The United Indian School organised a grand farewell for Mr. Joseph Mathew, Principal of the Primary Section, who is stepping down from his responsibilities in this institution, after three decades of dedicated service. Saturday, January 31, 2024, will be inscribed on the memory wall of UIS as a day of mixed emotions.
Mr. Joseph Mathew joined the UIS on October 2, 1993, as PGT Biology. From there, he steadily progressed to different roles like Head of the Department of Biology, Academic Supervisor, Vice Principal, Principal of Kindergarten, and finally, Primary Principal. The amazing line of ascent he achieved at the school as a professional indicates his commitment, dedication, and love for his job and the students under his care. Throughout, he was an outstanding team player. He was approachable and friendly to everyone.
A blend of heavy-heartedness and grateful smiles graced the occasion. The farewell ceremony was marked by an expression of love and appreciation, as the entire UIS family joined together to wish Joseph sir a happy and peaceful retired life. Mrs. Sumam Jacob, staff secretary welcomed the guests and the audience.
The heart-touching speech by the Vice Chairperson Mrs. Tessy Chandy reminiscing the contributions of Mr. Joseph Mathew forthe growth of UIS, brought waves of memories to the hearts of all those who were present. Mr. Radhakrishnan C, the senior Principal remembered the support and assistance rendered to him by Joseph sir and denoted his anxiety in getting along without the reassurance of a person whom he considers as ‘the UIS Dictionary’.
Mrs. Mary Litty, Vice Principal, Mr. John Thomas, Purchase Manager, Mrs. Elizabeth Mani, Head of the Department of Chemistry, Mrs. Achamma Kuruviila Head of the Department of Science for the Primary Section, Mrs. Anitha Somaraj, Head of the Kindergarten section and Mrs. Shanima Begum, Subject coordinator for Biology, shared their experiences and memories of their association with Joseph sir.
A bouquet was presented to Joseph Sir by Mr. Philipose Varghese, Head of the Department of Physics. As an expression of appreciation, Mr. Radhakrishnan C, Senior Principal presented the memento. Mrs. Tessy Chandy, Vice Chairperson and Mr. Joel Jacob, Executive Administrative Officer, presented a souvenir as a token of love.
A video presentation featuring memorable moments in the life of Joseph Sir at UIS added flavour to the event. Mrs. Jenny Ajith and Mrs. Reshmi Zachariah, the Head of the Department of Co-scholastic Activities inspired the audience to some cherishing moments, through this moving tribute.
Though with a note of melancholy, Joseph Sir remained calm and composed during his thanksgiving address in which he expressed gratitude to every person with whom he has associated during his term of office. His words encompassed his journey and the wonderful moments he lived and cherished in the world of UIS. The function was concluded with a vote of thanks by the staff secretary, followed by a photograph session and refreshments.