Our school St Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore is celebrating 160 years of providing a well-rounded education to students of all sections of society, while our alumni association - known as the Old Boys' Association - is celebrating a 100 years of camaraderie, networking and giving back to our Alma Mater.
The Brunton Boatyard in Fort Kochi draws inspiration from its heritage to reflect a historical and glorious past. A fitting venue for Josephites to 'Connect', representing an alumni network that represents a hundred glorious years of remarkable growth and vitality. The SJBHS OBA initiated the series of reunions known as 'Connects' in 2010. These reunions - filled with nostalgia as well as sense of vitality - have been held at picturesque locations in India and overseas since then.
Several Old Boys and their families reached Brunton Boatyard during the afternoon of Saturday, May 19. After registration and a warm welcome, we were treated to welcome tea, coffee and biscuits. Brunton Boatyard is located on the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India and perhaps the largest in area. At about 4pm, it was then time for a relaxed boat ride along the placid waters of the lake that leads to the Arabian Sea.
Almost 50 Old Boys from Bangalore and Kerala, and many families, participated. Thommen Karimpanal ’55 was the oldest while Jay Prabhu ‘99 (“Somshekar”) was the youngest Old Boy. Prayer and introductions on the evening of Sat, May 19 were followed by a sumptuous dinner covering a wide range of Kerala cuisine.
A three-piece band entertained the gathering till late in the evening.
Four representatives from the Batch of 1975 had gathered, from Bangalore, Thrissur and Trivandrum.
The Josephites from the 1950s had retired relatively early. Here is a picture of Josephites from the 1960s.
Several batches from the 1970s...
Followed by batches from the 1980s and 1990s...
Strong participation from families made the Connect even more special. Thank you, all!
Toddy joined the 3-piece Band, and sang several Blues songs.
The agenda on Sun, May 20 was breakfast, a relaxed back waters cruise and a lavish lunch.
A picture of the happy group just after the morning boat ride.
The OBA thanks the Kerala Chapter for their outstanding hospitality – for the 9th year in a row!