J.L. D’Souza Memorial Inter-School English Debate

St. Joseph’s Academy organised the 11th  annual J.L. D’Souza Memorial Inter-School English debate competition on 23rd August 2014 at 10:15 am in the school auditorium. The debate is held annually in the memory of late Mr. J.L. D’Souza who served SJA for forty long years.

Seven schools participated namely Convent of Jesus and Mary, The Asian School, Summer Valley School, RIMC, St. Mary’s School, The Doon School, St. George’s College and SJA. Being the host school, SJA merely participated but did not compete for the trophy or individual prizes. This year the participating schools were allotted pseudonyms based on the names of flowers  to ensure anonymity and fair judgement.

The event began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest Rev. Bro. Benedict, community leader and Rev. Bro. Dennis, principal of St. Joseph’s Academy. Rev. Bro. Xavier, Vice-Principal of SJA also graced the occasion with his presence.  Dr. (Mrs.) Daljeet Kaur, principal of Patrician College of Education, was a special guest for the debate. The esteemed judges for the event were Mrs. V. Kalia, Mrs. J. Mehta and Mrs. N. Ojha. Gauri Rawat and Mallika Arora compered the event and Ayushi Lamba , the chairperson was assisted by Divyansh Piplani and Shourya Shukla.

The motion under discussion was “India’s ‘Unity in Diversity’ is a farce”. The debate commenced after an hour of brain-racking session. All the participants spoke with conviction and confidence.

After two hours of compelling arguments from all the speakers, the result showed that there was a tie between Aayushmaan Choudhary of St. George’s College and Deeksha Chandra from Convent of Jesus and Mary for the position of the Second Runner-up speaker, the First Runner-up speaker was Vrindam Nagpal of The Doon School. The Best Speaker as well as the Best Rebuttal was bagged by Tejasvi Singh of Convent of Jesus and Mary. After shining in the individual category, Convent of Jesus and Mary was adjudged the Best Team.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal, Rev. Bro. Dennis.

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Bro A M Keogh Football Tournament 2014

The third day of the Keogh Memoial tournament being played at SJA
remained packed with energy,  thrill and excitement . The first semi
-final was played between Wynberg Allen and Nirmala Intercollege
Mussoorie in which the former team won the match by 2-0 . Tha second
semi final was played between SJA -A team and Summer Valley school
which was won by the latter by 2-1 in the penalty shoot out yet the
team was disqualified due to certain reasons  . Thus Wynberg school
and SJA -A  emerged as the finalists. The final match between these
two teams  commenced at 11.30.a.m. Both the teams showed great skill
and vigour while playing yet Wynberg Allen won the final by 2-0 .Thus
the Keogh memorial tournament came to the end . Addressing the
gathering the chief guest,  Dr. Biala  congratulated  the winning as
well as the other participating teams for their commitment and
sportsmanship.  He was of the opinion that the youth should
enthusiastically participate in sports.  The winning team was awarded
an amount of Rs. 5000 and the runner up team received a cash prize of
Rs. 3000. The proceedings of the day  ended with the vote of thanks
given by Rev. Bro. Dennis, Principal of St. Joseph’ s Academy .He also
lauded the ceaseless efforts of the supervisors, groundmen, referees
and the PTI’s due to which the tournament became a real success.

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CULTURAL FEST’ 2014 – DAY 3

The 3rd day of the great cutural extravaganza at SJA unfolded plethora of activities ranging from movie making, folk dances,  classical dances, duet singing and English Dramatics etc. The function commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Principal Rev. Bro. Dennis .The first event was  movie -making competitionon on the  theme  ’Water’ .The event was judged by Mr. Prashant Arora and Mr. Sudarshan Juyal who were impressed seeing the enlightening movies prepared by the students. Next in line was the  heart -throbbing group Folk Dance  performances ably judged by Mrs. Namrata Walia, Mrs. Ila Kumar and Mrs Roy.Ensuing the folk dance
came the solo Indian classical dance performance in  which the performers with their exquisite footwork and expressions left  the audience spellbound. The well – scripted and well enacted comedy  plays like  ’The Girl Next Door’ ,  ’Hotel 4o Towers’ ,’Shots in the Dark’  and  ’My Fair Lady’   in the English Dramatics proved that the school has no dirth of    budding actors and writers .
In  duet singing the melodious rendition of the Hindi  songs  like  ’  Har kisi ko nahi milta’ , ‘Bol na halke halke’  etc by the performers of all the four houses mesmerized the gathering. Then came  the much awaited event of the day,  instrumental music. The audience was charmed by the infectious energy and tempo of the instrumental music .Last but not the least was the Western group dance that left the gathering just asking for more .Such was the magical effect of the cultural week that noone realized when the events came to the end .With butterflies in the stomach, the students eagerly waited for the results that brought the ultimate glory to  Duffy house that won the Champions’  Trophy, very  closely followed by Dooley house that won the runners- up trophy. All in all seeing the  best house win  by the end of the day, exuberance was writ large on every face . 
    
