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ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17

STUDENTS ENROLMENT: There are approximately 2750 students on the rolls of the college.  Each class continues to have five sections with approximately 40 students. We would like to continue maintaining this number so that the teachers are able to do justice to their work.

PLACEMENTS: This year too, like all previous years, our girls have made us proud by joining reputed institutions all over India. We are indeed happy and proud to know that our students are pursuing a myriad of courses from institutions across the world. Many of our girls have got through some of the most prestigious colleges of the nation namely the Manipal Institute of Technology; SRM University, Chennai; Jindal Law University, Sonepat; GNLU, Gujarat; National Law College, Bangalore; Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai; TISS Mumbai; KGMC, Lucknow; AIIMS New Delhi; R.V.College of Architecture, Bengaluru; National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru; Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune; Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and London College of Fashion, Boston University, USA; LASALLE: College of the Arts, Singapore; London School of Economics to name a few!

COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY: La Martiniere Girls’ College continues to use computers and technology extensively for administration, academics and co-curricular activities. The college has two fully equipped computer labs.This academic year, we upgraded our labs and offices with a hundred and five flat-screen desktops which are being put to good use.Two new colour photocopier machines have been installed to ease the humungous paper work that we deal with. LMGC through its smart classes uses an e-learning platform designed for the internet age.
Mr. Avinash Sharma and Mr. Ritesh Sharma need to be acknowledged for being ever helpful whenever there is trouble with the computers. Mrs. Anitha Pratap needs to be thanked for coordinating with EduComp India.

LIBRARY: La Martiniere Girls’ College encourages a love for books and reading. We ensure that the library is well stocked with books devoted to all topics beneficial for our girls, fiction and non-fiction.  The junior and senior library stocks more than 11,000 books.  The habit of reading opens up a world of possibilities for the students. The senior library also has a stock of 400+ CDs and DVDs for entertainment and educational purposes. Vibgyor and Scholastic India held book exhibitions for the students. Young budding authors were treated to a workshop conducted by Rani and John Drew from Cambridge University, UK.
I must acknowledge Mrs. U. Pant, Senior Librarian and Mrs. F. Khan for their untiring efforts to encourage the habit of reading.

CAREER COUNSELLING SESSIONS:
Through the year various career counseling workshops were conducted for the benefit of the girls, to help them make an informed decision regarding their future career choices. The College strongly believes that making the girls financially independent is extremely important and therefore takes Career Counseling seriously.
This year, La Martiniere Girls’ College tied up with the World's Most-Advanced and Award-Winning Career Guidance Platform- Delhi based Company, Mindler. They held sessions for our students and parents which were greatly appreciated by both. The students appreciated the 24x7 helpline that Mindler offers!
Career counseling workshops were also conducted by The Chopra’s for the students of Class 12, Amity University and ICS focused on Architecture, Psychology and Management as career options and the Institute for Career Studies held a workshop on Mass Communication.  Students of Class 11 and 12attended sessions held by CLAT Possible, Princeton Review and University of British Columbia, Canada. Class 11-12 also had an opportunity to hear the faculty from King’s College London, when they visited the school. There were sessions held by Akash Institute to help the students opting for the science stream. Workshops were also carried out by Asia Pacific University, Japan; Trinity College, Dublin.

WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS:
The topic of Drug Abuse was ably handled through a presentation by FICCI, Lucknow in association with the Narcotics Department. Workshops were conducted on soft skills and personality development by Mrs. Rupam Roy; Ms. Tarang Gupta, an alumna of the college from United States, conducted a workshop on Public Speaking for the senior school students, which was greatly appreciated. Society of Development Activities conducted a three day interactive workshop for the Preparatory, Junior and Middle school students on Child Abuse and Menstrual Hygiene and ‘Teen Talks’ for the students of Class 9 and 11. Neurologist Dr. Atul Agarwal gave a talk on Epilepsy to the students of Class 9.
We had ‘Live JAM’, a musical group that reaches out to the urban youth through music perform for the girls.
I need to thank our Senior Librarian, Mrs. U. Pant, who coordinates all these workshops as well as the career counselling workshops which is not an easy task when the College Calendar is already full of activities.

COLLEGE MAGAZINE: The College Magazine, ‘The Blue and Gold’, is a reflection of all things Martinian. It unleashes a wide spectrum of creative skills ranging from writing to editing and even designing the magazine. Giving life and expression to the activities and aspirations of student’s right from the Preparatory Department to the Senior School, each issue of the magazine is a milestone that marks our growth and achievements through the year.
Miss V. Campos and Mrs. R. Yooshing need to be thanked for the hard work they do throughout the year.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: La Martiniere Girls' College is a staunch believer that co-curricular activities provide our students with the edge they need to take on the world. These activities not only teach them leadership qualities but also instill in them the spirit of team work, discipline and a sense of responsibility. The prize distribution bears witness to the fact that we consider co-curricular activities as important as academics.

ENTENTE: The 2nd Entente, an amalgamation of our clubs namely BEEJewel, Ataraxis, Scientofab, Gandhi Corner and Cybus was held between 11th-13th of August, 2016. It was a resounding success, with the participation of more than 1500 students from over 20 local institutions, right from the Preparatory Department to Class 12 students.
We were honoured to have Mrs. Archana Kapoor, an eminent journalist and social worker from Delhi, as the Chief Guest for the event. 

