OUR LADY OF REMEDY SCHOOL, POINSUR
(taken from the Archives of the East Indian Association Silver Jubliee)
The church records show that in the year 1904 the parish had started an Anglo-Vernacular school. But it lasted only for one year. In the year 1921 the late Rev. Fr. Ernest Tellis who spent the best years of his life in this parish and rendered the invaluable services to it, established the present school with the co-operation of the parishioners. Even this was closed for 3 years and then re-started in the year 1926.
The school was provisionally registered under “A” class for the year 1927-28 by the School Board of the Bombay Suburban District in 1927. In 1929 the School Board gave a grant of Rs.429 to the school. Up to this time the parishioners had regularly and generously contributed to the support of the school from 1921. Subsequently, on account of the so-called depression the grant was substantially reduced and the parish also ceased to contribute towards its maintenance. This double misfortune prevented the improvement of the institution.
The location of the school in the parochial house was not conducive to its development Hence His Excellency the Archbishop of Bombay generously erected the present comfortable quarters and partly furnished them, in addition to giving a small monthly contribution. During this year under report we had 42 children on the rolls including 37 Christians.
The Educational Inspector of the Local Board says: “Inspected the school class by class and in detail. Attendance 41 out of 42. The special feature of the school this year is the handwork of the children and a collection of the nice objects. The children looked smart and alert. I am glad the Manager takes much interest in the spread of education in the village. His zeal and enthusiasm will stand the villagers in good stead. They ought to respond with feelings of gratitude and appreciation.”
The Diocesan Inspector says: “Inspected the school in all classes, and found in working order Rev. Fr. Augusto DeSouza, Manager and Principal of the school, has spared no pains to maintain a high Catholic atmosphere in the school and to impart to the students a truly Catholic education. Catechism and Bible History are taught well. Discipline is good. The children say their prayers in common before and after school. I was interested very much in the hand work of the Kindergarten class which seems to be a special feature of the school. Fr. Augusto DeSouza deserves credit for the able management of the school”
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