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Jalandhar students revisit the 90s

In a fancy dress competition themed ‘Then and Now’, kids enthralled the audience with their speech and creativity



Those were the days! The simpler times when an unknown call over the landline remained a mystery, the sound of a ‘dabbewala’ meant delicious food and fetching water from a nearby hand pump was the most exciting activity.   

Reviving those old days, students of Apeejay Rhythms Kinderworld, Jalandhar recently participated in an open event, ‘Cosplay’, a fancy dress show in the school. The event based on ‘Then & Now’, witnessed 80-90 entries from the Jalandhar city, where kids and their mothers dressed up as ‘dabbewala’ and Swiggy, smartphone and landline, Doordarshan and Netflix, hand pump and water purifier, daatun and Colgate, Gurukul and Modern School, just to name a few.

The participants did a phenomenal job, not just through their costumes, but by their mannerisms, narration and creativity. Students gleefully explained the importance of the era and the occasion gave them the wings to fuel their imagination.

Ms. Vatsala Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Police, graced the event as the chief guest. Mr. Malkiat Singh, the school’s Principal, Ms. Nidhi Ghai, Headmistress (Pre-Primary) and Ms. Namrata Sharma, Headmistress (Primary) were also present. The judges of the session were Ms. Maninder Kaur and Ms. Harpeet Kaur, teachers at Apeejay School, Model Town.

The children learnt many new things and concepts about the 90s and felt grateful for the surge of technology in the new era. The event allowed them to acquire special traits and themes, and think outside the box by practicing different emotions and using their language skills.

Ms. Maninder Kaur, says, “The session was unique as the children and their mothers presented a contrast between the old and the new era. Their confidence levels and presentation skills were commendable! I feel that the beauty of today’s day and age is that we still live in the dilemma of the old and new. And so, we must pick the crucial learnings from each era and work towards our growth.” Further adding, Ms. Ghai says, “We are also giving a chance to winners-parents and students to engage in a five-day play date in the school. The event was a grand success since it helped build greater bonds between mothers and their children.”  

Sixteen best entries were awarded at the event and all the participants received a gift and certificate of participation. 

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