61st Founders’ Day celebrations - A Resounding Success!
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Exhibitions: Pangea: A Virtual Bioscope
Celebrating the spirit of inquiry and using technology as a tool to reinforce learning, the Exhibitions presented by the students of Classes VI to XII, aimed at creating a Pangea or a Virtual Bioscope focusing on all the continents of the world. The exhibition questioned the validity and application of various concepts and provided a platform to create a hypothesis, collaborate as a team, compile their learning and communicate digitally. The audience sailed through the immense diversity found across the continents that helped them perceive the eternal connect that exists in all that is found on the planet. Besides, the students also showcased their special interest and talent in Art and Craft, Photography, Pottery and Design through their exhibits.
The exhibitions once again corroborated the School’s commitment to decimate compartmentalized learning and create opportunities for making connections across disciplines.
The Nukkad–Nataks and live dance shows made the Exhibitions literally come alive and clearly illustrated why the school has been rated as the best among the girls’ residential schools in the country for the past many years.
Award Ceremony and Evening Cultural Programme:
The main Founders’ Day programme included Speeches, Prize Distribution and an Orchestra performance ‘Ajasra: Music Unbound’, an artistic rendition of various genres of music illustrating the confluence of cultures and languages. Ajasra means eternal flow or unobstructed, ceaseless flow. The musical extravaganza was an ensemble of Kashmiri, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam and Goan folk songs blended with Indian classical music. The concert truly validated the unifying power of music that remains indivisible, eternal and ceaseless proving the beauty of unity in diversity.
Dr. Mirai Chatterjee the Coordinator of Social Security for India's Self-Employed Women's Association, SEWA - a trade union of over 200,000 self-employed women, presided over the celebrations. An articulate spokeswoman, she could probably have pursued a lucrative career in the UK or the USA, having studied in both. Instead, she chose to return to India to support the millions of working poor women whose health, and the health of their family, depends absolutely on the ability to earn however small an amount of money.
Recognised by the Forbes Magazine as one of the fifty most influential businesswomen of Asia, the former CEO of Brittannia Industries, Ms. Vinita Bali, is also the President of the Board of Governors of the School. She shared the dais along with other members of the School Board that included Ms. Gunmeet Bindra, Principal, ‘Welham Boys’ School’ among others.
Mirai Chatterjee commended Ms Linnell and Ms Oliphant’s vision to create an institution such as Welham. She shared Gandhiji’s principles on “daridra Narayan” and applauded the school’s initiative to absorb children from lesser privileged background into the school. She also spoke about education and encouraged all communities to come together to create a world that offers equal opportunities to all. She urged the students to put the “poorest of the poor” in the centre of everything that they do.
The School Annual Report was presented on the occasion by the School Principal, Mrs. Padmini Sambasivam where after, she said "In the age of information explosion, education today is no more about feeding chunks of information to students. At Welham, we understand that only information does not help the younger generation brace themselves to face the challenges of a rapidly changing tomorrow." She further added that the achievements of the students clearly stand testimony to the fact that Welham makes a significant effort towards the harmonious development of the head, heart and hand.
True to the School’s traditions, the Awards given out were not just to recognize marks alone or achievements in Sports etc., but to extol those qualities which build a person’s character – Good Citizenship, Helpfulness, Creativity, Compassion and Community Service.
‘Ajasra : Music Unbound’, was an artistic rendition by the School Orchestra of various genres of music illustrating the confluence of cultures and languages. ‘Ajasra’ means eternal flow or unobstructed, ceaseless flow. The musical extravaganza was an ensemble of Kashmiri, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam and Goan folk songs blended with Indian classical music. The concert truly validated the unifying power of music that remains indivisible, eternal and ceaseless proving the beauty of unity in diversity. The presentation clearly illustrated the School’s commitment to pursue excellence in every discipline. The invocation by the School Choir; the musical performance, including instrumental and vocal music by the School students left the audience spellbound.
The celebrations ended with a grand dinner for parents, guests, staff and students, accompanied by the students’ Live Band.