My dear Students and Staff,
Although we have already begun the scholastic year, we are about to launch in full steam ahead in the coming days. And it gives me immense joy to welcome you all back to your beloved school of excellence, Nirmala Sr. Sec. School, a home away from home. I am Sr. Smitha Mathew UMI, your new Principal. As far as I am concerned, I am beginning yet another phase of my life journey, with you all as my friends on the way. Thank you for being with me.
As I think of education, I think of it as essentially a process of empowering people to be wholesome. In schools, we talk mostly of IQ, of scores and grades and such competitive things. But this, I am afraid, does not make a person whole. It could rather make us selfish, concerned only about ourselves and even aggressive. In the school of life, however, we also talk of Emotional Quotient (EQ), Social Quotient (SQ), Cultural Quotient (CQ), etc. which are some of the aspects of human life, covering cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal dimensions of our human personality. But even these do not, I am afraid, make us truly wholesome. Add to these yet another dimension, and any individual will be more wholesome. And that is our Spiritual Quotient (SQ). It must be the sincere effort of every individual parent, teacher and every school worth the name to develop these important dimensions of life in every child that our children grow up as emotionally balanced, socially committed, and spiritually awakened. If they are brought up so, they will necessarily be focused, intelligent and wise.
Our ancients stated it so clearly: विद्या ददाति विनयम. Real education makes one humble, related to one another and to the Divine. It makes us to compete not with others but with ourselves and achieve the goal together with others. The sloka goes on to say that dharma alone gives us true happiness. As the Bible says, “To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; with him who fears the Lord it will go well at the end; on the day of his death, he will be blessed” (Sirach 1.13). Let’s therefore journey together in the coming year to make ‘gaining true wisdom’ our goal. May the Divine bless us all.
May God be with us !
Sr. Smitha Mathew UMI