Independence Day

Independence Day 2020

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

– Nelson Mandela

We, at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, believe that development and growth is facilitated by Freedom. Even in these unprecedented times of COVID-19, Independence Day was celebrated at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel. To commemorate the sovereignty of our nation and the ‘Gandagi Mukt Bharat’ Campaign, our Chief Janitor Mr. Birender, along with our Principal, Ms. Shraddha Sardesai and Mr. Atul Fadake unfurled our tricolour. They saluted the flag and sang the National Anthem, expressing the joy of our freedom. We express our thoughts of gratitude towards those who make it possible for us to live our lives with peace, dignity and pride as citizens of a self-reliant India.

No work is superior or inferior and dignity can only be achieved through hard-work. Man has been working since the dawn of civilisation. Each and every kind of work deserves respect and value. We, in an Independent India, talk about the basic rights bestowed on humans. The question we need to ponder on is – do the working class people / labourers get to enjoy these basic rights? Dignity of labour must be practiced and appreciated. It plays a crucial part in the smooth functioning of the society. The Industrial Age did send across a wave, interchanging the rights of the working class and giving rise to industrial workers. However, if the manufacturing of the essential goods stop – even for a few days – the entire nation will suffer a severe setback. We should recognise that the labour community is protected. Every person contributes towards the smooth functioning of the society. The entire community is dependent on each other. No profession is high or low, dignified or undignified. It is the way in which we choose to perceive it and pursue it. There is no substitute for Hard-work, no matter in which sector an individual works! To quote Martin Luther King Jr. “No work is insignificant. All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and independence and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Independence Day 2019

Independence Day was celebrated with great respect at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel. The day began with slight showers of rain but fortunately subsided and eventually came to an end right in time. The celebration remained on schedule and commenced at 8:00 a.m. on the school ground with the audience consisting of students, parents, teachers and the supports staff of the school.

The Student council members took their positions in front of the students just before we commenced with the programme. To commemorate the sovereignty of our nation, the head girl, Pranjal Mhatre, along with our principal, Mrs. Shraddha Sardesai unfurled our tricolour flag and all in unison saluted the flag and sang the National Anthem and expressed the joy of our freedom.

The first speech of the day, was delivered by Arya Lad of grade 3. Arya delivered his speech in Marathi that awakened everyone’s feelings towards our motherland.The next speech was by the Dwisha Jha from grade 4. Dwisha delivered her speech in English which spoke of the importance of being an independent nation.

The last speech for the day was delivered by, Vivekaditya Sharma of grade 10. Vivekaditya’s speech was delivered in Hindi which spoke about the transition of our nation from the British rule to being established as an independent nation.

At the end of the programme, sweets were distributed in celebration of our freedom and joy.

Indeed, it was a day of joy, a day to love and respect our country and make it a better place for Indians to live and experience the freedom, peace and unity in diversity.

Jai Hind!

By – Jonathan Reuben
IBDP 2 Student
Batch – 2018-2020

Independence Day & Parent Art Exhibition 2018

15th August, 2018 – A day of bringing alive the glorious achievements of Free India, a day to remember our past leaders and martyrs who willingly undertook sacrifices so that future Indian citizens can breathe the air of Freedom and Prosperity was celebrated with due solemnity and splendor at DPGA play-ground. At sharp 8.00 a.m., the national flag was hoisted by the Head-Girl followed by the national anthem and the Director’s address to the assembly i.e. students, parents and staff.

The congregation, then moved to the school assembly area where an Art Exhibition was formally inaugurated by the Principal. It was an eclectic collection of artworks since three artists – Ms. Yukti Shah, Ms. Chitrapriya Paital and Mr. Dinesh Kansara’s (i.e. DPGA Parents) paintings were displayed. The multitude had a visual treat. This was followed by a friendly football match: Parents Vs Staff. It was an entertaining spectacle. By 12 p.m., the gathering dispersed taking away happy memories of India’s – 72nd Independence Day celebration at DPGA, New Panvel.

Independence Day 2017

Freedom in the Mind,
Faith in the words …
Pride in our souls …

It was a red letter day in the history of India when the country got her freedom on 15th August, 1947. It took hundreds of years for us to break shackles of slavery. People of the country celebrate this day every year with great pomp and show. This year in 2017, India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day to pay a tribute to all the freedom fighters that had contributed significantly and fought for the Independence of India.

Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and respect at Dr Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel. The ceremony started at 8:00 a.m. in the school open ground with large crowd of staff, students and parents. The Cultural Captains welcomed the gathering and shared their views on the significance of the day. To commemorate the sovereignty of our nation, the head girl, Vibhuti Verma unfurled the tricolor flag and all in unison sang the National Anthem and expressed the joy of our freedom. The Teachers of the Performing Arts Department sang the Flag Song that awakened everyone’s feelings towards our Motherland, Lynette George and Tejas Chhabra, students of Grade 9, enlightened the gathering with a social issue about “Rivers – the lifeline for all life forms”. They emphasized on rivers are polluted and what can we do to help save them.

