Thursday, 12 September 2013


The Anthonian Inter-House Quiz competition held on 19th July, 2013, was perhaps the most challenging contest held so far as it put to test the general knowledge of the Anthonians on various topics of current affairs, sports, films, music, etc. There was a neck to neck fight between the four houses – Griffin House (Red), Phoenix House (Blue), Dragon House (Yellow) and Unicorn House (Green). Although leading the scoreboard till the penultimate round was the Unicorn House, the last breath-taking Rapid Fire Round worked in favour of the Phoenix House taking them to the finishing line first. The standings are as follows:

1. Phoenix House comprising Md. Hanif Ahmed, Md. Asif, Waquar Mehdi and Pradipta Dey.

2. Unicorn House comprising Sarbartha Chakraborty, Faisal Ali, Hadi Buksh and Pabitra Sarkar.

3. Griffin House comprising Abhisekh Ojha, Labeeb Faeeq, Asshar Raza and Naish Haq Amin.

This event was hosted under the banner of the Anthonian Literary Club. The senior section quiz, comprising the students of classes VIII to X, was conducted by Mr. Steve Menezes. He was assisted by the school captain, Tabish Raza, the school vice-captain Adil Ahmed and the Anthonian volunteers. The junior section quiz, comprising of the students of classes V to VII, was no less challenging. This quiz was conducted by Mrs. Kanchan Jaiswal. This session witnessed some wonderful quizzing by the junior boys, who are sure to earn glory for our school in the future. The standings were as follows:

1. Griffin House comprising Farhan Farhim, Arbaz Ahmed, Pravind Thakur, Faiz Akram.

2. Dragon House comprising Md. Asif, Md. Wazib Sadik, Shoaib Ali Mullick and Ejaz Ahmed.

3. Unicorn House comprising Md. Kaif Ansari, Rashid Asghar, Sk. Sohel and Aquil Md. Sarwatul Hasan. 

Thursday, 5 September 2013


On the 5th of August, The Anthonian Literary Club conducted a general assembly in the morning. The topic of the assembly was “The Power of Spoken Words.” Words are the building blocks of any literary work and the Literary Club thought it appropriate to focus on them in order to explicate the power words, especially spoken words, have.

The power of words can move us to tears, evoke absolute joy or lead us into action. There are words of encouragement, of sympathy, of love and of admiration. The right words can give us strength, define our faith, and give flight to things that live in our imagination. Words can inspire us, cut us, and even bring us back to life. They can comfort us in our time of need. Words can also nourish our soul. But we need to be careful with our words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven not forgotten. According to Jodi Picoult, “Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back, than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.” In our words we create our own weaknesses and strengths. Words can embrace us or strangle us.

The student members of the Literary Club spoke on how words have a tremendous impact on us. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil. The basic tool for the manipulation of truth is the manipulation of words. If one can control the meaning of words, one can control the people who use those words. Blessings or curses can be spoken with just a few mere words. Whether we realize it or not, words affect the children’s future tremendously. We need to speak loving words of approval and acceptance, words that encourage, inspire, and motivate the young people. When we do that, we speak blessings into their lives.

The moment we speak something, we give birth to it. Words are similar to seeds as they are planted in our subconscious minds. They take root, grow, and produce fruit of the same kind. Whether positive or negative, when words are spoken they bear consequences. We will reap exactly what we sow and that is why we need to be extremely careful of what is said. 

Sunday, 5 May 2013


The first Inter School event to commemorate the 150th year of the foundation of St. Anthony’s High School was held in the new annex building of the school with twenty schools participating in an overwhelming contest. The elocution contest, that was christened Oratio last year, was the first in a series of inter- school competitions to mark the Sesquicentennial Anniversary celebrations of the school. The topic for the contest was “Conserving our Heritage is as Important as Building our Future”. The conference hall was temporarily converted into an auditorium to facilitate the hosting of the contest. Girls and boys from St. James School, Don Bosco School, Calcutta Boys’ School, Frank Anthony Public School, St. Augustine’s Day School, Birla High School, Loreto Day Schools, Entally, Dharamtalla and Eliot Road, Ling Liang School, Saifee Hall Public School, St. Thomas Day School, St. Mary’s School, St. Aloysius Day School, Meghmala Roy Education Centre, South City International School and Chowringhee High School in addition to the host school participated in the three hour long competition.  Apart from the contestants and Anthonians, a large number of teachers and students from participating schools comprised the audience. H. E. Mr. Sanjay Wadvani, OBE, British Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The judges for the contest were Prof. Tapati Gupta , former Head of the Department of English at Calcutta University and prolific writer and critic, Prof. Sobha Chattopadhyay, the former Head of the Department of English at Jadavpur University, and Dr. Sheila Niyogi,  Associate Professor in the Department of English at Jogmaya Devi College. Mr. Murli Punjabi, an ex-student and benefactor of the school, sponsored the event.

