Saturday, August 14, 2010
GoC, ATNK&K Area Lt. Gen. BK Chengappa, AVSM - was the Chief Guest, accompanied by his top-brass commanders of Chennai Sub-Area.
After about 1 hour of programmes, that comprised of
1. Saraswathi Vandhana
2. English Kit - a Drama
3. Poem dance - "Yek Chidya Jo"
4. Fusion Dance ( Bharatha Natyam, Dandiya, Assamese & Bhangra).
The final fusion dance was a superb performance by all the participating students - donning the ethnic costumes singing to the number, "Maha Ganapathim"; "Dolna" from film "Pyar Ki Geeth" (Dandiya); "Rang-de-Basanthi" from film "Rang-de-Basanthi. The Bhangra group was an elevating performance that evoked spontaneous applause from the audience.
After the show, Principal, Mrs Uma Chandrasekar, presented the School Annual Report, describing the achievements of the School & the Students in various spheres of academic and co-curricular activities.
The School Magazine was released by GoC, ATNK&K Area Lt. Gen. BK Chengappa, was received by the Chief of Staff of ATNK&K Area Major Gen.Nitin Kohli.
During his felicitations, Lt. Gen. Chengappa appreciated the Management of the School, Staff, Parents & Students for their splendid show and performance. He extended his fullest support - towards the nurturing the school to achieve greater heights both in the field of Academics and co-curricular activities - in his capacity as the Patron of Army Public School. He further insisted on instilling the ward with discipline and values to stand out as good Indian Citizen - for every ward - studying in the School.
He distributed prizes to winning House - Ganga and to top-performing students. Henzel, Class-VIII bagged the all-rounder trophy, from the Lt.Gen.
It was a proud moment for all the parties - the students, parents & the staff.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Courtesy : The Hindu dt. April 2, 2010
Chengapa first three-star General to command south India
B.K. Chengapa, an Army officer with 38 years of service, on Thursday became the first three-star General to command south India.
At a simple ceremony at the headquarters of the Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala Area here, he took over as General Officer Commanding from Nitin Kohli, a Major General-rank officer who was officiating GOC for the past 10 months. Maj. Gen. Kohli will be the Chief of Staff, ATNK&K Area.
Asked the reason for a higher rank officer commanding an Area that has already been truncated (Goa was removed from the Area and attached with Maharashtra a few years ago), Lt. Gen.Chengapa said that south India held a third of country's land mass and had many important defence establishments.
When it was pointed out that there had been no addition to the present force levels in south India, he said this was not of any great consequence as forces could be moved. It was efficiency and optimal use of forces that was important.
Lt. Gen. Chengapa said that he would work in close cooperation with the State government and other security agencies to ensure the security of the southern States. There were about 5.5. lakh ex-servicemen and efforts would be made to look after their welfare.
He was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in August 1971. Apart from being a 1971 Indo-Pak war veteran, he has served in the Siachen Glacier and in counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the north-east. He was earlier Chief of Staff, Headquarters Northern Command.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Indian Army brings ARMY PUBLIC SCHOOL to Chennai at Nandambakkam!
Another educational centre of excellence in Chennai.
Lets celebrate this MOMENTOUS occasion.
It is under the able guidance and aegis of AWS (Army Welfare Educational Society).
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The highlight was the MASS DRILL, followed by Aerobics, Yoga and race for individual classes. The sportsmanship among the students was evident.
The GOC, Chennai Sub-Area Congratulated all the student for their participation. He gave away the rolling trophy for the winning team(Krishna House) & runner up.
He advised, it is not the winning but the participation that is more important. He further assured parents that GPAS would be made into one of the best Public Schools in Chennai.
The OVERALL precision in drill and PUNCTUALITY of the SPORTS DAY was noteworthy.
Parents were much excited over the function and they extended great camaraderie to the function and the School.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
On climate change.
