Distinguished guest of the evening Dr. Sebastian Paul, Former Member of Parliament, Rt. Rev. Dr. Alex Vadakumthala, Bishop of Kannur Diocese, Smt. Suma Balakrishnan, Mayor, Kannur Corporation, Rev. Msgr. Clement Langen, Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Burnacherry, Shri Rajesh Prem, President, PTA, Rev. Sr. VeenaPanamkatt, Provincial Superior, GopikaRaghunath, School Leader, Rev. Fathers, Sisters, Parents, Well-wishers, Teaching and Non-teaching Staff and my dear Students a hearty welcome to you all.
Before Proceeding I would like to share our sorrow at the unexpected demise of AmnaRyna of class X on 5th October 2019. I request everyone to stand up for a minute in silent prayer. May her soul rest in peace!
I am indeed honoured to stand here in front of you on the 60th anniversary of this glorious institution. The school had its humble beginning in the year1959 as Montessori House of Children run by the Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate, a congregation founded in Italy. The school got affiliated to CBSE in 1979 and in 1988 was upgraded as Senior Secondary School. At present the school has about 2100 pupils on roll and about 110 staff
I proudly announce that our pupils made covetable performance in the All India Senior School Certificate Examination and All India Secondary School Examination. It is my privilege to inform you that our school has overall second position in class X examination and third position in class XII examination among the schools in Kannur Sahodaya. Out of 133 pupils who appeared for the All India Senior School Certificate Examination 102 obtained distinctions and 30 first classes and 1 second class. In the All India Secondary School Examination, out of 142 pupils, 115 obtained distinctions, 26 first classes and 1 second class. In the Science Stream, 2 students scored full 100 in Biology and in Commerce Stream, Informatics Practicesand Economics had full 100. In Class X, our pupils scored cent per cent in Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents.
On 1st June, the P T A honoured the rank holders and distinction holders for their commendable performance by presenting Gold Medals, Cash Awards and Certificates of Merit. Thanks to the P T A for your encouragement.
This academic year began with the appointment of GopikaRaghunath of Class XII and SwedhaPrakash of Class X as the School Leader and Assistant School Leader respectively. The duties were taken up in full swing as soon as the other parliamentary members were selected. Soon after, the investiture ceremony was conducted.
In the month of June, Ursuline witnessed the CBSE Affiliation renewal inspection. The inspection committee appreciated the well-functioning of the school and as per the report of the committee the school got extension of affiliation. I appreciate Mr.Shaji P K, parent representative of the School Management Committee, for his tireless efforts in undertaking all the official paper works required during affiliation renewal. Thanks to the efforts of the stake holders.
The Ursuline Students Social Welfare Association under the guidance of Sr. Sheeba Alex the Vice-principal, promotes charitable service through regular visits to AmalaBhavan every Tuesday afternoon and provide some financial assistance. USSWA also lent a helping hand by providing Onam kits to AmalaBhavan, Holy Mount and PrathyashaBhavan
Yoga Day was observed in the school with a Yoga demonstration and health and fitness class by Ms.Simmi.
The inauguration of the Arts & Science Club by Mr.RadhakrishnanPattanur, a popular writer, flagged off the squad-wise Literary Activities. The hidden potential of a child is brought out through class -wise Literary Activities for classes 3rd to 8th and class days for LKG to 2nd Std.
A host of co-curricular activities are held to sharpen their skills and create in them sense of leadership. The clubs that function in the school are Maths Club, Science Club, Health Club, Reader’s Club, Eco Club, and Nallapadam. Various activities were conducted by these clubs to hone skills in co-scholastic areas.
A two day Art and Science Exhibition was organised in the school inaugurated by the artist Mr.GovindanKannapuram. Great appreciation was received for our talented artists and young researchers. Congratulations to the teachers and students for their efforts..
To commemorate the 150th Birth anniversary of the father of our nation, CBSE has implemented various programmes like Swachatha Hi Sewa, painting competition, Essays, Seminars etc.
I feel proud to say that our students have actively participated in the programmes and the reports have been uploaded to the Board. This year also a three day medical check -up camp was organised for the students of classes IX-XII to keep a Health and Activity Record.
In Service Programmes
Various workshops were held for teachers keeping them updated with the innovative methods.The School hosted a Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills, and Social Science by CBSE. Apart from this, teachers of different sections attended In service training programmes organised by the Kannur Sahodaya and CBSE. Attendee teachers share the knowledge with their colleagues thus widening the sphere of wisdom. The school will be hosting a Capacity Building Programme on English Core on 6th and 7th December.
To ensure personality development counselling sessions are held for students too. To create awareness among the students about their responsibility to environment, a seminar was held on Conservation of Energy for students of class XI. The class was held by Retired ITI Instructor and District Energy Conservation Co-ordinator Mr.Bhaskaran P. A seminar on Personal Hygiene and Adolescence was conducted by the eminent Gynaecologist Dr.Shony Thomas of Kannur District Hospital.
