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St. Xavier’s Parish is more than 150 years old. This Century old school deserved an Alumni Association long back. Albeit few Alumni Groups have been interacting with each other, and also the school, this is a step to integrate the efforts of smaller groups hitherto culminating into forming St Xavier’s Vile Parle Alumni Association and into a sustaining activity. Such an association is a win-win situation for all stake holders and will benefit the Alumni, the school children, the teachers and the school as a whole.
St Xavier’s High School in Vile Parle is surely one of the oldest schools in the western suburbs. However, it is a new entrant on one aspect—after over a century of existence; ex-students have decided to launch their alumni association. Some of the ex students worked for over a year to get in touch with as many others as possible and collect funds to form the alumni association.
The aim is to promote interaction between ex-students, retired teachers and current batches. While there were sporadic efforts to organize reunion functions for their classmates, few had aimed to promote a full-time alumni body. While it is generally believed that the school started functioning in the early 1890s, some claim it started in 1837 under a banyan tree that still stands inside the educational institution’s campus. Online tools were used to reach out to as many ex-students. Many were already interacting with their classmates on social networking sites and this made the job even easier.
More than 1,700 students have been contacted through online networking. School principal Vera Fernandes said the long-cherished dream of the school is finally seeing the light of day. “It is only now that ex-students have taken this seriously and worked hard to make it happen,” she said. The association will be launched on March 3 and a reunion will be held on the same day.
Some of the activities it has in its vision are setting up of benevolent funds, enhancing the extracurricular activities in school, career counseling, mentoring programmes, teaching enhancement. The launch event “Masti Paathshala” will be held on 3rd March 2012 at 6.30 pm in the school quadrangle. All the Ex Students are invited to attend this launch event.