The Orchid School
Baner - Mhalunge Road, Baner,
Pune: 411045, Maharashtra, India

Tel: + 91 20 65007681, 66202702


Annual Day Speech 2010-11

A warm welcome to all  – board members, colleagues, guests and friends of the school, parents and dear children.

It is indeed a beautiful evening, all soaked in the Pune theme. The decoration outside, the ambience and the Puneri Pathiya . Thank you all for this enthusiasm and ‘spirit of togetherness’.

We are at the junction where a chapter closes and a new one begins. It is overwhelming that we now count 7 years from the inception of the school. What a journey it has been – with each year having its own triumphs and struggles and yet unique it many ways.

We grew from - 24 students to 880 and 30 staff members to 120 now and still counting. Next year we have Nursery to Class IX with 983 students as of today.

The year 2010 - 11 has been a defining year in many ways. The Indian cricket team got us a World cup and the Orchid school got its CBSE affiliation. The similarity between the two is that, both would not have been possible without team effort. But before we begin to celebrate and rejoice we need to wait for the precious piece of paper to land in our hands. It is probably still roaming and virtual space. But ( another ‘but’, this time a positive one) we know from the CBSE officials, from the horse’s mouth, that ‘we have got it’.

The whole experience was not less than ‘a grand Indian wedding’ except may be for some ‘shenaai’.

We were on the bride’s side – nervous and biting nails, ensuring all is kept and prepared well. Files, files and more files.

We even put on our best attire only to ensure that if the school program does not impress the inspectors, we will. But, fortunately, that was not needed. Evidently, the IC members – the Inspection committee members were pleased with what met their eyes here. They were extremely impressed with the people, the program, the infrastructure, the facilities, the features and the processes, we already have in place. They were full of praises about the school in general.

Undoubtedly, the team was on a roller coaster for months together before the inspection. But nothing in vain, it brought us tremendous learning, confidence and assurance.

The experience validated and showed how the intent and the philosophy of the school is in tune with the larger cause of education both at national level and global level. So we can proudly pat our backs. The TOS team – each and every individual deserves a roaring applause for doing their bit and their best.

On the other side the experience helped us identify lacunae in our system and procedures which we have been adept to learn and implement. The support we received from some neighbourhood CBSE schools to understand the gamut of inspection has been invaluable.

At the end, we know, we have only grown stronger and wiser.

With all the footage that CBSE inspection grabbed this year, let’s bring focus to the other highlights of this year.

Quality Matters!!!! – Quality Improvement Program was the initiative taken to improve and bring finesse to the whole school program.  TOS set tangible goals for all around quality improvement. Consistent effort was put and will be continued to be put in that direction to achieve them.

ISO surveillance audit – We successfully completed our ISO surveillance audit and received the certificate of continuation.  Another good reason to celebrate. This external audit once again indicates time and again that administrative processes and systems are stable. They also point out the gap and give corrective action plan, which we may fail to see as internal customers.

BAUP – which stands for the ‘Best Asset Utilization Process’ – This innovative, systematic and customized appraisal system was implemented this year with great zest. All teaching staff went through a comprehensive; objective and measurable appraisal process which helped them identify their core strengths and areas of improvement. This will expand to the non – teaching staff as well in the coming year and the aim is to achieve a 360 degree appraisal for us and our staff.

This tool serves as a great feedback system to identify good, meaningful work and gaps as well. This gave birth to the ‘Empolyee Excellence Awards’. The award is a visible way acknowledgement and appreciation – I am proud to announce the awardees for this year in various categories (this sounds like some film fare awards)

Admin – Jainita Batra

Teaching Staff – Pre- Primary – Sarita Dhar

Primary – Indumathi

Secondary – Tajal Vakaria

Service staff – Kalpana Maushi

This in no way undermines the work and effort of the others. It only helps to point out exemplary performance – just that one extra mile.

I believe one of the best indication for good work is when children and parents come with a request end of the year (which happens often) that we want the same teacher next year.(recent example). This gesture itself is a reward for a teacher. And for the school, when children continue. It shows ‘all is well” or ‘almost all is well’.

Thank you for your continued trust and faith.

Let me now invite our stalwarts Siddesh and Sakshi - school captians for the year 2010 -11 to take us through a visual journey of the year gone by capsuling most events, activities and happenings.

Thank you both. That was great.

The highlights of the year all put in a plate.

The energy this year was palpable.

We set our own standards, strived to reach them and elevated ourselves to higher planes. The learning, the evolving and the effort will never cease.

The year as every other, was exciting, challenging and invigorating. Some days were endless stream of emergencies and urgencies which came unannounced. Each giving scope to learn, question, to reflect and introspect. As we get ready to take on the year, we welcome new trysts, new questions, new problems, new solutions and new heights.

And while we do that, we remember that…

“On every blade of grass, there is an angel sitting, saying time and again, Grow! Grow!”

As we learn we grow…

Thank you

Shilpa di