Rector's Report 2016

Asothoma sat gamaya

From untruth lead me to truth, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to immortality

These sacred words of the Upanishads aptly sum up the essence of this academic year. Every moment of life is an uncovering of truth.None escapes suffering and death. Yet at the end of darkness comes light and death paves the way of immortality and eternity. Every person realizes it sometimes in his or her journey of life and every institution recognizes it in its history.

In the month of February,the perils of tragedy stuck us thrice. North Point family lost three of our loving sons, two who were on its rolls and one who had just passed out. Their memories still bring us to tears. Our hearts reach out even today to console the bereaved parents of three great sons of North Point who were taken away before reaching their prime. We cannot replace them but we can remember them every year and by remembering they will be alive in our minds and hearts. I assure you dear parents of Joraj, Subhan and Sahil that North Point will always remember your sons as our sons. They are with the spirit of the world and they are everywhere. With the eyes of faith, we can see them and feel them.We dedicate this yearto their memory. Thank you very much for attending this memorial. For all us present here your presence fills us with hope and courage.

Let me now come to the activities of the year. The year began as in the previous years with the Winter Camp,the flagship program of St Joseph's School for the underprivileged children. Nearly 600 boys and girls of the of the neighborhood participated in it for 6 weeks. Mrs Asha Gurung was the chief guest at the graduation day. I want to thank Fr Deven, Bro Antony and the boys from the interact club for organizing it and making it a life enhancing experience for the children.

Taking inspiration from the concept of the Winter Camp, the school conducted various outreach programs. Boys of classes 9 ~ 12 undertook various social activities which include cleaning Lebong Stadium after the Independence Day Celebrations, cleaning the roads outside the school, visiting village schools and distributing books and stationary and visiting the home for the mentally challenged and spending quality time with them. Learning from this experience, we hope to continue this practice in the coming year. I want to thank Mr Tarsigh Lepcha, Mr Asfaque, Mr Pritam,Mr Kesav, Mr Evan and Fr Prefect for making it an endearing experience.

The school organized a Teachers' refresher course for the academic staff for five days. It was conducted by Adhyayan, a Mumbai based International Accrediting Agency. Teachers were given tools for 21st century teaching and learning methods. Our classrooms are now become more student friendly and peer learning is encouraged. We have replaced the entire furniture of the class rooms from classes 6-12. I want to thank all the teaching faculty for implementing the new methods they learnt at the workshop.I want to thank especially Mr DN Pradhan and Mr Andre Lefevre for improving the quality of teachingand learning at North Point. In the middle of the year the teaching faculty had an opportunity to attend a session on stress management. Continuing on the faculty improvement program Mr Ivan Gurung and MrDippu Tapa were sent for specialized training in Counseling in Hyderabad, MrLekrajGurung went for a three months training Program in Nagpur organized by the Indian Army.

Boys of classes 10 and 12 were given a three-day orientation by Fr John Rogers. They were given sessions on values, leadership and confidence building exercises. Shri Amit Javalgi the Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling also conducted a session on values. Fr Kinley Tshering spend a whole day with class ten and 11 boys inculcating in them the values of North Point. The class 12 boys had a unique opportunity to listen to a talk by Dr. Swoorup Sinha, the Principal of ITC Hotels on Career choices

Speaking about the seriousness of Value education, this year we have introduced written examination for value education.

Following the theme for this year Laudato Si (Praise be) the first words of the hymn "Praise be to God through Mother Earth",the school embarked upon a tree plantation drive and we have planted 3000 tree saplings in the school campus. The senior boys of the boarding helped the Singtham Tea Garden Management plant 200 saplings along the newly constructed road going to Singtham below North Point ground. The school participated in Vanotsav organized by the Forest Department. Every assembly of the primary school is based on the theme of this year, caring for nature.

The school very successfully organizedScience and Geography exhibitions. It was a high quality display of knowledge and talent. I want to thank MrUmesh Tiwari and all other science teachers for making this a memorable experience. I want to thank MrAleenLepcha and MrJulius Santiago for organizing Art and Photography Exhibition.

The high points of this academic year are the student Exchange programs with SinghaniaSulochana School, the number one co-ed school in India situated in Mumbai and Boston College High School, a Jesuit school in Boston, the USA. The Principal, one teacher and 10 students from Singhania School visited us from 22nd~30thApril. While the Principal stayed in the school the students lived with our students in their homes. They presented to our school in the auditorium through dances, songs and videos the rich culture of Maharashtra and Mumbai. I want to thank all parents who generously took care them. North Pointers who took care of students from Singhania school will go to Mumbai for ten days in early December accompanied by MrAsfaque. My gratitude goes to MrSajid Ahmed in coordinating the event.

I accompanied ten of our students to Boston College High School from 4th to 17th October for our International Student Exchange Program. Our students lived with the families of students of BC High.

The school has given opportunity for students to write, edit and publish a magazine. The editorial team brought out brilliant editions of Among Ourselves, the school magazine. Boys had firsthand experience of editing and publishing the magazine. The quality of the magazine shows what North Pointers are capable of doing. I want to thank MsAnuapama the teacher guide and Ramon Mohora the Chief Editor and his editorial team for this inspiring work.

We conducted successfully various interclass competitions such as singing, quiz, elocution,debate and spell bee.

