Great Pune school - Aman Setu

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karialeena 2009-08-19 14:42:50

 

My husband and I both went to very good mainstream Pune schools (St. Helena's and Vincent') and were aware of the advantages and disadvantages of such schools.
 
I wanted my daughter to go a really good school where she gets enough attention from teachers, learns without fear, understands concepts (NO rote learning) and learns to respect the planet and ALL its inhabitants.
 
I was also very clear that I didn't want her to go to an international school as it can often be elitist and I want my child to be in an inclusive environment.
 
I had such few choices in Pune and was really worried. Finally found out that the well known educationist Madhavi Kapur was starting her own school (Aman Setu www.mkf.in) and I enrolled my daughter there at 3.5 yrs of age.
 
I am SO happy with Aman Setu and I wanted to share how it meets all my expectations of a good school.
I am posting this because I want to help other parents who may have gone through something similar.
 
Cheers :-)
 

neeta 2009-08-25 19:40:14

 

hi Leena,

I have a 2.8 yr daughter who goes to Eurokids, Viman nagar. It is close to my home. How far is Aman setu from Viman nagar? Sometimes transport is not available and I need to drop her to school, does that happen in Aman setu?

Also from what age does Aman setu take children and what is the fees like?

thanks Neeta

 

karialeena 2009-08-25 21:15:07

 

 Hi Neeta, 

Aman Setu is a very environmentally friendly school and therefore has a no cars rule. All kids have to use the school van. 

The time from Viman Nagar by car is about 20 mins, by van it should be about 25 to 30 minutes (keeping in mind the pick-up stops). 

Aman Setu takes kids from Nursery onwards so that's 2.5 onwards. The fees are about 25,000 for a year.  Food and transport extra. 

If you'd like to visit the school let me know and I can take you across or give you contact info. 

 

Regards, 

leena

 

molu 2009-09-08 22:06:11

 

Hi Leena

I have just joined this group. I have a daughter 3.8 yrs of age, currently doing LKG at Kider Brook, Kalyaninagar. I would like to get her admitted to a good school that has first std under a recognized board. I live in Kalyaninagar and am very intersted in aman setu. I am willing to even relocate if required. Please let me know the details as to how to reach there, what's the address or phone no.

One question though. Is this school going to stick around for the next 15 years? I somehow have these doubts about new schools mushrooming.

Anyway, please let me know the address and no. It shall be a great favour.

Thanks in advance

Molu

 

 

 

 


karialeena 2009-09-09 06:52:36

 

 Hi Molu, 

Will try and answer all your questions :-)

1. Board at Aman Setu - ICSE

2. Address - First you can meet up with Madhavi (founder) at the Koregaon Park office. She will explain the school program to you and then you can visit the school. Office add is:  B-1, Hermes Vishal, Lane no. 7, Koregaon park, Pune :: +91 (20) 4002 7416, 2612 6905

If you want, email me your tel number and full name at karialeena at gmail dot com and I will fix up an appointment for you.

3. No need to relocate - we have a lot of kids from  Kalyani Nagar. 

4. School will def stick around...Madhavi is an educationist working in the field since past 25 years. She ahs a strong group of trachers most of whom have has 10 yrs plus experience in teaching. 

Check the website for more details on what the foundation is doing.

Had I the slightest doubt about the school, I wouldn't have enrolled my daughter since like all parents, I too want my kid to have the best in education and to have stability in the education process.

 

All the best !

 

molu 2009-09-09 15:14:22

 

Thanx Leena for your prompt reply and help.

I have sent my name and no. to your id.

 

Molu

 

 Former member 2009-09-18 10:48:13

 

hello guys

well couldn't resist discussing this with u guys , i am very unhappy about the school my child is in right now i was planning to change though but was not very sure of any schools around ,don't want to make another mistake,

my son is in nursery now 2.5 yrs old barely attending school for about  3 mths now his teacher has already started complaining abt his behaviour and how he doesn't show much interest in class.well i feel she should give him more time coz he is a fresher and never been to school its his first time ,a new experience well if i am wrong plz correct me.i am a little wired here with this school.

 

 

karialeena 2009-09-18 15:26:17

 

 yeah I agree...kids need time to settle in. My daughter would cling to the teacher and refuse to leave her side. If the teacher went to the loo my daughter wanted to follow ! But the school (at that time it was Kider Brook) was very patient and gave her time. 

Schools need to recognise that each child is different, has his/her own learning curve and also expresses differently. 

