Middle School and Junior Secondary Prize Giving and Parents Day 2015
Prize Giving & Parents' Day of the Middle and Junior Secondary School took place on Saturday, 26th September 2015 from 9.00 a.m. The Chief Guest was Dr.M.Malaravan, Consultant Eye Surgeon, Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. The function was chaired by Mr. V.S.B.Thuseetharan, Vice Principal, St. John’s College.
The Chief Guest is an old boy who had his education at St. John’s College from 1977 to 1989. He entered the University of Jaffna in 1991. After graduating, he served in numerous private and state institutions. He is presently attached to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. He has published many research papers and taken part in many global conferences.
The first three programmes were the College Hymn, Prayer and Welcome Speech by Mas. K. Sudharon, Head Prefect, Junior Secondary.
In the Middle School Annual Report (for the period 5th October 2014 to 26th September 2015 – grades 6 and 7), that followed, Mrs.S.Sivapalan, Supervisor, mentioned the following:
- Thirty teachers in her section, all of whom are members of the Scout Movement work hard to impart a holistic education to the children.
- Of the 326 students who are studying, 250 are in the Tamil Medium and 76 in the English Medium. 301 are active members of the Scout Troop. Soon, 100% of the students will be involved in scouting.
- Ranesh Aathiththan of Grade 7 was selected at Provincial Level and participated in the National Level Science Olympiad.
- M.Mithulan of Grade 6 became Second at National Level in the Naattaar Padal Tamil Day Competitions.
- Tamil Group Dance became Third at Provincial Level.
She talked about the various scholarship programmes and other facilities/benefits available at school. She asked the parents to cooperate and encourage the children to make maximum use of all the resources that the school is providing. After thanking everyone by name, she stepped down from the podium.
Next was Story Telling by Mas.Robert Anoj of Gr.7. Following this, Mr. S. Chandramouleesan, Supervisor told the story of the Junior Secondary School during the period under review. He noted the following:
- Of the eighteen teachers who are working in his section, all are involved in scouting; some have finished Phase I, and Phase II, while some are getting ready for Phase III and IV (Wood Badge)
- Of the 353 students who are studying, 268 are in the Tamil Medium and 85 in the English Medium.
- Every Tuesday, teachers-in-charge guide the students in scouting after school hours.
- His section is aiming towards the goal of making 100% of the students pass in all the subjects.
- Special classes and holiday work have been and will be organized for students who get below 40 in compulsory subjects.
- Scholarships are given to best students to encourage studies and participation in extracurricular activities.
- A.Jenushan was selected to represent the National U15 Soccer team. The Most Prestigious Award for Sports, ‘The Johnian Eagle for Soccer – 2015’ was conferred upon him.
- The ‘Deer Dance’ Tamil Day Competition became Third at Provincial Level.
- In Naattaar Paadal, L.Saahiraajan and P.Poorvajan obtained Second Place at National Level.
- The U15 Carrom Team became 2nd in the Provincial Level Competition.
Before winding up his speech, he told the parents of the importance of their children’s psychological well-being. He advised the parents and children to spend some time with God in the morning and evening. He also advised them to think practically, talk honestly and bridge the gap that exists between parents and children.
- his school days.
- all eleven students in his batch entered the university.
- he didn’t go to any private classes till he went to his Advanced Level.
- Johnians are good role models to this world.
- Education starts from the womb.
- Everyone is talented in one way or the other.
- Parents and teachers should identify the talents in their children and try to develop them.
- It is important to be trilingual. More scope awaits a person who knows more languages.
- Reading, IT, English and General Knowledge are very important. Mentioned ways to improve the habit of reading.
- 14% of the children in Sri Lanka are obese because of fast food, internet and easy modes of transport.
- Both spiritual and mental health is important to shine in the world.
- There should be greater ties between the parents and the teachers.
- Counseling is important.
- A programme in Sinhala should be presented in the next Prize Giving.
Following his speech, the Deer Dance by the Middle School Students , Vote of Thanks by the Senior Prefect – Middle School , Mas.C.Ebenezer Johanan and the College Song brought the function to an end.