Chaman Bhartiya is a first-of-its-kind K 12 school in Bengaluru
At Chaman Bhartiya, it is our belief, and purpose, that all children can be leaders given the right environment, tools, and support. This is why everything we do here is aimed at helping the child discover their leadership potential through learning, play, and practical implementation.
Our classrooms are active flexible learning spaces which personalise learning
Here’s a glimpse into how we operate, and some of our learning spaces that take education beyond what it has been.
THE SCHOOL BUILDING
The future of every child is dependent on three teachers. parents and school teachers are the first two. This is about the third teacher, a teacher not much spoken about, but to us a critical component in the development of every child. The third teacher we refer to is the school building. Designed the way it should be, it can dramatically alter how a child begins to feel and learn.
This magnificent structure is thanks to architect Andrew Daws who drew his inspiration from some of Europe’s finest schools. He came back to our studio to create the blueprint behind what you see around you today. As you walk around, you’ll notice a distinct transparency in the structure. This invites an openness in all and an urge to share without holding back. To a child, this induces trust and an invitation to shed his inhibitions – something every leader needs to.
Do visit the fully airconditioned Multipurpose Hall a place for indoor games and sporting events, conferences, conventions, school assemblies and cultural programmes. The steps here too are designed so that children of all standards can come and share. It’s a place designed so that one can come and share with the entire school congregation.
Now for the little details. There are benches in our cafeteria instead of chairs. Benches get children to come closer together, accommodate and even share their food. We have a food policy, that ensures children eat healthy, nutritious food in a world-class hygienic environment. There is a grove of fruit trees just outside from which children can freely pluck fruits from. Imagine the memories that a landscape such as this will sprout. There is an open air swimming pool for children, near by. The library is stocked and inviting for children. There is an organic garden on the fourth floor for children to learn the nuances of gardening. We have invested abundantly in technology for children to grasp faster and feed their voracious appetite for knowledge. And yes, do pay a visit to the Tree House at the entrance of the school. It’s a magical little structure from where you can see the world from the vantage point of a bird – something no adult or child would want to miss.
The future belongs to leaders who can back themselves with academic excellence. When the future poses its many challenges to our world, our children will be ready to stand up and deliver. That’s the Chaman Bhartiya Vision.
The Multipurpose Hall has as much potential in it, as the children who will walk into its spacious environs. This fully airconditioned hall can become a space for ballet classes and ballet performances, a place for performers and a place for spectators, it can turn into a cooking studio and then into a space where children can put up a science exhibition. Indoor games and sporting events one day, conferences and conventions the next, school assemblies every other week, cultural programmes the next, this truly flexible arena will play a key feature in the schooling of every child.
This facility is 6500 sq.ft in size and can comfortably accommodate 500 students
THE TREE HOUSE
There is something magical about a tree house. Perched high above the ground, it lets you stand and look at the world from a different vantage point. It lets you be a silent onlooker to the goings on below.
The tree house at the entrance of the school is centered around a replanted tree brought here all the way from Pondicherry. It’s fifty years old and sprouting fresh leaves as we speak. This magical experience of being in a little hideaway where you can sit, lie down, read, relax and contemplate is something we wanted students, teachers and everyone in the school to experience and enjoy.
Made entirely with sustainable, renewable and recycled materials, wood from Auroville forests entirely sourced from naturally dead trees using sustainable forestry practices, this is the gateway to Chaman Bhartiya.
The library is the heart of every school. Each book in the library is a conversation a child has with the greatest minds. Each book has the capacity to open up a child’s imagination. Each book the child opens, opens up a pathway to her dreams. A library of the greatest minds is the one place in every school that should be the most inviting place for any child.
How is it then that libraries are dull looking spaces? The reason is that libraries were built by adults, for adults. Not the one at Chaman Bhartiya. They will be storytelling and enactings, play readings and hours allotted to poetry readings. This is one place a child will want to run to, and never want to leave.
Our library will have a rich collection of printed and digital books in different genres and languages
Children will be given ample opportunities to explore and learn art. The school is equipped with separate arts and craft zone as well as dance and music zone. We view aesthetics as an avenue to develop creativity as well as holistic development amongst students.
EXTERNAL PLAY AREA
The school is equipped with a well- planned external play area of about 10,000 sq.ft to develop gross motor skills in students. The area will be equipped with a sandpit, swings, slides, monkeybars and other play equipment.
The school is equipped with a sports playground for conducting sports such as football, tennis, martial arts, yoga and extra-curricular activities. The size of this facility is approximately 1.3 acres.
The 1,900 sq.ft learning space is dedicated to practisingdesign-thinking which helps develop creativity and problem-solving skills. Students will go through the entire process of design thinking from ideation and planning to prototype production.
SECURITY & SAFETY
High emphasis is placed on security. Round the clock security of the campus is ensured through several strategically located CCTV cameras monitored continuously by our security personnel.
The transport facility will include buses that are equipped with a Vehicle Tracking System and on-board cameras. This allows us to monitor the speed and location of the route. This effectively ensures the safety and security of the students.
A bus parent will be in charge of the safety and security of the bus. A female caregiver is also always present on the bus to pick and drop children from their designated bus stops.
APPLE PODCAST CENTRE
The studio is fitted with equipment for audio and video recording. It will stimulate creativity and act as a medium to enable learning. It can be used for various projects such as film- making, mixing, mastering etc.
THE MAC LAB
The lab aims to equip the students in various domains like presentations, video- editing and app development. Students will also be exposed to Apple technology and give students hands-on experience on the incredibly powerful Mac OS X operating system.
The school is equipped with an indoor swimming pool (20×9 metres) with changing rooms. The swimming pool can accommodate toddlers as well.
Allan has over three decades of experience in teaching and is also the founder-principal of the globally recognized Ørestad Gymnasium School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Allan is a visionary leader in the field of education and believes that Preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing 21st-century environment begins in schools. He is also a member of the Global Schools Alliance which is a select gathering of innovative schools.
Head of Professional Development & Pedagogy
Sandhya has been journeying the teacher education space for over three decades. She holds two International Baccalaureate Certificates in IB Philosophy and Planning, Teaching and Assessment. Not just that, she is committed to continuous learning with a host of certifications under her belt. She has been actively involved in Teacher Education (International Courses), designing and facilitating modules in creative classroom practices.
Ranjini has 33 years of experience in the administration at several international schools. She has set up the administration department from inception in newly founded schools. She believes that a well-run administration contributes positively to a student’s experience at school and forms the backbone of any educational institution. Through the various operational challenges faced by her team during these engagements, she has had the opportunity to grow both individually and professionally.