St. John's Diocesan School celebrated its Patronal Day on Friday the 22nd of June to honour and commemorate the day to John the Baptist, the Patron saint of the School. The event was marked withaThanksgiving service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Incidentally, 2018 is also the year that the School celebrates the 125th year of its inception, and hence the School authorities took this opportunity to flag off the celebrations of this Quasquicentenennial year with great enthusiasm and fervour.
The occasion was well attended by Members of the School Managing Committee, principals of various schools, retired staff, ex-students, parents, students and faculty members and was fittingly presided over by Rev. Paritosh Canning, Vice- President School Managing Committee, who also blessed the congregation with a Thanksgiving prayer.
This year, the year being special, the event included girls dancing to Tribal music, the choir singing a Gospel Medley while Mr. DayanidhiRao, well-known evangelist singer, sang a very special 125 year theme song as well as three beautiful songs in a rich baritone that brought tears to the eyes.
The event ended with the whole congregation singing the National Anthem.
RABINDRA JAYANTI CELEBRATION
Every year RabindraJayanti is observed with great reverence and veneration to mark Gurudev’s birthday. This year too, it was celebrated with sang-froid on the 8th of May 2018, with a short cultural program comprising songs, dances as well as recitation of Tagore’s poems. The focal point of the program was the staging of the dance drama based on Tagore’s play“TasherDesh.”
INTER-HOUSE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
The Inter-House Basket Ball tournament was held from the 30th April to the 3rdof May in the School Basket ball court. The cup was won by Sr. Hilda Francis House followed closely by the Sr. Mary Victoria House. Angelina Hoare House were placed in the third position withBeena Das House in the fourth. The prize for the best player of the tournament was awarded to Rani Roy of Sr. Hilda Francis House.The most promising player of the tournament was bagged by MadeehaTanveer Khan of Sr. Mary Victoria House.
The academic session commenced with a staff meeting on the 16th of January 2018. The Academic session for the students began on the 17th of January.
The Govt. of India has launched a nationwide cleanliness campaign, “Swachhta Hi Sewa” which includes voluntary work and reinforces public participation in sanitation.
Towards the realization of this goal, officials from CGST & CX, Kolkata North Commissionerateheld a cleanliness project in the School premises on 25th of January, 2018. They educated the girls about the mission and impressed upon them the need to keep our surroundings clean through a short power point presentation and also donated cleaning material, large brooms and gloves to the school while giving a practical demonstration with some girls as volunteers.
‘Sports build team spirit while teaching participants to exult in victory and to accept defeat with aplomb’. The Annual Sports day which was held on the 2nd of February 2018, at Gitanjali Stadium perfectly mirrored this feeling as the contestants participated in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The day started with the junior school sports, where the students of the primary and the Pre-Primary departments participated in the Slow March, the March Past, drill display and theme races.
The Chief Guest for the Junior School Sports Meet was Mr. Raja Venkat.Angelina Hoare House emerged as the champions for Junior Sports.
The Chief Guest for the Senior School Sports Meet was Mr. Akhtar Ali, former Tennis player and coach and celebrated commentator. It was indeed a privilege to have such committed sportspersons as our guests of honor to encourage our blossoming sports talent and boost them with views and ideas taken from their own personal experiences.
The meet was a keenly fought competition with all the four housesvying to win the March Past and the Drill Display. The track and field events saw the participants pushing themselves to outperform their previous records and set new bench marks.
This year, due to the extended winters and excellent weather it was decided to have picnics in the second week of February. Picnic is one event in our school calendar that is always eagerly looked forward to because the School firmly believes in the adage, “all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.”All of us need to let off steam from time to time and meet our colleagues away from the formal atmosphere of the school.
On the 7th of February, 2018, the school staff and the teachers went on a picnic to COVENT GARDENS. The whole day was filled with different activities including games, prizes, play acting and singing by the teachers and other staff members. Delicious breakfast and lunch was provided in the premises andeveryone had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Every year, apart from the three departments interacting together, this event comes as breath of fresh air in the otherwise routine work life.
The students of classes II to XI had their class picnics, on various dates scheduledfrom the 6th of February to the 12thof February at AkantApon, Bibirhat. Both the students and the accompanying teachers had an extremely relaxing time where the teachers let down their hair and revealed their fun side. This serves as an Ice-breaker between the students and teachers as they interact outside the four boundaries of the classroom. The students of the Pre-Primary and class-I enjoyed their picnic in the school campus.
125 YEARS’ CELEBRATION
St. John’s Diocesan Girls’ HS School came into being at the behest of Ms. AngelinaHoare and has been in existence for more than 125 years. In allthese years the School has gone from strength to strength and at present has roll strength of around 4000 students and is affiliated to the West Bengal Board ofSecondary Education and the Council of Higher Secondary Education.
To commemorate 125 years of its successful service to humanity, the School held its quasquicentennial celebrations on the 23rd and 24th of February, by staging an Audio-Visual Presentation entitled “A Short Walk on a Long Road” which showcased the journey of our School in the past 125 years.
ANNUAL PRIZE DAY
The Annual Prize Day for the Junior Department was held on the 22nd of March and the Chief Guest for the event was Mr. S. Mirza,.The Annual Prize Day for the seniors was held on the 23rd of March. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Sayyed Sarawar Imam, Joint Secretary of School Education, Government of West Bengal. Children were awarded prizes for excellence in academics. The students of the Pre-primary, the Primary and the Secondary Departments put up short cultural programmes to entertain their parents and celebrate this day. The Chief Guests and other guests of Honour gave away the awards.The programme concluded with the National Anthem.