Once a gentleman talking to me about a particular School in a locality said, “That’s a very good school indeed” I paused for a while and asked what made him to hold that school in high esteem. He gave the following interesting reasons to explain his statement: that the school has half a dozen buses to ferry children, gorgeous uniform with many accessories, technology based education, Speaking English is compulsory for staff and children, children address their teachers as Miss, Madam, Sir, Annual exam results every year 100%. The list went on. Not a mention regarding the CLIMATE of the school.
In today’s world many so called educationists are tempted to convert schools into factories in order to prepare children for the job market. So they equip the schools with all modern facilities so as to attract the parents. Is it enough to train a child to jump into the ocean with all the modern facilities without teaching him/her how to swim? Ultimately what matters in the society is not who the job-doer in the job market is but what values and humane qualities he or she has imbibed.
According to me the concept of ‘a good school’ must be understood from the students’ perspective. If students in general linger on in the school premises even after school hours, feel free and fearless with teachers as well as their parents, feel urged to attend classes daily, look forward to the re-opening day of the school after mid-term and summer vacation in order to rush to school to meet and chat with their friends and teachers, then this school must be not just a good school but a ‘The very best school’ for their child.
We at St. Aloysius have been and are trying our best to make our children feel a sense of belonging to the school, develop in them human qualities such as love, respect, humility, patience, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, friendship and service to others. They are made aware of the sense of the Divine and respect for elders along with duties, rights and patriotism.
In this holy task I am privileged to have a devoted teaching and non-teaching staff who is imbued with Ignatian Charism of “MAGIS’. They know that their role is not being a sage on the stage but a guide at the side of students. They walk with students in their life growth process. They are on a mission to teach students not only how to walk but also where to walk. Here I must remember thankfully all the past Headmasters, Asst. Headmasters, Rectors, Jesuits, Teachers, and the PTA.
I am grateful to you, the PTA executive committee members, all the parents (past and present), alumni/ae, well-wishers, and officials of various Departments for your support and encouragement. You have stood by us in sun and shower and proved to be a great pillar of strength in our need. People all over consider St. Aloysius as one of the most famous Institution. It is so because you have valued it so first. Thank you, God bless you all.