By Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy S.J.
Mar 22nd, 2023

‘MAGIS’ which means ‘to do more’ truly defined the first edition of this Pre-Primary Festival at St. Mary’s School, ICSE on Friday February 24, 2023. The students, teachers and parents went beyond the extra mile to ensure the event was successful. Months of rehearsal and preparation by the students and teachers and volunteer parents made this event the first of its kind, one to remember.

The theme for MAGIS 2023 was a musical titled MUMBAI MERI JAAN highlighting what Aamchi Mumbai is precisely made of. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps received its well-deserved admiration for withstanding all odds in the face of adversity.

Right from its coastal landscapes to Bollywood, the movie industry that fulfils the dreams of aspiring individuals, the local trains – Mumbai’s lifeline, its street food, the festivals enthusiastically celebrated in Mumbai, the transport facilities available here, the kolis a unique characteristic of Mumbai were all encapsulated beautifully in the musical. The finale made each person in the audience nostalgic about their beloved city when they joined the cast and crew of Mumbai Meri Jaan singing ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ in unison.

The décor installed in various locations of the school transformed the atmosphere of the school reminding each of us of what defines our dear city of Mumbai.

Over 600 children along with their teachers from Pre-Primary Schools in South Mumbai including Campion, St. Mary’s SSC, St. Xaviers and others witnessed the morning show. The teachers and students of the other schools thoroughly enjoyed the show and appreciated the hospitality they received.

In the evening, the show was witnessed by the students’ families and friends. The MAGIS carnival transformed the ambience of the school. The food, game, art and accessory stalls were a source of attraction for all who attended the show, delighted by the sweet treats and the art items being sold there.

Mr. Amol Gupte, a renowned screen writer, director and actor graced us with his presence being the chief guest of the show. He appreciated with much enthusiasm the efforts of the participants, teachers and parents. His heart was filled with praise for every aspect of the event, as he left the school premises.

One can truly say that everyone did do ‘MORE’ and that brought MAGIS 2023 to a delightfully successful end.