Each year our school community gathers to honour the selfless sacrifices made by Indians who safeguard the liberty, peace, and autonomy of the nation. This year was no different, the patriotic fervour continues unabated and on the 10th of August, Pathways School Gurgaon celebrated the 76th year of Indian Independence.
As a way of continuing our traditions, we started off with the Guard of Honour ceremony as an auspicious start to the day. The guards of Pathways, led by Mr. Munish Kumar, saluted Captain Bajaj and began marching. As the national anthem played and the attendees of the assembly sang, the flag of our nation was unfurled – the atmosphere was truly patriotic.
Our School Director, Captain Bajaj, delivered the opening speech on the importance of the day. His inspirational words about Independence were the perfect segue to the performances by students, who presented explorations of the idea of independence through dance and music. First up, we had Abyuthaan Srivastava who performed a Hindi poem titled ‘Desh Prem Ke Liye Ahaavan’. Although he was the only one on stage, his passionate expression and diction made the deliverance of the poem remarkable. Following this were the DP dance students who had choreographed their performances with movements symbolic of the beauty of the land of India.
The dance performances continued with MYP students, who exhibited their love for their nation through their stage. It was an enthralling performance that depicted the skills of the team evidently. Next, we had the PYP students singing ‘Hum Bacche Bharat ki Aasha’, accompanied by Mr. Nilesh, as well as a delightful dance performance. The dances aimed to reiterate the importance of the Pathways Panther’s competencies in keeping the spirit of freedom alive, and the passion with which the young dancers performed this was truly touching for all.
Finally, we closed the assembly on a euphonious end with the school song. The effort that all the mentors and students put into the assembly led to an apt homage being paid, one that the audience would remember for a long time. In keeping the theme of the day alive, I would like to wish Happy Independence Day to all!
Anoushka Choudhury, DP2