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Pimpri school sets a ‘healthy’ example

Away from what children describe as academic boredom,G G International School (GGIS),located at Vallabhnagar in Pimpri,has come up with novel initiative: the school starts with children taking to the playground.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune |
July 14, 2011 3:38:42 am

GGI school is the only school in Pimpri-Chinchwad which starts the day with sports

Away from what children describe as academic boredom,G G International School (GGIS),located at Vallabhnagar in Pimpri,has come up with novel initiative: the school starts with children taking to the playground. This concept has been alien among schools in the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad. Schools in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Khadki have a long tradition of starting as early as 7.30 am,but G G International school has clearly stolen a march.

“The G G International School starts at 7.30 am,but after the morning assembly,children waste no time in taking to the field. Our sporting activity starts at 8.05 am to 8.55 am. We give lot of importance to health of our students,and sports is the best way to keep them healthy,” says school director Sonu Gupta. The school,which comes under the CBSE board,has a strength of 1,200 students. Since not all students can be accommodated on the playground,senior students from Class V onwards are first given an opportunity at 8 am to start playing the sport of their choice. After that,the younger of the lot get a chance to exploits their skills.

The students attend structured coaching sessions of football,taekwondo,basketball,table tennis,yoga,music – Indian classical and instrumental (Tabla) / Western Vocal and Instrumental (Guitar and Keyboard),fine arts,cricket,skating and the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) for the first 50 minutes of their day in school in two batches. There are separate venues and coaches for each discipline and the progress is monitored by the Principal Shubha Gill and the dean Murad Sarfraz on a daily basis. The coaches have theory classes for their disciplines whenever the rains prevent usage of the fields. “In order to ensure that Gen X is working a sweat as well their grey cells,a unique program has been introduced in GGIS this year. The day starts with the usual assembly for all students and then students are off for their zero periods in which a monitored program ensures that the eight intelligences are catered to as per Howard Gardener’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” said Gill.

The principal says no child is forced take up any particular sport. “Students with special abilities are kept engaged within the classrooms during this hour with their teachers/school counsellor. For those who haven’t completed their assignments/projects,deprivation of their zero periods is more than effective to get the job done,” she said.

Vedant Kishore Shirke,a class II student,says he loves going to school every day because the school allows him to play first up in the morning. “I rarely bunk school. I enjoy playing in the morning ,” he says. His father,Kishore Shirke,says,”I am myself a sportsperson,and I was looking for a school where my child can become a good sportsperson. I am glad I admitted the child to the right school.” Shirke said very few schools in town pay attention to the health aspect of their students which is highly regrettable.

Another novelty in the packed daily routine at GGIS includes a ‘Fruit Break’ for ten minutes after the zero period where every student has to compulsorily eat a fresh fruit daily,freshen up and then report to their classes with renewed vigour and vitality. Its is observed that daily sports is enhancing the students’ academic performance and is increasing their span of attention as boredom is kept at bay.

Gupta says health of a child will continue to remain a top priority in the school. PCMC educatioin chief Vishnu Jadhav said except for the PCMC-run Krida Prabodhini,no other school in town starts with sports activity. PCMC health chief Dr Rajshekhar Iyer said,”If children play first thing in the morning,they will always be healthy,rarely have constipation,they would not feel sleepy and they would be more focussed,alert and energetic in class. In fact,every school should follow the GGIS example.”

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