Managing Committee 2016 - 17
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Mark your calendars for upcoming events
Celebration of the Feast of St Joseph
Bangalore, Sunday, 19 March
SJBHS OBA Connect – Kerala 2017
Kumararakom, Saturday-Sunday, 27-28 May
Bangalore, Monday-Friday, 26 – 30 June
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Upcoming OBA Events
Recent OBA Events
News From School
OBA Event Calendar
Upcoming OBA events
Celebration of the Feast of St Joseph
The OBA invites you for the Celebration of the Feast of St Joseph on Sunday, 19 March at SJBHS,
beginning with 7AM Mass and breakfast. The first ever Saleh Ahmed Inter-batch Rink Hockey
Tournament will be inaugurated at 9AM, played in the 5-a-side format. The OBA invites Old Boys
to play and cheer your batch mates. Watch your mailboxes and mobile phones for registration
details. The OBA sincerely thanks our sponsor Nadeem Ahmed (Batch of 1971).
SJBHS OBA Connect – Kerala 2017
The SJBHS OBA Connect – Kerala 2017 will be held at the CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon resort at
Kumarakom on Sat-Sun, 27-28 May. The OBA Connect series of events brings together Old Boys
from different Chapters in India and overseas. Local Old Boys participate and Old Boys from
several locations travel also travel to the events. Family members are always welcome to
participate with Old Boys, and many often do. Please mark your calendars for the weekend of 27-
28 May, 2017. Please stay tuned for details on travel and reservations.
Recently concluded OBA events
Welcome to OBA – 2017
The OBA takes great pleasure in welcoming students of Std 10 and Std 12 as members every year.
Students are introduced to the fellowship events and also to the various development initiatives
conducted by the OBA for the School, staff and students. The Welcome to OBA event was held on
17 January, 2017. George Kurian (Batch of 1983) was the Chief Guest. George graduated from
Princeton University and Stanford University in the USA, and has distinguished himself by holding
leadership positions in several global Technology companies over the years.
Currently CEO of NetApp Inc, a Fortune
500 company, George’s thought
leadership is shaping the progress of
storage technology and touching the
lives of billions of people around the
world. In an inspiring speech, George
spoke about the power of conviction to
paint one’s own landscape painting of
life. He then handed over mementoes to
George’s unassuming presence reminded everyone
that regardless of the heights of achievement, the
bonding with the School and OBA never fails to
transport Old Boys several decades back to the time
when they were as young as the members of the
graduating classes. The OBA wishes the students of
Std 10 and Std 12 the very best as they embark on
their journeys of life.
Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf Tournament – 2017 – by George Ollapally (Batch of 1968)
Saturday, 14th January, 2017 was a cool, sunny day for all the Josephite golfers assembled at the
upscale 18-hole Prestige Golfshire course near the foothills of Nandi. This was D-day of the second
edition of the Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf tournament.
The months of planning and organizing by the OBA Golf Tournament Committee, a team of
dedicated and committed Old Boys (golfers Sagar Muthappa '87, Deepak Krishnankutty '79, Joseph
Ollapally '00, Trishul Chinnappa '08, Arjun Nambisan '88, Rolf Marren '96 along with MC members)
were about to bear fruit with 90 golfing Josephites, spanning classes from 1963-2010, teeing off
The tournament itself had about 90
enthusiastic players, all in Josephite T
shirts - among others - the Razack
brothers - Irfan and Noaman, well known
golfers David D’Souza and Amitabh
Poddar, Venkat Vardhan and three
Josephite PGTI pros, former All India
Amateur champion turned pro Trishul
Chinnappa, CG Somaiah and Syed
The venue and arrangements (including the
goodie bag contents), the tournament itself,
followed by prize distribution with Principal Fr
Sequeira, SJ present and the fellowship and
hospitality received very favourable feedback
from the participants.
The School Song was sung with great gusto and
the House prize - the Fr Denis Coelho Memorial
Rolling Trophy - was won by St Patrick's House,
while the batch prize - named after Fr Hedwig
Da Costa SJ - was awarded to the Batch of 81.
Top amateur golfer, David D'Souza, was the winner in the Open Category, with Amitabh Poddar,
Sanjay DeSouza, Michael Piers and Maj Gen Bala Thambiah winners in their respective categories.
In addition to the trophies and medals, a range of additional special prizes were sponsored by
generous old boys for the winners. In addition, Sandeep Maini's gesture in donating a buggy and
Venkat Vardhan's winning bid at the auction that followed, provided a fitting end to a throughly
This is probably one of few such events
organized anywhere in the country. The
OBA thanks the Organizing Committee
for its untiring efforts in making this a
truly memorable tournament. We are
delighted to reinforce and strengthen
our Josephite bonds and look forward to
hosting next year's event, scheduled for
Saturday, 13th January, 2018 at the
same venue with even greater
participation. We hope to scale even
greater heights next year, being the
Centenary year for the OBA.
Josephite golfers, wherever you are - please block the date in your calendar and join us on
Saturday, 13th January, 2018!
