By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 3 Nov: St Jude’s School held a special commemoration of 25 years of existence on the 2 November. It was a day marked with euphoria during which the Silver Jubilee Speech was delivered and Prize Day held, wherein students put in their best in order to put up a spectacular show.
RV Gardner, ex-MLA (Uttarakhand), Founder President, St Jude’s School, and the Principal, St Thomas’ College, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He was accorded a warm welcome with a bouquet of flowers.
The panel of dignitaries consisted of VR Gardner, Principal, St Jude’s School, GIG Mann, MLA (Uttarakhand), S Mann, Principal, Carman School, Dalanwala, Mr D’Monte, Principal, Shri Ram Centennial School, D Hilton, Principal, Hilton’s School, S D’Costa, Principal, Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi, Col AK Pundir, Principal, Constancia School, and other guests.
The consolidated report of the School was presented by Principal VR Gardner. Students were awarded for their academic excellence and for winning laurels at various State and National level competitions and co-curricular activities. The most coveted titles, The Pride of St Jude’s School (Girl) and The Pride of St Jude’s School (Boy) were conferred upon Aarushi Prabhakar and Sanmeet Singh, respectively.
The following students were acknowledged for their excellence: Scholar of ICSE – Nikita Aggarwal; Scholar of ISC – Ritik Taneja; Principal’s Cup – Utsav Gulati; Archit Kohli Memorial Shield (Best All Round Student in Primary Section) – Kartik Purohit; Lawrence Cup (Best All Round Student III to V) – Prakshal Jain; Gardner’s Cup (Best All Round Girl Student VI to VIII) – Gauranshi Gupta; Howard Shield (Best All Round Boy Student VI to VIII) – Jai Chaudhary; Wright Cup (Best All Round Boy Student IX to XII) – Sameet Singh; Michelle’s Cup for Excellence (Best All Round Girl Student) Ishita Aggarwal.
The Chief Guest spoke about the achievements of the School since its inception He also revealed why it was called St Jude’s School.
The cultural extravaganza kicked off with an audio-visual presentation highlighting the team work that the staff and students put in during the preparations for this special day. Memories, a documentary, was screened on the last 25 years.
The audience enjoyed witnessing a variety of plays. The students of Junior School put up ‘Cinderella’. The play was directed by Richa Verma, A Nagarkoti, S Oberoi, Suchi Arora and R Ahluwalia. The costumes and props were designed by A Chaudhary, G Kohli, M Arya, J Shepherd and M Bhardwaj. The dance was choreographed by W Lakra and the play was recorded by Rajeev Massey.
The anchors for the evening, Neal Gardner, Lavanya Mishra, Aduvet Raizada, Ananya Kandwal, Justin Gardner and Manvi kept the audience well entertained. The School Choir sang popular English and Hindi songs, which included John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, ‘Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nissar…’ and ‘Madhuban Khushboo Deta Hai…’
The students of Middle and Senior School presented the musical, Mughal-e-Azam, prepared over two years. The combination of music and dance created an atmosphere of joy, peace and celebration. The one hour performance left the audience mesmerised. The musical was written by Iniz Manuel. The music was put together by Santosh Thapa. The costumes, sets and props were designed by Seema Singh and Reema Saklani. The dances were choreographed by Shama Kukreja. The Computer Graphics were created by Tripta Pant. The dialogue delivery, acting and direction of the play was conducted by Michelle Gardner and the play was recorded by Rajeev Massey.