Vidya Pratishthan Magarpatta City School Pune, Hadapsar - Review
By Madhurie Singh, December 16, 2009
Magarpatta City School is fully know as Vidya Pratishthan Magarpatta City School.
That’s one big name for a school.
Well since it was on public demand last week to be reviewed, I checked it out yesterday and was quite impressed by the school, I must say. 🙂
Magarpatta itself is one feast to the eyes. After entering the area, I always feel like I am in a different city, not Pune.
Mr Magar has very well utilized not only the funds but also the layout is world class, with all basic amenities one can need within near vicinity. I once had the opportunity to attend my favourite Gazal singer Pankaj Udhaas there.
Coming back to the amenities, needless to say, school is a necessity which is very well taken care of in this township at Hadapsar, Pune. There is a pre-primary section of the Magarpatta City school which caters to the Nursery, LKg and UKg. As expected this section is vibrant with lovely colorful animal pictures. The school is in a corner of a lane thus making sure there will not be any traffic hazard to the toddlers.
This is the first pre-primary or playschool till now which I have seen to have such a huge gate. I appreciate any design and architects who think of the safety for the kids and old even in the most forgetful area. There is a small waiting place too with a shade for parents who come to pick up their kids. I happened to meet a few parents and chatted with them. They are the best source of genuine information. The watchman was also very kind and shared a few information on the date of admission. 🙂 There are three sections in Nursery with a class strength of 40 each. That 120 kids admitted to the school every year. These kids when come to 1st std go to another school which is the Primary section of Magarpatta School. The school has a huge structure like the ones in my times. There is a big playground, a lovely big play area for small children, a swimming pool, basketball ground. Now that’s what I call a complete school. The look and feel of the school is like a good, traditional school with no nonsense happening. I had to talk my way to meet the admin as there is a strict no entry of any outsider or parents within the school premises.
Thankfully I could meet up with an admin officer there. They have a policy of no talking or sharing of any information to anyone about the school! Well when the school’s chairman is Sharad Pawar, there’;s nothing much one should question. (I find it strange that a school whose chairman is Mr Pawar is named something else, whereas a school which has no visible connection with him is named Sharad Pawar International School!). But no one answered this query.:(
So it was pretty difficult but still I managed to get some important details.
The school follows ICSE board.
Their timings are as follows:
Nursery : 8:30 – 11:30 am
LKg / UKg : 8:30 – 12:30 pm
I std – Xth Std : 8:40 am – 3:30 pm
The fee for the senior wing is Rs 25000/- annum.
I am assuming for Pre-primary it would be between Rs 20000/- Rs 22000/- annum. Which is pretty same as other branded schools. An expense of Rs 2000/- on books and uniform is also needed.
The school has no homework policy. How I wish I was in Magarpatta city ! All the parents seemed extremely happy with the school. One parent was happy that since the school takes care of all doubts within the school, there is no need for any tuition after school. Taking tuitions has become the need of a few very good schools like Bishops. And the strange thing is that the same teachers who take classes in the school are making kids take tuition classes. I think this topic needs a separate post.
This 7 year old school encourages extra curricular activities right from Nursery.
A parent was very proudly mentioning her daughter’s gold medal for painting in LKg :). How sweet 🙂 !
The school does have its school buses too.
The principal Mr Baruch seems to be a friendly and helpful gentleman, who has maintained a no hierarchy when it comes to any parent meeting him for any concern. Any one can directly approach him and talk to him at any time. This kind of system always works well for the parents, if not for the teachers. I still very vividly remember, a parent complaining about a teacher to the principal of my school NPS in Bangalore. Within a few minutes the teacher was pulled up by the principal in front of the passing assembly!
The admission for the Nursery class will be starting in 1-2 week of Jan . The forms will cost Rs 500/- For all other classes admission will be in April. Registration for the admission test will be in May. The timetable for the test will be given in May two weeks before.
The age criteria for Nursery should be 2.5 years to 3.5 years on the last day of June .
There will be an oral interaction in a fun way with the kids where similar questions will be asked as mentioned in my earlier post on Interview Questions. There is NO parent interview for this school! Everything is wonderful, but there has to be a hiccup when things are so good, isnt it? Well, the hiccup here is that the school’s first preference is to those living within Magarpatta city. Now that’s not all, even if you live there, you don’t have a chance, unless you own a flat there ! So tenants there have to be on the waiting list forever as every year the citizens of Magarpatta are taking care of the 120 seats of Nursery on their own with no help from tenants or outsiders. 😀 So all those who were hoping for Magarpatta City school, better look at other schools. For those who are the owners of any flats there, you got a great school right at your doorstep!
Remember one thing, do go and check the school to feel if the parents are similar in profession as yours.