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

You did it..you made it..you rocked it..and it was an unforgettable experience !

Dear Team@ThePalaceSchool,

Since last few days, we all parents have been  following this blog where Mrs.Warman had been taking pains to share the hard work she and her team had been doing to make this show successful, and today I decided to take the privilege to write a post on the blog as a parent. Not from my side but on behalf of the entire community of parents & spectators, who were left speechless after experiencing the the euphoric moments of the spell-binding performance of all the lovely kids at such a small age.

I can safely say that today’s Annual Function “India’s tryst with Destiny” was made with sincerity, sweat, ambition, fun, patriotism and conviction. It grappled most beautiful & breath taking moments from the struggle of India’s freedom fight. The entire show had such a striking performance by the little kids from 3 – 1/2 t0 9 years age that it left every spectator speechless with into moments of tears, laughter & astonishment. It makes me wonder the kind of hard work would have gone to recreate this slice of history that explored the arrival of  Britishers, mutiny of freedom fighters, Jalianwala Bagh, scenes from the meetings of Gandhi ji, Netaji, Azad, Maulana, and then the Speech of Pt. Nehru “India’s tryst with Destiny” …all woven together with beautiful and breathtaking choreography. Today’s show not only reflected the emotions but also balanced form and beautiful content. Lavishly mounted and recreating India’s struggle for freedom with precision..this program left us speechless.

I had my share of goosebumps – some of the scenes like Jalianwalah Bagh, the massive assassination of freedom fighters & the performance on Vande Matram were absolutely spellbinding. The sequence of events that led to the freedom were woven so beautifully that all of us could not help but get transported to an era when British ruled India. If you were born in India, you must have seen so many freedom struggle shows that watching another program with this theme could be a hard thing to watch. This is because recreating history in a beautiful way is difficult task and with the limited resources & the kids at such young age it was an impossible thing to do…but – you all at palace school made it possible and we were all glued to our seats for the 2 hours only worrying about one thing “This show should not end and go on and on” ….the entire program talked about the fighters, their heroism, their contribution to India’s freedom movement so effectively and immaculately that you can’t help but salute all the little kids and the entire team behind it.

To sum up- The entire show was mesmerizing, hypnotizing & breath-stopping! The backdrops, sound effects, choreography, the beautiful costumes & finally the comparing in the commanding voice of Mrs Warman (some of you might not be knowing this…but the dubbing of the entire event was done by Mrs.Warman) and the performance of our little kids created such a beautiful show that it become deeply empowering, inspiring & appeared like a freedom epic. Kudos to the entire team that fibered the connective tissue tying it together in a flawless program that all parents like me would treasure for years to come. The show did succeeded in arousing patriotic feelings without a shred of doubt.

We are all proud of the entire team of Palace School & all technicians who gave their best and everything they had to bring together this beautiful show. We have our sincere regards especially to the Founder of School, Princess Diya Kumari Ji and our wonderful Principal Mrs.Urvashi Warman. You did it…and did it like no one else could have done it & I’m sure all parents share the same feeling as I do. Quoting one of the parent’s comment I’d end this note of thanks for all of you Team@ThePalaceSchool .. “The best investment you do in your life is your child’s education” ..and we parents are proud to make this investment already with Palace School.

Thanks once again…at the end…”Aal iZZ Well”

Sincerely,

Ravish Gupta & all Parents & Viewers of the show

P.S . Dear Parents, If you share the same feelings as I do about the program & the entire team of The Palace School, please leave a comment and give your vote of thanks to them !

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

Important Announcement for Annual Function Day and Session Break.

