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                                                    School Junior Quiz Team stood 2nd at the Nationals of the Shastra Junior Quiz.                                     


Glendale Literary Fest 2014
   Our school junior debater and elocution prodigy Ravi Sri V of class 8A walked away with the third prize in the Junior Category of the Elocution Competition held at Glendale Academy on the 4th of August, 2014. His speech on - Only the educated should be allowed to vote - was appreciated for its content and his style of presentation.
 
TCS IT WIZ 2014
   At the 15th Hyderabad Regional TCS IT WIZ held on 1st August at Bharathi Vidhya Bhavan, Basheerbagh, our school team of Arjun Kallapur of class 10 & Pranav Mihir Kandada of class 9 stood 2nd among 300 teams and were awarded a Trophy, Silver Medals & iPad Mini along with many other prizes.
 
CHANNELISING THE YOUTH INTO BECOMING RESPONSIBLE GLOBAL CITIZENS
   The Hyderabad Public School participated in the largest Youth Conference of Asia, and a U.N. backed event, Indian International Model United Nations. It was hosted by Indus International School, Shankarpally on 25th and 26th July, 2014. 16 students from classes 9 to 11 participated in the 3 committees simulated. The committees were The Human Rights Council, The Security Council and The Disarmament and International Security Committee. It was a platform to debate, to discuss world issues, to find comprehensive and viable solutions to current international affairs without any political influence. HPS bagged awards in all the three committees simulated. Three students brought accolades to the school. Aditya Sekhar of class 9 was adjudged as the Best Delegate in The Security Council, Muttaqui Aladdin of class 11 as the Best Delegate in The Disarmament and International Security Committee and Pranav Mihir of class 9 as the second Best Delegate in The Human Rights Council.
 
Workshop on Jazz Music
   If one does not already know about jazz music, how would one be exposed? How would one get an opportunity to find out if it spoke? If one gets exposed to it enough, one might find a taste for it. The Music Department of The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet organized a Jazz workshop for its students. New York based Sharik Hasan, one of the leading Indian pianists and composers of his generation, who has spent several years studying jazz and classical music in France and the USA, while also working in Indian classical musical traditions, was invited to conduct this interactive workshop on Jazz music in the splendid Shawcross Hall. He was accompanied by Philippe Lemm, one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in The Netherlands and bassist Marco Zenini who has graduated in classical music in Italy and jazz in Netherlands. Fifty students from HPS, Begumpet and HPS, Ramanthpur interacted and performed with the musicians. Sharik Hasan, who has a Post Graduate Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, took up a very popular tune -Happy Birthday and showed how a simple tune can be metamorphosed into a complex piece of Jazz. Akhil Kaondamanchili, an ex- student of the school, explained the poetic composition and the philosophy behind a musical form and genre called Blues. Mr. Dennis Powell, the music teacher of the school demonstrated the technical and the musical composition of the same genre by involving the students from the audience and getting them a hands-on experience of playing Blues. Sharik interacted with the participants of the workshop while performing with his band. It was indeed a captivating, rapturous and engaging musical evening.
 
FLYING AS A HOBBY!
   Aero modelling demonstration and orientation session HPS nurtures the development of innovative thinking and its implementation. Model aviation has the power to excite the imagination and generate enthusiasm among the students which can also be developed as a hobby. To give this experience to its students, The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet held a demonstration of flying of small air vehicles on 23rd July, 2014, at the sprawling Basalath Jah Stadium. The aim of the demonstration was to start an Aero modelling Club in the School. The club once established, will be the first Aero modelling Club at any School in the Twin cities. Students from classes 6 to 9 witnessed the demonstration. Dark clouds loomed in the sky and in spite of heavy shower just as the show was getting under way, the children remained undeterred. Their enthusiasm was shown by their steadfast willingness to stay in the Stadium. The Demonstration was conducted by Colonel (Retired) K. S. Rao, one of the Primary founder members of AVIATORS. He is passionate about aero modelling and coaching, walking down a unique route for the past four years, passing down his knowledge of aviation and model building to the new generation. The Demonstration started with the flying of a Remote controlled five feet wingspan EPO foam Glider which soared into the wind and landed smoothly after some graceful circuits around the Stadium. The stadium reverberated with a thunderous applause by the excited spectators. DIL MANGE MORE - was the message that seemed to echo, so the next ones to be flown were a 450 Quadrotor, a Remote controlled Balsa Electric plane, a 32 Gram Electric Micro Quadroto, the Skysurfer, five feet wing span Electric EPO Foam Glider, Capture Sky Balsa Electric Plane, 450 MM Electric Quadrotor using NAZA Navigation System, Micro Quad 32 Gram and Kit Built 46 Size Nitro Engine Plane. These air vehicles rose vertically into the air and hovered around the stadium witnessing the cheerful enthusiastic youngsters. After the demonstration, Col. Rao satisfied the queries of the very curious, and of those who showed keenness in pursuing aero modelling. The enthusiasm of several students was remarkable, especially even after the end of the demonstration, as they were not willing to go home!
 
