Bhavans IES Commemorates World Book Day 2022
Sarah Margaret Fuller, a renowned American editor, and critic aptly quoted ‘‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.’’ Reading skills are pertinent in students’ lives as they help in garnering knowledge and developing creative imagination. Reading can be a fun-filled activity as it opens doors to exciting worlds for students. IES provides ample opportunities for its students to hone their linguistic and communicative competencies. To honour the greatest dramatist and poet of English literature, William Shakespeare, and to encourage students to be voracious readers, Bhavanites observed the 25th anniversary of World Book Day in the school on April 24, 2022, under the aegis of the Department of English.
The literary fiesta started with a grand morning assembly, during which Akshitha Rajesh of 9E highlighted the significance of World Book Day. Mr. T. Premkumar, Principal, IES, talked at length about the relevance of reading books in the modern world. He encouraged students to consider books as their best companions. He appealed to the young learners to never give up the habit of reading books as it provides an enormous breadth of knowledge and depth of imagination. Ms. Muneera MammiKutty, Headmistress IES, elucidated how the habit of reading makes one wise and capable enough to be a great leader for society.
The tiny tots of kindergarten turned out to be little story makers as they narrated their own stories using the wordless storybooks provided. A few smart storytellers narrated their stories to the Chairman, Mr. NK Ramachandran Menon, who triggered the imagination of the tiny story tellers with challenging questions. The little ones enjoyed the affable interaction with the chairman. The students of grades 1 and 2 dressed up as their favourite characters from Aesop’s Fables and Panchatantra respectively and spoke for a minute. The immensely talented kids of grade 3 presented a puppet show of a story from the Jataka Tales. The students of grade 4 displayed sheer creativity and wonderful imagination when they drafted different endings to Grimm’s fairy tales.
The students of grade 5 decorated their classroom bulletin boards with colourful bookmarks depicting the works of Roald Dahl. Grade 6 students adorned their classroom bulletin boards by designing cover pages of Mark Twain’s works. The students of grade 7 made the classroom bulletin boards lively by writing the quotes from Charles Dickens’ works. Grade 8 and 9 students also displayed their artistic skills by beautifying the classroom bulletin boards with the erudite contents of their favourite writers’ works. The best bulletin board from each grade was announced to appreciate the skills of students. They presented dramatic monologues from various stories of Sherlock Holmes. A JAM session conducted for the students of grades 8 and 9 revealed tremendous confidence of students to speak spontaneously on any given topic with ease and grace. A grand readathon activity was conducted for the students for grades 1 to 9. Students swapped each other’s storybooks and read stories. The students who summarized the stories first in the class were honoured with the title ‘The Best Reader of the Day.
The noble idea of bringing a storybook to the classroom by each child to start the classroom library stole the show. The enthusiasm of each student to contribute a storybook for their class library was worthy of appreciation from all. The inauguration of the class library by Ms. Meenakshi Nayyar, Vice Principal (Senior Wing) and Mr. Binoy Mathew, Vice Principal (Middle Wing) with songs of encouragement was a cherry on the cake. The event was conjointly coordinated by Ms. Athira Pratap and Mr. Joseph Manuel under the guidance of Ms. Hima Nirmal, the Subject Coordinator and Ms. Muneera Mammikutty, Headmistress at IES.
Principal, Mr. T Premkumar applauded the tremendous efforts of all the teachers in making the day joyful and colorful for each student in the temple of knowledge. The students felt elated, loved, and appreciated by the gesture shown to them by their creative and passionate teachers during this epoch-making event.