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Principal’s Desk

Fr. (Dr. ) Francis Swamy, S.J.(Principal)

 

Dear parents,

In a couple of days, the nationwide lockdown will be called off. The year 2020 has unfolded totally in an unexpected way due to the COVID-19. The world had been gripped with the pandemic Corona Virus. The present academic year will come to an end on 30th April 2020. The nationwide lockdown will end on 3rd May 2020 but even after the lockdown, we will have to follow a lot of things that we were following during the lockdown. The period of post lockdown is going to be very crucial. It is going to be absolutely necessary for each and every person to understand that even though the lockdown gets over, the social distancing remains. Kindly make sure that your children understand it. What I am going to say is not a new thing. But it’s good to keep reminding ourselves.  Don’t get out for non-essential things. Don’t gather together for parties and religious events. Ensure social distancing at work and otherwise. Stay at home when you are ill.

As we are battling with the COVID-19, let us salute our doctors, nurses, health workers, administrators in hospitals and care centers working with affected cases and conducting tests in neighborhoods. We thank them for their untiring service.  Let us remember their families too. We are proud of the police and paramilitary force, having to do long hours of duty and worried when they get back home to their families that they be not carriers of the virus. Let us remember the BMC workers and officers who besides keeping our roads and drainage clean these days, are also caught up in administrative functions of preparing areas as care centers. May God Bless All These Noble Heroes.

The war against the pandemic Corona Virus will continue.  It’s a time to retrospect all that happened in the school during the academic year 2019-2020.

Our children have been provided with a number of opportunities. Besides having the teaching of regular curriculum the school has introduced number of other subjects within and outside the school time table; such as Dance, Music, Yoga, Aerobics, and speech and drama. These non academic activities help children to relax and to pursue their innate abilities and talent while doing regular study.

All through the year the school gave various opportunities to students by inviting external agencies like iRobokid, K- Camp 12 and Curiosity Gym to conduct various courses in digital learning and with hands on project based learning. The children learnt coding, app development, entrepreneurship and other creative technologies.

Coaching in various sports disciplines was given priority. Besides the regular coaching in football, cricket and basketball, the students had opportunity to participate in a number of inter class and inter house tournaments in various sports discipline including indoor and outdoor games.

In the evening various non-academic programmes were conducted like Robotics, Roller Skating, Gymnastics, Band, Karate, Kung Fu and All for Kids.

The children had A wonderful learning experience during the educational tours.  Scout and Cub camps were as exciting as ever. Besides the knowledge drawn from the text books, children gained a lot of self learning through such direct experience which occurred during various excursions.

The pre primary and primary children had a number of such exposures which enhanced their knowledge.

The School App has proved a good means of communication. The school has engaged the service of Tata Class Edge and ExtraMarks learning app to make the teaching and learning enjoyable and effective.

We will continue with the educational package of ‘Detailed Assessment’ (DA) and ‘Minds Park’.   DA has been a great support in students’ performance in school and competitive exams.  Minds Park which is a computer based online self- learning tool, has helped to enhance children’s understanding of Math and improve their Math skills.

Security and safety of our children is of prime importance to us. The management has installed several additional high-resonance C.C. Cameras all over in the school campus. The management has engaged a couple of floating teachers to support the existing teaching faculty, so that each class has a teacher throughout the school hours.

Morning assemblies play a vital role in inculcating noble values. The children have visual exposure during the morning assemblies operated on the two huge screens with L.C.D. projectors.

Lockers have been provided to the students of classes 5 to 10 so that the weight of their school bag is reduced.

As an experiment we had introduced the file system during the last academic year for class seven. This has helped the students to reduce the weight of their school bag and also they have been acquainted to organize themselves by filing each day’s work. Certainly this needs some more reinforcement from the parents at home.

Dramatics is an annual feature of the school activities. Inter-house dramatics is held to promote love for language and literature, art and culture.

Every day children are introduced to a new word, which has enhanced the vocabulary of the students through word building. A new word with its meaning and an appropriate sentence is projected on screen for the benefit of the students. “Word Quiz” is held to increase the learning vocabulary of children in a play-way method.

