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Candlelight ceremony at St Thomas School, Mandir Marg

St. Thomas' School, Mandir Marg, bid farewell to the batch of 2012-13 with the annual candlelight ceremony on February 1. This 'all-faith prayer meeting' is meant to provide solace and reinforce confidence and belief in students to carry them through their lives.

Chief guest Dr S Lakshmi Devi, Principal, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences, Delhi University, was welcomed with the rendition of one of Tagore's poems. Principal Anuradha Amos initiated the ceremony with her words. Manager Mrs Manoharan led the school in prayer, with readings taken from various holy scriptures. Melodious hymns interspersed the ceremony. Bishop Rt Rev Sunil K Singh blessed the students and pronounced the benediction. The ceremony ended with the handing over of candles to Class XI with the desire that each student would live up to the school motto 'Light to Lighten'.

International Children's Festival Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan

Celebrating the Diversity of the human race, the International Children's Festival of Peace and Friendship was held in Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, on February 12 in memory of its Founder-Manager Shri Yudhister Kumar. The guest of honour was Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada, a country which has placed itself on the map of inclusion and multiculturalism while setting an example to all nations to value the cultural differences in the world.

Welcoming the guests, Dr Jyoti Bose, principal of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, said, "At such a crucial time in history, with so much human rights violation, economic disparity, gender inequality, ethnic conflict, religious divide and strife, children and young adults are our only hope for the future and we must continue in our efforts to educate them to live in harmony in today's plural society."

Speaking on the great mosaic of the human race, Stewart Beck stressed on the importance of education as the key to instil cultural tolerance and appreciate the uniqueness of diverse cultures.

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