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Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - 2021-11-21

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Bridgetine PPA pledges to keep the Green and White flying high as it hits a century

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The Past Pupils’ Association of St Bridget’s Convent inaugurated on November 21, 1921, (then known as the Old Girls’ Association) with the Superior of the Convent, Rev. Mother Mary St. Prosper as its first President, aimed to foster bonds of fellowship and unity among past pupils. With the Latin phrase, Spectamur Agenda (by our deeds, we shall be known), as its motto, the PPA enriched the Green and White bond that encouraged a shared history, loyalty and camaraderie. With its support, the school was further strengthened in its endeavours as the Past Pupils’ Association would always rally to its call. Rev. Mother Mary of the Annunciation, took the helm from 1925-1930 and was followed by Rev. Mother Mary of St Ligouri, who served from 19301932. It was only in 1933 that a President from within the membership was elected: Mrs J. F. Pieris (Winifred), who set the bar high, for all future Presidents. Rev. Mother Superior was elected as the Ex-officio Patroness. At the inception of the OGA, the membership numbered 100! This year, in its Centenary, the membership stands at 4482, inclusive of 57 honorary members, (members of the tutorial staff of SBC, who have completed 25 years of service). Branch Associations have opened their green and white umbrellas in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, where they continue to foster bonds of fellowship. Their newsletter - The Shamrock launched in 1995 has now celebrated 25 years in existence and is shared on virtual platforms, as well as being posted to those members who prefer a hard copy. The PPA embraced social media: the web page www. sbcppa.org was launched on July 31, 2012 and a Facebook page was created on June 18, 2011. With the launch of an Instagram account, the @sbc_ ppa on March 27, 2020, its reach has widened even more. SBCPPA has walked a centenary of steps from its inception and as the Bridgetine PPA family grows, the PPA proudly numbers fourth generation PPA members as well. As the Association steps into its next one hundred years, the Executive Committee of 2021/2022, pledges to keep the Green and White flying far and wide!

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