On 14th March, 2018 Sophian fraternity gathered in the physics lab in order to celebrate the feast of our co-founder Mother Mary Matilda and our beloved Sr. Maud who is like a lamp in this shrine of Sophia.
Mother Mary Matilda loved challenges, experienced hardships and her selfless dedication has given us this beautiful temple of "Sophia".
A special prayer service was organized by the teachers seeking abundant blessings from the Almighty on sr. Maud.
A picnic is more than eating a meal, it's a pleasurable state of mind and to bring this state of mind Sophia School, Bikaner organized a picnic for the teachers to Delhi and the Kingdom of Dreams at Gurugram on 19th March, 2018. It was a good break for teachers from their usually hectic busy schedule, a pleasant experience, still fresh in one's mind.
Jesus and Mary Senior Secondary School, Bikaner conducted a seminar for CBSE school teachers on 24 February 2018.
72 teachers from various CBSE school attended the seminar. The director Dr. Tanveer Malawat and the Principal Mr. Sunil Benjamin invited Sr. Virgin as patron and as a resource person for the seminar.
The topic - 'Value Education in schools'
1. Purpose of Education
2. main responsibility of educational intuitions
3. failure of education system
4. our goals as educators
A prize distribution ceremony was held in Sophia Sr. Sec. School on 23rd February 2018 for the session 2017-18. The successful students in various fields such as academically meritorious, being the most helpful student and students with special talents were honored with certificates and prizes. The programme culminated with an encouraging speech by the Principal Sr. Virgin.
CBSE organised a two day capacity building programme on 15th & 16th February 2018 in Bikaner. The host school was Vivekanand Senior Secondary School. A few senior teachers of Sophia senior secondary school attended the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to provide a platform to question, learn and share knowledge regarding the choice of career. The interactive session was conducted by Mrs. Kamaljeet Yadav as the resource person. He is the Principal of Subodh School, Jaipur. The handouts that were given to the teachers were regarding the following:-
1. Understanding career development.
2. Strategies and resources for imparting career information.
3. Career guidance for students with special needs and
4. Relationship of subjects of study with different careers.
Participants were told about the importance of career guidance in an arena of choices. Resource persons expressed that the roll of a teacher is crucial in Career Guidance. A student can make right career choice if teachers integrate carrier information with subjects. The workshop ended with a note that systematic and planned set of activities at Secondary and Senior Secondary level can help children to make a good future choice.
Sophia teachers gathered in the school auditorium on 17th February 2018 and once again on 24th Feb 2018 in order to discuss the objectives of the 'Child Protection Policy' laid down by the Society of Mission Sister's of Ajmer. The policy is meant to ensure that children attending the school are protected from physical, sexual and emotional abuses. Guidelines for the child protection were read out by the teachers of different departments. The guidelines made the staff members understand the need of protection of the dignity and rights of the children.
Since class 10th and 12th board exams are approaching students are particularly worried about getting good grades. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an interactive session with school and college students on 16th February 2018 to discuss the importance of stress-free exams. The session 'Pariksha Par Charcha' was aired in our school. The students gathered in the school auditorium in order to witness the Prime Minister's speech and were encouraged to ask questions and share stress relieving techniques. In his speech PM Modi insisted that the students should not be worried while answering exam and even charted a 'guide' for students on how to approach exams like a 'warrior'. He concluded by wishing all the students "Good Luck".
Farah Ahmed of class XI, daughter of Shri Ahmed Gayas represented Bikaner Division and participated in the Game of Table-Tennis in the event and secured Second position in Rajasthan State Games Talent Search Competition. She received a cheque of Rs. 700/-
Priya Lalwani, daughter of Mr. Thakur Das Lalwani and Neha Lalwani, studying in class 8th of Sophia Senior Secondary School, Bikaner, has set a record for 100% attendance in her school for eight years from the academic year 2009-10 to 2016-17 that is from preparatory class to class seventh. The award was given on 20th January by World Records India (WRI). WRI is managed by Genius Foundation that caters and supports people with firm determination and have the will to do something extraordinary and amazing.
