Students of Little Flower School take part in a dance competition during Odyssey 2012 on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Welcome Friendship Day on Sunday with a whole lot of new friends, the more the merrier, says JH Tarapore School of Jamshedpur.
The best part about school is making friends, some for life, something that the premier English-medium cradle on Straight Mile Road knows well, which is why on Friday it hosted the 11th edition of Convergence, a two-day fest, where Class V students of a whopping 16 institutions got to meet each other.
Unlike inter-school contests, where students compete against their peers of other schools, here children of various cradles were grouped for non-competitive, collaborative activities that taught them to have fun and learn together. The idea was to help children meet and bond.
“The events are deliberately kept non-competitive, keeping in mind the upcoming Friendship Day. We make it a point to host it a couple of days before,” said teacher and the programme’s primary coordinator Ruksana Garding.
The day began with making friends, an activity where students met in groups of 14 each.
Then, the children took part in Spell Bound, an English workshop which taught them spelling tips, especially those with the same sound but different spellings such as ‘tail’ and ‘tale’.
A personality development session and a maths lesson ended Day One.
Day Two will start with students literally on their toes with a high-energy entertainment session Aaja Nachle, with students presenting a dance performance.
A Hindi creative writing contest Hindi Kavi Sangram will hone and test their writing skills in Hindi.
On the cards are also a session on tips to prepare for a quiz and another on recycle art where they would use polythene bags to create innovative and artistic products.
“We’d like to learn how to reuse something not very attractive such as polythene bags into something artistic. You just need to apply brains. And we are having a gala time hanging out and making friends,” said participant Shreyasee Mukherjee of Sacred Heart Convent School.
Friendship Day is held on the first Sunday of every August, a day that schoolchildren celebrate by tying colourful wristbands.
But the initiative of JH Tarapore School helped children make new friends and lose inhibitions.
A little away in Telco township, Little Flower School ended Odyssey 2012, its annual two-day intra-school contest, with a bang. Students from Classes VI to X took part in around 40 events, which included quiz, dance, singing, a fashion show, collage and face painting.