Good Shepherd Matriculation Higher Secondary
We have entered the academic year 2023-24 with a vision to enhance learning. It’s a new beginning for those who wish to qualify their life with fresh knowledge and learning. To enter into that space, we need to deepen the concept of education and what it can offer to our lives. Education is nothing but the architecture of the human soul. True education should deepen our insight, widen our horizon and create a meaningful outlook. Initiation into a life of spirit has been our ideal for centuries. The greatest thinkers of the west had also a similar outlook. Plato held that the purpose of education was not as it were to fill an empty vessel but to turn the eye of the soul towards light. When our vision of life is turned towards light, we develop an inward vision of goodness and grace, joy and peace, wisdom and love. True education leads us to the old discovery that man does not live by bread alone. We also discover that education is the only enduring treasure. The treasure house of education stands intact and unshaken in the storms and stress of life. The man of cultivated life has founded his house upon rock. You can never take away the magnificent mansion of his mind.
All true educators since the time of Socrates and Plato have agreed that the primary object of education is the attainment of inner harmony as well as the integration of the personality. Without such an integration of the personality, without such an integration, learning is no more than a collection of scraps and the accumulation of knowledge becomes a danger to mental health.
Education in the true sense facilitates the individual to be mature and free. It helps him to blossom greatly in goodness, love and grace. Education has two aspects; the first is related to external and worldly education, which is nothing but acquiring bookish knowledge. In the modern world we find many well versed and highly qualified in this aspect. The second aspect is related to human values which are within. Human values are latent in every human being; one cannot acquire them from outside. They have to be elicited from within. The highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life as a whole. Our aim of education is to teach our students how to think rather than what to think, to improve their minds, so as to enable them to think for themselves rather than to load the memory with the thoughts of other persons.
This year our school aims at imparting such education to our students by introducing and initiating various programmes and activities. I hope that our dream to mould such persons in our school and to contribute them to our society, nation and the world will become a reality. Dear parents and teachers,
“You have been chosen for this holy work. You will be its support.” St. Mary Euphrasia.
I believe that the rich partnership between the parents, teachers and all the stakeholders will help us co-create a wonderful and sacred learning space for each one of us.
Sr. Annie Thomas