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Mangaluru, Nov 30, 2015 : St Francis Xavier Higher Primary School, Bejai is all set for its centenary celebrations on December 2 at 5.30 pm.

The centenary celebrations will start with thanksgiving mass at 9 am. Fr Alwyn D' Cunha, parish priest of Infant Mary Church, Katipalla will be the main celebrant.

Flag hoisting and prize distribution ceremony will be held at 10 am. Hilda Clementina Pinto ECO will be the chief guest.

The grand finale of the celebrations will be held at 5.30 pm presided over by bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza. Dr Nodu Subraya Bhat, J R Lobo, MLA, Ivan D'Souza, MLC, Jacintha Alfred MCC mayor and Fr Jerald D'Souza, secretary CBE will be the chief guests.

Former correspondents Fr Godfrey Saldanha, Fr Victor Machado and retired headmistresses Lilly Pinto, Nelly Tauro, Catherine D'Souza, Vivian Lasrado, Lidwin D'Almeida, Concepta Noronha and Precilla Rodrigues will be felicitated on the occasion.

Celebrating 100 years of successful and meaningful existence is certainly a matter of great pride and satisfaction for any institution. The school owes its visionary efforts to the chaplains and parish priests of St Francis Xavier Church during whose tenure it grew in strength. Equally important is the contribution of Fr A A E C Colaco, who served as the parish priest of St Francis Xavier Church and manager of the school from 1922 to 1936. The school attained enormous progress under his care. A new building was also constructed in 1929.

The classes were extended up to eighth standard, following which the school was elevated to the grade of higher elementary in 1933. In 1940, a bifurcation of the school took place, resulting in the birth of Lourdes Higher Primary School directed towards imparting education exclusively to girls. Both the schools were merged in 2000 and the school has been offering co-education ever since.

The school is aided by the government and there are eight teaching staff in the school. Three are appointed by the government and five by the management. The school has a strength of 210 students with 113 boys and 97 girls. The medium of instruction is Kannada and free education is being provided to students at the school.

The school had been providing free education irrespective of caste, creed and gender with an aim of making students responsible citizens of the nation. With this in mind, the students are also being trained in classical dance, yoga, crafts and computer education.

The school has contributed several teachers, educationists, scientists, doctors, engineers, advocates, social workers and elected representatives to the society. Many of the alumni of the school have been serving as priests and nuns under various congregations across the nation.... read full story


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