Over the years, St. Mary’s has grown from strength to strength and is now a leading school in Mumbai city. Academic standards are comparatively high, as shown by our I.C.S.E. board results and our parents are satisfied with the progress of the School and with the way it is managed.

I cannot conclude unless I mention the hard work done by our teachers during the Corona Virus pandemic.  Most of you probably had to work from home. Our teachers too worked from home. In the initial stage the teachers had prepared lessons for the students and sent them power points, explanations, study material voice recording and recordings uploaded on You Tube so that students in classes IX and X access information. After that it was decided to conduct live online classes in order to connect with each other and the teacher teaching live also had to adhere to a specified time table.  The primary and preprimary teachers conducted non academic classes like an interactive pandemic-based game that engaged the students and lifted their spirits. The preprimary teachers made videos narrating stories. They even had simple chat sessions and play games with the tiny. Our teachers ably demonstrated their commitment and dedication to their noble vocation by so wonderfully leveraging technology to provide educational continuity to our students despite the many challenges on both personal and professional fronts. I sincerely congratulate them with my deep gratitude and appreciation.

You are aware that ‘IMMACULATA’ has become a brand of St. Mary’s ICSE, Mazagaon. This inter-school festival of Mumbai is hosted by our school and is the most sought after mega event and extravaganza for all school going students in Mumbai. These events give a platform for our present students to network with the ex-students and learn from their experiences and showcase their talents. This event preserves the legacy of St. Mary’s ICSE School. However due to the COVID-19 and its persistent challenges, the school management has decided not to hold the annual ‘IMMACULATA’ next academic year 2020-21.

Since the I.C.S.E. Council has introduced the class IX board examination which commences in the month of February, the school management is considering altering the academic term of the entire school. We will end the academic year by end of March and reopen the school for the new academic year in the month of April. However depending on the prolonged prevalent circumstances due to the COVID-19, the management will communicate its decision when the school reopens in the academic year 2020-21.

St. Mary’s ICSE is a Jesuit educational institution which promotes values and ethics. The school fosters world-renowned order of educators ‘Jesuits’, the flag bearers of the religious order, ‘Society of Jesus’; the value orientation in such an institution is of the highest order. To further the value system in our Jesuit school, we operate as a joint venture of Parents and Teachers who are the basic mentors in the formative years of a child.

Parents, your support is very crucial in matters of discipline, cleanliness and finances – especially in the area of discipline. Together we must rise to  higher levels of excellence in every field.

I express my deepest gratitude to our proactive and vibrant P.T.A. I also thank our dedicated teachers who interact with you all through the year. Their commitment and hard work has yielded great results which has made a big difference in the lives of your children.

Together with Fr. Arun the treasurer, Ms. Clementine Monteiro the Vice Principal of the secondary section, Ms. Nirmala Fernandes the Supervisor of the primary section, Ms. Sandra Fernandes the supervisor of pre primary section, other Jesuit Fathers and Brothers, and our teachers we wish you ‘A Very Happy Summer Vacation!’ May God Bless you all!

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

No matter how dark the night, at dawn light does break in and it’s day,

No matter how intense the storm, it will pass and come to an end.

There is a rhythm to nature and no matter how much we choose to ignore or alter it, nature has a rhythm, a pattern and the good news is, it sticks to it.

So no matter how long this takes let’s be assured that – “This too shall pass”.

We can choose to see a crisis as the end or see the same crisis as an opportunity.

At times like this, it is important how we respond because we in turn are teaching our children how to respond. Our resilience during these challenging times will be tested not only by how we combat the spread of the virus but also how we make the best of this situation.

Nature has given us this wonderful opportunity to take a break from the hectic rat race but in turn this may cause us grave anxiety.

