They vie with teams from 32 corporate schools for top honours
It was a dream come true for the young girls who not only got an opportunity to participate in the competition for the first time ever but also were rewarded for their outstanding performances.
Students of Mandal Parishad Primary School (MPPS) at Gandhi Nagar and Thota Garuvu participated in the recent week-long Children’s Day competition organised by the VUDA. With hope to reach the top and making sincere efforts, they really made it.
A team of five children received second prize in the group singing category and a team of eight children received third prize for performing folk dance.
A summer camp which was organised in May helped the children of the Government school to form a team and face the competition with confidence.
Competing with 32 corporate schools and that too for the first time is not an easy task, said Andhra University Ever Green Engineers founder member S. Trinadha Rao. He supports the children and grooms them conducting tuitions and summer camps. “Fortunately, the camp trained them well and only a two-day rehearsal was enough help for them perform and excel in Dhimsa dance and group singing. We learnt about the competition late and had only two days for practice, children were able to perform extremely well,” he said.
“Since this was the first time we were participating in such a big event, we felt nervous,” P Bharvavi, Class V student, she said. “It was the most memorable moment in my life when I saw people clapping for our performance,” Anjali of Class IV said with enthusiasm. For Pavani the contest made her feel more confident about herself. “I feel we are no less than any of the students who go to corporate schools. Only difference is that we could not talk in English as we are from Telugu medium,” she explained.
P. Nagamani of Class IV, G. Devi, R. Divya Jyothi and P. Kusuma of Class V and M. Shyamala of Class VI received second prize for group singing. R. Sandhya, P. Bhargavi, S. Nandini, G. Pavani and R. Divyajyothi Class V. K. Anjali of Class IV and Siva Bhagya and M. Syamala of Class VI received third prize for Dhimsa in the folk dance competition.
The performance goes to prove that achievement is not beyond the reach of children of government schools.
They need to apply themselves and have to take the initiative to participate in such competitions, Mr Trinadha Rao said.