Principal’s Report 2012-2013



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Principal’s Report 2012-2013

Honourable Chief Guest of the evening Shri Sayeed Rasheed, I.Po.S,, Vice President of MTCES, Dr. M.O.Koshy , the Secretary, Shri P.M. Abraham IAS (Retd), Treasurer Mr. T.C. George , the Chaplain Rev. Joseph John, members of the executive committee , Principal of STCS, Mrs. Shiny Mathew, Principal of STHSS, Mr. Jacob T Varghese, Principal in-charge of STTTC, Mrs. Anila Chacko, Principal of STIST , Dr. Usha Thomas ,distinguished guests, parents, members of the staff and my dear children.

On behalf of the members of STRS and on my own behalf, I extend a warm and cordial welcome to all of you this evening. The academic year 2012-13 has been a very eventful and fruitful one. The year witnessed many milestones of excellent achievements in academics, co-curricular activities, sports and games, which aim at improving the quality of education and all-round development of the students. I feel proud and privileged to present before you a brief report of the achievements of the school for the academic year 2012-13
The academic year began with the Holy Communion Service on the 20th of May 2012. The service was led by Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos, Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church which was followed by the Staff Retreat. Orientation programmes for the teachers were held from 20th to 22nd May 2012. The resource persons addressed the teachers were Dr. D Babu Paul, Former Additional Chief Secretary and member Ombudsman for local self-government institutions of Kerala, Rev. Bobby Mathew, Faculty, E J Institute of Evangelism, Thiruvalla, Rev. Alexander Thomas, Adoor Diocese, Kannamcodu Centre and subject oriented classes by subject experts.

Classes started for the students in a spaced manner. The students of classes X and XII had special classes from the 2nd of May 2012. Regular school began for class VIII upwards on the 23rd May and by the 7th of June the whole school geared up in full strength.

The school now has a total strength of 3523 students spread over 79 divisions from Pre Primary to Class XII

The Results of the ICSE/ISC 2012 Board Examinations


As in the previous years the results obtained by our students at the ICSE and ISC 2012 have been excellent. Our students have once again done us proud and it is with a great sense of achievement and pride that I present before you the results obtained by our students.

The school presented 159 students at the ICSE (X) 2012 examination out of which 149 students secured DISTINCTION and 10 secured FIRST CLASS. Navina Mohan and Jyotsna Karan came FIRST with 97.4 %. Aparna J K stood SECOND with 97.3 % and EMIL TOM JOHN and NIRANJANA PRASANNAKUMAR shared the THIRD position with 97.1 %. 21 students secured 100 % marks in Computer Science, 11 students secured 100% marks in Mathematics, 4 students secured 100% in Environmental Education and 2 students secured 100% in Economics.


At the ISC (XII) 2012 Examination also our students excelled in the SCIENCE STREAM. Out of the 107 students presented by us, 82 students secured DISTINCTION and 25 students obtained FIRST class. NEETA MIRIAM CHERIAN stood FIRST with 96%. C. PAZHANI RAJ THANUJ secured the SECOND position WITH 95.8% and NAYANA RENJIT stood THIRD with 95.6%. In the COMMERCE STREAM, out of the 30 students presented by us, 17 students secured DISTINCTION and 11 students obtained FIRST class. PHILIP MATHEW C stood FIRST with 90.8%, ROSHAN PHILIP KOSHY secured the SECOND position with 90.6% and J.SURABI stood THIRD with 89.2%. Three students secured 100% in MATHEMATICS and three students secured 100% in COMPUTER SCIENCE and one student secured 100% in PHYSICS.
State Ranking in the ICSE/ISC Examination
7 of our students have secured the first three State ranks in the ICSE and ISC Examination 2012

In the ICSE , all the first three state ranks were bagged by our school

State First Rank : shared by Navina Mohan & Jyotsna Karan

State Second Rank : Aparna J K

State Third Rank : was shared by Niranjana Prasannakumar &

Emil Tom John

In the ISC , Nayana Renjit won the Second Rank in the State and Pazhani Raj Thanuj won the third rank in the State in the Science Stream.
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION RESULTS

The ISC 2012 batch passed out of school with flying colours and has now distinguished themselves through their creditable performances in various examinations conducted in India. The following are the details:-
All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) –2012

Tony Joseph Mathew got the 30th rank , Nayana Renjit got the 79th rank and Pazhani Raj Thanuj got the 189th rank in the AIEEE Examination

Ranks obtained by our students to the various competitive examinations – (this list is not an exhaustive one)
All Kerala Engineering Exam 2012

  1. C Pazhani Raj 146

  2. Nayana Renjit 243

  3. Neeta M Cherian 622

  4. Reshma Mathew 1046

  5. Prabin S 1049

  6. Aravind H 1686

  7. Vishnu Prasad S 2046

  8. Suchetha Gopidas 2098

  9. Sreeram T M 2100

  10. Sarayu S 2147

  11. Rakhul S Prakash 2276

  12. Naveen P J 2460

  13. Smrithy Sivakumar 2512

  14. Varghese George 2700

  15. Ann Sheryl M 3012

  16. Priyanka Mahesh 3035

  17. Parvathy S 3655

  18. Gayathry Anil 3696

  19. Sabari Chand P 4975

  20. Suman S 4981

MEDICAL ENTRANCE 2012.

