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‘Apeejay Nerul ensures a good balance between academics and extra-curricular activities’

Even in the online mode, Apeejay teachers organise interesting activities and competitions to keep children engaged, says Bhargavi Katta, whose children are enrolled in the school

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Siddharth and Shreyanvi Eluri are studying in class 5 and KG respectively at Apeejay School, Nerul. Their mother Bhargavi Katta is a homemaker while their father Kishor Babu Eluri is Chief Manager-Systems with the State Bank of India. Sharing the experience with the school, Bhargavi says the teachers have always been very cooperative and helped parents in every way possible. In an interview, she tells us more about her children are benefitting from the school curriculum. Edited excerpts:

What made you apply for admission at Apeejay School, Nerul?

Apeejay Nerul has a very good reputation as a CBSE school in Navi Mumbai. It has a very record for academics and extra-curricular activities. We know of a lot of people who have enrolled their children in the school. Besides, the school was located close to our house. Apeejay Nerul was naturally our first choice, and we are very happy that our children are studying in this school.

What were your criteria while picking a school for your children? Did Apeejay Nerul live up to your expectations?

We were looking for a good CBSE school not just for academics but one that gives equal emphasis to extra-curricular activities. A good balance between the two is essential for children today. Apeejay Nerul, therefore, turned out to be the right choice.

Siddharth has shown incredible improvement over the years. He is now the junior Head Boy for the primary section. He actively participated in class assemblies and various intra and inter-school competitions. For instance, he sings very well. He has also won a lot of prizes. The teachers continuously encourage him to participate and have helped build his confidence.

As far as Shreyanvi is concerned, we were a little apprehensive about the online classes initially. But with the kind of progress that we have seen in our child, we are very happy. Right from the beginning, the students have been learning phonics. Not just three or four-letter words, now my daughter can also read short sentences and small stories.

Do teachers organise activities in the online mode to keep young children like your daughter engaged?

Yes, the children are made to participate in various events and competitions even in the online mode. Their classes focus on activity-based learning. Every week, the students have an activity where they tell stories using puppets, which is a great way to boost imagination and learning. There are also special assemblies.

Teachers further focus on moral values and discipline in the class, which is very much appreciated. Team-building activities are also done where students are divided into teams and given a topic for discussion or to perform a skit. This helps students learn how to work in teams and build confidence.

What improvements have you noticed in your son and daughter?

The class teacher interacts and gives the opportunity to each and every child to speak or answer her questions. This has helped build Shreyanvi’s confidence in the process of building communication skills. As for Siddharth, through frequent participation, his confidence level and communication skills have also improved. 

Is Siddharth comfortable with the curriculum? Are all his concepts clear?

The teachers use excellent methods like PowerPoint presentations, videos, quizzes, etc, while introducing a concept. My son has not felt any pressure in terms of the syllabus. The activities or homework are all based on what they are learning in the class so, it is not like he is being overburdened with new topics and concepts. Apeejay’s thematic-based learning has ensured a seamless learning process—in this, as students move to the higher classes, the teachers delve deeper into already-introduced topics. Besides, the teachers are always there to help and guide the students. 

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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