From the Principal's Desk
In these difficult times, I write to first and foremost, put you at ease by saying that “This too shall pass.”
The challenges that we are facing now, also bring with it—new beginnings. It encourages us to step out of our comfort zones, our sense of complacency, and go that extra mile to be a better version of ourselves. Boundaries and differences for the common man seem to have melted—as we strive to adapt, evolve and survive.
In the next few months, you will see a sea-change in the way schools will impart education to the children, changing patterns will emerge in parenting techniques too. I do expect this to be the norm.
At JML, the teachers are currently working round-the-clock to ensure that the online lessons run as seamlessly as possible. Given the kind of effort that they are putting into this, I can assure you that it will be the very best.
Life, almost always, plays out in the most unexpected ways, and I will tell you why.
Calcutta born and bred, I came to Bombay in 1994. My first job in Mumbai was at Jasudben M L School. Under the mentorship of Mrs. Kallolini Hazarat and Mrs. Asha Bhandari, I worked as a high school English teacher for 3 years. I then moved to The Cathedral and John Connon School, where I taught for 14 years in the high school, was the Head of the English Department, and finally became the Headmistress of the Middle School and worked in the same capacity for 8 years. After 22 long years, the Circle of Life has brought me back— to Jasudben once again—this time as Principal!
I look forward to working in the school once again, interacting with the children who are the heartbeats of the school, and taking the school ahead without looking back!
As Daisaku Ikeda points out “Hope is a decision”—I am confident that we will come out of this pandemic soon and will be able to hug each other and laugh like always!
Mrs. Damayanti Bhattacharya.
Creating a diversified learning environment
At Jasudben M. L. School, we follow the dynamic syllabus set by the CISCE Board, New Delhi. The board incorporates all elements of academic interests that cater to the challenging requirements of education in the 21st Century.
Our School has three sections, the Primary Section, the Secondary Section, and the Higher Secondary Section.
Over the decades we have built JML School into a prestigious institution by employing the best faculty and methodologies in education. With the latest in technology and teaching-learning aids, we ensure that our institution always has the best to offer to the student community.
Our Primary Section was started in 1979 by Dr. Madhuri Shah as ‘Bloomingdales’. Today, this section comprises Std. I – Std. IV
Our Secondary Section comprises the Middle School and Secondary School. Middle School spans Std. V – Std. VIII and Secondary School includes Std. IX and Std. X
Parents are an invaluable and integral part of our community, right from playschool all the way to higher secondary school.
They are our partners in teaching-learning not only as resource persons for special occasions but also in ensuring the success of our online classes during the unprecedented time of the pandemic.
We strongly believe that JML school is one of the top ICSE schools today, by virtue of the strong support from our parent community. This is an invaluable partnership that contributes to the making of a trusted institution based on the rock-solid foundation of values and tradition
Education with values
It was 1997, I was looking for a school for my elder daughter Nupur Raut. My neighbours suggested me to look at JML. The opinion was, it is a small school with good values. At the admission process, the warmth struck me. My daughter was not even asked her name. She was invited into Madam Hazarat’s room by calling out her name. The interview was more of an informal interaction to know each other better. Nupur got admission in the school and there was no looking back. Everyone from Madam Hazarat, the then principal Asha Bhandari Madam and all the teachers were so approachable. Education with values is what my daughter learnt. The school was so encouraging and supportive of all her extracurricular activities. Needless to say, I secured admission for my second daughter Natasha too in the same school. For Natasha also it was an amazing experience with the school focusing on an overall development. Apart from sports and other extracurricular activities the school encouraged Natasha to attend summer studies program in the US for which she was selected through the Asset examination. Our overall experience with school was very good. We will highly recommend the school.
Educate and Nurture
There is one school in Mumbai that quietly goes about what it is supposed to do…..educate and nurture, without shouting about its innumerable achievements from the rooftops. This is the culture and high standards set by the doyenne of education in India, Mrs. Madhuri Shah, who set up Jasudben M.L. School, and whose legacy has been carried forward impeccably by the President of its parent body, Gujarat Research Society, Smt. Kallolini Hazarat, and its lineage of illustrious Principals and Teachers.
Moulding my child's behaviour
This support from school has been crucial in moulding my child’s behaviour for better. I would like to share few instances like- if I get angry he one day all of a sudden said, “Mom, you are always in red zone.” I was like, what is that, I was curious to know. He told me all about it. In details and what each colour means. And I too started following that. Believe it or not I too improved along with him. He enjoys drama and SUPW more.
The school cares!
My wife and I are alumni of JML School and it was a no-brainer for us when a school had to be picked for our son. Aditya was never a fan of being left alone with strangers, so naturally, the preschool ruckus and flow of tears became a daily ritual. It worried us immensely and we imagined our little one sobbing all day at school. As if sensing our anxiety, we received an email from the school showing us, through videos, the kind of fun Aditya was having at school, he was playing with the toys and interacting with other kids. That was the time I was convinced that our child was in the right caring hands that moulded us to be what we are today. Ten years have gone by, two kids now in school – trophies won, exams dealt with and annual day lines recited with enthusiasm at home. We love the fact that the school cares! The after school clubs keep the boys interested and yes, they are encouraged to study music and play sport, but the care the school provides trumps all. Thanks JML and its incredible staff.
Vidya Sheelen Shobhate
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