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Year End Letter to Parents

Created on 2011-03-18 06:19 PM

 

HILLBLOOMS SCHOOL

(A Senior Secondary School Affiliated to CBSE)

                                                                     Mananthavady                                                                      

Dear Sir / Madam,                                                                                                                                   15-03-2011

Once more with passion! A brief review of the year past and a few thoughts on the year ahead!

Right at the outset, thank you all for the support and good will you have extended to the school throughout this academic year which was the prime mover of all our accomplishments.

First a few details of immediate concern. The March work schedule sent out a week back may please be read with the following additions.        

1.      March  14th :Board Exam for class10 and 12. 2nd summative assessment for class 9. Holiday for LKG and UKG. Regular Working day for classes 1 to 5. Classes 6, 7 and 8 start on their tour of Southern Kerala.

2.      March 15th: Second Summative assessment for Class 9. Regular working day for classes K.G to 5. Classes 6, 7 and 8 on their tour.

3.      March 16th: Regular working day for Classes KG to 5. Classes 6, 7 and 8 on their tour.

4.      March 17th: Regular working day for Classes KG to 8.

5.      March 26th: Saturday. Holiday for all classes.

The School will close for summer recess on 29th March 2011. On 29th students will leave school only at 3 p.m. after the year-end ceremony. Please make sure that all carry lunch on that day or order lunch at the school kitchen.

Classes 10 & 12 will reopen on 2nd May 2011.  

§§  Classes UKG to 9 will reopen on 1st June 2011.

§§  LKG will start on 6th June 2011.

§§  Registration for Class XI will start only after the Board results of Class 10.

        The streams offered are as follows.

         Stream 1: English, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.

         Stream 2: English, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer Science.

§§Fee Remittance and Books Distribution: Schedule for fee remittance and purchasing materials from school store is given in the following table. [Books will be distributed from store only after school fee for academic year 2011-12 is paid either in cash or with dated cheques at the school office]

      Class

  Date

  Day

         10

02-05-11

Monday

LKG

09-05-11

Monday

LKG

10-05-11

Tuesday

9

11-05-11

Wednesday

8

12-05-11

Thursday

7

13-05-11

Friday

6

16-05-11

Monday

5

17-05-11

Tuesday

4

18-05-11

Wednesday

3A

19-05-11

Thursday

3B

20-05-11

Friday

2A

23-05-11

Monday

2B

24-05-11

Tuesday

1A

25-05-11

Wednesday

1B

26-05-11

Thursday

UKG A

27-05-11

Friday

UKG B

28-05-11

Saturday

School store will remain open from 9 am to 2 pm. The first half of roll numbers in each class should come before 12 noon and the second half of roll numbers in the afternoon.

Please make it a point to stick to the given schedule. Store personnel and teachers in-charge may not be able to provide materials if parents and students visit the store on unscheduled dates causing unmanageable crowding. Orders should be placed with the school tailor and the teachers in charge for new uniforms on the above mentioned dates when you visit the school.

§§  Internet, Broadband connectivity, Netbooks/Laptops, Working smart, Keeping mind and body healthy: At Hill Blooms we feel families and children who find it difficult (for whatever reason) to work with the Internet and computer equipment with control and self discipline may have to consider themselves incompatible with the school culture. As a community we have no option but to get used to the idea of working with the Internet and computer equipment. Responsible use of the internet is a must and all parents will need to have Broadband connectivity and be committed to getting their children to use it responsibly. In the 21st century parental failure to train their children to use the net sensibly should be considered akin to parental failure to get their children toilet trained. All Blooms need the net. Moreover, students of Class 11 will have to own laptops or relatively less expensive Net-books to function effectively.   

§§  Uniform: There had been near perfect compliance to Uniform requirements and decorum in general, thanks to sensible attitudes of our children and parents. However we need to continue impressing upon our youngsters that there is nothing trendy or aesthetically pleasing or inspiring about low waste jeans and skirts in formal settings like schools and work places. In fact we are seriously looking at the possibility of teaching our youngsters that ‘exhibitionism’ is bad news!

There is a decent retirement age for even sturdy uniforms such as the ones we are using at Hill Blooms. Same rule applies to canvass shoes that go with the uniform. Please change uniforms and shoes when they are worn out. All sunny days from reopening day to school closing day are ‘Uniform days’!(Except Birthdays of course!)

