STEPPING INTO 2021, keep your faith, spirits and determination undeterred and you shall walk the glory road.
Dear Bedean families,
As we stand at the threshold of 2021, waiting for the curtain to come down and open again to unveil the stage for 2021, we are all called to be players on a stage with many entrances and exits.
The experience of going through ‘2020’ was no doubt a rough patch, a chapter in our lives that opened a Pandora’s box but as we close one chapter and begin a new one it’s time to give thanks for all the hurdles and difficult times we have overcome. Both individually and as a community, we have explored, learnt, experimented, adapted and changed for the better. Now, more than ever we must continue to work together though we may face a myriad of challenges.
Our positive interventions and guidance will continue supporting students’ safety, social, emotional and behavioral needs in the course of addressing and fulfilling the academic plan.
May God grant one and all blessings of good health, joy and success for the future.
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Happy New Year 2021!
Remembering our past is extremely important. But building the future has taken a set back as COVID-19 is impacting almost every sector of the economy. The education sector is no exception.
An empty classroom due to COVID-19 was the scene a few months back. Thanks to technology that has made us leave no stone unturned in bridging the gap that was caused by the pandemic.
The new academic year that started in June 2020 was just not a new beginning but a dramatic turning point as the real class has been taken over by the virtual class.
We as educators who follow Don Bosco’s vision of education strongly believe that Don Bosco institutions impart holistic education that works through students’ imitation of the teacher whose words and actions nurture young people to see, know and desire the way, the truth and the life.
A virtual invasion of our schooling system will not make us draw a compromise on modeling our youngsters in Don Bosco’s way of meeting students where they are, seeking them and knowing them to unlock the fullness of education.
However our system of observation and monitoring online classes tells us that students have also been able to adapt themselves to e-learning, e-testing and interacting with teachers on a one-to-one basis. In order to maximize and ensure optimal benefits reach the students, the daily online schedule is carefully patterned with required portion coverage, activities, assignments, writing of classwork notes, special classes and giving values that we strongly believe can mould and build a good person.
Everyday is a day of learning. Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way. Let’s embrace the new experience of learning and keep learning.
Prayers and Blessings to one and all.
1st June 2020
Is there anyone teaching our kids HOW TO FACE SUCCESS or FAILURE in life?
Our children are to be taught the consequences of SUCCESS and FAILURE.
Our children need to know that success is only momentary and if they really want to be successful, they need to be constantly dissatisfied with their success and move from GOOD to BETTER and then towards BEST.
Our children should realize that they can’t bask in the glory of the past.
If Success is so critical, imagine how much more we need to prepare our children for FAILURE. We need to make our children realize that SUCCESS and FAILURE are not opposites but two outcomes of the same process.
There is WISDOM in both and we need to prepare our children to Fail successfully.
I would like to quote the inspirational words of John C. Maxwell, the great inspirational author.
“FAIL EARLY, FAIL OFTEN, BUT ALWAYS FAIL FORWARD”
The only way to make failure useful is to learn from it.
Rise above any resistance you may meet at the course of your dream. Keep your eyes on your dreams. Life tests the big dreamers – the passionate revolutionaries.
Succeed; then move from Good to Best.
Let’s fail forward and learn wisdom out of it and reach our dreams.
May I take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful start in the upcoming academic year irrespective of the outcomes, SUCCESS or FAILURE and grasp the available opportunities.
Wish you a very happy & grace filled New Year. May Joy & Success be yours all through this year.
If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear Goals.
oals must be SMART:
S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.
All the very best & God bless you….
I know it’s an odd question to ask you and not your kids but still I wanted to ask you. “Have you ever played a video game?”
We are bit outdated when it comes to video games whereas our children are experts in this arena. We prefer to sit and watch them playing with our eyes wide open rather than trying to play and get stuck at the same level again and again.
I would like to draw my message out of this to all of us.
Life is like a brand new video game. As you play, you need to unlock the future so does our life unfolds before us as we live every moment. Life is full of surprises just like a video game. Sometimes its interesting to play and we are eagerly looking forward to unlock the future levels immediately. Every level has got its difficulty level and its own treasures to gather on the go. As you play, you get protected, you get more lives, you build more. So does in life, natureand nurture are so conducive that we enjoy living our lives to the fullest.
Unfortunately, video game has a reload button while Life is oneway game. It has to be lived with much more care and concern or else we get stuck to life in some phase as we never had a HOW TO LIVE manual handed on to us.
As Parents, you would have realised by now, having played your own game of life, the most difficult phase is your child’s phase of school life. I would say, the Troubled teen phase they go through. It is troubled phase for the only reason that they don’t know whether they are kids anymore or adults already. There is a confusion in their behaviour oscillating between maturity and immaturity. There is an identity crisis and this is their transition period from childhood to adulthood.
Though, there is no LIFE MANUAL to guide them, there is still a good news. There is a wonderful solution to get them across this difficult phase.
THEY HAVE YOU
You have gone before them in this life and you know the difficulties of your time as well as theirs. Who else can better accompany them in their game of life.
With the counsel of the Elders- Grandparents, Parents, Teachers and Well Wishers, they will be able to unlock the treasures of the future and thus we will be moulding honest and holistic citizens of this world.
P.S: Dear Parents, I would consider you as the ALL ACCOMPLISHED MEN AND WOMEN for your kids.
All the very best & God bless you….
Fr. K.J. Arulraj SDB