- Students and their parents should observe punctuality which is an important aspect of personality development.The children should be left in school fifteen minutes before class and should be picked up within fifteen minutes after class.If due to unforeseen circumstances a student cannot be picked up in time the teacher should be informed.The school authorities will not be responsible for students left in school much before/after school hours.
- Before coming to school,the child must be made to answer the call of nature,brush his/her teeth, bathe, eat a nutritious breakfast and be dressed neatly in simple and clean clothing. All seasonal clothing such as sweaters, scarves, raincoats etc. should have name tags or names embroidered on them.The school will not be responsible for the loss of any nameless articles.
- Parking inside the school compound or the approach road is not permitted.
- Honking near the school premises is not allowed.
- Children must not be sent to school with toys,money,ornaments etc.The school will not be responsible if any of these articles are lost.Fee money must not be given to children.
- If the parents wish to celebrate their child’s birthday at school,it can be previously arranged with the teachers.Pencils,erasers,balls,balloons etc may be distributed to the children.Only fruits (fresh and dry),grams,nuts & jaggery sweets are allowed.(see Birthday Notice)
- The lunch box of the child should be packed neatly and separately and should not be put with the school bag as it spoils the books.
- In order to preserve rapport between teacher and pupil observation and visits by parents/guardian during school hours are not allowed.Teachers are available for consultation once a month from 4-15 P.M to 5-00 P.M at ambawadi and twice a week from 3-15 P.M to 4-15 P.M at pritamnagar.
- Parents/guardians are requested not to consult any teachers during working hours.
- Complaints if any, must be clearly written and signed and presented to the vice principle.No oral complaints will be entertained.
- Children who are sick should not be sent to school.Children suffering from infectious diseases should not be sent to school,until they are completely cured and a doctor’s certificate is obtained.
- Parents/guardians must check the diary and sign daily.
- Students will not be permitted to leave the school premises during class,lunch or P.T hours,students will be severely dealt with if they disobey this rule.
Suspension and Dismissal:
A student is liable for dismissal if his/her conduct and moral behaviour are not upto the mark,or for any of the following defaults:
Stealing, smoking, use of drugs, disrespect, indiscipline, misguiding of and misbehaviour with co-students, constant and irregular attendance, unjustified absence for more than 10 days, habitual idleness, wrong practice during exams such as copying etc.
Tuition and coaching classes:
Private tuitions are discouraged both from a psychological and financial point of view.But group coaching can be arranged for students who require help in certain subjects.
These classes can be arranged only by prior sanction of the principal. Parents are forbidden to approach any teacher directly for tuitions.
(Read more in “Tuitions”).
Extra Curricular Activities:
Children are encouraged and given scope to develop their various talents,as this is an integral aspect of the all-round development of the child.
Periodic coaching is given in art,music, dancing, dramatics, sports,horse-riding,debates,cricket,karate,skating,dancing etc.The school has its own skating-rink at Ambawadi where trained coaches conduct skating classes regularly.
Anand Melas, excursions, tours, picnics etc.. are regularly planned and conducted and are a compulsory part of Amrit-Jyoti’s all around education.
Independance day, School’s Birthday, Teacher’s Day, Sports Day, etc.. are some major functions celebrated by the school.
At Amrit Jyoti the children are encouraged to learn with joy and enthusiasm using the latest western methods and materials and integrating them with Eastern wisdom. Special attention is paid to physical,intellectual,mental,social and spiritual needs of the children.Hence yogasans,Massaging,Horse Riding,Ayurved,cookery,meditation etc. are taught from a very young age.The school is not merely concerned with academics but with the overall development of the children.
A system of assessment has been devised to evaluate the total development of each child in all aspects. This assessment grade is achieved through a system which aims at minimizing ugly competition among children as well as among parents.As it is an allround grade it encourages children to develop in whatever field they have a special aptitude,while at the same time they are made aware and helped to come forward in whatever field or subject they are weak.
The promotions of each child is decided on the cumulative average of academic and extra-curricular activities as well as personality development as per the following tests and exams:
- 1st terminal exam
- 2nd terminal exam
- Weekly surprise tests / unit tests
- Home-work and class-work / assignments / projects / self-study / Internal Assessments
- Condition of text-books /school diary and note books
- Final examination
Each child’s progress is personally observed in academics, extra curricular activities and personality development by the teachers and presented to the parents / guardians in the form of report card.
