Annual Day, Nursery and Jr KG, 16 Mar 19
We had planned this for our annual day. There will be three sets of activities. Each activity will have 2 parallel events happening.
- Sponge water transfer from one bucket to another. Will happen with five student parent pairs in parallel. Run time 30 minutes.
- Putting the bindi onto a picture. This will happen in two classrooms in parallel. Run time 30 minutes.
- Getting students ready for school. This will be for playgroup and nursery father’s. Run time is 30 minutes.
- Inflating balloons, putting a plank on them and standing for 30 seconds on the plank. This will be a joint activity for 3rd, 4th, 5th students with parents. Runtime is 30 minutes.
- Song performance by playgroup. Run time will be only 10 minutes.
- Demonstration of science experiments by students. We must include the laser light reflection over here. Runtime 10 minutes.
We will also have food stalls set up by parents, like we had done on the science day.
The function started late by 15 minutes. I think we need to change our definitions of punctuality. This has to start with our school start time. And it has to start with all of us coming on time. There were two parallel venues. Both were in the open space. One was facing the fence, the other was facing the wall. The nursery program ran independently of the junior KG program. The only time that both the audiences got together was when the musical dance happened. Followed by science activity. And Prize Distribution. Parent involvement was good. Could not see any parent walking out midway.
The initial receptivity or response to be activities was excellent. You could see a lot more energy in the audience because of the involvement of the audience in the activities. However this interest seemed to reduce as the time stretched. 1 hour for an activity was something which was very high. We need to have six activities. Not every parent will be involved in every activity. But every parent must be involved in a minimum of 1 and a maximum of two activities. Also, the segregation of parents class wise is not required. We need to keep them in groups. What can happen is that these groups move from stall to stall like in a mela. Or performers move from group to group. Some thinking required on this.Some parents came back and reported that their husbands are more aware of the difficulties in dressing up children. We need to definitely have more involvement of students in compering. Each activity should not have a runtime of more than 30 minutes in the worst case. Ideal is 15 minutes.
Annual Day Function, Sr KG and Primary, 23-Mar-19
Design for Annual Day Function
- Getting Kids Ready
- Bindi on the face
- Balloon Balance
- Sponge race
- Dance by Sr KG kids
- Science Display
1740 to 1745 hrs – Welcome by Nidhi. Announce schedule of events. Also make announcement of Food Zone. We need to ensure that the two lights are mounted on the center pillars.
1745 to 1815 hrs: Venue: Outdoors
Sponge Race – Total participants – 4 (From Sr KG)
First round: 2 races with 2 participants each. Will require running commentary – by Grade 3/4/5 student. Volumes to be measured before audience. Winner of each round to go to final round.
So a total of 3 races. Estimated time – 5 minutes for each round. So a total of 15 minutes.
Teacher led discussion with parents at the end: What made the winning team different? What is the similarity between kids and sponges?
1815 to 1845 hrs Venue: Outdoors
Getting kids ready to school: Total participants – 4 (From Sr KG)
First round: 2 races with 2 participants each. Will require running commentary – by Grade 3/4/5 student. Winner of each round to go to final round. No milk and breakfast this time.
So a total of 3 races. Estimated time – 5 minutes for each round. So a total of 15 minutes.
Teacher led discussion with fathers at the end: Why are our kids always late to school? What is the most challenging part in getting the kid ready? Ek haath se taali nahin bajti hain. Apart from earning money, what should the role of the father?
1845 to 1915 hrs Venue: Indoors 1 and Indoors 2
Putting the Bindi on the Forehead: Total participants – 16 (from Grades 1-5)
This will be a race against the timer. In each of the venues, 8 races will be held. Two parent groups will be made at random. Time will be announced at the end of each race. Live commentary by Grade 3/4/5 students.
Common Teacher led discussion with parents at the end: (In Outdoors venue) What made the winning team different? What things that we do can lead to better communication with each other?
1915 to 1945 hrs Venue: Outdoors
Balloon Balance: Total participants (Team of 2 students and 2 parents of Grade 1/2 and Team of 2 Parents and 2 students of Grades 3/4/5)
Single race: One who stands more time on the balloon wins.
