Mangaluru, Jan 30: The Mount Carmel Central School observed Peace Day/Martyr’s Day on January 30 in the school auditorium, commemorating the death of Mahatma Gandhiji, the Father of the Nation.
The celebration for the seniors was hosted by the students of grade VI A, B and E. The programme began with a prayer service, invoking the blessings of the Almighty for peace and harmony in the country. The chief guest of the day, school counsellor Philomena Pinto and the audience was greeted with words of welcome by Brinston and Claire, coupled with a graceful dance by the students.
Niyati, Aloma and Shayan briefed on the significance of the day through a short PowerPoint presentation and highlighted the values of Mahatma Gandhi. The students elated the audience with a poignant group song. A short skit accentuated the importance of peace in attaining success, wealth and prosperity in one’s life. They also enthralled the audience with their spirited dance performances showcasing the theme, Universal peace, harmony and brotherhood. The chief guest in her speech encouraged the students to practice the virtues of love, compassion and non violence as lived and preached by Mahatma Gandhi. She reinforced the importance of peace by narrating a story. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Aiden and Mithali and compered by Joyson, Dhrithi, Elric, Tushar, Mathew and Salvina.
The programme for the juniors commenced at 11 am observing a minute of silence as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and the slain martyrs. The students of grade I D and E put up the programme with the theme 'PEACE - The need of the hour.'
The students prayed for peace and harmony. The significance of the day was very well articulated by the students. Sherlyn Lobo and Riona D'Souza graciously welcomed the chief guest, Sandra Lobo. The various dances depicted grace, serenity coupled with patriotism. The chief guest, in her message, invited the students to be the little ambassadors of truth and non violence which lead to peace. She also sang the famous hymn of St Francis Assisi "Make me a channel of your peace."
Aaradhya Pai and Aarav Ajit proposed a vote of thanks and Dhvani Lokanatha, Nivan Bhat and Skeeth Albuquerque compered the programme. In all, the students were made to understand the importance of peace, the need of the hour.