Teachers' Farewell
01Republic Day festivities in St.Joseph's College made Special with Farewell to Loved Teachers

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people."

Breathes there a soul so dead that it does not get infused with pride and joy at the progress of it's motherland? Indeed, the 72nd Republic Day is a reminder of the brave, unstinted service, sacrifice and resilience of all those unselfish souls who worked tirelessly to wrest freedom back for our country and then ensure its smooth governance, courtesy one of the most comprehensive constitutions in the world. 26th January 1950, is a date that is etched deep in the collective consciousness of the Indian populace and each successive year reaffirms our resolve to put India on the global map.

True to its motto of always aiming high, St.Joseph's College, Prayagraj, has always led by inspiration and 26th January, 2021, saw the entire staff, teaching and support, College Cabinet, House Captains, Association Heads, NCC cadet, assembling on the College grounds, to pay tributes to the nation, unfazed by the cold weather.

The Master of Ceremonies, College Head Prefect,Varun Deval, welcomed the Chief Guests for the day, Mrs.S.Mc Gowan and Mrs.A.George, the outgoing teachers, as they were escorted by the College Principal, Rev.Fr.Thomas Kumar, College Vice-Principal,Rev.Fr.Anil Michael, College Headmaster,Rev.Fr.George Medapalli, College Administrator, Mr.A.Mc Gowan and Staff Coordinator, Mr.J.Dube along with the NCC cadets. Seeking God's blessings, Ms.Anumol Matthew sought to create a reverential mood with a Reading from the Holy Bible and a special prayer. The College Head Marshal, Yashvardhan, then welcomed the Chief Guests, thanking them for their stellar services over decades. The Principal, Rev.Fr.Thomas Kumar and the Vice-Principal,Rev.Fr.Anil Michael, cordially welcomed Mrs.S.Mc Gowan and MrsA.George respectively.Post the unfurling of the National Flag by the Chief Guests, the singing of the National Anthem by the entire college, it was time for a disciplined march past by the College Cabinet, Captains and Head of Associations.

The College Captain, Adityendra Srivastava, in his speech, strove to remind one and all of their duty in painting the blank canvas of freedom as gifted by our freedom fighters, with colourful hues, collaborating and lifting one another so that we as a society, grow from strength to strength. As long as there is no enemy within, no enemy without can possibly harm us.

The Republic Day function came to an end with a soulful patriotic song by the Senior Section Choir, expertly led by Mr.S.Daniel, Mr.S.Naik and Mr.A.Arora.

In the next segment of the composite programme, Ms.B.Raphael, the Mistress of Ceremonies, warmly welcomed the outgoing teachers, Mrs.S. Mc Gowan and Mrs.A. George, lauding them for their wonderful mentoring of young, impressionable minds over 38 years and 19 years respectively. Mrs.I.Simon complimented Mrs.S.Mc Gowan for her excellence in organising events and dedication to the job at hand, be it teaching pupils or editing the College magazine.

It was time for floral greetings by the College Headmaster,Rev.Fr.George Medapalli, Mrs.S.Gupta on behalf of the KG Section, Mrs.J.Jacob on behalf of the Primary Section, Mrs.P.Frederick on behalf of the Senior Section, Mr.Saju M.D.on behalf of the Office Staff, Mrs.Savitri on behalf of the Support Staff and Raghav Om, the Head of the Association of Mass Communication, on behalf of the students. Therafter, Mrs.S.Mc Gowan drew everyone's attention to this year being the year of St.Joseph, the patron saint of the College, as declared by Pope Francis. It's only love and care for all, which truly marks a human being great. Grateful to all the previous Principals and Headmasters she had worked under, Mrs.S.Mc Gowan, urged students to remember there are no shortcuts to success.

Subsequent to the memento and gift presentation to Mrs.S.Mc Gowan by the Principal, Rev.Fr.Thomas Kumar, and a lovely felicitation song by the Junior Section Choir, Mrs.A.Cutting praised Mrs.A.George for her soft-spoken ways, inspiring students with the love for Hindi and instilling a value-based discipline in them. Post the floral greetings by the College Headmaster, Rev.Fr.George Medapalli, Ms.S.Prakash on behalf of KG Section, Mrs.S.Masih on behalf of the Primary Section, Mr.A.Simon on behalf of the Senior Section, Mr.P.Horo on behalf of the Office Staff,Mr.Peter on behalf of the Support Staff and Varun Deval, the College Head Prefect, on behalf of the students, Mrs.A.George, thanked the Almighty for his blessings and exhorted the students to value hardwork as the only key to success.

After felicitating Mrs.A.George with a memento and presenting a gift as a token of appreciation, the College Principal, Rev.Fr.Thomas Kumar, in his speech, highlighted how we Indians proved true to one of the foundational pillars of the Indian Constitution, fraternity, in the way they fought on all fronts with the global pandemic. Praising Mrs.Mc Gowan as a livewire of enthusiasm and Mrs.A.George as a self-effacing dedicated professional, Fr.Thomas Kumar expressed pride in the dignity and commitment of all the teachers. Teachers need to possess subject knowledge, skills to impart it, understanding of students and their calibre besides being cooperative with other staff members-the four essential traits which the stars of the day, the outgoing teachers exhibited in abundance.

The programme wrapped up with the entire gathering singing the College Anthem.

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