The sunshine of a crispy October afternoon fell on the field at st. Joseph’s Academy the heartening warmth of which infused into teachers and students alike with a spirit of healthy competition . The occasion being the Annual Sports Meet 2012 held here today. Honourable Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Bahuguna graced the occasion as the Chief Guest . Bro Paul O’Keeffe, Deputy Congregational Leader , Patrician Brothers  worldwide who was on a visit to India from Australia and DGP, Uttarakhand Mr. Satyavrat Bansal are the Guests of Honour  

The event commenced with an impressive Athlete March Past followed by the Torch relay where the best athletes of the school – Aarya Avi Sawan, Harshwardhan Singh, Aseem Mathur, Shashank Bhandari, Tushar Rauthanand Archi Mamagain were the torch bearers followed by a group of students on  two wheelers carrying the flags of the four houses – Duffy, Donovan, Dooley and Bergin. The Chief Minister  hoisted the flag and declared the meet open. Lauding the efforts and achievement s of the school  in different spheres  the Chief Minister  congratulated  the  Management, staff and  the students for organizing  such a wonderful  event

In the marathon and other field events held earlier Dooley   House had taken an unassailable lead. The events held in different categories i.e. 80 mtrs race, 100 mtrs race , 200 mtrs race , 400 mtrs race , 4x 50 relay race and 4x 100 relay race etc were keenly contested and left the spectators lauding the latent athletes of Josephites. The tiny tots scuttling along the track in different fun races like the – Bell the Cat, Turtle and the Ninjas, Dress the Scare crow, I love India and the Princess and the frog left the onlookers mesmerized.  The skipping race by the girls of class IV and V must have left many a soul reminiscing their on school days. The mass drill by the students of class IV and V , the spectacular aerobics performed to the tune of patriotic songs by the girls of classes Vi-X and the flawless P.T. display by the boys of classes Vi-Ix spoke volumes of the immense energy and skill of the Josephites.

The 4 x 100 mtrs invitational Relay race saw doon International , Guru Nanak Academy Moravian Institute , Nirmala Inter college , SJA  and  SJA Alumni Association participating in the Boys Category and Welhams School , CJA ,  Himjyoti ,  Moravian Institute , SJA and  SJA Alumni in the Girls category.

In both of which SJA bagged the first position. The members of  the Alumni association proved the dictum “ Once a josephite , always a Josephite “ by keenly participating in the 4×100 mtr relay race

Then came the star event of the day i.e. the cycle race in which after the breathtaking rounds of the big fields Gary Lu of Bergin house( Junior Boys) and Kevin L u of  Bergin house  ( Senior Boys emerged winners amidst tough competition. The fact that vigour and zeal are not subject to age was proved by parent from the audience who enthusiastically participated in the 100mtrs race. Last but not the least was the most glorious event .i.e. Inter –House march past which saw the whole student body marching smartly and flawlessly to the beats of the school band.

Dooley  bagged the  trophy for the best marching house. Dooley  house eventually won the  Cock House Trophy for the fifth consecutive year. Lastly , Principal Bro. A.J. George proposed a vote of thanks  and credited the entire student body and staff members for making the event a success. Finally Bro. Dennis lowered the Flag and declared the meet close.

A number of dignitaries and Principals of different schools  like  Bro. Sebastian, Mr. Kalra, Sr, Gracy, Sister Saalini, Mrs Meyer, Mrs Daljeet Kaur, Fr. Anthony Dass, Bro. Anthony, Dr. John, Sr Rose etc were present on the occasion 

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SJA Marathon on 6th October 2012

As quicksilver courses through a capillary so does adrenaline through the body of a Josephite, a glimpse of which could be seen on the 6th of October when the school organized the annual Marathon . Before the first rays of the sun appeared on the horizon , the Josephites –clad in shorts , tshirts and sports shoes were ready to hit the road. The marathon was flagged by Fr. John Chakkanatt, Secretary Education Society , Diosese of Bijnor, Fr  Jerin Thomas , Diocese of  Kotdwar,  Fr. Jose Thekkmuri , Manager Masidilasa School , Uttarkashi  and Bro. A.J.  George in the Senior Boys Category, senior Girls Category, Junuior Boys and Junior Girls category respectively.

