Essence of TOSS
Here are the accounts of various individuals involved with TOSS describing what the organization stands for, their motivations and other important details. Click on individual tab to read more…
Manav Mittal: Hi all! Why I joined TOSS? Honestly I was not at all interested in it
but constant poking for two years by Arvind Sehdev got me into it. So, I would like to give full credit to him.
We all go through different phases of life, like school, college, universites, business, and jobs. The most memorable experience is the school although when we are in school we really pray when we would get out of it.
Me being one of the founder students of St.Stephen still remember my roll no.109, have a special place for the school and carver sir in my heart. The discipline and education he imparted to me has helped me immensely in my life.
Through TOSS I aim to achieve a common platform where we meet our old schoolmates, catch up and primarily have fun. The most important benefit of TOSS in coming times will be networking which would immensely help people in one way or the other.
Jayant Verma : What I would personally like from the organization can be summed up in a four-point agenda…
What I would personally like from the organization can be summed up in a four-point agenda:
DEDICATION: Since we are now giving most of our time to the organization and are completely serious about it, I would really want it to last forever. And this is possible not only if the executive members function properly, but we also need support from the other ex-Stephenians. Any event that is conducted, would be of no use if there is not enough participation in it. The main focus would be on re-uniting old friends and making them aware that TOSS is here to stay. Building the trust in the new members shouldn’t really be a problem but we have to show results to maintain that trust.
PROPER FUNCTIONING: The working committee should have members who have their work cut-out to them. Every person should be responsible for something – whether it is the creative part, arranging logistics, managing the database etc. – everyone should have a duty assigned to them
NEW IDEAS: Apart from reviving the old “Winter Carnival”, there is a lot that can be done. Making the Annual function a more extravagant affair should also be on the priority list. Using the potential of the ex-Stephenians, we can help the present lot learn quite a lot of things. Not only that, I believe that the present batch of students can also help us in providing new and better ideas for conducting events.
THE KNOWLEDGE CLUB: This thing, for me, is definitely closest to my heart. We all know that we want TOSS to be such a big organization that we can identify our schoolmates wherever we go. But, what I want to propose is that we should have a part of our organization which deals with the present students in the school. Why should they wait to pass out of the school, be a member of TOSS, and then start learning from our experiences? Rather than learning from outsiders, I’m sure the students would feel proud if their seniors were teaching them something. The summer holidays are a great way of connecting to them. Workshops in the school can be conducted by the members of TOSS , or they can at least have a major stake in conducting them. The present lot of the students definitely looks up to us for inspiration and we should be there to provide them with that. Monthly lectures by Stephenians who are currently holding respectable positions or are successful in their fields will help motivate the current students a lot.
Vishakha Sharma : I’ll sum it up with this…
Thinking of Stephen’s adds a wonderful touch of LOVE to my everyday.
As there, I was taught the meaning of LOVE and SHARING.
As there, I was taught how to CHASE away all the BLUES.
And the undying faith of teachers has kept the FLAME OF MY WORK ALIVE.
And being in TOSS,
I feel as if in a single LIFE,
I have known the JOY OF THOUSAND YEARS
by meeting my OLD MATES.
Aparna Bansal : I was a very shy kid growing up…
I was a very shy kid growing up. I still am to some extent but back then I was a bit too shy. I joined St.Stephens in class 6th, first time in a co-ed school. I seriously think that Stephen’s played a key role in making me a confident young person. So needless to say I love TOSS just as much as I love St.Stephen’s. I am blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful academy, St.Stephen’s is after all one the most celebrated schools of Chandigarh!
Karan Kerwell : I can’t really think of a reason when it comes to deciding as to why I want to join TOSS…
I can’t really think of a reason when it comes to deciding as to why I want to join TOSS. The feeling just pours out! To get back and reconnect with people from a place where one has spent nearly 12 years of his life definitely needs no reason. The enthusiasm to work for one’s alma mater and see little kids going through what you’ve already gone, makes me nostalgic. So I can’t define a reason as to why should I join TOSS.
Secondly, what I would want from TOSS, would be to help me get in touch with all my past buddies , because it has really been a long time since I’ve met some of them. Every memory, right from my first day at school to the day I received the lamp of knowledge and then the day I passed it on, each moment is etched in my heart.
I would really want to share and discuss the lessons I’ve learnt in life till now, with my juniors. And I know that it would be fun for them too because when we are at school, we always used to miss something like this. So, in short, TOSS should mainly concentrate on bringing together batches from different years to school and letting everyone discuss their success story (because let’s face it – ALL Stephenians are AWESOME!). This would also help in making the young generation learn from our mistakes!
So I hope that TOSS succeeds and grows by leaps and bounds!
Amit Wadhwa : I think whatever we stand for should be consistent in everything that we do…
I think whatever we stand for should be consistent in everything that we do. To me, TOSS should stand for ‘something meaningful but done with a lot of fun’.
