by Perpetual Nazareth
MUMBAI, AUG 16, 2016: Don Bosco High School, Matunga commemorated India's Independence Day through a simple yet thought-provoking ceremony. In keeping with tradition, the SSC toppers of the batch of 2015-2016 were also felicitated for their noteworthy performance.
Flanked by the school management, the chief guests - parents of the SSC toppers - Trini D'Souza, Shamira D'Souza, P N Shenoy and Preethi Shenoy, were given the honour of hoisting the Indian tri-colour.
The assembly conducted by students of standard 10F raised a pertinent question by conducting a reality check on our patriotic fervour, 'Is it really Vande Mataram or One Day Mataram?'
The students urged all to recognise that each person is an ambassador, a representative of the nation, a partner in the progressing history of the motherland. So citizens should stop being silent observers, passive recipients and crowd followers. They encouraged all to recognise the opportune time and exercise responsibility- to express, to act, to bring about a change.
On the momentous day for the nation, the school also celebrated the latest SSC toppers, Trevin D'Souza and Venkatesh Shenoy, both with an aggregate score of 94.8%, along with 27 students who scored above 90%, for bringing glory to themselves and to their alma mater.
Trini D'Souza and P N Shenoy thanked the school for helping their sons achieve this milestone. D'Souza reiterated that each one has been called for a purpose and encouraged the boys be agents of change through the song, 'Believe in Yourself'.
Earlier, on the eve of Independence Day, the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) Gymkhana Committee had invited the school to be a part of their initiative to support the Government of India, in their efforts to promote patriotism and pay homage to our freedom fighters. Students of 10F, along with their class teacher had put up a part of their assembly at the VJTI campus to help promote a sense of unity among young minds.