CAS E6: Adoption for Abortion Rally

Journal & Reflection

  • Category: Activity

  • Total Duration: 3.5 hours


Today, grade 9 students, my batch mates (DP Year 1) and I went on a Rally where we walked along the side of the road for an hour or so, shouting together in chorus “Save the Girl Child” and “Adoption for Abortion”, as the public looked at us with awe and dismay. The main aim of the rally was to create awareness that abortion of babies are on the rise. We were informed of this last Friday, and some of my classmates and grade 9 students had prepared posters to support the cause. Micheal Job Matriculation Secondary School also joined the rally along with us. Our energy level was high, and all of us were enthusiastic as we walked during the rally. One of us took the initiative to shout a slogan, and the rest of us supported him by repeating after him. All our shouting and chanting caught the attention of the public, and we had our banners and posters held high so that people know the purpose of our rally. It wasn’t a big or long rally (as there were only 2 schools participating), but it was a meaningful one.

After walking for half a kilometre and screaming at the top of our voices, we were provided with a few snacks and drinks by the organizers. We took group photos with friends and also with the other school after the rally. You can view these pictures below.

A mother deciding to abort her baby has always been an arguable and a controversial debate, as people have different view points. My personal view is that unless the abortion of the baby is absolutely necessary, it should not be an option. For instance, when the fetus is detrimental to its mother, or in cases where the fetus is born with severe health problems or conditions, abortion can be a solution. However in the modern world, most of the abortion cases are because of contraceptive failure, where the mother does not wish to have a baby. I strongly feel that this is not a valid reason for abortion, and in these situations it is definitely immoral to go for abortion, where these babies could be given a chance to live through adoption. I also think that pregnancies of rape victims should not be aborted, as it’s not fair to end the life of a baby which did nothing wrong to its mother. Leaving the babies for Adoption is the moral and best solution in these cases.

 

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CAS E5: News of the Day

Journal & Reflection

  • Category: Activity
  • Total Duration: 1.5 hours

Today just as I woke up, my friend had called me and reminded that I had to present the news of the day during assembly in school! If not for him, I would have never prepared to present the news that morning. I rushed off to read that day’s newspaper, and hurriedly noted down the International News and headlines on a piece of paper. But there wasn’t enough time, as my school bus had arrived.

I took my newspaper along, and before my breakfast I managed to write down a few more interesting information from the newspaper. Moreover, my friends also informed that Cleveland Cavaliers had just won NBA 2016 Finals against GSW, just before the morning assembly. When I was called to present the news of the day, my legs were trembling while standing in front of my batch mates and seniors. But, as I started reading the news out aloud, I felt better and became more confident. There was complete silence, except for the sound of my voice reverberating in the hall.

I became even more confident, because it meant that everyone were listening to my news. I enjoyed informing my friends of that day’s current affairs. I felt that they relished the news from Sports and Entertainment section the most.¬†Once I had finished reading the news, I was content to hear my teachers and students giving a round of applause. Later on, my friends came to me and commended my loud and clear voice of presenting the news. Although it was a short experience, it boosted my confidence of presenting in front of a large audience.

Page 1 of my News preparation:

News of The Day

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CAS E4: ECL 5km Run

Journal & Reflection

  • Category: Activity, Service
  • Total Duration: 4 hours

During our Summer Vacation, my friend Hrithish and I decided to participate in “End Child Labour (ECL)¬†Marathon”¬†by running 5 km, to support the noble cause. This marathon was organised by National Child Labour Project (NCLP) – Coimbatore, to raise awareness on the global issue of child labour. There were two categories, one 10 km and the other 5 km. Both of us took part in the 5 km run.¬†We personally wanted to support this event because when we heard about it, we realized how lucky and grateful we are. While we are fortunate enough to receive an all-rounded international education, it was truly saddening to know that children younger than us are forced to go for hard labour. This emotion was our driving motivation to take part in the event and support the social cause.

On that day, I had woken up at about 4:30 am early morning, and reached the venue at the scheduled time 5:30 am. Initially, I thought it would be a small event, but there were roughly about 500 participants taking part in the run. Music was blasted through huge speakers placed near the stage. After Hrithish and I found each other at the venue, we pinned our BIB numbers on our shirts. At around 6 am, there were a few MCs on the stage, calling participants to come forward to the stage. After most of us had gathered around the stage, the event began with a Zumba dance to warm – up before the run. We actively involved in the warm up, giggling to ourselves, following the steps of the Zumba dance.

