.5000 each apart from the above for the Best Team.

This team has  also won The All India Inter School Oliphant Memorial English Debate organised by Welham Boys⠓chool, Dehadun. In this debate, Jahnavi Shrivastava and Bhuvanyaa Vijay were declared the Best Speakers in the Final and Semi Final rounds respectively. In the year 2011-2012 St. JosephⳠAcademy has won all major inter school English Debates held in Dehradun and Mussorie. BhuvanyaaⳠoutstanding performance has been appreciated by all.

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Hindi Diwas at SJA

The programme commenced with the morning prayer in Hindi which was
followed by an extempore hindi debate competition. The topic of the
debate competition was ‘Mobile Phones are harmful for the children’.
The judges were Mrs. Lata Jain and Mr. R. P. Shukla who finally
declared Kriti Goyal and Kshitij Bisht as the first and second prize
winners respectively.
The results of the recently held ‘Creative Writing competition’ in
Hindi were also announced and the winners are-
class 6:- I-Kotleen ; II-Mahek ; III-Kritika
class 7:- I-Bharat ; II-Arthsha ; III-Prabhleen
class 8:- I-Komudi ; II-Katya ; III-Apoorv
class 9:- I-Aishwariya ; II-Vasundhra ; III-Akanksha
Mrs. Suman Tiwari in her speech emphasised the importance of Hindi and
suggested the students to pay attention to their handwriting and
vocabulary. The Principal, Rev. Bro. A.J.George also addressed the
students in Hindi and stressed that all languages are interdependent
and should be given due weightage and importance

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SPIC MACAY presents “Jinne Lahore Nahi Vekhya”

Naya Theatre an acting troop comprising of Chattisgarhi Folk Artist, in association with SPIC MACAY non profit organization pioneering the promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture with the help of SJA Alumni Association body of ex-students of SJA staged a play , “Jisne Lahore Nai Vehya”. At the SJA Auditorium on the 11th of September.

 The program commenced with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Principal Brother A.J. George Mr. Randhir Arora (President, Mr. Praveen Chandhok (Secretary) of the SJA Alumni Association and Ms. Ngeem Tanvir ( President of the Naya Theatre).

Naya Theatre was founded in 1959 by late director, writer and actor Habib Tanvir the recipient of a number of prestigious awards. Presently his daughter Ms. Nageem Tanvir emulating the footsteps of her renowned father is actively involved in the cause so dear to him.

The troupe presented a redition of Asghar Wafahti’s play , “Jine Lahore Nai Vehya”. Which is a timeless classic, it is poignant story of the dark time called partition reflecting fundamentalism. 

The cast comprised around thirty artist including thirty artists including the “Peepli Live” famed Onkar Das, Yogesh Tiwari, Flora Bose, Nahid Tanvir, Ramchandran Singh-the brilliant Actors an emotional, touching  and arousing performance which not only won accolades but an standing ovation from the entire audience.

Lastly the Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George proposed a vote of thanks and thanked Mrs. Roopi Mahendroo the Chairperson of SPIC MACAY in Uttarakhand and SJA Alumni Association while addressing the gathering, motivated the students to be a part of SPIC MACAY and the entire troupe of Naya Theatre were presented by mementos by SJA Alumni Association which were distributed by Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George.

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SJA wins Bournvita Regional Quiz contest

Once again SJAs Quiz team proved its mettle by winning the Bournvita Quiz contest regionals held recently in the Survey Auditorium at Hathi Barkala. The event saw participation of 44 reputed schools from in and around Dehradun including The Doon School, Brightlands, Summer Valley School , DAV , Scholars Home etc. Each school was represented by 3 teams . After a mind boggling and grueling knock out round, six teams managed to reach the finals, in which, the team faced dazzling array of questions on ‘Super heroes’. The Josephites including Kshitij Bisht, Sagar Bhattacharyaju, Raghav Narang, Vedant Vora, Suryansh Singhania, Mubarak Mehta exhibited their vast knowledge. Not only did they impress everyone but also emerged as the winners of the quiz. Kshitij Bisht and Sagar Bhattaryaji will now take part  in the finals in Mumabi after the next phase of video conferencing with winners of other schools. The quiz was organized by Derek O’Brien and Associates  Mr Darren Rose and Shane hosted the quiz. The school team was escorted by Mr Craig Temple. Principal Rev Bro. A.J. George congratulated the team which thanked their principal for his ever inspiring attitude

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SJA CELEBRATES TEACHERS DAY WITH ZEAL

The Alumni Association and the students of SJA organized a wonderful function on the 5th of September 2012. To express their gratitude and to appreciate the past and present teachers of SJA

The programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by a short  prayer by Bhuvanyaa Vijay. The students then presented an array of spellbinding performances which included a duet by the Milestone band and Fatal ambush a medley of old hindi songs , a humorous skit and a vibrant contempory dance . The highlight  of the show was dance.  The highlight of the show was the surprise gifts given by the Alumni to various teachers and a power point presentation showing clips of the interviews of various teachers. The senior most teachers were presented special tokens of appreciation by the Alumni Association. These teachers are :

Mrs Kalakoti, Mrs. Y. Lal, Mrs. X. David, Mr. K. Raj, Mr. R. P. Shukla

Last but not the least, the Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George gave a vote of thanks to the Alumni and the students for putting up a remarkable and memorable show. Tan old students Mr. Greg Mann also appreciated the sincere efforts of the organizers on the occasion were the ex teachers of SJA as well.

