Every year on May 11th, India commemorates the National Technology Day to mark the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test, which was held on that date in 1998. Very few countries worldwide have nuclear power, and India had become one of those elite players and became the sixth nation to join the nuclear club. The day also celebrates the importance of science in everyday life and encourages students to pursue science as a profession. Presidium held a special assembly on National Technology Day to inspire students about the significance of this day. A PowerPoint presentation was shown to acquaint pupils with the facts and information about the glorified role of technology in making our life easier and faster, and informed. Our Young scholars participated and discussed the huge role that technology plays in our everyday lives, like doing our jobs, going anywhere, keeping us healthy, to communicate with people who live far away. They expressed their opinions through presentations and debates on the incredible inventions as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Eid- Ul- Fitr is a festival of prayers, joy, happiness, and brotherhood. Students of Presidium conducted a beautiful assembly on Eid, where they participated with full enthusiasm. Presidians gave a short speech about Eid, its customs, rituals, etc., which was enlightening for all. The students celebrated the festival from their homes, with the same fervour and excitement as always. They learned the importance of the Festival of Breaking the Fast and reasons to celebrate Eid- gratitude, forgiveness, charity, and merriment. They experienced the joy of wearing traditional clothes, singing songs, hearing stories, savouring homemade sweets, and celebrating togetherness. Even during these times, Presidians showed that the true spirit of the occasion is coming together and rejoicing in the festive spirit.
It is rightly said that a mother is someone who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. A mother's love is always unconditional and pure for her children. To honour the love of all the mothers and pay tribute for everything they do assiduously for their children, Presidians organised a special assembly on Mother's Day to bring a smile on their beloved mothers’ faces. Children exhibited deep love and affection through their songs, dances and poems. They also made handmade gifts to express their love and respect for them. It was a day filled with gratitude and appreciation for the mothers by their little ones with full gaiety and ardour.
Rabindranath Tagore, the greatest man of letters of the modern era, is the best historical personality to turn to if you want to explore the confluence of the past and the present, traditionalism and modernity, the orient and the occident in one person. Presidians paid homage to Tagore and honoured his contribution to literature and education on his 160th birth anniversary. The enthused Presidians expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards the literary giant by presenting their thoughtful views, songs, poetry and captivating dance performances.
Every year World Dance Day is celebrated on 29thApril, with an aim to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held all over the world. This year the theme of World Dance Day was ‘Purpose of Dance’. Keeping the theme in consideration, Presidians also observed the day with unparalleled zest and zeal. Dressed in colourful attires, the students presented a myriad of performances that included dances such as Ganesh Vandana, free style, jazz, folk, Kathak,etc. Some of the students dressed up as famous dance personalities to extend their gratitude towards them. They even designed and shared posters and quotes about this incredible form of art. Overall, young Presidians and their teachers enjoyed a day full of rhythm, dance and creativity.
Celebration and festivities seem to have no end at Presidium; they bring joy and happiness to our otherwise monotonous life, especially during the pandemic. They are also an important way to make the children stay connected with our rich cultural heritage and tradition. Baisakhi is one of the significant Hindu-Sikh community festivals that is celebrated in India and other parts of the world. This marks the coronation of the tenth Sikh Guru and the formation of Khalsa Panth. The festival also marks the ripening of the Rabi crops and their first harvest and the Sikh’s and Hindu’s new year; people wish each other a prosperous and happy life with an abundant harvest. A special virtual assembly was held to apprise the students about the Baisakhi festival on 13th April. The celebrations began with the prayers students were passionately involved dressed up in yellow color, they prepared and presented speeches, poems explaining the significance of the day and bhangra dance. They were familiarised with the customs and rituals followed on this day through a PowerPoint presentation.
Ambedkar Jayanti was observed in Presidium with great fervour. Scholars of Grade IV & V have commenced the assembly with a brief discussion on the distinguished son of India. Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, popularly called Babasaheb Ambedkar, was one of the architects of the Indian constitution. Ambedkar's efforts to eradicate social evils like untouchability and caste restrictions were remarkable. In their speeches, the students cited Dr. Ambedkar's birth and his contribution in the framing of our constitution and also its application which is our future accountability. During the assembly, several pupils came forward to share interesting facts from the life of Dr. Ambedkar, highlighted his extensive contributions, and showed an informative PowerPoint Presentation. They have created posters with slogans writing to pay tribute to the father of our constitution. The assembly culminated with an inspiring message that was bold and clear: "One need not be born into great and influential families but with a goal, hard work and responsibilities one can become great.