After the warm up session, participants for the 10 km run were called to get ready. A horde of runners stood behind the starting line, anticipating for the sound of the horn. The run was flagged off by Coimbatore District collector Archana Patnik, and off they ran!! About 20 minutes later at 7:30, after another warm up session for 5 km participants, we were finally called to get ready too. As we stood behind the line, I could feel my heart throbbing faster. The anxiety and nervous feeling just before the run was indelible. The countdown then echoed in my ears: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… And here we go!! The sound of the horn and the flag off marked the start of our 5 km run.

In the beginning, I was casually running at a fast pace, not realising that 5 km was such a long distance. Although I had run 3 km before, I underestimated the endurance needed to complete 5 km. After just about 1 km, I started breathing from my mouth, panting for breath. My legs could feel the burn (fatigue) as I pushed myself to run. Hrithish could not keep up to my pace, so he was trailing behind. To my surprise, I could see children aged about 8 – 10 years running confidently ahead of me!! At the half way mark, we were given water bottles to replenish ourselves as we were running. By that time, I was so tired that even holding the water bottle was a burden.

Resilience and Endurance were imperative for anyone and everyone participating in the event. While running, many times I thought¬†of stopping and resting for a while. But, enduring the pain, and showing resilience were the driving factors which allowed me to successfully complete the run. Especially during the last stretch of 200m, I had to overcome my exhaustion in order to speed up, as I could see many participants giving it their all during the final dash. When I finally reached the finish line, I felt like throwing up! (though I didn’t). I knew I had given my best, and I had completed 5 km within 22 minutes. The sense of satisfaction after completing the run is still unforgettable.

After the run, I was completely drained out: Exhaustion level was 100%. Luckily there were a few chairs for us to sit down and rest for a while. However, though the run had finished, the event wasn’t over yet. There were prizes distributed to those who had completed in the top 10, in both categories. After that, we enjoyed a spectacular gymnastic performance by a girl aged about 12.¬†The MCs told us that she had won medals in Gymnastics across the world! Claps of appraisal followed after her performance. Then, we were utterly surprised when an octogenarian came up on stage, and¬†shared his experience of running 10 km! It was mind – boggling to see a real life inspiration, who showed us that age is really just a number.

At 9 am, a few popular Radio Jockeys from Radio City – 91.1 FM (Coimbatore) came up the stage, introduced themselves and spoke about the event. It was a rare chance to see them in real life, as we only hear their voices through their radio broadcasts. Finally, there was a dance performance, and the event ended at around 9:30 am. Not only did I develop personal attributes such as perseverance and tenacity by running 5 km, I was also part of the social cause to raise awareness and to prevent child labour through this event.

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CAS E3: Kabbadi and Kho-Kho

Journal & Reflection

  • Category: Activity
  • Total Duration: 2 hours

Today during our 2 periods of CAS, we enjoyed our time playing a few traditional games of India, Kabbadi and Kho-Kho. I was very enthusiastic of playing these games, as I have deep interest and passion in my Indian culture, especially in Tamil. Both are tag games which are very popular in India. Most of us knew how to play Kabbadi as it is quite famous, in Tamil Nadu, and even in Asia. However, playing Kho-Kho was a different experience altogether.

We first played Kabbadi, and the sports coaches drew the lines for the playing arena. The arena is divided into two halves by the center line, and each team of 7 players are on each side. The players are not allowed to cross the outer boundary. A raider from one of the teams would set off to tag the members of the opposing team by crossing the center line, while chanting “Kabbadi” so that the raider does not inhale air. There would be a bonus line at each side of the arena, which would give the raider a bonus point when touched. Basically, the main aim of the game is for the raider to tag as many people of the opposing team without getting caught, while repetitively chanting “Kabbadi”.

All these basic rules and tips were instructed by our Sports Coordinator. Then, the respective coaches took over and explained the game in detail. First, we boys played while the girls sat down and watched. It was an exhilarating experience playing Kabbadi, as it required a great deal of physical strength, aggressiveness, reflexes and competitiveness. It also induced team bonding while defending and catching the raider together as a team, as we had to grab each other’s hands. As the game progresses, we developed mental strategies to deceive the opponents in order to tag them easily. The sheer thrill and joy of playing Kabbadi still remains embedded in my mind.

