A journey called life

The last two years have been anything but a joyride. I think I can safely vouch for the entire world on this one. Surrounded by the fear of disease, locked into our homes, smothered with masks and sanitizers, and all in all, distanced from reality for a period so long that our definitions of reality have changed. And yet, we found a way to make things work. Changes had to be made, new habits had to be developed; but at the end, life goes on, and we mustn’t have to run to catch up with it.

If I try to look back at the years since the pandemic, monotony has taken up such a significant role in my life that most of my random, unimportant memories in the last two years are one long, constant blur. Of course, like any other time, there were highs and lows. Days when loneliness overcame everything else, and days when a wave of gratitude, and the realisation that we’re safe and sound at home amidst global panic kept us going. And just like that, with Netflix’s steadfast company, we powered through the first two waves of COVID-19. The third wave, however, caught us by surprise. Having accepted the coronavirus as the new normal, we went about our lives as usual. However, somewhere along the way, let our guard down and though unwittingly, welcomed the virus into our home.

The more superstitious among us might say that the onset of the New Year itself heralded a time of strife. But I don’t believe in superstition, or luck, for that matter. And mulling over what’s already happened never helps either. We must pick up after ourselves, and think of the path ahead. Omicron took its toll on every member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, leaving us all fatigued in a way we’d never been before, but still on the path back to health.

Of course, one’s physical ability to battle disease only lasts as long as the body is healthy and its systems pliable to its every need. And as we grow older, we get frailer. It was great food for thought, observing my own path to recovery, as compared to that of my grandparents. With age comes experience, wisdom and an entire collection of anecdotes to pass on to the next generation. But with age, also comes physical vulnerability, and that, no amount of wisdom or mental grit can overcome. And as a result, my grandfather left us for a better world.

All this while, I’ve looked upon loss as a very personal sentiment. That the sorrow one feels is supposed to be directly proportional to how close you were to the person. At least, that’s how I’ve seen it portrayed, so far. However, what I realised is that sorrow isn’t the only emotion that occupies your mind at a time like this. Frustration, helplessness at not having control over the situation; worry, and to a certain extent, even fear haunts your thoughts, complete an undercurrent of chaos, ever in the background. What really rocked me to my core, however, is observing how the incident impacted my family.

Days spent with a tense, overhanging silence in the house moved me to think of how many people are affected by the passing of one person, how their lives have changed so drastically in such a short period, and the fact that loss creates a void in a family that, despite the fear of being sucked in by it, they must find a way to work around and fill. Throughout the last few days, the importance of familial unity, mutual support and understanding of one another, and mental strength made itself crystal clear to me. After all, our lives are symbolic of a long journey, and in some journeys, accidents happen. But one day, our wounds do heal, and sooner or later, we must be back behind the steering wheel, ready to pick up from where we left off, and make it to the end.

In the same spirit, we all picked ourselves up and started to look further down the road at what’s next. All of a sudden, I found myself thrown amidst the all too familiar final exam hustle, and before I knew it, they were out of the way. I had rather expected to spend my ten-day holiday in the isolated, unproductive manner I’d gotten used to over the last two summers. Thankfully, I was proved wrong. I was offered the opportunity to be a part of our dance school’s troupe, and travel down to Tamil Nadu to perform for the Shivratri Natyanjali, an all-night dance festival hosted annually in honour of Mahashivratri, and considered one of the most prestigious among the classical dance community. Rigorous practising and great anticipation followed, and courtesy my excitable nature, I felt as though the day just couldn’t get here soon enough. And when it did, it was nearly impossible to contain me.

The drive to Thirunallar, adjacent to Puducherry, was a fairly long one. Having always been early birds, we left our house at five in the morning, and were already soaring through the national highways in time for the sunrise. There was a buzz of electricity running through my veins as I sat in the backseat, peering out the windows at all the little towns that came and went. It was intriguing to see the subtle but definite changes in the people’s lifestyles as we moved further and further away from the city. What we consider bare necessities, like fancy gadgets, makeup and social media are no more than extravagant paraphernalia to frugal, straightforward townspeople.

