Easleigh Secondary School, Nairobi was founded in 1956. Most of the students at the time were of Asian origin, who after independence and upheavels in East Africa left for other countries like UK, Canada USA etc.On 24th August 1996 a Re-Union was arranged by an ex-student Jagjit Singh Gill in UK(details below). A souvenir was published and the School Principal at the time was asked to write for it. Here we present his letter, which briefly details the school history.(Kanwal)
FOREWORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I am gratified for the
opportunity to salute all the old Eastleigh Secondary School students through
this historic publication and to congratulate the organisers and participants
at the first ever ESS International re-union. There are no words to clealrly describe
the practical sense of belonging that you have displayed. Indeed the information
about the re-union was received with great enthusiasm and pride by the entire
current fraternity of Eastleigh High School.
Mbogo National volleyball team
WE PRESENT SOME MORE MEMORABLE PHOTOS OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF EASTLEIGH SECONDAR SCHOOL FROM 1956 onwards
STAFF 1958 Principal
'Congo' House winners - students of Eastleigh Secondary School Nairobi 1957. Harjinder Kanwal can be seen third from top row (standing)
Any one with more interesting information or photos of Eastleigh Secondary School, Nairobi or any other school are welcome to send me the info to be put on this site.
ESS 1963 Inter Schools Cricket Competition Winners (photo contributed by Jayant Tanna)
Sitting (L to R): Iqbal Butt, Arvind Patel (Vice-Capt.), Mr J.E.S Jones (Coach),
Nisar Butt (Capt.), Mr.P.A.Patel (Master-in-Charge), Saleem Mehar, Jayant Tanna.
Standing (L to R): Ashok Sharma, Mahendra Patel, Mohan Lal, Harjinder Singh,
Subash, Bashir Ahmed,Farouq Butt
24th August 1996 was a very memorable year in the lives of ex-students and teachers of Eastleigh Secondary School, Nairobi: On this day mainly with the sterling efforts of an ex-student of the School, Jagjit Singh Gill (below), a RE-UNION
was held at Rubens Hotel on Buckingham Palace Road, London. Nearly 200 ex-students and teachers attended this re-union from all over UK, East Africa, Canada & USA . A simply nostalgic occasion with tears and laughter coinciding with music performed by Alam Lohar's son and then by Didar Singh Pardesi, another ex-student of ESS. Didar Singh Pardesi is now a very renowned singer, locally and abroad. The High Commissioner of Kenya Mr. M. Ngali attended this historic occasion. A souvenir programme of that memorable occasion was also printed. We present some photos from that. To see more photos of that historic 1996 occasion, please click here.
We are looking for school magazines for Racecourse Secondary School from 1952-1955 and Eastleigh Secondary School magazines from 1967-1976 or even beyond so that we can put all this on to CD's and preserve the school records.
A CD has been prepared compiled of school magazines info from 1956 -1966 . It can be bought for £10 plus 50 p. p&p from Jagjit, Tanna, Nisar or Varinder (their addresses are given below)
Eastleigh Secondary School's own music troupe led by Iqbal Narain on accordian. Didar Singh Pardesi can be seen third from right.
Members of the Staff 1963. Rashpal Panesar can be seen standing second from right
Mr. Balwant Singh Shant lovingly known as 'Shimba' delivering his witty speech at a function
Gurcharan Dhanjal (scout) with Scout Masters Balwant Shant and Joe' D'Souza on extreme right with a guest scout master.
50 Year Re-Union of the Teachers and Ex-Students of Eastleigh
EX-STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF EASTLEIGH SECONDARY SCHOOL, NAIROBI!!
THE 50 Year RE-UNION WAS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH ATTENDANCE OF MORE THAN 260 .
TO SEE AND BUY PHOTOS ,cd's of school magazines 1956-1966, c/d's of the function held on 29th Oct 2006 and to claim your T shirt if you attended the reunion (ESS students only)- PLEASE contact any of the organisers listed below. To see and buy photos of that occasion go to:-
Khursheed in 1957 (A prominent, outspoken, daring & jolly colourful character)
It is with a very heavy heart that I am compelled to inform you that one of our schoolmate, classmate, teammate and a dear friend namely KHURSHEED AHMED BUTT has been taken away from us under suspicious circumstances. It is believed that he has been brutally killed in his own home in Mombasa.
I have taken the liberty to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the BUTT family on this very sad occasion.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen!
Jagjit Singh Gill
Charanjit (Kugi) 1960
Kugi's recent photo 2010.
It is with a very heavy heart and deep regret that we have to report the sad loss of our very prominent and valuable ESS colleague, KUGI (charanjit) VOHRA on 25th.January,2010.
PARDEEP GUNDARA (ESS 1956-1959)
GUNDARA, Pardeep Singh
Pardeep was my best school friend and I met him after many years at the 2005 reunion and our meeting was more than happy. His sudden demise will leave a big gap in every one's life who knew him as a thorough gentleman with high morals. Will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. (Harjinder Kanwal)
Some Old memorable photographs taken during school days
Any Recognitions? Form 4 A class of 1964, infront of the biology lab with the then biology teacher, Mr. Young.
Varinder Singh, Abdul Rehman (Pishta vala pathan), Satpal Singh Johal (now solicitor in Nairobi), Harbans Singh Mudan (died), Nisar Husseim Mughal (died in Mombasa Kenya ), Surjeet Singh Jutla (known as 'kanga' - died), Surinder (dass) Singh (died).
