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Overview

 

Our Sunday School with 1350 students is the largest in the Indian Orthodox Church. We have classes from Pre-KG to 11th grade. Under the leadership of our Vicar, Asst. Vicar, the Head Master and with the support of Managing Committee members and an elected Parents Committee, classes are conducted every Thursday evening from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm in the National Evangelical Church and Arabic Language Church premises in Kuwait City by a team of 130 dedicated teachers.  Classes are also held at St. George Chapel, Abbasiya every Friday after the Holy Qurbana for children from Pre-KG to Class 7.

 

Holy Qurbana in English Language is conducted on the second Friday of every month at NECK from 8:00 am for the benefit of the Sunday School Students.  Attendance is compulsory and students are trained on all aspects of the Holy Qurbana.

Classes start with three separate general assembly where Infants (Pre-KG, LKG and UKG) have action songs, stories and birthday celebration which are managed by teachers, Junior students (Class 1 to 5) have song practices, action songs, quizzes, religious cartoon movies and birthday celebrations while the Senior students are divided into houses where various activities such as quizzes, debates, skits, MGOCSM activities etc. are conducted.  The MGOCSM with around 500 members is very active and meet every Saturday with the Vicar or Asst. Vicar for discussions and meditation.  Yearly the Sunday School elects a Head boy, Head Girl, MGOCSM General Secretary, two Joint Secretaries, Treasurer, House Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects who form the student council.  The Student Council elects an Editorial Board who publishes the Kaleidoscope – a magazine for the students by students. Class photographs, drawings, first prize winning essays, elocution and extempore speeches, poems, stories etc. are published in Kaleidoscope.   

The Sunday School conducts an Annual Talents Scan which include Single Songs (English & Malayalam), Groups Songs, Story Telling, Coloring, Drawing, Memory test, Verses oral, Verses Writing, Essay, Elocution, Extempore speech, Verses Quick Find and General Knowledge in addition to Annual Examination based on OKR text books.  Points are given for winners in each of the items and prizes are awarded based on the total points obtained by each of the students.  The highest points in each of the Groups (KG, Infants, Sub-Juniors, Juniors, Intermediate and Seniors) get Ever Rolling Trophy sponsored in memory of Late Very Rev. Zachariah Cor-Episcopa Karuvelil.  The highest point in the Sunday School receives the Headmaster's Trophy and the Runner-up gets trophy sponsored by Late Very Rev. Elias Thomas Cor-Episcopa Educational society. 

The Sunday School arranges two parent/teachers meeting every year where the activities of the Sunday School are discussed and opinions and suggestions of Parents are taken and implemented.  A Parents Committee of 15 members is elected from the Parents association who helps the teachers with the day to day activities during the Sunday School timing.  Parents Committee meets quarterly or as required and provides advices on various matters that are relevant to the smooth functioning of the Sunday School.  They also undertake the Annual Sunday School picnic.

The Sunday School have two choir teams – the Malayalam team headed by Mr. M. U. Mathews, supporting Holy Qurbana on every Tuesday and the English Team headed by Mr. Biju Jacob Varghese supporting Holy Qurbana in English on every 2nd Friday of the month.  Two members of the Parents Committee co-ordinate the activities of the Choir.

The Teachers Council under the guidance of the Headmaster manages the day-to-day affairs of the Sunday School.  The roles and responsibilities of the Teachers Council are as follows: 

 

 1. Mr. Kurien Varghese, Headmaster

Mr. P. C. George, Senior Teacher In-Charge

Responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities between the Teachers In-Charge, the church and other spiritual organizations.  Responsible to the church on grant provided by the church and coordinates expenses with the Treasurer.  Reviews and finalizes the Sunday School budget and accounts together with Treasurer.  Makes general announcements in co-ordination with various teachers in-charge and MGOCSM Vice Presidents.  Appointment of new teachers in consultation and with the approval of the Vicar and allocation of Teachers to Classes.  The Senior Teacher In-Charge functions as a back up to the Headmaster. 

2.   Mr. Samkutty George, Teacher In-Charge Senior School + Talent Scan

Responsible for the management of Senior classes, plans assembly programs and co-ordinates the same with Head Boy and Head Girl.  Manages the senior assembly and houses through the HB & HG.  Ensures students and teachers have all the materials required for study/teaching.  Ascertaining stock levels of Books and providing requirement for next year. Visit all senior classes regularly and interact with teachers and students.   Responsible for planning and organizing Talent Scan in co-ordination with Parents Committee; confirm dates and ensure early booking of venue and availability of Judges for Talent Scan. 

3.  Mr. Samuel Chacko, Teacher In-Charge Junior School + OVBS

Responsible for the management of Junior classes, plans assembly programs and co-ordinates the same with Head Boy and Head Girl.  Manages the junior assembly and houses through the HB & HG.  Ensures students and teachers have all the materials required for study/teaching.  Ascertaining stock levels of Books and providing requirement for next year.  Visit all Junior classes regularly and interact with teachers and students.   Responsible for planning and organizing OVBS during summer holidays in co-ordination with Church Managing Committee and Parents Committee.  Confirm dates and ensure early booking of venue for conducting OVBS.  Organizes junior picnic in coordination with Parents Committee.  Also coordinates the activities of Abbassiya Sunday School with City and vice versa.

4.  Mr. Shabu Mathew Teacher In-Charge (Unit Secretary) & Mrs. Usha Mariam JOHN Teacher In-Charge (Unit Jt. Secretary)

Manages the student registration system, badges, birth day lists, promotions, and enters competition and other details in the computer system.  Ascertains the stock level of books at the end of the year and places order for new books. Arranges printing of syllabus and verses books. Arranges photocopies of materials, badges etc.   Responsible for registration of SSFC students with OKR.  Plan and circulate Calendar of Events.  Responsible for booking venue/class for special events, arranging teachers meetings and parent’s committee meetings as required.  Provides Sunday School announcements to Church Secretary and web master in consultation with the Headmaster.

5.  Mr. Philips John, Teacher In-Charge (Accounts)

Responsible for the management of Sunday School accounts, prepares the budget and annual accounts, keeps receipt and payment vouchers and accounting records up to date at all times and presents them to Headmaster for review before submitting for Church Audit.   Receives offertory from prefects and accounts them in the books.  Spend money against payment vouchers/receipts as required by office bearers with the approval of the Headmaster.  Responsible for control of Food Coupons and provision for Refreshments during Functions and also arrangement of transport as and when required.

6.  Mrs. Gincy Varghese, Mr. Biju Jacob Varghese, Mrs. Elizabeth Ipe, Mrs. Anita Biju, Mrs. Sharon Iype, Mrs. Jessy Jaison, Miss. Geena George (Assembly – City) and Mr. Ajish M Thomas (Assembly - Abbassiya)

Teaches songs – English and Malayalam – during the assembly.  Trains and coordinates the Sunday School students for OVBS and other internal and external functions.

7. Mr. Jacob Koshy (Teacher-in-Charge, Abbassiya Sunday School)

Manages the affairs of the Sunday School in Abbassiya which has classes from Pre-KG to 7.