Welcome back to School

WELCOME BACK

We are back after a long hiatus of two months. Hope all of you utilized this period to revitalize and rejuvenate yourselves mentally, physically and emotionally, Though we are silent on the blog, we have actually been very, very busy during the summer break.

The SUMMER CAMP was a great success, Children and their mothers had a fine time honing their skills. Mothers participated in physical fitness classes, dance and craft classes. The children participated in swimming, sports and dance classes. We have got some pictures for you.

We hope you enjoy seeing them.

We are ready to begin the post vacation session now and we will keep you posted regularly as we had been doing earlier. Looking forward to another successful session.

All the best.

Thank you,

Mrs. Urvashi Warman

We welcome Level–I Children and Parents

Level – I children joined school today. What a special day for them and for their parents!  It touched my heart to see the parents and kids both looking more apprehensive than the other. Anxiety was writ large on their faces. Children were nervous in the new, unfamiliar surrounding and the parents seemed equally uncomfortable to leave their little ones in the care of virtual strangers – for that is what the teachers are to them at the moment.

Our teachers have gone out of the way, preparing welcoming activities for their children. They have taken special care to be familiar with the children even before they joined. The classrooms which are usually colourful, had an extra air of liveliness. I was impressed to see that many children fought hard to maintain to their composure. One could see the corners of their mouth drooping down ever so slightly with tear drops threatening to roll down from beautiful, innocent eyes. Brave Hearts. And then there were those who just did not like the idea of being pulled away from the secure presence of the parent to an alien surrounding and made sure their displeasure was known loud and clear

Teachers worked hard to maintain a cheerful ambience amidst screaming, bawling children – not an easy task, believe me. It took them less than half an hour to bring some semblance of order in their domains. Music, games and toys distracted the children and they got their first lesson in group activity and co- operation.

Before we knew it, it was time for the toddlers to go home. Parents rushed to pick their wards, eagerly waiting to see whether he / she had a smile on the lips or a tear in their eye. Children ran to greet them – some with visible relief in their eyes, others with a reproachful hurt – how – could – you – do – this – to – me look and yet there were those who pulled them inside the classroom excitedly to show them the games they had played . Quite an eventful and memorable day for us.

I look forward to see these little ones pass out of the portals of this school, fourteen years from now.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Urvashi Warman

Greetings on the advent of the new session

Dear Parents,

Greetings on the advent of the new session

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome dear students and parents to the new academic session (2010-2011)

The last session ended on a high note with the successful showcasing of our magnum opus- ‘India’s Tryst With Destiny’ we plan to commence the new session on a high note too.

The school is growing both horizontally (with the addition of two new sections of class II) and vertically (Class V comes into being) We are slowly but steadily working our way upto class XII.

Many of you may be wondering whether we have anything new planned out for the new session .Yes! we have a plethora of new classes and activities for the children.

What’s New ?

  • Indian classical music (Vocal)
  • Indian Classical Dance
  • Instrumental Music
  • Lawn Tennis
  • Craft
  • Fashion Designing

In The Pipe Line

  1. Helen O’Grady Drama Classes
  2. My thinking programme (high order thinking skills and life skills)
  3. Parents will be called to school for orientation and presentation of these proposed on-payment – basis classes.)

Sports

Evening sports are now free of charge for the primary students of  The Palace School. Do avail the opportunity. Coaching is being provided for Football, Basketball, Tennis and Cricket. More sports may be added soon.

Please look out for future posts which will tell you more about the classes mentioned above.

On the repeated requests of the parents, we are uploading the entire set of Annual Day photographs on the blog tomorrow. You may note down the number of the photograph you wish to order and place the order in the school.

A few videos have been uploaded. You may follow the video section at the right bar to see the videos .  A DVD of the entire programme is available for purchase in the school office. You may place your order for the same .

Please keep watching out for more news, details and information.

Best wishes to all

Mrs.Urvashi Warman

Thank You Everybody !

Thank you Dear Parents !  Thank you for your cooperation and your appreciation !

We are overwhelmed by the response we have got. It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction that all our hard work has borne fruit. We all are completely exhausted. As somebody rightly remarked,’ The feverish preparation, excitement and tension is akin to getting a daughter married in the family’ And that’s how we are feeling now, very very tired but at the same time extremely happily.

The best part of yesterday’s show was that amidst the backstage chaos, nervousness and stress, everyone  from our children, to teachers, maids and other class IV employees, everybody kept a cheerful demeanor. It was not an easy task to get the children change their costumes within minutes to get them ready for the next scene and I had my deep apprehensions about this, but my dear teachers ! Bravo !  They were all superb. And the children ! words cannot express the deep pride I feel when I talk about them. They displayed talent and maturity beyond their age.  As I mentioned earlier, two of our children are very ill and my heart goes out to them because they had really worked very hard during the practice sessions and it was most unfortunate that they couldn’t be part of the grand show. Could you make out that two key characters were replaced at the last hour? I was astonished to see the last minute substitutes take the role like fish to water !

It just goes to show that our children are ready to face any challenge they may encounter in their life. And this is what education is supposed to do, not to merely make them literate but to equip them to adapt and adjust in any given circumstance.

