Parents and teachers honoured

Achieving cent per cent results in both Tenth and Plus Two public examinations is a target set by many schools. When they achieve it they have reasons to celebrate it. In a unique way, the Oriental Higher Secondary School at Thanjavur, which achieved cent per cent results in Tenth and Plus Two, celebrated the occasion by honouring the parents of the students. Thanks to the idea of S. Kunjithapatham, secretary of the school. They were presented a shawl by the Chief Education Officer V. Kumar and S. Saradha, District Education Officer, at a function held recently at the school. Teachers, including the Head Master T.S. Kalayanasundaram, who has won both Central and State Governments best teacher award, were also honoured with shawls for their hard work and motivation given to students. Cash awards were also given to teachers. Mr. Kumar appealed to the parents to wean away their wards from the negative impact of television. “Whatever good we do are undone by the television serials and other adult only programmes. Parents should monitor their wards of when they watch TV and what they watch,” Mr. Kumar said. He said that students, teachers and parents are like a prism with three sides contributing to success.

Athletic meet

Over 900 students from 60 schools participated in Thanjavur district athletic meet conducted by the Thanjavur District Athletics Association (TDAA) at Annai Sathya Stadium. St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School in the boys’ section and Pappanadu Government Higher Secondary School in the girls’ section won the team championship. Of the total participants, 59 have been selected to represent Thanjavur in the State junior inter-district athletic meet to be held at Kings Engineering College, Thanjavur in July. Chief Educational Officer V. Kumar gave away the prizes in the presence of TDAA president Krishnaswamy Vandayar, secretary Senthil and District Sports Officer Selvakumar.

Programme to create awareness

The Chief Educational Officer of Tiruvarur district introduced a novel programme of ‘Maanavargal illam nokki palligal’ (Schools marching towards students house) in the beginning of this academic year (2009-10) with the objective of creating awareness among rural students and their parents on the importance of education. G. Durairajulu, Headmaster, Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Kodavasal, implemented the school in the nearby Vadaver village. The Headmaster along with the post-graduate teachers and BT Assistants convened a meeting at Panchayat Union Middle School for the parents and students. The residents of the nearby villages like Radhanallur; Sithadi; Adipuliyur, Parathiyur and Avanam attended the meeting in large number. S. Sargunavel, village panchayat president, R. Ramadoss, retired headmaster, local VIPs and peoples representatives addressed the audience. Explaining the highlights of this unique programme, Mr. Durairajulu underscored the need for developing discipline which alone would shape the students into good citizens.

Pudukottai school excels in silambam

Students of Mount Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pudukottai, won three medals, including two gold medals, at the Sixth National Silambam championship held at Vellore recently. B. Karikalacholan of class XII and M. Priyadharshini of class VII won gold medals in the Junior boys and girls under 12 years categories respectively. R. Priyadharshini of class X won the bronze in junior girls category. The medal winners were felicitated by Jayabarathan Chelliah, Chairman of the Mount Zion Educational Institutions, and Jonathan. J, Senior Principal, of the school.

Refresher course for teachers

A refresher course for Government High School teachers in Pudukottai town was held at the Nizam Arabic Higher Secondary School, Pudukottai. Science and Maths BT teachers participated in the programme. The Chief Educational Officer, Chellam, interacted with the teachers and urged them to serve the children with affection and dedication.

All the participants took an oath that they would strive to get cent per cent results in their respective subjects and motivate the students to score high marks. Resource persons Kasthuri Rengan and Kishore offered valuable tips on training late-bloomers to get a pass in the SSLC public examinations. The Headmaster of the Nizam Arabic Higher Secondary School, Khaja Mohideen inaugurated the programme.

(Contributed by G. Srinivasan in Thanjavur, Syed Muthahar Saqaf and G. Prasad

in Tiruchi)