We are all familiar with the phrase, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Slogging away by cramming information into the tired brain does not necessarily produce the academic results expected and certainly does not allow for holistic development of a student. The residential school experience is one in which the balance between studying and exploring co-curricular areas of education is emphasised, as students are encouraged to diversify and get a taste of a wide range of activities.
Of course, parents wish to offer the widest possible range of childhood experiences to their child but are restricted by the availability of facilities in their area. In a high quality residential school, the students can try out activities to develop their interests. This can be chess or carrom-board in the common room with friends or, as in some schools, horse-riding, specialist musical instrument lessons or digital photography. Even open spaces to explore, observe nature and breathe fresh air are a big draw for many parents concerned about the increasing pollution levels and their children's relationship with their environment.
The obvious benefit of a residential school is that students get to maximise the time available, without having to spend a lot of time travelling during the day. A well-equipped school may boast of an extensive range of sporting facilities which includes world-class playing fields and swimming pools. These features may not be available for the day scholars. Having on-campus specialist training staff means that early morning and late evening music practice sessions, sporting activities and dance rehearsals can easily be arranged. Most residential schools also have a 'house system' or a similar one in which students are vertically grouped across their age groups. Many activities take place which allow the students to develop a sense of allegiance and loyalty to the group. Competitions and in-house entertainment events give students the platform to showcase their talent and bring glory to their house. These performances help them to develop their leadership and team skills.
An Unforgettable Experience for Students
Although a product of a by-gone era, residential schools allow students to develop the all-essential personality skills which are required for youngsters looking to establish themselves into an unknown future. Opportunities are abound to hone skills such as communication, problem-solving and creativity which are now considered vital in the ever-changing modern world. Boarding school students are able to think independently and manage themselves in various situations. This attribute is highly essential for the present day scholars. The boarding school experience is one that students will constantly remember and draw upon throughout their lives, even if they just had the opportunity to experience it only for a short duration. As they say, life-long friendships and fond memories are etched in the mind forever.
An alumnus from the prestigious London School of Economics, he has prior experience working at Unilever. Under his tutelage, Taurian Group has expanded its vision by launching several international schools all across India. An avid visionary in the field of education, he also has plans regarding diversifying their educational philosophy throughout the world.