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by Pradeep Vijayakar (1966)

Bond of Boys Cricket 2010


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Britto House won the inaugural Bond of Boys Cricket tournament. The planned T-10 inter year cricket made way for a game of box-cricket where grown men became boys again even if only for an afternoon.

Revisiting Stanislaus' sporting glory

Hockey Internationals with the Author

by Pradeep Vijayakar (Class of 1966)

Mumbai: The glory of St Stanislaus High School sport came back on Sunday night when four international hockey players were among ten ex-students felicitated on the occasion of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the St Stanlislaus Ex-Students Association. The Bandra school, which goes back 147 years, would regularly sweep the titles in hockey, football and athletics in the 60s. Of the four honoured, Leo Pinto, Francis D'Mello,Marcellus Gomes and Viren Rasquinha. 1948 Olympian goalkeeper Pinto did not come as he is 94.

Leo Pinto joined Stanislaus in 1930 and represented played hockey, football and even cricket (as wicket-keeper and opening bat). In football he was a speedy right winger.

Mahindra players D'Mello (1972) and Gomes (1976) drew loud applause. D'Mello holds the record for playing for India in international hockey when still at school. Just 15 he played in the Barcelona World Cup in 1971 and later captained the team to Afghanistan. ``We had a strong team and we won all titles in my time,'' said D'Mello.Gomes was part of the best National team in 1989. He represented India from 1981 to 1987.

Viren Rasquinha, (Class of 1996), earlier on Saturday spoke at a symposium on education on the topic of Education and Sport. He is eminently qualified to do so having been 13th on the SSC Merit list in 1996 with 91 per cent marks and going on to play hockey for India in 180 games--at the Olympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Afro-Asian Games.After his retirement in 2008, Viren did his MBA at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and is Chief Operating Officer of Olympic Gold Quest.

A Happy Christmas Season

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Dear Stanislites,

I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a "Happy Christmas Season". I pray that the New Year brings a new dawn for your family.

I look forward to meeting you and your family at "Bond of Boys" our Stanislite Reunion on January 9th and 10th, 2010. Do come back to school and let us celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of SSESA.

Warm Wishes,

Fr. Jude Fernandes SJ Principal St. Stanislaus High School

President St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association

Stanislite Dr Owen Pinto who missed Asian Games glory


by Pradeep Vijayakar
Assistant Editor
TheTimes of India (1961-66)
Mumbai: Among the finest athletes from St Stanislaus still lving is Dr Owen Pinto. He turned 80 on December 3. He isn't greatly mobile because of diabetes and neuropathy and clot in the brain. Let us pray for him.Dr Owen Pinto, father of eminent cardiolgist Dr Brian and gynaec Dr Susan and Jillian and husband of Dr Cynthia a dentist. He was among India's finest runners of 50s. He was in school in the 40s.

In 1951 around the time of the inaugural Asian Games Owen Pinto was notching the best timings in Asia in the 400 metres. But a hamstring injury during the All India University meet at Allahabad left him unfit for the Asian Games. He could also have gone to the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games that followed but missed out to others as he was burdened with final year medical studies and could not train as hard as the others like Ivan Jacob who got the berth.

Recalls the doc:``I was running the 100m in 10.8, 200m in 22.2, and the 400m below fifty. The Japanese who won took more than 50 secs. at the first Asiad. At the varsity meet the starter allowed Patna's Sati Ghosh to jump the gun. I tried to make up darting to the tape and fell over and tore a hamstring fibre. Pandit Nehru at the Asiad told me `I want gold from you'. I told him, `how can I with this injury'. He said `I will arrange the best treatment' but that wasn't enough.''

The doctor however forgets his own pain when he recalls how injury killed Henry Rebello's medal chances at the 1948 Olympiad in the hop step and jump.``He had leapt to 52 feet. The world record of 51 ft was within his reach but he got injured and then disheartened and gave up.''

Call for entries: Inter Year T-10 Cricket tournament



Calling for team entries for the Stanislite inter year T-10 cricket tournament.

Since only a limited number of teams can be accomodated, entries are on the first come basis.


    • Each team needs to fill the registration webform .
    • Each team will be allowed 15 members.
    • Each bowler will be allowed maximum 2 overs
    • Rolling substitutes allowed
    • In case of a tie a bowl out will be held
    • Each team can bring their own cheer leaders
    • Lots of prizes to be won
    • Lots of fun to be had..why wait

Register now

See you there,

Your friends at SSESA

PS: Invitations for Bond of Boys 2010 are now available daily at the SSESA office.

Look what's happening at Bond of Boys 2010


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Bond Of Boys 2010 takes off from where we left off last year.

Inspired by your warm and enthusiastic response, we are planning a bigger event to connect with Stanislites everywhere.

 In true festival style and to celebrate the 75 year anniversary of SSESA, Bond Of Boys 2010 will now consist of events spread across two days. These events include

  • For the fun-loving boys: Inter Year T-10 cricket and garage band music shows.
  • For the networking Stanislite: "The SSESA Forum" - a platform to hear presentations by prominent personalities.  
    And of course our fun-filled Gala Night.

All these events present a unique opportunity for Stanislites to meet each other and to reconnect with the school. More than anything else, it gives alumni a chance to strengthen their bond and expand our community.

For those visiting India, please block your invitations now! 

Invitations available at the SSESA office in the School Complex  Monday-Sunday 10am-12noon (except Thursday)

So,come back to school and join in the Bond Of Boys!

For any queries e-mail  

See You there!

Your friends at SSESA

Teachers Healthcare 2009-10


We did it together. The Teachers Healtcare fundraiser for 2009-10 is now complete.

We covered 126 serving and retired teaching and non-teaching staff of our School. The oldest person covered  was Master John Lohale (Marathi Master) at 90 years.

A Big Thank You to all those who contributed and made this years fundraiser a huge success.

Read the Healthare 2009-10 Report here

Sesquicentenary Inauguration

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