Shri Ram tops schools’ chart in southwest
Fun and learning. Before introducing children to writing, the The Shri Ram School develops their motor skills, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Nov 29, 2009 23:02 IST
Shaishav Singhel, a student of class 3, rushed to Vice-Principal Pooja Thakur and gave her a high five. In return, Thakur planted a kiss on his cheek.
Singhel was overjoyed to see his favourite teacher win points in the musical chair competition organised to celebrate the Children’s Day.
This is what The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, wants — to not have any teacher-student hierarchy and keep all communication channels open for the students.
“The students here can walk into a teacher’s room any time and share their problems,” said Thakur.
Established in 1988, the school has excelled in the art of teaching and has become the top choice for parents in southwest Delhi.
The junior wing classes — nursery to 5 — are held on the Vasant Vihar campus and the students graduate to the senior wing — classes 6 to 12 — on Moulsari Avenue campus in Gurgaon.
The faculty comprises individuals who are not only academically oriented but also qualified to teach students life skills and bring out the creativity in them.
Yoga, dance, theatre, music, clay modeling are used to shape the young minds.
The curriculum is customised to children’s weaknesses and strengths. Developing fine motor skills, like enabling finger muscles to hold a pencil before children begin to write, are some of the minute details that the curriculum takes into account.
Much of this is possible because of the teacher-student ratio, which is 1:14 in elementary classes and 1:28 in the other classes.
This is the reason why Nisha and Anup Bhambhani decided to send both their children to this school.
“The small size of the class, the teachers, a pressure-free atmosphere where children can express themselves without hesitation or fear were reasons why we chose this school for our children,” said Nisha Bhambhani.
“The school’s emphasis on instilling Indian values without being regressive and a strong parent-teacher body that monitors a child’s progress are few features that I think are helping my children grow into more rounded individuals,” she said.
What the school needs is some more space. The space constraints have come in the way of expansion plans. The school can’t offer a bigger basketball court or a cricket field.
The school also stresses on inclusive education.
“Children from financially weak background and those with special needs share classrooms with other children,” said principal Manika Sharma.
For the parents of children from economically weaker section, the school sends circulars in both Hindi and English. There are special educators too for those with special needs.
“We love coming to school. We are not scared of them,” said Keshav Vasudeva of class 5. “This is our world, our family that we have created.”
Breakfast and lunch are compulsory for all students at the school. So, fruits and vegetables that children may refuse to eat at home are a regular in the meals.
Environment is a big concern for both students and teachers here.
“We have tried to interweave the idea of conserving the environment with the curricula, so that children start practicing what they learn,” said Principal Manika Sharma.
There are a number of activities that initiates students early into environment conservation.
The campus is a no poly-bag
zone. There is a vermicomposting pit which transforms leftover food into manure.
Rainwater harvesting and water recycling facilities are also in place there and the students work
towards rehabilitating a tribe in Ranthambore.
They take up activities like electrification of villages or conservation of tigers that help them imbibe social and moral responsibilities towards the environment and fellow citizens.
“Parents often tell us that their children insist on bucket baths instead of shower and switching off electrical appliances when not in use,” said Sharma.
“Such is their awareness that by the age of 10, they speak the language of carbon footprints,” she said.
2) Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
As the clock strikes 1.40 pm, the desks and benches in the class are moved aside and the students start sweeping and swabbing the floor.
This is a routine exercise for the students of Springdales, Dhaula Kuan.
“This is one of the ways in which we instill sense of dignity of labour and equality among them,” said Principal Jyoti Bose. “Children from different economic backgrounds study together. For some, it’s a usual chore but for others it’s not.”
A very competent faculty and fee structure that gives the best value for money in the region makes it one of the most preferred schools.
The school choir team comprise 200 students who can sing in 72 national and international languages.
Children with special needs and those from economically weaker sections share classrooms with the other children.
“The activities helped me hone my artistic self,” said designer Prashant Verma, an alumni of the school.
3) Delhi Public School, RK Puram
With an envious academic record year after year and impressive faculty, Delhi Public School, RK Puram, has been one of the most sought schools.
While the senior section — classes 6 to 12 — of the school is at RK Puram, the junior sections — nursery to class 5 — are located in East of Kailash and Vasant Vihar.
“Our aim is to provide students with the best possible facilities to ensure their holistic growth,” said Principal D.R. Saini. “The students of this school have produced outstanding results in CBSE and have been topping entrance exams to professional courses, such as the IITs, consistently.”
The school also runs a centre for students from financially weak background.
Two libraries with over 40,000 books, a sports complex with dedicated grounds for cricket, football, golf, basketball, lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton courts, an open air theatre and auditorium figure among the facilities the school offers.
Television anchor Mini Mathur, choreographer Shaimak Davar and politician Deepender Hooda are only some of famous alumni of the school.