S.S. Kavitha

TVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School provided a plethora of options

MADURAI: A decade ago, when summer came everyone rushed to his or her native or grandma's place to enjoy a carefree holidays. But those days have gone and holidays are no more the same.

Summer holidays are there and children do visit grandma's place but they make it a point to choose a summer camp.

H. Alagu Sanjana of Bhanvan's Vidhyashram of Chennai, who now stays with her grandma, says that she has been attending the Chithirai Camp for the past two years. She says, "Summer is here and it's time to take a break and refresh the mind with entertainment and, of course, nurture extra skills."

Another student, B. Kalaiselvi, says, "Camps provide an opportunity to make new friends besides helping us to learn new skills."

Are summer camps really useful to students? C.L. Swaminathan, from Bangalore says that camps are a necessity for children who live in an era of competition.

Most parents tend to send their kids to some camp or the other for two reasons - to spend time in a useful manner and escape the wrath of scorching sun. To cater to the different needs of both parents and students, TVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School conducted its 11th summer camp with a wide range of activities.

For children from UKG to Standard IV, the school offered a plethora of activities ranging from computer course to singing, games to story telling, gym and dance, clay modelling to `sloka' recitation, skating and `silambattam,' pottery painting and puppet making.

For children of standards V to XII it had activities in electronics, beaded jewellery and bag making, stamp collection, flute, chess, first aid (certificate course), games, self-defence activities and so on. The camp also had drama classes for children who were taught to enact an enticing story line.Besides, for children who wanted to spend their time judiciously for a whole day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the organisers conducted a Full Day Fun camp for Standard VII and above. The school provided transport facilities, lunch and refreshments to children during the camp.

The school has other camps such as Jolly Camp for street children and camp for rural school students.