“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.” – Kofi Annan

Noida, October 22, 2021: The United Nations (UN) Day is observed on October 24 each year and marks the official establishment of the United Nations in 1945. The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization whose primary role is to maintain world peace and security.

In line with the aforementioned, the students of classes III - V celebrated ‘United Nations Day’ via Zoom session on October 22, 2021.

The importance of the UN was highlighted through informative talks, thought, and news. The need for the UN was established along with the role that the global organization performs in upholding peace and development across the world.

The students were shown an informative PowerPoint Presentation and videos on the origin and objectives of the UN. They were also sensitized about the need for peace and security in the world.

To educate the students about the importance of peace and security, activities were conducted in Class V whereby they were given a chance to make UNICEF greeting cards with an enlightening message on the importance of peace and the joy of giving.

Principal, Mr. AK Sharma, quoted that, “The United Nations is constantly working to ensure peace, security, and unity among the nations worldwide”. He also elaborated on the role of the UN in Afghanistan’s Conflict and the ways the UN adopted to help resolve the issue by laying the foundation for sustainable peace and development. Principal sir summarized that “United Nations has reiterated its commitment to stay and deliver aid to millions of people in need in Afghanistan.”

Vice-Principal, Mrs. Amrita Hajela, and Primary In-charge, Mrs. Smriti Samuel, reiterated that the celebration of International days is an occasion to educate the students on issues of concern and to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems. We all must celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. They reminded the students that the goals of the UN can never be achieved without the support of the future citizens of the world.

Overall, the students imbibed in them the values of global citizenship and universal brotherhood.

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

Noida, October 18, 2021: In consonance with the above quote Apeejay School, Noida continues its pursuit to celebrate and promote humanity through the various festive celebrations. The students of classes Nursery to V, celebrated Eid-e-Milad on October 18, 2021, during the special morning assembly via the Zoom platform.

The young and gleeful students were dressed up in traditional attire. The students commemorated the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in a joyful way. Special assemblies included informative videos, songs, and talks to emphasise the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Students conveyed the universal message of togetherness, one God, and service to humanity through Role Play and dramatisation.

Students were apprised of the fact that Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is generally celebrated with preparations of a feast and family get together. The major aspect of this festival is doing charity and helping the needy. Hence, families share this feast with the underprivileged and make donations. Apart from this, public gatherings and processions also take place where people give speeches highlighting the life of the Holy Prophet. The festival is also associated with the appearance of the new moon which marks the beginning of the new lunar month.

Students made beautiful wall hangings with moon and star. It was a fun-filled celebration which concluded with one of the greatest lessons - ‘humanity’.

Noida, Oct 12, 2021: Dussehra calls for a celebration to commemorate the victory of the ‘Good over Evil’. It is a festival which the country celebrates with great zeal and enthusiasm. This festival of Vijaydashmi is celebrated at the end of Navratri and is laced with the dance drama and recitals of Ramlila across the country.

Celebrating this festival in the era of social distancing, the students of classes Nursery - V took to the virtual platform - Zoom on October 11, 2021, to enjoy the festival uniquely. The celebrations were conducted offline in the multipurpose hall on October 12, 2021.

Teachers hosted a plethora of events encapsulating the spirit of festivals and the functionality of the Zoom platform.

The celebrations started with a thought, talk, and poem highlighting the significance of Dussehra. Videos were shown to students, reiterating the establishment of ‘Dharma’ and emancipation from the present-day evils. Students enthralled the audience with their dance performances narrating the story of Ravana Vadha and Lord Ram’s victory.

Students sang melodious bhajans and took everyone on a spiritual odyssey through the action song that captured the true festive spirit of Vijaydashmi. They thoroughly enjoyed the festival and to commemorate the entire show, Principal, Mr. AK Sharma acknowledged that there are several lessons to learn from Ramayana as it encompasses different facets of life. He stressed that Ramayana is an educational medium demonstrating important values and aspired that these life-redeeming lessons will enrich our lives and make us self-oriented. He reminded the students that “we must defeat the Ravana within us and try to find solace in virtues of truth and goodness”.

Vice-Principal, Mrs. Amrita Hajela also inspired everyone with words of wisdom whereby she emphasised the importance of celebrating festivals deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of diverse India.

Primary Incharge, Mrs. Smriti Samuel also quoted “ May Truth always wins and good triumph over evil. May Lord always blesses us with wisdom”.

Overall, the celebrations were greatly enjoyed by one and all.

Noida, October 12, 2021: Shabd Sahni (Class XI A) participated in the event ‘We Talk….The TED Talk Way’ on the topic ‘Have we earned our tomorrow’ and secured the third position. There were 12 teams in all from Delhi NCR. The event was judged by Dr. Shabda Bedi and Prof. Rafeeque.

Shabd had a mention for his unique style of delivery. He had very strong competition as he scored 62 points against a 64 for the top slot, and yes, he earned his way to the list of winners.