Annual Report 2012 - 2013


For years St. Norbert’s was one of the outstanding Hindi Medium Schools for Girls in Jabalpur and surrounding villages.

The school began with six pupils but soon the numbers grew and today we have 1800 students.

In November 1934, the Primary School was recognised. In January 1940 the Middle School got its recognition and in 1945 the High School was recognised.

The new Academic year for 2012-2013 began on April 2nd 2012 with a prayer and an opening ceremony where the Staff welcomed the students to their new classes with flowers and chandan tilak. Fr. Simon, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church invoked God blessings on both staff and students for this new academic year.

On this same day Sr. Hansa Paul, Principal of St. Norbert’s Schools handed over responsibilities to Sr. Josephine Melkias the new Acting Principal. We place on record Sr. Hansa’s dedicated service in taking St. Norbert’s School to the highest level in a short tenure of 2 years.

Some important events in the year 2012-2013

Our English Medium school has been upgraded to Class XII.The construction of new classrooms has enabled us to cater to the needs of students belonging to different streams.

After the summer vacation a one day seminar was organised for the staff conducted by Mrs. Valentine Davidson and Mr. S. P. Singh on the enhancement of Team building and competitive teaching.

A one day seminar was organised for the students. Mr. Moghan Pillai, the Vice-Principal of St. Thomas School was the resource person. He conducted the session through talks motivating the students to aim high but to achieve the goal through adherence to the rules and regulations of the school and good morals of the society.

On the same day he addressed the parents of the students interacting with them to cope up with the modern trends of their children. The sessions were very interesting and appreciated by all.

The Investiture Ceremony of our School Leaders was celebrated on July 11th 2012. It began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Mrs. Ruchita Chatturvedi, Inspector of Women’s Police Station who was our Chief Guest, Sr. Anna Maria, Superior/Manager, Sr. Josephine Melkias, Principal and Sr. Celestina, the Superior of Shradhalaya Community.

Readings from different Holy Scriptures and a short cultural programme followed. The office bearers took the oath and promised to fulfil their responsibility whole heartedly. The leaders swore that they would perform their duties faithfully, diligently with humility and sincerity for the glory of God and honour of St. Norbert’s. Some of the parents graced the occasion. Our school Captains are Kum. Prachi Tiwari, Hindi Medium and Kum. Disha Soni of English Medium.

After the Terminal Examination a Parent Teacher Meeting was held on the 29th Sept. 2012, to appraise them on their child’s academic performance and all round development. To promote a healthy competition among the students they were divided into four houses.

On 15th August 2012 country’s Independence Day was celebrated with a sense of patriotism and loyalty to our country. The programme began with a special prayer for the Nation followed by the unfurling of the National Flag by Sr. Celestina, Superior of Shradhalaya. A cultural programme and distribution of sweets to the students concluded the day.

Every year September 5th, is celebrated as Teachers’ Day to commemorate the birthday of our ex-President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. The teachers and students of “Tagore House” which was the winning house, under the guidance of the Principal organized the programme which began with a prayer service asking God’s blessings on our devoted teachers.

The students gave a beautiful programme which included dance, drama and songs. The students welcomed the teachers with flowers and chandan in the traditional way. The students were so excited and thrilled seeing their teachers on the stage dancing at the end to show their gratitude to the children. The Teachers’ Day is a day different from any other day.

Each child was so eager to wish her teachers with smile. At the end the students had also organised a lunch for their teachers and presented each teacher with a gift.

On the occasion of the celebration of the Girl Child Day, 8th September 2012, our students did a skit based on the importance of saving and educating the Girl Child. It also highlighted the crimes committed against the Girl Child by the many abortions taking place in our country. These messages were given in the form of dance, drama and song, drawing attention to the evils of dowry, exploitation, eve teasing etc.

During the year a one day Seminar was offered to our students by the Jain Samaj, showing how abortion is actually murder of a potential human being. The various stages of conception were depicted on charts and explanations were given on the implications of the destruction of the fetus and also on the dangers faced by women who accept to have abortions

Birthdays of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri were celebrated together on 3rd October 2012. The feast of St. Francis of Assisi was also celebrated on the same day. With the help of Sr. Sali, and our teachers Mrs. Priti Patrick and Mrs. Prabha Francis, the students presented a skit based on the life of St. Francis. Sisters Helen Mendonca and Andrina Lee, two of our sisters from Rome were our guests for the occasion.