Self-esteem is a catalyst to building a positive attitude in life and positive energy around oneself.
An interactive session was conducted by the councilor Sr. Jacinth on 7th Feb 2018 emphasizing on being positive so that our school could create morally responsible world citizens, who could be encouraged for the betterment of human race and the world at large. It was pointed out that self-esteem is the key to success. If one doesn't have self-esteem, he would continuously go on defeating himself in whatever he does. People with self-esteem handle difficulties, challenges and problems bravely. Further she focused on building positive self image, how to think BIG, how to build confidence and finally how to build successful relationships.
The motivational seminar enabled us to examine undesirable responses to troublesome situations and provided a mental 'software' to resolve them more effectively. Overall the seminar empowered all the teachers and left a life lasting impression on the minds and heart of the entire staff.
Our school was privileged to have in our midst our Mother General Sr. Savina accompanied by the councilor Sr. Jacinth on 7th February, 2018.
Our honorable Sisters met all the teachers in the school auditorium and were given a warm welcome. A prayer service was conducted by the teachers.
Mother General Sr. Savina then addressed the staff with a short, simple and sweet speech. In her address she said that teachers need to be extremely vigilant, constantly observing their students in the classroom as bullying tends to take place when a teacher's attention is elsewhere. Teachers need to be relentlessly watchful with a heightened awareness. She concluded by emphasizing the importance of values in today's times and finally said that the support of one caring and concern teacher can make a difference in the world.
It was truly a very special blessing and a privilege to have sister Savina with us.
Students of XI class gathered in the school auditorium to bid farewell to the outgoing class XII batch on 27th January, 2018. The day was a fiesta devoted to the years spent together with friends and teachers to reminisce joyous moments. The auditorium was set ablaze with self introduction by class XII students. The last dance item put up by class XI students was well applauded. Mementoes were given to each student by the principal Sr. Virgin. Head girl Pratibha Shaurya presented a vote of thank. Keeping with the tradition of the school the outgoing batch lit candles, the high flame of knowledge and passed it on to the class XI students. Later everyone enjoyed the sumptuous lunch.
Republic Day was celebrated in the school with great enthusiasm on 26th January, 2018. The entire campus was decorated in advance. The main stage was decorated with tri-colour balloons. Sir Badri, the most experienced member of the Sophian family was the chief guest on this occasion. He was given a warm welcome by the management, staff and the students. First of all the National Flag was unfurled and the national Anthem was sung. It was followed by the march-past and a short cultural program. The chief guest addressed the audience and stressed upon the development of the nation. Finally with the distribution of the sweets the program came to an end.
The dawn of 26th January2018 marked its difference by the seminar based on Moral Values conducted by Father Alwin, Assistant Priest of St. Francis Xavier's church, Bikaner.
Father Alwin is highly spiritual youth motivator, a good orator and a very loving person. He motivated the students of class X and XII with his inspiring words.
His very first question "Do you love anyone?" was a really interesting start to the whole seminar. The way he linked the teenage emotions to bright future was really inspiring. His words directed a vision for overcoming emotional trauma and child abuse that a teenager faces. He suggested that if family members spend some time together, they can articulate their feelings easily and hence can make their relationship stronger. Truly it acted a blessing for the students. He blessed all the outgoing Sophians to reflect beautifully ever and always.
Time management is the thinking skill that helps children to prioritize tasks and accurately judge the amount of time needed to complete them. A special assembly on the topic "Time Management" was conducted by the students of class 9th A in the school auditorium on Saturday 20th Jan, 2018. It was very motivating for the students and encouraged them to use their time effectively and smartly. Their ideas were showcased by beautiful thoughts, encouraging power-point-presentations, time management tips and the holy sayings from the Bible and the Bhagwad Gita. All of these contributed to make the assembly special and memorable one.
