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‘Teachers at Apeejay Svran Global have helped my son develop an outgoing personality’

Rakhee Gorewal, mother of Apeejay Svran Global School student Tawheed Khan Gorewal, says the school’s emphasis on looking beyond academics and involving children in extra-curricular activities, leads to holistic development

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Rakhee Gorewal, an analyst with the National Skills Development Corporation, is the mother of Tawheed Khan Gorewal, a class 5 student at Apeejay Svran Global School. Her husband Shahid Khan Gorewal is Assistant Vice President, Bank of America. In an interview, she shares her reasons for choosing the school, the difference between online and physical classes and her son’s progress since joining school. Edited Excerpts:

Why did you choose Apeejay Svran Global School over other schools for your child’s admission?

Actually there is an incident related to that. After playschool, Tawheed had got admission to another school in our neighbourhood. Gradually, after Tawheed resisted going to school, we realised that the environment at that school was not nice. In Nursery class itself, the amount of pressure on schoolwork within the class was immense. It started reflecting in my son’s behaviour. Tawheed is an extrovert, he likes to talk and interact but over a period of time we saw a change in his behaviour. He was just not ready to go to school. So, we decided to change Tawheed’s school. A lot of people suggested that Apeejay Svran Global School would be a good option. Our first criterion was that the school should be nearby since both of us are working, so it would save time to pick and drop him. Therefore, we got him enrolled at Apeejay Svran Global School.

How has your experience been so far?

It has been very good. Mrs Arunima Aggarwal, his class teacher during Nursery class made him feel very comfortable. She used to stand at the gate, hug him and take him to the class with her every day. She was very warm and that helped him overcome the bad experience he faced in his previous school. We were extremely scared and very apprehensive about how he would adapt to the new school but because of his class teacher, it was gradual but a good experience for him. He started liking the school and we did not have any more problems. With this incident, one can conclude that the school environment is actually good. Tawheed is in class 5 now. Over the years we have seen that the teachers are really involved with the students.

During the online classes, I have seen the teachers working very hard with their students. They are busy teaching even during weekends. I think it is really commendable.

Please tell us about your child and take us through his progress at school.

Tawheed’s progress at school has been very good. Because of the different kinds of extra-curricular activities in school, he has started to develop an interest in things apart from studies. Before the pandemic, he had joined the Lawn Tennis academy in school but it has taken a pause due to the pandemic. He wants to take part in every extra-curricular activity be it speech, debate or even a drawing competition. I would say, this is only due to the teachers who encourage the students to give their best. Now it has come to the stage that the teachers don’t even ask me, they simply nominate Tawheed for a competition. I only have to give my confirmation.

His favourite subjects are English and Social studies. Social studies since he likes learning about history. He does not like Maths much (laughs).

He is actually more of a visual person, he loves learning through visual effects. Thus, he loves watching YouTube videos, especially all these travel blogs, which for a child of his age makes me a bit surprised. This has been the case the last three to four years. He loves watching Discovery Channel. Loves to learn about world records, basically everything that is unlike students of his age. He doesn’t like to watch cartoons like children of his age do. He is very inquisitive and always wants to learn new things, so that is the reason he watches all this.  

His academic performance in the school has been satisfying. He gets a lot of exposure due to the extra-curricular activities, which also contributes a lot to his growth.

Are the teachers engaging well with students?

Yes, they are. Actually what happens is when you join the school in class nursery, all the teachers begin to know you. As you progress from one class to another, they know what kind of a student you are and what kind of learning methodology suits you. So, this is the case with Tawheed. The teachers have known him since nursery and now he is in Class 5. He is an extrovert and since he participates in all the class activities. Also, I would like to thank his class teacher Ms Suruchi. She teaches him Maths. She is a very dedicated teacher.

What is the best thing about the school you have observed as a parent?

 I think the teachers here are very open to feedback. When I go to parent-teacher meetings, I never feel hesitant to ask anything or complain about anything. They actually listen to you and don’t try to defend. Their approach is to listen to you patiently. There are times when we parents have so much to share with them. Maybe they can imbibe some of these things for their improvements and it is both ways actually.

Arijit Roy is a trainee 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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