New Town - Activities

Mongrace Montessori House takes special care to help and guide a child during his/her formative years.
 
At Mongrace, various activities are regularly organized to provide an interesting environment where children experience, learn and progress.
 
Given below is a list of some of the major activities that are regularly held in Mongrace:
 
  • Annual Exhibition (Montessori Apparatus Display Project Work)
  • Picnic
  • Sports
  •  Rabindra Jayanti
  • Summer Camp
  • Independence Day
  • Magic Show
  • Fancy Dress Show
  • Teachers Day
  • Christmas Party
Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Mongrace Newtown participated in this historic event on 22nd January 2015.

The very creative team at Mongrace created the very apt and meaningful song to celebrate their love for Mongrace.Mongrace you are special …Yes you are!.

The other song was the beautiful children’s song ‘It’s a small world’. It was an effort to help children appreciate the diversity of our planet and spread the message of Global Unity.

The dance, was an effort to reiterate the age old Indian Philosophy, which tries to foster an understanding that the whole of humanity,  is one family,  through the song, Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam.

 
Tastes on My Plate
As part of our endeavour to Nurture Global citizenship in young people we executed the 2nd project of the Connecting Classroom initiative of British Council namely Taste on my Plate.Little Chefs of Mongrace Montessori House and Day Care Centre, Newtown discover a variety of food and tastes from India, Thailand, Italy and Russia through two activities.

The first activity was on 27th May. The little chefs formed groups and participated in a salad making activity. They made salads from Thai Mango and Cucumber Salad of Thailand , Pasta Salad of Italy and Alu chat of India with the help of their teachers. Wearing the chef caps made of newspaper, they took their role as helper chefs very seriously and were busy mixing and tossing the salads. They tasted the different salads and expressed their views.

The second activity was on June 27th when the Mongrace Chefs  discovered the taste of Russian salads  with the help of Aunty Maria Dhowotowa, a friend of Russian origin.  Our  partner school in Russia, as part of the British Council initiative which helps in nurturing global citizenship in young people, had sent us the recipe for Russian Vinaigrette Salad with Beets. She helped us make this and also the  Russian Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad and the very tasty and attractive Russian Beetroot Salad. Through these group activities not only did the children have fun making the salad, but were helped to know about other cultures and also understand that salads are healthy eating options!

 
New Beginnings
On April 16th Mongrace Montessori House and Day Care Centre celebrated its 4th anniversary. This year the celebrations had an international flavor as we have been involved in a British Council initiative which helps in nurturing global citizenship in young people.The central theme was ‘ New Beginnings’ and the celebration was unique as we had guests of Chinese origin, Ms. Celina Chug and Ms. Casey Chug and Ms. Rin Zin Doma of Tibetian origin to celebrate this special day with us. Not only were we able to showcase the Bengali New Year celebrations through role play but we also got our guests to share with us how they celebrate Chinese New Year. The guests helped children to wish one another in Chinese and perform the dragon dance.
 
In keeping with the theme, all the decorations at the entrance were with colouring sheets made by the children of symbols related to the two festivals. As take home gifts children took the Chinese lantern they made in class . In the Scrap book they made symbols related to the Bengali New Year. The celebration ended on a sweet note with a fusion menu of noodles and rasagollas.
 
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Summer Camp
This year the summer camp had an international flavour with the theme ‘We are children of the World’ as we have been involved in a British Council initiative which helps in nurturing global citizenship in young people.. The participants explored stories, songs, activities and menu from different parts of the world. Every day a story from a different country was narrated using a story board. Different internationally famous people like Micheal Jackson and his famous ‘ Moon Walk’,  Mr. David Copperfield and his famous magic were  introduced. An activity ‘Taste on my Plate’ saw the Mongrace Master Chefs making and tasting salads from Italy, Thailand and India. ‘Make and eat Yummy Salads and Stay Healthy’  was the message behind this activity. Yoga, Music and Movement, Games, Art and a variety of interesting Craft activities like pot painting, mask making, wall hanging, canvas painting, puppet making, jute mat printing and making of pencil holder using ice cream sticks kept the children busy.

Along with these fun activities they were also encouraged to share and spread some globally relevant environmental messages like ‘Plant more Trees’ during the germination activity and ‘Save every drop of Water’ during the water fun activity. They learnt a variety of songs like the summer song, yummy watermelon song and the journey of a seed song along with the popular Bengali song ‘Chutti Chutti’. It was a delight to see the excitement on their little faces as every day they got an opportunity to indulge in role play and become magicians, story tellers, puppeteers, performing artists and environmentalists!
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Rabindra Jayanthi Celebrations
May began with enthusiastic preparations for Rabindra Jayanthi, which was celebrated on May 2nd .   The tiny tots of Mongrace Newtown with guidance and help from their teachers paid a tribute  to Gurudev. Highlights from  Gurudev’s  life  narrated to the children. They loved to hear about the open air school at Shantiniketan.

Melodious songs by teachers set the tone for the programme. We watched with wonder as little children recited and sang some of Tagore’s poems and  songs. Dances by the little ones to some of Tagore’s songs made the programme even more colourful! A very graceful dance by our  teacher Aunty Suchonda was a fitting finale to the celebration.

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"The Suresh Amiya Memorial Trust (SAMT) took over the management of Mongrace Montessori House in 1984"