Farewell for Sister Amrita from St. Vincent Matriculation School in Trichy
Farewells and goodbye’s are common to SCNs transitioning to new minitries. But this Farewell is a very special one for Amrita Manjoly, SCN. On April 16, students, staff, PTA members, well wishers, and friends gathered in front of the school to bid farewell for Sister Amrita, who served St. Vincent’s Matriculation school for 10 years as principal. She has worked hard, with loyalty, sincerity and dedicated service to bring up this school to it’s current success.
All those who gathered to say goodbye, expressed their gratitude …
“There is a difference between a leader and a boss. A leader commands respect, a boss demands respect. Our Sister is a leader, a great leader because she is a single candle who lights thousands of candles,“ were the words of Josan Ranjith a class 10 student. He spoke well of Sister Amrita as a leader.
“Sister smiles without laughing, helps without talking, talks without hurting, gives without expecting, loves without suspecting, works without straining, plans without scheming, thanks without thinking, and thinks without worrying. These are her qualities which are fused in the blood and nerves of our dear Sister. She thinks always for good. She has a positive outlook to everything.”
There were several poems, stories, prayers, and wishes written by the students of various classes of this school. Grade 5 students expressed, in a form of story about Sr. Amrita that “St. Vincent Matriculation School was started on 1991. She is working in our school for ten years. She is very kind to all; she loves cleanliness and keeps the school clean and neat. She loves small children very much and helps the poor children to study in this school. She does many marvelous things to this school.“
The school staff expressed their gratitude by saying, “we feel this is the right moment to thank you for all that you have done for us and all that you are to us. You have consoled us with a healing touch in our difficulties. You have also planned and implemented activities for our students to ensure their all round development. Your absence will create a void in our midst and it is hard to find words to express our feelings.”
Stella Chullyil, SCN, spoke from management, saying “Sister Amrita you have been one of the privileged ones who made a difference in the lives of others. Where there is love and determination everything is possible. You touched the hearts of the people and they have responded. You spread a fragrance of love, determination, persistence and perseverance to all directions throughout your life. A marvelous development has taken place during these past years of your service. We are really proud of you Sister Amrita.“
Written by Hilda Lobo, SCN
& SCNs at Snehalayam Community