Nizhal's activities include planting saplings, taking care of grown trees, conducting awareness programs in schools etc. The sprawling campus of GPAS would be adorned by various precious and indegenous trees - extended to it by NIZHAL. Over the period of time, NIZHAL would plant 500+ trees. The students were briefed about the importance of trees and their contribution to the ECO system, before the plantation drive by an eminent Mr. Hareesh. by 9 am - Army School hosted the volunteers from NGO-"Nizhal" - in their effort to plant 500 tree-saplings, to add greenery to its environ. The student volunteers & staff under the active leadership of Mrs UMA CHANDRASEKARAN, Principal - participated with gusto and planted tree saplings - hand picked by Ms Shoba Menon, Trustee of "Nizhal", that stresses the . Nizhal's theme is to create awareness among youngsters about the importance of trees to conserve the ecosystem and their importance in
Sunday, October 11, 2009
- On 15/8/2009, Golden Palm Army School, Nandambakkam, Chennai-600089 celebrated its maiden Independence Day Celebrations with all reverence and PATRIOTISM, in a humble but IMPRESSIVE fashion.
- The Celebrations witnessed an impressive ASSEMBLY of Students, Teachers & Parents, who stood to attention during the sombre Flag Hoisting, by the Chief Guest, Col. Hussain, representing Area HQ, ATNKK Area.
- A smart pupil leader Hensel of Class-VII, lead the Guest, in a slow march to the Flag Mast and to clock-work-precision, the Flag was unfurled and it started its colourful fluttering, for the 1st time in the GP Army School!
- It was a proud moment for all those who had gathered over there.
- Just in the next few minutes, the school assembled at the stadium inside and witnessed depiction of the Great Indian Freedom Movement.
- The highlight was that ALL of the compereing being done by some of the pupil themselves!!
- A pupil, gave a smart speech elaborating the pain and efforts taken by the great leaders
- The Function came to a close with the singing of the NATIONAL ANTHEM by everyone.
New army school principal
The Indian army, which boasts its own 123 schools countrywide, inaugurated its first primary-secondary school — The Golden Palm Army School (GPAS) — in the port city of Chennai on May 26, to educate children of serving army officers, as also grandchildren of ex-servicemen. The new school is expected to end the uphill struggle faced by army personnel in getting their children admitted into the Central government promoted Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) schools — the first choice of defence services officer corps. The 981 KVs across the country were directed to restrict student intake per class (35 in primary and 40 in the secondary) by the Central government earlier this year.
Located in Nandambakkam, a suburb of Chennai, the CBSE-affiliated GPAS was inaugurated on July 6 as a regimental school with a complement of 15 teachers offering instruction to children enroled in classes I-VII, and will be handed over to the Army Welfare and Education Society in 2010. Built at a project cost of Rs.8.91 crore, the school will give admission priority to children of defence officers, but has reserved 20 percent of its 1,800 capacity for children of civilians. A modestly priced fee structure for different ranks of army personnel has been fixed, though civilians are required to pay slightly more as tuition fees. Admissions are strictly merit-based.
“Our objective is to promote all-round development of children by according equal emphasis to academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. We want to mould students into disciplined, but confident youngsters who display exemplary conduct within and beyond the school campus. A host of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities have been integrated into the curri-culum. We intend to provide a strong academic foundation through child-centric, activity-oriented pedagogy,” says Uma Chandrasekaran, principal of GPAS. An alumna of Madras and Annamalai universities, Chandra-sekaran brings 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in schools affiliated with differing exam boards in the city. Prior to her current appoint-ment, she served as the principal of the CBSE affiliated Sri Narayana Mission School, Chennai.
In accordance with Indian Army tradition, the GPAS management committee comprising distinguished army officers has spared no efforts in equipping the country’s newest army school with excellent infrastructure. Spread over eight acres, GPAS offers 45 well-ventilated classrooms; separate libraries for primary and secondary schools with the secondary school library stocked with over 7,500 books and periodicals; and two well-equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and computer science. Inevitably, sports education has been given prime importance with the school equipped with three volleyball, two badminton, and three basketball courts, a cricket field and two football grounds. Special coaching is offered to students depending on their interest and aptitude.
In its inaugural year, GPAS has admitted a first batch of 300 students in classes I-VII. Institution development plans include addition of one class every year until GPAS grows into a full- fledged senior secondary school. “Our efforts will be directed towards growing in terms of school strength, excelling in sports, academics and extra-curricular activities and inculcating discipline and moral values in our students to make them model citizens of tomorrow,” says Chandrasekaran.
Hemalatha Raghupathi (Chennai)