Repeaters:-

Teenu Maria - All India Medical Entrance – Rank 179

Kerala Medical Entrance – Rank 60

Silpa S Sekhar – Kerala Medical Entrance Exam – Rank 780

JIPMER – Rank 68

Amritha Entrance –3rd Rank

All India Medical Entrance Exam – Rank 1315

First Attempt:

THOMAS VINOD THOMAS – CMC Vellore and CMC Ludhiana,

SHARON PRISCILLA - CMC Ludhiana

NICY SUSAN KOSHY - CMC Ludhiana
IIT-JEE 2012

Tony Joseph Mathew secured the 1745th rank in the IIT and has joined IIT Chennai.
INSPIRE SCHOLARSHIP

5 of our students have qualified and are eligible for the scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) component under the INSPIRE scheme. This is based on their results at the ISC (Class XII) March 2012 Examination as they are among the top 1% achievers at the ISC (Class XII) 2012 Examinations.


Performance in the top 1% in Class XII Board examination and enrolment into education in Basic and Natural Science courses at the B.Sc/Integrated M.Sc. or M.S levels will make them eligible automatically for a Scholarship for Higher Education awarded by the Government of India valued at Rs. 80,000 per year for five years.

They are:



  1. Suman S

  2. Neeta Miriam Cherian

  3. Nayana Renjit

  4. Ann Sheryl Mathew

  5. C. Pazhani Raj Thanuj


NTSE Scholarship
The NTSE coaching was held in our school by subject experts in Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mental Ability , Biology and History.

Vishak S of Std IX B was the lone scholar to win the NTSE Scholarship
Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a programme started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the programme is to identify and encourage talented children with aptitude for research. The programme strives to assist the students to realize the potential and ensure that the best scientific talent is developed for research and growth in the country. Generous scholarship and contingency grants are provided upto the Pre-Ph.D level to the selected students

I am happy to announce that our Assistant Head Boy Ashok Suresh Das and Ms. Niranjana Prasannakumar both from class XI have qualified for the first level of the KVPY scholarship. The interview has not yet been held for the final stage.
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR OTHER COURSES


Name

College

Nayana Renjit

B.Tech,E.C.E, N.I.T, Calicut

Pazhani Raj Thanuj

B Tech , N.I.T. Calicut

Ratan George S

B.Tech, Comp Science., Manipal Ins. Of Technology

Suman S

B.Arch, C.E.T,Trivandrum

Parameswaran V

Centre for excellence in Basic Sciences, Bombay

Sabari Chand P

CUSAT, Mechanical Engineering

Rohit Jacob Samuel

TOC-H Engineering College, Cochin

Philip Mathew C

Madras Christian College

Surabi J

Symbiosis, Photography

Athulya Joselet

Madras Christian College

Chris Lionel Joseph

Garden City College, Bangalore

Arya Rachel Thomas

Madras Christian College

Aparna J

Madras Christian College

Vimal P Thomas

Madras Christian College

Tina Mariam Eapen

Women’s Christian College

Smrithy Sivakumar

B.E, E.C.E, H.B.T.I, Kanpur


School Ranking at the National / Science Level

A survey was conducted by the premier marketing, research and polling organization C Fore, Delhi and based on this survey Education World has ranked our school as second best school among all the boarding schools in Kerala.

For this survey schools are categorized as Day Schools, International Schools and Boarding Schools and they are ranked across a broad range of 14 parameters to drive home a message to educators and parents that there is much more to education than academics excellence.

The parameters of excellence for the selection of boarding schools was as follows:

  • Academics reputation

  • Competence of faculty

  • Co-curricular Education

  • Infrastructure Provision

  • Individual attention to students

  • Internationalism

  • Teacher welfare and development

  • Sports education

  • Leadership / Management quality

  • Parental involvement

  • Life skills and conflict management

  • Special needs education

  • Value for money

  • Community service


We are indeed very proud to inform you the one school has been ranked as the Second Best Residential School in the Boarding School Category and among the best 25 schools at the National Level. The article appeared in the ‘ Education World’.
Alumni Achievements

Anjali Anchayil of 2008 batch has now be placed as a solicitor in the Clifford Chance in London with a pay package of Rs. 65 Lakhs p.a.

Varghese George, Arjun S and Jones Kurian who passed out last year have formed an IT Company “Cedar Info Solutions” which is the first pre-incubated company at International Centre for Free and Open Source Software Technology at Techno park with a Government grant of Rs.600000/-to support pre-incubation programmes.

It was a proud moment for STRS when two of our alumni outshone others and qualified for the Civil Services Examination 2012. H. KRISHNAN UNNI secured the 40th rank in the exam. He was the Head Boy of our 2004-2005 ISC batch. AVINASH MENON of ISC 2001 batch secured the 275th rank in the Civil Services Exam 2012.

