Out of the blue, the task arrived!
The teachers were told to host an assembly for the newly promoted 10th graders. A task, not at all looked forward to, and with a day's notice!
First reaction: Teachers in the staff rooms are aghast.
By midday what comes out, shows a deep understanding of each other. Teachers who sing well volunteer to train others, good speakers move forward to deliver a word or two; the more animated ones have already devised a 5-minute skit, with teachers offering to act or help with the costumes and music. What is heart-warming to note is that - teachers do not want the limelight themselves. Each one eggs the other with words of encouragement and offer of support.
In between schoolwork and getting the classrooms decorated, the teachers find time to have a round of trials (where they laugh more than any meaningful practice!). They even manage to decide on the dress code for the next day! The messages and discussions go on well into the night.
The actual assembly is very well received with the fifteen-year-olds pleasantly surprised at seeing unexpected aspects of their teachers.
Their teachers had collaborated to divide a task and multiplied its success.
Interestingly, at no point did anyone wax eloquent about being responsible for such and such, or indulge in a show of one-upmanship (or one-upwomanship, in this case). No one was consciously thinking of Henry Ford's words -
"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success."The initiative to take up roles, support each other to achieve the larger goal and attain the bonus of enjoying themselves in the process- shone out on the school courtyard, that sunny spring morning.
Penta @ Billabong International High School, Thane
- Jeeji Sanjeev, Sanika Joshi, Arpita M.G., Muskaan Menda, Radhika Anand, Supriya Naravankar & Bhavani Swamy.