Leave or Absence:
Students will not easily be granted leave for social occasions as they are “vidyarthis” and their primary duty is to study well.Parents may have to attend social occasions as they have to fulfil their duties as householders,but students do not always have to accompany them.In school they are taught to put in the ‘tapas’ of foregoing such occasions for their own bright future.As it is, the schools usually have three big vacations- Summer,Diwali and Christmas-plus all the other Bank and religious holidays and parents should plan their vacation to coincide with the school vacations.
- A student failing to be promoted will not be granted for the ensuring year,any concession in fees,and may even be advised to leave the school.If a student fails twice he/she will have to discontinue his/her studies in the school.
- Promotions refused will not be reconsidered.
- The decision of the school authorities regarding promotions is final,and shall be binding upon the parents.
Recommended Food List:
The aim of Amrit Jyoti School is to make the children healthy in body,mind and spirit.The last two are acquired through a good education.The health of the body can be improved and sustained by nutritious food.The parents are therefore asked to send the children with lunches which are high in nutrition.Fried foods,hot-foods and sweets must not be included in the children’s lunches, pickles, chutneys and pungent foods are not allowed.The following is a suggested list to help the parents pick out the best of foods:
- All kinds of nuts and seeds,Grams(chana),cashew nuts,walnuts,coconuts,sesame seeds etc.
- Fresh fruits, one fruit a day is compulsory.
- Dried fruits,(raisins,black currants, dates, figs,apricots etc.)
- Breads(baked brown bread, chappatis, parathas, rotis, bhakharis, made of wheat, bajra, maize or jawar)
- Pulses(Dals) & beans (boiled & sprouted)
- Popped rice(mamra), pawa(Flattened rice) popped grains such as corn,wheat,dhani etc.
- Cooked vegetables.
- Raw vegetables(tomatoes, cucumber, cauliflower etc.)These can sometimes be substituted for fruits.
- Milk,curd, butter, butter milk, are allowed Tea & coffee are not allowed.
- Sweets made with milk, jaggery,honey,brown sugar.
- Steamed foods such as dhokra, idli etc.
It has come to the attention of the school that inspite of the motto of the school, “Simple Living and High Thinking” some parents, in order to make a show of their wealth, have been celebrating their children’s birthday lavishly. A lot of money is spent on posh presents which end up as a double loss….. Waste of hard-earned money and spoiling the children. Giving and receiving presents is an adult idea as it amounts to the system of barter. In Gujarati it is called ‘VYAVHAR’ where presents received on an occasion are returned, as equally as possible to the party at the time of their occasion….. Marriage, birthday-party, etc. This is an adult practice and superimposition of this on little children, especially of pre-primary and lower primary-age children is not correct. Little children enjoy sweets, balloons, games, shows which are usually arranged at parties, and hence they do not hanker after some other presents. If we as adults condition them to the fact that we should be greedy over and above the enjoyment, we should also expect presents then it is our mistaken thinking. We have no right to impose wrong ideas on our little ones.
The innocence of childhood seeks only simple pleasures- a ball, a flower, a smooth stone, a colourful leaf, a puppy or a kitten playing, a colourful scarf or a handkerchief, etc. which gives hours of happiness to little ones. The adult mentality of imposing monetary value on these things is very wrong. It amounts to snatching away their childhood which should be carefree and full of fun and frolic.
We do expect, from the highly enlightened parent-body of Amrit-Jyoti, full Co-operation in this matter of re-establishing the innocent joys of childhood and abolishing the commercial presents exchange system.
A lot has been written recently about the benefits of cotton clothing especially for little children. Cotton clothing is cool, comfortable and light, and more healthy and hygienic as it absorbs perspiration. Hence children should be sent with colourful cotton clothes.
Again, a lot of research has come out regarding the il leffects of mixed fabrics such as polyester, terene, terrylene,Nylon etc. all of which have a very bad effect on the sensitive skins of little children. Rashes, eczemas, allergies and skin-irritations have often been attributed to mixed fabric clothes.
Stone washed jeans too have been proven to be harmful to children’s skin for three reasons: Firstly, the dye used in jeans is so harmful that even when it is thrown out in the rivers in a diluted form, it has been known to kill fish and other water life.
Secondly, such clothing is so tight that it does not permit free breathing causing a lot of harm to the delicate skins of little ones.
