We’ve had a busy couple of months at Lillyfield. Here are a few of the exciting activities we’ve had going on!
Indian Independence Day is the 15th of August! We started out independence day this year by hoisting our flag and singing the National Anthem.
Next, we all went down to Sombaria for the festivities there.
Lillyfield Academy students participated in the cultural dance competition by presenting a Nepali dance. They placed 3rd in the competition, despite being, by far, the youngest group of dancers to compete!
Two of our Class 5 boys, Kewal Subba and Palzong Tamang, took first place in the Class 5-8 boys 3-legged race! Running down the field, they looked like they weren’t even tied together.
Abir Subba, a class 4 student, took 2nd place in the Class 1-4 boys balloon bursting competition.
Aisha Subba, a class 3 student, took 3rd place in the Class 1-4 girls sweet picking competition.
We celebrated Teachers’ Day at our school with many different activities including:
- Giving kadas and gifts to teachers.
Various groups of students performed Hindi, Nepali, and English dances.
Groups of students performed Hindi, Nepali, English songs.
A speech about Teachers’ Day from Class 5 student, Karma Tashi Buhtia.
Our principal, Mrs. Rebecca Sherpa, gave a speech and parents competed against the teachers in a game of pass the ball. The winner was Principal Rebecca Sherpa.
We ended the celebration with lunch and an open dance floor.
Class 5 and 6 Hindi and Nepali skits.
Class 5 presented a Nepali skit entitled “Bhuddi ko Bal” – “Knowledge is Power.”
In this skit, a tiger which was trapped in a cage persuaded a man to rescue him, but when he got out he tried to eat the man. The man pleaded his case to passing charters. He asked sheep, a goat, and a tree if the tiger should kill him or not. All the characters said that men take from them without gratitude or concern for their well being so it is fine if the tiger kills the fox. Lastly, he asked a clever fox. The fox, pretending not to understand the situation asked them to show him what happened. The tiger goes back into the cage to explain, and the man and the fox leave him there.
Class 6 presented a Hindi skit, “A Real Story about Panna Dai.”
Panna Dai was the servant of an Indian Queen. She looked after children in the household. One day an assassin came and killed the queen. He tried to kill the baby prince as well, but Panna Dai gave him her own son, saying he was the prince. She took the real prince away and saved him, but she sacrificed the life of her own son.
Class 1 Non-Fiction Reading Unit
Class one celebrated everything they learned during their non-fiction reading unit. They wrote sentences telling something they learned from from one of their books and then posted the sentence and the book in our hallway.
Students Wrote Letters to Diana Ma’am and Ken Sir
To finish off their time learning to write letters, students wrote to Diana Ma’am and Ken Sir in the USA. Then we mailed them. Mr. And Mrs. Lilly were thrilled to read the letters from all the students.
Teachers Getting Ready for Teachers Training Program
The government of India is requiring training for all teachers. Our teachers have lots of experience but no training. This means that, in order to continue teaching, all of our teachers will have to complete the 2-year diploma course. The course is specifically for in-service teachers which means they will be able to complete it while working at our school, but the fee is Rs 12000 – about quadruple the monthly salary of most our teachers. The course starts on October 3rd, and the teachers are excited to begin this training.