Good morning, My dear children!
I am very glad to address you today, the Day One of the New Academic year.
I hope that you and your family are hale and hearty by God’s Grace!
Since the outbreak of covid-19 the world-scenario has drastically changed. We are all concerned about the pandemic situation prevailing in the world. WHO, the World Health Organisation has recently announced that Covid-19 is likely to last beyond prediction. The scientists around the world are racing against time to develop an effective vaccine against corona virus. But, until then we have to learn to live with it. In the given scenario, online-teaching is projected as the new normal in the educational arena, globally.
As we know virtual class room-teaching cannot be a substitution for physical class room-teaching. But as this virus is likely to stay for a while social distancing will become a new order of living. Therefore, all our academic endeavours would be confined to this new method of learning, until ‘Lock down’ is fully lifted. So, we are directed by the CBSE to start Online classes in the beginning of this academic year.
My dear parents, we are aware of the difficulties related to this new system of learning. It is true that it wouldn’t be easy for our children to study online, being away from friends, teachers and the lively school environment. But in the given situation no other effective option is available. Therefore we assure you to provide all the support to make their learning most effective and interesting. So let us turn this Covid-19 Crisis into an opportunity for a Blended Learning Method in future.
My dear students, as you are now in a ‘study from home’ situation, remember to keep a self-discipline time-table,to get up on time, time for personal prayer to God for His Divine Providence, time for physical exercise to stay invigorated, for daily class preparation etc. Keep a regular sleep-schedule to rejuvenate your body and mind, keep time for socialising even it is now only virtually possible. Set, daily and weekly goals and time to attain new skills and healthy habits. Thus you can transform this Period of Crisis into a Platform of Growth.
My dear students, let me remind you that we are dealing with a dangerously infectious disease. It is ‘an everyday-battle’. Even a single slip will cost us dear. So there is no room for complacency in our vigilance. Let us strictly comply with the regulations given by the authorities to keep our life safe.
Let me take this occasion to thank sincerely our beloved Principal Helen Mam who is retiring this year. She has been serving Assisi since its inception. As we look upon her role as the Principal, we can’t but feel proud of her whole-hearted commitment for the growth and progress our school. She has played a key role in making our school what it is today and she indeed is the repository of our school tradition. Now let me share with you a matter of great pleasure that Helen Mam will further continue her service at Assisi as a part of the Administration.
I am glad to introduce and welcome our new Principal Ms. Suma Paul. She has a highly impressive record of excellence thus will be the ideal person to take our School forward in its pursuit of educational excellence.
She has formerly been working at Rajagiri Public School , Kalamassery for the past 23 years. She has a Global Teacher Accreditation from Cambridge Education Foundation, United Kingdom. She has won the National ICT Award in 2017, and has also been recognized by CBSE with the National Teacher Award in 2018. I am happy to welcome her to Assisi Fraternity and extend to her our whole-hearted support for the smooth functioning and progress of the School.
I am happy to acknowledge the sincere commitment of all our teachers, well manifested specially during the Lock down period. From the month of April itself they were taking great interest and enthusiasm to equip themselves with ICT skills and have already started online classes to their students. I appreciate their dedication and tireless efforts in this regard. The members of our I T Department deserve a special appreciation for their relentless service in training our faculty in ICT.
Let me specially appreciate the President and all the members of our School PTA for their sincere support, care and creative suggestions.
My dear students, parents and staff, as the closing note let me once again appreciate your care and cooperation, and I cordially invite you all to work shoulder to shoulder, helping our Nation to pass safely through this dark period of history, taking into our hearts the Theme of this Academic year “ Be Reflective And Be Resilient” ! Thank you ! God bless you !
Rev. Fr. Jacob Baiju Ben