March 2020 will forever be remembered as the time when the pandemic struck the world. The education community was equally affected when almost all the schools across the globe had to shut their doors. The shut-down has continued for over a year now. Never have the schools been shut before for such a long stretch of time!
As we know, with every crisis comes deep challenges, and also various opportunities for transformation which is new and innovative.
This global crisis created a situation where the schools had to literally ‘build with a new educational system overnight’. This wasn’t an easy task at all. However our Principal Ma’m gathered all us staff members to come up with plans that would keep the students engaged and ensure that the learning would not stop. Figuring out how distance learning could work was a challenge, especially in the age group of 3 to 6 years, which was accepted by us.
The sudden shut down of the schools not only changed the routine of our students, but also of the staff members, who had to now manage their families and ensure a quality education for the students. Things which were left undone when the sudden emergency arose, had to now be figured out. We had to finish those tasks virtually without faults or errors as we always strive for perfection.
Our team at Blue Ridge strives for perfection for the benefit of its students. That effort continued, rather continues…during this calamity, with the support of our Principal Ma’m.
As a measure to deal with this catastrophe, prompt meetings and discussions were held to ensure that we could take up virtual schooling. The teachers adapted with the new virtual schooling method despite the various obstacles along the way.
Our technical team and heads of the institution, came up with an amazing App that not only aided the teachers, but kept the students and their parents in the loop ensuring that learning does not stop. Parents were familiarized with this App which was supportive of the Online Classes that were conducted, keeping in mind the age of our students.
Through presentations, videos, voice notes, we worked relentlessly, not just to educate but also to involve our dear students in various activities. We conducted Drawing and Colouring competitions, Singing and Elocution competitions, Art & Craft activities. We celebrated festivals and special days and we even celebrated each of our student’s birthday uniquely. So much so that parents started writing to us to celebrate even those birthdays which fell in holidays!
Despite the crisis we conducted Orientations, Parent-Teacher meetings successfully as follow-up for the Online Classes that we were conducting. Our parents too have been supportive and cooperated through thick and thin.
We continue to strive to make this mode of schooling flawless and convenient for the teachers and the parents to ensure a seamless education.
Thanks to the efforts made by the school and the parent community for making online learning a success. Together we can make a difference in any adverse situation.
As the saying goes ‘United we stand!’
Let’s make this Covid 19 Online schooling journey memorable by coming together for all the hurdles and obstacles we might face in the future too.
We, at Blue Ridge Public School’s Pre-Primary Section, definitely ‘Soar to succeed!’
Mr. Shashank Paranjape commenced the real estate business with his brother Mr. Shrikant Paranjape in 1987. Mr. Shashank is known for ethics and transparency in business, earning him trust and faith in a customer base of more than 15,000 families.
He is the Managing Director of Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd. He is an enthusiastic businessman with a good business acumen garnering him accolades and recognition. In a span of over three decades, his vision has fostered the growth of Paranjape Schemes in various real estate segments like Residential, Commercial, Townships, Hospitality, Senior-Living, SEZs and Educational Institutes.
Mr. Paranjape’s forte lies in providing an insightful vision and getting it implemented meticulously. Driven by his flawless execution abilities and a never-tiring zeal, the Blue Ridge Educational Institute has grown leaps and bounds since its inception in 2010. He is a passionate philanthropist and contributor to Educational Institutes like Parle Tilak Vidyalaya in Mumbai.
His desire to be of service to the society gave birth to the brand Athashri – a Senior Citizen housing concept. He is actively involved in NGO’s like Socio-Economic Trust, Parbhani which caters to the housing and education of orphans and women.
Ms. Vaidehi Moghe
Blue Ridge Public School
With an experience in the field of Early Childhood Care & Education for over twenty five years, Ms. Vaidehi Moghe has played a key role in re-inventing the Pre-Primary Section of Blue Ridge Public School.
She has authored books for a systematic approach in English Reading and Readiness Activity for the age group of 3 to 5 years of age; and is currently working on a cohesive thematic approach bringing in a multi-disciplinary learning system for this age group.
Ms. Moghe is an ardent educator who believes in adapting a Play-way method in formulating a succinct system to capture the Readiness period of each child without burdening the innocent minds. Her motto has always been to instill an attribute to learn how to learn and to develop critical thinking in her students.
She conducts Refresher Workshops for Teachers to keep them conversant with current teaching skills. She has handled children under speculation as slow learners, ADHD and non-specific disabilities in an integrated class in her early days as a teacher.
Being connected with Rotary Club for more than three decades, she has participated in social causes in bringing up children of the lower socio-economic community.
Ms. Moghe runs free private coaching classes for needy children in the age group of 5 to 16 years on weekends.
Trained in classical dance – Bharat Natyam and playing the Sitar, she has a keen interest in performing arts which benefits in motivating creativity in her team of teachers and students alike.
Ms. Meghali Katdare
Managing Committee Member
Blue Ridge Public School
A person with multi-tasking abilities, Ms. Meghali Katdare has been in the profession of real estate for over two decades. She is an affable person with excellent public relations. With an ability of good observations and tactful interviewing skills she has been able to contribute in bringing good personnel (teaching as well as non-teaching staff) to Blue Ridge Public School as well as to the organization she works with i.e. Paranjape Schemes.
Being inclined towards social responsibility, Meghali has contributed in various charity programs run by organizations like CRY and SAKAL FUNDS. She is passionate about working with seniors and is instrumental in maintaining and managing Paranjape Schemes’ Senior-living housing brand called ‘Athashri’.