The school principal, Ms. Anjna Sahi, threw light on the true essence of being independent.

The school magazine not only chronicles the events and achievements of the school, but also showcases the creative talent and writing prowess of our students. Along with the vote of thanks by Vice-Principal, Ms. Shraddha Sardesai, the editorial team of the school magazine was felicitated. At the end sweets were distributed in celebration of freedom and joy.

This year, as an endeavor to do our bit for the Indian Armed forces, we decided to salute the courageous soldiers and express our gratitude towards “Our Heroes”.

We began this initiative a month ago, by enlightening the students about the Indian Armed forces through the weekly assemblies.

This was followed by discussions during Quality Time sessions and a poster making activity. The last leg of this initiative was a post card writing activity. These post cards, which are small notes of gratitude expressed by our students, shall be posted to the serving soldiers of our Indian Armed Forces.

We would like to reach the length and breadth of our country to share these post-cards of gratitude amongst the soldiers. The posters made by students were displayed as part of the Independence Day programme.

The programme concluded with opening of the school exhibition. Incorporating ‘Technology with Education’; this year students of DPGA have displayed wonderful exhibits in their respective resource rooms.

Indeed, it was a day of joy, a day to love and respect our country and make it a better place for Indians to live and experience the freedom, peace and unity in diversity.

Jai Hind

Independence Day 2016

After being subjugated and suppressed by the British for over 200 years, India gained independence on the 15th August, 1947. This golden day in the political history of India was befittingly commemorated by the staff, students and enthusiastic parents of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.

The day began on the ground with the school Head Girl, Anamika Jadhav hoisting the national flag of India. This ceremonious ritual was followed by a short cultural programme hosted by the Cultural Captain and Vice-captain Vibhuti Verma and Supriya Poolpandian respectively, in the school auditorium.

Led by their music teachers, students from grades 4 and 6 began the show with inspirational songs set to rousing melody and invigorating beats, accompanied by the stalwart musicians themselves – Mr. Prasun Lomjail, Mr. Ajay Nayak and Mr. Saurav Dutta.

In her speech, a senior teacher of the Hindi language, Ms. Vaishali Jadhav, stressed upon the importance of honesty, sincerity and devotion from the government as well as the people as they work towards taking India to the pinnacle of glory.

Students of Marathi, under diligent guidance from Mr. Umesh Jadhav then sang the famous poem by the legendary poet G. D. Madgulkar – ‘he Rashtra devataanche’ with much fervor and enthusiasm.

Jessie from IB2 spoke for her generation when she defined independence as the freedom to protest against noise pollution- be it at traffic signals or at places of worship; point out incidences of child – labour and have them addressed by the authorities; and refusal to bow down to moral policing by all and sundry about her choice of clothes. Freedom, she said, also meant responsible management of our most limited resource in this modern age – time.

Up next was a surprise dance performance by the ‘Flyers’ Crew’ – a group of children from under-privileged families. These youngsters learn acrobatics, gymnastics and western dance with one of DPGA’s P.E. teacher, Mr. Atul Fadake. Their determination and their desire to achieve and excel was palpable as the young boys danced and performed stunts with fiery passion and energy.

It took sacrifices of countless freedom fighters and several decades of struggle from 1857-1947 for India to finally be set free from the British rule. Students of grade 8 paid homage to some such brave heroes through short emotional acts that left no heart untouched. They also enacted the partition of India through a poignant mime which reinforced the message that independence is when we overcome our weaknesses, rise over our small differences and stand united as one.

Final performance of the morning was a dance choreographed by the talented dance-teacher Ms. Dipti Masurkar. Her students danced to folk and classical tunes and displayed the Indian Tri-colour in innovative ways to the cheers and applause by the audience.

The Principal Ms. Anjna Sahi appreciated and praised the efforts and performance of all students and teachers. She reiterated the school’s commitment towards protecting the environment and encouraged students to redouble their efforts and plant trees.

The celebrations came to an end with distribution of sweets and thoughts of gratitude towards those who make it possible for us to live our lives with dignity and pride as citizens of independent India.

Independence Day 2015

This year the student patriots at DPGA, Panvel had a weeklong celebration of India’s hard earned independence.

An animated movie explaining the significance of independence and highlighting the efforts of our freedom fighters was played for the juniors in the beginning of the week followed by a discussion by Ms. Pooja Bhatt which helped the students in understanding the value of the gifted freedom. For the seniors, Dr. Medha Moorthy conducted a riveting session on ‘International mindedness and Patriotism’ discussing the importance of being connected to one’s roots.

These sessions were followed with an assembly on Friday where Grade 10 students presented the real India and broke the stereotypes associated with our nation. Students of Grade 7, guided by Mr. Umesh Jadhav, recited a very famous Marathi poem ‘Je Deshasathi Ladle Tey Amar Hutatme Zhale…’. The assembly ended with instrumental of national anthem on violin by students, guided by Ms. Mable Chan Pillai, to which the other students sang in sync. The school also paid homage to Late Mr. Abdul Kalam by displaying a portrait of Mr. Kalam, made by Mr. Shankar Kathara, with a message given by the missile man himself.

