Labour Day Celebrations- 1 May 2017

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The Junior School Investiture Ceremony took place in the school auditorium on the 29th of April, 2017 to induct the new council members for the year 2017 – 2018. Deputy Commandant General Home Guards and Civil Defence U.K. Mr. Amitab Srivastava graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and did the honour of pinning the badges on the newly elected Council members along with Rev. Bro. Dennis, Rev. Bro. Rajesh and Rev. Bro. Arokia Raj. The proud parents felt prouder still as they conferred the sashes after the oath had been administered by Mrs. S. Hasan. The gathering also witnessed two beautiful dances and a melodious rendering by the Jr. School choir.
The Chief Guest congratulated the newly elected torchbearers and reminded them of the great responsibility which comes with the newly acquired designation. A momento was presented to the chief guest by the Principal Rev. Bro. Dennis while the co-ordinator Mrs. S. Hasan applauded the constant mentoring of the parents which has borne fruit.

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In an atmosphere of patriotic fervour, the 68th Republic Day of India was celebrated with great zeal and verve by the Josephites, at St. Joseph’s Academy. The esteemed Chief Guest for the event was  Ret. Major General P.K. Gusain, an alumnus of the school.The programme commenced with the hoisting of the flag by the Chief Guest and Rev. Bro. Dennis, while the whole school sang the National anthem with pride in their eyes.
After praying for the nation’s well being, the middle school put forth a patriotic dance. Alok Bhatt enlightened the audience about the significance of the day. The school choir celebrated the spirit of unity through the song – ‘Chak de India’.
Depicting the sanctity  of the occasion and the role played by the makers of our Constitution, the students of class 8th performed a skit titled – ‘Samvidhan’. This was followed by a speech by Sanya Dhyani emphasizing on the vices of corruption and dishonesty.
Saluting our soldiers’ efforts to make India the proud nation that she is today, there was a dance performance by the middle school.
The choir, joined by the teachers, sang ‘Vande Matram’. The Chief Guest, Major General Gusain addressed the gathering, enlightening the audience about the significance of the National flag. His speech included descriptions of the valley’s rich heritage. The programme concluded with the Principal Rev. Bro. Dennis giving the vote of thanks.

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Sports and athletics have been an integral part of S.J.A. for years immemorial. Keeping up the tradition, this year too, S.J.A. organized its 83rd Annual Sports Meet with the same flamboyant spirit, on the 19th of November.
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St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun deeply mourns the sad demise of our former Principal Rev. Bro. V.P. Bernard, FSP on Sunday, 20th November at 10 a.m.

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First Ranked Co-ed Day school in Uttarakhand-2016 (6th Consecutive year)

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Annual Marathon 2016

The marathon traces its  origin to 490 B. C. when following the victory of the Greeks in the battle of Marathon , Phiedipppides ran a staggering  distance of 240 kilometers to Athens to announce this news to the people. Every year , Josephites try to emulate this great feat (although, over a much shorter distance ) , by taking an active part in the school marathon.
On October 15, 2016, shortly after the crack of dawn, hundreds  of Josephites,  clad in yellow, red, blue and white  t-shirts gathered on the big field yet again to face a gruelling  test of endurance – the ‘short’ marathon.  The check points  in the various categories  were- Hotel Madhuban  (Sub-Junior Girls),Silver City (Sub-Junior Boys and  Junior Girls),NIVH (Senior Girls and Junior Boys), and ending of  Bodyguard boundary (Senior Boys). As the Principal Bro. Dennis flagged off the race, the spirited students shot off like bullets- each one wanting to get ahead of the other.
As enthusiastic as the start was, there was an evident slowing down as the race progressed with only a few exhibiting their will power and stamina by reaching the finishing line before the others had even traversed half way through ! The good thing was that all did manage to complete the run though it was a rather challenging task for most .
After the harrowing reality -check on their fitness levels , the winners were as follows:
Senior Boys –
1 Manan Dalip  (Bergin House)
2 Tenzing Chhoyzang (Dooley House)
3 Aditya Chauhan  (Donovan House)
Senior Girls –
1Ayushi Bisht (Duffy House)
2 Agrata  Jaiswal (Duffy House)
3 Unnati Rawat (Duffy House)
Junior Boys
1Rojal Sapkota (BerginHouse)
2 Atulya J. Singh (Dooley House)
3 Krishlaya Dang (Donovan House)
Junior Girls
1 Vanshika Anand (Duffy House)
2 Tanishqua Tomar (Duffy House)
3 Sanjam Kaur  Bedi (Duffy House)
Sub – Junior Boys
1Dhruv Negi (Bergin House)
2Prithvi Raj (Donovan House)
3 Aryaman Rai (Dooley House)
Sub – Junior Girls
1 Nehal (Duffy House)
2 Malvina  Bhatt (Dooley House)
3 Niyati Kukreti (Donovan House)
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Bro. E.T Dunne Memorial Debate Inter-House Debate

