MUSSOORIE, Oct 12
Yellowing but definitely not crumbling. Be it a letter from Kolkata (then Calcutta) dated 10th Jan 1947 written by an ex-student’s wife thanking him for having paid for her husband’s funeral and doctor’s fee, or a Major’s letter in 1955 to the principal (Brother) to tell him that his son’s are not writing to him regularly and need to be warned. These letters are just some of the many treasured collection of memorabilia at St. George’s College’s archives section that were inaugurated at the Annual sports day. Other displays include photographs, some dating back to as long as 1897, school records, moths and beetles preserved from 1900-1924, uniforms and much more.
Earlier in the day, the school celebrated its sports day with its usual grandeur. The Top Flat wore a festive look with banners, flags, streamers and balloons standing out against the bright October sky.
Major General Ashok Sheoran (VSM) , Manorite – Batch of 1968 presided over the event as Chief Guest. The event was attended by prominent members of the Alumni Association, Patrician Brothers from institutions all over the country and other special invitees. Also present on the occasion was Reverend Brother Superior J.C.Carroll (Community Leader), Reverend Brother Tomy Varghese (Principal St. George’s College), Brother Earnest Martin (Vice-Principal), Brother Rajesh Tirkey (Sports Secretary) and other Brothers from the Patrician Community at Manor House and the entire faculty of St. George’s College.
The day began with the Athletes March Past, Gymnastics, Skating displays and dances. Loud cheers filled the air with festivity. A 1973 record in 100 meters was also broken at the athletics meet.
The Chief Guest said that as always, it was a pleasure to return to his Alma Mater. “Education is one of the greatest gifts that a child can be given and St. George’s College provides quality education to the youth of the country,” he said.
Speaking to eNewsDesk, actor Kanwaljeet Singh, also an ex- student said, “The school has contributed greatly in shaping me as an individual. It gave me the courage to go out there and chase my dreams without fear.”
As per tradition, the school honored its alumni, Golden Jubilee Batch (1968), Silver Jubilee Batch (class of 1993) and Decadian Batch (class of 2008).
Like Principal, Brother Tommy Varghese summed it, “At SGC we raise young men who contribute to build the nation. We are very proud of our heritage and tradition that each student carries with him, no matter where he goes.”