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Both my daughters write their own stories and narrate them: Himanshu Sachdeva

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Himanshu Sachdeva with his family

Himanshu Sachdeva (47), an alumnus of Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park, speaks about sending both his daughters- Smera and Arshi — to Apeejay School, International. The head of delivery in a US-based software company based in Noida, Sachdeva stays in Malviya Nagar with his mother and wife. His wife Anju Sachdeva is a home-maker, who also volunteers to teach French to the community.

We would like to know more about your daughters?

We have two daughters—Smera (10) and Arshi (6). Both of them are studying in ASI in class 6 and class 2 respectively. Despite their different nature, they are very close to each other. Smera is more like fire and Arshi is like ice. But they can’t live without each other. They need to be around each other all the time, even if they are fighting. We can’t keep them apart for a long time. They take care of each other very well.

Smera is very possessive about her younger sister while Arshi is really fond of her elder sister.

Can you tell us about their hobbies?

Both of them love to get themselves involved in art. They love to create their own stories. Smera has written a few stories with illustrations sketched by herself. Arshi also loves to draw things, describe them, and write stories.

Smera writes her own poems. They love to act in their own dramas. They write their own scripts, they enact it out and they will invite people for their show.

Is the school helping them hone their skills?

I see a lot of difference in Smera. She has developed a lot of confidence and skills while interacting with teachers. As the classroom has very few students, the students and teachers know each other very well. They’ve developed a strong bond. They are also close to the other classmates and their family members. Both my daughters get inspired by their classmates. Also, the projects and research- work given to my daughters is helping them develop an inquisitive mind.

 How did you come to know about ASI?

As I am also an alumnus, Apeejay was my first choice. Then I came to know about the IB Board that ASI was launching, so I thought why not give it a try. I felt that the IB Board is something different and admirable. Also, I wanted greater individual attention for my daughters. We saw significant changes in Smera and thought of sending Arshi in the same school.

What are the benefits of the IB board that you have perceived?

The IB board has some advantages such as concept-driven learning. It is more focused on the personality of the kids rather than the academic skills. Also, knowing that the focus of the teachers will be higher if the students are fewer in the class is reassuring. IB is more like individual development.

How are your relations with the school?

We keep interacting with the management and teachers. It is quite transparent. As an alumnus, I already know the management and some of the teachers. So, we know what is going on in the school.

Are you happy with your choice of ASI?

Yes, of course.

“Being an alumnus of Apeejay, I have an understanding of the vision of the group.”

– Himanshu Sachdeva

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