ASHISH SHARMA GLOBE TROTTER- Ashish Sharma was a successful mechanical engineer who decided to quit his job and is now walking the length and breadth of our Country to raise awareness about children on the streets. As we write, this extraordinary human being has already covered over 17,000 kilometers by foot, as his endeavor to make India free of child beggars.
On 24th and 28th of September, this remarkable individual came to our School to address the students of classes IX, XI and XII. He completely inspired and overwhelmed the girls with his talk who promised to take up the cudgels against this social evil. We were truly humbled to find that strong ideals, a clear and defined goal, effective planning, selflessness, fearlessness, strength of purpose and the sheer tenacity to a singular idea can dovetail so beautifully within one so young.
More power to you in your campaign against child begging. May every child in the country go to school and may the youth of our country claim their future, just like you have. May your tribe grow, Ashish Sharma!
Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!
TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION
The School celebrated Teachers’ Day with great enthusiasm which seems to always surpass the preceding years. This year too was no exception to the boundless energy, love and respect shown by the students for their teachers.
A novel idea was visible in the theme chosen by the students when they depicted the role of teachers as second mothers and mothers away from home. The values of parental need and care became vivid through the wonderful presentation of songs, recitation and drama.
The teachers were welcomed with sweet smiles, colourful costumes and an exhibition of self-discipline. The school prefects and class monitors managed meticulously every detail of the class programmes and stage shows.
At the end of the day the teachers felt relaxed/rejuvenated and recharged to continue their noble mission of training young minds to be the future home makers and nation builders.
On the 15th of August 2018, the staff and students of our school gathered to celebrate the 72nd year of India’s Independence. This year being the 125th year of our School, the celebrations were grander than other years. The function started with a prayer followed by the hoisting of our National flag by the Chief Guest, Mr. Parthasarthy Chatterjee IPS, Ex DG West Bengal. The girls of the senior school saluted the National tri-colour as they grandly kept pace with the rhythm of the drum beats. The celebrations were marked with planting of saplings by the chief guests and other distinguished guests and the illustrious affair finally concluded with a brief cultural programme that portrayed women of our country who have played an active role in the Country’s freedom struggle.
The members of the Interact club along with some teachers visited Arunima Hospice, a home under the Diocese of Calcutta, where love, care and medication is given to the HIV patients and their children. The inmates displayed a short cultural programme for the Interact club members. Our School also provided lunch to them.
INTERSCHOOL THEME QUIZ
The annual interschool theme quiz “Women are the real Architects of Society” was held at Kala Mandir on the 28th of July 2018. The preparation for this illustrious signature event started much before the actual event. Invites were sent out to over 150 schools and ultimately 43 schools participated in the preliminary rounds. Following which the 10 best performing schools took part in the finals. Like other years, this year too, the quiz was conducted by Mr. Barry O’Brien who kept the teams on their toes with his sharp wit and excellent quizzing. There were some pertinent questions based on the life and times of celebrated women over the ages. Our guests of honour, this year, were Mrs. Sudha Kaul a social worker and educationist, Ms. Heena Gorsia is the President of the Rotary Club and Dr. Shashi Panja, Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare and Social Welfare in the All India Trinamool Congress of West Bengal. There was tough competition between the teams and the final scores were very close. Garden High School emerged the champions. DPS Ruby Park was first runners up while St. James School was the second runners up.
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.