My dear Class X & XII students,
“Self belief and hard work will always earn you success”
With this message, I would like to extend my best wishes to all the students who are appearing for board examination this year. I have no doubt that you all are very hard working and talented and I am very confident that your determination and talent will help you achieve success in your examination.
My dear students, remember, examinations are a test of progress and if, for whatever reasons so far, you did not score good marks in terminal exams, you can still excel at your board examination. All you need to do is keep on trying with confidence and dedication. At the same time, I would also like to urge every student to not only study hard during the exam period, but also to look after yourself. My advise to you is plan your time carefully and take enough rest so that you can concentrate well while you are studying and writing your exams. I truly understand that exams bring their own stresses, so if you feel stressed or anxious, remember you are not alone. We all are with you and you are always welcome to share your concerns or anxieties to your teacher, headmistress or even to me.
I would like to reiterate here the beginning quote that belief in yourself my dear students and give in your best efforts and you will certainly be succeeded. I wish and pray May you give your best and achieve new heights in your life.
“Never Give Up, Stay Focused, Stay Positive…and LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE”
Rev. Fr. Savariraj
Rosary Sr. Sec. School, since its inception for more than six decades has earned its own niche and believes in the individual success and growth of every student. Carrying this legacy forward, it is my pleasure and honor to introduce myself as the Principal of this esteemed institution. I am extremely proud and pleased to join this school community of learners, where everyone everyday learns including myself, our staff and parents.
As the Academic Head, I look forward to partnering with you to ensure all children are celebrated and supported. Together, we will ensure that we maintain our tradition of excellence and community that makes Rosary School such a special place.
I have devoted my career to educating, inspiring, and advocating for students, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. I am looking forward to bring my passion, enthusiasm and experience to cultivate the academic excellence and nurture the hidden potential in every Rosarian. Inspired by the teachings of Jesus and our Patroness Mother Mary and with our motto "Let Your Light Shine" we aim at the integral development of each student under the banner of Rosary Sr. Sec. School and lay a lot of impetus on honing every aspect of child's personality that works towards nurturing the child in to a happy and well equipped human being.
We, at Rosary School are very grateful to our parents for their sincere involvement in the school. Without their single minded co-operation between the school and home we cannot offer the holistic education towards which we are striving.
During this unprecedented time, Rosary school has earned all the support and cooperation from each and every parent, guardian, student, faculty member at every step and I look forward to the same collaboration and support so that we embrace all the challenges with confidence, steadfastness and fortitude.
Rev. Fr. Savariraj
On behalf of the entire Rosary School faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you and your families in the new academic session of 2021-22 . We, at Rosary, have always envisage an all around and balanced education based on sound intellectual, physical, moral and social formation.
The aim is to make you erudite, patriotic, law abiding and ceaselessly seeking excellence, with a deep concern for all especially the weak and the poor sections of the society.
COVID-19 Pandemic has surely altered lives and disrupted normal life across the world. We understand the challenges faced by you, your parents and the teachers to cater to the academic needs during closure of school and adapting to virtual learning. But Iam proud of you as you continued to demonstrate diligence, motivation and determination to work to the best of your abilities to learn new instructions.
Our talented and dedicated staff, both teaching and non teaching, have been showing their care and concern for the students working from home preparing notes and engaging classes online for the benefit of students. I appreciate their concern for the students and commitment to academics.
A big hand for all the parents for their continued support. We believe that this is the time to not just deal with the current emergency, but also build foundations of resilience to face such difficult events in the future. Let us consider this formidable challenge as an opportunity to learn and must rise to meet this bravely. We shouldn't let the pandemic pin us down. We must remain positive and keep our hopes alive as I believe that " Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of our past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."
Stay well ! Stay positive! Keep Smiling!
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
This has certainly been an unusual start to the school year, but it’s been a successful one. We are proud to see students and staff taking steps every day to keep each other safe and healthy.
