Mangaluru, Dec 2: On a tranquil afternoon of November 29, St Agnes School CBSE bore witness to a grand spectacle: the annual day celebration for the pupils of grades VII to X. The Mother Mary Aloysia Centenary Hall shimmered with the excitement of parents and students alike, as the event promised enchantment.
The extravaganzas commenced with a majestic guard of honour, followed by the dignitaries' regal entry, escorted by the school band led by the head girl, Angelina D’Silva. The president of the event, Dr Sr Maria Roopa AC, the superior and joint secretary of St Agnes Institutions, presided over the occasion, with the esteemed Dr John Edward D Silva, a retired associate professor, gracing the event as the chief guest. The presence of the school principal, Sr Maria Sarika AC, the administrator, Sr Edna Furtado AC, vice principal, Sr Lenita Lobo AC, kindergarten coordinator, Sr Letitia AC, PTA vice president, Dr Kumar Naik, PTA executive committee member and heads of St Agnes institutions added to the grandeur of the event, creating a magical atmosphere.
In a grand spectacle of artistry and grace, the wondrous choir group opened the event with their mellifluous melodies. The students invoked the almighty’s grace through the art of sacred prayer dance. The audience was enraptured by the dancers’ rhythmic feet, tapping in unison to the welcoming tune, as Sr Maria Sarika, the school principal, greeted them with gracious words.
The ensuing cultural events left the audience spellbound, with the students' performances leaving an indelible impression. In honour of the International Year of Millets in 2023, a dance drama portrayed the importance of millets for health benefits. A thematic performance on 'Peace' showcased the beauty of tranquillity in family, nature, and the world at large. The mesmerizing English play, 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare, captivated the audience with its spectacular performances by the students. An awareness performance on 'Say no to Drugs' was a majestic display of students' consciousness about the ongoing threat to life in youngsters. To mark the bicentennial birth anniversary of Mother Veronica, a breath-taking tableau on 'Amrutha Hasta' empowered women through its highlights. The school's achievements and projects were showcased through an annual report, digitally presented to the audience. Each event was a testament to the students' skill, expertise, and timely training by the faculty.
The president of the event, Dr Sr Maria Roopa AC, echoed the sentiment, congratulating the students on their remarkable display of talent. She expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Principal and staff for the intricately planned and flawlessly executed event. She encouraged parents to stand by the school and support their children's interests in sports, academics, and co-curricular activities. Her parting words to the students were a reminder to always keep dreaming and striving for greater heights.
As the sparkling aura of the programme enveloped all in its spell, Dr John Edward D’Silva, the esteemed chief guest, illuminated the gathering with his words of wonder. As an erudite guide in the realm of education, he celebrated the very essence of St Agnes, a luminary of learning that has guided generations of women. His oration was a tribute to the selflessness of the congregation's sisters and their noble contributions to the cause of enlightenment. The wisdom he imparted found resonance with the parents, who embraced his counsel to be a fount of inspiration for their wards. And to the students, he conjured a spellbinding message: to dare to dream of greatness, to strive for success, and to forever gleam with the radiance of their achievements.
Amid a symphony of grandeur, the luminaries of the occasion bestowed well-deserved accolades on the shining students who displayed excellence in academics, attendance, sports, and other activities. Special achievers' awards were presented to recognize their outstanding achievements. The school's leaders, including the head girl and assistant head girl, were also acknowledged for their dynamic contribution in fulfilling their assigned duties.
Additionally, co-curricular trainers in music, art, and sports were honoured for their exceptional training of the students, as well as Prasad Adappa who received recognition for his outstanding guidance in public speaking. The school also extended its heartfelt appreciation to Liston D’Souza and Jeshma D’Souza, esteemed parents who have selflessly served the institution during numerous events, leaving behind a legacy of invaluable contributions. Amidst a gathering of kindred spirits, the luminaries of creativity shone bright. Umesh Karanth, the bard of Kannada tableau, Murulidhar Kamath, the composer weaving melodies with magic and Shifali, the enchantress of music, were bestowed tokens of gratitude and reverence for their invaluable contributions to the institution.
The two celestial athletes of St Agnes School (CBSE) illuminated the arena with their prowess, earning adulation and awe. Krithi of grade II, a prodigious student, soared to great heights in the national roller-skating championship and state-level roller skating competition, emerging with silver and bronze medals in Gurgaon, Haryana. Her unyielding spirit and exceptional skills have earned her numerous accolades in the roller skating championship, marking her as a true champion. Advika, a budding athlete of grade VI, sprinted her way to the III position in the 100 meters race at the CBSE Cluster VIII Athletics Meet 2023-24 in Davanagere, showcasing her immense potential and promising a brilliant future.
Their parents were honoured for nurturing and supporting their children's passions and accomplishments, marking a moment of pride for the entire St Agnes School community. The event was hosted by the enchanting students Riya Anna Mendonca, Nidhi Nirvani, Megan Veigas, and Vilena Florence, who added their own magic to the program. Janet Antony delivered a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event.
As the school choir sang the school anthem, the curtains fell on a day that would be etched in memories for years to come, a testament to the meticulous planning and seamless coordination of the principal and faculty. Refreshments were served to all, marking the end of a truly unforgettable performance by the students, a reflection of the school's commitment to fostering excellence and nurturing dreams.