Freshers Party - 2014
    28th July, 2014 was etched as one of the most memorable days in the student life of every fresher at HPS- a day filled with excitement, joy, enthusiasm, rhythm, happiness and laughter. The freshers were formally welcomed into the HPS family with a welcome address by Snehal Saboo and Kush Trivedi. The seniors put up an enthralling dance which was followed by a rendition of "Counting Stars" by One Republic. The new students sportingly participated in the various competitions held for them by their seniors. Selected participants were introduced to the audience and they had to participate in some games. The girls danced, sang and outdid their seniors. The performances were adjudicated by a few of the seniors themselves. The celebration then broke for a special lunch. There was a lavish spread of good food. Students become more comfortable with one another and acquainted themselves with one another. This goes beyond creating a sense of solidarity through camaraderie. After a sumptuous lunch, all the participants reassembled in the hall when the names of the students who bagged the title of Mr. & Ms. Fresher 2014 and Mr. & Ms. HPS 2014 were announced. Mr.Gaurav Bahati was adjudged as Mr. Fresher and Ms. Keertana Kannabiram Tella as Ms. Fresher; Mr. Arif Ahmed as Mr. HPS and Rachita Dash as Ms. HPS. The program concluded with the vote of thanks and singing of the national anthem. All the freshers rocked the show and enjoyed the celebrations. They thanked the Principal, Vice Principal, Staff and their seniors for warmly welcoming them into the school.
 
WORLD MUSIC DAY
   World Music Day is a free public event which takes place each year on June 21 in more than 104 countries and 514 cities around the world. It is a celebration of music in all forms which is gratis and open to the public. For the 5th time, Hyderabad saw amateur musicians of the city come together to perform in a four-hour long concert on Saturday, the 21st of June 2014, at The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, thanks to the efforts of the Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad and the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation. The show included 21 performances spanning a variety of genres including Carnatic music, western classical music, pop, jazz and rock. The credit for bringing these aspiring talents together goes to Mr. Joe Koster of the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation. The show was opened by the school band, Vigil, a four-piece school band from HPS and Silver Linings, a group of first time musicians who made their out-of-school debut with this show. The concert included covers of popular artists like The Beatles, Adele, John Mayer and Pink Floyd. Hitting a more classical note were Vrishank Singhania and Salil, on violin and piano, respectively. Musicians who took the Fete de la Musique stage were Cecil Vineet, rock band The Songsmiths, independent singer-songwriter Arpit Chourey and fusion band The Generic Tree, performed original compositions. The concert not only included Western music but a fair amount of Indian classical by groups like Swara Raaga Sangamam and Aarabhi Violin Groups. Fusion Square, Tapasya and The Generic Tree added a touch of fusion to the concert. It was not all instrumentalists either; the concert featured The Deccan Voices, the twin cities vocal ensemble. While most performers were students of music, the stage saw a fair share of professionals as well. According to Joe Koster, the main purpose of the event was to promote music in the twin cities and bring people together through music. The ball has already been set rolling.
 
HORLICKS WIZ KIDS - 2014
    At the recently concluded Horlicks Wiz kids competition at Satya Sai Nigamagamam on the 22nd of June. Students from our school enthusiastically participated in the various competitions - like Wiz Team, Wiz Talent, Wiz Quiz, Drawing, Painting, Frozen Fames, Tattoo Making, Little Chef, Bindi & Mehendi Art, English & Telugu Essay Writing, Face Painting, Hair Styling, Melodious Musical Band & Fusion Folk Dance. The credits won by our students are: 1. Gold Medal in Frozen Frames - by Rohith Ranka of class 12B 2. Gold Medal in Mehendi - by Sneha Korpol of class 9A 3. Silver Medal in Bindi Art - by Samatha of class 8E 4. Bronze Medal in Little Chef - by Daniyal Rawjee of class 12B 5. Bronze Medal in Quiz - by the team of Arjun Kallapur of class 10D & Pranav Mihir of class 9A.
 
SPIC MACAY - MADHUBANI PAINTING WORKSHOP
    Artistry at HPS, Begumpet- An Opportunity to learn a Traditional Art form of India. Taking part in a workshop inspires, improves the learning and develops a passion for learning more. This spirit of enquiry increases the capacity to receive long and arduous training to put in more effort to seek perfection, artistry, innovation and development of aesthetic values. Keeping in sync with this viewpoint, a workshop on Madhubani form of Art was organized by the art department of The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet for its students and interested teachers on the 17th, 18th and 19th July, 2014, under the aegis of Spic Macay. Mrs. Pratibha Kulkarni of the art department coordinated the event. Madhubani painting or Mithila painting is a style of Indian painting, practised in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India, and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns. There are paintings for each occasion and festival such as birth, marriage, Holi, Surya Shasti, kali puja, Upanayanam, Durga Puja etc. The workshop was conducted by an artisan, Mrs. Ambika Devi, who has been honoured with The National award in Madhubani Painting. 37 students from classes 6 to 12 got a privilege to learn the art full of variation and multiplicity in terms of themes, forms, and styles. Other students had an opportunity to visit the Art Room, the venue for the workshop and witness this traditional form of Art. Apart from being food for the soul of the artist, the workshop helped the children grow richer culturally. They had the rare privilege of interacting directly with renowned artists. The students were applauded for learning fast & reproducing certain paintings exhibited by the artisans.
 
