Honourable Chief Guest of the evening Smt. J Mahalekshmy Menon, IA&AS, Vice President of MTCES, Dr. M.O.Koshy, the Secretary, Shri P.M. Abraham, Treasurer Mr. T.C. George, the Chaplain Rev. Joseph John, members of the executive committee , Principal of STCS, Mr. Sebastian T Joseph, Principal of STHSS, Mr. Jacob T Varghese, Principal in-charge of STTTC, Mrs. Anila Chacko, Principal of STIST, Dr. Usha Thomas, distinguished guests, parents, members of the staff and my dear children.
On behalf of the members of STRS and on my own behalf, I extend a warm and cordial welcome to all of you this evening. The academic year 2013-14 has been a very eventful and fruitful one. The year witnessed many milestones of excellent achievements in academics, co-curricular activities, sports and games, which aim at improving the quality of education and all-round development of the students. I feel proud and privileged to present before you a brief report of the achievements of the school for the academic year 2013-14.
The academic year began with the Holy Communion Service on the 19th of May 2013. The service which was led by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa was followed by the Staff Retreat. Orientation programmes for the teachers were held from 20th to 21st May 2013. The resource persons who addressed the teachers were Shri. Alexander Jacob, IPS, Director General of Prisons and Correction Service and Dr. A Abraham, Life Coach and Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistics. Subject oriented classes were also conducted by subject experts.
Classes started for the students in a staggered manner. The students of classes X and XII had special classes from the 6th of May 2013. Regular school began for class VIII upwards on the 22nd of May and by the 7th of June the whole school geared up in full strength.
The school now has a total strength of 3586 spread over 80 divisions from Pre Primary to Class XII.
The Results of the ICSE/ISC 2013 Board Examinations
As in the previous years, the results obtained by our students at the ICSE and ISC 2013 have been excellent. Our students have once again done us proud and it is with a great sense of achievement and pride that I present before you the results obtained by our students.
The school presented 160 students at the ICSE (X) 2013 examination out of which 157 students secured DISTINCTION and three secured FIRST CLASS (> 65 %). Eric Binu Robert came FIRST with 96.7 %. Aishwarya Bose stood SECOND with 96.2 %. Five students Lamia M K, Vaishnav Hutton, Arjun Menon C, Aishwarya Subramanian and Shwetha S V shared the THIRD position with 96 %. 33 students secured 100 % marks in Computer Science and 14 students secured 100% marks in Mathematics.
At the ISC (XII) 2013 Examination also our students excelled in the SCIENCE STREAM. Out of the 99 students presented by us, 86 students secured DISTINCTION and 13 students obtained FIRST class. Padmanabh S Prabhu stood FIRST with 96.75%. Anurag Hari secured the SECOND position with 96.5 % and Arun A Menon and Mariam Elizabeth Varghese shared the THIRD position securing 96.25 %. In the COMMERCE STREAM, out of the 26 students presented by us, 19 students secured DISTINCTION and 6 students obtained FIRST class and one secured the II class.
Geo Zajo stood FIRST with 95.25 %, Kevin Koshy Jacob secured the SECOND position with 93.25 % and Aishwarya Venugopal stood THIRD with 92.5%.
12 students secured 100% in MATHEMATICS and 1 student secured 100% in PHYSICS and BUSINESS MATHEMATICS.
The salient feature of this year’s results is that in both the ICSE and ISC we recorded a significant increase in the class averages of most subjects.
IIT JEE Examination 2013
12 students qualified in the first level of the IIT JEE Examination.
12. Anurag Hari
Special Award Instituted by the Council Eric Binu Robert of Class X has secured the 3rd rank in the State and Padmanabh S Prabhu of Class XII has secured the consolation prize in the State at the ISC/ICSE Examination 2013
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION RESULTS
The ISC 2013 batch passed out of the school with flying colours and they have distinguished themselves through their creditable performances in various examinations conducted in India. The following are the details:-
All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) –2013
The following students have qualified with top ranks in the AIIEE :Anurag Hari, Vinay Damodaran, Adarsh K V,Nikhil George,Arun A Menon and Rejath Simon.
