Dusshera Celebration: 30 September
The festival of Dusshera was celebrated with zest and enthusiasm at Inspire on 30 September. The celebration started with the auspicious lighting of the lamp which narrators taking charge of the stage, initiating the celebration with a performance by second and third graders who presented ‘Who is Ram!’ through yoga asanas. A soulful musical performance was presented by students of grade 4 singing ‘Ram-bhajan’, immersing everyone in sacred fervour. A dance depicting the nine aspects of ‘Ma Durga’ described the significance of navratras followed by feet-tapping dandiya performance by students of grade 5. An enactment of the story of Ramayana from birth of Lord Rama to ravana-vadh was depicted through dances and skit. Students of grade 1 brought forth the naughty side of ‘bal-hanumana’ and how he is adored by children and adults alike. Invited parents appreciated the performances of students and expressed their gratitude towards the school for making childrenstay rooted and aware of their traditions. It was a blissful day for parents, teachers and children.
31 August , at Inspire students were all set to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi. A story-telling session was organized by the teachers in their classes related to Lord Ganesha and circle-time discussions were conducted on how Lord Ganesha is associated with auspicious beginnings. Craft activities were conducted by the art department in all classes where children created a huge colourful paper-Ganesha, Ganesha face-masks, 3 D Ganesha, leaf-Ganeshas. Students of prep and grade 5 tried hands on making modak under fireless cooking which was offered as prasad to all.
In attempt to help children understand the magnificence of Hindi as a language, 14 September ‘Hindi Diwas’ was observed at Inspire. Grade 5 presented a special assembly on the splendour of the language and how it occupies a special place in our country and on the world stage at the same time. Children in a vivid manner presented Hindi poetry on stage as ‘Kavita-ras’ and teachers helped them to create ‘shabd-seedi’, ‘dinoke naam’, ‘hindi bhasha keswaroop’,’ hamarerashtriyaprateek’and ‘pustakaavaran’. This not only helped children use their creative minds but also helped them enhance their overall liking towards the subject. Hindi Diwas encourages each child to inculcate respect for the language and helps them understand how languages contribute to civilized societies. Salutations to our mother-tongue!
Independence Day Celebration:
Immersed in patriotic fervour, students at Inspire International Pre-Primary School put forth zestful performances as a part of the Independence Day Celebration on 10 August . Wearing vibrant shades of the tri-colour, the children set the stage ablaze with feet-tapping dances and musical tributes. Students from Grade Nursery and Prep robbed away the hearts of the audience taking charge as little soldiers, dancing to the tunes of ‘Nanah-MunahRahinhoon’, while first and second graders swayed in tandem using tri-coloured balls proclaiming the message of unity aloud. Students from grade 3 paid a tribute to their motherland by singing in tandem to the tunes of ‘We are Indians,’ engaging the audience in the patriotic spirit. Fourth graders presented a glimpse of the training in self-defense with tactics learnt in Taekwondo, a presentation of agility and balance. Students from grade 5 presented a heart-warming enactment depicting the new face of modern India with a mix of classical and contemporary dance performances. With school celebrations as these, we intend to help children blossom through a holistic approach in education, where they stay grounded to their roots and culture, inculcate unity and patriotism and attain a sense of achievement at the same time, learning all the way!
National Sports Day:
Sports being an integral part of the school curriculum, On the occasion of National Sports Day, students at Inspire International Pre-Primary School dedicated an entire week from August 22- August 28 to the field of ‘Sports.’ It was a week full of fun and learning as children were engaged in a plethora of activities around Sports. Circle-time discussions comprised of talks about national and international sports-personalities who have made a mark in their respective sport and the qualities that helped them do the same. Students, through a special assembly shared their research done about specific sports and presented it on stage in a vivid manner. The week was divided amongst different age groups of children for fun-races comprising of sack-races, balance the ball, lemon-spoon, obstacle course, races on skates, hurdle and relay races. Children also exhibited taekwondo tactics, conveying the idea of intelligent self-defense. Fourth and fifth graders showcased ‘mindful-yoga’ and explored the power of fit mind in a flexible body. Children enjoyed rounds of table-tennis, chess and air-hockey as indoor sports. The overall aim of the sports week was to reinforce the importance of fitness, agility and body-control, simultaneously helping children learn life-skills of self-discipline, team-spirit and resilience along with a sense of achievement. Cheers to Sports!
World Nature Conservation Day& World Tiger Day:
Taking on the role of crusaders of Nature, on 28 July, circle-time discussions were set abuzz with discussions at school around the importance of preserving natural resources and the need to safeguard nature. Students displayed messages on placards around the school compound on themes like ‘Conservation of resources’, ‘No plastic for me’ and ‘Take Responsibility!’.Students prepared posters based on the theme depicting methods to conserve nature. This was followed by a pledge taken by the student, promising to be the champions of changeand initiating it by altering personal habits that sum up to saving natural resources. A pinboard was created by students for all to ponder and reflect upon and to encourage all to join hands to the cause.
Being a majestic part of nature, on 29 July, ‘World Tiger Day’ was celebrated with a vibrant mix of activities to build an understanding in the minds of children as to how the majestic cat is reducing consistently in number due to the actions of man. Fun craft activities like making a tiger-masks, pencil-tops, writing and painting of slogans on the theme were conducted. A special poem recitation activity was organized for fourth and fifth graders on the theme.Students of grade Nursery and Prep covered a huge tiger cut-out with stripes and made tiger faces with fork painting. The day was concluded with a promise by all the Inspirians to continue their efforts till they are able to create an impact around them. The school recognises the complete dependency on the bounties of nature and acknowledges the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.