There was a very special event the Festival of Lights’ organized for our Early Learners on Tuesday, the 22nd of October. With Diwali around the corner, there could not be a better way to capture this mood than through creating a festive carnival with food, entertainment and games and environmentally sustainable activities.
To set the mood, students were first invited to a storytelling session on the previous day by our immensely talented parent who single-handedly portrayed the story of Diwali. Students were mesmerized by the depiction of how Lord Ram gained victory over Ravana and the return of Ram to Ayodhya.
Learners were spoilt for choice between a grand total of eleven stalls of which 3 were student-led. The event included classic favorites such as Diya Decoration, Playdough Rangoli and creating Diwali Greeting Cards. One of our other popular booths was called “Fun n Frolic” where students played various games. Getting into the festive vibe, a rush of students was seen in “Glam Up” receiving a first-class salon treatment with highlighted hair streaks, bangles and decorative bindis. And living up to tradition, no celebration can be complete without food! Food stalls were put up for those who wanted to satisfy their taste buds including a DIY cookie and cupcake corner and a jhalmuri stall.
Moreover, our impressive Grade 1 students gained a first-hand experience in organizing a game booth. To foster Learner’s Agency, the students had themselves created and chosen the activities. Various stalls were set up by Grade 1’s for the early learners to be engaged in i.e. “Pin the Donkey’s Tail”, Sand Bucket Challenge and Guess the Object. This event proved to be a fantastic platform for our talented learners to showcase their skills and collaborate & communicate while opening up their world to others.
As always, in keeping with our efforts to sensitize our children, we collected used toys, stationery and books through the “Spreading Smiles” stall. Another such stall was called “Green Diwali” where parents promoted enjoying an environmental-friendly Diwali and saplings were given to students. The Kalbelia dancers added to the festive fervor.
The “Festival of Lights” was a huge success for Pathways School Noida which was evident from the abundance of smiles around. There was something for everyone with students taking back plenty of craft they created and also prizes. We are deeply grateful to our parents, teachers and students for organizing such a spectacular event for us.