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‘Apeejay is a symbol of excellence and consistency’

Shivanghi Singhal, parent of Apeejay Pitampura student Kanushi Singhal, highlights how the school impressively bridged the gap between online and offline classes

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Shivanghi Singhal is a homemaker and  mother of Apeejay Pitampura class 4 student Kanushi Singhal. Her husband Saurabh Singhal is a business proprietor. In a wide-ranging interview, Mrs. Singhal explains why, as an Apeejay Saket alumnus, she has firm faith in the education provided in Apeejay schools. Edited excerpts:

What made you choose Apeejay Pitampura over other schools for Kanushi’s admission?

I am an Apeejay School, Saket, alumnus. So, I was well-versed with the workings of Apeejay schools and I had a firm faith in the education they provide. Actually, I had decided about an Apeejay school for my child much before Kanushi was born. I wanted the same environment for my child as well. The environment that we received at the school was very protective and is very rare nowadays.

I did not want to go with any of the new schools for my child. An Apeejay school was the only choice. Apeejay now is no more a school, it is instead a symbol for excellence and consistency. There are very few schools with so much experience in the education sector and who still function with the same consistency with which they had started. Apeejay schools always seek to improve themselves with every passing day.   

Please tell us about Kanushi and take us through her progress at school?

Kanushi was very introverted when she joined the school in Nursery class. She had her group of friends though and was an active participant in the school activities. Gradually, with the kind of platform she got in the school along with the immense encouragement and attention she received from all the teachers, she felt that the world has opened up for her. She is now performing in a number of spheres in the school, both in academics, extra-curricular and Olympiads. Recently she won a silver certificate from the Royal Commonwealth society for essay writing. She is doing very well in Hindi. She conducted a special assembly at school for the graduation day event. She is an excellent dancer and a keen Casio player. She has won numerous events held during the online mode of education in the past two years.

How has the experience of the online classes been so far?

The way the school conducted the online classes and the kind of platform Kanushi got is remarkable. Since the last 2 years she has participated in numerous events in the online mode. Her teachers have constantly encouraged her. She has performed very well and has won many awards in academics and extracurricular activities.  The school has managed to bridge the gap between online and offline classes. I have friends whose children go to other schools and complain about the monotonous teaching in the online classes. Children there just log in, sit for the classes and then log out. But this is not the case at Apeejay Pitampura. There were so many cultural activities in the online education mode. Students were kept totally engrossed especially in the gloomy time of the pandemic. The school transcended the limitations of the online teaching mode.

Are the teachers engaging well with the students?

The teachers are engaging very well. They are always on their toes. They were working round the clock and gave personal attention to every student even in the online mode. Kanushi was involved in many programmes for which she had meetings and practice sessions till even 10 PM at times. The teachers were always available, they were just one text away.

I would like to thank Ms. Guneeta Sharma, the class teacher and Ms. Deepti, the music teacher. They were a constant pillar of support.

What is the best thing about the school?

The best thing about the school is the school environment and the way they keep the children grounded. There is no difference between any two students. There is a down-to-earth, warm environment at the school. All the students study together as one large family.  

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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