The program was begun on a solemn note with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Headmaster, Fr.  
Devraj Fernandes, the Chief Guest, the judges and the sponsor. The Chief Guest, Mr. Wadvani eloquently addressed the audience and the participants in particular about the difficulty posed by public speaking, but at the same time emphasized the importance it holds in today’s world. The Headmaster encouraged all the participants and impressed every one of the young speakers of the importance of participating rather than considering victories and losses. The students passionately spoke about the balance between the need to conserve our heritage while maintaining sustained development for the future. It was very heartening to hear so many young people taking the dais to speak vehemently on conserving the glorious past of our country and doing all we can to keep its traditions and culture intact. The maturity displayed by the speakers belied the tenderness of their age. In the final analysis it was difficult to make a judgment to determine the best speakers.


Before announcing the winners Mr. Murli Punjabi expressed his pleasure at hearing the young orations speak so eloquently on a topic of such gravity. He congratulated the speakers as well as the school authorities for organizing such a wonderful contest. 

The first prize was awarded to Ujaan Ganguly of St. James’ School. The second and third places went to Oishik Bandhopadhyay of Calcutta Boys School and Sparsh Agarwal of Don Bosco School, Park Circus respectively.  The Championship Trophy was lifted by St. James School. All the participating schools were thanked for their role in making the contest a success and were also invited to participate in the next Inter- School contest, The Groove, in June. The programme was concluded with the school anthem.

Friday, 5 April 2013


The second Anthonian Spelling Bee contest was held on 5th April 2013 at the School Hall. The Inter- House contest was organized by the Anthonian Literary Club and conducted by Mr. Steve Menezes. The program was attended by the Headmaster, Fr. Devraj Fernandes along with other senior teachers and students from classes 8 to 10. Several rounds of spelling were held before the final four were determined.

The winners in order of rank were:-

1st- Pradipta Dey (10A) Blue House
2nd- Kushal Kumar Manna (9B) Yellow House
3rd –Md. Muzzamil (10B) Yellow House

Saturday, 9 February 2013


The Anthonian Literary Club’s first event this year, the Inter-House Elocution Contest took place on 8th February, 2013. There were two categories: one category comprised students of Classes 5 to 7, who had the topic “Man is the Architect of his Own Fate” to speak on and the other category comprised students of Classes 8 to 10, who spoke on the topic “Peaceful Coexistence”. Two students from each house participated in each category. The judges of the contest were Ms. Ria Saha, Mr. Shon Anderson and Dr. Amit Shankar Saha.

THE WINNERS (in order of ranking according to the Judges’ markings)


1.      FARHAN FAHIM (Red House)
2.      MD. ASIF (Yellow House)
3.      ARBAZ AHMED (Red House)
4.      AQUIL MD. SARWATUL (Green House)
5.      NEERAJ KUMAR SHAW (Blue House)
6.      MD. ASIF RAZA KHAN (Blue House)
7.      MD. WAZIB SADIK (Yellow House)
8.      RASHID ASGAR (Green House)


1.      PRADIPTA DEY (Blue House)
2.      LABEEB FAAEQ (Red House)
3.      MD. AQUILUZZAMAN (Red House)
4.      MD. SAQUIB MOBEEN (Yellow House)
5.      PABITRA SARKAR (Green House)
5.   HANIF AHMED (Blue House)
6.      AASHIQUE AHMED (Yellow House)
7. SK. HAIDER ALI MOLLAH (Green House)


Ms. Ria Saha
A second year English Honours student at Maulana Azad College, Ria has always been a bright pupil ever since her schooling days at Pratt Memorial School, Kolkata. She has participated in dramatics and dance at school level and is an avid fan of Hindi Cinema.

Dr. Amit Shankar Saha
Amit is an ex-student of this school and has completed his doctorate in English from Calcutta University. He is currently a Guest Lecturer of English at PG level in the Institute of Advanced Studies, Kolkata. 

Mr. Shon Anderson
Shon is music teacher at St. Mary’s School, Kolkata, and a musician of no small accomplishment. He is an active worker for all good causes and plays for musical shows in the city.

