On the second rest day, on 14 November, we took a trip down memory lane and visited Vishy’s old school, the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore, Chennai.
Visiting Don Bosco. From left to right: Eric van Reem, Cathy Rogers, Stefan Löffler, Lennart Ootes, Peter Doggers, Ram Bhat (old schoolfriend), Ian Rogers & Hans-Walter Schmitt.
The school was founded in 1959 as a Matriculation School affiliated to the University of Madras. From 13th November 1978 it came under the jurisdiction and recognition of a separate Board of Matriculation Schools. On 1st July 1978 it was upgraded as a Higher Secondary School.
John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888, popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest of the Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System.
Bosco’s capability to attract numerous boys and adult helpers was connected to his “Preventive System of Education”. He believed education to be a “matter of the heart” and said that the boys must not only be loved, but know that they are loved. He also pointed to three components of the Preventive System: reason, religion and kindness. Music and games also went into the mix.
At the entrance we were greeted by Ram Bhat, who went to school with Anand, and he showed us around. Ram is now the owner of thea very good vegetarian restaurant in Chennai, called Mathsya.
Now that is a surpise, the kids play cricket!
In the school, we were welcomed by the Prinicipal, Fr. Y.L.Irudayaray.
The Prinicipal showed us around and told us many interesting facts about the school. If you want to find out more about this excellent school, visit the website.
Pictures of Anand who visited the school last year in August, to receive felicitations after winning the world championship match in Moscow against Boris Gelfand.
Anand ist not the only prominent pupil of Don Bosco, other notable alumni are Vijay Amritraj (Tennis), Dinesh Karthik (Cricket) and film producer Suresh Babu.
Hans-Walter Schmitt down memory lane, on Anands seat. ”The class rooms have not changed that much, since the time Anand and I were here”, Ram Bhat smiled.
Outside the cricket boys had a talk with the uncle from Germany, explaining the cricket rules. Mission impossible.
“But do you guys play chess?”. Yes uncle, I think we can beat you with ease”.
It was a very enjoyable visit to the school. And remember….