St Xavier’s higher Secondary School, Mapusa held its annual day cum prize distribution ceremony. Chief guest for the occasion was deputy speaker, Michael Lobo while guest of honour was director of SCERT Goa, Nagraj Honnekeri. Special invitees for the evening were children from Asro Caritas, Thivim.
The function began with an opening act ‘Circles of Joy, Peace and Hope’ by students. Manager of the institution, Fr Arnaldo Pinho welcomed the gathering and thanked parents and well-wishers for infusing life into the function through their presence. Principal, Elvis Gonsalves read the annual report and informed parents about students’ outstanding performance at the HSSC examination and in sports, particularly for having won the State Sports Award for the 11th consecutive year.
The function also saw the felicitation of meritorious students and distribution of BMX scholarships at the hands of Lobo and Honnekeri. In his address Lobo urged parents to let their children live their own dreams and not that of their parents. He also reminded students to be optimistic in life and asked them to be hopeful and excel in academics as education is the key to prosperity. Honnekeri shared five points needed to excel in life. He reminded students to be goal-oriented, identify one’s strengths, show moral integrity and urged them to channelize their services towards the nation.
The annual school magazine ‘Xaura’ was also released on the occasion. The event saw various dance performances like the ballroom dance, folk dances, western fusion and retro-robotics dances. The orchestras, acapella and medleys of songs in duets and trios were performed by musically talented students. A musical play ‘Shades of Life’ depicted the cycle of human life.
The highlight of the evening was the crowing of Mr and Ms Xavier’s 2018. Calvin D’Mello was crowned Mr Xavier’s while Maria Dancho was crowned Ms Xavier’s. The evening ended with a dance performance by 1600 students.