Republic Day, 26th January. It is a proud day for the nation as it was on this very day in 1950 that Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar, along with his fellow colleagues signed and adopted the very first constitution of India. It was the moment after which India could proudly call itself the Democratic Republic.
It is a day of national pride and therefore is a day to celebrate, and to reflect on our country's great past, and bright future. At PSG, we honour this day every year with a special assembly, showcasing the diverse talents of the school, as well as discussing how we feel about this day.
Our assembly began with a beautiful display of discipline with the Guard of Honour by the guards, the flag hoisting by Captain Rohit Sen Bajaj, and a melodious performance of the National Anthem by the school orchestra and choir.
The assembly was driven forward by a highly motivating and inspiring speech by Captain Bajaj on his thoughts about Republic Day, as well as how we can all do our part in maintaining our nation's pride and honour.
Following this, we had a harmonious delivery of our national song, 'Vande Mataram,' and 'Aye Vatan, Mere Vatan,' by the Indian instrumental ensemble and choir.
This was followed by an incredibly simplistic yet beautiful dance performance by PYP Grade 3 & 4 students. They showcased how India embodies the idea of unity in diversity by showcasing the several different cultures present within it. They showcased Punjabi culture for the North, the culture of Kerala for the South, Bengal for the East, and Gujarat for the West.
This was followed by an informative discussion by Senior School regarding the Bravery Awards for this year. The Bravery Award is a national award given to children under the age of 16 for acts of tremendous bravery.
We also felicitated some of our own proud achievers. Arav Agarwal of Grade 6 and Arush Nath of Grade 5U scored the highest points (264/400) in the robot game section of the global rounds of the FLL (First Lego League). They won the awards for "best robot performance" as well as the 'Grand Champions Trophy' for their exemplary performance across all areas of the competition. The team has also got the invite to represent their country in the FLL world festival to be held in the Detroit in April of this year.
After this, Shiven Widhani of MYP Year 5 discussed his ideas on Republic Day and why he feels proud to be an Indian.
Finally, we had an attractive dance performance by the students of MYP Year 4 representing the idea of freedom and patriotism within our nation.
The assembly was concluded by the Pathways School Song, composed by our very own HOD of Music, Mr. Keith Terrett.
Written by Angad Kalra
Edited by Suhani Prakash (Co-Editor)