A par­ent’s per­spec­tive

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KTJ In­ter­na­tional School Par­ent Teacher Com­mit­tee (PTC) pres­i­dent Phoopin­der Kaur shares a par­ent’s per­spec­tive on holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion.

“with four school-go­ing chil­dren, I try to walk in their shoes to un­der­stand the child’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the world. when­ever I do this, I am re­minded that chil­dren should be loved, re­spected and al­lowed to be chil­dren.

“Like many par­ents, I ques­tion how my chil­dren will get to learn in an en­vi­ron­ment that is not at the ex­pense of play.

“I want my chil­dren to have a good aca­demic ground­ing as well as char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment, which un­for­tu­nately, I have dis­cov­ered, is not a pri­or­ity in some ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

“In search of a more con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment, I de­cided to switch to a new school for my chil­dren. The joy on their lit­tle faces each morn­ing is re­as­sur­ing con­fir­ma­tion that I have made the right choice.

“walk­ing into school on the first day was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ball­game from be­fore with the smiles, warmth and pos­i­tive en­ergy. I am re­ally thank­ful I am able to give my chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the KTJ In­ter­na­tional School com­mu­nity, with its dis­tinct phi­los­o­phy of re­spect­ing the growth of the in­di­vid­ual in each of our chil­dren.

“get­ting to know all the teach­ers has been an in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They build on tal­ents, nur­tur­ing and guid­ing the chil­dren to ex­plore, learn through play and be risk tak­ers.

“Life at home af­ter school has be­come sim­pler – the chil­dren are more adept at aca­demic fun­da­men­tals and I find my­self as­sist­ing and sup­port­ing them as op­posed to teach­ing. They are not just learn­ing, but are rel­ish­ing their learn­ing.

“From the out­set, the school made it very clear that par­ents play an im­por­tant role in the school­ing life of the child and it is nec­es­sary to as­sem­ble the two main ac­tors on the stage of a child’s life to work to­gether in pro­vid­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to flour­ish.

“KTJ is a com­mu­nity where par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors are drawn to­gether to pro­vide a holis­tic and trans­for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tion, not just an aca­demic one. I have been im­pressed by the will­ing­ness of the staff and teach­ers to lis­ten to the par­ent body.

“KTJ has a healthy com­mu­nity that fosters the growth of all indi- vid­u­als con­nected with it – peo­ple who lend their strength to the de­vel­op­ment of the school. I feel that the most suc­cess­ful schools are those where par­ents are in­volved and that ac­tive sup­port plays a strong role in the fab­ric of the school.

“De­vel­op­ing a smooth school­par­ent-teacher part­ner­ship can be quite a chal­lenge but KTJ and its par­ent body, the Par­ent Teacher Com­mit­tee (PTC) and par­ents have been suc­cess­ful.

“we sup­port the school with fes­ti­val events, fun days, school trips, open days, as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in di­a­logues about the de­vel­op­ment of the school.

“Aside from the ben­e­fit it has had on my kids, I’m thank­ful for the sym­bi­otic ben­e­fit the change of school has had on me too.

“Hav­ing walked away from a ca­reer to be a full-time mum, the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in the school and my chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion has be­come a vaunted and cher­ished way for me to con­trib­ute to my chil­dren’s growth.

“Hav­ing the PTC and be­ing part of this lovely com­mit­tee has made me so much closer to my chil­dren and the school. we all seem to be learn­ing to­gether and that can only be in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive for the de­vel­op­ment of my kids.”

For de­tails on KTJ, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

KTJ is a non-profit school and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish Schools in Asia.

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