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Highlights

Special Assemblies and Events 2020-21

Being People of Action:
The S.B. Patil School/ Rotary Club Interact Programme

Pune, Maharashtra | March 1st, 2021

Being People of Action: The S.B. Patil School/ Rotary Club Interact Programme , SBPPS Venturing into the new academic year 2021-22, we share yet another great news with you all: The prestigious Rotary International has consented to recognise S.B. Patil Public School as part of the Interact Program of Rotary International w.e.f. March 1st, 2021.

We have virtually received the Certificate of Organization from the Rotary Club of Udyognagari, Pimpri, Maharashtra.

Being People of Action: The S.B. Patil School/ Rotary Club Interact Programme, SBPPS Rtn. Mr. Sunil Bhagwat, a member of the host organisation shall be the convener and the resource person for our school. From our school, and under the mentorship of the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; and school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; Ms. Swaleha Mujawar is the convener and rapport personnel for the organisation.


We look forward to provide ample and valuable opportunities for our students as part of the Socially Useful Productive Works (SUPW) as well as our motto of their holistic development.



S.B. Patil Public School Laureled with the Prestigious
British Council IDS Award (2020-23)

Pune, Maharashtra | December 31st, 2020 and March 31st, 2021

British Council IDS Award (2020-23), SBPPS

We herald 2021 with immense elation and pride by announcing that S.B. Patil Public School, Ravet has been bestowed with the British Council International School Award now also known as the British Council International Dimension School Award. The announcement was officially made on December 31st, 2020, and the official ceremony held on March 31st, 2020.

The school has been painstakingly striving to achieve the award since the past year by fastidiously and religiously undertaking and fulfilling all the requirements set by the British Council.

The plaudit-laden commendation received by the Council stated that, “Commendable effort by the teachers [was made] in partnering with countries to provide a rich learning experience for the students.” The report further went on to congratulate the school for embedding internationalism in its curriculum and achieving the International Dimension in Schools. Furthermore, the efforts of the teachers and the enthusiasm of students were evident throughout the dossier submitted.

It was a pleasure for the Council to see the little ones of our school actively engaged with utmost enthusiasm in various activities. The activities also showed palpable enthusiasm among children, as well as how meticulously all the countries, the activities were conducted with, were explored well with charts, displays and worksheets thus bringing out internationalism very well.

In addition, the learning outcome was evident at all stages of the activities, which was also noticed by the assessors. Finally, an end note declared: “Commendable effort and coordination. Students enthusiasm and learning are clearly visible. We encourage you to continue to embed international dimension in your curriculum and explore varied ways to continue your collaborative learning with partner schools. Hearty congratulations to the S.B. Patil team. Wish you all the best!”

We consider ourselves privileged to be graced with such wreaths of praise, and the honour of the British Council International School Award. We extend our gratitude to the Council for appreciating our hard work, and finding us worthy of such commendation.

Our heartiest congratulations to Ms. Anjali Gugale and Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni, the British Council IDS Coordinators for successful planning and executing the IDS activities plan for the school. Ms. Gugale led the international collaboration activities with schools in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Both coordinators have been instrumental in the planning and execution of the IDS plan even during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also sincerely thank our PCET trustees: Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Ms. Padma Bhonsle, Vice Chairperson; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director.

We also are immensely grateful to the S.B. Public School faculty heads: Dr. Bindu Saini, Principal; Ms. Padmavati Banda, School Coordinator; Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni, Pre-elementary Section Coordinator; and our secondary, elementary and pre-elementary sections sub-coordinators: Ms. Nirupama Kale, Ms. Vandana Sangle, Ms. Archana Prabhune, Ms. Payal Nihalani and Ms. Nayna Taru.

Finally, our heartiest gratitude to the faculty members and students for all the efforts put in the year throughout. This award would not have been achieved if not for the dedication of every person involved.


Hosting the Maha-IT Pareeksha

Pune, Maharashtra | February 28th, 2021

On Sunday, February 28th, 2021, S.B. Patil Public School held the Maha-IT examination. The school, which was selected as a center to conduct the examination-IT, housed 51 candidates who appeared for the examination.

Mr. Ganesh Ubale, an official from the Ginger Webs agency, a leading technology company in assessment and testing industry, was present in the school for documentation purposes. Also present from the agency were other officials for checking and supervision, ensuring the use of oximeter and thermal scanning, etc.

The report was submitted to the school for safekeeping. The principal, Dr. Bindu Saini acted as center superintendent for the examination; and the coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda, acted as deputy center superintendent.




A Truly Raapchik Performance:
Celebrating Marathi Divas

Pune, Maharashtra | February 27th, 2021

“लाभले आम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी… जाहलो खरेच धन्य ऐकतो मराठी… धर्म, पंथ, जात एक जाणतो मराठी… एवढ्या जगात माय मानतो मराठी…”

The Marathi Abhimaangeet by Suresh Bhat, noted Marathi poet from the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra echoed in the hearts of everyone when Marathi Divas was celebrated on February 27th, 2021 at S.B. Patil Pubic School. Marathi Language Day is celebrated every year across the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa to honour and celebrate the birthday of eminent Marathi poet Kusumagraj.

The celebration began with the traditional lamp-lighting and garlanding of the portrait of the poet Kusumagraj (Vishnu Vāman Shirwadkar) by the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; pre-primary sections coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; and sub-coordinators, Ms. Nirupama Kale, Ms. Vandana Sangale and Ms Archana Prabhune.

The event started off by a speech on significance of Marathi day by Ms. Manisha, pre-primary faculty. A medley of Marathi songs by music teacher Ms. Sulochana Pawar and faculty members of pre-primary to Grade X and kirtan in Marathi by Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar, Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge and their team added melody to the event. A dance to a song on ‘Lakh Chanderi…’ by the faculty members of Primary and Secondary followed by a Dhol, trumpet and Lezim performance by the pre-primary to grade X teachers filled the event with jubilation and vibrance.

