Even as I pen this note to you, another academic year draws to a close, marked by the imminent Board Examinations as well as the internal school examinations. As always, I am caught in an introspective mood as I reflect on the year gone by and all that we have accomplished.
Foreign Languages: In keeping up with the changing times we have increased our focus on experiential learning and tried to make education more activity based and less text book and examination oriented. French and German classes have been introduced to better equip our students to be global citizens and to take on the world. These have been highly appreciated and we are hopeful more students will come forth in the coming academic year to avail of the opportunities provided by the school.
Technology: In the new academic year we will introduce EDUCOMP Smart Classes for the students. We believe this will make learning a much more fun-filled experience. Technology will enable us to teach difficult-to- understand concepts in a much more effective manner. The school has invested a considerable amount of money to bring this technology to our children. Also in order to keep up with inflation, the teachers’ salary needs to be revised. We are hopeful that as parents, you will readily appreciate the value of this and hence will appreciate the reason for and accept the moderate hike in tuition fees that this move will necessarily entail.
Evaluation: For the past two years we had experimented with the idea of having two terminal exams instead of three terms. The intention was to introduce continuous assessment and reduce the pressure of exams on the children. Unfortunately, at the high school level, the outcome has not been encouraging. We also got requests from a majority of anxious parents asking us to re-introduce the three- term examination system. Hence, from the next academic year there will be three examinations. The Junior section will continue to have continuous assessment as usual, but will have three terms instead of two.
Student Counselling: Stress among students is a burning issue today. It is worrisome to see students succumbing to pressure and resorting to drastic actions. At Loyola, a full-time Counsellor is available to help students as well as their guardians. However, you have a big role to play in helping your child cope with academic pressure. No school can make-up for the support that a child expects and needs from his/her parents. Please keep channels of communication open with your children. Encourage them to talk to you about their fears and misgivings. Do not hasten to judge them and above all, never fail to love them unconditionally irrespective of their grades or other achievements or the lack of them. Success in life is not about school marks alone – there are enough examples in real life to prove this. Hence, please spend some time to understand your child – his/her strengths and his/her limitations and then teach yourself to accept him/he for what he/she is.
International School Award Programme: The past year has seen a flurry of activity related to the International School Award programme and as part of this initiative, our students have been exposed to different cultures of the world. This has broadened their horizons and opened up their minds.
And finally, please join me in wishing our 230 students appearing for their ICSE and 209 Students appearing for their ISC examinations the very best. May each child perform to his fullest potential and be fairly rewarded for his efforts.
As always, we welcome your ideas and suggestions for making our school a better place for our children and for ensuring we turn them into confident, well-rounded human beings who occupy their rightful place in this world.
Dates to Remember
|Feb. 13th Mon||Final exams Begin|
|Feb. 20th Mon||Maha Shiv Ratri Holiday|
|Feb. 23rd Thu||Last day of Final Exams|
|March 5th Mon||Report Card for UKG to V (9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.)|
|March 10th Sat||Paper showing for Std. VI to XI (8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon)|
|March 12th Mon||Orientation Day for the new UKG & LKG at 8.00 am|
|March 14th Wed||Report Cards – Std. VI to XI ( 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.)|
|Mar 18th Sun||Mass for Catholic Parents, Students & Faculty (8.30 a.m.)|
|March 19th Mon||School reopens for the New Academic Year 2012 – 13 from LKG to Std. XII (7.30 – 10.00 a.m.)|
|March 20th Tues||Regular Classes 7.30 am – 1.45 pm|
Sale of Books
|March 6th||8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.||Std. I|
|1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. II|
|March 7th||8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.||Std. III|
|1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. IV|
|March 10th||8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.||Std. V|
|1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. VI|
|March 15th||8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.||Std. VII|
|1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. VIII|
|March 16th||1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. IX|
|March 17th||8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.||Std. X|
|1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.||Std. XII|
Fr Victor Misquith, S.J.