From 15th October we celebrated the 13th annual Foundation Week of Divine Intervention School. As always, there were a variety of competitions and events to showcase our students’ talents.
On the first day, Vice-Principal Sir Mapuia led the opening function which included special items from both teachers and students. The teachers and staff also enjoyed a special lunch in honour of the occasion.
On the second day, Sir LS-a organised the next stage of the SongSlam solo singing competition. All the contestants did very well and we look forward to the final round.
On the third day, there was an elocution competition organised by Miss Olivia, Miss Manuni and Miss Baby, English teachers from the Junior, Middle and High School sections. The standard was even higher than before and the participants brought the poems to life in an entertaining way.
On the fourth day, there was a quiz competition organised by Miss Chhanpuii and Sir Zothana. The teams did very well and it was an enjoyable end to the week.
For the second year running, hostellers at Divine Intervention School participated in the Global Hymn Sing organised by OMF International and Keith and Kristen Getty (composers of ‘In Christ Alone’). The song chosen for the 25th February was ‘Jesus shall reign where’er the sun’, with a contemporary new chorus. We sang the song in its Mizo translation (KHB 248), with the chorus in English. It was a very meaningful way to remind ourselves about the importance of mission and serving God wherever we go, especially since it was the last Sunday together of the academic session.
You can watch our video on Youtube.
The Divine Intervention School annual quiz competition was held last Monday. Representatives from each house took part and displayed their knowledge in a vast range of subjects.
The yellow house were victorious, and we thank Sir Hlutea and everyone else who was involved in making it a success.
A few weeks ago, the hostellers were treated to a visit from Rev Sanga, a pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and a well-known singer. He entertained the children with stories and songs, and shared about his new role in establishing a Seventh Day English School in the southern town of Sangau.
Our first visitor of 2018 was none other than Dr PC Biaksiama who came today to give a seminar about career guidance.
He was able to bring an engaging and beneficial message drawing from his illustrious career in the Police and Civil Service, as well as his rich academic experiences and biblical insights following the ten years he spent single-handedly translating the King James Bible into Mizo. He encouraged the students to identify their talents and seek to use their talents whole-heartedly for the benefit of the Mizo society, people and economy.
Every year, our hostellers look forward to the Christmas season, not just for the chance to go home but also for the precious memories that will be formed at the hostel. This year was no exception, and just before we reached December, the campus was already glowing with beautiful lights that only the hostellers get to enjoy after darkness falls each night.
On the 2nd December, we enjoyed our annual Advent programme at the hostel, which for the past few years has consisted of a candlelit variety show, a candlelit dinner and a bonfire. The kids worked very hard and everything was a great and memorable success. They were also excited to see former wardens Joe and Gabriel, who came to join in the fun.
A few videos from this occasion can be viewed on our school Youtube account:
The next day, the entire hostel along with the principal and his family attended the Advent ‘Christmas Carol’ programme organised by the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship (LEFI) at the YMA Hall in Khatla. We were thankful to Pastor Emmanuel for inviting us. The whole event was very enjoyable and we were especially proud of our hostellers for their two items, including a beautiful nativity play and a choir performance.
Class X hostellers remain a little longer than the others due to their exams. This gave them the chance to experience an entirely new worship context, thanks to the kind invitation of Pastor Emmanuel again. They attended a special multilingual and multicultural Christmas service at the compound of the Headquarters of the 23rd Sector of the Assam Rifles (Khatla) and once again presented a special item. Our teacher, Miss Manuni (C Lalnunpuii) also sang at both of Pastor Emmanuel’s events. It was a great honour to be invited to spend time with them.
The little church on the compound was started by Pastor Emmanuel himself and has grown over the past few years after he first started with an informal fellowship of about five Christians. It is a privilege to be part of his ministry and we are also thankful for the tokens of appreciation and expressions of hospitality through lunch that he extended to us on both occasions.
2017 has been a year to remember, and we sincerely wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
We are currently in our final week before the Christmas vacation, and all the children are working hard for their third unit exams. Class X hostellers will stay back for an extra week. However, that doesn’t mean the excitement has to stop, and we have been blessed with two groups of special guests just in the past week.
First, last Monday two veterinary doctors visited to give a fascinating presentation about a variety of issues relating to animal welfare, conservation and ecology. Dr Lallianpuii Kawlni and Dr C Lalchhandama raised awareness about issues that are sure to make the children think about their role both as they look after their pets and care for Mizoram’s precious but delicate natural environment.
Second, last Friday a team of enthusiastic young people predominantly from Nagaland visited to lead a praise and worship afternoon. This included plenty of lively singing and two short but meaningful messages. We do hope they will come again some time.
About 570 superheroes and superstars turned up at Divine Intervention School today, ready to take on the world! To celebrate Children’s Day, everyone came in fancy dress and a special programme was organised by the teachers. This included two dances by the teachers, some solos and a Miss Fancypants beauty pageant. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and went home happily with cake and Frooti.
Our school foundation day is the 15th October and it is celebrated differently every year. This year we spent a whole week enjoying a range of activities and competitions.
On Monday, some of the students helped to clean the school while others were involved in preparing some lovely stage decorations. Cleanliness is especially important these days since we are trying to work towards a Clean School Award (Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar).
On Tuesday morning, we had the school’s first ever debate competition final. Teams from the yellow and green houses did very well and ultimately the green house won, arguing that social media does more harm than good. In the afternoon, Miss Olivia and Miss Jenny led the elocution competition for the second time. We heard excellent poetry recitations from students of Class IV to Class IX with three sets of winners.
Class II Soloist
On Wednesday, we held a spectacular dance competition in which ten groups displayed their talents and worthy winners were selected by the judges. Meanwhile, everyone had come in traditional cultural dress, so the youngest classes spent the day learning Mizo dances outside. The day ended with an informal ‘lampui’ in the hall.
The kids, including all the hostellers, went home to enjoy an extended weekend break including the Diwali holiday on Thursday. On the Friday, however, the staff and workers met together at Liandova Picnic Spot for a day of recreation and fellowship.
It has been a diverse and enjoyable week for all. Well done to all the participants who put in hours of preparation, as well as the teachers who helped to make it all happen. We expect great things in the year to come!
Sundays at the hostel usually consist of an early morning Bible study with Miss Joanna, a mid-morning service with the Principal, Sunday school with the wardens and an afternoon fellowship with special items led by the hostellers.
Today, all these seemed to unexpectedly converge into a Bible trivia fest! In the morning Bible study, the boys received their prize for collecting the most points for Bible knowledge over the past series of weeks. In Sunday School, prizes were also distributed following their Bible memory exam held last month. In the afternoon fellowship, our warden Sir Jehova led a very good Bible quiz. The ‘Mark’ group were the winners and they will receive their prizes next week.