Loreto Convent is set to embark on a year-long celebration to mark its 150th anniversary in Lucknow from the 4th of November, 2022. The school encompasses a remarkable history of influencing and nurturing thousands of students with care and passion.
Where it all started
The institute was founded in 1616 by an English woman, Mary Ward.In 1872, the Loreto sisters as they are called, led by Mother Joseph Hogan came to Lucknow and started the school in a house adjoining the church situated in present-day Shahnajaf Road. Later, it was moved to the present site. As the Loreto family expanded, a sister school was started in the name of St. Agnes Loreto Day School. There are two more outreach schools run by Loreto Convent for the children of the less advantaged sections of the society.
Over the years, Loreto Convent has produced students that have done not just the school proud, but also brought laurels to the city of Lucknow. For thousands of girls who spent the formative years of their lives here, Loreto isn’t just a school but second home. The celebrations to mark 150 years of the school are also a celebration of the spirit of Loreto that every student embodies within her.
What’s in store at the celebrations
The school building is decked up in lights to celebrate this milestone year. Here’s the sesquicentennial calendar for November so you can make your plans for the celebrations of this milestone:
Date: 4th November, 2022
The celebrations will officially commence with a prayer service at the school asking for guidance and blessings on the reaching the 150-year milestone. The exhibition room and galeria memoriae will be inaugurated and souvenirs to commemorate 150 years will also be unveiled the same day.
Event: Musical play Aladdin
Date & Time: 7th November, 2022, 5 pm
A play will be staged by the school children at the Delphine Hart Auditorium at Loreto Convent. Entry to this event is by invite only.
Event: Stroll in the School
Date & Time: 8th to 30th November, 2 pm to 5 pm (Monday to Friday)
Take a stroll through the school corridors and visit the exhibition room and the galeria memoriae.
Event: Open House Extraordinaire
Date & Time: 12th November, 2022, 3 pm onwards
The school opens doors for all Loretoites at the Open House, organised by the Loreto Alumnae Association Lucknow. The highlight of the open house will be the book launch of ‘The Sunny Days of Youth’, a publication that shines light on the rich history of Loreto Convent Lucknow. The association has published this book for the school and the copies will be on sale at the event along with other school souvenirs. Registration is free for all Life Members. On spot registration for non-members is available at a fee of ₹500.
The events will be followed by the Loreto Alumnae Association’s Annual General Meeting on November 19, 2022 when the elections for the new committee for the association will be held.
Location: Loreto Convent School, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow
Photos courtesy: Loreto Alumnae Association Facebook group