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Bethune Collegiate School students and staff mark 175th foundation day with rally

The first government school for girls in Kolkata will conduct various programmes for a year to celebrate the landmark anniversary

By My Kolkata Web Desk | Published 03.05.23, 12:20 PM
1/6 Ahead of the foundation day of Bethune Collegiate School on May 7, students, teachers, former students and faculty, staff members and parents commenced the 175th anniversary celebrations of the heritage institution by walking in a rally on May 2. The rally wound its way from the school gate at Bidhan Sarani and reached Swami Vivekananda’s house, where the children, staff members and alumni members paid floral tributes to the statue of the monk, philosopher, author and religious teacher

Ahead of the foundation day of Bethune Collegiate School on May 7, students, teachers, former students and faculty, staff members and parents commenced the 175th anniversary celebrations of the heritage institution by walking in a rally on May 2. The rally wound its way from the school gate at Bidhan Sarani and reached Swami Vivekananda’s house, where the children, staff members and alumni members paid floral tributes to the statue of the monk, philosopher, author and religious teacher

All photographs by Suvendu Das
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2/6 The rally also visited the houses of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Raja Rammohun Roy where the children and staff members paid their homage

The rally also visited the houses of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Raja Rammohun Roy where the children and staff members paid their homage

3/6 Students walked the rally with slates and banners in hand to spread awareness about educating the girl child and women’s empowerment. They also sang various songs and blew the conch shell on way

Students walked the rally with slates and banners in hand to spread awareness about educating the girl child and women’s empowerment. They also sang various songs and blew the conch shell on way

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4/6 Centred around the main theme of the school’s foundation, students dressed up as founders and patrons. Twenty-one girls were draped in saris holding chalk and slates to recreate the time when the school started for women’s education. ‘The Bethune Collegiate School was the first government school for girls in Calcutta started in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune at Dakshinaranjan Mukhopadhyay’s house. It was started off as Hindu Female School with only 21 girls back then and today we tried to recreate history in the rally where students portrayed our founder and patrons and the 21 students they started off with,’ said Sanhita Chakraborty, a senior teacher of the school

Centred around the main theme of the school’s foundation, students dressed up as founders and patrons. Twenty-one girls were draped in saris holding chalk and slates to recreate the time when the school started for women’s education. ‘The Bethune Collegiate School was the first government school for girls in Calcutta started in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune at Dakshinaranjan Mukhopadhyay’s house. It was started off as Hindu Female School with only 21 girls back then and today we tried to recreate history in the rally where students portrayed our founder and patrons and the 21 students they started off with,’ said Sanhita Chakraborty, a senior teacher of the school

5/6 The rally flagged off the year-long celebrations of the institution’s 175 years. The alumni association of the school also offered full support through participation. The rally ended at the school gate

The rally flagged off the year-long celebrations of the institution’s 175 years. The alumni association of the school also offered full support through participation. The rally ended at the school gate

6/6 A series of cultural programmes and events are on the cards for the school over the coming year. The celebrations will formally be inaugurated at Netaji Indoor Stadium on May 10 in the presence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee

A series of cultural programmes and events are on the cards for the school over the coming year. The celebrations will formally be inaugurated at Netaji Indoor Stadium on May 10 in the presence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee

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