Graduation days in any educational institution are unforgettable and so was the case in the Little Flower Group of Schools, Alwal campus, held recently for the academic year 2012-2013.
The presence of the chief guest, Dr. K. Sadanand, Chairman of the Group, served to heighten the happiness of those passing out.
The event began with the lighting of the auspicious lamp of knowledge by Dr. Sadanand. Addressing the gathering, he said the school offered the best in academics, while encouraging over all development of the students.
There was prayer and recital of ‘slokas’ by the little ones studying in LKG. The budding students of kindergarten steered the mega event through the evening as they compered the show with surprising levels of confidence displaying their oratory skills.
These budding talents handled the podium with assertiveness par excellence. The cultural programme began with a Welcome Dance presented by UKG kids, while those in the Nursery performed Flower dance, ‘Bum Bum Bole’, ‘School Chale Hum’.
Items that followed included those titled ‘Body parts’, ‘Good manners’, Nature dance & Animal dance presented by L.K.G. children. Patriotic dance, ‘Unity in Diversity’ and ‘Save the girl child’ were performed by those from the UKG. Vibrant music, electrifying dance recitals, breath-taking colours and highly co-ordinated movements promptly set the tone and mood of 600 kindergartens kids. The cultural extravaganza was interspersed with the most important event of the evening – the Graduation, of 300 UKG students to the primary classes. The programme ended with vote of thanks and the National Anthem.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” said W.B. Yeats. This is very true and in order to just do that, Gitanjali Devshala hosted a forum where thinkers from various fields were invited to express their views on education and the changes that can be introduced in order to enhance learning and make it interesting for students.
Vijender Reddy a foremost educationist expressed his views on preparing children to face the challenges of life after school. Sheela Ramakrishnan spoke about the emotional well being of children while Zareer Patel emphasised the need for physical fitness in a student’s world. Sridevasena, an IAS officer put forth her views on how to groom children to be responsible citizens with good values. Saurabh Shekhar highlighted how students should be moulded to face the corporate world.
Terrie Rust spoke about the differences between the Indian and Western education system and the positive aspects that can be imbibed from the west. The session was organised for the principals and headmistresses of the Gitanjali Group of Schools.