Awards time at Mandrem!

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A short time ago, I was invited to be a guest of honour at Our Lady of Rosary School’s Awards Day. Moreover I would have the opportunity to get to know our school’s new headmistress, Sister Trinidad!

Tinged with sadness, as Jacinta’ loss was truly felt, but full of hope for a  future led by her successor, the day was a great success. It was a full programme of song, dance and drama, interspersed with reports on the school’s progress and its activities over the past year. Whilst it is a Catholic-run school, the programme truly reflected Hindu as well as Christian traditions and history, and, even though it is an English-medium school, a full range of Indian languages were used. So many items and so little space to write… but here are some of the highlights for me:

Standard IX - Prayer Dance

The girls of Standard IX started us off with a poignant Prayer Dance, both in welcome to the audience of honoured guests and proud parents, and to the memory of Jacinta. Standard V pupils carried on with a rousing song of welcome.

Darshanna - Standard VIII - Bharat Natyan

Darshanna from Standard VIII then performed a beautiful solo Bharat Natyan, a classical fire dance from Tamil Nadu that reflects its origins as a Temple dance. Then followed a play written by the children – an insightful take on a tour guide taking visitors to see the sights of Goa – followed by Suraj singing a traditional Hindi song, and a time-honoured Portuguese Corridin dance performed by the troupe rounded off  this homage to Goa’s story.

Portuguese Corridin dance

Onto the prize and scholarship giving, and I was honoured to be asked to present some of the awards, along with Father Dominic and  Sister Trinidad. I gave a very short speech to congratulate absolutely everybody and then the big news… Standard X had received a 100% pass rate!

Mandrem awards

Later I had long chats with Sr Trinidad, many of the teachers I’ve known through thick and thin and quite a few of the parents . I think the future is bright!


One Response to “Awards time at Mandrem!”

  1. Gina Ali Khan says, February 13th, 2014 at 02:46

    Helen , once again – thank you . What heartening news about Our Lady of Rosary. Jacinta will be sorely missed , but I’m sure her ideals will live on in the school that she has nurtured.
    Henry & Sue were in Poona for a day & we had dinner together at Shisha 1 we talked about all of you , Elsewhere & the school . It was wonderful to get news of the Great Goan Walk ! I’m going to be at Elsewhere for a couple of days mid April & hope to visit the school . From the days of football strips that came from a school in the UK to this wonderful sharing aided by you !

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