Festivals are celebration time for the Holy Faith family. Being in India, we are all charged up at such times.
All the boys and girls right from nursery, do the dahi handi on Gokulashtami, decorate the school and make lanterns and lamps in Diwali, the little ones have a Bhondala, make decorations and sing traditional Christmas songs and mould and paint statues during Ganpati.
But that isn’t all that happens at HFES.
All round exposure and development is what we strive for. We make it compulsory for every child to make an appearance on the stage in the Annual Gathering as that is the only way to tackle stage fright. They anchor the entire annual gathering and present dances and plays on the stage. The props and drapery is all provided by the school and the gathering goes on for almost a week as each child has at least one performance on stage. They are trained to speak on the stage, dance and act during the school year. With our emphasis on Sports, we have a Sports Week too, where there are competitions for all the sports that we teach in the school.
We have grand events such as the Fun Fair, which again, is completely student organized. The students are assigned stalls, and are given a choice of providing games or food. The Science Exhibition is one of a kind, where we have more than 500 students participating, with maximum of them making working models. This again, shows that children at Holy Faith have a very hands-on approach to everything. We also organize a Diwali Carnival, where we have Killa making, rangoli and lantern making competitions.
Excursions and field trips are also planned during the school year. The children are taken to museums, historical places, forts or factories. This helps the children obtain firsthand experience of things that they learn about in the curriculum. It is a fantastic experience and provides for fond memories later on.
For teacher’s day, each student of the 10th standard chooses a role to play right from attendants and office helpers to teachers and coordinators. Students then dress up and take over and manage the entire school for that day. Children of other classes have to treat them as authorities and the staff has to command respect too. It is an interesting experience for the 10th standard no doubt, but we think the real staff enjoys it even more! We also have major activity during elections for the captains and vice- captains of the houses, with political style propaganda. Then, we have inter-house quizzes, with a finale on stage; student conferences; alumni meet mock-ups; career guidance seminars and many smaller events.
There are various competitions during the school year like drawing, craft, posters, handwriting, essay writing, elocution, debate, monologue, fancy dress etc. Children actively participate in these and also help organize the events.
Republic Day and Independence Day are celebrated in the school too. Children march, sing patriotic songs and salute the national flag, which again is in tune with our vision.
All in all, it is a highly charged up scene in the school, at any time. Students handle most of the events, and it is great to watch them learning, organizing, and doing things all the time!