CHIREC held its 30th year Summer Camp from 12th to 24th April 2018. Alumni of the 1st Summer Camp Sandeep Paidi & Abhishek Aggarwal, Ms. Rekha Reddy, a parent of the 1st Summer Camp, Mr. John Geiles, a teacher from the 1st Summer Camp were invited for the inauguration ceremony to kick-start the camp.
The nine-day summer camp offered a plethora of activities, which included charcoal painting, thumb painting, ikebana flower arrangement, tie and dye, aerobics, Zumba, sculpting, western dance, robotics, theatre, culinary art and DIY craft activities for students aged 6 to 12 years.
The closing ceremony, which was held on 25th April 2018 included a display of the articles made by the students during the summer camp, which were their takeaways as well.
“Ms. Ratna Reddy is a friend and she has done such a great job. I am very happy to be here. My son had a very good time when I joined him for the first summer camp, when he was two & a half years. Otherwise children will be running in the house all the time, once I put my son, he came back home happy and learnt music and art. During the summer camp, I will be conducting classes for flower arrangement.” -Rekha Reddy, 1st parent of Summer Camp 1989/ Teacher for Ikebana
“I would like to congratulate the school for completing 30 years. I will be conducting art activities and showing some techniques to create artwork.” -Rangoli Garg, CHIREC Parent and Teacher
It is an honour for me to be here. The photos and videos that we saw today brought back the memories of 1989. The first CHIREC song was written then. I would encourage the children to make the best use of the camp.” -John Geiles, teacher at 1st Summer camp
“It is a great honour to be here. I was introduced to the summer camp 30 years back. The camp can really help enhance creativity in the long run.”-Abhishek Agarwal, Student of Summer Camp 1989
“It has been 30 years, when I was part of the 1st Summer Camp. I was 10 years then. When you have your last exam, you feel happy. The 2 months of vacation, you want to just play cricket and there was no playstation and Netflix at my time. My mother enrolled me in the summer camp, where I could pick any activity. I chose table-tennis and played only that. My coach took me to tournaments and it was super fun. I remember one of the incidents. One day there was no car and my mother asked me to take an auto from Abids to Banjara Hills to get to the summer camp, which was 10-12 kms far. I couldn`t find a single auto. Instead of going back home, I started walking towards Banjara Hills and reached the venue. I later gave back the money of the auto fare to my mother. It shows that where there is a will, there is a way. I can call myself the patent to the `pad yatra` for First Summer Camp. Summer Camp doesn`t just include activities but will help along in life.” -Sandeep, Student, 1st Summer Camp