|Title||St. Mark’s School, Meera Bagh & the ASEF Connection|
Ms Geeta Rajan/Head of International Affairs at St. Mark's Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, India
|Venue||Meera Bagh, India|
The academic year 2015-2016 has almost come to an end and it is time for a recap of our activities on the international front. Thanks to the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), our international department has worked long, long hours making connections, networking and collaborating with staff and students of schools from the two continents to do some incredible Online Collaborations together.
St. Mark’s School turned 25 in 2015, leading to many additional Online Collaborations with our ASEF partners – two books, a magazine, an exhibition and a week to celebrate our friendship with our partner schools besides the usual exchange programmes and Online Collaborations.
In collaboration with 25 schools, involving 75 students, we wrote “From Asia to Europe – A Priceless Treasury”, a book with topics ranging from personalities, culture, cuisines, travel to art and architecture. Another book, ‘Expressions-Izrazi-Abhivyakti’, was written in collaboration with Gimnazija Ptuj, Slovenia, featuring a collection of poems and stories straight from the heart of the students.
“iMagz – Making Myself Heard” is our annual collaborative magazine with 25 schools from Asia to Europe writing articles on a wide range of topics. One of our accomplishments was the organisation of the Indo-Hungarian exhibition. This involved Danube meets Ganges – A Dunaés a Gangesztalálkozik”, a tribute to Elizabeth Brunner and Elizabeth Sass Brunner, the Hungarian artists, at the Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi. The idea of the exhibition came after the visit to two schools in Hungary, SzentIstvan Gimnazium, Budapest, and Batthyany Lajos Gimnazium, Nagykanizsa, and the visit to art museum in Nagykanizsa where the art work of the Brunners is archived.
Another major milestone was the celebration of International Friendship Week, which gathered 47 students and teachers from Nyborg Friskole (Denmark), College Emile Verhaeren (France) and Timaru Boys High School (New Zealand) in a weeklong event filled with fun, frolic and learning.
It has been 8 years since St. Mark’s School, Meera Bagh became a member of the ASEF Classroom Network. Every year, the school organises and participates in several Online Collaborations and events that help strengthen its bond with its partner schools.