Friday, 8 February 2013


The second edition of the Kolkata Literary Meet or KaLaM, as the acronym goes, was held from 30th January 2013 to 3rd February 2013 by the sidelines of the Kolkata Book Fair. Inaugurated by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Amitav Ghosh, the meet was bigger and better than the inaugural year’s event. Primarily it was so because the literary event has managed to grab a place for itself in the minds of readers and writers as evident from the participation of a plethora of writers from around the globe. Decisively it was so because, unlike the previous year, the event did not require prior audience registration. Thereby most of the sessions saw good attendance by enthusiasts and book lovers.
Sukanta Chaudhuri and Amitav Ghosh

Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak and Chinmoy Guha
No doubt the quality of the writers like Samaresh Majumdar, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Pico Iyer, Bharati Mukherjee, Javed Akhtar, Ali Sethi, Jeet Thayil, Ahdaf Soueif, Shashi Tharoor, Kunal Basu, Farah Ghuznavi, Sugata Bose and the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen was a great attraction. The last literary session of the event was by none other than Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize winner for Schindler’s Ark. The range of writers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, Egypt, China, Arabia as well as from Europe and USA was ample testimony to the rapid status and popularity that this literary meet has gained.
Thomas Keneally and Sandip Roy

Of course there were certain disappointments like Philip Hensher not being able to attend the event because of an accident, Murong Xuecun not being able to attend due to visa problem between India and China and Salman Rushdie being actually debarred from attending the meet by the State government. Rushdie’s absence hung like a spectre over the whole meet especially in the session by Rahul Bose introducing Deepa Mehta directed movie on Rushdie’s memorable novel Midnight’s Children. The special attraction of this meet were the AfterWords sessions at the end of each day celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema attended by luminaries from the film world like Rituparno Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore, Madhabi Mukherjee and others.
Neelanjana S. Roy and Rahul Bose

Sandip Roy and Pico Iyer
The event, organised by Gameplan, had a number of interesting sessions in the Google Dome and the Adda Zone at Milan Mela ground and one at Trincas of Park Street. Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay spoke of the presence of ghosts in his stories in the opening session. In the Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial session Prof. Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak discussed with Prof. Chinmoy Guha about her work on subaltern studies. Narayan Debnath, the creator of Nonte Phonte and Batul the Great, spoke about his cartoon creations. Pico Iyer was eloquent about his fascination with Graham Greene and Dalai Lama. Bharati Mukherjee spoke of the racism prevalent in the West when she migrated there and the internal migrations taking place in current India. Thomas Keneally expressed his views on what it means to be an Australian writer and what attracts him towards characters who are apparent sinners but with a redeeming quality. Kunal Basu waxed nostalgic about the Coffee House Adda culture and Amitav Ghosh explained that the British Empire was nothing more than a  massive drug running cartel. Amish Triparthi elaborated his views on mythology and Sourav Ganguly disclosed that he does not want his daughter to be a cricketer. The underground filmmaker Q expressed that film is dead and he is like a film DJ churning out tracks from the archive to keep his audience spellbound for a couple of hours.
Rituparno Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Madhabi Mukherjee and Sharmila Tagore

Shashi Tharoor
The inimitable Shashi Tharoor said that there is competitive intolerance shown by various factions of society, especially political ones, when the need of the hour is to show competitive tolerance. He also spoke about being subjected to female fans’ gaze which he embraces without embracing them. He even graciously obliged one who called herself his devotee to take the mineral water bottle from which he was sipping. There was also a panel debate on whether capital punishment should be given to rapists. In most of the sessions when the floor was open to audience’s questions it was, as Javed Akhtar rightly pointed out, that the first two questions were difficult to come but after that every person had two questions of his/her own. The whole experience was engrossing and exciting. We can hopefully look forward to an even more enriching experience the next year round. 

Sharmila Tagore, Sourav Ganguly
and Suresh  Menon
Ali Sethi, M.A.Farooqui
and Javed Akhatar
Jeet Thayil, Mridula Koshy, Arunava Sinha,
Amitabh Bagchi and Ruchir Joshi
Corban Addison, Bharati Mukherjee
and J.R. Schmidt

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


On 12th and 13th October, 2012, St. Anthony’s High School and St. Joseph Nursery and Kindergarten, in association with TTIS, presented their School Concert. The concert was held at Vidya Mandir Auditorium. The first day was for the parents and guardians of the primary section students. The chief guest on that day was His Grace Archbishop Thomas D’Souza. The second day was for the parents and guardians of the secondary section students. On that day the chief guest was Mrs. Molly Bhowmick (Gomes), the Assistant DI of Secondary Schools. Other guests of honour present on the second day were Bishop Ashoke Biswas, Rev. Fr. Moloy D’Costa and DJ Akash. The programme also featured the launch of the school magazine The Anthonian 2012. 




