Children love this, grandparents look forward to this, parents heave a sigh of relief, teachers wait with bated anticipated … yes! It is the summer vacation.. . A more relaxed schedule after a frenzied pace of activities is all that one is really looking forward to.
It has one more glorious year of happenings and events at school. With 8 International Awards, 27 National Awards,19 State Awards and several district level recognition and prizes, from academics to theatre to sports to research in Science, we won a place in every field.. While we all feel happy about our students’ achievements, it is important to strive harder and explore more learning opportunities and challenge our own records each time. More importantly, enjoy the moments of one’s own learning. I believe that if S is the path to success starting at the bottom point of S, we move up and when we reach the tip of the S, we must realise that it is time to start once again with an S. Our journey of life is thus made of many such S formations all linked with each other. One must take care to see that the link is not broken. We are all life-long learners.
The theme that ran across the school during the last week was – “Walking the Extra Mile”. The Kinder -Garteners had fun with the Merry Go Round, the mini Giant wheel, the fun rides that was brought to the school premise to avoid making a trip out in the hot April weather.. The kids even told me ,” We are lucky ..we have two picnics.” The joy and the twinkle in their eyes and the excitement and enthusiasm of their teachers was worth all the efforts. The parents’ involvement with plays and presentations with social messages for an eco – friendly celebration of festivals was a learning experience for the kids. The teachers’ puppet show for the kids too brought joy to the kids. The “Food from all States” saw such a wide variety of dishes from each region that left me wondering, why we need to run behind the Chinese, Mexican, Thai food when a little bit of creativity will add the right spice to the already varied fare we have in our country. I was so over-fed that I had to request some of them to allow me to decline the plate but one of the boys from Kerala who wore the traditional mundu said, “You have to eat the Appam because my father made it before he left for work . He makes the best Appams in our family.” I couldn’t refuse him because I saw pride in his eyes and his chest up with pride.
We also hosted the Wonder Chef Team challenge with 6 teams of 6 members with four 13 and 14 year old boys and girls with two mentors – one from among the teachers and the other from among parents. We had chef Shantanu Gupte from Food food program, Chef Sanay from the Satkar Group and Chef Suzaane from the UK as the judges. It was one of the most creative and innovative cooking that I experienced. Parents and teachers played their roles of being mentors to the hilt. Students benefited from the expertise of their mentors. To give a twist to the event, the mentors changed teams during the course of the Challenge. The purpose of this event was to provide students with life- skills - Communication, strategic planning, time – management, problem solving, creativity. Chef Shantanu Gupte shared his experiences as a newbie in the field of cookery with the participants. Not wanting to be left behind, the teachers had fun learning to make different veggie Kebabs.
A lot of children are participating in Sports to begin their days on a physically active note. The matches, the activities, the workshops and training sessions for teachers are making us feel that the school is still in session. But, vacations are essential to unwind and energise. They must be relaxing for all. In our quest to learn many skills, holidays should not become an extension of their everyday schedule followed all year round. It is time to stand and stare, smell the freshness of the new dawn, feel the gentle breeze in the park, hear the chirping of the birds that fly back home every evening, watch the sea waves …. It costs nothing but provides the best experiences by sheer observation. .
Looking back, at the year gone by, O Wow ! – is all that I can say. Let me hum the vacation tune too…
Happy holidays !!!