ECOBUZZ: La Martiniere Girls’ College held the second edition of EcoBuzz again this year on 21stOctober, 2016. It is now keenly anticipated as every class makes utility items out of eco-friendly material and this is then exhibited and sold at the fete. This year also, schools were invited to be a part of EcoBuzz. Each class also took up topics related to environment degradation and conservation and made projects which were then displayed for the benefit of the visiting students.

LA MARTINIERE GIRLS’ MODEL UNITED NATIONS: In the month of June, La Martiniere Girls’ College hosted the second edition of LMGMUN.  Approximately 300 delegates from the city and beyond attended this event and we witnessed delegates from prestigious schools like La Martiniere College, Lucknow, Study Hall, Seth MR .Jaipuria, St Francis College, CMS Rajendra Nagar, CMS Rajajipuram, The Millennium School, DPS Eldeco, The Doon School and DPS Yamunanagar participating in the proceedings of the conference over the three days.

SENIOR SCHOOL: A team of 25 girls participated in various competitions at SPRING FEST organized by the Spring Dale College, Gomti Nagar Branch. In BOULEVARD, the literary fest of St. Agnes’, a team of 15 girls participated in various competitions and won prizes. Our girls took part in the Albert Barrow Essay Writing Competition held at Lucknow.The girls also took part in COGNITO, held at PSIT. The girls also participated in Literati, a literary fest held at Hoerner College where they were declared the champions. At Constantia, the annual festival of La Martiniere College, our girls did exceedingly well in all the competitions. Our girls took part in CONNECT, at Army Public School and won many prizes. 
Approximately 800 students took part in the senior school concert this year. From staging plays to singing in the choir to dancing together, the girls did us proud.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL: The children of the Middle School participated and won prizes in various competitions organized by La Martiniere College, Central Ground Water Board, Lucknow, Hindustan Petroleum Co-operation, G D Goenka Public School, St. Teresa’s Day School, City Montessori School, The Times of India, INTACH- Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage. Sanskriti Agarwal of Class 8 participated in the Brain O Brain Competition held at Seth M R Jaipuria School and won a Silver Medal. She then went to Delhi to participate at the National Level and won a Gold Medal. Mahi Agarwal of Class 6 was awarded the First Prize in a Painting Competition organised by The Times of India at The Dream World. The children took an active part in Symphony 2016 organised by G D Goenka Public School and won prizes in almost all the events in which they participated. The Bournvita Quiz Contest 2016 was held at the Gandhi Hall. 40 schools from all over the city participated. Kavya Kohli and Vedanshi Samant of Class 8 competed with the top 6 schools for the City Final. They won the Second Prize.
54 children participated in the Heritage Walk from La Martiniere Girls’ College to Baradari. This walk was organised by ITIHAAS.
The girls of the middle school participated in the annual concert. All the students participate and so much is learnt by these children. Such events ensure the children learn time management, team work, confidence and responsibility among other things.

JUNIOR SCHOOL:  In the academic year 2016-2017 the children of classes 2-5 participated in various Inter- School events and brought home many laurels.In the month of July, the children participated and won in various events held at St. Teresa’s College. In both the Group Events, i.e. the Read Aloud and the English Elocution Contests our school was placed third. Some of the other events were Spell Bee and the Inter- School Quiz Contests. Later in the year, the children participated in the Kids’ Fest held at St. Teresa’s Day School and College. Our girls won various prizes in group and individual events. In the Read Aloud Contest, our school stood First. Besides it was placed third in the Western Group Singing Contest.
The students of the Junior School participated in the Annual Sports and PT display. This year, for the very first time, 400 students of Classes 4 and 5 put together a mass PT. It was indeed worthy of praise.

PREPARATORY DEPARTMENT: The students of Upper Preparatory participated in Kids Fest held at St. Teresa’s College in November and won the First Prize in Art and were placed second in the Action Song Category. Children of the Preparatory Department also participated in Entente and won prizes in their categories.
This year the little babies took part in the Annual Sports and PT display and it was a joy to watch them.

THE INTER MARTINIERE MEET:  This year saw the four La Martiniere Colleges competing against each other in the month of August. It was Lucknow’s turn to host the Meet and these competitions build bonds that last a lifetime. The Lucknow girls emerged champions, winning the Basketball Match and the Debate.

DEBATING: The year began with one team heading to Shimla for the Rev. Dr. Samuel Slaters Memorial Invitational English Debate in April hosted by Bishop Cotton School, and another team left for Dehra Dun to participate in the Hugh Catchpole Debate organised by R.I.M.C. The team was placed second runner up among 17 schools.The Debating team alsoparticipated in the Hindi Debate at Welham Girls’ College, Dehra Dun. In August, our Debaters participated in the Claude Martin Debates held at La Martiniere College. The team having won the preliminary and the semi-final debates, made a triumphant entry into the finals, for the third year in a row. The team went to Kolkata to participate in the Paul Chater Memorial Debate organised by La Martiniere for Girls’ Kolkata. Vasundhara Prasad and Kashish Gupta of Class10 did the College proud by reaching the zonal final of the prestigious Frank Anthony Memorial Debate in English, collecting on the way awards for the Best Speaker and second Best Speaker. Samantha Rath and Snigdha Mishra reached the finals of this National Debate which is conducted by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations. Samantha was adjudged the Best Speaker at the preliminary stage of the debate. The TarunaPuri Memorial Inter House Debate this year was in Hindi. Cornwallis House won the debate.
Mrs. S. Das Gupta and Mrs. R. Yooshing do a very capable job of handling the English and Hindi Debate teams and need to be thanked for the same.

