Carmel Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (July 12th-15th, 2018)

Carmel Convent School, kicked off the Diamond jubilee celebrations on July 12, 2018. The event for the day was a Chhabeel, an integral part of North India’s culture of service and sharing. Students from classes VI-XII enthusiastically took part, offering sweetened water and milk, mixed with essence to thirsty people, motorists included. Delicious Halwa and channas were also served. People stopped to partake of these offerings and to bless the children for their effort.
1 2 3 4July 13, 2018 was celebrated as the official beginning of the 60th year of Carmel Convent in Chandigarh. We were also celebrating the completion of 150 years of the Carmel Congregation in India, and the Feast Day of our beloved Lady of Mount Carmel.
The school turned into a sea of colour as all students, staff and workers wore the T-shirts specially designed for the occasion. As Sister Supreeta, the Principal, stated in her speech, the blue of the students’ t-shirts represented the sky, the magenta of the teachers t-shirts was the flowers, with the green of the workers as the leaves and the sisters making up the roots in their beige dresses. They all came together to create the beautiful garden that represents Carmel Convent.
The festivities, conducted by classes XI and XII, began with a prayer and hymn, followed by a PowerPoint presentation on the 60 year journey since the school’s inception in 1959. This was followed by a medley of songs and a fusion dance that represented how Carmel caters to both modernity and tradition.
Sister Supreeta hoisted the school flag and released 60 balloons to represent how students need to be set free to achieve their full potential. Then began the fun part of the festivities, with a flash mob dancing to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams. The entire school joined in. A tug-of-war between the teachers and the Class XII students saw the students easily getting the better of their teachers, to loud cheering from the entire school.
A fete, with music and stalls organised entirely by the students made up the rest of the function.
As part of the ongoing celebrations a Eucharistic Celebration was conducted by his Lordship Bishop Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas, on July 14th. A welcome dance by students of Class VII and a choir made up of the Catholic students was a part of the celebration. The Mass was followed by a fellowship meal which the entire staff and congregation partook of.
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