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A reunion at St. James’

Snapshots from Looking Ahead 2012, the 15th annual reunion of St. James’ School alumni, in association with The Telegraph. Pictures: Arnab Mondal

The chilly evening of December 8 was reserved for a warm gathering as the St. James’ School Alumni Association held Looking Ahead 2012, its 15th annual reunion, on the school premises, in association with The Telegraph.

The annual do saw young and young-at-heart Jacobeans catching up over sips and bites and matching steps to popular numbers on the dance floor. Over 100 old boys from batches as far back as the 1970s turned into young boys as they met up with long-lost mates.

“We all wait for this day when we get to meet old friends and share fond memories. After passing out from St. James’ in 1972, I came back as a teacher and now I am the vice-principal. There is something in this school that keeps bringing most of the students back,” smiled Soumen Mundul.

The evening started with the hymn Lord Bind Us Together, sung by the Jacobeans. After welcoming chief guest Maurice Menezes, a former vice-principal, the Jacobeans felicitated all the retired teachers present at the reunion. Meeting old teachers was a highlight of the night. Around 40 teachers were present, some retired while others who are still teaching at the school.

“Meeting ex-students brings back old memories. What I love about Jacobeans is their respect for us. Even after so many years, these students give us so much respect. Coming back to St. James’ is always a treat for me,” said Mohammad Ekramullah, a former Hindi teacher.

The rest of the night was all about song and dance, food and tipple with the DJ spinning out hits like Subah hone na de, Chammak challo and Tumhi ho bandhu, making sure that teachers, students and their better halves didn’t stand idle for a moment.

“Our reunions are all about getting back to school and looking ahead for much more bonding and togetherness. It’s a warm feeling to meet old teachers and take their blessings,” said Saif Saigal of the alumni association.

Members of the governing body of the alumni association who worked hard to make the reunion an affair to remember.

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