Known for imparting quality education over the years, St. Mary’s School is ready to kick start the celebrations to mark its 150th year of existence in the city. The school’s former students from across the world have come together to participate in the event.
“The school has stood the test of time for the last 150 years and it is our endeavour that it continues to serve the community in the coming years,” said Sujata Mallic Kumar, Principal, who took charge in 2010.
The school kickstarted its 150th year journey with a church ceremony on January 12 and the celebrations will continue through the year.
Various programmes and events have been lined up in collaboration with the current and past students. Students and staff have been rehearsing for over an year. A souvenir to mark the 150 years has been released. The school will stage a show depicting its history and a book release has also been planned. A ‘walk around’ was organised on Friday that saw nearly 100 former students visiting the school premises and sharing their memories.
Sunita Malhotra from the 1982 batch, who came all the way from Belgium, said: “I miss hanging out with my school friends and the sense of freedom we enjoyed out here. Friendship has been an important part of my life and I miss our lunch breaks that I enjoyed on the school benches with my friends.”
Veena Vora from the batch of 1959, who is the president of the St. Mary’s School Alumni Association, said, “I was in the school from Nursery to Std XI. The teachers made us responsible and I am grateful to each of them. The best part was that everyone knew each other— from the juniors to seniors.”
Avi, another member of batch of 1956, said that she misses the school even today. “I cherish my foundation, the grounding I got from my teachers and miss the happy days we spent over here,” she said.
Founded in 1866, as an all-girls’ school, the initial building was housed at No 7, Main Street. In 1878, the sisters from the Community of St. Mary’s the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, who had come to Pune the previous year, took over the management. From 1878 to 1977, the school was run by the sisters. From 1978, the seculars took over the administration from the sisters. Elizabeth Matthew was the first secular principal. In 1992, a section for boys was started and a Junior College followed thereafter. The school is an Anglo-Indian, unaided, minority institution.