Mangaluru: It is indeed a very joyous week for all as the entire nation celebrates 75 years of independence. Every academic institution is painted in the colours of joy and so is Nazareth School, Balmatta, Mangalore. The school celebrated the patriotic fervour through a special assembly based on the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
All Nazarene gathered to celebrate the relentless efforts made by the people of our nation. The celebration took place on the Nazareth ground as every member of the fraternity found their heart filled with joy and a feeling of immense pride. The guests were welcomed with a guard of honour by the School band headed by Rithvika Kottari of grade X.
The honourable guests for the programme were Rev Fr. Rocky D’Cunha, Superior of St. Ann’s Friary, Kodialbail, Mangalore and Rev Sr. Marceline D’Souza, the principal of Nazareth School, the Management Sisters with school academic coordinator Mrs.Precilla Veigas.
The programme began with a soul-stirring prayer to the accompaniment of Staff and students of grade 10th, which was followed by a welcome address by Khushi M of VIII A. “Tears always come to our eyes to see our National flag waving high”. We paid our salutation to our Mother Bharath by unfolding our tricolour flag. The flag was hoisted by honourable Chief guestRev Fr. Rocky D’Cunha, with the other escorted dignitaries. National Anthem was sung by all the participants. The pledge was delivered by Sampreeth R followed by the captured March Past as part of a ceremonial occasion. The students of Nazareth exhibited their unity by performing a mass drill.
Izan Arshad Abdulla VI B, Thansi IX A, Sarah Asgar IX B shared their views on the significance of the day in three languages i.e; English, Kannada and Hindi respectively,enkindling the spirit of,“Language is the blood of the soul in to which thoughts run and out of which they grow”.
A patriotic dance coupled with music, Choreographed by the Sandeep Acharya, captured the interest of the viewers.
“Lucky people get opportunities, brave people create opportunities and the winners are those who convert problems into opportunities”. Reshma N, the programme coordinator read out the prize list of winners of various competitions’ organised on the occasion of Platinum Jubilee of Indian Independenceand the prizes were given away by our honourable chief guest.
Chief Guest addressed the gathering by sharing that God is in the form of parents and teachers. He exhibited attitude that changes its altitude. He instructed the students to learn from them and from others experience. He reminded the students to be good and insisted them to help others and not to harm others. He advised the students to follow certain do’s and don’ts’ in their life. With high spirits and exuberance he said the values of Mahatma Gandhi’s ahimsa and his words, “True freedom will come when every tears from eye is wiped away, we have sufficient for everyone’s need but not for our greed”. Thus he inspired the students to inculcate the spirit of sharing.
Master Ethan Francis Thomas grade V B delivered the Vote of thanks. It was a day of joy, a day of love. We should respect our country and make it a better place for Indians to live and experience the freedom, peace and unity in diversity.
The theme of this year’s Independence Day being ‘Nation first, always first’ was felt throughout the program. The whole gathering was given a feeling of cherishing the ones who made our independence possible. The program ended with everyone appreciating and celebrating true sense of freedom. The programme was compered by Class X students Leon Dosuza, Abdul Rahman Izhan and Devika Shaji.