‘Students of this generation are hard to handle,but I try to understand their pulse’

Quest interviews Sister Carmel Mary D.M.,Principal, Mar Ivanios Convent School,Pune

Published: August 27, 2013 4:26 am

When did you take over as principal and what problems did you face?

I joined as principal in June this year. As usual,all the students of this generation are very hard to handle. As a principal,I try to understand their pulse and tackle the issues at hand. The teachers are also very helpful and we manage the school together.

Can you tell us more about the academics scenario in the school?

We have gotten a 100 per cent result for the last 13 years. Out of 103 students,86 received distinction and 17 students got a 1st class. Last year,our highest scorer got 95.09 per cent. 24 students have scored above 90 per cent marks in their class X exams.

We give all kinds of extra coaching to students,including coaching for scholarship exams,maths and science olympiads. We also coach the students for UCMS classes.

This year,along with state board syllabus,we are also teaching the students from CBSE textbooks from class III to X. We don’t think any syllabus is better than the others. But we want the children to get the benefit of all syllabuses so that they do not lack in anything. We have also installed the digital boards in our school. Our students have also won medals in national level olympiads.

What kind of importance is given to sports in your school?

We have regular sports periods for students which are compulsory. Apart from this,we also have a two hour special sports coaching every evening from 4 pm to 6 pm after regular classes for students who are interested or those who excel in sports. We have two expert sports teachers who train students in various sports. We also have two physical education teachers who are gold medalists. We have teams for basketball,football,volleyball,badminton and table tennis. We also have an athletics team which has won a lot of prizes for the school.

A student of our school was awarded with the Late Mr Rajiv Gandhi Award for being the best athlete. Another student bagged 1st place in a badminton competition conducted by PCMC. Many students have represented our school at the national level as well.

What cultural and co-curricular activities can the students involve themselves in?

We have an annual social gathering where all the students participate in an event of their choice. We also have regular dance period once a week for every class. Whenever there are any functions,we call special dance and music teachers from outside. Almost every weekend we have a cultural event. We also organise a lot of events like debate,essay writing,poem recitation etc. competitions. Various competitions such as elocutions,essay writing,handwriting,rakhi making,dance and quizzes competition are also conducted at the school level. The school also has a number of clubs,which students chose as per their interest. Almost every year,our students win the dance competition organised by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). This year,our students collected Rs 1.5 lakh and gave it to HelpAge India. During our last annual fun fair,we collected Rs 1.75 lakh which was used for charitable purposes.

Do you see a rise in aggressiveness in students? How do you cope with it?

There are a lot of changes in the present generation and there has been an increase in violence and aggressiveness in students of this generation. We have a full time counselor in the school. Most of the time,teachers talk to students and parents to resolve any issues. But in some cases where we see a child behaving more differently than usual,we send them to the counselor. The counseling is done for both parents and the student. Most of the times,lack of parental care leads to erratic behaviour in students. Nowadays,with both parents working,they hardly have time for their children. They shower their children with gifts but they are unable to give them the time,love,care or attention that the he/she requires. Plus,now there is a lot of influence of the media and there is violence everywhere. Hence,proper parental monitoring is very important. The child should feel comfortable about talking to parents about his or her issues and that in itself will resolve a lot of problems.

Secondly,the generation today does not listen much. What it needs is good role models. They learn by example and we do our very best to be role models to them.

What will be that one quality that makes your students stand apart from the rest?

My students will always be disciplined with or without monitoring. Discipline becomes a way of life for them by the time they finish school and step into the world as adults. My students will always be polite and if they commit any mistake they will confess and apologise. That is something that we teach in our school. We are proud of our students.

What is your vision for the school?

Our dream is that all our children should be successful in their life and be morally and ethically right always. One can always get bookish knowledge from anywhere,but we teach values at our school. Our students should always have good values in them. They should be noble citizens of the country and should be the leading lights in society.

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