St Lawrence’s Convent Girls’ School, Karachi is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee this year.
Seventy-five years of dedicated service to thousands of young girls of the metropolitan is a hallmark in a country that has just turned 64 years old.
It would not be wide of the mark to say that the missionary schools, many of which preceded Pakistan’s independence, have been responsible for providing quality education.
St Lawrence’s Convent Girls’ School, too, has believed in imparting quality education with tremendous significance given to character-building.
The school was founded in January 1936 by the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary as a day school with 115 male and female students.
Mother Mary Britwald was its first Principal, and many principals and headmistresses have served the school since then.
Some familiar names are Sister Mary Duarte, Sister Esther Burns, Sister Doris D’Cruze, Sister Joyce Correa, Sister Bernadette Fernandes and Mrs Rita D’Souza.
In 1972, the school was nationalised by the then government, leading to a fear that the standards of the institution might drop.
However, Catholic laywomen bravely took up the challenge and responsibility of heading the school.
In 1973-74, Mrs Alice D’Souza, followed by Mrs Margaret D’Souza, served at the primary school; whereas Mrs Clarice Monteiro remained the Principal until the school was denationalised in 1990.
Today, the fledgling institution that began with a mere 115 students provides education to around 1,120 girls.
Little girls enter the school in Kindergarten-I and remain here for 12 years, proudly identifying themselves as Lawrentians wherever they go.
The seal of the school represents ‘The ship of our life sailing on stormy water led by a star’.
This ship needs to be steered carefully, if it is not to be lost amidst the currents and storms of life.
The school tries its best to provide quality education to the middle-class at an affordable fee.
Curricular and co-curricular activities are a tradition at the institution, and efforts are made to make the school and learning a blessed and delightful experience.
The students at the Matriculation level do very well, and many achieve accolades for the institution.
The faculty of the school comprises individuals who selflessly devote their services to provide an effective learning experience for the students in their charge.
The school boasts of a number of teachers who have spent over two decades at the school and whose names have become synonymous with St Lawrence’s Convent Girls’ School.
The school administration has planned to hold several programmes to mark the significance of its Platinum Jubilee.
The opening celebration would take place next month, followed by an inter-school elocution contest.
For the next three months, alumnae would inspire current students at the morning assembly as part of the ‘I began my baby steps at this institution and today I stand tall’ programme.
A gathering for former students would be held in October, and a Mela would be organised the following month.
A concert has been planned to take place in December, followed by ‘Teachers old and new’, a gathering of the building blocks of the school.
In January next year, a programme titled ‘Mothers and daughters bond’ would be held.
A Sports Gala would take place in May, followed by the closing programme.
The school sincerely thanks the efforts of the two Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who served the school as Principals of the Primary and Secondary sections, Sister Joyce Correa and Sister Bernadette Fernandes respectively.
Their sincere efforts to make the institution reputable are indeed commendable.
May God continue to guide the institution and may our efforts to make higher achievements never dampen.
Mrs Christine Martins is the Principal of St Lawrence’s Convent Girls’ School, Karachi