Hemalatha Chena was one of the first teachers at Mithra. She joined Sr Mary Theodore in 1982. She remembers how Sr Patricia Power OP from Adelaide came to Mithra and made the little school of just eight teachers a going concern. Sr Patricia introduced Art classes, Blissymbolics (sign language) and professional development for the teachers. Some eleven years later when Sr Patricia returned to Australia, Hema was asked to take over as Principal of the school.

When asked why she has stayed so long at Mithra, Hema’s immediate reply is that she just wants to serve these deserving children. She is inspired by Sr Mary Theodore’s openness and trust. She recalls how Sr Theodore always took a personal interest in every staff member as well as every child, and she would always show her appreciation for everything staff did for the children. And she remembers Sr Mary Theodore saying to her: “When I go, Hema, you be here!”

The new Headmaster Mr Murughesh, pictured above with the Sisters and staff, has been with Mithra for a number of years as a Special Teacher and, at the time, was a very welcomed addition to the Mithra staff. Friends of Mithra congratulate Mr Murughesh on his new position and look forward to many years of his leadership as Headmaster.

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