Sr. Assis Fernandes


“Teaching is a beautiful job, as it allows you to see growth, day by day, of people entrusted to your care.  It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually. It is a great responsibility. 

– Pope Francis


St. Philomena Convent High School is a place where we have committed ourselves to the vision of raising achievement, raising aspiration and enriching partnerships. It has an unique educational environment where our teachers pride in shaping characters rather than merely providing academic knowledge.

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this esteemed institution, which has a rich tradition of shaping the future. My role as an educator is to guide and nurture the next generation; to establish skills, to achieve health, respect, prosperity and fulfillment. As the Principal I find myself in a position where in I desire to instill within the Staff, Students and Community; a spirit of excellence so as to work together to promote growth of students.

Shaping young impressionable minds is one of life’s biggest challenges and young people are at the very heart of the school. I believe that having quality, inspirational and passionate teachers is essential to a school’s success. With an excellent staff that is at work we have the ability to ensure that the child achieves the very best.

Parental involvement in a child’ s education process is both, a gift to the child and a gift to the school. Authentic education implies an ongoing continuous interplay between the five moments of Context, Experience, Reflection, Action and Evaluation between Parents, Students and Teachers.

At Philomena’s we strive to provide an environment that is basically sacred and has a frame-work of discipline that is flexible. We value igniting the spark of creativity and curiosity in our students. It is a privilege for me to work with our Students, our Staff and our Families to make our School the very best it can be.

Thus as said by Dr. Martin Luther Jr, “Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education,” we strive to instill both within our students.