March 17, 2017
Story books hold a special place in childhood and their impressions get etched in children’s memories that last for a life time. The National Seminar held on March 3, 2017 at St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangalore, on Approaches and systems: Understanding the child and Children’s Literature, struck a deep chord within me.
To begin with the inauguration of the seminar was unique and creative. I happened to be the coordinator of the inaugural ceremony, and therefore requested the teachers to depute their promising poets with their poems to mark the event. The audience consisted of children from the neighbouring schools who are fond of children’s books with a taste for literature.
Following are the poems from the budding poets:
A Home Away From Home
For forty years, they dreamed a dream,
To venture into the CBSE stream.
Great planners and educators our Jesuit fathers are,
Selfless and striving to put us on par.
It was in June 2012, on a fine day,
That St Aloysius Gonzaga School was born in a lovely way.
Situated in the heart of the city,
It was a school that stood out pretty.
Housed in a cozy, little building,
New friendships started yielding.
Sunny times were always in store,
Exploring and learning with fun galore!
Speak out, do not fear,
Always be clear,
Was the dictum we were taught.
With this, a quiet confidence was brought.
A sweet family we made,
Where love was never weighed.
An all-round development in music, sports and studies,
Has brought us closer and made us good buddies.
A home away from home,
Is this rare gem of ours.
Three cheers for our Alma Mater,
That has nurtured superstars.
- Anya Aranha
St Aloysius Gonzaga School
Man cannot live happily
Man cannot share his joys or sorrows
Man will be lonely,
Without the company of a friend.
You share thy secrets
You share thy happy moments
You share thy sufferings
How can thou dwell without them?
A false friend is selfish
He’s worse than an enemy
He will not want to help you
This friend shouldn’t be trusted at all.
True friends are a great asset
They are like diamonds and pearls
They’ll come in our needs
They can make you better.
Choose your friends carefully
Never speak bad about them.
Never try to spoil their name
But beware of fair-weather friends.
Friendship is the gift
Given to us by God
If thou have a good friend,
You have the greatest treasure.
- Joswin Pinto
Class 9 ‘D’,
St Aloysius High school,
Family: A Game of Chess
It is played with thirty two running pieces,
On a fair and dark square board,
Like two families fighting each other,
I suppose with a sword,
The king as the head,
He is on the lead,
The queen as the strongest,
She values nine pawns in the least,
Then come the bishop, all marching diagonally;
Then the knights come jumping, all with a belly;
The rooks sit in a corner,
Trying to castle as fast as possible;
The pawns all sit in a row all chatting all the time possible,
But, it’s impossible,
They’ll have to run!
Then they all start marching,
Trying to defeat each other’s king,
Then somebody shouts “checkmate”,
Sometimes it’s a four move mate!
And winner gets a prize,
Say a meal or a toffee, it doesn’t matter
As participation is important!
- Sneha Alex
Lourdes Central School,
It's easy to be captivated by the charming illustrations and memorable stories found in children’s books. But the most important quality of all writings of children lies in the poetry written by themselves. Beneath their clever word choices and deceptively simple rhymes, these poems convey important life lessons and morals. These messages are often subtle and only become apparent after reading them many times. It is this repeated exposure to poems that can make their ideas quite influential. Children’s literature can help children better understand the world they live in, offer insight into their own emotions, and demonstrate positive character traits to emulate. These poems offer a surprising amount of insight about the world they live in. Kudos to you dear children.