On the 28th of February, the Green Guards took over the canteen, organizing a food fair for the entire school. Their counters were stocked with a mouth-watering array of items, ranging from Chinese dishes to delicious cupcakes, all prepared by the students themselves. The Green Guards as well as their many customers enjoyed the food fair, the proceeds of which went to charity.
Mr. Otto Huber, a highly experienced theatre director and actor from Switzerland, conducted a workshop for our teachers on the 25th of February. Through unconventionally brilliant activities and exercises, he gave the teachers an insight into the world of art and dramatics. On the 27th of February, Mr. Otto introduced the grade XI students to the realm of theatre, engaging them in novel activities which kept their energy levels high throughout the day.
Renowned scientist and Padma Shri recipient Dr Sharad Kale visited our school on the 4th of February to deliver a talk to the students of grade VII and VIII. Focusing on the need for environment-friendly waste management, Dr Kale briefed the students about the Biogas plant which he has developed. He urged them to start considering waste as a resource, detailing how it would lead to a cleaner and greener tomorrow.
Modern technology has touched every sphere of life, including our education system. To ensure that our staff and students are up-to-date with the dynamic use of technology in education, a workshop was conducted by Mr Akshay Agrawal on the 8th and 9th of February. Through hand-on activities, Mr Agrawal gave our teachers an insight into how they can use technology to enhance their teaching and assessment strategies. During a session with the students, he briefed them about their role in the high-tech education system of today.
On the 5th of February, the grade III students visited a farm where they learned how various kinds of crops are grown and nurtured. The students brought with them bagfuls of clothes which they donated to the farmers and their children.
At 5 a.m. on the 29th of January, the grade VII students embarked on an exciting journey to the Gir Forest. During the tour, which took them through the forest, they spotted lions, deer and cheetahs, among other animals. While the safari was the highlight of the day, the students also enjoyed some relaxation time spent playing games with their classmates and teachers.
The 22nd of January was extremely enjoyable for our grade I students who spent the day at Motel the Village. The students of grade IV had their day of fun at MTV on the 31st of January. The charming ambience of the resort coupled with its magic and puppet shows left the students amazed. After an energetic games session on the spacious lawn, the students and teachers alike hit the dance floor in the disco room.
Our grade II students spent the 18th of January at Eldorado, an amusement park that proved to be the perfect setting for a day of fun and adventure. The variety of thrilling rides followed by the screening of a 7D movie ensured that every child took home happy and everlasting memories.
2019 may have only just begun but the Paulines have already done so much! On a two-day camping trip to Dev’s Camp in Baroda, the grade IX students experienced everything from night treks under the stars to zip lining and dune buggying. In the early hours of the 21st of January, the grade V students set out on an educational and adventure-packed trek up Osam Dungar in Dhoraji. Rope climbing, rifle shooting, zip lining and an informative visit to the coal mines were some of the many activities that contributed to making the day thoroughly enjoyable for all.
Getting into the spirit of Diwali, students right from grade I to XII participated in decoration-making competitions on the 2nd of November. While the younger students got creative, fashioning diyas and thorans, the higher grade students made rangolis which conveyed messages of peace, energy conservation and a better tomorrow.
Noopur Pandya of grade XI took home the first prize at the ASISC State-level Creative Writing competition. The contest which took place on the 2nd of September drew participants from a large number of schools across the state. In November, Noopur took her writing skills to Hyderabad where she competed at the National Level Competition.
On the 22nd of December, grades V to XII of Saint Paul’s School held their Annual Day function under the theme ‘Together We Can’. The programme commenced with the school band welcoming the Chief Guest Shri Chetan Nandani, followed by a prayer dance. The theme was showcased through a musical based on The Jungle Book, a touching play titled ‘Love your parents’ and a dance-drama which gave the audience a peek into our ‘Life at Saint Paul’s’. The choir’s Classical-Spanish fusion song and the Tabla musical performance thoroughly captivated the audience. The following day the students of grades I to IV took to the stage for their Annual function which was graced by the presence of Chief Guest Dr Hitesh Shukla. An adaptation of The Lion King, the dance drama took the audience on a tour of Gujarat, enthralling them with performances based on the State’s culture, festivals and traditions. Annual Day 2018 ended on a high note with an exuberant carnival act and little Pauline Santa Clauses spreading Christmas cheer.
On the 21st and 22nd of September, Mr P. Suryakumar and Mr P. Anand conducted a seminar for the English, Science and Social Science teachers of our school. Engaging the teachers in a number of remarkable experiments, they explained how introducing such experiments in the classroom not only arouses the students’ interest in learning but also deepens their understanding. They also highlighted the importance of keeping our teaching and examination style up to date with the changing face of education.
The students and the staff clad in multicoloured attire dancing to the music of a live band made this year’s Navratri celebration one like never before. Held on the 13th of October, the programme began with a prayer service followed by stellar performances by the students of grades V and XI. A garba performance by more than 25 of our teachers came as a wonderful surprise to the students. The highlight of the day was the live band whose energetic music ensured that the Paulines kept dancing till the celebration came to a close.
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.