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May 1st, 2020
Vol 16, Page 1

What They Say?

" We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. "
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

" Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
- Marie Curie

" I'm only wishing to go a-fishing;For this the month of May was made. "
- Henry Van Dyke

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Get Ready for the Day - May 1

1489 - On this day, the famous explorer Christopher Columbus told the Spanish Monarch Isabella I, about his plan to discover a western route to India.
1831 - The first woman licensed to practice medicine, Emily Stowe was born in Canada, on this day. She was also a suffragist. Suffragist is a person who took part in a decades-long fight, the Suffrage Movement, to win the right to vote for women. The movement started around 1948.Two things to look after.
1834 - The Railway Laws were accepted by the Belgian Parliament.
1886 - The workers in the US sit for a general strike, with the demand of 8-hour working a day. It was in memorial of this day, some years later 1st May was decided to be celebrated as International Workers Day.
1931 - The Empire State Building was opened in New York.
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1956 - The Minamata disease was discovered by a doctor in Japan.
1961 - The Cuban Revolutionary and then President, Fidel Castro denounces election in Cuba. On the other hand, Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for “How to kill a mockingbird.”
2009 - On this very day, same-sex marriage was legalized in Sweden.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Abhiram Sharma
6 Years,
DPS Sushant Lok, Gurugram
Varushka Barnes,
Tianjin International School
Abhiram Sharma
6 Years,
DPS Sushant Lok, Gurugram
Varushka Barnes,
Tianjin International School

Charles Chaplin - A Star was Born on-stage

We all may know him by the name of Charlie Chaplin, but his real name was Charles Spencer Chaplin. He was born on 16th April 1889 in London, United Kingdom. His parents were both entertainers of their time. Charles spent most of his childhood with his mother and siblings in poverty. With a difficult childhood, an absent father and a mother succumbing to illness, Charles rightly burnt so bright that he became the real Star of the entertainment world.

Keep reading to discover more about his life....

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In his autobiography, Charles Chaplin talks about the colours, smell and sound of the London of his childhood. He was really fond of the city and his mother’s performances. One night, in Aldershot, his mother lost her voice while singing on the stage. It was a sign of her deteriorating health. Seeing his mother fail to perform, young five year old Charles went on stage and finished his mother’s song. He even mimed his mother’s broken voice, and received a lot of laughter and applause.

At fourteen when his mother was admitted to a mental asylum and he started working as an actor and a comedian to financially support her. He was so talented that by 1919 he became a world famous figure, and after a few years he started working in films. His best known films are, The Kid (1921), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931) and The Great Dictator (1940).

But one of his most remarkable works remains Modern Times (1936). The film is a critical view on the lives of the workers in America. It is such a humorous representation, that you will roll on the floor laughing, once you watch the film. You can check out the trailer here!

After Chaplin reached the peak of success, he reunited with his mother and brought her to America to live with him. But sadly, her mother died soon after. Chaplin was a devoted actor, comedian, filmmaker and musician. His films still serve inspiration to the young minds of our generation. He is the true example of a star that lightens up everything around by burning themselves up.
Chaplin died in 1977, at the age of 88 in Switzerland.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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Why is May Day significantly different from other holidays?

In the mid-19th century, the world witnessed a revolution among the working class, when they started revolting against the domination of the upper class. It was the first time in the course of history that the workers were unitedly raising their voices against their employers. Finally the socialists, communists and the trade unionists decided to celebrate labour on the 1st of May. It was a day of acknowledgement earned by the labourers through centuries of struggle.

But how was such a revolution possible?
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In the earlier times, when the world was ruled by monarchs, the fate of the commoners were decided by them. Any event like the birth or death in the royal family, or the marriages, were recorded as historical events. These recorded dates were celebrated as holidays by the common people. For instance, when Caesar defeated Pompey, the people of Rome celebrated the day by declaring it a holiday.

Holidays were declared either according to the rulers or by the religious preachers. In a country like India, where religion was a way of life, people celebrated the birthdays and achievements of gods and goddesses. In every society of the world, the fate of the commoners or the lower class has always been decided by the upper classes.

However in the 18th century, with the advent of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, there was a rise of a new class called the ‘middle class’. The middle class comprised the businessmen who owned factories and produced goods for trading purposes. To run the factories, these owners also owned a huge mass of workers, working under them.

