Mangaluru, Jun 20: The feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint, was celebrated with pomp and show on June 20 at St Aloysius College Higher Primary School. A beautiful programme was put up in the school auditorium by the students of grade 6.
Words of welcome were expressed by Joshua of class 6. A formal welcome following Indian tradition was rendered by the students to the gathering. Veena Menezes introduced the chief guest, Severine Pinto, assistant professor of the English Department. She quoted that St Aloysius Gonzaga is an epitome of sacrifice, his life an act worthy of emulation. To risk one’s own life at a tender age of 23 is definitely an unimaginable act, under normal circumstances, she said.
"When plague was casting its devouring shadow, eclipsing life and youth he whole heartedly plunged himself into the caring of people affected and suffering from the ravages of the disease and on unfortunately contacting it breathed his last", she narrated.
A prize distribution was held for the winners of the competition conducted on this occasion. A lovely cultural programme was put up by the students. Spoorthi of class 6 proposed a vote of thanks. The students of Class 1 and 2 of Kannada Section were given a set of school uniform. The programme was compered by the students of class 6. SPL Abhish and ASPL Lagan J S shared their joy on being elected the school representatives by distributing sweets to all. To conclude the programme, School Anthem was sung. The programme was witnessed by the dignitaries Fr Gerald Furtado SJ, correspondent, Severine Pinto,chief guest, Jositta Noronha, headmistress, Mangala Rai, vice president of the PTA and Liya D'Souza, assistant headmaster.