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Hamara School
In Holy Child a sense of pride is developed in children

If you let anything get in the way of applying yourself to your goals, its only an excuse. Success and failure are simply outcomes of your own behaviour.

At Holy Child School, Panchkula, we believe in making constant investments in respect of time and hard work with our children. And the results show Poetry and painting competitions or something as grand as the annual function are the regular features of the school.

Education with a difference is the main focal point of our working, especially when we are on the threshold of further growth of the child by teaching children to become strong in the mind and body. We aim at the full development of the personality of the child, who loves truth and justice, and learns the correct values. These are the rewards we reap as we always treat each child as an individual with numerous untapped talents. It is the talented teachers of the faculty who observe each child and develop a sense of becoming inquisitive about the world in them. Our teachers observe the students and develop in them a feeling pride.

In our school we can confidently transform the average child into an outstanding student. The capable teaching faculty nurtures the quality of self-pride in each child by encouraging and developing the latent talents present in each child.

Although upgradation of knowledge is our constant endeavour, the major aim is to equip each student for his life ahead in the world after school. In order to achieve this we work extensively and intensively towards polishing numerous skills inherent in the child so that by the time he passes out of school, his diction, speech and knowledge should be excellent. At Holy Child School we shoulder more than our share of the responsibility towards the total growth of the child. For this regular interaction with parents is a must.Parents share their views through the questionnaires, etc with the school. Their input gives a valuable impetus to the speedy growth of the school.

We at Holy Child believe in the power of collective thinking. Two or more minds are better than one. It contributes effectively to the rate of thinking and activity in achieving results and finally achieving our dreams. We make our dreams turn into reality and teach the same to our children.

A happy environment is the most powerful medium for the total growth of the child. Here the teachers of Holy Child excel with their encouragement and guidance to create a joyful atmosphere, which is most conducive to bringing out the best in each child.

School Functions

School functions are a necessary part of education. Along with academics, this helps in all-round development of the child and makes him a complete human being. “Preparing oneself to develop and maintain an elevated attitude and enthusiasm results in success. It is with the same attitude and sincerity that all functions are dealt with at Holy Child School.

Annual function - As we have done in the past 3 years, this year too the school celebrated its eighth annual function on November 30, 2003, at the Tagore Theatre. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, former Vice Chief of the Army Staff, presided over as the chief guest.

The theme for the function was ‘We are the World’. Hence all the items staged by the children revolved around the various worlds in a child’s life. A colourful and entertaining programme was presented by students from pre nursery to Class VIII. It turned out to be a great success and the appreciation received from everyone gave us the impetus to work harder. The highlight of the function was that each child of the school stepped on the stage, and faced an overflowing audience with confidence. Thus the function was a grand success.

National festivals — The two glorious days in the life of every Indian are celebrated with great pomp and show at Holy Child School. The Principal, Mrs Neena Trehan, began the Independence Day celebrations by promoting patriotism and installing a feeling of national pride within each student. A disciplined drill followed with the children holding school banners and marching to the beat of the drum as they paid respects to our National Flag. The solemn ceremony continued with the singing of patriotic songs in memory of our national heroes who sacrificed their lies for the country. The skits and dances by the children added colour to the festivities. Similarly Republic Day is celebrated with enthusiasm. Projects based on India and the Republic Day parade are created by the students.

Religious festivals — All religious festivals are celebrated with equal importance, cultivating a feeling of secularism in all our children. They also teach our children the correct blend of traditional values with modern concepts.

The birth of Lord Krishna (Janamashtami) is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. The ambience of the temple is brought right inside the school by inviting devotees from ISKCON who perform the entire ceremony in the most traditional manner. On Christmas Santa always visits Holy Child children and gives balloons, sweets and other gifts to them

Lohri is celebrated with gusto as a number of Punjabi songs and dances are conducted around the traditional fire.

Teachers Day/Children’s Day — These are the two much awaited days in the school when the teachers and the children get to show their love and affection for each other with their beautiful words, wonderful acting and outstanding talents — thus strengthening and developing the teacher-student bonding.

