Good ol' days
 
Dheivya Thiagarajan

It is truly wonderful to know HRS has completed 25 years. How time does fly...

I find myself walking down memory lane and thinking of school and the various milestones starting from laying the foundation for the current building when we were at 'club' school, singing period and 'Better English' classes from our first head master W.J.M, the excitement and anticipation all of us felt when the results of the first batch of 10th came out, inauguration of our auditorium, and personally my first inter school basketball match to name a few.

I remember how difficult it was to leave school after tenth, but also while at college actually realizing how well HRS had equipped me academically and socially for the outside world, and what a great privilege it has been to be a student of HRS. I have always felt at home coming back as an old student though those visits have over the years become few and far between.

Celebrating our 25th anniversary is not only a time of immense pride and happiness, but also a time to look forward to the greater heights we are bound to achieve given our wonderful teachers and support system. Watch out rest of the world… here we come!!!

Dheivya Thiagarajan
Denver, Colorado

HRS student from 1984 - 1995

Aron Vijaykhar C

Thirty years have rolled by in my life, some quick some slow, some tiresome some stressfree, some filled with sadness and some with unfathomable joy. The years that come back as vivid memories to me every time I am on a nostalgia trip, is my life at HRS. These founding years, as I call them, have come to be of great support and inspiration during the times of hardship and has provided the maturity to be humble in times of victory. To HRS I owe, just not the knowledge I have gained, but every moment in my life!

Aron Vijaykhar C
1997 - STD XII

Mrs. Vijayalakshmi

Whenever I see each and every place in my school – HRS, I cherish my school days where we learnt, played and enjoyed and feeling proud to be a part of HRS family. Being a lucky woman it is a very rare privilege to do studies and work in the same institution. I owe my sincere gratitude to all my loving teachers and I thank the management who gave me an opportunity to work in this prestigious institution.

Mrs. Vijayalakshmi
2001 batch

Rajapriya Pathmanathan

Hello Everyone,

It has been many years since I passed out of High Range School (I finished my schooling in 1994). Writing this article made me reminisce about the wonderful times of my childhood and school days. It brought back some beautiful, poignant memories of my time at High Range. I was a student at High Range School from 1985 to 1994. Since then, I have come a long way. Many wonderful things have happened in my life. I completed my graduation in agriculture, moved to Chennai, worked there for a while and then met a wonderful man, got married and moved to Toronto, Canada. I am currently working for a bank here in a leadership role.

I wanted to write and share with all my fellow High Range colleagues some of the good things that I learnt there. Whatever I am today is a result of my schooling at High Range. As I reflected on my time at HRS and where I am today, I was amazed to learn how much High Range has moulded me and the values and skills that it instilled in me. So without further meandering, I want to get to the point. What did I learn at High Range? When I was studying at High Range School, I think I was lucky to have parents who knew the value of education and they wanted me to do well in studies and achieve high marks. To this end, they provided me with all the means and support. Although our family income was not much at that time, they made sure that I had to do nothing else but to study and do well. But equally as important was the fact that I had very good teachers. These teachers knew their subject matter very well and were able to communicate with us students very well. But above all, they were great at encouraging and motivating us to achieve the very best. Even when I doubted myself sometimes, they instilled in me a self-belief that I was capable of achieving high marks. I never had a single experience where a teacher made me feel that I was not capable. On the contrary, they behaved with me as if I was capable of much more that I believed myself to be and thus they brought out the best in me. They expected the best from me and they created an environment where I could rise to these expectations.

Recently, I read a quote from an author called John Steinbeck. He wrote "it is in the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him". I think that sums it up very well. It was the belief of my teachers in me that raised my performance levels. I stood school first in the 10th standard overall and once again in 12th standard in the science stream. The credit for these achievements goes to my wonderful teachers. I do not want anybody to mistakenly assume that my school days were only about studying, marks, exams etc. High Range School gave an equal importance to extracurricular activities. In fact, the very term extracurricular activity is misleading because I learnt some amazing life skills during these activities. I took part in sports, debates, plays etc. The skills and lessons that I picked up from these activities help me to this day in both my personal as well as professional life. From these activities I learnt the value of courage, determination, patience, hard work and practice. I learnt the importance of aiming high and not giving up easily. In life like everyone else, I faced disappointments, challenges and adversities. But I was able to overcome many of these setbacks through all the skills mentioned above. When I do fail, I learn from the mistakes and try to do better next time. These are the direct results of being a student at High Range. High Range School also gave me valuable opportunities to take up positions of leadership and responsibility. I was made the school captain from 1992 to 1994. I was the house captain as well. In my current job, I am able to do well in this leadership role because of the training that I received at High Range. I could fill pages and pages about all the wonderful things I learnt at HRS. But I think you all get the point. I would like to conclude with some words of advice for my fellow colleagues at High Range School. It is important to face up to our own deepest doubts and fears. It is okay to have doubts and it is okay to have fears. But it is not okay to make our life decisions based on these fears. If you have a dream or a passion please do not stop dreaming and please do not stop planning and working towards your dreams. Aim high and move boldly towards your dreams.

