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High Mass heralds beginning of festivities

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 18:32 IST

A FOUR-day golden jubilee celebrations of St Joseph’s Convent Senior Secondary School, Idgah Hills, got underway with great enthusiasm and zeal amidst solemnity and sparkle on Monday evening.

A solemn High Mass in the presence of archbishop Pascal Topno and other dignitaries of the community heralded the start of celebrations.

Among others, sister Lorraine Marie Delaney, Sr Marranne Bode, Sr Francis Regis, priests, nuns and staff members participated in the Jubilee Eucharist, thanks giving for five decades culminating in the golden jubilee of the school.
A cultural fiesta was also held in the school cultural hall in the presence of Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on the opening day.

The cultural ceremony ‘Cosmic Enchante’ offered a bouquet of songs and dances among several entertaining items. The cultural, academic and creative development of the children was displayed during the event.

The function began with a prayer dance ‘Divya Upasana’, where God’s spirit was invoked to show the path of knowledge and wisdom.

The school choir sang three songs – a welcome song, jubilee song and a theme song. The theme song spoke about the light of candles that they should spread far and wide, the children represented the lit candles.

Previous principals, teachers and head girls were felicitated and appreciated. The chief guest released the school jubilee souvenir  ‘Nostalgic-Fragrance’.

Dance of the KG students ‘Orient Pearl’ drew tremendous applause of the audience. The Arabian dance carried the message that man should not run after materialism as God is the ultimate truth.

Next came, ‘Chariot of Dawn’ where a global voyage was depicted –north, south, east and west- and yet the most glorious was the State of Madhya Pradesh.

This was followed by ‘Ek Jhalak, Mera Pradesh’, in which heritage sites of Madhya Pradesh including Bhim Bhetka, Sanchi, Khajuraho were displayed in full glory.

‘Ornamental Medley’, brought forth the message of Unity in Diversity. It was a fusion dance comprising Bharat Natyam, Odissi, Kathak, western and Kathakali.

The historical decades were represented by ‘Boundless Echoes’, the church bells echoing the historical moments from the past to the present.

The item, ‘Voice of St Joseph’s Convent’ floated five thought-provoking messages from the Josephite family to rebuild a society so that India could retain its title of a ‘Golden Bird’.