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Smashing 61 for Gulmohur school

Drill, dance and music — all to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations of Gulmohur High School in Jamshedpur.

On Sunday, the Telco-based cradle stepped into its 61st year with a colourful programme put up by the students at Suman Moolgaokar Stadium.

While T.V. Narendran, managing director of Tata Steel, graced the occasion as the chief guest, A.B. Lal, plant head of Tata Motors, was the guest of honour. Father Jose Aikara, chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), was the special guest.

All teachers and parents were present too.

“Let Gulmohur School be a model for other schools. My suggestion for the school to excel is that teachers should love their students and care for them. Also, it is a request to parents not to come with grievances always but to offer suggestions to the school and teachers,” exhorted Father Akaira.

After lighting of the ceremonial lamp and releasing of balloons by the special invitees, winners of Indradhanush, an-inter school painting competition, were awarded. The school’s table calendar, featuring the best paintings of the students, was released.

A number of former teachers were felicitated too.

“It is a proud moment. The school started really small and has covered 60 glorious years. All this has been possible because of the dedication of staff, teachers and of course, the students. We aim to transform individuals into global citizens, who can imbibe the values of love, compassion, concern for society and environment,” said principal Sunita Sinha.

From the royal guards of Buckingham Palace to beloved grandmothers to 100 years of Indian cinema, the themes of the shows presented were myriad.

While a group of students presented a dance called Golden Hands, another performance was called The Queen’s Cards, dedicated to the royal guards of Buckingham Palace.

Little girls, dressed as old women, presented a drill for their grandparents on the song, Dadi amma dadi amma maan jao.

A group of All India Women’s Conference members started the school, then known as Kindergarten, at one of the KF2 quarters in Telco. The school was named Gulmohur High School in 1972.

Sixty years later, the cradle is today a member of the UK-India Education Research Initiative, a British Council programme. It has recently launched a Young Leader Programme for grooming meritorious children so that they can face the world and its challenges with ease.