A creative person, she enjoys sketching and painting. She is also fond of content writing for articles and is an avid reader and traveller.
Mr. Farzan Ghadiyali
World Business Angels Forum
Farzan Ghadially is the Senator - India for the World Business Angles Forum(WBAF), an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). As a Senator his role includes helping the start-up / early stage companies along with SMEs to rise to a global scale leveraging the WBAF network across 111 countries around the globe.
He is also a mentor with the Atal Incubation Centre a leading Incubation Centre supported by the Government of India. By profession he is an Investment Banker and has a rich experience in the financial services industry in India and overseas. He is a member of the prestigious MDRT (Million Dollar RoundTable) club and has been a TOT (Top of the Table) and COT (Court of the Table) two of the highest accolades for financial advisors. He has been a speaker at many international and national conferences on personal finance, private equity and family office.
He is the author of two books“Investing in Turbulent Times”and “Investing in the Turbulent Decade That Was & Beyond”. He writes in leading financial newspapers including the Mid-Day where his column features every Monday in the finance section.
He is a visiting faculty in leading management colleges like S.P. Jain, NMIMS, Welingkaretc.
He works closely with many foundations and large corporates on the CSR funding and sustainability eco system with a sole aim for inclusive growth which would help India transform from a developing to a developed nation.
Mrs. Swapna Joshi
Mrs. Swapna Joshi has extensive experience spanning over 40 years in the field of education and administration of educational institutes. After graduating from S.N.D.T College of Home Science, Pune in 1978 with a specialization in Child Development, she started out as an educator by forming a playgroup school in Mumbai.
After shifting base to Pune in 1993, she has been an integral part of several reputed schools such as Shree Vijay Vallabh School, BVB Paranjape Nursery School, Pumpkin Patch School and Blue Ridge Public School as the Pre-Primary Section Head. Her expertise has been instrumental in setting up this very critical stage from scratch at all these schools. Her expert guidance, motivation and mentorship to the teaching as well as non-teaching staff always ensured smooth operations and progress at all these institutions throughout her years of association therewith.
After retiring as the Principal of the Pre-Primary Section at Blueridge Public School in 2017, she briefly assumed the position of Director on the board of Blueridge Public School and is now the Honorary Secretary of Blueridge Public School since Nov 2020. In this position, she acts as the vital link between all three Principals and the management team towards cohesively driving the overall administration of the school.
Mrs. Joshi was also actively involved in the groundwork and administration activities towards inception of the Junior College which was started by Blue Ridge Educational Institute from AY 2022-23. She continues to oversee the operational activities of the college. The college will benefit the students from not only our school but also other students who reside in the vicinity.
Her excellent interpersonal skills, ever calm and positive demeanor, transparent communication, and strong sense of responsibility towards the betterment of the institution makes for an exemplary leader who believes in leading by example. She has always been a source of support and encouragement to her peers, teachers and parents alike.
Ms. Sharmila Kadam
Blue Ridge Public School
"Destiny of a country begins in its classrooms”, is the belief Ms. Sharmila Kadam brings into the learning programs of Blue Ridge Public School.
After gaining an experience of more than 20 years in various schools across the city, she joined BRPS as a Class Teacher in the year 2010, was Head of Department (Science) and Supervisor for another six years and emerged as a Principal. Having worked in Shree Vijay Vallabh School, Kamalnayan Bajaj School and Dr. DY Patil Public School Pimpri and now at Blue Ridge Public School, she comes with diverse experiences and multiple perspectives on Indian education system and theBoards.
Her illustrious academic profile includes a degree in TTC from St. Mary's Juniorcollege of Education and B.Ed. In addition to this, she has also upgraded her education by attending various lectures and seminars from time totime.
For more than 3 decades, she has been an active contributor towards Academic Excellence. With her vast experience and expertise in teaching, she strengthens Blue Ridge Public School with her able administrative skills and sincere purpose.
She is also the recipient of the Major Dhyanchand Award 2019 for excellence in the field of Teaching.
She is educationally enlightened, technologically savvy and open to pedagogical changes to create a positive and challenging learning environment. She is a versatile personality and is an ebullient source of energy to the people around her.
She is well equipped with managerial skills on one hand and leadership qualities on the other. With her convincing conversational skills, striking persona and enchanting presence, she truly endears and endures because as a person she is without artifices.
Mrs. Surinder Kaur Sayan
Blue Ridge Public School
Mrs. Surinder Kaur Sayan has completed her Secondary education (ICSE) from Holy Angels School, Punjab. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree from Government Home Science College, Chandigarh and Post-Graduation in Child Development from Kurukshetra University. With an experience in the field of education for over 23 years she has played a key role in imparting quality education and mentoring the students and teachers of Blue Ridge Public School.
Mrs. Sayan is a highly versatile and dynamic person and brings her vision of providing quality education. She has taught senior classes in reputed CISCE schools and held the position of Co-ordinator and Supervisor throughout her career. As a qualified educationist she has in-depth exposure to the entire spectrum of education system i.e. planning and implementing integrated solution in curriculum planning and teaching techniques, lesson planning, administration and classroom management. She has worked as a lecturer in a reputed college.
Numerous best practices have been brought in by her which have enhanced the standard of teaching and learning process at BRPS. She motivates the young minds to explore subjective pedagogy so as to consider the implications during teaching. Counselling sessions conducted for the adolescents by her give them insight to cope with the hardships pertaining to their age.
Her motto has always been to yield influence on students and bring to the forethe core objectives of education. She exhibits practical solutions and focus on all round development of the students.