FRANK ANTHONY MEMORIAL DEBATE
    Excellence in debating, Freedom of speech. The debaters speak because they have something to say and the rest because they have to say something.-Plato The preliminary stage of Frank Anthony Memorial All-India-Inter-school Debate Competition 2014 for classes XI and XII was hosted by HPS, Begumpet, on July 11, 2014 in the magnificent Shawcross Hall whilst maintaining the prestige and competitiveness of the title. This annual competition aims to provide all-round training to improve the language of the students, honing their analytical and organisational skills as well as evoking their interest in social affairs and liberal studies. The competition has fostered and nurtured groups of talents in school debate. Seven schools participated, five from the twin city, one from Vishakhapatnam and one from Bengaluru. Each school team had two participants, one to speak for the motion of the House and the other against it. The Department of English coordinated the event with aplomb, assuredness and poise. Our chief adjudicators were Dr. M. Srinivasan, Dr. Meetha and Mrs. Prathima Reddy. They were welcomed warmly by presentation of the bouquets by the Principal, Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra, the Primary School Headmistress, Mrs Bharathi Duvvuri, and the Registrar, Mr. David Samroy. The Principal, Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra, announced the topic for the debate, sent by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi. It was - The environment cannot sustain the current rapid rate of Industrialization. The students were given an hour to prepare their points of view for or against the motion of the House. The Moderator or the Chairperson announced the rules and the principles to ensure that there is no censorship of motions for debate, and that all teams take part on an equal basis. Each speaker delivered a four minute speech. The adjudicators shared their debating tips. In the thrilling preliminary stage of this debate competition, Mallya Aditi International School, Bengaluru, emerged as winners. Gitanjali Senior School, Begumpet, was judged as the best runner-up team. The gilded title of the Best Speaker on the floor went to Anushka Kapur of Mallya Aditi International School, Bengaluru. The fun-filled day ended with the presentation of mementos to the honourable adjudicators by the Principal, Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra.
 
NDRF - Inculcating a culture of Awareness and Disaster Preparedness
   While hazards are inevitable, each hazard need not convert into a disaster. If the local people are properly sensitised about the precautions and preventive actions to be taken in case of any calamity, the loss of life and damage to property can be drastically reduced. Keeping this aim in the mind, HPS, Begumpet organised a sensitisation programme which was carried out by the 10th Battalion, National Disaster Response Force [NDRF] from Guntur, Mangalgiri on July 10, 2014 at the Basalath Jah Stadium. Familiarization exercises which provided first-hand knowledge about the topography, access routes to various disaster prone areas, availability of local infrastructure/ logistics which can be used in disaster response operations, mock drills coupled with community awareness and capacity building were attempted as a School Safety Programme to make the student and teacher community aware of the measures taken in case of any calamities like an earthquake, injury or fire. Emergency treatment instructions, consisting of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment, provision of initial care for an illness or injury until definitive medical treatment can be accessed, were demonstrated. The state-of-the-art search and rescue equipment like breath and heart beat detectors, wood, iron and concrete cutters were brought and their operation was explained by demonstration. We were told that there is a dog squad at the facility to assist the NDRF. The Awareness Programme was quite beneficial for the HPS community and the students enjoyed learning the precautionary and preventive measures and creation of innovative rescue equipment.
 
Young Shoulders Wield Responsibility - Investiture 2014
   "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader". John Quincy Adams. The Hyderabad Public School bestows upon its students, the ability to be future leaders of the world. Keeping up with this thought, the school solemnised the Investiture Ceremony on July 4, 2014. The induction ceremony brought forth the solemn and eagerly awaited oath taking ceremony by the newly appointed Prefectorial Board in whom the school reposed its trust to lead the school with their commitment, confidence and competence. The ceremony, graced by the Chief Guest Major Gen. R K Jagga, VSM, GOC, 54 Infantry Division began with the resplendent display by the contingents who smartly marched as the drums rolled. The Honourable Chief Guest inspected the parade. Humble and determined, the Head Boy, Pranav Ganesh, and the charming and multi-faceted Head Girl, Sheelalipi Sahana, promised a definite change for a better tomorrow in their speeches. The Principal, Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra, then presented the School Report listing its achievements which was followed by the ceremonial act of investing the Prefectorial Board in the insignia of the office. The newly elected office bearers were invested by the Honourable Chief Guest who also administered the oath of office. The members of the council pledged to disburse their duties and responsibilities in the most proactive and diligent manner. It was a defining moment for the newly chosen, with the school entrusting responsibilities on the "young leaders", to uphold the values of the school and to keep the school flag flying high while discharging their duties.The young leaders took the mantle of responsibility with commitment as the Principal, Mrs Ramandeep Kaur Samra, made the newly elected office bearers aware of their duties and responsibilities and reinforced that she hoped the new council would dig their heels in, to scale novel heights. The much awaited Prize Distribution Ceremony for the academic year 2013-14 commenced. Mr P. Jagdish Reddy, President, HPS Society, gave away the prizes while the gold medals were conferred upon the meritorious, by the Honourable Chief Guest. The Chief Guest in his speech emphasised on the first step towards leadership being responsibility. He said that a good leader is the one who respects others and makes them feel comfortable, that leadership lies not in the "walk the talk" but "on action". He accentuated on the fact that with right attitude, one can scale altitude and above all in being a good human being. He complimented all for having contributed to a ceremonial and a well orchestrated event. Knowing that he who would learn to fly one day, must first learn to stand and walk and run, brimming with confidence to shoulder their newly assigned duties, the members of the Prefectorial Board, debouched gracefully, ready to ignite their passions and unleash their leadership fervently and zestfully. The event ended with a planting of a sapling by the Chief Guest as a gesture to the responsibility of the human race towards the Blue Planet.
 
