Once Upon A Time: Education at Loyola
A chapter from the book Once Upon a Time written by Fr. George Hess, SJ
Many incidents took place during my ten years as principal yet they are not the life of the school. They are something like the presence of the fat in meat which gives taste to what otherwise would be bland; and so it is memorable incidents, other than school routine, which mark days and years.
School routine in Loyola in 1953 began with the annual start of the school year in early January and a few years later, for reasons of school certificate exams in February, the opening of classes moved to March. For me the January opening was a major difference from the American school/college system where the opening of classes takes place in September, the end of summer.
Launching of Loyola Flats for Faculty
In 1953 the management of the Tata Iron and Steel Company allotted three houses for Loyola Faculty in Kadma and B H Area locations. It was indeed a privilege for us to dwell in the TISCO houses, because they were exclusively allotted for their employees only. This could happen because of the friendship between Rev. Fr. George A Hess S. J., the Rector-Principal of Loyola and the then General Manager to the TISCO, Mr. Neil Hailey, who was from City of Gary, Indiana.
Also, the TISCO management offered Loyola a site on lease for the construction of the houses for its staff members. It was a magnanimous offer indeed and they suggested that the school could choose one of the two areas for the buildings. One of them was between the TISCO Aerodrome and Sonari area and the other one was near the “Garam Nala” in Sakchi.
Palsam of the Greenwood Tree
One score and a half decade later, the winter morning sun touched my face,
As I stood in the vast expanse of the school courtyard,
Where the old greenwood tree had stood in sway.
The Dawn and Development of Biology Laboratory
At the time when I joined Loyola as the Class Teacher of Standard 3 B in 1954, Mr. Blaise Khare was teaching an optional subject, Health Science, and General Science for upper Standards 7, 8, & 9. I handled all subjects, except Hindi, for my Standard 3 B class. I moved up as the Class Teacher of the same class year by year in Standards 4 B, 5 B and 6 B! To improve my qualification, I took study leave in 1956 -57 for acquiring my B. Ed Degree from Andhra University. After my graduation, I took up my schedule again as the Class teacher of 6 B, 7 B, 8 B, and 9 B as the years rolled on!
Physics and Chemistry Laboratories were very well established under the matchless care of Rev. Fr. Simon Kirsch, S. J. The final year Senior Cambridge students were sent to St. Xavier’s School in Hazaribagh for writing their exams, since Loyola was not yet a center for it.
A Brief History of The Fasy Auditorium
Before 1947, the old Auditorium belonged to the C .N. R Club, Chota Nagpur Railway Club.
Jesuit Fathers landed in Jamshedpur from Maryland Province of the U S A in about 1947. They acquired this auditorium and some scattered rooms near it from them, and started the school. They named it as Loyola School in honour of their favoured saint, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Christmas Luncheons for Faculty
Little known facts about the splendor of Loyola School, Jamshedpur. Period: 1954 to 1969.
This is written as a tribute to Rev. Fr. Hess, S. J. whose Birthday falls on October 10 and for the other subsequent Principals that followed him.
At the end of the year 1954 in December, Fr. Hess invited all the faculty members to Luncheon in the Banquet Hall of the Beldih Club. This was the first of this kind to occur in Loyola that reminds us that it is comparable to any Luncheons given by the Head of a country to the dignitaries. The Dining Tables had very neatly spread immaculately white Table cloths and the names of the faculty members placed on them to indicate who sits where, taking care that there is proper inter mingling of the dining partners. Just imagine this scenario!
Early Educational Excursions
Dear Fellow Loyoleans!
It is my earnest attempt to bring to your attention the knowledge and pleasure our excursions during the 60s to various places gave us. I wish to enlighten you with the most delightful experiences the students of those days had. It is my passionate desire that you should also be my imaginary participants. Now please prepare yourselves to get transposed to those times, just to receive the same experience which your predecessors came across.
One of the most interesting excursions I conducted was our trip to Vizag. So, here we go!
An article on Father Eugene J Power by Anirban Basu
There are teachers who teach within the precincts of the classroom.
There are a few who teach outside the boundaries of the classroom.
There are a handful who teach by setting examples and continue to do so even after they have retired from their profession.
Under the Greenwood Tree
Thomas Hardy could never have imagined that a gnarled, old mango tree in the courtyard of a missionary school set up by two American Jesuits in a sleepy, small, upcountry town in distant India would be named the ‘Greenwood Tree’ after his anonymously published novel, Under the Greenwood Tree or The Mellstock Quire: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School. But there it stood, in all its awesome majesty, right in the middle of the paved assembly ground.