Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions parents have to make. The happiness and success of the child are key foundations upon which their future is built, therefore it is paramount that the school they go to value the child and encourage them to do their best at every front. Rustomjee Cambridge International School and Junior College is one such school that values and encourages their students for the best. Launched in 2006 at Dahisar, followed by branches at Virar and Thane, the school functions on the philosophy “To Make Education a Priority”, and aims to provide a learning experience that is innovative and fun. The educational programs reach out to more than 4,500 students. They have put together a rich resource base of learning experiences to set new standards of excellence in K-12 education. The learning culture values individual vision, intellectual discipline and teamwork. Rustomjee Cambridge International School has been a successful school and is demonstrated in the achievements of the students in academics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The school has consistent records of achievements , from the year of inception.
Making Education a Priority
At Rustomjee Cambridge International School, it is not just the students who are encouraged to ask questions but also the teachers. Teachers are constantly pushed to question their own methods, relevance of topics and student engagement with the intention of making them reflective practitioners. Thus, this has led to the teachers constantly involved in a journey of learning themselves – and has led to any innovative teaching practices and methods used – mainly with the intention of making it more student centric and engaging for the learners. Rustomjee Cambridge International School boasts about being privileged and proud that parents have entrusted their children to them and taking the responsibility extremely seriously. Moreover, teachers at school act as mentors and role models , working closely with the students to realize their potential and work towards them. The school has a major positive impression among the students, influencing the students for their bright future.
As an IGCSE school offering Cambridge programs across primary , secondary and higher secondary , Cambridge Attributes at the school. The curriculum itself fosters creativity, inquiry and problem solving. Each lesson is planned with a vision to make the students confident, engaged, innovative, responsible and reflective through experiential and hands-on learning activities across subjects. Designing games in math to challenge their peers, working on solutions to solve the problem of plastic pollution across the state, taking up the cause of stray dogs in the area and going for vaccination drives for these dogs – students are put in the driver’s seat of their own learning and they excel. Other than core subjects , a range of extra and co curricular activities , ranging from music , drama , dance , sports, design and technology – to even 3D printing – students are exposed to all these to make them more aware . “We also have subjects like culture studies – where students embark on learning about the rich and diverse culture of our own country as well as a subject like global perspectives, where students look at the world from various perspectives.” shares Dr. Hanif Kanjer, Founder Director and Dean of Rustomjee Cambridge International School. In addition to the above statement, Ms. Tanya Valecha, the Head Principal, shares, “Doing their own research is encouraged and students consistently continue to amaze us with their insights and ideas. Associations with bodies like City as a Lab, Clever Harvey and Callido provide critical thinking platforms for our students. Our students at grade 11-12 undertake shadowing assignments to get a first hand insight into what a career entails.”
Progressing on an enviable reputation of excellence
The Tie ups of Rustomjee Cambridge International School with agencies like CIALFO and other career guidance teams and platforms have ensured that the students not just are aware of the options available to them for higher education but also gain entry into the correct fit institutes. Besides activities , the school has safety and value education classes , to make sure the students not just know how to be safe in various situations , but also have the right value sets to ensure their future roles as global citizens .
At Rustomjee Cambridge International School, each class is tech enabled and during the pandemic crisis , the transition from physical to virtual learning was achieved through rigorous training and mentoring of the teachers , students and parents . Google classroom as a platform has permeated the school life entirely – students and teachers, young and old alike – have been exposed to platforms and apps ranging from Kahoot to Flipgrid. Assessments also were redesigned to make it more suitable for the virtual classroom – overall a new learning curve for the best of everyone. Along with that, ongoing professional development programs for the teachers take place throughout the year. Rustomjee Cambridge International Schoolhave mentors who teach the teachers and work closely to ensure that teachers are updated with the latest methods and pedagogies. Parents are the partners with the school to provide the best to the children and work closely with them to plan activities and provide feedback. With an open door policy encouraged at school , each feedback is looked at , with a vision to grow , learn and improve every day and in every way.
Dr. Hanif Kanjer – Founder Director and Dean
A Farmer, a Professor of Strategy & Finance, a Management Consultant, an Advisor by profession, Dr. Hanif is a man of multiple excellencies, who has a PhD in Finance credited to his name. Over his vaste years of corporate experience, he has worked on assignments in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, Tanzania and many other countries and states, both in India and abroad. Apart from being the Founder director of Rustomjee Cambridge group of schools & the Director of Rustomjee International School, where he leads and manages the group with more than 10,000 students, 450 teachers, 240 administrative and support staff, he has also helped establish S P Jain School of Global Management’s first international campus in Dubai as a consulting director in 2004.
Tanya Valecha – Head Principal
A vital personality at Rustomjee Cambridge Schools, Ms. Tanya currently leads a team of 400+ teachers and 4500 students with branches at Dahisar , Thane and Virar. Under her able leadership, the school has featured in top 20 International schools across the country , for several years and counting. Ms. Tanya was the main person in charge where the school developed an online learning module for English at grade 10 after completing COURSERA blended learning module. She has also mentored, advised and guided 3 teachers on topics of Empathy, Flipped classrooms and Global outlook for the Global Teacher Awards , 2015 and they are 3 of the 21 awarded the commendation. She has Experience of teaching at the Pre Primary levels as well as the Secondary Levels with English and Economics as the subjects of specialization.