Dear Students, Parents, teachers, and other staff members,
Good morning. It is a great pleasure to welcome you all to St. Norbert School in the new academic session of 2021-22. This year a large number of students have joined our school. I welcome all the newcomers and their parents to the St. Norbert family. I hope all of you are keeping safe and healthy at home and my dear students are relaxed and rehearse to start a new academic year.
First, I would like to say congratulations to all staff and students for completing a year of online learning during 2020-21. We understand the challenges faced by students, parents, and teachers to cater to the academic needs during the closure of the school and adapting to virtual learning. But I am proud of you as you continued to demonstrate diligence, motivation, and determination to work to the best of your abilities to learn new instructions. Our talented and dedicated staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have been showing their care and concern for the students. Teachers were working from home preparing notes, and engaging classes online for the benefit of students. I appreciate their concern for the students and commitment to academics. The academic year 2021-22 is a time to be optimistic, set new goals, adapt to the changes in the learning process, and follow the e-learning process. We, staff, and management aspire to do a little better than we did last year in our virtual learning and teaching process. Dear Students, even though the classes are held online, the teachers will be with you to clarify your doubts, accompany you in any learning needs, and assisting your ability. The timely updates and the necessary information will be given to you by the class teachers.
A big hand for all the parents for their continued support. We believe that this is the time to not just deal with the current pandemic situation, but also build the foundations of resilience to face such difficult events in the future. We shouldn’t let the pandemic pin us down. We must remain positive and keep our hopes alive.
We, at St. Norbert, always envisage an all-around and balanced education based on sound intellectual, physical, moral, and social formation. It is our goal to make each and every student succeed. We offer our students the best possible opportunities to become confident, thoughtful young people who are prepared for any future challenges. Our superb facilities and dedicated staff will deliver our curricular and co-curricular programs in an online environment that is intimate, friendly, and attuned to every specific educational need. We keep our classes relatively small to create an atmosphere where children can feel relaxed and comfortable, which allows learners to really get to know their teachers.
First Batch of Alumni
The first grade 10 batch of students enrolled in St. Norbert, Bangalore 7 years back have successfully passed out to enrol for the pre-university courses. We are proud of our first Alumni batch. “Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a daffodil bulb, a lovely garden in a sowed seed, and a giant oak tree in a planted acorn,” says William Arthur Ward. It is a faith that we had in our first batch of 12 tiny tots and they have now blossomed into smart and confident teenagers. We thank not just one, but many teachers and parents whose concerted effort has led to the successful passing out of our alumni-2021. We wish them a bright future.
Virtual learning modules
This year, classes will be conducted live via the Tachyon Google meet platform and also a few pre-recorded classes will be given. We have already issued you the timetable which shows the subjects offered and the time slots for each class and division. This week students will have bridge course and worksheets and from next week regular classes will begin. Until regular classes begin, students of KG to Grade 8 will have only AOLs (Assessment of learning) and semester exams will be conducted only when normal schooling begin. Students will be also scored for their internal assessment based on activities, assignments, and participation in online classes. Grades 9 and 10 students have already completed a month of online classes and their exams and classes will have a different pattern from that of lower grades.
PTA Meetings will be held occasionally. In the first semester, we will have two PTA meetings. The first PTA meeting will be held online in July, and a second meeting one-to-one with the Principal and the class teachers towards the closure of the first semester to take the feedbacks on e-learning platform and make necessary improvements.
Through the ICSE curriculum, our academic standards at St. Norbert continue to improve year on year. This year we have introduced the Hindi language from UKG and Kannada from LKG. Moreover, we have constituted a faculty for each subject and the planning and development of curriculum and exam modules will take place in each subject faculty. Teachers will try their best to offer life and moral skills-oriented classes and programs.
Online programs and competitions
This year, we will have several online extra-curricular programs such as cultural and literary competitions, celebrations on each important day, Science exhibition, and many other programs. This opportunity will give students confidence to exhibit their talents and thus, they shall not miss the actual school environment. The prizes for the previous year’s competitions will be distributed to students as they come to school.
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”, says a Chinese proverb. Dear Students, have a passion for learning, especially improving your reading, writing, and speaking skills, and it will be the greatest achievement in your life. Every New academic Year is a new journey to be started, a new promise to be fulfilled and a new phase to be written. Try your best in everything you do, stay positive, have fun and keep smiling. Kindly remember that there is no elevator to success. We have to take the stairs to reach our goal. Forget about how you did in the previous year, maybe couldn’t take the online learning seriously, or scored less in exams, or neglected participation in extra-curricular activities and competitions held online in our school. It is never too late to start moving upward. And the academic year 2021-22 is a new beginning and difficult things will change. Our respected teachers the most unsung heroes, they don’t just teach you but prepare you for the future.
“I end my message with a request to all teachers and students to think of one resolution that you can make to bring changes in your life and in St. Norbert!
“Happy 2021 academic year to everyone, and have a great learning year!”