st agnes school hosts orientation session for parents: fostering early childhood development

On June 28, 2024, St Agnes School (CBSE) Bendore, Mangaluru, hosted an Orientation Session for the parents of students in LKG, UKG, Grade 1, and Grade 2 at Block II Hall, emphasizing the principles of Early Childhood Care and Development laid out in the National Education Policy 2020.

The event commenced with a significant welcome ceremony, where the distinguished guest speaker Mrs Jaya Capoor, a teacher trainer at Rathna Sagar Publications, was honoured with books and lamps. These symbolic gifts epitomized the school's commitment to promoting knowledge and enlightenment among its young students. Furthermore, the teachers led a heartfelt prayer service during the session, underscoring the importance of fostering the all-round development of children within the nurturing school environment.

Mrs Capoor's session began with a focus on engaging parents in conversations about their children's individual strengths and characteristics. By actively involving parents in the discussion, she created an interactive environment that promoted collaboration and understanding between home and school. Highlighting the importance of the NCF, Mrs Capoor underscored the need for formative education, improved learning aids, and capacity-building programs. She mentioned that the NCF aims to develop scientific and analytical skills in students, while also promoting the use of the play-way method for effective learning. She provided in depth insights on literacy numeracy, and art integration within the educational curriculum One of the key points discussed by Mrs Capoor was the changes in textbooks to incorporate Indian culture and values. By including diverse cultural perspectives in education, students can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of their heritage. She also elaborated on the foundational stage of education, which includes children aged 3-6 years in Anganwadis and 6-8 years in early primary schools. She also discussed the NCF's Panchakosha concept, which focuses on holistic development through physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects.

She emphasized the importance of technology integration in teaching and learning. Additionally, she highlighted the need for setting boundaries to establish a structured environment conducive to effective learning. Mrs Capoor addressed curricular goals, developmental aspects, positive learning habits, and inclusive education. By creating inclusive learning environments that cater to diverse learning needs, schools can promote equal opportunities for all students. Another key point discussed by Mrs. Kapoor was the early identification of disabilities and the crucial role of parents in supporting children with special needs. By fostering a collaborative partnership between parents and educators, students with disabilities can receive the necessary support and resources to succeed in their academic journey.

In conclusion, Mrs. Kapoor's session provided valuable insights into the importance of parental involvement in education, the significance of the NCF, and the need for inclusive and holistic approaches to learning. By prioritizing collaboration, cultural diversity, and technology integration, educators can create enriching and supportive educational experiences for all students. Parents were actively engaged during the gathering, gaining valuable insights into the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. They expressed their gratitude to the Principal for orchestrating the informative session. Parents also expressed their appreciation for the conducive environment in the school, which has been carefully cultivated under the leadership of Principal Sr Maria Sarika A.C. They acknowledged the efforts made by the school to create a nurturing and supportive atmosphere where students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Principal Sr Maria Sarika A.C. provided a detailed and thorough explanation of the assessments and strategies that are planned to be carried out throughout this academic year. She underscored the crucial role of parental involvement in all school endeavours and expressed a deep commitment to fostering a strong partnership between parents and the school community. She expressed her gratitude for the presence of parents at the meeting and acknowledged the trust they have bestowed upon the school to be a part of their child's formative years Teachers Neesha, Josephine, and Reena elucidated the internal assessment procedures and strategies to the parents. The discussion encompassed an array of domains such as health and safety, language proficiency (in both written and oral forms), physical and sensory development, and cognitive as well as aesthetic abilities. The event was skilfully hosted by Teacher Venessa, Teacher Shwetha introduced the guest speaker and welcomed the gathering. The session was concluded with heartfelt words of thanks from Teacher Velony. Vice Principal Sr Meena Fernandes A.C., KG Coordinator Sr Letitia A.C., Coordinator Sr Reshma Dsouza A.C., and Mr Vasanth Poojary, Senior Business Partner at Rathna Sagar Publications, were in attendance at the session, accompanied by teachers and parents. St Agnes School is committed to continually enhancing its early childhood education program to meet the evolving needs of modern learners. The school plans to introduce innovative teaching methodologies, holistic assessment practices, and personalized learning experiences to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for young children. By staying abreast of the latest trends in early childhood education, St Agnes School aims to empower its students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the 21st century.

The Orientation Session was a resounding success, highlighting the school's dedication to promoting early childhood development. By engaging parents, honouring traditions, and embracing innovation, St Agnes School is paving the way for a brighter future for its students. Through a holistic approach to education, the school is nurturing young minds and shaping tomorrow's leaders.

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