From planning surprise parties and trips to the circus to organising rallies, Children’s Day saw innovative forms of celebration across city schools on Monday.
“Since it was a special day for children, we took 800 students from the primary section to a circus as they have never been to one before. Teachers thought it would be a great way for them to learn new concepts and write essays on them. And of course, the children had a blast,” said Belinda Fernandes, junior school headmistress at St Peter’s High School, Mazagaon.
Nearly 300 students from Beacon High School, Khar, also trooped to the circus to watch the show.
“I think everyone should come to the circus, to watch the animals and trapeze artists in particular,” said Ariana Somandy, a class 5 student.
Surprise parties stuck a chord with children as students of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri (W) and RN Podar School, Santacruz, were wowed by the preparations made by their schools.
“The junior school had a a great time today as our teachers planned all kinds of skits and games for them. Unfortunately, we had an exam, but our teachers brought us burgers for a post-exam treat,” said Sneha Nandy, a class 11 student of RN Podar School.
Teachers at Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, kept their students entertained. They performed skits where they played children and performed a fusion dance, and screened the film Kungfu Panda for students.
Not all schools went the party way though. Students of Garodia International School, Ghatkopar, took out a rally to highlight their causes.
Called Earth Inheritance Rally 2011, they used the occasion to raise awareness about global warming, resource conservation and terrorism, walking or cycling through the streets of Ghatkopar carrying banners and posters. “If all the children of the world unite for a cause, then all the adults of the world will have no choice but to follow our lead,” said Shyam Iyer, 10, a Class 5 student.