“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its much celebrated Virtual Scholar Badge Ceremony for class X on December 4, 2020 . The theme for the event was, ‘The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.’
The virtual ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Western Music Society presented a melodious performance of the song ‘I Will Not Fear,’ that showcased the unwavering conviction of the students to strive for victory even during these unforeseen times.
The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest , Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Member of the DPS Society and the Managing Committee of DPS R.K. Puram and Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, Managing Director and Co-Promoter of Aakash Educational Services Ltd., as the Guest of Honour.
A video presentation demonstrated the scaling heights achieved by the school under the able leadership of our Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan .The commendable performance of the students in both academic and extra-curricular fields illustrated their determined spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.
The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivisan, congratulated the awardees on their exemplary accomplishments in a range of school experiences which encompass both academic and co-curricular activities. She articulated the plethora of opportunities that DPS R.K. Puram offers, focussing on the cognitive growth as well as the emotional development of the students. She highlighted the tangible excellence of the students’ endeavours as ambassadors of the school on national and global platforms. She expressed her appreciation towards the teachers and the support staff for their strength of character and perseverance in acclimatising to the developments during these unprecedented times. She extended her gratitude to the parents for their relentless support. In her opinion, a self-disciplined student is a true learner, achiever and winner. She remarked that the view from the window that education equips us with defines the path ahead. She concluded her speech by encouraging the students to give flight to their imagination to achieve marvelous results in life.
A graceful Indian and Western fusion dance, accompanied by the inspirational poem, ‘Udaan’ was performed by the Performing Arts Society- inspiring us to stay strong and tenacious, and aim to fulfill our dreams.
Ms. Vrinda Sarup, the Chief Guest, addressed the gathering by congratulating the award winners. She expressed her appreciation for the tremendous hard work and effort put in by teachers and students . She conveyed that the award ceremony celebrates not only the students’ academic achievements, but also their individual personality and humane characteristics such as compassion, leadership and self confidence. She acknowledged the efforts by the teachers without whom it would not have been possible to achieve such great heights, inching closer to the pinnacle of success. She concluded her speech by wishing the students the best of luck for their future endeavours.
Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, the Guest of Honour, thanked the school for inviting him to be a part of the ceremony. An alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram, addressed the audience by recalling his first Scholar Badge Ceremony, remarking how emotional and significant the event is in a student’s life in school, and that the scholar badge is a symbol of what one can be, and what sets them apart from the crowd. He congratulated the students for not only earning the award, but also for being a student of this prestigious institution, which he felt is an honour in itself. He remarked on the commendable and often overlooked efforts made by the teachers, and applauded the parents for being a part and parcel of their child’s learning experience. He acknowledged the paradigm shift in learning caused by online learning and encouraged the students to persevere through these tough times. In the end, he commented that the motto of the school, “Service before Self”, emboldens him to value morals above all. He motivated the students to continue learning from their failures and wished them luck.
The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of Blue Blazer and Blue Badge awardees by Ms. Sini Annie Abraham, followed by that of the Green Badge awardees by Ms. Surbhi Gupta. Ms. Gupta then proceeded to present the awards for co-curricular activities, the Red Blazer, Red Tie, Pin, and Certificate of Appreciation. The Gold Medal was awarded to students for 100% attendance.
The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, then addressed the gathering and expressed her gratitude to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour for elevating the dignity of the ceremony with their reputable presence, and for sharing their wisdom. She further acknowledged and appreciated the efforts put in by the teachers, the support staff, and the parents and applauded their resolute strength and support.
The ceremony concluded with the national anthem.