On the Annual Day of St. Vincent Matriculation School, Trichy, the students, parents, teachers, staff and well wishers of the Sisters had the SCN Bicentennial celebrations on March 3.
The entire student body of 1,199 including the differently-abled students was on the stage, entertaining the audience for four hours with various cultural programs.
The main attraction was ‘Rays of Nazareth’ – a dance drama for an hour, written by Marianne Puthoor SCN. It depicted the early history of SCN beginnings at St. Thomas in Kentucky and the entire process of discernment in sending the first batch of six US Sisters to India and their welcome at Mokama.
The students also had a coral recitation on SCN ministries in the US, India, Nepal, Belize and Botswana.
During the program, 35 Panchayat (Local Self Government) Presidents, five Union Councilors and two Members of Legislative Council, Tamil Nadu from Trichy East and West were felicitated. Special guest, Ann Palatty SCN, SCN Education Coordinator was felicitated and honored.
Around 4500 people were seated on the newly made school ground. The students kept the parents and well wishers spell bound with their wonderful performance.
SCNs Ann George, Ann Philip, Vandana Velleringatt, Elsy Vettickal, Sabina Mattappallil, Sarita Manavalan, Marianne Puthoor and Malini Manjoly were present for the program. Amrita Manjoly SCN, the Principal of the School presented the school report and asked the people to prevent the plan of Tamil Nadu government to lay the ring road through the school property.
At the end of the program, around 700 students received prizes for various activities. All present were served a piece of cake and a cup of tea. The teachers, staff and the representatives of the parent-teacher association were very active to coordinate the program.
St. Vincent Matriculation School was started in a rural area in 1993 with very few students. Most of the students are from poor families with very little income. Gradually, the number of students increased as the parents realized the value of giving a good education to their children. The fee structure is affordable for most of the students though the teachers suffer with very little take home salary. There are 41 teachers and 11 non-teaching staff employed for 1199 students. Thirty-five differently abled students are also given quality education.