Saturday, 6 September 2014

International Women's Day Celebration at MJC

Ms. Surya Suganya
We celebrated International Women’s Day at MJC on 7th March 2014. The anchor for the ceremony was Ms. Surya Suganya. 

Program started with a prayer song by Mrs.Salestina Prakash & Group which was followed welcome speech by Mrs. Rakhee Varma.  Mrs. N.Shanmugapriya recited a poem about women. A PowerPoint presentation on the most powerful and successful women in the past and the present was made by the Staff of Arts and Science college.

Ms Sathya
Ms Rakhee Varma
Ms.R.S.Sathya gave a talk on women. She explained that a woman strives to be caring, loving, giving, strong, resolute, firm and compassionate.  She also shared the transition of the role of women across the ages. She remembered the special focus of MJC that has been established by our founder Dr.P.P.Job on eradication of the female infanticide and uplifting of the womenfolk.

          ‘KUDOs’ to this vision that has motivated MJC to live and work for
·        Providing quality education for deserving girl children
·        Creating Awareness in the society  
·        Setting Career goal for girls.

Ms. Ponnammal
 The celebration came to end by the Vote of Thanks by Mrs.S.Ponnammal.

Report Prepared by Mrs.Dominica Petricia and Yamuna and Ms.B.Arunapriya

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Graduation Day 2014

Come June and it is time for us to celebrate our academic achievement. 29th June 2014, was our eighth graduation day.  On this day, we celebrated not just graduation of students of our graduate and post-graduate programs; we also celebrated our key milestones like Class 12, Class 10 and Class 4.

T Koshy
Mr T Koshy in his welcome speech congratulated all the students and staff of the stellar performance of our students in School and College. He also gave a brief summary of the achievements of MJC students and staff which in addition to the academic performance included (i) NAAC accreditation by B Ed and M Ed College, Special Training organized for the teachers during summer holidays (iii) installation of solar heating system and automating chapatti making machine for the kitchen (iv) special decoration of nursery classes (v) significant in house production of vegetables and fruits (vi) self-sufficiency in coconut milk and ghee requirement of the hostel and so on.

Dr Mary Job

Dr (Mrs) Mary Job, Chairman of MJC in her introductory speech highlighted importance of learning to ‘think’. She also shared her views on challenges in making choices that we all face and a healthy approach to address this challenge.

Dr John V George IPS (Retd)

Dr John V George IPS (Retd) shared his memories about Dr P P Job the founder of MJC and the vision he had for MJC.

We have been lucky again to be blessed with many luminaries who were kind enough to be with us on this great day.  We had Dr Cyriac Thomas. Member, National Commission for Minority Education as our Chief Guest for the day.

Dr Cyriac Thomas

Arvind Kumar IAS
Mr Arvind Kumar IAS gave a very motivating speech wherein he shared the opportunities for our students in the Government Sector and he exhorted our students to prepare for this. He also promised to support MJC in establishing a training program for this.

Mr Zakir Thomas IRS

Mr Zakir Thomas IRS shared two wonderful real life stories of girls who have managed great achievements in spite of the challenging background they come from

Mr Mohan Menon
Mr Mohan Menon who is a highly respected Industrialist from Coimbatore graciously accepted our invitation and was with us. He gave andeloquent speech andpromised to support MJC to build on the excellent foundation it has built

Mr Mathew Philip
The graduation ceremony was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Mr Mathew Philip Dy CEO. He specially thanked Mr and Mrs George who have joined our team as volunteers giving significant support for the strengthening infrastructure and academic program. He also recognized Shayam and Venky who have come over to give us a helping hand as volunteers. This was followed by a lunch for all those students, families and visitors who attended the ceremony

Saturday, 12 July 2014

100% MJC Girls clear High School Board

Following the the outstanding results in class 12, MJC girls have proved once again their mettle. All the 25 girls who appeared in class 10 board cleared in the examination making all of us proud.

4 students out of 25 scored more than 90%. Good show girls 

The topper Aileen Joseph scored 93% closely followed by Kiron Tamng with 92% Ibsiba Bag 91%. 

The topper Aileen Joseph is the daughter of our senior staff members Joseph Alias and  Mini.

The other toppers include 

Friday, 4 July 2014

MJC Convocation - Chairman's Speech

We celebrated MJC graduation on 29th June 2014. Our beloved Chairperson Dr (Mrs) Mary Job gave a very motivating and thought evoking speech which we are happy to share with our wider Audience 
Dignitaries on and off the dais, fellow staff of MJC and my dear little children

I am proud to be once again with you to share your happiness about your success and to share our pride about your achievement.

I still remember attending the ceremony at his school when my son Michael cleared his 12th class as the best outgoing student. But then in a few years his creator called him back.

My Husband then started MJC in memory of Michael. Today I am happy that I get to see graduation of some of my children every year. The celebration never ends.