A ceremony was held on July 4th 2012 at 9 a.m in the Auditorium to felicitate the three alumni of STRS and STCS who have secured creditable ranks in the Civil Services Examination 2011.

MARIA GEORGE of ISC 2007 batch was placed in the 57th rank in the Engineering Service Examination 2011.

Tina Eapen and Roshan Philip Koshy of Class XII won the first and second prize conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. They received cash prizes of Rs.2000 & Rs.1500.

Our Commerce students ROSHAN PHILIP KOSHY, GOPIKA P J, JEFFIE ABRAHAM, RAHUL A and JONES KURIEN have qualified for the Common Proficiency Test.
All Kerala ICSE/ISC Cultural Meet 2012-2013
In the All Kerala ICSE/ISC Cultural Meet 2012-2013 held at Bharananganam, Pala , on the 27th September, our school won the Overall Trophy in the ISC level.

ISC section :-

  • Jonathan George Koshie (XI) - First Prize - Light Music English (Male)

  • Joann Rachel Jacob (XI) - First Prize - Light Music English (Female)

  • K.K Anjali Mohandas (XI) - First Prize - Bharatanatyam

  • Pooja Padmakumar (XI) - Second Prize – Extempore (English)

  • Pooja Padmakumar & Jachin Jose Victor (XI) - Third Prize in Debate


ICSE section :-

  • Aditya Pazhoor Abraham (X) – Second Prize for Declamation – English He was also selected for the All India ICSE/ISC cultural meet held at Kolkata

  • Mahendra Sreekumar (X) - Second Prize - Light Music – English (Male)

  • Sanjay Santhosh (X)- Second Prize - Light Music - Malayalam (Male)

  • Anita Mathew (IX) - Third Prize - Extempore (English)


All Kerala ICSE/ISC Athletic Meet

In the All Kerala ICSE/ISC Athletic Meet held at Mannanam our school secured the Overall Championship in the ICSE Girls Section and first Runners up in the ICSE Boys section, ISC Boys and Girls Section. 11 of our athletes, Aditya Shankar, R NandaGopal, Arjun S Kumar, Rahul V S , Sagar Ashok, Azead Mohammed, Carren Elsa Mathew, Gayathri Devi, Niranjana Karun, Aleena Biju and Gauri P Nair were selected to represent Kerala region at the National Athletic Meet at Jamshedpur.

In the Nationals, Arjun S Kumar and Sagar Ashok won the silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay while Carren Elsa Mathew won the Bronze medal in the Javelin Throw.
NAVEEN ROY of class VIII, our badminton player, has won his place in the halls of fame when he won the 25th Sub Junior state shuttle badminton championship in Thiruvalla. He walked away with both the singles and doubles title. He won the following prizes in the Under 15 Category:

  • Kerala State Sub Junior Champion -Singles

  • Kerala State Sub Junior Champion –Doubles

  • Winner- All Kerala Junior Ranking Championship – Doubles – Calicut

  • Winner – Trivandrum Dist. Championship – Singles

  • Winner – Trivandrum Dist. Championship – Doubles

  • Winner – Oxford School Badminton Championship- Singles

  • Winner – Oxford School Badminton Championship – Doubles

  • ABR –All Kerala Badminton Championship – Singles

Selected to represent Kerala State Team for the PATNA nationals

In the All Kerala Aquatic Meet, Jincy Thomson of Class VIII won the III prize in the Butterfly Stroke –50 m and Back Stroke –50m.
The Frank Antony Memorial Debate Competition for the ICSE students Category II stage I was hosted by our school. The competition saw a riveting battle of words and wits among the participants with Harisree Vidya Nidhi School, Thrissur acclaimed as the winners and Loyola School, Trivandrum placed in the 2nd position. In Category I Stage I for the ISC students, which was conducted at Pallikudom, Kottayam, STRS emerged as the undisputed winner. Our team, which comprises Jachin Jose Victor and Pooja Padmakumar of class XI, won the BEST TEAM award. Pooja also was the third runner up in the National Debate Competition conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She won a cash prize of Rs. 1500/-

Mary Prarthana of class XI was declared the best debator in the National Debate Competition. She won a cash prize of Rs. 2500/-
Dr. A.V. Varghese Memorial Oratorical Contest (Malayalam and English) hosted by our school was held on 10th July 2012. Days ahead of the Dr. A V Varghese Competition, teachers were seen coaching the participants who were short-listed for this prestigious contest. Eminent persons from outside the school were invited as judges for the event. First introduced in 1983, this unique competition is exclusively meant for St. Thomas Schools. This competition became another feather in the cap of STRS when Pooja Padmakumar (XI) won the 1st place for the competition in English and Devika Sreekumar (IX) obtained the 3rd position for the Malayalam category.

