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Traditional start: Actor Mohanlal inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the Government Model High School in the city on Sunday.
Traditional start: Actor Mohanlal inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the Government Model High School in the city on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal on Sunday inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Government Model School here.

In his inaugural address Mr. Mohanlal, a former student of the school, said he owed his success to the inspiration he derived from his alma mater.

“I consider it my blessing that time has, yet again, brought me back to this place after 38 years,” he said. While he was in the sixth standard, he received the award for the best actor in ‘Computer Boy’ a play penned by Veloor Krishnankutty and presented at the school. The play was directed by his fellow student and present day actor ‘Manian Pilla’ Raju, Mr. Mohanlal said. On reaching the school campus on Sunday, he “travelled back in time” when he met his old friends and classmates, the actor said. Each and every former student of the school had made it good in life, in one way or the other, he said.

In his address, V. Sivankutty, MLA, said an effort to bring about a qualitative improvement in academics in the school would be initiated as part of the centenary celebrations. Mayor C. Jayan Babu, former Union Minister S. Krishnakumar and Education Secretary James Varghese were among those who were present on the occasion.

As part of the centenary celebrations, a Tree Fest will be held in June to coincide with the World Environment Day celebrations. Hundred saplings will be planted on the occasion. A programme to familiarise children with farming and the first issue of ‘Model News,’ the school’s newsletter will also be launched in June.

While a health clinic will be inaugurated at the school in July, parliament for children will be organised in August. Competitions in sports and arts events will also be organised.

There are plans to set up a music room, a language lab and laboratories for history and geography during the centenary celebrations. The celebrations will conclude in April 2010.

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