A Peek into Preparatory School
An imposing 1921 building of mortar and stone standing tall on a gentle incline with the Big Hill in the backdrop beckoning children from far and wide to come begin their formal education_ well that’s Prep School ------‘Home away from Home!’
A child wide eyed with wonder and mixed emotions of excitement and apprehension enters the portals of the Preparatory section to be whisked away by time and routine so quickly that the hours change to days , days to months, and months to years and within the blink of an eyelid it’s time to step out into the Big big world.
The wakeup call heralds a day in Prep School at 5:30am.The little ones hurry up to finish their ablutions and then make a beeline for the morning chota. Mind you if you get up that early a lovely roasted bun and a cup of hot steaming tea is your prize!
The House masters / mistresses in charge of the pastoral care of the children march them to the Top Flats where the physical department takes charge to make them physically fit and charged! The keen riders go for equestrian activities, the punchers practice Taekwondo, the athletes run cross country and the disciplined lot have military training!
The gong sounds at thirty minutes past eight and 228 strong children enter the dining hall to a hearty breakfast a combination of continental and South Indian cuisine!
On the academic front the Prep school has a time table of seven periods a day, which includes English, Math, Science, Social Sciences, and Computer Science, second and third languages. The socially useful work and extracurricular subjects are also included in the curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with a smart board so we have smart children learning in a smart way with smart teachers! The seventh period is the most sought after class- the PBL class (Project Based learning) whereby each class has to do a project of their choice which is immensely enjoyed by the children.
The afternoon slot is reserved for games- the Preppers have to try their hand at all games football, cricket, tennis, hockey, badminton and basketball. The coaches look out for talented players and train them accordingly.
Tea and baths happen in the evening followed by prep- here the children do self study and for the next day’s class. Teachers on duty provide necessary tutorial help to the boys and girls with their homework.
Supper gets over by a quarter to eight. The children get back to their dormitories to meet with pastoral staff and discuss the day’s proceedings with them in a friendly manner. The children speak with their parents once a week over the phone and write letters to them on weekly basis too! The Preppers have a compulsory hour of reading before hitting the sack! Finally they recite a beautiful prayer of St Francis and call it a day.
The Sunday routine however starts with a late rouse,( not to say that preppers are late risers),but yes they can loll in bed for a while and get up at their own pace. The girls spend a lot of time wearing fancy clips, hair bands, bracelets and ear rings ( their Sunday best) and the boys are happy to be in their games togs rearing to go out and play.
Sunday breakfast is scrumptious hot, crispy dosas, relished by one and all. The children keep themselves engaged watching TV, rambling, trekking, reading and playing for the rest of the day.
Sunday lunch remains light as the highlight of the day is the much awaited tuck shop followed by a movie in the PS Large Hall.
The preparatory Section promises a life of fun and frolic to all. There is no compromise for discipline and hard work. We have a dedicated team of teachers and house staff, who never fail to work beyond their call of duty.