Finally, remember, whatever you choose to do in life, do not forget that you are a wonderful, beautiful, precious gift to the world. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. I wish all of you the very best in achieving your dreams and goals.

Rajapriya Pathmanathan
1994 batch - School Captain

Prashant G

It is almost 23 years since the inception of High Range School and 12 years since the first batch passed out of the school. I had the privilege of being the first school captain of this glorious institution. Even after all these years it is the school days I remember and cherish the most. I would like to wish the school all the very best and hope it excels in all areas as it always has.

Prashant G
1994 batch - Head Boy

Sharon Jolly

The High Range School has made great stride since its foundation in 1984 and am so glad to have been associated with it since then. I was one of the few to have joined Kindergarten that same year. 25 glorious years have passed by and today, more than ever before, I am proud of my school. If I had to sum up my school life into a single sentence, I would refer to it as my Good old days!

Surrounded by tall and beautiful eucalyptus trees, my school stands equally tall filled with an aura of wisdom, knowledge, friendship, motivation, adventure, laughter, strength, courage, love, care, affection and humility; I could not have asked for a better school life. Am so grateful to my parents for having chosen the right school; teachers, head masters & principals for their enormous commitment and dedication; all our annas, akkas and office staffs for all their hard work and support; students and friends for having made life fun-filled, competitive and joyful; and especially Tata group for all the timely support extended to the school for our upbringing.

Thank you so much for your nurturing. Congratulations High Range School, on completing 25 successful years! Continue to be the beacon for many many more generations to come. Wishing you all success.

Sharon Jolly
1999 batch – Head Boy

Ganesh M

As for a few words on HRS, I could not pen up as it would go to lengths, starting from the day, when I remember my father leaving me at this club converted school, where I knew nothing of English and all I could say and understand is a Yes and a No.

Time passed, so was I been moulded by the sincere efforts of HRS, teachers and not to mention, the great man, who sponsored me, all the way till the College, Mr. Krishnakumar.

I am deeply grateful to the teacher’s fellow mates and all others, for moulding the characters and the future for each and every student at HRS.

Ganesh M 
1995 batch

S Jacob Pratabaraj

I am S. Jacob Pratabaraj, MBA-(PhD)-(PGDHE), Alumni, The High Range school (Batch 1987 to 2001). I was working as a Lecturer in Karunya School of Business Management from 2nd June 2008 to 21st July 2009. Currently doing my Full time Research in Supply chain Management, Karunya University, Coimbatore.

The most cherishable memories of my childhood have been those of my school. My Almamater has taught me the fundamental lessons of life. Even when the world has been transformed into a global village and relationships have lost its significance, my bond with my school will never change for what it has given me.

I had enjoyed the competitions and programmes every year. I remember the recitations "O Captain, My Captain…..". I was the Captain of Nettimaed House and that has given me fundamental leadership and management skills and how to lead a team efficiently.

The High Range School has moulded my personality and I owe my gratitude to all my beloved teachers and non-teaching staff for nurturing me into a successful person. HRS has certainly made my journey of life a smooth one. Above all, I am grateful to my school for having made me into a good citizen.

I wish all the very best to my school to prosper and build the upcoming young lads.

S Jacob Pratabaraj
S/o J. Sanny Devadoss
Research Scholar, Karunya University
Udumalpet

Ravishankar S

It is with great zeal, I write to say my gratitude to the school.

I am not shying away the fact that what I am today is because of HRS, My Teachers, Mr. R .K. Krishnakumar, Mr. Survesh Naidu, The Tata Tea Limited and my Parents.

I humbly owe my Job and all my luxury I enjoy to the school and Tata Tea Limited and No Words or grant will be enough to articulate how much I am indebted to the school and Tata Tea Ltd.

Thanks a Lot for all that God and The School and TTL has given me.

Ravishankar S

Manoj Mullath

My relationship with the High Range School started in the year 1985, the year the school was founded with its first Headmaster Mr.Mc Mahon. From then HRS has grown to what it is today, a symbolic embodiment of knowledge 25 years old and counting.

My fresh memories of the School start with Grey and white colour of the school, the open assembly area, the thought for the day speeches, the Editorial Board, the small library in the ground floor, the play ground, breaks with milk and biscuits, Sports, Co-Curricular Activities, Stage Shows and many more moments to cherish. Above all the entire teaching and non-teaching fraternity who have had a wholesome impact right through the 12 long years of Schooling at the HRS. My sincere gratitude to the school in shaping up my future.

The peaceful locale, the abundance of flora and fauna, the misty weather, and perennial monsoons have all added completeness to the meaning of education at the HRS.

Wishing the High Range School many more milestones in this new age of education..!!

