11 Dec Blessing and Inauguration of New Block & Auditorium
It was indeed a special evening for all of us – the management, staff, students and parents of MCCS, as occasion draw unparalleled enthusiasm in us as we witnessed a harmonious blending of the school with the home and the society. It was the evening of Thursday, December 11 where guests, well-wishers and parents had all gathered to take part in the celebration of the inauguration and blessing of MCCS New Block and Auditorium named after Mother Veronica, the Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation, where classes will be held for students of Nursery to Class III, and where cultural and other school activities would also be held.
Sr. M. Susheela A.C. the Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel, inaugurated the New Block by cutting the ribbon and Shri Vinaya Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University unveiled the plaque. It was then time to thank God for being with the school management throughout the construction of this new beautiful edifice of learning and for blessing all those who have been involved in this project, where Rev. Fr. Santhosh Kamath S.J. of Fatima Retreat House lead the ceremony of blessing through prayer service, and later he blessed the interior of the building by sprinkling the Holy Water. Following the blessing, the dignitaries and the guests were all led into the new spacious Block and the Auditorium was inaugurated by Sr. M. Linette A.C., the Provincial Superior of the Apostolic Carmel, Karnataka.
“We are all sure that God’s blessings of deeper love, fuller trust in God and a greater peace of heart have come down mightily on this new building and on all of us. Let’s hope that this temple of learning will stand erect for many years to come, giving the light of truth and knowledge and thereby fulfill the real purpose of education. Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress, working together is success, this is what we experience at Mount Carmel. If this beautiful edifice of learning has stood erect today, it is the joint effort of all the members of Mount Carmel Family – the Management, staff, students, parents and well-wishers. So it’s a day of rejoicing, a day of celebration, and a day of performing” said compeers of the occasion namely Rebecca Albuquerque, Sowmiya Sumith, Safa Suleiman and Fiona Saldanha.
Following the Indian Culture, the programme began with a welcome dance performed in a true Indian cultural style. Words of welcome always make the gathering feel at home and Sr Melissa A.C, the Principal of MCCS did the welcome address, followed by a audio-visual presentation of the School Annual Report prepared by the Principal, and teachers- Ms Jyotsna and Ms Rakshitha. Prizes were then distributed to the talented students with highest scores and also the distinction students-who are the pride of MCCS. Also during the occasion, Mr. Sunil Kumar, the architect of the building, Mr. Sanjeeva Dandakeri, the contractor and Mr. Subhas, the electrical contractor were also felicitated.
Chief guest Shri Vinaya Hegde addressing the audience said, “I feel proud to be in this auditorium, because this is the area where I used do my daily walks, and now I had the privilege to be part of the inaugural ceremony and talk to you in this beautiful auditorium. Yes we all should know that education plays a vital role in a student’s life, and the dedicated nuns always make sure that their students get the best education for their future career. At the same time students when they exit out of the school after completion of education, they should not forget their Alma Mater. We should remember and show our gratitude to the teachers who gave us education and also taught us good manners. I am very much impressed with this school with all the opportunities and facilities they provide for their students. I advise the students to avail all the benefits and opportunities that MCCS has to offer you”
As they say that a school magazine is not just a book of articles, but it expresses priceless memories, valuable thoughts and shining talents of the upcoming events – the first ever School Magazine of MCCS named “Carmel Inspires” was released during the occasion by Sr. M Susheela AC, the Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel. Sr. Susheela A.C said, “Anything is possible in our lives and in the world if we believe in God- He is our strength, guide and support. We should always believe in goodwill, faith, generosity, friendship and love towards others. We need to strive hard to bring change in the society, and see that there is no communal unrest in the community. I am proud that the Sisters at MCCS are doing a great job in delivering the best education to the students. The Annual Report that we just saw reveals the potential and achievement of the students and the school. The much awaited dream has come true by the timely completion of this unique Auditorium and New block. I feel proud to be part of this great institution. Let me wish you all a blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015”.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms Richa Mascarenhas, It was once again time for more cultural performance. To bring alive the culture of farming and in unison with all the farmers of India and the world a ballet of dances of harvest festivals of India, Bangladesh and Nepal was performed by the students of MCCS to commemorate the International Year of Family Farming. Not just the high school students, even the tiny tots showed the audience that they too can entertain the audience- A Fairytale of “Little Red Riding Hood” was enacted by the tiny tots, which received loud applaud from their parents, teachers and guests.
Since Christmas is a magical time for little children to see what is in those gift boxes under the Christmas Tree, the tiny tots of UKG showcased their hidden talents with a wonderful and scintillating Christmas Dance, once again to the roaring applause of the audience. There was also a fusion of Western and Eastern sparkling realm of dances performed by the senior students of MCCS. Finally, a meaningful and heart touching musical drama “DoTheBoys Hall” was performed by the students, giving the beautiful message of Hope to all gathered. All is well, that ends well, the inaugural ceremony ended in a happy and fun celebration- kudos to the staff and students who put up a fabulous show of entertainment, dance and music.