Every year is a milestone, a time and moment to celebrate. As we are on the way end of our eighth academic year, I am pleased to present before you the Annual Report for the year 2019 – 20.
It is an enduring tradition to take this time to pause, turn around to look at the year that just passed and then gather energy to move ahead.
Our system of education as you all know is a blend of theory and practice in the right proportion to arrive at a comprehensive curriculum. We in Shempark Public School have a strong team of 29 staff in all capacities, dedicated and inspired. Each one here toils to make the arena a congenial one for our 402 students from Pre-KG through Class X.
When one looks back at the Seven years, there is a satisfying feeling to see evidences of stability and sustainability, both in academic and administrative processes, be it in curriculum, programs, staff retention and more.
All in all, the consolidation and timely modification have served to strengthen our core program for all our learners. Needless to say, there is always room for improvement. We will continue to review, refresh and establish new ideas and changes as and when needed.
This year we witnessed a lot of events as like Community workers’ day, Bhrathiar’s birthday, Independence Day, Teachers Day and Children’s Day. We also celebrated Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Onam, Diwali and Christmas with great pomp and splendor. Water Day and World Earth Day are the upcoming events. Kite day and colours day were celebrated for KG as usual. Each and every student is given opportunities in the daily assembly for public speaking.
The Hallmark events of this year are we have a bunch of State Gold Medalists in Archery, N. Diganth of Grade IV, V. Sivanesan of Grade V, Pranesh Ragav of Grade VIII and S. Arunachalam of Grade X. Pranesh Ragav of Grade VIII is the proud winner of National Gold medal in Archery. I proudly mention here S. Laxitha of Grade VI who won the State level Gold medal for Silambam.
All Co-curricular activities are conducted at regular basis along with the academics. Since CBSE insists on Art education linked with subjects we have art based learning incorporated with every core subject. As per CBSE norms Physical Education has been given more importance with regular physical exercises each day. Regarding Extra curriculum we have Yoga, Karathe, Silambam, Skatting, Archery, Airgun Shoot, Western dance, Bharathnatyam and Karagattam. We don’t have a practice of separate moral instruction classes in our school. Every academic period is incorporated with life skill and moral values. The girls of Grade VII to X arranged a Honesty Shoppe where shops were run without shopkeepers. The students shopped required food items and honestly dropped the money in the box provided in each shop. The Eco Club had their organic garden with vegetables like brinjal, lady’s finger, tomato, chilies and greens. Food carnival was conducted for class KG to X insisting naatupura samayal.
As a part of CBSE curriculum our students were taken for Field trips to Kumbampatti Zoological park, Modern Rice Mill, Skandhashramam and Sego Manufacturing unit. Students of class IV through X were taken for educational tour for 3 days to Chennai Mahabalipuram and Pondicherri. They visited Birla Planetarium in Chennai the 2nd biggest Planetarium of Asia, VGP Marine Kingdom where they could explore under seawater. They visited the historical Pancharathas and Shore temple in Mahabalipuram. The French War Memorial, Aurobindo Ashram and Rock beach in Pondicherri. They did their own shopping for their family members from the Providence mall in Pondi.
As for Academics I am very happy that we follow Chrysalis Curriculum for KG to Grade II, a proven and research based academic program for schools that builds thinking skills & problem solving confidence in children. Chrysalis children ask more questions, can write in their own words, like doing word problems in mathematics, can complete their homework on their own, are not afraid to speak-up in English, persist longer in solving problems, and score well on tests. Extending Chrysalis upto class V is on the anvil. We have our AISCE examinations starting from Feb 20th and extending up to March 18th. I request your humble prayers and wishes for our 12 students appearing for the Boards.
Meanwhile in-house training programs are being conducted for the staff on a regular basis. The English, Tamil, Math, Science, Social and IT department teachers attended various workshops and orientation programs conducted by Salem Sahodhaya School Complex and Center of Excellence, Chennai.
What I want to stress here is that it is not only the special events, but what happens at Shempark on a normal working day is really significant. The time is available for a teacher to look into the needs of each student, special attention and program modification for some children. The involvement of teachers and students in various day to day activities, the appreciation of small and big acts.. these are the things that make Shempark special.
I Marvel at the dance of elements that give us challenges. With that come good friends who stand strong and occasionally question. This is what keeps us going from strength to strength for our ever striving look for solutions.
I thank this miraculous moment for hope.
Here I conclude the report with a quote by James Cabell. “While it is well enough to leave footprint on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction”.