Professional Retreat 2014
   Learning does not stop with the achievement of degrees. The whole life is a process of learning. It is this part of the process of learning that a two day professional retreat was organized for the teaching staff of the school on the 6th and 7th June 2014 . As educators, it is imperative that we are exposed to newer methodologies of pedagogy created for the changing times. There is also the added benefit of sharing the best practices and insights of our colleagues in finding answers to the key questions that transform the way they see and respond to their educational challenges and to discuss common issues. Most importantly, these professional retreats give us an opportunity to interact with expert trainers about how best to cater to the needs of the students. The retreat began with an extremely interactive and enlightening workshop on Transformational Teaching by the event owner Mr.Satish Govindan where the importance of team work and its dynamics was highlighted through group activities and games. He threw light on aiming high, how to sharpen the tools that one is gifted with and believing in oneself for achieving success. He sustained our interest till the end and left us with a craving for more. On the morning of 7th June Mr.Harsh Satya & Mr Suman Yelati from IIIT impressed upon the -Role of Education in Holistic Development. They said that empowerment comes from knowledge and that good education gives right understanding about individuals, family, society & nature. The next workshop -Break the Silence, organized by Mr.Ramesh Kidambi and his team on Child Sexual Abuse was very enlightening and informative. They spoke about the symptoms and behaviour of the perpetrators, the impact of CSA on children, role of the Counsellors, and the role of Schools in taking preventive measures. The teachers were also informed about the POCSO Law introduced by the government to protect children from CSA. Kahlil Gibran tells the teachers how a child learns just by observation and hence rests a great responsibility on our shoulders to look inwards and do some soul searching. He said that he had learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, he was ungrateful to those teachers. And yet our journey in this noble profession is one of the most enjoyable and powerful.
 
HPS Welcomes Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra as its new Principal
   It is with great pleasure, that the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet announces the appointment of Mrs. Ramandeep Kaur Samra as the 30th Principal for the esteemed institute. She is the second woman to head the school. She took charge on the 3 June, 2014. Mrs. Samra is not new to HPS fraternity. She was appointed as the Vice Principal of HPS, Ramanthpur in November 2007. A veteran in education, her leadership qualities saw her as the Principal of the same institute in September, 2008. She officiated as the head of HPS, Begumpet for a few months in the year 2011 while being the Principal of HPS Ramanthpur. She is acknowledged to be an outstanding leader who headed HPS Ramanthapur for seven years to take it to new heights. Warm, engaging, focused and mission driven, she is perfectly poised to take HPS Begumpet and its students to the next level, after the fantastic work and foundation laid as the school completes its ninetieth anniversary. She brings with her years of professional experience to lead us. The school cordially greets and welcomes her leadership and wishes her the best in all her endeavours during her tenure in the school. The school looks forward to a rich and rewarding collaborative relationship that will lead it to conspicuous success and unprecedented achievement. We are sure that Mrs.Samra will certainly add her distinctive strengths to the school family, help reinforce school traditions, encourage the plurality of students, teachers and parents to follow that lead and forge new pathways for our students.
 
ICSE & ISC Results 2014
   The students of HPS Begumpet have proved their mettle yet again for the second consecutive year by securing 100% results in both ICSE & ISC examinations 2014. ICSE Results - All the 210 students who appeared for the ICSE Board Examination in March 2014, have been awarded a Pass Certificate. Rachita Dash of class 10 F scored 579/600 (96.5%) and topped the school in the ICSE stream. a) 30 students scored 90% & above b) 52.4% of them scored Distinction c) 31.9% of them scored First Division. ISC Results - All the 73 students who appeared for the ISC Board Examination in March 2014, have been awarded a Pass Certificate. Vidhi Mittal of class 12 B scored 480/500 (96%) and topped the school in the ISC Commerce Stream. Avantika Rajendra Nimje of 12 A scored 460/500 (92%) and topped the school in the ISC Science Stream. a) 41.09% of them scored Distinction b) 45.20% of them scored First Division.
 
FAREWELL TO THE PRINCIPAL
    It was a poignant moment for the Hyderabad Public School s teachers, staff and students as they bid farewell to Principal Col. R.S.Khatri after his three and a half year tenure at the school. It was a fortnight long celebration which started on 17th April and culminated on 26th April, 2014. His leadership, marked by a boundless enthusiasm for improvement and genuine caring will be missed the most. That mix of healthy skepticism for easy solutions, an unbounded optimism and a practical realism is quintessential Col.R.S. Khatri. On 17 April, the Primary School bade farewell in a short but sweet event. The tiny tots in their innocent way spoke from their hearts and expressed their love for him not only through words but also by way of bouquets and gifts. On 19 April the Principal was given a farewell by the students of the Middle School. A few students expressed their feelings and shared their experiences with the Principal. The middle school coordinator Mrs. Shantha Gopalakrishna spoke about her enriching association with the Principal. On the evening of 19 April, the Board of Governors gathered on the lawns of the HPS House to bid him farewell. The Senior School bid farewell to their beloved Principal on the morning of 26 April. Among the speakers who paid tribute to him were the Head Boy and the Head Girl of the school. They spoke about how they looked forward to his inspiring stories and would surely miss them. There were performances and songs by the students. The afternoon of 26 April saw the entire staff assemble at a luncheon to bid adieu to the Principal. The staff along with the Vice Principal and the Registrar shared their experiences with the Principal. The Vice Principal spoke about her three phase association with the Principal as a family friend, teacher and as the Vice Principal. She said that she had learnt how not to postpone or delay work at hand and also to be calm and composed even in the most difficult and serious situations. "I will miss his compassion for the kids, his interesting stories and all his good heartedness," said Mrs.Sudha, a fifth grade teacher who has been working here for more than two decades. She praised Col.Khatri for being innovative and in his approach to education. Mrs Jasbir of the middle school thanked the Principal for lightening the burden of the students with the introduction of Reebok Shoes which worked both as a formal and sports foot wear. She praised the Principal for inculcating in the students to do their bit for nature by adopting trees and emptying their water bottles at the roots of the trees. The HOD of computer science, Mrs Neetha Reddy thanked the Principal for technologically advanced and well equipped computer labs and the School Automation System to cater the primary as well as the senior school. "He is hands-down, the finest principal that I have ever had the privilege of working with," said one senior-level administrator who has been working with HPS for many years. The Principal was overwhelmed with the ceremonies held in his honour and said that his smooth and successful journey through his three and half year tenure wouldnt have been possible without the support of the HPS family. We the family of HPS, thank him for his services and wish him all the best in all his future endeavors. As he writes the next great chapter of his life, let it be known that his contribution here will not be forgotten. We will surely miss him.
 
