The 71st Independence Day was celebrated by the students and staff members of Delhi Public School (DPS), R K Puram on August 15, 2017. Mr Pramod Grover, Treasurer DPS Society and vice-chairman of the Managing Committee graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The Independence Day celebrations commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony and the rendition of the national anthem. School Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal in her inaugural address quoted J.F.Kennedy, ‘Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the Principal voiced the proud feelings for the country and commented on the respectable image Indians hold across the globe. The students of the junior and senior schools presented a cultural program during the Independence Day celebrations. The chief guest talked about how our leaders struggled to make our country what it is today. He said that India is one of the most diverse civilisations and the most successful democracy of the world.
This was followed by a number of events in which students from all classes participated enthusiastically.
The English Department organised ‘Tricolour Verses’- a self- composed poetry ‘Jashan-e-Azadi’ a music and dance competition in which students of all classes participated, was an ode to the 71 years of freedom. ‘Tribute to Freedom’, another event centred around emotions of pride, loyalty, patriotism and courage was portrayed by the vocalists of our school. Quizzes were conducted by the Science and the Social Science Departments respectively.
The Sports Department made its contribution to the recitation for Classes VI-VIII and ‘At Cross Purposes’ a Turncoat Debate for Classes IX-XII. The Hindi Department organised Samvad Srijan for VI -VIII and Kavya Paath for classes IX – XII. Sanskrit Shloka Saswar Paath for classes VI-VIII and Hindi Geet-Sanskrit Anuvad for IX and X were conducted by the Sanskrit Department.
‘Seventy Glorious years’, an on- the- spot painting competition was hosted by the Fine Arts Department. Later sporting events were held.
Later, certificates were presented to all the participants and medals were given to all the winners.
The students participated in this wide range of events with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm and their performances were widely commended. The celebrations ended with renewed feelings of patriotism and nationalism among the audience gathered.