We are dedicated to helping students stay on track with their virtual classes and exams. It is our mission to see all our students do very well. Our teachers are dedicatedly maintaining and improving our students’ readiness for learning at home. In doing this, students are able to revise and refine their skills and the teachers have the opportunity to see how their students respond to the work they provide, and how communication can be improved. I am hopeful of a smooth and rewarding journey through to the end of this school year.
In all the change that we have to manage, I am continually encouraged by God’s promises when I read in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” We are so blessed to have this assurance and know our God remains true forever
I pay my thanks to the parents who encourage us and support the decisions we make to manage the changes the pandemic has inflicted on us. I offer my gratitude to them for their faith in us. I request the parents to contact the class teacher if they have any questions or want to find ways for their ward improve in their classes.
I am thankful to be able to serve such an amazing group of students, parents, faculty, staff and the community.
Stay safe and God bless!
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
As we have entered in the Holy Week of Lent period, it reminds Christians of God's sacrifice of His son, and also God's love for His people. Though this year, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Easter will not be celebrated in the same way as is used to be in the Churches. And we, as Christians strongly believe that the true message of Easter is Hope. This is why we celebrate Easter every year and remember the Hope we have in Jesus. For me personally, it helps me to look at the present situation when the Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe.
The way the doctors carrying an immense burden to care for our people nationwide reminds me of Maundy Thursday of the Holy Week with a belief how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to show them how to be humble and serve each other.
It is just right to say that WITHOUT Good Friday, there would not have been an Easter Sunday. Without Death, there would not have been Life. Without paying the price of sin, there would not be eternal salvation. And this is the Christian message in a nutshell.
People believe Jesus came into our world to carry the message of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. So often, as Christians we put so much focus on Jesus suffering on the cross and we’ve even stated that this is the reason that Jesus came into the world — to suffer and die for our sins. Jesus did not come into the world to suffer and die; He came to bring God’s message of unconditional love and forgiveness. Easter Sunday morning tells us that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.
Amidst the deadly outbreak of Covid-19, I strongly believe that Hope is Strength. We, as a community, need to ask our Divine Creator for guidance in coping with this terrible illness and ask for his healing of those afflicted.
Let us pray to the Almighty God to give us the wisdom and strength to overcome this crucial time. Let us also pray to Jesus Christ, healer of all, to be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process; to be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
Our prayers will be heard, as we are all his people and we, as a nation and a world will get through this, as we do with many of the world challenges we face every day. All we need to do at this point of time is to have Hope and believe in Him.
It is said that though suffering may endure for the night, joy come in the morning. Some new dawns may not arrive as early as others, but we do not lose hope that new dawns are ever before us.
My dear students, I want all of you to be optimistic at this crucial time. Let us be confident that things will come out to be all good. Continue to pray for HOPE. I would like to share a beautiful quote with you all “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust.Because we have Faith.”
I conclude my Easter message with beginning quote “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Hope does not mean focusing on all the positive aspects of life and ignoring the negative ones. Hope is actually the belief that beyond all darkness, suffering, and failure lies a beautiful light that awaits us and that makes our journey worth it. We will certainly come out of this situation. You just need to take all necessary precautions and don’t go out anywhere. Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe & Stay Blessed...
May the Risen Lord bless you all & bring lots of happiness in our lives. Wish you all a very Happy Easter... God Bless
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "We have only two choices: to peacefully coexist, or to destroy ourselves."
To attain real peace in our country and in the world, we have first to formulate inner harmony. This is only possible when we trim down our negative thoughts and enhance positive attitudes by developing love and compassion, tolerance and understanding among fellow human beings. We must learn to appreciate, and to value, each other as human beings and thus to live together in goodwill.
Ethnic and cultural prejudices run unchecked in today's multicultural society; our environment is filled with divergence. We have to realize that such hate-filled actions are not just events that can be discussed at parties, viewed from a distance, on television, from the security of our living rooms. It is no longer the case that we can don the role of innocent observers of the hate mongers. We must condemn the wrong being done, but not let our anger rise into irrational hostility, prejudice, and even more violence.
