History of Duruelo Convent and School, Bandra. Mumbai
It was at the invitation of the SVD fathers in Bandra and with the permission of His Eminence Valerian Cardinal Gracias, that we Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa (CSSTs) started our new foundation in Bandra, Mumbai in 1963. We took over the girls from Stds. 1-IX from the co-ed St. Theresa’s High School, Bandra, run by the SVD fathers.
To start with, we had 1200 girls from KG to Std. IX with a fully qualified staff of trained teachers. The Education Dept. had granted the school recognition on an unaided basis up to 1966. ‘Duruelo’ is a large substantial building with ground and 3 floors. However the rest of the land was occupied by slum-dwellers, who encroached on this plot before the sisters purchased the same. This situation was rather embarrassing, making the school premises unhygienic and uninviting.
Despite these hurdles, Duruelo Convent School held its head high in Academics, Sports, Co-curricular activities. Lacking an auditorium and a playground, did not deter the School Management and Staff from holding their Annual Parents Day and Athletic meet in the premises of neighbouring schools. Due to lack of space, the School works in 2 shifts.
At the very outset ‘Duruelo’ had formed a Parent-Teacher Association, which was very active and influential. In June 1964, the strength of the school rose to 1500. From the very beginning, Duruelo students were outstanding in every sphere, bringing laurels to the school, by passing SSC, Board Exam with flying colours, scoring 100% results almost every year; winning several trophies in inter-school contests and shining in religious programmes.
From 1973, many programmes/charity shows were held to raise fund to rehabilitate the slum dwellers who were occupying the school land. Appeals were made to the Chief Minister, Municipal Commissioner and others concerned to evict the hutment dwellers as soon as possible.
With the help of the Bandra Slum Rehabilitation Society and the strong support of the PTA, 60 families of the slum dwellers were given alternative accommodation at Mt. Mary’s in 1982. The remaining slum dwellers refused to shift from the school premises unless they were given alternative accommodation in the same place. Hence the Society of Duruelo Carmelites with the help of the Slum Rehabilitation Society started the work of constructing one-room self –contained flats at the end of the school ground facing 25th Road, TPS III. The first phase comprising 60 residential units – ‘Swapna Safalya Society Building’ was ready for occupation in 1985 and the second phase ‘Samta Deep’ was completed in 1993. This contained 41 flats. However, 11 families refused to move into the new building. Nevertheless, with the help of the Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and the PTA the remaining hutments were demolished by the e BMC in February 1994.
From 1963 onwards the sisters were residing on the 3rd floor of the school building, since there was no other alternative; thus depriving the school of a decent well-equipped library; a computer lab, a multi-purpose hall and a prayer room. In order to provide the school with essential amenities, the Sisters decided to construct a small convent at the eastern corner of the vacant land, behind the school. This building was completed in 2002 and then blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Thomas Dabre on 16th December 2002.
It was a long cherished dream come true, when the sisters who had toiled selflessly for almost 40 years, despite all hardships and inconvenience, braving the inclemencies of the weather and the drunken brawls of the slum dwellers; could now heave a sigh of relief and live in their own residence peacefully. It was only the power and goodness of the Almighty that has brought Duruelo to its present status.
In this Golden Jubilee year, we can boast of the full fledged High School from KG to Std. X: 2150 strong; a decent play ground – our hockey players are Maharashtra State Champions; a decent computer lab; a well –equipped library; a Prayer room for staff and students and a small hall for internal school programmes. A few of the sisters who had worked untiringly both in the school and convent have gone to their eternal reward. May Duruelo Convent and High School flourish for God’s greater honour and glory!Duruelo Convent High School is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education. It is exclusively for girls from Kindergarten to Std. X having three sections in each class and the strength of over 2000. Due to paucity of space the school runs in two shifts.
Duruelo Convent High School is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education. It is exclusively for girls from Kindergarten to Std. X having three sections in each class and the strength of over 2000. Due to paucity of space the school runs in two shifts.The school excels in academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.
Both Junior and Senior Hocky teams are State Champions.
Sakshi Bhosle of VIA (Black Belt) represented our school for the State level Karate tournament and won the silver medal. Aarohi Thombre of VB (Orange belt)was placed 3rd in the under TEN category.CONGRATUATIONS SAKSHI AND AROHI!!!
Just recently three of our teachers- Mrs Isabelle Fernandes, Mrs. Meena Vijh and Mrs. Prema Narayan retired from the school after 22, 33 and 25 years respectively. They were given fitting farewell with flowers and gifts from the Management, Staff and Students. May God bless and reward you dear teachers for your committed service in the school.You will always be remembered by us.
The Valenitine’Day for the Senior Citizens of St. Alphonsa Community of SCC Zone 3 was celebrated by the sisters. After a short prayer and reflection a few games were played. Prizes were distributed. The evening ended with snacks and soft drinks which they all enjoyed.
