Posted on May 6, 2011
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22 responses to “Karachi’s St. Patrick’s School Turns 150”

  1. thanks for this informative article about st Patricks, My friends had been passed out there, keep sharing about this educational and historic place.

  2. Syed Tayyab Naqvi says:

    I have been a student of St Patrick’s school and college from 1954 to 1965. I couldn’t have had better education anywhere else!!! Yesterday I attended the funeral of Mr Bosco Fernandes, the scout master of St Pat’s and later St Paul’s. Here is my tribute to one of the greatest scout masters Pakistan has ever had:

    Tribute to a Legendary Scout Master

    Mr Bosco Fernandes, former scout master of St Patrick’s School, Karachi, passed away on 29 Nov. About a decade ago he received the Medal of Merit in Scouting from the President of Pakistan.

    He was indeed a legendary figure, totally committed to scouting. He had the great quality of bringing out the best in scouts under his charge, developing their leadership qualities, instilling in them the pristine qualities that make a better person, honesty, truthfulness, dedication to work, sense of duty, self respect, pride in the institution, teamwork, striving for higher pinnacles of achievement and glory. He had NO distinction between Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Parsees. To him ALL were the same and each deserved his guidance, help and support.

    He was a man who had a great impact on the lives of many. As one grew in life, said goodbye to school and college – and scouting – and ventured out in life, one realised with time how Mr Bosco guided him during his childhood days as a boy scout, how that person himself had looked upon Mr Bosco as a father figure, as a role model, as an example to emulate……… and with maturity one realised what a magnificent impact Mr Bosco had had upon that class 8 boy who had joined the Scouts Troop in St Patrick’s School.

    I remember so clearly how my scouting days had helped me in my early years in the Pakistan Naval Academy, how, because of my scouting experience under Mr Bosco, I was one of the very best in my batch in Knots and Splices and Semaphore and even in leading my class on the parade ground and deep in my heart I had silently thanked St Patricks Scouts Troop, and Mr Bosco.

    Mr Bosco may have left this physical world, but he will live eternally in the hearts of many who had the unique privilege of being a scout in St Patricks School, with Mr Bosco Fernandes as the Scout Master.

    May God Almighty forever rest his soul in eternal peace and grant him an abode in heaven. Ameen. And may God Almighty grant his family the strength and courage to bear this very tragic loss. This world is poorer with the sad demise of one of the greatest Scout Masters Pakistan will ever see.

    Rest In Peace, dear Mr Bosco Fernandes.

    Commodore (Rtd) Syed Tayyab Naqvi, SI(M)
    Pakistan Navy
    St Patrick’s School & College 1954 – 1965
    Scout 1960-1964
    Troop Leader 1963-1964