Part 5: Post 1945 History
Serving the Nation
As soon as the Scholarship of England (HSC) was available to private
institutions, St. Joseph's College produced laureates. The firsts were
Barnard Boullé (1947) and his younger Brother Michel (1948). In
1975, the first scholarship for Economy was taken by Dheerendra K. Dabee,
a student at St. Joseph's College. In addition to Government scholarships,
there were also many students who won others given by the Collège
d'Agriculture, the Fondation Mauricienne, the Alliance Française,
the British, French, New-Zealand, Russia, India...
Sports and Gymnastics
The gymnasium in construction
On September 24 1970, the then Minister of Education, the Hon. R. Jomadar,
inaugurated the gymnasium in the presence of Mrg. Margéot, then
Bishop of Port-Louis. It was not a new discipline. Ever since the 19th
century, the physical culture was very important. The first gymnasium
opened in 1883. For several decades, there had always been at least one
physical education teacher.
Sports was deeply anchored in the school tradition. The football pitch,
surfacing with asphalt and maintenance of the basket-ball and volleyball
grounds were always one of the preoccupations of the administration. Contribution
of St. Joseph's College in the promotion of sports in Mauritius is far
from being thin.
Music has always had an important part in the activities of the students.
In the 19th century, the fanfare of the College was very appreciated.
Bro. Léonien Marie, music teacher for 30 years, had created many
vocations. These last years, Mr. Jean-Claude Selvon has been in charge
of the choir which had participated in many public events.