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MUMBAI: One of the city’s oldest institutions with a roll call of illustrious alumni, St Xavier’s High School, Fort, will step into its 150th year in June 2018. As part of its sesquicentennial jubilee celebrations, the school, on Saturday, announced a series of initiatives in sports as well as events for the differently-abled.
Reliving his days at the school, former top cop, Julio Ribeiro said, “I owe my Padma Bhushan to the school because I lost my father at the age of eight and it is the school which taught me values like justice and truth which were critical to my service.”
Also revisiting the school were notable alumni like former chief minister Ashok Chavan, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, neurosurgeon Dr Keki Turel, ENT surgeon Dr Milind Kirtane and chairman of Percept Limited Harindra Singh.
“Whenever there was a movie or documentary in the auditorium, we sneaked out and went home as soon as the lights went off,” said Chavan, reminiscing about his school days.
To commemorate 150 years, the school will host an inter-school cricket tournament named after its star alumnus, Sunil Gavaskar. It will also host football and badminton tournaments during the year. The school is planning sporting and non-sporting events for differently abled students from schools across Mumbai.
“Our school is about all-round development of the student. We concentrate on best practices in extra-curricular activities as well,” said Jennifer Dias, the current and first woman principal of the school.
Alumni have promised to contribute to the milestone celebrations. “You leave the school but the school does not leave you. We will do our best to meet the goals and vision of the school in whatever small and modest way possible,” said Parekh.
The 7th of February was a very special day to go down and to be etched in the minds and hearts of all those who very warmly bonded together ath the Police Gymkhana.
The function began by invoking God’s blessings on the ground, who were bubbling with affection and excitement. To add to their joy it happened to be Fr. Philip Terrasa’s 85th birthday. A few shared their school memories and achievements on their ladder of success.
We were treated to a delicious dinner and the function wounded up with a very useful take away gifts. The gathering was well attended by the batch boys and staff of 1970.
- Philip Terrasa s.j.
- Terrence Quadros
- Manuel Raphael
- Marie Paes
- Violet rodrigues
- Martha Almeida Gracias
- Alice D’Souza
And the Principal Mrs. Jennifer Dias& Ms. Renee Carvalho.
It is said “To meet and part is a way of life lent to part and meet again in the joy of living” and this was very true at the 50th Reunion of the Batch of ‘64 held on 18th December 2014.
The reunion saw very prominent ex-students gather at their Alma Mater along with their spouses bringing back cherished memories and a tear to the eye.
The day began with a photo session held in the school quadrangle with the old boys sportingly standing on the benches when they were young for the photographs, first with their class mates and next with their spouses. Present were the Manager of the school Dr. rev. Francis Swamy, The Principal Mrs. Jennifer Dias, Primary Head Teacher Mrs. Jennifer D’Souza and the alumni Co-ordinator. Next was a guided tour of the school and the projects completed. The Ex students visited their classes showing each other where they sat, clicking snaps, reminiscing good old memories, having a great time and voraciously enjoying themselves and being an inspiration to the present boys.
They then proceeded to the C.C.I club for a sumptuous lunch at which a beautifully prepared PowerPoint presentation emoting sentiments of affection and gratitude was shown.
The celebrations continued throughout and ended with a dinner at the Wellingdon Sports Club on the next day.
In conclusion one could say that the reunion was very well attended and brought back cherished memories for the ex-students and a great sense of pride for the school as this batch saw achievers reach their heights in their respective professional fields.
The awards were conferred at the Alumni Dinner on the 10th of January 2015. To read more, click
The students of the 1964 batch revisited their Alma Mater on the 18th of January, 2015. A few photomemories in the gallery below.