When we stopped by the roadside for freshly pressed sugarcane juice, I was surprised to see little children, aged not more than five, sitting with sickles in hand, peeling thorns off the shoots. It seemed dangerous, at least to me, while my father argued that it gave them such exposure and taught them lessons of alertness and caution at the age of five, that I still haven’t learnt in fifteen. Though it wasn’t the first time, and certainly not the last, I stopped to compare our lives. While neither is superior or inferior by any means, I couldn’t help but notice that the means by which we keep ourselves entertained are vastly different. City children like us always required an entire platoon of adults and relatives to gather around and keep us engaged, to buy us new toys to play with every few weeks as we got ‘bored’ of what we already had. And then there are village dwellers, who are just as entitled to worldly luxuries as us urbanites, and their children are just as loved and cared for, just as vulnerable.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Unlike us, they don’t rely solely on other people to keep them happy. They don’t wait for a parent to put a toy in their hands and then teach them how to use it. Either they find their own means of keeping themselves busy, or other times, out of necessity, end up pitching in with whatever their parents do for a living. And unlike us, once again, they’re content with what they have, whereas we always keep wanting more. I realised that it’s nothing but an urban myth that little children need iPads and cartoons to keep out of their parents’ hair, when in reality, they can chip in too. An epiphany of sorts, definitely, and an important life lesson I never thought I needed. Such experiences are often humbling, bringing us back to earth from wherever in the clouds our heads are, firmly grounding us back to reality and away from whatever deluded image we have of ourselves.

And now, as I sit on the hotel bed as patiently as I can, writing this while I wait for the group to get ready for the performance, my heart is a melange of feelings that I don’t think I can put into words. The awe that fills me as I look at my transformed self in the mirror, the buzz of excitement and the eagerness to set foot on stage, the joy at having spent the last twenty-four hours at close quarters with my friends, and just the realisation that despite everything, we’ve made it this far. And of course, there’s a lot in store, be it good or bad. And whatever it may be, I can’t wait to find out. After all, we learn something from every new experience, as life goes on.

Ananya Ganesh
Chrysalis High, Kadugodi

Chrysalis School is a hidden gem that is absolutely amazing. The experience started when we were driving through in search of school for our kids and saw this attractive newly built school.

Our interaction with school alumni assured us that our child will be in the best hands with the teachers and staff. The faculty and staff truly care about the students and are available around the clock to help with student needs.

Cheers!
Yaduveer Singh & Tanu Chaudhary

I started my journey at Chrysalis High in the third grade, and have been studying in the same till now and from all these years, I can say that Chrysalis High has the best staff and curriculum.

PUPA (Prior Understanding of Pupil Attributes) is a unique method used in Chrysalis High to understand a student’s learning ability, skills and emotions. They gain this knowledge from the parents and us in an effort to understand us better. The extracurricular activities, inter-school competitions, sports and cultural days organised help incorporate fun and games along with academics.

The student council and the elections for its positions familiarise a student with a sense of responsibility and teamwork. Studying at Chrysalis High has helped me grow to my full potential and has indeed trained me for the exam called life.

I would like to thank all the teachers and staff at Chrysalis High for making my learning experience the best.

Ms. Indrani Singh

Chief Vision Officer, Principal, Chrysalis High Marq & Head - Chrysalis Kids

Ms. Indrani Singh possesses a MSc and B.Ed degree to her credit. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of education and has climbed the rungs of leadership with her sheer dedication, hard work and love for her profession. She joined as the Head of Chrysalis Kids in 2013, which is a pre primary school of Chrysalis. Her out of box thinking and her ideology of doing the right thing for the children have helped her to pioneer new processes to make learning an enriching experience for the children. Across a period of seven years, Ms. Indrani Singh has become a flag bearer of Chrysalis vision, especially the PUPA (Prior Understanding of Pupil Attributes) Program. Indrani brought in the idea of Pre-CHAMPS to all Chrysalis schools. Known for her ideation & focus on quality, Indrani leaves no stone unturned to ensure children have a wonderful learning experience at Chrysalis. In 2017, she was made Associate Academic Director – Pre Primary & again promoted to Academic Director – Pre Primary, a role she handles along with the responsibilities of Chrysalis High, Marq. Under her supervision and guidance, many initiatives like Pre-CHAMPS, AwSTEM, Festival of learning were initiated and appreciated by all. Today she handles multitude of responsibilities from heading two schools to overseeing the Pre-Primary Curriculum Team of Chrysalis as the Academic Director. In addition to these profiles, she was recently promoted as Chief Vision Officer to propel PUPA, an initiative of Chrysalis, to greater heights. To this day, her ideas and her sheer determination to always try something different and new makes her a formidable and integral part of Chrysalis. With an unending pandemic looming over us, the future for education looked uncertain. But Ms. Indrani with her belief that learning should not stop for the children, ideated on the perfect balance of online and live class model to suit the learning styles of the children. The plan started with what best would suit the children and also help the working parents who were facing their own challenges and obstacles. The online model started with curriculum videos which the Chrysalis teachers recorded with the right guidance and methodology which was well defined by her. The live classes began with once a week class to slowly introduce the children to digital learning. With children adapting to live class, the sessions increased to add more to their knowledge. Teachers were sensitized about the challenges of live class and how to ensure that they do the right thing for the children and be an integral part in their learning given the circumstances. Providing the right support to parents and the challenges they faced, were also key elements of the whole digital teaching process. Providing individual support to the children was one way to ensure we partnered with parents to provide the right support to the children and ensure that the learning did not stop.