Five of our repeaters Thansi S, Aparna Kurup, Reshma S Pai, Akhil V Mohanan and Mohammed Shahim secured good ranks at the Medical Entrance Exam and have secured admission to various medical colleges.
In the All Kerala Engineering Exam 2013, the entrance ranks of a few students are as follows : Padmanabh S Prabhu ,Vinay Damodhar , Reuben G Mathew ,Arun Menon , Rejath Simon , Arun Aravind , Akash G A, Narendra Mohan, Sagar Krishna, Nikhil George , Sabin Joseph, Akhil V Mohanan . This list is not an exhaustive one.
Common Proficiency Test- 2013
Six of our Commerce students qualified with excellent marks at the CPT [ Common Proficiency Test] which is a qualifying Entrance Exam for Chartered Accountancy
Marks out of 200
158 [Topper - District Level]
Kevin Koshy Jacob
Shruthi L V
National Scholarship awarded by Dr.Ambedkar Foundation
S Anu Karthika –ICSE 2013 batch has been short listed for the scholarship awarded by the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Only 3 students are selected each year at the National level for this scholarship and we are proud of the achievement of our student.
Five of our students have qualified and are eligible for the scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) component under the INSPIRE scheme. This is based on their results at the ISC (Class XII) March 2013 Examination as they are among the top 1% achievers at the ISC (Class XII) 2013 Examinations.
Performance in the top 1% in Class XII Board examination and enrolment into education in Basic and Natural Science courses at the B.Sc/Integrated M.Sc. or M.S levels will make them eligible automatically for a Scholarship for Higher Education awarded by the Government of India valued at Rs. 80,000 per year for five years.
Padmanabh S Prabhu
Reuben George Mathew
Mariam Elizabeth Varghese
Coaching for the NTSE [National Talent Search Examination] was held in our school by subject experts in Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mental Ability, Biology and History. This year the following students of Class X were the proud recipients of the NTSE Scholarship at the National Level:-
Divya Mary Varghese
Shwetha S V
Lamia M K
Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana
The “ Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a programme started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the programme is to identify and encourage talented children with aptitude for research. The programme strives to assist students to realize their potential and ensure that the best scientific talent is developed for research and growth in the country. Generous scholarship and contingency grants are provided upto the Pre-Ph.D level to the selected students.
I am happy to announce that our Head Boy Ashok Suresh Das has qualified for the KVPY scholarship.
Luke P Idiculla (XI) and Divya Mary Varghese (XI) have qualified for the first level written examination and will be appearing for the final interview in January 24th.
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR OTHER COURSES
National University of Advanced Legal Studies,Kochi.
Clara Rosily Winson
Central University, Pondicherry &
St. Xaviers, Bombay[M.Sc. Integrated Course-Economics]
Rosa Shruti Abraham
St. Xaviers College, Calcutta
Ajil S M
Film Institute, Noida
Law School, Symbiosis, Pune
Christ University, Bangalore
CUSAT Law College, Kochi
School Ranking at the National / Science Level
A survey was conducted by the premier marketing, research and polling organization C Fore, Delhi and based on this survey “Education World” has ranked our school as second best school among all the boarding schools in Kerala.
For this survey schools are categorized as Day Schools, International Schools and Boarding Schools and they are ranked across a broad range of 14 parameters to drive home a message to educators and parents that there is much more to education than academics excellence.
The parameters of excellence for the selection of boarding schools were as follows:
Competence of faculty
Individual attention to students
Teacher welfare and development
Leadership / Management quality
Life skills and conflict management
Special needs education
Value for money
We are indeed very proud to inform you that this year too our school has been ranked as the Second Best Residential School in the Co- Ed Boarding School Category and 22nd at the National Level . This is an improvement over the ranking of last year where our school was ranked 25th. All Kerala ICSE/ISC Cultural Meet 2013-2014
In the All Kerala ICSE/ISC Cultural Meet 2013-2014 held at Sandeepani School, Thrissur, on the 2nd of September, our school won the Runners Up Trophy at the ISC level.
