In many schools the activities of alumni associations have increased inter batch bonding. Shaping up a community around one’s alma mater has become the raison d’ etre for its formation. The fondness for friends and the school environs are a strong pull factor. Attachment to the school grows as time passes. Many see it as a way of re-cementing bonds. The Alumni Association of Holy Angels’ ISC School was initiated by a group of students who passed out in 2000. An informal meeting of old students took place in the school with the support of the principal Sr.Helen. But for the presence of a meager number from the older batches this meeting was not a representative one. However it did set the ball rolling. The Association was christened OLGA (Old Girls’ Association) and a few office bearers were elected. The objectives hit upon by the group were to:
- Provide a platform for interaction between old students and the school
- To become involved and contribute to the effective functioning of the school
- To locate old students spread across the globe and help stay connected
- To felicitate past teachers and student achievers
Though alumni associations have regular meetings it is left to the initiative of the individual batch members to organize their respective batch get-togethers. There have been batch wise get-togethers of the Holy Angels’ alumni. The first ICSE batch of 1976 organised their maiden reunion in July 2007. Jothi Nair was apprehensive when she initiated the reunion plan from Malaysia in mid 2006. The internet helped to collapse distances and bring the group together. On Jayalekshmi’s suggestion a yahoo group was launched and all classmates were coaxed to join in. The response was unbelievable. The batch rediscovered one another. “It was tremendous fun seeing everyone’s photos on the net after so many years and during this one year of planning we regained the closeness and friendship we had left at school” gushes out Jothi. Incidentally it is the ones abroad who feel closer to home and have the urge to connect with old friends. “This is our first reunion after 30 years, however we would like to associate ourselves more with the activities of the school” clarifies Renuka Nair. Apart from deciding to become involved in the activities of the school, at this reunion old teachers were felicitated. The teachers were overwhelmed by the affection shown by their students and gratified that they were remembered. Former teachers Sr. Mary Freeda, the current Mother Superior of Holy Angels’ Convent and Omana Chellapan were the teachers felicitated at the reunion. The reunion proved that friendship and values gained at school leave lasting impressions than those gained later on in life. Lack of ego hassles is the hallmark of friendships gained at school. Our positions withdraw into insignificance as here we are not doctors, managers or teachers just friends enjoying. “That’s the reason why we have left our heavy schedules and traveled from the opposite hemisphere to attend this reunion” opined Sudha after the reunion in July 2007.
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