Indian School Darsait organized Graduation Ceremony for their outgoing batch of class 12 at a solemn function on 6th February 2016.The programme began with a ceremonial procession. The students along with teachers and the dignitaries including Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Principal marched into the auditorium to their assigned seats. The students in their graduation gowns gave an embellishing look and added a colourful ambience to the function. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal (Senior Section), accorded a cordial welcome to one and all in glowing terms and expressed his elation over the benign presence of the Chief Guest, Dr. Amsa Parambil, Vice President & Head of the Academic Subcommittee of SMC, the Guest of Honour, Mr. Biju Samuel, Convener SMC, Principal, esteemed members of SMC, staff, parents and students.
Class Teachers, Mrs. Premela Issac (12 A), Mrs. Susan Anil (12B), Mrs. Ekta Gautam (12 C) and Mr. Vincent Mathew (12 D) introduced their classes to the audience and proudly read out a brief profile of each and every student. Representing the classes Ambika Jayasankar (12 A), Divya Elizabeth Mammen (12 B), Joel John (12 C) Aiswarya P (12 D) shared their nostalgic reminiscences of their pleasant days spent at ISD. They took this opportunity as a matter of honour and privilege to express their heartfelt gratitude to the SMC, Principal, administrators and their beloved teachers for their constant support provided to their educational endeavour at school. They also reiterated to practice the values and principles that they had imbibed over the years. Joshua Albert, Head Boy and Priya Kumari, Head Girl expressed their sincere gratitude to the school- their second home, and teachers- their second parents in their extremely emotional speeches.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Amsa Parambil, in his valedictory address spoke about the preparedness that students should have, to face the new challenges of the world. He also urged the students to develop a right attitude to search for the invisible in the form of knowledge, skills and values by going beyond the external appearances. The Chief Guest emphasized, ‘Attitudes and thoughts guide us in this world. Challenges could be obstacles or stepping stones and it depends on our attitude how we perceive it. Success and achievements are like the visible tip of an iceberg and the invisible hidden part of the iceberg is hard work, pain, failures and persistence.’ He exhorted them to take up the pain of persistent hard work and discipline in order to elude the enduring pain of regret and disappointment in the long run. He concluded his speech by commending the teachers for the excellent work they had been doing in providing knowledge, skill, values, attitudes and good thoughts to the children of ISD.
Earlier, Class 12 students were conferred with certificates of course completion and mementos and awards of special recognition for their outstanding performance by the Chief Guest, Dr. Amsa Parambil. Besides, students were honoured with certificates for cent percent attendance by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Biju Samuel.
Mr. B. Suresh Kumar, Assistant Vice – Principal, (Secondary and Senior Secondary Section) proposed vote of thanks. He expressed his profuse gratitude to everyone especially the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Principal, members of SMC and the ever supportive parents of the outgoing students of Class XII for their graceful presence on this solemn occasion.
Addressing the outgoing batch of students, Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal said, “this evening announces you to the world as ladies and gentlemen, no more you are boys and girls, this is a great moment of truth, you are not just going to pass out but you are entering into the new era, an era that will bring its fresh challenges seemingly insurmountable, stumbling blocks, great moments of joy, crushing defeats as well as tears of agony”. She further added that the tough world required creative and ignited minds like theirs to shape it up. She urged them to face the challenges bravely and sensibly, to be humble so as to attain greatness and to consider education as their greatest possession. She advised them to make judicious use of gadgets and social media as it was easy to fall prey to these electronic media if not censored. The Principal concluded in utmost humility, ‘Parents are God’s most valuable blessings. So love your parents and treat them with loving care.’
The Principal administered an exhortation with warmth and kindliness to the students to uphold ideals and values of ISD wherever they go and to follow the path of truth and humility in life. The Principal then, passed the ‘Candle of Knowledge’ to the Class Teachers who in turn lit the candles that were carried by the students symbolizing the passing of knowledge and wisdom from the teacher to the taught to embark on a new journey. The function came to an end with the reverberation of songs melodiously sung by the choir as the students with a divine expressions and eyes filled with tears walked with lighted candles through the corridor of blessings that was showered in abundance – by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Principal, members of SMC, administrators, teachers and parents making the occasion most auspicious and solemn one. The function was followed by dinner.
The previous day had witnessed an informal farewell given by Class XI students to their seniors. It was indeed a colourful and glittering function held in the auditorium. The highlights of the day’s programme included melodious songs, fusion dance, western dance, digital presentations, games of fun and frolic, and a spectacular ‘Ramp Walk’ in which young ladies and gentlemen of class XII walked in glamour and style. Their glimmering performance was assessed by a panel of judges and Meghna Lijo of XII A was adjudged Miss ISD while Joshua Albert of Class XII B was declared Master ISD. Other winners included Yedu Krishnan & Sruthy Vijaykumar (Hidden Gems), Sonu S S (Best Philanthropist), Mohammed Siddique & Ramona James (Best Comedian), Parvathy Ajayan & Aakash Suresh Kumar (Best Personality), Mehar Fathima & Jayashankar R (Best Smile), Jesbi Suja Babu & Safwan K (Best Hair Style), Devipriya S & Abdul Hameed (Best Attire). Prizes were given away to the winners of various games. The programme was organized well and the students of Class XI along with their class teachers and student organizers in particular won a lot of applause and appreciation for making the day yet another remarkable and enjoyable one in the annals of ISD.