The primary purpose of MJC’s existence is to empower young girls who come from challenging circumstances. What better way than to give them education and make them fit to stand on their own legs.

Today marks a milestone in this journey. Most of you have successfully crossed one more challenge. We are happy for you.

Let me congratulate the staff and students for your achievement.

We all agree that being in school and college is about getting a certificate of achievement. Graduation day celebrates how each of you performed in the tests and examinations.  But is that all? This is also the time for us to reflect. Reflect on what we have learned beyond what is there in the books. What you have learned that will help you face up the challenges of real life when we our out of this cocoon.

You have been in MJC for a few years. Many of you were away from your family and home. The most exciting opportunity that MJC has given you is the opportunity to be part of a wider family. A family consisting of children from 19 states in the country. It gave you an opportunity to experience the cultural diversity in our country.

What is the learning that you take away from this experience? Has this given a better understanding of what we mean by unity in diversity?

You spent quite a lot of time cramming from your text books, note books and guides. You learned to reproduce quite a lot from all these.  Have you also learned how to think? How to have an opinion that is your  own? Let me quote here from a very learned professor about thinking

Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed”

So let me ask you my children have you learned how to think? Let me ask all of you who have assembled here to think about it. Take every opportunity to enhance your exposure, enlarge your mind and strengthen your ability to think. That is going to be one factor that determines how successful you are going to be.

Today when you stand here ready to take the next step, there a question you need to ask yourself. How are you going to make a difference to the society you belong to?

Will you give a helping hand to reach out to few of those children who were not lucky enough to get this opportunity to go to a school?

Now that many of you are going out into the world, you will face every day the challenge of making a choice. Let me share some of my thoughts on this

There is brilliant one line summary by Jawaharlal Nehru on this. It says

 “Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is destiny; the way you play it is freewill.”

We live in a totally inter-connected world. What we do out of our freewill could set off a series of chain reactions like what happens on the carom board. Sometimes we get the shot right and the outcome is as predicted. Very often the chain reactions we trigger bring about a new order on the board which we never imagined.

Think about this situation. Some crazy kid decides to take his car for a spin. It was his free will. I happened to be in his way and got hit; it was my destiny. I survive with two artificial limbs; it is my destiny. I now have two choices. I can try to live on and find happiness in spite of my broken leg or can spent the life cursing the crazy kid and live a life of regret despair. Here I need to exercise my freewill.

This helps me to appreciate the fact that even though I have the freewill to choose, the options available to me are outcomes of a large number of factors on which I have no control and sometime the choice that we take makes it possible to predict how things turnout. It also teaches me that the freewill to choose does not guarantee any outcome; but I am still responsible for the choice.

How I exercise my freewill is also dependent on my mental makeup and strength. If I let myself to grow up without taking responsibility of my action then I may not be able to exercise freewill to the extent that is needed in any occasion. From this point of view freewill needs to be nurtured consciously and worked upon

We can build up this skill as we build on our muscles. There could be limit on our ability to build on various skills; which could be on account of our genes. But as we have to exercise regularly to develop a healthy body, we have to work on to strengthen how we react to what happens around us.

One of the true marks of achievement in life is the way we master this art of exercising our choice. Let me finish my speech with a prayer that the god almighty gives you the wisdom and strength to make the right choice in your life.

Now it is time for you to listen to this wonderful array of dignitaries who are here to share some pearls of wisdom with all of you.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Special Summer Program at MJC

We had a special treat for this summer. Ms.Maria Duckworth and her daughter Ms Tanya Duckworth visited MJC campus and stayed with us for four days. She taught us etiquettes, shared stories with us and taught us a wonderful dance. Sanjay Gadhalay made this happen for us.

It was a pulsating sensational performance by 40 beautifully talented young girls who learnt this dance from scratch in a matter of five hours. “A most humbling touching experience for me as a mother and a choreographer” was how Maria described her experience.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Outstanding Performance by MJC in Higher Secondary Examinations March 2014.

As a cyclonic storm and high winds hit the headlines last week, the residents of rain- starved Coimbatore rejoiced as rain fell on the parched land after nearly a year. 

The results of the Higher Secondary examinations were a cause for celebration at MJC because we know that academic excellence is the cornerstone of a good institution. The Grade XII students of the Michael Job Matriculation Higher Secondary School strove for the best, rather than settle for average performance. They sure did their institution proud! 

Here are the girls who have made it to the Roll of Honour:

·         Sujata Chhetri                - 1140 marks (95%) 
·         Subashini M                   - 1127 marks (94%). 
·         Deepika Gurung            - 1114 marks (93%). 
·         Smyrna Karjee              - 1062 marks (89%).
·         Sangita Chhetri             - 990   marks  (83%).
·         Nilima Mukhiya             - 983   marks (82%).
·         Sujata Pradhan              - 963    marks (80%).

Well done Children, Congratulations

The School achieved 96% pass, i.e. 24 out of 25. None of the above students had  any private tuition, which made this achievement a real one. 

