Many years ago, a pop group known as The Beach Boys had a hit song called “Be True to Your School.” This song extolled the virtues of being proud of your school. Though the song is quite old, the sentiment of being proud of your school still has merit.
I feel privileged to lead such an exciting and vibrant school, which offers great opportunities for the young people of New Delhi. It is our goal to make each and every student to succeed. We offer our students the best possible opportunities to become confident, thoughtful young people who are prepared for any future challenges, in an exciting and increasingly global world.
At Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, we are very proud of our caring, inclusive ethos where we set high standards and expectations for our students to achieve and behave their very best. From the moment a new student joins our school we want them to feel a sense of happiness and belonging, as this is essential to their future success. Our superb facilities and dedicated staff have enabled us to educate students in an environment that is intimate, friendly and attuned to every specific educational need. We have created an atmosphere where one feels safe and secure. We aim for all students to be happy and to be challenged in a supportive and safe environment by consistently insisting on high expectations and equipping the students with the skills and academic success required to access new opportunities and enhance their life chances.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained – these words have a great deal in common with what we hope that the students will achieve at Don Bosco School. Ultimately, we want Bosconians to develop the confidence to challenge themselves and take healthy risks. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is where true growth takes place. The desire to take this risk comes from knowing that they have supportive teachers and staff.
Shirley Bassey, one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain, is famous for saying “you don’t get older, you get better”. We have achieved significant milestones in the past years. We have not done it alone. Nor has progress been achieved by a few. The collective capacity of our amazing school has enabled fantastic progress in all our achievements. We celebrate our growth, our success. We acknowledge all who throughout the past years have pushed the boundaries of their comfort zone, and in doing so have motivated others to do the same.
Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality. Our teachers at DBA are all leaders. They walk beside, they elicit greatness in others, they harness courage in themselves and in others, they innovate, they empower and they care deeply. Successful teachers look at each child and see the gem that is inside and communicate this vision back to the child. We are extremely privileged to have such a dedicated team of Salesians and staff who make this happen each and every day.
DBA is grateful to the Parents of Bosconians for their ongoing support and for providing us the opportunity, indeed the great privilege, of educating your children. We express our gratitude to the members of the PTA, for giving your time and considerable expertise. It is through the work of individuals like you that truly have an altruistic goal to provide the glue or mortar that hold us together, that our school is made strong. Your appreciation and collaboration fosters connectedness.
I have no hesitation in asserting that the Bosconians will change our world for the better. The Bosconians are inclusive while being diverse, serious in their studies while having interest in various activities, and genuinely good fun to be around. Bosconians, take advantage of all the learning you have attained at DBA. Value and nurture the friendships you have created and, importantly, believe in the power of you. Remember, the one thing that you have that nobody else has, is YOU – your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So, write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
Fr Babu Varghese SDB
Rector & Principal