The stronger the system of school education, the greater are the prospects of the country, said President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday while releasing a stamp to commemorate 150 years of Cathedral & John Connon School, Fort.
“Schools constitute the basic pillars of the edifice of a nation,” said Patil in her keynote address at the Homi Bhabha Auditorium in Navy Nagar.
“This school and the city of Mumbai through a century-and-a-half have shared a history of remarkable growth. I wish the school many many more years of success and excellence in the field of education.”
The Rs 5-stamp released on Wednesday has an image of the façade of the school’s main building.
“Today is a historic day and we shall remember it with pride,” said Meera Isaacs, the school’s principal.
“Celebrating this occasion in an auditorium named after one of our most illustrious students is serendipity with a vengeance,” she added.
Physicist Homi Bhabha went to school at Cathedral. Other eminent alumni include journalist Fareed Zakaria, writer Salman Rushdie and industrialist JRD Tata.
“I still remember the sense of betrayal I felt the day my parents dropped me off at Cathedral’s infant school, but Cathedral took care of me after that,” said Rahul Bose, who passed out in 1985.
“I have so many memories of the school.”