St. Francis Assisi Higher Secondary School is a formidable force to be reckoned with when it comes to Higher Secondary Educational sector. The century past institution is unique, the students and teachers of the school lead a life dedicated to curricular and co-curricular excellence.
The school ensures that the students inculcate the Christian values. Management and school focused on delivering a method of education that helps the students to excel in technical, personal and academic levels.
Meeting of the staff was held in the last week of March 2011 to discuss on the projects to be implemented under the second five year plan. The projects were assigned to respective teachers. Mr. Joby K Mathew was assigned the staff secretary. A motivational seminar for the teachers was held on the first week of June by Fr. Binu P.O.C.
Highlights of the year
- The school achieved 96% for HSS March examination.
- Allotment of new batch for computer science
- Initiation of ILM – Communicative English Program
- First in Revenue District sports meet
- First in Sub district Kalolsavam
- Second in over all Sub district Work experience mela
- First in Diocese Costal Science Congress
- As was envisaged the construction of a new computer lab is taking place with financial assistance from MLA Sri. P. Thilothaman.
- School’s website was initiated with site address www.arthunkalhss.com.
- The school was allotted an additional batch for computer science.
- The school is graceful to the SBI Arthunkal for benevolence in donation of fans to the new computer lab.
Teachers take special effort to make best use of the facilities of the media center.
In order to monitor and upgrade the academic progress of the students, monthly and terminal test are being conducted. The poor performers are encouraged to better themselves by the remedial team.
A meeting for the 2nd year student’s parents was held on 21st July to present the current status of their performance and the coming improvement exams. Upraise meeting were also held after the first and second term examination.
Our teachers participated very actively, in the prayer day observed by the Corporate Management at St. Francis Xavier, Omanappuzha.
It fosters the reading habit of the students. Library books are being issued to all students every day. Mr. Paul Santhosh manages a very good library and reading room with all the major newspapers and magazines. Arthunkal village co-operative bank and Manorama Cherthala Unit sponsors Malayala Manorama for each of the thirteen classes. In tie up with THE HINDU and the INDIAN EXPRESS, students subscribe the paper at reduced rate. 10 news papers are given to each classes.
We celebrated the Vayana Dinam. Master Ouseph(+2 A) delivered a talk about the importance of reading. On July 2nd we celebrated the Vayanakkalary.
We started taking the remedial measures early. Special attention is given to the weak students in the evening sessions. Students are also made to sit up to 5.30 pm.
Quiz, debate & Seminars:
A council under the leadership of Mr. Paul Santhosh conducts quiz, debates and elocutions for the students. On 13-08-2011 Jawahar Bala Janavedi conducted a quiz competition at Cherthala south. Arun A O(+2) and Praisemon Joseph(+2) got 2nd place of cash worth Rs. 500 and trophy.
On September 4, two teams participated in the Bharat Quiz Competition conducted by St. Martin Unit Cherthala. Arun A O(+2) and Jesil Jose(+1) of team 1 got Rs. 1001 cash prize, trophy and certificates. Team 2 also got fourth place.
On September 13, J.E.I. conducted an Interschool quiz competition in our school. Arun A O and Jesil Jose of our school got first prize worth of Rs.1000.
In every month we give an article for writing to all the students. Articles like Trolling, Budget, Lokpal Bill, Women empowerment, Global financial issues and its effects on Kerala economy, etc.
Arun A O and Jesil Jose got second price in HSS section in Aleppey diocese quiz competition held on January 14th 2012 .
Special emphasis is given to the learning of English. One of our special projects for the year is anglicizing the campus. As part of our cherish dream of anglicizing the campus and equipping our students to excel themselves in their future prospects, we have introduced a faculty member of ILM, Bangalore. A grant inauguration of the programme was graced by the presence of Mr. Lalachan Arackal, HRD Manager D C Mills and Mr. K P Issac, PRO Marari Beach. Mr. Ralph M Stanley from ILM handles special sessions to bring out the best in the students.
A competition of class magazines was held under the guidance of the class teachers. Work on the school manuscript magazine is being proceeding.
The collective effort of the teaching staff strives to maintain a tranquil atmosphere in the campus. They have grouped together the local community members too, to form the School Protection Group.
Co curricular activities:
- Ten students from each of the science classes were selected to be form the core team of the science club.
The club held a Project competition in the last week of August on a house wise basis.
- To gear up for the forth coming Sub district Science fest, a class wise competition was held for all the items as stipulated in the science manual.
The team which won the first place was selected and groomed further by the project co-ordinator Miss.Leeja Nepolean for participation in the Diocian Costal Science Congress.
The SFAHSS team won the first place. The same team went on to participate in the Sub district Science Congress and accorded a plan among the first 5 teams of the 19 teams participate . The HSS team participated in the State Balashastra Congress held at Kollam.
As part of the International Year of Chemistry a seminar on food adulteration was presented by Mohanan Vaidyar. Various articles on the intricacies of Chemistry were displayed periodically on the school notice board. The concluding ceremony of IYC was inaugurated by P.Thilothama M.L.A followed by a science exhibition conducted by the students and presented to the whole school.
We give special attention to train the sports stars of our school. The students’ trains everyday till 5.30 pm after the class. We participated excellently in Amateur athletic meet held in D V HSS, Charamangalam on 1, 2 October 2011. We achieved an overall third place in the meet. We achieved the hat-trick victory in the Revenue district sports meet. We got overall championship in Cherthala Sub-district school meet, held at St. Francis Assisi HSS Arthunkal on 14,15,16th November 2011. We got Hat trick overall Championship in Alappuzha Revenue district school meet held at Carmel Polytechnic , Alappuzha on 24,25 and 26th November 2011.
