Parents Day

Parents Day at Sophia Opportunity School

It was a moment of joy and pride for the parents of Sophia Opportunity School on their Annual day 2015 as they watched their children awe them for an hour with their mesmerizing performance. The children of Sophia Opportunity School participate every alternate year on their annual day; this time the whole group of 185 children performed a play on the King Ashoka and his dynasty.

Parents and other invited guests were enthralled watching their children perform something that touched their lives. The hard work of the Principal, the team of dedicated teachers and therapists focusing on a holistic approach towards improvement is commendable.

At Sophia Opportunity School, the staff focuses to train children towards their functional needs, by looking at them with empathy rather than sympathy. The school also educates the parents on their children’s prospect and ask them to lend a hand towards the goals for the betterment of the children. The school also conducts seminars for parents, teachers to upgrade with the present scenario of the field of Special Education.

The school believes every child is special and caters the needs to each child in his/her special way. The students are trained to face the society with honour and to participate in societal events. The School counsels parents and encourages them.

As a society, it is important that people change the outlook towards the children with special needs; this should happen at an individual level. If one thinks one can’t, then one should at least give a try. On the other hand if one thinks no one can, then one should definitely give a try to change the negative attitudes towards people with Special Needs.

Principal’s Address

"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." - Franz Peter Schubert

Honorable Chief guest Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, our Guest of Honour Mr. Boniface Prabhu, Padma Shri Awardee, Respected Sr.M. Sandhya, Sr. Kripa, Sisters, teachers, members of PTA, well-wishers, invited guests, parents, and my dear students.

It is indeed a beautiful morning to see all of you gathered here to celebrate our parents’ day. It is also a day to showcase the talents of our differently abled students soaked in their colourful costumes to give happiness to their loving parents. At this juncture it is overwhelming that we now count the blessings God has been generously bestowing on us. Thank you, Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Mr. Boniface Prabhu, for taking off from your busy schedule, to spend your valuable presence with us, which will definitely leave footprints on our hearts.

Sophia Opportunity School was begun in. It is a safe caring environment with individualized teaching methods to enable students to thrive. We accept children who are four years and above and have special learning needs such as learning disabilities, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, mild autism and mild to moderate mental retardation.

It’s not easy to describe the experience of raising a child with special needs. From the outside, it may look challenging and stressful. But in the heart of a parent, it is a wonderful experience of evolution and personal growth. Parents of children with special needs don’t see a disability when they look at their children. Instead, they see the most precious and wonderful blessings of their lives. They see their child. We talk about our childrens’ disabilities not to label them, but to make others aware of all our similarities and the great efforts our children make to achieve their goals. Still, even the most resilient of parents needs some inspiration and reassurance sometimes.

Dear Parents, God placed your promising and hopeful child with you to guide, to love, and to walk beside. God picked you out of many because He knew how safe His child would be with you. Being a good parent often requires long hours, and lots of prayer. One of the hardest parts about the responsibility is that you usually have to wait for years and years to be truly appreciated for what you do. Along the way, however, children do warm our hearts, show us love, and strengthen our spirits when we see them growing and benefitting from all that we do. "Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further." -Thomas Carlyle Yet, when times get rough or just when we feel underappreciated, the right word can give us the boost we need to keep going.

Mother Teresa whispered, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” Remind yourself how desperately dependent you are on God and His grace.

While you are the parent of this child, you are also the child of a loving and understanding God. Make time to ask our heavenly Father to hold you and comfort you. If you can't take time for scheduled devotions, sneak a few minutes where you can and whisper, "God, hold me." Be still long enough to allow the Lord to minister to your hurt.

* When you focus on the future it's easy to become anxious over what may or may not happen, and miss the joy and beauty of today, even if it's hidden inside a child.

* When you focus on the past it's easy to become regretful, to second-guess yourself and become "stuck in the past", and miss those same joys and beautiful moments.

To live in today is especially true for the parent of a child with disabilities. Today is the only time where you can interact with your child. Today is the only place where you can actually be alive. But what happens when things don't turn out perfectly? Hope fades, expectations are dashed; the future quickly becomes cloudy as fear sets in, and we ask, where is God? We hear God saying, I am here.You are to be admired and applauded for your tremendous commitment, tender love, constant care and untiring support for these children. You are said to often become so self-sacrificing in your response of love for that child. Often you are so graceful about it saying it’s nothing special; I’m just doing what I have to do. Other people might see it as so generously kind, but for those who love it is a privileged opportunity. Dear parents, you are caring for the image of God. Feel blessed for a great reward is waiting for you. On your journey we assure you of our prayers and support. May God bless your family with peace and understanding. May you find the joy of caring for that special gift given by God.

Today my heart overwhelms with joy for the marvelous graces God has bestowed upon us. We have been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues and generous volunteers of our school who know their job and are result-oriented. I cannot thank everyone enough for their involvement and willingness to take on the completion of tasks beyond their comfort zones! I would like to commend the excellent team-work and deep sense of responsibility presented by our dedicated and committed staff. They often take the role of artists, composers, physical education teachers, music teachers, computer and dance teachers. The script for today is written by them, similarly, made all the props for the events, managed the stage, control room, sound and light and so on. They deserve a big round of applause... Hats off to you my dear teachers for your untiring and tremendous faith in the students, and proving “Yes, we can and yes, they can”. We said “We can” and you proved it. I am so proud of you all.

Our special children do deserve a big round of applause for showcasing their talents in a well disciplined manner. Let us give them a round of applause. Thank you, Sisters, teachers, members of PTA, our helpers, parents and others for being here with us and helping and supporting us constantly. God bless you.

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