The Telegraph
Wednesday , May 14 , 2014
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Kids set for a busy summer vacation

- Host of activities for junior students, while seniors use the break to catch up on studies

If you feel that summer vacations only spelt a month-long holiday to laze around, being glued to the television set or reading a long-pending classic, think again.

Schools these days line up a host of programmes — broadly called summer camp — to keep the students busy. Clay modelling, art and crafts, graphics and animation, sports, reading and excursion — with so many activities to choose from summer vacations are anything, but boring. Many children actually look forward to this time of the year to acquire a new skill or pursue a hobby.

“Times have changed and so have schools. We now organise summer camps because vacations mean doing something creative,” said Paromita Roy Choudhury, principal of Narbheram Hansraj English School — the cradle that is hosting a summer camp for primary students and a sports camp for senior classes. While the summer camp for juniors started on May 12 and will conclude May 16, that for the secondary students started on Tuesday and will come to end on May 17.

Like Narbheram Hansraj English School, Sheyn International School, too, had organised summer camps last week. Some of the activities like swimming, horse riding, skating, cricket, film show and computer games are still on.

Jusco School, South Park, however, organised the camp last week, before the cradle closed for vacation.

Parents are naturally happy that the children are busy doing something creative and in the process learning a few skills and making a couple of friends.

“They don’t stay idle at home. Instead of watching television, it is better that they learn something new. For working parents, it’s even better. They hardly get enough leave to go out of city, so summer camps are just perfect for their children,” said father Umang Kumar Sharma.

But, when summer vacations are camping time for youngsters, students of Class IX to XII are bogged down with studies. This month-long holiday means extra classes, particularly for those studying under ICSE schools.

Asked why extra classes are needed, Hill Top School principal Puneeta B. Chouhan said: “Our teachers had to evaluate ICSE papers. The process began from March end and continued till May first week. Hence, they hardly got the time to complete the syllabus. And, most importantly, it is the council’s decision. These extra classes will be over this week.