Sunday, January 18, 2009

No programme on 26th January 2009

In view of the poor response the programme for ex-students on 26th January 2009 is cancelled. For those of you who may be wondering about it.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

St. Annes 150 years - programme details

Hi there,
The Inaugural mass on the 3rd January was followed by the staging of the play “The Guardian Angel” which portrayed the life of St Claudine Thevenet the Foundress of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary. I was fortunate to attend this on the 7th January, 2009. Ms. Meher Pudumjee, CEO of Thermax, was the Chief Guest and made an inspiring speech for the young students. The programme was staged by 1300 students and it was extremely professional and very well portrayed. It took one back to the 1770’s when St. Claudine started the Congregation. Her last words “How Good God Is” summarizes everything.
The future programme outline is as follows :
2009 Feb: Workshops and Seminars, Foundress Day; 2009 March: Workshops and Seminars; 2009 April: Musical Housie and Summer Camp; 2009 June: Tree Plantation, Workshops and Seminars; 2009 July: Blood Donation Camp, Annual Day for Grand Parents; 2009 August: Interschool Quiz and Elocution Competition, Folk Dance Competition/Inter Faith Dialogue; 2009 September : Interschool Painting competition, Teachers’ Day; 2009 October: Dandiya & Six a side rink hockey, Interschool tele matches, Interschool mini-olympics; 2009 November : Parents Night, Magazine & Calendar 2010, Children’s’ Day; 2009 December: Fete; 2010 January: Thanks Giving Mass, Cultural Programme, Release of Magazine and Calendar. All in all, a packed year!
To mark the occasion, a calendar, the school souvenir and a mug with “150 years” printed on it were on sale. Needless to say, these items were selling like hotcakes.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Eucharistic Celebration 3rd January 2009

Hi friends,
I felt privileged to be attending the Eucharistic Celebration which began with the mass at the hands of Bishop Valerian D’Souza at the school grounds. The function was impeccable. The mass marked the inauguration of the 150 years celebrations of our school. Sister Diana was present along with many other sisters of the congregation who had travelled from far off places. Many current and ex-teachers were also present like Ms. Chandy, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Yvonne D’Souza. The most touching event was meeting Ms. Dharmadikari our Marathi teacher. She is 92 year of age but still has the same twinkle in her eye !
At the end of the mass we all sang the school song which again brought back nostalgic moments.
It was nice to meet Cathy Pande (nee Ferrao) after many years (she worked with me earlier and is now in Dubai) and I also met Rita Dias in person (we’ve been in touch on email).
I look forward to attending “The Guardian Angel” on Wednesday, January 7, 2009.
Lalita Vasu

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dandiya Nite

Hi friends,
Hope all of you are aware that as a part of the 150 years celebrations there will be a Dandiya Programme in the School on 18th October, 2008. Jet Set band will be in attendance. The tickets for the Dandiya are available in school or also I can arrange it if any of you want it.
Have fun,

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gala Dinner

This evening, we had a gala dinner for ex students in the school. It was awesome! About 100 ex students turned up, some with their husbands. There was one ex student from the batch that passed out in 1941!!
The meeting started with prayer. One of the earliest ex students, Rose, welcomed the gathering. This was followed by the singing of "Alma Mater". Then there was a presentation with pictures from the 1950s down to the 2000s. There was loud cheering from the ex students when the pictures of Mother Sacred Heart, Sr. Pia, Sr. Goretti, Sr. Catherine, Miss Doctor, Miss Soares, Miss Tucker and many more were shown.
This was followed by a speech by the current Principal, Sr. Silvia. Then Miss Nirmala Chandy made a presentation about the activities that have been planned throughout the year (actually, all the way upto January 2010), the improvements planned in the school during this period which will help the students and teachers over the coming several years, and the amount of funds needed to finance these improvements.
A request here: Please be generous with your time, efforts, support, and financial contributions now. If ever your school needed your support, it is now!
Then, one by one, the ex students came up and shared with the gathering their feelings on being here today. It was a great trip down memory lane for all of us. If you were not there, please make sure you are there the next time - the next such meet is on January 26, 2009.
It was interesting to hear some Anneites say they studied here, their daughters studied here, and some even said their granddaughters are in the school!
Many of them had very good words to say about Miss Doctor, almost all of them had good words to say about Miss Chandy. A couple of them said they were here for the centenary and now they will be here for the 150th anniversary!!
The meeting ended with sumptuous dinner in the White Hall.
More later.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Article in DNA Pune edition

Hi there,
Please check out the article that appeared in the September 18, 2008 edition of DNA Pune about the 150th anniversary celebrations of our school. The article is on page 5. Here is a link for you:

Take care

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gala Dinner for Ex-students on Sept 20, 2008

Hi friends,

For those of you who are likely to be in Pune on 20th September (Saturday) there is a gala dinner for the ex-students with one family member. I can arrange for tickets from school, please write to me or contact school office.

With sincere regards,
Lalita Vasu (1975 batch)