Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram hosted the Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class IX (Sections A-O) on 24 August 2018. The Scholar Badge Ceremony is the most anticipated occasion, not only for the students but for their parents as well, as the students are awarded for their commendable scholastic and extracurricular achievements.
The theme for the event was, “Esse Quam Videri” which means,” To be, rather than to seem”.
The event commenced with a welcome song followed by a Jazz-Indian fusion performed by the school orchestra, which enthralled the audience. A short film showcasing the achievements of the school was also screened.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Rajendra Sharma, a widely reputed Medical Practitioner in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, currently working as the Medical Superintendent in Safdarjung Hospital, was felicitated by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Anita Singh was also present for the ceremony.
In her welcome address, Ms. Vanita Sehgal greeted the Chief Guest and the parents. She went on to congratulate the students for their accomplishments and expressed her gratitude towards the parents for their constant support and guidance. She mentioned how the school aims to invite guests who students can look up to as role models and emulate in the future. Laying emphasis on how essential it is to be who we are and not put on an act; she narrated a few incidents in her life that made her realize the importance of individuality and having the courage to do what we think is right. She narrated a few incidents related to the theme on how people aren’t what they seem. In the first incident she talked about how a person with a friendly face and a helping demeanor turned out to be the opposite of what he portrayed. Whereas, in the second incident a person who had a scary appearance, someone she had never met before helped her in a way not even her colleagues did for they thought that it would make them look like a sissy. She concluded her speech by quoting, A. A. Milne, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.
In the cultural programme that followed, the students highlighted the theme, “To be, rather than to seem (Esse Quam Videri)”, through an enactment backed by scintillating dances to tribal beats and a soulful rendition of, “Pehchan” by the choir.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest congratulated the students for their achievements and praised the mesmerizing cultural performance that they had put up. He talked about how being true to self should not only be the motto in school but in life as well. He felt that insensitivity is prevalent in the neoteric generation and to counter it, values and ethics related to sensitivity towards others should be taught to children at the grass-root level, thus starting from school itself. He ended his speech by urging the parents to allow their wards to pursue their dreams and have the resolve to overcome challenges and succeed.
The Award Distribution ceremony was conducted by the Chief Guest, the Principal, and the Vice Principal who presented the badges, blazers and certificates to the students.
The Armaan Dogra Memorial Award (2017-2018), is an award presented to the student who excels in academics and co – curricular activities. It is instituted in memory of Armaan Dogra (10 August 1995- 12 June 2008), a lively and vivacious child who excelled in many sports such as football, swimming badminton and tennis. An ardent Manchester United fan, full of warmth and exuberance, he was a true all rounder.
The award was presented to Manya Sareen of 1X J, by Dr. Dogra, Armaan’s father.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Anita Singh, who thanked the Principal for her vision and the parents for their continuous support. She spoke about all the hard work and efforts that the teachers and the students put in to make this event a huge success. She then called on stage the teachers responsible for conducting the event.
The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.