Afterwards, we sat down and saw how the girls played kabbadi. It was quite amusing to see them play as they lacked the aggressiveness and they were not passionate to the game as we were. The way they played seemed quite odd and was in fact quite comical. We all had a good laugh, and moved on to the next game: Kho-Kho. In this game, we played with a few players kneeling down in the middle of the arena, in a row, with adjacent members facing opposite directions. There are 2 runners from the team kneeling down, and the main goal is for them to tag all the players in the field, while the catcher (from the opposing team) chases them. The restriction for the catcher is that he cannot run between the opponents kneeling down, and he has to go around them and touch the pole at the end to catch them.

This game was also quite interesting, but at the same the rules of the game seemed a bit confusing, and we were not able to understand the game completely. It involved a lot of running, tagging and kneeling. The girls seemed to enjoy this game more than Kabbadi. However, my personal favourite was Kabbadi, because of the intensity and valour of the game. Most of the boys also preferred playing Kabaddi rather than Kho-Kho. By actually playing and taking part in these games (especially Kabbadi), I realised the value of Tamil and Indian culture, and I will always be proud to be part of it.

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CAS E2: Food Stall Reflection

  • Category: Creativity, Activity, Service
  • Total Duration: 17 hours

After discussing various ideas to raise money (which would be used for future CAS projects), we chose this idea of setting up a food stall, as we thought it would be an easy way to make profit, owing to the experienced staff and equipment present in school. Only on the actual day I realized how much hard work we have to put in, even to run a paltry business like a food stall. We toiled for many hours selling food to customers, and it was an arduous day.

This experience has developed a few practical skills and values within me, which are very much needed for day to day life. Communication was one of the critical aspects that I have learnt, as we had to communicate amongst ourselves and communicate with the customers. One of the challenges we faced is that during peak times, the commotion of people gathering around the stall was worse than that of a fish market. Only with teamwork and communication, we were able to pick up the pace and clear off customers. For instance, at night when the food items were running out, those in the service department would tell us in the accounting department that a particular item has completely sold out, and then we would cancel it off the menu so that the customers are aware of it. Everyone had to play their part to keep the business running efficiently.

As I was in the accounting sector, receiving orders and collecting money, I was able to calculate the change to be given, as well as to give customers their tokens faster. The ability to tackle stress was vital during those times. I had to stay cool, calm and collected so that I do not succumb to pressure and to avoid making mistakes, as it is crucial that I don’t give people wrong tokens or extra change! Perseverance is another trait which all of us had shown together throughout the day, as we worked for about 6 hours straight, and as time passed by I could see that we were all getting exhausted. However, every time a wave of customers swarmed our stall, we were able to boost our energy levels and get back to business.

I am glad that all of us, including our DP-2 seniors, were immensely involved in the operation of the food stall, and it was our collaborative effort that allowed us to reap a colossal amount of profit – A total profit of about 30,000 Rupees! This CAS project has imparted cardinal skills and values in me, along with indelible memories of my friends in TIPS.

YouTube link to the after-movie (more details in CAS E2: Food Stall Journal 3): Click Here

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CAS E2: Food Stall

Journal 1 –¬†18/03/2016


A few days ago, I had volunteered to join a group of my friends to run our own food stall in school, on a weekend (which turns out to be tomorrow!) and during a school event. Today, a meeting was arranged in a classroom by our CAS coordinator to decide what system we are going to implement to manage our food stall, to finalize the list of food items we are going to sell, and to negotiate the roles and tasks each one of us have to carry out tomorrow.

Firstly, we listed out all the food items we were going to sell tomorrow, and the people in charge of bringing them. Some of the food items, such as coffee, tea, French fries, popcorn, puffs, chips, ice cream, soft drinks and cutlets are going to be provided by our school tomorrow, for which we will have to pay (obviously, duh.) after we get our revenue. The rest of the items such as brownies, lemonade, cookies, sandwiches, candy, nachos and condiments are going to be brought by some of us who are going to invest their own money for buying or making them.

Then, we wanted to decide how we are going to run our business tomorrow. At first we thought we could set up the money and food distribution counter as one, to take the customers’ orders and to give them their food at the same counter, just like in fast food restaurants such as McDonalds. However after a heated argument and long discussion between ourselves, we decided that it would be an inefficient system as people would not stand in queues and would crowd around the counters, hence it will take more time to clear the customers.