Inter-house competitions — In order to develop self confidence and exposure the school observes a number of inter house competitions like English and Hindi declamation contests, poetry competitions, paper reading contest, quiz competitions, inter house kho-kho and also art and cookery contests. These contests keep the spirit of competition alive amongst the students and help them develop their personality and recognise their hidden talents.

School excursions — To build up the overall personality of the children, they are taken on regular excursions to places of interest. At Holy child School learning if fun. This rhythm is maintained by taking students regularly on excursions to places of interest. Excursions to the museums, airport, railway station, fire station, post offices, traffic parks, hospitals are a few of the favourite spots to develop activities towards socially useful and Productive Work.

Sports — Games and sports are as necessary to the growth of the child as air, food and water. Regular games classes form an important part of the curriculum. Inter house kho-kho and football are the hot favourites. Teachers and students alike eagerly await the annual cricket match between students and teachers.


Principal speaks
Never give up, says Trehan

Just as we are on the threshold of achieving some success with the near completion of the new school building our school motto rings loud and clear through my mind — Per Ardua Ad Astra i.e. Reaching for the stars by overcoming hurdles.

My husband the late Wg Cdr C.M. Trehan was from a family of educationists. It was with his encouragement that I took up the teaching profession more then 20 years ago and grew to love it with each day. Today I realise and wish to fulfil the responsibility of the teacher in modern society.

In our school I aim to teach our tiny tots all the lofty values of life so that when they grow up into adulthood they will join life’s battles and become victorious leaders and achievers in their chosen paths.

True education represents the most positive potential inherent in all children and for this a happy environment in t he school is of utmost importance. Each child in school enjoys a cheerful, congenial and encouraging atmosphere. This nurtures a well rounded personality and total growth of the child. Thus we develop within each child self confidence and pride by laying immense emphasis on spoken English, extra curricular activities and discipline.

Education is the constant development and the sharpening of various skills, specially the skills and thinking. It is very important for students to understand that their actions, based on self awareness and responsibility, can create the turning points in their lives.

The students are encouraged to believe in themselves and apply their education to serve the needs of humanity. When your intention is to serve others, it can make a significant difference in your ability to share your opportunity of provide a product or service. This can make a major difference in their school and family life.

At Holy Child School education means awareness, not only of the beautiful world around us but also of what lies within us. I have always encouraged my students to live by the golden rule — never give up. If you move forward with wingle minded determination and believe in Yourself, only then will success be yours.


From schools
Students participate in elocution contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A three-day elocution contest was held at Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26. Every student of the school participated in the competition. Ms Sangeeta Vardhan, Mr Belu Maheswari and Brig S.K.Issar were the guests of honour.

The results of the inter-house competition are Newton House 1, Einstein House 2 and Raman House 3.

Blood donation

The NSS unit of the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College organised a blood donation camp on the college premises. As many as 105 units of blood were collected during the camp. Mr P.S. Sangha, Principal of the college, inaugurated the camp.

Farewell function

The outgoing Classes X and XII of Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, were given a warm farewell by the Principal, staff members and students of Classes IX and XI. A cultural programme was also organised.

Sports day

Pustak children celebrated their sports day at Vivek High school, Sector 38, here on Tuesday. Pustak is a school for underprivileged children and beneficiaries of Duke of Edinburgh. The children were brought to the school premises in Vivek School buses from Sector 25. They took part in various sports events.


Karishma Sekhon of Class VIII has won a scholarship under the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, for her outstanding sitar performance.


School welcomes Chinese team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, and Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of India-China Friendship Association (ICFA) today jointly accorded a warm reception to a seven-member Chinese delegation led by Mr G.E. Gaolin, Deputy Director-General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education at the school campus.

Mr Yang Lin Hai, cultural counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in India was the chief guest while Mr S.P. Arora, Director, Public Relations, U.T. Administration, presided.

The function began with a havan in which delegates from China joined “purn ahuti”. The delegation was welcomed with a group song presented by students of the school.

