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Stanislites Australia Reunion

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Howdy Stanislites,

Please turn to page Australian Stanislites in your Facebook, to see the photos of the recent dinner dance. Here's one of the boys, young and old, belting out the school anthem and a couple or three others, to whet your want for more! It was lovely to catch up with the the usual suspects and then a few more, all dressed in their second-best finery with name badges flashing in the flickering candlelights.

After the initial meet and greet "oh, so nice to see you again" and "you're looking not a year older since I saw you last year", it was time for the traditional sing-as-loud-as-you-can school anthem, belted out in about 14 or 15 different voices. The star of the line-up was Craig D'Souza, still studying in Std III and here in Melbourne on holiday. There his is (please look at photograph), standing right next to the oldest man in the group, Ken Fernandes - although, you wouldn't have guessed so by looks alone (please look at other photograph). And then (looking at the photo again), draped around them is the usual rag-tag bunch of muffins.

Now in its 6th year, we may have been a bit down in numbers this year, but we surely made up for it in enthusiasm. As usual, our DJ Michael Pinto was a great hit, keeping those toes - ours, that is - twinkling away on the floor. And just to spice things up a bit, this year we introduced the masala, that special music that's world-famous in Bandra. So popular was it, that the dancers insisted on a second helping. The masala was also the cue to award spot prizes to the best dancing cooks on the floor, whether with ladle or with handkerchief, and what better prize than No Worries Curries masala packets? Kindly donated by Claudette. Those of you who did score a packet or two, please feed us back on the results. To the others, you can always order your pick online (as opposed to me, who works on his pick-up lines).

Jesuits of Bombay Province

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On the occasion of the visit of the Jesuit Superior General Fr Artuo Sosa to the Jesuit Bombay Province a Magis Conclave followed by dinner was held on 3rd March 2019 at St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra in Mumbai India.

Several Schools and Colleges in the Bombay Jesuit Province are run by the Fathers and Brothers of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a religious congregation internationally known for their educational work.

JESUITS OF BOMBAY PROVINCE

Rest in Peace Lt. General Francis Dias

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Eminent Ex-student (1948 batch) Lt. General Francis Dias passed away on Republic Day. This was an important day for him because he was conferred three very important awards on this day in the past by the President of India - the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), the Ati Vishisht Seva medal (AVSM), which he was awarded for distinguished service in counter-insurgency, and the Vir Chakra. He also fought in the 1965 and 1971 Wars. During Operation Cactus Lily, in the erstwhile East Pakistan, he led his battalion to capture Bogra Town on December 14, 1971. This was a strategic victory for the Indian Army and two days later Pakistan surrendered in East Pakistan, and Bangladesh was born. For this he was awarded the Vir Chakra. His Citation said:

"Lieutenant Colonel Francis Tiburtius Dias was commanding a battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles during the operations against Pakistan in the Eastern Sector. On 12 December 1971, he was ordered to capture a well prepared position held by an enemy infantry battalion. Again, on 13 December, the battalion was assigned the task of capturing two bridges held by the enemy in strength. And finally on 14 December 1971 the battalion was assigned the task of capturing a portion of Bogra Town. Under his leadership, the battalion carried out all the tasks successfully, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. After contacting the enemy defences at Mahasthana, he infiltrated between the enemy's forward defended localities, raided the enemy battalion headquarters, and captured the officer commanding along with other officers. He also thwarted enemy efforts to blow up bridges. It was due to him that the battalion contributed to a great extent in clearing Bogra Town and taking a large number of prisoners. Throughout this operation, Lieutenant Colonel Dias displayed gallantry, professional skill and leadership of a high order."

SSESA Lonavla Picnic 2018

SSESA LONAVLA PICNIC 2018

SSESA - St.Stanislaus Ex-Students Camp 2018 @ Lonavala A Big Thank you to Ronnie Mascarenhas & the Organizing Committee, Stanny & Celine Lewis for putting together a wonderful Camp. Special Thanks to Gail Raphael & Rita Mascarenhas for keeping us engaged in all the wonderful games and activities planned for the teams, to Royce D'Silva for the lovely music setup that only added to our joy, to Fr.Gerard Conrad Rodricks Sj for really maintaining the Villa with so many new additions and facilities, to Giles, Nanoba and the entire staff for their hospitality & to all the happy campers who contributed to making this one...truly a Camp to remember.

Picnic moments https://photos.app.goo.gl/zCjcRTxVK9iVgcUd2

SSESA at Gnanmata Adivasi High School Prize Distribution Ceremony

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The Gnanmata Adivasi High School at Uplat, Talasari celebrated its Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony on 27th November 2017.

It was an honour for the SSESA Uplat Project team, represented by Charles Dias, Terence de Souza, Ronnie Mascarenhas and Royce D’Silva, to have been invited by the school’s management, to grace the occasion as Chief Guests at the ceremony.

The ceremony began with the traditional lighting of the lamp, singing of the Vande Mataram and presentation of roses to the SSESA team.

A lot of preparation was done by the students, teachers and nuns from Vedruna Convent to ensure the event was a success. The function was held on the playground and the makeshift stage was nicely decorated. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable morning with students from the Primary and Secondary sections making it more joyous, by various cultural performances with vibrant and colourful outfits.

SSESA once again made a contribution of Rs 100,000, which we received as a personal contribution from Mr. Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Ltd., towards creation of additional scholarships and also Titan watches donated by Titan Company Ltd. The watches were presented to the top achieving students at the ceremony.

Ronnie Mascarenhas, in a short speech at the end of the ceremony, thanked the school’s management for inviting the SSESA team to grace the occasion and also pledged SSESA’s continued support to the School in whatever way possible in the future.

SSESA VISITS GNANMATA ADIVASI HIGH SCHOOL – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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The SSESA team, comprising Charles Dias, Terence de Souza, Ronnie Mascarenhas and Royce D’Silva, visited Gnanmata Adivasi High School at Uplat, Talasari on Saturday. 16th September 2017.

On this occasion, we intentionally chose to visit the school on a working day, in order to gain a realistic understanding of the school, its facilities, its present academic activities and problems. We had a general discussion with the management and learnt of their successes and difficulties. We were surprised to hear that they accommodate approximately 87 students per classroom.

We later interacted with students of the 10th standard on their studies and on general issues. They were very appreciative of the new benches/desks they were utilizing. The cost of these benches was co-financed by SSESA through very generous contribution by our fellow Stanislite, Dr. Keki Gharda.

During this visit, we gifted each student of the school with a ball point pen, on behalf of SSESA, – a total of 1100 pens.

On an earlier trip to Uplat, on 8th January 2017, on behalf of SSESA, we had gifted each of the tribal boarding students, with a towel and soap – a total of 220 of each.

The innocent smiles on the faces of the tribal students are enough to know they really need and appreciate all that SSESA is doing for them, making us want to return to Uplat and do more … much more!

   

 

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