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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.

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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!

   

 

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.

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