Friday, January 28, 2011

Senior School Assembly – 28 January, 2011

The School Assembly of Senior School was held at the Palada campus on 28 January, 2011. The students were addressed by the Principal, Dr. P.C.Thomas. The following also attended:

Mrs. Elsamma Thomas - Senior Vice-Principal

Mrs. Julie Pradeesh – Vice President

Ms. Sheila Alexander - Vice Principal – Academics

Col. Mohan Mathew (Retd) – Vice Principal – Administration

All Academic and Co-curricular Faculty, Senior School

The Assembly opened with the students singing the school song and the school prayer song.

This was followed by

- Reading of the news by Joseph John Valiaveetil

- Speech by Naveen Kumar

“A warm welcome and a very Happy New Year to all of you!

Respected Principal – Dr. P.C.Thomas, Senior Vice Principal – Mrs. Elsamma Thomas, Vice Principal (Academics) – Mrs. Sheila Alexander, Vice President – Mrs. Julie Pradeesh, Vice Principal (Administration) – Col. Mohan Mathew, my dear Teachers and Friends.

After winning several archery contests, a young man and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency. He hit the bull’s eye of a distant target and then with a second shot split the first arrow. “There!” he said to the old man, “see if you can match that!”

The Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer did not draw his bow immediately. He motioned the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old man’s intensions, the champion followed him. Soon they reached a deep chasm, spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly stepping out onto the middle of unsteady and perilous bridge, the old master picked a faraway tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. “Now it is your turn” he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground.

Staring in terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, let alone shoot at the target. “You have much skill with your bow,” the master said, sending his challenger’s predicament, “but you have little skill with the mind that makes you lose the shot.”

The power of the mind is something that sets us apart from the other living beings.

God created man and endowed him this powerful influencing force, the mind. But almost 95 per cent of the world’s population is simply indifferent to this phenomenal power.

Take the case of a typical individual. He or she matures at the age of sixteen, by twenty one, finishes studies and takes up a job. Working from Monday to Friday, week after week, year after year until one day, he or she is given a gold watch and made to retire. So, at the age of 65, one is either dead of dead-broke.

However, there are people who become successful, some of them make millions and others leave a mark of their own. How does that happen?

Although we are born equal, our dreams and the ability to sustain those dreams are different. More often than not, as an individual approaches late teens, he stops believing in his dreams.

Ask a ten year old about his ambition in life. He will tell you amazing things that he would like to do. Ask the same question to him at the age of eighteen. He will tell you everything that he cannot do. A young child who had many goals, wishes, dreams and expectations, finds most of them out of reach by the time he barely crosses over to adulthood.

As we grow old, our belief in our dreams weakens. By the time we are forty-five, chances are that we would not be financially free, totally satisfied and one hundred percent content with life.

So if you believe that you will be successful, financially or otherwise, then you will be.

What happens is that people put a limitation on what they believe they can do, and what they cannot, what is possible and what is impossible. But they forget that belief can make anything possible. We possess the most powerful and positive machine in the world, the mind. Most of us do not have a clue how to use it, so here is an insight into how it works.

Out mind have two components-the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is responsible for everything we see; hear to experience at any given moment. But it plays a very small role in realizing our dreams. It is our subconscious mind that works miracles.

You can use you subconscious mind to achieve, quite literally, the impossible. The first step towards doing this is through imagination, or the power of visualization. Visualization is a process which helps you aim at and achieve whatever you want to achieve money, happiness, a powerful relationship, a good friendship-anything you want! Visualize your goal as a target. Then focus on it and hit the target! Barriers exist only in the mind and power to transcend them also lies in the mind.”


The Principal in his address welcomed all the students and staff to the new term. He emphasized that all the students should study well and also enthusiastically participate in games and other co-curricular activity. He encouraged the staff to pay individual attention to all the needs of the children.

The Principal informed all present that prefects and other appointments will only be conferred on students who do well in academics.

He also informed everybody of the important events which will be held in the term.

He encouraged the students to approach their teachers / tutors / coordinators for additional help in order to excel in academics.

He appreciated the students on their good turn out, in particular the new students who were also kitted in their uniform.

The Principal referred to President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, quote “Future is not a gift, it is an achievement”, unquote. The Principal informed all that excerpts of this speech will be made available to all students.

The Principal’s speech was followed by a prize distribution ceremony, wherein the achievers of the Nilgiris District Swimming Championship, held at Kotagiri Public School, were awarded certificates.