The prize winners are:

English : 1st Prize : Pooja Padmakumar (STRS)

2nd Prize : K Malavika Menon (STCS)

3rd Prize : Vanessa Raju Thomas (STCS)

Malayalam : 1st Prize : Lekshmy S Nair (STCS)

2nd Prize : Divine S Shaji (STHSS) & Amala Anna Alex (STCS)

3rd Prize : Amritha Nair (STCS) & Devika Sreekumar (STRS)
FIIT JEE Talent Reward Exam 2012

Continuing the extraordinary saga of academic excellence, our students have once again proved their mettle through their outstanding performance in the FIIT JEE talent reward Exam. ROHAN NARAYAN of class VII got ZONAL rank 2 (Science) and won the SILVER medal. VISHAKH S of class IX got Zonal Rank 2 (Maths) and won the SILVER medal. ASHOK SURESH DAS of class XI got Zonal Rank 2(Physics) and won the SILVER medal. NIRANJANA PRASANNAKUMAR of class XI was the Overall Zonal Topper and won the GOLD medal. She also got zonal Rank 3 (Physics & Chemistry) and won the BRONZE medal. LAKSHMI S SUNIL of class VII got Zonal Rank 3 (Science) and won the BRONZE medal. KEVIN PETER KURIAKOSE of class VI (2011-2012) was the Zonal Topper in Science and Overall Zonal Topper and won GOLD medals in both the categories.
Co-curricular Activities

We have students with varied talents, abilities and interests. To hone their skills, this institution offers sample opportunities through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Our students participated and secured prizes in various important competitions:-
SANTHOME FEST

The Santhome Fest was inaugurated on 26th July 2012. The Santhome Fest was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by last years Individual Champions and the Principal. The Competitions kick started with the Patriotic Song competition in the quadrangle. For two days (26th July and 28th July) competitions ranging from Light Music, Classical Music, Ganamala, Declamation, Mime, Rhythmania, Burn the Floor, Static Stances etc were held in different venues of the school All programmes showcased the brilliant talents of our students. Their go-getter attitude and stunning performances created a tough time for the judges but in the end, the best of the best were showered with accolades. The GREEN house went at each competition with tooth and nail and was adjudged the champion house at the fest.

Individual Champions:-

Sub junior : A.J. Sangeetha (VI)

Intermediates : Keerthana P S (VIII)

Senior : Shruti Laju (X)



ISC : Aishwarya Venugopal (XII)

Uma Nalini Damodaran of class VII was awarded a scholarship in the field of Bharatanatyam by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi.
Sports and Games

Our students participated in various sports and games competitions held within the school and elsewhere. In keeping with tradition, our students have excelled in track and field events. Our three Physical Education Teachers have been a tremendous source of encouragement and inspiration for our students. Under their able guidance and effective coaching, our students have done well in the sports events conducted at the District, State and National level Competitions.
Annual Athletic Meet

The Annual Athletic Meet was conducted on the 5th and 6th of October. The Yellow house was adjudged the Champion House of the meet. The Meet was inaugurated by the Former Secretary of the Board of Control of Cricket In India, Mr. S.K. Nair. At the meet, the following students secured the overall championship in various Categories

ISC Boys : Jubin Salim (Class XI)

ISC Girls : Nina Verghis (Class XI)

Senior Boys : Sabarinath A (Class X)

Senior Girls : Gouri P Nair (Class X)

Junior Boys : Joseph John Cherukara (Class VII) & Sourav Krishna S (Class VIII)

Junior Girls : M Gayathri Devi (Class VII)

Sub-Junior Boys : Rohit Praveen (Class VI)

Sub-Junior Girls : Esther George (Class VI)
Other Competitions:-

  • SAN REVO 2012 was one rocking affair organized by the Class XII students. On the 7th July, STRS was witness to a spectacular display of talents by participants of eight different schools. The show featured seven competitions from which our judges lauded the Loyola School as Champions and Chinmaya Vidyalaya as the runners up.

  • La Fest 2012 : Was an event hosted by the Loyola School and our students put their best foot forward and hauled away the second runners up trophy.

  • Colosseum 2012 : Hosted by STCS on 22nd June our school bagged the RUNNER UP trophy.

  • In the Chempaka Fest (Cre8) our school won the runners up trophy.

  • 31 of our students participated in the Shastra Prathiba Matsaram . Results are awaited.

  • Sidharth J of class VII won the first prize in the Painting competition conducted by the District Wild Life and Forest Department and also the third prize in the painting competition conducted by VSSC in connection with the World Space Week Celebrations . He won a cash prize of Rs. 1000/-.

  • Rejira K Robi of class XI won the following prizes:-

  • The award for the ‘Best Painting’ organized by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad

  • Second Prize in the Painting competition organized by the Kerala Revenue Department

  • Third Prize in the Inter School painting competition organised by Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School

  • Third prize in the painting competition conducted by the ‘Veedu’ Painting competition organised by Builders and Developers Pvt. Ltd.

