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Sponsoring Online Learning for needy kids

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The pandemic has affected students greatly as all classroom learning have gone digital. After the online career guidance programme we conducted, and through some interactions with parents we noticed that many kids did not have dedicated devices for online study.

So naturally they fall behind in their studies as they simply cannot attend class. We requested Principal Sr. Arockia, along with class teachers to identify children based on their attendance in online class. They drew up a list of 21 children from classes V to X who needed the devices based on their online attendance pattern and economic status.

SSESA Secretary, Mr Vinay Pinto very happily sponsored brand new Lenovo and Samsung tab devices. We met all the kids 03 July 2021 through an interaction organised by Principal Sr. Arockia, and Vice Principal Felix and found all the kids were intelligent and eager to learn.

Many parents also came and were literally crying with joy. It was a happy and a sad moment. Each child sweetly wrote an individual letter to the school pledging that they will use the device for classes and learning, and not for games.

No Stanislite should be held back from learning. We must do what we can --- Vinay Pinto |SSESA Secretary

 

Career Guidance Programme for Std. X Students

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On June 12th, 2021, the St. Stanislaus Ex-Students Association (SSESA) & Vinay Pinto, Secretary SSESA organised a Career Guidance Programmes for Std. X students. The objective of the programme was to give the children an exposure to myriad real-life career options and show them the pathways to achieve success in each.

All the career talks were delivered by dynamic young ex-Stanislites who have demonstrated success in their field. The speakers were Brian Almeida on Marketing, Andrew Simoes on Human Resources, Dr. Ranjit Nair on Engineering & IT, Dr. Sailesh Advani on Medicine, Sumit Advani on Studying Abroad, Chef. Rohit D’Souza on Hospitality and Col. Asad Shaikh on a career in the Armed Forces. The programme was superbly moderated by Peter D’Souza.

The programme was broadcast live on YouTube and received over 500 views by the first day. It can be now viewed on the St. Stanislaus YouTube page: https://youtu.be/n7lOPM8EKr8

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A Tribute to Capt. Melwyn (Mel) Pais

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We pay tribute to Capt. Melwyn Pais who passed away on 16th May 2021.

He was was a Stanislite till the end and a great supporter of our St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association from its inception.

He was a familar face at all School and Ex-students acctivities be it Inter Jesuit Alumni Football matches, swims, Alumni Reunions, Lonavala Camps and of course AGM's. He served on the Managing Committee of the St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association. 

He participated in several JAAI (Jesuit Alumni Associations of India) Zonal and National Congresses starting with JAAI Milan National Congress held on the St. Stanislaus Campus. He also participated in the First WUJA (World Union of Jesuit Alumni) World Congress held at Kolkotta.

He was a nature lover and planted many trees at St. Stanislaus Villa Lonavala. He was truly one of a kind. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Our Condolonces to his Family

Tribute to Teacher Liz Rosario (nee Deniz)

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Teacher, Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Role Model

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Teacher Elizabeth Rosario.

Elizabeth Deniz was born December 26th 1947 to Joseph and Maria Deniz in Bombay. She passed away peacefully at home and went to her eternal rest on May 01, 2021 at the age of 73 years. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Martha (Santamaria), Julie (Mendonca), brothers Valentine, Agnelo and Xavier. Her youngest sister Bridget (Rosario) sadly passed away two weeks after her. She leaves behind her husband of 46 years Kenneth Rosario and their son Adrian and her two sisters Lydia, and Teresa. Multiple cousins, nephews and nieces around the world are also mourning this loss.

Elizabeth was an introverted, simple, private, caring, and soft-spoken person, and we would like to honor that tradition in paying her tribute as a teacher and mentor to both her family and students.

In her over three decades of instructing young boys, as a teacher and Vice-Principal at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, she helped mold 1000s of young minds as children and teenagers into the adults they have become and their characters sub-consciously guided into preparing them for the challenges of life. She put hours into marking papers and encouraging students to make sure they were putting in their best efforts. She developed mnemonics to remember math equations making the subject more palpable. As former students, all would like to say “Thank You”.

Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues RIP

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We regret to inform you of the passing away of Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues (97 years) one of the oldest living Stanislites on November 26th 2020

Viewing for a limited number of persons at Mt.Mary’s Basilica on Friday, November 27 from 8 am to 10 am.

Funeral will be held privately due to present restrictions. The Holy Mass will be livestreamed on Mount Mary’s Basilica Website.

Dass Joseph RIP

Dass Joseph RIP

With deep regret we have to inform our ex-students community of the demise of Dass Joseph (Class of 1968) on 28 May 2020. He was the son of late Master L.M. Joseph who taught at St. Stanislaus. Dass Joseph was the husband of Stephnie and father of Candice, Crystal & Lionel. He served on the SSESA Managing Committee.

The funeral of Dass Joseph was held on Friday 29 May at St.Andrews burial ground. Only 10 people were allowed to attend.