Transport

We provide a fleet of well-maintained buses with trained drivers and lady attendants. Special care is taken while appointing the drivers, to ensure that only the experienced and qualified drivers are appointed after undergoing a driving test. The buses are equipped with safety equipment and a first-aid kit in case of an emergency.

Being GPS enabled, the school can locate the position of a bus at any time during commute and in case of a breakdown, can send a replacement bus instantly. To avoid rash driving and speeding, speed governors are installed in all the buses.

Salient Features

Nutrition

The School serves balanced and nutritious vegetarian snacks and lunch to students who have opted for the facility.

To supervise students during lunchtime, a teacher is appointed for monitoring each table. Children are trained to keep themselves clean and display correct dining manners.

Reverse Osmosis systems for purifying drinking water are available across the campus throughout the day.

Student Safety and School Security

Safety Always a step ahead!

Chrysalis is inarguably the only school where at no point of time, any child is left without supervision of a female teacher!

CCTV Cameras- Entire premises

Precautionary measures

Working at Chrysalis High has been a wholesome experience for me. What stands out for me is the support I receive from the school management in standing by my vision and passion as a teacher.

It would not be an exaggeration in the slightest, if I said that I feel always supported by the principal, coordinator and staff in performing my duties to the best of my abilities. This makes me confident that I would be given room to grow as an educator. It feels great to be part of a group that takes meaningful steps towards turning our philosophy and values into action!

The values we would love to instill in our students at Chrysalis High are strongly rooted in our hearts by our compassionate and efficient school heads and mentors and model them to our students.

The induction programme has been nothing short of immense learning and much-needed guidance to face all our challenges head-on and it has helped prepare ourselves for the year ahead.

At Chrysalis High, I find myself doing what I love to do, staying true to what I strongly believe in and above all I can see myself as a passionate learner with new opportunities to learn each and every day. To top it all, the love and support my students shower on me is an additional perk without which I cannot be the happy teacher that I am today.

Suhasini. S
Secondary Teacher

Chrysalis High team integrates compassion into their teaching standards, emphasizes the importance of values and builds leaders through each of their classes and lessons. It allows for a lower student to teacher ratio. Online teaching during difficult times of Covid – 19 was indeed a huge challenge for all schools but the support provided by the school to transcend the challenge of teaching students by providing apt and timely training to teachers in online teaching methodology is commendable. This has been very useful to students as well as their parents. The teachers had worked hard in coming up with innovative methods of teaching to keep the students up breast with subjects with their enthusiasm intact.  It’s been a wonderful journey for me at Chrysalis High so far.  The entire team works in unison with one thought in mind – the betterment of the children.

My sincere thanks to Principal ma’am, Coordinators and last but not least my colleagues for the constant support and love.

Upasana Banerjee –
Primary Teacher

I am very happy studying at Chrysalis High Bannerghatta Road. I got admission during the lockdown period. The online classes were well organized and very interactive.

I gained a lot of knowledge during online classes, and the teachers understood us quickly and were there for us at all times. Even though we didn’t meet personally, the atmosphere at Chrysalis was always very warm and supportive. Even though online classes were new to everyone, our teachers were able to identify where we were lagging, and they provided Individual Support Classes (ISP).

The teachers are very interactive, friendly with us, and support us to come up with our own ideas. Practical explanation of the subject through STEaM is also one of the most exciting sessions in our school. The teachers also covered extracurricular activities and enrichment activities during the online classes. The warm welcome by the teachers to the offline classes made us more excited to attend school and a day at Chrysalis High with my friends and teachers is something that I eagerly look forward to every day.

Chrysalis High, is a great school which develops a good foundation for kids both academically and also in character building. Both the pre primary and now the primary school years for Samay, have been socially nurturing and academically challenging. Our son loves his school, he has come a long way from his nursery days till today, the 3rd grade.

Everyone at school, be it the Principal, Coordinators, teachers or the administrative staff, all have been really cooperative and supportive. Chrysalis also has one of the best parent – teacher relationship!