FAREWELL TO THE BATCH OF ISC 2014
   On the 5th of April, the ISC batch of 2014 walked through the portals of their alma mater for the last time as students of the school. It was a bright summer morning that had the wind whistling and the mynahs chirping to welcome the seniors. The 11th graders, who looked up to their seniors, had begun planning for the farewell as soon as they were done with their exams. The programme took place in the magnificent Shaheen Block. The seniors were greeted by a soulful rendition by the band. The songs that reverberated echoed the longing and memories of all to students present there. This was followed by an energetic dance performed by the 11th graders that set the seniors tapping their feet. This entertainment programme was followed by the ramp walk session that had all the seniors walk the stage in pairs. Twenty seniors were chosen to compete for the titles of Miss Charming, Mr. Charming, Miss Talented, Mr. Talented, and Miss HPS and Mr. HPS. A talent round was organized where these seniors were given odd and amusing props and had to display their creativity. Ten students were selected from this round and asked a set of questions where they had to display their wit and personality. Rabica Zulfiqar was crowned Miss Charming, Viddhi Mittal bagged the title of Miss Talented. Rahul Arora, the Head Boy, who had won the title of Mr HPS, thanked his teachers and mentors. The Head Girl, Srujana Bej, who had floored the judges and the audience earlier and won the title of Miss HPS, gave an emotional and eloquent speech thanking the school and reminiscing the lessons she had learnt during her 14 years of school life. The Prinicpal, Col RS Khatri shared anecdotes with the outgoing batch and urged them to follow their dreams and put to use the holistic development they had gathered in school. Mementos were presented to the seniors by the Principal and the students enjoyed a hearty meal with their teachers and their friends.
 
Farewell to Class-X
   The Shawcross Hall reverberated with the school song on the morning of 4th April 2014, as it saw one more batch of Class X being given the farewell. The students sang the school song with the feeling of nostalgia and a sense of pride for their alma mater. Rachita Dash of Class 10 shared the cherished moments of her school life. The very talented Akash, Enoch and Sai Vishnu enthralled their peers with scintillating musical performance. As a token of love and appreciation, the students were presented mementos for the first time with their names embossed on them. The Principal Col.(retd) R.S.Khatri did the honours. Thereafter he addressed the students advising them how they should very intelligently select and choose institutes for higher studies. The students were treated to a delectable and delightful spread which they relished.
 
90th YEAR CELEBRATIONS- 22nd TO 28th DECEMBER 2013
   The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet completed 90 years of glorious service to the community. The school laid out a week long bouquet of activities to make the 90 year celebrations memorable. THE VINTAGE CAR RALLY The week-long 90th year celebrations began with the Vintage Car Rally showcased on the 22nd of December, 2013. The rally was flagged off by Mr. C.V. Anand, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad and an alumnus of the school. The rally was attended by Mr. P Jagadish Reddy, President HPS Society; Mr A Shyam Mohan, Vice President, HPS Society; Mr Gusti J Noria, Vice Chairman BoG; Mr M A Faiz Khan, Secretary & Treasurer of HPS Society and member BoG; Mrs. Radha Reddy Secretary to Board of Governors, The Principal Col. R S Khatri; and other dignitaries. The vintage cars covered a distance of 7.2 km with every 800 m marking a decade of the school. The students of the Primary wing formed a corridor waving school flags and cheering the participants. More than 40 vintage cars including two vintage bikes from the Nizam and the British period participated in the rally. A photo exhibition on wild life by Mr Ismail Shareef and Mahmood Hussain organised in the Shaheen Block was inaugurated by Mr P Jagadish Reddy. Later a lunch was organised by the Principal at his residence for all those who had participated in the Car Rally THE SCHOOL CONCERT A musical, theatrical and melodious extravaganza in form of The School Concert, held on the 23 December 2013 was a visual and audio feast. It began with the rendition of the school song in four-part harmony. 32 girls from classes VI to IX won the hearts of a spell bound audience through their captivating performance of synchronised hand and finger movements creating a celebratory mood for the evening. The eaglets of Class I presented a fairy tale, The Frog Prince, transporting the audience to the fairy world after which 200 students of classes II to V subtly displayed cultures of various countries housing the Seven Wonders of the World. The history of the School was presented through a sand animation. This was a spectacular visual which kept the audience spell-bound during the break. The school band, Vigil, showcased the instrumental and vocal music talent of our young boys and girls. The English play, Oh God! It is English reiterated the grandeur of good theatre in all its romantic and artistic perfection. Jubilant Spirits, a display of the dynamism of Occidental form of dancing, led the concert to end on a crescendo. THE EAGLES CARNIVAL The school was all dressed up and ready to showcase the Eagles Carnival on the 24th of Dec 2013 which began with the rendering of the school song by the school band, Vigil. The band stayed on to entertain the guests with different numbers. More than 80 games and food stalls were set up as part of this carnival. The games stalls were managed by students of the middle and senior school. The Primary school children participated in a grand costume parade. Camel and horse rides and cartoon characters added to the festive carnival spirit. HPS Has Talent was a contest which saw students exhibiting their talents in the given one minute. The carnival was conceptualised and coordinated by the students of class 11 with some assistance from teachers and the Old Students Association. THE SCHOOL EXHIBITION The school exhibition presented impressive exhibits by children, including the primary school, in various disciplines like art and craft, science, social science and mathematics. Middle and high school children espoused exhibits through their knowledge of history, geography, maths, physics, chemistry and biology. Exhibits on non conventional energy sources were informative. The school space club displayed interesting models. Live demonstrations on various art and craft forms were conducted by students. Mr. A Ranga Rao, former President, HPS Society inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated the efforts of the staff and students. Mr.Jagadish Reddy, President, HPS Society acknowledged the creative talent of the students. THE GRAND FINALE The Grand Finale of the week-long celebrations was the musical evening by the well-known playback singer Mr. Adnan Sami. The event was widely subscribed. Mr.Cyrus Broacha and Ms Rashmi Nigam, the comperes for the evening, kept the audience entertained. The evening began with a sand animation presenting the history of HPS, Begumpet. A 3-D mapping of stunning images on the Shaheen Block left the audience spellbound. Later, the Old Students Association felicitated Ex-Principal, Mr. H.L. Dutt, former teachers Mrs. Anwar Hussain, Mr. Hanumantha Rao and Mr. G. Jayanand for their yeoman service to this prestigious institution. This prologue was followed by a spectacular rendition of music and rhythm by the music maestro, Adnan Sami. He kept the audience mesmerised by his melodious voice and his dexterous handling of the piano.
 
