I called up St Arnolds which is CBSE and will be a damn good school right under the nose of Bishops, but was told that only elder one will get admission as no seat in UKg for younger one!
So I started to check out the school that I always wished to put my kids into, Aman Setu. So last friday my family started on school visit of Aman Setu. I was always pro, but this time my husband too was very impressed by the class rooms, methodologies and the concept. Ony thing that bothered us the board. Aman Setu follows ICSE board. We are both from CBSE, hence we prefer it over any other board. But we took the form and all set to meet Mrs Madhavi Kapur the next evening at koregaon park.
Then while we were coming out of the school, we saw a board of Mount St Patrick school, which is again ICSE. We went to the school but even though the whole area is huge something was missing. Again the UKg was full here too. I was wondering what was wrong in this school, when my husband commented, the school management seems very careless. They have left the development and maintenance to someone careless. The whole premise was dirty, the ground was still not cleared of the big and small stones which have to be excavated and turned out. When kids fall the ground should be soft not hard and full of dangerously protruding stones. The teacher stopped us from seeing the classrooms too. So Mount St Patrick was out of the list. 🙂 I didn’t even feel like asking them about the fee.
As we were driving out of the lane, I remembered Vikhe Patil Memorial School, Lohegaon. I have known it’s SP road branch to be excellent in academics and activities. My husband was reluctant as in the hot day that place looks like a desert with stones and fields all around ! But since it was visible at a distance, we drove up the mountain. It’s a 2 km from Mount St Patrick school and adjacent to Diamond water Park. Infact the blue water slides are very visible from the school!
The area of the school is huge, nothings less than 10 acres I think. There are lot of structures that is coming up in the premise. The last building is the place where the current classes are being held. This building is teacher’s accommodation only! Wow, that was a pleasant information. Any school that takes good care of their teachers are seriously thinking of good uninterrupted education, right?
The office was in a temporary room which I guess will become the reception cum dining area of the teacher’s quarter. The Principal Mrs Mrinalini Bhosale was assisted by her colleague. Both were extremely soft spoken and no hassle ladies. The principal explained the queries about the school and fees etc. I asked her about the activities that are always shown on VPMS site and she confirmed to them. It seems that VPMS encourages parents to participate in the efficient school management by forming committees of parents and teachers. They have a 50% women in each committee as a rule. Also one SC seat. The management also encourages parents to form groups and handle sports and non academic activities. That is the reason why students from VPMS are participating in so many activities and winning trophies :).
The teachers were ok and need loads of training, which I am sure will and should happen if VPMS wants to come up as a good school. The crowd is also not very hoity toity but normal like me and my family.
The school timing is 8:30 am – 2:30pm .
The school fee is Rs 30,000 for LKg and UKg and Rs 35000 for std 1 – std 5. Currently they are taking kids only uptil 5th std. There is no donation either above or below the table :D.
There is a school bus too which is around Rs 1200/- for Kalyani Nagar. Shorter distance will be smaller fee.
There is compulsory one of the 4 activities that kids have to take part every day. Skating, Karate, Music and Dance.
The other activities will begin after the entire junior and senior wings and the management research school building are done. That may take two years. There is a plan of huge amphitheater and audio visual hall. Indoor badminton, football, basketball, cricket etc will wait till the entire structure is done. But the good thing is that I checked out their architectural plan in detail which is stuck on a board and seemed to be following the blueprint by ink.
The junior wing is by itself as big as one independent school. And the senior wing is amazingly huge and longish.
They are coming up with a Research wing too.
One important fact was that the school was far from the civilization. Medical and first needs is my big concern. They are hiring a full time nurse for that same purpose. That was a relief. Suraksha Hospital (Accident and Life care) which is right in front of the Hadapsar, Nagar road by pass is approx. 8 min from the school. I think after the road is done this should reduce to 5 min. I will hunt for more hospitals and clinics when my kids start going there.
Also the stationary and uniform are distributed in the school.
Food is also served in the school but at an extra fee which I forgot to ask. I don’t think I want to avail that facility as I prefer packing their lunch myself.
The school is around 20 min from Kalyani nagar with more than 3 routes. The area is extremely safe as it fall in the Air Force zone and under surveillance 24 hours. The approach road after hitting Wagholi area is pretty raw and let me warn all those who are going by small cars, drive slow. After Aman Setu the road to the VPMS is very poky and preferably use SUV. Or atleast make sure the tyres are filled with optimum air. :). Keep a spare tyre
The school admission are open and the form can be downloaded from www.vpmslohegaon.org or here.VPMS-AdmissionForm
Now for the savings.
DPS development fee Rs 65000 /- officially .;)
St Mary’s definitely was cheapest but was not suitable for overall development of kids. I would rather have a happy living kid than an intelligent pseudo successful kid. Hence the biggest saving was two innocent lives going into stressed out rat race.
I know there are a lot of parents who are going crazy after the brand names. But having been there and done that, I guess, I know more about the inside of a few schools in Pune. A lot of parents have written that they cannot write or do not have that much courage to write. I do not blame anyone. It’s not wise to write when your kid is in the school, it’s better to solve that problem if possible. I always want to help the schools in which my kids study, as any positive change in the school will mean an indirect change in their my kids lives. But if a school resorts to corrupt practices, you got to be very careful.
I will write more on DPS and St Mary’s later as I want this to be a positive review of Vikhe Patil Memorial School.
So let me end the review by giving you one very positive fact that was the deciding factor of my selecting VPMS.
Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation has been running successfully
- MBA (Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development),
- MBBS (Pravara Center for Medical Sciences)
- Center for Management Research and Development, Pune
- Management (Pravara Centre for Management Research and Development),
- Pravara Institute of Research and Education in Natural and Social Sciences (PIRENS), Loni,
- Institute of Business Management and Administration (IBMA), Loni,
- College of Engineering, Ahmednagar,
- Center for Management Research and Rural Development, Ahmednagar,
- Rural Medical College, Loni ( Post graduate level medical school)
- Rural Dental College, Loni (Post graduate level dental school)
- College of Physiotherapy, Loni
- College of Nursing, Loni
- Center for Biotechnology, Loni
- Center for Social Medicine, Loni
- Dr. Vikhe Patil Foundation, Pune
When I saw these many other professional institutes run by Dr Vikhe Patil Foundation, I was mentally assured, that if my kids do wish to take up any of these professional courses, I know who will give then an open invitation. 😀
Also now school will be CBSE International !
This is review of Lohegaon branch and in no way should be compared with SB road branch.
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