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Reality check at rehab centre
Festive frenzy-
A group from Raja Rajeshwari Girls Model Corporation School is now having a whale of a time at a five-day children’s festival in China, performing 17 items of dance, mime and drama, courtesy Loreto Sealdah Rainbow Home. The 10 smiling faces posed for the camera before leaving on the trip.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) of St Xavier's College embarked on an eight-day trip to Antara Gram Centre for Deaddiction and Rehabilitation in Baruipur on June 9.

The experience was one of its kind for NSS-ers, because in the process of interacting with the patients they came face-to-face with another reality that exists in our society.

The camp included orientations on mental health, drug addiction, the science of psychiatry and other related topics. The technical sessions on the working of a deaddiction and rehabilitation centre helped the students get rid of the countless pre-conceived notions they had about drug addiction and mental health. A few reflective and meditative sessions were also thrown in.

The inmates of the centre soon made friends with the students. Shared sessions of drama, dance, singing and art-and-craft worked as confidence-building measures for the patients and made them feel part of the mainstream.

The junior section of South Point School put up a colourful performance of various dance forms at its annual prize distribution ceremony at Science City on July 4. Picture by Rashbehari Das

The camp concluded with a cultural programme, in which the inmates of the centre put up a lively show of dance, drama and songs.

The editorial team,
National Service Scheme, St Xavier's College

Dais debut

After weeks of frantic preparation, the new auditorium at Delhi Public School (DPS) Megacity, in Rajarhat, was inaugurated by Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on June 28. From trustees to the junior-most students, all were in attendance.

The amphitheatre will act as the centrepiece in the school's development and will be used for a wide range of events, from theatre and music performances to school assemblies.

After performances by the school bands, dance troupes and choirs, the governor released the school's new magazine, Shrishti, a publication that is designed to outline the school's progress and capabilities and serve as an indicator for parents of prospective students.

Much to the children's delight, the governor's speech was aimed almost exclusively at them, with Gandhi interacting with the youngsters. He even engaged in a bit of banter about the World Cup.

Students welcome Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi at the launch of a new auditorium at Delhi Public School Megacity on June 28. Picture by Sanat Kumar Sinha

Gandhi's address later took on a more serious tone when he reminded the students that 'there are many children who unlike you don't have beautiful grounds to play on'. He encouraged DPS Megacity students to 'make contact with streetchildren, invite them to play with you at your school'.

 

Prize watch

The Pogo Amazing Kids Awards is back to deliver the promise of providing a platform to Indian kids by celebrating their achievements and their heroes. Pogo invites nominations for its kids awards section across multiple areas of excellence, from Indian child prodigies and their parents, to teachers and friends. The categories in this segment this year have been expanded from five to nine.

'Pogo Amazing Kids Awards is the country's only televised kids' awards. We aim to raise the benchmark for children's awards in the country. The grand finale will be on air towards the year-end,' said Vivek Krishnani, director, marketing, Cartoon Network and Pogo India.

Students of Manash Dance Academy performed in aid of thalassaemia patients at Gyan Manch recently

'We have been working with schools for over 14 years now. We are amazed at how bright and talented children are today. Wherever we go, we find them,' added Derek O'Brien, CEO, Derek O'Brien & Associates Pvt Ltd, which will manage the selection and search process.

Pogo Amazing Kids Awards is divided into two sections. While the Pogo Voice Awards will enable kids to exercise their choice in selecting their favourite icons, the Pogo Kids Awards segment will recognise child prodigies.

Kids need to watch Pogo for the various categories and fill up an entry form available online at www.pogo.tv or at Bata or Reliance Web World outlets.

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