The Monitors organised the Independence Day Celebrations this year. Hannah Ashai, Tamkeen Nawab and Ariana Kamal began the programme by speaking to the school about how negativity has become a permanent feature of every discussion involving our country, they outlined the challenges that our country faces and urged the students to consider whether poverty, illiteracy, corruption, inflation, political instability and terrorism should be the only terms that define Pakistan.
They shared a movie (put together by the Monitors) celebrating the diversity, cultural richness and vibrant society that is also an integral part of who we are. They emphasized the need to look at Pakistan, our home, through a fresh lens, to not ignore the beauty of our snow-capped peaks, rich forests, lakes, and the talent of our artists, scientists and hardworking people. They also spoke about the smiles that one cannot hide when one sees bright trucks, yellow kurtas on basant and kites and even the mindless gunshots that ring out for celebrations. They hoped that the 61 million children of Pakistan, its budding future, would steer it towards prosperity and peace.
The speeches were followed by an inter-house quiz competition put together primarily by Adeeluddin Siddiqui, managed flawlessly by his team and won by Frere! There were a few surprised gasps and moments of pride when houses were asked to name the world's largest deep sea-port, and the world's highest paved international road and the world's highest Polo Ground. And some interesting guess work was shared when students were asked to give the English translation of Mohenjo-daro.
Frere, Napier, Papworth and Streeton sang national songs at the end of the ceremony and were all rewarded with an ice-cream bar, for their enthusiasm and for being proud Pakistanis!