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November 30, 2003

Students set stage on fire

From: Chandigarh Newsline, India - Nov 30, 2003

Express News Service
Chandigarh, November 29: THE 20th annual function of the Stepping Stones School, Sector 37 and 38, was held today on the school premises. Organised in three sessions, the first saw the Primary Group (pre-nursery to Class I) staging an impressive cultural show, followed by the Junior Group (Class II to V) and then the Senior Group (Class VI to X). The primary group wowed everyone with the presentation of various rhymes, songs, a Goan dance, a Cinderella skit, aerobics performance, etc. Class I also presented a colourful Himachali tableau where a small skit titled, Himachal Yesterday and today, and a Himachali dance were staged.

The junior group then began with the song, Aao bachon tumhe dikhayen, followed by a tableau on Punjab which included the play, Bhagat Singh,’ bhangra and gidda, followed by a Rajasthani play, Rakhi ka Mehatva. An English play, Our Chandigarh, was also highly appreciated by the audience.

A similar potpourri of cultures was depicted by the function of the Senior Group. A commendable performance by the school orchestra was followed by an English play titled, Swami Vivekanand and a Hindi Play, Rishton ko kya naam diya jaye. An English play, Man: The Abode of Love, and a Punjabi play were again a hit with everybody. A karate, yoga and aerobics performance was also carried out. The cultural programmes were followed by the prize distribution ceremony.
Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 was the venue for the 17th annual function of the Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali. Chief guest Narendra Sharma, IG, Lokpal, Punjab, inaugurated the function. This was followed by shabad gayan. Then the tiny-tots set the stage afire with a dance on the popular number, ‘Brazil.’ The Hindi play, Prakriti Bolti Hai, depicted the damage done to nature by the industrialised world. Students also presented plays that highlighted the uses of computers and afforestation. Mirabai, another play, was also appreciated by the audience. A parody of dances depicted the various festivals and their celebrations. It was then time for another play titled, Planning, which stressed the need for planning in life.

The annual report of the school was presented and the students awarded for excellence in academics. Scholarships were given to students who scored more than 90 per cent. The programme ended with a bhangra performance. Later, principal Gurjeet Bawa gave the vote of thanks.
Prayaas, a rehabilitation centre for physically challenged children, organised a magic show on the premises as part of the World Disabled Day on Saturday. Earlier, an on-the-spot painting competition was held, in which 50 students participated. Hearing aids were given out to five hearing impaired children and three to children with cerebral palsy. The programme was sponsored by Infosis, Mohali. Prizes were bagged by Yankee, Anjali, Meham Kaur and Manpreet Singh.

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