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Celebrating ‘Creating Generations of Peacemakers’ at Darshan Academy, Pune

(October 18, 2017)

The green grounds of Darshan Academy Pune had been beautifully decorated in preparation of the cultural program ‘Creating Generations of Peacemakers’ on 2 October, 2017. A large gathering of parents, international guests and well-wishers assembled for the program, which began with the arrival of guests to the beats of Maharashtran drums. Head boy, head girl and the members of the school management welcomed chief guests, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj and Mata Ji with bouquets of flowers followed by a welcome song. The principal of the school delivered an annual report highlighting the unique educational philosophy and events of the school year. The school started in 2011 and is now affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education. It runs classes up to grade nine with an aim to expand in the future. She talked about the many awards won by the students including one mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for skating accomplishments. She also highlighted the selfless service projects undertaken by students, such as visiting a senior citizen home, emphasizing the valuable lessons of sharing and caring learnt by the students. Following the annual report, the audience was entertained by song and dance performances by the students with classical, semi classical and contemporary movements. A student of grade four spoke about his school routine and how he is learning peace through mediation as part of his spiritual curriculum.

Then Maharaj Ji, in his inspiring keynote address, expressed his great joy at being back in Pune and seeing the wonderful growth of the school and talent of the children. He talked about the research done on how meditation helps us in many areas and the benefits of starting the day with meditation, emphasizing, that “well begun is half done.” He shared the aim of Darshan Academy, which is to provide children a platform to excel in all spheres of life. Maharaj Ji then explained how spiritual education helps students to be able to understand the reality of our existence and to lead loving and harmonious lives. His guidance and inspiring words gave a luminous clarity to the vision of Darshan Academy.

October 2 also happens to be the International Day of Nonviolence and the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who was an apostle of peace. Gandhi Ji said that if we want to reach real peace in the world, we should start with educating the children. Maharaj Ji echoed the same when he said that each student who learns how to be peaceful, adds one more person who brings peace into this world. It was a great joy for all present that he could grace the program at Darshan Academy, Pune as the chief guest.

The memorable program ended with the Darshan Academy Award Ceremony which recognized students who excelled in the category of sports. Maharaj Ji and Mata Ji gave away the prizes that included sports kits. The event left the audience with the inspiring message that Darshan Academy Pune is helping create the next generation of peacemakers who will disseminate the message of peace, unity and harmony in the world.




September Photo Gallery

(October 9, 2017)

Here are some colourful highlights of September in our Photo Gallery.


International Day of Peace

Darshan Academy, Hisar

(October 9, 2017)

International Day of Peace, held on September 21st, is declared by the United Nation General Assembly as a day for people and nations around the world to observe, commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace among all nations. Darshan Academy began the day with a special assembly which began with prayer. Next a pledge for peace was chanted by the entire school. Then a beautiful presentation on Peace, using colorful charts and posters, was presented by class VIII students. Ms. Shashi Sumra delivered a speech “Peace Begins with a Smile”. Ms. Rakhi Taneja spoke on the “Principle of International Peace and Non-Violence.” All Darshanities


Love and Service Week, Hisar

“Only through love can we obtain communion with God.”

(October 9, 2017)

Darshan Academy Hisar celebrated Darshan and Rajinder Love and Service Week from 14th to 20th September, 2017 in honor of the birthdays of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. The school campus seemed to vibrate with the various activities celebrating the message of Love and Service. Students presented biographies of the lives and teachings of the saints. A spiritual poem was recited by Ridhi and Anjali of class VI. A presentation on the topic of the “Introspection Diary” was given and how it helps us to achieve more consciousness. Several activities continued throughout the week reflecting on the spiritual values of love and service. Students of class VI gave a wonderful presentation on the topic “Respect for All” using colorful flash cards and balloons. They also performed a skit on the importance of “Love, Peace and Hope.” Poems by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj were presented by students of primary classes.

DA teachers and students visited a slum area with the Roti Bank initiative - to serve humanity is to serve God - and distributed food packets. Students from class IX and XI visited a senior citizen home to spend time with the elderly and distributed fruits and sweets.

Principal Jessica R. Kamble congratulated all the students and teachers for their selfless service projects to help others, following the examples of the great Masters, and for being ambassadors of peace.




DA Delhi Staff receive Awards for Educational Excellence

(October 6, 2017)

Darshan Academy Delhi teachers and principal have been showered with various awards for excellence in teaching. On 5th September, 2017, at the Thyagaraj Stadium, Ms. Bhavna Arora, PGT {English} was awarded the State Teacher Award 2017 by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Shri Manish Sisodia, the Education Minister. Only ninety-three among fifty thousand teachers of the state received the award. The award ceremony was organized by the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, for valuable educational contributions in the academic session of 2016-17 in the GNCT of Delhi. For the second time Darshan Academy, Delhi has been honored and recognized at the State level by the Directorate of Education Government of NCT Delhi.

On 3rd September, 2017, DA Delhi Principal A. David was honored for his valuable educational contributions by S.K. Education (P) Ltd – a parent company of Bachpan, Academic Height public schools and Rishihood University.

On the same day Principal David, Ms. Bindu Saini and Ms. Manju Kumar were given awards by the Lions Club International and Samyak Society for Excellence in Education.

Mr. S. K. Jha (PGT Physics) and Ms. Pummi Vasudeva (PRT) were honored by Bharat Vikas Parishad on 10 September, 2017 for their contributions to quality education. Also honored were Ms. Indu Sharma and Ms. Anjali Keswani who received the FAB teacher award from Pratham, a unit of International Institute of Financial Markets Ltd. group. This group compiled a secret voting by students for their most favorite Secondary and Senior Secondary teacher. Congratulations to DA Delhi on these prestigious awards.




 
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