One way of dealing with it is to address the challenging thoughts by more positive and rational statements. For example

  1. Instead of feeling that we are cooped up at home. We should feel Happy that we are SAFE and protected at home and get to spend quality time with our family.
  2. What if I or my family member gets sick? I will isolate myself, keep myself clean and get myself tested and thus significantly DECREASE my chances of getting worse.
  3. What if I run out of items during the lockdown? I have prepared for the lockdown therefore I have EVERYTHING I need and I will use them wisely.
  4. Everything is shutting down, I am panicking. The IMPORTANT places, such as medical centres, pharmacies and groceries will remain open.
  5. There is too much uncertainty right now While I can’t control the situations around me, I CAN control my actions and my responses. One must be SAFE and STAY AT HOME.

Let’s take the imposed social distancing as an opportunity to slow down. It offers us space and time to focus on our self, to reflect and reset our goals. This time of self-introspection can really invoke some questions. So don’t be afraid or in a rush to get all the answers in one go. Instead think about what it is that I really want from life? Where does my sense of security lie? What life lessons am I learning every day? At the end, what truly matters? It is also an excuse to break the monotonous pattern of our fast paced life and indulge in some activities such as reading, creative writing, cooking, music, Art, Gardening or learning a new language.

Social distancing is not a punishment. Silence and solitude are a potent means for personal growth and self renewal. Let’s utilise this time to improve our mental strength, creativity, empathy and productivity.

It’s also a great opportunity to strike a balance between rest and activity. Hence, we need to make a conscious effort to strike this balance. Asthose that have the ability to run should also have the ability to stand still.

This phase of uncertainty is temporary. Mankind has overcome and fought epidemics like SARS, Swine flu, Ebola in the past. While we need to be informed about what’s happening, let’s not get obsessed with Corona (COVID-19). Endless news,TV debates and mindless social media forwards only add to the uncertainty. Let’s consciously keep a check on what we our feeding our minds.

The Coronavirus is definitely a catastrophe but it doesn’t have to mean the Apocalypse. A vaccine that will cause the virus to cease will come out so do not panic. Despite the dark clouds of gloom, a silver lining will emerge which will be bright enough to bring hope and a promise that, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!

GOD BLESS US !

History

The St. Mary’s School I.C.S.E was founded in 1864 by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, adjacent to St. Anne’s Church, which was established 4 years before. The school began as a Catholic school of education and a military orphanage. Later, her gates were opened to the Catholic populace in general which meant the school had to expand. This lead to the construction of the building that now houses the senior school whose foundation stone was laid down by Lord Linlithgow, the former Viceroy of India from 1936 to 1943.

On 7 December 2013, India Post a stamp to commemorate the school’s 150th anniversary.

It used to confer the degree/diploma of a Cambridge University O level of education, and now confers the ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) diploma. The school has four Gothic-style buildings and is divided into Senior School (Grades 5 and above) and Junior School (Grades 4 and below).

It is rated as one of the top schools of the country. Students are encouraged in the arts and many amongst the school’s alumni have flourished in theatre, music and Bollywood.

Badge & Crest

The School Badge has an azure and white background. Blue is a colour that expresses peace, harmonyand serenity. The education imparted in St Mary’s aims atmaking the life of the student in perfect harmony with allexperience. lt is an inner peace that springs from a well-ordered life, a life in peace and harmony with the DivineWill. The Blessed Virgin Mary, under whose patronage the school is placed, possessed this inner peace and harmony in her life because her life was a beautiful harmony with God’s Divine Plan for her and hence the Badge with hermonogram in gold against a white background symbolizes Mary’s perfect commitment and total consecration to God.

The Golden Crown signifies a victorious life, the aftermath ofa life of intense pain and suffering but one that blossomedinto the glorious victory of Her Risen Son, Jesus.
The monogram of the Society of Jesus, at the left, is areminder that St Mary’s is a school run by the Fathers ofthe Society of Jesus who believe in a deeply personalized education, in building up her youth to be ‘Men for Others’,who will leave no stone unturned to reach out to the poorand needy.

The Three Small Ships localize St Mary’s as a school in Mumbai City, a metropolis with an excellent harbour,the ‘Gateway’ to modern lndia. They also stand for themoral, intellectual and physical development given in StMary’s, in and through the challenges a modern, hecticcity like Mumbai offers to all.

