Dr. Venunadhan B. Pillai
The Pre-primary and Primary years are formative and seminal, middle years are time for augmentation, confrontation and innovation and secondary years are preparation for life and higher education. At Bodhi, we persuade and prepare students to partake fully, encourage them to take risks, convince them to be self-advocates, and induce to create lasting reminiscences and relationships with peers and staff. It is an honour and singular privilege to be the principal of such an electrifying and vibrant school and to work in the inimitable and beautiful Blue City. The culture of Jodhpur is indeed unique; I should be a robot not to fall in love with it!
It is our goal to provide an inspiring, enriching, engaging, appealing and challenging curriculum that will prepare pupils for achievement and accomplishment while at Bodhi and for the years that ensue throughout their lives. Ours is an active learning school where each learner participates in the learning processes and teachers remain facilitators. We do not believe in teaching for examinations alone but providing them with required skills and knowledge for life; good examination results will be a natural culmination. Parents, teachers and pupils themselves play a pivotal role in helping the children achieve their utmost potential. Students, therefore, are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources and opportunities available to them such as the library, computer lab, team building activities, sporting and athletic offerings. Parents are encouraged to check academic progress of their children regularly via our parent portal and can access information about school events on our website.
We believe that “Creativity is as important as Literacy and we should treat it with the same status”. (Sir Ken Robinson). Sir Robinson narrated a beautiful anecdote about creativity. A little girl was drawing a picture at the back of the class. The teacher asked her what she was drawing. She answered that she was drawing the picture of God. The teacher said, “No one has ever seen God”. The little girl replied quickly, “They will, in a minute”. What a creative answer! Usually creativity of the children is ignored but we nurture it at Bodhi. Bodhians get ample opportunities for developing latent talents; art, craft, music, dance, robotics, enactment of classics etc., to name a few, are daily routine for Bodhians.
Bodhi’s internationally minded education provides pupils with the prospects to widen critical thinking about intricate global issues inside and outside the classroom. This is something that learners of all ages need, for even young children encounter with the contentious issues of our time through the media and modern communications technology. Far from endorsing one set of solutions, an internationally minded education promotes children to explore, develop and express their own values and opinions without fear or favour, whilst listening to and respecting other peoples’ points of view. We try to promote internationalism by teaching a modern foreign language and by providing opportunities, intercultural understanding, skills and knowledge to participate in an increasingly global society. We have arrangements and are continuously making arrangements with schools and organisations across the world and through our affiliations with organisations. Students can attend local and international conferences and organise exchanges. Regular sporting, language, service and cultural trips are organised across the world, further encouraging students to gain a greater perceptive of the world around them.
Life is not always about successes; there can be lot adversities. Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure conquer them and drain their steadfastness, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Some of the factors that make someone resilient are a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Resilient people are able to see the brighter side even at failures. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on. Social and emotional development and a good degree of emotional intelligence are essential for this; to rise from failures like a phoenix. (In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that was cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtained new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.) We want our children to be resilient and rise from the ashes of their failures. Our regular meditation programme, Anapansati, before the commencement of the classes, and specially defined trans-disciplinary approach in values education programme endow our children with excellent prospects for enhancing emotional and social intelligence. (Teachers are encouraged to find opportunities to discuss success, failure, achievement, independence, leadership, self advocacy, respect, friendship, kindness, honesty, integrity, truthfulness, moral values and ethics etc within their curriculum areas without compromising the curricular goals.) The EQ or emotional quotient and the degree of resilience will be high in Bodhains.
As the old adage goes, “All work and no Play makes Jack a Dull boy”. The present day students, in pursuit of their chosen career, that also mostly is decided because of family, social and peer pressure, without considering the real talent, do not have time to play. It has been in the oblivion that academic learning and sports education complement each other. Sports not only teaches to maintain the physical stamina, it also teaches obedience, discipline, the determination to win, willpower, leadership, the spirit of sharing, team spirit, tolerance etc. Therefore, if sports education is carried out with good academic curriculum, the overall personality of the student is enhanced to an appealing extent. Sports is not an extracurricular activity for Bodhians, it is a curricular activity well embedded in the curriculum. They play their chosen sports every day. Currently we have a mini Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts, basket ball courts, football field, skating rink and squash courts. More facilities are in the pipeline. So, a Bodhian will always have “a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body”.
Active and dynamic parent involvement is also essential to our accomplishments. We hold regular parent meetings and Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences. Teachers provide a nurturing environment in which our children can learn, take risks, and thrive. Their work, in partnership with our parent community, has and will continue to support us to fulfil our vision.