Hindi and English Literary Society

Literary Society Report

This year, the Literary Society of MCGS witnessed an array of events. The year began with the Jaipur Literary Festival held in the last week of January, which was attended by over fifty girls from classes ninth and eleventh over a span of five days. The girls got to attend as well as interact with eminent authors and celebrities such as Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Gulzar, Prasoon Joshi, Oscar Piyol and Barkha Dutt. It was an enlightening experience, which left all our girls inspired and more appreciative of contemporary literature.

In the April term, we had an Interhouse Elocution and a Spelling Bee for eighth and sixth standard respectively. The elocution was a well-contested competition where the participants enacted poems with the help of props, and their dose of dramatic flair made the poems come alive. The spelling bee was contested by equally enthusiastic participants who worked hard to hone their skills and achieved excellent results. The elocution results were:-
  1. 1st - Meera House
  2. 2nd- Karunawati House
  3. 3rd- Charumati House
The spelling bee results were:-
  1. 1st- Meera House
  2. 2nd- Padmini House and Charumati House

In the Autumn Term, there were Inter House debate and creative writing competitions held for the senior classes. A lot of new talent was unearthed with budding orators and debaters campaigning for validity of moral values in today’s world. All the speakers handled the topic with great maturity of thought and effectiveness of rhetoric.

Our girls also participated in various literary competitions and brought back laurels to the school. Priyadarshini Gogoi secured the 1st position at the National Albert Barrow Memorial Council Creative Writing Competiton for her poem titled “Tolerance”.Two students from our school also attended a book discussion and film review meet held at the Bluebells International School, Delhi.

The Trinity-Guildhall (London) Speech and Drama Examination was held in the month of October. Nearly four hundred girls appeared for the examination from grade 1 to grade 6.This year, the girls had a wonderful opportunity to attend a drama workshop conducted by Mrs. Mahabanoo and Mr. Kaizad Kotwal at our school, where the girls of the ninth and eleventh standard were trained in tricks to imagine and enunciate on stage. From physical to vocal exercises, they were taught the basics of theatre and drama in the simplest way possible.

To conclude, this was a rewarding albeit hectic year. The year proved to be fruitful one and we hope to see the Literary Society at school perform better in the coming years.

The Trinity-Guildhall (London) Speech and Drama Examination was held in the month of October. Nearly four hundred girls appeared for the examination from grade 1 to grade 6.This year, the girls had a wonderful opportunity to attend a drama workshop conducted by Mrs. Mahabanoo and Mr. Kaizad Kotwal at our school, where the girls of the ninth and eleventh standard were trained in tricks to imagine and enunciate on stage. From physical to vocal exercises, they were taught the basics of theatre and drama in the simplest way possible.

DRAMA SOCIETY REPORT- 2010

'Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are; conflict means drama.' - Allen Tate

This year proved to be as fruitful as the previous years, if not more, for the Drama Society, which is an integral part of our school. Our term, unlike the rest, started much before the responsibilities were handed over to us. We assisted the previous presidents in putting up the first ever combined production with Mayo College for our Annual Prize Giving which was held earlier this year. ‘My Fair Lady’ was directed and choreographed by Mrs. Salome Roy Kapur and owing to her wonderful guidance and hard work, the play turned out to be a huge success. Working with her was truly an experience of a lifetime, in terms of learning as well as enjoyment.

As our term continued, we witnessed a seven-day long workshop for the students of classes 9 and 11 conducted by the renowned theatre personalities Mrs. Mahabanoo Kotwal and her son Mr. Kaizad Kotwal. During the course of their workshop, the students were introduced to the basics of drama and thereafter, developed various skills at higher stages of dramatics. A few of our students performed at Raj Mata Krishna Kumari Girls’ School , Jodhpur, which proved to be a worthwhile experience. Our students also performing a skit written and directed by the girls themselves at Daly College for the IPSC Cultural Festival. The play was based on the theme ‘We the unworthy generation??’ The MCGS team was awarded the 1st position for the skit.

As our term comes to an end, we would like to thank Ma’am Shuchi Sinha and the entire English department for all their support and guidance. We hope that in the coming years, students realize the importance of drama and give themselves a chance to discover their talent. As Oscar Wilde very aptly said, “Theatre is the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

DEBATING SOCIETY REPORT

'Debate not to contradict and confute, but to weigh and consider.'

To be skilled in the art of equivocation is indeed a commendable achievement, but to be able to deliberate upon another’s viewpoint is an equally valuable quality. This year, the Debating Society at MCGS directed its whole-hearted efforts towards not only improving the team’s performance, but also towards inculcating in its debaters a sense of perception and discernment. The year started off with a round of auditions held for classes 7th to 12th. The students were given a topic to speak on, for which they had only a minute to think. Thus, the girls were evaluated on their capacity to think on their feet and present a logical argument in a coherent manner. This format saw enthusiastic participation and brought to the fore a lot of young talent.

