Newman Educational Society Celebrates Radiance 2013

October 23rd, Miao Diocese, INDIA: The Newman Educational Society, the Educational Wing of the Diocese of Miao, Arunachal Pradesh, India, celebrated its maiden Inter-School Cultural Fest ‘Radiance 2013’ in Roing, Arunachal Pradesh, from 20 to 22nd October, 2013.

‘Radiance 2013’ is a new initiative of the Diocese of Miao to bring the students from all its schools under one roof to showcase their immense talents in the field of sports and arts and to promote cultural exchange among the various tribes of East Arunachal Pradesh. Rt. Rev. George Pallipparambil SDB, the Bishop of Miao and the President of Newman Educational Society, said, “The aim of ‘Radiance’ is to give a platform to our students every year to express themselves and to exhibit  their hidden talents that God has created these children with. I am happy that nearly 450 students from 14 Schools of the Diocese of Miao participated in it.”

Inaugurating the event on 20th October at the Divine Word School premise, Roing, Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Hon’ble Ninong Ering said he was very happy to see so many future leaders gathered in one place. He said, “I wish to congratulate Bishop George and his team for this noble initiative. ‘Radiance’ is a noble concept that will help these tribal children from interior villages to share their culture with each other.” Echoing the motto of the Newman Educational Society, he added, “This experience of sharing and learning from each other will help these children to ‘kindle a flame where it is dark’, making a difference to the society.”

The three-day event saw the students in colourful traditional costume, competing with one another. There were competitions of all kinds for them; group singing, solo singing, folk dance, fancy dress, Bible Skit, Election, Drawing, to name a few. The students from St. Savio School, Kanubari went back as the overall Champion School of the Radiance 2013.

On the concluding day of the cultural fest, the Diocese of Miao also took creative step to go green – giving a sapling instead of flowers to the Chief Guests and invitees of any of the programmes. “Flowers are what become tress. Destroying flowers is also in a way like destroying trees. Hence we have decided to give a sapling to the chief guests of any of our programmes instead of flowers”, said Bishop George, the person behind this great concept of going green. Speaking on the concluding day programme, Chief Guest Sri Newlai Tingkhatra, Hon’ble Minister W.R.D/WCD, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, expressed his great happiness over this noble step taken by the Diocese of Miao to promote green and requested everyone to follow this example to save tress and plant trees. He also congratulated Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the President of the Newman educational Society for coming up with this creative concept to promote green.

The Students of St. Savio School, Kanubari with thier Overall Champions' Trophy

The Students of St. Savio School, Kanubari with their Overall Champions’ Trophy

“I feel so happy to meet many new friends from faraway places. Though we competed with one another, off the stage we were like great friends”, said Puja Wangsu from St. George School, Deomali, while speaking about her experience of the Radiance 2013.

The Radiance 2013 concluded with camp fire after a colorful display of cultural items by the students of Divine Word School, Roing and Light of the World School, Miao.

Students of St. Savio School with their Champions' Trophy A Singpho Tribal Dance by the students from Light of the World School, Miao Mishmi Tribal Dance by the students of  Divine Word School, Roing A Wancho Tribal Dance An Adi Tribal Dance by the Students of St. Patrick School, Dambuk A Tangsa Tribal Dance by the Students of Newman School, Neotan A Nocte Tribal Dance by the Students of Holy Rosary School, Changlang