My dear students, teachers, parents and well-wishers,
“Take risks in your life.If you win you can lead.If you lose, you can guide.”-Swami Vivekananda
It is indeed a great privilege and honour for me to share my thoughts about St. Joseph’s Academy. Many well-known and well-meaning personalities from every walk of life have played a role in shaping up this great institution, which to this day serves as a catalyst to drive its students to success and all-round development. This school has risen to world-class standards simply because it has been able to provide happiness to its students and I believe that happiness is the key to success
It is heartening to see that St. Joseph’s Academy is living up to its motto, “Work is Worship". This is not possible but for the selfless and committed service of the teachers and the non-teaching staff, and also the valuable contributions made by parents. These dedicated groups of people create a platform for the students to deepen their knowledge by providing innovative learning experiences, which in turn help them to come out of their comfort zones and develop new skills to face new challenges with confidence and ease.
Today, education must be viewed in a broad sense. It should not merely remain as a possibility to achieve academic excellence; rather our curriculum and extra-curricular activities must encourage every student to develop respectful relationships with their peers, teachers, and the society. It must instil in them a keen social conscience and the capacity to make ethical decisions. The purpose of education must be to create a supportive and inclusive environment where students are encouraged to explore their potential to achieve their personal best in all aspects of their school life.
In my opinion, the world is now revolving around technology where CHANGE is becoming an essential element to be accepted and adopted in our day-to-day life. Therefore, our school environment must value collaborative learning methods and development of positive relationships, which will allow pupils to engage in the world of future where problem solving, evaluating, working in teams, and communicating are not only valued concepts but expected skills, attributes, and capabilities. John Adams says, “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live". If we want make every student accomplish the above objective, then each pupil must be encouraged and given an opportunity to participate in academics and co-curricular activities, whereby our educational system could instil in them qualities and learning behaviours such as taking positive risks, setting attainable goals, viewing errors as opportunities, being open to feedback and critically evaluating their own progress.
I am very glad to confirm and endorse that SJA aims to develop leadership, academic, social and emotional skills in order to motivate pupils for success not only in school but also in their career paths and future relationships. To make them life-long learners and genuine human beings is yet another noble endeavour of this school.
I would like to conclude this message with the words of Mahatma Gandhi:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Even as I take on the responsibility of leading this school, with all sincerity and humility, I dedicate myself to this noble calling and wish to assure all my beloved students, teachers, parents, non-teaching staff, and well-wishers that with the help and guidance of the Almighty God, I will do everything possible to elevate this prestigious institution to greater heights.
May God bless us all.
Bro. Jeyaseelan S.