Good Evening Parents, Guests, Friends and Well wishers !!
Welcome to Santa Maria Public School.
The plant that took root in June 1998 on Mundukottackal Hills has grown and matured and I stand before you to present the 21st Annual Report of the school.
I believe that Santa Maria School has a unique place on the educational landscape of Ranni as a progressive school with a humane attitude to children.
Let me move on to the report of activities.
The school reopened on the 6th of June 2019. The radiant faces of the children bubbling with energy for the new session were delightful for us.
The school has a group of 25 dedicated teachers who work untiringly for the noble cause of imparting knowledge and education to every child in this institution. We also have 12 support staff including 6 teaching assistants for Classes KG to III.
A child is a storehouse of endless possibilities. The school and its resources only facilitate the unlocking of these potentials.
This year ten students of our school participated in the CBSE CTSC Kalolsav 2019. And I am happy to announce that the school performed quite well in the competitions. We won two third prizes and three A grades.
Aaron Philip Keechirethu Class IX- 3rd prize with A grade in Malayalam Story Writing & A Grade in English poetry writing.
Amanta Chachu Sunil Class IX: 3rd prize with A grade in Malayalam poetry writing.
Elsa Jacob Class VI: A Grade in Bharathanatyam.
Anupama V J of Class VI & Victoria Manoj of Class II won many prizes in the Pathanamthitta District Roller Skating Competition.
Following are the winners of S Purushothaman Memorial Painting Competition organized by Rotary Club of Ranni and Matha Silk House Ranni.
Category 5 – First Prize- Rishikesh Gowtham of Class VIII.
Category 3- Third Prize- Nishanth Mathew Chandy of Class IV.
Category 2 – Second Prize- Aalekhya Arun of Class I.
Category 2 – Third Prize – Adhithi Arun of Class I.
SANTA MARIA SMART CITY IN CYNOSURE Exhibition
The model of Solar Smart City made by our Class IX students under the leadership of Mr. Subin M.K – physics teacher of Santa Maria, secured second prize in the Cynosure Science exhibition conducted at Citadel Public School.
The school will approximately have 210 working days this academic year. The primary classes continue with activity based learning. While Classes VI to X are introduced to more competitiveness in learning- spiced with elocutions, debates and quizzes.
We are proud to say that our Class X 2018-19 batch students came out with flying colours in their Board exams. Nia Ann Paulson was the school topper with 96% marks.
PARENT TEACHERS MEETINGS
The last Saturday of every month is earmarked for teacher parent interaction for all classes.
We had a special Parent Teacher meetings for KG and Prep where the parents were introduced to the special learning system followed at Santa Maria for beginners.
The tiny tots of KG introduced fruits and vegetables to the audience. While the students of Prep entertained the parents with patriotic dances and songs. Mrs. Rajasree Janardhanan our Malayalam teacher addressed the parents and introduced them to the system of learning in Santa Maria.
Special Meetings are regularly held with parents of Class X on a one on one basis to discuss their child’s performance after examinations.
TEACHERS TRAINING PROGRAMME
Our Principal Mr. Thomas John, Science teacher Ms. Anila Varughese & Social Science Teacher Ms. Sonia Thomas participated in the Capacity Building Programme on Upholding Integrity & Ethics at OEM Public School, Eraviperoor on 14th August 2019.
Mr. Subin M K our Science teacher attended the two day CBP programme on Science X at Navajeevan Bethany Vidyalayam Thiruvananthapuram on 26th& 27th August 2019.
Mrs. Rebecca George our English teacher participated in the CBP on Life Skills on 31st August 2019.
Mrs. Deepa Mary Thomas took a class on Activity Based Teaching for new teachers.
SPECIAL CARE GROUPS
We have 20 special care groups with approximately 15 students of varying ages from KG to Class VIII in each group. They meet periodically with their school parents. This helps to build up a closer relationship between students and teachers that go beyond mere class room teaching. The emotional and academic needs of the children are also given the necessary support by the school parents. Santa Maria for them is a home away from home.
KIDS ON STAGE
Classes KG to V have their stage performances every Wednesday . They enact skits, sing songs and perform dances.
KIDS CLUB is another unique feature of the school. The children of Classes III to V use the Kids Club to air their complaints and problems. The students discuss their problems with the teachers who guide them to solve them.
ACTIVITIES DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019- 2020
The school re-opened on 6th June 2019 with lots of activities for juniors and seniors. The newcomers were formally introduced and welcomed to the Santa Maria family.
The KG children were welcomed with balloons and sweets. And I am happy to say that the children have adjusted to the new environment.
Children upto Class 5 are engaged in a number of Art & Craft activities which not only hones their motor skills but also develops their creativity and imagination.
The morning assembly of our school is very special. We have an assembly everyday. Three days a week the assembly is theme-based for classes 1 to X. A special topic is selected every month as the theme.
The following themes were dealt with in the past months-
MONTH JUNIORS SENIORS
June Books & Authors Water
July Countries, Capitals & Currencies Current Affairs
August/ Festivals Festivals
October/ Sports Sports
During assembly the children are taught various aspects of the theme. For example during the theme Festivals Easter , Vishu and Id-ul-Fitr were actually enacted during the assembly. The children are encouraged to bring models and activities related to the theme. They also answer a 5 question quiz based on the theme every day. At the end of the month the students do a theme based written test.
KG and Prep listen to moral stories during morning assembly. On Tuesdays, they are taught songs and on Wednesdays they do drill practice.
Students of Classes I to V are trained for mass drill every Thursday during morning assembly. A singing session is conducted on Wednesdays.
