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The Quasquicentennial Celebrations at St Patrick’s H S School

 

When one thinks about growth, one thinks of a tiny seed. A tiny seed, after nourishment, patience, care and time, turns into a beautiful flower. When you look at St Patrick’s School, you realize it was once just a seed.

 

What once began with 13 boys and 4 brothers in a Scholasticate taken over from the Belgian Jesuits, have, with the dedication of the Christian Brothers over the ages, become the Institution which has become a hallmark in the field of education in Asansol.

 

St. Patrick’s H. S School, Asansol, began its Quasquicentennial Jubilee celebrations from the 28th of January with a three-day mega event. Rev Br M. B. Finn presided over as Chief Guest. It was a rewarding experience for all and people went home with fond memories. Everyone present at the celebration felt honoured to be a part of the show, sharing in the thrill and joy of the celebrations of the school.

 

Day One began with a message from the Community Leader, Brother Thomas, followed by the Eucharistic celebration. His Excellency Reverend Bishop Cyprian Monis of the Asansol diocese, performed the Eucharist. The Mass was followed by an exhibition on the history of St. Patrick’s, Asansol and Blessed Edmund Rice. The exhibition portrayed the glory of SPS over the past 125 years.

 

The celebrations continued in the evening with a prayer service. ‘The Welcome Dance’ expressed the poetry of human movement. The presentation incorporated three different dance forms – Sri Lankan, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. This was followed by Br Finn lighting the ceremonial lamp to symbolically open the function. The Principal of St. Patrick’s H. S School, Asansol, Mr Nigel D’Souza addressed the audience and threw light on the life of Blessed Edmund Rice. It was followed by a mesmerizing dance performance by the Patricians.

 

The students of Nai Disha – our outreach programme, performed a small skit on a destitute girl named ‘Asha’ who had a big dream and a small wish in her heart. With a mind full of fun she wished to fly in the skies and reach out to the stars.

 

The felicitation of the past principals was carried out through a slideshow and mementoes were handed over to the past principals present on the occasion. A letter from Br Beddoe, a former principal, was read out to the audience. The ‘Neon Dance’ depicting the victory of good over evil was a blend of music, dance and technology, portraying this tussle.

 

The famous musical play ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ portraying the Biblical story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis was performed by the students of SPS. It was indeed a scintillating performance and the audience was awe-struck.

 

On 29th January, the prayer service set the tone for the evening programme. A performance by parents provided ample entertainment and brightened the occasion. A short film, ‘Down Memory Lane’, rolling back the glorious years of SPS Asansol was presented before the audience. It brought back many fond memories and made many nostalgic.

 

A musical programme by various CCBI schools and schools of Asansol transported the audience to a world of music and joy.

 

The final day of the Quasquicentennial celebration began with a joint prayer service conducted by the students of St. Patrick’s and St. Vincent’s. The present teachers of St Patrick’s H S School and the Grade D staff were felicitated. A performance by the alumni followed.

 

The audience was awe-struck at the spectacular dance performances by various CCBI and Asansol schools. Ex-Patrician Kinjal Chattopadhay a popular singer, paid a tribute to the school by singing some beautiful numbers.

 

The first phase of our 125 year celebrations came to a befitting end with a breathtaking performance by the Unity Band, a band comprising St Patrick’s and St Vincent’s students together on stage.

 

The three day celebration made many re-live their memorable days again. Remembering the past filled everyone with a sense of tradition. We pray that the blessings of Edmund Rice help us to seek the future with renewed vigour, enthusiasm and commitment.