"Christmas is not a time, nor a season, but a state of mind, to cherish peace and goodwill to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." The joyous and glorious festival of Christmas was celebrated on 22nd December'17 in the auditorium. The students of secondary section conducted a devotional prayer service and the Kindergarten babies presented a live crib symbolising the scene of Christ's birth. The secondary students carried forward the prayer service. The secondary students also gave a presentation on the symbols of Christmas accompanied with music and dance. There were choir groups which displayed a beautiful rendition of hymns. Children enjoyed the most when Santa Claus came and danced with them. They were very happy to receive sweets from their loving Santa.
A social visit was conducted by the school and representatives from the management (Rev. Sr. Principal, Sr. Superior and Sr. Maud), staff and the student office bearers visited six homeless families residing near the church, AnandMarg School (NGO, JNV colony), SevaSadan Ashram I and II ( Pawanpuri)for differently abled, ApnaGhar Ashram I (Rani Bazaar) and II (Vrindavan enclave),one branch for the Old members and the other branch for the differently abled, Old Age Home behind Sophia School, Blind School near Poly technique College, School at Naal.
All the items collected by students of Sophia Sr. Sec. School from kindergarten to Higher secondary were gifted to the people and children of the abovementioned institutions.
Book exhibition cum sale was conducted by the Sisters of St Paul for all the students, parents and teachers. The books varied from fictional stories, scientific facts, General Knowledge, Mathematics etc. The students were enthusiastic and bought many books from the exhibition. The exhibition continued for the second day as students were keen on buying more books. The primary students were assisted by their teachers to choose the appropriate book according to their age.
The Advent ceremony was conducted by the Principal with all the teaching and non-teaching staff to mark the beginning of the Christmas celebrations. Advent ceremony was conducted by the Principal with the message on why Christmas is celebrated and its significance. Teachers were asked to choose one card at random with the name of a staff member which was to be kept a secret till the day Christmas celebration. There was a prayer service along with the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Class X and XII went for an excursion to Udaipur with their teachers. They were taken to City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon ki Badi and the Haldighati Museum. The students were told the importance of each place that they visited. The students enjoyed their journey and utilised the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate with their classmates.
Seminar conducted by medical professionals emphasizing on the importance of girl child. The importance of gender equality and how to be self reliant so as to overcome this discrimination was projected. Women should be more aware of their health than before and keep themselves healthy with proper intake of nutrition and exercise. It was emphasised that physically and mentally healthier women will positively contribute to the society's progress.
The School Annual Function with the theme "Mercy laced with justice" was held displaying the talents of the students along with the presentation of the Annual report and an inspirational speech by the Principal. The students welcomed the guests with a beautiful rendition and a dance sequence, the primary students mesmerized the audience with their portrayal of 'Saving the Girl Child', and a little skit of how God shows mercy to the downtrodden. The secondary students offered a beautiful prayer dance sequence showing the secularism of our nation, the struggles of differently abled people around the world through an beautiful dance presentation, the elements of nature and how hey govern our senses, the story of women who were outcasted by the society and finally were shown the warmth of Mercy by Gautam Buddha and Jesus Christ telling the people that forgiveness is the essence of mercy. The little angels of kindergarten spread their sweet love through their dances about colours and life. The chief guests made some encouraging speeches and applauded the efforts of the students and the staff.
Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrated in special assembly by class X C who emphasized on the teachings of the great Sikh Guru. The students performed a skit where a family was shown to celebrate the great day with each other. The importance of family values, sharing, respect for the elders and care for children. The simplicity of Guru Nanak's teachings that make us better human beings was beautifully described.
Sr. Kathleen, The Provincial head of the MSA visited the school on 17th July 2017. The students welcomed her with a prayer service followed by a prayer dance. A small skit based on the 'Parable of Talents' was staged bringing out the importance of using the talents given to us by God.
Sr. Kathleen in her address appreciated and complimented the efforts of the management, staff and students for what Sophia School, Bikaner is today and also urged the Sophians to live a life that is good, upright and of service to others, specially the poor and needy.