OBA Christmas Dinner – 2017 – by Nandita “Santa Claus” Chandrasekhar (Batch of 2015)
Christmas celebrations began early at SJBHS
with the OBA Christmas Dinner which was
held on the 10th of December, 2016. As the
year came to a close, the OBA added to the
good cheer by hosting the OBA Christmas
Dinner for Old Boys, families and friends.
The chilly weather of Bangalore provided
the perfect atmosphere for the sumptuous
meal. The music by Fabian and his band
added to the ethos of the event. Santa
Claus paid a short visit to entertain the
children with games and gifts.
There were several games that were
organized for the families of the Old Boys.
The batches of 1991 and 2007, the winners of
the OBA Football Tournament were awarded
with the trophies and medals at the Christmas
dinner. The dinner was attended by 200
guests. It was a great way to start the holiday
season, and it was a memorable evening for
News From School
Teenovators Innovation Challenge – National Award
Teenovators is an innovation
challenge competition for
teenagers conducted by
Manipal University. SJBHS
students achieved a
noteworthy distinction by
winning the FIRST PRIZE in
the All India Teenovators
2016 competition for 9th -
12th standard students.
Students of SJBHS designed a fire
extinguisher based on sound waves.
The First Prize included a cash award
of Rs Five Lakhs. The experience of
designing solutions and interacting
with other innovators and industry
experts will motivate the students to
continue to think of creative
solutions to common problems
faced in India.
Green Initiatives at SJBHS
Several environment related
initiatives were launched,
including the 'Go Green' rally
where over 1,500 students and
teachers participated. LED lights
were installed, and the Solar
lighting program was started with
nine solar lights on campus. The
Solar energy capacity is designed
to grow to 20KW in future, with
the capability to supply energy
back to the grid.
‘C S’ TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART – Dr C S Rajan (Batch of 1969)
A healthy heart implies ‘Cardiovascular fitness’. Cardiovascular fitness is the result of your heart,
lungs, muscles and blood working together in concert, while you exercise. Cardiovascular fitness is
inextricably linked with health. Listed below are 10 Common Sense (CS) Tips to ensure the ‘CS’ of
1. Cease Smoking. Besides its potential to cause cancer, smoking is very injurious to the health of
2. Curb Salt intake. Prolonged use of additional salt in diet raises the blood pressure.
3. Control Sugar inputs. India is fast becoming the ‘Diabetic capital of the World’. Our
Carbohydrate (sugar) intake needs modulation to reduce chances of becoming diabetic, which is a
condition associated with increased heart disease. If you are already a Diabetic, please monitor
your sugar levels and keep them in normal range with proper diet, and medications
4. Combat Stress. Learn to walk away from stressful situations. Plan, prepare and do your work
systematically, so that stress factors are reduced.
5. Correct Size to be maintained, in that keep your body mass index within normal limits. Excess
weight adds strain to the heart’s pumping ability.
6. Cholesterol Status to be monitored. The hype on the use of drugs to reduce Cholesterol has
now been challenged, but we know that high levels of the cholesterol and triglycerides in the
blood are associated with increase in cardiovascular incidents
7. Commence Stretching, implying get into some form of regular exercise. A simple brisk walk
every day for about 40 minutes a day is the best. If you have been sedentary for a long time, are
significantly overweight, are suffering from any form of cardiovascular or metabolic disease or
have any joint problems, seek medical advice before beginning any sort of new workout routine.
8. Customised Screening, referring to a regular annual check with your doctor for your general
health status, blood pressure and monitoring of the blood sugar levels.
9. Cheerful Smiles, have a good laugh, meet up with friends (Join the OBA!!), and recollect good
times, which, by far, is my best ‘heart tonic’!
10. Comfortable Sleep. Sleep deprivation over time leads to early cardiac fatigue and poor health.
Anything less than 8 hours a day is unhealthy.
With best wishes for healthy hearts to all.
The OBA Riders continued their series of rides that started in September 2016. The ride to Yercaud
was their longest, so far. A highlight of the trip was the lunch at the renowned Selvi Mess in Salem
where the owner posed for a photograph with the OBA Riders group.
We regret the sad demise of these Old Boys. May their souls rest in peace. Our deepest
condolences to the bereaved families.
• Air Vice Marshall Melville Rego (Batch of 19XX) - February 13, 2017
• Jeffery Bhagar (Batch or 1964) - February 1, 2017
• Tony Sunil (Batch of 1985) - January 18, 2017
• Jai Kumar (Batch of 1991) - January 14, 2017
• Dr Gerard Mascarenhas (Batch of 1959) - December 19, 2016
• Roland Peter de Rebello (Batch of 1945) – December 7, 2016
• P A Medapa (Batch of 1979) - December 4, 2016
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Photographs from recently concluded OBA Events
OBA Christmas Dinner - 2016 (Dec 10, 2016)
Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf Tournament – 2017 (Jan 14, 2017)
Welcome to OBA - 2017 (Jan 17, 2017)
OBA Riders (2016 – 17)
OBA Event Calendar
Calendar of OBA Events (2016 – 17)