So, finally the time has come to bid a warm farewell to a school where I have served for no less than seventeen years! The school hosted a farewell function for me on the twenty-third of March 2011 in the school. Among those present on the occasion were, Mr.G.L.Naswa, the principal who had appointed me in February 1994. Mr. R.B. Aggarwal, the Ex-Principal, and Mr.V.K.Palta, Ex-Vice Principal also graced the occasion. Dr.Yadram, another ex-teacher of the school, who is now serving in a Government School as a lecturer in English was also present. Speeches were delivered by Mr. G.Naswa, Mr. R.B.Aggarwal, Dr.Yadram, and Dr.Dharambir Singh, the Principal of the School. Mr.A.K. Mishra was the master of ceremonies, and he spoke very eloquently about the wonderful time we had shared together.My family, my parents, my wife and my two daughters too were present on the occasion.
Little did I foresee that I would be writing a blog about my own farewell from the Dhanpatmal school, but then times change, and we can’t predict what the future has in store for us. It is an honour to have been appointed as the Principal of The St.Thomas School, Jagadhri, Haryana. Now I have a new family, and a new school, and my responsibilities have changed from that of teaching English to Eleventh and Twelfth to providing Leadership to a wonderful school. No doubt my years as a teacher in The Dhanpatmal Virmani Sr.Sec.School were instrumental in grooming me for the post of Principal in a Public School. My thanks go to Mr.Anil Virmani, Chairman of the school, Mr. Amitav Virmani, Manager of the school, and Mrs. Asha Kishore, a senior member of the Management. They have always stood by me in my time of need, and they have been most supporting to me. The teachers of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Sr.Sec.School have been very close, and very dear to me. I will always remember Mr.K.George, Mr.Manoj Kumar Verma, Mr.Arun Kumar, Mr.Ajay Singh Rawat, Mr.Rattan Lal, Mr.S.K. Thakur, Mr.S.R.Sharma, Mr. Ish Kumar, Dr.Dharambir besides many others!
While it was a most emotional moment for all of us, it was also a moment which reminded me of the immense possibilities that life has for us. Life is a process of growth and evolution where everyone should strive to do better.Stagnation, unfortunately, spells mental death. Every one alive should have a vision in life. Mr.Anil Virmani, the Chairman of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Sr.Sec. School always told me to dream big, and to have a vision in life. This advice has been reiterated by The Rt.Revd.Sunil Singh, The Bishop of The Diocese of Delhi, and the Chairman of the St.Thomas School Jagadhri. I am indeed lucky to have had such wonderful people to guide me in life!
I have given below some of the photographs that were taken on the occasion of the warm farewell given to me by the staff of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Sr.Sec.School, Roop Nagar, Delhi.
Lighter moments on the day of the Farewell. In the snap we have Mr.R.B.Aggarwal seated on the left and Mr.G.L.Naswa on the right. Standing from the left we have Mr.S.K. Mishra, Dr.Yadram, myself, and Mr.S.K.Thakur on the far right.
My wife and I
My Wife and two children along with me
Some of my colleagues:
Mr.G.L. Naswa, a former principal in whose time I joined the school
Dr.Dharambir Singh gifting me a watch: