Bright frocks, shimmering sets, upbeat music and a lively performance by children marked the 60th year celebration of St Michael’s Academy, Adyar. Many of the school’s alumni, current students, parents and teachers attended the Diamond Jubilee Year Annual Day recently.
Project director for the Agni-IV missile at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India, Agni Puthri Tessy Thomas presided over the function. “Today, the participation of women in the field of missile research is increasing. It is usually dominated by men. This is a good indication as it shows that women empowerment is reaching new heights,” said Thomas.
The programme was not all about festivity. It was also a fitting opportunity to honour the veterans of the shcool — past principals and retired teachers — for their service. Many reminisced their days in school, as over 1,135 students showcased their talents.
St Michael’s academy was started with two students in 1953. Today it has grown over 3,000 students currently studying said Principal Johnson, who attributed this success to the parents and alumni.