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School News April 2019

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Scouts and Guides camp in school

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, a British Army officer was the founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Boy Scout Movement, and also the founder, along with his sister Agnes, of the world-wide Girl Guide / Girl Scout Movement. 

The movement believes in the motto ‘Be Prepared’ which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty. It also teaches survival techniques in adverse conditions.
Scouting was founded in India in 1909 as an overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1938.

The students of Gopal Sharma Memorial School, Powai, have also joined the Scouts and Guides Movement of India. They have specially trained instructors who teach them the various techniques required to be a good Scout or Guide. 

To commemorate the birth anniversary of the Founders – Robert Baden-Powell and Agnes, the school organized a camp for the students of Std 8 in the school grounds on 22 February 2019. They assembled early in the morning and sat patrol-wise in their allotted places. The Boy Scouts had named their patrols after animals like puma, wolf etc. and the Girl Guides were named after flowers like periwinkle, water lily etc. 

The day began with the flag-breaking ceremony attended by the entire platoon and the Head Mistress, Mrs. Sudha Sharan. This was followed by entertainment games which underlined the team spirit of the squads. The leaders of each squad were then given a demonstration of the various knots that would not unravel when used. They were also given some first-aid tips. They had to then exhibit and teach the knots and first-aid techniques to their respective squads.

The highlight of the day was the tent-making event. The students had brought bedsheets and a length of rope.. They were provided with sticks and they were told to erect tents using their ingenuity. They were judged on the neatness, creativity, sturdiness of the tent etc. This was followed by lunch wherein the students were served good, wholesome food. Post-lunch session was fun-filled with some adventure sports like Commando Bridge, Ladder etc. The conclusion of the day saw the students attending the Prize Distribution Ceremony. 

The prizes were as follows:

Best Squad Leader (Scouts) – Mst. Harshit Mange

Best Squad Leader (Guides) – Miss Riddhi Salve

Best Patrol (Scouts) – Wolf

Best Patrol (Guides) – Water Lily

The children went home tired but content with the feeling that they had prevailed in spite of the gruelling time that they had in school.

                                                                                                      -Ruma Patil

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Talent Galore Show at HFSI

The Annual Talent Galore Show presented by the Middle Years CAIE students of HFS International on Monday, 11th March, 2019, beheld a morning replete with zest and joie de vivre. The musical play –  "The Pied Piper of Hamilton" –  was staged before the enthralled audience at the beautiful hall inaugurated exclusively for the HFSItes in the Beaumont campus.

The musical theatre was the first in- house production by the HFSI team, which strove to bring out the best in each and every child. The old lore was given a modern touch to entertain with a pertinent moral lesson. The event unfurled under the aegis of the raison d’être – the principal, Mrs. Kalyani Patnaik, who not only conceptualised the play but also was deeply involved with the team, offering her valuable counsel and suggestions in the stagecraft. The musical featured original songs, which were brought to life under the direction of the illustrious composer, Mr. Milind Chitragupth. 

The meticulous care taken by the team, from planning, costume designing, and directing the stagecraft, light, and sound has been par excellence. The show, interspersed with scintillating dances and melodious songs transposed the audience to the enchanted world of Hamilton. 

The zestful performers deftly put up two shows for their parents. The event culminated with the curtain call, where the efforts of the students and teachers were lauded with resounding acclamation.