Silver Jubilee Commemorative Young Thinkers’ Conclave
Silver Jubilee Commemorative Young Thinkers’ Conclave is an annual multi-faceted event organised by Mayo College Girls’ School. The event combines critical thinking and creativity in seven events that include English Debate, Hindi Debate, Quiz, English Drama, English Creative Writing, Multimedia Video-Making, and Website Designing. We have been fortunate enough to work under the guidance of Mr. Parnab Mukherjee as the Creative Mentor for the event since its inception in 2006. Schools from all over the nation partake in the event. In the tenth edition of the conclave, which was held from 23rd-27th August, 2021, a total of 45 schools participated.
While Silver Jubilee comprises many competitive events, it also features non-competitive traditions such as the annual mid-term play and the release of a poetry anthology. The mid-term play is a short theatre performance on important and pertinent issues. The play for the tenth edition was titled ‘Turn on your camera; Please Unmute’. It was a play on six photographs that changed the world, and an assortment of other photographs which highlight the various issues of the present-day world including the crises in Yemen and Afghanistan. The poem anthology, titled ‘Words of the Neo-Normal’, which was released in 2021, is the third part of a quartet poem anthology. Together, with the previous compilations, namely ‘Combat-Musings of Martindale Bridge’ and ‘Silhouettes Across Srinagar Road’, the books represent the compositions of the students of MCGS over 33 years.
This event is motivated by the principle of ‘Unity in Diversity’ and has been a medium for us to live by our motto ‘Let There Be Light’ by illuminating the path of knowledge through deliberation and discussions.
The COSCTACH Conclave
The COSCTACH Conclave is a uniquely curated inter school event that brings together students from four disciplines: Commerce, Science, Mathematics and History (INTACH), from all over the country with an aim of celebrating knowledge. We believe that innovation is born when we bring down boundaries and encourage disciplines to learn from each other. COSCTACH comprises a mix of events like ‘Auction Nation’- the Economics and Commerce event, ‘WHODUNNIT’- the Science event, ‘Footprints of Mathematics’- the Maths event, ‘Transform to Transcend’- the History and INTACH event, and the COSCTACH General Quiz. The mixture of events in the COSCTACH Conclave helps students become pioneers of creativity and innovation and experience the diversity that makes life beautiful.
Manch Pravesh is a culminating event for students of Odissi Dance. Usually, after 7-10 years of dedication to the dance, as and when approved by their Guru, students receive the honour of performing it. Our students learn under the guidance of Guru Seema Bansal Rai, disciple of Padmashree Guru Mayadhar Raut and Guru Madhumita Raut, daughter of the doyen of Odissi. Not only does this give the students a diploma certificate, which helps them have an upper hand in the cultural background in the future, but this performing art also gives them a lifetime of experience with the hard work they put in.
Annual Prize Giving
Our school’s biggest event is the Annual Prize Giving, an event that takes place over the course of three days with each day bringing something new. The first day starts off with the Chief Guests, the parents of the serving School Captain, inaugurating the school’s various exhibitions. These exhibitions are put up by students and teachers from every department in Mayo College Girls’ School, showcasing the works of the students themselves. In the evening of the same day, the younger lot of the school put up an enthusiastic Variety Entertainment Programme that comprises enthralling song and dance performances, play enactments, orchestral displays and a whole lot of fun and energy! Immediately after the Variety Entertainment, the entire school collects at the school’s athletics’ grounds for the mind-blowing sports’ day performances which feature perfectly coordinated drills, daring yoga and gymnastics’ displays, and an awe-striking show of the entire school swinging their arms to the same beat in the march past.
The second day of the Prize Giving is the day for the Parent-Teacher Meet. Although we have regular PTMs throughout the year, PG is the one time where every parent gets to meet each and every teacher their child is being taught by, and can devote ample time to learning about their child’s progress so that they can help out their children during the vacations- after all, parents are their child’s first teachers. In the evening, the talent of the students is once again showcased- this time, through a mesmerising equestrian display. This show is followed by tea and then, the centre piece of the event- the Annual Prize Giving Play. The PG Play, as it is popularly known among the students, is the product of months of scriptwriting, auditioning, brainstorming, rehearsing and polishing. Each year, the Play is written, produced and directed, and acted out by our students themselves, under the ever-present guidance of the Director Activities and teachers of the Dramatics’ Society. It is the finest show of the limitless talents our students possess. The objective of this striking event is to provide every individual a platform for participation and discovering new talents in the process.
The third day is the Main Prize Giving event. The day starts with a classical dance performance, followed by a spectacular display put up by the girls of our School’s Orchestra. Then, the Chief Guest and our Principal address the gathering, following which the President of the school’s English society presents the school’s Annual Report- a cumulative report of our school’s performance in various fields, its new undertakings, completed projects, etc. After the report is read out, the distribution of prizes begins with the individual prizes for various academic and co-curricular achievements. Once these are done begins the much-awaited distribution of the trophies for the various inter-house competitions that had been conducted throughout the academic year, all of which culminate into the Best House Trophy. Finally, the Principal announces the name of the child who has been unanimously appointed as School Captain for the forthcoming academic year. The last day of the Prize Giving is such that it allows children to go back home and celebrate the entire week of Diwali with their families, after which they come back to school and sit for their Half-Yearly Examinations.
MCGSMUN was first introduced in 2012 with the aim to give students a platform to discuss global issues and find solutions that would eventually help the world one day. MCGSMUN has developed and grown since then. Each year focuses on a new theme and a problem where we may find possibility and hope. Keeping the themes in mind, we also like to give importance to our motto which says “Let There Be Light” as it gives us the perspective to keep hope and find the light at the end of the tunnel. At MCGS, MUN is more than just research and portfolios. While discussing agendas that affect the world so adversely, as a delegate, the most important quality we are required to possess is empathy, and that is a quality that we commonly lack when we engage in issues without on-ground experience. It is our mission to provide all delegates with a holistic experience, and so, each year, we come up with a new project that exposes delegates to the realities of what they discuss in their committees. For example, in 2018, we gave delegates the option of opting for ‘Campaign’, where these delegates were taken to Peeh village to interact with people in different locations of Peeh.
In 2021, Mayo College Girls’ School organised their first ever online Model UN conference, making it the ninth edition of MCGSMUN. It was an absolute success and carried forward the theme, “Curing a Conundrum”, with initiation, debate and deliberation. We hope to see this spirit of protecting the global community and helping it grow remain an integral part of our conference and our school.
Jamila Singh House Day
Jamila Singh House Day is an event that is hosted by Mayo College Girls’ School towards the end of April before the students proceed for vacations. Each student from grades 4th, 5th, and 6th is involved in this event. This exhilarating event not only consists of performances from all four dance forms – Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, and Folk but also a Hindustani group song and Junior Orchestra. The event is intellectually stimulated with a play put up by our extremely talented students.
The objective of this remarkable event is to make the new members of our mayo family more comfortable and encourage them to showcase their unique talents in a safe space.