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Graduation Day
 
Speech by Reijul Sachdev on Graduation Day, 4th February 2012
 
 
I am honoured to stand before you and express my sentiments on behalf of all my peers who have joined the NPS family in the 11th grade.

When I was young, my mother used to tell me about NPS. As I prepared for my tests, she would egg me on my reminding me that no matter how hard I tried, the children at NPS tried harder. Consequently, I used to believe in NPS the way people believe in the afterlife – if you were very good you got to go there. After a few years, I began to hear exaggerated rumours about how strict the teachers there were and how tough life there could be. As a result, second thoughts about joining the school began to assail me. However, in hindsight I realize that coming to NPS Koramangala has been one of the wisest decisions I have ever made.

I joined this school only in 11th grade without actually knowing much about the children or teachers here. Although I’ve changed schools several times in the past, I still find it quite a troubling experience. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m one of those people who like things to trudge along as they always have without much change. However, my old school didn’t have grades 11 and 12. As a result I was forced to shift schools. NPS seemed like a good choice. Its reputation for academic excellence preceded it. It was supposed to be a wonderful environment for those who liked learning. Besides, I consoled myself , even If I didn’t like it here, it was just a matter of 2 short years.

Looking back, I now realise that instead of thanking my stars that my time here is over, I regret not having come here earlier. It’s been an enriching 2 years to say the least. So what exactly has NPS given me, you may well ask.

In the words of our ex-School Prefect, Rohit Bansal, it inculcates a certain work ethic in us all. It teaches us how to work hard, whether it’s for an exam, a fest or even for a class discussion.

Besides, NPS offers opportunities. Instead of being restrictive and strait-jacketed, it offers students a choice to do more in academics, co-curricular and sports.

But most of all, school has given me a better knowledge of myself. It has helped me recognize new facets of myself that I never knew existed and this is what has really made my time here so exceptional.

Alas, all good must come to an end. People say that endings are sad events. People lie. Standing here today with all the care and affection showered on us by our teachers and parents, I know that I can safely say on behalf of all the students (old and new) that the lessons learnt during our time here will help us steer a course through the troubled waters of life. Personally and on behalf of my peers, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our Chairman Dr.K.P.Gopalkrishna, Director & Senior Principal Dr.Bindu Hari for creating the NPS family. I also take this opportunity to thank our, Principal, Ms.Lakshmi Rao and Vice Principal, Mrs.Sudha Balan for their firm but loving guidance and constant encouragement in everything that we did. I would also like to thank all of our teachers for helping us new students to fit in. I know we can be annoying at times, but all of us try really hard to live up to your expectations.

I’d like to conclude with a few words by one of my favourite authors, Richard Bach – “Meeting again is a certainty for true friends, whether after moments, or after lifetimes”.

 
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