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Headmistress (IV to X)
Dear students, teachers and parents,

"Service, commitment, and solidarity", is the school's chosen theme this year. These virtues encapsulate the essence of our school's ethos and are vital not only for personal growth but also for fostering a positive impact within our school community and beyond

Success is often equated with personal achievements and accomplishments. However, we, Columbans’, emphasize a more profound dimension of success—one rooted in service to others. True success is not solely measured by individual triumphs or material wealth, but by the positive impact we have on the well-being of others and the world around us. Our mission is to provide students with opportunities to engage in simple acts of service, such as helping a peer, participating in community service projects, or simply lending a listening ear to someone in distress. These actions help students embrace the value of service, enriching their own lives and the lives of others and, cultivating a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Service is not just something we do; it is an integral part of who we are.

Commitment is the foundation upon which success is built. It takes courage to set goals, pursue dreams, and remain steadfast, especially when faced with obstacles and challenges. Throughout their journey, students encounter numerous opportunities and experiences that demand dedication, perseverance, and resilience. Whether mastering a difficult subject, participating in extracurricular activities, or pursuing their passions, it is crucial for them to commit wholeheartedly to their endeavours and not be deterred by failure or setbacks. True growth and achievement often come from stepping out of our comfort zones, embracing challenges, and persevering in the face of adversity—a principle that is constantly reinforced at our school.

Strength is not solely about physical prowess but also about the power of unity and solidarity. In a world that often seems divided and fragmented, it is crucial that we stand together as a united community. At St. Columba's, solidarity means supporting classmates, respecting diversity, and fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all. By building strong relationships based on trust, empathy, and mutual respect, we create an environment where every member feels valued, supported, and empowered. We must celebrate our differences, lift each other up, and build a community rooted in kindness, compassion, and unity. Helen Keller's famous words, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much," resonate deeply with us.

Success through service, the courage to commit, and the strength found in solidarity are not abstract ideals; they are guiding principles with the power to transform lives and communities. By embodying these virtues in our daily lives, we will grow into compassionate, resilient, and socially responsible individuals.

Mrs. Aparajita Pal
Headmistress (IV to X)