(JANUARY 25, 2021)

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” – these legendary words from Shri Rabindranath Tagore’s poem by the same title best exemplify the school ethos and the spirits of the students in GDGPS Sec-48, Gurugram. Positivity, optimism and faith blended with patriotic feelings as the students of the Senior Secondary Wing made a buoyant entry into the New Year and the school portals after almost a year of online classes. The combined faith of the school management, staff and students that the worst is behind us all and the year 2021 will again open up a vista of new learning opportunities for the Goenkans was more than evident in every capsule of the Republic Day Assembly and festivities. The beautiful decorations in the open-air stage area, the unfurling of the National Flag in the school grounds by the school Principal in the presence of the students of Grades 11 and 12 and the staff and the speeches brimming with hope - all contributed to make the celebrations buoyant and upbeat.

In her stirring speech, the school Principal, Ms. Anuradha Handa reiterated her personal conviction that the New Year 2021 will provide endless opportunities to the students to create and share many more moments of combined celebrations in the school. She urged the students whom she called the ‘Hope of Humanity’ to model the ideals enshrined in our Constitution, to rejoice in the uniqueness of our country and to lead it to greater glories.

An impressive presentation put up by the Junior Wing students captured the sterling role played by Dr. B.R Ambedkar in shaping the Indian Constitution. A powerful theatrical presentation on ‘Fundamental Rights’ served as an eye-opener for all as the Senior Wing students depicted the ways with which rights are violated with impunity in our country. The assembly resonated with nationalist pride during a special dance and song presentation by the students of the Middle Wing students.

Mature speeches by the Head Boy and Head Girl highlighted the significance of this day. A few other students of Grade 12, threw light on the quintessence of the Constitution of India which makes it a ‘living and dynamic document’.

The assembly drew to a close with a beautiful short movie that showcased the rich wealth of our diverse yet common heritage.