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Kolkata schools focus on tradition & modernity

While Shri Shikshayatan held its annual sports meet partially online, staff members of St Augustine’s Day School, Barrackpore, celebrated International Women’s Day

Chandreyee Ghose | Published 26.05.22, 08:27 AM

Shri Shikshayatan School

The annual sports meet of Shri Shikshayatan School was held partially online. The day began with the sub-junior category’s (Class VI) flat race. The next race in this category was lemon and spoon where the participants had to balance a lemon on a spoon in their mouth. The third event for the sub-junior category was spot skipping.

The events of the junior category (Classes VI and VII) included a flat race, balancing a marble on a spoon and a jump over the cone race. The junior category students also showcased a graceful drill performance. The Senior-I Category (Class IX and X) took part in flat race, obstacle race and dribbling the ball. Senior-II (Class XI and XII) took part in a balance race and bowling, among others.

“Taking part in the annual sports day helped me display my athletic abilities. I enjoyed the wonderful experience, and I look forward to participating in the years to come. I hope we’re able to have a full-fledged sports meet next session, with a cheery audience and the sound of the loud drums,” said Avishikta Hazra of Class VI.

“Even though the annual sports meet was held online, there was a twist. Few events were conducted on the school premises signifying that normality is bound to return. Undoubtedly, there is hope and good cheer all around as the sports meet was the first event that got the students back to school,” said principal Sangeeta Tandon

St Augustine’s Day School, Barrackpore

Staff members of St Augustine’s Day School, Barrackpore, celebrated International Women’s Day with a programme in the school on March 8.

Under project Sampoorna, the school provides the underprivileged girls of the locality with a platform to showcase their talents. They sang songs, danced to the tunes of Aay tobe sohochori and so on. The audience applauded the power-packed recital of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan’s poem Jhansi Ki Rani by Ishika Mahato. The recitation of the poem, I am Woman & Nari by Payel Mukherjee and Sankrita Majumdar was much appreciated. Mathematics teacher of the institute’s evening school Sayantani Ghosh concluded her address in Bengali with the words — “Amra naari, amra sob paari…”

Special accommodations were made for the girls’ mothers to watch their daughters perform. The girls wished their mothers with handmade cards prepared by them.

The audience was reminded of the message of women empowerment at all levels — “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” as said by the UNs’ given theme. The male staff members of the school also presented a short cultural programme for the lady teachers.

The school’s CEO and secretary Amitava Chowdhury took to the stage to thank all the women members of the school for being strong and supportive, wishing them happiness. School president Janet Gasper Chowdhury shared an inspiring message with a recital of a self-written poem.

“I was happy to take part in this programme as it boosted my confidence. For the first time, I got such an opportunity to speak in front of esteemed dignitaries,” said Class VII student Sankrita Majumdar. Principal J. Biswas spoke about the importance of educating girls, instead of pushing them into early marriage.

“We believe girls’ education changes everything. In our institute, we not only teach subjects such as computer, maths and English to our evening school students, but also expose them to cultural activities on occasions like this. We want to nurture them, so that their dreams turn into reality,” said principal Jhuma Biswas.

LMET International School

LMET International School arranged a farewell programme for Classes X and XII on April 20. Situated in Bairgachhi, the school celebrated the event in its first-floor auditorium with more than 300 students, teachers and special guests as the audience. A music band of Behrampore named Chorus graced the event. Musicians played several Bengali and Hindi songs.

School chairman Prakash Ghosh delivered a motivating speech on the occasion. He said the institution had grown gradually and it became a centre of excellence. “Our teachers have flourished in their arena as well,” said the chairman.

He also assured the students that the school would stand with them through thick and thin.

Principal Papia Basak said: “This is not the ultimate goodbye. The outgoing students of Class XII will definitely be in touch with the institution in some way or the other. Those from Class X will come back here after a month or two, and we are going to welcome them once again in Class XI. Therefore, it’s a temporary goodbye. Actual farewell can never be given to you, because the students will always be there in their teachers’ hearts and memory.”

H.M. Education Centre

It was a moment of pride and honour for H.M. Education Centre, Hooghly, to launch the eighth edition of the annual school magazine, HYMN. The event took place in the school in the virtual presence of many dignitaries. The magazine contains writeups of the students and the teachers in English, Hindi and Bengali, apart from a gallery of photographs of the school events. It also features the students’ drawings and their snapshots. Teacher Priti Mahajan is the editor-in-chief of this edition.

“The e-magazine, Hymn, Manifestations of Aesthetic Blooms, is an endeavour to stimulate young minds to delve deep into the ocean of knowledge and pen down the experience and pleasure derived therein. It encompasses all that a school journal probably can. It contains quotes from our dignitaries, interviews of notable alumni, an extensive gallery of pictures from the school events and impressive articles by students and teachers,” said principal Sonita Roy.

CULTURAL BOND

The ambassador of Ireland to India, Brendan Ward (in picture), speaks at Children’s Foundation School (CFS) as students and staff members celebrate the institution’s 40th anniversary and Rabindra Jayanti together on May 9.

The students presented a dance drama on the occasion that aimed at awakening the soul. They also paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore as well as Swami Vivekananda through their performances. The staff members joined in, singing some soulful renditions of Rabindrasangeet and creating an ambience of peace and love. Through their performances, the youth celebrated their alma mater, its values, the joy of learning and the spirit of courage.

“We believe in English medium education that is rooted in Indian culture. The Rabindra Jayanti celebration is an integral part of the school calendar. This year we celebrated our 40th anniversary along with it. We wanted to give the Irish ambassador a taste of our tradition and culture and begin this milestone year on a memorable note,” said principal Rumela Roy

Last updated on 26.05.22, 11:09 AM
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