School News September 2017


Frank Anthony All- India Inter-School Debate Competition, 2017.

18th August, 2017, a momentous day will be remembered as one of informed opinions, clinical insights and, sharp linguistic skills, as The Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, hosted the Category II, Stage II of the prestigious Frank Anthony All- India Inter-School Debate Competition, 2017.

The HFS Multi-purpose hall was a venue for the debate, titled “Data sharing has led to loss of privacy”. As eight of the top-ranked schools in Mumbai and Pune converged to debate upon this very relatable topic, the audience comprising students of standard tenth, was treated to a veritable battle of words and viewpoints as the competing teams wrestled for the top spot.
Each of the eight teams consisted of a pair of students, one to speak for and the other to speak against the motion. Each one of the speakers provided a distinct justification for why they were in favour of, or against the motion. The rebuttal round saw a spirited cross examination of the speakers by the other participants and robust arguments in defence were produced.

An eminent panel of judges, namely, 
Dr. Kamala Srinivas, (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai), Mr. Rahul Maheshwari, Director, K.J. Somaiya Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mumbai, and  Mr. Manoj Khatri, freelance writer- publisher and Counsellor evaluated the contestants on various parameters ranging from confidence, poise, presentation of content and rebuttal.

Following are the results based on the judges’ decisions.

  • The St. Mary’s School, Pune, was awarded as the Best Team.
  • Aryan Agarwal, from St. Mary’s School, Pune was adjudged as the Best Speaker. 
  • Jatin Pawahanee from Pawar Public School Chandivli, was the first runner- up speaker and 
  • Mauli Kaushik, from St. Mary’s School, Pune was the second runner- up speaker. 

The conviction of the students, the confidence and panache with which they spoke, especially those that argued against the motion, (being the more difficult stand,) impressed the judges and the audience alike and won favour with all present.

The day ended on a successful note with laurels pouring in for the school for having efficiently organised an event of such magnitude and significance.


Quiz Winners

Aditya Padhi (VIII), Pratham Prasoon (VII) and Pavit Singh (VI) represented PIS (CSBE), Powai and won the overall trophy for  'Rotary Knowledge Quiz Competition held at Hiranandani Foundation School


Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

Podar Jumbo Kids celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi as  “Let’s celebrate with an Eco Friendly Theme  ”   

At Podar Jumbo Kids we do not promote a religion or religious festivals; in fact we promote the spirit of that festival’s celebration. So when we talk about a festival we do not talk about  religion or why they are celebrated. We focus on the 


50th Youth Festival of University of Mumbai

Bunts Sangha’s S.M. Shetty College of Science, Commerce & Management Studies, Powai hosted the 50th Youth Festival of the Department of Students' Development, University of Mumbai. The competition for Performing Arts of Zone-II which extends from Sion to Mulund, GTB Nagar to Vashi & Navi Mumbai was held on 18th August, 2017. In all, 19 events were conducted under the category of Dance, Theatre & Music which included Indian Classical Dance, Folk Dance, Mimicry, Mono Acting (Marathi & Other than Marathi languages), One Act Play (Marathi & Other than Marathi languages), Skit (Marathi & Other than Marathi languages) and Mime, Indian Light Vocals, Indian Classical Vocal, Indian Instrumental (Percussion and Non- Percussion), Natyasangeet, Indian Group Song, Western Solo, Western Instrumental & Western Group Song. 

The Chief Guests who graced this prestigious event were Ms. Sharbani Mukherjee (Bollywood Actor) and Mr. Shashank Udapurkar (Bollywood Actor). More than 1000 students from 39 colleges in Zone 2 of University of Mumbai participated in the festival. S M Shetty College won a total of 8 prizes in various categories such as Fine Arts, Literary Events & Performing Arts.


Principal, Neeta Bali, represents PIS, Powai (CBSE) at a Mega Event!

Principal, Neeta Bali represented Podar International School, Powai (CBSE), at Global Educators Fest 2017-18 at Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon on August 18, 2017. The fest saw participation of some of the best educators in the country. Participation was purely by invitation. Mrs. Bali moderated and coordinated a session with some very eminent panelists including Matthew Raggett, Head Master-The Doon School, Lt. Gen. Kulkarni, Director-Mayo College, Ajmer and Kavita Agarwal, Chair Person, MISA (Association of International Schools) and two others with the theme: The ‘International’ in Schools.