Subscribed, is the school motto, ‘lmmaculata”, which today may be translated as, perfect Commitment or “Total Loyalty” and sums up all the ideals St Mary’s wishes to see realized in a pupil’s personality when he, at the closeof his education, enters into the mainstream of life.

Anthem & Prayers

From o’er the waves and far away, From hills and plains with voices gay, They sing the school they love so well, Within whose walls they long to dwell, And live the days of yore again,
They long alas, but long in vain.

(Chorus)

Come boys let’s sing the school we love,
Our chorus rend the skies above
And let the mountains and the hills
Proclaim the love that young hearts thrills. St. Mary’s boys, St Mary’s boys,

Hurrah! We are St Mary’s boys.

Our lives are bright and free of care.
The burden’s light that we must bear. Through tasks that should our ire provoke, Through sun and rain and mist and smoke St. Mary’s boys will smile and sing,
Till with their songs the echoes ring.

(CHORUS)

St. Mary’s boys cling to their God, Through life’s long day for Him they plod, To God and country ever true,
In peace and war their valour show, Where’er the call of duty lies
They prove themselves St Mary’s boys.

(CHORUS)and harmony in her life because her life was a beautiful harmony with God’s Divine Plan for her and hence the Badge with hermonogram in gold against a white background symbolizes Mary’s perfect commitment and total consecration to God.

The Golden Crown signifies a victorious life, the aftermath ofa life of intense pain and suffering but one that blossomedinto the glorious victory of Her Risen Son, Jesus.
The monogram of the Society of Jesus, at the left, is areminder that St Mary’s is a school run by the Fathers ofthe Society of Jesus who believe in a deeply personalized education, in building up her youth to be ‘Men for Others’,who will leave no stone unturned to reach out to the poorand needy.

The Three Small Ships localize St Mary’s as a school in Mumbai City, a metropolis with an excellent harbour,the ‘Gateway’ to modern lndia. They also stand for themoral, intellectual and physical development given in StMary’s, in and through the challenges a modern, hecticcity like Mumbai offers to all.

Subscribed, is the school motto, ‘lmmaculata”, which today may be translated as, perfect Commitment or “Total Loyalty” and sums up all the ideals St Mary’s wishes to see realized in a pupil’s personality when he, at the closeof his education, enters into the mainstream of life.

Jesuit Education

jesuits-logoJesuit education is a call to human excellence, to the fullest possible development of all human qualities. It is a call to critical thinking and disciplined studies, a call to develop the whole person, head and heart, intellect and feelings.

It systematically incorporates methods from a variety of sources which better contribute to the intellectual, social, moral and religious formation of the whole person.

It presents academic subjects out of a human “centeredness”, with stress on uncovering and exploring the patterns, relationships, facts, questions, insights, conclusions, problems, solutions, and implications which a particular discipline brings to light about what it means to be a human being.

Jesuit education strives to give learners an ongoing development of their imagination, feelings, conscience and intellect, and to encourage and help them recognize new experiences as opportunities to further growth. Learners see service to others as more self-fulfilling than personal success or prosperity.

Jesuit education moves the learning experience beyond rote knowledge to the development of the more complex learning skills of understanding, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Jesuit Schools in Greater Mumbai:

Campion High School (ICSE – Colaba)
St. Xavier’s High School (Fort)
St. Xavier’s Boys’ Academy (New Marine Lines)
St. Mary’s High School (SSC, Mazagaon)
St. Mary’s School (ICSE, Mazagaon)
St. Stanislaus High School (Bandra)
Holy Family High School (Andheri)
St. Xavier’s High School (Vasai)

Principals

2015–current: Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy S.J
2011–2015: Rev. Fr. Kenneth Misquitta
2009–11: Alice Carvalho (1st lady Principal)
1995-2009: Rev. Fr. Evarist Newnes S.J.
1995: Rev. Fr. Joe Diabrio
1991–95: Rev. Fr. Joe Saldanha S.J. (late)

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