In the industries, these workers were forced to work for long hours in exchange for very little wage. Working with machines all day, the labourers were isolated from their families and friends. They had to risk their lives everyday, working very close to the fire or coal chimneys, to produce goods. But in return, their health and happiness were not cared for by the factory owners.

From this kind of inhumane treatment, the labourers started losing faith in the upper classes. After almost a century, with the rise of communism, socialism, and the idea of ‘equality’, the workers started revolting against the factory owners. Their demands were, limited hours in the factories, increase in pay and better facilities for the workers. In a nutshell, the labourers struggled to reclaim their basic human rights!

After a prolonged struggle and several strikes by the workers of the world, their demands were finally fulfilled. And that is how the labour unions decided to celebrate the first day of May as the International Workers’ Day. It was the first time in the history of humankind that a day was declared to be special in acknowledgement of the lower class workers.

This day is all the more important in India, as our country homes the second largest population of cheap labour, after China. It is however sad to see our workers and daily wagers walk thousands of kilometers to reach home in this pandemic. Let us all pray for their health and hope for their condition to get better this year, from our respected homes, and celebrate International Workers’ Day or May Day.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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Quick Exercises for Teens - With Coach Kartik Vashisht

We all know how an early teenager changes the energy in our home. The body changes physically as well as mentally. A lot can be and have been shared about how physical body changes in adolescence/ teenage. We have come up with series of videos for mental health changes that early teenage(11 above) brings in with mental health first aider - Kartik Vasisht, Coach at Mindfrey.

Be Better, 6 Mins
The role of Indians in World War - I

I’m sure you’ve heard of the First World War, you may have even read about it in books. But in case you don’t remember, here’s a quick refresher for you.

The first world war that broke out on the 28th of July, 1914, and lasted till the 11th of November, 1918, was one of the deadliest wars humanity ever had to face. Unlike the wars before then, WW1 saw the use of technology like never before. Also, it was the first time in history that a war saw the participation of nations on a global scale. The prime belligerents of the war were the Central Powers with the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Bulgaria as member states. On the other side were the allies with the British Empire, the Russian Empire, the French Empire, the Japanese Empire, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the Republic of Liberia, the kingdom of Siam, and pretty much most of the other European nations as member states.

Since the British Empire was one of the key member states of the Allied Powers, the nations under its rule at the time became de-facto member states of the Allied Powers. They helped Britain fight the war by sending manpower, doling out resources, as letting the Allies use their country as staging areas for invasions.

India too made a huge contribution to the Allied cause and sent out almost 15 lakh volunteers including men and women from all communities - Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. These volunteers from all over India, together, formed the mighty Indian Expeditionary Force! Read More

The Indian Army sent 7 Expeditionary Forces from A through G. Our soldiers fought on the Western Front, the Eastern Front, Egypt, Asia, and in Gallipoli. One of the most significant factors that contributed to such an unprecedented number of volunteers was the chance to move up the caste order that was wildly prevalent then. However, due to unfamiliarity with modern warfare, poor training and difficulty in adapting with wildly contrasting climate conditions led to the Indian Expeditionary Force suffering more than 50,000 casualties, 65,000 injuries, and 10,000 missing soldiers. Other than manpower, India also supplied the British Empire with animals, rations, jute, and a hefty loan.

Here are some of the heroic stories of Indian soldiers during the first world war -
a) Kulbir Thapa - Brought back three wounded soldiers from behind enemy lines despite being wounded himself. Awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest and most prestigious honour.
b) Badlu Singh - Charged an entrenched machine gun position atop a hill in River Jordan, Palestine that was doling out heavy casualties to them. He was mortally injured while capturing such a position single-handed but all of the infantrymen surrendered to him before he died. Awarded the Victoria Cross.
c) Gobind Singh - Successfully carried messages to and from the brigade headquarters to the regiment over a distance of 2.4 km under heavy fire from the enemy. After his horse was shot dead, he traversed the remaining way on foot.

These brave men and women did not just fight the enemy but also had to endure severe racism and discrimination from their white colonialists. Despite all they did, the role of these 1.5m Indian soldiers, nurses, and doctors largely remains forgotten. However, slowly but surely, more and more documentations of our soldiers in WW-I are being uncovered and they will have their stories heard as well.

