Blooms celebrated Independence Day 2014 dressed in spotless khadi whites. Flag hoisting was followed by a musical drill staged by class 8 with Tony Charlie Aickara in the lead. All Blooms assembled in the roof garden to listen to the Independence Day message from Chief Guest Sri Chandran M, the well known national award winning teacher of Wayanad. Chandran master as he is fondly addressed by generations of his old students, took the Blooms on an emotionally charged patriotic trip that covered major events of the struggle for independence with special emphasis on historical nuggets such as the timeline of choosing the national flag. Sri Binoy PJ welcomed the gathering. Annliya Merin of class 4, Nismaya Rose Jose of class 7 and Haleema Ilfa of class 8 delivered Independence Day felicitations. Induction ceremony of the school captain and his team was conducted following the Independence Day felicitations. The Captain and his team were sworn in by the Principal Mrs. Zita Jose. She also lead them in a singing session of 'Kadam Kadam badaye ja'. School Captain Ijas Mohammad delivered his induction ceremony message. In his speech Ijas laid down his team’s plans for the year and promised a colorful Bloomsyear ahead full of activities for all ages. Sucheth Jose, Nayana Jaimon and Nandu C K kicked off the colorful fine arts time of Independence Day celebration 2014 with a fine performance of the famous Sathyameva Jayathe song on violin, key board and guitar. A visual treat depicting Vandematharam was presented by a team of Blooms trained by the school’s all time guru, classical dance maestro Sri Manoj. Anamika Anil, Athira Upendranath, Devendu S Manoj, Radhika Rakesh, Sandra Johnson, Sandra Venugopal and Sivendu S Manoj won accolades for their well composed, practiced and presented mudras, postures and patterns. Students of UKG belted out a spirited multi lingual rendition of ‘We shall overcome’. School choir of fifty Blooms did a medley of fifteen patriotic songs. Musical elder Blooms Abhiram S and Siddarth M Nair were present throughout the day to help, support and play the Tabla. Alex Babu presented the vote of thanks.
Though more laid back, the Independence Day highlight that seriously impacted Blooms’ imagination and learning was the Gandhi exhibition conducted by the Khadi Society from Kalpetta. Arranged in a class room, the exhibition had hundreds of photos of Gandhiji and lots of books which dealt with Mahatmaji’s life and philosophy. The exhibition turned out to be a poignant reminder that the man who guided the nation through one of history’s most arduous struggles for independence was not physically around when the tricolor was hoisted in free India for the first time and was more or less absent in spirit when it was hoisted today in the Red Fort.