Our school is a residential school where children are educated from 4 years of age and often spend an average of ten to twelve years within the school. Although they go home in the holidays, the bulk of their time in these important formative years is spent with us in the school.
Therefore, a narrow interpretation of ‘education’ covering only academic subjects is not appropriate.
The School must provide an atmosphere where social skills, creative thinking and understanding of the ‘world outside’ and their place in it is also emphasized.
Although the word ‘handicap’ is no longer widely used – being replaced by the concept of ‘challenged’ intrinsic attitudes and mind set are not so easily changed and even in ‘educated’ circles our children are often referred to as ‘deaf and dumb’ with all the connotations such words carry.
It is still a great challenge for such children to maintain their self worth and rightful place in the wider world and be accepted as equal.
It is therefore, the duty of the staff at Rangammal to develop these skills in our children, so when they leave school, they have the necessary mind sets to take their place as valuable and valued members of Society. The teachers are aware of this and plan different activities and experiences for the children.
Various outings are planned to enlarge the children’s understanding of India, its history and traditions plus its changing and socio-economic development and their role in that.
The challenges that face the world in the 21st century – e.g.
a) Global warming leading to climate change with possible increased water shortage, etc.
b) The destruction of wild life habitats
c) The disappearance or threatened extinction of many species of animals and plant life
d) An increasing world population resulting in scare land resources.
e) The importance of population control, particularly in India, where too many people compete for too few resources, etc.
f) The development of critical thinking and an ability to make decisions in their life yet still live in harmony with others.
It is often hard for teachers to combine these different roles but in opening up the minds of the children, they also share many benefits. – OLYMPIC Games and inter school activities and competitions also play a major part in the curriculum.
Care for others:
In order to preserve a family atmosphere, older children are encouraged to take responsibility for the younger ones, under the guidance of the ayahs. In this way, a sense of responsibility and emotional stability is demonstrated.
For the teenage child – Classes are held by experienced and knowledgeable staff on sexual development and responsibility and children are encouraged to share their doubts and possible fears with an experienced mature adult.
The children are encouraged to read widely (in both English and Tamil) and daily newspapers are delivered.
The children are also encouraged to keep up to date with local and global news through regular watching of television coverage of major events.
Cricket is almost a religion in India especially amongst the boys.
The recent World Cup provided an ideal opportunity to learn more about the geography, culture and system of Government under which the various teams lived.
All these above are great challenges faced by the children. Using dance, practical activities, exposure to their immediate surroundings and the wider aspects of a changing India, we aim to equip them the necessary knowledge and ethical values they will need.
There are a constant stream of visitors from other lands who interact with the children in various ways and introduce them to other culture and ways of behaving.
The children are taught to respect all religious beliefs while in no way weakening their own religious backgrounds.
In this way, we strive to maintain a happy family atmosphere in the school, encouraging parents to visit regularly, so the psychological and emotional needs of the child are not sacrificed to his academic needs and a harmonious balance is achieved.