/Children’s Day Assembly

Children’s Day Assembly

Today, we celebrate Children’s Day because children are arguably the most valuable aspect of our lives. In any society, they are an integral part, and it is vital that they have the best possible start. In fact, they have all the power to shape our society and they deserve a childhood full of joy, love, laughter, and all of the good things in the world. Perhaps because we’re both students, this seems cocky, but we’re riding on the high of children’s day.  

All jokes aside, the teachers give us their all everyday and remind us just how much we mean to them through our seemingly meaningless—and sometimes meaningful—interactions. Though on this day, it seemed even more obvious by our wholesome interactions with them. 

The day started off as usual, except it didn’t, because when we walked in, our teachers were laughing maniacally as if they held all the power in the world. They did, metaphorically, because in their hands were labels that had different and unique titles for us all. It was sweet and incredibly thoughtful and it showed us how much attention our teachers truly pay to us. To be quite frank, we thought that was it for the interesting part of the day. (For the first time that day, we were wrong).  

Halfway through the second lesson, we were told to go down for an assembly. Though we knew an assembly was scheduled to happen, we just assumed it was going to be us catching up on those hours of sleep we didn’t get at night. Obviously, given how long this article must seem, we were 100% wrong (For the second time that day).  

To start off, our teachers got an actual band that actually knew how to play actual music. LiveJam, a catalyst for urban youth transformation through music and media,  advocates for mental health, and had played 3-4 songs that were lively and astonishingly entertaining. Though we are sleep-deprived, dead-inside, mindless IB creatures, we did try to be as enthusiastic as possible to show our gratitude and excitement towards how wonderful the assembly had been so far. And that meant getting up when they asked us to or just humming along silently. 

As mentioned before, LiveJam are an advocate for mental health and so, between songs, we had meaningful conversations about issues we, as young adults, face. They had a motivational speaker, Mr. Joe Matthew, come up and share his story which, in turn, led to more vulnerable discussions initiated by our own students. These same discussions were carried forward when we were taken to the MPH2, where we were given the chance to have a 1 on 1 with just the LiveJam team. They created a comfortable and safe environment to talk openly about problems we were facing. This vulnerability allowed us to form closer bonds, both with the LiveJam team and with our peers.  

After that, we once again had thought that was it—after all, what could top a live band performance?—and resigned ourselves to the idea of going back to our mathematics classes. It goes without saying, we were wrong (for the third time that day). Walking back into the atrium, we saw our teachers taking centre stage and setting up for what was coming next. 

It started with a beautiful folk song performed by Philip sir in his mother-tongue™, which really helped us understand that music is not about the language but about the feeling it carries. He talked about how the song was about children around the world who didn’t have the same opportunities as us and so, to honour them, we must all sing it together. By the end of the performance, we were all a bit moved.  

In came Ms. Mahashweta with her posse of teachers who were ready to rock the stage.  To say the least, we were shocked when we saw Mr. Sumit walk in as well— Now that was a cultural shock. Having seen Sumit Sir as an authoritarian for the past 6 months to watching him sing his heart out in front of us all was truly an experience we’ll never forget. They played a medley of songs, with Rahul Sir walking in towards the end. They ended the performance by screaming to Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”, with such enthusiasm that inclined students to scream along.  

The most crucial part of any acting, both on-screen and off-screen, is to convey emotions and let me tell you, watching Tanvi ma’am walk onto that stage made our hearts stop for a second in what could be seen as our most emotional moment in the past year— and that includes her classes. In what could be called an Oscar-worthy series of performances, our teachers enacted some of their most memorable memories of us (though, they did say they weren’t acting out anyone in particular).  

The first skit included Surbhi ma’am trying to bargain with Ms. Megha for a higher predicted grade because, really, she should have gotten a 7 instead of a high 6. This was followed by the reenactment of “the couple in the atrium” (you know who you are), where two of our favorite teachers were told by Ms. Megha to go back to their classes, to which they giggled. Did we mention the teachers were dressed in school uniform? Now they know how we feel. There were a few technical difficulties, including less mics and teachers playing multiple roles— something which Tanvi ma’am apologised for by citing their low labour (yes, we all laughed at that one).   

Watching Anshul Ma’am and Kshitiz Sir do a duet, our sirs walking on stage with their kala chashmas, and our ma’ams dancing in meticulously choreographed numbers all gave us a rush of adrenaline that was beyond any we had felt in a long time. What really pushed the performance even further was when Captain Bajaj and Ms. Nag got up and started dancing with the teachers, as well. It was truly a sight to see and the perfect way to end the assembly.  

Children’s day had been a wonderful reminder of how special we are and just how much we mean to our teachers, who matter to us just as much. It truly represented the closeness of the Pathways community and the love we all have for each other.