Classes VI to VIII have Yoga every Wednesday. They have their singing session on Tuesday.
Junior class works on a year long project as part of their academic schedule. The projects for the year are depicted on the screen.
Kindergarten – Opposites
Prep – Lights of the Sky and Seasons
Class I – The Story of a Mango Tree
Class II – Birds
Class III – Flowers
Class IV – Clocks & Watches
Class V – Under Water Creatures
Under the initiative of our faculty member Mr. Binoj Chacko who is also the secretary of the SOS Club, Vrindavanam the Santa Marian family raised a substantial amount for the flood afflicted in Wayanad district. We also supplied provisions and clothes for the people of Kavalappara.
I thank the parents for their generous contribution which made this venture successful.
Mr. Binu K Sam, international trainer of Kerala Government’s Malayalam Mission and an outstanding teacher of the Malayalam language enthralled our children with his two hour workshop on Books and Authors.
Excel Social Awareness Media , Pathanamthitta is a group of young people dedicated to social causes . They conducted an awareness class on Drugs and Alcohol using the medium of theatre. A skit , a mono act and a magic show thrilled our children.
Rev. Kurian George and Dr. Geetha Gopinath took an awareness class on cyber security for Class X students.
Elections at Santa Maria
The Santa Marians went to polls on 19th June 2019 under the initiative of the Social Science department.
Rima Kuriakose of Class X was elected Head Girl and Joel Kuriakose of Class X was elected Head Boy.
We had a solemn investiture ceremony wherein the Head Boy/ Head Girl/ House Captains/House Vice Captains took their oath.
Suguma Hindi Examination for Classes III upwards was held in October.
The school choir lend their melodious voices before the initiation of every function. Thank you school choir.
Friendship day was a happy day at Santa Maria when children tied friendship bands not only for their friends but also for their teachers.
Onam festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Children were dressed in traditional attire. Maveli was welcomed with aarpo irro calls. Abel Biju of Class X was the Maveli.
Junior classes splendidly arranged Athappoo in their respective class rooms while the seniors arranged theirs housewise. This was followed by a variety entertainment programme which climaxed with the tug o’ war.
Teacher’s Day was celebrated with senior students taking over the reins from the teachers. Serah Kuriakose of Class X was the Acting Principal of the day and she ably led her team of student teachers.
Children celebrated Kerala Piravi day with great enthusiasm. They donned the traditional attire of Kerala. The girls of Class X performed Thiruvathira. A Bharthanatyam performance was done by Elsa Jacob of Class VI. Kuriakose Jacob of Class VI & Lakshmi Suresh of Class VIII entertained us with Mono Act. Diya Lal of Class VIII sang a melodious song.
The children are involved in a number of Inter House competitions that enhances competition and team spirit among them.
The talent day competition was held in August. Children took part enthusiastically in the events which included Elocution, Recitation, Speech, Essay writing, Mono Act, Painting competition and Light Music.
The following matches were conducted during this academic year –
An inter-house football tournament was conducted in November 2019.
The BLUE HOUSE emerged as winners.
The YELLOW HOUSE were the runner up.
Shuttle Badminton Doubles (Boys & Girls) Tournament
Shuttle Badminton Doubles (Boys & Girls) Tournament was another exciting event in the school.
Shuttle Badminton Doubles Boys:
First- Yellow House
Participants: Joel Kuriakose (Class X) & JerushJaimon (Class IX)
Second: Red House
Participants: Abel T Sunil (Class X) & Anand S Lal (Class IX)
Shuttle Badminton Doubles Girls
First: Red House
Participants: Abigail Ali Alex ( Class X) & Mariam Kuriakose ( Class VIII)
Second: Yellow House
Participants: Emey Ann Mathew ( Class VII) &Aanet Elsa Sam (Class IX)
Chess Tournaments were conducted for Individual School Champion & Inter House Champion.
Individual School Champion is John Puthumana of Class VIII.
Inter House Chess Champion is Abigail Ali Alex of Class X.
Junior Annual Day 2018-2019(Kids on Stage)
Kids on Stage the Junior Annual Day was one of the major events of our school. The stars of the programme were the tiny tots of Lower and Upper Kindergarten and Classes I and II. Kids on Stage 2018-19 was conducted on 21st December 2018. The performance was appreciated by one and all.
The annual day programme has been the focus of activities during the month of November/December. APARAJITHA – The Unconquered has been adopted as the theme for the annual day celebrations. It is a homage to the indomitable soul of our country. It is an offering of hope and a prayer that our country will overcome the dark challenges of today as it has done in the past.
We at Santa Maria adopt a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Thus the school enables its students to be spiritually oriented, morally upright, intellectually well informed, socially concerned, nationally conscious, emotionally and physically well balanced.
Our ideal student teacher ratio caters to the individual needs of children. Our children have incredible potential and it is for us teachers and parents to tap this potential and bring out the best in them.
We are grateful to the Management of Santa Maria Public School for their unstinting support and visionary zeal.
Parents, you are our support and strength. We express our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to all the parents of our school.
No doubt teachers are the back bone of any educational institution. It is their commitment and support that make Santa Maria an edifice of excellence. I thank you dear teachers for your wonderful efforts.
We thank all our support staff for their dedication. We specially thank all Aunties and Mr. Lijo Varghese, Mr. Jomon and Rajan Chettan whose inputs to the school have been indispensable.
We commit ourselves to anew to impart quality education and build up the future citizens of our world.
I close this annual report 2019-20 with a heart filled with thanks for God’s mighty providence and leading.
May God bless us all!