The teachers at Loreto Elliot Road were happy to receive the almost professionally designed “Transformers” invitation from the students and asked them to join the online platform at the specified time. The program included drama, songs, language, reading and dancing. “We found this was being put together after months of planning and practice when students understood the lockdown would be extended,” said Nandini Bhattacharya, a senior teacher at the school. Each teacher received a special card with messages from the students.
In the programs introduced by the students at Loreto Entally, topics such as adaptability, joy, happiness, creativity and patience were addressed. “The theme was ‘You lift me up’ and we felt lifted up in the end,” admitted Headmistress Jessica Surana Gomes.
The applause seemed endless in the hundreds of homes of DPS Ruby Park’s students and teachers at the end of the action-packed program.
“It was like sitting in the auditorium. The barriers melted as we focused on the performances, which were presented with love and such finesse, ”said Deputy Director Indrani Chattopadhyay.
DPS Howrah teachers received virtual awards for disguising themselves as Disney princes and princesses, while those who didn’t stick to the topic were punished, but all in a light-hearted way. “The teachers even enjoyed the novel punishments where they had to mouth cinematic dialogues that the students gave them,” said headmistress Sunita Arora.
The St. James’ School Boys followed the same festival pattern as in previous years, although the medium had changed for the first time. Students talked about how different it was from the class celebrations and classroom decorations of the other years. “It was a perfectly synchronized program that was recorded by the students at home and put together before the live streaming at 10 am,” said Senior Teacher Joseph Chacko.