The 82nd Reunion Day of alumnae of Lady Sivaswamy Ayyar Girls Higher Secondary School was held on Sunday, January 26. Some 400 ‘old girls’ attended the meet held at the school’s campus in Sundareswarar Swamy Street, Mylapore.
Says P. K. Vijayalakshmi, secretary of the Reunion committee, “While former students from many batches were present, this year’s meet was especially meant for ‘old girls’ who passed out in the years 1970 and 1995, those who completed 50 years and 25 years of passing out of school.”
Heading Sunday’s event was the school’s secretary Leela Narendran. Vijayalakshmi says that the 82-year old resident of P. S. Sivaswamy Salai passed out from this school in 1954. “She has been instrumental in organizing and encouraging the alumni meets. This year, despite her age-related illness, she came in a wheelchair,” says the commerce and accountancy teacher who is a 1987 alumna.
The ‘old girls’ honoured Dr. Bhooma Parthasarathy, trustee, and director, Thirumalai Charity Trust, Ranipet with ‘Purvavidyarthini Ratna Award’ for being an outstanding student. An educationalist and social worker, Dr. Bhooma is from the 1970 batch.
Another 1970 batchmate, Dr. Indrani Suresh, director of MediScan Systems, Dr. R. K. Salai was the chief guest. The Reunion team also honoured two of the school’s staff – V. Vijayalakshmi, Thamizh teacher and P. S. Rama, cook at the school’s kitchen, since they were retiring this year.
The ‘old girls’ also made donations for the development of the school. Says K. Revathy, biology teacher, and a Reunion committee member and a 1996 alumna, “Over the years, the funds received from our alumnae are used to provide scholarships for deserving students, helping them with uniforms, for mid-day meals and breakfast.” At the Reunion meet, the 1995 batch students volunteered to provide funds for providing breakfast for more students.
Retired teachers were presented sarees and gift articles. The meet ended with a grand lunch.
For matters related to the alumnae association, call the school at 24641513.