A powerpoint presentation by Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge on prominent poets, events and places of theMarathi language with narration given by Ms. Sangale enriched everyone. The programme was compeered by Ms. Sheetal Chandgude, the Marathi Language teacher and the event ended with a Vote of Thanks also proposed by her and Ms. Sangle. The entire event was recorded and the link published on Google Drive for the parents to access. All-in-all, it was a great success and was lauded by the principal, Dr. Saini; and as described by Ms. Sangle: “A raapchik performance!”

This was followed by the announcing of the Avishkar event awardees. The article can be found in “The Joy of Innovation: Announcing the Avishkar Awardees”




Balance/ Imbalance:
Adopting the New Normal in the New Education Policy, 2021

by Anjali Gugale, TGT Social Science and British Council IDS Coordinator

Adopting the New Normal in the New Education Policy, 2021, SBPPS

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things and has given valuable life lessons. The challenges we faced has made us all more aware, alert and responsible not only towards our own duties but taught us how to take care of others around us. The new normal has been a life mostly of social distancing and isolating ourselves in our homes. The year 2020 has been a year of creating balance in the imbalance created by mankind.

No doubt it has been very difficult for people of all ages to adjust to these sudden and unforeseen changes and challenges. Our students and young children are the ones who need our utmost attention, care, love and time so that they can learn the new way of life and are ready for any new unforeseen challenges in the coming years.

Keeping all this in mind S.B. Patil School has taken up this challenge and took initiatives to empower teachers and adopt new methods of teaching and learning as per the New Education Policy, 2020 for our students. We made sure that even during the time of pandemic the students’ education and well-being should not suffer. Right from the early days of home isolation our school management, the principal Dr. Bindu Saini, school coordinators, all teachers and staff have toiled very hard to keep up with the pace of learning new ways and methods of teaching and training ourselves to adapt to the new normal of social distancing as per the NEP guidelines.

The management has been very supportive and alert to provide all kinds of support to teachers both at home and at school so that they are able to perform their duties successfully and without any difficulties. The staff has been provided with all kinds of training, resources, laptops, fast internet at school, computers, other related technology equipment so that the process of teaching and learning is smooth and is not hampered even in the times of home isolation. We must not forget the support and contribution of our most valuable stakeholders, our parents, who have supported us wholeheartedly in making our school a tech-savvy and an International Dimension School.

The vision and mission of S.B. Patil Public School is, “Holistic Development for each child as per his or her potential with positive approach towards life.” and, “To prepare children for the future as global citizens by providing requisite knowledge and skills in an environment of sharing and caring.”

Thus not only have we trained ourselves and our students by imparting valuable life skills soft skills to use online mode of leaning but have involved in many international dimension activities. This new mode of learning has opened the doors to many new dimensions to teaching and learning. We have converted our challenges to new opportunities for both our teachers and students and opened doors to new paradigms that engages them and leads to more productive learning outcomes.

Our school infrastructure is equipped with high speed internet, computers, laptops, web cameras, projectors and all the necessary equipment for conducting online classes from school by mainlining social distancing and taking all the necessary precautions.

Following are the activities and initiatives we have taken to make our school a tech savvy and international dimension school:

  1. We have won the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the year 2020-21. and have received the IDS (International Dimension School) certificate from British Council: Our students participated in three International collaboration activities with Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh Schools for grades VIII and IX virtually, and four in-house international dimension activities for pre-primary, primary and grades V to VII. All kindergarten activities were successfully conducted online.
  2. Our school has won the Times Innovative and Green School Award for engaging in innovative methods of teaching and learning and promoting awareness about sustainable development for saving the environment.
  3. A Citation of Honour has been awarded to our school principal, Dr. Bindu Saini by Expressions India International Adolescent Summit.
  4. Our teachers have been provided with regular online training on NEP 2020 and online mode of teaching and learning. They all have participated in the NEP quizzes to make them aware of the new education policy. Also all teachers have successfully completed their subject related online training from CBSE. They have engaged students in various experiential learning activities to make the lessons more engaging and interesting; for example: making crafts, artwork, solving online puzzles, online games like chess tournament and so on and so forth.
  5. Our students have participated in various CBSE online expression series activities and quizzes wherein they wrote essay and poems in their choice of languages as per the NEP guidelines.
  6. Recently our school has participated in the United Nations Climate Action Project through online mode and were part of activities like planting saplings, and sending message to astronauts in space and participating in the online video conferencing and UN forums.
  7. Our teachers have participated in CBSE activities on sharing their lesson plans Experiential Learning online and new methods of teaching learning.
  8. We have utilised various online resources to make our teaching and learning more engaging as the NEP 2020. We have utilized online tools Google Classroom for sharing and checking assessments for regular homework and conducting examinations online.
  9. We have utilised online videos for explaining our lessons and virtual tours of important days and events, for e.g, a virtual tour of United Nations Headquarters, AMUL and Sabarmati Ashram, different types of Industries like TISCO, Textile, Sugar, Agro based Industries in US and India.
  10. To keep our students and teachers mentally fit, stress free and healthy, regular activities like meditation, sports, music and yoga activities and assignment are provided and conducted online. Our school and students have received merit certificates for participating in the Heartfulness Essay Competition, a Non-Profit Organization endorsed by Ram Krishna Mission and United Nations Information Centre.
  11. Our Science and Maths teachers have been a part of research at IISER and have delivered lectures on teaching STEM and have been awarded certificates for their work.
  12. Our principal, Dr. Saini, along with few teachers have been awarded research scholar awards and certificates from Institute of scholars and Global Teacher Award for their contribution in the field of education and research.
  13. Currently students from grade VIII are engaged in the UN Take Action Global, a goals project on UN-17 sustainable goals. They have already participated in the UN Virtual Tour and have been a part of online UN forum.
  14. Students from grade X have been involved in CBSE SEWA activities wherein they were involved in community service like career counselling and explaining about online useful games like chess championship, health and sanitization awareness etc., to develop social awareness, empathy, compassion and sense of responsibility.

The entire SBPPS team has made it successfully through the challenges faced due to Covid-19 pandemic and adapting the new normal. We will continue to strive for excellence to make our students responsible, alert and strong enough to successfully take on any new challenges in the future to come.

