The Delightful Daughter

With Minnie at Rishi Valley School

  • Arts department — at Rishi Valley School.
  • At Rishi Valley School. .
  • At Rishi Valley School.......
  • At Rishi Valley School....
  • At the Guest house — at Rishi Valley School.
  • At the Junior school library at Rishi Valley School
  • Behind the Krishnamurty Study Center — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Behind the Krishnamurty Study Center at Rishi Valley School.
  • Center for Dance — at Rishi Valley School
  • Center for Dance at Rishi Valley School..
  • Entrance to the school through an ancient cross roads shrine - at Rishi Valley School
  • Hospital at Rishi Valley School.
  • In front of middle school boys hostel — at Rishi Valley School..
  • In front of middle school boys hostel — at Rishi Valley School
  • In front of the Junior school hostel for girls — at Rishi Valley School.
  • In front of the Junior school hostel for girls at Rishi Valley School
  • In front of the Junior school hostel for girls. Minnie was invited to join the girls. — at Rishi Valley School.
  • In front of the Krishnamurty Study Center — at Rishi Valley School
  • Inside the campus at Rishi Valley School.
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words at Rishi Valley School .
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words.  at Rishi Valley School.
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words. — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words. at Rishi Valley School.
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words......
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words....
  • Inside the campus. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words.
  • Inside the canteen which is sparkling clean and serves well balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals. The vegetables are grown organically within the campus.
  • Inside the canteen which is sparkling clean and serves well balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals..
  • Junior and middle school assembly — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Junior and middle school hostel - this will be Minnie's home for the larger part of the next three years before she moves on to another hostel..
  • Junior school — at Rishi Valley School
  • Junior School at Rishi Valley School.
  • Junior school at Rishi Valley School
  • Junior school hostel — at Rishi Valley School....
  • Junior school hostel — at Rishi Valley School..
  • Junior school hostel — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Junior school hostel - at Rishi Valley School
  • Junior school hostel -- at Rishi Valley School
  • Junior school hostel — at Rishi Valley School
  • Junior school hostel - this will be Minnie's home for the larger part of the next three years before she moves on to another hostel.
  • Junior school library — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Junior school library at Rishi Valley School.
  • Junior school musical assembly — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Krishnamurty Study Center — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Middle school — at Rishi Valley School...
  • Middle school students with their teacher — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Near the dining hall — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Office or administrative building at the entrance — at Rishi Valley School
  • Office or administrative building at the entrance. — at Rishi Valley School
  • Out door class under the banyan tree - school without walls — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Outdoor class for senior school students — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Playground — at Rishi Valley School.
  • School without walls — at Rishi Valley School....
  • School without walls — at Rishi Valley School...
  • School without walls — at Rishi Valley School..
  • School without walls  at Rishi Valley School.
  • School without walls — at Rishi Valley School
  • School without walls ... at Rishi Valley School
  • School without walls at Rishi Valley School..
  • School without walls at Rishi Valley School.
  • School without walls at Rishi Valley School
  • Senior school — at Rishi Valley School
  • Senior school classrooms — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Students rehearsing for a performance at the department of Dance — at Rishi Valley School
  • Students rehearsing for a performance at the department of Dance (Bharatnatyam) — at Rishi Valley School.
  • The all school bi-weekly musical assembly — at Rishi Valley School.
  • The campus is strewn with the rare sandal wood trees that need to be protected from poachers with a brick and cement enclosure at Rishi Valley School
  • The campus is strewn with the rare sandal wood trees that need to be protected from poachers with a brick and cement enclosure. — at Rishi Valley School.
  • The campus is strewn with the rare sandal wood trees that need to be protected from poachers with a brick and cement enclosure...
  • The campus is strewn with the rare sandal wood trees that need to be protected from poachers with a brick and cement enclosure.
  • The campus is strewn with the rare sandal wood trees that need to be protected from poachers with a brick and cement enclosure
  • The guest house -  At Rishi valley School
  • The student's art gallery — at Rishi Valley School.
  • View from the second floor of the Krishnamurty Study Center - front — at Rishi Valley School.
  • View from the second floor of the Krishnamurty Study Center - rear — at Rishi Valley School.
  • View from the second floor of the Krishnamurty Study Center - rear. — at Rishi Valley School.
  • View from the second floor of the Krishnamurty Study Center - rear. — at Rishi Valley School
  • Way to the middle school boys hostel — at Rishi Valley School...
  • Way to the middle school boys hostel — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Way to the middle school boys hostel at Rishi Valley School.
  • Way to the Rishi Valley School. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words...
  • Way to the Rishi Valley School. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal, this place too has a magic that is difficult to describe in words.
  • Way to the senior school — at Rishi Valley School.
  • Way to the senior school — at Rishi Valley School

The Rishi Valley School is widely regarded as being one of the finest boarding schools in India. Out of every 100 applicants every year, approximately 10 get admission making this also the most selective boarding school in India. For us, Minnie’s admission in Grade IV (the normal entry level) in this school was a dream come true.

The School is run by Krishnamurti Foundation, India. It is located in a sheltered valley in the interior of rural Andhra Pradesh, about 15km from the nearest town, Madanapalle, and about 140 km north-east of Bangalore. The school has 360 boarding students studying in Grade 4 to grade 12. Students live in a sprawling 300 acre campus that has been declared by Government of India as a wild bird sanctuary and was cited by the International Council for Bird Preservation.

The site of the school, remarkable in its atmosphere of peace and serenity, is an undulating landscape of fields, rain-fed streams and scattered villages, surrounded by ancient granite hills with striking rock formations. The school cultivates a simple and down to earth way of living, a sense of social responsibility and existence in harmony with nature and tries to promote an ethos which believes that we cannot get any relationship right, unless we can get our relationship with nature, beauty, arts and aesthetics right.

The school has 60 highly qualified teaches and this makes and student to teacher ratio very high.

The Junior and Middle School, with round 190 students from Grades 4 to 8, provides a flexible curriculum, largely free from the pressure of examinations, text books and competition. This creates an atmosphere conducive to innovative teaching and a rich range of learning. In addition to lack of formal examinations, the school promotes an ethos of cooperation as against competition and dialogue, as against debate.

The Senior School, with 160 students from classes 9 to 12, is affiliated to the ICSE and ISC examination boards of India. The emphasis at this level shifts towards an in-depth preparation of students to meet the academic requirements of the prescribed syllabi. While developing the students’ intellectual faculties, there is a conscious effort towards creating a wider awareness of the world and giving space for the development of the aesthetic, moral and emotional dimensions.

The cultivation of a global outlook, a love of nature and a concern for humankind are all part of the educational aims. More specific goals of the educational philosophy of Rishi Valley School are:

  • To educate students so that they are able to explore both the world and their inner being
  • To inculcate a love for nature and respect for all forms of life
  • To create an atmosphere of affection, order and freedom without either fear or license
  • Not to condition the students in any particular belief, either religious, political or social, so that their minds may remain free to ask fundamental questions, enquire and learn.

Based on this philosophy, teachers attempt to create an atmosphere of space, freedom, care and security in which students are helped to enlarge their horizons and grow. In November 27, 2011 this school turned 80. Clearly it has survived the test of time.

I am sharing an album of photographs taken this January when Minnie and I visited this school. Taken in an ordinary digital camera, the photographs are rather ordinary. Nevertheless they capture the simple, modest and down to earth atmosphere of the school without walls – a learning centre that is characterized by an all pervading sense of balance, harmony and dignified restraint.

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