Memories

Foundation StoneThe Fruitful Forties: Fourteenth of January 1945 was a momentous day for Jamshedpur as the Apostolic Carmel Sisters arrived in the town, at the request of the Management of Tisco to start an English medium school in the Steel City. Mr. John D’Costa graciously hosted them at Boulevard Hotel until they were put up at a bungalow in Circuit House Area. The objective of the Sisters was to impart quality education to women in India.

Sacred Heart Convent School did not have this beautiful building in those first years. It was relocated several times before it had this permanent building. The school first started functioning on 22nd January 1945 at 5 Beldih Triangle, a bungalow opposite the present Loyola School. This was equipped with just 11 benches and 2 cupboards. A handful of students were enrolled. Soon the school was shifted to the CNR Hall (the present Loyola School auditorium). As the students increased, again classes were started at Dhatkidih Primary School, which is at present J. H. Tarapore School. Later they moved to Dalma Villa, C. H. Area. By this time the need for a proper permanent building was felt so Tata Steel allocated a plot of land in Northern Town. One of the sisters, Sister Joan herself designed the building. Sir J. J. Ghandy, Director In Charge, Tisco laid the Foundation stone on 7th May 1949 and the construction of this present building was started.

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Priyanka SwarupAs a toddler I entered Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamshedpur in 1989 in L.K.G. and after 14 years passed my 10th in 2001 and 12th in 2003 from the commerce stream. While at school, I was the President of the Duke of Edinburgh club and I also had the privilege to be one among the sixteen to represent India in ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ after passing the Gold Level in 11th standard.

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Vandana Kumar“Didi - just saw this picture and had to share it with you”, I received an email from my sister last week. Some former classmates had started a Yahoo Group for 1981 Sacred Hearters. When I went to the homepage, 1 saw a faded picture of the school as I remembered it. So much has changed since then....

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I rode on my dreams that summer. Walked over an invisible threshold and walked into a new life. The air, the conversation, the dal were foreign.

I was collecting a new trajectory of experiences, passing them one by one with great care and hoping to collate them one day to write my story, a story that belonged to no other. A story that would in time and age mellow and become rich like vintage wine.

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Our exuberance seemed to have no bounds to be selected as one among the 15 students representing India. We were to join the 10 other countries participating in the International Camp – 2004. The camp for the International Award For Young People was to be held at Lake District, England. The English gave us a warm welcome as we arrived at Heathrow, London. We stayed with their families, saw their culture and ways of living and were soon met by students from Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Gozo, Macedonia, Spain and Malta at the Doncaster University.

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