‘A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.’~Washington Irving.
How true these words are! We at Staford realize the depth of these words and it is our endeavor to inculcate in our children deep rooted feelings of love and devotion for the mothers. With Mother’s Day round the corner, Staford School decided to make the mothers feel special by dedicating a day to them. It is important for children to realize the importance of parents, especially of mothers and to make them realize the truly important role they play in their life and that of a society.
In order to celebrate the uniqueness of mothers and show their affection for them, the young Stafordians presented a fun filled and interactive program on 7th May 2014.
The mothers were given a warm reception by students of class VII who welcomed them at the door in the traditional Indian style, presented them with beautiful roses and showered flower petals on them, while ushering them in. The celebrations began with a cake cutting ceremony, which made the mothers feel very special.
The masters of the ceremony Mr. Shiraz Saeed, Ms. Aisha Alvi and Ms. Sarah Abbas, welcomed the mothers with a warm speech and initiated the specially organized programme by announcing the first presentation – an instrumental composition prepared by the students of class VII under the able guidance of Mr. Anuj Yadav, our music teacher. The composition based on Raag Asavari, was presented with great elan by the talented group of children from class VII namely Maliha Fatima, Umama Junaid, Nehal Ahmed, Nausheen Noor Zaidi, Srajan Soni, Abdul Faham, Yahya and Harsh who played various instruments like the casio, guitar, harmonium, congo, the musical triangle and tambourine respectively. The mothers enjoyed this performance and could be seen tapping their feet and clapping in rhythm.
Up next was a wonderful dance performance by the students of classes III A and III B on the song ‘Taare Zameen Par’, choreographed by Mr. Vivek Prajapati, our dance teacher.
The mothers, then, had a little fun answering questions about their children.The answers to the questions had been previously recorded and the mothers’ responses were matched with them. This interactive game gave an insight into the mother-child relationship; it gave the moms an idea about the changes in their growing child’s likes, dislikes, choices, friend circle, hobbies, career choices and dreams. Ms. Sarah Abbas and Ms. Archana Chakravarty kept moms on their toes and elicited answers from them.
The moms were then treated to a group song ‘Teri Panah Mein’ by the charming students of class II A, who pleaded with the moms and the almighty to always keep them in their mom’s loving care.
The mothers were then given an opportunity to have a little more fun in the form a game involving passing the ball, conducted by Ms. Shailja Joshi, Ms. Archana Chakravarty and Ms. Sarah Abbas. Each time the music stopped the mother who was caught with the ball in her hands was highlighted and got a chance to perform or share an experience of motherhood. This session brought out some wonderful experiences and performances from the mothers whose active participation and excellent performances left us surprised.
We sometimes take our parents for granted, but the young Stafordians, the students of class II B, touched our hearts with a dance performance on a medley of songs which emphasized the importance of parents, of the sacrifices a mother makes and thanked the mothers for filling their lives with joy. .
The showstopper of the day was a round of “find me if you can” game in which the blindfolded mothers had to identify their child from among a group of students. The highlight of this game was the apprehension of each child – as to whether or not the mother would recognize him or her, and the bloom of joy on both the child and the mother’s face when the mom’s successfully identified their child despite the blindfold. The winners were crowned by our respected Principal ma’am, Ms. Vijaya Kumar. The program concluded with a brief speech from our Principal ma’am who motivated all the mothers to realize their importance as an individual, as a mother and as a responsible member of our society. She also thanked the mothers for their presence and their support.
The celebrations came to an end with the mothers being bid good bye with greeting cards made by children from all classes as a token of their love and affection.