Farewell to Mrs. Lakshmi Kanakavalli
   Mrs.J Lakshmi Kanakavalli, the i/c Headmistress of the Primary School, HPS Begumpet, retired on 7 December 2013 after more than 32 years of dedicated and untiring service to the school. She was given a warm farewell spread over a few days. On 7 December a farewell lunch with the Teaching as well as Admin staff was organized in her honour in the new dining hall. She was presented with a memento on behalf of the school after a few members of the staff spoke about her association with the school. The Members of the HPS Society and Board of Governors honoured her in the Board Room on the 11th over a cup of tea and acknowledged her long, untiring and distinguished service to the School. On 13 December the students of the Primary School assembled to bid her farewell. The children presented her with bouquets and cute hand written cards as tokens of their love and respect for her. On 14 December, a farewell ceremony was organised by the staff club of the Primary School. We wish Mrs. Lakshmi Kanakavalli a happy and peaceful retired life. The children, the staff and the school will miss her.
 
Young World Quiz
   Pranav Mihir Kandada & Arjun Kallapur were the first non-Mumbaikars to win The Hindu Young World Quiz, 2013 with an impressive margin of 83 points. The quiz was conducted across 15 centres. The HPS pair won after answering several difficult questions like What was the contribution for which the Yankees remember Francis Scott Key? Which literary work does the Indian National Song belong to and who was its author? One of the rounds required contestants to unveil a portrait - part by part - by answering questions correctly. Every right answer would reveal a segment of the image while wrong answer would obscure it permanently.
 
SPORTS DAY- 29 November 2013
   The Annual Sports Day for the academic year 2013-14 was conducted on 29 Nov 13 with an overcast sky which gave anxious moments to all. The competitive spirit with which the Houses participated is commendable. The programme began with the arrival of the Chief Guest Air Marshal RG Burli, VM. The March Past by the four Houses was followed by the lighting of the Meet Flame by the Sports Captains and Oath Taking ceremony by the school Head Boy. The Chief Guest took the salute and declared the meet open. Track and field events were followed by the relay races of Primary School.The parents, Old students, Staff and Students actively participated in the races and the Tug-of-War. This was followed by the Drill Displays - the colourful Calisthenics by the 6, 7 and 8 boys which was worth watching. The girls of classes 6, 7, 8 and 11 looked very colourful as Aerobic Angels. Synchronized Synergy by the children of classes 3, 4 and 5 with costumes in the school flag colours with the school emblem and 90 years printed on them was stunning. The spectators were impressed with the Yoga exercises performed and formations made by the school boarders and some children of the Primary School. The assembling of the athletes was followed by the Principal"s Report where we were given a glimpse of the different sports achievements of the students of our school beginning from the Primary to the Senior. The Chief Guest in his Address to the gathering appreciated the performance of the students and commended the parents as well as teachers for encouraging the students to participate. He inspired the children to try and always lead a principled life with high values. Furthermore he exhorted all the students to join the armed forces and wished them all the best. The Sports Meet ended with the Prize Distribution where the Vijayanagar won the overall Championship followed by Nalanda and Nagarjuna in the second and the third positions respectively. The spectators were full of praise about the standard and conduct of the event. The School witnessed the largest ever gathering of parents, guardians and Old Students.
 
MINI PRIZE DISTRIBUTION- 25 November 2013
   Prior to the Sports Day, a mini prize distribution for the Primary, Middle and Senior School was organized in the New Dining Hall. Students who excelled in the track and field events were given medals and certificates in the events conducted so far. Dr. K V Rajasekhar, Director, Physical Education, University of Hyderabad was the Chief Guest for Primary School while the Chief Guest for the Middle and Senior School was Arjuna Award Winner, Padma Shri Mukesh Kumar, the International Hockey player and former Olympian.
 