An inter school science exhibition was held on the 19th Oct. 2012. Our chief guest was Mr. Densil Paul. Some of the schools that took part were Guru Teg Bhadur Khalsa, and Maharishi Vidya Mandir and others. Mrs. Abha Sharma, Mrs. Anupama Jain and Mr. Manjit Singh Gour were the judges

Other exhibitions and Competitions that were held in October 2012 included Handicraft, Rangoli and Floral Arrangements, Folk Dance, Drawing, Singing, Dance, Drama,Debate and Handwriting competitions

School Annual Day was celebrated on Nov. 9th 2012. Mr. R.P. Diwevdi, District Education Officer was the Chief Guest. Madam Mrs.Loraine B. Lobo, MLA, was our Special Guest and Fr. Valan Arasu was the Guest of Honour. It was a colourful and beautiful evening beginning with a melodious welcome song, some dances and P.T. items.

Our Nursery and Kindergarten children displayed their talents through action songs and skits and stole the show! We had over 2,000 parents/family members attend this function!

CHILDREN’S DAY was celebrated on 14th November 2012. Teachers had organised a colourful programme for their dear students. One of the spontaneous items came up with the request of the students was for the male teachers for wearing sari on the stage. It was one of the items which made everyone role with laughter. What a fun!

At the end Sr. Josephine, Principal spoke to the children expressing the love and affection of the staff for the children and invoking God’s Blessings upon them. After the programme chocolates were distributed to all the children

Our annual Christmas programme was celebrated on the 21st December 2012. The students presented a short tableau on the Birth of the Child Jesus. Fr. Simon, Our Parish Priest who was the Chief Guest gave a touching Christmas message to the students and teachers. Santa Claus made his appearance and distributed sweets to the staff and students while singing Jingle Bells and other Carols. The management presented a gift to each of the teaching and non-teaching staff and this was followed by a sumptuous lunch for all the staff.

Students’ educational tour was arranged by the school from 9th to 13th January 2013. The tour was to visit Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Sr. Josephine, Principal, Sr. Sali and a few male and female staff accompanied students of both high school and higher school of Hindi and English Mediums. They left Jabalpur for Delhi by train, after the visit of important and historical places in Delhi they left for Jaipur by road. From there they went to Agra by road. And the returned journey was again to Jabalpur by train. The students enjoyed the trip and it was very beneficial for them as they learnt a lot of things.

Staff Picnic was arranged on 17th Jan. 2013. The picnic spot was Paily Lake near Bargi Dam. The teaching and non-teaching staff set out early in the morning by bus. All through the journey there was a lot of fun singing songs. After reaching the spot while meals were getting ready, different games were conducted and prizes were given to the winners. All enjoyed in the water. What an ecstatic experience!

The Republic Day was celebrated with the unfurling of the tricolour by Sr. Mili Kindo, our senior teacher who was the chief guest of the function. She was welcomed with a bouquet of flower by the school leader

Children sang patriotic songs and performed a few colourful dances. Sr. Mili addressed the students motivating them to be true to the country and to be responsible citizens. Later some students attended the main City function at the Stadium.

Farewell for the 2012 - 2013 batch of XII Board Students was given by Class XI students on the 15th February 2012. Passages from the Holy Books of all religions were read by the students. Fr. Simon, the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, blessed the students and gave them a word of guidance. Kumari Kanchan Vishwakarma was awarded the “Best Student” of the year 2012-2013. The programme ended with refreshments.

Results for the Academic year 2012-2013

Our students performed well and kept a high profile in the academic field and in co-curricular activities as well as the Higher Sec. Board Examination. Seven of our meritorious students from the 10th Board who secured 85% and above were given Rs.5,000/- each as a reward for their hard work and encouraged to continue their studies.

On the 31st March 2012, the results of the Academic Session 2012-2013 were given to the students. Sr. Anna Maria, Superior, congratulated the students on their good performance. During this academic year we were able to give free education to 48 poor students.

