The school started with 35 students and a Jr. KG class. The 1st teacher of the school was Mrs. Ulka Bhave [who is now the Chief Education Officer]. The first student to enroll was Pranjal Ajit Chakradeo. The premises were kindly made available by Mr. Dadasaheb Navare, in his building.
We always wanted to have our students, bigger classrooms, bigger & separate playgrounds for each sport [like athletics, kho-kho, kabaddi etc] and were looking for bigger premises. We had taken around 1 acre of land from Gogras Bhiksha Seva Sangh, Mumbai at Sonarpada. However, our survey showed, air pollution & water shortage in the area and we surrendered the leased land.
The premises at Manpada village were taken up for its isolation from the crowded city area, natural surroundings, pollution-free and future growth of the School. Today, the school has nearly 4 acres of land, surrounded by trees planted by the students.
The Pre school [Preparing for the school] division [Jr.KG / Sr.KG] works on ‘Alternate Day Learning System’. Jr.KG classes are conducted on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. Whereas, Monday / Wednesday / Friday are meant for Sr.KG.
At Pre-School level, the emphasis is on ‘learning by understanding!’ This is done with the help of series of activities. These activities are designed in such a way that a child can develop his / her motor skills, muscles and so on. Pre school division has four divisions [each] and the divisions are named after our ancient childhood idols like Aruni, Bharat, Chilaya, and Dhruva. Each classroom has a tailor made furniture for tiny trots. The Pre School classrooms and surrounding areas have various paintings depicting our festivals.
These kids are also taught ‘correct’ toilet & eating habits. Alternate Day Learning Systems help kids to have more ‘orientation’ time for his/her studies, repeating activities at home. Each preschool division of 50 students gets the benefit of having 2 Counselors for the duration of their class.
Open House System: The school has an ‘Open House’ on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month. The parents visit the school on these days and have discussions with the teachers, Headmistress etc. The transport is made available to the parents.
Individual birthday celebrations
are prohibited in the school. The birthday is celebrated according to the
Indian culture. ‘Aukshan’ is done by the class-teacher
and classmates wish the ‘birthday child’ with typical Vidya
Niketan Shloka. A greeting card is given to the ‘birthday child’
signed by the teacher & H.M. There is no relaxation in Uniform on birthdays
and no birthday distributions are allowed.