The turning points for different categories were as follows: Junior boys and Girls RTO, Senior Girls NIVH and Senior Boys Mussoorie diversion.

In Junior Boys Yathartha Gairola of Donovan, Joshua Anthony of Dooley and Vibhor Joshi of Bergin House stood I, II and III respectively. In the Junior Girls category Shristi Rawat of Dooley , Yuyusta Barthwal of Duffy and Ayushi Bisht of Duffy bagged I, II and II positions respectively.

In the Senior boys Harshwardhan Singh of Dooley Tushar Rauthan of Donovan and Aman Singh of Duffy won I , II and III prizes respectively. In Senior Girls Archie Mamgain of Donovan , Aditi singh of Donovan  and Prachi Miyan of Dooley won I , II and III position respectively. The whole hearted involvement of the Principal , staff and the students  made the event a great success.

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SJA baggs Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate- 2012

This year, the Finals of the  Frank Anthony Memorial  All India Inter school Debate Competition was held on 25th September, 2012  at La Martinere  Girls School, Kolkata. St. JosephⳠAcademy was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Shrivastava. After crossing the hurdle of  the Quarter Final and Semi Final rounds, they entered the Finals  amidst tough competition by  teams from all zones. St. JosephⳠAcademy was declared the Winner for the year 2012. The team won the coveted Shield; Bhuvanyaa Vijay was declared the Best Speaker for two consecutive years and Jahnavi Shrivastava was declared the Third Best Speaker.

In the National Finals (Round 3) of the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate Championship(Category-1 for classes 11 &12)conducted on September 25, 2012 in La Martiniere for Girls⬠Kolkata, St.JosephⳠAcademy (Dehradun) emerged as the National Champion for the second consecutive year. SJA was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Shrivastava.  Amidst extremely tough competition from 7 other schools like La Martiniere for Boys⠨Kolkata), BishopⳠSchool (Pune), Swaraj International Public School (Kanpur), and other reputed schools from Cochin, Dhanbad, etc., SJA put up tremendous arguments which were both witty and mature. Bhuvanyaa Vijay, with her immaculate debate and calm composure was awarded the title of the Best Speaker making her the Best All-India Debater for the second consecutive year, after her victory in the National Finals of the same debate in 2011. Jahnavi, with her sensible outlook, was ranked the second Runner-Up Speaker in the debate. The topic was should we change the straightjacket of syllabi and subject choice for a more joyful classroom experience?

The debaters of SJA have made Uttarakhand proud by being the first school to win this prestigious debate (organized by the CISCE Board) for the second consecutive time. Bhuvanyaa is the only Speaker to be adjudged the Best twice in a row. She was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and a Gold Medal. Jahnavi was awarded Rs.2000 and a Bronze Medal. Both the members also received Rs.5000 each apart from the above for the Best Team.

This team has  also won The All India Inter School Oliphant Memorial English Debate organised by Welham Boys⠓chool, Dehadun. In this debate, Jahnavi Shrivastava and Bhuvanyaa Vijay were declared the Best Speakers in the Final and Semi Final rounds respectively. In the year 2011-2012 St. JosephⳠAcademy has won all major inter school English Debates held in Dehradun and Mussorie. BhuvanyaaⳠoutstanding performance has been appreciated by all.

