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'World a global village' celebrated by Gurgaon School for winter carnival
It was the starting of winter and the coldest day till date with gloomy fog hanging limp on people and cars moving by in Gurgaon. When everyone was scurrying to get inside somewhere, anywhere, GEMS International School was happily celebrating the winter carnival the entire day on 21st December 2013. Gurgaonites, who are unaware of the school, here is a titbit - it has the largest field in the city. Students must have a ball playing in those fields. As for the carnival, no one could have asked for a better one. Right from food to entertainment, everything was present.

Most of the things were handled by the professionals but some of the most eye-catching stalls were set up, handled and maintained by the students. The cultural program was organised and performed by the students. The event scheduled just for a day, was jam packed the entire day with parents, students and their relatives.

Winter Carnival

The decoration of the school looked handmade with the school proclaiming one message - world being one and everyone being one citizen. To emphasise this point, the decorations were done around it. As soon as the people entered the premises, Statue of Liberty and the Hollywood sign greeted the visitors. Next was the European Eiffel tower with Spanish tomatoes representing the world renowned Tomatino festival.

Winter CarnivalStudents too young to appreciate the world citizen concept couldWinter Carnival enjoy the event via bike rides, balloon shooting and Jumping Jack. Kids and students alike were seen shooting with the help of parents , taking a spin in the bikes.

Winter CarnivalA number of stalls represented different countries, which was decorated, managed by students. Grade 9 students had made a stall based on America and on the concept of a rocket going to Mars. Siddharth Jha, who was asking people to try their hands on they game, which they had prepared on being asked about the whole idea behind the stall said, “Since we are contributing this year's message of the world being a global village, we thought of concentrating on America. As you can see, we have made a rocket and we are basically showing the rocket going to Mars after someone plays the game.”

A class nine student and a friend of Jha's Kunal Naik told us about their election system in school, ''I am the elected head Captain of Ruby House. We almost have an election system whereby, students from Grade 1 to 8 elect representatives for Head Captain of different houses and then we look after the management of the school.”

Andeep Kaur, class teacher of grade nine said, “Everything has been made by our students from scratch and the best part is that we have made everything from recycled papers. So everything, you see is special and unique in its own way. Even the wood rocket has been designed and fashioned out of wood by students, of course we along with a carpenter supervised but the goal is to make them self sufficient.”

Shilpa YadavAnother teacher of Grade six, Shilpi Yadav, who has overlookedShila Yadav Student every part of the work done by her class feels the same. She also added, “We believe that we are in a global village and everyone is a global citizen. Hence, we have chosen Australia. Apart from the hard work, we have also visited the embassies for our research work.” Ekta Kodan, a student of the same class when asked about the world citizenship said, “Since we live in a world where everyone is connected, hence we are a global citizen. That is where our message of the carnival and our stall lies.”

The food stalls, which was a big hit among the visitors were also nicely decorated. From burgers toWinter Carnival pani puri, the event had everything. If anyone was up for it, the school had also arranged for a chariot and a camel ride.

The cultural event of the evening were well planned and organised to project the world citizenship message. Right from Ganesha Vandana to Michael Jackson and African dance, the audience enjoyed a plethora of dance. Since it was a global citizen message for the Gurgaon residents, the students did not forget the penguins as well.

Gems International SchoolAll in all, the carnival was a well balanced mix of the world and Indian. In the fest, everyone could feel the world as a global village and we being a part of it.

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