By Lunella Gonsalves (Nirmala Institute of EducationB. Ed. 2016-18)
When I joined the B.Ed. program the internship period was the time I looked forward to the most. The experience of teaching in a boy’s school for five months is something that I will never forget.
The Headmaster and the staff of St. Britto High School have always been very warm and welcoming right from the first time we entered the school in November 2016. The same treatment awaited us when we joined back for five months in July 2017. The Headmaster, Fr. Cedric has always been ready to hear us out and we felt very comfortable in his presence. The teachers were always open to all our queries and never turned us down whenever we approached them for help or to get a teaching unit. The support staff were also ever willing to help us out with anything that we needed. Every person made us feel that we were a part of the institution and we were never left out of any celebration.
Some of the memories that I carry with me are of the happy faces and cheery voices every time I entered a class for a substitution. The projector installed in every class was a real blessing and I made maximum use of it by carrying along funny videos to relieve the students from the stress of learning so that they could have some light- hearted moments.
I was also taken aback by the exceptional talent of some students in poetry, art, music, dance and theatre. I had the opportunity to train students and watch them perform on Teacher’s Day and other occasions. Their exceptional talent reflected in every performance.
The internship experience gave me a chance for a lot of individual growth. I got many opportunities to take up tasks that I had never attempted before and also had many first- time experiences such as co-judging a singing competition, accompanying students on a field trip, organising an assembly on Independence Day along with my peers, etc., each experience leaving behind a long trail of memories. One among these is the Teacher’s Day experience that I will never forget, it being my very first.
Each day at St. Britto High School came with a new experience, a chance to learn something new.