The Bro.E.T. Dunne Memorial Debates are organized every year in SJA   to  honour  his memory and also as an acknowledgement of his tremendous work for the school. This  debate was organized on 20th August in the school auditorium.

This year debate was ferocious and enthralling. The battle of minds and wits began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest, Junior School Coordinator ,Mrs.S.Hasan , Senior School Coordinator Mrs. S. Sridhar and our Principal Rev. Bro .Dennis. The programme was compered by Tanushree Thapa and Kavya Chabbra and the Chairperson for the  English debate was Rachita Srivastava . Firstly we had the English Debate. The motion under fire was-“  The no  fail policy of RTE Act has done more harm than good”

The esteemed panel of judges comprised Mr. Michael .A.Burrows, Mr. S. S. Rautela and Mrs. Sunita Vijay.

Each speaker did a commendable job and  spoke with conviction and grace.

Stemming rebuttals became the order of the day, with witty questions and wittiest answers. After the debate the Turncoat round was organized, in this round each participant was given a topic and they had to speak one minute for the topic and one minute against the topic. The participants presented their viewpoints with equal grace for the topic and against it.

When the results were being tabulated, Brij Dewan   and Avanish Thapa enthralled the audience with their song ‘Photograph’.

Subhangi Agarwal announced the results ,Savinay Sharma of Donovan House  bagged the awards for both the Best Speaker and Best Turncoat Speaker. Abhiti Mishra of Dooley House won the First Runners-up Speaker and the Best Rebuttal. Donovan House was adjudged the Best Team.

The exciting English Debate was soon followed by Hindi Debate .The participants expressed their opinions on the topic –“ Alag Rajya  Bankar Uttarakhand Aaj Vikas Ki Aur Agrasar Hai”

The panel of judges comprised Mrs.Vinodhi Sharma, Mrs. Pushplata Bhatnagar and Mrs.Poonam Chawla. The comperer for Hindi Debate was Anagha Bhardwaj and the Chairperson was Tushar Sarin. Our debaters indulged in a fierce battle of wits leaving the audience spellbound. After the wonderful speeches Mrs.R.Tandon gave a vote of thanks and declared the results , according to which Tanishk Breja of Bergin House and Anjali Chauhan of Donovan House emerged as the Best Speakers and Pramanshu Yadav  of Bergin House as the First Runners Speaker .The Best team in Hindi Debate was Bergin House and the Second Best Team  was Donovan House. Due to excellent performances in both English and Hindi categories Donovan House clinched the coveted overall trophy. The English Debate was organized by Mrs.R.Tandon and Mrs.R.Gulati. The Hindi Debate was organized by Mrs.B.Negi, Mrs.A.Bisht  and Mrs.S.Tiwari. The Middle School Coordinator Mrs.S.Anand  and Senior School Coordinator  Mrs.S.Sridhar was also present in the function.