Thank you and best wishes from us all at S.B. Patil Public School!




A Dual Celebration:
Celebrating Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti

Pune, Maharashtra | February 18th, 2021

Celebrating Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti, 2021, SBPPS S.B. Patil Public School hosted a dual celebration on the occasions of Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti at its campus on February 18th, 2021. The celebrations were held in the auditorium where the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; pre-primary coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni, and all the teachers and staff were present.

With Swaleha Mujawar, the CCA in-charge compeering the session, to commence the programme, Dr. Saini, Ms. Banda and all the coordinators and sub-coordinators lit the lamp paying respect through prayer and puja to the Goddess Saraswati. The prayers were led by Ms. Deepika Kannao, the Sanskrit Language Teacher.




Celebrating Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti, 2021, SBPPS Ms. Vridhhi Phadke recited a short introduction on Basant Panchami. The teachers of the pre-primary section then presented a traditional dance in lieu of the event.

Post this, commenced the Shivjayanti celebrations wherein the photo of Shivaji Maharaj was garlanded by the principal and the coordinator.




Celebrating Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti, 2021, SBPPS The Marathi Language teacher, Ms. Kartiki Bhonsle gave a motivational speech, describing the history and evolution of Marathi and what it means to be a Maharashtrian. This speech was immensely praised by every staff member present in the audience.




Celebrating Basant Panchami and Shivjayanti, 2021, SBPPS Following this, a presentation on the life and accomplishments of Shivaji was exhibited. The primary and secondary teachers presented the Palna sung by Ms. Sulochna Pawar and the choir group.

The event came to a dramatic and the sports teachers present a shot skit praising the land of the Marathas.




Coding: The Applicability and Use in the Educational System

Pune, Maharashtra | February 15th and 16th, 2021

Adopting the New Normal in the New Education Policy, 2021, SBPPS

Coding refers to the process of designing and building logical and executable computer programs with the motive to accomplish a specific result or to perform specific tasks. In layman’s terms, it is providing a set of instructions to the system, in a language that the system understands on how to behave, function and react in one or myriad situations.

In a two-day event, the first of which was a press conference, S.B. Patil Public School’s principal, Dr. Bindu Saini, was invited to speak on coding and its applicability and use in the education system.

Organised by the FutoLearn Ed. Tech Company, Bangalore, the seminar event on "Artificial Intelligence and Coding in Indian Classrooms: A Need of the Hour". On the first day, principals of various schools and educational institutes answered a cascade of questions by journalists on the subject. On the second day, along with many others, Dr. Saini ardently spoke on the issue, providing insights from her own experience of being in the teaching profession for well over 25 years.

Adopting the New Normal in the New Education Policy, 2021, SBPPSWe could not be more proud of our principal as she tactfully answered the flood of questions posed, and spoke fervently about coding; how it aids in the development of students when introduced in school curriculum from an early stage, and the curriculum taught at S.B. Patil: how it enhances creativity and logic simultaneously; how it adds value to the idea and implementation of the holistic development of children; and most importantly, how it is a life-skill training for young minds in itself.

We congratulate Dr. Saini for taking another step in bringing S.B. Patil Public school to the forefront of the public eye.




That Sense of Patriotism:
Celebrating Republic Day, 2021

Pune, Maharashtra | January 26th, 2021

S.B. Patil Public School celebrated the nation’s 72nd Republic Day at its campus on the morning of January 26th, 2021. The event commenced at 0745hrs sharp and began with the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution followed by the hoisting of the national flag by the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda, elementary coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; the sub-coordinators, Ms. Nirupama Kale, Ms. Vandana Sangle, Ms. Archana Prabhune, Ms. Payal Nihalani and Ms. Nayna Taru, and the HoD of the Sports Department, Mr. Dhanaji Patil. Everyone saluted in reverence as the national anthem was sung.

Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS

Due to the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic, only the teachers and staff partook in the celebration making certain social distancing was well abided by, and that the event was short yet crisp. Ms. Swaleha Mujawar compered the programme leading everyone through the events. Following the hoisting and singing of the national anthem, everyone sang in unison, the Jhanda Geet.

To conclude the programme, the school’s music department, Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge, Ms. Sulochna Pawar and Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar performed the patriotic song, “Swarg se Sundar Desh Humara” which was beautifully sung in harmony by Ms. Aparna Jagdale, Ms. Nivedita Biswas, Ms. Erekar Durga Bhavani, Ms. Trupti Zarkar, Ms. Geetanjali Zambre, Ms. Swati Nawale, Ms. Labheshri Kaoor Ms. Snehal Shinde, Ms. Vruddhi Phadke, Ms. Anita Patil, Ms. Sheetal Chandgude and Ms. Anita Suryavanshi. The event finally ended with wishing everyone a Happy 72nd Republic Day and refreshments served for the faculty.

Meanwhile, the pre-primary section celebrated the day in all its grandeur in the pre-primary wing of the school on January 25th, 2021. The event was virtually conducted but that did not diminish the enthusiasm of the celebration. Teachers and students alike all geared up for the event as were our very ever-supportive parents. Their cooperation and support helped our little ones cherish the celebration and participate in it wholeheartedly.

Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS

There celebration loomed with a feeling of patriotism and pride as the future generations were acquainted with the importance of the day through a story and videos which helped reinforcing the value of unity and patriotism in them. They were all dressed in outfits apt for the occasion; some wore dresses in tricolour, a few sparkled in scintillating white attire, whilst some flaunted the tricolour tattoo on their cheeks.

The kiddies from the Nursery class joyously immersed themselves activities like thumb printing on the outlines of a peacock, making paper collage on the shape of a mango, and cotton dabbing on a lotus. They were then encouraged to speak a few lines on any one of the national emblem activities they had completed.

Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS
Celebrating Republic Day, 2021, SBPPS

Junior KG students had tricolour tattoos painted on their cheeks and they were asked to represent any state with proper attire from that region whilst also giving some information about the state they represented. The Senior KG students participated by helping their parents in preparing a tricolour dish and presented it and speak a few lines about it.