CHOIR REPORT: The College Choir is known for its glorious singing. The Christmas Cantata is perhaps the most awaited event of the year where the choir presents an enthralling performance. The young musicians of the College are acknowledged and encouraged to accompany the choir for special occasions. The choir, with its tireless effort has always brought laurels to the college.
Mrs. S. Jeyakumar, Mr. V. Gupta and Mrs. S. Chowdhary must be thanked for the memorable music they render at all events.

SPORTS AND GAMES: We believe games are an integral part of the curriculum and every Class Lower Preparatory to Class 8 has two games lessons in a week. Apart from this, there are daily games in the evening for the students who wish to attend. The campus is abuzz with various games being played from Swimming and Basketball to Volleyball, Tennis and Badminton. This year, the Preparatory and Junior School had their Sports and P.T. Display.
I need to thank Mrs. R Bhatia, Mrs. R. C. Yadav and Ms. C. Kesarwani, our PTI’s for the work they do to promote sports among the students.

SWIMMING: Swimming is not just a sport; it’s a legacy at La Martiniere. This year, the swimming competitions started during the summer vacation, with hundreds of girls attending the summer camp. In June, Our mermaids participated in the UP Sub-Junior and Junior Aquatic Championship held at Meerut, in June.
In September, our team participated in the ASISC-UP and Uttarakhand Regional Aquatic Meet- 2016 held at CMS, Kanpur Road. It was a two day event which saw La Martiniere Girls’ College team winning honours in each and every event in the girls section; thereby emerging the Champions of the meet.
The Girls College is very proud to have had their pool and dressing rooms renovated with glass tiles making the pool an envious one to say the least!
Mrs. R.C. Yadav, our swimming coach, Mrs. M. Franklin, the swimming secretary and Miss R. Singh need to be thanked for their hard work and long hours with the swimmers.

BASKETBALL: Our players participated in the Under 14- Nationals held at Gwalior. Vaishali Yadav participated in the NBA National Elite camp held in Noida in May. Our players participated in the State Youth Championship held at Meerut. The team won the maiden ‘Farida Abraham Memorial Tournament’ held at Wynberg Allen School, Mussourie. This trophy was instituted by Wynberg Allen School in honour of our Late Principal Mrs. Abraham and matches will be held between both the schools alternately.
The team then went on to win the District Level B league tournament, qualifying for the State Level B- League tournament held at Meerut where they secured the second position. The Under 12 and Under 14 teams stood first in the Vibgyor tournament held at Chowk stadium. Overall, the year was very eventful and our girls shone wherever they went.
Mrs. M. Sharma and Mrs. R. Dixit need to be thanked for their constant hard work with the girls.

TENNIS –Karisni Kumari Somvanshi of Class 8 won a silver medal at the Junior State Level ASISC Tennis tournament held at St. Peter's College, Agra. Adya Singh of Class 11 won a silver medal in the senior category.
My thanks to Ms. Asma Javed for the help she renders in training these girls.

ROLLER SKATING – 1st District Roller Skating Championship held at La Martiniere College was held in the last week of November, 2016 and Saisha Chawla of Class 1 was placed second, winning the Silver Medal in the Quaz Category, Shivika Arora of Class 2 was placed first, winning the Gold Medal in the inline category, Malaeka Siddiqui of Class 8 was placed second, winning the Silver Medal in the adjustable category, Riddhi Singh of Class 8 won the Gold Medal in the adjustable category and Lavani Vatsal of Class 8 won a Silver and Bronze Medal, while Shree Singhal, also of Class 8 won Silver Medals in their respective categories.
VIBGYOR also conducted the 8th VIVA Inter School skating competition where the students won many medals.

JUDO- Vashika Minocha and Jyotika Minocha, took part in the District Judo Championship below 50kg and 40kg and were placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

In the 53rdedition of the Femina Miss India beauty pageant held on 9thApril 2016 in Mumbai, Pankhuri Gidwani, a student of the College, was crowned as the 2nd runner up of FBB Femina Miss India 2016.

Swimming: The team represented our school at the 20th ASISC National Level Aquatic Championship hosted by ASISC AP and Telangana Region, Hyderabad. The Senior Championship was won by U.P represented by our girls, winning gold, silver and bronze medals in various categories.

Basketball: Vaishali Yadav and Muniba Ali participated in the Under 16 National Youth Championship held at Hassan, Karnataka where their team stood third. Eila Awasthi and Shambhavi Pathak participated in the Under 17 Nationals held at Nuzvid, Andhra Pradesh.

Judo: Vanshika Minocha took part in State Judo Championship, Para Judo Championship and Zila Judo Championship also and was placed 2nd in all three championships.

