Swarnim International School started in 2016 has 85 students in the preprimary. Located in the outskirts of Kolkata, the parent body comprises of semi literate, first generation learners and first generation English speakers.
Recognizing the importance of working closely with parents to achieve our goals of raising good human beings, we have initiated various programmes.
Mr. Mohan, a renowned psychologist conducts a workshop titled "Proactive Parenting" biannually to educate parents and share different strategies on child raising. Parents can also approach him personally for child related issues.
"Bridge the Gap" is a workshop for parents who are not conversant in English to help them understand how to be involved with their child's education despite the language barrier. This is conducted by our Headmistress, Ms Rumjhumi Biswas who is an ESOL trainer. A "Know the Touch" workshop is conducted by the YI (CII) under their "Arpan" programme for students and parents of Upper KG. A wellness camp in association with Neotia Mediplus addresses concerns regarding the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of children and parents.
Parents get a guided tour of the school in progress and have a lengthy interaction with the Headmistress before formal admission. We ensure parents are convinced about our pedagogy before they buy the admission form. New parent orientation is conducted biannually. Consistency of communication is maintained through quarterly Parent teacher meeting.
Each parent receives at least one phone call in the year from the class teacher appreciating a positive trait in the child or improvement in some aspect. We connect with parents on social media: we have our own Youtube channel through which we broadcast school news; Facebook and the website are regularly updated; quarterly newsletters are sent home. On Grandparents Day, they are invited to school, play educational games with their children and receive gifts. On Mothers and Fathers Day also, students give handmade gifts to their parents.
At Student Led Conference, children teach their own parents. Children demonstrate their mastery of concepts and their confidence when they become teachers and show their parents how to carry out the subject based activities.
In the School Carnival, Annual Day or Sports Day, parents are given opportunities to participate. Graduation Day sees proud parents sending their wards to formal schooling.