In the longer term we shall need 14 classroom (ten for grades 1-10, three for the nursery and one for music and art) and perhaps one or two more for vocational training though we are considering apprenticeships with local artisan compnies.
Building in 2010 and 2011 gave us - a room to house the on-site maintenence man (who will be incharge of looking after electrics, plumbing, water, grounds etc); Mick Burdon’s Sports Store; a generator room with 15 KVA generator and the 6th classroom at the upper level, and a four-berth dormitory for volunteer teachers.
And remaining low in the pecking order - we shall do a shallow splash pool in the reclaimed corner of our recently extended grounds. Somewhere for the children to cool off in the summer heat will be very popular.
In autumn 2013 when funds permitted, just outside the existing boundary, on nominated village common land, we started building a 30 ft x 90 ft school assembly hall, which will also serve as the village community hall - a venue for weddings and gatherings, which will help to integrate the village and teachers ever more closely.
The Holy -man who owns the temple across the tank, had said that he will in due course (don’t know when that might be) 30 yards of the tank next to our wall, to increase the size of the school grounds. To fill that tank space with earth and move the wall would be a major exercise and wwould require official approval.
The human side has developed well, over the years also, and set a good foundation for future growth. A constant presence in the Montessori section - the engine room for building character and learning English - is much to be desired, and so far we have had more volunteers than we could take.
We need to build on this, and so any families with children looking for Gap-year placements are invited to contact us. The minimum time suitable is a month, but up to three is preferred. See latest news for details of their exploits.
As we grow by one class per annum we need more teachers to match; and in years to come, those with expertise in wider traditional areas, like geography, history , science and chemistry will be attractive. Good spoken and written English is a basic essential. Teachers will be expected to live in on site, in order to fulfill our requirement for them to be intellectual, social and moral role models for the village in which they live.
The shock of the year came when Mr Jha handed in his notice on the grounds that now that he is over 40 he must try to get a Govt job so that he eventually gets a good pension. One cannot argue with that logic and so we have had to accept, but so far have no idea where we might find another such capable and devoted administrator. His attention to detail and accuracy are amazing. We are blessed by having had him, but it makes our loss the greater.
Sheela Bazroy, the new head teacher has turned into a real winner, espousing our philosophy and leading from the front. Story telling is the flavour of this year and its effect on fluency is marked. Well done Sheela.