The Bangalore Zone has thirteen functioning Sunday schools with 1457 students and about 234 teachers located in Bangalore, Tumkur and Mysore Districts of Karnataka divided into 2 Districts viz., District I and District II. In addition three chapels Sunday Schools are also functioning. Bangalore District I comprises of 6 Churches and 2 Chapels; Bangalore District II comprises of following 7 Churches. The Office bearers of the OSSAE-OKR, Bangalore Zone are as follows: Vice President- Very Rev. T K Thomas Cor-episcopa, Zonal Secretary- Mrs. Lousy Biju, District I Inspector- Mr. Charly Chacko, District II Inspector– Mr. N M Achenkunju, District I Staff Representative- Mr. Prasad Samuel, District II Staff Representative– Mrs. Grace Varghese and Staff Editor-Bodhini- Mr. Biju Prasad. The Executive committee comprises of the office bearers, all vicars, HMs, unit secretaries and teachers’ representatives.
The total student Strength is 1457 with 598 students from Preparatory to Class III and 859 students from Class IV to Class 12 under Bangalore Zone and about 234 teachers. We place on record the sincere and dedicated service of the outgoing Director, Bangalore Diocese Dr. George Panackamattom deeply acknowledging his selfless service and will be ever grateful for his contribution for the effective functioning of the Bangalore Zone Sunday Schools. The Bangalore Zone welcomed the elevation of positions of Very Rev. T.K. Thomas Cor-Episcopa from Vice President Bangalore Zone to Vice President Bangalore Diocese. The Zone also welcomed the newly appointed OSSAE OKR Bangalore Diocesan Director Mr. Kuruvilla Varghese.
ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING 2015-16:
The Annual General Body for the year 2015-2016, was held at St. Thomas Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Bangalore East, on 17 April 2016. EXAMINATIONS 2016:
The half yearly examination was held on 24 July 2016 at all the Sunday Schools. The final examination for classes from Preparatory to Class IX and XI was held on 11 December 2016, at respective Parishes.
STUDENTS’ CAMP 2016: ‘NUHRO’ meaning Light
The 7 OSSAE-OKR Bangalore Zonal level Students Camp was held at the Ecumenical Christian Center, Whitefield, from 9 to 11 October 2016. Theme of the camp was “The Lord is my Shepherd”. The camp was successfully conducted under the leadership of H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim and our Vice President, Very Rev. T K Thomas Cor episcopa. Rev. Fr. Basil Thomas of Ahmedabad Diocese, was the Chief Resource Person and Rev. Dn. Nithin V. Rajan was the Second resource person. About 91 Students and 22 Office Bearers/Teachers/volunteers participated from 12 parishes. Campfire was a highlight amongst children during the camp.
DIOCESAN LEVEL CHARITY PROJECT:
As a part of our support to Diocesan Metropolitan Housing Project, Bangalore Zone contributed Rs. 2 Lakhs towards construction of one house. We take this opportunity to thank all the well wishers who have extended their contributions towards the Students Camp 2016.
About 30 students and 10 teachers attended the Orientation program for class X/XII Students, which was initiated by Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim. Rev. Fr. Bino Samuel, assistant vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapalli, Jalahalli was the coordinator and the orientation was led by our Metropolitan and Mr. Johnny K. Joseph.