With the aim of initiating a harmonious learning process and to familiarize parents with the institutional ethos, St. Mary’s Infant Pre School (SMIPS) organized an orientation programme for the parents of the newly inducted students of nursery class. The event embodied several interactive and engaging activities that helped parents in getting an insight about the curriculum and teaching pedagogy of the school.
The event which was well attended by a legion of parents commenced with the welcome address by the Chairperson, Mrs. Anna Mary who elaborated the spirit of the school and touched upon the concepts and values ingrained in the curriculum. She underscored the crucial role of parents in a child’s education and threw spotlight on the characteristic features of the nursery program to make parents acquainted with what their wards would be exposed to in school.
The function proceeded with the audio-visual presentation of the myriad activities planned for enlightening and enticing the tiny tots that provided parents with opportunity to know what to expect in the coming year and equip themselves for it. The supplemental information disseminated by staff members further explicated the pattern for conducting examinations as well as the scheme for ensuring holistic development of students in the crucial years of their growth.
The programme encompassed various tasks and demonstrations to give a feel of SMIPS way of learning in which the parents participated wholeheartedly. In addition, vital guidelines on parenting were provided and it was duly emphasized that education must not stop at the end of the school day so as to ensure that the tiny tots continue to have learning experiences at home along with the school. Parents were also made cognizant of the boons of scholastic and non-scholastic activities in efficiently nurturing child’s aptitude and of the significant role played by discipline in the formation of a child’s personality.
Addressing the parents, Principal, Mrs. Sheetal Anthony said, “Behind every young child who believes in herself is a parent who believed first.” She reiterated the role of parents in shaping the life of the children and called for equal partnership from parents to successfully lay a superior foundation in the formative years of a child’s life. She exhorted for a strong unionization of teachers and parents to ensure wholesome transformation of children from toddlers to confident, inquisitive, self-motivated learners and enthusiastic citizens who face the world with confidence.
The interactive session served as an extremely fruitful platform for sharing and discussing issues related to a growing child which eased the obvious anxiety of families during this important educational transition. All the parents were highly appreciative of the well organized orientation programme and the panoramic contentment was evident in the re-assured and jocund faces that left the school premises subsequent to the culmination of an erudite convention.