Humanism, which is the trademark of all religious teachings supersedes all racial and national barriers and is a great force for peace. But today, more than ever before, we are suffering from “an exhaustion of spirit, an increase of egoism, vested interests of politicians and leaders and all this makes the ideal of a peaceful society difficult to achieve”. In the changing world of today, students have a great deal to contribute in establishing peace. You can make a difference by working together for a positive change in our motherland and in the world. Open your hearts, soften rigid views, develop a sense of understanding and be transformed into loving individuals, into human beings at our best. We must stop thinking of peace as some distant and perhaps unachievable goal and make it our objective right now. Universal humanitarian approach to problems is the only sound foundation for peace.
Remember, there is no path to peace; peace is the path.
I wish a very ‘Happy New Year’ to all the staff and students and their families. May God bless our X and XII Graders that they may do exceptionally well in their forthcoming Board exams.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which took place on 8 March, was “Think equal, build smart, and innovate for change”. What pains me is that after so much wakefulness and recognition of a woman’s contribution to life, society, family and work; and after saluting her strength, spirit, sacrifice she still has to face discrimination. Are men to blame? That may not be true in entirety.
Let me narrate a story to emphasize what I want to articulate.There was a farmer who found an egg in an eagle’s nest.He took it and put it among his hen’s eggs for hatching. Soon the eggs hatched and the little chicks came out and followed the mother, imitated her and tried to be like her. The baby eagle also believed that she was a chick and behaved like one. The mother hen saw and knew that one of her chicks was different, but was frightened to admit it .The baby eagle, all her life, believed she was a hen and behaved like one .Then one day she saw a gorgeous, great eagle soaring high up into the sky with her powerful wings. The ‘hen eagle’ looked up and longingly said, “I wish I could fly into the sky so high like the eagle. In my next birth I would like to be born an eagle”; not realizing her own, strength, supremacy and capability as an eagle.
Many women also believe they are hens, when in reality they are eagles. It has been embedded in their minds since generations that they are incapable of many things.But the fact is women have promising abilities and endowments which need to be acknowledged.
I request all my girl students to honour themselves, this way others too would respect you. Believe in yourself. The improvement of a nation depends on girl’s learning. Boys too have important roles to play. Empowering women starts right in your families, at school and neighbourhood. Tell your own sisters andmothers how much you value them. Treat your school mates with deference and respect. Mind your language, and attitude. We are all made in the image of God; so we are all equal.
Once again, it is time to welcome everyone to the start of another new academic year. I greet students to a compassionate and motivating environment in which they can realize their potential.
In all our endeavours for academic and curricular advancement upholding of discipline will be our priority.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
As we continue with the celebrations of the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ of our great institution, it is with great pride that I welcome you to the new academic year 2018-19. We offer our gratitude to the great puissant who built this temple of learning and pray that God may guide and sustain us, as we go forth towards the zenith of the celebrations to be held on 12 October 2018.
As always quality education is our top priority and the administration, faculty and staff will continue to work relentlessly to build a challenging and nurturing environment for you.
Students I am proud of your accomplishments in the classroom, the community and on the athletic field. Let’s gear up to face new challenges and to meet them with poise and grace. Hard work is obligatory if you want to get anywhere in life. There is no substitute for hard work. You can accomplish what you aspire for with the right mind-set, a positive attitude, and above all, self-discipline. Always set goals with anything and everything that you do in life, and make sure to continue trying until you achieve those goals. Never let disappointment dissuade you. Success might just be around the corner. Thomas A. Edison said, “If we all did things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
May the Holy Spirit enlighten you and bless you with good health, prosperity and peace.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
As exams are at our door step, I am writing this to all the Parents/Guardians so that they can help the students get through the exams without any stress or pressure. We, the teachers and the parents together have to make our children understand that Exams teach us lot of things and give training to various things like punctuality, writing skills, timing sense, expressing our thoughts and opinions and so on. Without exam it is very hard to find out the level of understanding and the skills of an individual student.
