Young achievers of Staford were felicitated at a glittering ceremony on the Prize Day at Staford School on 20th April 2017. The chief guest on the occasion, Ms, Sunita Aron, Resident Editor Hindustan Times, Mrs. Anjali Bansal Deputy. Director, and Principal, Ms. Vijaya Kumar, Staford School, gave away the prizes to the meritorious students. 220 winners were felicitated in 15 different categories across all the classes. Students were appreciated for their efforts in curricular & co-curricular activities as well as life skills. Budding writers, all-rounders, spell-bee winners, students with talents in art, dance, music, swimming, and sports from each class were given honours apart from the children who excelled at academics. Staford recognizes not only the talented but also the persistent and consistent workers and awarded them with an “emerging star” award for showing the maximum progress in an academic year.
It has been rightly said that “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” The Prize Day is an event to commemorate such hard work. Zainul Naqvi, a student of class VII, who received the prize for the all-rounder in his class, couldn’t contain his excitement “I feel privileged to be a student of this school. It’s a red letter day for me.” There were others who were thrilled with their prizes in multiple categories. Children who received the prize for the 100% attendance were envied by others who missed the prize by a day. Everything said and done, it was a proud moment for all the prize winners, who also became a source of motivation for the rest of the school.
The event began with a lamp lighting ceremony, followed by a vandana, performed by students of class 3. Ms Aron addressed the students and blessed them with her inspiring words. She encouraged the students and shared her thoughts, “do everything you want to do, just do it with all your heart in it” She advised.
The principal of the school congratulated and applauded the students for their outstanding performance and appreciated the hard work of the teachers who work relentlessly to make their students outshine themselves. “Staford School is working at making every student a self-dependent, self motivated individual and a role model for others.” she further added. “The best way we can support students with holistic development is to offer a wide assortment of activities outside of the classroom and to encourage them to participate in ones that meet their interests and need.” She said, speaking to the guests on the occasion.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks and a rendition of the school song.