We have reached the end of the scholastic year 2013-14. What an eventful year it has been. The highlight of the year was our Rector Fr. Godfrey D’Souza being appointed as the Provincial of the Mumbai Province. I then had to shoulder a dual responsibility, that of Rector and Principal. Sadly we lost Fr. Bosco Pereira, the Counselor of the school due to a heart attack. And towards the end Fr. Barnabe D’Souza got appointed as the Deputy Secretary General for the International Federation of Catholic Universities in Paris.
At the infrastructural level, the school saw many changes, with a new reception area, new toilets on the ground floor for Boys & Girls separately, a new sports uniform, new staff rooms for the primary and Kg Sections a new School Office and towards the end, new furniture in the classrooms and painting of the school building. We launched a new school Website too! We also included sports and activities into the time table much to the delight of the children. Our strength this year has been a vibrant and effective PTA.
We looked seriously at lesson observations, made an effort to invite many visitors to our school to speak to the children. Had a number of training programs for our staff in literacy, teaching and learning. Children with learning disability were given special attention. The three mega events every year, the Sports Festival, Christmas Fete and the Annual day brought out the best in all our students. The theme, “Educating with Love the Don Bosco Way” was beautifully portrayed in the musical “SYM Rocks”.
I am now looking forward to the next academic year where there will be better health care for our students, an International Sports Curriculum introduced and hopefully by the end of the year a new state of the art library.
We need to make use of new technology in the whole teaching and learning process. The challenged ahead is in changing the whole approach to teaching and learning. From a teacher centered approach to a student centered approach, where learning is filled with activities and is fun for the child, thus putting to use the new furniture in the classroom.
It means getting teachers to teach according to International standards and practices thus reaching my goal to provide International Quality Education in a State Board School.
My Sincere thanks to all the Staff, Students and Parents who have worked hard this year to make St. Dominic Savio what it presently is. Happy Holidays and see you back in June 2014.
Fr. Crispino D’Souza