There is much that a student can learn outside the classroom, says Dr Nripen Kumar Dutta, Principal, Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati. In conversation with Elets News Network, he outlines the importance of the boarding staff to be alive to opportunities to inspire a child so as to nurture him as a whole
Could you explain to us who needs a residential school the most?
Students, who come to a residential school are generally from families where both parents are working; or from farflung areas which are away from good centres of learning, or parents who desire an all-round and pastoral care of the child would prefer boarding schools.
What role does psychological counseling play in integrating children with boarding schools?
Behavioural counselling is crucial, especially when it comes to students who lack self-control and self-confidence.
Are learning methods here different from public schools?
We have reduced the lecture method to a minimum and introduced methods which are pupilcentric and make active learning and experiential learning possible. Our innovative teaching methodology includes co-operative learning, collaborative learning, self-driven learningdeveloping qualities intrinsic to motivation and self control.
What are the challenges of administering a boarding school?
The boarding experience for today’s children of a school faces the challenge to provide much more than just a residence for a child. The residential experience should provide a rich environment for learning. It has been said that “the classroom should not interfere with learning”. In other words, there is much that a student can learn outside the classroom. This means that boarding staff need to be alive to the opportunities to inspire and instruct a child using resources, both human and mate- rial, to nurture the child as a whole within the boarding environment.
What are the demands placed by parents on the school?
Parents want their children to achieve academic excellence and high standards of behaviour through an effective system of pastoral care and boarding management.
Is rampant indiscipline, drugs, alcohol, etc in boarding schools a matter of one’s imagination? If not, how does the school address it?
In our school, we have high behavioural expectations from all students through a clearly-defined discipline policy which includes code of conduct, behaviour contracts, anti-bullying, and antivandalism policies.