THE EAGLES FEST
   The inter-school creative, cultural, literary extravaganza,The Eagles Fest kick started the commemoration of the 90 year celebrations of The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. It was inaugurated by Maj Gen Cherish Mathson, SM, VSM on the 7 November 2013. This ceremony was attended by the Honorable members of the HPS Society and Board of Governors, Mr. Shyam Mohan, Vice President, HPS Society, Mr. Gusti J Noria, Vice-Chairman BoG, Mr. Marri Adithya Reddy, Member BoG, Mrs Radha Reddy, Secretary to BoG and Mr Masiuddin, President PTA. The Principal, Col RS Khatri introduced the Chief Guest to the distinguished gathering which included participants who had come from different schools of the twin cities. He said that the Fest was a bouquet of 45 literary, cultural and creative activities for all categories ranging from classes 1 to 12. He welcomed all the participants and urged them to take part in the Fest in competitive but gracious spirit. This was followed by a welcome song by the school choir. The Head Girl, Srujana Bej spoke about The Hyderabad Public Schools rich history. The Chief Guest in his speech was all praise for the wonderful environment of the school. He advised the students to make use of all the facilities that were available in school. He struck the right note by personalizing his interaction with the Head boy, Head girl and using the marshmallows analogy to explain an individuals ability to resist temptation. He declared the Eagles Fest open. Thereafter, children belonging to different schools proceeded to the different venues allotted for different competitions. The painting competition and the Indian classical dance for the sub-junior categories were held in the Primary School. The painting, caricaturing and face painting competitions for the juniors and the seniors were held in the Senior School Art Room. The newly inaugurated Dining Hall was the host venue for the Fancy Dress competition and the Beat Group. The Music competitions in the Indian Classical Music (vocal), Creative Writing and the Book Review categories were held in the Science Block. The Middle School was the venue for the Street Play and the Recitation competitions while the Shawcross Hall of the Shaheen Block was the venue for the extremely exciting Turn Coat Debate and Model Press Conference. On the second day of the Fest, Debates, Extempore speeches and Table Topics for the juniors as well as the seniors were held in the Shaheen Block and Yoga Hall of the Middle School. As part of the Cultural Hub segment various dance competitions for the sub-juniors, juniors and seniors in the free style category were held in the New Dining Hall. The Science Block hosted the Light Vocal Indian Music competitions for all levels.The Painting, Tattoo Making, Short Film, Photography and Best out of Waste were the Creative Zone competitions that were held in the Senior School Art room, Computer Lab and the Middle School. The Primary School quadrangle was the host for the Classical Dance competition for the juniors. The third and final day of the Fest began with some more classical and folk dance performances. The students of different schools entertained the audience with their dances, singing while awaiting the results to be announced. The Valedictory function began with the arrival of the Chief Guest, Mr. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty,IAS, Chief Secretary to the Govt. of AP, who was accompanied by the Honorable Members of the HPS Society and Board of Governors, Mr Jagadish Reddy, President of HPS Society, Mr Gusti J Noria, Vice Chairman BoG, Nr MA Faiz Khan, Secy and Treasurer of HPS Society, Mr Marri Adithya Reddy, Member BoG, Mr Masiuddin, President of PTA and Mrs Radha Reddy, Secy to BoG. The Principal undertook the daunting task of introducing the Chief Guest whose impressive bio data left the audience spellbound. Later the Head Girl Srujana Bej presented a brief report on the highlights of the three day Fest. The children of the participating schools saw the Short Film by students of The Hyderabad School, which was adjudged the best. Chandana, Pushti and Payal of the Secunderabad Public School entertained the audience with their melodious song and skilled dance performances. Siddharth of class 4 and Akhil of the HPS recited a poem and sang for the audience. Mementos were presented to the Chief Guest by the President of the HPS Society, Mr. P Jagadish Reddy and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors and President Old Students Association, Mr. Gusti J Noria. In his address to the students, the Chief Guest spoke about character and family values. He said that success could be achieved only through hard work.He quoted from "Ulysses" saying that the students should strive, seek, find and never yield in their quest for knowledge. Later he gave away the prizes to the winners. The major prizes were:- 1. Best Conduct - St. Martins High School 2. Best Participation- Ramadevi Public School 3. Best Turnout - DAV Public School 4. Best Cheering - HPS Begumpet Major Championships 1.(a)Creative Championship- HPS Begumpet (b)Runners up - St Josephs High School,KingKoti 2.(a)Cultural Championship - DAV Public School (b)Runners Up - HPS Begumpet 3.(a)Literary Championship - HPS Begumpet (b)Runners Up - Abhyasa Residential School 4.(a)Little Champions - HPS Begumpet (b)Runners up - Ramadevi Public School 5.(a)Eagles Fest Champions - HPS Begumpet (b)Runners up - DAV Public School The Fest brought out the talent of some of the best schools in the twin cities to compete on a common, powerful platform. The students from more than 18 schools displayed their creativity and talent. The Fest was a wonderful experience in which the former students worked in harmonious tandem with the school and won the admiration of the current students and love of the teachers.
 
