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Ever since the emergence of mankind, numerous cultures have been produced, but preserving them with peace and harmony has been the real challenge. Someone has rightly stated, ‘Living in peace has transformative power!’ The quote was very well justified by the students of grade VII of St. Xavier’s High School, Gurugram,who presented an awe inspiring street play on the topic ‘Live in Peace and Harmony in spite of cultural diversities.’The street play had put forward many questions, few answers and most importantly a message that left a deep impact on each and every person’s mind who was watching it.

Peace and harmony is long lasting value and a high wisdom. A world deprived of peace and harmony unquestionably will fall apart and return to the jungle era in which the strong prey on the feeble.

The message conveyed to the crowd watching it was made crystal clear by the slogans like ‘To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation and one flag!’ which were spoken repeatedly on the top of the student’s voice.

The play highlighted the evils of the mind-set of our society. Beats of dholki, dhapli, loud throats, jingles and commitment stunned the audience.

AbhijitNaskar stated that, “Humanity without humanity is no humanity, it's only a mockery of humanity.”  Hence, we all should learn, get together to celebrate the cultural differences and put forward the best efforts in order to make a nation where living in peace and harmony is preached as undoubtedly peace requires the cooperation of everyone. Unpeace only takes one!

    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ? Plato

    “Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King…” with these notes, on the 15th of December, St. Xavier’s High School, Gurugram hosted its Second Inter School Carol Singing Competition ‘EMMANUEL: A Musical Consonance!’

    Christmas is such a joyous time of year which brings abundance of warmth and faith. The saga of theInter School Carol Singing Competition was held in the school with a lot of colour and vigour. The merriment of Christmas was celebrated with heartiness and fervour by the zealous participation of a number of schools from Delhi and NCR.

    The event was graced by the esteem presence of Dr.AmanBathla, world’s fastest piano artist, Awardee with Dr.RajendraPasad Award, Mr. N. M. Bhatia and Mr.Sagar, eighth degree holder from Trinity College of London. The event also witnessed the charisma of the Director of St. Xavier’s group of schools, distinguished school Principal, Headmistresses and many teachers and students from revered schools across Delhi/NCR.

    The programme commenced with the cake cutting ceremony followed by the school song. The enthusiastic performances of all the schools left the audience mesmerized. The melodious treat was indeed a splendid way to ring in the season’s serenity and each performance came to a closure by the resounding claps of the spectators.

    All the participants performed exceptionally well but in category A (Grade V – VII) the winners were DAV Public School, Sec - 49, Sherwood Convent School, Gurugram and Lions Public School, Gurgaon. They bagged the first, second and third positions respectively. In category B (Grade VIII-X) the first position was bagged by Sherwood Convent School, Gurgaon, the second position was won by DAV Public School, Sec - 49, and the third position was won by ManavRachna International School, Sec - 14, The soulful performance of the talented music facilitator of St. Xavier’s Ms. Rhema left the audience gaping.

    The entire programme concluded by the impeccable presentation showcased by the dancers of St. Xavier’s who had truly set the stage on fire with their tapping footsteps and synchronisation.The Chief Guest, Dr.Aman Bathla, stated that he felt highly honoured and elated to have witnessed the children singing so well. He lauded the vision and the effortput in by the students and their facilitators for presenting such a fabulous show. At long last, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ was the only chant which was on everybody’s lips.  The event once again proved that music is life. It is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy!

      “Understand your worth. Value your life. Appreciate your blessings”

      Life is a beautiful gift of God and one should learn to value it. For every human life is roller coaster ride, the ups and downs in one’s life give them lessons for life. People end up complaining about the things they never got in life, whereas there are others who despite having resources are unable to make the best of it. On occasion of World’s AIDS Day the students of St Xavier’s High school decided to take an initiative and talk about the taboo topic of AIDS and break the barrier of primitive thinking. The students aimed to bring awareness about the deadliest disease to which no cure has been diagnosed. The only cure to the disease is the prevention against it. The assembly began by seeking Lord’s blessingsfollowed by the news updates. The students also talked about the causes, prevention and cure to the disease. The assembly also had a synchronised choir which sang harmonious prayer song to bring hope and aspiration to the people struggling with this painful deadly disease.Two students also recited self-composed poems creating the aura of good spirit and motivation to beat the stress of disease. The nimble feet of the dance troopshowed a very soulful performance showcasing the plight of the people struggling through the trauma of AIDS. The audience was spellbound to see the contemporary dance form and could relate to the performer. The theme of the dance focussed on the fact that life is too ironic, it takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.

      The school principal Mr.Stanley Anthony also addressed the assembly and talked about spreading the awareness about the disease.

      The assembly concluded with the National Anthem leaving everyone inspired to build an acceptance towards the dealing with disease and helping them have a comfortable normal life routine.

      The value of life is not based on how long we live but how much we contribute to others in our society” 

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