§§Remedial Classes: Students who have scored less than 60% need to attend remedial classes during summer holidays (from 9th May to 21st May). Please make sure you contact Ms. Smitha Mathew on the office phone to get remedial classes scheduled before 6th  May 2011.

§§ Summer Camps: Residential Summer Camps of 3 days duration by DronaVista, Bangalore are being planned for Classes 4,5,6,7 and 8. N.K. Sajeev – Theatre Consultant and Trainer, Acting Trainer at Film & Television Institute-Pune since 2006 and Devendranath S.N.: Theatre Consultant, Researcher in Performance Studies will lead the Theater workshop during the camp. Tentative days are May 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Those interested may remit Rs.1500 (Rs. One thousand five hundred only) at the office before 29th March. Camp can accommodate only 60 (sixty) students on a first come first served basis.

§§(Un)Shared Values: A policy of ‘conform to school’s academic values or move to places where you find your own values’ was initiated last year with children and parents who found it difficult to basic requirements such as devoting 3 hours to reading and writing at home. The policy has resulted in tangible improvement in quality. This year also children and parents of Class 5 and above will be confidentially advised on the school’s commitment to students who are devoting 3 hours at home.  Please note that there are a few ‘challenged children’ who continue to be at Hill Blooms who are not doing well in academics. That is in conformity with the national policy for challenged children advocated by CBSE. These children will continue with us and teachers will be guided by the professionals who are involved in managing their growth.

§§Plastic waste and Birthday Celebrations: Plastic waste reduction had been a favorite theme at Hill Blooms last year and it did work very well. Thanks to all the parents who took it to their hearts and all the Blooms who actively participated. Our Birthday celebrations do not produce plastic waste any more. Many children also contributed books to the library and made sure of generating positive vibes for years. The next target is Zero Waste Management. We are recycling paper, metal and fiber waste currently. Next year Green Friends Club of the school will focus on total waste management in what could be a role model waste management program for the district. Please help us with suggestions and ideas if you are hot about this cause.

Tree Planting Initiative of the Government of Kerala: Forest Department supplied 4000 saplings as part of Government’s tree planting drive and all those saplings were distributed to our children. Another 2000 Mahogany trees are still being distributed by Green Friends Club of the school.  Get your Mahogany if you haven’t yet.

§§ Smart Classes: Smart class initiative that Hill Blooms School set in motion in the district in April 2010 has proven to be a welcome change for teachers and students all over the district. With costs coming down substantially because of increased clientele and more service providers for this technology advance in Wayanad, we are considering doubling the number of smart classes in 2011-12, the target being ‘All Classes should be Smart Classes’.

§§ Readingcontest 2011: Reading contest 2011 is in progress. The final contest will be held in the last week of June 2011. Here is the list of recommended books. Books will be available in the school library for purchase for those who wish to purchase. You may contact Mr. Binu George Parani, the school librarian,  for purchase.

 Category 1(Class1and 2 of academic year 2010-11)

1. Hansel and Gretel

2. Frog Prince

3. Thumbelina

4. Sleeping Beauty

5. Cinderella

Category 2 (Class 3 and 4 of academic year 2010-11)

1. Gulliver's Travels- Jonathan Swift

2. Black Beauty- Anna Sewel

3. Rip Wan Winkle- WashingtonIrving

4. Oru Kudayum Kunju Pengalum – Muttathu Varkey

5. Unnikkuttante Lokam – Nandanar

6. Tottochan -

Category 3 (Class 5 and 6 of academic year 2010-11)

1. Robinson Crusoe- Daniel Defoe

2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain

3. The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling

4. Malgudi Days- R.K.Narayan

5. Verukal – Malayattoor Ramakrishnan.

6. Oru Sangeerthanam pole. Perumbadavam Sreedharan.

Category 4 (Class 7, 8 and 9 of academic year 2010-11)

1. Little women- Louisa May Alcott

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

3. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

4. Nalukettu – M.T.Vasudevan Nair

5. Bharatha Paryatanam. Kuttikrishna Marar.

School will stock these books and make them available for purchase from the school store. Students are welcome to contact librarian Mr. Binu George Parani for an update on this.

Contact number: 9633001505.

“We can do no great things — only small things with great love”…... Mother Theresa

Let’s get together again for academic year 2011-12 and continue to do those small things with lots of love for our children!!

Wish you all an enjoyable summer of 2011.

Warm regards.

 

 

Zita Geroge K.

Principal

Hill Blooms School

Mananthavady

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