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CULTURAL FEST’ 2014 – DAY 2

16th May 14 , the second day of the Cultural Week at St. Joseph’s Academy was a blend of Indian and western moods and talents ranging from music and dance to drama and function.The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Principal  Rev. Bro Dennis.The first event of the day was the folk dance.All the four houses  presented the rich culture and lifestyle of various states of India truly justifying  that India is a land of diversity.The audience felt themselves transported to the lands of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu and Bengal seeing the marvellous folk dance prerformances presented by the students of the four houses.Then came the solo perfomances of diferent houses and enthralled the gathering with their exceptional foot work on different classical musical pieces.The  next event was the Hindidramatics in which the budding actors regaled one and all with their antics.The  rib -tickling plays like Khiladiram Ka Mukadma , chiraag kaha roshni kaha and Charandaas Chor not only provided a heavy dose of humour but also satirized the  prevalent social vices .The festivities reached their crescendo as the choir of all the four houses sang some soul-stirring Hindi as well as  English songs .The solo singers of all the four houses left everyone swaying to the melodious tunes of the songs sung by them.The fest ended with the exhilarating and peppy western dance prerformances which set the stage on fire.The final tally of the result showed Duffy,  Dooley, Donovan and Bergin house bagging 1st  , 2nd,  3rd and  fourth positions respectively.However it is yet to be seen that which house lifts the much coveted Cock house trophy and it will be decided on 17th when the remaining events of the cultural week  are over till then Josephites will have another sleepless night.

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CULTURAL FEST’ 2014 – DAY 1, JUNIOR SCHOOL

To showcase the abundance of talent in the Junior School a cultural day was organised in the School Auditorium on the 15th of May 2014.The programme commenced with a welcome prayer dance followed by class performances ranging from the icons of India to the Pied Piper of Hamelin to the concern over the environment.

   Provision was also made to cater to and encourage the budding singers, dancers and music composers through solo performances. The vibrant and innovative costumes of the participants stumped the audience while the sheer talent of the children took everyone’s break away.

   The principal Rev. Brother Dennis, the vice principle Rev. Brother Xavier J. Thonipara and the Junior School coordinator Mrs. S. Hasan appreciated the effort put into the programme by all the concerned parties and the day ended on a happy note with a job well done.

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Investiture Ceremony (Middle & Sr. School) 2014-15

On the 3rd of May, 2014, the entire SJA family congregated in the school Auditorium to witness the most solemn affair of the year- the Investiture Ceremonies for the Middle and the Senior School Student Councils for the year 2014-15. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Major General Kunwar Digvijay Singh, Army General Officer, Uttarakhand, and Mrs. Tripti Kunwar.

The programme started with a prayer and the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest. This was followed by a graceful and beauteous prayer dance to invoke the blessings of the Almighty.

A PowerPoint presentation on ‘Leadership’ followed this. Next in line was a presentation depicting SJA’s Role of Honour through the years- Josephites who have proven to be great leaders in their lives and left a trail for others to follow.

It is said that ‘A leader knows the way, shows the way and goes the way’. It was in this spirit that the Middle School Council members marched up to the stage to take the oath of duty and responsibility towards their school.

The choir then sang ‘Reach For the Stars’, inspiring the audience.

What followed was the most awaited event of the day- the Investiture Ceremony for the Senior School Council. The Council members, marching smartly up the aisle in time with the drumbeats, filled the onlookers’ hearts with joy and admiration. They were administered the oath of honesty and sincerity towards the school by the Principal, Rev. Bro. Dennis Joseph. Then the Chief Guest, the Principal, the respective House Moderators and the Co-ordinators pinned the badges onto the newly-appointed office-bearers.

Thereafter, the Chief Guest gave an eloquent speech, reminicsing his days as a student in St. Joseph’s. He said that the tradition of electing the school Council started in 1970, and since then, had been instilling zeal and fervour in the students’ hearts. Lastly, the Principal offered the vote of thanks, wherein he also related an incident from the life of Alexander the Great, highlighting the qualities of a true leader.

The programme ended on a high note, with everyone joining in to sing the school song- a proud and awe-inspiring moment for every Josephite.

