From the Principal's desk
Updated on: 25-05-2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and my dear Students,
I hope that every one of you is doing well. I hope and wish that the current situation would end soon and we could say, "Yes we have overcome!" This pandemic has challenged parents, teachers and students. No one was prepared for this kind of a situation. By the Grace of God, we are coping well together despite various concerns.
Dear parents you have become teachers and students have realized that they have great potential to learn despite the lockdown. For some of you it might be very difficult due to network problems. This issue is everywhere. Yet it is so encouraging to see many parents and students so positive and ensure that learning continues. Our teachers are taking care of the assignments regularly. Therefore please encourage your children continue to send the assignments to the respective subject teachers. The School office will try to reach those students who are not able to submit the works regularly. The assignments are spaced out so that our children are not overburdened. Dear parents, we do not expect that the e-learning is one hundred percent perfect. But we try our best to make the given situation perfect for learning. And we want that our students do not miss out much. Thank you all for all the efforts taken. Please continue to strive forward every day.
Some of the parents keep asking me when the school would open. We do not know. Honestly we want our students back at NP. But we are waiting for the government directives. Apart from the online classes through school website, WhatsApp groups, YouTube links, audio, MCQ online tests and video files, the school also makes use of Meritnation, Skippy, Extramarks, PIE, and Deltastep. Dear students, go through those helps and make use of them. You will not be bored if you keep yourself busy. Teachers are trying their best to teach and I am sure many of our students are learning well. The NP weekly has brought a new dimension to the online learning. Many of our students have found their hidden talents and those extracurricular activities keep them active and motivated. I am sure the students use Nutshell to keep up-to-date with general knowledge. Apart from these, the Council, in collaboration with Bengali news channels ABP Ananda and News 18 Bangla is telecasting live classes during weekends for ICSE and ISC students. This is also available in YouTube. Also dear parents, please structure your ward's time table so that your son/s has/have enough time for regular studies, physical activity so that he stays healthy during this lockdown period.
Dear students, you are to do your work regularly and if there is any problem do mail your teacher or send a message to the School WhatsApp number so that your questions are answered. Also watch the links and the videos posted by your teachers in the school website, WhatsApp and through google class. Everything will be taken into account when you return to school. You are requested to work hard and do your regular works and assignments. Do not worry about your promotion now and I would suggest that you do your work and the rest will be taken care of. Also please do your work with sincerity and honesty especially when you do your online tests.
Moreover, the school is regularly keeping in touch with all the parents through bulk SMS and WhatsApp broadcast messages through its official number +91-9735384834. Please, those of you who have not yet stored this number as St. Joseph's School, please save the number immediately. Or else you will miss a lot of information. Please check the school website regularly too. Dear parents and students, please do take things seriously, because the School wants the best for you. If you do not update regularly, you will miss a lot. Please adhere to the requests. The School has created the ICSE 2020 and ISC 2020 WhatsApp group for dissemination of important information about the remaining examinations. You are requested not to exit the group till the examinations are over.
After a long delay, the Council has finally allowed us to have classes for class XI. We started the classes on 11th May through google class, School website and WhatsApp. The classes will be suspended for class XI as and when we receive the information for the remaining ICSE exams. The classes will resume after the students finish their exams. Some of the Text Books have been distributed by the National Stores for the students from Darjeeling. Some of the online e-books links have been sent for others. The book list has been uploaded in the School website. The Boarders could procure them from your own places if it is possible.
The School is also exploring the possibility of creating its own School-App. You will be updated on this matter. Many of you, dear parents might be thinking of the school fees since the second installment dates are around the corner. It is so premature to say anything now. But the School will consider various options if the situation does not improve. So do not worry now. NP has been known for its resilience. You will be notified once the situation improves.
We will be enriched to know your own experiences. I would be glad to get feedback from all of you on your experience of the last two months. Your suggestions and feedback will help us to make things better for everyone. Your feedback will be strictly confidential. Let your suggestions be practical since our school children are from all over the country. Please send them to me at email@example.com OR +91 7407401112 latest by 28th May 2020. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your family. God Bless!