August 14th was not just another day at Deepalaya School campus situated in Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi. A group of nine students from Keio University, Japan paid a courtesy visit to the school on the day.
A small “earth breaking ceremony” was arranged at DSG premises to start construction of the remaining portion of the new school building. Mr. A J Philip, Secretary and CE, Deepalaya; Mr. John Verghese, Director Finance; and Mr. Kuriyan Behanan, Manager Administration, was present on the occasion. The presence the Japanese students added colour to function. All the guests and dignitaries as well as the principal DSG dug the shovel into the ground as a ceremonial gesture on this auspicious occasion. This was followed by a prayer and short speeches by the guests. Sweets were distributed to all at the end of the function.
The Japanese students, who had reached India the same day in the morning and travelled to our Gusbethi School, were given a very warm welcome by the staff and students of Deepalaya. They interacted with the students of DSG and Deepalaya Children’s Home (DCH) throughout the day and mingled with them in various types of activities. They were very happy to learn about Indian culture, festivals, and how the school students actively participated in celebrations throughout the year.
Hariyali Teej, also known as Sharvan Teej, was being celebrated on August 13th and 14th this year. To mark the occasion, Deepalaya School, Gusbethi had organized various competitions/activities that included kite making, card-making, mehandi designing, swing decoration, and poster-making. The school premises were indeed abuzz with activities. Students in four groups participated in the poster making competition and showcased their artwork around the theme “sacrifices towards Independence’ (as India’s Independence Day was also approaching). Around 104 students participated in the competition from which best posters were selected by the Japanese students visiting the campus and Mr. A J Philip. Students also made beautiful kites, cards and mehandi designs. The aim of the competitions was to validate and foster creativity of the students. The best kites, mehandi designs and cards were selected and awarded.