X Board Exam - Hindi Medium 94% (12 supplementary)

XII Board Exam - Hindi Medium 97% ( 8 supplementary)

X Board Exam – English Medium 100%

XII Board Exam - English Medium 99% ( 1 supplementary)


Difficulties turn to challenges and challenges are stepping stones to growth and development. This is what we think at St. Norbert’s College. Any beginning, especially the type the Franciscan Sisters embark on would always find stumbling blocks in its path to development. This has been our lived experience of the past two and a half years

Our first challenge this academic year was the on-line admission. The College had to be ready with all facilities and information in time for the admissions lest we be left behind. St. Norbert’s College made it even with difficulties like losing some students who wanted to join our college. The Government Colleges where our students had to report for verification of registration absorbed them so that our numbers were less than we expected. The admission process was closed earlier this year which meant that we were not able to admit the last arrivals. Our numbers for the academic year 2012-2013 are 8 Second Year students and 27 First Year students.

College inspection was conducted by a committee appointed by Rani Durgavati University on 30th April 2012

Classes began on the 1st July 2012 and the first semester went without a hitch. Semester examinations were also conducted without delay. The second semester began in January 2013. The first semester BCA results were announced unusually early in 2013. The 3rd Semester results were announced before the 4th Semester students went for exams. What still pending is the results of the 1st semester for the B.Com. students. These wrote their 2nd semester exams without the results of their previous examination.

As there were no disturbances, the academic work progressed and competitions were conducted and a sports day was held on a small scale. As we have a small number of students we were able to monitor their progress very closely. However, we are not able to have a full scale NSS or NCC as our numbers are insufficient.

A Mehendi Competition was held on 1st July 2012.

A quiz competition and the National Song competition on the 14th Aug. 2012 helped them discover their talent and patriotic fervour. These help create and develop an inquisitive mind.

An interior decoration competition was held on 20th October 2012. Our plan for the next academic year is to have two more courses: BBA and BSc.Computer Science. From 21st January 2013 sisters and the staff of the college visited a number of schools to interact with the students of class XII giving information about our new college and the prospectus.

Sister Teresa Ittiyavira, Principal and Sr. Hansa, the Vice Principal went to Delhi and submitted the application for the Minority Certificate for the college on 11th March 2013.


Our service in Ghuttas is mainly one of out-reach. Ours is a Preventive, Promotive, Curative and Referral Centre. We have a health care center and annually treat about 9,000 patients. These are often the poor from interior villages. We cover about 25 villages at a distance of 10 to 20 kms. The majority of people are poor; importance is given especially to women and children.

The diseases treated are mainly fever, diarrhoea, malaria, scabies, piles, cuts, wounds etc. We use a lot of herbal and ayurvedic medicines. We refer cases to hospitals like Snehalaya, in Bichhiya, Katra Hospital in Mandla.

Groups come together regularly for action oriented programmes like health education, hygiene, cleanliness, safe drinking water. Care, protection, promotion of the environment and creating an eco-friendly atmosphere are some other topics they learn. Kitchen gardens are encouraged; seedlings are distributed to the people for their own fields.

Through seminars we train and encourage women leaders. We reach out to many people through family visits, supporting and helping them to cope with their daily problems and to arrive at a better quality of life.

Poorer children are helped with school supplies like books, uniforms etc. They are also given boarding and lodging in our hostel. We help some poor families buy grain etc. for their day to day living.

In short our sisters at Ghuttas are always in close touch with the people either people coming to the convent or sisters reaching out the people in the villages through medical assistance, development programmes, counselling, guidance, solving any sort of problems, etc.


We wish to conclude this report this report without an acknowledgement to Almighty God for His constant care and blessings all through the past year. We are confident that God continues to lead and sustain all our efforts as we look forward to the next year.

Construction work of 3 science labs and 2 additional floors to St. Norbert’s building is to be carried on. Science Labs will be ready during the year 2013-14 which is much looked forward.

As we are grateful to the Almighty we are also grateful to all those who were the instruments for accomplishing our tasks through their support, guidance and assistance in different forms.

Society of Franciscan Sisters of Mary