A reception was organized in their honour at the John Job auditorium at 6.30 p.m on 9th May. Their efforts were lauded and gifts were presented to them.

 The above are our toppers

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Quality Improvement Program for Teaching Staff of MJC - April 2014

We organized a three day workshop for the teachers and staff of the Michael Job Educational Institutions during 27- 29th  April, 2014. It is a part of our continuous effort to upgrade the quality of our teaching and the guidance we provide to our children.

We had three wonderful people with us to lead the workshop. On day 1 we had Mr. Unnikrishnan Balakrishnan, CEO of Life Purpose Consulting. Day 2 was led by Mr T Koshy who is a Partner of Ernst & Young (India) and who is also one of our trustees. For the day 3 we had Dr Thomas George, Founder & Chairman of Life Purpose Consulting.

All these three trainers introduced our staff to different concepts and oraganised activities to bring out many ideas to improve the effectiveness of our teachers. As Mathew Philip the Dy CEO of the centre remarked this was our first such initiative and all the participants felt enriched by the program.

Mr. T. Koshy, Trustee MJC, welcomed the participants and reminded them of our vision ‘Empowering the Girl Child through Education’. The goal of the founder, Dr P.P. Job was to create a Centre of Excellence where the girl children would have an educational opportunity that is culturally, socially and personally enriching.  The teachers were asked to think about their commitment to the children of MJC. While the first priority of a teacher is the teach her subject, every teacher has a larger role that of a friend, philosopher and guide. In MJC since there are many children coming from underprivileged background  who are not blessed to have regular parental guidance and care our teaches also have to play the role of a mother to her students.

Good teachers can become better ones and endear themselves to their students if they ask themselves two questions: (i)How do I upgrade myself to become a better teacher? (ii) How do I educate, train and develop my students? He exhorted teachers to go that extra mile to make their classes as lively as possible and never, ever give up on their students or their potential.

Mr. Unnikrishnan on Day 1 built on the theme: Inspire Hope, Love & Learning. The objectives were to enable teachers to (i)Awaken the teacher within (ii) Emotional Empowerment (iii) Achieve work-life balance.

The session started with an ice breaker. Participants were requested to agree on the following: We will participate willingly and joyfully, Allow good things to happen, Be open-minded. Mentally say ‘From now on.’ If you refrain from dwelling on the past and come to terms with the fact that the only reality is the present, you can change the future. In life you only have to compete with yourself.

Participants were organized into groups of eight and were asked to create Role plays on some of the challenges that they face and how they dealt with them. They were evaluated on the following criteria: Creativity,  Acting Skills,  Script & Delivery, Team Participation, Time Management & Theme Impact. In conclusion, the qualities of a good teacher summarized by the participants as (i) Be a student always (ii) Be a good role model (iii) Be a good communicator (iii) Be a powerful transformer (iv) Avoid discrimination.  The trainer also demonstrated a few relaxation techniques.

Day 2 started with Mr. T. Koshy explaining the significance of the training program and stressed that team work is the key to growth. He stressed that acquiring finer skills like problem solving and critical analysis are the need of the hour.

The take away for us as teachers we that we need to be mentally alert, we should be adept on the modern tools for better teaching, and we should learn to understand and apply how to shape children’s minds.

He introduced the teachers to elements of Transactional Analysis. This framework is used to understand human transactions.  

He advised the teachers to watch the classic movie ‘My Fair Lady’, based on the drama Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, where Eliza Doolittle’s was transformed from a flower seller to a lady because Col. Pickering believed in her.

The progress of every organization is dependent on continuous feedback Therefore we discussed how to implement a system from next academic year which will have self-evaluation, peer evaluation and student evaluation.

We also had a Yoga session conducted by a professional trainer.

On Day 3 Dr Thomas George, led a very motivating and exciting session. He recommended Chris J. Vitty’s ’21 days Countdown to Success’, as a must read for all.  

The Participants were organized into seven groups to work on the challenges faced by teachers and students in the teaching learning process.  Some of the findings were: Relationship, entertainment & interaction ; Deterioration in respect for teachers;  Value Education classes to compensate spiritual and moral values ;  Students require more motivation nowadays; with the advent of mass media, teachers face far less cooperation in the classroom. However, they concluded that students are better decision makers today.

Post- lunch, there was a team activity in which everyone participated with lot of enthusiasm and various tactics to finish first. The learning were: Perception, Time management, innovative ideas, improvising,  team work, motivating others.

Concluding Session

Mr. Mathew Philip, Deputy CEO, stated that he considered this a major milestone in the history of the Michael Job Educational Institutions. He thanked the teachers for their participation and involvement. He reminded them that the success of the institution depended on the students and exhorted the teachers to encourage deserving students from the vicinity to avail of the educational facilities here. He requested the teachers to be brand ambassadors for this institution.