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IEAS creates mesmerizing ‘The World of Stories’ exhibition
October 14, 2017, 2:23 pm

Students of the Indian English Academy School (IEAS) welcomed guests to a mesmerizing ‘The World of Stories’ exhibition recently. The exhibition included a delightful mix of colorful, magical and interactive storytelling brought to life by the students in costumes.

Father Lionel Braganza, Principal of the school played his part with a hat and cape along with other head teachers in the school.  In his welcome speech, Fr. Lionel emphasized the importance of reading and how it led to the birth of this wonderful exhibition. Thomas Quinn, a teacher at Kuwait English School was invited as the Chief Guest.

The 46 tales that were brought to life included a variety that appealed to all age groups. Lion King, Cinderella, Snow White, and Ali Baba occupied spaces on the ground level while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo and classics like Macbeth, King Lear and others were put up on the higher floors.

The famous writer Stephen King rightly said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Jenny Robert, primary section English teacher and one of the key drivers of the exhibition explained the importance of reading, saying, “Children have to go back to books. It helps to get the parents involved. The books bring families together. Even if you read one page together, it inculcates reading habits, improves their vocabulary and helps them gain more knowledge that enables them to interact with others.”

Walking through the corridors and experiencing each of the exhibits was truly an out of this world experience with both children and adults equally excited. What was amazing was the dedication of the students participating in each of the stories. Varying from Class I to Class IX, the children patiently played their parts in their superbly created costumes. Indeed, the exhibition was a remarkable feat by the young children as well as the teachers and parents who surrounded and supported them.

The students, teachers and even parents collaborated to transform almost all the classrooms into this wonderful world of stories. While just the planning began six months earlier, execution was started during the vacation period. After the holidays we had regular meetings and we took stock of the progress. The set up itself took a full two days. Starting on Tuesday evening, it was completed on Wednesday night for a full dress rehearsal.

The school teachers were so full of praise for the parents that came forward and helped put the exhibition together with their efforts on the sets, costumes and several other important elements.

Aarti Rohtagi, Class teacher of grade IV who was also instrumental on the exhibition, said, “There were 80 teachers and about 45 children from each class. All classes were involved. The parents were a big help. Without them we wouldn’t be able to put up such a big act. ”

The school was also generous enough to open its doors to students from other school in the morning for organized tours, and in the evening, the general public visited the exhibition.

A stories based performance by students of the school added its own life to ‘The World of Stories’ with each group portraying different stories in full costume and songs chosen to match the theme. The hallways were packed as expected and a little difficult to get around in the evening, but well worth the time and the sweat. Truly a feast for the eyes and the mind.

Well done IEAS!

By Nita Bhatkar Chogle
Special to The Times

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