Mangalore: The 66 Independence Day was celebrated in a grand manner at St Theresa’s School, Bendur on 15 August, 2012. It is a time to pay our respects to our pioneering forefathers for their strength of spirit, their unfailing courage and their indomitable commitment to their vision – a vision that culminated in ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ being born. As we celebrate Independence Day, let us take time to quietly acknowledge the vision of a dynamic nation united in freedom and independence.
The school band welcomed the chief guest of the function, a proficient pediatrician, Dr Santhosh Soans, Vice president of the PTA, Claudette Fernandes and Sr Premitha, the dynamic Principal of the school, with guard of honour. The National Flag was hoisted by the chief guest, followed by the national anthem.
The cultural programme commenced with a prayer. Sr Premitha, the Principal of the school welcomed the august gathering. Rhea Cutinha, a student of class VIII, spoke out the minds of the youth today, the next generation that will lead India tomorrow. A dance was performed by the students of class 2; they all had one grievance and that was to eradicate corruption. To celebrate Prateeka’s life lived – her mother Devi Prabha, a lecturer in St. Agnes College started Prateeka Alva Scholarship for the students of Std 10, who work hard to excel. For the year 2012-2013 the scholarship was awarded to the following students: Vishesh Goel, Michael Pais, Trishank Fernandes, Ruth Pritika, Rachael Mendonca and Aishwarya Rai.
Dr Santhosh Soans, in his inspiring speech said, "Students of today are the visionaries and torch bearers of tomorrow. When we develop personality skill and mind, we develop responsible human beings with leadership qualities." Sr Anita, Vice Principal, delivered the vote of thanks. Trishank Fernandes and Shreya Sharma compered the programme.