Holy Family Ex-Students Association - Annual Report 2001 - 2002

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  • 1. Dear Member,It gives me great pleasure to place before you the 2nd Annual Report of ourAssociation along with the audited Statement of Accounts for the year ended June30, 2002.Activities of the AssociationThe Association was formed on July 6, 1999 and had adopted a Constitution with apledge to meet at least once a month. The members of the Association meets on 3rdSunday of every month at 11.00 a.m. in the School Library.Meetings of the Core CommitteeIn the period under review your Association members met for a record 15 times todiscuss various matters and implement various activities as discussed.MembershipAs at June 30, 2002 your Association had 548 registered members and the drive toget more and more ex-students registered is on.Highlights of the Association:At the last AGM of your Association, Mr. Joe Nathan (1973-74 batch) was elected asPresident of the Association. Fr. Francis Swamy, as the Principal of Holy Family HighSchool, is the Ex-officio member of the Association along with Mrs. Colette D’souza,as Vice Principal and the Head Mistress as a permanent member of the CoreCommittee.The other members of the Core Committee:Mr. Pawan Kumar – Vice President, Dr. Chandrashekhar Algundi – Secretary,Sandeep Narayan – Jt. Secretary, Mr. Ramesh Waghela, Treasurer,Mr. Vipul Waghela – Jt. Treasurer, Mr. John Neelankavil, Mr. Anand Pejawar,Mr. Lakhbir Singh, Mr. Claudy D’souza, Ms. Helen George, Ms. Bina Almeida,Ms. Sheel Bhalla, Mr. Daniel Paul(1) Vocational Guidance Program & Career Counseling – October 7th 2001,November 5th 2001 and January 27, 2002Your Association organized a Vocational guidance program on October 7th, 2001inthe school hall. Ms. Shailaja Mulay, a professional Vocational Guidance councilor,conducted this programme.The program was a huge success judging by the attendance of parents and thestudents of Std. Xth, English and Marathi medium with the speaker giving details onthe choices available for students (both boys & girls) after finishing school. All thebasic faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce, the post-graduation courses, and thez
  • 2. Career prospects were covered. This was followed by a question and answersession where the speaker answered queries from the students and parents. Thespeaker also gave information on the Institutes where some of the specializedcourses were available and the minimum qualification criteria required for the same.Subsequently, at the request of the parents a written Aptitude test was also arrangedfor the students in the School premises on November 5th, 2001 based on which asubsequent final counseling session with the student and the parents was conductedon January 27, 2002.(2) Inter School Debate Competition – December 2nd, 2001Your Association successfully conducted the first Inter School Debate competition onDecember 2, 2001. Students from over 6 schools in the Andheri east areaparticipated in the same. The Rolling Shield was won by the Host school i.e. HolyFamily in the first year of inception. The other schools included Divine Child,St. Xavier’s- Poonam Nagar, St. John-Marol, and Little Flower, Gundavalli village,Andheri East.Your Association would like to make a special mention for the efforts put in byMr. Pawan Kumar our Vice President for organizing the event and also sponsoringthe Rolling Trophy. Mr. Ramesh Waghela, our Hon. Treasurer also sponsored theprizes for the events.(3) Nutrition ProgramYour Association has identified a few students who are not in a position to afford theirdaily breakfast and face a lot of health problems in the school. This was alsoaffecting their studies in the class. As we all know, a good breakfast is veryimportant for the growing child and to address this problem your Association alongwith the school authorities have identified a few students from Std. V and Std. VIIwho are now receiving regular healthy morning breakfast which is sponsored by yourAssociation. This year your Association intends to increase the number of thebeneficiaries of the same to ensure that more and more deserving students get thisbenefit.(4) Jesuits Alumni Association of India (JAAI Milan) – November 23 – 25,2002“JAAI Milan” the third All India confederation of the All India Jesuits AlumniAssociation was held from November 23 – 25, 2001 at St. Stanislaus High School,Bandra, Mumbai 400 050 and was hosted by the JAAI West Zone. Over 500delegates from all over India participated in this conference. Your Association hasalso nominated 13 members to participate in this conference.zThe Inaugural Ceremony consisted of the Keynote address by Mr. K Kanoi(President- Federation of JAAI) and included Guest Speakers like Mr. Soli Sorabjee(Attorney General of India), who gave the Key Note address and Dignitaries such as
