Alumni Speak


I’d like to share with you my newly released book: “STEPPING STONES – A PASSAGE OUT OF INDIA” which includes quite a lot about SMS, Pune.

Yes, I completed Standard 8 way back in 1955 – a rough calculation – or a not so rough one - makes me HOW OLD???

Hmm! Yes, that’s right 80+ and still I’m proud to tell everybody who asks “Where are you from?” – because of my ‘accent’ - that I was born and bred in India and I went to school at St. Mary’s High School in Poona (Pune).

Over the years, in many, many environments, situations and even some different countries this has always been a source of more questions. So, eventually, I wrote a book and put it up on Amazon as both an eBook and a paperback (print on demand!! – such is technology these days!). It is very historical about both India (as a new Republic and the withdrawal of the British) and SMS as it was in the mid-twentieth century. I remember singing the ‘new’ Indian anthem – which I can still sing!

My elder sister Jane also finished her schooling there. She went on to do a teacher’s degree at the SMS Teachers’ College. My sister Angela was 2 years ahead of me. I think all our names were up on the results boards which used to hang in the assembly hall.

I was hoping you could share information about my book with the broader SMS community, both past and present, by mentioning it in the next OGA magazine. It is available on line.

I would, of course, be happy to answer questions you or others might have about the book and my time (as a boarder) at SMS.

I have returned to India twice and, of course, to SMS also. The last time was for the 150th anniversary celebrations when I was accompanied by my daughter.

Wishing you all at the school a safe year, from Covid-19 virus, and a another successful academic year.

Kind regards,
Felicity Simmons (Malfiggiani)


Mrs. Veena Vora, President and Mrs. Sarla Kumar, Vice President of the St. Mary's School Alumni Association handed over the following cheques to the Board members and the Principal on 25th February 2016,on behalf of the Association :

  • Alumni Association & Prashanti Cancer Care Mission- Rs 3,09,000/-
  • Mrs. Malti Mansukhani Desai- Rs 1,00,000/-
  • Mrs. Surekha Kher- Rs 32,000/-
  • Mrs. Daulat Oberoi- Rs 10,000/-
  • Mrs. Brinda Abreo- Rs 7001/-

We would like to thank the SMS Alumni Association for their contribution to the School for the sesquicentennial year.

Excited voices called out to each other as ladies or should we call them ‘girls’ walked in through the gates of St. Mary’s on the warm, balmy afternoon of the 15th of January. They were the alumni of the school who had been invited to walk around the campus and re-live their school days – some even in their School uniforms - as part of the sesquicentennial year celebrations. The SMS Circle and the Tile Wall grabbed their attention and gave them ample opportunity to click their ‘selfies’. A nostalgic tour of the verdant campus, the classrooms, the chapel and the sports grounds drew loud exclamations as they recalled those wonderful days. Some of the more agile ladies even ventured to a round of basketball!!

The alumni were then seated in the auditorium where they revelled in the delightful music provided by the school choirs. A film showing an interview with a very lucid and composed Sister Valeria at Wantage was probably the most memorable part of the evening. Her words were so meaningful and relevant in today’s world.

Words of the school song, tea along with snacks from the school canteen and memorabilia bought from our “Store of Nostalgia” ensured that memories of school would remain entrenched in their minds for a very long time!