Secretary's Desk

Dear All,

St. Mary's English High School continues to uphold traditional values while adopting contemporary infrastructure and pedagogies. Individuals having diverse backgrounds, carrying unique streaks of values, traditions and cultures enter the portals of a learning community. At SMEHS, unrelenting effort goes in mentoring and metamorphosing the uncut diamonds into finer St. Mary's gems. St. Mary's is an amalgamation of competent teachers, state of the art infrastructure, an idyllic setting and experienced and efficient administration. Modern and secure infrastructure, good and safe environment, CBSE curriculum, excellent student teachers and parents relationships are some of our strengths.

Education is not learning by rote and then repeating it in the examination. Our approach is student centered and goes beyond text books, class rooms and boundaries. Students develop practical skills, enabling them to apply their learning to unfamiliar situations and think critically about different issues. We have Digital classes and multimedia presentations to facilitate deeper understanding of the concepts. At the core of the schools educational philosophy, modern education and cultural heritage are complimentary and help the students to become better citizens and prepare them for lifelong success. We inculcate in the children, a respect for Indian culture. This edifice and temple of learning will always be a source of never ending inspiration for our young ones. St. Mary's nourishes, nurtures and binds our families by the tenacious threads of values and ethos. Our staff dedicatedly follows the motto of “Love and Service” and also follows the principles of "explore research and achieve" in their quest for excellence. It is because of their selfless and relentless efforts that the school has reached majestic heights. Our designated goal of stretching the mind beyond the obvious has found an encouraging start of this years’, excellent board results which complements this dream. We teach and proudly proclaim to our students that failure is only the first step to success and they must stand up each time they fall; to rise like the phoenix from the ashes of what was yesterday and to soar with wings widespread into the opportunities of tomorrow. We are very grateful to our parents for their sincere involvement in the School. Without their single-minded co-operation between the school and home we cannot offer the holistic education towards which we are striving; and thus we strive for ‘Sarva Gunn Sampann’.

 

 ‘’It may be time to say good bye
  But always remember our special moments.
  Sharing them with you makes it all worthwhile………”

 

AS I LEAVE MY POST OF PRINCIPAL, I REALLY WANTED TO WRITE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE THANKS TO THE GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON MY WORK HERE AND WHO HAVE WON A GREAT BIG PIECE OF MY HEART.

 

TO STUDENTS PRESENT AND PAST:  It was as a result of meeting students and having developed relationships with you over the past  four years I can honestly say that you have not disappointed me. I have worked in a good number of schools in my career and I would have to say that students at St. Mary's are amongst the most articulate young people that I have ever met. You taught me that every single person in our school can be a leader.  You never said this to me, but you never had to.  You showed it in your actions every day.  The kindness wall and display that you had in your classroom to show all of the wonderful things that you did around the school not only inspired your peers, but it inspired the staff as well.  Teachers and Parents realized your ability to lead and suggested that it should be YOU that helps as volunteer supervisors.  You never argued or complained, you just gladly did it.

 

TO STAFF:   What a roller coaster of a ride we have been on. I am so proud of what you have achieved over the past years and no matter what challenges have been thrown at you  have all worked together to prove that St. Mary's has the potential to be an Outstanding School. Teachers, support staff and administrative staff have shown a multitude of excellent skills and some of the events that have been organised have been the best I have experienced. I am particularly proud of your achievements in improving the quality of teaching and learning. I am delighted that most recent observations from parents, ex students and the people of Jamshedpur have shown that they have seen and recognised the improvements and changes that we have made on the path to success.

These lessons you have taught me: being a leader, be willing to take risks, be kind, and be yourself, are lessons that I will continue to do my best to apply in my own career.  For all of you, these lessons that I have learned from you have led you to your tremendous success. If you continue to follow these actions, they will lead to continued success always.