ISC Section :-Jacob Abraham - Light Music (Male)– English – 1st Prize
Rejira K Robi - Painting - 1st Prize
Anjali Mohandas - Bharatnatyam –Solo - 1st Prize
Achu Vinod Thomas – Light Music (Female) – English - 2nd Prize
Jithin Salim – Light Music (Male) –Malayalam – 3rd Prize
ICSE Group Song – English - 2nd Prize
Anjana Rajesh – Folk Dance (Solo) –A grade
Aditya Pazhoor Abraham of Class XI bagged the 1st Prize for Declamation in the ISC Section and T Pauline Mathew of Class X bagged the 1st Prize in the Creative Writing Competition in the ICSE Section (Junior Girls)at the National Level in the ALL INDIA CULTURAL MEET held at Madurai -4-
All Kerala ICSE/ISC Athletic Meet At the All Kerala ICSE/ISC Athletic Meet in which 1200 children spread over 64 schools in the State participated, our school secured the overall championship trophy both in the boys and girls category at the Junior Level. In the Senior Level, our boy’s team secured the overall championship trophy.
Arjun S Kumar of Class XII was adjudged the Individual Champion in the ISC Boys Category and Gayathri Devi of Class VIII was adjudged the Individual Champion in the ICSE Girls Category.
14 students were selected from our school for the National Level Meet
At the National Level Meet, our students did us proud by bagging 6 SILVER medals and 3 BRONZE medals. The winners in the National Level are:
Carren Elsa Mathew – Javelin Throw – 2nd prize
Jubin Salim – Relay – 2nd prize
Arjun S Kumar
Gouri P Nair - Relay – 2nd prize
Gayathri Devi - Relay -2nd prize
Ananthakrishnan A – Relay – 3rd prize
Gayathri Devi - 400m – 3rd prize
Sabarinath A – 200m – 3rd prize
Tallen D Alex of Class X won the following prizes for Roller Skating in the District and State Level:
In the District Level :
In 300 m -2nd prize
In 500 m- 1st prize
In 1000 m- 1st prize
In the State Level :
In 300 m – 2nd prize
In 500 m – 2nd prize
NAVEEN ROY of Class X, our badminton player, has carved his place in the halls of fame by excelling in this field and securing the following prizes:
Winner : All kerala ICSE Badminton Championship :Junior Boys – Singles
Winner – under 17 – Boys Singles – Oxford Badminton Championship,Trivandrum
Runner Up – Under 17 Junior Boys Singles –All Kerala Junior Badminton Championship, Trivandrum
Third Prize: Junior Boys- Singles- Kerala State Junior Badminton Championship-Kottayam
Third Prize- Junior Boys- Singles- All Kerala Junior Ranking Tournament, Calicut
At present, he is the Rank -3 Junior Player of Kerala
Atul Dev Sony of Class V won the runners up trophy in the Badminton Championship conducted by Technopark. He also won the runners up trophy in the Championship conducted by Oxford schools.
Akash S A won the First Position in the Under -12 Boys Tennis Tournament conducted by the Kerala Tennis Association.
Jerrin George James and Sankarnath S of Class XII won the 1st prize and Eric Binu Robert and Jobin J Chaman of Class XI won the 3rd prize in the Quiz conducted by NIT Calicut.
Sidharth J and Bishnu R won the 1st Prize in the State Level at the Wild Life Quiz conducted by United Nations in Delhi.
Vishakh S of Class X won the following prizes in various competitions:
Gold medal in the National Genius Search Examination, he scored 90.14%
The 1st rank in the State and 13th rank in the National level and won a cash prize of Rs. 3000/- in the National Scholarship Test conducted by TIME.
At the Dr. A.V. Varghese Memorial Oratorical Contest held on July 4th 2013 for Malayalam and English, first introduced in 1983, this unique competition is exclusively meant for St. Thomas Schools. In this competition our school bagged all the three prizes in English. The prize winners are:
English: 1st Prize : Nina Susan Verghis (STRS)
2nd Prize : Krishnanand A K (STRS)
3rd Prize : Sanjana Scaria (STRS)
Malayalam: 1st Prize : Aishwarya Nair (STRS)
2nd Prize : Liya Sabu (STRS)
3rd Prize : Anagha D K (STCS)
In the FIIT JEE Talent Reward Examination, Ashwini A Kumar was the Zonal Level topper and Samiksa M stood second at the zonal level in the Science category. Ashwin also won the third place in the overall category.
