I feel privileged to have the opportunity to take over the leadership of this school and work with the team to ensure that the student experience continues to be rich, challenging and enabling. I hope you share the sense of opportunity and challenge ahead.
I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an outstanding education where they are challenged with exacting and exciting experiences which channel their energy into learning.
COVID-19 with its sudden upheavals have changed our routines and lifestyles. Each one of us and the entire world is affected by the Corona Virus Pandemic. This Pandemic has accelerated existential issues like acute individual loneliness, in the wake of lockdowns, quarantine or isolation, disturbances in social life, contaminating the interpersonal space with distrust of each other; in short, our entire way of life has been adversely affected by the scare of COVID-19 and has created a new psychological situation for people.
I understand the challenges faced by the students, parents and teachers to cater to the academic needs following the closure of the schools, and adapting to Virtual Learning. However, the importance of education remains consistent. Though disturbed, we don’t want to miss this academic year for our students. We will keep you informed about the school’s procedures regarding online classes and examinations, on the school website and through official messages, well in advance. Our talented and dedicated staff, both teaching and non -teaching, have been showing their care and concern for the students, working from home, preparing notes and engaging classes online for the benefit of students. I appreciate their concern for the students and commitment to academics. The pandemic situation has led to the imbibing of digital skills, one of the most important literacy skills of the 21st century.
We believe that this is the time to not just deal with the current emergency, but also build foundations of resilience to face such difficult events in the future. Let us consider this challenge as an opportunity. The COVID 19 Pandemic should not lockdown the aspirations of our young generation. My suggestion is that they should take the lead and work with teachers to develop new e-learning content. Students should remain active and receptive and use the extended lockdown to learn new skills
Dear Parents, help your wards to remember the ways that they have successfully handled hardships and understand that these experiences strengthen their character preparing them for future challenges. An optimistic and positive outlook enables your child to see good things in life and keep going even in the hardest times. Appreciate and acknowledge their accomplishments, for I believe, that what has sprouted in the Fire, does not wither away in the Sun! I am sure all of us have been practising social distancing, physical distancing and coming together on social media for mutual morale-boosting conversations and sharing.
Dear students, as much as you may be missing school and your peer group, we are missing your coming to the school. The whole campus remains lifeless without your active presence. These are times when we have to stand together as one Family belonging to the entire World. We pray for quick control of the COVID–19 Pandemic, for the healing of those affected, their families and health-care personnel. Remember, humanity has seen worse, and every time we have bounced back. We will, again. Being Hopeful is the Key.
Take Care. Stay Safe.
Fr Dr Mathew Thengumpally CMI