13 St Thomas Academy celebrates Fifty Years - Sr Romana Fernandes PSOL

posted Feb 14, 2019, 10:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 10:14 AM ]
The 50th anniversary celebrations of St Thomas Academy, Goregaon West began on June 27, 2018, with Bishop Agnelo Gracias presiding over a solemn Eucharistic celebration. A PowerPoint presentation highlighted the milestones, as our school walked down memory lane, remembering the great stalwarts—former Managers, Principals, Staff members who tirelessly strove to lift St Thomas Academy to great heights. The founder, late Fr Antonio D'Souza's vision and inspiration led to the setting up of St Thomas Academy. He was ably assisted by Sr Angeline Machado, scc who took great interest to further the goal and make it a reality. The Poor Sisters of Our Lady took over the school in the year 1982, and continue to bring laurels to the school.

The theme for the Golden Jubilee year was Spirited Tireless Achievers. Through the year, the school hosted various competitions at the Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary level, inviting neighbouring schools from Malad, Goregaon and Andheri to showcase their talents and skills in these events.

The month of January 2019 saw the school staging a musical The King and I, bringing the Jubilee celebrations to a close. The two-day performance - with a cast of 415 students, under the capable direction of Mr Joey Mendonca, supported by Nellita Goes, choreographed by Mahesh Gole and Andy, with stage, sound and light effects enhanced by an LED screen under the supervision of Mr John Reegan, an ex-student of the school - was an outstanding success. The Pre-primary and Primary students did marvellously well with a prayer dance, Jubilee song, welcome song and other dances, bringing the total number of participating students to 700. One of the highlights of the programme was the annual School Report, creative and diverse and far from ordinary.

The synopsis of the musical apprised us that learning is truly life! We are educated and can be independent in thought, word and action, deserving of a fulfilling and respectful position in the court and country. On January 29, 2019, the Chief Guest, Bishop Bosco Penha witnessed the musical; he extolled the performance of the students, and stated that it was an apt theme that the school took up—that all education is transformative and learning is life. In his message, he exhorted the students to cultivate moments of silence and prayer, and to have a desire to reach out to the poor and needy. The former Managers, Principals, teachers and support staff were felicitated with flowers and mementos - a gesture of appreciation and recognition for their selfless service. The school magazine was released on this occasion by Bishop Bosco.