We have students with varied talents, abilities and interests. To hone their skills, our school offers ample opportunities through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Our students participated and secured prizes in various important competitions held within the school and outside.
The Santhome Fest was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by last years Individual Champions and the Principal. The Competitions were held for two days in Light Music, Classical Music, Ganamala, Declamation, Mime, Rhythmania, Burn the Floor, Static Stances etc All the programmes showcased the brilliant talents of our students. The Green house and was adjudged the champion house at the fest.
Junior : Mary Ann, Devasree P K
Intermediates : Anjana Rajesh
Senior : Anita Mathew
ISC : Shruti Laju, Parvathy S
Sports and Games
Our students participated in various sports and games competitions held within the school and elsewhere. In keeping with tradition, our students have excelled in track and field events. Our three Physical Education Teachers have been a tremendous source of encouragement and inspiration for our students. Under their able guidance and effective coaching, our students have done well in the sports events conducted at the District, State and National level Competitions.
Annual Athletic Meet
The Annual Athletic Meet was conducted on the 10th October 2013. The Yellow house was adjudged the Champion House of the meet. The Meet was inaugurated by the Mr. N V Nishad Kumar (National Athletic Coach, SAI). The Chief Guest of the Closing Ceremony was Dr. Shyalaja Mohan, Associate Professor, LNCPE. At the meet, the following students secured the overall championship in various Categories:
ISC Boys : Jubin Salim & Arjun S Kumar (both of Class XII)
ISC Girls : Gouri P Nair (Class XI)
Senior Boys : Ananthakrishnan A (Class X)
Senior Girls : Snigdha Santhosh (Class X)
Junior Boys : Joseph John Cherukara (Class VIII)
Junior Girls : M Gayathri Devi (Class VIII)
Sub-Junior Boys : Abhishek T G (Class VI)
Sub-Junior Girls : Meenakshi V (Class VI)
SAN REVO 2013, an interschool competition, was organized by the Class XII students on 15th June 2013. STRS was witness to a spectacular display of talents by participants of twelve different schools. The show featured seven competitions Trivandrum International School emerged the Champions and St. Thomas Central School were the runners up.
At the La Fest 2013 an event hosted by the Loyola School, our students performed extremely well, bagging the SECOND runners up trophy
Our school bagged the Runners Up trophy at the Colosseum 2013 hosted by STCS.
30 of our students participated for the District Level UCM competition (United Christian Movement). Our ISC team won the 1st prize and our High School team won the 2nd prize in the Bible Quiz competition. We won 7 rolling trophies including an Overall performance trophy.
In the YMCA bible quiz competition conducted in connection with the Children’s day, in which 30 teams participated, our team from St. Thomas Schools won the 2nd place and an award of Rs. 2000/-
Krishnanand A K of Class XI won the First Position in the Elocution Competition conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Trivandrum
Rejira K Robi of class XII won the following prizes:-
First Prize in the Painting Competition conducted by the Department of Museum and Zoo
First Prize in the Painting competition conducted in connection with Kerala Science Congress
First Prize in the Painting competition conducted by the Election Commission of India
First Prize in Painting Competition conducted by the Sri Avittam Thirunal Trust
Second prize in the painting competition conducted by Kerala Museum and History Heritage
She even qualified at the zonal Balashree camp and participated in the Creative Art Competition held at National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi.
The Foundation for Capacity Building in Science (FCBS), Trivandrum, is an autonomous non-profit organization devoted to strengthening and furthering the cause of science education in India. The trust was established by Prof. CNR Rao. FCBS classes are conducted for students having a special interest in and an aptitude for science. 12 students of Class XI attended a seminar conducted by the FCBS on November 15th 2013.
Six of our students gave a commendable performance in the second level 2012 Olympiad Examinations.
At the National Olympiad Exam conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation, a total of 1400 students participated from classes 5 – 12
At the 10th Inter National Cyber Olympiad, Ashok Suresh Das secured the II rank at the International Level and was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-. The Award was given by the former Chief Justice of India. R.C. Lahoti at New Delhi.
