In its 160th year and ranked among the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions in India, with alumni spread across the world, the institution offers a well rounded education with qualified teachers and year-round access and participation in sports and other co curricular activities.
The belief is that education without moral bearings is merely instruction, and so we take our spiritual role very seriously with an aim to build liberal and open minded individuals with sound moral values. We understand that children are the society of tomorrow and so their education holds the seeds of a more inclusive future.
We believe that parents are our partners, and it is a joint effort to raise a balanced and motivated individual. Our urge is that parents stay connected to their children and take an interest in their lives and hence the PTA plays an important role collaborating and engaging with us.
SJBHS has a robust Parent Teacher Association and many important and enriching events are organized by this body. The PTA works closely with the school staff and management.
We express our gratitude to former Principal and President of the PTA, Rev. Fr. Clifford Sequeira SJ. A man with great vision, firm direction and eminent poise, he has been instrumental in being the guiding force for all our initiatives. We will miss his support and wish him the best in his new role.
We also take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new Principal and President of the PTA, Rev Fr Sunil Cletus Fernandes SJ. Some of us have been fortunate to know him from before during his earlier tenure in this institution as Primary Administrator. Fr Sunil has moved from St. Joseph’s School (CBSE) where he was Principal and played a key role in establishing and nurturing this new institution.
The last Annual General Body Meeting of the PTA was held on Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 4:30 pm. The chief guest was Mr. Daniel Sundaram an eminent counsellor and educator at the Mallya Aditi International School. In his speech on positive parenting, he urged parents to instill good values to nurture global citizens, tolerant and kind. Bringing up children who finally make a difference to other people’s lives can be called truly successful individuals, he said.
The PTA Committee for 2018 - 2019 had 30 members and Principal, Rev Fr Clifford, was the President of the PTA during this period. The committee had 10 staff representatives and 20 parents. Mr. Srivinas Varda was re-elected as the Vice President and Mrs. Sudeshna Ghosh and Mr Antony were elected as the Secretary & Joint Secretary respectively for the year 2018 - 2019.
Following is a brief synopsis of PTA activities conducted during the last academic year:
The PTA organized hosted the Teachers’ Day Celebrations. Former Principals were present to grace the occasion. The PTA also felicitated a few old teachers who had served the school for many years and conducted a fun filled musical entertainment and games for all present as part of the program. In addition, the teachers were given a token of appreciation from the Teachers’ Welfare Fund, using the interest earned. The event concluded with a delicious buffet at Barbequed.
On Children’s Day, snacks were distributed to all.
At Phenomenon 2018 - our cultural, literary and commerce fest held on 26th and 27th October, 2018 and we had a full roster of participating schools. The lively crowd at this carnival had something in store for everybody, be it children or adults, with colorful stalls and pulsating music. The interschool competitions in dance, music, photography, creative writing, debating, filmmaking, Mad ads and beat boxing were very popular. Game stalls, bouncing castles, tattoo artistes and magic shows along with gourmet food stalls and street food were welcomed by everyone.
The evenings saw the crowds surge as the young ones danced to EDM music, pelted out from the high voltage speakers by DJ’s Melli, Zaeden and Quintino. The Phenomenon Raffle Draw was conducted at the school assembly on the 9th of January 2019.
The Go Green Committee observed a Go Green Week from 5th to 8th Feb 2019 and worked on several broad themes to promote a culture of conscious living and sustainability among the staff and students -
Green, Clean & Plastic free Campus
4 Rs of an eco-friendly lifestyle
Alternate & Efficient Energy use
Environmental initiatives were spearheaded by the committee and executed by staff and students:
Awareness seminar by Tarumitra
Friday Morning Digital detox programme
Special video presentation on waste management in Bangalore city
Contests for standards 1to 11 which included a vast array of competitions like paper bag making, essay writing, poster making and green hackathons at various levels.
Seed ball and newspaper apron making workshops for pre-primary
Tree plantation drive nursery corner set up across the campus
Eco-club foundation with 15 members from the 5th to 7th grade
Walkathon and campus clean up drive
Go Green Special assembly
A Health Checkup was held for students of LKG to Std 11 by the doctors of St Johns Medical College from 4th to 8th February 2019. In addition, an extensive dental checkup was conducted by the Dental Health Organization. The reports were digitalized, and results uploaded on pupilpod.
An outreach programme was organized for the students of Std. 8 this initiative is not only an out of school activity but a lesson for life to the students of Std 8 who are on the threshold of adulthood. To equip them with the most important life skill of social awareness, they were taken on a tour to Shishu Bhavan and Morning Star, both homes for the physically challenged and mentally disabled.
The boys interacted with the kids in the Homes they spent time trying to decipher ways in which they could entertain the hosts. All in all it was a lesson in social sensitization and an interaction to cherish for a long time to come.
A Study Tour for science students of Std 9 was organized at ICTS, Bangalore on 28th Jan 2019.
In one of the first of its kind since the inception of the SJBHS PTA, some of the parents of this association along with Fr. Clifford and few teachers visited the Loyola Institutions in Manvi and its surroundings to support the cause of the mission. The tam had organised a session for the students on Health and Hygiene and a session on Career Counselling for the high school students. A sum of Rs. 5 lakh, 2 insinuators, personal care products and some stationery was also handed over to the kids by the visiting team.
A befitting finale to the year was the Triathalon conducted on 3rd Feb. At daybreak, there were a hundred enthusiastic Josephites from stds 7 to12 waiting at the gates of SJBHS. The Triathlon consisting of a triad of three phases in a single non-stop event: 50m swimming, 1.2 km cycling and 200m running race. The race began at 6.15 a.m. and was completed in two hours, placing on the victory stand the very best of the contestants in the sub-junior, junior and senior categories. It was indeed a competition of grit and determination, strength and stamina and most of all will power and fortitude.