Writing an essay is a task required by just about everyone involved in education. They are valuable tools used to do many things, from tell fictional stories, relate past events or transference of ideas from one person to another. There are many styles and formats utilized by different authors but every paper should have 5 basic elements. In the following short points, I will outline 5 essential tips for writing a school fair essay:
In this first piece, you introduce the reader to the location and event that you are about to relate. It is important to start off with the a very interesting or exciting point that will capture the interest of the reader. This can be done simply by using phrase like “ You would not believe this!” or “ The school fair was the craziest day of my life!”
No day goes by without a plot or scenario in play and these can sometimes be very obvious or cleverly disguised. If you could find ways of connecting events into one main story or purpose, this would greatly improve your story instead of a simple relation of separate events that never culminate into one complete story.
This part of the paper comes between the introduction and the last paragraph and it must contain all information relevant to the plot. Here you can develop characters and plots in greater detail than in the introduction. Before you begin this part, you should do a rough draft to ensure that all your information flows naturally, in the right order without leaving out any important piece of information.
In this section you must find ways of building up excitement of a particular event or incident. The entire body of your story must lead to this final part where the reader’s interest should be full and complete. Use exciting wording and phrases to emphasize the intensity of the situation, causing the reader to fully envelop themselves in the story as it unfolds. Like the introduction, your climax must contain a bang and comes just before the final chapter.
This is the wrapping up point of your story and you should try to end with a complete picture. A school fair is a simple event so it should not be hard coming up with a nice ending to such a celebratory event.
A school carnival or a fete as it was twenty years ago is quite different from what it is today. The present system of education has witnessed a gradual acceptance of co-curricular activities as a part of the main curriculum and therefore the expression ‘extracurricular’ activities is looked upon as a kind of blasphemy in the context of modern schools. If we look at the advertisements of most evolving international schools, the reference to ‘co-curricular activities’ (not ‘extra’) as a part of the learning experience is given supreme priority to attract customers, err… parents.
International schools (nothing remains national in global India) take great pride in proclaiming a fest or a fete where noted celebrities shall come and grace the occasion with the glamorous fragrance of their presence. But our principal in a rather humble value based ‘national’ school decided one fine day that the birthday of our honored Jawaharlal Nehru should be celebrated as a fete for the deprived children of the society.
The idea sounded good but also rather outdated to some of us. It is fine to have a fete to entertain the helpless lot who have not been as lucky as we have been, with the generosity of the Almighty.
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But to do away with the glamour factor completely for the sake of our principal’s apparent dislike for celebrities seemed rather old-fashioned and backdated to us. A fete without a music band performing and without some major brands endorsing our products seemed pointless! But we as members of the student council were expected to follow his instructions and we did not dare question him. The rest of the student community also simply cowered under the impact of this not-so-tall man’s towering personality.
So, the students set up colourful stalls with different kinds of games to attract the children and as they started arriving in groups led by school authorities that cater to the needs of these deprived children, the joy and gratitude on the faces of these children started overpowering us emotionally. The joy on the face of a seven-year old as he was lifted by our teacher to shoot at the balloons was priceless.
The kids started having a ball at the various stalls, be it trying to light five candles with the same matchstick or bowling all the stumps with one ball. They tremendously enjoyed the programme that the school music and drama teams put up to entertain them. The food stalls which catered to their needs for free added to the charm of the event.
(We had to buy our stuff, though!) We loved every moment of the fete organised to entertain these children and then, something struck us! Would we have had so much joy if we ourselves did not perform to bring happiness to the lives of these children? Perhaps not! A rock band performing at the professional level would not have created the kind of chemistry that developed between these kids and us when our school rock band performed. The sense of joy and satisfaction that filled our minds when these children went home with faces shining like a thousand suns could not have been experienced if we would have merely concentrated on the glamour quotient.
The true way to go global, as our principal taught us, was to develop the spirit of humanity by sharing our joys with others who are not so lucky. A fete would be no occasion for fun with friends unless it has this sense of purpose in itself, love and joy for the neighbor who craves for the bliss that we take for granted!