Mangaluru: “You took time to listen and to hear, to laugh, to just be there.” – Teachers are more than automaton instructors, pounding away on the chalkboard all day. They are mentors and inspirations, and Teacher’s Day is all about appreciating your teachers – it’s a day when students remember to go up to their teachers and tell them how much they appreciate them. And that’s exactly what the hundreds of students belonging to Mount Carmel Central School- Mary Hill here did by expressing their love and gratitude to their “Teachers” by organizing a “Teacher’s Day” bash filled with tributes, prayers, songs, dance and skit.
Teachers have always been the guiding force for the students, who have inspired them to move ahead and achieve much in life. Teacher’s Day is the right time for the students to express their feelings of thankfulness and gratitude towards the teachers. It is a time when students show their affection to them. Teacher is someone who inspires you, encourages you and makes you capable enough to face all the odds of life. This is why a special day, known as Teacher’s Day, is dedicated to teachers, providing students the perfect chance to honor them. A true teacher is not someone who just teaches academic lessons to his/her students. Rather, he/she is like a guide, who helps the students in each and every sphere of life, by giving the right advice. They are future makers.
None of the achievers in this world has attained a feat without the guidance of a teacher. Teacher’s Day is a special occasion for students to honor their teachers and thanking them for being the guiding light in their lives. Teachers play a significant role in our lives. Right from kindergarten to college, they teach us and enlighten us on all aspects of learning. They guide and inspire us to have a sense of purpose in life and goad us to pursue the right career path. They mold us to become better human beings and social citizens of the world.It is impossible to measure the immense contribution that teachers have made in our lives.
Yes, Teacher’s Day celebrations are undertaken to honor teachers for their sincere efforts to impart knowledge to their students. By organizing “Teacher’s Day” celebrations the students conveyed their message that they cared for their teachers, just as they do. Celebrating the festival is the recognition of the devotion, with which, teachers undertake the responsibility of educating a child academically as well as morally. In one of the skit, school students dressed up like their teachers and taught their juniors, the same way as their teachers do.
Apart from being the day when the students gave recognition to their teacher’s hard work, the festival also brought out a healthy interaction between students and teachers, wherein the latter recognized the teaching capability of the former. The thoughtful and respectful “Teacher’s Day” celebrations reflected the fact that the students cared for their beloved teachers- and in response the teachers appreciated what the students did for them on this “TD”. The ceremonious occasion was celebrated with various performances by the students, like dance, skit, mimicry of teachers, games, thanksgiving, music and so on. And the teachers also actively participated in the proceedings of the event. The cultural programme put up by the students, was followed by a get-together of teachers, where they had some interactions, games, sumptuous lunch ending with a baila session.
It is said that, “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart”. The school cabinet along with the students of class X, XI and XII organized a lovely programme for all the teaching and non teaching staff. Prior to the formal “Teacher’s Day” celebrations, the students cabinet had organized exciting games like treasure hunt, musical chairs, throw ball and a tug of war for the teachers on the 3rd of September. The teachers enthusiastically took part in these games which gave them an opportunity to loosen up and enjoy. This was followed by a programme held on 4th September. Chris Cardoza welcomed the gathering. The dances and songs created a magical blend of moves and melody, with the teachers dancing to the beats. The skits depicted the roles of the teaching as well as non teaching staff. A video was played on how teachers mould student’s lives. With some spot games the teachers enjoyed themselves. Students also expressed their gratitude to all the teachers by their warm words.
The celebrations began with a prayer song, followed by the two girl comperes namely Nikitha Choudhary and Vinitha Monis expressing their thoughts and feelings about their Teachers- they said, ” Teachers are a significant part of every one’s life. They show us the right path and groom us to become a better citizen and a better person. They teach us to face the most difficult challenges of life and get through them, easily. Teacher’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for the students to extend their sincere gratitude to their teachers, for being an influential part of their life. The teachers act as the guide for life, show the path towards success and enrich the personality of their disciples by imparting ethical and academic knowledge. On this “day” we say a big thank you and appreciate everything what the teachers have done to us. May God bless our teachers-our mentors”.
In response, appreciating the efforts put by the students in organizing the event, Sr Melissa AC- the Principal said, ” A teacher is someone who is the mentor of your life. Right from the nursery teacher who taught you to identify the alphabets to the one who was your guide at the Math or computer project, a teacher has been the guiding force of your life. He/She is the one who made you the expert of the subject you are and also, been the motivational factor behind your success.Teachers are one of the greatest people whom you can across in your life. They are not only the selfless givers but also the mentors of your life. At every step of your life, you come cross teachers who devote their entire life in the enlightenment of students like you. Respect and obey your teachers, and you will be all good students coming out in flying colors in your academics.”
Prizes were given to teachers who had won in various contests. Sr Carissima AC-Administrator, Sr Ida Barboza AC- Joint secretary, Sr Snehal AC-Vice Principal were among the hundreds of students and teachers of MCCS who took part in the celebrations. Kudos to “Head Girl” Radhika Bansal and “Head Boy” Chris Cardoza and the Cabinet leaders for putting up a great show for their beloved teachers. I end this article with 10 “Teacher’s Day” quotes from PM Narendra Modi on the eve of Teachers Day, during a video-conferencing session with 800 students and 60 teachers from various schools in New Delhi.
1. Students are an image of teachers
2. Mother gives birth to a child, teacher gives life
3. There will hardly be anyone in the world who will not admit the role of their mother and teacher in their life.
4. What teachers say to us, we will remember for the rest of our lives.
5. I bow to all the teachers. It is the teachers who make the generations.
6. If a teacher does not invest in his students, he/she is incomplete.
7. A true teacher never retires
8. Life is not shaped by one person. It’s a continuous process to remain receptive. Always learn from everything.
9. We have to see that our kids do not become robots. They should appreciate arts. Without arts, life is robotic.
10. I think teachers should write their memoirs. This will reflect their involvement in the lives of several students.
About Teacher’s Day :
In India, 5th September is celebrated as Teachers Day as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was a well-known diplomat, scholar, the President of India and above all, a teacher. When some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, he said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege, if 5th September is observed as Teachers day”. From then onwards, the 5th of September has been observed as Teachers Day, in India.
In the year 1965, some of the prominent students of Late Dr S. Radhakrishnan organised a gathering to pay obeisance to that Great Teacher of repute. In that gathering, in his speech Dr Radhakrishnan expressed his deep reservation regarding his birth anniversary celebration, and emphasised that his birth anniversary should be celebrated as ‘Teachers Day’, by paying homage to other Great Teachers of India and Bangladesh. Since the year 1967, 5th September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day till date. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was one of his closest friends throughout, had many great things to say about Dr. Radhakrishnan: “He has served his country in many capacities. But above all, he is a great teacher from whom all of us have learnt much and will continue to learn. It is India’s peculiar privilege to have a great philosopher, a great educationist and a great humanist as her President. That in itself shows the kind of men we honour and respect.”