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Students step up the tempo at Apeejay School Tanda Road Annual Appreciation Day celebrations

Mesmerising dance performances and plays were part of the cultural feast unleashed during the annual Appreciation Day celebrations of Apeejay School Tanda Road

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Apeejay School Tanda Road, Jalandhar celebrated their annual day with much pomp and passion on December 28. The annual day titled ‘Aarohanam’ (new beginnings) came a few days before the New Year, thereby signifying new possibilities and a new beginning for everybody. Mr Harpreet Singh Atwal, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Jalandhar, was the Chief Guest for the event.  Mr Satinder Kumar Chadha, Deputy Superintendent, Hoshiarpur, Punjab Police, presided over the function as the Guest of Honour. They were given a floral welcome by the Head boy and Head Girl, Goransh Bahri and Dhruvika Jain respectively. The celebrations commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the guests.

Lord Ganesha is the deity of auspicious beginnings. Thus it was only fitting to begin the event with a dance performance on the tunes of Ganesh Vandana. It was performed by class 8 students Diya Khera and Divanshi. It was followed by a dance performance on the song ‘Deva Shree Ganesha’ by Nursery and Kindergartens students.

Teacher coordinator of the annual appreciation day, Mrs Deepti Kaushal presented the annual report of the school. She mentioned that the school is committed to Apeejay Education Founder Chairman Dr Stya Paul’s vision of value-based education. The school organises numerous scholastic, co-curricular and sports activities to foster the holistic development of its students.  In the academic year of 2021-22, the school has organised several events for students of all classes. For pre-primary students, engrossing activities such as Little Chef, Fancy Dress competition, Shloka and Doha recitation competition, Rangoli and Rakhi making competitions were organised by the school. The school also organised a ‘Healthy Week’ in which students were given information regarding a balanced diet, table manners and other details.

Mr Harpreet Singh Atwal, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Jalandhar, (second from left), the Chief Guest for the annual appreciation day, with Principal Mr Girish Kumar, Mr Satinder Kumar Chadha, Deputy Superintendent, Hoshiarpur, Punjab Police and teacher coordinator Deepti Kaushal

For senior school students, an ‘Awakened Citizen Programme’ was held. Students were made to realise the importance of perseverance and consistency in attaining any goal through Swami Vivekananda’s iconic words “Arise! Awake! Stop not till your goal is reached”. In the programme, students participated in various activities such as Essay Writing competition, Punjabi poetry recitation competition, ‘Pose a personality’ contest among others. Students were also given a workshop on mobile game addiction and food wastage. 

The annual report was followed by a mesmerising dance performance on the song ‘Best day of my life’ by students of classes 1 and 2.

To honour the tremendous efforts of the students and teachers, a behind-the-scenes video showing the preparation and rehearsals for the annual day was played. It was followed by an enthralling folk dance performance by students of classes 4-8.

A play titled Tujhko chalna hoga was performed by students of classes 3-8, as a tribute to the relentless spirit of Dr Stya Paul. The play depicted the numerous struggles Dr Paul had to face at every stage of life, yet he never lost his determination to chase his dreams. The play contained an inspirational message for students to never lose their self-confidence and keep forging ahead in life.

The play was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. The chief guests of the event felicitated the students for their fabulous performance in the field of academics, co-curricular activities and sports.

The folk dance performance by students

It was followed by a dance performance illustrating the importance of Yoga as a state of emotional, physical and mental peace was performed by students of classes 3-8.

Mr Harpreet Singh Atwal, the Chief Guest at the event, addressed the audience saying, “I want to congratulate all the parents on the tremendous performance of the students. As a parent, I can understand how you must be feeling right now. I also want to congratulate the students and staff of the school for their incredible efforts.” He added, “As parents, we want our children to be successful in every field. But I would say, do not put pressure on your child to excel in every activity. Boost their confidence in the activities they cherish, their area of interest. We are all a witness to the immense struggle of Dr Stya Paul, so let us be motivated by it. I wish you all the very best in every field of life.”

Guest of Honour, Mr Satinder Kumar Chadha, stated, “I am very happy to meet the little students of the school. My children are also Apeejayites. Students must remember that after their school and college years, they will have to face numerous challenges of life. Always be prepared to shine. All of you are precious, dream big and be a part of the development of society and the nation. To be successful in life it is important that you have faith in yourself. I wish everyone the very best.”

Principal, Mr Girish Kumar, thanked the esteemed guests for taking out the time to attend the function. He stated, “Education isn’t just imparting knowledge. It goes much beyond it. We missed the joy of learning from one another through physical interactions during the many months of the online classes. I am grateful that some normalcy has come and we were able to celebrate the annual appreciation day together. I am thankful to the chief guests and parents for taking out the time. I am most thankful to my students who came out of their homes after so many months and gave a marvellous show. The Apeejay Group believes in holistic education and we will continue on this path. ”

The proceedings began with invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha

The words of wisdom were followed by a dance performance on the theme of fresh beginnings performed by students of class 3-5. The event concluded with a lively Bhangra performance performed by students of classes 4-8. The resplendent Bhangra performances and energetic words of Gurveer Singh Mann and Jhanvi Sharma, students of classes 6 and 5 respectively, added five stars to the celebrations.  

Arijit Roy is a trainee correspondent at Apeejay newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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