“Home is where the heart is, but the school is where the soul finds its roots.” This sentiment resonates profoundly with the alumni of St. Paul’s School, who proudly bear the title of “Old Paulites.” For those fortunate enough to have traversed the hallowed halls of this esteemed institution, being an Old Paulite is not merely a badge of honor; it is an eternal connection to a sanctuary of knowledge, growth, and cherished memories.
A Revered Heritage
St. Paul’s School, nestled in the heart of Darjeeling, stands as the epitome of academic excellence and holistic development for generations. The emotional bond formed during the school years is akin to an everlasting flame that continues to illuminate the path of life. The sense of camaraderie and the memories forged within its walls shape the very essence of being an Old Paulite.
Diversity is the hallmark of the Old Paulite community. Graduates from St. Paul’s School have spread their wings across various domains, showcasing their mettle as entrepreneurs, medical professionals, engineers, scientists, academics, sports personalities, diplomats, economists, and bureaucrats. The discipline, knowledge, and values instilled at St. Paul’s have propelled them to reach remarkable heights in their respective fields.
A Noble Calling
Late Mr. Leslie Goddard (Rector) often emphasized, ‘You who are so privileged should do something for those who are less privileged than you.’ Beyond individual accomplishments, Old Paulites have exhibited an unwavering commitment to social causes, especially during trying times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Many rallied to support the Darjeeling community through various initiatives. Old Paulites have been steadfast in supporting the Darjeeling Children Trust for underprivileged children. A dedicated batch sponsors rations every month to deprived families in villages in collaboration with Rama Krishnan Mission, ensuring that the underprivileged receive essential aid, including monthly food distribution. The Rosario foundation has been supporting the former staff for their medical needs in their trying times. This spirit of service epitomizes the ethos instilled at St. Paul’s School – to contribute to society and uplift the lives of those in need.
Nurturing The Roots
The spirit of giving back and nurturing the institution that shaped them is a common thread among Old Paulites. It’s a calling that tugs at the heartstrings, a heartfelt desire to see the place where their dreams were nurtured continue to flourish. Through their financial support and active involvement, they contribute to various infrastructural projects, enabling the school to maintain its stature as a center of academic excellence.
One Old Paulite rightly said, “We, as Old Paulites, are not distant spectators; we are an indispensable part of the ongoing journey of our alma mater. Our financial support is not a transaction; it’s an investment in the aspirations of young minds, a testament to our belief in the transformative power of education.”
In conclusion, being an Old Paulite transcends mere alumni status; it embodies a legacy of exceptional education, benevolence, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. The love for St. Paul’s School runs deep within the hearts of its graduates, propelling them to strive for a better world, enriching lives, and cherishing the foundation that set them on this remarkable journey.
MONITI MELIORA SEQUAMUR
Mr. Arnold Roshan Mukhia
(Old Paulite & Master)