17.08.2020

Dear Student….Greetings from Fr. Rector & Correspondent…..

Remembering our past is extremely important. But building the future has taken a set back as COVID-19 is impacting almost every sector of the economy.The education sector is no exception.

An empty classroom due to COVID-19 was the scene a few months back.Thanks to technology that has made us leave no stone unturned in bridging the gap that was caused by the pandemic.

The new academic year that started in June 2020 was just not a new beginning but a dramatic turning point as the real class has been taken over by the virtual class.

We as educators who follow Don Bosco’s vision of education strongly believe that Don Bosco institutions impart holistic education that works through students’ imitation of the teacher whose words and actions nurture young people to see, know and desire the way, the truth and the life.

A virtual invasion of our schooling system will not make us draw a compromise on modeling our youngsters in Don Bosco’s way of meeting students where they are, seeking them and knowing them to unlock the fullness of education.

However our system of observation and monitoring online classes tells us that students have also been able to adapt themselves to e-learning, e-testing and interacting with teachers on a one-to-one basis. In order to maximize and ensure optimal benefits reach the students, the daily online schedule is carefully patterned with required portion coverage, activities, assignments, writing of classwork notes, special classes and giving values that we strongly believe can mould and build a good person.

Everyday is a day of learning. Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way. Let’s embrace the new experience of learning and keep learning.

Prayers and Blessings to one and all.

Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent

14.04.2020

Dear Student….Let me begin by saying ‘It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos ‘

During these uncertain times with school closures and significant shifts away from normal routines there is a growing concern about the impact on students’ academic journeys. Given this crucial time that has ensnared each and everyone just not at home but globally to the challenge posed by the pandemic COVID-19,

I want to encourage students together with the support of their parents to remember the big picture.

This is a time to focus on and be grateful for your family’s safety, health and well being. I encourage you to broaden your definition of learning and focus on playtime and family time. Most of all follow the guide lines and stay at home. Use this time at home to support, strengthen, and improvise yourself and various skills. A daily routine can include the following

 

  • Reading
  • Updating oneself on Current Affairs
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Handwriting Practice
  • Online Courses
  • Solving Math and Grammar Worksheets
  • Drawing
  • Involving in Daily Chores
  • Exercise
  • Indoor Games
  • Mediation and Prayer

Let the screen time be maintained to a reasonable extent. Try to strike a balance with non-screen activities as much as possible for which you can plan your day with suggestions given above …I hope this entire ‘STAY HOME ‘ experience will enable you enrich your academic, social, and emotional skills that will prepare you return to your class room and help you thrive in school…

Try to embrace and enjoy this family time and stay healthy.

Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent

Term – II (2019-20)

Dear all,

As I was pondering about how to convey what was in my mind and I stumbled upon this wonderful good old narration about “The Chinese Bamboo” that drives my point home. I would like to share with you what is in my mind. Lets begin.

The Chinese bamboo is a unique species whose seed does not sprout like other seeds, in a matter of few days or weeks. This particular seed takes a longer time to germinate.

Farmers dig holes in the ground, and plant its seed in rows and mark all the spots where they plant the seed. It is important to do so because they need to water the spot, fertilize it and tend the soil, without seeing any sign of growth for days, weeks and years.

All they have is their hope and belief that their labour will bear fruit one day. Their faith is vindicated when in the fifth year something amazing happens.

The seed that showed no sign of growth, suddenly sprouts, and begins to grow with a enormous growth. It grows to nearly four feet a day sometimes and touches a height of 90 feet in just 6 weeks.

So, I was wondering what was the plant doing all these five years when there was no sign of outward growth? It’s the natural law that tells us that whatever is put under the earth, it decays. But these seeds are under the earth for five years and yet they sprout after five years.

Its miraculous to know that it was spreading out its roots far and wide and building a strong root system, preparing itself for the phenomenal growth it would have in its fifth year.

I know you are amazed at this unusual natural phenomenon yet this is very much fitting for our children too.

Every child is like a seed full of life

When a child is planted in the school ambience, Parents need to understand that every child takes its own time to bloom.

Every child is wrapped with the precious gift within and they unwrap themselves at various times.

As Parents and Educators, we need to wait with Joy and Optimism that our children will bloom someday having deep roots in faith and morals so that they mould themselves as “good human persons and honest citizens”

Let us continue the great mission of creating the ambience for our children to bloom through our kind words, understanding, appreciation, respect and all that we do to make them bloom.

Remember! The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

Let’s accompany our children through the second term with little more understanding and patience.
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Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent

16.04.2019

Dear all,

“If Monday had a face, I would punch it.”

That’s the expression of a little boy coming to school after a weekend. I was sweetly puzzled and rather taken aback by the hard and honest fact of youngsters about work. They all look for a short or long vacation. As I write this message to you, we are entering into a long vacation. Don Bosco said that holiday is nothing but a change of occupation or ambience or atmosphere. For us, the learning never stops, it continues in a new atmosphere called ‘vacation’. In continuation of this thought, I would like to bring to your attention what Japan has planned this year for their school kids.

