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May 2nd, 2020
Vol 17, Page 1

What They Say?

"You are the sum total of everything you' ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it' s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."
Maya Angelou

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."
Kobe Bryant

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This Day for You - May 2

Famous Birthdays:
1975 - David Beckham - BRITISH ATHLETE
1921 - Satyajit Ray - INDIAN FILM DIRECTOR

Day in History:
1933 - Adolf Hitler bans Trade unions in Germany.
1945 - The Soviet Army takes Berlin, and General Welding Surrenders. With this event the battle of Berlin ends in World War II.
1980 - In South Africa, Pink Flyod’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall (part two)’ gets banned. It is a protest song, against the strict schooling system.
2008 - The first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was released on this day. The film was ‘Iron Man’ directed by Jon Favreau, Starring Robert Downey Jr.
2011 - Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted Islamic Militant and Terrorist, was killed by the US forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
2012 - Lionel Messi, the Barcelona football player, breaks the record of European goals by scoring 68 goals.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Vihaan Pal Singh,
Arshiya Kaur Khanna,
Ryan International School,
Rohini, New Delhi
Vihaan Pal Singh
Arshiya Kaur Khanna,
Ryan International School,
Rohini, New Delhi

Joanne Rowling – the girl who grew up to write Harry Potter.

Joanne Rowling, better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, England. She is a British author, film producer, television producer, screenwriter, and a humanitarian too. She is famously known for writing the Harry Potter fiction series, which has won multiple awards and traded more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. "Time" named her a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, remarking the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans.

Keep reading to discover more about her life.

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In her autobiography, Rowling has said that her teenage years were unhappy. Her home life was complicated by her mother' s diagnosis and a difficult relationship with her father, with whom she is not on speaking terms. As a child, Rowling attended St Michael' s Primary School. Her headmaster at St Michael' s, Alfred Dunn, has been proposed as the inspiration for our favorite Harry Potter headmaster - Albus Dumbledore.

In 1990, while she was on a four-hour-delayed train journey from Manchester to London, the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry came fully formed into her mind.
Seven years after graduating from the university, Rowling saw herself as a failure. Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating and allowing her to focus on writing. During this period, Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. Her illness inspired the characters known as Dementors, soul-sucking creatures introduced in the third book.
In 1995, Rowling finished her manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher' s Stone which was typed on an old manual typewriter. The book was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which denied the manuscript. A year later she was finally given the heads-up by editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury. The decision to publish Rowling' s book owes hugely to Alice Newton, the eight-year-old daughter of Bloomsbury' s chairman, who was given the first chapter to review by her father and instantly demanded the next.

Five months later, the book won its first award, a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In February, the novel won the British Book Award for Children' s Book of the Year, and later, the Children' s Book Award. In early 1998, an auction was held in the United States for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., for US$105,000. She is truly an inspiration for many young writers.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 5 Mins
Understanding Air Pollution

climate change


Be Better, 6 Mins
The Earth’s Atmosphere

Have you ever wondered why Earth is the only planet in the solar system that can sustain life? The answer isn’t merely the fact that Earth has an oxygen-rich air but also because it is at a suitable distance from the sun for it to maintain a life-sustaining temperature, and more importantly, the massive jacket of a mixture of air, water vapour, and ozone surrounding our planet that we call the atmosphere.

[Note -Most planets in our solar system have atmospheres, except Mercury.] Without our atmosphere, oxygen would have escaped our planet, meteors would have ravaged our land, the average surface temperature on Earth would have been an ice-cold -18°C, and the extremely harmful UV rays from the sun would have never let life flourish on our “blue planet”. To be succinct, Earth would have been a hell to live in, you know...just without all the monsters and dragons.
Our atmosphere, as I mentioned before, is extremely complex and you’ll get to learn about it in detail in higher classes if you take up geology/geography as a subject. However, here is a little compendium on it if you want some more knowledge.
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Our atmosphere can be divided into six layers, from the ground to space -

[Note - The boundaries of each layer aren't very well defined. They all, sort of, overlap with each other]
a) The troposphere - It is the layer of the atmosphere that houses the air that we breathe in, and the clouds that we can see in the sky. It is about 7-8 km thick at the poles and 16-18 km thick at the equator. Its composition is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% of other gases like greenhouse gases, argon, etc. Most planes fly in this layer.
b) The stratosphere - It lies above the troposphere and is approximately 35 km thick. It houses the indispensable ozone layer which protects us from the sun’s extremely harmful UV rays.
c) The mesosphere - It is positioned between the strato- and the thermospheres. Any Comet, meteor, or alien ship(if they ever try to invade...ha!) entering our atmosphere burn up in the mesosphere because of the friction caused between the foreign object and the gas molecules.
d) The thermosphere - At 513 km in thickness, temperatures in this layer can reach up to 2500 °C. However, this layer has too few gas molecules to even transfer that heat. It is also the layer where the International Space Station and other low orbiting satellites are located.
e) The ionosphere - This layer does not have a well-defined thickness. It changes its thickness based on how much energy its constituent gas particles absorb from the sun to form ions. Radio-waves are reflected back to the earth by this layer. Auroras also occur in this layer.
f) The exosphere - The outermost layer of our atmosphere which has a thickness of 10,000 km(Earth itself has a diameter of 12,742 km). It is the last layer to separate the atmosphere from the great emptiness. The layer itself is made up of helium and hydrogen but has lots of empty spaces between each molecule making the air unbreathable.