Junior School Assembly – 27 January, 2011

The School Assembly of Junior School was held at the Fernhill campus on 27 January, 2011. The students were addressed by the Principal, Dr. P.C.Thomas. The following also attended:

Mrs. Elsamma Thomas - Senior Vice-Principal

Col. Mohan Mathew (Retd) – Vice-Principal – Administration

Ms. Elizabeth Koshy – Coordinator, Junior School

All Academic and Co-curricular Faculty, Junior School

The Assembly opened with the students singing the school song and the school prayer song.

This was followed by

- Reading of the news by Ms. Sanchi Aswath Kumar

- Speech by Ms. Shivani Terli

(This speech was written by a Faculty member – Ms. Manjushree)

“A very warm good morning to respected Principal, Madam, Vice-Principal, coordinator, teachers and friends

Let me begin by wishing you all a very happy New Year!

Yesterday, 26th of January was the Republic day of our country and to grace this occasion, I think, it will be apt if I speak a few words on leadership as we all know we would not have been where we are, if we did not have good leaders.

What makes a good leader?

Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning as quoted by - Warren G. Bennis

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – with a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. In fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led as quoted by - Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is an art and a science. It is an art, because it continually evolves, changes from, and requires creativity. It is a science because there are certain essential principles and techniques required. A good leader knows when it is time to change shape, because they are highly attentive to those around them. Coming from a position of strength, a great leader takes risks by freeing up the creative genius in their followers to build their capability and multiply the talents of the organization. By powerfully communicating a vision that animates, motivates, and inspires followers, a great leader is able to transform his or her organization. A good leader needs to be able to laugh; a great leader needs to be able to laugh at oneself.

What do you think makes a great leader? Who do you think was a great leader?

What qualities did or do they routinely exhibit which makes you believe in them?

Consider the following as a beginning list of Qualities:

  • Cooperation
  • Consistency
  • Creativity
  • Clear conscious
  • Caring
  • Capable
  • Courageous
  • Innovative
  • Understand
  • Integrity and most important
  • Sense of humor

Great Leaders are optimists first and foremost. Their tendency is to interact according to Henry Ford's observation, "whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right."

Great Leaders always lead by example. A Great Leader is always willing at any point to walk out in front of the group. A Great Leader is never merely an observer. All other qualities will flow naturally from this characteristic feature which is the very heart of Great Leadership.

I would like to conclude that leadership is not just a position, and a leader is far more than a title.

This applies to a Great leader in our midst, our dear Principal Dr P.C Thomas who is a living example in front of us.

Thank you and have a nice day”.

The Principal in his address welcomed all the students and staff to the new term. He emphasized that all the students should study well and also enthusiastically participate in games and other co-curricular activity. He encouraged the staff to pay individual attention to all the needs of the children.

The Principal informed all present that prefects and other appointments will only be conferred on students who do well in academics.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Republic Day - 26th Janaury, 2010

A tribute to The Nation was given by the students, faculty and administrative staff in a solemn and short function at the Palada campus.

Col.Mohan Mathew (Retd), Vice Principal-Administration hoisted the

National Flag.

The National Anthem – rendered by Indian Music Choir

Speech by Shubhang Bhattacharya

Good morning, Col.Mohan Mathew, teachers, members of staff and my dear friends.

Although Indian obtained her independence on 15 August 1947, she did not have a permanent constitution. Instead, her laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935. The Republic Day celebrates the date on which the constitution of India came into force in 1950. 26 January was chosen to honour the memory of the Declaration of Independence of 1930, that is, Purna Swaraj. The Constitution of India is the supreme law of India. It lays down the framework defining fundamental political principles, it establishes the structure, procedures, powers and duties of the Government and it spells out the fundamental rights, directive principles and duties of citizens. It is the longest written constitution of any country in the world, containing 444 articles in 24 parts, 12 schedules and 24 amendments for a total of 1,17,369 words in the English version. The Chairman of the drafting committee was Dr. B.R.Ambedkar.

Just imagine what an uphill task it is, to make laws pertaining to over a billion people; to the very last detail. The constitution is the backbone of a democracy, and India is the largest democracy in the world.

How ever you may think what does the Republic Day mean to you or me as an individual? Why is it so important to us and what difference does it make? Well we must understand that all the liberties that we take for granted so easily today are given to us by the Constitution. The right to religion, the right to education, right to own land, right to own business, right to information and the right to freedom of expression and speech are all handed over to us by the Constitution. There are very few countries with laws as liberal as ours and which give their power to the people instead of a Government or a Dictator. India is making progress the way it is because of its Constitution.

Every Indian has the power to dream big, achieve it, prosper and afford the best in the world. That is how we are all here in this school gaining education.

