School fests arenít only about music and dance or even quiz and elocution. From chess and basketball to PowerPoint presentations, students are keen to outshine each other in every field and make their mark
Interface 2013 presented by the Interact Club of Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan was different not only for its theme — Wear (Women Equality Acceptance Respect) If You Care — but also for events such as chess. It was a close call between St. James’ School and National High School for Boys in the war of minds and the latter finished first. “This is a great way to help students interact with each other. It is also a kind of talent festival. This year’s fest was all the more special because of the pertinent theme,” principal Sunita Sen said.
Chrysalis 2013, the inter-school fest at Delhi Public School-Ruby Park, was as much about sports as anything else. Goalz, the football tournament, saw St. Lawrence High School picking up the winners’ trophy, beating Hariyana Vidya Mandir in the final while the host school finished third. Slam Dunk, the basketball competition, was an all-girl affair and the host school managed to get the better of Calcutta International School.
At Aura, the inter-school autumnal fest hosted by Sushila Birla Girls’ School, grandparents joined the students to try their hand at clay-modelling and PowerPoint presentations. “We are making a presentation on autumn. We are showing the celebration of the season around the world. I am placing the pictures and my grandmother is writing the text,” said Hastim Mehta, Class V, The Heritage School. Principal Sharmila Bose said the focus was on preventing erosion of family values. “Participating in the competition with their grandparents helped children learn how to co-ordinate with them and also gave them some quality time together.”
Non-gas cooking, face painting and chess were some of the popular events at Agusto Utsav, the St. Augustine School fest. A student of the host school also entertained the audience with a few football tricks.
Text by Showli Chakraborty and Shubhi Tandon. Pictures by Arnab Mondal and Sayantan Ghosh