  • Third Prize in the competition conducted by the Diary Development Department in connection with the World Milk Day, 2012

  • K J Shrutikeerthi won the First Prize in the Painting Competition in connection with the Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrations

  • In the quiz competitions held in Christ Nagar School Jobin A Chaman and Divya Mary of class X secured the 2nd prize

  • In the quiz conducted by Rani Giri Church Lakshmi Menon and Vishak S of class IX secured the 3rd prize

  • Anita Mathew (IX) won the second prize in English Elocution, Aslam Ahamed of class X won the second prize in the essay competition and Devika Sreekumar (IX) won the third prize in the Malayalam elocution conducted by the Ramakrishna Mission in association with the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Kerala.

  • In the District Level Inter School Malayalam Competition conducted by Dr. P K Narayana Pillai Shastyabdhapoorthy Smaraka Rolling Trophy, Aishwarya Venugopal (XII) won the First Prize in Malayalam Recitation.

  • Anagha M S and Malavika P Nair won the gold medal in the Examination conducted by the Mahatma Gandhi Rastrabhasha Hindi Prachar Sabha

  • At the ABRSM graded Music exam conducted by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, 31 students participated in different grades.

  • In the United Christian Movement competitons 20 of our students participated and we won the Overall trophy: The following are the prize winners:-

& Second Prize – Malayalam Solo

  • Akash Mallick – VIII B - Second Prize – Western Solo

  • Meenakshi Mallick-VI D – Second Prize – Western Solo

  • Ganga –VII A - First Prize - Malayalam Elocution

  • Sidharth G - First Prize – Drawing and Painting


FCBS: The Foundation for Capacity Building in Science, Trivandrum, is an autonomous non-profit organization devoted to strengthening and furthering the cause of science education in India. The trust was established by Prof. CNR Rao. FCBS classes are conducted for students having a special interest in and an aptitude for science. 31 students of class XI attended the seminar on ‘Nano Technology’ conducted by the FCBS on November 9th 2012.
Olympiad Examination

I Level Exam: -

NCO (Cyber Olympiad) - 16 students got below 500 ranks in National Level

NSO (Science Olympiad) - 8 students National level below 500 ranks

IMO (Maths Olympiad) - 7 students National Level below 500 Ranks

IEO (English Olympiad) - 28 students National Level below 500 Ranks
Six of our students gave a commendable performance in the second level 2012 Olympiad Examinations.


  • Rano Roy Kavanal (IX) and Ashok Suresh Das (XI) won the 1st rank in the State for the National Cyber Olympiad.

  • Jobin J Chaman (X) won the 2nd rank in the State in the International English Olympiad Examination

  • Vishak S (IX) won the 3rd rank in the State in the Mathematics Olympiad and 246th rank in the International level. He also won the Bronze medal.

  • Preethi Elizabeth Thomas (XII) and Nikhil George (XII) secured the 5th and 13th in the State for Second Level International English Olympiad and won a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-.and Rs. 2500/- respectively.

  • Akshara D B (VII) was the second Runner Up in the National Level Sip Abacus -Level 8 competition held at Pune

  • Kaveri A (VII) won the 3rd Runner Up in the Grand Master Level of the Sip Abacus Competition.

  • Saina S Asok (VII) bagged the first Runner Up in the State Level Sip Abacus- Level 3 Competition.

Faculty Improvement Programmes
Providing quality education for all-round personality development has been the mission of institution. Commitment to quality, innovation and continuous improvement in education are our guiding values.

A number of orientation and training programmes are organized to keep the teachers abreast the recent trends in methodology of the teaching-learning process in various areas and subjects. Orientation programmes for content enrichment, methodology and evaluation are organized from time to time to orient and train teachers in academic as well as life-skills like effective communication, stress management, time management and personal efficiency. Guest lectures are arranged regularly where eminent people from different walks of life address and guide the teachers and students on various subjects and recent trends in the field of education.



  • Mr. Pradeep S G , Teacher in Mathematics and Divya L , Teacher in Physics attended a workshop conducted by the ICSE council

  • Mrs. Jayasree V and Anita Thomas attended a workshop for setting up INTAC Heritage clubs

  • Mrs. Meena P S attended an Orientation programme for Accountancy Teachers

  • Mrs. Hema V R attended an Orientation programme for Economics Teachers

  • Mrs. Subha R B attended a Hindi Language Workshop from the Primary Section

  • Mrs. Susan Mathew attended an English Workshop organized by the ICSE Council

  • MS. Anita Thomas is the teacher selected from the school for the Counselling Course conducted by the Marthoma Guidance and Counselling Centre.


