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More power to Kolkata students as they enjoy flights of fancy

Cultural programmes, puja and exhibition kept pupils busy in spring and early summer

Chandreyee Ghose | Published 12.05.22, 09:01 AM

Sunny Prep. & High School

A cultural programme was organised by the students and teachers of Sunny Prep. & High School to celebrate women empowerment on International Women’s Day. Strong women such as Mother Teresa, Lata Mangeshkar, Indira Gandhi, Mary Kom, Sushmita Sen, Kalpana Chawla and others smiled down at students from the bulletin boards at Sunny Prep. & High School on March 8. The school’s display boards were decorated on the occasion with pictures of some remarkable women. Along with them were attached the photographs of all the teaching and non-teaching staff members. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion, anchored by Indrani Nag, co-ordinator of Classes III and IV.

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The programme began with a song, Tomari matiro kanya, sung by teacher Soma Routh. Co-ordinator Poonam Kumari recited a poem, Naari Shakti. Teacher-in-charge Mahua Ghosh also narrated a Bengali poem, Naari, with co-ordinators Pinki Paul and Paramita Majhi. Principal Pubali Bhattacharya gave a speech followed by the teachers singing both the Scottish and Bengali versions of the song, Ye banks and braes/Phuley phuley dholey dholey. “I am proud to be a woman. On the International Women’s Day, I wish that all women should gather the courage to cross all the hurdles in their lives,” said the principal.

Birla High School, Mukundapur

Birla High School, Mukundapur, celebrated Saraswati Puja on the school premises on February 5. The cultural programme and the puja rituals were streamed live on various social media platforms. The school arena was decorated with garlands and doodles made by the teachers. Only a few students were present in the school, along with a few teachers and other staff members. Sweets were distributed among the ones who attended the event. Pupils, dressed in traditional attire, were thrilled to carry out tasks associated with the puja and offer pushpanjali to the goddess of learning. The event was conducted following all Covid protocols. Class I students began their day by singing Saraswati Vandana and designed the cover page of their e-book. Keeping the adage Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, the students created their own notebook with unused and waste scrap papers. As traditional home-made sweets and prasad are an integral part of Saraswati Puja, a no-fire cooking session saw the students prepare dodhikorma under their teachers’ guidance.

Class II students created a spring scenery with garden waste such as leaves, twigs and stems. A Nearpod presentation and a game of Scavenger Hunt helped the students learn more about the significance and importance of spring. Several dance performances by the students ended the day with a bang.

“Saraswati Puja was celebrated on the school premises with the students of Class VIII, who visited the school after two years. It seemed that the school compound was brought back to life after two years of silence,” said principal Hira Prasad.

Vivekananda Mission School

An exhibition showcases the artistic temperaments of Vivekananda Mission School students and teachers. To allow students to unleash their creativity and revive the artistic temperament during the pandemic, the school organised a virtual art exhibition, Flights of Fancy, on February 28. As cartoons jumped from television screens onto paper and dinosaurs returned from the prehistoric ages, the Primary section kids allowed their imagination to run wild. From mermaids and princesses to Doraemon, Chota Bheem and Spider-man, cartoons were brought to life by the students of Classes I and II. Beautiful depictions of nature, colourful sunsets, animals, were captured on sand paper by the students of Classes III and IV. Furthermore, various colourful masks of cartoon characters, including Motu-Patlu, Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry and so on brought a cheerful change amidst the period of Covid masks.

The event continued to amaze everyone with the splendid artworks of the Secondary section students, who decorated the room with the hues of their talents. The artwork of Classes V and VI covered various Indian festivals, with the human figures strictly abiding by the Covid protocols. Students of Classes VII and VIII came forward with beautiful pieces of folk art depicted on pots and scrolls. Myriads of vibrant and intricate Madhubani and wall paintings, prolonged to beautify the event. The artists of Classes IX and XI came forward to capture the new normal situation which arose because of the pandemic by means of photography and paintings.

Besides, art teachers’ contribution enhanced the glory of the event. “Creativity is something which will enrich the mindset. I thank all the teachers of the art department for organising this exhibition,” said principal Sarmistha Banerjee.

Last updated on 12.05.22, 09:01 AM
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