ST. VINCENT’S High School held a function for parents of its students on Friday as part of its Sesquicentennial Year celebrations. The programme was attended by about 2,000 guests comprising past and present students, teachers, employees, parents, and members of the Vincentian Old Boys Association. “The learning at St Vincent’s High School has played a major role in sustaining me in this competitive world and whatever success I had was because of the hard work learned at the school,” said retired commando and former student of the school, George Kailath, during the function. “Besides the regular studies, we were taught hard work, truthfulness and how to be sporting so that success and failures are easy to face.”
The function was attended by Mayor Prashant Jagtap, former students ex-MP Suresh Kalmadi, Sanjeev Bajaj of Bajaj Finance, Dr Dayanand Shetty, radio jockey Sangram Khopade, tennis players Nitin Kirtane and Sandeep Kirtane, Bishop Valarian D’Souza, father Mario Fernandes, Vice-Principal K. Anish and Organising Co-ordinator Manju Tiwari. The Principal of St. Vincent’s High School, Father Andrew Fernandes felicitated the guests with mementos.
Speaking after the felicitation, Kailath said that the school taught a lot of values. “We were prepared to face challenges and how to be patient while solving problems. Whatever we learned at the school, we remembered forever, that’s why whenever school calls us for anything we are ever ready to be present and serve the school,” said Kailath.
An entertainment programme was organised at the Gulati Hall of the school where pre-primary and primary school students performed dances and choral singing. The Sesquicentennial year celebrations will see more programmes including an art exhibition, release of coffee table books, an international carol singing competition, marathon race, inter-school athletics competition, football and basketball tournaments, an inter-school quiz and a teachers’ conference.