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Green code at Xavier’s

St. Xavier’s Collegiate School went green this World Cup season, not in support of Algeria or Mexico but for the environment.

Ingenium 2014, in association with The Telegraph You, was a two-day fest hosted by the school’s nature club.

“The success of the fest was in the fact that in spite of Fifa, viral illness and other school fests, students still participated in Ingenium,” said Reverend Father Benny Thomas, the principal. “The aim was to create awareness about the environment but it was also about developing leadership skills. My boys have learnt a lot of lessons in patience and perseverance.”

Loreto House was declared the overall winner. “Ingenium was a lot of fun and it allowed us to think about things a little differently,” said Karishma Swarup, a Class XII student of Loreto House who took part in the photography competition.

The theme for the one-act play competition was Is Green the Only Colour? The host school won the first prize with a play on the co-existence of two colours, green and its dark grey shadow. “The play was about how green is fighting for survival with grey (representing pollution) lurking behind like a shadow,” said Suramya Dasgupta, Class XII, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, who wrote the script.

The model-making competition with the theme sustainable development and conservation of the eco-system also saw a flood of ideas. The girls from Loreto, Eliot Road, made a globe with an earthen pot to depict the journey from agriculture to industry. “We are trying to show the Earth in two halves and how the agricultural to industrial transformation is happening,” said Amreen Jawed, Class XII. The school won the third prize.

In the western band and western dance events, Xaverians won the first prize. “This was our last performance for our school. It was a great feeling to dance in front of our teachers and friends. The best part was when everyone came and praised us,” said Devansh Agarwal, Class XII, who took part in the dance.

The closing ceremony was made special by a fusion of the Feluda and Sherlock Holmes themes presented by ex-students Sukrit (tabla) and Samiran Sen (keyboard).