Important Announcement for kids in scene -3 (Bharat humko jaan se pyara hain)

Dear Parents,

Kindly make your child wear the given costume along with a light basic makeup (foundation, face powder and natural lipstick) on the annual day i.e. on 15 March 2010.

Please make them wear simple footwear which should be labeled.

For Girls – Kindly wash their hair and make a half ponytail on the final day.

Sincerely,

School Management

Important announcement about timing change & Dress code for Scene 8

This is an important announcement for the change of time of school for all levels only for March 12, 2010. The school timing for Friday, March 12, 2010 would be 8.25 am till 1.30 PM for all the children, this change in time is only for March 12, 2010 for rest of the days there’s no change, you are requested to follow the schedule given earlier and on the blog post over here.

Important announcement for the Kids participating in scene 8 :

Please follow the instructions as below :

  • Soldier (Boys) – Basic make up , Black shoes with laces and khaki coloured socks.
  • Soldiers ( Girls) – Basic make up, Black shoes with laces and khaki coloured socks .
  • Hairstyle – Two plaits (Choties) pinned acrossed behind the ears, at the nape of the neck.
  • Sikh Citizens (Boys ) – Basic make up includes foundation and blush on.Footwear – Floaters .
  • Sikh citizens (Girls) – Basic make up includes foundation and blush on.Footwear – Floaters . Paranda with light jewellery along with dolls.

Do not hesitate to meet the teacher in charge in case you wish to clarify anything.

Sincerely,

School Management

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

It’s not any one person. It’s not any one coach. It’s about the team efforts..

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

- Ryunosuke Satoro

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.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Urvashi Warman

More updates on the Making of Annual Day 2010

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!

More details to be followed shortly, till then you can keep following our blog to find more updates, pictures and videos of the making we plan to publish in a day or two. If there are any suggestions or feedback you can leave a comment on the posts or send us a mail to mail@thepalaceschool.com

Sincerely,

Mrs. Urvashi Warman

Making of Annual Function 2010 & how it started.

“Success is a journey not a destination.”

The journey of making of ’India’s Tryst With Destiny’ has been such a beautiful journey. It was the month of June 2009 when I started to mull over the topic on which we would have our Annual Day. A tough task. I wanted the programme to have the elements of education as well as entertainment. It took me nearly a month to tentatively arrive at a decision that we should showcase India’s struggle for freedom Such a vast topic, where to begin ? I thought lets start at the very beginning from ancient India. And so after much research I started writing out scenes tracing India’s history from the coming of Aryans. Soon I was hopelessly lost. There was just too much ! How can one encompass the history of such a rich country in a programme which would not last longer than an hour ?

A Month’s work was torn to shreds and chucked into the dustbin. I was stumped, getting anxious day by day as the mind refused to work. Then finally towards the end of August I arrived at the decision that we should begin with the arrival of the Britishers and end with attainment of freedom. No doubt the topic is a bit clichéd yet evergreen. It is so important for the coming generation to be aware of our tumultuous past, to appreciate the sacrifices of millions of Indians, to understand that they have a legacy to nurture.

And so taking cue from Pandit Jawaharlal Lal Nehru’s speech given at the stroke of the midnight hour on August 15, 1947, came the title of our magnum opus (!) ‘India’s Tryst With Destiny’. The script was ready by the first week of December. This was followed by several sessions with Mr.Brijesh Saxena of Ashtha Group (our technical Partners for Productions) Several hours were spent over a number of weeks where in music was decided upon, the setting of the stage, lights props et all. Finally we were ready to go for recordings.

The first phase of recording involved the narration part that went off very smoothly putting me a false sense of assurance that recordings would be a Cakewalk ! But soon I realized that we were not at the half-way mark, in fact we had just began our journey, the hiccups & recording sessions were followed with lot of planning, choreography, costumes & presentations.

It has taken us many months of planning & hard work to reach a stage where we are really looking forward to presenting the Grande Finale to you on March 15, theres is so much to share about the preparation of this event but time is at a premium these days so I promise to share more as soon as I find a breather from the hectic activities going in preparation of this Mega Event. Till then keep visiting our blog to find daily updates, information, photographs and videos and more on the event.

Sincerely.
Mrs.Urvashi Warman