Friday, April 20, 2012

AVM Bids Adieu to the Senior Most Students

We groom their flair to see them flourish

We tower their dream to see them fly

We usher their virtues to see them blossom

We tender them with love to see them loving

Our beloved students of class 12th are all set to soaring to new heights becoming the shining beacons of humanity. As the academic session 2011- 12 came to its culmination, the students of class XI and entire AVM family bade farewell to the students of class XII. The celebration was aptly named as 'UDAAN: SOARING NEW HEIGHTS’. The hosts gave an auspicious and traditional welcome to the outgoing Class XII students with the tilak and flowers, adding more colour to their happy smiling faces.

The programme commenced with the lighting of lamp by students of senior group of commerce stream. Then began 'Moments to Cherish', a spectacular flashback of cherished memories of the glorious eight years spent by these students in the precincts of Atmiya Vidya Mandir : their 'Home away from Home’. The hilarious hosts Ghanshyam, Sahishnu, Parth and Aneesh gave momentum to the programme. The excitement reached the crescendo when the students were called to share their experiences and even teachers expressed their feelings for being with these students as teachers and mentors. The students seemed to be geared up to face new challenges as they received the blessings and best wishes from their teachers.

The amalgamated feelings of joy and sorrow found an expression in the touching speeches of the representatives of class XII, who thanked the Principal and the teachers for the guidance and affection showered by them during their tenure in their alma mater. To lighten the mood and to alleviate the pain of parting, the Class XI students presented an extravaganza of cultural programme, including resplendent dances by students of class IX, X and XI, a medley of songs and a plethora of nostalgic glimpses on the backdrop having a giant screen. The cultural programme comprised of reverberating, energizing dance performances, mellifluous song recitals, fun-filled mime presentation, enrapturing snap-shots which showcased the different phases of a student’s school life.

The occasion was graced by the presence of the parents of senior students, members of school management, teachers, hostel staff and the elders of the school. The parents felt proud about their wards and appreciated the efforts of teachers for shaping the future of their children and making the event a grand success. It was a very emotional moment for them to watch the aspiring young talents heading towards the formal phase of education.

The Principal, Dr. Vijay Patel in his speech, welcomed the parents and urged the students to face the outside world with confidence and grit. As he said, Atmiya Vidya Mandir endeavoured to develop competence, conscience and character building among the students which enabled them to grow strong and tall in their natural splendour along with the opportunities they achieved for academic excellence and multifarious skills. During the period of eight years of their stay in this school, students have been supported to develop an ability to understand and absorb the new trends and developments, knowing that nothing much changes at the core while coming on top quickly and efficiently.

Vice Principal, Swayam Madam gave a very emotional and heart touching speech. She assured the parents that these students will be deeply grounded to their family roots and culture even when they serve the society and nations with their inherent talents. As she told that it seemed only yesterday when a group of little feet had stamped the AVM ground to leave their mark. As the potter moulds the clay and transforms it into a decorative piece, similarly the school has attempted to groom the budding lilies into multi – faceted personalities. She advised the outgoing students to face the challenges of the world by being agents of positive social change. She reiterated on the duty of every student towards the society as true bhoolku of Swamiji and as true alumni of AVM. She wished them all the best not only for their social and spiritual life but also for their future endeavours.

Students of the outgoing batch received gift hamper from their teachers as a token of remembrance. The senior faculty members gave speeches on the occasion and stressed the importance of dedication and devotion in life.

One of the students shared his feelings saying that they have learnt life skills which will be valuable to them throughout their life, they've had the chance to do, see and experience things that make them morally and spiritually strong.

Students enumerated their wonderful experiences of school life. They acknowledged how the values imbibed by them have shaped their character, giving a foundation to aspire for great heights and make a difference; how the school has instilled in them tremendous self-belief and ardent faith in the Almighty which gives them an edifice to dream big.

The most momentous part of this farewell ceremony was the video clip which showcased H.D.H. P.P. Hariprasad Swamiji’s message and blessings for these students.

Later, students along with their parents viewed the photo gallery depicting 35 students of this leaving batch. Each one of them has been portrayed as an individual leaving his imprints and identity through these years. Afterwards they moved to enjoy the sumptuous dinner organized in their honour.

The farewell ceremony on their departure from school brought with it an air of nostalgia. Remembering the first day of school, hand in hand with their parents, scared, they entered the big buildings of the school, unknown place and new people, they were clinging to their parents, refusing to bid goodbye to parents but after short negotiations with the teacher they were rendered free of their mother’s clutches and sent in a classroom of many other small children, and years later, on this day, their Metamorphosis – was over, celebrating the transition between childhood and young adulthood with a very special care. For these many years the school focused on personal growth of these students, their self-discovery, igniting their passions, happiness, faith and adventure so that these children will become capable, contributing, competent and healthy individuals. Their time in school is over, now it is time for them to move on to venture into new achievements.

Youth is the time for limitless challenges;
Nevertheless, it’s the time to discover innate potential;
Dive into struggle headlong;
And emerge victorious in each endeavour;
Embracing the don of endurance;
Become the suns of their families, workplace and the society!!!!!!!!!!

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