History of SLOBA
he old boys’ associations had had many falterings on its way to be formed. Efforts were made once in the early seventies to hold annual reunions but nothing much came out of it except a memorable performance by the folk maestro of Bengal Late Nirmalendu Chowdhury. This was in 1973. It was not until 1982 that these efforts were revived, with very active support from the students who had just about left school and a few from the previous adventure, who had it in their blood to form an alumni association. This time in 1982, many of the old teachers of the school, some of them no longer alive, threw in their lot with the students.
Fr. Boris D’Santos s.j. who was the Rector at the time took it upon him to make the event a success. The attendance was not encouraging and the tag was graciously picked up by the school. However, this was a beginning which never looked back and went on from strength to strength.
In time in 1985, SLOBA started the Free Clinic in the school premises very Sunday aided by voluntary efforts of the doctor alumni and other active members. The clinic treats about 100 patients every Sunday till today and is the centre point of the bulk of the activities of the association.
- In 1986, SLOBA was registered as a body and the Constitution of the association was adopted.
- In 1987, SLOBA celebrated the Golden Jubilee of St. Lawrence High School.
- In 1992 SLOBA presented a Salil Chowdhury Nite, the first cultural event to be held by the Association.
- In 1993, the first Members’ Directory was launched by the veteran actor Utpal Dutt, himself a Lawrencian.
- In 1995, SLOBA celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Free Clinic.
- In 1997, it was time for SLOBA and the school to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the school as well as 50 years of independence. A cultural programme was held at Nazrul Mancha with a performance by Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty.
- 1999 saw the birth of the National Federation of Jesuit Alumni / ae.
The National Federation was christened as National Federation of Jesuit Alumni/ae of India (JAAI) in 2000 at the Mumbai National Conference.
In 2000, the SLOBA Cricket Coaching Camp was inaugurated by the Association for imparting cricket coaching to the students of the school. This effort is today one of the principal activities of the Association and the Annual SLOBA Cricket Tournament for school children in Kolkata is a much sought after event.
In 2003, SLOBA hosted the World Conference of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae (WUJA) together with St. Xaviers’ Collegiate School Alumni Association (ALSOC) and St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni/ae Association (SXCCAA) in 2003 in Kolkata with no less than the then President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, himself a Jesuit Alumni attending. In between 2003 and 2007 SLOBA organized a fund raising cultural programs in aid of its free clinic in Kolkata with the likes of Pratik Chowdhury, Rupankar and Chandrabindoo performing.
In 2008 SLOBA holds its first Annual Invitational Debate with a galaxy of speakers including media personalities, parliamentarian and educationists. The programme is a runaway success.
From 2009 this event is modified to the Annual Inter-School Debate for children of reputed schools in Kolkata. Every year more than twenty schools participate in this event.
In 2009 SLOBA celebrates its Silver Jubilee with year long celebrations.
In 2012 SLOBA joins hands with the school to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of St. Lawrence High School . The celebrations last till 2013.
The Members’ Photo Identity Card is launched at the Reunion 2015.
Join SLOBA to relive the days past, to learn about what’s happening now and to know how you stand in the world today.
ANNUAL REUNION & DINNER 2015.
INAUGURATION OF NEW SLOBA OFFICE: 7.30 PM
RELEASE OF MEMBERS’ PHOTOIDENTITY CARD: 7.45 PM
GUEST ARTIST PROGRAMME: 8 P.M.
DINNER: 9.30 P.M.
- Croicket Tournament 2015
- Free Clinic for Poor 2015
- Fund Raising Events 2015