Mangaluru, Jun 26: Recalling the years spent at St Joseph’s High School by 38 students from class 10 A of 1990-91 batch led by the esteemed Christian Brothers as 'undoubtedly, the best days of their lives', 26 years later the students teamed up for a very special and emotional event on Saturday June 24, to bid goodbye to the Christian Brothers. The Brothers had served at St Joseph’s Bajpe for almost 40 years and ably led the dynamic institution in creating numerous global citizens of today.
The outgoing principal of St Joseph’s Pre-University College - Hector Pinto and headmaster of High School section - Alwyn Noronha were ably assisted by the incumbent principal – Hubert Furtado and senior teacher – Veera Pinto in setting up an exceptional formal ceremony comprising of all the High School staff members and over 600 students at the institution’s hall.
Shilpa D’Souza anchored the formal ceremony on behalf of St Joseph’s team, Veera Pinto welcomed the old students to center stage. Molly delivered a wonderful speech in honour of the old students and Hubert Furtado proposed the vote of thanks.
On behalf of 1990-91 batch, Mahesh Prabhu led the proceedings and expressed his gratitude to the respected Christian Brothers Arun Bhandary, Dr Sathish Shetty, Rajnish Nilaya, Godseth Menezes, Prashanth Shetty, Shahana Fehalavi, Savitha Prabhakar and Kausar Jahan Pandith. Manohar Bhat, Jaison D’Costa, Chris Shenoy and Dhanraj
Shetty also joined the team for various activities held throughout the day.
The batch of students presented mementos to the Christian Brothers currently stationed at Bajpe – Br Hector Pinto, Br Charles D’Souza, Br Len Noronha and Br John Pereira. In appreciation for their warm support and cooperation, the old students expressed their appreciation to Hubert Furtado and Alwyn Noronha.
Noel D’Costa, who recently secured the third rank in the Karnataka SSLC examinations was honoured. Due to his college commitments, Noel was represented by his beloved mother – Anitha D’Costa.
The old students were pleasantly treated to tea along with the High School staff members before signing-off from a memorable and greatly cherished formal event at the school which will be remembered for a long time.
The batch commenced the day with a breakfast gathering at Ocean Pearl Hotel, and enjoyed an overnight fun-time at the cozy River Roost Resort, Vamanjoor. The ceremonial t-shirts for this significant occasion were sponsored by Thunga Hospitals, Mumbai and Arun Bhandary Builders and Developers, Bajpe. The trophies, transportation and photography for this momentous event were sponsored by Savi’s Fashion Studio, Bengaluru and ADC Enterprises, Bajpe.