On both the days the programme started with a welcome song and the felicitation of the guests. On the second day the Headmaster, Fr. Devraj Fernandez, presented the school report. Boys from St. Joseph Nursery and Kindergarten enacted their parts in garish costumes to the accompaniment of Nursery Rhymes sung by the Children’s Choir. It was followed by Koli Dance performed by the boys of Classes One and Two. The major attraction of the concert, though, was the adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ageless tale “The Selfish Giant” into a musical called “The Garden”. There are several reasons why this story, known to almost everyone, was chosen to be adapted to the stage for the School Concert this year. Primarily, the story is rich in personification. In today’s world people purport to do so much to conserve Nature. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose had hypothesized years ago that plants can "feel pain, understand affection etc.” In the play adapted from the story, Nature is a character. When the giant is selfish, Nature has a role of its own to play. The different aspects of Nature are given the ability to perform feats like feeling, sleeping and dancing, almost like acting on their own free will. When the giant is selfish, and closes up his garden winter and cold move into his life. North Wind dances and says that they should invite Hail. This is something the forces of Nature wouldn't do outside the human imagination, but it creates a picture of nature having a life of its own. The flowers refuse to come out of the ground because they feel sad for the children. The trees bend as low as they can for the little boy who is too tiny to climb the tree. The threat of global warming looms large owing to the selfishness of people. In these actions Nature demonstrates a will of its own and becomes a judge of what is good and what is not. Keeping this in mind the play was renamed “The Garden”.



There are two larger than life characters in Wilde’s "The Selfish Giant," the giant himself and the Cornish Ogre, who is converted into a speaking character with a wife and children in the play. Far removed from stereotypical perception, the ogre in the play is morally and filially oriented. In folklore, the ogre is a bad creature who eats children. But this ogre, Mr. Gustave Swamplouse is a softie at heart and is matched with a wife who is driven by normal human motivations. The giant in the play symbolizes post-modern man, who is self centered and greedy to the point of being self destructive. In performing acts of will he often performs acts of negation. But he is vulnerable at the core of his heart and his conversion in his state of extreme loneliness and isolation is pretty dramatic. That is the reason the giant in the play is given the name Humphrey, which means “peaceful warrior”. The Giant battles his own narrowness and selfishness to realize the potential that was always latent within him. 



Whereas the spirit of the original story is preserved, the end is changed. Eschewing the death scene of the Giant years after he reconciles himself to the children and breaks down his wall, the play ends with a reunion of sorts. The Giant is reunited by the children’s efforts with another character who has been introduced to enhance the drama. Adam is the Giant’s faithful servant who has served him for several years and who had looked after the castle and the garden in his absence. The character is reminiscent of the servant in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. The Giant dismisses him from service on the charge of disobedience when he discovers that the garden was open to children when he was away. The first stage of estrangement from close ones is followed by the next when the Giant has an altercation with the Swamplouses who decide to pay him a surprise visit and inadvertently accuse him of having boasted about his garden which looks nothing like what he had described it.  But when he realizes that the beauty of the garden is on account of the children he comes to terms with his own narrow mindedness. The children, who are the driving spirit of the play, perform a catalytic role in converting the Giant. Not only do they exemplify the goodness, cheerfulness and joy of children all around the world but they also demonstrate a strong conscience, an element that is sadly getting eroded in children in today’s materialistic existence. The child the Giant had helped into the tree performs the same role as he does in the original story with the difference that instead of years later the action takes place days later. Also, the child, who symbolizes Jesus, appears not only to the Giant but to everyone on the stage to make the message he extols universal in its reach. 


Of course, none of this would have ever been written had there not been such a wonderful source material to work with. Oscar Wilde’s timeless tale is pure magic. Equally, the two-hour long musical was made possible to stage in a lavish scale because of the efforts of the students from class three onwards, who acted in the play, and the teams of teachers of the school, who took up various responsibilities to bring the project into fruition. The grand project also required the help of a team of technical associates led by Ms. Sangeeta Bapuli, Ms. Reeta Rohira, Mr. Baidyanath Chakraborty, dress designer Hitesh and choreographers Raj and Vicky. The programme was a roaring success and was greatly applauded. It also heralded the approach of the 150th year of St. Anthony’s High School.