Colourful Diwali for SSE Seremban
November 2nd 2012 was the Seremban SSE children’s last class for the year. It had to be memorable, meaningful, fun-filled and significant so that parents who were busy with the coming Deepavali would actually sacrifice their time to send their children who in turn would be equally motivated to come for the class. It had to be activity –based for them to come for this last episode for the year. It was then that we thought of having a kolam competition that depicted Deepavali. We informed them 2 weeks earlier so that the groups could be formed and this gave them time decide on the materials they needed to bring and to decide who is to bring what. Each group had children of all ages comprising 8-10 students each. The little ones felt proud that they too could contribute while the older ones were advised to be accommodative.
Materials for the kolam came in all forms, shapes and sizes. There was a ban on coloured powders that we feared would stain the white floor in the centre. Beautiful and colourful kolams were produced on mahjong paper with the older children explaining how their kolams related to the Diwali festival. Some of the kolams seemed totally unrelated to the festival , but with the children’s explanation of the kolams the gurus could see how creative and meaningful their pieces of art were. Group 4 acted as facilitators.
Parents and gurus contributed to the food and there was such a variety. The crowd lingered past 10pm. Group 4 organised the cleaning up and they did an excellent job.
Prizes for the 3 most meaningful kolams would be given during the coming birthday celebrations. It was truly a grand finale to the SSE classes of 2012 at the Seremban Centre.