N. G. Vartak High School
|Narsinh Govindrao Vartak High School|
Veer Savarkar Road, Gopcharpada
|Motto||सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|
(Salvation through Knowledge)
|Area trustee||Agashi-Virar-Arnala Education Society|
|Principal||Mrs. Sarika Rawat|
|Grades||Nursery school – 12th Grade|
|Medium of language||English|
|Houses||Red Blue Green Yellow|
Narsinh Govindrao Vartak High School (NGV) is a private, co-educational day school located in the suburb of Virar in state of Maharashtra, India The school was founded in 1986 by the A.V.A. Education Society. The medium of instruction is the English language. The school is affiliated to the Maharashtra state board and the Central Board of Secondary Education. It celebrated its silver jubilee year in 2011.
- 1 History
- 2 The Beginning
- 3 The New Building and renovations
- 4 Educational approach and Coursework
- 5 Salient features
- 6 Athletics and Physical sports
- 7 Counselling
- 8 Silver Jubilee Year
- 9 References
In the mid-1980s, Virar had just started its journey towards development and recognition owing to the gradually increasing migration from the city of Mumbai. There was a growing need to start an English Medium school in the region. However, due to the economic restraints of starting an English Medium school, the dream of many could not materialize into reality. It was then that the two great visionaries Late. Padmashree Bhausaheb Vartak and Late Smt. Tarabai Vartak, a former State Minister, came together and chalked out a plan with an aim to provide the children of Virar, an affordable and quality education through the medium of English.
Finally in June 1986, with the approval of the Agashi-Virar-Arnala Education Society, the dream of these two visionaries came into existence. A small English division was started in the adjoining building of Annasaheb Vartak Smarak Vidyamandir, a Marathi medium school of the A.V.A. Education society. The school started with the same name and with a student count of only 35 which were managed by only one teacher. Years went by and due to the hard work and enthusiastic efforts of the board people of the society, the school slowly started to gain foothold in the education system of Virar.
The New Building and renovations
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Educational approach and Coursework
The school runs classes from the Nursery to the tenth grade. The pupils at the end of their school career, qualify for Secondary School Certificate examination. The school follows the syllabus prescribed by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The medium of instruction throughout the school is English. Options are offered in the languages and other academic groups to suit the child's individuality and capacity.
The pupils are given an option to take part in the following exams besides the routine Board and school exams.
- Dr. Homi Bhabha Science Examination
- Government Scholarship Examination (Std. IV & Std. VII)
- Hindi Rashtra Bhasha Examination (Std. III - Std. X)
- Elementary Examination (Drawing)
- Intermediate Examination (Drawing)
- Maharashtra Talent Search Examination
- National Talent Search Examination
- All India Maths Scholarship Examination
- Science Talent Search Exams conducted by Vasai Vidyan Mandal Trust
- ABACUS Training Program :
To enhance the computing ability of the child to a greater extent and to develop the skills of children like concentration, listening ability, logical thinking, memory power, confidence, speed and accuracy the school has started the ABACUS training program for the students of Std. Jr. K.G. to Std. VI through experts in this field.
- VEDIC MATHS :
Vedic mathematics is a system of mental calculation. It claims to have applications to more advanced mathematics, such as calculus and linear algebra.
The school Band
The school has introduced the school band for the benefit of those pupils who are interested in music. The school band also plays at the Assemblies, the Annual Athletic Meet, the Annual Prize Distribution function and the school socials
Students from Std. I to X are allotted four houses, Red House (Co-operation), Blue House (Understanding), Yellow House (sharing) and Green House (Determination) to make a strong team and understand the virtues like Unity, Sporting Spirit and oneness. Points are given to the respective houses according to the achievements of its pupils in various co-curricular activities. At the annual gathering of the school, the house with the maximum points is awarded the "Best House" award.
Boys from kindergarten through class 7 wear grey shorts and boys of class 8, 9 and 10 wear grey trousers. The rest of the boy's uniform consists of a half-sleeved white shirt, a grey tie with house badge, black leather belt, white socks and black leather laced shoes. The uniform for girls consists of a grey tunic, half-sleeved white blouse, grey tie and a house badge, white socks and black leather shoes with buckles. There is a special code for the sport dresses with white T-shirts for both boys and girls.
N.G.V. is a cosmopolitan school. The Annual Gathering Day is celebrated every January and is a one-day event. A sports meet and a farewell party for students who are passing out of the institution are also held annually. There are various Inter-House competitions that are held in elocution, drama, song, dance, literature etc.