On the morning of 15th August, students along with parents slowly trooped in into the assembly area. After the morning prayer, the students moved to the ground for the flag hoisting by Head Girl Tejal Borade which was accompanied by the choir’s flag song ‘ Vijaya Vishwa Tiranga Pyara…’ and the national anthem.

A small program was then held in the auditorium hosted by the Deputy Cultural Secretary Pranjal Mhatre and Amaan Patekar. It began aptly with a speech by Head Boy Salman Naik. A satirical skit on the theme ‘Naagrikta’ planned by Ms. Vaishali Jadhav and a thought provoking speech by Tanvi Bangar, a grade 6 student, infused with the spirit of nationalism raised many important issues like the role of citizens in the 21st century and standards of possessing humanity. The dance performances by students of grade 7 and Grade 6, who were trained by Mr. Prashant Mhatre and Mr. Jagat Kumar respectively, and the singing performances ‘Hum Bachche Man Ke Sachche’ sung by students of Grades 1 and 2 and the patriotic medley by students of Grades 3 to 8, both of which were planned by the Mr. Satish More and Mr. Shrinivas Oak, received appreciation and a big round of applause.

The event ended with a speech by the Principal, Ms. Anjna Sahi, who narrated a few personal experiences of the year 1971, during the Indo- Pakistan war, which ran a chill down everyone’s spine. In her speech Ms. Anjna Sahi explained everyone the value of living freely and safely in secured India now and gave a message that we are responsible for sustaining this freedom. At the end the Head Girl gave the vote of thanks expressing gratitude for all the participants and teachers without whom the event would not have been possible.

Through these events at DPGA, students showed reverence to the freedom fighters and eminent leaders, and to an extent also realised the value of ‘being independent’.

Early Years Independence Day 2015

Early Years celebrated Independence Day with great patriotism on 14th August. Children came dressed as national leaders. A patriotic enact was presented by the Early Years Middle students. The students of Early Years Upper presented a group song and dance. The children also witnessed the programme arranged by the senior students. At the end the students sang the national anthem along with school violinists group headed by Ms. Mabel Chang Pillai.

Independence Day 2014

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom facilitates development and growth. The community of students, teachers and parents celebrated Independence Day in a befitting manner in the school campus on 15th August, 2014 to commemorate freedom and its immense possibilities.

The programme involved salutation of the flag and the flag song and cultural events interlaced with patriotic fervour which impressed everyone in the audience. Mrs. Vaishali, staff member spoke about the value of freedom. Principal Mrs. Anjna Sahi addressed the audience and reiterated the school’s commitment to every child and its mission to enable every child to optimise his/ her potential so that they become worthy citizens of the country. The highlight of the function was a satirical street play presented by the students of middle and senior grades exposing the corruption prevalent in many segments in the society. The patriotic songs sung by the school choir and a dance performance to the tunes of a patriotic song by the students of Grade 7 impressed the audience. A violin recital by Pranav Gudimetla under the guidance of Mrs. Mabel Chan Pillai was also appreciated by everyone in the audience. The toppers of the IGCSE batch whose results were declared on 13th August were felicitated in the function. This celebration of the success of a few served as a reminder to the other students to set high goals and achieve them with hard work.

Early Years Independence Day 2014

On 13th August, 2014 the Early Years children made a huge tricolour flag under the guidance of their Art teacher. This flag was used as the backdrop for the cultural programme next day. They also made tricoloured chain streamers to decorate their classes.

The Early Years celebrated the Independence Day on 14th August. The programme started with prayer followed by a short cultural programme. ‘Hum honge kamayab’ was sung by all the children. This was followed by a dance presented by Early Years Upper. They danced on the Hindi song ‘Nanna munna rahi ho’. Sweets were also distributed.

Independence Day 2013

The 67th Independence Day was celebrated by Dr. Pillai Global Academy in a befitting manner. Apart from paying homage to the leaders who worked towards gaining independence, the students also paid their tribute to the tricolor.

The Chief Guest of the day Mr. Subash Rajkumar, parent, hoisted the flag and spoke to the students about the importance of the day and the value of freedom.

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The prize winners of Show and Tell Competition and Pick and Speak Competition presented their prize winning entries for the audience.

Mrs. Vijaya Mishra presented the Independence Day message.

The programme ended with a national integration song presented by a group of staff members which reminded everyone of the diverse cultures and religions existing harmoniously within our motherland.

Independence Day was celebrated on 14th August with great patriotic fervour by the Early Years. The children came dressed in the colours of the tricolour. The importance of the day was explained briefly. National Anthem was sung by all the tiny tots and teachers. An activity of colouring the national flag was done under the guidance of the Art teachers. Some of the children came with their parents on the 15th August too, to celebrate it with the entire school.

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