We are God’s beloved children and He delights in us!
We are facing the worst ever global crisis in our life time. The rapid spread of the virus Covid-19 has left humankind feeling powerless in the face of its onslaught. The explosion of the virus has made us realize that we humans have forgotten that we are interconnected and interdependent. Assuming we are the lords of creation, we subjugated the earth, plundered nature and exploited our fellow human beings. We fought in the name of religion, caste, colour and ethnicity. Today this public health crisis has exposed the deep fissures in our relationship with the Almighty, fellow humans and the earth.
“Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength; no matter what sort of difficulties we face or how painful the experience is, if we lose hope, that’s our real disaster.” Dalai Lama
Hence, I see this global crisis as a challenging opportunity for humankind to experience global conversion and renewal, to heal our mother earth and human family, towards building a more equitable, just, peaceful and sustainable world.
LEARNING IN THE TIME OF COVID – 19
It has been quite a difficult time for everybody, with school closures and adopting new ways of teaching and learning. We have had to adapt to these changes and take decisions every day to mitigate the loss of learning.
Our teachers have adapted well to online teaching and supporting students with resources available, to work from home. I congratulate my staff and am proud of what they have achieved in terms of teaching their students during this period of lockdown. They have had to explore and learn new methods of teaching, keep abreast with new technology, and ensure that their students are engaged and up-to-date with their syllabus and learning. A tough task indeed but they came through unscathed!
We know that addressing the academic and learning needs alone will not be enough for students to achieve success. We have to repeatedly assess and review the social and emotional learning needs of both, our students and teachers, and constantly analyse as to how we should navigate through these unprecedented times. I am sure you as well as our students have benefited from the sessions conducted by Mrs. Ranita Carmaker, our School Counsellor.
I’d like to thank you, dear parents, for your unstinted support to the teachers by taking notes, following up on assignments, and essentially working out how best to facilitate virtual/online learning for your children, to ensure that the link to learning is not lost. We will need your constant assistance in the days ahead.
I am grateful to those parents who encouraged their children to participate in the online activities during the lockdown period. It was heartening to note the participation of the mothers and other members of the family, in the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day activities conducted online. I thank those who participated in the International Dance Day programme, and those who took to the web to wish our staff on Workers’ Day as well.
We take pleasure in presenting opportunities to the children to observe, to explore, to experiment, to analyze, to confront problems & find the solutions, and develop the skills essential to face the future. I am eager to work with you as a partner in education to continue the legacy of success, established by building strong relationships with parents, students and community. We will continue to focus on character education initiatives and skills, and provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a thorough manner so that we can continue to better the achievement of all the students.
As partners, we ask that you continue to guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends online classes daily
2) Completes all assignments given by teachers
3) Informs the teachers if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
4) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literary skills
Please feel free to contact the school or your child’s teacher if you have any queries. If I can leave you with one thing, it is this thought: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. So, keep that in mind, every single day.
Sister Hilda D’Souza