Along with focusing on academics, The City School-Alpha DHA Campus also arranges a variety of co-curricular activities for its students to boost their confidence and provide them with a platform to reveal their hidden talents.
In this regard, a ‘Book Week’ was held at the school from 3 to 10 February 2014 in which an assortment of programmes was organised to provide students with meaningful learning in a fun-filled environment.
Activity 1: Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R)
D.E.A.R was celebrated across the campus where everyone, students, teachers and even the administrative and custodial staff, was involved in reading. On 3 February 2014, they all spared 15 minutes of their time from 11:30-11:45 a.m. to read the newspapers, magazines and storybooks provided to them according to their skill level.
Activity 2: Storytelling Sessions
A storytelling session was held at Alpha DHA Campus on 6 February 2014 where our storytellers, i.e. the parents and grandparents of our students, came over the during the day and read out stories in front of our Playgroup and Senior students. They were so engrossed in the sessions that they eagerly looked forward to hearing the next one! The storytellers read out extracts from stories based on fiction, fantasy, traditions and morals. By the end of the exciting sessions, the students were encouraged to ask any questions they had. The storytellers welcomed some interesting questions and answered them in great detail.
Activity 3: Competitions
These short competitions were organised for students of Playgroup to Jr. IV.
For Playgroup to Kindergarten students, a Colouring Competition was organised. Jrs. I & II were involved in ‘Designing Bookmarks’ whereas Jrs. III and IV were kept busy in ‘Designing Book Covers’.
Activity 4: Dress Parade 2014
The closing ceremony of a thrilling Book Week 2014 came to an end with a Dress Parade on 10 February 2014.
It was an occasion to remember and certainly a day to cherish as 100 enthusiastic students dressed in colourful costumes of their favourite characters. They left the audience spellbound with their adorable gestures, their costumes and knowledge of the characters they portrayed. Harry Potter, Red Riding Hood, Barbie, Cinderella, Snow White, Willy Wonka, Charlie, Superman and Batman were just some of the notable characters to be seen during the programme. Everyone was mesmerised. The audience applauded and cheered for their favourites as they walked on the ramp.
The entertaining celebrations had a very real purpose – enhancing the literary skills of our students and inculcating good reading habits in them.