“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
The Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony of Class VIII was organised by DPS R K Puram on 18th of October, 2019. The efforts of the students were celebrated through a spectacular programme that was graced by the presence of Ms. Namita Pradhan. Ms. Pradhan is a member of the DPS Society who has over 30 years of experience in development with extensive understanding of International Health. She has also been an integral part of the World Health Organisation, Geneva.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; the Chief Guest, Ms. Namita Pradhan; the Vice Principals, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Dr. Renu Nayar,and the Head Mistresses Ms. Rashmi Malhotra and Ms. Niva Chhonkar. This was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guest.A mesmerising performance by the orchestra and a choir welcomed the audience to this celebration.This was followed by a film showcasing glimpses into momentous events and school achievements over the year.
The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, welcomed the parents and students with memorable anecdotes to attest the theme of the event ‘Better Late Than Never’. She confided in the audience that students are her greatest motivation and quoted Paulo Coelho to say “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” She emphasized that the value of a student is not in the awards that they receive but in the hard work they put in. She urged the audience to overcome their prejudices and embrace opportunities as they arrive because it is never too late to become better human beings. She conveyed her gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event through their effort.
The cultural programme saw a melodious performance by the Indian choir, followed by a powerful English choral recitation and Hindi play which beautifully brought out the environmental problems the world is facing today and how individuals can deal with them at their level.The participants of the event celebrated life through a zealous Western dance performance and a Shubh Aarambh Dance.
Ms. Namita Pradhan addressed the gathering and commended the students on their magnificent performances. Reminiscing about her past, she recognised this stage of a students’ life as a crucial step into adulthood. She emphasised on the abundance of opportunities available to this generation and encouraged them to seize these opportunities and be passionate about everything they do. She concluded her address by stating the importance of what we give to society rather than what we get.
The prize distribution, the most eagerly awaited segment of the ceremony was initiated by Ms. Reema Khosla. The students were felicitated for their academic and co-curricular excellence with red and blue blazers. A vote of thanks was delivered by the Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar. The event concluded with the National Anthem