Vishakh S of Class X won the:
2nd Rank in the State in the International Maths Olympiad
4th Rank in the State in the National Science Olympiad and
8th Rank in the State in the National Cyber Olympiad
Rohan Naryanan got the FIRST rank in the State level IMO examination and won the gold medal. Visakh S secured the second rank in the state level examination. They also won cash awards of Rs. 5000/- and Rs. 2500/-. Both Vaibhav Vinu and Anita Mathew got the silver medal in the International English Olympiad Examination by securing the second rank.
Number of students who reached the second level in various Olympiad Exams
National Cyber Olympiad : 23
National Science Olympiad : 13
International Maths Olympiad : 8
International English Olympiad : 32
Faculty Improvement Programmes
Providing quality education for all-round personality development has been the mission of institution. Commitment to quality, innovation and continuous improvement in education are our guiding values.
A number of orientation and training programmes are organized to keep the teachers abreast of the recent trends in methodology of the teaching-learning process in various areas and subjects. Orientation programmes for content enrichment, methodology and evaluation are organized from time to time to orient and train teachers in academic as well as life-skills like effective communication, stress management, time management and personal efficiency. Guest lectures are arranged regularly where eminent people from different walks of life address and guide the teachers and students on various subjects and recent trends in the field of education.
Mrs. Anitha John, Mrs. Jincy Baby, Mrs.Annie J Thompson, Mrs. Mariamma Cherian, Mrs. Seline Royce, Mrs. Lakshmi Devi and Mrs. Sunu Jose attended a seminar in Mathematics conducted by the Macmillan Publishers.
The Vice Principal Mrs. Zarina Thomas and Meena P S attended the seminar that was conducted in Christ Nagar School by the British Council for enrolling at the International School Awards (ISA)
Mrs. Retna Elizabeth Mathew and Mrs. Teena Tiji attended the Cambridge English Teachers Support Workshop
Mrs. Meenakshi G K and Mrs. Bindu S attended a one day seminar on teaching and evaluation of Chemistry at ICSE classes
Mrs. Reshma Surendran and Mrs. Subha R B attended a workshop for Hindi teachers.
The Student Council
The Student Council is a body of elected members who have leadership qualities and organizational skills. This is to ensure a sense of democracy among the students. It plays a role as a liaison between the students and the school administration. The council comprises of school leaders, prefects and class monitors. The Investiture ceremony was held on 04-07-2013. The office bearers and the Prefects were invested with the epaulettes and the badges by the Principal Ashok Suresh Das and Achu Vinod Thomas both of class XII was selected as the Head Boy and Head Girl respectively. The Principal at the very solemn ceremony conducted on this day also administered the oath of office. The ceremony came to a close with the Prayer and Benediction by the School Chaplain Rev. Joseph John.
School Assemblies are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is maximum student participation at these assemblies, which have gone a long way in helping students perfect their organizational skills, oratorical abilities and their team spirit. At these assemblies students are called at random to come up on to the dais to present the editorial, to read the news and to sum up the proceedings of the assembly. Mondays are earmarked for Class Assemblies, Wednesday for Value Education and Friday for Public Speaking. Each class puts up its assembly based on a theme. Each student in the class has some role to play. The school assemblies have therefore served as a platform for students to improve their general awareness and communication skills.
The junior choir comprising of students from classes V – VII and the senior choir comprise of students from classes VIII – XII enliven the school assembly. The services provided by Mr. Bejoy Mathew, the choirmaster is truly commendable. He gives regular practice to the school choir. We are greatly indebted to him.
Onam was celebrated with great fervor. The students participated enthusiastically in the Thumbi Thullal , Thiruvathira, Onam songs, Athapoovu Competition etc . The Secretary of the MTCES, Mr. P.M.Abraham graced the occasion with his presence.
Christmas was celebrated on 20th December 2013 in traditional manner with Carol singing, the Nativity scene and Santa Claus. The Christmas message was given by our School Chaplain Rev. Joseph John. The collection made for both these functions will be given to charity, as has been the practice in the previous years
Children’s Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm. Each division also brought out class Magazines. These magazines help students in developing their abilities in working as a team. Selected articles that feature in these magazines are used in the school magazines also. Class Proficiency prizes were distributed on the Children’s day. Children wore coloured dresses.
The Fun Streak and the Food Festival was held on the 23rd November 2013.