Our school team ushered in the debating season with a victory at the 5th All India Memorial Hugh Catchpole Debates 2010, hosted by RIMC, Dehradun. This was followed by a series of victories at other debates as well. The results have been presented in the table below:

Sr.No Debate Participants Position
1. Hugh Catchpole- RIMC, Dehradun Aimen Reshi,Damini Roy,Dhruvika Singh,Krittika Kumari Winners
i)Damini Roy-Best Speaker in the prelims,Semis and finals(shared)
ii)Krittika Kumari-Best Speaker in the quarter finals.
2. Saroj Srivastava- Welham Girls,Dehradun Aparna Sekhar,Payal Motwani,Shreya Das -
3. Slater Memorial Deabtes-BCS,Shimla Aimen Reshi,Damini Roy,Dhruvika Singh,Krittika Kumari ii)Aimen Reshi-3rd Best Speaker in prelims 1,3
ii) Damini Roy-Best Speaker in prelims 1 and 2,2nd Best Speaker in prelims 3
iii)Krittika Kumari-2nd Best Speaker in prelims 1 and 2
4. Chuckerbutty Debates-Doon School,Dehradun Aimen Reshi,Damini Roy,Payal Motwani,Krittika Kumari i)Damini Roy:Most Promising Speaker
5. JTM Gibson Debates-Mayo College,Ajmer Aimen Reshi,Damini Roy,Dhruvika Singh,Krittika Kumari Runners-Up
i)Damini Roy-Best Speaker in the Extempore round,semis and Best Speaker overall
ii)Krittika Kumari-Best Speaker in the semis
6. Bro CJ Bergin Memorial Extempore Debate-St.Georges’ College,Mussoorie Aimen Reshi,Damini Roy Runners-Up
i)Damini Roy-2nd Best Speaker
7. English Declamation-SKV,Gwalior Anya Singh,Dhruvika Singh Runners-Up
i)Dhruvika Singh-Best Speaker
8. Council Debate-LMG,Lucknow Payal Motwani,Rupanshi Mishra Runners-Up
i)Payal Motwani-Best Speaker
9. Sanskar Extempore Debates,Jaipur Damini Roy,Payal Motwani Runners-Up
i)Damini Roy-Best Speaker
10. English Debate-SMS,Jaipur Rupanshi Mishra,Zara Lee Runners-Up
11. Oliphant Memorial Debates-Welham Boys,Dehradun Aimen Reshi,Snigdha Bhasin,Zara Lee 3rd
i)Zara Lee-2nd Best Speaker in semis
12. Platinum Debate-Scindia School,Gwalior Aastha Agarwal,Kanupriya Bora,Rupanshi Mishra,Vedika Joshi i)Rupanshi mishra-2nd Best Speaker in prelims
13. English Debate-LK Singhania,Gotan Pallavi Mehrotra,Vedika Joshi i)Vedika Joshi-3rd Best Speaker
14. English Debate-MPS,Ajmer Aastha Agarwal,Pallavi Mehrotra i)Pallavi Mehrotra-2nd Best Speaker

All in all, this debating season was extremely rewarding, both in terms of recognition and experience. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ma’am Singh for giving us myriad opportunities and for encouraging us, Ma’am Shuchi, Ma’am Meenakshi and Ma’am Ratnavali for believing in us and helping us at every step. We would also like to thank all the staff escorts who escorted us to the various debates, and made our trips more memorable. We hope that in the years to come, our debaters develop a keener mind, a more discerning eye and more powerful oratory skills. We wish the upcoming team all the very best, and may they continue to debate with unflagging enthusiasm!

CREATIVE WRITING REPORT

“One equal temper of heroic hearts, strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”- Alfred Lord Tennyson

This is exactly what the Literary Society stood for in the field of creative writing. The April term saw three of our students – Sulekha Agarwal, Payal Motwani and Damini Roy being awarded Certificates of Merit for their essays in the Education First Global Citizen Scholarship Competition. They were considered for the opportunity to travel to articulate the importance of educational travel and demonstrating a desire to bring a global perspective to their community.

On the home front, The junior classes discovered their talents through the Inter House Creative Writing Competition. The stories and poems composed by them express their feelings in an excellent manner. The seniors also worked hard towards honing their skills by actively participating in the Inter House Creative Writing events, which included script-writing, story-writing and poetry-writing.

The overall results were:-
1st- Sanyogita House
2nd- Charumati House
3rd- Karunawati House

Apart from this, the students from classes VII to XII enthusiastically participated in the 10th All India Hope Talent Contest. The All India Essay Writing Event 2010, organized by Shri Ram Chandra Mission in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre For India and Bhutan was also keenly contested by the students of classes X and XII. As our term comes to an end, we would like to thank Ma’am Shuchi Sinha and the entire English department for all their support and guidance. We hope that in the coming years, students realize the importance of drama and give themselves a chance to discover their talent.

Priyadarshini Gogoi did the school proud by winning the Albert Barrow Memorial All India Inter School Creative Writing (Essay) Competition with her poem ‘Tolerance’. Our school won the shield for the first time in 23 years. There were also many other National Level Creative Writing Events which were keenly contested by our students. Our school also took part in the annual IPSC Literary Fest which was held in Mumbai. Priyadarshini Gogoi’s poem, soaring with imagination and creativity, earned her accolades and brought us laurels. All in all, it was another eventful year. Our heartfelt gratitude to Ma’am Shuchi Sinha, Ma’am Gayatri Roy and the entire English Department for their unending, unwavering help and support. As the year ends, we feel we can look back at a successful year and look forward to striving more and yielding more.

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