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcements and follow the instructions carefully for Annual Function Day’s reporting time & other events:

  1. Children must report to the BIRLA Auditorium at 1300 hrs (1.00 PM) Sharp.
  2. They should be dressed in the costumes given to them with appropriate footwear.
  3. Hair should be done up very neatly as instructed by the teacher in-charge.
  4. Children must carry their tiffin boxes and water bottles.
  5. Please send your child with a packet of safety pins & hair pins

Handing Over :

  1. After the programme is over parents are requested to proceed for light refreshments in the garden to the right side of the auditorium.
  2. We will take about half an hour to change the costumes of the children and regroup them according to their class and sections.
  3. Children will be handed over from Gate No. 1 & Gate No.2 facing the refreshment area. We will begin handing over from LEVEL I onwards. Kindly listen to your ward’s class being called out & only then come towards the gates mentioned.
  4. Please do not panic. Do not be in rush to collect your child as it will create a chaos. A little patience on your part will help us to function smoothly.

Session Break :

  • Term & Holidays begin from Tuesday March 16, 2010 till Wednesay March 24, 2010.

New Sessions :

  • New Sessions begins from Thursday, March 25, 2010(With summer timing – 8.00 am to 1.40 om) for children of Level 2 Onwards.
  • Level I will join school on Thursday, April 01, 2010.

We look forward to see you on our Annual Function on March 15, 2010.

Sincerely,

School Management

We would be having another post from Our Principal on the Making of Event 2010. Please do check us back in few minutes for the last minute scenes from the making of Annual Function Day 2010

Important announcement regarding change of school time on March 14, 2010

Dear Parents,

Please note the changed timing for tomorrow Sunday 14 March 2010. Children should now report to Birla Auditorium at 10 am sharp.They will go back at the time announced previously i.e. at 3 pm.

Kindly send them with proper packed lunch and water bottles.Their reporting time has been pre-poned as we need more time to dress them up for the rehearsal with costumes.

Please look out for more announcements tomorrow on the blog.

Thanks,

School Management

Story behind the making of The Palace School Blog.

Dear Fellow Parents,

“A Journey of thousand miles starts with a single step” & I wish to extend my thanks to the Mrs. Urwashi Warman, the Principal of The Palace School, for allowing me the space to become a part of the steps in their success journey.

I’m Ravish Gupta, CEO of  Webspiders Interweb Pvt. Ltd, our co. is one of India’s leading web-hosting and data warehousing companies and is involved into providing technical consultancy for this initiative. I was asked to do a technical write-up which could help parents to understand more about the concept of Blogging, Facebook & Tweeting so that the parents could make maximum use of it and stay connected and updated about everything that’s happening at the school. I’m simply bewildered to see how excited other parents and the school staff has been about the concept of this blog and also the integration of technology into their daily life with twitter & facebook. In last 3 days I observed that a lot of parents have already started signing up at Twitter,Facebook and leaving comments on this Blog, so it appears that I do not need to go into elaborate technical details. Technology may be intimidating at first but it soon becomes your ally when you start making use of it.

Why was their a need of School Blog ? Blog is simply an online open diary, which was started with a concept of logging your day-to-day thoughts. Later on the concept of blogs started evolving and soon they became an essential part of most organizations to stay connected with their customer base and for the visitors it became a new way to stay updated with what that’s happening at the end of the blogger.

Twitter on the other hand is a new service that allows people to stay connected each other on their mobile devices through the help of short messaging. It is also called as micro-blogging. You can sign up your Twitter account by going to www.twitter.com and start adding your contacts by following the contacts that are available on Twitter. If you follow me on twitter and I update my twitter with a message it would be immediately broadcasted to the entire group of people following me on their mobile phones. In turn, they can reply to me and it would come to me on my mobile phone as a tweet. When you sign up with Twitter and start following up the user “thepalaceschool” every time we’d tweet a message or a holiday announcement it would immediately come up on your mobile. There is so much you can do with twitter that I can write pages on it, but that would be simply beyond the scope and purpose of this space.

Along with the technical aspect of these initiatives, I’d also love to share the emotional aspects which were responsible for bringing this blog live. Being a geek by nature, I love to work on technology and constantly strive to make it work for me in my daily life. Social media like Facebook, Blogging & Twitter have changed the way the communities can be created and made to interact. My daughter is a part of The Palace School and as a parent I always wanted to know what goes behind the scenes of the learning process that my kid experiences at school. Just like other parents I’d always been interested in becoming the part of every process that school involves my kid with and the way this was possible was to have a medium, which could help school management to communicate with us on regular basis. The only thing I could really think of doing it was by trying to bring the school on a blog.

