The Cambridge School Winter Festival 2016
The Cambridge School Winterfest, the eagerly awaited annual affair, was held on November 19, 2015 at Uttam Mancha. As always, all members of the TCS Community – students, parents, teachers, administrators ,well-wishers came together to make the evening, like other years, a memorable one.
The evening began with the Principal’s welcome address to the audience. Mrs Sunita Chowdhary began by saying that the Winterfest is now in its 14th year which naturally made every body at TCS feel proud to recall the distance we have traversed to reach where we are now! Mrs Chowdhary then welcomed our distinguished chief guest, Mr Anindya Chatterjee ,a leading member of the famous band Chandrabindoo, and presented him to the audience with a brief profile on Mr Chatterjee’s glittering career and a request to sing one of his popular songs. Our chief guest graciously obliged, a treat for the audience, no doubt.
Next came the announcement about several important markers, both academic and co-curricular, at TCS for the 2016-17 term. These were:
The successful transition to the April-March session, an increase in the number of the ongoing Remedial classes, the introduction of Food Studies and Travel and Tourism at A Levels, the collaborative projects with Allendale Columbia School, Rochester, NY, USA, and Upper Iowa University, and the TCS magazine website has been fully developed to enable students to have their own pages to showcase their own talents and develop skills in various creative fields and areas of interest.
Next came the announcements for special cash prizes sponsored by parents and guardians for our richly deserving students which drew warm responses as they exhibited the generosity of the donors. The coveted TCS scholarships were then announced.
After the welcome address the evening show began in earnest. The curtain rose on the much talked about and long awaited order of events. The first one to take the audience by storm was Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic The Jungle Book, a perennial favourite with both children and adults. Our students from classes Nursery to Class 8 were the participants .Two of our young scholars presented the show with such élan as to put seasoned presenters to shade. The clear diction, the lively tone whetted the appetite of the members of audience for a showstopper and they were not disappointed. The inhabitants of Kipling’s tropical jungle exploded on stage in a flurry of songs, dances and acrobatics which took everyone’s breath away. It was a riot of colours with an eclectic mix of ear-splitting animal howls and roars as well as catchy ‘fusion” music. A robust production, displaying how much the children enjoyed the activities; the world was their stage and they the star-players. A stunning show with a bagful of highly gifted young students.
The next item was presented by students from classes 9-12, no less remarkable than the first in that after the sound and fury of animals with human qualities we had dehumanisation as a theme – humans out to destroy humanity. The science fiction play R.U.R by Karel Capek, a complete contrast to what had gone before, took the audience first by surprise followed by appreciation. Our young students showed great ability in bringing alive on stage the dark, ominous underbelly of Capek’s landmark play that remains highly relevant to our times, our lives. The way this complex play about scientific materialism aiming to create a godless, sterile world ‘peopled” with robots was handled and put on display by the actors was most commendable. Kudos to them!
The last item on the agenda was a farewell song and dance number chosen and choreographed by the A2 students to express their feelings about their school and the company of friends as the time for parting ways loom near. E and touching, it was a fitting finale to the evening festivities in more ways than one.
With this the curtain came down on this year’s edition of our Winterfest. The wait begins for the next year with the hope that it will get even better.
As always, we thank all members of the TCS community for the titanic effort made to make this year’s Winterfest a thundering success.