|Review By: Swara Review Date: 20 Feb 2012 |
The Jamnbai Narsee School, Mumbai has over 4,600 students. This co-ed school is under the administration of the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust. It is well reputed not just for its academic aspects, but also for its selection process & cultural activities. Whats more, the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) is always in the thick of things so to say, helping out in unexpected ways. For example, they help the school officials in ensuring the safety of the students on the road leading to the school by manning the traffic themselves when required!
Jamnabai Narsee School background
The school was started by 3 brothers of the Narsee family, their father Narsee Monjee being a staunch supporter of education. Hence they established the Narsee Monjee Educational Trust & started the school in their mother's name.
Jamnabai Narsee School location
The Jamnabai Narsee School is located in a prime area of Mumbai known as the Juhu-Vile Parle development scheme (JVPD) area. The closest railway stations are Santacruz and Vile Parle stations. While the school itself is a famous landmark, another well-known landmark is the Cooper Hospital which is nearby.
Jamnabai Narsee School Academics
The school offers education from Lower KG to Std.XII. There is approx 1 teacher for every 45 students who are following ICSE/ISC curriculum & 1 teacher for 25 students opting for IGCSE/IB.
The toddlers in Nursery, Junior and Senior K.G. are exposed to formal and informal learning activities. Music and physical education are incorporated along with lessons in the basics of alphabets and numbers.
Students of Std. I to IV follow the ICSE curriculum. They are taken on educational field trips, such as to nature parks.
Students of Std V to VIII are given project work in varying subjects. English, Social Studies & Environmental Education is compulsory. However, the students can choose between Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati for a second language. Besides this, they have optional subjects which they can pursue as per their interest. These include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technical Drawing, Economics, Computer Applications, Maths, Art, etc.
Students from Std. I to Std.VIII have to attend a training class in Indian music.
In Std X, students can opt for to study as per the curriculum of either the ICSE board or the IGCSE board or that of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). Students who continue their education in the school can study the ISC or IB curriculum in Std XII.
Those wishing to pursue a course in fashion designing can register for the 3-year course conducted on the school campus. There is a separate fashion studio in the premises for this course. Age requirement for the course: between 18 and 35 years. Educational qualification required is Std.XII (any stream) with 50% marks.
The school also conducts a 1-year course leading to a Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education. You must be a graduate or passed Std.XII (any stream).
Jamnabai Narsee School Discipline
There is very strict discipline in the Jamnabai Narsee School. Students are warned not to use offensive language & are not permitted to eat chewing gum. It is great to know that the school administrators do not allow students to bring mobile phones, i-pods and gimmicky gadgets like laser pointers to the school. A fine of Rs. 1500/- is imposed on any student found with a mobile phone. Students are not even allowed to bring any story books from home or an outside library. If a student is found to have broken any school rule, he/she may face a loss of credit which was given for an assignment. On days when there is a physical education class, the student is expected to wear the requisite uniform.
Jamnabai Narsee School Facilities and Infrastructure
Every spacious classroom is Wi-Fi enabled.
The school has a music studio for both Indian and Western music. Students can learn to play the sitar as part of a hobby class.
There are also separate dance studios for students to learn India dance forms, such as Bharat Natyam, and Western dance styles too.
The school has its own in-house amphitheatre and auditorium with state-of-the-art audio-video equipment.
There are separate labs for physics, chemistry and biology.
The library is well stocked with story books, newspapers, periodicals, etc.
In addition, there are computer rooms too with a computer for each student.
The school even has a resources centre. This is a unique feature of the school, which was set up for students with special needs. There are 11 experienced teachers in charge of this centre.
The career guidance centre was set up last year to give career guidance to those students who opt to study the IB curriculum.
The spacious school cafeteria has a modern look and is very bright & airy. Nutritious food is served and it is extremely clean and hygienic.
Sports facilities are provided for football, cricket, handball, baseball, badminton, basketball, rugby, swimming, indoor games, etc.
Jamnabai Narsee School Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
Each student is a member of one of the 6 houses which is identified by its colour: Tagore (Yellow Ochre), Mahatma Gandhi (Green), Swami Vivekananda (Prussian Blue), Akbar (Light Yellow), Einstein (Sky Blue), Lincoln (Red). The house students compete fiercely in inter-house competitions, including debates and sports.
There are a wide variety of sports clubs for all students. The club activities are held on a daily basis from Monday to Thursday, mornings and evenings. Clubs include those related to sports, such as badminton, football, base ball, basketball, hand ball, cricket, etc. Students of Std.I onwards have yoga club activities.
Students can attend hobby classes, starting from Std.V. Some of the hobby classes for Std.V and Std.VI students are calligraphy, clay moulding, fabric painting, folk dance, dramatics, science experiments, yoga, etc. Those who are in Std. VII and Std.VIII can, in addition to those mentioned earlier, attend Girl Guides & NCC (Std.VIII). The school also has 2 bands and a choir.
Jamnabai Narsee School events & field trips
The annual school festival, called Cascades, is one of the most exciting campus events. It is organised by the students themselves.
Annual sports day
Inter-school competitions, such as debates, are hosted by the school.
Sports week for children with special needs is organised each year in the month of December.
Visits to organic farms
Camps for higher class students
Jamnabai Narsee School Fees
The annual fee for ICSE/ISC students is approximately Rs.30,000/-. The annual fee for IGCSE/IB students is approximately Rs. 3 lakh.
The current Principal of Jamnabai Narsee School is Sudeshna Chatterjee.
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Good: Discipline, activities
Bad: Congested location, no hostel