Mrs Sarita Manuja, principal of the school, welcomed the guests. While giving a multimedia presentation, she highlighted the main objectives of the programme and the manner of functioning of CBSE affiliated schools in the country.

Major Jeewan Tiwari, President ICFA, spoke about educational collaboration between India and China over the past 20 years. Mr Arora felicitated the members of the Chinese delegation on behalf of the association and the school, presenting them with souvenirs.

Protesting Tibetans held, freed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Four Tibetan college students were today arrested while protesting against a Chinese delegation that visited the Sector 8 DAV Public School.

They were released after three hours on the orders of the area SDM.


Two-day NIIFT festival begins
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 18
Mehfil Mitran di—fun fiesta friendship.....forever. This is the theme of a two-day festival that began at the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) here today.

Students of the institute participated in a wide variety of creative competitions that included rangoli, clay-modelling, nail painting, t-shirt painting, headgear, tug of war, etc.

Simultaneously, students arranged a departmental stall and presented cultural items on the stage. A message counter was also run by the students and graffitti was made.

The students will participate in face painting, a tattoo-making quiz, antakshri and poetry competitions tomorrow. The festival will end with the visit of the MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, and singer Babbu Mann tomorrow. Mr Bir Devinder Singh will give away prizes to the winners of the various competitions while Babbu Mann will interact with the students.


Army has no role in horse show, HC told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
In less than a fortnight after a report appeared in a local newspaper regarding a horse show being organised at the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club with the help of the Indian Army, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was yesterday informed that the defence authorities had nothing to do with it.

Taking up the case, the Bench, headed by Mr Chief Justice B.K. Roy, also fixed February 19 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The club has been involved in a controversy since a report appeared in the newspaper claiming that construction at the club site had been carried out in violation of the Forest Conservation Act of 1980 as per the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The story also stated that a large number of top IAS and IPS officers had either been given honorary membership of the club or were allowed to use the premises and its facilities for private functions.

Taking suo motu notice of the news item, the Bench had restrained the Punjab Housing and Urban Development (Puda)from granting permission regarding change of use of land under the New Capital Periphery Control Act, subject to decision of the court.


Licences of 3 advocates suspended
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 18
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana (BCPH) has suspended licence of three more practising ‘‘advocates’’ after their law degrees were allegedly found fake.

The three have been also issued show-cause notice as to why their names be not struck off from the Roll of Advocates and an FIR be registered against them.

Two of the advocates whose licence have been cancelled had claimed to have done degree courses in law from Kanpur University. After investigations, the BCPH came to know that the Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, had cancelled the degree of the third advocate.


I want to act in Punjabi films: Karan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 18
Dark glasses concealing his eyes added charm to his stubbled face as actor Karan Nath marched into a Sector 10 hotel this evening. He stars with Manisha Koirala and city-based Natanya Singh in movie “Tum” to be released on Friday.

His role is essentially negative in the film which revolves around an extra-marital affair. “Tum”, he reveals, is his third major movie. The first one was “Paagalpan” and the second “Dil Aaashiqana hai”.

Talking to the media, the Actor revealed, “After Dil Aashiqana Hai, I was offered many roles, but I want to do good and different roles”. Going into the background, he said, “I took training in acting from Kishore Namit Kapoor Institute and in dancing from Shiamak Davar.”

About his next venture, the actor says, “You will soon see me on the silver screen in a movie directed by Aneez Bazmi, along with Amisha and Gracy Singh. I am acting with Sushmita Sen in another film directed by Kaplana Lazmi. All said and done, I want to act in Punjabi films”.


Home Decor
In this Sector 8 house, you feel you are in the lap of nature
Ruchika M. Khanna

The drawing room is done up in American style
The drawing room is done up in American style.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

In the lap of nature. And with an earthy appeal. That’s the Sud home in Sector 8, which would instantly reveal the owners’ love for nature’s bounty.