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SJA qualifies for the National finals of Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate Competition Finals

In the semi finals of the Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate Competition held on 17th August in  Ann Mary School, St. Joseph’s Academy was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Srivastava in the Senior Category. Amidst tough competition from 10 other schools like Welham Girls’ School,  The Doon School, La Martinere’s for Boys , Lucknow, City Montessori School , Lucknow Auckland House School, shimla etc , SJA was adjudged the Best team.

Bhuvanyaa was ranked the Best Speaker and Jahnavi was adjudged the 2nd runner up speaker. They have made SJA proud by qualifying for the National Finals for the second consecutive time

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SJA celebrates the 66th Independence Day with fervor

SJA celebrated the 66th Independence Day with immense zeal and fervor. A special assembly was organized to commemorate the great deeds of our freedom fighters and to rejoice the much loved freedom.

The chief guest for the occasion was Group Captain Onkar Nath who hoisted the flag which was followed by the rhythmic rendition of the national anthem. Lavanya Taneja compeered the programme which included inspiring speeches by Aditi and Yash Aggarwal, a patriotic song by the students of the middle school, and an enthralling dance performance by the students of senior school.

Addressing the gathering the chief guest Group Captain Onkar Nath spoke highly of the impeccable character, intellect and great political acumen of our freedom fighters and encouraged the students to imbibe their qualities. He was confident that India would be an excellent country to live as God has gifted her with abundant natural resources. The programme concluded with the mellifluous singing of ‘ Vande Mataram’ replete with immense patriotic fervor.

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SJA LIFTS THE MILESTONE TROPHY FOR THIRD CONSEQUTIVE YEAR

 Another glorious feat was achieved by Josephites in Milestone 2012, a cultural extravaganza organized annually at St. Georges College Mussoorie. The event saw participation of more than 20 prestigious schools of in and around Dehradun, viz. All Saints’ College  Nainital, CJM Waverly , CJM Dehradun,  Welham Boys, Welham Girls, DPS Dehradun etc. Competitions were held in a number of categories like singing, dancing, painting, etc.

        The soul stirring voice of Vibhor Takkar and Devika Dhoundiyal easily won the first prize in the Hindi duet. Western Song group including Rohan Oberoi, Shubhangi Singh, Rohit Rastogi and Prerna Gaur ably supported by lead guitarist Anhad Singha, bass guitarist Sushant Gakkar, Ajeya Saxena and keyboard player Paritosh Anand enthralled tha audience with its mellifluous singing, and clinched the first prize.

        In Just a Minute, another entertaining Competition, Naman Bhatt regaled the gathering and bagged the second position whereas Akshita Choudhary, Shrishti Chauhan and Falguni Aggarwal won second prize in T-Shirt painting competition. Amidst tough competition, the school dancing choreography team and quiz team also earned immense applause and managed to secure third and fourth positions respectively.

         Eventually, SJA emerged as the Champion of the Champions for the third consecutive year and was awarded the much coveted shield and the overall trophy. Dr. Suhani Sabarwal, a senior teacher of the school was also awarded a token of appreciation by the host school. The team expresses gratitude towards the escort teachers and above all the school principal – Rev. Bro. A.J. George for his unflitting support and guidance.

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Bro E.T. Dunne English/Hindi Debate

Bro. E.T. Dunne Memorial Inter-House Debate competition is one of the most awaited events at SJA. This year the fourth edition of this Debate Competition was organized on 4th August 12 in the school auditorium. The lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Rev. Bro. A.J. George was followed by the reading of the rules by the chairperson , Utsav  Thapliyal. Unlike the preceding years , this year the debate was in the prepared speech format and not extempore. The motion under fire in then English debate  “ The Education System Today is producing youth with high percentages but low morals. Each debater spoke with immaculate precision , aplomb , conviction and passion. The esteemed judges for the occasion were Mrs Veena Kalia, Mrs Poonam Sood and Mrs Vinita Sood. The event was compered by Paras Barthwal and the time keeper was Vaibhavi Dhasmana.

The English Debate was soon followed by a well contested hindi debate . The motion in the house was ‘ Relaity show Bachchon ko Dishaheen Kar Rahein Hain ‘. The chairperson for the occasion was Aditya Singh Bisht and the competition was compered by Lavanya Taneja . The standard of the debate being too high , the judges Mrs Kamleshwai Prasad , Mrs Poonm Chawla and Dr. Sudha Godiyal found it challenging task to choose the best speakers.

After a fierce battle of wit and oratory , the following participants enmmerged winners in the different categories.

Inter House English Debate

Best Speaker  :Bhuvanyaa Vijay – Bergin House

First Runner Up : Shalvi Garima Negi, Bergin House

Best Rebuttal : Bhuvayaa Vijay – Bergin House

Inter House Hindi Debate

Best Speaker Shubhankar Gaur  Dooley house

First Runner Up :Shubhankar Mittal – Bergin House

Best Rebuttal  : Shubhankar Gaur Dooley House

The Best Team in the Hindi Debate was from Donovan House.

