FAREWELL TO FORMER PRINCIPAL, REV FR SUNIL FERNANDES

Highly respected and well loved by his students as well as teachers, Former Principal Rev Fr Sunil’s farewell was truly an emotional affair.

There was an outpour of praise and gratitude for Fr Sunil Fernandes but even so, words could not encapsulate the successes and positive change he brought about in the last three years of his service at St Joseph’s School CBSE. Fr Sunil a pioneer of many things, who launched programmes and events which everyone would be skeptical about and thought impossible. There was a touch of humaneness combined with firmness; therefore he earned the trust and respect of all who came in contact with him. He was dedicated to his task, sincere to the core, simple in life and able to remain calm under pressure. The respect he showed to each of the staff member ensured that he cared for all, his willingness to listen & eagerness to know things from staff perspective will be remembered.

The farewell programme was held on July20, 2019 in the school boardroom. The guests present for the programme were Rev Fr Leo Pereira, the Rector of SJII, Rev Fr Rohan D’Almeida, the Principal, Rev Fr Balaraju, the Vice Principal, Rev Fr Jeevan Prabhu, the Finance Officer of SJII and of course our beloved former Principal Rev Fr Sunil Fernandes.

The dignitaries were welcomed traditionally with Arathi and sandal-wood tilak. After the prayer, birthday of our Rector Rev Fr Leo Pereira was celebrated and the new Principal Rev Fr Rohan D’Almeida was welcomed traditionally.

Farewell commenced with a felicitation to appreciate and express gratitude to Fr Sunil for his tireless efforts in raising our school to greater heights which was followed by wonderful speeches made in praise of Fr Sunil by Ms Shivani and Ms Poornima Krupa. Melodious musical rendition of farewell songs in three different languages added charm to the programme. The audience was enthralled as Ms Vini Jacintha & group danced gracefully to the popular tunes in different languages. Fr Rector praised Fr Sunil for his dedication and hardworking his address. The most memorable of all, was the video presentation by Mr Praveen Reddy, which had captured the emotion & sentiments of the staff as a token of gratitude & appreciation for the Fr Sunil. A highly emotional Vote of thanks by Ms Arokia Deepa, had an impact in the hearts and minds of everyone gathered as farewell was bid to the most admired Former Principal.