School magazines are something bookworms look forward to with bated breath, for these are definitely worthy of being stored for posterity.
The trend of schools publishing their students’ creations took off around a-decade-and-a-half ago in Patna. A look around the institutions reveals the interest and the niche the magazines have created on and off campus.
The editorial board, comprising teachers and students, sit with the contributions and the result is a mix of school events, stories and messages from the authorities.
“Our magazine, Karenoscope, covers events in the school and achievements of students. The students send in their snapshots, poems, essays and articles. If we manage to get an interview of any known personality, we publish that too,” said Seema Singh, the principal of St Karen’s High School. Memory of sitting in on the board is exhilarating for many. One of them is DAV, BSEB, 2012 alumnus Siddhant. He said: “Being a member of the editorial group was an edifying experience. The group was a set of intellectual thinkers and writers.
“We used to receive a heap of articles from the students and had to make sure that the good ones found pride of place in the magazine. Shortlisting was a tedious job. We had to be extremely organised for this,” he recounted.
Love for the school magazine spurred many, with not much interest in textbooks, to devour the publications.
“Our magazine is packed with riddles, puzzles, jokes and snapshots. I love it,” chirps Maria, a Class VII student of Notre Dame Academy.
Her mother, Fatima Shazi, said: “This little devil of mine groans at the thought of opening a book but amazingly, she reads the school magazine with great interest.”
Priya Shankar, a Class IX student of the DAV, Gola Road, said: “Craze for the school magazine is worth seeing on our campus. The moment the magazine is distributed among students, they forget every thing else and get busy in exploring it.”
Beerendra Prasad, a teacher at Gyan Niketan School, sought to explain the growing excitement around magazines. “Initially, the students hesitated in coming forward with articles but over the past few years, they have bid their shyness goodbye because of the exposure to different forms of media. We are now flooded with articles.”
If students are learning to leave their shyness behind, some are also ideating. For instance, Don Bosco Academy has charted fresh waters by uploading its first digital magazine. Vice-principal Eric Rozario said: “It is more of a video log than an e-magazine. You could call it a beta version (in development) of the e-magazine we are going to launch in two months.”
On the novelty, Rozario said the Class X students of the 2012-2013 batch had taken the initiative to bring it out. “They brought their own cameras and recorded activities in the school. They said it was their tribute to the school.”
On school magazine Portal, he said: “Over the past 15 years, our magazine has undergone many changes. Since the school has grown in terms of activities and events, the magazine content has also increased. The quality of printing has also improved — it has better pictures, better pages and more content.”