"Everything happens for a reason, sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
Honourable chief guest, Mr Arjit Basu, guest of honour, Mr Shamael Ahmad, respected trustees, worthy parents, members of my staff and my dear children. A warm welcome to all of you on this first ever virtual annual day celebration based on the theme Soul Cycle - Revive, Renew, Rejuvenate. A relevant theme as pandemic has left us with a sedentary life contributed by the over use of technology. Life is so ironic, it takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence and a corona virus to understand the value of keeping ourselves fit and healthy always, isn't it?
For the world itself, 2020 started with uncertainty and a bit of darkness. Lockdown and the subsequent closure of schools lead us to think and find out alternate solutions for the impasse that will affect our children. Of course necessity is the mother of innovation. The time spent in seclusion was used to formulate, prepare and equip teachers, staff and students to keep their mental health and physical wellbeing intact with academic continuity. Our challenge was to understand the virtual platforms so that we can use it to increase knowledge, wisdom and physical wellbeing of the students and strengthen their Emotional and Spiritual Quotient. Another paradox is that we had always tried to divert our students' attention from social media, electronic gadgets and Internet. But suddenly due to pandemic situation we had to educate students and their parents too, for the proper use of cell-phones.
To change from physical to virtual classes was not an easy task. Several workshops, orientation programmes, in house trainings were held to strengthen and maintain positivity, skills and physical and mental strength of students and educators. We started with Managing Lockdown Anxiety Webinar. I am proud to announce that all the enhancements of Virtual Classes were achieved through In house Workshops and brain storming sessions of my team. Even we trained our support staff with basic computer skill. Three cheers for my dedicated staff! I even extend my heart felt gratitude to my team of educators for rising to the occasion and adopting and adapting to the new normal situations.
I quote our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, "If the body is fit the mind is a hit." VPS became a part of the Nation's Fit India Campaign even before it was announced by PM as the theme of curriculum this year is Health and Fitness. We organised different fitness drive in different areas at Vapi and Daman. We are glad that we could host four events of Fit India Campaign virtually, Fit India Walk and Run, Fit India Prabhat Bheri and Fit India School Week. We feel proud that VPS is nominated as CISCE fit India school. Thanks to all participants.
A big thank you to each of those parents for your timely feedbacks on online classes, celebrations, competitions and tea-time talks.
Success is a combination of desire and passion and the school has cultivated this value in all of its students both in academics and extracurricular activities. Our students achieved 100% pass result in Class X (ICSE 2019-20). I congratulate Miss Sahima Pal, Miss Shruti Jaiswal and Miss Mansha Gupta who scored 95.20%, 95% and 94% respectively. 73 students appeared, 20 got distinction and 49 got first class. Apeksha Tachak of ISC Commerce stood first with 94.50% and Densi Tandel scored 91.75% to stand first in Humanities. Master Sayam Jain and Master Darshil Gevariya scored 87% and 86.75% in Science stream. Both of them cleared JEE mains. We have two students who cleared NEET, too. Here I congratulate Master Pikesh Saini and Ms Khushi Javia. Khushi Javia has joined Vedic Dental College, Daman to pursue Cosmic Dentistry.
When life puts us to test we revive with renewed strength. Though virtual, our students participate in competitions and examinations held by different institutions. A nationwide essay competition was conducted on skin donation campaign by Rotary Club and Class XII Science student Miss Sakhi Rughani, won consolation prize. We are proud of you, Sakhi, lot of blessings for further success. Stuti Mehta of Class IX stood first in district level Sugam Sangeet competition organised as a part of Kala Kumbh.
Virtual Classes have brought so many positive changes in our students. Their researching ability, presentation skills and constructive use of technology have built up their confidence. The outstanding Annual Day Programme videos you watch now are compiled and edited by our students of Class IX and IIX. I extend my appreciation to all my young champs. Here we can see the effect of our holistic curriculum. I congratulate my team of educators for putting up this beautiful programme today.
The New Education Policy will be implemented from 2023-24. We are well aligned and equipped for the changes as our school is affiliated to Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). I thank you parents for your continuous support and trust. I would like to end my speech with a quote, "The purpose of education is to develop good human beings, capable of rational thought and action, possessing compassion and empathy, courage and resilience, scientific temper and creative imagination with sound critical foundation and values." This aligns with our school vision - "To make our students Global Citizens and Future Leaders of One World Family."
Ms Alpa S Kotadia - Director Principal