OUTREACH PROGRAM

We, the girls of Sacred Heart Girls' High School believe in this saying and make an eff ort to lend a helping hand. Where there is suff ering, there is duty. So every year, an Outreach Program is conducted by all the students from class V to X. Every student donates a certain sum of money which is subsequently handed over to respective organisations.

The year 2011 saw a very successful Outreach Program. A large sum of money was donated to the less fortunate which was well received. The students of standard V and VI donated money to St. Euphrasia's Girls' Primary School. The students of standard VII had their Outreach Program for the workers of our own school. The students added some colour in the workers' lives with some cultural events, games and lunch. The students of standard VIII visited Nirmala Seva Kendra. They entertained them by playing, singing and dancing. They brought a big smile on the faces of 18 inmates when they took cards and gifts for each of them. 26 students of standard IX along with their teachers visited Angel's Orphanage in Shivajinagar which houses an Old age home too. They made the orphans and old people feel that there were people who still cared for them. They entertained them by singing carols and dancing.

If you see a friend without a smile, give him or her one of yours. This is exactly what we girls did. Smile is the key that fits the lock of everybody's hearts. We opened the hearts of many people by spreading a smile on their faces. We showed concern for them. We hope we really made a diff erence in their lives. All this taught us one thing..

"The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else."

TEACHERS SEMINAR - THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

To a mind of flint, the teacher must be iron and strike sparks. To the empty pitcher, the teacher becomes a well. To the fallow mind, the teacher becomes a planter of seeds and to the cluttered mind, a gardener to weed, shape and clear a space for growing.

To all, the teacher is a mirror that shows not only, the self but the path and its choices, the task and its demands – the difficulties, the joys. To all, the teacher is a learner, a person and a prism through which the ordinary reveals itself to be miraculous.

Thus teaching is not a profession, it is a vocation. In the life of a teacher, however good he/she might be, there is always scope for improvement.

Every organization must make room for creative people, sworn enemies of routine and the status quo, always ready to upset the apple cart by thinking up new and better ways of doing things.

In order to help students to meet the challenges they face, we need to regularly hone our skills. So the management organized a two day seminar for the teachers of all the Good Shepherd Schools. Fr. Joseph Jayraj, the resource person for the seminar in 2011 highlighted the role of the teacher in making the students' foundation stronger, and the different Teacher – Student relationships. The two day seminar ended with Dr. A.P.J. Kalam's 10 point oath for teachers. On July 20th and 21st 2012, the seminar was conducted by Father Brian Pereira.

Points like the functions of the right and the left brain, important qualities of a teacher, old and new paradigm in education were discussed. The interaction and reflections of the teachers were very thought provoking.

On behalf of all the teachers, I thank the management for organizing such seminars that help us grow and become better teachers.

I Believe that having willingly chosen to be a teacher, I must be willing to respond with Effort, Dedication and Zeal, that teaching demands and deserves.

ART,CRAFT AND SCIENCE EXHIBITION

The Craft Exhibition was held on 10th February, 2012. It showcased the motor skills of the children through different craft items, colourful drawings and models along with simple science experiments. The school aim at the all round development of the children, so extracurricular activities too play a major role along with academics. Children are trained to bring out their hidden talents and skills on occasions such as Parent's Day, Sports Day, Talents Day, Craft Exhibition etc. The exhibition was admired and appreciated by the parents and other visitors.

The handiworks of the children were marvellous, creative, colourful and admirable.

RETREAT

The hectic pace of life for many of us means existing on the surface of life. The demands we experience keep us occupied with the details of the urgent, without allowing us to truly experience living. Our spiritual lives are eclipsed by this manner of existence. A retreat is an invitation to step beyond the surface of life--to take a break from the incessant demands made on our time and energy to rediscover and refresh our spirits. It is beyond the surface where we truly begin to experience the wonder and beauty of living.

This year the retreat was conducted by Project Life. They made us realize the fact that Jesus always invites us to "Come and see." We each have a need to respond to this invitation. Our acceptance of it and our journey onto holy ground awakens in us an awareness of the presence and activity of God in every aspect of life. Allocating sacred space and time entices us to enter into prayer--into communion with God. They taught us how to listen deeply, learn about our relationships with ourselves, our God and others. Apart from this, we also enjoyed singing action songs with the choir.

TRIP TO TRIVANDRUM & KANYAKUMARI

February 1st 2012. We counted months, days, hours, minutes and seconds in eager anticipation of this day. It was this day at approximately 5 pm that the Cochuveli Express departed from the Bangalore city station. The train's last stop-and our first stop-was Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Let's rewind by the couple of days.