Be it the brick-in-lay work aspect of this single storey house, its exotic greens, or the terracotta garden accessories and planters and wall panels with birds, ships in sea , or any other natural scenery- Mrs Apra Sud has done up her house so that it speaks of her childhood memories in the apple and peach orchards of Shimla.

Reflects Ms Sud,”We came down from our scenic home in Shimla in the early 80’s. We were caught up in the concrete of the city, and always wanted to do our house in a way that it is closer to nature.” Thus there are no flowers in the garden, just the foliage. Though the house stands on a two kanal plot, the covered area is less than 50 per cent so as to make way for having luxurious greens on the front and backside of this single-storey house.

In fact, the entrance to the house has been beautifully decorated with potted ornamental plants and a terracotta idol of Lord Ganesha- giving the visitor a warm and welcoming feeling. Exotic plants, and Rajasthani wood carved durbans line up in the gallery as it opens in the living room. Comfortable and simple is the USP of all rooms — which ensures that the house looks lived in rather than an antique shop. The walls are painted in neutral shades, while the flooring has simple mosaic tiles, which further adds to the grace of this no-frills house. The contrast is offered only in earth colours , and that too in the tapestry or the wall panels, or the exquisite rugs on the floor.

The display of resplendent paintings of gods and goddesses in Tanjore paintings, wooden panels with Ajanta- Ellora style idols, or the Nepalese and Bhutanese tankhas reveals the spiritual bent of mind of the owners. Wood has been used extensively, be it the wooden frames, or the chic cabinets. Antique furniture, like a French dresser, brightens up the master bedroom.

The drawing room is done up in an American style with comfy sofas, crystal vases filled with flowers, and decoartions on the polished wood top tables or the glass cabinet in a wooden frame. The lamps in earth pink hues add to the overall effect , as do the double curtains, fuschia silk over white sheer curtains. The kitchen, too, is American in design, with a sit-in dining area for all four members of the house. The dining area is separate from both the living room and the drawing room. Here ,too, a wooden cabinet with glass doors shows off the exotic Victorian bone china crockery, and the sheer drapes hang gracefully over the bay windows in the room, that overlook the drive outside. Another feature is the guest room, which is more like an annexe, and is completely removed from the main house.


Turbaned youths to rule the ramp

It is the Chandigarh boys who will rule the ramp. The screening process by Launchers- The Modeler- the modelling agency out to promote Sikhism in the fashion world, has selected 14 city boys to sashay down the ramp.

The turban-clad boys were selected after a gruelling selection process for over 200 Sikh men from all over the region. These boys were pitted against each other for their looks, personality, and mental acumen before selection for the first training module, which will begin on February 22.

These young men from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Ambala and Karnal, besides the city, with their perfectly manicured hands, polished mannerisms and chiseled features tried out the photo shoots, the Arjun Rampal ramp walk besides showing off their white symetrical teeth to reach the top list.

The Models selected by Gill here will now be put through an intensive seven- day training module on personality development and beauty regimen, before they are presented in the modeling arena.

Those selected today - Santveer Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Kanwaljit Singh, Inderpal Singh, Taranjit Singh, Jagjit Singh, Balpreet Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Harkaran Singh, Taranjit Singh, Udai Cheema, Aman Sachdeva, Malkiat Singh and Gagandeep Arora - say that a break in modelling is just the beginning. They say that their ultimate destination is Bollywood. “ After we have taken the modelling world by storm, we will rock Bollywood,” they echo in unison.

Says Gurmeet Singh, Chairman of Launchers, “ Till I came to the city beautiful, I never realised that we would get such an overwhelming response.” TNS


Eating out
Wow food in wow ambience
Harvinder Khetal

Wow! The term that Ruby Tuesday credits itself with is the just the right one. That’s the feeling one gets after a visit to the eatery that is known worldwide. Opened last week in the hugely popular multiplex, Fun Republic, Ruby Tuesday has filled a niche gap in the food category. For one, it has a fully equipped bar. Second, unlike other food joints in the multiplex (McDonald’s, Tikka Express, Cinemasala, Sagar Ratna, Cafe Coffee Day etc) where you have to run around getting the eats yourself due to self-service, here you have the luxury of being waited upon.

