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Sing in the season of joy

This year’s Christmas was different for the students of Calcutta Boys’ School. It was a packed hall of students who had trooped down to Thoburn Memorial Church, at the Calcutta Girls’ High School premises, on December 15 for the Christmas celebrations on the 130th year of the Calcutta Boys’.

The church that opens on to Lenin Sarani wore a colourful look with the spirit of Christmas dawning. The festivity began with a procession followed by a processional hymn sung by the members of the school choir. Reverend N. Prabhuraj, pastor of the church began the ceremony with a prayer.

The high point of the ceremony was the Christmas cantata (picture right by Anindya Shankar Ray), a musical presentation. The cantata, a musical and vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment has a long tradition of Calcutta Boys’ School, informed Raja McGee, the principal.

Titled ‘Shepherds Rejoice’, it described the birth of Christ as narrated by the shepherds. The three shepherds, an angel, Mary and Joseph, were played by students.

Speaking on the school completing 130 years, school captain Saurav Tripathy, said at the end of the service: “It is great to see the school progress in the 13 years I spent here. There are so many memories. I am indebted to my school for what I am today”.

Debarati Mukherjee
Second year, English
Mrinalini Datta College

Cheers for Pointers

MP Md. Salim felicitates a young achiever at the prize distribution ceremony of KDC, a computer education centre for kids, at University Institute Hall

The end of the year saw South Point School donning festive colours for this year’s instalment of Ullas, the annual inter-school festival. Split this year between the school campus and Madhusudan Mancha, Ullas was for children between six and 12 years of age.

About 20 schools from Calcutta participated in the event, including Birla High School (Girls and Boys), Delhi Public School (Megacity and Ruby Park), Modern High School for Girls, Apeejay School and St Thomas Girls’ School. “Ullas gives a platform to young talent and provides a much needed break from books to students. It’s a time of enjoyment and merry–making when they can imbibe important lessons without consciously doing so”, felt principal Madhu Kohli.

Off-stage events held within the school premises included ‘Math-o-Fun’ that demonstrated students’ familiarity with numbers with the help of puzzles and teasers. Also notable was ‘View Point’ (a Powerpoint presentation programme) that tested their ability to grasp basic computer technology.

Other programmes included the quiz show, ‘Quest’, English elocution contest, ‘Rhyme and Rhythm’, and face -painting. The second chapter of the two-day event saw actor Ranjit Mullick dropping in. Through art, dance and drama, the students tried to capture various aspects of being Indian. From ‘Razzmatazz’, a four–minute presentation of episodes from the epics, to ‘Geetotsav’, a group recitation of songs from several Indian communities, nationality and oneness took centrestage.

Western music and dance events ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Footloose’, were also held. “Such programmes are great for teaching children what books can’t teach: the importance of working collectively while boosting their confidence”, said Srikanta Acharya, one of the judges for Geetotsav.

Opashona Ghosh
Second year,
Mass Com. and Videography,
St Xavier’s College

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