Teachers Day: In connection the teacher’s day in the school the students organized a special assembly where the Head Boy, Head girl, Logistics Captain etc. took on the roles of the Principal and Vice Principal. The students organized the entire assembly. A few students also felicitated the teachers. The Asst. Head Boy prepared a report on the programme along with a gist of the speeches of the students. It has been sent to the Indian Express for publication along with photographs. The students of class XII were also assigned the roles of various teachers and they took class for the first two periods in the afternoon.
The Students Council

The Student Council is a body of elected members who have leadership qualities and organizational skills. This is to ensure a sense of democracy among the students. It plays a role as a liaison between the students and the school administration. The council comprises school leaders, prefects and class monitors. The Investiture ceremony was held on June 21, 2012. The office bearers and the Prefects were invested with the epaulettes and the badges by the Principal. Gokul Krishnan and Varsha Mary both of class XII was selected as the Head Boy and Head Girl respectively. The Principal at the very solemn ceremony conducted on this day also administered the oath of office. The ceremony came to a close with the Prayer and Benediction by the School Chaplain Rev Joseph John.


School Assemblies

School Assemblies are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is maximum student participation at these assemblies, which have gone a long way in helping students perfect their organizational skills, oratorical abilities and their team spirit. At these assemblies students are called at random to come up on to the dais to present the editorial, to read the news and to sum up the proceedings of the assembly. Mondays are earmarked for Class Assemblies, Wednesday for Value Education and Friday for Public Speaking. Each class puts up its assembly based on a theme. Each student in the class has some role to play. The school assemblies have therefore served as a platform for students to improve their general awareness and communication skills.


School Choir

The junior choir comprising of students from classes V – VII and the senior choir comprise of students from classes VIII – XII enliven the school assembly. The services provided by Mr. Bejoy Mathew, the choirmaster is truly commendable. He gives regular practice to the school choir. We are greatly indebted to him.



Onam Celebrations

Onam was celebrated with great fervour. The students participated enthusiastically in the Thumbi Thullal , Thiruvathira, Onam songs, Athapoovu Competition etc . The Secretary of the MTCES, Mr. P.M.Abraham graced the occasion with his presence. I congratulate the teachers and the students for putting up such a splendid show.



Christmas Celebrations

Christmas was celebrated in traditional manner with Carol singing, the Nativity scene and Santa Claus. The Christmas message was given by Rev. Mathew M Thomas who was the Chief Guest for the function. The collection that has been made for both these functions will be given to charity, as has been the practice in the previous years. All students participated with great enthusiasm.


Other Activities

  • Children’s Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Each division also brought out class Magazines. These magazines help students in developing their abilities in working as a team. Selected articles that feature in these magazines are used in the school magazines also. Class Proficiency prizes were distributed on the Children’s day. Children wore coloured dresses.

  • The Fun Streak and the Food Festival was held on the 17th November 2012. Our School Chaplain Rev Joseph John and his wife inaugurated the Fun Streak and the Food Festival.

  • World Environment Day and World Aids Day were also celebrated during the extended School Assemblies.

  • Cleanliness Week was also observed in connection with Gandhi Jayanthi.

  • Study tours were also organized for classes V, VII, IX and XI.

  • The traffic club conducted a programme on traffic awareness for the students of Std. VIII on 30th November 2012 at 2.30 pm in the School

Enrolling of students and teachers for ‘Aadhar’ was done in the Auditorium from 30 July, 2012 to 9 August, 2012.


English week was observed on Monday, November 19th to drive home to the students, the importance of English as the language of communication in the present day world. Various competitions and programmes were organized in connection with this, throughout the week.

A debate competition was held for students of class IX and XI on that day. Devika Sreekumar of IX D was chosen as the best speaker. The highlight of the week was an entertaining talk given by Prof. Khyarunnisa.A, on the topic “Importance of Reading ”. On the same day, elocution was held for the middle school section. The topic given to each speaker was “ Co-education is beneficial for the students”. Sandra E of class VII secured the first prize. A special assembly was held in connection with the English week. For students of class V and VI a recitation competition was held in the same day.



Book Club – ‘The Sparks’

The Sparks book club was started in 2007 with just 7 children who loved to read. Over the years they have grown, not only in number, but also in what they do. Now it has 17 members from four leading schools in Trivandrum - St.Thomas Residential School, Holy Angels' ISC, L' Ecole Chempaka, and Trivandrum International School. The students not only read and analyze books as a group, but also discuss current affairs, have quizzes, debates, elocution, and fun and games. They also have outdoor meetings, to learn more about the world around us. Their motto is " Igniting Minds" - their own, and those of the people around them.

The members of the book club are mostly in classes 8 and 9, though the youngest is only in 6th. By taking part in this book club, young children not only inculcate the habit of reading, but also develop our speaking skills and understanding of the world around us. They learn how to be a part of and contribute to a large group, and to interact with people of different ages and from different schools.
Presently, they are working on organising a programme, from which all proceeds will go to the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) and the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH). The musical programme is directed by Hareesh Menon of Class XII from our school and played by four of our students Sanjana Scaria and Lakshmi Menon of Class IX, Aparna Vijayakumar of Class VIII and Navneeth Mohan of Class VII based on the book " Goal Butterfingers!" by author Prof. Khyrunnisa A. The children are taking sole charge, with minimal help from parents and adults. They have hired no professional help, and are doing everything on their own, from scriptwriting, to choreography, to meeting sponsors. Through this programme they not only do their part to help others, but also learn how to take up charge and responsibility on a large scale. The musical will be conducted on February 3, 2013 at Vyloppily Samskrithi Bhavan, at 6 pm. 