 

 

Rest in Peace Teacher Rose D'sa

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We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing away of one of the kindest and gentlest Teachers of our school. She was the  Class 4A Class Teacher for many of us.

At 92 years , she was the oldest teacher covered by Teacher Healthcare supported by you.

Funeral Service was be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4pm at St. Peter's Church,  Bandra.

May Her Soul Rest in Peace
 

Warm Regards,
Your Friends at SSESA
mc@stanislites.org

JAAB Independence Day Alumni Football 2019

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In a thrilling JAAB Independence Day Football tournament 2019, St. Xaviers School Alumni Fort, Mumbai narrowly beat Holy Family Alumni Association B 2-1 in sudden death to lift the JAAB William Neelankavil rolling trophy 2019.

The matches were hosted by St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association (SSESA) at the schools AstroTurf grounds to celebrate our Independence Day.

Twelve teams from the Jesuit Bombay Province came together for this annual football tournament for the 8th year. The teams played their round-robin matches with great enthusiasm and skill. While there was great fellowship between players off the field, the serious intent of winning was never in doubt on the field.

In the first semifinal, Holy Family Alumni Association B narrowly beat St. Xaviers School Alumni B 3-2 in a thrilling match. In the second semifinal St. Xaviers School Alumni A beat St. Mary's ICSE Alumni B 3-1.

The finals between St. Xaviers School Alumni A and Holy Family B was very keenly contested and ended scoreless at full-time. Penalty kicks also ended tied 4-4. The deadlock was finally broken through sudden death with St. Xaviers School Alumni A winning for the first time.

A special thanks to the SSESA Managing Committee for hosting the tournament and specifically Ms Perviz Motafram and her team, Coach Hycinth Cardoz, Stanny Lewis and Illidio Borges.

http://www.jaaindia.com/news/jaab-independence-day-alumni-football-2019

The 12 alumni teams that participated were

1980 Batch Celebrations 40 years

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St. Stanislaus High School Batch of 1980 celebrated 40 year anniversary on 29 July 2019 at Bandra Gym. 31 batchmates met for an evening of memories. A memento was made on the occasion.

Fr Luke Rodrigues s.j.  Troy Almeida ;Linus Farias; Eustace Mendonca ,Peter Dsouza ;Augustine Chaliserry ; Arvind Rao;Zafar Nalwala; Naushad Dossani;Roland Saldanha ;Sean Fernandes ;Cherian Thomas; ;Dennis Lobo ; Harold Barnes; Savio D'mello ;Claud Desales; Farad Bathena; Atul Suri;Manoj Hemrajani ; Raju Jadwani;Rajesh Mulchandani ; Abhay Bhave;Renton Dsouza;Jayson Curzai ;Nitin Tandon;Shahzad;Brain Dsouza;Alwyn Albuquerque;Sudesh Alva;Michael Rodricks;Gautam Metha

 

  

 

 

 

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

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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!

   

 

SSESA Independence Day Football 2017

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The Jesuit Alumni Associations of Bombay Province (JAAB) Inter-Jesuit Alumni Football League was held on 15th August 2017 at St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra in Mumbai. What started off as a football match between alumni from St. Stanislaus and St Marys ICSE every Independence day has now grown into a 12 team league with teams from across the Bombay Province participating. 

Alumni joined the students of St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra at 7.30am to raise and salute our National Flag on the school background.

The JAAB Inter-Jesuit Alumni Football League began from 9.20am onward with 12 teams from the Jesuit Bombay Province reigniting old rivalries. This year due to the renovation of the school middle ground some pool matches were held on the St. Andrews School Astro-turf. The football was fast and furious with some delightful skills on display. After the league matches the Semi-finals and Finals were held on the School back ground. In Semi-final 1 St. Xavier's School Nashik edged out Holy Family A in a very close contest. In Semi-final 2 St. Xavier’s College Mumbai had a hard fought win over the determined Holy Family B team.

The stage was set for a enthralling final between St. Xavier’s School Nashik and St. Xavier's College Mumbai. Both teams did not disappoint and played some high quality football where. St. Xavier's College edged out St, Xavier's School Nashik 1-0 to lift the William Neelankavil Memorial Trophy.

For the first time our woman alumni played as part of the St. Xavier's College team and converting a penalty in a league match.

Teacher Mary Titus Rest in Peace

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Our Dear Teacher Mary Titus passed away peacefully on 16-May-2017. Funeral service was held on 17-May 2017 at the Sewri Cemetary.

May she rest in peace.

Hello to my old school where I spent several happy years

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Mark Cheng recently wrote to our Principal Anna Correa who has graciously shared his letter of fascination reminiscing.

Bond of Boys 2017

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The annual alumni reunion of St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association "Bond of Boys" was held on the school background on 6th January 2017. Over 150 alumni who attended with their families were treated to an evening of fun, dance and games by host Darryl Loyola. Grown men became boys again as they met their batchmates and teachers. A sumptious dinner completed an evening to remember.

 

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