Manoj Mullath
97 batch

Stephen E

Today, being an Assistant Manager with KDHP Company and looking back down the years on events in my life that lead towards lending such a strong base for my career, the most important factor would definitely be the strong foundation in education that I received from HRS. My personality, Character and attitude, the three things that make me Stephen, was developed in HRS. The strong bonds with the teachers and my friends, the core values of the TATA's which the school ensured was followed by each and every HRS Product and one of the best studying environment that the school has given me is something that is irreplaceable in my heart. I owe my sincere gratitude to the school for grooming me so well and for sponsoring scholarship for my Under Graduation.

Stephen E

Mahendra Mullath

Life in munnar has given me many sweet memories.

Life began in woods and between greens and rain, and we had no choice but L P School.

Four years of My life went in Govt L P School Munnar, I remember Mathaai sir with a long nose , The 2 years in Little flower Convent ,I remember only the lord jesus and Mother Mary in the church there�..One year in Govt High School and I remember only Kurian sir.

What I remember in HRS has filled most of my harddisk, Life Changed for better after my admission in to HRS.

New buildings, new teachers, new students, green sweaters, milk and mary biscuit at 2.30, matador van, selvin anna (van driver), my friend Sunil G P, rahul, prashanth, legin, and the long drive to home.

Architects of many of us ,at least the modern me...
I need to mention these people........
Mr Mc Mohan.... A fat ,white man with lot of love....
Mrs Sushama bebi.... My lovable mam with a smile, The only reason for me to be a HRian,
Mrs Reeta paul.....our first real English teacher who taught me to fight,
Mrs Saramma Jacob....our science ........
Mrs Janaki thyagarajan.....our hindi.....
Mr kurian ....our Malayalam.....
Mrs Annamma our physics.....

Many others came and went but my memories linger around them,
The list grew to Ms Asha chandran, Mr Sreenivasan and Mr Sarvesh Naidu who showed the way to modern world, by the time we were in 12th.

I read these lines some where and was relevant to me�..I think these will enlighten many of the elevated minds of old hrians .....if possible put this in the 25th year sovenier.

 

Gone are the days...

Gone are the days are a rewind of the tape of my life....
Gone are the days,
When the school reopened in June,
And we settled in our new desks and benches.
Gone are the days,
When the smell of new books gave us the "kick"
Gone are the days,
When we wanted two Sundays and no Mondays,
Yet managed to line up daily for the morning assembly.
Gone are the days,
When we chased one another in the corridors in Intervals,
And returned to the classrooms drenched in sweat even during rains.
Gone are the days,
When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors,
Playgrounds, and under the trees .we shared our food,
Gone are the days,
When we rushed to the ground after lunch , just run back to class for the time is very short.
Gone are the days,
When a single P.T. period in the week's Time Table, Was awaited more
Eagerly than the sunny days of Munnar.
Gone are the days,
When we fought and cried,
Gone are the days,
When she was the prettiest girl around and she was the motivation.
Gone are the days,
When we rushed at 3:30 to, "Conquer" window seats in our School van.
Gone are the days,
Of Sports Day , and the annual School Day,
Gone are the days,
When we went for the football match and lost with 10 goals
Gone are the days,
And the one-month of planning for the drama that gave the feel of a hero in front of our parents.
Gone are the days,
Of the stressful Quarterly, Half Yearly and Annual Exams,
And the most enjoyed holidays after them.
Gone are the days,
We learnt, we enjoyed, we played, we won, we lost, We laughed, we cried,
Gone are the days,
The excursion to Manglore and our bus accident and vinod�s broken leg.
Gone are the days,
With so much fun in them, so many friends around ,So much experience,all this and more.
Gone are the days,
But not the memories, which will be Lingering in our hearts for ever and ever and Ever and ever and Ever.

 

I hope you went back to your Golden Olden days..........
For a while..........as I DID!!
DID u?????????
Thanks a lot we miss you all.....

May these memories be green like Munnar. Best wishes all the well wishers of The Great HRS.

Mahendra Mullath
1st Batch of The Great HRS

Vinay Prakash

I am delighted to note that my Alma Matar, The High Range School, is completing 25 years of its existence. I joined the school in the year 1989 in the LKG and left the school after completing my 10th Std in the year 2001. The apprehensions of a tiny tot entering the school for the first time were allayed when I saw the smiling faces of my teacher Ms. Flory Gomez and the Akkas Ms. Jeeva & Ms. Celine. High Range School to me was a "home away from home". I still keep in touch with my old teachers and friends and every time I go on a holiday to Munnar, I drive past the school to reminisce the happy days spent at HRS. The individual attention given by my teachers has made me what I am today. The school uniform still has a place in my wardrobe. The daily journey in the school bus from my home to the school and back was most thrilling. Incidentally, I also manage the HRians group, a platform where all HRS Alumni and teachers can network and exchange knowledge and experience.

Vinay Prakash
TCS America

 
 
 
 
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