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Reminisces

Pius FernandesAs I reminisce over the fifty glorious years of Loyola’s existence and growth, my heart fills with love, admiration and pride for the fertile soil which the school provides to the five-year olds, who enter its portals for the first time in Kindergarten, to leave as responsible human beings.

From classes in a bus and makeshift rooms in the Chotanagpur Club in 1947, Loyola now makes excellent facilities available to its students in impressive buildings.

Peter-Hans KolvenbachDear Father Fernandes,

P.C.

Your letter dated 17 October, 1996 bearing the good news of the Golden Jubilee of Loyola School brought me much joy. The pleasant memories of my visit to your school last year are still fresh in my mind. I vividly remember the enthusiasm of the students, the dedication of the staff and the zeal of the Jesuits serving in the school. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I send you my felicitations on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee. This is an occasion not only to thank the lord for the enormous amount of good that has been accomplished in and through the school during these fifty years but also to recall with gratitude so many men and women who have been instrumental in its growth and progress.

Aditi Simlai (1996)Today, like the rest of my class of 1996, I am trying my best to cope with the rigours of 1st year at college. Fresh out of school, the challenges of living away from home are many but I am sure that all of us are doing well in life at this stage. But given a chance, I think some of us would like to re live our school days and I happen to be one of those.

Still I wish I could go back to school, especially the last 2 years — the time I spent at Loyola.

Science — A Process Approach, called SAPA in Loyola, was introduced way back in 1973 during the tenure of Fr. McGauley, who was the Principal then. Late Fr. Judge was instrumenta in bringing this methodology to Loyola.

In this Process Approach the complex set of skills used in conducting a scientific investigation are broken down into a number of processes for our students from KG to Std. 5 to develop a sound knowledge of science and its methods.

Ever since its inception 27 years ago, the Interact Club of Loyola School has been an active club.

The Loyola Interact is affiliated to Rotary International and its loyal band of 70-odd members are involved in a variety of charitable programmes for numerous social organisations in and around the Jamshedpur township.

Started initially as the “Jai Loyola” on August 16, 1948, the school magazine has come a long way and evolved into a publication to be proud of. The formative years of ‘Jai Loyola’ were spartan. Articles were laboriously typed out on waxed cyclostyle paper, proof read and corrected. Six or eight such cyclostyled sheets with hand drawings were then wound on an old Gestetner cyclostyling machine and copies run off. Though published three or four times a year, each issue was eagerly anticipated and successive bands of dedicated editorial staff slowly evolved a character of the ‘Jai Loyola which is typically Loyolean.

Dhun GocalAmong the several unique features at Loyola Reading Lab happens to be one of them. One who knows nothing about Reading Lab may imagine a big laboratory where children are made to sit and read something. It is a totally wrong idea. The Reading Lab is a multi-purpose programme where the students acquire several skills.

It is a programme for self-development where a child reads at his own level and at his own pace. In an ordinary classroom all students read the same lesson at the same time. Whereas, in Reading Lab they have a wide variety of topics to choose from, so that a student can pick a subject of his own choice.

The Loyola Coaching Centre was started on November 2nd, 1992 by Fr. G. Alex, S.J. It caters to the marginalized and underprivileged students of the neighbourhood. At present the total strength of the Centre is nearly 500.

Fr. Rocky Vaz, SJ, Principal 1983-87, was key person who brought together the Loyola old boys and formed the Loyola Alumni Association (LAA) in the 1980s. In 1988, he printed a folder describing the beginnings of the School and LAA, it's initial activities and founder members. A very interesting document.

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All articles from the Golden Jubilee Souvenir published in 1997.