“Teaching is leaving a vestige of one’s self in the development of
another. And surely, the student is a bank where you can deposit".
-Dr. Eugene P. Bertin, Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois
That piece of inspired thinking was the thought for the day, which beautifully
encapsulated all the undertones to the day’s events. This day, the 5th of September,
annually celebrating and honouring the driving forces behind our country, has a
special significance in it of itself. It is the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President of India, who, apart from being a brilliant
statesman and diplomat, remained at heart, a teacher.
At Delhi Public School, Hyderabad, the students of Grade XII took it upon
themselves to celebrate this occasion. The day’s events began off with an assembly,
which, in my experience at this institution, was one of the best ones conducted. The
Head Girl, Aditi Kodipady, took over as Acting Principal for the day, keeping up with
The gathering was attended by the Principal, the Vice Principal,
Headmistresses, Senior Mistresses, Coordinator, students, and of course, our
beloved teachers. It featured two speeches, one talking about Dr. Radhakrishnan
and the other about a student’s view of her teachers, two music performances each
expressing gratitude towards teachers, and the highlight of the show, an energetic
dance performance, which showcased some of the classics of Bollywood.
The Principal brought the gathering to an end by sharing her views and blessing the
students a great future. Once again, keeping up with traditions, students of Grade
XII, took over as teachers for lower classes, stepping into their teacher’s shoes, quite
literally. Each of these students had the difficult task of handling a class and one can
reasonably assume that they learnt what it felt like to be on the other side of the