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‘In Apeejay Model Town, there’s zero compromise on academics, co-curricular activities and moral values’

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Anu Vig with her husband Narinder Vig and twin daughters, Kanan and Kangna (R)

Anu Vig is a homemaker while her husband Narinder Vig is a Chartered Accountant in Jalandhar. Their 12-year-old twin daughters, Kanan and Kangna, are studying in class 7 of Apeejay School, Model Town, Jalandhar. In an interview, Anu explains how the school lays special emphasis on the holistic development of students.

Why did you choose Apeejay over other schools?

I was unsure of which school to pick for my girls. A close family friend was adamant that we get our twins enrolled in Apeejay. His children studied in Apeejay and now both are settled abroad. He collected the admission form from the school and sent it to my husband’s office. We wasted no time and got our daughters enrolled in the school. After all these years, I can say that we made a fantastic decision.

Tell us about the progress made by your daughters?  

We had a wonderful experience till now. Our daughters’ confidence has grown over the years and they are good in all aspects of school life. They get excellent grades and have an in-depth knowledge of concepts, but their focus is not just on academics. In fact, they participate in almost every extra-curricular activity and as a result they are always upbeat and cheerful. The school has even taught them how to design a website and make brilliant PowerPoint Presentations. I believe extra-curricular activities are crucial for well-rounded development of students. Parents don’t want their kids to become bookworms. Co-curricular activities teach students to manage time, learn organisational skills and improve their self-confidence. Students also learn to express themselves in a better way. The school also inculcates moral values in students by teaching them how to help poor and needy people or bring happiness to those who are sad.

Has the quality of education suffered during the pandemic?

Absolutely not! The teachers are using interesting learning material to make learning fun and interactive. The classes are efficiently conducted and the teachers ensure that everyone in the class grasps what’s being taught. They also interact with everyone in the class, not just a select few. To keep kids fit and active during Covid-19, the school also conducts weekly fitness classes.

Share with us some memorable moments?

There are so many of them. The school recently organised a session where my daughters and others from their class interacted with students from a UK school. It was quite an interactive session and my daughters learned quite a lot about foreign culture. On Raksha Bandhan, the students send handmade rakhis for Army jawans. On Republic Day, the school organised a drive-through. Students thoroughly enjoyed the function and danced while maintaining social distancing. For this year’s Annual day function, we had to shoot a short video depicting Punjab’s culture. So we took our daughters, who were dressed up in traditional attire, to a nearby agriculture field. We had a great time shooting the video. On World Environment Day, the schools organised a tree plantation drive and all the students participated in it with enthusiasm.

“I would like to thank Apeejay for focusing on the all-round development of my daughters. The teachers too are readily available to address the queries of students even after school hours. The children study in a loving atmosphere.”

-Anu Vig

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