At the Royal (Nairobi) Show - Satpal, Mohd. Ashraf, Nisar Mughal and an other
Harjinder at the showroom of 'Marwaha Motors' at the Royal Show
1956 Arbor day with a tree planted on the school premises. Those in the picture are :seated L-R Bubie, Kailash Chander Syal,
Chander, Jagdish and Surinder. Standing l-R Harbhajan Singh, Unidentified gardener and Manmohan Bhandari. (Photo sent by Parvin Syal)
1956 class of form four, in the class room. (sent by Parvin Syal)
At the Royal Show-Parvin Syal &Varinder Sood, whose father was Geography teacher at the school.
Beneath Tropical Skies- ESS Memories
The quadrangle, beneath tropical skies
Mr. M.L. Vaid (Teacher)
Mr. Mendonza (teacher)
One of India's top poets' Barkat Ram 'Barkat' visited the school. Here he is rendering his poetry with Mr. Balwant Singh Shant (Shimba) next to him in the School Lecture theatre.
Manjit Singh Dhillon, a student of Eastleigh Secondary School and son of S. Tek Singh Dhillon was one of the first Sikh Queen Scout.
A guard of honour for Mr. Coutts (?) by Mr. Shant. Standing scout is Jaswaran Singh Sehmi (Nyeri).
Scouts Sitting L to R: Tarlok Singh Mandair, Manjit Singh Dhillon, Parminder Singh Sira -All three students of Eastleigh Secondary School. Who are the standing ones?
School Photos post 1963
An old ESS colleague who could not join the last reunion has sent his bio, which we have added here with thanks (The more the merrier).
Chatar Singh Sagoo in 1960 & 2010.
I was born in Nairobi (Canal Road) and did my primary education at Park Road Primary School, Eastleigh Primary School to KPE Level. This was followed with four years at Eastleigh Secondary School. For admittance, I remember being interviewed by Mr Kashmiri Lal, who told me that I will have to really study hard to stay in the school.
I played football for the Nile House and generally participated in most sports in good spirits and enjoyment. I was a school prefect in 1962 and 1963 while in the science classes of Form III and Form IV. I was the only Sikh in the school attending Urdu classes with the Muslim students, and most people used to wonder why. Well, the reason behind this was that I started my education in Park Road Primary School in 1953 when it was a Muslim school and they only taught Urdu. My father took me there as the Sikh school, Khalsa School refused me admittance for some petty reason. When I was transferred to the other school eventually to the newly completed Eastleigh Primary School, I continued in the Urdu section as a personal choice.
On completing the O-Levels in 1963, I went to the Duke of Gloucester and completed the two years in the Engineering classes. I was generally quite open to most sports and during this period was a member of the team which climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in April 1965.
On completion the A-Levels, I felt the urge to escape from home and refused to enrol in the local university in Nairobi, and found my way to Exeter University in UK. I graduated with a BSc. Hons Engineering Science and sought to work in UK to gain experience. However, prior to joining my first employer in Watford, I travelled overland to India from UK as a member of Commonwealth Expedition Team of Exeter University. This was an epic journey of over twenty thousand miles through Europe and Middle East countries through the Khyber Pass and entering India for the first time in my life. Here I had the good fortune of visiting my parent’s village and seeing my roots and realising that blood is indeed thicker than water.
I joined the Ministry of Transports Highways Section and gained experience in the design office as well as construction sites. The fresh air of the construction sites definitely appealed to me and from thence onwards I perused a career on construction sites as a Clients or Engineer’s Representative. This pursuit has taken me to overseas countries which include Central and West Africa, Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey and United Arab Emirates where I am based currently.
ANY RECOGNITIONS ? ???????
Mr. Deol with the hockey team 1963/64
Teachers Rashpal Panesar, A.N Sharma & T.Hashmi with school Hockey team - probably 1966
Volleyball Team 1968
Photo sent by Jatinder Shukal (standing extreme left) - teachers Mendonza & Sharma recognisable.
Teachers Hashmi, Mendonza, Sharma and Panesar with hockey team -year 1968?
Teachers Hashmi, Mendonza, Sharma & Panesar with school hockey team - February 1969
Teachers Xavier d'souza, Mendonza, Sharma, Saleh Mohd. Memon & Rashpal Panesar with students in February 1969
Scouts - 1969?
Former student Joseph Otieno and Elvis Ayani (Currently Otieno is Graphics Designer while Elvis is a Soldier with Kenya air force).Do you remember these stairs?
School Cricket team photo 1974. Runners up in the Nairobi School Competition.
Left to Right – Standing - Salim, ? , ? , Ramesh Patel, Arun Soni , Ruswinder Singh (Rusi), Daljit Singh Matharu (Doggie), Hitesh Shah, Paresh, Pravin
Sitting - Mr Amin (Chemistry), Arif (Bongo), Mr Mendonza (Deputy Head and English), Mr Sharma (Kuba – headmaster), Deepak Thakrar, Mr M R Patel (Chemistry), Tawfiq (photo courtesy Arun Soni)
From left to right: Azar Khan, Vafi Esmail, Azhar
Vafi with more friends
1966 - From L to R. Vafi, Azar Khan, Abdul Mshimba & Anwar
Vafi with friends at the Roayal Show 1965
Vafi with more school friends 1967
2006 Entrance to the School
Main gate of the school
Ramesh Sethi with his son (aged 3) visited the school in 1971
SEE it NOW in Oct 2006
Another view of the school 2006
The Principal and students with Jagjit at the school 2006
Jagjit with the current Principal Mr. Wambugu 2006
A lovely view of the gardens next to the Principal's office & main reception Oct 2006
SOME PHOTOS OF SPORTS DAY AT SCHOOL
CITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
A very old photo of the staff with Principal Mr. P.H.Patel of the City Primary School, Nairobi. Teachers such as Sohan Singh, Ranjit Singh Thind, Channan Singh, Teja Singh Bhurji, Inder Singh Mangat, Gurcharan Singh Cheema, Bikram Singh Bhanwra & Harbhajan Singh Preet can be seen.