“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning”. Annual day celebration provides ample opportunities to the students to showcase their unique talents.” The annual day celebration of the Primary Section of St Mary’s English Medium School (CBSE), Kannarpady, Udupi was held in St Mary’s Auditorium on Thursday, 21st November at 3.30 pm.
The Annual Day’s formal programme started with the guest and the correspondent of the school arriving to the venue escorted by Principal, Vice Principal, members of the management committee and the school band. The guests of the day were escorted to the dais by Principal Fr Johnson Sequeira and Mrs Rita Quadros, Vice Principal of the school. The formal function started with invoking blessings from the Almighty by the choir of the primary section. Mrs Usha Hegde teacher co-ordinator of the primary section welcomed all and introduced the guest to all.
The Chief Guest of the day Rev. Fr Clement Mascarenhas, Parish Priest, St Lawrence Church, Correspondent and Head Master, St Lawrence English Medium School, Moodubelle, provided guidelines to the teachers and parents as how to deal with the children through stories. He compared the teachers to the one who plays the musical instrument and students to the instrument. He told that, “Teacher is the one who plays the violin and tunes it.” Such teachers are found in St Mary’s he opined. He also advised the parents not to be over protective, allow children to bring out their talents and creativity. As parents are the first teachers, children must be given an opportunity to identify their potentials instead of imposing their will on the children. Parents are the guides and it is the responsibility of the parents to help their children to follow the right path in their life by knowing their children properly. He praised the school by telling that St Mary’s is one of the best schools in Udupi District and not less than any of the schools in Mangalore though it is located in the village. Finally he wished that the fame of St Mary’s may reach higher and higher with the direction of responsible, talented and linguist correspondent, the able captainship of young, energetic and bubbling Principal, guiding Vice Principal and dedicated teachers.
V. Rev. Fr Valerian Mendonca correspondent, St Mary’s Educational institutions, being an accordion player in his presidential speech told how to tune the students to get the desired music and guide them. He told, children must be admired and their hidden talents should be recognized. On this occasion he said that St Mary’s provides equal opportunity to all the students and executes various activities required for the life. School accommodates differently abled children too, through its policy of inclusive education. He requested the parents to help the child to grow, give them the power to achieve great success in the future. He thanked the parents for their wonderful support throughout and promised to hand over global citizens who are trained in the four walls of St Mary’s.
Fr Johnson Sequeira presented the annual report of the school through a power point presentation at the beginning of the formal programme. As a token of love the guest of the event was presented with a memento by the correspondent on behalf of the school.
The students from grade 1 to 6 presented a variety of programmes based on the theme RAINBOW OF LIFE in the cultural programme. Entertainment programme started with a beautiful welcome dance. Students showcased their talents differently which included actions songs, spiritual and emotional dances showing the 9 emotions of human beings like love, kindness, anger, compassion, peace, laughter, comedy, harmony, sadness etc. The performance of the students on the stage was awesome.
The programme as a whole was meaningful and emotional which gave a beautiful message to the people gathered. Mrs Helen expressed the words of gratitude. The event ended by singing the school anthem. The parents, the guardians and the well-wishers of the school beautified the venue and helped in the success of the celebration by their gracious presence. The programme was marvelously coordinated by Ashel and Devesh of grade 5. The whole programme was well planned by Fr Johnson Sequeira, Principal of the school and executed by the support of Vice Principal Mrs Rita Quadros.