On January 30th and January 31st the whole class was divided into groups of fourteen and assigned a teacher each. It seemed like a long wait, but the horn we finally blown and the train slowly pulled away from the station. We spent the evening and most of the time in train singing and playing. Finally we slept and woke up to a vision. The sky was the limit- a beautiful light blue with a tinge of pinkish purple at the horizon. The trees and bushes were a deep green and the rivers and lakes gleamed under the pale sunlight. We finally arrived at the Kochuveli Station, Trivandrum. Two large buses were waiting at the station to take us to our hotel, which was by the sea.

On reaching the hotel-we test-drove our beds to see how bouncy they were. After the inevitable wash-up, we all went to the Trivandrum palace, which had been transformed in to museum displaying the different artefacts from all over the world and pieces of furniture from the palace when royalty lived in it many centuries ago. In the evening we went to the beach (yay!!!!) and returned to our rooms completely drenched and with sand filled pockets. After collapsing on our beds and being dead to the world for ten straight hours, we left the next morning of Kanyakumari- the southernmost tip of India.

First we went to the viewing tower and stood starting at the point where the three water bodies met. We were given a couple of hours to do all the shopping to our heart content. After buying things that are probably lying inconsequently in some corner of our wardrobes- some of us visited the temple of the local goddess. It was a beautiful temple- a lovely specimen of south Indian architecture located on the beach. The weather was decadent- bright and sunny with the sea breeze. We then sat in the park overlooking the sea and watched the sun setting in the horizon. The bus ride to and fro was very much part of the entertainment. We blasted music at volumes, which would not be legal in some countries and swayed to and fro to the songs till we exhausted all the CDs that were in the bus. We then sat back to watch a flim- 'Bodyguard' in two parts- on the way to Kanyakumari and back. While it wasn't exactly an Oscar winning film- it was highly amusing.

On our final day in Kerala-we visited the Lord Vishnu temple- famous world wide for its immense riches and jewel and for its strict rules of code and conduct. We did some last minute shopping for the families and then it was back to the hotel for some last minute packing for our departure to Bangalore. And so ended our excursion- five days filled with laughter, fun and games.

EXCURSION TO GOA

On 26th August, our principal and ten anxious teachers chaperoned three buses full of ninety nine elated ten standard students to our destination Goa. It was seventeen hour arduous but exhilarating journey by bus. We whiled away our time by singing our latest songs at the top our lungs. We arrived at Star beach Hotel in north Goa the next morning. Star Beach Resort was ideally located on the shores of the famed Colva Beach of Goa, known for its crystal white sands.

It was located in a scenic place, set back from crowded city atmosphere, adjoining vast gardens and open spaces, yet close to all key locations. In the afternoon, we went to the Calangute beach. While some of us bathed in the calm blue waters, others made sand castles and collected sea shells. The salty sea air, typical o f the sultry weather of the coast, was refreshing. Later, teachers and students alike enjoyed bargaining for trinkets. Exhausted, but satisfied, we returned to our cozy beds.

The next day we were greeted by rainy weather, yet it did not dampen our spirits. On that day we embarked upon spiritual journey. First, we witnesswd the morning 'Pooja' at the regal Mahalsa Devi temple. It embodied all the elements of traditional Goan architecture. We then travelled to the magnificent Bom Jesus Basilica which contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier. We participated in the Holy Eucharistic celebration there. Its beauty is engraved in the hearts and minds of each one of us.

Later that evening, we went on a cruise on the extensive waters of the Arabian sea. We witnessed three dances showcasing Goan culture. The graceful movements of the skilled dancers in colourful attire were certainly a sight behold. The next day, we visited the ruins of the Aguada Fort. The mysterious prison both exited and mortified us. All of us climbed up the crumbling stone tower and posted for many pictures.

Afterwards, we spent the evening relaxing on the secluded Baga beach. We returned and prepared for our departure the next day. On the last day, we were fortunate enough to go the serene Colva beach. We bathed in the refreshing cold ocean waves which drenched us and filled our pockets with sand creating fond memories which would be savoured for times to come. We left after lunch back to where we started with a heavy heart.

On the way back, we stopped at the Big Banyan Winery. There we learnt about the processes involved in the preparation of wine, it quite an interesting experience. We arrived the next morning at Bangalore, grateful for all the pains that our teachers took to make our trip memorable.