13 March, 2020
LIFE IS A PASSAGE THROUGH A MUSEUM OF BEAUTY
‘A clue to the future lies in history and perhaps one of the best ways to learn is to see them in real’as rightly quoted. At Don Bosco High School, Matunga, field trips are considered to be an important part of the curriculum. The teachers of Std.I along with the Head Teacher organized a day of learning outside the classroom at Chhatrapati Shivaji MaharajVastuSangrahalaya (CSMVS), Fort, Mumbai on March 12, 2020, a place obscured from public view because of its huge walls and surrounded by manicured gardens to explore and learn new concepts. It was the last field trip for the academic year, and 137 students of Std.I with their class teachers and 4 subject teachers set aboard their respective buses to travel to the museum.
As per the given schedule the students assembled in their respective classes on time. They were enthusiastic about the trip. Mrs. Griselda Fernandes, Head Teacher of the Primary Section instructed the boys before they left.The journey began at 9.30 am with the children boarding the school buses. The children were excited and curious to know what they were going to see. The museum was chosen as a place for learning for Std.I because it helps to correlate their education to experience.
All the classes with their respective teachers headed towards the Natural History Gallery that includes an animal section. This section was the most amazing part of the museum for the kids. The children tried to recognize each animal species and acquired knowledge of some animals that were new to them. The animal section consists of real stuffed animals from Indian wildlife. The animal exhibits are specimens displayed by using ‘Taxidermy’the science of preservation. This section had an interesting collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish too. They wereall categorized and well exhibited.The students were overjoyed to learn about animals that co –related with the topic ‘Animals Around Us’ taught to them in class. The students were excited to see animals like the Indian rhinoceros, White tiger, Kashmir stag, a five day old baby elephant, leopard, etc. Some of them were astounded to see huge aquatic animals like the shark, whale, saw fish, etc. They were amazed to see a sea turtle and various other kinds of sea creatures.
After keen observation the students assembled for a short workshop that provided a lot of information and ignited their interest to know how animals are preserved and about their habitats. They also enjoyed listening to the sounds of birds and animals. The cleaning and stuffing of animals was demonstrated. A few boys were made to dress in animal costumes and the others were encouraged to sing animal songs. Mrs. Cleffy D`Souza, a teacher of the school thanked the representative in-charge of the museum for a wonderful demonstration.
The field trip was an enriching experience for all, leaving a lasting impression on the young minds to think and explore. It offered an exciting, hands-on exposure to the kids. They took home the message of protecting animals and taking care of their environment to add beauty to our natural surroundings.