Tennis: Karisni Kumari Somvanshi and Adya Singh were selected for National level tournament held at Hyderabad in the first week of November, 2016. Yati Besan of Class 6 was a runner-up in Under 14 AITA held at Gurgaon Tulip Tennis Academy. Diva Dubey Bhatia Class 5 was 1st runner up in UP State level tournament and champion in district level Under-10 Open boys’ n girls’ tournament.
Chess – Jusfica Lillum Lobo of Class 10 participated in all India International rating Chess tournament at LPS Gomti Nagar and came second in the category of ‘under-15’ girls. She was awarded with silver medal and cash prize of Rs. 1500. She also got her FIDE rating and now is a rated player.

Roller Skating: Saisha Chawla of Class 1 and Shivika Arora of Class 2 were selected for State Level Championship held at Meerut in January, 2017. They stood 4th in their events.

ITIHAAS- Indian Traditions and Heritage Society- an educational trust pioneering in Heritage Education organised ‘Anveshan – 2016’ ‘In – Verse, Ek bar Aur.’ The children had to write the lyrics of the song, put it to music and then sing it. Our children participated in all the three categories. Our song ‘Swadeshi’ which was sung, written and composed by our students of Class 8 was selected to be performed in Delhi. Out of 131 teams from all over the country, 171 songs were shortlisted for the Final Round. Our children competed with 15 teams and performed at ITG Auditorium, New Delhi on 3rd October, 2016. Our song won the competition and ‘Swadeshi” was declared ‘Song of the Year.’
The students of Class 5 participated in Itihaas- the Chestha Group. The National Finals were held in New Delhi on 1st October, 2016. Our team was awarded the Runners up Trophy for ‘the Best Research’.

The Festival of Innovation (FOIN) is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognize, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem, hosted from the 4th  -10thof March, 2017 at the President's House. Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India awarded selected innovators from around India. Kulsoom Rizavi, of Class 9 was awarded for being the most active young innovator. Top innovation leaders of the world, several Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs and political figures attended the exhibition where she got the opportunity to display her innovations.

Eco-Schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated and socially responsible learning. The International Eco School Programme. This year (2016-17) LMGC was awarded the prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag Award and Hand Print Flags for the 3 thematic areas covered by the school namely, waste, biodiversity and water. LMGC is one of only 8 schools in India to receive this award. The Centre of Environmental education (CEE) will conduct a formal award ceremony at a later date. The school is now entitled to use the Eco School Logo on all its stationery.
The team comprised of Mrs. N. Dube and teachers of the Junior School and Preparatory Department and the students of Class 5 who were part of the Eco School Committee.

SUMMER CAMPS: Summer Camps were held during the summer vacation for children from Classes 1 to 12. Some activities like Swimming, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis and Aerobics were organised. The activities were conducted by some of our own staff and Health Zone.

GANDHI CORNER- Through the year, both staff and student volunteers helped in organizing various activities of the Gandhi Corner for example Ration Day, collection and distribution of S.U.P.W. items, newspaper collection, cooking and running of the College canteen and in selling craft items during the College fetes.Old clothes and miscellaneous utility items were sent to Prem Niwas, Leelawati Balgrah and Lalbagh Orphanage, and utensils and soap were distributed in Gomti Nagar slums. The children of Nishatganj Madarsa were provided with stationery and other utility items. 16th October was celebrated as the ‘Day of the Girl Child' and was attended by about 725 underprivileged girls from nearby slums and orphanages. In January, blankets were distributed in the various slums of Lucknow. In February, a Medical Camp was organised for the slums of Gomti Nagar, in collaboration with project KHEL. Doctor parents of the College need to be thanked along with the KHEL team who worked with the Gandhi corner student and staff volunteers to make the Medical Camp a success.
Mrs. P. Khanna ably micromanages the activities of this club, along with other staff members and students playing an active role in making it a success. 

PALS REPORT: The nature club of La Martiniere Girls’ College PALS (Protectors of Animal Life and Surroundings) is a fun club with very serious objectives.
One of our most important projects is the making of paper packets from old newspaper by students of Classes 3 to 12. These packets are then packed and sent to the Lucknow Zoo .We also contribute towards the annual feed and maintenance of the white pheasants under the animal adoption scheme and have been doing so for the past decade. LMGC is the ONLY school in Lucknow that participates in the above activities of the Zoo. Wasteland reclamation has been one of our best initiatives. This year PALS worked on The Little PALS playground behind the Prep buildingdedicated to the fond memory of our dearest Mrs. Abraham. Other regular activities of PALS are celebration of The Wildlife Week [1st to 7th October], the CATS Camp held in November for the students of Classes 3 to 5, the craft workshop that converts all sort of waste into recycled products like jewellery, envelopes and candles, scrap cloth bags, CD clocks, handmade paper bags and a lot more. Fragrant homemade sprays, cleaners and scrubs were made from readily available kitchen ingredients.
The PALS excursions are becoming more and more popular and the parents feels that the school ensures they are well organized, safe and educational.  This year the juniors again went for a Safari to Camp Karavan at Dudhwa and the other trips for the Middle and Senior Schools were to Shimla, Chakrata and Hyderabad.
Miss R. Ali who looks after the activities of this club needs to be thanked for sensitizing the students towards the environment. She is helped by many members of the staff.

