Stage set, but first some entertainment

DUBAI — Rows of children sat cross-legged on a matted floor buzzing with excitement as surprised teachers of Delhi Private School Dubai (DPS) entered the auditorium for a special programme held in their honour on the first day of school.

By Farhana Chowdhury And Praseeda Nair

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Published: Wed 15 Sep 2010, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

They were soon treated to an afternoon of dance, music, drama, and poetry recital to celebrate Teachers’ Day and Eid Al Fitr. “The teachers had no idea,” vice-prefect Anadika Paul Behel gushed after the performance ended.

English teacher Chandra Bagchi beamed with pride as she described her delight at seeing students take the initiative to arrange the day’s festivities on their own. “The students’ half-yearly examinations are around the corner but they still managed to put together a great performance,” she said.

The stage was pulsating with energy as the eight dancers performed to a self-made mix of Bollywood tunes, one of the highlights of the show. “We practised over the holidays and even came in during the weekend, even though school was closed.” Swati Razdan, one of the members of the dance crew, said.

Ann Maria, 15, presented a personal gift to teachers by reciting a self-written poem during the assembly. “I wanted to write down my feelings, thoughts and appreciation towards my teachers, so I felt that writing a poem is the best way to express myself.”

Even the teachers were in fits of laughter when a comical photomontage was presented on screen. The teachers, caught candidly on film, had been given humourous captions that demonstrated the close relationship the student body shares with the faculty. “It was our love for our teachers that inspired us to put this whole show together,” said Charo Devnath, one of the brains behind the photomontage.

“A teacher is like a candle; it consumes itself to light the way for others,” quoted a student during the ceremony as the thought of the day that summarised the spirit and unity of the close-knit school.

Kindergarten students as young as three strung macaroni pieces together as presents for their teachers, while older students presented flowers and cards. Gitika Agarwal, 16, was among the many students excited to return to school. “At first, I felt apprehensive about coming back because the exams start next week, but I am happy to be back to see my friends again,” she said.

Twelfth grade students felt bittersweet as the second term of their last year in school began. “It hasn’t really hit us yet, but when you approach the end, you get nostalgic,” 17-year-old Gurjyot Nanda said.

Rashmi Nandkeolyar, Principal of DPS Dubai, spoke highly of the assembly that came as a pleasant surprise to her. “It was wonderful because they did it all on their own. Look at the leadership in getting together all the students. Ifeel very proud.”

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