Monday, August 18, 2014

Sikkim alumni of Darjeeling schools form club

GANGTOK, 17 Aug: Alumni of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong’s renowned missionary (public) schools residing in Sikkim have formed the ‘Good Old Days Club’ (GODc) in Gangtok. An informal launch of the club was held on 15 August at Hotel Tashi Delek.
As per a press release, the members of the Club will be ex-students of St. Paul’s School, St. Joseph’s School, Mt. Hermon School, Loreto Convent (Darjeeling), Goethal’s Memorial School, Dow Hill School, St. Helens Convent, Victoria School (Kurseong), Dr. Graham’s Homes, St. Augustine’s School, St. Joseph’s Convent (Kalimpong).
These schools were founded by foreign missionaries in Darjeeling hills in the 19th century, when the region came under the British Raj in India.
Initially conceived by Sikkim Hermonites Association a few years back, the Club will reach out to all alumni of these schools in the State to make the association an active forum for renewal of friendship and preservation/ celebration of the unique spirit of camaraderie that alumni of these schools enjoy, the release mentions.
The launch was attended by Ashwin Oberoi and Govind Alley (Goethal’s Memorial School), A. Dutta (Victoria School), Sonam Dorji (St. Augustine’s School), Navin Prasad (Dr. Graham’s Homes), Wangyal Topden and Tashi Gyatso (St. Joseph’s School) and OT Bhutia, Surenderpal Singh Lamba, Uttam Pradhan, Ramesh Lakhotia and Jigme N Kazi (Mt. Hermon School).
A formal launch of the GODc will take place shortly with a larger body, followed by the keenly-awaited ‘bash’ to set the ball rolling, the release states.

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