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Students pick up the racquets, recall the past

Here's what kept the students and schools busy in winter

Chandreyee Ghose | Published 09.03.23, 12:05 PM

Modi Public School, Siliguri

Modi Public School, Siliguri, hosted the 7th NBSSC Badminton Tournament 2022-23 on their school grounds. Students from 14 CBSE schools in North Bengal took part in the tournament. Around 69 players locked horns, exhibiting sharp playing skills.


The fixture of the tournament was prepared in presence of the school officials to maintain fair practice.

Principal of Modi Public School, Siliguri, Jayanta Pal flagged off the tournament. He wished all the players luck. The tournament was broadly divided into singles (boys and girls) and doubles (boys and girls).

The chief guest was Joy Tudu, deputy commissioner of police, HQ and east division, Siliguri.

Fifty-two matches were played out displaying talent and nail-biting finishes. The day proved to be a momentous one for Modi Public School, Siliguri, as all the winners’ trophies were bagged by the players of the school. Ayushi Chakraborty won the girl’s singles title, while Asmit Agarwal won the boy’s singles trophy.

Carol Chhetri, Ayushi Chakraborty and Keziah Kempe Pakhrin won the team championship in the girl’s category, while Asmit Agarwal, Devank Maheshwari, Dionusia Vanlaremruata and Ryan Kempe won it for the boys.

“The idea of the tournament is to promote talent from North Bengal. Our school is lucky to have students who are performing very well at the national level. This competition was meant to give all aspiring players an exposure, so that they can assess where they stand,” said the principal.

Calcutta Public School, Kalikapur

Students of Calcutta Public School, Kalikapur, celebrated their 29th foundation day on February 16. The school was established by its current principal, Proma Das, in 1994.

On the special occasion, the school auditorium was decorated with carpets, balloons and in bright colours.

The day started with students and teachers giving their school 29 claps to signify its journey towards excellence over as many years.

The students were given chocolates as a mark of celebration.

The school had organised some drawing activities on the occasion for the students of Classes IV to VIII.

The students also gifted their school potted plants to make it greener.  Armed with placards that said — “East or West, CPS Is The Best”, “Expect Success, Expect The Best” and many more slogans — the students made a round outside the school. They joined the Literary Club members, who presented a street play on gender equality.

The main programme was held in the school auditorium. Members of the science club gave an introductory speech and the students sung Baar baar din yeh aaye.

There were presentations by the quiz and tech talk clubs. The latter showcased the school’s growth over the year. The games club members showed how they master the human pyramid formations. The dance club students took to the stage to groove to the latest hot number, Calm down.

“Calcutta Public School, Kalikapur, completed 29 wonderful years. Seeing the school, that we built from scratch, make such progress over the years is a fulfilling experience. This school wouldn’t have been so successful without the co-operation of the teachers, helpers and the students. All of them were equally excited about the foundation day as I was. The children put their heart and soul into the performances and excelled in them,” said the founder-principal.

Orchid The International School

Sending time with the lonely, making them smile and developing empathy — that’s what the students of Orchid The International School did to mark World NGO Day on February 27.

As children of Class VII spent a few hours with the senior citizens of Sandhya Mita, an old-age home for women in Baguihati, they enriched their own lives in the process as well.

Besides interacting the students gifted the “grandmothers” some potted plants. They also decorated the balcony and the corridors of the old-age home with the potted plants and celebrated the spirit of a good, clean and green environment by cutting a cake.

The elderly citizens were also treated to some lovely music, performed by the students. Some residents also joined in. In the end, some were left emotional while others clapped along.

“We always motivate our students to share their joys and happiness with everyone in society. I’m glad the students visited the old-age home and spent quality time with the senior citizens. It is also our responsibility to make the environment a safer and green place. Our school is green, so on World NGO Day, we decided to give the residents of the old-age home a greener environment too,” said principal Sharmili Shah.

K.E. Carmel School, Amtala

A cultural programme, Gravitas 2023, marked the 30-year celebration of K.E. Carmel School, Amtala.

The school invoked its patron saint, St Chavara, on the occasion. The chief guest was dancer-actress Indrani Dutta.

Students from all classes performed on their special day, bringing alive cultures and languages from around the globe.

The performers were selected following an audition. Rigorous rehearsals took place before the main day, ensuring perfection in the movements. Vibrant music, dance and drama highlighted art and tales from different countries.

A play from Portugal on racial discrimination and a presentation of a Chinese carnival stole the show.

On the milestone year, principal Father Jojo Thuruthayil CMI honoured the founders of NGO Ashabari with a cash award of Rs 1 lakh. The members of the school took a pledge to fight for humanity and continue their social service.

The Class X and XII board achievers were also applauded on the occasion.

“The two years of pandemic drifted us apart, but we managed to adjust our sails, cross all the hurdles and embark on a journey of glory, joy and togetherness. I am so happy with the innovative ideas that our young learners are coming up with. May God bless us to accomplish the dream and motto of our school — To plant and nurture,” said the principal.

H.M. Education Centre

Students of Classes III to XII of H.M. Education Centre put their creative foot forward at the senior annual day held in the school auditorium last year. The theme of the programme was Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

The stage was decorated with handmade flowers, cutouts of trees and balloons.

Sumit Modi of Class XII and Sarah Khan of Class XI, along with teachers Amrita Ghosh and Arpita Ghosh Samaddar, hosted the programme. 

The event began with a dance recital to Ganesh Vandana. The inaugural lamp was lit and the choir, consisting of students of Classes III to X, sang the school song

Principal Sonita Roy delivered the welcoming speech. The chief guest was artiste Satinath Mukhopadhyay, while the guests of honour were artistes Soumitra Basu and Subhomoy Basu.

The students presented a medley of musical recitations in English, Hindi and Bengali. The school choir from Classes VII to XI presented a patriotic song, Ei Desh Amar, written and composed by in-house teachers Sudipto Santra and Sourav Chakraborty. The choir also presented a rendition of Vande Mataram.

A mime act titled, India Fight Backs, held up for the audience some glimpses of the freedom struggle and the bravery of the freedom fighters. Teachers Sudipto Santra and Sourav Chakraborty also presented a mashup of two songs, Muktiro Mondiro Shopanotole and Dhonno Ami Jonmechi Maa.

The school band presented a classical fusion rendition. The programme ended with a fusion dance performance on unity in diversity. Traditional dances of different states were performed in this segment by the students of Classes III to XI. The curtains came down to a standing ovation.

“It was a wonderful programme, the result of the hard work both by the students and the teachers. They rehearsed tirelessly for 20 days before the occasion. The students also gave off their best. We were all left mesmerised,” said the principal.

Bidya Bharati School, Behala

Teachers and students of Bidya Bharati School, Behala, celebrated International Mother Language Day, or Bhasha Dibash, with a short programme on February 21.

The teachers sang Banglar mati, Banglar jol to mark the beginning of the event. Students of Class IV took part in an inter-house recitation competition, in which they recited works of Bengal’s young rebel poet Sukanta Bhattacharya.

The judges, writer Anindita Patra and an avid reader of Bengali literature Dali Sen Sarma, were impressed with the students’ diction, pronunciation and recitation skills.

Class IV students also presented a dance performance, Amar Ekush.

The students danced to the song, Ami banglay gaan gayi ami banglar gaan gayi.

The audience also started singing, making the programme lively.

“Mother language is a language in which first words are spoken and thoughts expressed. The purpose behind celebrating Bhasha Dibash is to appreciate our mother tongue and inculcate its significance in the young minds,” said Moutushi Chakraborty, teacher-in-charge of the school.

Last updated on 09.03.23, 12:05 PM

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