Happy New Year my dear children! I am sure more than any other year, we hope that 2021 will be a better year for all of us. But if you look back 2020 did have its sparkling moments which motivated us to be a better version of ourselves. I am proud that all my students understood the need to be compassionate towards others and responsible towards their planet. This was reflected in the New Year Pledge they took this year to make the earth a better place to live in.
Do not get discouraged, dear children if you meet failure. Always remember when one door closes and another opens, it can bring a lot of promise along. Sure, you might be nervous about whatever is to come, but it’s time to take stock of what you’re leaving behind and then look ahead. Take a moment to be grateful for all that you have and think about all the things you have experienced. Tally the lessons learned and think about how you can apply them to the new and exciting things to come.
A new opportunity means a fresh start and all the wonderful possibilities new beginnings bring. I am reminded of a poem I once read –
This is the beginning.
Almost anything can happen.
This is where you find
the creation of light, a fish wriggling onto land,
the first word of Paradise Lost on an empty page.
Think of an egg, the letter A,
a woman ironing on a bare stage
as the heavy curtain rises.
This is the very beginning.
—Billy Collins (from Aristotle)
A new day, a new year, a new class, a new life, a new start—they all come to us without permission, in the best and worst way. They barge in our front doors with the beautiful promise of second chances and new potential and unexpected opportunity. So, be brave, dear children. Embrace the unknown, explore through the endless possibilities.
This year began with some very good news as three of our students, Adhyayan, Saanvi and Rohit secured the first position in a model making competition organised by B.I.T. Sindri. Do read about their journey to success.
A school is a reflection of its students. So, with overwhelming pride I introduce to you the batch of 1988. They realised the importance of ‘paying it forward’. Please do read about their remarkable initiative called ‘Padhhna Jaroori Hai’ – A need-based scholarship program.
So, I leave you with a mantra that will always help to try something new without any fear.
-START WHERE YOU ARE.
– USE WHAT YOU HAVE.
– DO WHAT YOU CAN.
With a prayer in my heart I hope the next 12 months make up a year of intention, restoration, and joy for all of us.
Gulmohur High School