Let me elaborate on this. For e.g. we cannot be just associated with spreading the message of ‘eradicate polio’ – this is meaningful but lacks the fun completely. Moreover, it is a very NGO thing and let’s be honest, NGO sounds very boring and we can’t be that. Moreover there are lots of NGOs that already exist. But at the same time, we cannot be just fun – for e.g. fêtes, etc. Hence, the filter in everything that we do should be a mix of both for e.g.
We should do a 4 day Annual event that will be all about education/career counseling to all the Chandigarh students. But beyond that we should have some fun competitions amongst all schools, a fête, party etc.
If we want to do something for an orphanage – we should organize an ‘Athletics meet’ for the orphanage where all the kids participate in various sports and we can hand out various gifts/prizes to them. This is our way of infusing fun in something meaningful.
Similarly if we ever did a car rally (which we will never do:)), we will give away the proceeds towards a charity.
So, in short we cannot be dull and boring in anything that we do yet, we need to have meaning in all our activities. Also I feel that besides small events all through the year, I think there should be one big annual event like the 4-5 day all-school meet or something else that should be a big draw.
Shatakhi Kaul : Ever since I joined St. Stephen’s in 2003, the congenial atmosphere and the brilliant teachers always intrigued me…
Ever since I joined St. Stephen’s in 2003, the congenial atmosphere and the brilliant teachers always intrigued me. Every child was made to feel special which brought out the best in him/her. I have been really lucky to have been taught by a lot of teachers who shall be remembered forever in the school.
But when I left school, somehow the contact with it broke too. And along with it, I lost touch with most of my school mates. So, TOSS would primarily help me in reconnecting with lost friends. Secondly, I have always wanted to go back to the school and share my experiences with the current students and I’m sure that TOSS would help me in doing so in an organized manner.
I believe that the new TOSS is going to be a huge success because of the manpower involved behind it and the seriousness that all the current members are showing to run it.
Arvind Sehdev : The vision/purpose of this organization…
A strong networking for Stephenians (in/pass-out from school). If they need any social, economical, emotional or any other kind of help. It should be made sure by TOSS to help a Stephenian in whatever manner he/she can be helped. Give them whatever help they desire.
Support academic growth and facilities development for Stephens pass-outs.
Promote a greater public awareness of TOSS and its mission as we discussed to make it a brand name amongst general public.
Foster lifetime involvement and commitment to TOSS.
Offer spiritual and social opportunities among the members to further individual growth and community spirit.
Gaurav Vasishta : I have a firm belief that St.Stephen’s has laid the core foundation for what I am today…
I have a firm belief that St.Stephen’s has laid the core foundation for what I am today. I have lived abroad for the last 14 years and when I came back and learnt about the revival of TOSS, I immediately wanted to come on board.
I would like TOSS to be an organization which has no place for politics, no place for financial gains, no place for caste or creed – an organization we feel proud to be part of!
My expectations from TOSS –
To be able to give something back to St.Stephen’s and Stephenians. To guide and mentor youngsters so they are better prepared for the life ahead.
To be able to contribute a little towards society – still feel proud of Sukhna Lake Shramdhan. Events like these leave an indelible mark on our minds and are really fun to be part of. The satisfaction of making a difference is immense!
To have an annual event where Stephenian’s can get together (maybe annual fair) – nostalgia runs deep in most of us and it would be significant to
To have our own network where we could get together for festivals like Holi, Christmas, Diwali etc.
The fondest memories from school for me were the extra-curricular activities – Top of the Pops, Oliver Twist, House Shows, Sports matches, Carol singing etc. I would love TOSS to bring back some activities in a) Performance arts b) Sports c) Music etc….
Arvind : “ALWAYS AIM HIGHER”
Why should one join TOSS? or what do we do by joining TOSS? are questions like why do we remember our childhood and what do we gain by remembering it.
Does one need to join TOSS? Anyone who has grown up in St. Stephen’s under the guidance of the one and only “Carver Sir” or the faculty members, belongs to the family. The joining up is only reuniting in a formalised bid to stay in touch.
What do we do in TOSS? Well lets just keep it simple – Have fun, meet the bums we grew up with , reignite the sweetest memories of our lives, party hard and try and give back to the institution in some way , as it has defined our lives, by guiding the youngsters in whatever way we can out of our experiences
Ability is what you’re capable of doing…
Motivation determines what you do…
Attitude determines how well you do it.
The main objectives for me are to have fun and keep the interaction alive…
The main objectives for me are to have fun and keep the interaction alive. This may be carried out by having the following –
1. A half yearly/annual newsletter with happenings from our life after school may help build a bond with those still in it. It has to be different/ fun/ smart – no boring stuff 😉
2. An Annual event – what could be a week long affair for all schools starting with a carnival, inter-school competitions, a career counselling fair, culminating in a reunion bash.