With five big steps we are looking afresh at education
With five big steps we are looking afresh at the future
With five big steps we are looking afresh at achievements
With five big steps we are looking afresh at environment
With five big steps we are looking afresh at society
We are inquisitive and don’t feel shy asking “Why?” We believe we can together build a school with a purpose with a team of thoughtful doers who are ready for the world
We observe, learn, question and dare. We built our school from first principles, based on our own observations of how learning thrives. We take in the latest research but critically question it. We built it as a community, based on mutual respect and with a focus on quality. We saw order and beauty emerge from this, not laid down by lines or laws. We dared to be different only to be a better school, and to call ourselves Strawberry Fields.
Challenging and nurturing aren’t opposites. We believe that education is best imparted with reason not force
Children learn best when in a state of mental and emotional alertness. Our teaching is designed to keep this edge where emphasis is on building a nest of emotional security with self paced learning and rewarding experiences instead of competitive drills. A teacher has said it best: “My classroom is a mistake-making, laughter-sharing, independence-building, brain-stretching, sort of place.” Learning moments where realisation occurs, are the key—but they have to be planned and spontaneous.
As a School Captain I am a link between my fellow students and teachers. I must lead by example; by acting like a leader
Years after school, you will recognise our alums when you’ll see them— whether in institutions or in self driven enterprises— in India or overseas. It’s not just a ‘certain something’, nor just the high bar of quality they exhibit. It’s positivity, openness, and initiative that they carry forward from their years at school. A respect for beauty, and valuing group goals alongside their own. They know that these positively affect high performance in many ways. As global citizens, they shake hands and are rooted enough to touch feet, always alive to context.
Great teaching extends beyond knowledge and skills — and embraces attitudes, perceptions, beliefs and intuition
Remarkable individuals, who are committed to teaching. We pick them because they are talented and aligned to our way, not for their degrees. They are trained to draw each learner out to crack what’s on the blackboard. They rely on creating joyous experiences and use questions, suggestions, and challenges. They script the learning moments that learners remember forever: over time the attitude that sticks.
Botany in the garden, performing at the Globe, music at the Natyashala. Who forgets such an education?
First, we shape our buildings. Thereafter, they shape us. The Strawberry Fields built environment deliberately embodies the very idea of the school. It is not a container for the school, but a part of its content. Designed to intermingle inside and outside; every play of light, texture, colour and scale stimulates and protects. The spaces are a silent, permanent teacher. They teach quality without ostentation, inspire discipline with joy, individuality and community, brick by brick.