The true test of a school’s worth lies not merely in the success of its students. Perhaps, more importantly, the acid test lies in the answer to the questions…..
That each one of you is a success in your own field, is a ‘given’. It goes without saying that every Johnian walks tall….a triple H young man…Head Held High…..with the famous Johnian “attitude” carrying you through each challenge with elan! What very few realise, however, is that the true secret behind your success is that each one of you has imbibed the deep set of values that your school has given you, and that is what makes you truly rare in a world where friendships, loyalty and spirituality are often sacrificed and betrayed on the altar of self interest.
On 19.7.2017, the St. John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA) completed 37 years of its existence. A happy moment indeed !! Celebrations are called for. The new team has taken charge and I wish them all the best for the coming year in leading our Alumni Association which we are all so proud of.
SJOBA has come a long way from the initial 19 members in 1980 to thousands in 2017. The spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood led to the grand success of SJOBA becoming the thriving, vibrant and active association that it is. To strengthen it further, it is essential to recognize and enforce the principle that SJOBA is for the Old Boys. The outgoing team did a great job in the previous year in adhering to the aforesaid principle. I hope the new team can continue with the same. I wish them all the very best and would remind them of the slogan “ask not what SJOBA can do for you; ask what you can do for SJOBA”.
At the outset, on behalf of the Team SJOBA 2017-18, we shall like to thank you all and especially the Collegium of Past Presidents for handing over the baton to us and giving us the privilege of leading SJOBA.
Continuing with our alumni’s rich legacy, let me assure you, on behalf of my entire Team of Executives, that we shall strive to further strengthen and uphold the values of our Alma Mater and the spirit of SJOBA throughout the tenure.
Our beloved Alma Mater – St John’s High - completes 58 glorious years in 2017. Only history decides when organisations become institutions, institutions become landmarks and landmarks become heritage. St Johns today is not just an educational institution but part of the city’s proud heritage.