Life is all about learning. School life is but a preparation to face the challenges that the bigger school called world will offer us once we are out of our schools. The schools therefore extra great influence upon us. They shape our character, mould our mental attitudes and fashion the basic principles of life.
For many of us the days spent in school are the happiest and the best days of our life. The very memory of school days fills our minds with nostalgic memories of happy days of yester years.
I study in a school called St. Johns Secondary School, Guwahati. It is run by the catholic priests of the Diocese of Guwahati. My school commences its classes at 9.00 a.m. We have four periods in the morning and three in the afternoon. In the morning, after two periods, there is a short recess while the long recess is between 12.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. during which we take our lunch.
The school gets over at 3.00 p.m. We have classes from Monday to Friday unlike some schools which have classes even on Saturdays. On every alternate day, we have computer classes, while once in a week there is a period for handicraft and creative activities. Co- curricular activities, such as, scouting, N.C.C., school band.
Environmental Club, Social service Group, etc., are very active in my school. I take part in most of these activities. Matches, tournaments, cultural shows, competitions, outings, picnics, etc., make my school life lively, interesting and enjoyable.
The key functions of my school are School Annual Sports day, Parents’ Day, Teacher’s Day, Children’s Day, Anniversary Day, Founder’s Day, etc. These are celebrated in a grand manner providing a lot of opportunities for the development of students’ inborn talents and abilities.
Utmost importance is given to academic pursuits in the school. Classes are held regularly and are interspersed with monthly tests and quarterly examinations. Those, who fair badly in these tests and examinations, are severely admonished, and in some cases, their parents are called.
Additional classes are allotted for these students so that they get an opportunity to clarify their doubts. All co-curricular activities and celebrations are usually conducted outside school time and on Saturdays. In fact, academic excellence has been the hallmark of my school.
School is the nursery of life. What one learns in school remains with us for the rest of our life? Realising this basic truth, the authorities of my school try to instill in us, the basic values of life such as, discipline, honesty, punctuality, dutifulness, respect to elders, being good-mannered, personal cleanliness, etc.
A lot of emphasis is given to character formation, moral education and acquiring good principles of life. Providing social service to the neighbourhood is an integral part of this attempt. A lot of importance is given to the acquisition of personal discipline.
They try to make us self-propelled, self-controlled and self-guiding persons, who will be able to accept the challenges, of life without hesitation. All these have made my school life a very enriching experience for me. I am proud to belong to such a noble and worthy institution.
The twelve years constituting my school life are, without doubt, the best years of my life.. Recollection of the fond memories of those bygone days brings a smile to my face, even today. They continue to sweeten my mind and fill my life with vigour and zest even after all these years.