We won the prestigious NM Master's Shield like in the previous years. Our boys came first in the Interschool Language Quiz conducted by Mr Barry O'Brian. Our senior boys won the North Bengal Inspiria Quiz. Ramon Mohora and Gaurav Sinha reached the National rounds in the News Wiz quiz organized by the India Today.

In order to encourage those interested in multimedia the school organized a week long Movie making workshop. It was conducted by MrSubroto Ghosh, a senior editor, Doordarshan Kendra, Kolkata. 25 students participated in it. Perhaps for the first time in our history the school organized a Film Festival. Boys watched films made by master film makers. The entire primary school had a unique opportunity to take part in an Art and craft workshop conducted by Ms Supriya Ghosh, sister of Mr Subroto.

This year the school produced three major plays ~anadaptation of the film Frozen by the Primary Division, Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by the middle school, Arms and the Man by the senior boys. For the first time ever North Point produced a feature film The Merchant of Venice. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a prescribed text in the Junior school, The Merchant of Venice is a text in the ICSE and Arms and the Man is studied at the ISC level. The music club performed a professional musical orchestra. When others struggle to manage one stage production we put up five! We are the most theatre friendly school anywhere. I want to thank all the teachers associated with these productions. I want to specially thank Ms VivekaGurung, our old music teacher who generously gave her time and directedthe middle school play Big River.

The school conducted interclass and inter-house basketball, football, swimming, cricket and volleyball matches. At the interschool level we won most championships. We won the Inter-Jesuit school basketball tournament which had teams from St Xavier's school, Kolkata, St Xavier's, Katmandu, St Xavier's, Ranchi, St Xavier's, Hazaribagh, Loyola school Jamshedpur and St Michael's School, Patna. We won the 8 n below basketball tournament. We won the interschool volleyball tournament both in ICSE and ISC categories.We won the 8 n below volleyball tournament. We won the ICSE football tournament. We won Dibanjan memorial five a side football cup organized at the North Bengal level. We won the 4' 10" football tournament. We won the 8 and below Joraj Memorial inter-Jesuit school football tournament which had 8 teams from North Bengal and Nepal. We nearly swept all the golds in the interschool badminton championship, we won the interschool table tennis in the ISC category. We won all the shields in the Interschool Athletics meet.Our boys are doing very well in Martial arts too. Mr Pema Thashi has revived tennis in the school. While thanking all the coaches I want to specially mention Mr Pravesh and Mr Ivan for meticulously organizing all the sporting events.

For the book lovers the school had a Book exhibition by Scholastic India. There was much enthusiasm in buying books and reading books. WangdipTamang, a class 12 boy performed a MagicShow to a spell bound audience.The Maratha Light Regiment of the Indian Army stationed at Lebong conducted a day long Weapons display camp in the school. Boys and teachers had a unique opportunity to see real weapons used by the Indian army. I want to thank the Darjeeling Chapter of our Alumni Association for organizing a Rock Concert for the Boarders. We hosted a cultural show by St Alphonsus' school, Kurseong. The Catholic boarders went for a two-day retreat to Kurseong.

The school organized a meaningful farewell program for five of our non-teaching staff. We conducted a Graduation Ceremony for our class 12 boys. The Graduation Day has now become an annual event.

The school has begun from this year the annual gathering of ex-students. I want to thank the 1991 batch old boys for coming back to North Point from different parts of the world to rekindle the spirit of North Point. May God bless you all and continue to shower upon you abundant graces.

The school had unprecedented academic results this year. Mrinal Pradhan ranked second in West Bengal and fifth overall in India. We have come a long way in Academics and now placed in the top league in academic excellence. We are ranked Third Best Boys' Boarding School in India and number one in West Bengal. This award is given to North Point by Education Today. We are declared as the Top Boys'School in North Bengal by Minerva Edu Achievements Awards. In the Education World School Rankings, we stand Number One Boys' Boarding school in West Bengal and 11th overall in India.

The school bestowed Colorson outstanding students this year ~ Gaurav Sinha for Quiz, Ayush Bikram Chettri for football, PratizDangol and Tenzing J Dorji for Volleyball, Nikhil Oscar Surin and Aditya Kunwar for Badminton, Bhavya Deep and Alex PrateekShankerfor Music, TenzingGalay for Basketball and Mila Palden and Prakash Acharya for Athletics.

I want to congratulate this year's Depelchin Gold Medalist Gaurav Sinha and Stanford Gold Medalist Raman Mohora. They have been truly outstanding in all they have done for the school. Both of them are at the very top academically. They are master quizzers. They have represented the school at the national level. They came second in the INTACH quiz at the national level. Both of them are film makers and editors in the print media. Whatever programs the school conduct they are at the background doing technical things. Both are so humble and modest. Both are complete North Pointers. Both are so very alike. It is no coincidence they lift the twin towers together. Two years ago I called them Glorious sons of North Point. This year they get the twin towers, the spirit of Fr Depelchin and the grace, power, knowledge and humility of Fr Stanford. And I know that these two are in the same league as Mrinal Pradhan. Dear parents of Raman and Gaurav, the entire North Point family is so proud of them. Thank you for sending your sons to North Point. May God shower blessings upon you and may you be shining examples of parenthood.

I want to end this report by praying for the souls of the departed ~ JorajTamang, SubhanChettri, SahilBiswakarma, Bhotu Pradhan, old teacher of North Point and Fr Hank Nunn. May Almighty God our Father give their souls eternal rest.

May God Bless You All!

Sursum Corda ~Lift up your Hearts

Fr.Shajumon C.K (SJ),
The Rector