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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Edition2: Inside Vikhe Patil Memorial school

Soumyashree Ghosh takes a campus round of Vikhe Patil memorial school on eve of Childrens day and talks about some great achievements by children.

School days reminds us of the best memories of our life. Where on one hand we hate the homework and frequent scolding from our teachers, we rigorously enjoy the company of the most valued friends, mischief and the innocent fun on the other hand, that life hates to offer a few years down the line. But at the end, the fact remains that school plays the most important role in nurturing a child’s personality and create a strong foundation for his future, by exploring his talents and abilities during his formative and the most crucial years of his life.
Vikhe Patil Memorial School is one such institution that believes in all round development of a child’s personality, going beyond academics and text books. Located in Senapati Bapat Road, the school is affiliated to CBSE board. It addresses the varying needs of young students in all possible fields and provides them with the highest quality of education. The school boasts of being an eco friendly and health promoting one, as it ensures each and every students to be physically and mentally healthy and happy. Its eco friendly nature is visibly apparent with the segregation of wet and dry garbage within the school premises. With an excellent record, the school simultaneously outshines in several ECAs. The academic Coordinator, Mr.
Christopher Geylor proudly boasts of his students who gave a good name to his school in several fields.

Only in it’s 16th year, VPMS has already made it’s mark in the academic, Sport and co-curricular fields. VPMS is committed to help our students develop the skills for successful learning. This is done in a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which each child further develops cognitive, social and fine motor skills. As our school motto states, we believe in the all round development of each child that enters our portals. Along with academics, Sports is given its due importance and we firmly believe that a child must be exposed to a number of activities to enable him/her to explore his/her potential and talents. Respect is an underlying factor in all aspects of the school. Students are encouraged to respect themselves, their peers, their teachers, the building, and their community. While respect goes well beyond this, it is an essential component in the development of young adults. Keep in mind - students who make a solid effort, who are cooperative, and who work with their teachers, enjoy school and find it to be an exciting and worthwhile experience.

Extra Curricular Achievements-

The school excels in activities like swimming, tennis, drawing, Science Olympiads, base ball, basket ball, football and skating.
Mohit Joshi and Yash Pandit, the two swimming champs bagged several prizes from School Games Federation Of India, Maharashtra State Association, Aquatic Amater
and SSC tournaments. “It feels great to be a winner and make your school and parents proud. Unlike many other schools we get full support from our teachers to chase our passion. They cooperate a lot if we miss classes for our ECAs.” Says Mohit and Yash with a bright smile. Sarthak Chandra, the budding astronomer, represented India for International Astronomy Olympiad in Italy, bagging a silver medal. He also went to Taiwan for International Earth Science Olympiad, winning a bronze for our country. He is preparing to visit Azerbaijan for international Junior Science Olympiad. He aims to be an an astrophysicist. Unlike other ambitious kids, who want to work for NASA, Sarthak wishes to practice in India. “NASA is not in India. I want to serve my own nation.”says the young patriot.
With Children’s day round the corner, they gave their own opinion on how differently it can be celebrated. “On this day, we should be given the liberty to do whatever we want….Indulge in our favourite sports which the school can organize and keep studies apart for sometime.”says mohit, an aspiring pilot. While Sarthak wants something more academic. “The school can organize an astrological program so that more student can take interest in this topic. It is still very nascent at the school level here in India.”says this scholar of Class XI. Nikita Manoharan of Class V, another budding talent of the school. was selected as one of the three finalists to represent Pune at the National Wiz Kids Competition to be held in Bangalore this November. Out of 60 students from various institutions of Pune, she emerged as one of the three winners. She was grilled in three rounds comprising of a written aptitude test, an interview round and interaction with a panel of judges. She did the school proud by not only being the youngest member of our team but also impressed the judges with her answers. Anusha Bothe of class IV was ranked among the 10 winners worldwide in a drawing competition on the theme “Water for all” which was adjudged by professionals from the Stockholm-based University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. The competition was part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of Swedish multi-national Atlas Copco AB, which runs a worldwide project – also dubbed “Water for all’ – to provide access to clean drinking water to people. She made the school proud by winning the under 8 category.
The School Moto that says “All round development of every child and make them responsible citizens” thereby holds true.

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