I would like to give a piece of advice to the parents which may help the students in many ways:
Warm Greetings from Fr. Vincent D'Souza!
We all know that "Changes are important because it affects and impacts all of us at some point in life. If we do not experience different things, then we become stagnant and will not grow in our everyday lives." Every year, the School Management does some development works in the School during the vacations so that our students can get better facilities, better experience with a better look every time they come after the vacations. Last year, the entire building color - interior and exterior was changed to give a complete new look to the School. Also, an Auditorium was constructed in the Primary wing which is used for many purposes - like Yoga, remedial classes, competitions, various activities etc.
I would like to mention the works which are being done in the School premises:
1. School Main Gate: The new main gate of the School is constructed with a high structure roof and a newly constructed Guard Room.
2. School Name on the Building: the School name with Steel and Acrylic alphabets are fixed on the Senior wing building of the School.
3. Stamped Concrete: The entire School compound is laid with stamped concrete (designer concrete) which has added beauty in the School campus.
4. Library in Primary Wing: As we all know that a school library exhibits positive impact on the academic achievement of the students. It helps students with lifelong learning skills and reading books helps in their overall development. A new library is renovated in the Primary Wing for the students of Classes I to V.
5. Classroom Cupboards: New wooden cupboards are made for the classrooms of Senior wing (Class VI to XII). New wooden cupboards were already fixed in the classrooms of Primary wing (Class I to V) last year.
6. Pre Primary Activity Hall: A new Activity Hall is constructed in the Pre Primary wing for tiny tots with a seating capacity up to 500 people. The Hall has a small stage for these little ones so that we can prepare them to perform on stage from their initial stages which further helps them in their overall development.
7. Swings in the Pre Primary and Primary Ground: Playing is integral to a child's development. It is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. The School Management has already got some fun stations for the students of the Pre-Primary and Primary wing and will be fixed shortly.
8. Catechism Room: Principal's Old Office in the Senior wing is converted into the Catechism Room from the students of the Senior wing.
9. New Reception at Primary Wing: a new reception is made for the parents of Primary wing outside the Headmistress's Room.
10. Steel Railings: Steel railings are fixed this year from the main gate to the Reception of the School. The same railings were already fixed in rest of the campus in previous years. I wish and pray the Lord to grant you all Good Health and increase you in wisdom. May God continue to watch over you always and may His blessings shower upon you always.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
I am excited and honored to welcome each and every one of you to the beginning of a new school year at Rosary Sr. Sec. School. It is certainly a proud moment to announce that this school year will be a year of Diamond Jubilee since its inception from 1958. Let us promise each other in setting and reaching attainable goals, working harder and smarter and taking our school and student achievement to the next level of "GREATNESS". At Rosary, we are dedicated to a student-centered program that promotes academic excellence through an enriched, rigorous inter-disciplinary curriculum. As a staff, we are here to support all of you, by any means necessary, to ensure you reach your fullest academic potential. We look forward to working with you, our parents and the members of the community to provide a high-quality education that you all deserve.
This year, you can look forward to encountering a highly intensive and challenging academic program that will push you to work beyond your limits. However, I am confident that all of you have the capacity and ability to meet our expectations and the demands of your new classes and teachers. Our goal is to ensure that all students become critical thinkers, active problem-solvers, inquisitive readers, and diligent researchers. We do all of this to prepare you for the demands of the real-world so you may become productive citizens, become our future leaders, and contribute and/or give back something positive to the community.
I would like to sum up here with a message "Let us make this beginning more beautiful by bowing our heads to thank God for a lovely last year and seek blessings for another great year at school.... May you are blessed with high energies and positive mind to work harder and be successful!!"
