Mangaluru: The Management, staff members and students of St Angela Nursery School-Bejai celebrated their “School Day” with a colorful cultural programme comprising of folk songs, music, skits, a choreography and various other dance performances, including Bollywood style. A galaxy of tiny tots unleashed their hidden talents by performing superbly to wow their teachers and parents- and they received thunderous applaud from the audience.
The celebration began with a procession taken out from the event entrance gate led by Lourdes school band, with dignitaries of the function also taking part in the procession. The formal programme began with a prayer song rendered by school kids, thereby invoking God’s blessings. The audience was predominantly of mixed citizens comprising of parents, teachers, nuns, priests, adults and kids. The dignitaries of the occasion were Chief Guests-Rev Fr Wilson Vitus D’Souza-Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier Church-Bejai, and Rev Fr Michael Lobo- Principal, Lourdes Central School-Bejai; Guests of honour were-Nirmal D’souza-Vice President-Bejai Parish Council, Mrs G Rukmani-parent of a St Angela School kid; and the function was presided over by Rev Sr Lenita D’Souza UFS-Provincial Superior, Mangalore Province. Sr Matilda-Principal and Sr Ancilla Pinto-Correspondent of St Angela School respectively graced the occasion.
“Athithi Devobhava” means “Guest is God”-It’s the attitude of Indians, yes, we are known for hospitality, which has its base in welcoming the guests and recognizing them-which was done by UKG students namely Samudyatha, Teerth, Tejas, Saathvik, Kaushik, Hayden and Saanvi with the words of wisdom. Sr Matilda delivered the school annual report for the year 201415. Wisdom accompanied by experience can work wonders-where Rev Fr Wilson during his speech stressed on the importance of education.
He said, “Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and or research. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one human being to another. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but learners may also educate themselves . Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. As teachers and parents you should play an important role in children’s lives by educating them the right way and also teach them good manners. Today’s children will be tomorrow’s leaders. may God bless these talented kids of St Angela Nursery School, who are no doubt, active and energetic”
Fr Micheal Lobo addressing the audience said, ” Families should work with schools as partners in the education of their children. Developing effective partnerships with families requires that all school staff (administrators, teachers, and support staff) create a school environment that welcomes parents and encourages them to raise questions and voice their concerns as well as to participate appropriately in decision making. Developing partnerships also requires that school staff provide parents with the information and training they need to become involved and that they reach out to parents with invitations to participate in their children’s learning.
Successful school-family partnerships require the sustained mutual collaboration, support, and participation of school staffs and families at home and at school in activities that can directly affect the success of children’s learning. If families are to work with schools as full partners in the education of their children, schools must provide them with the opportunities and support they need for success”..
Sr Ancilla and Sr Lenita D’souza also delivered words of wisdom and wished the kids, teachers and their parents God’s blessings in their lives. A mother always rejoices in her child’s growth- guest of honour Rukmani expressed her feelings being a mother of her kid who has reached greater heights as student of St Angela. Students who excelled in sports were honored during the occasion. There is an end to everything, but we should believe that there is never an end but always a beginning- so before the start of the cultural part of the program, teacher Doreen proposed the vote of thanks.
Now it was time for entertainment- The school children gave mesmerizing performances which received loud applauds from the audience- no doubt the entire cultural programme to mark the “School day” was simply amazing and awesome. Three cheers to the organizers and the teachers who had put all their efforts in arranging a fabulous extravaganza. The cultural program comprised of songs, dances, skits, and a tableau featuring the life/journey of St Angela, which was well portrayed by the tiny tots. Goan dance, Lungi dance, Punjabi dance, Flower dance, Tarzan jungle dance were also featured during the cultural programme.
Special compliments should be showered on tiny comperes of the evening namely Nelson Karkada and Christina Thondeyar for rocking the show with their talented punch lines and excellent vocabulary. Indeed a surprise that kids of such a age can emcee a show so professionally! They were also backed up other comperes namely Sr Smitha, Sr Sushma and their colleagues. Great Show and Great Organizing!