Mangaluru: One could see an upbeat crowd on Mount Carmel grounds witnessing the finale of the decennial jubilee celebration on December 6 evening.
Eminent personalities Sr. Carmel Rita AC, Provincial Superior of the Apostolic Carmel, Karnataka; Dr. Sr. Lydia AC, the Councillor for Education, the Apostolic Carmel, Bengaluru; Dr. Sr. Agatha Mary AC, former Superior General; Rev. Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Parish Priest of Bondel Church; Walter Nandalike, Managing Director of Daijiworld Media Pvt. Ltd; Sr. Ida Barboza AC, Secretary, the A C E Society, Karnataka; Sr. Maria Jyothi AC, the Joint Secretary of the school; Sandeep D'Souza, Vice President of PTA and other special invitees to grace the occasion were accorded a warm welcome at the entrance with kumkum and rose water by the dancers.
The scouts and guides gave the lead followed by ten rotating flames of talim to the rhythmic beat of the band as the guests were ushered in. The sweet melody of the overture lent the atmosphere for the prayer song. The graceful movements of the classical dancers and the words of welcome by the principal united the audience into shared spirit and space with a warm feeling. "Jump up and give praise for all the world" to see the 10 years gone beautifully covering the journey of MCCS was presented in a creative and artistic documentary prepared in association with Daijiworld studio. This was released by Dr. Sr. Agatha Mary A C, former superior general of the congregation.
The stage performance set the way to recognise the efforts of student achievers of the year, the joy of the four students who climbed the 10 years step by step, the first teachers who followed the growth of the institution year by year, the initial mentors–Sr. Carissima A C, Sr. Henrita A C and Sr. Silvian A C who laid a strong foundation to foresee life beyond the day today challenges, the councillors for education at the province level–Dr. Sr. Lydia AC, Sr. Edna Furtado AC and Sr. Ida Barboza who initiated and supported right through and the provincial superiors at the helm–Dr. Sr. Agatha Mary AC, Sr. Oliva AC, Sr. Linette AC and Sr. Carmel Rita AC who saddled the growth with enthusiasm were honoured.
The honouring ceremony included a pot of bamboo plants amid the usual shawl and fruits as a mark of Mount Carmel caring for the Mother Earth. Vice President of the PTA Sandeep DSouza appreciated the efforts and gentle approach of Principal Sr. Melissa. The president of the celebration Sr. Carmel Rita did the honours. The speakers Rev. Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Dr. Sr. Lydia A C and Sr. Carmel Rita A C brought out the marvels of God’s work during the past 10 years and ushered in the next 10 years and more, for the institution to grow higher and nobler in all its quests with a rededicated look. Vidya Rai proposed a vote of thanks.
The cultural programme began with bright and beautiful seniors of the kindergarten expressing their hearts' elation in dance. The dance drama took the audience down the memory lane of 150 years of the establishment of the congregation and 10 years of Mount Carmel. The skit enacted by the students of the primary section gave the message when things go your way, it is living; but when things go their own way, it is life. The dance ballet by the seniors was an amalgamation of various dance forms which called for unity even in the midst of diverse culture, language and religion. The students brought the closure of the finale of the decennial year with a Christmas special. The 10 MCs kept the audience curious throughout the programme. At the end, they signed off wishing the peace and joy of the Christmas season to all.
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