Ms. Hema Chenupatty- Principal from Oakridge International School Newton Campus was overjoyed seeing the happiness in our students as they were back to school on 12th June 2019. She expressed her emotions through tenderhearted words flowing in this article.
The school had been so quiet without the chirpiness of the children’s voices, that I was looking forward to watching the students stream off of the buses and out of cars and to have the hallways filled with the hustle and bustle that has been absent all summer.
Finally, when the time had come and we were only a week away from welcoming the children once again, suddenly the school was buzzing with activity. The entire school was scrubbed, cleaned and polished, the sub-staff trainings were in full swing and the teachers got busy setting up their classrooms.
It’s almost like a carnival waiting to happen. The colours all around the school, like spring after a long winter are a feast to the eyes. Welcoming the children back to school is something very special to all of us year after year.
Whether it is the floor puzzles to lead children to their classrooms, or the hula hoops on the floor making the kindergarten children hop like bunnies, the bubbles in the air or the happiness bell on the arch, the ribbons in the air or the clowns welcoming the children, it’s raining smiles everywhere.
As I was standing in the palm court to welcome the children, meeting new faces and revisiting familiar ones and hearing all about their summer adventures, I realized how much I missed these smiles throughout the summer. It is these face-to-face interactions that I value most. These hugs from the little ones are priceless. The countless pictures were taken to capture the moments, the beautiful photo booths to make us children all over again will leave a mark in my mind forever and forever.