Cleanliness Week was also observed in connection with Gandhi Jayanthi.
Study tours were also organized for classes V, VII, and IX
Various programmes and activities were conducted in connection with the Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrations this year.
Accent Training in English was held for the students of Class VII
The traffic club conducted a programme on traffic awareness for its members on 30-11-2013 which was addressed by Mr.C Niyas (Circle Inspector of Police, Traffic)
English week was observed in October to drive home to the students, the importance of English as the language of communication in the present day world. Various competitions and programmes were organized in connection with this, throughout the week.
In the present day where people live increasingly selfish lives, they cease to care for those less privileged than themselves. Keeping this in mind, in order to instill in students the need for helping and being compassionate to those in need, we have engaged in the following activities.
Contribution to Uttarakhand Flood Relief Fund
A free medical camp was being organized by us at the Govt. UP School, Chandavila for children and parents in the local community. Our NCC students and other student volunteers participated wholeheartedly with the doctors who were present on that day.
We also provided Medical aid to needy persons on the school campus
Educational Merit cum Means Scholarships were provided for deserving students.
An Outreach programme was organized by our School in coordination with the other schools on the campus to provide coaching to students of neighbouring Government schools during the Summer Holidays. The feedback received from these students has been overwhelming.
The primary section of STRS has 963 students on roll at present. Classes began for classes II to IV on June 3rd and school reopened for class I students on June 5th after a preliminary meeting with the parents and students in the school auditorium on June 4th.
Co- Curricular activities
The Santhome Kids’ Fest was conducted in a systematic manner. The winners were awarded trophies and certificates during the school assemblies.
As is the practice assemblies were conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays regularly. The Class assemblies which were held on Tuesdays helped students develop their skills in organizing and public speaking.
The Santhome Kids’ Choir : The choir has 30 -35 members selected from Class and the choir actively participated in all school assemblies.
The children’s special service mission took 40 minute sessions for each standard in the chapel during the month of October. The children enjoyed the sessions listening to good stories and learning new songs. The C.S.S.M also held an assembly for the students of classes I to IV together.
Onam, Christmas and Children’s day celebrations were conducted in the Primary Section. These celebrations are unique as we ensure the participation of the whole class in each of these programmes. 243 students of Class IV participated in the Children’s day programme and 254 students of Class III participated in the Christmas programme. Around 500 students of Classes I and II actively participated in the Onam Celebrations.
We have quite a good number of talented quizzers . In the quiz competition that was held in the STRS auditorium. The following students were awarded trophies and certificates:
Gautham.S.Krishnan, Abhinav.B, Harigovind.P, Verite Kishore, Andrew James Mathew, Anoop Nair, Suryakanth Krishnaprasad and Pranav.P.Nair.
Students from Classes III and IV took part in the four National Olympiads. The statement of student participation is as follows:
Cyber Olympiad – 113 Science Olympiad – 192
Maths Olympiad – 213 English Olympiad – 154
The results of 2012-13 are as follows: Science Olympiad : Gold medalists - Anoop Nair (IV B)
Sangeeth Sankar (IV B)
Silver medalist – Gautham.S.Krishnan(IV C)
Bronze medalist – Jebisha Daphne .G (IV B)
Maths Olympiad : Andrew James Mathew (IV B) – State rank 7
Rachel Mary Joy (IV B) – State rank 23
Jebisha Daphne .G (IV B) – State rank 61
Cyber Olympiad : Andrew James Mathew –state rank 16
Magazine articles:Quite a number of students have contributed articles for the magazine of 2013-14.
Sports and Games: The students of classes I to IV participated actively in sports and games and put up a good show at the Annual Athletic Meet. 42 students were taken for Asianet Talent sports which was conducted in LNCPE at Kariavattom.
The statement of student participation in the various items are as follows:
Tennis(21), Basketball(7), Karate(15), Skating(18), Keyboard(26).
