NEW — THIS IS WELL-FORGOTTEN OLD?
BY ILYA LOBOV | MAY 24, 2019
On May 23-24, the “Last School Bell” rang out all over Russia. Graduates said goodbye to their schools. The tradition of holding this event was begun back in the 20th century. Just as we do now, our parents came to school on this day in full dress. They thanked their teachers and parents and listened to the sound of the school bell which symbolized the end of lessons and the onset of the exam period.
How is our “Last School Bell” different from the call of previous school years?
First, we have long tried to abandon the idea of launching balloons, but most people decided to continue the tradition and released their balloons.
Secondly, in our “Last School Bell” performance, there was an unusual video in which there was a “one-man game”: our classmate was in the role of a teacher and a student in his dream at the same time.
Thirdly, we laid down the “Alley of Graduates”, planting a “class tree” — a sweet cherry tree.
There are excellent apple and cherry orchards in our schoolyard. The cherry orchard will be 50 years old in April. Do not be surprised, but once, back in 1970, on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Lenin, 100 cherry trees were planted in the school garden. This will be the third generation of schoolchildren in the neighbourhood to enjoy the trees. And what delicious fruits are on these trees!
But it turns out that this tradition was already in school: in the eighties, graduates often planted trees. It turns out that we only returned this tradition to school life.
Fourthly, it is today on the day of the “Last School Bell” that it was announced in our city that our school will be given the name of Andrei Tartyshev — our graduate who died in the performance of international duty in Afghanistan. Previously, schools or pioneer squads also had the names of Heroes. It turns out that the new is just the rebirth of the forgotten old. The revival of traditions?