The celebration concluded with children joining their teachers in singing the National song, “Vande Mataram”. Involving children in such art integrated activities and national festivals enabled them to learn about Indian culture and tradition whilst imbibing and understanding the values and principles of being an Indian in a joyful and playful way.




Innovative and Green:
Winning the Times School Survey Awards, 2021

Pune, Maharashtra | January 31st, 2021

With 2021 proving to be a blessing in disguise, it is with unbridled and paramount elation we announce that that S.B. Patil Public School has been awarded two meritorious awards by the Times of India.

Times Education of the ToI annually conducts the Times School Survey: a four-step approach research with the objective to shortlist the best and top schools within given categories in Pune.

Winning the Times School Survey Awards, 2021, SBPPS Winning the Times School Survey Awards, 2021, SBPPS

S.B. Patil Public School, Ravet was awarded the first prize within the following two categories:

  • Innovative Learning
  • Green Campus

We at S.B. Patil are immensely proud of these accolades and sincerely thank our principal, Dr. Saini; Ms. Padmavati Banda and Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni, our coordinators; Ms. Nirupama Kale, Ms. Vandana Sangle, Ms. Archana Prabhune, Ms. Payal Nihalani and Ms. Nayna Taru, the sub-coordinators; all the academic and administrative faculty; and especially the management and board members: Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle, Vice Chairperson; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director for working hard, devotedly, consistently and in unity to bring this day to fruition.



A Welcome Surprise:
S.B. Patil Bestowed with the “Best Holistic Development in India” Award

Pune, Maharashtra | January 23rd, 2021

S.B. Patil Bestowed with the “Best Holistic Development in India” Award S.B. Patil Bestowed with the “Best Holistic Development in India” Award

In another pleasant surprise that 2021 brought forth, S.B. Patil Public School was voted as the School with the Best Holistic Development in India from amongst the top CBSE Schools across the nation. The award ceremony which was organised by Education World was held in Bangalore. The ceremony was attended by the school principal, Dr.Bindu Saini; and the school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda who were invited to personally receive the award.

The survey conducted by Education World covered over 500+ schools all over the country and covered award nominations in areas such as Individual Attention to Students, Co-curricular Activities (CCA), Holistic Development, Hostel Facilities, Best Effective Principal, etc.

S.B. Patil Bestowed with the “Best Holistic Development in India” Award

The award ceremony that commenced on Saturday January 23rd, 2021, at 0900hrs and lasted till late in the evening until 1930hrs. The event also included online panel discussions on topics involving online education strategies, fee structure and management of resources, etc.

We at S.B. Patil congratulate Dr. Saini, Ms. Banda, all the other coordinators and sub-coordinators, the teaching and non-teaching faculty, as well as the management, and every other member for having worked so hard to elevate our school on such a grand pedestal.

We devoutly extend our wholesome gratitude to the members of the PCET Trust: Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle, Vice Chairperson; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director without whose constant guidance, enduring mentorship and effusive support we would not have achieved this meritorious accolade.



Ms. Bhonsle Awarded the Women Achievers of PCMC Award

Pune, Maharashtra | January 8th, 2021

Ms. Bhonsle Awarded the Women Achievers of PCMC Award

The word “Empowerment” has manifold definitions; however, when speaking of women’s empowerment, it clearly means accepting and allowing women who are beyond the borders of holding the ability to take their own decisions. Empowerment is the process that nourishes individuals to hold power over their own lives, society and in their communities.

The “Women Achievers of PCMC” awards are bestowed on those women who have, through the years, developed and empowered themselves to stand in a position where they are now a beacon of hope as they dedicatedly and selflessly strive to in-turn empower other women through varied means.

Ms. Padma M. Bhonsle, the vice-chairperson of the Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust (PCET), has dedicated the past 22 years to promote education, especially for women. To add to her credit, she is the only lady member amongst the Board of the Trust.

For her relentless perseverance towards the cause, she was conferred with the “Women Achievers of PCMC” Award on January 8th, 2021. The S.B. Patil family heartily congratulates Ms. Bhonsle on the stupendous achievement. We also congratulate the Board of Trustees Mr. Dnyaneshwar Landge, Chairman; Mr. V.S. Kalbhor, Secretary; Mr. Shantaram Garade, Treasurer; Mr. Harshwardhan Patil, Trustee; and Dr. Girish Desai, Executive Director, whilst thanking them profusely for being a constant support and a source of encouragement to their fellow member.

Once again, we wish Ms. Bhonsle the very best as she treads the path that enriches the lives and futures of thousands of young minds.




A Celebration Called Life:
The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations

Pune, Maharashtra | December 22nd and 23rd, 2020


The school’s Annual Day is the most awaited event of the year; something which everyone looks forward to, and S.B. Patil Public School celebrated it with great pomp. The event was conducted on the December 22nd and 23rd, 2020.

The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and now that we have entered into the virtual world of schooling, the year’s Fest was conducted online with each section of every class performing live, supervised by their respective class teachers.

As opposed to the conventional Annual Day Fests held in the past years, this year proved to be an innovative, creative and offbeat display of skill and talent. The prime objective behind organising the virtual event was to shun all monotony, boredom and negativity the rampant pandemic has caused all around over the course of the past months.

The theme for the pre-primary sections to Grade IV for the annual day celebration was “Back to School”, with “Life is a Celebration” being the theme for the students of grades V to X. The children gave fabulous performances charged with zeal and enthusiasm where their emotions and feelings came alive on-screen and they expressed how much they missed their school, teachers, friends and the whole environment in toto. Feelings here were mutual, as teacher too direly missed the students.

The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations

The programme was a magnificent and reverberating celebration. It commenced with prayer and was followed with the warm welcome of our esteemed parents and students. Students, who geared up in colourful outfits, props, smiling faces and full of enthusiasm, made the day a memorable one. The entire event was well-weaved to the themes with the children swaying to the beats, whilst some displayed their singing talent.

