Dear Parents,

Thanksgiving Assembly (2016-2017)

The St. Mary’s (ICSE) Annual Thanksgiving prayer Service (2016-2017) for Class 5 to Class 9 was held on 21st March, 2017 in the Senior Assembly Hall.

The solemn prayer service began with the traditional ‘Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony’ led by the Principal, Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy, Secondary School Supervisor Ms. Clementine Monteiro, Senior Teacher Ms. Sharda Shukla, the School Captain and School Vice Captain. The significance of the Lighting of the Lamp was explained by Ms. Nandani Basu.

The Prayer Service proceeded with a thought provoking video that emphasized upon the need to recognize the many blessings that the Almighty showers on us from time to time.

A short reflection and meditation led by Ms. Nandani Basu and Mr. Alan Menezes highlighted the significance of gratitude to the assembly of students.

The Prayers of Thanksgiving Petitions were read out by a few staff members namely
Mr. Sundeep Gaikwad, Mr. Prakash Pitroda, Mr. Ryan Rodrigues and Ms. Joan Dias.

A Hindi Prayer Song – ‘Shukriya’ was followed by a speech on the need to express gratitude towards people that are valuable in our lives by Mr. Mario Vaz. Gratitude Letters written by a few students were read out, addressed to the Principal, teachers, friends and family members who influence them to be better persons. These letters of gratitude were then pinned on the beautifully decorated ‘Thank You Board’ behind the podium.

The Prayer Service concluded with a thank you song, ‘Grateful- A Love Song for the World’, sung by a choir of students who were trained by Mr. Mario Vaz, Mr. Alan Menezes and Ms. Nandani Basu. The ‘Thought for the Day’ was a profound and meaningful message that ended the solemn morning assembly.

The following are some of the Letters written and read out by the students during the Thanksgiving Ceremony.

Gratitude Letter for the Principal
Respected Fr. Swamy,
Another academic year is coming to an end with all its memories and positivity. Thank you Father for being a really good administrator and working a lot for the school’s progress. Thank you so much for bringing so many effectful changes in the school for our good. Introduction of the lockers and suggestion boxes help us to give you a suggestion for the school. Thank you for renovating the school auditorium and making it air conditioned. I would also like to thank the school support staff for maintaining cleanliness in the school and helping in maintaining St. Mary’s lCSE’s name outside school.
Student of class 8-2

Gratitude Letter for a Teacher
Dear Teachers,
I am writing this letter to thank you for teaching me in the best way you could and guiding me towards the right way to success. Thank you all for giving me the best time of my life in my early schooling life.
You teachers plant seeds of knowledge with love, and patiently nurture them to produce tomorrow’s dreams.
My dear teachers you can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and install the love of learning. Remember always teaching is the greatest art of optimism. One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. A great teacher takes the hand, opens the mind and touches the heart .
I thank all my teachers for whatever they have done for me.
After I pass out from school, I will never forget you all for giving me the best time of my life and guiding me to get to greater heights in the future. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and remember miss, ‘Real heroes don’t wear capes, they teach’.
Your student

Gratitude Letter for a Mother
Dear Mother,
First of all, I want to thank you for bringing me into this world. I know that you have undergone a lot of struggles to raise me. You have inspired me to become a good human being.
I recollect the days when I was a toddler you used to hold my hand and make me walk. When I fell down you came rushing to wipe my tears .The values that you have instilled in me are engrained in my heart and have helped me become the person I am today.
You are always there for me no matter what the circumstances, no matter how foul my mood, no matter what time of day or night. You have shown me complete acceptance, love and understanding. If I need you, you always make time for me. You have no idea how comforting those moments have been in my life.
You taught me to give my best at everything I do. You have also taught me how to think for myself. You are like my pole star without whom I would be lost. Words are not enough to express my gratitude and feelings for all that you have done for me.
Your son

Gratitude Letter for a Brother
Dear Brother,
There’s a lot I have to thank you for, so I figured, why not try and put it into words? Let’s be real, if I told you everything in person, you would probably pin me down, or something like that.
Thanks for being my first best friend. I could always count on you to play with me. Being five years younger than you, I thought of you as my big figurine, and I thought you would want to do everything with me. Soon I realized that you didn’t, but thanks for always playing with me anyways.
Thanks for all my childhood memories. Thanks for being my thunder buddy and sleeping on my floor whenever the storms were bad and we both couldn’t sleep.
Thanks for helping me try to loose my fear of the dark in the times where you would turn off the light and close the door on me or when we would pass each other in the hall and shove each other at a locker or when we were in the same gym class and you would accidently spike the volleyball at my head. Thanks for always supporting me through my school journey and always being proud of me at the end of the day or when I was surprisingly good at table tennis and you were proud that I was you brother .
Memories aside you’ve taught me a lot of lessons too.
Thanks for teaching me not to give up and not to give too much importance to what others think.
Thanks for teaching me that growing up is supposed to be fun. There’s a time and place to be serious and that certainly isn’t everyday.
Thanks for teaching me to have a backbone and not letting anyone walk all over me.
Thanks for always beating me up, you taught me that I am stronger than I think I am.
Thanks for always taking my side whenever mom and dad try to argue with me.
Thanks for making sure I always have a smile on my face.
Your Brother.

Gratitude Letter for a Friend
Dear Friend,
Some people come into our lives and barely leave a trace, others leave a string of footprints etched upon our hearts, letting us know they are with us every step we take.
I still remember the day it all began. You tapped me on the shoulder and offered an umbrella during unexpected showers on way back home from school. That was the beginning of our journey of friendship.
During the interschool carom competition everyone had left the room; you were the only one still cheering and giving me hope to carry on. That’s what real friends do. They are the glue that holds us together when we feel like we are falling apart. They are the anchor to keep us grounded when life has a tendency to blow us away. They are the wind beneath our wings keeping us going when we feel like giving up.
A week before the exam, I fractured my left hand. You were the one who lifted my spirits, instilled positive energy and encouraged me to give the exams.
We have laughed a lot and cried a sea of tears together. Remember the day I had an argument with my mom and you wiped my tears and calmed me down.
Dear friend with you by my side the world is a better place, the sun shines a little bit brighter, my smile grows a little bit wider and in that magical moment, my problems are no more.
Thank you dear friend for staying constant in a world full of change and chaos!
Loving Friend