The Start of a New Year

Cuddalore – “Intelligence plus Character formation is the Goal of our Education”. St. Joseph’s Evening School for the year 2017 – 2018 was solemnly inaugurated on July 15th by Fr. Visuwasam, Superior of the Cuddalore Community, in the eminent presence of Fathers in charge of the evening school both past and present and other community fathers. This education program is mainly to assist and enhance the moral and academic formation of the poor children in the area. Fr. Visuwasam with his kind words thanked the previous in charge, Fr. Amalraj, for his tremendous work and achievements and welcomed the new in charge, Fr. S. Arockia Raj, to lead the group. In his message, Fr. S. Arockia Raj revealed his beautiful plan for this year’s education program, “Intelligence plus Character formation equals the Goal of our Education. Let us educate the poor to excel.”

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Evening School Annual Day

Cuddalore – March 6th was a special day for the children from St. Joseph’s Evening School. To close the Academic Year they had a grand valedictory function with many events: skill development competitions, prize distributions, culturals and dinner. The celebration was headed by Fr. Visuwasam, and Fr. Assisi. The students were very happy and felt at home in the Guanellian atmosphere. To keep improving the evening school program, an assessment of this Academic Year and its objectives was conducted. With its guidance there were some concrete proposals and suggestions to implement in the coming years.

Educational Excursion

Cuddalore – The students of St. Joseph’s Evening School went on a day long picnic and excursion to Pondicherry. This educational picnic equipped the children with knowledge on different educational dimensions. It helped them discover ways to develop their fraternity, friendship and more over to relax and refresh themselves from crushing works from school, tasks of tuition, and other miscellaneous obligations. Thanks to ASCI group for their care and concern for these poor faces of Jesus.

Quality Time with ASCI

Cuddalore – St. Joseph’s Evening School and Don Guanella Boys Home were privileged to spend quality time with members of ASCI, the charitable movement from Italy. The representatives were Mr. Eduardo and Ms. Maura. The children from impoverished slums and poor family backgrounds were so happy to be with the people who assist their basic education. As a token of love, the students from both programs prepared a colorful cultural program for the sponsors and gave them a memorable gift. During the celebration the guests through their message invited the students to be rich in their moral and intellectual excellence, to be responsible in their daily duties and to be faithful and grateful to the life and gifts God has given to them through various persons. The event ended with a fraternal Mirriandaa, sharing refreshments. The day was truly a witness of God’s love and Providence.

Children’s Day

Cuddalore – “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” St. Joseph’s Evening School celebrated “Children’s Day” on November 14th at St. Joseph’s Seminary. The event was filled with God’s grace. Fr. Francis Assisi, Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary, was the chief guest of the program. A variety of skits, dances, speeches and singing elicited the students and exhilarated their parents and the audience. To further engage the students, some games were played. To acknowledge their skillful performances, relevant prizes were distributed by Fr. Francis, Fr. Amal Raj and Fr. Anandhan. The teachers cooperated for the success of the celebration. The children were very happy as evidenced by their smiles.

Goals of our Education

Cuddalore – St. Joseph’s Evening School academic year 2016–2017 was solemnly inaugurated on June 15th at St. Joseph’s Seminary. Fr. Francis Assisi, SdC, Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary, the past and present directors of the program and other priests from the community attended the ceremony. Fr. Francis thanked the previous director, Fr. Maria Paul, SdC, for his tremendous work and achievements and welcomed the new director, Fr. Amalraj, SdC, to lead the group. Fr. Francis said that this tuition program is mainly to enhance the moral and academic formation of the poor children of the area. Fr. Amalraj revealed his annual plan for the program, “Intelligence plus Character formation – the Goal of our Education.” He also said that all students must strive hard to be ‘their best’ in everything, because that is the greatest gift one can offer to God. Let us educate the poor to excel, it is God’s commission. After cultural presentations and refreshments the program ended.

Drawing Competition

Cuddalore – “Art is an imagination of mind”. These words inspired the St. Joseph’s Evening School children to display their talents in a drawing competition on November 20th. They were divided into four groups and given a theme. Keeping the theme in mind, the children drew pictures using their imagination. The teachers and Fr. Maria Paulraj encouraged them with their presence and provided them drawing materials and snacks. After the competition, individual photos and a group photo were taken. The judges announced the winners, the children thanked the teachers and directors. The event ended after a short prayer.

Many Reasons to Celebrate

Cuddalore – On November 13th at St. Joseph’s Evening School, there was a special ‘Triple Celebration:’ Teacher’s Day, Centenary Celebration of our Founder’s Birth into Heaven and Children’s Day. The children, their parents, siblings and relatives gathered at St. Joseph’s Seminary Auditorium. The evening started with games conducted by some young seminarians. A cultural program by the children and seminarians followed. The teachers were honored with gifts and the children motivated with prizes. Fr. Assisi, Rector of the Seminary, thanked everyone and implored the children to attend evening school regularly. The school Director, Fr. Maria Paulraj, told a story and invited the children to be respectful towards teachers, to be grateful to everyone and to grow in discipline and knowledge during his address. He also sought feedback from the parents, who were very happy about the mission with the children. The celebration ended after a delicious meal.

And They Danced…

Cuddalore - Dance SJES 2Cuddalore – On September 27th St. Joseph’s Evening School children completed their quarterly examinations successfully and are now enjoying a short vacation. In keeping with the plan, a dance competition was conducted. There were about 10 groups comprised of 4 or 5 children. They performed their dances synchronized in step, style and dress code. There were some parents present who admired the talents of their children. It was a lovely evening and after all the groups performed, Fr. Maria Paulraj appreciated, encouraged and thanked everyone for their parts in the competition. Once the results were announced, snacks were served before everybody went home.

Singing Competition

cuddalore - singing 3Cuddalore – To encourage the children to develop their talents, St. Joseph’s Evening School is holding weekly competitions in song, dance, speech and writing. The first event was the ‘Solo Song’ competition on August 27th coordinated by Fr. Maria Paulraj, the staff and seminarians. The children were divided into groups, based on their age. They were very enthusiastic in displaying their talents and they sung like choirs of Angels in heaven. The minor seminarians Jerald, Albert Antonyraj and Pandian were the judges and announced the results. The prizes will be distributed at the end of the current Academic Year.