The school reopened on 6th of January 2017 after two week long winter vacations. The holidays had to be extended because of the weather conditions in Varanasi. However, the school timings were changed keeping the chilly weather in mind. The school’s time is now from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Since it gets foggy in the morning, it has helped students to reach on time without being bothered by the fog. As soon as the school commenced, the students and the teachers quickly adopted to the regular routine. Every year on the 14th of January, Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India. In Varanasi, this festival is popularly known as ‘Khichdi’. The day signifies the beginning of the summer and the harvest season. It also signifies the northward journey of Sun which is called ‘Uttarayan’. People discard old things for new ones, forget old enmities and pray to god and offer food to their ancestors with the start of the harvesting season and end of the winter months. In Varanasi, it is celebrated by flying kites. On this day, one can witness a colourful sky with all sorts of kites soaring in the sky. In school, the students decorated the kites with various things and put it up in their classrooms. It was a fun activity.
The next major event in the school was celebration of Republic Day.It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The entire nation comes together on this day and celebrates. The school also organised a small function where in the Indian flag was hoisted and children and staff sang along the anthem and other patriotic songs to honour the country. Oranges and sweets were distributed to the children as well as the staff.
The students are busy preparing for the annual day which will be organised in the second week of February. The teachers are helping students to practice various skits and dance which will be performed on annual day. Also, the teachers are finishing the course and preparing students for the final exam which will commence in the month of March. Teachers have started making the exam paper well in advance and will begin revision sessions from February.