Dear Chief Guest, Shri J N Chamber IAS Principal Secretary, Govt. of UP, Chairman of the Advisory Council Hon Justice D K Trivedi (Retd.), former chairman of the Advisory Council and eminent International Scientist Dr Nitya Anand, eminent citizens, alumnae parents, alumnae, guardians of students, you are all welcome to the 31st Annual Day of the school.
We live in a society, where caring parents make all efforts to give the best possible to their children. The best possible learning, best preparation for competitive examinations, communicative skills, best of clothes, best of living, latest gadgets, etc. All these to enable children for success and prosperity.
We at The Modern School address an additional question: how to prepare children for life itself? How to handle conflict, sadness and bad chance? How to be independent and overcome a setback? We seek to prepare children best for not only economic independence and prosperity, but also to face life’s challenges with confidence and happiness.
The purposes of a school are to develop skills and intelligences of children: linguistic – of speech; logical / mathematical – problem solving; bodily – fitness and good health; personal – expressive; etc. All these intelligences enable a child to enter into the best of colleges, get into the best of professions and to build enterprises. The above itself is unique to The Modern School. The KQES program additionally prepares children for another kind of intelligence, which prepares children for life itself: emotional intelligence. This is the intelligence which enables children to face setbacks in life, to overcome sadness, conflict and depressing moods. Emotional intelligence makes children resilient, caring, reflective, be open minded to be able to adjust to new situations, be capable for creating relationships with other people. It creates the confidence to take reasonable risks, be innovative and enterprising.
The Modern School’s curriculum is KQES – Kapoor Quality Education System, created over a period of thirty years and well known and appreciated in educational circles, in India and abroad. A curriculum is the idea of a school community. A curriculum is an integration of philosophy, methodology, teachers’ selection & development methodology, selection of families for children’s admission – families whose child development practices match the school’s philosophy and practices, and syllabus. KQES curriculum at The Modern School, has commonalities to the philosophies and practices of great educators: J.Krishnamurti, Shri Patanjali, W. E. Deming, Carl Rogers and other thinkers of matching traditions. The Modern School’s affiliation to the Council for Indian School Certificate, use of elements of National Curriculum Framework of NCERT, implementing International Baccalaureate (IB PYP), Koalaty Kid program of American Society for Quality, certification to ISO9001, accreditation to Quality Council of India’s NABET standard, etc. all exist to support and implement KQES curriculum. Incidentally the ten attributes of the learner profile of IB match KQES. The school has the distinctions of being first in India to be certified for ISO9001, first in India to be accredited to the prestigious Quality Council of India, first in Asia to implement American Society for Quality’s Koalaty Kid program and now the first and only school in Lucknow to implement the internationally respected International Baccalaureate curriculum.
In the last thirty years KQES at The Modern School has been implemented with honest dedication and continuous improvement; it has facilitated the development of children to be resilient, happy, intelligent, caring, flexible, reflective and balanced. We are proud to tell you that our alumnae are happily and strongly pursuing their professions and enterprises; playing roles as householders, housewives, citizens and social leaders- in India and worldwide.
The KQES and The Modern School exist to serve humanity, to develop children and serve the world – with honesty, dedication and quality. Caring parents would find that our curriculum not only develops children’s intelligences of the mind and the body, but also the intelligences of the heart. I close my speech with a brief reiteration of the KQES MISSION STATEMENT: Learning without cramming – learning through discovery and not merely consumption of knowledge; excellence without distress – joy and involvement in good work; caring without conditions – facilitation of children’s growth through a caring environment; and discipline without fear – not compliance to orders of authority out of fear, but doing the right thing out of understanding.
Welcome to all who love children and wish to have the best for them.
Rakesh Kapoor BA(Hons), M Ed
Founder Principal & Quality Director
The Modern School