While many school students in the city shuffle up and down narrow staircases and make do with playing ball in balconies, students of the all-boys’ Don Bosco High School have the run of 60,000 square yards.
“We are thankful to the school patrons for their foresight,” said Father Bosco D’mello, the principal.
The school, run by the Society of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious order, was first set up in Tardeo in a rented space, and shifted to Matunga after the authorities bought land from the civic authority in 1937.
The school follows the state board syllabus and is known for promoting sports. It even has a health club on its premises.
The school has kept abreast of modern teaching methods and has a LCD screen and computer in every class. It has also retained its altruistic ethos. “We have always been known for helping underprivileged kids. It is still one of our priorities,” said Father D’mello.
Come Christmas season and students and alumni flock to the school’s ‘Care ‘n Share Christmas Panorama’ event.
“We give equal importance to extra-curricular activities and studies,” said Father D’mello, adding that no one in the school had failed this past academic year, despite most students
participating in both sport and cultural activities. It’s not surprising then that every ex-student, which include the likes of Akshay Kumar and Shashi Kapoor, speaks highly of his alma mater.
Father Bosco D’mello
How do you maintain the school’s standards?
The school has a reputation for encouraging sports and cultural activities, and we adhere to that. In fact, those boys who are good in sport or music/dance/art are put into certain divisions that allow them to earn credits for successes in these activities. Special time-tables are drawn up to ensure that these activities become part of their curriculum. We ensure that students cultivate these talents along with academics. Teachers stay back after school to help weak students.
Q: How has the school changed over the years?
Don Bosco has always been oriented towards the underprivileged. We now have a healthy mix of affluent and underprivileged students studying with us. This is a deliberate step as we don’t want one section completely cut-off from the other. We have also updated our classrooms and methods of learning. Now each classroom has a LCD projector and computer.
Q: What can the students look forward to in the future?
We keep abreast of changes and modifications in education, and try to give our students the best. This is a given, but another thing that we can absolutely ensure is a healthy learning atmosphere and genuine care and concern for our students.