MADURAI: St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School here is all set for its five-month-long centenary celebrations, which will begin on Sunday. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Rev. Fr. Jebamalai Raja, Rector, said that the Society of Jesus founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola in 1540 had its headquarters for the region in Madurai. Started as ‘thinnai palli’ gurukul form of school, St. Mary’s was upgraded as a primary school in 1906, became a high school in 1908, and a higher secondary school in 1978.
Robert De Nobili and Veeramamunivar Constantius Beschi were all Jesuits who worked on the idea, “By Light to Life,” which is the school motto that infers on the social responsibility to enlighten and empower the masses, especially the poor and downtrodden, said Rev. Fr. Arockiaraj, Rector.
P. Perumalsamy, Director, School Education, will participate in the inaugural function. A portrait of Rev. Fr. Santhappar, the first headmaster of the school, will also be unveiled. Art and science exhibitions, cultural festivals, volleyball and basketball tournaments will be conducted to commemorate the centenary. Alumni of the school had planned to conduct a medical camp and meetings every month to foster communal harmony, said N. Jegatheesan, president, alumni association.
Rev. Fr. Vincent Amalraj, Headmaster and correspondent, said that a procession would be taken out on the concluding day of the celebrations.