As though it was enough, there were mono-act performances by the students with them performing magic shows of their own as well as playing on musical instruments. Skit performances by the students was also part of the programme. The skits revolved around topics such as the importance of eating healthy food, and also gave us a glimpse of online schooling and how it has impacted our daily routine. It was a visual treat put in by our students along with their very supportive parents.

The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations

Concluding with the sign-out note: “No challenge ever becomes as an obstacle. No negative character can deter a positive fable. No setback can withhold the endurable. Nothing can stop the unstoppable”, the Annual Day proved to be a platform wherein students could exhibit their myriad talents. The outstanding performance was appreciated by the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; along with all the parents who did not hold back on their praises.

We at S.B. Patil extend our sincere gratitude to the students for letting go of all qualms and inhibitions, and for having the courage to perform on a live-streaming platform; to the teachers for devoting their time and effort to hold practice sessions; and to the parents whose tireless contribution, and continuous support and encouragement aided in making this day a success.

The 2020 Annual Day Celebrations

We, the People:
Celebrating National Constitution Day, 2020

Pune, Maharashtra | November 26th, 2020


In accordance to the guidelines set by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) dated November 20th, 2020, (Circular No.: Acad - 87/2020), S.B. Patil Public School conducted a reading of the Preamble at the school campus.

With the aim of the session being to take pride in being citizens of a democratic nation, and followers of a historical guiding document, our Constitution, the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda, all the sub-coordinators and teachers were present for the session.

Dr. Saini led the reading of the Preamble of our Constitution, and also elaborated the significance of its content in relevance to the essence of what a truly democratic nation means, and how a constitution functions as a guide for its smooth and efficient functioning.

“WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this 26th day of November 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.”

Everyone present echoed in one voice the single-minded devotion and desire to follow the guiding path of Indian democracy: The Indian Constitution, and endeavoured to become responsible and resourceful citizens of our nation.


Celebrating National Constitution Day at S.B. Patil, S.B.Patil School Celebrating National Constitution Day at S.B. Patil, S.B.Patil School

For a Cleaner, Greener Planet:
Participating in the Climate Action Project

Pune, Maharashtra | November 5th, 2020

Students from VIII-A of S.B. Patil Public School participated in the Climate Action Project, an online event endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall, President Juan Manuel Santos; and Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster, writer, and naturalist noted for his innovative educational television programs, especially the nine-part ‘Life’ series; along with experts from the WWF, NASA and UN.

Learners attended online meetings, planted saplings at home and participated in the webinars. They also engaged in class discussions on climate change and its impact on the environment and life on Earth.

As a part of the project they partook in the activity on sending messages to space with their solutions to climate change which is still ongoing till January 1st, 2021. These messages will actually be sent in the month of March, 2021

Those who did not get the opportunity to join the project earlier can still do so. Participants are advised to ensure they write about solutions to climate change. Hence, the students from S B Patil School are welcome to send their messages at the following links:

1. https://www.climate-action.info/node/add/message-to-space
2. https://www.messagetospace.org

For a Cleaner, Greener Planet Participating in the Climate Action Project, SBPPS For a Cleaner, Greener Planet Participating in the Climate Action Project, SBPPS

Students from Std. VIII-A also attended the webinar to listen to world leaders discussing solutions to climate change and its impact on the environment. Ms. Anjali Gugale, TGT Social Science at S.B. Patil, took the initiative to register the school for the event and guided the students for participating in the activities and discussions.

Ms. Gugale has also achieved the certificate as a top 100 finalists for the T4 Solutions Challenge by Take Action Global on www.earthproject.org for UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Twelve students from VIII-A got participation certificates for involving themselves in the activities and discussions. They are: Amey Ajgar, Harshita Kakade, Diksha S., Ojasvi Bhavsar, Suryansh Rathi, Pratik Pote. Anant Pagar. Samyak Shaha. Sanket Ibditar, Sanskruti Sapkal, Vedant Nandedkar and Shwet Kinge.


Following is the introduction to the Press Release issued:

PRESS RELEASE

6 November 2020

World leaders and environmental experts join students from over 135 countries to celebrate climate action and global collaboration.

This week on November 5, 2020, global leaders and climate action experts and activists joined more than 30,000 teachers and students from over 135 countries for Climate Action Day, a free, online event. World renowned speakers, including Dr. Jane Goodall, President Juan Manuel Santos, and Sir David Attenborough along with experts from WWF, NASA and UN, joined to celebrate learning and solutions offered by over 2.6 million students who participated in the Climate Action Project with Koen Timmers, Co-founder of Take Action Global, a six-week free collaborative project that invited students to examine climate change causes and effects, join in virtual exchanges and mentor presentation sessions, and propose solutions for environmental justice through service, research, advocacy campaigns, and even inventions. Participants joining for Climate Action Day heard student groups from China, Moldova, Argentina, Tanzania, UAE, India, Canada, South Africa, and Ireland, and were invited to participate in real-time actions, sending messages to space and joining world mayors as they signed a Manifesto for Climate Action.

Highlights on the eight hours of sharing and learning:

1. Exclusive interviews with Dr. Jane Goodall and President Santos accepting questions submitted by students

2. Sam Barratt and Dan Shephard from the UN, Matt Larsen-Daw and Fernanda Carvalho from WWF, and Dr. Rick Davis from NASA sharing insights on different levels from environment to policy to our place in the universe

3. Young activist Vanessa Nakate and Princess Esmeralda engaged in an inspired conversation on girl education as a solution for climate change

4. Kumi Naidoo read his new poem and Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Coleen Vogel, Celine Cousteau, and Roman Krznaric sharing powerful ideas inviting students to dream big and keep hope

While many webinars are informative, this online event also aimed to bring actual change. During the event there were 2 highlights:

1. Secretary of Education Portugal, First Lady Tammy Murphy of New Jersey, and Victor Negrescu, European Parliament promised to help with compulsory climate education. For this our own curriculum, co-authored by WWF will be used. https://www.climate-action.info/download-curriculum-2020

2. Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and Mayor Ion Ceban, mayors of capitals Sierra Leone and Moldova, made the pledge for the Manifesto for Climate Action: http://climate-action.info/pledge

The Climate Action Project designers--a global team of hundreds of volunteer educators led by Take Action Global education non-profit--are committed to providing students with access to action despite challenges of COVID-19, reliable wireless connection, and inequities in regard to technology and resources. As part of the project, teachers received high-quality professional development offered by world-renowned education leaders, and all classrooms had access to the complete curriculum which is co-authored by WWF and translated in over 15 languages.