In the state meet four sports stares excelled themselves and are eligible for grace marks.
All the credit goes to our physical education teacher Mr. Roshan Lukose.
Art & Culture:
The committee on art and culture identifies and develops the artistic talents of the students. The School Arts Fest 2011 was held on 23 & 24 of September. The fest was inaugurated by Mr. Biju Allungal.
Sub district level
The school miraculously unseated Holy Family HSS Muttom long standing claim on the sub-district trophy to bag the first place. 46 students participated in various 26 items.
Student represented in 10 items and got 8 A grades including Ist A grade in Light Music.
Work Experience and Social Science Fest
Sub district level
The school participated in Sub district Work Experience held at Govt.H.S.S. Thirunelloor on Nov 24, 25 in 18 items of which 16 events were variously graded.8 participants were judged to participate in the Revenue district level. Of the 8 participants four students were ranked A grade and will compete in the State level competition.
The school secured -:1. Second place in the Over All Section with 66 points.
- Second place in On the spot competitions.
Revenue district level
The school participated in Revenue district Work Experience held at Govt.Girls H.S.S Cherthala on December 1st in 8 items of which 4 events were variously graded.
Students squared one B grade and two c grade.
Nearly 20 students are now registered under the St.Michaels College NCC unit. The students regularly part take in various activities.
National Service Scheme:
The NSS unit is a remarkable presence that fosters social commitment among the students. The World Environment Day, Hiroshima Day, Sathbhavana Day, World Ozone Day, Gandhi Jayanthi, and N S S day (Blood group literacy programme inaugurated by Sri.Anilkumar S, Panchayath President) were also observed. NSS awareness and orientation programme to the first year volunteers(August 2- 10) Independence Day flag hoisting and rally was observed with fervent patriotism . A mini camp was held on 29th & 30st of August.
- Jalayanam- Drinking water quality test done in 10 wards of Cherthala South Panchayath, inaugurated by MLA Sri. P. Thilothaman on 30th August 2011.
- Krishikoottam- A small roof top vegetable garden and tapioca field has been setup as part of “School Vegetable garden Project” within the HSS campus.
- Clean campus programme was a great success due to the jointed effort of the NSS Volunteers. The unit celebrated Onam with great enthusiasm.
- A coastal cleanup program held on September 17th was inaugurated by Sri V. Mathew, S. I. of Police, Arthunkal.
- Old age home visit on World Elders Day on September 30th was a heart whelming experience…
- Care and share – The volunteers imbibing the true spirit of the X’mas season gave away new cloths and a tidy sum to selected terminally ill persons of the local community.
- A seven day annual camp, held at the Presentation LPS ,Chennaveli on 26th December 2011 to 1st January 2012 was inaugurated by Sri. Anilkumar (President Cherthala South Gramapanchayath).
The support of the management and the P T A in the activities of N S S deserves special mention.
The students actively participated in a novel initiative in collaboration with
Mathrubhumi. Mis.Priyanka Prathas secured Second prize in the elocution competition conducted by Seed. Arun A O got second price in Inter school quiz competition. Seed started farming in the school campus. Seed has plans for preparing a report on the trees in the locality.
As recommended by the department of Higher Secondary Education “Sauhrida Club” was inaugurated by Dr. Santhosh Thomas, Govt. Arurveda Hospital Areeparambu. Dr. Cristeena John Pediatrician, St. Sebastians Hospital Arthunkal, delivered a talk on “Adolescence Health Issues”. The club activity aims to mitigate the problems faced by the adolescents in this modern age.
The club activities try to instill social commitment and business acumen. The club has set up a shop in the campus, which functions during the working hours.
Value education & spiritual formation:
The students benefitted from a value education seminar by Fr. Binu from POC. The fourth period of each Wednesday is set apart for imparting moral &spiritual values. We zealously uphold the tradition of reciting the Holy Rosary in October, the time for which is edged out from the afternoon interval. Holy Mass is celebrated every first Friday.
Sr. Vinaya visits the school once a week and gives counseling to the students to alleviate their problems.
A committee headed by Mrs. Suma K T provides various sessions on value education to the students as well as the teachers.
Environmental &Cleanliness Council:
We maintain a beautiful garden in front of the school ranging from colorful flowering plants to those of medicinal as well as economic value.
The tourism club of our school helps the students to realize the immense potential of this industry.
Career Guidance and Educational Counseling:
Sri. P S Ouseph, Christ College Thumboly inaugurated the activities of career guidance unit on 22nd July 2011 followed by a career awareness seminar. Dr. Amal and Dr. Neethu were the resource persons. Various courses, their entrance examinations and how to prepare for the examination where discussed in the seminar.
August 1 celebrated as the career day by the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education was acknowledged in the school assembly. In relation to the celebration we conducted a career awareness programme for the +2 students on 6th August .
A power point presentation regarding different job opportunities, courses, entrance exams and different institutions was presented for the science, commerce and humanities students separately.
Observation of important days and Celebrations:
A committee ensures that all of the auspicious days are aptly accorded with .The First year’s were given a grand welcome on 27th of June. Onam and X’mas were celebrated with all traditional gaiety.
The progress in excellence in the co-curricular arenas particularly the bagging of the first place in both the arts and sports sub-district level has instilled more impetuous, zeal and confidence in excelling in academic results. We thank Almighty and all others who stood by us in our arduous efforts.