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J. L. D’souza Memorial Inter-School Debate 2012

In the memory of the late Mr. Joaquin L. D’souza- an epitome of resourcefulness & sincerity, who served SJA with distinction for 40 years, SJA organizes the prestigious J. L D’souza Memorial Inter-School Debate annually.
This year’s addition was held on the 21st September, 2012 with a total of seven schools among which were: St. Joseph’s Academy, The Doon School, Hilton’s School, St. George’s College, Convent of Jesus and Mary, The Heritage School and Hopetown Girls’ School taking part. The event began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Principal; Rev. Bro. A. J. George. The judges for the occasion were Mr. Sudhir Kumar Arora; founder of Book World, Ms. Jaskiran Chopra; a well-known journalist and author and Ms. Ruth Isaacs. The stage was set for an evening of fiery arguments. The debaters squared off on the proposition: “Promotion Under R. T. E is a Blessing.” SJA was represented in the debate by Ayushi Badola and Shalvi Garima Negi with Utsav Thapliyal in the chairperson’s seat and Vaibhavi Dhasmana as the time keeper. The debate commenced with some serious arguments. After the culmination of the participants’ debates, the proposition was put forward to the open house in which several people in the audience gave their views. A flash of hands called for by the chairperson before declaring the debate closed showed that the house overwhelmingly favoured/opposed the motion.
After a highly enlightening & entertaining couple of hours of compelling arguments, the results were declared. Anuj Thaparia of St. George’s College, Mussoorie was adjudged the best speaker and also received the best re-buttal award while Tanushree Chandra of CJM and Akshay Rai of St. George’s College, Mussoorie finished as 1st and 2nd runners up respectively. St. George’s College, Mussoorie bagged the much coveted best team award.
Lastly, the principal proposed a vote of thanks and presented mementos to the esteemed judges. Addressing the gathering, the principal underlined the importance of such competitions which not only polish one’s oratory skills but also ignite young minds. The event was compered by the Head Girl, Bhuvanyaa Vijay.

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Hindi Diwas at SJA

The programme commenced with the morning prayer in Hindi which was
followed by an extempore hindi debate competition. The topic of the
debate competition was ‘Mobile Phones are harmful for the children’.
The judges were Mrs. Lata Jain and Mr. R. P. Shukla who finally
declared Kriti Goyal and Kshitij Bisht as the first and second prize
winners respectively.
The results of the recently held ‘Creative Writing competition’ in
Hindi were also announced and the winners are-
class 6:- I-Kotleen ; II-Mahek ; III-Kritika
class 7:- I-Bharat ; II-Arthsha ; III-Prabhleen
class 8:- I-Komudi ; II-Katya ; III-Apoorv
class 9:- I-Aishwariya ; II-Vasundhra ; III-Akanksha
Mrs. Suman Tiwari in her speech emphasised the importance of Hindi and
suggested the students to pay attention to their handwriting and
vocabulary. The Principal, Rev. Bro. A.J.George also addressed the
students in Hindi and stressed that all languages are interdependent
and should be given due weightage and importance

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SPIC MACAY presents “Jinne Lahore Nahi Vekhya”

Naya Theatre an acting troop comprising of Chattisgarhi Folk Artist, in association with SPIC MACAY non profit organization pioneering the promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture with the help of SJA Alumni Association body of ex-students of SJA staged a play , “Jisne Lahore Nai Vehya”. At the SJA Auditorium on the 11th of September.

 The program commenced with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Principal Brother A.J. George Mr. Randhir Arora (President, Mr. Praveen Chandhok (Secretary) of the SJA Alumni Association and Ms. Ngeem Tanvir ( President of the Naya Theatre).

Naya Theatre was founded in 1959 by late director, writer and actor Habib Tanvir the recipient of a number of prestigious awards. Presently his daughter Ms. Nageem Tanvir emulating the footsteps of her renowned father is actively involved in the cause so dear to him.

The troupe presented a redition of Asghar Wafahti’s play , “Jine Lahore Nai Vehya”. Which is a timeless classic, it is poignant story of the dark time called partition reflecting fundamentalism. 

The cast comprised around thirty artist including thirty artists including the “Peepli Live” famed Onkar Das, Yogesh Tiwari, Flora Bose, Nahid Tanvir, Ramchandran Singh-the brilliant Actors an emotional, touching  and arousing performance which not only won accolades but an standing ovation from the entire audience.

