On the morning June 29 our school campus was filled with joy as we welcomed our special guests from Mill Hill School, London: 17 pupils and 3 staff. They were introduced to the school in morning assembly by the Correspondent, Principal, Staff and the choir who sang a welcome song.
Students of Jayendra were delighted to attend classes with the foreign visitors and the school experienced an international ambience for three weeks. Mrs. Valarie Miner an Economics teacher and Mr.Gavin Saint a Chemistry teacher took classes for our Higher Secondary students and they also showed interest in observing the classes of our own school staff.
Our guests enthusiastically enjoyed various activities like the Priory Basket Ball Tournament, Music classes, Visits to Local restaurants and weekend trips to Kodaikannal, Kanyakumari and Kovalam.
They were lucky to be here on the day of the car festival in Tirunelveli: their presence at the festival became the centre of attraction and topic of the day. Ms Victoria Dempster, armed with her cameras, captured the occasion for posterity. After years of photographing the festival she is now well known to many in the crowd!
On July 18 we arranged a Thanksgiving celebration on the eve of our beloved guests departure. It was a very grand occasion which started with a heartfelt and emotional Thanksgiving song by our school choir. Then the musical bonanza of dance and song filled the air. It was a sweet surprise for the audience to see the Millhillians singing with our school choir and joining in with our dancers.
The annual award distribution ceremony was part of the function. Mr. Rajaram, Deputy Superintendent of Police kindly agreed to preside over the function and our guests of honour were the staff from Mill Hill school. The toppers of class 10 and 12 were appreciated and awarded along with the General proficiency prize winners of class 1 to 9 and the Memorial prizes and scholarships.
Then came the most anticipated event of the day! Our students with the dedicated guidance of our Principal, Staff and Alumni enthralled the crowd with their stunning dance performances. One was a classical dance depicting the Dasavatarams of Lord Rama. The other, on the theme “Colours of India”, received a standing ovation from the crowd: it really was a most spectacular performance and a fitting farewell for our guests.