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J.L.D’Souza Memorial English Debate 2016

Sir J.L.D’Souza was a pioneer in education and one of the longest serving and most respected teacher of St. Joseph’s Academy.  In his memory, S.J.A. hosts the J.L.D’Souza Memorial English Debate every year.
This year as well, on 27th August, 9 reputed schools including Welham Girls’, CJM, St. Thomas’ College, The Doon school etc. under the pseudonym of famous poets,competed in this battle of words and wits.
The prestigious jury included well known personalities in academic circles- Mrs. Nadira Ahmed , Dr. Manisha  Saxena and Miss Patricia Herne.
The topic under hammer was-‘India in the true sense has become intolerant’. Each speaker brought forth his/her views, political as well as social in an extempore format,  the time limit being 3 minutes, followed by an active rebuttal. The vote of the house refutated the motion.
Spitting fire, the confidence of the speakers was then tested through a round of turncoat debate, where they were given a topic on the spot.
Then came the most awaited moment of the day, that is, the results which were as follows: second runners-up: Ayandri Uniyal(CJM) and Prateek Kumar (St.Thomas’ College),
first runners up: Shristi Khemka  (Welham Girls’ School),
best speaker in the extempore debate : Aryan Sharma (Grace Academy ),
best rebuttal:Shristi Khemka (Welham Girls School) ,
best speaker in turncoat debate: Shristi Khemka (Welham Girls School ) and finally best team: Grace Academy. The event  concluded with a vote of thanks given by Mrs.N. Ganguly.

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The Cultural Week – CONFLUENCE 2016


To give wings to the vast talent pool in the junior section of St. Joseph’s Academy, a cultural day was organized in the school auditorium on Wednesday the 18th day of May 2016. The event was a colourful spectrum of items ranging from folk, to classical to contemporary dances intercepted with some soulful music by the solo performers. The programme also showcased interesting plays in Hindi and English dealing with the misuse of environment and how things don’t always work out the way we want them to. The surprise of the day was a beautiful fusion of yoga, aerobics and ‘dancercise’ emphasizing that fitness regime can be fun too! The programme came to an end with the Principal’s address and school song sung with great gusto by the gathering as the Junior School geared up for the coming and much awaited summer vacation.


Cultural Week ,the much awaited extravaganza  at SJA saw a plethora of events unfolding the talent of the Josephites, first of them being the Middle school folk dance competition  judged by Mr.R. Sinha,Mr. D. Nautiyal and Mrs. N. Manwal.The scintillating  colours of the costumes, the melody of the songs and the well synchronised  steps of the dancers left the audience only desiring for more .Next in line was the mime, showcasing different  themes like obsession for mobiles, gender discrimination and evolution etc. All the presentations received a spirited  response and proved that actions speak louder than words. The next event, the street jam , a musical orchestra  produced out of junk remained a hit and witnessed the viewers tapping their feet joyously. The adapt tune a solo dance performance  showed the versatility of the budding performers . The last event of the day,the middle school western dance  served as the cherry on the cake and the judges had a tough time deciding the best troupe.The score board at the end of the  day had Duffy house right at the top closely followed by Doolley,Donovan and Bergin respectively.


On the resplendent morning of the 20th of May, the exuberant vibes could be felt around the jubilant Josephites as they gathered to witness the monumental clash between the four houses, ‘Confluence’ 2016. This event is a festival to provide the students with a unique platform to exhibit their talent and at the same time, ignite their competitive fire.
First event was  the movie making contest where the houses were to make short films highlighting the spirit of sportsmanship. In this, the directorial skills of Duffy house won it the first position.

Next, we had an elegant,graceful and symphonic exhibition, in the form of classical and folk dance. In classical dance, Bergin house mesmerised the  judges and audience alike and bagged the first position while in folk dance it was the congruous moves of  Dooley         house that were triumphant.
Beauty,it’s said, lies in everything around us. Discovering this, we had the first ever fashion show. It was the breathtaking magnificence of Donovan house that ruled over everyone’s  hearts.
After a short break, the melodious tunes of the English and Hindi choir and the medley teams resonated throughout the auditorium. Duffy, Donovan and Duffy again emerged victorious respectively. Finally, the most anticipated event of the day, western dance, took place. The enthralling moves of Bergin house, spanning four vivacious dance forms, won it the first position.

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