Short Street - Activities

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
Across Generations at Mongrace Montessori House
Reinforcing the theme "Across Generations" Mongrace Montessori House, the legendary pre school celebrated Grand parents' Day on the 19th and 20th December 2011 It was an excellent opportunity for children to show respect and love to their grandparents. It also helped them in knowing the strength, information, and guidance that they gain in the presence of their grandparents. Art and Craft work by the children served as decoration for the display boards. Response to this day's celebration was unimaginable. Many grandparents spoke in the "Your Response Session". Their hearts were overflowing with love and gratitude. "We have heard of Parents' Day but Grandparents' Day is the first of its kind that we are attending" was the general response. Seeing their little angels dance and sing was almost too much for them to bear.

Songs like "dada dadi, nana nani, I love you" brought tears to the eyes of the grandparents. With innocent hearts, eager smiles and happy faces the tiny ones sang and danced with abandon. Teachers worked very hard to put up this show and displayed great team spirit. A very big "thank You" to all of them! Nothing much could have been possible without the unwavering support of the didis and the peons! Many well renowned personalities like the Kolkata Sheriff, Mr. Shyamal Sen, ex Chief Justice,ex Governor of W.Bengal and at present Chairman of Human Rights Commission, Dr. Prasanta Banerjee and Mr. Naresh Kumar former Captain of Indian Davis Cup Team were present to see their grandchildren perform for them. The unstinting support and tireless efforts of the Senior Teachers received acknowledgement when Mrs. Dutt and Ms. Ghosh handed them the trophy and certificate awarded to the school for being one of the most preferred preschools of Kolkata.
 

Annual Exhibition
It is with great excitement that we at Mongrace Montessori House, Short Street hosted the Annual Exhibition on 14th & 15th January, 2012.

The visitors took a ride on "The Entertainment Express", stopping at "The Food Station", "Summer, Story, Rhymes, Cartoon, Zoo, Games, Picnic, Carnival and Learning is Fun stations. The layout of the visual elements was extremely inviting and it led visitors on a tour along two trails: one was display of Montessori Materials and the other, exhibits of the different projects.

The Montessori Materials and use of apparatus was patiently explained and presented by the teachers to the general public, parents, teachers and students from Montessori schools. The exhibition was enriched with the presence of our Chairperson Ms. S. Ghosh, the Kolkata Sheriff, Dr. Indrajit Roy, Ms. Bulbul Roy, Honorary Joint Secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Runu Ghosh, Joint Secretary of the West Bengal Housing Department, Dr. Maitri Das, Principal of Hartley School and many other Principals and Educationists.

The universality of Dr. Montessori's message was felt at every angle of the exhibit. The visitors felt that the exhibit was very joyful and they were proud to be Montessori teachers or parents. Some felt that they now have a broader understanding of Montessori as a way of life, where it can go and how it can lead. The parents were very happy to know how their children were being taught at school. The teachers explained and demonstrated how they use the apparatus for teaching. Some new innovative methods were also pointed out by them. Mini book fair was an added attraction this year.

The congratulatory messages in the Visitors' books revealing appreciation, gratitude and happiness served to encourage and motivate us all. Parents were "positively amazed to see the fun filled activities, projects and the hospitality." They were convinced that their children have got the "best sculptors".

Through presentations and display of Montessori apparatus and teaching aids parents happy were to realize that the teachers at our Montessori House , were dedicated to their commitment of the education of the whole child.

Janamashtami and Eid Celebration
To give credence to the principle of actively engaging students and not passively spoon feeding them the festivals of Janamashtami and Eid were celebrated at Mongrace Montessori House in the month of August . These celebrations brought an awareness among children of traditional customs emphasizing the theme of thankfulness , helping the needy and love.

During the Janamashtami celebrations the tiny tots donned the role of gopis, Krishna, Radha and also Yashodha Maiyaa. Krishna's childhood scenes, depicted through songs and scintillating dances enthralled the audience.

The dress code for the day was Indian traditional clothes and parents responded enthusiastically by sending their wards to school dressed most suitably to the occasion. Through enactment of scenes and role play children were made aware of the fact that Eid means happiness and the festival signifies joy and universal brotherhood. Tiny feet danced to the rhythmic beats of " Dekho chaand nikal aaya" and "Eid Mubaarak"

The teachers most successfully weaved in the theme of these festive days into their curriculum. Children made matakaas using newspaper cut outs and coloured them with thumb prints . Cotton wool was stuck on these matkaas to give the effect of butter. "Krishna loved butter" This fact led to the explanation of how we get butter.

For thematic teaching on the Eid celebration day cut outs of crescent moon were stuck in scrap books. Different shapes of the moon were discussed and " shapes" were thus learnt and absorbed by tiny minds. Story telling and conversation classes had Eid related themes.

In today's techno savvy world how could technology be left behind? Power point presentations on Jnamashtami and Eid were prepared by the computer teacher and shown to the children of all environments. These really captivated the little ones.

Mongrace reflects a highly diverse student body and here we make every effort to promote mutual respect and develop a global perspective.

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