“It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.”
After the culmination of the sporting events, the school celebrated The Festival of Words, (Literary Week) from the 15th to 19th December, 2014. Various activities were conducted during the week to hone written and spoken expression and foster reading habit in our students. Apart from displays, exhibition of student work and theme based assemblies, the English Department organised a series of activities appropriate for various Grade levels. The school wore a festive look with colourful posters and copies of students work on display.
The week started on 15th December with an assembly during which Mrs. Mabel Chan Pillai talked to the children about the importance of reading. During the day all the students from Grades 1-12 also participated in the Handwriting Competition. On Tuesday, 16th December the students of Grade 2 presented a play based on a Russian folk tale. The faculty members of the Department of English put up an absorbing presentation, Poetry Expressions, based on poems from various ages and countries, on Wednesday, 17th December. The presentation which was intended to kindle a love for the poetic form was enjoyed by all.
All the students from Grades 1-9 and Grade 11 participated in the Spell Bee Competition on Thursday, 18/12/2014. The contestants in the final event charmed everyone with their speed and accuracy of responses. Students from the Midgets group enthralled the audience with their enactment of characters from everyday life and literature. The finalists from Inters who came up on stage for the Recitation Competition also impressed the audience with their evocative rendition of poems.
The Declamation Competition for the Juniors brought the ideas of many a world leader to the stage including the thoughts expressed by Malala Yousafsai during her Nobel acceptance speech. Students of Grades 9-12 expressed their views on socially relevant issues.
Dr. Malvika Sharma, HOD, Applied Communications Skills from Pillai Institute of Information Technology, Engineering, Media Studies and Research and Mrs. Juliet Esther Prasanna from Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science graced the occasion as the Guests of Honour for the final events on Thursday.
The Literary Week concluded with the final assembly on Friday during which students read out their poetic compositions. The teachers also participated with enthusiasm and they bought a book each as a gift for another faculty member as a New Year gift.
Overall, the Literary Week brought the students closer to the magic of Language and literature.