Alka Arvind Kumar (third from right) releases the event calendar of Valley View School on Thursday. (Bhola Prasad)
In the summer of 1989, Valley View School started its classes with only 100 students at two TRF quarters in Telco, Jamshedpur. Twenty-five years down the line, the student strength has swelled to 1,842.
The CBSE-affiliated cradle, which will celebrate its silver jubilee on Saturday, is ready with an array of events and amenities to mark the occasion.
Besides the usual cultural programme, the school is taking this opportunity to develop the infrastructure for the welfare of the students.
On Saturday, the school will release three silver jubilee special items — a logo, the school magazine and a newly designed diary.
Besides, the cradle will soon boast an AC library for senior students. There will be seven extra classrooms and intercom facility for better communication on campus.
Given the special occasion, the cradle has also tied up with CurioKidz, a Chennai-based company that trains teachers on science pedagogy.
Besides, the school will also have an English language laboratory where students from Classes I to V will learn phonetics and hone their reading, speaking and writing skills in the Queen’s language.
Valley View School will be the third cradle across the steel city to have such a language lab. As of now, it exists only in Loyola School and Vidya Bharti Chinmaya Vidyalaya.
“When we started, we had only six teachers and about 100 students. It feels great to come such a long way,” said principal Alka Arvind Kumar.
The school received the CBSE affiliation in 1996 and the first batch of Class X appeared for the board exam in 2000. The affiliation for Plus Two came in 2005 and the first batch to sit for the exams was in 2007.
“We have planned a host of things to celebrate the year but the best gift is certainly the new facilities that will come up for the students,” Kumar signed off.