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

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Be Better, 6 mins

May 2nd, 2020
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Essay Writing Contest Scholarship

* Eligibility
-High school, college or university students are eligible to apply.
-Winners are required to submit proof of their academic status or enrollment.
*Submission Requirements
-Contribution of technology in Education
-Is studying abroad Art worth it?
-Should video games be used in education?
*Word Limit-500-700(excluding title, header, and works cited page)
-The essay is required to be written in the US or UK English.
-The essay shall be 100% plagiarism-free.
-The submission shall be in .doc or .docx format.
Last date for submission:31st May 2020

CSIR online competition for students

Drawing, Essay writing and Video making/photography competition
Theme:Coronavirus: An Invisible Enemy
Some Guidelines:
-Participants must be Indian citizens
-Entries invited for students from class 6-12
-The medium of competition can be Hindi or English
Last date:15th May 2020

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

#CoronaLockdown: Gurugram Startup Is Ensuring Govt School Kids Still Get Classes
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UC Berkeley is Offering Up Their Popular ‘Science of Happiness’ Course for Free Online.
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Credits - Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

Model United Nations - Let’s Prepare (2)

What is the UN Charter?

So let’s start with a quick recap of what is MUN? The UN or the United Nations is an intergovernmental organization. It means that all the nations of the world, big or small, are the members of this organisation. MUN or Model United Nations is a Model version of that organisation, where students can take part as representatives of different nations to simulate United Nations committees.

To understand how the UN works, you have to start with the UN Charter. Read more to find out.

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After the First World War, a League of Nations was formed to ensure peace around the world. However, the League failed massively when the Second World War started. After that all the nations together decided to build a stronger and better organization called the United Nations, with the motive of peace and security, and better relations among the Nations.

To ensure that peace and security is maintained everywhere, the UN Charter was formed in 1945. It is the foundational treaty of the United nations that commits to uphold human rights of the citizens. The treaty comprises a set of principles to achieve ‘higher standards of living’ for the citizens of the world. It claims to achieve this goal by addressing problems related to ‘economic, social, health’ and other fields. According to this Charter, it is the responsibility of all the nations to hold ‘universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.’

The UN Charter starts with a preamble that constitutes two major parts- maintenance of peace and international security. After the preamble there are 19 chapters discussing different matters related to human rights. For instance:
* Chapter I introduces the purpose of the UN.
* Chapter II deals with the criteria of membership.
* Chapter III-XV discusses the different organs of the UN, and their functions.
* Chapter XVI-XVII discusses the integration of the International Law with the UN.
* Chapter XVII-XIX constitutes different articles and conditions of the Charter.

So now you know how the UN Charter is important in the functioning of this organisation. Next day we will discuss the Objectives of the UN.

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

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Student's Blog

Student’s Life - How Extra-Curricular Activities and Hobbies Make a Difference?

Extra-curricular activities and hobbies are important parts of a student’s life. Extra-curricular activities include games and sports, literary activities and programs at school such as football, basketball, cricket, recitation, singing, dancing, debate, essay, etc. Sports and games help in improving the health and well-being of the student. Some students become great sportsperson later in life. Sports in school help them while developing their passion for it. And other students may become future leaders, famous personalities if they are trained in various literary activities since school.

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Hobbies are important parts of a student’s daily routine. Some common hobbies are reading story books, novel, painting, writing, gardening, cleaning the house in leisure time, cooking favorite dishes, etc. Nowadays, people are very busy and do not have much time for hobbies. Even the children do not have time. Children wake up, go to tuition, then to school. After school, they go to tuition again and after returning from tuition they study, followed by dinner. After dinner they probably study for a while and go to bed. Like this children do not have time for hobbies. But they should take out some time so that they can play, sing, dance, read, do gardening and so on. These hobbies will increase their skills and talents which are very important for everyone.

It is clear that extra-curricular activities and hobbies are important to a student’s life. It gives us many essential skills in our lives. Participating in co-curricular activities is necessary to achieve many goals. Having a hobby is also good as it gives us more interest in whatever work we are going to do. Even if we are busy we should have hobbies and participate in co-curricular activities. It will make us healthy, talented and successful.

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Teachers' Blogs


Bhavana Ahuja
The Heritage School, Rohini

Global warming- Ah, What to say !!
It affects us every single day.
Mother earth is in excruciating pain,
Every being on the planet has nothing to gain.
From depleting ozone to changes in temperature,
We are spoiling each particle of our nature.
We all have to think and foresee,
Otherwise our future will not be glee.
Oh!! Our Earth is so precious and can't be replaced,
So we need to save it or our races will be erased.

May 2, 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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