BEES:The Better English Expression Society continued to spread the love of the English Language through various activities like Book Reading, maintaining of Vocabulary Registers and decorating of the Bulletin Boards. This year, Westland Publications coordinated with BEES to bring in renowned author Christopher C. Doyle for an informative interactive session with the students. The 9th BEEJewel was a huge success with more than 20 schools participating in it. The volunteer staff, class representatives and prefects did their best to promote correct usage of the language throughout the school campus.
Miss I. Basu must be given credit for the work done by this club.

WEBSITE: The college website, www.lamartinieregirlscollegelko.com was launched ten years ago on 13th September, 2006. The virtual tour option available on the website provides an inside view of the college. The rolling notice board was introduced this year, which gives the latest news and updates about all the events taking place in the college. A page displaying presentations of the various clubs was also added this year. The online payment of fees and availability of forms for admission to Lower Preparatory has been welcomed by all.
We owe are sincere gratitude to Mr. A. Kacker, a parent of the college, for providing us with the domain name space (DNS) and guidance whenever required.
Mrs. Shireen Abbas and a team of teachers who are in charge of the web site have to be commended for their work.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES CLUB: The Special Activities Club aims to work towards creating a holistic environment for the nurturing of young minds while at the same time, working for society and preservation of its rich culture and heritage. This year the Club organised the homecoming of Pankhuri Gidwani, our in house beauty queen, they also organised Ataraxis, the cultural event of Entente and EcoBuzz. They also helped with the unique three day reunion, reconnect-relive-recreate, in association with the La Martiniere Girls’ Alumni Association.
Ms. J Shukla and Mrs. I Kapoor need to be thanked for their work with this Club.

THE INQUISITIVE SPIRIT‘TIS’ - The Science Club organised a science fiction movie show for the students of Class 5, which they enjoyed thoroughly. In the school, the club organized fun-filled activities for the students for them to 'learn by doing'. The main motive of the club is to sensitize students about the common scientific occurrences around them to develop the skills of observation and drawing inference.
Mrs. R. Kapoor and Mrs. A. Masih need to be thanked for generating an interest in the subject.

MUN CLUB: The La Martiniere Girls’ College Model United Nations Club aims at training students to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing self-improvement opportunities to its members helping them acquire skills such as public speaking, debating, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership. Our girls participated in the following MUNs:-Jaipuria Model United Nations, IIMUN, DPSMUN, LMCMUN, Cathedral MUN, Mumbai (CMUN), CMSMUN. Mitali Bhasin won the Best Delegate award and others won verbal mention and special mention in JMUN. Vaishnavi Dube won the best reporter award and other participants won special mentions in IIMUN. Shivangi Banerjee and Arushi Mishra won High Commendation in DPSMUN.
Mrs. A. Ambili needs to be appreciated for all the hard work she puts in to guiding the MUN Club.
INFINITY:The club aims to bring out the creativity that Mathematics offers and to eradicate the apprehension that the subject creates in a student's mind. Every year, activities like quiz, easy calculation methods, playing with shapes and other tools are used to fulfill the aims of the club.
Mrs. P. Bose looks after the activities of this club.
QUEST- The General Knowledge Club was founded with the objective of spreading awareness about the importance of general knowledge. The club achieved success when they were declared runners up at the GK Quiz, held at Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun and Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun. The College Quiz team participated in a number of Inter Collegiate Competitions in some of the prestigious institutions within the city and at the national level.
Ms. S. Khan and Mrs. S. Tagore take care of the activities of this club.

IRIS- The IT Club of LMGC was founded with the main aim of technological advancement and awareness in our school environment.The core team of four students operated under Ms. Arora, the senior computer teacher. The Club organised CYBUS, the first tech event in ENTENTE in the month of August last year. The students participated in various Inter School competitions like Comfest, Constantia, Pegasus, Tech Vista and won many prizes. We stood overall Second in Tech Vista.
Ms. S. Arora needs to be thanked for the same.

PARACOSM CLUB: The Psychology club aims to promote happiness in daily life. The main purpose of the club is to enable students to understand and build healthy human relationships and avoid conflicts in life. The club organized three seminars for students of various age groups with the following objectives:
Junior School– To instill in them a sense of sensitivity towards senior citizens.
Middle School–To help them cope with peer pressure.
Senior School – To nurture and improve their inter-personal relationships and reduce stress.
Mrs. M. Kalra, our Psychology teacher, guides the activities of the club.

NOVICE: (Nurturing of Values in Children Every day) The students learnt and practiced powerful breathing techniques to prevent accumulation of stress in the body and mind. In the Art of Living sessions, children enjoy Yoga, growing food, creative activities and fun group processes to assimilate the learnings that keep them strong in the face of challenges of lifestyle and environmental imbalances that face society at large. Knowing that one can make a difference comes easily to these well-equipped future leaders.
At La Martiniere Girls’ College, our former students and Art of Living teachers Anisha and Swati Sharma and our Middle School staff member Mrs. Neelima Khosla conduct these sessions and need to be thanked. 

