A new school of thought

Three laboratories for three subjects, sprawling acres for sports, soothing indoor decor and much more - the new school in town is definitely one to look out for.

By Showli Chakraborty
  • Published 12.05.15
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The Newtown School

Three laboratories for three subjects, sprawling acres for sports, soothing indoor decor and much more - the new school in town is definitely one to look out for.

An initiative of Savitri Education Foundation, The Newtown School opened its doors to students from Nursery to Class VIII recently. It follows the CBSE curriculum and each class has eight sections with 30 students on rolls.

The school has a robotics laboratory to help its students discover the secrets of mechanical engineering, a maths lab to help them find solutions to the toughest of problems and even an English lab to brush up on their language skills.

Students interested in sports are spoilt for choice - an indoor badminton court, a state-of-art equipment for foosball and squash and a sprawling basketball turf. There are activity rooms for sculpture, yoga, dance and instrumental music as well.

The school is the first in the city to be registered with the Indian Green Building Council and boasts an impressive decor with indoor plants and colourful climbers. A sewerage treatment plant, an LED lighting system, a green-compliant rooftop flooring and eco-friendly paint on the walls make for a green school, in the truest sense of the term.

"We want parents to know that their children are in able hands. We want them to cooperate with us as well. The idea is to be innovative and keep upgrading our academic facilities. We want our students to grow up to be astute learners and good human beings," said Malini Bhagat, director, academics.

There will be 24-hour CCTV surveillance in classrooms, corridors and office areas. All school buses will be Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled.

"We are proud of the infrastructure. Several parents who came for the inauguration said they were happy with the arrangements," said principal Satabdi Goswami Bhattacharjee.

The school has strived to blend traditional teaching methods with new-age techniques. "We have smart classes with boards and a library with a rich collection of books. We want the children to decide for themselves what they like most," said Smaranika Tripathy, counsellor. There are separate libraries for the junior and senior sections. There will also be a reading programme featuring sessions and workshops for students and teachers.

Debashis Sen, the chairman of Hidco, and J.C. Chaudhry, the national head of Akash Institute, were the chief guests at the inauguration. "The school's infrastructure will impress many people," said Sen.

Founder-directors Sunil Agarwal and Sanjay Khemka said, "Children need guidance. At the same time, they need freedom. Once they have an idea of who they are, they will automatically begin to work for the better. This is a proven fact by education scientists."