On the threshold of life

On the threshold of life

New beginning

On the threshold of life

St Joseph’s Boys’ High School presented a warm graduation ceremony bidding adieu to the outgoing batch of the tenth and twelfth standard students for the academic year 2014-15 recently. Large screens, strategically located, beamed sharp images to the gathering, of a solemn procession of outgoing students led by their Principal Rev Fr Clifford Sequeira SJ.

A reverential tone was set for the evening by the invocation song sung by the outgoing students beseeching God’s blessing on the events of the evening and their future lives. The Principal led the school in prayer.

The Principal delivered the welcome address and the Rector and guests of honour were presented bouquets of flowers in welcome.

The class 12 valedictorian, Eshwar Hegde, delivered a stirring message reminiscing the best experiences at St Joseph's. He thanked the school on behalf of his batch for the chance to study in “the best place on earth, with the best people with the best teachers learning the best lessons of life beyond text books”.

Vollin, valedictorian of class 10 expressed his sentiments of gratitude for making education at St Joseph’s meaningful and enjoyable while thanking parents and teachers for their generous love, support and wisdom. The solemn transfer of charge took place with the school band playing ‘Abide With Me’ after which the school flag was lowered, folded and handed over to Mark D’souza and Alfred Mathew of Standard 11 and 9 respectively. The flag was then raised again symbolising the juniors taking charge from their seniors.

Mark D'souza and Alfred Mathew of class 11 and 9 took turns to reply to the valedictorians thanking them for their enthusiasm, labour and example as Josephites and wishing them well for their future. Alfred quoted from Shakespeare the words 'Goodbye, goodbye, parting is such sweet sorrow that I must say goodbye till it be morrow' as he expressed his sentiments of gratitude and farewell.

The chief guest of the evening, Suresh Senapaty then addressed the students exhorting them to believe in their own unique dreams and to nourish multi dimensional talent, to seek excellence and to move in passion towards it… to be unafraid about losing the battle of criticism while winning the war of life.

The Rector, Fr Anthony Joseph then addressed the gathering asking the students to be true to the school motto of faith and toil as they embarked on life’s journey. He reminded them that they were the pride, joy and trophies of the institution and asked them to remember their alma mater as a home away from home; a home of love and nurturing rather than that of discipline and drudgery.

The Chief Guests, Mr and Mrs Senapaty and the other dignitaries presented the certificates and mementoes to the outgoing students.

The school choir sang the farewell song ‘Whenever you Remember’.

The tenth and twelfth standard students then sang ‘The Call’ and ‘The Time of your Life’ which was not only very enjoyable but also impressive. The formal ceremony concluded poignantly with  students lighting their candles. They formed a circle to the tune ‘Carry your Candle’ while teachers and parents went around the circle to congratulate them. The event concluded with dinner. Neha Shand compered the function with grace and confidence.

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