ESPOIR: A Legacy of Excellence

ESPOIR: A Legacy of Excellence unveiled at Shantiniketan Indian School’s 24th Annual Day

The 24th Annual Day Celebration of Shantiniketan Indian School was a spectacular event that brought together students, parents, faculty, and distinguished guests to commemorate a year of academic accomplishments, artistic achievements, and community spirit. It was held on the 23rd of November 2023 on the school premises. The celebration showcased the diverse talents of our students and highlighted the school’s commitment towards fostering holistic development.
A warm welcome awaited our guests at the entrance, setting the tone for the evening. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of the Chief Guest, Mr. Sachin Dinkar Shankpal, First Secretary, Embassy of India, Doha Qatar, and the Guest of Honour Mr. Adel Al Bathrawi, Member of the governing body of Shantiniketan Indian School. The Scout & Guides and volunteers ensured that everyone felt valued and appreciated from the moment they arrived and led them to their designated places. The evening commenced with a soulful prayer followed by the national anthems, a beautiful song and an invocation dance performed by the little buds of SIS.
The welcome speech was delivered by the Assistant Cultural Secretary, Master Abhishek Bijjargi. The President of Shantiniketan Indian School, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts that have propelled the school toward success. Principal, Mr. Rafeeq Rahim took the stage to present the much-anticipated Annual Report. With a sense of pride and accomplishment, he highlighted the academic achievements of the school which included impressive examination results, notable accomplishments in extracurricular activities, and the various academic accolades earned by the students.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Sachin Dinkar Shankpal emphasized the significance of the Annual Day, emphasizing its importance in recognizing achievements and fostering a sense of pride and unity among students, teachers, and parents. The Guest of honour, Mr. Adel Al Bathrawi expressed his joy in being part of the school day celebration and extended his heartfelt congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents for their outstanding academic accomplishments. The Distinguished Guest, Dr. Subhash B Nair’s words were filled with insightful perspectives and valuable contributions, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.

Following the eloquent speeches and formal introductions that marked the commencement of our Annual School Event, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation as the highly anticipated Award Ceremony unfolded. Distinguished guests, including the Chief Guests, Guests of Honour, the President, the Managing Director, Members of the SIS Management committee, leaders of the centres of the Indian community and its Apex bodies, the school leaders, the Chief Convenor of SIS-APT and special invitees graced the stage to present awards and accolades to deserving individuals who have showcased exceptional talent and dedication. Miss Ayisha Siddiqa, Head Girl, delivered a heartfelt and gracious vote of gratitude.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, signalling the transition from formalities to festivities, a breath-taking musical treat awaited our guests. The stage was set for a beautiful canvas of different cultures, celebrating the rich diversity and unity within our school community. The anticipation in the air was met with an outstanding musical treat for our esteemed guests. From soulful melodies to foot-tapping beats, the musical performances transcended genres, leaving the audience captivated and immersed in a world of harmonious sounds. The talented musicians and vocalists showcased their skills, creating an atmosphere that resonated with joy and appreciation. The cultural extravaganza concluded, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those in attendance, symbolizing the richness that comes from embracing and celebrating our differences.

With genuine warmth and appreciation, the Vice Principal of SIS, Dr. Salil Hassan extended his gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event. He acknowledged the hard work of the organizing committee, the dedication of the students, the support of the faculty, and the presence of the esteemed guests. He also emphasized the collaborative spirit that made the event possible and expressed gratitude for the collective effort that went into creating such a memorable occasion.

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