Maria Niketan School Inauguration Ceremony and Parents-Meet
On 24.08.2017 “Maria Niketan’ school had organised ‘Inauguration of the newly renovated school building and parents meet.” This school has 46 teaching staff, 4 non teaching staff and 5 sub staff, 1 gardener and 2 watchmen. It has Kannada Primary headed by Mrs.Sagaya Mary, English Primary headed by Mrs. Mary Imelda, High School headed by Mr.Vinay Joseph and PUC headed by Mr.XavierSudhakar.
His Grace Most Rev Dr. Bernard Moras was chief guest of the day. Fr.Rayappa M, the manager and correspondent of the institution and the HM’s welcomed His Grace at the entrance of the school. Programme started with the cutting of ribbon by His Grace at the entrance of the school gate at 5pm. Later he was welcomed by the school troops along with the 81 angels and 55 students who were holding the placards. These 55 cards had different sayings about teachers, leaders, parents and people. Each card symbolised one year. Which means to say ‘Maria Niketan’ educational institutions has the memorable history of 55 years.
Eucharistic celebration took place in the front ground. Mass began with the welcome dance. His Grace was accompanied by 21 concelebrants who had come from ‘NBCLC,’ ‘CCBI,’ Bhakti Bhavan minor seminary, Donboscoprovincialte, Assencion parish and from other schools which are part of ‘ABE’ (Archdiocesan board of education). During the mass His Grace and other 5 preists (Fr.AnthonySwamy, Fr.Robin Joseph, Fr.Christopher, Fr.PeterSwamy, Fr.Shanth Kumar Asst ‘ABE’ secretary) blessed the renovated campus, school hall, 2 cycle stands, school, college and kinder garden which was newly renovated.
During the sermon His Grace preached about humility of Mary in visiting Elizabeth. He told the children to ask for wisdom as Solomon asked to pass in the exam of life. He preached also about the duty of parents and children. Mass ended around 6.30pm, followed by beautiful cultural program performed by the students Marianikethan School and College. The cultural programstarted around 6.50pm. The programme was meticulously planned. After the patriotic song Fr.Rayappa M, manager and correspondent felicitated His Grace.Thereafter,His Grace felicitated 4 students who had scored 90/- and above in 2016-17 final exam. His Grace in his speech encouraged the students to study well to win the exam of life.
The staff of Maria Niketan never expected such large crowd because for past 2 weeks it was raining heavily and it was the day of Gowri-Ganesh festival but still parents had turned out in large number to encourage their students. The entire campus was full. In spite of rain people were waiting to see the cultural programme done by their children. The cultural programme was colour full mainly because many children (250) were involved in item or the other. In spite of rain everything went on smoothly. The management, staff, students and parents were grateful to His Grace for all his support in beautifying the campus. The program ended up with delicious dinner arranged for all the participants.