 

TO SCHOOL MANAGING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  I really do not think people understand the passion that you all have for St. Mary's. As ‘unpaid’ voluntary members, who have very busy professional and personal lives, nobody should question the incredible amount of time and commitment that you have put into this School for the benefit of our young people. I wish all the very best wishes for the future as the School aims very high. You taught me to be willing to take risks.   It may have not worked out exactly the way you wanted, but trying and not achieving total success, is better than not trying at all.  Although the results may not have been what you wanted, I was proud that you took the chance. You have taught me that a pat on the back is always better than a slap on the wrist.  Thank you for being role models of kindness and caring.

 

 

THE CORPORATES, NEIGHBOURS, WELL WISHERS, PARENTS AND OTHERS:  I have been so impressed by what happens in and around St. Mary's family – from superb charity work to excellent entertainment and ‘fun’. I have enjoyed and even I may say that I have fallen in love with the wonderful company, the walk talk, the chit chat and the wonderful way of sharing our views and ideas. These all just run through my blood and make nervous and chill at certain times. My sincerest appreciation from the heart to all the Corporate such as Tata steel, Usha Martin, Adhunik Groups and the other large, medium and small scale Industries in and around the city. I wish all the very best for the future as you move ahead with a lot of challenges and hardships.  I humbly thank you for being role models and instruments of kindness and caring.

 

My advice to you is – please do not take what you have for granted and please help all the young people to appreciate what they have here. St. Mary's is a learning campus at the heart of the community and I will be looking forward to this wonderful new multi-purpose building playing a positive role in everybody's lives. Please don’t let the ‘political’ agenda cloud your judgement about the potential the building has. The opportunities that it brings to learning are fantastic and have infinite potential.

Parents, I want to thank you for bringing your children to our school and trusting us with them every day. Most of you did not have a choice, but I hope that if you did, you would have done it the same way.  I especially want to thank you for raising such an amazing group of people that stand before us today.  Parents being involved in their own child’s life lead them to more opportunities for success.

As I bid you farewell and step out of the portals of this wonderful Institution, I am extremely happy to hand over the reins to one of the most capable and efficient Academicians I have known. I am proud to introduce to you Fr. Puthumai Raj, who is my senior and also very well experienced in the field of education. He is familiar with the St. Mary’s family as he had been the Vice Principal here in the late ‘90s. He is a humble and sincere person and always willing to co-operate with Parents, Staff and students. I also request you all to place your trust in him and to give him your whole hearted support so that we can maintain the same high standards and ideals of this school. I am sure all of you will share an excellent rapport with him in the same way as you did with me.

I would also like to welcome Fr. Pradeep Marandi as the new Vice Principal in the Senior Block. He is a capable and efficient person and has the ability to guide and help you in any matter concerning your interaction with the Staff or students.

With these two capable individuals at the helm, I am sure St. Mary’s will maintain the same high level of achievements and also scale new heights and bring fresh laurels to the school.

Fr. George Mannarakam, a well known Administrator and senior priest of the Jamshedpur Diocese, has been appointed as the Manager of the school. I welcome him and wish him all the best during his tenure at St. Mary’s. I am sure he will be of immense help and counselling whenever needed.

Last but certainly not the least, I wish to thank my most capable Vice Principals; Fr. Linus Kindo and Sr. Mariam. These young and energetic assistants were always there when I needed them, without their help and support it would not have been possible to achieve the many goals I had set for the betterment of the school and the students.

Wherever your future leads you, I will be watching and cheering for you.  Before we depart and say bye bye! I want to make sure I say thank you for all that you have taught me in my role as the Principal.  If I can inspire others half as much as you have inspired me, I know I will have been successful. Good luck, Congratulations and all the best to you all, follow your passions, continue to be leaders, and best of luck in your future.  I will be watching with keen interest your development and I will certainly say hello when I come back to this beautiful School.

"Children are living beings-more living than people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have 'mere school' for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal".- Rabindranath Tagore

Yours sincerely,

Fr. David Vincent