In 2007, 2.2 million Sydney-siders united to highlight the risks of climate change in the inaugural Earth Hour event. Their subsequent plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia but then international interest was high. Soon thereafter 371 cities and towns in more than 35 countries signed up to take part in this campaign in 2008. This spoke volumes as the climate challenges facing our planet have become so significant that any changes or solutions for these challenges needed to be global.
With the invitation to switch off the lights extended to everyone, Earth Hour almost immediately became an annual global event. It is scheduled to take place on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth.
Earth Hour 2012 united people from all over the globe in more than 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories when they chose to switch off their lights on 31 March at 8:30 p.m. More than 200,000 individuals also accepted the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge to take their commitment beyond the hour. This year the campaign definitely went to extremes to protect the planet, with astronaut André Kuipers observing the ‘lights-off’ event from the International Space Station.
Sri KDU® Primary School proudly lent its support and voice to this campaign for the third consecutive year as part of its community service to educate and create awareness amongst its own staff, parents and students on this global issue. The school firmly believes that there is a need to educate the young on how they can contribute their little bit to help conserve the planet.
The school is definitely pleased to have received positive feedback on how the children have responded to this campaign in and outside of school. The relentless message on conservation of energy in school and at home has made Sri KDU® students more committed in this year’s campaign. It is proof that this school campaign has begun to start achieving its objective of creating awareness and educating the school community on how they can conserve the planet.
With the power of social networks to promote the campaign, Earth Hour is working towards an interconnected global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet. From its inception as a single-city initiative in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour has also created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and even governments across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites everyone - the planet.
Mirror Mirror 2012
“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” A line that’s familiar to all who know the story ofSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This year, Sri KDU Primary School embarked on their most ambitious school concert to-date with a total of 495 participants with their unique take on the original fairy tale.
Mirror Mirror tells the story of Snow White and how she flees from the evil clutches of her stepmother Queen Zorra. She is rescued by 10 special dwarfs who live in the enchanted forest. Snow White succumbs to Queen Zorra’s evil plan to eliminate her by taking a bite of a poisoned apple and falls under an evil spell known as the Sleeping Death. She is awakened by true love’s first kiss by none other than Prince Charming. They then live happily ever after.
Mirror Mirror played for two nights – audiences were blown away by the energy and teamwork displayed by the concert participants. Playing to a full house of an audience numbering more than 3000 for both nights at the brand new Multi-Purpose Hall, the audience was treated to a fantastic display of choreographed moves and soulful acting. The acting and dancing were complimented by an array of life-sized props ranging from a castle turret to a replica of the dwarfs’ cottage in the forest. It was truly a magical spectacle that will be remembered by all who took part in the concert and by all who attended.
All concert participants took a leaf from the various character traits that Sri KDU Primary School wishes to instill in their students. Through the Character First programme, students were able to create a balance between juggling missed classwork and homework due to concert rehearsals. Learning about Attentiveness, Enthusiasm and Flexibility definitely played an important role in helping the concert participants achieve their goals – making sure the concert was a success and keeping abreast of their studies. A holistic approach and pastoral care by teachers at Sri KDU Primary School also boded well for the concert participants as teachers were there to assist and coach students who had missed lessons due to a tight concert rehearsal schedule.
Atisha Nurissa from Primary 6 Aristotle who was given the role of Snow White had this to say about her experience: “I am truly grateful, though highly surprised that I got the role of the main character, Snow White. I have always wanted to be in the concert as an actress but I was not picked for past concerts. This year, I finally got the chance to show what I’m made of. I didn’t expect myself to be perfect but I gave 100% when I was on stage.”
Wong Quinn-Han from Primary 4 Wordsworth shared his thoughts on being cast as one of the 10 dwarfs: “I am very thankful that I have been chosen to be in the main cast. Last year,
I had the chance to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, as well as being in the secondary school concert, Alice From Wonderland. The last two concerts have given me a lot of confidence and experience to bring into Mirror Mirror. While I was still very nervous when the actual concert day arrived, I gave my best on stage.”
All in all, Mirror Mirror was a runaway success culminating in months of sheer hard work and determination by the teachers who lovingly crafted the props and the students who tirelessly practiced to ensure that they gave the audience a concert to remember.
The International Baccalaureate department held its annual graduation ceremony on the 14th of July in conjunction with the graduating class of June 2010.
“ The doors burst open and the spotlight focused, on each of them who walked in, one by one. Grooving to the beat of their music, brimming with confidence, no one would have guessed the turmoil of the previous months. They lined up in front of us, faces shining with glee, a voice said, “Welcome, to your graduation ceremony”.
The night was to be all about them, because the night was to celebrate the fact that they had completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, one of the toughest pre-university courses in the world, with style! But lets not get into what this program is all about, lets focus on the completion and the celebration.
Of course there were many speeches lined up, and the juniors
sang a song of their own creation to the seniors. The seniors then came up onto stage and wholeheartedly appreciated each of their teachers- after all getting them through this course was no easy feat! But the real highlight of the night was when they finally lined up and in unison threw their mortarboards into the air, signaling to the world that they had finally graduated.
And as the ceremony drew to a close, we all felt happy that here was group all set to tread their own path of success but then this could be the last time we would be meeting them. The night was dry, the air was cold someone from afar would wonder why were so many eyes shining at the same time? But a closer look would tell them that they were tears. Tears of sadness, tears of pride, tears of joy and tears of happiness… who cares… but what mattered was we all came together to celebrate this one night where all of us- juniors, seniors, teachers and parents were captured in the stillness of time. ”
By Divya Kolakada, Year 13 IBDP