It is a custom incur school that class 11th students bid farewell to the 12th class. They make the parting attractive. They arrange a parting feast.
This year, the 20th February, was my last day at school. The school bell rang as usual. The 11th class boys were sad. After the first period the teachers and the students of both classes met in the school hall. The Principal and the teachers sat in the chairs. We, the students, took our seats on the desks.
The function was started by the students of eleventh class. They read poems. They sang songs. They made speeches suited to the occasion. Every part of the programme was about the outgoing class. Then our class incharge rose up. He made a speech which moved our hearts. He told us that we would soon enter the field of life. Our care-free life would end. Soon after we got our school certificates After passing this examination we would have to face hard realities of life. He advised us to set an aim of our life and try to achieve it with fair means. We should avoid such means to become rich as can ruin our lives.
Last of the entire Principal rose from his seat. There were clapping on all sides. He made a brief speech. He said that the good of the school, that we were leaving for good, should be at the heart of every student. It was the school and its teachers that have prepared them for the struggle of life. He explained in detail the advantages of simple living and high thinking. He wished us all a successful life.
Then our monitor thanked the Principal, the teachers and the 11th class students for their good wishes. He promised on behalf of his class fellows that they would keep in mind the lessons taught by the teachers. He assured the Principal and the teachers that they would never forget their school and worthy teachers. He promised to remove ignorance from villages.
After these speeches the grand tea-party took place. Fruits and sweets were served in great quantities. We ate them to our fill. There was a lot of fun. At 4 P.M. we were photographed. This was the last item of the function. We left the school with the feelings of joy and sorrow.