Credits: Arko De
Reach me at iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in

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Be Better, 6 mins

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* Students Short Film Competition 2020
* Last Date: 21 June, 2020
* Eligibility: 8-17 Years

* Attractive prizes worth Rs. 5 (Five) Lakh across all categories and Groups
* State Level and National Level Certificates for all the Prize winners
* Digital Certificates will be issued for all the participants
* Last Date: 15 May, 2020

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Covid- 19: Free language travel courses announced
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Model United Nations - Let’s Prepare

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel.

As you stay at home, during the extended lockdowns, we help you prepare for MUNs, so you can become a ‘Pro’ the moment you join School back and show all the skills you’ve gained during this time. Keep looking for this column everyday! ...

Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

It is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year in MUN at all educational levels – from primary school to university.
Model United Nations (MUN) has existed for more than 70 years. But it was never monitored by the UN. The first time that a MUN conference was co-sponsored by the UN was in August 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York. Almost a decade later, the UN Department of Public Information organized three Global Model UN (GMUN) conferences in Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Incheon, from 2009 to 2011 respectively. It was in the context of these three conferences that new rules of procedure and a new approach to conducting MUN simulations of the General Assembly were introduced. Today, the UN has developed guidelines for conducting a MUN simulation. It does not conduct its own MUN simulations but provides advice on how students can organize them following the proper procedures and processes.



The Happy Pill

Source- India Today

Amidst this lockdown mayhem, with a lot of negativity around us, here is some “happy news”

- With halted public and vehicular movement and shut industrial units on a large scale in India, the air pollution levels across the country have plummeted considerably.
- Last month, environmental pollution reduced so much that the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas became visible from Jalandhar
- According to a report by the European Space Agency (ESA), Mumbai and Delhi have witnessed a significant reduction of around 40 to 50 per cent of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) compared to the same period last year.
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* Thailand has discovered the largest number of nests of rare leatherback sea turtles in two decades

Source:The Guardian

* World War II veteran Tom Moore set out to walk 100 laps of his back garden in Bedfordshire, around 50 miles northwest of London, before his 100th birthday on April 30 to raise money for the National Health Service.


* The canals in Venice are clearer than they have been for a long time, due to lockdown measures taken in the face of coronavirus.

Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at ipsita@theschoolsocial.in

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Student's Blog

Coronavirus Please Go Away

Coronavirus please go away,
There are people dying every day.
There is a lot of despair in the world,
I am sure that this can be swirled.

It's sad to read about the pain,
Doctors are trying hard but all in vain.
I am sure there will be a solution soon,
Time is a constraint as people are dying day, night & noon.

We are suffering due to all man made destruction,
We need to change & find a solution.
Mistakes are made along the way,
Learn from them & all should be okay.
I pray to Lord Almighty to help us out,
As we can't see people dying day in and day out.
Give us forgiveness for all our sins,
And give us powers to fight this & win .

Coronavirus please go away,
Can't see people dying every day.

Teachers' Blogs

Gratitude Uninterrupted

Narita Ahuja,

Though it’s coronavirus,
But we have bonded again,
in all the fuss,
To keep the togetherness and the bliss,

Though it’s lockdown,
But still things are moving on,
World is so happening,
Major part of the universe is still laboring,

Thankyou Sun for rising,
giving us all the shine,
And making us realise,
Every night will have a morning bright.

Thankyou Air for giving us the breeze,
Making us inhale and exhale at ease.

Thankyou Water,
As you never let us bother,
Spotlessly flowing in the rivers,
And reflecting as it quivers.

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Thank You doctors, cleaners, soldiers,
Administrators, helpers, others,
We salute you,
For you tremendous job,
Saving the world,
You are the only hope.

Thankyou lockdown
All the fathers are at home
without being a sunday,
With them Every day is a special day, a fun day.

Thank you work from home,
My husband is working so much,
He feels my sweat of kitchen,
Handles chopping, washing and cleaning,
With all the uhh and ouch.

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou,
For the family time,
For the singling Rhymes,
For the tender wellness,
For the wonder robustness.

In the end,
Nature is saying “Thankyou corona”.
It’s because of you,
We still have happiness in hue,
We have bonded again in all the fuss,
Keep the togetherness and bliss.

#Stayhome, #Staysafe.

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May 1, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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