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regular-article-logo Thursday, 23 May 2024

Message of unity and integrity

Schools in and around Calcutta celebrate Republic Day

Chandreyee Ghose , Neha Singh, Arundhati Bhattacharya Calcutta Published 04.02.21, 04:13 AM

Krishnagar Public School

Students of Krishnagar Public School observed the Republic Day, spreading the message of unity and integrity. The tiny tots of the pre-primary section made flags with ice-cream sticks and Tricolour badges. The middle-school students showed their creative expression through skillfully designed tri-coloured rangoli patterns. Students made picture collages and vibrant, visually-impactful presentations on the Republic Day procession on Rajpath, New Delhi. The children from across grades performed on patriotic songs. They danced and indulged in recitation on the virtual platform.

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Senior students also took part in the special activity on mygov.in portal as advocated by the CBSE. They took part in online quiz, essay and poem writing competitions.

The management, principal and staff members gathered on the school premises to unfurl the national flag. “We need to be thankful and grateful to the founding fathers, who formulated and drafted an exemplary Constitution that has steered India towards progress and development. Let us help our future generation, too, to establish a strong bond with the nation and unite and respect the culture of India,” said principal Sankar Prasad Dutta.

Griffins International School

Griffins International School celebrated the Republic Day on its premises, where some teachers, staff members, head boy and assistant head boy were present and others watched it online. The event began with unfurling the Tricolour and continued with paying tribute to the great souls of India. The celebration was followed by programmes showcasing our cultural heritage and patriotic fervour. The teachers presented a skit related to the pandemic and some even recited poems on the theme, freedom. “Any school events, minus the students, are incomplete. Celebrating the Republic Day is all about making students, who are the future of the country, learn about our nation. This year, the objective was fulfilled, but on a small scale,” said principal Sarbari Brahma.

Chairman Abishek Kumar Yadav said: “Challenges will come, and we will have to face them – for example, conducting online classes. Everyone should take lessons from the pandemic and proceed with the thought that one can defeat everything with sheer dedication and hard work.”

Delhi Public School, Joka

Delhi Public School, Joka celebrated Republic Day with a small ceremony consisting of teachers and staff members on the school premises, adhering to the rules of the new normal. The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony and singing of the national anthem. Teachers also sang patriotic songs on the occasion. “I am glad that despite the pandemic-induced odds, nothing could stop the teachers and the staff members from paying their tribute to the motherland and vouch for shouldering their responsibilities as worthy citizens of India on the Republic Day. Such a synergised team with its commitment and efforts shall succeed in its mission to contribute in nation building,” said principal Writuparna Chatterjee.

Apeejay schools

Both the Park Street and Salt Lake branches of Apeejay School organised the flag hoisting and investure ceremonies to mark the Republic Day. The chief guest for both the events was CEO of Apeejay schools Kiranjit Singh Pannu.

Students performed and young leaders were selected at the virtual programme, Ma Tujhe Salam, organised by the Park Street branch. A presentation on Babasaheb Ambedkar set the ball rolling, and the students sang inspiring songs. Finally, the investiture ceremony began with the newly elected head boy and girl — Adarsh Anil Pillai from Nehru House and Diksha Malhotra from Tagore House — being honoured. Kazi Rashik Ali from Gandhi House became the sports captain and Koyena Das from Tagore House the vice-captain. The house captains, prefects and monitors of all the four houses were also announced and the oath taking ceremony followed.

Principal Paromita Guha-Ray encouraged the students to be dutiful and responsible while taking the school to new heights. “Students took pride in glorifying and celebrating the spirit of unity and brotherhood. The children also took part in quiz competitions and essay writings to reaffirm their love and commitment for our nation,” she said.

The flag hoisting ceremony at the Salt Lake branch was performed by 85-year-old Aparna Mukherjee, a grandmother of a student. Principal Anindita Banerjee talked about self-discipline. “It is now more important for our students to stay safe and follow all the rules, as we are planning to open schools shortly,” she said.

Finally, the new student leaders were named. Head boy Ayush Zaffar announced Akansh Gupta and Ahona Rudra as the new head boy and girl, respectively. Dhruv Agarwal became the sports captain and Snehashish Shaw, his deputy. The names of council members and other office holders were also announced and the oath taking ceremony followed.

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