School Notes

Inter-school debate at Indian School

The 10th Dr Amidas Goradia All India Inter-school debate was hosted by The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar, on December 6. The debate attracted a number of students from 28 prominent schools in the city and other parts of India. HRD minister of state Dr Shashi Tharoor presided over the event. Eminent author and former Bureau Chief, BBC India, Sir Mark Tully, graced the occasion as chief guest.

The distinguished panel of adjudicators included eminent personalities from academia and the social and print media:  Amitabh Joshi, Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, Prof. Sanjiva Prasad, Premchand Palety and Anuradha Preetam.

Shashi Tharoor addressed the gathering in his inimitable style, captivating the young minds with his erudite and thought-provoking words. Citing from Dr Amartya Sen's 'The Argumentative Indian', he emphasised the importance of deliberate discussion in a democracy. The competition showcased the oratory abilities and critical thinking skills of debaters and proved once again that debating is not a dying art. The team from Don Bosco School was the winner and Modern School, Barakhamba Road, was the runner-up.

Springdales celebrates its Annual Day

Springdales School, Pusa Road, held its 57th Annual Day celebrations recently. The annual school report was read by the principal Ameeta Mulla Wattal. This was followed by the prize-distribution ceremony. The highlight of the event was a ballet, 'We the People', performed by 500 students from Classes VI-XI. The ballet examined the complexity of the relationship between the individual and the community; the state and the nation; through dance, mime, drama and music.

Chief guest Sitaram Yechury commended the achievements of the students. The Springdales Most Distinguished Alumni award was presented to Dr Naveen Talwar by Springdales Education Society Chairperson Dr Rajni Kumar. On the occasion, she also announced the opening of a Springdales branch in Dubai.

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