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.
As we all know December is considered a great season of goodwill and merriment. So Christmas is greeted with special merriment and rejoicing everywhere. The birth of Jesus is considered one of the most significant events in world history. Jesus Christ took birth on this earth to save humanity from misery and darkness. The spread of love and peace among mankind is the supreme message of Christmas. A time to forget all the chaos of life and to embrace good hopes. It gives you an opportunity to forget all the not so good events of past and initiate fresh & new beginnings. Jesus came into the world bearing a message of paramount importance: God is our creator, sustainer and redeemer; to see the Father, we must look at His Son.
But I wonder that is it only in the Christmas season when we have to remember all these values. My message to all loving students "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies".
We must remember always the reason Jesus was born is that we might know God! This is why we celebrate Christmas with such joy year after year. Though Jesus called "Emmanuel," which means God with us, God is indeed with us in youth and old age, in good times and bad, in tragedy and triumph.
Christmas is all about God giving us His best, because He loves us. John 3:16 begins, "For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son..." The Bible echoes this sentiment again in 1 John 4:9-10: "God showed how much He loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love".
I wish all of you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness. God Bless You. Keep Smiling Always!
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'Souza
Dear Rosarians, on the occasion of Dussehra, I would like to share a story- A story about an old Cherokee chief who was teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, lust, greed, arrogance, resentment, lies, false pride and ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old chief replied, "The one you feed."
This truly means that there is always a battle between good and bad, and this battle is not about two individuals rather it signifies that when an individual losses his/her mental balance of pure thoughts and non-violence, is unable to differentiate between the good and evil thoughts, deeds and actions. Some are stronger and disallow their bad to outweigh their good, while others tend to gravitate more to selfish pleasure-thus acting out with bad behavior. My dear loving students, we all have some good and evil and it should be our goal to kill the evil within us.
My message to you on this Dussehra is to ensure to do well to others and give as much as you can. Work hard and be committed to what you do. Do not stand for what is wrong, for it is rightly said, "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."
On this auspicious occasion, I wish the color, bliss and beauty of this festival to be with you throughout the year and may this Dussehra light up for you, your family and all your near and dear ones the hopes of happy times and dreams for a year full of smiles!
So let us all celebrate the Victory of good over evil and Success of truth over lies.
Wish you all a Very Happy Dussehra and a Joyful & Prosperous Diwali !!!
Fr. Vincent D'Souza
Mother gives birth to child, teacher gives Life. 'Teachers' day is observed to pay respect to the teachers of our country. Teachers are regarded as the back-bone of our society. They have the greatest contribution to build up the character of students and help them to become ideal citizens of our country.
On this special day, we should not forget one of the great role models Dr Radhakrishnan who always keep on reminding us the importance of a teacher. Teacher is a mentor who always does his best to shape a good human being in us. At the same time, on this Teacher's Day I would like to give a message to the parents of our loving students that You are the ultimate role models for children. Your every word, movement and action has an impact on your child. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
Parents are the children's first teachers. When a young child begins formal school, the parent's job is to show him how school can extend the learning he began together at home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be. As preschoolers grow into school age kids, parents become their learning coaches. Through guidance and reminders, parents help their kids organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
There is a beautiful saying: "A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your Life". Family atmosphere is the foundation behind every person and it leads to the character development of them. Family is the mirror through which they see the world. It gives them the initial understanding about the world outside the window and from these bits and pieces they create their own understanding and point of view.
Students are the future of our country and the future of our country depends upon the moral values imparted to them during their student life. Teaching moral values to children has become a subject of deep interest, powerful concern and enormous priority. Children have an immense power of observation and their feelings are deep rooted. They always observe their parents at home. The parents really need to focus on teaching their children morals, because it will shape the character of the individual and help him to become a better person. These morals will help guide the child throughout their lifetime.