Around 6 Months back I proposed the idea of a Blog for the School to Mrs. Warman, and she being a very dynamic leader, is always willing to try new things and is open to creative ideas. Though she was really willing to get this done but she had her own apprehensions about the feasibility of this system. It didn’t work out at that time but I never gave up trying to convince her on this. Finally, the right time of Annual Function Day came when a medium like the blog was actually needed to share the information. So I decided to press again for the blog with all the logics I’d had in my mind & a hand-grenade in my bag to threaten her with, should she still decide not to approve my idea ;=) , I still remember the only thing she asked me “How many parents would actually use it?” and I said I don’t know about the people who won’t use it, but I know there would be many who might use it …and finally she decided in favour of the blog.

We had a very short time of less than 3 days to roll out everything. I knew that the only race here we had was with the time and if this didn’t turned up on exactly on March 03, we’d not be able to involve the community. I geared up my development team in Ahmadabad with a deadline to produce a design to compliment Royal Traditions & Value System of The Palace School and we wanted it in less than 12 hours. Morning 6 a.m… I had first design…at 9 another design and at 10 I had this design that I wanted to go live with. Our technical centre in Jaipur immediately started integrating this with the blogging application & getting the database integrated…soon we were on air with our beta design !  This is one of the fastest turnaround time we had achieved on any project and that was just because we were doing it for a cause. It makes me wonder what can be achieved if you are passionate about anything in life.

By noon I met Mrs.Warman and showed her the design and then the next phase of collecting & editing the pictures, video format conversions, choosing right plugins for the application started. We were on war front racing against the time and in next couple of hours everything was set right and our first post went on the air – the rest is now history !

I remember long hours when Mrs.Warman sat in her office, busy drafting the articles for the events & daily updates, handing it over to our team in the nick of the time…a lot many times the proof reading was done by her on the phone while travelling back to her place in the car. In all, the entire process has been full of such fine and fun moments that the making of this blog has become an unforgettable experience for all of us. Once the blog was live and people started following the blog and leaving comments, I decided to press her again for the Facebook integration. I’m deadly addicted to Facebook and I know how deep the penetration of FB is. When I approached her with this idea, she sat quietly as she was a little worried about the privacy issues. Then she heard everything I said in favour of going online on Facebook and said “I’ll review it and get back to you”. Later in the evening, I got the SMS that the Facebook integration is on the Green Signal and within the next few hours, the blog went live with a test post on the Facebook as well.

I was asked to do a technical write-up for you but I decided to use this space to publish the fascinating journey I have experienced while trying to build this project because most of you seem conversant with these new technologies. For me, life has always been a fascinating journey, and the journey to making of this blog has been an unforgettable experience, full of ecstasy, contentment & sheer joy. I’m sure you’d love & appreciate the entire school management for being open to the integration of these technologies and bringing such beautiful moment to all of us.

Till March 16nth I’m actively available on this blog to help parents make the most out of it. Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get back to me on ravish@wipl.in .

Finally a word of caution: applications like Twitter, Facebook have changed the way we communicate & socialize with our family & friends. Just like two sides of a coin, the technology has its pros and cons. I’d urge all parents to ensure that your kids do not reveal any personal information on platforms like blogs, facebook, myspace, orkut & twitter as any sensitive information available publicly could be used against them. If time permits I might write an article on the security of aspects of using social media.

With all this I’d like to thank the Founder of the school, Princess Diya Kumari Ji and the principal of The Palace School, Mrs. Urvashi Warman, once again for the support extended to make this project live and also for their kind gesture to allow me to post on the school’s blog. Please do not hesitate to post any of your queries or questions in the form of comments or mail and I’d be happy to address all of them.

Thanks,

Ravish Gupta
CEO – Webspiders Interweb Pvt. Ltd [WIPL]
http://www.wipl.in
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