Good afternoon, honourable chief guest Dr. Prakash Chauhan. We are indeed grateful that you have taken time out from your busy schedule to be with us this evening. We are honoured by your presence today. I can assure you that your presence here this evening is a source of great motivation and encouragement to the entire school. A very good evening to the members of the board, Principals, distinguished guests, parents, staff and students. It is indeed an honour to be surrounded by so many special people. Your goodwill, appreciation, motivation and support has had a great impact in moulding ourselves and in the growth of this institution.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul,
Dream deep, for every dream leads the goal.
With a dream and a vision of an inclusive school, this institution was established in 2008. Today we have 1500 students on our rolls. We go by the motto "Pratyek Anmol", every child is special. This is the true essence of inclusion. Our resource centre which caters to differenty abled students has grown steadily and we have been able to successfully include 10 of its students in the mainstream.
The new block has been completed and the Primary and Junior Sections have been shifted to the new Block. A new Computer lab has also been set up in the Junior Block. The school was declared as a centre for the CBSE Board Examinations March 2019. We were also given an opportuinity by CBSE to host the Capacity Building Programme in Economics where teachers from 32 Schools across Dehradun Region participated.
The school was awarded the Best School in Promoting co-curricular activities by International School Awards Dubai, and it was a great honour for me to receive the award from Dr Attaullah Wahidyar, Advisor to the ministry of education, Afghanistan. Our 3rd Batch of Class XII passed out this year with Flying colours. Shivank Krishali topped the school with 95%, Ashish Singh stood second with 94% and Mohammed Rehan third with 92%. In the Class 10 Board examinations, Sahil Solanki topped the school with 96.4%, Ankit Manwal stood second with 94.6% and Pooja Bahuguna stood third with 94.2%.
Based on the performance of the students of the school, CBSE has designated the school as a Category A School, which is the highest category. It is our goal to make each and every student succeessful. Students are given an opportuinity to be leaders in the school and this year we decided to increase representation in the school council so that more students could get an opportuinity to lead. The new students Council took the Oath of office, with Riddhi Sharma as Head Girl and Sagar Manwal as Head Boy.
Rashi Singh was appointed the captain and Daksh Dabral the junior captain of Arravali house, Priyanshu Negi the captain and Shagun Gusain the junior captain of Nilgiri House. Siddhi Sharma the captain and Anurag Krishali the junior captain of Shiwalik house and Vaishnavi Joshi the Captain and Shailja Chamoli the junior captain of Vindhyachal house.
We offer our students the best possible opportunities to become confident, thoughtful young people, instilling in them values, so that they become responsible citizens and are prepared for any future challenges. We give them an opportuinity to participate in inter school events where they can learn and interact with students of other renowned schools of Dehradun. The students participated in the INTACH Heritage Quiz held at Jaswant Modern School. Very recently our students participated in A Military History seminar hosted by Welham Boys School Dehradun.
In this seminar they discussed and debated with students from leading schools from all over India along with a panel of experts including Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipnis, Lt General K. J. Singh and noted Photographer and Environmentalist Mr Bittu Sehgal. The students also participated in the Model United Nations ( MUN ) held at HimJyoti School Dehradun where they represented different countries and debated on various issues faced by the world. Anuj Singh was awarded a certificate for Deputy Chairperson.
Our school team also participated in the First edition of the Outdoor Leadership School Programme conducted by the Tash Nungshi Foudation, where the students went trekking and also learnt how to plan and coordinate a trek. The School has endeavoured to make a Health Profile of all students of the School. In this regard a health camp was held in the school by the Doctors of Swami Ram Himalyan University. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Dhasmana, Dr. Kakkar and Dr. Deepshikha who facilitated the conduct of this camp.
On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the staff and students of the school participated in the FIT India Plogging Run. As responsible citizens, the students conducted a campaign from Bhaniyawala to the School, raising awareness about cleanliness and stopping use of single use plastic. In order to guide and make the students aware of different career opportunities available to them after class XII, the school regularly conducts Career Workshops for them.
This year also many workshops were conducted. Teachers training is very important in our endeavour to bring out the best in our students. The school provides every opportunity to the teachers to attend capacity Building Programmes conducted by CBSE so that they are updated with all the changes and learn new strategies and can groom the students accordingly.
I feel privileged to lead such an exciting and vibrant school, which offers great opportunities for the students. A number of inter house events are held each year. The Arvind Gupta Memorial Inter House Quiz Competition was won by Shivalik House which was represented by Gargi Negi of Class VII, Sumit Singh Rawat of Class VIII and Parag Manwal of Class IX. The Inter House Hindi Debate for Juniors was won by Supriya Bahuguna of class VI A and the Seniors Hindi Debate was won by Riddhi Sharma of class XI A.
The Inter House English Debate for Juniors was won by Hitesh Bijalwan of class VIII A and for Seniors was won by Anshika Uniyal of class XII A. The Inter House Group Song Competition was won by Nilgiri House. The Inter House Elecution Competition was won by Shiwalik House. In the sporting events, the Inter House Football Trophy was won by Vindhyachal House. The Inter House Volleyball Trophy for Girls was won by Nilgiri House and the Boys trophy was won by Vindhyachal House.
Here at Horizon we strive to strike the right balance between academics and co-curricular activities. Our aim is that each child should get an opportunity to participate in activities of his /her choice. Children are the most valuable resource and the best hope of the future, and it is our responsibility to groom them and prepare them. I take this opportunity to compliment our teachers, who chisel and shape the life of our students and groom them to be responsible citizens.
Today is a memorable and special occasion, that we will remember in the year ahead.Today’s programme is a testimony of the hard work, talent and creativity of our students and staff and I hope you will enjoy and appreciate all the performances. It will give a lot of encouragement to our students. I would like to now hand you over to the compeers of today's programme, Anshika Uniyal and Shruti Sharma.