Mangaluru: Pre-school graduation ceremony demonstrates the untiring efforts of the Montessori teachers in nurturing and educating the young minds. The Shepherds International Academy, organized their 2022-23 Montessori Graduation ceremony on 18th March, at the HIF auditorium in Vas Lane.

The program was graced by the Chief Guest Dr. Salma Suhana MBBS, MD, DM-Neurology, Chairman Ar. Mohammed Nissar, Trustees Shajid AK, Mohammed Rizwan, Principal Lubna Banu and CAO Hassan Yusuf.

The gathering was welcomed by Aisha Sheikh of Mont-3. Simran introduced the chief guest to the gathering.

The little graduates performed a graduation song. The journey of the Montessori students was presented visually. The students were felicitated by the chief guest, chairman and principal and handed over graduation certificates to them.

Students spoke their hearts out with affection towards school and teachers.

Mrs Shehzeen, parent of one of the students, shared her thoughts and experiences with the gathering about her journey with the Shepherd’s Academy.

Addressing the parents, Chairman Ar. Mohammed Nissar emphasized that graduation day should not end at the primary, high school or degree levels and that there is a need for more pursuit for higher education at doctorate levels.

The chief guest Dr. Salma Suhana reflected upon how school days are the best days of one's childhood. She stressed on the issue of mobile addiction and how the parents should protect their children from such a menace. She advised parents to encourage their wards and to pursue their area of interest.

Zaid ibn Abrar delivered the vote of thanks. Sumayya Sheikh and Sameera Sharief were the conveners of the program.

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Cannes: In a major triumph for India at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Chidananda S Naik's Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know... has won the first prize of La Cinef here.

The Mysuru doctor-turned filmmaker made the film at the end of his one-year course in the television wing of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India.

Sunflowers... is based on Kannada folk tale about an old woman who steals a rooster. As a result of her action, the sun stops rising in the village.

The third prize of the La Cinef competition on Thursday went to India-born Mansi Maheshwari's animation film Bunnyhood.

Maheshwari, born in from Meerut and an ex-student of NIFT Delhi, made the film as a student of UK's National Film and Television School.

The second prize was shared by Out of the Widow Through the Wall, directed by Columbia University's Asya Segalovich, and 'The Chaos She Left Behind'. made by Nikos Kolioukos of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Cannes Film Festival awards a 15000 Euro grant for the first prize winner, 11,250 euros for second prize and 7,500 euros for the third prize.

The awarded films will be screened at the Cinema du Pantheon on June 3 and at the MK2 Quai de Seine on June 4.

The first prize for Naik is India's second in five years. In 2020, Ashmita Guha Neogi, also from FTII, won the award for her film CatDog.