My kid is in Cathedral. She joined in her UKG and has finished her 3rd. I have decided to change her school from this year.
My views on the school are mixed. I put her there cos of 2 reasons, Firstly i wanted a co-ed school and the likes of bishop cotton,baldwins etc were not. Secondly wanted a school which had equal importance to academics and co-curricular activities. I had a detailed chat with the then Principal, Mr Zachariah, whom i felt to be visionary in terms of where he is leading the school to.
My personal views are as follows. I would mention that these are purely based and biased on my personal experiences in last 4 years and in no way a judgement on the school.
Academics : The school is decent. If you are excited seeing marks card every second month, you are in the right place. The routine is 1 month class, 1 month exam, and holidays. Your kid will carry enough homework to tire him/her off by evening. Your kid will carry a bag equivalent to his/her weight every day to school. This is the case with all schools in Blore, I admit. Still fail to understand why a school with 100 years of legacy cannot make 4 term texts of a text book, I mean cut the one huge text in to 4 small texts.
Teachers : One of the strongest point of the school. Every teacher I have interacted with have been good and very passionate about what they do. The KG level teachers are extremly good in english, probably due to their parentage, which has helped my kid develop a strong spoken english. Current year they have brought in a rule that teachers should not give their contact numbers to parents. Teachers can be met only with prior approval from Principal.
Class rooms: Clean, spacious,well ventilated. Only negative is lack of storage space. With 50+ kids in each class, it ends up being cramped still.
Co-curricular : Very few activities which include
1) Bul-Bul/NCC : My kid was in Bul Bul and went for a 3 day camp to Madumalai. She enjoyed it so much that she was waiting for the next one. It was the 1st time she lived alone away from home for 3 days. They have every tuesday as bul-bul day, where they have to be in the bul-bul uniform too. The teacher in charge is also very passionate, so a lot of work happens there.
2)Sports : There are few good facilities. But not much at the primary level. The 3rd std kids still do lemon and spoon races for sports day. May be the 4000 odd kids in the school make it tough on them to do extensive sports events. But there is a exclusive sports day every year.
3)Arts : Choir group , arts day, arts competitions are conducted with lot of fan and fare. But again with so many kids, every kid doesnt get an opportunity. This is not desirable to a kid. They also have a day which is dedicated to awards. Winners of arts/proficiency are awarded in front of a capacity crowd.
4)Facilities : A good sized ground, A very large auditorium, Not so great KG play area ( old and worn and torn equipments). Swimming pool was always found dirty and I was vary of putting my kid for swimming competitions.
5) Staff : Friendly and courteous for such a large and old school.
6) Transport : There are school buses in many routes, but no where close to catering for even a minor %ge of the schools population. We have to rely of the private operators, and its a risky choice. You travel that side when the school leaves and weak hearted people will faint seeing kids running around near the back gate. The 2-3 security guards and staff do their best to control them in vain.
7) Canteen : Good canteen and decent food. Though I personally dont advocate packaged chips and fatty foods being served in a school canteen.
Im in no way negative of the school, just that my personal expectations were not met. But im sure with such a strong alumni and legacy, and around 3-4k students studying there everyyear, a vast majority are for sure happy.
I think I covered most of it, pls free to point out any thing Ive missed out.