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.
INTERSCHOOL THEME QUIZ
The annual interschool theme quiz “The Big Music Quiz” was held at Kala Mandir on the 28th of July 2017. The wheels start rolling months in advance in preparation of this signature event. Invites are sent out to over 150 schools and about 40 schools participate in the preliminary rounds. Following which the 10 best performing schools take part in the finals. Our Quiz master Mr. Barry O’Brien kept the audience enthralled with his excellent quizzing and sense of humor. There were some fabulous questions on both western and classical music spanning over a period of Five decades. Apart from the normal quiz question rounds there were audio and visual rounds. Then the buzzer round had the contestants adrenalin pumping. The atmosphere at Kala Mandir was electrifying. Our guests of honour were Ustad Rashid Khan, the renowned classical vocalist and Pandit Tanmoy Bose, the great Indian Percussionist and Tabla maestro. There was tough competition between the teams. Tie-breakers eventually decided the winners. The scores were very close. Garden High School emerged the champions. Indus Valley World School was first runners up. St. James School was the second runners-up. The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone.
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017
On the 15th of August 2017, the staff and students of our school gathered to celebrate the 71st year of India’s Independence. The celebration started with a prayer followed by the hoisting of our National flag by Mrs. J.P. Druart, the head of the Pre-Primary Department. The girls of the senior school saluted the National tri-colour as they majestically marched to the rhythm of the drum beats. A short speech was given by Mrs. S. Sahay about Independent India’s glorious journey from 1947 to present day India. The celebrations were concluded with a brief cultural programme.
The members of the Interact club along with some teachers visited Arunima Hospice, a home under the Diocese of Calcutta, where love, care and medication is given to the HIV patients and their children. The inmates of Hospice displayed a spectacular programme for their visitors. Several faces lit up as our school expressed care and concern, sharing midday lunch with them, on this special day.
TELEGRAPH SCHOOL AWARDS
Every year Telegraph recognizes and encourages young talent as well as the schools who have the zeal towards attaining excellence despite all odds. This year in August 2017, Telegraph hosted it’s School Awards ceremony and identified both students and individual people who have the passion and the dare to achieve the impossible. Many awards were presented under various categories to students, and we are proud that one of our students of Class II-A –Adisha Mukherjee won the award for ‘Courage’.
On the 25th of August 2017, the Primary Department organized the much awaited food festival. The unique aspect of the food festival was that it had no junk food and the proceeds earned from this event were used towards philanthropic purpose.
On the 26th of August 2017, the Pre-Primary Department celebrated Grand Parents Day as a mark of respect and love for them. The little ones put up and excellence performance for their grandparents, like recitation, songs, dance and drama from 09.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. The exhibition was colourful, interesting and tastefully set up by the teachers to display the creative work done by the children. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. P. Mukherjee, one of the grandparents. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the grandparents who felt overjoyed to see their granddaughter’s talents and work at School.
Every year the staff and students of the school look forward to Teachers day with great excitement. The students’ enthusiasm is infectious and everyone is caught in the mood of celebration.
Like other years, this year too the students celebrated Teachers day with great enthusiasm and fanfare. The teachers were first invited to the individual rooms where each class entertained the teachers with song and dance. Later the whole school congregated in the basketball court where the girls put up a short but a very meaningful cultural programme to show their appreciation and give their teachers a hearty tribute for their effort and hard work through the year.
The inmates of the Tollygunge Homes were invited for the Teacher’s Day Programme conducted by the Primary Department on the 4th of September. They enjoyed the short cultural programme and interacted and danced with all the children on stage. This was followed by a sumptuous lunch which was specially prepared for them.
The Pre-Primary Department celebrated Teachers Day on the 8th of September. The tiny tots enthralled the teachers with their songs, dances, recitations and acting.
INTER HOUSE ELOCUTION COMPETITION
The Inter House Elocution for English, Bengali and Hindi was held between the 11th and 22nd of September. It was a keenly fought and superbly executed competition that saw contestants from all the four houses spare no effort to do their best to succeed. The overall champions for the competition were Beena Das House, followed by Angelina Hoare House, Sr. Mary Victoria House and Sr. Hilda Francis House.
St. John’s Diocesan Junior School Section staged Walt Disney’s masterpiece Mary Poppins, based on P L Travers’ book series. The ensemble cast comprised of the students of the Primary and Pre-Primary departments for the very first time. Mary Poppins is an ubiquitous favourite worldwide. The story of a magical nanny that transforms two recalcitrant children and a slightly dysfunctional family into a perfect little happy family, with her magic and wry charm has never ceased to please and entertain audiences at all times, in all climes. Supercalifragilistically directed by Mrs. Reshmi Bose and ably supported by Music Director- Mr. Nikhil D’Souza and Dance Director – Mr. Pratim Roy, the show was a stupendous success, running too packed houses on all three shows held on the 26th and 27th of October, at Kala Mandir. The visual effects projected on LED created magic and enthralled the audiences, to such an extent that they attended all three shows and were still craving for more. Congratulations, to all the students who made this musical extravaganza a huge success.
Christmas is the reason for the season of all round happiness. As we shepherded the festive season of Christmas, on 12th December, 2017, a Nativity play was organised by the children of the secondary and higher secondary departments. The girls enacted the play in full Christmas spirit. The students also put up another superb performance, a modern adaptation of the parable of the Ten Virgins which was much appreciated by everyone. The chief guest, Ms. Nina Mathew of AG Church, conducted a little quiz on Christmas while other members of the Church entertained the girls with Christmas carols. Pastor Philip Harris was the guest of honour for the occasion and he delivered a meaningful and evocative message that resonated with Christmas spirit. Santa appeared on a rickshaw ringing his bell and distributed chocolates bringing much cheer.
The oath taking ceremony and sashing and badging of Office bearers for the session 2018 was held on 12th December, 2017. The office bearers are:
School Captain– Anandita Datta; School Vice-Captain– Pritha Dey; Games Captain– Nasreen Parvez; Social Secretary– Nafisa Nehar; Social Secretary– Raj Lakshmi Ojha; Social Secretary– Sharanya Bhattacharya.
The House Captains for the academic year 2018 are:
Angelina Hoare House – Ritushree Mukherjee
Beena Das House – Sofia Parveen
Sr. Hilda Frances House – Anushka Adak
Sr. Mary Victoria House – Camelia Das
CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAMME FOR STAFF
On 14th of December a Christmas tree was organised for the staff members. A short service was held in the school Chapel at which Rev Nigel Pope, Vicar, St. Paul’s Cathedral, delivered a moving message about learning to give up before relearning to give in and to receive. The programme concluded with fun and games for the teachers and other staff followed by a fellowship lunch.
INTER HOUSE TALENT HUNT
The Inter House Talent Hunt was conducted on 15th December. For this contest the students of each house are pitted against each other and are judged for their ingenuity and competence on many facets both individually and in group for, eastern and western singing, dancing, as well as playing instruments of their choice.
All Houses put up a tough fight and Sr. Mary Victoria House won the overall trophy, followed by Beena Das House, Sr. Hilda Francis House and Angelina Hoare House.
DIO WINTER FUN FAIR
The Academic year, 2017, ended with Dio Winter Fun Fair, a Fest organised in the school premises. The fete was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Ashok Biswas, the Bishop of Calcutta The Bishop also released the Logo for the celebration of the 125 years of the School. The occasion was replete with a wide assortment of food stalls, games, lucky draw and a juke box that played songs of peoples’ choices. The event was wildly successful as it provided an opportunity to the staff and students to relax and enjoy themselves at the end of a arduous but triumphant School Year.