Annual day is certainly one of the eagerly awaited events of the year in any school, as it provides a rare opportunity to leave a mark for the students and staff, and celebrate glory in a fun and entertaining way. This year, Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension celebrated its Annual Day on 17th November 2018 at the school auditorium with great zeal.
The special highlight of this year’s programme was a biological ensemble on the “noble values of Mother Teresa”. On the day, the stage was decorated beautifully and aptly showcasing the memorable quotes on “compassion” and “love” for humanity as preached by Mother Teresa. Notably, one of the school houses at DSKE is also named after her. The air was excitement-filled as the parents assembled in the auditorium and took seats to witness the special acts by their wards. On the other hand, the backstage was abuzz with last-minute preparations and rehearsals.
The function commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp and a prayer song. Mr. A J Philip, Secretary and Chief Executive, Deepalaya and Manager of the School welcomed the dignitaries and informed everyone about the upcoming NCC unit in the school. Mr. CP Davis, Principal, Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension presented the annual report of the school for the year 2017-18.
Mr. Gourab Banerjee, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court (who is also an all-weather patron of Deepalaya), was present as the chief guest on the occasion. He lauded the noteworthy efforts of the students of the school and spoke high about the credibility and inspirational community service of Deepalaya. Mr. Subu Rahman, Commissioner (Land), Delhi Development Authority, who graced the occasion as the guest of honour, advised the students to embrace the two great virtues of “love” and “compassion, in an attempt to become dignified and reputed citizens of the country. A few board members, well-wishers and supporters of Deepalaya were also present on the occasion.
A wonderful dance-cum-musical drama, portraying the different life phases of the revered St. Teresa of Kolkata was presented by students from various classes. The 40-minute-long skit was filled with songs, group dance, voice-overs and brilliant stage acting by the students of the school. In a spectacular act, the students effectively portrayed an inspiring message for the society–‘each one, serve one”.
Towards the end, a concert by the students of Deepalaya choir enthralled the audience. The day ended with a vote of thanks by the head girl of the school, followed by the national anthem.
Here are some glimpses of this extraordinary function.
Even today, women and girls in our country face many social challenges—be it in moving out of the house or seeking equal treatment as their male siblings. At Deepalaya, emphasis on gender equity has been a priority area for us ever since our inception. A team from Manzil Mystics (a a Delhi-based NGO that works on education, music and development) conducted a workshop at Deepalaya Learning Centre Gole Kuan on 20th November on the theme “gender equality”; it was attended by 25 young boys from Gole Kuan VTC and the Learning Centre.
After a brief self-introduction session, the students were divided into four teams and asked to write on small chart papers what comes in their minds when they think about male gender. The participants noted and penned down different traits such as strong, confident, earning member, providing security, etc. The same exercise was now repeated with their perception of the female gender. The idea of the entire exercise was to make the students understand that some perceptions about the females have nothing to do with their biological nature but have been rather imposed upon them by the society. The facilitator also asked all the boys to consider giving equal opportunities for the growth and development of girls and women around them.
Ms. Rashmi, Mr. Aman and Mr. Manik from Manzil Mysitcs made the workshop interesting by singing songs and conducting games in between the sessions. It was felt that conducting one more session will be useful so that the participant boys can have a deeper understanding on gender equality issue.