CHENNAI: The Music Academy TTK auditorium witnessed a spellbound student audience from St John’s Public School, assembled to celebrate their school’s 2nd Foundation Day on Tuesday. The Student Council was also inaugurated.
Principal Shanthi Samuel welcomed the gathering. The hall was packed with parents, teachers and students, when chief guest Chandrahantha Jeyabalan, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Open University, addressed the audience on ‘The importance of good schooling’ and administered the oath of office to the nominated members of the students’ council.
She said that right thinking made life harmonious, which was an essential factor for good schooling. She emphasised that good schooling happened only when thoughts and ideas were articulated effectively. Self-realisation, self-esteem, re-construction of experiences, training for leadership, constituted good schooling. Addressing the teaching faculty the chief guest said that ethics needed to be inculcated among the student community, for which teachers require high ethical qualities themselves and this happens to be the bottom line of good schooling for students. “A lot is taught but only a little is learnt,” she said.
N C Sridharan, author of 365 Exciting Ways to Live and master practitioner in NLP, delivered a lecture describing behaviour as a chemical factory and the mind as a thought faction. He advised students to focus on their thoughts and added that talent and performance were essential for success in life. Acquisition of knowledge is the brim of life. Sridharan stressed that the child was the actual progress card. The chief guest presented Academic Proficiency Awards to the meritorious students of 2013-2014.
Addressing the parents, teachers and students R Kishore Kumar, founder correspondent of the school said that today’s students needed to be mentored for five senses of mind — disciplined mind, synthesising mind, respectful mind, creative mind and ethical mind and urged the student leaders to take their duties consciously.
Vaibhav Aneja, head boy, presented the council’s annual report for 2014-2015.