Respected Correspondent, Members of the School Management Committee, parents, staff and students, I place before you the brief report of the School Activities for the academic year 2020-21.
St Mary’s English Medium School (CBSE) is the brain child of itsFounder Late Rev. Fr J P Tauro who envisioned a value based quality education to the children of Udupi. At this juncture we affectionately remember V. Rev. Fr Peter S Noronha, the second Correspondent of the school from the year 1988 to 1995 who went to his eternal abode on May 6th, 2021. May his soul rest in peace.
The academic year 2020-21 began with uncertainty over the pandemic Covid-19. The whole world reeling under the clutches of Corona virus was making every effort to fight back against this disease. Amidst the Lockdown, testing, isolation, quarantine, the new academic year began in the month of June, 2020. Since physical schooling was not permitted, the school switched over to online mode to transact education to the young minds of our school.
We place on record our sincere gratitude to V. Rev. Fr Valerian Mendonca, Correspondent from June 2017 to October 2020 who was instrumental in enhancing the quality of education and infrastructural reforms in the campus. We wish best wishes to him as he serves Milagres Cathedral Church, Kallianpur as its Rector.
We as a family of St Mary’s heartily welcome V. Rev. Fr Charles Menezes our new Correspondent. Fr Charles Menezes being young in spirit is rendering his yeomen service to the growth of our institute. Having spent most of his youthful years in the formation of youth, he is to lead us towards the goal of providing qualitative education to all. We convey our prayerful wishes to all his endeavours.
We are happy to inform you that CBSE, New Delhi has extended our affiliation up to March 2024. We remain grateful to all who toiled for it.
Our school recorded 100% results in both AISSE and AISSCE Examinations held in March 2020. Miss Vaishnavi Moharer of Grade 10 stood first with 96.6%, in Grade 12, Master Ashton Menezes with 89.4% and Miss Liza Alva with 92.6 % in Science and Commerce respectively. The school is immensely proud of the hard work put forth by both staff and students in achieving remarkable results in the board examination.Thank you for being part of this incredible journey. This institute will always miss you so dearly. May you be victorious in all spheres of your life!
During this academic year, the regular classes were held in different formats. Pre-recordedVideo Lessons were prepared by the teachers and were shared with the students on a daily basis. Live Online classes were held for the students of Grade 9 to 12 right from the beginning of the academic year. Periodical test and term exams were held to check the performance of students at regular intervals. Video Calling enabled the students of Kindergarten to Grade 5 to develop child friendly atmosphere during their regular classes. Subject enrichment activities, projects and assignments kept the students engaged in curricular activities throughout the year. With the permission of Karnataka State Government, students were given the chance to visit the school to clarifytheir doubts and problems in academic matters bearing in mind protocol of Covid 19. It was a tough year for our staff as they underwent a transition from offline to online mode of teaching and parents became the immediate teachers to their own kids at home.
The Year 2020-21 being the Decennial Year of the New Campus, a number of planned Projects were executed namely Face-lift to Administrative Block, Installation of Escalator, New Bus Shelter, Upgradation of generator, renovation of KG Section. We are indebted to the Management for providing state-of-the art facilities to the school.
We are really grateful to all our parents and guardians for helping us throughout the year to track the academic performance of students as they were at home during the entire academic calendar year. Physical as well as virtual parents’ teachers Meetings were held periodically to gauge the performance of students. Most of the parents have motivated their kids to take part in various online competitions conducted by the School on various occasions. We thank parents for encouraging their wards to attend on campus classes from the month of January, 2020 trusting in the safety measures taken up by the School administration.
Our teachers underwent rigorous in service training throughout the academic year. Webinars sponsored by CBSE and other stakeholders have helped our staff to be abreast with the changing trends of academics. We remain grateful to Centre of Excellence of various Regional Centers for guiding us through webinars on relevant topics of our times.
Although school campus remained closed for students, we made it a point to conduct various intramural competitions for the student community to keep their spirit alive throughout the academic sessions. We thank all the participants and congratulate the winners of various events.
Our students have also shown keen interest in participating in the various competitions under Pariksha Pe Charcha, an initiative by Central Government to help students to take examinations in a right spirit.
Considering the unexpected weary days of Pandemic, our School Management was kind enough to provide financial assistance to the needy parents at the tune of Rs 62, 23, 662 to ease the difficulties of parents. We ever remain grateful to the Management.
Keeping in mind our social responsibility and continuing our tradition of helping the needy on account of Gandhi Jayanthi, school faculty visited Vishwasadha Mane,a rehabilitation center located at Shankerpura in the Month of October, 2020. The essential and household things donated by our own staff members were handed over to the inmates of the said house.
The whole school showed active participation in Fit India School Week from 07th to 12th December, 2020. Staff, Students and Parents also participated in FIT INDIA Movement organized under the aegis of FIT INDIA and our school has bagged FIT INDIA SCHOOL Recognition.
Our School has been awarded with Eco Waste Management Handprint Flag Award 2020 at the national Level by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the Bestseller Foundationfor successfully implementing innovative waste management practices at school and community level. We thank the staff members as well as students and their parents for their enthusiastic participation in this project during the pandemic period.
We bow our heads in gratitude to the Almighty and our Patron Mother Mary for all blessings and specially protecting us all throughout the pandemic period.
We are indebted to V. Rev. Fr Antony Shera, Secretary CBE, Mangalore for his support and guidance.
We are extremely grateful to our Correspondent V. Rev. Fr Charles Menezes for being with us guiding and motivating us to strive hard and school management committee for their unending support to all our school endeavours.
We place on record the selfless service rendered by our Vice Principal Ms Rita Quadros in all the academic matters.
We extend our gratitude to our dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff for their all-time support to school activities and student community for their sincere efforts in all their curricular and cocurricaluar activities.
We remain grateful to our dear parents and guardians, well-wishers, donors and the public for your support in helping us to form socially responsible and morally upright global citizen to our society empowered with knowledge leading to truth and discipline.