Dear Parents, Staff and Students,
Greetings to everyone in the name of Christ Jesus. I am grateful to God, the Almighty for the blessings showered upon us as we step into the academic year 2020-2021. We have begun this year with a great challenge of facing the global threat, COVID – 19, so let us join hands to make this journey of learning and self–realisation, a remarkable one. It gives me immense pleasure to invite you to work with due care and diligence, though things are not up to our delight and the future is uncertain.
At this juncture I would like to bring to light the untiring efforts of our founder Venerable Nano Nagle and our Presentation sisters who have been pioneers in lifting up the alma mater to the ever growing institution with their invaluable services. Let us follow their footsteps to enlighten the fruit of wisdom in the minds of our children and lead them to understand the outcome of education through our dedicated service.”
I also would like to remind each of you about the awareness programs conducted by WHO (World Health Organisation) against this threat to the world at large, which has brought about a complexity to our regular living, especially in the field of education. Let us work hand in hand with the WHO in eradicating this pandemic as we learn to live with care and concern in making this world a safer place for our own selves and for every person around us.
My concern for everyone in this undesirable scenario is to never fail to realise the truth that change is permanent but the one who knows to adapt to change alone sustains. As rightly said by Malcolm X , “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare it for today”, so I sincerely recommend every member of the Ursuline family to strive to excellence in all that you undertake.
According to Aristotle “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”. This is perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of Education. There is always a quick dissemination of knowledge in an educated society. Furthermore, there always is tremendous transfer of knowledge to generations. Education continues to remain a ray of hope in the certainty of creating a better future.
Though some believe that the unplanned and rapid move to online learning – with no training, insufficient bandwidth, and little preparation – will result in a poor user experience that is unfavourable to sustained growth, others believe that a new hybrid model of education will emerge, with significant benefits. I would suggest that the integration of information technology in education will be further accelerated and that online education will eventually become an integral component of school education.
According to Leo Buscaglia “Change is the result of all true learning.” In all our course of action let us stay calm and learn to update ourselves, with technology and its advancements and overcome our obstacles keeping in view of our mission and vision. Where there is a will, there is a way. So let’s develop a willpower that is overriding to conquer our objective with hope and strong determination.
Dear all, to conclude it is my heart’s desire that each of you face the challenge, with utmost caution and contribute your valuable service to reach out to our student community. I welcome you once again to participate sincerely in this venture with serenity and steadfast love for the well being of nature and humanity, which is the need of the hour.
God Bless you all.
St. Ursula's Anglo - Indian Higher Secondary School,
Presentation Convent, Church Park,
No. 216, Anna Salai, Thousand Lights
Chennai - 600006
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