Written by Marianne Puthoor, SCN
A teacher per each primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools from SCN owned and administered schools were invited for a three-day leadership training program from November 14-16, 2015 at Nazareth Convent, Mokama. One of the recommendations of the 2014-15 Patna Province Assembly was to call forth lay leadership to train them in order to meet the shortage of SCNs in running the schools. Marianne Puthoor, SCN, Education Coordinator of the Province, with meditation, yoga, pranayam, Good News, group discussion, sharing, creative thinking and writing helped the teachers to become aware of their potentials as leaders.
Some of the topics of the seminar were: Leadership, personality development, motivation, supervision, discipline, cleanliness, the six Cs: Competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contributions, relationship with the management, responsibilities other than teaching, how to be role models, school climate, SCN Charism, vision, mission, St. Vincent de Paul, Bishop David Mother Catherine, SCN logo – the Pelican, SCN Virtues, SCN Spirit and the SCN history.
Some of these teachers have been with us for the last 20 – 37 years. They shared how little they knew the SCN Sisters and how profound an experience it was to attend this seminar. The training was an eye-opener for them to know who they are and not just as subject teachers, but called to bring forth changes in themselves as well as in the lives of the students, parents, colleagues for the betterment. They felt it was very powerful and different from any in-service program they have attended.
On the last day, the teachers took a tour of the campus – convent, Nazareth Academy and Nazareth hospital. They felt educated, empowered and enabled to become a catalyst, a leaven, and responsible for all that happens in the school.