'Paint the tree' Campaign
International Women’s Day celebration, Melanie’s Theatre Classes, Queen’s College ‘Paint the tree’ initiative, opening up of a new ‘Health centre’, School Exchange visit by Mount Madonna School … Wow! the school kept buzzing with so many interesting activities.
Pardada Pardadi 8th graders along with Rikki Asher (Art Faculty, Queens College) and team participated in a unique ‘Paint the tree’ initiative. As part of the initiative the girls painted symbolic imageries on trees to spread the message of ‘do not cut trees’.
During the process girls learnt to make stencils and were also given an understanding of how “art can be used as a powerful means of personal expression” and how “artists make public art to communicate and support a message or a cause”.
A total of 10 trees were painted at the school compound by the girls. For painting, mixes of natural and artificial paints were used toensure that paintings do not wither away with the changing climate.
International Women’s Day was celebrated with vigour at the school on the Eighth of March. Cricket, kite flying and dancing were some of the activities that filled the grounds from corner to corner.Popcorn and Candy Floss were in constant supply (and demand!) as was the colourful bouncy castle, which almost contended with the sea of colours that the girls and teachers brought with them, dressed in beautiful Saris and Shalwar Kameez’.
The day’s activities were interspersed by a fantastic programme prepared by volunteers, girls and staff alike. Girls from all standards created a play that discussed issue of a wedding dowry, while girls from the Call Centre programme spent the week prior working with Melanie Closs, a volunteer from The Other Side company in NewYork, creating a play that revolved around a woman’s right to an education.
The girls, who began the programme only three months ago, performed the entire piece in English – and portrayed issues close to their hearts, such as the power that is gained through a strong education and employment, and the effects this can have on confidence, and the message they are able to take home to their villages and families, allowing them to develop too.
Melanie caused much excitement when she took to the stage with her Ukele, and Palka Gupta, another volunteer from New York, also entertained the girls with a beautifully executed traditional Indian dance.
Every performance was strong and dynamic, and illustrated the girls’ understanding of the empowerment they so rightly deserve.
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Melanie's mesmerising performance on women's day
New Health Centre at the School
Mr. Ward (Mount Madonna School) addressing girls