St. Mary’s Convent School, Geyzing celebrated the grand finale of the Silver Jubilee on 17th September 2016. On this auspicious occasion Rt.Rev.Stephen Lepcha D.D. Bishop of Darjeeling & Sikkim diocese was the Chief Guest. We were privileged to have the dignitaries as Guests of Honour- Shri. Nar Bahadur Bhandari – Former Chief Minister Sikkim, Rev.Sr. Rose Ezarath- Provincial Superior, Mrs. Rinchen Ongmoo Bhutia- Chief Administrator, Govt. of Sikkim, Mrs. Aishvarya Singh- The District Magistrate & Collector- West Sikkim.
Sr. Lucy John, our Principal felicitated and welcomed the guests and they were offered shawls and mementos. It was a moment of great joy and pride for all of us at SMS .The Guests were welcomed to the beautifully decorated stage & pendol accompanied by St. Mary’s pride– the school’s Brass Band.
In his address, the Chief Guest Rt. Rev. Stephen Lepcha appreciated and congratulated the school in reaching the milestone and also acknowledged the courage, aspiration, enthusiasm, energy and hard work of the missionaries and pioneers of the school. He said that the past and present pupils of the school must be proud and privileged to study in this beautiful school which is nestled at the foothills of Geyzing valley symbolising the “miracle of love” to carry the flame of values of St. Mary’s school driven by their own spirit of adventure of excelling, learning, sharing and continue to fulfil the motto of the school.
Guests of honour Mr.N.B. Bhandari addressed the gathering and said that one should rise to face the challenges and should create ones future. Critical, reflective and independent thinkers even after leaving the school. He congratulated the sisters & staff for the value based and quality education that the school imparts to make better society for tomorrow. While delivering speech he said that the school is committed to help the children to translate their dreams and achieve to their full potential regardless of caste, creed and religion and added that “It is God’s work” that the school with this jubilee celebration has achieved milestone and embarked in a new journey. He also offered khada and cash award to the Principal Sr. Lucy John for the successful and noble work done by the school.
The provincial Superior Sr. Rose Ezarath spoke on behalf of the Province. She endlessly thanked each and everyone who contributed and supported St. Mary’s Convent School to witness its very day of silver jubilee. She briefed the history of the school from its grass root level thanking Shri. N.B. Bhandari for his generosity in offering us the land and his indefatigable effort in building Sikkim into a developed and educated state, Mrs. Chandra Kumari Katwal for her support and care right from its inception.
The programme was compeered by lighting 25 lamps followed by 25 little angels symbolising the school’s 25 years of existence, signifying peace & hope which ignited the stage. The students performed the cultural programme magnificently, the dance drama with the theme” Quest- Sign of God’s Love’. Programmes were diversified starting from choir, traditional folk dances of different communities of Sikkim followed by musical band and poem enactment on Good vs Evil, Family cradle of love.
Vote of thanks was proposed by vice Principal Sr. Sandhya Minj. The jubilee programme was attended by many of the ex- students, parents and well wishers which completed the Marian Family.
Ms. Esha Gurung