Annual Day

Celebrating Childhood

Life is too short not to celebrate the nice moments!
Jurgen Klopp
Celebrating childhood, life and laughter, Annual Day was an evening of colour and foot-tapping action. There were parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and well-wishers in the audience who cheered for the students on stage. The dancers danced, the actors acted and the singers sang with joy in their hearts and large smiles on their faces.

The Chief Guest for the evening was Dr. Vashisth Das, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Old Boy; other dignitaries included Rector of St. Joseph’s Institutions, Rev Fr Brian Pereira SJ, Former Vice Principal of SJBHS, Mr. Charles Noronha, President of the OBA Mr. George Ollapally, Secretary of the OBA Mr. Brian D’Lima, Vice President of the PTA Mr. Srinivas Wardha and the secretaries of the PTA - Mrs. Sudeshna Ghosh and Mr. Pravin Anthony.

The Kannada Invocation Song, the ‘Unity in Diversity’ Dance and the Welcome Dance set the stage for the other events to unfold.

Fr. Alwyn delivered the inaugural address cordially welcoming all gathered and introduced the erudite Chief Guest to the audience.

Dr. Das, Old Boy, was emotional as he stood at the altar of the institution that molded and nurtured his character and assured the parents that their children would leave their footprints in the sands of time. They would imbibe a tradition which was 160 years old and would belong to a proud fraternity that transcended both geographical and socio-economic barriers.

The Annual Report followed highlighting the holistic education offered here..

The main cultural extravaganza had two sections. “Life: A Fairy Tale” which revived a plethora of tales ranging from Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, The Shoe maker and the Elves, The Ugly Duckling, The Hare and the Tortoise to Pied Piper, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and the Bean Stalk and Cinderella. The elders in the audience re-visited their childhood while the children were transported to a real time scenario with elves and rats, fairies and pixies.

The second section named “Sparks to Flame” rewound the story of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School and took the audience from the inception of the school on St. John’s Hill to its present day glory, all in the form of dance and drama. All through the 160 year old history, the students bestowed thanks on the Jesuit fathers for their perseverance, persistence and pursuit of knowledge.

By the end, the audience knew that they were the lucky few whose wards had a legacy to uphold.

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