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Principal's Message

Miss Esther Mani
Principal

“Give us wisdom to always do
What is just, what is right, what is fair
And we’ll strive to spread your word everywhere”

These words from the Somerville School song encapsulate our vision of education.
In a world groping for meaning and purpose, we learn to seek God’s wisdom, to be torchbearers of the truth.
The children learn a variety of things at school, particularly what they would like to “do” when they grow up; we also try to make them think about what they would like to “be” - in terms of character and values that would last, as they try to make their place in the world.

Childhood and the young years are precious. What a privilege we have been given to share in the shaping of thousands of young lives. I was at the funeral of an elderly relative some time ago and I heard loud shrieks of laughter behind me. Many of us looked around, some with disapproving frowns, to see who had dared to disrespect the dead. I saw a young boy, seven or eight years old, running among the tombstones, rolling an old bicycle tire with a stick. He was being chased by a little puppy. This child, probably the son of one of the caretakers in the cemetery, seemed so happy and free; completely untouched by the sombre atmosphere of the place that was his playground.

Children have this ability to do their own thing, unaware and sometimes, not caring, about what is socially acceptable or the ‘done thing’. Why else would a five year old child get up from her seat and hug her Principal while this lady was in the middle of her Independence Day address. It is for memories and experiences like these that I love being a teacher. It’s not all rosy; planning the national budget seems easier than managing a school of loud and rebellious children. But these same children keep us young and alert. And while they grow in wisdom and stature, we grow too.

Miss Esther Mani