The school boasts of a Language Lab, one of its own kind. It was inaugurated by Dr. Pushpa Pai, Ex- Incharge of Applied Linguistics department of SNDT University, Mumbai. It is spread in an area of 630 sq ft. This lab consists of ten student consoles and a teacher's console. Every console is connected to the teacher's console. Through effective software's the students enlist themselves in a self learning process where the students can record their own voices, listen to their recorded voices, learn the nuances of speaking a language like, voice modulation, proper pronunciation, accent and intonation.
The school is managed by a Managing committee. The current principal, Mrs. Sarika C. Rawat took over from her predecessor Mrs. Avril Rodrigues in the year 2000. There are two supervisors (Vice Principals), Mrs. Madhuri Kumar and Mrs. Sneha Kamath who are in charge of the Primary and the Secondary section respectively. The school boasts of many prominent faculty members like Mr. Jitendra K. Raut, Mrs. Saroj Mangela, Mrs. Mary D'mello, Mrs. Sangeeta D'silva, Mrs. Sheetal Koradkar, Mrs. Swati Marathe to name a few.
- Maths Laboratory
- Computer Laboratory
- Science Laboratory
- Science Garden
- Music and art room
- Extra coaching for Std VIII to Std X
- Audio-Visual Library
- Membership of British Council Library
- A yearly Medical camp
Athletics and Physical sports
Apart from academics, the school also stresses on the overall development of the students. Currently the school has a full complement of boys and girls athletic programs. Coaching is provided in various activities under expert guidance to help the child develop in his or her field interest. The school regularly participates in Vasai-Virar Kala Krida Mahotsav and other sport events at District and state level. Important sports programs organised are:
- Yoga classes
- Physical education
- Indoor and outdoor games including cricket, football, tennis, Kho-Kho, volleyball, chess, carrom,langadi, badminton
- Social service: The pupils of the Social Service Group work for national and social organizations like Alert India, mentally challenged and handicap students school.
- Educational excursion : The school arranges educational camp for the students Std. VIII to X and undertake the activities like rifle shooting, hiking, rock rappelling, rock climbing etc.
Taking into consideration the emotions of the little ones and the adolescence of the teenagers the school also has counselling services to cope with the modern day stress. They are also helped in career counseling.
Silver Jubilee Year
The year 2010-2011 will be celebrated as the Silver jubilee year of the school since it was established in 1986. Various committees consisting of the Principal, Supervisors, staff members and the ex-students have been formed such as the Performing Arts Committee, Publicity Committee, Finance Committee, Program administration committee, Volunteering Committee, Souvenir Committee, Marketing committee and the Technical support committee. The meetings are regularly held on every last Sunday of the month. Various activities have been successfully held since mid-2010 which also included a marathon that started from the new CBSE building of the school and ended at the footsteps of the famous Jivdani hill. The school management also arranged a 'Sky observation pragramme' for the students and their parents on 11 February 2011 as a part of the various projects undertaken in the silver jubilee programme.
On 22 April 2010, the school arranged a Marathon Race for Green and Serene Earth on account of Earth Day. The marathon was flagged off by Dr. Kirti Tandel, Mrs. Tulip D'Silva and Ms. Pranali Mogre, ex-students of the school. A distance of 2 km from Paanch Payari to Jivdani Ground was covered by the participants.
Art of Living Seminars
On 21 June 2010, the school arranged the Art of Living Seminars for the students, teachers and the parents. On 27 June, a special seminar was arranged called 'Know your Child' for the parents where they were trained to realize their role in building up their kid's self-esteem and confidence.
Blood Donation Camp
The school arranged a blood donation camp on 27 June 2010, which was supported by 'THINK Foundation', an N.G.O. working for Thalessemia major patients.
Anti Plastic Drive
On the account of the 57th death anniversary of Late Annasaheb Vartak on 14 July 2010, the school organised an Anti-Plastic Drive. Nearly 400 students participated in this task. Some students even performed street plays on 'Plastic - The demon' which was witnessed by hordes of people.
Tree Plantation Drive
The heavy showers of July didn't deter the teachers and the students who organised a rally for a Tree Plantation Drive. Nearly 800 saplings were planted at the foothills of Jivdani Paanch Payari.
The Final Ceremony
The final ceremony was held on 3 April 2011 at 3.30 p.m. on the huge school play ground. Shri Hitendra Thakur was the guest of honour and the current mayor of the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation, Shri Rajeev Patil also shared the honour with him.