KARACHI: St Joseph’s Convent High School will be holding mass and a ceremony today to mark 50 years of teaching for two staff members, Aileen Soares and Sabira Siddiqi.
“Fifty years is a long time – their service to the school should be honoured,” said Cambridge section head, Naseema Kapadia. It has been an eventful year for the school, that turned 150 years old in March.
In addition to honouring these teachers, the school will also be feting eight teachers from the primary, Matric and Cambridge sections along with seven members of the domestic staff who have completed 25 years of service. The programme will begin with a service at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9 am. The teachers, students and relatives will then proceed to the school hall where the teachers will be presented with bouquets and folders
For their part, the students have prepared videos and a presentation of these teachers’ ‘famous’ quotes, some of which have been e-mailed from abroad where generations of ex-students of the school now live.
When Soares, a Math teacher in the Cambridge section, walks to the stage to receive her bouquet, she will be accompanied by an ex-student who graduated in 1968, Parveen Manekjee.
Similarly, Siddiqi, who has been teaching Urdu at St Joseph’s for 53 years, will be accompanied by an ex-student who graduated in 1960, Batool Ali. Manekjee and Ali are the oldest students of these teachers.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2011.