The importance of something is only realized once it has been snatched away, so value your freedom and rights. Don’t take them for granted. There is no point blaming the system for corruption for inequality today. There is nothing wrong with the system; the problem lies with the people running the system, people who we as citizens elected. We should not blame ministers for being corrupt; we should blame ourselves for electing corrupt ministers. Don’t criticize the Nation if your rights have been taken away. If you don’t fight for your right’s, no one will. The Government has done its part in giving them to you. Don’t ask what the country can do for you; instead ask what you can do for the country. Watching patriotic movies does not make you an Indian, but contributing and standing up for this great Nation does. Being an Indian means ensuring that these laws are abided by an amended as and when required.

As a famous saying from the movie “Rang De Basanti goes”- “Jo khoon na khaule woh khoon nahi, paani hai.Jo desh ke kaam na aye, bekar who jawani hai”- meaning: the blood does not boil is not blood, but water and a life which is of no use to the Country is a wasted life.

Jai Hind!

Vande Mataram” – rendered by Indian Music Choir

Speech by Trisha Chattopadhyay

Good Morning to one and all present here. Today I would like to present some thoughts on what we are today.

We all knit beautiful dreams, about us, our families and also our country. We dream of a better, prosperous and developed India. But are we really working towards it? Are we a republic? In the true sense are we really democratic? Are our steps heading forward?

The constitution declares our country republic. A republic is a state under a form of government in which the people or some significant portion of them attains supreme control of the Government. A common modern definition of republic is a state without a monarch, the word literally means “public affair”.

In easier words, we people elect a Government to look after us, to govern us. Theoretically all should go on fairly well, but let’s face the reality.

There is manipulation, there is corruption, the power gathers with a few and powers are also misused. But who are we to criticize the system? The most probable answer would be that after all its we who suffer. But the mistake lies here. We are the people who elect the Government, choose them over the others and more ironically, it is we who become the victims of the vices.

A boy belonging to the scheduled caste and poor family is denied admission in a college though he has all credentials to join the college. Why?

Because an MP’s son had bought his seat. Doesn’t the fundamental right protect him? Yes, it does but only in black and white. The boy can go to the supreme court, but will the MP pay for his procedures in the court, so what do you think happens to the boy. Nothing he just goes back to his village and resumes with his family job of tilling the land.

This is one of the many instances millions of people undergo and this blocks many roads which could lead to a developed country. In this situation, can people dream of India to be a super power? On one hand the President speaks about India being a superpower in 10 years. On the other hand she herself knows how the world’s largest democracy works, how the faith on the world’s lengthiest constitution is fading.

But is it the fault of the public or of the Government? No one’s yet everyone’s 70% of our population is uneducated, so how do they choose the right candidate. 23% of the population wishes that the Government was better . They ask what their country has done for them but seldom think what they did or can do for their country. The rest 7% enjoy the mistakes made by these 93% of the Indian population. So its time, its WE THE PEOPLE, it’s we who have to walk the extra mile and change the things which will change our lives.

The makers of the constitution had designed a beautiful nation, it’s we who have to add the colors of life, honesty, patriotism and above all sacrifice to it.

We are secular but we still have communal riots; we are equal but still the rich and powerful dominates; we assure justice but still there are thousands of files closed due to influential causes. States fighting over common river water; a person gets a job in USA and he leaves his motherland the next day, why can’t he stay back and build his mother land? Where are we heading? What are we running after? – an EL DORADO? Max Muller, a German scholar, once said “If I had been asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, powdered into the greatest problems and found solutions, I would point to India”. So lets all together make the world place us on the highest pedestal so that it’s easier to point to India whenever there is a discussion about republic, democracy, greatness and morality all in itself. Today on the 62nd Republic day of India, when the whole country unites together to celebrate the glorious years which have passed, I would like to end by quoting Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the father of our constitution and would like all of us to keep this in mind wherever or whichever part of the world we may be.


Thank you.

"Jaya Bharathi" – rendered by Indian Music Choir

Address by Col Mohan Mathew (Retd), Vice Principal-Administration

“Saare Jahan Se Achcha” - rendered by Indian Music Choir

Expression of Gratitude by Mr. Ajith Jacob, Director of Activities

Orientation Programme for Faculty – 24 January, 2011

An Orientation programme for the Faculty was held on 24 January, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Principal, Dr. P.C.Thomas in his opening address mentioned the following:

  • Informed all present of the dates of important functions this term.
  • Emphasized to all faculty that the students should be tutored to excel in academics. All other co-curricular activities will follow.
  • In order to become a Prefect and other school appointments such as Captain, Vice-Captain, Head-Boy and Head Girl, the student has to be a high performer in academics.
  • From July, 2012 the entire school will be in the Palada Campus.

Mrs. Sheila Alexander – Vice Principal, Academics

Presentation on “Strategic Planning for Academic Improvement

Faculty Meeting – Subjectwise Strategic Planning