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Kolkata schoolchildren usher in the festive season

This week students from various schools across Kolkata chose to spread love, soak in a bit of football, organise annual sports and more...

Chandreyee Ghose | Published 30.12.22, 11:10 AM

Sri Sri Academy

Around 550 children spread the message of love in the annual concert of Sri Sri Academy, Calcutta, in association with The Telegraph, Young Metro on December 16 and 17.


The children ushered in the festive season with a musical — Our World of Dr Dolittle — adapted from Hugh Lofting’s book.

The idea for the school concert was born during a discussion on the book by Class IV students.

The children loved Dr Dolittle’s bond with kids and started interpreting the story in their own way through myriad activities. The school concert was an extension of that creativity.

It had every child from the junior school taking part. Close to 30 teachers were involved in the making — from working on the script and props to mentoring the children. Some songs were composed on the occasion. The musical was a lesson on empathy that brought out the creative best and teamwork of the little ones.

The chief guest was storyteller Mira Kakkar, who said the event was a learning experience for children and parents.

The chief guest was storyteller Mira Kakkar, who said the event was a learning experience for children and parents.

The performance of the students left principal Suvina Shunglu emotional. “When 600 students and teachers work on the theme of love and compassion, magic happens and so much learning unfolds,” she said.

M.C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth

M.C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth organised a carnival, Jungle Jingles, on December 17 to mark the onset of winter. 

The carnival, held on the school premises, was arranged for students from Pre-nursery to Class V. The newly admitted students of the school and other Pre-primary schools were invited.

Stall and activities marked the carnival. Students and teachers sang carols with live music. An arena titled Elephants’ Jumbo Gaming Safari had game stalls. Visitors tried their luck at the Wheel of Fortune. The Happy Trails Wonder Zone gave them lovely joyrides. Treats such as phuchkas, momos and tea were available. The Scary House and a puppet show, jointly put up by teachers and students, were a hit. Children thronged at the tattoo and theme-photo booths.

“Kids and their parents have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We are happy to have been able to arrange this winter carnival,” said Kishan Kejriwal, chairman of MCKV Group of Institutions.

Assembly of Christ School, Barrackpore

In this school, Brazil is the champion. To get into the football fever, thanks to Fifa World Cup, students of Assembly of Christ School, Barrackpore, played parallel matches on their school grounds and decorated their school with cut-outs of football icons.

Flags and posters hung all over the school. The students organised in-house matches where four houses represented four World Cup teams. Subhas House, representing Brazil,  finally clinched it, defeating Bhabha House representing France.

“Matches were held and the moves of heroes discussed. But Subhas House or Brazil was the champion in our school,” said principal A.D. Gomes.

St Augustine’s Day School, Barrackpore

The annual sports of St Augustine’s Day School, Barrackpore, was held on December 17 at the Metal and Sports Factory Ground, Ichapore.

The day started with a parade of the four houses, led by school captain Rohini Pal, vice-captains Swapnaneel Ray and Srija Banerjee and respective house prefects. The captain lit the sports flame.

The chief guest was Sanjoy Sen, assistant manager of ISL ATK Mohun Bagan, and the guest of honour was footballer Syed Rahim Nabi.

Principal J. Biswas released two pigeons symbolising peace and harmony. Students wearing red, blue, green and yellow jerseys took part in 200m sprint, obstacle race, 400m relay, football and more. There were yoga, karate and drill displays by the students.

The event also included a Goodwill Relay, where a total of eight schools took part. The students of the evening school and the alumni also took part in some events.

The Tug of War between houses was the most exciting event. Netaji House bagged the trophy for Best March Past. Gandhi House got the Best Discipline award. Azad house was the first runners-up while Tagore House got the Champions Trophy.

“The students were enthusiastic. Through sports we inculcate sportsmanship and the never-give-up attitude in children,” said the principal.

Delhi Public School, Joka

Chrysalis, the annual day of Delhi Public School, Joka, was held on a grand scale this year. Students from the Primary section to high school performed on December 10 and 11. State transport minister Dilip Mondal, SAIL’s chief general manager Siddhartha Banerjee and pro-vice chairman of DPS, Joka, Pawan Agarwal attended the event.

The programme commenced with principal Writuparna Chatterjee’s message followed by judges’ felicitation and distribution of prizes among the students. The cultural programme sought to portray myriad forms of Indian and global culture through songs, dances and drama.

On Day I, Nursery to Class V performed on folk tunes and contemporary rhythms.

Students performed an English play, Peter Pan, highlighting the desire of every heart to hold on to childhood days. There was also a Bengal play Kailash e Bibhrat that took a comic approach to mythology.

Dance recitals on Rabindrasangeet and Hindi play Chakravyu were some of the attractions on Day II. The students performed an excerpt from Shakespeare’s King Lear that won hearts.

“Around 2,500 students performed at the annual day. The enthusiasm was skyhigh. The students practised for months and gave a great show,” said the principal.

Last updated on 30.12.22, 11:10 AM

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