| Students at the Notre Dame Academy fête on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Notre Dame Academy wore a different look on Sunday.
Children, along with their parents, flocked to the school campus to attend a fête. Games, food and fun summed up the Sunday for the little ones and their parents. The function, which was organised by the school, saw an attendance of more than 10,000 people.
Sister Mary Tessy, the principal of the school, looked visibly happy seeing the heavy footfall. “The event was a grand success because people kept coming till the evening. My students and teachers worked very hard to make the event a success. Their labour indeed paid off,” the principal said.
She added that the stalls were beautifully put up and everything, “despite the huge rush, was managed very well”.
For Class VI student Vanshika Lall the fête was a sort of a learning experience that was blended with exuberance.
“We had put up a stall when we were in Montessori but today’s was a different experience. Since we have grown up, we would now surely remember the little things that we had done to make our stall a hit and also to make this event a success,” Lall said.
Lall and her friends had put up a game stall called “Razzle Dazzle”. It’s a number game that also requires a bit of luck.
Shruti Singh, who had helped Lall in putting up the stall, said: “The overall experience was delighting. People turned up in huge numbers at our stall. It was nice to see them bubbling with joy when their numbers popped up on the lucky dais.”
Uditi Priya, also a Class VI student, too, seemed elated during the event.
“The event taught us to manage things using limited resources. The stalls that we had put up are perfect examples on how one can succeed using small resources. Seeing people coming to our stall was a great feeling. The best thing was we had put up a great team spirit,” Priya said.
Members of the Parents Teachers Association of the school also did their bit to make the event grandeur. Not only were they seen at the help desk but they also made arrangements for ambulance in case of adverse situations.
The president of the association, Shahina Khan, said: “Around 85 food and game stalls and 30 corporate stalls were put up at the fête.” Biryani, golgappas, dosa, samosas were some of the dishes that kept the visitors’ taste buds tickling. However, game stalls, especially the housie, were the real crowd pullers. People were seen flocking the counters for game coupons even after the event was winded up.