Celebrating August 14, 2023

The school quadrangle was abuzz with students and teachers sporting green and white clothes, green accessories in their hair and several students waving the Pakistan flag, with a great deal of enthusiasm.
Everyone was there on time and at 8.00am Ms Seema Malik and Ms Vira Sidhwa hoisted the flag while everyone watched in silence and respect. The notes of our captivating national anthem filled the air as our school band and music teachers created magic with their instruments – the school choir and all the children and teachers respectfully sang our Qaumi Tarana with great vigour and energy.
Ms Seema Malik’s speech was short, to the point and inspiring. She urged our children to do their “job” for the country, which is to study, follow their dream and work hard at it. She emphasised the importance of being kind, not bullying anyone, and accepting of each and every one, no matter what their caste, creed or differences – she brought their attention to the white in our flag and reminded them that it symbolises respect and acceptance for our minority communities who are as much Pakistani as the rest of us.
The Independence Day programme included national popular songs, a cultural dance, a guess-the-song by listening to the tune game, a quiz related to questions about Pakistan and an interview of one of our very own senior teachers, Ms Amna Saeed, who answered questions about her experience of meeting important national personalities in her lifetime. The programme, interview, quiz and everything else was led by our students, for our students.
The Programme ended with the poem/dua which all of us have grown up with – Allama Iqbal’s “Lab pay aati hai dua ban key tamanna meri” with its beautiful message of hope and positive intentions. May we all think of freedom not as a right to do what we please, but as an obligation to do what is right!

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