Hiranandani Gardens, Powai on July 8, 2019, was abuzz with excitement at around 3.30 pm. Braving the torrential rains groups of students, parents and teachers and many ladies in pink and gentlemen in grey were trouping in charming clothes to The Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony at Hiranandani Foundation’s International School. The event was organized by Rotary Club of Bombay Powai. Come July, Powaiites look forward to this event.
Teachers nominated as the best in the year 2019 and two toppers from tenth and twelfth standards from different boards received awards. 18 teachers, 20 toppers in 12th Standard and 35 toppers in X Standard received personalised trophies and certificates. Hiranandani Foundation School, Hiranandani Foundation’s International School, RN Podar School, Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT and Bhandup, Bunt Sangha’s SM Shetty High School and Junior College, SM Shetty International School, Powai English High School, Podar International School, Bombay Scottish High School, Pawar Public School, Gopal Sharma High School and International School participated in the event.
The Chief Guest for the event Chairperson of Innerwheel, Dr Devanghi Vakharia, in her moving address, shared live examples of circumstances of dilemma and duress students and parents face, from her rich experiences as a Counsellor and Psychologist. She exhorted everyone to remember that END means Effort Never Dies and NO means New Opportunity when they face challenges in future.
Special Guest Rotary District Vocational Counsellor Rtn Vinod Thakkar in his crisp and candid address shared moments in his personal life when expectations of academic achievements were source of stress and congratulated the students for breezing through the ring of fire and landing on success podium. He stressed the ‘looking’ good and ‘doing’ good are not as important as ‘being’ good.
Guest of Honour Principal Kalyani Patnaik spoke about the three Ps that one should pay attention to - Play, Passion and Purpose - to reach the Pinnacle in any aspect of life. She spoke about the importance of Emotional Intelligence and multiple intelligences that we need to become aware of in order to be a wholesome person.
The President of the club Rotarian Girija Deshpande, in her welcome address clarified that Academic Excellence Awards is not a celebration of the numbers achieved but a celebration of the qualities of head and heart that enables a person to achieve that. The attitude of perseverance, focus, consistency, team work, faith in the direction of parents and teachers - these have made their success possible, and these are the cornerstones of a happy life.
Prior to the arrival of the Chief Guest several students, teachers and parents shared their journey through the crucial phase.
Rotarians Dr Dayasagar, Hanuman Tripathi, and Sanjay Shah gave interesting introductions to the Chief Guest, Special Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Rotarians Pankaj Shah, Aabhha Sharma and Davina Bali announced the names of winners. Immediate Past President Hanuman Tripathi presented the Miracle Makers Citation to Principal Kalyani Patnaik for her reliable support to Rotary Club of Bombay Powai.
Rotarian Kalpana Jaishankar played the role of anchor to the hilt. President Elect Lata Vanamali proposed Vote of Thanks.
The 68 guests - parents and spouses who accompanied the awardees and the students profusely appreciated the professional conduct of the event. One month of consistent coordinated efforts of several Rotarians made this event memorable for one and all.
Rtn Girija Deshpande