Bright smiles, sounds of laughter, babbling and chattering of excited voices singing non-stop in school vans; the tiny tots of classes — senior play group, nursery and kindergarten of Staford Preschool, Chowk had a time of their lives on the annual picnic day, Saturday, February 10, 2018.
They were joy-ridden to the parent institution — Staford School, Hardoi Road, with a motive to help them bridge the gap between their school branch and the main campus, as after KG class they would graduate to joining the main school building for class I and beyond. This excursion not just aimed at making children accept their future school with open arms; but the games organised also focused at helping children foster team and sportsman spirit, imbibe leadership qualities, develop good habits, make the act of sharing a habit, build personality, learn to accept success and failure, appreciate and applauding those who achieve something; and above all, to keep trying and never give up.
The school field remained abuzz with kids flitting around like butterflies, playing and dancing to their heart’s content.
Overjoyed to see colourful and interactive swings, slides and play sets; which were put up for them in the golf green field, the children made the best of their play with their friends and teachers. While admiring the tall trees, colourful flowers and chirpy birds, they also heard the whistle of the engines and saw the trains pass by, on the tracks which border the rear boundary wall of the school campus.
Though each child greatly enjoyed playing games like passing-the- parcel, tug-of-war, fire in the mountains, musical chairs, etc; the cartoon characters— Doremon and Chhota Bhim, who walked around distributing sweets and shaking hands with the little ones, proved to be a hit amongst all games and activities that were held during the picnic. Children also posed for photographs with the cartoon characters.
Party snacks, which children had brought in their tiffins added to the fun as they shared the food with friends and went around offering chips, chocolates and goodies to their teachers.
When it was time for them to pack up and leave for home, it was great to see the ‘environmental friendly’ side of the young ones, as they cleaned up and threw wrappers into dust bins. And certainly, did it to the best of their capacity! Having lined up in queues, they later marched smartly into their school vans.