THE ANNUAL REPORT OF HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, AYMANAM 2016-2017
Holy Cross School is in its 16th year of establishment. Over the years it has succeeded in serving the students’ community effectively. On this occasion we are proud to present you the annual report of the academic year 2016-2017.
Theme for the Year
Ma Tuze Salam, (We salute you mother) was the theme for the year, with view to instill in our students to have respect for their parents. The entire year’s programmes were based on this theme and finally the theme was wonderfully depicted in the annual day programme.
The new academic year commenced, after the summer holidays, on 1st June 2016. Rev. Fr. JohnyThekkemaly, the principal of the school addressed the students and welcomed them to the new academic year.
The Pre-Primary inaugural was held on June 5thwith students and their parents gathering in the open stage. It began by seeking God’s Blessing and welcoming students with flowers and sweets.
As you all know the third batch of Class X who had appeared for all India Secondary School Board Examination 2015-2016 had come out with flying colours. They achieved cent percent results with high distinctions. Sona Sebastian stood 1st with full A1 grades in all subjects. Congratulations to our dear students. Hope the present batch of Class X students will outshine the past records. Various awards are instituted for academic excellence. Student to student interaction and study was organized for the students of Class IX through Skype.
Our students participated in various scholarships such as Asia, PCM, Gate, MEC, Sahodaya, and Cyber Olympiad in Maths, Science, and English. Many of our students secured distinction, some received selection at state and district levels.
Congratulations to all the participants and kudos to all the winners of the scholarships, they have made Holy Cross School proud.
Mr. Daniel Gordon and Mr. O`Shane Morgan, joined Miss Sarah and Nikki from Stonehill University America at the beginning of the academic year. Their arrival gave new impetus to English speaking in the campus. The orientation program conducted by Fr. Thampi in the Month of June 13th& 14th gave a new direction to the staff. Some of them attended a two-day CBSE COE Teacher Training Programmes for Mathematics, Social Science, English, Classroom Management and Inclusive Education, and Advanced Seminars in English Education.
Our facilities include high quality infrastructure with full-fledged computer lab, science lab, language lab, smart class boards and well equipped library. Moreover, we have a wonderful playground for our students to be active in the fieldand physically fit.
HOUSES AND ACTIVITIES
Students are divided into four different houses for various events and activities to foster their all-round development, co-operation and, team spirit. They have house mistresses and captains to lead them.
It was on 24th June in a solemn occasion where the young students were prepared to don the mantle of leadership and discharge the responsibilities entrusted upon them. The function began with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. The cabinet members marched to the stage accompanied by the school band.
The Chief Guests placed the badges, lanyards, and sashes to Head BoyAbey J. Lukose,Head GirlAleena Sebastian, captains and vice captains.
On the 69th celebration of Independence Day, Holy Cross School was full of great enthusiasm and respect for our Nation. The Head Boy Abey J. Lukose and Head Girl Aleena Sebastian along with the school band accompanied the Chief Guests to the stage. The Four Houses led by the Captains marched like the Indian Army. The National Flag was hoisted by Mr. Alichan, the Panchayat President. The school choir sang patriotic song. The Head Boy Abey J. Lukose gave Independence Day speech.
The students showed their love and concern towards the staff on September 5th by songs, dance, skit, greeting cards and flowers.
The school celebrated Onam on September 8th for primary students and September 9th for the secondary students. The day was marked by various activities such as, payasam preparation, floral design making based on the theme ‘Mother’, tug-of-war, SreemanSreemati competition.
October 4th: SWACH BHARAT
As part of Swach Bharat Mission, students from classes V to X came together to clean the school campus. Everyone worked hard to flower plants and keep the surroundings clean.
November 5th: PARENTS’ ORIENTATION
We had an orientationprogrammefor the parents conducted by Dr. Aby Daniel A. to help them to understand different ways to help their child or children succeed inside the class, at home and in society.
November 14th: CHILDREN’S DAY
Children’s Day was celebrated with passion. All were in great joy and the children came dressed like Chacha Nehru. Teachers showed their love and affection to the students and made them feel special by entertaining them with skits, songs, and beautiful messages. The students and teachers had a rally as part of the celebration. The ice-cream served brought more sweetness to the day.
December 22nd: SOCIAL OUTREACH PROGRAMMES
The commitment of this institution to society is evident through the support and comfort extended by the staff and students to the poor, sick, and needy. Student of Class X visited AbhayaBhawan, Kanjikkushy to celebrate Christmas with the inmates, contributing things of their daily needs such as soap, powder, toothpaste, Dettol, toothpaste, etc. Our students performed dance and sang together with the inmates making them happy and loved.
