School days are so wonderful; more so if it is the Annual Prize Day. The Annual Prize Day is one of the most significant days in school. It is a day to make myself proud in front of the gazing eyes of a large audience, friends, parents and relatives. It is also a day to cherish both for being a prize winner and a well wisher for my class mates. At my school the annual prize distribution was a day of honour where our mettle was tested.
This year the Annual Prize Day was held on the 21st March 2013. It was scheduled to be held in the school auditorium. Our school has a large auditorium that can accommodate up to five hundred people. A lot of hard work was put in by my teachers and batch mates in organizing this auspicious event. This year a play named 'The Bishop's Candlesticks' was enacted by the class eleven students followed by a concert by the primary section. Students were then called on stage to be rewarded with some great prizes for excellent academic performance. Someone was also going to be declared the student of the year as well.
I entered the school auditorium with my parents in full school uniform that was starched and well ironed. Fortunately we got seats that were right in front of the dais. The hall was packed with parents, guardians and dignitaries. The stage was decorated beautifully with the backdrop of our school. The occasion kick started with a great welcome speech by our Principal, Mr. Jason. He also welcomed the chief minister of the state who was also the chief guest for the occasion. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp. Then Mr. Popular of the school, Mirchand, got the audience going with the programme announcements.
The play started in a moment. It was really fantastic. We were glued to our seats for a whole one and a half hour. This was followed by the concert by the primary school students, who looked so colourful in their props and costumes. The concert was great and we all applauded them for their marvelous effort. Then the prize distribution ceremony began. It started with prize distribution for the junior classes and then continued with the senior classes. Students who had excelled in academics received certificates and books as prizes. Then suddenly my name was called out. I was thrilled. I got three prizes for excellent grades, general proficiency and co-curricular activities. It was an honour to receive these from the chief minister. I felt so proud and so did my parents. My principal shook hands with me and patted me on the back. My photograph was taken too.
The prize distribution came to an end with the chief minister delivering a very inspiring speech. My English teacher then presented the delegates and dignitaries with beautiful souvenirs. The school anthem was sung with great enthusiasm and fervour. I returned home very happy and excited. This was also one of the most memorable days of my life.
ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION
Annual prize distribution function is the greatest event in a school. The Principal, the staff and the student look forward to this day with great zest and zeal. Like a birthday it comes once a year and prize distribution day is usually often the foundation day of the school.
The annual prize distribution day is the most important and the most significant day in an institution. It is eagerly awaited by the staff and the students, whether they are prize-winners or not.
Quite often I attend the prize distribution of the Guru Harkrishan Public School in Delhi. Its Principal, Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon, is a devoted and dedicated man. Its entire staff is hard working. Its students are highly disciplined and intelligent. They are not only studious but also have wide general knowledge of the world. It is a wonder to watch its students during the prize distribution ceremony. It is a joy to see how they guide the guests to their seats and how they look after their comforts. They boys are naturally trained and not specially rehearsed for the occasion, because even otherwise they behave brilliantly during the school hours and even outside the classes.
The chief guest, who distributes prizes, is a very important man. Once Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon, Lok Sabha Speaker presided over the function. So this was the occasion when the principal and the chef guest had the same name. They are old friends and it was a rare occasion for them to meet together.
In Guru Harkrishan Public School the students and staff arrive two hours before the prize distribution day to look after the arrangements. The guest are expected to be their seats half an hour before the arrival of the chief guest who usually arrives punctually in the nick of time.
There is an introductory speech by the principal, then a speech by the chief guest, and then the prizes are distributed. It is followed by a variety of shows which includes dramas, dances, and colourful shows and other interesting items in both English and Hindi, besides Punjabi. Then there is farewell speech by the President of the Governing Body. It is followed by the tea and snacks for the guests. It is altogether a memorable occasion.
One special feature of the annual prize distribution in Guru Harkrishan Public School is that prizes are also given to those students who attend the school regularly and do not remain absent even for a day throughout the year. This prize is received by the parents rather than students, because parents too are responsible for regular attendance. Quite a large number of parents do get the prizes!