“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education” – Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the challenging tasks of education is to prepare this generation for future challenges. The first step in preparing a solution is a careful understanding of the problem itself. This requires discernment which comes from wisdom.The Holy Bible says that "Having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver and gold”. Knowledge can be taught and but wisdom that gives understanding has to be acquired by self. Therefore, the goal of education is to impart knowledge and equip the students with faculty of critical thinking.
The quest for answers for life’s pressing problems is as old as life on earth. If new problems need new solutions, old problems need better solutions. The survival of any generation of human beings is tied to solving problems that crop up in their lifetime. This is an enthralling human experience, a story of human triumph. How did we achieve this? How did we overcome new uncertainties throughout our history? Our collective understanding teaches us that the first step in dealing with uncertainty is to embrace it. Embracing uncertainty can be an emancipating experience. Suffering can and will be a part of this process. Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. The enduring wisdom that is passed down the ages from generation to generation is nothing but hope. Life cannot be lived at a later date. Inherent to living is continuity of action. It is armed with this hope that we will overcome the unexpected and humongous challenges like Covid-19. We believe that a school’s responsibility is not just churning out students with a scientific bent of mind but also to inculcate character that spurs hope.
A school's role in the development of multiple skills of students is well known. A sense of purpose and direction is often needed at the school level to imprint on their young minds that they are expected to be active participants in society and lead changes whenever necessary. While science should be the fountain head of solutions, it is hope for a better tomorrow that makes pursuing those changes possible. At St. Peter’s Convent School, we not only nurture the child’s natural curiosity for learning and channel their energy into thinking intensively and critically but also to be the torch bears of character that instills hope in everyone even in the darkest of times.
Your affectionate Principal,
Sr. Nancy Elizabeth C.M.C