Thirdly, such fabrics are so closely woven and hence are so thick that they do not allow any circulation of air .Little children need thin and light clothing for free and easy movement.
Hence parents should avoid such hazardous clothing for their little ones so that they may feel cool and comfortable and remain healthy.
Simple Living and High Thinking:
It has come to our attention that some parents have been sending their daughters with heavy gold or diamond ear-rings . A couple of times girls have been sent with long dangling ear-ring with the result that once or twice their ear-rings got caught in another child’s clothing and the child’s ear were saved because of the teacher’s alertness and the presence of mind.Secondly, as these are rough times, it is to be expected that thefts, kidnapping and holding children at ransom may increase, hence the school authorities have decided that no girl students will be allowed to come to school with fancy diamond or heavy gold ear-rings and other ornaments. Gold finger-rings and gold bangles will not be permitted at all. Silver anklets and real necklace too will not be allowed.
Pre-Primary girls and lower primary (1-4) girls are allowed to wear gold buttons (tops) admeasuring 0.2 to 0.3 centimetres in diameter. Higher Primary and High school girls (stds. 5 to 10) will be allowed gold tops admeasuring 0.3 to 0.6 centimetres. Small gold wire ear-ring too are permitted as long as they are short.
Amrit Jyoti parents are reminded of the fact that “Simple Living and High Thinking” is being taught to the students right from the nursery class. If students are made to realise that virtues (such as Honesty, Justice-orientation, Kindness, Truthfulness, integrity, hard work etc.) are the true ornaments and no other decoration is needed if students have the above, then we as educationalists and you as parents would have truly taught the children the right value system.
We solicit your co-operation in this serious matter of teaching high values to the students.
Some parents are in the habit of approaching the teachers of the school directly for private tuitions. This is very wrong practice and the school authorities will take strict action against the parents and the teachers alike.
From the very beginning, at the time of admission,the parents are informed that in this school tuitions are neither allowed nor encouraged. Inspite of this, if a student is found weak, the parents can approach the authorities and if possible, some arrangement for group coaching can be made. In this way neither the teacher nor the parents are exploited. The fees are moderate enough for each parent to be able to afford and the students study happily in small groups. The school authorities too can keep an eye on the student’s progress.
A few parents cannot be permitted to spoil the whole academic environment. They will have to understand that one to one ratio is not always the best thing for a child. Being social beings students always love to study with their peer group. Besides private tuitions breed the possibilities of such unhealthy trends as partiality, leaking of papers etc., which we at Amrit Jyoti wish to avoid at all costs.
Amrit -Jyoti parents will have to help the school in avoiding the tuition-racket which has grown out of proportion in many schools. The school will be more than happy to help you out, if you have any problems.
All those who have opted for skating as an activity should bring their skates regularly on their activity days.
If the parents want to deposit the skates in the lockers provided by the school, they will have to get the student’s name embossed on the skates and put them in a cloth bag.
School will not be responsible for any complaints regarding loss of skates, if they are not deposited in the school lockers. Please submit the skates within a week.
Hand writing is indeed a vital and important tool in the hands of students. A note-book or an answer-paper written in clear, lucid, legible and good writing attracts and pleases the examiner. On the other hand an untidy, badly-written unclear paper, inspite of good contents, puts off the examiner who may find, it very difficult to decipher, such terrible writing.
So as good parents you should insist that your child writes one page daily in the languages (English, Gujarati, Hindi) in which your child’s writing is not so good. This practice will pay high dividends in your child’s result.
Dignity of labour:
Dignity of labour was emphasized and practised by the Father of our Nation “Gandhiji” , It has been found that this practice is not followed by many of us these days.
Since Amrit-Jyoti believes in keeping up high values, we train our students to practise dignity of labour, Duties will be given to your child after school hours on rotation basis for 15 days for 15 min. Parents are requested to co-operate with the school & inform the rickshawalas, 15 days schedule will be given to the students in their diaries.
Counting on Fingers:
This is to inform you that students should not count on the fingers for addition, subtraction etc. It is an easy and lazy way which does not allow the students to naturally memorize the combinations of addition and subtraction. Students are taught to work them out with objects and materials many many times over. So as to have clear concepts of the same . By repeated activity, children learn to commit the combinations to memory spontaneously. Then mental Calculations are easy and will help the students in difficult mathematical exercises in future.