9TH APRIL, 2015, MOHALI: Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, today celebrated its 36th Founders Day with great splendour and enthusiasm. The entire school was illuminated with lights that added to the ambience and mood of the celebrations.
The Celebrations started with the Academic Procession. This was followed by Mr R P Devgan, Headmaster, Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, presenting the Academic, Sports, Co-curricular and Community Centre reports of the school.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Devgan stressed on the need to inculcate amongst our children the habit to maintain ‘mental hygiene’ and ‘emotional hygiene’ along with physical hygiene. He opined that it is the responsibility of every parent and teacher to ensure the mental and emotional health of the children.
Mr. Devgan reiterated that the mind needs to be at peace with itself for anyone to succeed and for that it is a must that we begin by nurturing the heart and the soul and follow it by nurturing the mind then the race of marks will take care of itself.
The Chief Guest at the occasion was Mr. Tom Alter. Mr. Alter started his career as a teacher and cricket coach in a school in Jagadhri (Haryana). But his passion for the film world led him to join in 1972 the Film and Television Institute of India.
He went on to not only excel in Bollywood but also as a Theatre artist. In 1977 he along with Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani formed a theatre group called Motley Productions.
In pursuing his dream as an actor, Tom did not give up his ardent devotion towards sports. He is an enthusiastic sports journalist with a special interest in cricket. Sachin Tendulkar’s first ever television interview was with Mr. Alter when a 15 year old Sachin faced a video camera for the first time ever.
Mr. Alter has run the half-marathon at the Dehradun District sports from 1970 to 1978.
The Government of India acknowledged his work and achievements and honoured him with the prestigious Padam Shree in the year 2008.
In his address to the gathering, Tom Alter, in order to motivate children, spoke extensively on the importance of following ones passion with ardent fervour and zeal. Discipline and hard work are the two pillars of success in an individual’s life and the uniform instils these two qualities.
Excellence in Academics Awards to students scoring above 90 per cent and All-Round Students Trophies were also given away by the Chief Guest. Sports Colours were given to the students excelling in different sports. Sports Trophies were awarded to the Houses that had competed and excelled in the Inter-School Athletic Meet.
A variety entertainment music and dance programme titled ‘Melody’ was presented by the students. Children participating in the Indian Music Orchestra performed with instruments like harmonium, banjo, taanpura, tabla and the xylophone. An equally reverberating Western Music Orchestra was presented by the talented students of the school.
An Indian and Western Dance Medley comprising of Kathak, Bhangra, Tera Tali, Russian folk dances, Spanish and Italian performances. A mime show presented by the Junior School children had the audience entranced.