Dear Fr. Crispino, Meena Ma’am,
As we looked at the latest Almanac, we realised that it’s almost a year since Covid disrupted the usual functioning of the school. This year has been a topsy turvy one, though one where we as parents got a nice glimpse of the classroom and experienced how DBIS went about responding to an unprecedented situation for which nobody in the world had a ready answer. We take a moment to share a small bit out of the many things we learnt, and we highlight the one thing that stood out above all. First and foremost, it was evident that DBIS was unfazed and responded with a lot of careful deliberation and planning. Challenges were met with ingenuity, experimentation and bold steps forward; such as the online communication and interaction portals which made sure that everyone moves ahead in step and beat.DBIS maintained a high bar in academics, added several wonderful new teachers to the team and was possibly among the few schools on this planet which earnestly continued with their sports programme against all odds, in order to provide children with the opportunity and encouragement to stay fit.
There must have been several setbacks and surprises, but each was met with resilience and nimbleness as the school always found a way to bounce back. It was delightful to see DBIS not just stick to its core values and beliefs but use them as a compass to navigate in these tough times. And, we certainly discovered what our teachers are made of. While everyone struggled to keep their wits about them, our teachers maintained high professional standards – while also managing their own homes and children in this chaotic time. Dear Father, a couple of years ago, we remember you speaking about the strenna of ‘accompaniment’ and its importance. We saw it demonstrated beautifully this year! Our teachers were right next to our children, without letting physical or digital distance come in the way. They connected and showed immense patience in following through whenever more help was needed. They have not just been teachers, but true caregivers. A year like 2020 can deflate anybody and each child must have experienced moments that brought a slump in their morale and enthusiasm. However, the routine of the school provided an anchoring of normalcy and the optimism and die-hard enthusiasm of the teachers and school leadership provided the much needed emotional recharge for the children and helped them pull through.
We will never really fathom how bad things could have become had there not been the daily presence of teachers and the comforting mood and tempo they provided to the day. Calamities test Character, and we can say proudly that not only did we pass the test but discovered several treasures of mind and spirit that DBIS possessed, which may have been hidden to the outside world. In this small way, we express our gratitude to this indomitable spirit of our teachers – which has kept the flame burning bright. We look forward to ending this year on a high and after a well-deserved summer break, see DBIS emerge stronger, nimbler and more spirited.
May the experiences of this year boost us for years to come! Our Fondest Regards and Best wishes
I Gunjan Jain parent of Pehel Jain would like to share my feelings regarding the Consultation meetings held on Zoom this weekend. We are still in the midst of the lockdown hence could not be physically present for the consultation but nothings seems to have changed at DBIS . Teaching and learning has continued with the same rigour although the classrooms are on the virtual platform . Like to appreciate the flow of school and the work done by all the teachers.
Thanking the whole Dbis team … Thanks a lot
Hi Meena! I just wanted to let you know that the Consultation today was absolutely fantastic!! And every single one of the teachers are brilliant!! All of them!! Never in my 5 years at DBIS have I felt this!! I am so glad I attended today and had a chance to meet them! They are super in their subjects and handled this meeting with a confidence that can only come with the knowledge that they are super!! Kudos to you and Anita for putting this together! And a deep deep heartfelt thank you for this incredible team.
Dear Meena Ma’am,
To the school,
I have been working on this letter to all the teachers in my mind over past 4 months. I just haven’t been so sure how to put it across. Today I decided the best way to start is just begin.
While world around is going virtual for our children, certainly one thing real for them are teachers, who are humans, humanitarians and preaching the practice of being humans to the next generation basis education.
Here comes my two days of experience on the occasion of consultation record with Home room teachers as well as specialist teachers.
An extremely well-planned virtual meeting coordinated by Ms. Meena Saldanha, Ms. Gladys Gonsalves, Mr. Edgar Mascarenhas and Team ICT led me to our specialist teachers. The punctuality, the patent of DBIS was well maintained in this online consultation too.
The teachers were not only well organized about a particular student’s school dairies but also knew where exactly the problem exists and what improvising is needed. At the same time, they knew her or his strength story too.
I was extremely impressed by the Home Room Teachers gesture of keeping the examples ready which is an exact area of concern.
Most importantly, each teacher had maintained the decorum of warmth in spite of the day long job to address all the parents. Their approachability was fantastic. The whole process was virtual but it had a real school impact.
Through this testimony I would like to thank specially,
Home room Teachers
For Grade 1 A:
Ms. Neha Bajaj
Ms. Snovia Godinho
For Grade 3A:
Ms. Anupama Chaturvedi
Ms. Poonam Khalsa
Ms. Devika Naidu
Ms. Andrea Fernandes
Mr. Vaibhav Chinchalkar
Ms. Kejal Gadani
Ms. Prajakta Patil