Over the course of the six weeks, students worked to develop their own solutions to climate change after building foundational knowledge, considering bias and scientific evidence, establishing trusted sources, and creating personal connections with the work of environmental justice.

Classrooms expanded perspectives of the climate crisis beyond the walls of schools through intergenerational interviews and in class-to-class virtual exchange experiences working with other youth who may look and live differently from them. Students progressed through hands-on learning experiences to gain understandings of causes, effects, and solutions as both global collaborators and also knowledge constructors.

Contact

Koen Timmers, Lead Climate Action Project
E-mail: koen@takeactionglobal.org,
WhatsApp: +3 2488 74005
Website: www.climate-action.info.

SBPPS Teacher Representative: Ms. Anjali Gugale
E-mail: emailanim@gmail.com.
WhatsApp: +91 75076 25994

Related Resources

1. Climate Action Day website: www.climateactionday.net
2. Climate Action Project website: www.climate-action.info
3. Image library
4. Twitter: @ClimateActionED
The Climate Action Project is launched by Take Action Global, a non-profit (501c3) based in Belgium and Florida, USA, www.takeactionglobal.org

Video Recordings

1. Jane Goodall Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnMqGXxZBJk
(Duration: 16 mins.)

2. President Pendarovski , North Macedonia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBcwk82gOlQ (Duration: 4 mins.)

3. President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia:
https://youtu.be/ptsooK5YjYc (Duration: 12min)

4. Interview with Vanessa Nakate by HRH Princess Esmeralda of Belgium
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjmrBRoghcg (Duration: 20 mins.)

5. Kumi Naidoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPs3Ixwl0ac

6. Interview with Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Indian Parliament)
https://youtu.be/iKLs8VghQ0M (Duration: 4 mins.)

7. Mayor Ceban Ion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyjwc5H5oW0 (Duration: 2 mins.)

8. Yvonne Sawyer, Mayor of Freetown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6qkqUjDcg

9. Joao Costa, Secretary Education Portugal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7V7nR4GL0g

10. Bhumi Pednekar, Bollywood actress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npp33P3MGVk (Duration: 2.5min)

11. Thomas Jones Anthony, Hollywood actor
https://youtu.be/Frrdp-q0uw8 (Duration: 2min)




Vigilance Awareness Activities Conducted at S.B. Patil

Pune, Maharashtra | October 29th, 2020

In accordance to the guidelines provided by Central Vigilance Commission and a circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (Circular No: Acad - 79/2020), dated October 20th, 2020), Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust’s S.B. Patil Public School, Ravet organised an oath-taking ceremony at its premises on October 29th, 2020.

This year, the Vigilance Awareness Week was observed from October 27th to November 2nd, 2020, with the theme of the week being “Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat” (Vigilant India, Prosperous India).

The principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; the school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda, Teachers and students of Grade X (who were present online) participated in the occasion. Dr. Saini read out the Integrity Pledge (enclosed in Annexure 1 of the circular) which was repeated by everyone present.

The atmosphere resonated with a sense of vigilance and responsibility as students and teachers took the pledge that called upon every citizen of our country to stand up against one of the many social evils that is rampant as an epidemic today: Corruption.

Addressing teachers on the occasion, Dr. Saini delivered her message that realised corruption as a venomous virus which has entered and is rampant in the blood-stream of our society, and needs to be treated with utmost priority. The task to be undertaken is a tedious one but not impossible if all citizens (particularly students) demonstrate a sensitive approach towards the issue, stand up tough and vigilant against this massive foe that is festering and preventing India from becoming the great and united nation it is capable of being.


Vigilance Awareness Activities Conducted at S.B. Patil, S.B.Patil School Vigilance Awareness Activities Conducted at S.B. Patil, S.B.Patil School

United We Stand: Celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Divas

Pune, Maharashtra | October 31st, 2020

In accordance to the circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (Circular No.: Acad - 80/2020, dated October 26th, 2020), S.B. Patil Public School celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Divas on the 31st of October 2020 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Union Home Minister of the Central Cabinet of Independent India.

Those present for the occasion included the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; Pre-primary coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; the Office Superintendent, Mr. Nilesh, NABET Coordinator, Mrs. Sakina Bootwala; and select faculty members.

As directed by CBSE, we had invited our some COVID-19 warriors, Dr. Sujata Kothale, mother of Viaan Kothale of II-G, and Mr. Rajendra Kurane, father of Shravani Kurane of II-F; who are members of our very own parent fraternity for the ceremony as a mark as a recognition of their noble service in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration commenced with the offering of floral tributes to this great leader by Dr. Saini, Dr. Kothale and Mr. Kurane. Other faculty present also paid homage.

The CBSE directed schools to conduct an oath-taking ceremony at their campuses which was duly abided by. All class teachers from grades I to X conducted the reading of the Integrity Pledge (as enclosed in the Annexure) during the morning class assembly with all students swearing the oath as well.

As the celebration headed to conclusion, Dr. Saini briefly spoke about the important and praise-worthy work doctors, police as well as teachers have been doing amidst the pandemic. Dr. Kothale raised the issue of the severity of COVID-19, and how it has helped unite people and brought families closer together. Mr. Kurane also narrated the work being done by the police force in order to keep the pandemic rise under control.

In closing, the school coordinator, Ms. Banda delivered the Vote of Thanks, and the principal offered the two chief guests a token of the school’s appreciation.


United We Stand: Celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Divas, S.B.Patil School United We Stand: Celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Divas, S.B.Patil School
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Remembering the Great Sons of India:
Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti

Pune, Maharashtra| October 2nd, 2020
by Ishika Wagh | VII-A
Additional Content by Ms. Swaleha Mujawar | CCA In-charge


Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on the second of October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated to honour and remember this great leader and his struggle for the freedom of India against the British Raaj.