We celebrated Christmas on December 23rd with some friendly house wise competitions such as Christmas tree making, decorating Christmas cards, fancy dress for pre-primary and primary students, Christmas carols and a skit. Students brought snacks and Christmas gifts which they shared with their friends. It was a memorable day.
The non-teaching staff is an integral part of our school. We showed our love and appreciation towards them in a very special way on December 23rd. We presented each member of the non-teaching staff with gifts.
On 16th January Holy Cross School celebrated the birthday of Principal Fr. JonhyThekemally as Principal’s Day. The House Captains along with the school band welcomed him to the stage with great enthusiasm. Students from all classes greeted him with handmade cards and performed various programs. Later a get together of the management, staff, PTA executive committee, and the non-teaching staff was organized.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
Special interest is taken to diagnose the academic backwardness of children in various areas. We conducted evening extra class for those seeking more support in different subjects. Over the academic year we have invited different guests to speak with both students and parents for social and academic developments.
Sr. SunithaRubi spoke with the students from classes VIII to X about growing and being more responsible.
November 25th: CAREER EXPLORATION
To help students develop their ambition for the future, Holy Cross School brought in Tiny Seed’s Educator Mr. Shiju to conduct a program on discovering the vast opportunities and career paths that our students can pursue in the future.
In order to nourish the moral and spiritual development of our students, every first Friday of the month we arrange for confession, Holy Mass, and spiritual empowerment for Catholic students and the same time other students engage with documentaries related to moral and social issues.
SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The Alumni Association meeting was held in December, when most of the former students came together and shared the nostalgia of their former school days.
July 29th: CULTURAL FEST
Cultural Week was celebrated with students of four different houses competing with great excitement in a variety of events in the area of arts, literature, music, and dance. Every student was given opportunities to express their talents.
August 19th: CLUB DAY
The History, Math, Literature, Nature, and Health Clubs gave a spectacular presentation of activities and events. The different clubs planned and hosted numerous programmes throughout the academic year.
September 1st Pre-primary conducted fun filledsports activities and some parents’ also participated in various competition. The top three students and parents in each event received prizes.
On September 3rdwe conducted sports meet. We started the day with the lighting of the torch as house captains and leaders assembled in the ground. Fr. James Athikalam, parish priest, delivered the message on sportsmanship. The top three students in each event received medals and certificates.
Our studentsparticipated in Football Tournament, Throw ball Tournament, Interschool Chess Championship and Sahodaya Athletic Meet at various schools.
October 2nd: GANDHIJAYANTHI
To mark the occasion, the students cleaned up the campus and made the environment cleaner and neater.
October 20th-22nd: SAHODYA CULTURAL COMPETITIONS
Our students participated in numerous events at Sahodya Cultural Competition. We are very proud of our students who earned distinctions and recognition for their hard work. Congratulations students.
October 28th: SCIENCE EXPO
Students from classes V-X conducted science projects ranging from biogas plant, hydroelectric stations, solar panels, etc. Students and parents came to show their support to the entire students who worked hard to showcase their exceptional understanding of science and the world. It was telecasted by the Star Vision TV Channel.
December 10th: SCHOOL FETE
It has become an annual event of the school where parents, teachers, students, and management came together. There were various programs like cinematic dance competitions, comedy show, musical performances, and parents dance. Various food stalls and game stalls kept everyone busy. It was a huge success thanks dear parents for your support.
TOUR & PICNIC
Students of KG to class II went to Alleppy along with class teachers and parents. Students of class III to VIII went to Silver Storm atAthirappally. Class X students enjoyed a 3-day adventure in Bangalore and Mysore.
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
The Parent Teacher Association plays a vital role in all the activities of our school. The PTA seeks parents’ participation and feedbacks about the daily events taking place at school.Members of the PTA participated and gave full support in this year’s Fete.
On August 10th and February 10th a team of officers visited from Mali Dispensary and gave deworming tablets for the students of class I to X. With parent’s approval students were given TT Toxoid to improve their health.
With heavy hearts a farewell was given to Sarah Dunsing and Nicole Zolli our guest teachers from Stonehill University America. We also bid farewell to the present class X students, wishing them all the best on their exams and future life.
Haritha Kerala was inaugurated here in the school. Vegetables seed were distributed to the students.
Luminous Holy Cross, the school magazine, brings out writers, poets, and artists among the students.
25th February we celebrated our annual day. It was a spectacular display of our Theme, Ma Tuze Salam. All the grandparents were the chief guests of the day. We didn’t have any other dignitaries but the parents to distribute prizes and honour our children. It was indeed something different and everyone appreciated our efforts.
Hereby we submit the report for your kind approval. We put on record all the services and participation of our parents and people of goodwill for the development of our school. Together we will march towards excellence. Ma Tuze Salam!
Holy Cross School