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Friday, October 22, 2010

St Josesph and Kasturkunj

Value education with Quality

St. Joseph High school situated near the NCL (National Chemical Laboratory) Pashan is one of the prestigious school in Pune, The school was established by the Provincial Society of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a Christian Minority Institution, and aims primarily at the Education of the Catholic Faith and all round development of the child.

The School is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education and the Secondary Section is aided by the Maharashtra Government. The school prepares its pupil for the Secondary School Certificate Examination, which is taken in standard 10. Students and alumni of the school are called Josephites.

It is open to pupils of all castes and creeds. It aims at promoting the development of the child’s piritual, moral, physical, intellectual, aesthetic, cultural, emotional and social aspects.

St. Joseph School builds a nurturing community through demonstration of Catholic values and implementation of an academically rigorous and spiritually rich curriculum. St. Joseph students learn, in a safe and disciplined environment, to care for themselves and others and to accept responsibility for making a just and loving society through the generous use of their personal talents and gifts.

The schools parent organisation serving in India since 1842, commit itself to the promotion of a more just and humane society in country. The inspiration provided by Founder, Claudine Thevenet since 1818, continues to strengthen this commitment.

"In the India of today, the pressures of caste ism, communal-ism, poverty and exploitative structures make it imperative to equip our students not only with intellectual skills, but also with a set of attitudes imbued with social, moral and spiritual values".Stated Schools Mission statement.

school working towards the commitment to this kind of education is made in order to serve specifically the young and among them the poor. The mission of Saint Joseph School is to proclaim the message of Jesus through education, worship and service in the Catholic tradition.

The school was established in 1961. The school follows a house system in which students are divided into four groups or houses.

The houses are:

Enterprise (Red)

Integrity (Blue)

Endurance (Yellow)

Loyalty (Green)

Sports plays a major role in the school curriculum. Throw-ball, basketball and hockey matches are played throughout the year and participate in State, and District level matches. Special coaches are available for Hockey and basket ball. Inter-house and inter-class competitions are held periodically. The annual sports meet is a special occasion. The school has a big play field for conducting athletics, field games, march past and PT displays.

Cultivating The Solutions

10 Kasturkunj is a premier housing complex situated on a four acre landscaped plot. 10KK, as it is referred by the residents, is surrounded by tall trees, less than a kilometer away from the University of Pune main gate. It has five buildings, three of ten stories each, and two of 11 stories, and is equipped with almost all modern amenities like gymnasium, swimming pool, library etc.

Kasturkunj is also very conscious of its responsibility towards the community and the environment. All residents are required to separate their dry and wet garbage. The wet garbage is processed in vermiculture pits and converted into useful organic fertiliser, which is then used within Kasturkunj. The society has recently implemented Rain Water Harvesting to conserve precious water. More such initiatives are planned to be carried out if future.

The society produces over 120 kg of wet garbage daily. Seven pits have been constructed for dumping the wet garbage on seven days of the week. It is converted into manure using a bio-sanitiser. The dry garbage is given to Swach volunteers

The idea of garbage disposal took a concrete form two years ago when the society decided that they would not dump waste from the society outside. According to Smita Kulkarni, the chairman of the society, the society got a truckload of manure six months after the project was started. Most of the manure was used developing lawns on 9,000 sq ft area, which saved around Rs 18,000.

Ganeshotsav 2010

Besides such ecofriendly measures, member of society also takes interest in celebreting cultural and religius festival through which people can live healthy social life. recently society has celebreated Ganeshotsav in its premices.

This year society organised various competition for the residents. Which includes Fancy Dress Competition for Boys and Girls of the age group, 5 to 10 years . For the winners there was exciting prizes.

There was also Dance Performance compititon for boys and Girls of the age group, 11 to 14 years. During the festival fashion show were organised in four catagories that is boys and Girls, Uncles and Aunties, Papas and Mummies, Grandpas and Grannies.

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