The Republic Day Celebrations were held with great enthusiasm and fervor on the school ground on Tuesday, 26th January 2021. This was the first celebration held at school with strict social distancing norms, followed by every member attending the programme. It was a sight to behold with the school decorated in the three colours of our National Flag. The Games Captains, Aditya Bhalerao and Sanjana Saxena, were the comperes for the event. The programme began with the prayer, ‘Make Me A Channel of Your Peace’, sung by the students of Std V – VIII. The occasion was graced by the presence of our Director, Mrs. Nandini Ashok Vikhe Patil, who unfurled the National Flag. Every onlooker took pride in singing the National Anthem and saluting the tricolour as it fluttered gently in the morning wind. The gathering then took a solemn oath of devotion to their country through the National Pledge.

The cultural programme began with Shiveti Gupta of Std XII, giving a speech in Hindi. Through her note she urged the listeners to be an instrument of change and prove to be good citizens to our motherland. Next up, was a group song, ‘Yesterday’s Dream’, a melodious rendition by the students of Std V – VIII. They were trained under the able guidance of our Western Music Master, Mr. Jameer. The final event in the cultural programme, was the recitation of a self-composed poem by the Head of the Student Council, Snehan Chauhan. He brought out the traits we fellow Indians have, with respect to qualities like Equality, Unity and Fraternity, mentioned in our constitution. The gathering was then addressed by the Director, Mrs. Nandini Vikhe Patil, who brought to light, how our lives have changed and how we are as hopeful of better days as we step into the New Year. She also made the students aware of the harms that can be done by social media and how we must all use it judiciously. Her inspiring address ended with heartfelt wishes for the day and for a new beginning.

The programme ended with a performance by the students of Std IV and V, trained by our Indian Music Teacher, Ms. Rajinder Kaur. Their soulful recital of the National Song, ‘Vande Mataram’, left the audience spellbound.

The programme was flawlessly executed with the efforts of our support staff, the Art Department, the Admin Department, Language Teachers Ms. Bharati Kudchadkar and Ms. Nandita Kusurkar, the IT Department, Co-Curricular and Sports Head – Dr. Ravi Sarkar and the Cultural Coordinator – Ms. Sheetal Upadhye, who worked under the able guidance of the Principal, Ms. Mrinalini Bhosale.

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