These days it is sad to see around so many broken families and the ultimate sufferer is the child. When we bring children into this world, it is clearly our responsibility to create a safe and loving environment - one that will nurture the child and help him to develop into a confident and responsible adult. One of the key factors of this safe environment is a positive relationship between parents.
Researchers at the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University shared that "when (the) home is not stable" executive function skills may be impaired, or may not develop at all, limiting a child's success in elementary school and later life. "This means that a stable home environment is vital for children to thrive in school and in life. Ultimately, our children need to feel safe and loved to be ready for school. Only then they can begin to focus on learning and doing their best in school. A positive and relaxed environment at home will help your child concentrate on studies and learn better. As a parent, you have the biggest responsibility of creating the right environment for your child as it will affect his/her personality, learning and behavior. Environment and child development are correlated.
Lastly I would like to sum up with a very beautiful saying "A teacher should inspire child to reach academic success, A Parent should inspire their child to use that success in a way that influences positive change in the world". So let us jointly put efforts in bringing up the best of our children.
Fr. Vincent D'Souza
"By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus"
- Mother Teresa
Let us remember Mother Teresa on her birthday today and recall her selfless contribution towards the society.
Mother Teresa was a true follower of humanity. Many people considered Mother as the "reincarnated form of Lord Jesus". Mother Teresa devoted her entire life in serving the needy and abandoned people of the society. Although her mission started in India, she succeeded in bringing the people of all societies under one roof, i.e. humanity.
Mother Teresa's life revolved around healing and comforting the sick. She saw Jesus in everyone that she met, no matter their condition. She wanted them to die in peace and with dignity. She also learned basic medicine and went into the homes of the sick to treat them. She started religious congregation "The Missionaries of Charity (MC)" which comes to the aid of everyone who feels that all hope is lost. Her contribution to society, or to the world, is a big one, and it is also evident in the number of awards she has received for her wonders. She gained the name "Saint of the Gutters" because of her dedication towards helping the poorest of the poor in India.
As we all know that on September 4, 2016 Blessed Mother Teresa will be declared a Saint. As she will be canonized on this day, it is surely a moment of great joy and celebration for the whole world that we all will commemorate Mother Teresa for her selfless charity in a special way to our motherland. She was an Albanian Catholic nun who came to India but her selfless work among the poverty-stricken people of Kolkata is an inspiration for people all over the world. Though her work is recognized and remembered by the people across the world, she has served our country and loved the people of India whole heartedly and she took her last breath in our country in 1997.
In my opinion, Mother Teresa made a positive difference in the world. She has always been an inspiration for everyone and always set out the right example.Her willingness to help every single person in need made her a loving and caring person who dedicated her life to aiding the sick, the rejected and the poor. She changed many people's lives and continues to do so with her order "The Missionaries of Charity" which is spread out all over the world.
She was a living saint and did everything Jesus would want her to do. She was determined to help the needy and that determination never faded. Her impact on the world was a positive one, giving many people hope and something to live for.
On her elevation to sainthood, let us also inspired by the great inspiration Our very own Dear Mother Teresa. We should always remember "Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good..."
Rev.Fr. Vincent D'Souza
"Freedom is essential to the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is essential to artistic evolution and expression. Freedom is essential to the expansion of the human mind. Freedom is essential to the creation of an individual's will, motivations, preferences, and unique talents. In essence, freedom is essential to the success and progress of humanity."
Today we celebrate the 70th Independence Day of our great Nation. On this joyous occasion I convey my greetings and good wishes to all the Rosarians and their near and dear ones and pray for their peace, progress and prosperity.
On this auspicious day, 69 years ago, India attained freedom from colonial rule and the people of our country became the masters of their destiny. All in all, the past 69 years have been momentous; despite of serious challenges on various fronts, including several attacks on the territorial integrity of India, we have been able to keep the flame of democracy burning bright. Today our country is a well established democratic country all over the world. We should not forget the contribution of our forefathers who fought for us, our freedom. We are so lucky that our freedom fighters have given us a land of peace and happiness where we can sleep whole night without fear and enjoy whole day in our school or home.