LA MARTINIERE GIRLS’ ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: During the year 2016-17 the members of the Association worked for the benefit of their school and society. In the month of May, members of La Martiniere Girls Alumni Association and Project KHEL conducted the annual medical camp at Modern Madarsa in Paper Mill Colony.  Nearly 100 under-privileged girls were educated about their biological clock and Menstrual Hygiene Management. This year's Annual Tree Plantation Drive was dedicated to our former Principal, Late Mrs. F. Abraham who was a nature enthusiast and a conscious environmentalist.
A large number of Martinians gathered together to celebrate Founder's Day with great verve and vigour at a city hotel. La Martiniere Girls’ Alumni Association and La Martiniere Alumni jointly hosted the Annual Reunion Dinner on 17th December, 2016 as Martinians from different batches enjoyed a memorable evening. The Association distributed bed sheets among the residents of a slum in Gomti Nagar which was gutted in a fire. A water cooler was installed besides Class V E in the Junior School.The Association distributed blankets in the slums in January, 2017.A retired support staff was given a fixed deposit of ten thousand rupees as chosen by the Principal of the college. A scholarship of rupees twenty thousand was given to a deserving student for further studies. A medal for good conduct was given to a student of Class 12. The Association has sponsored meals, prizes, mementoes and gifts for competitions and activities organized by the various clubs of the College. A sum of Rupees two Lakhs was donated to La Martiniere Girls’ College for Infrastructure Development.

NEKI KI DEEWAR:  Neki Ki Deewar or The Wall of Kindness, is an effort made by LMGC to reach out to the poor and needy of the city. The venture was launched on the 15th of December 2016 by the Principal Mrs. A. Dass.  If you pass by the College gates you will see eight large colourful bins inviting people to contribute any item of use, clothes, shoes, toys for the young ones, woolens, linen and whatever else they wish to give in charity. The staff volunteers and students of the college then sort out the items and display them on four racks just outside the main college gate every 15th and 30th of the month for an hour from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Any needy person, man, woman or child may take as many articles of choice. As word of our initiative spread, it has been indeed gratifying to see the crowds that assemble and smiles on the faces of the receivers. LMGC will continue to reach out to the needy in the true spirit of giving.

VISITORS: This year, we had many visitors from across the world, visiting the premises of the school to relive their memories.

THE CAMPUS, BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE: This year witnessed a lot of restoration work and the start of new projects on the campus.

  • A new building was constructed which houses 6 support staff quarters along with 6 garages and store rooms.
  • A new boundary wall was constructed with concertina wire & lights changing the very face of the College! Two new gates were installed (main gate & auditorium gate) along with new guard room & games store room.
  • A new guard room was constructed near the back gate and the drain at the back gate was covered with 12 new cemented slabs.
  • The Preparatory Department (1st and 2nd Floor) corridor wall height was increased for safety of the children and water proofing of the entire Preparatory Department’s roof was carried out.
  • The entire back area of the Prep Department’s floor was cemented so that the children could play near the zoo! (A PAL’s initiative!)
  • 8 new toilets were constructed for Support Staff and 2 new 1000 litre overhead water tanks and water pipe line connection were provided in six of the old Support Staff quarters.
  • Waste land was cleared and a new kitchen garden area was created.
  • Khursheed Manzil’s moat was restored and the old well in front of the Principal’s office was renovated while the area in front of the infirmary was given a granite flooring.
  • Inter locking tiles were laid at the flag post area in front of the auditorium.
  • A portable guard room was made for the night guards posted at the auditorium gate.
  • A new terrace area was constructed for our baby boarders for their dormitory and they got new individual lockers.
  • A new path was paved from behind the kitchen area to Azmi block. Another path was also paved from Tranquility Centre to support staff quarters.
  • 42 CCTV cameras were installed for the children’s safety along with a centralized PA system was installed for all departments and sirens have been installed in case of an emergency.
  • New furniture was acquired for the study hall as well as for the dining hall.
  • A new tube well was constructed to ease the water problem of the College.

Work in Progress….
Construction of the new auditorium (1000 seater) is in progress as is the work on the all-weather swimming pool. A new building is also being constructed for councilors, a music and dance room, staff quarters and guest rooms. The museum at Khursheed Manzil is also getting ready.


HEALTH: By and large, this year the health of our student and teaching community was good.
Sr. P. Michael ably assisted by Sr S. David, take good care of all our staff and students and require our thanks.

STAFF
In the year 2016, we had 154 supervising staff members – 129 teachers and 24 non-teaching staff keeping our teacher student ratio to 1:21.

Appointments: This academic year, we welcomed ten new members of staff in various capacities to the College. The end of the academic year saw the appointment of the Principal of La Martiniere Girls’ College, Mrs. Aashrita Dass.

Births:  Mrs. Farah Khan was blessed with baby boy in the month of December, 2016

In Service Training: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducted training programmes in various subjects at the ICSE and ISC level which were attended by a number of the senior school staff.
Across the school, teachers attended various workshops to improve their methods of teaching and assisting the children in stress management.
The Institute of Counsellor Training Research and Consultancy (ICTRC) conducted a seminar titled “Prevention and Management of Mental Health Problems in School Children”, in Kanpur which was attended by Mrs. F. Rashid and Mrs. A. Ravishankar.
Mrs. A. Ravishankar and Miss J. D’Souza attended a Training Workshop in Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Mrs. H. Khan attended an Orientation Training Programme for School Teachers on Learning Behavioural Problems organised by The National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development.
Mrs. Y. Bennett attended a workshop organized by Oxford University Press for teachers on English Language. Oxford University Press organized a workshop for the English teachers of La Martiniere Girls’ College and other eminent schools in Lucknow where renowned author Nicholus Horseburg conducted the session.
Miss S. Khan conducted the ISC workshop for History in Kolkata.

