As St George’s school turns 300, we find out how the old students plan to celebrate
Started as an orphan asylum exactly 300 years ago, St George’s School is a place that brings back many memories to several Anglo Indians in the city. Perhaps that’s why almost 50 of its old students who are now settled abroad, are expected to turn up to celebrate its 300th anniversary this weekend. “This is the oldest school in India. Though I did not study there, I know a friend, David Egan, who has come down all the way from Perth, Australia, to attend the celebration. He is an old student of the school and like many others is very fond of it,” smiles Harry MacLure, editor, Anglos In The Wind.
Organised by the old students association, the celebrations, that started with a service on St George’s Day (April 23), will continue through the weekend, with speeches, sports, music and more. To commemorate the event, the Indian Postal Department is issuing a special stamp in honour of the school. But it’s the events scheduled for tomorrow, that will have the crowd on their feet. Starting with a sports session of football and cricket, the day will proceed with a beauty pageant before culminating in a ball of sorts on the campus, where city-based Anglo Indian band, Second Coming, is set to perform.
“It will be an open-air event and we are laying out a dance floor for it,” says Philip Kohlhoff, the jazz guitarist of the band and an old student of the school. “Four of us from the band studied here. It was a home away from home for me,” he shares, adding that another highlight will be the homemade Anglo Indian food stalls that will give guests a taste of dishes popularised by the community. With 1,000 tickets already sold out, we suggest you book yours fast.
On April 25, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets at Rs 750 per couple and Rs 500 per stag. Details: 09677164372