At last, we decided to have a token system, where there would be two counters taking down customers’ orders, collecting the money and giving them their tokens, and one counter where the customers give their tokens in order to receive their food. The prices of the food items would match with the colour of the tokens, for e.g. a customer ordering a lemonade sold at Rs.20 would be given a blue token at the token counter, and then the customer would have to give his token back at the food counter in order to receive his lemonade. As a few other items would also be sold at Rs.20, the customer would have to tell the server while giving the blue token the item they want for Rs.20. Though the system may sound complex, it is probably a more efficient method to run the food stall as it will help disperse the crowd during rush hours more easily.

After that, all that was left was to decide on our each of our roles tomorrow. As I didn’t contribute any food item for the stall, I took up the responsibility of doing our stall’s menu, so that we can stick them up around the school and attract more customers. Other than that, I also volunteered to be the supervisor of the stall tomorrow! A few of us volunteered to make the lemonade fresh tomorrow in the morning, and the others were split into their respective counters, serving food and in charge of handling the money and tokens. Some of my seniors from IB-DP Year 2 batch were included as they have previously done a food stall in school, and they volunteered to help us.

Now once everything was put into place, we had a bit of time left to go down and stick up a banner we had made as the name of our stall: DA HOOD. All this had taken up almost half the day, and now I still have to do the menu for the stall. For all our hard work and investment put into this stall, I hope it turns out to be good tomorrow…

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Journal 2 – 19/03/2016


To my surprise, today the stall turned out to be much better than I had expected! A colossal crowd of customers thronged our stall during peak times, and we managed to sell almost all the food that we had, only a box of puffs provided by the school was leftover. We toiled from morning till night serving customers and taking down orders, and we were all entirely occupied with our own tasks and jobs to do.

I arrived to school at about 8:30 am, and had my breakfast. By around 9:00 pm, all of us had arrived, and we were setting up our stall. Soft drinks were being stacked into the refrigerator, the menus were being stuck on the walls, and tokens were sorted according to their colour. The rest of the food items were also being placed on the tables, and by 9:30, the stall was open for sale. We didn’t expect many customers to come in the morning, hence we only had a few food items for sale, and we were right. Initially, it was a stroll in the park for us to handle the customers, so some of us decided to go to the school’s kitchen and start preparing lemonade for the afternoon/evening stall.

I was in charge of counting the tokens every 30 minutes, and mainly I was working in the token counter, giving the customers their change. Meanwhile, our photographer Hari went around taking pictures of us carrying out our duties. As we had a bit of time to relax, we bought our own food and drinks whenever possible. Time passed by rather quickly, and before I knew it, it was already 12:30 pm and we closed the stall to break for lunch.

A revenue of about Rs 13 k was made till then, which was a decent amount considering the fact that there were not many customers in the morning. We had scrumptious sandwiches ordered for lunch from a food retailer outside, and it was the same retailer who supplied us sandwiches for sale for our evening stall. After having lunch, we took some time off chilling out with friends, before getting back to work.

At about 3:15 or 3:30 am, most of the food items to be sold had arrived, and we were organizing them as we had a longer menu list in the evening. The popcorn machine was set up, the soft drinks and chips were restocked, and many other food items such as nachos, ice cream, candies, cookies, brownies were being brought into the stall. By about 3:45 pm, we were ready to reopen our stall for the evening session.

As the school sports fest (cricket) was about to start, a flock of customers started coming to buy food before the match starts. As the supervisor, I had to check whether all the counters were running efficiently, and I had to count all the 500 Rs and 1000 Rs notes every one hour, before reporting the exact amount and handing over the money to our CAS coordinator. However, later on as the stall got even busier, in order to clear off the customers faster I joined the token counter once more with the DP Year 2 seniors, and my role was to give the customers their change and tokens.

At around 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the stall was in a frenzy mode. Customers arrived in successive waves of every 15 minutes or so. We felt the heat, as things started to get serious, and most of us in the accounting sector became quite tensed. Those in the serving sector were able to cope up with the pace quickly, but it was more difficult for us to handle the customers. We had to record down each order, receive the customers’ money, give them their change, and also not forgetting to give them their respective tokens for the food they had bought.

