Mr. Peter Joseph Achilles
joined St. Anthony’s School in 1993 as an English Teacher. He was born in Vijayawada in Andra Pradesh and was
raised by a Swiss nun Sr. Elizabeth. He was sent for his schooling to Goethals Memorial School in Kurseong, District Darjeeling. He completed his Sr.
Cambridge in 1968, then his High School from St. Joseph School, Darjeeling, pursued his English Honours from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and completed
his B Ed from St. Xavier’s. He worked as a Teacher in several Schools in Bhutan and Nepal. He finally came back to Kurseong and applied and worked at
St. Anthony’s School in Kurseong. It would be his final home.
Peter Sir, as he was fondly known, was a person who spoke immaculate English, taught well and was a Quizzing genius. He was always solving the crossword
puzzles of the English newspaper. He was a meticulous person and remained the School magazine Editor from the start in 1996 till his demise. He was very popular
among the students and had gained a legendary status. Every Anthonian visiting his Alma Mater made it a point to meet him. He was loved by all and
adored and respected by his peers.
He was a vegetarian, a heavy smoker who knew the after effects of smoking. He had a strong will power and quit smoking in 2016. He was a perfectionist in
his job he wrote all the quiz questions and knew every visiting school whenever they were invited to school. A perfect person in the school reception.
He was straight forward without no ounce of diplomacy. He made a budget for all his quizzing trips, he was a clean person in his heart and was never vindictive.
He had warmth in his smile and had a true sense of humour.
He produced many a batch of Anthonians polishing their English, oratory skills and quizzing knowledge. The students who have brought laurels in quizzing swear
by his name to come and do quizzing for their beloved Teacher.
He will be missed by all the faculty members and his dear students. Those we love don’t go away ... they walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard but always near ... still loved,
still missed and very dear.