For more information, feel free to visit their website : www.thesparks.in
Social Service

In the present day where people live increasingly selfish lives, they cease to care for those less privileged than themselves. Keeping this in mind, in order to instill in students the need for helping and being compassionate to those in need, we have engaged in the following activities.



  • An amount of Rs. 20,000/- was collected through the sale of Christmas cards for the Grama Jyothi Special School

  • Stitched uniforms were distributed to all the students of the Government Primary School at Mukkolakkal

  • A sum of Rs. 10,000/- was made to the Mar Thoma Church , Kollam for the inmates of ‘Ashreya’

  • Our students also purchased stamps and flags for contribution to the National Association for the Blind and for the rehabilitation and welfare of ward widows as part of the Armed Forces Flag Day.


Pre Primary Section

The Pre Primary section buzzed with activity from the 4th of June 2012, and the PP I students, our newcomers, arrived on the 6th and 7th of June. We have students from the three schools on the campus with about 949 students with 22 divisions of which 4 are at the Kumarapuram Campus. We follow no formal examination, no homework system. Activity sheets and work sheets are given periodically and progress cards were given term wise. A talent display was organised which included singing, recitation and instrumental music. The talents of our little masters astounded everyone. Assemblies are conducted twice a week. Independence Day and Children’s day was also celebrated. The children are evaluated and assessed periodically and from 22nd to 26th August, the selections for the Annual Athletic Meet were conducted. A Parent Teachers Meeting took place on 17th August at Mukkolakkal and on 21st August at Kumarapuram. Onam was celebrated on the 7th of August and Christmas on the 4th of December 2012 and our tiny tots put up a wonderful vibrant performance. Medical check ups are also conducted for the PP I students.
Play School : The school is functioning in full strength and a good number of little ones are waiting for admission to the Primary section of the St. Thomas Schools. The school provides environmental friendly learning through Creative play, Music, Art and Story Telling. Mrs. Annoo John is now appointed as the Head Mistress of the play school with four other teachers to assist her.
Primary Section

The Bible says “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. This is exactly what the teachers are trying to do in the Primary Section. We have 982 students in classes 1 to IV. The following activities were conducted in the primary section.

  • The Santhomes Kids Fest: The various competitions are conducted in a spaced manner through out the year.

  • At the assemblies held in the Primary section Std IV puts up class assembly every Thursday the Santhome Kids Choir also sings new hymns and the message is given to the students by the school chaplain.

  • Onam , Children’s Day and Christmas were celebrated with enthusiasm in the Primary section. Participation by all the students was confirmed in these celebrations.

The following prizes were won by the students in the competitions held outside the school:-[ this list is not an exhaustive one]

  1. Cyriac C Joseph - Class IV – I prize in the KVB Menon Memorial District school Chess Tournament and won a cash prize of Rs. 750 /-

  2. B Manjari - Class II – I prize in the Centre Level Accelarated Mental Learning

  3. Aanie Kathryn –Class IV – passed the requirements in Mental and Gymnastics Development for Green Belt 5th Kyn, in karate.

  4. Adithya Prathap – Class IV

  • II prize in Mental Arithmetic – Grade 7

  • III prize in Abacus – Grade 10

  1. Niranjan Jith A - Class III

  • Honoured by Bala Gokulam for his achievements in the State Level for Music and various Arts.

  • I Prize in folk song, Malayalam Recitation, fancy dress competition conducted by the Gandhian Studies.

  • Honoured as ‘Shalabha Raja’ – the Championship Title in the Shalabha Mela State Level Arts Competition.

  • Karthik Ram S – Class IV – Gold Medal winner in the 13th Online Mental Arithmetic Competition

  1. Ishitha Kiran Nayar –Class IV

  • 3rd Runner up – Level 3 (Sip Abacus)

  • II Place – Girls Red Tournament (Kerala Tennis Association)

  1. Aavanthika S R – Class III – Champion – Level 1 – (Sip Abacus)

  2. Amanda Arun – Class III – I Prize – Level 1 – (Sip Abacus)

I congratulate all the teachers of the Primary Section for the excellent work they have put in.

Value Education

Children today are subjected to confusing messages and an overdose of information. In order to teach children that there are core values relevant across the world, we hold value education classes in school on a regular basis. At these classes we try to ensure that children internalize these values so that they can apply it in real life and cope with the situations they face. In the changing scenario children often develop the wrong attitudes. Therefore we have chosen ‘Punctuality’ as the theme for this year and several school assemblies have been conducted based on this theme.

Career Guidance and Counselling

The Career Care Centre started off this term with a two week individual counselling session for the 12th Standard students by Mrs Betty Ninan , School Career Counsellor. During these sessions the students were given information on the various career possibilities, details of various colleges and procedures for applying.

