Alexandra Bids Farewell To Its Stalwarts

By Asst. Editor Delaveen Tarapore

The start of the month, 1st May, 2017, marked the end of an era for The Alexandra Girls’ English Institution, as they bid farewell to some of the stalwarts of the Institution. A number of respected educationists, who have served the organisation for numerable years, were felicitated by the Board of Directors, Trustees and the sixty-one year old, Parent-Teacher Association.

Responsible for having taken the Institution to great heights, Principal Freny Mehta finally put down her pen after twenty-two years. During her tenure, she ensured continued growth and success, by creating a solid foundation. Over the years, Mehta has fostered a spirit of good will amongst the girls of different races and communities, while grooming modest, young ladies and preparing them to take on life as confident young women. The institute bid an emotional farewell to this dynamic lady.

Acknowledging a valuable career of four decades, Persis Pestonjamasp, fondly known as ‘Mother Teresa of Alexandra’, retires, leaving behind her infectious positive nature and incredible teaching methods. She has served as a teacher for twenty-six years, as also led the Institute as a Supervisor of the Secondary Section and Audio Visual Smart Class Coordinator, for years.

Senior-most office staff, Khurshid Dhondy, fondly known as ‘Florence Nightingale’, retires from the institute after thirty-three years of service where she served as Office Administrator  as well as the Duty Nurse-On-Call. Another stalwart who bid adieu was Head of Accounts, Percy Bharucha, who served the school for nineteen years, and thus will always be fondly remembered as ‘Reserve Bank of Alexandra’.

Other educationists who were felicitated included the Head Teacher of the Pre-Primary and Primary Sections, Shabnum Nooruddin; Hindi Teacher, Kanti Trivedi,  Science teacher, Anahita Gheewala; Dinavan Mehta and Rita Ardoreraj. The day also witnessed Solicitor, Homiar Vakil being welcomed as a Director of the institute.

Speaking to Parsi Times, Ex- Principal, Freny Mehta said, “All the twenty-two years that I have spent at the school, have been truly marvellous and the institute has given to me more than what I have given to it. I will certainly miss the school, its staff, students, parents with whom I shared a wonderful relationship for over two decades. I wish Alexandra all the very best!”

Director, Hoshaang Gotla said, “It’s been a pleasure to be associated with Alexandra now for almost two decades. As a Director, I’ve worked closely with Freny Mehta and the other faculty leaving the institution. All of us at Alexandra will miss them”.

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