Ahead of the festival of Diwali, Saint Soldier International School, Sec 28 B, Chandigarh conducted various activities for Classes Pre Nur to XII from 21 Oct to 25 Oct 2019. Students of Class V participated enthusiastically in ‘Diya and Candle Decoration Competition’. The young artists put their best effort to decorate the diyas and candles in a unique and beautiful way. Shanoor V C, Purvi V B and Ranveer V C got first, second and third positions consecutively. The consolation prizes were awarded to Tanishka V B, Aryan Sharma V B, Harsh V A, and Vani V B. Students from Classes VI to XII exhibited their creativity and talent to the best by taking part in ‘Rangoli Making Competition’. Participants from all the four houses used organic colours to decorate their rangolis. These rangoli designs depicted innovation, imagination and originality of the students and gained everyone’s praise. Shaheed Bhagat Singh House got first position. The participants were Davisha VI B, Varisht VII B, Harshit VIII A, Sweta IX D and Sanpreet X B. A Poster Making Competition on ‘Green Diwali’ was held on 23 October where Manjot VII B and Namrta VII B bagged first position. Tanu VII C and Sachin VIII C got second position and Tanvi and Nidhi VI B stood third. Aditya Kumar VI B and Anuj Verma VIII D were given consolation prizes. The NSS volunteers of the school conducted a rally on 23 Oct in the residential area of Sector 28, holding slogans and banners displaying harmful effects of bursting crackers. They urged the residents to celebrate eco – friendly Diwali. Members of School Eco Club, Parag, carried out a march in the school campus with placards and posters and gave talks in classes to sensitize the students about various methods to celebrate Green Diwali without causing any harm to the environment. Naisha and Kabir from Class VII C recited a poem on ‘Say No to Crackers’. Punjabi literary Club organised ‘Card Making Activity’ in Class VI where students coloured their sheets beautifully to express their ideas on Green Diwali. Morning Assemblies were conducted by different classes throughout the week where students recited poems, delivered talks and took pledge on celebrating Anti Cracker Diwali. Teachers also delivered speeches in the assemblies and made the students aware of the significance of Swachh Diwali. Children decorated their classrooms and the class teachers held interactive session with them on ‘Swachh Diwali, Safe Diwali’ where they discussed the ways to reduce environment pollution on Diwali. The buoyant week concluded with the inspirational address by the Principal, Ms. Vijaya Sidhu motivating the students to go green this Diwali and enjoy a happy and safe Diwali. It was indeed an informative Week which taught the children the significance of celebrating Green Diwali by using earthen lamps, organic rangoli colours and avoiding crackers on this Diwali.