BEREAVEMENTS: Last year, the Martinian family were poorer due to the loss of Anshi Sharma a pupil of Class 7, Ex Support Staff Member Mohd. Haseeb who used to work in the Kitchen. In July, the College lost a former member of staff Mrs. NeelamDayal. Most shocking was the sudden demise of basketball coach, Mr. Suparsh Awasthi in December.

ACADEMICS:
French: La Martiniere Girls’ College is the first school in Lucknow to introduce French as a third language. This year we prepared our students for the DELF/DALF Examination conducted by La Alliance Francais. LMGC sent up their first batch of 65 students for the DELF Examination in December. The special classes for DELF/DALF were arranged by the French teachers in the school premises. A team of external assessors examined the students. The students will be awarded with the internationally recognized diploma - DELF Junior. It is the official diploma granted by the French Ministry of Education, which certify the ability of students to use the French Language.

Board Results: The students and teachers of La Martiniere Girls' College once again achieved a result that was par excellence an AVERAGE mark of 90% in both the I.S.C. and I.C.S.E. examinations. We acknowledge and thank every teacher for her work with the students, not just in the higher classes, but through the school.
159 candidates appeared for the I.S.C. i.e. Class 12 Examination, for which the average percentage was 91.50% 
121 students i.e. 76% secured between 90 and 100%
31 students i.e. 19% secured between 80 and 90%,
6 students i.e.   4% secured between 70 and 80%,
1 student i.e 1%secured between 60and 70%
Perfect scores of 100% were achieved by 15 students in Economics,2 students in Psychology, 5 students in Political Science, 2 students in Mathematics, 3 students in History, Biotechnology and Computer Science each, 1 student in Biology and Physics each.
Suramya Ahuja was the topper with 97.6%.

187 candidates appeared for the I.C.S.E. i.e. Class 10 Examination, for which the average percentage was 90.86%.
129 students i.e. 69% secured between 90 and 100%
56 students i.e. 30% secured between 80 and 90%,
2 students i.e.  1% secured between 70 and 80%,
Perfect scores of 100% were achieved by 5 students in Mathematics, 12 students in Computer Application, 1 student in Economics.
Kriti Srivastava was the topper with 98.5% from the Humanities stream.

This year the Academic Prize Day was held on 7th April, 2017. The annual prize day is a reflection of all the work that has been done in the past academic year and a time to acknowledge those who have made a difference. The College was honoured to have Mrs. Esther Lal Ruatkimi, Director of Income Tax (Investigation) and an alumna of the College as the Chief Guest. She joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1991. She has served as an assistant commissioner and soon was elevated to the rank of Commissioner. She was on deputation as Secretary to the Government of Mizoram and has looked after the School Education Department, Higher Education and Technical Department, Health and Family Welfare Department between 2008- 2014. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and we are indeed fortunate to have had her as a role model for our young girls to emulate. In today’s age of fast eroding values, it is indeed difficult to find a person with principles and a work ethic as hers.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Trustees:
Our Chief Trustee is the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. R. P. Bhatnagar who took over from Mr. Alok Ranjan and Mr. Rang Nath Pandey who took over as the Legal Remembrancer from Mr. Abdul Shahid. We are grateful for the help they all rendered the College this past year.

THE LOCAL MANAGING COMMITTEE:

The Hon’ble Justice A.P Sahi took over as the Chairman in February, 2016 and we are extremely thankful for all the help he has rendered. I am most obliged to him for the time he always gave me to discuss various issues pertaining to the College. The College has indeed benefitted greatly because of his sound advice.

The Hon’able Justice Alok Kumar Singh continues to be our co-opted member, who always has the College’s best interest in mind. He has always made his knowledge and expertise available for the College, for which we are very grateful.

Mr. P. Fanthome, MLA of the Anglo Indian Community, and who is a co-opted member of the Local Managing Committee. He is a constant source of help to the College. We at La Martiniere Girls are most thankful to him for all the assistance he offers.

Maj. Gen. Vinod Sharma, G-O-C, Lucknow Sub-Area took over from Maj Gen. R. S. Malve, Mr. Bhuvnesh Kumar, Commissioner, Lucknow Division took over from Mr. Mahesh Gupta and Mr. Gauri Shankar Priyadarshi District Magistrate took over from Mr. Satyendra Yadav who had taken charge from Mr. Raj Shekhar and we are indeed grateful for all the help each one of them has given us.

Mr. C. McFarland, Principal, La Martiniere College and Member of the Local Managing Committee of La Martiniere Girls’ College. Sir, I am thankful to him for his cooperation in all matters that concerned the College this past year. He has always been there for us and we are indeed thankful to him for all his advice.

While I thank all the friends and well-wishers of the College, I must mention those who go out of their way to help the College in so many different ways –

I remain deeply indebted to the former Chief Minister, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav and his wife, Mrs. Dimple Yadav, parents of the College for all the help they rendered the College this past year. My sincere thanks to Mr. Pandari Yadav (IAS), parent of the College who was the connect between the College and various Government Offices.