Lastly the Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George proposed a vote of thanks and thanked Mrs. Roopi Mahendroo the Chairperson of SPIC MACAY in Uttarakhand and SJA Alumni Association while addressing the gathering, motivated the students to be a part of SPIC MACAY and the entire troupe of Naya Theatre were presented by mementos by SJA Alumni Association which were distributed by Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George.

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SJA wins Bournvita Regional Quiz contest

Once again SJAs Quiz team proved its mettle by winning the Bournvita Quiz contest regionals held recently in the Survey Auditorium at Hathi Barkala. The event saw participation of 44 reputed schools from in and around Dehradun including The Doon School, Brightlands, Summer Valley School , DAV , Scholars Home etc. Each school was represented by 3 teams . After a mind boggling and grueling knock out round, six teams managed to reach the finals, in which, the team faced dazzling array of questions on ‘Super heroes’. The Josephites including Kshitij Bisht, Sagar Bhattacharyaju, Raghav Narang, Vedant Vora, Suryansh Singhania, Mubarak Mehta exhibited their vast knowledge. Not only did they impress everyone but also emerged as the winners of the quiz. Kshitij Bisht and Sagar Bhattaryaji will now take part  in the finals in Mumabi after the next phase of video conferencing with winners of other schools. The quiz was organized by Derek O’Brien and Associates  Mr Darren Rose and Shane hosted the quiz. The school team was escorted by Mr Craig Temple. Principal Rev Bro. A.J. George congratulated the team which thanked their principal for his ever inspiring attitude

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DDCSA Senior Boys football Tournament

On the third day i.e. thursday the 6th of september 2012, Dehradun
council senior boys football tournament,four matches were played.The
first match was played between Cambrin Hall and Summer Valley school.
Summer Valley was defeated by 1-0.The goal was scored by Aman Bisht in
42nd minute.
In the second match, Morovian International School played against
Indian Cambridge.The results saw Morovian International emege
victorious by 4-0. The first goal was scored by Thiaina in 4th minute
,second by Tenzing in 16th minute, third by Rinsei in the 20th minute
and fourth by Aaron in the 40th minute.
The third match was played between Carmon School (prem nagar) and Guru
Nanak Academy.Carmon won by 2-0. the first goalscorer was Adesh in the
20th minute and second goal was by Lokesh in the 56th minute.
The fourth match played was between Raja Ram Mohan Roy Academy and
Col. Brown Cambridge School. Col. Brown won by
3-0 in which all the goals were scored by Surasek.All the teams did their best.

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The Alumni Association and the students of SJA organized a wonderful function on the 5th of September 2012. To express their gratitude and to appreciate the past and present teachers of SJA

The programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by a short  prayer by Bhuvanyaa Vijay. The students then presented an array of spellbinding performances which included a duet by the Milestone band and Fatal ambush a medley of old hindi songs , a humorous skit and a vibrant contempory dance . The highlight  of the show was dance.  The highlight of the show was the surprise gifts given by the Alumni to various teachers and a power point presentation showing clips of the interviews of various teachers. The senior most teachers were presented special tokens of appreciation by the Alumni Association. These teachers are :

Mrs Kalakoti, Mrs. Y. Lal, Mrs. X. David, Mr. K. Raj, Mr. R. P. Shukla

Last but not the least, the Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George gave a vote of thanks to the Alumni and the students for putting up a remarkable and memorable show. Tan old students Mr. Greg Mann also appreciated the sincere efforts of the organizers on the occasion were the ex teachers of SJA as well.

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SJA qualifies for the National finals of Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate Competition Finals

In the semi finals of the Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter School Debate Competition held on 17th August in  Ann Mary School, St. Joseph’s Academy was represented by Bhuvanyaa Vijay and Jahnavi Srivastava in the Senior Category. Amidst tough competition from 10 other schools like Welham Girls’ School,  The Doon School, La Martinere’s for Boys , Lucknow, City Montessori School , Lucknow Auckland House School, shimla etc , SJA was adjudged the Best team.

Bhuvanyaa was ranked the Best Speaker and Jahnavi was adjudged the 2nd runner up speaker. They have made SJA proud by qualifying for the National Finals for the second consecutive time

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