Young boys and girls showcased their language skills and participated in an inter-school competition

Birla Planetarium received a steady stream of young visitors on Wednesday. Armed with sheets of thermocol and paper, pencils, sketch pens and items for decoration, young boys and girls studying in different schools of the city thronged the auditorium. With an air of confidence and teachers accompanying them, the students showcased their English speaking skills and participated in ‘illumine-2013’, an inter-school competition and a cultural meet. Organised by ignis Careers, ‘illumine-2013’ is a culmination of their school support programme and brought students and teachers on a platform to share and learn from each others’ innovations and experiences.

The day was filled with different activities like essay competition, creative art (treasure from trash), EAC Project and short plays on social issues.

As the auditorium reverberated with applause, Yashwant, Gouri, Mamta, Chinna Rao and Ruchita from Rama Sai Krupa School in Chintal came on to the stage and presented their song: “All things bright and beautiful, creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the good god made them all...” “The speciality of these kids is that they all come from humble backgrounds but are determined to make a mark for themselves,” said Sashikala, their teacher.

Buzz of activity

Another group of standard V students P. Vaishnavi, G. Keerthi Priya and B. Srividhya from Sangareddy staged a drama. We asked the girls about their dreams, and pat came the reply, “We want to talk in English well and be IAS officers.” At another hall in the planetarium, there was a buzz of activity.

Soheb Khan and S.K. Mujeeb Ahmed were creating a peacock with coins, glass bangles and match sticks.

“We can create beautiful things even with waste objects,” smiled Soheb as he applied a layer of gum on the glass bangles. M. Vineeth Reddy and Abishek Reddy of Lotus Lap were busy giving final touches to their showpiece created out of a CD. Safura Asim and Hurera Fatima’s work of art was a wall hanging. “It is created out of old CDs and matchsticks,” the duo smiled. We moved around and there was T. Manichandra of St. Mary’s ready to play a game with alphabet. In the end, it didn’t matter if these boys and girls missed an article or got a tense wrong while talking the Queen’s language, they have put their best foot forward and are raring to go.

The speciality of these kids is that they all come from humble backgrounds but are determined to make a mark for themselves