At the same time, I feel sad to see around so many problems. We always talk about the corruption, poverty etc. In my view, Communalism is affecting everyone. Communalism is one of the most serious problems that India is still facing even after getting the freedom. This problem has existed among the followers of religious communities. In the name of religion such acts have been committed that are no doubt shameful and an act of fleeing from the message of great freedom fighters who lead the country to the door steps of freedom through non-violence, the sacred human value. "Communalism is cruel and unjust. It cuts deep and lingers long in individual and community memories. And it is not a thing of the past....We all have a duty to do what we can to turn this around". We are witnessing so many heartwarming incidents these days whether it be 'cow brigade' or atrocities against the under-privileged and the poor. It is pity that because of such problems the innocents have to suffer a lot and many a times have to pay heavy price including sacrificing their lives. It is the time when we need to understand that this problem can only result in hatred among people of different communities. We should not forget "Anti-Communalism starts from you". According to Richard C. Lambert-"Communalism is the negative aspect of the community. That is to say, when the people of a particular community care only for their own narrowly concerned interests, through the means of their religious faiths, old customs and conservative practices, disregarding the interests of whole society". Thus, in order to get rid of the problem of communalism in India, there is a need of collective efforts. All will have to discharge their duties. If we do so, definitely harmony will prevail.
Let us hope that at least the present and future generations, may be liberated from these problems and for that we need to start a basic understanding right from the roots of every child through proper education and understanding that getting corrupted is not the key, but being a respectable and dignified leader is what it all counts.
On a positive note, let us strive to make our country a better and safe place by following the values and principles taught by our great leaders. Let us spread awareness, knowledge, values and gain wisdom. Let us make this our Independence Day resolution. If each individual of our country follows these basic principles he/she would grow, so would his/her family, his/her surroundings and eventually it would lead our country to become a great nation. Therefore let us make a promise on this auspicious Independence day and let us make India our motherland shine even brighter into our future by joining hands together and keeping in mind "Where there is Unity, there is always Victory"
Rev.Fr. Vincent D'Souza
"HE came to HIS own, and HIS own received 'HIM' not...
But, to all who did receive HIM, HE gave power to become children of God" (John 1:11-12)...
My Dear Staff and Students
Our Blessed Mother leads you Rosarians by name to this much celebrated moment in history, worldwide towards the end of the year. May this season of Christmas act as a spark to boost your life and bring sapping energies back into vigour.
The word C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S is loaded with meaning not only for Christians but for the entire humanity and Christmas is celebrated globally. May we experience what Christmas really means in order to share this Joy and Mercy with others.
C-hrist the anointed one is Jesus, born as a little baby in a stable in Bethlehem
H-oly One of God, adored by angels, shepherds, poor, simple, wise and kings
R-edeemer, the Lamb of God who accepts death for the love of sinners and all
I-mmanuel, God with us, as man who lived on earth and continues to love us
S-on of God, the second person of the Trinity, becomes the Word made flesh
T-eacher in Aramaic is Mari and in Hebrew is Rabbi, taught the true wisdom
M-essiah the one who liberates us giving us the freedom of God's children
A-lmighty and Lord who holds the power in heaven and on earth
S-aviour who came to save us from the chains of sin and evil
Let us enjoy the Gift of CHRISTMAS which is Peace, Hope, Joy and Love received through the 'Christ experience' which we share with others as we sing: Christmas a Saviour will come, Christmas a Babe in a Stable, Crying on Straw in a Manger, Jesus the Lord will be born. To all the destitute crying to Him in salvation; to all the destitute hope He brings and reassurance. May You, I, We be True Children of God by responding more and more to the ''Less'' among us: the loveless the friendless, jobless, homeless, lifeless, landless, penniless, Godless, nation-less, aimless, joyless, hopeless, ration-less of our global village. In 'this Year of Mercy' let me wish you a Mercy Christmas. May we all experience God's mercy and be God's 'Face of Mercy' today.
