Growing up with Olive….
Till now I only heard Adriana talk about how they are supposed to reflect on what they learnt and here I am sitting and trying to write my reflection about Olive…is it easy? Well the answer is NO…writing a reflection does not mean writing about yesterday, today or a few days back experience…well in our case it dates back to SIX long years and for me this association will have to start right from June 2007 till date. This was when Adriana all of 2.5 joined nursery at olive…then Children’s Nook and now she’s completed 8 and will clear her Grade 3 this year. Time does fly…for me it has…coz I still feel it happened not this long ago…it was very recent but then I feel like that about Adriana too…for me she was just born the other day….just the other day I dropped her in capable hands of Asmi Ma’am and her team at Nook…little apprehensive and mostly nervous…it looked more like my first day at school…Adriana was crying and somewhere me too in my heart….she was taken care of by her class teachers Neha Ma’am and Shalmy Ma’am and am quite embarrassed to say that I too was comforted by Asmi Ma’am, though I tried to give her excuses like I have never stayed away from her and all that…..well this word “comforted” is going to be used very often in my reflection about olive…Well we played this game of crying and comforting quite often in Nursery since even a weekend off would mean Adriana again having to start from scratch in terms of getting used to school. But did the teachers give up…..No ways they were quite adamant on making Adriana like I whole set up…though I did give in at times being a mother…well in my case a parent was taking shape slowly and steadily…time moved on and it was time to say bye bye to Pre-Primary and shift into the big world of Primary School now….yes a big world for a 5 year old….Like every person learns and unlearns so many things on a daily basis I also did the same as a parent and realized that the school during Pre-Primary was also going through changes which again made me apprehensive but again I was comforted and better sense prevailed and I stayed on to grow along with school…..Everybody right from her nursery teachers to Azra Ma’am and Khyati Ma’am made their own contribution to Adriana’s visible intellectual growth through Pre-Primary years…She was well prepared for the big world now…Again like any other mother I was apprehensive, nervous and anxious about new set-up but soon comfort came through Sujata Ma’am, Jigna Ma’am and Dilip Sir…like I mentioned we moved on but word comfort stayed…Jigna Ma’am opened up a whole new world in front of her…she was learning, discovering, exploring and at the same time enjoying…and with her I was also exploring myself as a parent…Jigna Ma’am you explored her inquisitiveness to know more and thankfully that trait has stayed with her…u set the ball rolling that’s how I would put it across…Adriana was not afraid to ask questions and hence not afraid to learn…Thanks to Trupti Ma’am this endeavour continued and the path was laid right for her. For any and every concern of mine came comfort through wonderful people at Olive. We now come to Grade 3, her present year…has it been easy to sum it up so far…Well No coz I know I have missed out on a lot of things like Sports Events, Garba nights, Night
Outs so on and so forth….but paucity of space and time forces me to do that…so Grade 3 it is….Hetal Ma’am n Adriana share a wonderful relationship which is so very comforting….Hetal Ma’am has shown maturity beyond years while handing her students. Kuddos to her for moulding and applying finishing touches to her students. Has Adriana progressed…well am sure there is lots more and probably this is just the beginning but the constant motivation has done wonders to Adriana…In every sense of the word you are her teacher, friend, mentor, guide and a big support. You have worked hard with her and for her…so in that sense there is immense gratitude towards you….am I going to miss this support system for her…answer is a big YES!!!! I firmly believe that it is very easy to come across lot of learned and knowledgeable people but not many who can impart that knowledge to kids…and Hetal Ma’am you have that tact with kids…..isn’t that why they love you so much!!!! Kudos to you really for the kind of contribution you have made to Adriana’s growth in Olive and beyond….i can only pray and wish that this bond that Adriana shares with you stays forever…
How can I complete this reflection without saying a Big Thank you to Sujata Ma’am for bearing with our apprehensions all the time , answering queries non-stop and also bearing with uncomfortable conversation…..Ankur Sir for teaching her Maths and making a huge impact on her, Mrugesh Sir for teaching her computers like playing any game, no wonder she always surprises me with her power point presentations at home, Dhruv Sir for making me realize that she does have a passion for Football though I still don’t understand how, Malhar sir for teaching her graceful dancing, Aqlima Ma’am and Nilakshi Ma’am for exploring her talent in Arts and Craft…Maya Ma’am for teaching her Hindi so well in such a shot span of time, Puja and Hanita Ma’am for always being approachable, Narendra kaka, maharaj and everybody else also….i hope I am not missing anybody…….also a big thank you to Jinedra Sir for giving a wonderful insight into parenthood…
Last but not the least this reflection is incomplete without mentioning Dilip Sir….He is the backbone of Olive and it would not be wrong to say that he provides complete support to parents as well…am glad I have had the opportunity to interact and learn from him, gain insight about school and beyond.. and yes the comfort flowed freely from his cabin to students to parents all alike…biggest comfort was Adriana could approach him anytime on her own…till date whenever I visit my school I still need to wait or probably fix an appointment but here they are talking everything under the sun with Dilip Sir…
Well I would just like to complete this reflection by mentioning that while Adriana was growing at Olive; a parent was also born and nurtured the same way…..
Thank You again with lots of love, gratitude and warmth from our side.
By : Ms. Vironica Madan parent of Adriyana Madan grade 3 student"
Ms. Vironica Madan parent of Adriyana Madan