But as minutes ticked by, I could feel myself carrying out calculations faster, and handling the money more efficiently. Whenever we finished serving a batch of customers, I sorted out all the notes in the money box according to their value, so that it becomes easier and faster to give out the change for the next batch. To further increase our sales, we quickly came up with an idea that a few of us should go to the viewing gallery, where the parents were watching their children participate in the sports fest, to sell cookies and soft drinks. The idea worked out pretty well, and they returned in a few minutes after selling all the food items they had taken with them.

Back at the token counter of the food stall, we had to communicate with the serving section often, as slowly the food items started to run out and we had to strike them off the menu. Moreover, we also had to communicate with them whenever our counter was running out of tokens, so that they can give us back the tokens collected at the serving counter. Even the photographer (Hari) had stopped taking pictures to give us an extra hand in order to serve the customers. All this work made me completely exhausted and after the rush hours, I asked one of my friends to replace me for a while.

At about 9:30 pm, the final wave of customers had left. Almost all of the food items were taken off the menu by then, with only chips and puffs left. Even then, a few customers came and had bought the last few packets of chips. At about 10:00 pm, we finally closed down our stall, and it was time for us to go home. Today, I feel proud that all of us worked together as a team without any disputes among us, even during the most difficult times, and I’m delighted that our food stall was such a success!

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Journal 3 – 28/03/2016


Today, my friend Hari and I presented a video of our “Da Hood” food stall which we had done a week ago, in school during DP assembly. A few days back, we decided to make an “after movie” using the photographs that were taken as we were running the food stall. We wanted to create this video to show our batch mates and seniors how we organised the food stall, and the food we had available for sale. So, it took us about 3 hours to finish creating the video¬†using Windows Movie Maker, although the entire video was only 5 minutes! ¬†A few challenges that we faced were to find good BGM (background music), to create the intro and ending credits, and to edit the duration of the pictures to suit the BGM.

Here is the YouTube link to the after-movie: Click Here

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CAS E1: Republic Day Reflection

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  • Category: Activity ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • Total Duration: 8 hours

I would say that it was a fun-filled adventure to have taken part in my school’s Republic Day celebrations. Through my journal entries, I am able to recollect my journey with my classmates together from our first CAS lesson, till the day of our performance. I realized the value of working collaboratively with my classmates through this activity, because in order to perform well all of us had to execute our hand drills in a synchronized manner. While practicing, I understood that even if one of us had gone wrong or was out of rhythm, all the efforts of others would be in vain, causing the performance to be ruined. Fortunately, we had practiced them several times together, so we did not forget the drills or mess up the timing on the actual day of performance.

Although the hand drills were not difficult, it was certainly something new and different. Practicing the exercises several times under the scalding sun instilled not only patience, but also discipline within me. The human pyramid was also a unique experience, as bearing the burden of two people kneeling down on my back made me more confident of my physical strength. I am glad that I was able to give my best every practice, which improved my timing and coordination while performing the hand drills.

Moreover, this Republic Day celebration has also enhanced my knowledge of India’s history and its diverse culture. A few PYP kids spoke in various official state languages of India on that day, which taught me information of the different cultures of India in a captivating way. Also, by watching the yoga activity of a few of my classmates, I realized the immense dedication and time needed to be devoted to perform such extraordinary yoga poses, and the rich historical heritage of India.

Overall, my journey was more than just being a part of an enjoyable activity, as I had developed invaluable virtues such as patience, discipline and perseverance along the way, and also gained knowledge of Indian history and culture during the Republic Day celebrations.

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CAS E1: India’s Republic Day

Journal 1 – 15/01/2016

Today my friends, classmates and I of the IB year 1 batch, had our first CAS session. Being new to the IB syllabus, I was excited and a bit curious to find out what we were going to do on that day. After a few moments, our head coach disclosed to us that we would be performing for India’s Republic Day event held in our school. Most of us were left puzzled, as we were yet to know what exactly we were going to¬†perform in front of the school. My mind was racing with thoughts, as I was thinking maybe we were going to perform foot drills or march around the school.

First, in the school’s outdoor basketball court, we boys were made to line up in one row, from the shortest to the tallest. Then, we were split into four rows, with double-arm spacing between each other, and in the same increasing height order. Being one of the tallest among our batch, I stood in the last row. This same procedure was carried out by the girls, and they stood behind us.

Once we were all standing in our designated places as a cohort, we were told that we would be performing four sets of simple hand exercises during the event.

