New Building for The British School, New Delhi

The British School, one of India’s best school known for its high quality education based on the National Curriculum of England, IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme,
commemorated the start of its long-awaited new building project.

Online PR News – 05-June-2012 – New Delhi – New Delhi, June, 2012: The British School, one of India’s best school known for its high quality education based on the National Curriculum of England, IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme,
commemorated the start of its long-awaited new building project.

A well-attended ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony presided by The British High Commissioner H.E. James Bevan, was held on the 30th May. This ceremonially signalled the commencement of the eagerly-awaited project. The ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by The High Commissioner and Mr. Graham Ranger, Director of The British School, in the auditorium. In addition to The High Commissioner and Mr. Graham Ranger, a former Principal of the school for 13 long years, Ms. LalagePrabhu also spoke on the occasion.

In his address the Director of the school, Graham pointed out some of the educational principles that underpin the school’s new endeavour - to use space flexibly and multi-functionally; to assume everyone will use IT tablets, and make it as easy as possible to do so, anywhere, anytime; one school with shared facilities, not two as is currently since Primary and Secondary are housed in separate buildings; design with enquiry-based learning in mind, promoting research, critical thinking, collaboration, independent learning; design according to the environment we are in; safety, security, comfort, environmental sensitivity. He stated that the biggest influence on educational standards and quality is the quality of teaching the students receive. The new building sets out to give teachers and administrators the best possible infrastructure in which to flourish for the benefit of the students in their care.

The highlight of the programme was a classical Indian dance, an orchestra performance and a vibrant Bollywood dance by students. Entry to the project area was formally opened after the cutting of a ribbon by The High Commissioner.

At the project site, after traditional prayers and breaking of coconut, the groundbreaking was initiated by The High Commissioner by shovelling earth from a demarcated excavation area of a column footing of the building. The groundbreaking continued with enthusiastic participation by others present on this occasion, including Mr. Graham Ranger (Director), Ms. Anjali Singh (Chair to the Board), Ms. Vanita Uppal (Secondary Principal), Mr. Mike Spencer (Primary Principal) and Mr. Sudhir Mathur (Chief Operating Officer).

This function was an emotional moment for many, as it symbolized the fruition of a decade long quest for the new school building. All attendees which included diplomats, parents, alumni, students, staff, friends and well-wishers of the school, were seen off with a box of sweets for participating in this memorable event.

Gaby Juneja , a long standing parent of the school commented “As a parent of The British School since 1989,I have seen many changes take place over the years - academic as well as in bricks and mortar. Today, the groundbreaking ceremony has in a way re-laid the foundation of the school, which will, I hope, raise the bar of the facilities to match the excellent teaching and academics the school offers.” Two children of Gaby have graduated from The British School and one is currently studying in Year 10.

About The British School
The British School is an independent, not-for-profit, international school providing the finest of British and international education for around 700 3-18 year olds. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). We offer high quality education based on the National Curriculum of England, IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme. The students, who are from over 55 nationalities, graduate to leading universities/colleges world-wide. The school is a multi-national and multi-cultural community. It’s a community in which they promote tolerance, mutual respect and valuing the views of others, even when different, or rather particularly when different from one’s own. They promote international-mindedness because of their believe in its inherent value in developing citizens that are open to thinking globally. The British School has a strong and valued relationship with the British High Commission, with many British companies and with the British Business Group. The High Commissioner is President of The British School Society and all parents are members.

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