The academic session commenced with a staff meeting on the 15th of January 2017. The Academic session for the students began on the 16th of January.
The very first event in our school calendar is a much awaited one that is the school picnic. We all need some fun and frolic in our lives, as Jane Wagner, the famous American writer, director and producer says—“Unless you are at a picnic, life is no picnic.”So on the 25th of January2017, the school organized a staff picnic at KAMALA GARDENS—Bakrahat, where the teachers had an enjoyable day with loads of interesting games, foot- tapping music and delicious food. Apart from the three departments bonding as one family, this event also gives us a fresh lease of life to face the challenges of the upcoming events. The students of classes II to X had their class picnic, on various dates scheduled between the 30th of January to the 9th of February. Green Valley, at Rajpur was the venue for the picnic. Children and teachers alike had a fun-filled day, where the teachers revealed their fun side. This serves as an Ice-breaker between the students and teachers as they interact outside the four boundaries of the classroom. The students of the Pre-Primary and class-I enjoyed their picnic in the school campus.
NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
On the 23rd of January the students of the Primary Department participated in the March Past held at Northern Park on the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary.
‘Sports does not build character, they reveal it’, because winners never quit and quitters never win. The Annual Sports day which was held on the 17th of February 2017, at Gitanjali Stadium reflects exactly this attitude in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The day started with the junior school sports, where the students of the primary and the Pre-Primary departments participated in the Slow March, the March Past, drill display and theme races.
The Chief guest for the Junior School Sports Meet was Mr. Gurbax Singh , former Olympian gold medalist. Sister Mary Victoria House emerged as the champions for Junior Sports.
The Chief Guest for the Senior School Sports Meet was Mr. Arun Lal, former cricketer and celebrated commentator. It was indeed a privilege to have such stalwarts from the field of sports to encourage our budding sports enthusiasts with lessons learnt from their own personal experiences.
The meet opened with a feeling of competition and camaraderie between all houses competing to win the March Past and the drill display. The athletes pushed themselves to perform to the best of their abilities and supercede their previous records.
The relay races were extremely exciting with nail-biting finishes. The Beena Das house emerged as the Senior Champions, followed by Sr. Hilda Francis as the first runners-up. There were special events for the parents, teachers and other staff, which added to the excitement. The sports meet closed with the National Anthem.
ANNUAL PRIZE DAY
The Annual Prize Day for the Junior Department was held on the 4th of March and for the seniors on the 6th of March. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Bharati Ray, an eminent historian and an educationist, and the Chief Guest for the Senior Department was Dushyant Nariala, Secretary of School Education, Government of West Bengal. Children were awarded prizes for excellence in academics. The children are encouraged to keep their eyes on the stars and their feet firmly on the ground, because winning isn’t about getting ahead of others, it is getting ahead of yourselves. Prize winners should remember that this moment is theirs and theirs alone! They should take charge, seize the moment and allow it to propel them to the highest levels of an empowered life. The students of the Pre-primary, the Primary and the Secondary Departments put up short cultural programmes to entertain their parents and celebrate this day. The Chief Guests and other guests of Honour gave away the awards. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.
INTER-HOUSE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
The Inter-House Basket Ball tournament was held from the 22nd to the 24th of February in the school Basket ball court. Sr. Hilda Francis House were the clear winners followed closely by the Sr. Mary Victoria House.
The prize for the best player of the tournament was awarded to Sonia Subedi of Sr. Hilda Francis House
INTER HOUSE KHO KHO TOURNAMENT
The Inter House Kho-Kho Tournament was held between 3rd and 5th April, 2017. All the Houses displayed excellent team work in the game and played with much enthusiasm. Angelina Hoare House was the winner. Beena Das House was the first runner up.
INTER HOUSE DEBATE COMPETITION
The next event in the DIO Calendar was the INTER-HOUSE school Debate, which was held on the 3rd and 4th of May, 2017. It is a very important part of our school curriculum, because it enhances public speaking skills. Moreover for good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate. Teachers from eminent schools were judges for the event. The topics for the debate for various classes were as follows:
CLASS 6 – Fast food – Yummy or Yuck!
CLASS 7 – Peer Pressure is more useful than harmful
Class 8 – Global Warming –Creature comforts or your planet Earth. Which is more important?
CLASS 9 – Today’s children are fashion victims
CLASS 10 – Do celebrities get away with more crime than the common man!
CLASS 11 – Should weapons of Mass destruction be voluntarily eliminated?
CLASS 12 – Social Media – Effective or Good for Stalking
The atmosphere was charged with excitement and the competition was fierce, resulting in the Beena Das House emerging the clear winners followed by Sr. Hilda Frances House coming in a close second. Sr. Mary Victoria House and Angelina Hoare House came third and fourth respectively. The judges appreciated the effort and enthusiasm of the students.
RABINDRA JAYANTI CELEBRATION
Rabindra Jayanti is an important day in the school calendar. It was celebrated with aplomb on the 1th of May 2017, with a short cultural program comprising of songs, dances and recitation of Tagore’s poems. The highlight of the program was the dance drama on Tagore’s poem Bir Purush.
FAREWELL OF MRS. S. DASGUPTA
To bid adieu to someone who has been a part of the DIO family for the last 25 years is quite difficult. However, goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean we will miss you until we meet again!
Mrs. S Dasgupta was a sincere and dedicated English teacher of the senior section. Apart from being an excellent teacher she was always enthusiastic about all extra-curricular activities and ensured that the venues for all of these events are well decorated under her expert supervision. All of us at DIO wish her a happy, blessed and restful retired life.
SUMMER CAMP 2017
This year our school organized a summer camp for the children of classes I – IV. This was the first time that our school hosted this event which was supported whole heartedly by the parents. We had more than 400 students attending the camp which comprised of interesting activities such as thumb painting, best out of waste, soft skills and parenting to name a few. The students were shown educative videos on good manners, etiquette and the benefits and hazards of social media. Apart from making learning fun, we also had a lot of games and group discussions which enabled us to understand the children’s mindset We hope to have more summer camps in the near future after the stupendous success of the first one.
The Patronal Day Thanksgiving service of St. John’s Diocesan School took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral on the 17th of June, 2017. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Deputy Moderator of CNI Synod Rev. Dr.P.C Singh – Other distinguished guests were Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas - Bishop of Calcutta, President of School Managing Committee and Mr. T. H Ireland, Secretary of the School Managing Committee. The Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary choirs presented beautiful hymns. The service came to an end with the School Anthem and the National Anthem. The service was a solemn and prayerful one.
FAREWELL OF MRS. K. KAR
It was time to bid farewell to Mrs.Krishna Kar on the 30th June 2017.As she retired from Diocesan after 40 long years of dedicated service as a Physics teacher. She was an epitome of virtue and had all the attributes of being an ideal teacher because ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse encouraging them to create bridges of their own.