We gradually began to learn the exercises, one by one. In order to get all of our hand movements coordinated, we followed the drum beat given by our coach. Soon after we had learnt all the exercises, we practiced one after the other continuously, following the timing of the drum beat. For the 2 hours or so that we spent learning and perfecting the exercises together, I thoroughly enjoyed my time having fun and bonding with my friends and classmates. As a reward for our dedication and hard work in our first practice session, we were allowed to play football for the last half an hour!

Journal 2 – 21/01/2016

Today was our second session of CAS in school. For the first 1 hour, we refreshed our memory on our hand exercises which we had practiced during the previous session. To be frank, during our first attempt, there was a comedy of errors as a handful of us had forgotten a few of the hand exercises. However after a few more practices, our performance was even better than our previous rehearsal.

After the hand exercises, a few students from our batch volunteered to do some yoga exercises (yogasanas) for the Republic Day event. It was incredible to see my friend practicing a headstand! One of my classmates even had her leg placed on top of her neck! Meanwhile, the rest of us stood behind them, watching them practice their yoga exercises.

At last, we were made to line up in increasing height order again.  Following that, we were asked to do something bizarre, a collapsing human pyramid! Well, our human pyramid was very simple, consisting of just two layers. However our pyramid was long, with about 10 of us in the base layer, and the rest in the second layer. Moreover, I was at the middle of the base layer, hence I had to endure the dreadful weight of 2 of my friends.

This entire procedure was also coordinated by drum beats, but with exactly five beats. On the first beat, the boys who were supposed to be in the base layer, had to kneel down in our positions. On the second beat, the boys of the second layer would walk towards us, getting ready to climb on top of our backs. On the third beat, they would kneel on top of our backs, with their hands resting on our shoulders. On the fourth beat we would all tilt our heads up to face the gallery. On the final beat, all the boys in the base layer would collapse at once, causing those on top of us to topple down on us too.

In total, all of this had taken up of about 3 hours of practice.

Although on the 25th of January we had a rehearsal session with all the school students assembled, it was mainly to emphasize us to sing our national anthem loud and proud, and we did not practice our performance that day in order to keep it as a surprise during the celebrations. Hence, our second session was also our final rehearsal of what we were going to perform for the school’s Republic Day event.

Journal 3 – 27/01/2016

Finally, the day had arrived. It is the 27th of January, the day after the actual Republic Day, and today we performed as a part of our school’s national day celebrations. In the beginning, all the school students from PYP to IB-DP had assembled and had seated in the gallery. The celebration started with all of us singing India’s national anthem (Jana Gana) with utmost pride and respect. The two toppers of the IGCSE exams from my batch were the ones who had carried out the flag hoisting, after the national anthem.

Once the flag hoisting and salute was over, the IB-DP year 2 batch marched around the school track, with a marching band from another school too. Well I wouldn’t say that our seniors’ marching was spectacular, but it was not too bad. I personally felt that the marching band from the other school did a great job, as they really seemed to be moving together as one unit.

After that, we continued to remain seated for about an hour, as we enjoyed the performances of the PYP and the MYP students. A few PYP kids were representing each state of India, and gave a short speech in the official language of their state. During their speech, a small platoon of PYP kids walked together, with one of them showing the name of the state each speaker was representing by a hand held sign.

Then, there was a dance performance by a few MYP students, and they carried a huge Indian flag across the field. At last, it was showtime, and the drum rolls signaled us to move into our positions. We did our hand exercises as how we had practiced them for the past two weeks, and I think our performance was up to the mark. I was elated to hear claps of appraisals at the end of our hand exercise.

Following that, the yoga group moved in front of us, and the rest of us stood behind them in one line. The yoga performance of my friends was absolutely splendid, and a roar of applause followed for each of their yoga posture.

It was over within a few minutes, and then we were all getting ready to perform the final event: The Collapsing Pyramid.

We executed each step of the pyramid as per the drum beat given, just as how we had rehearsed. Some of the girls were also performing a human pyramid beside us, but we boys were part of the main one. As we collapsed on the final beat, like a crumbling deck of cards, a thunderous applause from the gallery followed.

We were all felicitated by our coaches after the end of the celebrations, and personally I also felt that we had put up a solid performance. The entire celebration was about 2 to 3 hours long, and then our normal IB classes resumed. It was a day which I still fondly remember, whenever I come across the phrase “Republic Day”.

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