Due to heavy rain and floods that affected the Malabar Region in the month of August, Independence Day was observed on a small scale. “Children are the future. Nurture them right, so that they grow up to be able leaders and lead the world towards light”. The morning of 14th November was vibrant as the Children’s day was celebrated. Fancy Fete was inaugurated by Sr. Anice Jacob, Local Manager. The campus reverberated with laughter and merriment as children enjoyed their day. The proceeds of the Fancy Fete go for charity. PTA distributed snacks to the students. Last year a project was undertaken to construct a house for a non-teaching staff – Mr.Byju. The dream came true with the sincere efforts of the management, PTA, staff and students. The key of the newly constructed house was handed over to Byju on 9th November 2019.
The festival of Onam was celebrated in traditional style. Students got an opportunity to wear the traditional dress of Kerala. The competitive spirit developed as the inter squad flower carpet competition was held.
“There’s no word in the language I revere more than teacher. My heart sings when a kid refers to one as his teacher and it always has. I’ve honoured myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.” Words by Pat Conroy.
PTA honoured the teachers on Teachers Day by providing a sumptuous lunch and gifts. They also acknowledged their gratitude to the teachers for the exemplary results of class X and XII.
Excursion to Mysore and Wonderla for classes XII and X paved the way for exhilarating experience. 60th Annual Athletic Meet held on 18th October was inaugurated by our former Physical Education Teacher Ms.SreejaRamath. The chief guest was overwhelmed with excitement being back to school. The competition went on with true sportsman spirit.
October 31st, birthday of SardarVallabai Patel was observed as EKTA DIVAS (National Unity day) – a special assembly was conducted and a pledge for National Unity was taken by teachers and students. It instilled a feeling of patriotism.
It is with great honour, privilege and immense pleasure I recollect that we got the opportunity to host the inaugural function of the Sahodaya Cultural Fest. To bring out the innate talents and to sharpen the skills of the students, Nallapadam club organised a training session to make LED bulbs and Umbrellas. The patients of the District Government Hospital felt the presence of God when the angelic hands of our students distributed packets of lunch for them. Our students also take initiative in collecting plastics and handing it over to collection centres.
Arts & Sports
I whole heartedly congratulate the participants of the Sahodaya Cultural Fest. The active participation in a competitive spirit is well appreciated. Many of our students were adjudged with 1st position in Kannur. Sahodaya cultural fest qualified for the state level competitions. In the State Level Competitions six young talents attained first to third position with A grade and ten of them were adjudged with A or B Grade. The Following Students attained 1st to 3rd positions:
1. DevnaSumesh -1st position with A Grade for Mohiniyattom
2. Anjeetha Suresh -1st Position with A Grade for Painting Water Colour
3. Bhagyasree Rajesh- 1st position with A Grade for Painting Water Colour
4. Aiswarya P -3rd Position with A Grade for Digital Painting
5. HanoonaAzees – 3rd Position with A Grade for Classical Music
6. K Niswana -5th Position with A Grade.
I feel proud and honoured.
The talented and blessed dancer DiyaBharath of Class IV- The finalist of grand finale of the D4 Dance Competition conducted by MazhavilManorama Channel requires a lot of applause. I wish that let Lord Almighty bless her to accomplish her talents in future.
As part of 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, poster entries based on the life of Gandhi was conducted by CBSE. The entries of SreenandaPrasanth of Class VI and Anjeetha Suresh of Class XII were selected as one of the best entries at National Level.
I feel enthralled to inform that our students not only excel in Arts but also Sports and Games. Being the only girls school, our girls won championships in Sahodaya Volley ball Under 19, Hand Ball under 19, table Tennis under 14. We have also been the overall winners in Swimming Competition and Badminton. We also made a remarkable achievement as overall winner in under 12 category at the Annual Athletic Meet.
We are proud to announce our Judo and Wrestling prodigy Ms.NandanaHarikrishnan of class XII who secured silver medal for the National Level Judo competition. Congratulations Nandana – You made us proud.
The school report would be incomplete without acknowledging the PTA. As in the past, the PTA extended their services to the institution under the able guidance of the PTA President Mr. Rajesh Prem. The concrete flooring of the open stage Auditorium is a replica of the dedication and loyalty of the PTA for the institution. The PTA has spent an amount of Rs. 13,50,000/- A word of gratitude to the PTA Executive Committee for their exemplary services and advises in all stages of the development of the school.
Teachers and the entire staff deserve applause for their tireless efforts in implementing quality education and nurturing the young minds. I also extend my hearty thanks to the parents and other well-wishers who have shown unflinching faith in us and giving us an opportunity to transform their children into truly useful citizens. I thank the Management whose continuous support has enabled the school to come this far.
Let us all together strive for the best as “Best is still to come” Let us march forward with enthusiasm, vigour and confidence and the ultimate victory will be ours with the blessings of the Almighty. Let him guide us to achieve our goals. “Your Daily Dreams and Work, can grow the Wings of Luck, Every Little Effort make you Fly, If you Dream to go High and High!” May God bless us all!