For your kid, showing disinterest maybe a way of expressing something that the teacher hasn't understand ...or maybe the teacher is boring ;-)

 

 


karankavi 2009-09-19 19:21:58

 

well his teacher is sort of the funny kind i guess now she tells me that u have to teach him to play coz he refuses to play ,u won't believe but my son is so naughty and hyper that he wants to follow his bro every where

(chesstronaut changed to karankkavi) now

 

usi 2010-01-06 11:36:58

 

Dear Leena,

We are shifting from Mumbai to Pune very shortly, heard about Aman Setu thru one of my friends, One major concern is the location of the school which is almost in the no mans land,

wanted to know

how is it different from other schools, and the approach of teachers towards the kids...

suppose in any emergency if the school management wants us to pick up our child because of sickness or any reason it would be difficult for us to travel till that place and collect them.Wanted to know does such things happen any time as your child is with that school for a year now?

As it is a new setup, each class must be having less than 10 children, what is the seriousness of the teachers towards the syllabus and teaching.....

Hope to receive an early reply from your end.

Regards,

usha rao (USI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

karialeena 2010-01-06 12:26:02

 

Usha, let's talk so that I can answer your questions in depth.

But a quick answer - it's not really no man's land, it's in a slightly rural area but still very much the city. 

Teachers are phenomenal. Really care for and love kids and more importantly they (teachers) are there for the love of teaching. Nearly all teachers carry 10 plus years of experience. 

Waiting to hear back whether we can speak on phone.

 

 

cheers leena

 

pmdev11 2010-01-07 12:13:41

 

Hi Karialleena,

 

I wanted to know something more about  this school ( Aman Setu ). I went through the school website too.

SHould I ask you on this forum ?

My son is 4 years old and goes to a school near Viman Nagar called St arnold but I am planning for a change for him.

 

karialeena 2010-01-07 12:17:08

 

 Hi Praja, 

 

Just wrote to you. We can talk and I can answer any queries you may have. 

 

Regards, 

 

leena

 

usi 2010-01-07 13:48:58

 

Dear Leena,

Thanks for your immediate response. pls mail me your personal email id on usha0077@gmail.com,

Regards,

Usha Rao

 

 

 

neeta 2010-01-11 22:21:21

 

Hi Leena,

My daughter has been going to Eurokids for past 8 months,  she is 3 now. She has not learned anything new after going to school, she recited rhymes and alphabets even before joining school.

She must have attented school 60% of the working days due to cold, cough, fever and does not seem as enthusiastic about going to school off late, she tells me that her classmate beats her, the teachers deny it.  She has also picked up bad habits like spitting

I have interacted with her teacher during PTA and felt that she loves kids.

All this makes me wonder as to how any school would be different for the initial couple of years,

How different is Aman Setu?

Do they take students only in nursery? would it be better to put her in the school closest to home at present and change later?

 

 

 

karialeena 2010-01-12 09:21:22

 

 Hi Neeta, 

With regards to the spitting and other bad habits, I regard it as a phase, at this age kids are seeing so many new and interesting (their perception!) things that they want to try out everything. You really can't point the behaviour towards the school. 

With regards to complaints about other students beating her, keep talking to her and help her build self defence tactics. Ex: If someone beats you, go tell the teacher or maushi right away. Say NO loudly if someone is bothering you. 

This stuff has worked for me. But Neeta - all kids go through this - being beaten up by other kids and beating up other kids. SO it's a part of the growing up process. Of course it's really important that the school emphasises non-violence and the importance of being kind and gentle. 

Aman Setu is VERY different. The most imp factor being that the student teacher ration is very low, so the teachers have a very good sense for what is happening in the school / class. 

Additionally,  empathy for others (students, teachers, helpers,animals and the planet) is part of the school ethos. 

With regards to learning, my daughter is learning tremendously and not just on the academic front. It's also dance, songs, environment and also learning Hindi and Marathi through songs and stories. 

Being a small school, the kids also observe and learn from the older kids. So at 4 yrs, my daughter tries to write her journal and read stories :-) 

I can't ask for anything more !! Am really happy and content. 

Hope this helps. 

Regards, 

 

Leena

 

aparnab 2010-01-12 10:51:46

 

Hi Leena,

thanks for sharing this with us. i, too, am looking for a good school for my daughter's admission. i'm not from pune. i'm being told that st mary's/ dps/ visya valley are the best schools. since u've studied in pune, u know these schools i guess. i'd like to know the reasons, why u preferred aman setu rather than these other schools. also are there any known cons to aman setu? i'd appreciate if you could be detailed, as i am still very confused regarding my daughter's admission.  thanks a lot. 

ab.

 

 

karialeena 2010-01-12 11:03:23

 

Hi Aparna,  

Those are some of the good mainstream schools. But I really feel and believe (through experience and from what I have researched) that mainstream education, of the kind that is delivered in India is now outdated.

Our standard education model hasn't changed since the time of the British, who designed a system that would generate followers. So you see, our system encourages rote learning, makes children fit into one mould, has the same expectations from each child - all of which was considered a virtue at that time - in the British Raj. 

