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‘In one glance you can tell which student is an Apeejayite’

Mrs. Shweta Chodha, mother of Apeejay Mahavir Marg students Saanvi and Ruhani Chodha mentions how the school gives equal importance to both academics and extracurriculars



Mrs Shweta Chodha is a homemaker. Her husband, Mr Gautam Chodha, is a businessman and the owner of the printing press – Bright Printers. They are proud parents of Saanvi and Ruhani Chodha, who are studying in class 5 and 1 respectively at Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg. In an interview, Mrs. Chodha appreciates the school for taking out the stage fear from the students. Edited excerpts: 

Why did you choose Apeejay Mahavir Marg over other schools for Ruhani and Saanvi’s admission?

I chose the school as it emphasises a lot on personality development of students. The school focuses on the academic curriculum as well as on the extra-curricular activities. My brother in law is also an Apeejay Mahavir Marg alumnus. He had gone to NASA when he was in class 8 as part of his educational trip organised by the school. The school provides a lot of exposure to the students. I wanted the same environment for my children as well. 

Please tell us a bit about Suhani and Ruhani. How are they doing at school?

They are both performing very well in school. Saanvi’s favourite subject is Math. She has been winning the gold medal in the International Math Olympiad for the past four years. Besides this, playing badminton and drawing are her favourite activities among other hobbies.

Ruhani has improved a lot of late. She went to the school physically in Nursery and then the pandemic hit. So, the rest of her education continued in the online mode. She has picked up well.  Among her hobbies, she likes reading story books a lot.

Are you happy with the teaching at school?

The teachers supported Ruhani a lot in her online classes. Ruhani was very shy when she was in Nursery. I felt that she was lacking in confidence. But the school organised so many activities that any stage fear went completely out of the students. 

I often encourage my elder daughter to participate in inter school competitions as well. I have noticed that the way an Apeejayite performs on the stage is just marvellous. In case of stage performance, you can tell in one glance which student is an Apeejay student. The teachers thus put in a lot of effort to develop a student in every manner possible.  All the teachers teach very well. I would like to name Sanyukta ma’am and Ruhani’s teacher in LKG – they are so good as educators.

What is the best thing about the school?

The school does not just focus on the academic front. But it develops the extra-curricular abilities of a student as well. They work on both these fronts simultaneously and in a balanced manner.

How was the experience of the online classes for both the children?

I faced a little bit of difficulty with Ruhani initially. But eventually, the online classes went on very smoothly. The teachers were available 24/7 and were always willing to help the parents and clarify any doubts.

Now that the school has reopened, are both the children happy to be back at school?

Both of them are extremely happy. Now, they even complain about why the school is closed on a Sunday (laughs).

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]