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Return of innocence, tributes and fun lessons in Kolkata schools

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Chandreyee Ghose | Published 15.12.22, 09:33 AM
Shri Shikshayatan School

Shri Shikshayatan School

Shri Shikshayatan School

Students of Shri Shikshayatan School had a wonderful time on Children’s Day. The teachers had planned a special treat for them on the school grounds.

The programme started with a welcome note by the teacher-emcee Varsha Chetri followed by a speech from the headmistress of junior section Poushali Mukherjee.


The headmistress and teachers of the junior section presented a dance drama — The Wizard of Oz.

A motivational speech by secretary-general and CEO of Shikshayatan Foundation, Bratati Bhattacharyya, melted every heart.

Other guests included deputy secretary general V.K. Agrawal, principal Sangeeta Tandon and others.

For the senior section, teachers Madhushree Dasgupta and Soma Shome were the emcee.

Coloured pencils, colouring and sketchbooks were distributed to the underprivileged children of Swopnopuron Welfare Society an NGO in Sundarban. There was a mellifluous presentation by Bhattacharyya that mesmerised the students and staff. A medley of songs and a captivating dance performance by the teachers was the icing to the cake.

A hilarious drama on language — Spoken English Institute — made the students break into peels of laughter.

A fascinating fashion show Ashes and Roses conveyed the message that roses have thorns. The students were thrilled when their principal was on the stage as a participant. The deputy secretary-general of Shikshayatan Foundation asked the girls to remain happy always.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks by the assistant head girl, Khushi Kothari.

Principal Sangeeta Tandon said: “The Wizard of Oz was beautifully enacted by the teachers. The students were delighted to see their teachers in different costumes. It is a story of courage, very relevant in these times.”

“We wanted to bring out the child in everyone and that is what made the event very successful. The child inside the teachers got out as they performed for the children. It brought us all a lot of joy,” said Bratati Bhattacharyya.

Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir

Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir (BGKV) organised an invitational girls’ football tournament, SOCCER-22, from November 10 to 14 on its grounds.

The tournament was sponsored by the German Football Academy. About seven schools from all over Calcutta participated in the event. They were, Ashok Hall Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Aditya Academy Secondary School, Barasat, Aditya Academy Senior Secondary School, Dumdum, Sri Aurobindo Institute, Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, Ruby Park Public School and the host school.

Principal of BGKV Arun Kumar Dasgupta, vice-principal Monami Chattopadhyay and deputy director Sujata Ghosh were the guests at the final match.

Aditya Academy Secondary, Barasat and Delhi Pubic School, Ruby Park, played the finals with the former clinching it.

The match commenced at 2.30pm. Anushka Biswas of Aditya Academy Secondary, Barasat, became the Best Player of the Tournament and the Best Player of the Match was bagged by Puja Ray of the same school.

“Football should be encouraged among girls too. This tournament was BGKV was an attempt to popularise the beautiful game among girls,” said the principal.

Orchids The International School

Children as well as their parents had a blast at a fun fair organised by Orchids The International School on November 14.

The fun-filled event, with its games and activities, took the participants back to their childhood days. The footfall was around 600 from all over the city.

The event was open to all and its entry was free. The school recreated games from the 80s and 90s, taking the parents back to their childhood as well. An exciting array of games including Big Bouncy Castle, Balloon Darts, Ring Toss, Balloon Sculpture, Musical Chair, Lemon Spoon and Magic Show were organised, providing a platform for the parents and children to bond and have fun together.

“This Children’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the inner child in each one of us, even the parents. The fun fair event was organized for parents to relive their childhood games with their kids. We are absolutely thrilled with the response we received across the branches. We hope to create more such occasions in future” said Sharmili Shah, the principal.

Assembly of Christ School, Barrackpore

Two ex-students of Assembly of Christ School, Barrackpore have been part of the Unesco-supported film, Dostojee, that has been hogging international accolades lately.

Co-producer Prosenjit Nath and assistant director Saptarshi Paul came back to their school after about 20 years to share their journey with the current students on November 3. The film revolves around two friends belonging to two different religious communities who suffer a setback due to unavoidable circumstances.

It was a proud moment for Nath and Paul to share this tale of friendship at the alma mater where their friendship had bloomed.

The school welcomed them with warm hearts and the current pupils also performed for the ex-students. Their teachers were also full of pride as Nath and Paul screened the trailer of their film and motivated the present pupils to work hard, give shape to their dreams and make their school proud in the days to come.

The school extended its best wishes to the entire team of Dostojee with the hope that the film travels places and shares the message of true friendship, love and peace.

“It was an inspiring session for all the students. The primary section loved the plot of the film and the secondary section got inspired to follow their dreams too. The children also watched special screening of the film later. We could not be more proud,” said principal A.D. Gomes.

Asian International School

Students of Asian International School selected scientist and former president of the nation APJ Abdul Kalam as the personality of the month in October. Activities were organised to know the Missile Man of India a little better. This was part of the school’s Beyond Book Learning initiative.

Students of Classes VI to VIII made beautiful portraits of Kalam. They also made attractive models and posters displaying the major events of his life. While some narrated his poems, others shared his inspiring quotes with their classmates. The students highlighted Kalam’s journey from Rameswaram to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“Children must be aware of the contributions of our scientists. The tribute was meant to teach students in a holistic way,” said principal Vijaylaxmi Kumar.

St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar

Students and teachers of St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar, visited the Indian Museum and M. P. Birla Planetarium on November 1 as part of their educational trip. The aim of the excursion, meant for Classes VI and VII, was to help the students learn by seeing exhibits.

The first stop was the Indian Museum. The students made rounds of the different galleries, getting to know more about the evolution process, fossils, skeletons of different animals. The animal gallery interested them as much as the Egyptian room. The main attraction in the latter room was the mummy. History teacher Soutrik Chatterjee gave the students an insight into the Egyptian civilization and mummies. The children also visited the sculptures and textile rooms.

Next stop was the M.P. Birla Planetarium. The students watched a show Cosmic Collision here, where they were told about the origin of the planets, comets, black hole and solar storms. As the show ended, the students were full of questions.

The group also made rounds of the St Paul’s Cathedral. It was an interesting outing for all.

Principal Rodney Borneo said: “This was yet another initiative to help students learn in a fruitful way. Learning becomes a lot more productive, colourful and permanent when students get a chance to see what they have learnt. Young minds are always keen for such immersive experiences.”

Sushila Birla Girls’ School

The young tots of Sushila Birla Girls’ School brought alive a timeless tale on stage at their annual concert on November 25. Children of Kindergarten upheld the value of keeping a promise with their delightful dramatisation of Robert Browning’s masterpiece, The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Dressed in colourful costumes the children showcased their talents for the first time as they ventured out of the comfort zones of their homes.

They worked tirelessly under the guidance of their teachers to put up this programme which was a visual delight for all.

“We were delighted to host our KG concert after two years. Both our teachers and students had put in a lot of effort to make the show a success,” said headmistress Vidisha Panja.

Last updated on 15.12.22, 09:33 AM

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