Independence Day was celebrated with much nationalistic fervor in GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj on Friday, August 11, 2017. The special assembly commenced with the morning prayer by Mr Sanjay Yadav, Principal, GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, followed by a talk by Ms Rachna Gupta. The mainstay of the function was a melodious medley of patriotic songs and dances by children. After unfurling the flag, the Principal addressed the school with his words of wisdom emphasizing the unenviable role children can perform in nation building. With colourful balloons in the sky, the walls of the school echoed with “Jai Hind” by all the children of the school.
On the second day of Ninth Gayatri Devi Goenkan Memorial Cultural Festival, “Goenkan Grandeur” 2017, two events were held: Inter-School English Elocution Contest and Inter-School Western Dance Competition.
The day began with the registration of the participants followed by delicious breakfast at the cafeteria. All the participants, thereafter, assembled in the auditorium. The Master of Ceremony, Ms Meeru Pande, welcomed the guests. The Principal, Mr Sanjay Yadav, gave his blessings to the participants.
English Literary Event (Inter-School English Elocution Contest)
The Vice Principal, Ms Swadesh Kumar drew the lots and encouraged the children to give their best. The judges, the renowned academician, Ms Shrawasti Ganguli and the popular TV host, Mr Mayank Batheja were introduced to the audience. Twenty six participants from thirteen schools created magic with their words through extremely interesting pieces and highly impressive elocution. They were judged on (a) Choice of Piece (b) Confidence (c) Memory (d) Diction (e) Presentation. The team of G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj won the third prize. G.D.Goenka Public School, Greater Noida, was the runner-up team and the team of Amity International School emerged as the winner. The Principal congratulated the English Department and the HOD, Ms Rohina Shah for the successful concept.
Inter-School Western Dance Competition
Ten teams mesmerized the spectators through their scintillating performances. The judges, the famous names in the circle of dance professionals, Mr Anubhav Sharma and Mr Dilip Raikwar, judged the incredibly beautiful dances on the basis of Creativity, Choice of Music, Choreography and Costumes. Result was declared and prizes distributed. Teams of Amity International School and G.D.Goenka World School jointly took the third place. G.D.Goenka Public School, Sector48, Gurgaon was the runner-up team. The efforts of the Dance Director, Ms Vidushi, bore fruit when G.D.Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj was declared the best team. The highly competitive dance extravaganza ended with a lip smacking lunch at the cafeteria.
Tirelessly working behind the scene, the Activity Incharge, Ms Anisha, ensured flawless conduct of the event.
An enthusiastic and sentimental class eleven played the perfect host to the Farewell Party for class twelve. Energetic, graceful and foot-tapping dance performances enthralled the beautifully attired audience. The compares, Dikshita Khullar and Kartika Ahuja and later Vatsal Shorewala, Aryan Kanoi and Tanya Bansal entertained the gathering with their witty repartee. Soon the focus shifted to the main event: The Personality Contest. Intelligent, beautiful, stylish and suave! Each nominee gave the judges plenty to think over. Interspersed with music, dance and scintillating stage shows, the farewell party culminated with the announcement of prizes for the winners of the Batch of 2017:
Mr. Goenkan – Manav Maini
Miss Goenkan – Mahi S. Kumar
Mr Talented – Ved Rajgarhia
Miss Talented – Sara Bahl
Mr Popular – Sagar Rathi
Miss Popular – Vrinda
Style Icons – Shivangani Anand and Aman Kumar
Faces of the Year- Rohan Vasdev and Annika Bhargava
Gentleman of the Year –Dhruv Swaroop
Lady of the Year – Usmehar Madan