  • 3. Mr. Julio Reberio, Mr. Keshub Mahindra, Mr. Goolam Vahanvatti, Cardinal SimonPimenta, Justice Saldanha, Mr. Gerson da Cunha and others. All of them passedout from Jesuits schools and they shared their experience and the role the Jesuits inmoulding their future. All of them mentioned the role Jesuits had played in shapingtheir destiny and how proud they felt in claiming the same.On the second day there was a panel discussion on the role of JAAI with panelmembers consisting of Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar (Exec. Managing Editor - TOI), Mr.Jagdeep Kapoor (MD - Samsika Mktg. Consultant and an Ex- Student of HFHS,Andheri), Dr Suma Chitnis (Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University) andMs Shaheen Mistry (Akaanksha) with Mr. Gerson daCunha as the Moderator.A Vision Exercise, which included Building a Vision and Mission Statement for JAAIby Mr. Alyque Padamsee was also conducted where he stressed the importance ofthe same. There were also case studies and exhibitions by NGO’s like CRY, DignityFoundation, Pratham, AGNI who were specially invited at the occasion.Your Association’s Contribution towards JAAI 1. Back room Documentation and preparation of JAAI Booklet – by John Neelanakvil 2. Organising the Closing Ceremony – by Mrs. Collete D’souza 3. Organising the Cruise ride for the delegates on Sunday November 25, 2001 – organized by Joe Nathan 4. Preparation of Synopsis of JAAI meet and Directory of Delegates – John Neelankavil(5) Annual Re-union: February 19th, 2002As agreed earlier and hosted for the past 2 years, your Association organized theAnnual Alumni Re-union day on February 19th 2002. It was a grand success withover 600 Ex-students attending the same, some with their spouses.The highlight of the event was a Live Orchestra and King Momo games followed byhi-tea snacks and most important of all, the presence of the Ex-Principals, Ex-teachers and Alumni members from batches as old as 1956. Your Associationdecided to felicitate members of the Golden Jubilee (1953 batch) and Silver Jubileeyears (1977 batch), which will be an annual feature of every reunion day.z
  • 4. From the feed back received and a number of request from the Ex- Students itwas also decided to hold future Re-union days henceforth on the 2nd Saturdayof February each year, for the convenience of the Members.Projects that have been conceptulised in the year under review and to beimplemented from year 2002 – 2003.(1) Academic Coaching ProgramYour Association has also decided to conduct an Academic Coaching Program forthe academically weaker students of the school with the assistance of our very ownShah Sir. This programme will be implemented from the academic year 2002-2003.The details of the same are being worked out with the school authorities.(2) Adopt a Child ProgramAnand Pejawar introduced the concept of “Adopt a Child” program, which would actas a solution to the combined nutrition, academic and other problems of needy anddeserving students of your school. Your Association has already received donationsfrom a number of Ex-students and Teachers who have come forward and adoptedone child at the cost of Rs. 1,200/- per year per child. We look forward towards otherex-students to come forward and contribute to this noble cause.AcknowledgementsThe Committee would like to place on record the unstinting support given by Fr.Francis Swamy, Principal, Mrs. Colette, Vice Principal in the execution andimplementation of various activities of the Association throughout the past year.Your Association would also like to place on record the deep sense of appreciation toour bankers Corporation Bank, Sunil Decorators, our esteemed donors, volunteersand all those associated with the association either directly or indirectly and whosecontribution has made the various events of your association a memorable one.By the order of the Core CommitteeDr. Chandrashekhar AlgundiHon. Secretaryz