Prizes and Laurels:
Veritte Kishore of std IV had written a collection of stories in his book ‘My Thoughts’ and it was released at an auspicious occasion in the press club, Trivandrum by Shri. Shashi Tharoor, is the Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
Nandana.J.Pillai(I C) has won the following prizes:
I prize & cash prize of Rs 1000 – YMCA All Kerala open prize money chess tournament under 7
II prize –Under 11 chess championship district level conducted by chess federation Tvm
Bhaumik Karun (II E)
III Place – All Kerala Mini Tennis Championship 2013(Boys under 8 yrs Singles)
Arya Nandana .R.A(III D)
I Prize & cash Prize in District level painting competition conducted by forest & wild life
I Prize & cash award in Nirmala Bhavan Golden Jubilee competition
Shivapriya.S (III E)
Bronze medal -All kerala interschool Karate Championship- Katta event
Gold medal - All kerala interschool Karate Championship- Fighting event
A.Niranjan jith(III A), Hrishikesh.J(II C), Keerthivasan(IV E), Bhaumik Karun (II E), Devika.C(IV C), Tapan Parameshwar(I C), Sneha Senathipan, Drishya.D.S(IV D), Gowrikrishnan(II D), Avasnthika.S.R(IV B), Harinandana.J.(III C), Avishka Bineesh(III D) & Amanda Arun(IV A) have won prizes and certificates in various competitions held outside the school.
Pre Primary Section
The Pre Primary section buzzed with activity from the 3rd of June 2013 onwards. We have students from the three schools on the campus with about 950 students with 22 divisions of which 4 are at the Kumarapuram Campus. Children study in the play way method and they are not put to any stress. Learning for our students is an enjoyable experience each child is given ample opportunity to develop his potential to the fullest extent. To mention a few of our activities, a talent display was organised which included singing, recitation and instrumental music where the talents of our little masters astounded everyone. Assemblies are conducted twice a week. Independence Day and Children’s day were also celebrated. The children are evaluated and assessed periodically and from August, the selections for the Annual Athletic Meet were conducted. A Parent Teachers Meetings were also held on a regular basis Onam, Children`s Day and Christmas were celebrated. Medical check ups were also conducted for the PP I students.
The play school is functioning in full strength and a good number of little ones are waiting for admission to the Primary section of the St. Thomas Schools. The school provides environmental friendly learning through Creative play, Music, Art and Story Telling.
In order to instill in students the right values and approach to life Value Education classes are held every Wednesday during the zero period by the class teachers. Every year the school follows a theme which each student tries to adhere to The theme of the year 2011 – 2012 was “Respect for Others” in 2012-2013 it was “Punctuality”. The theme for this academic year (2013-2014) is “Discipline”. At the assemblies as well as in class, students are given the opportunity to speak on the topic and to discuss various aspects of the topic.
The Career Care Centre started off this term with a two week individual counselling session for the 12th Standard students by Mrs Betty Ninan, School Career Counsellor. During these sessions the students were given information on the various career possibilities, details of various colleges and procedures for applying.
The other programmes conducted by the Career Care Centre are :
National Defence Academy : Guidance program was conducted by at team of Ex-Students where all aspects of the NDA Entrance including Written Test, Physical test and Psychological test were dealt with.
National Law School: Bangalore passout, Anjali Anchayil(STRS 2009-2010) talked to the students of Commerce and Humanities on the prospects and opportunities in Law. As she had also qualified for IIT Humanities Entrance [Madras], she was also able to address students queries regarding preparation and planning for the Entrance.
Animation : Predicted to be the next boom sector , Mr. Rajeev Kumar CEO of Reliance AMC , Pattom team gave a presentation to the students on the prospects of Animation as a career.
Alumni who have achieved in National level Entrances have played a crucial role in motivating students to pursue similar paths.
An Orientation class for the 11th girl students on the need to adjust in a group, how to study and copy with stress etc. was held.
Aptitude tests for STRS ,Class X students was conducted in the Second week of October and Individual Counselling commenced from the second week of November. Not only careers but also time management and stress related issues were handled during these sessions.
Notification for all Entrance Exams and other courses were put up in all the notice boards
Various issues related to studies, stress, timetable setting and subject choices for the 11th standard were discussed. Problems brought forth during the counselling were addressed.
Counselling is also given to the slow learners, children with attention deficit disorder and other personal problems, by the School Counsellor by Ms Hannah Moncy, the School Counsellor. She also takes classes in Life Skills Education in classes V to VII.