After the programme, a staff get together was arranged where she thanked the staff for collaborating wholehearted with the management in imparting good value based education to be students and motivated them to be more committed and dedicated to their duties and responsibilities.
22nd July 2017, the most coveted day for trail blazers, the leaders, role models and the chosen ones upholding the values of the school finally arrived and they were bestowed with the responsibility of leading the school from the front with them, commitment, confidence and competence.
This year also saw the proud parents witnessing the ceremony. The programme began with a prayer service followed by a prayer dance.
The Principal Sr. Virgin formally indicated the ceremonial sashes and flags to the newly appointed leaders. The student council took the oath under the leadership of the Head Girl Pratibha Shaurya. The Principal congratulated the office bearers and exhorted them to become better leaders of tomorrow. The programme concluded with the singing of the school anthem.
A workshop on Menstrual health and hygiene was organized by the Procter and Gamble Company for the young girls of classes VI and VII. The aim was to sensitize them on various complications arousing due to lack of hygiene and enable them to lead a healthy life in future.
Sophians expressed their love and gratitude to their helpers on this day by organizing a small cultural program which began with a prayer service followed by a prayer dance. Folk dances and a Comedy Act was also put up for their entertainment
The helpers were felicitated with gifts and bouquets. The students learnt the value of dignity of labour, selfless love, respect and kindness to all.
The school closed on the 13 of May, 2017 for the summer vacation to reopen on the 3 of July, 2017
'Everything has a new beginning' with this thought, class IV students had given a farewell to the students of class V on 10th Feb. 2018. A prayer service was conducted for the new start of seniors followed by a farewell song. Rev. Sister Principal and Rev. Sister Kripa motivated and guided the students of class V as they are stepping to the Secondary Section.
The cultural programme was presented on the eve of 26th January 2018 at Ravindra Rangmanch by the students of class IV and V. The students performed with great feeling of patriotism and it was admired by the audience. Students received gifts, trophies and certificates for their performance.
Many poets have written poems and songs to reflect the fact that India has always been considered as Goddess. To pour our feelings for our motherland and express them. Primary Section organized a speech competition in which children participated with full enthusiasm. This competition gave the children a platform not only to express their views but also improve not only their diction and confidence. The winners were awarded.
In this much awaited competition, the school was filled with vibrant colours when students of classes 1 to 5 painted and coloured their imagination. Students participated with great enjoyment.
The official formation of the Student's Council of Primary Section was done by the Primary Section. The office bearers for the academic year 2017 - 18 were sworn in and this auspicious occasion was boosted up by the presence of our dear 'Sisters' as Chief Guest who presented sashes and tags to the Head Girl and the Student Council. Sophians wrapped the programme with finale of "Sophian Anthem".
Helper's Day was celebrated in our school to broaden the horizons of the children, to show our love and gratitude towards our helpers. The programme started with a prayer service followed by a short cultural programme. This programme gave the message that every work is equal and important. The helpers were felicitated with gifts and bouquets. Various games and gifts were arranged for the helpers, along with a lunch and outing. The programme was successful and students learnt the value dignity of labour and love, respect and kindness to all.
In today's competitive world, where we compete for almost everything we sought a few words of wisdom from our students of primary section by putting up a poetry competition (Classes 1 to 3) and debate competition (4 and 5) which marvelously helped the children to communicate and express their views effectively. This programme gave that innate motivation that these kids by offering them these kinds of competitions and enhances their ability to be competitive giving them an important edge.
Much awaited moment for children to receive the awards for their hard work through out the year. Prizes were given by Sr. Divya and Sr. Maud for academics and competitions too.
As this month is known as patriotic festive season. Children of Kindergarten section and their role in showing love and respect towards our country by singing melodious patriotic songs with great zeal and enthusiasm. They also depict unity in diversity through their songs and characters.
Recitation competition was held for K.G Section in the auditorium where they recite some wonderful rhymes. Sister appreciated our little ones for their performance.