Mahatma Gandhi was a great hero. He sacrificed his life to uplift the status of people, and battle for the freedom of his country. He was a symbol of love and compassion. This great leader was born on October 2nd, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujrat to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai.

In the year 1888, he travelled to England to pursue his studies, and returned to India after becoming a barrister in 1891. Mohandas Gandhi left his job as a lawyer since it was impossible for him to undertake the fake cases in court, and thus began actively taking part in India’s freedom movements. Rabindranath Tagore bestowed upon him the title of “Mahatma”; ergo, Mohandas become Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhiji launched many movements such as Satyagraha, the Dandi March, the Salt Act, the Civil Disobedience Movement and many such more. It is due to the continuous effort of Gandhiji and his followers that India finally attained freedom on August 15th, 1947.


Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, S.B.Patil School

Unfortunately, this great leader left for his heavenly abode on January 30th, 1948. Even today, the entire nation salutes this great leader, who aided India to achieve her freedom from 200 years of domination and persecution through non-violence.

He was a true follower of truth and non-violence. Gandhiji illustrates these traits through the symbolism of the three monkeys:

The three wise monkeys are a Japanese pictorial maxim, embodying the proverbial principle “See No Evil. Hear No Evil. Speak No Evil”. The three monkeys are: Mizaru, who sees no evil, hence covering his eyes; Kikazaru, who hears no evil, hence covering his ears; and Iwazaru, who speaks no evil, hence covering his mouth.

Summing up his beliefs, one of the most famous quotes spoken by the Mahatma is: “Silence is the best answer to non-violence and anger.”


Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, S.B.Patil School


Thus on the occasion of October 2nd, 2020, S.B. Patil Public School held a special assembly to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation. The day is also the birth anniversary of the second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The programme commenced with the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; and the coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda paying homage to these two great people. They garlanded the photographs of the Mahatma and Lal Bahadur Shastri. The school’s Office Superintendent, Mr. Nilesh; pre-primary coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; secondary sub-coordinator, Ms. Nirupama Kale; and primary subcoordinators, Ms. Vandana Sangle and Ms. Archana Prabhune also paid their respects.

Guided by the school’s music teachers, Ms. Sulochana Pawar, Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge and Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar, the music team comprising of faculty members from the primary and secondary sections presented the well-known devotional song, “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”.


Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, S.B.Patil School

Following this, faculty members from both the primary and secondary sections presented a skit which highlighted the four golden moral rules of the Mahatma: prayer, cleanliness, satyagraha and the symbolic significance of the three monkeys: “Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, and See No Evil.”


Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, S.B.Patil School


Another devotional song, “Hum Laaye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikaal Ke” following suit marked the value to be attributed to the freedom by the forthcoming generations.

Post this, the students from grades V to IX of S.B. Patil presented, via Google Meet, their speeches, self-composed poems, patriotic songs, mono-acts, skits, PPTs on “The ideals set by the great sons of India and their relevance in the modern times for India and the world”, and panel discussions on the Gandhian principles and their relation to the ongoing worldwide COVID19 pandemic.

The participants had been practicing their performances for days, and had been guided by the CCA in-charge, Ms. Swaleha Mujawar; the Sanskrit Language teacher, Ms. Deepika Kannao; and the music teacher, Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar.


Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti, S.B.Patil School

Following is the list of all the participating students:

The Gandhi Jayanti Programme Participants
Sr. No Participant Class Presentation
1 Eshita Patil V-F A speech on Mahatma Gandhi
2 Sameera Kulkarni VIII-A Song: "De di Hume Azaadi"
3 Anushka, Savari VI-A A skit on a life incident from the childhood life of Gandhiji
4 Sahil Wagh VI-E A mono act on Champaran (An incident from the life of Gandhiji)
5 Shreya Gugaliya VI-A PPT Presentation on the Gandhian Principles and the student community
6 Anu Anil VI-E The influence of Gandhiji as a world leader
7 Avani Khandelwal VIII-B Speech on Lal Bahadur Shastri
8 Mahika Rege VI-A A self-composed poem on Mr. Shastri
9 Gaurangi Sharma VI-F Ideals of Mr. Shastri applicable in today's India
10 Keshav Bharadwaj VI-F Song: "Jai Jawaan Jai Kisan"
11 Soha Shaikh IX-C An extract read from the biography of Lal Bahadur Shastri
12 Atharva, Asmita, Aarohi, Shravani, Devanshu, Sunidhi, Hridaya, Rudransh. VII-B A discussion on Gandhiji, Swachh Bharat and Corona
13 Samruddhi Borate IX-C A Hindi poem on the Mahatma and Lal Bahadur Shastri

The event, in toto, which was also live telecast on the school’s Facebook page, was appreciated and lauded by all faculty present in person, and the students, parents and management, who were part of virtual audience. The paramount success of the day was owing to the mentorship of the principal, Dr. Saini; the school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; as well as all the section coordinators and sub-coordinators who has worked tirelessly to ensure the fruitful execution of the programme.

The creative initiative and determined efforts of the members of the school’s Co-curricular Activities Department and the Music Department also were equally worthy of gratitude and praise.



Under Another Laurel Wreath:
S.B. Patil Declared the Best Interactive School in PCMC
Pune, Maharashtra | September 24th, 2020


In another momentous event, S.B. Patil Public School was declared and awarded the Best Interactive School within the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Zone by the Times of India.

The TOI, which conducted a survey on online education for all schools within the Pune and the PCMC regions, publicised this announcement on September 24th, 2020.

We at S.B. Patil stand humble yet with hearts swollen with pride for being bestowed this accolade, and sincerely extend our gratitude to our staff, heads and the management for working tirelessly and in cohesion to make this day come true. We continue to work dedicatedly and tenaciously so that we may further the name of our school in future as well.


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Deux en Un: Celebrating Founder’s Day and Hindi Divas

Pune, Maharashtra | September 14th, 2020

On the 14th of September, 2020, S.B. Patil Public School celebrated its Founder’s Day, also known as Shankarrao Bajirao Patil Punyatithi.