We are very grateful to both Ms Betty Ninan George and Ms Hannah Moncy Kakkassery for the painstaking services rendered to our students.
Entrance Oriented Exams
Two sets of entrance oriented exams were conducted in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for the students of Classes XI and XII to familiarize them with method of answering entrance exams.
Remedial Classes: Students requiring remedial coaching were identified immediately after the First Mid Term Examination. These students were given remedial coaching according to a fixed timetable during the zero periods. The parents were also informed. Whenever the students failed to make much progress the parents were called for a discussion with the Principal, Headmistress and the Teacher concerned. In certain cases these students were also sent to the school Counsellor.
We have a committed band of 116 teachers and 11 administrative staff and supportive staff. With their spirit of dedication and guidance we are able to attain our desired objectives and set targets.
Mrs. Chinamma George, Mr Jaya Prasad, Mrs. Dipu Varghese, Mrs. Anita Thomas who served as teachers in our school have resigned.
The following teachers joined the school this year –Mr. Vijay Krishnan ,Mrs. Usha R Nair, Mrs.Sita P, Mrs.Bindu P, Ms. Ancy Jacob, Mrs. Rachel Thomas, Mrs. Mary Cherian.
On behalf of the Santhome Fraternity, I wish them a happy and prosperous tenure here.
Our Troop comes under No:1 (K) AIR SQN NCC Pettah, Thiruvananthapuram with a strength of 100 cadets. Cadets were selected from the 8th Standard. Boys and Girls (Junior Division). The period of Cadetship in Junior Division is 2 years. Parades are conducted and drill was taught. Classes are taken on Principles of Flight, Aeromodelling, AeroEngine, Ecology, Organisational Structure of Air Force, weapons etc with Flag saluting and hoisting on ceremonial days.
The Cadets attended the Annual Training Camp, National (Trekking Camp, Integration Camp etc) through which they get leadership qualities , learn how to explore their potential and also get experience in adventurous activities like rock climbing, Firing, Rope Climbing, crossing the canal, Mountaineering etc. The cadets were given flying experience in Microlite Aircraft.
Mrs. Sandhya V S has taken over as Associate NCC Officer. This is the first time that a lady teacher is taking charge of the NCC unit in the school.
A Scripture Contest was conducted by MTCES in November 2013, in which a total of 380 students participated from our school. In the Christian Category , Sarah Esther Christian of Class VII of our school and in the Non Christian Category, Meenakshi S Hari of Class VII were the top scorers. The winner will get a fee scholarship for one year.
Merit Scholarship Instituted by MTCES
Merit Scholarships have been instituted by MTCES for excellent performance in academics and non-academic activities. The following students won the merit scholarship for the year 2013-2014.
To nurture the talents and skills of our students various inter-house competitions are held every year. In the Inter House English Debate competition Yellow House emerged the winners, and Red House were the winners in the Malayalam Debate Competition.
In the English Drama Competition, Green House emerged the winners. In Malayalam Drama, Yellow House came first.
We would like to place on record the support extended by our President Thirumeni to all our activities, and we are grateful to him for his prayers. I wish to thank the Vice President of MTCES, Dr. M. O. Koshy Secretary, Sri P.M. Abraham, Treasurer, Sri. T.C.George and all the members of the Executive Committee and other sub committees for their unstinting support and cooperation in the smooth and efficient functioning of the school. I would also like to thank our chaplain, Rev. Joseph John for his guidance in all matters. I also thank Mr. Sebastian T Joseph, Principal STCS, Mr. Jacob T Varghese, Principal STHSS, Mrs. Anila Chacko, Principal in-charge, STTC, Dr. Usha Thomas, Principal, STIST for their encouragement and co-operation. I would be failing in my duty if I did not thank all my teaching and non teaching staff for their commitment and dedication. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Zarina Thomas, the Headmistress, Mrs. Bina George, Mrs.Sindhu Simon, Mrs.Brinda Nair and Annoo John for their unstinting support and cooperation. Let me extend my sincere thanks to the Heads and Staff of the various departments under the MTCES for the timely help and co-operation rendered by them.
We commit ourselves and all our achievements to the Lord Almighty. Let him fulfill His purpose in and through this great Institution.