Anthology Week at our Arlington Campus is a cherished occasion that takes place every year and celebrates the boundless creativity and collaborative spirit of its students. During this week, each child at the campus gets the opportunity to contribute and participate in the creation of their very own anthology. This tradition fosters a rich culture of storytelling, encouraging children to express their ideas through various mediums such as writing, drawing, and imaginative games. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and anticipation as everyone eagerly prepares for this creative extravaganza.
A World of Creativity Unleashed
As Anthology Week begins, the Hall at Arlington Campus transforms into a haven of artistic expression. The space is adorned with pencils, pens, paper, laptops, pastels, and paints, accompanied by numerous large tables. The children are granted complete freedom to write and draw whatever they please. In the weeks leading up to the event, the students have already begun contemplating their contributions, brimming with enthusiasm to commence their creative journey.
Nurturing Storytellers from an Early Age
Preshil has always placed great emphasis on nurturing storytelling skills among its students. Starting from Kindergarten, children are encouraged to share their stories, expressing their ideas through drawings, paintings, and imaginative games with their friends. By the time Anthology Week arrives, these young storytellers are well-practised in articulating their thoughts and emotions. Their passion for storytelling is evident as they immerse themselves completely in the creative process, barely taking breaks or stopping to eat, often needing gentle reminders to step outside into the garden for a breather. They collaborate with one another, engaging in discussions and supporting each other, offering assistance with spelling and helping to write for those whose hands grow tired.
Embracing the Power of Community
Anthology Week is not just a solitary endeavour; it’s a communal experience. Each morning, there is a dedicated reading session where children can share their work with others. For those who feel shy, supportive friends step in and read on their behalf. The audience listens attentively, offering encouragement and assistance if someone stumbles over their words. Even the younger children are welcomed into the fold, with older students eager to help them record their stories. During this event, class boundaries seem to dissolve, and a sense of unity prevails. The children relish the feeling of autonomy and ownership over their creations, knowing they are part of a larger community.