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Cradle of nurture for women of substance

It was once a stretch of marshy land. But now it has become a Mecca of girls’ education in Assam’s capital city, thanks to St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Guwahati.

Today the school is one of the major seats of education in the city, fulfilling its vision of producing “women of substance”.

Established in 1924, it is one of the English medium schools established by the Salesian Sisters, an international organisation operating from Italy since 1872. It has its provincial headquarters in Guwahati.

Though a Catholic institution, it admits students irrespective of caste and creed. The management and the staff try to integrate education with character development and bring out qualities that are the best and noblest in them. Special attention is given to ensure high standards of morality and discipline.

The school imparts education to students from kindergarten to Class XII under the curriculum prescribed by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam and prepares the students for examinations conducted by the board at HSLC and HSSLC levels.

The school is known to inculcate in its students punctuality, discipline, sincerity and cleanliness. “

The St Mary’s family had always been known for such qualities and students from this school had made their mark in different spheres of life. Over the years it has educated women of the northeastern province of India as a premiere institute,” said Sister Jessy Nedumala, the principal.

Christmas celebrations at St Mary’s School have always been memorable and there was no exception this time.

There was a riot of colours at the nearly nine-decades-old St Mary’s Higher Secondary School on its Gauhati Club premises on Christmas. One could see scores of visitors cutting across religious faiths immersing themselves in the festive atmosphere since early morning.

Rima Barua, who teaches English at the school, pours her heart out: “The scene inside the school was just like visiting Durga Puja celebrations, where I could see all sections of people from the city thronging the school campus. The crib was just in front of the grotto, and it was the centre of attraction for the visitors. I rushed to the school chapel, offered prayers and then was invited to the refectory along with my family to sample some yummy pastries. It was indeed an enjoyable Christmas for my family.”

The teachers and the office staff had also gathered on the campus for the pre-Christmas celebrations on December 17 before the school closed for the vacation.

A staff reporter

Message of peace and prosperity

Sister Jessy Nedumala, principal, St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Guwahati

I, on behalf of the St Mary’s Institution, Guwahati, thank the Almighty for his choicest blessings showered upon the staff, the students and the parents of this institution. I appreciate the constant support extended by you to our institution throughout the year and I sincerely thank to each and every one of you for your kind co-operation that is being extended to our institution for years. You certainly play a very important role in educating our children. This institution counts upon your help and co-operation in the years to come too.

Together with Sister Superior, all the sisters and the staff members, I extend my greetings on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year. It is time for loving and forgiving and to feel the joy and happiness of being loved and to love. May the miracle of this season fill your heart with warmth, love, peace and hope. May the New Year be a joyous one.

I wish and pray that my institution takes more steps forward towards academic excellence and inches closer to the zenith of success. I also wish Assam too a wonderful and successful 2013.