The Aptitude Tests and Counselling were conducted for the 10th standard. The Counselling session was mandatory for all tenth standard students. Various issues related to studies, stress, timetable setting and subject choices for the 11th standard were discussed. Problems brought forth during the counselling were addressed. During this year Life Skill Education classes were started in the Junior school to prepare the students to face the challenges of modern life .

Counselling is also given to the slow learners, children with attention deficit disorder and other personal problems by Ms Hannah Moncy, the School Counsellor. We are very grateful to both Ms Betty Ninan George and Ms Hannah Moncy Kakkassery for the painstaking services rendered to our students.
REMEDIAL CLASSES : Students requiring remedial coaching were identified immediately after the First Mid Term Examination. These students were given remedial coaching according to a fixed timetable during the zero periods. The parents were also informed. Whenever the students failed to make much progress the parents were called for a discussion with the Principal, Headmistress and the Teacher concerned. In certain cases these students were also sent to the school Counsellor.

Staff

We have a committed band of 116 teachers and 11 administrative staff and supportive staff. With their spirit of dedication and guidance we are able to attain our desired objectives and set targets.

Staff Retirement

Mr. Joseph Varkey , Accountant, retired at the beginning of this academic year after putting in several years of dedicated fruitful and loyal service to the Institution. We are indeed grateful to him for his contribution.

Staff Resignation

Mrs. Leeja Ann Cherian who served as the Head Mistress of the Play school has resigned. Mrs. Sajula H who served as the Malayalam Teacher resigned and joined the Government Service.

New Appointments

The following teachers joined the school this year – Miss Anita Thomas, Mrs. Lakshmi Devi, Mrs. Sini Sudha, Ms. Surumy and Mrs. Piali Chakrabarti.

On behalf of the Santhome Fraternity, I wish them a happy and prosperous tenure here.

NCC

Our Troop comes under No:1 (K) AIR SQN NCC Pettah, Thiruvananthapuram with a strength of 100 cadets. Cadets were selected from the 8th Standard. Boys and Girls (Junior Division). The period of Cadetship in Junior Division is 2 years. Parades are conducted and drill was taught. Classes are taken on Principles of Flight, Aeromodelling, AeroEngine, Ecology, Organisational Structure of Air Force, weapons etc with Flag saluting and hoisting on ceremonial days.



The Cadets attended the Annual Training Camp, National (Trekking Camp, Integration Camp etc) through which they get leadership qualities , learn how to explore their potential and also get experience in adventurous activities like rock climbing, Firing, Rope Climbing, crossing the canal, Mountaineering etc. The cadets were given flying experience in Microlite Aircraft..

Scripture Contest

A Scripture Contest was conducted by MTCES on 15th November 2012 in which a total of 251 students participated from our school.

Merit Scholarship Instituted by MTCES

Merit Scholarships have been instituted by MTCES for excellent performance in academics and non-academic activities. The following students won the merit scholarship for the year 2011-2012

1. Maria Sebastian - Class V

2. Manasi Maneksh - Class V

3. Akshay N R - Class VI

4. Ashwini A Kumar - Class VI

5. Sai Krishnaa - Class VII

6. Aber G John - Class VII

7. Visakh S - Class VIII

8. Anita Mathew - Class VIII

9. Luke P Idiculla - Class IX

10. Arjun Menon C - Class IX

11. Anuraj Hari - Class XI science

12. Priyanka P - Class XI

13. Geo Zajo - Class XI commerce

14. Aishwarya Venugopal - Class XI

Inter House Competitions

To nurture the talents and skills of our students various inter-house competitions are held every year. In the Inter House Debate competition Green House emerged the winners, the Yellow and the Blue House shared the Second place and the third place went to the Red House in the English Debate.

Pooja Padmakumar (XI) was the best debator in the English Section and Niranjana Prasannakumar (XI) was the best debator in the Malayalam Section.

Conclusion:-

We would like to place on record the support extended by our President Thirumeni to all our activities, and we are grateful to him for his prayers. I wish to thank the Vice President of MTCES Dr. T.M. Thomas, Secretary, Sri P.M. Abraham, Treasurer Sri. T.C. George and all the members of the Executive Committee and other sub committees for their unstinting support for the smooth and efficient functioning of the school. I would also like to thank our chaplain, Rev. Joseph John for his guidance in all matters. I also thank Mrs. Shiny Abraham, Principal STCS, Mr. Jacob T Varghese, Principal STHSS, Mrs. Anila Chacko , Principal in-charge, STTC, Dr. Usha Thomas, Principal, STIST for their encouragement and co-operation. I would be failing in my duty if I did not thank all my teaching and non teaching staff for their commitment and dedication. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Zarina Thomas, the Headmistress, Mrs. Bina George, Mrs. Sindhu Simon, Mrs. Brinda Nair and Annoo John for their unstinting support and cooperation. Let me extend my sincere thanks to the Heads and Staff of the various departments under the MTCES for the timely help and co-operation rendered by them.

We commit ourselves and all our achievements to the Lord Almighty. Let him fulfill His purpose in and through this great Institution.

Principal




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