STEPPING INTO 2021, keep your faith, spirits and determination undeterred and you shall walk the glory road.
Dear Bedean families,
As we stand at the threshold of 2021, waiting for the curtain to come down and open again to unveil the stage for 2021, we are all called to be players on a stage with many entrances and exits.
The experience of going through '2020' was no doubt a rough patch, a chapter in our lives that opened a Pandora's box but as we close one chapter and begin a new one it's time to give thanks for all the hurdles and difficult times we have overcome. Both individually and as a community, we have explored, learnt, experimented, adapted and changed for the better. Now, more than ever we must continue to work together though we may face a myriad of challenges.
Our positive interventions and guidance will continue supporting students' safety, social, emotional and behavioral needs in the course of addressing and fulfilling the academic plan.
May God grant one and all blessings of good health, joy and success for the future.
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Happy New Year 2021!
Greetings from the Principal’s desk…..
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.
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 …
- Updating oneself on Current Affairs
- Vocabulary Building
- Handwriting Practice
- Online Courses
- Solving Math and Grammar Worksheets
- Involving in Daily Chores
- 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.
Every New Year is a time to retrospect on achievement, embrace fond memories, leave behind regrets and tred towards bigger goals and bright horizons.
May this 2020 unfold abundant joy, peace, radiance and victory to all our dear students and bring broad smiles on the face of every proud parent of this institution.
Let us together with patience, priority and perseverance make this year a success.
A very happy, divine, jubilant and meaningful 2020 from the Principal’s desk.
Term – II(2019-20)
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.
“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.
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.
- As Parents, children should have consistent limits on the time they spend on electronic media and the types of media they use.
- Screen time limits ensure healthy childhood – with and without screens.
- 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.
Principal & Correspondent
Rev. Fr. Stanley Ignatius SDB