By Madhurie Singh, November 09, 2009

Excellent school is all I can keep repeating about this school. From the dynamic principal to the dedicated teachers to the superb management, I am always marketing DPS, pune as my own school .

The Principal, Mrs Neelam Chakraborty is an amazing lady. The way she handles the school premises, kids and teachers and staff id awesome. I alway strongly believe the leader has to dynamic, the rest will follow on it ‘s own. She seems to be thinking always for the betterment of the school. It’s the best one can expect out of a great school. When a principal stops thinking, s/he stops applying the brains and then follows a stagnation in all school policies. She thinks when others have given up. She will come up with brilliant ideas to handle any situation that others will have to appreciate with a gaping mouth!

Just this saturday, I was called for a PT meet. Obviously there were hundreds of parents driving down to the school. Normally, parking is left to a parent’s discretion. It may seem inconsequential but if it’s handled as beautifully as DPS, one has to sit up and notice it.

When I tried to park in front of the school, I was told the DPS parking for saturday was diverted elsewhere. I took a u turn and was directed inside a lane near the school, which took us to the parking area of Corinthian Club. Wow, early morning when my eyes got a feast of beautiful landscape with roman structures I was thrilled. I have a soft corner for Corinthian club as we had celebrated both our sons’ first birthday parties there, with the entire office and friends. On the way I had asked a driver who was showing the way in, if we have to walk down all the way to the school ! He had smiled and nodded his head. After parking my car I was again escorted by another driver who took me to the bus which was ready to leave for the school. Once done with my meeting, I was again politely escorted to the waiting bus which took me back to the club! Isn’t that a well thought out and planned handling ? I must credit the colonel also who is very efficiently managing the school administration.

Once in the school, there was this beautiful display of books from Scholastic Books. I selected books worth Rs 4000/- but was disappointed that they did not take credit card. But again, the school came to my rescue. They book store agreed to drop these books to my home the same evening. They were willing to accept a cheque. 🙂 Once done with my shopping I went to meet the Nursery D class teacher.

The class teacher of Nursery Ms Mehak was looking as fresh and pretty as a morning glory. I love people who are always smiling. I dunno how many are aware of the scientific correlation between a smiling face and a fruitful positive day ahead! The smile makes our brain be relaxed and stress free. And obviously when the brain is happy, the process of thinking and decision making is also flawless. So that ensures a beautiful positive day ahead.

I was 30 min early (for a change), yet she was sweet and met me. We talked about my son’s progress. I am a very cool mom, so I don not bother teachers with useless queries about my son or compare or even ask what is his position in the class. I believe that if there is something that’s not going as per the teacher’s expectation, she will tell me. Teachers in Kider Brook used to tell me, that I am the coolest mom they have met. But they also know that in times of stepping in I will preempt and take the much needed action before any one asked me. She also mentioned how the school was taking extra steps and getting ready for the winter wave of Swine Flu. I had to tell her, that, my son follows her instructions and if not told, he will not be ready to do his homework. 😛

I must tell you that Mehak Mam’ has been quite concerned for my son, when I had decided to not send him for two months due to swine flu situation and a careless mom continued sending her sick child in the same school bus. She would call up every fortnight and enquire as to when he would be joining back and give me all the worksheets. Now that’s what I call a caring and sensitive teacher! I have no idea how many teachers make any effort to call up a child’s parent to enquire about his well being. I must mention that even my older son’s teacher Mrs Rege in ST Mary’s Boys, has been very sweet and caring to enquire about his health when he could not give his last two papers of half yearly. I think such small actions makes us parent feel that our kids our in the safe and loving hands.

A few parents have asked me about DPS school being strict. Well, all schools have to be strict, if the kids have to be disciplined. Teaching two kids is such a tough task at home, and we parents do not think twice if we have to be strict. I do not believe in sparing the rod, I would rather use it as there are times when it’s the only thing that may make sense. So when it comes to a school being strict, I am perfectly fine with a strict teacher in DPS or in any school. There was a rumor that a teacher in DPS had used a stick on a child. Let me take this forum to rubbish it right away!. I know the kid, the parents and the whole incident that was blown out of proportion and it does not deserve any more space than this much. Period.

The latest I know of other details of the DPS admission is as follows:

Online forms – 9th – 18th Nov. Rs 500/- + Rs 700/-
Submission of the form – latest by 2:00 pm 18th Nov 2009.
An attested birth certificate of the child is must while submission of the admission form.
The age criteria is very crucial and last year a friend’s son who was younger by 10 days was not allowed submission of the form.
The form submission takes half the day so be prepared with food. Since the whole process is first come first serve basis, kindly make sure you be there early.
Admission fee Rs 57500/- ( only Rs 5000/- refundable) and Rs 2900/- monthly fee which will be paid through ECS.
Buses ply even till Aundh. For far off places, school bus is must.

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