Smitha Oommen, HOD of BJS2, Shares Her Experiences At Bethany
When I became a part of BJS II, we functioned out of 2 colourful, cosy houses. 3 & 4 year olds in one and 5 & 6 years olds in the others. It had its own set of stories!
Children (like puppies & flowers- for me) always brighten every corner they are in.
Since children deserve the best, the Bethany Management built a spacious and cosy, sun lit and bright building which brought together all the age groups under one roof. It was a delight to see the little babies interact with their seniors, although just a few inches taller. A five year old would say about a younger one “oh! How cute that baby is….”
At the beginning there was a challenge with our neighbours. In their expectation, a School would turn out to be a noisy and crowded experience in a calm locality like HSR. They, in an attempt to protect what was theirs in a long time, placed some difficult situations and decisions for the management to make. However, children continued to do their magic completely oblivious to these issues outside. Eventually the neighbour’s fears were put to rest. It remains a peaceful locality with a fully functional school.
In my experience, the rainbow in the sky, was to see the little ones feel safe and enjoy their learning at school – learning to use the stairway in respect for each other, working with materials in great awe, looking after plants in our terrace garden by speaking kind words as they poured water only to see baby Lady’s finger, Brinjal, Chillies and flowers budding out of their precious plants. So much magic all around – why waste time being unhappy!
It was heart-warming to see the Teachers being touched everyday by the innocence of these ‘little’ people. It is almost a chant every day, “How tiny Pranav was when he came! How he has grown! “What evolves through the year is a remarkable relationship between teacher and child, making the learning process fun and positive.
Tears roll down our eyes as we tell them, “Next year you will be in another Teachers care, but I love you and will miss you! You are now strong and smart! You can be everything you want to be”
It has been a happy place that means serious business!
– Smitha Oommen, HOD of BJS2