This Christmas I am sending all my blessings and prayers to you my dears. May the happiness of Jesus coming surround you. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'souza
It is a matter of pride that our school takes its name from the 'Holy Rosary'. Just as several beads are put together to form one Rosary, so too the children of our School with different abilities and qualities, gifts and talents, religious backgrounds, languages and customs all form 'One Rosarian Family'. ROSARY school has thus grown into a united family, where all members speak one language and retain the same model, namely our Blessed Mother Mary, mother of Jesus as the Queen of the Rosary and our School's Patroness who helps us to keep united and work together for a noble cause.
It was the Rosary devotion and prayer to our Blessed Mother to intercede in defending the country during the Battle of Lepanto the victory in 1571, that resulted in the Rosary becoming a popular devotion universally. Pope Pius V declared October 7th as the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. From then on every Christian home and family began to pray the Rosary. In India we call the rosary beads as 'Rosary Mala'. Every time we pray the Rosary, Mother Mary is offered a garland of praise for her great faith and we can count on her protection of our country, our family and our loved ones. Moreover, it is believed that whoever approaches our Blessed Mother Mary is not turned back and that every prayer is answered.
Mother Mary unites the Rosarian family wherever we are and would not wish any one to be separated from this bond. So, we pray ardently that nobody gets disassociated from us or goes astray. Roses stand for love and a garland of roses is the Rosary. May 'Rosary Senior Secondary School' uphold the values of self sacrificing love enshrined in this holy Rosary. May Mother Mary motivate us to share this bond of love as Rosarians with others too. Today as we wish each other a Happy Feast, may we offer the roses of Mother Mary's love to all her children. I feel proud of you dear Staff and students for your deep devotion to our Patroness. I wish each one of you a truly Blessed and Happy School Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
HAPPY FEAST TO ALL.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'souza
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is a lifelong process and it prepares you to adapt, adjust and evolve as you fulfill your duties and roles as the citizens of the world. I firmly believe that knowledge liberates you. Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended with diligence.
For some of you the month of September may not be joyful as we will be holding S.A -I which in other words is the First Term Examination. I would like to remind you that examinations are a student's motivation to learn more. They compel us to solidify what we have learned, study further and practice skills. Thanks to them, we sharpen our logical and critical thinking. After all, if there was no test, then we would naturally rather play than study.
Exams are essential not just to check the ability of each student. It is an opportunity for you to grow in confidence and thus build your personality. The better the performance, the more proud one is of oneself. Each exam takes you higher on the ladder of success.
Exams are designed for excellence. Each and every student can excel. One cannot compare the performance of various students; as everyone's step whether small or big is a step higher. And I am confident that all Rosarians do have this attitude towards examinations. So I wish you all the very best. May you reap the rewards of your hard work and sincere efforts.
Wish you best of luck for your forthcoming exams,
May God bless you abundantly.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'souza
REJOICE IN THE MIRACLE OF EASTER
Today as you stand at the threshold of the new academic year let me wish you all the best in all that you strive for. You have been promoted to the next class. . You have greater roles to achieve, more knowledge to acquire. Let us now envisage a future where all of you dream big to reach goals that you set for yourselves, to believe that in order to grow and flourish there is a need to deepen our roots and anchor ourselves in the values we stand while learning from each other and the world around us. The ongoing process of learning maybe attained from academics, sports, art, culture, social services and even entertainment.
I ask the Lord to bless you and your families, especially as we enter the Holy week. May the glory and promise of this joyous time of the year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear. May the Risen Christ always be there by your side, to bless you most abundantly and be your guide. Wish you all a Happy Easter 2015.
Rev. Fr. Vincent D'souza