“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
Our annual day is a huge event and it’s not about the individual students, teachers or trainers, it is about the collective effort. In a river or an ocean, you cannot tell which drop is more important and which one is less. Every drop has a role to play and every drop is equally important! But for some of us it takes time to realize and understand this.
When we started the annual day preparations, we soon started getting telephone calls and personal requests from some parents asking their child to be given some ‘important role’. With due respect to parent’s feelings for wanting his/her child to get maximum exposure on stage, I would like to state something which I told these anxious parents – it is not the length of the role that matters. The entire event is a learning experience. Irrespective of their role, the children get lessons in cooperation and coordination. They learn to follow group instructions. They learn to be alert for their cue to enter and exit the stage. They learn that practice makes a man perfect. They begin to understand nuances of body language, gesture and expressions. All this apart from creative expressions and sheer joy of performance.The team effort is vital to this. Brian McBride, the well-known American footballer once said - “It’s not any one person. It’s not any one coach. It’s the team.” I hope all of the parents would appreciate the truth in this quote.
At the same time, we have tried to be sensitive towards the interests and capabilities of the children. A tough task because sometimes the interest is there but the child is unable to deliver for some reason or the other. We’ve had children looking to dance but when they are made to do so the body is just not flexible enough or the movements are not fluid enough- whereas the same child may be brilliant in emoting scenes. Then, it is the most unenviable task of the teacher concerned to gently make the child realize his strength and motivate him to give his best to whatever he is doing – happily. I quote the words of Elbert Hubbard here : It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. To us, every child is equally important and parents must understand that we have to take care of all our kids equally. We want all of them to excel and we try to nurture their natural talents as much as possible.
I hope your kids will grow wiser and learn a lot through this whole process. The D-day is approaching fast and our hearts have started beating faster in excitement and anticipation. Like Aamir Khan, we also keep our hands on our heart and keep soothing ourselves by saying “All is Well!“
To give you a glimpse of what we have been doing, we uploaded some fine moments captured during the preparation of the event, these pictures were shot when our kids were busy learning about their roles, visit our Gallery for the Pics of “Making of Annual Function 2010″ Please leave your comments & let us know how you find them.
We look forward to your presence at our Annual Function.
Finally, I was able to get little more time to write something and send you more update. Now everything is set. We have all taken a collective decision and no more changes now , we have to concentrate on just polishing our act. The children are wonderful ! It never ceases to amaze me how these little ones learn, unlearn and learn again to perform so well in such a short time! It is a pleasure to see their beaming , excited faces as they wait for their cue to come up stage. Their confidence level is heartening , as not a single child seems to be stage conscious nor does anybody seems to be suffering from stage fright .
Although the pressure is rising, we are little nervous but deep within ourselves we know the event is going to be a wonderful learning experience for everyone, and here we keep our fingers crossed for the D-Day!
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Mrs. Urvashi Warman
“Life is not just about the milestones, it’s about all the moments in-between.”
Parents are always keen to know what their kids do at the school, how they interact with others, how the learning takes place and what activities they are involved in. At The Palace School, we have always made an effort to ensure that the parents remain involved with, and informed about, the growth of their children at the school. Parent-teacher’s meetings (PTM) are a great way to share information about your kids with you, but we find that parents often want to know more …to be there and witness the growth of their child and the school first-hand.
Keeping this in mind, we have decided to start a new blog for our school. A ‘blog’ is a website that ‘logs’ the activity of a person or an institute. It is like an elaborate online diary that records not just the events but everything in between too. We at the Palace School are now going to make an effort to post information about the ongoing activities at the school, important messages and notices for parents, school policies and special events at our new blog. We will also share with you images and videos from our special events and annual functions. These videos and images would not just provide you the details of the final events, but would also provide you with a glimpse into the time when we prepare the kids for these events. You might get to see your kid playing a prank with his friends, lost in her own world…or dozing right on stage! We will capture all these joys of the childhood and present them to you through this blog.
You would also be able to post your comments on this blog for specific posts, pictures and videos.
We have also integrated our blog with Twitter. You can now follow our tweets and all the important announcements would get delivered to your phone, if you have integrated your twitter account with your mobile phone.
Technology has made it possible to keep the education of your kids more transparent and share with you lots of details about the school policies, development and events. We hope you would enjoy this new channel of information and sharing. Do send us your feedback about this new initiative.