Debates are held in two categories - Middle Section - For Classes VI to VIII - Senior Section - For Classes IX to XII To make the exercise more pervasive, Inter House contests are held in all three languages - English, Punjabi and Hindi – one in each language in both categories.
The school hosts one Inter Public School debate in commemoration of it's former Principal Col. Frank Von Goldstein every year.
Students from the senior school regularly and enthusiastically take part in Inter Public School debates held in various reputed Public Schools across the country.
Dramatics & Poetry Recitation
Inter-House Dramatics are conducted in English, Hindi and Punjabi regularly. Workshops are also conducted to mprove the skills of the students.
Poetry Recitation is held as under-:
English - Middle and Senior Sections Punjabi/Hindi - For Middle Section.
Treks & Tours
Treks and Tours are an integral part of the school curriculum. For the past 48 years this much awaited adventure activity has been regularly organised by the school during September end annually.
During this period teaching groups are sent to the mighty ranges of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.
This activity is compulsory for the students of classes VI to XI. Trekking is optional for the students of classes X and XII. Short duration (3N/4D) Adventure Camps are also organised for the students of classes IV and V during this break.
At YPS the aims and objectives of organizing Treks/Tours/Camps are to: • Inculcate the spirit of adventure and comradeship • Instill self-confidence and an attitude of self-reliance. • Foster qualities of leadership. • Develop self learning and observation. • Promote learning through travel, recreation and enjoyment. • Take a break from the hectic routine of the classroom.
Adventure camps are organised at the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali; Regional Mountaineering Centre, MC Leqdganj; High Altitude Trekking and Skiing Centre, Narkanda; Tenzing Norgay Adventure Camp, Barwala, Dak Pathar and Khandala Adventure Camp at Khandala.
The school trekking groups have been going to Chandserkhani, Pass Chandertal Lake, Suraj Tal Lake, Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass, Jalori Pass, Bashalieu Pass, Koreri Lake, Manimahesh Lake, Dodital Lake, Har-Ki-Doon, Hemkunt Sahib-Badrinath, Pabor Valley, Parvati Valley, Churdhar Peak and the list goes on and on!
Tours to various parts of the country and abroad are organised regularly during the winter and summer vacations. Amongst the domestic tours the most popular is the Khandala-Goa-Mumbai tour, Which is the perfect mix of outdoor adventure at Khandala, beaches in Goa and metro lifestyle in Mumbai.
In the list of foreign tours the students have been to UK, Canada, Australia, Egypt, Dubai, Pakistan in the past.
Here at YPS we firmly believe in the words of Thomas Fuller - “He that travels much knows much”.
Music & Dance
SEVEN rules the roost ! The seven – year itch, The seven colors of the sagacious spectrum…. and of the rainbow, The seven wonders of the world, The seven notes of music.
What else do we want?
Life is celebrated in the music hobby.
From the first step of a toddler to negotiating all those contours of a dance performance – evolution of humankind on a mini-scale. Dance – the natural heir to music. And, thus the hobby.
Art & Needle Work
Green for lushness, Red for ire, White for peace- Life is a colourful riot of colours, reserved for revelry.
We, blatantly, imitate life in Art Hobby, to save it of banal boredom
Life is all about stitching joys with sorrows-making them one, remaining unaffected by both.
The hobby personifies this philosophy on fabric, helping us to become complete human beings.
Nature Club & Gardening
One of our earliest acquaintances, besides mother, is with nature.
The passion and pursuit grows, in the hobby, in the close proximity of plants and trees, sheltering us from all evil with their benign presence.
A slightly rugged cousin of the nature club hobby. Squatting on the ground to till the soil
grappling with allkinds of tools and implements, and seeing life in all its starkness and nakedness, is what this hobby is all about.
Book Reading & Photography
This place is book-ed. And so is this hobby, with sufficient number of students opting for it. One irony of mankind is that as we age, our brains grow, but our minds shrink.
This hobby with its treasure-trove of books elevates mind and ennobles thinking. Poetry is a befitting bonus.Drawback of eye is it cannot reveal to the world what it sees, a camera can.
A store house of memories, it helps you to relive those moments, when times are not so friendly.
Photography polishes that skill for a happy future.
Chess & Calligraphy
Your mind needs to know the slither of a snake, if you want to play chess well.
Moreover, Vishwanathan Anand has given an altogether new recognition to the game in the country.
Hence, the rush for the hobby.
Some people profess to know a person’s character through his handwriting. Isn’t that a claim enough to make the art of calligraphy significant in its own right, besides other ‘beautiful’ reasons.
Now, come on! How can we leave the vital food behind?
Moreover, cooking skills merit high, among girls, when it comes to matrimonial qualifications.
Chefs of the country, too, are doing a good business. Aren’t they?
The above-cited reasons make the Home science lab a bustling place.
The school maintains a Horse Riding Club. It has 10 horses.
A large number of students use this facility
Undoubtedly, science and technology have brought an incredible change which we as humans wouldn’t have envisioned. Robotics plays a significant role in these advancements. It is an innovative hobby with excellent career prospects. A large number of students who have strong hold on programming are part of this hobby.
School also organises educational trip to Japan, where students get an opportunity to communicate with the world famous Japanese Robot called ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), a humanoid robot.
In today’s tech savvy world, what could be better than a website to exhibit your work and business. Actually, it is imperative for growth and success, which raises the demand of professional web designers. At YPS, we offer web designing as a hobby for the students who are keen to enhance their creative skills in programming and graphic designing. It is a great skill to possess in today’s internet-centred world.
Best out of waste
Well….you can also call it waste management. World’s environment is deteriorating day by day. We need to preserve it. Recycling the things is one of the best way to keep environment clean and safe. It is all about using your skills to create something useful out of scratch. Best out of waste ideas are limitless and conceptualizing on these can be loads of fun.
Large number of students actively take part in this hobby and often showcase their creative ideas and products in the school.
3D Printing is one such amazing skill through which you can make 3 Dimensional solid objects through a digital file. Also known as Additive Manufacturing. Now days, many renowned and established companies like General Electric, Ford, Nike, Hershey’s etc. are experimenting and using this innovative technology to design the objects and products. At YPS, our tech savvy students are always ready to explore new things. The students of classes V-IX indulge themselves in this innovative technology as a hobby. So far, they have been learning all the concepts and trying their hands on designing different objects.
FRENCH AND MANDARIN
Being able to communicate in different languages provide you edge over others and enhance your global competency. To upgrade linguistic skills of our students, YPS has introduced two new foreign languages…..FRENCH AND MANDARIN. These have been introduced for classes V-X. It shall give the students the opportunity to select it as one of their subjects in The Board Exams. In today’s competitive world, foreign language knowledge holds great prominence in academic system. It helps the students to understand and converse better and build strong relations globally. Apart from increasing confidence and communication skills, it also provides profound knowledge of different cultures. YPS organises several foreign exchange programmes for the students every year. Now, learning their languages will definitely help them thrive in diverse and interconnected world.