School News August 2019


Investiture Ceremony​

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.-Warren Bennis

To inculcate the leadership qualities in the students and to give them a feel of functioning of the administrative body, a school prefectorial board was formed after scrutinous interviewing and selection. The Investiture Ceremony of Gopal Sharma Memorial School for the academic session 2019-2020 was held with great pomp and dignity in a special ceremony in the school auditorium. The event was presided over by the Chief Guest Dr. Smita Orke, a renowned Gynaecologist and the school Principal Ms. Gool Ghadiali and Vice Principal Ms. Sudha Sharan. It was conducted with the high degree of earnestness and passion.

The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The lamp signified to everyone who was present how to rise upwards and dispel darkness. It was followed by the hymn ‘Showers of Blessings’ and the school song by the school Choir.

Master Aarav  Rajgor and Miss Soumya Singh were bestowed as the Head Boy and Head Girl respectively. The house captains, the sports captain and the prefects were the other members of the school council. The elected Leaders’ were conferred with badges and sashes by Honourable Chief Guest, our Principal and our Vice Principal. The students’ council took the pledge to hold the school motto of Loyalty, Truth and Honour in high esteem. Dr Okre congratulated them and advised them to be impartial and honest in discharging their duties. She reminded them that with position comes responsibility towards themselves, their school and peers and struggles to help one to achieve heights.

The Principal Ms. Gool Ghadiali also appreciated and congratulated them. She advised them to be role models and extended a supporting hand to the students’ council for the smooth running of the school.

The Academic toppers  of each class of 2018-2019 were also awarded during the ceremony. The function concluded with the National Anthem.

- Rashmi Dabholkar
English Teacher GSMS​




Daisy Mavni scores 92% in SSC​

Daisy Mavni of Gopal Sharma Memorial School scored the highest among girls in the recently announced results. My Powai congratulates Daisy and wishes her all the very best for the future


Our world is going to need a new generation of free thinkers,
problem solvers and inventors....

On 1 July 2019,Podar International, Cambridge, Powai, organised an event ‘STEM’ for their students. Students from Grade 1 to 10 participated with zeal and exhibited their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Students incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, thus applying STEM in their projects while presenting them. The models that the students presented touched on various topics such as ‘Efficient Sewage management’ to ‘Designer Babies’.

While the Secondary Students exhibited higher order thinking, problem solving, critical and analytical skills, the Primary students displayed their own hypothesis based on their observations made during experiments.

“We initiated STEM this year for learners to evolve as innovators. This generation and the forth coming ones are a part of Information and Technology and hence they need to be prepared for upcoming technological innovations. Learners need to enhance their problem solving skills simultaneously learn to work in teams, collaborate and communicate”, commented Ms Suchita Malakar,Principal, Podar International, Cambridge, Powai. 


Teachers and students of Powai
receive awards for Vocational Excellence​

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
President 2019-20