It was two days of rollicking fun and celebrations at
the Annual Concert and Prize Distribution ceremony of APS Ballygunge held on
18TH and 19TH of December 2015.
On day one the chief guest Major General Ashok Kumar AVSM ,Chief of Staff, Bengal Area, inaugurated the programme with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Decked in bright red formal wears the student choir welcomed the dignitaries with their rendering of a melodious classical song based on Raag Bhupali. The opening song was met with a huge applause,. Then it was the turn of the juniors to entertain the audience with their histrionic skills. Their powerful and vibrantly colourful enactment of the skit 'Alice with Snow White' left the crowd mesmerised.
This was followed by a captivating performance of the school's Western Band that played popular numbers like Hava Nagila , an Irish folk song and Green Day's Holiday.
Next came the turn of seniors . A jubilant fusion of various dance forms and period costumes dominated the stage as they gracefully swayed to the popular tunes ; Ke Sera Sera being one of them. In a play featuring Peter Pan the musical medley spread the message of humanity hope &love that prevails amidst all the unrest, corruption and cruelty in the mortal world.
The programme came to an end with a solemn candle walk by the middle school children in harmony with the tune of 'We are the World' being played in the background, thus spreading the message of the young generation bearing the torch of universal, peace, tolerance and brotherhood.
Principal Dr Suchitra Bhattacharya beamed with pride while giving an overview of the year's achievements . "Since the time the school was established, we have crossed a number of milestones and our present Chairman has been a great pillar of support. The past year has been an eventful one and I am proud of all the students who have fared so well in the board exams, keeping the banner held high not only in academics but also in co-curricular activities."
She also conveyed her thanks to the teaching faculty who have tirelessly strived so that the children can put up their best performance. She was equally grateful to the parents for being supportive . The Student of the Year award went to Vasudev Sharma of Class XII.
The Chief Guest on Day 2 was Lt. General Rajeev Tiwari, GOC Bengal Area, and patron of the school. His message to the children was - " chase your dreams and be a responsible citizen. ".
The Annual Day 2013 of Army Public School Kolkata was celebrated on 19 and
20 December 2013 with much pomp and fervor and like every year, it turned
out to be a captivating event.
The main celebrations began on 20 December with the warm welcoming of the Chief Guest, the Patron of the school, Lt. Gen. A K Chowdhary, AVSM**, SM, VSM, GOC, Bengal Area with a beautiful song and dance recital. The Principal then presented the Annual School Report to recognize the performance of the students of the current academic session.
The cultural programme started with an enthusiastically put-together musical based on Oscar Wilde's 'The Selfish Giant'. Refreshing and entertaining, it was thoroughly relished by the audience. The academic and co-curricular achievers were then felicitated in an inspiring prize distribution ceremony. To add more glitter to the gala evening, the students of the school, resplendently-attired, sang a delightful Hindustani Classical song 'Suhavan lage aaj savera' and the smartly turned-out school band then performed a couple of songs concerning topical environmental issues. To highlight such issues further, a thought-provoking skit 'What on Earth is the Matter!' was presented by the students. The grand finale was a meticulously choreographed, splendid ballet entitled 'Return to Innocence' which aptly explored one of the most relevant conundrums of modern existence: the conflict between the elements of Nature and Technology.
The programme came to an end with the Vote of Thanks by the senior head boy and everyone went home feeling happy and contented and with the very best of wishes for the school in their hearts.
- Vidisha Kaushik/XI Science