I would also like to thank our founder, Princess Diya Kumari ji. Her valuable suggestions added to the luster of the programme. There were times when I would be feeling down and out, thinking it’s not going to work. But her encouragement and complete faith in The Palace School team kept us going at some of our lowest moments.

Three cheers for The Palace School

Hip Hip Hurray!
Hip Hip Hurray!
Hip Hip Hurray!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Urvashi Warman

Last few hours to go, the countdown has begun for the Grand Finale !

Dear Parents,

It’s the eve of the Annual Day celebration and all of us have butterflies fluttering in our stomach. We are keeping our fingers crossed against any last minute glitches. The children are amazing but we wonder – will the costumes and light distract them from their performance? What if one of them has a negative mood swing and decides to bawl his lungs out? Coz, in this eventuality ten others will follow suit!  They did look a bit disconcerted with the stage suddenly turning dark for change of scene. We had a level – I kid who was not happy at all with this new development and refused to let go of her teacher’s hand during the performance! So we had a teacher join in too .I remember, during the previous Annual Day, we had a group of level – I children marching in as European Soldiers. They refused to budge at the last moment! So their teacher very patiently wore the soldier’s headgear, took a gun in her hand and marched with the children for the scene! So, don’t be surprised if you see an adult’s face amongst the tiny tots. Our children’s comfort level is our utmost concern and if that means the teacher goes up on the stage – so be it.

We have just received news that one of the main historical characters may not be able to make it for the annual as his grandmother is very serious. We panicked. One evening to go, how do we get a character ready so fast ? We have planned an alternative. I hope we don’t have to use it. Another key character is hospitalized – extremely high fever. I wonder, if God forbid one or two more characters get indisposed…what will we do?

I would like to mention the hard work put in by the teacher to. All of them have been staying back till late evening, neglecting their homes and children just to get the back stage work organized. Some of them have risen above personal problems (very sick child at home, accident of the husband, examination, etc.) to fulfill their professional duties. Their team spirit, cheerful coordination (though we have had our share of flare ups too!), patience, sincerity and dedication are worth appreciation. Here’s a video shot by one of our teacher ‘Safiya’ when the rest of them were tired after long hours of practice sessions.

Though I am very confident that the program will be a success, yet, what makes me happier is the fact that each one of us – right from the Busker’s team, the children, class- IV employees, teacher’s to our office staff – everybody has put in their 100% and ultimately, I think, that is what matters.

We look forward to your presence tomorrow 15 March 2010 at the Birla Auditorium.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Urvashi Warman

Proud of our kids and a note of thanks to all.

‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the  moments that take our breath away’.

And this is exactly what  we hope will happen to you when you see your children perform on the March  15.

You can catch the tiniest of the lot, the level I children – shouting  slogans with Gandhi ji,  as earnest citizens of India and also as citizens  who came together with the leaders of the first war of independence in  1857, to plan the ouster of the Britishers. Isn’t it amazing that these young kids are experiencing the churning of history at this young tender age! Initially, when the practices  started, these little fellows had to be slowly shepherded to the center  stage to take up their position – looking utterly lost and bewildered at  the sudden change in school routine. Gradually, with consecutive  practices, the bewildered look gave way to shy smiles, as the older children and teachers would either cuddle them or pull their cheeks with “cho chweet” said repeatedly to them. And now, as the final day draws closer, they look somewhat confident and also seem to enjoy their routine. Though, we do have a few who would rather stay in the classroom and study!

The level II children have amazed all of us. They took to stage and dancing like fish to water! It never ceases to amaze us to see them enter the stage with a supreme confident look in their eye and a visible confidence in their steps. There are times when the teacher may miss the cue to their entry, having got distracted by something, but these little angels, they never miss their cue. There were days when their steps were getting changed daily, which would get us worried that they may get confused. But no! every change was adapted with perfect ease.

Level III children have displayed amazing maturity. They are carrying some very important scenes on their fragile shoulders.

Dear kids!  You make our hearts swell with pride!

As promised we are uploading the videos of practice sessions. Don’t forget to check out the videos  They have been uploaded for you to see, enjoy and appreciate the hard work your children are putting in.

We are getting regular queries about how to make maximum usage of the blog. For this reason, we have requested Mr. Ravish Gupta, CEO of  WIPL, our Technology Partner, to put in a few posts, giving guidelines about the blog, how to integrate your mobile phone on twitter and to become a member of The Palace School fan club on Facebook. Yes! We are now going to be on Facebook too !

I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Ravish Gupta, father of Vanya Gupta level I, from the core of my heart. Infact, the entire Palace School family would like to express their gratitude, for without his initiative, support & undying passion for this project, this blog would not have been possible. So do watch out for his posts from time to time to get the maximum benefits of this initiative.

I would also like to thank all the parents for the wonderful comments you’ve left on my posts. When we see your positive feedback, it makes all of us more confident & energized and yet a little nervous too, as the anticipation and excitement for the event has been rising day by day. We are confident that the hardwork that the entire team of our teachers & kids have put in would make the final day an unforgettable experience for the spectators.

Looking forward to your presence on March 15.

Sincerely

Mrs.Urvashi Warman