Overall trophy was won by Bergin Hot. use. Lastly Bro. A. J. George applauded the students for their zealous participation and pre.oposed a vote to thanks to all.

Yesterday, ie 3rd August 2012 , Bro. E.T. Dunne Inter Class English Debate  was organized for classes VI to VII and the Topic was “ Computers will soon replace teachers in class rooms “ The result were as follows :

Class VI   1.  Tanya Aggarwal

                2.   Ambika Negi

Class  VII 1.  Siddharth Aggarwal

                  2. Shubhangini Singh

Class VIII 1. Kriti Goyal

                 2. Suryansh Singhania

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CULTURAL PROGRAMME….CLASSES II AND III

 

 THE JR. SCHOOL OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORGANISED A CULTURAL PROGRAMME, WHICH SAW THE STUDENTS OF CLASSES II AND III , DISPLAYING THEIR SKILLS AT DANCING, ACTING AND SINGING WITH GREAT PROFICIENCY.

THE PROGRAMME COMMENCED WITH THE LIGHTING OF THE LAMP BY THE CHIEF GUEST, PRINCIPAL REV. BRO. GEORGE. A GRACE FUL PRAYER DANCE BY THE GIRLS OF CLASSES II AND III, INVOKED THE BLESSING OF THE ALMIGHTY AND ALSO SET THE STAGE FOR THE  PERFORMANCES FOR THE DAY. THE BUDDING ACTORS STAGED AN ENGLISH PLAY, “DAY FOR NIGHT IN ULTAPUR” AND A HINDI PLAY “JUMMAN MIYA KA PAJAMA” WHICH  LEFT THE AUDIENCE IN AWE OF THEIR ACTING ACUMEN!  THE STUDENTS OF CLASSES II AND III MESMERISED THE GATHERING WITH THEIR MELLIFLUOS SINGING AND  ELECTRIFYING DANCES. THE FAMILIAR CHARACTERS OF FAIRYTALES CAME ALIVE IN THE FANCY DRESS SHOW PUT UP BY CLASS III, AND GRANDMA COULD HAVE GONE ON AND ON FOR EONS WITH HER TALE, HAD TIME PERMITTED!!!! THE STUDENTS OF CLASS II , HAD EVERY FOOT TAPPING AND EVERY ONE HUMMING , THE TUNE OF A PEPPY ACTION SONG, “ LISTEN TO THE MUSIC”.  THE SYNCHRONISED WESTERN DANCE ON THE JUNGLE SONG, LEFT EVERYONE SPELL BOUND AS THEY WATCHED THE CHILDREN WHIRLING AND TWIRLING EFFORTLESS TO THE PULSATING BEAT OF THE SONG.  THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A FOLK DANCE BY A VIBRANT  RAJASTHANI FOLK DANCE BY THE GIRLS OF CLASSES II AND III.  THE CHILDREN ALSO PUT FORTH AN ACT DEPICTING THE SOLIDARITY OF INDIA, WITH VANDEMATRAM PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND.THE HIGH VOLTAGE PERFORMANCES, CAME TO A BEFITTING FINALE WITH THE MUSICAL BALLET……”.I LOVE THE RAIN”, PUT TOGETHER BY THE STUDENTS OF CLASS II. THE MUSIC, THE THUNDER , THE LIGHTENING, THE SONGS , THE DANCES , THE DRAMATIC EFFECTS…..YES THE ENTIRE ACT WAS TRULY A TREAT TO THE EYES AND EARS. THE CULTURAL PROGRAMME WAS A PERFECT BLEND OF CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION, SKILL AND HARDWORK PUT TOGETHER.

REV. BRO GEORGE APPLAUDED THE STUDENTS OF CLASSES II AND III FOR THEIR SCINTILLATING PERFORMANCES AND CONGRATULATED THE TEACHERS FOR ENSURING AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTICIPATION BY THE STUDENTS. HE ALSO GAVE AWAY THE PRIZES TO THE WINNERS OF THE RAKHI MAKING COMPETITION WHICH WAS HELD THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

THE JR. SCHOOL COORDINATOR, MRS HASAN, PROPOSED THE VOTE OF THANKS. ALONG WITH HER TEAM OF COMMITTED STAFF SHE SPECIALLY THANKED THE PARENTS AND THE GRAND PARENTS FOR THEIR CONTINUED AND WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT . SHE THANKED BRO. GEORGE , FOR ALWAYS INSPIRING HER AND HER STAFF MEMBERS TO MOTIVATE CHILDREN TO DISCOVER THEIR TALENTS AND ABILITIES, ALONG WITH EXCELLING IN ACADEMICS.

THE PROGRAMME CONCLUDED WITH THE SINGING OF THE SCHOOL SONG………….THE JOSEPHITES SANG IN UNISON WITH PRIDE FOR BEING A PART OF “THE PEARL OF THE VALE OF THE DOON”.

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