Quoting an article from Telegraph for your perusal:

More than 500,000 Japanese children between the ages of 12 and 18 are believed to be addicted to the internet, the ministry of education here says. “We want to get them out of the virtual world and to encourage them to have real communication with other children and adults.“The ministry is proposing to hold “Internet fasting” camps at outdoor learning centres and other public facilities where children will have no access to the Internet. The youngsters will be encouraged to take part in outdoor activities, team sports and games, with psychiatrists and clinical psychotherapists on hand to provide counseling.

When I read this article, I felt as though I was reading some science fiction. But it’s happening right now in this world where children are caught in the web of technological advancement and glued to the screens of digital gadgets. As parents and educators, it’s our prerogative to put our children through the Digital Detox process. (We are not very far from Japan)

How can we go about doing this?

‘Limiting Screen Time’

That’s the solution. Screen time is the time you spend watching TV or DVDs, using computers, playing video or hand-held computer games, using tablets or smart phones.

If we look for perfections in our lives,

Screen time can be:

• interactive – playing video games, communicating via Skype, or using online tools to draw pictures

• non interactive – sitting still and watching movies, TV programmes or YouTube videos

• educational – doing math homework online

• recreational – playing games or watching videos for fun

(Unfortunately non interactive and recreational takes the majority)

Looking at a screen intensely causes sore, irritated and dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, makes your child’s neck and spine uncomfortable. Being inactive for long periods using a screen leads to a less active lifestyle, which leads to obesity. Too much screen time curtails children’s language development, social skills, speaking skills, eye contact and attention in school. Children can copy or be influenced by negative behavior (PUBG, MOMO, BLUE WHALE), stereotypical representations of gender, violent imagery or coarse language they see in advertising and other media.

Child development experts recommend limiting children’s daily screen time for your child’s wellbeing, learning and development.

1. As Parents, children should have consistent limits on the time they spend on electronic media and the types of media they use.

2. Screen time limits ensure healthy childhood – with and without screens.

3. Limits mean keeping a check on the time your child spends on screens making sure it doesn’t disturb their sleep and activities good for their development.

I, hereby insist that children involve themselves in developmental activities like physical play, reading, creative play like drawing and social time with family and friends. Whatever is beautiful, Whatever is meaningful, Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent

02.01.2019

Dear Friends,

Wish you a Happy and Grace filled New Year.

New Year is about change. And it’s definitely not about changing others. It’s an opportunity for each one of us to change ourselves little better every year.

Most often, we have words in surplus but meaningless. But imagine, if we start losing one day of our life for each meaningless word we utter, how short our lives will be.

In the coming year,

SPEAK in such a way that others love to listen to you.

And more importantly,

LISTEN in such a way that others love to speak to you.

We all think that we live only once but the truth is that we all die only once but live every moment of our lives. Live every moment to make your life meaningful. Do and say things that make you and your life meaningful to you and others. That’s how we find the purpose of our lives.

If we look for perfections in our lives,

a perfect husband

an ideal wife

obedient children

peaceful neighbours

understanding boss

talented staff

noble friends

We will never be happy in our life. Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect in our lives but it means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Accept what is

Let go off what was

And have faith in what will be.

No matter how hard and bad the past was, you can always begin again.

Live in the moment

Create meaningful connections / Limit social media

Focus on the positive

Be generous

Practice random kindness

Choose to be happy

Give more compliments

Merry everything and be happy always!

Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent

1st June 2018

Dear Parents,

Is there anyone teaching our kids HOW TO FACE SUCCESS or FAILURE in life?

Our children are to be taught the consequences of SUCCESS and FAILURE.

Our children need to know that success is only momentary and if they really want to be successful, they need to be constantly dissatisfied with their success and move from GOOD to BETTER and then towards BEST.

Our children should realize that they can’t bask in the glory of the past.

If Success is so critical, imagine how much more we need to prepare our children for FAILURE. We need to make our children realize that SUCCESS and FAILURE are not opposites but two outcomes of the same process

There is WISDOM in both and we need to prepare our children to Fail successfully.

I would like to quote the inspirational words of John C. Maxwell, the great inspirational author.

FAIL EARLY, FAIL OFTEN, BUT ALWAYS FAIL FORWARD”

The only way to make failure useful is to learn from it.

Rise above any resistance you may meet at the course of your dream. Keep your eyes on your dreams. Life tests the big dreamers – the passionate revolutionaries. Succeed; then move from Good to Best.

Let’s fail forward and learn wisdom out of it and reach our dreams.

May I take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful start in the upcoming academic year irrespective of the outcomes, SUCCESS or FAILURE and grasp the available opportunities.

 

 

January 2018

Dear Friends,

Wish you a very happy & grace filled New Year. May Joy & Success be yours all through this year.

If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear Goals.

Goals must be SMART:

S — specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
M — must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
A — must be achievabl. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
R — realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
T — time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.

All the very best & God bless you….

God bless St. Bede’s Anglo Indian

Happy Parenting! Happy Childhood!

Regards
Rev.Fr.Stanley Ignatius,SDB
Rector & Correspondent