Her Majesty Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah inaugurated the 50 Anniversary celebrations of St. Mary's School, one of the pioneer institutions dedicated to the education of girls in the country in Kathmandu today.
On the occasion, Her Majesty the Queen inaugurated the newly constructed Golden Jubilee Building in the premises of the school in Jawalakhel. The Queen also distributed certificates of appreciation to 25 teachers who have been working for 25 years in the school.
Besides the Queen and other member of the royal family, vice-chairman of the Council of Ministers, Kirtinidhi Bista, Minister for Education and Sports, Radha Krishna Mainali, and many other ex-students of the school were present on the occasion. Students of the school staged several cultural shows during the program.
Founded in 1955, the school, which had 15 students, three sisters and only one building, has grown over the years to accommodate about two thousand students in different branches of the school in Pokhara, Gorkha, Jhamsikhel and Lubhu. Today, the school is equipped not only with huge physical infrastructures but also with 115 committed, dedicated and efficient staff members, taking care of the students in its different branches.
The foundation of this great school was laid soon after the establishment of the St. Xavier's School in Godavary by the Jesuit Fathers when the then government, realising the need for a good school for girls- requested the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Patna in 1955 to open a school purely for girls.
Since then, with the keen interest and patronage of the Royal family, the school has been providing quality education to the women in the country, creating and maintaining excellence, pride and an identity of its own in the field of education. The current Queen is herself one among the women of substance and identity of their own that the school has produced over the years.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister for Education and Sports, Radha Krishana Mainali expressed his gratitude to the school for its continuous and impartial contribution to enhancing the quality education in the country.
Giving example of the presence of many royal family members on the occasion, Minister Mainali said, "That Her Majesty the Queen herself is a product of the school is a matter of pride for all."
Addressing the program, Principal of the school Sister Margrate Mary, shared her experience that the school has been providing quality education with a holistic learning approach. "We are providing a healthy, clean and peaceful environment in which integration of human persons takes place slowly, but steadily,” Sister Mary said.
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