“SCHOOL LIFE IS THE BEST. HOW?
GOLDEN JUBILEE OF CLASS V BATCH
The year 1971, is evergreen in our memory, Elementary Education in Class V with 42 students under coeducation stream. This first stage was full of fun. we were taught subjects along with music and Lots of Games- we developed our interest towards subjects due to personal care. Punishments in our days were not corporal but quite interesting, We had to sit in between Girls/Boys if we failed to comply with the level of our class. Embarrassing situations didn’t arise, instead treating each other with respect was the values imparted. So we loved School more than our Homes.
PRESTIGIOUS AND DEDICATED FACULTY
We were fortunate to be taught by a team of dedicated Teachers. Three languages were common. English, Tamil and Hindi. On reaching class IV we learnt TAMIL effectively through Mr. Gajendran but before his coming, we were unbearable in TAMIL , we learnt to read and write without mistakes. Our Headmistress was Mrs. Bird. Our favorites were Miss. Beale, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Mc Donald, Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Jayalakshmi, Mrs. Jaya James, Mr. Nagarajan, our Hindi Master. Our faculty were unique and committed.
CO – CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Apart from academics we were provided training through Scouts & Guides and St. John Ambulance Division which was practical . Sports & Games was compulsory to students. Most of the games were played in groups and round robin basis gave us chance to play every game. The eco-friendly campus with trees around and classes under shady trees are sweet memories.
On reaching class VIII we were fortunate to have a strict disciplinarian Mrs. Andal Jayaraman as our new Head mistress, this transition gave a new face lift as she resembled Mrs. Indira Gandhi, our former Prime Minister of India. The school was run only for children of Railway Employees but on popular demand the quality education opportunity was extended for outsiders as well.
OUR NOSTALGIC MEMORIES
SCHOOL – Those days academic year was between January and December so most of us were compelled to extend study by six months in a class, while migrating to state syllabus. Still we enjoyed, memories of Class I where we were taught alphabets A,B.C with Sound of Music (1965)” Do-Re-Mi” a very popular song, stays evergreen in our memory till date. Language Fluency and Discipline were feathers in the cap.
ANGLO-INDIAN BOARD OF EDUCATION
Our school was following Anglo-Indian Board of Education. Those days 176 schools were following Anglo-Indian Board of Education in Andhra Pradesh ,Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala put together, Coimbatore had only three schools STANES, ST. FRANCIS and RAILWAY MIXED SCHOOL, currently these schools are reduced to 44 schools all over. Navy blue uniform for students kept us with a smart look all through.
ALUMNI AS AN ASSET
We are proud to identify ourselves as Alumni of Railway School mostly born in Sixties. Today we are in different fields as Doctors, Teachers, Journalists, Businessmen, Govt Employees in Central, State Govts, etc. We are proud to declare that we belong to the Golden Jubilee Batch of Class V 1971. We have planned to relish the memories through REUNION very soon we have decided to add our contribution to strengthen the rolls also the infrastructure to make learning meaningful and purposeful.
GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR – CLASS MATES OF CLASS V – 1971
Wonderful initiative we will take it forward
Good job Parthasarathy.