The nation’s 67th Republic Day was celebrated in all its solemnity and grandeur at Staford School on 26th January, 2016. The programme commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony led bythe distinguished chief guest for the event, Dr.Roop Rekha Verma, a renowned teacher and Ex-Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University, a prolific writer and a social activist.
The students took pride in glorifying and celebrating the spirit of unity and peace. The school atrium echoed with patriotic fervour as the Stafordians brought the stage alive with their passion and love for their motherland. The youngest members of Staford family, i.e the students of classes Nursery and KG won everyone’s heart with their colourful attires and energetic dance performances on medley of patriotic songs, which reverberated in the surroundings.
The students of classes IV to VIII presented a tribute to the indomitable will and never say die spirit of our national leaders and freedom fighters through their patriotic songs ’Suraj tera gardish me’ and ‘Sare Jahan Ka’.
The graceful dance movements by the students of class V on the song ‘Maa’ highlighted the greatness of our motherland. The heart touching mime performance by the students of class VII, dedicated to the brave soldiers who forsake the comforts of home and family life, to defend the nation enduring hardships and danger, left everyone spellbound. The last performance was a daring attempt of Pyramid formation by the students of classes VI to VIII, which displayed a perfect example of harmony where each student in the formation complemented each other by extending support, understanding one another and portraying qualities like courage, enthusiasm and team spirit.
The Chief Guest, Dr.Roop Rekha Verma, gave an important message of developing tolerance, sense of equality and respect for every Indian citizen. She congratulated the enthusiastic participants for their wonderful display of talent and encouraged them to follow their dreams and make India, a better place to live in.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Vijaya Kumar, the Principal of Staford School. The students dispersed after the event with an image of fluttering tri colour in their minds.