Fr. Augustine's farewell message
It was in the first week of June 1999 in Balasore that I received a call from Fr. Provincial in Jamshedpur informing me that I had been appointed rector of Loyola School, Jamshedpur. I was asked to take up the new assignment by the end of July 1999. On July 31st, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, I was read in as rector of Loyola. It was with great hesitation that I accepted this assignment. Three years passed, and on Aug 1st 2002 I was asked to take over as principal of Loyola when Fr. Pius was transferred to Dhanbad. Little did I realize then that I was taking over as the 13th principal of this great institution. 13 is generally considered as an unlucky number! And I am tempted to think that that has been proved true in my case. Loyola went through some very difficult experiences during the five years that I have been here in charge of the school. If we have been able to face it all confidently and successfully, it is because of the great support and cooperation of each one of you, parents and alumni. Let me express my sincere gratitude to all of you for standing by me especially in such difficult times with great understanding and patience. Together we have been able to tell the world that Loyola cannot be simply put down by vested interests.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations: School staging a play
The Diamond Jubillee Celebrations got off to a running start with the Cross Country Run. Next in the pipeline is a play by Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband. Two shows have been scheduled for September 22 & 23, 2006 at the Tata Audirorium, XLRI. Mr. B. Muthuraman, MD, Tata Steel, will be the Guest of Honour on 23 September, 2006.
National Teachers Award for Fr. Pius Fernandes
Fr. Pius Fernandes, who was the Principal of Loyola from 1992-2002, has been awarded the National Teachers Award 2005. The list of awardees is prepared by the HRD Ministry and the awards are presented on Teachers' Day each year. Teachers Day is celebrated on September 5, the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the great philosopher, statesman and educationist who served as the President of India. The award is given to teachers selected from across the nation for their "contribution to the development of the country through education". Fr. Pius received the award from the President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 5, 2006.
School to celebrate dream journey - marathon marks beginning of Loyola celebrations
Jamshedpur July 28: Loyola School, a humble dream of a group of Jesuit priests from USA, turned 60 today.
To celebrate the long history, the school began with a marathon from the institution premises.
Fr Sebastian Puthenpura, vice-principal of Loyola School, said: "This year, our school completes 60 years, therefore like earlier jubilee celebrations, we have lined up year-long festivities. Over 200 students participated in the marathon along with famous members of the alumni; it was indeed a great beginning to forthcoming year-long celebrations."
Read the full report in the Jamshedpur Telegraph