Some delights

  • Margano Rita (mocktail): Margarita mix and sweet’n sour, blended together and served either frozen or on the rocks. It is available in pineapple and strawberry flavours.
  • Florida citrus (mocktail): Grape fruit juice, orange juice, simple syrup and sprite mixed and served over crushed ice.
  • Supernaturals (snack) :Tortillas with diced tomatoes, green chilli, cheese, sauce and beans
  • Fajitas: Wholesome meal made to satisfy your stomach and tickle your taste buds. It comes with a sizzling hot bed of veggies grilled to perfection and topped with your choice of chicken or cheese and served with rice, refried beans, corn tortillas, sour cream and cabbage.

How the name came

When the founder, Mr Sandy Beall, set up his first restaurant in the USA in 1972, he was driving back home from work. The song by Mick Jagger — Ruby Tuesday — playing in the car caught his fancy and that was it. Of course, that time he had no inkling how far and wide the name would spread.

In fact, right from the time you are ushered into the brightly done up restaurant by the young man on duty, to the waiters, servers and even the Regional General Manager who kneel down beside your table, requesting for feedback, the experience is one of making you feel special.

Emphasis is on casual dining since 1972 when it was first set up in the USA. That means, you will not find cloth napkins. Nor, waiters liveried in suits and bows serving food from the platter to the plate. Even the plush carpet is missing. But their substitutes are welcome. Waiters, captains and managers are clad in different coloured t-shirts with the Ruby Tuesday logo inscribed on these.

The tissue napkins are thick. The multi-hued tiles on the floor and walls, the leather-upholstered chairs all add up to a jazzy effect.

The lamp shades done in glowing stained glass hanging down to the table and artifacts adorning the walls lend an air of romance to the ambience. The umbrella of the stained glass painting on the salad bar is eye-catching.

Mr Vishal Sawhney, Regional General Manager, of this international chain of more than 700 restaurants, says, “All our restaurants look the same. In fact, the artifacts on the walls, the logos, pictures, games, balls and bats etc have been brought from the USA. They have been fixed on the walls by a person who came here all the way from the States.”

This is the fifth Ruby Tuesday outlet in India, after the four in the National Capital Region. Five more in Mumbai and Delhi are on the anvil. Keeping in mind the craze for meat, murga and “kukkar” in this region, the restaurant has introduced the tandoori cuisine on its menu here.

While they are casual about dining, their USP — the salad bar — is called “Serious.” You can take as much of the veggies and fruits laid out along with the dressing and sauces, but sharing is not allowed. It costs Rs 99. However, if you take it with the main course, the entree, it costs just Rs 75.

The main course includes delicacies of pastas, pizzas, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, fajitas, enchiladas and platters. It is economical because the portions offered are huge. Like the trademark chocolate tallcake, coming in a big vast glass and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and dollops of cream. It is enough for two. Especially after you’ve savoured their delightful cocktails and mocktails accompanied by bites of starters and snacks.

They say the secret of their success is awesome food, great portions, friendly service, chic ambience and loads of fun for the family.


Get rid of those loathsome kilos

INTERESTED in losing those loathsome kilos without sweating it out? Well, here is some good news for you. New slimming and inch loss therapies were today launched at Slim-n-Shape saloon in Mani Majra by film director Darshan Bagga.

Non-chemical weight loss and inch loss therapies are based on Ayurveda. They ensure weight loss by combining the therapies with latest slimming machines. Specific figure correction is also being offered.

The new Cellu-Gel-Care therapy is specially designed to mobilise fat deposits in different areas. Derma-tone, another cream-based therapy, is aimed at post-pregnancy muscle tightening and weight loss. Along with these techniques, Slim-in-Shape also provides figure enhancement for those who need to add strategic inches to their figure. The Managing Director, Ms Kavita Gawri, Director, Ms Deepika Gawri, and clinic head, Renu Mathur, were also present at the function. TNS

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