New Dining Hall Inauguration
   The new dining hall was inaugurated by Shri Jaipal Sudini Reddy, Honorable Union Cabinet Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences at about 11 am on 18 October 2013. The entire school was quite excited about the event. The children formed a corridor from Gate No.1 to the new dining hall and enthusiastically waved flags at the Chief Guest. The formal inauguration ceremony commenced with cutting of ribbon and unveiling of the plaque, thereby adding another feather to the schools rich architectural cap. The Principal, Col RS Khatri welcomed the Chief Guest and briefly introduced him to the august gathering.Later the Chief Guest in his brief address spoke to the students and emphasized that they should aim at becoming Jack of all and master of at least one. He felt that education should aim at equipping them with the ability to learn and that they must be liberal in their thought as well as outlook. The welcome song was followed by a speech by the Head Girl Srujana Bej who spoke about the schools rich history. Mr.Jagadish Reddy, President HPS Society, Mr.Shyam Mohan, Vice President HPS Society, Mr.Gusti Noria, Vice Chairman BoG, Dr. Vivek MP, Member BoG, Mr. Ram Mohan former Vice Chairman BoG, Mr.M.Aditya Reddy, Member BoG and Mr.Ranga Rao, former President HPS Society, spoke about the New Dining hall and efforts made to turn a dream into reality. Mr.Jagadish Reddy, President HPS Society presented mementos to Mr. Faiz Khan, Chairman Works Committee and Member BoG, Lt Col (Retd) PLN Sarma, former Registrar of the School, Mr.Yashwant Ram Murthy, Civil consultant, Mr. Ram Murthy, Electrical consultant, Mr Mujhaid, Landscape consultant, Mr. Prasad V of Sai Teja Constructions and Mr.Srinivas, JME of the School in recognition of their contribution to the construction of the beautiful hall. Vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. M. A.Faiz Khan, Secretary and Treasurer, HPS Society. Later the invitees proceeded for lunch arranged in the new dining hall. Members of the print as well as visual media were also present to record this momentous occasion.
 
TEACHERS DAY
    "I believe there is no other profession in the world that is more important to society than that of a Teacher" - A P J Abdul Kalam. HPS Begumpet celebrated Teachers Day on 5th September on the occasion of birthday of Dr.S.Radha Krishnan. Aachaarya devo bhava, where the guru or the teacher is considered equal to God, is the very essence of the Indian education. Even in the twenty first century, India still reveres its teachers and wishes to inculcate this great lesson in every mind. The programme commenced with a prayer by our Principal, Col.R S Khatri. Teachers were made to feel special. There was a cultural programme which included speeches, poems about teachers in English and Hindi, skits,mimicry, songs and a run through of dances. The programme in the primary school concluded with the children showering the teachers with rose petals. The Middle School quadrangle witnessed a fun filled programme. Students entertained the teachers with various cultural programmes like dances, speeches and skits. The Shawcross Hall in Senior School echoed with the Rock Band and foot tapping music. "Antakshari" conducted by Class XII students, touched the musical chords of the teaching faculty. The brilliant performances by the students of all classes made it a memorable event.
 
FANCY DRESS
   A charming array of characters was portrayed by the students of classes I and II on the 27th and 23rd August respectively for Fancy Dress Competition. The bouquet of characters ranged from the Dabbahwalas of Mumbai to the Rubiks cube; from project tiger to snakes and ladders. While some wild animals prowled on the stage, exotic flowers exuded their fragrance. While some raised their tender voices against child labour, deforestation, killing wild animals etc. there were others who protested against the use of plastic bags, wrappers etc. Abandoning inhibitions and stage fear these 6 and 7 year olds took to the stage and won the hearts of everyone present.
 
Farewell to KC
   Mrs. Kirti Chaturvedi, the Vice Principal of HPS Begumpet, retired on 31 Jul 2013 after 27 long years of dedicated and untiring service to the school. She was given a befitting farewell in a warm and elaborate programme over a few days in July, 2013. On the 27th a grand farewell lunch with the Teaching as well as Admin staff was organized in her honour in the new dining hall. The Members of the HPS Society and Board of Governors honoured her in the Board Room on 29th over a cup of tea and acknowledged her long, untiring and distinguished service at the HPS. On the evening of the 30th of July a formal farewell ceremony was held which was attended by the entire staff of the school. She was presented with a memento on behalf of the school after a few members of the staff spoke about her association with the school. On the 31st all the students of the school gathered in the new dining hall to bid farewell to their dearest teacher and Vice Principal, "KC Mom"as she was fondly called. The children presented her with bouquets and the small gifts that they had brought as a token of their respect, love and affection for her.In the evening of the same day the staff and the children escorted her from her office to the administrative block.The children, the staff and the school will miss her. The HPS fraternity wishes her a very happy and healthy retired life.
 
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2013
   On the cool and cloudy morning of 15 August 2013, as the National flag was unfurled by our Principal, Col RS Khatri, the students, staff and parents stood in reverence to salute India completing 66 years of Independence. Patriotic songs, dances and speeches were delivered with fervor in honour of our Motherland. The programme began with the "Spirit of Jana Gana Mana", a dance by Meera Damaraju. The Head Boy, Rahul Arora, and the Head Girl, Srujana Bej, delivered impressive and thought provoking speeches wherein they talked about freedom, unity, courage, service, sacrifice and truth. The Senior School Choir portrayed the essence of freedom through their melodious rendering, enthralling the audience and igniting the patriotic spirit. This was followed by a musical skit presenting the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre in solemn reverence to the hundreds of innocent victims of General Dyers dastardly order. The children portrayed the sacrifice of these martyrs through their act as a tribute to these unknown heroes. Asha ki Leheren, a ballet by the senior school girls depicted that nothing is difficult when you have hope in your heart. Through their performance the girls conveyed the message that one can achieve even the impossible through hard work and determination. Towards the end of the ballet, a drone, the unmanned flying vehicle, was launched into the air. To the tune of Vande Mataram,the Drone hoisted the national flag high in the sky, celebrating the glorious march of India into the 21stcentury.The Drone was operated by Sai Chalapathi Rao of Class VIII. The Primary School Choir presented the Raag Bahaar where the essence of all the religions was conveyed through the voices of little eaglets. The children of class III in resplendent costumes took us on a journey across India representing the various states, called "India and its Myriad Hues". The function was attended by a large gathering of students and parents in spite of the inclement weather. The Principal addressed the august gathering and reminded the children, teachers and parents of their duties and responsibilities. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.