I need to especially mention the Tourism Department and Mr. Navneet Sehgal for the building of the College wall.

Though the staff and students have kept good health, we count on the advice of a number of doctors for various medical emergencies. Dr. Chandravati & Dr. A. Verma from Krishna Medical Centre, Dr. B. Tewari (Cardiologist RML), Dr. Vikram Mehta and Dr. Manjula Mehta all need to be thanked for their medical help and advice. Special thanks to our Doctor parents at SGPGI and Lari Cardiology who help the College whenever required.
I need to acknowledge other parents and old students who have helped with various medical camps, especially Mr. Shah Rukh, Dr. Garima Malhotra, Dr. Srivatsan and Dr. Hanah Khan.

I need to especially thank Senior Advocate Mr. Jaideep Mathur who acts as our legal advisor, Mr. R.N. Singh who helps with legal advice regarding our Provident Fund, Mr. Rahul Agarwal who looks after the investments of the College, Mr. Joyantu Mukherjee who ensures the staff and students have safe rail journeys, Mr. SurendraNath Kohli and Mr. Siddarth Kohli who deal with all problems related to Income Tax, Mr. Naved Alvi who undertakes all repair and building work and is responsible for the building of the new auditorium and all-weather swimming pool and staff blocks, Mr. Puneet Ohri who ensures all the events at LMGC are recorded and Mr. Shehzad Alam for helping the institution with daily repair work. Thank you all for giving of your time and advice that is invaluable to us.

It is only because of the generosity of our alumni, parents, and well-wishers that we are able to continue with improvements/renovations for the College. Therefore, I would like to thank all of you who have helped us in diverse ways towards the development and progress of La Martiniere Girls’ College. I need to thank the La Martiniere Girls’ Alumni Association for all the work they do to help the College. Many thanks to the ladies of the Executive Committee who work tirelessly and cheerfully who do their bit in giving back to the school. Thank you for instituting two new scholarships.

I also, need to thank Mr. S. Dayal, the family of Mr. Awasthi, Mr. Abraham and Mr. Rohit Dass for instituting various awards, scholarships and trophies this evening.

La Martiniere Girls' College owes its greatness in part to all Staff, Support Staff and Students. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the role, each and every staff member plays in running an institution as big as ours, as smoothly as possible. Thank you staff – both teaching and non-teaching for the difference you make in the lives of so many children.

Thanking every member individually is not possible however, I would like to name a few - Heads of Departments - Mrs. L. Sadiq, Mrs. P. Correya, and Mrs. S. Cooke, who have all worked beyond the call of duty with loyalty and commitment. I need to also extend my thanks to Mrs. A. Pratap, Dr. Mrs. S. Gupta, Ms. R. Ali and Ms. B. Kalra who helped in the smooth running of the Senior School.
They all carry out the tasks assigned to them with efficiency and dedication.

At La Martiniere Girls College, we believe that all students are special. We have a team of ladies who work very hard with those with Learning Difficulties and they work with them so that they may soon be included in regular class. My thanks to Mrs. A. Ravi Shankar, Mrs. R. Mukand, Mrs. P Kapoor and Mrs. A. Tandan. My thanks also to Mrs. Rashid our Psychologist who works hard to keep the student body emotionally strong.

The College Bursar, Mr. S. K. Das and his team must be thanked for all the hard work they do that pertain to the daily running of the College.

The Kitchen is ably managed by two ladies, Mrs. M. Chand and Mrs. B. Antunis and they ensure that the resident scholars and office and resident staff enjoy the food they get.
To anyone who may fall ill, it is the two hospital nurses who come to the rescue. My thanks to Sister Michael and Sister David for their services. To the four matrons, Ms Nobert, Mrs. Macloed, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Thomas who look after the resident scholars, thank you!
I need to also thank Mrs. D. Sagar for arranging for staff to volunteer to teach our resident scholars in the evenings – thank you to all staff who gave of their time to come and teach my boarders.

I must mention our four estate managers Mr. M. Antunis, Mr. S. Macloed, Mr. B. David and Ms. A. Falls for all the work they have put in through the year with regard to the estate and its upkeep. It’s not been an easy year for them as you witnessed that the College undertook many new projects which needed their constant supervision.

I must also thank all our Support Staff, those “behind the scene” workers without whom the school could not function - the ayahs, peons, gardeners, cooks, bearers, watchmen, and sweepers.

Thanks are also extended to the former staff of La Martiniere Girls' College, for their ready guidance and sound advice.

If, inadvertently, I have failed to acknowledge anyone who has helped the college in this past year, please do accept my sincere apologies.

I must acknowledge the parents of the institution -thank you for the encouragement you give your children which has attributed to their being winners. Every single student is special at La Martiniere Girls’ College. Thank you, children, for all that you continue to be and all that you do, to make us proud.

To conclude, I wish to quote Mr. Narayan Murthy, former Chairman and CEO of Infosys Technologies Ltd, Bengaluru, “In today’s world, natural resources or military strength do not determine the pace of a nation’s progress. Education does. Education is about raising the confidence of an individual to think a worthy dream and to translate that dream to reality by high performance action. It is about opening up one’s mind to accept new idea’s, to evaluate them and to use them for progress.” I sincerely believe that this is the type of education that we give our students at La Martiniere Girls’ College.

 

 


 

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