Udupi: St Mary's English School switches to CBSE
Dec. 19, 2013
St Mary’s English Medium School, which has been functioning under the state board for 29 years, has switched over to CBSE syllabus. The formal ceremony to mark this milestone was inaugurated recently by Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese.
In order to cater to the changing needs, the school campus has been equipped with spacious classrooms with projectors, vast playground, library with good collection of books, hygienic canteen, science and computer labs with advanced equipment and transport facility from various destinations.
On the occasion, Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister for surface transport and highways, Government of India; Vinay Kumar Sorake, Minister for Urban Development, Government of Karnataka; and Udupi district-in-charge minister, Fr Clement Mascarenhas, Secretary, Catholic Educational Society, Udupi Diocese; Pramod Madhawaraj, MLA of Udupi; K Raghupathi Bhar, former MLA, Udupi; Upendra Nayak, President, Zilla Panchayat, Udupi; Saraswathi, President, Kadekar Grama Panchayat; Walter D’Souza, Chairman, FIEO; Boniface D’Souza Vice – President, Parish Pastoral Council, Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi; Fr Frederick Mascarenhas, Correspondent, St Mary’s Educational Institutions; Myrtle L F Lewis, Principal, were present on the occasion.
The School has been awarded the prestigious British Council Award for a period of three years for ‘Outstanding development of international learning in the curriculum’. The school had taken up 9 projects to help the children explore globally on topics such as art, culture, science, and environment.
The amateur dramatists of the school compiled and presented a drama ‘Beacon of Hope’ on the theme ‘Shakespeare- Celebrating for 450 Years’ at the finals organized by British Council India at Kolkata. Out of 150 scripts received by the panel of the British Council, 45 scripts were shortlisted for the semifinals and 9 best scripts were selected for the finals.
The drama critically analyses and voices against gender discrimination and female atrocities and is depicted through a story where the three female characters of a Shakespearean play rebel against the male dominant society and challenge it. Drama ends with the message for the youngsters to sensitize themselves towards sexual abuse which is the most relevant and burning issue in today’s world.
Deepa Bhandary and Vinay Suvarna assisted and guided the students. The participants were Amrutha, Coleen, Simran, Sabron, Oliver, Newton, Fedalio, and Vinroy.
The School has also been selected for the national level science drama fair which will be held in Mumbai on January 10 and 11, 2014. The students will perform a drama on green energy ‘Ingalada Hejjegalu’ with the message of popularizing the usage of renewable sources of energy found in nature.
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