Teacher led discussion with parents at the end: What makes the balloon be able to withstand the weight of an adult? How did the division of work happen? What should be the basis for dividing work? What work can we give to children at home?
1945 to 2000 hrs Venue: Outdoors
Science Exhibition: Get parents to come onto stage as volunteers.
2000 to 2015 hrs Venue: Outdoors
Dance by all students: Galti Se Mistake (Clear chairs and ask parents to follow steps of choreographer)
Republic Day function at Peepal Tree School, 26 Jan 2019
We tried to get maximum audience to interact and take part during the Republic Day function. One good thing that happened during the flag hoisting, was when we all got all the people to sing the national anthem together. Fantastic Idea, we should repeat in future.
The red carpet was really looking quite good. It served as a good stage without the costs involved. In group performance, getting the subgroups performing to move ahead and the remaining in background was a good idea.
The ramp walk with the playgroup parents went of quite well. Some instructions should have been given about where and how to walk to the parents. And the kids needed to be have kept on the audience side rather than the fence side.
One song was interrupted by too many power cuts. I think we need to have a backup plan of what we need to do if there are power cuts. This is happened even in the Annual Day function. We have a computer UPS in the classroom, which can be used on such occasions. We need to try it out sometime.
Sound system was not up to the mark. I was wondering what would have happened if we had used the speaker that we have in-house. We need to do a trial in a smaller function, which is internal and then from next time onwards we don’t need to hire the sound system.
Science Day, Feb 28, 2018
We discussed the experience that we had in organising the science mela. Each teacher was asked to talk about things that they liked and things that should be improved. Here are the inputs.
There was good communication between parents and teachers, and both worked together to make the science mela a success. The eatables stalls organised by the parents were so popular, that the Food got over very as soon as it was laid on the table. It helped that parents had priced the food way below cost. Anjali, whose Pav Bhaji stall was selling at 10 times the price of the other stalls, though still a very reasonable Rs. 20, had some problems at the start. But later on her sales picked up, and she also finished all her stock. Stalls had been organised by parents of Swaraj, Yash Chavan, Yash S, Vaibhav, Gauri and Anil. Sai Shinde’s dad treated the entire School to Bananas. The parent effort was all the more commendable, because of the short notice given to them. Parents had been instructed to make the food in front of the children and visitors, so that there is some learning that happens.
Although there were five or six visitors from outside the school, we felt that the numbers of outside visitors should have been higher. We should have invited our old teachers and ex-students. Kalplata’s suggestion is that Invitation cards should be made in craft periods, and sent across to students, so that they can distribute it to their neighbours. This will help increase the outside visitor flow.
The children where shy at the start, but later on improved. A suggestion that came was that the kids should have spoken more in English. It would have helped in impression management. Another school of thought though was that, since parents don’t understand English, the mix that we used was better. Most students did give an introduction in English, before lapsing into Hindi or Marathi for their explanations.
Although there were some projects by Senior kg, it was felt that there should have been more, both by Junior and senior kg. Aditya Manmode, for example, had made a car at home; he could have got it along to the mela.
The timings for the fair should be from 10 to 12:30. The thing we have to take care of next time, is batteries. In the first hour itself, the batteries were totally discharged, later visitors could not have a look at moving exhibits. The energy loss also happened with students, when most of them got hungry midway through the mela. Next time we need to ensure that their snacking happens before the exhibition starts, so that there are no breaks in visiting hours.
We had two guests who came to visit. Bhagyashree Gadgil and Nilesh Hiremath. Nilesh liked the idea of giving puzzles and activities to parents and visitors. Nidhi’s observation was that Aditya Jadhav was a bit rude when he was interacting with parents. This feedback needs to be given to Aditya.
A lot of the implementation happened on the last day 21st December. We could have planned it better, so that the work was more spread out.
Parents who helped organise this event, should definitely be appreciated. One idea is to do that on 26th January. Possibly, using craft work made by our own students. We can put Peepal Tree stickers on this craftwork. We can also add a Thank you note, signed by all teachers.