DURUELO CONVENT AND SCHOOL, BANDRA, MUMBAI, COMPLETED 50 GOLDEN YEARS IN THE SERVICE OF THE LORD – 1963- 2013
“Reach out to touch” – “Empowerment our Vision”
This inspiring themes of our Golden Jubilee set us on fire and spurred us on to greater heights all through the 4 day –celebration, which commenced on 28th November 2013, with a solemn Thanksgiving Eucharist concelebrated by Bishop John Rodrigues (Auxilliary Bishop of Mumbai) and 22 priests (both religious and Diocesan). The celebrants were led to the altar by a group of 50 students dancing to the rhythm of devotional music. This Holy Mass set the tone for the festive occasion.
What followed was an outstanding performance by the students – a musical extravaganza – a dance drama on the life of our beloved Foundress- Mother Teresa of St. Rose of Lima- this really touched the hearts of every individual in the audience. We do hope it will serve to promote vocations to the CSST Institute! After this veritable feast for the eyes, all present were treated to a gastronomic feast- a sumptuous dinner- a fitting conclusion to the first day’s programme.
The next 3 days were filled with fun and frolic – the amusement park was in full swing from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.- both children and adults enjoyed exciting rides on the Giant Wheel, Jumping Jack, Bumping Cars and what not? Simultaneously, there were various events conducted on the stage – different competitions: Fancy Dress, Group Dances, Fashion Show, King and Queen Contest etc., unfolding a vast panorama of colour and design, portraying the talents of children and the youth from various Institutions. All this and more against a picturesque backdrop and side panels depicting the Jubilee theme. Extra large portrays of our Patron St. John of the Cross and our Foundress, Mother Teresa of St. Rose of Lima, adored the stage on either side. This served to enhance the beauty and tempo of the Jubilee Celebration.
The integral component of the Golden Fiesta was the felicitation of all ex-Managers, Principals and Teachers, who had served the Institution zealously and tirelessly for the Glory of God and the good of the Institution.
The Grand finale on 1st December 2013 featured a memorable event – the launching of the Jubilee Project, by the Chief Guest, Mrs. Priya Dutt, our honourable M.P. “Duruelo would educate 50 deserving students from the Higher Secondary to Graduation.” A sum of Rs. 15 lakhs would be put in F.D, and the interest utilized for the on-going education of girls, leading to the ‘Empowerment of Women’.
CSSTs from North, South, East and West graced the occasion with their presence. The air was filled with shouts of joy, resounding music and merriment till the curtain rolled down on 1st December 2013 at 10.00 p.m., bringing to a close the grand ‘Duruelo Golden Fiesta’.
BREAKING NEWS…..NEWS— NEWS —
In the Inter-School Research – Oriented Project organized by St. Stanislaus School, Bandra, 5 of the total 50 stuents took part,were from Duruelo Convent School. One of them – Kusmanjali of Std. VIII won a trophy besides the Certificate of Participation, for her outstanding performance with 90-100%. Her topic was SHELTER and she conducted her survey in a chawl. The other 4 students’ topics were: Dance Realty Shows, Cadbury, Indian Western Railways and Breakfast and its Nutritive value. They all performed well and scored high percentage of marks and Certificate of Participation. The Management and staff Congratulate each one of them and wish them all the best for their future.
Kusmanjali Mishra VIII,Shreya Tupe IX,Safiya Qureshi VII, Nurain Shaikh V,Safiya Patel VI
Congratulations to all the members of West Mumbai Suburban District Association. 8 guides from Duruelo participated in 17th National Jambooree at Mysore, Karnataka in which, first time Maharashtra won 16 awards in various competitions.
Scouts and Guides of West Mumbai suburb have been offered to represent India at Asia- Pacific at Mangolia and International World Scout Jamboree at Canada.
In the Sports Events conducted by National Association for the Blind Education Department, our student, Ikra Patel of Std. VII stood first in throw ball and book-balancing.
Payal Sawant is elected as the Captain of the Mumbai Hockey Team at the National sub Junior Hockey at Tamil Nadu
WASTE FREE SCHOOL
Waste free School was inaugurated by the Assistant Municipal Commissioner from BMC. The students took a pledge that they will keep the school inside and outside waste free . Duruelo Convent School is the first school who has launched into this project. The students do not throw any waste on the ground. All the waste materials including food are thrown into the dust bin kept for that purpose.
Two of our teachers – Mrs Heer and Mrs. Bernadette retired from the school in October 2017 after serving for 22 and 17 years respectively. They were given fitting farewell with entertainment and gifts from the Management. We thank them wholeheartedly for their sincere and untiring service in the school. May God bless both of you.