Overall, Chrysalis High, has been a wonderful experience for both Samay and us till date. We appreciate the great work and looking forward for more!

Regard,
Kavita

I have been in Chrysalis High BG Road since 2018. The teachers have laid a strong foundation, helped me improve on my basics in all subjects and played a major role in me evolving into the best version of myself. My school has given me many opportunities to develop my leadership skills and I will always feel grateful about that. I have made many friends in the last couple of years, thanks to the warm atmosphere at Chrysalis High. During online classes our school left no stone unturned and even though our classes were online, they ensured we learnt with the same enthusiasm.

My Voyage at Chrysalis High Marq has been spectacular and overwhelming. The school has positive vibes that makes it a beautiful shelter for not only students but also for the teachers. Here at Chrysalis we are motivated to nurture the young minds in the best possible way.

I learnt number of years of work experience is not that counts, what is more important is the quality one possesses through their learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and unfaltering curiosity.

Chrysalis High is an impressive organization that makes educators feel supported and equipped. I ’am proud to be a part of this institution that strive to take eloquent steps to transform our care philosophy and values into effective action.

I feel privileged to be an integral part of such a proficient and progressive workforce. Chrysalis oozes integrity and excellence that is t=refreshing and essential in our daily duties.

Chrysalis exemplifies what it means to be an organization that is “To help our children excel by understanding them, guiding them on the right path and strengthening their self belief.”

I enjoy working at Chrysalis High because this is a place where high energy meets absolute dedication.As a teacher, each day is a new day for me and I fully value the myriad opportunities that enhance my experience.

I also appreciate the unique working atmosphere and  the collaborative culture  that allows me to grow not only as a professional, but also as a person.

The school provides me with a lot of scope to interact with children and their parents, and this gives me an opportunity  to gain deeper insights into ways to help each of them achieve their academic goals.

The school’s vision for children is a guiding principle for all of us. It is indeed a pleasure to work with my immediate superiors who are both-understanding and supportive in all aspects. Together, I am certain that we will have a mutually enriching and exciting academic year ahead.

Anuradha Shankar Venkataraman,
Employee, Chrysalis High Marq

Chrysalis High Marq has paved new roads of possibilities of learning and fruitful experiences for both teachers such as myself and the students.

The things that are most satisfying for me are the never ending opportunities to learn, perform out of the comfort zone and most importantly the endless love that I receive from the children. Life is a continuous learning process and Chrysalis High Marq has made it possible by giving me many opportunities to be creative in the way I work. The whole team works as a family by supporting and helping each other at any given point of time .

The motivation, appreciation, support and positivity received by us is in turn passed on to our students. The school believes in the holistic development of all its children and takes all the necessary measures to nurture the young minds in a fruitful way. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Chrysalis High Marq family.

Shivani
Educator, Chrysalis High Marq

In the field of Construction, they say- “ A well-designed and strong foundation keeps the building standing while the forces of nature wreak havoc.” The same purpose that a foundation serves for a building, schooling does for our children- ensures they are wholly prepared for the journey called Life!

Having worked for a few schools in the past, I was aware of the paramount role a school plays in the initial nurturing of a child. While joining Chrysalis, I expected a similar school environment as in my past, but to my astonishment, things were incredibly better. While the academics here are indeed exceptional, even better is the focus on the character development of each child. Teachers know their Children really well, beyond just recalling the child’s name; all thanks to initiatives like PUPA. The teachers nurture children in a way that is not just caring and loving but also instills in them qualities like compassion, collaboration, empathy and many more from an early age. Children are also encouraged in a way that they constantly thrive to develop confidence in their own unique abilities.

Well, what we reap is what we sow; and not just the teachers but the whole team in Chrysalis believes in this fact. We work together tirelessly because we know we are nurturing kids to form a responsible and noble generation for the future!

Anjali E
Faculty, Chrysalis High Marq

I have been a student at Chrysalis High Marq for two school years and from what I have experienced, I can tell you it is a great school. The staff is excellent and the rules help keep the school safe and in order.

There is an equal balance of learning and reviewing the information. There are enrichment activity classes as well to where we have life skill and ink well sessions that help in the refinement and polishing of the mind. Chrysalis has initiated many activities for students. We have engrossing and fun-filled Indoor Champs, Performing Arts classes, Buddy interaction time etc. The teachers in Chrysalis are hardworking and determined . I am so proud and lucky to go to Chrysalis!

Sean Lennon
Grade VIII