World Book Day at IHS
By Ishitha Manoj, Junior Reporter for the Light House
People say that you can’t buy happiness. This is because happiness is something that cannot be accurately quantified. And as the human brain is yet to grasp the full meaning of the emotions they feel, happiness became something that us human beings had no control over whatsoever.
But if one were to visit the recently conducted book fair in the IHS Aryabhatta Reference and Research Centre on occasion of World Book Day, you would think twice about whether achieving happiness is so far away from your grasp after all.
The Indian High School has always promoted the sacred habit of reading with the help of many activities; tailored for students belonging to different age groups.
This year, (2016 was declared as the Year of Reading), IHS has left no stone unturned in making the World Book Day celebrations better than ever.
One of the most anticipated activities that were held is certainly the Book Fair, where books from all genres are sold for reasonable prices starting from AED 10/-. The environment was buzzing with students checking out books they were interested in.
And when we say buyers, let’s not limit them to the students-the excitement is real for the staff too.
We asked a few of our teachers what reading means to them and the response couldn’t have been more delightful.
“Reading is simply amazing. I enjoy it as much as I enjoy teaching,” a teacher who had been scanning the comic section, said with a smile. “This book fair conducted by IHS is really a great opportunity for everybody to sit back and enjoy.”
Q. Is the habit of reading distracting students from their academics?
“Not at all!”, says Maths teacher Mrs. Porselvi. “Reading helps students relate the subjects that they learn in class with what they have read in the books and helps them understand the questions better.”
Other than the book fair other fun activities which were conducted to promote thing day were:
Prop a story (Grade 5):
Students were asked to select a story of their choice and deliver their story with props to support his/her story.
Story Starter (Grade 6):
The boys and girls of grade 6 were asked to write a short story based on the story starters they were given. A great competition for the budding writers indeed!
Fastest Five to Shakespearean's works (grade 7):
Participants were asked to answer a crossword puzzle related to Shakespeare’s works and the fastest five were awarded prizes.
Scrabble pass ‘n play (Grade 8):
Who doesn’t like a friendly game of challenging one’s vocabulary? The students of eighth grade were definitely up for the challenge!
Shakespearean Era (Grade 9 and 10):
In this complicated word search competition, the participants of grade 9 and 10 were asked to find 28 hidden titles related to Shakespeare’s works. The fastest five received certificates and we must congratulate them because word search isn’t as easy as it looks!
Literary Expressions (Grade 11 and 12):
Participants of this competition (who were required to be familiar with classics Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice) were asked to whip up a new ending to any one of these stories within a time limit of one hour. It was indeed an intense one hour for the participants as they lassoed their scattered imagination to sculpt beautiful pieces of writing.
A very wise person once said that although you can’t buy happiness, you can buy books and that is kind of the same thing. As students of IHS, we are thankful for this wonderful opportunity to appreciate the world of books. We can’t help but agree wholeheartedly that in this year’s world book day celebrations, many of us went home carrying happiness with us.
It seems that sometimes, happiness can be quantified.
About the Reporter:
Ishitha Manoj is a Junior Reporter for the Light House, currently studying in The Indian High School, Dubai.