To stand on the Auditorium stage and take the oath of office is not success in itself, but the first step to it. As Ben Parker said, ‘With great power, comes great responsibility’. This is the adage that should forever inspire the newly elected Council, and encourage them to achieve greater heights

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Labour Day Celeberation

The spirit of joie de vivre pervaded in every nook and corner of St Joseph’s Academy
on 1′st May, 14 when the school organised a combined function to celebrate St Joseph’s Day and Labour Day.Labour Day  commonly known as ‘May Day’ is celebrated in the memory of Saint Joseph-a humble carpenter yet a shining example of an exemplary worker. The programme commenced with a short prayer followed by a prayer dance. Thereafter the choir mesmerised the audience  with a mellifluous song coupled with a power point presentation that received accolades from the audience. The students also presented a skit depicting the life and mission of Saint Joseph. The programme continued with the melodious and meaningful song “I am alive “sung by Devika Dhondiyal, Shubangi Singh and Yovna Rai,  the nightingales of S.J.A.Keeping  in mind the school motto”Laborare Est Orare”the students enacted a meaningful Hindi skit illustrating the value of manual labour .Thereafter the committed service  of the ancillary staff was acknowledged and praised through different songs sung by the choir and a power point presentation which included a special tribute to late Mr. Anil Bhatt,  a very diligent ancillary staff whose demise would remain an irreparable loss to the school.The ceremony came to a close with the distribution of gifts to the support staff by Rev.Brother Sebastian -Superior of St Joseph Academy, Bro. Vavier Thoniparra,  Dr. Daljeet kaur – Principal Patrician College of Education and the Principal- Rev.Brother Dennis. Speaking on the occasion, Rev.Brother Sebastian also brought out the importance of the day .
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Investiture Ceremony Junior School

The Investiture Ceremony for the Junior School was held on the 30th of April 2014 in the School Auditorium. Mrs. Radhika Jha the Director General Education for the State of Uttarakhand, Additional Secretary School Education and Higher Education graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The function commenced with a short prayer by the co-coordinator, Mrs. S. Hasan and the lighting of the lamp. This was followed by the ‘Swarswati Vandana.’ The peppy and zestful chick dance by the students of class I enthralled the audience while the melodious rendering of ‘Bind us together’ by the School choir soothed the gathering. The Chief Guest in her address congratulated the young council member and said that each child has immense potential and it is the responsibilities vested on them and education, which helps the students to realize and achieve their goals. She hoped that they would carry out the duties vested on them with dedication.

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ART AND CRAFT & CLASS PROJECT EXHIBITION 8TH FEBRUARY, 2014

With the idea of providing a platform to ingenious young minds to showcase their innate inventive abilities, an Art and Craft and Class project Exhibition was organized in St. Joseph’s Academy School auditorium by the Junior Josephites of classes L.K.G to V.

The Exhibition was a sight to behold with colourful and innovative crafts on display. Made from waste by children as young as four years old the craft work and models were a visual delight. The sheer genius of the children was enough to put the visitor in awe and even took some be surprise. Each class focused on a particular on a topic ranging from Class I’s Means of Transport, Class II’s Save the Environment and Class III’s Electric World. Class IV chose to enlighten the visitors with the Benefits and Types of Plants, while Class V emphasized on the need of the hour which is Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Children were well versed with the topics of their class projects and had some amazing facts and tips to share with the visitors.

Inaugurated by Sister Gracy (Principal of Convent of Jesus & Mary) along with Rev. Brother A.J. George, the exhibition was much liked and appreciated by the people who visited it. “The exhibition was very pleasing to the eye” was what the chief guest had to say about the display.

The Principal Rev. Bro. A .J .George was seen interacting actively with the participants and encouraging them. In her message, Mrs. S. Hasan, the Jr. School Coordinator spoke about how such events encourage and stimulate curious young minds and provide a forum to showcase their creativity.

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Founder’s Day Celeberation

The Congregation of  Patrician Brothers is  known and honoured worldwide for actively working for the upliftmenr of the masses.As per the tradition the Josephites assembled in the school auditorium on the morning of 3rd February 2014 to celebrate the 206th Anniverary of the Foundation Day of the Patrician Brothers.The programme commenced with a special prayer offered for the pioneers of St. Joseph’s Academy and for the present torch bearers to strive forth with greater dedication and hard work .It was followed by a soothing prayer dance presented by the girls of class 7.

A tableau presented by the students of class 8 depicted how and under what circumstances Father Daniel Delaney had founded the Patrician Brothers’ Society  with the religious,  moral and literary education of children in mind .The event proceeded with the mellifluous singing of  ‘ Breastplate of St. Patrick’ and  ‘Hail Glorious St. Patrick’by the school choir.Speehes delivered by the students highlighted the philanthropic deeds of the Patrician Brothers who came together for the first time on February 2 , 1808 devoting their lives for the instruction of the laity- both juvenile and adults.
Next in line was the exhilarating and foot tapping Salsa dance performed by the girls of class 7.Lastly the Principal, Rev. Bro. George in his addressal elucidated Bishop Delaney’s efforts  to foster an educated generation .Releasing the 9th edition of the school news letter, Epistle on the occasion , he congratulated the Editorial Board for doing a commendable job.

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