Students of classes 10 and 12 of Bishop Cotton Girls’ School, St. Marks Road, sang On, Straight on… for the last time at the graduation ceremony on Friday.
They walked out of the portals of the school with a sense of sadness and nostalgia before taking a pledge to hold onto the values and ideals imbibed during their stay at the school.
Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who was the chief guest, said that this century belonged to women who would help the nation grow.
He said the graduating students had completed the first phase of their lives and were entering into the second phase, which was a difficult one. The Governor said that education was the only way to build a righteous world and told the graduating students to give something back to their alma mater.
Principal Lydia Joshua told the students to continue the pursuit of learning to serve the country and society. “Mediocrity can not be a way of life. When you soar high, don’t lose sight of realities,” she said.
Graduating students Sakshi N. Mehta, Kavya Kurian and Devika Sandill presented the farewell speeches and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to their teachers.
Special songs were presented by the school choir. Bishop John S. Sadananda, moderator’s commissary, Karnataka Central Diocese, was present.
Presidency School Bangalore South, Bilekahalli, celebrated the 64th Republic Day with patriotic fervour. Cabinet members, students, parents and teachers assembled in the school ground to witness and be a part of the celebration. The programme began with hoisting of the flag by principal J. Bhuvaneswari. The school band and march past by students drew a huge round of applause.
Later, the cultural fiesta kicked off with a formal welcome address. Songs prescribed by the NCERT were sung. Various dances were presented by students. Speeches in English and Hindi highlighted the growth in India since 1950. A skit emphasising the importance of our Constitution was presented.