In this day and age, to be successful, our kids need high self esteem, analytical minds, ability to think on their own - do the large schools which have 50-60 kids per class encourage that ? Are kids asked to be independent and find their own solutions to problems? No. Teachers feed the answers to the children...there is a lack of experimentation in the classroom. Curiosity isn't encouraged. Parents do the projects for the kids. What skills has the child learnt at the end of 10th grade?

Aman Setu has it's own shares of cons as well. The school isn't in the city, it's still growing, I don't know what it will look like 5 years down the line, etc. And there will be problems as the school grows. I don't have any illusions about that.

However, the teachers care for the kids, the vision is great and education is treated as education ought to be - a mind opening experience. In the face of that, other cons are acceptable.  

Lastly,  my Mom has taught in an International school for the past 20 years and has now opened her own preschool (she's based outside India) and her experience and wisdom about what works and what doesn't has also helped me shaped my decisions. 

Hope this helps. If you want to talk, send me your email add and I'll mail you my number. 

 

Regards,

 

Leena

 

aparnab 2010-01-12 11:53:45

 

thanks a lot for your help Leena.

I would really appreciate being able tot alk to you regarding this. You seem to hv done a lot of research for your kids' admission.

my email is is: aparna_bang@hotmail.com

cheers.

 

neeta 2010-01-14 09:06:26

 

Hi Leena,

Thanks a lot for all the information. Is Aman Setu open on Saturday, so I can go and see the school? When does the admission start and what is the procedure?

My email id is neeta.biswas@gmail.com

Thanks once again

 

 


sosh 2010-02-10 15:40:40

 

hi Leena,

i read thru your entries and hv joined in to be able to spk to you.

I hv a 2 1/2 yr old son and hv had the same concerns that you wrote about.

i was keen to know your experience with aman sethu.

maybe we could spk when its convenient to you, you could send me your number and or mail id.my mail id is sonal.sharda@yahoo.co.in

I would greatly appreciate your response,

rgds.

 

BhuvanaKarthik 2010-02-18 17:43:07

 

Hi Leena,

my daughter is just 22 months but i'm searching a good school for her. I'm really impressed by the review about aman setu.

Like to know more about aman setu admission criteria regarding age limit and by which year she will be able to get admitted in that school.

Regards,

Bhuvaneswari

 

karialeena 2010-02-22 09:20:59

 

Hi Bhuvaneswari - send me your email add and I'll write to you. You can also contact the school directly. http://amansetu.com/index.html

 

@ Sonal Sharda - I wrote to you but didn't hear back. 

 

 

 

sosh 2010-02-22 10:01:14

 

 Hi Leena,

sorry, hv been out of town and on the move for the last 2 weeks.

though before leaving i did manage to spk with sunita.

i hope to call sometime today .

Rgds,

Sonal

 

BhuvanaKarthik 2010-02-23 15:27:39

 

My id is inform_bhuvana@yahoo.com.

Looking forward for ur reply

 

shravani 2010-05-06 09:59:57

 

 Hi Leena,

thank you very much for the detailed information regarding the school. It is such a big help to have the opportunity to hear first handreviews before taking such an important decision.

I will get in touch with Ms. Kapur and I hope you will not mind if I get back to you with any queries.

 

Thanks

Shravani Karve

 

 

karialeena 2010-05-09 08:36:13

 

 Hi Shravani, 

 

Look forward to hearing from you. In case you can't get through to Madhavi, let me know. 

 

Regards, 

Leena

 

sarimom 2010-05-13 20:41:02

 

Hello leena,

I see a ray of hope after reading through the above discussion. I live in tokyo and planned to move back to pune. have two kids 5 and 3.

My son goes to an international school in tokyo and i just adore the way they teach and take care of the kids.

I was so and still concerned about moving back to india. I want them to grow and get educated in india, yet i am so concerned about the school.

my email id is sari_je@yahoo.com.

please mail meand i hope i can talk to you more.

thanks

saritha

 

ShraddhaB 2010-05-31 19:46:55

 

HI Leena,

I am shifting to Pune next week. Am planning to get an apartment on Sus Pashan  Rd. I have a 4 yr old son. so I am looking for a good school on/near Pashan road.

I checked out the Aman Setu site but the school is very far away from Pashan road.

Can you please help in suggesting a good school for Jr. Kg on Sus Pashan Road.

Thanks & Regards

Shraddha

 

 

karialeena 2010-06-01 08:16:26

 

Try Sanskruti - it's in Bhugaon. Not too far from Pashan. 

 

ShraddhaB 2010-06-01 15:25:04

 

Thank you so much Leena...will surely t.ry for that

 

 

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