Celebration

 
Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Alexandra has stood the test of time

Growing stronger through the years

Making her mark in various fields

Nothing does she fear

Trust in God and be not daunted

That’s what we do believe

As we journey through our 150th year

A rich tapestry we do weave

Of 149 glorious years gone by

And many more to follow

Alma Mater we do thank thee

Today and for all our tomorrows!

Special events organized for Sesquicentennial Year:

1st September 2012 : Release of Special Postal Cover and Launch of School Web Site
Chief Guest : Mr. Darius Khambata, Advocate General of Maharashtra
Venue : Yeshwantrao Chavan Pratisthan, Chavan Centre, Gen. J. Bhosale Marg, Mumbai 400021
1st and 2nd October 2012 : Alexcellencia – Fest of Inter-School Competitions
    The Best School Trophy was won by Campion School
     
27th October 2012 : DANDIYA DHAMAKA
 

As part of the 150th Year Celebration of the school, a Dandiya Programme was organized within the school premises for our students, ex-students and parents. The famous South Mumbai band – ‘Mini Satellite’ was chosen to provide live music for the evening and they did a fantastic job. A stage was set up in the quadrangle. About 600-650 students and adults participated in the Dandiya.

All the enthusiastic participants came in traditional outfits, all set to dance away the evening with friends and family. Food and Drinks Stalls were put up by the parents and the school staff to feed and quench the thirst of the dancers. There was a Guest Performance by Kinjal and Chintan, two Professional Dandiya artistes and everyone greatly enjoyed watching them dance.

The Guests for the function were famous personalities like Ms. Dilkhush Reporter and a benevolent ex-student, Ms. Neha Gulmani. They gave away the prizes for the Best Dancer and Best Dressed Person in several age categories. Over 90 prizes were given away. The judges for the Dandiya Competition were Mrs. Heena Kapadia, Mrs. AvniTanna, Mrs. Binita Shah and Mr. Amit Gharat.

Several invitees, well wishers, teachers and principals of other schools graced the programme. There was a Lucky Dip at the end and 15 prizes were given to the lucky winners. The lucky numbers were drawn out by our honoured guests on stage.

The Programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem. Everyone present had a rocking time. The DandiyaDhamaka at Alexandra was indeed a ‘Dhamaka’, a super hit!

10th December 2012 : Felicitation by Free Masons-
Lodge Manockjee Cursetjee No. 185.
    Our school was awarded –
‘Super Excellence Award’ and Silver Medallion’.
     
15th & 16th December 2012 : Alex Mela 2012
     
12th & 13th January 2013 : Vintage Cars and Bikes Carnival
     
27th January 2013 : Parents and Ex-Parents Family Treasure hunt:
   

Winners       –   Ujjainwala Family
Runner Up   –   Unwalas Family

     
8th February 2013 :

Visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent & Dignitaries from WIAA.

   

HRH Prince Michael distributed helmets to our students.

     

10th, 11th February 2013

: Pre-Primary Annual Day – A Banyard Moosical
     
22nd April 2013 : Annual Day Function – ‘And…the Legacy goes on’
150th Annual Day Function

22nd April was a red-letter day for The Alexandra Girls’ English Institution! Yes, the highlight of the Sesquicentennial Celebration was about to unfold at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA.

Over 500 children, a-buzz with excitement, dressed in colourful costumes, all raring to go on stage and show off their talents in the glorious production – ‘And…the Legacy goes on’.

The Chief Guest for the evening was Dr. (Mrs) Firuza Parikh, Director, Dept. of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, and more importantly, an alumni of the Alexandra school! The Honoured Guest-Mr. Keki Mistry, CEO and Chairman, HDFC, unfortunately could not attend due to unexpected changes in his travel plans.

On to the show –‘And…the Legacy goes on’. The first segment dealt with the life of our founder, ManockjeeCursetjee, with his vision and dream of starting a school for English education for the native girls. His dream turned into a reality when The Alexandra Native Girls’ School was opened in 1863 with just 13 students. Today the school has over 1000 children on its roll! The glorious history of the school was beautifully portrayed by the children. Many in the audience were teary-eyed, moved by this man’s mission to educate girls and set them free to soar high!

The second half was pure entertainment, starting with “Be Our Guest” followed by sheer magic as a 150 kg cake was formed on the stage, with all the ingredients lending their special touch with song and dance! The finale was the cake being put together with cancan dancers …a feast of colour for the eyes!

Special mention of the wonderful choreography and direction by Roomi Madon, Script and lyrics by Gulnar Tafti, setting of Music & Training the Choir by Kevin D’Souza all coming together to indeed make this a “wow” production, without any outside professional help!

The efforts of the whole staff and sub-staff, with our Principal Mrs. Freny Mehta at the helm, working endless hours, taking practice, designing sets, making costumes…all bore fruit in making this event one to remember and cherish for many, many years.

Long live Alexandra! May we always bring honour to our founder’s name!!

1st September 2014 : Valedictory Function
31st March 2014 : Time Capsule
     
Alexandra puts in the Time Capsule

On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padva 31st March 2014 The Alexandra Girls’ English Institution marked a place in the educational history of India by lowering the TIME CAPSULE after completing 150 glorious years in educating the girl child. A steel container with all the things Alexandra stands for went underground with the blessing of the Lord Almighty.

The Directors and Trustees of the school lit the lamp, to make an auspicious beginning of this extraordinary experience. The staff and students recited prayers of various religions for the success of this historic event and for preserving the Time Capsule till Friday 1st September in the year 2062, when it will be opened. Mr. Sabhajit Mishra the Hindi Teacher written a poem, ‘Alexandra – SamayKeSath’ specially for this occasion which was presented by the Head Prefect, Gautami Bada.

The Principal, Directors and Trustees addressed the gathering and explained the concept and importance of the Time Capsule. The students sang the Sesquicentennial Anthem which was specially composed for the sesquicentennial year, followed by the School Song. A live streaming of the entire event was arranged in the hall for the children to view the lowering of the Time Capsule, in comfort. The School band gave the salute as the Time Capsule was lowered. Sand was poured into the pit by the Management, Staff, Students, Parents as well as the many Principals of Schools, well – wishers & guests present.

A Thank you note with a key chain was given as a take away souvenir to all present at the event. This souvenir represented the Time Capsule which has the words ‘Alexandra – Time Capsule’ painted on the little grain of rice inside the keychain. The National Anthem was recited by one and all with great pride at the end of this historical event.