With every teacher being welcomed into the school with a card and a rose, the Teachers’ Day celebration at Saint Paul’s School began on a wonderful note. Through dances, dramas, songs and speeches, the students expressed their love and appreciation for their teachers, and even organized a number of games for them. The VII and IX grade students stepped into the shoes of their teachers, taking charge of the classes for the day. The lunch gathering organized for all the staff members proved to be the perfect end to a memorable day.
Mr Anansh Prasad, an entrepreneur and avid educationist, conducted a workshop for the teachers of our school on the 25th of August, 2018. Through interactive sessions, discussions and role-play, Mr Anansh laid emphasis on the importance of microteaching, introducing a host of techniques to integrate soft skills training and general awareness into the classroom.
The 11th and 12th grade Commerce students proved that they are business tycoons in the making as they efficiently organized Mercado 2K18. A social entrepreneurship initiative, the annual Mercado trade fair was held at Saint Mary’s School from the 17th to the 19th of August and, just as in preceding years, was hailed a success. Along with offering visitors a wide and varied range of products, the students kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with a vibrant fashion show followed by a live music performance.
As the tricolour was hoisted and the national anthem sung, the Independence Day celebration at Saint Paul’s School began. The Chief Guest, Col. Tushar Joshi SENA MEDAL, delivered an inspiring speech, urging the students to discover their passion, set their goals and relentlessly focus on achieving them. The dance drama that followed took the audience back in time to the days of the freedom struggle while the patriotic songs and dances evoked a sense of national pride among everyone present.
Campaign speeches, polling stations and voters ink marks gave the students of Saint Paul’s School a feel of the election process as they elected their School Captain and Vice Captain for the academic year 2018-19. During the investiture ceremony, which took place on the 24th of July, the elected school captains along with the appointed house captains and class monitors were presented with their badges and their respective titles were conferred upon them. Principal Rev. Fr. James’ speech, which beautifully captured the essence of leadership, was followed by the student representatives taking an oath, pledging to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them.
Heer Doshi of grade VII has done us proud by winning 1st prize in the 18th JQA International Environment Children’s Drawing Contest, Japan. The organizers of the contest, Japan Quality Assurance (JQA), International Certification Network (IQNET) and UNICEF - Tokyo, published Heer’s drawing in their 2018 table calendar. Daughter of senior chartered accountant Kalpakbhai Doshi and Rupaben Doshi, Heer is no stranger to awards, this being her second win in an international competition.
The English and Social Studies teachers attended a workshop conducted by Mrs Geetanjali Kumar on the 5th of June. Through interactive sessions and activities, Mrs Geetanjali highlighted the importance of communicating with confidence and finesse. She encouraged the teachers to reflect on their experiences and explored new techniques of effective communication.
A vibrant workshop, centred around the theme ‘A Happy School’, was conducted for the teachers by Dr Senthil Kumaran. Laying emphasis on the ever-changing face of education, Dr Senthil introduced a host of innovative methods of teaching and learning. The sessions, which focused on creating a stimulating learning environment that empowers students to consistently achieve their goals, proved to be the perfect way for the teachers to kick-start the new academic year.
The feast of Saint Paul was celebrated on 29 June with solemnity and enthusiasm as we ushered in the new academic year with a prayer service. The programme began with a hymn and a prayer dance that beautifully set the tone for the prayer service and for the year to come.
An orientation for the parents of standard VI students was conducted by Dr Bhadrayu Vachhrajani on the 25th, 26th and 27th of June. The sessions dealt with the inevitable challenges faced by parents of teenagers in today’s fast-paced world. While stressing on the indispensible role played by a parent during their child’s teenage years, Dr Bhadrayu touched upon a variety of subjects such as the importance of strengthening communication within the family, the need to keep a check on the child’s indiscriminate usage of technology, and tips for creating a supportive and nurturing environment that is conducive to the growth of the child.