Auxilium Convent School, Kalyani firmly believes that “A parent is the First Teacher and the Best Teacher.” An Orientation Programme was organized for the parents and teachers of the school for two days 19–20 August 2016. On the first day the animation was for the parents of English Medium and on the second day the same programme was repeated for the Bengali Medium. The programme began with a warm welcome to the parents followed by the lighting of the lamp together with a devotional prayer song and a welcome dance presented by the students.
The Headmistress Sr. Geraldine Barratt FMA, addressed the gathering. She introduced Br. Lawrence Mondal SDB, the resource person for the animation programme and requested all the parents to carry home something from the day’s programme organized primarily for them.
Br. Lawrence conducted the animation programme very efficiently and professionally. At the beginning there was a heart throbbing icebreaking session and all the parents took active part and played a game and some even danced with the beats of the old Hindi music. Br. Lawrence presented to the parents the present situation of the children at home and at school, through the help of various appropriate and very powerful inspirational video clippings. He gave an insight of the guidelines about ‘How to help the child to succeed in school’. The Preventive System of Don Bosco was competently presented to the parents, so as to tell the parents the methodology that is used in the Salesian schools to educate the children. Being the Year of Mercy the theme was presented proficiently to the parents so that the spirit of the year of mercy can be practiced wellby parents too at home and teachers in the school.
Thus, an overview of the various aspects of parenting, school matters and the co-scholastic activities which gave them an assurance that the curriculum involves self-directed, hands-on learning activities which not only give vent to their creative talents and energies but also help in their all round holistic development of the child. The teachers and parents as partners in progress can make learning happen in a play way method, without stress at their own space. The parents need to become role models and inspire, empower and stimulate learning to create successful learners because “Learning is the key to success”.
The parents involved themselves actively, enthusiastically and expressed their opinions on various points that were discussed on the floor. To familiarize the parents with the curriculum, rules and regulations of the school, teaching methodologies and the co-scholastic activities, each teacher aired their views and suggestions at the end.
By: Sr. Margaret Barla FMA