“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

director

Message from the Director

[Mr. Joseph K]

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela.

Learning does not just take place in the classrooms, laboratories and study halls in our schools, but rather, everywhere. Children and young adults don’t simply stop learning once they complete their schooling, but continue to learn each and every day of their lives. This concept of life-long learning is paramount in reaching one’s potential as a member of the global society. If we, as educators, can instill this concept of learning-for-life into our students, we can help them to be the best they can be and to keep reaching and keep striving, long after their school years are but distant memories. Teachers, students, parents and administrators then, all play vital roles in the education of the child and each must take their role seriously and do their part to the utmost of their ability. My philosophy of education is twofold, in that it focuses on education in general as stated above, but also on the leadership aspect related to it.

From an administrative perspective, education revolves around vision, organization, and leadership, while all the time respecting local culture and school community. These qualities are not mutually exclusive, but rather go hand in hand to create harmonious school environments. An educational leader must have vision and be able to lead others in realizing that vision. Solid organizational and leadership qualities allow for the manifestation of that vision. The ability to get individuals from different countries, different continents and different educational backgrounds to work together collegially and work as a team towards a shared vision stems from the tenets of basic respect, as brought out by the leader of the school. Much can be learned and much can be gained from a meeting of differing minds. In the international setting, we, as individuals, are part of a collective, a global community, if you will, who must strive to understand the ways of others and to allow for the differences in other cultures and societies we may come across. Others may be different, yes, but only in truly understanding them and their ways, can we grow in the global society.

The key is to approach each topic and issue with an open mind and with a belief in equitability. This is often lost in international education. Seeing the whole as more than merely the sum of its parts is crucial. Leadership requires preparation, constant preparation, leaving nothing to chance. Having strong moral beliefs is also essential, as is caring about the job one is doing and for the people involved in that job. Continually, I try to be optimistic and courageous; optimistic, knowing that others are taking their cues from me, and courageous, in believing that what I am doing is right and ultimately for the best. I try to inspire others around me and treat all with respect. In regards to leadership, I hope I am learning more each day.

principal

Message from the Principal

[Mr. Renny John]


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Academics are the core and purpose of any school. All members of the St. Josephs School community collaborate to help our students gain the knowledge and the skills required to be successful in our ever-changing world. Starting with the Early Years, the Montessori component helps students become curious about the world around them. Instilling a love of learning at a young age is vital. Engaging the students in learning about their classmates from around the world makes each shared story a teachable moment. Diversity and acceptance of others is the norm at SJS. Moving through the Elementary School, students are introduced to the international language system, English, one of the official languages. Teachers engage the whole child with activities based on CCE curriculum, while making awareness is “everyday” at SJS.

As a Principal, my role is to oversee and support learning. This includes collaborating with all Coordinators and all the educators to ensure effective delivery and assessment of all curriculums throughout the school. By visiting classrooms, formally and informally, I learn more about the day-to-day teaching practices and assessment processes, and am better able to serve as a guide.

viceprincipal

Message from the Vice-Principal

[Mr. R. Devasahayam]


"Education is one thing no one take away from you."

I am honored and feel very privileged to be the Vice-Principal of St. Joseph's School, Islampur. On behalf of the entire team at SJS Islampur, I welcome you all to the school family. At SJS Islampur, the goal of education is to provide an environment to the pupils which incorporates authentic learning and personal development. It allows learners to solve the types of complex problems they face in today’s ever changing and ever evolving world.

Our school has an outstanding reputation for establishing high expectations and achieving excellent academic results. Talents too are constantly developed through sports and varied co-curricular activities. This in turn results in widening the scope of education and makes it more consequential.

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Message from the Director of Admission

[Mr. Biju David]


"Dear Parents, you and your queries are always welcome..."

I am very pleased to be the first person to welcome you to our ST. JOSEPHS SCHOOL, and in my role as Director of Admissions, I will be your first point of contact. SJS accepts students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 & 11. At SJS, we believe education transforms lives, and that transformed people can make a difference in their societies and in the world. I am confident that SJS offers the finest education in Islampur, and is the obvious choice for nurturing your child to succeed at the very highest levels. For your peace of mind, I encourage you to ask as many questions as you like, and take as much time as you need in order to evaluate our school. I am ready to assist you with any questions you may have about SJS.

All schools are different, and each has their own guiding principles and ours is embodied in our Mission Statement. Our school is exceptionally unique in that our two core fundamental guiding principles are: fostering individual ability and developing the whole child in a warm, caring and safe environment.

We offer the Montessori and activity-based programme from kindergarten to Grade 5 and transit into the CCE based Programme in grades 6,7, 8 and 9. This becomes a feeder to the equitable education of Secondary Education programme in grades 10 and 11.