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Apeejay School, Noida, holds a storytelling competition for class 4 students, in which they presented wonderful tales with unique messages and morals

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The world is but one big story. We are all stories in each other’s memories. And at the larger level of world history, we, as humans, remain as stories in the memory of the social fabric. Our lives begin with stories. A fundamental growing up activity is listening to bedtime stories and fairy tales. It teaches children good morals and values. A good story can help children imbibe the right values in that most impressionable age.

Since time immemorial, storytelling has been an integral part of our childhood. It encourages students to explore and cultivate their expressiveness so as to communicate their thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner. It opens up the vivid imaginations in children as well as builds their confidence.

To keep up with this tradition, encourage the love for reading and storytelling among children, an English storytelling competition was organised by the primary department of Apeejay School, Noida. Students of class 4 participated in the competition in huge numbers and with a thumping excitement.

Mrs. Bharti Koul Bansal, Content Manager with SAGE Publications India Ltd. and Dr Shalini Sharma (PhD), a NLP and Life Skills Trainer presided over as the judges for the competition.

All storytellers were judged on the basis of their pronunciation, voice modulation, expression, story content, confidence and props used by them. The young and enthusiastic storytellers came forth with wonderful tales integrated with unique ideas. While some stories gave the audience food for thought, others reinforced moral values.

Primary Incharge Mrs. Smriti Samuel praised the young storytellers and complimented them for their remarkable performances. Encouraging the young storytellers, she said, “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.” 

Aaryash Deep Sinha, student of class 4-D won the first position in the competition. The second position was secured by Vansh Deep of class 4-F. In addition, each class had one best storyteller, in which Rudra Suri of class 4-A, Izhaan Ahmed of 4-B, Advit Yadav of 4-C, Mishka Hurria of 4-D, Prisha Sharma of 4-E and Reyansh Agarwal of 4-F won the title. 

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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