Inter-School Christmas Programme – ‘The Joy of Christmas’

 Friday, 14.12.2012

Time : 4.00 p.m.

 As the last dregs of the afternoon slipped away, St. Joseph’s Academy revived an annual tradition in the form of the festive Christmas programme which took place in the auditorium on the 14th of December.

Fr. Bernard, Parish Priest of St. Francis Assisi Church graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest.

The event showcased colossal participation by students of various institutions including CJM, Moravian Institute, Nirmala High School, Hilton’s School, St. Agnes’ Convent, St. Mary’s School, Carman School, St. Xavier’s School, Patrician College of Education as well as the host school St. Joseph’s Academy.

As an opening act, the audience was treated to the rendition of well known Christmas carols such as “Silent Night” and “Come All Ye Faithful” sung by the Combined Choir involving almost all the schools present. This was followed by other melodious musical performances such as “This is Christmas” by Moravian Institute, “Christmas Time” and “Do You Know” by Ann Mary School, “Bhor Ki Kiran” by Carman School, “Holy and Ivy” by Hilton’s School and “Hark the Herald” by the Senior Choir of SJA. The Junior Josephites presented an entrancing medley “O, Holy Night”. Several dances, all of them vibrant and captivating, were also incorporated in the programme. The performances by students of SJM, St. Xavier’s School, St. Agnes’ Convent and the Patrician College of Education were gracefully presented. The Combined Choir sung the well known carols such as “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World”. Enlightening plays by St. Mary’s School and St. Joseph’s Academy entertained the audience. Fr. Bernard then shared an inspiring message with the audience. He emphasized to take the joy of Christmas back home . “Christmas is an occasion for sharing , caring and being reconciled with each other” he said.

The Principal, Bro. A.J. George, gave the Vote of Thanks added that the children were exuberant and the spirit of stiff competition was not there in the air. Children participated to express deep felt joy

In conclusion, the Choir presented the familiar notes of “Feliz Navidad”. The audience milled out into the cold, crisp, frosty night with the joy of Christmas shining in their eyes.

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Biology Exhibition at SJA

Biology the science of life , a field known to all yet so enigmatic and the students of St. Joseph’s Academy took up the task of unraveling this enigma  as they presented a two day biology Exhibition held on 8th and 9th of November

The Guest of Honour for the occasion were Dr. Kukreti – a nuerophysisicain from CMI, Dr. S. Sharma and Dr Veena Nayak from Sharma Dental Care , Ortho and Trauma Centre . Highlighting the relevance of such exhibitions , Dr Kukreti applauded the entire workforce of SJA that drives the school to higher echelons of glory through such innovative ventures. He also appraised the students of the intricacies of the nervous system. Dr. S. Sharma cautioned the students against quacks Dr. Nayak advised the students about proper oral care

A  multitude of specimens , models charts and slides were displayed in a picturesque manner. The main attractions were the ‘ Medical Corner’, ‘The Landscape corner’, ‘The Experiment corner’ and the ‘ Quiz corner’ dr S. Sharma and Dr. Veena Nayak were kind enough to remain in the Medical Corner for free dental check ups to the students . The ‘ Landscape Corner’ represented a miniature yet  vibrant  from bio diversity . the Experiment corner displayed the processes of Osmosis through a potato osmoscope , germination in seeds as well as a series of microscope displaying various stages in all division . The  ‘ Quiz corner’ was a mjor highlight for the students of the visiting schools eager to prove their mettle in the field of biology. Various household spices and condiments  were displayed in the ‘ Kitchen Corner’ the Horticulture Area ‘ showcased an array of blooming flowers.

The work undertaken by the students under the guidance of the Bio department was appreciated by all . Dr. Sabherwal and the students  credited the Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George for his unflinching support and motivation that made the event a success. Present on the occasion were the Vice Principal Bro. Dennis and the coordinators

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ACTIVITY DAY classes XI & XII

The Josephites got another opportunity to showcase their immense talent on 3rd October 2012 when the school organized ‘Activity Day’ for classes XI and XII. The function began with the arrival of the Chief Guests Principal Rev. Bro. A.J. George . First of all Kanika of class XI led the gathering  in prayer . Then the Zero Gravity Team impressed and enlightened everyone with a power-point presentation on the ‘ Kashmir Issue ‘ which as followed by a feast of colourful and scintillating dances , melodious songs, rib-tickling plays and rocking instrumental music.

The satirical English Play “ It’s a mad-mad world’ by class Xi gave a lunatics perception of todays hypocritical world whereas ‘ 72 H1’ the comical play presented by class XII took the audience on a laughter ride. The hindi play ‘ Khilji Ka Daant’ by class XII and ‘Khichadi’ by class Xi were wholesome entertainment. ‘ Daandiya’ by class Xi and a Bengali dance presented by class Xii left the audience mesmerized. Students swirling around in colourful  costumes and perfect synchronization in different western dance performances on grooving numbers took everyone’s breath away. The music section has always  been the most popular solo singers like Abhijeet, Anshul, Kaushambi captivated the gathering with their melodious singing . The hindi as well as the English choir and instrumental groups of both classes won the thunderous applause for themselves leaving the audience g for an encore.

Finally , Rev. Bro. George commended the students and teachers for putting  together a wonderful show. “ What ultimately shapes a student’s future life is what he/she has learnt at school. . Our duty should be to curb all negative elements from our surroundings and bring forth the best hidden within us” he said.

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ANNUAL SPORTS MEET- 2012

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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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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SJA CELEBRATES TEACHERS DAY WITH ZEAL

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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