Democracy at the grass root level
Just as the coronation of a king or queen or of elected leaders of a nation is celebrated with pomp and vigour, the same way an investiture ceremony in school is celebrated with equal importance.
Taking place on 18th July 2016, the investiture ceremony held at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, was hosted by grade nine students, Saurabh Jha and Pranjal Mhatre.
The ceremony began with a foot tapping song by the school choir welcoming the new student council.
Marching smartly, attired in navy blue coats, the student council, took their positions on the stage eager to take on the new responsibilities that they were going to be entrusted with.
The new House Masters and Assistant House Masters were handed over the sashes and scrolls by the former House Masters.
Each council member; the Head Boy, deputy Head Boy, Head Girl, deputy Head Girl, the Sports Captains, the Cultural Captains and each of the House Captains and Vice House Captains were also honoured with the sashes and badges by the chief guest for the occasion, Mr. A.L. Tripathi, Deputy CEO of Mahatma Education Society.
After this the ceremonial oath was taken by the council members.
It was an honour to have Mr. Tripathi grace the occasion and share some words of wisdom. He rightly said that this is ‘democracy at the grass root level.’ He also shared wonderful insights on how to become a good leader. In his words: to be a leader you must first be a follower. He explained that if one cannot follow rules, regulations or instructions properly, one cannot lead. Good followers are the ones who later become good leaders.
The school choir made its presence felt again with a lively song congratulating the student council.
The outgoing Head Boy, Salman Naik and the outgoing Head Girl, Tejal Borade also shared their experiences in their respective positions during their tenure. Kaustubh Sawant and Anamika Jadhav as the newly elected Head Boy and Head Girl respectively also addressed the school, assuring of doing the best they can from the positions they hold.
Finally, the Principal, Ms. Anjna Sahi addressed the newly elected council members. Congratulating them, she reminded them that they are the torch bearers and their actions would represent the school and urged them to take up their responsibility with commitment and integrity.
The investiture ceremony concluded with the national anthem, a chorus of congratulations and with the dawn of new responsibilities for the young leaders to fulfil.