Present for the occasion were the school’s principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; the coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; NABET coordinator, Ms. Sakina Bootwala; sub-coordinators, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni, Ms. Archana Prabhune, Ms. Vandana Sangle and Ms. Nirupama Kale; and a few faculty members were physically present for the occasion. The programme was conducted and broadcast online via the school’s official Facebook account as well on Google Meet.

It commenced with all faculty present paying homage to our revered founder which was followed by a devotional song presented by the school’s music teachers, Ms. Sulochana Pawar, Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar and Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge. Joining them were faculty members, Ms. Vrudhhi Phadke, Ms. Sheetal Chandgude, Ms. Swati Newale, Ms. Labeshree Kawoor and Ms. Durga Bhawani Erekar.

The CCA in-charge, Ms. Swaleha Mujawar compered the programme in its entirety whilst also delivering a speech and also recited a self-penned Marathi poem which lauded the Late Shri Shankarrao Bajirao Patil’s life and work.

Dr. Saini paid respect and homage to the founder via a Hindi poem she herself scripted. It highlighted the inspiration derived from him; and a promise of how we all, at S.B. Patil Public School, always endeavour to uphold the values, vision and mission of the Pimpri Chinchwad Education Trust and our school in light of the noble thoughts and great foresight of our revered founder.

With the first event coming to a close, next in queue was the celebration of Hindi Divas, which is also celebrated on the 14th of September every year. Students of grades V to VII presented the Preamble, Pledge, and gave a speech stressing on the importance of the occasion. A few stories told, and dohas (duplets) and poems narrated, the students, presented it all online via Google Meet.

We sincerely extend our thanks to the Hindi Language faculty, Ms. Rachana Sisodiya, Ms. Saroj Parashar, Ms. Rajlakshmi Gupta, Ms. Deepika Kannao, Ms. Kamlesh Singh, Ms. Vrudhhi Phadke, Ms. Sheetal Chandgude, and Ms. Swati Newale for their presence, as well as their mentoring, guidance and support from which thousands of students have benefitted.

Though the audience was primarily virtual, the event was immensely appreciated by everyone. The success of the day was owing to the mentorship of our principal Dr. Saini; the school coordinator, Ms. Padmavati Banda; along with other coordinators, sub co-ordinators. The creative initiative and tireless efforts of our faculty members of the school’s Hindi Language as well as the Music Department were also immeasurably valuable.


Celebrating the Birth of the Wizard of Hockey

Pune, Maharashtra | August 29th, 2020

On August29th, 2020, S.B. Patil School celebrated National Sports Day. The event is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand. Born in 1905, Major Dhyan Chand was a field hockey player who is widely considered as the greatest in the field in the history of the sport.


Celebrating the Birth of the Wizard of Hockey, S.B.Patil School

Known as Hockey kaJaadoogar, or The Wizard or Magician of Hockey, he was known for his phenomenal goal-scoring feats, outstanding ball control, and earned three Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936, at a time when India dominated field hockey.

In 1956, Major Dhyan Chand was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour. In trivia, it is also said that Adolf Hitler was so awestruck with his skill as a player that he offered Major Chand German citizenship and the position of Colonel in the German Army which, of course, he refused.


Celebrating Independence Day ’20 Amidst COVID-19, S.B.Patil School

As part of the celebration, an inauguration ceremony was held for which all the school staff heads including the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; pre-primary coordinator, Ms. Shubhangi Kulkarni; secondary sub-coordinator, Ms. Nirupama Kale; the office superintendent, Mr. Nilesh; and the sports teachers: Mr. Dhanaji Patil, Mr. Chandrakant Thombre, Mr. Shrikant Deshpande, Mr. Sandeep Ghadge and Ms. Sunita Vasudev attended and paid homage and respect to this national hero.

An online quiz was also organised by the class teachers aided by Ms. Richa Arora, the technical support; and Ms. Swaleha Mujawar, CCA in-charge for the students of grades V to X. A total of 783 students participated in the quiz that tested their knowledge of the occasion.


Celebrating Independence Day ’20 Amidst COVID-19, S.B.Patil School


Celebrating Independence Day ’20 Amidst COVID-19

Pune, Maharashtra | August 15th, 2020

On the bleak Saturday morning of August 15th, 2020, S.B. Patil Public School celebrated the country’s 74th Independence Day. The event, which is usually celebrated with pomp and flair at the school’s premises, was this time a rather low-key affair, yet it was flavoured with inspiring speeches and reverent music.

Following the code of conduct instituted by the Central and State Governments with respect to celebratory events conducted, only select staff were permitted to be present, attend and conduct the ceremony.

The event, which was recorded for an online telecast later, commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by the principal, Dr. Bindu Saini; the Coordinator for the Primary and Secondary sections, Ms. Padmavati Banda; and the Office Superintendent, Mr. Nilesh, and singing the national anthem. Following suit, the Zenda Geet was then sung to which everyone paid respect to the flag and country


Celebrating Independence Day ’20 Amidst COVID-19, S.B.Patil School

Ms. Swaleha Mujawar, the CCA in-charge, compeered the programme, guiding it from its commencement through the various live and pre-recorded events to the final Vote of Thanks. After the flag hoisting, Dr. Saini spoke briefly on creating a self-reliant India, and understanding the deeper meaning of being “aatma-nirbhar”.

Being their final year at school, Pavani Joshi and Shambavi Mahajan of grade X prepared a recording of a fusion patriotic number and danced to the song, “Desh Rangeela.”

Adding further musical relish to the event was the song, “Utha Hind ke Veer Saputon, Maa ne Humein Pukara Hai” performed and pre-recorded the day before by the music teachers Mr. Kuldeep Ghadge, Ms. Sulochna Pawar and Mr. Prathamesh Inamdar.

The recordings were compiled, uploaded and sent to the prime staff members who then forwarded it to the parents and management.


Celebrating Independence Day ’20 Amidst COVID-19, S.B.Patil School